Forecast Oct 5-11, 2020: Soul Food

The Moon’s visits to Taurus and Cancer are always especially good occasions to sooth the soul. Both signs are yin, or inward oriented, and both are strongly associated with nourishment. When a week also includes the first of three Mercury oppositions to chaotic Uranus and another barrage of cardinal conflicts, self-care becomes more of a necessity than a luxury. Such a week is at hand. Monday’s Taurus Moon will receive supportive sextiles from Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. Taurus is grounded and productive, making this a good day to roll up our sleeves and apply some elbow grease, all be it at a relaxed pace. Late Monday night the Moon will move into chatty Gemini, where it will not be under too much pressure. Gemini is the mutable air sign in charge of technology, travel and commerce. While most of us are not exactly jet-setting around the globe these days, the Gemini Moon is good for short trips, communication and networking. Monday and Tuesday are in fact the most frictionless days of the week.

Then comes Wednesday, with the first of three Mercury oppositions to Uranus. Mercury is in Scorpio, the passionate water sign of detectives, and disruptive Uranus is uncomfortably residing in stable Taurus. Taurus is concerned with resources, so its realms extend to financial markets, real estate and securities. The next Mercury Uranus meeting will be on October 19th, when retrograding Mercury’s fact-finding skills will be optimized. After Mercury emerges from its retrograde and dives back into Scorpio, it will cross paths with Uranus again on November 17th, under a late degree Scorpio Sun. These three meetings warrant attention to financial news and extra care with investments, and they portend the release of shocking information.

After we stomach this week’s Mercury-Uranus surprises, the Moon will move into nurturing Cancer on Thursday. Cancer’s top priority is emotional security. It’s an extremely sensitive sign that is constantly assessing its emotional surroundings in the pursuit of safety. This month the Moon’s trip through the cardinal water sign will offer comfort and combat. On the calmer side, it will sextile Venus and Uranus and it will trine Mercury and Neptune. On the choppy side, it’s set to square the Libra Sun and Mars and to oppose Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. Those cardinal stresses are amplified on Friday by our next Mars showdown with Pluto. The symbol of Cancer is the crab. Those little, tide-sensing crustaceans are always equipped with a protective shell. When the waves get too rough, there is always shelter. Before the Moon leaves Cancer on Saturday, Venus makes a once-a-year, constructive trine to Uranus, perhaps bringing some reassuring news about finances.

But taking too many big risks is not advisable, no matter how appealing they might seem. The Moon will move into largess-loving Leo on Saturday night, and by Sunday it will be checked by both Uranus and Mercury via their squares to it. Those take place as the Sun squares Jupiter. Jupiter is one of our money planets and a benefic, but the Sun in rational Libra is meting out justice impartially and indifferently. In short, Leo-born impulses to go on a spending spree are best kept on pause. However, rummaging through the fridge, in search of some thoughtfully stored Cancer leftovers, is a solid strategy for of sailing past the ruckus.

Forecast Sep 28 – Oct 4, 2020: Catching Moonbeams

This week’s events are momentous. They include Saturn and Pluto stationing direct, our second Mars square to Saturn, a full Aries Moon and Venus changing signs. When the action gets this dramatic on the outside, seeking refuge within becomes more important than usual. The body astrologers credit with describing our interior landscape is the Moon. It represents emotional needs, instinct and the unconscious. This week it moves from Pisces to Aries to Taurus, conjoining Neptune, Mars and Uranus along the way. No matter how loud and chaotic things may get out there, the Moon is beckoning us to tune into intuition and to explore our inner worlds.

On Monday the Moon moves into poetic Pisces, and by late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning it will be fully immersed in Neptune’s oceanic waters via their conjunction. This is the sublime realm of music, muses and metaphysics. Its hallucinogenic allure and peaceful perspective offer the perfect escape from debate, madness and debate madness :). Monday also hosts a friendly trine between Venus and Mars, in fire signs, and the end of Saturn’s retrograde. But Tuesday’s last (of 2020) Mars Saturn square threatens to disrupt the serenity that the Pisces Moon and Neptune are cultivating. Staying Zen-like might take some effort, but supportive sextiles will be flowing from Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn through Wednesday.

