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Forecast | Taurus 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

Taurus season is here, and it is a little unusual. This is the first time the Sun enters Taurus and finds Uranus there. The last time this occurred was nearly 80 years ago. Many of you who are reading my forecast will have never experienced a Sun-Uranus conjunction in Taurus before. Though the aspect itself (the Sun-Uranus conjunction) occurs annually, the flavor of the aspect, as dictated by the sign placement, distinguishes a certain focus. So for instance, whenever the Sun conjoined Uranus in Aries, there was a distinct fiery quality; a rush of impulse, acting before thinking, etc. All of these significations could be filed under the standard Aries approach to life with an added boost of electric shock.

By contrast, Taurus is not so impulsive. In fact, it is often slow to start and stubborn about the way it has chosen to go. This fixed earth sign, ruled by receptive Venus, puts Uranus in a funny position. The planet of reversals, sudden insights, shock, and trauma doesn’t get the same freedom it had in cardinal Aries. There is no additional fire to fuel the shifts. Instead, there is an even-keeled and a hard-like-a-rock stiffness that the electricity of change must first break through. And that is a lot of extra work. In some ways, the changes that are developing can feel a little more balanced due to the slow and steady bull’s pace…but (and that’s a big but), there is something to be said about the shock of breakthrough when things feel so steady.

A critical mass can occur when so much energy has been built up in a condensed space (energetically or otherwise), and when there is so much potential being stored, the moment anything breaks through the energy explodes into a huge event for better or worse. So Taurus is undergoing something big this season. Uranus is building energy and creating a force to be reckoned with. As each planet connects with Uranus and then aspects Saturn and Pluto, who are stationary in Capricorn for much of this season, energy is absorbed and then hits two huge immoveable forces in another earth sign. Translation: shifts in the physical world are happening, and many of them have been a long time coming. These shifts will be a full spectrum of good and bad, but always in pursuit of awakening the truth (Truth).

The best way to handle such things is to be willing to embrace your authenticity. Be true to yourself, choose a path of joy, and open your heart and mind to being flexible and patient. It will not be easy, but it will be important. So, buckle up!

For a more in-depth forecast, find your rising sign below, and discover what area of life will be activated by the Sun’s movement through Taurus (and maybe take a moment to ponder how the effects of Uranus in this part of your chart). Once you’ve learned the area of life that is involved, continue to scroll down to the Timeline portion to identify the dates and times of influential transits - keep an eye on transits related to the Sun.

ARIES - 2nd house topics, to include:

  • Money, finances, income

  • Entrepreneurial spirit

  • Self worth

  • Abundance vs Scarcity mindset

TAURUS - 1st house topics, to include:

  • Who you are

  • Your personal health

  • The way you are

  • Uncovering authenticity

GEMINI - 12th house topics, to include:

  • Recognizing the effects of the past

  • Therapy

  • Pursuit of peace and comfort

  • Unlearning unhealthy habits

CANCER - 11th house topics, to include:

  • Important friendships

  • Your engagement with community

  • Support from allies

  • Meeting the people you align with

LEO - 10th house topics, to include:

  • Public persona

  • Career pursuits

  • The things you do to reach your goals

  • Testing ideas

VIRGO - 9th house topics, to include:

  • Getting a sense of the bigger picture

  • Expanding consciousness

  • Opening to the possibilities

  • Going with the flow

LIBRA - 8th house topics, to include:

  • Investments of time and energy

  • Debts and losses

  • The way you hold space for others

  • Co-creation

SCORPIO - 7th house topics, to include:

  • Meeting others where they are

  • Identifying boundaries

  • Compassionate awareness

  • Freedom in relationships

SAGITTARIUS - 6th house topics, to include:

  • Taking ownership of health matters

  • Shifts in daily routines

  • Interesting adventures with co-workers

  • Changes in work environment

CAPRICORN - 5th house topics, to include:

  • Honest expression

  • Chasing your joy

  • Inner child work

  • Creativity abounds

AQUARIUS - 4th house topics, to include:

  • Understanding family dynamics

  • Who you are when you are at home

  • Learning what homes means

  • Discovering emotional stability amidst changes

PISCES - 3rd house topics, to include:

  • Engagement with daily life

  • The way you get from place to place

  • Transitions from one chapter of life to another

  • Expansion of ideas by reduction of materials


TIMELINE

*all times are listed in Eastern Time.


April 20 at 4:55 AM, the Sun enters Taurus. A few hours later, at 12:10 PM, Venus enters Aries.

Upon the Sun’s entrance into Taurus, Venus (ruler of Taurus) leaves Pisces for Aries. This is a noticeable shift in focus and interpersonal dynamics. It’s like a sudden change of tempo - unsettling and different. One of the reasons it is so noticeable is because it’s not just one, but two astro-bodies, and one of those bodies is the Sun which spotlights and focuses our attention. Another reason is the comparative nature of the sign changes. For Venus to go from Pisces to Aries is like releasing a domesticated pet into the wild - Venus is in very foreign territory upon entering Aries and longs to return to Pisces or at the very least move very quickly to get into the safety of Taurus. It’s not a favorite placement for Venus since the Aries environment forces Venus to create a fierce nature as opposed to V’s inclination for softness and reception. Think active love, impulsive desires, reaching for and then hesitating. The Sun, on the other hand, leaves Aries to enter Taurus which is something like taking a child away from it’s toys in order to feed them - it’s not uncomfortable, but the child would rather be playing than eating. In both circumstances, there is something unpleasant about the shifts, and pain (even slight pain) leads to awareness. And so, our consciousness wakes up to the sounds of an unpleasant alarm clock.

You may wonder, what is it about this season that needs so much attention?

It is the fact that we notice there are shifts that cause our attention to focus, and then once the attention is there, it’s like we can’t stop pulling the string. That’s the answer - the string, the more you follow it, the closer we get to understanding the larger narrative at play.

In astrological terms, I see it as Mercury exploring Aries and coming into contact with the Pluto, Saturn, South Node conjunction which is exactly what the Sun did last season. As a result, whatever came of Aries season is only the beginning of a deeper journey. Mercury only just entered Aries, and is speeding up so quickly that it’ll catch up with the Sun on the same day we enter Gemini season. This suggests that there is a lot of mental ground for us to cover - we’ll be downloading and understanding so much of the recent past and the upcoming past (that which is yet to come) that inspiration will come bursting forward by the time Gemini season is here.

In the background of Mercury’s exciting rabbit chase of awareness, Venus takes a bit more time to get through Aries. My impression is that our relationships to ourselves are changing, and that is more difficult than comprehending changes on a mental level. It becomes felt and downloaded into the lived experience - not just in our minds. It is an entire attitude/lifestyle change. Venus is inherently relational whether that is to self or other, and in Aries, V’s squares to the Capricorn mass (Pluto, Saturn, South Node) demands revision of relationships. Questions around authority and materials come up - who is in charge and what do I need? For many of us, we’ll face a difficult truth around the way we use (or don’t use) our authority and what we think we deserve. This is important because once Venus enters Taurus, Uranus will be right there to greet V and catalyze its intentions. It seems that what we learn with Venus in Aries becomes a prominent game changer once Venus can reconnect to a sense of worthiness and authority in Taurus.

Until the end of the season when Venus enters Taurus and new seeds can be laid, there is a lot of tilling that needs to be done. We turn the soil of our lives over and over in order to prepare it for future growth.

April 22 at 7:06 PM, Sun conjoins Uranus in Taurus.

The Sun’s conjunction with Uranus is a force of change and excitement. It is an awakening of the spiritual body, asking us to consider reality in a new way. Paradigm shifts are possible under this alignment. In Taurus, the focus is on physical things - money, food, and other resources which support the function of whatever area of life Taurus falls under (see the above list of rising signs).

In the longer term trend of Uranus in Taurus, this is the first time that the Sun conjoins Uranus in Taurus (in nearly 80 years!). As such, many of us don’t have previous personal experience to pull on. So this is a transit to observe and feel, perhaps write about what happens on this day. There will be a continued pattern that comes out of it over the next 7 years. To add, there may be an insight or expanded conception of something that began or occurred when Uranus first entered Taurus in May 2018.

April 24 at 2:47 PM, Pluto turns retrograde in Capricorn.

Pluto has been stationing in Capricorn for a little while, building up momentum for the retrograde. On the days that outer planets go retrograde, significations of their transit through a sign become prominent. Often with these outer planets, it is hard to see the totality of their transit until they’ve entered a new sign. But the day of their retrograde is like getting a peak into the meaning.

To add, the moon will enter Capricorn at 6:50 PM this day, which puts a magnifying glass on the retrograde.

Here are some possible topics that may come up on this day: control, power, oppression, paranoia, fear, and desire. These can come up in both healthy and unhealthy ways.

April 26 at 6:18 PM, the Final Quarter Moon is exact in Aquarius.

As we wrap up the lunar cycle that began during Aries season, energy and attention shifts towards what now needs to be finalized. Specifically, this lunation places focus on the way resources are distributed among the people in our lives. The social element is important because without connection with others, how can we accomplish anything of real success? On the other hand, we sometimes need to allocate the majority of resources to ourselves in order to maintain a certain level of health - if others can’t see that our selfishness/self-care is a necessity for us, then are these people really worth our time?

Because this is a waning moon, there is a scarcity of something - materials, energy, time, knowledge. This is what creates the crisis - if we had enough for everyone, we would be able to share it happily. But because there isn’t enough, a crisis of awareness occurs and we have to define our priorities.

April 29 at 8:54 PM, Saturn turns retrograde in Capricorn.

Like Pluto, Saturn’s retrograde is a day of downloaded meaning. We get a taste of the longer term significance that Saturn has in Capricorn. Because it is a visible planet and it moves much faster than Pluto, there is added depth to the retrograde because it is easier to understand and conceptualize. To add, Saturn is related to reality structures. So during the first day of retrograde, we get a glimpse of the way reality structures are being shaped.

Interestingly, the South Node of the moon conjoins Saturn the following day April 30 at 4:21 PM. This adds another layer. The South Node is a point of release, so with Saturn’s retrograde occurring during the conjunction, we see release of that which is signified. For instance, your personal experience of Saturn in Capricorn may be one of extreme limitation, and on the day of the retrograde and south node conjunction, you may find that through something challenging, you are finally able to release the limitation. Another example - you are working in a literal renovation and on this day you make an impressive breakthrough as a result of intense destruction.

As you can see, there is something difficult involved in the release, and that is because Saturn is innately obstacle and form oriented. It takes effort to breakdown a structure, and typically the breakdown can create a big mess. This is the beauty and pain of letting go. For some of us, this day will coincide with a positive breakthrough. For others, it will be difficult to let go of what was a very comfortable structure.

May 1 at 2:37 AM, Mercury in Aries sees a sextile with Mars in Gemini.

After a great deal of heavy-duty energy over the last week, Mercury steps in to help us process and make effective changes with its aspect to Mars. This is an incredible energy for starting and finishing many little projects due to Mercury’s quick pace and Mars’ fire power. Of course this comes with a caveat: In the rush to get things done, to make moves, to see projects through, there is potential for a build up in impatience. Impatience can cause misunderstandings and hurt feelings, so having a sense of awareness and the willingness to remove oneself from an overheated situation is crucial if this is already an issue for you.

