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.

Forecast Jul 27-Aug 2, 2020: Whole Lotta Shaking

A collection of challenging aspects starts a week that leads us right up into a formidable, fixed sign full Moon. If you can sit this week out, great. If not, at least try to keep away from the contention. On Monday alone normally pleasant Venus will square Neptune and Mercury will square Mars, Venus will also form one of those out of sorts quincunxes with Jupiter, and Jupiter will form its next sextile to Neptune. All of that will take place with a Scorpio Moon lurking. While the largest aspect is the harmonious one, the Jupiter Neptune sextile, both planets are operating under the subdued power of their retrogrades. Most of the day’s confrontations involve the personal planets, Mercury, Venus and Mars, and all connections encompass at least one of the emotional water signs. Buttons are bound to be pushed. Scorpio, much like its ruling planet Pluto, hunts for the truth and is willing to dig it up from the deepest, darkest places. When exposing betrayal, lies or wrongdoing, this power is laudable. When used to win at all costs, its fight to the death tactics are extremely destructive. Scorpio is also one of astrology’s inflexible fixed signs, and before the day is over that Scorpio Moon will clash with the Sun in fixed Leo and Uranus in fixed Taurus. If left unresolved, struggles that arise out of those collisions will intensify on Sunday when the Leo Sun squares Uranus and on the following Monday, August 3rd, under the full (fixed) Aquarius Moon. If you’re a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius) or dealing with a fixed sign person, choose your words wisely or wait for better conditions. Midweek gives us a bit of a breather, and perhaps more favorable timing.
The Moon moves into cheerful Sagittarius on Wednesday, as Venus finally clears her recent retrograde’s shadow zone. Once the fog from Monday’s fight with Neptune clears, she’ll be ready to chart new territory in romance and finance. In sociable Gemini, she will also be in a friendlier mood. Tricky Mercury is being naughty and nice on Thursday, by opposing extravagant Jupiter while trining peaceful Neptune. Jupiter in Capricorn is guarding the purse strings, with Saturn and Pluto on its side of the arguments. But in the wake of Monday’s Jupiter Neptune collaboration, Mercury has a potent and compassionate lobbyist in Neptune. Getting creative may indeed be the best option for solving material or financial problems. Mercury, still in domestic Cancer, is scheduled for two more battles over the budget. The following one takes place on Saturday, with almighty Pluto, and the final one is with unyielding Saturn on August 3rd. Saturn and Pluto are in conservative Capricorn, and that Saturn skirmish will take place under the Aquarius full Moon, when the fixed signs will be at peak logjam. Full Moons represent maximum energy points. In the Moon’s waning stage, the two weeks after a full Moon, tensions subside and ease. It also takes a couple of weeks for the energy of outer planet aspects to degrade. Sunday’s Sun Uranus square will contribute to the fixed sign, full Moon strain and take a few weeks to work its way out of our systems. So again, if you can ride this one out or find a shady tree to meditate under, things will shake out.

Forecast Jul 20-26, 2020: The Call To Adventure

Each fire sign is a force of nature unto itself. Add two hyper-vitalizing planets to the mix, and bang! During the 2020 Leo Sun cycle, passions will run extra hot when Mars brings his audacious Aries kindling to Leo’s homecoming celebration. The red planet will of course continue his Aries transit until early 2021. But the September 9th start of his forthcoming retrograde will temper his firepower and considerably cool his proverbial jets. That makes the incoming Leo Sun cycle all the more critical of a time to strike while the iron is hot or to at least take in this cosmic boost of inspiration and drive. It all starts on Wednesday when the Sun returns to Leo. But before we get there, another reboot of sorts is on offer.


There’s a new Moon in Cancer midday on Monday, followed by the then still Cancer Sun’s opposition to strict Saturn. Though this is a potent Moon, clocking in at 28 degrees, Saturn’s presence suggests that our intentions remain realistic. Mercury, now picking up speed since stationing direct on July 12th, will continue making waves in Cancer until August 4th, and on August 7th Venus will venture into the cardinal water sign. While there, like the Sun before them, they will face oppositions from Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. Thematically, we are continuing to work through any issues concerning home, family and security that have emerged since summer solstice. But languishing in the ebb and flow of moody Cancer is no longer an option. The upcoming oppositions will be forcing more decisions through early September, and Mars has begun adding pressure. On July 27th he forms his second square to Mercury, the bookend to their July 8th clash, and on September 4th he will create another choice point with Venus. The ongoing battle with Mercury has been bringing our attention to frustrations and feelings that have needed expression. The challenge has been to speak our minds, without biting someone else’s head off. Helpfully, the July 27th Mercury Mars meeting takes place in the wake of a superseding and ultra-cooperative Jupiter Neptune sextile.


Cancer isn’t the only front feisty Mars will be fighting on. At home in saucy, headstrong Aries, the warrior is also set to confront Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, via the more contentious squares. Those take place on August 4th, 13th and 24th, with more combat scheduled in autumn. Unlike the oppositions which occur on a continuum, squares bring matters to a head and demand resolution. The coming conflicts are taking place amongst the instigating cardinal signs. Something new is finding, if not forcing, its way to the surface. Like clockwork, the Sun is arriving into warm, enthusiastic Leo. Under the regal spotlight we can decode the individual instructions of the unfolding celestial mandate to bravely forge into the unknown.


In Greek mythology, Apollo was the Sun god. His realms included prophecy, healing and music, and the nine Muses were among his progeny. Understandably, in modern astrology Leo describes the unique gifts and talents each of us possesses, as well as our creative capacity. Sun-ruled Leo is also associated with king-making. At some point on the mythic journey, the imperiled hero is required reach deep inside, for some intuited but not yet actualized piece of himself. He or she cannot proceed further without taking this test, and succeeding. Destiny is at work. The Sun’s homecoming is our annual reminder of purpose, of the particular treasures lying within each of us, and of our role in uncovering and sharing them with the world. In 2020, daring Mars has come to Apollo’s aid, and ours. Will we have the moxie to answer their call to adventure?

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