Friday, May 29, 2009

Chocolate and Cuddles- Mars and Venus in Taurus

Mars and Venus continue their race through the skies, but Venus is in sight of home (Taurus) and Mars is becoming slower as he has burned out much of his energy through Aries.

Venus on the other hand, is heading out of Mars’ territory where, let’s face it, he really did not make her at all comfortable, back to a place where she has the upper hand. Venus is about partnerships and beauty and in Aries is way too busy being a Warrior Princess and keeping up with Mars and his testosterone charges to really take it easy and appreciate life’s little luxuries.

Mars skids into Taurus on Monday where Venus will join him a week later for a tumble in her own comfy bed. As Taurus is about a slower, more focused and practical energy rather than his usual wham bam thankyou maam style he really is not at his best in Taurus. Instead he is forced to slow down and put some structure behind all those half finished projects started in Aries.

If you have Mars in Taurus your energy will be slow to start, but once going, you will be able to go and go and go. This is a physical sign, so sexually speaking, you will have a strong and sensual drive, but it usually is quite controlled. Once started, you always finish the job... so to speak. Mars in Taurus expends energy in accumulating things- preferably nice things & money- you care about getting and keeping these things more than you are prepared to admit. A man with Mars in Taurus will like to show you what he can give you, but may treat you as one of his possessions. Women with Mars in Taurus also have a possessive streak and are very strong willed- once started, very little will stop them... and that can be very attractive.

Venus in Taurus is very sensual. If your Venus is in Taurus, cuddles, comfort, good food, good wine, art & beauty are very important. So is consistency. Venus in Taurus does not get off on one night stands (leave that to some of the more fickle signs). She is much more comfortable with a reliable and committed partner who will occasionally give her a little push, but the rest of the time pour her champagne, feed her chocolates and give her backrubs and cuddles when she is feeling down.

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I Believe the Impossible is Possible to Overcome

I believe the impossible is possible to overcome
I believe in the miracles born from love in everyone

Believe Again, Delta Goodrem

I was just listening to this song floating out of my daughters’ bedroom and it hit me just how perfect the lyrics are for the Neptune/Jupiter lovefest in the sky at present- it also made a welcome change from Miley Cyrus’ The Climb which seems to have been on repeat lately...

Neptune is currently stationary and about to turn retrograde. Neptune will link back up with Jupiter in July (whilst Jupiter is also retrograde) and then again in December when both are direct again.

But what does this mean? Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces (which is why the conjunction with Jupiter is such a huge thing- the modern & traditional rulers of Pisces linking up in Aquarius whilst the modern ruler of Aquarius, Uranus, is causing havoc in Pisces). Key words we associate with Neptune are intuitive, deceptive, highly sensitised, escapist and delusional.

During the retrograde period, Neptune becomes more Neptunian. Your intuition will be heightened and you may suddenly get insights into something you have been struggling with. Seeing things clearer, you may no longer be able to deny truths that you have been...well, denying. Sometimes it can be hard to listen to what we need to listen to- and that is where the escapist nature of Neptune may also come into play. During the retrograde period you may be more inclined to run away into whatever is your favourite way of escaping. Not a great idea- you will have to emerge from the self induced alcoholic haze (or is that just me) at some point & see reality for what it is.

Who is affected? Pisces, Pisces, Pisces. Anyone with a Pisces Sun, Moon or Ascendant will become even more essentially Piscean. Also impacted are anyone with lots of planets in the 12th house and especially people with planets at around 26-22 degrees of Aquarius, Leo, Taurus and Scorpio.

Don't know if that is you? Check out your own chart for free on www.astro.com, or contact me for a chart or even a reading- jotracey@bigpond.net.au.

Mercury Direct and tales from the Rx

As I have written in the past, Gemini and Virgo Suns are always especially susceptible to all Mercury Rx periods. My boxing trainer (C) is a Gemini with his sun in the 3rd house which rules things like short journeys, communications... in fact most things mercurial. He is also an astrological sceptic- not that there is anything wrong with that- but is slowly starting to take notice of my assorted rambling...

Whilst my motivation may have been to delay the commencement of the next training set (he had threatened to get the Bosu Ball out), I felt that I should warn C about the possible outcomes for the coming few weeks. In specific, I told him to be careful around short journeys, phones, and computers & scheduling of appointments. He, in turn, adjusted the “Jo talking crap filters” and ordered me into the first of a killer push-up set on the dreaded bosu ball.

At last weeks session, C told me about his week:

• Had a car accident on the way to work
• The paperwork from his insurance company got mixed up, so there were problems with rental cars & smash repairers
• His computer crashed & he lost his training database until he was able to restore the hard drive
• His mobile had the carrot (my technical term for all non specific technology problems) & he had sent it away to be replaced & was currently running from his mums old phone
• He had had heaps of cancellations & mixed up appointments

The run of issues continued through this last week, to the extent that at yesterday’s session (in between overseeing the removal of all of my elbow skin on overhead elbow hammers- don’t ask) he uttered those fateful words: “So when does that planet thing start to turn around again?” followed by “Can you tell me when the next one is?”

