Forecast Jan 20-26, 2020: New Altitude

The Sun is heading into lofty Aquarius on Monday, and on Friday we have a new Aquarius moon. Aquarius is astrology’s outlier. Detached and cerebral, Aquarius sees the shape of things to come. It adores science and technology and has a great capacity for revolutionary thinking. Mental Mercury is also visiting the fixed air sign, creating the potential for light bulb moments to strike lightening fast. On Saturday, even more firepower comes online when Mars forms a cooperative sextile to Mercury from optimistic Sagittarius. But the red planet will find itself squabbling with Venus on Sunday when the two form a square. Fortunately, both are in flexible mutable signs, so giving peace a chance just might make it so. In addition to the Sun sign change and new moon, the week’s other beneficial offering is a sextile between money-makers Venus and Jupiter on Thursday, under an enterprising Capricorn moon. All and all, this is a great week for furthering our efforts in the arenas that are already paying off and for looking into future potentials and improvements.

Sun Into Aquarius 2020: Let There Be Lightwork

Inventive, independent Aquarius is often credited with a visionary knack for tapping into the future and setting standards and trends. As an air sign, it emphasizes the intellect and the ability to detach, both from the irrationality of emotions and from group think. Those skills will come in handy for all of us as the Sun and Mercury journey through astrology’s eleventh sign early in 2020, because late in the year, Saturn and Jupiter will enter Aquarius for much longer transits. Jupiter will be in Aquarius from December 19, 2020 until December of 2021. Saturn will explore Aquarius from March 21st through July 1st this year, and then settle in for the long haul from December 17, 2020 until March of 2023. So, true to form and for the next month, astrology’s individualistic, offbeat outlier is taking us into the future, and it would be a good idea to take note. Supporting the big picture thinking, the Aquarius Sun cycle starts with Venus in intuitive Pisces and ends with Mercury’s first retrograde of the year, also in Pisces.

Also appreciated for its capacity to give perspective, the mutable water sign of Pisces informs us through the languages of spirituality, subjectivity and art. The genius of Aquarius draws its conclusions quite differently than Pisces. But the co-mingling of planets in both of these signs during this time can produce uncanny and astonishing foresight. Venus will be in Pisces until February 7th, and Mercury will leave Aquarius for Pisces on February 3rd. Mercury is the planet that influences our thinking and communication, and it will spend an unusually long two months in Pisces, with the exception of a revisit to Aquarius from March 4th through 16th during its retrograde. That retrograde officially runs from February 16th through March 9th, but its shadow period extends from February 2nd through March 29th. The key to having a productive Mercury retrograde, especially one in spacey Pisces, lies in our ability to set clear, coherent intentions at the outset and to maintain laser focus on them for the duration.

Fortunately, astrology’s packing a sizable “get real” punch these days. Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and the South Node are in Capricorn, and on February 16th Mars joins them. Capricorn is the cardinal earth sign, so it is particularly adept at both keeping us off the couch and at seeing that tangible results come from earnest efforts. The planets have been concentrated in the Saturn-ruled sign for months, and Saturn’s recent conjunction with Pluto imprinted 2020 with Capricorn’s seriousness. Mars is the planet of action, and its presence will further the industrious drive of Cap. It stirs our passions and its “get ‘er done” ethos is well matched to the inherent initiative taking of enterprising Capricorn. Mars will be in Cap until March 30th, kicking us in the pants throughout Mercury’s retrograde and shadow exit period. In combination, the Sun and Mercury in Aquarius instill vision, Venus and Mercury in Pisces expand our creativity and add a holistic view and Mars in Cap will add the needed push to get real stuff done. The final ingredient to this cosmic cocktail is earth-shaking Uranus.

As well as staying focused on our goals, we’ll also need to be alert to hunches, reports and opportunities we receive about shifts in the collective that will have personal implications for the years ahead. Obviously the relevance of news is unique to each of our circumstances. But “a-ha” moments will abound, and they need to be noticed. Besides the Sun and Mercury visiting Aquarius, its ruler Uranus is early into its seven-year-transit of Taurus, astrology’s fixed earth sign. Uranus is astrology’s favorite disrupter. It is a global force that brings shocks, sudden change, revolution, breakthroughs and often a lot of chaos in the process. Whether its crypto-currency in finance, vegetable-based protein in food, workers’ rights in the gig economy or renewable and alternative forms of energy, Aquarius and Uranus point to innovation. It’s important that we pay attention to oncoming changes and that we adapt accordingly, the earlier the better. In short, the dance beginning now essentially guides us through the remainder of the winter before depositing us into early spring and start of Q2 2020. Q2, featuring the onset of multiple retrogrades, including those of Venus and Jupiter, will have a very different timbre than Q1. Now is the time to bring the year’s goals and aspirations into focus.

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.

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