FORECAST | Leo Season 2019

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

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This Leo Season, we take the wet unsteady forms of Cancer Season and fire them in the metaphorical kiln which is Leo. During that time under the Cancer Sun, we dismantled our most constrictive structures and recovered our inner needs. Many of us have felt the unsteadiness and awkwardness of leaving the known behind. I imagine the wet feathers of a newly hatched bird, of stepping out of water and into the sunshine. Leo burns brightly for us, and helps us find shape in the spark of identity.

Leo is a sign of purpose – it’s the fire that burns within our hearts. Wherever Leo is in your chart, that is a place in support of your identity and truth. And then consider where the Sun is – the Sun rules Leo and shines a portal of brilliant authenticity wherever it takes up space. As you reflect on these placements, you may begin to see one of two paths emerge: A path of sweet nakedness, of the most open-hearted expression of identity. Or a path of performance – needing to construct persona in order to meet expectations. You may also find that you live a winding spiral path which incorporates both the nakedness and the performance.

As the Sun returns to it’s home in Leo, each of us gets an opportunity to re-connect with that inner chord of being. We get to see that part of our chart light up, to experience the brightness of purpose come forward and flow through our lives and environment. Some of us will feel it deep inside and others of us will see it come alive in others. In all cases, the flash of fire will strike us and enliven us with passion.

This is a season of stepping into the light and embracing the heat of is-ness. It is a spotlight on the stage, inspiration to make the change, the comfort of one’s beating heart. We release the muddiness of Cancer season as easy and effortless as evaporating water. We recognize our inner light, and awaken to the slow burn of self.


HOROSCOPES

Find your rising sign below to receive a brief summary into the areas of life that will be impacted by Leo Season. Continue to the Timeline portion to get exact dates and descriptions for the events to come.

ARIES

Aries, Leo season activates your 5th house of passion, pleasure, and romance. There is play energy here! After the challenging and potentially traumatic experience of the eclipses in your responsibility axis, your heart needs a break. Opening to the loving vibration of Leo can help you access the joy of inner-child. You are given permission to come alive in your authentic self.

TAURUS

Taurus, Leo season activates your 4th house of home and soul. Ancestry and roots and potential you-ness comes to the fore. This is the ground of your birth moment, the place that holds you and re-wombs you every night. Considering, also, the heat of Uranus in your identity sector – you’ve got a lot electricity running through your self-concept. Allow yourself to come undone in Leo season and to access deep love of self. You are allowed to be vulnerable!

GEMINI

Gemini, Leo season activates your 3rd house of all things in motion. Getting from here to there, thoughts, flow, energy unfolding in the now. This is a sunflower following the sunshine in order to get the most out of the day. This is a profound season of experiencing magic in the moment. Take a deep breath and unravel your mind with gentle awareness. Just like the sun which feeds the entire earth with energy, you are able to fuel your life path with nurturing warmth. Each step is an opportunity for love to blossom at your feet.

CANCER

Cancer, Leo season activates your 2nd house of resources and valuables. You are your most valuable possession. After the heightened energy of the eclipses, you’ve had to re-focus yourself on what you want out of life. The work of following your heart requires constant replenishment. Filling your cup again and again allows you to take charge of your life and build your resources from the ground up. This season is one of deep deep nurture. Give yourself the gift of grounding and stability. Take up the space you need.

LEO

Leo, this season activates your 1st house of self and identity. You are the sunshine, bright and bold and filled to the brim with purpose. This is a season of big-love, of opening yourself to the good fortune of raw passion. Inspiration comes knocking at your door nearly every day over the next four weeks. You’ve got something incredible blossoming inside of you. Let this season open your heart and mind to the magic of synchronicity. Repeat this phrase: “The Universe is for me.”

VIRGO

Virgo, Leo season activates yous 12th house of hidden mysteries. The power of your spiritual landscape shines brightly and beckons you to take pause from the outer world. There is a need to spiral inwards and connect with your core divinity. The energy of this season holds space for you to process and comprehend what has unfolded over the last few months. You need this receiving space, the quiet moments under the sun, the stillness of reflection. These moments nourish you and replenish your spirit. A fire is burning in your innermost sacred center, allow it to warm you.

LIBRA

Libra, Leo season activates your 11th house of community, network, and friendships. The pleasure of your connection to the world is life-giving. This is a healing season after the challenges presented with the eclipses. You can find solace in seeking the nourishing bonds of like-minds. Your authentic self is being called to come into the light of this season. The world wants to know you, and your heart will feel so full if you let the mask fall off to reveal a truer more vulnerable you.

SCORPIO

Scorpio, Leo season activates your 10th house of career and public achievement. The world is your stage. With the shocks of Uranus moving through your partnership sector, there can be uncertainty around who to trust and how to be. This season allows you to access an avenue of authenticity through your calling to create and manifest your you-ness for the world. Art and drama and love and body are meant to be seen and shared. You have the option to fill the world with inspiration and love and you.

SAGITTARIUS

Sagittarius, Leo season activates your 9th house of life-adventure. This is a place of your broadcasted opinion, your concept of the path unfolding, and what you believe in. This is the place where the life-adventure is witnessed on a big picture scale. The sun’s illumination of this terrain brightens your mind and evolves your heart-space. The thrill of discovering spirit and the beyond. Passion awakens your higher self, and you can find yourself floating in a realm of meaningful self-discovery.

CAPRICORN

Capricorn, Leo season activates your 8th house of subtle energy. This is a place of the bonds that happen between you and others, you and your environment. This is where you project your desires, where you feel jealousy and longing. Accessing the gems of this invisible realm takes concentration, focus, and work. If you can tune into the roots of your projections/desires, you can discover the empowering possibilities that you hold within. The ability to manifest by transforming the invisible energy into action steps. You are the solar panels soaking in the power of the sun, and fueling major industry. But only if you are willing to access the shadow realm of your longing.

AQUARIUS

Aquarius, Leo season activates your 7th house of others, relationships, partnerships. There is a strong desire to connect and dissolve into other people. You have the ability to use other people’s bright energy to enliven your sense of purpose. You can see potential in others, illuminate their divine light. It can be enchanting, the way people are. Know that everything you see in someone else is what you yourself offer the world. You are a bright beacon of wonderful human-ness, and anyone who doesn’t see this in you is not worth your energy.

PISCES

Pisces, Leo season activates your 6th house of the undefined. This is a place of many questions, and the constant practice of finding answers. As it so often turns out, answers are hidden in the processes of seeking. Like taking apart a car in order to see what’s inside, we can never really know without digging deeper into the issue at hand. This can take courage when it comes to your sense of purpose in life. Unmasking the ins and outs of what makes you tick can require strength of heart and an open mind. Fortunately, this season offers you just that.


TIMELINE

*all times are listed in Eastern Time.

July 22 at 10:50 PM, the Sun enters Leo.

Like the moment when you wake up naturally to the most exquisite sunrise – like the perfect synchronicity of life, as if everything is in tune. It feels good the way sincere joy wells up in the body. No need to rush, no anxiety, no depression, only the distinct pleasure of presence. << that’s the Sun’s experience.

If you’ve got a strong Sun in your chart, you’ll probably feel that same level of brightness. However, if your Sun faces more challenges, then this season may present more difficulty.

This is a season of reconnecting to our solar natures, and relates to energies like the following:

  • Expression of self

  • Dressing well

  • Physical well-being

  • Optimism

  • Feeling seen and loved

  • Pride in personal truth

If you feel like the above is too difficult or causes stress for you, then this season holds the potential to be an uncomfortable awareness around that. On the other hand, you could always choose to explore the discomfort in pursuit of healing your heart. I think of the tarot card Strength, which is often connected to the sign of Leo. This card represents the gentleness involved with courage and power – the essence of holding space for self. It takes a soft touch to open the heart and to feel the warmth of strength in vulnerability.

Even if you find it easy to live in your solar nature, consider how much lovelier it would be if you could savor every second of it. No rush to be, just be.

July 24 at 8:26 PM, Mercury Rx conjoins Venus in Cancer.

Retrograde Mercury touches Venus and together they come up with the most beautiful language for desire and pleasure. This is a planetary aspect of love letters, heart-to-hearts, and deeply felt confessions. The retrograde element adds a synchronous layer to things, the feeling of walking in a circle to discover you’ve climbed a spiral, and the way confusion helps us find the true path forward. It’s sort of marked with a feeling of “meant-to-be.”

In Cancer, this expressed eros comes in subtle messages ~ a brief glance across the room, the electricity of not touching, the way silence seems to be so full of meaning.

This aspect can also open us to more creativity, sensuality, and personal pleasure. As we pursue what we love to do and feel, we can find ourselves illuminated with thoughts and realizations. The power of feeling pleasure is that it can open us to flow.

July 24 at 9:18 PM, the Final Quarter Moon is exact in Taurus.

We are still technically in eclipse season. Even though the Sun is now in Leo, and the eclipses are over, the lunar cycle that began on July 2nd’s Solar Eclipse is still in effect. This Final Quarter Moon is the tail end of eclipse season.

As such, the element of distortion is still at play. Typically as the moon wanes and loses light, the lack of body helps us release what needs to fade away. In this context, the body of the moon is already inaccessible. Whatever we would have left behind has been in release since eclipse season began. So this is a final purge rather than the beginning of an end.

