SCORPIO (October 23 - November 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 is a compatible sign for you. 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 will be transiting Capricorn in your 3rd house sector, which is the domain of communications and siblings. It is with siblings that we learn to communicate more impersonally with the outer world rather than the parent-child dynamics from the mom and dad. Venus here can stimulate creative writing, speaking or acting. Venus can also bring more harmony and closeness with siblings. When retrograde the process can become more difficult but it can also be when separated siblings reconnect. If you are having any conflict with siblings or a close relative in January it would be best to lay low until February, and if you have been feeling creatively blocked you should also let it rest for a few weeks.
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 is transiting Leo moving through your 10th house sector of career, which is part of a 30-year cycle compelling many of you to re-examine your business life. If you have been building a solid career in the past 14 years then this is when your goals are coming into fruition along with the added responsibility of success. If you have been taking shortcuts in your job this will be the period when you will either have to fix the weak areas before proceeding further or go back to square one to start over.
Saturn is transiting your house of career and ambitions. This is a cycle of hard work and commitment. For some this is a culmination phase within your profession. But even if you are in a reaping phase, you still need to plant new seeds for your future, and the goals which have driven you up until now, may be changing in accord with your emerging confidence and social standing. You can really make your mark in the next few years, and it all depends on your level of maturity and commitment.
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 4th house sector of home and family from 1998 through 2012 and not again for 168 years. Neptune in the 4th could lead to disappointments and uncertainties with family or your living situation. What is happening is that you have been tested to your deepest core in recent years and now you are not so sure of your personal or family stability. You are adjusting to a new psychological foundation from which you will springboard from in the near future. The transit of Saturn is beginning to compel most of you to take a hard look at your future business goals. Neptune has been triggering so many uncomfortable feelings over the recent years that many of you havenít been able to stay truly focused on your career objectives. But now that Saturn is causing you to pay closer attention to your outer world objectives it is also helping you to redirect your attention from your personal issues that have only been keeping you spinning in a rut. For many, the career push is just what you need to pull yourself out of your funk and get back on the track to success.
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.
Saturn in the 10th happens only once every 30 years and Jupiter in your sign happens once every 12 years, therefore this particular cycle will only happen once in your lifetime. This is your time to excel and let the world know what you are made of and to go for the brass ring. The key to your success as indicated through Jupiter is your inner sense of confidence and the willingness to go for it.
Jupiter is transiting your Sun sign. This is your year because Jupiter gives you a sense of optimism allowing you to make better choices and take more chances. If you have a solid foundation already built the Jupiter influence will enhance your life even more. The only thing to be careful about is going overboard with your gambling spirit and thinking you canít lose. Moderation and practicality is the key to remaining ahead of the game.
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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