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Venus Underground – The Need to Soften

Venus (currently in her retrograde motion) is shining strongly up there with the Sun and Moon, as this month’s Aries New Moon exacts (on March 28th at 12:57:08pm (AEST)).

By this time, you will have been gifted 10 days of Venus’ journey through the Underworld, which begins (now) – when Venus is no longer visible in the night sky  – and ends when she rises as the morning star (early April).

I’ve posted this New Moon report earlier than usual to bring this to your awareness.

This stage of her retrograde journey is when we can come face to face with our own shadows, so be aware of what is happening around you at this time.

Remain open and aware as we now journey with Venus through our own underworld (subconscious) 

For the next 2 weeks (18th March until early April (AEST)), events may be conspiring to show you where a lack of self love may be being carried into relationships and how this may be a fundamental basis for any negative patterns that are playing out.

With Venus in Aries we may suddenly see where we need to soften; where we need to be more loving, patient and gentle with ourselves and those we value

We may see a side of ourselves that is operating at a level of impatience, arrogance, brusqueness, competitiveness or selfishness …

… or perhaps we will see how we are being too compliant and not pushy enough when it comes to our desires.

Aries is warrior, masculine energy and it can be easy to fall into these behaviours with the busyness of life as we now experience it.

Time can be a big trigger – I.e. Worrying about being late.

What triggers you?

This is a potent New Moon for setting intentions that will bring greater balance to relationships, for healing relationship issues and for taking actions that lead to increased self-love.

Where do you need to connect more with your feminine side (men and women have a feminine side) – think intuitive, receptive, motherly, nurturing (of self and others) and/or where are you being too much of this and not asserting for your desires?

Early April, Venus will rise with the morning sky once again -transformed.

What would you like to rebirth during this Lunar Cycle? 

What intentions will you set on March 28th?

Here’s the rest of the energetic low-down on our next New Moon 🙂

The Quest for Freedom and Opening to Trust

The Black Moon (representative of The Goddess) is in trine aspect with Venus at this New Moon.

In Sagittarius, she is pushing you towards greater freedom, to be true to yourself, to embrace your adventurous side, to listen to your own inner wisdom and to cultivate trust.

What fears arise in you as you contemplate those words?

Are you open to these energies and to pursuing them within your own life?

Is there a need for healing?

New Moon – New Beginnings

Aries is dynamic, motivational energy and with 5 points falling in Aries at this New Moon, you may be feeling the impetus to begin something new or to push something forwards in your life.

Ambition, Ideas and Vision

Powerful ambitions could be stirred as we experience the second hit of the Jupiter/Pluto square (31st March (AEST)) and you may be full of ideas that you’d like to get working on; perhaps, which add to your vision of how you’d like to be of service in the World (Grand Trine – Saturn in Sagittarius, Mercury in Aries, North Node in Virgo).

The Uranus conjunction with Mercury can also bring insight and inventive solutions and with Saturn and Mercury set to turn retrograde early April, you may find yourself called to slow down and to make improvements in one or several areas of your life.

Potential Challenges and Impatience

Aries energy likes a challenge, but it doesn’t do particularly well with delays and miscommunication; both of which can occur when Saturn and Mercury turn retrograde.

This month, you’d be wise to ensure that you check and double-check before rushing into anything.

Jupiter is acting as the lead planet in the New Moon chart (locomotive) and with Jupiter also currently in retrograde motion, you may feel like growth isn’t happening as quickly as you’d like.

Frustration and impatience can arise now and with Saturn travelling through Jupiter’s sign (Sagittarius), you may have a tendency to pessimism, so watch for negative thinking.

These retrogrades don’t occur to annoy us (although, yes – it can seem that way!!  😉 ).

They occur so that we can ensure that we lay the right foundation(s) and that we’re travelling in the right direction.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, under the pump and frustrated it may help to place your hand on your heart, breathe deeply for a minute or ten (yes, you have time) and once you feel calmer, say the words ‘I have all the time in the World’ as you breathe out.

Do this as many times as feels right for you and hopefully it will help to centre you.

Persistence and Stamina

Mars in Taurus (although classed as in detriment) is thankfully well placed this month for  bringing persistence, patience, stamina and consideration into actions.

Mars does not always like the slow and steady pace of Taurus, but there does seem to be a need for fore-thought and consideration before rushing in and Mars in Taurus can bring tenacity.

Think ‘slow and steady wins the race’.

The Need for Balance and Self Care

It will be important to keep everything in balance as we enter into this new lunar cycle, so ensure that self care remains important; especially as there is plenty of masculine (go-getter) energy around at this New Moon.

Jupiter/Pluto hits tend to bring a stretched to the limit feel. This is powerful, ambitious energy.

