He Listens

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He listens with intent
Although his eyes rolling and his gaze turning tell another story
She has had a bad day at work
Not his fault
But he is the one who receives the bulk of that experience

Not that he doesn’t care
He does, he is tired
Tired of listening
Tired of pretending to care
While she speaks her experiences
He is thinking about ripping her clothes off and bending her over
And passionately yet lovingly ravishing her
With all of his care and love

This doesn’t happen
She feels a little better
But deep down knows
Something was off

He has lost his edge
She has confused her lover with her girlfriends
Both remember the passion
But fail to reach it

Ian Altosaar

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A Conversation About Energy Clearing And Healing With Medicine Man Joe Greenland

I recently recorded an interview with one of my mentors Joe Greenland about energy clearing, healing, connection to ourselves, and what actually happens during a session of energy clearing.

As the connection to other realms of existence is getting stronger and people are opening up, we need help and wisdom from people who have experiences in these areas.

Joe is one of these people and he has a huge bag of experiences to draw from.

From living on the streets and starting to listen to his inner guidance in order to survive in these conditions, to now using his gifts to guide people towards their own spiritual gifts.

True connection to ourselves and to our surroundings is sadly missing in our modern culture. I hope this video guides You towards a deeper understanding and sparks curiosity towards the unseen (or seen for some).

You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/urTI1AnsW1c

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MARS Retrograde 2020! Time To Bring Out The Inner WARRIOR!

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Although, most people are hoping for quick correction and “getting back to normal” one of the most intense periods (I know it’s been super intense, how can it get even crazier? I will tell You that in a second) is just around the corner.

The planet of war, aggression, and violence (among other things but just to add the dramatic effect to it all) will be going retrograde.

In the following article, I will describe the upcoming Mars retrograde period of 2020. The actual dates of the period are the 9th of September — 13th of November.

It is also worth a mention that each retrograde period has a shadow period before and after the actual retrograde. This means we can roughly give the period a timeframe of September 2020 — November 2020. Or the beginning of September and the end of November.

It is important to understand that the planet going retrograde usually gives the biggest results 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after the retrograde period. I’ve personally noticed that it very often happens right around the day when the planet goes officially retrograde or comes out of it. Some dates to pay attention to, 9th of September and 13th of November (or around those days). What happens during those days can give an indication of things to come. Especially during the beginning of the period.

What is a retrograde period?

A retrograde period means if a planet is really close to the earth. And it seems to the observer like it has gone backward. But it actually has not. It is just seemingly moving really slowly and backward because of the optical illusion.

Here’s a scientific description of the retrograde period: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtV0PV9MF88

Although I don’t agree with her calling astrology a pseudoscience and her general condescending view towards this science, I like the way she describes what is actually happening in the sky.

Astrology is a science like every other kind. You make observations, You get the data, and then You see if it holds up in the real world. If it doesn’t, or new observations have been made, You make adjustments and corrections!

What does retrograde mean in astrological terms?

This is a time when the planet is usually considered weakened and a lot of problems associated with the planet come up to be dealt with.

Although, in my personal observations I hold a different view. What I’ve seen and observed is that actually because of the close vicinity of the planet, the so-called problems come up because there is an abundance of the energy of the planet.

Or in other words, the planet is so close to us, there is a lot of energy associated with the planet available for us that we subconsciously (or consciously for some) start to use that energy in our daily lives. If You do that, problems associated with the planet are bound to come up and issues need to be dealt with.

But it’s not because the planet is weakened in some way. In a lot of ways, retrograde planets can give better results if people learn to work with the energy.

If You have retrograde planets in Your natal chart, this means that You need to put in more effort to get results. But what happens when You put in more effort?

You become a master.

Of course, this is hard work and annoying at times for the human mind seeking instant gratification but I’ve seen this work in a real-life environment.

Now that we have established the meaning of the retrograde period, let us look at what the planet Mars itself represents.

The positive side of Mars.

Mars rules (or represents) our ambition and drive, competition, our desire to win, our physical energy, our muscles, our bodies, blood, the color red, quickness, movement, fitness, entrepreneurship, start-up companies, the desire to be the best, our inner and outer warrior, surgeries, fire, our willpower, martial-arts, engineering, sports, sharp objects, construction, building.

The negative side of Mars.

Mars also rules aggression, conflict, violence, war, stress, inflammations, arguments, abrupt behavior, selfishness, impatience, forcefulness, fires, fighting, combat, anger.

To emphasize, even more, all of these themes will be in our faces so to speak and will be dealing with these actively during the retrograde period. Globally as a society and in our personal lives.

A general overview of the period.

I will now describe the overall influences of the period and later will divide the period into three parts. I will look at some of the aspects during the retrograde more closely.

Whenever Mars retrogrades we are called to bring out our inner warrior in our personal lives. We might have let others cross our boundaries and now with the fiery push from Mars, we will want to reassert ourselves.

This reasserting ourselves can look quite intense because Mars doesn’t really consider others in it. It has its mission and will do anything to fight for it. In this case, our boundaries.

There is a higher chance of getting into arguments, conflicts during this time because of the aggressive side of Mars. But I must remind You of the grown-up and mature warrior which Mars can also represent.

This type of warrior asserts his or her boundaries without the emotional drama and cry baby side of Mars. This is the strong warrior side of Mars, who knows the damage violence can do. He is not afraid to use it if worse comes to worst but he or she will do it’s best to achieve its goals without it.

Firmly stand Your ground!

Mars will also push us either from the inside or outside to achieve our personal ambitions and goals during this time. It is a great time to take some action and show Your warrior in Your material lives as well.

(Business, financial, fitness, etc. You will have to work harder with these but the results after can be worth it. If You truly put in the effort!)

Mars is both inner tension and outer so it can come to You from an outside place like a partner, business associate, boss figure. Or the inner tension and ambition to achieve something in Your lives will get so great that You will push Yourselves to new heights. Or towards some goal in Your life.

This will inevitably bring more stress into our lives. Because taking on bigger goals and tasks often does. There are new horizons to conquer and unknown variables. But Mars will help You with these feats. (Mars also represents courage). Just remember that more efforts are required. And You have to push Yourselves as well.

It isn’t going to be easy to achieve Your goals during this time but You will have the opportunity to do so.

With the tension within ourselves building and within others, when this energy isn’t put to good use (for example achieving Your goals, fitness, sex, exercise, construction, building) outbursts of anger are more common during this period.

Now some astrologers say that because of the weakening of Mars it will be hard to harness the positive energies of Mars. Like willpower, ambition, the desire to achieve something great, etc. And although I have witnessed some parts of this, I do not entirely agree with them.

Rather, there is an abundance of Mars energy available for us. How we use it, will depend on our choices.

It is also important to mention the sign Mars is going retrograde in. This time it’s Aries, Mars’s home, or domicile position. This means that Mars is quite strong by sign and the energy should be more easily available for us. The negative side of Mars being in Aries is that the fiery side or the aggressive side of Mars is amplified as well.

There is something to be said about the domicile planets being more stubborn. This is a widely accepted fact in the astrological community and I have observed this myself.

What does it mean in practical terms or in real life?

The conflicts set to take place will be fierier in my opinion. And the resolutions are harder to come by because of this stubbornness. But the stubbornness also applies in a positive sense. Meaning, we will figuratively “fight to the death”. Or give it all we got until we don’t have anything more in the tank to give.

So, on one side or opponents will be fiercer but we will have the ability to harness similar energies. I expect a quite intense time where people are not willing to let go of their side of the coin.

An important reminder with all retrograde periods, they bring out the problems associated with the planet within ourselves and society at large. In more practical terms this means we might see bursts of aggression, or own personal ambition and drive needs to be looked at, as well as used more in our lives.

Just to give an example. Last Mars retrograde period during 2018 in my home country of Estonia videos and news leaked of violent (Mars) youth (Mars is younger) gangs that were beating up other youth in our nation’s capital. And at the same time in one of our bigger suburbs, there was again news of a youth gang terrorizing citizens with violence and aggression.

The first incident even required the police to set up a guard in one of the parks to soothe the situation. Which it eventually did.

This is to illustrate one of the ways Mars retrograde can manifest.

The beginning of the Period.

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Let us focus on the aspects of Mars during these evaluations of mini periods within the bigger retrograde period.

The most intensity is (and this is throughout the period) between Mars and the stellium in Capricorn consisting of Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn. Right from the start of the period, they are sending a square (a difficult aspect or influence) to Mars. With Saturn being the most exact one.

This immediately speaks of more stress, arguments, and conflicts in our government organizations. Those foundational entities that hold our society together. And control our society as well. They have been on shaky grounds with the Pluto conjunction and Jupiter expanding it all as it is. Now the God of War, Mars steps in with an uncomfortable aspect and will mix things up even more.

