Forecast | Aquarius Season 2019

Note: In our solar system, the Sun is the central point around which the planets orbit. From the Earth perspective, we cannot survive without sunlight; it is the light that nourishes our bodies, and the spotlight under which we act out our entire lives. Given the Sun's importance, we've learned to articulate time around its trends. The Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice all relate back to the felt shifts of shining brilliance the Sun shares with us in this lonely universe. And so it is from Earth's perspective that I write these astrological forecasts in time with the Sun's journey through the tropical zodiac.

OVERVIEW

Aquarius is the fixed air sign of the zodiac. It is often perceived as the brainy weird kid of the twelve signs, reflecting deeply about humanitarian issues, and sparking revolutionary actions. It has two rulers - Saturn and Uranus. Saturn shows us Aquarius the Architect - the water-bearer’s ability to plan for and build out new and better structures. Uranus gives us a taste of Aquarius the Eccentric - the future-minded oddball who values informed thought and innovative systems over fitting in and normalcy. In blending the signification of Aquarius’ co-rulers, we find the core attitude to be separation in the name of betterment. And so you might see this in people who have strong Aquarian signatures - people who tend to meaningfully create space between them and everyone else in order to better understand and improve.

During 2019’s Aquarius season, however, there is an added element of heat and friction. To start us off, the Lunar Eclipse in Leo in the late night of January 20th is the main event amidst two tense squares and a grand fire trine. Right away we are thrown into the fire, asked to activate our passionate natures, to open ourselves to our internal spark. The rest of the season is marked by aspects with several planets in fire signs, grounded by Saturn’s movement through cool, earthy Capricorn. It seems that once the eclipse has passed, we will finally be granted the opportunity to really put our new year’s resolutions into motion.

Overall, this Aquarius season offers us a lot of active energy to use as we begin or continue our developments and projects. It seems that we can get pretty far this season, and then when Pisces season comes along we can perhaps rest a bit and see how far we’ve come.

Find your rising sign below, and discover what area of life will be activated by the Sun’s movement through Aquarius. Once you’ve learned the area of life that is involved, continue to scroll down to the Timeline portion and learn what dates and times will be activated as the Sun traverses through the zodiacal sign Aquarius.

ARIES - 11th house topics, to include:

  • Friends

  • Community

  • Professional Organizations

  • Trauma-work

TAURUS - 10th house topics, to include:

  • Career motivations

  • Long-term goals

  • Public opinion

  • Social expectations

GEMINI - 9th house topics, to include:

  • Long distance travel

  • Occult studies

  • Astrological pursuits

  • Sharing experience

CANCER - 8th house topics, to include:

  • Collaborative projects

  • Taxes

  • Debts and loans

  • Dark or existential thoughts

LEO - 7th house topics, to include:

  • Partnerships

  • Social involvement

  • Long term romantic entanglements

  • Intimacy

VIRGO - 6th house topics, to include:

  • Work

  • Chores

  • Medical issues

  • Preventative care

  • Pets

LIBRA - 5th house topics, to include:

  • Creative pursuits

  • Romantic engagements

  • Food and drink

  • Pleasure-seeking activities

  • Children

SCORPIO - 4th house topics, to include:

  • Home life

  • Parents

  • Lineage

  • Family responsibilities

SAGITTARIUS - 3rd house topics, to include:

  • Daily transit

  • Communication

  • Sharing ideas

  • Ritual or religious activities

CAPRICORN - 2nd house topics, to include:

  • Money and finances

  • Self-confidence

  • Material items

  • Shopping, eating, resting

AQUARIUS - 1st house topics, to include:

  • Personal health

  • Self image

  • Personality

  • Life review

PISCES - 12th house topics, to include:

  • Isolation

  • Reflection

  • Self-study

  • Solo pursuits


TIMELINE

*all times are listed in Eastern Time.

The Sun enters Aquarius on January 20th at 3:59 am.

  • Throughout the 20th, the moon moves through Cancer, opposing Pluto, Mercury, and eventually conjuncting the nodal axis. As it builds light and approaches fullness, we are given a new perspective on the insights that have developed since the partial solar eclipse on January 5th. (read more)

  • The same day, at 11:15 pm, Venus in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces. This planetary combination (planet of desire & planet of fantasy) calls illusions forward. With the tension of the square pattern, we are asked to problem solve - to cut away the unnecessary - to prioritize. In this case, we need to untangle our desires from our illusions. Sometimes the idea or image of a reality is more appealing than the reality itself. We all have these moments where we want the picture-perfect ideal without realizing how it actually feels to live in that projected imagery. It is important now to open your heart and mind to a desired sensation - what do I want to feel VS how do I want to look.

Early on January 21st at 12:16 am, the Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo is exact.

  • Following the moon’s near full-ness in Cancer, the Earth’s body blocks light from the Sun, casting a dark reddened shadow over the moon. The Sun at 0 degrees of Aquarius and the moon at 0 degrees of Leo, are impeded from seeing each other while the Earth stands between them. This is the Total Lunar Eclipse that marks the end of the Leo/Aquarius eclipse cycle. This cycle has been ongoing since 2017, asking us to release excess focus on group-think for better more loving forms of self-expression. We are offered one more chance for awakening to the full potential of our refreshed Leonine expression. More love, more creativity, more pride in self.

  • Considering the Venus-Neptune square an hour earlier, there is an element of reckoning in this eclipse. That process of cutting away illusion in place of actual felt experience is very involved in the lesson of this Leo eclipse. It is as if we can finally feel the work of being authentic, of sharing our eccentricities and unique gifts - we can finally open our hearts to the full bloom of our personal offerings to the collective. And as a result, confidence and enthusiasm swell.

  • Another point to consider is the Mars-Saturn square which occurs at 6:47 am the same day. Mars in Aries squares Saturn in Capricorn. Our two most challenging planets are at odds in this aspect, bringing up a lot of frustration. The desire to take on everything and move as fast as possible VS the wisdom of slow and steady wins the race. This is a call-back to the conjunction between Mars and Saturn in early 2018. Back then we were dealing with the question, “how can I strategically use my energy?“ We all faced challenges around productivity, many of us saturated with too much work or too many goals. Hopefully you learned new approaches to productivity, and found ways to appropriately pace yourself in goal-achievement because this square-pattern now offers a test. How far have you come? Are you appropriately using your resources? Is a course correction needed?

  • Finally, at around 9 pm, there is a Grand Fire Trine between Mars in Aries, the Moon in Leo, and Jupiter and Venus in Sagittarius. Typically, the grand fire trine gives us a big boost of energy towards passion and creativity. While passion and creativity are still at play, the Leo Moon in the distorted space of the North Node draws extra attention, emphasizing the heart-opening nature of the Lunar Eclipse.

  • All together now: This eclipse wakes us up to the whole point of the eclipse pattern - like the epic climax of the hero’s journey, in which the hero faces the final obstacle. We are able to see that it was never about the obstacle or what others expected of the hero, but rather the hero’s will and personal sense of direction. It was always about the hero’s growth and development as a person, about maturing and coming into a stronger better self after many trials with personal demons. And so we are faced with the tension of prioritization, of decision making, of understanding the value of who we are and why we are here and how we can offer ourselves more freely and honestly in light of a better tomorrow.

  • In a mundane sense, eclipse days are better spent in observation, though it appears this one might be calling us to action! If that is the case for you, my advice is to act on your best and highest good without ego, without judgment, and with lots of compassion.

January 22nd at 7:25 am, Venus conjuncts Jupiter in Sagittarius.

  • Following the epic eclipse in Leo, our two most beneficial planets conjoin in Jupiter’s domicile. This gives us an optimistic day for love and luck! On a mundane level, this is a great day for social engagements, group gatherings, learning new art forms, and exploring beauty products.

  • From a more spiritual perspective, this conjunction can open us to the many potentials of what love is and how we can relate to it from a more philosophical tone. There is also possibility for meeting loved ones in the dream world, finding love in the astral realm.

January 23rd at 6:13 am, Mercury in Capricorn squares Uranus in Aries.

  • Mercury-Uranus contacts offers significant truth downloads. Sudden awareness or enlightenment can occur. With the Capricorn-Aries mash up, Mercury and Uranus are echoing the Mars-Saturn square on the 21st. Something new about our use of energy and drive becomes evident. Perhaps a missing piece in the puzzle of work-life balance is revealed. Or possibly the recognition that we made a mistake and it is time to address it.

January 24th at 12:49 am, Mercury enters Aquarius.

  • Mercury in Aquarius is very systematic, organizing for the sake of improvement. There is a touch of engineering here, but only in a theoretical sense (unless Aquarius marks one of the houses below the horizon line, in which case engineering is more spontaneous and occurs in a tone of response). Discussion tends toward the logical and rational. Problem solving can be a lot of fun with this placement.

  • Of note, Mercury is moving at a quickened pace, adding some extra oomph to mental processes. It’s possible that discussions, meetings, writing, and communications go on much longer as a result of Hermes’ fast-paced flitting to and fro.

January 25th at 12:53 pm, Mars in Aries trines Jupiter in Sagittarius.

  • Reminding us of the earlier grand fire trine as well as the Leo eclipse, we get a boost from Mars and Jupiter to act out some of our intentions. Jupiter’s philosophies and ideas are given embodiment with Mars’ action-oriented nature. If we’ve been meaning to do something, today’s energies may feel like the right time for it.

  • This trine also speaks to Mars’ earlier conjunction with Jupiter in January 2018, and their larger cycle overall. Back then, you might have made a resolution to accomplish something - set goals or intentions for longer term growth. In November 2018, Mars squared Jupiter, forcing us to see how far we’d come with those intentions. At present, with the trine aspect, there is some ease in the effort of continued growth and goal reaching, however it can be squandered due to the lack of tension that tends to force us into action. If there is something that you’ve been working on over these past twelve months, consider today a good opportunity to review and reorganize in an effort to make those intentions a reality. It will be easier now than it will be this May.

January 27th at 4:10 pm the Last Quarter Moon in Scorpio is exact.

  • This lunation marks the falling action following the epic nature of the Lunar Eclipse in Leo. Because the moon is waning and losing light, energies will be depleted and reflection/introspection will take center stage. In Scorpio, la luna craves these depths, and so we are given a special lens for inward thought.

  • It is possible that this lunation also brings a sense of crisis-awareness to the shifts that have been occurring during eclipse season. Such awareness is key in the process of fully integrating and normalizing the changes that have occurred up to this point.

January 29th at 9:51 pm, Mercury conjuncts the Sun in Aquarius.

  • This is the moment of Mercury’s superior conjunction with the Sun, giving us a sense of awareness around the mental pursuits we’ve taken on since the last Mercury retrograde. Think back to December 2018 - what mental pursuits had you begun? Perhaps you were thinking about accomplishments of the past year and how the next year would unfold. Maybe you were ready for vacation, and focused your mind on more pleasurable activities. Whatever you had begun back then is now coming to a close.

January 31st at 9:14 am, Saturn in Capricorn sextiles Neptune in Pisces.

  • Boundary building Saturn and foggy Neptune don’t really make the best pair, but when they are joined together in a sextile aspect, they offer helpful rays to each other. Sextiles aren’t as powerful as trines, but they can offer us pleasant energy between two planets. Saturn and Neptune in this configuration can help us feel safe in the drift - a sense of still faith within. As we begin turning inward, Saturn-Neptune can offer us safe path towards internal processing.

February 1st at 10:19 pm, Mars in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn.

  • Similar to the Mars-Saturn square on the day of the Lunar Eclipse in Leo, this square pattern between Mars and Pluto asks us to recall how far we’ve come since their earlier conjunction in 2018. Mars-Pluto tends to give us a lot of energy activation towards living on the edge - desiring the experience of being alive no matter the cost. Pluto can also relate to power and control issues as a result of deep fear. Ultimately, with these two in cahoots, we’ll get an opportunity to experience the drama of our control/power issues - whether via internal conflict or external conflict depending on your personal chart placements.

  • In line with the earlier eclipse, it seems that if you choose to step up and work with the toxic or dark energy that exists within you (as opposed to avoiding it), you’ll level up significantly in this life-game.

February 2nd at 6:41 pm, Venus in Sagittarius trines Uranus in Aries.

  • In 2018 we experienced Venus opposite Uranus, which brought a lot of tension to the way we approach engaging with others as well as love. Now that both planets are in fire signs and making a trine aspect to each other, there is a sense of resolution and ease here. It is possible that the tension has only momentarily dissipated, but it is also possible that a genuine understanding is coming out of it.

  • I can’t help but be reminded of BORNS’ Electric Love music video, which I’ve added here for those who don’t know it. Basically, the element of sudden rushing joy - the tingly happy sensation we get when something really wonderful happens. When Venus and Uranus come into contact in such a harmonious way it can relate to a shock of pleasure that we didn’t recognize before.

  • This is a passing transit, so it is possible that the rush of energy that comes from it is only temporary unless there are placements and activations in your chart to suggest otherwise.

February 3rd 4:54 pm, Mercury in Aquarius sextiles Jupiter in Sagittarius. Then Venus enters Capricorn at 5:29 PM.

  • Mercury-Jupiter can sometimes relate to information overload. Since the last Mercury retrograde was so influenced by the Mercury-Jupiter conjunction, this Mercury-Jupiter sextile is like a reminder from the past, but only if you want it. There is always the option to ignore the fruit of the moment, but in this instance, it seems wise to take some time and consider how things have grown and developed since December 2018. It can be so helpful to just look back for a moment as you continue onward.

  • In kind, Venus in Capricorn elevates our value and beauty decisions based off of past structures. In Capricorn, the planet of desire wants high quality, stand-the-test-of-time materials and expressions of love. Think classic and sophisticated, a noticeable difference from Venus’ earlier trip through explorative ever-optimistic Sagittarius.

February 4th at 4:03 PM, the New Moon in Aquarius is exact.

