Forecast Apr 12-18, 2021: Party Crashers

This week the Sun, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter will be behaving much like a crowd of rowdy spring breakers. Tactful Venus will step away from the ruckus when she heads into Taurus midweek, while Pluto prepares to crash a couple of the parties Aries is throwing. Like libations served to college students, the Aries sass and sauce will freely flow throughout the week. This one begins under an Aries Moon and concludes with a Sun Mercury conjunction, at a deafening 29 degrees on Sunday night. In between, the Aries Sun will sextile Mars on Tuesday and Jupiter on Thursday, Mars will trine Jupiter on Friday and Mercury will sextile Jupiter and Mars on Saturday. From spontaneous Aries, social Gemini and curious Aquarius, those four, along with the Aries and Gemini Moons, will heighten urges to get out, mingle and mix things up. Cranking up the volume, the Sun and Mercury are reaching the zenith of combustable Aries, while in the hardy later degrees of Gemini and Aquarius, inexhaustible Mars and exuberant Jupiter are raring to fan flames. Just as the party revs up into overdrive, eruptive Pluto will square the Aries Sun on Friday and Mercury on Saturday. That’s when Venus’ move into sensible Taurus will seem like the obvious choice for avoiding commotion. But the Saturn Uranus square looming in the background will belie Taurus’ reputation for simplicity.

Like stepping onto a tripwire, Venus, the money planet, will set off erratic Uranus. This week’s lunar transit through Taurus, from midday Monday into the wee hours of Thursday morning, may send some subtle but prescient signals from markets about incoming economic conditions. Immediately after this week’s Aries party, the Sun and newsy Mercury will follow Venus into the sign of raw materials, real estate and resources. A Taurus stellium will then cluster around global game-changer Uranus, as the Venus Uranus conjunction becomes exact on April 22nd. Further, on the 23rd, cantankerous Mars will leave convivial Gemini for the sign of food and shelter, Cancer. That transit lasts until June 11th, and leads right into the year’s second, and strongest, Saturn square to Uranus, at 13 degrees on June 14th. Since Saturn’s first square to Uranus in mid February, market disruptions have been strong yet spotty. For instance, international players like Credit Suisse and Japan’s Nomura Holdings have assured the public that financial damage from the Archegos debacle is fully contained and poses no systemic risk. Similarly, jingoistic US media emphatically praised the creation of 500K jobs in March. Yet hedge funds have admitted to taking a $6B hit from January’s Wall Street Bets crowd, the Archegos scandal caused a $20B stock selloff in late March, and every week since January, except one, over 700K Americans have filed new claims for unemployment. This April 14th-May 8th Venus Taurus transit may prove more akin to a canary in a coal mine than the running of a bull. For now, the Sun, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter are throwing one hell of a party, and sending Aries 2021 out with a bang.

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Forecast Apr 5-11, 2021: Bubbling Up

This week begins with the Moon moving into Aquarius, and it ends with 2021’s new Moon in Aries. As most astrology enthusiasts know, Jupiter and Saturn are presently transiting inventive Aquarius. Those who keep an even closer watch are no doubt aware that the Sun, Mercury and Venus are currently in Aries and Mars is in Gemini. Aries is a fire sign and Aquarius and Gemini are air signs, and fire and air signs have positive polarity. This polarity is described as masculine, yang or outgoing and is shared by six of the twelve signs. When planets travel through signs of the same polarity, yin or yang, they can only create the agreeable conjunctions, trines and sextiles. For example, from Monday through Wednesday, that Aquarius Moon will conjoin Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius, trine Mars in Gemini and sextile Mercury, the Sun and Venus in Aries. Similarly, when the Moon enters Aries late Friday night, it will go on to conjoin Mercury, the Sun and Venus, and sextile Saturn, Mars and Jupiter. Incidentally, a Sun Moon conjunction is always the new Moon point, in this case 22 Aries 25. With the exception of the Moon’s Pisces visit from Wednesday through Friday night, all seven of the personal planets, as well as the Moon’s Nodes, will be in those exciting and excitable yang signs. And La Luna won’t be the only body activating impulses.

