Forecast Aug 30 – Sep 5, 2021: Heads Up

Mercury’s move into Libra on Monday, under a Gemini Moon, will temporarily bring the number of planets in air signs to five, and give us a quick glimpse into the character of the next two months. Air signs correlate to the mental plane, and similarly, Mercury represents the intellect. The Moon will shift the planetary balance back to four when it enters watery Cancer on Tuesday night. But the start of this week is offering a sample of coherence that may prove highly valuable during Mercury’s long transit. In the near term, Mercury will benefit from the co-presence of Venus in diplomatic Libra. At home in the cardinal air sign until September 10th, courteous Venus encourages consideration, reciprocity and cooperation. Throughout Mercury’s Libra visit, from August 30th through November 5th, Saturn and Jupiter will remain in the fellow air sign of Aquarius. Saturday’s Mercury Saturn trine will demonstrate what’s possible when the collaborative influence of Libra is combined with Aquarian vision and ingenuity. Judicious Libra weights the arguments and all of its options, and lofty Aquarius sees the big picture. This combo provides a golden opportunity to make decisions with respect to their impact on the wider scheme of things. We will likely want to access this tool, particularly once Mercury goes retrograde. The next one begins on September 27th and lasts through October 18th. Next week Mercury will cross into the retrograde’s shadow zone, and it will not exit until November 2nd. Technology, commerce and communication are under Mercury’s sphere. Given the current condition of global conflicts, the impending threat of spreading coronavirus variants and consequent restrictions and lockdowns, and the prevalence of cyber attacks and international supply chain disruptions, not to mention political unrest, this retrograde is already shaping up to be a doozy. Perhaps giving us an unpleasant indication of things to come, Venus will square Pluto on Sunday night. On that famous other Libra hand, this may be a warning signal and a chance to test run backup systems and emergency preparedness. In this context, Venus is foreshadowing Mercury. There are three upcoming Mercury Pluto squares, on September 22nd, October 1st and November 2nd, and they will heavily color the character of the retrograde. Paying attention now, while Venus is asking nicely, is advised. This week’s other challenging aspect will peak on Thursday.
That’s when the Mars Neptune opposition will be exact. Neptune’s involvement unfolds slowly and is typically discrete. Direct Mars in clear-minded Virgo may demand clarification.


But Neptune at home in mutable Pisces is likely to evade the probing planet’s dictates entirely. Issues that weren’t resolved under last week’s Pisces Moon may resurface midweek. If answers are still unclear, further instruction will come from Saturday’s trine between clever Mercury and discerning Saturn. They’re bringing in a lucidity that will prove invaluable while tricky Mercury undertakes Libra’s oh so delicate balancing act.

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Forecast Aug 23-29, 2021: Out Of Order

For those old enough to remember those phone company recordings about the number you were trying to reach no longer being in service, this week’s aspects could be as familiar as they are annoying. For those young enough to be blissfully oblivious, welcome to the way back machine. From Mars and Mercury being in direct conflict with the Pisces Moon on Monday through a series of incoming quincunxes, the week will be short on agreement and long on inconvenience. Our job will be to determine when to persist and when to postpone. For tasks on the must-do list, strategy is highly recommended. It all begins with impatient Mars transiting patient Virgo, a conundrum in its own right, being opposed by an unfocused Pisces Moon midday on Monday. This will present a classic case of needing to take five unanticipated steps to accomplish one simple task. It will probably also dash hopes of getting the week off to a super productive start. Level-headed Mercury, at home in Virgo, is better suited to navigate the twilight zones of the Pisces Moon Monday night, under their opposition. But, once the Moon links up with Neptune overnight, rationality will get lost in the fog. Midday on Tuesday the Moon will move into assertive Aries. While the Mars ruled sign is generally applauded for its audacity, the Mercury Neptune opposition scheduled for Tuesday evening could easily find insensitive Aries all puffed up, and woefully off-course. Next, on Wednesday, that Aries independence will be at odds with Libra cooperation via a Moon Venus opposition. On Thursday, “Me first” attitudes will be further checked via a late degree Moon Pluto square. Translation, play nicely with others, or else. Those who take the amicable road will be rewarded when the Aries Moon finally forms a friendly sextile with benevolent Jupiter. More conciliatory tones will be struck when Mercury trines Pluto, also on Thursday. Meanwhile, the march of the quincunxes will have set in.