  • Take in a deep breathe of fresh air. We are finally out of eclipse season! This lunation is the time for intention-setting and manifestation as the new year finally begins after the refresh of the eclipses. (This also marks the Chinese New Year - Year of the Earth Pig!)

  • Consider how things have developed up to this point in 2019, dive deeper into the forecasts for the year ahead, and give yourself the opportunity to make the plans (or review the plans that have been made). This lunar energy will help ground any haphazard resolutions from January.

February 7th at 7:32 pm, Jupiter in Sagittarius sextiles the Sun in Aquarius. Then at 8:24 PM, Mercury in Aquarius sextiles Mars in Aries.

  • Two planets in Aquarius (Sun and Mercury) are in a sextile with two planets in fire signs (Jupiter in Sag and Mars in Aries). This adds some heat to the Aquarian innovation, and gives us an opportunity to reach further, to make action, to create based off of what’s been going on in our minds. This is opportune given the fact that the moon is in an extraverted phase, gaining light, ripened for manifestation.

February 9th at 5:53 pm, Mercury in Aquarius sextiles Uranus in Aries.

  • Mercury-Uranus were just in a square earlier this season on January 23rd. If there were insights about changes that needed to occur, now is a great time to put those changes into motion! This is otherwise a fun day for mental pursuits, reading something different, and sharing unusual ideas.

February 10th at 5:50 pm, Mercury enters Pisces.

  • Mercury’s entrance into Pisces is refreshing and balancing since we’ve been missing the water element this season. Like the rest of the water signs, Pisces is emotional, sensitive, nurturing, and passive. This element can offer us some much needed pause as we cool down the fiery motivations that have been burning us up. However, because Mercury is actually really out of place in this sign, this placement can be a tad frustrating in the long term.

  • In fact, Mercury will eventually station retrograde in Pisces, extending it’s transit through the later part of April. That said, it is not yet time to prepare for the infamous chaos of Mercury retrograde. Instead, it is worthwhile to explore the difficult-to-define nature of Pisces through the definition-master Mercury. It may seem counterintuitive to make good out of this placement, but in reality it isn’t so bad. It definitely isn’t great for analyzing spreadsheets and numbers, but it is very helpful for creative writing and the arts.

  • In addition to a boost in creativity, Mercury in Pisces, though not at its best, is still wonderful for its ability to comprehend emotions, to articulate what often seems beyond words, and to share goodwill with others. Consider Mercury’s transit through Pisces a long lesson in creative and abundant expression.

February 12th at 5:26 pm, the First Quarter Moon in Taurus is exact.

  • As the moon gains light and transitions towards fullness, we are able to see the beginning stages of progress in any intentions set during the earlier new moon. At this point in the lunar cycle, we start prioritizing certain tasks or projects over others, placing more focus on what we’d like to reap at the full moon. In Taurus, the moon delights in sensual pleasures which adds a certain physical element to what is being manifested.

  • I imagine the beginning stages of a pregnancy when the mother starts to show, or the moments leading up to dinner when the meal is actually being prepared. There is something very exciting about the build-up that ignites sensory experience.

February 13th at 1:20 am, Mars conjuncts Uranus in Aries

  • This is a pretty big deal. Mars, the ruler of Aries, is joining together with Uranus who won’t be back in Aries for a very long time. It’s kind of like Mars’ final goodbye to this visitor in its home, and it seems that there would be something meaningful that comes out of it.

  • Mars-Uranus is hot electricity, explosive, engaging, exciting, and unnerving. Because Uranus is always trying to shock us, we know that what comes of this conjunction will be from left field - totally not what we expect. Buttttt! We can narrow down the options a bit: if you know where Aries is in your chart, then you can identify the area of life that the shock will be coming from. Here’s a quick break down if you know your rising sign:

    • Aries - 1st house; self || Taurus - 12th house; isolation, fears, enemies || Gemini - 11th house; community || Cancer - 10th house; career || Leo - 9th house; mind expansion || Virgo - 8th house; debts, loans, collabs || Libra - 7th house; partnerships || Scorpio - 6th house; chores, work, health || Sagittarius - 5th house; creativity, pleasure || Capricorn - 4th house; home, family || Aquarius - 3rd house; communication, routines || Pisces - 2nd house; finances, income.

February 14th at 5:51 am, Mars enters Taurus.

  • Just in time for Valentine’s Day in the US, Mars enters sensual Taurus! This placement helps temper Mars’ impulse-action so there is more of a method to the way things are done. Over the next few weeks, slow and steady wins the race while Mars tours Taurus. If you’ve got a project that you’ve wanted to get done, now you’ll have the steady energy flow to do it.

February 17th at 3:44 am, Venus in Capricorn sextiles Neptune in Pisces.

  • This aspect harks back to the Venus-Neptune square on January 20th at the time of the Leo eclipse. At that time there was a focus on the way things looked versus the way things felt. In this instance, we might find that the desired appearance is in harmony with the desired feeling. This is a good day for artistic endeavors; putting pen to paper; making something beautiful; feeling into what looks good.

Feb 18th at 2:54 am the Sun in Aquarius sextiles Uranus in Aries. At 5:51 AM, Venus in conjuncts Saturn in Capricorn.

  • As the Sun moves through the last degree of Aquarius, the two co-rulers of the sign are activated leaving us with a final impression of the season. Sun-Uranus can inspire us to look at our sense of self in a new light. Venus-Saturn can be a little heavy, pessimistic, and over-critical. In unison, we might find that the thing we’ve been so critical of can be seen with new eyes - that it can be repurposed as a useful character trait rather than something that makes us a little sad about ourselves.

Forecast | Capricorn Season 2018

Note: In our solar system, the Sun is the central point around which the planets orbit. From the Earth perspective, we cannot survive without sunlight; it is the light that nourishes our bodies, and the spotlight under which we act out our entire lives. Given the Sun's importance, we've learned to articulate time around its trends. The Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice all relate back to the felt shifts of shining brilliance the Sun shares with us in this lonely universe. And so it is from Earth's perspective that I write these astrological forecasts in time with the Sun's journey through the tropical zodiac.

OVERVIEW

Capricorn is the cardinal earth sign of the zodiac, ruled by Saturn. The Sun’s entrance into this cool nocturnal sign draws out the determination and patience of the goat, for better or worse. On one hand, the ability to steadily and slowly make gains in any project is extremely useful for long-term growth. On the other hand, the ability to identify potential pitfalls can hold us back so much so that we find ourselves in a rut. The key to not getting stuck in the Capricorn paralysis, is to review how far you’ve come and how much closer you are to success; knowing that true maturation and wisdom is gained through methodical practice and perseverance. Appropriately, the calendar year is refreshed during this Saturnian season, giving us a good reason to measure how far we’ve come and to make the effort to continue climbing towards wherever our goals lie.

Curiously, during this particular season, we are met with an energetic warp. The nodes of the moon have fallen into Capricorn and Cancer, forcing us to pay special attention to the axis of responsibility. Cancer represents responsibility of origins - to take care of home and inner beginnings. Capricorn represents responsibility to society - to make meaningful contributions and to achieve greater heights. The north node of the moon moves through Cancer, suggesting that we need to take better care of our inner lives, to reclaim nourishment and gentleness. The south node of the moon moves through Capricorn, suggesting that we need to release ourselves from harsh societal judgments, to let go of superficial achievement for something more meaningful. As these two sensitive points are activated with the partial Solar Eclipse in Capricorn on January 5th, we begin to see what needs release as we move into the new year.

Find your rising sign below, and discover what area of life needs release. Then continue to scroll down to the Timeline portion and learn what dates and times will be activated as the Sun traverses through the zodiacal sign Capricorn.

ARIES - 10th house topics, to include:

  • Social reputation

  • Career status

  • Goals that no longer serve you

  • Picture perfect achievements

  • Control issues

TAURUS - 9th house topics, to include:

  • Outdated belief systems

  • Philosophical superiority complex

  • Idealized mentors

  • Knowledge as a form of Power

GEMINI - 8th house topics, to include:

  • Other people’s baggage

  • What others think of you

  • Reliance on others

  • Debts

CANCER - 7th house topics, to include:

  • Unhealthy relationships

  • Focusing too much on others

  • Fitting in

  • Intimacy/trust issues

LEO - 6th house topics, to include:

  • Unhealthy patterns

  • Self-criticism

  • Ignoring physical issues

  • Martyrdom

VIRGO - 5th house topics, to include:

  • Creative blocks

  • Overly structured creativity

  • Fear of criticism

  • Hiding your passionate nature

LIBRA - 4th house topics, to include:

  • Expectations of home

  • Hiding in a cocoon

  • The way things have been

  • Parent’s approval

SCORPIO - 3rd house topics, to include:

  • The best way to do something

  • Needing answers

  • Restlessness

  • Fear-based conversations

SAGITTARIUS - 2nd house topics, to include:

  • Money habits

  • Self-criticism

  • Stubbornness

  • Doing things your way

CAPRICORN - 1st house topics, to include:

  • Health matters

  • Vulnerability issues

  • Low self-esteem

  • Navel gazing (excess self-awareness)

AQUARIUS - 12th house topics, to include:

  • Personal demons

  • Unhealthy thought patterns

  • Escapist tendencies

  • Analysis paralysis

PISCES - 11th house topics, to include:

  • Blending in

  • Fitting into social constructs

  • Hiding behind group think

  • Voicelessness


TIMELINE

Use the timeline below to map out Capricorn season, from Dec 21st to Jan 20th. All times are listed in Eastern Time.

December 21st at 5:22 PM, the Sun enters Capricorn

  • Less than 24 hours after the Sun’s entrance in Capricorn, a full moon becomes exact in Cancer on December 22nd at 12:48 PM. When the moon is full, illuminated and bright, everything that has been built up since the corresponding new moon becomes visible. This can coincide with meaningful climactic events, large gatherings of people, and/or the final word on how a project is unfolding.

  • This particular full moon has a distinct introversion to it. In Cancer, the full moon delights in coziness, close familiar relationships, and tradition. It can awaken a cuddly and sensitive nurture nature in us. In stark contrast, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn bring heaviness and duty into this full moon’s nurturing environment as these two planets are met by the moon’s opposition on December 23rd. The opposition can cause us to feel ultra protective of our ooey-gooey insides, not wanting our sensitive sides to get hurt by the harsh realities that may exist around us.

  • I’d use this full moon to indulge in the creature comfort of home, blankets, and whatever else makes you feel safe. As the moon approaches it’s oppositions with Saturn and Pluto, try not to get bogged down with fear or pressure to perform - instead lean into gratitude for the supportive structures in your life and for your own ability to self-care.

December 24th at 7:34 PM, Mercury in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces.

  • A month earlier on November 16th, Mercury and Neptune went through this same square as Mercury was stationing retrograde. On this day in December, there is a fogginess that may come over us that is reminiscent of what occurred during the earlier square. It is possible that there is a resolution, an apology, or a sudden sense of insight into whatever went down during Mercury’s retrograde (maybe you finally find the perfect holiday gift during your last minute shopping). It is also possible that you spend the day in a drift, hopefully not doing any analytical work because it won’t be the day for such tedious things.

December 28th at 4:31 PM, Venus in Scorpio sextiles Pluto in Capricorn

  • There is something very dark about this aspect. It could be the fact that Scorpio and Capricorn are both nocturnal signs - they tend to be introspective, sensitive, and defensive. It could also be Pluto’s involvement since it is a planet related to the underworld, the darkness of the soul, and the stuff that scares us. Whatever it is, Venus leads the way into the dark, shining brightly so that we can become aware of the shadows.

  • This is a day where we’ll want to get deep with loved ones, to connect on a soul level. If you are lucky enough to be around people you trust and cherish, this might be a lovely day to strengthen those relationships with real-talk, vulnerability and openness. Shining the light on our dark parts so that we can grow together with others.

December 29th at 4:34 AM, the Last Quarter Moon is exact in Libra.

  • The last quarter phase of the moon cycle, relates to the shedding process. We begin to let go of the energy, the details, the processes that are no longer necessary. It can be painful to lose what was once so helpful to us, causing a sense of crisis or excess anxiety. In other ways, this is a good kick in the pants to open ourselves to what lies ahead, to ready ourselves for the next project on the horizon.

  • In Libra, this last quarter moon reminds us to let go of relationships that do not serve, and to open our hearts and minds for new ways of approaching social engagement. We do not always need to be there for everyone else; we need to take care of ourselves. Likewise, we need a social life to feel connected with our people, so that we aren’t isolated and lost in the echo chamber of our own minds. On this day, take some time to see where you lie on this spectrum of relational energy. The moon will help illuminate the answer.

December 31st at 9:19 PM, Mars enters Aries.

  • Mars’ ingress into it’s home sign of Aries is very exciting! As many of you will recall, Mars spent the majority of 2018 in Saturn-ruled signs, digging into the hard work of goal-setting and goal-achieving. Many of us experienced stress, overwhelm, fatigue, bursts of unmanageable energy, and a lot of impatience. Sometimes we experienced these chaotic shifts in a single day. So it is very welcome news that Mars is in a sign which strengthens it, helping us all to express our drives with a little bit more power.

  • Of course, throughout Mars’ time in Aries, it will make harsh aspects to Saturn, Pluto, and the nodal axis. This pattern will be reminiscent of Mars’ retrograde as well as it’s impact on the mid-year eclipses of 2018, bringing up any long-term challenges that may have been developing since April 2018. On December 31st, we’ll get our first taste of these potential challenges, so keep an eye out.

January 2nd at 00:49 AM, the Sun conjoins Saturn in Capricorn.

  • Sun-Saturn conjunctions are generally exhausting since sobering Saturn will cool and limit the Sun’s life-giving nature. This year, with the south node in Capricorn, exhaustion may exaggerate into depressive states or pessimistic decision making. We may feel obligated by our current standards of work and living without realizing that there is a better way of managing our time. We may not recognize that we have the option of prioritizing ourselves first. If you are in situation where you have to make an important decision, I would hold off until the gloominess wears away.

January 4th at 00:12 AM, Mercury in Sagittarius trines Uranus in Aries.

