Forecast Jan 11-17, 2021: Moving Mountains

On Tuesday night we get one of each year’s best occasions to chart a course for long-term goals, the new Capricorn Moon. This new Moon dawns as the incoming barrage of fixed sign squares begins its volley. Capricorn aims and accomplishes. Being the cardinal earth sign and ruled by Saturn, it is naturally imbued with drive, realism and abiding determination. The Moon rules daily routines and moods, and is thus associated with the endless tides of fleeting and fluctuating emotional states. Ringed Saturn is quite different. It is the planet of structure and limitations. Where we are prone to lolly-gagging, living beyond our means or squandering opportunities, stern, austere Saturn steps in. It reminds us of the finiteness of our resources, particularly that of time. In 2021, the meeting of the Sun and Moon in the sign of ambition, discipline and earned rewards clocks in at a hardy 23 degrees. right next to Pluto at 24 degrees. Together, those three are a force to be reckoned with. Two days later, powerhouse outer planet Uranus stations and turns direct in fellow earth sign Taurus. Once back online, the Awakener will add propulsion to the airwaves. Down-to-earth Taurus is of course also where action-oriented Mars has just begun a transit. While Mars doesn’t typically stick with the program, it certainly brings the lift-off factor.


Before Tuesday’s new Moon, a Mercury Jupiter conjunction will take place in lofty Aquarius on Monday. This is where we find the genius that will inform and the faith that will infuse long-range intentions. On Tuesday, before the new Moon, Mercury will square Uranus. On Wednesday Mars will square Saturn, and throughout the week Jupiter and Uranus will be forming their significant Sunday square. This week’s three squares are of course part and parcel of the larger patterns that are taking place over the next few years. As mentioned in last week’s post, the planets involved in these squares are currently in the early areas of fixed signs Taurus and Aquarius. Their power will only intensify. The resistance they mount now could quickly deduce whether or not we are sufficiently dedicated to our endeavors. If objectives don’t make it beyond these initial bumps in the road, they’re unfit for the long haul and will need reconsideration. Coincidentally on Friday Mercury will cross the shadow point of its forthcoming retrograde. On the other hand, if plans are fit to purpose, these early squares won’t be problematic. Inspiration from Mercury’s Monday meeting with hopeful Jupiter and sobriety from Tuesday’s Saturn-influenced, Pluto conjoined new Moon are constituents of what could well become the ultimate cosmic stockpile. It’s time to start stashing and caching.

Forecast Jan 4-10, 2021: Getting Mercurial

The first full week of 2021 begins dramatically, with clever Mercury conjoining metamorphic Pluto in Capricorn on Monday and then austere Saturn in Aquarius on Saturday. In between, the Messenger planet along with Venus and Mars will change signs. Those shifts will put Mercury and Mars on course for an important square late Friday, and on parallel fixed sign paths for the next two months. Mars will be in Taurus from January 6th through March 3rd, and Mercury will be in Aquarius from January 8th through March 15th. One of the hallmarks of the next three years will be the emphasis on fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius). In addition to all being in fixed signs by the 8th, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus will be at the early degrees of Aquarius and Taurus, where their intersections will trigger the pressure points known as squares. The positive side of early degree placements is that at that stage the energy is young and not fully formed. It has yet to embody the sign’s traits as intensively as it does after crossing the 20 degree mark. This is particularly important when the entrenched, and sometime intractable, fixed signs are involved. When the planets transit this more malleable space, we have a greater capacity to shape the outcomes of the matters being presented to us. Friday’s Mercury Mars square, at 0 degrees, is a resonator to the Jupiter Saturn conjunction from winter solstice. It is also a signal. And though faint, it will give us insight into the signature energies ahead.


By next week the squaring will sharpen, with Mercury to Uranus, Mars to Saturn and significantly Jupiter to Uranus. On January 19th the Sun will enter Aquarius followed by Venus on February 1st, forming a super stellium in Aquarius. In the background, Mercury will be retrograde in Aquarius from January 30th through February 20th. On February 17th Saturn will make the first of three squares to Uranus. The following two will take place on June 14th and December 24th. Because Uranus is an outer planet, the influence of its alignments is months in its building and receding. Additionally, the eclipses will begin a two-year-run of Taurus and Scorpio beginning on November 19th. Curious, data-driven Mercury wants the 411, and assertive Mars furthers whatever purpose it is applied to. In Taurus, this means the tactile and tangible world. Friday’s Mercury Mars square, and its February 10th bookend, present opportune moments for code cracking. At this infant stage, we can survey our circumstances and glean the revelations. Nimble, flexible Mercury, in inventive, improvising Aquarius, is in the toolbox, ready to prepare us for the fluid and fluctuating days at hand.

