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When does Mercury Retrograde end for August 2011?

When does Mercury Retrograde end for August 2011?

In Australia, Sydney to be precise, Mercury retrograde will end on August 27th, 2011 at 8:03am. That is August 26, 2011 22:03 Universal, GMT time. If you have any planets at 18 degrees, particularly in Leo, expect things to start moving forward by the end of next week.

August 2010 – Monthly Horoscopes – Astrology

August 2010 – Monthly Horoscopes – Astrology

Planetary aspects for August 2010, Australian date and times.

  • AUGUST 3rd: Jupiter (3 Aries) squares Pluto (3 Capricorn) at 3:32PM
  • AUGUST 4th: Mars (3 Libra) opposes Jupiter (3 Aries) at 2:19 PM
  • AUGUST 4th: Mars (3 Libra) opposes Pluto (3 Capricorn) at 2:58 PM
  • AUGUST 7th: Venus enters Libra 1:47PM
  • AUGUST 7th: Venus opposes Uranus (O Aries) at 5:58PM
  • AUGUST 9th: Venus conjunct Saturn both 1 degree Libra at 3:23AM
  • AUGUST 10th: Venus opposes Jupiter (2 Aries) at 9:40 AM
  • AUGUST 10th: Venus square Pluto (3 Capricorn) at 2:04AM
  • AUGUST 14th: Uranus re-enters Pisces 1:36PM
  • AUGUST 17th: Jupiter opposes Saturn (2 Libra) at 6:44 AM
  • AUGUST 21st: Venus conjunct Mars (13 Libra) at 4:48 AM
  • AUGUST 21st: Saturn (2 Libra) square Pluto (2 Capricorn) at 8:15 PM

The beginning of the month is intense for early Cardinal signs (Aries, Libra, Cancer and Cap). With Jupiter, Pluto, Mars (then Venus) Saturn and for a short time Uranus converging on those first few degrees, it’s like a party that quickly gets out of control. Perhaps a few nights in with a book and glass of wine if you are tired of the excitement? If not, expect a wild ride.

Uranus is in his final throes – one last pass into Pisces. Expect not to be hoodwinked this time by fast talkers and bedroom eyes. You’ve fallen for Charisma with Uncertainty once too often. If it’s career focussed, be sure to practice your “yeah yeah whatever” look – it will see you through.

Jupiter opposite Saturn will bring up a challenge. Will you expand into leadership or retract back into relationships? No answer is the right answer. But one will demand the other will beckon. It’s up to you.

Finally Saturn square Pluto brings immense change in finance and business. Expect a large company to collapse. One that looked secure and longlasting.

Astro Planets for February 2010

Astro Planets for February 2010

There are three major planetary configurations this month and the two major ones hit Pluto at 4 degrees Capricorn. Saturn the planet of limitations is in a square at 4 degrees Libra – the peacemaker will have to contend with the capitalist. In other words, there’s a fight brewing at work, in your industry or around the globe that cannot be avoided. Jupiter at 4 degrees Pisces says “take a chill pill” while sextiling (positive) Pluto. Pisces has a habit of doing the washing up everytime a fight come a’knocking on the door, so make sure you stand your ground, lay out your concerns or boundaries and then gracefully step back. No point flogging it to push a point – and Pluto loves to break things down irrevocably, burning bridges and leaving no stone unturned. You don’t need to give into that:

  • February 1 Saturn Square Pluto 4 Libra/Capricorn 21 at 7:26 AM Sydney, Australia time
  • February 7 Jupiter Sextile Pluto 4 Pisces/Capricorn 21 at 3:50 AM Sydney, Australia time
  • February 17  Neptune Conjunct Chiron 26 Aquarius 14 at 3:00 PM Sydney, Australia time

Neptune conjunct Chiron will see the release of a new drug, an operation or “cure” that heals. In your life, it could be a time when you add a group or find friends that support you in a new way. If you know someone young and impressionable they may be attracted to a group that is damaged or involved in drugs (Neptune rules drugs). We choose how we want to use the energies depending on our experience.

