Saturn Retrograde: February 18 – July 8, 2013

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Saturn retrograde begins on February 18th and goes direct on July 8, 2013. Do not start anything new or important during Saturn retrograde (e.g., new job, business, etc.). If you want to start something, it’s best to wait until after Saturn goes direct on July 8th. If you jump into anything during this time, especially without proper preparation, you will likely find yourself struggling. Note: April 30-May 1 (Mars opposes Saturn), and July 1-3 (Saturn squares Venus and Ceres). Be careful making any major decisions during these dates, especially financial ones the first few days of July (Saturn square Ceres). Also note, Mercury retrograde February 23-March 17. Very bad time to start anything new. Hold off if you can.

Saturn is a restricting force. It’s about rules, regulations, responsibilities and limitations. The structure that governs our lives. It also teaches us about setting boundaries and how to say no. Saturn retrograde slows things down so that we can lay a proper foundation for our future. It gives us time to really fine tune our plans and strategies. It’s time to go back and fix the things that have been hanging over our heads and bogging us down. Fix them for good. It will be a serious and sobering time for a lot of us. Time to do work. These are the seeds we plant for a bountiful harvest. Best of luck to you all.

CAUTION DATES:
February 23 – March 17 (Mercury Retrograde)
April 30 – May 1 (Mars opposes Saturn)
July 1 – July 3 (Saturn squares Venus/Ceres)

Valentine’s Day Forecast

Missing out on Valentine’s Day this year? Cupid might give you a second chance!

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With Venus trine Jupiter and sextile Moon, and with the Sun also sextile Moon, the stage is set for romance, and our sensuality, desires, and emotions are magnified. We’re ready to be pampered and loved on this special day; however, with Venus square Saturn, the energy is womp womp womp… it’s like getting all dressed up with no where to go. Don’t be surprised if things don’t go exactly as planned. Moon is conjunct Eris, goddess of discord and chaos, so Valentine’s Day could be hit or miss this year. Could be perfect or could be disaster. Keep reading though… things do get better…

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The chart above is for February 14th, Valentine’s Day. Note the tension with Venus square Saturn, plus a lot of tension between Jupiter and that big mess of stuff in the 10th House (Mercury, Mars, Chiron, Neptune, Sun), amplifying all of it.

Never fear, Cupid is near! Very near, in fact, the asteroid Eros, also known as Cupid in Roman mythology (not to be confused with Eris, goddess of discord and chaos) is actually only 2 degrees away from the Sun with lovely Venus chasing not too far behind 11 degrees away. Eros, the son of Mars and Venus, is irresistible and passionate, representing sexual love and desire. The word ‘erotic’ comes from Eros. Transiting Eros can indicate an attraction to someone and could mean a new love affair. It’s all about the chase, so men, if you want her, now’s the time to turn on your charm. We all know, once hit with Cupid’s arrow, love is blind. If it’s meant to be, it will be.

Eros and the Sun are traveling together in the sky and will be moving from cool, detached Aquarius to dreamy, romantic Pisces. Saturn goes into retrograde on Monday, February 18th, and by Tuesday, the Venus-Saturn tension will finally break, all leading up to Wednesday, February 20th, when Eros and the Sun will be perfectly conjunct, both uniting at exactly 2 degrees and 14 minutes. Yes, exactly 2-14, Valentine’s Day! That is no coincidence. Use that energy to your benefit. This could be your second chance at Valentine’s Day. When Eros and the Sun meet, two people can come together and sparks can fly. It’s a competitive push and pull kind of energy. The Sun wants to shine independently on it’s own, and Eros wants to unite physically as one. Eros is love and affection, but also a desire for physical, sexual consummation. This could be your special day. You just might get laid! 😉

Below is a chart for February 20th. Note the beautiful grand trine (blue triangle) between the Sun/Eros, the Moon, and Saturn. And also note the lovely trine between Venus and the Moon. Venus is free to love without restriction, no longer squared by Saturn, releasing all the tension that’s been building up over the past week or so. Love freely everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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