Forecast | Capricorn Season 2018

Note: In our solar system, the Sun is the central point around which the planets orbit. From the Earth perspective, we cannot survive without sunlight; it is the light that nourishes our bodies, and the spotlight under which we act out our entire lives. Given the Sun’s importance, we’ve learned to articulate time around its trends. The Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice all relate back to the felt shifts of shining brilliance the Sun shares with us in this lonely universe. And so it is from Earth’s perspective that I write these astrological forecasts in time with the Sun’s journey through the tropical zodiac.

OVERVIEW

Capricorn is the cardinal earth sign of the zodiac, ruled by Saturn. The Sun’s entrance into this cool nocturnal sign draws out the determination and patience of the goat, for better or worse. On one hand, the ability to steadily and slowly make gains in any project is extremely useful for long-term growth. On the other hand, the ability to identify potential pitfalls can hold us back so much so that we find ourselves in a rut. The key to not getting stuck in the Capricorn paralysis, is to review how far you’ve come and how much closer you are to success; knowing that true maturation and wisdom is gained through methodical practice and perseverance. Appropriately, the calendar year is refreshed during this Saturnian season, giving us a good reason to measure how far we’ve come and to make the effort to continue climbing towards wherever our goals lie.

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Curiously, during this particular season, we are met with an energetic warp. The nodes of the moon have fallen into Capricorn and Cancer, forcing us to pay special attention to the axis of responsibility. Cancer represents responsibility of origins – to take care of home and inner beginnings. Capricorn represents responsibility to society – to make meaningful contributions and to achieve greater heights. The north node of the moon moves through Cancer, suggesting that we need to take better care of our inner lives, to reclaim nourishment and gentleness. The south node of the moon moves through Capricorn, suggesting that we need to release ourselves from harsh societal judgments, to let go of superficial achievement for something more meaningful. As these two sensitive points are activated with the partial Solar Eclipse in Capricorn on January 5th, we begin to see what needs release as we move into the new year.

Find your rising sign below, and discover what area of life needs release. Then continue to scroll down to the Timeline portion and learn what dates and times will be activated as the Sun traverses through the zodiacal sign Capricorn.

ARIES – 10th house topics, to include:

  • Social reputation
  • Career status
  • Goals that no longer serve you
  • Picture perfect achievements
  • Control issues

TAURUS – 9th house topics, to include:

  • Outdated belief systems
  • Philosophical superiority complex
  • Idealized mentors
  • Knowledge as a form of Power

GEMINI – 8th house topics, to include:

  • Other people’s baggage
  • What others think of you
  • Reliance on others
  • Debts

CANCER – 7th house topics, to include:

  • Unhealthy relationships
  • Focusing too much on others
  • Fitting in
  • Intimacy/trust issues

LEO – 6th house topics, to include:

  • Unhealthy patterns
  • Self-criticism
  • Ignoring physical issues
  • Martyrdom

VIRGO – 5th house topics, to include:

  • Creative blocks
  • Overly structured creativity
  • Fear of criticism
  • Hiding your passionate nature

LIBRA – 4th house topics, to include:

  • Expectations of home
  • Hiding in a cocoon
  • The way things have been
  • Parent’s approval

SCORPIO – 3rd house topics, to include:

  • The best way to do something
  • Needing answers
  • Restlessness
  • Fear-based conversations

SAGITTARIUS – 2nd house topics, to include:

  • Money habits
  • Self-criticism
  • Stubbornness
  • Doing things your way

CAPRICORN – 1st house topics, to include:

  • Health matters
  • Vulnerability issues
  • Low self-esteem
  • Navel gazing (excess self-awareness)

AQUARIUS – 12th house topics, to include:

  • Personal demons
  • Unhealthy thought patterns
  • Escapist tendencies
  • Analysis paralysis

PISCES – 11th house topics, to include:

  • Blending in
  • Fitting into social constructs
  • Hiding behind group think
  • Voicelessness

TIMELINE

Use the timeline below to map out Capricorn season, from Dec 21st to Jan 20th. All times are listed in Eastern Time.

December 21st at 5:22 PM, the Sun enters Capricorn

  • Less than 24 hours after the Sun’s entrance in Capricorn, a full moon becomes exact in Cancer on December 22nd at 12:48 PM. When the moon is full, illuminated and bright, everything that has been built up since the corresponding new moon becomes visible. This can coincide with meaningful climactic events, large gatherings of people, and/or the final word on how a project is unfolding.
  • This particular full moon has a distinct introversion to it. In Cancer, the full moon delights in coziness, close familiar relationships, and tradition. It can awaken a cuddly and sensitive nurture nature in us. In stark contrast, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn bring heaviness and duty into this full moon’s nurturing environment as these two planets are met by the moon’s opposition on December 23rd. The opposition can cause us to feel ultra protective of our ooey-gooey insides, not wanting our sensitive sides to get hurt by the harsh realities that may exist around us.
  • I’d use this full moon to indulge in the creature comfort of home, blankets, and whatever else makes you feel safe. As the moon approaches it’s oppositions with Saturn and Pluto, try not to get bogged down with fear or pressure to perform – instead lean into gratitude for the supportive structures in your life and for your own ability to self-care.
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December 24th at 7:34 PM, Mercury in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces.

  • A month earlier on November 16th, Mercury and Neptune went through this same square as Mercury was stationing retrograde. On this day in December, there is a fogginess that may come over us that is reminiscent of what occurred during the earlier square. It is possible that there is a resolution, an apology, or a sudden sense of insight into whatever went down during Mercury’s retrograde (maybe you finally find the perfect holiday gift during your last minute shopping). It is also possible that you spend the day in a drift, hopefully not doing any analytical work because it won’t be the day for such tedious things.

December 28th at 4:31 PM, Venus in Scorpio sextiles Pluto in Capricorn

  • There is something very dark about this aspect. It could be the fact that Scorpio and Capricorn are both nocturnal signs – they tend to be introspective, sensitive, and defensive. It could also be Pluto’s involvement since it is a planet related to the underworld, the darkness of the soul, and the stuff that scares us. Whatever it is, Venus leads the way into the dark, shining brightly so that we can become aware of the shadows.
  • This is a day where we’ll want to get deep with loved ones, to connect on a soul level. If you are lucky enough to be around people you trust and cherish, this might be a lovely day to strengthen those relationships with real-talk, vulnerability and openness. Shining the light on our dark parts so that we can grow together with others.

December 29th at 4:34 AM, the Last Quarter Moon is exact in Libra.

  • The last quarter phase of the moon cycle, relates to the shedding process. We begin to let go of the energy, the details, the processes that are no longer necessary. It can be painful to lose what was once so helpful to us, causing a sense of crisis or excess anxiety. In other ways, this is a good kick in the pants to open ourselves to what lies ahead, to ready ourselves for the next project on the horizon.
  • In Libra, this last quarter moon reminds us to let go of relationships that do not serve, and to open our hearts and minds for new ways of approaching social engagement. We do not always need to be there for everyone else; we need to take care of ourselves. Likewise, we need a social life to feel connected with our people, so that we aren’t isolated and lost in the echo chamber of our own minds. On this day, take some time to see where you lie on this spectrum of relational energy. The moon will help illuminate the answer.
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December 31st at 9:19 PM, Mars enters Aries.

  • Mars’ ingress into it’s home sign of Aries is very exciting! As many of you will recall, Mars spent the majority of 2018 in Saturn-ruled signs, digging into the hard work of goal-setting and goal-achieving. Many of us experienced stress, overwhelm, fatigue, bursts of unmanageable energy, and a lot of impatience. Sometimes we experienced these chaotic shifts in a single day. So it is very welcome news that Mars is in a sign which strengthens it, helping us all to express our drives with a little bit more power.
  • Of course, throughout Mars’ time in Aries, it will make harsh aspects to Saturn, Pluto, and the nodal axis. This pattern will be reminiscent of Mars’ retrograde as well as it’s impact on the mid-year eclipses of 2018, bringing up any long-term challenges that may have been developing since April 2018. On December 31st, we’ll get our first taste of these potential challenges, so keep an eye out.

January 2nd at 00:49 AM, the Sun conjoins Saturn in Capricorn.

  • Sun-Saturn conjunctions are generally exhausting since sobering Saturn will cool and limit the Sun’s life-giving nature. This year, with the south node in Capricorn, exhaustion may exaggerate into depressive states or pessimistic decision making. We may feel obligated by our current standards of work and living without realizing that there is a better way of managing our time. We may not recognize that we have the option of prioritizing ourselves first. If you are in situation where you have to make an important decision, I would hold off until the gloominess wears away.

January 4th at 00:12 AM, Mercury in Sagittarius trines Uranus in Aries.

  • Mercury-Uranus contacts can enliven our minds, creating electricity in our thoughts. In some ways this can speak to divine connection, getting closer to answers, finding meaning in the patterns around us. In other ways, this can activate indecision-impulse.
  • Have you ever been in a situation where there were so many options that you became overwhelmed at making a decision? Sometimes this leads to analysis paralysis, but other times this leads to impulsively deciding – leaping without looking. Mercury’s trine to Uranus will elevate the desire to leap without looking. This can be a little frightening after the fact; you might look back and question your impulsivity.
  • Later the same day, at 10:39 PM, Mercury enters Capricorn. After the high of fiery Aries and Sagittarius, Mercury’s entrance into Capricorn is a sobering landing. If you’ve made the wrong decision (if there was a decision to make), you will know very shortly afterwards. If, however, you are moving through a day of routine, you may notice a distinct shift from the optimistic carefree Sag mentality towards the ultra-real practical Cap mentality.
    • Mercury in Capricorn is a planner who is always considering potential for error, and identifying the best course of action. Mental processes get quite serious here, causing us to lean towards a more pessimistic perspective. We may find that it is difficult to really let loose and relax our minds. Mercury is also moving at a pretty quick pace, drawing us towards future-oriented goal making. It can be difficult to pause the mind long enough to get any rest.

January 5th at 8:28 PM, a Partial Solar Eclipse in Capricorn is exact.

