FORECAST | Cancer 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 sign of Cancer is ruled by the moon – a luminary, not a planet, which has a special relationship to us earthlings. Our closest intergalactic friend, the one who never seems to leave our side. Over the years you’ve surely noticed the moon is the largest and brightest of all the night-sky things. It’s the one we always see, the one who dances around us, growing bigger and then smaller, collecting and reflecting the sun’s light to share with us, and then letting it go because that’s how life works. The moon is our first friend on our night-time journey into the realm of stars and planets. Our sweet moon is perceptive, reflective, intuitive, and cyclical. We can always count on the waning and waxing, the effortless flow.

So typically when the Sun enters Cancer, these lunar qualities are brightened. However, this year we lose out on the typical Cancerian luminescence. Our moon and sun are obscured as a result of the eclipses in the Cancer-Capricorn axis. As a result, we are denied our source of light, illumination, and insight. There is a sense of loss, confusion, and uncertainty that reigns over this new season. We can’t quite see what’s happening. Vitality is low, rational thinking is amiss, and feelings are running wild in the dark.

There is also a heightened sensitivity to time due to the Cancer-Capricorn eclipses. Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, and the moon, ruler of Cancer, are all about timing. Saturn as father time, death, endings, the boundary of reality, and the way we grow old. The moon as a constant cycle of gains and losses, a trusted tool in the practice of astrological timing, the one who pulls and pushes the tides of the ocean. We rely on the moon and Saturn to help us identify where we are in the present. But if we can’t access their strengths because they are blocked by the eclipses, then how can we know where we are in the time-line?

We don’t.

And that’s both the beauty and pain of this Cancer season. We untie ourselves from the gravity of time, and get lost in the exploration of non-boundaried, open-hearted confusion. This is a time rich with emotional uncovering; the faucet is on and we can’t seem to turn it off. Maybe we are in a dream reality, lost in space, untethered from our normal routines and habits. But through this deep dive, we discover something miraculous. A hidden gem of truth comes to the fore; something important is exposed and we learn from it.

Once the season ends, there will be plenty of opportunity for forward movement, focused intentional work, and productivity. Until then, let yourself float in this seemingly endless infinite river loop, take a breath in the emotional discomfort, and trust that it is better to open your eyes and witness this unusual experience. There is much nourishment that comes in the flowing stillness of emotions.


HOROSCOPES

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

ARIES

This season has the power to awaken your pursuit of major life changes. The influence comes primarily from your career and home sectors; there appears to be questions around your commitment and what is worth your time. You get a great deal of insight from processing your inner self – the version of you that exists at home, behind closed doors. It is this hidden self that wants to re-shape career structures such that they are in support of your desires rather than simply being another cog in the machine. How does your work create meaning in your life? How does your path honor your origins? Are you moving in a direction that supports your heart’s intentions?

TAURUS

Cancer season emphasizes your need to express yourself more authentically. Issues seem to come up around abstract thinking; it is possible that you are looking at life from a stiffened perspective which needs to loosen up. Your sense of self is changing dramatically and your ideas about the world need to change as well. This can lead to a great deal of stress and fear around your belief systems and how they have shaped your identity up to this point. As you begin to bask in the awareness of your personal truths, the boundaried nature of your life philosophies can choke you. It is important to find safe spaces to allow thoughts to flow and expression to be wild. How can you loosen the static ideologies of your life with questions? Practice with journaling questions exclusively. See where it leads you.

GEMINI

This season asks you to review your beliefs about money and self-worth. Your attitudes and habits around finances can dramatically impact your sense of belonging in this world. If you can’t see the value in your investments, then how can anyone else? It seems like you have outdated blockages around emotional labor – perhaps you don’t fully recognize the meaning in the work you do or the way your support serves a larger system. Perhaps others don’t see the efforts you go to in order to make ends meet. There can be shame around not having enough to give. It starts with you and your ability to care for and see value in who you are. By focusing on your wellness and needs first, you are able to then hold space for others.

CANCER

This is a heavy duty season for you. Your authentic self is coming into the forefront; the importance of self becomes extremely prominent. Relationships may suffer if others can’t hold space for you, or if you have been giving too much. There can be fear around isolation and not meeting expectations, but know that you are more than enough. You are a gift to the world, and it is your time to rise to the occasion. You hold more cards than you might think, and you have the potential to make lasting changes in pursuit of whatever it is you most desire. It doesn’t matter what anyone else wants from you, even if it feels like it does. The fact that you care so much about others’ opinions can relate to a projected self-criticism that you are too afraid to face. This is a season which builds a foundation for confidence after deconstructing any judgments or shame that you have held.

LEO

Cancer season draws light towards your self-care habits. There can be an excess of perfectionism, projects, and tasks. You may be overwhelmed with daily duties, and in much need of rest and mental release. Shame and fear comes up around wanting to keep up with everything that needs to get done. There can be control issues around identifying purpose with productivity. But does your work feed your soul? Is your current routine sustainable in the long term, or is it deadening and distracting from a deeper need that you’ve been ignoring? Consider the way habits and health are connected – the way your thoughts shape reality, and the way your emotional behavior is sending messages about your environment and circumstance.