I resisted the urge to say I told you so... but only because I would have suffered as a result...

Mercury has stopped his backwards motion and is currently stationing ready to go direct again- and anyone who has been impacted can breathe a sigh of relief.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Chocolate Body Paint & Happy Birthday Gemini

I missed Gemini... how the flip did that happen... aaaah yes.... MercuryRx ... well, I will blame it anyway (actually more likely to be something much more mundane).

What I had drafted was: “The Sun enters chatty Gemini on Thursday. With it comes choice and possibility, a tendency to superficiality and endless opportunities for distraction. This year the energy may be tempered somewhat as Gemini’s ruler, Mercury, is currently in retrograde (see my previous posts).”

OK, that was last Thursday. This was followed up by the Gemini New Moon on the weekend- arguably the most social New Moon of the year.

If your Sun is in Gemini, you will be social, fun, able to talk under wet cement, know lots of stuff about lots of things and lots of people and generally have an attention span that expired about 2 sentences ago.

In lieu of nothing else original to post today, and with all Gemini readers now switched off, here is some more astro humour. This has been posted before & emailed around by heaps of people- most recently Cass on Sasstrology- so with no apologies & a few amendments- the one line each star sign would be most likely to say after a One Night Stand:

Aries: “Bet I can come first” (actually, that would be before?)”... or “now was I the best you ever had, or was I the best you ever had.”
Taurus: “Wow, that chocolate body paint is really good”
Gemini: “You hang up first... no you hang up... OK, if I log off, you hang up...”
Cancer: “Does this mean we are getting married?”
Leo: “I think that mirror needs to be moved about an inch to the left”
Virgo: “After I have a shower, let’s change the sheets”
Libra: “Well, I thought it was good... what did you think?”
Scorpio: “Would you like me to untie you now?”
Sagittarius: “How about bungy sex next time?”
Capricorn: “Give me your business card- we should do lunch”
Aquarius: “Don’t call me”
Pisces: “what did you say your name was again?”

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Lightbulb Moment

How many (insert your star sign here) does it take to change a lightbulb?

Aries: Just 1- do you want to make something of it? And i bet I can do it faster than you...

Taurus: Are you sure it has blown? I don’t want to waste a perfectly good lightbulb otherwise. Anyway, I prefer natural light and candles.

Gemini- best keep it to 1 or the task will turn into a party and it will never get changed

Cancer- only 1, but a few therapists to help with the grieving process

Leo: Leos do not change their own light bulbs- they get someone else to do it for them.

Virgo: Well of course I have to do it- for the 5th time this year, no one else will think of doing it and how can I get the bathroom cleaned if the light has blown again. If you want something done properly you do it yourself.

Libra: Well, I can do it if you want, but its’ up to you- what do you think?

Scorpio: None- Scorpios aren’t afraid of the dark, but their enemies better be pretty careful...

Sagittarius: the sun is shining, the day is young & you are worried about a light bulb? Its not even dark yet.

Capricorn: It depends- do I have to pay for it?

Aquarius: Let me get my white coat and computer & lets conduct an experiment.

Pisces: What light bulb?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Chocolate and Contemplation- Mercury in Taurus... Again...

The retrograde period is in full swing and Mercury has sauntered back into earthy Taurus where it will contemplate, review and put more practicality around plans conceptualised during those heady few days Mercury chatted in Gemini.

Communication of all sorts is deliberate, grounded and aware of reality in Taurus. Mercury will stay here until the middle of June.

With the retrograde until the end of the month, review those plans, put some concrete around the goals and look inward. Taurus is very much in touch with the physical body and its’ senses, so listen to yourself and dig deeper into projects that require patience, focus and perseverance.

Contemplation is best done over cake and coffee, so here is a chocolate cake recipe that can be whipped up in no time and savoured- as all things chocolate should be.

This recipe comes courtesy of one of my favourite authors- Kerry Greenwood “Trick or Treat”.

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 cup caster sugar
300ml cream
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 ¾ cups self raising flour
1 cup frozen berries*
1 cup chocolate bits
*use any kind of fruit, mashed banana, extra chocolate- just keep the proportions balanced.

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (C)

Beat eggs & sugar together until thick, add the cream and vanilla & mix well. Fold in the flour, berries & chocolate bits.

Pour into a greased & lined 20cm tin & cook for 50 minutes (or when a skewer comes out without any cloggy bits on it). Cool in the tin & then either dust with icing sugar or ice with chocolate icing. Retrograding never tasted so good.

