Summer Solstice & New Moon in Cancer :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for June 19th – June 25th

This week is tender, soft, sensitive, yet raw and exposed. This week slowly, gently, firmly, pulls back the outer layers. It simultaneously draws us back into ourselves, while peeling back our protective shells and bringing a flood of feelings to the surface.

Welcome, to Cancer season. Watery. Emotional. Cathartic.

The Cosmos is nurturing this week, in a way that a wise mother nurtures by guiding her children through tough life terrain – supporting them with navigating uncomfortable emotions without trying to shelter them, teaching them that “life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It is about learning to dance in the rain” (Vivian Greene). There are some difficult aspects this week, as always, but they are immediately cushioned by supportive, healing transits that pull us through and beyond.

I’m relieved to be done with the succession of Saturn oppositions for now. Saturn’s been playing a heavy role with my natal chart these days, so when Saturn’s involved with global transits as well (like last week and into the weekend), I feel gutted and mired in self-doubt. For all those who felt the same, trust. Trust in the process and who you are becoming. Play the long game.

This week, the Sun and Mercury leave Gemini to join Mars in Cancer. Pluto (retrograde) has been hanging out at about 18° Capricorn (check Planet Watcher for a real-time view of the current planetary positions), and Cancer is opposite Capricorn in the zodiac wheel, so we will be dealing with a series of volatile oppositions to Pluto in the future weeks as Mars, Mercury, and the Sun pass 18° Cancer. However, that’s still a ways off (Mercury will form the first opposition on June 29th). This week is here to ease us into Cancer’s watery depths.

Before the Sun hits the solstice point at 1:24 am (ADT) on Wednesday, with Mercury right on its heels, they both have to finish up their work in Gemini. This “finishing up” process happens to involve our deepest wounds. Monday and Tuesday’s transits (+ separating transits from the weekend) involve both the Sun and Mercury forming challenging squares to Chiron, an asteroid known as the wounded healer. However, at the same time, both celestial bodies are making supportive sextiles with the North Node (the point of the soul’s growth and evolution) and Uranus (individuality and liberation). It is through facing our greatest wounds that we will grow and experience the exhilarating freedom that comes through healing.

The healing, emotional theme of the week continues to be emphasized on Tuesday as Venus sextiles Neptune, raising up our slumped shoulders and heads into place of higher perspective; a place where our tears collect and turn into rivulets of new life, threading through the weary landscapes of our souls.

Early Wednesday morning, as the Sun reaches its furthest Northern point toward the Earth’s rotational axis, the Northern Hemisphere awakens to the first day of summer and the longest day of the year, whereas those in the Southern Hemisphere awaken to the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. This solstice point is always marked by the zodiac wheel as 0° Cancer. Significantly, the Sun and Mercury enter Cancer within 6 hours of each other. Mercury has been gaining ground steadily since its last retrograde and it is on this important day of the Solar Year that it finally overtakes the Sun, fusing with it through an exact conjunction. This cazimi occurs at the potent 0° of Cancer, a power point in the zodiac wheel.

Although traditionally Cancer has a tendency to be indirect with its communications, protectively seeking roundabout ways to express itself, on Wednesday (and extending forward a few days) there is an opportunity to gain new insight into your deepest emotional needs, and the needs of the broader collective. With the Sun (symbolizing identity) merging with Mercury (symbolizing thought and communication) at one of the zodiac’s most powerful degrees in a deeply emotional sign, empathy flourishes and we find the strength to channel our emotions into words.

We are then quickly drawn into the dark of the moon on Thursday. The balsamic moon phase is a spiritual time. There may be a sense of acute vulnerability, but also of ethereal surrender. It is a time to turn inward, in order to turn outward with the New Moon. A time to shed any remaining gunk clinging to you from this lunation cycle.

At 11:30 pm (ADT) on Friday, the Moon is reborn at 2°47 Cancer. Mercury is still close by, with the Sun, Moon, and Mercury all forming a conjunction together. Wednesday’s themes of emotional expression continue. On Friday we are challenged to restore trust and faith in ourselves, in the world, and in each other, so we can move forward. A life devoid of trust, is a life filled with fear, conflict, and exclusion. To ground ourselves in Love and cultivate the safe and secure foundation that Cancer so desires, we must somehow, together, rediscover and rebuild trust. Sow seeds of Trust during this New Moon.

The healing themes of this week are sustained through to the weekend when Venus trines Pluto on Saturday. The shallow posturing and defensive masks are washed from our self-worth and our relationships, leaving only what is pure and true, beautiful in its nakedness.

