Forecast | Gemini 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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The energy of this Gemini season is focused on possibly the most Gemini trait: communication. Also, discourse, language, exchange, understanding, and commerce. As the mutable air sign of the zodiac, Gemini has an innately playful flitty nature – buzzing from moment to moment, place to place, idea to idea. It collects and then immediately distributes the information as it moves along. Sometimes this can come up in the form of gossip, lies, secrets, and manipulation. Other times this buzzy energy can electrify a conversation with flow, comprehension, and downloads.

No matter how you characterize Gemini, there is an innate lightness about its airy nature. It never seems like there is much beyond the surface of Gemini, but wow would you be surprised! Opening the Gemini’s inner landscape can reveal a multi-layered capacity for understanding, intuiting, and distribution of data. Gemini is just too fast to be heavy, too multi-task-oriented to stop and live in the depth of a moment. And that is exactly what we need right now.

The latest astro weather has been heavy, emotional, and overwhelming. Even if you are one of the lucky ones who hasn’t had to process a huge pile of toxic past behaviors, you’ve probably felt it in the environment, seen it on the news, or listened to loved ones share their grievances. But fortunately, Gemini helps lighten the heavy load and gets us to a place of comprehension. The fast paced mercurial trickster vibes of Gemini are working in our favor this season – quickening our mental capacities, opening our lines of communication, and connecting us to language so we don’t feel so blah.

This year’s Gemini season is like a calm before the larger storm of activity occurring in the following seasons of 2019. You can see the darkening skies, the heavy heavens, and yet there is a peace and sense of knowing before it all pours over you. This upcoming intensity is largely focused on the energetic realms, the way we feel, the way we behave. It isn’t so language oriented and that can cause misunderstandings and a sense of loss. Without language to speak our realities, we don’t have a story to connect to. So, use this Gemini season to gain comprehension, understanding, and awareness – use language to speak your story and release your truth so it isn’t weighing you down.

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 Gemini. 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 – 3rd house topics, to include:

  • Transit and transitions;

  • Daily rituals;

  • Neighbors;

  • Siblings;

  • Communication.

TAURUS – 2nd house topics, to include:

  • Finances;

  • Self-worth;

  • Values;

  • Material resources;

GEMINI – 1st house topics, to include:

  • Who you are;

  • Personality;

  • General health and well-being;

  • Personal drive and general life direction.

CANCER – 12th house topics, to include:

  • Unconscious secrets and blocks;

  • The things you would write in a private diary;

  • Solo pursuits of understanding;

  • Meditation.

LEO – 11th house topics, to include:

  • Friends and community;

  • Network of people who help you;

  • The way you influence people and the way they influence you;

  • Sharing your truth.

VIRGO – 10th house topics, to include:

  • Public standing;

  • Responsibilities earned in pursuit of goals;

  • Career;

  • Developments at work.

LIBRA – 9th house topics, to include:

  • Your public engagement;

  • The way your unconscious motives impact your journey;

  • Studying topics that really intrigue you;

  • General life philosophy.

SCORPIO – 8th house topics, to include:

  • Intimate relationships;

  • The way you collaborate and share energy with others;

  • Your boundaries;

  • The qualities you desire in your life.

SAGITTARIUS – 7th house topics, to include:

  • Partnerships, romantic or otherwise;

  • Legal affiliations;

  • Who you are when you are with others;

  • The kind of people you attract.

CAPRICORN – 6th house topics, to include:

  • Health regimen;

  • Self-care;

  • The way you care for others;

  • Tasks, lists, to-do’s.

AQUARIUS – 5th house topics, to include:

  • Flirtation;

  • Creativity;

  • Your authentic self-expression;

  • Children and child-like attitudes.

PISCES – 4th house topics, to include:

  • Your ancestry, heritage, and past;

  • The way things were and how that is shaping your present;

  • Your concept of others and the world around you;

  • The things you do at home.


TIMELINE

*all times are listed in Eastern Time.

May 21 at 3:59 AM, the Sun enters Gemini. Then at 6:51 AM, Mercury enters Gemini. Then at 9:06 AM, Mercury conjoins the Sun in Gemini.

The Sun enters Gemini with the ruler of Gemini (Mercury) immediately following. Right away, we enter a bright fast-paced experience known as Gemini season! And when Mercury conjoins the Sun, it enters a spotlight, it becomes momentarily brighter, bigger, and better. This is sometimes referenced as cazimi which is literally translated to “in the heart.“ This moment of heart-opening mercurial brilliance is an opportunity of awareness. It is a moment of grand insight, expanded consciousness, and an awakening of mental acuity.

Even though this bright moment of cazimi only lasts for a few hours, you can utilize its potential like you would with a full moon. It is a moment of culmination, heightened activity, and insights.

May 22 at 10:46 AM, Mars in Cancer sees a sextile to Uranus in Taurus.

The Mars-Uranus sextile is a passing experience of tension. While Mars and Uranus are both catalyzing planets, they are working through the receptive natures of Cancer and Taurus. This can create a gentleness or a pause in expression of energy, but the energy is still potent. After a while, the dormant energy can burst through out of a need for expression. It isn’t quite tense, but it isn’t exactly harmonious either. Random outbursts can come up and fall away as if nothing happened. While this isn’t the best time for a heart-to-heart, the vibration of this aspect can still be productive. If you lean into it, you get the opportunity to see how the excitement of stress can motivate you or push you towards an unrecognized truth or feeling. By becoming aware of feelings that have been buried, you are able to gain consciousness and choice over how to respond.

May 26 at 12:33 PM, the Final Quarter Moon is exact in Pisces.

