Welcome to 2017 dear Twins!
The New Year starts with the Full Moon on January 12th in home-orientated Cancer, your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions. It creates a stressful T-square to mighty Jupiter and disruptive Uranus, magnifying glitches with your money situation, projects, creative urges, romance and friendships. You may suddenly break away from restrictions; look for more freedom in your activities and relationships with other people. The transiting Moon in Cancer from February 7th to the 8th, will trigger further uneasiness over finances, joint resources, corporate business, investments, taxes and other people’s money.
Mercury, your planetary ruler, is retrograde at the start of January in ambitious Capricorn, your 8th house of sex, death and taxes. The Cosmic Messenger dwells briefly in Sagittarius your 7th house on January 4th, before going direct on January 8th, then back into Capricorn on January 12th. The finer points of agreements and negotiations in relationships will re-emerge for final decisions to be made. Once Mercury is back into Capricorn, discussions on finances will once again need your attention and careful analysis. After January 28th you’ll be back on course not only with money resolutions, but also in the way you relate in private relationships.
This year, dear Twins, the love Goddess Venus will turn retrograde in fiery Aries, your 11th house of friends, hopes and wishes. She then retraces her steps into Pisces, your 10th house of career and ambitions. A planet is retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. It’s a cosmic illusion, as planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way, thanks to the interaction of the planetary orbits. It’s a bit like travelling on the road watching another car beside you: when the other car slows down, or you speed up, it looks as though the other car is moving backwards.
Sensual Venus turns retrograde only once every eighteen months, with the phase lasting about six weeks. The love Goddess turns in conjunction with the Fixed Star Alderamin, marking the right shoulder of Cepheus, the King. It’s a fortunate star ruled by Saturn and Jupiter, grave and stern in judgement, awakening severe trials, celebrated in poetry and drama. By the Kabalists this constellation is associated with the Hebrew letter Shin and the 22nd Tarot Trump, “The Fool”.
At 9:10 UT on Saturday, March 4th, 2017, Venus reaches her retrograde station at 13° Aries 6′, in preparation for a period of retrograde motion that will last until April 15th, 2017, when she reaches her direct station at 26° Pisces 54′. At this time she halts in the sign of the Fish and begins her return to direct motion through the zodiac. On April 28th, she re-enters Aries, but remains in a shadow phase until May 19th, 2017.
The effects of this retrograde phase will be felt until April 15th, when Venus returns to 26°54′ of Pisces, where she first made her station (this is called the “Shadow Period”, which, especially just after the direct station, can be as intense as the actual retro phase).
The first part of the Venus retrograde phase is in your 11th house. From March 4th to April 2nd (in Aries), the influence of the Goddess is in your 11th house of friends, hopes and wishes. This promises to be a great time for socializing, networking, attracting love, groups and working towards your dreams. Existing friendships and love relationships will go through a lull, a stop start situation where everything seems to be put on hold. This may necessitate a patching up with old romantic interests, or just harmonizing existing bonds. You may not feel like partying, or enjoying yourself, as most things just won’t have that spark that you are looking for. Try to patch up any mistakes and squabbles from the past.
The second part of the Venus retrograde phase occurs in Pisces, your 10th house, from April 3rd to April 27th. It’s time to impress your employer and win back your popularity with the public and get back into the limelight. However it won’t be easy, as Venus and Saturn square each other from April 6th to the 25th. You might feel hemmed in with responsibilities, unable to enjoy the social side of life, or feel that your long-term plans are not working out as you had wished. You may be disappointed over your professional life and public image, and decide it’s time to walk away. Things may look gloomier than they really are, so put on a bright smile and spread the love to all and sundry.
The North Node/South Node axis, also known as the Dragon’s Head and Dragon’s Tail, is particularly potent just before changing signs. The Moon’s Nodes normally travel in retrograde fashion; the Mean Node will be moving from Virgo into Leo (your 3rd house) on April the 29th, with the True Node following suit on May 9th. However, the effects of this change will be felt most strongly in the first degree of Virgo, your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions.