On Sunday we have Mars in Cancer squaring Jupiter in Libra. This aspect has likely been felt throughout the week. This transit speaks to an aggressive and reactionary emotional struggle for justice, to prove ourselves right, to defend our inner and outer “homeland”. However, the harshness of this aspect has been kneaded by Cancer’s motherly influence throughout the week, and it is softened by Mars forming a trine to Neptune, exact the following day (Monday).

Neptune reminds us that the universe is an intricate eco-system. We are all connected to each other and have more in common than we might think (or want to imagine). While Mars may want revenge – “an eye for an eye” – Neptune urges us to find another way. We must heal, together. We must trust, together. We must love, together. We must rebuild, together.

The storm clouds may be rolling in, but this week? Go dance in the rain.

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The Tortoise & the Hare :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for June 12th – June 18th

The Tortoise and the Hare is a classic children’s fable that describes how these two very different animals agreed to compete against each other to see who would reach the finish line first. The hare immediately left the tortoise in its dust, but then became self-complacent and… well, a little sleepy. It decided to take a short nap, assuming it was safely well ahead of the slow-moving tortoise. According to other modern versions, the hare also got distracted playing in the forest, and having a few drinks with friends. Of course that slow-moving, but determined tortoise eventually caught up, and surpassed the hare to win the race.

This is the story that came to mind when reflecting on the transits of this week 🙂 This week is equal parts Tortoise and equal parts Hare; the desire to escape commitments, alongside the pressure to responsibly persevere toward one’s long-term goals.

The first major aspect is a flowing trine between Mercury and Jupiter on Tuesday. With Mercury currently in Gemini, Jupiter moving Direct in Libra, and the Moon moving through Aquarius as of Monday evening (i.e. all three air signs activated), the information channel is open, loud and clear, and interesting conversations are always around the corner. Mercury trine Jupiter in the air signs is a highly intellectual aspect, but also a humorous one. Mercury tends to be a mischievous trickster, while Jupiter is known for its joviality and its “lucky” effects. A deeply philosophical discussion with friends would be apt for the day – as would a comedy show.

As Mercury and Jupiter lead you on adventurous intellectual tangents on Tuesday, a dense Neptunian and Pisces mist will be beginning to settle in, cloaking the world in mystery, magic, confusion, and the desire to escape our mundane day-to-day lives. This is the influence of the hare, easily distracted.

On Wednesday Mercury will square Neptune. A square is a challenging aspect, so today there may be less of the inspiration and magic that Neptune loves to share, and more of the confusion and ambiguity that it is blamed for. Your brain synapses may feel like they are traveling through thick fog; sleepy, disoriented and slow as they try to connect. Your perception may be cloudy – you aren’t sure exactly what is going on. Do you have a realistic understanding of the situation? Decisions are likely to be difficult as the options lack clarity. In the face of these struggles, any form of cognitive escape becomes more and more attractive.

There is a heavy Sun-Saturn opposition going exact on Thursday, but we’ll undoubtedly feel its burden increasingly as we approach it. This is the tortoise influence – slowly and steadily enduring delays and overcoming obstacles in order to reach our goals. Under this influence it will be crucial to hold firm to our long-term vision and goals, and to not let discouragement get the better of us. And yet, can we stay the course with so much Neptunian fog in the air?

On Thursday, as the Sun-Saturn opposition goes exact, the Moon will enter Pisces and then will fuse with Neptune through conjunction Friday morning – within only a few hours of Neptune turning retrograde, punctuating this pivotal shift with an extra dose of magic. Furthermore, the Sun will sextile the North Node on Friday, adding to the inspiration in the air while tugging at our souls; beckoning them toward their continued evolution.

Neptune is retrograde for about 5-6 months every year, so no need to overdo it with the retrograde hysteria. That said, when a planet changes direction (even when it’s an outer planet), it stirs up some cosmic dust. Take note of what happens this week so you can compare with what happens around the week of November 22nd, which is when Neptune turns Direct. What does this retrograde want to reveal to you?

Neptune (the modern ruler of Pisces), the planet of intangible ideals and other-worldly realms, seeks to dissolves boundaries and our attachments to that which is no longer serving us. Pisces is a sign of duality, symbolized by two fish chasing each other’s tails. Pisces highlights the tension between our human Earth-bound lives, and our spiritual, creative and imaginary nature. When Neptune turns retrograde, there is an opportunity to re-evaluate how we may have created an imbalance with this duality in a particular area of our life (check your chart for house-related clues).