In Taurus, we feel the release around body, physical form, earth, the five senses, and sensuality. To add, Uranus in Taurus reminds us of its significations and the role it has played in eclipse season. This is the background breaker of walls ~ the Uranian jolt which awakens us to body intelligence and genius of our home planet. This is a striking lunation – one filled with the release of bodily needs and messages…. I imagine a free fall sensation – that discomfort of losing control, but knowing it’ll be better if you let go 100% rather than try to hold on at all.

As we go into this final phase of eclipse season, consider where you still hold resistance and seek to release it.

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July 25 at 8:22 AM, Mars in Leo sees a trine to Jupiter in Sagittarius.

The energetic flare of Mars-Jupiter contacts in fire signs breathes life into us! Wherever the fire signs are in your chart will awaken with a dramatic happiness and excitement. The desire to make good on plans made, spontaneous adventures, and the courage associated with pursuit of passion.

It’s also important to note that Jupiter is stationing at this time – sitting on 14 degrees of Sagittarius for the next four weeks. The Mars contact to Jupiter is a hot entrance into the broader significations of Jupiter’s transit through Sagittarius. This will likely be felt through the will and the internal push to make something happen in your life. The drive (Mars) to pursue (Jupiter).

It could be helpful to consider where Sagittarius and Leo are in your chart and to identify the connection between those two areas of your life. As you see them brighten and burn for action, your awareness of them will give you the choice to harness their power for something productive. If you don’t, then it’s somewhat up to fate, eh?

And isn’t that the most Mars-Jupiter concept = fate versus free-will? Jupiter would have it all align with the stars ~ everything connects. Mars would rather take it into their own hands and craft something out of it. As these two planets work together now, there is an opportunity to blend what you feel is fated with the work of choice and decision-making. This is powerful energy, and it only lasts for a couple days before and after.

July 27 at 9:53 PM, Venus enters Leo.

Venus in Leo is raw creative energy. It is the pleasure of passion, the adrenaline pumping ecstasy of love. Fiery Leo loves to burn bright, to show off and express the truth of it’s inner light. With Venus carrying Leo’s flame, there is a warmth to touch, a fire in the eyes of love. There is a need to express love in identity. Under this transit, we seek beauty in presence. We desire light.

The flicker of candle light, sweet aroma of body, the bonfire romance, the satisfaction of dressing the way you feel. It’s a bold energy, one that loves to be pet and felt and witnessed. Most importantly, Venus in Leo loves to love – love itself and love others, shine that brilliance all around.

If you are someone with a bit of solar deficiency in your chart, you may find it hard to fill yourself with the glow of self-love. Even if you have a fine sun placement, we live in a world that makes it easier to ignore yourself than it is to love yourself. With the fluorescent damage of capitalism, we seek artificial sunlight to help our inner child grow. What if, instead of finding superficial fixes, we took the time to bask under the healing heat of self-care? That’s what this transit offers us.

July 29 at 7:14 PM, the Sun in Leo sees a square to Uranus in Taurus.

Sun-Uranus inspires eccentricity. In a square aspect, there is tension. Volcanic outbursts for a more individualized, more authentic, more eccentric self. And yet, what about the person I have always been? The center of existence is the sun, no? There is a clash in the “how-to,” but at the core of this dynamic is a shared motive for is-ness and truth. In identifying that what is truly the core of you will never truly change, we are liberated from the prison of labels and brands.

In a mundane sense, this is an electric day. Energy is charged, but the moon is dark… this is kind of like being wired on caffeine while very sleep-deprived. Under such conditions, impulsive reactions are likely.

July 31

at 11:11 PM, the New Moon in Leo is exact.

A fresh start!

Breathe it in…. slow deep breaths. ahhh

We finally step out of eclipse season and settle back into “normal life.” I imagine being stuck in a hotel room all day and then finally stepping into the glorious outside; that feeling of being alive, the way our bodies expand at the touch of endless sky after learning to shrink under the walls that box us in.

As we move through this transition, ushered by the moon, there can be a sense of shock – the way change does. No matter how gently we try to introduce it, there is still the fact that this energy is distinctly different from what we just came out of. If you’ve been paying close meditative attention to the flow of activity in your life, then perhaps you’ll have an easier time with this…. but I suspect most of us will be a little startled.

And in this shifting, the illuminations and insights are invited to blossom. Isn’t it funny how we get such clarity in hindsight? It is one of the natural effects of change; understanding happens as we open, as we allow the borders of our mind to expand.

To add, at 11:57 PM, Mercury stations direct in Cancer. Comprehension is determined to plant itself in our lives. Mercury’s direct motion is perfectly synced to the new moon, putting extra emphasis on the way understanding   t a k e s   t i m e . // The station points in Mercury’s retrograde cycle are highly charged moments of downloading/expression. They draw on the power of archetypal messaging and send each of us specially customized cognitions. In this specific station, we are able to access the lessons of the eclipses and use those lessons to grow ourselves & our lives under the fruitful energy of this lunar cycle.

This is a potent new moon: it holds the power to evolve our consciousness.

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August 2 at 6:00 AM, Venus in Leo sees a square to Uranus in Taurus.

Venus’s tense angle to Uranus helps push the electric-shock planet to express it’s intent. Earlier this season, it was the Sun’s square to Uranus that highlighted the desire for eccentric-authentic expression – the liberation of identity as organic rather than constructed. Now, Uranus meets with the ruler of Taurus. And as such, there is a special energy to this square. It certainly has the standard stress involved with square aspects, but with a deeper intent at play. This is a growth, developmental moment.

Venus breathes significance into Uranus, suggesting that the Uranian revelations address self-worth, self-value, self-love.

This isn’t the first time Venus has seen a square to Uranus in Taurus, and it won’t be the last. In fact, this is only the beginning of a long walk with Uranus in Taurus (we’ve got 6.5 years to go). So consider this moment of connection a special one – it teaches us something about what Uranus is doing in our lives. (which is to say that we are learning a higher-level expression of the Taurus things… things like land, body, touch, sensuality, nourishment, and resource).

To add another layer of importance, Uranus is stationing – apparently standing still in the sky at 6 degrees of Taurus, readying itself for a retrograde. These station moments are particularly dense with downloads. Venus helps funnel the Uranus information into a Leonine expression.

This looks like an awakening of bodily needs which leads to a deepening of passion for self, for land, for where you are.

August 7 at 3:31 AM, the Sun in Leo sees a trine to Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Sun trine Jupiter is an expansive brightness. It dissolves the need for boundary and opens the spirit to connection; to the life-giving sensation of joy. Of note, Jupiter is stationing at 14 degrees of Sagittarius, readying itself for direct motion. The Sun’s contact to Jupiter spotlights the influence of Jove’s retrograde. This is a good moment to reflect back to April 2019 and what came up then in the realm of Sagittarius. There were likely some downloads around personal narrative, the way you understand your place in the world, and the notion of what is Truth.

Now that Jupiter is nearly finished with retrograde, consider how your concepts of storytelling, personal mythology, and reality have changed or grown. For instance, there may have been shifts in the way you experience synchronicity. Perhaps you gained a new philosophical approach, or you took on a new adventure that altered your perspective.

As you note the changes, utilize the Sun’s trine to Jupiter to fertilize your spirit with comprehension. Consider it a graduation ceremony or a moment of recognition. Take time to allow your developments to fully nourish your soul.

For what it’s worth, these may not have been positive changes for you. Still, accepting what was painful heals the spirit and allows it to grow fresh. To add, we still have almost 4 months of Jupiter in Sagittarius, so anything you’d like to change or shift about this transit could be enacted at this moment.

August 7 at 1:30 PM, the First Quarter Moon in Scorpio is exact.

Remember that fresh breath of air Leo New Moon? This Scorpio lunation is when the cycle becomes noticeably involved. The Moon is now growing it’s light-body into near wholeness, and whatever was planted at that earlier new moon is now a bud coming into blossom. Imagination ripens to the point of actualization, materialization. Like wishing to see something or someone and suddenly having access to them.

In Scorpio, this moon takes the Leo energy of “is” and roots it into the evolutionary nature of emotional authenticity. If you aren’t living in your most naked, most vulnerable, most gruesome self-truth, then are you living at all? It’s all a performance if you aren’t expressing something real. This lunation poses the question, “Are you fearful of some inner thing you’ve deemed ugly?”

… I come back to that tarot card Strength. In the Rider-Waite-Smith version, there is a person in white dress and flowers-in-hair petting a lion. The impression is that it takes gentleness, love, and patience in order to access courage, strength, and power. In this image, I see the Lion as this Scorpio quarter moon — we can access the power of Scorpio’s depths only with patience, love and kindness.

Another way of thinking about it is this: something is coming up from a dark place. It definitely relates to the eclipses – of what is no longer supporting us and what we need to nourish. And as such, it can feel uncomfortable and like something we’d rather ignore. But it still exists even if you ignore it, and has a way of coming up despite our best efforts at swallowing it down.

So it is for your own benefit (and everyone around you) to acknowledge and hold and accept all of you, every scratch and bump and fearful bit (with love). When you love yourself, the world blossoms at your feet. You are able to take up space in a way that heals. This is the great gift of the Scorpio Moon; will you accept?

