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.

Forecast Dec 9-15, 2019: The Great Awakening Has Arrived

The action is non-stop this week, and it all culminates in one of the year’s biggest astrological events, Jupiter’s trine to Uranus. During October and November Mercury traversed its retrograde and shadow zones in emotionally intense and brutally honest Scorpio. During that period, we were given the opportunity to step back, do some earnest soul searching and determine what is important to us as the next year comes into focus. Mercury explored the darkest emotional backwaters of the Pluto-ruled sign. With its new trove of unearthed secrets, it stationed direct on November 20th, signaling that it was time to stop digging and to start implementing needed changes. Since then, the cosmic momentum has only quickened. If the past two weeks were an airplane taxing down the runway, this week we have takeoff.


The week in fact begins with Mercury leaving the fixed waters of Scorpio for Sagittarius, an active, outgoing fire sign, on Monday. By Wednesday Venus will conjoin Saturn, and the full moon in air sign Gemini will build to its late night zenith at a considerable 19:52 degrees. On Friday Mars will trine Neptune and Venus will make its second major connection of the week, this time to reforming Pluto. It is said that when a personal planet, such as Venus or Mars, connects with an outer planet, like Neptune or Pluto, a new cycle gets underway. While all of that is going on, Jupiter’s connection to Uranus strengthens in the background, leading to Sunday’s exact trine.


Though they come to it in different styles. Jupiter and Capricorn both champion integrity. Jupiter is newly arrived into Capricorn (Dec 2nd), and is thus at a tamer early degree. Still, its influence cannot be underestimated. Capricorn is already dominating cosmic activity with Venus, Saturn, Pluto and the South Node transiting the austere earth sign, and Jupiter enlarges everything it comes into contact with. Saturn and purifying Pluto are closely linked now, and their formidable force is intent on clearing out corruption. Jupiter’s trine to Uranus is our first taste of what the expansive planet’s year-long transit of Capricorn is going to activate. Simply put, Uranus shifts paradigms. Its disruptive, innovative force is in Taurus, the fixed earth sign concerned with finances, assets and material resources. Jupiter is in the sign of business, government and institutions. The angle Jupiter and Uranus form on Sunday is a positive one, the supportive trine, and both players are in the productive earth signs, making things very real. Together Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto are installing a systemic upgrade, and this week we will finally get our first glimpse of its magnificence.

Forecast Aug 19-25, 2019: New Doors Opening

This week the planets continue shifting into thoughtful, conscientious Virgo, but not before an excited Aries moon throws one more Lion-sized soiree and spreads just a little more Leo cheer. As if to celebrate our emergence from the summer’s emotional eclipse season and the 8.8 Lion’s Gate, a festive Aries moon spends the better part of Monday and Tuesday making enlivening and supportive connections to Mercury, Jupiter and the late degree Leo Sun. Also squaring Saturn and Pluto, this revitalizing Aries moon may also point out where the new doors in our lives are now opening. On Wednesday Venus joins Mars in Virgo and Mercury has one more happy fire collab with generous Jupiter. The Sun heads into Virgo on Friday and on Saturday Venus and Mars share an exact conjunction there. Best look: your favorite book bag packed with books on the subjects you are most keen to learn about and some healthy snacks.

Forecast Aug 12-18, 2019: Futuristic Full Moon

The week starts under a Capricorn moon, bringing a serious note to the lively, outgoing Leo rays that have begun flowing so freely. It’s not so much that these energies disagree with one another as it is that they are distinctly different and share little in common. With conjunctions to sober Saturn and reforming Pluto, this moon may illuminate matters needing careful consideration. When problem solving, Tuesday’s Sun Venus conjunction can show us what matters most. Next up, the moon moves into Aquarius where it will be full on Thursday, the day that also sees Mercury finally move past the shadow point of this summer’s emotionally intensive retrograde. Right on the heels of the full fixed-sign moon, Uranus in fixed Taurus is set to square Mercury in fixed Leo on Friday. These aspects will likely expose hard lines and hard-liners. But under a moon in the compassionate realms of gentle Pisces, our decisions, words and deeds can be infused with the intention of healing the situations we encounter. By the weekend, provocative Mars leaves fiery Leo for studious Virgo where it will be in residence through October 4th. Best look: hands, hearts and minds holding fast to sacred texts and the wisdom of their teachings.

