Forecast Mar 1-7, 2021: Out Of The Shadows

Mars’ move into Gemini on Wednesday and Mercury’s conjunction with Jupiter on Thursday are this week’s highlights. But its real cat amongst the pigeons is the seemingly innocuous Moon. La Luna will instigate commotion amongst the fixed and mutable signs beginning on Tuesday night, when she slips into passionate, secretive Scorpio. As their name implies, fixed signs, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, crave predictability. But when repression is the price of reliability, watch out. An opposition from disruptive Uranus, as well as a series of squares from Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter, threaten to throw even scrupulously stealth Scorpio into turmoil. This volatile tug of war with Uranus puts Scorpio’s love of temptation in direct conflict with Taurus’ inclination for stability. In this matchup, sturdy, steady Taurus is unlikely to contain Scorpio’s destructive tendencies and Uranus’ disorderly imperatives. Meanwhile the planets in Aquarius are poised to expose schisms between private lives and public faces. Scorpio and Aquarius both prize honestly. They just have diverging motives and uses for it. In this case, dissension between psychological interiors and outward appearances will require reconciliation. Softening the blows, and perhaps helping to integrate the Hadean content, this Scorpio Moon will trine Venus, the Sun and Neptune before it heads into mutable Sagittarius on Thursday. Also, the gentle coaxing from Wednesday’s Venus Uranus sextile will encourage cooperation between factions.

But even after the Moon exits the underworld of Scorpio, one’s dark secrets will not yet necessarily be safe. Under this Moon, Jupiter, the ruling planet of Sagittarius, will exacerbate Mercurial impulses to blurt things out. In part that’s because mischievous and mouthy Mercury will conjoin excessive Jupiter in the erratic air sign of Aquarius on Thursday evening. Concurrently, on Wednesday Mars will have left Taurus for Mercury-ruled, mutable Gemini. Even in these earliest degrees of the chatty air sign, the planet of provocation will make its contribution to information sharing. Right before Mercury and Jupiter get to talking, the red planet will make an exact opposition to the Sagittarius Moon. It is said that the truth will set one free, and freedom is an aspiration shared by Mars, Aquarius and Sagittarius. Leagues beneath all of Thursday’s obvious hubbub, Neptune will cross the shadow of its forthcoming retrograde at 20 Pisces 24. This is a point we will revisit on December 1st. Probing Mars will be in inquisitive Gemini until April 23rd. There it will prod the planets in Pisces and activate the oppositions of the lunar Nodes, presently in Gemini and Sagittarius. The Nodes, similarly to Neptune, speak to a larger mission, while the personal planets bring conversations about ideas and ideals right down to earth. Mutable signs support release and change. The Sun, Venus and Neptune, in receptive, mutable Pisces, have already begun sounding the call for internal wholeness. This week, the introspective Moon may well lay bare the personal bondage that has impeded freedom.

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Forecast Feb 22-28, 2021: Into The Mystic

Quietly in the background, the lunar Nodes have been working their mutable magic. Last May, when all of the cardinal sign action was the center of attention, the Nodes stepped away from the fray and slipped into Gemini and Sagittarius. For the past two months, the planetary focus has been on the dogged fixed signs. On one hand, people whose charts have strong mutable sign placements have felt relieved. For Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, the pressure’s been off. On that notorious other hand, the role of the mutable modality is just as essential as those of its counterparts. Where the cardinals thrust and probe and the fixed resolve and sustain, mutables dissolve and prepare. Their capacity to soften is accentuated when Venus is engaged. On Thursday, the planet of love will join the Sun and Neptune in the mutable water sign of Pisces. There, she’ll be on course for her own t-square wtih the lunar Nodes.