With the North Node in your 3rd house, karmic lessons can be learnt from exploring and testing the limits of values, both personal and those of others. Assumptions of accumulated wealth and possessions can bring a false sense of security, affecting how you present your worldly goods to others. Set out to gain your worth through your own efforts and do not rely on other people for monetary values and possessions. You may have to rethink your sexual strengths and any past misuse of them to acquire what you want from others. There may be a fear of death, and the mysteries of life, blaming others for your misfortune while trying to hold on to what you believe is yours and not theirs.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
Jupiter, Lord of Fortune, is making his way through your 5th house of romance, creativity and speculation. This is a fabulous period in which to increase your talents in creativity, be blessed with new love attractions, and bring your existing love relationships to a higher level. Opportunities to find happiness come through children, or an extended family. Others may find good fortune through speculations, but avoid risky gambles by overextending your finances. The Full Moon in Libra on April 11th, should allow you to reach resolutions and rekindle your flame within friendships and relationships with further developments from April 15th to the 18th. Jupiter will remain in stylish Libra until October 9, 2017, before moving on into your 8th house of other people’s money.
Saturn, Lord of Karma, still remains in philosophical Sagittarius, your 7th house. There are difficulties to overcome, restrictions and obligations within relationships, marriage and business partnerships, and legally binding agreements. You will slowly surmount the obstacles as freedom comes into sight. On December 20th, Saturn stalks into your 8th house of sex, death and taxes.
You will undergo a cooling down period with love relationships as Venus retrogrades in your 11th house. Added to this, there will be a Full Moon in Libra on April 11th, which will illuminate your sector of romance and creativity. Emotions will be running hot, particularly with love relationships.
Energetic Mars enters your sign on April 21st, campaigning in Gemini until June 6th. Although the Warrior will give extra oomph to get on with physical side of life, there are likely to be ego battles within relationships, along with challenges and disharmony through the second half of May.
Between October 14th and November 6th, sensual Venus dances through Libra, your 5th house of love. This is a fabulous time to enjoy yourself, not only with friends, but with recreational pursuits. You may even be a touch fickle when it comes to love, as your charm will be immeasurable, attracting would-be suitors. Passionate Mars marches through Libra from October 22nd to December 8th, invigorating love, romance, and your sexuality.
During this time there are endless possibilities with love as the Goddess swirls into fiery Sagittarius, your 7th house, from December 1st to the 24th. Eligible Twins could start a new relationship, announce a commitment, or get married! Make the most of this phase to bring harmony, balance each other’s relationship needs, and make offers of peace with partners and open enemies. Legal disputes should have a favourable outcome. From December 3rd to the 23rd, Mercury retrograde in your 7th house will help you finally resolve differences, coming to some sort of resolution as stern Saturn vacates the sign of the Archer on December 19th.
Career and Finances: Stake Your Claim
Nebulous Neptune remains in your 10th house of career and ambitions, creating perplexity, a lack of drive, and interfering with achievements and recognition. It is important to gain clarity about what profession you want to follow. Identify and structure your goals and don’t be a chameleon. Evasive Neptune remains in your 10th house for some years to come, and may suit those who are interested serving humanity. Acting, films, or TV careers are also in the frame.
At the start of the year the War God Mars in your 10th house is boosting your enthusiasm to accelerate and advance. This in effect could bring tension, with opposition from employers and authority types. Look after your public-image from January 1st to the 3rd and trust no one, as deceit by others could get you into trouble. Avoid any spots that could bring you trouble. From January 17th to the 21st, Mars clashing with Saturn will deplete your energy while bringing frustration with relationships, authority and legal matters.
Between January 3rd and February 2nd, stylish Venus dances in your career sector, placing you in a fortunate position to climb the ladder of success, enhancing your business relationships, entertainment fields, and public life. It’s a fortunate phase, so do your best to secure any opportunities that come your way before Venus turns retrograde on March 4th.
The Sun moves into your 10th house from February 18th to March 19th. Start concentrating on your ambitions, as you will be in a position to meet significant people from February 21st to the 23rd. However, keep things realistic from March 1st to the 3rd, especially if you are involved in a group situation. From February 25th to March 12th, Mercury will set the pace as you express your thoughts, organise and make plans for advancing your career with potential prospects in view. February 26th brings a New Moon and Solar Eclipse, which is sure to change your pathway. You may have no control over the circumstances involved here, as the mills of the cosmos are grinding.
September 9th sees a Full Moon in Pisces, which will aid your professional life and business matters, providing you don’t allow emotions and unrealistic expectations get in the way of your plans. It will be best to hold over any decisions at this time.