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August 8 at 4:27 PM, Venus in Leo sees a trine to Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Following the previous day’s practice in self-awareness and self-acceptance, Venus appropriately sends a loving ray of light to Jupiter. This is the bounty of self-love mixed with an optimistic outlook. Having faith that, even though you aren’t where you want to be, you are on your way. This is also a love of in-the-moment. The flare-up of joy and pleasure mixing together.

Jupiter-Venus is also expansive gratitude. This is the heart-opener, the loving-kindness meditation, the awakened spirit’s call for affection.

Sometimes easy aspects come and go without much fruition because they don’t require decision-making. It’s like when you walk by the most beautiful landmarks without pause. In this fast-paced world, it is encouraged to move past joy in pursuit of something better (is there anything better than joy?). You could take this Venus-Jupiter aspect as an opportunity to lovingly rebel against our capitalist influences and sink deep in the mouth-watering excellence of love and gratitude. Acceptance, allowance. Like standing in the sun after feeling so cold in the air-conditioning. Soaking up the sun.

❤ August 11 ❤

This is an electric day packed with high-vibe energy and significant shifts in focus. I tend to use the “rule of three” and find that days with at least three major planetary actions often bring important messages or themes for us to consider. In particular, August 11th promotes freedom and acceptance.

To add, with all of the changes of this day, there can be a feeling of whiplash. So much activity can leave us feeling overwhelmed, so it is important to be gentle with yourself.

at 9:37 AM, Jupiter stations direct in Sagittarius.

Jupiter’s station direct is an exciting shift towards the future. In general, positive Jupiter transits tend to heighten consciousness for bigger better downloads, awaken our higher selves, and inspire happy adventure. During Jupiter’s retrograde, these experiences are subdued. It can become more internal than external, more passive than active, and generally less outwardly productive. It’s not unlike taking a 4-month sabbatical – there is still something very meaningful and helpful about Jupiter, but it isn’t as obvious externally.

So when Jupiter stations direct, there is a home-coming quality. There is a wild energy yearning for freedom, and on the day of the station freedom is finally granted. This is a moment filled with bursts of hope and excited downloads around what has been and what is to come.

at 3:45 PM, Mercury enters Leo.

Mercury was last in Leo from June 26-July 19. Back then, we were deep in the eclipse season. Mercury was drifting slowly through the Lion’s den, living as an evening star, tired – near the end of it’s rope. Now, following the retrograde and awakening as a morning star, Mercury is bright and bushy-tailed. It joins Mars, the Sun, and Venus in Leo, creating a stellium of gold-lion planets! 🦁

Mars defends personal honor in Leo, the Sun radiates purpose in Leo, Venus self-loves in Leo… and Mercury cognates, communicates, and comprehends what all of this means. Over the last few weeks, Mercury has been re-orienting itself. Now it comes into this solar crowd with fresh eyes, ready to give language to everything it sees and feels.

Wherever Leo is in your chart, know that Mercury’s entrance into this sign draws extra attention, almost fixation into it.

at 10:26 PM, Uranus stations retrograde.

Uranus has been in station position for a while now, cruising slowly through 6 degrees of Taurus. It has been at this degree since early July and will remain at 6 degrees until late September. It hits optimal stillness from Aug 5 to Aug 19. During this period of time there is a building critical mass of potential energy. Like an overfilled balloon, the elasticity eventually gives way and rips – especially if provoked. As such, these days can feel dense with Uranian messaging – concepts around authenticity, liberation, truth, and idealism are prominent.

The retrograde moment is particularly provoking – this apparent reversal in direction can feel like an apparent reversal in lived experience. Wherever Taurus is in your chart will illuminate the area of life where this reversal or shift may occur. If it helps, I have story highlight on my instagram that identifies what area of life to consider by using your rising sign.

August 14 at 2:07 AM, Venus conjoins the Sun in Leo.

Like Mercury, Venus goes through a dance around the Sun – conjoining, separating, retrograding, conjoining again. At this point in the dance, Venus is at the peak experience in a superior conjunction to the Sun. This is like a full moon, the energy is rich. The corresponding new moon moment occurred with an inferior conjunction in Scorpio on October 26, 2018 ~ do you remember when Venus was retrograde back then?

At the time of the October inferior conjunction, something new came into our lives. Something around the way we relate to people – how we assign social value to ourselves and others, and the way we engage in meaningful connections. Since it occurred in Scorpio, there is a very witchy energy involved ~ strong emotional bonds to the environment, to body, to people.

Now, as Venus reaches a state of fullness in Leo, we consider the relationship between Leo and Scorpio. Isn’t it funny how this is mirrored by the first quarter moon on August 7? The difference is that Venus has taken the Scorpio intent of intense emotional bonding to the Leo realm of “is-ness” rather than the other way around. This means that whatever we have sought externally is truly found internally.

In a simplified context, Scorpio finds excellence through internal work, but Venus can get lost in this inner realm and seek to discover pleasure externally. If tarot is something that speaks to you – the 7 of Cups is connected with Venus in Scorpio… seeking to fix or heal or transmute the inner pain by way of external pleasures. But the virtue of Scorpio is the depth of self-healing, of going down into the internal hellscape and mining for gems of deep healing and transformation.

In Leo, Venus is all about self-love. And so this dance with Venus has brought us back to the core lesson of Scorpio – it’s all within. Loving the self deeply is the only way to truly access the evolutionary power of Scorpio. And then we come back to that tarot card I love so much this season: Strength.

“Love is an emerald.

Its brilliant light wards off dragons

On this treacherous path.”

Rumi

August 15 at 8:29 AM, the Full Moon in Aquarius is exact.

As Venus falls away from the heart of the sun, the moon captures the light of these dance partners and reflects brilliantly for all. In culmination of the Leo New Moon, this full moon opens our minds with bountiful comprehensive skills. The moon isn’t typically so mental, but with the ability to see Mercury along the way to fullness, words and thoughts seem to flow more easily.

At the new moon, Mercury had just stationed, granting us some renewed mental acuity. In the first quarter moon, we sought to root the awareness in something deeper. Now in the full moon, an idea has formed and becomes a fully developed plan.

Aquarius is an architect, building and innovating new structures of reality that can hold us better than the old reality. There is some closure in this… the eclipses had demolished something, and now we are finally ready to rebuild.

The involvement of Mercury, Venus, and Mars in the full moon’s reflection adds emphasis to the personal nature of this building project. We have too long been living under the rules and expectations of some higher power or other people or popular culture. Now is the time to live in what fills our hearts with joy; this is about personal preference ~ self love ~ following your bliss. Surprisingly (or not), following personal passions is a challenge in our culture – we love to beat ourselves up and lose sight of the point (joy, soul-nourishment) when we get caught up in meeting everyone else’s needs.

True everlasting contentment starts internally and blossoms into a transformed peaceful world. (I know this idealistic, but that’s how the Aquarius Full Moon flows…)

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August 16 at 1:07 PM, Mercury in Leo sees a square to Uranus in Taurus. 4 minutes later, the Moon in Pisces sees a sextile to Uranus in Taurus.

The two planets of basic comprehension, Mercury and the moon, access Uranus in Taurus in the retrograde station. Mercury in Leo takes the information from a tense square = mental frustration can lead to greater insight. Moon in Pisces receives Uranus from a momentary, but sweet sextile. Emotions flow profoundly and somewhat abruptly.

Sensitivity is accented – psychic, emotional, physical.

When we feel sensitive, we often protect ourselves. On a basic survival level, it makes that we’d want to protect our most vulnerable parts. However, on the level of fulfillment, this is a dangerous line to walk. We certainly need to take care of our boundaries, but we also need to feel connected to the world emotionally, physically, spiritually. If we choose to hide our emotions behind a mask, are we ever able to feel seen and loved and held?

Uranus shocks us awake in this way; by utilizing the modalities of thinking (mercury) and feeling (moon), we ponder our vulnerability and are confronted with an opportunity to express or live in silence.

Brene Brown has some excellent thoughts on this matter… from her book Daring Greatly, she writes “The word persona is the Greek term for ‘stage mask.’ In my work masks and armor are perfect metaphors for how we protect ourselves from the discomfort of vulnerability. Masks make us feel safer even when they become suffocating. Armor makes us feel stronger even when we grow weary from dragging the extra weight around. The irony is that when we’re standing across from someone who is hidden or shielded by masks and armor, we feel frustrated and disconnected. That’s the paradox here: Vulnerability is the last thing I want you to see in me, but the first thing I look for in you.

In what ways can we open our hearts and minds to more authenticity and meaningful connections?

August 18 at 1:18 AM, Mars enters Virgo.

And so begins the march into Virgo. Mars leads the way, bravely pioneering ahead. From the heat of the sun into the cool library of Mercury-ruled Virgo, Mars finds many tasks to accomplish. Pursuit of knowledge, facts, and observable – measurable data points << this is what drives the red planet now.

Mars is somewhat tempered in Virgo in that it is focused rather than diffuse. Earth signs tend to have a separating quality about them, and Mars fits harmoniously in that dry environment. However, it remains very active in it’s enthusiasm for corrective action. There can be strong criticism in this placement – Virgo is always perfecting. Fixation can also come up in this place; the active need for filtering and cleansing. Sometimes over-sterilizing can lead to erasure of identity.

