Forecast Jan 11-17, 2021: Moving Mountains

On Tuesday night we get one of each year’s best occasions to chart a course for long-term goals, the new Capricorn Moon. This new Moon dawns as the incoming barrage of fixed sign squares begins its volley. Capricorn aims and accomplishes. Being the cardinal earth sign and ruled by Saturn, it is naturally imbued with drive, realism and abiding determination. The Moon rules daily routines and moods, and is thus associated with the endless tides of fleeting and fluctuating emotional states. Ringed Saturn is quite different. It is the planet of structure and limitations. Where we are prone to lolly-gagging, living beyond our means or squandering opportunities, stern, austere Saturn steps in. It reminds us of the finiteness of our resources, particularly that of time. In 2021, the meeting of the Sun and Moon in the sign of ambition, discipline and earned rewards clocks in at a hardy 23 degrees. right next to Pluto at 24 degrees. Together, those three are a force to be reckoned with. Two days later, powerhouse outer planet Uranus stations and turns direct in fellow earth sign Taurus. Once back online, the Awakener will add propulsion to the airwaves. Down-to-earth Taurus is of course also where action-oriented Mars has just begun a transit. While Mars doesn’t typically stick with the program, it certainly brings the lift-off factor.


Before Tuesday’s new Moon, a Mercury Jupiter conjunction will take place in lofty Aquarius on Monday. This is where we find the genius that will inform and the faith that will infuse long-range intentions. On Tuesday, before the new Moon, Mercury will square Uranus. On Wednesday Mars will square Saturn, and throughout the week Jupiter and Uranus will be forming their significant Sunday square. This week’s three squares are of course part and parcel of the larger patterns that are taking place over the next few years. As mentioned in last week’s post, the planets involved in these squares are currently in the early areas of fixed signs Taurus and Aquarius. Their power will only intensify. The resistance they mount now could quickly deduce whether or not we are sufficiently dedicated to our endeavors. If objectives don’t make it beyond these initial bumps in the road, they’re unfit for the long haul and will need reconsideration. Coincidentally on Friday Mercury will cross the shadow point of its forthcoming retrograde. On the other hand, if plans are fit to purpose, these early squares won’t be problematic. Inspiration from Mercury’s Monday meeting with hopeful Jupiter and sobriety from Tuesday’s Saturn-influenced, Pluto conjoined new Moon are constituents of what could well become the ultimate cosmic stockpile. It’s time to start stashing and caching.

Forecast Jan 4-10, 2021: Getting Mercurial

The first full week of 2021 begins dramatically, with clever Mercury conjoining metamorphic Pluto in Capricorn on Monday and then austere Saturn in Aquarius on Saturday. In between, the Messenger planet along with Venus and Mars will change signs. Those shifts will put Mercury and Mars on course for an important square late Friday, and on parallel fixed sign paths for the next two months. Mars will be in Taurus from January 6th through March 3rd, and Mercury will be in Aquarius from January 8th through March 15th. One of the hallmarks of the next three years will be the emphasis on fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius). In addition to all being in fixed signs by the 8th, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus will be at the early degrees of Aquarius and Taurus, where their intersections will trigger the pressure points known as squares. The positive side of early degree placements is that at that stage the energy is young and not fully formed. It has yet to embody the sign’s traits as intensively as it does after crossing the 20 degree mark. This is particularly important when the entrenched, and sometime intractable, fixed signs are involved. When the planets transit this more malleable space, we have a greater capacity to shape the outcomes of the matters being presented to us. Friday’s Mercury Mars square, at 0 degrees, is a resonator to the Jupiter Saturn conjunction from winter solstice. It is also a signal. And though faint, it will give us insight into the signature energies ahead.


By next week the squaring will sharpen, with Mercury to Uranus, Mars to Saturn and significantly Jupiter to Uranus. On January 19th the Sun will enter Aquarius followed by Venus on February 1st, forming a super stellium in Aquarius. In the background, Mercury will be retrograde in Aquarius from January 30th through February 20th. On February 17th Saturn will make the first of three squares to Uranus. The following two will take place on June 14th and December 24th. Because Uranus is an outer planet, the influence of its alignments is months in its building and receding. Additionally, the eclipses will begin a two-year-run of Taurus and Scorpio beginning on November 19th. Curious, data-driven Mercury wants the 411, and assertive Mars furthers whatever purpose it is applied to. In Taurus, this means the tactile and tangible world. Friday’s Mercury Mars square, and its February 10th bookend, present opportune moments for code cracking. At this infant stage, we can survey our circumstances and glean the revelations. Nimble, flexible Mercury, in inventive, improvising Aquarius, is in the toolbox, ready to prepare us for the fluid and fluctuating days at hand.

