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Transit Venus Retrograde or: “How’s this gunna fuck with me?“

Lately I’ve seen so many different posts on the different forums that I creep on and articles written on different astrology websites about Transit Venus going Retrograde. Generally, these posts tend to have a slightly more negative slant to them (or dare I even say some fear?) involved in the line of questioning and phrasing. I think a lot of this has to do with the general negative or difficult view of retrograde planets in general, but Transit Venus Retrograde (or even Transit Retrograde Planets in general) aren’t universally a negative thing. I’m actually quite partial to them in general. They absolutely serve a purpose, even if they impact your chart in a “challenging” way (either in your actual Natal Chart or via Transits, Progressions, etc). Venus Retrograde is a particularly interesting planet to go retrograde because out of all the planets, Venus goes Retrograde the least often. It will be Retrograde from May 13, 2020 through June 26, 2020.

When looking at how Venus Retrograde will impact your own Natal Chart, it’s really important to look at the house cusps in your chart that are ruled by the Venusian planets (ie: those that are ruled by Taurus and Libra). Specifically pay attention to the house cusp that is ruled by Taurus, though, for these are the areas of life that will be most heavily impacted. Venus Direct is thought to point more towards Libra, while Venus Retrograde is thought to point more towards Taurus (hence why the Taurus ruled house cusp is slightly more important here). What you value at a soul level will be brought out through different “tests” or “situations,” forcing you evaluate those values for yourself. Say, for instance, you have Taurus ruling over the 10th house cusp, and Libra ruling over the 3rd house cusp….this is going to put an emphasis on the 3rd house areas of life (those dealing with communication, thinking, learning, etc) and especially the 10th house areas of life (those dealing with career ambitions, public persona, social status, personal authority, etc), and what you really value here. Not what you think you should value or have been taught to value, but what YOU really value and how you feel most secure in these areas of life.

You also want to take a look and see where Natal Venus is in your chart by house. This will show the way that those house cusps ruled by Taurus and Libra will impact Natal Venus. Let’s say your Natal Venus is in the 11th house….from the Taurus 10th house cusp, you might be looking at the way that you value or feel valued in your career to impact your long term goals/hopes/wishes. Or something like the way that you value the highest and most idealized version of yourself will impact your friends and the groups that you associate with. From the Libra 3rd house cusp you might be looking at something like the way that you communicate, think, and learn to become a little more introverted in regards to the groups that you associate with and the friends that you have (maybe valuing a lack of communication at this time with other people and more valuing the internal dialogue that you have with yourself).

It is my personal belief that Transit Retrograde Planets give the unique opportunity to redo or fix things that may not have been done “correctly” in the past. In the case of Venus, this deals heavily with ruminating on your values (what you have valued and currently value), and with how you love and what you love. Because this process is much more internal and introverted, it is said that this isn’t the time to start up new romantic relationships or get married or any of that shit. And for the love of whatever, don’t be trying to hit up your ex (remember at this time: this person is your EX for a reason and who *really* likes reruns?). Rather it’s the time to assess what you personally value and love (or who you love), coming “correct” here so when Venus swings back around to Direct Motion you don’t have a real or imagined cluster-fuck of epic “what was I thinking” proportions. On a collective level, I feel like Transit Venus Retrograde gives us as a species a period of time to assess how we value, what we value, and how we love and need to be loved. Really, with all the crazy shit going on in the world, this is kind of the perfect time for some introspection on our collective values and concepts of love. AND! With Transit Venus Retrograde in Gemini, there is (or should be) a collective focus on the values of brotherhood and sisterhood, since Gemini operating from it’s highest octave represents these concepts.

The exception here to the challenges with Transit Venus Retrograde seems to be people that have their own Natal Venus in Retrograde….and are actually operating through the Retrograde motion naturally and have embraced this. These people usually feel more at home during this time. For the people that have Natal Venus Retrograde who aren’t living through the Retrograde motion of Natal Venus (still trying to find love and value from outside of themselves rather than through themselves), this period can feel particularly challenging. But! The challenge is trying to pull them towards functioning from the Retrograde Motion all of the time, and truly loving and valuing themselves FOR themselves.