Forecast Dec 21-31, 2020: The Last Blast

When looking back over the past six months, there has been a curious constant, Mars in Aries. For those who like life on the spicy side, this transit has offered a nearly inexhaustible supply of motivation and vigor, with heaps of variety. For the battle weary, news that the feisty planet is leaving the fiery sign is a welcomed relief. Neither side can deny the passionate influence of this transit or the indelible mark it leaves. To be fair, 2020’s Mars homecoming was exceptionally robust. This year the red planet went retrograde and stayed in instigating Aries for six months, rather than the usual six weeks it spends in a sign. Additionally, until the tail end of this transit, when Jupiter and Saturn changed signs, Mars made a hard angle to them and Pluto in Capricorn. Together those planets exerted enormous pressure on each and every configuration that involved other planets passing through any of the cardinal signs. Whether the experience was a ceaseless source of inspiration and adventure or utterly onerous, the current Mars transit ends on January 6th.


A planet’s return to its home sign signifies the initiation of a cycle, one that lasts until the following homecoming. This concept is underscored when that planet is assertive Mars and the sign is forging Aries. The last time Mars was home was December 31, 2018 through February 14, 2019. This year Mars arrived in Aries back on June 27th. May 24, 2022 through July 5, 2022 will be its next return to HQ. Incidentally, at that time, exuberant Jupiter will also be in Aries, fanning the flames. Now is a good time to review the period of early 2019 through mid 2020, and to assess the prospects for now through spring 2022. On January 6th, ever-ready Mars will settle into stable, dependable Taurus. Ordinarily, the fixed earth sign is not the ideal spot for the planet of conquest and action. But, the presence of unruly, chaos-causing Uranus in Taurus portends the kind of excitement Mars is accustomed to. As well as making their unique brand of mischief, Mars and Uranus will stir things up by squaring Jupiter and Saturn, now in fixed Aquarius. So this stay, in the feminine,Venus-ruled realm of Taurus, might not be so boring for Mars after all. Before getting there, he’ll transit those extra caffeinated, late degrees of spirited Aries. This is a rowdy, hyper-adrenalized Mars, blazing his next trail and being fueled by the cosmos’ purest firepower. As we contemplate the chasm lying between now and May of 2022, perhaps it’s time to order one more espresso, or a shot of the smoothest sipping tequila, and to imbibe one last blast of the ferocity only Mars in Aries can serve up.

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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 18-24, 2019: Next Moves

If the current Mercury retrograde has brought its share of delays, technical snafus and frustrations, take heart. This week everything changes. While Mercury usually gets, and deserves, all the blame for mishaps and all manner of tech misfires and meltdowns, this time Mars has also been contributing to the cosmic inertia. Since early October, the red planet of passion has been stuck in eternally deliberating Libra. Libra, in its quest to be fair to all sides, stops to consider each and every point of view, all potential outcomes and their implications. The resulting indecision can be absolutely exasperating for Mars, and us. Fortunately, just after midnight late Monday night, or very early Tuesday morning (depending on your time zone), Mars moves into Scorpio. Before Pluto was discovered, Mars was Scorpio’s ruling planet, so this is familiar and comfortable territory for the action-oriented planet. Mars will reside in Scorpio until January 3, 2020, and from there enliven us with emotional honestly. If Mercury’s retrograde in Scorp showed you what you want, Mars will motivate you to go out and get it. Further improvement comes on Wednesday when Mercury stations to go direct, officially ending the dreaded, and dreadful, retrograde period. Things lighten and brighten up even more on Friday, when the Sun leaves intense Scorpio for inspirational Sagittarius. The Sun will spread the Sagittarius cheer for the next four weeks as it transits the Jupiter-ruled sign of optimism, hopes and aspirations. Giving us an immediate dose of those spirited and spiritual good vibrations, the much anticipated Venus Jupiter conjunction takes place, in Sagittarius, on Sunday. Venus loves pleasure and Jupiter brings luck and expansion, so many are seeing this meeting as the ideal time to wish upon that proverbial star. However, Sunday is also when Mars opposes Uranus, and both are in those intrenched fixed signs. All of this is taking place under the unflinching watch of a Scorpio moon. With a distinctive talent for disruption, Uranus is likely to win the day, helping us to break new ground or to see things from a radically new perspective. In any case, this week roadblocks are removed and new insights and possibilities are presented.

