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 12-18, 2020: Telling Secrets

The planets in cardinal signs are in a tense t-square throughout the week, 2020’s final Jupiter sextile to Neptune is underway and Mercury’s next retrograde starts on Tuesday. The cardinal hot spots include the Sun opposing Mars on Tuesday and squaring Pluto on Thursday and Saturn on Sunday, the day when Mars will square Jupiter. Additionally, on Friday we’ll have a new Moon at 23 Libra 53, while Mars is at 20 degrees of Aries and Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn are at 19, 22 and 25 degrees of Capricorn. Venus-ruled Libra is renowned for its refinement, elegance and fairness. But the Sun and the Moon transits of the cardinal air sign will challenge our ability to stay congenial, cooperative and balanced. The good news is that as Mars continues moving backwards while Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto continue to move forward, tensions will ease. This week might indeed be the last pass of the year’s hardest cardinal aspects.


In other positive developments, the week begins with Jupiter and Neptune forming a supportive sextile for the third and final time this year. It was back on February 20th when they first met, and both planets were direct. Their second meeting was on July 27th, when both were retrograde. This time Jupiter’s direct and Neptune’s still retrograde. Both planets expand what they contact, though Jupiter is less generous in restrictive Capricorn. Their first meeting correlated with the spread of COVID, and their second with the inability of Congress to fund more economic support in the wake of the virus. At that time, President Trump was only able to sign Executive Orders to extend partial unemployment benefits and offer rent moratoriums in limited circumstances. Now that Jupiter’s direct in business-minded Capricorn, this meeting suggests that the next phase of stimulus spending is more probable than it was in late July. But don’t count on anything moving at breakneck speed.


Hasty Mercury will have the brakes on from October 13th through November 3rd. Mercury starts this retrograde at 11 degrees of Scorpio and works its way back into Libra on October 27th. In Scorpio the Trickster is concerned with exposing secrets, lies and crime. On the other hand, in Scorpio, the subject of other people’s money is also on the table. You just never know what that planet will get up to. Venus will also enter Libra on the 27th, renewing some of the cardinal contention. So while cardinal conflicts aren’t completely disappearing after this week, things will simmer down a bit. With Jupiter and Saturn set to leave cardinal Capricorn in mid December and Mars on track to exit Aries in early January, we can at least begin to see light at the end of this tunnel called 2020.

Forecast Oct 5-11, 2020: Soul Food

The Moon’s visits to Taurus and Cancer are always especially good occasions to sooth the soul. Both signs are yin, or inward oriented, and both are strongly associated with nourishment. When a week also includes the first of three Mercury oppositions to chaotic Uranus and another barrage of cardinal conflicts, self-care becomes more of a necessity than a luxury. Such a week is at hand. Monday’s Taurus Moon will receive supportive sextiles from Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. Taurus is grounded and productive, making this a good day to roll up our sleeves and apply some elbow grease, all be it at a relaxed pace. Late Monday night the Moon will move into chatty Gemini, where it will not be under too much pressure. Gemini is the mutable air sign in charge of technology, travel and commerce. While most of us are not exactly jet-setting around the globe these days, the Gemini Moon is good for short trips, communication and networking. Monday and Tuesday are in fact the most frictionless days of the week.

Then comes Wednesday, with the first of three Mercury oppositions to Uranus. Mercury is in Scorpio, the passionate water sign of detectives, and disruptive Uranus is uncomfortably residing in stable Taurus. Taurus is concerned with resources, so its realms extend to financial markets, real estate and securities. The next Mercury Uranus meeting will be on October 19th, when retrograding Mercury’s fact-finding skills will be optimized. After Mercury emerges from its retrograde and dives back into Scorpio, it will cross paths with Uranus again on November 17th, under a late degree Scorpio Sun. These three meetings warrant attention to financial news and extra care with investments, and they portend the release of shocking information.

After we stomach this week’s Mercury-Uranus surprises, the Moon will move into nurturing Cancer on Thursday. Cancer’s top priority is emotional security. It’s an extremely sensitive sign that is constantly assessing its emotional surroundings in the pursuit of safety. This month the Moon’s trip through the cardinal water sign will offer comfort and combat. On the calmer side, it will sextile Venus and Uranus and it will trine Mercury and Neptune. On the choppy side, it’s set to square the Libra Sun and Mars and to oppose Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. Those cardinal stresses are amplified on Friday by our next Mars showdown with Pluto. The symbol of Cancer is the crab. Those little, tide-sensing crustaceans are always equipped with a protective shell. When the waves get too rough, there is always shelter. Before the Moon leaves Cancer on Saturday, Venus makes a once-a-year, constructive trine to Uranus, perhaps bringing some reassuring news about finances.

But taking too many big risks is not advisable, no matter how appealing they might seem. The Moon will move into largess-loving Leo on Saturday night, and by Sunday it will be checked by both Uranus and Mercury via their squares to it. Those take place as the Sun squares Jupiter. Jupiter is one of our money planets and a benefic, but the Sun in rational Libra is meting out justice impartially and indifferently. In short, Leo-born impulses to go on a spending spree are best kept on pause. However, rummaging through the fridge, in search of some thoughtfully stored Cancer leftovers, is a solid strategy for of sailing past the ruckus.

