Forecast Jul 12-18, 2021: Easy Does It

A Leo Moon fires up the week on Monday with conjunctions to Venus and Mars, who themselves link up on Tuesday. For sunny, determined Leo, these get-togethers bolster confidence and resolve. Of course, this position also places the Moon, Venus and Mars opposite Saturn and square to Uranus. That said, Mars and Venus moved through the crunch points of those challenges during the past two weeks. So lions are likely feeling much more playful than ferocious, as long as no one pulls any tails. Monday sets the stage for more conviviality when an early Cancer degree Mercury trines altruistic Jupiter in Pisces. Their amiable meeting is a preview of Thursday’s dreamy Sun trine to Neptune. Because Neptune is one of the slowest moving planets, we’ll be under the rejuvenating influence of this pairing all week long. After the turbulence of the past month, this dive into a psychedelic ocean will feel like welcome libation. Alluring and intoxicating and especially when combined, Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces can also prove wildly unrealistic. A sympathetic Moon in practical Virgo, from Tuesday through early Thursday, should steer us clear of any rocks. The week’s other source of bemusement comes courtesy of its multiple quincunxes.


Often confusing, sometimes confounding but rarely consternating, the quincunx produces astrology’s odd couples. A series of them will start on Monday, with Leo Moon quincunxes to Neptune and Pluto. Venus will echo the Moon’s moves, when it forms the same awkward angles to Neptune on Friday and Pluto on Sunday, and Mars and Neptune will follow suit on Sunday. Also on Sunday, Mercury and Saturn will find themselves in this befuddling aspect. Untangling them, an insightful, astute Scorpio Moon will favor Mercury and rebuff Saturn. Even so, in the wake of Saturday’s Sun Pluto opposition, the time may not yet be quite right for making the next bold move. After all, murky Neptune is deeply involved in many of the week’s happenings. On the other hand, a window of inspiration is certainly opening, beginning with the Mercury Jupiter trine on Monday. Next, Mercury’s trine to Neptune will be exact on July 24th. Add the trailing effect of Neptune’s aforementioned slow movement, and the next few weeks will be ripe with opportunities to delve into art, healing and spirituality. On July 28th Jupiter will step back into electric Aquarius, and on the 29th it will oppose Mars. At an incendiary 29 degrees, this face-off is likely to revive the tumult and turmoil of late. Between now and then, spending a couple of weeks leagues beneath the surface, or at least setting aside some playtime, is an appealing and possibly productive alternative. Pisces explores creativity through introspection and Leo through extroversion. Together, via the unfolding plethora of Pisces Leo quincunxes, they’re delivering the toy box that we’ve all been dying to get our paws on.

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Forecast Jul 5-11, 2021: On The Edge

This week’s edgy tone is set from the start. But some refreshment will arrive on Friday night, courtesy of the new Cancer Moon, and more will come on Sunday when Mercury moves into Cancer. Until then, we’re in for a contentious ride. Monday’s aspects tell the tale. The Sun will align with erratic Uranus, a busy-body Gemini Moon will pick a fight with Jupiter, in the sign that just wants everyone to get along or to at least mellow out, Pisces, and an explosive fixed sign t-square will draft diplomatic Venus into combat. The battles will continue into Tuesday when Mercury’s square to Neptune will pick up where the Gemini Moon and Jupiter left off and a Venus Saturn opposition will add fire and air combustion to fixed sign warfare. Venus in Leo loves to live lavishly and Saturn in cool-headed Aquarius sets limits. Finding common ground will prove difficult. Things improve somewhat on Wednesday as Mercury exits the shadow of last month’s retrograde. But before shifting into watery Cancer, an excitable Gemini Moon will challenge none other than Pluto, via a confusing quincunx. Gemini’s ruler, mischievous Mercury, will double down on the bewilderment on Thursday, when it forms its quincunx to Pluto. Meanwhile, on the fixed sign front, the Venus square to volatile Uranus will finally be exact. In this iteration of Tuesday’s confrontation with Saturn, money-minded Venus is having it out with Uranus in the sign of income, Taurus. Bad financial news, and likely on a global scale, is bound to make headlines as this fixed sign t-square continues agitating disruptive Uranus and no-nonsense Saturn. In the near term, the Moon will enter Leo on Saturday, and further out, a late Leo degree Mars will oppose Jupiter on July 29th, two days after Mercury moves into the fixed fire sign. In short, the friction being furthered this week is not about to let up anytime soon. That said, some relief is in store.