  • In the day following the partial solar eclipse, the moon will conjoin Pluto and square a newly direct Uranus. This is a pretty energetic solar eclipse, and will mark the beginning of eclipse season for the first half of 2019. Let’s break this down:
  • A partial solar eclipse in Capricorn marks the beginning of a major renovation in our Capricorn area of life. Think: responsibilities, reality structures, traditions, conservative systems. What structures are outdated and making us prone to failure? What conservative systems are no longer providing true conservation? What traditions are holding us back from improved operations?
  • The moon’s conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn, emphasizes a strong desire to hold onto our old outmoded ways as a result of fear and uncertainty. Pluto brings a strong power-energetic to the table – it can make us blind with desire, but it can also open us to new states of empowerment. The key to accessing Pluto’s empowerment is to willingly accept that we don’t have control over life. By holding onto security blankets we actually lose even more control. The best we can do is ride the waves of change, to open ourselves to better ways of living. This can be a small shift to start. At the time of the solar eclipse, we may feel tension around the area of life that Capricorn is highlighting (see the overview section for more details), but it is best to let go of trying so hard – to give yourself the opportunity to relax.
  • When Uranus stations direct in Aries on January 6th at 3:26 PM, there will be a notable activation of our Capricorn control natures. If you didn’t see yourself as needing control, you might rethink it once this station occurs. Uranus in Aries draws out lightning bolt changes towards self-improvement and self-awareness. During it’s station direct, built-up energy is released and channelled through the moon in Capricorn’s square to Uranus. This activates a jolt of change or a shift in the Capricorn area of life, calling attention to any outdated behavior patterns that might arise in a moment of panic. You may find that you behave in ways you dislike. ( And that is ok.) This is only the beginning of the eclipse cycle through Capricorn-Cancer – you have some time to begin working on yourself, letting go of patterns that no longer serve, and opening yourself to shifts in perspective. Start by releasing your grip on control.
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    January 7th at 6:17 AM, Venus enters Sagittarius.

    • Venus in Sagittarius enjoys a good adventure, trying new flavors, exploring new places, and inviting everyone along for the journey. The light-bearer’s entrance into jovial Sagittarius will buoy spirits that may have fallen as a result of heavy Capricorn energy.
    • Find ways to release tension in your life by trying new foods, new styles of clothing, and introducing yourself to new people. You may be pleasantly surprised by how much fun you have by simply letting go.

    January 8th at 5:04 AM, Mercury in Capricorn squares Mars in Aries.

    • There is some hot-headedness that can come through this aspect. Mercury in Capricorn is super serious, and wants to ensure that plans unfold the way they should. Mars in Aries is more excitable and packs a good punch – Mars wants to get it done as fast as possible. In a square pattern, these two have a hard time knowing whether to be patient or go for it. Choosing to think before you act is probably the safest option, but sometimes we just have to follow our impulses. Either way forward will become distorted with the background energy of the eclipses.

    January 11th at 6:38 AM, the Sun conjoins Pluto in Capricorn.

    • Sun-Pluto conjunctions can bring fear to excessive shows of self. There may be concerns around standing out or being perceived as different from the masses. As we are moving through eclipse season, this will also highlight serious fears we hold around the areas of life related to the Capricorn-Cancer axis.

    January 13th at 8:31 AM, Mercury conjoins Saturn in Capricorn

    • There is a pause in thinking; mental capacities slow. It seems that everything said has extra weightiness to it. This could also highlight a moment of important messages coming through from supervisors or higher-ups. The news may not be positive, but at least you will become aware of it.
    • Because this is co-present with the south node, words and thoughts lean towards a depressive letting-go vibration. This might be a good time to sign contracts for renovations, destruction, and other forms of removal-of-excess.

    On the same day, Jupiter in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces at 1:58 PM

    • This is the first of a longer-term series of squares between Jupiter and Neptune. In the classic Neptunian way, it is hard to really know how Neptune will respond to Jupiter’s square. The lengthy transit of Neptune through Pisces is still a bit of a fog even though it is almost half-way through the sign. That said, we can expect to be dealing with the following themes: Religion, Belief systems, Dreams, Ideals, Hopes, Escapism, Illusions.
    • It is also notable that this first square occurs during eclipse season – a time when there is an inherent sense of unknown at play. Perhaps this Jupiterian-Neptunian energy will bring optimism and connection to the universal nature during a time that is otherwise energetically mysterious and difficult.

    January 14th at 1:45 AM, the First Quarter Moon is exact in Aries.

    • The first quarter moon awakens us to a sense of how far we’ve come since intentions were set at the new moon. However, this first quarter moon falls in the warped energy of the eclipse pattern. Awareness may come through in the form of deja vu, a sense of connection to the distant past, and an opening to ideas of a better future. In Aries, we may experience these energetics through single-person activities, active motion, yoga, and defensive behavior.

    On the same day, Mercury sextiles Neptune at 8:13 AM.

    • Mercury-Neptune is cause for confusion, but in a positive aspect, we have the capacity to engage with intuition and imagination. It is also possible that we gain awareness around self-care strategies as we learn how manage the tense eclipse energy. Otherwise, this is a good time for drifting and lucid dreaming.
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January 18th, Venus in Sagittarius trines Mars in Aries at 11:49 AM, Mercury conjoins Pluto in Capricorn at 3:03 PM, and the Sun in Capricorn squares Uranus in Aries at 8:30 PM.

  • Collectively, this is an active day with a lot of felt energy.
  • Venus and Mars inspire us to play and explore, to seek out activity, and to make social connections. Mercury and Pluto make us aware of the deeper underlying issues in our current behavioral patterns. The Sun and Uranus ask us to find better ways of self expression.
  • All together, there is a strong expressive bent – we want to really truly be seen and heard, we want to be around others, and we want to understand how our process of thinking is connected to the world around us. Do we hold any impact in the world? If so, what are we going to share with world? Are we going to make it a better place or a worse one?
  • This series of aspects are the last set before the Sun enters Aquarius and the Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo. As a result, the themes that develop on January 18th will play a larger role in the grand finale of the Aquarius-Leo eclipse pattern.

FORECAST | Sagittarius Season 2018

Note: In our solar system, the Sun is the central point around which the planets orbit. From the Earth perspective, we cannot survive without sunlight; it is the light that nourishes our bodies, and the spotlight under which we act out our entire lives. Given the Sun’s importance, we’ve learned to articulate time around its trends. The Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice all relate back to the felt shifts of shining brilliance the Sun shares with us in this lonely universe. And so it is from Earth’s perspective that I write these astrological forecasts in time with the Sun’s journey through the tropical zodiac.

OVERVIEW
Sagittarius is a sign of expansion and higher consciousness. Ruled by Jupiter, this mutable fire sign has a tendency to spread across all mind potentials, considering all routes equal in the bigger picture. There are many ways to the same answer, and Sagittarius has a natural knack for opening us to see the truth in each way. As a result, there is an innate joy-in-the-adventure quality that comes through those of us with strong Sagittarius in our charts.

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This year, Sagittarius season is marked with a special kind of joy as Jupiter has recently entered the centaur’s sign. Jupiter in Sag doubles down on optimism, vibrancy, and good spirit that comes through adventure and mind-expansion. This season is your opportunity to open your crown and third eye chakras, to access the higher guidance that supports you, and to re-awaken your trust in the universe.

There is always potential for distortion of these opportunities: to abuse our abilities to connect to a higher consciousness and completely lose our sense of grounding – to bloat our egos with a sense of entitlement and all-knowing. With Mercury’s retrograde through Sagittarius, we are called to spend extra time working with the potentialities of Sagittarian influence in our lives. Knowing this, take extra care and pay special attention to where Sagittarius shows up for you.

Find your rising sign below, and discover what topics will become activated for you this Sagittarius season. Then continue to scroll down to the Timeline portion and learn what dates and times will be activated as the Sun traverses through the zodiacal sign Sagittarius.

  • ARIES – 9th house topics, to include: long-term study, occultism, mystery tradition, magic, adventure, foreign travel, publishing
  • TAURUS – 8th house topics, to include: shared resources, loans, psychology, understanding others, value-work in relationships, help from others
  • GEMINI – 7th house topics, to include: long-term relationships, close partnerships or friendships, deep conversations, heart-to-hearts
  • CANCER – 6th house topics, to include: self-care, preventative health, ritual work, daily chores, organizational development, traveling for work
  • LEO – 5th house topics, to include: fun, hobbies, the arts, flirting, passion, romance, children
  • VIRGO – 4th house topics, to include: home, family, lineage, heritage, heirlooms, hometown, home base
  • LIBRA – 3rd house topics, to include: writing, short-term study, neighborhood, local events, coffee houses, spoken words, daily commute
  • SCORPIO – 2nd house topics, to include: finances, income, self-value, self-nourishment, food, clothes, material representation
  • SAGITTARIUS – 1st house topics, to include: good luck in personal endeavors, good health, your authentic self, your psychology, personality reboot, reconnecting with who you are
  • CAPRICORN – 12th house topics, to include: alone time, secret projects, self study, volunteer work, rest, relaxation, planting intentions
  • AQUARIUS – 11th house topics, to include: friends, community, connection to many, large groups, professional organizations, activism
  • PISCES – 10th house topics, to include: professional development, responsibilities, achievements, public image, social standing

TIMELINE

Use the timeline below to map out Sagittarius season, from Nov 22nd to Dec 21st. All times are listed in Eastern Time.

Nov 22nd at 4:01 AM, the Sun enters Sagittarius

  • Less than 24 hours after the Sun’s entrance into Sagittarius, a full moon becomes exact on November 23rd at 12:39 AM. There can be tensions that arise under the full moon, but often tension is related to meaningful acknowledgements of important insights. Think of a swift arrow shot across a long distance, hitting its target. Tension is required in order to make the landing, but beware of misunderstandings or uncertainties that come up before the message lands. With Mercury retrograde, there is a tendency to skew our perceptions of what is/isn’t.
  • The Sun will be nearing conjunctions with both Jupiter and Mercury at the time of the full moon, drawing their energies into the charge of this particular lunation. It’s likely that messages will be flying all around us, lots of activity and thoughts to consider. It will be overwhelming. The best medicine of Jupiter is to trust inner sight. Especially since Mercury will be retrograde, there is an emphasis on bringing mental focus to Sagittarian virtues – trust and faith. If you have already begun to work this muscle, consider this full moon a rich opportunity to dig deeper. You may find that you have more abilities of sight than you might have originally perceived.
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Nov 24th at 8:08 PM, Neptune turns direct

  • Neptune transits are extremely long. Taking nearly 165 years to orbit around the Sun, Neptune often spends around 14 years going through a particular sign. Currently, Neptune isn’t even through the first half of Pisces yet. This can make Neptune’s effects extremely subtle and difficult to understand as they are happening. Notably, on days like these where Neptune stations direct or retrograde, we have a brief opportunity to feel some of its work coming through. It’s as if the planet is building up a lot of energy and suddenly makes a grand shift in its motion. Of course, this is only from our perspective on earth.
  • When Neptune turns direct, there is a desire for re-connection to the ethereal higher consciousness. Through this desire we can sometimes gain awareness around escapist tendencies, spiritual openings, and portals of heightened connection to spirit. This is a good day to meditate and let thoughts come and go. This isn’t the best day for detailed physical work like accounting or research – you may also find a general disinterest in these particular topics anyways.
  • If you don’t have a meditation practice already, but would like to start one, November 24th will be a good day to begin.

