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2020-04-04

Horoscopes

May 7, 2020

Venus & Mercury Retrograde 2020

Happy Supermoon in Scorpio! 

I truly believe there are good uses for everything the heavens offer us. At a personal level, the stars are neutral: it’s what we put into them as individuals that matters rather than whatever challenging collective events they also coincidentally reflect.

But it is equally true that some times seem more difficult than others. So are the current skies. Wouldn’t you be surprised if it was otherwise?

The bigger celestial players speak symbolically of extreme evolutionary pressures for radical re-configuration of our life-supporting structures. Extreme stress in heavens reflect the same on earth and we only have tune into our favorite media stream to learn how the front lines and those most afflicted are deep in the fray, heroism and grind of the Covid-19 war. Those of us more privileged have other choices for putting this “season” with all its nuances to good use in our own personal bubbles.

Within heavier celestial hitters reflecting our current heavy context, 2020 is a year full of retrogrades – an important clue in determining a response. Retrograde suggests a need to take a step back and re-examine. In this edition, I’m focusing on the dance of two “swingers” backwards during the northern hemisphere spring and early summer, with Mercury beginning as Venus ends:

  • Venus is retrograde in Gemini from May 13-14 to June 18-19.
  • Mercury is retrograde in Cancer from June 17-18 to July 25-26.

Some believe that the entirety of these cycles is more than retrograde duration of it: the “pre” shadow when the planet begins crossing the degrees it will retrograde over later and the “post” shadow from after it begins to go forward to when the planet crosses those same degrees again . By that logic, the Venus retrograde cycle really began on April 9-10 and will end July 29-30, with Mercury’s contained within it June 2-3 to July 26-27.

Both planets are “swingers” because they can’t stray far from the the Sun as their orbits are inside ours. From our perspective, they literally swing back and forth as they accompany the Sun through its yearly cycle through the signs.

Mercury retrograde 1  is the better known example of the dance backwards: a planetary star appearing to stop its forward movement through the Zodiac, go backwards for a distance, stop again, and then proceed forwards as it normally does.

But all the planets do it.2 The planets Jupiter and out go retrograde for a time each year. But the ones symbolizing interpersonal channels are less regular (Mars retrograde every two years and Venus retrograde every 18 months) or occur more regularly (Mercury retrograde three  – sometimes four! –  times a year).

It’s part of the cycle that we see directly if we observed planetary movements from the perspective of earth. Part of what can make retrograde periods so difficult is our culture’s problem with the symbolism of it.

Our bias is always that moving forward is a good thing. Going backwards is seen as undesirable. The line must always go as close to straight up as possible. Circumstances that thwart this condition frustrate the achievement of our ego-driven desires. Since the dawn of the modern era, unending progress has been the expectation. We don’t like be driven into the past.

Even the astrological literature has not escaped this bias. For example, some astrologers assert that if you happen to be born with a retrograde planet, it indicates bad karma incurred in a previous lifetime.

My view is the skies suggest something else: there’s a time for every purpose under heaven. All astrological indicators can at least in potential reflect possible positive uses, including at time when planets are retrograde. There are times for: net-mending, rather than fishing; and, letting fields lie fallow, rather than seeding them for new crops. Retrograde times are for reflection and recovery and they are an absolutely necessary part of life.

Very generally:

  1. Venus, like the Ancient Greek and Roman love goddess attributed to this planetary star, symbolizes beauty, art, harmony, romance, refinement, relating, the senses, gentleness, tenderness, sensuality, pleasure, treasure, and the power to bring things and people together personally and socially.Venus retrograde is a time for re-evaluating what you’ve attracted into your life in terms of resources and relationships.
  2. Mercury, like the Ancient Greek and Roman messenger god attributed to this planetary star, symbolizes mind and its dexterity, verbalization and naming, intelligence, thoughts, reason, logic, ideas, speech, observation, speed, mediation, commerce, and the capacity to apply spin or an arrangement to any given set of facts.Mercury retrograde is a time for re-thinking your agenda, commerce, connections, knowledge, and personal inventiveness.