Venus will form friendly sextiles, to motivated Mars on Tuesday and generous Jupiter on Saturday, and a few hours later Mercury will sextile strict Saturn. While Saturn is often maligned for imposing rules, a heedless and headstrong Mercury (in Aires) may benefit from a yellow light. The week’s red lights are Friday’s Mars square to Neptune and Sunday’s Venus square to Pluto, following the new Moon. This mutable Mars Neptune conflict can manifest in something as simple as a GPS or ride share app failing on the way to a party or something as complicated as the eruption of serious arguments, with zero agreement on basic facts. The Venus and Pluto debacle looks like a knockdown, drag out about money. This battle can take place in personal space or in the political arena, including social media spats and street demonstrations. Either way, it could get ugly. See Saturday’s Mercury Saturn sextile, rinse and repeat. Thus, the best strategy for the week is to grab the gusto right out of the gate, from the visionary Aquarius Moon, and immediately apply it to pet and prized projects through Thursday. Leave wiggle room on Friday or take the day off, and get ready to set new Moon intentions for Sunday. Because Aries starts the astrological wheel, this new Moon sets the year’s tone. Additionally, at the robust 22 degree mark, this one is full of propulsion. Aiming it over that Venus Pluto wall is the best way to avoid the punches Aries is infamous for throwing. And during a week buzzing with electricity and itching for adventure, there’s ample inspiration to launch into the next great frontier.

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Forecast Mar 29-Apr 4, 2021: A Note Of Caution

Whatever this past weekend’s full Moon stirred up will take a few days to settle down. Though decidedly lighter than last week’s waxing Moon aspects, there’s a smoldering quality to most of the week’s astrology. That said, the Moon is now waning and several celestial bursts of inspiration are on the way. Most significantly amongst them, on Saturday Mercury will trade the ambiguity of Pisces for the impetuousness of Aries. That bold stroke alone will help us take a fresh look at some new opportunities. But first, Mercury has a meeting with Neptune on Monday. At its best, this Pisces conjunction represents an oceanic point of deep, meditative reflection. In a state of peace and non-attachment, profound insight can emerge. Ideally we’ll just sit with it, allowing visions to unfold. The shadow side of Mercury and Neptune aligning in fluid Pisces is that they are quite capable of creating a lot of confusion or seducing us into dangerous realms of delusion. For example, under this influence, one could be lulled into get rich fantasies and bet his/her stimmy on more GME while ignoring urgent necessities like paying the housing and food bills. As if to save us from ourselves, overnight on Monday the Moon will roll into no-nonsense Scorpio.

Pluto-governed Scorpio presides over life and death. Sometimes the mere thought of complete ruin is enough to snap us right back into reality. This two-day lunar venture will also trip fixed sign triggers, including an opposition from Uranus in down-to-earth, resource-conscious Taurus. If there’s true value in Monday’s work in the imaginal plane, then the Scorpio Moon will assess its validity. Simultaneously, Saturn will sextile Venus on Tuesday and the Sun on Wednesday. Cold, austere Saturn is neither warm nor fuzzy. But in Aquarius, the planet of limitations is more favorably predisposed to the Sun and Venus in audacious Aries. The week’s next reality check arrives late Thursday night when Mercury will sextile Pluto in Saturn-ruled Capricorn. Here living the dream will have to be reconciled with the economic facts. Lightening up moods and outlooks, by then the Moon will have moved into optimistic Sagittarius.

Eternally hopeful Sagittarius is of course astrology’s third fire sign, making this Moon a good companion to the Saturn and Jupiter in keen Aquarius and the Sun and Venus in invigorating Aries. The Jupiter-ruled sign also instills a sense of possibility. Amping up the courage, Mercury will enter Aries on Saturday night, where it will travel with the Sun until April 19th. Together, their live-wire act will banish lethargy, boost zeal and prompt action. But in intrepid Aries, Mercury is ill-equipped to think things through. As if to leave us one last note of caution, the week ends with a Capricorn Moon heading into a conjunction with Pluto. It seems that the intuitive Moon and volcanic Pluto will remind us that all actions have consequences.

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Forecast Mar 22-28, 2021: Obstacle Course

This week a sequence of planetary squares and opposition will foment a series of struggles. In the wider context, we are heading into the revelatory force of a full Moon in harmonizing Libra. But before we receive its prized equilibrium and the restoration of peace, we’ll have to work through some serious discord, in one form or another. No matter the modality, cardinal, fixed or mutable, the call for resolution will be constant and pervasive, as conflicts will present themselves in a variety of manners and venues. For example, on Tuesday, the waxing Cancer Moon will battle primordial Pluto while Mercury squares Mars. Pluto has made its way up to 26 degrees of Capricorn. At this incendiary stage, the planet that represents the will to power isn’t messing around. Emotional Cancer feelings will have to be rooted in sound psychological terrain to withstand, let alone win, this war. Another battle front for feelings will be fought under the Mercury Mars square. Mercury is presently drifting through the subjective and imaginary world of Pisces, where its typically razor-sharp mental faculties are subdued, if not impaired. They are being further diluted by Mercury’s impending conjunction with nebulous and sometimes deceptive Neptune on the 29th. Forceful Mars is in objective and intellectual Gemini, one of Mercury’s domiciles. Reconciling the merits of inner and outer realities earlier rather than later this week is a good idea. The Moon’s entrance into Mercury’s other home, logical Virgo, on Thursday night will only rehash hearts versus minds arguments. Mercury and Neptune will oppose the Virgo Moon on Saturday, when its nearly full status will see emotional tides surging.

