Planetary Movements

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The Sun

Averages 1 degree a day, 30 days in each sign, 365 days to travel the entire zodiac.

The Moon

Averages 13.5 degrees a day, 2.5 days in each sign, and 28 days to travel the entire zodiac.

Mercury

Mercury retrogrades, meaning its journey is not the same for each sign. Mercury travels through each sign an average of 14-30 days and takes around one year to make its way through the zodiac.

Venus

Venus has an interesting orbit as well, she travels 1 degree or less a day and also retrogrades. She spends anywhere from 23 days to 2 months in each sign and takes 8 years to travel the entire zodiac.

Mars

Mars moves less than one degree a day, stays in each sign around 1 and a half months (depending on retrograde) and takes about 2 years to travel throughout the entire zodiac.

Jupiter

Jupiter travels anywhere from 0-14 minutes a day (depending on retrograde), spends about 1 year in each sign, and makes it through the entire zodiac in about 12 years.

Saturn

Saturn travels under 8 minutes a day, stays in each sign about 2 and a half years, and travels the entire zodiac on average every 29.5 years. (29.5 is average for a person’s Saturn return which is a big deal!)

Uranus

Uranus travels under 4 minutes a day, stays in each sign around 7 years, and takes about 84 years to travel the entire zodiac.

Neptune

Neptune travels under 3 minutes a day, stays in each sign around 14 years, and goes through the entire zodiac every 165 years on average.

Pluto

Pluto travels under 3 minutes a day, spends 14-30 years in each sign, and travels through the entire zodiac about every 248 years.

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Venus Enters Taurus on Libra Full Moon 3/31/18

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Venus has entered Taurus today – I know, I know. I’m late! The bull is patient though so I don’t think it’ll mind. Venus will stay in Taurus until April 24th, 2018.

This particular transit is important because it’s happening at the same time as the Libra full moon. Venus rules both signs, Libra and Taurus, highlighting Venusian energy during this time.

Concepts surrounding love, beauty, attraction, relationships, self-confidence, and values are at the forefront. Check out where Libra & Taurus sit in your chart (house cusps and any house they might blend into) and those areas are the ones most likely affected by these concepts.

Here’s the Venus in Taurus aspects to look out for throughout April.

Venus Trine Saturn: Desire to solidify relationships, ending of trivial relationships, a realistic approach to beauty and love.
Venus Trine Mars: Sexual compatibility, melding together of complimentary energies. Motivation spikes, eager to please.
Venus Square NN: Love and beauty irritating karmic goals, needing to make adjustments in these departments that may seem uncomfortable but are ultimately geared toward future happiness.
Venus opposition Jupiter Retrograde: Inner turmoil over secrets and relationships, the need to heal rather than repress – can be positive when energies are expressed equally. Look out for favoring one energy over the other and projecting the other energy outward.
Venus Sextile Neptune: Dreamy, lovey feelings – make sure to avoid delusion. But enjoy the deep feel of love, intimacy and connection.
Venus trine Pluto: Depending on how the Venus/Neptune sextile expresses – this can be highly transformational. Love, relationships and beauty may be seen in a different light, changes made to previously outdated points of view, healing of pain associated with these concepts. Avoid jealousy, obsession, and release paranoia.

Mars, Reporting for Duty

 

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Mars can be seen as an active force the sun uses to bring about its desires. The Sun decides something and Mars works to achieve whatever that ‘something’ is. Mars and the Sun need to work together in our charts in order for us to be successful in our endeavors. Keep in mind that success is subjective.

Our charts can hinder this energy exchange between our Sun and Mars or it can allow it to flow easily. Take a look at the aspects in your chart between your Sun and your Mars. Easy aspects, such as a trine or a sextile, can show free flowing energy exchanges. The houses can point to where the energy is likely to focus around.

