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Friday, August 3, 2018

Venus Enters Libra and Uranus Retrogrades

This is an uncomfortable, difficult and challenging time for many people these days.  Last week we saw Mercury station retrograde and a powerful lunar eclipse in Aquarius on July 27, 2018. And this is also the time between eclipses, which is always awkward and tense.  The next and final eclipse of 2018 will occur on August 11, 2018 in 18 degrees of Leo.  I think that the general consensus is that most people or at least empaths, feel that the week between eclipses is like waiting for the other shoe to drop in terms of trying to be prepared for whatever unexpected events the universe hurls at us.  On some level, we know that deep change is coming but there is a natural fear of the unknown accompanied by anxiety.  Intellectually we realize that change needs to happen but emotionally we fear it.  Both personally and collectively, I sense that this summer has been all about reflecting on the past, purging and releasing what no longer serves us.  The fifth and final eclipse of 2018 (and it is indeed rare to have five instead of four eclipses in one year) will hopefully serve as a catalyst to closing the door on the past and propelling us on a new path.

Mars retrograde has been a heavy hitter ever since it stationed retrograde on June 26, 2018.  It was very active in the lunar eclipse of July 27th and on August 1, 2018, it formed the second of three exact squares with Uranus in Taurus, inspiring me to tweet:
But we have a couple more major astrological events coming up before the next eclipse, which I promise to cover in more detail in next week’s post.  On August 6, 2018, Venus enters its ruling sign of Libra (actually Venus rules both Taurus and Libra) where it will be eminently more comfortable and right at home.  Venus thrives in the sign of Libra due to its natural affinity for beauty, luxury and pleasure.  Venus in Libra craves harmony, is open to compromise and is renowned for seeking balance.  Venus is not just about love and relationships, it also pertains to money and values.  So charm, diplomacy and tact will be key features of this Venus in Libra transit.  But the flip side of the Venus in Libra transit is the tendency to engage in indecisiveness, dependency and superficiality.

Venus begins its transit of Libra in my 12th house and enters my first house on August 24, 2018.  After conjuncting my ascendant, it will also conjunct my Juno and Neptune in Libra, which should be pretty sweet transits.  But Venus leaves Libra on September 9, 2018, so make the most of this Venus in Libra transit.  Venus will enter Scorpio on that day, but will station retrograde in 10 degrees of Scorpio on October 5, 2018 and will remain in Scorpio until January 8, 2019.

Uranus in Taurus has been slowing down and will station retrograde in 2 degrees of Taurus on August 7, 2018.  It will slip back into the sign of Aries on November 7, 2018 and will end its retrograde in 28 degrees of Aries on January 6, 2019.  Uranus will re-enter Taurus on March 8, 2019 for the next seven years.

Uranus retrograde is found of 40% of all charts, so it is not as uncommon as Mars retrograde, which occurs every two years.  When Uranus is retrograde it is more difficult to restrain the erratic and impulsive urges of Uranus.  Uranus retrograde also has the tendency to internalize the disruptive nature of Uranus, which can result in nervous anxiety, rapid personality changes or just plain neurotic behavior.  It represents a time of inner change in response to external changes in life and it helps us process things internally before we manifest the external changes that will allow us more freedom (which is what Uranus craves, after all) when Uranus stations direct.

Uranus retrograde is a good time to go within to seek patterns that need to be released.  This seems to be a recurring astrological theme this year.  But it is very complicated with the ongoing Mars/Uranus square, which will be exact for the third and final hit on September 18, 2018 in 1 degree of Mars in Aquarius and 1 degree of Uranus in Taurus.  Mars squaring Uranus is indeed a test of patience and many of us may find ourselves needing a creative outlet for all of that frustrating energy.  This aspect tends to trigger our anger and frustration, ramping up our impatience. Uranus in Taurus rules nature, so I am not surprised to hear the news about fires, earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters occurring.  Uranus in Taurus is literally shaking up our planet.

I am one of those 40% who have Uranus retrograde natally in my chart and usually its retrograde period doesn’t bother me too much because I am fairly comfortable with it due to my own retrograde Uranus.   But this year I am a little more concerned about the effects of its transit.  When Uranus re-enters Aries in November, it will form some pretty challenging aspects to my natal chart.  It will square my Jupiter and retrograde Uranus in Cancer in my 10th house and will oppose my Neptune in Libra in my 1st house.  This time around it will be getting really personal and could have some far-reaching implications for major changes in my life. 

If you are curious as to how all of the planetary changes, including this summer’s eclipses, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn retrograde, Mars retrograde in Aquarius, Jupiter in Scorpio, Chiron in Aries and Uranus in Taurus will be affecting you in 2018, please consider getting an astrological reading.  A transit reading might be just what you need right now to make the most of Jupiter in Scorpio.  Jupiter transits are all about taking advantage of opportunities and if you snooze you lose with Jupiter.  You have to be aware and strike while the iron is hot. The Services Offered page of my site describes the menu of services that I offer. There is something for everyone. 

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