How to “select” an astrologically compatible mate

There are so many postings out there about relationships, and how to find the best possible mate by way of one’s birthchart. “What sort of person would I best with?” is a question commonly asked. There are a few different things that I always look at first and foremost when being asked these sorts of questions by clients (and answering questions as I creep on forums, hahah)….and this sort of question gets asked A LOT. Everyone wants to find their person (well, most people do anyway), so these are useful things to pay particular attention to for anyone who wants to learn more about astrological pairing from the natal chart. I have a visual below, with the different things that I’m talking about in this post circled so you can follow along with a visual. I know us into astrology (for fun, vocation, or both!) are VERY visual people.
**Just to make it clear, I’m only talking about good pairings based on the natal chart. Obviously, actually seeing how these aspects would play out would depend on the actual synastry and composite charts between two people. I’m also NOT strictly talking about SUN signs, but talking about that Sign’s ENERGY in general.
**Obviously, you would have to take the whole chart into account. Just because someones Descendant is in a certain sign does necessarily mean that the particular sign’s energy in question would be a good pairing for the person. This post should really be used as more of a jumping off point for analysis, discarding what doesn’t actually fit the particular chart that you’re looking at, and keeping what does.

The Descendant is circled in Purplish Pink. The ruler of the 7th House is circled in Dark Purple. The 11th House Cusp is circled in Red. Juno is circled in Light Blue. The North/South Node Axis is circled in Green. The Sun/Moon Midpoint is the Orange Dot in the 1st House. The Vertex is circled in Yellow.
  • Start out by looking at what Sign rules over the Descendant. Since the Descendant is what we are attracted towards & what we tend to attract in our lives, it is usually a good place to start. In my particular case, the Descendant is ruled by Gemini. This means that Gemini energy in some capacity (typically one of the inner planets) would probably be a good place to start as far energy that would be good here.
  • Look next to where the planetary ruler of the Descendant is placed in the chart. In the example, the ruler of Gemini is Mercury, and Mercury is found in the 11th house. The 11th house is traditionally ruled by Aquarius, which would make Aquarius energy a good match. And this is kind of driven home with the fact that the 3rd house (which is traditionally Mercury/Gemini/Virgo ruled) has Aquarius on the cusp.
  • Since Mercury falls in the 11th house, you would also want to bring into play which sign actually rules over the 11th house cusp in the chart, and in this case Libra rules over the 11th. This would also make Libra energy be good for the person.
  • Look at where Juno falls in the chart. Juno tends to show the sort of marriage/relationship partner that we actually need (and/or that we end up with in some capacity). In this chart, Juno falls in Aquarius (kind of triple amplifying Aquarius energy here).
  • Look at where the North Node of the Moon falls. Since the North Node is like our “souls mission” this time around, it would stand to reason that it would probably be good if you happened to find someone who’s personal/inner planets ended up in conjunction (within 5 degrees on either side of the North Node) with your North Node. In the particular case above, you’d be looking for very late degree Pisces energy or very early degree Aries energy.
  • See where the Sun/Moon Midpoint is in your Natal Chart. In the chart above, it’s at 28 Sagittarius. Since the Sun/Moon Midpoint is like the inner marriage between the masculine and the feminine in the natal chart, it would make sense that someone having the sign of the Sun/Moon Midpoint prominent in their chart would probably be a good thing. The conjunctions to the Sun/Moon Midpoint are particularly nice to see, generally anyway. Same thing can be applied to the Vertex in the natal chart.

Now that you have the basics to start out, you’ll need to actually apply what you have taken note of to see if the basics make sense through actual application. For instance, in the chart above, the South Node falls in Libra. Since the South Node tends to be what we are already familiar with from a previous incarnation (and are ultimately supposed to move beyond while growing into the soul mission of the North Node), someone with personal/inner planets that conjunct the South Node may end up keeping the person stuck in previous life themes that they ultimately need to move beyond. That doesn’t mean that Libra energy wouldn’t be a good choice for the person, but maybe not Libra energy that is conjunct the South Node (meaning, personal planets beyond 5 degrees Libra).

Mystic Market Holistic Online Fair 03.21.20

Hey guys ! So, one of the fairs that I’ve been working recently is going to be going on tomorrow via facebook live. Stop by virtually to check out some really bitchin’ practitioners from 12 pm- 2 pm CST (and yours truly, who will go live at 12:45 pm). Find someone to connect with to help find healing, answers, and peace. In this fucking crazy ass time on planet Earth, who couldn’t use a little (more) healing, answers and peace?! To join us, click on the picture below 😀

What the Fuck is a Yod?

