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 July 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.

Forecast Jul 8-14, 2019: High Tides

In the world of beach flags, a yellow flag is used for areas where caution is recommended and a red flag indicates dangerous conditions. While this week has enough favorable activity to balance things out, it is definitely not slated for smooth sailing. On Tuesday the emotional Cancer Sun will oppose strict Saturn, the planet of rules and restrictions, and on Sunday it will oppose almighty Pluto, the planet of destruction and transformation. In between and on Thursday, combative Mars and chaos-causing Uranus will face off as they square one another, from the obstinate fixed signs Leo and Taurus. All of this happens during the week that falls between the two current eclipses (on July 2nd and 16th). Helping us navigate these decidedly choppy astrological waters will be a Mercury Mars conjunction on Monday and a Sun Neptune trine on Wednesday. It might help to think of Monday’s Mercury Mars meetup as a time to huddle and plan a clear strategy for the upcoming conditions and Wednesday’s Sun Neptune meeting as a two-way radio dedicated to Divine communication. When those yellow or red flags are raised, preparation coupled with the ability to see unfolding events from a higher perspective can help us chart the optimum course. Best look? The stance, clarity and demeanor of a seasoned ship captain.

Forecast Jul 1-7, 2019: Breaking The Waves

A total solar eclipse happens July 2nd

According astrology, this is one of 2019’s biggest weeks. The action includes a total solar eclipse, our next Saturn opposition to the North Node and the start of Mercury’s next retrograde. Fittingly, Mars sets things in motion on Monday when it enters the fixed fire sign of Leo. Tuesday features that new moon eclipse at 10 Cancer 38. On Wednesday Venus changes signs, setting up house in Cancer, and the moon moves into lively Leo. Thursday will see the year’s next Saturn opposition to the North Node, in a series of three, at a formidable 17 degrees. And the week will end as the year’s second Mercury retrograde, from Leo back into Cancer, begins. Between the emotional intensity of the Sun, Venus and the North Node in Cancer and the fire and ferocity of Mercury, Mars and the moon in Leo, passion will permeate the skies and our psyches. If you claim to not know what you’re passionate about, the planets are about to drop some truth on you.

With so many big changes this week, it would be difficult to cover all of them adequately. Next week, I’ll zero in on the Mars transit of Leo, and here are links to articles about the Saturn North Node opposition and the Mercury retrograde. For this forecast, I’m focusing on the eclipse and Venus, both of which are deeply connected to our current Cancer Sun cycle. Cancer is concerned with home, family and emotional security. Because it describes our need for safety, it as one of astrology’s most emotional signs. Being a probing and provocative cardinal sign, Cancer triggers us. Being a water sign, its triggering is most likely going to involve our feelings. The moon is said to represent our intuition and true/inner feelings, and eclipses bring things to light. Notice what gets unearthed as we undergo July’s two eclipses and the retrogrades. Next, Venus is the planet of love and money, two of life’s biggest motivators, and it will be traveling through Cancer from July 3rd-27th. On July 19th Mercury will move back into Cancer. From there it will be digging up the past and also pushing our emotional buttons. Normally nimble, mental Mercury plays it cool and detached, enjoying its analytical, rational perspective. But in Cancer, even intellectual Mercury will be informed by feelings. Additionally, Mercury joins a large group of influential planets presently retrograde. All together, this may feel like a cosmic conspiracy to clean our emotional clocks. When those honest emotions come bubbling up to the surface, Cancer’s challenge will be to act upon and express the truths they expose with care. Best look: treating others and yourself with the love, compassion and support a Guardian Angel would bestow upon the most innocent and vulnerable child.

Surfing The Psychic Waves On March 20th

On March 20th at 1:00 PM PST I’ll be visiting Kristina Walsh at InFlowRadio to talk about the astrological cycle ahead, and it’s a big one.

March 20th is of course Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the day when the Sun enters the cardinal fire sign of Aries. This year the momentous event is preceded by a powerful Mars trine to Pluto, and this equinox includes a Super Full Moon in Libra, the final in our series of three Supermoons at 0 degrees and the first of two Libra full moons during the Aries sun cycle. I’ll have all of the details for you when I visit with Kristina Walsh on Surfing The Psychic Waves at 1:00 PM PST on Wednesday, March 20th at 1:00 PM PST. Please use the link to listen anytime.

Mercury Retrograde In Pisces: Swimming In Dreamtime

Mercury Retrograde In Pisces
Entered Rx zone Feb 19th at 16 Pis 06
Rx begins Mar 5th at 29 Pis 39
Stations and goes direct Mar 28th
Leaves Rx zone Apr 16th

The 2-month-long Mercury stay in the mutable water sign of Pisces is unusual. Typically the speedy planet spends two to three weeks in each sign. So when the Messenger of the Gods settles in for such an extended period, astrologers notice. Part of what is causing the long visit is Mercury’s first retrograde of 2019. Mercury will be retrograde from March 5th through 28th.

During a Mercury retrograde we are cautioned to expect delays, travel disruptions and technical malfunctions. Another popular rule of thumb is to look for the prefix “re” (reconsider, revisit, revise, review, rethink, etc.) and apply it to the circumstances that materialize during a retrograde. And while backing up one’s computer is advisable, at anytime, the Neptunian aspects surrounding this retrograde suggest that in order to find its true meaning, we need to look beneath the stereotypical surface.