Things shift late Wednesday night when the Moon moves into Aries. It’s preparing to reach peak Harvest Moon on Thursday afternoon, at 9 degrees of the cardinal fire sign. Though full Moons generally mark the high point of a cycle, this Moon is on course for a late degree connection with Mars on Friday night. This combo, with its accompanying army of squares and oppositions and all still reverberating from Tuesday’s Mars Saturn square, is very capable of taking on some ugly forms of expression. However, Aries can just as easily lead with some remarkably warm and wonderful characteristics. It is the breath of fire, life itself. If we stay the course of journeying through this week more internally than externally, we can tap into the sign’s inspiring and infectious effervescence and apply it positively. Aiding in the call to calm, on Friday Venus leaves fiery Leo for thoughtful Virgo.

On Saturday the Moon guides into the terrain of relaxed, patient Taurus. Taurus is the Venus-ruled sign that represents the five senses and earthly delights. It slows us down, gets us into our bodies and encourages us to experience what gives us physical pleasure. Saturday and Sunday are stellar days for taking a drive to see the changing autumn leaves, luxuriating in a long sea salt or essential oil bath or enjoying an exquisite meal The Moon will conjoin electrifying Uranus early on Sunday morning, but even that shouldn’t bother astrology’s languid bull. Contributing to the easy-going atmosphere, Pluto stations direct three hours later. Planets, like large boats, pretty much stop before they turn around. This is true for going into and coming out of retrogrades. Pluto is of course one of the planets transiting the fellow earth sign Capricorn. Fortunately for all of us, unlike Thursday and Friday’s fractious angles, the Taurus Moon is favorably aligned with the big three in Capricorn. Add those groovy, harmonious vibes from Neptune in Pisces, and we should be able to reach the end of our lunar trip feeling safe, secure and grounded.

Forecast Sep 21-27, 2020: About Those Hatches

This week the Sun is moving into what promises to be one of the most eventful Libra Sun cycles in decades. Over the next month we’ll see Saturn and Pluto turn direct, a full Aries Moon, a Jupiter Neptune sextile, the start of our next Mercury retrograde, in Scorpio, and two cardinal t-squares. Libra is the cardinal air sign that represents balance, partnership and justice. Thus far, 2020’s signature event has been January 12th’s Saturn Pluto conjunction. Back then the two powerhouse planets joined forces in cardinal Capricorn, and sent shockwaves around the world. Now both are preparing to emerge from their long retrogrades. Can you say revelations? Because Libra is one of astrology’s four cardinal signs, planets traversing its sector activate the other bodies in cardinal signs. This week is no exception. Indeed, as the Sun moves into objective, judicious Libra, a tense t-square takes shape between Mercury and astrology’s bad boys Mars and Saturn.

Something big is not only brewing, but about to begin boiling over. The autumn equinox takes place on Tuesday, when the Sun enters Libra. The Sun’s presence in a cardinal sign will take on greater significance later in the cycle, when its degree interacts more closely with those of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. For this week, Mercury is the planet to track. On Wednesday, it will cross the shadow point of its oncoming retrograde, at 25 degrees of Libra, and it will square Saturn. That retrograde shadow point is important because we will return to it on November 3rd (Election Day). Mercury’s square to Saturn reactivates the Saturn Pluto conjunction. Next, Mercury will oppose Mars on Thursday and square the Capricorn Moon Friday night. The combination of Mercury and Mars sitting opposite of one another, with Saturn and a passing Capricorn Moon positioned at 90 degrees to both, is what is called a t-square. Because this one involves malefics Mars and Saturn and it is being catalyzed by communicative Mercury, in the sign of relationships, the stakes are high.

Libra strives for equanimity, symmetry and grace. With the slew of clashes that are on tap for this week and the coming month, Libra’s altruistic values and mediation skills will be tested. The other Libra conundrum that we will be presented with is the sign’s natural emphasis on the needs of others versus our desires. Passionate Mars in “me first” Aries will directly confront Mercury this week and the Libra Sun in October. In the audacious, self-oriented fire sign, Mars will express the importance of individual needs. Before Pluto was discovered and became the ruler of Scorpio in modern astrology, probing Mars ruled the fixed water sign. On Sunday Mercury will move into Scorpio, where it will be in residence until October 27th. This is when dishonestly going along to get along will stop working. Scorpio drills down deep in its relentless quest for the absolute truth, and the truth is powerful. Adding to the intensity, Mercury is preparing to go retrograde in Scorpio. Libra wants everyone to play nicely, while Mars and Scorpio want to win. Together, they will leave us to wrestle with fairness and honesty.