  • Mercury-Uranus contacts can enliven our minds, creating electricity in our thoughts. In some ways this can speak to divine connection, getting closer to answers, finding meaning in the patterns around us. In other ways, this can activate indecision-impulse.

  • Have you ever been in a situation where there were so many options that you became overwhelmed at making a decision? Sometimes this leads to analysis paralysis, but other times this leads to impulsively deciding - leaping without looking. Mercury’s trine to Uranus will elevate the desire to leap without looking. This can be a little frightening after the fact; you might look back and question your impulsivity.

  • Later the same day, at 10:39 PM, Mercury enters Capricorn. After the high of fiery Aries and Sagittarius, Mercury’s entrance into Capricorn is a sobering landing. If you’ve made the wrong decision (if there was a decision to make), you will know very shortly afterwards. If, however, you are moving through a day of routine, you may notice a distinct shift from the optimistic carefree Sag mentality towards the ultra-real practical Cap mentality.

    • Mercury in Capricorn is a planner who is always considering potential for error, and identifying the best course of action. Mental processes get quite serious here, causing us to lean towards a more pessimistic perspective. We may find that it is difficult to really let loose and relax our minds. Mercury is also moving at a pretty quick pace, drawing us towards future-oriented goal making. It can be difficult to pause the mind long enough to get any rest.

January 5th at 8:28 PM, a Partial Solar Eclipse in Capricorn is exact.

  • In the day following the partial solar eclipse, the moon will conjoin Pluto and square a newly direct Uranus. This is a pretty energetic solar eclipse, and will mark the beginning of eclipse season for the first half of 2019. Let’s break this down:

  • A partial solar eclipse in Capricorn marks the beginning of a major renovation in our Capricorn area of life. Think: responsibilities, reality structures, traditions, conservative systems. What structures are outdated and making us prone to failure? What conservative systems are no longer providing true conservation? What traditions are holding us back from improved operations?

  • The moon’s conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn, emphasizes a strong desire to hold onto our old outmoded ways as a result of fear and uncertainty. Pluto brings a strong power-energetic to the table - it can make us blind with desire, but it can also open us to new states of empowerment. The key to accessing Pluto’s empowerment is to willingly accept that we don’t have control over life. By holding onto security blankets we actually lose even more control. The best we can do is ride the waves of change, to open ourselves to better ways of living. This can be a small shift to start. At the time of the solar eclipse, we may feel tension around the area of life that Capricorn is highlighting (see the overview section for more details), but it is best to let go of trying so hard - to give yourself the opportunity to relax.

  • When Uranus stations direct in Aries on January 6th at 3:26 PM, there will be a notable activation of our Capricorn control natures. If you didn’t see yourself as needing control, you might rethink it once this station occurs. Uranus in Aries draws out lightning bolt changes towards self-improvement and self-awareness. During it’s station direct, built-up energy is released and channelled through the moon in Capricorn’s square to Uranus. This activates a jolt of change or a shift in the Capricorn area of life, calling attention to any outdated behavior patterns that might arise in a moment of panic. You may find that you behave in ways you dislike. ( And that is ok.) This is only the beginning of the eclipse cycle through Capricorn-Cancer - you have some time to begin working on yourself, letting go of patterns that no longer serve, and opening yourself to shifts in perspective. Start by releasing your grip on control.

January 7th at 6:17 AM, Venus enters Sagittarius.

  • Venus in Sagittarius enjoys a good adventure, trying new flavors, exploring new places, and inviting everyone along for the journey. The light-bearer’s entrance into jovial Sagittarius will buoy spirits that may have fallen as a result of heavy Capricorn energy.

  • Find ways to release tension in your life by trying new foods, new styles of clothing, and introducing yourself to new people. You may be pleasantly surprised by how much fun you have by simply letting go.

January 8th at 5:04 AM, Mercury in Capricorn squares Mars in Aries.

  • There is some hot-headedness that can come through this aspect. Mercury in Capricorn is super serious, and wants to ensure that plans unfold the way they should. Mars in Aries is more excitable and packs a good punch - Mars wants to get it done as fast as possible. In a square pattern, these two have a hard time knowing whether to be patient or go for it. Choosing to think before you act is probably the safest option, but sometimes we just have to follow our impulses. Either way forward will become distorted with the background energy of the eclipses.

January 11th at 6:38 AM, the Sun conjoins Pluto in Capricorn.

  • Sun-Pluto conjunctions can bring fear to excessive shows of self. There may be concerns around standing out or being perceived as different from the masses. As we are moving through eclipse season, this will also highlight serious fears we hold around the areas of life related to the Capricorn-Cancer axis.

January 13th at 8:31 AM, Mercury conjoins Saturn in Capricorn

  • There is a pause in thinking; mental capacities slow. It seems that everything said has extra weightiness to it. This could also highlight a moment of important messages coming through from supervisors or higher-ups. The news may not be positive, but at least you will become aware of it.

  • Because this is co-present with the south node, words and thoughts lean towards a depressive letting-go vibration. This might be a good time to sign contracts for renovations, destruction, and other forms of removal-of-excess.

On the same day, Jupiter in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces at 1:58 PM

  • This is the first of a longer-term series of squares between Jupiter and Neptune. In the classic Neptunian way, it is hard to really know how Neptune will respond to Jupiter’s square. The lengthy transit of Neptune through Pisces is still a bit of a fog even though it is almost half-way through the sign. That said, we can expect to be dealing with the following themes: Religion, Belief systems, Dreams, Ideals, Hopes, Escapism, Illusions.

  • It is also notable that this first square occurs during eclipse season - a time when there is an inherent sense of unknown at play. Perhaps this Jupiterian-Neptunian energy will bring optimism and connection to the universal nature during a time that is otherwise energetically mysterious and difficult.

January 14th at 1:45 AM, the First Quarter Moon is exact in Aries.

  • The first quarter moon awakens us to a sense of how far we’ve come since intentions were set at the new moon. However, this first quarter moon falls in the warped energy of the eclipse pattern. Awareness may come through in the form of deja vu, a sense of connection to the distant past, and an opening to ideas of a better future. In Aries, we may experience these energetics through single-person activities, active motion, yoga, and defensive behavior.

On the same day, Mercury sextiles Neptune at 8:13 AM.

  • Mercury-Neptune is cause for confusion, but in a positive aspect, we have the capacity to engage with intuition and imagination. It is also possible that we gain awareness around self-care strategies as we learn how manage the tense eclipse energy. Otherwise, this is a good time for drifting and lucid dreaming.

January 18th, Venus in Sagittarius trines Mars in Aries at 11:49 AM, Mercury conjoins Pluto in Capricorn at 3:03 PM, and the Sun in Capricorn squares Uranus in Aries at 8:30 PM.

  • Collectively, this is an active day with a lot of felt energy.

  • Venus and Mars inspire us to play and explore, to seek out activity, and to make social connections. Mercury and Pluto make us aware of the deeper underlying issues in our current behavioral patterns. The Sun and Uranus ask us to find better ways of self expression.

  • All together, there is a strong expressive bent - we want to really truly be seen and heard, we want to be around others, and we want to understand how our process of thinking is connected to the world around us. Do we hold any impact in the world? If so, what are we going to share with world? Are we going to make it a better place or a worse one?

  • This series of aspects are the last set before the Sun enters Aquarius and the Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo. As a result, the themes that develop on January 18th will play a larger role in the grand finale of the Aquarius-Leo eclipse pattern.

Forecast | Sagittarius Season 2018

Note: In our solar system, the Sun is the central point around which the planets orbit. From the Earth perspective, we cannot survive without sunlight; it is the light that nourishes our bodies, and the spotlight under which we act out our entire lives. Given the Sun's importance, we've learned to articulate time around its trends. The Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice all relate back to the felt shifts of shining brilliance the Sun shares with us in this lonely universe. And so it is from Earth's perspective that I write these astrological forecasts in time with the Sun's journey through the tropical zodiac.

OVERVIEW

Sagittarius is a sign of expansion and higher consciousness. Ruled by Jupiter, this mutable fire sign has a tendency to spread across all mind potentials, considering all routes equal in the bigger picture. There are many ways to the same answer, and Sagittarius has a natural knack for opening us to see the truth in each way. As a result, there is an innate joy-in-the-adventure quality that comes through those of us with strong Sagittarius in our charts.

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Paula May on Unsplash

This year, Sagittarius season is marked with a special kind of joy as Jupiter has recently entered the centaur’s sign. Jupiter in Sag doubles down on optimism, vibrancy, and good spirit that comes through adventure and mind-expansion. This season is your opportunity to open your crown and third eye chakras, to access the higher guidance that supports you, and to re-awaken your trust in the universe.

There is always potential for distortion of these opportunities: to abuse our abilities to connect to a higher consciousness and completely lose our sense of grounding - to bloat our egos with a sense of entitlement and all-knowing. With Mercury’s retrograde through Sagittarius, we are called to spend extra time working with the potentialities of Sagittarian influence in our lives. Knowing this, take extra care and pay special attention to where Sagittarius shows up for you.

Find your rising sign below, and discover what topics will become activated for you this Sagittarius season. Then continue to scroll down to the Timeline portion and learn what dates and times will be activated as the Sun traverses through the zodiacal sign Sagittarius.

ARIES - 9th house topics, to include:

  • long-term study

  • occultism

  • mystery tradition

  • magic

  • adventure

  • foreign travel

  • publishing

TAURUS - 8th house topics, to include:

  • shared resources

  • loans

  • psychology

  • understanding others

  • value-work in relationships

  • help from others

GEMINI - 7th house topics, to include:

  • long-term relationships

  • close partnerships or friendships

  • deep conversations

  • heart-to-hearts

CANCER - 6th house topics, to include:

  • self-care

  • preventative health

  • ritual work

  • daily chores

  • organizational development

  • traveling for work

LEO - 5th house topics, to include:

  • fun

  • hobbies

  • the arts

  • flirting

  • passion

  • romance

  • children

VIRGO - 4th house topics, to include:

  • home

  • family

  • lineage

  • heritage

  • heirlooms

  • hometown

  • home base

LIBRA - 3rd house topics, to include:

  • writing

  • short-term study

  • neighborhood

  • local events

  • coffee houses

  • spoken words

  • daily commute

SCORPIO - 2nd house topics, to include:

  • finances

  • income

  • self-value

  • self-nourishment

  • food

  • clothes

  • material representation

SAGITTARIUS - 1st house topics, to include:

  • good luck in personal endeavors

  • good health

  • your authentic self

  • your psychology

  • personality reboot

  • reconnecting with who you are

CAPRICORN - 12th house topics, to include:

  • alone time

  • secret projects

  • self study

  • volunteer work

  • rest

  • relaxation

  • planting intentions

AQUARIUS - 11th house topics, to include:

  • friends

  • community

  • connection to many

  • large groups

  • professional organizations

  • activism

PISCES - 10th house topics, to include:

  • professional development

  • responsibilities

  • achievements

  • public image

  • social standing


TIMELINE

Use the timeline below to map out Sagittarius season, from Nov 22nd to Dec 21st. All times are listed in Eastern Time.

Nov 22nd at 4:01 AM, the Sun enters Sagittarius

  • Less than 24 hours after the Sun’s entrance into Sagittarius, a full moon becomes exact on November 23rd at 12:39 AM. There can be tensions that arise under the full moon, but often tension is related to meaningful acknowledgements of important insights. Think of a swift arrow shot across a long distance, hitting its target. Tension is required in order to make the landing, but beware of misunderstandings or uncertainties that come up before the message lands. With Mercury retrograde, there is a tendency to skew our perceptions of what is/isn’t.

  • The Sun will be nearing conjunctions with both Jupiter and Mercury at the time of the full moon, drawing their energies into the charge of this particular lunation. It’s likely that messages will be flying all around us, lots of activity and thoughts to consider. It will be overwhelming. The best medicine of Jupiter is to trust inner sight. Especially since Mercury will be retrograde, there is an emphasis on bringing mental focus to Sagittarian virtues - trust and faith. If you have already begun to work this muscle, consider this full moon a rich opportunity to dig deeper. You may find that you have more abilities of sight than you might have originally perceived.

Erik Eastman

Erik Eastman

Nov 24th at 8:08 PM, Neptune turns direct

  • Neptune transits are extremely long. Taking nearly 165 years to orbit around the Sun, Neptune often spends around 14 years going through a particular sign. Currently, Neptune isn’t even through the first half of Pisces yet. This can make Neptune’s effects extremely subtle and difficult to understand as they are happening. Notably, on days like these where Neptune stations direct or retrograde, we have a brief opportunity to feel some of its work coming through. It’s as if the planet is building up a lot of energy and suddenly makes a grand shift in its motion. Of course, this is only from our perspective on earth.

  • When Neptune turns direct, there is a desire for re-connection to the ethereal higher consciousness. Through this desire we can sometimes gain awareness around escapist tendencies, spiritual openings, and portals of heightened connection to spirit. This is a good day to meditate and let thoughts come and go. This isn’t the best day for detailed physical work like accounting or research - you may also find a general disinterest in these particular topics anyways.

  • If you don’t have a meditation practice already, but would like to start one, November 24th will be a good day to begin.

Nov 26th at 1:33 AM, the Sun conjoins Jupiter

  • On days when the Sun is cazimi or exactly conjoined a planet, there is a lot of potential. Think of enriched soil in which a planted seed will surely grow. Because the solar conjunction is with Jupiter in Sagittarius, intentions are best set for the topics related to Sagittarius in your natal chart (see above list for reference) as well as developing stronger connection to Spirit.

  • At 3:05 AM on the same day, Mercury in Sagittarius squares Mars in Pisces. Mercury-Mars squares can invoke angry words and harsh tones in the way we communicate. With Mercury in retrograde motion, cutting words may come up around topics that have needed review… perhaps we find that we do not have the right words, that listening to the other side is hard or painful. Despite the challenges that will likely arise, it is possible to find solutions with this particular placement. If you feel strongly in the moment, you probably need to work out a solution. Because this involves two highly intuitive and spiritual signs, expect topics related to faith, belief systems, and philosophy to come up. Know that there is not just one right way of doing things, and try to open your mind long enough to make peace with the differences.