VIRGO

This season is determined to draw you out of your shell. There is emphasis on the way you’ve been hiding yourself from the public light. Fear and doubt come up around revealing too much of your identity; personal judgments have stopped you from opening your heart to community and friends. You can gain so much from sharing your inner truth with the people in your networks. There is something magical about the healing and intimacy that can unfold in the light of sharing authentic expression. It’s just a matter of putting yourself out there – of willingly sharing your story in pursuit of communal connection.

LIBRA

The very baseline of who you are- the part of you that comes out at home, the one who is obligated to family expectation- this part of you needs to break free. It is the part of you that has never changed, the inner child. This softer, more tender, more creative version of you is being pushed into the light. Your sense of direction in life is shifting towards a more heart-centered kind of expression. In order to access that heart-centered nature, you need to release the inner you from fear of expectations that have been put your shoulders since you were little. Awaken the joy that lives in your heart, and move from a place of centered awareness. This season is crucial in your development of emotional presence, and splits apart your barriers in order to open you to your bliss. Challenges create opportunities for awakening. Allow them to re-shape you and strive for emotional depth.

SCORPIO

Cancer season brings a storm into your consciousness. Patterns of thought that have held you back are being pulled to the surface for release. It is in the every day, the little conversations, the moments that pass in transit, en route to wherever. Everywhere you turn, doubts come up, thoughts flog you into a state of submissive uncertainty. There are barriers everywhere, and it can feel impossible to move forward. And yet, the heart begs you to continue. Optimism seems ridiculous to the overly-cynical, but there is hope here and it resides in your ability to open the mind and turn it to liquid. Water can push through a million cracks in the cement, and break through into a flowing constant state of awareness. You can’t control the conversation, but you can tap into an enlightened state of flexibility. The key is to continue pushing, continue seeking. Questions create answers. Curiosity is more successful than judgment.

SAGITTARIUS

This season puts a spotlight to your needs and desires. There is emphasis on the way you ask for help and the way you offer. It appears that there is undue pressure on the way you create a living for yourself – on the way you survive. It is possible that you are living in a paradigm of dog-eat-dog and feel mistrustful of others or ashamed of needing support. The lack of worthiness and deserving that comes of not wanting to ask is a result of an outdated way of life. Perhaps it served you to support yourself completely without anyone else’s help, but now things have changed and it appears that you are in need. Asking with love rather than shame is the key. It starts with dismantling judgments of self-worth and then opening to the healing bond that can be fostered between you and someone you trust. Support isn’t just financial – it can be emotional too. No person is an island; we all need help and it is important to ask.

CAPRICORN

Cancer season focuses the spotlight on the way you relate to others. There is an inherent shame pattern that exists in your psyche – an uncertainty or fear around who you are. This can move you to put walls up, pushing others away. Breaking the barriers and opening to love, connection, and intimacy sounds incredible, but is it possible if you don’t love yourself first? Why do you live with shame on your shoulders? Can you release those expectations and personal judgments in pursuit of a deeper connection to your truth and authentic self? If so, then meeting others where they are becomes easier. Self-confidence can be lifted by taking a leap of faith into vulnerability. As you learn (re-learn) how to engage with others, you are able to melt away the shame and fear that has held you back.

AQUARIUS

During Cancer season, you are asked to witness the way your habits speak to unconscious drives. Health, addictive behaviors, and work habits relate to unconscious belief patterns. There is a connection between mental health and physical health. Are you working all day long, burning out and then trying again after you’ve recovered? This can speak to a feeling of undeservingness, a lack of trust, and doubts around your ability to succeed. There can also be the swing effect in which you lean too heavily toward complete avoidance. Procrastination can relate to an inner anxiety around performance and failure. This season’s transits try to dismantle the negative thought patterns that hold you down by creating moments of crisis in consciousness. You will be given opportunities to experience this pattern in an exaggerated nature. If you see any extremely detrimental developments, consider seeking professional help. There is no shame in turning to therapy. Emotional and mental support can do wonders for your overall well-being.

PISCES

This season puts the focus on what lights your fire. You may feel a sense of expectation to keep up with community efforts, to match the output of friends and colleagues. But what is the point of keeping up if it doesn’t inspire passion in your heart? Why work to match everyone else when there is something unique and divinely inspiring living inside of you? This is the season to let go of any shame or fear you have around fitting in. Instead, choose to follow your bliss. Whatever lights the passion inside of you, go towards it with unrelenting tenderness and affection.


TIMELINE

*all times are listed in Eastern Time.

June 21 at 11:54 AM, the Sun enters Cancer.

The Sun’s entrance into Cancer brings a shift in seasons. In the northern hemisphere, we enter the brightest time of year. In the southern hemisphere, darkness takes hold. For the entire world, this is an extreme season. I am reminded of the way our eyes have to acclimate in the pitch black night, opening wider than ever and still not seeing clearly… And the way the bright summer sun seems to force our eyes closed; the flood of too much light is overwhelming. In either extreme our sight is obscured because we are at a peak experience, and the body can only handle so much. This speaks to the nature of Cancer season: emotions are high, and there is so much to feel through before you can see clearly.

