MERCURY RETROGRADE: Ordinary & Extraordinary

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary
-Blaise Pascal

Mercury retrograde always brings some form of revision either willingly or imposed on us by unforeseen circumstances. There is no reason to hop on the Mercury-Retro-Freak-Out-Train as this occurs approximately 3 times a year.

Mercury will be retrograde in the sign of Virgo and then Leo from August 12th to September 5th, 2017.

One of the striking aspect of this particular retrograde is the Mercury/Neptune opposition mere days before the beginning of the retrograde.

This means that the week leading up to the retrograde is somewhat foggy or tinted by wishful thinking and clarity is already lost. There could be confusion between facts and fiction. It could be that a situation is not seen for what it is and we are getting lost in glamorous thinking. Venus is also trine to Neptune and the Sun is in Leo after all!

Mercury/Neptune is not a terrible aspect in itself but decision making might not be anchored in reality. If you know this already, work it to your advantage and take into account that your perception will shift considerably by the time this retrograde is all said and done.

The Full Moon in Aquarius on August 7th was the first of 2 Eclipses happening this month and this also has to be taken into account. The liminal space between Eclipses can be thought of as a transitional period. Often the time surrounding Eclipses bring unforeseen circumstances which shake the foundations in our lives. Events pushes us to take a leap of faith or break with the old ways. Sometimes these events are forced upon us and the path we were until then walking on vanishes aligning us on a totally new and unforeseen trajectory.

Mercury retrogrades are best spent re-evaluating, sorting out, and revising what is already in place. Mercury retrogrades are not so great for launching major new projects and ideas. Since this retrograde begins in the Mercury ruled sign of Virgo, there is no better time to get down to the nitty-gritty details of your life and put them in order. Mercury will retrograde back into the sign of Leo on August 31st. The subject of self-esteem, pride, the desire for recognition, following one’s heart, dreams and passions will all be added to the mix.

*If the eclipses are already bringing major changes in your life, embrace them and apply a good strategy to insure your success.

Here are a few more tips to help you navigate the upcoming retrograde in Virgo & Leo:

☿-Don’t sweat the small stuff: Virgos can be hyper critical and self-loathing since they have such unreachable high standards for themselves. Give yourself a break and pay attention to your internal dialogues; keep it positive and guilt free.

☿-Sweat the small stuff: Mercury retrograde in Virgo is a great time to revise and organize. A great time to tackle all the menial jobs that you have been putting off. Paper work, writing, editing and organizing could really put you ahead of the game. Re-evaluate the processes in your life and find solutions that will help you be more efficient.

☿-Find activities that help alleviate anxiety: Over-thinking and the endless quest for perfection is a modern diseases. Step-away from it all with activities that help you disconnect from the over-achieving mind. Go pet a goat.

☿-Find healing

☿-Be easy on yourself: You are where you are suppose to be. Trust the process.

☿-Get in touch with your procrastination: The more you put things off the tighter the grip will get. Maybe your to-do list is to big? What can you do to alleviate the pressure?

☿-With Mercury going back into the sign of Leo, issues of pride and self-esteem could come up. Following our heart is always a work in progress. Practice asking for what you need directly and without shame. Allow your heart’s desires to express themselves in a healthy way.

☿-Understand that success is a state of mind.

☿-Do not let your pride get in the way of the hard work needed to succeed.

☿-If you know your chart, look at where Virgo and Pisces are located. Do you have important planets or is your Ascendant in Virgo or Pisces? Perhaps some organizing is called for in those areas of your life.

☿-Since this Mercury retrograde is weaved in with the 2 eclipses in August, look at where Leo and Aquarius fall in your chart. Do you have any important planets or is your Ascendant either in Leo or Aquarius? Events surrounding the next two months will bring opportunities to break away from an old way of being. This could be subtle or dramatic depending on your natal dispositons.