For better or worse, Neptune in Pisces subtly sends melty softness from across the zodiac to whatever planet visits Virgo. As soon as Mars enters the realm of mutable earth, it sees and possibly becomes distracted by the shiny glow of Neptune. This can be an opportunity for spirit to enter the active realm of perfectionism. I imagine the Tibetan monks with the exquisite sand mandalas. Acceptance of human flaw and allowing for something greater to take hold is the perfect antidote to Virgo’s eccentric love of exactness.

In the days following Mars’ entrance into Virgo, take note of the way your body feels – the way your actions are driven – the way your mind is involved in the doing-process.

August 21

at 5:06 AM, Venus enters Virgo.

Venus’ entrance into Virgo is a significant shift in the self-love energy. In Virgo, Venus can get caught up with decisions and details and labels. There is a tendency to apply to critical thinking to beauty, values, and love. In relating to others, there is more precision involved and less space for flawed behavior.

In some ways, Venus in Virgo has the greatest lesson of self-care to divulge. We must learn how to accept and love our imperfections in order to find joy in the little things. This is also a very boundaried place for Venus – Virgo can make too many routines, too many daily structures, too many to-do lists. For fun-loving Venus, having fun can become a chore – just another task on the list. But by acknowledging the value of maintenance in self-care, Venus’ ability to grow love is strengthened.

Choosing to access Virgo’s strength for processes allows Venus to develop incredibly lavish beauty routines, love-making sessions, and social gatherings. It’s about putting the mind into the process rather than controlling or perfecting beauty.

Additionally, Neptune in Pisces adds a touch of spirit into this transit, just like I mentioned earlier with Mars. The Venus-Neptune contact is extremely forgiving of flaws… possibly to the point of inaction. Allowing oneself to feel into both the critical nature of Virgo and the love&light floatiness of Neptune makes way for a more balanced Venus in Virgo.

at 6:04 AM, Mercury in Leo sees a trine to Jupiter in Sagittarius.

The last major aspect of the season is the Mercury-Jupiter trine. This is a collaborative angle which allows for the messenger planet to trade data with the sage. The two have come out of a retrograde and been through a great deal of reflection. Now they can access the lessons Sagittarius and Leo from a new perspective.

This is a learning opportunity. We get to question and clarify the experience of expansive Sagittarius in the realm of personal Leo. Downloading what it means to be of a higher mind – the willingness to cross borders in order to open and connect. The heat of solar radiance in the mental realm, uplifted by the spirit nature of Jupiter. This is a heightened concept of self; the mask is taken off and we see a real face. …or, at the very least, the opportunity to take the mask off is presented. You don’t have to reveal yourself, but it may be worthwhile.

FORECAST | Aries Season 2019

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

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Aries is the cardinal fire sign of the zodiac, ruled by Mars, and often represented by the ram. It is also well-known as the first zodiac sign, marking the vernal equinox and the start of spring in the northern hemisphere. In the north side of Earth, the Sun’s entrance into Aries marks a future brightness, a looking forward to longer days and shorter nights, more illumination, more warmth. At this point, the Sun is also able to see it’s home sign Leo drawing nearer to it – only 120 degrees away now. There is something very positive and exciting about the Sun in Aries for this reason.

Aside from the Sun’s exaltation in Aries, this cardinal fire sign is known for it’s active nature – the ultra yang in the zodiac. Ruled by Mars, Aries takes on the red planet’s too-active and too-hot energy – jumping into projects at a moment’s notice, aggressively pursuing goals, impulsively acting and reacting. Wherever you have Aries in your chart is a place where stillness is not appreciated and action is prioritized.

As we enter 2019’s Aries season, we may be looking forward to that heightened activity of Mars’ fire sign – the impulse to move, the energy to get sh*t done, the action-oriented consciousness, especially considering we’ve spent what feels like far too long swimming through Pisces. But we will find that this Aries season is a little unusual. Since March 2011, every time we entered Aries season we’ve experienced Uranus in Aries, bringing a great deal of focus and insight into the way we handle our Aries placements. We’ve experienced a lot of change and rapid or shocking developments in the Aries area of life. Now that Uranus is in Taurus, we get to experience Aries season sans electric-shock-reversal-excitement-change-everything-out-of-the-blue Uranus. So this Aries season may feel unusually tempered. I mean, imagine sitting around a huge bonfire in the middle of an electric storm, and then suddenly the storm stops. It’s not as exciting anymore, is it? This may be a good thing, but it may also feel strange to not be running around wildly.

So the Sun’s entrance into Aries this year brings a great deal of illumination, not just heat and excitement. We may feel sick of illumination and review at this point especially given the pile-up of planets in the yin/passive signs (Pisces, Capricorn, and Taurus) which are so cool and reflective in nature. We may wonder where our beloved Aries spark is, and even feel a little frustrated at the lack of actionable energy (Mercury’s station in late March is sure to add emphasis to the feeling). But once Mars enters Gemini, there will be so much to do, so much activity, that we’ll hardly be able to take a break! So enjoy the quietness of the beginning of this season, and get ready for the bursts of energy and excitement in the second half of it.

For a more in-depth forecast, find your rising sign below, and discover what area of life will be activated by the Sun’s movement through Aries (and maybe take a moment to ponder how Uranus has changed this area of life over the last 8 or so years). Once you’ve learned the area of life that is involved, continue to scroll down to the Timeline portion to identify the dates and times of influential transits – keep an eye on transits related to the Sun.

ARIES – 1st house topics, to include:

  • Your personality
  • Your body
  • Your appearance
  • The things that make you who you are

TAURUS – 12th house topics, to include:

  • The things other people see of you that you don’t see of yourself
  • Letting go of your past
  • Your willingness to work on inner issues
  • The time you spend alone

GEMINI – 11th house topics, to include:

  • Your connections with society
  • Your professional community
  • Your friends
  • The people you like to get in trouble with

CANCER – 10th house topics, to include:

  • Your career goals
  • What you want to give to the world
  • Your chef-d’oeuvres
  • The way you engage with the public

LEO – 9th house topics, to include:

  • Your philosophy on life
  • Your experience of the occult
  • Your impressions of the world
  • Your pursuit of mastery

VIRGO – 8th house topics, to include:

  • The way and the what you give you to other people
  • Your passive income
  • Debts and loans, either owed to you or by you
  • Energetic involvements you have with others

LIBRA – 7th house topics, to include:

  • Your partnerships
  • Your intimate friendships
  • The way you connect on a 1:1 basis
  • The kind of people you are drawn to

SCORPIO – 6th house topics, to include:

  • Your health issues
  • Your responsibilities
  • The things you do to keep yourself going
  • The way you cleanse yourself and your space

SAGITTARIUS – 5th house topics, to include:

  • The way you have fun
  • Your children and the way they are
  • Your connection to physical pleasure
  • The way you express your authenticity

CAPRICORN – 4th house topics, to include:

  • Your family origins
  • The obligations you feel to your lineage
  • Your home space, what makes it a home
  • The place you come from and return to

AQUARIUS – 3rd house topics, to include:

  • Discussions
  • The way you interact with your locality
  • Your interest in sharing ideas
  • Your car, your bike, your bus route, your subway system

PISCES – 2nd house topics, to include:

  • Your financial health
  • The way you make an income
  • How you spend your money
  • Your dollar’s impact

TIMELINE

*all times are listed in Eastern Time using the 24 hour clock.

Mar 20 at 17:58, Sun enters Aries. The Full Moon is exact in Libra at 21:42.

As soon as we enter Aries, both luminaries are in a state of brightness. The sun is exalted in the cardinal fire sign, granting the collective a brighter attitude around authenticity and expression of self. The moon receives and mirrors this exalted light as it makes its entrance in Libra.

This is the corresponding full moon to the earlier Pisces new moon. Two weeks ago, Mercury was stationing retrograde, Uranus had entered Taurus, and the new moon was born with Neptune by its side. Now, that baby moon has grown into its fullness in Libra, a sign ruled by Venus – the counterpart to Mars. Interestingly, Venus in Aquarius and Mars in Taurus are in an applying square pattern.

What this means is that the Aries-Libra axis is highlighted not just because of the Sun-Moon opposition (otherwise known as the full moon), but by the Venus-Mars square. Venus appears to have the upper hand as Mars tours Venus’ home sign Taurus. The full moon also speaks to Venus’ dominion as la luna sees our sweet V from an easy trine.

The emphasis on Venus suggests a cooperative outcome. This full moon, exact on the equinox, offers us the harmony-focused results of the earlier mystical Pisces new moon. That’s not to say that it is all easy and wonderful. There is a certain tension with every full moon – an awareness or illumination which can lead to vulnerability and excess emotionality. There is also the Venus-Mars square.

Mar 21 at 4:07, Venus in Aquarius sees a square to Mars in Taurus.

The Venus-Mars square is exact less than 12 hours after the full moon, suggesting potential conflict arising from the illumination of the full moon. This can result in arguments, tense discussions, and the egoic need to be right (read: stubbornness). Sometimes it is better to fight for what you believe in, but under these aspects, it is better to willingly try to find a common ground, even if that is simply agreeing to disagree.

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Mar 21 at 10:16, Venus in Aquarius sees a sextile to Jupiter in Sagittarius.

In support of peace, the Venus-Jupiter sextile offers us a boon in optimism, a willingness to see the forest for the trees, and the opportunity to forgive and move on.