To review, the South Node (of the Moon), describes the lessons we’ve mastered and the North the evolutionary path before us. Unlike the planets, the Nodes travel backwards, from 29 degrees to zero. Since late October, the Nodes and Neptune have been in t-square of less than three degrees. When one of the outer planets is active, its impact is experienced more collectively than personally, making the exact nature of its influence difficult to discern. This is particularly true in the case of nebulous, elusive Neptune. But make no mistake, the North Node in Gemini, South in Sag and Neptune in Pisces have been busy, subtly activating the 18-21 points in all of our charts. Presently Neptune is direct. During the next month it will continue pressing ahead, while the Nodes move back to the mid-teen-range. Giving us a more explicit experience, the Sun’s square to the Nodes will be exact on March 5th and Venus’s on the 9th. Mercury will enter Pisces on March 15th, conjoin Neptune on the 21st and square the Nodes on March 25th. But Pisces isn’t about thinking; it’s about sensing. For now, we can explore the its devotional realms through the Sun and Venus. In Pisces, the Sun identifies with the individual self and the greater Self or soul, and in Pisces Venus moves beyond material expression into the mystic. Intrinsically she recognizes, and removes, obstacles. This year she’ll have extra support from the Nodes, with the South urging release and the North pointing the way forward. On March 21st, Venus will leave spiritual Pisces for spirited Aries. Between now and then, her journey will cut to the heart of matters, telling us what stands between us and love while offering to dilute it. Underscoring the mutable point, the Moon will move into Virgo on Friday, expanding our t-square to a grand cross and becoming full early Saturday morning. Working much like a super computer, this full Moon, and later Mercury, can crunch all of the incoming intuitive data and help us apply its wisdom practically.

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Forecast Feb 15-21, 2021: Shake It Up

Giving us an immediate hint about its unfolding excitement, this week starts with the waxing Moon in saucy Aries. Headstrong and audacious, the Mars-ruled sign needs to be where the action is. This brief lunar transit is the opening act for the week’s main event, Wednesday’s Saturn square to Uranus. When the planet of tradition is confronted by the planet of rebellion, the exhilaration that began the week is likely jump the shark into another dimension. This one is the first of the three squares that the two powerhouse planets will make during 2021. Those squares are in fact one of the year’s key signatures. Last January, when Saturn and Pluto joined forces, only global news junkies were raising the alarm about the spread of a virus from Wuhan. It took a couple of months for many to associate the pandemic with that now infamous conjunction. Similarly, the 17th might come and go “without incident”. Then again, unpredictable Uranus may make its presence, and the nature of these squares, inescapable. Financial markets, the banking system, real estate and commodities are the most likely venues for expression. But politics, technology and geology/space weather are good candidates, too. In any case, Saturn represents the rules and limits, and Uranus upheaval and chaos. Push is undeniably coming to shove, and even stern, stoic Saturn finds himself in Aquarius, the sign of revolution and freedom. Also on the 17th, the Sun will be in the very late degrees of the electrifying sign.

On Thursday the Sun will slip into flexible, peaceful Pisces, and perhaps turn this week’s volume down a few notches. Pisces is the mutable water sign ruled by Neptune, according to modern astrologers, and by Jupiter according to ancient astrology. Both planets bring an expansive element into the mix. In 2021, Mercury, Venus and Mars will change signs during the Sun’s transit of the twelfth sign, which will begin changing the timbre of the year. These four weeks offer an annual opportunity to swim in the realms of creativity, compassion and spirituality. The shift can feel like drifting off into dreams. That Pisces serenity may be upset by Friday’s Venus square to Mars. With these two, it’s personal. Seeing both sides, from Pisces empathetic and holistic perspective, may be the best elixir for reinstating the sign’s ease. On Saturday Mercury’s retrograde will end, further signaling that smoother times are inbound. The week concludes with the Moon moving into domestic Cancer on Sunday evening. This monthly homecoming instills a sense of abiding security. Finally, a watery overnight trine between the Cancer Moon and young Pisces Sun may be the ticket to some exceptional astral travel.