Forecast Jul 29-Aug 4, 2019: Sun Showers Passing

The astrological sun showers of the past two months continue giving way to sunny Leo skies this week. With the Sun, Venus and Mars now shining brightly in cheerful Leo and receiving optimistic boosts from benevolent Jupiter, the skies continue their shift out of moody Cancer and into confident Leo. Informative Mercury initially entered Cancer all the way back on June 4th. Though it will remain in the cardinal water sign until August 11th, on Wednesday, its long, laborious retrograde concludes. Giving us even more reason to celebrate, earlier in the day the new moon dawns at 8 degrees and 37 minutes of Leo. Signifying the availability of new opportunities and pathways, the moon and Sun find themselves in the motivational presence of Mars, the planet capable of infusing aspirations with extra stamina. The week’s challenging aspects show up on Monday and Thursday when unruly Uranus squares the Sun and then Venus from determined Taurus. Examine the choices that these push comes to shove moments present, and choose with a view toward long term peace, harmony and happiness. Best look? Folded umbrella thrown in the back seat.

For further insights into the present Leo cycle as well as an overall context to current trends in astrology, check out my visit with Kristina Walsh on “Surfing The Psychic Waves“.

Sun Into Scorpio 2014: Rolling In The Deep

     When the Sun changes signs, we can count on Mercury and Venus being amongst its closest traveling companions. That’s because Mercury and Venus are the planets nearest to the Sun, so the three bodies travel is close proximity. That being said, this year’s solar entrance into Scorpio is unusual. When the Sun moves into astrology’s 8th sign on October 23rd, it will be accompanied by Venus, a new Scorpio moon and solar eclipse. Along with Saturn, the Sun, Venus and new moon form a brief stellium. A stellium is a grouping of four or more planets in one sign, a condition that amplifies the themes inherent in that sign. In the case of Scorpio, these include emotional intensity, death and regeneration, sex, ritual and purification. This dramatic start marks the beginning of a cycle that will include a second eight-day-long stellium in November and the beginning of Saturn’s foray into the most extreme degrees of Scorpio. Saturn has not traversed this terrain for nearly 30 years. Add some mutual reception to potent Pluto, and the Scorpio cycle ahead promises to be an interesting one.

     Saturn represents the karmic lessons we signed up for, the soul agreements we made prior to this incarnation. When we’re living in accord with them, Saturn’s presence may only need to iron out a few wrinkles. When we’ve lost touch with them, the wakeup calls sound like fire alarms and life as we know it is severely disrupted. After all Saturn, the Universal taskmaster, is the planet charged with keeping us track and on time. Since October 2012 Saturn has been moving through Scorpio, a transit that will be complete in September of 2015. During the unfolding Sun through Scorpio cycle, Saturn will move from 22 to 26 degrees, and during the following Sun through Sagittarius cycle it will move from 26-29 degrees. The consensus in astrology is that as the planets move through the later degrees of each sign, from 20-29 degrees, the characteristics of that sign become their most pronounced.

Saturn And Ebola

     When Saturn initially passed 20 degrees of Scorpio late last December, the number of infections and deaths from the Ebola virus was in the low hundreds. As Saturn forged its way to 23 degrees, before turning retrograde on March 2nd, the number of deaths and infections steadily rose. While Saturn was in that retrograde (moving backward), the world outside of West Africa largely ignored the spreading outbreak. On July 20th Saturn stationed at 16 degrees and began moving forward, and on September 26th it reached 20 degrees for the second time. Four days later Thomas Eric Duncan became the first patient in the United States to be diagnosed with the disease. On October 27th Saturn will cross the 23 degree mark, moving beyond the point at had gotten to in March before turning retrograde. Astrologically, this means that we are moving into uncharted territory. Comparison’s are being made between Ebola and AIDS/HIV. Both are transmitted via bodily fluids, and like AIDS/HIV in its early stages, Ebola is presently lethal. Saturn’s last Scorpio transit was from August 1983 through November of 1985, with its critical 20-29 degree period beginning in late 1984.

