Forecast Nov 18-24, 2019: Next Moves

If the current Mercury retrograde has brought its share of delays, technical snafus and frustrations, take heart. This week everything changes. While Mercury usually gets, and deserves, all the blame for mishaps and all manner of tech misfires and meltdowns, this time Mars has also been contributing to the cosmic inertia. Since early October, the red planet of passion has been stuck in eternally deliberating Libra. Libra, in its quest to be fair to all sides, stops to consider each and every point of view, all potential outcomes and their implications. The resulting indecision can be absolutely exasperating for Mars, and us. Fortunately, just after midnight late Monday night, or very early Tuesday morning (depending on your time zone), Mars moves into Scorpio. Before Pluto was discovered, Mars was Scorpio’s ruling planet, so this is familiar and comfortable territory for the action-oriented planet. Mars will reside in Scorpio until January 3, 2020, and from there enliven us with emotional honestly. If Mercury’s retrograde in Scorp showed you what you want, Mars will motivate you to go out and get it. Further improvement comes on Wednesday when Mercury stations to go direct, officially ending the dreaded, and dreadful, retrograde period. Things lighten and brighten up even more on Friday, when the Sun leaves intense Scorpio for inspirational Sagittarius. The Sun will spread the Sagittarius cheer for the next four weeks as it transits the Jupiter-ruled sign of optimism, hopes and aspirations. Giving us an immediate dose of those spirited and spiritual good vibrations, the much anticipated Venus Jupiter conjunction takes place, in Sagittarius, on Sunday. Venus loves pleasure and Jupiter brings luck and expansion, so many are seeing this meeting as the ideal time to wish upon that proverbial star. However, Sunday is also when Mars opposes Uranus, and both are in those intrenched fixed signs. All of this is taking place under the unflinching watch of a Scorpio moon. With a distinctive talent for disruption, Uranus is likely to win the day, helping us to break new ground or to see things from a radically new perspective. In any case, this week roadblocks are removed and new insights and possibilities are presented.

Forecast Nov 11-17, 2019: Embracing The Beauty Of Contemplation

Tuesday’s full moon in Taurus will undoubtably garner lots of attention. Not only is the celestial event a pleasure to behold, but because Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty, there will be an astrological emphasis on contentment. Adding to the cosmic sense of ease and cooperation are a week’s worth of positive aspects. These begin on Monday when the Sun and Mercury meet in Scorpio. While at times Scorpio can feel overly intense, this alignment takes place on the day of the 11.11 portal opening and when Mercury literally transits the Sun (viewable in North America). We are redefining ourselves, and their meeting signals agreement and an opportunity for self-discovery and growth. On the full moon even combative Mars is making nice, in this instance, from harmonious, even-handed and fair-minded Libra to benevolent Jupiter at home in optimistic Sagittarius. If that elusive stroke of luck doesn’t turn up, encouragement will, and maybe both! But it’s Wednesday when the skies shower us with heaps of planetary support. Mercury and Saturn and the Sun and Pluto form sextiles and Mercury later trines Neptune. Wielding copious amounts of honesty and pragmatism, the Scorpio to Capricorn connections are resolute in their findings, purpose and shared determination, and the Mercury Neptune trine supports deep, meaningful and abiding understanding. The week’s only spat occurs on Thursday. But even that involves gracious Venus squaring Neptune in nebulous Pisces from affable Sag. Fighting over which sweetener to use would be a good analogy for this one, and with both in mutable signs, hard feelings aren’t on the menu. We head into the weekend under the care of a Cancer moon. While it could get into some contentious cardinal squabbles, it is equally capable of helping us commit to self-care and to surrounding ourselves with what most nurtures us. During this decidedly introspective week, a good strategy is to meditate on problems needing solutions on 11.11, Monday, to allow Tuesday’s full moon to work its illumination magic and to be receptive to those uncanny and unfolding Scorpio/Capricorn/Neptunian insights. Best look? A Monk’s robe, sacred text and votive candle, with the phone on DND for extended spurts.

