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Retrograde Eclipse across the SUN, 8:12 AM Pacific at 19 Taurus 25!
See the Astrological Chart below!

Transit of Mercury 2006
The 2006 Eclipse as seen from Earth! Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO

May 20 note: This is worth reviewing because June 3 Mercury is again at the TRANSIT of MERCURY degree, 19 Taurus, the third and last time, the day before our Gemini New Moon June 4!

Be there! The entire transit will be visible in the western part of Europe and Africa, as well as in the east of North America, and in South America! Western Africa has the best weather in May. It lasts 7 1/2 hours, crossing retrograde, East to West.

On the average, there are only 13 transits of Mercury each century. The last planetary Solar Eclipse we had was Venus Retrograde in Gemini June 5, 2012. The last Mercury eclipse was Nov 8, 2006 at 16 Scorpio. The May Mercury eclipses are about half as frequent as November transits, but are bigger because Mercury is Aphelion, farthest from the sun. They occur at Mercury’s South Node. The next TRANSIT of Mercury will be Nov 11, 2019. After that, it’s 2032!

Mercury moved into Taurus April 5, 2016, the day Venus, Taurus’s planet, went into Aries. The Moon occulted (eclipsed) Venus, Taurus’s planet, April 6 and the Sun squared Pluto. Mercury went deep into the New Moon April 7 at 18 Aries. Several deep aspects together. Mercury’s entrance into Taurus has some weight.

In Taurus, Mercury the Messenger is sitting with the Buddha, with Mother Earth. He is content in his skin, loves animals and their beautiful fur. Slowing down in Taurus, coming out of Aries, is quite a pace change, at first impatient, but soon adapting to the rest, being able to observe more of the periphery, the framing, perspective, centering, peacefulness. There is absorbing in addition to seeing. It’s a richer experience that way, though it can also make Mercury feel heavy when he is usually a skimmer and a butterfly flit about. Passing information along is more his venue rather than everyday common sense. But once there, he lends considerable intelligence to simple things, speeds up the processes, links and integrates them for further benefit! He’s a natural liaison. Seeing the Taurus values he becomes an appreciative spokesman.

Mars retrograded April 17, is way slow, taking his time going back from 8 Sagittarius to 23 Scorpio. Action takes a decided turn, the point man suddenly changes, possibly no longer interested. A project is left undone or up for serious revision. Or, Mars steeps himself in the depths of his intention to find the purity of his purpose, the internal strength and resources needed to get past a threshold. The teaching schedule and topics are shifted, the destination is uncertain. Philosophies are being challenged. Mars turns Direct, forward, in Scorpio June 29. May 9, the Transit of Mercury, occurs early in the retrograde when Mars is at 5 Sagittarius, pondering the options, confident of the possibilities. At the time of the Transit of Mercury, he is making no aspects to any other planets, so at that time he stands alone, unfettered, free and clear.

The TRANSIT Eclipse happens during the concurrent Mercury and Mars Retrograde! See Mars Retrograde! See Mercury Retrograde!

Mercury direct in Taurus was first over the Transit point April 19, the day the Sun entered Taurus and 3 days before Earth Day. Taurus is the sign of Earth. Clean up your antennae! Make sure the link to your channel is ready. Write out your thoughts, what you would like to receive, your intentions, what you will do in preparation. If you meditate, seek access to a sacred communion symbol, a centered Peace. Find a still place that will trigger your ability to receive as much as possible. Let go of fears. You will be graced perfectly as you can be. You are perfect just the way you are.

However, if by nature you are an exuberant fiery spirited person, quickly clear your channels, ask for guidance to be given your part. I’m all for jumping up and meeting it halfway, arms open wide, laughing all the way! Whichever you are, if your birthday is May 9, we are especially counting on you!

