Forecast Jan 13-19, 2020: Crystal Visions

If the drama of the past few weeks has left you feeling like you could use a retreat, take heart. Following the past week’s eclipse and Saturn Pluto conjunction, this week begins with Venus entering peaceful, spacey Pisces, after a few last solar contacts with Pluto and Saturn Monday morning. From midday Monday through February 7th, when Venus enters excitable Aries, the planet of pleasure will indicate when and where to withdraw from chaos, to rest and rejuvenate our spirits. In addition to the domain of dreams, poetry, symbolic language and holistic living, Pisces shares perspective and spiritual wisdom. So as the world turns and undergoes its conflicts and shakeups and the Sun travels through those potent late degrees of enterprising Capricorn, we have a VIP pass to the cosmos’ best version of a four-star day spa. To journey to it, we need only to sit with a physical book, light a fireplace, put on evocative music or draw an herbal bath. Before settling completely into relaxed Pisces, Venus will sextile electrifying Uranus on Wednesday, and on Thursday mental Mercury will move into Uranus-ruled Aquarius. Being an air sign, and one noted for its rebellious nature, Aquarius can feel a little overstimulating at times, especially when we’re seeking out or immersed in Pisces serenity. But once we’re beyond Mercury’s square to Uranus on Saturday, we can begin blending the loftier qualities of Aquarius into the mix. After all, the Sun enters the futuristic, evolutionary sign on Monday the 20th, where it will be until February 18th. Aquarius is an outlier. Detached from the herd, its original thinking and visionary grasp of science and trends can be applied to problem-solving at a certain level of genius. Aquarius is astrology’s eleventh sign and Pisces its twelve, so both point toward a point of completion and that point’s inherent seeding of the forthcoming cycles. Both also have a keen ability to see and comprehend the bigger picture. So taking time to reflect on life plans and strategies is well supported. This week closes the Cap cycle and opens up new territory for exploration. Be it through applied studies or astral traveling, valuable insights and solutions are being made available.

Forecast Jan 6-12, 2020: Dark To Light

This is the week that astrologers have been vigorously discussing for well over a year. On Friday a lunar eclipse in Cancer takes place, and on Sunday Saturn conjoins Pluto. Add Uranus going direct under Friday’s full moon to this major cosmic mix, and the assertions that this is an impactful week are right on target. The Saturn Pluto conjunction happens only once every 34 years, so is viewed as a trend setting alignment. Both planets, along with the South Node, Sun, Mercury and Jupiter, are in industrious Capricorn, the sign of institutions, governments and big business. Any systemic reforms being undertaken at this time will shape the coming decades. Another noteworthy aspect about the eclipse and conjunction is their proximity of degree, 20-23. The full moon will be at 20 Cancer 00, exactly opposite the Capricorn Sun, and Mercury will also be at 20 degrees of Capricorn on the day of the eclipse. Two days later, when Saturn and Pluto meet, they will be at 22 Capricorn 47, the Sun will be at 21 Cap 56 and Mercury will then be at 23 Cap 14.

The natal Sun of the USA is at 13 degrees of Cancer, its natal Saturn is at 14 degrees of Libra and its natal Pluto is at 27 degrees of Capricorn. Because so much of the present planetary action is taking place in the signs of Capricorn and Cancer, many astrologers have accurately predicted that this week will have important implications for America. With the House having voted for impeachment before adjourning for the holidays in December, the week of January 6th has already taken its place in the nation’s history because it is when the Senate will return to work and presumably take up the matter. Saturn deals with law enforcement, structure and the rule of law and Pluto crime, the underworld and corruption. The two powerhouse planets closely traveled retrograde for nearly six months last year, and the Capricorn/Cancer eclipse series has been underway for well over a year. So much of the stage has been set. Now the dramatic revelations begin. To be clear, the degrees in the US chart of the Sun, Saturn and Pluto are not on course for direct impact under these alignments, so the more outlandish and catastrophic predictions being made are probably overblown. That having been said, the angles created by the current planetary placements in relation to the natal planets of the USA are astrology’s contentious squares and oppositions, and global, wildcard Uranus stationing direct on the eclipse is another variable that must be considered. What has the planet of chaos and disruption discovered while it’s been retrograde since last August? Will the topic of child sex trafficking networks (Cancer moon) and their connections to officials and prominent public figures (Capricorn Sun, Mercury, South Node, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto), the headline topic on August 11th when Uranus went retrograde and Jeffrey Epstein died (August 10th), reemerge now? Will other shadowy activity (Pluto), such as drug cartels, rouge government agents and black book banking, be exposed? The only astrological certainty we have is that Uranus brings shocks and the unexpected. Now that the planets are in position for significant disclosures, plot twists and consequences, the week of January 6, 2020 is poised to live up to its hype.

