Astrological Predictions for 2007 – Saturn in Leo/Saturn in Virgo

January 4, 2007 by  

Saturn in Virgo/Saturn in Leo - Phaeton, Saturn and the Four Seasons

Saturn will move into Virgo on September 3, 2007.

For the last two years or so, the slowest and heaviest planet, Saturn, has been passing through the sign of Leo. In Leo, Saturn is very weak — it is in the sign of its detriment. This is because Saturn rules the opposite sign, Aquarius, so in Leo, Saturn is exactly at the opposite end from its home.

Saturn is not an easy planet to deal with at any time. Even people who have a strong natal Saturn in Capricorn, Aquarius, or Libra (signs where Saturn is very strong), are always complaining about how unpleasant Saturn can be. And this is Saturn when he is happy! So you can imagine just how unpleasant Saturn is when it is in an inhospitable sign like Leo.

Why is Saturn so unhappy in Leo? Leo is a hot, dry and barren sign. These qualities are inimical to Saturn, which is considered moist, and above all else, very cold. Putting Saturn in Leo is sort of like dropping an ice cube into a roaring fire — the ice cube will not do too well. Also, Leo is a fixed sign, creating a fire that is very difficult to put out, as it is lasting. So Saturn is extremely uncomfortable in the sign of Leo.

What does this mean for you? If Saturn rules any important houses in your chart, you’ll find that undertaking projects involving matter is ruled by those houses will be a lot easier once Saturn exits Leo and moves into Virgo in September. As an example, if Saturn rules your 10th house of career, and you wish to look for a new job, starting in September would be more productive than starting now.

Saturn will station at 8° Virgo on December 19th, 2007.

However, Saturn will turn retrograde in Virgo in December, so using the above example, you may want to start your job search well before the retrograde date. No planet is happy when it is retrograde, as it is moving backwards.

If you would like to have your horoscope analyzed to find the best possible time to start a new project, you may wish to schedule a private reading with me. The details and prices are at the Gryphon Astrology website.

Planets in Astrology: Venus in Virgo vs. Venus in Pisces

September 6, 2006 by  

Venus in Virgo, Venus in Pisces.  Profane and sacred love.

Venus will move into Virgo in about 12 hours’ time, and this does not bode well for it. Venus is quite weak in Virgo, as it is the sign of its fall. It makes sense when you think about it. Venus is exalted – very strong – in the romantic, no-boundaries, artistic, hedonistic sign of Pisces. Think of Venus in Pisces as Venus the glamorous Parisian courtesan. Venus in Virgo, however, is a bit tougher. Imagine what would happen if you tried to put our Venus-courtesan in a dowdy dress, a pair of eyeglasses, and told her to report to her accountant job on Monday at 8 a.m. If she even shows up, she’ll not do a great job. This is Venus in Virgo.

So what does this mean for you? If you have Venus in Virgo in your natal horoscope, it’s probably not your strongest card, but that is okay, because you have some other strong planet somewhere to help you make up for whatever Venus lacks. If you have Venus in Virgo natally, you can look forward to a transiting Venus return in the next month or so. That is, Venus will return to the same place it occupied at your birth, and a good way to examine just how Venus functions in your horoscope 24/7. If the return is a pleasant experience, you can figure that Venus works well for you despite it being in fall. If it is less than optimal, then Venus needs a little help. You might achieve that by strengthening other planets in the chart that are linked to Venus, and/or by doing Venus things, like wearing Venus herbal oils strengthened with other positive planetary influences in your chart.

If you have Venus in Pisces natally, congratulations! This is an excellent place for Venus. You, too, can benefit from directing the Venusian energies in your life. You will experience Venus opposing its natal place this month, and, like the Venus in Virgo folks, you can observe its effects on you and adjust accordingly. Because Pisces is so amorphous and free-flowing, a little structure might be beneficial. Not too much, but just a little. You would do well to introduce some focus to all that free love. Herbal oils with the influence of a powerful planet would direct your already-good Venus even better.
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