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Forecast Feb 8-14, 2021: Riding The Lightening

The free-wheeling, freedom-loving zest of outlying, original Aquarius will get hyper-active this week when a six-planet super stellium coalesces around Thursday’s new Moon. Throw in a hearty challenge to retrograde Mercury, from a Uranus-emboldened Mars midweek, and the Messenger making three conjunctions to celestial companions, and we are in for one wild week. The action starts on Monday with Mercury’s first conjunction, to the Aquarius Sun. The sparkly, futuristic excitement that this combo would normally deliver is likely to be nullified by a moody, no-nonsense Capricorn Moon, one that will conjoin Pluto at 25 degrees on Tuesday. Support for conservative calls to maintain the status quo might be temporarily bolstered by Mars in obstinate Taurus, while the Moon is in a fellow earth sign. But after the dark Moon moves into airy, trend-setting Aquarius on Tuesday night, it will be on course to square Mars and unorthodox Uranus. That lunar ingress completes the massive Aquarius stellium, a visionary cadre intent on overthrowing all forms of oppression.

Heedless Mars typically gets blamed for all the astrological commotion, but crafty, mischievous Mercury enjoys stirring his own share of celestial pots. On Wednesday, the two are due for a showdown. Mars has been carrying a grudge since January 8th, when the two first squared. Mercury has also been stewing over something. Wednesday’s face-off takes him back to 17 Aqu 43, where he was on January 19th. In review mode since January 30th, he’s been researching the facts and compiling the evidence for the arguments he’s about to make. The most likely outcome of Wednesday’s info war is the exposure of explosive material. When the revelations come, the six planets in Aquarius, along with Mars and Uranus, are likely to agree on one thing, that it’s high time for reform.

Fortifying calls for revolution and innovation, benefics Venus and Jupiter will combine their generous forces on Thursday and usher in the new Moon at 23 Aqu 17. The imaginative, inspirational beams flowing out from this alignment are not to be missed. There hasn’t been an Aquarius stellium this large since early 1962. Under this one, the conversation that the Sun and Mercury attempted to start on Monday will find a receptive and appreciative audience. The high-voltage activity of midweek will continue dialing down in the early hours of Friday, when the Moon moves into mellow Pisces. Mercury’s next meetings, with Venus in the wee hours of Saturday and Jupiter on Sunday, are likely to be the positive, peace-making conjunctions of the week. On Saturday the Moon and Neptune will add more ease to the mix courtesy of their conjunction. Further, in the afterglow of that hookup, even rambunctious Mars will be feeling groovy, when he comes under the influence of poetic Neptune via a tranquilizing sextile. Winding down the week’s lightening rides, Saturn will slide past the shadow point of its 2021 retrograde on Sunday. That retrograde will run from May 23rd to October 10th. Perhaps the shenanigans revealed this week will find meaningful and enduring resolution under Aquarian Saturn’s capable review.

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Forecast Feb 1-7, 2021: Higher Love

“Think about it, there must be higher love
Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above
Without it, life is wasted time
Look inside your heart, I’ll look inside mine

Things look so bad everywhere
In this whole world, what is fair?
We walk blind and we try to see
Falling behind in what could be
Bring me a higher love

Steve Winwood

February 2021 may get off to a bumpy start when the Sun squares Mars first thing on Monday morning. A tussle between those two is not exactly the ideal way to begin the week, much less an entire month. However, divine intervention will arrive a few hours later, when affectionate Venus moves into altruistic Aquarius. Joining the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn, Venus will bestow a connection to what might be called the higher heart. The planet of beauty, pleasure and above all, love, is capable of not only changing the week’s tone, but setting a loftier one that will resonate until February 25th. Like a cosmic transmitter, Aquarius will broadcast these Venusian messages of love and the greater good throughout her transit. One one hand, the eleventh sign celebrates uniqueness and individual freedom. On the other, its aspirations are humanitarian and concern groups and communities. From its big picture perspective Venus will ask hearts and minds to consider alternative views. In this context, when fixed sign frays trigger conflicts, Venus, along with her celestial cadre, will clearly distinguish win/win scenarios from win/lose ones. Our willingness to take the high road will meet its first test on Wednesday morning when the Moon enters intense, fixed Scorpio.


