May 2022 News & Views. Part One. Mercury Retro; Venus Conference; Jyotish Kumbha Mela.
Welcome to those of you who are subscribers as well as those who are reading my newsletter for the first time. If you missed the April 2022 News and Views Part 2, you can access that here conta.cc/3F3vFJS
. In that newsletter, which came out at the end of April, I talked about eclipse season and the solar one of April 30 appearing a day after Pluto stationed retrograde. I cited some interesting occurrences about that eclipse here conta.cc/3FfhQbw
There is so much going on this month so once again I am sending this one out as Part One about Mercury retrograde, which begins on May 10. Scroll down to read more about this month's pesky Mercury Retrograde cycle and tips on how not to panic, since in the scheme of things this is not the most difficult planetary signature you will encounter.
Part Two of May News & Views will appear around the time of the Total Lunar Eclipse, which occurs May 15-16 depending on your time zone and will focus on that one, which is in some respects a twin eclipse to the one on November 19, 2021, since they affect the same region of the zodiac. The other important event this month is Jupiter entering tropical Aries, and for those of you who practice Jyotisa, Jupiter already entered sidereal Pisces on April 13. I will look at these planets changing signs according to both zodiacs in a future newsletter.
A review of the eclipses, retrogrades, and planetary signatures of this year so far, plus looking ahead to the second half of the year will be explored in my webinar What's Next in 2022: The Next Six Months?, which takes place on Tuesday July 12 from 7 - 9 pm. This will be free to those who attended my 2022 Sensitive Degrees Webinar last December, since this is a follow-up. But it is a standalone that anyone can register for and you will then automatically receive the 5 hour webinar from December plus the one on July 12. Scroll below to find out more information.
Thank you to those of you who attended my lecture: Meet the 2022 Eclipses on Saturday April 30 for ACVA (American College of Vedic Astrology). For those of you who missed it or wish to see it again the good news is that the video has posted on ACVA's Youtube channel here youtu.be/tD7TXBKDGeA
I am thrilled to be speaking at several conferences and presenting several webinars over the next few months and hope you can make it at least some of them. Scroll down to read more about the NYC NCGR spring conference on Venus; Jyotish Kumbha Mela; Webinar on What's Next in 2022; ISAR 2022, and The Astrology Gathering (TAG) in Lily Dale.
Jyotisa classes began on Wednesday March 2 but you can still sign up for the next four classes and receive the recordings from the first five classes. I have added a 9th bonus class, which will address using Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and the angles (descendant, Midheaven, IC) in Indian astrology. Scroll down for more information on the class and how to register.
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Pesky Mercury Retrograde
April 26 2022. Mercury/Budha enters Retrograde Arc or Shadow. Tropical. 26°Taurus 05'. Sidereal 02°Taurus 1’. kṛttikā
May 10 2022. Mercury/Budha Stations Retrograde (vakra). Tropical 04° Gemini 51'. Sidereal 10°Taurus 47’. rohiṇī
May 21, 2022. Sun/Surya Mercury/Budha Inferior Conjunction. Tropical. 0° Gemini 43'. Sidereal 06° Taurus 38' kṛttikā
June 3, 2022. Mercury/Budha Stations Direct. Tropical. 26°Taurus 05'. Sidereal 02°Taurus 01’. kṛttikā
June 19, 2022. Mercury/Budha Leaves Retrograde Arc or Shadow. Tropical 04°Gemini 51'. Sidereal 10°Taurus 47’. rohiṇī
Much of what I write here is similar to my usual Mercury Retrograde missive, mostly because it always brings the same general uneasiness, even though much of it is unwarranted. Sure, there will be the mild annoyances and disruptions, which may include communication snafus, scheduling conflicts, misunderstandings, and transportation slowdowns, and if you are prepared and figure these things are possible, they will not throw you off your center when they occur. Remember to think before you speak, do not overreact to what others say and do, and refrain from juggling your usual array of activities. Mercury multitasks well when it moves forward at a steady pace, and not when it appears to slow up, which is what retrogrades are all about. Retrogrades are a great time to look inward and revise and fix something you have previously worked on since once it goes direct you will be able to move forward with something new that you have incorporated in a project, relationship, move, or just with your own appearance, attitudes, and goals. Be quiet, meditate, and look inside. Be more alert than usual, develop more patience, and generally take things slower. Look inward and you will be able to problem solve. Retrogrades are always a time for reflection and revision.
