Forecast Apr 26-May 2, 2021: To Hades And Back

All three of astrology’s outer planets will be activated this week, indicating that an extraordinarily eventful week is at hand. Pluto’s fingerprints will be all over the week, starting with an unpleasant square from the waxing Libra Moon on Monday, and ending with a Moon Pluto conjunction and a constructive conversation with Mercury on Sunday. Themes of destruction and resurrection are shared by Pluto and the sign modern astrologers assign to its rulership, Scorpio. On Monday night the Moon will be full at 7 Scorpio 06, and on Tuesday Pluto will station and begin its annual retrograde (lasting until October 6th). Pluto is associated with the mythological descent into Hades, a harrowing journey from which only the heroic re-emerge. Whether we explore its shadowy realms for the week or for the entire retrograde, we are being invited to delve into darkest recesses of the psyche, in search of truth and transformation. Helping us recognize key symbols and critical signs in this odyssey, fellow outer planet Neptune will offer reliable guidance throughout the week.

Artistic Neptune will be singing in the language of love all week long, but we’ll need to tune in tightly to hear its music of the spheres. For example, as the Scorpio Moon contends with a nearly nonstop barrage of planetary challenges, it will receive a sizable and insightful trine from Neptune on Tuesday. By Thursday, a Mercury Neptune sextile will be fully formed, offering a stellar tool for applying inspiration to real-world problems. But be warned, superficial platitudes will immediately be checked by Neptune’s square to the Sagittarius Moon. Under this Moon, zealotry will be out in full force, and only the sign’s philosophical substance will save us from the sway of fanatics. On Friday the Moon will move into serious Capricorn, where Neptune will graciously sextile it overnight on Saturday. Creative Neptune is considered to be the higher octave of Venus, and Venus will be the final planet of the week to sextile Neptune. They will link up on Sunday, sounding a harmonious note. Not to be left out, liberating Uranus will conjoin the Sun on Friday. Even in the deluge of fear-porn and chaos, the brilliance of this a-ha moment will ring out. Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury. Indeed the two are also, if not singing, certainly communicating from the same hymnal. Together in Taurus, their messages will be amplified by agreeable trines beaming from the Capricorn Moon. That Moon will also trine the Sun and Venus, in Taurus, on Saturday, before conjoining Pluto on Sunday. This places six of the ten planets in the grounded, pragmatic and dependable earth signs. Mercury will trine Pluto early on Sunday morning, bringing solid know-how to endeavors. If we’re committed to taking the hero’s journey, Mercury and Pluto are availing themselves to writing down the bones.

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Forecast Apr 19-25, 2021: Spring Cleaning Or Clock Cleaning

This week personal planets the Sun, Mercury and Mars will move from extroverted yang to introspective yin signs. Their shifts will usher in a detectable change that will be felt through the first week of May. The Sun and Mercury will leave the ferocity of Aries and enter Taurus on Monday, and Mars will abandon the stimulation of Gemini and head into Cancer on Friday. Taurus is astrology’s fixed earth sign, and as such is revered for its endurance, tranquility and ability to bestow a sense of stability. However, with rebellious Uranus well into the sign’s second decant, 2021’s Taurus Sun cycle may be a little short on the Bull’s renowned placidity. This first week will give us a taste of the incoming month. Venus will conjoin Uranus on Thursday, followed by Mercury on late Friday. Then Venus will square Saturn late Saturday followed by Mercury on Sunday. Like two titanic tectonic plates, Saturn and Uranus are currently in a contentious square. Mercury and Venus will expose any fault lines that are creeping up to the surface. Then they’ll meet on Sunday afternoon, to compare notes, via a friendly conjunction. As the sign associated with roots and sustenance, Taurus shares its nourishing qualities with Cancer, the sign of home and motherhood that rules the stomach.