  • Mercury retrogrades April 28 at 23 Taurus, makes the May 9 Transit at 19 Taurus, turns Direct/forward May 22 at 14 Taurus. Mercury is well placed in Taurus for this event. Taurus, an Atlas, is a super stable strong sign. The Sun bathing Mercury is in total Light, being infused with a mega message, requires a sturdy vessel, one that can hold and sustain that Light, keep it safe. Taurus, the sculptor, the ceramic bowl maker, looks for the natural fit. Steady in the Light is a perfect phrase for this event. Jupiter goes Direct, turns forward, just 3 hours before the conjunction of Mercury and Sun! Jupiter is the planet of Sagittarius, the sign opposite Mercury’s maiden sign Gemini. While Mercury is information gathering and communication techniques, Sagittarius gives it meaning, direction and purpose. Sagittarius travels and carries the best with it place to place. It teaches wherever it lands. Considered a friendly optimistic lucky sign of fame and good fortune, we are so blessed to have it’s planet moving forward and carrying the messages of the TRANSIT of MERCURY far and wide in a positive frame of reference! Jupiter in Virgo, Mercury’s other sign, will strive to keep the insights unblemished, pure and accurate, send them out where they will be well tended, spread further.
  • June 3 Mercury moves forward across the Transit position the third and last time. If you were tuned in, your chart aligned with the Transit, there has been a lot to think about. Taurus has to do with your Body, our most precious possessions, Earth herself. Perhaps now you have more words to express your comprehension of what happened. Taurus being a fixed sign, an earth anchor, a sign of fertility, will hold these thoughts in safekeeping for a long time to come. They will be cherished, guarded and grown. Save the seeds and keep on sharing.

Mercury and Sun are at Mercury’s South Node (not the Moon’s South Node). It’s sometimes thought that South Nodes are where a bad was in past lives. Mercury in Taurus could have been a selfish thinker, all about possession, a pickpocket. But some also think that what we did, we did so bad, we did it good, and have a super talent to use when now used in a good way. Instead, they could be a grant writer, a museum curator, a clever organic farmer who talks to the plants and animals. So for Mercury, in this case, perhaps the specialty is holding consciousness, the link to, the messages of Sun, Sol, Soul. Because Taurus takes possession, things will be slowed down to a pace people can stand. New ideas will be less frightening, we can get used to them. They will be given with patience and kindness. We will be graced with gentle gifts as we grow, soon ready to handle more. Mercury is keen about estimating current capacity, and makes sweeps of the territory to see what’s changing and what’s up next. Truly a useful talent. The May 9 super infusion, will be a wellspring, giving us a synthesis of valuable inspiration for our world today.

Not only is Mercury at his South Node, but the Mercury eclipse Sun is trine the Moon’s North Node at 19 Virgo. Things from Mercury’s past of many life times will do a rubber band snap into present tense, just like in a time machine, now in the cloak of current times! The organization of life and good business are offered updates that transform us from mundane procedures to extraordinary services and production. Virgo irresistible! Time to let go the old, soup up the new! The Virgo North Node steps up, sees that quality nutrients, regular care are provided, that all is well maintained in top form.

What about that 19 degrees?! 19 Taurus, the degree of the Eclipse, is opposite 19 Scorpio. In old Horary astrology, 19 Scorpio was called the ‘dread degree’ of the entire zodiac! Many are born on 19 Scorpio and do fine. Clearly there are not terrible world traumatizing events that day every year. Yet, there are times, and for some people, it indicates severe challenge, possibly life long. One 19 Scorpio Moon woman never knew her mother, was in 13 foster homes and known for her volatile emotions. Events may be defined quite differently. Is it carnage or should we call it regeneration? Shall we hire the wrecking crew for things that completed their usefulness, clear the path for repurposing? Taurus is a sign of fertility and growth, and Scorpio is known for healing and regeneration! Both are known for strength – one for the power of life, the other for the power of rebirth. Taurus says mine; Scorpio says ours. They can strongly clash neither giving an inch, yet often, with help of a third party, make peace and work powerfully together for common cause.