Government personnel and figures will be under a lot of stress. I expect to see visible conflict and arguments between the members of different governments.

With Mars also ruling men and younger people, I expect to see their fire burning and their agitation being shown towards governments. Some form of conflict between these two parties will take place during the retrograde period. Or the existing conflicts will intensify and will be more visible to the public. Just a reminder (again!) that during retrograde periods the problems associated with the planet are so in our faces that it will be hard to ignore these.

We must also remember that traditionally Saturn rules the so-called common people. With the crisis, the larger part of society will feel the stress of the situation more strongly. Governments will have to use their force (Mars) to control the situation. Because the square aspect will stir and enliven the people up. Lots of aggression will be shown towards the governments across the globe.

Both Saturn and Mars are in their domicile positions so both are strong and stubborn. Who has the upper hand? It is quite difficult to say because we can make a case for either one looking at different influences surrounding them. But the important thing here to realize is that neither side is going to bow down easily here. A battle for the ages.

When Mars is agitated, meaning, there are hard aspects to it, the self-control of people can be lacking. Outbursts of emotion, anger, yelling, can be abundant. The emotion that arises is fierce and fast. For the person receiving it or being on the receiving end of it, it does seem like it’s a lot of emotion and anger for something very little.

But for the person losing their control, they have almost no chance of handling themselves any differently. Especially for those people who have more Mars energy, or more prominent Mars energy in their charts.

For some members of the government, this can be the end of their tenure as well.

If we talk about the Pluto influence with Mars or the square aspect between those two then we can start building a case for the rich and powerful of our society not having such an easy time as well. This combination to me speaks of death, destruction, violence around the globe, unfortunately.

Pluto rules our subconscious and with the hard aspect from Mars, our subconscious will be filled with aggression, violence, tension, and stress.

The thing with square aspects is that it usually boils over or comes out to the surface to be resolved. With Jupiter close by and expanding (hopefully it will bring some benevolent things and higher understanding to the picture but You must remember that Jupiter is weakened or not strong in Capricorn, this does not look extremely good here) the conflict, tension, it will, unfortunately, be brought to the surface to be transformed.

Acts of violence will grow during this time in the world. If possible then I recommend staying in rural areas in nature during this period. In the bigger cities, the energy is running rampant and it is much easier to get into conflicts etc.

Some positive influences to consider during the beginning part of the retrograde. The Sun is sending a lovely trine from Virgo (not it’s strongest or weakest sign to be in) to the stellium in Capricorn. At least during the beginning, Sun supports all three planets with its energy.

Meaning, we will have the energy (Sun) to take on this difficult task (Saturn) of going through the crisis. Saturn and Sun together will give the strength to take on harder challenges. And considering everything, we have our work cut out for us during this time.

Sun and Jupiter will increase our belief that it’s possible to make it through it all. Will give some confidence to male leaders of the world and increase their vitality to some extent. For them to be able to take on these challenges. At least for a short period of time.

Pluto and Sun in a positive aspect increase our power within. I believe it is possible (considering all the difficult influences) even through all the difficulties of finding some inner strength here for everyone involved. I also get the sense of some new leaders emerging here.

We also need to mention Neptune here who is sending a healing sextile towards the stellium in Capricorn. We are going to need all the help we get, so my hope is that Neptune, being also in its domicile position will help to soothe the conflicts. And if I’m being really optimistic, maybe even help to resolve some of them without violence. Luckily for us, this influence is valid for the entire retrograde period, so there is support for us.

It is important to convey the other side of Neptune here even in a positive aspect. It brings up and raises the question of the vaccine. As Neptune is medicine and it is in a positive aspect to the epicenter of the crisis (Pluto is disease and crisis), I do think that a vaccine is close.

If the vaccine is a positive thing, in my opinion, most probably not. But it will be made to look like a positive thing. Neptune can gloss over things with a haze, even in positive aspects. Misty Neptune can be the Joker card during the retrograde period for us. Seemingly bring healing but at what cost?

The Middle part of the retrograde.

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As mentioned above the square between the stellium and Mars continues. But now the square between Jupiter and Mars is exact. Both are sitting on 19 degrees in their respective signs. Luckily Jupiter is a benefic so it’s not so bad but still worth a mention. Jupiter brings in the religious leaders of the world and all sorts of spiritual figures.

They are under a lot of stress with the stellium and south node being in Sagittarius and now Mars sends a violent square to the great benefic. More tension and crisis around spiritual circles will continue.

A very negative and hard interpretation of this aspect is also violence in the name of religion. I do see the potential for extremists (Pluto influence) religious (Jupiter) sects to be violent (Mars) during this period. Or in other words, violence in the name of religion will be very likely. Terrorist attacks are quite possible.

During the middle part of the period, the Sun again becomes an important player. This time negatively. It is weakened in the sign of Libra, opposing Mars and squaring our friends in the stellium.

What does this mean?

Mars will have the upper hand here in the fight between the two. Sun rules people (especially men) in leadership positions. But even women who have achieved some sort of status in society will be under heavy stress. Even violence directed towards those who are in positions of power.

One thing I do see here is aggression and anger directed towards celebrities in some shape or form by the common people. The Sun is getting hammered left and right here in a weak position, with no help to it whatsoever.

But what about the square to the stellium from the Sun?

Sun and Saturn in a square again speak of heavy duties being put upon people who are in the limelight. Without any support and Saturn being stronger, the potential for some famous people to also leave this planet (dying) is a high probability. Especially if we add the square from Pluto (the planet of death) to the mix.

Sun and Jupiter square is a bit of an easier one. Because it mostly just brings the inflation of confidence and ego in situations that do not warrant it. Be aware of those people in leadership positions being overly confident when the situation seems bad.

They will flock their golden mane but to no avail.

If we really want to be positive then Mercury is sending a sextile to the stellium buddies in Capricorn.

Mercury and Saturn in a positive aspect will bring level heads, practical ideas, and the ability to organize everything in an orderly manner (things we so desperately need here). But Mercury is in Scorpio, not the best position for the planet (also not the worst).

Hopefully, the sextile will still help us uncover deeper (Pluto) information (Mercury) that can help us during this time. Especially with Mercury being in Scorpio, deep research and esoteric information should help us here.

With Jupiter, it will be positive and optimistic boost for our thoughts and mind. A needed break and a short optimism transit. Although, I wouldn’t expect too much of it. I’m just doing my best to see some of the things that can help us through this time filled with tension.

Carrying on with the theme of finding light in the darkness, Venus in Virgo is sending a trine to the three musketeers in practical Capricorn. Being weakened in Virgo, the influence of Venus will be felt but I’m afraid that the rest of the influences are still more prevalent. Don’t get me wrong, it will still help but not as much as it would if it was for example in Pisces.

Venus will do it’s best to bring it’s diplomatic approach to our current situation. Hopefully, it will soothe the situation and in combination with Neptune, the conflict areas will get at least some relief from the healer Neptune and the diplomat Venus.

The end of the period.

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And the culmination of the even. I cast this chart quite randomly for the end of the period. What I immediately noticed that on the 10th of November both Jupiter and Pluto are on 22 degrees of Capricorn. The degree of “to kill or to be killed”. It is also associated with assassinations.

There is at the very least a potential for a powerful spiritual leader (Jupiter) to be killed (Pluto and Mars) or assassinated during this time.

Especially considering the square from Mars and the fact that Jupiter is in its fall (a weak position for Jupiter) position Capricorn. It doesn’t look too good for different religious and spiritual leaders here I must say.

The general situation has changed somewhat. Mars is now directly opposite Venus. Both are in their domicile positions and strong. I expect some conflict between men and women to escalate here. And in our personal lives, the relationships with the opposite sex are full of tension.

On another note, as Venus is also squared by the three amigos in Capricorn in addition to the opposition from Mars, I do suspect some difficulties for women here in general. Hopefully, it is not anything violent, and rather some arguments, conflicts. But the potential for women to be marginalized is somewhat in the air.

The Sun is now positively affecting the stellium with a nice sextile from the transformational Scorpio. The positive effects similar to what I explained in the beginning part of the period apply here as well.

To summarize, the period will be intense, especially considering all the tensions brewing in the world. We will unfortunately see aggression and violence throughout the planet. I do not think we can escape this entirely. How bad it gets depends entirely on human beings themselves. We each get to make a choice on how we are going to use this time.

Ian Altosaar

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Your KARMA For The Next 1,5 YEARS! Developments in BUSINESS And Society! North Node In Gemini, And South Node In Sagittarius. Personal PREDICTIONS!

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General overview of the period

There are two very karmic bodies in our solar system. In Vedic astrology, they are called Rahu — The Dragon’s Head, and Ketu — The Dragon’s Tail. In modern astrology, they are called the North Node and the South Node respectively.