Forecast Sep 14-20, 2020: At Your Service

A new Virgo Moon is this week’s centerpiece. At 25 degrees, the lunar cycle begins near the height of Virgo’s powers. Discernment, dedication and daily routines fall under the domain of astrology’s mutable earth sign. The week will also see both boosts from Sun trines to Pluto and Saturn and disruption from a Venus Uranus square, Mercury squares to Jupiter and Pluto and a contentious Libra Moon. Thursday’s new Moon reset will give us the chance to connect with Virgo’s calm, clear perspective and the Mercury-ruled sign’s stellar organization skills.

The week begins with one of its harmonious aspects, a Virgo Sun trine to Pluto in Capricorn. Both planets are in earth signs, keeping things real and providing stability. But adhering to plans may prove difficult by Tuesday when Venus squares Uranus. In Leo, free-spending Venus enjoys life’s luxuries, and Venus rules Taurus, where Uranus finds itself. The fixed earth sign also appreciates the finer things in life. Their square, however, suggests a struggle with sticking to a budget or the sudden onset of unforeseen, and potentially major, expenses. Venus also rules Libra, and very early on Thursday morning, Mercury in Libra will square Jupiter in Capricorn. Jupiter’s placement in this bout also suggests a battle over the purse strings or the emergence of important financial news. Postponing decisions until after the new Moon might help. The Moon is new at 5:00 A.M. MST at 25 Virgo 01. Its rational, practical outlook will be followed by a supportive and sober Sun Saturn trine in the afternoon. This is a sizable collection of planets singing the praises of self-sacrifice and saving for a rainy day, or perhaps exhaling sighs of relief for previous, prudent planning.

Midday on Thursday the Moon moves into Libra. Ordinarily the lunar transition from Virgo to Libra is a smooth one. These two signs share a penchant for perfection, prefer diplomacy to confrontation and move through life with placidity. But 2020 isn’t normal. This time, the typically implacable Libra Moon will be tested at every turn, by Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and Mars, from Thursday through Saturday. And none other than mischievous Mercury will be stirring the pot. Watch your words! After mixing it up with the Libra Moon, Mercury ends the week with a square to Pluto. Pluto was known to the ancients as the Lord of the Underworld. Unless you’re absolutely prepared to endure the consequences of the nuclear option, this is not the time to make idle threats. Mercury isn’t afraid to challenge authority, nor is he afraid of mingling with thieves and outlaws. Many an altruistic errand in fact sent the planet’s namesake into the depths of Hades. The Messenger is also on track to square Saturn during the following week. With Saturn and Pluto nearing the conclusions of their retrogrades, one can only begin to imagine what unseemly activity Mercury will begin revealing at end of the week. If the news gets even wackier, the clarity of Thursday’s Virgo new Moon will have offered a firm handle on things. True to his Trickster core, clever Mercury rules Virgo, and is at your service.

Forecast Sep 7-13, 2020: A Tale Of Two Planets

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

Charles Dickens

An astrologer might add, “It was the benefics ruling the sky, it was the malefics ruling the sky.” This week the contradictory forces of the beginning of Mars’ retrograde and the end of Jupiter’s come into focus. If things were simple, Mars The Malefic would be type-casted as the bringer of supernatural destruction, and Jupiter, The Greater Benefic, as the bestower of good fortune. But life, the heavens and the times we find ourselves in are much more complicated right now, and we are going to have to find our way through their paradoxes.