June 23 at 12:44 PM, Venus in Gemini opposes Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Venus opposite Jupiter is a push-pull energy around how to experience pleasure. The dynamism of Venus in Gemini wants us to have as many individual experiences as possible. This is micro delicacies, yummy sweet nothings, and busy lusty energy for continued activity. Jupiter, on the other hand, slow from retrograde motion and bloated from wanting it all at once, is massing everything into a single huge-ness. Jove draws it all in, pulls the energy and chaos together to experience pleasure as a complete picture, the full grasp of many moments.

In the lived experience, we can find ourselves questioning what we want and then making an impulse decision to get it all. And then we may wonder, how do we enjoy it? All at once or one bite at a time? With the background energy of eclipses looming, there is a heavy desire for indulgence and escapism, and this Venus-Jupiter opposition can create a big rush towards it. It may relate to food, drink, socializing, romanticizing, and anything else we do to get our minds off a topic, to dissociate from an experience in pursuit of something that feels better.

A way to take this energy deeper* is to bring an open-minded curiosity into the experience of pleasure. Try this: question every desire you have, sit with the feelings that come up, and jot down or discuss what you are learning about yourself. You may be surprised by what is hidden in the psyche, and how that translates to pleasure.

* By the way, there is no judgment if you don’t to take a deep-dive. Living on the surface is often a necessary step in the process of integrating the deeper realizations we pick up during more intense periods of life, like the one we are in now.

June 24 at 5:58 AM, Venus in Gemini sees a square to Neptune in Pisces.

Venus-Neptune contacts can lead to deep desire of perfection. In truth, perfection can only exist on the most simplistic level, something much less complex than the life we live now. This can create a yearning for dissociation not unlike the earlier Venus-Jupiter opposition. Neptune can soften the harsh edges of life, but beware that you don’t lose touch of reality.

This transit becomes a lesson in the tension of wanting better circumstances immediately and facing the reality that you can’t instantly transform a situation. In order for improvements to be made, you have to face and identify what is causing problems in the first place.

June 25 at 5:46 AM, the Final Quarter Moon is exact in Aries.

As the Gemini lunar cycle comes to a close in Aries, the moon becomes distorted in the bends of the nodal axis. We get a brief preview into the dynamics of the Cancer-Capricorn time-warp, and wrap up the leftover loose ends of Gemini season.

The Aries nature of this waning quarter moon wants to be a new moon; it wants everything to be over and to start fresh right now. The fact that it last touched the Capricorn south node is an added emphasis on the desire for accomplishment, pushing forward, and taking responsibility. But the reality of this waning moon is that it needs to make adjustments for more internal reflection.

This is a warrior moon, wishing to push forward despite exhaustion. It is confused and distorted in its square to the nodal axis, and can’t quite get settled or comfortable in the fact that something is ending. You might ask yourself, where in my life are things wrapping up? What can I do to release my grip on that which is already ending?

With this moon, there is great power in the release process. The upcoming lunar cycle will begin the eclipse season, and though it will lead us into uncertainty, we can at least do ourselves the service of making way for these big moments to come through. Wrap up the loose ends, and finalize the work; in this way we start fresh, creating a blank canvas for whatever is coming.

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June 26 at 8:19 PM, Mercury enters Leo.

Mercury, who is getting ready for retrograde, takes a slow step into Leo, and we bask in the brightness of new expression. Leo is our fixed fire sign, the one who speaks from the heart of self. From the hearth of inner radiance, Mercury shares the information of authenticity. It is not just the words we use, but the entire act of expression that comes into the spotlight. There is a need to perform ourselves, to be. And it is through this language of the body as well as the body of the language we use that comes into the forefront of the cognitive experience. Actions speak louder than words. The fullness of the way we share ourselves and the way we express ourselves to others becomes much more noticeable now.

It is in this placement that Mercury stations and turns retrograde. Remember, actions speak louder than words. What you do and say and commit to now will come up again later.

June 27 at 1:45 PM, the Sun in Cancer sees a sextile to Uranus in Taurus.

Sun-Uranus aspects can illuminate an urge for more authenticity. There is a dissociated quality here, a need to step away from what is and move towards what will be. Change, rebellion, and reversals can come up as solutions to anything that makes us feel stuck. However, in Cancer and Taurus, there is a natural desire to go inward and observe/reflect on the current environment.

This combination of energy can translate into sudden insights or revelations made in the internal landscape. The future and how it is imagined may become dramatically different as a result of new information learned or the culmination of facts gathered. This is an emotional and felt experience – not so much mental. Intuition is heightened, the emotional body is brighter, and flashes of change hit us physically rather than cognitively.

I wouldn’t typically pay so much attention to this transit, but with the moon in Taurus on this day and the Sun’s proximity to the north node, there seems to be an added focus on Uranus’ impact.

July 1 at 7:19 PM, Mars enters Leo.

