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February 2020 Includes a Mercury Retrograde Period

February 6, 2020

The first month of 2020 seemed to just fly by, didn’t it?  Here we are in February, with a Leap Day at the end.  Are you feeling better, more relieved to some degree, since Saturn moved into its own sign? It got out of “the gap,” i.e. far enough into Capricorn to be in its full power on February 4th, thus the changes can now be felt now.

2/02/20 – VENUS moved into Pisces, where it is in Exalted status. That will bring wonderful benefits to those with Taurus Rising or Moon signs, as that is their planetary ruler, now traveling through their 11th house of gain, income and fulfillment of desire. For the Libras, it’s not such a blessing as that is their 6th house of enemies, rivals, competitors, stresses, worries and health concerns. However, many other signs will enjoy this placement, which lasts until 2/28. For Virgos, that is their 7th house of business, partners and travels; for Geminis, it is their 10th house of career, action, name and fame, for Aquarians; it is their 2nd house of wealth, family and speech.  For those with Aries Rising or Moon signs, Venus in Pisces is a 12th house placement and thus may increase their losses or expenses.

2/07/20 – MARS moves into Sagittarius, a friend’s sign.  It will be in here until 3/22, and is a good placement for both signs that it rules. Scorpios will enjoy this placement in their 2nd house of wealth, and feel more conversational now.  For Aries Rising and Moon sign folks, this is their 9th house of good luck, good fortune, remedies, pilgrimage, Dharma and Natural Law.  So Aries friends will feel like they are riding on top of the waves of life, after that previous turn of Mars in their 8th house of vulnerability and transformation.

2/13/20 – The SUN enters Aquarius.  This is a big improvement for Leos, who are ruled by the Sun, to have the Sun now traveling through their 7th house of partners, business and travel, rather than the previous month in which it was crossing their 6th house of worry, stress and health issues.  Even though both Capricorn and Aquarius are ruled by Saturn and thus when the Sun traverses these back to back signs, it is in an enemy’s sign, with this move OUT of Capricorn, the Sun gets away from its enemy Saturn, which is still there, so will feel a lot more comfortable. It will be in this sign until 3/14.

2/16/20 – MERCURY RETROGRADE – this period will last until 3/09.  Mercury is in Aquarius, a friend’s sign.  As Mercury represents the intellect, among other things, in this highly cerebral air sign, discrimination and logic are supported, to analyze and get to the bottom of situations that may not have reached resolution before.  Thus, even though people need to watch for the usual communication mix-ups in this period, it is actually perhaps not as challenging a Mercury Retro period as some have been.  It is in a good house (the 9th) for the Geminis, who are ruled by Mercury, but for the Virgos, this represents their 6th house, so it will not be devoid of stress and obstacles for them. Virgos, stay on your mental toes and don’t let your guard down now.

2/19/20 – Mercury goes combust the Sun. This puts people on edge, especially those ruled by this planet.  Conversation may be a little more tense during this time, people may regret “speaking first, and thinking later,” so let’s use this knowledge to “Avert the Danger Before it Arises,” which is a big benefit of Vedic Astrology.  This period of traveling too close to the Sun lasts until 3/02 for Mercury.

2/28/20 – VENUS enters Aries, where it will be until 3/28.  Those with Aries Rising or Moon signs will enjoy feeling more attractive and sexy now.  This placement may increase expenses for the Taureans and either make them feel more inward or isolated, or perhaps some foreign travel may take place. Libras finally get a break, to have their chart ruler now moving through their 7th house of partners, increasing closeness to their mates or sweethearts.

As usual, this is just a glimpse at planet placements and what these movements mean for various signs. Please let me hear from you if you are wanting to see what the year ahead and the rest of 2020 has in store for you! It’s a great time to book a reading.

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Boulder, CO.  Tel: 720-448-3742.  Your referrals are appreciated; thank you!  Services I offer include: natal chart readings, yearly updates, couples compatibility or astrocartography (location) readings.  If you would like to book an appointment for yourself, or as a gift for someone, please call me, and we can schedule a 90 minutes session, which you are welcomed to record. Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer,

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2020 – Planet positions for January

December 29, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Let’s see what the Vedic Sky planets hold in store for each sign, as we begin 2020. We had the partial Solar eclipse on 12/26/19 (note that two plane crashes have occurred since then). Eclipses are NOT auspicious and usually give their results from two weeks before, to two weeks after they occur. The time between eclipses can be especially fraught, for some signs. Note that there will be a penumbral Lunar eclipse on January 10th. Note: Isn’t January a good time to book your yearly reading with me, to understand all the important planet influences for your personal year ahead?

