Venus enters Pisces, the sign of her exaltation from February 10 until March 6.
Venus is considered exalted in the sign of Pisces and Venusian matters like love, music, art, beauty, money, pleasure and attraction have an easier time expressing themselves when she travels here.
We might crave ease and comfort during her month-long transit in Pisces, and this is possible if we heed the lessons of Saturn currently in its home sign of Capricorn. Nothing is free in this world and pleasure is to be found in maturity and pragmatism this year. Venus in Pisces contemplates eternity while Saturn in Capricorn looks for a solid framework.
Venus also applies to square with Mars in Sagittarius for most of February; you might have to adjust your vision, and be prepared to have your faith tested while you reach for the gold.
Applying a stoic perspective to our longings can help us succeed. A healthy dose of desire and the willingness to put in a sincere effort can lead to the success of our endeavours.
This month-long transit of Venus through Pisces supports our ability to find joy and beauty, while the sextile from Saturn can teach us how to sustain these states in the long run.
”You can do irrefutably impossible things
with the right amount of planning
and support from intelligent and hardworking people
and pizza.” -Scott M. Gimple
Mercury enters the sign of Taurus today (March 31) and will station retrograde on April 9 @ 4º Taurus. Mercury will then move back to the sign of Aries on April 20th until it stations direct on May 3, 2017. Mercury finally re-enters the sign of Taurus on May 16, 2017.
This upcoming retrograde process in an earth sign could be connected to the way you are handling your resources. Mercury in Taurus is an excellent planner and has the ability to oversee projects and allocate its resources properly. In Taurus, Mercury is planning for the future constantly taking into account how a situation can be benefited in the long run. It’s talent is linked to understanding where to invested in order to multiply its assets and benefit.
Knowing which situation is worth the effort and which will yield the most in the long run is what is important to Mercury in Taurus.
An idea, a project or a revelation that began around the New Moon in Aries on March 27, could take sometime to develop. Whatever this may be, it could take you all the way to the beginning of May or mid-May before its concretization.
This Mercury retrograde in Taurus (and Aries) could be a period of fine tuning and planning before something solid can emerge. We could fine ourselves thinking long and hard about some important life-changing decisions. Understanding where our motivations resides will be important during this retrograde.
Are you planning out of fear for the future or are you genuinely interested in building a solid foundation for yourself? Are your motivations rooted in insecurity or are you truly aligned with where you are investing your time and your resources? What are you looking to achieve in the distant future might be on your mind in the next couple of months. See this retrograde as a process of refining your goals and adjusting your foundation.
Today the Sun meets up with Pluto and illuminates the depth of our debts, the dead ends and the crumbling foundations built on borrowed wealth. This is one of the big opening act of the year triggering the recent Uranus/Pluto square. The Sun/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn reflects images of environmental crisis, excessive consumerism, corruption and unsustainable economies. The Earth’s resources are being depleted for the sake of objects with a planned obsolescence. We are escaping from the natural world and into a virtual refuge where we can be heroes of our made up reality. If we can’t find peace in our physical environment we can certainly get lost in the fantasies of the stories we tell ourselves through our phones, televisions and the ever present interweb. (The ongoing Saturn/Neptune square for most of 2016 will confuse boundaries between the real and the virtual increasingly)
The Sun meeting Pluto in Capricorn to begin the year warns us that there is a price to pay for our excess as we trade the wealth of the earth for an ephemeral one. The rot is showing. Our comfort is built not only from unsustainable practices but also on the sweat and blood of millions. Are we willing to pay the price with more wars and less water and air? Everyday we vote with the choices we make.
On a personal level, the Sun/Pluto conjunction can bring up and exposed subjects that had remain hidden until now. Digging within to find some buried treasures could be a painful and healing process all at once depending on how many secrets you keep from yourself. There could also be an underlying desire to have more personal power or control over something or someone. Awareness is the key.
Mercury moves into the sign of Taurus until April 30th.
Mercury rules all form of communication, the intellect and thinking process. When the planet that symbolizes our mental outlook, moves into Taurus territory, we can expect the way we think to become more pragmatic and grounded. Concerns with the material side of life of having, wanting and acquiring.
Do a small inventory of the resources you already have and think of how you could maximize them to bring wealth.
Focus on the qualities you have that will help you bring abundance and growth into your life.
Formulate a creative way to get closer to your goal, delineating time limits to help you stay anchored in reality.
Manage your assets
Plant the seeds in fertile soil
Lay out a solid foundation
Write down an inventory of your options