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Friday, 15 November 2019

UNDERSTANDING TRANSITS



Our birth chart or natal chart is a snapshot of the heavens at the moment of birth with the earth in the centre.  The earth is surrounded by all the planets.  This snapshot of the heavens (the birth chart) remains intact as long as you live, nothing changes.  The moment after birth, however, the planets (although frozen in the natal chart) begin to move again which are call the transiting planets.  On most chart diagrams, the transiting planets are located on the outside of the circle and the natal planets are located in the centre of the chart diagram.  Each transiting planet moves at a different speed.  They can also move in different directions (direct – moving forward; stationary – appear to not move at all; and retrograde – appearing to move backwards).

Again, the moving planets after the moment of birth are called Transiting and the deciphering of these placements and the angles they make (aspects) to the natal planets and astrology chart angles (MC, Ascendant, IC and DC) tell the current and future story of your life.  There are many aspects these transiting planets can make to the natal (birth) planets (both Major and Minor aspects).  Some of these aspects are considered challenging but teach valuable lessons.  Other aspects are easy flow.  Much depends on what angles and planets are involved.

When a transiting planet, for example, makes an angle of 0 to 10 degrees separation (moving away) to a natal planet, the energies merge and become one.  0 to 10 degrees is called a conjunction which tells of an emphasis and it elevates the energies of the planets involved (or the angles it touches).  The conjunction is most strong when the two plants are 0 degrees apart.  As they begin to separate, the energies begin to weaken and usually within 2-3 degrees past direct, the energies are basically gone.  Saturn, which is the exception, does last longer and is often at its peak 2 degrees past direct.  Everything associated with Saturn seems to be delayed.

Another variable with the transits and what they are saying involves the house placement that the planets are found in.  For example, when a planet is moving through the seventh house, the seventh house matters will be involved.  You not only look at the transiting planet’s house but also look at the house that the natal (same) planet is located in as well as the house any aspecting planet is located in.  You also have to look at the natal house placement that the transiting planet was located in within the birth chart. 

In other words, if Uranus is transiting the seventh house, the seventh house is enhanced or activated.  If Uranus is aspecting the Sun in the 10th house, the 10th house is also highlighted.  If Uranus is natally in the fourth house then you also have to take into consideration what the fourth house signifies.   You would be looking at the 7th house, the 10th house and the 4th house to get a full picture of the aspect between Uranus and the Sun.

When delineating transits, it is important that you understand the duration of the transits.  All the outer planets have a greater impact on your life because they move slowly.  Pluto can have as much as a 3-4 year impact on your life.  The most powerful will always be when planets are direct.  Direct contact can last as long as one to two years. 

Faster moving planets have very quick influences and as a result, move out of influence quickly.  There is no lasting impact from the inner planets.

Visit www.holmastrology.com for more information on Astrology and information on the Astrological charts we offer.

Holm Astrology also offers individual intuitive readings or group parties. For more information, visit us at www.holmastrology.com/intuitive-readings

Are you interested in learning Astrology.  Holm Astrology’s Fall courses have already commenced but we will be offering courses again in the spring of 2020.  Visit www.holmastrology.com/astrology-classes for course details.

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Thursday, 14 November 2019

WITHSTANDING LIFE'S PRESSURES



Life at times can present us with challenges that seem to steal our focus and we, for some reason, allow ourselves to feel stagnating and point the finger at the challenges.  For some, they may even question their self-worth.  We can be confronted with what feels to be massive, overwhelming tests that come at us from every angle.   With the deepest life lessons, we are seldom prepared for the events. 

In hindsight, upon review, our reactions are not always what we might have wanted them to be. 

For some of us, this seems to be a reoccurring theme in life.  When we are faced with adversity and difficult conditions, we often meet these lessons with opposition.  We sometimes feel as though we are victims of life but are we? 

Are we not actually victims of our own reactions to life’s events? 

Life is going to happen, with or without our consent.  If we view these events as lessons, we can face life head on and use the events to grow and learn.  We can recognize that these events are not a part of us. We do not have to own what has taken place. 