In very simple terms, Rahu is what we are meant to go towards during this lifetime. And Ketu is what we are meant to let go of. It is something we have already experienced in a previous life. Ketu things come more naturally to us in this life. So, we don’t have to pursue them so aggressively.

Rahu is also where we can achieve a sudden jump in our social standing. Meaning, wherever Rahu is in our chart, and we start mastering that area, success in life can come.

And with Ketu, the more of a detached and spiritual (altruistic, wanting to do good type of energy, to serve mankind) kind of approach we have, the more Ketu will give us. It is limitless in it’s giving, which means it can actually give a lot.

The nodes switch signs every 1,5 years. And when observed, we can see that the areas (or signs) the nodes are currently in, get more attention during that time. Success comes to those areas (or letting go, detaching). Stock markets move in those directions, business, etc.

If we consider all of the above, we should be able to see how important the nodes actually are.

In this piece, I’m going to dissect the following 1,5 years from the perspective of the nodes because we are right at the cusp of the nodes switching signs. North node moving from Cancer to Gemini. And south node moving from Capricorn to Sagittarius.

In order for us to know which areas are going to be affected most, we must understand the signs thoroughly.

Rahu In Gemini

Let us start with Gemini, meaning the areas the world is going to be moving towards more intensively for the next 1,5 years.

Gemini is all about communication and business. Social media, sales, funnels, marketing, advertising, media, TV, newspapers, online business, writing, speaking, teaching and learning skills, smaller communities, local neighborhoods, local community, small-groups.

And Rahu or North node is all about innovating things, approaching things in a taboo way, breaking social barriers, using methods either in the grey area of the law (or even sometimes breaking it but I don’t recommend You go and do that. Don’t do that actually.), it’s obsessive energy, it wants more and more, never satisfied and continuously lusting for more.

If we put these two energies together, we can now see that this is an intriguing energetic cocktail about to happen for the next 1,5 years of our lives. And in the world in general, because we must remember, this influences everything. Not just our personal lives. So, as a global human society, we will be moving more obsessively towards those Gemini areas I already mentioned.

This will lead to new innovations in marketing, media, internet. New clever ways of marketing and communicating information will be developed. And those who do and use those methods will gain more popularity and material gain. You might start writing something more shocking, or even Your speaking and communication style might become more taboo-breaking, provoking. Not really considering “the rules” of marketing now. Or how people have done things before.

More attention will also be put towards local communities, smaller groups of people. Small business has a chance to develop and get more attention. Small and local will be the way to go. If You are planning on starting one, the next 1,5 years will give You an extra boost to do so. And if You can bring some intriguing information online, or market Your small business in an unusual way, now is the time to do it. The energy supports this.

One of the biggest areas that will go through innovation, or even get a lot of attention; how we exchange information with each other. Time to put those thinking caps on and bring those “breaking of the society’s rules” kind of ideas out there. Clever new blog posts or blogging might even grow bigger. And those who manage to bring innovation and shocking things there will reap the rewards.

Gemini also rules the way and what we think about. When combined with Rahu this will bring us unusual ways of thinking, even sometimes unexplainably weird things. It is up to us to decide if we want to share those things with our local communities.

Another big focus will be on media. How we get our information from the media? If I was a betting man, and I am, I would bet that businesses that are online, media companies that are online, will go through huge expansion, and rise in their popularity. Good idea to think about investing in Netflix, Zoom, and many others that have similar businesses. (This is not financial advice!!!)

Our local neighborhoods might also transform a little or a lot. New ideas can come there, people might start desiring more unusual places to spend time in their local communities. And then start creating those areas.

Gemini is also very practical skills, more left-brain skills. Skills that can be taught. If You have a skill like that and You are thinking about starting a business teaching it, for example, now is a good time. Now is a good time to learn those skills as well. The thirst for us to do so is there. And then using those skills in our local community. Also, an area to move towards (starting a local business with those skills). Make sure You focus on really practical, can use them in practical matters type skills.

In general, business owners should put their attention to local communities and online. But do Your best to offer people real value as well! The thing with Rahu is, the thirst for success is so big that sometimes cutting corners can happen too much. Keep an eye on that.

Ketu In Sagittarius

Which brings us to the more difficult part, Ketu. This is the area that will need our letting go, a more detached approach. It doesn’t mean You need to let go of the area that Sagittarius rules in Your chart completely. Nor does it mean that as a global society we need to completely let go of Sagittarius matters.

It does, however, mean that the focus will be on Gemini. Areas that will have less focus on them for the next 1,5 years: religion, universities, higher education, teaching more higher-minded ideals and big picture concepts, libraries, foreign travel, foreign countries, foreign import-export, global companies, philosophy, our belief systems (huge one!!!), the way we connect with spirit/God/Universe, spiritual teachers, gurus, mentor figures, purpose (a huge one!!!), ideals, bigger vision, seeing the bigger picture, luck, faith, theory (also important!), ceremonies, churches.

The important thing to understand with Ketu, although it brings a kind of detached and letting go type of energy, the goal of Ketu is to transform these areas. And to transform those areas in a way that they are selflessly serving mankind. That these areas would have the best interests of people in mind. To have the higher ideal of service at their core. When that is achieved there, these areas can bring results as well. And a lot of results. But the thing is the desire has to be pure there.

The letting go and the serving cannot be because You know that if You do that You will receive material gains in abundance. It has to be because of a genuine desire to serve people. Much harder to do in real life. To make sure we abide by these Karmic laws, Ketu can “help us” in the detaching by having some things leave our life (in the area that Sagittarius rules in Your personal birth-chart. As well as globally).

I believe religion will have to go through a huge transformation. We will see if they are of real service to humans or are they not during this period. Changes there are imminent. Also, with priests and religious teachers. I do see a crisis there, those who are in true service will remain.

Whatever Ketu touches it brings a certain kind of seeing through the illusions in addition to all that I mentioned above already.

We will be able to see through the veils of religion, fake gurus, fake teachers, fake preachers, our own fake belief systems, the broken side of the education system. One of the most important things here, our purpose. My hope is that Ketu will bring much more of a service for the good of all type of mindset to people here. At the very least, it will bring some of it. And those who are open to it, can reach it and start using it.

A lot of us will turn our attention to our immediate communities and local neighborhoods. This also means that it will be a little quiet in the world of import/export, fewer foreign travels (maybe more if they are for spiritual and higher reasons), less attention on spiritual teachers who are more to do with bigger picture things. And more attention/need for those who teach practical skills. Spiritual teachers and teachers of any kind might even start doing that more themselves subconsciously. Or from a simple supply and demand point of view.

There will be more demand for things and skills to do with hands or making things with hands and handmade things. That should mean that there is a drop in the demand for big and mass-produced goods.

We should also focus on the element side of things. Gemini is Mutable Air, and Sagittarius is Mutable Fire. This adds to the overall influence. Fire increases if we add Air to it. Translating this into our society we can see that it will bring an influx of new ideas, excitement, exciting ideas, exciting energy, busy energy. And now we must also consider the Mutable quality of these signs. Mutability is all about changing things already in place. This means all of those Sagittarius and Gemini areas already mentioned above. Big changes in industries that are to do with media, communication, religion, higher education, writing, speaking, online businesses, spiritual teachings, etc.

A word of warning. Be aware of the intense energy of Rahu here. It can twist the truths, spread lies if not approached carefully. Although the focus is in those areas, be sure that You offer quality services and information to others!

Personal Predictions

Personal predictions for each sign (I will focus on the areas You will be most affected by this, for more advanced learners; look at the placement of the rulers of Ketu and Rahu as well.)

Pisces

Most of the focus will now turn to the 4th house. This means Your family life, home, place of living, parents, mother (in some cases can be the father), Your deep emotional life, Your inner life. Some of You might be starting families (more focus needed here), others can improve relationships with their parents or they require more focus there, or You can even renovate or improve things in Your home. Focusing more on the country You were born in is also a possibility. For those of You that don’t have a home currently, the desire to own one can drive You to take actions towards having one of Your own.

Less focus will be put on Your career and social status during this time. The important thing to remember is that no need to force things in those areas have an open mind related to career and Your social standing in society. If at all possible, and You might be asked to do this, be in service of some higher goal, and of the people. Then results can come in those areas. A detached approach is necessary for all matters related to career and social status, or Your mission in life.

Aquarius

Your attention will be geared towards 5th house matters for the next 1,5 years. This means all matters related to children, lovers, romance, self-expression, creativity, riskier investments, entrepreneurship, and self-owned business, hobbies, having fun. Lot of You will put Your energy deeply into Your creative pursuits, start businesses. Really think out of the box when You start these, I bet that some of the creativity coming from You guys will be shocking or taboo-breaking. It might be an interesting time to take on some riskier investments. Rahu can bring some success there. As always, manage Your risk! Especially important with Rahu there. Some of You might discover new ways of raising and relating to Your children. These might seem “strange” to the general public but can bring You some success as well.