Nov 26th at 1:33 AM, the Sun conjoins Jupiter

  • On days when the Sun is cazimi or exactly conjoined a planet, there is a lot of potential. Think of enriched soil in which a planted seed will surely grow. Because the solar conjunction is with Jupiter in Sagittarius, intentions are best set for the topics related to Sagittarius in your natal chart (see above list for reference) as well as developing stronger connection to Spirit.
  • At 3:05 AM on the same day, Mercury in Sagittarius squares Mars in Pisces. Mercury-Mars squares can invoke angry words and harsh tones in the way we communicate. With Mercury in retrograde motion, cutting words may come up around topics that have needed review… perhaps we find that we do not have the right words, that listening to the other side is hard or painful. Despite the challenges that will likely arise, it is possible to find solutions with this particular placement. If you feel strongly in the moment, you probably need to work out a solution. Because this involves two highly intuitive and spiritual signs, expect topics related to faith, belief systems, and philosophy to come up. Know that there is not just one right way of doing things, and try to open your mind long enough to make peace with the differences.

Nov 27th at 4:14 AM, Mercury conjoins the Sun

  • Following Jupiter’s conjunction with the Sun, we get Mercury’s conjunction with the Sun and then its (Mercury’s) conjunction with Jupiter. This marks two days of rich mental potential. Mercury’s conjunction with the Sun marks a new Mercury cycle, in which the planet of communication, intelligence, and perspective is born anew. This is a quiet time of reflection and pondering. The insights and messages that come through, possibly related to articulating beliefs and Jupiter messages, will be carried with us until Mercury’s next retrograde.
  • Throughout the first part of the day, the Moon in Leo trines Jupiter (10:41 AM), Mercury (11:22 AM), and Sun (12:38 PM), sending felt messages through our physical experiences in order to better understand the messages that are coming through. For those with heightened intuitive abilities, consider this day one in which the veil is lifted.
  • As night falls, at 4:30 pm on the same day, Mars in Pisces sextiles Saturn in Capricorn. In some ways this can distract us from the messages that are coming through, but in other ways it is a happy departure from the practicality of the earth plane for a moment. Mars spent so much of 2018 in the Saturn-ruled signs, asking us to work-work-work for a better tomorrow. As Mars sextiles Saturn, we have an easy time saying goodbye to the exhaustion of over-work. Perhaps we even take a moment to reflect, to consider how we can help ourselves the next time we are asked to get back into the fold.
  • At 5:27 PM, Mercury conjoins Jupiter exactly. There may be a sense of overwhelm—too much at once, but it depends on how you approach it. Trust divine timing and let the loudest message be the one you hear.

Nov 29th at 7:18 PM, the Last Quarter Moon in Virgo is exact

  • Every last quarter moon indicates a time to let things go. This is the last opportunity to finalize or finish what was started at the corresponding new moon, and can sometimes require complete abandonment of unnecessary components.
  • Specifically, this last quarter moon is in a T-square with Mars in Pisces, as well as a trine with Saturn. There is a sense that patience is thin, but if you give yourself the time, you will be able to accomplish what you set out to do. The important takeaway is to move through overwhelm by taking it one step at a time.
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Nov 30th at 9:13 PM, Venus in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries

  • This has been an ongoing pattern since September. The opposition first occurred on the Taurus-Scorpio axis, bringing shock value to the way we approach self-care, care of others, and resources. It’s likely there was some challenge that came up that caused you to break away from a bond in order to reclaim a sense of individuality or freedom. Perhaps this was a heavy bond that held you back, or maybe it was a simple change in routine that made your day easier.
  • In the Aries-Libra axis, as the third and final opposition, there is a new tone that comes through the opposition. Uranus in Aries serves the self and personal expansion. Venus in Libra serves justice and social inclusion. In opposition, they force us to consider how our personal evolutions can elevate justice and inclusion in the world. Are you fighting against a cause for the sake of rebellion? Or are you fighting for something that will lead to peace and harmony? Are the decisions you’ve made up to this point of any value to anyone other than yourself? Are you ok with the answer to the earlier question?

Dec 1st at 6:11 AM, Mercury regresses into Scorpio

  • We are nearing the tail end of Mercury’s retrograde. For the majority of Mercury’s time in Scorpio, it is nearly still. There is an eerie sense that something may be creeping in the dark. Perhaps we discover the root of our belief systems, the inner void that we’ve been trying to fill with bright optimism and joy. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing to discover, rather it is a strength we all have inside of us – the ability to be infinite and naturally eternal. The pheonix rises from the ashes of its previous death. Mercury, in its final days of retrograde, asks us to consider the ashes we left behind and to prepare for new beginnings.

Dec 2nd at 12:01 PM, Venus re-enters Scorpio

  • Isn’t it interesting that two planets that have been retrograde are now coming back to Scorpio? Scorpio is often related to the darkest depths, the ooey gooey underside, upside down world that lies within the brightness of reality. I’m reminded of the metamorphosis of a butterfly – the process of going inward, and then shedding the chrysalis. Also, how can I forget the snake who grows larger and finds that the skin it has is no longer comfortable, and so it breaks away. And even our human selves – the top layer of our skin sheds off of us quietly every day until seven years later we have entirely new skin. I guess what I’m getting at is that the superficial layer of discomfort that comes with depth-work is completely worth it in order to grow.
  • Venus’ entrance into Scorpio brings us back to where we began in V’s cycle a few months ago. At this point, things should feel dramatically different even though they probably look exactly the same. There is something encouraging about this part of Venus’s cycle – a sense that even in the darkest time of the year, we are able to learn and grown and expand.
  • Venus’ time through Scorpio is only a month-long and is best used for mending any breakages or finalizing separations of serious commitments, doubling-down on exploration of the unspoken dynamics between you and others, and finding beauty in your depths.
  • Later on the same day, at 7:34 PM, the Sun squares Mars. This square asks us to defend ourselves, to be courageous for our beliefs and ideals. Considering Venus is in a traditionally Mars-ruled sign, we are given a bit of a push towards active self-betterment (which often start with self-love).

Dec 5th at 4:53 PM, the Moon conjoins Mercury in Scorpio

  • On the same day at 5:21 PM, the Sun in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces.
  • There is a distinct fog that rolls over the 5th of December. With the Moon’s conjunction to a very slow-moving Mercury, and the Sun’s square to hazy Neptune, we are guaranteed a day of fuzziness. In many ways this can be frustrating; but take the opportunity to let yourself drift. Try to avoid doing anything too technical, and find some joy in the divine flow.

Dec 6th at 4:22 PM, Mercury turns direct

  • On the exact day and time of direct motion, there is still a lot of retrograde-type energy that is being released. After a couple days, you can get back into Mercury-related tasks such as computer work, accounting, and editing.
  • It’s possible that an important message or previously hidden detail is revealed at this time. Give yourself a couple days to respond and work with what has come through. In time, it’ll become much easier to handle all of the details.

Dec 7th at 2:20 AM, a New Moon in Sagittarius is exact

  • This new moon promises a renewed sense of optimism and hope. It’s likely that we feel lighter as a result of Mercury’s recent direct motion, and the new moon emphasizes this for us. This is an opportunity to begin new rituals or practices that you’d like to work with over the next 6 months. With Jupiter in Sagittarius, there is an added touch of possibility – that what you start during this new moon will bring you good fortune in the area of life that Sagittarius is involved in (refer to list above).
  • On the same day at 9:11 AM, Mars conjoins Neptune in Pisces. This is a potentially dangerous energetic as we may aggressively try to relax or escape from harsh realities. It’s possible that we find ourselves drinking too much or doing so much that we hurt ourselves. In kind with the new moon occurring earlier in the morning, it is best set intentions, to go inward, to relax. This is a wonderful time for for acts of service or generosity, opening to the beyond, and cutting away trauma to clear a space for healing and connection.
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Dec 12th at 6:42 PM, Mercury enters Sagittarius

  • Mercury’s re-entrance into Sagittarius gives us an extra boost. There can be a feeling that we are back on the saddle; starting to rev up the engines. As Mercury gets faster and faster, we become more extraverted and have a desire to share what we’ve learned. This is a great time for parties, connecting with friends, connecting with like-minds, exploring and learning how our recent seedlings (intention-setting) will work.

Dec 15th at 6:49 AM, the First Quarter Moon in Pisces is exact

  • This first quarter moon activates our sense of awareness around the recent seedlings we’ve planted with the Mercury direct and the earlier new moon. For many of us, there will be recognition that optimism and faith are intertwined with our connection to source. We’ll see an opportunity to feel the blessings come through, to see the universe meet us halfway, and to really awaken the soul to the cosmic everything. We are also given space to release old wounds or old beliefs in order to light our souls on fire and to step into the light of consciousness. There is an innate vulnerability in this space, but it is worthwhile. Having trust will get you there.
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Dec 16th at 9:26 AM, Venus in Scorpio sextiles Saturn in Capricorn.

  • There is something very sobering about reality, which can be really useful when we are working so deeply with Spirit. Getting insight into our intuitions can get us lost in our own perceptions. This Venus-Saturn contact can help us find a sense of groundedness and re-connect.
  • Imagine gently building something beautiful, yet meaningful. There is a lot of intention in this aspect; an opportunity to invest in form and function, and with Scorpio in the mix, we want it to be deeply impressive. Potential topics that may come up are investments, finances, businesses, contracts, and loans. If you want to make something happen in these areas, there is a window of opportunity here. It isn’t going to jump out at you though; you’ll have to work for it.
  • This is a good day to purchase holiday gifts as you will find items that are both practical and beautiful.