To add, Mercury makes two more aspects on this day. At 3:51 AM, Mercury sees a square with the Nodal Axis. And then at 4:50 AM, Mercury sees a square with Saturn in Capricorn. This suggests that whatever was released the days before becomes a prominent point of the “getting-shit-done” vibes inherent in this Mercury-Mars aspect. The fact that Mercury sits at the bend of the nodal axis adds further emphasis to the element of communication and our ability to communicate and process things effectively. If we are ignoring what was torn down yesterday and pursuing something to fill the gap that was left behind, we are missing the mark - there is a huge blindspot. The key is to recognize the way this new renovation (metaphorical or not) has changed the landscape. Mercury-Mars can do this with enthusiasm and drive, but if they are too focused on simply fixing rather than understanding the situation, then you might just rebuild the structure you just tore down.

May 2 at 5:51 PM, Mercury in Aries sees a square with Pluto in Capricorn.

If that isn’t enough heavy-duty processing, Mercury’s square to Pluto is another ripe opportunity for perception. It is easy for us to avoid pain or change because they don’t often feel good and can leave us feeling a bit depressive or empty. However, taking the time to sit with whatever the hardship is can be deeply enlightening. Under pain, we can see the truth of us - all else seems to fade away. Mercury’s square to Pluto is brief, so the downloads will happen rapidly and the pain of that first look inward won’t last forever.

Other events that may occur: an issue with authority, a rebellion against oppressive forces, a shift in attitude causes issues internally.

Later that night, at 11:58 PM, Mercury in Aries sees a trine with Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Following whatever Mercury discovered in Pluto (painful or not), a supportive trine to Jupiter reminds us of Mercury’s time in Pisces (a sign ruled by Jupiter) - back then there was a reorientation and shift in the way we explained certain parts of our lives to ourselves. In Aries now, Mercury has taken this new approach and seen how it stands up against the realities and possible dysfunctions of Capricorn. It also gets to review how that past experience has shaped it today.

Applying this to our human lives, May 2nd is a day where we get to see how the changes of late are in alignment with our general perception of the world and of ourselves. We may find that there is more work to be done, that what we thought was true is now false. It is also possible that we were right this whole time, and we finally get evidence of it today. Whatever occurs in these moments of awareness teaches us something of value that we can bring with us into the new cycle of the moon in a couple days.

May 4 at 6:45 PM, the New Moon is exact in Taurus.

The new moon is a time of new beginnings, of starting over, of a fresh outlook. Naturally, as something new is born, something old has fallen away. The moon is totally dark at this time, hidden from view as the roots of an idea grow beneath the surface, fertilized by the past. It is an exciting new moon as it carries the potential electricity of Uranus and the fierce nature of Venus in Aries. We are reaching for something, beginning an adventure of receiving, and this new moon is the seed of a collision of ideas and energy.

This is a good time to plant intentions of change and open-mindedness around the Taurus area of life. See the list in the Overview section for more details.

May 5 at 5:56 PM, Mars in Gemini sees an opposition to Jupiter in Sagittarius.

The opposition between Mars and Jupiter is part of a larger Mars-Jupiter cycle. Mars conjoined Jupiter in January 2018, when both were in Scorpio. At the end of 2018, in November, the two planets had just entered Pisces (Mars) and Sagittarius (Jupiter) and seen an exact square. That square was a point of release and optimism. On one hand, Mars had been through a retrograde in Capricorn and Aquarius for the majority of 2018, so its entrance into Pisces was very relieving. And then Jupiter’s entrance into Sagittarius was a homecoming, one of celebration! Their square occurred, and it was celebrated as a result of what came before it.

Now, the opposition takes place and we see the culmination of that earlier Mars-Jupiter conjunction.

When Mars and Jupiter make contact, there is a force willpower that drives us to reach a state of awareness. We seek understanding with action, we cut away distractions, we work hard to make the connections. With the original intent of the Mars-Jupiter energy in Scorpio, we sought depth of knowledge - emotional awareness - a connection to the internal defense system. Perhaps this shows up as energy healing, emotional healing, therapy, self-help, and of course all of the occult information we can get our hands on. This can also relate to psychology, research, investigation, true crime, and forensics. For more understanding of how this cycle unfolded in your life, considered the placement of Scorpio in your chart (hint: it is opposite Taurus).

For more than a year, we’ve only been in the first part of this cycle, and now it comes to a climactic opposition. On a superficial layer, there is combativeness around expression of ideas - perhaps a disagreement of beliefs or a battle of moralities. On a deeper layer, in the context of the larger cycle at play, we learn about our defense mechanisms, the way we use our environments and exchanges to protect ourselves. Jupiter in Sagittarius helps us absorb what we see of ourselves (whether bad or good) into a larger framework. Mars in Gemini displays the way that framework impacts our drive.

Ultimately this opposition leads us to a state of awareness around the energy we put into the world. If you’ve been behaving in a way that hurts yourself and others, this will become obvious today. Many of us do things without realizing the deeper roots at play, so it can be frightening to see the truth of it come to light. This is an opportunity to grow and become a more conscientious person.

May 6 at 2:10 PM, Venus in Aries sees a square to the Nodal Axis. Five minutes later, at 2:25 PM, Mercury enters Taurus.

A few days earlier, Mercury had been in the bend of the Nodal Axis, which was an opportunity to recognize the things we’ve been releasing this season. Now that Venus is in the bend moments before Mercury enters V’s sign, we get to rehash what was recognized in the context of relationships and authenticity. Questions come up: who am I without my old reality? Who am I in this reality? What kind of person do I want to be? Is who I am shaping my environment or is my environment shaping me? What do I need to be me, and how I can get those things? Am I restricting myself? If so, why?

Mercury in Taurus is a methodical state of mind and doesn’t flow well with lots of change and uncertainty. Because the ruling planet of Taurus is undergoing some energetic shifts via Venus’ square to the nodal axis, uncertainty is actually very prominent at the start Mercury’s journey through Taurus. Not to mention the fact that Mercury is applying to a very tight conjunction with Uranus in this moment. Panic is possible, but so is groundedness amidst the turmoil… It depends on how Mercury in Taurus impacts the rest of your chart.

Overall, this is a difficult day for relationships. We have to get a sense of our boundaries and where we stand in relation to others before effectively engaging. With Mercury in Taurus, it may be easy to get stuck in a certain perspective (stubbornness is common with this sign) and be unwilling to budge on an issue. Alternatively, if we do the work and allow for some reflection of our relational nature, we get to recreate the perspective, and then it can be very rewarding to share that paradigm shift with someone.

May 7 at 9:26 AM, Venus in Aries sees a square with Saturn in Capricorn.

The Venus-Saturn square is an added emphasis on the previous day’s activities. This dynamic is all about boundaries. Boundaries are ways to protect ourselves, and also ways to shut us out from society. Ideally, there is a balance where we get to engage with people we love and are able to say no to people who are working against us. This also works with the way we spend our time doing anything - saying yes to stuff we love and no to things that hurt us.

With the tension of the square and the added influence of the earlier nodal square, there is an urgent need to make sense of any misalignment we are experiencing. This can be made known to us via a feeling of resistance or fear. We may want to do one thing but feel forced to do something else. It is this moment of awareness - this feeling of obstruction or even oppression that forces us to recognize how our boundaries are being crossed or how they are too limiting.

It is very possible that the boundaries you are living within come from yourself. But it is equally possible that they are coming from someone else. The question, regardless of who is setting boundaries, is how to change the boundaries such that you are able to do what you want to do?

In being able to identify and answer the question, you are able to take a step closer to your own authority and authenticity.

May 8 at 10:22 AM, Mercury conjoins Uranus in Taurus.

Mercury’s conjunction with Uranus is an exciting day of inspiration and downloads. Like the Sun’s conjunction in the beginning of Taurus Season, there is much potential for paradigm shifts. It may be very shocking, but ultimately creates space for us to tune into truth.

Another potentiality of this aspect is a message received. Perhaps you or someone else came to a sense of enlightened awareness and wanted to share the new understanding with a friend or a partner or a community. This is possibly the moment when the message is received (or maybe when it finally makes sense).

While I like to lean on positive outcomes, there is always the possibility that the news is bad and the truth is traumatizing. Knowing this, we might want to brace ourselves - but - with Uranus’ involvement it is actually better to stay open and loose. When we are tense and stuck is when shock can feel the worst.

May 8 at 10:52 PM, the Sun in Taurus sees a sextile with Neptune in Pisces.

This is a drifty experience, but not as much as it once was when Mercury was retrograde in Pisces. This is a brief and subtle aspect. We can receive a boon in will power via fantasy and dreams. Perhaps we need to soften the plodding nature of Taurus so that there is more of a meandering, stopping to smell the flowers kind of an energy.

May 9 at 12:55 PM, Venus in Aries sees a trine with Jupiter in Sagittarius. Almost 30 minutes later at 1:20 PM, Venus in Aries sees a square with Pluto in Capricorn.

Mirroring Mercury’s transit from the previous week, Venus gets to aspect both Pluto and Jupiter in a 30 minute window. However, unlike Mercury, the order is different. First Venus gets to feel the supportive trine of Jupiter - a beneficial boost of optimism, like a pat on the back or a nice squeeze of the hand from a dear friend. And as soon as that feel-good trine is over, Venus immediately confronts Pluto and all of the fears and darknesses associated with this heavy planet. A bit like having your friend walk you to your final battle and then entering the scene with a heart full of love. It isn’t the optimal situation, but it’s nice to have had the support before the challenge.

In a felt sense, we get to experience a boost of love and optimism - a sense of accomplishment even, like all of this hard work has been for something very meaningful. And as soon as we get to that level of confidence, we are immediately struck with a sense of uncertainty and possibly fear around what we had thought we let go of. It’s like two steps forward, one step back. We are growing and changing and seeing the success of our own accomplishments come forward, but then we fall back into a negative pattern or a bad habit. Maybe we don’t fall back into that habit and instead we feel the pain of that final release.

It is an intense for feelings to come through. Relationships get a hit if they are in any way representative of these ongoing changes within us.

May 11 at 5:19 AM, the Sun in Taurus sees a trine with Saturn in Capricorn.

As the Sun begins its trek through the last ten degrees of Taurus, it meets Saturn in a supportive trine. After all of the turmoil we’ve been facing with the Aries-Capricorn squares, it is nice to receive some support from the planets in Capricorn. This earthy trine is a moment of peace amidst the emotional and possibly physical upheavals. This can show up as a state of recuperation after a hearty challenge, or a pause to make plans in order to re-orient something to better fit the internal shifts.

As it falls on the day of the first quarter moon, there is potential for opportunity in this momentary stability. The focal point is on the Sun’s placement in Taurus, so if you have a personal planet around 20 degrees of Taurus, then this might be a good time to plant something related to Taurus’ placement in your chart.

May 11 at 9:12 PM, the First Quarter Moon is exact in Leo.

The first quarter moon is a moment of opportunity. An awakening occurs, and the first buds of the lunar cycle are sprouting. We have planned and now it is time to act. How does the idea fit into reality?

The Leo moon puts emphasis on expression - how can we effectively display what we has been developing under the surface? With the Sun (Leo’s ruler) in Taurus, there is some added emphasis on the relational nature of what is being expressed and how it is impacting the original intention. If what you are expressing doesn’t quite align with the original seed of pursuit, then you need to go back to the drawing board. The point here is authenticity.

May 13 at 11:07 PM, the Sun in Taurus sees a trine with Pluto in Capricorn.

