Forecast Sep 14-20, 2020: At Your Service

A new Virgo Moon is this week’s centerpiece. At 25 degrees, the lunar cycle begins near the height of Virgo’s powers. Discernment, dedication and daily routines fall under the domain of astrology’s mutable earth sign. The week will also see both boosts from Sun trines to Pluto and Saturn and disruption from a Venus Uranus square, Mercury squares to Jupiter and Pluto and a contentious Libra Moon. Thursday’s new Moon reset will give us the chance to connect with Virgo’s calm, clear perspective and the Mercury-ruled sign’s stellar organization skills.

The week begins with one of its harmonious aspects, a Virgo Sun trine to Pluto in Capricorn. Both planets are in earth signs, keeping things real and providing stability. But adhering to plans may prove difficult by Tuesday when Venus squares Uranus. In Leo, free-spending Venus enjoys life’s luxuries, and Venus rules Taurus, where Uranus finds itself. The fixed earth sign also appreciates the finer things in life. Their square, however, suggests a struggle with sticking to a budget or the sudden onset of unforeseen, and potentially major, expenses. Venus also rules Libra, and very early on Thursday morning, Mercury in Libra will square Jupiter in Capricorn. Jupiter’s placement in this bout also suggests a battle over the purse strings or the emergence of important financial news. Postponing decisions until after the new Moon might help. The Moon is new at 5:00 A.M. MST at 25 Virgo 01. Its rational, practical outlook will be followed by a supportive and sober Sun Saturn trine in the afternoon. This is a sizable collection of planets singing the praises of self-sacrifice and saving for a rainy day, or perhaps exhaling sighs of relief for previous, prudent planning.

Midday on Thursday the Moon moves into Libra. Ordinarily the lunar transition from Virgo to Libra is a smooth one. These two signs share a penchant for perfection, prefer diplomacy to confrontation and move through life with placidity. But 2020 isn’t normal. This time, the typically implacable Libra Moon will be tested at every turn, by Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and Mars, from Thursday through Saturday. And none other than mischievous Mercury will be stirring the pot. Watch your words! After mixing it up with the Libra Moon, Mercury ends the week with a square to Pluto. Pluto was known to the ancients as the Lord of the Underworld. Unless you’re absolutely prepared to endure the consequences of the nuclear option, this is not the time to make idle threats. Mercury isn’t afraid to challenge authority, nor is he afraid of mingling with thieves and outlaws. Many an altruistic errand in fact sent the planet’s namesake into the depths of Hades. The Messenger is also on track to square Saturn during the following week. With Saturn and Pluto nearing the conclusions of their retrogrades, one can only begin to imagine what unseemly activity Mercury will begin revealing at end of the week. If the news gets even wackier, the clarity of Thursday’s Virgo new Moon will have offered a firm handle on things. True to his Trickster core, clever Mercury rules Virgo, and is at your service.

Forecast Sep 7-13, 2020: A Tale Of Two Planets

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

Charles Dickens

An astrologer might add, “It was the benefics ruling the sky, it was the malefics ruling the sky.” This week the contradictory forces of the beginning of Mars’ retrograde and the end of Jupiter’s come into focus. If things were simple, Mars The Malefic would be type-casted as the bringer of supernatural destruction, and Jupiter, The Greater Benefic, as the bestower of good fortune. But life, the heavens and the times we find ourselves in are much more complicated right now, and we are going to have to find our way through their paradoxes.

Mars Rx
July 25th entered shadow 15 Ari 14
Sep 9th Goes Rx 28 Ari 08
Nov 13th stations direct 15 Ari 14

Jan 2, 2021 leaves shadow 28 Ari 08

Jupiter Rx
Feb 18th entered shadow 17 Cap 24
May 14th went Rx 27 Cap 14
Sep 12th stations direct 17 Cap 24

Dec 6th leaves shadow 27 Cap 14

Mars will be retrograde from September 9th through November 13th. During that time it will move from an incendiary 28 degrees of Aries back to a simmering 15. That could be seen as a lowering of its temperature in two regards. Firstly, some schools of astrological thought view retrogrades as a weakening of a planet’s energy, and secondly, 15 degrees are much milder than 28. But there’s more to consider. Other schools of astrological thought interpret retrogrades as times when a planet’s energy consolidates. We also need to see which other planets will also be traveling in that 15-28 degree range and how they will be interacting with Mars’ path. On that front, the news is contentious. Mars will be opposed by the Sun, Mercury and Venus when they travel through Libra, and it is already in one long, continuous square to Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. Additionally, four times a month, the Moon will exacerbate these cardinal conflicts when it moves through each cardinal sign. But is Mars really the villain? Initiation is the cosmic imperative of all cardinal signs. There is no ambiguity or fence sitting on their watch. While the coming oppositions will intensify differences and Libra’s influence may impose great deliberation, these squares will bring matters to a head and force decisions. There is no sign more direct than fiery Aries, and no planet that activates self-advocacy quite like combative Mars. Breaking through the paralysis of inertia is a form of liberation. Is Mars a rebellious upstart who is challenging authority (square Saturn), the hero in a war for independence or perhaps both?