For a look at how these aspects pertain to your life, see what’s between 20-23 degrees in your natal chart and compare how the planets in those degrees are situated to the current planetary placements. Capricorn, where this extraordinary number of planets are gathered, is the capable, ambitious earth sign of accomplishment and earned recognition and rewards. These planets are benefiting from the presence of generous Jupiter’s year-long-visit and a favorable angle to game-changing Uranus in productive Taurus. If you’d like a personal reading, email me to make an appointment at elizabeth at elizabethsoracle dot com

Forecast Dec 30, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020: The Calm Before The Storm

If the classic Frank Sinatra tune “Nice And Easy” is your jam or its title expresses your philosophy, you’re in luck this week. If your approach to life is more adventurous, you’re also in luck this week. Social Mercury is traveling through grounded, enterprising Capricorn, and from there will trine Uranus on Monday and conjoin jovial Jupiter on Thursday. Though Uranus is infamous for its shocks and disruptions, Monday’s meeting is a friendly one, and it takes place underneath an easy-going Pisces moon. That mellow moon will in fact be mingling with Mercury, Jupiter, Uranus and the Sun before chilling out with the ultra-relaxed, if not completely spaced out, Neptune on Tuesday afternoon. The moon’s entrance into Aries late Wednesday breaks the Pisces spell and instigates some cardinal tensions via several squares. But Thursday’s Mercury Jupiter conjunction brings the kind of luck that may turn out to be ideally suited to Aries ineradicable riskiness. By Saturday morning the moon settles down into languid Taurus, closing out the week on a calm, mellifluous note.

For those not wanting to spend the entire week on the couch, Mars is heading into Sagittarius on Friday. The planet of passion and action, feisty Mars makes himself right at home in the outgoing, affable fire sign. Both adore exploration, sport and activity, and this transit lasts until February 16th. New year’s resolutions involving fitness and broadening social circles can find their fuel in this energetic, enthusiastic combo.

This week of course leads up to the storied full moon eclipse of January 10th and accompanying Saturn Pluto conjunction of January 12th. Details about those are in this month’s video, and in next week’s post, I’ll write more about these inextricably linked, trend-setting events. In the meantime, Happy New Decade! Make it a great one!

Forecast Dec 23-20, 2019: Responsible Power

This week’s activity centers around the new moon and eclipse of late December 25h (or early on the 26th depending on your time zone). The Moon aligns with the Sun, South Node, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto, already in the industrious earth sign of Capricorn, and Mercury joins them on Saturday. On the macro level, Capricorn deals with business, institutions and systems, and more personally, it pertains to reputation, career and accomplishments. Saturn rules this ambitious and austere sign, and the metaphor of mountain climbing is also often used to describe its traits. Capricorn directs our attention to long-term goals and the practicalities of their attainment. With this amount of planetary weight so squarely placed in the stoic and stern sign, it’s time to strategize for the new year and next decade.

Some accuse Capricorn of being pessimistic, while others claim that it’s simply realistic. Saturn, its ruler, after all has those rings and they delineate a clear and definite boundary. Saturn is also associated with time and limitations. Before the new moon and eclipse, the Sun will trine game-changing Uranus, and following them, it will conjoin benevolent Jupiter, under that Capricorn moon. So some of the characteristically somber tones of Cap are likely to be infused with some excitement and even a sense of optimism, courtesy of Uranus and Jupiter.

