Hello and Happy New Year!
Here’s the current planetary information for the next several weeks. Please remember this is all viewed from the sidereal perspective- all planets fall back about 24 degrees from the Western astrology placements. You’ll hear from me again in early March for great news about Jupiter!
Mars’ long transit of Virgo
If you are Virgo Ascendant or have birth planets in Virgo you may want to pay attention here. Mars began transiting Virgo in late November and will continue along as usual until February 4 when it enters Libra. This would be its usual transit through a sign, taking about 2 months; but in this case it will stop at 3 degrees Libra and then move retrograde back into Virgo. Retrograde motion means that the planet appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. This will take Mars back into the middle of Virgo until May 20th and then it will move forward again and through leaving finally July 14th. This means the whole first half of this year Mars is affecting this one area!
Mars in Virgo is a volatile transit in general. Virgo is the sign related to perfection, our urge for things to be done properly. Mars here could generate an extra dose of frustration and annoyance about how things and people are performing. Virgo is the sign of health as well, and Mars here can create health disturbances. The volatility has to do with the fact that Virgo is a sign ruled by Mercury- which is the spark like energy of our mind. Mars is like a flame to Mercury’s spark thus, handle with care.
I have Ketu in Virgo and have been watching as Mars just transited the exact point. Like I tell you to do, I note the dates and watch what arises, both within my body/mind and externally. The first day of the transit I experienced an intense confrontation with someone I work with. Even before it started I sensed something was going off. When it was happening I was also aware of the energy and did what I could to be clear and non-defensive. When it was over I did a little extra to clear up the disturbance between us. This was my way of being responsive and proactive and keeping the impact minimal. In addition to this situation I ended up with extra responsibilities during a meditation retreat I was supposed to simply attend, and then got the dreaded chest flu and passed it on to my husband too! The good news is that I feel like the transit really escalated my meditation experiences and I hopefully now have my immunity in place for the rest of the season!
Ok, there’s a personal story, but the thing for us to remember, is that Mars now is a warm up for Mars later this year! If you are curious how this affects your chart feel free to contact me for a check in.
We began the year with Venus moving retrograde back through Capricorn. It will continue this direction all through January. When any planet is retrograde its energy is disrupted in some way. It will express itself in a more obvious and yet unusual manner. *This same principle applies to Mars retrograde discussed above. Venus’s usual energy is about enjoyment, pleasure, relationship, creative connection so we could say that while retrograde this month you might explore finding enjoyment in something unusual or that it is a good time to reconnect with something or refine something rather than seek out something new. If you are Taurus or Libra ascendant this retrograde affects you most- things seem to be going a bit slow.
One interesting moment in the transit occurs at the end, on February 1st Venus will station, which means it stops moving backward or forward, and it will be almost exactly opposite Jupiter in Gemini. These are both the benefic planets, related to what we desire and cherish in this life, yet they represent different avenues for fulfillment. Venus is more about material satisfaction, Jupiter intellectual or spiritual fulfillment. Some astrologers say this opposition can trigger a sense of opposition in us personally regarding these paths, and also some indulgence. Last time this transit occurred in November I was with 3 great yoga teachers- and there was some opposition going on regarding their teaching methods! It was interesting to see it through the planetary lens and it was all fine. Again, February 1st is the upcoming date, see what it brings you!
Also, note that Venus will move forward from there and be in some of its most auspicious zones for the next several months. This is good news for Taurus, Libra, Capricorn, and Aquarius ascendants.
Natasha Korshak is a long-time teacher and trainer of yoga, meditation, mindfulness and MBSR, and has been working in the field of integrative health and wellness her entire professional career. She is a graduate of the Interfaith Theological Seminary and an ordained Interfaith Minister specializing in contemplative practice, grief processing, and spiritual direction. Her study and training of mind/body/spirit methods is extensive and she has learned from many of the pioneers in their discipline. As the founder and director of the Sol Center she is well regarded for her depth, warmth, authenticity, and the smile in her voice.