The final quarter of every lunar cycle is a transition into total darkness. Energy wanes as the light of the moon wanes, and we become insular. The tension of the square, which is the geometric angle that the Sun and Moon make in this phase, offers a crisis of consciousness so that we can become aware of where we are in our personal cycles. With Sun in Gemini and Moon in Pisces, the energy is diffuse, naturally oriented towards finishing tasks in preparation of new beginnings. There can also be an element of detail awareness – suddenly it is extremely obvious all of those little details which have added up to the present moment. What details still need to be dealt with? What can be let go?

Pisces moons are always infused with a sensitivity that can be so sweet, so melancholic. Sometimes it is hard to know if you want to cry or laugh, drift through your favorite poetry or just lay in bed. It is an extremely artful and emotionally accessible moon. So as this moon officially becomes more dark than light, its tour through Pisces helps usher us out of the extroversion of fullness and into the subtler, more sensitive energy of introversion.

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May 29 at 9:22 PM, Mercury in Gemini sees a square to Neptune in Pisces.

Whenever Mercury interacts with Neptune, it is like a mini retrograde moment. Neptune is an unspeakable, unfathomable hugeness. It is slow, foggy, and easy to get lost in. As Mercury aspects Neptune, the natural mental quickness seems to fade a bit. This plays into the tired energy of the dark moon, forcing us to take pause. Though it is a passing transit, there is still opportunity to get caught in this drifty vibe. If you do, it is best used for artful expression – perfect for reflective journaling, poetry, and communicating with the unseen worlds.

May 30 at 12:49 PM, Venus in Taurus sees a sextile to Neptune in Pisces.

Venus-Neptune energy is big love energy. As a transit, this can speak to emotional openness, social connection, and a lessened feeling of shame. There are a lot of positive vibrations coming off this pair, and in that can be a touch of fantasy or illusion. Sometimes we feel so good that everything in the world looks good, too. This is a rose-colored glasses transit, and it can be wonderful if used appropriately. Softening the harsh edges of truth can help us walk through our day with more kindness and compassion. In doing this, we can connect with others in ways we may not normally. That said, this isn’t a day to make important decisions – Neptune, as suggested earlier, is a planet of vastness so it isn’t possible to see everything at play. Let this day be a feel-good day, nothing more.

May 30 at 11:11 PM, Mercury in Gemini opposes Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Mercury-Jupiter aspects are a lot of cognition, intuition, and sharing ideas. In the opposition, their relationship is tense and unavoidable. We see this in their sign axis; Gemini and Sagittarius are always opposed and yet always have something to learn from each other. It is in the recognition of differences, the awareness of “other” that we can become aware of ourselves and our perspectives. Gemini is innately associated with ground level communication – breathing in, breathing out – the ability to process ideas rapidly. Sagittarius is above that, so far above it sees the entire lay of the land and marvels at how everything is connected, laughs at the bigness of it all. What the two signs have in common is that they are hungry for knowledge and insight – the more, the better.

As this opposition takes place, Mercury and Jupiter sit in their home signs, and they marvel at the other, unable to fully comprehend the other’s perspective, and yet aware of their innate relationship. Without the details and facts of the ground level, how could we ever navigate the map? And without the bigger picture at hand, we’d get lost in the chaos of mental overload.

In the lived experience, this can feel like a burst of awareness around the narrative of our stories. We see how the small details of life connect to the bigger picture. We get a sense of how our Gemini area of life plays into the broader nature of our Sagittarius area of life. In this awareness we recognize what details or ground-level habits have to change in order to reach our goals and to create the story we really want.

May 31 at 11:26 AM, Venus in Taurus sees a trine to Saturn in Capricorn.

The two earth signs Taurus and Capricorn are very understanding of each other. There is a love of form and function at play, a connection and pleasure in stability. Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, is the planet of blocks, boundaries, and responsibilities. Venus, ruler of Taurus, is the planet of pleasure, desire, and love. They don’t always get along very well, but when they do, it can be a time of social grace, awareness of boundaries, and a love of rules. There is something inherently receptive about this transit; there is an acceptance of others’ hard edges as well as your own.

This is a good day for making long lasting promises and developing an understanding of boundaries.

Jun 2 at 11:41 PM, Venus in Taurus sees a trine to Pluto in Capricorn.

Since Saturn and Pluto are so close together in Capricorn, Venus naturally follows the trine to Saturn with a trine to Pluto. In the days between these two aspects, there can be a heaviness in relational experiences. When Venus is caught between two burdensome planets like these, pleasurable enjoyable things can feel unusually symbolic – bigger than the simplicity of joy. It isn’t the standard Venus brightness and sweet. Once Venus makes the exact trine with Pluto, there is a release of that energy. It can cause deeper intimacy between two people, a willing vulnerability, and opportunities to connect on levels that aren’t usually available. It can also feel a little too intense, too much depth, too much revealed. Ultimately, there is a naked quality with this transit.

Jun 3 at 6:01 AM, a New Moon in Gemini is exact.

The new moon is a fresh dark moon, a planted seed in Gemini soil. As Mercury moves at a quickened pace, it is almost at the end of its time in one of its home signs, and the Sun isn’t even half way through. The moon’s energy is fertilized with this dynamic. There is a fast paced excitement, a thrill for the next next next thing. We are so ready to plant intentions, but take a breath with this new moon – it still has to traverse more than half of Gemini! As energy continues to build from here, it’ll be easy to get caught up in the typical Gemini blunder of too much too soon if you aren’t careful. Use this new moon energy as an opportunity to refresh your system, clear the to-do list, and begin again with small certain steps. This will help your pace later.

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Jun 4 at 4:04 PM, Mercury enters Cancer.

Mercury in Cancer is fluidity in language. It is an emotional connection to the words we share with others. There can be an added layer of sensitivity here – a need to pull back and reflect before speaking. There can be uncertainty, reservation, and then the bubbling up of words, speaking to some core thought process. This is a circular kind of talking, a moving inward, a trying to understand the origin of things. As this relates to Gemini season, the pace is softened, and the mental quickness is brought out of the scope of rationality/logic and into the realm of emotions/energy. Language can be used to describe the way we’ve been feeling lately, not just about what is observable and true.