The detaching and letting go parts are in Your 11th house. This means Your long-term goals, dreams, material pursuits, groups, friends, social networks, social causes, gains, bonuses, salary. Although the temptation to go towards those areas is strongly there, I do recommend You take a more relaxed approach with these matters. If at all possible, and You might be asked to do this, be in service of some higher goal, and of the people.

Capricorn

6th house gets a lot of the focus with You Capricorn. Meaning, daily routines, health, pets, diet, imbalances, employees, work, it is also the house of service, enemies, employment. Putting a lot of effort into Your work can lead to promotion but be aware of others during this time as well. Rahu can disregard anything else and just focus on the end goal. New and strange diets, exercise routines. Some of You will develop these and some of You will use them. Hopefully, it will lead to better health in general which is in focus as well.

This also means that the letting go part will be happening in Your 12th house of rest. With all the work You will be doing during the next 1,5 years it is important to remember that You might not have so much time to rest, sleep, or to put energy towards Your spiritual pursuits. Even the department of bed pleasures can suffer here a little. Must remember the letting go and detachment part here. Once You do that, more rest and pleasure between the sheets can come too. Do Your best to not force things too much. And even going on holiday can be a bit more difficult during this time. But if You let go of the need to go on holiday, You might be pleasantly surprised.

Sagittarius

For You, the focus will be on the 7th house. Relationships, partnerships, business partnerships, public image, clients, consulting, balance in life, marriage. The desire to be in a long-term relationship will be so great that You might even use unusual methods to get into one. But remember that other people exist in the world as well, and do Your best to have their feelings in mind. Some of You might be getting married or into partnerships. The desire to be in the public eye will have You thinking of strange ways to get there. Having new and interesting business partners in sight and going after them could also be a possibility for You Sagittarius.

And now the letting go part. Well, this is going to be hard for You, especially if You are a bit younger. You have to let go of focusing on Yourself (the 1st house). Your path in life and the direction You are going will need a more detached approach. You can’t control everything in that area. Might even need to surrender some parts of Your plans for the greater good. And there is a high possibility that it will involve a partner or a business partner. Being too selfish with this position can be detrimental for the next 1,5 years. But don’t let Your pants completely down, it doesn’t mean You have to be a complete push-over. Let go and trust that You are being guided towards the areas that will be beneficial for Your development. You might be pleasantly surprised if You are in service of others and let go of some selfishness.

Scorpio

The focus is on the 8th house matters for You Scorpio. Intimacy, sex, pregnancy, esoteric and taboo topics, secrets, crisis, transformation, traumas, partner’s resources, resources coming from others, money coming from others, insurance, taxes, healing, death, and rebirth. Some of You can see an increase in Your partner’s resources, or money coming in from clients. You will be focusing on that as well (how to make more).

Experimenting sexually is also a fun way to use this energy, which can then lead to pregnancies as well. New sexual practices can be born from this. Others can discover and emerge themselves into astrology, numerology, secrets, taboo topics. On a negative side, this could bring an obsession with death. If that is the case for You be aware of this and do Your best to focus on other 8th house areas. Although accepting death is part of this life as well, we are here to live and experience as much as we can.

The letting go will be taking place in Your 2nd house. Money, material resources, finances, investments, Your approach to money, possessions, voice, self-worth. Now it doesn’t mean You have to lower Your self-worth in any way. I translate this into detaching from a lot of the things that usually give us worth in our society.

Seeing the deeper meaning of Your worth without those material things. I urge You to take a very balanced approach with finances during this period. No need to pursue them too aggressively, more You are in service of something, the more “I’m okay and I will be materially taken care of” kind of approach You this year, the more of those 2nd house things You will receive. Or in other terms, being obsessed with money is not the best approach. Know that it is necessary for Your life but it doesn’t make You a better person.

Libra

With You Libra, the influences are a bit more difficult. (For You everything is opposite.) Because for You the focus is in the 9th house which is naturally ruled by Sagittarius and has the qualities of Sagittarius. If You read the general overview You know that these are opposite energies and it seems like You are supposed to go towards all those Sagittarius matters, and at the same time let them go.

Rather the focus for You is to go towards 9th house matters, bigger picture, belief systems, foreign countries, teaching, mentoring (all those already mentioned above), but do it from a Gemini perspective. This means teaching in foreign countries but teaching practical and useful skills for example.

Selling goods and products abroad but doing it in a small group (Gemini) of people. Developing new belief systems but ones that are more practical and not so higher-minded, philosophical like Sagittarius is. The important thing is to combine the meaning of Gemini and Sagittarius and go towards both. Because with You Libra, the higher goal in Your life is still finding balance in everything that You do.

And now the letting go part of the equation. In the 3rd house (the natural house of Gemini) and in the sign of Sagittarius…I hope You can see the difficulty that we Libras face here (I’m personally a Libra Ascendant so I know the pain of this situation).

This again seems like needing to let go of local communities (the 3rd house) and all those Gemini things already mentioned above. But with You Libra, the best approach is balancing Yourself between those areas. Local and foreign, practical and higher-minded understandings, practical and big picture skills. You will have to do it all and find a balance in those areas.

Virgo

Much of the focus is in Your 10th house of career, social status, calling, public reputation. The most likely scenario here is working a lot and putting effort into Your career. And also using some “hoop-jumping” to get ahead in those areas. You can also shock the public in some shape or form the gather attention.

Just make sure You walk on the right side of the law when You do that. Otherwise, this can punish instead of leading to success. Innovate and dare to think totally outside the box in regards to Your career, dare to push the limits here.

Letting go and detachment are happening in Your 4th house of family life, home, place of living, parents, mother (in some cases can be the father), Your deep emotional life, Your inner life. Less time to focus on those areas and understandably so.

At times You can feel like You’d rather spend time with Your family than work on Your career but for the next 1,5 years it is best to change the focus. For some of You this just might mean that You get to spend less time at home and with Your parents because of the focus on Your career.

Leo

Much of the focus will be in Your 11th house. This means Your long-term goals, dreams, material pursuits, groups, friends, social networks, social causes, gains, bonuses, salary. With all of that focus and energy put into those areas, You will likely see gains in those areas.

Rahu is a bit of a risk-taker so be aware of taking too many risks with Your finances. But on a positive note, You can find new ways of making money or Your friends and networks will help You with Your goals/dreams. You might be drawn to more foreign people within Your local community (it is still Gemini). Or jumping into new groups and social activism groups whose goals are a bit “off the rails” or taboo-breaking in some way.

Much of the letting go and detachment approach is needed in Your 5th house matters. The conflict here is that these are both financial houses, associated with investments. I urge You to be cautious and don’t risk too much. Risk management is important for You Leo! Especially with riskier investments.

But it also influences Your creative projects, business endeavors. You might need to let some go, or the goals behind those endeavors should transform more into being of service. Because there is a lot of focus on those 11th house matters the time You can spend with Your children, on Your hobbies, even with Your lovers can suffer here a little.

Even romance and dating will be influenced, and having fun. But if You do Your best and focus on those 11th house matters, let go of the need to have fun, plenty of this can be given to You.

Cancer

A lot of focus and energy will move into the 12th house for You Cancer. How You rest, spiritual life, how You recover, vacations, other realms of existence, bed pleasures. You are pulled towards those and meant to experience more of these for the next 1,5 years. The downside with this can be being too isolated. But You have permission for this, and a need.

Also, to grow spiritually, visit foreign lands, enjoy bed pleasures, have access to other realms of existence, and channel divine wisdom. In more simple terms, You can just rest more during this period and find intriguing ways of doing that. Or develop new spiritual practices that can shock the status quo!

Letting go and detachment happens in the 6th house. Meaning, daily routines, health, pets, diet, imbalances, employees, work, it is also the house of service, enemies, employment. You will be so busy with all those spiritual matters that some of Your daily routines can suffer. I believe for You Cancer one of the best ways to channel this energy would be to find some more spiritual routines in Your daily life.

Thus, we combine the energies of the houses. In general, cut Yourself some slack if You can’t be 100% vigorous with Your diet and routine. Some of that control needs to be relinquished. And if You truly let go, You can be guided towards routines, diets, exercising, pets, work that are truly meant for You. You can even quit a job or be let go of a position that no longer serves You. Try not to worry too much, something better is coming for You!

Gemini

Well Gemini, this is all about You for the next 1,5 years. What do You want to do with Your life? Which path to take? Are You on the right track? You might discover that You need to innovate and start something new that completely shocks those close to You.