                              Jack Kerouac (Virgo rising and Moon in Virgo) on Self-Loathing
                                                          

 

 

 

NEW MOON IN LEO: REGAL HEARTS


”Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.”
-Carl Jung

Meaning & Spirit

August is not just the eighth month of the year; it also describes something esteemed or regal. Although we are not quite done with July, the spirited Leo New Moon on July 23rd opens up the Fixed summer season with a bold thrust.

The meaning of the word August and the symbolism of Leo are pretty much interchangeable. The word August means something or someone who is marked by majestic dignity or grandeur. Leo being ruled by the Sun which is central to our solar system is the sign most often associated with royalty and lofty dispositions. Nothing exists without the Sun, therefore nothing could possibly exist without the strength and brilliance of the Lion.

Grand ambitious, dignified, elevated, eminent, exalted, fine, glorious, gorgeous, grandiose, great, haughty, illustrious, imposing, impressive, large, lofty, lordly, luxurious, magnificent, majestic, monumental, noble, opulent, ostentatious, palatial, pompous, pretentious, princely, regal, splendid, splendiferous, stately, striking, sublime, sumptuous, superb,
 admirable, awesome, divine, excellent, fine, first-class, first-rate, great, pre-eminent, principal, supreme. 

Children of the Sun

To be a child of the Sun means approaching life with a playful bravery and choosing with the heart. To be a child of the Sun means to acknowledge your worth and claim what is yours. To be a child of the Sun is to believe in your worth and let your spirit speak through your actions. There is no place for hypocrisy here as the light brightens even the darkest corners of the soul; one must have the boldness to align with who he is. When the heart and the mind sings in unison all is pure radiance.


Joy & Power

Mythology is full of stories who guard man from the hubris of pitting oneself against the Gods but in the first decan of Leo we are blinded by the Sun or perhaps our own will. To live one’s truth is a birth right and we cannot tolerate anything which threatens to hold us back. A generous amount of power and passion resides here and not much stands in the way of the Lion’s desires.

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”
– Joseph Campbell

More is more

The New Moon takes place on Sunday July 23rd at 0º Leo as we make way for the royal displays of our hearts longing. The New Moon will also be 1º away from Mars who will land its sparks to the fire and ignite individual will.

Meanwhile, Mercury in Leo will be 2 degrees from the North Node or Head of the Dragon and form a grand fire trine with Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius. Like a hot air balloon we could find ourselves benefiting from a certain amount of heat and pressure to propel us forward. Necessary planning along with audacity and conviction will be required for the journey ahead.

The stage is set and the New Moon in Leo is the opening act to a drama that will take us all the way into the first week of September and beyond. The aspects of the coming weeks are like a fire which has the potential to cleanse our inner and outer landscapes.


28º of Leo: Truth revealed

The Leo season will be marked by a few dynamic aspects including a Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse at 15º of Aquarius on August 7 and a second New Moon at 28º of Leo on August 21 which will also be a total Solar eclipse. Mercury will be @ 28º Leo on July 24 the day after the first New Moon in Leo. Mercury will again be at 28º Leo on September 3rd as part of its retrograde motion and will go direct at that same 28º on September 5.

This particular part of the zodiac will be very active in August. If you have the Sun, Moon or Ascendant in the last decan of Leo or any of the Fixed signs (Aquarius, Taurus & Scorpio) the upcoming eclipses will have a stronger impact in your life.

Get your selfie game on and stay bold!

”A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.”
-James Monroe


NEW MOON IN LEO HOROSCOPES

Sun sign horoscopes cannot replace a proper analysis of your birth chart and transits of the moment. They are meant as a broad insight into certain time signatures. If you want a more detailed forecast, you can book a reading with Elodie here. You can also subscribe to the 9th House monthly horoscopes here.

*The rising sign is essential in understanding our personal dispositions, please read your Sun sign and rising sign for extra clarity.


