Forecast Dec 14-20, 2020: Exploration & Endurance

This week remarkably includes four planets changing signs, following the second eclipse in the present series. Venus will move into high-spirited Sagittarius on Tuesday and Mercury will enter sober Capricorn on Sunday. These transits are brief, with both lasting until January 8th. The mixed bag they offer will have Venus inviting us to meet and mingle, while Mercury will be more serious and subdued. The Saturn and Jupiter shifts into inventive, original Aquarius, on the 16th and 19th, are more significant and much longer-lasting. Jupiter will be in the fixed air sign until December 28, 2021, and Saturn until March of 2023. Saturn is the restrictive, greater malefic and Jupiter the expansive, greater benefic. That we’ll be spending the next year with these contradictory bodies inhabiting the same sign warrants a review of Aquarius.


In the astrology community, a debate about planetary rulership has emerged over the past several years. This movement assigns the rulership of each of astrology’s twelve signs to the original seven planets, excluding Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. From this perspective, Scorpio is ruled by Mars instead of Pluto, Pisces is ruled by Jupiter and not Neptune, and Aquarius by Saturn rather than Uranus. As a writer, I like to consider all opinions, and I can see some valid relationships in this scheme. But as a professional reader, there has to be solid evidence of a theory in the real-life circumstances of clients before I endorse a given school of thought. When it comes to Aquarius, I can see some Saturnian qualities, like rigidity. But that can be attributed to the sign’s fixed modality. My experience of Aquarius Sun sign people is much more in keeping with the traits we associate with Uranus. Like Aries natives, Aquarians typically prize and prioritize freedom and are usually the earliest adapters to new technologies. Aquarians identify with outliers, rebels and misfits, and strongly advocate for human rights and social equality. Also, the minute a definite assertion is made, they instinctively and invariably argue its exact opposite, pure Uranus. For context, Uranus was discovered in 1781, the very year when America decidedly won its independence, in Yorktown, Virginia on October 19th. The French Revolution, 1789-99, and Irish Rebellion of 1798 quickly followed. Collectively, those wars represented a colossal societal change from monarchical authority to self-governance. So there is most certainly a correlation between the discovery of this planet and the qualities, such as revolution, shock and innovation, that we associate with it. In terms of the rulership of Aquarius, let’s see how applicable those characteristics are, especially during Saturn’s transit of the 11th sign.


Though the early stage of Saturn’s transit of Aquarius will make a hard aspect, astrology’s notorious square, to Uranus in Taurus, there are some promising commonalities in this combination. Ringed Saturn imposes limitations, forcing pragmatism on high-minded Aquarian ideas and ideals. Similarly, disruptive Uranus finds itself a third of the way through its seven-year-transit of the fixed earth sign of Taurus, where it has been coming to terms with the finiteness of resources. Saturn and Taurus will demand real world applications and solutions from ingenious Aquarius and technologically-advanced Uranus. Jupiter’s presence in Aquarius for the next year will amply the need for breakthroughs and perhaps accelerate their speed. The coming Saturn Uranus and Jupiter Uranus squares will put the pressure on all involved parties to make progress. When Mars enters Taurus on January 6th, it too will press for resolutions. We’ll get our first glimpse of the shapes of things to come on December 21st, when Jupiter and Saturn meet at 0:29 of Aquarius, for what is being billed as The Great Conjunction. For millennia, the Solstices have marked the changing of the seasons. The zero degree placement of this conjunction signals that something completely new is at hand. Indeed, we are bravely crossing the threshold into a new Age.

Forecast Dec 7-13, 2020: The Fog Of War

The week begins under the influence of the Moon in organized, dutiful Virgo, making Monday and Tuesday its best days for tending to details and practical matters. On Wednesday nebulous Neptune will square the Sagittarius Sun, and on Sunday the planet of illusion and confusion will square ordinarily clear-minded Mercury. The Sun describes identity and Mercury mental clarity. If we can get our bearings before heading into this five-day fog, we’re less likely to go off-track in the heat of battle. As information whizzes around us, factions argue and disorientation sets in, a deeper guiding force will be on offer from Scorpio. Venus, the planet of desire, is inhabiting the sign of raw honesty. On Thursday she’ll hook up with Scorpio’s ruler Pluto, in Capricorn, via a supportive and powerful sextile. Later in the day, the Moon will join her in the passionate water sign. Early next week Venus will go on to sextile Jupiter and then Saturn, in the aftermath of our next eclipse and right before all three planets change signs. This is our last shot at deciphering the codes coming from seductive Scorpio and applying them as only pragmatic, capable Capricorn can.