Mars is the red warrior who seeks to cut and dismantle anything that gets in the way of its mission. In Leo, the mission is to spotlight identity and purpose. There is a need to see and be seen, and anything that blocks this solar focus will be torn apart with a martial intensity. Mars’ fire does feel at home in Leo’s heat, but can get a little defensive in the fixed quality. This can speak to intentional separation or isolation as a result of feeling misunderstood or experiencing a blow to the ego. Mars in Leo is ultra fixated on clearing space for authenticity to shine, but this can create discord if there are disagreements or misunderstandings (which there always are).

To add, because of the Sun’s position in Cancer and its distortion in the moon’s north node, there is an inherent misunderstanding in Mars’ perceived orders. In essence, identity and purpose is in the process of changing, and there is no way for Mars to know. This can lead to a defense of old ideas and past behaviors which were a part of an old paradigm but no longer relate to the present situation or what is unfolding.

In short, until the Sun enters Leo on July 21st, Mars is confused and its resultant actions and impulses are not necessarily in alignment with truth. This is something to keep in mind as the stress of the eclipses weighs on us; even if we could act or have the opportunity to physically engage in something, we still don’t know what the core purpose is. This is a blinded warrior energy, and can lead to defense for defense’s sake.

Suggested activities for this martial confusion include: conscious eating, expression via crafts, moderate exercise, and performance (karaoke, improv, stand-up, drama therapy, etc).

July 2 at 3:16 PM, a Total Solar Eclipse in Cancer is exact.

A solar eclipse is when the moon completely covers the sun – there is complete darkness, day becomes night, and the world seems to be tipped upside down for a moment. If you have ever witnessed a total solar eclipse, you’ll know how eerie it feels. This translates to the significations of the solar eclipse in astrology: there is an unnatural shift in energy beyond what we can perceive as normal, and it captures something about our lives and changes it forever.

This particular eclipse occurs in Cancer and is opposed by Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. Not all eclipses are quite so heavy as this one, and that is because of the Saturn-Pluto element. These heavyweight planets draw gravity and depth into the experience; they represent the boundaries of life, namely death. They also correlate with extreme reactions to fear and uncertainty – the last thing Saturn-Pluto in Capricorn wants is unknowns, so it’ll do anything ensure control and comfort of knowledge. So this eclipse in Cancer isn’t just about changing our futures, but also about releasing long-held past fears.

Cancer is often depicted as a nurturing introverted sign. This is because it is correlated with source energy – the womb, the well, the origin. There is a pregnant and fertile quality to Cancer, as if it is always carrying something deep within it – a seed ready to be planted. But what is a seed besides a huge unknown? We wonder about the mystery of where life begins, we wait while the water boils, and there can be impatience or urgency because we want to know now. But the virtue of Cancer is that all things go through a process of maturation – like the piece of dirt trapped in an oyster shell which over time becomes a beautiful pearl.

This is not a comfortable eclipse; most of them aren’t, and this one especially isn’t. It draws on the fear we have of darkness and the fertility of the dark night of the soul. There is something magical and mysterious that happens in the cocoon of a butterfly, but really it is extremely painful and quite messy. That’s what our solar eclipse is offering us in the Cancer area of life – a metamorphosis, a brand new start, clearing the records and beginning fresh.

On the day of the eclipse, vitality and emotions are distorted. It’s hard to say what will come of the eclipse… this is the beauty of this particular Cancer-Capricorn eclipse cycle: we are asked to let go of knowns and venture into the ego-death process of not knowing.

Of note, the rest of the month will carry this limbo-uncertain feeling. Better to flow with it than to try and control what is already naturally flowing. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean something isn’t happening.

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July 3 at 11:18 AM, Venus enters Cancer.

Venus, the planet of desire and connection, loves immersing itself in the mystique of Cancer’s glow. There is a certain romance that comes out of this placement – intimacy, closeness, being held – it is sweet and innocent in some ways. The depth of feelings that can grow under this alignment is quite moving and elicits the kind of atmosphere found in fairy tale romances. The mystery and fertility of Cancer is what gives Venus this extra oomph: it is a special kind of pleasure that comes from just enough, not too much.

Unfortunately, much of this sweetness is lost on us as the eclipsed lunar cycle disrupts Venus’ visit. There can be excess Venus coming into the fold, a great lust for the sweet things in life. This can also display as misinterpreted social interactions, like a heightened sensitivity to the way people are engaging with you and you with them. Our feelings are overloaded, the eros nature in our lives is more felt than normal.

What Venus wants most of all is connection, but at what cost? The astrology of this season is powerful and decisions made now can have long term effects beyond what is imagined, for better or worse. As such, it is wise to pause and reflect on any unusually intense venusian desires that spring up within you.

To get the most out of Venus in Cancer, make space for the unknown to be unknown; if something is truly growing, it’ll still be there after the eclipse season is over.

July 4 at 3:28 AM, Saturn conjoins the South Node in Capricorn.

