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Jupiter In Sagittarius – Believe

Jupiter – Growth, Abundance, Good Luck And Fortune

If you feel your life is lacking meaning and purpose, Jupiter in Sagittarius is the transit you were waiting for.

Jupiter’s ingress into Sagittarius on November 8th, 2018 is indeed one of the best news of the year. This is because Jupiter is the ruling sign of Sagittarius, so he feels ‘at home’ in this sign.

And when the King of Gods feels good, we all feel good. Jupiter is the planet of faith, optimism, belief, abundance, luck, and generosity. Also called “the great benefic”, Jupiter is the most auspicious planet in astrology.

Jupiter is by far the largest planet in our solar system so it makes sense it’s all about growth and abundance. With Jupiter on your side, anything is possible. Really!

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It is not that good luck and fortune fall from the sky but Jupiter that helps you see opportunities you would otherwise not see.

Jupiter doesn’t bring luck per se, what Jupiter does is make you believe that anything is possible. And when you believe anything is possible you have much better chances to ‘get lucky’. Luck is our positive attitude that keeps us open to new opportunities or sees patterns in apparent random acts of chance. Don’t believe me? It’s proven by science, too.

Jupiter is linked to religion because Jupiter seeks a higher order. Monotheistic religions are especially connected to Jupiter because their underlying assumption is that there is one overall law that governs everything. In Mythology, Jupiter or Zeus was the king of all gods.

Jupiter represents the principle of growth and expansion. He’s a giant gas bubble after all – the largest planet of our solar system.  

Jupiter – The Big Picture

Jupiter is the opposite of Mercury. While Jupiter is at home in Sagittarius and Mercury is at home in Gemini, conversely, Jupiter doesn’t feel that good in Gemini, and Mercury doesn’t feel that good in Sagittarius.

In astrological terms, we say Mercury is in detriment in Sagittarius, and Jupiter is in detriment in Gemini. The reason for this is because Mercury and Jupiter have completely different approaches.

Mercury is associated with the lower, rational mind and Jupiter is associated with the higher, spiritual mind. Mercury is the ‘show me the data’ planet – and only believes in what it can see.

Jupiter believes in something that cannot be seen – the unseen laws the govern life. Mercury is about the details, Jupiter is about the big picture.

Let’s take another example. Mercury rules short trips. Trips to work, to the supermarket or to your parent’s house. Mercury trips are the trips you take in your everyday life.

Jupiter, however, rules long journeys, journeys to another state or another country, journeys that enlarge your perspective.

A Different Outlook On Life

If Mercury trips are about operating in your world and getting things done, Jupiter trips are about expanding your world so you get a higher perspective and a different outlook.

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These journeys – literal journey or journeys with the mind – are about learning something that you otherwise wouldn’t have known.

People who live abroad for one year or more report that their outlook on life has completely changed. Living abroad is much more than being on a different geographical location.

We learn to adapt to a different value system, to different customs, we are subject to different laws. It is something about being exposed to a different world that completely changes the way we relate to our everyday reality.

Upon experiencing Jupiter, you are not the same person you were yesterday.

Mercury and Gemini rule primary education when we learn how to read, write, compute and operate into the world.

Learning a new skill – for example learning how to use Excel or learning how to use a mobile app – it’s also Mercury because learning is concerned with a distinct skill that leads to a specific outcome.

On the other hand, Jupiter rules higher education, theoretical education, when we put different concepts together and we reach a higher understanding.

2019 – A Year For Jupiter

If Jupiter is the “12 rules of life”, Mercury is how we actually make use of these rules in our everyday life.

We need both Mercury and Jupiter in our lives. When Mercury transits its favorite sings (Gemini and Virgo) we get the best of Mercury. This happens for a few weeks and sometimes up to two months every year.

But it is something truly special when we have Jupiter in Sagittarius. This happens only 1 year in 12 so the upcoming year is THE time to get the best out of Jupiter. This is your time to focus on Jupiter, to embody Jupiter, to make the best out of Jupiter.  

2019 is the year to focus on the big picture. To set high goals. To go for higher education. To take a spiritual path. To become a teacher. To find a teacher. To travel. To go for new experiences. To go on a vision quest.

Sagittarius – The Place To Be For Jupiter

Now let’s take a look at Sagittarius, to understand why Jupiter feels so good in this sign.

Sagittarius is a fire, mutable sign.

Gemini, Virgo, Pisces, and Sagittarius are mutable signs, meaning they have the ability to change from one state of being to another. Sagittarius seizes opportunities before they arise and completes things before they become obsolete.  

Sagittarius is a fire sign. Fire in astrology is associated with our spiritual body (earth is associated with our physical body, air with our mental body, and water with our emotional body). So fire = spirit. That’s why fire signs act on instinct and have a developed intuition. They have a direct connection with their spiritual body.

We have three fire signs, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. If Aries is the spark of life, if Leo is the fire of creation, Sagittarius is the eternal flame – the ongoing mystery of life that keeps the spirit not only alive, but growing and evolving.

To recap: Jupiter is growth, opportunities, the big picture, beliefs, faith, commitment to a cause. Sagittarius is the ever changing, ever evolving flame of spirit.

Jupiter in Sagittarius is the fire that grows, expands, and changes shape. It’s not a literal fire. Is the spiritual fire of transmutation which purifies us. It is the spiritual fire of love and truth.

In the upcoming year, we will seek to find a higher, spiritual meaning to our existence.

Jupiter In Sagittarius Key Dates

Jupiter enters Sagittarius on November 8th, 2018 and leaves Sagittarius on December 2nd, 2019. When in its own sign, Jupiter stays a bit longer (13 months) than it does in other signs.

Every year, Jupiter is retrograde for about 4 months or ⅓ of the time. Jupiter goes retrograde on April 11, 2019, at 24° Sagittarius and goes direct on August 12, 2019, at 14° Sagittarius.

If you have planets within 14°-24° Sagittarius you will feel this transit more intensely, because Jupiter will cross over these planets or angles three times (instead of only once).

The most important transit Jupiter makes while in Sagittarius is a square to Neptune in Pisces. Apart from this square, Jupiter doesn’t make notable transits with any other planets.

These are the dates for the three Jupiter-Neptune squares:

  • January 13, 2019, at 14° Sagittarius / Pisces; Jupiter and Neptune are both direct
  • June 15, 2019, at 18° Sagittarius / Pisces; Jupiter is retrograde and Neptune is stationary retrograde
  • September 21, 2019, at 17° Sagittarius / Pisces; Jupiter is direct and Neptune is retrograde

Jupiter comes back in the same sign every 12 years, so if you are 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84 and so on you have your Jupiter return. And that’s great news – Jupiter return is one of the most sought-after transits because it always comes with opportunities.

Sometimes, the opportunities are not so obvious. If you’ve been drifting on a path that is not aligned with your spiritual purpose, Jupiter will correct that. But in hindsight, Jupiter returns are always beneficial.

Previous times Jupiter was in Sagittarius were November 2006 – December 2007; December 1994 – January 1996; December 1982 – January 1984. What was going on in your life back then?

Jupiter In Sagittarius – Believe

Jupiter in Sagittarius is all about believing. Why believing becomes so much more important when Jupiter is at home, in Sagittarius?

To believe means to accept that is something is true, especially without proof.

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It’s easy to believe when things go as planned. When you have proofs. It’s easy to believe when you see signs everywhere that you’re doing the right thing, when the Universe says YES, when, every step you take, you find evidence that you are on the right path.

But that’s the trick. Even skeptic Saturn ‘believes’ when there is evidence. But belief and faith are not about believing when there is actual evidence to prove your belief.

Belief is when you accept something as true wholeheartedly. Belief is the absence of doubt. You believe in your mission even when there is no evidence you are on the right track – when there is no proof of success. When you lack evidence, when you lack proof – this is, in fact, THE most important time when you need to keep the faith.

Is your commitment strong enough? Are your beliefs true? If the answer is no, you may want to question your beliefs, or even better, your commitment to your beliefs.

Believe It Anyway

You want to find a job but no employer calls you? You believe you will eventually get a job anyway. Doesn’t matter if you actually see any evidence. You keep on believing.

What about if you want to have children but you’re single for like 7 years? All you need to do is keep on believing that you will eventually have a family.

You want to earn 50K this year, it’s November and you’ve only made about half? You believe you will reach your goal anyway.

It is your commitment to your belief that will help you stick to your vision, no matter what. It’s your commitment that will help you seize the opportunity when it will eventually arise.

Now I’m not suggesting you should always embrace this attitude. We all have Saturn in our chart (and Saturn likes to work hard and to be ‘realistic’). We all have Pluto in our chart (and Pluto shows us that no matter how much we want something, there are things we can never get).

But Jupiter is about believing. And Jupiter is now in Sagittarius, working at its best, shooting the best arrows. Jupiter in Sagittarius will teach you how to BELIEVE. Jupiter will show you how to stick to your vision, no matter what.

Belief Vs. Hope

Now, there is a difference between belief and hope. When you hope that something will happen, you are not taking action, you’re not taking full responsibility for the outcome.