Dec 17th at 1:57 AM, Mars in Pisces sextiles Pluto in Capricorn.

  • The Mars-Pluto sextile may be related to the Venus-Saturn sextile. Because Venus is in a Mars ruled sign, there is potential that what happened on Dec 16th is acted upon on Dec 17th. Often with Mars-Pluto contacts there is a strong desire to do whatever has to be done in order to get what you want. Inevitably, when we rush ourselves we get hurt. It is important to respect the process of attainment and to have patience for life to unfold. That being said, this could also provide the boost you need to get where you are going. The key is to know the difference between impatience/ego and opportunity.

Dec 20th at 11:21 AM, the Sun in Sagittarius trines Uranus in Aries

  • The Sun’s trine to Uranus brightens us and rewards those who have worked hard to open themselves to the shock of who they are. With all the technology we have to look at ourselves more closely, many of us have become disturbed by our natural vanity. For those of us who have taken the opportunities to grow from these moments, we’ll find a happy day of harmony and blessed synchronicity around what ignites us and draws us closer to our communities.

Dec 21st at 12:11 PM, Venus in Scorpio trines Neptune in Pisces

  • Venus-Neptune gives us the gift of an open-heart and a willingness to forgive those who may have wronged us. As transiting aspect in our day, we may find that we feel particularly open to experiencing the company of others. It’s a good day to forgive and forget, to spend time with ones we love, and to enjoy adventuring through the new perspectives of friends and strangers.
  • On the same day at 12:36 PM, Mercury conjoins Jupiter in Sagittarius. This reminds of the last time Mercury conjoined Sag, nearly a month earlier. We may have a renewed sense of joy come through – an excited buzziness to get out and explore what wonders exist around us.
  • This could be an awesome day for a party or social gathering, for going to the movies, and for any creative activity.
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FORECAST | SCORPIO SEASON 2018

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Note: In our solar system, the Sun is the central point around which the planets orbit. From the Earth perspective, we cannot survive without sunlight; it is the light that nourishes our bodies, and the spotlight under which we act out our entire lives. Given the Sun’s importance, we’ve learned to articulate time around its trends. The Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice all relate back to the felt shifts of shining brilliance the Sun shares with us in this lonely universe. And so it is from Earth’s perspective that I write these astrological forecasts in time with the Sun’s journey through the tropical zodiac.

Through the Sun’s entire tour of Scorpio, Uranus and Venus are in opposition, activating insights and shocks to the system via the Venus retrograde. Relationships, values, self-care, desires all receive continued review. With Uranus involved, sudden bursts and social calamities may come through as well. Electric love, spontaneous decisions that reveal hidden motives, and an awakening to what lies within our hearts. Though we may experience some chaos, we’ll be able to reclaim our desires and motives. Think of kundalini awakening, which is such a beautiful analogy of the Scorpion’s experience.

Scorpio is the zodiac’s fixed water sign, traditionally ruled by the planet Mars. In our modern era, many astrologers assign Pluto as the ruler of Scorpio. In either case, there is a distinct edge to the Scorpion’s experience – depth, separation, and destruction are prominent in this sign’s significations. But if we think about water, which is shapeless and yet takes up space, we find that there is something mysteriously soothing about it. Water, after all, is life-giving and is therefore representative of our origins. And so in fixed water, we hold still – we make space for those origin stories to come through, to understand the bottom line. It’s like going into the basement of your self to connect with the very root of your existence. There is something primordial and grotesque about it, but also wildly nourishing and enlivening.

This a season of observation, illumination, and reclamation. We have the capacity to light the flame within. Action may perspire and is even encouraged, but it isn’t recommended that intentions are planted. This is a time to reap what was earlier sewn. Mercury turns retrograde, too, doubling down on the themes of harvest and hibernation. This is a season to experience what is and what has been – stay present and don’t yet worry too much about the future (that time will come soon enough).


Scorpio 1 | Oct 23-Nov 2 | Desire Awakening

In the first decan of Scorpio, we are immediately re-introduced to the Venus-Uranus opposition. This opposition was first exact on September 12th, and remained quite close for the days following. Eventually, it went out of orb, but just as the Sun enters Scorpio, Venus’ retrograde motions brings the planet of desire back into a tight orb of its opposition with electrifying Uranus. This opposition remains prominent throughout the entirety of Scorpio Season, speaking volumes to the overall significations and outcomes of the Venus retrograde.

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On October 24th, we get a really close look at what this Venus-Uranus opposition has to say with the Full Moon in Taurus.

The full moon is exact at 12:45 PM ET, in the second degree of Taurus and Scorpio. In Taurus the Moon is tightly conjoined Uranus, and in Scorpio the Sun is tightly conjoined Venus. These pairings also make favorable aspects to Saturn in Capricorn. This lunation brings our focus to Uranus first as the Moon acts like a magnetic magnifying glass. There is a sense of urgency that comes with Moon-Uranus contacts, something that makes our gut reactions come forward, and churns the emotional energy of the Moon such that our impulse-instincts are on edge and adrenalized. From this point of activity, we look towards the Venus-Sun conjunction since Uranus is in Venus-ruled Taurus. Venus and the Sun are not yet exactly conjoined, meaning that Venus is well hidden under the beams of the Sun, thus weakened in the desert that is combustion. At this point, we may still have a hard time understanding our desires (Venus) and motivations (Scorpio), but we know that they exist within us and make us hungry. This bounces us back to the Moon and Uranus in Taurus, inspiring us to chase our cravings, perhaps literal food or sensual cravings. There is potential for chaos, but with Saturn standing in a supporting role, the chaos may lead us to physical realities that bring us comfort and/or awakening.

Ultimately, the full moon gifts us awareness of our desire nature. It is possible that this gift comes as a rude awakening; perhaps it is something we don’t want to deal with right now. However, for the rest of Scorpio season, we are asked to study this part of ourselves and re-connect to our depths. If you avoid this necessary review process, it will seep out of and burst through the pipes of your internal affairs in ways that are much more uncomfortable.

On October 26th, the Sun and Venus are exactly conjunct at 10:16 AM ET at 3 degrees of Scorpio.

This conjunction marks the middle of Venus’ retrograde cycle, transforming the planet of beauty from evening star to morning star, from reflective to outwardly expressive. This is also a moment of insight and illumination into V’s retrograde and how it may be impacting us personally. With Venus in the heart of the Sun, we can experience literal a-ha moments that culminate around Venusian events such as social gatherings, interpersonal activities, and wining and dining. To note, this conjunction will occur on Friday (Venus’ Day) which will add an extra dose of awareness-insight.

On October 29th, Mercury conjoins Jupiter at 7:04 AM ET at 27 degrees of Scorpio.

Mercury-Jupiter conjunctions can bring a sense of optimism into the day’s mental activity. It can also indicate a mentally active day, in which we ponder the greater meaning of the world around us. In Scorpio, this conjunction can speak to the fruits of the deep-dive we’ve been undergoing with Venus’ retrograde. In a larger view, this can also offer clarity from Jupiter’s year long journey through Scorpio, and offer an opportunity for Jove to make any final remarks before it enters Sagittarius.

This Mercury-Jupiter conjunction also happens to mark the start of Mercury’s shadow period, which lasts about two weeks as Mercury slows before stationing retrograde. Knowing this, it’s possible that the Mercury-Jupiter conjunction brings into focus that which will be reviewed over the next month and a half.

On October 31, Halloween, we experience a boost of planetary activity.

  • First, just after midnight ET, Mercury enters Sagittarius. Mercury in Sagittarius is at odds with Hermes’ innate desire to create definitions, separations, organization. Mercury would rather categorize ideas in detail than unify people under the same belief system. However, Sagittarius wants Mercury to bring ideas together in order to determine a philosophy to follow. In the first decan of Sag, Mercury speaks quite convincingly, separating one philosophy from the rest as the only worthwhile option. In our lived experience, we may be able to express personal philosophies with better vigor, or we may meet people who have strong opinions about their own. With the upcoming retrograde, these dogmas may not truly serve. Allow questions and doubts to surface.
  • At 4:44 AM ET, Venus exactly opposes Uranus at 0 degrees of Scorpio and Taurus, respectively. This ongoing opposition becomes active early in the morning, perhaps awakening us to uncovered desires and uncomfortable depth analysis. The start of Halloween has a potent excitement and uncertainty; dressing up in costume is ultra exciting as we get to explore our scarier or more bizarre bits with more freedom.
  • At 12:40 PM ET, we see a Last Quarter Moon in Leo at 8 degrees conjoined the North Node. Mid-day we check ourselves to see how our desires align with our personal truths. Are our underlying motives in sync with who we are? Is this an honest expression of self? If not, the last quarter moon offers us an opportunity to ponder how to re-connect those two parts of our lives.
  • At 3:41 PM ET, Venus enters Libra. There should be a visceral shift from the Scorpion’s investigative nature to Libra’s unifying motion. Venus delights in its own sign, and happily reconnects with what it means to love in harmony. This speaks to the larger narrative of the day – how to align external social interactions with one’s true desire nature. How can we strike a balance between what is socially acceptable and what is deeply true? Have we been avoiding a part of ourselves in order to fit in? If so, let Venus in Libra guide us towards a more equal and realistic balance.

On November 1st Jupiter in Scorpio trines Chiron in Pisces at 1:35 PM ET.

This transit makes for an emotive and poignant day.

Chiron as the wounded healer needs a strong sense of philosophy and purpose in order to heal with any kind of medicinal property. Typically, Chiron placements in the natal chart can speak to an area of deep thought and introspection in a person’s life. Sometimes this simply results in brooding/isolation, but in other scenarios the thoughtful qualities of this placement can a lead a person to make meaningful decisions that positively impact others around them.

In transit, Chiron can speak to a certain area of life that has become sensitive and thought-provoking for the collective. For the last seven years, Chiron has been touring through Pisces, and its current retrograde marks its last time in Pisces for a long while. Pisces is associated with collective connection and mystical experiences that allow us to feel bonded with the world around us. With Chiron rolling through this sign, there has been deep thought placed on what it means to feel connection with the world and mystical qualities that exist within and around us.

