Venus Conjunct Sun – A New Venus Cycle, A Rebirth Of The Hearth

Venus will conjunct the Sun on March 25 at 4° Aries, marking the beginning of a new Venus cycle. A Venus cycle is about new beginnings in love, beauty, money, and personal values.

What is a Venus cycle? Just like the Moon,  Venus also goes through different phases, depending on her relative position to the Sun.

A conjunction of Venus to the Sun -when Venus is retrograde, is called an inferior conjunction and it is the  equivalent of a New Moon. But if a Moon cycle lasts for 29 days, a Venus cycle lasts 18 months, and a complete cycle (a series of 5 Venus cycles) lasts 8 years. Eight years ago, in March 2009, Venus and the Sun united at 7° Aries. What happened to you then?

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The pattern of Venus around the Earth draws a 5-petalled rose in the sky, as viewed from the Earth. Every 8 years, when the Earth and Venus “kiss”’ to form another petal, Venus comes back to the same position in the sky. The patterns of Venus are extremely beautiful – the heart and the rose,  revealing one more time what Venus stands fore: pure beauty and love.

This particular Venus cycle starts in Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, so expect a lot of new beginnings in love.

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Christian Schloe “Set your heart free”

Aries, or “The Fool” as depicted in the Major Arcana in the Tarot, represents the unlimited potential of life. His journey is unknown but he embraces it with innocence. Every day is an adventure and each moment is lived to the fullest.

Venus,  starting a new cycle in the first decan of Aries represents the innocence and the purity of our heart. We are now  ready to leave the past behind, and start over with a newfound confidence that will manifest over the next 8 years.

This transit of Venus reminds me of David Bowie’s song “Absolute beginners”:

“I’ve nothing much to offer

There’s nothing much to take

I’m an absolute beginner

I absolutely love you

If our love song

Could fly over mountains

Could laugh at the ocean

It’s absolutely true”

I “absolutely love” this aspect and I believe it is by far one of the most important aspects of the year. Not only Venus starts a new cycle, but the conjunction takes place just after the Equinox and just before the first New Moon of the astrological year (2 days later, on March 27th).

We have so much fresh energy in the skies that is impossible to stay still, we MUST go and pursue our heart’s desire.

Spiritually, this is the point at which we experience a metaphysical rebirth of the heart. All new phases (New Moon, new Venus) are “dark” because the planets are not visible in the night sky. The depth of the night, just like the depth of the sleep, is the best time to connect deeply with the essence of the planet.

Venus will be invisible in the sky until March 29th so in the coming days take the time to reflect what “Venus” means to you. What role does love play in your life? What about beauty? Personal values? What about money and resources?

In the next three weeks (until Venus turns direct) dare to ask yourself the right questions and ponder what really matters to you. More clarity about what this new cycle is about will come after the New Moon on March 27th  and two days later on March 29th when Venus will start to rise again, now as a morning star.

Venus’ direct station  on April 15th is a good time to take action on whatever has been the outcome of your reflection.

January 9th 2018 will mark the half-way point of Venus’ cycle, when Venus  – now direct – will conjoin the Sun at 19° in Capricorn.  This is just like a  “Full Moon phase” of Venus  – a culmination of what you started on March 25th.

The theme of this new Venus cycle is Passionate Love. Passion for your lover, for your career, for what you like, for who you are. It is a time to get in touch with yourself and literally go to the heart of the matter. Now is the time to tell the world “this is what I want, this is what makes me happy” and then go and get it.

Venus in Aries is in mutual reception with Mars in Taurus which means that the two lovers get the best out of each other. No more settling for what others expect out of you. No more waiting. You will all feel an urge, an “all or nothing” desire to honor your heart and let your true self emerge.

Marked by the new Venus cycle, 2017 will be the YEAR OF LOVE. Those of us with planets or angles around 4° in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) will especially be blessed with love this year. For all of us this new solar cycle will bring something new in your life: romance, relationships, beauty, money and possessions, values.