The Sun-Pluto trine is complex. This can be a source of support from an authority or power that governs the reality of the circumstance. Or it can be an emotional connection to what is developing in our consciousness. Ultimately, power is at play. It is tricky to say what it will turn out to for an individual, but these are some possibilities: We feel the power of our emotions and it strengthens our resolve or self-concept. Perhaps we experience a generosity from an authority figure in our lives which makes us feel connected to power. Or maybe there is a larger structure in which power is transferred inequitably to someone who is ultimately working against our best interests.

The best way to approach this dynamic is to accept that our present day is full of corruption. In our individual lives this can show up on a lesser level, but it is worth taking note of where you stand in this dysfunctional structure.

May 14 at 9:58 AM, Venus in Aries sees a sextile with Mars in Gemini.

Venus has been transiting through Mars’ sign for the entire season, and just now at the end of V’s tour through Aries, gets a show of support. This is a fairly positive boost for Venus, allowing V to express itself more effectively. Everything Venus has been working through, all of the relational questions and upheavals have been changing the way we engage with the people around us. And in this aspect, we get to see the outcome of the work.

When Venus and Mars in a support aspect, there is usually something socially positive occurring in our lives. This is likely the moment where all the work we’ve invested in understanding our boundaries and blocks is rewarded with an opportunity to express our authenticity better than we had before.

May 15 at 3:45 PM, Venus enters Taurus.

And with that, Venus enters it’s home sign! This is a wonderful moment for Venus, as after all of that hard effort in Aries, V finally gets to relax and enjoy receiving what V deserves. For us, this means that the efforts we put into understanding our social selves, our abilities, our authority and limitations is paying off and now we get to enjoy sitting with the reward of authenticity.

Venus in Taurus is typically very sensual, enjoying the experience of taste, touch, sight, smell, and sound. With Uranus in Taurus, and Venus’ impending conjunction, there may be something extra electric about the experience of the five senses.

May 15 at 9:20 PM, Mercury in Taurus sees a sextile with Neptune in Pisces.

The Mercury-Neptune aspects are always difficult for analytical cognition, but wonderful for daydreaminess and imagination. Creativity gets a boost with this aspect. Gentleness in communication is effective, but maybe missing the facts. This is a brief and subtle aspect.

May 15 at 11:09 PM, Mars enters Cancer.

In Cancer, Mars’ fire is not well-valued. As a planet of drive and activation Cancer’s natural ebbs and flows can prove problematic. This can result in pent up energy, aggression, and anxiety. As a transit, it is not easy to get things done at a constant rate. Rather, it is important to watch the cycle of the moon, to listen to your own inner cycles, and to act in a state of flow rather than force. Most often what’s at play is an added element of sensitivity - there uncertainty around acting in case it might offend someone or cause trouble. But when actions are held within and restricted out of fear, this creates unhealthy behaviors.

There aren’t a lot of ways to get around the potential challenges of this placement without having patience with yourself and others. Know that at the core of any outbursts, there is often a need to protect or defend something internally. Keeping an open heart and recognizing personal triggers can help all involved.

On future-oriented note, Mars will eventually oppose Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and conjoin the North Node in Cancer. These will be big moments of potential disruption. More on this in the next forecast.

May 16 at 7:08 PM, Mercury in Taurus sees a trine with Saturn in Capricorn.

Mercury’s trine with Saturn is an opportunity to let go of whatever baggage there still is around the earlier square it faced when it was in Aries. Critical thinking, planning ahead, and awareness of the way the past has affected us becomes a prominent skill at this time. This is a good moment for development and growth. This aspect doesn’t have to be used, and it will pass quickly, but know that there is medicine in reviewing the past.

May 18 at 1:48 AM, Mercury in Taurus sees a trine with Pluto in Capricorn.

The trine to Pluto differs from Saturn because Saturn is inherently stable. Pluto is heavy, and when involved in a trine, it magnetizes the other planet into it’s general direction. In this case, Mercury gets access to Pluto’s depths and is prone to obsession, investigation, research, and occult studies. This may also be a time where emotional depths are easily accessed for better understanding. By using this aspect, you can gain deeper understanding of the earlier squares related to the Aries-Capricorn alignments. It may be helpful, or it may be beating a dead horse.

May 18 at 12:16, Venus conjoins Uranus in Taurus.

As the season nears a close, Venus finally meets Uranus in V’s domicile for the first time! Watch this day to learn more about Uranus’ significations in Taurus and how Venus’ involvement emphasizes and strengthens this longer term transit. In general, Venus-Uranus can relate to insight through relationships, heightened food-consciousness, exciting sensual events, and a developed sense of self-love.

May 18 at 5:11 PM, the Full Moon is exact in Scorpio.

The last lunation of the season is the last major aspect of the season. We are ushered out of Taurus with a big full moon in Scorpio. This fullness is a time of ripened activity, a bright breath out after a deep breath in. We get to taste the fruits of our labors, and learn from our mistakes. It is a positively electric time of intense sensuality and desire. Reflection plays a role here as well: under the illuminated darkness we get to experience whatever new developments have come from the earlier tilling of the Taurus soils. Witnessing the changes and recognizing how far we’ve come adds a layer of richness to this lunation.


Forecast | Aries 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

Aries is the cardinal fire sign of the zodiac, ruled by Mars, and often represented by the ram. It is also well-known as the first zodiac sign, marking the vernal equinox and the start of spring in the northern hemisphere. In the north side of Earth, the Sun’s entrance into Aries marks a future brightness, a looking forward to longer days and shorter nights, more illumination, more warmth. At this point, the Sun is also able to see it’s home sign Leo drawing nearer to it - only 120 degrees away now. There is something very positive and exciting about the Sun in Aries for this reason.

Aside from the Sun’s exaltation in Aries, this cardinal fire sign is known for it’s active nature - the ultra yang in the zodiac. Ruled by Mars, Aries takes on the red planet’s too-active and too-hot energy - jumping into projects at a moment’s notice, aggressively pursuing goals, impulsively acting and reacting. Wherever you have Aries in your chart is a place where stillness is not appreciated and action is prioritized.

As we enter 2019’s Aries season, we may be looking forward to that heightened activity of Mars’ fire sign - the impulse to move, the energy to get sh*t done, the action-oriented consciousness, especially considering we’ve spent what feels like far too long swimming through Pisces. But we will find that this Aries season is a little unusual. Since March 2011, every time we entered Aries season we’ve experienced Uranus in Aries, bringing a great deal of focus and insight into the way we handle our Aries placements. We’ve experienced a lot of change and rapid or shocking developments in the Aries area of life. Now that Uranus is in Taurus, we get to experience Aries season sans electric-shock-reversal-excitement-change-everything-out-of-the-blue Uranus. So this Aries season may feel unusually tempered. I mean, imagine sitting around a huge bonfire in the middle of an electric storm, and then suddenly the storm stops. It’s not as exciting anymore, is it? This may be a good thing, but it may also feel strange to not be running around wildly.

So the Sun’s entrance into Aries this year brings a great deal of illumination, not just heat and excitement. We may feel sick of illumination and review at this point especially given the pile-up of planets in the yin/passive signs (Pisces, Capricorn, and Taurus) which are so cool and reflective in nature. We may wonder where our beloved Aries spark is, and even feel a little frustrated at the lack of actionable energy (Mercury’s station in late March is sure to add emphasis to the feeling). But once Mars enters Gemini, there will be so much to do, so much activity, that we’ll hardly be able to take a break! So enjoy the quietness of the beginning of this season, and get ready for the bursts of energy and excitement in the second half of it.

For a more in-depth forecast, find your rising sign below, and discover what area of life will be activated by the Sun’s movement through Aries (and maybe take a moment to ponder how Uranus has changed this area of life over the last 8 or so years). Once you’ve learned the area of life that is involved, continue to scroll down to the Timeline portion to identify the dates and times of influential transits - keep an eye on transits related to the Sun.

ARIES - 1st house topics, to include:

  • Your personality

  • Your body

  • Your appearance

  • The things that make you who you are

TAURUS - 12th house topics, to include:

  • The things other people see of you that you don’t see of yourself

  • Letting go of your past

  • Your willingness to work on inner issues

  • The time you spend alone

GEMINI - 11th house topics, to include:

  • Your connections with society

  • Your professional community

  • Your friends

  • The people you like to get in trouble with

CANCER - 10th house topics, to include:

  • Your career goals

  • What you want to give to the world

  • Your chef-d’oeuvres

  • The way you engage with the public

LEO - 9th house topics, to include:

  • Your philosophy on life

  • Your experience of the occult

  • Your impressions of the world

  • Your pursuit of mastery

VIRGO - 8th house topics, to include:

  • The way and the what you give you to other people

  • Your passive income

  • Debts and loans, either owed to you or by you

  • Energetic involvements you have with others

LIBRA - 7th house topics, to include:

  • Your partnerships

  • Your intimate friendships

  • The way you connect on a 1:1 basis

  • The kind of people you are drawn to

SCORPIO - 6th house topics, to include:

  • Your health issues

  • Your responsibilities

  • The things you do to keep yourself going

  • The way you cleanse yourself and your space

SAGITTARIUS - 5th house topics, to include:

  • The way you have fun

  • Your children and the way they are

  • Your connection to physical pleasure

  • The way you express your authenticity

CAPRICORN - 4th house topics, to include:

  • Your family origins

  • The obligations you feel to your lineage

  • Your home space, what makes it a home

  • The place you come from and return to

AQUARIUS - 3rd house topics, to include:

  • Discussions

  • The way you interact with your locality

  • Your interest in sharing ideas

  • Your car, your bike, your bus route, your subway system

PISCES - 2nd house topics, to include:

  • Your financial health

  • The way you make an income

  • How you spend your money

  • Your dollar’s impact


TIMELINE

*all times are listed in Eastern Time using the 24 hour clock.

Mar 20 at 17:58, Sun enters Aries. The Full Moon is exact in Libra at 21:42.

As soon as we enter Aries, both luminaries are in a state of brightness. The sun is exalted in the cardinal fire sign, granting the collective a brighter attitude around authenticity and expression of self. The moon receives and mirrors this exalted light as it makes its entrance in Libra.

This is the corresponding full moon to the earlier Pisces new moon. Two weeks ago, Mercury was stationing retrograde, Uranus had entered Taurus, and the new moon was born with Neptune by its side. Now, that baby moon has grown into its fullness in Libra, a sign ruled by Venus - the counterpart to Mars. Interestingly, Venus in Aquarius and Mars in Taurus are in an applying square pattern.

What this means is that the Aries-Libra axis is highlighted not just because of the Sun-Moon opposition (otherwise known as the full moon), but by the Venus-Mars square. Venus appears to have the upper hand as Mars tours Venus’ home sign Taurus. The full moon also speaks to Venus’ dominion as la luna sees our sweet V from an easy trine.

The emphasis on Venus suggests a cooperative outcome. This full moon, exact on the equinox, offers us the harmony-focused results of the earlier mystical Pisces new moon. That’s not to say that it is all easy and wonderful. There is a certain tension with every full moon - an awareness or illumination which can lead to vulnerability and excess emotionality. There is also the Venus-Mars square.

Mar 21 at 4:07, Venus in Aquarius sees a square to Mars in Taurus.

The Venus-Mars square is exact less than 12 hours after the full moon, suggesting potential conflict arising from the illumination of the full moon. This can result in arguments, tense discussions, and the egoic need to be right (read: stubbornness). Sometimes it is better to fight for what you believe in, but under these aspects, it is better to willingly try to find a common ground, even if that is simply agreeing to disagree.

