PISCES (February 19 - March 20):
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 a compatible sign for you. After Venus goes direct Feb. 3rd it continues in the sign of Capricorn through March 5th, 2006, a continuing 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 11th house sector, which is the domain of our hopes and goals, along with friendships and group activities. Since Venus is a very social planet this is a great cycle for making new friends, joining groups, or healing any rifts in your friendships. But when retrograde the worst might be the ending of a friendship and the best is often when we reunite with a friend that had drifted away years ago. You could be reconsidering your social activities in January and moving forwards with new goals and friendships by February.
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 rules Pisces and when Neptune makes any aspect to your chart you will feel it very directly and personally. 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 is transiting Leo moving through your 6th house until September 2, 2007. Saturn in the 6th house will direct your focus on job skills and health maintenance. This cycle could be the time that you get serious about starting a new business or realizing you need new and better job skills. Neptune has been moving through Aquarius since 1998 through your 12th house sector that rules the hidden, unconscious forces of your mind. The opposition can mean that you need to face your fears and phobias and take responsibility at your work or even for your health issues. If you focus on one side to avoid the other, the see-saw will only flip over at a later time when you least expect it.
Saturn will spend the next few years in your sector of service, health, and your daily work routine. If you are the type who shies away from dealing with everyday matters you maybe in for a shock. If you attempt to avoid your work responsibilities it may take the form of health issues, which could be the universe teaching you how to take responsibility for your health to learn discipline. At best this can be a cycle where you rebuild and strengthen your body as well as your business foundation.
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 12th house sector from 1998 through 2012 and not again for 168 years. This cycle is more difficult for other signs because Neptune represents uncertain transitions and the 12th sector represents the unknown of our unconscious. Neptune is the natural ruler of Pisces who is more comfortable with the unknown and the 12th house sector is also ruled by Pisces. Therefore, this transit can put Pisces into their element of tapping into their subconscious levels for creative, intuitive or healing abilities. Immature Pisces will feel they are lost in a sea of mud with no end in sight but still with a sense that something internal is operating for their higher good. The more evolved Pisces are developing their faith more because they are trusting that they are absolutely incubating a new level of activity that will surface soon. What this means in everyday language is that many of you are working on future goals that still need time to be researched, studied, practiced, or positioned before its full birth. Saturnís opposition to Neptune can be you having to do the daily grunt work to manifest your dreams into a workable reality.
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 9th house sector of education, travel and publishing until November 23, 2006. Scorpio is a water sign that is very compatible with Pisces, another water sign. One possibility towards manifesting your business skills or developing a new business could be through further education. Or perhaps the creative Pisces can find their outlet through publishing or spreading their ideas out to the world through the media.
During the Scorpio cycle of Jupiter the 9th house sector is expanded which rules the domain of travel, education, religion, publishing, marketing, legal or foreign affairs. In one or all of these matters Jupiter creates a sense of optimism and more confidence for expansion. This is an excellent cycle for any type of training or education, as well as publishing a book, to taking your business on the road, or releasing a marketing campaign.
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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