Are we clinging to some illusionary belief or fantasy that is preventing us from perceiving a situation clearly? Or are we so attached to the practical, mundane responsibilities of everyday life and “realistic”, protective Saturnian boundaries, that we have closed ourselves off to Neptune’s inspirational and transcendent gifts of love, creativity, and spiritual practice? Whichever direction we tend to lean toward in the area of our birth chart that Neptune is transiting, its retrograde will strive to bring us back into balance.

The weekend launches with the Last Quarter Moon on Saturday. We are 3/4s of the way through this lunation cycle that began with the Gemini New Moon on May 25th. At this Last Quarter Moon phase the Moon in Pisces is squaring the Sun in Gemini. As always, this is a time to release and let go, to begin preparing yourself for the next lunation cycle starting next week. With two of the zodiac’s most dualistic and mutable signs involved, you may need to make a decision and move forward, without having all the answers. Release the need to resolve all ambiguity.

On Sunday, the Sun in Gemini is sextiling Uranus, sending some sparks of insight flying, while Mercury takes its turn opposing Saturn. Sure, life is still moving more slowly than you would have hoped for and you may be struggling to make sense of some confusing, ambiguous aspect in your life, but hey! At the end of the day both the tortoise and the hare crossed the finish line. One could also say that this week was about blending realism with idealism. Either way, you are still moving forward.

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Full Moon in Sagittarius :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for June 5th – June 11th

My overall interpretation summary of this week’s transits is something like this: Pursue your passion (even if it is weird and unconventional) and be willing to take risks to express your creative potential and authentic self. Trust that success is possible and remember that even when you are half-way up the mountain, you are allowed to take a moment to admire the view and celebrate your efforts thus far.

Major shifts abound this week. Three personal planets transition into different zodiac signs within the space of three days! The Sun, Moon (called planets for convenience), Mercury, Venus, and Mars, are the five personal, or inner planets in astrology because they are closest to the Earth and thus are believed to have a more direct, obvious, and explicit impact on our day-to-day lives. The other planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) are often called the “outer planets”. Their influence may be more subtle (although no less powerful) since they are further away, and their transits are long-lasting whereas the personal planets move quickly through the zodiac wheel and make themselves felt within shorter time periods.

On Sunday Mars moved into Cancer, and on Tuesday Venus transitions into Taurus and Mercury into Gemini – that is a lot of change within three days! It is particularly noteworthy that while Mars is not at its best in Cancer, Venus and Mercury are both entering the signs that they rule – the signs that they are most at home in. Theoretically this makes it easier to express the nature of these forces in our lives.

Monday begins with Mercury squaring the Lunar Nodes making a sextile to Chiron, as both Mercury and Venus cross the last Anaretic degrees of Taurus and Aries respectively. There is a restlessness, an anticipation, or a sense of urgency. With the square to the nodes there may be a struggle between choosing the safe and familiar route, or taking a risk to express your true self and pursue your passion. Remember that you don’t have to be “100% ready” to move forward. You don’t need to have your doubts and insecurities completely under control before you take the next step.

Tuesday is a busy day for the cosmos. Venus and Mercury make their transition into Taurus and Gemini, while Uranus in Aries forms an trine to the North Node. Venus in Taurus (until July 4th) asks us to slow down and be seduced by all the good and pleasurable things of the Earth that are available to an embodied soul.

Meanwhile Mercury entering Gemini (until June 21st), combined with the Uranus-North Node trine, tells us to speed up. Carefully reconsider that which you once perceived as weird, unusual, and uncool. Explore the unknown. Collect new information. Network. Socialize. Learn something new from everyone you come in contact with, and then use these new insights and collaborations to propel yourself forward toward your destiny.

On Wednesday the Moon leaves the depths of Scorpio to leap into Sagittarius, in preparation for the Sag Full Moon on Friday. Hold your bow steady, pull back on the string, and focus on the target. Don’t let the distance between you and the bull’s eye intimidate you – this is the sign of the archer in all its glory.

On Friday the majestic Full Moon arrives. The Sun is in Gemini and the Moon is opposing it in Sagittarius. This is an enormously potent Full Moon because only about an hour after the Full Moon is exact, the ruler of this Sagittarius Full Moon turns Direct. What stunning synchronicity! Jupiter has been retrograde since February 6th in Libra, and it has chosen today to change direction. Whatever area of your life (and your natal chart) Jupiter has been fostering growth in, today this benefic planet bestows its blessing on your efforts. Furthermore Venus, newly dignified in Taurus, will make a supportive sextile to Mars, connecting the planet of relationships and love with the planet of action and (sex) drive.