While all of that is taking place, the Sag Sun will make a boisterous trine to aggressive Mars in Aries late Thursday night, to be followed by Mercury’s Sag trine to Mars on Monday. This likely positive “ready, aim and fire” barrage is another reason to remain mission focused. The Moon ultimately will end this week in philosophical Sagittarius, where it will be for Monday’s eclipse and its new Moon phase. Cheerful, restless Sag adores an adventure. It constantly explores new territory, while pondering and positing deeper questions about collective beliefs and guiding principles. Ruled by Jupiter, the mutable fire sign also comprehends a larger context. For us mere mortals, peering through those Zeus-sized spectacles, into the next week, month or year, may provide a tactical advantage. When we know where we’re heading to and what we’re aiming for, we can deploy our resources wisely.

Forecast Nov 30-Dec 6, 2020: Freedom Of Expression

Sometimes it’s when we’re confronted with the possibility of losing something important that we fully recognize its value. In a year when wearing masks has become not only familiar, but often mandatory, we’ve been given a unique opportunity to explore the value of expression. Whether you’ve had difficulties in breathing or speaking through a mask or you were forced to abstain from singing, praying or chanting with a group, we’ve all experienced blockages and restrictions at a very physical level. Metaphysically, much of this activity has centered around the throat chakra. The eclipses starting this week will prompt us to confront control structures while simultaneously stimulating our innate desire for liberty. Monday’s eclipse is in Gemini, the Mercury-ruled sign of commerce and communication, and December 14th’s is in Sagittarius, the Jupiter-ruled sign of faith and freedom. On Tuesday, Mercury will move into unbound, aspiring Sagittarius, as will Venus on December 15th. And the conversations starting now will continue into February.


The coming new Moon eclipse, on December 14th, occurs at 23:08 Sagittarius, with the Nodes of the Moon less than four degrees away at 19:56. The South Node is in Sagittarius and the North in Gemini. The lunar Nodes describe the lessons we’ve mastered, South, and those we must undertake, North. On January 26th their square to spiritual Neptune in Pisces will be exact at 19:06. In this scenario, invisible, ethereal Neptune will be if not an agent provocateur, the provoking agent. Something intrinsic in us appreciates the hard won principles, laws and truths from our Sagittarius past. At the same time, we’re compelled to apply them to our present and evolving circumstances. If the mutable signs excel at one thing, it’s adaptation.


On the heels of that new Moon eclipse, Saturn and Jupiter will make sign changes that put them on course for their much-anticipated Winter Solstice conjunction in Aquarius. Aquarius, like Sag, sees the world from a lofty vantage point. It too champions human freedom. Sounding the cosmic call to speak up and to speak out. this week’s full Moon eclipse in talkative Gemini will get a direct boost from Mars. Presently, the motivated, battle-ready planet is enjoying home-sign advantage in fierce, independence-loving Aries. If this conspicuous call to action meets resistance, seductive Venus, from the Pluto-ruled realms of Scorpio, will be practicing her appreciable powers of persuasion.

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Forecast Nov 23-29, 2020: A Moment Of Reflection

This week gets started under the super intuitive power of Mercury in Scorpio forming a trine to Neptune in Pisces. On Saturday Neptune will emerge from a five-month-long retrograde, and on December 5th Venus in Scorpio will trine Neptune. At first glance, the hallmarks of 2020’s Sagittarius Sun cycle are obvious. Two yang-sign eclipses are on the way, as are the much anticipated shifts of Jupiter and Saturn into yang-oriented Aquarius. The fiery Sag Sun is also set to trine Mars in outgoing Aries on December 10th, and Mercury, once in Sagittarius, will trine Mars on the 14th (the day of the second eclipse). There is no doubt that unfolding events are substantial. The positive polarity of the signs being activated further suggests that the coming changes will be quite pronounced. The eclipse that kicks things off takes place next Monday, November 30th. Between now and then, we have a chance to pause and explore the quieter, more ethereal side of life.


