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.

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.

Forecast Jun 24-30, 2019: Straight From The Heart

Mercury enters Leo for a long summer stay.

The phrase “as one door closes another one opens” is apt for a week that will offer up a cosmic quest that we’ll be wrestling with until late August. The Pisces moon always signals closure, and the 24th’s Venus square to Neptune is the last of the long series of mutable squares we’ve endured since late May. During that time, things crashed and things burned. This final square sweeps away any remaining debris. Next, the moon will of course move into motivational Aries, the enlivening fire sign of ignition and initiation. From there those proverbial doors begin opening. It’s under this Aries moon that the Messenger of the Gods, Mercury, moves into the fellow fire sign of Leo. Normally, speedy Mercury enjoys racing around the zodiac. It fills the airwaves, our heads and conversations with the ideas associated with each sign, and quickly moves on. But it’s next retrograde from Leo back into Cancer will have us (re)-examining our concepts about all things leonine.

On the lighter side, stylish and lavish Leo can be linked to vanity and appearance (those manes) and frivolity and extravagance (those parties). But something deeper fuels those regal flames. Being a fixed sign, Leo is loyal. Its home is the 5th House, so it is innately and highly creative. And signified by the lion, it is the sign of courage, leadership and even royalty. Mercury’s prolonged stay, which includes two tours of Leo, may just be signaling that it’s time to search our hearts for the heroes we strive to be in the world. What are we standing for? What are our values? How do we fight for what we want with love and dignity? In its highest expression, Leo exudes unparalleled generosity and magnanimity. It is the Lion King. When fleet-footed Mercury enters the lion’s den this week, it might just be instigating a much bigger and broader conversation. Of course the upcoming retrograde will take Mercury back into watery, cardinal Cancer. So high-minded ideals will have their sea-worthiness tested when feelings get real. Balancing raw emotions and virtue is a challenging, noble and worthy quest. Mercury will visit Leo from June 26th-July 19 and then from August 11-29th. Best look? A true heart overflowing with valor

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Clearing The Last Mutable Hurdle

Since late May it’s been one mutable square after the next, and on Saturday, the 22nd of June, the final stage gets underway. Though more subtle than cardinal and fixed squares, mutable squares nonetheless leave their indelible mark. They are here to clear out what we no longer need and to prepare us for our next big steps. Under an emotional Pisces moon, one that will conjoin oceanic Neptune, we are likely to deeply feel and grieve current losses. That Pisces is astrology’s last sign adds to the sense of finality. This last phase of this nearly month-long process ends with a Venus square to Neptune on the 24th, just a few days into the start of summer. So, if things have been falling apart and away for the past three weeks, there is a reason. Trust that your Soul knows your course, and that soon the puzzle pieces that have been so elusive will soon begin falling into place, finally! Best look? Faith, trust in God and inner peace

Forecast Jun 17-23, 2019: Wrapping Things Up

The Sun gets ready to visit Cancer

From a t-square full moon to summer solstice, this week is big. Things get underway in the shadow of a major square between Jupiter and Neptune from the 16th, leading into a 25-degree full Sagittarius moon early Monday morning. The planets are putting the pressure on all of us to release, make changes or let something important go. Tuesday and Wednesday will see the moon make significant and supportive connections with all three outer planets and Saturn, while Mercury and Mars meet in nurturing Cancer. The shift from mutable to cardinal alignments is telling us that new beginnings are emerging. By Friday we may be feeling festive and ready to partake in Solstice celebrations. But, with one more mutable t-square set to start on the 22nd, we may reach the end of the week with still more details needing to be ironed out. Things are being sorted out. Hang in there and keep your courage handy.

Special ends June 21, 2019

2019’s Second Jupiter Square To Neptune

Oh Snap! It’s back. 2019’s second Jupiter square to Neptune is exact on Sunday, and the skies have changed quite a bit since their first standoff back in January. At that time a Capricorn stellium put the cosmic focus on goals, hard work and achievement. So January’s Jupiter Neptune run-in was pointing out where excesses and escapism are undermining our ability to accomplish what we set out to do. This time, we are in the midst of a barrage of mutable squares, including several of the extra intensive t-squares. This context gives greater resonance to the larger square and it will extend the range of its reverberations. That’s because the moon, Sun, Mercury and Venus are making the same challenging angles as the bigger planets are and they are doing it over a prolonged period, one that stretches from late May through late June.

Squares tend to force issues to a head, and mutable signs are all about release and change. They clear out what is no longer helpful in order to prepare us for what is incoming (cardinal beginnings). So at this time we may be coming to terms with a loss, finding it necessary to let go of someone or something significant or being forced to make dramatic changes. Now that we’re reaching both midyear and our second Jupiter square to Neptune, looking back to January’s New Year’s resolutions may be instructive. Are we on track? What isn’t working any longer? What adjustments are we willing to make to stay on course? What are we still deeply committed to? The final battle between these two powerful planets takes place in September. So we’ll have one more opportunity to rededicate ourselves to our 2019 intentions. For now, Jupiter and Neptune are checking in. These two very spiritual, big picture perspective planets can clarify current priorities in the wider context of our paths, and the

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Forecast Jun 10-16, 2019: The Curious Cases Of The Quincunxes

Jupiter & Neptune are cleaning house

This week embodies the essence of 2019’s Gemini Sun run. In my latest video, I covered the mounting and massive Jupiter square to Neptune and its context of the mutable t-square series, and I promised to write about all of the quincunx alignments taking place now. There will be another post about the big square later this week, and in fact I wrote about the whole series back in January when the first square happened. With four quincunxes in the works for this week, it’s time to take a look at them, too. Technically, the term refers to planets that are exactly 150 degrees apart. Practically, this puts the planets in both unlike elements and unlike modalities. This angle is quite distinct from the other angles we encounter in astrology. For instance, trines always occur in the same element, such as water, squares always involve the same modality, such as cardinal or mutable, and of course conjunctions are at the same spot, creating complete agreement. The quincunx is not necessarily problematic, but it suggests that the planets finding themselves 150 degrees apart will have a hard time understanding one another. Let’s look at a few examples happening this week.

The Gemini Sun will quincunx Saturn in Capricorn on Monday and Pluto in Capricorn on Thursday. Gemini is mutable air while Capricorn is cardinal earth. Gemini takes a light and breezy approach to life and Cap is ambitious and serious. So as these quincunxes form, we may feel a little perplexed. Do we head out to hang out with friends to enjoy a warm late spring evening or do we put in a few extra hours at work? On Friday Mars in Cancer will quincunx Jupiter in Sagittarius. This one is cardinal water at odds with mutable fire. Some strong, old emotional pain may well up, motivating us to stay home to process all of those hurt feelings. Simultaneously Jupiter in Sag will enthusiastically shower us with a wanderlust to travel and explore or the urge to play a team sport. Volleyball anyone? As you can see, the planets are not arguing so much as they are not working from the same framework. For us mere mortals, figuring out which way to go may be more challenging than usual. Add the backdrop of the year’s next Jupiter square to Neptune becoming exact on Sunday, the torrent of mutable t-squares and the building full moon, and we may find this week challenging to navigate clearly. Best look; have a plan and remain oh so flexible.

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