Forecast Nov 4-10, 2019: It’s Getting Real

The week begins with a fixed, futuristic Aquarius moon squaring the Sun in equally fixed Scorpio and energizing Mars, presently in the sign of justice, via an uplifting trine on Monday, and a colossal square between Mars and Pluto on Tuesday. By Friday, the Sun, Saturn and Neptune will be on point and on purpose, as their considerable forces are joined. Their cooperative alignments include a Sun Saturn sextile, a Sun Neptune trine and Saturn’s final sextile to Neptune (until 2031). The Sun describes our identity. Saturn enforces the law and Neptune helps us see the bigger picture. All of this is happening under the intensive scrutiny of Mercury’s retrograde in Scorpio. The truth is coming out, like it or not, and it’s time to face the music. In its highest form, Scorpio is here to heal. Because daylight is the best disinfectant, the Sun and Mercury may very well be exposing what we’d prefer to ignore, those insidious shadows. Whether we choose consciousness or not is up to us. But whatever that choice, we’re still operating under their influence. When we’re willing to examine our feelings, motives and histories deeply and honestly, we create room for improvement. In a week starting off under an Aquarius moon, a force pointing towards outcomes and our future condition, the revelations emerging now are part of shaping what will become. Illusions we want to cling to are set for another jolt on Sunday, when the Taurus moon, building towards full strength, connects with disruptive Uranus. All of this week’s goings on are leading us right up to Mercury’s transit of the Sun, on the 11th and the full moon on the 12th. We are being asked what stories we tell ourselves, which ones are false or unhealthy and what we’re prepared to do differently to create more peace in our lives. Indeed, this is some weighty cosmic stuff. But then again, it’s Scorpio Time!

Forecast Oct 28-Nov 3, 2019: All Aboard The Shaman’s Magical Mystery Tour

Normally one would expect the start of the much hyped, and dreaded, Mercury retrograde to take center stage in the week’s astrology news. But when said week begins with a once-per-year Sun Uranus opposition and includes a positive Venus shift, a more original view might be taken. Hot on the heels of Sunday night’s new Scorpio moon, with its built-in tension with wild Uranus, Monday’s exact Sun opposition will pull tensions all the way to the surface and send some seismic shockwaves throughout the ethers. Notice what makes you uncomfortable and the “negative” emotions that seemingly spring out of nowhere. They are messengers and your teachers. By midweek things get a bit smoother courtesy of a sweet Mercury Venus conjunction. “What do I want instead (of what upsets me)?” is the perfect question to pose when Mercury and Venus meet and as we approach a Mercury retrograde in dramatic, passionate Scorpio. “What old story is actually playing out here?” is another good point of inquiry during the retrograde, which officially kicks off on Thursday and lasts until November 20th. On Friday Venus leaves the probing intensity of Scorpio for the warmth and inspiration of Sagittarius. Her stay will last until November 25th, coinciding with Mercury’s Scorpio venture, and it will include a conjunction with lucky Jupiter on the 24th. From optimistic Sag, the planet of beauty and pleasure will point to a better direction for our focus and it will show us the possibilities for a happier future. In short, the transits getting underway this week offer a pathway from victim to victor and from suffering to success. The slings and arrows have done their damage, yet in their wounding lies our capacity for healing, compassion and wholeness. Best look? A dedicated meditation space, well-stocked medicine bag and an MP3 of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.

Forecast Oct 21-27, 2019: Surprise, Surprise

This week the cosmic emphasis shifts into detecting, shamanic Scorpio, and the influences getting underway now are set to stay with us for the remainder of 2019. On Wednesday the Sun joins Mercury and Venus in the fixed water sign of Scorpio and the week concludes with a provocative new Scorpio moon. Venus gets things started with an insightful trine to Neptune on Monday, and on Friday she’ll compare notes with astute Pluto when the two form a productive sextile. Mars and Saturn show us where resolution is needed when they make a tough square on Sunday morning, right before the dark moon slips into Scorpio. Sunday night’s new Scorpio moon is opposite of unorthodox Uranus. With a pending Mercury retrograde in Scorpio, October 31-November 20th, some truths are about to be unearthed. The involvement of Uranus at this new moon suggests that the coming revelations will be surprising, if not shocking. By the time the Sun finishes its journey through Scorpio on November 22nd, Mars will have moved into the transformative sign, and it will remain there until early January. Best look? A pure heart, clean mirror and secured seat belt.

The next few weeks have especially good aspects for getting to the bottom of things, for making life-changing decisions and for rediscovering one’s personal power. If you’d like some insight, guidance and support, email me at elizabeth at elizabethsoracle dot com to schedule your reading. Sale ends November 3rd.