It’s one thing to want to be a better person and to do the right thing, and sometimes it’s quite another to honestly navigate the waters of passion. Provocative Scorpio puts us squarely in touch with our feelings and emotional motives, and its waters can be dark, turbulent and downright uncomfortable. Add the tidal nature of the Moon, in this case one being barraged from five Aquarian squares and two oppositions from Taurus, from Wednesday through Friday morning. and emotions could get pretty, well, raw. But this is precisely what we’re being given to work through. After all, Scorpio is astrology’s force of purification. Its regenerative alchemy is here to transform every point of anguish into a beacon of sacred Light. Through their grace under fire square, Venus and this Moon will markedly reveal our options and their likely consequences. We’ll have to choose whether to act from the desires of the smaller self or from the wisdom the larger Self. After the Moon moves into Sagittarius, Venus will strategize with realistic Saturn on Friday night via their conjunction. Advice from sagacious, old Saturn can come in handy on Saturday, when Venus will square Uranus in earth-bound Taurus. Once again, the Aquarian halo will serve Venus, and us, well. Against chaotic Uranus, Venus would ordinarily be outmatched. But as the ruler of Taurus, her advantage comes from knowing every inch of the fixed earth sign’s terrain. With that understanding, she can adeptly locate areas for compromise, production and progress.

Forecast Jan 25-31, 2021: Deft Glassblowing

“Leo 9 Glassblowers This is a symbol of man’s inexhaustibly creative skill of hand and genius of self-application, and of his inherent urge to perform the tasks to be done and to have justification in the ideals to which he would give expression.”

The Sabian Symbols In Astrology – Dr. Marc Edmund Jones

For those who are well-versed in their studies of astrology, the concept of Sabian Symbols is familiar. For the rest, this is a body of work which assigns specific images to each degree point in all twelve signs. Thus, Leo at 9 degrees is matched with the idea of glassblowers. While this week is action-packed from start to finish, its focal point is the full Moon at 9 Leo 06. Foreshadowing it, on Tuesday, the early Aquarius Sun will square Uranus. That square and the full Leo Moon epitomize the fixed sign friction of current celestial conditions. Thursday’s full Moon will be preceded by a Venus Pluto conjunction, and succeeded by a Sun Jupiter conjunction. This lunar cycle began under a Capricorn Moon that was less than one degree from Pluto. The presence of Venus and Pluto at its zenith suggests the revelation of an important piece of that new Moon puzzle, probably one pertaining to finances. Venus rules material Taurus, from where Mars and Uranus will square this Moon. They are less than three degrees away from it, intensifying pressure and discord. In addition to the Sun, the Moon will be opposed by Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter from Aquarius. Masterstrokes on how to sort through obstacles may appear Thursday night, when the Sun and Jupiter conjoin. Both see life through the lenses of its positive possibilities. That having been said, any resistance that Mercury triggers on Friday, when it opposes the Leo Moon, should be taken into account. Mercury, after all, represents rationality and reason. On Saturday, shortly after the Moon moves into Mercury-ruled Virgo, the Messenger will begin its retrograde.

This time the backwards journey will take Mercury from 26 Aqu 29 to 11 Aqu 01, and it will last until February 20th. In review mode, Mercury will square Mars for the second time on February 10th. That square will most likely reanimate issues that arose on Jan 8th, when Mercury first entered Aquarius and initially squared Mars, on Jan 15th, when Mercury entered the retrograde zone, and from Jan 20th’s Mars Uranus conjunction. Also and importantly, Saturn’s square to disruptive Uranus will become exact on February 17th. Translation, the shock and awe are not set to relent anytime soon. On the luminous side, clever Mercury travels throughout all social spheres, counting kings, thieves, nobles and commoners among his friends. He encourages communication between parties, and applies logic. Above all, he asks us to think! To that end, this week’s full Moon, at Leo 9, offers the following food for thought:

“Here is his contribution to enduring form to things through a private manifestation of the divine breath, and a manipulation of the baser materials of life through a heat that represents his living enthusiasm. The arts and crafts of a culture are both in its first beginnings and its final testimony. The key word is DEFTNESS. When positive, the degree is an effectiveness of personal participation in everyday existence, and when negative, willful or unintelligible distortions of reality.”