Nov 27th at 4:14 AM, Mercury conjoins the Sun

  • Following Jupiter’s conjunction with the Sun, we get Mercury’s conjunction with the Sun and then its (Mercury’s) conjunction with Jupiter. This marks two days of rich mental potential. Mercury’s conjunction with the Sun marks a new Mercury cycle, in which the planet of communication, intelligence, and perspective is born anew. This is a quiet time of reflection and pondering. The insights and messages that come through, possibly related to articulating beliefs and Jupiter messages, will be carried with us until Mercury’s next retrograde.

  • Throughout the first part of the day, the Moon in Leo trines Jupiter (10:41 AM), Mercury (11:22 AM), and Sun (12:38 PM), sending felt messages through our physical experiences in order to better understand the mental messages that are coming through. For those with heightened intuitive abilities, consider this day one in which the veil is lifted.

  • As night falls, at 4:30 pm on the same day, Mars in Pisces sextiles Saturn in Capricorn. In some ways this can distract us from the messages that are coming through from Spirit, but in other ways it is a happy softening from the heavy responsibility of the earth plane for a moment. Mars spent so much of 2018 in the Saturn-ruled signs, asking us to work-work-work for a better tomorrow. As Mars sextiles Saturn, we have an easy time saying goodbye to the exhaustion of over-work. Perhaps we even take a moment to reflect, to consider how we can help ourselves the next time we are asked to get back into the fold.

  • At 5:27 PM, Mercury conjoins Jupiter exactly. There may be a sense of overwhelm—too much at once, but it depends on how you approach it. Trust divine timing and let the loudest message be the one you hear.

Nov 29th at 7:18 PM, the Last Quarter Moon in Virgo is exact

  • Every last quarter moon indicates a time to let things go. This is the last opportunity to finalize or finish what was started at the corresponding new moon, and can sometimes require complete abandonment of unnecessary components.

  • Specifically, this last quarter moon is in a T-square with Mars in Pisces, as well as a trine with Saturn. There is a sense that patience is thin, but if you give yourself the time, you will be able to accomplish what you set out to do. The important takeaway is to move through overwhelm by taking it one step at a time.

Austin Neill

Austin Neill

Nov 30th at 9:13 PM, Venus in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries

  • This has been an ongoing pattern since September. The opposition first occurred on the Taurus-Scorpio axis, bringing shock value to the way we approach self-care, care of others, and resources. It’s likely there was some challenge that came up that caused you to break away from a bond in order to reclaim a sense of individuality or freedom. Perhaps this was a heavy bond that held you back, or maybe it was a simple change in routine that made your day easier.

  • In the Aries-Libra axis, as the third and final opposition, there is a new tone that comes through the opposition. Uranus in Aries serves the self and personal expansion. Venus in Libra serves justice and social inclusion. In opposition, they force us to consider how our personal evolutions can elevate justice and inclusion in the world. Are you fighting against a cause for the sake of rebellion? Or are you fighting for something that will lead to peace and harmony? Are the decisions you’ve made up to this point of any value to anyone other than yourself? Are you ok with the answer to the earlier question?

Dec 1st at 6:11 AM, Mercury regresses into Scorpio

  • We are nearing the tail end of Mercury’s retrograde. For the majority of Mercury’s time in Scorpio, it is nearly still. There is an eerie sense that something may be creeping in the dark. Perhaps we discover the root of our belief systems, the inner void that we’ve been trying to fill with bright optimism and joy. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing to discover, rather it is a strength we all have inside of us - the ability to be infinite and naturally eternal. The pheonix rises from the ashes of its previous death. Mercury, in its final days of retrograde, asks us to consider the ashes we left behind and to prepare for new beginnings.

Dec 2nd at 12:01 PM, Venus re-enters Scorpio

Velizar Ivanov

Velizar Ivanov

  • Isn’t it interesting that two planets that have been retrograde are now coming back to Scorpio? Scorpio is often related to the darkest depths, the ooey gooey underside, upside down world that lies within the brightness of reality. I’m reminded of the metamorphosis of a butterfly - the process of going inward, and then shedding the chrysalis. Also, how can I forget the snake who grows larger and finds that the skin it has is no longer comfortable, and so it breaks away. And even our human selves - the top layer of our skin sheds off of us quietly every day until seven years later we have entirely new skin. I guess what I’m getting at is that the superficial layer of discomfort that comes with depth-work is completely worth it in order to grow.

  • Venus’ entrance into Scorpio brings us back to where we began in V’s cycle a few months ago. At this point, things should feel dramatically different even though they probably look exactly the same. There is something encouraging about this part of Venus’s cycle - a sense that even in the darkest time of the year, we are able to learn and grow and expand.

  • Venus’ time through Scorpio is only a month-long and is best used for mending any breakages or finalizing separations of serious commitments, doubling-down on exploration of the unspoken dynamics between you and others, and finding beauty in your depths.

  • Later on the same day, at 7:34 PM, the Sun squares Mars. This square asks us to defend ourselves, to be courageous for our beliefs and ideals. Considering Venus is in a traditionally Mars-ruled sign, we are given a bit of a push towards active self-betterment (which often start with self-love).

Dec 5th at 4:53 PM, the Moon conjoins Mercury in Scorpio

  • On the same day at 5:21 PM, the Sun in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces.

  • There is a distinct fog that rolls over the 5th of December. With the Moon’s conjunction to a very slow-moving Mercury, and the Sun’s square to hazy Neptune, we are guaranteed a day of fuzziness. In many ways this can be frustrating; but take the opportunity to let yourself drift. Try to avoid doing anything too technical, and find some joy in the divine flow.

Dec 6th at 4:22 PM, Mercury turns direct

  • On the exact day and time of direct motion, there is still a lot of retrograde-type energy that is being released. After a couple days, you can get back into Mercury-related tasks such as computer work, accounting, and editing.

  • It’s possible that an important message or previously hidden detail is revealed at this time. Give yourself a couple days to respond and work with what has come through. In time, it’ll become much easier to handle all of the details.

Dec 7th at 2:20 AM, a New Moon in Sagittarius is exact

  • This new moon promises a renewed sense of optimism and hope. It’s likely that we feel lighter as a result of Mercury’s recent direct motion, and the new moon emphasizes this for us. This is an opportunity to begin new rituals or practices that you’d like to work with over the next 6 months. With Jupiter in Sagittarius, there is an added touch of possibility - that what you start during this new moon will bring you good fortune in the area of life that Sagittarius is involved in (refer to list above).

  • On the same day at 9:11 AM, Mars conjoins Neptune in Pisces. This is a potentially dangerous energetic as we may aggressively try to relax or escape from harsh realities. It’s possible that we find ourselves drinking too much or doing so much that we hurt ourselves. In kind with the new moon occurring earlier in the morning, it is best set intentions, to go inward, to relax. This is a wonderful time for for acts of service or generosity, opening to the beyond, and cutting away trauma to clear a space for healing and connection.

Yoal Desurmont

Yoal Desurmont

Dec 12th at 6:42 PM, Mercury enters Sagittarius

  • Mercury’s re-entrance into Sagittarius gives us an extra boost. There can be a feeling that we are back on the saddle; starting to rev up the engines. As Mercury gets faster and faster, we become more extraverted and have a desire to share what we’ve learned. This is a great time for parties, connecting with friends, connecting with like-minds, exploring and learning how our recent seedlings (intention-setting) will work.

Dec 15th at 6:49 AM, the First Quarter Moon in Pisces is exact

  • This first quarter moon activates our sense of awareness around the recent seedlings we’ve planted with the Mercury direct and the earlier new moon. For many of us, there will be recognition that optimism and faith are intertwined with our connection to source. We’ll see an opportunity to feel the blessings come through, to see the universe meet us halfway, and to really awaken our hearts to the cosmic everything. We are also given space to release old wounds or old beliefs in order to light our souls on fire and to step into the light of consciousness. There is an innate vulnerability in this space, but it is worthwhile. Having trust will get you there.

Jonatan Pie

Jonatan Pie

Dec 16th at 9:26 AM, Venus in Scorpio sextiles Saturn in Capricorn.

  • There is something very sobering about reality, which can be really useful when we are working so deeply with Spirit. Getting insight into our intuitions can get us lost in our own perceptions. This Venus-Saturn contact can help us find a sense of groundedness and re-connect.

  • Imagine gently building something beautiful, yet meaningful. There is a lot of intention in this aspect; an opportunity to invest in form and function, and with Scorpio in the mix, we want it to be deeply impressive. Potential topics that may come up are investments, finances, businesses, contracts, and loans. If you want to make something happen in these areas, there is a window of opportunity here. It isn’t going to jump out at you though; you’ll have to work for it.

  • This is a good day to purchase holiday gifts as you will find items that are both practical and beautiful.

Dec 17th at 1:57 AM, Mars in Pisces sextiles Pluto in Capricorn.

  • The Mars-Pluto sextile may be related to the Venus-Saturn sextile. Because Venus is in a Mars ruled sign, there is potential that what happened on Dec 16th is acted upon on Dec 17th. Often with Mars-Pluto contacts there is a strong desire to do whatever has to be done in order to get what you want. Inevitably, when we rush ourselves we get hurt. It is important to respect the process of attainment and to have patience for life to unfold. That being said, this could also provide the boost you need to get where you are going. The key is to know the difference between impatience/ego and opportunity.

Dec 20th at 11:21 AM, the Sun in Sagittarius trines Uranus in Aries

  • The Sun’s trine to Uranus brightens us and rewards those who have worked hard to open themselves to the shock of who they are. With all the technological shifts over the last seven years, from selfies to social media, we have to look at ourselves more closely, and many of us have become disturbed by our natural vanity. For those of us who have taken the opportunities to grow from these moments, we’ll find a happy day of harmony and blessed synchronicity around what ignites us, drawing us closer to our communities.

Dec 21st at 12:11 PM, Venus in Scorpio trines Neptune in Pisces

  • Venus-Neptune gives us the gift of an open-heart and a willingness to forgive those who may have wronged us. As a transiting aspect in our day, we may find that we feel particularly open to experiencing the company of others. It’s a good day to forgive and forget, to spend time with ones we love, and to enjoy adventuring through the new perspectives of friends and strangers.

  • On the same day at 12:36 PM, Mercury conjoins Jupiter in Sagittarius. This reminds us of the last time Mercury conjoined Sag, nearly a month earlier. We may have a renewed sense of joy come through - an excited buzziness to get out and explore what wonders exist around us.

  • This could be an awesome day for a party or social gathering, for going to the movies, and for any creative activity. (a perfect way to end Sagittarius season and welcome in the winter solstice!)

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Photo by Jay from Unsplash

Forecast | Libra Season 2018

Note: In our solar system, the Sun is the central point around which the planets orbit. From the Earth perspective, we cannot survive without sunlight; it is the light that nourishes our bodies, and the spotlight under which we act out our entire lives. Given the Sun's importance, we've learned to articulate time around its trends. The Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice all relate back to the felt shifts of shining brilliance the Sun shares with us in this lonely universe. And so it is from Earth's perspective that I write these astrological forecasts in time with the Sun's journey through the tropical zodiac.

On September 22nd, the Sun enters Libra, casting equal parts darkness and light all around the globe. This is one of the equinox points. These noticeable demarcations of light coincide with two halves of the tropical zodiac - Libra to Pisces and Aries to Virgo. Libra's half of the zodiac includes the two Saturnian signs, Capricorn and Aquarius, while the half belonging to Aries includes the luminaries' signs, Cancer and Leo. As such, there is a distinct weight that falls on Libra's side of the zodiac. Appropriately, the sign of the scales guides us into this collective shift by showing us how to strike a balance between internal and external / embodiment and spirit.

Libra is a cardinal air sign ruled by Venus. Venus loves to unify, beautify, and indulge in pleasure. As expressed through air, we can imagine Aphrodite going out to many parties, engaging in love affairs, and enjoying the mental elements of flirtation. Because of the air element, this is a notably social sign, and there is a desire to be in conversation with others. As a result, Libra ends up taking on a lot of other people's ideas and desires - oftentimes in such a way that limits Libra's ability to identify ideas of its own. In Libra, there is a lesson about the value in speaking out for one's personal beliefs in order to attract a crowd of like-minds. This can cause conflict and disharmony, but that is the nature of balance - it is only in the rarest of moments that scales are actually still. This is the complexity of Libra's social responsibility - learning when to stand back versus standing up: the nuances of social grace as balanced with vulnerable expression. 

As Venus tours through Scorpio, slows down, and turns retrograde, Libra season becomes the platform for Venus' lessons to come through. Mixing the nature of Libra with Scorpio, we get to peek into the underlying nature of social engagements. Strategy, defense, and separation come through as a means to re-balance ourselves, re-connect to our personal truths, and re-align our social energy. This is a season of death and regeneration as a source of nourishment and an expression of love. 


Sep 23 - Oct 3 | Libra 1 | Light Births Shadow

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Photo by Simon King on Unsplash

Following the Sun's entrance into the first decan of Libra, we are met with a confrontational energy. Several planets see a square to Saturn in Capricorn, highlighting structures and obstacles, both social and physical, that force us to re-route.  The first of these squares is from Mercury in Libra. 

Mercury squares Saturn on September 23rd at 12:45 PM ET. 

Mercury-Saturn contacts embrace definition and boundaries - there is a need to distinguish A from B. In a square pattern from Libra to Capricorn, there is an issue of moral approach. Saturn in Capricorn leans towards conservative, tried and true, long-standing approaches without concern for feelings. Mercury in Libra sees shortcuts by speaking with sweetness, harmonizing with the environment in order to move in a desired direction. As these two planets confront each other, we begin to identify potential structural ignorances - either too sweet or too harsh - that don't account for a holistic perspective.

