Forecast Nov 16-22, 2020: Further Clarification

Back on October 7th Mercury made the first of three oppositions to global game-changer Uranus. Back then Mercury had already crossed into the shadow zone of a retrograde that would take it into probing Scorpio. After that retrograde was underway, Mercury and Uranus formed their second opposition on October 19th. Mercury in Scorpio can either keep or reveal the darkest secrets. But a retrograde stance encouraged the planet of information to spill the tea. Uranus, for its part, brings the shock and awe. On Tuesday, a now direct Mercury will take on unorthodox Uranus for the final time in this series. If their first two encounters didn’t shake everything loose, this one promises to tell all. On Thursday Mercury exits the retrograde shadow, ending one chapter in this extraordinary period.


The next chapter opens with Venus poised to dive into Scorpio’s purifying waters. Before changing signs on Saturday, she’ll have to undergo two more squares, one from Jupiter early Monday morning and the other from Saturn on Thursday. As previously noted, this has not been a serene homecoming for the planet of decorum, refinement and grace. On the one hand, after Saturday she will leave the cardinal commotion. On the other, she will begin traveling through the underworlds of Scorpio, where she will have her own battle with wild, unpredictable Uranus. That takes place on November 27th. If all of this sounds a little daunting, take heart. Shortly after Venus enters Scorpio, the Sun abandons the intense sign and roams into jovial Sagittarius. Both of these transits last for about a month.


Sagittarius is astrology’s mutable fire sign. It is Jupiter-ruled, and its arrow glyph points toward horizons and loftier values and virtues. As the sign associated with Zeus, the King of Olympus, perspective is another of the sign’s gifts. Optimistic, friendly and warm, Sagittarius can see the sunny side of almost any situation. Its indomitable enthusiasm is well-suited to the current Mars transit of Aries, and on December 10th a Sun Mars trine will take place. Mercury will enter Sag in December 1st. The downside is that this sign is prone to getting carried away with irrational exuberance. To temper that, Venus and Mercury in Scorpio will likely offer some critical revelations. No matter how unsettling or unwelcome, if we are to create earth as it is in heaven, we can and must face their truths.

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Forecast Nov 9-15, 2020: The New Epoch

When a single week includes Mercury diving into Scorpio, our final Jupiter Pluto conjunction for thirteen years, motivated Mars going direct and a potent new Scorpio Moon, the Universe is telling us that a new paradigm is awakening. This auspicious week could get off to a contentious start via a Venus Mars opposition on Monday. Both planets are in their home signs, where their values are fortified. We in turn may feel a stronger than usual need to stand our ground. But by the time that opposition is exact, the Moon will have moved from opinionated, fixed Leo into thoughtful, flexible Virgo, and an overnight trine between the Scorpio Sun and Pisces-based Neptune will be well underway. Scorpio cuts to the truth and Pisces beckons us to see things from a higher, holistic perspective. So being strategic and putting any squabbles that arise early in the week into the larger context can make a huge difference on how this pivotal week plays out. In the afterglow of that trine, on Tuesday a newly direct Mercury will re-enter Scorpio. This run will be unimpeded, and the intrinsic certainty that comes from the fixed water sign should give us the needed clarity and confidence to make longterm commitments.


The most convincing evidence that something big is unfolding arrives on Thursday, when Jupiter makes its third conjunction with Pluto at 22:52 degrees of Capricorn. Capricorn is of course the Saturn-ruled sign of structure, economics and institutions. If something about that 22:52 degree mark seems familiar, it’s because the infamous Saturn Pluto conjunction of January 12th was at 22:47 degrees of Capricorn. Love it or hate it, that conjunction was a game changer. We are now firmly in a post-COVID-emergence reality. Like 911, there is no going back to the world that was. Jupiter and Pluto previously paired up on April 4th and June 30th. When trying to analyze the impact of any of 2020’s major aspects, it’s impossible to completely isolate any of them. So much was happening at once. But we can look back to those dates to locate the issues that are still in need of resolution. This is our third and final shot, because next month Jupiter will move into Aquarius.


On Friday Mars will station direct in Aries. This is another signal that it’s time to get moving. The recent simultaneous retrogrades of Mercury and Mars may have conjured up some insights of their own. Even if those were forged by obstacles, the truths they’ve revealed are valid and valuable. Overnight on Saturday, we have a new Moon at a formidable 23:18 degrees of transformative Scorpio. That is within one degree of Thursday’s Jupiter Pluto conjunction. In this configuration, the late Scorpio Sun and Moon are favorably aligned to the big three in Capricorn, and these Scorpio alliances with Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto will form throughout the weekend. For our evolution, Scorpio obliterates what is no longer needed. The sign’s modern ruler is Pluto, the planet also associated with destructive transformation. At this point in late 2020, it’s clearly no longer about what was. Head on, we are faced what is and being given the inspiration to create what will be. This week we take one colossal step into the future we wish to build.