Of note, Mercury will eventually turn retrograde in Cancer. But that won’t happen until July. The beginning of the Mercury’s retrograde shadow period is June 20th, the day before Cancer season begins. Though the shadow period hasn’t begun yet, the expression of Mercury in Cancer is still aligned with that upcoming retrograde. Keep in mind the thoughts and ideas that present themselves now. This will be a theme over the next couple of months.

Jun 7 at 10:16 AM, Mercury in Cancer sees a sextile to Uranus in Taurus.

With the added flair of emotional brilliance that Cancer brings to the table, Mercury gets to spin the Uranus experience through the lens of the heart. Any shocks or downloads that have occurred with Uranus’ transit through Taurus are made accessible through the language of our feelings. Mercury gifts us this opportunity to create story, quantifiable experience, and definition to the way the Taurus-Uranus vibration has been impacting us. This is a wonderful day to journal, to write a letter, to get thoughts out of your brain and into the open. There is a lot of potential for heightened communication experiences where we are able to say exactly how we feel without the frustration of being misunderstood by our audience.

Jun 8 at 9:36 PM, Venus enters Gemini.

Venus in Gemini is a wordy expression of love and social connection. Pleasure is found in the dissection of ideas, in the conversations we have, in the flurry of factoids. There is a poetic, meditative nature in this placement as well. Think love letters, heart-warming text messages, and socially engaging tweets. With Venus in Gemini, we can connect on language alone; we can feel the heartbeat in the clack-clack-clack of the keyboard. There is also a childlike playfulness about this combo of energies – imagine the crafts table at a kid’s camp: glitter, puzzles, friendship bracelets, and lots of textures and colors to look at and feel.

Wherever Gemini is in your chart (check the overview section for more details), Venus’ presence in this place will bring social buzz. This can be helpful in the ongoing process of understanding <— like being able to express yourself more fluently, and not being so uneasy about the revelation of truth in front of others. That said, there is a touch social disconnect when it comes to in-person, deep heartfelt moments; Venus in Gemini is so much more interested in comprehension and less concerned about accidentally hurting someone’s feelings. Since we are all going through this transit, we’ll all be a little rude at times, but ultimately we are just seeking to comprehend something of value. Remember, if you or someone else gets into trouble: be forgiving, and you’ll be forgiven.

Jun 9 at 3:33 PM, the Sun in Gemini sees a square to Neptune in Pisces.

The Sun-Neptune square is reminiscent of the Pisces quarter moon from May 26th. This time, however, it isn’t the glassy mirrored moon making a brief stroll through Pisces – it is a waterfall of Neptune’s drug, cascading across the Sun’s path through Gemini. Every time the Sun makes a tense aspect to Neptune, there is a pause, a floaty feeling, and maybe some fatigue. It isn’t very productive, but it can be restorative. Making time to take a pause, take things slower, and not get so caught up in the details can really boost the emotional reserves. In this aspect, we are being asked to let go of our perspective and fall into the bigness of the big picture.

Jun 10 at 1:59 AM, the First Quarter Moon is exact in Virgo.

Almost immediately following the Sun’s square to Neptune, the moon opposes Neptune as it begins to gain more light than dark. Additionally, the Sun in Gemini and Jupiter in Sagittarius are applying to an opposition that will perfect later in the day. All together this creates a Mutable Grand Cross – basically, all of the mutable signs have planets in them that are making squares and oppositions (the tense aspects) at approximately the same time. This isn’t just any first quarter moon – this is a punch of crisis, activation, and intense processing/questioning.

This first quarter square is generally a brightening of energy, a boost of motivation, and an awareness of progress thus far. In this case, there is the added element of crisis associated with the grand cross. It’s like Jupiter, Neptune, the Sun, and the moon are at a four way stop, and each one wants to be the first to go. So a choice has to be made!

Additionally, if too much was started at the Gemini new moon, then this will be a very rude awakening! You’ll begin to see that there is too much to do in too little time. For better or worse, Neptune’s involvement washes away what can’t be accomplished, forcing us to let go of the excess tasks. Jupiter broadens the perspective, helping us get a sense of the bigger picture. But the two luminaries bring focus to the details, making it feel almost impossible to comprehend possibilities and discover faith in the process unfolding. So, in this type of bind, we are forced to prioritize. The fastest and slowest participants of this grand cross are the moon and Neptune, respectively. It’ll be easier to choose one of these extremes because their paths are so obvious – excess focus on details and what has to be done or a total release of responsibility as a result of overwhelm. The middle road can be found in Jupiter-Sun opposition – the tension of ego and spirit; trusting that neither one has all the answers, it is a combination of both.

This kind of transit can create tension among peers: disagreements, misunderstandings, impatience, and forgetfulness. It can also expand space-time to hold more than you thought was possible to accomplish, but it’ll take a lot of open-mindedness and meditative control to keep that continuum open. Flow is the key in this transit! Without flow, energy is blocked, and very little can be accomplished;; think of the way we fall asleep – there is no forcing, there is only allowing and openness, and yet something crucial to our survival is accomplished.

Moving through this transit can create a lot of stress, so be mindful of your needs and take space where it is appropriate. Deep breaths and a willingness to allow your true desires to come forward will increase the opportunity of productivity, flow, and development. This will also awaken you to a deeper cord of truth within. 🙏

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Jun 10 at 11:27 AM, the Sun in Gemini opposes Jupiter in Sagittarius.