Additionally, in terms of projects or endeavors started at the earlier new moon, this aspect suggests that we have everything we need to make our desired aspirations come to life. We can make it happen by opening our minds to the beauty of authentic expression…

I’m reminded of a quote by Martha Graham, “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.“

Mar 22 at 14:37, Sun conjoins Chiron in Aries.

Chiron is often considered the wounded healer – a signification of suffering which makes us empathetic to others in similar situations. In Aries, Chiron seeks to understand the importance of pioneering and leadership – the willingness to step out into the world and do what one feels they should do. It does so by philosophical, emotive reflection. There is an inherent pause in Chiron, which is troubling in Aries as this fire sign forces Chiron to act despite hesitation. As a result, vulnerability is prominent, an uncertainty and questioning around impulsive decisions. Actions speak louder than words in this placement, forcing Chiron to reveal the whole truth of self no matter how gruesome or ugly it seems.

As the Sun conjoins Chiron, there is a softening effect to the uncertainty. The Sun loves to be itself, and isn’t as carried away by uncertainty. Even with Chiron’s innate questioning and reflection, there is an added boost of confidence to this Sun-Chiron placement. A willingness and knowing that even though we are imperfect in our decisions and actions, we are still worthy.

For those of us with sensitivity around revealing our inner natures, this conjunction can have the unpleasant effect of forcing us to be more authentic. Ultimately, we learn more by doing than is possible in hesitation.

Mar 24 at 13:27, Mercury conjoins Neptune in Pisces (again).

This is the second time that Mercury has conjoined Neptune this year. We are due for one more Mercury-Neptune conjunction, so this one marks the centerpiece or potential climax in the unfolding Mercury-Neptune story.

The last time Mercury conjoined Neptune, was en route to a station and eventual retrograde, casting the shadow for unfolding mayhem/confusion/review. In this second instance, we might consider this an opportunity for illumination… Neptune isn’t really consider an illuminator by nature. Oftentimes we classify Neptune under foggy, sleepy, and escapist. There can be an element of striving for perfection which is ultimately unattainable – an illusion of grandeur that we eventually realize is a delusion of grandeur. With Mercury’s second conjunction, there may be an awareness of those illusions/delusions, perhaps a wrinkle or a foil in what we thought was possible.

If you catch whiff of something fishy at this time, make note of it. It may be nonsense or it may be a clue of what is real. It’s hard to say as Mercury remains within reach of Neptune’s misty atmosphere. We won’t know for sure until later this season.

Mar 26 at 15:43, Venus enters Pisces.

Venus in Pisces is a celebrated placement. Venus is considered to be exalted in the mutable water sign – bestowing grace, social ease, and creativity upon those who are lucky enough to be born under such auspicious skies. However, as a transit in the last seven or so years, Venus in Pisces has had to contend with some of the Neptunian gloom. Though Neptune can work well with Venus in so much as seeking beauty, peace, and connection; there can be a sense of isolation that comes from desire-seeking-escapsim. Venus can unintentionally fall in the Neptune trap by floating away so thoughtlessly that V is in a party of one, lost, and maybe a little hungover.

To add to the potential pitfalls of Neptune, Mercury’s retrograde leaves a bit of mess for Venus to process. Though Mercury remains just out of reach of Venus’ loving touch (they come so close to conjunction, about 4 degrees away, but then separate until they meet in July), the mess of confusion and misunderstandings left in Mercury’s trail employs Venus with a lot of PR work. This can be very helpful in the long run, and may even speak to ongoing social connections or writing projects that reach a new phase in July.

Mar 27 at 12:45, Venus in Pisces sees a sextile to Uranus in Taurus.

Of course, the first aspect Venus makes in Pisces is to Uranus in Taurus! This is the first time that Venus has had direct access to Uranus since it entered V’s home sign this month, and via a sextile makes it quite potent! Venus is often correlated with the sextile, and when V can make an exact sextile aspect to a sensitive point or planet that V rules the significance of their bond is elevated. This brings added weight to this year’s Venus in Pisces transit. Not only is Venus having to muck through the Neptune swamplands left in paradoxical orderly-disarray by Mercury’s retrograde, but V is also giving a boost of authority to Uranus’ intentions of reversals and shocks.

Keep an eye out for this day to see what makes itself known. Consider also where Pisces is in your chart – the Uranian shifts may be sparked by that area of life.

Mar 28 at 00:09, the Final Quarter Moon in Capricorn is exact.

The final quarter of the moon cycle is often related to purging excess – any failed ideas, extra unnecessary work, or frivolous add-ons should be kicked to the curb. Typically we become hyper aware of the excess at the final quarter phase where the moon begins losing so much light it is less than half its fullness. This season, our final quarter moon is given the added punch of applying conjunctions with Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node. This is an opportunity to let go of things or ideas or intentions not just associated with the current lunation cycle, but also with the Capricorn area of life. (if you can’t remember what area that is, check out this post: https://astrologywithcello.com/blog/2018/12/10/forecast-capricorn-season-2018 )

Additionally, Mercury is stationing at this time, preparing to move forward again.

All together, we are making space for something else to come through. We are clearing the decks, throwing out the trash, and letting go of the past.

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Mar 28 at 9:58, Mercury stations direct.

Mercury has been stationing for a few days – basically since its conjunction with Neptune. An ongoing play of illusion/disillusionment has been happening in the background, possibly creating a vortex of uncertainty and doubt or perhaps the feeling of following Alice through Wonderland. Information comes through the Mercury station, illuminating us to the lessons we needed to download. Still though, Mercury is uncomfortably close to Neptune, and applying to yet another conjunction. The station, though often related to insights, may not be as helpful as it typically is.

Mar 31 at 2:12, Mars enters Gemini.

Ah! A breath of fresh air. Mars in Gemini is possibly the most excitable Mars placement in the zodiac. There is an emphasis on doing as much as possible due to Gemini’s love of multiples – multi tasking, mutli faceted, multi purpose! That said, Mercury (ruler of Gemini) is floating through Pisces at an unbelievably slow pace. Poor Mars, active as ever, may find that it runs into a number of frustrating analytical issues, details gone awry, plans changed at the last minute. This can make way for the build-up of aggression that wants to barrel through the to-do lists and make way for quick exchange.

The positive side to this placement is that the Sun in Aries gets a lot more done with Mars in Gemini. We may find that the Aries place in our chart gets a little boon of action and energy, a burst of momentum. Once Mercury in Pisces clears its conjunction with Neptune in April, we get a lot more done with the help of Mars. There will be a big push forward in response to everything we’ve learned over this retrograde cycle.

Apr 2 at 5:36, Mercury conjoins Neptune in Pisces (last time).

The final conjunction between Mercury and Neptune cannot happen fast enough. We are dying to move past this, ready to get clear-headed, to dive into the work and really be productive. But Mercury just isn’t ready yet. Though it is in direct motion, Mercury has to face the sleepy haze of Neptune one more time. This time, however, is the last. Though Mercury will be caught in the fuzzy upsidedown of Neptune, there will be a new sense of hope and direction, a way to cut through the unending maze and back into the real world. This will become clearer and clearer as Mercury picks up the pace.

Apr 4 at 15:17, the South Node of the moon conjoins Pluto in Capricorn.

The south node of the moon is related to the past, releasing, and toxic disposal. Pluto is a heavy planet, creating gravity and pull wherever it is in the chart. In combination, something huge is brought up in the Capricorn area of life. It is likely related to the past, the way you used to deal with things and the way you are still unconsciously dealing with things. Perhaps it is an old drama, a person who you thought you were done with, but they’ve come back for some reason. The south node-Pluto conjunction has been applying in the background of Aries season for a while. As it begins to separate now, consider this a final moment of release as we approach new beginnings with the new moon and experience a faster, clearer Mercury.

Apr 5 at 5:40, the New Moon is exact in Aries.

The Aries new moon is like a big refresh button. We finally get clear about the direction we want to go, and we have the opportunity to make intentions and plans for that direction. It seems almost too easy, but don’t forget that Mercury is still distracted in Pisces, it is still catching up to where it once was, and still we need to be cautious about our use of mercurial skills. Mars, ruler of Aries, continues to zip through Gemini, wishing to go faster, probably already teasing us with too much too fast.

We will be able to pick up the pace soon, but not yet.

Focus excess energy into creating plans, experiencing the excitement of strategy, and jotting down ideas as they come.

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Apr 7 at 5:17, Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn.

On this day, Mercury finds itself at a breathable distance from Neptune. Perfectly timed, Mercury contacts Saturn who offers stability, sobriety, and form. With this aspect there can be a sense of clarity – we finally start to feel removed from Mercury’s earlier circus act, but at the new distance we may find that there is quite a bit to do in regards to clean up and catch up.

Apr 10 at 2:12, Venus conjoins Neptune in Pisces.

As Mercury leaves Neptune’s blackhole, Venus gets sucked in. This day and the few days following create a portal of beautiful escapism. Venus-Neptune can illicit idealized romantic fantasies – not just related to relationships, but also pleasure and physical delights. We may find ourselves drifting towards yummy in-the-moment morsels of touch, sight, taste, and sound; seeking happiness and a feeling of connection. This can be pleasant, but it can also cause distraction or deception. Venus feels what Mercury had earlier cognated – that is, confusion and uncertainty and a touch of existential wondering. When we bring those types of thoughts into the body, we can lean towards external escapist tendencies as a source of soothing. Ultimately, though, finding ways of letting go of the feelings rather than trying to run away from them is the better option. … The difference is this: letting go is an act of trust whereas running away is an act of fear.