Photo by Leanna Cushman

Mar 21 at 10:16, Venus in Aquarius sees a sextile to Jupiter in Sagittarius.

In support of peace, the Venus-Jupiter sextile offers us a boon in optimism, a willingness to see the forest for the trees, and the opportunity to forgive and move on.

Additionally, in terms of projects or endeavors started at the earlier new moon, this aspect suggests that we have everything we need to make our desired aspirations come to life. We can make it happen by opening our minds to the beauty of authentic expression…

I’m reminded of a quote by Martha Graham, “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.“

Mar 22 at 14:37, Sun conjoins Chiron in Aries.

Photo by Jean Gerber

Chiron is often considered the wounded healer - a signification of suffering which makes us empathetic to others in similar situations. In Aries, Chiron seeks to understand the importance of pioneering and leadership - the willingness to step out into the world and do what one feels they should do. It does so by philosophical, emotive reflection. There is an inherent pause in Chiron, which is troubling in Aries as this fire sign forces Chiron to act despite hesitation. As a result, vulnerability is prominent, an uncertainty and questioning around impulsive decisions. Actions speak louder than words in this placement, forcing Chiron to reveal the whole truth of self no matter how gruesome or ugly it seems.

As the Sun conjoins Chiron, there is a softening effect to the uncertainty. The Sun loves to be itself, and isn’t as carried away by uncertainty. Even with Chiron’s innate questioning and reflection, there is an added boost of confidence to this Sun-Chiron placement. A willingness and knowing that even though we are imperfect in our decisions and actions, we are still worthy.

For those of us with sensitivity around revealing our inner natures, this conjunction can have the unpleasant effect of forcing us to be more authentic. Ultimately, we learn more by doing than is possible in hesitation.

Mar 24 at 13:27, Mercury conjoins Neptune in Pisces (again).

This is the second time that Mercury has conjoined Neptune this year. We are due for one more Mercury-Neptune conjunction, so this one marks the centerpiece or potential climax in the unfolding Mercury-Neptune story.

The last time Mercury conjoined Neptune, was en route to a station and eventual retrograde, casting the shadow for unfolding mayhem/confusion/review. In this second instance, we might consider this an opportunity for illumination… Neptune isn’t really consider an illuminator by nature. Oftentimes we classify Neptune under foggy, sleepy, and escapist. There can be an element of striving for perfection which is ultimately unattainable - an illusion of grandeur that we eventually realize is a delusion of grandeur. With Mercury’s second conjunction, there may be an awareness of those illusions/delusions, perhaps a wrinkle or a foil in what we thought was possible.

If you catch whiff of something fishy at this time, make note of it. It may be nonsense or it may be a clue of what is real. It’s hard to say as Mercury remains within reach of Neptune’s misty atmosphere. We won’t know for sure until later this season.

Mar 26 at 15:43, Venus enters Pisces.

Venus in Pisces is a celebrated placement. Venus is considered to be exalted in the mutable water sign - bestowing grace, social ease, and creativity upon those who are lucky enough to be born under such auspicious skies. However, as a transit in the last seven or so years, Venus in Pisces has had to contend with some of the Neptunian gloom. Though Neptune can work well with Venus in so much as seeking beauty, peace, and connection; there can be a sense of isolation that comes from desire-seeking-escapsim. Venus can unintentionally fall in the Neptune trap by floating away so thoughtlessly that V is in a party of one, lost, and maybe a little hungover.

To add to the potential pitfalls of Neptune, Mercury’s retrograde leaves a bit of mess for Venus to process. Though Mercury remains just out of reach of Venus’ loving touch (they come so close to conjunction, about 4 degrees away, but then separate until they meet in July), the mess of confusion and misunderstandings left in Mercury’s trail employs Venus with a lot of PR work. This can be very helpful in the long run, and may even speak to ongoing social connections or writing projects that reach a new phase in July.

Mar 27 at 12:45, Venus in Pisces sees a sextile to Uranus in Taurus.

Of course, the first aspect Venus makes in Pisces is to Uranus in Taurus! This is the first time that Venus has had direct access to Uranus since it entered V’s home sign this month, and via a sextile makes it quite potent! Venus is often correlated with the sextile, and when V can make an exact sextile aspect to a sensitive point or planet that V rules the significance of their bond is elevated. This brings added weight to this year’s Venus in Pisces transit. Not only is Venus having to muck through the Neptune swamplands left in paradoxical orderly-disarray by Mercury’s retrograde, but V is also giving a boost of authority to Uranus’ intentions of reversals and shocks.

Keep an eye out for this day to see what makes itself known. Consider also where Pisces is in your chart - the Uranian shifts may be sparked by that area of life.

Mar 28 at 00:09, the Final Quarter Moon in Capricorn is exact.

The final quarter of the moon cycle is often related to purging excess - any failed ideas, extra unnecessary work, or frivolous add-ons should be kicked to the curb. Typically we become hyper aware of the excess at the final quarter phase where the moon begins losing so much light it is less than half its fullness. This season, our final quarter moon is given the added punch of applying conjunctions with Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node. This is an opportunity to let go of things or ideas or intentions not just associated with the current lunation cycle, but also with the Capricorn area of life. (if you can’t remember what area that is, check out this post: https://astrologywithcello.com/blog/2018/12/10/forecast-capricorn-season-2018 )

Additionally, Mercury is stationing at this time, preparing to move forward again.

All together, we are making space for something else to come through. We are clearing the decks, throwing out the trash, and letting go of the past.

Ahmed Zayan

Mar 28 at 9:58, Mercury stations direct.

Mercury has been stationing for a few days - basically since its conjunction with Neptune. An ongoing play of illusion/disillusionment has been happening in the background, possibly creating a vortex of uncertainty and doubt or perhaps the feeling of following Alice through Wonderland. Information comes through the Mercury station, illuminating us to the lessons we needed to download. Still though, Mercury is uncomfortably close to Neptune, and applying to yet another conjunction. The station, though often related to insights, may not be as helpful as it typically is.

Mar 31 at 2:12, Mars enters Gemini.

Ah! A breath of fresh air. Mars in Gemini is possibly the most excitable Mars placement in the zodiac. There is an emphasis on doing as much as possible due to Gemini’s love of multiples - multi tasking, mutli faceted, multi purpose! That said, Mercury (ruler of Gemini) is floating through Pisces at an unbelievably slow pace. Poor Mars, active as ever, may find that it runs into a number of frustrating analytical issues, details gone awry, plans changed at the last minute. This can make way for the build-up of aggression that wants to barrel through the to-do lists and make way for quick exchange.

The positive side to this placement is that the Sun in Aries gets a lot more done with Mars in Gemini. We may find that the Aries place in our chart gets a little boon of action and energy, a burst of momentum. Once Mercury in Pisces clears its conjunction with Neptune in April, we get a lot more done with the help of Mars. There will be a big push forward in response to everything we’ve learned over this retrograde cycle.

Apr 2 at 5:36, Mercury conjoins Neptune in Pisces (last time).

The final conjunction between Mercury and Neptune cannot happen fast enough. We are dying to move past this, ready to get clear-headed, to dive into the work and really be productive. But Mercury just isn’t ready yet. Though it is in direct motion, Mercury has to face the sleepy haze of Neptune one more time. This time, however, is the last. Though Mercury will be caught in the fuzzy upsidedown of Neptune, there will be a new sense of hope and direction, a way to cut through the unending maze and back into the real world. This will become clearer and clearer as Mercury picks up the pace.

Apr 4 at 15:17, the South Node of the moon conjoins Pluto in Capricorn.

The south node of the moon is related to the past, releasing, and toxic disposal. Pluto is a heavy planet, creating gravity and pull wherever it is in the chart. In combination, something huge is brought up in the Capricorn area of life. It is likely related to the past, the way you used to deal with things and the way you are still unconsciously dealing with things. Perhaps it is an old drama, a person who you thought you were done with, but they’ve come back for some reason. The south node-Pluto conjunction has been applying in the background of Aries season for a while. As it begins to separate now, consider this a final moment of release as we approach new beginnings with the new moon and experience a faster, clearer Mercury.

Apr 5 at 5:40, the New Moon is exact in Aries.

The Aries new moon is like a big refresh button. We finally get clear about the direction we want to go, and we have the opportunity to make intentions and plans for that direction. It seems almost too easy, but don’t forget that Mercury is still distracted in Pisces, it is still catching up to where it once was, and still we need to be cautious about our use of mercurial skills. Mars, ruler of Aries, continues to zip through Gemini, wishing to go faster, probably already teasing us with too much too fast.

We will be able to pick up the pace soon, but not yet.

Focus excess energy into creating plans, experiencing the excitement of strategy, and jotting down ideas as they come.

Xuan Nguyen

Apr 7 at 5:17, Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn.

On this day, Mercury finds itself at a breathable distance from Neptune. Perfectly timed, Mercury contacts Saturn who offers stability, sobriety, and form. With this aspect there can be a sense of clarity - we finally start to feel removed from Mercury’s earlier circus act, but at the new distance we may find that there is quite a bit to do in regards to clean up and catch up.

Apr 10 at 2:12, Venus conjoins Neptune in Pisces.

As Mercury leaves Neptune’s blackhole, Venus gets sucked in. This day and the few days following create a portal of beautiful escapism. Venus-Neptune can illicit idealized romantic fantasies - not just related to relationships, but also pleasure and physical delights. We may find ourselves drifting towards yummy in-the-moment morsels of touch, sight, taste, and sound; seeking happiness and a feeling of connection. This can be pleasant, but it can also cause distraction or deception. Venus feels what Mercury had earlier cognated - that is, confusion and uncertainty and a touch of existential wondering. When we bring those types of thoughts into the body, we can lean towards external escapist tendencies as a source of soothing. Ultimately, though, finding ways of letting go of the feelings rather than trying to run away from them is the better option. … The difference is this: letting go is an act of trust whereas running away is an act of fear.

Apr 10 at 4:47, the Sun in Aries sees a square to Saturn in Capricorn.

This is a tense relationship between the Sun and Saturn. There is a desire to take action when the impulse hits, but there is also the question - is now the right time? The positioning of this square pattern suggests that one should pause before taking action, but then act anyway. At the very least, be aware of what you are getting yourself into - have a sense of reality and groundedness. If you don’t, then you’ll likely be surprised by the obstacles that do arise.

This aspect also relates to a longer cycle between the Sun and Saturn - they were conjoined on Jan 2 in Capricorn. At that time, there was an illumination of how the ongoing Saturn-in-Capricorn transit was unfolding for us. We got a sense of how far we’ve come and far we still need to go. At this present juncture, while the Sun sees a square to Saturn, we learn how our earlier course corrections have unfolded.

In a very mundane sense, this is an exhausting day. Vitality is low. Sobriety and the feeling of gravity weighs on us. This too shall pass, but if you’d like to make something of the day and the energy of these two planets, then do some reflection and attempt to address any hiccups that come up.

Apr 10 at 13:00, Jupiter in Sagittarius stations retrograde.

Ominously, Jupiter turns retrograde on the same day as the Sun-Saturn square. The station point for planets tends to press out major significations - I imagine an orange being pressed for all its juice. There is tension in the stillness of a station, a heaviness like fruit that is ripe and ready to be plucked. Jupiter has been stationing since late March - about the time that Mercury went direct. Now it finally begins to pick up speed as turns retrograde for a few months.

