Mars Joins Saturn & Mercury Opposes Pluto – Let’s Rumble

If you are like me, you’ve been wondering what is going on with the planets since the mood of everyone seems to be at a fever pitch and everyone is having trouble getting their balance, along with several countries. The effects of this conjunction will last for the next week so when I share the information about this aspect, I mean it will go on for a few days, even though the planets came together exactly this afternoon.

Today confrontational Mars joined stern Saturn in the critical, analytical, and detailed sign of Virgo. Since Virgo is an earth sign, it may effect material goods, health, and financial circumstances. It often effects banks and our accounting. Don’t overdue your workout routine this week.

You may find a confrontational situation over documents or a conversation may bring the end of a cycle in a relationship. It may also bring an end to a relationship, but, depending on your chart, it’s possible to use it constructively.

People born under the sign of Virgo are known for being good at details, although somewhat critical at times. Virgo can rule writing and documents and there may be arguments over something that has been said or written.

Automobiles and computers may also be affected since they are complex and their workings are quite detailed. Since Mercury in Gemini, where it is comfortable and represents communication and travel, takes the power of the energy from these two difficult planets back to itself, and Mercury is opposing Pluto, when these two planets come together,there may be a final end to a situation with a group or family relationship. It may be due to documents or communication of some sort, but the devil is in the details, as they say, and Virgo (the sign where Mars and Saturn come together) is definitely about details. The greater wisdom would be to stay out of arguments if you can and tell anyone who wants to discuss a serious matter that it would work better next week. That will give you a little time to let the intensity die down, although the upcoming Solar Eclipse may also present some challenges.

Note: Read the comments below for more information on countries ruled by the sign of Virgo.  This paragraph has been altered due to an astute observation by a blog visitor.  I had mistakenly identified Germany as a country under the mundane rulership of Virgo and, in fact, it is ruled by Aries.  Read the comments for more on this.

You may find that countries, identified in the comments below, that are ruled by Virgo may see some significant activity. It is also possible that there will be an earthquake or volcano eruption for the next few days while the effect of this conjunction is being felt.  Charlie Sheen, Virginia Madsen, Tommy Lee Jones, Rachel Ward, Sophia Loren, and Hugh Grant are all Virgos.


New Moon in the Maternal Sign of Cancer

A Water Baby

A Water Baby by Herbert James Draper

This painting is the principle of Cancer; a mother with her child, a protective shell, and the sea.

The New Moon that took place July 2 was in the sign of Cancer which represents emotions, mother, the maternal principle, and family. This New Moon will bring feelings and family matters front and center for this month. Emotions involving the family, and deeply tender and sensitive feelings for those close to us will be part of the theme. It’s an excellent time to schedule a trip for the whole family at a restaurant or a resort where everyone can sit and chat and just enjoy each other’s company. It is a time for renewing the family ties and cleansing emotional wounds. Cancer, the sign ruled by the moon, rules the natural fourth house which includes family of origin, domestic life, residence and possessions. It also rules emotions, women, mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, and girlfriends. The Moon also rules our subconscious and past lives. It is a cardinal (leadership) water sign (intuitive and emotional) and many who have planets in this sign in their charts are very intuitive and very nurturing. The USA is under the sign of Cancer which may account for these lines of the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty from the poem “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me…:”

In Hindu astrology, wearing a pearl or moonstone strengthens the moon position and brings you good fortune (in the Hindu system, not in the Western system of astrology) if the moon has a strong placement in your chart. The moon is considered fortunate in the signs of Cancer and Taurus. Famous Cancers celebs are Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, and Nelson Mandela.

Mars Trine Pluto – Passion, Drama, and a Possible Breakthrough

Mars in Leo Within Orb of Regulus, One of the Royal Stars of Persia

More information on Graphic and Article on Regulus from Visual Astrology Newsletter

When I see these two powerhouses in fire signs, I watch for dramatic changes. The best you can expect from this aspect is the possible breakthrough of a block in your life or some sort of progress with an authority or power figure, family, or group.

For those of us familiar with fire signs, there is nothing as exciting as watching these two in action. And despite the retrograde motion of Pluto, which just returned from Capricorn back into Sagittarius recently, the thrusting power of Mars in the last degree of Leo may make this an aspect that clears, or at least begins to dislodge, some blocked area of our lives or an attempt to deal with a group or family situation.

Since fire is the sign of the hero archetype, an attitude of “Let’s solve this problem right now” is often followed with a dramatic masterstroke or grand gesture. Pluto often represents groups and often the family, or a group that is like a family. Since Mars is still within the influence orb of the benevolent bright star, Regulus at 28 degrees of Leo (‘The kingmaker’), there may be some positive results, but with Pluto retrograde, there may be secrets involved or information you don’t have about what’s going on. It may also indicate a stubborn resistance much like the old saying ‘the immovable object meets the irresistible force’. Try to work with people and avoid confrontations, no matter how hard it is to bite your tongue. Any argument started under this aspect could get out of hand as quick as a flash fire and escalate before you can stop it.