Saturn is subtly involved in this Full Moon through a wide conjunction with the Moon, as well as Neptune through a square aspect. Acknowledge that yes, there is more work to be done, and yes, you may not be able to know with certainty how this area of your life will play out, but f*** it! It is time to celebrate your incredible efforts thus far! Don’t discount your progress just because you haven’t reached that mountain peak in the distance yet. Look at what you have achieved!

On Saturday the Moon will move into Capricorn, giving you the nudge to ride the inspiration of yesterday’s Full Moon and keep on keepin’ on by investing the hard work to make your goals and dreams continue to bear fruit.

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Creative Decisions & Determined Action :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for May 29th – June 4th

If last week, which cradled the New Moon in Gemini, was about opening up to multiple possibilities, this week’s theme is about making (and fully committing to) critical decisions and acting on them.

Like Frodo in The Fellowship of the Rings, we are born into certain narratives, particular time/space circumstances, and are handed a set of predetermined factors. That is not to say that we do not have the free will to make choices and shape our life trajectories. I believe life is a mysterious alchemy between fate and freewill. Clearly there are some events and circumstances in life that we have no control over, and yet conversely in other areas of life we appear to be granted full autonomy over the movements of our life’s steering wheel.

As the Saturn-Mars opposition perfects today, we are reminded of the limits on our freewill and our capacity to change our circumstances. Frustration is on high broil and patience is evading our grasp.

And yet as Mars sextiles Uranus tomorrow, we are presented with an opportunity to liberate ourselves from that which chains us to the past, or to our usual way of responding to challenges. On Tuesday we are invited to think (Mars in Gemini) outside the box (Uranus) to come up with creative solutions (Moon in Leo) to seemingly inflexible and oppressive challenges and circumstances – and then to act on these innovative ideas (Uranus in action-oriented Aries).

On Wednesday, Mercury, our thinking mind, forms a supportive trine to Pluto, the planet of transformation. This is a gentle encouragement that yes indeed, we can change tactics, identify new choices, and act on them. Our traditional patterns of behavior always hold the potential for transformation. The Moon moves into Virgo to help us figure out the details and plan ahead for what comes next.

On Thursday the Moon in Virgo squares the Sun in Gemini, presenting us with our First Quarter Moon challenge. Despite the tendency of these two zodiac signs to over-think and over-analyze problems, the square aspect propels us to truly commit to taking action, to following through on our decisions. At the same time Venus in Aries trines Saturn in Sagittarius, lending her kind support to our efforts to move forward in this new direction, and Mars (still in Gemini) sextiles the North Node in Leo asking you to trust that your new commitments and actions are carrying you forward toward your destiny.

On Friday, Mars squares Chiron in Pisces; forming a T-Square with Mars’ separating opposition to Saturn. There may be some acute discomfort around this time. Making decisions and acting on these decisions in a world of seemingly linear time is not easy – as one path opens up, another must necessarily close. Today there may be a sense that it is too late to turn back. The jump into the unknown has been made, for better or worse. Ward off the second-guessing and insecurities because the cosmic weather on Saturday is spectacular.

On Saturday, Venus conjuncts Uranus in Aries, and soon afterward trines the North Node. In the realm of love, self-worth, art and money, there is the possibility for a beautiful (unexpected) breakthrough! You may be taken by surprise that the new direction you chose, that brave decision you made, is working out so wonderfully. Meanwhile the Sun in Gemini trines Jupiter in Libra, and Mars finishes up his work in Gemini as he passes through the critical 29° Anaretic degree. Themes of communication and new information are quite strong today. Your pleasant Venus-Uranus surprise may be related to learning something new, receiving significant news or valuable feedback.

Mars’ journey through the final degree of Gemini lends an urgency to the day – perhaps something important must be communicated. If this feels stressful, don’t overthink it – the Sun’s trine to Jupiter grants success outcomes. On Saturday the Moon (our mood influencer) smiles on all these exciting developments. On Saturday the Moon moves through Libra, the sign of balance and harmony, forming a powerful conjunction with Jupiter and a confident trine with the Sun.

Finally on Sunday Mars enters Cancer and the Sun squares Neptune. There may be some emotional aftershocks in the wake of the past week. There may be a nervous urge to retreat and withdraw. Despite the glow of yesterday, the Sun square Neptune aspect may cast doubt on our choices and our newly defined direction in life. Will this fulfill me? Will this quench the yearning in my soul?