Mars will visit the cardinal water sign from April 23rd through June 11th. Hanging around the house is not the ideal spot for astrology’s planet of conquest, nor for anyone who’s sick of lockdowns and travel restrictions. But, with some forethought, we can positively apply the passionate planet’s ever ready energy supply to domestic life. This can take the form of anything from initiating home improvement projects, to planting spring gardens, to cooking the favorite dishes of loved ones, to house hunting. The caveat is that planet of war in Cancer is equally capable of agitating existing frustrations and stirring up family feuds. Unlike its cardinal cousin, direct Aries, moody Cancer is notorious for cloaking its aggression. The sign is also ruled by the Moon. Having a short list of mood altering options handy can make the critical difference between spring cleaning and clock cleaning. In the macro, Cancer is of course the Sun sign of the United States, so Mars may ratchet up domestic disputes. Whether it’s the border crisis, proposals to extend or end mortgage forbearance or food supply line disruptions, this tug of war between the resources of Taurus and Cancer caregiving will likely come to a head by May 11th. That’s when a new Taurus Moon will be accompanied by a Mars Uranus sextile. Taurus needs financial security and Cancer craves emotional safety. Under this cooperative alignment, their shared interests may produce constructive solutions. Then again, rambunctious Mars and unpredictable Uranus may prefer some chaos. Before then, we have a couple of weeks to unplug, relax and focus on self-care and simple pleasures.

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Forecast Apr 12-18, 2021: Party Crashers

This week the Sun, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter will be behaving much like a crowd of rowdy spring breakers. Tactful Venus will step away from the ruckus when she heads into Taurus midweek, while Pluto prepares to crash a couple of the parties Aries is throwing. Like libations served to college students, the Aries sass and sauce will freely flow throughout the week. This one begins under an Aries Moon and concludes with a Sun Mercury conjunction, at a deafening 29 degrees on Sunday night. In between, the Aries Sun will sextile Mars on Tuesday and Jupiter on Thursday, Mars will trine Jupiter on Friday and Mercury will sextile Jupiter and Mars on Saturday. From spontaneous Aries, social Gemini and curious Aquarius, those four, along with the Aries and Gemini Moons, will heighten urges to get out, mingle and mix things up. Cranking up the volume, the Sun and Mercury are reaching the zenith of combustable Aries, while in the hardy later degrees of Gemini and Aquarius, inexhaustible Mars and exuberant Jupiter are raring to fan flames. Just as the party revs up into overdrive, eruptive Pluto will square the Aries Sun on Friday and Mercury on Saturday. That’s when Venus’ move into sensible Taurus will seem like the obvious choice for avoiding commotion. But the Saturn Uranus square looming in the background will belie Taurus’ reputation for simplicity.

Like stepping onto a tripwire, Venus, the money planet, will set off erratic Uranus. This week’s lunar transit through Taurus, from midday Monday into the wee hours of Thursday morning, may send some subtle but prescient signals from markets about incoming economic conditions. Immediately after this week’s Aries party, the Sun and newsy Mercury will follow Venus into the sign of raw materials, real estate and resources. A Taurus stellium will then cluster around global game-changer Uranus, as the Venus Uranus conjunction becomes exact on April 22nd. Further, on the 23rd, cantankerous Mars will leave convivial Gemini for the sign of food and shelter, Cancer. That transit lasts until June 11th, and leads right into the year’s second, and strongest, Saturn square to Uranus, at 13 degrees on June 14th. Since Saturn’s first square to Uranus in mid February, market disruptions have been strong yet spotty. For instance, international players like Credit Suisse and Japan’s Nomura Holdings have assured the public that financial damage from the Archegos debacle is fully contained and poses no systemic risk. Similarly, jingoistic US media emphatically praised the creation of 500K jobs in March. Yet hedge funds have admitted to taking a $6B hit from January’s Wall Street Bets crowd, the Archegos scandal caused a $20B stock selloff in late March, and every week since January, except one, over 700K Americans have filed new claims for unemployment. This April 14th-May 8th Venus Taurus transit may prove more akin to a canary in a coal mine than the running of a bull. For now, the Sun, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter are throwing one hell of a party, and sending Aries 2021 out with a bang.

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Sun Into Pisces 2020: Riding The Waves

You don’t need an astrologer to tell you that we’ve entered a time of heightened concerns, mounting uncertainty and potential economic pitfalls.  Pisces is renowned for its nebulous, meandering fog, and Mercury retrogrades are notorious for the miscommunications, technological snafus and vexing delays they bring.  The next Mercury retrograde, mostly in Pisces, gets underway on February 16th, and the Sun will enter Pisces on the 18th for a month-long-stay.  Adding a deeper dimension, and muddling matters up even more, unfathomable, oceanic Neptune is presently at home in Pisces.  Pisces is the sign of mystics, addicts and artists.  It’s fluid, not solid.  Its language is symbolic, not straightforward.  And its emphasis is on spiritual rather than material.  For a couple of weeks n March, Mercury will back into scientific Aquarius, where it will station direct on the 9th.  Overall however, these kaleidoscopic conditions will continue from now throughout March.  When the Sun heads into Pisces, the moon will be in Capricorn.  This may be a subtle indication that as the Sun, Mercury and Neptune stir waves of ambiguity, higher, drier ground is attainable in the sign of the mountain goat.

