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Mother's Day, TRANSIT of MERCURY, Wesak!


Stay Strong, Stay Green!
 
 
Tauruses, All, Always Victory, Always LOVE!

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YOUR CONTENTS THIS NEWSLETTER:

  Taurus, Worthy Beyond Words!     
    Taurus 2016 Moons!   
      
Full Grass Moon! Outer Planets Mutable T Square, Earth Grand Trine/Kite
      New SuperMoon - TRANSIT of MERCURY, Jupiter Square Saturn!  
      Gemini Full Flower Moon ~ Buddha's Birthday Wesak 2016, Jupiter Square Saturn
 
    Taurus 2016 Planetary Highlights!
    Jupiter in Virgo Square Saturn in Sagittarius Only Twice!
    Mars Retrograde April 17 to June 29
    DOUBLE Retrograde! Mercury & Mars Rx at the SAME TIME!
    MAY 9 2016 TRANSIT of MERCURY RX in TAURUS - 7.5 Hr Eclipse across the SUN!
         See the Chart! 
                              
See the 2016 Special Edition!  Aspects, Patterns, Sign Changes, Retrogrades, Stelliums, Eclipses! These infos plus a personal reading will coordinate your very best times in 2016! Your success is our success! With your calendar in hand....


Happy Birthdays, Tauruses!     

Astrology Taurus Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Wife Priscilla Chan
Facebook founder Taurus Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan. See Mark's chart

May 14, 1984 Taurus Mark Zuckerberg, age 32 in 2016, Cofounder, Chairman and CEO, Facebook, comes in at $48.2B (Forbes). Comfortable T Shirts are his favorite. His wealth is #6 in the US, Bill Gates is first at $75B.

Sun and Venus in Taurus opposite Moon and 3 other planets in Scorpio, both money signs. Venus trines Jupiter in Capricorn, and Jupiter sextile Saturn, Capricorn's planet, and the intuitive Moon, is impeccable timing. Venus trines the ASC to make a Grand Trine in Earth signs. Pluto is at 0 Scorpio, in it's own sign, sextile Neptune at 0 Capricorn, new arrivals, fresh, new things to do for the world! As Pluto comes in, it's opposite Mercury at 29 Aries at the last degree of the first sign! Astute and immediate financial insights, fast to take advantage of the timing. Ascendant is Virgo, organized, the accountant, works the percentages, puzzle solver, the more pieces the merrier! A complex man.

He started as a programmer at age 12! He founded Facebook when he was 15, dropped out of Harvard as a sophomore, and the story goes on from there.

Mark and Priscilla met 11 years ago, and typical Taurus, took a long time for them to marry. Priscilla is a Pisces with likely a Taurus Moon - birth time unknown. Her grandmother only speaks Chinese. So she taught Mark Mandarin and that was the language he used to tell her grandmother he and Priscilla were engaged! All his Scorpio accounts for his love of privacy. The wedding was a surprise for all of the guests, who thought they were attending a medical school graduation party for Chan, which was true, but the wedding was the bonus!! Now Chan has been dubbed the "first lady" of Facebook! 

When they became parents December 1, 2015, to celebrate the milestone, they announced plans to give 99% of their Facebook stock -- nearly all of their wealth -- to charitable causes during their lifetime. That sounds amazing, but they are already well known for their generosity. The Chronicle of Philanthropy placed Zuckerberg and his wife at the top of the magazine's annual list of 50 most generous Americans for 2013, having donated roughly $1 billion to charity.

May all you Tauruses live long and prosper.
 
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Taurus ~ Worthy Beyond Words!

Taurus Shangri-la Meadow southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, Yunnan Province
Shangri-la, the mysterious wonderland, has long been believed situated in the southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, Yunnan Province. April showers bring May flowers. That's Taurus.

Shangri-La must have been built by the Gods and Goddesses of Taurus! Everyday they make Beauty in every breath, without really thinking about it. It's just who they are. Venus is their planet.

One of their secrets is Stillness. It's a sacred form of Patience, an immediate form of meditation. They can be motionless or in unstoppable momentum, on a mission of Divine purpose.

Solidarity is word we hear about them. They are dependable, consistent as the day is long. Businesses and organizations they found are long lived. They serve basic needs of living from food, commodities, to the elegance of the internet, cell phones that let us communicate wherever we are. Reliable services and vehicles with comfort and dependable tires are part of their contribution.

Their patience is legendary. They offer their arm when we feel faint. They step in with groceries and spending money when needed. They may help us with our property and repairs. They have innate strength both as lifters and wrestlers, putting our lives back in order. How incredibly kind, loving us when sometimes we don't love ourselves yet. If a Taurus wants to help you, know that they see what is worthy and valuable in you!

Taurus is one with the land, barefoot Earth Spirits. Gentle and kind with animals. They love furs and can calm where there is panic. They persevere with care and daily tending, are remarkable with plants, people and animals in recovery. They often know what the weather will be before anyone else knows. Magnificent sheltering Oak trees, a long lived hard wood, are their special trees. 

Touch makes such a difference. When Taurus takes us in their arms we know we are cherished even if they are complete strangers. Massages they give are heavenly. Not only are they soothing, but when our body gets reconnected by their touch, we are activated intuitively as well as physically. Our instincts are back on board. We take care of ourselves better again. Making love is sweet.

Owning things is pure pleasure. Good food, sumptuous though perhaps simple living, a spa, a workout room. A great veggie garden, outdoor dining, a farm party with family and friends. Flannel sheets and sweets. Money in the counting house. Even you! Yep. They can be accused of being possessive, and sometimes that's divine. Being well loved is reassuring when it's wanted and mutual. 

You've heard of that legendary slow burn temper? Head for the hills! If they get mad, there's usually a good reason. After things cool down, be ready with lots of understanding, maybe you owe some apologies. Don't be continually rude to a bull; you really aren't being clever at all. It adds up and there will come a day. Taking advantage will have consequences. Though seemingly slow at times, don't confuse that with stupid. They take their time to thoughtfully ruminate, give the benefit of the doubt, but they can put you on the street in a second once they make up their mind. Prenups might be wise for you Tauruses.

The flowers they bring are living, in a pot, something they grew themselves. They often dress for comfort and work, but they clean up well too. What a prize! Tauruses are good with kids, kind and helpful to elders. They are steady in the Light doing the great businesses of Mother Earth. They honor Mother's Day and Earth Day is the celebration for the intended perpetuation of their good works.

Tauruses are our everyday heroes, profound and worthy beyond words. 


 
Taurus 2016 Moons
 
  

Full Grass Moon -
Day before Earth Day! Outer Planets Mutable T Square, Grand Earth Trine/Kite!        x    x
   
New SuperMoon - TRANSIT of MERCURY
Taurus Stellium, 6 Planet Grand Earth Trine, Venus activating Mutable T Square
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Full Flower MoonBuddha's Birthday Wesak, Jupiter Square Saturn

 
 
Full Grass Moon - Day before Earth Day!  
Very lucky Earth Grand Trine/Kite, Outer Planets Mutable T Square


Thursday April 21, 10:24 PM Pacific at 2 Scorpio 31

Taurus Full Moon Oak Tree Labyrinth Mandala As Above, So Below Earth

"Every tree, every plant, has a spirit. People may say that the plant has no mind. I tell them that the plant is alive & conscious. A plant may not talk, but there is a spirit in it that is conscious, that sees everything, which is the soul of the plant, its essence, what makes it alive. The channels through which the water & sap move are the veins of the spirit." - Pablo Amaringo

The Moon and Sun stand alone this time, very early at only 2 degrees. 