Forecast Dec 21-31, 2020: The Last Blast

When looking back over the past six months, there has been a curious constant, Mars in Aries. For those who like life on the spicy side, this transit has offered a nearly inexhaustible supply of motivation and vigor, with heaps of variety. For the battle weary, news that the feisty planet is leaving the fiery sign is a welcomed relief. Neither side can deny the passionate influence of this transit or the indelible mark it leaves. To be fair, 2020’s Mars homecoming was exceptionally robust. This year the red planet went retrograde and stayed in instigating Aries for six months, rather than the usual six weeks it spends in a sign. Additionally, until the tail end of this transit, when Jupiter and Saturn changed signs, Mars made a hard angle to them and Pluto in Capricorn. Together those planets exerted enormous pressure on each and every configuration that involved other planets passing through any of the cardinal signs. Whether the experience was a ceaseless source of inspiration and adventure or utterly onerous, the current Mars transit ends on January 6th.


A planet’s return to its home sign signifies the initiation of a cycle, one that lasts until the following homecoming. This concept is underscored when that planet is assertive Mars and the sign is forging Aries. The last time Mars was home was December 31, 2018 through February 14, 2019. This year Mars arrived in Aries back on June 27th. May 24, 2022 through July 5, 2022 will be its next return to HQ. Incidentally, at that time, exuberant Jupiter will also be in Aries, fanning the flames. Now is a good time to review the period of early 2019 through mid 2020, and to assess the prospects for now through spring 2022. On January 6th, ever-ready Mars will settle into stable, dependable Taurus. Ordinarily, the fixed earth sign is not the ideal spot for the planet of conquest and action. But, the presence of unruly, chaos-causing Uranus in Taurus portends the kind of excitement Mars is accustomed to. As well as making their unique brand of mischief, Mars and Uranus will stir things up by squaring Jupiter and Saturn, now in fixed Aquarius. So this stay, in the feminine,Venus-ruled realm of Taurus, might not be so boring for Mars after all. Before getting there, he’ll transit those extra caffeinated, late degrees of spirited Aries. This is a rowdy, hyper-adrenalized Mars, blazing his next trail and being fueled by the cosmos’ purest firepower. As we contemplate the chasm lying between now and May of 2022, perhaps it’s time to order one more espresso, or a shot of the smoothest sipping tequila, and to imbibe one last blast of the ferocity only Mars in Aries can serve up.

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Forecast Dec 16-Dec 22, 2019: Heart Flush

When the Sun enters Capricorn on Saturday, it sets the stage for the next set of eclipses as well as the much anticipated Saturn Pluto conjunction of January 12, 2020. Capricorn, like its cardinal counterparts, is a sign of beginnings. This week Mars in Scorpio will sextile Saturn on Thursday and powerful Pluto on Sunday, giving us some insight into the upcoming Sun cycle and all of its Capricorn components. The Sun’s journey through Sagittarius closes out the autumn season in the Northern hemisphere, and like all mutable signs, it tells us that we’ve reached a completion point. But before we dive into the instigating energies of the coming cardinal cycle, we need to assess what to release and define what is important enough to bring with us when we move ahead. At the end of 2019, a sense of what needs to be grieved or left behind is likely to be stronger than usual. We are reaching the end of the calendar year, and we are reaching the end of an entire decade. Add provocative Mars in emotionally intense and brutally honest Scorpio to the picture, and we are likely to feel a very palpable sense of the energies in our hearts needing to be cleared.

Thankfully for us, astrology’s best analyst, Virgo, has a prominent place in this week’s sky. The intuitive moon moves into the detailed, mutable sign early Tuesday morning and remains there through Thursday morning. That meticulous Virgo moon will square Mercury and the Sun in Sagittarius and oppose Neptune in Pisces, and later on Thursday Mercury will square Neptune. These mutable tensions will force issues, and more significantly, the feelings attached to them, to the fore, in an effort to flush our hearts and to instill clarity. Supporting our transformation, the week’s two Mars sextiles to planets in sober, pragmatic Capricorn, come from purifying Scorpio. The fixed water sign isn’t afraid to get down to the nitty gritty, and with Mars at the helm, the power to offload and shift will be placed firmly into our hands.

Early Friday morning Venus leaves Capricorn for detached, futuristic Aquarius. From this perspective, not only will we be able to see the possibilities for improvement now at hand, but we will be able to see how they serve our evolution and higher good. When Venus squares Uranus on Sunday morning we will be prompted to bring those big Aquarian visions down to earthy Taurus realms. Mars will sextile Pluto shortly afterwards and the moon will be in Scorpio by then, making one more sweep of our energy fields. In fact it will conjoin Mars Sunday evening. So, taking some time midweek to review the past year or decade, to process our losses and to evaluate our aspirations is indeed time well spent. Winter Solstice is the open door we are now stepping through.

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