January 1st, 2020 – The month and year begin with a planetary pile up of five planets in fire sign Sagittarius: The Sun, Mercury, Saturn, Ketu and Jupiter. Three of these planets are combust (running too close to the Sun for comfort): Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter. Although this compilation of energies are diverse and intense for those with Sagittarius Ascendants or Moon signs, we are trusting the ruler of their charts, benefic Jupiter to save the day, as his energy is the strongest of those planets there.  It is now in its own sign, so at a high “dignity” and able to do a lot of good, and will be in this sign until 11/20/20, except for a brief period in which it moves into the next sign Capricorn, from 3/29-6/29/20.  Then it retrogrades back until Sagittarius.

January 8th – VENUS moves into fixed air sign Aquarius. This helps lift our love connections to a more cerebral and visionary level. It is a wonderful transit for both planets ruled by Venus: Taurus and Libra. For those with Libra Rising or Moon signs, it emphasizes romantic possibilities and stirs their creative proclivities. For the Taureans, expect to be very busy with many activities and a heightened emphasis on career or “name and fame.”For the brainy Aquarians, Venus is their BEST planet. It should bring to those with this Rising or Moon sign, expanded luck, fortune, closeness with friends and family members, plus a softening of their usual intellectual focus to more feelings of love and affection. Hope the shock won’t be too much for you, my Aquarian friends! I know you well….

January 10th – Jupiter is now no longer combust the Sun, so those ruled by this great benefic, Sagittarians and Pisceans, should feel less stressed, tense or irritated now.

In addition: a FULL MOON partial Lunar eclipse occurs today. A total penumbral lunar eclipse is a lunar eclipse that occurs when the Moon becomes completely immersed in the penumbral cone of the Earth without touching the umbra. The path for the Moon to pass within the penumbra and outside the umbra is very narrow. This eclipse will only be visible in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.  These areas in which it is visible will feel the most impact. The full degree of this Sun/Moon opposition occurs just a little before noon Mountain time, in the sign of Gemini.  The North Node of the Moon, Rahu, has been in this air sign since 3/23/19.  Rahu participates in this “hiding the Light” event, and those with Gemini Rising or Moon signs may feel more emotional or out of sorts today.

January 12th – MERCURY moves into Capricorn, its friend Saturn’s sign.  This occurs very late in the day Mountain time, which is the wee hours of January 13th for those in the Eastern and Central time zones. This is helpful for Mercury, who symbolizes communication, among other things, to get away from the many other planets in Sagittarius. This new position represents a good placement for the Virgos, ruled by Mercury, and can contribute to greater career success.  It is not as good for the other sign ruled by Mercury, which is Gemini. This placement represents their 8th house of transformation, battles and disunion, so there could be more feelings of vulnerability for our Gemini friends at this time.

January 14th – The Sun moves into Capricorn for a month’s journey today. This is an enemy’s sign for this bright Luminary. Also, this will be a 6th house transit for the Leos, by their ruler, the Sun. This is not supportive of fun and games for them, as the 6th house represents stress, anxiety, enemies, rivals, competitors, delays, various types of challenges, and service work. 

January 23rd – SATURN MOVES INTO CAPRICORN, its own sign.  TA-DA! Saturn only changes signs every 2.5 years. This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Well, it’s good news for many Ascendants and Moon sign charts.  Sagittarians will greatly appreciate the relief of having The Tester planet Saturn off of their first house of self and body.  Scorpios will be completely out of Sadhe Sati now (a 7.5 year transit which I don’t have time to explain now, but you can Google its meaning).  Capricorns benefit from having the ruler of their chart crossing their first house. Aquarians…not so much, as this represents their 12th house of loss and expenses, solitude or isolation. It can be a good time for their spiritual growth or spending time in an ashram, however.

January 30th – Saturn becomes non-combust the Sun, which benefits especially the Capricorns and Aquarians whose signs it governs. Also on this day:

Mercury enters Aquarius. This is a friend’s sign and positive house placement for both Geminis and Virgos, who are ruled by Mercury. The Geminis begin to feel luckier now and have more access to effective healing modalities. The Virgos become more interested in education, either learning or teaching, plus may feel closer to their children for this transit.