Yod, Yod, Yod…..what the fuck is a Yod? I see this question (though maybe not asked this exact same way, hahaha) posted quite frequently on different forums and even by my own clients. People are always wondering (and with good reason!) what the fuck the Yod in their chart means for them. They’ve been popping up in my own client’s charts more recently, and I figured this was the time to actually do a post on them.

The Yod (also known as The Finger of God) is an aspect, like the one mentioned in the chart above, where you have two planets sextile one another with the two sextile planets quincunx/inconjunct (150 degrees) from the same planet (or the apex of the Yod). The sextile planets are in harmony, operating on the same wavelength, while both of those planets are putting stress on the apex of the Yod through the quincunx aspects. While the sextile is harmonious, usually until the Yod is worked through the sextile may operate at the lower end vibrationally (i.e.: exhibiting the least desirable traits of the sextile in question) due to the quincunx stress.

To understand what a Yod is, I suppose you need to first understand what a quincunx aspect is. The 150 degree aspect means that you’re (more than likely) dealing with two different sign energies that don’t understand one another. One sign is usually better expressed and understood, while the other one is completely left out. In the case of the Yod, it’s usually the apex planet that is left out (since there will be a harmony felt between the two sextile planets while neglecting the Yod). There is a lack of being able to fuse the apex planetary energies not only from one planet, but from two! This will definitely be felt by the apex planet through the sign and house in which it falls, begging to be worked through (and begging not to feel so “separate” from these other planets in the chart). It’s less constant tension like in the case of the square aspect, and more of a constant nagging or longing. It also may feel that you don’t fully have control over anything going on here (thus the Finger of God name comes into play). So, the apex of the Yod needs to feel together with these other two planets, and with the rest of the chart. Depending on what the apex planet is, and where it falls, and all that good stuff will help to shine a light on WHAT that actually is. If Mars is the apex of the Yod, you’re looking at energy dealing with your drive and impulse. If Venus is the apex, you’re looking at energy dealing with love (how you love and need to be loved, along with your values). And that apex planet really is a gift of sorts….energy that your soul really wanted to master this time around and use to your benefit.

How exactly you work through Yod’s has a lot to do with understanding the apex planet. Really get to know it and how it functions. Understand how you might be leaving it out/how to incorporate it better in your life. Different transits also play a role in understanding the Yod better. Transits to the different parts of the Yod (specifically the apex) are important, especially transits that are in conjunction and opposition to the planets that make up the Yod. A major sort of transit by conjunction that will light up the Yod are outer planet transits to the mid-point between the two sextile planets in this aspect. This midpoint is opposite the apex planet. While the outer planet conjunctions to this mid-point aren’t really that comfortable for the person to go through, they usually do allow for tremendous growth through the challenge. If one should go through this, it may really feel like life has hit a sort of “crisis” point….and this crisis point is wanting that apex planet to be integrated and used properly.

Since these aspects aren’t super, super common, I have always felt that they have karmic implications to them (especially due to the lack of control or even fated quality about them). How exactly that would come about would depend on what that planet is, the motion of the planet, and everything else going on in the chart.

**I’d also like to make mention that really, when looking at Yod’s, you really want to focus on PLANETS, and not things Chiron, which is in the example of a Yod in the picture above. I used this particular chart because I had the permission to use it, and it gives you a visual of what a Yod actually looks like. The Yod aspect should be pretty tight (like the one in the example), though you could open up the orb slightly. I really like to see them all within 3 degrees in this particular aspect (but that’s just a personal preference).

The Fair Circuit ^_^

I’m not sure if any of you lovelies out there are in the Austin, Texas area or not, but if you are, come check me out at the Texas Metaphysical Fair on Sunday, February 9th! This will be my first time working this particular fair, and I’m super-excited about it 🙂 It seems like it will be a good time with lots of cool vendors and shit ^_^ This fair will be located at Hideaway Events Center. The address is:
4323 S. IH 35 frontage road
Austin, Texas 78744

https://texasfairs.weebly.com

If you’re in the area, come get a reading from yours truly! Hope to see some of y’all there!