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 Oct 14-20, 2019: Only Getting Started

Fresh on the heels of a contentious Aries full moon, the week begins with more cardinal sign conflict. It comes in the form of a Libra Sun square to Pluto in Capricorn on Monday. Adding to the fallout, the Taurus moon will hook up with wild Uranus that morning, and then things will have a chance to settle down. Fortunately, after the rocky start, the planets form powerful and productive alignments for the remainder of the week. On Tuesday, Messenger Mercury in truth-seeking Scorpio, trines creative, psychic Neptune in holistic Pisces. These two will meet again on November 9th during Mercury’s retrograde, and both meetings are a variant of November 8th’s Sun, Saturn and Neptune collab, the one that contains the year’s final Saturn Neptune sextile. Take note of the insights that show up now: they have big implications for the coming weeks. Pisces concerns matters of spirit and Capricorn concerns matter itself. After Tuesday’s Neptune trine, informative Mercury sextiles Pluto on Saturday, and on Sunday Venus sextiles constructive Saturn. Additionally, Venus and Mercury are both in Scorpio and Saturn and Pluto are in Capricorn, and Pluto rules Scorpio. In short, the energies of all of the involved planets are fortifying one another, and there is deep understanding and a sense of mutual purpose among these players. So after the bumpy start, inspiration, pragmatism and structure are poised to bless sound hunches and integral work. Best look: a dream journal, a handful of sharpened pencils and rolled-up sleeves.

Forecast Oct 7-13, 2019: The Gloves Come Off

While the Sun may be blazing brightly in harmonious Libra skies, purifying Pluto’s presence will be felt throughout this week. The week begins with a Sun square to Pluto and concludes with a potent Aries full moon, at 20:14, making nice with Jupiter but also clashing with Pluto. In between, Venus abandons the pleasantries of Libra to join forces with Mercury in Pluto-ruled Scorpio (Oct 8th-Nov 1st) and on the 11th Mercury enters the zone of its next retrograde, exclusively in Scorpio. Both changes put the emphasis on Scorpio. Scorpio and Pluto are fiercely dedicated to discovering the Truth and intent on reform. In ancient astrology Mars ruled both Aries and Scorpio. Though the styles of those two signs are quite different, Aries being cardinal fire and Scorpio fixed water, both are extremely passionate, unafraid to fight and exceptionally capable of executing and winning a war. This week both signs play prominent roles in the cosmic mix. In an astrological anomaly, it’s battle-ready Mars who finds himself in even-handed, judicious Libra, the sign of peace. So ironically, the planet of war, with its timeless ties to Aries and Scorpio, will be advocating for fairness and balance throughout our deliberations and while we forge further into the intense waters of Scorpio. On the 13th, the Sun and full moon make very favorable connection to jovial, generous and giant Jupiter and Mercury and Saturn have a constructive meeting, indicating where win win scenarios are still an option. Best look? Freshening up that survival kit and keeping the powder dry until firm decisions are taken.

Forecast Sep 30-Oct 6, 2019: Calling All Transformers

The reverberations from the planetary action taking place this week will resonate throughout the autumn of 2019. The week starts with an unfriendly Venus square to Pluto on Monday and ends with a show-stopping confrontation between Mercury and unpredictable Uranus on Sunday. In between, Pluto emerges from its five-month retrograde, Mercury heads into Scorpio for a nine-week stay and its next retrograde and Mars moves into Libra, where it will reside until November 19th. Since last April, Pluto has been investigating the murkiest quarters of institutions, governments and other systems. As it surfaces from its retrograde on October 3rd, it will be dropping some of the Truths it has discovered from its latest mission of reform. Pluto of course rules Scorpio, and Mercury’s Scorpio transit begins within hours of Pluto turning direct, lasts until December 9th and includes its next retrograde and an actual transit of the Sun. More detective work is inbound, and Pluto will indicate what Mercury’s about to zero-in on and what the talk of the town will be this fall. Completing the equation will be a Mars journey through deliberating Libra. Action-oriented Mars can feel more than a little exasperated in the sign of equality, balance and the endless weighing of scales. But, this cosmic reminder to give due consideration to all sides before making important decisions is a wise filter through which to view unfolding events. Monday’s Venus square to Pluto is a continuation of issues that arose during last week’s Venus square to Saturn on Wednesday and Mercury’s to Pluto on Thursday. But it’s this week’s Mercury opposition to Uranus on Sunday that should drop the real blockbusting intel. When Uranus is involved, there’s no way to know for certain what’s coming or from where. But the powerhouse planet of surprises always indicates when things get interesting. Best look? Seated in the most comfy chair in the house with a large bowl of freshly popped corn.