In addition to the moon’s presence, from February 18th-20th, motivated Mars will make its Capricorn entrance on February 16th.  In Capricorn, both will be in the capable company of Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and the South Node.  Mars will remain in the ambitious and enterprising sign until March 30th, escorting us, not only into the Aries Sun cycle, but also through the end of the Mercury retrograde shadow period.  It will conjoin Jupiter on March 20th and Pluto on March 22nd.  Capricorn is the sign of institutions, systems and government, and stoic, sober Saturn is its ruler.  Mars and its Capricorn compatriots will be fighting to keep the economy on track, markets stable and business moving forward.  Interestingly enough, early in this unfolding Sun cycle, a substantial and favorable alignment takes place when Jupiter sextiles Neptune on February 20th.  This may be our best opportunity to combine Capricorn pragmatism with Pisces insight, to bring practical and creative solutions to pressing issues.  Back on January 12th, it was of course in Capricorn where Saturn and Pluto formed their exact conjunction.  Many astrologers would attribute that meeting to the current turmoil.  Dozens of cases of coronavirus, COVID-19, were certainly known to authorities then.  At any rate, we’re in the aftermath of the outbreak now, and successfully navigating the confusion is the task at hand.

On March 4th, when Mercury retrogrades back into Aquarius, Venus will move home to Taurus.  Taurus is astrology’s fixed earth sign.  As such, raw materials, real estate and financial markets are under its domain.  Venus will be in dependable Taurus until April 3rd.  From there it will make supportive trines to Jupiter and Pluto on March 27th and 28th.  While this will bring some stability to the equation, chaotic, global game-changer Uranus is also in Taurus.  The erratic gyrations of Uranus are ill-suited to the security-oriented sensibilities of astrology’s Bull.  Venus will conjoin Uranus on March 8th, the same day when the Sun and Neptune combine forces in Pisces, and one day ahead of the full moon and the conclusion of Mercury’s retrograde.  Translation, more than a few of the wheels may fall off the wagon around March 8th-9th.  Ride it out and see where things land.

Pisces completes astrology’s wheel.  It takes us right up to the start of the new astrological year, the Aries Sun cycle and the beginning of the spring season.  The problem in 2020 is that Q2, which encompasses most of that season, includes retrogrades of money-makers Venus and Jupiter, the aforementioned Saturn and Pluto, and Mercury (again).  In fact from June 17th-24th all five planets will be retrograde simultaneously.  Spring 2020 will also see the Nodes and eclipses shift from the Cancer/Capricorn axis to Gemini/Sagittarius. And perhaps most significantly, Saturn will leave the familiarity of industrious Capricorn for the experimental space of Aquarius, from March 21st-July 1st, all of Q2.  Astrology is lining up with the spread of,  confusion about and inevitable economic repercussions of COVID-19.

 In mid February, as I complete this article, I do not see the disease taking hold in the United States to any massive extent.  However, it is already clear that the supply chains of US companies/employers are and will continue to be effected, and we’re already seeing disruption in the travel industry and commodity prices.  Pisces tends to bring its seasonal perplexity, and this year that is definitely further complicated by Mercury’s long stay in Pisces (with the Rx).  The mutable water sign’s ability to permeate boundaries and infiltrate also speaks to the spread of this virus via water droplets.  Looking ahead, Q2 is when we can expect to see the wider consequences of the lost productivity and supply disruptions hit balance sheets, production lines and stock portfolios.  Domestically, that March 8-9th hot spot occurs very close to Super Tuesday, March 3rd.  This also means that Democratic primary voting is taking place during the retrograde.  In related news, the Presidential Election will occur on the final day of Mercury’s October/November retrograde.  For those of you old enough to remember the hanging chads of 2000, that election took place at the start of a Mercury retrograde.  Unfortunately, Pisces and Neptune (conjuct the Sun on March 8th) are infamous for deception. Recounts, tech malfunctions, suspicions about voting results and technology, and a rearrangement of the candidate field are the most likely outcomes for the March contests.  In short, these conditions indicate a contentious process and contested outcomes.

For now, the Sun is heading into Pisces.  One of this sign’s finest attributes is its limitless compassion.  That is a calming lens through which to see our world, current events and one another.

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