Consider the Sagittarius place in your chart - what is Jupiter trying to express here? It likely has something to do with the narratives we come up with to explain certain areas of life. Perhaps there is new information, a new way of looking at this part of your chart - a new consideration as we enter a state of philosophical review.

Apr 10 at 17:45, Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn.

The cherry on top of this intensive day is Mercury’s contact with Pluto. Mercury and Pluto have the shared interest in desire for experience and knowledge. When they come into contact, we tend to get ultra obsessive, reflective, and curious. We want answers to questions, solutions to problems, and we won’t stop until we get it. In this particular case, Mercury has already contacted Pluto twice, and now for the third time we may finally discover something of value.

Apr 12 at 00:18, Mercury in Pisces sees a square to Jupiter in Sagittarius.

This aspect gives us some extra special downloads related to both the Jupiter retrograde and Mercury retrograde. Though they are in a square pattern, which is typically quite stressful, these two planets have a lot of information to exchange - a lot of details to sort through and understand in a larger context. It’s almost as if Mercury has gone through this mind-altering journey, shares some of the experiences with Jupiter, and then Jupiter takes some time to reflect on it.

In the context of our lived experience, we are coming to a new way of looking at the world around us. There are things that came up during Mercury’s retrograde that surprised us, changed our perspectives, and shifted our approaches to the way we handle information. As Jupiter goes into the reflective retrograde state, we find that the information-processing and perspective-shift of Mercury Rx has influenced a larger sense of our world-view. Now we have to rethink more than just personal experiences, but also global experiences. Did others go through this, too? Am I alone in my beliefs?

Jupiter will be retrograde until August, just as Mercury comes out of it’s next retrograde.

Apr 12 at 11:08, Venus in Pisces sees a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn.

Almost like a mirror to Mercury’s earlier journey past Neptune and then contacting Saturn for stability, Venus finds sobriety through this sextile. This is a moment of truth - if you have been avoiding healthy behaviors and seeking pleasurable distractions, then the Venus-Saturn sextile will call you out and force you to face responsibilities you’ve forgotten. If, on the other hand, you found healthy ways to process the Venus-Neptune experience, then you will see the fruits of your labors come into bloom.

Other potentialities include: forming a special and important bond with someone, making a promise you will be forced to keep, learning about commitment issues, and grieving love lost.

Apr 12 at 15:05, the First Quarter Moon in Cancer is exact.

As the light of the first quarter moon illuminates our journey through Aries thus far, we may be surprised by how much has been accomplished. It seems like we were floating in the Pisces soup with Mercury rx for so long that we hardly did anything at all. Especially so with Mars in Gemini, constantly seeking more and more activity and information to work through. We might have been overloaded, and never bothered to look back and see just how far we’ve come.

If, however, you are one of the folks who found that your intentions still haven’t left the ground, then this is a good opportunity to get them rolling again. This moon is bright and big for a first quarter moon, as it becomes distorted under the more-more-more North Node, seeking so much expansion and growth!

Matt Chen

Apr 13 at 4:07, the Sun in Aries sees a square to Pluto in Capricorn.

The Sun and Pluto don’t share a great deal in common. One is very bright, warm, and associated with nurture. The other is dark, cold, and associated with death. In combination, there is a sort of bright morbidity, a desire to burn, an innate harshness in the light. That these two are in a square pattern accentuates the tension between them, and leaves us mere mortals to bear the weight of their discourse.

There is a question in the air around power and expression. What kinds of decisions do we make in the pursuit of power? Power over our own lives and the lives of others… do we want it? And if so, why? Is it an honest representation of the self? Am I power-hungry? And is that bad a thing?

This can show up in world events as we watch global leaders make power-seeking decisions. This can show up in the minutae of our lives as we frustratedly try to accomplish our desires, try to force ourselves into boxes because we are so hungry to have control.

Whatever comes up now will become more prominent at the time of the upcoming eclipses. It might be helpful to write your experiences down, save them, and see how they relate to the astrology of July 2019.

Apr 14 at 9:40, the Sun in Aries sees a trine to rx Jupiter in Sagittarius.

This is a generally positive aspect. It accesses our buoyant optimism for life, our willingness to be for the joy of being, and our connections to the world around us. Though Jupiter is going retrograde at this time, it is still offering support and benefits to the overall expression of this aspect. This is also an opportunity to shine a light on how the Jupiter retrograde is unfolding for us. Many of us won’t even notice, but for those who do - this is a good day to get downloads.

Apr 14 at 19:51, Venus in Pisces sees a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn.

Venus-Pluto contacts are suggestive of depth work around relationships. These can be romantic, acquaintance, work, and/or body relationships. It seems that up to this point, we’ve spent a lot of time in introspection and then trying to work through our long to-do lists. So what about how we relate to others? Don’t we deserve to reflect on our social natures, to examine the ins and outs of connection? Pluto magnetizes us, and Venus asks us bring to friends and treats along.

Apr 15 at 19:14, Venus in Pisces sees a square to rx Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Appropriately another opportunity for social engagement comes up! Venus is getting a lot of attention in mid-April, and wants to share the light with others. In the square with Jupiter, we have to wonder how much reflection and inward processing is healthy - what about talking with friends and community? What about sharing our ideas and our feelings with loved ones? Reviewing our philosophies can be social, too! Venus sees to it that we connect with more people.

Apr 17 at 2:00, Mercury enters Aries.

Now that we are near the end of Aries season, Mercury finally picks up where it left off! This represents a huge boost in productivity, cognition, and communication. Mars, ruler of Aries, happens to be in Mercury’s sign Gemini. This means Mercury and Mars are in mutual reception, giving an added boost of energy and ability to both planets. Suddenly we are able to take the reigns and make sh*t happen.

Under these skies, the power of thought is quite potent! We walk the walk and talk the talk in parallel. What we put our minds to, gets put into the world with the drive and horsepower of Mars. There is almost a rush to get it done, like we won’t have this level of productivity forever and we know it. But going too fast can leave us feeling overwhelmed both mentally and physically. The fact that these two planets are in cahoots and cajoling each other suggests that things can get out of hand if we start biting off more than we can chew.

I’m sure that even with warning, we will go at top speed anyways. So, at the very least, keep it in mind as you plan ahead. By May, you’ll likely run into obstacles with energy depletion, anxiety, and all the chaos that can come with rush-jobs.

Apr 19 at 7:12, the second Full Moon in Libra is exact.

Wow, a second full moon in Libra!

Think back a month earlier to March 20, the day of the last Libra full moon. Back then, we were still living with Mercury retrograde, Venus and Mars were in an applying square pattern in fixed signs, and Aries season had only just begun.

Now, we are all the way through Aries, and Mercury is finally out of Pisces! This is a different Libra fullness. The rulers of this lunation, Venus and Mars are now separating from their square pattern and in mutable signs. They are both active, able to express themselves with more ease than they had before. There is something of reconciliation in the air… perhaps a really genuine feeling of “live and let live” - I’ll do my thing and you do yours. What’s past is past, and now we are on our way to brighter futures. The Sun is now making longer days in the northern hemisphere, and the moon receives the Sun’s growing love.

Curiously, the moon, on the way to its fullness, made aspects with nearly every planet in the sky except Venus and Neptune… Venus, as the ruler of Libra, is unable to share anything of import with the moon suggesting that there is something left undone. The full moon often relates to a culmination point in the lunar cycle, but this full moon is left wanting more. Perhaps we didn’t quite make the impact we had wanted, or if we had - there is one small piece left to finish. Again - there is a sense of peace, perhaps even resignation in the recognition that we won’t always make the connection - we can’t always do it just right… still though, there is something bright about this full moon. A sort of wisdom and hope and ok-ness with the incomplete.

Sergey Schmidt

Forecast | Pisces 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

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The Sun’s journey through the sign of Pisces this year is marked by a number of challenging transits - there is a lot of influence coming from Pluto, Saturn, and Mars, in addition to the impending Mercury retrograde. By their nature, these are difficulties - not necessarily in the extreme, but definitely not an easy walk through the park. Even Jupiter’s involvement is, at times, tense due to it’s sign-based square (an aspect that is confrontational) to Pisces and all of the planets that make their way through it. Fortunately, we’ve got a number positive influences that support productivity through the stress of obstacles and challenges.

To add, the Pisces nature is inherently opened and receptive. As the mutable water sign of the zodiac, Pisces is ultra sensitive, intuitive, and flexible. An overused, but still very useful example for Pisces is the ocean - a huge mass of water, which engulfs many depths, entire systems of life, and yet on the surface we don’t see this. There are two rulers for Pisces - Jupiter and Neptune. Jupiter illuminates Pisces the Generous - the person who gives the best hugs, who really listens to your problems, who believes in you and your dreams. Then we’ve got Neptune who casts the image of Pisces the Etheric - the person lost in the clouds, lost in dreams, floating from moment to moment, living a life filled with synchronicity and blended realities. Put these two together, and we see that Pisces is as much lost in their own cosmologies as they are deeply invested in the real world and the people they care about - they are as complex as the deep blue sea - with more to their inner worlds than we can describe with simple archetypes, with strength to carry massive loads of emotions, and with gentleness to soothe those who are lucky enough to be in their lives.

So, with that in mind, as we enter the Pisces consciousness this season, we are lifted into a state of optimism even despite the difficulties that may lie ahead. And in fact, some of these challenges may offer structure amidst the sometimes overwhelmingly ooey-gooey Piscean environment.

For a more in-depth forecast, find your rising sign below, and discover what area of life will be activated by the Sun’s movement through Pisces. This will also be the area of life influenced by the upcoming Mercury retrograde. Once you’ve learned the area of life that is involved, continue to scroll down to the Timeline portion to identify the dates and times of influential transits - keep an eye on transits related to the Sun and Mercury.

ARIES - 12th house topics, to include:

  • Isolation

  • Shadow work

  • Spirituality

  • Grief, loss

TAURUS - 11th house topics, to include:

  • Community

  • Friends

  • Humanitarian efforts

  • Social work

GEMINI - 10th house topics, to include:

  • Career pursuits

  • Social standing

  • Long term responsibilities

  • Expectations and judgments

CANCER - 9th house topics, to include:

  • Educational pursuits

  • Occultism and metaphysical engagement

  • Travel

  • Publications

LEO - 8th house topics, to include:

  • Intimacy

  • Collaborative efforts

  • Appreciation for others

  • Exploration of emotional bonds

VIRGO - 7th house topics, to include:

  • Relationships

  • Helping your partner(s)

  • Listening to others

  • Love and responsibility

LIBRA - 6th house topics, to include:

  • Work projects

  • Filtering through priorities

  • Task lists

  • Health issues

  • Routines and rituals

SCORPIO - 5th house topics, to include:

  • Physical pleasure

  • Romance and flirtation

  • Children

  • Creativity

SAGITTARIUS - 4th house topics, to include:

  • Responsibilities to home and family

  • Comfort and security

  • Understanding deeper roots

  • Heritage, lineage

CAPRICORN - 3rd house topics, to include:

  • Transit

  • Communication

  • Commerce

  • Neighbors

AQUARIUS - 2nd house topics, to include:

  • Financial goals

  • Income

  • Self-care

  • Value systems

PISCES - 1st house topics, to include:

  • Personal goals

  • Health issues

  • Being seen by others

  • Personality analysis


TIMELINE

*all times are listed in Eastern Time.