January 31st – Mercury now also gets out of combustion with the Sun. Please note how we had THREE planets in combustion with the Sun at the beginning of the month, and now at the end of this month, all three are free of that affliction. Which is good news for all!

New Year’s blessings to you, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Boulder, CO.  Tel: 720-448-3742.  Your referrals are appreciated; thank you!  Services I offer include: natal chart readings, yearly updates, couples compatibility or astrocartography (location) readings.  If you would like to book an appointment for yourself, or as a gift for someone, please call me, and we can schedule a 90 minutes session, which you are welcomed to record. Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer


December 2019 Planet Transits

December 2, 2019

This year is coming to a close, with the month of December bringing many notable planet changes to keep our eyes on, including an annular solar eclipse. If you already know your Rising or Moon sign in Vedic Astrology, this free Blog report will be of the most value to your understanding.

There’s a “Planet Party” happening in fire sign Sagittarius, with these four planets all conjunct there: Jupiter, Venus, Ketu and Saturn. We did have FIVE planets there for 2.5 days, as the Moon had joined them late  11/27 – early morning of 11/30. Let the good times roll for our Sag friends! Basically having benefics Jupiter and Venus grace their sign now brings needed relief to the long siege of the harsh, close Ketu/Saturn conjunction of many months. It must feel like a balm has been applied where it’s needed…depending on which house this sign represents in your birth chart, that is the area of life in which you also, will feel the greatest relief.

12/04 – MERCURY enters Scorpio. This will help the sometimes secretive Scorpios become more talkative. As this is the Virgos’ 3rd house, and Mercury rules their charts, creative projects will increase, including writing, plus there should be greater vitality experienced now. The other sign Mercury rules is Gemini. This is a 6th house transit for them, so those with Gemini Ascendants or Moon signs may as well buckle down and have no resistance to doing service work. That’s the best use of this placement. Otherwise, they could feel obstacles, worry, stress, and perhaps some health problems, connected to the nerves or skin. Mercury stays in this sign until 12/25.

12/11 – FULL MOON in Taurus, its sign of Exaltation. The moment of total fullness will occur right as 10:15 p.m. MDT here in Colorado. That will be 12:15 a.m. on 12/12 for those on the East Coast. Taureans will be feeling full emotions, creativity and their social life should be lively right now. Cancerians, ruled by the Moon, will enjoy this one occurring in their 11th house of gain, income and fulfillment of desire. Enjoy!

12/13 – Jupiter becomes combust, i.e. traveling too close to the Sun, so its feathers get ruffled. Planets in combustion are not able to contribute the full range of their best qualities, having their wings “singed” as it were. Later this month we’ll see that two more planets become combust: Mercury on 12/15 and Saturn on 12/27.

12/15 – VENUS enters Capricorn, a friend’s sign. Great benefic Venus is actually the Yoga Karaka (best planet) for those with Capricorn Rising (those with this Moon sign benefit as well). They will be feeling more attractive, sensual and ready to play. Plus there may be success in worldly matters, as well as career and romance. Capricorn represents good houses for those ruled by Venus, the Taureans and Librans. So those with Taurus Rising or Moon signs, should feel a wonderful flow of Support of Nature, with Venus now traveling through their 9th (best) house. For the Librans, this is their 4th house of home, friends, vehicles, comforts….Venus finds a way to bring in some luxuries and blessings for those with Libra Rising or Moon signs now.

12/15 – As mentioned earlier, MERCURY goes combust the Sun today. This somewhat limiting, or at least irritating, condition does not lift until 1/31/20.

12/16 – The SUN enters Sagittarius. a friend’s sign. While Venus moved out of the “party house” the day before, once again there are four planets keeping company in this dual fire sign. Their interaction can cause some friction, as all are not friends. The Sun and Saturn in particular. As well as Ketu bringing an unfriendly “shadow” over the Sun, and actually causing an eclipse of this fiery orb later in the month. At any rate, it’s a house of success, children, learning abilities and romance for the Leos, ruled by the Sun. Sags benefit, too, with their 9th house ruler bringing more good luck and good fortune their way now.

