Forecast Mar 30-Apr 5, 2020: Making Progress

If variety is the spice of life, then we’re in for a saucy week. Personal planets Mars and Venus will make their way into progressive Aquarius and social Gemini, Mercury and Neptune will meet up in Pisces, and Jupiter will join forces with Pluto in ambitious Capricorn, adding further reverberations to January’s Saturn Pluto conjunction. On the one hand, the year’s established Capricorn and Pisces patterns are resurfacing. On the other, we are assuredly breaking new ground.

Appropriately enough, instigative Mars gets the week’s action underway. On Monday the red planet will move into offbeat, ingenious Aquarius. Unconventional methods, radical action and innovative strategies become the new normal when pushy Mars aligns with structuring Saturn in the eccentric air sign. Their conjunction takes place on Tuesday, and has implications far and wide. Mars will transit Aquarius through May 13th and Saturn until July 1st (and then from December 2020 through March 2023). Newly freed from red tape and regulations, Mars and Saturn will strut their scientific and technological stuff.

On Friday Venus will also move from an introspective earth sign to an outgoing air sign, when she heads into tech-savvy Gemini. Here, she’s highly compatible with Mars and Saturn in Aquarius, and in fact trines Saturn on Saturday. Her presence adds a little more wind to the astrological sails, and may provide a few hints about good long-term investments. However, Gemini is where this money planet is due for her next retrograde. I’ll cover that in depth next week, when Venus enters the retrograde’s shadow zone. Friday is also when Mercury meets Neptune in Pisces. In its highest expression, Pisces embodies the virtues of integral living. It grasps the big picture and moves through the world with endless empathy and compassion. In its lowest, its penchants for addiction, escapism and deception are ruinous. After spending much of its recent retrograde in Pisces, Mercury’s meeting with Neptune will feel very familiar. However, because the speedy planet never originally caught up to Neptune, this will actually be the first time that they meet this year. On Saturday Piscean dreams are met with the blunt force of a Jupiter Pluto conjunction in Capricorn

Keeping it real is Capricorn’s job, and favorite past time. The cardinal earth sign is also the realm of governments, institutions and banking. Jupiter expands and Pluto purifies and reforms. This conjunction is the first of three in 2020. The next one will take place on June 30th, when we’re emerging from the Venus retrograde, and the final one is on Nov 12th, following the US Presidential Election. During that time, various economic stimulus packages will have rolled out into the real world. Those future dates may indicate further iterations of these packages or more challenges to economic systems. Austere Capricorn, where the Jupiter Pluto conjunction takes place, is ruled by responsible, ringed Saturn. So, like most of 2020, we’re continuing to negotiate between boundless Pisces and Saturn’s limits. The week concludes under a practical Virgo moon. Big banks may ask what’s in your wallet. Virgo knows what’s in the pantry. Like Capricorn and Saturn, the mutable earth sign brings us right down to earth and into the here and now. Its clarity informs our plans and its calm our daily routines. From its serene, organized frame of mind, we take our next steps.

Forecast Mar 23-29, 2020: The Reset

Early Tuesday morning there is a new Moon in Aries. New moons occur each month when the Sun and Moon meet at the same point under the same zodiac sign. They present a time to reflect on the unique qualities of that sign and to set out intentions for the new cycle. Aries is astrology’s energizer bunny. Its boundless effervescence infuses us with enthusiasm, courage and motivation. With aggressive Mars as its ruling planet, the cardinal fire boldly initiates and asserts. Importantly, this is also the first new Moon of the new astrological year. While many will feel as if they are trapped in the malaise of coronavirus effects, others will recognize the special burst of vitality inherent in this new Moon. They will look at the changed landscape and find the new opportunities revealing themselves. Those people will find confirmation for their positive outlook and actions as the week progresses.

On Thursday the Moon moves into sturdy Taurus. Taurus is astrology’s fixed earth sign. Resources, finances and raw materials are within its abundant domain. The Taurus Moon will make constructive connections with the planets in endeavoring Capricorn. It will also receive boosts from Uranus and Venus, also presently in Taurus. While the Moon transits this sign, money planets Venus and Jupiter will form a very lucky trine late Friday night. On Saturday night Venus will forge the same positive alliance with powerful Pluto. That one takes place just minutes after a very friendly trine between the then Gemini Moon and Saturn, in futuristic, progress-oriented Aquarius. This Moon Saturn angle suggests agreement on ideas and scientific solutions. Finally, on Sunday Mercury moves beyond the shadow of its last retrograde. Mercury entered the shadow zone in early February, and the confusing, infiltrating energies of Pisces, where much of that retrograde was spent, have hugely influenced the COVID-19 story. Knowing about these fortunate, forthcoming aspects gives more meaning to Tuesday’s new Aries Moon. Winter is lifting its heavy cloak, the Pisces cycle is largely behind us, and the time for planting new seeds has arrived.