Saturn is at home in this stellium and clocking in at a noteworthy 20 degrees. If plans and intentions, aka new year’s resolutions, adhere to its rigorous standards, it’s prepared to add its growing gusto to them throughout most of 2020. Jupiter will be contributing its enthusiasm throughout the year as well because it will remain in Cap until late December of 2020. Equally significant, is Pluto’s presence. Like a nuclear power generator, Pluto will continue fueling these Capricorn energies for the next four years. More immediately, Saturn and Pluto are in fact moving towards their exact conjunction on January 12th. They insist that we take personal responsibility for our personal power in both our current circumstances and for manifesting our objectives. Helping us identify how that works in the “real world” is Mars in Scorpio. The provocative planet is wading through the most intensive degrees of the passionate water sign. From the Pluto-ruled sign, the probing power of Mars may remind us of occasions when we gave away our power or when we failed seize it to advocate for ourselves. However discomforting, revelations from purifying, emotional Scorpio give us the opportunity to reframe past indignities. Doing so can provide great emotional relief, and it can give critical clarity to our intentions for the future. In general, Mars, like Neptune in Pisces, is in a supportive alignment to all of those planets in Capricorn. Emotional and intuitive messages coming through at this time should be assessed and their wisdom integrated. In short, this isn’t a week for simply wishing upon a star and waiting for “The Universe” to do the heavy lifting. It’s time to affirmatively embrace the sober, enterprising and determined magic of the cosmos, commonly known as Capricorn.

Forecast Dec 16-Dec 22, 2019: Heart Flush

When the Sun enters Capricorn on Saturday, it sets the stage for the next set of eclipses as well as the much anticipated Saturn Pluto conjunction of January 12, 2020. Capricorn, like its cardinal counterparts, is a sign of beginnings. This week Mars in Scorpio will sextile Saturn on Thursday and powerful Pluto on Sunday, giving us some insight into the upcoming Sun cycle and all of its Capricorn components. The Sun’s journey through Sagittarius closes out the autumn season in the Northern hemisphere, and like all mutable signs, it tells us that we’ve reached a completion point. But before we dive into the instigating energies of the coming cardinal cycle, we need to assess what to release and define what is important enough to bring with us when we move ahead. At the end of 2019, a sense of what needs to be grieved or left behind is likely to be stronger than usual. We are reaching the end of the calendar year, and we are reaching the end of an entire decade. Add provocative Mars in emotionally intense and brutally honest Scorpio to the picture, and we are likely to feel a very palpable sense of the energies in our hearts needing to be cleared.

Thankfully for us, astrology’s best analyst, Virgo, has a prominent place in this week’s sky. The intuitive moon moves into the detailed, mutable sign early Tuesday morning and remains there through Thursday morning. That meticulous Virgo moon will square Mercury and the Sun in Sagittarius and oppose Neptune in Pisces, and later on Thursday Mercury will square Neptune. These mutable tensions will force issues, and more significantly, the feelings attached to them, to the fore, in an effort to flush our hearts and to instill clarity. Supporting our transformation, the week’s two Mars sextiles to planets in sober, pragmatic Capricorn, come from purifying Scorpio. The fixed water sign isn’t afraid to get down to the nitty gritty, and with Mars at the helm, the power to offload and shift will be placed firmly into our hands.

Early Friday morning Venus leaves Capricorn for detached, futuristic Aquarius. From this perspective, not only will we be able to see the possibilities for improvement now at hand, but we will be able to see how they serve our evolution and higher good. When Venus squares Uranus on Sunday morning we will be prompted to bring those big Aquarian visions down to earthy Taurus realms. Mars will sextile Pluto shortly afterwards and the moon will be in Scorpio by then, making one more sweep of our energy fields. In fact it will conjoin Mars Sunday evening. So, taking some time midweek to review the past year or decade, to process our losses and to evaluate our aspirations is indeed time well spent. Winter Solstice is the open door we are now stepping through.

Saturn Sextile Neptune: Informed Form Part 1

While stern Saturn and nebulous Neptune may seem like one of astrology’s oddest couples, there’s an exquisite, transformational power in their pairing. In 2019 they will form three exact sextiles, from January through November, and their meetings will color the entire year. If you’ve ever worked with rosary beads or a mala, then you innately understand this combination. Saturn gives us the physical structure (beads) and Neptune the connection to spirit (prayer). Practicing a spiritual discipline focuses our attention, opens up the channel to God (Light) and centers us. In a hyper busy world of seemingly endless distraction, ever shortening attention spans and tempers, and excessive drug use, a spiritual practice offers peace, clarity and purposefulness.