Scorpio and Pisces are highly psychic. Scorpio, much like a detective for hire, goes looking for the answers. Mutable Pisces, though more passive, none the less constantly quests for the truth. Both are water signs, making them extremely perceptive, emotional and creative. While Mercury prefers the intellectual, rational realms of the air signs, in Scorpio, it aligns us with something deeper and much more instinctive. Neptune went retrograde back on June 23rd, when much of the world was coming out of lockdowns. It’s interesting to note that as this subtle, infiltrating planet stations direct lockdowns are coming back into force. Facing the gravity of 2020 is unavoidable. As we contemplate the end of this consequential year and begin imagining 2021, Mercury and Neptune are messaging us in dreams, psychic “hits” and visions. Neptune is also known as the higher octave of Venus, the planet of beauty. If Venus can be likened to a mellifluous voice, then Neptune is a master chorale work. The buildup to their December 5th trine will help us more clearly recognize what is mortal versus what is eternal. Informed by the insights of the coming days, we can move into the new time with more solemnity and a sense of greater purpose.

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Forecast Nov 16-22, 2020: Further Clarification

Back on October 7th Mercury made the first of three oppositions to global game-changer Uranus. Back then Mercury had already crossed into the shadow zone of a retrograde that would take it into probing Scorpio. After that retrograde was underway, Mercury and Uranus formed their second opposition on October 19th. Mercury in Scorpio can either keep or reveal the darkest secrets. But a retrograde stance encouraged the planet of information to spill the tea. Uranus, for its part, brings the shock and awe. On Tuesday, a now direct Mercury will take on unorthodox Uranus for the final time in this series. If their first two encounters didn’t shake everything loose, this one promises to tell all. On Thursday Mercury exits the retrograde shadow, ending one chapter in this extraordinary period.


The next chapter opens with Venus poised to dive into Scorpio’s purifying waters. Before changing signs on Saturday, she’ll have to undergo two more squares, one from Jupiter early Monday morning and the other from Saturn on Thursday. As previously noted, this has not been a serene homecoming for the planet of decorum, refinement and grace. On the one hand, after Saturday she will leave the cardinal commotion. On the other, she will begin traveling through the underworlds of Scorpio, where she will have her own battle with wild, unpredictable Uranus. That takes place on November 27th. If all of this sounds a little daunting, take heart. Shortly after Venus enters Scorpio, the Sun abandons the intense sign and roams into jovial Sagittarius. Both of these transits last for about a month.


Sagittarius is astrology’s mutable fire sign. It is Jupiter-ruled, and its arrow glyph points toward horizons and loftier values and virtues. As the sign associated with Zeus, the King of Olympus, perspective is another of the sign’s gifts. Optimistic, friendly and warm, Sagittarius can see the sunny side of almost any situation. Its indomitable enthusiasm is well-suited to the current Mars transit of Aries, and on December 10th a Sun Mars trine will take place. Mercury will enter Sag in December 1st. The downside is that this sign is prone to getting carried away with irrational exuberance. To temper that, Venus and Mercury in Scorpio will likely offer some critical revelations. No matter how unsettling or unwelcome, if we are to create earth as it is in heaven, we can and must face their truths.

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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.

Forecast Dec 9-15, 2019: The Great Awakening Has Arrived

The action is non-stop this week, and it all culminates in one of the year’s biggest astrological events, Jupiter’s trine to Uranus. During October and November Mercury traversed its retrograde and shadow zones in emotionally intense and brutally honest Scorpio. During that period, we were given the opportunity to step back, do some earnest soul searching and determine what is important to us as the next year comes into focus. Mercury explored the darkest emotional backwaters of the Pluto-ruled sign. With its new trove of unearthed secrets, it stationed direct on November 20th, signaling that it was time to stop digging and to start implementing needed changes. Since then, the cosmic momentum has only quickened. If the past two weeks were an airplane taxing down the runway, this week we have takeoff.


The week in fact begins with Mercury leaving the fixed waters of Scorpio for Sagittarius, an active, outgoing fire sign, on Monday. By Wednesday Venus will conjoin Saturn, and the full moon in air sign Gemini will build to its late night zenith at a considerable 19:52 degrees. On Friday Mars will trine Neptune and Venus will make its second major connection of the week, this time to reforming Pluto. It is said that when a personal planet, such as Venus or Mars, connects with an outer planet, like Neptune or Pluto, a new cycle gets underway. While all of that is going on, Jupiter’s connection to Uranus strengthens in the background, leading to Sunday’s exact trine.


