Forecast May 11-17, 2020: An Abundance Of Cautious Optimism

If an astrology kitchen existed, Mutable Soup would top the menu this week. Mercury and Mars are moving into Gemini and Pisces, while Venus and Jupiter begin their retrogrades. For Mercury, the May 11th sign change is a delightful one, because Gemini is one of the Messenger’s homes. In the mutable air sign, an adept and agile version of Mercury can bring clarity to commerce, technology and transportation. For feisty Mars, not so much. Restless Mars is all about action, and the nebulous netherworlds of Pisces confuse and confound the impulsive planet. This combo is akin to our imaginary astrology chef using a spice rack in a foreign language, with unfamiliar symbols. This visit will put Mars on course for an exact conjunction with mysterious Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, on June 13th. From Pisces, those two will square Mercury, Venus, the Moon’s Nodes and after May 20th, a Gemini Sun. As I mentioned last week, the mutable signs represent clearing, release and change. Most of you also know that squares bring tensions to the surface for resolution. This pot will simmer for the next couple of months as Mars is in Pisces until June 27th and Venus is in Gemini until August 7th.

Speaking of the planet of possessions and pleasures, Venus begins her retrograde on May 13th, the same day when Mars moves into Pisces, and that retrograde lasts until June 25th. In addition to finances, Venus represents who and what we love. After being cooped up for the past few months, our desire to reconnect with loved ones or indulge in a little retail therapy or pampering will be particularly strong, especially with Venus in sociable Gemini. The squares between the planets in Gemini to those in Pisces will escalate the clashes over re-opening businesses and maintaining public health. Gemini is the air sign ruling the lungs and respiration, and Pisces is the water sign of infiltration and hospitals. Can you say water droplets? Much of the international outbreak of CoVid-2 occurred when Mercury and the Sun transited Pisces back in February and March. A now Gemini-based Mercury has a much clearer head, but an assertive Pisces-based Mars will covertly stir our proverbial pot. The contradicting and conflicting policies of local, state, national and international governments are bound to create a very disorientating effect, especially with Neptune lurking in the background. Warring narratives will also continue battling for supremacy in the news. Mercury’s upcoming retrograde, from June 18th-July 5th, will determine the victor of the information wars. Remember, it will be the final planet of a growing bunch in retrograde motion, review mode. This week Jupiter will join Pluto, Saturn and Venus in the retrograde club.

Jupiter is the planet of good fortune and excess whose standard mantra is “more is better”. In responsible Capricorn however, even jovial Jupiter’s enthusiasm is measured. It will retrograde a full ten degrees, and its May 14th-September 12th journey will include its second conjunction to Pluto on June 30th and a friendly sextile to Neptune on July 27th. January 12th’s Saturn Pluto conjunction at 22:47 degrees of Capricorn is now widely viewed by astrologers as the cosmic event most related to the beginning of the new coronavirus outbreak. The coming Jupiter Pluto connection will be at 24:07 of Capricorn, well within orb of January’s event, so is likely to represent repercussions of the initial Saturn Pluto conjunction. But this time corruption detective Pluto will be retrograde. We can expect to get to the bottom of the origins of the current outbreak and to learn what vested interests have been at work.

As we enter the Jupiter and Venus retrogrades, financial forecasts are running the gamut, from complete meltdown to full recovery. Venus and Jupiter are money planets, and during their retrogrades the various stimulus packages passed this spring will make their way in the lives of citizens, businesses and healthcare providers. So will the impact of the unemployment and historically generous benefits packages spawned from the pandemic. The outer planet support of reforming Pluto in Capricorn (business, governments and systems) and creative Neptune in Pisces (healthcare) awaiting Jupiter’s venture suggest that we can strike the right balance between the economy and public health. Success is paramount for Jupiter and Capricorn. Their pairing implies that an abundance of cautious optimism is the key ingredient for our Mutable Soup.

Forecast May 4-10, 2020: The House Is A Rockin’

Over the next two weeks, we will be entering a consequential seven-week-period.  This is the impactful time frame that I’ve been talking about the economic implications of for over a year.  I had no idea that COVID-19 would facilitate the financial challenges that I foresaw, until this past February when news of the impending pandemic began to break.  Now is when we’ll see and experience the monetary cost of the virus.  Hopefully we will avert a second wave of infections.  I’ll be writing more about Venus going retrograde in the sign of lungs and respiration in next week’s edition.  To start, this week includes a sign change for the lunar Nodes, a full Moon in Scorpio and the beginning of Saturn’s retrograde.  By the end of next week money planets Venus and Jupiter will also be retrograde, and later in June Neptune and Mercury will be retrograde.  On June 25th Venus goes direct and on July 1st Saturn re-enters industrious Capricorn, marking the end of the cycle we’re now entering.