LEO/LEO RISING ♌︎

This is your time of the year Leo. You have equal part guts and stamina backing you up at the moment. The projects you are working on could have a bigger impact in your life then you might realize and you will be forced to plan accordingly. Now is the time to go for it and trust your intuition. More is more.

VIRGO/VIRGO RISING ♍︎

Much of the action in August will happen behind close door for you dear Virgo.There are powerful currents running through your life and you might not be totally aware of the hold they have on you. Now would be an excellent time to connect to the hidden motives that dictates much of your decisions. Open the curtains and let the light in.

LIBRA/LIBRA RISING ♎︎

Growth and expansion are still the name of the game for you in August. You have many irons in the fire at the moment and you should strike while they are hot. It is not everyday that the opportunity to try new things knock at the door. The more you put yourself out there the more things will flow your way. Say yes to life.

SCORPIO/SCORPIO RISING ♏︎

The New Moon in Leo takes place in the part of your chart that deals with your career and vocation. You are being asked to step up to a particular challenge and you can feel that you might have to give it all of your attention. Technically that’s not a big deal for you but there are other things happening on the home front. Trust the process.

SAGITTARIUS/SAGITTARIUS RISING ♐︎

The New Moon in Leo ignites your desires for adventure in a big way. All the work you have been putting in for the last few years is bearing fruit and you are now ready to find new challenges. August will see you assess new territories and make new connections. Explore your options and let Fortuna take care of the rest!

CAPRICORN/CAPRICORN RISING ♑︎

The New Moon in Leo brings with her commitments and contracts. What binds you to others will be important this month and you will need to find the right balance between your personal goals and what is being asked of you. Partnerships remains on the forefront as you learn the art of compromise. Keep the diamond in your mind.

AQUARIUS/AQUARIUS RISING ♒︎

The New Moon in Leo animates the part of your chart that deals with partnerships of all kind. You will find yourself reflecting on your many relationships and the important role others play in your life. You desire for connection will be at an all time high in the next month. Allow yourself plenty of time to reflect on your heart’s desires; no man is an island.

PISCES/PISCES RISING ♓︎

To benefit fully from this upcoming cycle, I would suggest a reset in regards to your routine. Too much rigidity sinks your boat and not enough sees you floating aimlessly. Re-assess the way you have been spending your time and find the right measure of work and play. The wild fires of August will be treacherous for many but you should manage to escape most of the heat; stay cool.

ARIES/ARIES RISING ♈︎

Aries you are on FIRE! There are a lot of good things going on for you at the moment and you should be able to keep the momentum going in August. A dose of discipline coupled with a bit of work and lots of play is all you need. Remember to take a breather between adventures as to not burn the candle by both ends. Set your sight on the many opportunities knocking at your door and go for it.

TAURUS/TAURUS RISING ♉︎

You are one busy bee Taurus and there are still a lot that needs to be done. Somehow, time seems to be escaping you and you could feel like you are running out of breath. Making the best of your current opportunities is great but you cannot be everything for everyone. Summer is here but vacations will have to be postponed. Re-assess your stance and breath.

GEMINI/GEMINI RISING ♊︎

If running errands was an art, you would surely be a master my dear Gemini. There are so many little details that needs your attention at the moment it’s a wonder you can do it all. Just when you think you are done with your to-do list, something else comes along that needs your attention. Don’t ignore the details but leave some room for play and free time.

CANCER/CANCER RISING ♋︎

This New Moon in Leo sees you starting a fresh financial cycle. You have been busy with some new projects and ideas and now is the time to crunch some numbers. Sacrifices will need to be made and you are ready. Delineate an action plan and stick to your goal. Ease and support is coming your way in August if you steer clear of unnecessary indulgence.

 

 

Uprooting beauty

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DARA SCULLY

”The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.” 

-The Bible, Kin
g James Version, Song of Songs 7:12–13


 

The upcoming trine between Venus and Pluto will be exact right after the New Moon in Cancer on June 24th. This aspect conjures up the rich scent of the earth exuding from freshly pulled roots. The hands are dirty and have been working hard.