My advice is to use Mercury’s intellect to parse out these cracks in the system, and then use Saturn’s strength in building foundations to make plans for change. It seems this is one of our first calls to reflect on societal and interpersonal compositions. 

On the same day, September 23rd at 9:29 PM ET, Mercury in Libra sees a trine to Mars in Aquarius.

Mercury's trine to Mars activates the mental quality. Both Libra and Aquarius enjoy ideas, and both Mercury and Mars enjoy breaking things down in order to make them better. This can present itself in a number of ways. For some, there can be a strategic quality - identifying issues and creating defense/offense plans for improved functionality. For others, there can be an aggression that comes through - a desire to share ideals and beliefs as a form of activism: the act of giving someone a piece of your mind.  In whatever way this comes through, it will likely be in response to whatever was illuminated with Mercury's earlier contact to Saturn. 

On September 24th, a full moon occurs in Aries at 10:52 PM ET. This lunation is conjoined a retrograding Chiron in Aries, opposite Mercury in Libra, and square to Saturn in Capricorn.

There is a lot of tension here, which comes from Saturn in Capricorn square to the Moon and Chiron in Aries and Sun and Mercury in Libra. The Moon's contact to Chiron illuminates a feeling of self-doubt or uncertainty about identity. In opposition to the Libra Sun and Mercury, we feel pulled back and forth between who we really are and who people want us to be. With Saturn in the middle, squaring both parties, we ask ourselves, "What is the responsible thing to do?" For some of us, this may relate to a long-term goal we have. For others, this could call on us to review issues in relationships. Ultimately, the stress of indecision can lead to impulsive behavior which likely won't turn out for the best. Instead, try to make space to pause and reflect. Mercury has been heavily involved in this lunar cycle, so it will be wise to lean towards articulation and thoughtful actions. Overall, this is a good lunation for self-discovery, solo endeavors, and making plans.

The Sun's square to Saturn is exact on the following day, September 25th at 7:50 PM ET.

This can cast some low energy on the day, as the moon begins to lose light and the Sun confronts restrictive Saturn. The two luminaries are our life force, so when they are both feeling dark, our world gets a little darker too. Despite popular consciousness, darkness and shadow are not innately bad. Close your eyes and imagine something wonderful - it isn't as easy to do that with your eyes wide open and the light shining in. So take the opportunity of the Sun-Saturn contact to let light die a little, as you use your inner wisdom to feel into the tectonic shifts that Saturn has been working on. 

Chiron re-enters Pisces on the same day at 8:10 PM ET. 

Chiron's ingress into Pisces adds to the darkness of the day. The wounded healer reminds us of the emotionality that exists within; the depth and grandeur of feeling. It can be a lot to handle on the same day as the Sun-Saturn square, but it can also be uplifting if we let it be. There is potential to drown, there is potential to float. It all depends on how you choose to move in the oceanic space of shadow.

Mars in Aquarius conjoins the South Node at 1:17 AM ET on September 26th.

Throughout Mars' retrograde cycle, the red planet has been conjoining the South Node, activating old energy patterns and igniting us to question what is worth letting go and holding onto. The conjunction on September 26th is its last conjunction for a while. This may finalize some of the activity that came up throughout the retrograde cycle as well as the eclipse season. If you've been letting go of old behaviors in order to make space, this may mark a moment of the final goodbye. 

To add, on the following day, both luminaries make contact with Mars.  First, the Moon squares Mars and the nodal axis, and conjoins Uranus in Taurus. The lunar involvement widens our scope of understanding and awakens insight into what has been going on since the summertime. Then the Sun in Libra sees a trine to Mars in Aquarius. The Sun-Mars contact is a heated one, and in air signs this can lead to heated conversation. The Sun-Mars trine can also indicate a spark of activism and a brighter sense of vitality in social settings. Overall, we may be feeling re-awakened to the passion felt during the summer, and a new sense of belonging/stability in whatever shifts may have occurred since then.

On September 30th, Pluto turns direct at 10:03 PM ET. 

Pluto is the furthest planet from the Sun, and the slowest moving one. What occurs during Pluto's transits in a sign are sometime too big to really understand in the present moment. Oftentimes, it isn't until we look back on a certain zodiacal transit that we really learn the bottom line of Pluto's journey through that sign. That said, whenever Pluto stations direct or retrograde, its message momentarily bubbles up from the depths of the underworld so that we may be clued into its ongoing lesson. Take note of where Pluto is in your chart, and meditate on that placement on Sep 30. 

The Last Quarter Moon in Cancer occurs on October 2nd at 5:45 AM ET. At this time, the Moon trines Venus in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. 

Unlike the earlier lunations in this lunar cycle, the last quarter moon softens us and gives us some space to nurture ourselves. This is a good opportunity to lean into trusted self-care practices, cozy environments, and imaginative emotional expansion. This could also be a good opportunity to feel into the nature of Venus in Scorpio and the upcoming retrograde - what energy is presented on this day? What feels beautiful, what feels loving? Why?

Later in the evening, Mercury in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn and the Moon in Cancer.  Though T-squares are tense, there is still a softness in the depths of the energetic bind we find ourselves in. Pluto in Capricorn elicits shadow work, underworld exploration. With contact to both Mercury and the Moon, this gives us a really broad sense of awareness - both intellectually and emotionally. We get to feel into the undercurrents of situations, of ourselves, of our environments, and of our relationships. It can be a lot to process, but we have the bandwidth for it. If you can work through the potential fear that comes up with darkness, you are likely to find some diamonds in the rough.  


Oct 3 - Oct 13 | Libra 2 | The Beauty of Bruising

The Sun’s move into the second decan of Libra spotlights Venus’ message for this retrograde period. The love planet turns retrograde, sees several aspects, and draws our consciousness towards the death-rebirth phase of Venus’ cycle. Now is a time to turn inward, and reflect on what needs to be released in order for love and beauty to be renewed.

On October 5th at 3:04 PM ET, Venus stations and turns retrograde in Scorpio.

Venus retrogrades takes beauty, desire, and love, and turns them inside out for us to learn more deeply about the core of these sweet fruits. Venus is typically felt or embodied, so the lessons often come in the form of misguided make-up routines, low self-confidence, challenging relationships, and excessive lust for hedonistic joys. In these lessons, we come to an insight that has less to do with the superficial expression and more to do with a deep reframing of what it means to really value our selves and others in our lives.

As Venus turns retrograde on October 5th, we feel the first heavy hit of Venus’ lesson. In Scorpio, this likely has to do with the underpinnings of our relationships - the unspoken promises, the secrets, the invisible energy dynamics, and the fears that can hold us back. There is something primordial and grotesque about it, wild and savage. We get to work with the blood and guts that spill out as we dissect the body of our social selves. It can be engaging work, but it can also be a lot to handle if that isn’t your sort of thing. The most important message for this retrograde is this: When in doubt, love. Behave kindly with the grotesque - we all have ugly things inside of us; it doesn’t mean that those things don’t deserve nurture and love.

On the following day, October 6th, the Moon in Virgo sees a sextile to Venus in Scorpio, which helps us download these first impressions into a visceral experience. Take note of what or who comes up, and attempt to address these insights with the calm of a loving surgeon.

On October 8th a New Moon in Libra is planted at 11:46 PM ET. This new moon applies to a square with Pluto in Capricorn and a trine with Mars in Aquarius.

The new moon plants a new intention for us. It is guided by the recently retrograde Venus, whose mission is to helps us deep dive. The square to Pluto and the trine to Mars accentuates the separative qualities of Venus’ surgical endeavors. This a defensive space for the moon - an energy best used for reflection, research, and solitude. Though the qualities of Capricorn, Libra, and Aquarius may ask us to get social, we won’t feel very safe in settings that require us to be on our best behavior. Instead, it’s best to keep a distance from anyone you might not want to make a bad impression on, and spend time in spaces where you feel free to be raw. Consider this to be an ongoing energetic that grows into a source of insight and social awareness later at the time of the Taurus Full Moon.

Mercury enters Scorpio at 8:40 PM ET on October 9th.

Mercury’s entrance into Scorpio helps us intellectualize the Venus retrograde. Now it is time to talk it out. Words can be cutting and sharp in this Mars-ruled sign, so be careful to apply your insight only to objective research and not to your self or others who you don’t want to harm. This could be an opportune time for meditation, journaling, and sharing reflections with an outside party (eg, going to a therapist).

Adding some flair to Mercury’s entrance is a Mercury-Moon conjunction at 00:35 AM ET on October 10th. This conjunction adds depth of feeling to the sharpness in Mercury’s insights. This can help us feel into awakenings, but it can also add that much more weight onto harsh words.

The following day, October 10th, Mercury in Scorpio sees an opposition to Uranus in Taurus at 1:35 PM ET and the Moon in Scorpio conjoins Venus in Scorpio at 6:15 PM ET. Later that evening, Venus in Scorpio sees a square to Mars in Aquarius at 10:28 PM ET.

The 10th of October is a day to watch for. The activity of our two most perceptive planets - Mercury and the Moon - will give us a lot of awareness around Venus’ significations and how this might play out in our lives over the next several months. Mercury opposite Uranus speaks to sudden downloads, a shift in perspective, a change of opinion. With Uranus in Taurus, another Venus ruled sign, the shifts and shocks that Mercury is downloading come in support of Venus’ intentions. With the Moon conjunct Venus, these new shifts are made very obvious and more potent. We not only are rationally aware, but we are emotionally aware as well.

Adding some punch and spice to the reversal/awakening is the Venus-Mars contact. Venus and Mars generally foster charismatic engagement: an adventurous sense of pleasure, extraversion, and willingness to be a little brash in order to get a loving message across. But with Venus in retrograde, there is something harsh and menacing about these mixtures. Venus can become a little overbearing; the love can be suffocating. Mars can be too intense, coming down too hard with moves that hurt.

Altogether, this a day for watching what occurs and not acting on an impulse. Reflective conversation and intentional awareness practice can all be of use in order to cool down some of the electricity and fire that may come through.

On October 12th at 00:10 AM ET, the Sun in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn. On the same day, Mercury in Scorpio sextiles Saturn in Capricorn at 4:19 AM ET.

The Sun-Pluto square speaks to the ongoing review of societal or relational structures that could be holding us back. This is an uncomfortable energy - how can I be authentically my self while also fitting into society? Does society need to change to fit around me? What is fair? With the Mercury-Saturn sextile, we are given an opportunity to make space for these reflections to come through in a meaningful environment. It would be wise to go to a safe space where you can share or write ideas openly.


Oct 13 - Oct 23 | Libra 3 | The Gaze of Orpheus

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The Sun’s entrance into the third decan of Libra notably focuses on the Mercurial element. Nearly all of the major aspects during this portion of the Sun’s journey involve Mercury. This means that conversation, introspection, writing, commerce, and all other Mercury-related topics play a large role in the way we experience the end of Libra season and this first portion of Venus’ retrograde.

On October 15th Mercury conjoins Venus in Scorpio at 4:20 PM ET.

Venus and Mercury contacts often inspire poetry and technical beauty. In Scorpio, there is a willingness to uncover mystery. And with the retrograde Venus, it seems as though what is uncovered may relate to the root of what’s at stake in Venus’ underworld journey. With the hidden nature of Scorpio, and the challenges presented with Venus retrograde, there is potential for secrets to come out - letting the cat out of the bag, either accidentally or with malcontent. There could also be an important discussion that comes up around values and trust, in which bear-all conversation leads to a peak of awareness.

The following day, October 16th at 2:01 PM ET, the First Quarter Moon in Capricorn illuminates our current standing in this Venus retrograde.

The Capricorn first quarter moon further heightens awareness by identifying how our work in the Venus retrograde fits into the grander scheme of things. We get a sense of sobriety - drawing ourselves up from internal/external debate to see if there is anything we’ve forgotten about during our deep dives. It’s possible we’ve become overly consumed with a certain idea that has led us nowhere. It’s also possible that we are exactly where we need to be in the investigative process, and something additional helps us recognize this.

On October 19th, Mercury in Scorpio sees a trine to Neptune in Pisces at 5:47 AM ET.

The depth-work of this Libra season can leave us feeling heavy and burdened, so it is a relief to experience the lightening nature of Neptune wash over Mercury’s scowl. We are able to escape from some of the investigation, to drift for a moment. We can utilize this energy to analyze dreams and see into the signs that our universe often shares with us (and that we often ignore). Just be careful - sometimes with Mercury-Neptune there can be a bias to see everything as meaningful, and even the most innocent of actions can become seeds for nightmares if we let our analysis go overboard in the realm of Neptune’s fog.

On the same day, Mercury in Scorpio squares Mars in Aquarius at 1:23 PM ET.

Mercury’s square to Mars following it’s trine to Neptune can be a rude awakening to the sleepy safety of the morning. Again, it is possible that a simple misunderstanding can be blown out of proportion - accusations and other cutting words can destroy the hard work that has been invested in the Venus retrograde. Instead, when in doubt - feeling uncertain, find some space to clear your mind. This is another day best used for solo-endeavors, dreaming, and not anything too serious in social situations. If you must engage with others in a way that makes you feel combative, try to pause with a breath and make sure that you won’t mind ruining something just to make your statement.

On October 22nd, Mercury sextiles Pluto at 3:13 PM ET.

As we come to a close in Libra Season, we have an opportunity to review some of the depth work we’ve been through. This is a moment to sit and reflect before the Sun enters Scorpio, to allow thoughts and feelings to flow through us in preparation for the light of the Sun to traverse the dark space of our psyches.

 

Forecast | Virgo Season 2018

Note: In our solar system, the Sun is the central point around which the planets orbit. From the Earth perspective, we cannot survive without sunlight; it is the light that nourishes our bodies, and the spotlight under which we act out our entire lives. Given the Sun's importance, we've learned to articulate time around its trends. The Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice all relate back to the felt shifts of shining brilliance the Sun shares with us in this lonely universe. And so it is from Earth's perspective that I write these astrological forecasts in time with the Sun's journey through the tropical zodiac.