Earth is definitely the number one factor. This Full Moon is called the Full Grass Moon, super fertile! It is the day before Earth Day April 22! Taurus is the first Earth sign, and there is an Earth Grand Trine/Kite formation in the Full Moon chart!! 

Taurus is a blessed sign ruled by Venus. Love is the basic element in their heart. They are known as founders of organizations, often non profits. They make beauty as they can everywhere they go, every day of their lives. Flowers, healthy plants and foods, facelifts, charmingly graceful clothing, toned bodies, lovely boudoirs. Taurus is the sign of Mother Earth, conservation, permaculture, the ecological enormity of climate change.

The Moon in Scorpio may be shy, often quite private, possibly inexperienced. It would take a gentle Taurus to nuzzle up and waken that dragon without getting burned or bitten. Taurus can wait until Scorpio becomes the one who can't! Taurus is a consummate sensualist, and Scorpio loves being gradually teased to ecstasy.  

In business these two have such different styles. Taurus likes a secure feed, continuous bread and butter income. It certainly does accumulate and they often have vast land holdings. Interest and earnings get plowed back in. Scorpio loves a corporation, many mergers later, the income is over the top, way exceeding what the original founders hoped for. Together there can be many divisions and options, some come, some go, flexible. Taurus wants its own money in pocket; Scorpio shares and blends. Prenups for both.

The very lucky Earth Grand Trine/Kite starts at Jupiter 13 Virgo. Jupiter is retrograde in station, has traveled to old places, back as far as it will go, to retrieve some unfinished information to complete the project. It might want to publish, but is not quite ready yet. 
  • Jupiter is very close in trine with Pluto, next at 17 Capricorn. They are thinking about ways to prosper and alliances to make for excellent health and living conditions, meaningful research, accounting, and production. Trine Pluto, Jupiter expands Pluto's thinking, creates an intense desire for increase. They are both just waiting for another lucrative option to come their way. Meanwhile, details of negotiations in progress are being ironed out. Miraculous healing potential is in the offing.
     
  • Pluto is followed by Mercury at 21 Taurus. Jupiter and Pluto have been looking for ways to build their estate, both physically and in Spirit, long term healing of the Soul. Mercury paid him a trine visit the 17th, the day Mars retrograded. This focused energy while Mars was in Station (appearing to stand still in the sky) held the connection so an intelligent, verbal and mindful merger could be formed, maybe papers were signed. Mercury in Taurus will carry the message Jupiter in Virgo has gleaned and is bestowing, reality checked by Pluto in Capricorn. Mercury now values that information, consummating the intent that the Word will be spread in fertile places.
Mercury has a prime part in the Full Moon Grand Trine!
 
  • The Earth Grand Trine started with Jupiter, now it finishes with Mercury at a same degree trine the North Node retrograde at 21 Virgo! The Moon's North Node is thought by many to be a karmic factor of past lives. What a lucky connection! Knowledge from long ago is brought forward, revealed in detail. Virgo is the second of Mercury's signs, so there is a working rapport. Virgo is the placemaker, health helper, organizer, fund manager. A lot can get done.
     
  • Mercury's very next connection, making the Grand Trine even luckier in a Kite pattern, is with Chiron, the Centaur of healing wounds, teaching, marriage and business! Excellent. Mercury is importantly key because the 19th, the day the Sun came into Taurus, Mercury was, for the first time, at the degree of the TRANSIT of MERCURY coming May 9! It is now carrying the TRANSIT of MERCURY energy! See More! 
     
  • Mercury sextile Chiron in Pisces sees Chiron's vision, puts some words to it, helps ground it and start the founding of a magical, possibly spiritual venture. With Chiron just having been with the Moon's South Node, things from the past, past lives, may play a part. Relationships matter in a new deeper way. Integrity is more important than status or numbers. There may be a surprise harmony of purpose since Venus, Taurus's planet with Uranus, both in Aries, are semi sextile midpoint between Mercury and Chiron! Of all times, say what you want and why you want it! Being on the same page is incredibly potent and peaceful! There may be a temporary sense of being off center - it's just a spot you're not used to being in yet - but you will be so glad you spoke up. If that doesn't go as well as you hoped, maybe you are better off to move on. Perhaps you have planted a seed that will pay off handsomely later on.
Mars has been riding along square Neptune for some time. Allowing a 5 degree range, it started way back March 18! They have been quite close as Mars slowed to retrograde, then Mars retrograded at 8 Sag 54 while Neptune was at 11 degrees. There has been whispering, hinting, haunting. Neptune rules Pisces and is currently IN Pisces, the last sign. Mars rules Aries the first sign! One dreams and visions, the other takes action to make the dream come true. In Square, there have been constraints. Neptune is somewhat inaccessible at times, hard to read, too soft to really get our attention. Mars has been traveling about in Sagittarius, perhaps too busy to focus, not always in town. There are some kinks in the circuits that will at times be unresolved background noise. The exact square won't finally close until August 25! 

Outer Planets Mutable T Square! Jupiter has been in close square with Saturn in Sagittarius since our Pisces Moons. See lots more! Now it is closer yet with the exact square coming May 26 at 13 Virgo/Sag 41. Jupiter sitting at 13 is also back closely opposite Neptune. Though it doesn't make the exact opposition, the nature of it is with us. See more And Saturn is retrograding back to square Neptune June 17! See more 

Jupiter is up, Saturn can be down, Neptune shy and unfathomable. Jupiter inspires and invites, Saturn does the hard work, Neptune intuitively guides the enterprise. Jupiter wants to travel to the healer, Saturn finds the best rates, Neptune is already there calling you home. Saturn is at the point of this T Square, so he has weight, the power of experience, authority, timing. Saturn takes responsibility while Jupiter may want to run away and Neptune simply vaporizes! It's tough herding kittens. If Saturn is too much a heavy, the others give up or it never gets off the ground at all, the energies too disparate. But if Saturn is clever, each is given a task they can't wait to do, and not too much at once, please, then there is a pleasing result, just not as much as hoped for, or you may be happily surprised! Sometimes it is the finding ways to work together, any steps in the right direction, that are more worth it. Our hopes and expectations may be forever modified, more blended, our listening capacity opened, and in Spirit, in our Souls, we get much further in a good way. 

We are so blessed to have each other in this great labyrinth of Life!

 
Taurus 2016 Full Grass Moon Astrology Chart

Taurus 2016 Full Grass Moon Astrology Chart
 
 


 
New SuperMoon - TRANSIT of MERCURY
Taurus Stellium, 6 Planet Grand Earth Trine, Venus with Mutable T Square!

Friday May 6 at 12:29 PM Pacific - 16 Taurus 41

New Moon Canyonlands Doll House Dark Night Sky Assn
In a Moonless night, the Milky Way rises over the Doll House in the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park, an IDA International Dark Sky Park. Stunning photo by Dan Duriscoe

This is a super important New Moon! In Taurus it is solid, immovable, strong. It opens the doors to new beginnings. It strengthens, stabilizes and supports us to be able to receive the titanic 7.5 hour solar infusion of the TRANSIT of MERCURY! 