Apr 10 at 4:47, the Sun in Aries sees a square to Saturn in Capricorn.

This is a tense relationship between the Sun and Saturn. There is a desire to take action when the impulse hits, but there is also the question – is now the right time? The positioning of this square pattern suggests that one should pause before taking action, but then act anyway. At the very least, be aware of what you are getting yourself into – have a sense of reality and groundedness. If you don’t, then you’ll likely be surprised by the obstacles that do arise.

This aspect also relates to a longer cycle between the Sun and Saturn – they were conjoined on Jan 2 in Capricorn. At that time, there was an illumination of how the ongoing Saturn-in-Capricorn transit was unfolding for us. We got a sense of how far we’ve come and far we still need to go. At this present juncture, while the Sun sees a square to Saturn, we learn how our earlier course corrections have unfolded.

In a very mundane sense, this is an exhausting day. Vitality is low. Sobriety and the feeling of gravity weighs on us. This too shall pass, but if you’d like to make something of the day and the energy of these two planets, then do some reflection and attempt to address any hiccups that come up.

Apr 10 at 13:00, Jupiter in Sagittarius stations retrograde.

Ominously, Jupiter turns retrograde on the same day as the Sun-Saturn square. The station point for planets tends to press out major significations – I imagine an orange being pressed for all its juice. There is tension in the stillness of a station, a heaviness like fruit that is ripe and ready to be plucked. Jupiter has been stationing since late March – about the time that Mercury went direct. Now it finally begins to pick up speed as turns retrograde for a few months.

Consider the Sagittarius place in your chart – what is Jupiter trying to express here? It likely has something to do with the narratives we come up with to explain certain areas of life. Perhaps there is new information, a new way of looking at this part of your chart – a new consideration as we enter a state of philosophical review.

Apr 10 at 17:45, Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn.

The cherry on top of this intensive day is Mercury’s contact with Pluto. Mercury and Pluto have the shared interest in desire for experience and knowledge. When they come into contact, we tend to get ultra obsessive, reflective, and curious. We want answers to questions, solutions to problems, and we won’t stop until we get it. In this particular case, Mercury has already contacted Pluto twice, and now for the third time we may finally discover something of value.

Apr 12 at 00:18, Mercury in Pisces sees a square to Jupiter in Sagittarius.

This aspect gives us some extra special downloads related to both the Jupiter retrograde and Mercury retrograde. Though they are in a square pattern, which is typically quite stressful, these two planets have a lot of information to exchange – a lot of details to sort through and understand in a larger context. It’s almost as if Mercury has gone through this mind-altering journey, shares some of the experiences with Jupiter, and then Jupiter takes some time to reflect on it.

In the context of our lived experience, we are coming to a new way of looking at the world around us. There are things that came up during Mercury’s retrograde that surprised us, changed our perspectives, and shifted our approaches to the way we handle information. As Jupiter goes into the reflective retrograde state, we find that the information-processing and perspective-shift of Mercury Rx has influenced a larger sense of our world-view. Now we have to rethink more than just personal experiences, but also global experiences. Did others go through this, too? Am I alone in my beliefs?

Jupiter will be retrograde until August, just as Mercury comes out of it’s next retrograde.

Apr 12 at 11:08, Venus in Pisces sees a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn.

Almost like a mirror to Mercury’s earlier journey past Neptune and then contacting Saturn for stability, Venus finds sobriety through this sextile. This is a moment of truth – if you have been avoiding healthy behaviors and seeking pleasurable distractions, then the Venus-Saturn sextile will call you out and force you to face responsibilities you’ve forgotten. If, on the other hand, you found healthy ways to process the Venus-Neptune experience, then you will see the fruits of your labors come into bloom.

Other potentialities include: forming a special and important bond with someone, making a promise you will be forced to keep, learning about commitment issues, and grieving love lost.

Apr 12 at 15:05, the First Quarter Moon in Cancer is exact.

As the light of the first quarter moon illuminates our journey through Aries thus far, we may be surprised by how much has been accomplished. It seems like we were floating in the Pisces soup with Mercury rx for so long that we hardly did anything at all. Especially so with Mars in Gemini, constantly seeking more and more activity and information to work through. We might have been overloaded, and never bothered to look back and see just how far we’ve come.

If, however, you are one of the folks who found that your intentions still haven’t left the ground, then this is a good opportunity to get them rolling again. This moon is bright and big for a first quarter moon, as it becomes distorted under the more-more-more North Node, seeking so much expansion and growth!

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Apr 13 at 4:07, the Sun in Aries sees a square to Pluto in Capricorn.

The Sun and Pluto don’t share a great deal in common. One is very bright, warm, and associated with nurture. The other is dark, cold, and associated with death. In combination, there is a sort of bright morbidity, a desire to burn, an innate harshness in the light. That these two are in a square pattern accentuates the tension between them, and leaves us mere mortals to bear the weight of their discourse.

There is a question in the air around power and expression. What kinds of decisions do we make in the pursuit of power? Power over our own lives and the lives of others… do we want it? And if so, why? Is it an honest representation of the self? Am I power-hungry? And is that bad a thing?

This can show up in world events as we watch global leaders make power-seeking decisions. This can show up in the minutae of our lives as we frustratedly try to accomplish our desires, try to force ourselves into boxes because we are so hungry to have control.

Whatever comes up now will become more prominent at the time of the upcoming eclipses. It might be helpful to write your experiences down, save them, and see how they relate to the astrology of July 2019.

Apr 14 at 9:40, the Sun in Aries sees a trine to rx Jupiter in Sagittarius.

This is a generally positive aspect. It accesses our buoyant optimism for life, our willingness to be for the joy of being, and our connections to the world around us. Though Jupiter is going retrograde at this time, it is still offering support and benefits to the overall expression of this aspect. This is also an opportunity to shine a light on how the Jupiter retrograde is unfolding for us. Many of us won’t even notice, but for those who do – this is a good day to get downloads.

Apr 14 at 19:51, Venus in Pisces sees a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn.

Venus-Pluto contacts are suggestive of depth work around relationships. These can be romantic, acquaintance, work, and/or body relationships. It seems that up to this point, we’ve spent a lot of time in introspection and then trying to work through our long to-do lists. So what about how we relate to others? Don’t we deserve to reflect on our social natures, to examine the ins and outs of connection? Pluto magnetizes us, and Venus asks us bring to friends and treats along.

Apr 15 at 19:14, Venus in Pisces sees a square to rx Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Appropriately another opportunity for social engagement comes up! Venus is getting a lot of attention in mid-April, and wants to share the light with others. In the square with Jupiter, we have to wonder how much reflection and inward processing is healthy – what about talking with friends and community? What about sharing our ideas and our feelings with loved ones? Reviewing our philosophies can be social, too! Venus sees to it that we connect with more people.

Apr 17 at 2:00, Mercury enters Aries.

Now that we are near the end of Aries season, Mercury finally picks up where it left off! This represents a huge boost in productivity, cognition, and communication. Mars, ruler of Aries, happens to be in Mercury’s sign Gemini. This means Mercury and Mars are in mutual reception, giving an added boost of energy and ability to both planets. Suddenly we are able to take the reigns and make sh*t happen.

Under these skies, the power of thought is quite potent! We walk the walk and talk the talk in parallel. What we put our minds to, gets put into the world with the drive and horsepower of Mars. There is almost a rush to get it done, like we won’t have this level of productivity forever and we know it. But going too fast can leave us feeling overwhelmed both mentally and physically. The fact that these two planets are in cahoots and cajoling each other suggests that things can get out of hand if we start biting off more than we can chew.

I’m sure that even with warning, we will go at top speed anyways. So, at the very least, keep it in mind as you plan ahead. By May, you’ll likely run into obstacles with energy depletion, anxiety, and all the chaos that can come with rush-jobs.

Apr 19 at 7:12, the second Full Moon in Libra is exact.

Wow, a second full moon in Libra!

Think back a month earlier to March 20, the day of the last Libra full moon. Back then, we were still living with Mercury retrograde, Venus and Mars were in an applying square pattern in fixed signs, and Aries season had only just begun.

Now, we are all the way through Aries, and Mercury is finally out of Pisces! This is a different Libra fullness. The rulers of this lunation, Venus and Mars are now separating from their square pattern and in mutable signs. They are both active, able to express themselves with more ease than they had before. There is something of reconciliation in the air… perhaps a really genuine feeling of “live and let live” – I’ll do my thing and you do yours. What’s past is past, and now we are on our way to brighter futures. The Sun is now making longer days in the northern hemisphere, and the moon receives the Sun’s growing love.

Curiously, the moon, on the way to its fullness, made aspects with nearly every planet in the sky except Venus and Neptune… Venus, as the ruler of Libra, is unable to share anything of import with the moon suggesting that there is something left undone. The full moon often relates to a culmination point in the lunar cycle, but this full moon is left wanting more. Perhaps we didn’t quite make the impact we had wanted, or if we had – there is one small piece left to finish. Again – there is a sense of peace, perhaps even resignation in the recognition that we won’t always make the connection – we can’t always do it just right… still though, there is something bright about this full moon. A sort of wisdom and hope and ok-ness with the incomplete.