As referenced earlier, this opposition is part of a the grand cross occurring in time with the first quarter moon. The Sun-Jupiter connection speaks directly to the solar ego and the jovial spirit. Living in the ego can create many blockages, but without it, we have no sense of self or belonging. The spirit inherent within is also crucial to our lived experience – it lifts us, gives us a sense of hope, and allows us to live beyond the physical constraints of the world. But to live exclusively in the non-physical world diminishes the experience of life, and reduces opportunity for real growth and development. Ultimately, this opposition creates an awareness of the push-pull energy inherent in our earthly existence. It isn’t about balancing these two parts of ourselves, but totally integrating them into a flow process of awareness-certainty-belonging-hope. We need both to feel whole, and it is only through whole-hearted living that we can really act in our best interests.

Jun 12 at 6:46 PM, Mars conjoins the North Node in Cancer.

The nodes of the moon mark the eclipse points in the zodiac. They represent distortion; every time we experience an eclipse, one the lights is hidden. As a result, when a planet conjoins one of the nodes, it becomes distorted either in excess or in release. Last year Mars conjoined the South Node, and at that time there was lot of energy depletion, releasing aggression, and spiritualizing motivation. We came to understand our drives and motivations in new ways, we learned how to more appropriately manage our energy sources, and we let go of detrimental behavior patterns.

Now that Mars is conjoining the north node, there is an excess of Mars. We begin to see how the previous experience of energy conservation has worked in our favor or against. This also brings focus to Mars’ applying opposition to Saturn and Pluto. As a result, Mars is more meaningful than normal. There is emphasis on the way we use our energy. In Cancer, Mars is motivated to act on feelings, especially in defense of something hurtful. With the north node involved, this can cause sudden and extreme outbursts based on assumptions, feelings, and emotional experiences. The impending Saturn-Pluto connection is adding layers of meaning to there martial expressions, suggesting that there is a deeper root issue at play. Perhaps we are defending futile boundaries? Maybe there really isn’t any issue, and what we are experiencing is a projection that is too painful to own in our internal reality.

As this conjunction occurs, it is beneficial to journal and reflect. This can help alleviate potential excess in aggression, and create language for the internal experience. Once there is consciousness and focused attention on our emotions, we are able to make clearer decisions. … Still, though, this is a day to watch for and to tread lightly around.

Jun 14 at 2:11 AM, Mars in Cancer sees a trine to Neptune in Pisces.

This Mars-Neptune aspect is well received. Sometimes it can be too much energy with very little direction, but in this case, Mars is already a little lost in Cancer. The Neptune salve can help lessen Mars’ confusion by offering an opportunity to drift with the flow of experience. This can be an especially positive experience considering the upcoming and previous Mars transit. In the heaviness and layered complexity of martial actions/reactions, it is nice to have a moment of pause and floating energy.

Jun 14 at 11:50 AM, Mars in Cancers opposes Saturn in Capricorn.

Mars opposite Saturn is a very isolating experience. There is a strong desire to get away from feelings and bounds, to escape through an alternative easy route. However, there is no easy way around. We are required to move through this experience. In the excellence of the universe’s wisdom, this necessary and difficult task draws awareness to the way we react around obstacles. This is, once again, a callback to last year; back then there was a Mars-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn, and we had to learn how to pace ourselves. Now we come into this opposition like a full moon’s culmination – we are put to the test of facing an obstacle and then working through it. We already know how to pace ourselves from the previous conjunction, so now it is a matter of applying what was learned.

This can come up around boundaries, wanting to please others, figuring out how to prioritize your energy and efforts, and having to say no. In the face of Saturn’s unyielding nature, it can feel extremely daunting to reject or refuse another responsibility. But, ultimately it is your choice – what are your priorities? What do you need to do in order to have enough energy to accomplish all your goals and objectives? Is there enough time and resource to go around?

Jun 15 at 1:57 PM, Mercury conjoins the North Node in Cancer.

Mercury’s conjunction to the north node mirrors Mars’ conjunction. However, Mercury is moving much faster and is less concerned about energy and more involved with understanding. This conjunction is an opportunity to gain narrative around what’s been going on in the Cancer area of life thus far, how the eclipses have impacted you, and the way that Mars is influencing the current astro-weather. This is also a bit of a sneak preview for the upcoming eclipses and later Mercury retrograde.

Jun 16 at 7:42 AM, Mercury in Cancer sees a trine to Neptune in Pisces.

Mercury’s trine to Neptune is a breath of air, a pause to drift for a moment. Downloads and insights come through unusual means; dreams, oracles, and psychic messages have some extra punch in this transit.

Jun 16 at 10:00 AM, Mercury in Cancer opposes Saturn in Capricorn.

Mercury opposite Saturn creates stark awareness around responsibilities that have yet to be met. Whatever was decided with the Mars-Saturn opposition gets an extra boost of insight and language at this time. The Mercury element creates opportunity for dialogue as well. If something regretful occurred under the Mars-Saturn opposition, then saying something about it can help. Especially with the earlier trine to Neptune, this can be a particularly helpful transit if you’ve bitten off too much.

Jun 16 at 11:21 AM, Jupiter in Sagittarius sees a square to Neptune in Pisces.

The exact square between Jupiter and Neptune has been felt for a while, but especially ever since the Virgo quarter moon on June 10th. This is also number two out of a series three Jupiter-Neptune squares this year. In general, Jupiter-Neptune can be too atmospheric, too out in the environment to fully download into the realm of personal experience. However, with the earlier lunation-grand cross, this aspect in particular may stand out to you.

Jupiter-Neptune is big hope, big fun. There is a playful, explorative nature to this pair, but also a lot of potential to get lost in a belief system. Neptune’s illusion and Jupiter’s pursuit of insight can create illusions out of the most random insights. On the other hand it can foster a lot of playful energy around the exploration of what is real versus what isn’t. In the lived experience this can come down to seeing signs, experiencing synchronicity, and getting caught up in uncertainty around whether or not to follow through. Flow comes almost tooooo easily in this transit, so grounding is necessary. Grounding can be anything that makes something feel real – eg, eating, writing, acting on impulses.

Jun 17 at 4:30 AM, the Full Moon in Sagittarius is exact.