Saturn and the South Node actually conjoined each other at the end of April, and will conjoin each other again at the end of September. During the April conjunction, Saturn had just stationed retrograde. And during the September conjunction, Saturn will have just stationed direct. This is suggestive of a larger significance around Saturn’s involvement with the South Node. That there isn’t just one release opportunity, but three of them, speaks to a broader sense of karmic dissolve occurring under Saturn’s sphere.

Saturn is a planet of materialism, reality, and 3-dimensional structures. It is the last planet we can see with the naked eye, and is often correlated with the end of things – the bounds of existence. In the lived experience, Saturn often represents our responsibilities as well as those areas of life that are manifested through conscientious continuous work. Sometimes Saturn is considered a karmic planet, related to the power of continuing down a tried and true path – I’ve always done it this way, why shouldn’t I continue?

The South Node is a point in the ecliptic where the Moon intersects and then moves southward. The phenomena of the south node is visible in so much as the disappearance of a planet or luminary when they are in alignment with it. Basically, it is a point of visible distortion. The conjunction of a planet to this point marks a felt disruption around what that planet represents for us. The South Node, in particular, represents a mutation towards release, spirituality, and loss. There is something immaterial here; a feeling of holiness or excessive need for cleanliness.

In Capricorn, a couple days after the eclipse in Cancer, this conjunction between Saturn and the South Node can feel like a moment of judgment. What responsibilities and paths have you taken? Where have they led you, and are you burdened by them? What can you release at this time that will reduce the real-life impacts of Saturn in Capricorn? What can you let go of that reduces your responsibilities? What can you clean up in your life so that you are more available for responsibilities that actually hold deep soulful meaning for you?

July 7 at 7:14 PM, Mercury stations retrograde in Leo.

At this point, Mercury has been moving so slowly through Leo that many of the retrograde effects have begun. The moment that Mercury actually makes the apparent turn backwards is like a breath of relief after holding it in for so long. Oftentimes the days leading up can carry some extra tension. Did you take note of what came up? If not, try to do so now. As the retrograde moment occurs, we get to re-trace our steps slowly and methodically. Later, Mercury will start to pick up some speed and the backward motion will feel natural … like falling asleep, you hardly notice the soft drift into unconsciousness. It isn’t until the end of the retrograde that Mercury slows down again and builds tension once more. At this point in the cycle, on this day of the shifted direction, stillness and reflection are supported. Just like laying in bed and letting thoughts float around, focusing on the breath, and allowing.

As stated earlier, Mercury in Leo puts emphasis on the way we back-up our talk with action. So this retrograde is all about follow-through and commitment, as well as inner truth. Oftentimes it is through the trials of commitment that we become aware of our authenticity, integrity, and sense of self. If we feel we cannot follow-through with what we had said earlier, what does that mean about who we are?

A quote that I recently heard in a lecture by Lynn Bell stands out to me:

“Jung said that to be in a situation where there is no way out or to be in a conflict where there is no solution is the classical beginning of the process of individuation. It is meant to be a situation without solution; the unconscious wants the hopeless conflict in order to put ego consciousness up against the wall, so that the man has to realize that whatever he does is wrong, whichever way he decides will be wrong. This is meant to knock out the superiority of the ego, which always acts from the illusion that it has the responsibility of decision. . . If he is ethical enough to suffer to the core of his personality, then generally, because of the insolubility of the conscious situation, the Self manifests. In religious language you could say that the situation without issue is meant to force the man to rely on an act of God.” – Marie-Louise von Franz, The Interpretation of Fairy Tales

Amidst all of the uncertainty and sensitivity of this season, we will be faced with opportunities to really see our past behaviors and decisions in a new light. The tangled shifts of eclipses and mercury retrograde create the perfect storm to strip us of those old commitments. Even though this sounds like a positive change, it can feel disastrous if we’ve tied our egos to the decisions. And with Mercury in Leo, that is often what happens – ego is expressed. So when confronted with a change of heart – what will you do? Will you open to the changes unfolding, as uncertain as they may be? Or will you cling to the past which is already lost and dead?

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July 8

This is a highly charged day:

at 11:31 AM, Venus in Cancer sees a sextile to Uranus in Taurus.

As the ruler of Taurus, Venus looks on Uranus, there is chemistry. The electricity of Uranus in Taurus, the nerves, the heightened senses become more meaningful as Venus in Cancer applies emotional depth to the already elevated five senses. Desire and pleasure are able to reach new heights because feelings awaken a soulful urge to become intimate. And it isn’t just sensuality in the body, but also in the higher mind – the desire for soul connections. If there is any part of you that feels unseen or unloved, this aspect can awaken that inner motivation for belonging. Venus in Cancer with the North Node can feel ultra sensitive and even desperate. Giving desperation to the revolutionary attitude of Uranus can elicit sudden advances towards the object of our desires.

There is potential to behave in a way that is out of ordinary. We may commit wholeheartedly to a new approach without realizing the cost. There is a lot of hunger in this transit, and it can feel like a high stakes situation.

at 6:27 PM, retrograde Mercury conjoins Mars in Leo.