May 6 New Moon
       8 Mother's Day
       9 TRANSIT of MERCURY!

Grand Earth Trine in Sweet Taurus! 4 Planet Stellium, cluster, in Taurus!

Venus is in one of her own signs and in a lucky trine with Jupiter retrograde in Virgo coming back to meet her! There will be blessings on our projects, writings, landscaping and veggie gardens in the days to come. The exact trine is May 10 at 12 Noon Pacific! 

Moon and Sun have already trined Jupiter, the Sun on the 3rd, and the Moon just hours before, sealing the deal, at 7:06 AM Pacific. Sun has brightened the opportunities; Moon has added her nurturing to bring the good results we have hoped for. Focus on the long term good. Put your energy where it will grow well.

Moon and Sun are in a 1 degree trine with Pluto retrograding to meet them! This is a super aspect of power and wealth. It may be gentle to watch since Taurus is thoughtful first. Suspense builds. A partnership long wanted may finally become openly agreed on though some of the agreement will be private or confidential. When Taurus gives their commitment, they are loyal and will build the foundation needed for the perpetuity of the cause. Pluto in Capricorn has many potent connections that will lend expertise, fund a product or program for the good of all. It could be research, healing. Jupiter is retrograding away from the trine with Pluto, so it all won't be as big as it could be, but further ideas are there ready to fulfill when Jupiter turns direct, forward, and that trine is made June 26!

Mercury is retrograde, going back to trine Pluto May 12. Some paperwork may be signed then, but don't forget, Mercury is retrograde, and things may fall through in spite of the signatures. Mercury goes back to 14 Taurus, almost makes it back to trine Jupiter exactly at 13 Virgo, but is just over a degree shy. So, we think about what we could do, but those contracts are not signed. We are enlivened, see the details, how it could be, but it isn't the time yet. Still, we carry the ideas with us, and they help shape our intentions, enhance our chances.

Mutable Signs T Square ~ Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces
  • Venus and Mars are adding love and beauty, action, to the Mutable T Square through Neptune. The T is Neptune in Pisces, its own sign, opposite Jupiter in Virgo, both of them square Saturn in Sagittarius at its point. Mutable signs adapt, are flexible, offer change, move with the times.
     
  • Venus is first. In addition to her trine with Jupiter, first she sextiles Neptune. That is an old fashioned Soul Mate combination. Venus loves for love, beauty and money, but Neptune loves because he sees your Soul, the sufferings, your dreams. Neptune has understanding beyond words, empathy, compassion. That Love is more spiritual than material. Venus in Taurus loves her pleasure, the textures of life, being in her body, on this Earth. When Neptune makes music, whether etheric or rock and roll, Venus enjoys the dance. It's an exquisite ballet blessed with grace, perhaps a sensuous symphony, maybe a benefit for some marvelous cause!
     
  • Though Mars retrograde in Sagittarius didn't make the exact square with Neptune, there is still a feeling in the air of no languishing in the ashram! Gotta get up and take it on the road! Time to preach it to the people, put the vision on the podium, show them the pictures! Mars came close, took a peek, got Neptune excited, and is now going back to spread the good word to some interested parties.
     
Moon and Sun inconjunct Saturn in Sagittarius reminds us that our actions have a far reaching, sometimes long enduring impact, occasionally consequences! Saturn is more that just simple timing, it is our life's work - Dharma, Karma if you will. Taurus holds energy by nature. Give them something worthy of keeping, fertile, that will unfold through time, growing good for our community. Be in communion with your family, neighbors, friends, that we may learn together, teach meaningfully in joyous ways suited to each special Soul. Taurus is a very personal sign. They steep in themselves to be totally self aware like the Buddha who sits. Let their peace be at our center, well grounded.
 
This 16 degree New Moon is immediate support to the May 9 TRANSIT OF MERCURY, Eclipse of the Sun at 19 Taurus 25! Mercury is retrograding back to make the conjunction. On average there are only 13 of these Eclipses per century, so this is an uncommon aspect. The next is Nov 11, 2019. After that, it’s 2032!
 
The Mutable T Square has been a long term combination. The New Moon Taurus Stellium is comparatively only a few days, but potent with Moon and Sun together, and Venus in one of her own signs! That they are in an Earthy 6 planet Grand Trine, the most favorable of astrological planet patterns, indicates both substance and that reception is in place for the potent volatile solar infusion through Mercury. Taurus represents treasures, enduring values, loyal sustainable love, stability. Venus is noted for kindness and grace, simple wisdom. Together they will keep the information received safe, focus and strengthen it in time to come. They will make it hum with beauty, irresistible, ready to be shared.  
 
 
Both this New Moon and the TRANSIT of MERCURY open gateways to Jupiter in Virgo square Saturn May 26, only 20 days away. Jupiter is in Station, appears to be standing still, as it turns direct, forward, just 3 hours before the TRANSIT of MERCURY! Information will be steeped for maximum potency and focused at Jupiter's station point, then unfolded gradually as Jupiter gains momentum going forward. Some of the information will be organized, filtered by Virgo's no nonsense ability, utilized increasingly, 10 fold, as it gets integrated with our lives and our frequencies are stepped up. Matters of health, our life processes, rights for animals, where we live, will be considered. Jupiter will pass it by Saturn for his consideration. Saturn will test it, build on it, take it with him, moderate the timing, delegate to people of appropriate ages, place it at key educational points.
 
Astronomically this is a New SuperMoon! The aspects make it a super New Moon!   
 
 
Taurus 2016 New Moon Astrology Chart
 
Taurus 2016 New Moon Astrology Chart

 

Full Flower Moon - Buddha's Birthday Wesak, Jupiter Square Saturn 

Saturday May 21 at 2:14 PM, 1 Gemini/Sagittarius 14

Full Flower Moon Wesak 2016 Mount Shasta

Exquisite image fitting for Buddha's Birthday by Karrie Ann of Living Shasta Photography   

The date for Wesak, Buddha's Birthday celebration, depends on which Lunar Calendar you use.
  
Mercury is Retrograde
May 20 is the Wesak date for most of SE Asia, the day the Sun enters Gemini!
May 21 Wesak in INDIA is on the Full Moon 2:14 PM Pacific, 1 Sagittarius 14. 
May 22 Mercury turns Direct at 6:20 AM Pacific
 
Since it falls on a weekend this year, many, including the Mount Shasta group, will hold weekend meditations, have special teachers, ceremony and celebrations. Wherever you are going, get your reservations made right away.
 
The Sun Gemini, Moon Sagittarius axis deftly handles information gathered community wide, especially from women, and with a handshake across the table incorporates it with a bigger array, community to community! Brainstorming sessions will pay off. The neighborhood scanner Gemini mind is a font of knowledge and past life traveler, Sagittarius the Seeker, loves its meaning and purpose. They spread the good word to as many as possible as far as they can get! Gemini does great newsworthy blogs while Sagittarius teaches and publishes. Gemini is more neutral, while Sag takes it to Church. Together they cover from here to there!  
 