Some of You might feel the pull towards foreign lands. Generally, a deep desire to get to know oneself is key here. The focus is on You, and it should be. Use this time to get to know Yourself more deeply. Even changing Your appearance in a way that is more shocking for others is a possibility. A desire to look different and foreign is happening for You certainly!

And now this brings me to the harder part. Letting go and detaching. This influence is in Your 7th house. Relationships, partnerships, business partnerships, public image, clients, consulting, balance in life, marriage. For some of You, it can mean that relationships are leaving Your life. During this period, it is best to let them go.

If You manage to do that, there is a possibility that they can come back. But do Your best to not attach to that idea. Ketu will (in my experience) rip them away. With all of that focus in the 1st house, You will have less time to put into Your relationships and partnerships. It’s okay, and so it should be. Do Your best not to turn into a selfish asshole though!

Discovering Yourself can be done without total neglect for others! If You are looking to get into a relationship, it is best if You let go of the need for it. And focus on Yourself. When You do that, life can bring You a partner that is right for You!

Taurus

Rahu goes into Your 2nd house. Money, material resources, finances, investments, Your approach to money, possessions, voice, self-worth. The goal of this 1,5-year period is for You to achieve material mastery. Material self-sufficiency, and very plainly put, to make money. But the focus is on material things, creating material foundations.

The desire is there, the want is there, and now You are supported. But always important with Rahu is to manage risk. Rahu’s energy is such an intense one that caution can be thrown out the window. A desire to overspend or a danger is there as well. But putting all those efforts into creating those resources can actually give good results materially during this period.

Do Your best to focus on creating those material resources in a unique way, something out of the ordinary, this has a good chance of making lots!

Ketu goes into Your 8th house. Some detachment and letting go are required to do with matters of Intimacy, sex, pregnancy, esoteric and taboo topics, secrets, crisis, transformation, traumas, partner’s resources, resources coming from others, money coming from others, insurance, taxes, healing, death, and rebirth.

The focus is on Your resources, and You creating them. There is a need to let go of the attachment to other people’s or Your partner’s resources. If You are too attached to them, they can dwindle. If You truly let go and become sufficient Yourself, they can rise. And if You are focusing more on more of the practical and material things for the period, it doesn’t leave much time for esoteric pursuits, learning about astrology, psychology, and intimacy.

Of course, those things can be given to You once You detach and build strong and solid material foundations with Your energy and time. Become materially self-sufficient.

Aries

For You Aries, the main focus is in Your 3rd house. Communication and business. Social media, sales, funnels, marketing, advertising, media, TV, newspapers, online business, writing, speaking, teaching and learning skills, smaller communities, local neighborhoods, local community, small-groups. Use marketing, media, and online marketing. Start online businesses.

This can really turn out beneficial for You Aries. 3rd house is considered one of the best positions for Rahu. Success can come in all of those areas for You, material gains, etc.

And the letting go happens in Your 9th house. A detached approach towards religion, universities, higher education, teaching more higher-minded ideals and big picture concepts, libraries, foreign travel, foreign countries, foreign import-export, global companies, philosophy, our belief systems (huge one!!!), the way we connect with spirit/God/Universe, spiritual teachers, gurus, mentor figures, purpose (a huge one!!!), ideals, bigger vision, seeing the bigger picture, luck, faith, theory (also important!), ceremonies, churches.

This will happen organically anyway with You putting a lot of effort into teaching and learning all of those practical skills online and starting local businesses. Important not to force foreign travels, higher education, foreign import, and export. If these happen on their own, with a more relaxed approach, this is good. Otherwise, focus on the 3rd house matters for this 1,5-year period!

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VENUS Retrograde 2020! General Overview And PERSONAL Predictions!

In this article, I will describe the upcoming Venus retrograde period and how it will affect us globally. This time the actual period is from the 13th of May, until the 17th of June.

It is important to mention here that each retrograde has a shadow period. This means the influence is already strong two weeks before and two weeks after the retrograde movement. The whole period is then from the 30th of April (approximately) until the 1st of July.

For a general description of retrograde periods through the example of Mercury retrograde, check out my videos here:

The sign where it is going retrograde is also important, this time it is Gemini.

I will first describe the overall influence of the Venus retrograde and then we will look at three different periods within the retrograde period itself. The Beginning, The Middle, and The End.

It is worth a mention that the planet going retrograde usually gives the biggest results 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after the retrograde period. I’ve personally noticed that it very often happens right around the day when the planet goes officially retrograde, or comes out of it. Some dates to pay attention to, 13th of May and 17th of June (or around those days). What happens during those days can give indication of things to come.

Venus retrograde is especially important for all things related to money and financial markets. And retrograde periods are usually periods when things are a little haywire, more problems occur, etc. with the things involved or represented by the planet. Or I should say, influenced. This time Venus. Other areas that will be under strong focus: relationships, partnerships, money, beauty, beauty industry, food, food industry, nature (anything to do with nature), women, voice, design, music, art, anything related to finances. Venus is also anything we enjoy doing, where we get pleasure.

It will also influence women especially strongly. As well as anyone who is ruled by Venus. Meaning Ascendant, Sun or Moon in Taurus or Libra.

Let us start with financial markets and money in general. This is a heated topic currently everywhere, and it is my opinion that we are in for a correction downwards in the markets during this Venus retrograde period as well. I wrote a more statistical article comparing Bitcoin’s price action during Venus retrograde periods here: https://ianaltosaar.com/venus-retrograde-and-bitcoin-price-action/

In our personal life we will reevaluate finances and anything to do with money. We will look at our investments and make adjustments there. How we make our money will come under the microscope as well. Might need to do some corrections even there. Our incomes might at first dwindle or be under a squeeze of some sort. But the goal of Venus retrograde (or any retrograde) is to see what is working and what is not. And then make corrections and adjustments after that. A very strong focus on reevaluating our financial lives, and even from a more psychological level, how we feel about money, what we think about it, how do we see it?

The second big topic is self-worth. Venus rules our self-worth and during this time we can, at first, go into a place of doubting our self-worth, how we value ourselves can be dampened. Even hard to see our worth. But the important thing to realize during this is that the retrograde period is for us to cultivate a deeper understanding of our worth. And also, to see the places where we are too hard on ourselves. So that in the end, we will come out of the period with a new perspective about ourselves. And how we value ourselves, personally and professionally. For some of You this can mean charging more for Your services or asking for a bigger salary, raising prices of Your products. Or You might discover that You are in a relationship that is detrimental to Your worth, doesn’t value You, or You need to value Yourself more within the relationship. Maybe You are too accommodating, or maybe too little? In each case, this will get a deeper look during the retrograde period. And after, You can start making the necessary adjustments.

And now, the culmination of this event, our relationships. I saved this for last because this is probably the most important one during it. It’s all about relationships with Venus. Every kind of relationship will be under the microscope and thrown in our faces. Old relationships will return. If not physically then mentally. You will be thinking about past lovers and relationships. What happened there and who did what wrong?

Arguments can arise in relationships that seemed solid. Things and understandings swept under the rug will rear their heads to be examined and discussed through. Not to make You uncomfortable (which it inevitably will) but to give You better relationships at the end of the period.

Similarly, with business partnerships. Are You putting in enough work? Is Your partner or partners? Things need to be discussed openly and by using diplomacy (Venus) uplifted to a new level. If that is not possible then some business and personal relationships might unfortunately come to an end. Remember to be fair (Venus) to Yourself and to others during this. See their perspective and express Yourself as clearly as possible.

It is generally best not to start brand new business partnerships or marriage, or long-term partnerships during Venus retrograde. But the emphasis should be on improving existent ones, or reevaluating them and letting them go.

Yearning for pleasure during this time will be prevalent, yet at times harder to achieve. It mostly does seem like harder work or making Your relationships and the constant reevaluation seems like a lot of work, but it will pay dividends once the period is over. You have cleared the air in Your existing ones and those that need to leave will leave during this time. Better for all involved. But it will hopefully be a wake-up call for many as well. To see where they are not putting in the necessary effort. And with Venus, again, diplomacy is the best approach. If the person is eager to change and shows a willingness to change, maybe You can give them another opportunity? Or maybe they are the ones showing You the grace of Venus instead?

Patience is important in every retrograde period; things just move slowly. Do Your best to remember that as well.

The Beginning

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It is most important that we focus on the aspects of Venus first and then look at the other ones after. The first and most difficult aspect to Venus, a square from Neptune. This can manifest in various ways. Loss of money, misplacing it, spending on some “scam” that doesn’t prove to have any real value, mislead in financial matters in general. With Venus being retrograde, this doesn’t look particularly good for financial markets in general. In our relationships this can look like misleading someone, being misled. Thinking one thing about the partner, but it turns out later that the person is completely different. Some illusions and allowing Your boundaries to be crossed because You think the other person is something other than they really are. This is a difficult square that does need some of our attention. Be careful not to mislead anyone, or pay extra attention to the actions of others during this time.

