Forecast Jun 8-14, 2020: Across The Universe

Sounds of laughter, shades of earth are ringing through my opened ears,
Inciting and inviting me.
Limitless, undying love which shines around me like a million suns,
And calls me on and on across the Universe
Jai Guru Deva, Om”
-Lennon/McCartney

When describing Mars as the servant of two selves, the ego self and the transpersonal self, Jungian analyst Edward Edinger said, “Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.” This week will be largely shaped by the Sun’s square to Neptune on Thursday, Saturday’s Mars Neptune conjunction and the three-day Pisces Moon bridging those two events. The Sun represents our identity. In Gemini, it’s how we express and like to think of ourselves. In Pisces, Mars and Neptune are challenging definitions and beckoning us to reflect upon our spiritual essence. Pisces is the emotional water sign of victims, perspective and holism. Because connections involving the outer planets, like Neptune, take weeks to build and decay, you may have already been feeling Mars presence in Pisces. He’s been poking and prodding hearts for weeks. This may have manifested in the resurfacing of victimhood experiences from your past or from bearing witness to painful current events. Pisces empathizes, deeply and sincerely. To be the final sign of the zodiac, Pisces has earned its miles by walking in all twelve pairs of astrology’s shoes. It therefore possesses profound understanding, and it extends full consideration to all points of view. Its gifts are integration and forgiveness. With “logical” Mercury now fully immersed in the fellow water sign of Cancer, this week offers limitless emotional clearing, healing and transformation. Got tissue?

Forecast Jun 1-7, 2020: Looking For Landmarks

Gemini has a nearly insatiable appetite for the 411. Curious, chatty and always circulating, Gemini is a veritable news hub unto itself. Friday’s full moon and eclipse, now pregnant with revelations, promise to exceed even Gemini’s exorbitant demand for data. Gemini also loves variety. Yet the oncoming barrage of personal planet interactions threatens to exhaust astrology’s effervescent Twins. Those Twins also have quite the reputation for bipolarity, and this week’s alignments will range from nice to nasty. Finally, Gemini rules the nervous system. For Earthlings, moving through the this week, peacefully and coherently, will take some effort.

The action starts with Tuesday’s Venus square to Mars as Mercury slips into the shadow of its next retrograde at 5 Can 30. Venus is the planet of relationships, and we all know how hot headed Mars can be. With the Red planet in Pisces and under the influence of Neptune, arising arguments could have been festering in the unconscious for aeons or be based entirely upon delusions. Are we separating fact (Gemini) from fiction (Pisces) or silvery tongues (Gemini) from intrinsic truth (Pisces)? As we ponder those riddles, the very next day Venus conjoins the Sun. This is the week’s breath of fresh air, midway point of the Venus retrograde and a showering of good will and clarity. Soak it up, because on Friday the full Moon eclipse at 15 Sag 34 is accompanied by a Mercury sextile to Uranus. Sextiles generally bring friendly connections, and Uranus generally brings Chaos (yes, with a capital “C”). This is the first eclipse of the new Gemini Sagittarius series and the first one under the recent nodal shift into those signs. Emotions run high at full Moons. If fighting, kissing and making up and fighting again has been a pattern, proceed with caution now. We are reaching genuine breaking and end points. Vacillation takes another hit over the weekend when the Sun squares Mars. The week ends under a sobering Capricorn moon. Before going overboard with flying fingers across keyboards, evaluating our big picture needs and intentions is in order. When we can detect the landmarks, the emotional storms being whipped up by mutable pressures and Mercury in Cancer can be directed to a point, and a purpose.

Venus, the planet of romance and finance, is moving backwards. This aspect is good for reigniting old flames, recovering money and rekindling old friendships. How it will work for you depends on your unique chart and situation. While Venus is retrograde, there’s a 20% discount on 30 minute readings. Just email me (elizabeth at elizabethsoracle dot com) to schedule your private session or use the code VENUS2020 if you’re ready to order.

