Sep 16-22, 2019: Not Going Gentle Into That Good Night

The last week of 2019’s Virgo Sun cycle will be anything but the calm, cool and collected rendition of a passing of the mutable earth sign. That’s because the week will see Uranus make a lunar conjunction, Saturn turn direct, Mars and Pluto combine their considerable forces and the year’s final Jupiter square to Neptune. This is some Virgo housekeeping on an order of magnitude that we have not seen in quite some time. First, because the moon changes signs every few days, its activity typically only comes into focus at its new, full and dark phases. But when wild, unorthodox Uranus is in the picture, even the moon can become a big celestial deal. The two will meet in earthy Taurus on Tuesday and set off the week’s shockwaves. On Wednesday stern Saturn will emerge from its five-month retrograde in the fellow earth sign of Capricorn and start laying down the law. Mars and Pluto, also in earth signs, will follow up on Thursday with a powerful trine. Saturn and Pluto have been traversing the sign of governments, corporations and institutions for nearly two years, and both have been retrograde since late April. From their Capricorn retrograde vantage point, they’ve been looking into systemic corruption and scrutinizing those misusing their positions of power. Since early April both have also been provoking the North Node in Cancer, putting a cosmic lens on children. Saturn’s last opposition to the North Node in fact occurred on July 4th, right around the time when Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged criminal enterprises shifted from right-wing conspiracies into worldwide headlines. Saturn’s next North Node opposition is scheduled for September 28th. and Pluto is set to turn direct on October 3rd (MST). Thursday’s Pluto trine to Mars in meticulous Virgo indicates a deeper probing into yet more abuses of power. That Mars, Saturn and Pluto are working in earth signs indicates tangible rewards for their efforts. Mercury and Venus are in cardinal Libra, the sign of legal affairs and justice. leading their own charge for fairness and equality. Beyond that, on the same day that Pluto turns direct, Mercury will head into Scorpio for an extraordinary nine week stay, its next retrograde and a transit of the Sun. Pluto and Scorpio transform and purify what they uncover. On a related track and topping off the current week, Saturday will see 2019’s final Jupiter square to Neptune under a Gemini moon. This battle royal of planets in mutable signs is another layer of a greater cosmic sweep. Since Mars and the Sun have been in Virgo, house cleaning has been a hot topic. For many, this has happened on a literal level via in-home clutter clearing, for others it’s happened on an emotional or relationship basis and on a more collective level, it’s been happening in the corridors of power. This week as the Sun reaches peak Virgo before changing signs on the 23rd, brooding Mars, like a hurricane, continues gaining momentum in the detailed, organized sign. With so many of this year’s defining aspects set to be reactivated and brought to their logical conclusions during this last week of Virgo, it’s bound to be remembered for its next-level brand of cleanup.

Forecast Sep 9-15, 2019: Sailing Through The Siren Songs

Though a plethora of planets will remain in rational, practical Virgo for most of this eventful week, Neptune and a full Pisces moon will present a series of challenges to Virgo’s calm, methodical modus operandi. From its home in mystical Pisces, Neptune will form direct oppositions to the Virgo Sun on Tuesday and to Mars, also in Virgo, early Saturday morning. Similarly, an overnight Full moon early Saturday will put all of us under that illusive and confusing Pisces influence. And even before we reach peak Pisces full moon, a contentious squabble between Mars and Jupiter will erupt on Thursday, forcing more issues to the fore. That one is taking place as the year’s final Jupiter square to Neptune mounts to its September 21st standoff. Astrology’s mutable signs clear clutter and prepare us for the incoming undertakings of the cardinal sign cycles, and this week the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Neptune and that full moon will be in mutable signs. Something’s got to give, and the squares and oppositions being formed by these planets will be showing us exactly what that something is. So while we tumble through this week and struggle with what to leave in and what to leave behind, Neptune’s indelible fingerprints will be all over our decision-making. On the helpful side, the oceanic outer planet of music, poetry and art will offer spiritual insights and a big picture perspective. From its shadow side, which is particularly pronounced with Neptune at home in Pisces, we’ll have to guard against delusion, addiction (yes that includes tech) and endless ambiguity. If all of that sounds, or feels, too daunting, look for some brutal honestly on Friday when the Sun and Pluto join forces in a supportive trine. Pluto’s take no prisoners approach may seem harsh, but its relentless quest for the truth will prove enlightening and a dependable antidote to Piscean escapism. On Saturday Mercury and Venus will slip into the cardinal air sign of Libra, a signal that we are indeed stepping into new territory. In fact, the week will conclude with the moon in pioneering Aries. And although Venus and Mercury’s shifts into Libra signify the onset of a new phase, there’s still plenty of Virgo discernment available while the Sun is there until the 23rd and Mars until October 4th. Best look? Sporting a Bose headset when your ship passes those seductive, singing sirens.