On a table laying in broad day light is a collection of various treasures dug out of the ground; buried objects carrying with them long forgotten stories. To keep or to discard?

Destruction and beauty are an odd pair. 

Craving more ease, you might get excited at the sight of the decaying past – hypnotized by the promises and possibilities of new beginnings. Suddenly the forbidden becomes alluring; desiring something that is denied to you.  Can it be yours? 

Be warned that the price is steeped but it’s already too late.

What was unearthed is taking hold.

The distant lure of beauty animates you and you keep digging in the hopes of finding more.

The process is difficult but you cannot back down. You know how important this is for your well-being. Feeling good might even sting a little but you keep digging. The sight of beauty hurts your eyes. Your heart is pounding in your chest.

Don’t stop now.

Tectonic shifts are happening.

Your heart wants more, aching for new intensity.

Renovations are well underway and you must get rid of some things to make space for what you have discovered.

Introducing more beauty, more love, more pleasure is an arduous task and things will need to be destroyed.

Be willing to leave the comfort of your garden and trade-in all of your jewels for that gut feeling.

 


Venus @ 18 Taurus 30 trine Pluto @ 18 Capricorn 30 on June 24, 2017  @ 3:59 AM EST    


 

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi

 

Power & Revelations

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The Moon in Capricorn will shortly join Pluto and trigger the current Mars/Pluto square. Mars is at home in the sign of Aries which means it can fully express its martial qualities while Pluto is often compared to the latent powers hidden in the underworld.

When these 2 powerful planets are in a difficult aspect we can expect themes associated with anger and frustration to surface. We can also expect hidden or secret information to be revealed. Pluto often serves as a difficult catalyst for transformation while Mars pushes our instinctual and animalistic side to fearlessly assert itself.

A lot of power and stamina are available right now to help us succeed. The urge to transform and let go of stale modalities could feel urgent.

What irritates us could be extremely obvious now and this awareness can be used to bring the necessary changes. However it is very likely that we perceive our currant limitations as outside of our control which will result in anger and confrontation.

Things have the potential to escalate quickly today so stay cool and level headed and avoid charged situations if possible!

February’s Fire

Hey everyone,

We’re almost done with January which has been a good example of what is to come. We also have entered the Chinese Year of the Fire Rooster. Even if the Chinese Zodiac has nothing to do with the Tropical Zodiac (the one we use) there is one thing in common for 2017 and that is: there is a LOT of planets in FIRE signs all year.

Uranus is in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius plus we have an upcoming Venus retrograde (beginning March 4) in the sign of Aries.

There is also a series of eclipses on the Leo/Aquarius axis beginning this month with the Full Moon in Leo (a Fire sign) on February 10. Eclipses generally comes in sets of 4 over the course of the year.

So what does it mean? Well, If you have important planets in the late degrees of the Fixed signs (Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius, Leo) this year eclipses will highlight that part of your chart.
Eclipses in astrology are considered triggers that brings fundamental changes. These changes can be sudden or they can be more of a gradual shift towards something completely new over a period of time. Of course it’s easier to pinpoint the area affected by studying the natal chart.

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The New Moon in Pisces at the end of February is also a Solar eclipse and it is the last one in the Pisces/Virgo series that has happened over the course of the last 2 years. There was a lot of changes for these guys (Virgo and Pisces) and an evolution towards something that is either being born now or on the last stretch of its journey.

The Sun is in Aquarius and will move into the water sign of Pisces on February 18.

Saturn in Sagittarius (a fire sign) continues to fuel dogmatic beliefs and wars on ideologies and Jupiter goes retrograde later this month which will bring the second Jupiter/Uranus opposition.

Mars in Aries (fire sign) all month is excellent for pushing ahead with your own ideas and
projects. If you feel tense, go sweat it out.