A Little Hard Work Never Hurt Anyone... Saturn Direct 17/5/09

As a very Piscean Pisces, I have what can be termed a difficult relationship with Saturn. Saturn represents all those things I naturally rebel against- commitment, discipline, boundaries, maturity and responsibility. In practical Virgo, Saturn reminds us that sometimes we have to do the hard work and get the details right in order to move forward. As sombre as all of these words sound, Saturn just asks us to invest a little (actually, usually a lot) of hard work in order to make our plans and dreams real- walking the talk, so to speak.

Saturn has been retrograde (moving backwards, or rather appearing to move backwards) through Virgo since the beginning of the year. He is currently slowing down and will start to move direct (that is technical astro speak for forward) again on Sunday 17/5. So, what does this mean?

Essentially, anything that you feel has been “on hold”, “pending”, off the rails or seemingly in limbo, will start to sort out- naturally depending on the effort you have invested in the detail. Projects will head towards the finishing line, results will start to be seen, that announcement you have been waiting for will happen.
Bear in mind that Mercury is still in its’ retrograde motion, so expect some sharpening of commitment and communication after it turns direct 31/5/09.

People with the Sun or Ascendant in Virgo or Pisces will be most impacted by this transit, although Gemini and Sagittarius Suns will not miss out either- roll up your sleeves and put in the effort required.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Scorpio Full Moon

Tell me your thoughts now baby
Tell me what's on your mind
Tell me what's eating you alive
Tell me your darkest secrets
Clear up those stupid lies
Show me what's there behind those eyes


You Will Only Break My Heart, Delta Goodrem

I can’t believe I am quoting Delta (although my 11 year old will be oh so proud), but these lyrics are just perfect for the Scorpio Full Moon.

Scorpio demands truth and honesty and will usually dig deeply to get at it. Only through emotional detoxing and the symbolic opening of the closet door can you fully confront fears and embrace whatever is to come.

The Full Moon is like a high beam exposing secrets and fears. With the Sun in the opposite sign Taurus, control and trust issues also come to the surface. Taurus is about retention and Scorpio elimination. Are you holding onto something that you no longer need? Find it, deal with it, get rid of it, move on.

Look at where 19 Scorpio falls in your chart for more clues.

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I will leave you with a phrase from the Baci chocolate I just ate: “Passion dazzles lovers. Love unites them forever”.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Mercury Retrograde 7/5/09

Anyone who knows me well will have heard me harping on over the years about Mercury retrogrades. "You're travelling while Mercury is retro'ing? I hope you have your luggage labelled." "You're implementing a software change? Really? Are you sure you have tested it enough?" "You want to sign a contract? Does it absolutely have to be now?"

So, what is all the fuss about? Why is it that during these few weeks 4 times a year your computer is 10x more likely to crash & you are 10 x more likely not to have backed up? And that is not to say that everything goes belly-up- simply not the case. Many projects sail through without a concern... but then they have probably also been planned by a good Project Manager :).

Mercury is the planet that rules communication. So we are talking here about getting messages out & receiving them back- covers a pretty big area. Any technology, travel, appointments, deep & meaningfuls- all communication.

So what does retrograde or Rx mean? It is when Mercury appears to be going backwards. I say appears because it is an optical illusion. From our perspective here on earth, the planet appears to be going backwards.

And this is where the frustrations come in.If appointments are made for during this period they should be checked & re-checked. Any issue that occurs within this period will not be resolved until the Rx period ends. Often it means things need to be re-done (eg Barack Obama’s inauguration which occurred during the last Rx period). If you must go live with a change during this period make sure everything is overly tested. If you absolutely must sign contracts or on a dotted line during a Mercury Rx period, read the fine print (but avoid if possible). Be especially clear with communication during this time as messages get mixed & arguments arise for little or no reason. Carry extra copies of travel documents & changes of clothes & make sure your luggage is labelled (& insured) if travelling during this time.

But, this period is actually good for many activities with the prefix “re”. RElax, REview, REflect. This is a great time for RE-meeting people from the past. It is also a good excuse to slow down & plan future activities.

This stuff is general for everyone, but special care needs to be taken by people on a personal level if:

* If you are a Gemini or Virgo Sun or Rising sign (Mercury rules these signs)
* If you have a strong Mercury, ie Mercury falls on an angle in your chart or if you have a number of planets in Gemini or Virgo
* If the Rx occurs across sensitive points in your chart eg across one of your personal planets (especially Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) or across an angle in your chart ie the Ascendant, 7th house cusp, 4th house cusp or 10th house cusp

The remaining Mercury retrogrades for 2009 are:

•7/5/09- 31/5/09 1 Gemini back to 22 Taurus
•7/9/09- 29/9/09 6 Libra back to 21 Virgo
•27/12/09- 14/1/10 21 Capricorn back to around 5 Capricorn

Mark these dates in your diary….