Forecast May 10-16, 2021: Watch The Water

The week’s “big” news is Jupiter’s ingress into Pisces on Thursday. Leading up to the kingly planet’s arrival, several planets, like a group of faithful courtiers, will gather harmoniously for a royal welcome. Highlights include a new Moon in Taurus, supported by a Mars Uranus sextile, a Mercury Saturn trine and a Sun Neptune sextile. Each year’s new Taurus Moon offers an opportunity to affirm abundance. On one level, the fixed earth sign is the domain of raw materials, resources and financial markets. On another level, the sign represents what we value, materially or otherwise. At a hefty 21 Taurus 18, this Moon embodies the sign’s strength and substance. Mars has a reputation for agitation and Uranus for disruption. Yet even these rascals will find themselves making a cooperative sextile under Tuesday’s new Moon. Mars is in Cancer and Uranus in Taurus, and this water earth combo will also resonate with the melodious tone set by the morning’s Moon Neptune sextile. On Wednesday collaboration will continue when Mercury, at home in Gemini, trines Saturn in Aquarius. This air-sign alliance gives form and stamina to bright ideas conceived under the new Moon. Next, the Sun’s sextile to Neptune overnight brings the emphasis back to earth and water and sets the stage for Jupiter’s grand entrance.

Titanic and voluminous, this transit will occur in three phases, with the first stage running from May 13th – July 28, 2021. Ancient astrologers considered Jupiter to be the ruler of Pisces. But once Neptune was discovered in 1846, it was assigned rulership of the mutable water sign. Jupiter and Neptune share an expansive quality, and in Pisces, their boundlessness is extended infinitely. Pisces is said to collect and integrate pieces of all twelve signs, a characteristic that gives the sign its remarkable empathy. Though Jupiter will only make its way to 2 degrees of the sign, before turning retrograde on June 20th, its splash will give us a sense of the nature of its merger with Neptune. Above the surface, a set of mutable sign eclipses are on the way, as are the retrogrades of Saturn and Mercury (in air signs) and significantly, the next Saturn Uranus square on June 14th. The first eclipse, at 5 Sagittarius 26, on May 26th will bear down on its ruler Jupiter, while the second, at 19 Gemini 47, on June 10th, will put the pressure on Neptune. On June 11th Mars will press into fiery Leo, where it will be until July 29th. This puts it on an unavoidable collision course with Jupiter, at an incendiary 29 degrees, one day after Jupiter emerges from Pisces. Moist hot air over the ocean breeds hurricanes. Whether 2021’s manifest literally or figuratively, the power of water, element of emotions, is about to assert itself. Fittingly, Pisces will be presiding over the incoming tides. Detached, flexible and forgiving, it invites us to align with its spiritual perspective. Mythic, imaginative and endlessly creative, it also invites us to embrace its artistry.

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Forecast May 3-9, 2021: Some Breathing Room

If the four-planet pileup in languid Taurus has left you feeling a little stuck, take heart. This week Mercury and Venus are on the move. But not so fast. Before leaving Taurus, both will have to settle some business with Jupiter. Time spent in Taurus has been particularly problematic for speedy Mercury, the fleet-footed planet of travel and communication. Of all of the planets, it is the least interested in being bogged down. But the Messenger has been grounded since April 19th. On Monday night it will enter Gemini, the sign governing technology, commerce and media. One of Mercury’s domiciles, Gemini is where the year’s next Mercury retrograde will occur, from May 29th to June 22nd. Mercury will cross the retrograde’s shadow point, 16 Gemini 08, on May 14th. Before that yellow light flashes, we can cruise into the fast lane and enjoy a little exhilaration. Curious Gemini is also quite the social networker, and Venus will follow Mercury into the mutable air sign on Friday. For amorous Venus, the visit to luxury loving Taurus hasn’t been so bad. After all, Taurus is one of Venus’s home signs, so the seductive planet enjoys spending time in its sensuous realm. That being said, a girl has to get out. In Gem, the planet of pleasure will stimulate desires to mix and mingle. For singles, this could mean sprucing up social media profiles, especially the ones on dating sites, and for everyone, invitations to social gatherings and opportunities to travel are likely to abound between May 8th and June 2nd. With a Mercury retrograde on the horizon, taking advantage of them, sooner rather than later, is advised.

Unusually, Jupiter is the source of two of the week’s biggest snares. On Monday, before changing signs, Mercury will have to slip past a Jupiter square, and on Saturday Venus, while still in financial Taurus, is set for a bout with the normally happy-go-lucky planet. Venus and Jupiter both deal with money. In lofty Aquarius, is Jupiter checking on or being checked on monetary excesses? Either way, fiscal friction is in the air. The week’s third significant square is between the Taurus Sun and restrictive Saturn. On Monday, this one presents another iteration of the conflict between consumption and limitations. The final signal that financial affairs are likely to figure prominently in the week’s events comes from Thursday’s Venus Pluto trine. These two conjoined way back on January 28th, under the full Leo Moon, thus initiating a cycle. Under that Moon, the world learned about Roaring Kitty’s Gamestop sensation, and the havoc it’s wreaking on markets. This time Venus and Pluto will meet under a supportive earth sign trine, opening the next chapter of the saga. Because a now retrograde Pluto is intent on cleaning out corruption in “the system”, this meeting is intriguing. With clever Mercury’s mental faculties restored in Gemini, perhaps we’ll be able to make sense of the unraveling mystery.