Children born on this day during the Eclipse will have magical Solar linkage called Cazimi. Their birthdays will hold a meaningful part of our lives. In old horary astrology, when Mercury conjuncts the Sun exactly like this, it was considered unfortunate, burned out, combust. But I am with David Coleman‘s camp. For your perspective, he explains it this way:

  • Cazimi, [within 0° 17′ of the Sun] then, leads to the most enchanted state wherein the essential meaning of the planet becomes truly inseparable from our spirit. A cazimi Venus, for example, could easily be a nymphomaniac or ‘sex addict’, for example. It could also be a person with near supernatural charm, grace or insight into the world of feelings. Under the sunbeams a planet [8° to 17° of the Sun] is warmed and vitalised and somewhat or completely invisible, meaning it is commanding and infused with our inner light but somehow ‘on the fringes’, lacking in conventional status. It becomes ethereal, alluring, unusual and dreamy. Combust planets [8° of the Sun] are unorthodox and often willfully defy external direction because they are confident in their own inner unique grasp of the planets essential meaning. They are either aloof from or disinterested in the material agenda of the planet concerned but will still display its power radiantly and forcefully but somewhat enigmatically and individually.
  • Short answer: when a planet becomes non-visible because of the Sun’s light it becomes less physical and more astral in focus.

Since Cazimi is within all three of these definitions, I say ALL apply! Look at your own chart to see if you are in any of these categories and if you think they apply.

Expect these Cazimi children to have extraordinary things to say, an exceptionally clever mind in some way, some form of remarkable dexterity, an unusual voice, a way of speaking about a special talent that holds our attention even when it’s not our subject! In certain topics they will be intelligent ahead of their age expectancy, and will surpass common thinking.

In this chart of the eclipse, the Moon is in Gemini, one of Mercury’s signs! As you receive info, share it, disseminate, placing it where it can grow well and be shared on and on, putting the full breath of life into it! In astrology parlance, the Moon is Void of Course, making no aspects with other planets while it is still in Gemini. It is mature in its sign, unhindered, undistracted, free to receive, free to channel what it perceives! Perfect.

Two major outer planet aspects are part of the chart, both squares!

  • Jupiter is squaring Saturn, exact May 26. Jupiter in Virgo is always sniffing like a skeptic, sorting out what goes where, seeing if it really has use. Many things are interesting, but they have their own time and place along the road of life. Saturn in Sagittarius is not so interested in saving everything, may simply want space, yet sometimes instinctively puts it in the ‘Later’ category until its time has come. Together they may reframe certain information so others can get a glimpse of the potential and get on board with them. Jupiter loosens Saturn’s grip on old opinions with new data offered.  Jupiter is hopeful. Saturn is glad for more tools, the Builder at work.
  • Saturn is squaring Neptune, exact June 17. Saturn doesn’t know whether to consult the Mystic or throw him out! Neptune has intuited subtle guiding ideas, knows a lot about people that you would never guess. But there are those unpredictable artist or addicted moments as well ~ often ‘addicted’ to loved ones. Sigh. Insisting on expert specific counseling, programs can be costly, but the results may be well worth it. Saturn sometimes needs to learn when demands and stomping its feet will just never work. Some situations are not in our control. Some are broken beyond repair, or simply spent, done, over. Giving up and reasonable surrender are time saving talents. However, the new Light coming through Mercury may offer alternative possibilities. It will be wise to filter and integrate with current options as well. And sometimes when we all, one time or another, hit our personal bottom, we listen better. Humility and surrender are key. The viewpoint is different, and sometimes enlightening, from our knees. Getting to work may be the better choice versus dwelling in past sorrows, imagined tragedies. Onward.

Venus, also in Taurus, one of her own signs, has just sextiled that Neptune both still closely at 11 degrees! She has sweetened Neptune’s appearance and seen the values of his compassionate ways. Being pretty, strong, stubborn, adored and selfish at times, is not enough. It’s more than money or status. The Soul has to be happy. And working forever for things we want, needs restful Neptune breakaways to reassess where we have come to be. Big messages from the Sun God are cool, but they might need a little talking up. Neptune can help Venus shape the words with love, make new insights treasured.