Moon is meeting retrograde Mars in Sagittarius coming back to greet her. For an hour and a half after the Full Moon, they are going to tell great stories! BIG stories, many chapters! Record them for sparking more conversations later. Or. There is going to be some potent interaction, whether it is high with provocative emotion, truth or lies, anger, sex, exercise, accidental, or all of the above! Just be a little careful, ok? Protected sex, be safe, not isolated. One way or the other, it could be inspiring, even if you don't like it! Some cleanup may be called for.
 
Mars is headed to its retrograde opposition Sun the next day, May 22 at 4:17 AM Pacific. Essentially the action is on the 21st since it happens so early the 22nd. This opposition always happens when Mars retrogrades. It is at the midpoint between the Rx turn to the Direct turn. Both Mars and Sun are fire planets and in frolicsome signs, be careful not to rush things, be too quick - unwatchful, overdo the exercise, ignore personal intimate protection. Anger, taking a dare, being macho may not pay off. But you may find yourself standing up now when you should have a long time ago! Yes! Doing something new may free your Spirit! Wild sex in the street may make you feel spicy for a long time! :) But remember the warning, no first time sex with someone during Mars Rx. If your desire changes after Mars goes direct, fine. There could be a different Initiation that honors a longing of your Soul. 
 
6:20 AM Pacific the next day, Mercury in Taurus directs, turns forward, ends its retrograde! That means it has been in station, appearing to stand still, since the 18/19th and will continue to until the 25th, a standard 8 day period. What is focused on during those days is well thought out, becomes a part of us, is long held, especially in Taurus. Fertile Taurus seeks a true value. It is patient and sits with it until the living part of it is acquired. Taurus is our bodies; we need to establish a connection, touch. Mercury, mind and hands, is here to do that. Taurus is beauty of all and any kind, grace. It rules the land and land works, the foods we grow on the land, the trees that filter our air. Taurus is gentle, yet super powerful. They usually don't yell on soapboxes, but they are often long time entertainers, and most certainly are earth movers. It just gets done. If you put your mind (Mercury) to it, what seems impossible, inch by inch, comes to pass.
 
This is our third Moon with a Grand Earth Trine - Mercury, Jupiter, Pluto! Again, Mercury is retrograde turns direct the day after our Full Moon! It has gone back as far as it is going to, just missing the trine with Jupiter. Jupiter is retrograding away from the trine with Pluto. So, we think about what we could do, but contracts are not signed. We are enlivened, see the details, how it could be, yet it still isn't the time yet. We carry the ideas with us, and they help shape our intentions, enhance our chances. If the combinations with your chart are good in late June, the ideas will be there ready to fulfill when that Jupiter Pluto trine is made exactly June 26!
 
Jupiter square Saturn May 26 5 days later!
 
The important core long term outer planet aspect is the Jupiter square Saturn we have been having continuously since they started being close together within 5 degrees Feb 20. There are only two of these aspects. The first exact one was March 23rd. The last of the two is exact May 26, only 5 days after our Full Flower Moon! It fades away to 3 degrees apart by June 15.
 
Jupiter went direct, forward May 9, only three hours before the TRANSIT of MERCURY! It is now carrying the Light of the TRANSIT of MERCURY, the solar infusion Eclipse of the Sun! 
 
Jupiter expands limitlessly! Saturn archives important information, condenses and sets boundaries. in Sagittarius, Jupiter's sign, Saturn assigns tasks to get the information out in a timely fashion, keeping the information unbiased, clean and true as possible. Jupiter motivates; Saturn protects his commitment like a mountain fortress. Jupiter in Virgo sorts the bits, realizing some are more important than thought to be when first encountered. Saturn in Sagittarius carefully weighs the new perspective, shrewdly prioritizing. 
 
Personally there may be surprising agreements! In Virgo, Jupiter's ideas are well backed by the results of practical application and often a bit of research. Saturn is more willing than usual to expand step by step in sensible terms, on a well scheduled program. Things can be fixed, integrated, along the way, assuring a strong foundation. Both are optimistic to an extent. A challenge might be to take on only what you realistically can. Jupiter in Virgo is lucky at assessing health concerns, and Saturn in Sag wants a good life plan for well being. Diet, exercise, checking on what you have avoided, insurances and healthy housing go with the territory. There may be breakdowns or breakthroughs. Usually both will call for more funds, so be thrifty now to cover what comes up later. See more!      

Two Fixed Stars - Algol and Alcyone

Venus is in one of its signs, Taurus. It just passed Algol May 20 at 26 TA 10. Algol brings dramatic statements. It was thought to be the most evil star in the heavens! If you aren't dead by decapitation you can be a great artist! It is symbolic of losing your head, and that can be by alcoholism, brainwashing, loss of memory or pain, as well as other means. Of course, modern writers and observers are clear that people born at 26 TA live and that day each year is not noted! Algol blinks and disappears 8 hours at a time because it is a binary star, eclipsing itself every 3 days! Pretty unique, and considered a star of transformation. One writer says, '...if you dabble in shamanism it can kill you or enlighten you.' Johnny Depp and his wife both have Venus with Algol, thought by some to have magnetic beauty!

May 20 the Sun just passed and, only 2+ hours before, the Moon just opposed Alcyone 00 GE 00 in 2000. It is the central star of the Pleiades, also called the Weeping Sisters, in other words, something to weep about. “Sickness, disgrace, evil disposition (used to be a term in astrology for homosexuality), murderer or murdered, imprisonment, death by blows, stabs, shooting, beheading or shipwreck..” “The ruthless visionary, a passionate but potentially arrogant person.” The Pleiades, as the daughters of Atlas, who carried the world, Alcyone points to dealing with burdensome matters of weight. While it was in Taurus it was material concerns, substance. Now in Gemini, there are concerns about our intellect, how we think, communicate, our breath of life, connections with the world - political, climate change, the Internet.

If you don’t have your chart, get a free one at Astro.com. Stars move forward through the zodiac at one degree every 72 years. You can find all the star positions here: The Fixed Stars in Longitude Order. Use the long 2000 column for current positions.

Both of these fixed star aspects having just passed still carry possible serious considerations. Perhaps you are going to be more careful, conscientious, attentive. Maybe there are some things to be faced or said, done. It may be uncomfortable, but don't miss your window. Be loving.

Full Moons reach out, open doors and gateways. 


Gemini 2016 Full Flower Moon, Wesak Astrology Chart

Gemini 2016 Full Grass Moon Wesak Astrology Chart
 


The next New Moon is June 4, 7:59 PM Pacific at 14 Gemini 53. 
 

 
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Taurus 2016 Planetary Highlights!   

2016 April 24-26 Astronomy Moon Mars Saturn Antares Scorpio

April 24- 26 use the Moon to find the planets Mars and Saturn, and the star Antares in Scorpio! If you don’t already know Antares, whose location within the constellation Scorpius makes it very noticeable, you can distinguish Saturn from Antares by color. Saturn shines steadily with a golden hue, while Antares sparkles more and appears redder in color.
If the bright moon makes it hard to discern color, try looking with binoculars.
Due to Mars retrograding, Mars, Saturn and Antares will make a triangle in our sky for months to come, eventually catching up with Saturn on August 25, 2016.

Taurus Timeline!

