Astrology: Planets

Mercury Retrograde 2013


Mercury Retrograde is a cosmic alarm clock, a built-in system that forces us to slow down, check-in, reevaluate and re-plan. Sure, in an increasing age and time when we are distracted by computers, phones, movies and emails, Mercury seems to halt this so that we are able to remove ourselves from these distractions and meditate and reflect on the things that need our inner attention. But in a world that has high expectations of emails, deadlines and instant communication, this can be an unwelcome and frustrating experience. I recommend not procrastinating and giving yourself extra time, extra time for travel, for communication for projects for deadlines, for information and for yourself to slow down and be still.

Dates for the 2013 Mercury Retrograde Cycle

  • February 23 - March 17 (in Pisces)
  • June 26 - July 20 (in Cancer)
  • October 21 - November 10 (in Scorpio)

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Jupiter! Get Out of Gemini!

Hungary Ericsson LabJupiter has been in Gemini since June 2012 and will be in Gemini until the end of June 2013. In October, Jupiter moved retrograde and will station direct and move forward on 30, January, 2013. In Gemini, Jupiter is in detriment, this means that this particular transit for Jupiter is a bit more uncomfortable than say Sagittarius, Pisces or even Cancer. Why is that?

Jupiter is concerned with big ideas. With the big picture. With the overall arcing truth of the matter. The truth and expansion of the Universe, of knowledge and of God himself. Gemini is a sign concerned with the details. With great difference and variety in pictures. With the surface of the matter. The gossip and ideas of the here and now, of this person and that person, this place and that place, this book, that store, this website, that magazine, this music, that cuisine. You get the idea.

With Jupiter in Gemini, there's no doubt that you've felt the clumsiness, the klutziness and the utter clutterness of this giant planet in such a jumpy sign. There's no doubt that trying to find the value in one endeavor has been influenced by the jarring need to move onward, to the next thing, to the next thing, to the next...Although this may be mentally painful at times, other times you may be generally staring in the direction of intellect, of networking, of social activities and of expanding your mind.

What can you expect personally from Jupiter in Gemini? You may be receiving some recognition or rewards in the house of which Gemini resides for you. So there is an upside to Jupiter being in any house of Gemini.

For example, if you have a...

1st House Gemini: you're the best, and you can feel it right now, can't you!?

2nd House Gemini: you betta work! new furniture, new wardrobe, new money?

3rd House Gemini: explore the neighborhood, say hello and break down for an iPhone.

4th House Gemini: connecting with family and learning your ancestral lineage is cool, oy vey!

5th House Gemini: three words...creative, fun, romance!

6th House Gemini:  while your health may get a boost, look out for too much of a good thing (Chocolate Port Fig Tart anyone?)

7th House Gemini: yes, this could bring a boyfriend or girlfriend but may also benefit your relationships to ALL humans, selfish jerk!

8th House Gemini: other people's money, sexual explorations and quests for spiritual transformation. What else is there?

9th House Gemini: publish a book, go back to school and take that trip to Sub-Saharan Africa you've always wanted to!

10th House Gemini: focus on career, work those opportunities and wink at your boss (it helps.)

11th House Gemini: sure, you could join the complex web of a social justice anarchist brotherhood, or you could just volunteer.

12th House Gemini: the Great Benefic planet here will probably keep you from going to jail...or a mental hospital.


My Saturn Return

Today Saturn moves to 1 degree Scorpio, the exact position of my natal Saturn. Today is my Saturn Return.

Into the Dungeon: Saturn Enters Scorpio


On October 5th, Saturn will make it’s long-time shift into Scorpio where it will stay until 2015. There’s no doubt that Saturn is the teacher, the wise-man, the authority, the rule-maker and is now leaving the diplomatic and relationship-oriented sign of Libra for the dark, dirty and sexy sign of Scorpio.

It's interesting. Almost 2.5 years ago, I wrote an early article on the old blog Pagan in Portland, about Saturn leaving Virgo (see Saturn Disembarks the Virgo Train) and began his trek into Libra. Here we are after that time has passed, I wanted to take a moment and acknowledge (and perhaps thank) how Saturn has restructured this area of life before moving onto Saturn moving into Scorpio.