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 9-15, 2019: Sailing Through The Siren Songs

Though a plethora of planets will remain in rational, practical Virgo for most of this eventful week, Neptune and a full Pisces moon will present a series of challenges to Virgo’s calm, methodical modus operandi. From its home in mystical Pisces, Neptune will form direct oppositions to the Virgo Sun on Tuesday and to Mars, also in Virgo, early Saturday morning. Similarly, an overnight Full moon early Saturday will put all of us under that illusive and confusing Pisces influence. And even before we reach peak Pisces full moon, a contentious squabble between Mars and Jupiter will erupt on Thursday, forcing more issues to the fore. That one is taking place as the year’s final Jupiter square to Neptune mounts to its September 21st standoff. Astrology’s mutable signs clear clutter and prepare us for the incoming undertakings of the cardinal sign cycles, and this week the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Neptune and that full moon will be in mutable signs. Something’s got to give, and the squares and oppositions being formed by these planets will be showing us exactly what that something is. So while we tumble through this week and struggle with what to leave in and what to leave behind, Neptune’s indelible fingerprints will be all over our decision-making. On the helpful side, the oceanic outer planet of music, poetry and art will offer spiritual insights and a big picture perspective. From its shadow side, which is particularly pronounced with Neptune at home in Pisces, we’ll have to guard against delusion, addiction (yes that includes tech) and endless ambiguity. If all of that sounds, or feels, too daunting, look for some brutal honestly on Friday when the Sun and Pluto join forces in a supportive trine. Pluto’s take no prisoners approach may seem harsh, but its relentless quest for the truth will prove enlightening and a dependable antidote to Piscean escapism. On Saturday Mercury and Venus will slip into the cardinal air sign of Libra, a signal that we are indeed stepping into new territory. In fact, the week will conclude with the moon in pioneering Aries. And although Venus and Mercury’s shifts into Libra signify the onset of a new phase, there’s still plenty of Virgo discernment available while the Sun is there until the 23rd and Mars until October 4th. Best look? Sporting a Bose headset when your ship passes those seductive, singing sirens.

Forecast Sep 2-8, 2019: Lock On Target

The best way to navigate the kaleidoscopic week ahead is to keep your aims, values and destination firmly and foremost in mind. A plethora of planetary supports and challenges are about to roll out in rapid succession. Setting your course early in the week, as well as having a list of alternative routes and backup contingencies at the ready, will help immensely. Mars starts the week with conjunctions to the Sun on Monday and Mercury on Tuesday, and on Tuesday the Sun and Mercury will also get on the same page. In the background throughout the week, Mars’ trine to steadfast Saturn builds to its late Sunday night crescendo. Together, Mars and Saturn provide a steady supply of motivation and endurance. That will come in handy because the week’s challenges get underway just as quickly. Monday will also find Venus and Jupiter at odds, most likely fighting over relationship/money. If left unresolved, their arguments are likely to rear back up on Friday when Mercury squares Jupiter and again on Sunday when the Sun does the same. Any fault lines that surface now are probably part and parcel of the massing Jupiter square to Neptune that will be exact on the 21st. So, instead of dancing around what’s uncomfortable or trying to smooth it over with Venusian pleasantries, it’s best to address issues head-on and let the chips fall where they may. But orderly, mutable Virgo has a distinct distaste for direct confrontation, and Neptune will be bringing its characteristic confusion to the the table when it opposes Venus on Wednesday and Mercury on Saturday. So getting the story straight, before running headlong into battle, will be tricky and imperative. This week’s unfolding aspects underscore the importance of charting a clear course from the beginning, when the Sun, Mercury and Mars are in conference. By week’s end, Mars and Saturn will rendezvous and Mercury will confer with Pluto, and both meetings will take place in the reliable earth signs. Best look? Laser-like focus and some battery powered backup.

Forecast Aug 26-Sep 1, 2019: Walk On The Wild Side

Venus, Mars, the Sun and Mercury will traverse the terrain of mild-mannered Virgo during a week that will host a new Virgo Moon amid a five-body Virgo stellium on Friday. Organized, reserved and studious, Mercury-ruled Virgo typically supports a calm, careful and clear-headed approach to life. But with all four planets and that new Moon making pronounced connections to wild, unorthodox and unpredictable Uranus, the desire to play it safe will likely give way to unconventional impulses, moves and tactics. The Uranus trines being created all week long, and gravitating around that new Moon, can produce blockbusting breakthroughs and advances. Health, finances and real estate are among the many candidates for areas where gargantuan and game-changing shifts can suddenly and instantly occur. Best look: exchanging that perfect classroom attendance record for a stroll with the rule-breakers, who might just teach you a lot more about life than you can possibly learn in school.

Forecast Aug 19-25, 2019: New Doors Opening

This week the planets continue shifting into thoughtful, conscientious Virgo, but not before an excited Aries moon throws one more Lion-sized soiree and spreads just a little more Leo cheer. As if to celebrate our emergence from the summer’s emotional eclipse season and the 8.8 Lion’s Gate, a festive Aries moon spends the better part of Monday and Tuesday making enlivening and supportive connections to Mercury, Jupiter and the late degree Leo Sun. Also squaring Saturn and Pluto, this revitalizing Aries moon may also point out where the new doors in our lives are now opening. On Wednesday Venus joins Mars in Virgo and Mercury has one more happy fire collab with generous Jupiter. The Sun heads into Virgo on Friday and on Saturday Venus and Mars share an exact conjunction there. Best look: your favorite book bag packed with books on the subjects you are most keen to learn about and some healthy snacks.

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