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Amidst the cardinal and mutable sign hostilities, the Moon will visit Leo from Tuesday afternoon through late Thursday evening. There its mettle will we tested by a square from Uranus and an opposition from Saturn on Wednesday and an opposition from Jupiter on Thursday. On the bright side playful, determined Leo will initially receive encouragement from Venus and the Sun in confident Aries, on Tuesday via their trines to the Moon. On the other hand, the sign’s autocratic tendencies, self-centeredness and overindulgence will not be tolerated. The buck stops with Uranus in Taurus, and Aquarius-based Saturn and Jupiter will require consideration of the collective. Another iteration of this “me versus we” conflict will show up on Sunday when the Libra Moon faces direct oppositions from the Aries Sun and Venus. Again, resolving the issues, in this case self versus others, earlier rather than later is advised. This week’s cosmic Battle Royale will culminate under that full Moon in Libra. If the sign of relationships is where we learn to walk the proverbial mile in another man’s shoes, then this week’s configurations can be thought of as a $1,000 shopping spree at a shoe store. At its outset, setting the intention to be more understanding and considerate will go a long way towards smoothing the contentious journey ahead and clearing those obstacles.

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Forecast Mar 15-21, 2021: On The Move

This week will see Mercury delve into watery Pisces while the Sun and Venus venture into trailblazing Aries. Monday morning’s upbeat sextile between the budding Aries Moon and optimistic Jupiter sets the tone for a week brimming with productivity and encouragement. Aries is all about bold exploration, and Monday’s Moon will give us a sample of the incoming transits. However, Mercury’s descent into reflective, relaxed Pisces, on the 15th, will subdue some of the ferocity, at least until April 3rd when the Messenger also enters the cardinal fire sign. While the dreamy realms of Pisces aren’t the ideal space for quick, clever Mercury, they may just anchor Aries impulses long enough for us to devise sensible and sustainable goals. On that front, the Moon’s visit to Taurus, from Tuesday morning through early Thursday evening, will steep us in the fixed earth sign’s renowned reliability. In the sign of finance and the material world, the numbers must add up and the books will have to be balanced. Squares to this Taurus Moon from Saturn and Jupiter will come around to suss out any fuzzy math. That said, this brief transit will see the Moon make an extraordinary number of favorable connections, with the Sun, Mercury and Venus and powerhouse planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Underscoring that point about keeping it real, Capricorn-entrenched Pluto will sextile the late Pisces Sun on Tuesday and luxury-loving Venus on Thursday. After rolling up our sleeves and earnestly working on big picture plans, a shift from work to play arrives early Thursday night when the Moon moves into social Gemini. This sets the stage for the Sun’s entrance into Aries on Saturday.


Energetic Mars is the ruler of effervescent Aries. Now in yang-oriented Gemini, the passionate planet is poised to bolster the fires that the Aries Sun, Venus and later Mercury will ignite. Long before making direct contact with them, on April 6th, 13th and 17th, Mars will conjoin the Gemini Moon midday on Friday and trine Saturn on Sunday. Whilest a meeting of malefics Mars and Saturn is generally interpreted with caution, if not outright foreboding, in this case the two are communicating in air signs Gemini and Aquarius and the trine is one of astrology’s most agreeable angles. Under the chatty Gemini Moon, the Sun will officially launch Spring 2021 when it steps into audacious Aries. After all of the festivity, the Moon will slip into sensitive and soothing Cancer on Sunday morning. Two hours later, Venus will emerge from the depths of Pisces and join the Sun in Aries. As those two begin livening up the atmosphere, Mercury will sextile unorthodox Uranus on Sunday afternoon. In Pisces, Mercury can get confused, intoxicated or both, and even in grounded Taurus Uranus is inherently unstable. Any serious notions that these two conjure up will benefit from careful consideration before implementation. On the other hand, in daring Aries the Sun and friendly Venus will welcome all of the fun, frivolity and experimentation that Mercury and Uranus can dream up. We made it through the winter. It’s time to celebrate!