‘Difficult’ aspects, such as a square or an opposition can hinder this energy exchange. They can make it difficult for both planets to agree with each other. Mars might rebel against the Sun’s orders- this is because Mars has a different agenda than the Sun. An opposition can be remedied easier than a square because both agree on certain terms and they need to come to a happy medium, no one side of the teeter-totter gets more pull, and both sides are equal, creating harmony. A square needs to be sorted out more carefully. This sorting can be done through checking other aspects your Sun and Mars have and finding commonalities. Be creative with the houses and signs they hold and figure out how they can work together.

If Mars and the Sun don’t hold any aspects, problems arise by both operating independently. You may feel torn on what actions to take. Mars might be in overdrive and ignore the wishes of the Sun, driving through projects but not feeling like have much success or feeling like your actions don’t actually represent who you are. Sun might go into overdrive, ignoring the wishes Mars, lowering desire and passion, finding you have little drive to carry out tasks. When brought to your attention, you can see the wishes of both planets and give them both the attention they need, and in turn, they will work together, allowing you to thrive.

Conjunctions of the Sun and Mars create a ton of energy, mental and/or physical, and can be used for an infinite amount of energy working toward goals. It can also burn out quickly if other planets aren’t given proper attention. Mars teamed with the sun in a conjunction often overpowers the rest of the chart, so make sure to nurture your other planets and let them in on the plan so you don’t fizzle out.

When Mars and the Sun are working together, we will feel clean energy on our life path. When they are not working together, or working together in the wrong direction, we will feel sapped of energy despite great efforts. Listen to your energy levels- Mars will tell you if you’re on the right path or not. What energizes you? What sparks your passion? What makes you feel tired and weak? Follow your energy.

Progressed Retrograde Mars

 

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Looking beyond our natal chart and into secondary progressions can be eye-opening. It can show us things we didn’t catch during real-time transits. Progressed planets are SO important when furthering your astrological studies and delving into your own psychological development.

Any major change in a progressed chart is life-altering. It isn’t a simple moon transiting mars for a couple days event, it’s a matter of years, and even sometimes, a lifetime. Retrograde plants in a progressed chart are crucial time stamps for mapping out our personal development. Retrograde planets in general point at internal functions.

Before Mars turns retrograde, it stations. This period of time doesn’t last very long in real-time, but in the symbolic realm of secondary progressions, it lasts years. If you have a retrograde mars in your progressed chart, go back and check when it was stationary and revving up (if you can even use revving in relation to a retrograde motion, ha!) to hit retrograde. When mars is stationary in your progressed chart, it is a beautiful time of swirling energy. It’s a powerful time when all types of energies swirl around in your consciousness and allow you to use them to their full potential, bridging between the past, present and future. They connect, break apart, throw ideas at you- an overwhelming yet exciting time to collect. Take those years to serve your higher self, work with the energies you want and leave the ones no longer serving you, because when retrograde hits, you will delve deep inside yourself.

When finally hitting retrograde, you’re officially in it for the long-haul. Mars will likely stay retrograde for the rest of your life, or at least the majority of your life, depending on how old you were when it first turned. This is nothing to fear, but instead, something to embrace. Mars retrograde in a progressed chart shows an individual deeply invested in their personal energy, someone who reflects on their actions and their life. When used positively, it breeds mystics, astrologers, healers, and lovers. This internalized mars energy is incredibly potent, it has the power to manifest in ways others may think impossible. Life gave these natives a tool for bringing new beauty into the world.

Mars retrograde, whether in a natal or progressed chart needs to be aware of the positives as well as the negatives. The sign Mars is in can dictate the type of energy felt and therefor the type of actions manifested and internalized. When Mars is in a fire sign, this energy can be aggressive if not nurtured in the correct way. When retrograde fire, it can turn to self-hatred and self-aggression. If nurtured in the correct way, fire retrograde can create immediate manifestations. If has the potential to inspire and spread like wildfire. It has the ability to bring light and excitement to their lives and others’ lives. Air and earth mars signs, when retrograde, are slightly easier to deal with as they are less reactive than the fire element. Air can say exactly what needs to be said to inspire change, they can use communication and action to truly change the world. Earth Mars retrograde has a never ending supply of endurance, they can use their energy to create things that will last. Water Mars retrograde can be difficult if the emotional energy turns depressive or too caught up in the past. Mars retrograde naturally deals with the past, it re-works things it’s tried before until success. The positive potential for water mars retrograde shows a deep love and unconditional nurturing of themselves and others. They are introspective and intuitive and can use those skills to heal those around them.