Forecast Oct 14-20, 2019: Only Getting Started

Fresh on the heels of a contentious Aries full moon, the week begins with more cardinal sign conflict. It comes in the form of a Libra Sun square to Pluto in Capricorn on Monday. Adding to the fallout, the Taurus moon will hook up with wild Uranus that morning, and then things will have a chance to settle down. Fortunately, after the rocky start, the planets form powerful and productive alignments for the remainder of the week. On Tuesday, Messenger Mercury in truth-seeking Scorpio, trines creative, psychic Neptune in holistic Pisces. These two will meet again on November 9th during Mercury’s retrograde, and both meetings are a variant of November 8th’s Sun, Saturn and Neptune collab, the one that contains the year’s final Saturn Neptune sextile. Take note of the insights that show up now: they have big implications for the coming weeks. Pisces concerns matters of spirit and Capricorn concerns matter itself. After Tuesday’s Neptune trine, informative Mercury sextiles Pluto on Saturday, and on Sunday Venus sextiles constructive Saturn. Additionally, Venus and Mercury are both in Scorpio and Saturn and Pluto are in Capricorn, and Pluto rules Scorpio. In short, the energies of all of the involved planets are fortifying one another, and there is deep understanding and a sense of mutual purpose among these players. So after the bumpy start, inspiration, pragmatism and structure are poised to bless sound hunches and integral work. Best look: a dream journal, a handful of sharpened pencils and rolled-up sleeves.

Forecast Oct 7-13, 2019: The Gloves Come Off

While the Sun may be blazing brightly in harmonious Libra skies, purifying Pluto’s presence will be felt throughout this week. The week begins with a Sun square to Pluto and concludes with a potent Aries full moon, at 20:14, making nice with Jupiter but also clashing with Pluto. In between, Venus abandons the pleasantries of Libra to join forces with Mercury in Pluto-ruled Scorpio (Oct 8th-Nov 1st) and on the 11th Mercury enters the zone of its next retrograde, exclusively in Scorpio. Both changes put the emphasis on Scorpio. Scorpio and Pluto are fiercely dedicated to discovering the Truth and intent on reform. In ancient astrology Mars ruled both Aries and Scorpio. Though the styles of those two signs are quite different, Aries being cardinal fire and Scorpio fixed water, both are extremely passionate, unafraid to fight and exceptionally capable of executing and winning a war. This week both signs play prominent roles in the cosmic mix. In an astrological anomaly, it’s battle-ready Mars who finds himself in even-handed, judicious Libra, the sign of peace. So ironically, the planet of war, with its timeless ties to Aries and Scorpio, will be advocating for fairness and balance throughout our deliberations and while we forge further into the intense waters of Scorpio. On the 13th, the Sun and full moon make very favorable connection to jovial, generous and giant Jupiter and Mercury and Saturn have a constructive meeting, indicating where win win scenarios are still an option. Best look? Freshening up that survival kit and keeping the powder dry until firm decisions are taken.

Forecast Sep 30-Oct 6, 2019: Calling All Transformers

The reverberations from the planetary action taking place this week will resonate throughout the autumn of 2019. The week starts with an unfriendly Venus square to Pluto on Monday and ends with a show-stopping confrontation between Mercury and unpredictable Uranus on Sunday. In between, Pluto emerges from its five-month retrograde, Mercury heads into Scorpio for a nine-week stay and its next retrograde and Mars moves into Libra, where it will reside until November 19th. Since last April, Pluto has been investigating the murkiest quarters of institutions, governments and other systems. As it surfaces from its retrograde on October 3rd, it will be dropping some of the Truths it has discovered from its latest mission of reform. Pluto of course rules Scorpio, and Mercury’s Scorpio transit begins within hours of Pluto turning direct, lasts until December 9th and includes its next retrograde and an actual transit of the Sun. More detective work is inbound, and Pluto will indicate what Mercury’s about to zero-in on and what the talk of the town will be this fall. Completing the equation will be a Mars journey through deliberating Libra. Action-oriented Mars can feel more than a little exasperated in the sign of equality, balance and the endless weighing of scales. But, this cosmic reminder to give due consideration to all sides before making important decisions is a wise filter through which to view unfolding events. Monday’s Venus square to Pluto is a continuation of issues that arose during last week’s Venus square to Saturn on Wednesday and Mercury’s to Pluto on Thursday. But it’s this week’s Mercury opposition to Uranus on Sunday that should drop the real blockbusting intel. When Uranus is involved, there’s no way to know for certain what’s coming or from where. But the powerhouse planet of surprises always indicates when things get interesting. Best look? Seated in the most comfy chair in the house with a large bowl of freshly popped corn.