Planets retrograde when they "appear" to move backwards though they do not, but do move closest to earth in their orbit and slow its speed. As an inferior planet that falls between the Earth and Sun, Mercury entered its shadow, or retrograde arc (the term I prefer), which is the degree of the eventual direct station, on April 26, and leaves its shadow or retrograde arc when it passes the degree of the retrograde station on June 19. Approximately midway through the retrograde cycle between May 10--June 3, the Sun and Mercury form its inferior conjunction on May 21, since Mercury is close to the earth in between the Sun and Earth.
Now that Mercury is retrograde we may begin to see the flow of information slowing down, getting delayed, confused and misunderstood. We have to work even harder to be clear in our communications, since that really is what Mercury retrograde is all about. We cannot always control if our computers slow down, or if there is a lot of traffic and delays, but what we can do is just take deep breaths, call up patience, and really focus on what is most important and to choose our battles wisely. there is no reason to get bent out of shape if your train is delayed, and if you are late for an appointment, just be clear what the problem is and the person on the other end will understand. Watch machines, especially computers and cell phones, since they tend to break down, and since we use them for communication, it definitely comes under the purview of Mercury.
Ditto for signing contracts and any other important papers. Make sure you are clear, and you have asked all the questions you need to ask. Do not hesitate to ask for a re-wording of something, and just make sure you cover all your bases. It is always good to show the contract to someone who understands what it is about. If you do have to sign something or start a project when Mercury is retrograde, just choose a good date and planetary hour. We cannot control what happens in life, and do not overdo any problems that could arise with Mercury retrograde, since sometimes worry or anxiety is far worse than anything that can actually go wrong.
In general, you want to do things on a day ruled by a benefic planet, therefore, Monday (Moon), Wednesday (Mercury), Thursday (Jupiter) or Friday (Venus). Try to do that on a waxing moon, meaning between the new and full moon, but begin about two days after the new moon when we can see a sliver of it in the sky. We can also extend a positive period until three days after the Full Moon since it is still able to be seen in the sky. Of course this is general, but these are general tips for diverting Mercury retrograde.
This is the span of degrees of the current Mercury retrograde which you can see above: Tropical. 04° Gemini 51' -26° Taurus 05'. Sidereal. 10° Taurus 47'- 02° Taurus 01’. Look to see which house they fall in since that can give you a hint as to which area of the chart is affected. Tropically Mercury retrograde will span Gemini and Taurus. Sidereally Mercury retrograde only spans Taurus. This area of your life might become unpredictable, may slow down, or may take an unexpected turn. You may not get the results you want so either explore the new expression or be patient and wait for things to straighten out.
If you have any planets, points, or angles that conjoin the degrees where Mercury stations retrograde or direct they will be affected. See what these planets mean in a generic sense, and which house it occupies and rules since it will cross those planets three times. If you have anything 1-2 degrees of one of the stationary points, it will hit that degree twice but will be especially important for that planet when Mercury stations retrograde or direct. Just take care and take deep breaths. Use the retrograde energy to think about plans but do not put them in motion until after Mercury goes direct.
If you use Indian astrology. If you have a planet, point, or angle in your chart between 10° Taurus 47'- 02° Taurus 01, where Mercury retrogrades, this is what may be awakened, activated, and transformed.
Sun. power, vigor; Moon. maternal, mind; Mars. strength, courage; Mercury. speech, learning; Jupiter. knowledge, wealth; Venus. love, happiness; Saturn. sorrow, fear; Rahu. intensity, compulsion; Ketu. extremes, spirituality; Lagna. destiny, vitality. If you want to use Uranus, Neptune and Pluto you can look below at tropical Western astrology for their keywords.
If you do not know which houses sidereal Taurus occupies, look at your ascendant, or Moon, or even your Sun, and just count from there. General descriptions for bhavas (houses) are as follows:
1. appearance, destiny, temperament, personality, constitution; 2. Money, family life, food, speech, early childhood; 3. Siblings, Fine arts, courage, desires; 4. Mother, happiness, real estate, vehicles; 5. Children, romance, investments, speculation; 6. Open enemies, work, competition, obstacles, illness; 7. Marriage, partners, contracts, passion; 8. Life and death cycle, research, accidents, other's money, inheritance; 9. Father, teacher (guru), religion, higher learning, opportunity; 10. Career, status, public recognition, reputation; 11. Profits, rewards, gains from work, awards, older siblings; 12. spiritual practice, secret enemies, foreign travel, debt, confinement.