Jupiter is traditionally cast as the benevolent king. Like Zeus showering his descendants with gifts, Jupiter is celebrated for bringing luck, inspiration and generosity. But the giant, happy planet is midway through its transit of cold, conservative Capricorn, astrology’s most austere sign. It went retrograde back on May 14th, in the heart of Q2 at 24 degrees, and has journeyed back to 17. From now through mid December, when it enters Aquarius, Jupiter will be in close proximity to Saturn and Pluto, broadening their power. Plot twist, Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, astrology’s other malefic. Further, Jupiter is associated with faith and beliefs, religious, political and philosophical. Under Saturn’s restrictive domain, has Jupiter’s fervor been fomenting the zealotry of extremist thinking? In economical Capricorn, has Jupiter’s love of excess encouraged and fortified unrivaled greed? Or, are the unprecedented stimulus packages passed by governments since last spring evidence that Jupiter has indeed played the role of the benefactor? Has the king after all been taking good care of his subjects? Perhaps the Sun, in rational, service-oriented Virgo, will shed some light on the matter on Tuesday when it trines Jupiter. Then again, the confusion of a Neptune opposition will challenge the Sun’s clarity on Friday. Much like Dickens’ basket of the incongruent, much remains to be sorted out. Mars’ retrograde and the remainder of Jupiter’s Capricorn transit are set to bring their revelations.

Forecast Aug 31-Sep 6, 2020: Stepping Into The Twilight Zone

“It’s an excursion into the odd and the very, very different.”

Rod Serling

Emmy-Award-winning writer and host Rod Serling’s description of TV’s “The Twilight Zone” series aptly applies to 2020. This week’s astrological highlights include a full Moon in Pisces, a tough Venus square to Mars and sign changes for Mercury and Venus. At first glance, those sign changes seem like promising infusions of welcomed, new energies. After all, Mercury and Venus are moving into the yang, or positive polarity, signs of Leo and Libra. However, due to its forthcoming retrograde, Mercury is entering territory that it will traverse and revisit from now until November 10th, territory that will ultimately entangle Venus. In addition to their associated delays, miscommunications and technical malfunctions, Mercury retrogrades typically frustrate our intentions to fully resolve matters. Throw in heaps of Libra’s infamous indecision, and you can start to see how issues that are coming to the fore now may well be heading into a kind of cosmic twilight zone. Forming an overarching autumn vision now, or at least a solid game plan, isn’t a bad idea.

Late Tuesday night, or early Wednesday morning depending on your time zone, the Moon will be full at 10 degrees of Pisces, aligning nicely with ingenious Uranus. Home of the mythic, mystic and artistic, Pisces explores life through imagination. This full Moon presents an excellent opportunity for tapping into creative and spiritual insights to problem-solve. Meditation, dream recall and interpretation and automatic writing are good tools for doing so. Like a celestial sifter, rational Mercury, at home in practical Virgo, will help us sort out the details. Adding further refinement to those Pisces dreams, Mercury will trine Capricorn-based-Pluto on Tuesday and Saturn on Thursday. The clarity we glean into midweek will come in handy on Friday when Venus squares Mars. If we can remain focused on the big picture, then we can either sidestep Mars provocations or strategically address irritating people or situations.

Mercury Rx – Oct 13-Nov 3
Sep 23rd Mercury enters Rx zone 25 Lib 54
Sep 27 Mercury enters Sco
Oct 13th Mercury Rx 11 Sco 40
Oct 27th Mercury re-enters Lib & Venus enters Lib
Nov 3rd Mercury direct 25 Lib 54
Nov 10th Mercury re-enters Sco
Nov 19th Mercury exits Rx zone 11 Sco 40
(Nov 21st Venus exits Libra)