Anything is possible now: a new love, a new source of income – let the door open and Venus will shower you with her gifts.

Whatever is coming up for you right now is coming up for a reason.

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Sun Conjunct Chiron – Feed The Hungry Horses

 

Sun conjunct Chiron represents the instinct of the human spirit seeking to manifest itself and leave something immaterial behind. Our spirit seeking manifestation represents our “gift to the world”.

Often called “the wounded healer”, Chiron expresses itself at its fullest when linked to the Sun. The Sun is our individuality, what makes us unique, what separates us from the others.

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Together, Chiron and Sun stand for authenticity, for the utmost expression of our uniqueness. Because Sun, when touched by Chiron, cannot hide his wound,  this process –  if handled well – ultimately leads to undying authenticity.

The process of learning about our true self, the process of becoming what we are meant to be, cannot be an easy one. Hence the wound.

Let’s take the example of pearls – do you know how they are made? A parasite tries to work its way into the oyster. As a defense mechanism, a fluid is used to stop the intruder. Layer upon layer of coating is deposited, until a lustrous pearl is formed.

The process take years. For years and years the mussel has to fight an endangering force. And after years of struggling, something amazingly beautiful emerges.

So many times we fail to see that is our shadow, our “handicap” that is the keeper of our greatest power. But for this, you must find the strength to open the wound and pull out the core of the pain that is buried inside. Bring it out!

The path to self-mastery is about recognizing our inner pain and bringing it to the “next level”. Chiron triggers us into feeling our deepest  wound. But it is through our pain, that we have the opportunity to hold a larger perspective.

Ultimately, Chiron’s purpose is to restore wholeness – that’s why Chiron is the symbol of the shaman. The Sun Chiron conjunction will re-actualize all the Chironic themes in your life, asking you to (re)connect with the inner shaman inside.

The shaman’s role is to travel to hell, to heaven, and then back to earth.

In the same way, in his orbit, Chiron is the connecting link between the conscious archetypes of all the planets visible with the naked eye (all planets up to Saturn), and the subconscious aspects, represented by Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

Indeed, Chiron orbits from Saturn up to Uranus and Neptune bringing together these two worlds, connecting us with the universe.

Mithologically, Chiron is a half horse, half human, force of nature that has transcended his human limitations and has brought the gifts of the nature to the Gods.

The horse represents the balance between the instinctive and tamed part of one’s personality. Horses  represent our inner strength and driving force in life.

The horses have always played a very important role all around the world and across time. In ancient times, people used to be buried in a ritual together with their horse.  The man and the horse, buried together. What a strong reference to Sun conjunct Chiron.

This culture of dual burials was so widespread across the world, from Scandinavia to China, that can only be explained by an almost spiritual bond between the entities.

I would like to tell you a story, one of the most beautiful metaphors for what Chiron stands for.

“Once upon a time there was a prince who wanted to stay forever young. Because no one in the court could help him in his daring endeavor, he made a decision to wander through the whole world to find that secret land where life was eternal.

The prince started to prepare for the journey. He went to his father’s stable to choose one fearless horse to help him in his initiatic journey. For days and nights he tried to find the right horse…but, without exception, no horse proved to be strong enough for such a demanding endeavor.  

Finally when the prince lost all the hope, he saw a thin, sick looking, hungry horse, covered with sores. When he approached it, the horse started talking:

“If you want to fulfill your wish, you must ask your father for the sword, lance, bow, arrows, and garments he used to wear when he has young; AND you must take care of me and feed me with your own hands for six weeks and give me oats boiled in milk”

So, the horse, the father’s clothes and prince’s desire to reach “the other side” are the successful resources than can bring eternal life.

The father’s clothes represent our genetic upbringing. We are who we are, with our unique genetic signature, thanks to our parents. In astrology, the genetic upbringing is a mix of Chiron and Pluto.

What about the hungry horse? The horse represents those resources we chose to cultivate, methodically, with faith, with perseverance, even when our progress is unnoticeable.

The man taking care of, and unleashing the hungry horse is a beautiful expression of Sun conjunct Chiron. The horse itself is Chiron.