12/25 – MERRY CHRISTMAS! Three planets shift this day. Both the Moon and Mercury enter Sagittarius, while MARS moves on into Scorpio, its own sign where it will help those with Scorpio Ascendants or Moon signs feel empowered, energetically invigorated and ambitious now. Aries is also ruled by Mars, so this represents their 8th house and is not as auspicious there for them. They may experience some vulnerability and “too many changes” as the 8th house is a place for Transformation, battles and disunion. So working on patience and trying not to be hasty in an attempt “to be seen” is advisable for our Aries friends now.

Mercury in Sagittarius is good news for both signs it rules, those with Gemini or Virgo Rising (or Moon signs). It is the 7th house of partners, business and travel for the Geminis, and the 4th house of friends, supporters, real estate, home, and vehicles for the Virgos. Matters in these arenas should flow more easily for them now.

12/26 – Annular Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius, where there are now SIX planets stacked up! Yes, the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, the Moon, Saturn and Ketu. The latter is the South Node of the Moon and has no body. It is an Upagraha. Really it is a mathematical point of intersection between the paths of Sun, Moon and Earth, and like its other half (Rahu, the North Node) cause eclipses of the luminaries in our solar system, which are not considered auspicious events in Vedic Astrology. Here is the definition of an annular eclipse: an eclipse of the sun in which the moon does not cover the entire disc of the sun, so that a ring of sunlight surrounds the shadow of the moon. These are less powerful astrologically than a total eclipse. The other good news, for those of us in the USA, is that this one will not be visible here, but only in Asia, Saudi Arabia, India, Sumatra, Borneo, and Australia. It is the regions in which an eclipse is visible, that the effects are felt the most. Eclipse effects (the light briefly being “swallowed” by one of the nodes) can last from two weeks to a month.

12/27 – SATURN goes combust the Sun, and will remain in this condition until 1/30/20. Capricorns and Aquarians are ruled by Saturn and may feel the most effects: an underlying uneasiness or feeling easily aggravated, etc.

Please let me hear from you if you are wanting to see what the new year of 2020 has in store! It’s a great time to book a reading.

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Boulder, CO.  Tel: 720-448-3742.  Your referrals are appreciated; thank you!  Services I offer include: natal chart readings, yearly updates, couples compatibility or astrocartography (location) readings.  If you would like to book an appointment for yourself, or as a gift for someone, please call me, and we can schedule a 90 minutes session, which you are welcomed to record. Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer,

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November Planet Blessings

November 1, 2019

I’m delighted to present news of positive planet movements this month. The starring attraction is benefic Jupiter’s move into its own sign on November 4th, bringing much-needed relief to Sagittarians who have been struggling with the weight of the Saturn/Ketu conjunction, to nearly the same degree, for over six months. Of course we are contending with a Mercury Retrograde period from Oct. 31st to Nov. 20th.

Nov. 4th – Jupiter enters Sagittarius, its own sign, and this will be a blessing for those with Sagittarius Rising or Moon signs, after a full year of the ruler of their chart transiting their 12the house of loss, expenses and isolation. Please keep in mind that it will take until November 17, about 9:30 p.m. Mountain time, for Jupiter to be out of major Sandhi, or “the gap” – it needs to reach 2 degrees, 40 minutes of this sign to come into its full power. Congratulations, Sags, you’ve made it to the Promised Land now. Your inner and outer strength will increase, as well as a new-found belief in yourself. You will attract more friends and supporters and have better luck in real estate. Better luck in general, as a matter of fact, As Jupiter represents good judgment, happiness, intuition, good fortune, that whole bag of goodies will finally arrive at your doorstep, and be very well-received, I’m sure.

Nov. 5th – Mercury goes combust the Sun. This is one of those periods wherein Mercury’s journey a bit too close to the fiery orb means its wings get a bit singed. Those ruled by Mercury will feel it the most, Geminis and Virgos. But Mercury governs communication, commerce, diplomacy and tactfulness, so those arenas can all be affected now. This period lasts until Nov. 17th. Keep in mind it is also still in Retrograde status until Nov. 20th.

Nov. 7th – Mercury enters Libra, a friend’s sign, while it is retrograde, backing up out of Scorpio. Here’s an opportunity to complete matters that got started in its previous transit through Libra, but somehow may not have come to completion before. At least this sign represents good houses for both Gemini and Virgo, so here’s hoping it will be an easier retrograde time for you than some previous ones.

