Forecast July 26-Aug 1, 2021: Travel Advisory

“Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.”

Airplane

When readying ourselves for the coming week’s journey, packing generous amounts of humor, patience and perhaps even some old school technologies is advised. Though the week will take off under the disarming guidance of a gentle Pisces Moon, we’ll begin experiencing turbulence as soon as Mercury moves into lusty Leo on Tuesday. In the fixed fire sign until August 11th, the Messenger is more opinionated than usual. When the aspects are favorable, like Wednesday’s trine from the Aries Moon or Sunday’s conjunction with the Leo Sun, warmth and charisma flow from a leonine Mercury. But, when placed amidst more challenging aspects, like Sunday’s opposition from stern Saturn, under a squaring Taurus Moon, well, the trickster could prove to be a most unruly passenger. While that Aries Moon is making friendly chatter with Mercury and the Sun on Wednesday, Jupiter will slide back into stimulating Aquarius. Unfortunately for everyone onboard, this sets up Thursday morning’s 29-degree, fixed sign battle royale between Mars in regal Leo and kingly Jupiter. When no one is willing to compromise, everyone loses. Six of the ten planets will be in the unyielding fixed signs when Mars and Jupiter duke it out. So flexibility, like ample legroom, will be scarce. If possible, fasten your seatbelt and wait until late Thursday afternoon when Mars heads into thoughtful, mutable Virgo. Once the feisty planet lands in the practical earth sign, calm and focus will be served. This transit will last until September 14th, making it an ideal time to tackle projects the require a tranquil mind and attention to detail.

“Does anyone know how to fly a plane?”

Airplane

Flight plans to land in a relaxing weekend will be scraped when the Moon enters Taurus on Friday afternoon and reactivate all of the week’s fixed sign friction. We’ll encounter the first bumpy patch on Saturday morning when the Moon squares Mercury, the Sun and Saturn. Meal service can briefly resume on Saturday afternoon when the Moon trines Venus. But those tray tables will have to return to their upright and locked position a few hours later, when the Moon and chaotic Uranus join forces. The commotion continues into Sunday when the Sun and Mercury get together first thing in the morning, in lively Leo. Ordinarily this would be a pure shot of enthusiasm, to uproariously celebrate something or other. Under current conditions however, it will more likely seem like the two planets knocking back too many Bloody Marys and proceeding to rile up fellow travelers. To restore order, Saturn will directly confront both. Only then, can we begin our final descent. Deplaned, and quite possibly disheveled, we’ll be grateful to claim even the most battered of luggage and exit the terminal. Surely, we’ve made it past the worst of 2021’s fixity.

“And don’t call me Shirley.”

Airplane

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Forecast Jul 12-18, 2021: Easy Does It

A Leo Moon fires up the week on Monday with conjunctions to Venus and Mars, who themselves link up on Tuesday. For sunny, determined Leo, these get-togethers bolster confidence and resolve. Of course, this position also places the Moon, Venus and Mars opposite Saturn and square to Uranus. That said, Mars and Venus moved through the crunch points of those challenges during the past two weeks. So lions are likely feeling much more playful than ferocious, as long as no one pulls any tails. Monday sets the stage for more conviviality when an early Cancer degree Mercury trines altruistic Jupiter in Pisces. Their amiable meeting is a preview of Thursday’s dreamy Sun trine to Neptune. Because Neptune is one of the slowest moving planets, we’ll be under the rejuvenating influence of this pairing all week long. After the turbulence of the past month, this dive into a psychedelic ocean will feel like welcome libation. Alluring and intoxicating and especially when combined, Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces can also prove wildly unrealistic. A sympathetic Moon in practical Virgo, from Tuesday through early Thursday, should steer us clear of any rocks. The week’s other source of bemusement comes courtesy of its multiple quincunxes.