Forecast Nov 2-8, 2020: The Expedition

In a year that has seen any number of obstacles thrown at a lot of people, forward movement is a blessing. Typically lightening-fast Mercury has been stuck in slow motion since mid October. In 2020, the annoying delays associated with Mercury retrogrades have been compounded by the frustrations of a simultaneous Mars retrograde. On Tuesday, the fleet-footed ruler of technology, commerce and communication will station direct. On the 13th, Mars will also station direct, ending its retrograde which began all the way back on September 9th. Mercury and Mars are personal planets. As such, their impact is much more obvious to us than that of the outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Outer planets are said to represent the transpersonal spheres, and their connections to other planets are weeks, if not months, in the making. But Mercury and Mars are another story.


Mars, for instance, takes two years to travel through the entire zodiac. If you’ve reared children, you are especially familiar with the concept of the terrible two’s. At age two, we have each completed our first experience of Mars in each of astrology’s twelve signs. About that time, Mars returns to the spot it was in at our birth, and we begin the next two-year journey through the signs. Mars is the impulse that takes action. It is also the planet ruling conflict and combat. If we put those struggles into the context of fighting the battles that are important to our development, such as beginning to individuate and form our own identity, then Mars is better understood. As adults, we can consciously and healthfully apply our Martian power. Since late June Mars has been in Aries. The cardinal fire sign is another burst of raw energy. it represents spontaneity, effervescence and exploration. Paired with Mars, we possess a nearly inexhaustible energy supply. Aries is also the first sign of the zodiac, thus it represents the blazing of new trails.


In this regard, since late June we’ve been receiving prompts to forge into unknown territory. On the other hand, the Mars and Mercury retrogrades may have shown up as inertia or setbacks. Now the firepower of Mars on its own turf is about to be reignited. As I wrote last week, to the ancients Mars co-ruled Aries and Scorpio. Mercury spent most of this retrograde in Scorpio, and it will return to the sign, for a full passage, on the 10th. The Sun, our will, is also presently in the emotionally honest, fixed water sign. That means that Mercury has been poking around in the deeper realms of the psyche. As the energies of Mercury and Mars come back online, we can examine what has been pushing our buttons, moreover what lies at the heart our reactions, and most importantly, what we intend to change. Scorpio is the sign of transformation. What do we want next? Mars in Aries spurs us to take those precious first steps. This homecoming will conclude on January 6th, making now a great time for the expedition.

Forecast Oct 19-25, 2020: Good Housekeeping

You know that things are going to get interesting during a week when Venus is flirting with Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn and the Sun is moving into Scorpio and heading into a meeting with retrograde Mercury. In the aftermath of Mars’ unfriendly square to jovial Jupiter, the week gets off to quite a bumpy start. As the reverberations from that dispute settle down, a Scorpio-ensconced Mercury will boldly sting unpredictable Uranus, on Monday night. This is the second of their three oppositions, and this time Mercury’s retrograde status promises to make events all the more exciting, and maybe memorable. On the same day and in stark contrast, we have one of the year’s most fortunate trines, between benefics Venus and Jupiter with both in earth signs. If the Mars’ strategy of kicking in Jupiter’s door didn’t work on Sunday, Venus is suggesting that knocking politely, and maybe offering some freshly baked cookies, is a far better way of getting Jupiter to open up and share its treasures.


The planet of pleasure, relationships and harmony has been in thoughtful, composed Virgo since October 2nd. From there, she’s been patiently restoring a sense of calm and quietly helping us tidy things up. Over the past three weeks you may have found yourself tying up the loose ends of projects that got started while Venus was in Cancer but which had languished while she was in Leo. Next week, she heads into her second home of Libra. Before that, her final week in an earth sign is going to be most productive. After Monday’s encounter with prosperous Jupiter, she will trine Pluto on Wednesday and Saturn on Saturday. The Pluto connection suggests getting to the heart of matters and the Saturn one, considering long-term agreements. You don’t have to sign on the dotted line right now, during the Mercury retrograde. But with the Venus Pluto trine happening the day before the Sun enters Scorpio, it’s time for honest discussions.


On Sunday the Sun and Mercury will meet in Scorpio. Scorpio and the Sun have an understanding. Though their tactics vary widely, they both govern power and healing. The Sun is after all the primary source of energy for our entire “solar” system, and for centuries it has been associated with knowledge, medicine and healing arts, deities and temples. Its approach is optimistic and overt. Scorpio, on the other hand, stealthily slips in and probes the psyche in its relentless quest for the truth. Once it’s over its intended target, it unleashes its transformative gifts by unlocking the most intimate and undeniable of secrets. With retrograde Mercury in tow, the Scorpio Sun has a very capable assistant for this week’s mission. The challenge for us is whether or not to face the truth that our stellar super-sleuths expertly uncover. One of Scorpio’s symbols is the phoenix. While the Sun transits the fixed water sign until November 21st, if we are ready to commit past mistakes, regrets and grievances to the pyre, we can rise from the ashes, purified and renewed.

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