Cancer is the sign of home, family and emotional security, and on Friday night the new Cancer Moon will appear. The days leading up to it signal a time for housekeeping. Whether this is a literal deep clean (ceiling fan blades and refrigerator tops included), the discarding of old or worn out items or the cleaning up of strained familial relations, a celestial effort to make way for the new is at hand. Cancer’s crab is a curious creature. Instinctively it craves emotional tranquility, and paradoxically its cardinal character compels movement and change. Mental Mercury might solve this cosmic conundrum while it inhabits the sign from Sunday through July 27th. Its venture through these intuitive waters will find supportive insights coming from Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces and July 18th’s Scorpio Moon. If we can pull back and tune into them, we might determine which of our current struggles are failing to provide lasting emotional satisfaction and which are indeed worth fighting for.

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Forecast Jun 21-Jul 4, 2021: Showdowns Showing Up

If you’ve ever considered unplugging all of your devices, retreating to some secluded corner of the world and returning only when the coast is clear, then the next few weeks are an ideal time to set those plans into motion. A combination of outer planet quincunx placements, inner planet conflicts with Pluto and heightened fixed sign friction is inbound. Astrology’s quincunx is not one of its harsh angles per se. Planets are simply 150 degrees apart, which places them in signs with varying elements and modalities. By contrast, when the planets find themselves in astrology’s other familiar angles, they share a common trait. For instance, when conjunct or in a trine, planets share the same element. In a square, they share modality and in opposition, they share modality and polarization, positive or negative. But in the quincunx, there is no common ground. For example, on June 28th Venus, in the fixed fire sign of Leo, will be exactly 150 degrees away from Jupiter, in the mutable water sign of Pisces. August Leo and flexible Pisces express themselves in markedly different ways. Over the next two months, as Mars, Venus, and later Mercury and the Sun travel through Leo, they will face Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn. Similarly, the Sun and Mercury in Cancer will undergo uncomfortable encounters with Saturn in Aquarius. Again the planets aren’t so much squabbling with one another, so much as they are failing to understand one another. This utter lack of comprehension often insures an equal lack of agreement. Communication will be further jumbled as we emerge from the shadow of Mercury’s retrograde.Add some of that characteristic Cancer indirectness, and absolute clarity may prove highly elusive.


But as the Sun, Moon and Mercury venture through the cardinal water sign, they will be all be confronted by Pluto, the planet that has no problem laying issues bare. Pluto will oppose the Cancer Moon on July 10th, the Sun on the 17th and Mercury on the 25th. If we are willing to see revelations as opportunities to heal the old wounds that Cancer otherwise loves to cling to, then Pluto’s transformational medicine can be put to good use. From integrative Pisces, Jupiter will trine Mercury on July 12th and Neptune will trine the Sun on the 15th, assisting intentions to relinquish past grievances. Whatever Pluto, Jupiter and Neptune cannot pry from Cancer claws, a massive fixed sign t-square is sure to jar loose. From Leo, Mars will oppose Saturn on July 1st and square Uranus on the 3rd, under a Taurus Moon. Fixed signs possess their own form of reluctance. Yet under the pressure of this formidable t-square, something or someone will have to give. This cosmic collision will occur over the “holiday” weekend in the US, so choose your company wisely. But should showdowns show up, be prepared to examine and heal their triggers.

