The Astrology Blog – w/b 1 September 2014
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Well as the Mercury, Mars, Uranus sequence came to an end and Mercury then sextiled Saturn – last Monday along with the New Moon in Virgo, one of the Mercury signs – I did at least find out why my email has been deactivated. It turns out that if you move house – which I did in February – you have 6 months to let the Greek phone company know that your email is operating from a different phone number. If you don’t let them know then when the 6 months are up they deactivate your email. This is to help against fraudulent use of said email address … oh, so it’s okay for someone to pose as me for the first 6 months then, but no longer?? I obviously didn’t know about this rule and neither did anyone else, including all the Greek phone company staff I spoke to over and over again! Nobody asked me if I’d moved, nobody sent me um, an email, to warn me that I if I didn’t register my new landline number I would lose the email address that I’ve had for 15 years….
Had to smile looking back as I moved into this house under a retrograde Mercury in Aquarius (technology). The missing info has finally come to light.
This week’s first event is Mercury changing sign, moving into Libra on Tuesday (ingress exact at 6.39). Will this be the big moment? Mercury in Libra – sign of partnership – feels very promising for reconnecting with “the others” out there in email land. Tomorrow the magical mystery paper chase starts all over again…
However, back to Mercury entering Libra – this is not one of Mercury’s recognized signs of dignity but generally Mercury loves the air signs, element of the mind and communication which is what Mercury is all about. With Libra being the sign of the Scales this placing is of course famous for dithering, weighing things up, looking at all sides of things and having difficulty in making or sticking to decisions. If you have natal Mercury in Libra or if you are close to someone who does then you will know what this feels like. The positive side to this placing is a wonderful diplomacy and regard for everyone else’s opinion. It’s also a great placing for asking for help with any matter that you can’t tackle alone. Heart to hearts are in there too – Mercury in Libra is great for that one to one sharing.
Just look out for confusion at the end of the week as Mercury’s only aspect is the awkward quinqunx to Neptune (Saturday 08.02). This is a classic set up for crossed wires or for having the wool pulled over your eyes. If you feel that you’re not being told the truth then you’re probably not. However getting a straight answer to a straight question will be a very tall order and misunderstandings will take a while to fathom. It can also signal mixups with paperwork so be careful if you’re form filling, or travelling – such as making sure that your passport hasn’t expired or that you have vital documents in order. Phones of course are always the big one when Mercury is trouble making and these days most of us are heavily reliant on our mobiles, so keep a close eye on phones, cameras, laptops etc when you’re out and about. Oh, and don’t believe everything you hear – Mercury/Neptune bad aspects equals fibber – don’t open dodgy emails or shop on line other than on trusted sites.
There are three other astrological events taking place this week, starting with the Sun in Virgo trine (harmonious) Pluto in Capricorn (Wednesday 17.09). This alliance in earth signs feels great for wrapping up projects – Pluto is all about endings and with the aspect being a trine this signals ones of the positive variety. The trine happens at 11 degrees so if you have natal planets at 11 degrees, or a couple of degrees either side and especially in the feminine earth or water signs, then this aspect will be significant for you. If you don’t know if you have planets at this degree don’t forget that you can find out the position of all your planets on line in just a couple of minutes. I’ve posted links for this before but here’s a different one to try:
This aspect is relevant for me as my Midheaven (career) is 13 Virgo – will I finally finish the book? I’m on track so here’s hoping. It will be strange to find that something that’s dominated the last six months is finally completed but the Sun – Pluto trine feels good for enjoying the sense of achievement and moving on into that “what next” arena.
The trickiest part of the week is Jupiter quinqunx Pluto (Friday 11.11). When two major planets of totally different symbolic natures – Jupiter is the Greater Benefic, Pluto is a malefic – such as these are involved in this blind aspect it’s generally not good news, and often it shows as a world event as well as for individuals. For example, Jupiter rules long distance travel so I’m wondering about Iceland’s volcano situation and how that might impact on flights. The dysfunctional relationship between faith/religion (Jupiter) and terrorism (Pluto) is also impossible to ignore, as is the picture of violation (Pluto) of human rights and freedom (Jupiter). Any war zone is further sensitized under this aspect.
On a more personal note safety is a concern under this aspect so avoid risk taking of any kind. Single? I personally would run a mile from a first date under this aspect or I would be extremely wary of anyone I met for the first time. This aspect speaks of hidden agendas or the sort of emotional baggage that would render most of us out of our depth. Without wishing to be alarmist in any way it makes sense at any time to let others know where you’re going to be if you’re out on a new date.
Finally we have another planet changing sign. Venus is on the move, exiting Leo and arriving in Virgo (ingress exact on Friday at 18.08). Again, this puts love issues on a cautious footing as Virgo is Venus’ sign of “fall”. Virgo belongs to Mercury, planet of the mind as I said earlier, whose job it is to pick things apart in the goal of understanding. Venus’ job is love and pleasure but she sometimes forgets that when travelling through analytical Virgo. This doesn’t mean that anyone with a natal Venus in Virgo is unemotional or doomed to a loveless life, but this Venus is sensitive and doesn’t want to be hurt. This Venus over thinks things and consequently takes things slowly. Venus in Virgo tends to look for the perfect love, which of course doesn’t exist. Love needs acceptance, not a critical ticker tape running constantly in the back of our minds.
Venus will be travelling through Virgo until the end of the month so it’s a worthwhile resolution to listen closely to yourself. If you hear words of criticism coming out when you open your mouth then stop and think, and switch to something you can appreciate about your spouse, child, colleague, parent – or whoever is getting on your nerves! Change the dance.
Venus in Virgo is, however, fantastic for fiddly jobs. Anything that needs painstaking patience fits the bill. Virgo also rules crafts and skills so focus too on what you’re good at, keep raising the bar and get even better, or follow your passion if you’re looking for your vocation. When you love (Venus) your work (Virgo) it’s never a drudge.
As they say here in Greece on the 1st of each month – Kalo Mina – have a good month!