Alternatively, we can meet life’s events with frustration, “why me” and anger which in turn will turn a lesson into a very difficult lesson.  We can take this very hard lesson one step further and own what has happened and see it as a part of who we are.  But why would we do this?  What would be the benefit of this? 

How do we change an event that has already happened?  It has happened and we cannot turn back the hands of time.

We always have a choice on how we deal with adversity. 

Also, we have a choice on how long we choose to hang on to the events.  If we try to sweep them under the carpet, they do not disappear.  Guaranteed they will resurface again.  If we try to ignore them, we are actually giving them energy by working on ignoring.  How much time and control are we willing to give to these uncontrollable events?

This is not to say that we are unaffected by what takes place even if we do not fight the event.  This does not mean that we are not emotionally affected by life’s events nor does it mean that we are cold or unemotional in any way.  What it does mean is that life happens and we have options in what ways we move forward.  There are always choices to be made.  We are not at the mercy of these events as many believe.  We are always at the helm of our reactions and our emotions.  We alone dictate how we will allow ourselves to be affected by each and every event in life.

Events in life WILL happen without our consent, but we have choices as to how we will allow ourselves to be affected.  We make those choices whether those decisions are conscious or not. 

If we choose to analyse our decisions and recognize our part in the process, we learn how to adjust to life’s events rather than feeling as though we are a victim of them.  Being familiar with our past reactions and decision helps us to learn to control our next decision.  We can put strategies in place so that we make well, thought-out choices instead of making “reaction”.  We want to be mindful in order to make wise decisions not react to a situation and then have regrets.
  
Learn to listen to the quiet inner guide.  When something happens, feel the human feelings, but take a breath and allow yourself the time to be mindful.  If it is a life lesson you are faced with, see it as that and learn.  If we ignore the lesson, it will only come back at us even harder the next time. 

Stop, process and then act with intension.  Stand tall in the face of adversity by recognizing the lesson.  It is not who you are and is not yours to “set up house” in.  It is a temporary lesson to help you grow.  Move forward with the benefit of that knowledge.

Visit www.holmastrology.com for more information on Astrology and information on the Astrological charts we offer.

Holm Astrology also offers individual intuitive readings or group parties. For more information, visit us at www.holmastrology.com/intuitive-readings

Are you interested in learning Astrology.  Holm Astrology’s Fall course have now begun; however courses will be again offered in the Spring of 2020.  Visit www.holmastrology.com/astrology-classes for course details.

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019


NODES OF THE MOON

There are two nodes of the Moon - the North Node and the South Node.  These areas of the chart are always in opposition (180 degrees apart). 

The Nodes are known as destiny’s gate or the axis of fate.  These Nodes have a karmic and spiritual relevance and some say they are the meeting point between the higher powers and humanity as a whole.  This is where the spiritual energies enlighten humanity with their life’s mission.  These nodes speak of where we should be heading (North Node) and where we have come from in a past life that has significant ties to this one (South Node).

The South Node has connections with our past, and we bring with us qualities that we can use in this life to help us connect with our current life’s mission.  The South Node is an area or energy that we are comfortable with, as these energies are instinctively familiar. 

The North Node, however, is completely new and rather unknown to us.  Most of us are a little uncomfortable with the energies of our North Node (NN).  However, life tends to keep pushing us towards our NN objectives.  We are linked to the NN as this is what we need to learn and to develop and use as our journey continues.

It takes some courage in surrendering to our NN energies and direction in life.  New areas are opened and revealed to us over time, and they are necessary talents to be acquired in order to facilitate the growth required by the soul.

The North and South Node often provide us with information so we can decipher why we have come into this life and what our purpose truly is.  It is said that what happens in this life is tied to what we have experienced previously.

The North Node is known as the dragon’s head while the South Node is known as the dragon’s tail.  These nodes although coming from different perspectives will aid in our quest and foster growth through life’s experience that will eventually lead us to where we are meant to be. 

The North Node and South Node are defined by sign and house position.  For example since they are always 180 degrees apart, if you have a NN in Pisces in the third house, you will have a SN in Virgo in the ninth house.