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Healing Parental/Childhood Trauma: Pluto And The South Node Oppose The North Node

Capricorn is the sign of authority and fatherhood, Cancer is the sign of nurturing and motherhood, and Aries is the sign of independence and beginnings. During April 4th and 5th, key planets are coalescing in these signs, giving us the chance to reframe childhood traumas and to create new narratives and possibilities. Pluto, though relegated to dwarf status by astronomers, is respectfully viewed by astrologers as the potent planet of the underworld and transformation. It unflinchingly peers into the darkest places in the psyche, with an eye towards reformation. Only when we recognize and acknowledge our most painful experiences can we heal them and create new outcomes. On April 4th, Pluto will align exactly with the South Node of the Moon, the astrological component that describes the past, in Capricorn. The two will oppose the North Node of the Moon, the component illuminating the future, in Cancer.

Oppositions are rarely about either extreme. They ask us to examine each point of the polarity and to find our unique place along their created axis, that is, to synthesize the information each point is shedding light upon and to find our truth within it. Paternal Saturn rules Capricorn and the maternal Moon Cancer, and we also associate Capricorn with parenting and parents and Cancer with childhood and children. At this time Pluto is forcing traumas we experienced in childhood, from father or mother, to the surface, so that we stop recreating them now and in the future. Following the opposition of April 4th is not only the new Moon, but the new Aries Moon. Aries is first sign of astrology and respresents the Self, individuality and autonomy. Indeed, an entirely new trail to blaze is being placed before us.

The Aries Sun will move on to square Saturn on April 10th and Pluto on the 13th, and that new Aries Moon will crescendo to a momentous 29 degree full moon in Libra on April 19th. The traumatic incidents in our lives are never easy to face. We tend to prefer to look away. But doing so doesn’t make their effects disappear. Pushed all the way down or stored in the back of the mind, they continue running us. When we encounter similar circumstances in our present lives, the old scripts come back to life and replay. So, as this opposition builds, the ensuing squares pass and the new Moon mounts to a volcanic 29 degree Libra full Moon, it will be very instructive to notice the situations and people who trigger us. They are showing us what is yet unhealed. At one point or another, each of astrology’s four provocative and initiating cardinal signs will be involved in these alignments. The alignments forming here are also astrology’s contentious squares and oppositions. In order to create the new, something has to give. Obviously, there are a myriad of therapies and processes for unpacking and reframing trauma. Some experiences might require conventional therapy in a formal setting. And, we are also capable of doing inner work ourselves. The one question that it all boils down to and that is most helpful is this: What does safety look like? When we can begin to imagine ourselves being safe, being cared for and protected and being unconditionally loved, new perspectives emerge. With the North Node in the sign of emotional security, care-giving and nurturing, the Cosmos is pointing a way forward. Should we sip that legendary Aries bravery and face down those Plutonian shadows, we may walk into nothing short of an internal paradigm shift.

Beginning on April 30th, Capricorn’s ruling planet Saturn will begin a series of three oppositions to the North Node. It’s as if Pluto opened the door on April 4th, and over the next six months, Saturn will be encouraging us to walk through it. Also both Saturn and Pluto turn retrograde in late April, another indication that cleaning up issues from the past is being supported. Look for further coverage about these North Node oppositions at this blog in late April.

Apr 4th Pluto opposes True North Node 23 Can 03
Apr 5th New Moon 15 Ari 17
Apr 10th Sun Square Saturn
Apr 13th Sun Square Pluto
Apr 19th full Moon 29 Lib 07

Extra: I tend to avoid writing about current events in these columns. However, in this instance, I will go on record to predict that during the time of the astrological events described in this article, extending through the Saturn series of North Node oppositions, the subjects of child sex trafficking and child exploitation will be making the news. With Pluto in institutional Capricorn, it is highly likely that a large operation will be exposed or at least one that has ties to people in prominent positions. Capricorn deals with both banking (money laundering, dark money) and personal reputation and stature. Pluto is digging up dirty secrets, things that have been going on for years (the South Node), and on April 4th both will be confronted by the North Node in Cancer, the sign concerned with children. Saturn represents law enforcement and authority. Lastly, assertive Mars moved into Gemini (the news cycle) on March 30th. Several stories are brewing as of late March 2019. Let’s see what comes into the public sphere between now and early October.

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Surfing The Psychic Waves On March 20th

On March 20th at 1:00 PM PST I’ll be visiting Kristina Walsh at InFlowRadio to talk about the astrological cycle ahead, and it’s a big one.

March 20th is of course Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the day when the Sun enters the cardinal fire sign of Aries. This year the momentous event is preceded by a powerful Mars trine to Pluto, and this equinox includes a Super Full Moon in Libra, the final in our series of three Supermoons at 0 degrees and the first of two Libra full moons during the Aries sun cycle. I’ll have all of the details for you when I visit with Kristina Walsh on Surfing The Psychic Waves at 1:00 PM PST on Wednesday, March 20th at 1:00 PM PST. Please use the link to listen anytime.

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