Forecast May 25-31, 2020: Not Exactly On The Same Page

If you need a definite answer right now or you’re hoping to completely resolve an issue, that’s going to be tricky to impossible this week. Throughout the week, Mercury is making odd connections with Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto and undergoing a sign change. The angles being formed are not particularly harsh. But being astrology’s quincunxes, they pose their own unique challenges. A quincunx means that the planets involved are 150 degrees apart, so they do not share a common modality (cardinal, fixed or mutable) or element (fire, earth, air or water). Without common ground, coming to an understanding, much less an agreement, is difficult.

Mischievous Mercury plays many roles in astrology. Going back to his Greek origins as Hermes, he was Apollo’s (annoying) little brother, who at the ripe old age of one day crept out of his crib, made the world’s first lyre from a tortoise shell, stole his brother’s cattle and forcefully denied any wrongdoing when confronted by Apollo. To this day we associate Mercury with being clever, quick, inventive and deceitful. So when this little rascal spends a week flitting around the zodiac, chatting with power brokers like Pluto, Jupiter and then Saturn, we might want to get the story completely straight before making any long term decisions. This week’s sign change sees the Messenger moving from his happy Gemini home, where he is especially nimble, adept and talkative, to caring, reflective Cancer. In the cardinal water sign, the busyness of the past few weeks will be replaced by a focus on self-care, the home and security. This sign change could very well portend reinstatement of shelter in place orders. Cancer is where Mercury will spend his coming retrograde, from June 18th-July 12th. We’ll enter that retrograde’s shadow next week and exit it on July 26th. For now, news about business (quincunxes to Pluto & Jupiter in Capricorn) and medical advances (quincunx to Saturn in Aquarius) will be interesting and intriguing. But to get a better picture, we may need to see what light next week’s full Moon sheds, with a calmer, nurturing Mercury in tow.

Venus, the planet of romance and finance, is moving backwards. This aspect is good for reigniting old flames, recovering money and rekindling old friendships. How it will work for you depends on your unique chart and situation. While Venus is retrograde, there’s a 20% discount on 30 minute readings. Just email me (elizabeth at elizabethsoracle dot com) to schedule your private session.

Forecast May 18-24, 2020: Easy Does It

On the surface, this week’s noteworthy events are a Sun sign change into Gemini and the new Gemini Moon. But the planet to beware of is Neptune. This week the planet of illusions and deception will square Venus and Mercury, and several iterations of these squares are in the works for the next month. Outgoing, friendly Gemini heightens our desire to mix and mingle. As the Sun enters the mutable air sign, restrictions are being lifted, school years are ending and warm days abound. Naturally our thoughts and conversations are turning to summer topics like travel and recreation. it’s as if the cosmos is abandoning the chains of COVID-19 and throwing a party, with the Gemini Sun, Moon (and its North Node), Mercury and Venus as its VIP guests. Pleasure-seeking Venus is hosting the celebrations, and heightening hankerings to explore, spend and socialize even further. Neptune, you might say, is bringing the booze.

Neptune is the outer planet whose influence is subtle and whose effect is unmistakable. Like most intoxicants, it relaxes inhibitions, induces a sense of feeling groovy and impairs clear thinking. Shortly after the Sun enters Gemini on Wednesday, Venus will square Neptune, and right before Friday’s new moon, Mercury will square Neptune. On June 3rd Venus will conjoin the Gemini Sun, on the 5th the Moon will be full (in aspirational Sagittarius), on the 6th the Sun will square Mars (in Pisces) and on the 13th Mars and Neptune will be conjunct. The mutability of Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces adds to the nearly imperceptible changing of the landscape that will play out during the solar and lunar phases now getting underway. I expect this week’s Venus Neptune buzz to carry us right through to June 5th’s full Moon and minor eclipse. However, the Sun Mars square coming right on its heels signals a distinct shift. Knowing now that a potentially nasty Mars Neptune hangover is on the horizon, we can temper the Venus Neptune seduction infiltrating the ethers as the Sun moves into Gemini.