The house position is similar to having the ruling sign position.  As a result, if, for example, you have the NN in the first house, it is like having the NN in the first sign (Aries).  The SN would be in the seventh house which would be like having the SN in Libra.  Between the Nodal sign position and the Nodal house position, you will get a good idea of what life’s mission might be. 

Many in early life are led by the SN node tendencies as this is a comfortable place.  As we mature into ourselves, we begin to develop our NN abilities and move into our destined path.

Visit www.holmastrology.com for more information on Astrology and information on the Astrological charts we offer.

Holm Astrology also offers individual intuitive readings or group parties. For more information, visit us at www.holmastrology.com/intuitive-readings

Are you interested in learning Astrology? Holm Astrology is now well into our fall classes but we will be offering new courses in the spring of 2020. Visit www.holmastrology.com/astrology-classes for course details.

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

FULL MOON IN TAURUS NOVEMBER 12, 2019



We will be experiencing a Full Moon in the sign of Taurus at 19 degrees today, November 12 at 8:37 a.m. EST. 

It has been noted that the energies of a Full Moons have a reputation of being rather aggressive particularly with actions taken by some people in the general public.  Violent actions such as assault and accidents are known to be heightened when we experience the energies of a Full Moon.  This of course is not always the case although incidences are noted to increase by emergency responders.

Astrologically, the Full Moon speaks in terms of eliminating and removing unwanted material in our lives.  Often times, it speaks of a culmination point when we will need to address situations in our lives (determined by the house positions) that will now need to be addressed and changed or reviewed and then formulated to take specific action.  It is important that because of the lunar effects and emotional interactions that are often accompanied with a Full Moon that we make sure that we are in control of our actions and that we are not led astray because of emotional over reaction.

The Full Moon can, as mentioned many times in previous posts, also be the harvest time in our garden of life.  Now is the time to reap the benefits of all of the hard work we have carried out to reach our goals (particularly the ones that are associated with the energies of the full moon).

A Full Moon in the sign of Taurus may speak of solidification or a need for structure so that things can be steadfast and reliable.  Taurus seeks stabilizing conditions and is intent on building a structure that will stand the test of time.  So if this were focused on a relationship, it would be wise to make sure that this is what you want long term in your life.  If this has to do with your occupation or plans of action it would be important that you make sure you are putting your right foot forward under this influence.

Transiting Pluto will be making a trine to this position which suggests that although potentially disruptive and dramatic the likely effects of this Full Moon will be transformational in positive ways which are often understood at a later date.  Pluto sometimes speaks of an end or close to conditions and after a personal review of these conditions after you will be pointed in the proper direction even if it does not look that way at present. 

Pluto will insist that you get to the route of the situation and explore what needs to be regenerated.  Once this has been done things will transform so that all connected with this energies will be more suitable down the road.  This is a trine aspect which does suggest a somewhat of an easy flow, fortunate conditions and positive outcomes as time passes and things settle. 

Pluto is the agent of transformation and its actions can be intense or subtle but much depends on the situation at hand and how the rest of the chart correlates with these energies.

At the same time, we also have (although rather short lived) Mercury which is in retrograde moving across this positioning from November 9-14 and again in early December, 2019.  Mercury while in retrograde is suggestive of a time to reflect and to make plans but not to take action if at all possible.  When Mercury returns to its direct motion is the appropriate time to move ahead.  Again, November 9-14, 2019, is when Mercury is retrograde and making an aspect the Full Moon.  The last couple of days of November and into the first 3-5 days of December is when Mercury is direct and influencing this placement.

It is important to know that you will need planets or angles (especially the Ascendant and MC) within approximately 3-4 degrees of this placement in order to experience this Full Moon’s energies in your life personally.  Take into consideration the type of aspect this lunar position is making to your personal chart as well as the house positions in play.

Visit www.holmastrology.com for more information on Astrology and information on the Astrological charts we offer.

Holm Astrology also offers individual intuitive readings or group parties. For more information, visit us at www.holmastrology.com/intuitive-readings

Are you interested in learning Astrology.  Holm Astrology’s Fall course have now begun; however courses will be again offered in the Spring of 2020.  Visit www.holmastrology.com/astrology-classes for course details.