Since both of these planets can represent sex, there may be an exciting and passionate encounter, but keep in mind possible background influences that are secret. Opportunities to move forward decisively may open up but they may still have challenging knots to be untangled. If you get a chance to travel, there may be hang-ups, or difficulties in transit. This aspect represents raw power but it may have blocks and secrets that may not be apparent. Fire may be involved literally so it isn’t a good time to be careless with anything that involves fire, like fireworks. This aspect will last a few days.

Uranus – the Great Revolutionary Planet – Goes Retrograde


Aquarius, illumination from a book of hours, Italian, c. 1475; in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York City (MS. G.14).
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Aquarius, illumination from a book of hours, Italian, c. 1475; in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York City (MS. G.14).

Aquarius (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Whenever I experience that old impulsive feeling to suddenly change everything, I know Uranus is at it again working it’s magic in my life. It is when I feel more alive then I’ve felt before and more determined to express the creativity in my life that I’ve been putting off. Since I have a prominent Uranus influence in my chart, expressing my individuality is always important to me.

Uranus, the ruler of the sign Aquarius, known as the planet of surprises, goes retrograde and important projects or relationships we have started recently may be readjusted and reconsidered until Uranus goes direct again in November, when plans will most likely go forward toward their final destiny.

Uranus represents our deepest need to free ourselves from all the rules that society and our families require of us so that we can fulfill our soul level need to evolve and expand. If we have a yen to be artistic or musical or experience a time as a free spirit without responsibility, Uranus is at work. When a Uranus aspect is prominent in our life or making an important relationship to our planets, our greatest need is to take a stand and define ourself as an individual, no matter what the cost.

With Uranus going retrograde on the 27th in the sign of Pisces, it will prepare to make its way toward the important opposition to the planet of structure, stability, and time, Saturn. This may challenge us to take another look at the structures and patterns in our life. At times we may feel like our life is being torn apart, but its purpose is to force us to remove the deadwood from our lives and demand that we deepen our commitment to be a unique reflection of who we are and what we came into this life to accomplish. It is a perfect example of the famous quote by Socrates ” the unexamined life is not worth living.” Uranus shakes us out of our complacency and forces us to be true to our unique self.

We should be prepared for big shakeups in our life, depending on where the aspect effects us. Life as we’ve known it will probably change, possibly dramatically, and we need to recognize that it will free us up to evolve individually and globally.

Sudden impulses may carry us away, especially if we have unfinished business or relationships from the past that return to demand resolution or, if they represented a truth about ourself that we ignored, they may break us free of false values and the structures in our life that they support, like marrying the wrong person to please the family or getting into the wrong career for status rather than fulfillment.

The Russian Revolution took place when Uranus was in Aquarius, it’s strongest position. Sweden is a country ruled by Aquarius, and it is an excellent example of the visionary, progressive, humanitarian, and detached attitudes we associate with Uranus.

Mercury Goes Direct so go forward on Plans, Details, and Travel

Now that Mercury is direct once again so go ahead and start up those plans and details, and travel will be smoother, as well.  Mercury is in Gemini, one of its strongest signs, so if you find out where it is in your chart, you can make some major progress.  Communications and travel may improve now and everyone may feel a little more like a Gemini, like talking to friends and going to clubs, and hitting the beach or going to see a show in the city.  It may help your work efforts as well.

The Full Moon on Pluto Equals Explosive Emotions!

Today the Full Moon will join the explosive planet Pluto. It may set off strong emotional reactions. Try to keep your wits about you if things get overwhelming and keep it in perspective. Others may have strong emotional demands and reactions toward you, as well. In may bring major cycles to an end, but all charts are different so find out where it is in your chart to see where it will impact your life the most.

Mars in Leo and the South Node – An Urgent Need to Shed

Leo, illumination from a Book of Hours, Italian, c. 1475; in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York City (MS. G.14)