THE OVERVIEW

The Sun's entrance into Virgo shifts the collective focus from fiery passion to grounded intentions. We feel a renewed need to step back and observe how the recent information and activity of Leo season fits into our current reality structures. We've been through the fire, seen some of the shadows that light can create, and felt the intense shift of the eclipses. Like learning a new dance, the integration of learned insights may not be in sync with the rest of our lives. Appropriately, Virgo Season gives us the opportunity to expand on the details, to reconnect with our natural rhythm and process. 

Virgo is often associated with turning chaos into order. It is a mutable earth sign ruled by Mercury, a planet that always wants to categorize and organize what's in front of it. In earth, Mercury's desire to separate things is embodied in activities like cleaning, bookkeeping, and lab work. There is a precision to Virgo because of Mercury's love of details; and that precision can sometimes look like perfectionism, nit-picking, and anxiety. In many ways there is an engineering quality to this mutable earth sign - I imagine a mechanic gently taking apart a car, wiping down every nook & cranny, inspecting every detail, and then putting it back together in perfect order, restoring the function of the car. Another association with Virgo is healing - because this sign can elevate a planet's sensitivity to details, there is a natural desire for filtering that can occur where we might see a strength in removing toxins in order to restore or maintain function. 

In kind, the astrology of this Virgo Season is asking us to meticulously sort through the recently shifted sands and re-create order for better functionality and overall well-being.


Aug 23- Sep 2 | The Shape of Things | Virgo 1

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As the dust finally settles from the recent eclipse season, the Sun's entrance into Virgo allows us to see the shape of things. We enter a season so dedicated to the earth element that shape, form, function, and our literal physical things are now in focus. This is a welcome break from the attention we've been placing on internal passions and our energetic expression of self. Now we can finally put plans into motion.

In support of plans in motion, Mars will be stationing in its exaltation degree in Capricorn. This can produce an excited stillness, an anticipation for release of pent-up tension, like a crouch before the jump. To add, the potential energy is further compounded as the Sun immediately becomes a part of a Grand Earth Trine with excitable Uranus in Taurus and steady Saturn in Capricorn.

The Grand Earth Trine first reaches its fullest culmination on August 25th, and sets the tone for the rest of Virgo Season.

Grand Trines are associated with the three signs of a single element: water, fire, earth, or air. The Grand Earth Trine of this Virgo Season is completely absorbed in the elemental qualities of earth. Some buzz words include: cold, dry, reflective, steady, grounded, practical, embodied, physical, sensual, dedicated, stubborn. However, because of Uranus' involvement in the Grand Trine, movement becomes a major part of this aspect pattern! Think: movement of physical objects, overcoming a static situation, removing obstacles, shifting furniture, large shipments, and mass production. The Mars station, though it isn't in aspect to the Grand Trine, amplifies that sense of shake-up/wake-up to Uranus's movement quality by coloring the moment with an extra-boosted desire for action. Saturn's placement in the trine suggests that what is moved or changed has the potential to stand the test of time for better or worse. And with the Sun involved, it seems that the change is related to the recent eclipse season and what has been learned or let go from that earlier environment.

One day after the Grand Earth Trine's culmination, we see the culmination of the full moon in Pisces. This occurs on August 26th, and is directly involved in the Grand Trine's aspect pattern.

The full moon in Pisces re-emphasizes the integration of changes related to the recent eclipse season since the Sun & Moon are reaching a full phase following the new phase of the Solar Eclipse on August 11th. On the same day, Venus in Libra sees a harsh square to Pluto in Capricorn. The Venus-Pluto square adds a social depth to the full moon's illuminating perceptions, giving us an opportunity to see where we stand in outdated, unfair, and unjust social patterns. We can use the Grand Earth Trine and Pisces Full Moon to identify priorities, goals, and processes that will support our development towards being better humans. 

On August 27th, Mars stations Direct.

A release from the stillness, a jolt of energy, the relief of finally being able to move again. For some of us, the Mars station will be harsh - we may see the final collapse of a broken system, the climax of an ongoing battle, or a violent break from a terrible situation. Though it can be harsh or violent, the direct motion of Mars is something that will give all of us renewed sense of vitality and energy. Overall, anything difficult that may arise during this time will likely be for the best in the long run.

If you'd like to know more about how Mars will affect you, consider getting a natal chart consultation.

Following the Mars station and direct motion, the planets are relatively quiet until the Sun enters the next 10 degrees of Virgo on September 2nd. This gives us the opportunity to find a sense of calm or play time - almost like a break from the intentionality of working with the planetary energies. Most likely, due to Mars, we'll be feeling ultra energetic and may even have a desire to be productive. I suggest using the productive energy to make plans or work on something that's already in motion rather than doing anything seriously important - save the important stuff for moments when the planets are actively engaged. :) 


Sep 2 - Sep 12 | Evolving Patterns | Virgo 2

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As the Sun continues into the second decan of Virgo, Mercury reclaims full speed and even begins to move a little faster.

In highlight of Mercury's revitalization, the Moon in Gemini comes into a last quarter phase with the Sun on September 2nd.

The last quarter moon in Gemini signifies a mindful wrap-up to the nearly finished re-integration process from the eclipse season. Whatever had been planted, illuminated, uncovered, or started during the eclipse season is reviewed once more before falling behind the veil again until early 2019. Adding to the review process, the quicksilver planet Mercury sees a friendly sextile to Venus in Libra. This combination encourages us to consider how we influence others and how others influence us. 

Three days later, Mercury enters Virgo on September 5th.

Mercury is not only at home in the sign of Virgo, but is also exalted - giving this mental planet some extra dignity in its abilities to dissect, analyze, and process. As Mercury enters the first decan of Virgo, like the Sun just 10 days earlier, it becomes the missing Virgo piece to the Grand Earth Trine with Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn.

The second Grand Earth Trine, now with Mercury, occurs on September 7th.

This is an opportunity to better understand, articulate, and build on what occurred during the last Grand Trine on August 25th. And with Mercury's involvement in the aspect pattern, there may be an added emphasis on organization of materials and fine tuning processes. Additionally, Saturn stations direct in Capricorn the day before, speaking to the longer Saturn transit in its home sign of Capricorn. Saturn's station brings an extra sturdiness to the realizations made, and can offer a positive support to an active analytical mind (Mercury) and reversal-revealing insight awareness (Uranus). That's to say - if you get a little anxious about the shifting potentials and the literal changes to your environment, Saturn will likely be there to offer support in the form of sturdy structure - both figuratively and literally. 

Then, on September 8th the Moon and the asteroid Pallas Athene in Virgo repeat the Grand Earth Trine, giving us another opportunity to really feel into and understand the significance of the Grand Trine. 

This repetitive energy really drives home the point of the Grand Earth Trine. The Moon helps us to gain a felt awareness of how the physical developments are affecting us internally. Pallas Athene, an asteroid in tone with the lore of Athena, helps us identify the patterns of the Grand Earth Trine and how the patterns may develop into the future. 

At this point you may notice that there is a huge focus on practicality, stability, and physicality during this repeating Grand Earth Trine, almost to a fault (even shocking Uranus is only shaking us to reveal optimized approaches to fostering stability) - One might wonder, where is the fun and fire? Where is the love and passion? Where is the emotion and the felt community? OR it is possible that you may not notice the over-emphasis on practicality at all because Grand Trines have a tendency to swallow us in the vortex of their element. 

Fortunately we do have a balancing set of aspects going on in the background: the Sun in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces, and Venus in Libra squares Mars in Capricorn. The Sun-Neptune opposition takes us out of ourselves and asks us to blur the lines between ego and the universe, inspiring a "we are one" attitude and a nebulous sense of self that can bring meaning to the changes and structures occurring in the earth plane. The Venus-Mars square adds excitement, passion, and a relational flavor to the deeper meaning and structure of the Grand Earth Trine; we may find ourselves in tense situations with others in an attempt to defend values or find a sense of internal harmony; those tensions can energize us to really utilize the power of the Grand Earth Trine to find a structure that better suits our needs. 

A day later, on September 9th, Venus enters Scorpio and really starts to slow down, readying itself for retrograde motion.

Venus in Scorpio finds value, fun, and joy in uncovering mysteries, understanding the depths of others, and in the aesthetic beauty of anything taboo. Because of the slow motion, there may be some difficulty in social cues - perhaps aggression, jealousy, or defensiveness comes out; harmony is lacking; and separation from others becomes a challenge. Coinciding with this new flavor of social interactions, a New Moon in Virgo occurs, and this lunation is opposite foggy Neptune. As a result, September 9th holds a huge emphasis on what it means to be separate from others, on how to create structures in our lives, and who or what to trust. This naturally relates back to the Grand Earth Trine realizations over the last few days, and offers us an opportunity to plant seeds in response to what we've learned so far. This also gives us the opportunity to hit reset, to step back and read the signs - to determine what our next steps should be. 

On September 10th, Mars re-enters Aquarius and moves closer to the South Node of the Moon.

Once again, as in Leo season, we are brought into an energetic state of strategy and conscious awareness. Mars in Aquarius wants to develop plans, take action on theories, and to build or remodel a better future. Being so close to the South Node, there is also a source of spiritual release in Mars' actions - as we build, what underlying aggressions can be released in order to make this structure stronger? This may show up in a couple ways, for instance: as a desire to step back from distraction so one can focus on an action plan; or to indulge in those old resentments and to get lost in overanalyzing and social manipulation. 

In support of positive release, on September 11th we see the Sun in Virgo form a sextile to Jupiter in Scorpio, and then, on September 12th, the Sun forms a trine to Pluto in Capricorn. Also on the 12th, Jupiter in Scorpio forms a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn.

By synthesizing these aspects together, we see that there is an opportunity to become better versions of ourselves by digging into the deeper darker parts of why we are here and what the point of our existence is. This supports Mars' best intentions of building a better future. By diving deep into the hidden parts of self, we can discover underlying potentials that inspire us to make changes. We, then, are motivated to clear space and to find an energetic (and potentially literal) foundation from which we can act in confidence. 

Overall, this series of aspects upon Mars' ingress into Aquarius catalyzes us to consider what is essential in the process of spiritual growth and evolution. This energy beautifully ushers the Sun into the third decan of Virgo. 


Sep 12 - Sep 22 | A Turn of the Wheel | Virgo 3

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When the Sun enters the third decan of Virgo, there is an energetic shift toward spirit. Because Virgo is a mutable sign, it has a tendency to wrap things up and make space for the new potentials of the upcoming shift in seasons; especially so in the third decan. To add, after the Sun makes its way through this final ten degrees of Virgo, it will hit the equinox point, creating a perfect balance of night and day all over the world. At the entrance of the Sun into this decan, there is a shift from the earthly realm into the spiritual one creating a decay effect in what has been built up from the last equinox in March. These are days to consider what ideas will last beyond the physical representation - the legacy of something. 

On September 12th, in perfect harmony with the energetic shift of the seasons, Venus in Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus and forms a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn.

Because Venus rules Taurus, it gives Uranus an extra boost to do what Uranus does best - to reveal truths and insights in order to optimize our understanding of something. In steady stubborn Taurus, it can be particularly unnerving to experience Uranus' quakes, making us slower to accept changes.  And so with this super strong Venus-Uranus opposition, we are woken up to any of the truths and revelations we are still resisting. A slightly helpful boost to any rude awakenings is the sextile between Venus and Saturn, giving us the possibility to find a support system during Uranus' activation. To add, the Moon mirrors Venus' aspects, acting as a huge magnifying glass, bringing a sense of awareness and felt experience into what occurs. 

The following day, September 13th, Mercury in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces. 

This opposition slows down our mental processes for just long enough to really understand how we feel about what's been going on. Up to this point, a lot of physical changes have been occurring, and a sort of over-focus on finding steadiness and practicality, which can lead to cynicism, overwhelm, and stubbornness. With Venus in Scorpio slowing down, and opposing Uranus, there is an added emphasis on how these changes feel. The Mercury-Neptune opposition can feel stressful at first, but offers us an opportunity to find a sense of wonder and faith in the process. This isn't the best day for anything too analytical or mentally oriented, but it's a fine day for release, reflection, daydreaming, feeling, and intuiting. 

On September 15th, in pattern with the move towards a mental realm, Mercury in Virgo sees a trine to Pluto in Capricorn and, then on the 16th it forms a sextile to Jupiter in Scorpio.

Like the Grand Earth Trine, this is another aspect pattern that the Sun has already been through and that Mercury is re-visiting for us. So we come back to the questions around what it means to exist in this world and to be a part of the structures of this reality. We might ask more questions, gain flashes of insight about soul-deep purposes, and begin to parse out and articulate what was felt a few days earlier on September 11th and 12th. 

Following Mercury's positive aspects to Pluto and Jupiter, a First Quarter Moon occurs in Sagittarius on September 16th.

This lunation calls an awareness to spirit over matter, a repeat pattern of this decan. The Moon in Sagittarius highlights purpose and foresight, the ability to passionately pursue that which makes us feel alive. A sense of physicality is not necessarily present in Sagittarius, but with the First Quarter square to the Sun in Virgo, we have to consider where we started and what the intentions and foundation of this moon cycle are? We have to ask, how are our seeds from the New Moon on September 9th being fulfilled today? In some ways, the questions asked and the answers determined may be related to what was articulated in Mercury's positive aspects to Pluto and Jupiter leading up to this lunar phase. 

Then, amidst our philosophical inquiries, on September 18th, Mars in Aquarius sees a final square to Uranus in Taurus.

Considering the last few squares between Mars and Uranus since May of this year, this square is the last one we'll see for a while. This may bring a sense of completion or finality to what has occurred in Mars' retrograde pattern,  as well as marking a clear message or lesson from Uranus in Taurus. Whatever comes up today is likely to be part of a larger pattern over the next 7 years of Uranus' transit through Taurus. This is likely related to finding a sense of nurture and stability from within. For more information on how this pattern may unfold in your life, consider getting a natal chart consultation.

