CANCER (June 21 -July 22):
January begins with the love and creative planet, Venus retrograding in Capricorn until February 3, 2006, during which time the lessons of Venus will need to be confronted. Capricorn is your opposite sign which rules your relationship sector and with Venus there many of you will be falling in love or needing to heal your existing relationships. After Venus goes direct Feb. 3rd it continues in the sign of Capricorn through March 5th, 2006, a period of adjusting or resolving your Venus challenges.
Venus in Retrograde is a period that occurs about every 18 months when the shadow side or the irrational part of Venus tends to take over at the most inappropriate times. Venus represents all that is feminine, artistic, romantic and peaceful. When retrograde, the immature or uncomfortable side of these issues will come up for you. Relationships are often tested during this cycle. The good ones will last and the weak ones wonít. But just as often old loves and friendships can reappear from your past.
Venus in Capricorn will be transiting your 7th house sector that rules the domain of relationships and the public. In general, all partnerships, contracts and offers will be more beneficial during this Venus cycle. When retrograde the offers made might not turn out as hoped but later on the right one will reappear. In love matters the retrograde will definitely test your relationships and the strong ones will survive with greater depth. January will test all your partnerships and if you have been avoiding a confrontation or holding onto resentments you wonít be able to avoid the problem any longer. Therefore it would serve you well to address any partnership issues by January or before itís too late.
The major influence of 2006 will be the planet Saturn in opposition to Neptune with Jupiter at the center point that can be the solution to the opposition or it will expand the problems until you do something about it. The silver lining, so to speak, is that our lives will be forced into changing and if you avoid or fear the process you will be the one making it more difficult. With awareness and foresight the Jupiter influence can indicate the area where you will find protection and positive growth.
Saturn was very close to an exact opposition to Neptune before turning retrograde November 23, 2005. This was also when Mars was retrograde, which was part of the Ďgrand crossí configuration from October 25, 2005 through February 17, 2006 and what happens during this period is a hint of things to come during most of 2006, both in personal lives and the life of the nation. The next Saturn Neptune opposition will be exact August 31, 2006.
Neptune in Aquarius opposing Saturn in Leo is a time when both planetary energies are trying to take control in your life until it comes to a compromise by balancing the needs of both or a stalemate. Saturn transiting Leo is moving through your 2nd house sector of personal income. The focus to your 2nd house sector is on making money until September 2, 2007. Saturn in the 2nd is often when people make more money than usual in its 30-year cycle. Saturn worries and obsesses about whatever sector its moving through and many think that when Saturn is moving through the money house that finances will be restricted and frustrated. In reality, one is usually so worried about money that the responsibility part of Saturn kicks in and the person gets more focused and serious and will take on more responsibility to earn more and one often makes more money than usual during this 2 year cycle. But Neptune in Aquarius has been sitting in your 8th house sector of joint ventures, taxes and loans since 1998. The opposition indicates the time to take responsibilities for the financial agreements you made in the past with others. It can also indicate when others come out of hiding and demand that you own your fiscal responsibilities. Make sure you are current with your loans, the IRS, and all your insurance needs both medical and otherwise, or some of you could be very disappointed later on.
Saturnís transit through the 2nd house sector brings into focus your values and resources, opening the door for a deepening of your self-worth. This will be reflected in your wealth and material possessions. If you are insecure in money matters you may find that this is a period when your resources are limited, compelling you to restructure your inner belief systems. This is also a time when we set up structures, which become the foundation for our future. Itís important to invest your time wisely in learning how to understand money, which is constantly in a state of reflecting our true inner worth.
Saturn, in myth, is the father of the gods and represents authority and the laws and regulations of the land. Here is when we confront our limitations and our sense of duties and responsibilities. Often the Saturn transit feels like a burden but that is usually a perspective coming from not wanting to take responsibility for that which is in your own best interest. This is a maturing transit and itís only the immature who will resist it and make it worse than it needs to be experienced.
Neptune, in myth, represents the collective unconscious because of its designation as the god of the seas. The seas are symbolic of the embryonic fluids we all come from and in Jungian terms this is called our shadow. The best way to navigate through the waters of our shadows is to have faith and trust that all will work out to keep from feeling disoriented or lost. Often the issues associated with Neptuneís cycle are that of transition and the uncertainty of the changes.
Neptune has been transiting your 8th house sector of other peopleís money and power from 1998 through 2012 and not again for 168 years. This sector also rules the domain of sex, which can be a powerful force from others, but so can any effect that others can have over us from money to power. Neptune represents issues that are often cloudy, hidden or uncertain. This is a period in your lives that you have to be careful that others arenít manipulating you with some type of bait; such as power, money or sex. With Neptune you may not even realize how you are being manipulated or that someone has access to your money and are doing things behind your back. This is also when business investments or contracts could dissolve into disappointments. Either you are not being totally honest in love or money or others are not being totally forthright with you. The lesson to be learned is to pay closer attention to how you give your power away to others. The Saturn Neptune lesson is learning how to take responsibility for our own resources, power and self-worth and not waiting for others to save us.
One of the clues for resolution of the Saturn Neptune challenge is the transit of Jupiter moving through the sign of Scorpio through 2006. Jupiter represents expansion, optimism and protection. When Jupiter activates your chart it expands the opportunities or the problems until you resolve the issues. Jupiterís transit is an indicator of where some of the answers to your Saturn Neptune questions are located.
Jupiter is transiting Scorpio in your 5th house sector of creativity, children, romance and playfulness through November 23, 2006. One solution to your avoidance or intimidation of others you think have power over you could come through lessons learned through children. In other words, children love adventures and taking risks and look at it as fun and entertaining rather than as forbidding as many adults come to look at the same situations. The lessons to learn is to lighten up and have fun and take a risk because ďnothing ventured means nothing gained.Ē
Jupiter is transiting the sector ruling children, creativity, and play. This is often a time for having fun and going on vacations and is especially appealing to your sensual and romantic side. This can also be very fortunate for creative projects to excelling in sports or winning games, not only in athletics but also with gambling. Jupiter will expand your activities with or for children on a positive note. This is your cycle to go on an adventure.
And finally, Mercury in Retrograde is when everything seems to go crazy and lasts about 3 weeks. Those who know about the effects of the retrograde often cringe when they hear that Mercury is at it again. What is going on is that everything that is related to Mercury, the messenger god, seems to go awry. This is the time not to sign legal documents or make promises and travel plans are often interrupted. But what is really happening is that retrograde periods stimulate our unconscious patterns more than usual. Since Mercury represents our decision-making facilities the retrograde period is a time to make sure that your rational mind hasnít been too overly influenced by your unconscious desires.
The dates of Mercury in Retrograde 2006
March 2nd - 25th
July 4th - 28th
October 28th - November 17th
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