With Saturn in Libra (in my second house), I began dating for the first time in 8-years. I learned a lot about relationships and "the other" but also about my friends, what kind of friend I am and how to balance those equations. Lovers turned into friends, friends turned into roommates, friends turned into acquaintances and some relationships had to die. Being in the second house, I got a big lesson on resources, not only financial matters, but mentally, educationally, informationally, health-related and how to use networking effectively. Personally with Saturn, it opposed my Sun and made a conjunction to my natal Pluto in Libra teaching me the single biggest lesson of that time, how to create boundaries between myself and the other, and then how to destroy them.

To get an idea of how Saturn in Scorpio will play out, you have to examine what each of these two are associated with. Scorpio is sex, sexual themes, psychology, psycho-therapy, Scorpio is emotional and a no-bull shit kind of sign, it keeps secrets, can be obsessed and is non-materialist. Saturn is the task-master, the head-master, authority in general, it rules Government, structures and infrastructures. Saturn sets us on the straight and narrow, Saturn constricts and reduces.


Now depending on where Scorpio is for you in your chart, whether first house or eighth house, this describes the “where” in your life that Saturn in Scorpio will show up and you can run a free chart online to find which house is Scorpio ruling for you personally, but I'll be speak generally about Saturn in Scorpio.  In Scorpio, we will attract experience that are in-line for our Soul’s evolution toward growth and transcendence. Unconscious issues, patterns, thought-forms we  are in will be brought to the surface, let’s keep a journal to see what those issues are, especially when the Moon is in Scorpio, once a month. Saturn is honesty and reality and so bringing things from the unconscious may be a bit hard for some people to handle. Remember that it is completely okay to hire a psychologist or a psychoanalyst. Take advantage of this time in this respect. Look for ways to increase your self-respect and self-knowing.

Saturn is shared-reality and Scorpio is esoteric. Concrete interest in the occult may be a common theme and we may see more organizations dedicated to this subject. Last week, I went to New Renaissance Bookshop to see local astrologer Mark Dodich speak on this very topic of Saturn in Scorpio. He says that with Saturn in Scorpio, we can expect higher esoteric concepts to be put into language we can understand or to give those concepts to others in non-judgemental language, using terms that other can understand. A great example of this I think would be the DCW lectures podcasts with Ariel because he always uses language for any listener, for example calling it Spirit, the Higher-Mind or Higher-Self, God or Goddess, the Universe or even Jesus". Mark quotes “bring higher god vibration into practical application here on earth, but in a different language where people can understand truth, but not in the way you think they could hear it before.”


Saturn hasn’t been in Scorpio for almost 30 years, but the last time we were dealing with the beginning epidemic of the HIV/AIDS virus. And like last time, Saturn is in an interesting aspect to Pluto. Pluto is in Capricorn and is in a good aspect to Saturn in two ways, first they are in a sextile, a 60 degree formation that exacts on December 21st, 2012, the winter solstice. This should be an interesting date for the collective conscious. The second way this is relevant is because Pluto rules Scorpio and Saturn rules Capricorn so each planet is in each other’s home sign. This is called mutual reception. (Let me give you another example of this: If you were born with Mercury in Taurus and Venus in Gemini, this is an example of mutual reception because Mercury is in Taurus, the home of Venus and Venus is in Gemini, the home of Mercury.) Pluto has already been tearing up shit in Capricorn, which rules Government, and Pluto excavates the foundations of things ruled by that sign. I mentioned before on the show that the actual date Pluto moved into Capricorn was the fall of the economy and the banking crisis that followed in the fall of 2008. With Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn, we will continue to see structural deficiencies and corrupt politics and agendas exposed. Interestingly enough, Scorpio is associated with other people’s money including taxes! We may see a tax reform, or perhaps student loan reform or an exposé on how our tax money is spent. As with HIV/AIDS 28 years ago, we may see this become an issue in two ways, one way Astrologer Nadiya Shah predicts is that we may see a vaccine or break-through treatment as Pluto in Capricorn rules corporations. We may also see some light on sex, safe sex practices, public health initiatives around STIs or some sort of discussion or dialogue, perhaps in schools since Saturn rules schools. This also may be a push for better sex-education!

I encourage you to see where Saturn is in your chart and see if you have any planets there, or if it makes any aspects to your other planets. If Saturn is passing over your Sun or Moon, expect this to have a more profound an amplified effect on you, so for instance if your birthday is in Scorpio.