Forecast May 11-17, 2020: An Abundance Of Cautious Optimism

If an astrology kitchen existed, Mutable Soup would top the menu this week. Mercury and Mars are moving into Gemini and Pisces, while Venus and Jupiter begin their retrogrades. For Mercury, the May 11th sign change is a delightful one, because Gemini is one of the Messenger’s homes. In the mutable air sign, an adept and agile version of Mercury can bring clarity to commerce, technology and transportation. For feisty Mars, not so much. Restless Mars is all about action, and the nebulous netherworlds of Pisces confuse and confound the impulsive planet. This combo is akin to our imaginary astrology chef using a spice rack in a foreign language, with unfamiliar symbols. This visit will put Mars on course for an exact conjunction with mysterious Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, on June 13th. From Pisces, those two will square Mercury, Venus, the Moon’s Nodes and after May 20th, a Gemini Sun. As I mentioned last week, the mutable signs represent clearing, release and change. Most of you also know that squares bring tensions to the surface for resolution. This pot will simmer for the next couple of months as Mars is in Pisces until June 27th and Venus is in Gemini until August 7th.

Speaking of the planet of possessions and pleasures, Venus begins her retrograde on May 13th, the same day when Mars moves into Pisces, and that retrograde lasts until June 25th. In addition to finances, Venus represents who and what we love. After being cooped up for the past few months, our desire to reconnect with loved ones or indulge in a little retail therapy or pampering will be particularly strong, especially with Venus in sociable Gemini. The squares between the planets in Gemini to those in Pisces will escalate the clashes over re-opening businesses and maintaining public health. Gemini is the air sign ruling the lungs and respiration, and Pisces is the water sign of infiltration and hospitals. Can you say water droplets? Much of the international outbreak of CoVid-2 occurred when Mercury and the Sun transited Pisces back in February and March. A now Gemini-based Mercury has a much clearer head, but an assertive Pisces-based Mars will covertly stir our proverbial pot. The contradicting and conflicting policies of local, state, national and international governments are bound to create a very disorientating effect, especially with Neptune lurking in the background. Warring narratives will also continue battling for supremacy in the news. Mercury’s upcoming retrograde, from June 18th-July 5th, will determine the victor of the information wars. Remember, it will be the final planet of a growing bunch in retrograde motion, review mode. This week Jupiter will join Pluto, Saturn and Venus in the retrograde club.

Jupiter is the planet of good fortune and excess whose standard mantra is “more is better”. In responsible Capricorn however, even jovial Jupiter’s enthusiasm is measured. It will retrograde a full ten degrees, and its May 14th-September 12th journey will include its second conjunction to Pluto on June 30th and a friendly sextile to Neptune on July 27th. January 12th’s Saturn Pluto conjunction at 22:47 degrees of Capricorn is now widely viewed by astrologers as the cosmic event most related to the beginning of the new coronavirus outbreak. The coming Jupiter Pluto connection will be at 24:07 of Capricorn, well within orb of January’s event, so is likely to represent repercussions of the initial Saturn Pluto conjunction. But this time corruption detective Pluto will be retrograde. We can expect to get to the bottom of the origins of the current outbreak and to learn what vested interests have been at work.

As we enter the Jupiter and Venus retrogrades, financial forecasts are running the gamut, from complete meltdown to full recovery. Venus and Jupiter are money planets, and during their retrogrades the various stimulus packages passed this spring will make their way in the lives of citizens, businesses and healthcare providers. So will the impact of the unemployment and historically generous benefits packages spawned from the pandemic. The outer planet support of reforming Pluto in Capricorn (business, governments and systems) and creative Neptune in Pisces (healthcare) awaiting Jupiter’s venture suggest that we can strike the right balance between the economy and public health. Success is paramount for Jupiter and Capricorn. Their pairing implies that an abundance of cautious optimism is the key ingredient for our Mutable Soup.