Belief is a certainty. You ‘know’ that something will happen, you know you will be able to see the signs and recognize the patterns. Belief is an inner knowing that you will just ‘know’ what to do when the window of opportunity will open.

When you believe, you take full responsibility for the outcome. You co-create with the universe. You become Jupiter, the Almighty. Believing means commitment. Belief cannot exist without a 100% commitment.

Jupiter In Sagittarius Square Neptune In Pisces

However, during his transit in Sagittarius, Jupiter will square Neptune. And with Neptune in Pisces, we have to be careful of false beliefs, or wishful thinking. Wishful thinking is ‘hoping’ that something good will happen. With Neptune, it’s easy to drift into a ‘no action’ state where imagination becomes more important than reality.

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Neptune is also the planet of higher love and transcendence.

Although the Jupiter-Neptune square can lead to a spiritual crisis, the square will also help you arrive at better terms with what belief, faith, and spirituality really mean to you.

Neptune will firstly ‘dissolve’ your beliefs so you can find a higher meaning, a higher order, a higher purpose for your life.

Do you pray when you need something, or do you pray to express your love and admiration?

Do you believe in something because it puts your soul on fire, or because it’s part of your tradition? Because this is how it has always been?

Jupiter in Sagittarius square Neptune will challenge all the beliefs that are egotistical, dogmatic and outdated. In the coming year, you can find better beliefs, ones that reflect the truth of who you are, or you can find better reasons to believe in what you already believe.

Our goal as a collective is to replace blind faith (the negative manifestation of Jupiter in Sagittarius square Neptune) with faith on purpose (the higher manifestation of Jupiter in Sagittarius square Neptune).

Jupiter is Sagittarius will strip us of false dogma so that we can find out what truly matters.

Jupiter in Sagittarius is your call to say YES to the Belief Train. To commit to your goals. To go on a vision quest. To find a higher meaning to your existence. To believe in what matters.

How do you make the best out of Jupiter In Sagittarius?

 

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Astrology Of November 2018 – Jupiter In Sagittarius, North Node In Cancer

Astrology November 2018

The Astrology of November 2018 comes with two big events: Jupiter leaves Scorpio and moves into Sagittarius, and the Lunar Nodes leave Leo and Aquarius and move into Cancer and Capricorn.

Jupiter is the only planet that changes signs once a year, so it sets the tone for that year. The Nodes only change signs every 18 months, and they too bring a big shift.

If that was not enough change for you, in November Uranus also changes signs, moving back into Aries to finish what he has started.

Basically, 4 important planets change signs in November: Jupiter, North Node, South Node, and Uranus. What does that mean? Lots of changes in your life. Some things that kept you busy in the last year will finally come to a resolution or start to lose their importance. On the other hand, other areas of your life will come into focus.

Venus finally goes direct which is great, but one day later Mercury goes retrograde. After Venus retrograde in Scorpio shred your heart into pieces and then put it back together into a more authentic whole, there are still things to reflect upon.

And that’s what Mercury retrograde is here for: to help you make sense of these lessons and integrate them into your life.

All in all, November is an upbeat, progressive month which can bring you lots of opportunities.

Let’s have a look at the most important events of November 2018:

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November 6th, 2018 – North Node In Cancer, South Node In Capricorn

On November 6th, 2018 we have the first big event of November 2018, the Lunar Nodes changing signs.

Because the Nodes always come in pairs, when one Node changes signs, the other does also. Unlike other planets, the Nodes move backward in the zodiac (that’s why they are connected to karma and past lives). This means the North Node will move from Leo into Cancer, and the South Node will move from Aquarius into Capricorn.

The Nodes of the Moon represent the karma of the present times and bring with them the eclipses. Of course, if you have personal planets or angles in Cancer and Capricorn this collective karma will become your karma, too.

The South Node is the karma itself, the outcome of what we’ve done in the past, and the North Node is our opportunity to change our karma.

Cancer represents our home, our roots, our traditions, what makes us feel safe and nurtured. Cancer is a symbol for the mother or the nurturer. Capricorn represents the society, what we aspire towards, our career, our status, our reputation. Capricorn is a symbol for the father or the authority.

Because the South Node of the past is in Capricorn, and the North Node of free will is in Cancer, our lesson is to fix our Capricorn-related karma (authority, career, ambition, reputation, and status) through the energy of Cancer (comfort, security, building a ‘home’ whatever that means for us).

Our collective lesson for the coming 18 months is to find a better work-life balance.

November 7th, 2018 – New Moon In Scorpio

On November 7th, 2018 we have a New Moon at 15° Scorpio. The New Moon is trine Neptune. There are a lot of shifts and new beginnings connected to this New Moon. We have the Nodal shift, Uranus moves back into Aries, and Jupiter enters Sagittarius – all happening just before or just after the New Moon.

Before moving back into Aries, Uranus squares the Nodes, showing you how you are (or aren’t) in alignment with your destiny. Uranus is the bolt of lightning that has the ability to reveal something that you cannot see otherwise.

The New Moon can come with a revelation. You may decide that your life as it is no longer reflects the person you’ve become, and as a result, you will want to make some big changes.

Basically, four sectors of your life will shift. 7th of November / the New Moon in Scorpio becomes one of the most important days of the year. You are especially ‘on the radar’ if you have planets or angles around 15° in fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius).

November 8th, 2018 – Jupiter Enters Sagittarius

On November 8th, 2018 Jupiter enters Sagittarius. Jupiter in Scorpio was an emotionally intense transit. Scorpio is the sign of the Underworld, so Jupiter had quite a bit of work to do out there, digging into all the hidden corners, exposing all the dirt.

But now the hard work is done. He’s been enriched by the experience. Jupiter in Scorpio ends on a glorious, healing note, with a grand water trine with Chiron (29° Pisces) and the North Node (29° Cancer).  Now that you’ve integrated your shadow, now that you’ve healed your soul, what will you do next?

Jupiter in Sagittarius is the light at the end of the tunnel. Sagittarius is the spark of hope that always comes after we have done the heavy inner work.

Jupiter is the natural ruler of Sagittarius so when Jupiter returns ‘home’ after an 11-year pilgrimage, a new 12-year cycle begins.

Pay attention to the house in your natal chart where Sagittarius resides. That area of your life will experience a huge boost, an important new beginning.  

November 9th, 2018 – Venus Is Trine Mars

On November 9th, 2018 Venus (at 26° Libra) is trine Mars in Aquarius. Venus is still retrograde but the trine to Mars means she is finally ‘moving forward’. Venus started her retrograde journey squaring Mars, and now, that she is preparing to turn direct, she trines Mars.

The tension of the square is finally integrated. The YIN side of your psyche (Venus) is finally in harmony with the YANG part of your psyche (Mars).

November 15th, 2018 – Mars Enters Pisces

On November 15th, 2018 Mars enters Pisces. Mars is the planet of war, action, of how we assert ourselves. Pisces is the sign of spirituality and surrender. In Pisces, Mars is the archetype of the spiritual warrior.

He still fights, but from a place of love. Mars’ transit into Pisces is a good time to ask yourself: “Are my actions coming from a place of love and compassion?”. “How can I assert myself and still serve the higher good?”

November 16th, 2018 – Venus Goes Direct

On November 16th, 2018 Venus finally goes direct at 25° Libra. This Venus Retrograde has been one the most consuming transits of the year. It was not easy. Uranus shook your core values.

But the storm is finally over. By now, you found the answers your heart was seeking. You made the changes. Your heart has been reborn. You are now ready to start again.

November 17th, 2018 – Mercury Goes Retrograde

Don’t start cheering quite yet. Just one day after Venus goes direct, on November 17th, 2018 Mercury goes retrograde at 13° Sagittarius. If Venus retrograde was all about processing your feelings, Mercury retrograde will help you process your thoughts.

And the truth is, our feelings and our thoughts are more related than you may think. Our perceptions lead to thoughts which lead to feelings which lead to behaviors. If you become aware of the relationship between your thoughts and your feelings, you learn how to ‘re-engineer’ your thoughts so you can change your feelings. And the other way around.   

November 22nd, 2018 – Sun Enters Sagittarius

On November 22nd, 2018 Sun enters Sagittarius. We’ve got so used with the heavy emotional Scorpio energy that we have forgotten how life is out of the Underworld. Jupiter has been in Scorpio for one year, and in the last two months, Venus, Sun, Mercury and the Moon have been there, too.

Now is time to move on. Sagittarius is the time to look for a spiritual meaning for our existence. Sagittarius is the sign of the teacher and the philosopher. Now is time to open up and spread the knowledge you’ve gained through your experience from Aries to Scorpio. This is the time to dream big and set high goals. 

November 23rd, 2018 – Full Moon In Gemini

On November 23rd, 2018 we have a Full Moon at 0° Gemini. The full Moon is opposite Jupiter and square Mars. The ruler of the Full Moon, Mercury, is now retrograde in Sagittarius.

Mercury will make you question what you believe to be Truth (Sagittarius), pushing you to take action (Mars) and check whether this Truth is still valid (Gemini).

0° of any sign is the most powerful degree because it is where it all starts. Gemini is a curious energy, is how we experience the world with a beginner’s mind (as opposed to taking the known route).

