Fall Equinox Indications
Wave goodbye to summer! Autumn begins when the Sun enters Libra at the equinox Sept. 23 [1:21 am (P), 4:21 am (E)]. The chart of the new season promises a blend of work and play. With Venus still in Leo (following a retrograde there), our “inner child” wants summer fun to continue. Mars in the last inches of Leo concurs. We can carry their creative impulse into the fall and apply it to all our endeavors. Soon they will enter work-oriented Virgo and pass Jupiter there, putting us much more in the mood to accomplish the tasks at hand. In fact, we may just love our work, especially around 11/2 when Venus and Mars hook up. Mars will be in Virgo from 9/24 to 11/12, joining Jupiter 10/17. Venus re-enters Virgo 10/8, where it was before 7/18 – 7/31. It overtakes Jupiter 10/25, and departs for Libra 11/8. Once in Libra, we’re more concerned with relationships than our jobs. From 10/21 to 11/13, Venus and Mars are with five degrees of each other. This “hot combination” encourages us to act from a place of love and go after our heart’s desires. Because Mars and Venus are in Virgo, that will apply mostly to our work more than to romance. Mars is a symbol for new and Venus for money, so many people will seek new sources of income.
A pairing of Venus and Jupiter is supposed to be favorable for finances, at least according to what they symbolize: value and growth, respectively. However, when they were together twice recently, on 7/1 and 8/4 (both times in Leo, the sign of speculation), the stock market dropped around the time of their meetings, first just a little dip and then a plunge. We’ll have to see what happens around their third team-up 10/25. They will be in Virgo then so their expression may have more to do with the work force or health costs than the stock market.
The equinox Moon in Capricorn marks a period to get serious about career matters. It’s close to the dwarf planet Ceres (associated with nurturance), urging us to align with supportive people. Possibly they’ll be “up the ladder” from us since Capricorn points to hierarchical structure. The lunar phase is the First Quarter, a gear-shifting time to make adjustments. The natural career planet, Saturn (ruling planet of Capricorn) is in a very harmonious relationship with the Sun. This increases cooperation with supervisors.
Saturn has just entered the sign of higher education, Sagittarius, where it will remain for more than two years. This is an excellent time frame for on-the-job training, company-paid certification or any type of higher education to further one’s career. Jupiter, ruling planet of Sagittarius and likewise associated with higher education, is in employment-related Virgo from 8/11/15 to 9/9/16, reiterating that this is a favorable time for career-related education. (The expansion Jupiter offers is of benefit to Virgos in general during this time.)
Within one degree of the Sun is the North Node. This is the intersection of two important orbits: Earth around the Sun and the Moon around Earth. This spot points to where eclipse new and full moons occur due to the close alignment of these three bodies. Indeed, we are between a New Moon (Solar) Eclipse, which took place on 9/12 – 9/13 and a Full Moon (Lunar) Eclipse coming up on 9/27, less than five days after the equinox. The Node acts like a directional indicator to show us which way to head. This coming Full Moon will bring awareness of the path we’re on and if we need to modify our sights. The time between eclipses is said to be most intense. We might also think of it as being highly “charged” electromagnetically, upping the voltage in our lives. Big things happen in such a period, like the Pope’s visit to Cuba and the U.S.A. Is something big happening in your life? If your chart has anything important in Virgo, Libra or Aries (the signs emphasized by these eclipses), you’re due for a substantial change.
The North Node is part of an axis with its companion South Node exactly across from it. The North Node tells us what to approach, even if it’s difficult to do so. The South Node shows us what to release, and that process is easier as long as we don’t get trapped in a comfort zone. They travel backwards through the zodiac spending about a year and a half in a sign-pair. They leave Libra and Aries and switch to Virgo and Pisces on 10/9, adding to our emphasis on work, but not just our everyday jobs but also our spiritual work.