Mars retrograde in the progressed chart shows a lifetime of dedication to harnessing potential energies and breathing life into them.

Mars in Aries

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Those with their Mars in Aries are feisty individuals. They have extremely high energy levels, like most fire signs, and need to have an outlet for this since Mars is the planet of action! Mars is at home in Aries- it feels alive here, and Aries loves to use Mars to its advantage. Together, they create an individual who is passionate about ACTION. They are driven- sometimes embarking on new projects without fully planning them out or thinking realistically about them. They may miss small details because they are so impulsive, leaving either picking up the pieces later on…or more likely, quickly forgetting about it and moving on to the next thing. They may have quick tempers but they forget their anger as quickly as is comes. Sometimes they say and do things in the heat of the moment that they regret later but they chalk it up to living in the moment and try to not let it bother them- and it usually doesn’t. They speak what’s on their mind when it’s on their mind. Mars in Aries need to be true to themselves and that means baring it all. They hate lazy people and find them quite boring. They are not known for being patient. Long lines and slow-walkers frustrate them. They find speedy and adequate more impressive than slow and pristine. They are very active individuals and usually like to work out, play sports, hike, swim, or do any type of activity that involves being on their feet. If they are not getting adequate exercise, they tend to get annoyed easily with everyone and everything, so it is important to stay active. Many Mars in Aries like the feeling of leading the way. They are natural born leaders and so being in a leadership position makes them feel good about themselves, like they are fulfilling their role in life. Having others frolicking along behind them, or even beside them, keep them in high spirits and they feel much adoration for those who can keep up with them. If you can’t keep up with them…they will not stop nor look back. That brings us to relationships regarding Mars in Aries…it’s no surprise that these people tend to hop from one person to another- they passionately fall for someone as quickly as they leave them. Relationships do tend to be hot and steamy, but tend to result in lots of fights that Mars in Aries picks because they are bored. The sexual power of Mars in Aries is quite intense and overwhelming. They need a partner that doesn’t need anything special to get turned on and is in the mood when they’re in the mood. They need immediate results as they are not keen on delayed gratification. A partner who is lively, ambitious, sexual, active will keep a Mars in Aries person’s interest. They love to chase, whether they ‘have’ the person or not, so things need to constantly stay interesting. Sex is important. Emotions are important in long-term relationships, but they’d rather not talk about them much and just acknowledge that they are there. Sensitive people should avoid trying to be serious with Mars in Aries as they tend to be a little aggressive and persistent. They aren’t good at sugar-coating and find it in disingenuous to do so anyway. They are huge into individuality and will defend themselves vehemently to take the path they decide to take. They are really just children at heart and love to play and have a good time. If you can offer a Mars in Aries a good time, add some feisty undertones, and keep them on their toes…they will be in complete awe of you.