At 150 degrees apart, planets in this configuration are not in the same element, nor do they share modality. So comprehension can disappear completely or prove highly elusive. For example, the cardinal fire of Aries will put the Moon out of sync with the mutable earth of Mars in Virgo on Wednesday and Mercury on Thursday. In turn on Friday, that mutable earth will be incompatible with the fixed air of Aquarius under the Mercury Jupiter quincunx. On Saturday the cardinal air of Libra and the fixed earth of Taurus will find Venus and Uranus in the perplexing angle. Though, as the ruler of Taurus, Venus is better positioned to make some headway in this meeting. The quincunx exacerbates stylistic differences, but those don’t have to lead to major altercations. If waiting for more favorable conditions is possible, this is probably a good week to leave that little black book in the drawer, atop the yellow pages, and take the phone off the hook.

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Forecast Aug 16-22, 2021: Conversation with Uranus

Uranus will take center stage during a busy week that will see the influential outer planet station and turn retrograde. Since January, the planet of jolts and disruption has been plodding into the second decant of earthy Taurus. From the fixed sign, its presence has been inextricably linked to ongoing tension with Saturn and more recent discord with the planets traveling through Leo. Facing fewer challenges from planets in fixed signs and in review mode, a more subdued version of astrology’s wrecking ball is heading in. Between now and next January, Uranus will revisit all things 14 to ten degrees of Taurus. Issues that were swept under the rug during the past seven months will likely resurface, and more broadly, their meaning can be examined in the context of this seven year transit. An awakener, a forerunner, and an innovator, Uranus imposes change. Trines from Mercury and Mars this week and on September 6th from the Sun will open up conversations with Uranus, in the clear, practical language of Virgo. This week, the Moon has generously agreed to play translator.


An optimistic Sagittarius Moon will run into some pushback from Mercury and Mars on Monday and Neptune on Tuesday. Ultimately though, encouragement will arrive on Tuesday afternoon via a Leo Sun trine. Next, the Moon will get down to business once it enters ambitious Capricorn late Tuesday night. After clearing a small square from Venus in the wee hours of Wednesday, it will find itself in the highly productive company of Mercury and Mars on Wednesday and heavy lifters Uranus and Pluto on Thursday. Mercury and Mars will also meet on Wednesday, fortifying industrious intentions. So in the span of these few days Mercury and Mars will have demonstrated Virgo’s pickiness and its virtue. Translation, if something’s worth fighting for, put in the painstaking work to attain it. Thursday will also see the final significant fixed sign flareup, for a few months anyway, when the Leo Sun opposes Jupiter. Hopefully, this signals the last box to check or task to accomplish before rewards can be bestowed. An hour later, Uranus will unplug and begin its five month long retrograde. Soothing Virgoan vibes will greet Uranus from Mercury on Friday and Mars on Sunday. When the Moon exits austere Capricorn, the constructive torch will be passed on. In turn, the Aquarius Moon will give a nod to Cap when it conjoins Saturn on Friday, and it will receive the boost it sought from Sag early in the week, when it conjoins euphoric Jupiter on Sunday morning. Celebrations culminate a few hours later, when this Jupiter infused Moon reaches full strength at 29 Aqu 37. Finally, the Sun will exit Leo and move into gentle, grounding Virgo. Its month long sojourn will give us all a chance to collect ourselves, and our thoughts, as we prepare for the onset of autumn 2021.

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