Nov. 10th – Mars goes into Libra, joining Mercury and the Sun there.  Librans should feel a wave of energy and ambition now, and it’s beneficial for finances and relationships, too. For those ruled by Mars, Aries and Scorpio…For the Aries Rising and Moon people, it opens relationship doors as well as travel potential, and a positive time for business. For the Scorpios, that is their 12th house of seclusion, foreign travel, loss, expenses and bed pleasures. Any of those arenas could be activated for those with Scorpio Ascendants or Moon signs now.

Nov. 12th – Full Moon in ARIES. This event occurs a little after 6:30 a.m. Mountain time. When the Moon is in this fire sign, it is a great time for new beginnings or new endeavors. There is so much Mars energy lending its dynamism to the feeling nature of the Moon. Not only will the Moon be in a sign of Mars, but Mars will also be aspecting (looking at) the Moon from seven signs away, in Libra. Just a little later that day, around 2:30 p.m. Mountain time, the Moon then enters its sign of Exaltation for 2.5 days, the earth sign Taurus.

Nov 16th – The Sun enters Scorpio, moving out of its debilitation sign of Libra, where it is at its weakest. This makes Scorpios feel even more active and motivated to get things done. The Sun rules their 10th house of action and career. For the Leos, who are ruled by the Sun, this 4th house transit for them may enhance connections with friends, enjoyment of the comforts of home, and interest in vehicles.

Nov. 17th – Mercury goes non-combust, which helps communication overall, and especially helpful for Geminis and Virgos (see above info on this).

Nov. 20th – a Double Header: MERCURY gets out of retrograde, going Direct motion…which alleviates snags in interpersonal communication and devices that deal with communication (so it is a better time to sign contracts finally), AND benefic VENUS moves into Sagittarius. close to midnight, Mountain time.  Now those with Sag Rising and Moon signs will have the benefit of TWO benefics crossing its sign, helping to counteract the malefics Saturn and Ketu, who remain there a while longer. This helps them to feel more outgoing, to a degree.

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Boulder, CO.  Tel: 720-448-3742.  Your referrals are appreciated; thank you!  Services I offer include: natal chart readings, yearly updates, couples compatibility or astrocartography (location) readings.  If you would like to book an appointment for yourself, or as a gift for someone, please call me, and we can schedule a 90 minutes session, which you are welcomed to record. Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer,




Ready for the Planet Shifts of October?

October 2, 2019

To cut to the punch, we have a Mercury Retrograde period coming in Oct. 31 to Nov. 20th. More on this below….

Oct. 3 – VENUS enters Libra, its own sign where it is happy and playful. Comparable to the feeling of fragrant flowers finally blossoming, Librans will feel more themselves, including feeling more attractive and expansive now. However Venus also owns their 8th house so can bring some vulnerabilities for them, as well. For Taurus Rising and Moon signs (also ruled by Venus), this transit is not as comfortable, as it is their 6th house of worries, stress, enemies, rivals and competitors. So it’s important for the Taureans to take care of themselves in nurturing ways, take time for meditation, and some relaxing “me time” now.

Oct. 13 – FULL MOON in Pisces, at close to 4:00 p.m. MDT. The Moon is isolated on right now, giving it a temporary Kemadruma Yoga, which is means feeling that no one understands us.  But Pisces is such a beautiful, giving, deep sign. Many “Rescuers” and healers have Pisces energy, either Rising, Moon or Sun. There may be some overflowing emotions now, including nostalgia, and reminiscences. Pisces is a sign that “holds onto” things and people…they don’t find letting go easy. Pisceans get good energy from this ruler of their 5th house of romance and success, as it crosses their sign in its state of fullness today.

Oct. 17 – SUN enters Libra. Today begins the Sun’s one month transit through its sign of Debilitation. While it may feel the weakest in this sign, there are many good characteristics to those born with Sun in this sign, including their love of peace, harmony, balance and fairness, as well as good manners, and hospitality. Those with Libra Rising or Moon signs benefit as the Sun brings 11th house energy of income and gain to them. Leos, who are ruled by the Sun, will feel creative and busy with many projects.  The Sun joins Mercury and Venus, already in Libra.