This bright full moon occurs at the very end of the Sagittarius, so it passes by Jupiter, squares Neptune, and then meets the Sun across the sky in all of its brightness. There is a peak at the moment of any full moon, the culmination and build up to climax and then the fall. As it builds over June 15th, 16th, and the morning of the 17th, the energy is felt and expanded and felt and expanded. Whatever decisions you made at the earlier Virgo first quarter are now in full bloom. The buoyant vibration of Jupiter lifts us and then Neptune carries us into a state of wonder as many of us northerner’s sleep through the bright exactness. This is a moment of total flow or total debilitation. Either your decisions worked out in your favor or they completely fell apart under the pressure of this big Sagittarius energy.

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Jun 18 at 7:46 AM, Saturn in Capricorn sees a sextile to Neptune in Pisces.

Saturn-Neptune is a wonderfully passive experience. After all of the hard work, fast paced downloads, and sense of detail overwhelm, the Saturn-Neptune sextile draws us into a very well-deserved sense of sleepiness. Sleepiness, trust, and willingness to let structures hold us for a bit.

Jun 18 at 12:04 PM, Mercury conjoins Mars in Cancer.

Following and mixing into the sleepy vibrations of Saturn-Neptune, Mercury’s conjunction to Mars wakes us up again! We are drawn back into a state of emotional awareness; thoughts and actions are aligned with the heart-centered realities. What we feel is exactly how we are behaving. If you are angry, then you are going to express anger. If you are happy, then you’ll express happiness. There is no hiding your emotions under this transit! So let it flow out of you, and do it with a sense of awareness of yourself. This is an opportunity to see something about your inner landscape come out into the open. It can be so relieving!

Jun 19 at 6:55 AM, Mercury in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn. Then at 11:26 PM, Mars in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn.

Wow! Pow! What a day! The Mercury-Mars opposition to Pluto is a major reckoning. This is a moment when all those feelings expressed the day before make a really big impact. It’s like the whiplash of vulnerability – a vulnerability hangover. This is when shame and doubt come into the picture and we question ourselves and why we said what we said. But the best way to deal with shame is to voice it to someone you trust. Friends, a partner, family – whoever gets you and is a good listener will be able to help you see you aren’t alone in all of this. Mars-Pluto can sometimes make us feel like it is us against the world, like we have to do it all on our own and as fast as possible! But what is the point of doing anything if you can’t connect with loved ones? What is the point of speaking your truth if leads to your withdrawal from the world? There needs to be a support system in place to carry you through. You also have to be willing to be vulnerable and help others in their times of need. So, that’s what this transit is about – and that is essentially how we enter into Cancer season.

Jun 21 at 10:35 AM, Neptune in Pisces turns retrograde.

But wait! There is one more transit, about an hour before the Sun enters Cancer. Neptune has been stationing for over a month now, and is finally turning retrograde. This moment of Station to Retrograde, stillness to apparent backward motion, is a build up of energy that is now released. This gives us context into the broader themes of Neptune in Pisces. It opens our eyes to the earlier Neptune aspects that were made this season. It is like that moment when you realize how important Snape is in the Harry Potter stories! This seemingly background, somewhat negative character is now making its motivations known. Everything about Gemini season has been a download of recent past events, and a lot of those events had sprung up from Pisces season – the upcoming Mercury retrograde is related to that time, and this Neptune retrograde pulls it all together!

That said, it may not feel like it is pulling everything together. Oftentimes the Neptune retrograde moment can feel like a rainy unclear day. But if you take the time to reflect, journal, and intuit messages, there will be a lot of information to gain!

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 | Pisces 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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The Sun’s journey through the sign of Pisces this year is marked by a number of challenging transits – there is a lot of influence coming from Pluto, Saturn, and Mars, in addition to the impending Mercury retrograde. By their nature, these are difficulties – not necessarily in the extreme, but definitely not an easy walk through the park. Even Jupiter’s involvement is, at times, tense due to it’s sign-based square (an aspect that is confrontational) to Pisces and all of the planets that make their way through it. Fortunately, we’ve got a number positive influences that support productivity through the stress of obstacles and challenges.

To add, the Pisces nature is inherently opened and receptive. As the mutable water sign of the zodiac, Pisces is ultra sensitive, intuitive, and flexible. An overused, but still very useful example for Pisces is the ocean – a huge mass of water, which engulfs many depths, entire systems of life, and yet on the surface we don’t see this. There are two rulers for Pisces – Jupiter and Neptune. Jupiter illuminates Pisces the Generous – the person who gives the best hugs, who really listens to your problems, who believes in you and your dreams. Then we’ve got Neptune who casts the image of Pisces the Etheric – the person lost in the clouds, lost in dreams, floating from moment to moment, living a life filled with synchronicity and blended realities. Put these two together, and we see that Pisces is as much lost in their own cosmologies as they are deeply invested in the real world and the people they care about – they are as complex as the deep blue sea – with more to their inner worlds than we can describe with simple archetypes, with strength to carry massive loads of emotions, and with gentleness to soothe those who are lucky enough to be in their lives.

So, with that in mind, as we enter the Pisces consciousness this season, we are lifted into a state of optimism even despite the difficulties that may lie ahead. And in fact, some of these challenges may offer structure amidst the sometimes overwhelmingly ooey-gooey Piscean environment.

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 Pisces. This will also be the area of life influenced by the upcoming Mercury retrograde. 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 and Mercury.