Leo, illumination from a Book of Hours, Italian, c. 1475; i

Mars in Leo is meeting up with the South Node of the Moon or what astrologer call the dragon’s tail, and this is a karmic meeting. For many people this will mean an urgent need to cut the deadwood out of your life. If you know where your Scorpio and Aries houses are in your astrological birth chart, and, of course, the house Mars and the dragon’s tail are transiting through, you may have some insight about just exactly what you’ll be cutting out of your life, But don’t be surprised if you feel you are just over some major part of your life. It could be your work, a family issue, friends, dysfunctional money patterns, but you will be almost compelled to jettison anything that you think no longer pulls its weight in your life. Since Mars is in Leo, you may feel like being dominant about all of it and drama is the key word here. Leo is always dramatic, so you may find some drama in all this. But it may very well be life changing, no matter how it affects your chart. Think actor and drama and you’ve got the essence of Leo. Find out where Leo is in your chart to see where it’s making the biggest impact. It may help you or it may cause you to rethink major areas of your life, but it will most likely be an area where you feel things or people from the past have to go right now. In Hindu astrology, the South Node of the Moon is called Ketu, and it is considered the point of true spiritual evolution. In Western astrology, we consider it a point of loss, the past as in past lives, or we associate it with leaving. In either case, it may well be the end of a major cycle in some area of your life. Just try to recognize that it’s happening to further your soul’s journey and no matter how difficult or fortunate it may be, it is part of your soul’s lesson in understanding itself. Meditate on the saying, “No one is my enemy, no one is my friend, everyone is my teacher.” That may give you insight during this transition. After the dust settles, just go toward the influences in your life that you feel are part of the new direction.

Mercury in Gemini Retrograde and Uranus

“Le Printemps” (Spring) by Pierre August Cot 1837 – 1883, shows the gentle and fun loving Gemini nature.

On May 26, Mercury is in Gemini, one of it’s strongest signs, began a retrograde motion that will last until the evening of June 19. What that means in a practical way is that this is not a good time to start new projects and that you should save detail work until after June 20, if you can comfortably do it later. This retrograde is more complex due to the difficult aspect from Uranus, the unpredictable planet of surprises. Use extra care with any sort of movement, driving, walking, talking, and also writing. Be sure you don’t hit the button to send your email to a group instead of the intended party. Don’t daydream even if you are tempted. The difficult aspect will make this far more confusing and it may bring unexpected events into your life. The secret to a retrograde Mercury is to go back to projects that didn’t work the first time and try them one more time. Also if you started a project in a retrograde Mercury, it may finally straighten out if there have been regular hassles.

You may also find that letters or messages that someone either sent that got lost, or never got sent, may finally get through. Since Mercury is so strong, there may be travel in the works. Someone could show up unannounced, or someone who wanted to talk to you about something may finally get around to it. Loved ones or someone interested who worked or had a relationship with you in the past may reappear and want to revisit that situation.

The Jupiter Pluto Conjunction, a once in 250 year event Dec 11, 2007

Jupiter Joins Pluto in the Sign of Sagittarius

Sagittarius Constellation

Sagittarius is the Centaur, half man and half horse who is also the archer, with a drawn bow ready to shoot the arrow to it’s target.

Jupiter Pluto Conjunction

This conjunction only happens in the sign of Sagittarius every 250 years so when it does, be advised it will leave quite a trail in the lives of everyone and the world in general. Since Jupiter is such a large planet, when it joins together with Pluto, the world literally shakes. Since Sag rules higher education, publishing, organized religion, spiritual evolution, philosophy, foreign and multi cultural matters, and travel to distant and exotic places, automobiles and modes of transportation.  These are the influences we can expect in our lives and in the world. Pluto rules the underworld, nuclear power, organized crime, the deep subconscious and very old age. It also rules explosions, so try to hold down your own potential explosions to a minimum and you will most likely will deal with some potentially explosive events.

Issues of religion and publishing may expand and come up to the public awareness.  Since Pluto indicates transformation, we can expect something major to shift in the world, perhaps perceptions about foreign cultures and religions.  Certainly the war and various skirmishes in the Middle East may shift or become more active.

The best possible outcome is an evolution of consciousness throughout the world.  It is a good time to use this energy to meditate and rethink the purpose of our lives and our values.

The Pacific rim, and the coast of Chili may also see earthquakes that start out in the Pacific Ocean. This is one of the bigger planetary aspects you can buy. It is rife with potential disaster or an overly optimistic attitude and conviction that if you shoot the moon in any sort of gamble, you will hit the Mother lode. It is always best, especially with Mars retrograding, to wait for a couple weeks to do anything and try to hold your temper. Just stabilize and do the best you can to relax and stay out of everyone’s way while they explode from the pressure. Also look for major earthquakes along the west coast from South America all the way to Alaska. Volcanos may also start erupting so mother nature may give us quite a show.

The September 11 Solar (New Moon) Eclipse

The action of Mars on the eclipse is stirring up the lives of everyone and the heavens. Mars triggered the action of the eclipse when it made the challenging aspect on September 7. Many people experienced the energy will bring into their particular lives during the last few days. Meditation is one of the best ways to handle this eclipse. And being at peace with yourself. Don’t get too stirred up, no matter what happens, and I know that’s easier said than done, but it is even more important now that it normally is. Remember the old saying, “Your ships come in over a calm sea.” It may be that things may turn upside down and then right themselves again, so have the patience of a sage and know that you can maintain your connection with the positive energy source if you are at peace. Then nothing can hurt or disturb you and things that go wrong can be put right again fairly soon. Observe your animals as they may also find the eclipse disturbing and need an extra hug or pat. They are even more sensitive to energy than most humans.

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