Time will tell. The story continues. A glorious Sagittarius Full Moon on June 9th is the next stop in this lunation cycle.

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Pluto Transits: Don’t confuse the mission with the side effects!

I will preface this post by stating that my life experiences and study of astrology have led me to believe in a purposeful Universe that is continuously working toward positive growth and ultimately good outcomes (granted, in a very mysterious big picture kinda way). That’s a simplistic sentence for which I can point to no hard proof, but I am stating my biases regardless 🙂 This belief shapes my worldview, my philosophy on life and astrology, and my writing. Someone with a different worldview would perceive the planetary archetypes/energies differently.

Yesterday as Venus squared Pluto, I saw a lot of online warnings about Pluto’s side effects, as I call them. This happens during any Pluto transit, or Scorpio / 8th House related transit – since Pluto is the landlord of the 8th House and the modern ruler of Scorpio, they all share similar energies.

I think it is important not to confuse Pluto’s mission with its (often uncomfortable) side effects! The side effects occur when our psyches, emotions, bodies, and soul react to Pluto’s movements across the sky (or Pluto/Scorpio/8th House in our natal charts) – especially when Pluto is making a more challenging aspect to another planet (such as a conjunction, square or opposition). But let’s not get stuck with the side effects and ignore Pluto’s intended medicinal action!

Stay with me while I personify our dear planet of Hades.

Pluto wants you to be fearless. To reach fearlessness, you must face your fears. Facing fears often involves experiencing them – you have to touch them to conquer them.

Pluto wants you to transform and change. But transformation and change is scary because it involves letting go of what is familiar to us. Thus some of the side effects kick in as we try to maintain control in our lives – a hunger for power, manipulating others, obsessions and possessiveness. The challenge is to see a Pluto transit as an invitation to transform and move beyond the resistance which produces the side effects.

Steven Forrest writes that “Pluto forces us to stare into the ultimate meaninglessness of our existence… and to face the elemental futility of life.”

I’ve been doing a lot of abyss-gazing into the gaping hole of absurdity these days, and it can be a painful and dark, soul-wrenching experience.

Humans need meaning in life like they need oxygen. When we are forced to face existential questions of meaning (questions which often emerge following loss in our lives), we have access to the potential gifts of insight, self-awareness, and a deeper sense of meaning and purpose than we have ever known before. There are few things more valuable than that. But the side effects? Despair and hopelessness are common risks on route to these gifts.

Pluto wants you to acquire an inner peace that will not be shaken – no matter how volatile, unpredictable and chaotic the world becomes.

Pluto wants you to confront the shame and secrets you carry and bring them to the light where they will wither, freeing you from their chains and ushering in a much deeper sense of self-compassion and self-worth.

But as always, there are no shortcuts. These precious gifts must be earned. On route to inner peace and self-acceptance we encounter Pluto’s uncomfortable side effects again. We may feel acutely vulnerable, ashamed and anxious; aware of our mortality, faults, and weaknesses.

I’m not denying the uncomfortable side effects, or their association with Pluto’s transits, but I believe it is beneficial to remember that the side effects are not the point. They are not the end-goal. Perhaps struggling with some of these side effects may be a necessary part of the journey toward the destination, but keeping your focus on Pluto’s ultimate mission will prevent you from being completely overtaken by the medicine’s side effects.

And once you come through Pluto’s underworld? You are like the Phoenix; the highest expression of the Scorpio archetype. No longer crawling on the ground like the Scorpion, you have walked through Pluto’s fires. You have died and been reborn with wings. Newly armed with spiritual and emotional resilience, you now have the fortitude to walk with others through their own dark journeys.

Sounds dramatic? I’m speaking in mythic terms and what we experienced yesterday was a fleeting Venus-Pluto transit that will dissipate quickly. However, Pluto remains in orbit, Scorpio still claims 30 degrees of the zodiac wheel, and the 8th House finds its niche in each one of our birth charts. Pluto’s invitation to transform is always a constant call. It’s just that some days this call is more piercingly sharp than other days.

As Pluto challenged Venus on Thursday – our planet of love, relationships, beauty,  pleasure, art, self-worth, and finances, currently moving through the sign of Aries, asking us to courageously pursue our heart’s desires – did you feel any side effects? I did. Fear, doubts and insecurities, vulnerability, withdrawal, discouragement, and intense emotional reactions were all present for me yesterday.