If you follow astrology much, you‘re aware we’re in a Mercury Retrograde period. Every three months or so, this quick planet does an optical illusion where it appears to retrace its steps in the zodiac for three weeks. This usually wreaks havoc in Mercury’s main arenas: communication, ground transportation and commerce. Allow extra time to get where you’re going and know the directions. Proofread what you write before sharing it. Expect to have some problems reaching people. This is a time to avoid signing contracts and if you can’t avoid this, at least read the fine print and ask questions so you know what you’re signing. Making major decisions is also a No-No and would be tough anyway since Mercury is in Libra, the most indecisive sign. We weigh and balance until we’re sure all sides of a question have received equal consideration.
Libra is the primary sign of relationships, whether a significant other, business partner, teammate or even an adversary. These types of relationships may seem to take a step backward during the retrograde period 9/17 – 10/9, and possibly not make progress again until after 10/24, when Mercury exits the degree range where it backed up. (It zigzags between zero and sixteen degrees of Libra). If your birthday is during the retrograde, the whole next year could be one of back-and-forth in relationships because whatever occurs at one’s birthday reverberates until the next birthday. Speaking of birth, if you were born with Mercury in reverse, its retrograde periods can be a time of forward motion for you. You can read more about Mercury Retrograde in this article. There are positive things you can accomplish during Mercury Retrograde, such as catching up on unfinished business and filing. In Libra, it’s appropriate to reconnect with people.
Whatever you do with the planets’ energies, here’s wishing you a fabulous fall!
Yours in the Stars, Janet Booth
Many people have heard of Mercury Retrograde, the apparent backtrack of the planet of communication which lasts three weeks and occurs three times a year. Although it doesn’t happen as frequently, Venus also takes a backward step but for a longer time. About every year-and-a-half, Venus spends 40 days in reverse, opposite its normal forward motion through the zodiac. All planets are retrograde when they pass between earth and the Sun and are closest to us. During this time, they offer opportunities for a do-over in the conditions the planet represents. Venus is associated with two very important aspects of our lives: relationships and finances. It’s also the planet of affection and values. When it’s nearest the earth, we can draw more of the love it represents toward ourselves and work on our sense of self-worth.
In romance, it’s not uncommon for an old relationship to re-surface during a Venus Retrograde. If it’s not literally the same partner that returns, it might be someone reminiscent of a former lover. Or issues from past interactions repeat (even with the same partner) if we haven’t yet learned our lesson. This period is appropriate for clearing up financial matters or updating the valuation of your possessions.
This summer’s Venus Retrograde (July 25 – Sept. 6) takes place mostly in the sign of Leo, although it begins in the first (zero) degree of Virgo. The full time frame for Venus’s zigzag (including its forward motion through the degrees of its backtrack both before and after the actual reverse motion) lasts from June 21 to October 9. If you didn’t read my June 30 blog about Venus and Jupiter, check it out. It provides additional interpretation for this Venus Retrograde. In it, I promised to write about how each of the signs is impacted.
The delineations that follow are based on the sector of the chart (called a “house”) where Leo is located from the perspective of the sign mentioned. You can read this information according to your “Sun sign” (the sign from the time of year you were born), but it’s probably more pertinent to your life circumstances if you read according to your “rising sign.” (You need your birth time to figure that out.) The house is listed in parentheses for those people who have their charts and know how to find Leo there. This retrograde is in the second half of Leo’s degrees (14-30). If this range spans parts of two houses in your chart, read both. You could think of this visit from Venus as signaling a time when you almost get around to dealing with the matters of the next sign (or house) but stop just short, needing to focus more on the issues at hand.
Though we’re likely to make some missteps along the path to achieving gains in the affected house(s), ultimately there will be benefits due to the fact that Venus remains in this area of the chart for over three months instead of the usual four weeks or so. When a sign of strong will power and stubborn persistence like Leo dominates, we hang in there until we get our heart’s desires.