Oct. 22 – MARS gets out of combustion with the Sun. In fact, on this date there are no combust planets at all. Those ruled by Mars (Aries/Scorpio) will feel relief from recent tendencies to be impatient, restless and easily irritated or argumentative.  This will be a pleasant shift, as Mars has been traveling too close to the Sun for comfort, since July 11. Tempers should calm down all around now, in general.

Oct. 23 – MERCURY moves into Scorpio. This influence is a mixed blend for those with Scorpio Ascendants or Moon signs.  Conversation, curiosity and lively intellect should be on the forefront for Scorpions, though also some transformation and vulnerable feelings may arise due to Mercury’s 8th house rulership. It also owns their 11th house of gain, income and fulfillment of desire, so overall, a good transit for the Scorpio Rising and Moon sign people. For those ruled by Mercury, first Gemini – this is your 6th house, thus stress, worries or health issues may arise that need attention. For Virgos, this transit of their 3rd house brings out their creativity and brings courage to try new things.

Oct. 27 – VENUS shifts into Scorpio today. It joins its friend Mercury there, and benefic Jupiter, which has been there for some time.  Love and laughter rule the day for our Scorpio friends now!  These are three playful planets, so enjoy the party.  This placement is beneficial to both the Taureans and Librans, whose signs it rules. 

Oct. 31 – MERCURY RETROGRADE begins today, from its position in Scorpio.  As Mercury rules communication. diplomacy and commerce, it can throw a monkey wrench into some of these affairs in its three weeks in this condition.  We get the opportunity to revisit certain situations we either thought we had a handle on, or felt were settled already. But loose ends usually need to be worked out. We can run but we cannot hide, from our karma!  Stay cool, watch your words both in written and verbal form, and keep an eye out for dysfunctions with equipment related to communications. Every challenge is an opportunity to grow, after all. Right, people?  Focus on maintaining equanimity and balance now.

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Boulder, CO.  Tel: 720-448-3742.  Your referrals are appreciated; thank you!  Services I offer include: natal chart readings, yearly updates, couples compatibility or astrocartography (location) readings.  If you would like to book an appointment for yourself, or as a gift for someone, please call me, and we can schedule a 90 minutes session, which you are welcomed to record. Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer,


Sliding into September 2019 With the New Planet Transits

September 1, 2019

The seasons are changing and so are some key planetary players, whose energy affects all of our lives. Some of these shifts we are quite ready for, just as we welcome the advent of Autumn after a long, hot Summer.

9/09 – There’s been a real pile of planets in Leo in the past few weeks. Now these same planets begin leap-frogging into the next sign, Virgo. The first to make its move is benefic VENUS. Today marks that shift into its sign of Debilitation. It may be weakest there but it certainly should bring some monetary blessings and good fortune to those with Virgo Rising or Moon signs.  Venus rules the signs of Taurus and Libra. The Taureans benefit by this passage of Venus through their 5th house of education, success, romance, and children. Librans are not so lucky with this one, as it will be crossing their 12th house of losses, expenditure and isolation. Sorry about that Librans. You are normally so social and peace-loving, but this transit may bring some worries and feelings of loneliness. It lasts until 10/03.

9/10 – Speaking of Virgos: Lucky you, as the ruler of your chart, MERCURY today moves into this earth sign which it owns, strengthening your sense of self, your health and vitality. Intellect and reasoning abilities will increase for all now, but especially for the Virgos.  With both Venus and Mercury there, you should be feeling more playful as a result. Nice. Gemini is also ruled by this planet; those with Gemini Rising or Moon signs benefit now too, from greater connectedness with friends and supporters, and benefits from real estate. Enjoy!

9/13 – Full MOON  in AQUARIUS. Here in Boulder, CO in MDT, this occurs right at 10:30 p.m. If you are on the East Coast, it will occur at 12:30 a.m. on 9/14 your time.  For Cancerians, who are ruled by the Moon, this position represents their 8th house of Vulnerability and Transformation. The feelings associated with these qualities may be exacerbated during this full Moon, because during this transit the Moon is isolated, giving it a Kemadruma Yoga condition. At least the Moon will move into Pisces early the next morning and that will be an improvement for the Cancer Rising and Moon sign folks. At least that 8th house does stand for Knowledge of Past and Future, so increased inner knowledge or intuition is likely.