Venus in this sextile with Neptune makes the Grand Earth Trine (blue triangle) a Kite formation, easing some of the stress aspects. Venus trines Jupiter, hallelujah, and Jupiter trines Pluto! That’s a money maker if I ever saw one! The messages of the Transit of Mercury, Eclipse of the Sun, will be blessed and grounded. Messages will come in at high spiritual levels as well as at the earthly how tos! The TRANSIT lasts 7.5 hours! Why not take the day off and truly Be There?!

Though the mythological Mercury is a man, Mercury is considered an asexual neutral planet, servant and messenger of the Gods, as such, simply a logical Vulcan-like channel. It is at times more interested in the function of gathering and transmitting information than the information itself. Each of us will put the spin of our own chart filter on the information we receive, yet try to keep your transmission of what you receive as neutral as possible. Go for the clean abiding principles rather than judgements of it. Since Mercury is of Gemini the Twins, think of it as our masculine Solar twin being seamlessly in Union with our Earthly feminine mind. When we are at one, there are no misunderstandings, no omits. We are complete, the merger Divine.

VISIBILITY! Find out if an astronomy group is setting up near you. Get tickets to the observatory! Find or get your viewing glasses now and put them in a place where you can easily find them! Clean up your old telescope. Check out the viewing times for your area. Find your favorite live stream channel!

The whole transit will be visible from most of Western Europe, S. America and Eastern N. America. Partial visibility everywhere else except Australia and far eastern Asia.

This is a profound exchange of information between us and the Heart of Light! Each person is linked to this chart in their own way, or not at all, though that isn’t likely since the many factors involved are across so many degrees. Each of us has a part in some way. Thank you for you and your part.

Steady in the Light Forever!

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2016 TRANSIT OF MERCURY Astrology Chart

2016 Transit of Mercury Retrograde Sun Taurus Astrology Chart

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Please, always remember these planetary combinations are what’s happening in the world. Check with your astrologer to see how they do, or don’t, activate your personal chart! May it go well with you….

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Full Worm Moon Lunar Eclipse! Jupiter Square Saturn
New Moon  4 Planets in Aries, Jupiter Opposite Neptune!

Full Worm Moon Lunar Eclipse! Jupiter Square Saturn
Wednesday March 23, 5:01 AM Pacific at 3 Libra 17

Worm Full Moon Eclipse March 2016 Aries Candle

Taking a Lunar Eclipse Full Moon bath by Aries candlelight…….

Sunrise and Sunset are the Aries and Libra times of day. Aries brings the new dawn each day and Libra is the gathering time, breaks bread and shares the experiences of the day with loved ones and fellows at the end of the day. Peace is made.

Moon in Libra tends the harmony of the tribe. She is the go between in difficult situations. She initiates and brokers deals, negotiates the terms with balance and fairness. She upholds the law, and generally upholds standards of beauty and grace. Venus is Libra’s planet. Libra Moon’s light shines with Love and gratitude, seal the deal.

Sun in Aries is at times belligerent, and always a super champion! Sun is spirited in Aries, an intuitive risk taker, proactive! Independence is an important goal, and Aries is the first to step out of the box, a leader without giving it a thought!

They may be opposite, but the ECLIPSE puts them in exact alignment! It’s not close, it’s right on! When the neighborhood needs something done, they can work together perfectly. Libra makes the request, Aries doesn’t hesitate! Aries has a cause, Libra gathers the clan!

With three planets in Aries, Mercury/Sun and Uranus, and Mercury/Sun trines Aries’ planet Mars, while Moon sextiles Mars, there is an abundance of Aries energy! Give them something to do!!! Mercury and Sun together, they are of one mind, faster than the blink of your eye! The planetary links are excellent, a swift flow, and opportunities are at your fingertips! Uranus gives a tweak and a peek at wild opportunities headed for the future and humankind!

Mars in Sagittarius trine with Mercury/Sun takes this ECLIPSE off to the far reaches of the Universe! Think big and do it! Visit the master, seek spiritual guidance for clarity of your Path. Visit the expert for training and how to. Make an alliance, then all of you go and do your special parts! What was just a wish is happening!!! Publish, get the word out! Take a few days vacation, get some new perspective, be refreshed!