Though they come to it in different styles. Jupiter and Capricorn both champion integrity. Jupiter is newly arrived into Capricorn (Dec 2nd), and is thus at a tamer early degree. Still, its influence cannot be underestimated. Capricorn is already dominating cosmic activity with Venus, Saturn, Pluto and the South Node transiting the austere earth sign, and Jupiter enlarges everything it comes into contact with. Saturn and purifying Pluto are closely linked now, and their formidable force is intent on clearing out corruption. Jupiter’s trine to Uranus is our first taste of what the expansive planet’s year-long transit of Capricorn is going to activate. Simply put, Uranus shifts paradigms. Its disruptive, innovative force is in Taurus, the fixed earth sign concerned with finances, assets and material resources. Jupiter is in the sign of business, government and institutions. The angle Jupiter and Uranus form on Sunday is a positive one, the supportive trine, and both players are in the productive earth signs, making things very real. Together Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto are installing a systemic upgrade, and this week we will finally get our first glimpse of its magnificence.

Forecast Dec 2-8, 2019: Time To Shine Bigly

Euphoric Jupiter changes signs at the beginning of the week, and in so doing begins its consequential, year-long transit of pragmatic, productive Capricorn. Jupiter takes twelve years to work its way through the zodiac, visiting each sign for about a year. At some point during its travels, it connects with much slower moving Pluto. 2020 is just such a rare occasion, and the two will form exact conjunctions three times next year. I’ll share more about this in my upcoming 2020 overview. For now, start considering the possibilities of the planet of expansion moving through the sign of austerity, goals and earned recognition. These two are far from a natural fit. But with a little ingenuity and vision, the combination can accomplish something substantial. The astrological emphasis is already on Capricorn via the presence of the South Node, Venus, Saturn and formidable, reforming Pluto. By late December the next set of Capricorn/Cancer eclipses will get underway, and in January Saturn and Pluto will be conjunct. Jupiter magnifies everything it touches. So the Capricorn energy is about to increase in immeasurable orders of magnitude. As if to underscore the significance of the Jupiter through Capricorn transit, on Monday Mercury, the planet that informs us, will sextile Pluto, another sign that this is, well, BIG.

The moon rolls into imaginative Pisces on Tuesday, allowing us the chance to take in and consider the vast and various possibilities now at hand. Venus and Mars bring more sweetness to the day with a loving sextile. On Thursday an Aries moon wakes us from all that Pisces dreaming and signals that the time to get up and get moving. It will form some feisty squares to the planets in Capricorn and a harmonious trine to the optimistic Sagittarius Sun. Leave it to Aries to “innocently” stir the pot. Though the moon will settle into grounded Taurus early Sunday morning, by then the Sun’s square to Neptune will be nearly exact. Excesses may be called into question under this one. A Venus sextile to Neptune later in the day will bring practicality and kindness to the situation. In short, a new template is now downloading. Big potentials abound, and Capricorn’s sense of responsibility, indisputable work ethic and sheer determination will be required to realize them. Best look: Splendid outdoor outfitting, especially designed for mountain climbing.

Forecast Nov 25 – Dec 1, 2019: Inspiration Beaming

When the week begins with Venus heading into hard-working Capricorn, you know that we’re about to roll up our sleeves and get down to business. That’s exactly what happens on Monday, and Venus will remain in the ambitious earth sign until December 20th. On Tuesday, the new Sagittarius moon offers a clean slate and that sweet brand of encouragement for which the positive fire sign is so famous. The week’s next signal that the forward progress is well underway is Neptune’s station direct on Wednesday. Since June the giant planet of dreams, illusions and psychic awareness has been retrograde. Now, the spiritual insights we’ve collected and mulled over during the past five months can be put into practice. But the inspiration doesn’t stop there. On Thursday that Sag moon, in the most robust degrees of Sag, will make contact with lucky, expansive Jupiter, Mercury, newly direct, will trine forward moving Neptune, and Venus will trine catalytic, ground-breaking Uranus. This uplifting week’s proverbial cherry on top arrives late Friday night when Mercury sextiles Saturn, giving us some serious cosmic know-how. With optimism beaming from Sagittarius, hunches bubbling up from always over the target Scorpio and musing Neptune and the urge to get real “stuff” done coming from productive earth signs Capricorn and Taurus, this is shaping up to be the pick me up we’ve been waiting on for months.

Jupiter Special 2019

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