SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21):
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 tends to be a somewhat more uncomfortable energy for you. The key is not to avoid any relationship issues now because it would only be worse at a later date. 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 will be transiting Capricorn in your 2nd house sector, which is the domain of personal income. When Venus is direct you could attract more money but you could as easily spend more money. The retrograde period will play out with relationship lessons of some sort and perhaps test a personal relationship over money matters. When retrograde you are more prone to impulsive or extravagant spending. It is also a time when expected income could be less or delayed. Instead of spending money you might consider saving it during January.
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 9th house sector of higher education, publishing, traveling, marketing, legal affairs and foreign matters. This is part of a 30-year cycle compelling many of you to re-examine the meaning of your existence and look to religious or spiritual studies at this time. This is also a good period for taking education and training more seriously to advance your future aspirations. The 9th also rules the law and Saturn rules authority and if you are in need of an attorney the gods are favoring you with the justice system unless, of course, you are guilty. The 9th rules foreign affairs and international traveling and Saturn here is great for building professional contacts abroad or enhancing business through traveling and marketing and especially in publishing.
Saturn is moving in your 9th house sector of philosophies, ethics and morals. This includes all manner of teaching, learning, writing and generally spreading the word. Perhaps you have always been the eternal student but never admitted that you actually do have a bit of knowledge to share. Well it's time to grow up, and those of you who have been working to develop their field of expertise will find that you are about to come into your own. The caution for Sagittarius is not to be become swept away with your own self-importance. You will be challenged to review many of your own philosophies and views during this phase, and will probably be confronted with many different types of people from many cultures with their strong moral positions. This is also the house of foreign people and travel, but the chances are that travel during this time will be for your work, or education. You need to be prepared to apply yourself to get results.
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 3rd house sector from 1998 through 2012 and not again for 168 years. The 3rd is compatible with your sun sign because itís the house sector of communications and short distant trips. Your sign is the eternal student and traveler and quite comfortable with 3rd house issues. Neptuneís transit here can bring the mind more in tune with poetry, music, intuition or dance. Neptune is a very creative and inspiring influence and combined with the 3rd is ideal for writers, actors or even those in sales because they will be more sensitive to the needs of their customers and better able to sell others a dream. Saturnís transit in the opposite sector is suggesting that you take your dreamy aspirations and begin to manifest out to the world. This would mean letting go of learning to begin teaching, or to finish the book and look for a publisher.
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.
Fortunate Jupiter is transiting Scorpio in your 12th house sector of the hidden dimensions of your life, which is very good for getting away, healing retreats, soul searching and therapy through Nov 2006. Jupiter through the 12th is a time that most people are recharging their batteries and preparing for the next big push, which will come when expansive Jupiter enters Sagittarius in November 2006. The opportunity that Jupiter brings to your Saturn Neptune challenge would be to get serious with planning, researching, and studying before presenting your ideas out to the world. Next year is your success with the outer world but this year is for you to become personally excited and confident about your goals and plans.
This Jupiter cycle is good for healing, both physically and emotionally. This is when the rewards you are waiting for are close to manifesting but first you are learning how to accept inwardly the success you deserve before the outer world recognizes your talents. You need to be grounded and confident to be able to handle the success that is coming your way.
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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