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Retrogrades and Eclipses
In 2017

By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

Eclipses are close alignments of the Sun, Moon and Earth. They generate an intense energy focus. Elements of surprise, odd weather patterns, overall changes, growth and new perspectives are linked to eclipses. Those who have a birthday within three days of an eclipse can expect some shifts in the status quo. Perhaps a new job, residential move or relationship situation will play a part in this. There will be four eclipses this year, three are partial and one is total.
February 10, 2017 – Full Moon – partial lunar eclipse in Leo, North Node
February 26, 2017 – New Moon- partial solar eclipse in Pisces, South Node
August 7, 2017 – Full Moon – partial lunar eclipse in Aquarius, South Node
August 21, 2017 – New Moon- total solar eclipse in Leo, North Node

A total eclipse is more influential than a partial. The eclipses conjunct the Moon’s North Node are thought to be more favorable than those which conjoin with the South Node.

Retrograde Planetary Motion
Retrograde motion is the illusion of retrograde or apparent backward planetary motion. It is created by the Earth’s speed relative to that of the other planets. Astrologically retrogrades are quite significant, promising a change of pace, different paths and perspectives.

Mercury Retrograde
Three or four times yearly, retrograde Mercury impacts technology, travel and communication. Those who have been out of touch return. Complete old projects, revise, review, and tread familiar paths. Gemini and Virgo will be affected.
December 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 The year begins with Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius and Capricorn
April 10, 2017 – May 4, 2017 in Taurus and Aries
August 13, 2017 – September 5, 2017 in Virgo and Leo
December 3, 2017 – December 23, 2017 in Sagittarius

Venus Retrograde
Venus retrograde influences art, finances, and love. Taurus and Libra will be affected.
March 4, 2017 – April 15, 2017 in Aries and Pisces

Mars Retrograde
The military, sports, and heavy industry are impacted. Aries and Scorpio will be affected.
(There will be no Mars retrograde cycle this year)

Jupiter Retrograde
Large animals, speculation, education, and religion are impacted. Sagittarius and Pisces will be affected.
February 6, 2017 – June 9, 2017 in Libra

Saturn Retrograde
Elderly people, the disadvantaged, employment and natural resources are linked to Saturn. Capricorn and Aquarius will be affected.
April 6, 2017 – August 25, 2017 in Sagittarius
Uranus Retrograde
Inventions, science, electronics, revolutionaries, and extreme weather relate to Uranus retrograde. Aquarius will be affected.
August 3, 2017 – January 2, 2018 in Aries

Neptune Retrograde
Water, aquatic creatures, chemicals, spiritual forces and psychic phenomena are impacted by Neptune retrograde. Pisces will be affected.
June 16, 2017 – November 22, 2017 in Pisces

Pluto Retrograde
Ecology, espionage, birth and death rates, nuclear power, and mysteries relate to Pluto retrograde. Scorpio will be affected.
April 20, 2017 – September 28, 2017 in Capricorn


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New Moon in Capricorn and Pepper Pot Soup Day
December 29, 2016
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

The first New Moon after the winter solstice will be at 1:53 am EST at 7 degrees Capricorn 59 minutes in the double Saturn decanate of the sign. The wise use of time, reveling in memories recognizing the established order and traditions will characterize the next four weeks. Uranus turns direct in Aries accenting surprises in social issues, upsets in the status quo and technology. Those experiencing computer glitches and woes can find some relief. Mercury is retrograde and very close to the Sun and Moon at this lunation. Be patient regarding travels and moves. Revise plans and be aware of the synchronicity of repeating patterns. They foreshadow the future. Keep a sense of humor and persist patiently if learning something new takes extra time and effort.
There is an earthy quality prevailing during the days ahead. Decorating the dinner table or altar with oak wood, pinecones and fragrant seasonal greens would create an emotional harmony with the environment. On December 29, 1777 George Washington asked the Continental Army’s chef to prepare a special meal to uplift the spirits and warm the bodies of the soldiers who were experiencing such harsh conditions at Valley Forge. There wasn’t much to work with, but the chef obliged by creating a hot soup using pepper corns and odds and ends. Dubbed Philadelphia Pepper Pot Soup, it remains today as a legendary tonic to ward off chills of the body, spirit and mind. Pepper Pot has been immortalized as “The soup that won the Revolutionary War.”

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