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Friday, September 28, 2018

Transformation Take a Step Forward as Pluto Stations Direct and Love Steps Back as Venus Stations Retrograde

The effects of the powerful full moon in Aries on September 24, 2018 are still reverberating with us, but there is more planetary action to come during the next week.  This was a particularly intense full moon featuring a conjunction to Chiron, inspiring me to tweet on that day:
But Pluto is getting in on the astrological act to finish up the month of September with a bang.  On September 30, 2018, it stations direct in 18 degrees of Capricorn.  Pluto has been retrograde since its station in 21 degrees of Capricorn on April 22, 2018.  We all know that when a planet changes direction its influence and power are heightened.  Pluto digs deep and reveals what’s been hidden.  I think it’s a pretty safe bet to say that a lot of hidden facts have been revealed in the past five months.  Pluto in Capricorn is all about exposing decay in the foundations of governments and institutions.  And let’s not forget about all of those power and control issues that most of us have been struggling individually since April. Anyone who has planets in 18-21 degrees of the cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn can undoubtedly attest to the veracity of this theme. It’s been challenging, to say the least. Pluto in Capricorn stationed retrograde in my 4th house back in April and slipped back into my third house in late July while opposing my midheaven in 19 degrees of Cancer, so I have definitely been feeling its influence.  Pluto entered my 4th house in late January and it was not a particularly pleasant transit, but I am trying to have faith that when it returns in early December 2018, I won’t feel quite so powerless about my inability to control whatever situations crop up.

Hopefully, we have been able to obtain some insight into our control issues and when Pluto stations direct we will have an opportunity to act forcefully and mindfully upon the circumstances that have been holding us back from transforming our lives.  We should have the ability to discern the difference between what we can change and control and what we need to let go.  In my opinion, the Serenity Prayer really encapsulates the theme of Pluto stationing direct and the path of transformation:

“God, grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot CHANGE, the COURAGE to change the things I can and the WISDOM to know the difference.”

While the Pluto ruled transformation train is moving forward, relationships and our values will be taking a step back to reevaluate when Venus stations retrograde in 10 degrees of Scorpio on October 5, 2018.  Venus re-enters Libra on October 31, 2018 (a Halloween treat) and stations direct in 25 degrees of Libra on November 16, 2018. Venus will be in Scorpio until January 7, 2019.

Venus is definitely NOT comfortable in the sign of Scorpio because, along with Aries, it is considered to be in detriment.  That is because Venus rules Taurus and Libra, so when it is in the opposite signs, it is not a happy camper.  Venus is exalted in Pisces, so when Venus is in Virgo, it is in fall, or weaker.  I have Venus in Scorpio natally and it is retrograde to boot, so this should be an interesting time for me, to say the least.

Venus retrograde in Scorpio is also forming a challenging square to Mars in Aquarius, so there will be an increase in sexual tension that can lead to outbursts of anger, impulsiveness and lack of self-control.  When Venus is retrograde it is more difficult to give and receive love and affection.  Venus retrograde also denotes a period when our love life takes on a more fated quality.  Don’t be surprised if old friends and lovers pop out of the woodwork to help us sort out our karmic issues.  While it is possible to meet someone who could be your soulmate during Venus retrograde, it’s best not to make major commitments while Venus is retrograde.  Wait until Venus is direct.  I don’t advise anyone to marry under Venus retrograde.  Jennifer Aniston married Justin Theroux when Venus was retrograde in Leo during August 2015.  I wonder if the marriage could have lasted if they had waited until Venus was in Libra in November 2015.

Venus also rules money and values, so please be careful about investments and major luxury purchases. It’s clearly not the best time to be spending huge amounts of money on items that we may regret when the dust clears and Venus is direct. You don’t want a major case of buyer’s remorse in November.

We do have one particularly sweet aspect with Venus retrograde.  When Venus stations retrograde in 10 degrees of Pisces, it will be favorably trining Neptune in 14 degrees of Pisces.  This aspect has a dreamy, relaxing and romantic vibe which can help mitigate whatever damage the impulsiveness of Venus in Scorpio squaring Mars in Aquarius brings to the table.  And Venus trining Neptune in Pisces oozes compassion and is a boon for creativity.  Hold onto that thought.

If you are curious as to how all of the planetary changes, including this summer’s eclipses, 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 and we only have another few weeks of Jupiter in Scorpio. The Services Offered page of my site describes the menu of services that I offer. I even offer the option of tarot readings. There is something for everyone. 

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