ARIES – 12th house topics, to include:

  • Isolation
  • Shadow work
  • Spirituality
  • Grief, loss

TAURUS – 11th house topics, to include:

  • Community
  • Friends
  • Humanitarian efforts
  • Social work

GEMINI – 10th house topics, to include:

  • Career pursuits
  • Social standing
  • Long term responsibilities
  • Expectations and judgments

CANCER – 9th house topics, to include:

  • Educational pursuits
  • Occultism and metaphysical engagement
  • Travel
  • Publications

LEO – 8th house topics, to include:

  • Intimacy
  • Collaborative efforts
  • Appreciation for others
  • Exploration of emotional bonds

VIRGO – 7th house topics, to include:

  • Relationships
  • Helping your partner(s)
  • Listening to others
  • Love and responsibility

LIBRA – 6th house topics, to include:

  • Work projects
  • Filtering through priorities
  • Task lists
  • Health issues
  • Routines and rituals

SCORPIO – 5th house topics, to include:

  • Physical pleasure
  • Romance and flirtation
  • Children
  • Creativity

SAGITTARIUS – 4th house topics, to include:

  • Responsibilities to home and family
  • Comfort and security
  • Understanding deeper roots
  • Heritage, lineage

CAPRICORN – 3rd house topics, to include:

  • Transit
  • Communication
  • Commerce
  • Neighbors

AQUARIUS – 2nd house topics, to include:

  • Financial goals
  • Income
  • Self-care
  • Value systems

PISCES – 1st house topics, to include:

  • Personal goals
  • Health issues
  • Being seen by others
  • Personality analysis

TIMELINE

*all times are listed in Eastern Time.

Feb 18 at 6:03 PM, the Sun enters Pisces.

Earlier in the day, before the Sun’s ingress, it sees a sextile to Uranus. This shock of electricity before jumping into a vast ocean of emotions and watery contemplation seems a little risky, but it is unavoidable. As such, take any surprises in stride, and allow this early evening shift of energy to soften and open yourself to the changes or reversals that may have come out of hiding.

In the early morning of Feb 19 at 1:36 AM, Mercury conjoins Neptune in Pisces. This conjunction marks the shadow of Mercury’s upcoming retrograde. Keep an eye out for the happenings in the hours leading up to the conjunction (basically as soon as the Sun enters Pisces) because the ideas/thoughts/communications that come up at this time will likely be braided into the unfolding Mercury retrograde.

On the same day, Feb 19 at 10:53 AM, the full moon in Virgo is exact at 0 degrees.

The full moon is a peak experience, during which the the Sun’s light is reflected entirely by the moon’s pale face. This kind of illumination typically relates to the climax of a project, an intense conversation, and the shift from extraversion to introversion. Sometimes there can be a felt charge in the lived experience, especially in the area of life that Virgo represents in your chart. (This would be whatever area of life is opposite from Pisces).

Because this lunation has a strong tie to Mercury (ruler of Virgo), there is an added emphasis on the fact that Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn later in the evening at 9:39 PM. This kind of aspect is typically good for cognition and planning, but because of Mercury’s earlier Neptune conjunction and the upcoming retrograde, it seems that the sextile to Saturn is more of a balance than anything. I imagine a drunk Mercury wobbling around, and then finding something sturdy to lean against so that it can gather its bearings. In the lived experience, this can look like a sudden awareness of one’s surroundings – perhaps a sense of disillusionment – sobriety amidst what seems to be otherwise chaotic.

Overall, the significations suggest that the full moon is offering us awareness around the more practical areas of life. While this may be desirable for those of us working on work projects, financial endeavors, and career pursuits, the awakening nature of this lunation may cause an unpleasant disruption to some escapist tendencies others of us have been engaging with. Like the moment when you realize you’ve spent far too long binge-watching your favorite show while all the work you need to do piles up.

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Feb 22 at 7:55 PM, Mercury in Pisces sees a square to Jupiter in Sagittarius.

A few months ago, in November and December 2018, Mercury and Jupiter made three conjunctions in Sagittarius. At that time, elements of insight-awareness, consciousness, mind-expansion, and intuition had come up. There may have also been a sense of overwhelm with messages and information coming at us from all angles. It was one of those transits where the best we could do was to answer or respond to the loudest or most important messages as they made themselves available.

In this square pattern, there is a recall to that moment. The way you had handled the information overload at that time likely developed into a new pattern of thinking about the world around you. It may have been only a slight change in the way you mentally process things – or perhaps a mental project that has matured since then. However, now with this square between Mercury and Jupiter in the two Jupiter-ruled signs (Sagittarius & Pisces), there is an echo back to the initial moment. What was prioritized back then and why? Is it still a priority now? Is there another way to look at the way things have unfolded?

This can also mark a time of information overload – lots of details and thoughts in the environment, and trying to parse through it all, but not having the capacity for it. At this time, once again, prioritization needs to be made – what is coming through the clearest? If it is clear, does it mean that it is important? Lots of questions to ask in this moment, and not a lot of answers in response (or so many answers you can’t hear them all).

Later in the evening at 10:52 PM, Venus conjoins Pluto in Capricorn while the moon in Libra sees a square to their conjunction.

As Mercury and Jupiter remain tight in their tense aspect, Venus is taken to Pluto’s Capricornian underworld, and the waning tired moon witnesses this darkness. There is something very cold and upsetting about this illumination – it can reveal uncomfortable vulnerabilities about society and politics. It can also illuminate our inner politics and the futile bondages we create for ourselves. There is hope, though – the moon’s witness can assist us in identification of these sensitivities. And with the Mercury-Jupiter square occurring in parallel, some of the awakened messages or insights might even help us in determining solutions. Ultimately, though difficult, this can be a very productive evening for shadow work.

Feb 23 at 12:17 PM, Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn.

The planet of cognition and rationality offers further witness to the abduction of Venus. Though Mercury is already overwhelmed, it can still sense and express what it sees into tangible feelings. We are given further opportunity to connect with the shadows of last night.

Feb 26 at 6:27 AM, the Last Quarter Moon is exact in Sagittarius

As the moon has lost light over the past week, there has been a great deal of information thrown at us. But we haven’t been able to see the information clearly – it’s all been a little murky. We’ve had to become intuitive, emotive, explore depths and shadows. And what we’ve had to listen/witness has been difficult: internal and external tensions. At this point, if the message hasn’t come through, it will with this quarter moon. The mark of darkness – that half face which indicates a loss of lunar light – is ultimately what we need to see in the dark. Like sitting in darkness, it takes a while for the eyes to adjust, and it doesn’t help if there is too much light streaming in.