Often confusing, sometimes confounding but rarely consternating, the quincunx produces astrology’s odd couples. A series of them will start on Monday, with Leo Moon quincunxes to Neptune and Pluto. Venus will echo the Moon’s moves, when it forms the same awkward angles to Neptune on Friday and Pluto on Sunday, and Mars and Neptune will follow suit on Sunday. Also on Sunday, Mercury and Saturn will find themselves in this befuddling aspect. Untangling them, an insightful, astute Scorpio Moon will favor Mercury and rebuff Saturn. Even so, in the wake of Saturday’s Sun Pluto opposition, the time may not yet be quite right for making the next bold move. After all, murky Neptune is deeply involved in many of the week’s happenings. On the other hand, a window of inspiration is certainly opening, beginning with the Mercury Jupiter trine on Monday. Next, Mercury’s trine to Neptune will be exact on July 24th. Add the trailing effect of Neptune’s aforementioned slow movement, and the next few weeks will be ripe with opportunities to delve into art, healing and spirituality. On July 28th Jupiter will step back into electric Aquarius, and on the 29th it will oppose Mars. At an incendiary 29 degrees, this face-off is likely to revive the tumult and turmoil of late. Between now and then, spending a couple of weeks leagues beneath the surface, or at least setting aside some playtime, is an appealing and possibly productive alternative. Pisces explores creativity through introspection and Leo through extroversion. Together, via the unfolding plethora of Pisces Leo quincunxes, they’re delivering the toy box that we’ve all been dying to get our paws on.

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Forecast Jul 5-11, 2021: On The Edge

This week’s edgy tone is set from the start. But some refreshment will arrive on Friday night, courtesy of the new Cancer Moon, and more will come on Sunday when Mercury moves into Cancer. Until then, we’re in for a contentious ride. Monday’s aspects tell the tale. The Sun will align with erratic Uranus, a busy-body Gemini Moon will pick a fight with Jupiter, in the sign that just wants everyone to get along or to at least mellow out, Pisces, and an explosive fixed sign t-square will draft diplomatic Venus into combat. The battles will continue into Tuesday when Mercury’s square to Neptune will pick up where the Gemini Moon and Jupiter left off and a Venus Saturn opposition will add fire and air combustion to fixed sign warfare. Venus in Leo loves to live lavishly and Saturn in cool-headed Aquarius sets limits. Finding common ground will prove difficult. Things improve somewhat on Wednesday as Mercury exits the shadow of last month’s retrograde. But before shifting into watery Cancer, an excitable Gemini Moon will challenge none other than Pluto, via a confusing quincunx. Gemini’s ruler, mischievous Mercury, will double down on the bewilderment on Thursday, when it forms its quincunx to Pluto. Meanwhile, on the fixed sign front, the Venus square to volatile Uranus will finally be exact. In this iteration of Tuesday’s confrontation with Saturn, money-minded Venus is having it out with Uranus in the sign of income, Taurus. Bad financial news, and likely on a global scale, is bound to make headlines as this fixed sign t-square continues agitating disruptive Uranus and no-nonsense Saturn. In the near term, the Moon will enter Leo on Saturday, and further out, a late Leo degree Mars will oppose Jupiter on July 29th, two days after Mercury moves into the fixed fire sign. In short, the friction being furthered this week is not about to let up anytime soon. That said, some relief is in store.


Cancer is the sign of home, family and emotional security, and on Friday night the new Cancer Moon will appear. The days leading up to it signal a time for housekeeping. Whether this is a literal deep clean (ceiling fan blades and refrigerator tops included), the discarding of old or worn out items or the cleaning up of strained familial relations, a celestial effort to make way for the new is at hand. Cancer’s crab is a curious creature. Instinctively it craves emotional tranquility, and paradoxically its cardinal character compels movement and change. Mental Mercury might solve this cosmic conundrum while it inhabits the sign from Sunday through July 27th. Its venture through these intuitive waters will find supportive insights coming from Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces and July 18th’s Scorpio Moon. If we can pull back and tune into them, we might determine which of our current struggles are failing to provide lasting emotional satisfaction and which are indeed worth fighting for.

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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.

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