Mars Rx
July 25th entered shadow 15 Ari 14
Sep 9th Goes Rx 28 Ari 08
Nov 13th stations direct 15 Ari 14

Jan 2, 2021 leaves shadow 28 Ari 08

Jupiter Rx
Feb 18th entered shadow 17 Cap 24
May 14th went Rx 27 Cap 14
Sep 12th stations direct 17 Cap 24

Dec 6th leaves shadow 27 Cap 14

Mars will be retrograde from September 9th through November 13th. During that time it will move from an incendiary 28 degrees of Aries back to a simmering 15. That could be seen as a lowering of its temperature in two regards. Firstly, some schools of astrological thought view retrogrades as a weakening of a planet’s energy, and secondly, 15 degrees are much milder than 28. But there’s more to consider. Other schools of astrological thought interpret retrogrades as times when a planet’s energy consolidates. We also need to see which other planets will also be traveling in that 15-28 degree range and how they will be interacting with Mars’ path. On that front, the news is contentious. Mars will be opposed by the Sun, Mercury and Venus when they travel through Libra, and it is already in one long, continuous square to Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. Additionally, four times a month, the Moon will exacerbate these cardinal conflicts when it moves through each cardinal sign. But is Mars really the villain? Initiation is the cosmic imperative of all cardinal signs. There is no ambiguity or fence sitting on their watch. While the coming oppositions will intensify differences and Libra’s influence may impose great deliberation, these squares will bring matters to a head and force decisions. There is no sign more direct than fiery Aries, and no planet that activates self-advocacy quite like combative Mars. Breaking through the paralysis of inertia is a form of liberation. Is Mars a rebellious upstart who is challenging authority (square Saturn), the hero in a war for independence or perhaps both?

Jupiter is traditionally cast as the benevolent king. Like Zeus showering his descendants with gifts, Jupiter is celebrated for bringing luck, inspiration and generosity. But the giant, happy planet is midway through its transit of cold, conservative Capricorn, astrology’s most austere sign. It went retrograde back on May 14th, in the heart of Q2 at 24 degrees, and has journeyed back to 17. From now through mid December, when it enters Aquarius, Jupiter will be in close proximity to Saturn and Pluto, broadening their power. Plot twist, Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, astrology’s other malefic. Further, Jupiter is associated with faith and beliefs, religious, political and philosophical. Under Saturn’s restrictive domain, has Jupiter’s fervor been fomenting the zealotry of extremist thinking? In economical Capricorn, has Jupiter’s love of excess encouraged and fortified unrivaled greed? Or, are the unprecedented stimulus packages passed by governments since last spring evidence that Jupiter has indeed played the role of the benefactor? Has the king after all been taking good care of his subjects? Perhaps the Sun, in rational, service-oriented Virgo, will shed some light on the matter on Tuesday when it trines Jupiter. Then again, the confusion of a Neptune opposition will challenge the Sun’s clarity on Friday. Much like Dickens’ basket of the incongruent, much remains to be sorted out. Mars’ retrograde and the remainder of Jupiter’s Capricorn transit are set to bring their revelations.

Forecast Aug 31-Sep 6, 2020: Stepping Into The Twilight Zone

“It’s an excursion into the odd and the very, very different.”

Rod Serling

Emmy-Award-winning writer and host Rod Serling’s description of TV’s “The Twilight Zone” series aptly applies to 2020. This week’s astrological highlights include a full Moon in Pisces, a tough Venus square to Mars and sign changes for Mercury and Venus. At first glance, those sign changes seem like promising infusions of welcomed, new energies. After all, Mercury and Venus are moving into the yang, or positive polarity, signs of Leo and Libra. However, due to its forthcoming retrograde, Mercury is entering territory that it will traverse and revisit from now until November 10th, territory that will ultimately entangle Venus. In addition to their associated delays, miscommunications and technical malfunctions, Mercury retrogrades typically frustrate our intentions to fully resolve matters. Throw in heaps of Libra’s infamous indecision, and you can start to see how issues that are coming to the fore now may well be heading into a kind of cosmic twilight zone. Forming an overarching autumn vision now, or at least a solid game plan, isn’t a bad idea.