I lived in California for over twenty years. There one gets “used to” earthquakes. Most are very small and short, but no one welcomes them. As a Californian, one comes to accept their spontaneous onset and permanent inevitability. When they strike, there’s an instantaneous assessment of one’s immediate surroundings and options, and an immediate determination as to what, if any, action needs to be taken. But beyond moving to a safer nearby spot, there’s not much to do but ride it out and hope for the best. That includes hoping for mortal survival. Working our way through our current economic circumstances, as businesses struggle to reopen during a pandemic, is eerily reminiscent of those earthquakes. During them, including the Northridge Quake of ’94, two thoughts always emerged: get your bearings and get through this. We will reach July 1st, but the next seven weeks are paved with obstacles and turbulent financial news.

Taurus is one the most reliable signs of the zodiac. As the fixed earth sign, it is associated with raw materials, resources, real estate and the economy. Right now the Sun is midway through it, and Mercury is transiting it for one more week. In fact the Sun and Mercury are conjunct in Taurus on Monday, Mercury forms constructive trines to Pluto on Saturday and Jupiter on Sunday, with both in the fellow and equally productive earth sign of Capricorn, and the Sun and Mercury each have cooperative connections with Neptune during the week. Stability is the hallmark of Taurus, and its determination to maintain it is unmatched. But change is unavoidable, and the first of this week’s cosmic reminders of that inescapable truth is the shift of the Moon’s Nodes.

“The Nodes of the Moon are not planetary bodies; they are points formed by the Moon’s orbit around the Earth intersecting with the Earth’s path around the Sun.” – Jan Spiller author of Astrology For The Soul

Underscoring that Universal point about change being a necessary part of life, the Nodes shift into the mutable signs of Gemini (North Node) and Sagittarius (South Node) on Tuesday. They will be in these signs for the next eighteen months. Mutable signs are fluid and complete their respective seasons. Thus they’re associated with instability, flexibility and release. Gemini and Sagittarius are also where the next series of eclipses will start taking place on June 5th. Thursday’s full Moon in purifying Scorpio is another expression of the death and rebirth cycle. Ruled by relentless Pluto, Scorpio thrives on honesty. Taurus’ truth is measured in the tangible world. Scorpio’s is deeply emotional and more intrinsic. Their opposition means that we will have to reconcile these differences.

As I see it, light will be cast into the complicated, inter-connected and sometimes shadowy corners of the financial industry. In gold (tangible) futures (intangible) for instance, it is perfectly legal for the same ounce of gold to be simultaneously sold to several different buyers. It’s a paper promise on deliverables, and it works, until it doesn’t. Home (tangible) values (intangible) are another example. With seven percent of US mortgages already in forbearance since the passage of the CARES Act, banks are pulling back credit for new loans and refinancing. And with 30 million people out of work and 30% of April rents unpaid, landlords will have to weigh material (Taurus) and emotional (Scorpio) interests. Whether it’s simple examples like those or sophisticated financial instruments like BTOs (the new CDOs), derivatives or mortgage backed securities, things are about to get real. Astrology has a planet who not only embraces reality, but imposes it. That planet is Saturn.

Since March 21st, the Taskmaster has been exploring the experimental and humanitarian world of Aquarius. The scientific and futuristic sign is not a natural fit for conservative Saturn. Yet when Saturn’s dedication and discipline are paired with Aquarian peculiarity and genius, their innovative talent is remarkable and reliable. The retrograde getting underway late Sunday lasts through September 28th. It will bring Saturn back into Capricorn on July 1st, and this autumn Saturn will come within orb of Pluto (more aftershocks from their January 12th conjunction on the way?). But once Saturn returns to Aquarius in late December, it will be in this inventive, technologically advanced sign until March of 2023. Between the Nodes moving into adaptable mutable signs, a transformative Scorpio full Moon and even traditional Saturn trying on a new pair of celestial shoes, there is a cosmic message to make necessary adjustments. Now is a good time to get one’s bearings.

For an overview of the astrology of spring 2020, check out this edition of “Surfing The Psychic Waves“.

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