In parallel to the Venus-Uranus awakening, Mars and Mercury conjoin in Leo. This adds an inflamed desire to express self into the situation. Mercury is still stationary after the initial turn to retrograde motion; still living in a state of reflection, in the process of falling into a new layer of consciousness. Mars’ overactive drive barrels forward and disrupts Mercury’s stale energy. There is something itchy about this pairing – a desire to act, and not knowing how. Wanting to speak, but not knowing what to say.

Mars-Mercury can see Uranus from their position, but only Mars will move forward to an exact aspect. Mercury still needs to process the recent events and return to Cancer for clarification. As such, there is a force of will upon the mental processes – a stubbornness to execute a plan without a plan. Mixing this impatience with the Venus-Uranus lust, we may lose our heads for a moment.

Even if it is just a moment, it will not be forgotten. The landscape of the season is too impressionable, and everything that occurs under these skies will be incorporated in the long term. That being said, you shouldn’t stop living life just because the effects are longer lasting than usual. However, you should also take care to realize the big-ness of it all… recognize that your actions will have a much larger ripple than you can imagine, so make decisions that are truly in alignment with your highest and best good. No need to rush, even if the energy is feeling rushed. You still have the option to pause and reflect and breathe deeply.

July 9 at 6:54 AM, the First Quarter Moon is exact in Libra.

The first quarter moon is often a benchmark in the beginning stages of the moon’s waxing cycle. The moon sees a square to the sun, and that tense aspect between the luminaries is beautifully displayed across the moon’s face. It is the half moon, a halfway mark between complete invisibility and total visibility – emptiness and fullness. This is a brightening moment in the cycle of the moon, building on extroversion, exploration, and engagement with the world and others. We begin to see signs of growth and development, the smile is just beginning to bloom on the face.

In this particular cycle, the moon is obscured at the bends of the nodal axis, in between eclipses. Luna’s growing body is ghostly and unusual at this time, and there is added emphasis on what can’t be seen. We wonder about what came before, and what is still to come. This is not an opportunity for presence and celebrated growth because we can’t even see what is growing yet. Rather this is an uncomfortable moment of deja-vu. All we can do here is consider where we last were, which was with the North Node in Cancer.

Cancer and the moon are often related to memories. When either of the nodes are in Cancer, there is a heightened awareness of archetypal expression. Dreams and past lives and the energy patterns that exist within and around us are so much more evident. They are easier to access. And in accessing it there can be fear because it seems so obscure and where is this information coming from? Am I reaching too far out of this real world? … It is as if we can touch some kind of Source energy… and if we can, then what does that mean about everything you’ve been feeling and seeing?

As this Libra moon ponders the mystery of Cancer and worries about the material losses to come in Capricorn, we may lose access to our ability to experience a social life. Libra is often correlated with social expression, soulmates, and social pleasures…. getting lost in deep thought, or even feeling unable to fully comprehend what is happening in your life can make extroversion feel uncomfortably superficial. We want to go deeper than this, and the half-here half-there Libra moon won’t let us.

at 1:07 PM, the Sun in Cancer opposes Saturn in Capricorn.

As the moon gets caught up in the destabilizing eclipse cycle, the Sun opposes Saturn and then conjoins the North Node late night. In essence, both luminaries are thrown off their usual routine, and so are we.

Sun-Saturn oppositions are typically related to loss of vitality, fatigue, depression, and weariness of self vs responsibility. The tug-of-war between who I am and who I should be is brought to the top layer of consciousness. With the nodal axis involved, and the unfolding eclipse cycle as a result, the Sun is unusually determined to live in authenticity. There is an angst against Saturn’s should’s and must-do’s. This type of tension is the result of having to decide – being forced to prioritize, to choose one area over another. Ugh, it is heavy on our shoulders: the things we feel obligated to do, the reality structures of time and capitalism, what can we do to break free? And what is freedom, but an authentic process of self-discovery? With the Sun on the North Node, we are hungry hungry hungry for The Self to make way and break the chains of oppression.

Herein lies a core element of the eclipse season, Cancer season, and Mercury retrograde. What element of our Selfhood have we been shutting down? What area of life do we hold to an impossible standard? What chains are there that can be broken? What boundaries can be destroyed? What contracts can be ripped up? And if we do choose to separate from these toxic past behaviors, what new path unfolds ahead of us? Are we brave enough to take a step forward into an unknown invisible territory? Is it bravery that we need? Or tenderness?

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July 11 at 00:31 AM, the Sun in Cancer sees a trine to Neptune in Pisces.

The Sun can represent ego and personality as well as vitality. In Cancer, the emotional body is given focus and the way we feel impacts our solar nature. In the trine to Neptune, personality becomes diffuse with emotional fog. This underscores the discord of the eclipse’s emotional disruption. It also has the potential of elevating the experience to a heightened spiritual manifestation. How it plays out will depend on personal inclinations. Projections and fantasies are equally possible.

July 11 at 2:00 PM, Mars in Leo sees a square to Uranus in Taurus.