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Monday, 11 November 2019

PLUTO RETROGRADE



Pluto moves in and out of retrograde several times each year.  It remains in retrograde for approximately 150 days a year, often lasting for several months at a time.

Transiting Pluto is a powerhouse in the horoscope, and it intensifies in strength when it makes aspects to planets and points within the natal chart or the progressed chart.  The orb for influence in the transit of Pluto can be felt for those with a strong sensitivity up to 5 degrees while approaching (0 degrees being direct) and 2 degrees separating (after being direct and moving away).  While in progression, it is most significant when it comes within 15 minutes of being direct. 

When Pluto moves into the retrograde motion, it intensifies and becomes very powerful.  The transformational abilities linked to Pluto increase and the regenerative abilities are enhanced.  Any power struggles can also become much more apparent when Pluto is in retrograde, so it is wise to avoid interaction that could lead to intense situations, especially if linked somehow to the planet Mars or Uranus.

It may be very challenging to avoid situations that require change especially when Pluto transits a planet while in retrograde.  It could be considered a time for cleansing and a time to release any worn out or outdated attitudes.  It is as though you are addressing a list of things to do that was written last year.  It is wise to review and remove those items that no longer apply and add more important requirements that are relevant to your life today.

During retrograde motion, it is a good time for inner study and to dig up issues that have been buried for too long.  It might not always be pleasant what you initially find but these challenging conditions will need to be confronted and dealt with.  Any patterns in your life that have reached a state of uncontrollable insistence can best be addressed now and dealt with and changed (usually on a permanent basis).

Much (as always) depends on which house Pluto is transiting and also the house that Pluto is located in within the natal chart as these will be areas of life that will undergo Pluto’s transformative energies.  You may be forced to challenge any issues you dig up and bring to the surface. 

An example might be communicative challenges if transiting Pluto is moving through the third house or if natal Pluto resides in this house.  Also you should look to see where Pluto’s ruling sign (Scorpio) is found as this will also indicate where these changing conditions might become apparent.

Those with Pluto retrograde at birth are known to have great recuperative abilities and they can withstand illnesses that might be considered debilitating for many others. 

We would suggest that you review how Pluto is aspected in the natal chart.  Also review the aspects linked to the planets that transiting Pluto is making aspects to during its cycle in order to get a feel for how these areas of life along with the energies associated with the planets involved will affect the overall conditions of this very significant transit of Pluto.

In general, it is a good time to get in touch with any issues that need dealing with or cleansing.  Review to see what your inner needs may be.  It is a time for inner reflection and transformation that usually takes a year or two to unfold. 

On an outer level, it is also a good time to begin exercise programs and detoxifying diets that help cleanse the body but do not forget your spiritual needs at this time as well.  Enjoy the rather intense transformation that often takes place as Pluto moves into direct and retrograde motion affecting planetary links and important positions in your birth chart. 

Visit www.holmastrology.com for more information on Astrology and information on the Astrological charts we offer.

Holm Astrology also offers individual intuitive readings or group parties. For more information, visit us at www.holmastrology.com/intuitive-readings

Are you interested in learning Astrology? Holm Astrology offers Astrology courses each spring and fall.  New courses will commence in the spring of 2020. Visit www.holmastrology.com/astrology-classes for course details.

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Friday, 8 November 2019

NEPTUNE RETROGRADE



The outer planets remain in retrograde for longer periods than the inner planets.  Those that have Neptune in retrograde in their birth charts will certainly be affected.  Those that have Neptune stationary in their birth chart will be even more powerfully affected. 

“Powerfully” may not be the appropriate word as Neptune’s energies operate in very subtle ways.  Its influences are felt often through intuitive channels and the unconscious mind. 

In direct motion, Neptune often suggests cloudiness with our reasoning, potential deception or we may not be facing facts.  In its higher representation is suggests idealism.  It also could suggest a romantic involvement often associated with an idealistic view of the partner or situation.  It is also linked to artistic abilities coming to the surface. 