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Forecast Jun 14-20, 2021: Come In Like A Lion

That old saying about coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb might be altered to “going out like a dolphin” this week. It begins with a ferocious fixed sign t-square and ends with a rejuvenating water trine. Leading the way, Monday’s Leo Moon will be superimposed onto the year’s second, and most intense, Saturn Uranus square. The strenuous aspects created by this Mars-infused t-square will impact fixed sign folks the most. But there will be plenty of frustration to go around. Saturn is the planet of rules, authority and limitations, Uranus is the cosmic rule breaker and proud Leo is accustomed to running the show. What could possibly go wrong? In determining when to buck convention and when to conform to it, Leo’s role will be pivotal. Do we go with regal majesty and magnanimity or the petty tyrant’s drama and bossiness? Choosing carefully from the week’s outset may make all of the difference. As disruptive Uranus threatens to overthrow Saturnian order, accessing Leo’s warmth, creativity and playfulness will benefit the entire kingdom. For example, delivering that catchall punchline, “Mercury is retrograde” with good-natured theatrics and leonine flare might just provide enough comic relief get bellies laughing.


The Moon’s move into reasonable Virgo on Tuesday night would ordinarily signal an easing of tensions. But due to the presence of five other planets and the lunar nodes in fellow mutable signs, even mild-mannered Virgo is in for a rough go of it. The midweek challenges include oppositions from Jupiter and Neptune and squares from the late degree Gemini Sun and Mercury. Whether from fixed or mutable signs, in one way or another, the planets are forcing key decisions to the fore. Just in time for critical decision-making, on Friday morning the Moon will move into judicious, diplomatic and wildly indecisive Libra. Though getting trapped in the sign’s endless weighing of those infamous scales is a strong possibility, trines from the Sun, Mercury and Saturn, in sharp-minded air signs, will offer some constructive clarity.


Real relief will arrive on Sunday, when the Moon will slip into Scorpio, Jupiter will relax into retrograde gear, in the very early degrees of gentle Pisces, and the Sun will leave the buzzing of talkative and techy Gemini for soothing Cancer. This is the celestial step into a cool, refreshing oasis that we’ve been thirsting for all week long. And just around the corner, Venus is waiting to trine Neptune next Monday, followed by Mercury stationing direct on Tuesday. Translation, the end of this Mercury retrograde is in sight. Sometimes, similar to making holiday plans, just knowing that a break in the action is on the way is its own elixir. Before we get there, we’ll have to power through the oncoming turbulence. Binge-watching “healing with dolphins” and “ultimate spa vacation” videos isn’t a bad place to start. In fact, it may prove downright therapeutic.

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Forecast Sep 28 – Oct 4, 2020: Catching Moonbeams

This week’s events are momentous. They include Saturn and Pluto stationing direct, our second Mars square to Saturn, a full Aries Moon and Venus changing signs. When the action gets this dramatic on the outside, seeking refuge within becomes more important than usual. The body astrologers credit with describing our interior landscape is the Moon. It represents emotional needs, instinct and the unconscious. This week it moves from Pisces to Aries to Taurus, conjoining Neptune, Mars and Uranus along the way. No matter how loud and chaotic things may get out there, the Moon is beckoning us to tune into intuition and to explore our inner worlds.

On Monday the Moon moves into poetic Pisces, and by late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning it will be fully immersed in Neptune’s oceanic waters via their conjunction. This is the sublime realm of music, muses and metaphysics. Its hallucinogenic allure and peaceful perspective offer the perfect escape from debate, madness and debate madness :). Monday also hosts a friendly trine between Venus and Mars, in fire signs, and the end of Saturn’s retrograde. But Tuesday’s last (of 2020) Mars Saturn square threatens to disrupt the serenity that the Pisces Moon and Neptune are cultivating. Staying Zen-like might take some effort, but supportive sextiles will be flowing from Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn through Wednesday.

Things shift late Wednesday night when the Moon moves into Aries. It’s preparing to reach peak Harvest Moon on Thursday afternoon, at 9 degrees of the cardinal fire sign. Though full Moons generally mark the high point of a cycle, this Moon is on course for a late degree connection with Mars on Friday night. This combo, with its accompanying army of squares and oppositions and all still reverberating from Tuesday’s Mars Saturn square, is very capable of taking on some ugly forms of expression. However, Aries can just as easily lead with some remarkably warm and wonderful characteristics. It is the breath of fire, life itself. If we stay the course of journeying through this week more internally than externally, we can tap into the sign’s inspiring and infectious effervescence and apply it positively. Aiding in the call to calm, on Friday Venus leaves fiery Leo for thoughtful Virgo.

On Saturday the Moon guides into the terrain of relaxed, patient Taurus. Taurus is the Venus-ruled sign that represents the five senses and earthly delights. It slows us down, gets us into our bodies and encourages us to experience what gives us physical pleasure. Saturday and Sunday are stellar days for taking a drive to see the changing autumn leaves, luxuriating in a long sea salt or essential oil bath or enjoying an exquisite meal The Moon will conjoin electrifying Uranus early on Sunday morning, but even that shouldn’t bother astrology’s languid bull. Contributing to the easy-going atmosphere, Pluto stations direct three hours later. Planets, like large boats, pretty much stop before they turn around. This is true for going into and coming out of retrogrades. Pluto is of course one of the planets transiting the fellow earth sign Capricorn. Fortunately for all of us, unlike Thursday and Friday’s fractious angles, the Taurus Moon is favorably aligned with the big three in Capricorn. Add those groovy, harmonious vibes from Neptune in Pisces, and we should be able to reach the end of our lunar trip feeling safe, secure and grounded.

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 Sep 14-20, 2020: At Your Service

A new Virgo Moon is this week’s centerpiece. At 25 degrees, the lunar cycle begins near the height of Virgo’s powers. Discernment, dedication and daily routines fall under the domain of astrology’s mutable earth sign. The week will also see both boosts from Sun trines to Pluto and Saturn and disruption from a Venus Uranus square, Mercury squares to Jupiter and Pluto and a contentious Libra Moon. Thursday’s new Moon reset will give us the chance to connect with Virgo’s calm, clear perspective and the Mercury-ruled sign’s stellar organization skills.

The week begins with one of its harmonious aspects, a Virgo Sun trine to Pluto in Capricorn. Both planets are in earth signs, keeping things real and providing stability. But adhering to plans may prove difficult by Tuesday when Venus squares Uranus. In Leo, free-spending Venus enjoys life’s luxuries, and Venus rules Taurus, where Uranus finds itself. The fixed earth sign also appreciates the finer things in life. Their square, however, suggests a struggle with sticking to a budget or the sudden onset of unforeseen, and potentially major, expenses. Venus also rules Libra, and very early on Thursday morning, Mercury in Libra will square Jupiter in Capricorn. Jupiter’s placement in this bout also suggests a battle over the purse strings or the emergence of important financial news. Postponing decisions until after the new Moon might help. The Moon is new at 5:00 A.M. MST at 25 Virgo 01. Its rational, practical outlook will be followed by a supportive and sober Sun Saturn trine in the afternoon. This is a sizable collection of planets singing the praises of self-sacrifice and saving for a rainy day, or perhaps exhaling sighs of relief for previous, prudent planning.

Midday on Thursday the Moon moves into Libra. Ordinarily the lunar transition from Virgo to Libra is a smooth one. These two signs share a penchant for perfection, prefer diplomacy to confrontation and move through life with placidity. But 2020 isn’t normal. This time, the typically implacable Libra Moon will be tested at every turn, by Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and Mars, from Thursday through Saturday. And none other than mischievous Mercury will be stirring the pot. Watch your words! After mixing it up with the Libra Moon, Mercury ends the week with a square to Pluto. Pluto was known to the ancients as the Lord of the Underworld. Unless you’re absolutely prepared to endure the consequences of the nuclear option, this is not the time to make idle threats. Mercury isn’t afraid to challenge authority, nor is he afraid of mingling with thieves and outlaws. Many an altruistic errand in fact sent the planet’s namesake into the depths of Hades. The Messenger is also on track to square Saturn during the following week. With Saturn and Pluto nearing the conclusions of their retrogrades, one can only begin to imagine what unseemly activity Mercury will begin revealing at end of the week. If the news gets even wackier, the clarity of Thursday’s Virgo new Moon will have offered a firm handle on things. True to his Trickster core, clever Mercury rules Virgo, and is at your service.

Forecast Sep 7-13, 2020: A Tale Of Two Planets

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

Charles Dickens

An astrologer might add, “It was the benefics ruling the sky, it was the malefics ruling the sky.” This week the contradictory forces of the beginning of Mars’ retrograde and the end of Jupiter’s come into focus. If things were simple, Mars The Malefic would be type-casted as the bringer of supernatural destruction, and Jupiter, The Greater Benefic, as the bestower of good fortune. But life, the heavens and the times we find ourselves in are much more complicated right now, and we are going to have to find our way through their paradoxes.

Mars Rx
July 25th entered shadow 15 Ari 14
Sep 9th Goes Rx 28 Ari 08
Nov 13th stations direct 15 Ari 14

Jan 2, 2021 leaves shadow 28 Ari 08

Jupiter Rx
Feb 18th entered shadow 17 Cap 24
May 14th went Rx 27 Cap 14
Sep 12th stations direct 17 Cap 24

Dec 6th leaves shadow 27 Cap 14

Mars will be retrograde from September 9th through November 13th. During that time it will move from an incendiary 28 degrees of Aries back to a simmering 15. That could be seen as a lowering of its temperature in two regards. Firstly, some schools of astrological thought view retrogrades as a weakening of a planet’s energy, and secondly, 15 degrees are much milder than 28. But there’s more to consider. Other schools of astrological thought interpret retrogrades as times when a planet’s energy consolidates. We also need to see which other planets will also be traveling in that 15-28 degree range and how they will be interacting with Mars’ path. On that front, the news is contentious. Mars will be opposed by the Sun, Mercury and Venus when they travel through Libra, and it is already in one long, continuous square to Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. Additionally, four times a month, the Moon will exacerbate these cardinal conflicts when it moves through each cardinal sign. But is Mars really the villain? Initiation is the cosmic imperative of all cardinal signs. There is no ambiguity or fence sitting on their watch. While the coming oppositions will intensify differences and Libra’s influence may impose great deliberation, these squares will bring matters to a head and force decisions. There is no sign more direct than fiery Aries, and no planet that activates self-advocacy quite like combative Mars. Breaking through the paralysis of inertia is a form of liberation. Is Mars a rebellious upstart who is challenging authority (square Saturn), the hero in a war for independence or perhaps both?

Jupiter is traditionally cast as the benevolent king. Like Zeus showering his descendants with gifts, Jupiter is celebrated for bringing luck, inspiration and generosity. But the giant, happy planet is midway through its transit of cold, conservative Capricorn, astrology’s most austere sign. It went retrograde back on May 14th, in the heart of Q2 at 24 degrees, and has journeyed back to 17. From now through mid December, when it enters Aquarius, Jupiter will be in close proximity to Saturn and Pluto, broadening their power. Plot twist, Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, astrology’s other malefic. Further, Jupiter is associated with faith and beliefs, religious, political and philosophical. Under Saturn’s restrictive domain, has Jupiter’s fervor been fomenting the zealotry of extremist thinking? In economical Capricorn, has Jupiter’s love of excess encouraged and fortified unrivaled greed? Or, are the unprecedented stimulus packages passed by governments since last spring evidence that Jupiter has indeed played the role of the benefactor? Has the king after all been taking good care of his subjects? Perhaps the Sun, in rational, service-oriented Virgo, will shed some light on the matter on Tuesday when it trines Jupiter. Then again, the confusion of a Neptune opposition will challenge the Sun’s clarity on Friday. Much like Dickens’ basket of the incongruent, much remains to be sorted out. Mars’ retrograde and the remainder of Jupiter’s Capricorn transit are set to bring their revelations.