Two days later on September 20th, Mercury sees a conjunction to the Sun in Virgo, a grand entrance towards a new path forward. On the following day, Mercury enters Libra and sees a trine to the Moon in Aquarius.

This is the final push towards spirit and away from form. As Mercury conjoins the Sun, we may come into a new state of awareness; our articulation is strengthened; and any plans made during this Virgo season are put into motion. 

Mercury's ingress into Libra shifts our focus from observation to interaction. It spotlights Venus' slow down, and takes us out of our selves, into a sense of social awareness. As our attention turns towards this new season, we begin to see how our ideas impact the world around us, for better or worse.

Forecast | Leo Season 2018

Note: In our solar system, the Sun is the central point around which the planets orbit. From the Earth perspective, we cannot survive without sunlight; it is the light that nourishes our bodies, and the spotlight under which we act out our entire lives. Given the Sun's importance, we've learned to articulate time around its trends. The Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice all relate back to the felt shifts of shining brilliance the Sun shares with us in this lonely universe. And so it is from Earth's perspective that I write these astrological forecasts in time with the Sun's journey through the tropical zodiac.

The Overview

Leo is the only sign of the zodiac ruled by the Sun. It is a fixed fire sign; think of a spotlight, a hearth, a campfire, a candle, a glow from within, or the still hot sun on a cloudless day. Those who are born under this sign are typically compelled to prove who they are; they are expressive and engaging and are not afraid of being authentic. Sometimes this can be overdone and we get narcissists and show-offs. Other times, we discover Leo folx whose sunny disposition captivates us with a warmth and embodied heart. Described by the ancient astrologer Vettius Valens as, "free, fiery, temperate, intellectual, kingly, stable, noble, upward-trending," Leo can often put a spotlight on the various ways we show pride in our authenticity. And as the Sun enters its home sign this year, everyone gets the opportunity to explore the Lion's passionate expression.

In true Leo form, this season is quite the drama. We'll see two eclipses, two planetary stations, and many major aspects highlight our skies. On the world stage, these scenes will play out dramatically and will inspire a media mania. In our personal lives, many of us will feel the heat both internally and externally. Inherent in the rising temperatures is the need or desire to separate ourselves from the intensity of it all. Some of us will find solace in the heat by boldly rising up, perhaps in the name of a belief system or in spite of someone. Others of us will go to great lengths to avoid the sun's harsh rays and turn away from what is revealed under them. Neither is inherently wrong, but both will definitely add more fuel to the already raging fire. This is a season of dynamic change that we can neither escape nor fully comprehend in the moment. My advice is to take this opportunity of awakened consciousness to sit with the discomfort of change, fire, and allow your self to bend and melt in order to release yourself from whatever toxins may have accumulated within.

If you are available for this kind of detached awareness, then I invite you to meditate, journal, practice yoga, craft, garden, whatever gets you out of your feelings/thoughts and into your body. Reflective physical expression of energy is the key to this Leo Season. Let thoughts come and go, let your awareness of these thoughts allow a release of mental toxins, and let the release create space for you to step into your unique shining brilliance. 


Jul 22-Aug 1 | The First Decan of Leo | Standing Under the Beams

Photo by  Meiying Ng

Photo by Meiying Ng

As the Sun enters its home sign on July 22nd, the intensity and flavor of the upcoming lunar eclipse becomes palpable - like a dense humidity that adds to the heat of the burning sun. This is, in part, due to the fact that as the Sun enters Leo, it sees every sign based aspect from Leo's perspective, lighting the major themes for the season. To add to our awareness-experience, the Sun also finds a visitor in its domicile: Mercury in Leo readying itself for retrograde. The Sun's reception with Mercury amplifies our analytical faculties, giving us all an opportunity to check in with where we are. Of course, most of us will be feeling mentally fried even if we are unwilling to admit it. And though the Sun's co-presence in Leo may give our mercurial abilities a little perkiness until Mercury stations retrograde, that perkiness is kind of like stepping on hot coals. The Sun doesn't really help our cogitation, but rather brings out an even more expressive and dramatic voice in us. It's not that our thoughts become clearer, but that we now feel a strength in our roar. 

On July 24th, as Mercury comes to an almost complete stop, we see Venus oppose Neptune in the Virgo-Pisces axis.

Venus and Neptune naturally incline us to soften and merge, but in their opposition there can be a sense of incompleteness and an uncomfortable pressure to find total pleasure. Venus, especially, will have us looking to details and plans in order to ensure perfect joy. The reality is that we likely won't find total pleasure, and in releasing ourselves from the need to control happiness, we can more fully expand on this brief moment to cool down. You see, in some ways, we can use this opposition positively to engage with the cool qualities of Virgo and Pisces in order to temper our desire to express and aggress - picture yourself listening instead of speaking, absorbing instead of separating, and reflecting instead of reacting. Helpful activities may include taking a cool bath, eating fresh vegetables, and finding a sense of calm and appreciation in the details of a nature walk. If you find a cooling tactic that works for you, take note of it and return to it throughout the Sun's trip in Leo. This is one of the better opportunities to learn a mitigating strategy. Aside from the opportunity to temper the rising heat, this is also a time to avoid any classically analytical or technical activities. Venus in Virgo may inspire us to move towards detail work, but it is better to do so only as a practice in imagination and creativity. In no way is this a good time to work with finances, legal documents, or any other practical efforts. 

On the following day, July 25th, the Sun sees a trine to Chiron and a square to Uranus.

Chiron brings an awareness to our sensitivities and Uranus enjoys shaking things up in order to reveal truths. In this way, we are likely to awaken to a new sense of self - a part of ourselves which we need to put out into the world, and yet we don't know how. The combination of these two aspects is irritating - something happens or comes up that inconveniently shakes us, forcing us to respond. With Mercury's station and the nearing lunar eclipse, energy is building, and it hasn't been totally realized yet. If we can gather our focus long enough to observe what is happening around us and within us, then we have the opportunity to harness it and prepare ourselves for breakthrough. Of course, this requires strength and patience. Consider the yoga pose "peaceful warrior" which requires flexibility of body and mind to open the heart center and ground into a sense of personal stability. The important take-away is to learn how to support ourselves from within, and to see our vulnerability or weaknesses without judgment. Of course, under the fog of Mercury's station, this can result in a cacophony of voices screaming out to be heard and understood and possibly an undue interest in sharing our two cents. Another potentiality, if we have the awareness and willingness towards it, is to reflect deeply on what it means to be truly you and how you can show up for yourself as opposed to relying on others for that kind of confidence-nourishment. This can be a brilliant day to step into a new form of authority within the self by taking space/time to practice some conscious awareness; if this is unavailable to you, then my advice is to take a deep calming breath when/if reactive thoughts and impulses come into your sphere. 

On July 26th, Mercury stations and turns retrograde. 

The trickster puts a pause on our mental abilities and spotlights decisions made the day before. We may feel particularly swept up in the results or potential results of our actions. For better or worse, whatever comes up will be weaved into the eclipses and the rest of the season. 

Following Mercury's retrograde, the Aquarius Lunar Eclipse climaxes on July 27th at 4:20 PM ET @ 4 Degrees in Leo and Aquarius. 

This lunar eclipse is a particularly heated one - think of a wildfire tearing through the forest of your mind, or the kind of pressure and heat it takes to turn coal into diamonds. It is a culmination of the eclipses of the past 12 months and it comes with a bang. On one hand, our minds are turned towards the revelations that came up as Mercury stationed retrograde over the last few days. These revelations are centered around embodiment of authenticity and self, and what it means to be confident, to be brave, and to find real nourishment for who we are. On the other hand, we have an awareness of old belief patterns that may have been idealized and pushed on us in such a way that squelched our capacity for individuality. It seems that we want to move from old paradigms of belief towards honest integration of the identity into the world. Of course, Uranus is in the middle of these two polarities, and forces us to turn our attention towards the past and the process of letting go. It's not necessarily an easy reflection, but rather a jolt of activity which requires us to find our footing as we stumble across old ideals and belief patterns. 

Following the totality of the lunar eclipse, Venus and Pluto will form an exact trine. This aspect has potential to be helpful and cooling. It gives us the opportunity to deep dive into our own underworlds, and to find beauty in the shape of who we are as wholly imperfect beings. In some ways, that which is revealed during the eclipse, can be integrated in an internal shift. That inner shift can create vibrations in the external realm, allowing us to blossom into a truer version of who we are. That said, Pluto's involvement can bring up fears and Venus in Virgo can point towards criticism... it is just as likely for us to feel a desire to control our less attractive components and bury them under a pursuit of perfection. 

In any case, it is best not to act on fear, impulse, anger, or anything really.  This lunation isn't one to act on at all, though it may force us to. If you have the time and space, I suggest clearing your calendar of all but necessary activities, and making mental space for reflection and awareness. Of course, life is rarely that easy to work with, and with Uranus' involvement things may come up unexpectedly - so if the day is filled with things to do, try to take it one step, one breath at at a time. It may be easy to jump to conclusions and make dramatic decisions, but in reality this eclipse is adding fuel to an already massive fire - it's better to find actions and thoughts that cool you down rather than pump you up. Once we get into the middle of August, we'll have so much more clarity around this moment. Until then, it's best to act conscientiously and err on the side of reflection.

If you have been making note of the Aquarius-Leo eclipse pattern over the last year, consider this lunation to bring your experiences to crystallization in an unexpected way. If you haven't been following along, think back to events that transpired from February 2018 and August 2017. If you can't recall anything specific, I understand because sometimes it's hard to pinpoint exactly how the eclipses may affect us personally.  So if you'd like to learn more about your personal experience with them, send me a message with your birth time, date, and location and I'll write you a report on the personal topics that may have been associated with this eclipse pattern. 

As the first decan of Leo comes to a close, Mars sees its second square to Uranus this year. The first Mars-Uranus square occurred in May 2018 after the two planets ingressed into Aquarius and Taurus respectively. A sudden jolt of action may have come up at that time, or perhaps a sense of awareness around something you hadn't expected. Now, is the second act of this three act play. And because the square is so close to the eclipse points, it adds extra heat, drama, and sensitivity to whatever has culminated for you at this point. As stated previously, it is best not to react if you don't have to - instead find ways to cool down and think before you do anything too rash. 


Aug 2-Aug 11 | The Second Decan of Leo | The Heart of the Sun

Phot by Karl Magnuson

Phot by Karl Magnuson

The Sun's entrance into the second decan of Leo on August 2nd provides a significant shift in tone. There is a definite sense of relief and release as the moon begins to wane and Mercury's speed picks up in its retrograde motion. This is a time of revelation and witness as we begin to parse out what occurred last month. It's not necessarily easier to handle, but there is something satisfyingly productive about being able to understand and grasp the elements of this heated season. 

To kick us off, on August 3rd retrograde Mars sees a sextile to retrograde Chiron, giving us one of our first opportunities to reflect. 

This calls us back to the Sun's trine to Chiron a week ago. If we are willing, we can use this as an opportunity to incorporate productive resolutions to the issues that may have arisen at that time. It's likely this will require us to break away from internal conflicts - to let go of whatever ideas or mental situations may be holding us back. It isn't ever easy to leave behind familiarized thought patterns, but sometimes it has to be done in order to step into a better developmental process. Consider this an act of independence and authority as opposed to turning your back on something. If you are inspired to move towards a more authentic self, but aren't feeling safe to step into that potentiality, then you should spend time going through and understanding your fears. The more you can objectify a fear, the less power it has over year, and the better able you will be to respond when fear comes up. 

A day later, on August 4th, we feel a sense of awareness under the Last Quarter Moon in Taurus which is applying to a square with Jupiter, and co-present with Uranus. 

This is a moment when the culminating energy of the Lunar Eclipse the week prior begins to really integrate itself into our lives. There is a quality of crisis at this point, but it isn't necessarily as dramatic or intense as the eclipse is. Naturally it will be related to the eclipse, but this is a point of resolution-oriented awareness, not a point of blinding shock. To add, the Sun's and moon's applying squares to Jupiter gives an extra boost of healing power and emotional release. This is a beautiful moment to feel into the vibrational ripples, to begin grounding into what has been crystallized since the lunar eclipse. 

On August 6th, a boost of helpful energy comes along as Venus enters its home sign of Libra and applies to a trine with Mars.

Libra draws out the relational qualities in Venus. This is a great time to consider the ways we interact with intimate friends and partners, possibly in response to the eclipse's effects, or just because that's where our energy is drawn. Venus' entrance into Libra is also like a light at the end of the tunnel as it speaks to the near finish of the larger pattern of challenging aspects, retrogrades, and planetary placements that have occurred this year. Venus will, in fact, turn retrograde in October, going from Scorpio back into Libra, but this isn't necessarily as difficult as it could be because Venus is strengthened in Libra. Plus during this retrograde, we'll see Mars finally leave Aquarius, as well as Jupiter's entrance into Sagittarius - two happy moments, I'd say. 

Until that time, we'll get by with a Venus-Mars trine in Libra and Aquarius on August 7th. Venus and Mars, though they have opposing intentions, get along relatively well. Venus in Libra prefers socializing, flirting, and generally enjoying the beauty found in relationships, whereas Mars in Aquarius identifies with defending ideals and separating from those with different opinions. In both cases, the planets have a notable social bent and enjoy sharing ideas. And in support of sharing, Venus is actually significantly stronger than Mars, which softens the separating and defensive qualities the red planet is prone to. This is a great opportunity to learn how our beliefs and social aggravations can coexist with other people and the beliefs and baggage they may have. In fact, because of Mars' involvement with the recent lunar eclipse, it seems that this may be a healing opportunity to open ourselves to possible new belief systems that better support who we are as individuals. 

On the same day as Venus' trine to Mars goes exact, Uranus turns retrograde, and the impact of our reflections begin to hit home. 