A wide trine from Mars can still boost our earning capabilities, or desire to take action with our finances, taking action in our relationships, taking action with our bodies to look more beautiful. But unfortunately, it is a wide one so the influence is fading. Nothing else to Venus.

From the positive side, Jupiter and Pluto are receiving a fortunate trine from the Sun (4-degree orb with Jupiter and 1 degree with Pluto). Our creative energy should be high. Although on slow-moving Taurus, the boost from Pluto and Jupiter will uplift our creativity, the ability to create in the world, our belief in our creative abilities. Support from powerful male figures can be possible. People in leadership positions can receive some monetary support, or a boost to their power. With the trine from Jupiter, hopefully they will become more benevolent as well (Jupiter is higher wisdom, knowledge, kindness), I do see this possibility strongly. Meaning people who are already materially well off and in leadership positions could even make more money, or they could show their good grace as well. If we really want to step into the positive side of things, there is a very wide trine between the Sun and Saturn. Good time to do some hard work, we will have some energy for this. Governments and the common people should also receive an energetic boost. People in leadership positions and the common people are more on one page, should be a supportive between the two classes for a moment.

Uranus and Saturn square deserves a mention. The traditional ruler of the common people (Saturn) and the more modern ruler of the commoners, the masses (Uranus) are going at it in a somewhat wide (6-degree orb) square. I translate this into restrictions put on us by the governments, limiting our freedom (Uranus), my fear is that this is an indication of things to come. We could see these measures taking a more intense turn as the year progresses. (I feel personally conflicted about this because there are other influences that might suggest more freedom in our movement. One of the ways this could manifest is some restrictions will lift, and others will remain. I believe at least some will definitely remain.)

The Middle

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Venus is now in a much more detrimental position. Still the square from Neptune, square from Mars, and if that’s not enough, the Sun is within 8-degrees of Venus. This is considered a burned Venus. Meaning, the Sun is so close to the planet that it “burns” some of its positive influence, or good influence. It can hide the qualities of the planet. In other words, a combust Venus. We have a combust Venus which is getting squares from both Neptune and Mars… In Gemini, in retrograde…

But let us not give into temptation of the dark side and see how we can prepare for this, or what might some of the influences be like?

For the Neptune, influences look at the Beginning part of the article. Mars here can bring fights in our relationships, frustration, stress. It is safe to say that most of our relationships during this time are under a lot of stress anyway (Venus retrograde), and now Mars adds to that. More arguments can definitely arise. Best to channel this energy into physical activity, sports, fitness. Mars is also weakened here in Pisces and in conjunction with Neptune. Hopefully, this can play to our advantage, meaning the fights will be a little less aggressive. Although be aware of distorting facts in those fights, fighting for something that is not actually even worth fighting for. Might even wake up during the middle of the fight and both of You don’t even understand why You are fighting, or the topic of the fight itself is false. Financial matters can be stressful during this period. Considering all of the influences together here, I believe we might see another crash in the markets around this period. The last week of May will be very intriguing for the markets.

But what does the Sun add here? One of the core attributes or influences of Venus is balance, and also diplomacy. It will be harder to find a diplomatic approach in our relationships, negotiations. Relationships can be out of balance and under a lot of stress. And then, what usually helps us, diplomacy and balance are missing as well. This is an energetic cocktail that deserves our attention. Meaning, we must understand these influences and do our best to remember balance and diplomacy, might even add equality here, when times get tough in our relationships. Do Your best to understand the other person, see their point of view. Find balance and remember that it is easier to go into extremes during this time.

The only positive and close aspect is a sextile between Mars and Uranus. Could energize the people and the masses into taking some action that leads to more freedom, more activity on the cryptocurrency markets, more willingness to take action towards Your personal freedom. But like I said, Mars is in Pisces (not super strong), so the influence will be a little weaker. The middle of the Venus retrograde period seems very intense.

The End

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Fortunately, the End of the period is a bit more graceful. Venus receives support from Saturn in the form of a trine. A more balanced emotional life, feeling calm and present, feeling solid in our relationships. Hopefully, this brings some relief to the governments and the common people. Some financial relief (finally!), more diplomatic relationships between the people and governments (as well as other hierarchical organizations).

Mars is supporting Pluto and Jupiter with a sextile, (and a wide one towards Saturn as well) we could see some positive or important, decisive actions are taken with the current crisis. These actions should (at least for the time being) bring some relief. Mars is a surgeon and initiative, Neptune is there (also in a sextile) there is a potential for some sort of remedy here for the crisis or for the virus itself. I’m not 100% sure if it’s the final vaccine or remedy, but at least some kind of medicine that helps us fight the virus and crisis in a beneficial way.

Let’s end this with a positive note and prepare ourselves for the intense retrograde period to come!

Predictions by sign (the area You will be most affected is where Venus is currently transiting. This time it is wherever Gemini is placed in Your chart. But also, the Venus-ruled areas in Your natal chart will feel this. And I’ve even noticed that wherever Venus is placed in Your chart will be affected during this time.)

Aries

For You Aries, this will influence Your 2nd and 7th house. You will feel it most intensely in Your 3rd house. Which are Your skills, teaching and learning them, communication, talking, writing speaking. You will be reevaluating Your skills, what is necessary, what needs improvement, where are You charging too little and where are You offering too much or too little value. 2nd house brings in the topics of self-worth, possessions, money, resources. All of those areas will be worked on and reevaluated. Improved as well. Now as a double whammy for You Aries, the 7th house is all about relationships anyway, You will feel this retrograde especially hard on Your relationships and partnerships. Talks with Your partners and business partners, what is working, what is not? Who is bringing what to the table? Do the agreements need to change?

Taurus

The area most influenced by this retrograde is Your finances or the 2nd house. You will definitely reevaluate Your inner-worth as well. What are You truly worth? Are You charging too little? Too much? Are You really putting in the effort? Where are You putting Your money? What are You buying with it? Where are You investing it? The 1st and the 6th house will also feel this. Where am I going with my life, maybe some changes need to be made there? Daily routines and diet will be looked at more clearly, also Your work and employees, pets will feel the Venus retrograde period. Shifting things around and putting in efforts in those areas.

Gemini

For You the strongest influence will be in the 1st house, meaning You, Yourself. The path You are on. You might even have a mini-crisis with Your body, which is also the 1st house. Am I pretty enough? Do I need to lose weight? This might even be a mini-crisis with Your overall path in life, some dissatisfaction with the way things are progressing, how You experience pleasure. I wouldn’t be surprised if You decide to make some drastic changes to Your appearance or body. But best to research these more drastic and dramatic changes and take action after the retrograde period. If it’s a matter of starting to exercise, it is a much smaller change. But plastic surgeries etc, not recommended during this time. You might discover that You don’t even want the changes after the period when Venus energy balances itself again. Other areas influenced, 12th and the 5th house. How Your rest and topics associated with children, spirituality, creative projects, and entrepreneurial pursuits will undergo some reevaluating.

Cancer

The intensity is mostly in Your 12th house. Meaning, Your spirituality, how You sleep, how You rest, bed pleasures. There is a chance You will understand that the way You spend Your time off is not working for You. Or You will have to work a lot and have no time off. Or the way You approach Your spirituality is not right for You anymore, and the relationship with that needs to change. Or on another level, You might be just having less sexual pleasures during this period, and understand Your desire and need for them, maybe reevaluate these. Other areas influenced, 11th and the 4th house. Long term goals and family will undergo similar reevaluation and the relationships there will feel this retrograde intensely.

Leo

Venus is going retrograde in Your 11th house. Long-term goals, material gains, bonuses, salary. At the start, there can be a mini-crisis in those areas, which will lead You to start making changes. And hopefully, when the retrograde period is over, improve Your gains, salary, get a nice bonus. But keep in mind that during retrograde periods we need to put in three times as many efforts. Your 3rd house and 10th house will also feel this. So, Your communication, neighbors, and Your career will be influenced by this period. Am I in the right career? Is this neighborhood right for me? Or how You communicate, write, and speak will go under the microscope.

Virgo

You will mostly feel it in Your 10th house of career and social status. Maybe things are not looking good in regard to Your career? Is it bringing You pleasure and enjoyment? Or the relationships at work, maybe they need some reevaluation and diplomacy? You will spend this period doing Your best to answer these questions. Other areas influenced, 2nd and 9th houses. Money and education. Or self-worth and belief-systems. Even teachers and gurus, mentors, relationship with the father. It might be something small (or big!) like understanding how much Your father actually loves You, or improving the relationship with Your father in some shape or form. Or seeing that the mentors and teachers are not really right for You and You need new ones.