Another consideration of this transit is the elements that are present, earth and water. What is the material without the spiritual? What is the spiritual with no real-life application? In the three meetings of 2019, we are offered a dialog between these influential forces. And both planets are in their home signs, adding deeper resonance to their work. Neptune and Pisces have a reputation for getting too far out there, so much so that we become lost and incapable of accomplishing anything. At the extreme of addiction, we may lose the ability to even fuction in the world. Saturnian sobriety is an antidote. Achievement is the cornerstone of Capricorn, and Saturn rewards a job well done. You can think of him as the “A” you received in that course you had an epic struggle with, yet through your persistence somehow mastered. On the material extreme, the empty pursuit of goals or possessions at best yields temporary satisfaction. Upon attainment, the next mountain to climb emerges, but with no application and to no purpose. Interestingly this simply becomes another form of addiction, to more, whatever that more is. Neptune is sneaky like that.

This set of sextiles is offering insight and pragmatic wisdom. Through dedicaton (Saturn) and introspection, we can examine our underlying beliefs (Neptune), i.e. the operating systems we’ve been running on. Neptune’s oceanic presence can gently and slowly erode old places in the subconscious and their correlating, outgrown patterns in our lives. It can also help us download the Divine and install the needed cosmic upgrades, a clearer sense of our purpose. Ringed Saturn instills an awareness of time and limitation, and therefore creates urgency in our lives. Its austerity can steer us away from pointless distraction and towards the goals that have abiding meaning in our lives. The first sextile is on January 31st. Got beads?

An Eclipse To Remember

Lunar Eclipse? Check
Super moon? Check
Final eclipse of a series? Check
Blood moon? Check
Visible in the Americas and Europe? Check
Wolf Moon? Check

You may already be feeling the energies of this one, or you may be witnessing its considerable influence on people close to you. While technically this is strictly a battle between the Leo full moon and the Aquarius Sun, the other fixed signs of Taurus and Scorpio are likely to also find themselves in the fray. This Super moon marks the culmination of an eclipse series that began on February 10, 2017 and included the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, known as the Great American eclipse. People born under the opposite signs of Leo and Aquarius have borne the brunt of its force for the past two years, and their fellow fixed signs, Taurus and Scorpio, have been challenged by the 90 degree squares these eclipses have formed to them. A las, the Grand Finale is at hand.

Typically what happens when an eclipse series comes to a sign or creates squares to it, issues needing to be dealt with are unearthed and they come to the fore. Eclipses are said to reveal what has been hidden. This propensity to drudge things up and force them to a head is compounded when we’re dealing with fixed signs. Like their name implies, signs of this modality are known for their steadfastness, staying power, and determination. Their centeredness and reliability make them our rocks. However, the shadow side for people with these otherwise laudable traits is their refusal to change. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence that a path is no longer viable, fixed signs are the most likely to get and remain stuck. Change we must. It is natural for growth and essential for our spiritual evolution. But knowing that may not make things any easier. So, if this series has put its cosmic pressure on you or a loved one, there are ways to work with the celestial flow.

Examine the usefulness of your resistance, and be prepared to release that which is not serving you. If needed, seek support as you make adjustments. Try new things, be they activities, routines (especially those) or thoughts. Venturing into unfamiliar territory may be daunting, but there is Leo medicine in this final eclipse. Leo is creative, courageous and playful. Exuding warmth and enthusiasm, it rules the heart and spine and is ruled by the inextinguishable Sun. The effects of eclipses are said to take up to six months after the event to work their way fully into our lives. On the journey, we may both mourn what has been lost or what simply didn’t work out as hoped for, and experience rejuvenation as a new direction emerges. This time, no matter which of the twelve signs we call home, the key to our success is our ability to summon the bravery and nobility of the Lion’s heart.

The eclipse will take place on January 20-21st and will be visible in the Americas and Europe. In the United States, the moon will be full at 9:15 PM PST on the 20th. Witnessing a lunar eclipse, the ones that you don’t need special eye wear for, is mesmerizing and otherworldly. If you live someplace where the skies will be clear, I highly recommend bundling up and heading outdoors. This is a moment that you will remember.

Poop, Meet Fan: First Jupiter Neptune Square Of Three

On January 13th Jupiter and Neptune are set to square one another. This is their first square in a series of three this year. In astrology, squares are considered to be the most contentious alignments. Even in oppositions, the involved planets are on the same axis, each representing an extreme. Forming a 90 degree angle, the planets of a square are on separate axes. These collisions tend to force issues to the surface. Although Sunday’s match will involve the normally flexible mutable signs of Sagittarius and Pisces, this clash is likely to unearth matters that we’ll be dealing with for most of 2019. So what exactly is involved?