9/17 – The SUN enters VIRGO, joining Mercury and Venus there. This is the Virgos’ 12th house ruler, so there may be more introspection than normal and desire for seclusion, but not a chance of that happening, due to Mercury and Venus energy keeping affairs quite lively and active for them. For Leos, who are ruled by the planet, this placement represents their 2nd house of family, wealth and communication so it is a positive month now for them in these arenas.

9/18 – SATURN GOES DIRECT MOTION.  Here’s a change we’ve all been awaiting, to experience Saturn getting out of its many months of being Retrograde. While especially helpful for the Capricorns and Aquarians who are ruled by this planet, it will be significant for us all, as now Saturn can begin separating from its intensely close conjunction with Ketu, the malefic South Node of the Moon. Finally Saturn can march forward and out of the 1 to 2 degree range of “Travels with Ketu” in the fire sign Sagittarius, which it’s been in since 4/10.  By 10/13, it will be about 3 degrees apart and they get further apart each day. Cause for some celebration, though Saturn will not move into its own sign of Capricorn until 1/20/20. Let’s not forget that benefic Jupiter will swoop in and save the day with its positive influence on 11/04. That’s the brightest of positive changes for us all in the next few months, and of course will bring greater positivity to national and global affairs then, as well. Jupiter will remain in Sagittarius for a little over one year.

9/19 – VENUS becomes non-combust, meaning it has finally moved far enough away from the degree of the Sun’s transit, to be relieved of the fiery influence of that orb, and now be able to deliver more of its positive qualities (though it is still in its sign of debilitation).

9/21 – MERCURY now likewise gets out of its several weeks of being combust the Sun, so its many good qualities get enhanced, such as friendliness, tactfulness and diplomacy, intellect, and anything having to do with communication, or commerce.

9/24 – Hail, hail, the gang’s all here! Finally Mars moves out of Leo and into Virgo, so the “Gang of Four” have all moved into this earth sign to bring a cacophony of mixed energies and influence. It’s great that Virgos will feel more ambitious, energetic and driven now, but the other side of that coin can mean a bit of testiness, impatience, and irritability if not downright anger. It’s a good transit for Scorpios, representing their 11th house of gain and income. However, not such a good transit for the other sign ruled by Mars, Aries, as this is their 6th house of enemies, rivals, competitors, worries and health issues. At least it will increase their sense of competition, so if you know any Aries coaches or athletes, they will be consumed by “winning” now. We could include Aries Moon and Rising sign businessmen and women in that influence as well. 

9/29 – Mercury enters LIBRA today. This is still a positive transit for the Virgos, representing their 2nd house, so enlivens financial matters in a positive manner. It’s a mixed influence for the Librans, bringing some good luck, including the feeling of being the right place at the right time, but also still a bit of isolation, as Venus is their 12th house ruler. Still, that should be an improvement over having the “Gang of Four” traveling through their 12 house of loss and expenses.  Geminis benefit from this 5th house transit of their ruler, as it helps lighten up their mood and bring communication more to the forefront.

As usual, please keep in mind that in this short Blog, I can only lightly touch on the effects of each transit. To fully understand how these shifts will affect you, please call me for a reading.

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Boulder, CO.  Tel: 720-448-3742.  Your referrals are appreciated; thank you!  Services I offer include: natal chart readings, yearly updates, couples compatibility or astrocartography (location) readings.  If you would like to book an appointment for yourself, or as a gift for someone, please call me, and we can schedule a 90 minutes session, which you are welcomed to record. Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer, 

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August Planet Blog. Mercury Direct Now

August 1, 2019

Greetings, Star Followers! What a relief August should be, after the intense planet dance of July. Mercury just got out of Retrograde, the night of July 31st. Are you noticing that communications have improved already?

August 2 – PLANET PILE UP IN CANCER.  This movable water sign has been hosting Mars, the Sun and Venus. Now MERCURY moves in to join the party.  Mercury had briefly backed up into its own sign of Gemini for a couple of days, while it was still in retrograde motion. It was there about 48 hours, from late July 30 and moves to Cancer in the evening of August 2.  The planets crossing the sensitive sign of Cancer are doing mostly good things, from increasing financial gain to adding to the love of beauty, music and the arts, and possibly bringing in some romance, to increased communication, conversation and writing skills.