Mars-Uranus aspects can put us in a state of electric motivation. We receive insights from the Taurus area of life, which may come as a complete shock to the way we have been expressing ourselves. There is an inherent discontent at play – a need to generate a better approach. We can feel a sense of overwhelm at the suddenness of Uranus, and Mars tends to express such overwhelm through acting on impulse, cutting through barriers, and defensiveness. This square pattern is a bit like car crash in slow motion – Uranus is unpredictable and may jolt the already overheated Mars into a state of irrational engagement.

The Taurus-Leo flavor of this aspect relates to the environment and the self. What information about identity is coming through the five senses, the material world? And what is it about the external reality that shapes who we are? Is identity a static inner fire, or is it always shifting to meet the environmental needs? Mars opts to defend the static identity while Uranus creates an uncomfortable quake. Flexibility is a concern. Sometimes taking a moment to review the unfolding events can lead to better results, but is the situation demanding a quickened response time?

It is important to note that no matter what, the circumstances will feel tense. Resolution may not be possible, and the potential of failure or loss is likely. This can hit the ego pretty hard. When we accept that failure is part of the journey, we feel more at ease with the lessons of change. Attitude plays a big role in this aspect.

July 14 at 10:51 AM, the Sun in Cancer oppose Pluto in Capricorn.

Sun opposite Pluto is a critical element of discomfort during this season. Oppositions create two opportunities in a single moment of decision-making. A fork in the road appears. This often results in an internal bind: feeling confronted by choice can leave us trapped in our own minds. With Pluto’s involvement shame and fear play a major role. We worry about not meeting expectations; we fear failure like it is death. And on the other side, the Sun is caught in the emotional bigness of the Cancer North Node; there is a longing for freedom of expression and tenderness. We can get lost between wanting to control ourselves and wanting to release our truths.

Don’t underestimate your desire for control and power. We all have within us a need to feel connected and purposeful. We want life to have meaning, and sometimes the oppression of expectations can feel like purpose. Real power and purpose come from emotional presence which leads to personal authority. We are able to make more heartfelt, more meaningful decisions in our lives when we choose to take care of ourselves.

Pluto enjoys making things feel complex and impossible; it feeds off of fear and limitations. The internal experience of Pluto-Sun opposition can create an egoic death cycle which often is quite painful. Losing a sense of identity – a purposeful expression – can feel like loss because a part of you is dying. However, the awareness that you can choose to move forward in the ego-death or you can choose to live in the shackles of your fears is inherently an awareness of power. There are many ways to live your life, there are options to choose from. Are you willingly suffering because it makes you feel more important and meaningful; does it give you a sense of control? Or are you making meaning out of your life and pursuing what matters most to you, releasing the pain of the past as you move forward?

July 16 at 5:38 PM, the Partial Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn is exact.

This Lunar Eclipse is complex.

It would be the moment of fullness, a moment when we get to see the full breadth and scope of our lunar cycle – the climax of energy, the crest of a wave. Instead the moon is partially darkened, and insights are released into the ether of eclipsed light.

At this point, the moon has traveled an active journey through Capricorn, first opposing Venus, then conjoining Saturn, then contacting the South Node, seeing a sextile to Neptune, and then a conjunction to Pluto as it approaches the exact opposition to the Sun. There is a lot of planetary involvement in this eclipse, lots of opinions and feelings meeting the glassy moon as it steps into the void of the South Node. And so do we receive influence after influence as our instinct loses touch with the body.

This can create an abstraction or dissociation from the present. It can feel a bit like tapping into an unresolved fear projection, and receiving a little too much stimulation around what should be done. The fact that this eclipse builds on so much passive zodiacal expression (Cancer, Capricorn, and Pisces are activated) suggests also that we are receiving a deluge of information. I imagine a waterfall of emotional data – lots of feelings and the pressure to receive it all. But like the moon which disappears under this configuration, we have no way of holding the data. As such, it releases into the environment around us.

This is charged eclipse that can create new expressions of reality based on emotional interpretations. Sometimes we feel things in the heat of the moment and there can be a sense of finality or urgency. We can lose sight of the fact that how we feel is not necessarily the truth. We can only perceive from one perspective (our own) and oftentimes our angle is not able to see the full scope of the situation.

The release that comes from an inability to hold is not unlike an overflowing dam. A bridge that breaks. A vase that was too porous. Boundaries and strength are at play, and the point is not to get swept away in what is lost or released. The point is to see that a structure is no longer viable in our lives, and that we either need to repair it or demolish it entirely.

Oftentimes eclipses can take a few weeks to fully process, and this is true of the current Lunar Eclipse: there is more than meets the eye. It is beyond the structure that has broken – beyond the disaster which caused the breakdown – beyond the question of repair or demolish. There is a core issue at play, and it is still coming to light. We need to be patient in this moment.

I write of disasters for this eclipse, but for many of us it won’t show up in a disastrous kind of way. Most of us will feel the heaviness of something looming, and then the recognition that a part of our lives is disjointed or out of shape. We will realize that there is something about our current reality structures that cannot support us any longer.

July 17 at 1:33 AM, Venus in Cancer opposes Saturn in Capricorn.