Forecast Apr 26-May 2, 2021: To Hades And Back

All three of astrology’s outer planets will be activated this week, indicating that an extraordinarily eventful week is at hand. Pluto’s fingerprints will be all over the week, starting with an unpleasant square from the waxing Libra Moon on Monday, and ending with a Moon Pluto conjunction and a constructive conversation with Mercury on Sunday. Themes of destruction and resurrection are shared by Pluto and the sign modern astrologers assign to its rulership, Scorpio. On Monday night the Moon will be full at 7 Scorpio 06, and on Tuesday Pluto will station and begin its annual retrograde (lasting until October 6th). Pluto is associated with the mythological descent into Hades, a harrowing journey from which only the heroic re-emerge. Whether we explore its shadowy realms for the week or for the entire retrograde, we are being invited to delve into darkest recesses of the psyche, in search of truth and transformation. Helping us recognize key symbols and critical signs in this odyssey, fellow outer planet Neptune will offer reliable guidance throughout the week.

Artistic Neptune will be singing in the language of love all week long, but we’ll need to tune in tightly to hear its music of the spheres. For example, as the Scorpio Moon contends with a nearly nonstop barrage of planetary challenges, it will receive a sizable and insightful trine from Neptune on Tuesday. By Thursday, a Mercury Neptune sextile will be fully formed, offering a stellar tool for applying inspiration to real-world problems. But be warned, superficial platitudes will immediately be checked by Neptune’s square to the Sagittarius Moon. Under this Moon, zealotry will be out in full force, and only the sign’s philosophical substance will save us from the sway of fanatics. On Friday the Moon will move into serious Capricorn, where Neptune will graciously sextile it overnight on Saturday. Creative Neptune is considered to be the higher octave of Venus, and Venus will be the final planet of the week to sextile Neptune. They will link up on Sunday, sounding a harmonious note. Not to be left out, liberating Uranus will conjoin the Sun on Friday. Even in the deluge of fear-porn and chaos, the brilliance of this a-ha moment will ring out. Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury. Indeed the two are also, if not singing, certainly communicating from the same hymnal. Together in Taurus, their messages will be amplified by agreeable trines beaming from the Capricorn Moon. That Moon will also trine the Sun and Venus, in Taurus, on Saturday, before conjoining Pluto on Sunday. This places six of the ten planets in the grounded, pragmatic and dependable earth signs. Mercury will trine Pluto early on Sunday morning, bringing solid know-how to endeavors. If we’re committed to taking the hero’s journey, Mercury and Pluto are availing themselves to writing down the bones.

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Forecast Apr 19-25, 2021: Spring Cleaning Or Clock Cleaning

This week personal planets the Sun, Mercury and Mars will move from extroverted yang to introspective yin signs. Their shifts will usher in a detectable change that will be felt through the first week of May. The Sun and Mercury will leave the ferocity of Aries and enter Taurus on Monday, and Mars will abandon the stimulation of Gemini and head into Cancer on Friday. Taurus is astrology’s fixed earth sign, and as such is revered for its endurance, tranquility and ability to bestow a sense of stability. However, with rebellious Uranus well into the sign’s second decant, 2021’s Taurus Sun cycle may be a little short on the Bull’s renowned placidity. This first week will give us a taste of the incoming month. Venus will conjoin Uranus on Thursday, followed by Mercury on late Friday. Then Venus will square Saturn late Saturday followed by Mercury on Sunday. Like two titanic tectonic plates, Saturn and Uranus are currently in a contentious square. Mercury and Venus will expose any fault lines that are creeping up to the surface. Then they’ll meet on Sunday afternoon, to compare notes, via a friendly conjunction. As the sign associated with roots and sustenance, Taurus shares its nourishing qualities with Cancer, the sign of home and motherhood that rules the stomach.

Mars will visit the cardinal water sign from April 23rd through June 11th. Hanging around the house is not the ideal spot for astrology’s planet of conquest, nor for anyone who’s sick of lockdowns and travel restrictions. But, with some forethought, we can positively apply the passionate planet’s ever ready energy supply to domestic life. This can take the form of anything from initiating home improvement projects, to planting spring gardens, to cooking the favorite dishes of loved ones, to house hunting. The caveat is that planet of war in Cancer is equally capable of agitating existing frustrations and stirring up family feuds. Unlike its cardinal cousin, direct Aries, moody Cancer is notorious for cloaking its aggression. The sign is also ruled by the Moon. Having a short list of mood altering options handy can make the critical difference between spring cleaning and clock cleaning. In the macro, Cancer is of course the Sun sign of the United States, so Mars may ratchet up domestic disputes. Whether it’s the border crisis, proposals to extend or end mortgage forbearance or food supply line disruptions, this tug of war between the resources of Taurus and Cancer caregiving will likely come to a head by May 11th. That’s when a new Taurus Moon will be accompanied by a Mars Uranus sextile. Taurus needs financial security and Cancer craves emotional safety. Under this cooperative alignment, their shared interests may produce constructive solutions. Then again, rambunctious Mars and unpredictable Uranus may prefer some chaos. Before then, we have a couple of weeks to unplug, relax and focus on self-care and simple pleasures.