Forecast Sep 2-8, 2019: Lock On Target

The best way to navigate the kaleidoscopic week ahead is to keep your aims, values and destination firmly and foremost in mind. A plethora of planetary supports and challenges are about to roll out in rapid succession. Setting your course early in the week, as well as having a list of alternative routes and backup contingencies at the ready, will help immensely. Mars starts the week with conjunctions to the Sun on Monday and Mercury on Tuesday, and on Tuesday the Sun and Mercury will also get on the same page. In the background throughout the week, Mars’ trine to steadfast Saturn builds to its late Sunday night crescendo. Together, Mars and Saturn provide a steady supply of motivation and endurance. That will come in handy because the week’s challenges get underway just as quickly. Monday will also find Venus and Jupiter at odds, most likely fighting over relationship/money. If left unresolved, their arguments are likely to rear back up on Friday when Mercury squares Jupiter and again on Sunday when the Sun does the same. Any fault lines that surface now are probably part and parcel of the massing Jupiter square to Neptune that will be exact on the 21st. So, instead of dancing around what’s uncomfortable or trying to smooth it over with Venusian pleasantries, it’s best to address issues head-on and let the chips fall where they may. But orderly, mutable Virgo has a distinct distaste for direct confrontation, and Neptune will be bringing its characteristic confusion to the the table when it opposes Venus on Wednesday and Mercury on Saturday. So getting the story straight, before running headlong into battle, will be tricky and imperative. This week’s unfolding aspects underscore the importance of charting a clear course from the beginning, when the Sun, Mercury and Mars are in conference. By week’s end, Mars and Saturn will rendezvous and Mercury will confer with Pluto, and both meetings will take place in the reliable earth signs. Best look? Laser-like focus and some battery powered backup.

Forecast Aug 26-Sep 1, 2019: Walk On The Wild Side

Venus, Mars, the Sun and Mercury will traverse the terrain of mild-mannered Virgo during a week that will host a new Virgo Moon amid a five-body Virgo stellium on Friday. Organized, reserved and studious, Mercury-ruled Virgo typically supports a calm, careful and clear-headed approach to life. But with all four planets and that new Moon making pronounced connections to wild, unorthodox and unpredictable Uranus, the desire to play it safe will likely give way to unconventional impulses, moves and tactics. The Uranus trines being created all week long, and gravitating around that new Moon, can produce blockbusting breakthroughs and advances. Health, finances and real estate are among the many candidates for areas where gargantuan and game-changing shifts can suddenly and instantly occur. Best look: exchanging that perfect classroom attendance record for a stroll with the rule-breakers, who might just teach you a lot more about life than you can possibly learn in school.

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 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.