As Jupiter sees its last few degrees through Scorpio this year, it makes a passing trine to Chiron. This boosts Chiron and its philosophical qualities. We may spend this day pondering the larger meaning of the universe around us. The depth of Scorpio adds a layer of occult, that which is hidden in our spirits may come to light now.

Beautifully, this transits coincides with Samhain – a pagan holiday that marks the end of the harvest and a turn inwards. This is a time to cocoon into the magic of your internal universe and to allow the rich nourishment of pause to take over.


Scorpio 2 | Nov 2 – Nov 12 | Reconnection

As the Sun moves into the second decan of Scorpio, there is a distinct stillness in our lives. The activity, uncovering, and excitement of the last few seasons falls to the side as we go inward. Though, as we travel internally, the excitement doesn’t stop; it only shifts and twists and becomes a ripe journey through our emotional landscape. There is something profoundly thrilling about the external stability that lends to internal activity.

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On November 5th Venus conjoins the asteroid Ceres at 8:48 PM ET at 27 degrees of Libra.

Ceres can relate to the harvest, to the story of Demeter and her daughter Persephone, and to the underworld. As Venus nears its station point for direct motion, the contact made with Ceres can mirror the ongoing review of underworldly matters of the heart and desire. It can also speak to that which has been learned or gained since Venus was last in Libra. What have we learned about our values over the last few months?

On November 6th, the Sun trines Neptune at 1:40 AM ET at 13 degrees of Scorpio and Pisces respectively.

Though exact in the middle of the night, Sun trine Neptune creates a refracted glow that we carry with us through the day. This transit can briefly awaken us to mystical or spiritual paths that exist in our tiny universe. One might intentionally use this day to visit with the occult or mystical practice of their choosing – tarot, astrology, wicca, etc. Our imaginations will be active, giving us the rare opportunity to peer into a more universal sense of self. On the same token, this transit can cloud our judgments of reality and disconnect us from what is and isn’t. Sun-Neptune can also cast a desirable filter over potential relational issues that have been dredged up as a result of the Venus retrograde. This is a day better spent ruminating rather than activating.

Later on the same day, Uranus re-enters Aries at 1:59 PM ET.

This marks Uranus’ last entrance into Aries for approximately 84 years. Think of this final entrance into Aries as a resolution or wrap-up to Uranus’ 7 year transit through the cardinal fire sign. To consider how this transit has affected us, look to the Aries placement in your charts, and consider what ways new technology, pioneering attitudes, and individuality have become prominent. If you need help or would like to consult over this placement, consider scheduling a reading with me.

Another signification to consider is that Uranus has left our ultra stable Venus-ruled Taurus, and is no longer in a sign-based opposition to the Scorpio Sun. This adds a new layer of external stability that grounds us and allows for steadier depth work through the rest of this season.

On November 7th a New Moon at 15 degrees of Scorpio is exact at 11:02 AM ET.

This new lunation cycle kicks off with a straightforward motive – to illuminate the depths of our egos. This is a moment in the season to be still, observant, and non-judgmental. I suggest that we make the time to witness what moves in the dark, to lay awake in the nighttime of our inner worlds. This could also be an opportunity to begin transmuting whatever toxins may have arisen over the last two weeks; to lean into the transformative nature of Scorpio.

On November 8th Jupiter enters Sagittarius at 7:38 AM ET.

When a planet enters a sign it rules, it is as if its royal highness has entered its own castle. It becomes stronger, has better control, and is able to signify what it really wants to signify. In the mutable fire sign of Sagittarius, Jupiter expresses philosophies with vigor and excitement; it sees spirit and optimism in the world around it; our dream lives become richer and our sense of the bigger picture – the mystery of the universe – is newly enchanted. This ingress happily reminds us of the point of all of the deep-diving and underworld mess we’ve gotten ourselves into. Hope and joy become alive again.

To note, this ingress actually occurs on Thursday (Jupiter’s Day) and so we should feel the joy of Jupiter upon waking that morning.

On November 9th Mars in Aquarius trines Venus in Libra at 26 degrees at 10:11 AM ET.

Venus-Mars trines activate a charismatic nature; an energy that is both brave enough to be individualistic and caring enough to connect with others. On this day we get a moment to reclaim our ability to connect with others. This will come as a relief since the last few months Venus has been disconnected, withdrawing, and isolating. Now we get to begin experiencing Venus in bloom, even despite the retrograde motion. We are so near the end of this backwards motion, there is a sense of resolution and harmony – at least the start of it.

On November 11th the Sun sextiles Pluto at 19 degrees at 10:21 AM ET.

This is a beautiful day to lean into introspection, to review what you’ve learned about your inner psychological make-up, and to spend some time resting with your inner shadow. It isn’t necessary to be naked and constantly vulnerable with the world, but it is important to be vulnerable with yourself (this is the only way lasting connections exist – through an ongoing sense of who you are, what you need, and what you can bring to the table).


Scorpio 3 | Nov 12 – Nov 22 | What is Satisfaction?

Upon the Sun’s shift into the third decan of Scorpio, we might begin to feel overwhelmed by the underworld adventures we’ve had up to this point. There is a distinct moment in the nature of obsession where we cross the boundary between joy and excess. Consider the last ten days of Scorpio season to be a study of this boundary.

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On November 15th a First Quarter Moon is exact at 22 degrees of Aquarius at 9:54 AM ET.

The first quarter moon is a crisis point. After the seeds planted at the new moon, we begin to face our first obstacles on the journey towards culmination. In Aquarius, this can relate to what ideals or expectations we hold in contrast to what demons we’ve discovered within ourselves. This can force us to question the intent of our expectations and the value of our shadows. In what ways can we compromise the two to create a more realistic expectation and to shed whatever bad habits no longer serve?

On the same day, Mars enters Pisces at 5:20 PM ET.

For nearly the entire year, Mars has been in a Saturn-ruled sign. This has definitely had its benefits: Mars has been able to filter a lot of its energy through the hard-working nature of Saturn, reducing impulse, and activating major productivity. On the flip side, this has also led to burn out, over-working ourselves, and exhaustion.

In Pisces, Mars takes a break from productivity and enters a realm of mysticism and spirituality. Ruled by Jupiter, Pisces asks Mars to connect with the collective. A positive way to use this energy is to go to a yoga class, to practice the martial arts, or to ground oneself in meditative visualizations.

In connection with the First Quarter Moon, Mars’ entrance into Pisces can also fuel us to chase after our ideals despite whatever internal dramas may hold us back. This can lead to a state of excessive escapism. It’s possible that we need the escape – a break from what the hardships of this year’s Saturnian vibes – but be careful not to overdo it.

On November 16th, Venus stations direct at 25 degrees of Libra at 5:51 AM ET.

Venus’ direct motion is exciting! After a long summer of retrogrades, we finally come to the end of the year’s most challenging transits. Take a breath of fresh air, and a moment to enjoy Venus in its home sign of Libra. Venus won’t leave Libra until December, so the rest of this month should have a notable Venusian glow over it.

On the same day, Mercury stations retrograde at 13 degrees of Sagittarius at 8:33 PM ET. Mercury also squares Neptune in Pisces throughout its station.

This is a particularly rough station for Mercury. It is already uncomfortable in the sign opposite its own, and then it is in a square with Neptune! Neptune can cause a lot of confusion and fog – too much for Mercury to parse through even at its strongest. Neptune’s square to Mercury’s station makes for major miscommunications, commuting mishaps, and exaggerated Mercury retrograde chaos.

Sometimes when a planet stations, we can get a sense of what the retrograde will feel like, but with Neptune so active in this station, it seems as though we won’t even get that. This is a day to lay low, and not do anything that requires any kind of mental processing.

On November 19th Mars in Pisces squares Jupiter in Sagittarius at 2 degrees at 8:30 PM ET.

This square pattern will likely be tense at first, but should lead to more positive outcomes. Jupiter has the clear upper hand as the ruler of both Sagittarius and Pisces. It is also in a superior square to Mars which means that Jupiter is three zodiacal signs earlier than Mars, implying that Jupiter has added authority.

It seems that there could be an aggressive confrontation due to the martial involvement, but ultimately confrontation leads to expanding and opening our minds. Another possibility could be an aggressive desire for escapism, driving ourselves to a state of excess which ultimately teaches us a hard lesson about our escapist tendencies.

On November 20th, the Moon conjoins Uranus in Aries at 29 degrees at 5:46 PM ET.

The Moon’s contact with Uranus in Aries adds a layer of perception to Uranus’ recent ingress. This is the first time since Uranus re-entered Aries that the Moon has joined it. The experiences of this day will likely speak volumes of our personal experiences with Uranus in Aries. It’s possible that a new insight on an old problem becomes available to us, or that we are tested to ensure our Uranus-Aries lessons have been learned.

This is the last major transit before the Sun enters Sagittarius, giving us one final moment in the low-lit journey of Scorpio. There is potential for crisis as we leave a fixed sign and enter the season of a mutable one. What comes up on this day will be reviewed during Sagittarius Season.

FORECAST | LIBRA SEASON 2018

Note: In our solar system, the Sun is the central point around which the planets orbit. From the Earth perspective, we cannot survive without sunlight; it is the light that nourishes our bodies, and the spotlight under which we act out our entire lives. Given the Sun’s importance, we’ve learned to articulate time around its trends. The Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice all relate back to the felt shifts of shining brilliance the Sun shares with us in this lonely universe. And so it is from Earth’s perspective that I write these astrological forecasts in time with the Sun’s journey through the tropical zodiac.

On September 22nd, the Sun enters Libra, casting equal parts darkness and light all around the globe. This is one of the equinox points. These noticeable demarcations of light coincide with two halves of the tropical zodiac – Libra to Pisces and Aries to Virgo. Libra’s half of the zodiac includes the two Saturnian signs, Capricorn and Aquarius, while the half belonging to Aries includes the luminaries’ signs, Cancer and Leo. As such, there is a distinct weight that falls on Libra’s side of the zodiac. Appropriately, the sign of the scales guides us into this collective shift by showing us how to strike a balance between internal and external / embodiment and spirit.