Forecast Aug 31-Sep 6, 2020: Stepping Into The Twilight Zone

“It’s an excursion into the odd and the very, very different.”

Rod Serling

Emmy-Award-winning writer and host Rod Serling’s description of TV’s “The Twilight Zone” series aptly applies to 2020. This week’s astrological highlights include a full Moon in Pisces, a tough Venus square to Mars and sign changes for Mercury and Venus. At first glance, those sign changes seem like promising infusions of welcomed, new energies. After all, Mercury and Venus are moving into the yang, or positive polarity, signs of Leo and Libra. However, due to its forthcoming retrograde, Mercury is entering territory that it will traverse and revisit from now until November 10th, territory that will ultimately entangle Venus. In addition to their associated delays, miscommunications and technical malfunctions, Mercury retrogrades typically frustrate our intentions to fully resolve matters. Throw in heaps of Libra’s infamous indecision, and you can start to see how issues that are coming to the fore now may well be heading into a kind of cosmic twilight zone. Forming an overarching autumn vision now, or at least a solid game plan, isn’t a bad idea.

Late Tuesday night, or early Wednesday morning depending on your time zone, the Moon will be full at 10 degrees of Pisces, aligning nicely with ingenious Uranus. Home of the mythic, mystic and artistic, Pisces explores life through imagination. This full Moon presents an excellent opportunity for tapping into creative and spiritual insights to problem-solve. Meditation, dream recall and interpretation and automatic writing are good tools for doing so. Like a celestial sifter, rational Mercury, at home in practical Virgo, will help us sort out the details. Adding further refinement to those Pisces dreams, Mercury will trine Capricorn-based-Pluto on Tuesday and Saturn on Thursday. The clarity we glean into midweek will come in handy on Friday when Venus squares Mars. If we can remain focused on the big picture, then we can either sidestep Mars provocations or strategically address irritating people or situations.

Mercury Rx – Oct 13-Nov 3
Sep 23rd Mercury enters Rx zone 25 Lib 54
Sep 27 Mercury enters Sco
Oct 13th Mercury Rx 11 Sco 40
Oct 27th Mercury re-enters Lib & Venus enters Lib
Nov 3rd Mercury direct 25 Lib 54
Nov 10th Mercury re-enters Sco
Nov 19th Mercury exits Rx zone 11 Sco 40
(Nov 21st Venus exits Libra)

On Saturday Mercury moves into Libra, giving us our first taste of autumn. Libra is the cardinal air sign of harmony, balance and diplomacy. 2020’s challenge for Libra is that the planets visiting this Venusian sign during the next two months will be opposed by Mars and squared by Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. For example, and quite auspiciously, on September 23rd, the day when Mercury enters its retrograde shadow zone, at 25 degrees of Libra, it will be squared by Saturn. On the following day, it will form an exact opposition to Mars. This is astrology’s T-square, an aspect intent on forcing decisions. When its inhabiting planets are in the blockbusting cardinal signs, breakthroughs are emphasized. This is terribly uncomfortable terrain for Libra, a sign in constant pursuit of beauty, fairness and perfect equilibrium. For us, the cosmic catch is that we cannot break new ground without disruption. Mercury will influence when we decide to keep the peace, when we decide to speak our peace or when we try to integrate the two. True to form, Venus will attempt to avoid the fracas altogether.

“Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.”