Feb 18 at 6:03 PM, the Sun enters Pisces.

Earlier in the day, before the Sun’s ingress, it sees a sextile to Uranus. This shock of electricity before jumping into a vast ocean of emotions and watery contemplation seems a little risky, but it is unavoidable. As such, take any surprises in stride, and allow this early evening shift of energy to soften and open yourself to the changes or reversals that may have come out of hiding.

In the early morning of Feb 19 at 1:36 AM, Mercury conjoins Neptune in Pisces. This conjunction marks the shadow of Mercury’s upcoming retrograde. Keep an eye out for the happenings in the hours leading up to the conjunction (basically as soon as the Sun enters Pisces) because the ideas/thoughts/communications that come up at this time will likely be braided into the unfolding Mercury retrograde.

On the same day, Feb 19 at 10:53 AM, the full moon in Virgo is exact at 0 degrees.

The full moon is a peak experience, during which the the Sun’s light is reflected entirely by the moon’s pale face. This kind of illumination typically relates to the climax of a project, an intense conversation, and the shift from extraversion to introversion. Sometimes there can be a felt charge in the lived experience, especially in the area of life that Virgo represents in your chart. (This would be whatever area of life is opposite from Pisces).

Because this lunation has a strong tie to Mercury (ruler of Virgo), there is an added emphasis on the fact that Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn later in the evening at 9:39 PM. This kind of aspect is typically good for cognition and planning, but because of Mercury’s earlier Neptune conjunction and the upcoming retrograde, it seems that the sextile to Saturn is more of a balance than anything. I imagine a drunk Mercury wobbling around, and then finding something sturdy to lean against so that it can gather its bearings. In the lived experience, this can look like a sudden awareness of one’s surroundings - perhaps a sense of disillusionment - sobriety amidst what seems to be otherwise chaotic.

Overall, the significations suggest that the full moon is offering us awareness around the more practical areas of life. While this may be desirable for those of us working on work projects, financial endeavors, and career pursuits, the awakening nature of this lunation may cause an unpleasant disruption to some escapist tendencies others of us have been engaging with. Like the moment when you realize you’ve spent far too long binge-watching your favorite show while all the work you need to do piles up.

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Feb 22 at 7:55 PM, Mercury in Pisces sees a square to Jupiter in Sagittarius.

A few months ago, in November and December 2018, Mercury and Jupiter made three conjunctions in Sagittarius. At that time, elements of insight-awareness, consciousness, mind-expansion, and intuition had come up. There may have also been a sense of overwhelm with messages and information coming at us from all angles. It was one of those transits where the best we could do was to answer or respond to the loudest or most important messages as they made themselves available.

In this square pattern, there is a recall to that moment. The way you had handled the information overload at that time likely developed into a new pattern of thinking about the world around you. It may have been only a slight change in the way you mentally process things - or perhaps a mental project that has matured since then. However, now with this square between Mercury and Jupiter in the two Jupiter-ruled signs (Sagittarius & Pisces), there is an echo back to the initial moment. What was prioritized back then and why? Is it still a priority now? Is there another way to look at the way things have unfolded?

This can also mark a time of information overload - lots of details and thoughts in the environment, and trying to parse through it all, but not having the capacity for it. At this time, once again, prioritization needs to be made - what is coming through the clearest? If it is clear, does it mean that it is important? Lots of questions to ask in this moment, and not a lot of answers in response (or so many answers you can’t hear them all).

Later in the evening at 10:52 PM, Venus conjoins Pluto in Capricorn while the moon in Libra sees a square to their conjunction.

As Mercury and Jupiter remain tight in their tense aspect, Venus is taken to Pluto’s Capricornian underworld, and the waning tired moon witnesses this darkness. There is something very cold and upsetting about this illumination - it can reveal uncomfortable vulnerabilities about society and politics. It can also illuminate our inner politics and the futile bondages we create for ourselves. There is hope, though - the moon’s witness can assist us in identification of these sensitivities. And with the Mercury-Jupiter square occurring in parallel, some of the awakened messages or insights might even help us in determining solutions. Ultimately, though difficult, this can be a very productive evening for shadow work.

Feb 23 at 12:17 PM, Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn.

The planet of cognition and rationality offers further witness to the abduction of Venus. Though Mercury is already overwhelmed, it can still sense and express what it sees into tangible feelings. We are given further opportunity to connect with the shadows of last night.

Feb 26 at 6:27 AM, the Last Quarter Moon is exact in Sagittarius

As the moon has lost light over the past week, there has been a great deal of information thrown at us. But we haven’t been able to see the information clearly - it’s all been a little murky. We’ve had to become intuitive, emotive, explore depths and shadows. And what we’ve had to listen/witness has been difficult: internal and external tensions. At this point, if the message hasn’t come through, it will with this quarter moon. The mark of darkness - that half face which indicates a loss of lunar light - is ultimately what we need to see in the dark. Like sitting in darkness, it takes a while for the eyes to adjust, and it doesn’t help if there is too much light streaming in.

On top of the clarity that comes with our darkening moon, there is optimism - a felt sense that all will work out in the end - Jupiter is waiting for the moon to drop by, giving us the gift of union - if even for a moment. Union can mean: people coming together, ideas coming together, unity of what was once separate.

Wenni Zhou

Feb 27 at 9:32 PM, the Sun in Pisces sees a sextile to Mars in Taurus.

Sun-Mars aspects often elicit energy activation, and there will definitely be energy coming through this transit. However, both Sun and Mars are touring through traditionally passive signs, suggesting that energy is more evenly displaced. It won’t come as a burst or a bright and bold move forward. Rather, there is a steadiness and wandering quality. Perhaps - imagination or motivation is sparked and then carried into measurable action.

This is a passing transit, but useful if you need to motivate yourself to get something done.

Mar 1 at 7:31 AM, Venus in Capricorn sees a square to Uranus in Aries.

The Venus-Uranus connection is about to strengthen considerably as Uranus is so close to entering this love-star’s sign. However, before that 7 year bond begins again, the two are butting heads. Because Venus is so closely connected to our intimacy, love, relationships, and desires, this can relate to a shock or shift in the more romantic or pleasurable areas of life. And if you do experience a shock to your system, then it is likely that this shock/revelation/wake-up-call will further develop once Uranus enters Taurus later in the month.

Later on Mar 1 at 11:45 AM, Venus enters Aquarius.

When Venus is in Aquarius, we are able to shift from heavy duty water/earth energy to playful air. Venus’ trip through Aquarius gives us space to feel, an outlet for fun, and an impetus for lightness. Love and desire are now expressed socially. Wanting others to see that you have what you desire, but also wanting to know what others desire. It reminds me of the phrase, “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.”

In addition to the play, there can also be a curiosity-mental element that displays as cold and calculating. So separation can also become a theme - a need to have distance in order to cognate feelings - distance makes the heart grow fonder - calculating potentials of joy and pleasure. Even though separation can seem unpleasant, when you’ve got too much mushy-messiness (like can happen in Pisces), it is actually really nice to have an opportunity to breathe.

Mar 5 at 1:18 PM, Mercury stations and begins it’s retrograde at 29 degrees of Pisces.

The long-awaited, long-dreaded Mercury retrograde begins. In truth, Mercury has been in a difficult position for several weeks. It has been swimming in the vastness of Pisces since February 10th, and will continue to be floating along until well into April. Though it is a wonderful placement for so many born with Mercury in Pisces, as a transit it can offer us a great deal of confusion and brain-mush. At times it can seem like we are living in an endless fog, light is dark and dark is light, and clocks are melting off the walls when we desperately need them to stay solid. Other times, we find ourselves gifted with an incredible depth of words and language, which allows us to bend the alphabet and all logic into these unbelievably poetic artscapes.

And so, as Mercury performs it’s perceived acrobatic flip through time-space, we are extended an opportunity to suspend what is tangibly real and to explore something more fantastic. That being said, tangible reality does dictate timing and math and that sort of rational stuff which is always useful when it comes to finances, planning, and reviewing or analysis. What I’m saying is this: try to avoid your basic systems, planning, and analyses tasks if you want to go through Mercury retrograde relatively unscathed.

I know it will be difficult because oftentimes it is during the Mercury retrograde that we tend to notice those super-rational tasks that we hadn’t touched earlier when it might have been more appropriate. So if you have to do something of relative importance, make sure to review it - save it - make copies - and get it proof-read by others. If you can, I strongly suggest holding off on any serious technical endeavors (eg, technology, vehicles, budgets, etc).

Mar 6 at 3:26 AM, Uranus enters Taurus.

Uranus is done with Aries for approximately 84 years! It had been moving through Aries for about 8 years, waking us up to the different ways we could express ourselves, our freedoms, and our aggression. We have learned those lessons, and are being shuffled towards a new focus. Uranus in Taurus awakens the fixed earth sign in the zodiac and the place where Taurus resides in your chart. Here’s a quick review of Taurus’ house alignment based on your rising sign:

  • Aries - 2nd House; finances | Taurus - 1st House; self | Gemini - 12th House; isolation | Cancer - 11th House; community | Leo - 10th House; career | Virgo - 9th House; philosophy | Libra - 8th House; exchanges | Scorpio - 7th House; relationships | Sagittarius - 6th House; responsibilities | Capricorn - 5th House; pleasure | Aquarius - 4th House; origins | Pisces - 3rd House; communication.

Whichever house Taurus aligns with is the place where Uranus will be jolting your life into wakefulness. Consider electricity running through the significations of Taurus, which include: tangible pleasures like food, sex, drink, clothes, materials; agriculture; and survival. In the shock, we are tested and forced to reveal weaknesses. Consider these weaknesses to be old patterns and systems of futility that no longer support the core growth and development of the Taurus placements in your chart.

Like developing a new skill, this can be an unpleasant experience initially, but with time and flexibility, we are promised individuation and change.

Mar 6 at 11:03 AM, a New Moon in Pisces is exact.

This dark moon in Pisces begins a new lunar cycle as a number of planetary shifts occur. First, Venus lightens the mood in Aquarius. Then, Mercury retrograde amplifies the already-mushy Pisces rationality. Then Uranus in Taurus electrifies a new area of life. This all occurs under the dark moon, and then the moon is reborn with the imprint of these changes. As the new lunar cycle, the moon and Sun conjoin Neptune. This is dreamy and drifty and docile. A sort of sweet nothingness, an empty egg.

Typically a new moon is a good time to plant intentions - a gestation period. Time-space is fertile and ready for the energetic seeds to lay themselves in the invisible soil of the mind. When we think of seeds planted, it is easy to imagine the follow-up sprout and forthcoming blooms and fruits. However, with the Mercury retrograde in full swing and Uranus’ innate reversing nature coming alive in Taurus, we might find the seed sprouts upside down, growing into a different universe, a different kind of organism. Things are not entirely what they seem. So. Plant your intentions wisely. Consider the Pisces placement in your chart (and if you are more advanced, consider Taurus, too!), and create a special seed for further insight into the affected area of life.

(The stars can only offer what they know.)

Andrei Lazarev

Mar 9 at 2:10 AM, Sun in Pisces sees a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn.

Sun-Saturn can be a little drab, especially when both are in such heavy signs. We could wake up on the morning of the 9th with a sense of responsibility laid on the shoulders of our spirits. I imagine someone saying, Perhaps it is finally time we start working on taxes, but oh wait Mercury is retrograde. This is a touch depressive, too. It might remind us how tired we are and the rest we need, so you could find yourself laying around with a heavy sense of impending to-do’s.