Mercury Retrograde 2010

Mercury Retrograde 2010

When Mercury goes retrograde (backwards) through the sky 3x a year, it’s a beautiful time to down tools, stop striving, stop, refresh.  Things only go backward if you are still pushing – anything that breaks or fails over, particularly travel, could very well be telling you something. We are  meaning making machines….

The Dates (GMT) for Mercury Retrograde in 2010

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15 Jan Mercury turns direct 6 Capricorn
19 Apr Mercury turns retrograde 13 Taurus
11 May Mercury turns direct 3 Taurus
21 Aug Mercury turns retrograde 19 Virgo
12 Sep Mercury turns direct 5 Virgo
11 Dec Mercury turns retrograde 6 Capricorn
30 Dec Mercury turns direct 20 Sagittarius (from Skyscript)

Mercury retrograde is a good thing.

This is a follow on from Mercury retrograde 2009.

Stars for June 2009

Stars for June 2009

All times are given in Sydney Australia times – GMT +10 hours.


Mars leaves Aries and enters Taurus on June 1st at 7:18am

Immediately the heated frustration from Mercury retrograde communication muckups cools, and an earthy grounded energy focusses on achieving practical comfort ensues. On June 4th at 2:36pm, Mars 2 degrees Taurus trines Pluto at 2 degrees Capricorn – great for solid comfortable progress, just make sure you reward yourself with home cooking and quality wines. Taurus and Capricorn both know how to wine and dine themselves and others! 

The Full Moon on June 8th at 4:12am at 17 degrees Sag brings into focus our need for answers vs the need to explore. If you find yourself handing out philosophy when someone really wants practical examples and questions or you find yourself offering questions instead of answers to some one who is struggling, stop, and read the situation. The challenge that full moons bring is the right response across the axis. In the case of Gemini vs Sagittarius its questions/exploration of a simple situation vs answers/deep exploration of Sag. 

On June 23rd, Mars 16 Taurus trines Saturn 16 Virgo at 12:43AM, A new moon at 1 degree Cancer at 5:35AM immediately moves into an opposition with Destroyer Pluto 1 degree Capricorn at 5:41pm. Given the relationship between Saturn and Capricorn, many will experience a typical opposition challenge of balancing home, family and comfort, with leadership, ambition and career. The decision  you make on this date, will have energy and take you far – choose wisely.

January 11th, 2009 – This Week’s Sparkles

January 11th, 2009 – This Week’s Sparkles

StarSparkles podcast for January 11 2009Astrology and Horoscope Weekly Sparkles for Sunday January 11th until January 17th 2009.

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This weeks full moon in Cancer, trine Saturn in Virgo combine with Mercury Retrograding in Aquarius for a interesting start to the week. Then we settle down in mainly moon aspects.

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Stars for this week covering Full moon, trine Saturn AND Mercury going retrograde (backwards) for three weeks.

Sign Full Moon House Retro Mercury House
4 11
3 10
2 9
1 8
12 7
11 6
10 5
Scorpio 9 4
8 3
7 2
6 1
5 12

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StarSparkles 5 minute podcast
Hi you are listening to StarSparkles.com.au Astrology and Horoscope – a 5 minute look at the week ahead.

This is for the week starting Sunday January 11th through to midnight Saturday January 17th 2009. All times given are Sydney Daylight Savings times. Which means at this time of year, if it’s 11pm in Sydney it’s noon GMT at 4am in California


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MAJOR Aspects
The major events occur early in the week. There is a full moon on Sunday at 1:27pm. This means the sun is in Capricorn at 21 degrees, and the moon is in Cancer at 21 degrees. Full moons on this axis will bring about tension between work and play. In fact, the Full moon is also in an exact trine with Saturn which is retrograde at 21 degrees Virgo. This trine happens on Sunday night, actually early hours of Monday morning at 4am. Is it possible that you will wake up, recognize that you have a whole year ahead of you and are now ready, nay eager to move ahead with your life’s work, your place in the world (Capricorn) and take your leave of the events and gatherings of family and friends over the Christmas and New Years break? If so, Saturn is ready to support you in catching up and re-looking at career events that happened at the end of last year. So that’s two big events over the Sunday/Monday of this week – A full moon in Capricorn/Cancer and the trine with Saturn inVirgo. If you have any planets at 21 degrees Capricorn or Cancer, I’d love to hear how the full moon trine Saturn is working out for you Please email me at StarSparkles@starsparkles.com.au or come to the website http://starsparkles.com.au . Especially if it Is your birthday Sunday or Monday this week.