On Saturday Mercury moves into Libra, giving us our first taste of autumn. Libra is the cardinal air sign of harmony, balance and diplomacy. 2020’s challenge for Libra is that the planets visiting this Venusian sign during the next two months will be opposed by Mars and squared by Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. For example, and quite auspiciously, on September 23rd, the day when Mercury enters its retrograde shadow zone, at 25 degrees of Libra, it will be squared by Saturn. On the following day, it will form an exact opposition to Mars. This is astrology’s T-square, an aspect intent on forcing decisions. When its inhabiting planets are in the blockbusting cardinal signs, breakthroughs are emphasized. This is terribly uncomfortable terrain for Libra, a sign in constant pursuit of beauty, fairness and perfect equilibrium. For us, the cosmic catch is that we cannot break new ground without disruption. Mercury will influence when we decide to keep the peace, when we decide to speak our peace or when we try to integrate the two. True to form, Venus will attempt to avoid the fracas altogether.

“Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.”

The Twilight Zone

On Sunday, Venus exits the cardinal commotion when she abandons emotional Cancer for sunny Leo. In the optimistic fixed fire sign, she’ll be poised to encourage confidence, creativity and constructive applications of Martian spontaneity. Venus in Leo will also support immense generosity. After that, her next tour stop is a Virgo visit from October 2nd to October 27th. But, much like a twilight zone character, Venus will ultimately also end up in Libra’s quagmire, on the same day retrograding Mercury re-enters it. Cue up that familiar theme song. In essence, from now through November 21st, when Venus moves on to Scorpio, we’ll be grappling with Libra conundrums

Editor’s Note: The first episode of “The Twilight Zone” aired on October 2. 1959, under a Libra Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars and N. Node.

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Forecast Aug 24-30, 2020: Holding On To Your Steering Wheel

The leadup to next week’s full Moon (late Sep 1st MST) may at times feel like driving behind an 18-wheeler on the freeway, while cargo is falling out of the truck. There is one group of aspects helping us stay focused on our destination and road conditions, and there’s another tossing out the packages. As the saying goes, to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Under a Virgo Sun, getting organized for the oncoming obstacles is easier than usual. Signaling that we’re indeed in for a bumpy ride, this week begins with a Mars square to Saturn at a seismic 26 degrees. Combative Mars is now home in independent, instigating Aries (and slowing down for its imminent retrograde), and Saturn is also home in conservative Capricorn. In its home sign, a planet’s power is optimized. Mars brings headstrong, impulsive energy to the fight, but Saturn brings the rules and limitations. Astrology’s square is its most contentious angle. Unlike an opposition, there is no point at which the planets can meet in the middle. A square is like a four-way stop, where one body will progress while the other must yield. In the case of Mars vs. Saturn, Mars may be legitimately frustrated, but Saturn has the backing of Jupiter and Pluto, as well as support from Uranus, the Sun and Mercury in fellow earth signs. In other words, though it may feel good, there’s no advantage gained by revving the engine at a red light.

Saturn’s January 12th conjunction with Pluto is now widely associated with the global outbreak of COVID-19. If that conjunction was the touching of two tectonic plates, then we’ve been experiencing the ensuring earthquakes and aftershocks all year. This Mars confrontation with unyielding Saturn is the latest iteration. By the full Moon, Saturn will also be in direct conflict with Venus, via an exact opposition. Before challenging Saturn, Venus will also oppose Jupiter this Tuesday and Pluto on Sunday. Venus is in Cancer, trying to take care of food, shelter and family, and she’s up against major forces coalescing in institutional Capricorn. Battles over money are the most likely manifestations of these aspects. Cancer and Pisces are water signs, and by Sunday the planets inhabiting those signs begin muddying our road.


Sunday is when whip-smart Mercury is opposed by nebulous, all-encompassing Neptune. Mercury and the Sun are in logical Virgo, where they are focused on facts, details and reason. Neptune, along with the full Moon, is in Pisces. The mutable water sign sees the world holistically and perceives it through impressions and feelings. Sunday’s Mercury Neptune opposition foreshadows the (Virgo) Sun full (Pisces) Moon opposition, as well as the Sun Neptune opposition on September 11th. Striking the right balance of Pisces creativity, Virgo practicality and their mutable flexibility can help us cope with any detours or slowdowns we encounter.


Mindful Mercury at home in organized, methodical Virgo is a key asset. On Tuesday Mercury will form an alliance with Uranus and on Thursday one with Jupiter. Those two trines alone bring the grounding dependability of all three earth signs into play. Mercury will form a trine with Pluto just prior to the full Moon and one with Saturn on the 3rd, and within hours of the full Moon the Sun and Uranus will also trine. Those supportive Uranian aspects are like the cosmos bestowing the reflexes of a world-class race car driver. Navigating the onslaught of those boxes might be tricky, but sudden surprises are second nature to exciting Uranus. We have a patchy bit of Highway 2020 ahead, and abundant celestial resources along for the ride.