The Sabian Symbols In Astrology – Dr. Marc Edmund Jones
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Forecast Jan 18-24, 2021: Making Moxie

When the Sun shifts into futuristic Aquarius on Tuesday, it will find itself in the company of Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn. Before it exits the fixed air sign on February 18th, Mercury will turn retrograde, Venus will have joined the cosmic gathering, known as a stellium, and we will have undergone a super stellium on February 11th, at the new Aquarius Moon. Translation, there’s a whole lotta Aquarius coming in, and it’s happening on a scale that we haven’t seen for decades. Quirky, rule-bending and always original, Aquarius invites us to step out of the comfort zone and into experimental realms. The sign’s ingenuity and mental acumen may prove quite handy as we navigate the kaleidoscopic and turbulent start of 2021. Our first adaptation test will come straight on the heels of the Sun’s sign change, when Mars conjoins Uranus on January 20th.


As noted previously, the combination of antagonistic Mars and unruly Uranus is a formidable one. Upsetting apple carts is the least troublesome of their favorite pastimes. Maturity isn’t their strong suit. But, from a wiser perspective, breaking new ground requires the abandonment of convention, and pushing us into beyond our current limitations is part of the unfolding celestial imperative. Uproarious Mars and Uranus are eager for the mission, and the Taurus Moon will be cheering them on. Underscoring that point, from Taurus they are challenging every single planet that transits Aquarius, via astrology’s contentious squares. The time lines of the entire year are full of the choice points that these squares will create. A critical one, and underpin of the incoming Aquarius Sun transit, is February 17th’s Saturn square to Uranus. Helpfully, this push comes to shove showdown is preceded by a much friendlier incarnation late this Friday night. That’s when Mars will square magnanimous Jupiter. Overcoming obstacles is in the DNA of optimistic, jovial Jupiter. In keen, innovative Aquarius, Jupiter, along with the other stellium members, will be revealing novel solutions. Surprisingly, their unorthodoxy will be well-matched with the moxie being stirred up by instigating Mars and his sidekick, rebellious Uranus. After all, Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius. This is certain to be one wild week, brimming and buzzing with activity, electricity and technology. If it all proves overwhelming, a restful sextile between Venus and Neptune will take place on Saturday night.

Forecast Jan 11-17, 2021: Moving Mountains

On Tuesday night we get one of each year’s best occasions to chart a course for long-term goals, the new Capricorn Moon. This new Moon dawns as the incoming barrage of fixed sign squares begins its volley. Capricorn aims and accomplishes. Being the cardinal earth sign and ruled by Saturn, it is naturally imbued with drive, realism and abiding determination. The Moon rules daily routines and moods, and is thus associated with the endless tides of fleeting and fluctuating emotional states. Ringed Saturn is quite different. It is the planet of structure and limitations. Where we are prone to lolly-gagging, living beyond our means or squandering opportunities, stern, austere Saturn steps in. It reminds us of the finiteness of our resources, particularly that of time. In 2021, the meeting of the Sun and Moon in the sign of ambition, discipline and earned rewards clocks in at a hardy 23 degrees. right next to Pluto at 24 degrees. Together, those three are a force to be reckoned with. Two days later, powerhouse outer planet Uranus stations and turns direct in fellow earth sign Taurus. Once back online, the Awakener will add propulsion to the airwaves. Down-to-earth Taurus is of course also where action-oriented Mars has just begun a transit. While Mars doesn’t typically stick with the program, it certainly brings the lift-off factor.


Before Tuesday’s new Moon, a Mercury Jupiter conjunction will take place in lofty Aquarius on Monday. This is where we find the genius that will inform and the faith that will infuse long-range intentions. On Tuesday, before the new Moon, Mercury will square Uranus. On Wednesday Mars will square Saturn, and throughout the week Jupiter and Uranus will be forming their significant Sunday square. This week’s three squares are of course part and parcel of the larger patterns that are taking place over the next few years. As mentioned in last week’s post, the planets involved in these squares are currently in the early areas of fixed signs Taurus and Aquarius. Their power will only intensify. The resistance they mount now could quickly deduce whether or not we are sufficiently dedicated to our endeavors. If objectives don’t make it beyond these initial bumps in the road, they’re unfit for the long haul and will need reconsideration. Coincidentally on Friday Mercury will cross the shadow point of its forthcoming retrograde. On the other hand, if plans are fit to purpose, these early squares won’t be problematic. Inspiration from Mercury’s Monday meeting with hopeful Jupiter and sobriety from Tuesday’s Saturn-influenced, Pluto conjoined new Moon are constituents of what could well become the ultimate cosmic stockpile. It’s time to start stashing and caching.