Late Tuesday night, or early Wednesday morning depending on your time zone, the Moon will be full at 10 degrees of Pisces, aligning nicely with ingenious Uranus. Home of the mythic, mystic and artistic, Pisces explores life through imagination. This full Moon presents an excellent opportunity for tapping into creative and spiritual insights to problem-solve. Meditation, dream recall and interpretation and automatic writing are good tools for doing so. Like a celestial sifter, rational Mercury, at home in practical Virgo, will help us sort out the details. Adding further refinement to those Pisces dreams, Mercury will trine Capricorn-based-Pluto on Tuesday and Saturn on Thursday. The clarity we glean into midweek will come in handy on Friday when Venus squares Mars. If we can remain focused on the big picture, then we can either sidestep Mars provocations or strategically address irritating people or situations.

Mercury Rx – Oct 13-Nov 3
Sep 23rd Mercury enters Rx zone 25 Lib 54
Sep 27 Mercury enters Sco
Oct 13th Mercury Rx 11 Sco 40
Oct 27th Mercury re-enters Lib & Venus enters Lib
Nov 3rd Mercury direct 25 Lib 54
Nov 10th Mercury re-enters Sco
Nov 19th Mercury exits Rx zone 11 Sco 40
(Nov 21st Venus exits Libra)

On Saturday Mercury moves into Libra, giving us our first taste of autumn. Libra is the cardinal air sign of harmony, balance and diplomacy. 2020’s challenge for Libra is that the planets visiting this Venusian sign during the next two months will be opposed by Mars and squared by Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. For example, and quite auspiciously, on September 23rd, the day when Mercury enters its retrograde shadow zone, at 25 degrees of Libra, it will be squared by Saturn. On the following day, it will form an exact opposition to Mars. This is astrology’s T-square, an aspect intent on forcing decisions. When its inhabiting planets are in the blockbusting cardinal signs, breakthroughs are emphasized. This is terribly uncomfortable terrain for Libra, a sign in constant pursuit of beauty, fairness and perfect equilibrium. For us, the cosmic catch is that we cannot break new ground without disruption. Mercury will influence when we decide to keep the peace, when we decide to speak our peace or when we try to integrate the two. True to form, Venus will attempt to avoid the fracas altogether.

“Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.”

The Twilight Zone

On Sunday, Venus exits the cardinal commotion when she abandons emotional Cancer for sunny Leo. In the optimistic fixed fire sign, she’ll be poised to encourage confidence, creativity and constructive applications of Martian spontaneity. Venus in Leo will also support immense generosity. After that, her next tour stop is a Virgo visit from October 2nd to October 27th. But, much like a twilight zone character, Venus will ultimately also end up in Libra’s quagmire, on the same day retrograding Mercury re-enters it. Cue up that familiar theme song. In essence, from now through November 21st, when Venus moves on to Scorpio, we’ll be grappling with Libra conundrums

Editor’s Note: The first episode of “The Twilight Zone” aired on October 2. 1959, under a Libra Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars and N. Node.

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Forecast Aug 24-30, 2020: Holding On To Your Steering Wheel

The leadup to next week’s full Moon (late Sep 1st MST) may at times feel like driving behind an 18-wheeler on the freeway, while cargo is falling out of the truck. There is one group of aspects helping us stay focused on our destination and road conditions, and there’s another tossing out the packages. As the saying goes, to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Under a Virgo Sun, getting organized for the oncoming obstacles is easier than usual. Signaling that we’re indeed in for a bumpy ride, this week begins with a Mars square to Saturn at a seismic 26 degrees. Combative Mars is now home in independent, instigating Aries (and slowing down for its imminent retrograde), and Saturn is also home in conservative Capricorn. In its home sign, a planet’s power is optimized. Mars brings headstrong, impulsive energy to the fight, but Saturn brings the rules and limitations. Astrology’s square is its most contentious angle. Unlike an opposition, there is no point at which the planets can meet in the middle. A square is like a four-way stop, where one body will progress while the other must yield. In the case of Mars vs. Saturn, Mars may be legitimately frustrated, but Saturn has the backing of Jupiter and Pluto, as well as support from Uranus, the Sun and Mercury in fellow earth signs. In other words, though it may feel good, there’s no advantage gained by revving the engine at a red light.