But, if you want to use this passing transit for it’s best value, then get started on something you’ve been meaning to do. It will be easier to continue a project once it has begun (especially with the engine of new moon beginning to build light).

Mar 10 at 12:19 PM, Mars in Taurus sees a sextile to Neptune in Pisces.

Mars-Neptune can sometimes express as an excessive escapist nature, often alluding to drugs and drinking. I believe this is especially the case with Mars in Taurus, an ultra sensual sign which delights in taste, touch, sight, smell, and sound. Alternatively, the escapist desire could also express via creativity. With Taurus there is a manifestation quality since physical form is emphasized. Especially with Mercury in Pisces is offering us Neptunian downloads, it could be Mars’ sextile that ends up funneling these ideas/fantasies into something real.

Mar 13 at 10:29 AM, the Sun in Pisces sees a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn. Later that evening, at 9:29 PM, the Sun sees a square to Jupiter in Sagittarius.

This is a busy day for the Sun as it meets with heavy-duty Pluto and catches up with buoyant Jupiter nearly simultaneously. In the human realm, our minds and spirits will be illuminated with dark yearnings and grandiose adventures. It is possible that we come to see a bigger picture of what we desire from our lives. Perhaps also, society reveals the way it uses faith and spirituality to gain power over others. There is potential for both good and bad to come to the surface. It is up to each of us to move towards what calls us forward.

Mar 14 at 6:02 AM, Mars in Taurus sees a trine to Saturn in Capricorn.

Early morning, the two malefics conspire together. With these two in cahoots, we can apply Saturn’s goals to Mars’ ability to take action. This actually relates to a longer cycle that began in early 2018, and right now is a perfect time to reflect on how this has been working out for you. Consider the parts of your life that are related to goal-setting and acting-upon-goals. Are these parts of your life intertwined or separate? Can you blend your future-sight with manifestation? The Mars-Saturn trine can offer some ease and harmony between these two inherent parts of life. Just because they are challenging planets, doesn’t mean they can’t offer productivity and positive outcomes.

Approximately 20 minutes later, at 6:27 AM on Mar 14, the First Quarter Moon in Gemini is exact.

Isn’t it cool that we have this power-house trine occurring at the same time as the building moon exactly shifts towards excess light and manifestation? It is an indication that we can really make something happen. That said, the ruler of Gemini - Mercury - is lost in the space-time continuum of Pisces. So how well will this moon actually help us? Hard to say. My impression is that things will work out for the best, even if at first there is significant confusion along the way. It is like ritual sacrifice - you have to give something of value in order to receive something of value…. perhaps we are sacrificing our time and cognition for a greater story to unfold.

On the night of Mar 14 at 9:47 PM, the Sun conjoins Mercury in Pisces.

Barely a day after the quarter moon and Mercury is already getting involved. Trickster energy will be alive at this time. Have a sense of play and flexibility - it’ll be easier to handle confusion if you are letting it be rather than trying to force rigidity.

Kevin O'Connor

Mar 15 at 7:16 PM, Mercury in Pisces sees a square to Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Once again, we get a Mercury-Jupiter contact as Mercury moves in reverse. The last one occurred on Feb 22. Was there something then that is relevant now? Is there some kind of review related to ideas and communication, sharing beliefs? Perhaps this marks a crisis point around a decision or project begun at the earlier date. This is a moment of awareness more than a moment of reaction.

Mar 16 at 9:08 AM, Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn.

On this day it is possible that deep dark shadows begin to show up in the periphery. We’ve already worked with them throughout this season and the last, but perhaps they still need work. Consider the ways you tell yourself about your own inner darknesses. Is there something about this self-talk that constricts you?

Mar 17 at 11:23 PM, Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Mars in Taurus.

This transit relates to understanding and comprehension of the work we’ve done thus far. This can be work-work, life-work, shadow-work, etc. Like the day earlier with Mercury’s sextile to Pluto, self-talk comes to light, and we check in to see how far we’ve come in the process of our work. This placement can also make tongues sharp and judgmental, so carry a sense of caution on this day.

Mar 20 at 7:41 AM, Mars in Taurus sees a trine to Pluto in Capricorn. A few hours later at 10:26 AM, Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn.

As the Sun moves through the final degree of Pisces en route to Aries and the equinox point, we get a double-dose of Capricornian expansion. Mars’ trine to Pluto eases tension around any challenging shadow-work and clears paths towards healing. One could also opt-out of the work, and live in blissful ignorance with such an easy aspect. Mercury’s sextile to Capricorn finalizes the retrograde trickster’s contacts with our malefics (though it will come back into contact in direct motion later down the road), offering one more level of hellish insight. But maybe not hellish insight - perhaps just a steady sturdy awareness of surroundings. It depends on your chart and your choices. Do you want to open yourself to the difficulties? Do you prefer to live on the surface?

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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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

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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.

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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!)

Photo by Jay from Unsplash

Photo by Jay from Unsplash

Forecast | Scorpio Season 2018

NOTE: In this early edition of my monthly forecasts, I was drawing inspiration directly from Austin Coppock’s book 36 Faces which covers the topic of decans. For more in depth understanding of the decans and how they are used in astrological interpretation, please visit http://austincoppock.com .

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.

Through the Sun’s entire tour of Scorpio, Uranus and Venus are in opposition, activating insights and shocks to the system via the Venus retrograde. Relationships, values, self-care, desires all receive continued review. With Uranus involved, sudden bursts and social calamities may come through as well. Electric love, spontaneous decisions that reveal hidden motives, and an awakening to what lies within our hearts. Though we may experience some chaos, we’ll be able to reclaim our desires and motives. Think of kundalini awakening, which is such a beautiful analogy of the Scorpion’s experience.

Scorpio is the zodiac’s fixed water sign, traditionally ruled by the planet Mars. In our modern era, many astrologers assign Pluto as the ruler of Scorpio. In either case, there is a distinct edge to the Scorpion’s experience - depth, separation, and destruction are prominent in this sign’s significations. But if we think about water, which is shapeless and yet takes up space, we find that there is something mysteriously soothing about it. Water, after all, is life-giving and is therefore representative of our origins. And so in fixed water, we hold still - we make space for those origin stories to come through, to understand the bottom line. It’s like going into the basement of your self to connect with the very root of your existence. There is something primordial and grotesque about it, but also wildly nourishing and enlivening.

This a season of observation, illumination, and reclamation. We have the capacity to light the flame within. Action may perspire and is even encouraged, but it isn’t recommended that intentions are planted. This is a time to reap what was earlier sewn. Mercury turns retrograde, too, doubling down on the themes of harvest and hibernation. This is a season to experience what is and what has been - stay present and don’t yet worry too much about the future (that time will come soon enough).

Scorpio 1 | Oct 23-Nov 2 | Desire Awakening

In the first decan of Scorpio, we are immediately re-introduced to the Venus-Uranus opposition. This opposition was first exact on September 12th, and remained quite close for the days following. Eventually, it went out of orb, but just as the Sun enters Scorpio, Venus’ retrograde motions brings the planet of desire back into a tight orb of its opposition with electrifying Uranus. This opposition remains prominent throughout the entirety of Scorpio Season, speaking volumes to the overall significations and outcomes of the Venus retrograde.

On October 24th, we get a really close look at what this Venus-Uranus opposition has to say with the Full Moon in Taurus.

The full moon is exact at 12:45 PM ET, in the second degree of Taurus and Scorpio. In Taurus the Moon is tightly conjoined Uranus, and in Scorpio the Sun is tightly conjoined Venus. These pairings also make favorable aspects to Saturn in Capricorn. This lunation brings our focus to Uranus first as the Moon acts like a magnetic magnifying glass. There is a sense of urgency that comes with Moon-Uranus contacts, something that makes our gut reactions come forward, and churns the emotional energy of the Moon such that our impulse-instincts are on edge and adrenalized. From this point of activity, we look towards the Venus-Sun conjunction since Uranus is in Venus-ruled Taurus. Venus and the Sun are not yet exactly conjoined, meaning that Venus is well hidden under the beams of the Sun, thus weakened in the desert that is combustion. At this point, we may still have a hard time understanding our desires (Venus) and motivations (Scorpio), but we know that they exist within us and make us hungry. This bounces us back to the Moon and Uranus in Taurus, inspiring us to chase our cravings, perhaps literal food or sensual cravings. There is potential for chaos, but with Saturn standing in a supporting role, the chaos may lead us to physical realities that bring us comfort and/or awakening.

Ultimately, the full moon gifts us awareness of our desire nature. It is possible that this gift comes as a rude awakening; perhaps it is something we don’t want to deal with right now. However, for the rest of Scorpio season, we are asked to study this part of ourselves and re-connect to our depths. If you avoid this necessary review process, it will seep out of and burst through the pipes of your internal affairs in ways that are much more uncomfortable.

On October 26th, the Sun and Venus are exactly conjunct at 10:16 AM ET at 3 degrees of Scorpio.

This conjunction marks the middle of Venus’ retrograde cycle, transforming the planet of beauty from evening star to morning star, from reflective to outwardly expressive. This is also a moment of insight and illumination into V’s retrograde and how it may be impacting us personally. With Venus in the heart of the Sun, we can experience literal a-ha moments that culminate around Venusian events such as social gatherings, interpersonal activities, and wining and dining. To note, this conjunction will occur on Friday (Venus’ Day) which will add an extra dose of awareness-insight.

On October 29th, Mercury conjoins Jupiter at 7:04 AM ET at 27 degrees of Scorpio.

Mercury-Jupiter conjunctions can bring a sense of optimism into the day’s mental activity. It can also indicate a mentally active day, in which we ponder the greater meaning of the world around us. In Scorpio, this conjunction can speak to the fruits of the deep-dive we’ve been undergoing with Venus’ retrograde. In a larger view, this can also offer clarity from Jupiter’s year long journey through Scorpio, and offer an opportunity for Jove to make any final remarks before it enters Sagittarius.

This Mercury-Jupiter conjunction also happens to mark the start of Mercury’s shadow period, which lasts about two weeks as Mercury slows before stationing retrograde. Knowing this, it’s possible that the Mercury-Jupiter conjunction brings into focus that which will be reviewed over the next month and a half.

On October 31, Halloween, we experience a boost of planetary activity.

  • First, just after midnight ET, Mercury enters Sagittarius. Mercury in Sagittarius is at odds with Hermes’ innate desire to create definitions, separations, organization. Mercury would rather categorize ideas in detail than unify people under the same belief system. However, Sagittarius wants Mercury to bring ideas together in order to determine a philosophy to follow. In the first decan of Sag, Mercury speaks quite convincingly, separating one philosophy from the rest as the only worthwhile option. In our lived experience, we may be able to express personal philosophies with better vigor, or we may meet people who have strong opinions about their own. With the upcoming retrograde, these dogmas may not truly serve. Allow questions and doubts to surface.

  • At 4:44 AM ET, Venus exactly opposes Uranus at 0 degrees of Scorpio and Taurus, respectively. This ongoing opposition becomes active early in the morning, perhaps awakening us to uncovered desires and uncomfortable depth analysis. The start of Halloween has a potent excitement and uncertainty; dressing up in costume is ultra exciting as we get to explore our scarier or more bizarre bits with more freedom.

