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Friday, September 18, 2015

Reality Bites as Jupiter and Neptune Tango While Mercury Retrogrades in Libra and Saturn Moves into Sagittarius

The period between eclipses is jam packed with astrological activity that culminated in some major turning points on September 17th.  The day got off to an early start at 2:54 a.m. with Jupiter in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces.  Jupiter in Virgo is very service oriented but is also prone to finding fault and worries too much while Neptune in Pisces has a tendency to be reclusive and engage in escapist behaviors.  Under most circumstances, this aspect would be very challenging; hey, it’s an opposition, after all.  Jupiter in Virgo is also inclined to be judgmental and having the Sun in Virgo doesn’t help matters.  I have found myself to be very critical lately, both with myself and others. It may still be technically summer, but all of that carefree Leo energy feels like ancient history to me these days. 

But the Jupiter Neptune opposition got a huge boost from the moon in Scorpio that day. That Scorpio moon sextiled Jupiter in Virgo and trined Neptune in Pisces in the wee hours of the morning.  On that day I tweeted:

“#Scorpiomoon saves the day’s Jupiter Neptune opposition by providing determination to achieve spiritual goals.  Love that sextile and trine!”

It literally served as a ballast for those two planets that were engaged in such a challenging aspect and may have served to mitigate any damage, especially in the workplace.

At 2:09 p.m. on the 17th, Mercury stationed retrograde in 15 degrees of Libra.  Many of us have been feeling the effects of Mercury retrograde already.  In the past week, I have endured printer problems and a frozen tablet.  And this was while Mercury was still in the shadow and hadn’t officially stationed retrograde!  All of the Mercury retrogrades in 2015 have been in air signs, and with this one in Libra, you can rest assured that relationships will be affected big-time with this Mercury retrograde. Be aware that relationships may need to be reevaluated at this time, but try to hold off on signing anything during the retrograde.

This Mercury retrograde is in my 12th house, but conjunct my Libra ascendant. Mercury retrograde always feels like a loss of control in matters pertaining to communication and transportation, but I am particularly leery of this one happening in my 12th house.  I also have the Sun in my 12th house until October 10th, so I am more anxious than usual. I hope everyone backed up their computers and we all will have to allot more time to reach our destinations between now and October 9th when Mercury stations direct at 0 degrees of Libra.

The third astrological hit of September 17th occurred at 10:49 p.m. when Saturn moved into Sagittarius, where it will stay through December 2017.  As a Scorpio, I was THRILLED at this occurrence.  Having Saturn back in Scorpio since June after that lovely little reprieve with Saturn’s first foray into Sagittarius before Christmas 2014 has not been the most fun time for me or anyone else with planets in late degrees of Scorpio, so this literally felt like a weight had been lifted.

Saturn in Sagittarius has a very different feel from Saturn in Scorpio, thank God. If you haven’t checked out Michael Lutin’s site recently, I strongly encourage you to do so at:

The following is an eloquent description of the Saturn in Scorpio experience:

Saturn in Scorpio teaches us
how to survive
what is impossible to survive,
after which
we end up one way or another
on the other side of life.
We learn how to heal ourselves
as it teaches us healing power
by revealing hidden metaphysical truths.
we need our courage to accept.
Everyone on Earth has been touched.
It's as if some creature
has come along
and slashed you
with a big knife,
and as it casually walks away,
it casually tosses over its shoulder,
"Grow up!"

Now that we have all survived the transformative energy of Saturn in Scorpio, we get a major dose of reality with Saturn in Sagittarius.  Sagittarius at its most enlightened is all about truth, honesty, our life’s work and our belief systems. Our work with Saturn in the mutable fire sign of Sagittarius involves finding practical applications for our beliefs and it can test our faith and moral sense.  Saturn is not all that comfortable in Sagittarius, which is ruled by Jupiter.  And we all know that Jupiter is prone to excesses, so with Saturn in Sagittarius our appetites may face a major reality check.

Venus is still in Leo until October 8th due to the retrograde. If you are curious as to how this extended Venus retrograde in Leo period affected you, please consider getting an astrological reading with me.  A little insight is always a powerful tool.  Just ask for the Venus Retrograde Special, which will be $25 through the month of September 2015. Contact me directly at

If you are contemplating an astrological reading to obtain more insight during this shaky month of September that includes two eclipses, Mercury retrograde and Saturn moving back into Sagittarius, you can learn more about my menu of astrological services at:

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