Forecast Aug 17-23, 2020: Reaching For Reason

This week Mercury, the Moon and the Sun encounter the ferocious fires of Leo, at their climax, before moving into orderly, rational Virgo. When shifting from fixed fire to mutable earth, we get the chance to distill passion into manageable, practical actions. Like no other sign, Mercury-ruled Virgo assesses, organizes and articulates with laser-like clarity. 2020 has been a tumultuous year to say the least, thus making the presence of calm, clear-headed Virgo more welcomed than usual. But Mercury’s home sign advantage will be brief, from August 19th-September 5th, and the overall Virgo Sun cycle will contain some highly contentious aspects, which include a cardinal sign T-square. Keeping calm and carrying on through the chaos and confusion could be tricky. But with a Virgo mind focused on factual accuracy and utility, this sign’s remarkable serenity is well within grasp.

The week kicks off with a boom. On Monday Mercury, in the late degrees of Leo, links up with the blazing Leo Sun under a resonant Leo Moon. Remember, at this point the Sun and Mercury will still be basking in the afterglow of Sunday’s trines to feisty Mars in audacious Aries. The potent Leo Moon will fan those flames on Tuesday when it trines Mars, shortly before launching into its new Moon phase, at a considerable 26 degrees of royal Leo. Leo loves to live large. In its highest expression, its confidence, playfulness and creativity inspire others. At its worst, its stubbornness, self-absorption and pomposity are repellent. In order to succeed, the Lion’s legendary generosity must exceed its grandiosity, and that generosity must be sincere and heartfelt, Monday’s Sun Mercury connection is also capable of telling a very tall tale, and forcefully so with the assistance of Mars and the Leo Moon. By Wednesday, when the Moon and Mercury enter discerning Virgo, facts will begin distinguishing themselves from fiction. We’re leaving largess for logic.

In devoted, service-oriented Virgo, the Moon, Mercury and Sun will receive support from weighty planets in both fellow earth signs. Trines from Uranus in Taurus and from Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn will activate the Moon on Wednesday and Thursday, Mercury through September 5th and the Sun from Saturday, when it changes signs, until September 22nd. With the firm backing of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto, careful Virgo is methodically making sure that even the most magnificent (Lion-sized) plans are sound, grounded and fact-checked. Aspirations are coming down to earth, and Virgo is gently preparing us for autumn 2020.

Forecast Aug 5-11, 2019: Skies Ablaze

This week’s biggest planetary happenings are set for Sunday, the 11th. That’s when lucky Jupiter turns direct, Mercury leaves moody Cancer for sunny Leo and wild Uranus cools its jets and begins its retrograde. But even before Jupiter emerges from its retrograde slumber and begins moving forward in optimistic Sag, it is scheduled for two heavenly hookups, in the form trines, with the Sun on Wednesday and Venus on Thursday. With the invigorating Sun and the planets of pleasure and good fortune in positive fire signs and favorable angles, our aspirations will continue picking up speed, momentum and enthusiasm. Not only will the solar power be amplified further once Mercury joins the Sun, Venus and Mars in Leo, but the residue of the summer’s eclipse-drenched Mercury Rx will evaporate once the watery Cancer wake is cleared. Uranus slowing down in plodding and patient Taurus signals a bit of cooling in the realms of real estate, financial markets and banking. But slow and steady growth over irrational exuberance wins the bigger game and staves off any ungrounded over-heating. Trust the plan! Best look: A clean desktop as we prepare for Virgo skies.

Forecast Jul 22-28, 2019: Sunny Skies Ahead

An exuberant Aries moon greets the Sun when it moves into celebratory Leo on Monday, setting a decidedly optimistic tone, for the week ahead and for the next four weeks. That’s because the Sun’s 2019 homecoming will feature two Aries moons, a sweet Sun Venus conjunction and lots of positive trining between generous Jupiter and the personal planets as they pass through the regal fire sign. In fact, the first of these enthusiasm fests takes place on Thursday, when Mars and Jupiter join fiery forces to offer both a spiritual lift and an antidote to Wednesday’s Mercury (still Rx) Venus meeting in emotional Cancer. Though Mercury won’t turn direct until the 31st or head into Leo until August 11th, Venus’s entrance into the Lion’s den on Saturday continues to assure us that the high emotional tides of the past few months are quickly giving way to sunny skies and happier days. Best look? A beach body, stylish swimsuit and a dry towel.

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