Mars In Cancer: The Housecleaning Begins

Why so crabby? Mars enters Cancer

Aggressive Mars is known for stirring the pot, and agitating Cancer is astrology’s cardinal water sign. So every two years, when Mars comes for a visit, we expect emotions to be triggered and issues concerning home, family and domestic and emotional security to surface. And, Cancer’s penchant for nostalgia has a way of bringing up the past. 2019’s transit is no exception. In fact, this year’s Mars journey through Cancer is packing a much bigger punch than usual, and here’s why. The moon’s North Node and all of the inner planets will be traveling through Cancer when Mars is in the vicinity, the Mars transit ends the day before a solar eclipse in Cancer, most of Mercury’s next retrograde will take place in Cancer, and Saturn, Pluto and the moon’s South Node will oppose Mars, and the other planets in Cancer, from austere and equally intentional Capricorn. Things get underway when the Sun is in patient, compatible Taurus in mid-May. By early June Mercury will join Mars in Cancer, and from there the two will begin their oppositions to retrograding Saturn and Pluto. Those clashes will lead right up the Cancer Sun cycle and ensuing solar eclipse and Mercury retrograde in Cancer.

Mars In Cancer May 15th – Jul 1st
Mercury in Cancer Jun 4th – Jun 26th
Goes Rx Jul 7th (4 Leo)
Reenters Cancer Jul 19 – Aug 11th
Sun in Cancer Jun 21st – Jul 22nd
Cancer Solar Eclipse Jul 2nd
Venus in Cancer Jul 3rd – 27th
Saturn opposite N. Node Jul 4th
N. Node in Cancer Nov 6, 2018 – May 5, 2020

The key to navigating these turbulent waters is emotional integrity. Instead of allowing emotions to overtake us, into outbursts and other problematic reactions, we can examine our responses to their intensity. Why does someone make us feel that angry? What story are we telling ourselves about an incident from the past? How are we interpreting the present situation? Why are we so triggered? If we can trace these feelings back to their origins, as suggested by the Saturn, Pluto and Mercury retrogrades and South Node oppositions, we may well be able to resolve the underlying issues, reframe our current circumstances and clarify our direction ahead. The presence of Saturn and Pluto in this unfolding drama points to the severity of the situation and the degree to which we need to be brutally honest with ourselves, and others. That’s never easy, especially when it comes to messy, uncomfortable emotions, like anger. Ah, but that’s where the cosmic medicine lives.

Anger is Mars’ domain. The red planet has been associated with war for millennia, and to this day, its two-year transit correlates to the terrible twos stage of childhood development. Mars is all about throwing a tantrum, and sometimes, all manner of Hell is in dire need of being raised. Sometimes we’ve put up with something or someone for far too long or are way past the expiration date of taking our soul’s next step. Anger can be righteous. The tricky and critical piece of this volatile emotional puzzle is determining what needs to change. Is it internal or external? It’s not so much what we are battling against so much as it is what we are fighting for. Pluto is a significant part of this cosmic equation, and its mission is transformation. But, the powerful outer planet demands no less than the truth. Working alongside of it is sober Saturn, the ringed planet that also exacts a certain form of truth and enforces the law. Both are set to directly oppose Mars in mid June.

Mars opposite Saturn Jun 14th
Mars opposite Pluto Jun 19th

Parents (Saturn and Capricorn) often employ the “time out” (Saturn) technique when children (Cancer) are spiraling out of emotional control. Taking some time to pause and reflect upon what drives (Mars) us, our motives and desires, long before an emotional crisis provokes us, would be a beneficial endeavor during the Mars transit. Or if we’re caught off guard and the old emotions erupt, stepping away from the tumult long enough to consider our histories and options could be life-changing. If the impulses are coming from an unhealthy (unhealed) place, we can learn (Saturn) how to be our own best explosives specialist and carefully dismantle the internal bombs. Rendering them harmless frees us the inner turmoil they create and others from their fallout. If, on the other hand, a cause is just or it is indeed time to make big changes, Mars will inspire and energize us. Like the great warriors of the ages, we will take to our respective battlefields, with vigor and ferocity, and fight until our enemies are eliminated and all needed change is fully and irrevocably implemented. Remember, the South Node, Saturn and Pluto are presently residing in systemic Capricorn. From there, they signal that a major purge lies before us. The arrival of Mars into Cancer tells us that the housecleaning has begun.

Jul 1st Mars leaves Cancer
Jul 2nd Cancer solar eclipse
Jul 3rd Venus enters Cancer
Jul 4th Saturn opposes opposite N. Node in Cancer

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