The message? If the direction you’re heading towards doesn’t lead anywhere, take another route. What is nature telling you? Pay attention. Listen. Check the facts and adjust.

November 25th, 2018 – Neptune Goes Direct

On November 25th, 2018 Neptune goes direct at 13° Pisces. Neptune is the planet of dreams, perfection and higher love. Neptune is the lost paradise we all long for, but we cannot find within the material limitations of our existence.

When Neptune is retrograde we seek refuge from the bad world outside, and we retreat within ourselves.

When Neptune goes direct, we are no longer satisfied with the inside perspective. Yes, it is great to be the queen in your castle, but at some point, you get bored or even alienated within your own little world.

Neptune direct will give us the drive to seek the paradise outside ourselves. Paradise is a state of being. Neptune direct will ask you to acknowledge the miracle of your existence. Paradise can well be a place on Earth.

November 26-27th – Sun Conjunct Mercury Conjunct Jupiter

On November 26-27th, 2018 Sun is conjunct Mercury and Jupiter at 4° Sagittarius, bringing a lot of optimism and opportunities for growth. If you haven’t found it yet, find something to believe in.

On November 26-27, both Jupiter and Mercury start a new cycle. Jupiter starts its yearly cycle, and Mercury starts its 4-month cycle. It’s pretty amazing to have two planets starting a cycle at the same time, so make sure you take advantage of this energy!

When you find something you truly believe in, you’ll naturally find a way to make it happen. You’ve probably heard this hundred of times, and the message has lost its meaning. Yet the message is more relevant than ever.

The only reason you don’t achieve what you are capable of is that 1) you haven’t figured out your big why, your reason 2) you have found it, but you don’t believe it’s possible to achieve it.

That’s why from time to time the sky magically aligns to help you on your journey. When three ‘good guy’ planets align in Sagittarius, the sign of optimism and adventure, there are no more excuses.

Now is the time to start that big project, to take that opportunity, to go BIG. Sun, Mercury and Jupiter are here to tell you that anything is possible, as long as you believe. What are you waiting for?

November 30th, 2018 – Venus Opposite Uranus

On November 30th, 2018 we have the final Venus-Uranus opposition. Venus is now at 29° Libra and Uranus at 29° Aries. It’s been a long ride. It all started on September 12th, when we had the first Venus-Uranus opposition.  

But you made it. Today is the final BANG. The outcome of Venus retrograde. The overlooked element of Uranus in Aries. What needs to happen will happen.

What aspect (or aspects) are you looking forward to in November, and why?

 

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Full Moon In Taurus – Out Of The Cage

Full Moon In Taurus Conjunct Uranus – Something Has To Change

The Full Moon in Taurus on October 24 will feel like escaping from the matrix. This is the moment of truth your soul has been waiting for.

You may wonder how is it possible to have such an out of the ordinary experience with a Full Moon in Taurus. After all, Taurus is the most stable sign of the zodiac. Taurus is a Fixed sign that resists change.

Taurus is also an Earth sign, as steady and immobile as the earth. The combination of Fixed and Earth energy makes Taurus the most stable, steady and unchangeable energy of the zodiac.

But the twist is the conjunction with Uranus. This is a very tight conjunction, the Full Moon is at 1°13’ Taurus and Uranus is at 0°32’ Taurus. That’s only 0°41’ difference!

Basically, the Full Moon in Taurus is exactly conjunct Uranus, the great awakener, the great disruptor. Uranus is the planet of change, revolution, and liberation. Uranus is the bolt of lightning in the dark that brings illumination. Something has to change. And that thing that has to change is exactly that thing you believed to be immune to change.

The Sabian symbol of the Full Moon, “An electrical storm”, couldn’t have been more appropriate. The electrical storm is Uranus, a symbol for the cosmic power able to transform the natural law, opening it up to celestial opportunities.

Imagine a cow peacefully grazing on a meadow. Suddenly a storm breaks. The sky is falling. That’s Uranus. Suddenly, she sees that there is more to life than the meadow. Her world will never be the same again. Uranus conjunct the Moon will awaken that part of us we thought was inert, immovable and unchangeable.

We are naturally wired to avoid change, to believe it is bad for us. But the truth is that in the higher laws of the Universe, whatever happens, however disruptive, it serves our higher good.

Depending on how open you are to change, you can experience Uranus as a negative, unexpected event that turns your life upside down, or as an enlightening positive event, that lifts the veil of illusion and opens up new possibilities.

Full Moon In Taurus – Out Of The Cage

There is another image that comes to mind for this Full Moon in Taurus. The bird escaping from her cage.

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The bird lived most of her life in a safe cage. She didn’t know any different. One day she finally notices the cage door. It was open all this time.

This doesn’t mean she shouldn’t have spent half of her life inside the cage.

Maybe living in a cage served her goals well. Maybe she was not ready for the world outside.

Yet, there comes a time when awakening is inevitable. We cannot keep our eyes shut any longer. We are ready to move on. And we do.

Something that otherwise couldn’t be seen, will finally become clear to you under the shiny beams of the Full Moon. The breakthrough doesn’t have to invalidate your previous existence. You did nothing wrong. There’s nothing wrong with you. Yet, you are now ready to become someone else.

Resisting this natural pull towards change will only make the transition to the next version of yourself more difficult. Uranus is the light of consciousness, the divine insight that cannot be ignored.

A Resolution To Venus Retrograde

The experience will be even more dramatic considering the Full Moon opposes her own ruler, Venus (now retrograde in Scorpio and in her last days of the Aries cycle) AND is square the Nodes of Karma.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment that will help you break through layers and layers of conditioning and help you change at a deep level.

There is no coincidence that the Full Moon takes place exactly when a 19-month Venus cycle is coming to an end. One and a half days after the Full Moon, Venus starts a new 19-month cycle around the Sun.

We need something as powerful as a Full Moon, as powerful as Uranus, as powerful as a square to the Nodes to break out of the status quo. Sometimes, all the needed elements align in a powerful way to make change possible. This is one of those moments.

The Full Moon in Taurus is in a way all about Venus retrograde. Venus turned retrograde on October 5 and has been dancing with Uranus and with the Nodes ever since. But it’s not until now, when we have the Full Moon in Taurus, that all the pieces of the puzzle finally come together.

The meaning of Venus retrograde will finally be revealed to you. If you’ve been feeling confused, overwhelmed and shattered in the last three weeks, now you will finally understand WHY.

In the myth of Inanna’s descent into the Underworld, this is the moment when Inanna is struck dead by her alter-ego Ereshkigal, a symbol of her unintegrated shadow. In the same way, Uranus will strike us with its light.

A shadow is nothing else but the light we cannot see.

Light and darkness are two sides of the same coin. It is when you finally bring the two together that you can transform your life in a deep, authentic way. And this is what the Full Moon in Taurus will help you with.

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Venus Retrograde Stories

Some of the most beautiful stories I’ve witnessed when working with people have been Venus Retrograde stories. There’s something magical about the depth of the reflection, about the raw honesty and the vulnerability that Venus retrograde awakens, that brings the best out of people.

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What’s fascinating about these stories is that people always end up doing something completely counterintuitive… there is always a twist that develops in these stories, as you will soon read.

Venus retrograde brings to the surface all of our repressed feelings and emotions.

Venus Retrograde In The News

If you’ve been watching the news you’ve probably seen already lots of things coming up. I usually look in the news to see what topics are trending on the day a planet goes retrograde.

Just before Venus went retrograde, Lady Gaga was invited to the Stephen Colbert show, where she spoke about trauma and abuse. That night, Venus retrograde was conjunct Lady Gaga’s Moon and Pluto. She said:

“If someone is assaulted or experiences trauma, there is scientific proof — it’s biology — that people change. The brain changes. What it does is it takes the trauma and it puts it in a box and it files it away and shuts it so that we can survive the pain.”

This quote is emblematic for Venus retrograde in Scorpio. Scorpio is the Underworld, the realm of the subconscious. Just because something is hidden, doesn’t mean it doesn’t change us, doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect us.

The second event that got into the news was the mixed martial arts fight between Connor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Khabib (who won the fight) jumped out of the fighting octagon into the crowd, to attack a supporter – an unprecedented act in sports. The fight happened when Venus switched direction and was EXACTLY conjunct Khabib’s Pluto. Venus was at 10°49’ Scorpio and Khabib’s Pluto at 10°49’ Scorpio.

Basically, all his suppressed emotions came out. For good (he had an unusual force and stamina and won the fight) and for bad (he lost control and set a bad example for the sport).

After the fight, Khabib justified his actions by blaming his opponent who had previously mocked his family and his religion. This example shows the rage that can accumulate for a long period of time. Just because Khabib had stuffed it down, didn’t mean that it had gone away.

The scene of Khabib jumping out of the fighting octagon in rage is also emblematic for Venus retrograde in Scorpio. All the things that make us hurt, all the memories we felt when we were out of control and powerless, come to the surface, to be dealt with.

The first three weeks of Venus retrograde are for purging, for bringing these trapped feelings into our awareness.  

That’s definitely not an invitation to do what Khabib did, but an invitation to acknowledge and show compassion for your suppressed emotions.