Libra

Although Your 1st house is affected by this retrograde, most of the focus is going to be on the 9th house. Your belief systems, teachers, higher education, traveling, father figures, and mentors. Could reevaluate what You are currently studying, does it make sense? Or do You need to study extra? Maybe You are a teacher Yourself and You are working more, putting in more effort, and Your skills are being tested and under the microscope? Changes in the life of Your father or the relationship with other teachers. And the 1st house, as well as the 8th house, are also affected. Body, appearance, the general path in life, and the resources of others. This also includes money coming in from clients, partner’s money. There could be a mini-crisis in those areas, or You are just reevaluating them, seeing where You can improve something.

Scorpio

Most of the action is in Your 8th house of partner’s resources, other people’s money, and esoteric/occult topics. It is also the house of pregnancy and intimacy (also sexual intimacy). Although there might be a crisis in those areas at the start of the period, some of You Scorpios could discover pleasant news at the end of June. Pregnancy or partner’s resources rises, they make more money. Or You find a clever way to do Your taxes or discover something new with astrology. Other houses affected, the 12th and the 7th. Looking at this Scorpios, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if You find Yourself pregnant after this period. Sexual and relationship houses affected. It could also mean that You make more money at the end of this period. Hopefully, at the end of this shaky period, You will have found better ways to find pleasure with Your partner and made more money!

Sagittarius

For You Sagittarius, relationships will be very much in focus because Venus the planet of relationships and partnerships is going retrograde in the house of relationships. Reevaluating them, it can feel like a testing time for many of You. More will be asked of You, You will look at if these relationships and partnerships are working for You. And making decisions during this. This is a very energetically charged time with relationships in general, best to observe, talk and speak, communicate in Your relationships. And make those decisions after June. You will be in a much more clear space with all of it. The 11th and the 6th house also get more affected. Long-term goals, dreams, bonuses, salary, and Your daily routines, diets, exercising, pets. More effort needs to be put in those areas. The results will come later in June-July.

Capricorn

Capricorn for You the 6th house us mostly affected by this Venus retrograde. How You take care of Your pets, Your daily routines, also Your daily beauty routines (because it is Venus after all!), how You eat, what You put into Your body, how You exercise. Even some old routines or addictions can come back to You. You need to pay attention there and make the best decisions. Your relationship with food and diet will be looked at, or it is You who will do the looking in all honesty! Also, Your career (the 10th), and the 5th house will feel this retrograde. Children, creative projects, lovers — all those relationships and relationships can come under the microscope. Some old flings or lovers can contact You or You can “randomly” see them on the street. Even thinking about them and reminiscing about them.

Aquarius

The main action is in Your 5th house. Meaning, lovers, children, creative hobbies and projects, riskier investments. Probably should be a little more careful with Your riskier bets, reevaluate them, and by the end of this period, You can even make more money. Or just allocated Your riskier investments better. Or found a better way to communicate and relate to Your children, more balance in those relationships. Some old flings or lovers can contact You or You can “randomly” see them on the street. Even thinking about them and reminiscing about them. Or even getting back together with them. Very often during this period, these flings can momentarily end, and after the period can get back together with them.

Pisces

The main focus is in the 4th house for You Pisces. Homelife and relationships with family. A desire to beautify the home quite possibly but there can be some blockages, or it might take some time. Also, the relationship with Your family in general. Where are the changes needed? Other houses influenced by this period, 3rd and 8th. The way You communicate write and speak. There can be some reevaluation of Your speaking or writing style. A possibility that someone criticizes Your style and You need to change something there. Or look deeper into the situation, is it my style, or is it the other person? Or even Your worth can get hit by that. After the period is over You will have a more improved expression style. Also, relationships with siblings and neighbors will be evaluated. Are these relationships good for You? Do You want to reengage with some of Your siblings who You have maybe lost contact with? Or maybe they contact You themselves and You can work on the relationship. Business and social media also affected. Partner’s resources, taxes, money coming from others, and intimacy in relationships definitely for You Pisces an important topic during this period.

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Astrological Report 28th of April, 2020. Moon In Cancer!

This is a general astrological report on the 28th of April, 2020. I picked the most important influences and how they should affect us during this unusual time.

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With this report, I have now covered the entire Lunar month. Or the Moon moving through all the signs, which usually takes approximately 28,5 days.

For a few days, the Moon is boosting the water element. We are getting a much-needed activation to our feeling and emotional lives. Most of the energy is still concentrated in earth and air. It should be a good time to continue working on projects started and improving them somehow. Gradual progress and keeping things working is the name of the game. Not changing too much. But for a couple of days, the connection to more of the sensitive side of things is there as well.

Moon in Cancer. This is it’s home (or domicile) position, so the Moon feels good here. More of a desire to spend time at home, spend time with family, offer and receive nurturing with the close family members. Everyone is feeling quite sensitive, in tune with the forces of nature, intuition is heightened. We can feel a lot of emotional ups and downs during this time, but it can be quite enjoyable as well because it is easier to connect with Your emotions. The downside of Cancer is that it thinks we should intuitively feel everything. Including the needs and wants of others. Cancer doesn’t like to say what it wants, it waits for You to feel what it wants. Unfortunately, at times we are not so good at feeling, and the Cancer Moon can get easily offended because they so clearly (and intuitively I might add) let us know what they want from us. But we didn’t react to that deep emotional expression. Be aware of doing that Yourselves. Feel and connect with Your emotions but don’t forget to open Your mouth! I’ve personally seen that artistic expression that is more to do with feelings and emotions gets a boost as well when the Moon is doing its monthly stint in the emotional and nurturing Cancer.

The Moon is quite nicely supported, sextiles from the Sun, Uranus, and a wider one from Mercury. A wide trine from Neptune to add to the equation. Emotional life is supported during this time, exciting new emotions, feelings are more uplifted, a lot of emotional communication (writing, speaking), intuitive downloads (Uranus) of creative (The Sun) information (Mercury). Unfortunately, this is a short-term influence and somewhere around the 29th, the Moon will be shortly opposite Jupiter and Pluto again. Some difficult emotions might arise, and at the same time being too optimistic and over-flowing in our emotional expression. But generally, with the Moon being in Cancer this should be an emotionally enjoyable time. People are more caring, nurturing. Cancer has this motherly feel to it, glowing energy about them. People want to be around them generally because they care about others so much! But sometimes the caring comes at a cost (they want something in return).

Mercury and Saturn are in a square together, and it is a very exact square. This could even bring blockages of information, restrictions to media in some shape or form, or the media being blocked by government institutions. Or business activities being restricted in some way. In our personal lives, this could mean having difficulty in communicating our ideas, the mind can be a little slow (harder to process ideas), information exchange being slower or blocked/restricted, or we might have even problems with electronic devices (this could mean globally there’s like a travel ban or tightening of it, or the media gets blocked in some way by the governments, tighter regulations on the media).

Venus is in an interesting position, about to go retrograde, square from Neptune, and a trine from Mars still. At the same time, we could spend too much on something and enjoy too much food. And then exercise and make money very quickly. Hopefully, You will experience the latter!

Stay safe!

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Astrological Report 26th of April, 2020. Moon In GEMINI!

This is a general astrological report on the 26th of April, 2020. I picked the most important influences and how they should affect us during this unusual time.

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From the elemental perspective, there is not much change. Most of the focus is still in Earth and Air energies, quite nicely balanced in Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable signs. It should be a good time to continue working on projects started and improving them somehow. Gradual progress and keeping things working is the name of the game. Not changing too much.

Moon is now in Gemini and is conjunct with Venus. The scattered interest of Gemini will have it’s influence on our daily lives certainly. Doing many things at once, reading one thing here, talking to another person there, could boost the information we are getting. Learning some skills and using our hands to do things, while at the same time communicating and being curious. Although, the downside of this is being too scattered, not doing anything thoroughly, and being a social butterfly type person. Be on the lookout for that. I believe people can be interested in things for a shorter period of time as well when the Moon is in Gemini. Be aware of that. But a desire to receive and share information, to talk and communicate, as well as teach and learn new skills is on the rise. Commercial activities can get a short boost.

Venus brightens up our emotional life here. Brings a nice emotional boost to our feeling life. Generally, can feel good, enjoy some pleasures, good food, fine art. The downside could be to overspend a little and overeat. Maybe overdoing it with the wine on this Sunday. But this is still a gentle influence.

Let us talk about Mercury, Jupiter, and Pluto which are all in a square. It is a very close one at that. At the moment of writing this, the orb with Jupiter is only 1 degree, and with Pluto 2 degrees. Mercury is the way we communicate, the markets, business, talking, speaking, information, media, etc. And in the square with Jupiter this can all be expanded, but overly expanded. Se the markets can receive a boost but it’s kind of a short-lived, manipulated boost. The information we receive can be made to look better, or it is very optimistic in nature. But unfortunately, the optimism doesn’t have anything real to back it up.