Forecast Sep 23-29, 2019: Love Is In The Air

With the Sun’s arrival into Libra on Monday, under a Cancer moon, the emphasis is on those activating Cardinal energies. This is astrology’s way of telling us that it’s time to get a move on. While Mars will still be mopping things up back in Virgo until October 3rd, as it too prepares to enter the sign of relationships, the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Saturday’s new Libra moon will already be mingling in harmonious Libra. Venus and Mercury encounter some friction on Wednesday and Thursday when Venus squares Saturn and Mercury squares Pluto. Saturn and Pluto are presently in conservative Capricorn. Messages about restrictions, especially those concerning finances, are important. But as any Libra would point out, on the other hand, Jupiter will sextile Mercury on Tuesday and Venus on that new moon, giving our aspirations and wishes an Olympic boost. If Tuesday’s big idea makes it past the checks and balances from Saturn and Pluto midweek, Saturday might be a great day to launch the latest (ad)venture.

Also this week, we’ll experience Saturn’s final alignment with the South Node and opposition to the North Node. Since early April Saturn and Pluto have been delving into the past. In part this has been due to their retrogrades, and in part it has been due the fact that both planets have had exact conjunctions with the South Node. Those meetings inherently create direct oppositions to the North Node in Cancer. The combination has put the spotlight on childhood trauma and unresolved conflicts with parents. This is some of life’s most challenging subject matter to be sure. Stoic Saturn has steadily stayed its course, even throughout the summer’s tidal waves of Cancer emotion. In fact, Saturn’s previous opposition to the North Node took place on July 4th, in between those Cancer/Capricorn eclipses. Right before the new Libra moon on Saturday morning, Saturn will make its final contact with the Nodes in this series. Libra is of course the sign of partnership. So if there’s something from the past that’s been blocking our ability to experience deeper levels of commitment to others, Saturn might very well bring any outstanding issues to the fore. The Sun, the Messenger of the Gods and the planet of love and beauty will be on hand to infuse this new moon. Perhaps they’re offering a cosmic reminder that love conquers all.

For more information about Saturn, Pluto and the Nodes, see Trauma And Transformation

Sep 16-22, 2019: Not Going Gentle Into That Good Night

The last week of 2019’s Virgo Sun cycle will be anything but the calm, cool and collected rendition of a passing of the mutable earth sign. That’s because the week will see Uranus make a lunar conjunction, Saturn turn direct, Mars and Pluto combine their considerable forces and the year’s final Jupiter square to Neptune. This is some Virgo housekeeping on an order of magnitude that we have not seen in quite some time. First, because the moon changes signs every few days, its activity typically only comes into focus at its new, full and dark phases. But when wild, unorthodox Uranus is in the picture, even the moon can become a big celestial deal. The two will meet in earthy Taurus on Tuesday and set off the week’s shockwaves. On Wednesday stern Saturn will emerge from its five-month retrograde in the fellow earth sign of Capricorn and start laying down the law. Mars and Pluto, also in earth signs, will follow up on Thursday with a powerful trine. Saturn and Pluto have been traversing the sign of governments, corporations and institutions for nearly two years, and both have been retrograde since late April. From their Capricorn retrograde vantage point, they’ve been looking into systemic corruption and scrutinizing those misusing their positions of power. Since early April both have also been provoking the North Node in Cancer, putting a cosmic lens on children. Saturn’s last opposition to the North Node in fact occurred on July 4th, right around the time when Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged criminal enterprises shifted from right-wing conspiracies into worldwide headlines. Saturn’s next North Node opposition is scheduled for September 28th. and Pluto is set to turn direct on October 3rd (MST). Thursday’s Pluto trine to Mars in meticulous Virgo indicates a deeper probing into yet more abuses of power. That Mars, Saturn and Pluto are working in earth signs indicates tangible rewards for their efforts. Mercury and Venus are in cardinal Libra, the sign of legal affairs and justice. leading their own charge for fairness and equality. Beyond that, on the same day that Pluto turns direct, Mercury will head into Scorpio for an extraordinary nine week stay, its next retrograde and a transit of the Sun. Pluto and Scorpio transform and purify what they uncover. On a related track and topping off the current week, Saturday will see 2019’s final Jupiter square to Neptune under a Gemini moon. This battle royal of planets in mutable signs is another layer of a greater cosmic sweep. Since Mars and the Sun have been in Virgo, house cleaning has been a hot topic. For many, this has happened on a literal level via in-home clutter clearing, for others it’s happened on an emotional or relationship basis and on a more collective level, it’s been happening in the corridors of power. This week as the Sun reaches peak Virgo before changing signs on the 23rd, brooding Mars, like a hurricane, continues gaining momentum in the detailed, organized sign. With so many of this year’s defining aspects set to be reactivated and brought to their logical conclusions during this last week of Virgo, it’s bound to be remembered for its next-level brand of cleanup.

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