If you use tropical Western astrology. If you have a planet, point, or angle in your chart between 04° Gemini 51' -26° Taurus 05', where Mercury retrogrades, this is what may be awakened, activated, and transformed.
Sun. vitality, individuality, ego; Moon. emotions, habits, conditioning; Mercury. communication, intelligence; Venus. love, beauty, creativity; Mars. physical energy, aggression, courage; Jupiter. expansion, abundance; Saturn. limitation, disciplined, fear; Uranus. originality, independent, rebellious; Neptune. spiritual, immaterial, imagination; Pluto. intensity, power; North Node. power, place where you must strive; South Node. place where it is easy, habits; Ascendant. personality, destiny; IC. home, family, mother; Descendant. partnerships, contracts; Midheaven. career, father
If you do not know which house tropical Gemini and Taurus occupy, look at your ascendant, or Sun, and just count from there. General descriptions for houses are as follows:
1. personality, body, appearance; 2. finances, possessions, values. 3. communication, siblings, short journeys, learning; 4. family, mother, home; 5. children, recreation, entertainment; 6. health, service, pets; 7. marriage, contracts, partnership; 8. business transactions, sexuality, life and death matters; 9. higher education, travel abroad, publishing, law; 10. profession, status, father; 11. gains, friendships, hopes, dreams; 12. compassion, spirituality, limitations, solitude
Classes, Lectures and Upcoming Conferences.
Eight Wednesday evenings. March 2, March 16, March 30, April 13, April 27, May 11, May 25, June 1. June 15. 7:00-9:00 PM Eastern time. Advanced Jyotisa. In-depth chart interpretation and forecasting. $280. Each week we will analyze a chart of someone in the news, or someone of interest to people in the class. Emphasis on tips for how you can immediately zero in on a chart and focus on what is most important. Techniques will be reviewed and introduced like Jaimini aspects and karakas, Yogas, Planetary Combinations (two, three, and four planet conjunctions) and many more. Intermediate or advanced level required. Prepare for ACVA certification, or just take to perfect your skills. Everyone will receive power point presentation and audio and audio visual recordings after class if you cannot attend live. You can still register and receive past classes. Email me for more information or register www.ronniedreyer.com.
Saturday. May 21, 2022. 12-4:30 PM. New York City NCGR Annual Spring Conference (on Zoom). Three Views of Venus. $35. Ronnie Gale Dreyer: Rediscovering Venus: Light and Dark, East and West. Bill Meridian: Venus Stations: Effect in Financial Markets; Rick Levine: The Beauty of Illusion: Venus and Romantic Love. Info and Registration. www.astrologynyc.org/events
Thursday. June 2-Sunday June 12. Jyotish Kumbha Mela. Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Saylorsburg PA. Speakers include myself, Dr. K.S. Charak, Vinay Aditya, Komilla Sutton, Gudrun Lewis-Schellenbeck, Simon Chokoisky, Alan Annand, Charlotte Benson and many others. You can register for as many days as you like, and attend in-person or virtually. I will be speaking on Wednesday June 8 on What's Next in 2022? and Thursday June 9 on Parivartana Yogas. Information and registration. www.jyotish.com
Tuesday. July 12, 2022. 7:00-9:00 PM EDT. What's Next in 2022: The Next Six Months? $60. For those of you who attended the Sensitive Degrees Webinar in December, you will be able to attend free of charge. This will be a review of the last six months and the sensitive degrees of the next six months. For those of you who did not attend in December but would like to sign up you can do this as well at www.ronniedreyer.com. You will automatically receive the the 5-hour presentation of 2022 Sensitive Degrees from December 2021, which includes all the lunations, eclipses, retrogrades, aspects, and ingresses throughout the year. This will apply to both tropical and sidereal (Indian) zodiacs.
Thursday August 25-Monday August 29. ISAR 2022 Conference. Westin Hotel, Westminster CO. International in-person gathering. Over 100 speakers, classes and workshops. I will be speaking on Friday August 26. 4:00 PM on When Will I Find Love: Easy-to-use Compatibility and Timing Techniques. Information and Registration: https://isar2022.org
Thursday September 15-Monday September 19. The Astrology Gathering (TAG), Lily Dale New York. Speakers include Sandra-Leigh Serio, Samuel Reynolds, Rick Levine, Ellen Bourn, Catherine Urban, Richard Smoot, Victoria Smoot, Franco Minatel, and others. I will be speaking on Saturday September 17 on Predictive Eclipses and Sunday September 18 on Eclipse Cycles. Information and Registration: www.theastrologygathering.com
Beginning Jyotisa classes start in October 2022. Please let me know if you are interested.