Transiting Saturn (opposite transiting Mars) is also forming an exact square to my natal Sun and Mercury cazimi today. Saturn too,  has its gifts and its trials; its mission and its side effects. I’m wading through the swamp, scanning the murky waters for submerged jewels as my toes sink into the slime and the warm glow of the opposite shoreline beckons in the distance.

Stay the course loves, the astro weather is pretty rough until after Monday. Moderate and bear with the side effects while plumbing the depths of these transits for their gold. Remember that all transits are temporary and we all get to share in the experience of global transits together 🙂

New Moon in Gemini :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for May 22nd – 28th

This week is relatively quiet in terms of dramatic major aspects between the big heavy-weight planets, although there are few punctuation points to look out for.

During the early days of the week the Moon is in its balsamic phase as it disappears into darkness in preparation for the New Moon. The balsamic phase is a spiritual time; a time to retreat, restore and reflect.

As the week continues, the cosmos draws our attention to Thursday, May 25th. On Thursday the Sun and the Moon have their monthly meet-up through conjunction. This is the New Moon in Gemini; a moment of new beginnings reminding us that we don’t have to do what we have always done. There are a myriad of possibilities and options. We can begin this lunation cycle by breaking with bad habits and behavioral ruts.

On the same day, Venus exacts her square to Pluto.

Venus has had many lessons and has accumulated many insights for each of us over the last couple months throughout her retrograde phases. Now she is moving forward quickly, propelled by Aries’ fire to go boldly after what she wants.

Pluto puts a bit of a damper on her speed. Yes, you’ve grown tremendously in Venus-themed areas of relationships and self-worth, but Pluto is checking in to make sure that transformation is continuing. Pluto square Venus challenges us to face our Venus-related shadows, shame, vulnerabilities, our deeper motivations and desires, and core needs. Pluto asks for raw honesty and self-awareness.

You will feel the Venus-Pluto square as early as Monday, and increasingly so Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. You can react to this aspect with increased protectionism, emotional defenses, jealousy, insecurity, defiant dismissals and stubborn obsessions. Or you can let Pluto break you wide open so you can see clearly the other possibilities for transformation and growth that life offers you through the New Moon in Gemini.

The Moon of course, continues its usual rounds through the zodiac, moving through Aries, Taurus, Gemini, and Cancer this week; activating different energies as it greets the other planets while dancing its way through the signs.

The weekend ends with a magical little sextile between Mercury and Neptune on Sunday, full of magic and inspiration. Let your head drift above the clouds for a while – some much needed relief from the Mars and Saturn opposition that’s in formation.

The challenging Mars and Saturn opposition will be exact on Monday, May 29th. This aspect falls into the next week’s cosmic forecast, but you will surely be feeling this dynamic in your life beginning around Thursday and increasingly through the weekend. This astro aspect is pushing you up against some limits – limits of time, energy, money, or personal capacity, depending on what two houses this transit highlights in your natal chart.

Try not to get frustrated. Find your resilience. Take care of your health and avoid burn out. Let go of feeling guilty for what you haven’t achieved. Demonstrate patience and meet your responsibilities without beating yourself up over what you are not able to accomplish.

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Solving Puzzles :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for May 15th – 21st

Some words and phrases that come to mind when reflecting on the cosmic weather of the coming week include…

Solving puzzles. Tying up loose ends. Identifying “You Are Here” on a public map. Plotting out a change of course. Processing. Sorting. Addressing doubts and uncertainties. Clearing the air. Re-orientating yourself toward a new direction. Finally seeing the big picture. Assembling the necessary tools and resources to make change happen. Preparing for the big launch.

Venus was retrograde March 4 to April 15. Mercury was retrograde April 9 to May 3. After their Rx periods, they have taken a couple weeks to travel back to the point where their retrograde first started. This week both planets will clear their retrograde shadows. Venus clears her shadow on Thursday and Mercury clears its shadow on Sunday.

So much has changed. So much has shifted. Your personal retrograde stories are wrapping up. As this week unfolds, their lessons will be illuminated in your life as these Rx developments and insights finish taking up residence in your consciousness. The puzzle pieces are coming together.

The Big Bang of the week occurs on Friday when the rambunctious, over-the-top Jupiter blows his trumpets loudly to congratulate and celebrate Venus (the planet of love and self-worth) on her completing her Rx journey. How interesting that the day after Venus clears her shadow she is greeted and welcomed back by a noisy opposition to Jupiter? This will be a transit that will be hard to miss.