If we add Pluto to the mix here this information can be manipulated by powerful individuals. Being fed the things they want us to hear, not the actual truth. Or in Your day-to-day communication someone talks behind someone else’s back. Or tries to subconsciously manipulate You through their communication. Or You could be the one doing this. Having the current crisis in mind, some information might come out during this week that might not be the actual truth and could have a completely different agenda behind it. Look for distorted agendas at the moment from the media. Most likely not true, or at the very least distorted.

Uranus and Sun are now in an exact conjunct. The energies I’ve spoken about during the last two reports are now especially strong. Here’s the Uranus Sun conjunction description again: “This exciting conjunction should enliven Your creative capacity and bring new creative ideas. And these ideas are innovative, new, might even be quirky in some way. If we add the Taurus influence here, could be ideas and creativity around that has been started already. And now with this conjunction gets a new boost of energy in an innovative approach. Flashes of brilliance! The downside could be some troubles with male authority figures. Or wanting Your creative freedom so much that there can be some issues with male authority figures. Or even father figures. Depending on Your specific situation. But a creative boost will surely be the case here. Be sure to write down those ideas because Uranus moves so quickly. The idea comes very quickly but it can vanish similarly. Be more aware of those moments and take advantage of them!”

Mars and Venus are still locked in a beneficial trine. Quick ways of making money, taking actions in regards to money that can lead to beneficial results, physical actions that boost Your looks and appearance, increase Your beauty. And Mars also trines Moon, so our emotional and feeling life gets a quick boost as well. Feeling more energized, wanting to take action, wanting to be more physical, feeling excited for a couple of days.

Let us end on a positive note this time, and stay safe out there!

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FEAR And Understanding It

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Fear is one of the most difficult emotions to master, if not the most difficult.

Unfortunately when it’s not mastered, or at the very least, acknowledged, it can lead to actions that we will regret for a long time.

The most prominent fears:

The fear of losing someone’s love.
The fear of survival.
The fear of not getting something You really want.

If You really look at these, there is nothing to fear.

These are ideas built in the mind.

“If the person x leaves me, this will happen.”

“If this job or business ends, I will end up in this place.”

“If I don’t get this opportunity, my life will suck.”

Or something similar.

Although all of these are scary, these are thoughts. Nothing more.

If not practiced, and suppressed instead, actions will follow.

Being jealous, clingy in relationships.

Starting to undermine Your colleagues at work to get ahead.

Working Yourself to death.

Many ways this can manifest in one’s life.

The only thing that really needs to happen is for the individual to look at these.

To see what they are really doing and why they are doing those things.

Most often it’s one of those three most prominent fears.

If acknowledged, the individual can start taking action to change these.

It is very common that when a person sees the reasons why they are doing these, they stop immediately.

If I understand that my fear of losing someone else’s love is pushing me to work crazy hours, to finally earn the love from others that I’m lacking inside, I can at the very least cut some of those hours down by just accepting my lack of love inside.

Very often the idea seems so insane to the person once acknowledged, they stop there and then.

Unfortunately, the mind is a powerful tool and it does need practice. So a relapse back to old ways is also common. But even here, the person has awareness of the underlying fear and can come to conscious awareness of their actions more easily after the first discovery of the fear. Thus the expression, it will get easier in time.

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Astrological Report 24th of April, 2020. New Moon In TAURUS!

This is a general astrological report on the 24th of April, 2020. I picked the most important influences and how they should affect us during this unusual time.

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From the elemental perspective, we are lacking fire energy. It is a bit harder to start completely new things. And with Aries season and all of it’s starting new things and excitability behind us I believe it is a good time to continue working on things already in progress. Although, some new ideas might pop into our heads with Mercury finishing its stint in the fiery Aries. Mostly it is about working and solidifying things, grounding them. Things are a little slower. But there is enough Cardinality going on. Meaning, we shouldn’t just sit on our asses and do nothing. Rather take action and continue working on things already in place, and making them better. Keeping things working is also the name of the game. A solid, grounded and slow-moving pace is mostly best.

Moon is also now in the sign of Taurus with the Sun, and this means we have a New Moon. Moon is also exalted in the sign of Taurus. This means a more positive placement, and with it, our emotional lives should get a boost. More need for pleasure, desire to spend time in nature, wanting beautiful things in Your life, feeling a bit more stable for a moment in time. And spending time in nature can also ground Your feelings and emotions, especially during Moon on Taurus. Good time for dealing with finances, promoting Your products, a generally enjoyable time, might receive something good in Your life. It could be something as simple as an enjoyable meal. Taurus can be a little stubborn at times, so be on the lookout for that. Especially with Your emotions and feelings. Are You holding on to something just to hold on to it? To prove a point? Overall, people are more pleasant to be around during Taurus Moon because there is all this beauty, and pleasure, groundedness in their feelings and emotions.

The New Moon does spice things up here a little. Full and New Moons are an energetically charged time. The veil between worlds is thinner, and Your emotions are a bit on the edge. Luckily it is Taurus so generally, it is a little easier to deal with a Taurus Full and New Moon. New Moons are also about emptying and then starting again. If there have been some projects that You have been pondering for a while, a good time to start these after the New Moon. Approximately on the 25th or 26th of April. Or maybe there are old projects that need to be kickstarted, continued in some way. Again, a good time to have meetings and discuss the next actions that need to be taken. A better chance for these projects to be successful.

A little extra on the New Moon energy. New Moon energy can be described as follows, wanting to create something, and wanting it quickly. Yet the energy is not quite there yet, is new, it’s raw. It is actually better to wait for a little and feel the urgency. Under that urgency, there is usually something deeper. A feeling why You are rushing Yourself, pushing Yourself. Let that raw energy settle, and after the New Moon period start taking action.

The Moon does receive support from Pluto and Jupiter but there is an agitating aspect from Mars in the form of a square. There is a chance that something will irritate us emotionally during this New Moon, feeling some frustration about things not moving quicker, or someone irks Your emotions. Easier for that spark plug to ignite during this New Moon for sure. Luckily Moon also receives support from Neptune, so some spiritual work will be good during this short period, meditation. Jupiter will expand the optimism in our feelings and emotions. While Pluto will allow us to use our intuition and feel into others deeply. Some emotional transformations are bound to happen with this configuration.

Saturn and Sun are in a square together. Which usually dampens our vitality. Creative ability is a bit down. Everything seems like a chore and a duty. Hard work is good to do during this time, yet the feeling state is quite grey. Resistance to working but funnily enough, this could be something good to do during this time. Although, I do recommend during the New Moon to take a couple of days and do less. Chill out, meditate. Of course, do the work that needs to be done but extra efforts can be taken later.

Moon, Sun, and Uranus conjunct. I spoke about the Sun and Uranus conjunction in my previous report and it still stands. But now the Moon joins them. Which adds an extra layer to our energetic experience here. Here’s the Uranus Sun conjunction description again: “This exciting conjunction should enliven Your creative capacity and bring new creative ideas. And these ideas are innovative, new, might even be quirky in some way. If we add the Taurus influence here, could be ideas and creativity around that has been started already. And now with this conjunction gets a new boost of energy in an innovative approach. Flashes of brilliance! The downside could be some troubles with male authority figures. Or wanting Your creative freedom so much that there can be some issues with male authority figures. Or even father figures. Depending on Your specific situation. But a creative boost will surely be the case here. Be sure to write down those ideas because Uranus moves so quickly. The idea comes very quickly but it can vanish similarly. Be more aware of those moments and take advantage of them!” When You add our emotions and feelings, intuition to this, it makes a powerful energetic cocktail. Sudden reactions, feelings coming out of nowhere. Sudden creative impulses, these can enliven Your emotions. Or You can even intuitively receive some downloads with innovative information. Depending on how open You are to it! Write those ideas down, and take action later!

Saturn, as mentioned will dampen this a little. The government could also take some quick measures, or restricting actions towards the common people that could limit us in some way. (After I had written this, I saw in the news that President Trump had suspended immigration to the US for 60 days. When it’s in the sky, it’s on earth as well.)

Happy New Moon in Taurus!

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The COMFORTABLE Life

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The comfortable life has made You bitter
The lack of meaning You find in each day
Almost unbearable

You drink
You smoke
You chit-chat
The coldness of these moments swallows You
Until there is nothing left

You cry when You are alone
Put on a brave mask when You are not
It suffocates You
It rips You apart
And yet, there You stand
Looking like You have it all figured out

You cry and it all repeats again
You can not stop
You are lost between worlds
A hard place and a rock

Tired of a life without meaning?

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