Anticipate delays! Anticipate interruptions! But also anticipate opportunities to indulge a distraction dear to you. Mercury and Venus projects are about intelligence and beauty: so weave a basket, plant a garden, build an elegant spreadsheet, or make advances on a side hustle or interest that gives you satisfaction. Such projects are great when communications go down and/or normal connections fail. If of course you’re not busy providing intelligent interactions on the front line!

Our difficulties with these retrogrades of these two interpersonal planets lies less in the stars, but more in ourselves. They are times for review when it’s better to avoid starting something new if you can or if you must, at least recognize there’s more to come with the story. Whatever new concerns surface, they require careful research before taking action. Even then, leave yourself a lot of leeway and build for the possibility that the nature of the concern could shift when the retrograde is over. Count on revisions being necessary later.

The quality of a retrograde varies based on what signs of the Zodiac a planetary star is in when they execute this backwards dance. Venus retrograde in the Mercury ruled sign Gemini may have a Mercury retrograde quality; Mercury retrograde in the Moon ruled sign Cancer suggests all what I have written generally elsewhere about the phenomenon, but specifically in terms of family and feeling based communication. It suggests a time of heavy nostalgia, for good or ill.

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1. Technically, the phrase “Mercury in Retrograde” is not correct as any qualified astrologer will tell you. A planet is in a sign and its motion is retrograde.?

2. For convenience sake, the Sun and Moon are often called “planets” by astrologers, but from ancient times, they have been understood to be in a class of their own known as the lights or luminaries: nocturnal (Moon) and diurnal (Sun). The fact that they never go retrograde is a distinguishing feature, along with their visible size and brightness.?

April 4, 2020

Jupiter Conjoins Pluto 2020

In the sign of Capricorn, Jupiter is conjoining Pluto exactly today (April 4-5, depending on your time zone), at the end of June, and finally in mid-November.

These celestial alignments mark a new beginning of the 13 year cycle between the ancient ruling gods of the depths of the Underworld and the heights of the Heavens.

Such a conjunction is a seeding period for many rich possibilities related to grim truths, big power, and the transforming depths of faith. Regrettably, it’s also symbolizing this round as a large (Jupiter) body count (Pluto). Not all plagues and not every time does the alignment occur during a plague, but there are suggestive “coincidences”: November 1981 in Libra – AIDS; August 1918 in Cancer – Spanish Flu; and even March 1347 another instance in Capricorn – The Black Death.

This year, coming at the heels of other recent challenging conjunctions in the same sign (Saturn-Pluto and Mars-Pluto) and most recently following Mars conjoining in Saturn in the next sign Aquarius, Jupiter-Pluto through 2020 suggests we dig deep for gratitude through the perilous times, discern new meaning in deprivation, and persist in applying the necessary practical know-how in the face of what is darkest: our own frail mortal limitations against a literally “novel” foe.

On one level, Jupiter-Pluto symbolizes the hidden mechanisms of power revving into gear to attend to the current Covid-19 pandemic economically and materially. To get through this crisis, the powers that be in business and government will do whatever is necessary to ensure survival of the system and have vast unseen resources to throw into the fray. Regardless, their competence in using them is on display for all to see. What’s worse, their actions are cold comfort if you or someone you love is literally fighting for the very breath of life.

One positive thing is that Jupiter-Pluto represents an end to denial. The truth can no longer be concealed or contained: these are distinctly different times to any we’ve experienced in collective memory. On a personal level, the Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions offer each of us to go deeper with our questions to find the even deeper answers that we need to sustain our buoyancy. Outdated beliefs need to go or be re-generated; perhaps some new ones grow in their stead. Still there is a harmony within to draw upon. It just takes some gritty work on self to get there.