Further emphasizing the tone and themes of the week, Mercury shakes the embers of Aries from its boots, and then steps into Taurus’ green pastures on Tuesday. On Saturday, the Sun leaves stable Taurus to enter curious Gemini. Mercury and the Sun are both very influential cosmic forces in our day-to-day lives, so we will feel these shifts as they tie up loose ends in one zodiac sign, to enter the next.

We have the Last-Quarter Moon on Thursday, again reminding us to resolve what needs to be resolved in this lunation cycle so we can let go, and move toward the next chapter that begins with a Gemini New Moon next week.

Slow-moving Saturn and Uranus have been trining each other for a while now, but on Friday their trine is exact. Together with the Moon’s North Node, this pairing is urging you to invest the work into making all those great ideas a reality. Now you can see the big picture and you are developing a plan.

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Grand Fire Trine & Full Moon in Scorpio :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for May 8th – May 14th

Okay, so this Mercury-Uranus in Aries conjunction that has been creating sparks since the last week of April? It is feeling pretty intense these days! Especially since Mercury turned Direct last Wednesday (May 3rd). This conjunction is all about CHANGE. Fast and furious change.

Does anyone else feel like their life is moving really quickly, on fast-forward mode? Are you struggling to keep up with the changes and fast-paced energy in your life? You are not alone!

That is the challenge of Uranus energy. Uranus is inherently disruptive. But change is also what propels us forward in life, toward our potential, and Uranus, the visionary, loves to do just that. The aspects this week are really quite something. If you are ready to embrace change, you could experience some really profound and positive breakthroughs in your life over the next couple weeks. In particular, be on the look out for important information coming to light, and surprising and unexpected news coming your way through communication with others.

For example, here are some life events that happened to people close to me within 48 hours of Mercury going Direct on Wednesday:

  • I contacted someone that I had abruptly stopped speaking to about 6 months ago, who unexpectedly showed up in my home city
  • A family member was offered an ideal mentorship opportunity within her field that she had been trying to secure for the last year in order to work toward a certification (this opportunity literally fell into her lap in an uncanny way)
  • A family member finally received an important diagnosis for a health concern that had been plaguing her for three years – she can now start addressing it
  • A family member made the tough decision to hand in her notice of resignation and end a three-year long job position in order to focus all her energy on her new business
  • A family member started an important clinical placement on Wednesday (with some trepidation) and was pleasantly surprised at how well it went as he stepped out of his comfort zone
  • A family friend received the date and time for a very crucial heart surgery the following week

And that was last week. This week the winds of change are blowing even stronger as the Lunar Nodes of destiny shift into new zodiac signs on Tuesday, and Uranus and Mercury make their third and final exact conjunction in Aries on Wednesday just before the intense and emotional Full Moon in Scorpio goes exact that night; a Full Moon which asks us to trust and surrender to the moment – to whatever and wherever life has brought us to.

Near the end of the week Mars in Gemini is pretty active; squaring Neptune on Thursday and then trining Jupiter on Friday. Perhaps Thursday we are feeling vulnerable, confused and indecisive in the wake of all this change, and then on Friday we see the way forward to success and we know how to achieve our goals?

Changes in our life often initiate both the beginning of something, and the end of something. This is part of the reason change is so difficult for humans to adapt to. It isn’t easy to let go of old ways of being in the world, even if we are being invited into an exciting new way of living. Do your best to stay grounded. Do what you can to reduce your stress and anxiety. And then open yourself up to whatever this week brings.

The Moon moves through Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius during the weekdays. The weekend then brings us the serious, stable earthy energy of a Moon-Saturn conjunction and of the Moon moving through Capricorn. This may feel sobering, but could also be a welcomed grounding after this whirlwind week.

On Thursday, Mercury (still closely conjunct Uranus in Aries) trines Saturn in Sagittarius, and on Sunday, it trines the North Node, newly in Leo. By doing so, Mercury is activating an exciting Grand Fire Trine between Uranus, Saturn, and the North Node – all in the late degrees of the three fire signs. In a Trine aspect, energy is flowing easily. There is tremendous support for whatever new endeavors and projects you launch in the next couple of weeks. This energy is both inspired and risk-taking, as well as being stable and hard-working with Saturn involved.

Don’t let this week blow you away! Those fierce winds are still picking up speed. They are clearing away all the debris to make room for new life, a new chapter.

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Mercury Stations Direct :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for May 1st – May 7th

 

This week is about spreading your wings and doing a few trials runs. Testing the waters. This week is like a dress rehearsal for the following week which is heavily laden with sizzling cosmic action.