Taurus has several factors that carry on all through and past Taurus time this year. It is the foundation for and connecting us to the future. Jupiter squares Saturn until May 26. The very day the Sun enters Taurus, Mercury is at the Transit of Mercury degree. That sequence extends to June 3. Mars is retrograde until June 29.

April 17 Mars Retrograde


Happy Taurus!April 19

19 Mercury at the TRANSIT of MERCURY degree, 19 Taurus, first time See below         

         21 Full Grass Moon
         22 Happy Earth Day!
      28 Mercury Retrograde starting double retrograde with Mars until Mercury directs May 22

May 1 May Day, Beltane
       5 Cinco de Mayo
       6 New SuperMoon
       8 Happy Mother's Day
       9 TRANSIT OF MERCURY 7.5 Hr Eclipse of the Sun at 19 Taurus!
     

May 20 Happy Gemini!
       21 Full Flower Moon, Wesak in India
    22 Mercury Direct at 6:20 AM Pacific! Mars still Rx until June 29
       26 Jupiter square Saturn 13 Virgo/Sag 41. Jupiter and Saturn are in closer and closer continuous square until the second and final one May 26, only 37 days from now! They have been showing up in all our New and Full Moon charts since Pisces. During Taurus they are only 2 degrees and less apart. 

June 3 Mercury at the TRANSIT of MERCURY degree, 19 Taurus, the third and last time 
      29 Mars direct
       
Continuing abiding Aspects
Uranus and Pluto continue in a close range square. Though no exact aspect will be formed again, the reminder of happenings since 2010 remain with us, many taking years to work through. 
Chiron & Uranus continue in their many years long journey closely together in the background.... More
 

Outer Planets with Taurus 2016! 

Pluto is in mid Capricorn through 2017. Pluto is Scorpio's planet and in Capricorn, is a harmonious sextile sign, an earth and water mix. Sun in Taurus is trine with Pluto in Capricorn depending on whether the degrees are close enough. If not the Sun, other Taurus factors in your chart may make the trine. Pluto is a corporate wealthy planet in an old family business sign Capricorn. They are here to stay, not uprooted without a battle to the last gasp. Taurus, however, may be so simple and sensible in their propositions that Pluto Capricorn is simply charmed into submission. Pluto feels safe, Taurus is just doing what makes sense. No worries. The gentle and the giant work well together. Pluto rules Scorpio the sign opposite Taurus, and Pluto will always have it's secrets. Know going in you won't know everything, and have Plan Bs and backup ideas should you need them. Keep regular watch and be mindful of security breaches. Document your contributions, and don't let your ideas be stolen. Pluto cleans up, rebuilds, and thrifty Capricorn prolongs the use of goods you have on your premises. Not only is the debris gone, it's been recycled and transformed!

Neptune is in its own sign,at the first third of Pisces. It is a water Planet in the last water sign seeking a deeper side of life. Neptune is oceanic - is still like glass becalmed, has forever tidal cycles, titanic storms, tsunamis! Taurus is the earth we walk barefoot on, grow our veggies in, the animals nest on at night. Earthquakes come but not often. Neptune is spiritual and psychic sensing the slightest change, what you are really all about. Taurus knows the weather, their sense of touch tells them everything. They are so patient and still that at times, they 'see.' Neptune makes art and music; Taurus sculpts and makes pottery, and has the most beautiful hypnotic melodious voice. They are so different and have a lot in common. Neptune dilutes some of the Taurus stubborn. Taurus helps ground wandering Neptunian mystics and saviors. Combining their talents working on environmental matters would be one way to please them both.    

Uranus is just past the mid of Aries, moving into the final half of the degrees. Uranus is the planet of Aquarius, so unique that utter freedom is a given. Taurus just watches as they fly by, waiting for the dust to settle, waiting for them to wear out, slow down, so they can talk. Uranus in fiery Aries is mixed. They would like to have everyone on board. They can see Taurus can hold a key support point, keep the troops focused and steady. But they may never slow enough to make the connection themselves, or stay with it. Their recovery time is as fast as the action! They like their freedom to create, change at every breath, and Taurus likes relaxing and being comfortable. A motivated Taurus can work forever once started, but may end up admiring from afar since Uranus is not always of this world. Great as neighboring passengers on a short flight! Taurus is gifted with a buzz that tingles all day, and an idea worth fleshing out.  

Chiron, like Neptune is also in Pisces, starting the last third of the sign. It goes into Aries 2018-19. The Magi Society thinks Chiron is the #1 marriage factor and good in business. Taurus loves a long time partner they can depend on and a productive business. Pisces the Believer and visionary works well with Taurus, confirming Taurus instincts, guiding them accurately. Chiron the Healer understands the deep values of Taurus and helps make a charming match of heart and Soul. Chiron as Teacher delivers information for Taurus to consider, knowing it will make a strong root and be well cared for. Taurus sits with it, turns the soil, becomes one with its essence. Taurus magnetizes Chiron, helping Chiron see more of the beauty of this world. Rather than the escapism Pisces sometimes has, Taurus shows them the worth of being here, right here, in union. 

Saturn is a third to half way through Sagittarius in 2016. It retrogrades from 16 degrees back to 9 degrees. Factors in your chart from 9 to 16 degrees will be activated one after the other, the 2nd and 3rd times! Saturn is Capricorn's planet, expecting seeable results on time. It can have a harsh manner, be cool and aloof - their praise is well earned and means a lot. Saturn in Sagittarius it is more flexible, but still wants a good job done. Saturn is helpful with Taurus. Together they can build things, terracing earthworks and the finest masonry stairways, if Saturn doesn't run away with Sagittarius! Plus, all those Sagittarian foreign ideas from other places take some getting used to. And just when you get used to one, they either change their mind or add another new idea. Consarnit! Admittedly it's interesting and fun to decipher, but it delays getting things done and keeps you up at night wondering if you can keep up. Saturn needs to give some regular praise along this path.... Taurus helps adapt new ideas to needs of the locals and directly shows how things are better than before. 

Jupiter in Virgo brings Taurus great joy! Virgo loves its system and Taurus enjoys smooth working order, getting things done sooner, getting what they made to market in fine condition! They both often love plants and animals, so crops and beekeeping, or caring for animals is sweet. Taurus is not really a bookkeeper, analyst, but can see the value of hiring someone that knows what they are doing and can steer them more accurately in the right direction. Calling in a good veterinarian saves time, or working with the university cooperative extension. A climate change aware landscaper expert with water saving expertise and who has native plants savvy can change how you live significantly. They minimize your utility expenses, up your home values! Be a good earth steward! 
 
Jupiter in Libra (Sep 9) is a Fire and Air combination, loves to carry on getting to know you. Taurus usually likes the comforts of home, but a sumptuous meal out will tempt them - but not one of those skimpy fru fru diet plates! Doesn't matter what gourmet chef makes it, and less expensive is preferred. Libra loves fine art; Taurus likes the simple beauty of Nature the most. Forget the air conditioning, no makeup, no perfumes. Jupiter likes to go places, and Libra loves anthropology. Taurus makes their own organic tribe, lots of kids, family working together. Libra and Taurus, though both Venus signs, are better as friends. That way Taurus gets to see the world vicariously, learning in its own comfort zone. Jupiter loves to visit and move on anyway. Libra may enjoy taking some time out here with you, bed and breakfast style, meet the locals, learn what makes your community the charming place it is.  
 