Libra is a cardinal air sign ruled by Venus. Venus loves to unify, beautify, and indulge in pleasure. As expressed through air, we can imagine Aphrodite going out to many parties, engaging in love affairs, and enjoying the mental elements of flirtation. Because of the air element, this is a notably social sign, and there is a desire to be in conversation with others. As a result, Libra ends up taking on a lot of other people’s ideas and desires – oftentimes in such a way that limits Libra’s ability to identify ideas of its own. In Libra, there is a lesson about the value in speaking out for one’s personal beliefs in order to attract a crowd of like-minds. This can cause conflict and disharmony, but that is the nature of balance – it is only in the rarest of moments that scales are actually still. This is the complexity of Libra’s social responsibility – learning when to stand back versus standing up: the nuances of social grace as balanced with vulnerable expression.

As Venus tours through Scorpio, slows down, and turns retrograde, Libra season becomes the platform for Venus’ lessons to come through. Mixing the nature of Libra with Scorpio, we get to peek into the underlying nature of social engagements. Strategy, defense, and separation come through as a means to re-balance ourselves, re-connect to our personal truths, and re-align our social energy. This is a season of death and regeneration as a source of nourishment and an expression of love.

SEP 23 – OCT 3 | LIBRA 1 | LIGHT BIRTHS SHADOW

Following the Sun’s entrance into the first decan of Libra, we are met with a confrontational energy. Several planets see a square to Saturn in Capricorn, highlighting structures and obstacles, both social and physical, that force us to re-route.  The first of these squares is from Mercury in Libra.

Mercury squares Saturn on September 23rd at 12:45 PM ET. 

Mercury-Saturn contacts embrace definition and boundaries – there is a need to distinguish A from B. In a square pattern from Libra to Capricorn, there is an issue of moral approach. Saturn in Capricorn leans towards conservative, tried and true, long-standing approaches without concern for feelings. Mercury in Libra sees shortcuts by speaking with sweetness, harmonizing with the environment in order to move in a desired direction. As these two planets confront each other, we begin to identify potential structural ignorances – either too sweet or too harsh – that don’t account for a holistic perspective.

My advice is to use Mercury’s intellect to parse out these cracks in the system, and then use Saturn’s strength in building foundations to make plans for change. It seems this is one of our first calls to reflect on societal and interpersonal compositions.

On the same day, September 23rd at 9:29 PM ET, Mercury in Libra sees a trine to Mars in Aquarius.

Mercury’s trine to Mars activates the mental quality. Both Libra and Aquarius enjoy ideas, and both Mercury and Mars enjoy breaking things down in order to make them better. This can present itself in a number of ways. For some, there can be a strategic quality – identifying issues and creating defense/offense plans for improved functionality. For others, there can be an aggression that comes through – a desire to share ideals and beliefs as a form of activism: the act of giving someone a piece of your mind.  In whatever way this comes through, it will likely be in response to whatever was illuminated with Mercury’s earlier contact to Saturn.

On September 24th, a full moon occurs in Aries at 10:52 PM ET. This lunation is conjoined a retrograding Chiron in Aries, opposite Mercury in Libra, and square to Saturn in Capricorn.

There is a lot of tension here, which comes from Saturn in Capricorn square to the Moon and Chiron in Aries and Sun and Mercury in Libra. The Moon’s contact to Chiron illuminates a feeling of self-doubt or uncertainty about identity. In opposition to the Libra Sun and Mercury, we feel pulled back and forth between who we really are and who people want us to be. With Saturn in the middle, squaring both parties, we ask ourselves, “What is the responsible thing to do?” For some of us, this may relate to a long-term goal we have. For others, this could call on us to review issues in relationships. Ultimately, the stress of indecision can lead to impulsive behavior which likely won’t turn out for the best. Instead, try to make space to pause and reflect. Mercury has been heavily involved in this lunar cycle, so it will be wise to lean towards articulation and thoughtful actions. Overall, this is a good lunation for self-discovery, solo endeavors, and making plans.

The Sun’s square to Saturn is exact on the following day, September 25th at 7:50 PM ET.

This can cast some low energy on the day, as the moon begins to lose light and the Sun confronts restrictive Saturn. The two luminaries are our life force, so when they are both feeling dark, our world gets a little darker too. Despite popular consciousness, darkness and shadow are not innately bad. Close your eyes and imagine something wonderful – it isn’t as easy to do that with your eyes wide open and the light shining in. So take the opportunity of the Sun-Saturn contact to let light die a little, as you use your inner wisdom to feel into the tectonic shifts that Saturn has been working on.

Chiron re-enters Pisces on the same day at 8:10 PM ET. 

Chiron’s ingress into Pisces adds to the darkness of the day. The wounded healer reminds us of the emotionality that exists within; the depth and grandeur of feeling. It can be a lot to handle on the same day as the Sun-Saturn square, but it can also be uplifting if we let it be. There is potential to drown, there is potential to float. It all depends on how you choose to move in the oceanic space of shadow.

Mars in Aquarius conjoins the South Node at 1:17 AM ET on September 26th.

Throughout Mars’ retrograde cycle, the red planet has been conjoining the South Node, activating old energy patterns and igniting us to question what is worth letting go and holding onto. The conjunction on September 26th is its last conjunction for a while. This may finalize some of the activity that came up throughout the retrograde cycle as well as the eclipse season. If you’ve been letting go of old behaviors in order to make space, this may mark a moment of the final goodbye.

To add, on the following day, both luminaries make contact with Mars.  First, the Moon squares Mars and the nodal axis, and conjoins Uranus in Taurus. The lunar involvement widens our scope of understanding and awakens insight into what has been going on since the summertime. Then the Sun in Libra sees a trine to Mars in Aquarius. The Sun-Mars contact is a heated one, and in air signs this can lead to heated conversation. The Sun-Mars trine can also indicate a spark of activism and a brighter sense of vitality in social settings. Overall, we may be feeling re-awakened to the passion felt during the summer, and a new sense of belonging/stability in whatever shifts may have occurred since then.

On September 30th, Pluto turns direct at 10:03 PM ET. 

Pluto is the furthest planet from the Sun, and the slowest moving one. What occurs during Pluto’s transits in a sign are sometime too big to really understand in the present moment. Oftentimes, it isn’t until we look back on a certain zodiacal transit that we really learn the bottom line of Pluto’s journey through that sign. That said, whenever Pluto stations direct or retrograde, its message momentarily bubbles up from the depths of the underworld so that we may be clued into its ongoing lesson. Take note of where Pluto is in your chart, and meditate on that placement on Sep 30.

The Last Quarter Moon in Cancer occurs on October 2nd at 5:45 AM ET. At this time, the Moon trines Venus in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. 

Unlike the earlier lunations in this lunar cycle, the last quarter moon softens us and gives us some space to nurture ourselves. This is a good opportunity to lean into trusted self-care practices, cozy environments, and imaginative emotional expansion. This could also be a good opportunity to feel into the nature of Venus in Scorpio and the upcoming retrograde – what energy is presented on this day? What feels beautiful, what feels loving? Why?

Later in the evening, Mercury in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn and the Moon in Cancer.  Though T-squares are tense, there is still a softness in the depths of the energetic bind we find ourselves in. Pluto in Capricorn elicits shadow work, underworld exploration. With contact to both Mercury and the Moon, this gives us a really broad sense of awareness – both intellectually and emotionally. We get to feel into the undercurrents of situations, of ourselves, of our environments, and of our relationships. It can be a lot to process, but we have the bandwidth for it. If you can work through the potential fear that comes up with darkness, you are likely to find some diamonds in the rough.

OCT 3 – OCT 13 | LIBRA 2 | THE BEAUTY OF BRUISING

The Sun’s move into the second decan of Libra spotlights Venus’ message for this retrograde period. The love planet turns retrograde, sees several aspects, and draws our consciousness towards the death-rebirth phase of Venus’ cycle. Now is a time to turn inward, and reflect on what needs to be released in order for love and beauty to be renewed.

On October 5th at 3:04 PM ET, Venus stations and turns retrograde in Scorpio.

Venus retrogrades takes beauty, desire, and love, and turns them inside out for us to learn more deeply about the core of these sweet fruits. Venus is typically felt or embodied, so the lessons often come in the form of misguided make-up routines, low self-confidence, challenging relationships, and excessive lust for hedonistic joys. In these lessons, we come to an insight that has less to do with the superficial expression and more to do with a deep reframing of what it means to really value our selves and others in our lives.

As Venus turns retrograde on October 5th, we feel the first heavy hit of Venus’ lesson. In Scorpio, this likely has to do with the underpinnings of our relationships – the unspoken promises, the secrets, the invisible energy dynamics, and the fears that can hold us back. There is something primordial and grotesque about it, wild and savage. We get to work with the blood and guts that spill out as we dissect the body of our social selves. It can be engaging work, but it can also be a lot to handle if that isn’t your sort of thing. The most important message for this retrograde is this: When in doubt, love. Behave kindly with the grotesque – we all have ugly things inside of us; it doesn’t mean that those things don’t deserve nurture and love.

On the following day, October 6th, the Moon in Virgo sees a sextile to Venus in Scorpio, which helps us download these first impressions into a visceral experience. Take note of what or who comes up, and attempt to address these insights with the calm of a loving surgeon.

On October 8th a New Moon in Libra is planted at 11:46 PM ET. This new moon applies to a square with Pluto in Capricorn and a trine with Mars in Aquarius.

The new moon plants a new intention for us. It is guided by the recently retrograde Venus, whose mission is to helps us deep dive. The square to Pluto and the trine to Mars accentuates the separative qualities of Venus’ surgical endeavors. This a defensive space for the moon – an energy best used for reflection, research, and solitude. Though the qualities of Capricorn, Libra, and Aquarius may ask us to get social, we won’t feel very safe in settings that require us to be on our best behavior. Instead, it’s best to keep a distance from anyone you might not want to make a bad impression on, and spend time in spaces where you feel free to be raw. Consider this to be an ongoing energetic that grows into a source of insight and social awareness later at the time of the Taurus Full Moon.

Mercury enters Scorpio at 8:40 PM ET on October 9th.

Mercury’s entrance into Scorpio helps us intellectualize the Venus retrograde. Now it is time to talk it out. Words can be cutting and sharp in this Mars-ruled sign, so be careful to apply your insight only to objective research and not to your self or others who you don’t want to harm. This could be an opportune time for meditation, journaling, and sharing reflections with an outside party (eg, going to a therapist).