Pisces ruling planet Neptune is halfway through it 15-year-transit of the sign. When the Sun entered Pisces on February 18th, Mercury and Neptune were aligned at 15 degrees. At the end of this retrograde, Mercury and Neptune will meet again at 16 degrees. So Mercury will be experiencing the world through Neptune. The planet of artists and musicians, addicts and alcoholics, and monks and mystics, Neptune can be very hard to pin down. Partly, this is because its long transits work like water slowly eroding rocks. On a daily basis, it’s hard to appreciate the magnitude of its influence. Yet in the end, its transformative power becomes undeniable. Neptune’s association with water, in fact oceans, also makes its meaning hard to grasp. One only needs to wade out into the ocean several feet or yards before the ability to keep one’s feet on the floor and one’s head above water disappears. We recognize that things are much deeper than we are accustomed to perceiving and navigating them. And so it is with Neptune. It asks us to step back, to reflect and meditate, and to consider the big picture.

As we move through our daily activities, we may feel guided to reevaluate their relevance to our longterm goals and sense of purpose. We may also be drawn to the incredible pool of Neptunian creativity formed by these planets. We may find ourselves seeking refuge from the busyness of life to find quiet and time for contemplation. Or we may simply enjoy dwelling in the dreamlike state of mind this time brings. In mid April, we will emerge from the shadow period of this retrograde. Like those rocks, we may find our lives subtly and unmistakably changed. Because Neptune is also strongly associated with illusions and deception, my advice is to sit back and watch the show. Consider the possibilities that present themselves, but set aside big decisions until all of this has passed. The shadow of this retrograde fell under the second of three Supermoons, and the third Supermoon will happen during it. This retrograde is also coinciding with fellow outer planet Uranus moving into Taurus, on March 6th, for its seven-year-stay. Uranus is the wild card planet of astrology, and Taurus is the fixed earth sign. It may take several weeks for the planet of chaos to settle down and settle in. So if there’s one “re” that is agreeable to a Pisces and apt for this retrograde, perhaps try relax.

Neptune In Pisces
Feb 3, 2012 – Mar 30, 2025
Oct 22, 2025 – Jan 26, 2026



Mercury In Pisces: Messages From The Deep

On February 10th Mercury entered Neptune’s home, Pisces. As if to tune our psyches into the significance of this transit, this week the Extreme trans-Neptunian object Iwamoto’s Comet will pass between Earth and Mars. With its 1371 year obit, the comet has not visited Earth since 648 AD and will not be back until 3390. Known as the fast, fleet-footed Messenger of the Gods, Mercury is the speediest planet in astrology. If one of its infamous retrogrades is not involved, it typically only stays in a sign for two to three weeks. But on Sunday Mercury slipped into Pisces for an extended two-month stay, one that includes its next retrograde (March 5th-28th). The Sun is poised to visit Pisces from February 18th through March 20th. And at 15 degrees of Pisces, slow moving Neptune is now midway through its transit (2011-2026). Add the visible presence of a Neptunian body to this cosmic soup, and we have a cycle when Neptune is bound to leave its indelible stamp on this Mercury transit of Pisces. But Pisces being Pisces and Neptune being Neptune, we are unlikely to fathom much until at least April 17th when Mercury heads into Aries.

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Michal Jager

Pisces is mutable water and astrology’s twelfth sign. Mutable signs complete their respective seasons, and Pisces placement at end of the wheel underscores themes of integration, transformation and completion. In their productive roles, Neptune and Pisces are artistic, holistic and spiritual. Illusions, addictions and fantasies are also associated with both. Neptune is named for the Greek God of the ocean and Pisces is the final water sign. Now that Mercury is in the mix, emotions will color our thinking and feelings rather than logic are likely to function as our navigational devices. With such an unusually long stay in Pisces, and its next retrograde, Mercury’s February 10th through April 17th visit is likely to be a time of meaningful change. After all, this is also when Uranus settles into Taurus for the long haul. But it may be much later in the year before we fully perceive the import of this transit. For now, with Neptune steering the ship, absolute certainty and precise planning are unlikely. Yet clarity is possible.

Oceanic Neptune connects us with intrinsic truths and its power can relax the logical mind (Mercury), allowing us to open up into something much bigger, perhaps the mind of God. Studying metaphysics, meditating, keeping a dream journal or taking up a spiritual practice, such as saying prayers, are favored for the next two months. Forgiving, processing grief and unresolved grievances. accepting loss and giving an audience to painful, old feelings and memories are all also supported by the incoming tides. Pisces aims to wash us clean of the emotional baggage we’ve carried and are needing to release, making us ready for Aries and the next turn of the wheel. Moving through the coming weeks contemplatively and honestly will avail us to the healing, wisdom and peace now reaching our psychic shores.

Mercury Pisces Stay & Rx
Entered Pis Feb 10th
Enters Rx zone Feb 19th 16 Pis 06
Rx 29 Pis 39 Mar 5th
Direct Mar 28th
Leaves zone Apr 16th
Leaves Pis Apr 17th

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