Listen to this blog post in the Astrological Aspirations segment of episode 2.08-Confessions of a Tarot Oracle (ft. Kaylene Beaujolais of Oracle Voice)

Saturn Disembarks the Virgo Train

Originally posted to the blog titled Pagan in Portland.

As Saturn disembarks the Virgo train on July 21st and walks into the golden Libra meadow, I can’t help but reflect on the changes and progress that Saturn has made in my life and in my personal transit.


So what is Saturn characteristic of?

Bringing you back to reality, constriction or stripping away what’s not needed and revealing what’s so. Some people hate this grumpy Grandpa of a planetary influence, but some people realize the value in this force and can learn to appreciate it over time. I was both of these people!

With Saturn in Virgo

It’s about health, service to others and of course work, work, work. I also have a Virgo rising and this transit took place in my first house, the house of self, and the way the world perceives you.

During this period, my health and consciences had shifted enormously. Virgo also rules the delicate digestive system and in this timeframe, I began objectively and honestly listening to my body. I became a vegan, I reduced soy and processed foods, and I detoxified, almost eliminating wheat gluten. I also activated my obsessed passion with nutritional information.

Service to others? I recently read The Better World Handbook (Jones-Ellis) and it ignited developing values, one of those being volunteerism. I realized the value of volunteering and began giving back to my community; I had brief relationships with Forest Park No Ivy League, Oregon Food Bank, Cascade AIDS project and Turtle Ridge Wildlife Refuge. The storm drain of my volunteer efforts collected at Q-Center, where I wore many hats to support the gay community at large, even leading to a coffee cart project that I built, cleverly named Macchiato Moon.

And work you say Virgo? Ha! Two weeks from Saturn shifting into Virgo (September 2007), I became a Starbucks Store Manager. I was a hard worker! I worked a lot, entirely too much. During this transit, my values and how the world sees me (1st house) had begun a transformation. Alas, seeking a work/life balance, Saturn briefly moved into Libra (balance) in November 2009, at which point I quit Starbucks with an impulsive resignation (Aries Full Moon actually)!

When Saturn moved back into Virgo retrograde, it began a heavy working period once more as I started a new job as a restaurant manager in the RiverPlace Marina district. Hard work ensued as I tried desperately to prepare for Japan; including preparing for school, international travel, packing my condo and working at the same time. While in Japan, 12 credits in 4 weeks is a lot of work! Now as Saturn exits Virgo for good, my life is balanced…maybe! J

So what did the Saturn in Virgo transit mean for my first house Virgo ascendant?

After it entered my first house in September 2007, many friends and associates, including myself, thought that I was experiencing an early Saturn return, as I was only 25-27 years old. But this relentless planet has currently been transiting my first house, the house of self.

Looking back to the start of this transit, most notably in 2008; I noticed revisions in my heart. It seemed to me that my beautiful partner of 8 years suddenly was less important to me as I focused on myself and my own development and growth. To me, it became less about the collective and more about the individual. A temporary remedy was to initiate a three-person relationship, which lasted six months before my partner and I decided that our relationship had reached a successful point and it was time to move on.  Strip 1.

Strip 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6? With the removal of my partner went our condo, our cats and our life together. I also disposed of people in my life that didn’t serve my development as a human being, spending my energy with people that don’t contribute to growth is a waste of my resources.

Strip 7? Starbucks. Saturn moving into Libra in November brought my impulsive move to remove the company that had at one time been a small part of my identity.

Strip 8? Christian dogma that had been plaguing me. I struggled with it at this time as I developed my spirituality rapidly in a public way. I suppose this removal was a positive one to see right away.

Strip 9? Another difficult one, perhaps the most difficult to deal with even now, seven months later. The third boyfriend that my partner and I were involved with, continued a romantic relationship with me. I enjoyed our time together immensely, but without warning and much to my dismay, he terminated that relationship.

So in the middle-to-late transit, I was stripped of those things I thought I was; a partner, a hard-worker, and homeowner, status symbols for sure. It’s time to focus on myself and not someone or something else. And while I miss my cat-babies, my condo, my ex-partner and my ex-boyfriend, I know that it is for the best as I begin to peak behind Saturn’s unyielding curtain at a bright and beautiful golden Libra meadow.

A Pagan in Portland wants to know with Saturn as conductor, where did the Virgo train take you?