The Dark Lord Pluto remains in your 8th house of sex, death and taxes, where he will stay for some time. Reforming Uranus will continue to bring conflict most of this year, which will occur over joint resources, corporate and business finances, insurance, investments, taxes and inheritances. This could also impact on financial dealings with friends and organisations. With Mercury retrograde, in January you’ll need to analyse, negotiate and manage your debts and obligations.
June 24th sees a New Moon in canny Cancer, your 2nd house of personal earnings. You’ll be able to take a new course with money negotiations. Control expenditure and set up a workable budget, which will assist with your inner need for security. From the start of June to the end of July you’ll be concentrating on financial concerns. From June 23rd to the 27th avoid any risky speculations, get rich quick schemes, or gambling, as the potential for losing money will be high. From July 1st to the 4th, mighty Mars and transformative Pluto will be in opposition to one another. Resist the tendency to spend beyond your means, or get into trouble with influential people and authority types. However, it’s not all bad news if you can harness these energies to do something positive.
July 9th sees a Full Moon in ambitious Capricorn, in your 8th house. The Moon joins dark Pluto releasing your deeper psychological fears and emotions. This is not a favourable time for financial or business dealings. Venus enters the scene from July 31st to August 25th, when money will be easier to come by, but spent just as quickly.
Home and Away: Family and Children
March 12th sees the Full Moon in meticulous Virgo, your 4th house. This will be an important time to discuss family, relationships and career issues. It will not only affect emotions on the home front and with family members, but also temper tantrums with friends. Communications and negotiations with authority types will be difficult to get off the ground. Leave any decision making for another day when you can apply more concentration to details.
On August 13th, Mercury retrogrades in your 4th house, creating delays with ideas and plans on the home front, and holding up attempts at resolving disagreements with family members in an effort to reach compromises. Real estate contracts, property settlement and rental agreements will also experience some sort of postponement.
In the meanwhile, the Sun enters Virgo from August 22nd to September 21st. It’s a good time to make improvements, although you will have to exercise patience thanks to Mercury. Spend more time with family members, entertain and a chance to invite close friends and relatives over for a meal. It’s also a subjective time to evaluate your unconscious drives, security, childhood experiences and trained habits.
On the September 5th, Mars also treks into your 4th house, giving you physical and emotional energy but at the same time creating disruptions. However, Mercury will clash with Mars from September 15th to the 18th, creating mayhem with family members and actioning things in the process. Mercury will be out of the shadow phase on September 20th just as the Goddess swirls into your 4th house. The New Moon in Virgo will ensure any redecorating ideas are done correctly. It will be a hectic period until Mars finally departs on October 21st.
From October the 3rd to the 9th, enchanting Venus and passionate Mars join up to exert your sensual passion within relationships, but also in your creativity and general surrounds. Stern Saturn will intervene, bringing a cooling off period, and putting a damper on your happiness and harmonious resolutions for a while yet.
Work and Health: Balancing Your Energies
May 10th brings the Full Moon in Scorpio, your 6th house, turning your focus to work, health, hygiene, diet and routine. You’ll also project strong energy towards relationships and financial concerns. Review your relationships and show understanding towards work colleagues, including your boss. It will be an intense Full Moon, rousing your subconscious feelings, fears and possible anxieties. How do you play out your role of being of service to others? Are you too controlling and want to do things on your own? Emotions could trigger dramas, or overwhelming displays of feelings from others, blurring your sense of perception. Your intuition and psychic abilities will be particularly sensitive, but keep your imagination from going overboard. Keep a check on health matters; watch your diet and don’t put undue strain on your nervous system.
October 10th sees the happy giant Jupiter starting a major 12 year cycle in Scorpio, your 6th house. This may be the break you are looking for! An improvement to working conditions, a new job, prestige, recognition and success are in the wind. You may take on a better job, increase your salary and be rewarded for services given. You’ll also enjoy the atmosphere, and working relationships with others. However, try not to overestimate your importance; watch your weight and attend to health matters. There is good news from October 17th to the 19th, when Mercury joins ups with Jupiter accelerating your work potential. Jupiter will remain in Scorpio until November 8th, 2018.
From October till January 25th, 2018, the emphasis will be on your work environment. The Sun is conjunct Jupiter from October 24th to the 27th, bringing further good fortune and opportunities. Venus makes it even more enjoyable as she enters the scene from November 7th to the 30th, also joining up with Jupiter, bringing luck with money or taking on a big project. You will be in a light-hearted frame of mind, feeling a touch indulgent and laid back with your routine. You may need to hire some help!