Saturn’s January 12th conjunction with Pluto is now widely associated with the global outbreak of COVID-19. If that conjunction was the touching of two tectonic plates, then we’ve been experiencing the ensuring earthquakes and aftershocks all year. This Mars confrontation with unyielding Saturn is the latest iteration. By the full Moon, Saturn will also be in direct conflict with Venus, via an exact opposition. Before challenging Saturn, Venus will also oppose Jupiter this Tuesday and Pluto on Sunday. Venus is in Cancer, trying to take care of food, shelter and family, and she’s up against major forces coalescing in institutional Capricorn. Battles over money are the most likely manifestations of these aspects. Cancer and Pisces are water signs, and by Sunday the planets inhabiting those signs begin muddying our road.


Sunday is when whip-smart Mercury is opposed by nebulous, all-encompassing Neptune. Mercury and the Sun are in logical Virgo, where they are focused on facts, details and reason. Neptune, along with the full Moon, is in Pisces. The mutable water sign sees the world holistically and perceives it through impressions and feelings. Sunday’s Mercury Neptune opposition foreshadows the (Virgo) Sun full (Pisces) Moon opposition, as well as the Sun Neptune opposition on September 11th. Striking the right balance of Pisces creativity, Virgo practicality and their mutable flexibility can help us cope with any detours or slowdowns we encounter.


Mindful Mercury at home in organized, methodical Virgo is a key asset. On Tuesday Mercury will form an alliance with Uranus and on Thursday one with Jupiter. Those two trines alone bring the grounding dependability of all three earth signs into play. Mercury will form a trine with Pluto just prior to the full Moon and one with Saturn on the 3rd, and within hours of the full Moon the Sun and Uranus will also trine. Those supportive Uranian aspects are like the cosmos bestowing the reflexes of a world-class race car driver. Navigating the onslaught of those boxes might be tricky, but sudden surprises are second nature to exciting Uranus. We have a patchy bit of Highway 2020 ahead, and abundant celestial resources along for the ride.

Forecast Aug 17-23, 2020: Reaching For Reason

This week Mercury, the Moon and the Sun encounter the ferocious fires of Leo, at their climax, before moving into orderly, rational Virgo. When shifting from fixed fire to mutable earth, we get the chance to distill passion into manageable, practical actions. Like no other sign, Mercury-ruled Virgo assesses, organizes and articulates with laser-like clarity. 2020 has been a tumultuous year to say the least, thus making the presence of calm, clear-headed Virgo more welcomed than usual. But Mercury’s home sign advantage will be brief, from August 19th-September 5th, and the overall Virgo Sun cycle will contain some highly contentious aspects, which include a cardinal sign T-square. Keeping calm and carrying on through the chaos and confusion could be tricky. But with a Virgo mind focused on factual accuracy and utility, this sign’s remarkable serenity is well within grasp.

The week kicks off with a boom. On Monday Mercury, in the late degrees of Leo, links up with the blazing Leo Sun under a resonant Leo Moon. Remember, at this point the Sun and Mercury will still be basking in the afterglow of Sunday’s trines to feisty Mars in audacious Aries. The potent Leo Moon will fan those flames on Tuesday when it trines Mars, shortly before launching into its new Moon phase, at a considerable 26 degrees of royal Leo. Leo loves to live large. In its highest expression, its confidence, playfulness and creativity inspire others. At its worst, its stubbornness, self-absorption and pomposity are repellent. In order to succeed, the Lion’s legendary generosity must exceed its grandiosity, and that generosity must be sincere and heartfelt, Monday’s Sun Mercury connection is also capable of telling a very tall tale, and forcefully so with the assistance of Mars and the Leo Moon. By Wednesday, when the Moon and Mercury enter discerning Virgo, facts will begin distinguishing themselves from fiction. We’re leaving largess for logic.

In devoted, service-oriented Virgo, the Moon, Mercury and Sun will receive support from weighty planets in both fellow earth signs. Trines from Uranus in Taurus and from Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn will activate the Moon on Wednesday and Thursday, Mercury through September 5th and the Sun from Saturday, when it changes signs, until September 22nd. With the firm backing of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto, careful Virgo is methodically making sure that even the most magnificent (Lion-sized) plans are sound, grounded and fact-checked. Aspirations are coming down to earth, and Virgo is gently preparing us for autumn 2020.

