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.


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

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Paula May on Unsplash

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

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

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

ARIES - 9th house topics, to include:

  • long-term study

  • occultism

  • mystery tradition

  • magic

  • adventure

  • foreign travel

  • publishing

TAURUS - 8th house topics, to include:

  • shared resources

  • loans

  • psychology

  • understanding others

  • value-work in relationships

  • help from others

GEMINI - 7th house topics, to include:

  • long-term relationships

  • close partnerships or friendships

  • deep conversations

  • heart-to-hearts

CANCER - 6th house topics, to include:

  • self-care

  • preventative health

  • ritual work

  • daily chores

  • organizational development

  • traveling for work

LEO - 5th house topics, to include:

  • fun

  • hobbies

  • the arts

  • flirting

  • passion

  • romance

  • children

VIRGO - 4th house topics, to include:

  • home

  • family

  • lineage

  • heritage

  • heirlooms

  • hometown

  • home base

LIBRA - 3rd house topics, to include:

  • writing

  • short-term study

  • neighborhood

  • local events

  • coffee houses

  • spoken words

  • daily commute

SCORPIO - 2nd house topics, to include:

  • finances

  • income

  • self-value

  • self-nourishment

  • food

  • clothes

  • material representation

SAGITTARIUS - 1st house topics, to include:

  • good luck in personal endeavors

  • good health

  • your authentic self

  • your psychology

  • personality reboot

  • reconnecting with who you are

CAPRICORN - 12th house topics, to include:

  • alone time

  • secret projects

  • self study

  • volunteer work

  • rest

  • relaxation

  • planting intentions

AQUARIUS - 11th house topics, to include:

  • friends

  • community

  • connection to many

  • large groups

  • professional organizations

  • activism

PISCES - 10th house topics, to include:

  • professional development

  • responsibilities

  • achievements

  • public image

  • social standing


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

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

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

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

Erik Eastman

Erik Eastman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Austin Neill

Austin Neill

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

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

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

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

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

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

Velizar Ivanov

Velizar Ivanov

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yoal Desurmont

Yoal Desurmont

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

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

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

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

Jonatan Pie

Jonatan Pie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo by Jay from Unsplash

Forecast | 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 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.