Forecast Jun 21-Jul 4, 2021: Showdowns Showing Up

If you’ve ever considered unplugging all of your devices, retreating to some secluded corner of the world and returning only when the coast is clear, then the next few weeks are an ideal time to set those plans into motion. A combination of outer planet quincunx placements, inner planet conflicts with Pluto and heightened fixed sign friction is inbound. Astrology’s quincunx is not one of its harsh angles per se. Planets are simply 150 degrees apart, which places them in signs with varying elements and modalities. By contrast, when the planets find themselves in astrology’s other familiar angles, they share a common trait. For instance, when conjunct or in a trine, planets share the same element. In a square, they share modality and in opposition, they share modality and polarization, positive or negative. But in the quincunx, there is no common ground. For example, on June 28th Venus, in the fixed fire sign of Leo, will be exactly 150 degrees away from Jupiter, in the mutable water sign of Pisces. August Leo and flexible Pisces express themselves in markedly different ways. Over the next two months, as Mars, Venus, and later Mercury and the Sun travel through Leo, they will face Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn. Similarly, the Sun and Mercury in Cancer will undergo uncomfortable encounters with Saturn in Aquarius. Again the planets aren’t so much squabbling with one another, so much as they are failing to understand one another. This utter lack of comprehension often insures an equal lack of agreement. Communication will be further jumbled as we emerge from the shadow of Mercury’s retrograde.Add some of that characteristic Cancer indirectness, and absolute clarity may prove highly elusive.


But as the Sun, Moon and Mercury venture through the cardinal water sign, they will be all be confronted by Pluto, the planet that has no problem laying issues bare. Pluto will oppose the Cancer Moon on July 10th, the Sun on the 17th and Mercury on the 25th. If we are willing to see revelations as opportunities to heal the old wounds that Cancer otherwise loves to cling to, then Pluto’s transformational medicine can be put to good use. From integrative Pisces, Jupiter will trine Mercury on July 12th and Neptune will trine the Sun on the 15th, assisting intentions to relinquish past grievances. Whatever Pluto, Jupiter and Neptune cannot pry from Cancer claws, a massive fixed sign t-square is sure to jar loose. From Leo, Mars will oppose Saturn on July 1st and square Uranus on the 3rd, under a Taurus Moon. Fixed signs possess their own form of reluctance. Yet under the pressure of this formidable t-square, something or someone will have to give. This cosmic collision will occur over the “holiday” weekend in the US, so choose your company wisely. But should showdowns show up, be prepared to examine and heal their triggers.

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Forecast Jun 14-20, 2021: Come In Like A Lion

That old saying about coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb might be altered to “going out like a dolphin” this week. It begins with a ferocious fixed sign t-square and ends with a rejuvenating water trine. Leading the way, Monday’s Leo Moon will be superimposed onto the year’s second, and most intense, Saturn Uranus square. The strenuous aspects created by this Mars-infused t-square will impact fixed sign folks the most. But there will be plenty of frustration to go around. Saturn is the planet of rules, authority and limitations, Uranus is the cosmic rule breaker and proud Leo is accustomed to running the show. What could possibly go wrong? In determining when to buck convention and when to conform to it, Leo’s role will be pivotal. Do we go with regal majesty and magnanimity or the petty tyrant’s drama and bossiness? Choosing carefully from the week’s outset may make all of the difference. As disruptive Uranus threatens to overthrow Saturnian order, accessing Leo’s warmth, creativity and playfulness will benefit the entire kingdom. For example, delivering that catchall punchline, “Mercury is retrograde” with good-natured theatrics and leonine flare might just provide enough comic relief get bellies laughing.


The Moon’s move into reasonable Virgo on Tuesday night would ordinarily signal an easing of tensions. But due to the presence of five other planets and the lunar nodes in fellow mutable signs, even mild-mannered Virgo is in for a rough go of it. The midweek challenges include oppositions from Jupiter and Neptune and squares from the late degree Gemini Sun and Mercury. Whether from fixed or mutable signs, in one way or another, the planets are forcing key decisions to the fore. Just in time for critical decision-making, on Friday morning the Moon will move into judicious, diplomatic and wildly indecisive Libra. Though getting trapped in the sign’s endless weighing of those infamous scales is a strong possibility, trines from the Sun, Mercury and Saturn, in sharp-minded air signs, will offer some constructive clarity.


Real relief will arrive on Sunday, when the Moon will slip into Scorpio, Jupiter will relax into retrograde gear, in the very early degrees of gentle Pisces, and the Sun will leave the buzzing of talkative and techy Gemini for soothing Cancer. This is the celestial step into a cool, refreshing oasis that we’ve been thirsting for all week long. And just around the corner, Venus is waiting to trine Neptune next Monday, followed by Mercury stationing direct on Tuesday. Translation, the end of this Mercury retrograde is in sight. Sometimes, similar to making holiday plans, just knowing that a break in the action is on the way is its own elixir. Before we get there, we’ll have to power through the oncoming turbulence. Binge-watching “healing with dolphins” and “ultimate spa vacation” videos isn’t a bad place to start. In fact, it may prove downright therapeutic.