Adding some flair to Mercury’s entrance is a Mercury-Moon conjunction at 00:35 AM ET on October 10th. This conjunction adds depth of feeling to the sharpness in Mercury’s insights. This can help us feel into awakenings, but it can also add that much more weight onto harsh words.

The following day, October 10th, Mercury in Scorpio sees an opposition to Uranus in Taurus at 1:35 PM ET and the Moon in Scorpio conjoins Venus in Scorpio at 6:15 PM ET. Later that evening, Venus in Scorpio sees a square to Mars in Aquarius at 10:28 PM ET.

The 10th of October is a day to watch for. The activity of our two most perceptive planets – Mercury and the Moon – will give us a lot of awareness around Venus’ significations and how this might play out in our lives over the next several months. Mercury opposite Uranus speaks to sudden downloads, a shift in perspective, a change of opinion. With Uranus in Taurus, another Venus ruled sign, the shifts and shocks that Mercury is downloading come in support of Venus’ intentions. With the Moon conjunct Venus, these new shifts are made very obvious and more potent. We not only are rationally aware, but we are emotionally aware as well.

Adding some punch and spice to the reversal/awakening is the Venus-Mars contact. Venus and Mars generally foster charismatic engagement: an adventurous sense of pleasure, extraversion, and willingness to be a little brash in order to get a loving message across. But with Venus in retrograde, there is something harsh and menacing about these mixtures. Venus can become a little overbearing; the love can be suffocating. Mars can be too intense, coming down too hard with moves that hurt.

Altogether, this a day for watching what occurs and not acting on an impulse. Reflective conversation and intentional awareness practice can all be of use in order to cool down some of the electricity and fire that may come through.

On October 12th at 00:10 AM ET, the Sun in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn. On the same day, Mercury in Scorpio sextiles Saturn in Capricorn at 4:19 AM ET.

The Sun-Pluto square speaks to the ongoing review of societal or relational structures that could be holding us back. This is an uncomfortable energy – how can I be authentically my self while also fitting into society? Does society need to change to fit around me? What is fair? With the Mercury-Saturn sextile, we are given an opportunity to make space for these reflections to come through in a meaningful environment. It would be wise to go to a safe space where you can share or write ideas openly.

OCT 13 – OCT 23 | LIBRA 3 | THE GAZE OF ORPHEUS

The Sun’s entrance into the third decan of Libra notably focuses on the Mercurial element. Nearly all of the major aspects during this portion of the Sun’s journey involve Mercury. This means that conversation, introspection, writing, commerce, and all other Mercury-related topics play a large role in the way we experience the end of Libra season and this first portion of Venus’ retrograde.

On October 15th Mercury conjoins Venus in Scorpio at 4:20 PM ET.

Venus and Mercury contacts often inspire poetry and technical beauty. In Scorpio, there is a willingness to uncover mystery. And with the retrograde Venus, it seems as though what is uncovered may relate to the root of what’s at stake in Venus’ underworld journey. With the hidden nature of Scorpio, and the challenges presented with Venus retrograde, there is potential for secrets to come out – letting the cat out of the bag, either accidentally or with malcontent. There could also be an important discussion that comes up around values and trust, in which bear-all conversation leads to a peak of awareness.

The following day, October 16th at 2:01 PM ET, the First Quarter Moon in Capricorn illuminates our current standing in this Venus retrograde.

The Capricorn first quarter moon further heightens awareness by identifying how our work in the Venus retrograde fits into the grander scheme of things. We get a sense of sobriety – drawing ourselves up from internal/external debate to see if there is anything we’ve forgotten about during our deep dives. It’s possible we’ve become overly consumed with a certain idea that has led us nowhere. It’s also possible that we are exactly where we need to be in the investigative process, and something additional helps us recognize this.

On October 19th, Mercury in Scorpio sees a trine to Neptune in Pisces at 5:47 AM ET.

The depth-work of this Libra season can leave us feeling heavy and burdened, so it is a relief to experience the lightening nature of Neptune wash over Mercury’s scowl. We are able to escape from some of the investigation, to drift for a moment. We can utilize this energy to analyze dreams and see into the signs that our universe often shares with us (and that we often ignore). Just be careful – sometimes with Mercury-Neptune there can be a bias to see everything as meaningful, and even the most innocent of actions can become seeds for nightmares if we let our analysis go overboard in the realm of Neptune’s fog.

On the same day, Mercury in Scorpio squares Mars in Aquarius at 1:23 PM ET.

Mercury’s square to Mars following it’s trine to Neptune can be a rude awakening to the sleepy safety of the morning. Again, it is possible that a simple misunderstanding can be blown out of proportion – accusations and other cutting words can destroy the hard work that has been invested in the Venus retrograde. Instead, when in doubt – feeling uncertain, find some space to clear your mind. This is another day best used for solo-endeavors, dreaming, and not anything too serious in social situations. If you must engage with others in a way that makes you feel combative, try to pause with a breath and make sure that you won’t mind ruining something just to make your statement.

On October 22nd, Mercury sextiles Pluto at 3:13 PM ET.

As we come to a close in Libra Season, we have an opportunity to review some of the depth work we’ve been through. This is a moment to sit and reflect before the Sun enters Scorpio, to allow thoughts and feelings to flow through us in preparation for the light of the Sun to traverse the dark space of our psyches.

 

Forecast|Virgo Season 2018

This was originally posted on astrolberries.com/blog on August 14, 2018.

Note: In our solar system, the Sun is the central point around which the planets orbit. From the Earth perspective, we cannot survive without sunlight; it is the light that nourishes our bodies, and the spotlight under which we act out our entire lives. Given the Sun’s importance, we’ve learned to articulate time around its trends. The Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice all relate back to the felt shifts of shining brilliance the Sun shares with us in this lonely universe. And so it is from Earth’s perspective that I write these astrological forecasts in time with the Sun’s journey through the tropical zodiac.

THE OVERVIEW

The Sun’s entrance into Virgo shifts the collective focus from fiery passion to grounded intentions. We feel a renewed need to step back and observe how the recent information and activity of Leo season fits into our current reality structures. We’ve been through the fire, seen some of the shadows that light can create, and felt the intense shift of the eclipses. Like learning a new dance, the integration of learned insights may not be in sync with the rest of our lives. Appropriately, Virgo Season gives us the opportunity to expand on the details, to reconnect with our natural rhythm and process.

Virgo is often associated with turning chaos into order. It is a mutable earth sign ruled by Mercury, a planet that always wants to categorize and organize what’s in front of it. In earth, Mercury’s desire to separate things is embodied in activities like cleaning, bookkeeping, and lab work. There is a precision to Virgo because of Mercury’s love of details; and that precision can sometimes look like perfectionism, nit-picking, and anxiety. In many ways there is an engineering quality to this mutable earth sign – I imagine a mechanic gently taking apart a car, wiping down every nook & cranny, inspecting every detail, and then putting it back together in perfect order, restoring the function of the car. Another association with Virgo is healing – because this sign can elevate a planet’s sensitivity to details, there is a natural desire for filtering that can occur where we might see a strength in removing toxins in order to restore or maintain function.

In kind, the astrology of this Virgo Season is asking us to meticulously sort through the recently shifted sands and re-create order for better functionality and overall well-being.


AUG 23- SEP 2 | THE SHAPE OF THINGS | VIRGO 1

As the dust finally settles from the recent eclipse season, the Sun’s entrance into Virgo allows us to see the shape of things. We enter a season so dedicated to the earth element that shape, form, function, and our literal physical things are now in focus. This is a welcome break from the attention we’ve been placing on internal passions and our energetic expression of self. Now we can finally put plans into motion.

In support of plans in motion, Mars will be stationing in its exaltation degree in Capricorn. This can produce an excited stillness, an anticipation for release of pent-up tension, like a crouch before the jump. To add, the potential energy is further compounded as the Sun immediately becomes a part of a Grand Earth Trine with excitable Uranus in Taurus and steady Saturn in Capricorn.

The Grand Earth Trine first reaches its fullest culmination on August 25th, and sets the tone for the rest of Virgo Season.

Grand Trines are associated with the three signs of a single element: water, fire, earth, or air. The Grand Earth Trine of this Virgo Season is completely absorbed in the elemental qualities of earth. Some buzz words include: cold, dry, reflective, steady, grounded, practical, embodied, physical, sensual, dedicated, stubborn. However, because of Uranus’ involvement in the Grand Trine, movement becomes a major part of this aspect pattern! Think: movement of physical objects, overcoming a static situation, removing obstacles, shifting furniture, large shipments, and mass production. The Mars station, though it isn’t in aspect to the Grand Trine, amplifies that sense of shake-up/wake-up to Uranus’s movement quality by coloring the moment with an extra-boosted desire for action. Saturn’s placement in the trine suggests that what is moved or changed has the potential to stand the test of time for better or worse. And with the Sun involved, it seems that the change is related to the recent eclipse season and what has been learned or let go from that earlier environment.

One day after the Grand Earth Trine’s culmination, we see the culmination of the full moon in Pisces. This occurs on August 26th, and is directly involved in the Grand Trine’s aspect pattern.

The full moon in Pisces re-emphasizes the integration of changes related to the recent eclipse season since the Sun & Moon are reaching a full phase following the new phase of the Solar Eclipse on August 11th. On the same day, Venus in Libra sees a harsh square to Pluto in Capricorn. The Venus-Pluto square adds a social depth to the full moon’s illuminating perceptions, giving us an opportunity to see where we stand in outdated, unfair, and unjust social patterns. We can use the Grand Earth Trine and Pisces Full Moon to identify priorities, goals, and processes that will support our development towards being better humans.

On August 27th, Mars stations Direct.

A release from the stillness, a jolt of energy, the relief of finally being able to move again. For some of us, the Mars station will be harsh – we may see the final collapse of a broken system, the climax of an ongoing battle, or a violent break from a terrible situation. Though it can be harsh or violent, the direct motion of Mars is something that will give all of us renewed sense of vitality and energy. Overall, anything difficult that may arise during this time will likely be for the best in the long run.

If you’d like to know more about how Mars will affect you, consider getting a natal chart consultation.