Forecast Nov 11-17, 2019: Embracing The Beauty Of Contemplation

Tuesday’s full moon in Taurus will undoubtably garner lots of attention. Not only is the celestial event a pleasure to behold, but because Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty, there will be an astrological emphasis on contentment. Adding to the cosmic sense of ease and cooperation are a week’s worth of positive aspects. These begin on Monday when the Sun and Mercury meet in Scorpio. While at times Scorpio can feel overly intense, this alignment takes place on the day of the 11.11 portal opening and when Mercury literally transits the Sun (viewable in North America). We are redefining ourselves, and their meeting signals agreement and an opportunity for self-discovery and growth. On the full moon even combative Mars is making nice, in this instance, from harmonious, even-handed and fair-minded Libra to benevolent Jupiter at home in optimistic Sagittarius. If that elusive stroke of luck doesn’t turn up, encouragement will, and maybe both! But it’s Wednesday when the skies shower us with heaps of planetary support. Mercury and Saturn and the Sun and Pluto form sextiles and Mercury later trines Neptune. Wielding copious amounts of honesty and pragmatism, the Scorpio to Capricorn connections are resolute in their findings, purpose and shared determination, and the Mercury Neptune trine supports deep, meaningful and abiding understanding. The week’s only spat occurs on Thursday. But even that involves gracious Venus squaring Neptune in nebulous Pisces from affable Sag. Fighting over which sweetener to use would be a good analogy for this one, and with both in mutable signs, hard feelings aren’t on the menu. We head into the weekend under the care of a Cancer moon. While it could get into some contentious cardinal squabbles, it is equally capable of helping us commit to self-care and to surrounding ourselves with what most nurtures us. During this decidedly introspective week, a good strategy is to meditate on problems needing solutions on 11.11, Monday, to allow Tuesday’s full moon to work its illumination magic and to be receptive to those uncanny and unfolding Scorpio/Capricorn/Neptunian insights. Best look? A Monk’s robe, sacred text and votive candle, with the phone on DND for extended spurts.

Forecast Nov 4-10, 2019: It’s Getting Real

The week begins with a fixed, futuristic Aquarius moon squaring the Sun in equally fixed Scorpio and energizing Mars, presently in the sign of justice, via an uplifting trine on Monday, and a colossal square between Mars and Pluto on Tuesday. By Friday, the Sun, Saturn and Neptune will be on point and on purpose, as their considerable forces are joined. Their cooperative alignments include a Sun Saturn sextile, a Sun Neptune trine and Saturn’s final sextile to Neptune (until 2031). The Sun describes our identity. Saturn enforces the law and Neptune helps us see the bigger picture. All of this is happening under the intensive scrutiny of Mercury’s retrograde in Scorpio. The truth is coming out, like it or not, and it’s time to face the music. In its highest form, Scorpio is here to heal. Because daylight is the best disinfectant, the Sun and Mercury may very well be exposing what we’d prefer to ignore, those insidious shadows. Whether we choose consciousness or not is up to us. But whatever that choice, we’re still operating under their influence. When we’re willing to examine our feelings, motives and histories deeply and honestly, we create room for improvement. In a week starting off under an Aquarius moon, a force pointing towards outcomes and our future condition, the revelations emerging now are part of shaping what will become. Illusions we want to cling to are set for another jolt on Sunday, when the Taurus moon, building towards full strength, connects with disruptive Uranus. All of this week’s goings on are leading us right up to Mercury’s transit of the Sun, on the 11th and the full moon on the 12th. We are being asked what stories we tell ourselves, which ones are false or unhealthy and what we’re prepared to do differently to create more peace in our lives. Indeed, this is some weighty cosmic stuff. But then again, it’s Scorpio Time!

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