The third major event on those days is Mercury retrograde at 7 degrees Aquarius. This occurs at about ¼ to 3 early on Sunday morning, so right in between the full moon and the trine with Saturn. Rolling backwards through the heavens, this planet won’t go direct again until February 1st at 5:10pm. Intriguingly, the degree that Mercury goes direct is at 21 degrees Capricorn. The same degree as the full moon trine Saturn this weekend. I’d say whatever comes out at the full moon will be in full force until at least February 1st. Mercury retrograde has a habit of slowing us down, taking away our cars, and technology and travel to ensure we spend some time inwards, going over things in our minds instead of rushing around, always communicating, always connected. Nothing like sitting at the airport for a few hours, or a traffic jam, or stuck at a bus stop to allow our minds to wander. If something does happen to slow you up over the next three weeks.

# Mercury Retrograde 7 AQ 45 Jan 12 2009 2:42 AM
# Mercury Direct 21 CAP 44 Feb 1 2009 5:10 PM (Mercury retrograde dates for 2009)

For the rest of the week, we are looking at quick moon aspects. The moon is in Cancer until it finishes with the full moon and Saturn trine early on Monday morning. At around 3:30am the moon will enter Leo forming over the next two and ½ days oppositions with Jupiter, Mercury, Chiron, and Neptune. By Tuesday night those oppositions will have you ready for an early night. Because the moon in Leo wants to shine as a star, and the planets in Aquarius are requiring you to work in groups, being back at work, back in the social swim could be tiring. Why not have a quiet night on Tuesday?
Wednesday the moon pops into Virgo, so no more drama queens, it’s back to duty and civility that a Virgo moon needs to feel secure. The moon will trine Pluto in early Capricorn on Wednesday, oppose Venus at 11 degrees Pisces and trine Mars 13 degrees Capricorn early hours of Thursday morning. If you are sleeping, well and good. If you are not, well, lets just say that energy could be … interesting.

Later on Thursday the moon, still in Virgo, opposes Uranus, and conjuncts Saturn so you are going to be wishing that Thursday was actually Friday. By the time Friday does roll around the moon will trine the Sun at 25 Capricorn and then go into Libra. Make sure your chores are done during the Virgo moon period that I mentioned between Wednesday morning and Thursday night. Because a Friday Libran moon is perfect for shopping, dating, dinner, romance, and friendly drinks. Once we get past the Libran moon squaring Pluto at 1 degree Capricorn, which may cause you to try and back away from a confrontation that was building early in the week, you can concentrate on the moon trining Jupiter at 2 degrees Aquarius and trining Mercury (retrograde) at 5 degrees Aquarius. There’s no point asking you to take it easy with a Libra moon making you compliant to others wishes, Jupiter egging you on drink and party more and MORE and Aquarius bringing the strong attraction to large groups but for goodness sake, with Mercury retrograde leave the car at home. Drinking and driving, losing keys, ending up as chaffeur to a bunch of partyiers will be part of the package. You’ll have a good time though.

Until Saturday lunch time that is. For those of you who weren’t out on a bender on Friday night – and that moon Jupiter Aquarius makes it likely you were, in one way or another – Saturday lunchtime will be a time of great energy that needs to used constructively, as the moon forms a square to Mars. Saturday night has the moon trining Chiron and Neptune – great for the healing through theater and cinema and creativity. If Friday night was about romance and parties, Saturday is awesome for imagination and connecting with deeper relationships that move you spiritually.

And that is it for the week ahead of January 11th to January 17th 2009. Come back later in the week for next weeks astroweather overview.

I hope you enjoyed the podcast and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

The Large Hadron Collider Launch

The Large Hadron Collider Launch

chart and horoscopeThe European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) are preparing to turn on the Large Hadron Collider, is the world’s largest particle accelerator (basically an atom smasher). The collider itself is enormous, a 27 km underground tube that lies under the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland.