Mars in Sagittarius

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Considering that Mars is the planet of action, when we apply it to our personal charts it becomes how we take action. With Mars in Sagittarius, action is almost constant. These people have high energy levels and tend to move around a lot. They are excited by anything ‘new’ which means that they are continuously starting new projects, meeting new people, traveling to new places, learning new things, etc. Mars in Sagittarius does not care much for reputation but they do not want to be viewed as lazy or unintelligent. They are extremely invested in their own personal morality and can talk passionately about it for long periods of time given an ear that listens. They do not do well to criticism toward their belief system and will defend it vehemently. When they find others that agree with them, they tend to become instant friends and can create close bonds with others extremely quickly. This can also end very quickly, as Sagittarius is used to hopping from one thing to the other without much afterthought. They need to be stimulated physically and mentally in order to stay interested in an activity or a person. This means that they may not have many long-term relationships because they may get bored of the same person for too long. If their significant other can satisfy them sexually and mentally, they may stay in the relationship long enough to develop a true emotional connection. There is fine line with these people though- they tend to get scared when others are emotionally investing in them, or when they start to emotionally invest in someone else. They usually leave for fear of commitment, but again, if satisfied enough to stay, and if an emotional connection is shared, then the Sagittarian lover will be loyal and doting. Those with their Mars in Sagittarius thrive off of new experiences. They treat everything they encounter as something they can put in their learning bank. They like to talk about things they’ve done, but they LOVE to talk about things they are planning to do. They tend to be able to make friends wherever they go because they are very interesting people. They know a lot about a variety of subjects (because they love to learn!) and have a good sense of humor. They can be a little loud and quirky, but people are drawn to them because of this. They are super fun to be around and tend to be the life of the party, or at least the highlight of someone’s night. Mars in Sagittarius is optimistic and otherworldly- they are not known for being super realistic but think that anything is possible so what’s the point of limiting yourself! They usually have a unique and infectious laugh and are good at making other people laugh. They are inspired by invention, generosity, grandeur, and motion. They are impressed by those who never tire, who are strong, fast, and innovative. They tend to be body-conscious and want to look lean, or at the least, healthy. They enjoy excelling and don’t like to be in second place. Sometimes these people can get a ‘god-complex’ which is normal for Jupiter-ruled people, but it can be offset with plenty of outlets to let out their energy, both mental and physical. Mars in Sagittarius is one that likes to share their knowledge with others, to teach others, but does not like to be called out for being wrong or preachy. When called preachy, Sagittarius tends to then GET preachy, if they weren’t before. They want you to have their same opinion and it pains them when you don’t at least admit to seeing their side of things. They are generally pretty open-minded despite this and forgive transgressions quickly and easily. They don’t like to have people on their ‘bad side’ or to be on someone else’s.

The Planet reference guide!

Sun is your personality. It’s who you are as a person. Your spirit. Your vitality. What makes you feel fulfilled on a personal level.

Your Ascendant is what others see you as, it’s a mask to the outside world, who you are in social situations. How you project yourself out to others.

Moon represents your emotions. It is your soul. The way you nurture and need to be nurtured. How you filter information internally in regards to your immediate reactions and feelings.

Venus represents how you love. It is what you find beautiful and attractive. What excites your spirit and soothes your soul. How you love and how you recognize and feel love. It is also our divine feminine energy.

Mars is the warrior planet and therefor rules dominance. It is our divine masculine energy. It rules anger and physical reactions. It is how we take action, what makes us take action, and what stirs us. What we find desiring and sexually pleasing.

Pluto is the planet of death and regeneration. It throws constant trials our way in order to teach us lessons. It is the planet of destruction in order to make room for creation. It is a highly internal, primal, and intense energy.

Jupiter is our ‘bigger picture’ of the world. It rules optimism and the future. It is expansive and all inclusive. It’s bursting with excitement, joy, and hope. It rules justice and truth.

Uranus is the trickster planet and likes to throw a wrench in our plans. It is the eccentric genius. It shows us where we differ from the crowd, where we stand independent, and where we get sparks of insight and inspiration for positive progression.

Saturn is the harsh reality- it’s every day life. It’s where we must put in time in order to see results. It’s the tangible world, the daily routine, the strict rules. It restricts. It sets boundaries. It lays down the law.

Neptune is very elusive, ruling over dreams and escapism. It has domain over drugs, fantasy, undercurrents of life, the collective unconscious. It is everything yet it is nothing. It casts a fog wherever it goes. It shows illusions and personal delusions and things that may or may not truly be there.