As the Lunar Eclipse takes center stage, it is easy to lose sight of the Venus-Saturn opposition reaching climax only 6 hours later. Venus opposite Saturn can relate to feelings of unworthiness, and this gets exaggerated as they both access the nodal axis. Saturn on the South Node is relieving itself of any unnecessary responsibilities, and Venus is opening the heart in pursuit of more intimate connections. This can create a tension between the desire for connection and the desire for space.

Saturn demands structure, authority, and labor. Venus is pulling for love, connection, and depth of feeling. In this opposition we may feel at odds around how to control intimacy – how can I force a person to love me? How can I make more structure for love in my reality? But real love, real intimacy comes from organic development, a seed planted and grown with time and tenderness.

As Venus opposes Saturn and then touches the North Node, we receive an expanded awareness of the potential for love that grows with time. Impatience and uncertainty, fear of not-measuring-up can dissuade us from the satisfaction that we desire. Knowing that this occurs under the lost light of the Lunar Eclipse, there is an element of barriers at play. Perhaps we feel that our current barriers and walls – the way we are holding ourselves up – isn’t going to cut it when it comes to creating an atmosphere of connection.

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July 18 at 2:02 PM, Venus in Cancer sees a trine to Neptune in Pisces.

Venus mirrors the moon’s journey leading up to the Lunar eclipse by contacting every planet that was involved. However, unlike the moon which was losing its body and groundedness, Venus is exaggerated in embodiment and overflowing with real-life moments.

Feelings are pouring in with less rush, but still a lot of significance as they manifest more physically. The trine to Neptune washes away some of the challenges that Saturn created, and lightens the reality we’ve been living in. Our hearts are softened and we can feel a sense of release. We want meaning, we want intimacy, we want to be held; and now this feels good rather than uncertain or scary. That doesn’t mean fear is gone, but that we may have dissociated from the experience of fear. This can show up as drinking, indulging, and escapism.

Sometimes we need to take time off from our feelings, and that’s what Neptune offers us right now. That said, try to remember that methods of fleeting gratification are creating more distance than close-ness. It is definitely different from the austere separation of Saturn, the bounded energy, in that this is a much freer, more elegant expression of distance. But still, it is distancing.

July 19 at 3:06 AM, retrograde Mercury re-enters Cancer.

Mercury’s retrograde entrance into Cancer is where the bulk of the retrograde’s lessons exist.

Each Mercury retrograde cycle is a refresher for our consciousness. It is like taking your mind out and throwing it in the wash for a quick cycle. This affords you the opportunity to take a break from all that has filled your awareness, to process and re-orient yourself. It can relate to disorder and misunderstandings, yes, but more importantly it is about washing out the disorder which was already present and unnoticed. It is about wringing the mind of excess, and letting yourself breathe in the stillness of review.

At this point in the cycle, Mercury is nearly clean and we are getting ready to pull our minds out of the wash to dry. The energy is of forgiveness, release, and renewal. We get to return to the instinctual nature of emotional expression, and we worry less about how our feelings relate to our authenticity and identity. It is a time to begin comprehending all that has happened during Cancer season. Like a door opening into the light, our eyes begin adjust after living in a state of darkness.

Clarity is coming.

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July 21

The last day of Cancer season delivers us into the beginnings of light and awareness. It is like the Sun rising. Before it has reached the horizon line, the birds chirp and the light creeps up. We are able to distinguish the shadows, and we begin to gain clarity.

at 4:32 AM, Venus in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn.

Venus-Pluto is the fear involved in deep pleasure. There is a wildness to this placement, the pursuit of passion above all else, and yet the longing to be well-liked. The instinct to run doggedly towards what is desired can be shamed into stillness. Pluto attracts our fears, brings us into a raw feeling of tortured awareness. It can feel complex and dark. I imagine the transformation of the wolverine – a need to hide the truth of self under the darkness of a dissociated identity. Projection can come up if we can’t see how our fears are creating this tension in us.

at 8:33 AM, retrograde Mercury conjoins the Sun in Cancer.

Mercury’s conjunction with the Sun is clarity in the retrograde. It is the moment we get a wide-angle view of the last few weeks, and the moment in which we make a shift towards something new. We take what has been learned and apply it to our thought-processes. We begin to live in a new light, in a new modality.

In Cancer, this speaks to new depths of emotional expression. We’ve learned so much about needs and wants as well as our blocks and fears. Is it possible to sit with all of these feelings and make wiser choices? There is potential to learn emotional presence in this transit. You have to be willing to do the work – to sit with yourself and your flowing feels – to observe non-judgmentally your process and then to respond with agency and a sense of responsibility.

This is the mind and the heart in unison.

the Moon drifts through Pisces.

I don’t normally mention the placement of the moon, but on this day it seems important. Two major aspects occur in Cancer, and the ruler is able to see both aspects from a sweet angle. This creates a feeling of completion and total reception. We are able to comprehend the day in a way that goes beyond cognition and into the heart. The Pisces Moon holds space for us to reflect and comprehend all that has happened as the Sun moves through the final degrees of Cancer and enters Leo.

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?