On top of the clarity that comes with our darkening moon, there is optimism – a felt sense that all will work out in the end – Jupiter is waiting for the moon to drop by, giving us the gift of union – if even for a moment. Union can mean: people coming together, ideas coming together, unity of what was once separate.

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Feb 27 at 9:32 PM, the Sun in Pisces sees a sextile to Mars in Taurus.

Sun-Mars aspects often elicit energy activation, and there will definitely be energy coming through this transit. However, both Sun and Mars are touring through traditionally passive signs, suggesting that energy is more evenly displaced. It won’t come as a burst or a bright and bold move forward. Rather, there is a steadiness and wandering quality. Perhaps – imagination or motivation is sparked and then carried into measurable action.

This is a passing transit, but useful if you need to motivate yourself to get something done.

Mar 1 at 7:31 AM, Venus in Capricorn sees a square to Uranus in Aries.

The Venus-Uranus connection is about to strengthen considerably as Uranus is so close to entering this love-star’s sign. However, before that 7 year bond begins again, the two are butting heads. Because Venus is so closely connected to our intimacy, love, relationships, and desires, this can relate to a shock or shift in the more romantic or pleasurable areas of life. And if you do experience a shock to your system, then it is likely that this shock/revelation/wake-up-call will further develop once Uranus enters Taurus later in the month.

Later on Mar 1 at 11:45 AM, Venus enters Aquarius.

When Venus is in Aquarius, we are able to shift from heavy duty water/earth energy to playful air. Venus’ trip through Aquarius gives us space to feel, an outlet for fun, and an impetus for lightness. Love and desire are now expressed socially. Wanting others to see that you have what you desire, but also wanting to know what others desire. It reminds me of the phrase, “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.”

In addition to the play, there can also be a curiosity-mental element that displays as cold and calculating. So separation can also become a theme – a need to have distance in order to cognate feelings – distance makes the heart grow fonder – calculating potentials of joy and pleasure. Even though separation can seem unpleasant, when you’ve got too much mushy-messiness (like can happen in Pisces), it is actually really nice to have an opportunity to breathe.

Mar 5 at 1:18 PM, Mercury stations and begins it’s retrograde at 29 degrees of Pisces.

The long-awaited, long-dreaded Mercury retrograde begins. In truth, Mercury has been in a difficult position for several weeks. It has been swimming in the vastness of Pisces since February 10th, and will continue to be floating along until well into April. Though it is a wonderful placement for so many born with Mercury in Pisces, as a transit it can offer us a great deal of confusion and brain-mush. At times it can seem like we are living in an endless fog, light is dark and dark is light, and clocks are melting off the walls when we desperately need them to stay solid. Other times, we find ourselves gifted with an incredible depth of words and language, which allows us to bend the alphabet and all logic into these unbelievably poetic artscapes.

And so, as Mercury performs it’s perceived acrobatic flip through time-space, we are extended an opportunity to suspend what is tangibly real and to explore something more fantastic. That being said, tangible reality does dictate timing and math and that sort of rational stuff which is always useful when it comes to finances, planning, and reviewing or analysis. What I’m saying is this: try to avoid your basic systems, planning, and analyses tasks if you want to go through Mercury retrograde relatively unscathed.

I know it will be difficult because oftentimes it is during the Mercury retrograde that we tend to notice those super-rational tasks that we hadn’t touched earlier when it might have been more appropriate. So if you have to do something of relative importance, make sure to review it – save it – make copies – and get it proof-read by others. If you can, I strongly suggest holding off on any serious technical endeavors (eg, technology, vehicles, budgets, etc).

Mar 6 at 3:26 AM, Uranus enters Taurus.

Uranus is done with Aries for approximately 84 years! It had been moving through Aries for about 8 years, waking us up to the different ways we could express ourselves, our freedoms, and our aggression. We have learned those lessons, and are being shuffled towards a new focus. Uranus in Taurus awakens the fixed earth sign in the zodiac and the place where Taurus resides in your chart. Here’s a quick review of Taurus’ house alignment based on your rising sign:

  • Aries – 2nd House; finances | Taurus – 1st House; self | Gemini – 12th House; isolation | Cancer – 11th House; community | Leo – 10th House; career | Virgo – 9th House; philosophy | Libra – 8th House; exchanges | Scorpio – 7th House; relationships | Sagittarius – 6th House; responsibilities | Capricorn – 5th House; pleasure | Aquarius – 4th House; origins | Pisces – 3rd House; communication.

Whichever house Taurus aligns with is the place where Uranus will be jolting your life into wakefulness. Consider electricity running through the significations of Taurus, which include: tangible pleasures like food, sex, drink, clothes, materials; agriculture; and survival. In the shock, we are tested and forced to reveal weaknesses. Consider these weaknesses to be old patterns and systems of futility that no longer support the core growth and development of the Taurus placements in your chart.

Like developing a new skill, this can be an unpleasant experience initially, but with time and flexibility, we are promised individuation and change.

Mar 6 at 11:03 AM, a New Moon in Pisces is exact.

This dark moon in Pisces begins a new lunar cycle as a number of planetary shifts occur. First, Venus lightens the mood in Aquarius. Then, Mercury retrograde amplifies the already-mushy Pisces rationality. Then Uranus in Taurus electrifies a new area of life. This all occurs under the dark moon, and then the moon is reborn with the imprint of these changes. As the new lunar cycle, the moon and Sun conjoin Neptune. This is dreamy and drifty and docile. A sort of sweet nothingness, an empty egg.