     During that transit, Saturn first hit 22 degrees of Scorpio on December 5, 1984. Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS/HIV that month. During its 1985 retrograde, Saturn moved back to the earliest minutes of 22 degrees on June 29th. A formal request to re-admit White to school was submitted on June 30th. Saturn remained in Scorpio until November 17th, and on the 25th, with Saturn at 1 degree of Sagittarius, an Indiana Department of Education officer ruled that White must be allowed to attend school. White was the teenaged hemophiliac who contracted the AIDS/HIV virus through a blood transfusion, and who was subsequently banned from attending his local middle school. People on his newspaper delivery route canceled their subscriptions for hear of becoming infected, 151 of his 360 classmates stayed home when he was readmitted to school, and a bullet was fired into his living room. His case ultimately inspired international compassion, and he became a celebrated spokesman for the disease until his death in April of 1990. Now Saturn is poised to journey through the late degrees of Scorpio for the first time since then. If the previous generation left a template for the current outbreak, it was given by White’s mother who said this in an interview with The New York Times.

     “Ryan always said, ‘I’m just like everyone else with AIDS, no matter how I got it.’ And he would never have lived as long as he did without the gay community. The people we knew in New York made sure we knew about the latest treatments way before we would have known in Indiana. I hear mothers today say they’re not gonna work with no gay community on anything. Well, if it comes to your son’s life, you better start changing your heart and your attitude around.”

Mutual Reception

     Whether or not we have a pandemic is not the point. Saturn is asking what lessons we learned from the last crisis. When studying the correlation between AIDS/HIV and astrology, most astrologers would correctly point to another, and far greater factor, Pluto. It was in Scorpio from 1983 until 1995. Presently Pluto, the planet of evolution, is in mutual reception to Saturn. Mutual Reception means that two planets are in each other’s signs of rulership. In this case, Saturn rules Capricorn where Pluto is and Pluto rules Scorpio where Saturn is. Under this condition, the two planets share characteristics and work toward corresponding purposes. Capricorn deals with institutions, government and systems, and similarly Saturn is the planet of structure, order and discipline. Scorpio is associated with loss, power and metamorphosis, and Pluto is the planet of death, change and transformation. However the Ebola outbreak plays out, we’re already seeing a coalescing of these energies as NGOs, the UN and governments stridently work to find solutions. On a personal level, this mutual reception gives us the opportunity to apply form and structure to goals and objectives. It’s also working to weed out the things in our lives that are out of sync with our life purpose. Though Saturn and Pluto have been in mutual reception since 2012, during this Sun through Scorpio cycle, all of the personal planets will strengthen it, bringing its influence closer to home. On October 26th Mars will move into Capricorn, fueling Pluto, and on November 8th Mercury will move into Scorpio, joining Venus and supporting Saturn.

     Mercury’s entrance into Scorpio forms the cycle’s second stellium. This one will last until the 16th when Venus heads into Sagittarius. On the dark side, Scorpio is associated with secrecy, envy, obsession and deceit. During this stellium, we are being asked to examine our darkest fears and to pay careful attention each time an emotional button is pushed. Scorpio is astrology’s shaman, and its hallmark is honesty. What is repressed cannot heal, and this eight-day period gives us time to look inward, trace emotions back to their origins and release the unhealthy patterns they’ve encoded. Mars will encourage us to face our shadows, fears and true desires. Prayer, journaling and meditation are ways to work through this celestial purification zone. Saturn will depart from Scorpio on December 23rd of this year, return to it from June 16th through September 18, 2015, and then leave the sign for another 29 and a half years. This is the last time when the Sun and Saturn will connect in Scorpio until then. Shortly before his untimely death, Dallas native Stevie Ray Vaughan recorded his last studio album. The project gave him the chance to fulfill a long-held wish to work with his older brother Jimmie. Their track “Tick Tock” has a title befitting Saturn and a message hauntingly relevant to the challenges before us.

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