Forecast Sep 23-29, 2019: Love Is In The Air

With the Sun’s arrival into Libra on Monday, under a Cancer moon, the emphasis is on those activating Cardinal energies. This is astrology’s way of telling us that it’s time to get a move on. While Mars will still be mopping things up back in Virgo until October 3rd, as it too prepares to enter the sign of relationships, the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Saturday’s new Libra moon will already be mingling in harmonious Libra. Venus and Mercury encounter some friction on Wednesday and Thursday when Venus squares Saturn and Mercury squares Pluto. Saturn and Pluto are presently in conservative Capricorn. Messages about restrictions, especially those concerning finances, are important. But as any Libra would point out, on the other hand, Jupiter will sextile Mercury on Tuesday and Venus on that new moon, giving our aspirations and wishes an Olympic boost. If Tuesday’s big idea makes it past the checks and balances from Saturn and Pluto midweek, Saturday might be a great day to launch the latest (ad)venture.

Also this week, we’ll experience Saturn’s final alignment with the South Node and opposition to the North Node. Since early April Saturn and Pluto have been delving into the past. In part this has been due to their retrogrades, and in part it has been due the fact that both planets have had exact conjunctions with the South Node. Those meetings inherently create direct oppositions to the North Node in Cancer. The combination has put the spotlight on childhood trauma and unresolved conflicts with parents. This is some of life’s most challenging subject matter to be sure. Stoic Saturn has steadily stayed its course, even throughout the summer’s tidal waves of Cancer emotion. In fact, Saturn’s previous opposition to the North Node took place on July 4th, in between those Cancer/Capricorn eclipses. Right before the new Libra moon on Saturday morning, Saturn will make its final contact with the Nodes in this series. Libra is of course the sign of partnership. So if there’s something from the past that’s been blocking our ability to experience deeper levels of commitment to others, Saturn might very well bring any outstanding issues to the fore. The Sun, the Messenger of the Gods and the planet of love and beauty will be on hand to infuse this new moon. Perhaps they’re offering a cosmic reminder that love conquers all.

For more information about Saturn, Pluto and the Nodes, see Trauma And Transformation

Sun Into Libra 2012: Dare To Care

The Sun will shift into harmonizing Libra at 7:49 A.M. PST on September 22nd, but this cycle’s main event will take place on October 5th.  That’s when lesson-baring Saturn will move from graceful Libra, where it has been since October 29, 2009, into passionate, purifying Scorpio.  The transit will last until December 23, 2014 with a retrograde revisit scheduled from June 14th to September 16th of 2015.  Before that celestial changing of the guard, we have some ideal aspects for brainstorming and another Cardinal portal of bright beginnings to travel through.  Also during the upcoming Libra cycle, active Mars will move into adventurous Sagittarius, mental Mercury will delve into intense Scorpio and artistic Venus will beautify service-oriented Virgo.  Joining Jupiter in Gemini and Neptune in Pisces, Mars and Venus will form more Mutable squares and oppositions, further encouraging release and renewal.

The Libra cycles gets off to a lively start when the moon moves into Cardinal Capricorn on September 22nd.  In alliance with powerful Pluto, the moon will square Uranus, the Sun, Mercury and Saturn through the 24th.  These energies are bound to stir us up and spur us into action.  Aligning our thoughts, words and deeds with high frequencies of awareness, the moon will next head into lofty Aquarius.  There, with the Sun, Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter in fellow air signs, it will beam rays of sheer brilliance to us through the 26th.  The last of Saturn’s transit through balanced, deliberating Libra will lend soundness to the ingenuity coming during these days.  October 8th, with its exact Sun Jupiter trine, is another five-star day for bright ideas.  Putting the wind beneath our wings, or lighting the fire under our arses, a full Aries moon is set for September 29th.  Rambunctious, pioneering and ever provocative, Ram’s irrepressible spirit will inform and infuse us until October 1st.  Much more than the mere turning of a calendar page, October 1st marks a turning of the celestial tide.  That week Venus, Mercury, Mars and Saturn will change signs and generous Jupiter will turn retrograde.  The most significant planetary shift is that of Saturn.