The signs ruled by Mercury are Gemini and Virgo. Both benefit from this transit, as it increases income for those with Virgo Ascendants and Moon signs, while increasing the Geminis’ already ample talents of connecting with others through conversation.  Very nice. Enjoy, Mercury-ruled friends!

August 8 – MARS moves out of its sign of Debilitation into Leo, which is a friend’s sign for this energetic planet.  Leos benefit now from more drive, ambition and courage (just need to watch out for hasty actions, impatience or some irritability). Cancers benefit to have less “heat” going on in their 1st house of self, body and personality. Mars is actually their BEST planet (as it is for the Leos), so they will enjoy benefits that can show up now in the form of funds that can be banked.  Aries and Scorpios are ruled by Mars. This transit is beneficial for both of these signs and those with either sign as their natal Rising or Moon signs, will enjoy the following: For Aries, this transit stimulates their desire to learn, teach, have success in speculative matters, or romance. For Scorpios, this is their 10th house of action, career, name and fame. Mars helps blast through obstacles here, and the Scorpios can go full steam ahead. Which they like, of course.

August 11 – JUPITER GOES DIRECT!! This is great news, as finally this benefic planet gets out of retrograde motion, where it has been since April 10, 2019.  Both Sagittarius and Pisces are ruled by Jupiter, so those with this Rising or Moon sign, will benefit and start to feel some happy progress in their goals and plans, which may have been bogged down for the past four months. Yea, team!  Jupiter has been traveling through the friendly sign of Scorpio for some time, and it will continue to bring blessings to those with this water sign Rising or Moon sign until it moves into its own sign of Sagittarius on November 4th.

August 15 – FULL MOON in Capricorn. This full moon occurs in the late degrees of this earth sign, just a little before 7:00 a.m. MDT, and then it moves into the next sign, Aquarius, just a little before 10:00 a.m. MDT. The brightness of the full Moon’s rays, with Capricorn behind it in the zodiac, displaying the qualities of practicality, and an earthy stability that is comforting to emotional Cancer, the sign ruled by the Moon. It is the 7th house for Cancerians, highlighting travel and partners.  

August 16 – VENUS enters LEO. Those with Leo Rising or Moon signs, will continue to feel quite energized, since Venus rules their 3rd house of vitality and their 10th house of action and career. There’s nearly no stopping them now, and it’s a great time to enjoy some artistic pursuits, including photography.  The mix of Mars and Venus can serve to make Leos feel sexy, attractive and magnetic now.

August 17 – The SUN enters Leo, its own sign.  It joins its friend Mars there, plus Venus, but both of them will be Combust (traveling too close for comfort) the Sun. Mars plus Sun in Leo brings an excess of Pitta Dosha (for those of you who follow Ayurveda), i.e. too much heat. Beware the Leo temper, those of you who have to be around them now! Best for them to channel their strong leadership energy into projects at this time. They will feel strong and empowered, and more like themselves with the ruler of their charts sitting right there, if they can keep that Pitta “heat” under control (and possibly a tendency to be a bit “bossy” now!)

August 20 – Mercury goes Combust the Sun. This condition lasts until September 21. It causes the qualities of Mercury to be overshadowed. This shows up as lack of clarity in communications and affects communication devices, too (not as much as Mercury Retrograde does, though), less tactfulness and diplomacy when dealing with others and misunderstandings in the arena of commerce are possible.

August 25 – Mercury enters Leo, joining the Sun, Mars and Venus in this fire sign. Thus we see that the same party of planets that were earlier in the sign of Cancer, have now all moved onto Leo. This is primarily good news for those with Leo Rising and Moon signs. They will feel outgoing, more social,  and enjoy all the attention they will be receiving. 

Please don’t feel left out, Capricorns and Aquarians! Your day will come. Here’s a preview of a positive change: Saturn goes Direct motion, getting out of its long period of being Retrograde on September 18th. You know by now that the ruler of your chart is the slowest moving planet, don’t you?

As usual, please keep in mind that in this short Blog, I can only lightly touch on the effects of each transit. To fully understand how these shifts will affect you, please call me for a reading.

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Boulder, CO.  Tel: 720-448-3742.  Your referrals are appreciated; thank you!  Services I offer include: natal chart readings, yearly updates, couples compatibility or astrocartography (location) readings.  If you would like to book an appointment for yourself, or as a gift for someone, please call me, and we can schedule a 90 minutes session, which you are welcomed to record. Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer,