Forecast Aug 30 – Sep 5, 2021: Heads Up

Mercury’s move into Libra on Monday, under a Gemini Moon, will temporarily bring the number of planets in air signs to five, and give us a quick glimpse into the character of the next two months. Air signs correlate to the mental plane, and similarly, Mercury represents the intellect. The Moon will shift the planetary balance back to four when it enters watery Cancer on Tuesday night. But the start of this week is offering a sample of coherence that may prove highly valuable during Mercury’s long transit. In the near term, Mercury will benefit from the co-presence of Venus in diplomatic Libra. At home in the cardinal air sign until September 10th, courteous Venus encourages consideration, reciprocity and cooperation. Throughout Mercury’s Libra visit, from August 30th through November 5th, Saturn and Jupiter will remain in the fellow air sign of Aquarius. Saturday’s Mercury Saturn trine will demonstrate what’s possible when the collaborative influence of Libra is combined with Aquarian vision and ingenuity. Judicious Libra weights the arguments and all of its options, and lofty Aquarius sees the big picture. This combo provides a golden opportunity to make decisions with respect to their impact on the wider scheme of things. We will likely want to access this tool, particularly once Mercury goes retrograde. The next one begins on September 27th and lasts through October 18th. Next week Mercury will cross into the retrograde’s shadow zone, and it will not exit until November 2nd. Technology, commerce and communication are under Mercury’s sphere. Given the current condition of global conflicts, the impending threat of spreading coronavirus variants and consequent restrictions and lockdowns, and the prevalence of cyber attacks and international supply chain disruptions, not to mention political unrest, this retrograde is already shaping up to be a doozy. Perhaps giving us an unpleasant indication of things to come, Venus will square Pluto on Sunday night. On that famous other Libra hand, this may be a warning signal and a chance to test run backup systems and emergency preparedness. In this context, Venus is foreshadowing Mercury. There are three upcoming Mercury Pluto squares, on September 22nd, October 1st and November 2nd, and they will heavily color the character of the retrograde. Paying attention now, while Venus is asking nicely, is advised. This week’s other challenging aspect will peak on Thursday.
That’s when the Mars Neptune opposition will be exact. Neptune’s involvement unfolds slowly and is typically discrete. Direct Mars in clear-minded Virgo may demand clarification.


But Neptune at home in mutable Pisces is likely to evade the probing planet’s dictates entirely. Issues that weren’t resolved under last week’s Pisces Moon may resurface midweek. If answers are still unclear, further instruction will come from Saturday’s trine between clever Mercury and discerning Saturn. They’re bringing in a lucidity that will prove invaluable while tricky Mercury undertakes Libra’s oh so delicate balancing act.

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Forecast Aug 23-29, 2021: Out Of Order

For those old enough to remember those phone company recordings about the number you were trying to reach no longer being in service, this week’s aspects could be as familiar as they are annoying. For those young enough to be blissfully oblivious, welcome to the way back machine. From Mars and Mercury being in direct conflict with the Pisces Moon on Monday through a series of incoming quincunxes, the week will be short on agreement and long on inconvenience. Our job will be to determine when to persist and when to postpone. For tasks on the must-do list, strategy is highly recommended. It all begins with impatient Mars transiting patient Virgo, a conundrum in its own right, being opposed by an unfocused Pisces Moon midday on Monday. This will present a classic case of needing to take five unanticipated steps to accomplish one simple task. It will probably also dash hopes of getting the week off to a super productive start. Level-headed Mercury, at home in Virgo, is better suited to navigate the twilight zones of the Pisces Moon Monday night, under their opposition. But, once the Moon links up with Neptune overnight, rationality will get lost in the fog. Midday on Tuesday the Moon will move into assertive Aries. While the Mars ruled sign is generally applauded for its audacity, the Mercury Neptune opposition scheduled for Tuesday evening could easily find insensitive Aries all puffed up, and woefully off-course. Next, on Wednesday, that Aries independence will be at odds with Libra cooperation via a Moon Venus opposition. On Thursday, “Me first” attitudes will be further checked via a late degree Moon Pluto square. Translation, play nicely with others, or else. Those who take the amicable road will be rewarded when the Aries Moon finally forms a friendly sextile with benevolent Jupiter. More conciliatory tones will be struck when Mercury trines Pluto, also on Thursday. Meanwhile, the march of the quincunxes will have set in.

At 150 degrees apart, planets in this configuration are not in the same element, nor do they share modality. So comprehension can disappear completely or prove highly elusive. For example, the cardinal fire of Aries will put the Moon out of sync with the mutable earth of Mars in Virgo on Wednesday and Mercury on Thursday. In turn on Friday, that mutable earth will be incompatible with the fixed air of Aquarius under the Mercury Jupiter quincunx. On Saturday the cardinal air of Libra and the fixed earth of Taurus will find Venus and Uranus in the perplexing angle. Though, as the ruler of Taurus, Venus is better positioned to make some headway in this meeting. The quincunx exacerbates stylistic differences, but those don’t have to lead to major altercations. If waiting for more favorable conditions is possible, this is probably a good week to leave that little black book in the drawer, atop the yellow pages, and take the phone off the hook.

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Forecast Aug 16-22, 2021: Conversation with Uranus

Uranus will take center stage during a busy week that will see the influential outer planet station and turn retrograde. Since January, the planet of jolts and disruption has been plodding into the second decant of earthy Taurus. From the fixed sign, its presence has been inextricably linked to ongoing tension with Saturn and more recent discord with the planets traveling through Leo. Facing fewer challenges from planets in fixed signs and in review mode, a more subdued version of astrology’s wrecking ball is heading in. Between now and next January, Uranus will revisit all things 14 to ten degrees of Taurus. Issues that were swept under the rug during the past seven months will likely resurface, and more broadly, their meaning can be examined in the context of this seven year transit. An awakener, a forerunner, and an innovator, Uranus imposes change. Trines from Mercury and Mars this week and on September 6th from the Sun will open up conversations with Uranus, in the clear, practical language of Virgo. This week, the Moon has generously agreed to play translator.


An optimistic Sagittarius Moon will run into some pushback from Mercury and Mars on Monday and Neptune on Tuesday. Ultimately though, encouragement will arrive on Tuesday afternoon via a Leo Sun trine. Next, the Moon will get down to business once it enters ambitious Capricorn late Tuesday night. After clearing a small square from Venus in the wee hours of Wednesday, it will find itself in the highly productive company of Mercury and Mars on Wednesday and heavy lifters Uranus and Pluto on Thursday. Mercury and Mars will also meet on Wednesday, fortifying industrious intentions. So in the span of these few days Mercury and Mars will have demonstrated Virgo’s pickiness and its virtue. Translation, if something’s worth fighting for, put in the painstaking work to attain it. Thursday will also see the final significant fixed sign flareup, for a few months anyway, when the Leo Sun opposes Jupiter. Hopefully, this signals the last box to check or task to accomplish before rewards can be bestowed. An hour later, Uranus will unplug and begin its five month long retrograde. Soothing Virgoan vibes will greet Uranus from Mercury on Friday and Mars on Sunday. When the Moon exits austere Capricorn, the constructive torch will be passed on. In turn, the Aquarius Moon will give a nod to Cap when it conjoins Saturn on Friday, and it will receive the boost it sought from Sag early in the week, when it conjoins euphoric Jupiter on Sunday morning. Celebrations culminate a few hours later, when this Jupiter infused Moon reaches full strength at 29 Aqu 37. Finally, the Sun will exit Leo and move into gentle, grounding Virgo. Its month long sojourn will give us all a chance to collect ourselves, and our thoughts, as we prepare for the onset of autumn 2021.

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Forecast Aug 9-15, 2021: Cooler Heads Prevail

This week a welcome confluence of flexibility from Virgo and grace from Libra is set to relieve some of the strain from the past few weeks, or months, depending on your outlook. Add a splash of fluidity from Neptune, and this week may feel like one of the smoothest in awhile. It all begins on Monday morning when the Moon moves into the mutable earth sign of Virgo. An opposition to Neptune in Pisces, from Venus in Virgo, is set for early evening. But even this typically tense angle softens when the players are as compatible as these two, and particularly when they’re both in adaptive mutable signs. Logic and inspiration are in play under this one. Encouraging prompt application of any helpful downloads, the Moon will conjoin motivating Mars, also in considerate Virgo, later in the evening. Tuesday may see an unresolved matter from the recent past resurface when a late degree Mercury Jupiter opposition appears. Unlike Monday’s more amicable opposition, this one involves planets in those intransigent fixed signs. This tug of war is bookended by Virgo Moon trines to Uranus early on Tuesday and Pluto on Wednesday. With these three in earth signs, practical, pragmatic and constructive solutions are within reach, if Mercury or Jupiter aren’t overly entrenched in their positions. Ushering in more calm and order, clever Mercury will exit ferocious Leo and enter its second home of Virgo on Wednesday night. This visit will last until August 30th, bolstering abilities to problem solve methodically, patiently and reasonably.


Wednesday is also when the Moon will move into balanced Libra. From the Venus ruled, air sign, this Moon will trine Saturn on Thursday and Jupiter on Friday, as well as receive a boost from the late degree Leo Sun on Friday. The only snag could be a seismic square to Pluto, also on Friday, the 13th. But Aquarian ingenuity from Saturn and Jupiter linked to this affable Moon give progress a fighting chance. Next, the Moon will head into watery Scorpio on Friday night, where it will merge with oceanic Neptune on Sunday morning. This instinct meets intuition combo will offer guidance, malleability and flow, and perhaps an opportunity to relax. Shoring up stores of tact and intelligence, and wrapping up the week, Venus will enter her second home of Libra in the wee hours of Monday morning. Her homecoming will last until September 10th. The first planetary step into Autumn 2021 (except for the Moon’s monthly ventures), is another signal that some of the summer’s harshness is receding. From their domiciles, Mercury and Venus will bring some much needed ease and elegance to the table.

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Forecast Nov 9-15, 2020: The New Epoch

When a single week includes Mercury diving into Scorpio, our final Jupiter Pluto conjunction for thirteen years, motivated Mars going direct and a potent new Scorpio Moon, the Universe is telling us that a new paradigm is awakening. This auspicious week could get off to a contentious start via a Venus Mars opposition on Monday. Both planets are in their home signs, where their values are fortified. We in turn may feel a stronger than usual need to stand our ground. But by the time that opposition is exact, the Moon will have moved from opinionated, fixed Leo into thoughtful, flexible Virgo, and an overnight trine between the Scorpio Sun and Pisces-based Neptune will be well underway. Scorpio cuts to the truth and Pisces beckons us to see things from a higher, holistic perspective. So being strategic and putting any squabbles that arise early in the week into the larger context can make a huge difference on how this pivotal week plays out. In the afterglow of that trine, on Tuesday a newly direct Mercury will re-enter Scorpio. This run will be unimpeded, and the intrinsic certainty that comes from the fixed water sign should give us the needed clarity and confidence to make longterm commitments.


The most convincing evidence that something big is unfolding arrives on Thursday, when Jupiter makes its third conjunction with Pluto at 22:52 degrees of Capricorn. Capricorn is of course the Saturn-ruled sign of structure, economics and institutions. If something about that 22:52 degree mark seems familiar, it’s because the infamous Saturn Pluto conjunction of January 12th was at 22:47 degrees of Capricorn. Love it or hate it, that conjunction was a game changer. We are now firmly in a post-COVID-emergence reality. Like 911, there is no going back to the world that was. Jupiter and Pluto previously paired up on April 4th and June 30th. When trying to analyze the impact of any of 2020’s major aspects, it’s impossible to completely isolate any of them. So much was happening at once. But we can look back to those dates to locate the issues that are still in need of resolution. This is our third and final shot, because next month Jupiter will move into Aquarius.


On Friday Mars will station direct in Aries. This is another signal that it’s time to get moving. The recent simultaneous retrogrades of Mercury and Mars may have conjured up some insights of their own. Even if those were forged by obstacles, the truths they’ve revealed are valid and valuable. Overnight on Saturday, we have a new Moon at a formidable 23:18 degrees of transformative Scorpio. That is within one degree of Thursday’s Jupiter Pluto conjunction. In this configuration, the late Scorpio Sun and Moon are favorably aligned to the big three in Capricorn, and these Scorpio alliances with Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto will form throughout the weekend. For our evolution, Scorpio obliterates what is no longer needed. The sign’s modern ruler is Pluto, the planet also associated with destructive transformation. At this point in late 2020, it’s clearly no longer about what was. Head on, we are faced what is and being given the inspiration to create what will be. This week we take one colossal step into the future we wish to build.

Forecast Nov 2-8, 2020: The Expedition

In a year that has seen any number of obstacles thrown at a lot of people, forward movement is a blessing. Typically lightening-fast Mercury has been stuck in slow motion since mid October. In 2020, the annoying delays associated with Mercury retrogrades have been compounded by the frustrations of a simultaneous Mars retrograde. On Tuesday, the fleet-footed ruler of technology, commerce and communication will station direct. On the 13th, Mars will also station direct, ending its retrograde which began all the way back on September 9th. Mercury and Mars are personal planets. As such, their impact is much more obvious to us than that of the outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Outer planets are said to represent the transpersonal spheres, and their connections to other planets are weeks, if not months, in the making. But Mercury and Mars are another story.


Mars, for instance, takes two years to travel through the entire zodiac. If you’ve reared children, you are especially familiar with the concept of the terrible two’s. At age two, we have each completed our first experience of Mars in each of astrology’s twelve signs. About that time, Mars returns to the spot it was in at our birth, and we begin the next two-year journey through the signs. Mars is the impulse that takes action. It is also the planet ruling conflict and combat. If we put those struggles into the context of fighting the battles that are important to our development, such as beginning to individuate and form our own identity, then Mars is better understood. As adults, we can consciously and healthfully apply our Martian power. Since late June Mars has been in Aries. The cardinal fire sign is another burst of raw energy. it represents spontaneity, effervescence and exploration. Paired with Mars, we possess a nearly inexhaustible energy supply. Aries is also the first sign of the zodiac, thus it represents the blazing of new trails.


In this regard, since late June we’ve been receiving prompts to forge into unknown territory. On the other hand, the Mars and Mercury retrogrades may have shown up as inertia or setbacks. Now the firepower of Mars on its own turf is about to be reignited. As I wrote last week, to the ancients Mars co-ruled Aries and Scorpio. Mercury spent most of this retrograde in Scorpio, and it will return to the sign, for a full passage, on the 10th. The Sun, our will, is also presently in the emotionally honest, fixed water sign. That means that Mercury has been poking around in the deeper realms of the psyche. As the energies of Mercury and Mars come back online, we can examine what has been pushing our buttons, moreover what lies at the heart our reactions, and most importantly, what we intend to change. Scorpio is the sign of transformation. What do we want next? Mars in Aries spurs us to take those precious first steps. This homecoming will conclude on January 6th, making now a great time for the expedition.

Forecast Oct 19-25, 2020: Good Housekeeping

You know that things are going to get interesting during a week when Venus is flirting with Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn and the Sun is moving into Scorpio and heading into a meeting with retrograde Mercury. In the aftermath of Mars’ unfriendly square to jovial Jupiter, the week gets off to quite a bumpy start. As the reverberations from that dispute settle down, a Scorpio-ensconced Mercury will boldly sting unpredictable Uranus, on Monday night. This is the second of their three oppositions, and this time Mercury’s retrograde status promises to make events all the more exciting, and maybe memorable. On the same day and in stark contrast, we have one of the year’s most fortunate trines, between benefics Venus and Jupiter with both in earth signs. If the Mars’ strategy of kicking in Jupiter’s door didn’t work on Sunday, Venus is suggesting that knocking politely, and maybe offering some freshly baked cookies, is a far better way of getting Jupiter to open up and share its treasures.


The planet of pleasure, relationships and harmony has been in thoughtful, composed Virgo since October 2nd. From there, she’s been patiently restoring a sense of calm and quietly helping us tidy things up. Over the past three weeks you may have found yourself tying up the loose ends of projects that got started while Venus was in Cancer but which had languished while she was in Leo. Next week, she heads into her second home of Libra. Before that, her final week in an earth sign is going to be most productive. After Monday’s encounter with prosperous Jupiter, she will trine Pluto on Wednesday and Saturn on Saturday. The Pluto connection suggests getting to the heart of matters and the Saturn one, considering long-term agreements. You don’t have to sign on the dotted line right now, during the Mercury retrograde. But with the Venus Pluto trine happening the day before the Sun enters Scorpio, it’s time for honest discussions.


On Sunday the Sun and Mercury will meet in Scorpio. Scorpio and the Sun have an understanding. Though their tactics vary widely, they both govern power and healing. The Sun is after all the primary source of energy for our entire “solar” system, and for centuries it has been associated with knowledge, medicine and healing arts, deities and temples. Its approach is optimistic and overt. Scorpio, on the other hand, stealthily slips in and probes the psyche in its relentless quest for the truth. Once it’s over its intended target, it unleashes its transformative gifts by unlocking the most intimate and undeniable of secrets. With retrograde Mercury in tow, the Scorpio Sun has a very capable assistant for this week’s mission. The challenge for us is whether or not to face the truth that our stellar super-sleuths expertly uncover. One of Scorpio’s symbols is the phoenix. While the Sun transits the fixed water sign until November 21st, if we are ready to commit past mistakes, regrets and grievances to the pyre, we can rise from the ashes, purified and renewed.

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.

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