The Twilight Zone

On Sunday, Venus exits the cardinal commotion when she abandons emotional Cancer for sunny Leo. In the optimistic fixed fire sign, she’ll be poised to encourage confidence, creativity and constructive applications of Martian spontaneity. Venus in Leo will also support immense generosity. After that, her next tour stop is a Virgo visit from October 2nd to October 27th. But, much like a twilight zone character, Venus will ultimately also end up in Libra’s quagmire, on the same day retrograding Mercury re-enters it. Cue up that familiar theme song. In essence, from now through November 21st, when Venus moves on to Scorpio, we’ll be grappling with Libra conundrums

Editor’s Note: The first episode of “The Twilight Zone” aired on October 2. 1959, under a Libra Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars and N. Node.

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Forecast Aug 24-30, 2020: Holding On To Your Steering Wheel

The leadup to next week’s full Moon (late Sep 1st MST) may at times feel like driving behind an 18-wheeler on the freeway, while cargo is falling out of the truck. There is one group of aspects helping us stay focused on our destination and road conditions, and there’s another tossing out the packages. As the saying goes, to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Under a Virgo Sun, getting organized for the oncoming obstacles is easier than usual. Signaling that we’re indeed in for a bumpy ride, this week begins with a Mars square to Saturn at a seismic 26 degrees. Combative Mars is now home in independent, instigating Aries (and slowing down for its imminent retrograde), and Saturn is also home in conservative Capricorn. In its home sign, a planet’s power is optimized. Mars brings headstrong, impulsive energy to the fight, but Saturn brings the rules and limitations. Astrology’s square is its most contentious angle. Unlike an opposition, there is no point at which the planets can meet in the middle. A square is like a four-way stop, where one body will progress while the other must yield. In the case of Mars vs. Saturn, Mars may be legitimately frustrated, but Saturn has the backing of Jupiter and Pluto, as well as support from Uranus, the Sun and Mercury in fellow earth signs. In other words, though it may feel good, there’s no advantage gained by revving the engine at a red light.

Saturn’s January 12th conjunction with Pluto is now widely associated with the global outbreak of COVID-19. If that conjunction was the touching of two tectonic plates, then we’ve been experiencing the ensuring earthquakes and aftershocks all year. This Mars confrontation with unyielding Saturn is the latest iteration. By the full Moon, Saturn will also be in direct conflict with Venus, via an exact opposition. Before challenging Saturn, Venus will also oppose Jupiter this Tuesday and Pluto on Sunday. Venus is in Cancer, trying to take care of food, shelter and family, and she’s up against major forces coalescing in institutional Capricorn. Battles over money are the most likely manifestations of these aspects. Cancer and Pisces are water signs, and by Sunday the planets inhabiting those signs begin muddying our road.


Sunday is when whip-smart Mercury is opposed by nebulous, all-encompassing Neptune. Mercury and the Sun are in logical Virgo, where they are focused on facts, details and reason. Neptune, along with the full Moon, is in Pisces. The mutable water sign sees the world holistically and perceives it through impressions and feelings. Sunday’s Mercury Neptune opposition foreshadows the (Virgo) Sun full (Pisces) Moon opposition, as well as the Sun Neptune opposition on September 11th. Striking the right balance of Pisces creativity, Virgo practicality and their mutable flexibility can help us cope with any detours or slowdowns we encounter.


Mindful Mercury at home in organized, methodical Virgo is a key asset. On Tuesday Mercury will form an alliance with Uranus and on Thursday one with Jupiter. Those two trines alone bring the grounding dependability of all three earth signs into play. Mercury will form a trine with Pluto just prior to the full Moon and one with Saturn on the 3rd, and within hours of the full Moon the Sun and Uranus will also trine. Those supportive Uranian aspects are like the cosmos bestowing the reflexes of a world-class race car driver. Navigating the onslaught of those boxes might be tricky, but sudden surprises are second nature to exciting Uranus. We have a patchy bit of Highway 2020 ahead, and abundant celestial resources along for the ride.

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