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Mars In Cancer: The Housecleaning Begins

Why so crabby? Mars enters Cancer

Aggressive Mars is known for stirring the pot, and agitating Cancer is astrology’s cardinal water sign. So every two years, when Mars comes for a visit, we expect emotions to be triggered and issues concerning home, family and domestic and emotional security to surface. And, Cancer’s penchant for nostalgia has a way of bringing up the past. 2019’s transit is no exception. In fact, this year’s Mars journey through Cancer is packing a much bigger punch than usual, and here’s why. The moon’s North Node and all of the inner planets will be traveling through Cancer when Mars is in the vicinity, the Mars transit ends the day before a solar eclipse in Cancer, most of Mercury’s next retrograde will take place in Cancer, and Saturn, Pluto and the moon’s South Node will oppose Mars, and the other planets in Cancer, from austere and equally intentional Capricorn. Things get underway when the Sun is in patient, compatible Taurus in mid-May. By early June Mercury will join Mars in Cancer, and from there the two will begin their oppositions to retrograding Saturn and Pluto. Those clashes will lead right up the Cancer Sun cycle and ensuing solar eclipse and Mercury retrograde in Cancer.

Mars In Cancer May 15th – Jul 1st
Mercury in Cancer Jun 4th – Jun 26th
Goes Rx Jul 7th (4 Leo)
Reenters Cancer Jul 19 – Aug 11th
Sun in Cancer Jun 21st – Jul 22nd
Cancer Solar Eclipse Jul 2nd
Venus in Cancer Jul 3rd – 27th
Saturn opposite N. Node Jul 4th
N. Node in Cancer Nov 6, 2018 – May 5, 2020

The key to navigating these turbulent waters is emotional integrity. Instead of allowing emotions to overtake us, into outbursts and other problematic reactions, we can examine our responses to their intensity. Why does someone make us feel that angry? What story are we telling ourselves about an incident from the past? How are we interpreting the present situation? Why are we so triggered? If we can trace these feelings back to their origins, as suggested by the Saturn, Pluto and Mercury retrogrades and South Node oppositions, we may well be able to resolve the underlying issues, reframe our current circumstances and clarify our direction ahead. The presence of Saturn and Pluto in this unfolding drama points to the severity of the situation and the degree to which we need to be brutally honest with ourselves, and others. That’s never easy, especially when it comes to messy, uncomfortable emotions, like anger. Ah, but that’s where the cosmic medicine lives.

Anger is Mars’ domain. The red planet has been associated with war for millennia, and to this day, its two-year transit correlates to the terrible twos stage of childhood development. Mars is all about throwing a tantrum, and sometimes, all manner of Hell is in dire need of being raised. Sometimes we’ve put up with something or someone for far too long or are way past the expiration date of taking our soul’s next step. Anger can be righteous. The tricky and critical piece of this volatile emotional puzzle is determining what needs to change. Is it internal or external? It’s not so much what we are battling against so much as it is what we are fighting for. Pluto is a significant part of this cosmic equation, and its mission is transformation. But, the powerful outer planet demands no less than the truth. Working alongside of it is sober Saturn, the ringed planet that also exacts a certain form of truth and enforces the law. Both are set to directly oppose Mars in mid June.

Mars opposite Saturn Jun 14th
Mars opposite Pluto Jun 19th

Parents (Saturn and Capricorn) often employ the “time out” (Saturn) technique when children (Cancer) are spiraling out of emotional control. Taking some time to pause and reflect upon what drives (Mars) us, our motives and desires, long before an emotional crisis provokes us, would be a beneficial endeavor during the Mars transit. Or if we’re caught off guard and the old emotions erupt, stepping away from the tumult long enough to consider our histories and options could be life-changing. If the impulses are coming from an unhealthy (unhealed) place, we can learn (Saturn) how to be our own best explosives specialist and carefully dismantle the internal bombs. Rendering them harmless frees us the inner turmoil they create and others from their fallout. If, on the other hand, a cause is just or it is indeed time to make big changes, Mars will inspire and energize us. Like the great warriors of the ages, we will take to our respective battlefields, with vigor and ferocity, and fight until our enemies are eliminated and all needed change is fully and irrevocably implemented. Remember, the South Node, Saturn and Pluto are presently residing in systemic Capricorn. From there, they signal that a major purge lies before us. The arrival of Mars into Cancer tells us that the housecleaning has begun.

Jul 1st Mars leaves Cancer
Jul 2nd Cancer solar eclipse
Jul 3rd Venus enters Cancer
Jul 4th Saturn opposes opposite N. Node in Cancer

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