Stay noble, stay bold.

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Victims and Survivors

The Aries season is officially on. The return of the light for us here in the northern hemisphere means the return of life. Everything is slowly waking up, including us. The urge is to forge ahead, break new ground and create a new set of circumstances. You could feel like you are full of new ideas/momentum for the future and ready to go! You might also feel like things are not moving fast enough.

Venus is lingering in the sign of Pisces triggering the recent eclipse material and she will conjunct Chiron on Wednesday. There is a need to integrate older material (crap) that surfaced or perhaps completely let it go. Venus in Pisces support us in doing so with full awareness and compassion not only for ourselves but for others. It’s a great week to integrate past hurts without staying stuck in the quagmire.

This is definitely a time of evolution so don’t linger too long in your wounds but move with the awareness of why you are doing what you do and where you are going. Take the time to process your recent realisations or experiences. You can forge ahead towards new territories, but still very much be fueled by the past and by what came before. Remember WHY you are doing what you do and this will help you progress.

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The Jupiter/Saturn square is still on – slowing down progress and asking us for a full detailed report. Advancement is possible but it has to be slow and deliberate.

In a broader sense there is a clash between philosophical/political/religious/spiritual ideas and a general cacophony of voices on the public stages. The urge to take a strong stance to defend our beliefs is definitely one signature of this Jupiter/Saturn square.

Whatever transitional space you find yourself in, remember that perspective and flexibility are your best assets and stay cool.
xx

 

 

 

 

The Just Measure

A Full Moon in Libra and partial lunar eclipse happened yesterday in the early hours close to the North Node of the Moon sometime called the head of the Dragon.

Eclipses will vary in intensity depending on many factors including whether it is a total or partial, Lunar or Solar eclipse and if it takes place close to the South Node (Tail of the Dragon) or the North Node (Head of the Dragon).

They usually come in pairs and we had a Solar eclipse in Pisces on March 8th and one yesterday March 23rd in the sign of Libra.

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Some astrologers compare eclipses or the time in between them as having similar effect as the more widely known Mercury retrograde. Unexpected events, delays, misunderstanding or problems with technologies can be one of the symptoms.  An eclipse represent a time when one of our two major luminaries (Sun or Moon) is being obscured either by the shadow of the Moon in the case of a Solar eclipse or the shadow of the Earth in the case of a Lunar eclipse. This temporary darkness is an opening, an energetic trigger for things to come into existence or disappear into the void.  Shadows are associated with what we cannot see, blindness or a lack of something. While something is being obscured, it is also an opening into the deep and eternal darkness. This time can be very energizing for some while others can feel extremely drained, stressed out and tired.

Eclipse will also affect people differently depending on where it falls in their natal birth chart.  Positive or negative effects like the birth of a child, a marriage, sickness, a major turning point, ending and beginnings are associated with eclipses.

The temporary obstruction of the light sees the darkness that dwells in between the worlds take shape and materialize. This blackness colours our awareness for a moment and can bring about surprising turn of events.

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Yesterday’s eclipse in Libra is the last one of a series on the Libra-Aries axis that started in 2014.

This eclipse highlights themes of interpersonal and personal relationships and the need to find balance between taking and giving. We can feel torn between selfish or bold reactions versus selfless compromises to reach middle ground. There is an emphasis on whether the motives behind our decisions are ego driven of based in the higher spirits of fairness and harmony.

This is definitely not an easy feat.

We could be torn between the need to follow our own path while also being asked to collaborate or compromise. We cannot exclude the need we have for others in our lives, our need to be seen and acknowledged. Every relationship is a mixture of give and take with a small dose of compromises and a big dose of collaboration.  Problem arises when we compromise our own integrity.

This last eclipse in Libra could be the final push towards solidifying an alliance, a situation, a state of mind or letting it go all together and realigning towards a more balance and centered state. A process that started in 2014 could find resolution but whether this will be fair and just could be a matter of circumstances. We could see ourselves oscillating between two opposites for another few weeks until we find the just measure.