Forecast March 16-22, 2020: Turning Of The Tide

It’s not often that I describe weekly astrological happenings as blockbusters. But we’re definitely living through historic events, and this week is filled with important happenings in the sky. They include the Sun’s shift into invigorating Aries, Saturn’s move into innovative Aquarius and a Mars/Jupiter/Pluto collab in enterprising Capricorn. Throw in a couple of sextiles involving Uranus and Neptune, on the day Mars meets Pluto, and yes, it’s a big week. Unfortunately it begins with Mercury leaving the quick, clear thinking of scientific Aquarius and heading back into befuddling, muddling Pisces. Yuck! Happily, this is Mercury’s final pass through the mutable water sign, where the Messenger planet has spent nearly two months, including its recent retrograde. In cahoots with oceanic Neptune and a Pisces Sun, the waves of confusion emitted by this bunch have grown to titanic proportions. Thankfully, Mercury leaves Pisces for good on April 10th, and this week also starts with the moon moving into pragmatic, industrious Capricorn. That’s where a league of planets have been valiantly working to keep businesses open, workers employed or compensated when self-quarantining, medical systems operating and economies moving, despite the outbreak of a pandemic. The forces in Capricorn will prevail throughout the week via the moon’s occupation of Cap through Wednesday night and more significantly, via a powerhouse Mars, Jupiter and Saturn combo from Friday through Sunday.

While the Capricorn contingent is working to support infrastructure, the Sun will head into bold, enlivening Aries on Thursday, for a month-long-stay, and Saturn will venture into experimental Aquarius on Saturday, where it will be through early July. The “get her done” ethos of Aries will be the perfect antidote to Pisces paralysis. Aries motivates us to take action. Sometimes its independent and decisive tactics are viewed as inconsiderate or insensitive. But the blast of energy it brings to matters both clears fog and is well suited to Saturn’s foray into inquisitive, outlying Aquarius. Both Aries and Aquarius value freedom, and neither finds the approval of the herd necessary. After over a year of planets predominantly being in the yin water and earth signs, this week’s changes will bring a welcome breath of fresh cosmic air.

The week closes with Mercury sextiling Uranus, Venus sextiling Neptune and Mars combining forces with Pluto, under a Pisces moon. This looks like the expression of further iterations of the systemic issues that COVID-19 has begun unearthing. Translation, more government action will be taken to combat the virus and to stabilize economies and markets. So, while the week begins and ends with the familiar Pisces Capricorn mixture, noteworthy shifts by the Sun and Saturn prompt a push into new territory and towards scientific and technological solutions.

Sun Into Aries 2020: So It Begins

A big shift of the planets from earth to air signs and from water to fire is about to unfold.  This will break up a lot of the inertia that has surrounded the start of 2020.  it will also stimulate our desire for forward progress.  However, during this Sun cycle, Venus will enter the shadow of her coming retrograde, an aspect with big implications for the economy.  Equally significant, traditional Saturn will take its first steps into futuristic Aquarius.  When the Sun enters Aries, it marks the start of spring.  Serendipitously, the Venus and Saturn transits coming online during this Aries Sun cycle will be hallmarks of the entire season.

Leading the way, the Sun will move into boisterous, independent Aries on March 19th.  Like no other sign, Aries sparks irrepressible levels of enthusiasm, warmth and courage.  On March 21st, Saturn will venture into inventive Aquarius, followed by Mars on March 30th.  In experimental Aquarius, Aries ruler Mars, will find compatible energy for its expeditious impulses.  Next, Venus will enter sociable Gemini on April 3rd, and finally, Mercury will surface from its extended stay in shadowy Pisces and enter fast-acting Aries on April 10th.  If you’re counting, that’s the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Saturn moving from introspective yin to outgoing yang signs.  Normally, this would signal a collective move from the brakes to the gas pedals.  But, we’re living through some pretty extraordinary times.

Materialistic Venus is considered to be one of astrology’s money planets.  One of its homes is in fact in the fixed earth sign of Taurus.  In this regard, Venus is concerned with real assets, raw materials, financial markets and income.  Curious Gemini adores people.  Its appetite for news, pop culture, gadgets and trivia is nearly insatiable.  In the context of the forthcoming Venus retrograde in people-oriented Gemini, nationwide lockdowns, travel restrictions and the banning of communal events make perfect sense. They speak to negative social impacts and substantial economic challenges.  Allowing people to gather in public presents the threat of further disease spread, potentially collapsing medical systems, while imposing lockdowns stifles commerce.  Venus will enter the retrograde shadow zone on April 9th, be retrograde from May 13th to June 25th, and leave the retrograde shadow zone on July 29th.  The onset of the Venus retrograde period during the current Sun cycle accentuates the various dilemmas.  At one point in June, the Venus retrograde will coincide with those of Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto.  At the same time, the genius of Aquarius, with its humanitarian orientation, is about to be inhabited by astrology’s most stoic, disciplined and persevering planet, Saturn.  That transit will also initially be accompanied by a boost from action-taking Mars.

Saturn is the planet of endurance, time and limitations.  Aquarius is the sign of scientific, cultural and technological innovation.  Saturn’s upcoming and brief visit to Aquarius is a precursor to its two-year-stay in the fixed air sign. That will begin in late December and last until March of 2023.  In the short term, Saturn will be in Aquarius from March 21st through July 1st, before retrograding back into Capricorn.  Spring of 2020 will give us a sample of how the longer transit, from late 2020 to March 2023, might play out.  Of the many possibilities is clearly the immediate experimentation with treatments for COVID-19, such as hydroxychloroquine with zinc.  Later, perhaps when Saturn returns to Aquarius next winter, the more promising findings emerging now will undergo the riggers of formal study and clinical trial.  Another example of this structured humanitarianism is the recently announced UK budget that includes robust NIH funding, compensation for workers impacted by work stoppages, loans for small and medium sized businesses, and money for long-range rail, road and other infrastructure projects.  Applications of quantum computing are also likely to be put to practical use during the greater Saturn transit of Aquarius.  Spring 2020 will offer the first glimpses.

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