Thursday, February 27, 2014

FEB. 27 — MARCH 9, 2014

Antinous Astrology Forecast

FEB. 27 to MARCH 9, 2014


On Thursday you can expect to receive news which at first seems terribly unsettling and which knocks you off your feet. But you will see that the news turns out to be positive — in the long run. On Thursday over-exuberant Jupiter forms a 90-degree square right angle to impatient Uranus. This is like the Tarot card "The Tower" which shows a bolt of lightning destroying a mighty rampart. If you have been aiming too high and living in a dream world of Jovian optimism, then you will get a powerful jolt back to reality via Uranus. The good news, of course, is that you will not have far to fall if you have kept both feet planted firmly on the ground all along. It is a reality check. A big bad reality check. Many will tumble and fall. But you won't fall far if you have had those two feet of yours rooted in reality.


On Thursday the three-weeks of waiting are nearly over when Mercury slows down to a standstill — and starts slowly moving forward again. For the past three weeks s RETROGRADE MERCURY has spawned confusion in communications and commerce. About three times each year, Mercury the communications wizard turns into Mercury the fast-talking con man. This is the RETROGRADE MERCURY phase, and it lasts about three weeks. But it is ending now. However, because Mercury is standing still and only barely inching forward again, it would be best to wait until Monday before signing major contracts or making major expenditures. By that time, Mercury will be surging forward at full speed again.


On Saturday ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD aligns with the Sun for the gentle PISCES NEW MOON. In Antinous Moon Magic this is the lunar phase we call the DOG MOON of fidelity, friendship and faithfulness. The Spirit of the Dog Moon is loving and supportive friendship. This Spirit is loving and faithful, comforting you with familiarity when you see yourself reflected in this Spirit. It is the perfect combination of comfort and stimulus to grow and provides a wonderful companion that walks with you through life, helping you define and refine who you are and who you choose to be every day.


This will not be the easiest weekend of the year because both Mars and Saturn stop dead in their tracks, do an about-face, and begin moving backwards. "Retrograde" periods of any planet are times of unease. But Retrograde Mars and Retrograde Saturn are times of potential peril. Mars will be retrograde from March 1 to May 20 — 10 weeks! Saturn will be retrograde even longer — from March 2 to July 20!

When a planet is retrograde, it appears to be moving backward in the sky from the perspective of the Earth. Of course, the planet is actually continuing in its usual orbit, and the retrograde effect is a kind of optical illusion. Since perspective is so important in astrology, however, retrograde planets do correspond to recognizable meanings.

Mars is the planet associated with the Warrior archetype. It is therefore the planet we look to when we want to know about assertiveness, aggression, determination, and action. Mars is also closely associated with sexuality — not the love and romance aspect of sex, but the more instinctual, desire-driven side of it.

Retrograde Mars is usually is considered to be a poor time to begin a new sexual relationship, but there is no reason to abstain altogether for ten weeks. The underlying meaning of Mars retrograde is that energy is lacking — and that's why new sexual relationships are seen as being doubtful: the desire may not last.

The same goes for Retrograde Saturn. Relationships started now tend not to have endurance, nor do jobs or leases or such material things as repairs. House repairs undertaken now will need to be re-done before long. A new car will wear out or break down soon.

It is also thought to be a poor time to begin a new job. Now, with a down economy, it is unlikely that many people who are looking for work would refrain from taking a job that was available, and that is not necessary. However, jobs that begin on Mars and/or Saturn retrogrades often fail to live up to expectations and energy seems to be dissipated: Bill Clinton was sworn into office for both his terms with Mars retrograde.

The one bright spot this weekend is a glowing trine aspect between the Sun and fortuitous Jupiter. This configuration provides a big, bright ray of hope which helps you to keep your spirits up. While Mars and Saturn are holding down both of your legs, Sun/Jupiter keep your head high and your eyes focused on the stars.


On Monday the new work week begins with a dynamic surge when the gentle Pisces Sun forms a productive sextile with industrious Capricorn Pluto. This configuration also unleashes self-healing energies.


On Tuesday watch out for strife in your relationships when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD gets into tense aspects with both Venus and Mars. These relationship tensions vanish just as quickly as they appear. But while the are flaring, things can be fiery.


On Wednesday a fresh breeze blows through all of your relationships and business dealings when Venus leaves stodgy Capricorn and enters airy Aquarius. Capricorn Venus was good in that it gave you a solid basis for relationship and business workings. Usually, Venus remains in a sign for about a month. But Venus dithered for four long months in Capricorn, turning Retrograde and then slowly inching forward again. Aquarius Venus is inquisitive, curious and flirtatious. You can expect to make new acquaintances, particularly via the Aquarian tools of social media networking.


Thursday will be a day of frustration and misunderstandings when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD tangles with Mercury early in the day and then with Saturn later on in the day. The Moon/Mercury square affects people in the Eastern Hemisphere, causing disruptions in communications. But it is when the Moon is in 180-degree opposition to Saturn that trouble really starts for people in the Western Hemisphere. After clashing with Saturn, the Moon goes VOID OF COURSE for 12 hours — from early morning until late evening. Being the last planet the Moon encountered before going VOC, these 12 hours promise to be particularly dour and frustrating, a time when nothing seems to go right.


On Friday the work week will end on an upbeat note and you will be eager to put on your party clothes to hit the clubs when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD makes a happy trine with Venus.


On Saturday we come to the Gemini First Quarter moon ... the lunar phase we call the JACKAL MOON in Antinous Moon Magic. Each Lunar Phase represents a Divine Spirit or Archetype. The Spirit of the Jackal in Antinous oracular arts is the embodiment of cunning and skill and sleight-of-hand and being slightly dodgy and sneaky but also being incredibly adept and learned in the ways of the world. The Gemini First Quarter Moon is the March moon of the Trickster, who taunts and teases, who plays tricks, who leads the soul through dark and treacherous passages ... who is more treacherous than any Underworld foe ... but whose cunning enables him to bring his charges to their goal. Meditations and rituals carried out tonight are best suited for looking beyond the the veil of lies and deceit that others (or we ourselves) throw over our eyes to prevent us from seeing clearly. This is also a very good night for finding canny and cunning solutions to difficult problems ... strategies for out-smarting those who seek to pull the wool over our eyes.


On Sunday you can finally clear out that cluttered closet and get other noisome chores done when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD forms an energy-filled trine with Mars which just makes you want to roll up your sleeves and apply some elbow grease.


Another exciting week lies ahead between March 10th and 16th when you may find yourself feeling a bit guilty, a bit self-critical, a bit inadequate. That's the Virgo Full Moon ... but in Antinous Moon Magic, this is the DIANA MOON ... the moon of sistership, of kindred spirits in whom you can confide ... and a "sister" need not be blood related ... or even female ... you have a "sister" and tonight's full moon helps you find her.... More details next time ....

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