Neptune is linked with fantasy and visions while in direct motion, but its energies turn to reality and dealing with the actual facts when in retrograde.  Openheartedness and level-headedness linked to common sense are terms that could also be associated with Neptune’s retrograde cycle energy.

Since Neptune deals primarily with the mystical and spiritual side of our consciousness, during the time when Neptune is retrograde, you may find that you realize more concrete solutions or answers to questions pertaining to these pursuits.  This applies particularly to those with Neptune retrograde in their birth charts.  Look to see which house Neptune is transiting through during this cycle and also look where Neptune is located in your birth chart. 

Neptune’s retrograde cycle is approximately 150 days in length, and it spends about 14 years in each sign.  Its return cycle is approximately 165 years, so we never experience its return in our lives.  About 40 percent of people have Neptune retrograde in their birth charts.  As a result, Neptune’s retrograde energies are quite common.

When Neptune is in its direct cycle, there can be a cloudiness about life, depending on how it is aspected in the birth chart.  There may be deception and deceit or often illusion and disarray when it comes to seeing things as they are.  When Neptune turns retrograde, it becomes more genuine and more lifelike as Neptune can be illusionary when direct.  It is more reliable and life becomes more real although what you see, at times, may not be all that pleasant.  There can be a real feeling of let-down after a period of feelings of idealism and wonder but the truth is what we want, regardless of how it may look.  Because of Neptune’s influence, when we view the world as it is, a part of us still wants to see it through rose coloured glasses.  There is the unrealistic hope under this retrograde influence that what we see might just vanish; but it will not, and we have to face facts. 

Life becomes more practical and realistic with the retrograde cycle, and this can also include “visions” that are real.  This can also include mystical understanding that is also real and identifiable. 

Neptune retrograde is not a bad thing but it is truth in a broad scope.

Visit www.holmastrology.com for more information on Astrology and information on the Astrological charts we offer.

Holm Astrology also offers individual intuitive readings or group parties. For more information, visit us at www.holmastrology.com/intuitive-readings

Are you interested in learning Astrology? Holm Astrology offers Astrology courses each spring and fall.  New courses will commence in the spring of 2020. Visit www.holmastrology.com/astrology-classes for course details.

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Thursday, 7 November 2019

AWAKEN; YOU ARE THE GIANT WITHIN



Recognizing who we are can certainly be paramount to our awakening.  

We have to understand our true identity, which is not of an earthly nature.  Our connection with our true self begins with this understanding and any progress can become stagnant is we are caught up strictly in the mundane concerns of earthly living, although much can be utilized from our life’s experience.

We are not our bodies.  We are not our achievements.  We are not our failures. 

We are spirit opening up in varying degrees to true awareness.  We are spirit wrapped in human form; temporarily experiencing a human experience.  We are the one that dwells within.  We do not have to wait until we move into the next level of consciousness or pass over to gain entry to the door to our higher self.  That door is accessible now.

Recognize ego’s fear based manipulation and refrain from identifying with it.  Many of us can be caught up in this transitional stage and have a hard time seeing beyond ego’s grip.  Many individuals actually believe that they are their ego.  They recognize its negative influence in their lives and believe that for some reason that they do not deserve anything better.  Guilt is a by-product of ego and as long as ego maintains its stranglehold, guilt accompanies us in our journey.

For many of us, how we live our lives is often based on guilt and fear.

When we look down on ourselves and our qualities, we are lacking in self love.  Too many people believe that ego is their only identity, and more often than not, ego has a negative influence not a positive one.

We CAN love ourselves enough to rediscover the wonderful energy that resides within.  We can awaken to our true potential through self love.  From there, we can then radiate that love outward into the global consciousness. 

We are all one consciousness which is aligned with source.  There are no exceptions.  We are one and we move as a whole. 

Working on ourselves moves our global consciousness in an enlightened direction.  Accepting ourselves for who we are allows us to see the beauty within but also allows us to see the beauty that surrounds us. 

Recognize the chatter of ego and experience life as we were always meant to experience it.  We can 

Visit www.holmastrology.com for more information on Astrology and information on the Astrological charts we offer.