Venus Retrograde is the best time to clear your basement. It’s not only the ugly things that will come out. Also our treasures. Treasures you were not even aware were hidden there.

Venus Retrograde Stories

I would like to share some stories from the last time Venus went retrograde in Scorpio in October 2010.

Vanessa had a high profile job in sales. Although she worked twice as hard as anyone else and generated three times more revenue than any of her colleagues, her promotion was still not coming. Basically, the manager favored other employees who happened to be close friends or relatives.

When Venus went retrograde, Vanessa’s manager announced the promotions for the coming year. Someone else got promoted, someone who was always late and had difficulties reaching their target. Vanessa was devastated. More than being upset for her not getting the promotion, she was infuriated about the injustice.

She felt powerless and hopeless. After three weeks (when the new Venus cycle started), she decided to resign. She had no plan for the future, she didn’t know what to do next. She completely surrendered.

During one late night at home, wondering why it had happened, she suddenly had a revelation. She remembered the numerous situations when she got herself into ‘impossible situations’. The impossible situations are situations that are impossible to change, no matter how hard you try.

She realized she knew all along when something is a lost cause, but she got herself repeatedly into ‘impossible situations’ so she can experience, again and again, feelings of powerlessness. She wanted to be defeated.

When she finally realized that, all her struggle went away. It was not her fault, as she recognized the same traits in her parents, and in other members of her family. She inherited the need to be defeated.

Just by acknowledging that, everything changed. That mental model didn’t have power over her anymore. When Venus went direct, she found an amazing job (not in sales, but in operations, a job that fit her much better).

She didn’t care about being promoted anymore. In fact, she realized she needed more time for herself. The promotion came only 3 months later. Vanessa was now comfortable with her feelings, and the others felt secure around her too, and finally recognized her leadership potential.

Losing One’s Voice

Amanda was a singer. She was singing 3 days a week in a restaurant. She was sharing a tiny flat with her longtime partner and another friend. When she moved into that city she had big hopes. She hoped she would become famous. She dreamt of a family and of a nice house.

She was now in her early 40’s and realized that probably none of her dreams will come true. When she was on stage singing (just a few days after Venus went retrograde) she suddenly lost her voice. No matter how hard she tried, she could not make herself sing. She left the stage embarrassed and went home crying. The voice came back a few hours later but she knew she would never go back.

She realized she was living a fake, soulless life. She was fake. That’s why she couldn’t sing anymore. She simply couldn’t play that role any longer. She didn’t want to be in that city, she was not happy in her relationship, she didn’t want to sing in a band. She remembered herself as a child, during her singing classes. She deeply feared her music teacher, who was always admonishing her, saying that her voice didn’t sound ‘studied’ and elegant enough.

She realized she has lost her voice not that night, but a long time ago. She had an honest discussion with her partner, who supported her. They finally decided to move out of the apartment in the city center and rented a tiny house in the suburbs. Amanda became a singing teacher, helping other people find their true voice.

As you can see in these examples, Venus retrograde firstly comes with a loss. You lose something of value. And then, it’s exactly this loss that helps you get clarity of your situation. This sudden awareness empowers you to change yourself and change your life.

What Venus retrograde stories do you have?

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How Venus Retrograde Will Affect You

How Venus Retrograde Will Affect You

Venus retrograde has already started. Can you feel the intensity? I’ve got tons of emails from people all over the world asking me what’s going on. You may be wondering if all the craziness in the world has to do with Venus Retrograde, and so, you may be curious how Venus Retrograde will affect YOU. 

If life got a lot more intense lately, you’re not alone. Venus retrograde is a big thing because Venus goes retrograde less than any other planet – only once every 19 months and only 7% of the time! 

Venus Retrograde in Scorpio is by definition more intense than any other Venus Retrograde because Venus in Scorpio is the sign of intensity and transformation.

But not the whole 6-week Venus Retrograde will be like this. Yes, the first three weeks are going to be intense. This is a phase of purging. Those trapped thoughts, feelings and memories are finally ready to come out!

The 2nd half of Venus Retrograde is completely different. After Venus is conjunct the Sun, we are officially done with the previous 19-month Venus cycle. A new cycle begins. The focus will be on how to start afresh.

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Venus Retrograde will end on a glorious note with Venus going direct at 25° Libra, conjunct the highly benefic fixed star Spica.

This Venus Retrograde can have a wonderful happy ending. But it requires awareness. You have to do the work. Venus in Scorpio is not a time to run away. It’s a time to stay with your feelings, no matter how unsettling they are. 

You may wonder how Venus Retrograde will affect you in particular.

Although Venus retrograde will affect all of us, some people will feel it stronger. It will affect you more if you are a Scorpio, a Libra, a Taurus, or an Aries, or if you have your Moon or your rising sign in Scorpio, Libra, Taurus or Aries.

Venus Retrograde will also influence you more strongly if you have a planet or an angle in your chart between 25° Libra and 10° Scorpio. Not sure if you have a planet there? You can check out by generating your natal chart on astro.com → free horoscopes → extended chart selection.

Whether or not you have a planet in Libra or Scorpio, Venus Retrograde WILL influence you in some way. That’s because there is an area of your chart that Venus will cross over. This is where the action is going to happen.

All you need to know is your ascendant sign. I use whole sign houses, so if you use another house system you can adjust accordingly.

Aries Ascendant

If you are an Aries ascendant, Venus retrograde will start in your 8th house of shared resources, trust, intimacy, sex, debt and rebirth. Your relationships with other people will be a source of resentment at first. You may feel you are doing too much and get too little in return. As a result, blow-ups and emotional confrontations can erupt. The solution is in Libra. Libra will show you how to be level-headed in situations that otherwise drive you crazy, and will teach you how to improve your conflict resolution skills. You can transform the resentment into an opportunity to put your relationships on equal footing.

Taurus Ascendant

If you are a Taurus ascendant, Venus retrograde will start in your 7th house of relationships. In the first three weeks of Venus Retrograde, your relationships will be tested. You may be tempted to put an end to some of these relationships. But before you do that, try to see if you can still work them out. When Venus moves back into Libra (that’s your 6th house) she will help you sort things out from a place of humility and compassion. Sometimes life is not fair, and relationships are not fair either, but it doesn’t mean they are not rewarding in any other way.

Gemini Ascendant

If you are a Gemini ascendant, Venus retrograde will start in your 6th house of work, health, daily routine and service to others. All these things can become a source of stress in the first three weeks of Venus retrograde. You may feel fed up. You’ve worked so hard and all your efforts seem to give little return. The secret? Connect to your heart. When Venus moves back into Libra (that’s your 5th house of living from the heart) you will re-align yourself with your heart’s purpose. You will find out how to find joy and fulfillment in areas of life that are otherwise a source of struggle or anxiety.

Cancer Ascendant

If you are a Cancer ascendant, Venus Retrograde will start in your 5th house of living from the heart. In the first three weeks of Venus Retrograde, you may feel you have lost your zest for life.  The answers to your lack of motivation and vitality lay in your family life. Your vitality is an expression of how emotionally safe and nurtured you feel. Whether it is an unresolved issue with a parent, or with someone from your house, this is what you need to fix in order to unlock your heart.

Leo Ascendant

If you are a Leo ascendant, Venus retrograde will start in your 4th house of home, family, roots and emotional security. The first three weeks of Venus retrograde will require you to do ‘shadow work’ in these areas of your life. There is something that needs to be fixed. The solution? Be open to consider new ideas and accept different points of view. It’s not easy to do that when we feel anxious and unappreciated, but embracing a “beginners mind” attitude will actually do the trick for you.  When you distance yourself from your emotions, you can see objectively what’s going on and make the necessary changes from that place of awareness.

Virgo Ascendant

If you are a Virgo ascendant, Venus retrograde will start in your 3rd house of communication, everyday activities and the regular rhythm of life. The first three weeks of Venus Retrograde will be very busy. All your mental clutter will come to the surface. The solution can be found in your 2nd house (this is where Libra is in your chart). The 2nd house is the house of money and assets. Do you have enough security in your finances? Do you spend your time and energy on the right things? By honestly answering these questions, you will find out what you need to move away from, and what you need to focus on.

Libra Ascendant

If you are a Libra ascendant, Venus retrograde will start in your 2nd house of resources: time, money and energy, and the resolution will be in Libra, which is your 1st house. Are you using your money and resources in the right way? Do they reflect who you are? Your relationship with money and resources is an expression of how much power you allow yourself to have. It’s about you, not about the money. There is something you need to address: maybe it’s your money mindset. Pay attention to your health, too. Your body will signal when something is not on.

Scorpio Ascendant

If you are a Scorpio ascendant, Venus retrograde will start in your 1st house of identity and will end in your 12th house of the unconscious. In the first three weeks, Venus retrograde will show you which parts of yourself are not fully aligned with your integrity. Perhaps a blind spot. The solution can be found in your 12th house. Pay attention to messages that come to you from the invisible world. Something that was unconscious will eventually become conscious. This is the best time to integrate your shadow. 