Mars in Sagittarius sextile Moon! Mama Moon lays it all down. She may stay home, but she has that power of family, our source of life from the womb. Mars can tantrum, whine, threaten, but Mother’s just look at you and ask if you are finished. When you calm down, talk it out. She has special intuition in context of knowing your capacity and inner beliefs. Moon in Libra can balance your powerful desires with your good place among your people. Sometimes she pins your ears back, other times she calls you to take the responsibility of your highest potential, knowing your people will support you. Her blessings mean a lot, especially as the ECLIPSE gates are open and the opportunity to step through is here!

Jupiter so recently trined Pluto March 16. We are still under those blessings. Now, Venus sextiles Pluto! Jupiter brings good luck, fame, growth and with Pluto wealth if well connected with your chart! Venus is Love, beauty and with Pluto financial blessings, again, if well connected with your chart at this time! Jupiter, a slow moving outer planet gives long term gain. Venus is potent for about 3 days, but if done well, can lend a lasting worthy value in addition to Jupiter’s promises!

Venus in Pisces is kindness and love, affection and appreciation, a spiritual bond. Pluto, Scorpio’s planet, gives a deep intimacy. Besides sharing wealth, a loyal bond can be forged for life. Go for the true love rather than the seductive glitter.

At 3:15 AM Pacific, just before the Eclipse at 5:01 AM Pacific, Jupiter Retrograde squares Saturn. This is their second square, they will be in continuous close square until the third and final one May 26.

Saturn has his rules and personal sense of timing. Jupiter is like a Labrador puppy, tail wagging the vase off the table, dashing about wanting to go out and play, cuteness personified warming your heart! Puppies need training, and Saturn, the intuitive wise Master, can do it. In humans, Saturnian people can be a little down from time to time, lack confidence. They might mask it by taking over and intimidating us to compliance. Jupiterians just laugh. You want me to do what? By when?! No way, you know the surf’s up, I’ll see you later! You gotta enjoy their unabashed truthfulness, their exuberance and lack of concern about your fears. They just know things are gonna be ok. Yup. And usually they are!

Jupiter cheers you up and has magnanimous maximus plans, which they seem fully capable of doing! They are generous and have a sense of wellbeing that is contagious and inspiring. Saturn gives them the job, helps steer them, keeps focus, makes the deadlines fun! There ARE serious moments, occasional discipline needed, and that’s ok. It’s a natural cycle.

This aspect before the ECLIPSE breaks open the old shells, outdated facades of powers we used to use, that are perhaps making us tired to keep holding onto. Jupiter the teacher of great faith stepping into the beyond, lets us learn new ways that are so much more fun and get the job done faster and more better! Time to let go, make space to update, take on more meaningful committments!

See lots more about Jupiter square Saturn….

This is a Spring, Worm Moon ECLIPSE. Think how powerful these little beings are! They make the rich soil we grow our food in, all very quietly hardworking, mostly unseen. Few people even talk to them or give them thanks. Let us honor their tribe at this time.

Visibility: During this penumbral lunar eclipse, the Earth’s main shadow does not cover the Moon. The Earth’s shadow (umbra) misses the Moon. A penumbral lunar eclipse can be a bit hard to see as the shadowed part is only a little bit fainter than the rest of the Moon. Check this site for visibility at your location!

Aries 2016 First Lunar Eclipse, Full Worm Moon Astrology Chart

Aries 2016 First Lunar Eclipse, Full Worm Moon Astrology Chart


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New Moon – 4 Planets Aries, Jupiter Opposite Neptune!
Thursday April 7 at 4:24 AM Pacific – 18 Aries 04

Aries New Moon Dark Sky Stars
The dark fiery sky of an Aries New Moon

Four planets in Aries, an Aries Stellium! First is Venus! She loves a challenge, invites teammates to step up! Wherever she goes, looking good adds to the glory of her presence and gets her there faster! Being the first to make a new connection, welcoming new associates and neighbors, brings the community together in sharing. Comfortable active wear with bright colors and cool air flow make things go smoothly! What a great run and a super cause!