Forecast Aug 10-16, 2020: Riding The Roller Coaster

Do you remember childhood summers when you excitedly waited on enormous lines to ride the area amusement park’s biggest, scariest roller coaster? Back then talk of soaring to its peaks and dropping precipitously consumed conversations with playmates, sometimes for weeks in advance of the outing. This astrologer is starting to think of 2020 as one ginormous ride. As an adult, the awareness that even the most thrilling excursion ultimately comes to its end is comforting, especially as we head into yet another week of twists and turns and ups and downs.

Monday’s Taurus Moon wants to assure us that all is calm and secure. In fact, early in the morning it will be in mutual reception to Venus when it forms a sextile to her in soothing Cancer. This is a bit like sitting down and getting strapped into our cart. When departing the platform the pace is slow, yet anticipation is palpable. We know that chaotic Uranus is also in Taurus, so sudden excitement is imminent and inevitable. Mischievous Mercury in Leo will offer the first hair-pin turn when it squares Uranus. Next the Moon and Uranus will link up, signaling that our wild ride is well underway. The Moon and Mercury will square next, and by late Tuesday morning the Moon will inch uphill readying us for the first giant drop, a square to the Leo Sun. Though a daunting dip, Leo’s sunny disposition rejoices in the play and helps us laugh at whatever is happening. All the while, that Taurus Moon is forming a series of trines with Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, the sign of structure. The scaffolding is solid.


On Wednesday the Moon moves into friendly Gemini, where it will heighten social connections through Friday evening. But, for daredevils, pleasantly gliding along even rails is boring. Upstart Mars in combustable Aries will have none of that. On Thursday morning, via a square to Pluto, he will push us over the week’s steepest and most harrowing downslope, at breakneck speed. This is when both hands grab the safety bar and there’s typically a lot of screaming. It is the first of three squares between these two fearsome forces, and they’re poised to impact the economy. Making sure one’s wallet is safely tucked away, long before embarkment, isn’t a bad idea. Our stomaches get a chance to recover on Friday night when the Moon slips into nurturing Cancer, where it will conjoin Venus on Saturday morning. An hour later, unruly Uranus will station retrograde. Our adventure is winding down. A five-month unplug of this electrifying planet will give many of us the opportunity to catch our breath. It will also put the speed brakes on the incoming shocks and surprises Uranus has been doling out since January. Sunday brings the week’s most euphoric aspects, as the Sun and Mercury form exact trines to inexhaustible Mars. It’s time to enthusiastically regale friends and family with our celebratory and triumphant tales of navigating the week’s uproarious ride.

Forecast Aug 3-9, 2020: One Step Forward, One Step…

After the dust settles from Monday’s full Aquarius Moon, this week will see sign changes for Mercury and Venus. But before even lightening-fast Mercury can bust a move into fiery Leo on Tuesday, Mars will get into it with Jupiter. With Mars now firmly ensconced in its home sign of Aries, and in fact already into the shadow zone of its next retrograde, the conflicts with planets in fellow cardinal signs will continue into autumn. In effervescent Aries, Mars is raring to go. But the squares it will form with the Capricorn contingency, of Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, will be checking Martian impulses at every turn. This week’s battle with Jupiter will be followed by squares to Pluto on the 13th and Saturn on the 24th. This is astrological shorthand for “No pain, no gain.” Hard work doesn’t need to be depressing. In fact, it can be full of inspiration.
Mercury’s ready for its run through courageous, confident Leo. In the regal sign, it will be closely allied with the Sun, and by the 16th the Sun and Mercury will trine enthusiastic Mars. These are some of the month’s most uplifting energies, and the time to begin harnessing this cosmic firepower is now. Mercury’s Leo visit is quick, from the 4th through the 19th. While we get a boost from the Sun, Mercury and Mars, Venus will slip into Cancer on Friday. Venus desires nothing more than harmony and pleasure. In Cancer, however, she will be on course for direct confrontations with Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn and a clash with Mars. The oncoming struggles suggest that we may be paying too high a price to keep an uneasy peace. Emotional and domestic issues that arose while the Sun and Mercury were in the Cancer will have another shot at resolution. Venus will be in Cancer from August 7th through September 6th, before joining the Leo party.  On the flip side, if your home already is your oasis, Venus will enhance the tranquility you’re experiencing there.

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