Sagittarius Ascendant

If you are a Sagittarius ascendant, Venus retrograde will start in your 12th house of the unconscious motivations, blind spots, and overlooked opportunities. In the first 3 weeks of Venus Retrograde, you may feel lost and alienated. The solution is in your 11th house of friends and groups of people. If you haven’t found God on a peak of the mountain, maybe it’s time to call a friend. Having a connection with real people will restore your sanity.

Capricorn Ascendant

If you are a Capricorn ascendant, Venus retrograde will start in your 11th house of hopes, dreams, friends, and communities. Do you feel disconnected from your hopes and dreams? Do you expect that someone or something from the outside will help make them happen? That the stars need to align? The answer to the struggle can be found in your 10th house of the higher self. Instead of expecting the world to change, choose to become the change you want to see in the world.

Aquarius Ascendant

If you are an Aquarius ascendant, Venus retrograde will start in your 10th house of status, career, and achievements, pointing to how you may sabotage your career by not paying enough attention to your overall vision. By going back to the drawing board, you will find the answers you are looking for. Do you really have a purpose or you’re just trying to what others expect from you? Have a look at your life – it’s not that important what other people think of it – the real question here is whether it’s in line with YOUR path. Not with society.

Pisces Ascendant

If you are a Pisces ascendant, Venus retrograde will start in your 9th house of vision and purpose. The first three weeks of Venus Retrograde will feel as though you have lost your faith in life, that you have lost your compass. The solution can be found in your relationships with others. Your overall direction in life is connected to people you are close to, you make agreements with, or share resources with. What is it about these agreements that you need to revise? Which people can you trust? Under what revised terms can you continue the relationships with these people?

To find out how Venus Retrograde in Scorpio plays out in real life, make sure you read Venus Retrograde Stories

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New Moon in Libra – Sorting Things Out

New Moon in Libra – New Endings, New Beginnings

The New Moon in Libra takes place on October 8 (if you live in the US) or on October 9 (if you live in Europe or Australasia). The New Moon is at 15° Libra.

This New Moon will feel more like Scorpio than Libra.

Why? The ruler of the New Moon, Venus is in Scorpio and recently turned retrograde.

Also, the New Moon applies a very tight square to Pluto. And Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio.

As you can see, we have a lot of Scorpio energy connected to the New Moon. And what does Scorpio stand for? Transformation, transformation, transformation.

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New Moons are connected to new beginnings, but because the ruler of the New Moon, Venus is retrograde, this new beginning is somewhat connected to the past.

Still, because it’s a New Moon, it’s not about closing chapters, it is about opening new chapters.

Making Peace With The Dark Side

Therefore, the New Moon in Libra is about sorting things out. What kind of things? Those things that lay in your subconscious. Your subconscious is the metaphorical Underworld, the realm of Scorpio and Pluto.

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What can you do to bring the unconscious to the surface?

Everything starts with making a decision to try a different approach.

Libra is the scales that ponder the benefits and the costs. If it’s worth it, she will go for it. Libra is a cardinal sign after all. And cardinal signs are about taking action.

The New Moon is also trine Mars. Mars is the planet of assertion and drive. Mars will push you to assert your personal will. You are motivated. You are ready. It’s time to clean the basement!

In Scorpio, Venus operates from the subconscious. Venus retrograde in Scorpio digs into the subconscious to expose what’s hidden behind your passions, your relationships, your finances, your jealousy, your need for intimacy, your control issues.

Do you feel empowered in these areas of your life or not? If not, it’s time to find out why.

But the New Moon is in Libra, the scales, the symbol of objectivity and discernment. Libra will take a look at all the mess that came to the surface. She won’t freak out. Libra knows everything in life is a little bit of this and this and a little bit of that.

Are you jealous? Then Libra’s approach is to analyze the pros and the cons of being jealous. There is a good thing about being jealous: it means you are passionate and invested. And there are some cons, too. This jealousy can alter your judgment and make you make decisions that you regret later. Libra’s approach is to take your jealousy and turn it into something harmonious, workable and balanced.  

Reconstruct Yourself

The Sabian symbol of the New Moon is “After a storm, a boat landing stands in need of reconstruction”.  

The storm is a symbol for the indestructible forces of nature connected to the Scorpio / Pluto archetype. It is a symbol of fate, of how things are supposed to work, in the grand scheme of things.

The boat landing represents our free will – it is a man-made structure that defies nature. Our free will comes with benefits (we get to choose) but also with a cost (it interferes with the natural flow of life). Nature will too, adjust to us, but it will take time.

We need to consciously re-invent ourselves so we can align the two realms: our free will, and our fate.

Most of the time, the boat landing will help us make our lives better. But there are times when we need to withstand storms. We never have 100% control, no matter how advanced the engineering is. Some storms will damage us, and there’s no way around that.

But it is exactly the broken structure, what is left of us after the storm, that is our greatest opportunity.

When you feel you’re falling apart, that’s, in fact, your unique chance to reconstruct yourself, to reinvent yourself, so that you can grow into an even better human being.   

What action will you take to reconstruct yourself? The New Moon in Libra is the best time to take that first step.

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Astrology Of October 2018 – Venus Goes Retrograde

Astrology October 2018 – Venus goes Retrograde

The event of the month is, of course, Venus retrograde in Scorpio. Venus changes course on October 5 at 10° Scorpio and will stay retrograde until November 15.

This is one of the most intense Venus retrograde we have had in a while. Why? Firstly, because it’s in Scorpio. Usually, that’s ‘enough said’. Scorpio is the sign of change and transformation. After any serious Scorpio transit, something inside you changes forever. Once you emerge from the storm, you’re never the same person again.  

Scorpio is the sign of hidden things, so Venus retrograde will expose your most hidden secrets, especially those related to love and relationships. No matter how happy our relationships are, there is always stuff buried deep inside. 

Venus retrograde will dive into the Underworld to expose this buried stuff. When Venus is retrograde, she is in fact in a perfect alignment with the Earth and the Sun. Venus disappears in the rays of the Sun to dive into the metaphorical Underworld, where she gets purified.

When Venus is retrograde, the pull of self-transformation is so strong that we cannot ignore it. Whether or not you are aware of it yet, you too are ready to dive in.

Venus retrograde makes an intense opposition to Uranus, the planet of unexpected change, freedom, and liberation. Usually, one Uranus transit is enough to break the chains of illusion. But this time we have an unusually long Uranus transit, because of Venus’ back and forth motion.

Because it takes so long, Venus-Uranus will break the strongest chains – those chains you thought are impossible to break. Ultimately, the Venus-Uranus opposition will liberate us from the prison of our outdated Selves, so that we can have mature, meaningful and authentic relationships.

Let’s have a look at the most important events of October 2018:

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October 2nd, 2018 – Mercury is Square Pluto

On October 2nd, 2018 Mercury is square Pluto. We all have obsessive thoughts from time to time. The reason they become obsessive is that there are certain aspects of our lives we believe we have no control over. And the anxiety of ‘not having control’ creates these obsessive thoughts.

Obsessive thoughts are thoughts that got caught in a loop because we’re not addressing the underlying cause that created them in the first place. 

Your challenge during this transit is to pay closer attention to these obsessive thoughts. Where do you feel powerless in your life, and why? Pluto always asks for the ‘why’ and will ‘torture’ you until you find out. Once you have found out, the simple acknowledgment of the ‘why’ usually solves the problem.

October 5th, 2018 – Venus goes Retrograde

On October 5th, 2018 Venus goes retrograde. Venus is how the world makes us feel. When Venus goes retrograde in Scorpio, the sign of the truth, you may discover some things in your life that aren’t that pretty.

But the worst thing you could do is to try to brush them off. That strategy, my friend, is not going to work. Scorpio EXPOSES. The more you try to hide it, the more it will come to get you.

Venus goes retrograde in Scorpio for a reason. We all have some skeletons in our closet. These skeletons get bored too, and once every 8 years, when Venus goes retrograde in Scorpio, they want to come out. The question is: are you going to build a stronger lock to keep them in there for 8 more years, or are you going to let them out?

Are you ready? Have no fear. You can actually thrive during this process, and I’ll show you how. Watch out for my announcement of the Venus retrograde course!

October 9th, 2018 – New Moon in Libra

On October 9th, 2018 we have a New Moon in Libra. This New Moon is square Pluto. Venus, the ruler of the New Moon, is in Scorpio AND is retrograde. This New Moon in Libra will feel very Scorpionic, so don’t expect love, peace, and chocolate.

New Moons come with new beginnings. This particular new beginning has a ‘retrograde’ flavor to it. There is some ‘unfinished’ energy about it. Something about this new beginning will require some digging into the past. If you start something new around October 9th, there is more to it.   

On the same day, Mercury moves into Scorpio, the most investigative sign of the zodiac. Mercury likes to go into the secret corners of your mind and expose the most creepy thoughts and feelings. These are things we usually hide from others and even from ourselves.

Mercury is an objective planet, and Scorpio is all about the truth. Not the objective truth of Libra, but the emotional and sometimes ambivalent truth of deep-water Scorpio.