Any of these outer planet factors may be activating other factors in your chart as well as your Sun. They may be difficult, may be rosy, maybe both! Check with your favorite astrologer for the whole picture!
 
See the 2016 Special Edition Newsletter for upcoming Planetary Patterns! Make your changes count.
 


 
Jupiter in Virgo Square Saturn in Sagittarius May 26!
 
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April 19 note: Jupiter and Saturn are in closer and closer continuous square until the second and final one May 26, only 37 days from now! They have been showing up in all our New and Full Moon charts since Pisces. During Taurus they are only 2 degrees and less apart.
 
 
The image landscape may look a bit bleak, but not truly so. It is Jupiter/Sagittarius style wide open spaces with Saturn harnessing and putting all the environmental factors into use to produce this amazing structure! Virgo the Gardener has tended every detail right down to the veggie plantings!
 
The square starts within 5 degrees Feb 20. Jupiter is Retrograde, the first of the two squares is exact Mar 23 at 16 degrees. They stay within 3 degrees and less until the second and last exact aspect May 26 at 13 degrees. Jupiter is moving slowly, turns Direct/forward May 9. From May 26 on, the scent from Jupiter's herbal aprons continues within three degrees, fading until June 15.

The whole encounter takes just about 4 monthsVirgo and Sagittarius are mutable signs, morphing and muddling through changes. They and the other two mutable signs Gemini and Pisces will be most strongly activated.
 
Saturn in Sag has a keen eye to the future, is an adept surveyor. Space is key, domain, where you land, power locations make a difference. And he has certain requirements. Sagittarius says, who needs the rules? Just go someplace more compatible if you don't like them here. But Saturn is committed, has roots and established connections. Sag says, ok, extend the boundaries until it fits your Spirit. That has a good sound to it and Saturn hunkers down to think it through.

Sagittarius likes sports, a winning bet, travel. Saturn will at times, but it's more a science thing than a frivolous bet. He can be persuaded to do business mixed with pleasure trips, especially if it increases his standing with his peers and mate. Mountain hiking, rock and ice climbing, in town, golfing, might be very tempting! Jupiter in Virgo loves nature walks, grabbing educational herb images along the way, as well as some samples for home remedies.
 
Saturn in Sagittarius is conflicted in that he wants to work, build, work with the rules, concerned with the hierarchy - ancient and modern! 
 
Jupiter is Sagittarius' planet, so there is a way into Saturn land! Jupiter being in Virgo it's even better. One sensible craftsman talking with another. Virgo does the bookkeeping and woodwork/cabinets, a splendid kitchen, adds amenities that increase the value, installations, landscaping that sets off the well selected property. Saturn does the main frame, glasswork, masonry, stones in the landscaping, makes durable pathways and adds a stable for the horses. If your venture is big enough, put up a studio for the on prem Jupiter in Virgo veterinarian! Together they work through the maze of details, Jupiter protecting the necessities for easy sustainable living, Saturn keeping the costs down. 

Quibbles come when Jupiter goes crazy over the highest quality items and doesn't want to compromise and gives a 1000 reasons why he's right. He/she does have an eye for the future, and digs in when asking for the sustainable graywater system, skylights, solar. Saturn has a more practical eye, keeps overall expenses in mind, considers the resale value down the road. Saturn understands down times and lack, so is likely to go with the best gray water system, but maybe not the chef quality kitchen gear.

Jupiter loves to play at the Virgo details, taking his time for perfection, but Saturn is over there cracking the whip, so conscious of the deadlines. He can be a little over optimistic in Sag, so got a little behind in the schedule. Jupiter can help by putting on his priority glasses, focusing down, and working smartly at a catch-up pace! The award winning job can be done! 

Teaching and mentoring are right up their alley! Bring on the apprentices, students wanting credits! If your project is tightly timed, only take the more exceptional or experienced students. If you have the time, give everything you can. Jupiter can teach techniques. Earth signs love the hands on style. Saturn gives the overall perspective with a little historical comparison of how the project is being done, telling a bit about the land, who owned it, what the current goal is, local laws versus future sustainable options. Saturn has experience and credibility. 

Jupiter in Virgo may opt for the Earth religions, a fan of faeries and seasons. Saturn in Sag may question any 'faith' at all, a pragmatist of the first order. If you can't see it, don't believe it. Or he may want to build the temple of all time, a lasting tribute to having been saved from himself! Jupiter needs to tread lightly in the opinions and righteousness departments, because though Saturn may look rock solid, there is often doubt behind the facade that needs defending. If scared and feeling the need to dig in, it may cut off or delay the opportunity for future discussions. If he has the authority, you may find yourself in lock up. Jupiter in virgo nattering on and on to prove your point of view, can be almost insulting at times. Give others some room. They have made choices best they could at the time. There are times when parting with no words at all may be the immediate wise move. And it's ok. Difference abides for many reasons. Walking in Nature may be your 'communion' with God, your always temple. Temples are lovely and suggest security, strong support of each other. There are many ways to get to the mountain top, to be a good person.  
 
Teaching and mentoring are right up their ally! Bring on the apprentices, students wanting credits! If your project is tightly timed, only take the more exceptional or experienced students. If you have the time, give everything you can. Jupiter can teach techniques. Earth signs love the hands on style. Saturn gives the overall perspective with a little historical comparison of how the project is being done, telling a bit about the land, who owned it, what the current goal is, local laws versus future sustainable options. Saturn has experience and credibility. 
 
Differences can be annoying or stimulating. Be your good Self as best you can. Let go when it's wise. Keep the doors open.
 

 
Mars Retrograde April 17 to June 29

Mercury Retrograde Taurus 2016 Road Sign S Curve

Mars started the first of its three Retrograde phases on Feb 18! Mars type things started since then until the retrograde April 17 will be reviewed during his retrograde April 17 to June 29. The third phase starts June 29, when Mars directs - moves forward again, until the finish August 22. Mars moves about twice as slow as Mercury, taking 2 years to circle Earth, while Mercury goes with the Sun once a year. So the Mars Rx period is longer, will be 2 months, 12 days!
The first pass is new ground. The reverse period, the Retrograde, things are covered in reverse order, reviewed, changed. The third pass is when the answers fall into place, mature decisions are made, last chances for finetuning course corrections.

The retrograde will span from 8 Sagittarius to 23 Scorpio.

Sex & Love

In Scorpio a fervent time, powerfully potent. Scorpio will generally love you forever, but Mars is less patient. For your own goodness they will prod you to take better care of yourself, mend relationships with other. It can be an obsessive combination, and you may have to take serious measures to depart if they get mean. If a new, fresh love, it may rock your socks, be tantric fusion! Just be careful about starting your new intimacy during the retrograde period, especially if it is an affair on one or both of your parts. There are likely to be sad consequences. If you are single be super careful. If with your very own Honey, what a great time to try out some new experiences! If you break up during the Rx, you are likely to get back together, so if you are serious about it, wait until Mars goes direct, then if you still want to, make your move. Be gentle and kind as possible in all circumstances.