Typically a new moon is a good time to plant intentions – a gestation period. Time-space is fertile and ready for the energetic seeds to lay themselves in the invisible soil of the mind. When we think of seeds planted, it is easy to imagine the follow-up sprout and forthcoming blooms and fruits. However, with the Mercury retrograde in full swing and Uranus’ innate reversing nature coming alive in Taurus, we might find the seed sprouts upside down, growing into a different universe, a different kind of organism. Things are not entirely what they seem. So. Plant your intentions wisely. Consider the Pisces placement in your chart (and if you are more advanced, consider Taurus, too!), and create a special seed for further insight into the affected area of life.

(The stars can only offer what they know.)

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Mar 9 at 2:10 AM, Sun in Pisces sees a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn.

Sun-Saturn can be a little drab, especially when both are in such heavy signs. We could wake up on the morning of the 9th with a sense of responsibility laid on the shoulders of our spirits. I imagine someone saying, Perhaps it is finally time we start working on taxes, but oh wait Mercury is retrograde. This is a touch depressive, too. It might remind us how tired we are and the rest we need, so you could find yourself laying around with a heavy sense of impending to-do’s.

But, if you want to use this passing transit for it’s best value, then get started on something you’ve been meaning to do. It will be easier to continue a project once it has begun (especially with the engine of new moon beginning to build light).

Mar 10 at 12:19 PM, Mars in Taurus sees a sextile to Neptune in Pisces.

Mars-Neptune can sometimes express as an excessive escapist nature, often alluding to drugs and drinking. I believe this is especially the case with Mars in Taurus, an ultra sensual sign which delights in taste, touch, sight, smell, and sound. Alternatively, the escapist desire could also express via creativity. With Taurus there is a manifestation quality since physical form is emphasized. Especially with Mercury in Pisces is offering us Neptunian downloads, it could be Mars’ sextile that ends up funneling these ideas/fantasies into something real.

Mar 13 at 10:29 AM, the Sun in Pisces sees a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn. Later that evening, at 9:29 PM, the Sun sees a square to Jupiter in Sagittarius.

This is a busy day for the Sun as it meets with heavy-duty Pluto and catches up with buoyant Jupiter nearly simultaneously. In the human realm, our minds and spirits will be illuminated with dark yearnings and grandiose adventures. It is possible that we come to see a bigger picture of what we desire from our lives. Perhaps also, society reveals the way it uses faith and spirituality to gain power over others. There is potential for both good and bad to come to the surface. It is up to each of us to move towards what calls us forward.

Mar 14 at 6:02 AM, Mars in Taurus sees a trine to Saturn in Capricorn.

Early morning, the two malefics conspire together. With these two in cahoots, we can apply Saturn’s goals to Mars’ ability to take action. This actually relates to a longer cycle that began in early 2018, and right now is a perfect time to reflect on how this has been working out for you. Consider the parts of your life that are related to goal-setting and acting-upon-goals. Are these parts of your life intertwined or separate? Can you blend your future-sight with manifestation? The Mars-Saturn trine can offer some ease and harmony between these two inherent parts of life. Just because they are challenging planets, doesn’t mean they can’t offer productivity and positive outcomes.

Approximately 20 minutes later, at 6:27 AM on Mar 14, the First Quarter Moon in Gemini is exact.

Isn’t it cool that we have this power-house trine occurring at the same time as the building moon exactly shifts towards excess light and manifestation? It is an indication that we can really make something happen. That said, the ruler of Gemini – Mercury – is lost in the space-time continuum of Pisces. So how well will this moon actually help us? Hard to say. My impression is that things will work out for the best, even if at first there is significant confusion along the way. It is like ritual sacrifice – you have to give something of value in order to receive something of value…. perhaps we are sacrificing our time and cognition for a greater story to unfold.

On the night of Mar 14 at 9:47 PM, the Sun conjoins Mercury in Pisces.

Barely a day after the quarter moon and Mercury is already getting involved. Trickster energy will be alive at this time. Have a sense of play and flexibility – it’ll be easier to handle confusion if you are letting it be rather than trying to force rigidity.

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Mar 15 at 7:16 PM, Mercury in Pisces sees a square to Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Once again, we get a Mercury-Jupiter contact as Mercury moves in reverse. The last one occurred on Feb 22. Was there something then that is relevant now? Is there some kind of review related to ideas and communication, sharing beliefs? Perhaps this marks a crisis point around a decision or project begun at the earlier date. This is a moment of awareness more than a moment of reaction.

Mar 16 at 9:08 AM, Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn.

On this day it is possible that deep dark shadows begin to show up in the periphery. We’ve already worked with them throughout this season and the last, but perhaps they still need work. Consider the ways you tell yourself about your own inner darknesses. Is there something about this self-talk that constricts you?

Mar 17 at 11:23 PM, Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Mars in Taurus.

This transit relates to understanding and comprehension of the work we’ve done thus far. This can be work-work, life-work, shadow-work, etc. Like the day earlier with Mercury’s sextile to Pluto, self-talk comes to light, and we check in to see how far we’ve come in the process of our work. This placement can also make tongues sharp and judgmental, so carry a sense of caution on this day.

Mar 20 at 7:41 AM, Mars in Taurus sees a trine to Pluto in Capricorn. A few hours later at 10:26 AM, Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn.

As the Sun moves through the final degree of Pisces en route to Aries and the equinox point, we get a double-dose of Capricornian expansion. Mars’ trine to Pluto eases tension around any challenging shadow-work and clears paths towards healing. One could also opt-out of the work, and live in blissful ignorance with such an easy aspect. Mercury’s sextile to Capricorn finalizes the retrograde trickster’s contacts with our malefics (though it will come back into contact in direct motion later down the road), offering one more level of hellish insight. But maybe not hellish insight – perhaps just a steady sturdy awareness of surroundings. It depends on your chart and your choices. Do you want to open yourself to the difficulties? Do you prefer to live on the surface?