Forecast May 4-10, 2020: The House Is A Rockin’

Over the next two weeks, we will be entering a consequential seven-week-period.  This is the impactful time frame that I’ve been talking about the economic implications of for over a year.  I had no idea that COVID-19 would facilitate the financial challenges that I foresaw, until this past February when news of the impending pandemic began to break.  Now is when we’ll see and experience the monetary cost of the virus.  Hopefully we will avert a second wave of infections.  I’ll be writing more about Venus going retrograde in the sign of lungs and respiration in next week’s edition.  To start, this week includes a sign change for the lunar Nodes, a full Moon in Scorpio and the beginning of Saturn’s retrograde.  By the end of next week money planets Venus and Jupiter will also be retrograde, and later in June Neptune and Mercury will be retrograde.  On June 25th Venus goes direct and on July 1st Saturn re-enters industrious Capricorn, marking the end of the cycle we’re now entering.

I lived in California for over twenty years. There one gets “used to” earthquakes. Most are very small and short, but no one welcomes them. As a Californian, one comes to accept their spontaneous onset and permanent inevitability. When they strike, there’s an instantaneous assessment of one’s immediate surroundings and options, and an immediate determination as to what, if any, action needs to be taken. But beyond moving to a safer nearby spot, there’s not much to do but ride it out and hope for the best. That includes hoping for mortal survival. Working our way through our current economic circumstances, as businesses struggle to reopen during a pandemic, is eerily reminiscent of those earthquakes. During them, including the Northridge Quake of ’94, two thoughts always emerged: get your bearings and get through this. We will reach July 1st, but the next seven weeks are paved with obstacles and turbulent financial news.

Taurus is one the most reliable signs of the zodiac. As the fixed earth sign, it is associated with raw materials, resources, real estate and the economy. Right now the Sun is midway through it, and Mercury is transiting it for one more week. In fact the Sun and Mercury are conjunct in Taurus on Monday, Mercury forms constructive trines to Pluto on Saturday and Jupiter on Sunday, with both in the fellow and equally productive earth sign of Capricorn, and the Sun and Mercury each have cooperative connections with Neptune during the week. Stability is the hallmark of Taurus, and its determination to maintain it is unmatched. But change is unavoidable, and the first of this week’s cosmic reminders of that inescapable truth is the shift of the Moon’s Nodes.

“The Nodes of the Moon are not planetary bodies; they are points formed by the Moon’s orbit around the Earth intersecting with the Earth’s path around the Sun.” – Jan Spiller author of Astrology For The Soul

Underscoring that Universal point about change being a necessary part of life, the Nodes shift into the mutable signs of Gemini (North Node) and Sagittarius (South Node) on Tuesday. They will be in these signs for the next eighteen months. Mutable signs are fluid and complete their respective seasons. Thus they’re associated with instability, flexibility and release. Gemini and Sagittarius are also where the next series of eclipses will start taking place on June 5th. Thursday’s full Moon in purifying Scorpio is another expression of the death and rebirth cycle. Ruled by relentless Pluto, Scorpio thrives on honesty. Taurus’ truth is measured in the tangible world. Scorpio’s is deeply emotional and more intrinsic. Their opposition means that we will have to reconcile these differences.

As I see it, light will be cast into the complicated, inter-connected and sometimes shadowy corners of the financial industry. In gold (tangible) futures (intangible) for instance, it is perfectly legal for the same ounce of gold to be simultaneously sold to several different buyers. It’s a paper promise on deliverables, and it works, until it doesn’t. Home (tangible) values (intangible) are another example. With seven percent of US mortgages already in forbearance since the passage of the CARES Act, banks are pulling back credit for new loans and refinancing. And with 30 million people out of work and 30% of April rents unpaid, landlords will have to weigh material (Taurus) and emotional (Scorpio) interests. Whether it’s simple examples like those or sophisticated financial instruments like BTOs (the new CDOs), derivatives or mortgage backed securities, things are about to get real. Astrology has a planet who not only embraces reality, but imposes it. That planet is Saturn.