This is a great month to up the exercise.

Using the extra energy to your advantage and helping to lessen feelings; such as anger, impatience, resentment and frustration.

Which area of your life is likely to be affected by this New Moon?

Where does this New Moon fall within your natal chart? Look for 7degrees and 37seconds of Aries.

What does that house (area of life) represent?

Are there any planets, which fall at (or very close to) 7degrees within your natal chart?

Those situated between 5 and 9 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) and also Virgo or Scorpio are likely to add more to the picture.

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I also offer a 12-month subscription to my Lunar Illuminations.

These alerts are a great way to track your intention setting and to tune into your own emotional ebb and flow as the Moon moves through her eight phases each month.

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Much Love, Toria xo


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The Potential For Powerful Growth, Bounty and the Realising of Ambitions – The Arrival of the Jupiter/Pluto Square


Deepening of the Heart and Re-Aligning with Core Values – Venus Retrograde 2017

Up there with what has been February’s Eclipse window we have Venus; travelling at her slowest and moving through the degrees of the Zodiac to, which she will later return on her retrograde journey (yes, she’s already in the shadow zone).

Venus Retrograde – Subtle Signs – Have you Experienced Any Yet?

If you’re sensitive to energy, you may have been privy to some of the subtle whispers of what her upcoming retrograde journey may bring to you on a personal level.

That’s because she’s been steadily slowing down and moving through this ‘shadow zone’ since 31st January 2017.

Have you started to reconsider your appearance lately?

Perhaps you’re feeling the need for a makeover or are generally feeling a little dowdy?

Are you feeling a little less inclined to socialise right now?

Venus Retrograde – Meaning

Venus turns retrograde approximately once every 18months usually triggering an introversion of energy.

That’s because Venus is going deep during this period. She’s going within and she’s reconnecting you with your heart.

This re-connection triggers a personal review, usually related to the following themes:

  • What You Value
  • Who You Value
  • Your Tastes
  • Your Self Love/Self Worth Barometer
  • Your Creativity – What do you LOVE to Create and how?
  • Your Financial Position ((which interestingly, tends to be directly linked to Point 3)
  • You ability and openness to receive

This review can be invaluable; helping you to deepen your connection with your own heart and to move forward more in touch with your sense of personal style and your desires after she turns direct (April 2017).

Venus Retrograde – Recommendations

Therefore, it’s recommended to:

  • Slow down,
  • Make the time to be more present (relate more fully) with yourself during Venus Retrograde. For Example:
    • Through periods of alone time
    • Through Regular Meditation (Inner Journeying)
    • By Journaling (Writing about your thoughts and feelings at this time)
    • By being aware and open to what occurs for you (events, feelings) during this phase.

Because your value system is about to undergo a review, it is not generally recommended to:

Believe me, you’re listening to someone who went all out on a whole new hair colour during one Venus Retrograde and she will never do that again!!

I also have a sister who purchased her house during a Venus Retrograde period and it has cost her quite a bit of money in repairs over the last few years.

In fact, if possible, it may be best to wait out such decisions until Venus clears the retrograde zone completely.

If you can, of course.

If you can’t, then you may want to check and double-check the details where possible.

Venus will clear the retrograde zone when she passes the point at which she initially turned retrograde and that’s due to occur on 19th May at 02:32am (AEST).

This is also a great time to reassess your finances and to go over your budget.

Venus Retrograde and The Past

It can be enlightening to look back 8 years (if you can remember that far), as this year’s Venus retrograde will hold similar echoes to the one occurring during 2009.

That’s because she will be activating the same signs and likely the same house within your birth chart (house = area of life).

The possibility of encountering people from your past (with whom you’ve shared a relationship) can also increase during the Venus Retrograde period; especially if you still have lessons to learn here.

Venus Retrograde and Your Love Life

Your love life and relationships may be up for review at this time; especially with Jupiter also retrograde at this time in Venus’ sign (Libra).

That’s because Jupiter is the planet of growth and Venus is what we want to attract to us and what we value, so with Jupiter and Venus retrograde, you may be considering:

  • What you value about your relationship(s)
  • How you can bring even more value to them
  • How can you grow from your relationships
  • Where you want more from a relationship
  • How you relate (to others and to yourself)

Although some relationships could end during this time, it is highly unlikely that a usually happy and strong one will.

Such a break up would usually be a case of “the straw breaking the camels back” where one partner is desiring growth or more appreciation and the other is unable to give this.


Venus Retrograde and Creativity

venus-5-pointed-starVenus’ Retrograde path, as she moves through our skies creates a five-pointed star, which is a symbol of manifestation and innate creativity.

During her period of retrogradation, you may feel an innate deepening and an inner pull that re-connects you with the magic and wonder of your inner World.