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FORECAST | Aquarius Season 2019

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

Aquarius is the fixed air sign of the zodiac. It is often perceived as the brainy weird kid of the twelve signs, reflecting deeply about humanitarian issues, and sparking revolutionary actions. It has two rulers – Saturn and Uranus. Saturn shows us Aquarius the Architect – the water-bearer’s ability to plan for and build out new and better structures. Uranus gives us a taste of Aquarius the Eccentric – the future-minded oddball who values informed thought and innovative systems over fitting in and normalcy. In blending the signification of Aquarius’ co-rulers, we find the core attitude to be separation in the name of betterment. And so you might see this in people who have strong Aquarian signatures – people who tend to meaningfully create space between them and everyone else in order to better understand and improve.

During 2019’s Aquarius season, however, there is an added element of heat and friction. To start us off, the Lunar Eclipse in Leo in the late night of January 20th is the main event amidst two tense squares and a grand fire trine. Right away we are thrown into the fire, asked to activate our passionate natures, to open ourselves to our internal spark. The rest of the season is marked by aspects with several planets in fire signs, grounded by Saturn’s movement through cool, earthy Capricorn. It seems that once the eclipse has passed, we will finally be granted the opportunity to really put our new year’s resolutions into motion.

Overall, this Aquarius season offers us a lot of active energy to use as we begin or continue our developments and projects. It seems that we can get pretty far this season, and then when Pisces season comes along we can perhaps rest a bit and see how far we’ve come.

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Find your rising sign below, and discover what area of life will be activated by the Sun’s movement through Aquarius. Once you’ve learned the area of life that is involved, 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 Aquarius.

ARIES – 11th house topics, to include:

  • Friends
  • Community
  • Professional Organizations
  • Trauma-work

TAURUS – 10th house topics, to include:

  • Career motivations
  • Long-term goals
  • Public opinion
  • Social expectations

GEMINI – 9th house topics, to include:

  • Long distance travel
  • Occult studies
  • Astrological pursuits
  • Sharing experience

CANCER – 8th house topics, to include:

  • Collaborative projects
  • Taxes
  • Debts and loans
  • Dark or existential thoughts

LEO – 7th house topics, to include:

  • Partnerships
  • Social involvement
  • Long term romantic entanglements
  • Intimacy

VIRGO – 6th house topics, to include:

  • Work
  • Chores
  • Medical issues
  • Preventative care
  • Pets

LIBRA – 5th house topics, to include:

  • Creative pursuits
  • Romantic engagements
  • Food and drink
  • Pleasure-seeking activities
  • Children

SCORPIO – 4th house topics, to include:

  • Home life
  • Parents
  • Lineage
  • Family responsibilities

SAGITTARIUS – 3rd house topics, to include:

  • Daily transit
  • Communication
  • Sharing ideas
  • Ritual or religious activities

CAPRICORN – 2nd house topics, to include:

  • Money and finances
  • Self-confidence
  • Material items
  • Shopping, eating, resting

AQUARIUS – 1st house topics, to include:

  • Personal health
  • Self image
  • Personality
  • Life review

PISCES – 12th house topics, to include:

  • Isolation
  • Reflection
  • Self-study
  • Solo pursuits



TIMELINE

*all times are listed in Eastern Time.

The Sun enters Aquarius on January 20th at 3:59 am.

  • Throughout the 20th, the moon moves through Cancer, opposing Pluto, Mercury, and eventually conjuncting the nodal axis. As it builds light and approaches fullness, we are given a new perspective on the insights that have developed since the partial solar eclipse on January 5th. (read more)
  • The same day, at 11:15 pm, Venus in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces. This planetary combination (planet of desire & planet of fantasy) calls illusions forward. With the tension of the square pattern, we are asked to problem solve – to cut away the unnecessary – to prioritize. In this case, we need to untangle our desires from our illusions. Sometimes the idea or image of a reality is more appealing than the reality itself. We all have these moments where we want the picture-perfect without realizing how it actually feels to live in that image. It is important now to open your heart and mind to a desired sensation – what do I want to feel VS what do I want to look like.

Early on January 21st at 12:16 am, the Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo is exact.

  • Following the moon’s near full-ness in Cancer, the Earth’s body blocks light from the Sun, casting a dark reddened shadow over the moon. The Sun at 0 degrees of Aquarius and the moon at 0 degrees of Leo, are impeded from seeing each other while the Earth stands between them. The pattern of eclipses in Leo and Aquarius have been ongoing since 2017, asking us to release excess focus on group-think for better more loving forms of self-expression. This Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo marks the end of this cycle, awakening us to the full potential of our refreshed Leonine expression. More love, more creativity, more pride in self.
  • Considering the Venus-Neptune square an hour earlier, there is an element of reckoning in this eclipse. That process of cutting away illusion for actual felt experience is very involved in the lesson of this Leo eclipse. It is as if we can finally feel the work of being authentic, of sharing our eccentricities and unique gifts – we can finally open our hearts to the full bloom of our personal offerings to the collective. And as a result, confidence and enthusiasm swell.
  • Another point to consider is the Mars-Saturn square which occurs at 6:47 am the same day. Mars in Aries squares Saturn in Capricorn. Our two most challenging planets are at odds in this aspect, bringing up a lot of frustration. The desire to take on everything and move as fast as possible VS the wisdom of slow and steady wins the race. This is a call-back to the conjunction between Mars and Saturn in early 2018. Back then we were dealing with the question, “how can I strategically use my energy?“ We all faced challenges around productivity, many of us saturated with too much work or too many goals. Hopefully you took the medicine of the lesson, and found ways to appropriately pace yourself. This square-pattern now offers a test. How far have you come, are you appropriately using your resources? Is a course correction needed?
  • Finally, at around 9 pm, there is a Grand Fire Trine between Mars in Aries, the Moon in Leo, and Jupiter and Venus in Sagittarius. Typically, the grand fire trine gives us a big boost of energy towards passion and creativity. However, with the Leo Moon in the distorted space of the North Node, there seems to be extra attention on the Leo element of this trine, like an arrow pointing at the Leo placement in the chart.
  • All together now: This eclipse wakes us up to the whole point of the eclipse pattern – like the epic climax of the hero’s journey, in which the hero faces the final obstacle. It was never about the obstacle or what others expected of the hero, but rather the hero’s will and personal sense of direction. It was always about the hero’s growth and development as a person, about maturing and coming into a stronger better self after many trials with personal demons. And so we are faced with the tension of prioritization, of decision making, of understanding the value of who we are and why we are here and how we can offer ourselves more freely and honestly in light of a better tomorrow.
  • In a mundane sense, eclipse days are better spent in observation, though it appears this one might be calling us to action! If that is the case for you, my advice is to act on your best and highest good without ego, without judgment, and with lots of compassion.
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January 22nd at 7:25 am, Venus conjuncts Jupiter in Sagittarius.

  • Following the epic eclipse in Leo, our two most beneficial planets conjoin in Jupiter’s domicile. This gives us an optimistic day for love and luck! On a mundane level, this is a great day for social engagements and group gatherings.
  • In another perspective, this conjunction can open us to the many potentials of what love is and how we can relate to it from a more philosophical tone. There is also possibility for meeting loved ones in the dream world, finding love in the astral realm.

January 23rd at 6:13 am, Mercury in Capricorn squares Uranus in Aries.

  • Mercury-Uranus offers significant truth downloads. Sudden awareness or enlightenment can occur. With the Capricorn-Aries mash up, this relates to the earlier Mars-Saturn square on the 21st. Something new becomes evident to us – a missing piece in the puzzle of balance. Or possibly the recognition that we made a mistake and it is time to address it.

January 24th at 12:49 am, Mercury enters Aquarius.

  • Mercury in Aquarius is very systematic, organizing for the sake of improvement. There is a touch of engineering here, but only in a theoretical sense (unless Aquarius is marks one of the houses below the horizon line, in which case engineering is more spontaneous and occurs in a tone of response). Discussion tends toward the logical and rational. Problem solving can be a lot of fun with this placement.
  • Of note, Mercury is moving at a quickened pace, adding some extra oomph to the mental processes. It’s possible that discussions, meetings, writing, and communications go on much longer as a result of Hermes’ fast-paced flitting to and fro.

January 25th at 12:53 pm, Mars in Aries trines Jupiter in Sagittarius.

  • Reminding us of the earlier grand fire trine as well as the Leo eclipse, we get a boost from Mars and Jupiter to act out some of our intentions. Jupiter’s philosophies and ideas are given embodiment with Mars’ action-oriented nature. If we’ve been meaning to do something, today’s energies may feel like the right time for it.
  • This trine also speaks to Mars’ earlier conjunction with Jupiter in January 2018, and their larger cycle overall. Back then, you might have made a resolution to accomplish something – set goals or intentions for longer term growth. In November 2018, Mars squared Jupiter, forcing us to see how far we’d come with those intentions. At present, with the trine aspect, there is some ease in the effort of continued growth and goal reaching, however it can be squandered due to the lack of tension that tends to force us into action. If there is something that you’ve been working on over these past twelve months, consider today a good opportunity to review and reorganize in an effort to make those intentions a reality. It will be easier now than it will be this May.

January 27th at 4:10 pm the Last Quarter Moon in Scorpio is exact.