Venus Retrograde in LEO for the Twelve Zodiac Signs
Aries (5th House) Spend extra time or money on entertainment, creative activities or children (your own, others’ or maybe your “inner child”). This is an appropriate time to complete unfinished hobby projects. You may be especially flirty and not so interested in a confining commitment now. The urge to gamble is amplified and with fortuitous Jupiter also elevating this area of your chart, you could be luckier than usual.
Taurus (4th House) Your home life and family (particularly your parents) command more attention now. There may be wrinkles to iron out between household members. You could be involved with decorating or renovation tasks or complete one that’s been left unattended. You desire more space at home and/or tranquility in your personal life. Perhaps an appraisal or adjustment to insurance coverage is in order.
Gemini (3rd House) Make peace with siblings or neighbors, taking time to appreciate their value or coordinate mutual assistance. Enjoy fun community events and reconnect with people who’ve been out of touch or meet new folks. Old school chums may look you up. This is a good summer for pleasure reading, creative writing, or meandering on foot, by car or cycle, or even rollerblading or skateboarding.
Cancer (2nd House) Financial concerns are at the forefront of your radar. You might need to reconcile your checking account or take stock of your stocks. Rebalancing your portfolio is an excellent undertaking now, though some research before making decisions is recommended. Possessions may require maintenance or repair. Draw abundance with an attitude of appreciation and a sense of deserving more.
Leo (1st House) Praise and notice come your way – it’s time to shine, but don’t get a big head. You’re at the top of your game, with extra energy and enthusiasm, heightened creativity and generosity. This is a great time to invest in a new wardrobe or make some kind of upgrade in your appearance, maybe returning to a more youthful look. Be careful about a sweet tooth, though, or overstepping your budget.
Virgo (12th House) Your inner world is rich now. You are very connected to your spiritual source and you feel the watchful presence of unseen guides or loved ones who have crossed over. You are happy being alone; perhaps you even prefer solitude. If you have a partner, the two of you cherish privacy and like to be off by yourselves. Clandestine affairs are a potential but karmic consequences will result.
Libra (11th House) Friends and acquaintances treat you well and your social circle increases in size and/or quality. You are admired and popular in the groups or organizations to which you belong. This is a favorable time for progress toward goals, perhaps with the assistance of affirmations or positive expectations. Income from career or business endeavors is on the rise or you’ll find a way to bump it upward.
Scorpio (10th House) Whether or not you’re happy in your chosen field, this is the time to investigate how you can use your skills and talents to best effect or with maximum gusto. Connections and networking work in your favor. Bosses – past or present – regard you well. Highlight your accomplishments and ask for a promotion, advantageous transfer or bonus. Your reputation is peaking and your dad loves what he sees.
Sagittarius (9th House) Higher education in some form is appealing and may call to you now. Or you reap rewards from past training and tutelage. Travel could be beneficial and it likely won’t be alone. In legal matters, the scales tip in your direction. You’ll be in touch with people at a distance more than usual or have visitors from afar. Spend extra time absorbing information on a broad spectrum, expanding your horizons.
Capricorn (8th House) Ordinarily, intimacy isn’t easy for you. You have your rules about sharing, whether it’s money, secrets, feelings or your body. You’re surprisingly open about these matters now or at least heading in that direction. You’re undergoing a transformation toward a more loving and lovable soul. Review and revise long-range financial plans, consider additional insurance coverage and update your will.
Aquarius (7th House) Someone other than you takes center stage in your life now. This could come in the form of a significant other, a rival or one of your siblings or children. A lesson is presented about fairness, balance or affection. Usually you approach situations from your head; you’re impelled to act from your heart instead. Of all the signs, yours is most susceptible to a re-enactment of a romantic plot.