Following the Mars station and direct motion, the planets are relatively quiet until the Sun enters the next 10 degrees of Virgo on September 2nd. This gives us the opportunity to find a sense of calm or play time – almost like a break from the intentionality of working with the planetary energies. Most likely, due to Mars, we’ll be feeling ultra energetic and may even have a desire to be productive. I suggest using the productive energy to make plans or work on something that’s already in motion rather than doing anything seriously important – save the important stuff for moments when the planets are actively engaged. 🙂


SEP 2 – SEP 12 | EVOLVING PATTERNS | VIRGO 2

As the Sun continues into the second decan of Virgo, Mercury reclaims full speed and even begins to move a little faster.

In highlight of Mercury’s revitalization, the Moon in Gemini comes into a last quarter phase with the Sun on September 2nd.

The last quarter moon in Gemini signifies a mindful wrap-up to the nearly finished re-integration process from the eclipse season. Whatever had been planted, illuminated, uncovered, or started during the eclipse season is reviewed once more before falling behind the veil again until early 2019. Adding to the review process, the quicksilver planet Mercury sees a friendly sextile to Venus in Libra. This combination encourages us to consider how we influence others and how others influence us.

Three days later, Mercury enters Virgo on September 5th.

Mercury is not only at home in the sign of Virgo, but is also exalted – giving this mental planet some extra dignity in its abilities to dissect, analyze, and process. As Mercury enters the first decan of Virgo, like the Sun just 10 days earlier, it becomes the missing Virgo piece to the Grand Earth Trine with Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn.

The second Grand Earth Trine, now with Mercury, occurs on September 7th.

This is an opportunity to better understand, articulate, and build on what occurred during the last Grand Trine on August 25th. And with Mercury’s involvement in the aspect pattern, there may be an added emphasis on organization of materials and fine tuning processes. Additionally, Saturn stations direct in Capricorn the day before, speaking to the longer Saturn transit in its home sign of Capricorn. Saturn’s station brings an extra sturdiness to the realizations made, and can offer a positive support to an active analytical mind (Mercury) and reversal-revealing insight awareness (Uranus). That’s to say – if you get a little anxious about the shifting potentials and the literal changes to your environment, Saturn will likely be there to offer support in the form of sturdy structure – both figuratively and literally.

Then, on September 8th the Moon and the asteroid Pallas Athene in Virgo repeat the Grand Earth Trine, giving us another opportunity to really feel into and understand the significance of the Grand Trine. 

This repetitive energy really drives home the point of the Grand Earth Trine. The Moon helps us to gain a felt awareness of how the physical developments are affecting us internally. Pallas Athene, an asteroid in tone with the lore of Athena, helps us identify the patterns of the Grand Earth Trine and how the patterns may develop into the future.

At this point you may notice that there is a huge focus on practicality, stability, and physicality during this repeating Grand Earth Trine, almost to a fault (even shocking Uranus is only shaking us to reveal optimized approaches to fostering stability) – One might wonder, where is the fun and fire? Where is the love and passion? Where is the emotion and the felt community? OR it is possible that you may not notice the over-emphasis on practicality at all because Grand Trines have a tendency to swallow us in the vortex of their element. 

Fortunately we do have a balancing set of aspects going on in the background: the Sun in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces, and Venus in Libra squares Mars in Capricorn. The Sun-Neptune opposition takes us out of ourselves and asks us to blur the lines between ego and the universe, inspiring a “we are one” attitude and a nebulous sense of self that can bring meaning to the changes and structures occurring in the earth plane. The Venus-Mars square adds excitement, passion, and a relational flavor to the deeper meaning and structure of the Grand Earth Trine; we may find ourselves in tense situations with others in an attempt to defend values or find a sense of internal harmony; those tensions can energize us to really utilize the power of the Grand Earth Trine to find a structure that better suits our needs.

A day later, on September 9th, Venus enters Scorpio and really starts to slow down, readying itself for retrograde motion.

Venus in Scorpio finds value, fun, and joy in uncovering mysteries, understanding the depths of others, and in the aesthetic beauty of anything taboo. Because of the slow motion, there may be some difficulty in social cues – perhaps aggression, jealousy, or defensiveness comes out; harmony is lacking; and separation from others becomes a challenge. Coinciding with this new flavor of social interactions, a New Moon in Virgo occurs, and this lunation is opposite foggy Neptune. As a result, September 9th holds a huge emphasis on what it means to be separate from others, on how to create structures in our lives, and who or what to trust. This naturally relates back to the Grand Earth Trine realizations over the last few days, and offers us an opportunity to plant seeds in response to what we’ve learned so far. This also gives us the opportunity to hit reset, to step back and read the signs – to determine what our next steps should be.

On September 10th, Mars re-enters Aquarius and moves closer to the South Node of the Moon.

Once again, as in Leo season, we are brought into an energetic state of strategy and conscious awareness. Mars in Aquarius wants to develop plans, take action on theories, and to build or remodel a better future. Being so close to the South Node, there is also a source of spiritual release in Mars’ actions – as we build, what underlying aggressions can be released in order to make this structure stronger? This may show up in a couple ways, for instance: as a desire to step back from distraction so one can focus on an action plan; or to indulge in those old resentments and to get lost in overanalyzing and social manipulation.

In support of positive release, on September 11th we see the Sun in Virgo form a sextile to Jupiter in Scorpio, and then, on September 12th, the Sun forms a trine to Pluto in Capricorn. Also on the 12th, Jupiter in Scorpio forms a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn.

By synthesizing these aspects together, we see that there is an opportunity to become better versions of ourselves by digging into the deeper darker parts of why we are here and what the point of our existence is. This supports Mars’ best intentions of building a better future. By diving deep into the hidden parts of self, we can discover underlying potentials that inspire us to make changes. We, then, are motivated to clear space and to find an energetic (and potentially literal) foundation from which we can act in confidence.

Overall, this series of aspects upon Mars’ ingress into Aquarius catalyzes us to consider what is essential in the process of spiritual growth and evolution. This energy beautifully ushers the Sun into the third decan of Virgo.


SEP 12 – SEP 22 | A TURN OF THE WHEEL | VIRGO 3

When the Sun enters the third decan of Virgo, there is an energetic shift toward spirit. Because Virgo is a mutable sign, it has a tendency to wrap things up and make space for the new potentials of the upcoming shift in seasons; especially so in the third decan. To add, after the Sun makes its way through this final ten degrees of Virgo, it will hit the equinox point, creating a perfect balance of night and day all over the world. At the entrance of the Sun into this decan, there is a shift from the earthly realm into the spiritual one creating a decay effect in what has been built up from the last equinox in March. These are days to consider what ideas will last beyond the physical representation – the legacy of something.

On September 12th, in perfect harmony with the energetic shift of the seasons, Venus in Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus and forms a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn.

Because Venus rules Taurus, it gives Uranus an extra boost to do what Uranus does best – to reveal truths and insights in order to optimize our understanding of something. In steady stubborn Taurus, it can be particularly unnerving to experience Uranus’ quakes, making us slower to accept changes.  And so with this super strong Venus-Uranus opposition, we are woken up to any of the truths and revelations we are still resisting. A slightly helpful boost to any rude awakenings is the sextile between Venus and Saturn, giving us the possibility to find a support system during Uranus’ activation. To add, the Moon mirrors Venus’ aspects, acting as a huge magnifying glass, bringing a sense of awareness and felt experience into what occurs.

The following day, September 13th, Mercury in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces. 

This opposition slows down our mental processes for just long enough to really understand how we feel about what’s been going on. Up to this point, a lot of physical changes have been occurring, and a sort of over-focus on finding steadiness and practicality, which can lead to cynicism, overwhelm, and stubbornness. With Venus in Scorpio slowing down, and opposing Uranus, there is an added emphasis on how these changes feel. The Mercury-Neptune opposition can feel stressful at first, but offers us an opportunity to find a sense of wonder and faith in the process. This isn’t the best day for anything too analytical or mentally oriented, but it’s a fine day for release, reflection, daydreaming, feeling, and intuiting.

On September 15th, in pattern with the move towards a mental realm, Mercury in Virgo sees a trine to Pluto in Capricorn and, then on the 16th it forms a sextile to Jupiter in Scorpio.

Like the Grand Earth Trine, this is another aspect pattern that the Sun has already been through and that Mercury is re-visiting for us. So we come back to the questions around what it means to exist in this world and to be a part of the structures of this reality. We might ask more questions, gain flashes of insight about soul-deep purposes, and begin to parse out and articulate what was felt a few days earlier on September 11th and 12th.

Following Mercury’s positive aspects to Pluto and Jupiter, a First Quarter Moon occurs in Sagittarius on September 16th.

This lunation calls an awareness to spirit over matter, a repeat pattern of this decan. The Moon in Sagittarius highlights purpose and foresight, the ability to passionately pursue that which makes us feel alive. A sense of physicality is not necessarily present in Sagittarius, but with the First Quarter square to the Sun in Virgo, we have to consider where we started and what the intentions and foundation of this moon cycle are? We have to ask, how are our seeds from the New Moon on September 9th being fulfilled today? In some ways, the questions asked and the answers determined may be related to what was articulated in Mercury’s positive aspects to Pluto and Jupiter leading up to this lunar phase.

Then, amidst our philosophical inquiries, on September 18th, Mars in Aquarius sees a final square to Uranus in Taurus.

Considering the last few squares between Mars and Uranus since May of this year, this square is the last one we’ll see for a while. This may bring a sense of completion or finality to what has occurred in Mars’ retrograde pattern,  as well as marking a clear message or lesson from Uranus in Taurus. Whatever comes up today is likely to be part of a larger pattern over the next 7 years of Uranus’ transit through Taurus. This is likely related to finding a sense of nurture and stability from within. For more information on how this pattern may unfold in your life, consider getting a natal chart consultation.

Two days later on September 20th, Mercury sees a conjunction to the Sun in Virgo, a grand entrance towards a new path forward. On the following day, Mercury enters Libra and sees a trine to the Moon in Aquarius.

This is the final push towards spirit and away from form. As Mercury conjoins the Sun, we may come into a new state of awareness; our articulation is strengthened; and any plans made during this Virgo season are put into motion.

Mercury’s ingress into Libra shifts our focus from observation to interaction. It spotlights Venus’ slow down, and takes us out of our selves, into a sense of social awareness. As our attention turns towards this new season, we begin to see how our ideas impact the world around us, for better or worse.