That exact Jupiter/Saturn trine is so incredibly obvious – as is the Sun/Moon trine. Saturn is 12 degrees Virgo, Jupiter 12 degrees Capricorn. Saturn is small confined spaces, pressing in. Jupiter is large, growth, exploding out. Both traverse structures – Jupiter weaves in and around, Saturn is the backbone. The Sun/Moon mirrors this compression/expansion theme – Sun 17 Virgo, Moon 17 Capricorn. It’s gonna be one helluva bang!

Plus an exact conjunction of Mars, Venus and Mercury at 14 degrees Libra – small pieces (Mercury) as Masculine and Feminine meet in the sign of unity. Worlds collide?

April 14th – This Week’s Sparkles

April 14th – This Week’s Sparkles

tarotthefoolWow Mercury is working overtime this week.

First thing in the week, Mercury sextiles Neptune. What a relief it is to tell someone our dreams. Or to plunge into astrology or tarot, with lots of verbal healing. The Mercury conjuncts the Sun – Superior conjunction unlike the one in February. Blab blab blab? Or over thinking with the world revolving around you and inside your head instead of outside your peaceful home, where it belongs?

Then later in the week, Mercury enters Taurus. Whew, slow down already – Taurus likes to take his time. Mercury freshens up, acts cute and words become a sensual feast. As always with Mercury, a change is as good as a holiday. Especially as the very end of the week moves Mercury into alignment with Pluto (trine) and Saturn (also trine). Get it off your chest before the Sun enters Taurus and then Full Moons in Scorpio early next week. Seriously, do/say it now.

March 30th – This Week’s Sparkles

March 30th – This Week’s Sparkles

cosmosIt’s a little odd this week. Not in a Uranian fun and exciting odd way but a little more dreary.

Monday is April Fool’s Day – we might see the tail end of Uranus activity fall flat as people do inappropriate things.

Tuesday Pluto, newly in Capricorn, moves retrograde. The changes you have experienced since January, so deep that you barely noticed them, are going to be shored up. How will this play out? Well, if you made a new friend or relationship in January, but you’ve been too busy to understand their importance, they may leave for six months or more. At sometime in the near future, you will wake up and realise, hey! they were important (Pluto in 11th or 7th or even 5th).

Oh and whatever end-of-Sagittarius thing you had going on since 2005 is moving back in for a final showdown. Be prepared.  You may get a hint of it this week.  But only a hint. Like I said, dreary.

Midweek sees the movement of Mercury into Aries and an immediate square with Pluto. This will only reinforce the *hints* – brief notes, emails, communications or even thoughts that are hard to place in context. All will be revealed but not until later in the year. Tuesday and Wednesday are definitely preparing  you to go back over deep buried old ground.

Next weekend – New Moon on Sunday at around 17 degrees Aries, just as Venus joins Mercury in Aries.  Changes abound. Unthought of consequences for jumping in, what will you do on Saturday night and gain an awareness of on Sunday?

March 24th – This Week’s Sparkles

March 24th – This Week’s Sparkles

solar-systemThe main aspects for this week pretty well all involve Uranus. The Mercury/Venus travelling combo (they are inseparable at the moment, in a conjunction) both conjunct with Uranus on Friday, followed by the big one, Jupiter conjunct Uranus.

The Mercury/Venus and Uranus conjunction (Mercury Venus on Monday 24th at 14 degrees Pisces) and Uranus on March 28th/29th at 19 degrees Pisces will bring sudden communications and contacts (relationships/meetings) that change your life. This will be followed by some deep thinking over the weekend (Jupiter loves deep thinking) that somehow re-energises and grows you. An example: you go to a coffee meeting (Venus) on Thursday where it’s suddenly communicated (Mercury) that you should hop on a plane to somewhere exotic (Jupiter rules travel) or take a course (Jupiter rules higher education and mind expansion). That sort of thing.

Uranus in Pisces is in mutual reception with Neptune in Aquarius – this means they are in each other’s sign of rulership, so they can swap if they want. Oh, and they sextile each other. Whatever Mercury/Venus and Jupiter reveal through Uranus at the end of this week, will be rich in spiritual and social value. This resounds of “life mission” stuff. Not too heavy though – you’ll enjoy it! I promise!

Saturday morning is the peak – mid morning – but it should last all weekend.