  • At 12:40 PM ET, we see a Last Quarter Moon in Leo at 8 degrees conjoined the North Node. Mid-day we check ourselves to see how our desires align with our personal truths. Are our underlying motives in sync with who we are? Is this an honest expression of self? If not, the last quarter moon offers us an opportunity to ponder how to re-connect those two parts of our lives.

  • At 3:41 PM ET, Venus enters Libra. There should be a visceral shift from the Scorpion’s investigative nature to Libra’s unifying motion. Venus delights in its own sign, and happily reconnects with what it means to love in harmony. This speaks to the larger narrative of the day - how to align external social interactions with one’s true desire nature. How can we strike a balance between what is socially acceptable and what is deeply true? Have we been avoiding a part of ourselves in order to fit in? If so, let Venus in Libra guide us towards a more equal and realistic balance.

On November 1st Jupiter in Scorpio trines Chiron in Pisces at 1:35 PM ET.

This transit makes for an emotive and poignant day.

Chiron as the wounded healer needs a strong sense of philosophy and purpose in order to heal with any kind of medicinal property. Typically, Chiron placements in the natal chart can speak to an area of deep thought and introspection in a person’s life. Sometimes this simply results in brooding/isolation, but in other scenarios the thoughtful qualities of this placement can a lead a person to make meaningful decisions that positively impact others around them.

In transit, Chiron can speak to a certain area of life that has become sensitive and thought-provoking for the collective. For the last seven years, Chiron has been touring through Pisces, and its current retrograde marks its last time in Pisces for a long while. Pisces is associated with collective connection and mystical experiences that allow us to feel bonded with the world around us. With Chiron rolling through this sign, there has been deep thought placed on what it means to feel connection with the world and mystical qualities that exist within and around us.

As Jupiter sees its last few degrees through Scorpio this year, it makes a passing trine to Chiron. This boosts Chiron and its philosophical qualities. We may spend this day pondering the larger meaning of the universe around us. The depth of Scorpio adds a layer of occult, that which is hidden in our spirits may come to light now.

Beautifully, this transits coincides with Samhain - a pagan holiday that marks the end of the harvest and a turn inwards. This is a time to cocoon into the magic of your internal universe and to allow the rich nourishment of pause to take over.

Scorpio 2 | Nov 2 - Nov 12 | Reconnection

As the Sun moves into the second decan of Scorpio, there is a distinct stillness in our lives. The activity, uncovering, and excitement of the last few seasons falls to the side as we go inward. Though, as we travel internally, the excitement doesn’t stop; it only shifts and twists and becomes a ripe journey through our emotional landscape. There is something profoundly thrilling about the external stability that lends to internal activity.

On November 5th Venus conjoins the asteroid Ceres at 8:48 PM ET at 27 degrees of Libra.

Ceres can relate to the harvest, to the story of Demeter and her daughter Persephone, and to the underworld. As Venus nears its station point for direct motion, the contact made with Ceres can mirror the ongoing review of underworldly matters of the heart and desire. It can also speak to that which has been learned or gained since Venus was last in Libra. What have we learned about our values over the last few months?

On November 6th, the Sun trines Neptune at 1:40 AM ET at 13 degrees of Scorpio and Pisces respectively.

Though exact in the middle of the night, Sun trine Neptune creates a refracted glow that we carry with us through the day. This transit can briefly awaken us to mystical or spiritual paths that exist in our tiny universe. One might intentionally use this day to visit with the occult or mystical practice of their choosing - tarot, astrology, wicca, etc. Our imaginations will be active, giving us the rare opportunity to peer into a more universal sense of self. On the same token, this transit can cloud our judgments of reality and disconnect us from what is and isn’t. Sun-Neptune can also cast a desirable filter over potential relational issues that have been dredged up as a result of the Venus retrograde. This is a day better spent ruminating rather than activating.

Later on the same day, Uranus re-enters Aries at 1:59 PM ET.

This marks Uranus’ last entrance into Aries for approximately 84 years. Think of this final entrance into Aries as a resolution or wrap-up to Uranus’ 7 year transit through the cardinal fire sign. To consider how this transit has affected us, look to the Aries placement in your charts, and consider what ways new technology, pioneering attitudes, and individuality have become prominent. If you need help or would like to consult over this placement, consider scheduling a reading with me.

Another signification to consider is that Uranus has left our ultra stable Venus-ruled Taurus, and is no longer in a sign-based opposition to the Scorpio Sun. This adds a new layer of external stability that grounds us and allows for steadier depth work through the rest of this season.

On November 7th a New Moon at 15 degrees of Scorpio is exact at 11:02 AM ET.

This new lunation cycle kicks off with a straightforward motive - to illuminate the depths of our egos. This is a moment in the season to be still, observant, and non-judgmental. I suggest that we make the time to witness what moves in the dark, to lay awake in the nighttime of our inner worlds. This could also be an opportunity to begin transmuting whatever toxins may have arisen over the last two weeks; to lean into the transformative nature of Scorpio.

On November 8th Jupiter enters Sagittarius at 7:38 AM ET.

When a planet enters a sign it rules, it is as if its royal highness has entered its own castle. It becomes stronger, has better control, and is able to signify what it really wants to signify. In the mutable fire sign of Sagittarius, Jupiter expresses philosophies with vigor and excitement; it sees spirit and optimism in the world around it; our dream lives become richer and our sense of the bigger picture - the mystery of the universe - is newly enchanted. This ingress happily reminds us of the point of all of the deep-diving and underworld mess we’ve gotten ourselves into. Hope and joy become alive again.

To note, this ingress actually occurs on Thursday (Jupiter’s Day) and so we should feel the joy of Jupiter upon waking that morning.

On November 9th Mars in Aquarius trines Venus in Libra at 26 degrees at 10:11 AM ET.

Venus-Mars trines activate a charismatic nature; an energy that is both brave enough to be individualistic and caring enough to connect with others. On this day we get a moment to reclaim our ability to connect with others. This will come as a relief since the last few months Venus has been disconnected, withdrawing, and isolating. Now we get to begin experiencing Venus in bloom, even despite the retrograde motion. We are so near the end of this backwards motion, there is a sense of resolution and harmony - at least the start of it.

On November 11th the Sun sextiles Pluto at 19 degrees at 10:21 AM ET.

This is a beautiful day to lean into introspection, to review what you’ve learned about your inner psychological make-up, and to spend some time resting with your inner shadow. It isn’t necessary to be naked and constantly vulnerable with the world, but it is important to be vulnerable with yourself (this is the only way lasting connections exist - through an ongoing sense of who you are, what you need, and what you can bring to the table).

Scorpio 3 | Nov 12 - Nov 22 | What is Satisfaction?

Upon the Sun’s shift into the third decan of Scorpio, we might begin to feel overwhelmed by the underworld adventures we’ve had up to this point. There is a distinct moment in the nature of obsession where we cross the boundary between joy and excess. Consider the last ten days of Scorpio season to be a study of this boundary.

On November 15th a First Quarter Moon is exact at 22 degrees of Aquarius at 9:54 AM ET.

The first quarter moon is a crisis point. After the seeds planted at the new moon, we begin to face our first obstacles on the journey towards culmination. In Aquarius, this can relate to what ideals or expectations we hold in contrast to what demons we’ve discovered within ourselves. This can force us to question the intent of our expectations and the value of our shadows. In what ways can we compromise the two to create a more realistic expectation and to shed whatever bad habits no longer serve?

On the same day, Mars enters Pisces at 5:20 PM ET.

For nearly the entire year, Mars has been in a Saturn-ruled sign. This has definitely had its benefits: Mars has been able to filter a lot of its energy through the hard-working nature of Saturn, reducing impulse, and activating major productivity. On the flip side, this has also led to burn out, over-working ourselves, and exhaustion.

In Pisces, Mars takes a break from productivity and enters a realm of mysticism and spirituality. Ruled by Jupiter, Pisces asks Mars to connect with the collective. A positive way to use this energy is to go to a yoga class, to practice the martial arts, or to ground oneself in meditative visualizations.

In connection with the First Quarter Moon, Mars’ entrance into Pisces can also fuel us to chase after our ideals despite whatever internal dramas may hold us back. This can lead to a state of excessive escapism. It’s possible that we need the escape - a break from what the hardships of this year’s Saturnian vibes - but be careful not to overdo it.

On November 16th, Venus stations direct at 25 degrees of Libra at 5:51 AM ET.

Venus’ direct motion is exciting! After a long summer of retrogrades, we finally come to the end of the year’s most challenging transits. Take a breath of fresh air, and a moment to enjoy Venus in its home sign of Libra. Venus won’t leave Libra until December, so the rest of this month should have a notable Venusian glow over it.

On the same day, Mercury stations retrograde at 13 degrees of Sagittarius at 8:33 PM ET. Mercury also squares Neptune in Pisces throughout its station.

This is a particularly rough station for Mercury. It is already uncomfortable in the sign opposite its own, and then it is in a square with Neptune! Neptune can cause a lot of confusion and fog - too much for Mercury to parse through even at its strongest. Neptune’s square to Mercury’s station makes for major miscommunications, commuting mishaps, and exaggerated Mercury retrograde chaos.

Sometimes when a planet stations, we can get a sense of what the retrograde will feel like, but with Neptune so active in this station, it seems as though we won’t even get that. This is a day to lay low, and not do anything that requires any kind of mental processing.

On November 19th Mars in Pisces squares Jupiter in Sagittarius at 2 degrees at 8:30 PM ET.

This square pattern will likely be tense at first, but should lead to more positive outcomes. Jupiter has the clear upper hand as the ruler of both Sagittarius and Pisces. It is also in a superior square to Mars which means that Jupiter is three zodiacal signs earlier than Mars, implying that Jupiter has added authority.

It seems that there could be an aggressive confrontation due to the martial involvement, but ultimately confrontation leads to expanding and opening our minds. Another possibility could be an aggressive desire for escapism, driving ourselves to a state of excess which ultimately teaches us a hard lesson about our escapist tendencies.

On November 20th, the Moon conjoins Uranus in Aries at 29 degrees at 5:46 PM ET.

The Moon’s contact with Uranus in Aries adds a layer of perception to Uranus’ recent ingress. This is the first time since Uranus re-entered Aries that the Moon has joined it. The experiences of this day will likely speak volumes of our personal experiences with Uranus in Aries. It’s possible that a new insight on an old problem becomes available to us, or that we are tested to ensure our Uranus-Aries lessons have been learned.

This is the last major transit before the Sun enters Sagittarius, giving us one final moment in the low-lit journey of Scorpio. There is potential for crisis as we leave a fixed sign and enter the season of a mutable one. What comes up on this day will be reviewed during Sagittarius Season.

Forecast | Libra Season 2018

NOTE: In this early edition of my monthly forecasts, I was drawing inspiration directly from Austin Coppock’s book 36 Faces which covers the topic of decans. For more in depth understanding of the decans and how they are used in astrological interpretation, please visit http://austincoppock.com .

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 this early edition of my monthly forecasts, I was drawing inspiration directly from Austin Coppock’s book 36 Faces which covers the topic of decans. For more in depth understanding of the decans and how they are used in astrological interpretation, please visit http://austincoppock.com .

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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Photo by Fancycrave on Unsplash

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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Photo by Fancycrave on Unsplash

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

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 this early edition of my monthly forecasts, I was drawing inspiration directly from Austin Coppock’s book 36 Faces which covers the topic of decans. For more in depth understanding of the decans and how they are used in astrological interpretation, please visit http://austincoppock.com .

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.