Pisces (6th House) Anyone’s health is always a delicate balance; yours is especially so now. Strive for a peaceful mind and heart along with harmonious surroundings, especially at work. You may wish your job was more enjoyable or better utilized your creativity or leadership skills. Take time for fun and recreation, as if these were a prescription. Don’t be a pushover by being a pleaser; advocate a team strategy.
There’s good advice here for all of us. If something resonates with you that is not designated for your sign, very likely Venus is connecting to something in your chart related to the sign or house that speaks to you.
Every so often, the night sky puts on a show so spectacular that even the most unobservant (or busy) person can’t help but notice. This summer, we’re treated to just such a marvel: the team-up of heaven’s two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter.
Look westward now after sunset; they are the first objects to appear. When the crescent Moon highlights them, they can’t be ignored! Check out these magnificent photos from June 19-20. This trio will dazzle us one more time July 17-18, though not as brilliantly since they will be much closer to the horizon and set shortly after the sky darkens.
Besides being beautiful to behold, what does this celestial alignment tell us? Planetary interactions signal the time for various influences to combine. And Venus and Jupiter bring us a few of our favorite things: love, luck and fortune.
Venus is the classical planet of attraction, romance, harmony, equality, peace and all we deem valuable (including possessions and money). Jupiter, the biggest planet, is expansive and fosters growth and progress. It relates to law, morals, philosophy and religion, higher education, travel and everything international.
Ancient astrologers called these two the “prime benefics,” which translates as the most important doers of good. Their blend should bring lots of benefits, possibly “too much of a good thing” and over-indulgence. Under their dual influence, people might be more open-minded, open-hearted and generous. Bosses might be more apt to grant a raise, bonus or promotion. We could expect markets and incomes (and spending) to rise. That said, prepare yourself for a mitigating influence to rear its head in early August. (More on that closer to the time.)
Venus and Jupiter are within the potent range of 5 degrees near one another June 22 to August 11 and again October 19 – 31. Mid-August, the Sun gets too close to them for us to see them. By the end of August, they are visible again but in the morning sky.
Such a Sight is Rare!
Jupiter moves through a sign in about a year while Venus can circle the whole zodiac in less than a year. It passes Jupiter once in a year, usually quite quickly. An extended visit only occurs when Venus hangs around in the same part of the zodiac for a few months as a result of a zigzag optical illusion called retrograde motion. (A lot of people have heard of Mercury retrograde but don’t realize all the planets, including Venus, have retrograde cycles.) Although Venus is retrograde about every year-and-a-half, it doesn’t often back up where Jupiter is traveling at the time. In the summer of 2015, as Venus moves forward, retreats and then proceeds forward again, it passes Jupiter three times, which we call a triple conjunction.
The first of their three meetings (July 1) occurs not far from Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation of Leo, called the “heart of the Lion.” I remember a planetarium program in Chapel Hill, NC in late 2000 speculating about the “Star of David,” which the Three Wise Men (astrologers, of course) followed to find Jesus. The theory was a convergence of these three bright objects.
The last time Venus and Jupiter had a comparable triple-conjunction was in 1995. We won’t see a multi-month union of these two again for 21 years. So get out there these nice warm nights and wish on the two evening stars as they team up!
For details about the dates and degrees of the triple conjunctions and other connections Venus makes three times in this retrograde cycle, see the article in the Study Booth’s Advanced Topics.
Working with the Energies
Retrogrades are always a time for review. When it’s Venus that’s retrograde, our inspection should concern what’s most important to us. As it shifts from direct motion to backtrack, Venus is closest to earth, passing between earth and the Sun, both of which represent the individual Self. This suggests a Venus retrograde cycle is a period to love and appreciate ourselves more. Although Venus inclines us to be other-oriented (as the planet of partnership and teamwork), now is a time to put personal interests on the front burner and go after our heart’s desires. Most of the zigzag takes place in Leo, which is associated with the heart as well as creativity, joy, arts and entertainment, children (including your Inner Child) and fun! Jupiter has been in Leo since July of 2014, magnifying all of these tendencies.