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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 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 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“.

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.

Forecast Jul 15-21, 2019: Go Big & Go Home

All of the watery emotion of Cancer will come to the fore as we close out this year’s solar run through astrology’s cardinal water sign. On Tuesday this month’s second eclipse will bring powerful emotions to the surface under the full Capricorn moon. and later that day Venus, which tugs at our hearts and symbolises what we desire, will form the day’s second exact opposition, to Saturn also in Cap. Thursday’s Venus trine to Neptune will signal the need to put a little love in our hearts, as the old song says. On Friday Mercury will move back into hyper-sensitive Cancer, and by Sunday it will link up with that very late degree Cancer Sun for one more wave. Earlier that day Venus will oppose Pluto, in Capricorn, underscoring the recurring theme of the Cancer 2019 cycle, the Cancer Capricorn conflicts. As I stated back in April in my blog, we will continue to see news about children, law enforcement and hard truths. Best look? a sober mind and a compassionate heart.

Forecast Jul 8-14, 2019: High Tides

In the world of beach flags, a yellow flag is used for areas where caution is recommended and a red flag indicates dangerous conditions. While this week has enough favorable activity to balance things out, it is definitely not slated for smooth sailing. On Tuesday the emotional Cancer Sun will oppose strict Saturn, the planet of rules and restrictions, and on Sunday it will oppose almighty Pluto, the planet of destruction and transformation. In between and on Thursday, combative Mars and chaos-causing Uranus will face off as they square one another, from the obstinate fixed signs Leo and Taurus. All of this happens during the week that falls between the two current eclipses (on July 2nd and 16th). Helping us navigate these decidedly choppy astrological waters will be a Mercury Mars conjunction on Monday and a Sun Neptune trine on Wednesday. It might help to think of Monday’s Mercury Mars meetup as a time to huddle and plan a clear strategy for the upcoming conditions and Wednesday’s Sun Neptune meeting as a two-way radio dedicated to Divine communication. When those yellow or red flags are raised, preparation coupled with the ability to see unfolding events from a higher perspective can help us chart the optimum course. Best look? The stance, clarity and demeanor of a seasoned ship captain.

Forecast Jul 1-7, 2019: Breaking The Waves

A total solar eclipse happens July 2nd

According astrology, this is one of 2019’s biggest weeks. The action includes a total solar eclipse, our next Saturn opposition to the North Node and the start of Mercury’s next retrograde. Fittingly, Mars sets things in motion on Monday when it enters the fixed fire sign of Leo. Tuesday features that new moon eclipse at 10 Cancer 38. On Wednesday Venus changes signs, setting up house in Cancer, and the moon moves into lively Leo. Thursday will see the year’s next Saturn opposition to the North Node, in a series of three, at a formidable 17 degrees. And the week will end as the year’s second Mercury retrograde, from Leo back into Cancer, begins. Between the emotional intensity of the Sun, Venus and the North Node in Cancer and the fire and ferocity of Mercury, Mars and the moon in Leo, passion will permeate the skies and our psyches. If you claim to not know what you’re passionate about, the planets are about to drop some truth on you.

With so many big changes this week, it would be difficult to cover all of them adequately. Next week, I’ll zero in on the Mars transit of Leo, and here are links to articles about the Saturn North Node opposition and the Mercury retrograde. For this forecast, I’m focusing on the eclipse and Venus, both of which are deeply connected to our current Cancer Sun cycle. Cancer is concerned with home, family and emotional security. Because it describes our need for safety, it as one of astrology’s most emotional signs. Being a probing and provocative cardinal sign, Cancer triggers us. Being a water sign, its triggering is most likely going to involve our feelings. The moon is said to represent our intuition and true/inner feelings, and eclipses bring things to light. Notice what gets unearthed as we undergo July’s two eclipses and the retrogrades. Next, Venus is the planet of love and money, two of life’s biggest motivators, and it will be traveling through Cancer from July 3rd-27th. On July 19th Mercury will move back into Cancer. From there it will be digging up the past and also pushing our emotional buttons. Normally nimble, mental Mercury plays it cool and detached, enjoying its analytical, rational perspective. But in Cancer, even intellectual Mercury will be informed by feelings. Additionally, Mercury joins a large group of influential planets presently retrograde. All together, this may feel like a cosmic conspiracy to clean our emotional clocks. When those honest emotions come bubbling up to the surface, Cancer’s challenge will be to act upon and express the truths they expose with care. Best look: treating others and yourself with the love, compassion and support a Guardian Angel would bestow upon the most innocent and vulnerable child.

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