Holm Astrology also offers individual intuitive readings or group parties. For more information, visit us at www.holmastrology.com/intuitive-readings

Are you interested in learning Astrology?  Holm Astrology’s Fall courses have already commenced but we will be offering courses again in the spring of 2020.  Visit www.holmastrology.com/astrology-classes for course details.

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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

URANUS RETROGRADE



Uranus’ energies are very revolutionary.  They seek freedom of expression and have a strong desire to remove us from anything that has gone stale or no longer serves a viable purpose.  Uranus’ energies act in unexpected manners, and you can never be totally sure how they will respond under pressure. 

Under most conditions, the area of life being affect by Uranus will be the house it is transiting through especially when in retrograde motion.  There is often a feeling that something has to change or be shaken up somewhat before its expression is activated.  Quite often, you get warnings of necessary changes in the area of life under its influence when in retrograde and then when it turns direct either you make the necessary changes or life makes things happen for you.  If you choose to do nothing, life will often take a leading role and see that the changes take place.  More often than not when changes are forced upon us, they may not be overly pleasant in their expression.  Things can happen at the spur of the moment, suddenly, unexpectedly, without warning. 

Uranus motto could be “Expect the unexpected”.

When a planet is in retrograde, the energies related to the planet and the house(s) it is transiting are stifled or held back.  The energy is turned inward and a time for review is at hand.  It is a time to re-think things, to re-do things and in an attempt to repair things, you can prepare for when the energies are released so that you can move forward in the new direction of choice.  The best time to move forward in your objectives is when the planet goes direct.

Uranus suggests that this is a time for inner reflection not only about your life but on a more personal level – the level of “who you are”.  It often provides you with more freedom of expression and you just want to be you, or the new you.  This is particularly so if Uranus is retrograde in your birth chart.  (Any planet that is retrograde in the birth chart becomes more powerful when it turns retrograde through transit.)

Uranus is known as the awakener and this is what it will try to achieve in the area of life dictated by the house it is transiting through in your chart.  You should also have a look at the natal placement of Uranus by house and also by aspect as this will give you clues into how things might unfold.  As with all of the outer planets, Uranus will make suggestions along the way but it will often create a course with little or no direction or input from you. 

Life happens and things change.  Uranus will be the instigator behind these actions, but remember regardless of how drastic and challenging the conditions may be, Uranus always provides you with exactly what you need.  The end result is or will be beneficial.

When Uranus goes direct, this will often be the time when these areas of life that are involved will be motivated to move towards the new and to make necessary changes.  Again these can be in disruptive ways but just for the moment.  Do not spend any time worrying about how things might manifest, as Uranus acts on impulse and without warning and often releases in ways that you cannot be prepared for.  

Remind yourself, as these changes are taken place, that these are happening for a better future.

Some people fear changes.  Those who are more evolved, or open to the new, know that when the timing is ripe and change is necessary, it should be welcomed with open arms.  Uranus will take you where you need to go, so be open and listen.  You will know which avenue to take, if life does not dictate, that is.  You have freedom of choice on your response however.

Visit www.holmastrology.com for more information on Astrology and information on the Astrological charts we offer.

Holm Astrology also offers individual intuitive readings or group parties. For more information, visit us at www.holmastrology.com/intuitive-readings

Are you interested in learning Astrology? Holm Astrology offers Astrology courses each spring and fall.  New courses will commence in the spring of 2020. Visit www.holmastrology.com/astrology-classes for course details.

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If you have confidential comments or questions, or if you would like to speak to us concerning the preparation of a chart, please visit www.holmastrology.com/contact-us



Tuesday, 5 November 2019

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?



Specific monetary and material goals can become a fixation for some people.  They strive to achieve monetarily and often can become obsessive and relentless in this pursuit.  Material abundance or financial success becomes their sole objective and some individuals will stop short of nothing to achieve what they set out to do.

Financial security is not wrong or evil as some would want us to believe.  We currently live a material existence, and comfort and enjoyment are all part of this experience.  Unfortunately, for many individuals financial rewards and positions of power only serve to pad their feelings of superiority and accomplishment. 