For an illusion of control, some people superficially participate in this spirit by hoarding toilet paper and other supplies. Others may turn to vitamins or spiritual practices for protection from the deadly scourge. None of us really can do much more than stay at home and practice social distancing for essential outings. Our personal space is expanded to protect our own too valuable bodies and we face new commands our very behavior: wash your hands for 20 seconds and stop touching your face!

Capricorn involves the structures that support life and you don’t have to be an astrologer to see that there is a profound need now to re-think how they are organized in light of the effects of the current global crisis. As if the effects of climate change weren’t enough motivation!

To illuminate perhaps what this cycle could mean for your Sun Sign, review your horoscope below. Or if you’re in the home page blog, go here.

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April 4, 2020

Jupiter Conjoins Pluto 2020

Greetings Ariens,

Recent events may have interfered your professional objectives. Don’t let the frustration get to you.

Focus your attention on personal projects that can still have impact. Remember more than ever in our meetings mediated these days by so much technology that everyone has to have a turn! You’ll be less frustrated if you have a non work related goal into which you can put your abundant enthusiasm.

Over the next year, riches lie in searching for and applying deep insights regarding your true calling. The next 13 years could see the further development of an alternative vocational path you might not have ever considered viable before.

#KeepLookingUp

❤️MB

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April 4, 2020

Jupiter Conjoins Pluto 2020

Greetings Taureans,

Recent events may have confirmed your worst worldly suspicions, or perhaps left you questioning everything.

Focus on the core truths that can endure inside you when all the lights go out. When that’s too much, dive deeply into a different subject that expands your mind. You need new content. If you’re at all a religious person, participate in your spiritual path online.

Over the next year, riches lie in searching for and applying deep insights by expanding your mind with subjects that give you meaning. The next 13 years could see a the development of a deeper faith that will be able to support you through any storm.

#KeepLookingUp

❤️MB

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April 4, 2020

Jupiter Conjoins Pluto 2020

Greetings Geminis,

Recent events may be making you fearful and restless, which is a dangerous combination if you let your smarty-pants brain fret. A Gemini during a pandemic is a social butterfly with wings clipped. What to do? You’ve got to keep yourself occupied.

Why not make a pen or keyboard walk your talk: the subject or quality of the writing doesn’t matter. The important thing is to get the junk, especially your fears, out of your head. You may find external demands more attainable if your mind once cleansed can turn to a different subject.

Over the next year, riches lie in searching for and applying deep insights regarding your worst fears. The next 13 years could see the deep personal transformation you’ve always longed for if your mind just can go along for the ride.

#KeepLookingUp

❤️MB

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April 4, 2020

Jupiter Conjoins Pluto 2020

Greetings Cancerians,

Recent events could find your nose to the grindstone: there’s always plenty to do around the house, which includes nurturing people or projects. You were built for working from home.

Be strategic about how you use this time: opposing forces can still take you in the direction you want, even if it’s not as fast as you’d like. Don’t let the bastards grind you down, but get your down-time in too.

Over the next year, riches lie in searching for and applying deep insights regarding what you need from your partners. The next 13 years could see you more able to make positive commitments to people and/or endeavors that will fuel your growth as a relational person.

#KeepLookingUp

❤️MB

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April 4, 2020

Jupiter Conjoins Pluto 2020

Greetings Leos,

Recent events may have thrown your routine in chaos.

Exert your powerful will to bring new order into your days. Attend to the daily details you’d normally defer, but only little by little. There is time for everything if you make it so; time for fun must be included. It’s the process that counts!

Over the next year, riches lie in searching for and applying deep insights regarding your daily schedule. The next 13 years could see the development of personal will more easily deployed, as you’ll have more insight in how you can motivate yourself forward at your own pace.

#KeepLookingUp

❤️MB

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April 4, 2020

Jupiter Conjoins Pluto 2020

Greetings Virgos,

Recent events are a worst case scenario for Virgos. You come by it honestly if you find yourself worrying about the current pandemic more than most.