In Sagittarius a runaway adventure! A high % of love 'em and leave 'em, but sometimes so worth the hit and run! Take a vacation with your Sweetie, just don't take your most valuable luggage during the retrograde. Things get lost, so valuables stay with you on the flight. This wonderful exploration could be to a meaningful sacred site, an altar, to see the oracle about your love life, or off to a school or a visit with a teacher. Don't believe everything you see or hear, or promises made. Evolution is the always change, and trumps any human thinking. What we thought we wanted changes with the perspective of time and circumstance, and though at first we are a bit undone, in the long term things are better!

Health & Healing

In Scorpio This is one of Scorpio's prime businesses. They are super therapists whether it is mind or body. They have powerful mojo. If you find the healer uses too much force or intimidation for you, stop the program. If you had a super healer it may be time to return for another round. Good healers always know more about you than you do. They have the intuition, skills, experience that can do the best for you. From midwife to Hospice, let these Beings be there for you. Scorpio specially has to do with our intestines and sexual organs. Less food that over taxes our system. Food and exercise that keeps our body at optimum. Take good care of yourself. It's another way of loving others.

In Sagittarius Sometimes we forget to play. Our Spirit needs relief from serious concerns. Do some things you forgot you love to do. Literally get away. You and your body forget you had aches and pains. If you are about to publish, perhaps immersing yourself in your text or images will take your mind elsewhere. Or go see a healer that has inspired you or the good people you trust, possibly has helped you before. Try something new. Be with the Truth. If you have been procrastinating, in denial, get with a strong friend, talk about what you are scared of, make your plan, take it a step at a time, have your friend be with you to help you get started. We all need help at times. You would do it for them. Sag is hips, thighs, sciatic nerve. These are what let us propel us through our lives. Be ready to happily make adjustments to your exercise, physical therapy programs. Together we can do this.

Career & Business

In Scorpio Financial relics will be summarily dismissed and replaced - not without resistance, but it will happen! Mars likes things done directly, right at the heart of the matter, with the least fuss. Let go of excess procedures, lighten the load, save time and money. Try some new ventures and keep tabs on things yourself, delegate when you find someone capable and trustworthy. Check on security matters frequently during the retrograde. Get proper lighting and make backups. Don't be too disappointed if you don't get the job or make the contact or partnership you expected, or the pay you hoped for. A better choice or deal may be in the offing after the retrograde. If you must have a review during this period, negotiate another after the retrograde. (See your astrologer for good dates!)

In Sagittarius Travelers will change course several times, planners be ready for revisions! What you teach may true one day, new info the next! You might reprint old texts, but do better to wait on your new publishing, a better title, a better cover to come. Caution about religious organizations. The management may change or they aren't as suited as first thought. Your company may decide to go back to meeting at a previous place. Selecting your courses or place of continuing education will be more sure later on. Keep your options as open as possible.

Mars Retrograde Timeline

Feb 18 Mars started Phase 1

Mar 5 Mars into Sagittarius

Mar 19 Sun into Aries, Mars' sign. Into Taurus April 19.
Mar 21 Mercury into Aries, Mars' sign. Into Taurus April 5. From Mar 22 until April 19 there will be 3 planets in Aries! 

April 5 Venus into Aries, Mars' sign. April 29 Taurus.
April 12 Venus in Aries trine Mars

April 17 Mars RETROGRADE 8 Sag to 23 Scorpio

April 28 Mercury RETROGRADE 23 to 14 Taurus DURING the Mars Rx! It's a double retrograde!

May 9 2016 TRANSIT OF MERCURY Rx in Taurus, 7.5 hour ECLIPSE across the Sun, 8:12 AM Pacific at 19 Taurus 25!   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. See More & the Chart!

May 22 Mercury DIRECT
May 22 The same day Mercury Directs, goes forward, Mars is at the Rx midpoint; Mars is always opposite the Sun at its Rx midpoint! This time the Sun is in Mercury's sign Gemini at 1 Gemini/Sagittarius 47! Mars and Sun, two fiery planets will be facing off. The Sun is Light and rules the Heart, the sense of our core Self. Mars is Fire personified, lives for action! It is the candle flame of ignition when we need inspiration. It quickens our reaction time, is a spontaneous and cleverly innovative problem solver! It is the Seed of Spring, the Initiator, Leader! If you happen to be in the flock-of-lambs dept, not to worry, you will become a fine ram or ewe!

May 27 Mars Rx back into Scorpio

June 29 MARS DIRECT at 23 Scorpio!

Aug 2 Mars Sagittarius

Aug 10 Mercury starts Retrograde Phase 1 in Virgo

Aug 22 Mars 3rd phase finishes at 8 Sag, Sun into Virgo

Aug 30, eight days later, Mercury retrogrades in Virgo

23 DEGREES

Though Mercury starts its Retrograde at 23 Taurus, and Mars goes Direct (forward) at the opposite point, 23 Scorpio, they are never in opposition due to the differences in their timing. But that 23 degree point becomes a sensitive point, since the degree positions when planets turn Retrograde or Direct, called a Station, are held for many days in the sky.

Feb 18 Mars already crossed 23 Scorpio
Apr 28 Mercury Rx at 23 Taurus
June  7 Mercury completes the Rx cycle at 23 Taurus
Jun 29 Mars Direct at 23 Scorpio

Passing it back and forth, who's across the table, crossfire, differences, independence, separation, negotiation, complementary efforts, exciting joint advocacy, cooperation, will all be part of our considerations. Mercury is mind and communications. Mars is action inspired by Mercury's inspired quick thinking - even in Taurus, or perhaps especially in Taurus, because Taurus has ruminated on matters, coming up with amazing common sense solutions, worthy of Mars' actions! A retrograde in Taurus releases long held consciousness. Sensing and trusting fundamental value, Mars doesn't hesitate to inaugurate a powerful trial in Scorpio, a cautious yet astute sign, to see if further sharing/teaching is feasible in Sagittarius. 

More than concurrent retrogrades, the profound 7.5 hour TRANSIT OF MERCURY Rx Eclipse across the Sun, Mercury Direct at the Mars Rx midpoint opposite Sun in Gemini - Mercury's sign, and the 23 degree connections, these two Retrogrades are powerful and specially linked.

Enjoy your hunt, the Quest, the depths and the heights, meeting new people!

See Double Retrograde! Mercury & Mars Rx Together!
  
 

 
DOUBLE Retrograde! Mercury & Mars Rx Together! 




Though Mercury and Mars are not side by side, both are moving retrograde at the same time. They are both getting on along the beauty of the world.

This Mercury Retrograde is specially interesting because it is during Mars Rx, but what makes it a super retrograde is the magical May 9 Transit of Mercury Eclipse of the Sun during these concurrent retrogrades! 

Get as much as possible in your life in working order now. That's your part. We can't govern what comes to us from outside, but we can be more welcoming, more capable of dealing with it if we have less stress in our own lives. May you be blessed!
 

The beauty of retrograde patterns is they are an S shaped - forward, back, forward pattern, but as it happens time moves forward, the other planets have moved too. Nothing is really ever the same again even though Mercury covers the same degrees three times, three vantage points as we progress! Clever, that. Saturated, empowered, we change, can't wait to move on, see what's next!

Retrogrades have three phases. First the planet is going forward. Then from the point of view on Earth, the planet appears to be reversing. Last, when the planet appears to be moving forward again, called going direct, it covers the same degrees for the third and last time. When the Mercury direction changes occur, the planet appears to be motionless in the sky for 8 days, called a Station.