I am available for phone or video chat (I will send a link for gotomeeting, which is like zoom) consultations at the prices below. I am no longer doing in-person consultations in New York City for the immediate future. I will be doing readings at the Jyotish Kumbha Mela in Saylorsburg PA and at the ISAR Conference in Westminster CO. I record the consultation with a digital recorder, and email you the mp3 file, which you can easily download onto your computer or device and listen to it. If you wish to give a horoscope reading as a gift, please make sure the person you are gifting would like to have one done. If you would like to have a reading, please make payment at www.ronniedreyer.com and I will reach out to you within 24 hours with available dates and times. I accept credit cards, or checking account with the paypal invoice that is on my website.
My next opening is Thursday May 27 but they go quickly so please book as soon as you can.
. Phone or Video Initial Consultation. $295 (up to 90 minutes with opportunity for questions after).
. Phone or Video Update for the year ahead. $200 (60 minutes with opportunity for questions after). This reading is for those who have already consulted with me.
. Additional people you want to look at in the context of your reading. $30 for each additional chart.
. Compatibility reading for an hour. $200. (60 minutes) This is NOT an individual reading but a look at the relationship and timing for the relationship. Opportunity for email questions after the reading.
. Choosing an Auspicious Date for an event. $200 for research and consultation.
. Astro*Carto*Graphy or locality readings or "Where in the World?" $200. (60 minutes) This is NOT an initial reading but only a look at location and timing for moving. Opportunity for email questions after the reading. You must provide places you are interested in.
. Answering one specific question or examining one topic or area. $160. (60 minutes) This is NOT a horary chart but examination of only one specific area or question. Only for people who have had an initial reading.
Celestial Events. May 2022
April 30, 2022. Partial Solar Eclipse (New Moon). 20:27. Tropical. 10° Taurus 28’. Sidereal. 16° Aries 24’. bharaṇī
May 16, 2022. Total Lunar Eclipse (Full Moon). 4:13. Tropical. 25° Scorpio 18’. Sidereal. 1° Scorpio 13’ viśākhā
May 30, 2022. New Moon. 11:30. Tropical. 9° Gemini 3. Sidereal. 14° Taurus 59’ rohiṇī
Retrograde and Direct Stations
April 29, 2022. Pluto stations retrograde. Tropical. 28° Capricorn 35'. Sidereal. 4° Capricorn 31'. uttaraṣādhā
May 10 2022. Mercury stations retrograde. Tropical. 4° Gemini 51'. Sidereal. 10° Taurus 47'. rohiṇī
April 29, 2022. Mercury enters Gemini.
May 2, 2022. Venus enters Aries.
May 10, 2022. Jupiter enters Aries.
May 21, 2022. Sun enters Gemini.
May 23, 2022. Mercury R re-enters Taurus.
May 24, 2022. Venus enters Taurus.
May 28, 2022. Mars enters Aries.
April 27, 2022. Saturn enters Aquarius.
May 14, 2022. Sun enters Taurus.
May 17, 2022. Mars enters Pisces.
May 23, 2022. Venus enters Aries.
The times above are all noted in GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) & the Krishnamurti Ayanāṃśa is used for sidereal calculations.
Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy
Purchase a signed copy of The Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy, by Jim Lewis with Kenneth Irving, priced at $24.95 including postage. The book, which was first released in 1997 was re-released in 2012 with added notes, and revisions and additions, including a new foreword and epilogue and larger print. The book was taken from Jim's notes, and was compiled, edited, and added to by Kenneth Irving after Jim's death in 1995. It is now published by Words and Things, a publishing venture by Kenneth Irving and myself. Allow 7-10 days for delivery. If you wish to receive copies outside of the U.S. there will be additional mailing charges so it may be a good idea to see how you can purchase the book from Amazon or other booksellers where you live. You can order only domestic copies at www.wordsandthings.com. If you would like to place an international order please email me email@example.com. To get certified in Astro*Carto*Graphy please go to www.continuumacg.net
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NCGR (National Council for Geocosmic Research).www.geocosmic.org
ISAW (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World). www.nyu.edu/isaw
ASP (Astrological Society of Princeton). www.aspnj.org
ACVA Online (American College of Vedic Astrology). www.acvaonline.org
ASC (Astrological Society of Connecticut). www.myasc.org