Forecast Jan 4-10, 2021: Getting Mercurial

The first full week of 2021 begins dramatically, with clever Mercury conjoining metamorphic Pluto in Capricorn on Monday and then austere Saturn in Aquarius on Saturday. In between, the Messenger planet along with Venus and Mars will change signs. Those shifts will put Mercury and Mars on course for an important square late Friday, and on parallel fixed sign paths for the next two months. Mars will be in Taurus from January 6th through March 3rd, and Mercury will be in Aquarius from January 8th through March 15th. One of the hallmarks of the next three years will be the emphasis on fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius). In addition to all being in fixed signs by the 8th, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus will be at the early degrees of Aquarius and Taurus, where their intersections will trigger the pressure points known as squares. The positive side of early degree placements is that at that stage the energy is young and not fully formed. It has yet to embody the sign’s traits as intensively as it does after crossing the 20 degree mark. This is particularly important when the entrenched, and sometime intractable, fixed signs are involved. When the planets transit this more malleable space, we have a greater capacity to shape the outcomes of the matters being presented to us. Friday’s Mercury Mars square, at 0 degrees, is a resonator to the Jupiter Saturn conjunction from winter solstice. It is also a signal. And though faint, it will give us insight into the signature energies ahead.


By next week the squaring will sharpen, with Mercury to Uranus, Mars to Saturn and significantly Jupiter to Uranus. On January 19th the Sun will enter Aquarius followed by Venus on February 1st, forming a super stellium in Aquarius. In the background, Mercury will be retrograde in Aquarius from January 30th through February 20th. On February 17th Saturn will make the first of three squares to Uranus. The following two will take place on June 14th and December 24th. Because Uranus is an outer planet, the influence of its alignments is months in its building and receding. Additionally, the eclipses will begin a two-year-run of Taurus and Scorpio beginning on November 19th. Curious, data-driven Mercury wants the 411, and assertive Mars furthers whatever purpose it is applied to. In Taurus, this means the tactile and tangible world. Friday’s Mercury Mars square, and its February 10th bookend, present opportune moments for code cracking. At this infant stage, we can survey our circumstances and glean the revelations. Nimble, flexible Mercury, in inventive, improvising Aquarius, is in the toolbox, ready to prepare us for the fluid and fluctuating days at hand.

Sun Into Pisces 2020: Riding The Waves

You don’t need an astrologer to tell you that we’ve entered a time of heightened concerns, mounting uncertainty and potential economic pitfalls.  Pisces is renowned for its nebulous, meandering fog, and Mercury retrogrades are notorious for the miscommunications, technological snafus and vexing delays they bring.  The next Mercury retrograde, mostly in Pisces, gets underway on February 16th, and the Sun will enter Pisces on the 18th for a month-long-stay.  Adding a deeper dimension, and muddling matters up even more, unfathomable, oceanic Neptune is presently at home in Pisces.  Pisces is the sign of mystics, addicts and artists.  It’s fluid, not solid.  Its language is symbolic, not straightforward.  And its emphasis is on spiritual rather than material.  For a couple of weeks n March, Mercury will back into scientific Aquarius, where it will station direct on the 9th.  Overall however, these kaleidoscopic conditions will continue from now throughout March.  When the Sun heads into Pisces, the moon will be in Capricorn.  This may be a subtle indication that as the Sun, Mercury and Neptune stir waves of ambiguity, higher, drier ground is attainable in the sign of the mountain goat.