Then is the New Moon with Uranus! Independence and Freedom too! Mothers get out and do more things they always wanted to! They cheer their children on! What is in our hearts is in our action. Encouraging words, being there to support, makes all the difference. Being, looking different, is a form of leadership without any words spoken. People look at you because they want to be their unique selves too. Inspiration automatically happens and people come with you. They like your courage, your verve, how amazing you are! It’s a pleasure, and more fun than you have ever had!

Venus is trine Mars, the Aries planet. Venus is generally a Sweetie, but in Aries and with Mars, she has more zing than expected! Mars is in Sagittarius and has a mind to sweep that little beauty off her feet! They could go many places together. They could go to school, travel abroad, find the publisher for that book. Going to the gym is fun and trail running to a magnificent viewpoint is Spirit filling! Sex in the tent, the bell tower, back of the sportscar. Mmm…. Quick new investments could bring them fast returns to fund exciting ventures. They might not spend a lot of time in Church, but their jaunts have meaning and purpose.

Mercury in Taurus was just semi-sextile, a sign away, from Venus in Aries. Venus is Taurus’s planet, so there is an extra affinity between them. Venus has sweet initiative in Aries. Mercury in Taurus sees that value and wants to tell all the neighbors about it. You may have just met a good looking new neighbor that you share ideas with and agree to do some things together. Or you may be the new neighbor and it’s time to make some connections! Talk about what you hope for. New ideas are likely to give you some insights on how to go about it.

Jupiter retrograde in Virgo is opposite Neptune in Pisces. The aspect does not become exact because Jupiter turns direct, forward, at 13 degrees, but it is felt nonetheless. Jupiter in Virgo likes a precise target, a clear connection, but Neptune in Pisces is famous for not being where you expect it to be. It shimmers like the sea, with mists and veiling, waves rising and falling. It’s illusive without malice, sometimes lost. It’s just its way of being. So, no matter how well intended, Jupiter may not make its mark and learns to live with what is. Jupiter is religious to an extent, and Virgo likes to serve, so they may need to leave the basket on the doorstep. If Neptune was home, he might invite them to a local meditation.

To complicate things, Aries’ planet Mars is in an almost square Neptune too! Mars is slowing to retrograde April 17 at 8 Sagittarius 54. See Mars Retrograde. Things you may be afraid will happen will be a hair’s breadth from happening. Things you wanted to happen don’t make it even after all that energy you put into it. You almost get swallowed up into the Void and get lost. Your aim will be off and it will be a near miss, or they can’t find you! You might want to run away or just rest. Take time out if you can.  

Jupiter remains in the close square with Saturn, to become exact May 26. We are still breaking up old barriers, long done spent commitments are falling from their own weight. We are letting loose of unspoken rules we never challenged before. Father’s, bosses, find their script uncertain, a sure sign of hope for change. From the tightest darkest corners we find we can prevail against seemingly oppressive odds. Age and experience may prove to be on our side. Old rules get questioned, some even changed. With Jupiter’s confidence we find ourselves leaning forward, wanting to give it a try. A plan is made, even though we may be only cautiously optimistic. In time there will be some quite satisfactory results. Even if only meager, it is a sustainable beginning!

Hats off and Hallelujah!

Aries 2016 New Moon Astrology Chart

Aries 2016 New Moon Astrology Chart
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Next is the Full Grass Moon, spanning Taurus/Scorpio. It is Thursday April 21, 10:42 PM Pacific at 2 Scorpio 31. It is the day before Earth Day! It is considered to be the Buddha’s Birthday, the celebration called WESAK. The date is different in different countries and among different celebrants.

See the entire Aries Newsletter!
See the 2016 Special Edition Newsletter for upcoming Planetary Patterns!

Please, always remember these planetary combinations are what’s happening in the world. Check with your astrologer to see how they do, or don’t, activate your personal chart! May it go well with you….

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