How Will YOU Be Affected?
The answer depends on your chart, not just “your sign” (Sun sign). These planetary combinations do not affect only people whose Sun signs are those mentioned above. There is a section in everyone’s horoscope chart that contains the signs of Leo and Virgo, where this retrograde occurs. Certain circumstances correspond with the various regions of a chart (called houses). If you have your chart, find which houses have these signs and they will show the areas of your life that will be impacted. A reading can also cover potential ways to work with the energies at hand. In a future blog very soon, I promise to outline sign by sign the effects according to the houses.
If you enjoy this blog, you will find similar discussions of celestial phenomena in Janet’s Plan-its astrology calendars.
© 2015 Janet Booth, AstrologyBooth.com
The earth rotates on its axis a full 360 degrees in twenty-four hours. If you face east at night when the light of Sun doesn’t block your view, you can watch the parade of zodiac constellations slowly coming up over the horizon. Each takes about two hours (24 divided by 12 = 2) to rise. The sign that was rising at your birth is your rising sign. It starts the beginning of your chart and the planet which rules that sign (is most strongly associated with it) is said to rule your whole chart.
Each portion of a chart, like a slice of the heavenly pie, is called a house and corresponds with a department of your life. The first slice (just below the eastern horizon) relates to very personal matters such as your genetics, body, appearance, outlook and key personality traits. You will know yourself much better by learning about your rising sign. You can get a lot of helpful hints about your health by following what’s going on with your first house and your ruling planet.
If you like to read horoscope forecasts for the zodiac signs, you’re familiar with looking at your Sun sign. That’s the sign for the time of year you were born. You share it with everyone born during that Sun sign period (which you have noticed does not correspond to an exact calendar month). To read a forecast that applies more personally to you, check according to your rising sign. When astrologers write forecasts, they look where the moving planets (called transits) are travelling and interpret them according to the meanings of the house departments. Your life will be better described by matching up with your real house departments, and unless you are born around sunrise, your Sun sign will not be rising. Therefore your Sun sign forecast does not describe your department conditions as accurately as the forecast for your rising sign would.
How Do I Determine My Rising Sign?
Your true “horoscope” (meaning a “look at the hour”) is based on your exact time of birth, as well as the date (of course!) and the place. Those are the three components used to construct a chart and that process identifies the sign that was rising in the east at your birth. Look for your birth time on your birth certificate or in a baby book. That’s better than relying on the memory of one of your relatives (although they may have a story that helps in case the birth certificate or baby book does not have your birth time). You can also try contacting the Vital Statistics or Records department at the town or city hall in your birth place (not the hospital, which turns birth and death records over to the municipality). The doctor had to file a “Record of Live Birth” (since you were not stillborn) and that almost always has the birth time. Even if your birth certificate does not state the time of birth (look at it carefully – the time does not always stand out), there’s a good chance it will be in your file. Don’t just request a birth certificate; make it clear that you want the time. You may be asked to send a self-addressed stamped envelope and a payment to find out but it’s worth the cost and effort.
Once you have the time, go to a website that offers free chart calculations, such as alabe.com and fill in your information. When the chart circle appears, your rising sign is shown at what would be the 9 o’clock position on a clock face (the middle of the left side). It will be the dividing line between the 1st and 12th houses. (Houses go counterclockwise around the circle, starting at this eastern horizon.)
If you absolutely have no way to find out your birth time, there is one last resort: rectification. That’s a lengthy and grueling process where an examination of what was happening astrologically at the times of major events in your life thus far points to a likely birth time and a workable chart for you. Many astrologers won’t undertake such a task but yours truly will, for a price, a high price. Which is a good incentive for you to go to great lengths first to find out your birth time if that’s at all possible.
Without a birth time, an astrologer is limited in the detail she can provide to you. Your birth time is a key to unlock the treasure chest of information about your life that lies in your true horoscope.