Since March 21st, the Taskmaster has been exploring the experimental and humanitarian world of Aquarius. The scientific and futuristic sign is not a natural fit for conservative Saturn. Yet when Saturn’s dedication and discipline are paired with Aquarian peculiarity and genius, their innovative talent is remarkable and reliable. The retrograde getting underway late Sunday lasts through September 28th. It will bring Saturn back into Capricorn on July 1st, and this autumn Saturn will come within orb of Pluto (more aftershocks from their January 12th conjunction on the way?). But once Saturn returns to Aquarius in late December, it will be in this inventive, technologically advanced sign until March of 2023. Between the Nodes moving into adaptable mutable signs, a transformative Scorpio full Moon and even traditional Saturn trying on a new pair of celestial shoes, there is a cosmic message to make necessary adjustments. Now is a good time to get one’s bearings.

For an overview of the astrology of spring 2020, check out this edition of “Surfing The Psychic Waves“.

Forecast Apr 27-May 3, 2020: Down To Earth & Back To Work

Talkative Mercury enters the tactile and tangible realms of earthy Taurus this week, turning conversations to money, material assets and physical well-being. The planet of communication in fact gets the week started on Monday by leaving impulsive Aries and moving into grounding Taurus. On Tuesday there’s a struggle with Saturn. But a conjunction with game-changing Uranus on Thursday is set to break up any gridlock and to reveal alternative pathways. As astrology’s fixed earth sign, Taurus values what it can see, smell, taste and touch. Like no other sign, it brings us right down to earth and into our bodies, and Mercury will transit it until May 11th.

Mercury rules Gemini and Venus rules Taurus. So when Venus is in Gemini and Mercury is in Taurus, we have what astrologers term mutual reception. Under these placements, the planets understand and support one another. On Sunday Venus, in Gemini, forms a tough square to Neptune in Pisces. Pisces is of course where Mercury spent an unusually lengthy two months in February and March as COVID-19 began to spread worldwide. Water droplets, hospitals and infiltration all fall under the auspices of Pisces. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, so Neptune’s influence in this tough aspect will be magnified. Another revelation about the pandemic is likely to splash across the headlines (Gemini) on Sunday. But, in mutual reception, Mercury and Venus will be working to a similar purpose. And while each may possess a distinct piece, they are working to solve the same puzzle. By Monday, May 4th, Mercury and the Sun will meet in productive Taurus. While I typically forecast through Sundays, I want to point out this Sun Mercury conjunction scheduled for the first Monday of May. It signals a sizable effort to get people back to work safely. Economic stability is after all a top priority for security-minded Taurus. Starting this week, nimble, quick-thinking Mercury will be offering bright, innovative ideas on how to do so, from robust, determined Taurus.

For an overview of the astrology of spring 2020, check out this edition of “Surfing The Psychic Waves”.

Forecast Apr 13-19, 2020: Shakeups, Breakups and Wake Ups!

The Sun is at the center of our solar system, and this week it’s at the center of the astrological action. Before settling into stable Taurus on Sunday, it will transit the late degrees of fiery, independent Aries. From the most robust territory of the cardinal fire sign, the Aries Sun will square Pluto on Tuesday and Jupiter on Wednesday. Those two are of course presently entrenched in Capricorn, the sign of governments, banking and economic systems. It’s hard to say what will shake out from these confrontations, but it’s fair to say that a whole lot of shaking will be going on. Interestingly enough, talkative Mercury, also in impulsive Aries, is set to sextile Venus in social Gemini on Friday and Mars in rational Aquarius on Saturday, under a Pisces moon. From its position in impetuous Aries, Mercury is giving us the opportunity to either make nice quickly or to lob a few grenades into the fire. The Pisces moon encourages perspective, compassion and a spiritual approach, but it can also confuse matters. Once the Sun moves into the fixed earth sign of Taurus on Sunday, we’ll be in a better position to get and maintain a grip. The Sun will be transiting the sensuous, placid sign for the next month. From there, it will conjoin Uranus, the awakener and powerhouse planet known for its own brand of chaos. Cultivating the sturdy, steadfast qualities of the Bull may be more challenging in 2020. Nonetheless, we are entering its centering domain.