We are in the midst of a fifteen-year Pluto journey through reforming Capricorn and a three-year series of Uranus Pluto squares.  Their propulsion will be strengthened in 2014 when Jupiter traverses Cancer and forms more major planet Cardinal crosses.  And recently, on August 29th, the moon’s nodes shifted to the Taurus Scorpio axis.  It is into this eventful context that Saturn’s transit of Scorpio occurs.  I’ll be writing more about the implications of the lunar node shift in the Sun Into Scorpio edition of the newsletter next month.  For now, understanding more about the Saturn Scorpio transit is what’s important.  Because it has as many implications as it has interpretations, I highly recommend reading the work of many astrologers about this transit.

Its icy rings have been visible since 1610, and they’ve reinforced Saturn’s reputation as the planet symbolic of boundaries, discipline and limitations.  Saturn is astrology’s authority figure, and it teaches us to earn life’s rewards.  Scorpio, represented by the scorpion, snake and phoenix, is the sign of metamorphosis.  Amongst its many gifts are honestly, intimacy and death.  This is a call to truthfully examine ourselves, and to change.   For the next three years, each time an emotional button is pushed or a psychological issue is triggered, resolute Saturn will offer Scorpion medicine.  Blocks to intimacy can be revealed and healed.  Mortality is another Scorpion awakener.  In the gifted hands of the planet governing time, respect for death’s inevitability can help us live on purpose.  Sober, abiding Saturn will help us face and overcome the fears preventing us from living our most cherished dreams.  Immensely connected with the Neptune and Chiron transits of Pisces, this is cosmic transformation of the deepest magnitude.  Indifference is not an option.  For the resistant, this transit will be harsh.  Saturn is as inflexible and it is relentless, and in emotional Scorpio it will be intent on getting to the heart of matters.  For the hearts and minds bravely committed to personal and planetary evolution, this transit is alchemist’s gold. We can release all heart chakra blockages and experience new levels of awareness and intimacy. Our first treatment is scheduled on Oct 10th when Saturn trines Neptune.  The challenge for us will be to not deny that we care, but to fully acknowledge how dearly and deeply we do.

15 October 2012 New Moon

15 October 2012 New Moon


To gently usher in the beginning of this great change, the cleansing energies of the Mutable signs will be in evidence for the reminder of the Libra cycle.  With Jupiter in Gemini, Venus in Virgo, Mars in Sagittarius and Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, each Mutable point of the zodiac’s wheel will be occupied.  Strong messages about what to let go of will be reinforced by Mercury’s presence in detecting Scorpio.  Dates to watch for these invitations to reflect and release include October 7th, 12th, 16th and 17th.  Saturn’s presence is Scorpio will add resonance to the clarity coming through far beyond this Sun cycle.

On the whole, the sweeping shift we are all experiencing is unfolding over many years, and the Saturn transit through Scorpio is poised to play a major role in it.  For now, the Sun is entering diplomatic, instigating Libra to initiate us for the life-altering sojourn.  It arrives here each autumn to start the new season and to remind us of our relationships.  Spiritual growth doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and Libra shows us where and how we can evolve through the people in our lives. Often reprinted at this time of year, the Prayer of St. Francis, elegantly expresses the wisdom and grace of this evocative sign.  This prayer also reminds us to get outside of ourselves long enough to support those we are blessed to have in our lives. Its essence activates a deep internal shift that moves our Light and love outward.  At a point of such tremendous planetary change, its transformational simplicity is well worth practicing. Happy Birthday Libra!


The prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace

Where there is hatred, let me sow love

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith

Where there is despair, hope

Where there is darkness, light

Where there is sadness, joy

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console

to be understood as to understand

to be loved as to love

For it is in giving that we receive 

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life



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