By Leo Knighton Tallarico
Venus is solidly Retrograde now and will be until September 6, so relationship issues continue front and center in our lives, for better and worse. And Saturn overnight from Saturday August 1 to Sunday August 2 turns from Retrograde to Direct.
As it turns Direct, metaphorically the hand of time starts up again, and there is a turning point feeling of Time Marching On. Though you may still feel there is time to choose a direction, on a deeper level destiny (with your intentions) has already made up its mind.
Now you can try to close up the flow of heart and soul to where it is meant to go, but this will just delay the inevitable as life support systems do for the dying.
And in the process of ego control of natural cycles, the controller can develop illness either mental or physical or spiritual as a result.
Keep in mind however, that even though Time now marches on this week, it does not do so all at once. Saturn turning to Direct just gives us a turning point sense of time. It may take more time before we truly realize what has been “decided”. And even more time before wheels are set in motion to get going.
Many of these decisions have to do with relationship now as Venus is Retrograde until September 6. But that is not the only subject of our interest. Where we will live or what we will do for work, etc. may also be aligned for a shift in destiny now.
After Saturn goes Direct, later in the week it makes important aspects to other planets: On Monday August 3 it squares Jupiter in Leo, on Wednesday August 5 it squares Venus in Leo, and on Thursday August 6 it squares Mercury in Leo and trines Mars in Cancer.
In the middle of all this Venus conjuncts both Jupiter and Mercury.
All this planetary action occurs at 28+ degrees of the signs Leo, Scorpio, and Cancer. This becomes a most important degree in natal charts now.
If you have planets 27-29 degrees of Scorpio and Leo you are most affected. If you have planets at 27-29 degrees of Taurus or Aquarius or Cancer you are at least somewhat affected. And hence the issue of impending destiny, especially around relationship is prevalent for you.
As an example of a nation with planets in such places, Israel has it natal Mars from its birth of May 14 1948 at 28+ degrees of Leo. So Saturn will square that Mars while Jupiter, Venus and Mercury conjunct its Mars.
Mars in a nation’s chart represents its military and police, male influence, conflicts and sometimes war. Of course Mars was the Roman God of War.
So we can expect some turning point, conflict laden events to ensue in early August with Israel. And that turning point will likely develop into some bigger events later this month or next when the Eclipses erupt.
In fact there is as Total Lunar Eclipse Full Blood Moon in Mars ruled Aries occurring on September 27. Israeli scholars have noted that there are 4 Total Lunar Eclipses in a row, all falling on Jewish holidays. This Total Lunar Eclipse on the 27th (28th in Israel) falls on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. It is the last of the 4 eclipses in a row.
The Israeli scholars expect quite dramatic events to happen to Israel surrounding this last Blood Moon; and combined with the important planetary movements this week to Israel’s Mars, we can expect significant events concerning Israel to unfold from August through October 2015.
Life will likely change appreciably over the next few months in both personal and global ways for all of us. Do your best to surrender to the energies at work from the Universe, knowing that if you are aligned in your heart and soul you will be in just the right place and time for what will be shifting.
Some changes may be very deep and profound in your consciousness and life, and those changes will provide the healing and transformation your soul now requires.
Much of the transformation over the next few months in essence is to shift you more strongly out of your ego and into your soul or higher self. From that place you will be aligned with the Universe and Spirit and ready for what comes.
Meditation and spiritual practice are highly recommended now, or if you are already doing this, then it is time to increase the effort.
Receiving healings and spiritual/psychological guidance is also good now.
And remember that this week, with all the Saturn aspects, there also is a Jupiter conjunct Venus in Leo aspect. When they last made conjunction was on July 1st, on the same day as a Full Moon in Capricorn.
That day Jupiter and Venus were so close that they actually looked merged into one in the sky. This week they are conjunct again, though they will not merge this time. And since Venus is now Retrograde and square Saturn, your heart connections are even more important to tune into then ever.
We recommended during the last conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in early July to check in to see what and especially whom your heart was into. Now there will be more conflict to those connections from desires for security and familiarity and safety.
So it is incumbent on you to set your priorities of importance in your life around relationships and heart connections. What is more important- love or security if you had to choose? Are you more a romantic or a realist? Your destiny depends on your priorities, or more to the point your destiny is dependent on Who you are at this time.
In many ways, as is aligned with the laws of attraction, Who you are energetically on a deep soul level determines what and whom you will attract to your consciousness and life. That of course determines your destiny.
So now as Saturn goes Direct and makes important aspects this week, you can better know what “fate” has in store for you if you can dive deep into your psyche and soul to know Who you are at this time in your life.
Have you transformed and healed sufficiently to be able to attract to your Self healthier people and circumstances? Of course healing and transformation are always evolving, but as Saturn shifts to Direct now- the Universe is taking a “snapshot” of You to determine your approaching “fate”.
And in the greater world this is true too. The USA is in the final few months of having Pluto oppose its natal Sun in Cancer of 13+ degrees. This process all started at the Cardinal Grand Cross in April 2014.
And now as Pluto is almost exactly opposite the USA Sun for the rest of this year, a USA fate will be unfolding.
Who are we collectively now as Saturn goes Direct? Take a close and deep look and you will have a sense of what is coming our way soon.
Till next week,
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Leo Knighton Tallarico has been a full time professional astrologer, spiritual guide, counselor, and writer for 30 years.