The hungry horse may get overlooked, or even despised, but he is in our stable for a reason. He has survived time and hardships because he has something to offer, and he can offer something nobody else can, IF you take care of him.

The hungry horse is a symbol for what you leave behind for eternity, your contribution to the world, something that cannot unfold without you. Like any great piece of art, your skills and attributes will outlive you, to feed many more generations to come.

Let’s get back to the story.

“After a long trip, the prince finds what he is looking for, and he reaches the land of eternal youth. Over there he gets married with a beautiful princess and lives a life of bliss.

He does not know how much time has passed, as he stays forever young. But one day he remembers his parents and the house where he grew up, and the longing for his family, for his roots, overwhelmed him.

He decides  to go back to see his parents and the people he grew up with one more time. On his way back home, he notices that everything has changed.

The forests have turned into cities and he could not recognize anything anymore. When he finally reaches the place where he grew up, he notices with sorrow in his heart that everything was now a ruin, and of course everyone in the court was dead for a long time.  

And then the horse tells him:

“I brought you here master, but I will now go back from where I came”.  

The man decides to stay there and let the nature take his course. Mortality finally caches up with him and he dies”

What does the fairy tale tell us? Was only the horse who had a chance to live forever.  No human being is immortal, and sooner or later we will all turn to dust, but our gifts to the world will always stay.  

Chiron conjunct Sun is asking you to pay attention to the wounded, hungry horses. They might be hard to notice somewhere in the corner of your stable full off beautiful and healthy horses. Take care of them and feed them with your “own hand” because it is only through them than you have the chance to eternal life.

Sun in Pisces – Contemplation, Responsibility, Acceptance

Sun enters Pisces on the 18th of February.

Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac. Eleven months after the Spirit (Aries) has grown to become a perfect individual (Sun’s journey from Taurus to Virgo) and thereafter, this perfect individual has learned to give back to the world his or her unique gifts (Sun’s journey from Libra to Aquarius), in Pisces it’s time to integrate everything and become “whole again”.  

After  this perfection is achieved, the Spirit will return to the womb of the universe and start afresh, when on the 19th of March we have the Spring equinox and a new Astrological Year will start (a new Astrological cycle starts at the Spring Equinox which is the same time when the Sun moves into Aries).

“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away” – Exupery

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Pisces season is a time to reap what we sow, to take responsibility for what has happened in our life and simply accept the reality of now.

If you lived with curiosity and intention you can find yourself content with how far you’ve come, no matter how difficult this 12-month cycle has been for you. Remember – It’s not what happens to us, but how we react to what happens to us!

“If your consciousness is clean, pure, innocent, the moment is not far away when you will explode into a luminous splendor. That’s what is known as enlightenment, or awakening, or self-realization” – Osho

Sun’s transit into Pisces is the “culmination” of the human spirit’s mission in this yearly astrological cycle. This is the time to “complete” whatever we have started at the time of the Spring Equinox last year.

February and March (the time before the Spring equinox) have always been a good time to de-clutter the house, the body, the mind and the soul.  

Take your time to meditate, contemplate and ponder things, and prioritize them for the next cycle. Slow down and reflect what this astrological cycle has meant for you, and what you are moving towards or inviting in the next Sun cycle.

The following 4 weeks also make a great time to go for a detox, a purification ritual or try music or art therapy. This is not a time for serious physical or psychological work – be gentle with yourself.

If possible, try to take some days off work and go to a place in nature, preferably by the sea, or by a lake, far away from the business of the city. The best days to go for a mini-retreat are 16 to 18th of March (it is a weekend), just before the Spring Equinox on the 19th of March.

And while the thought of what is about to come into being is unknown, rest assured that a fresh start is just around the corner.

Eclipses In The Ancient Times

Now that the Eclipse season is on (with a Lunar Eclipse on the 10th of February and a Solar Eclipse on the 25th of February) let’s have a look at how Lunar and Solar eclipses were regarded by the great ancient civilizations.
As you can imagine, the interpretations of the ancient astrologers were pretty fatalistic, focusing on physical events and tragedies.

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But we as a human species have evolved through time and with evolution comes the free will.

It is believed that nowadays the enlightened individual is in almost complete control of their fate (…so if you have a challenging chart, with lots of squares or Saturn or Pluto, there is hope! just work on becoming the best version of yourself, and the more you will become it, the less the planets will influence you).

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Meaning of the Solar Eclipses in the Ancient Times:

In January it indicates great prosperity and increase of rains and fruits.  Contentions will increase, and perfidy among people.

The February  solar eclipse it indicates wars, and death of sheep and plentifulness of olives. Rains will increase, and the melons and the olive oil will rot.

In March it indicates goodness of the year, excessive rains. Some of the crops will rot and the oil will be scanty. The year will be a peaceful one.

If the eclipse falls in April it indicates wars and discords. dearness and mortality.

In May it indicates sickness and violent contention and journeys.

In June it indicates mortality among cattle and increase of hostility.

The July eclipse indicates mortality and wars  and dissensions on the plains. Ships will sink in the sea and the soldiers will be mobilized.

In August it indicates scarcity of rains and increase of robbers and corruption.

The September solar eclipse indicates oppression in every place and appearance of locusts. Corruption will increase, and rain will be diminished at the beginning of the year and increased at its end. Contentions will increase among people.

In October it indicates excess of rains and cold, and wars will become violent. There will be plague among horses and goats.

In November, if there occur an eclipse of the sun, it indicates disease in the end of the year, and cold and snow.

The December eclipse indicates increase of rains and snows and fertility of crops and peace among people.

 

Meaning of the Lunar Eclipses in the Ancient Times:

The January lunar eclipse indicates cheapness in the year and justice; the will be good and the affairs of merchants prosperous.

In February it indicates plentiful rains and overflowing of the rivers, winds and earthquakes, and in summer great heat.

In March, an eclipse of the moon indicates terrible colds and snows. The year will be good in crops and wine and olive oil. There will be contentions between the kings the word of quarrels will arise.

In April a lunar eclipse indicates snows and strong winds. Corruption and contentions will increase in the land.

In May it indicates journeys and sickness, mortality of cattle, corruption of vetches, overflowing of springs. The year will be plentiful with its produce.

In June it indicates peace for the poor and trouble for the great, and famine in the west, and justice appears.

The July eclipse indicates immoral conduct in the world; plentiful rains. In autumn diseases will increase and there will be shortage of crops.

In August it indicates much bloodshed; there will be shortage of crops and a king will die.

If the Eclipse is in September, rivers will expand, and there will be various pains among infants in autumn.

In October it indicates security in the year and fertility of the earth, and plentiful rains. There will be thunderbolts and thunder, and some of the grain will rot.

In November the moon eclipse indicates weather calamities, cold and much frost. Famine in the plains. Locusts will appear.

In December it indicates rain and snow, and terrible cold. The olives will be be good with the fruit.

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Of course nowadays astrology is much less fatalistic and much more psychological, and eclipses today generate rather fascination than fear – but having a look at where we came from can teach us a great deal about both the limitations of our human nature and the mightiness of the Universe…and will hopefully make us appreciate every little moment of our short but amazing life.

 

Sun Enters Sagittarius

Happy birthday to all the Saggies out there! – and although only 1/12 of us have the Sun in Sagittarius, we will all benefit from this transit, because the Sun will be activating the area of our chart where there’s room to grow.

With the Sun’s ingress into Sagittarius, we are entering a period of optimism, brightness, expansion and faith.

Sun in Sagittarius is an invitation to embrace our passions and aim higher, to choose freedom over “hanging on,” and follow our heart wherever it wants to take us.

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There’s an explorer inside us all. Whether or not we go on physical or mental explorations, the freedom to experiment and see THE POSSIBILITY and potential everywhere is there, in each one of us, waiting to be unleashed.