Mercury in Scorpio is about applying radical honesty in your everyday life. Radical honesty doesn’t mean telling your friend “you look fat in that dress”. It starts with yourself. Are you really honest – with your own feelings – when you tell someone they are fat? What really drives you to say that? Is it honesty or something else?  

October 10th, 2018 – Mercury opposite Uranus; Venus square Mars

On October 10th, 2018 Mercury is opposite Uranus and Venus is square Mars. This is a high energy, erratic day. You can have an irresistible desire to speak your mind or to take decisive action in one of your relationships.

Taking action is always a good idea, as long as you take it from a place of confidence and alignment. If you are out of alignment, is not a good idea to rush in into an action you will end up regretting later.

On a positive side, these dynamic aspects can help you find creative solutions to some problems you’ve been avoiding.

October 12th, 2018 – Sun square Pluto

On October 12th, 2018 Sun is square Pluto. The Sun is in Libra and Pluto is in Capricorn – we have some serious cardinal action! Power struggles are usually the norm when the Sun makes an aspect to Pluto, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Pluto only wants to show you that there is some higher truth about life that you may not be aware of yet. Pluto will push you outside your comfort zone to find this higher truth. It can be uncomfortable at first, but it is so much worth it. This is a great day for self-development or self-inquiry.  

October 15th, 2018 – Mercury conjunct Venus

On October 15th, 2018 Mercury is conjunct Venus at 8° Scorpio. Venus is making her last appearances as an evening star. In just a couple of days, she will disappear under the beams of the Sun, ready to be transformed in a morning star. Mercury, on the other hand, has just emerged from the beams of the Sun. He has a message for Venus. This is the call for transformation.

The Sumerian myth of Inanna begins with Inanna deciding to attend her sister’s husband’s funeral. This is her pretext to go into the Underworld. Venus will indeed disappear from the sky 3 days later, on October 18. This pretext, or call to action, is Mercury. He will bring you the message. What is YOUR call to action? 

October 19th, 2018 – Mercury trine Neptune; Mercury square Mars

On October 19th, 2018 Mercury is trine Neptune and square Mars. You can have lots of ideas thanks to the harmonious Mercury trine Neptune aspect, but the dynamic square to Mars will help you put them into practice. If you are more reserved, this transit will give you the impulse you needed to bring your ideas into the world. If you are very extroverted and confident, you can become a little bit too much in love with your ideas and try too hard to push them on others.

October 23rd, 2018 – Sun enters Scorpio

On October 23rd, 2018 Sun enters Scorpio. When the leaves start falling, and Halloween approaches, you know that the Scorpio season is about to start. Scorpio is the sign of change and transformation that can lead to inner strength. October/November is also the season when we usually get the flu. Getting the flu is not pleasant, but it can, in fact, help your immune system get stronger.

And this is how Scorpio operates. It creates a bit of discomfort so that you can become stronger, better and enjoy life even more. Venus (retrograde), Mercury and Jupiter are already in Scorpio. When the Sun joins in, you will become aware of what exactly you need to transform in your life so you can become stronger and better.

October 24th, 2018 – Full Moon in Taurus

On October 24th, 2018 we have a Full Moon in Taurus. The Full Moon in Taurus is on high voltage! This Full Moon should be called the “AC/DC Full Moon” as it is exactly conjunct Uranus.

The Moon and Uranus are in the first degree of Taurus, and Sun is in the first degree of Scorpio. The ruler of the Full Moon, Venus is retrograde and approaching the conjunction with the Sun. Something is in the making. 

Taurus and Scorpio are FIXED signs are they RESIST change. Uranus is the planet of change. What do you think it will happen? When it comes to Uranus, I don’t make any predictions. Prepare for a revelation. Something needs to change. You may not know what exactly, but you already feel it coming.

October 26, 2018 – Venus conjunct Sun

On October 26th, 2018 Venus retrograde is conjunct Sun and a new Venus cycle begins. The interior conjunction with the Sun basically means the end of the Venus current cycle and the beginning of a new one. This is the most important day of the Venus retrograde and one of the most important days of the year.

Venus throws herself into the arms of the Sun. This is where she gets purified, where she sheds her old skin. And this is where she gets clarity and where she seeds her intentions for yet another 19-month journey.

And this is where she will metamorphose from an evening star into a morning star. Today is a turning point. Mark this date in your calendar. Pay attention to what happens around this date. Journal it.

October 29th, 2018 – Mercury conjunct Jupiter

On October 29th, 2018 Mercury is conjunct Jupiter at 27° Scorpio. This is the last aspect a planet makes to Jupiter in Scorpio before Scorpio moves into Sagittarius. Jupiter moved in Scorpio in October last year and brought us the #metoo movement.

Mercury is the planet of news and announcements so we can expect the big announcement of the Jupiter in Scorpio transit.

In your natal chart, you will get some information about the area of your life ruled by Jupiter. If you are a Gemini ascendant for example, and Jupiter rules your 7th house, you will get some news about your relationships.

October 30th, 2018 – Mercury enters Sagittarius

On October 30th, 2018 Mercury enters Sagittarius. Sagittarius may not be Mercury’s favorite sign, but it’s certainly an interesting transit.

Mercury is the planet of factual information. Mercury only believes in what he or she can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell.

Sagittarius, on the other hand, is the planet of abstract knowledge, of dogma, of what we believe without questioning. Sagittarius is the sign of philosophy and religion.

Where Mercury sees the details, Sagittarius sees the big picture. In the coming weeks, you may struggle with seeing the forest for the trees. That’s unless your natal Mercury is in Sagittarius or Pisces… in this case you will feel at home with this transit.

Nevertheless, by striving to find details in the big picture, to see the concrete in the abstract, you can have some revelations. This transit is great for studying and any kind of intellectual work where a fresh perspective is needed.

October 31st, 2018 – Venus opposite Uranus 

On October 31st, 2018 Venus is opposite Uranus. Venus makes another exact opposition to Uranus (the 2nd) and shortly after Venus leaves Scorpio and moves back into Libra. After the exhausting process of digging into the depths of our souls, Venus moving back into Libra will feel like the light at the end of the tunnel.

Finally, there is hope. Finally, you will be able to see the silver lining of this heart-shattering transit. Not only Venus moves back into Libra, the sign where she feels at her best, but on the same day, Venus rises again in the sky. This is the first appearance of Venus as a morning star. She’s alive, and ready to start again. And so will you be!

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Full Moon In Aries – Keep Going

No matter what, keep going.

The Full Moon in Aries on September 25 is conjunct Chiron and square Saturn.

The Moon and Chiron are braced together in the first two degrees of Aries, at the beginning of the zodiac.

The Full Moon in Aries conjunct Chiron is vulnerable. It’s like a kid in the 1st day of school. Remember when you did something for the 1st time? Remember the feelings of vulnerability and anticipation? “I am really able to do this?” “What if others think I’m a loser?”.

Aries is the 1st sign of the zodiac and normally he doesn’t care about what others think of him or her. However, right now the Moon in Aries is conjunct Chiron. Chiron feels like an outcast because he IS different. He is an amazing, gifted teacher but he doesn’t know that yet.

Also, the Full Moon in Aries is opposite the Sun and Mercury in Libra, and Libra does care about what others think.

The cherry on the cake, if we could say this, is an almost exact square from Saturn.

Saturn is in Capricorn, where he fully embodies his traits: the tough teacher who obeys the rules and is here to show you that you should, too.

How can you be yourself (Moon in Aries), be mindful of others (Sun in Libra) and also fulfill the expectations of the society (Saturn in Capricorn)?

The answer? Be vulnerable. When you embrace your vulnerability, your awareness increases. So what if you haven’t done it before? When you stay present you pay attention. You become more aware of subtle clues from your environment.

The Full Moon in Aries is not about the usual Aries energy: hey this is me, take me as I am. It’s not about entitlement. It’s about being mindful, being aware, it’s about approaching life with a beginner’s mind.

There is a more subtle message to this Full Moon. That is to stay strong in the face of adversity and follow your north star, no matter what.

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Whatever you do, keep going. Do you feel resistance? Break through it.

No matter how the world tries to bring you down, keep going. Don’t go against it, learn from the others, adjust, but keep going.

You can make it.

Yes, you should listen to other people’s feedback. During the Libra season, we naturally pay more attention to the other. But in the end, it’s all about you.

Will you keep going even when it gets tough?

The ruler of the Full Moon, Mars, is in Aquarius, makes positive aspects to Sun and Mercury, now in Libra. The secret is to stay level-headed and not to take things personally. I warn you, it won’t be easy. When Chiron is conjunct the Full Moon, things are anything but easy.

But Chiron, the wounded healer, is also the wisest teacher. Your deepest wound is your greatest gift. Sometimes we do have to go through some pain and suffering so we can arise stronger, wiser and better.

When good things happen to us, we think it’s luck…but we forget about all the hard work that got us there.

You may know that most people who inherit or gain a large sum of money waste it. That’s because they haven’t earned it themselves. The only things that matter in the end are the ones we earn with our sweat and blood.

Life is challenging from time to time and will push out of our comfort zone. That’s how we learn to appreciate it.

And no matter what, keep going.