Fostering a deep connection with your inner World can increase your capacity for unconditional love (of self and others) and bring forth a strengthening of your innate creativity that you can then bring into the World as your unique expression of love.

Venus Retrograde Through The Signs (Aries and Pisces)

Venus will seemingly move backwards through two signs.

They are Aries and Pisces.

The following explains how Venus functions in these signs, so that you can be on the look out for possible expressions of how her retrograde energy is playing out for you on a personal level.

Are any of these themes arising in you during her retrograde journey?

Venus in Aries

venus-retrograde-in-ariesVenus is in detriment in Mars-ruled Aries.

Here, she is colourful, impatient, competitive and bold; often taking the lead in relationships and pursuing what she desires ardently.

This placement is a fiery Venus and she needs an outlet for all that excess energy to prevent arguments and conflicts from creeping in.

A strong leader, independent and active, Venus is warm and fun in Aries, but she may find it difficult to consider the needs of her loved ones, and to exercise patience; seeking the fulfilment of her desires immediately.

Impulsive actions or spending,  frustrations related to wanting things right now and lust could feature, as Venus backtracks through this sign.

Venus in Aries embraces the warrior within, which when used constructively, can give motivation to fight on behalf of others and the motivation to keep dream or a personal relationship thriving and renewed.

Venus retrograde in Piscesvenus-in-pisce

In contrast to her Aries journey, Venus is exalted in Pisces.

At best, this is Venus at her most compassionate, heart-centred, sensitive and unconditional; devoted to service.

At worse, the idealised Pisces vision can result in disappointment; when dreams don’t live up the fantasy or when partners fall from their idealised pedestals (and they will – they’re human).

Venus in Pisces longs to merge in sacred union with others, but the lack of boundaries can feel stifling to other signs and when the spiritual path is denied, negative patterns; such as alcoholism, victim mentality and confusion can creep in sometimes resulting in co-dependent relationships.

This Venus wants romance (the fairy tale), stories of heroism (where they are either victim or saviour) and is often something of a creative genius, intuitively connecting with and channelling through their Art (in whatever form they create).

A softening, a deepening of compassion, the understanding that we are all one, heightened sensitivity and empathy and an increased love for all is a likely manifestation of Venus’ journey through Pisces, as is allowing oneself to be vulnerable and being more open to trust and faith in a higher power.

This is also a great time to practice forgiveness and to let go of old hurts that may be holding you back from deeper levels of relating.

The Details and How This Might Affect You Personally

Venus will turn  retrograde at 07:09pm on 4th March 2017 (AEST).

Between March 4th 2017 and Mid-May Venus will seemingly move backwards from 13degrees and 8seconds of Aries to 26degrees and 54seconds of Pisces.

Where does that area fall within your natal chart?

Which houses (area of life) are likely to be affected?

Where are you re-valuing your life?

Also look for Planets that fall within that degree range (26 degrees and 54 seconds of Pisces to 13 degrees and 8 seconds of Aries) within your personal chart, as their function is likely to be affected.

If you’d like help with understanding your chart (and to obtain a free copy of your chart if you don’t already have one) you can sign up for my newsletter and download my E-Book “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness”, which I give out as a thank you to those who join my list.

Much Love,

Toria xo

Heightened Sensitivity and Opening to The Flow of Life- New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces


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What is Eclipse Energy?

If you’ve been experiencing periodical waves of emotion or have been gifted with personal realisations around patterns of behaving then the chances are that you’re well and truly plugged into the Eclipse energy that is surrounding us right now.

Eclipse energy changes the electromagnetic frequency and as it interacts with our own auric energy field it can make for a heavy and intense time both emotionally and energetically.

Eclipse energy is Lunar energy, so deep emotions can surface for our conscious acknowledgement, which are often related to lunar themes; such as

  • The Past,
  • Early Childhood,
  • Belonging,
  • Nourishment and Nurture
  • Mother (how we were mothered and how we mother)
  • Safety
  • Needs

Relationships can also come under fire, as we tend to carry our unhealed emotional baggage through into our adult relationships.

The Need for Compassion and Kindness

Because Eclipse Seasons increase our sensitivity, compassion is important; both compassion for others and compassion for ourselves.

Kindness is so important right now.

We live in such busy times that we often just carry on regardless; whizzing around in a flurry of activities and “must does”.

This active life is masculine energy and this constant call to go outside of ourselves can take its toll on our basic emotional needs, which tend to be denied or often suppressed as we strive to get on in the World.

Feminine energy is deep, innate, intuitive and receptive.

(It’s important to note here that both men and women carry masculine and feminine energy and, regardless of gender, both need to be acknowledged and balanced).