Uranus' station has been heavily involved with the energy of Leo season, causing disruptions, revelations, and reversals. As this electrifying planet turns retrograde in Taurus, we are drawn inward to find the truths it has been trying to express to us. This is not an opportunity to do anything besides engaging with awareness - awareness and listening and peaceful interactions are all supported by the Venus-Mars trine, by the way. Additionally, the day of the station and retrograde will highlight themes for the duration of Uranus' apparent backward movement. Take note of what occurs on this day, and see how it develops and changes and teaches you over the coming months. It's possible that something is revealed at this time that will play a larger role later on.

To add to the impact of reflection, Mercury enters the heart of the Sun on August 8th during its inferior conjunction.

This is the moment during the Sun's walk through Leo when clarity really starts to take shape. Mercury's exact alignment with the center of the Sun is a powerful moment of awareness and insight. It is typically related to the start of a new cycle between Mercury and the Sun, during which point one or several new thought seeds are planted for development over the next few months. This moment is called an inferior conjunction because Mercury is literally behind the Sun, so we cannot see it. This relates back to the imagery of seeds - we don't see them while they germinate underground. It's not until much later that they are visible - and the same is true of this aspect. We don't really know what is being planted in our minds, but there is a definite sense of insight even if it isn't quite ready to be expressed. My suggestion for this alignment is to take a few moments to meditate - even if it's only five minutes, and you are simply laying on your bed as thoughts come and go - sometimes that's all we need, a moment to slow down and take a breath and then suddenly a download is available for us. This could also be a good opportunity to free-write ideas and goals you have for the rest of the year; if anything this can be a nice grounding activity as the high temperature of the eclipse season begins to cool down.

In support of grounding and reflecting, Venus sees an exact square to Saturn on August 9th.

Both planets are happy and strong in their home signs of Libra and Capricorn, making this aspect a little more dynamic. Fortunately, Venus is the stronger of the two, and leads Saturn towards a gentler and more harmonious energetic. Saturn is still focused on pragmatic efforts, but Venus' touch draws out some of the beauty and enjoyment that can go into hard work, even if that is only on a superficial level. Because this is a tense aspect, there may be some feelings of dissonance around what we want to do versus what we must do. It really depends on other placements in your natal chart, but in general this aspect has a slightly more positive bent. 

For instance, hard work can relate to many different areas of life including relationships, business ventures, home-making, etc. Just because it's hard doesn't mean it won't yield a desirable reward. This may also be an opportunity to discuss ideas with others, and to reflect on and even celebrate the efforts invested up to this point. A potentially negative display of this aspect could relate to what others think of your efforts thus far, and the feeling that you have to keep up with the Jones'. Even in that scenario, however, measurement of progress is still a useful part of any long-term project or investment and can help you gauge where you are. 

On August 11th, all of the reflections and observations made up to this point tie into the Solar Eclipse in Leo at 5:57 AM ET @ 18 Degrees. 

Just before the Solar eclipse becomes exact, Mercury sees a square to Jupiter which in some ways wakes up our minds to the many ways we can embody the changes and insights made over the last few weeks. All of these ideas then get planted under the darkness of the Solar eclipse. It's still not very clear how everything will work out, but there is a felt sense of potential. This eclipse will take much more time to unfold, up to 6 months later when we see a culmination in the early part of 2019. It may be an opportune time to set intentions, but be aware that the intentions will become warped and shift shapes later down the road. In my opinion, it's better to float on the sea of change than it is to forcefully move against it - we will still get caught up in its forward motion, but we'll be that much more exhausted. 

As the Sun wraps up its time in the second decan of Leo, we get a moment of pause like the quiet before a storm or the eerie darkness under the totality of a solar eclipse. It's a time to be quiet, to listen, and to prepare yourself for what's to come. 


Aug 12 - Aug 23 | The Third Decan of Leo | A Bloody Sunset

Photo by  Ant Rozetsky

Photo by Ant Rozetsky

Upon the Sun's shift into the third decan of Leo, the heat of the season really starts to hit us with Mars' ingress back into Capricorn. This is a moment to consider the why behind everything - to really get to the root of what's been going on over the last few months and to address any changes that need to be made before we move forward. In particular with Mars' return to Capricorn, we think back to early May - what themes surfaced then that are relevant now? In what new ways have we learned to articulate desire and drive? What areas of life are still leeching energy from us? Since Mars is now co-present with Saturn, there's a significant possibility for burn-out - wanting to go the extra mile and being met by limitations. This isn't an easy placement to work with, but it is manageable given Saturn's cool managerial nature. The key is to set boundaries for yourself before boundaries are set for you. In some cases that won't be possible, and the best thing to do is to use the frustration and the drive in as much a productive way as possible. The last thing you need is to do a rush job and hurt yourself or someone else in the process. For some this may mean taking space from other people to do what you need to do. For others it may mean finding an outlet for any extra aggression that may well up within. And in a really positive scenario, it may mean that you finally find the structure necessary to stand up for yourself. Whatever may happen in your life, you'll likely be able to identify it as the Mars-Saturn energy since this is a hot and heavy planetary arrangement, but if you'd like to get some perspective on it, send me a message with your birth time, date, and location and I'll write you a summary on Mars' impact in your chart. 

On August 19th, Mercury stations and turns direct - about one week following Mars' ingress into Capricorn. 

The week leading up to Mercury's station and direct motion will create an added slow-down. This is likely incite whatever problematic issues have come up with the Mars ingress. We may be communicating with an added spiciness in our language which can easily confuse or corrupt a peaceful situation. To add, Mercury will actually be in the 2nd decan of Leo, reviewing the issues that had come up with the two eclipses and getting awfully close to the North Node, inflating a sense of boastfulness and volume in the trickster's communications. So though it may be challenging, it's best not to over-express, and to keep thoughts and ideas on the ground level. This is a time better suited to looking down and getting work done than it is to share or boast what's been done so far. 

As Mercury turns direct on August 19th, it sees a sextile to Venus which may add a little boost of sweetness to its direct motion. This aspect will make it easier to share soothing words with others, and may give us the opportunity to make peace. Of course, the catch here is that we have to be open and willing to engage in a peaceful way - if not, it may be just as easy to isolate others in pursuit of self-promotion. That said, I wouldn't try to schedule a peace treaty on a day like this - or any important relational task, as Mercury's station tends to stir up dust rather than promote clarity (even when it stations direct). Of course, a week or so following Mercury's turn towards direct motion will prove to be significantly stronger for mental activities, but by then we'll be in Virgo season. 

In addition to Mercury's station, Jupiter and Neptune form a trine which offers a softer exit out of Leo season. This may be related to the grand water trine we had felt earlier in Cancer season, but only a momentary recall to that emotive time. I would use this opportunity, on August 19th and the day before, to find gentleness towards self - like a cool glass of water after a hard day's work.  

Considering everything that has taken place throughout the Sun's journey through Leo, the sight of Virgo season is a welcome one. We will need the cooling and analytical qualities that Virgo provides in order to really make sense of and find the usefulness in everything that's arisen thus far. Until we reach Virgo's time, however, we'll have to hold still under the Sun and apply any cooling and reflective measures to ensure we don't get burned. 

The United Astrology Conference | A Past Present Future Spread

There is something to be said about being surrounded by people who understand you. Not quite like how your family understands you or the way a lover might understand you, but the way someone or many someones are on the same channel with you. And when you bring these many someones together in the same space, it creates an unimaginable electric buzz, a palpable feeling of resonance and connection. The United Astrology Conference is just that for any astrologer or would-be astrologer out there. 


The Past - 10 of Cups

10 of Cups

10 of Cups

Before I had committed to being an astrologer, I had no real alignment to my purpose. I had a lot of interests and talents as a kid, but as I grew older the only interests that stuck with me were astrology, the occult, and spirituality. These I perceived as embarrassing hobbies to explore in secret; as an adult I have suffered extreme shame over my occultist leanings.  

As I entered the workforce, I lamented over the mundanity and lackluster of living wage jobs. I found myself in positions I hated, completely bewildered that I couldn't find a job I loved. I spent years reflecting and researching possible future careers, but couldn't think of or find anything that excited me until the idea of becoming a working astrologer dawned on me. It both thrilled me and frightened me. On one hand, the idea that I could make a living wage doing something so deeply a part of me was incredible, but on the other, the idea that it required me to identify myself as an occultist terrified me. (Spoiler Alert: It still does.) And so the excuses started rolling in, and with them a lot of my escapist tendencies. 

I'm a sensitive person who picks up on signs easily, and as soon as I realized becoming an astrologer was getting the green light, I panicked. I fled towards alcohol, abusive dieting, and emotionally avoidant behaviors. Soon (because I have an extremely indulgent side - thanks Jupiter!), I crashed, and it became evident to me that I was on a moving train (time), unwilling to make a decision.  

In the crash, I felt like a void or a vacuum where only nothingness exists. In that emptiness, I realized my path forward was so obvious I had to completely blind myself in order to avoid it. Shaken by the fear of becoming the void, and pulled forward by my love of the stars, I was finally ready to take the leap forward. 

As soon as I made a serious commitment to myself to become an astrologer, doors flung open. I saw an opportunity to reduce hours at my day job, to make space for spiritual growth and education. I sought and found teachers who could guide me. I found online community spaces where people had gone through exactly what I was going through. And then all of a sudden, I was on my way to becoming. As soon as I took the leap, there I was landed on my feet. It became apparent that becoming an astrologer was far easier and much less frightening than I had initially expected because I was doing it with love and intention and purpose, and the universe was with me.


The Present - Queen of Cups

Queen of Cups

Queen of Cups

There was a point in my studies where I was suddenly able to read a birth chart. That was a lightning bolt of a moment - like a breath of fresh air. It was the moment when I knew I was an astrologer. All these years of reading, studying, living the astrology, and then the concentrated effort to unify the information I had gathered over the years - it all culminated into this beautiful blossoming of intuition and knowing. 

That is exactly the same feeling I had at UAC. Suddenly I'm doing it!!

For those who don't know, UAC or The United Astrology Conference is an international conference, the largest astrology conference on earth, in which astrologers known and unknown gather in one space to learn from each other, party with each other, and bask in their shared love of the stars. Many of the astrologers who attend UAC have friendships and community with other attendees. There is a reunion quality at UAC gatherings because so many people are seeing each other after being separated by time and distance. And it is exactly that reunion quality that can make newcomers feel a little isolated initially. 

Personally, I didn't know any other astrologers going to the conference (or anywhere else in the world). I knew of a lot of astrologers, and felt some kind of warmth and connection seeing them across a room, almost like spotting a celebrity. But I had no personal affiliation with anyone there - no one to embrace upon seeing - no one to look for or to wait for. I arrived at the conference unnoticed. And that feeling is daunting - it's huge. I was so overwhelmed the first day, that I avoided human interaction at almost all costs. I wonder if that's what stops people from going to these things, or at least causes some pause in the more introverted astro people out there. But I digress... What I'm trying to say is that despite the fear and uncertainty it was all worth it. 

Because really, I already knew I belonged even if there was no one who recognized me. I already knew that this was something I had to do in order to become a decent astrologer. It was a gut feeling, something that I couldn't quite put into words, and it only took a little bit of forward motion before my intelligible awareness aligned with the reality. And then, suddenly I was doing it!!

Every conversation I had was interesting - even the most one dimensional ones. Everyone I met, I felt I could trust because they themselves had once been in my position, had once experienced the same uncertainty. And even more interesting were the people who were currently in the same boat: we could share in the raw thrill that comes from doing something you love with people who get it for the first time in your life. And beyond that we all shared this unbelievably insightful knowledge which elevated our capacity to share and connect with others. I felt free to be myself - whoever that was, is, will be. Once I was able to connect with that feeling of freedom, I loosened my grip a little and let the universe work its magic.

I let myself drift, gave myself permission to try anything that seemed interesting to me. To let myself get pulled into whatever direction was pulling me. To my delight, I found the most incredible people and ideas. I discovered that alchemy was a practice I performed often, but something I never had a name for. I learned about aura photography, about my energetic expression, and felt someone really see me. I discovered the incredible and inspiring work of Gary Caton, I learned about secondary progressed mercury from Gray Crawford, I realized that Adam Elenbaas is my neighbor, and I met tons and tons of brilliant young astrologers. I think my favorite was the midnight meditation on Mercury guided by the current president of the Association of Young Astrologers. In the meditation, Danny guided us through a visualization practice after passing around licorice tea to taste and wild lavender oil to smell. It was during this visualization that I received the most incredible downloads and am still seeing the messages play out. 

Now that I've returned to my home in the DC area, I feel the incredible buzzing lightning strike of joy start to wear off. And in so doing, I am beginning to articulate all of the experiences that occurred - I'm able to really reflect on how UAC has possibly changed me, definitely inspired me, and reminded me that home is wherever I can be myself fully. I am in the after glow of something incredible, something that I believe (I hope) is only the tip of the iceberg for me. 


The Future - Judgement

Judgement

Judgement

As I look back to see how far I've come, gratitude wells inside of me. I couldn't have done it without the privileges I've been granted: a supportive spouse who makes an income that can support my part-time hours - an encouraging parent who always believed in me - and the physical time and energy it takes to invest in doing what you love. I also can't help but take pause to reflect on the countless unjust systemic privileges that shouldn't have been but were that got me to where I am now. 

As I take in my present, I feel a lot of energetic currents moving around me without knowing where they will take me. I feel excited, a desire to keep engaging with the electricity I've felt and the freeing experience it is to be one's true self. 

I can see how being my true self is going to be a challenge for me, and am not surprised by Judgment's appearance here. As I learned at UAC, it's important to let go of the ideal long enough to go out and experience life - to share with others and expand. Fear that I will be ridiculed, harshly critiqued, and even possibly attacked for my beliefs is something that I've had to combat all of my life. 

But then I remember all of the lessons I've learned so far, all of the electricity around me, and I have to say fuck it!

Here I am. I am here. See me.


Thank you for exploring my UAC experiences. 

With love and gratitude,

Cello