In addition to the moon’s presence, from February 18th-20th, motivated Mars will make its Capricorn entrance on February 16th.  In Capricorn, both will be in the capable company of Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and the South Node.  Mars will remain in the ambitious and enterprising sign until March 30th, escorting us, not only into the Aries Sun cycle, but also through the end of the Mercury retrograde shadow period.  It will conjoin Jupiter on March 20th and Pluto on March 22nd.  Capricorn is the sign of institutions, systems and government, and stoic, sober Saturn is its ruler.  Mars and its Capricorn compatriots will be fighting to keep the economy on track, markets stable and business moving forward.  Interestingly enough, early in this unfolding Sun cycle, a substantial and favorable alignment takes place when Jupiter sextiles Neptune on February 20th.  This may be our best opportunity to combine Capricorn pragmatism with Pisces insight, to bring practical and creative solutions to pressing issues.  Back on January 12th, it was of course in Capricorn where Saturn and Pluto formed their exact conjunction.  Many astrologers would attribute that meeting to the current turmoil.  Dozens of cases of coronavirus, COVID-19, were certainly known to authorities then.  At any rate, we’re in the aftermath of the outbreak now, and successfully navigating the confusion is the task at hand.

On March 4th, when Mercury retrogrades back into Aquarius, Venus will move home to Taurus.  Taurus is astrology’s fixed earth sign.  As such, raw materials, real estate and financial markets are under its domain.  Venus will be in dependable Taurus until April 3rd.  From there it will make supportive trines to Jupiter and Pluto on March 27th and 28th.  While this will bring some stability to the equation, chaotic, global game-changer Uranus is also in Taurus.  The erratic gyrations of Uranus are ill-suited to the security-oriented sensibilities of astrology’s Bull.  Venus will conjoin Uranus on March 8th, the same day when the Sun and Neptune combine forces in Pisces, and one day ahead of the full moon and the conclusion of Mercury’s retrograde.  Translation, more than a few of the wheels may fall off the wagon around March 8th-9th.  Ride it out and see where things land.

Pisces completes astrology’s wheel.  It takes us right up to the start of the new astrological year, the Aries Sun cycle and the beginning of the spring season.  The problem in 2020 is that Q2, which encompasses most of that season, includes retrogrades of money-makers Venus and Jupiter, the aforementioned Saturn and Pluto, and Mercury (again).  In fact from June 17th-24th all five planets will be retrograde simultaneously.  Spring 2020 will also see the Nodes and eclipses shift from the Cancer/Capricorn axis to Gemini/Sagittarius. And perhaps most significantly, Saturn will leave the familiarity of industrious Capricorn for the experimental space of Aquarius, from March 21st-July 1st, all of Q2.  Astrology is lining up with the spread of,  confusion about and inevitable economic repercussions of COVID-19.

 In mid February, as I complete this article, I do not see the disease taking hold in the United States to any massive extent.  However, it is already clear that the supply chains of US companies/employers are and will continue to be effected, and we’re already seeing disruption in the travel industry and commodity prices.  Pisces tends to bring its seasonal perplexity, and this year that is definitely further complicated by Mercury’s long stay in Pisces (with the Rx).  The mutable water sign’s ability to permeate boundaries and infiltrate also speaks to the spread of this virus via water droplets.  Looking ahead, Q2 is when we can expect to see the wider consequences of the lost productivity and supply disruptions hit balance sheets, production lines and stock portfolios.  Domestically, that March 8-9th hot spot occurs very close to Super Tuesday, March 3rd.  This also means that Democratic primary voting is taking place during the retrograde.  In related news, the Presidential Election will occur on the final day of Mercury’s October/November retrograde.  For those of you old enough to remember the hanging chads of 2000, that election took place at the start of a Mercury retrograde.  Unfortunately, Pisces and Neptune (conjuct the Sun on March 8th) are infamous for deception. Recounts, tech malfunctions, suspicions about voting results and technology, and a rearrangement of the candidate field are the most likely outcomes for the March contests.  In short, these conditions indicate a contentious process and contested outcomes.

For now, the Sun is heading into Pisces.  One of this sign’s finest attributes is its limitless compassion.  That is a calming lens through which to see our world, current events and one another.

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