Nevertheless, you’re more equipped than most to handle these days: you know how to manage contamination spot-by-spot and your crafty talents can be put to good use – like making masks!

Attend to what you must, but try to make it serve a larger creative purpose. Stick to your projects!

Over the next year, riches lie in searching for and applying deep insights regarding your “children” – literal and creative. The next 13 years could see the unfolding of the brain child you work on now into a kick-ass adolescent, ready to take on the world!

#KeepLookingUp

❤️MB

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April 4, 2020

Jupiter Conjoins Pluto 2020

Greetings Librans,

Recent events have forced you home, making your partnerships remote if at least one partner isn’t living with you. Being deprived of companionship is particularly hard on those born under your sign.

Try to focus on beautifying your environment. Surround yourself with light and learn to be your own best company when you can’t check in online with others or your partner needs some alone time.

Over the next year, riches lie in searching for and applying deep insights regarding who you are when there isn’t necessarily someone available to bounce off of. The next 13 years could see the development of a firmer footing with which to relate to others and a deeper contentment with yourself than you have ever known.

#KeepLookingUp

❤️MB

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April 4, 2020

Jupiter Conjoins Pluto 2020

Greetings Scorpios,

Recent events are hitting your state of mind hard, for the changes in your neighborhood are obvious and nothing may seem automatic to you anymore. So many complexities and so many restrictions!

Cut through to the essential and do whatever you must to attain and maintain your inner peace. Find a book or other mental activity (write something or watch a documentary maybe) to occupy your brain. Recognize there’s only so much you can do for your “siblings” – familial or otherwise.

Over the next year, riches lie in searching for and applying deep insights regarding your how you manage your thought processes. The next 13 years could see the development of greater powers of disciplined concentration that could increase the likelihood of success with your favorite ideas.

#KeepLookingUp

❤️MB

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April 4, 2020

Jupiter Conjoins Pluto 2020

Greetings Sagittarians,

Recent events may be making you feel your luck’s run out. Particularly if the financial shocks of the pandemic are hitting you in the pocketbook. Maybe it’s all happening to teach you what’s most important.

Take a philosophical stance. Stock markets, balloons, air planes, civilizations, and erections all cannot escape the laws of gravity: what goes up, must come down. Don’t surrender to despair – there’s always the hope of rising again! There’s always still more to learn in the meantime.

Over the next year, riches lie in searching for and applying deep insights regarding you think is most worth your energy, time, and love. The next 13 years could see the development of a wealth beyond rubies if you are disciplined in managing your resources and build something of value with them.

#KeepLookingUp

❤️MB

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April 4, 2020

Jupiter Conjoins Pluto 2020

Greetings Capricornians,

Just how thoroughly recent events have upset your well-laid plans won’t likely be apparent to all. Capricorns tend to be cool in a crisis and all most people notice (if they notice anything at all) is how efficiently their nearest goats are managing the fallout.

Humans plan. The gods laugh! Tend to what you must, but all the while re-evaluate where you are and more importantly, where you want to be. You can survive this! What appears to be a block now could turn out to be a stepping stone to something else later on.

Over the next year, riches lie in searching for and applying deep insights regarding the bedrock of your personality. The next 13 years could see you presenting an entirely different you to the world based on your most deeply held truths and wisdom.

#KeepLookingUp

❤️MB

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April 4, 2020

Jupiter Conjoins Pluto 2020

Greetings Aquarians,

Recent events may have severed your network or left you feeling alienated. Hard to get the same quality of interaction when everyone’s in their respective bubble! Or maybe you’re the type that enjoys virtual meetings.

Re-consider your longing for more contact when you could be just enjoying the peace you’ve needed for so long. And if that’s too boring, work on your meditation or analyze your dreams – if you can keep from binge watching!

Over the next year, riches lie in searching for and applying deep insights regarding your connection to all that is. The next 13 years could see the development of an entirely new way to relate to the universe based on a richer personal experience. Or maybe just better ways of escape!

#KeepLookingUp

❤️MB

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