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HADES

We will be entering some dark territories over the weekend. Our relationships will be the prime battle ground for the darkness that is trying to emerge and come into the light. Remember that precious gems are not found above ground. Keep that in mind and take a step back from whatever is happening. There is a New Moon on Monday and a definite shift for the better.

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Warming up by the fire

The Moon just entered the sign of Leo and will be there until December 29

With the Sun in ambitious and earthy Capricorn, we see our goals and we are willing to work to succeed.  The Moon in Leo can help fuel the creative fires with the supportive trines from Saturn and Uranus. This can add an overall inspiring and beneficial influence. The Moon will also square Venus in Scorpio showing that we might be ruled by unconscious desires at the moment.  If we can tame our spirits and connect to our deeper motivations we can discriminate between the genuine need to surpass ourselves and the more superficial ambitions that are driving us. Overall the next 2 days are very creative and exciting. We can fuel on the passionate and innovative fires and design new structures and new ways of doing things. We can also expect a few philosophical or religious debates around the fireplace since some of us are still in the midst of family reunions and holiday gatherings.

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The Moon in Leo person is usually warm-hearted and expressive with their emotions. They can go to great length to spoil the ones they love showering them with gifts and attention.  Leo is a Fixed Fire sign which gives these natives lasting powers and an overall courageous disposition. They are bold, generous and faithful in their passions. It can be difficult for the Moon in Leo people to put down the more brazen persona and show their vulnerable side. They can benefit in learning to discriminate between their social mask and the more private self.

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Ashley White aka AshThePainter

The Moon in Libra sets the stage

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Judith by Franz Stuck (1924)

Venus enters Scorpio the sign of her detriment just in time for some potentially difficult planetary weather. The Moon will be in Libra all weekend ruled by Venus in Scorpio. Mars @ 14º Libra will perfect a square to Pluto in Capricorn on Sunday while being in mutual reception with Venus in Scorpio.

*It’s interesting to note that Mars is the traditional ruler of Scorpio while Pluto is the modern ruler. They will square each other while co-ruling Venus. A square or 90º angle between planets is associated with tension that stimulate action.

Putting the technical lingo aside, the next few days promises to be anything but calm. Unstable relationships or anything that was put on the back burner especially in regards to partnership could be where the action takes place. The diplomatic effort could very well crumble if the desire for power and assertion is not seriously kept in check. This can happen on the world stage as much as in our personal lives.

At its best, these planetary alignments can bring to the surface information that remained in the shadows until now. There could be a pressing need to transform a stagnating scenario or get to the heart of the matter with someone. Both the Moon in Libra and Venus in Scorpio want to relate. Venus being the intelligent use of charm, she helps us refine and bring harmony to the rough and crude aspects of ourselves. When Venus spends time in Scorpio, the hunger to fulfill our needs can take precedence over peace and harmony. We could be throwing out the more superficial approach when interacting with others in favor of satisfying a need for closeness, fusion and truth.

Of course, when we try to push our agenda on others forcefully, we almost always meet resistance. It might be difficult to see the manipulative tactics we or other employ since the sign of Scorpio rules unconscious urges and desires.

If anything, remember to keep it cool in the next few days.  Sunday December 6th will be the exact square of Mars and Pluto but we could see its repercussion well into the week. This is a brief but intense period and flexibility will be your best asset. Keep in mind that further analysis of your birth chart and where these planets are transiting will determine where the action is taking place in your life.

Venus enters Scorpio December 4th @ 11:15PM EST and will be in Scorpio until December 30th
The Moon moves in the sign of Libra December  4th @ 5:34PM EST
Mars @ 14º Libra square Pluto @ 14º Capricorn December 6th @ 3:52PM EST

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*English is not my primary language. If you see any mistakes please let me know! the9thhouse@outlook.com