For many there is an excitement of accomplishing these material goals but an unhealthy relationship with money can lead us to believe that more money provides more happiness, but far too often the financial rewards of “happiness” are short lived as are the feelings of security for some.  Nothing seems to satisfy the hunger for more and they are never satisfied for long.  This is when the drive for security becomes an obsession.

We can have a healthy relationship with money but for those who become obsessed, material success often comes with a very steep price, (including unsuccessful family relationships and the ability to truly live for anything other than increasing the bottom line). 

For those that have climbed the corporate latter, and when the time comes to retire, do they lose their identity and purpose once they are no longer connected to their job?  Are their efforts soon forgotten by the corporation?  Does it matter?

During the ascent of the corporate ladder, many have mentioned a period of when nothing seems to satisfy them and an empty void was experienced that nothing in their lives seemed to fulfill.  This can be a lonely and empty place where gratification and happiness just cannot be found because they were attached to an unrealistic source.  Perhaps this is when we begin to realize that material gain just isn’t enough.  It is then that many can begin to look beyond this one focus.  

We begin to realize that happiness cannot be purchased.  We realize that happiness is an attitude.  We begin to realize that we can work towards security but we cannot make this effort the sole purpose of living. 

We certainly live in a material world and have come into this life to learn from each of the lessons we experience here.  Find security in whatever form it is representative to you. 

Be sure that your goals include the ability to feed your hunger to experience, to grow, to love, to be truly happy without attachment.  I believe balance is the well known solution which is often neglected. 

Visit www.holmastrology.com for more information on Astrology and information on the Astrological charts we offer.

Holm Astrology also offers individual intuitive readings or group parties. For more information, visit us at www.holmastrology.com/intuitive-readings

Are you interested in learning Astrology.  Holm Astrology’s Fall course have now begun; however courses will be again offered in the Spring of 2020.  Visit www.holmastrology.com/astrology-classes for course details.

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Monday, 4 November 2019

SATURN IN RETROGRADE MOTION



Saturn has a 28 year cycle and remains in each zodiac sign for approximately 2 and ½ years.  During its cycle, Saturn moves into retrograde on a regular basis and about 15 degrees of each astrological sign experiences the retrograde motion of Saturn.

To show the contrast of the energies of a retrograde planet, we will look at Jupiter.  Jupiter often brings good luck and expansion in its direct motion but when in retrograde motion as discussed in our last Astrology post, its energies are similar to Saturn while it is in direct motion. 

Saturn’s energies in direct motion are restrictive.  Its energies are challenging and can make life difficult.  Saturn is known as the teacher and disciplinarian of the Zodiac. 

On the other hand, Saturn’s retrograde energies work similar to Jupiter’s energies when in direct motion.  As a result, the extreme energies apparent with Saturn in its direct motion become somewhat softened.  Saturn direct normally deals with past issues but while in retrograde, it can and will open doors to new things that somehow we may feel familiar with, even though they are new to us.

Some Astrologers link Saturn with diseases that have longevity and the duration of their affects are sometimes lengthened due to the influence of Saturn.  When Saturn is retrograde in motion, any recovery process with these ailments may become sped up and often the individuals that are involved feel more carefree and worry-less about these conditions in their lives.  This is beneficial as any focus or concentration can enhance illness and draw even more energy into these areas.  In many cases, disease can stem from adverse reactions to life’s events and it is wise not to allow obstructions or hard lessons to become personal or to own them.  This free flow attitude can provide us with ease of moving beyond these experiences.

Saturn is often linked to business in some way including searching out a new career, entering into a study programme or beginning a new business.  During the course of transiting Saturn turning retrograde, it is wise not to enter into any news enterprises or business dealings.  It is best to wait for Saturn to turn direct before moving forward in business related activities, even if you may feel somewhat positive about the outcome.  Utilize this retrograde time to review your plans and make sure you are ready to move ahead.  When Saturn turns direct (even though things might stagnate for a little while or be slowed down) another planet in transit will come along to start the process of moving forward. 

Check to see which house Saturn is transiting through in your birth chart as this will provide you with some specifics.  Also check to see which house natal (birth) Saturn occupies.  These houses will both be areas of life affected by the retrograde motion of Saturn. 