2016 all our Mercury Rxs are in sensible EARTH signs. The results will be real and apparent, more doing than thinking and talking! Taurus now, then Virgo, Capricorn last!

Mercury started the first phase April 14. April 28 to May 22 it is Retrograde from 23 to 14 degrees Taurus. Mercury finishes phase 3 June 7. This retrograde is unique because it occurs DURING Mars Retrograde! In fact, all but the first three days of the entire Mercury 3 part cycle are within the Mars retrograde! This will definitely be a salsa, not a waltz!

Taurus is a solid citizen, farmer to founder, foundations. They appreciate natural beauty, functional earth works, sustainability, are genuinely patient and kind. Sometimes the turns slow us down, but Taurus savors a thoughtful deep absorption like a bull with the four part stomach.They gather full appreciation of an experience, sitting at one with it like a Buddha at the road side. 

This Retrograde is while Mars also retrogrades! Mars will be in Scorpio and Sagittarius, water and fire. Mars is smoldering like peat moss passionate in Scorpio! In Sagittarius, a fire sign, it's HOT and hankering anywhere anytime! You could have sex again and again, retrograde style, coming back for more, OR have to abide by the rule of no first time sex and just go completely crazy! But, oh, Goddess, it's so hot when it finally happens! Bless you and keep you. However, remember, after retrogrades we usually change our minds, so what is hot now may really, really not be hot later! And you can't take it back.

Mercury is logical and quite sensible, thoughtfully takes its time, in Taurus. Mars isn't and doesn't! It likes spontaneous, though Scorpio would admit to some anticipation and planning the capture, fine wine and a dinner. Sagittarius loves being on the fly, a unique location, in the moment. It may seem like, and may actually be, a one time pleasure not to be missed! Oh my, what to do?!

Mars blitzes onto the scene, exciting, provocative, alive! Mercury thinks and talks and in Taurus, touches mind to mind. It comes back with comments that make Mars know they were heard. Mercury, ever curious, enjoys the quickening inspiration of magical Mars!

Mars is an independent do-it-yourself sign, enjoys contrivances like cars, anything mechanical. In Scorpio it must have the one that has brute power. In Sagittarius it must revisit that Ferrari, or maybe the newest motorhome with the most! It may take saintly constraint to keep from signing those purchase papers! Even though you may have all the experience in the world, you are still taking a risk making a large purchase during a Rx, let alone a double Rx. If you do, get every warranty offered and buy from a company with a solid track record and is here to stay. 

Races at this time, may have surprise results. An underdog may come in with remarkable strength and pizazz!

I recommend caution about elective surgeries, particularly face lifts. Mars is surgery, Taurus is your sense of beauty. Mercury is your whimsical thinking, the Doctor's attention. If you still like your wish, your plan, after Mercury and Mars are direct, then, yes, if other things in your chart are well for exactly the purpose you choose. 

Scorpio businesses often involve money industries, long term financial matters, healing, research, security, confidentiality. It has a super discriminating palate, enjoys fine wines and the scents of amazing perfumes! Sagittarius loves horses, travel, teaching, publishing, forecasting, religion and sacred places. Taurus is earthy - animal, land, plants. It loves sensuality, the body, oils, comfortable clothing, textures, sculpting, necklaces. Mars wants to get started; Mercury wants to find out all about it, spread the good word - market and advertise. Business decisions will involve mixtures of these matters.

You can resist change - Scorpio and Taurus are opposite as well as fixed change-resisting signs. Though they prefer daily business as usual, Rx is here to loosen things up! And the revelations may be worth the money once things are settled again. Mars, Mercury and Sagittarius love the ride! They want to see all they can see and then some. Hard to keep them home or get them to come back!

Things frequently go missing during retrograde Mercury, though other things that were lost on a previous Rx will often return! Go figure! But we sure are grateful for those returns.

Most astrologers wouldn't pick this double Rx period as a time to marry. With Rxs there is always a question, there is always change, an instability, unpredictable. Yet, the biggest corporate charts often have several Rxs! They keep doing it until they become the best! If you love change, and can financially afford it, Rx may be just right for you. If you like steady and reliable, it's probably not for you. Another thing that can happen is you change your mind on the Honeymoon, or even at the altar. Oops.  For most, marriage is intended to be a long term venture. If you have doubts or are afraid your partner-to-be does, and are hoping to secure things by marrying, your relationship may not stand the test of time anyway, or maybe that is just the right thing to do, possibly a karmic liaison that must be done! It's your own unique decision. But if you can wait, do so.

People we meet during Rxs often don't stay in our lives. Our purposes change. Intentions are made, but they are in turn changed by other circumstances you couldn't have anticipated. Sometimes an ex, a person from our past returns. Always remember why you split apart in the first place. Usually that factor is still there, the core of it all, though they are wearing different clothes now. Trust that early instinct. If you are at a vulnerable time of your life, doubly trust that early instinct. 
  
Mercury and Mars are a heady combination! Mercury is the Mind; Mars rules the head and brain. Mercury thinks and shakes hands; Mars is all action and blitzes by! They can work together when Mercury gets the directions and Mars makes a speedy arrival! No grass growing under their feet! They get things done and make changes faster than the speed of Light!

See Mars Retrograde!

Mercury Retrograde Timeline:

April 14 Trine Jupiter, Phase 1 14 Taurus

Apr 17,  Trine Pluto, Mars Rx. May 12 Rx trine Pluto, May 30 trine Pluto. This is the only aspect that happens three times. Mercury is smart and Pluto delves deep. It is an astute combination, profiting from multiple connections at the same time. Mercury can cleverly estimate Pluto's secrets and for once, Pluto doesn't mind so much. But you'll only get as far as they let you. Mercury learns healing techniques and powers from Pluto. Release old hurts and pains. Sexualtiy may be on your mind. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. No trickery, no seductions, no force, please. Keep it honorable.

Apr 28 Mercury Retrograde  23 Taurus

May 9 2016 TRANSIT of MERCURY Retrograde in TAURUS!
Retrograde Eclipse across the Sun, 8:12 AM Pacific at 19 Taurus 25!
See below!

May 13 Conjunct Venus
       21 Full Flower Moon, Wesak in India
    22 Mercury Direct 6:20 AM Pacific at 14 Taurus

Jun 7 Phase 3 finishes  23 Taurus

Savor your experiences. Take them into your heart, see their goodness. Be at Peace.
    

 
May 9, 2016 TRANSIT of MERCURY Retrograde in TAURUS!

Retrograde Eclipse across the SUN, 8:12 AM Pacific at 19 Taurus 25!
See astrological chart below
In transit, Mercury appears as a string of small black dots running across the orange disk of the Sun.
The Eclipse as seen from Earth 2006! Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO

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 Mars Retrograde! See Mar Retrogrde! See also Double Retrograde, Mercury & Mars

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. Sunbathing 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 dreamyCombust 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. Give your Mother a telescope for Mother's Day! 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!



2016 TRANSIT OF MERCURY Astrology Chart 
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2016 Transit of Mercury Retrograde Eclipse Sun Taurus Astrology Chart


 
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Thank you for the divine connection to our Beloved Earth 
 
 
 
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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