First up, we have the First-Quarter Moon in Leo squaring the Sun in Taurus on Tuesday. This is the mid-way point between new moon beginnings and full moon maturation. This is a day to take a strategic and deliberate step forward, out of your comfort zone. Nothing too risky since we still have Mercury in retrograde, but regardless, this aspect challenges you to step out.

Wednesday afternoon Mercury ends its three week retrograde journey and starts moving forward! Still closely conjunct with Uranus, this is bound to shake life up. If you have been stressed and overwhelmed recently, take some time to ground yourself. If you have felt stuck and stalled lately, then unfurl those sails and prepare to embrace the fast-moving current of change.

Mercury then starts moving Direct through its retrograde shadow with the assistance of the analytical Moon in Virgo on Thursday. What has been revealed to you throughout Mercury’s three week retrograde journey? Now is the time to start utilizing those new insights or life developments.

Three outer planets – Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter – are still retrograde, but the fog has lifted significantly now that Venus and Mercury have gone Direct. Personal planets or luminaries (Venus, Mercury, Mars, Moon, Sun) are closer to the Earth than the outer planets, and their orbit through the zodiac is much faster. Therefore they often have a more obvious daily influence on our lives, and consequently affect us more explicitly than outer planets when they are retrograde.

Throughout the next seven days the moon will transition through the signs of Cancer, Leo, Virgo, and into Libra over the weekend. On Sunday, in the relational sign of Libra, the Moon will tag Venus and Mars through major aspects and then conjunct Jupiter, which loves to expand the energy of any other planet it comes in contact with. This is a day for love and adventure!

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Taurus New Moon RETAKE :: A Personal Reflection

Have you ever wondered why sometimes a daily global horoscope (like my cosmic weather forecasts ) doesn’t make any sense at all for where you are at, while other times it seems right on point?

The cosmos is always in motion. There are so many different types of transits happening simultaneously. There are the present-day worldwide planetary transits and aspects, but the way that these global planetary configurations intersect and interact with your personal astrological birth chart will be unique to you. Furthermore, the cosmos may be creating completely different aspects with the planetary imprints in your birth chart, activating potentialities and tendencies that no one else is experiencing.

It all boils down to the question: which transit is making the most noise in your life today? Imagine you are trying to tune into a certain radio station, but you keep getting a bunch of frequencies coming in at the same time. Which frequency is coming through most clearly? Similarly, which transit is having the strongest impact on you today? You could be experiencing a personal transit that is impacting your chart so strongly that it is drowning out the energy frequency of a global transit. You would need to know how to read a natal chart or get the help of an astrologer to figure this out.

So yesterday there was a New Moon in Taurus and I had big plans to spend the day doing all sorts of relaxing, grounding, Taurus-themed activities. However, this New Moon in Taurus (a transiting Sun-Moon conjunction in my 9th house) was in opposition to my natal Pluto (in my 3rd house of the mind). This meant that yesterday, the day of the New Moon, felt a lot more intense and ungrounded than I had anticipated for me personally.

A Sun-Pluto opposition is a challenging tense aspect where the confident life-giving Sun (representing the ego) is having a confrontation with Pluto, the planet of death and rebirth, which is associated with humanity’s shadow side, our vulnerabilities and our fears. A Sun-Pluto opposition is a tug-of-war between light and darkness, hope and fear.

So within the 24-hour period of this personal Sun-Pluto aspect going exact, I felt unusually threatened, unsafe and vulnerable (Pluto) during a late night walk alone, during which two black cars kept recklessly racing each other up and down the street. I felt uncomfortably noticed by the cars’ occupants – so much so that I called someone and went to great lengths to change my route home. I also walked right passed a dead black bird (Pluto) which never happens, and then I spent most of Wednesday reading frightening predictions of an upcoming eclipse and the tough times the world is headed into. My mind was obsessed with these topics (Pluto in the 3rd house) and I had to really struggle (Sun opposite Pluto) against the temptation to fall into fearful thinking patterns in the face of a world that seems so chaotic, dangerous and out of control.

No transit or aspect is inherently “bad”. Facing our shadow, our fears, our vulnerabilities, and the inevitability of death, is not a bad thing. Working through Pluto themes can be a healthy life-giving process as we come through to the other side. However, this aspect did override that lovely Taurus energy that would have otherwise been accessible for me on Wednesday.  Continue reading “Taurus New Moon RETAKE :: A Personal Reflection”