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Venus’ Descent Into The Underworld: From Evening Star To Morning Star

Venus Retrograde – Venus’ Descent Into The Underworld

Venus goes retrograde less than any other planet, but when it does, it touches us to the core of our heart.

Venus retrograde is similar to a descent into the underworld: a part of us must die so that a new version of ourselves can emerge.

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Did you know that Venus, our sister planet, is the 3rd brightest object in the sky, after the Sun and the Moon? Venus affects us deeply, and when it changes direction, our life changes too.

Venus retrograde is so much more significant because it happens only once every 1,5 years of 584 days. And Venus retrograde is nothing else but the beginning on a new Venus cycle.

Yes, just like Sun has a cycle (365 days, or a year), just like Moon has a cycle (29 days, or a lunar month), so does Venus.

What is spectacular about the Venus cycle is that it has two distinct phases: Venus rising as a morning star, and as an evening star.

For 9 months (btw, did you know that Venus cycle correlates to the human gestation?) Venus rises before the Sun. This is her morning star phase.

She then disappears from the sky for approximately 2 months. After 2 months, she rises again, this time as an evening star. After that Venus disappears again, this time for two weeks. A new Venus cycle starts, with Venus rising again as a morning star.

Complicated? Venus’ movement back and forth, before and after the Sun can seem confusing (it was confusing for our ancestors too, and some cultures believed that Venus was two different stars!).

When Venus transforms from an evening star to a morning star, she actually disappears from the sky. Venus goes retrograde. 

The Rebirth Of Venus

Venus retrograde happens exactly at the end of a Venus cycle when Venus shifts from an evening star to a morning star. 

Venus changes her clothes from an evening lady to a morning warrior.

When retrograde, Venus has to leave behind her beautiful evening gown and embrace the purity of nature. This is the rebirth of Venus.

Venus retrograde is nothing else but Venus’ rebirth.

The transformation is a complete metamorphosis. No wonder Venus retrograde completely turns our life upside down, too.

I know people who lock themselves in the house, refuse to go out, say no to invitations, don’t make any purchase, and don’t even go to the hairdresser when Venus is retrograde. But unless we understand that Venus retrograde is a necessary process of transformation, we will miss out greatly on opportunities to change ourselves and our lives for the better. 

Venus is retrograde for 40 days. Many myths have been connected to the 40 days period: Jesus was tempted in the wilderness for 40 days. Moses and the ancient Hebrews wandered in the wilderness for 40 days. Buddha is said to have fasted and meditated for 40 days before reaching Samadhi.

But perhaps the most significant Venus retrograde myth is the Sumerian myth of Inanna’s descent into the underworld. 

Venus And The Myth Of Inanna

Inanna is no one else but the Sumerian counterpart of Venus. Inanna was the Goddess of fertility and abundance and the most important deity of the times.

Her morning and evening phase where indicators of agricultural productivity. Food was the most important thing for our ancestors, food basically meant life. No wonder Inanna (Venus) played such an important role at the time.

The myth of Inanna’ descent into the underworld is nothing else but an allegory of Venus’ retrograde cycle.

  • inanna-ereshkigalThe myth starts with Inanna deciding to travel to the underworld to visit her sister Ereshkigal, the Goddess of the Underworld. To the Sumerians, Venus disappearing under the horizon meant Venus went to the Underworld
  • Inanna passes through 7 gates to Underworld and she has to remove a piece of clothing or jewelry at each gate–> she needs to let go of her old identification of the self
  • She finally arrives in the Underworld, but her sister decides to kill her –> this is the phase when Venus is conjunct the Sun and a new Venus cycle starts. To start anew, a part of us must die
  • The goddess of the Underworld who strikes Inanna dead is nothing else but our shadow side, which we need to learn to integrate
  • Emissaries from the Earth come to rescue Inanna and resurrect her. Inanna is resurrected and comes back to Earth –> this is the phase when Venus appears again in the sky, this time as a morning star.
  • Inanna’s myth is the story of Venus retrograde when Venus ‘shapeshifts’ from Evening Star to the Morning Star.

To recap

  • At the beginning of Venus retrograde, Venus appears to change her direction and starts moving backward
  • Venus becomes invisible in the evening sky as she is approaching the conjunction with the Sun
  • Mid-retrograde cycle Venus conjuncts the Sun and a new Venus cycle starts
  • 7 days after the conjunction Venus appears again, this time in the morning sky
  • And 10 days after her appearance, Venus finally starts to move forward again.

The Real Meaning Of Venus Retrograde

Two things are important to keep in mind about Venus retrograde:

  1. Venus changes from an evening star to a morning star–> Venus retrograde is about a metamorphosis from one state of being to another
  2. Venus starts a new cycle –> Venus retrograde will come with a new beginning in your life.

Venus retrograde and a new beginning? This can come as a surprise to you because you probably have a long list of things you should NOT do when Venus (or any other planet) is retrograde.

But now that you know that Venus actually starts a new cycle when retrograde, it makes sense it comes with new opportunities.

That’s not the case in the first half of Venus retrograde. The first 20 days of Venus retrograde are about letting go of the old, and NOT a time for new beginnings. This is when old lovers or unfinished things from the past come into your life – so that you can finally deal with them.

So yes, the first half of Venus retrograde is about letting go of something of value. 

However, when we start the second half of Venus retrograde things take a completely different turn.

Born Again

This is a little-known secret but exactly at the middle of the Venus retrograde (this will be October 26, 2018), when Venus is conjunct the Sun and closest to the Earth, this is the best time for a new beginning. This is when you have more free will than ever. In the heart of the Sun, you can manifest whatever your heart desires.

This is also a time of confusion. When Venus is conjunct the Sun, she is also invisible. Things may not be what they seem. But now, more than ever, it is important to listen to your heart. Even when the actual evidence may be missing, it’s important to listen to what your heart is trying to tell you.

This doesn’t mean you should make a big decision yet. It will take a few more days until Venus will appear in the sky again (on November 5th). This is when things will start to make more sense to you.

As you can see, there is so much more to Venus retrograde than ‘don’t start a new relationship now’ or ‘don’t make important decisions’. Venus retrograde will come with changes, that’s for sure, but the purpose of these changes is to make you a better person. 

Let the heat of the Sun burn you, just like Venus throws herself into the arms of the Sun, just like Inanna is killed by her alter-ego, Ereshkigal.

If you do it, you will finally shed your old skin, and let go of whatever is no longer serving you.

And then, just like Venus is born again, this time in the morning sky, a new you will emerge.

At the time Venus is conjunct the Sun, she is as close to the Earth as she can be. This is the time to have an honest look at your core values and discover what you hold most dear.

Yes, Venus retrograde can initially come with a loss. You will have to let go of old values, relationships, or your attitude to these relationships. But if you do it, then your life will be completely transformed.

Venus Morning Star, Venus Evening Star

Venus retrograde is that part of the 19 months or 584-day Venus cycle when Venus changes from an evening star to a morning star.

Venus spends half of the cycle as a morning star and the other half of the cycle as an evening star.

These two faces of Venus correspond to the two signs Venus rules: Taurus and Libra.

Taurus has the characteristics of Venus as a morning star, and Libra has the characteristics of Venus as an evening star.

When Venus rises a morning star, before the Sun, she is straightforward, sensual, and keen to meet her needs and desires.

Venus morning star is about self-love – about learning how to love yourself for who you are, straight and simple. 

You were born with Venus as a morning star if your Venus is before your Sun in your natal chart. EXAMPLE: If you are a Virgo, but your Venus is in Leo or Cancer, you are a Venus morning star. If you are a Virgo and your Venus is also in Virgo, Venus has to be before the Sun (e.g. Venus is at 10° Virgo, and Sun is at 20° Virgo).

When Venus rises as an evening star, she has learned about self-love. She is now is concerned with the love for another. That’s why she appears in the sky AFTER the Sun has set (which is a symbol for Libra).

Venus is now interested in others. You were born with Venus as an evening star if Venus is after your Sun in your natal chart. EXAMPLE: if you are a Virgo, but your Venus is in Libra or Scorpio, you are a Venus evening star. If you are a Virgo and your Venus is also in Virgo, Venus has to be after the Sun (e.g. Sun is at 10° Virgo, and Venus is at 20° Virgo). 

We can see the two faces of Venus everywhere in nature, and in art.

Let’s take two famous painters who depicted Venus in their masterpieces.

Firstly, there is Titian, who captures the raw sensuality, materialism, the physical love of Taurus, or Venus as a morning star. Look at her, she oozes sensuality! 

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And then there is the famous’ Botticelli “the birth of Venus”. He focuses on the delicacy, beauty, perfection, and serenity that are Libra – or Venus evening star qualities.

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Venus is depicted naked. She is naked just like Inanna was left naked when she arrived at the Underworld, got killed and then resurrected. Her nudity represents the essence of love, those values that never die, true love and beauty.

Venus is depicted naked. She is naked just like Inanna was left naked when she arrived in the Underworld, got killed and then resurrected. Her nudity represents the essence of love, those values that never die, true love and true beauty.

Venus: Self-Love And Selfless Love

We need both types of Venus in our life: self-love (Venus morning star) and selfless love (Venus evening star).