Eclipse seasons can force us to confront and to reflect upon our tender side and what our emotional needs may be, so please give yourself time to process what is arising for you.

Such emotional intensity and sensitivity can increase experiences of depression and anxiety, so please be mindful of what the Cosmos is highlighting for you (or those around you) at this time.

A look at the Moon in your natal chart can be enlightening during an eclipse (by sign, house and aspects).

What related themes are arising for you now? (see below for a few ideas related to each Moon sign).

New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Pisces – Themes

Our approaching New Moon/Solar Eclipse will fall in Pisces on February 27th at 00:58am (AEST) and with five key placements in Pisces at this time (The Sun, The Moon, Neptune, Mercury and The South Node) the following themes could be manifesting for you right now:

  • An increased need for Emotional Closeness, Exchange of Feelings and Empathy.
  • A need to Express your Feelings (I.e. write, speak, draw, dance, sing…) and feel that they are heard.
  • An increased longing for Union (which is often the reason we’re drawn to alcohol – to feel a sense of merging and of loosening our boundaries with life/others).
  • Feeling Overwhelmed.
  • Feeling like a Victim (disempowered).
  • Deep Sensitivity and Compassion
  • Boundary Issues (are your boundaries too lax or too strong?)
  • Confusion
  • Escapism (I.e. using food, alcohol or other substances to numb or stuff deep feelings)
  • Increased Need to Fantasise/Day Dream
  • Themes around Service (our need to serve the collective)
  • Themes around Surrender (do you surrender to the flow of life or attempt to control)

This eclipse falls on the South Node indicating that events, which occur between now and August may be pointers showing you emotional patterns, which need to be released and let go of.

Example emotional triggers by Natal Moon Sign that Eclipses can bring up

What is triggering you and where may you be blocking the flow of life through fear?

For example:

  • Capricorn Moons may come face to face with control issues,
  • Scorpio Moons may connect with Trust Issues,
  • Virgo Moons may experience an increase in anxiety (fear of outcomes/the future),
  • Cancerian Moons may be asked to face emotional defence mechanisms (are they still necessary)
  • Pisces Moons may confront feelings of loss, helplessness and where they feel adrift and unsupported
  • Aries Moons may be processing residual anger or patterns around reactivity and impatience
  • Taurus Moons may confront fears around a lack of security
  • Gemini Moons may find it harder than ever to rest under Eclipse energy and may meet with emotional pain around not being heard
  • Aquarian Moons may confront patterns around detachment or rejection
  • Leo Moons may have to acknowledge where they don’t feel truly seen by others or where they fear to shine their light
  • Libra Moons may be called to look at how early family conditioning is leading to an inability to express darker emotions or accept these traits in others
  • Sagittarius Moons may be called to look at how family belief systems may be holding them back from following their own truth

Other Energies in the February 27th Eclipse Chart

The Eclipse chart contains an exact Mars/Uranus conjunction in Aries, which carries strong rebellious energy and the urge to break out from situations that you can no longer tolerate.

Please be mindful of a tendency to angry outbursts with sudden, impulsive and unexpected flair ups or events being a possibility.

Instead, can you think of ways to constructively channel this energy by motivating yourself to loosen the chains that bind; honouring your need for individuality, freedom and growth?

Letting go of emotional patterns (through seeking help if you need to) that you feel are holding you back and/or frustrating you can help.

Mars/Uranus energy can also bring sudden, out of the blue events…

Bernadette Brady writes in her book “The Eagle and The Lark” that this particular Eclipse belongs to “a family of eclipses that brings with it the element of pleasant surprise. Sudden happiness, a joyful event, the lucky break, the lucky win. The Events which will be occurring … can positively change the person’s life”.

… so let’s hope for some good news.

From this position, Mars is triggering the long term Jupiter/Uranus opposition, so the need for freedom, inspiration and growth is likely to be big right now.

There may be sudden occurrences that bring about endings, but remember that endings clear the way for a new beginning.

For more on this energy, click here.

With Mercury’s presence in Pisces alongside this New Moon/Solar Eclipse your imagination and desire to express your creativity may be heightened.

Great for meditation, cultivating a stronger connection to your higher self and for being inspired, but beware of a tendency to delusion, paranoia, self-doubt and confusion.


Which area of your life is likely to be affected by this Eclipse?

Where does this eclipse energy fall within your natal chart? Look for 8degrees and 12seconds of Pisces.

What does that house (area of life) represent?

Are there any planets, which fall at 8degrees within your natal chart?Those situated at 8 degrees of the mutable signs are likely to be strongly affected (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) and also any planet residing at 8 degrees of Libra or Leo.

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Eclipse energy tends to be in effect for 6 months.

Much Love, Toria xo