When Saturn is direct in its motion, these areas will be avenues you can move ahead in although it is wise to take things slowly as you move forward.  Saturn insists on structure and a solid foundation.

If Saturn is poorly aspected in your birth chart, the house where it is situated in may require additional hard work and a conscious effort to resolve any issues related to that area of life.  Since Saturn often points towards a dominant individual in your life (sometimes the most restrictive and strict parent or an authority figure in our life), Saturn retrograde in the birth (natal) chart has been associated with that particular individual somehow missing in your life.  The most authoritarian parent could be away often perhaps on business or actually missing from your life in early childhood.

Wherever Saturn is found in a chart, whether it is in retrograde motion or direct motion, this is often an area of life that requires more work and challenging conditions to overcome.  However, it should be pointed out that Saturn is the educator as well as the disciplinarian in the chart, so it also rewards hard work and diligent efforts.

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Friday, 1 November 2019

MARS IN RETROGRADE MOTION



Mars traditionally is reflective of energy directed outward.  During its retrograde cycle however, those affected by this transit may feel stagnated in their efforts and feel as though they had little to no energy.  This is particularly true if you have a natal planet in conjunction (the most powerful aspect), square or in opposition to transiting Mars.  These aspects are known as maleficent energies when associated with Mars, the planet of aggressive force and drive, although the conjunction can be released in many other ways.  Much will depend on the sign and house position as well as aspect to this conjunction in the natal chart.

When Mars is in its retrograde motion, the energy is turned inward, which is not a comfortable expression of Mars’ energy.  You may feel that you could neither release your inner drive nor could you motivate yourself into a forward direction.  You may feel a release of that energy once Mars turns direct again and what previously felt restricted or held back may now come to the forefront and be released.  Make sure that the release of these energies is not in an aggressive manner, even if you have felt thwarted in the past few months.  Mars can be quite forceful in its expression.

If, for example, transiting Mars in retrograde was conjunction with the Moon in your chart.  You could have felt as though your emotions were on hold or even though you had strong inner emotional reactions to life’s events and situations, you were not able to release those emotions.  This could have included the want to make changes in your life.  Your emotions were so stifled that they kept you at bay and nothing seemed to have moved in the manner you wanted.  All you really wanted to do was to express how you felt on an emotion level.  After Mars turned direct, you would have been able to express yourself which is what you wanted for what may have seemed an eternity.

A further example, if Saturn had been involved in the equation with this retrograde Mars, this cycle would actually have been to your advantage as you undoubted had needed that time to examine all the details before you plunged into some activity. 

Most planets in retrograde suggest a time of review before moving ahead once the planet go direct again, transiting Saturn in retrograde however often works in the opposite.  Be sure to watch for our post on “Saturn in Retrograde Motion” coming soon. 

Mars retrograde is a time to examine and review all details to make sure that you were prepared and on a solid foundation before you moved ahead.  Saturn normally restricts action and suggests that you build a proper base before you move ahead and your drive would have been held back which gave you the perfect opportunity to prepare.  Once Mars goes direct again, you may be ready to move ahead in your endeavours. 

Mars is also about sexual energies and sexual drive, and you may have felt as though you were stifled in this area.  Perhaps you wanted to pursue a sexual union with someone you were interested in and the events never seemed to play out to allow this union to come together.  You may find that once Mars goes direct that things move along in ways that were previously stagnated or held back.  Just make sure that your feelings go beyond just a sexual nature.  Mars tends to be overly aggressive when it comes to sex and the sexual drive, especially when it moves through Scorpio.

Check to see which house transiting Mars is moving through as this will indicate the areas of life involved in the process.  Also you will need to review which houses are involved with other planetary energies and how they may surface or fail to surface during the retrograde cycle and again when Mars goes direct.  The placement of natal Mars by house position will also be highlighted.  Transiting Mars may pass over planets or significant areas of the natal chart (ascendant and midheaven) three times as it goes through the retrograde and direct cycles making these areas of extreme importance in your life at that time. 

If Mars stations on a planet or significant point in the birth chart, it will also be noteworthy.
  
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