Your Venus natal phase tells you which type of love you were born to master in this lifetime.

Are you a Venus morning star? You then need to master self-love. You need to learn how to love yourself. Attention, narcissism is not self-love, it’s, in fact, a lack of self-love masked as self-love. True self-love does not need validation from the outside. 

Are you a Venus evening star? You then need to master selfless love, the love for the other. This doesn’t mean you have to become a doormat and do whatever it takes to please the other. It simply means to love ‘the other’ for who they are.

No matter what your natal Venus phase is, Venus retrograde is a reminder that in order to fully embrace Venus, you need to explore both. You cannot love the other if you don’t love yourself. And what is self-love alone, if it cannot be shared with another? 

Venus retrograde is a promise that just like Inanna rose from the dead, your heart can rise too, into more and more love, with every Venus retrograde cycle.

If you want examples of Venus retrograde plays out in real life read the Astro Butterfly blog post Venus Retrograde Stories

 

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New Moon In Virgo – Opportunities

New Moon In Virgo – A Moment in Time

On September 9 we have a New Moon in Virgo.

Do you feel the earthy, feminine energy? On September 9 literally ALL 10 planets are in feminine signs, and all of them (with the exception of Mars) make positive aspects.

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That’s pretty incredible. Don’t believe me?

Uranus (2° Taurus) is trine Saturn (2° Capricorn) and Mercury (6° Virgo), forming a grand earth trine. Grand earth trines are best for making things happen.

The New Moon (Sun and Moon at 17° Virgo) is trine Pluto (18° Capricorn) and sextile Jupiter (18° Scorpio). A New Moon is the best time to initiate new things… and when you have the support of the most ‘potent’ planets, Jupiter and Pluto, impossible is nothing, like in the Adidas commercial.

The New Moon in Virgo will definitely come with stellar opportunities, if you know how to navigate through the muddy waters of the earth and water signs.

We also have two tense aspects: the New Moon in Virgo is opposite Neptune, and Mars is square Venus. However, these aspects stand no chance to spoil this beautiful New Moon. It’s even better we have a little bit of tension, because too many positive aspects can lead to inertia.

The ruler of the New Moon, Mercury, is in Virgo, which is great, because Mercury has both his domicile and exaltation in Virgo. No better place to be for Mercury and multiple opportunities for you!

New Moon Opposite Neptune

The most important aspect the New Moon makes is an opposition to Neptune. Neptune oppositions can have a bad reputation, but this usually happens when we don’t understand how Neptune works, and we try to outsmart it. And we don’t do that with Neptune (or with Pluto) – right?

Also, because we have so many positive aspects right now, I truly believe this time we will see more of the positive manifestations of Neptune.

What can we expect exactly from a New Moon opposite Neptune?

We basically have both the Sun and the Moon on one side of the zodiac (in Virgo), opposite Neptune on the other side of the zodiac (in Pisces).

The Sun and the Moon are the Yin (Moon) and the Yang (Sun) which together represent our identity.

A New Moon opposite Neptune is a time to question your identity, the old definition of who you are and embrace instead the timeless, infinite, everlasting Self you really are.

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Because Neptune is an outer planet, this conflict (the opposition) happens outside your consciousness.

That’s why Neptune transits are famous for the confusion they bring. When something happens outside yourself, you cannot measure it, you cannot make sense of it.

But it is in the chaos that a new order emerges.

The old foundations of your identity are now shaken so you can find new possibilities, so you can discover who you can become.

Neptune opposite the Sun and the Moon will challenge your old identity, so a new, higher self can emerge. Neptune dissolves the identification with your ego, so that you can step into a higher expression of yourself.

Venus Square Mars – Guns And Roses

A few hours before the New Moon, we have an intense square aspect between Venus and Mars. Venus and Mars are the eternal lovers that chase each other, need each other, but never quite understand each other.

Venus-Mars transits bring both attraction and repulsion.

Like it or hate it, Venus in aspect to Mars will not leave you indifferent.

Venus and Mars are now in a tense aspect – a square – so they ‘argue’ with each other. If Venus is the ‘receiver’, Mars is the ‘initiator’ – he likes to get his way whether or not others approve of him (while of course, Venus wants everyone to like her).

Venus is the Goddess of beauty and Mars is the God of war. If Venus is the rose, Mars is the gun.

If Venus brings people together, Mars separates them.

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Venus square Mars will show us that sometimes life is both guns and roses. And it is in the apparent conflict between the two that creation becomes a possibility.

A good metaphor for Venus in hard aspect to Mars is the Earth spinning around the Sun.

Gravity attracts the Earth towards the Sun, and simultaneously the centrifugal force pulls Earth away from the Sun. These two forces provide the opposing tension that keeps the Earth alive.  

Now, in the creative possibilities of the New Moon, is good to keep in mind that if you want to make something happen, you need a bit of friction.

So instead of getting angry if things get too intense, ask yourself what is the creative potential of the situation you got yourself into.

Venus In Scorpio – Embracing Intimacy

After the square to Mars, Venus moves into Scorpio, literally just before the New Moon becomes exact.

Venus will stay for a very long time in Scorpio (until December 3rd) due to the upcoming Venus retrograde.

Because the New Moon and Venus’ ingress into Scorpio happen at the same time, whatever you start at this New Moon will be connected to Venus’ transit in Scorpio.

While the New Moon in Virgo is factual and practical, Venus is Scorpio is mysterious and emotional.

If there is one word that could describe Venus in Scorpio, that is intimacy.

Being intimate with another human being can trigger feelings of vulnerability.

Venus retrograde in Scorpio will analyze every single corner of your mind and soul. Nothing will stay untouched.

She will explore the dark side of your psyche and expose what hides behind your deepest needs and fears. Rage? Jealousy? Nothing will stay unscrutinized.

Your task with the New Moon in Virgo is to become more intentional about your need for intimacy.

You could sit in the dark corners of your bedroom, checking your social media feed, stalking people you admire, wishing you could share a real connection with them, OR you can make a plan about what are you going to do about it.  

A good place to start is acknowledging your need for intimacy. If you are a human (and of course you are) you need intimacy, you need real connections with others. That’s how we humans are wired.

The problems arise when we are ashamed of our need for intimacy.

You may think needing intimacy makes you weak. But the opposite is true. Embracing your need for intimacy makes you vulnerable, makes you real. And this is the real strength.

While retrograde, Venus will move from Scorpio back into Libra, the sign of relationships. Venus moving from Scorpio to Libra will show you how to transform your fears of intimacy so you can have better, more mature relationships with others.

Cosmic Opportunities

We talked about the opposition to Neptune, about Venus square Mars and about Venus in Scorpio. All these aspects will influence your experience of the New Moon in Virgo.

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But to understand the fundamentals of the New Moon in Virgo, let’s get back to basics.

As you probably know, New Moons are times of new beginnings. Virgo is an earth, mutable sign. So we will have a new beginning related to being practical (earth) and flexible (mutable) in the same time.

In the zodiac, Virgo follows Leo, a fixed sign. Leo is a very intense, creative, but also stagnant energy. Leo resists change, because it wants to preserve the flame of creation. Virgo is the next step – and brings what Leo has created to the next level of perfection. Virgo will make sure that whatever Leo has created ‘makes sense’. The object of creation basically needs to pass the ‘common sense’ test of Virgo.

Virgo has the incredible gift of ‘knowing’ what makes sense and what doesn’t.

If there is one word that could describe Virgo that would be ‘common sense’. Common sense is not taught in schools but it’s perhaps the most useful quality we can have.

Common sense is the ability to quickly makes sense of the world, to make good judgments and behave in a practical and sensible way.

So The New Moon in Virgo is all about common sense, right?

We have a little complication.

Common Sense vs. Cosmic Sense

You also know by now that the New Moon is opposite Neptune in Pisces. Pisces is the polarity of Virgo: both Virgo and Pisces are mutable, flexible signs, but while Virgo is an individual sign, Pisces is a collective sign. While Virgo is an Earth, practical sign, Pisces is a Water, intuitive sign.

Neptune is the planet of ‘no borders, no limits’, of that place where there is no space and time as we know it. The place where all realities collide and where everything is possible.

Neptune represents the higher laws of the universe we don’t fully understand with our limited human thinking. Even if we don’t understand these cosmic laws, it doesn’t mean there’s no order in cosmos.

Yes, there is a higher law, and because we cannot understand it, we must believe in it, we must have faith that it is there. That’s why Neptune is the planet of spirituality and blind faith.

Virgo believes in what she can see, on what makes sense to the rational mind. Virgo is ‘common sense’.

On the other hand, Neptune and Pisces are about the ‘cosmic’ sense – the higher laws of the universe, the intelligent design where everything makes perfect sense.

‘Common sense’ vs. ‘cosmic sense’.

The New Moon in Virgo opposite Neptune is your opportunity to start something new – something that can bridge the gap between the ‘common sense’ of reality as you know it, and the ‘cosmic sense’ of a reality you can only dream of.

You will feel the full effects of the New Moon two days later, on September 11, when the Moon becomes visible, aka rises again in the morning sky.

If you have planets or angles around 17° Virgo, the New Moon will come with an important opportunity for you.