For an astrological overview of Spring 2020 and Q2, check out “Surfing The Psychic Waves“. On this free edition, I cover the economic and potential health implications of the coming Venus retrograde, the continuing reverberations of January’s Saturn Pluto conjunction, and Saturn’s presence in progressive, innovative Aquarius.

Surfing Q2 2020

The Q2 economy, concerns about the coming Venus retrograde in Gemini, the sign ruling the lungs, respiration and the nervous system, and an overall catch up about Spring 2020 are topics Kristina Walsh and I covered on the latest edition of “Surfing The Psychic Waves“. Join us anytime and find out what astrology has to say about our current conditions and what’s in store.

Forecast Mar 30-Apr 5, 2020: Making Progress

If variety is the spice of life, then we’re in for a saucy week. Personal planets Mars and Venus will make their way into progressive Aquarius and social Gemini, Mercury and Neptune will meet up in Pisces, and Jupiter will join forces with Pluto in ambitious Capricorn, adding further reverberations to January’s Saturn Pluto conjunction. On the one hand, the year’s established Capricorn and Pisces patterns are resurfacing. On the other, we are assuredly breaking new ground.

Appropriately enough, instigative Mars gets the week’s action underway. On Monday the red planet will move into offbeat, ingenious Aquarius. Unconventional methods, radical action and innovative strategies become the new normal when pushy Mars aligns with structuring Saturn in the eccentric air sign. Their conjunction takes place on Tuesday, and has implications far and wide. Mars will transit Aquarius through May 13th and Saturn until July 1st (and then from December 2020 through March 2023). Newly freed from red tape and regulations, Mars and Saturn will strut their scientific and technological stuff.

On Friday Venus will also move from an introspective earth sign to an outgoing air sign, when she heads into tech-savvy Gemini. Here, she’s highly compatible with Mars and Saturn in Aquarius, and in fact trines Saturn on Saturday. Her presence adds a little more wind to the astrological sails, and may provide a few hints about good long-term investments. However, Gemini is where this money planet is due for her next retrograde. I’ll cover that in depth next week, when Venus enters the retrograde’s shadow zone. Friday is also when Mercury meets Neptune in Pisces. In its highest expression, Pisces embodies the virtues of integral living. It grasps the big picture and moves through the world with endless empathy and compassion. In its lowest, its penchants for addiction, escapism and deception are ruinous. After spending much of its recent retrograde in Pisces, Mercury’s meeting with Neptune will feel very familiar. However, because the speedy planet never originally caught up to Neptune, this will actually be the first time that they meet this year. On Saturday Piscean dreams are met with the blunt force of a Jupiter Pluto conjunction in Capricorn

Keeping it real is Capricorn’s job, and favorite past time. The cardinal earth sign is also the realm of governments, institutions and banking. Jupiter expands and Pluto purifies and reforms. This conjunction is the first of three in 2020. The next one will take place on June 30th, when we’re emerging from the Venus retrograde, and the final one is on Nov 12th, following the US Presidential Election. During that time, various economic stimulus packages will have rolled out into the real world. Those future dates may indicate further iterations of these packages or more challenges to economic systems. Austere Capricorn, where the Jupiter Pluto conjunction takes place, is ruled by responsible, ringed Saturn. So, like most of 2020, we’re continuing to negotiate between boundless Pisces and Saturn’s limits. The week concludes under a practical Virgo moon. Big banks may ask what’s in your wallet. Virgo knows what’s in the pantry. Like Capricorn and Saturn, the mutable earth sign brings us right down to earth and into the here and now. Its clarity informs our plans and its calm our daily routines. From its serene, organized frame of mind, we take our next steps.

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