Sun in Sagittarius is here to teach us that we can only learn from experience, and to go out into the wild, we have to “dare to” make unpredictability our friend.

Like the archer, we have to aim and let go. We are now discovering that when we trust our instinct, in that moment of divine focus when we connect with the fire within, we usually get it right.

In the following weeks, you have the celestial green light to go for all kind of new experiences without worrying to much (Jupiter, which rules Sagittarius, is the ‘Great Benefic’, so you are in good hands) – so just keep your eyes open and say “yes” to any unusual opportunities. Whether these are exotic lands or just the sight of the unfamiliar – your heart will leap at the possibilities that lay beyond your comfort zone.

Beware though, too much of the good thing can lead to denial of seeing  risks or obstacles. Too much optimism and faith can be a double edged sword – there is a danger to get stuck in your head for what you believe in and fight tooth to nail to get everyone else see it too.

Opinions can run very strong! Just keep in mind that is when you’ve become certain of something, you’ve stopped being open to learning.

Deep inside, Sagittarius is a lover of Truth, and candor and honesty are his hallmarks. The transit is good for dealing with institutions of higher learning, publishing companies, law, sports and adventure.

Take advantage of the Sun in Sagittarius’ contagiously enthusiastic approach to life and use the following weeks to learn something new, sign up for a class, enroll in a club, do something in your community to help make a difference, spread positive energy, have fun and dream big.

Life is a journey, enjoy the ride!

Mercury conjunct Sun in Scorpio

We can’t read other people’s thoughts and feelings. Getting to know someone starts with exchanging information, but with time, this information trade “I tell you this, if you tell me that” transforms into a powerful bond. Our relationships become more than just the “exchange”, more than just a “trade”. With time, we have a “stake” in one another, we invest a part of ourselves into a part of the other.

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Scorpio rules the 8th house, the house of shared resources and intimacy. Building this “exchange” of intimacy takes time and trust. Mercury conjunct Sun in Scorpio  is here to teach us about the power of building a bond, a long term relationships by simply being there every day, by paying attention, by doing the small talk, ultimately, by slowly slowly developing empathy.

We are all empathetic to some degree, because as humans we evolved in social groups where empathy was an adaptive advantage. Mercury, the sign of the mind and of communication is conjunct Sun, the planet of the Self, in the sign of intimacy and long term relationships (Scorpio). Scorpio is a water sign, and beyond all proverbial Scoprio strength and mystery hides a watery, deeply intuitive and empathetic individual.

The transit of Mercury and Sun in Scorpio will give us insights into what empathy is and why it is important.

Things to do to develop your natural empathy:

  • Do something different – try something new, anything from trying a new dish, to watching a completely different genre of movie, to changing the place where you usually hang out. Simply try something new, even if it is random
  • Be open – examine your prejudice and preconceptions about the new thing you try or about the new person you are talking to
  • Listen – really listen to what the other has to say, and try to understand where they are coming from and what their needs are
  • Give in – make a commitment to simply give, without expecting anything in return

Sun Enters Libra

No matter where you live on earth, today the day is equal to the night. The Sun is equal to the Moon. The nature achieves the perfect equilibrium between day and night, male and female, high and low.

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And this is the perfect metaphor for the sign of Libra. Libra’s mission in the Zodiac is to strive to find the balance between opposite factors. Libra feels compelled to act when one side of the scale starts to tip. Libra is the only sign on the Zodiac NOT represented by a living being, and this is because Libra is the sign of pure reason and judgement. I am sure you all know many Libras who are anything but fair or reasonable (that’s because no human being can have all planets in the same sign) but in its pure essence, Libra is all about unbiased reason, about equality and fair chances.

During this transit our negotiation will become easier and more productive, and our decision making will improve too (some say Libras have a hard time making decisions, but this is only because Libras only make good decisions, and some decisions indeed need extended time and research 😉

We will find easier to put ourselves into other people’s shoes and see things from a different perspective.
The coming 30 days are a good time for relationships in general and for social activities, so make sure your calendar is full with meetings, events and parties