Interestingly enough, both planets are in their home signs. This strengthens their respective characteristics. The friendly, optimistic fire sign of Sagittarius is home to Jupiter, while spiritual, holistic Pisces is Neptune’s domain. Both planets and signs are prone to excess and both lack grounding. The archer of Sagittarius aims for the distant horizon while the shifting oceans of Neptune can be unfathomably nebulous. Sagittarians are susceptible to wishful thinking and Pisceans addictions and escapism. The three squares of 2019 have many interpretations and will play out uniquely in each person’s chart and life. However, they certainly signal a time to examine our indulgences and the soundness of our plans.

Jupiter informs our beliefs and philosophies and Neptune our spiritual essence. The shadow side of Jupiter can manifest in fanaticism, in political or religious beliefs for example. Delusions are Neptune’s shadow. The challenging pairings ahead suggest that some soul searching is in order. Are we practicing what we preach? Are we being the change in the world that we wish to see? Are we doing unto others as we would have them do unto us? Etc.

One last consideration is the company these giants are keeping. It will change during this series. Right now the flames of Jupiter’s exuberance are burning brightly and being fanned by Venus, also in Sagittarius, and by Mars at home in headstrong Aries, along with the moon and game-changing Uranus. This is adding a lot of gusto to our energy levels. Neptune’s allies are in Cancer and Capricorn. The North Node is in Cancer where it is concerned with emotional security, nurturing and care-giving. The Sun, Mercury, Saturn, Pluto and the South Node have formed a huge stellium in Capricorn, where they are supporting a sober assessment and pragmatic action. Fire (Sagittarius and Aries) is an outgoing, masculine element with a positive polarity, and water (Pisces and Cancer) and earth (Capricorn) are inward and feminine with a negative polarity. Thus, the battle lines are drawn. Note what issues come to the fore during January, especially around the middle of the month. The next squares are set for June and September.

Radio Interview About The Astrology Of 2019: Elizabeth joins Kristina Walsh

On January 2nd, I joined Kristina Walsh on her show Surfing The Psychic Waves on InFlowRadio to talk about the big trends in astrology for 2019. You can listen anytime and find out what’s ahead.

Astrology 2019: From Lead To Gold

The action-packed first week of 2019 is getting the year off to a lively and ambitious start. To set the stage, on New Year’s Eve Mars came home to initiating Aries. At the moment, the cosmic wildcard and powerhouse Uranus also finds itself in the cardinal fire sign. On January 4th Mercury joins the Sun, Moon, Saturn, Pluto and the South Node in sober, responsible Capricorn. On the 5th, we experience the year’s first eclipse, on the 6th Uranus goes direct and on the 7th Venus joins Jupiter in effervescent Sagittarius, after a prolonged stay in emotionally intense Scorpio. And they say God had a busy first week.

Mars and Uranus will be enlivening our spirits and stoking those irrepressible, instigating Aries fires for the first six weeks of 2019. From fellow fire sign Sagittarius, Venus and Jupiter will be encouraging and expanding those flames until early February. But it’s the group in serious Capricorn that we need to pay particular attention to. Not only will we be under their influence for this weekend’s new moon and eclipse, but also for the entire duration of 2019 and for the better part of 2020. Jupiter enters Capricorn on December 2, 2019.

Capricorn gives us structure. In the human body, it rules the skeleton, bones and teeth, in the home it is our parents, and in the cosmos it is represented by ringed Saturn. While affirmation spouting, positive thinking New Agers tend to reject notions of limitations and of being realistic, we would be wise to recognize Capricorn’s considerable presence and its unfolding influence. Capricorn is the sign of achievements and earned rewards. So the endeavors we undertake now will be well-served by honesty, austerity and dedication. The planets in fire signs are lending us their excitement and enthusiasm, and the Capricorn contingent are showing us the real work ahead. Our task is to appreciate and synthesize these somewhat contradictory forces as we forge our way into 2019.

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On Wednesday, January 2nd, at 1:00 P.M. PST I’ll be joining Kristina Walsh on her radio show Surfing The Psychic Waves on InFlowRadiio. We’ll be delving deeper into the astrology of 2019. You can listen live or via the archive.

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