  • This lunation marks the falling action following the epic nature of the Lunar Eclipse in Leo. Because the moon is waning and losing light, energies will be depleted and reflection/introspection will take center stage. In Scorpio, la luna craves these depths, and so we are given a special lens for inward thought.
  • It is possible that this lunation also brings a sense of crisis-awareness to the shifts that have been occurring during eclipse season. Such awareness is key in the process of fully integrating and normalizing the changes that have occurred up to this point.
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January 29th at 9:51 pm, Mercury conjuncts the Sun in Aquarius.

  • This is the moment of Mercury’s superior conjunction with the Sun, giving us a sense of awareness around the mental pursuits we’ve taken on since the last Mercury retrograde. We are now moving towards an upcoming Mercury retrograde in Pisces, and will need to start finishing up what was started earlier in this cycle.

January 31st at 9:14 am, Saturn in Capricorn sextiles Neptune in Pisces.

  • Boundary building Saturn and foggy Neptune don’t really make the best pair, but when they are joined together in a sextile aspect, they offer helpful rays to each other. Sextiles aren’t as powerful as trines, but they can offer us pleasant energy between two planets. Saturn and Neptune in this configuration can help us feel safe in the drift – a sense of still faith within. As we begin turning inward as the moon and Mercury are suggesting, Saturn-Neptune can also offer us safe path towards internal processing.

February 1st at 10:19 pm, Mars in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn.

  • Similar to the Mars-Saturn square on the day of the Lunar Eclipse in Leo, this square pattern between Mars and Pluto asks us to recall how far we’ve come since their earlier conjunction in 2018. Mars-Pluto tends to give us a lot of energy activation towards living on the edge – desiring the experience of being alive no matter the cost. Pluto can also relate to power and control issues as a result of deep fear. Ultimately, with these two in cahoots, we’ll get an opportunity to experience the drama of our control/power issues – whether via internal conflict or external conflict depending on your personal chart placements.
  • In line with the earlier eclipse, it seems that if you choose to step up and work with the toxic or dark energy that exists within you (as opposed to avoiding it), you’ll level up significantly in this life-game.

February 2nd at 6:41 pm, Venus in Sagittarius trines Uranus in Aries.

  • In 2018 we experienced Venus opposite Uranus, which brought a lot of tension to the way we approach engaging with others as well as love. Now that both planets are in fire signs and making a trine aspect to each other, there is a sense of resolution and ease here. It is possible that the tension has only momentarily dissipated, but it is also possible that a genuine understanding is coming out of it.
  • I can’t help but be reminded of BORNS’ Electric Love music video, which I’ve added here for those who don’t know it. Basically, the element of sudden rushing joy – the tingly happy sensation we get when something really wonderful happens. When Venus and Uranus come into contact in such a harmonious way it can relate to a shock of pleasure that we didn’t recognize before.
  • This is a passing transit, so it is possible that the rush of energy that comes from it is only temporary unless there are placements and activations in your chart to suggest otherwise.

February 3rd 4:54 pm, Mercury in Aquarius sextiles Jupiter in Sagittarius. Then Venus enters Capricorn at 5:29 PM.

  • Mercury-Jupiter can sometimes relate to information overload. Since the last Mercury retrograde was so influenced by the Mercury-Jupiter conjunction, this Mercury-Jupiter sextile is like a reminder from the past, but only if you want it. There is always the option to ignore the fruit of the moment, but in this instance, it seems wise to take some time and consider how things have grown and developed since late 2018. It can be so helpful to just look back for a moment as you continue onward.
  • In kind, Venus in Capricorn elevates our value and beauty decisions based off of past structures. In Capricorn, the planet of desire wants high quality, stand-the-test-of-time materials and expressions of love. Think classic and sophisticated, a noticeable difference from Venus’ earlier trip through explorative ever-optimistic Sagittarius.

February 4th at 4:03 PM, the New Moon in Aquarius is exact.

  • Take in a deep breathe of fresh air. We are finally out of eclipse season! This lunation is the time for intention-setting and manifestation as the new year finally begins after the refresh of the eclipses. (This also marks the Chinese New Year – Year of the Earth Pig!)
  • Consider how things have developed up to this point in 2019, dive deeper into the forecasts for the year ahead, and give yourself the opportunity to make the plans (or review the plans that have been made). This moment will help ground any haphazard resolutions from January.
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February 7th at 7:32 pm, Jupiter in Sagittarius sextiles the Sun in Aquarius. At 8:24 PM, Mercury in Aquarius sextiles Mars in Aries.

  • Two planets in Aquarius are in a sextile with two planets in fire signs. This adds some heat to the Aquarian innovation, and gives us an opportunity to reach further, to make action, to create based off of what’s been going on in our minds. This is also opportune given the fact that the moon is in an extraverted phase now, gaining light and becoming available for manifesting.

February 9th at 5:53 pm, Mercury in Aquarius sextiles Uranus in Aries.

  • Mercury-Uranus were just in a square earlier this season on January 23rd. If there were insights about changes that needed to occur, now is a great time to put those changes into motion!
  • This is otherwise a fun day for mental pursuits, reading something different, and sharing unusual ideas.

February 10th at 5:50 pm, Mercury enters Pisces.

  • Mercury’s entrance into Pisces is refreshing and balancing since we’ve been missing the water element this season. Like the rest of the water signs, Pisces is emotional, sensitive, nurturing, and passive. This element can offer us some much needed pause as we cool down the fiery motivations that have been burning us up. However, because Mercury is actually really out of place in this sign, this placement can be a tad frustrating in the long term.
  • In fact, Mercury will eventually station retrograde in Pisces, extending it’s transit through much of April. That said, it is not yet time to prepare for the infamous chaos of Mercury retrograde. Instead, it is worthwhile to explore the difficult-to-define nature of Pisces through the definition-master Mercury. It may seem counterintuitive to make good out of this placement, but in reality it isn’t so bad. It definitely isn’t great for analyzing spreadsheets and numbers, but it is very helpful for creative writing and the arts.
  • In addition to a boost in creativity, Mercury in Pisces, though not at its best, is still wonderful for its ability to comprehend emotions, to articulate what often seems beyond words, and to share goodwill with others. Consider Mercury’s transit through Pisces a long lesson in creative expression.

February 12th at 5:26 pm, the First Quarter Moon in Taurus is exact.

  • As the moon gains light and transitions towards fullness, we are able to see the beginning stages of progress in any intentions set during the earlier new moon. At this point in the lunar cycle, we start prioritizing certain tasks or projects over others, placing more focus on what we’d like to reap at the full moon. In Taurus, the moon delights in sensual pleasures which adds a certain physical element to what is being manifested.
  • I imagine the beginning stages of a pregnancy when the mother starts to show, or the moments leading up to dinner when the meal is actually being prepared. There is something very exciting about it that lights up all five senses.
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February 13th at 1:20 am, Mars conjuncts Uranus in Aries

  • This is a pretty big deal. Mars, the ruler of Aries, is joining together with Uranus who won’t be back in Aries for a very long time. It’s kind of like Mars’ final goodbye to this visitor in its home, and it seems that there would be something meaningful that comes out of it.
  • Mars-Uranus is hot electricity, explosive, engaging, exciting, and unnerving. Because Uranus is always trying to shock us, we know that what comes of this conjunction will be from left field – totally not what we expect. Buttttt! We can narrow down the options a bit: if you know where Aries is in your chart, then you can identify the area of life that the shock will be coming from. Here’s a quick break down if you know your rising sign:
    • Aries – 1st house; self || Taurus – 12th house; isolation, fears, enemies || Gemini – 11th house; community || Cancer – 10th house; career || Leo – 9th house; mind expansion || Virgo – 8th house; debts, loans, collabs || Libra – 7th house; partnerships || Scorpio – 6th house; chores, work, health || Sagittarius – 5th house; creativity, pleasure || Capricorn – 4th house; home, family || Aquarius – 3rd house; communication, routines || Pisces – 2nd house; finances, income.

February 14th at 5:51 am, Mars enters Taurus.

  • Just in time for Valentine’s Day in the US, Mars enters sensual Taurus! This placement helps temper Mars’ impulse-action so there is more of a method to the way things are done. Over the next few weeks, slow and steady wins the race while Mars tours Taurus. If you’ve got a project that you’ve wanted to get done, now you’ll have the steady energy flow to do it.

February 17th at 3:44 am, Venus in Capricorn sextiles Neptune in Pisces.

  • This aspect harks back to the Venus-Neptune square on January 20th at the time of the Leo eclipse. At that time there was a focus on the way things looked versus the way things felt. In this instance, we might find that the desired appearance is in harmony with the desired feeling. This is a good day for artistic endeavors; putting pen to paper; making something beautiful; feeling into what looks good.

Feb 18th at 2:54 am the Sun in Aquarius sextiles Uranus in Aries. At 5:51 AM, Venus in conjuncts Saturn in Capricorn.

  • As the Sun moves through the last degree of Aquarius, the two co-rulers of the sign are activated leaving us with a final impression of the season. Sun-Uranus can inspire us to look at our sense of self in a new light. Venus-Saturn can be a little heavy, pessimistic, and over-critical. In unison, we might find that the thing we’ve been so critical of can be seen with new eyes – that it can be repurposed as a useful character trait rather than something that makes us a little sad about ourselves.

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.