Where’s My Security Blanket? Cosmic Weather Forecast for May 14th – 20th

I always find it interesting when some major cosmic shift is accompanied by numerous other transits that further activate and reinforce it. It’s like the Universe is trying to make a point.

Uranus changes signs every 7 years or so, and on TUESDAY, Uranus will leave Aries and enter Taurus. This will occur just a few hours after the Moon catches up to the Sun for the year’s New Moon in Taurus on TUESDAY morning. Mars is in a tight square with Uranus as I write this, heightening that Uranian impulse for independence, freedom and action.

On WEDNESDAY (or late Tuesday depending on time zone) Mars will leave Capricorn to enter Aquarius where it will finally perfect its square to Uranus at 0 degrees Aquarius and Taurus, respectively.

Uranus clearly does not have to wait long for it’s first major aspect in its new home. It is quite a powerful launch. There will be two more Mars-Uranus squares this year, due to Mars’ upcoming retrograde. You’ll probably see some similar themes weaving throughout this cosmic story. Take note of what happens this week.

Taurus is widely known for it’s chilled out, peaceful nature and its deep appreciation for simple physical pleasures. As fixed earth, Taurus tends to be a risk-aversive, change-avoidant sign that upholds safety and security. It takes its sweet ol’ time carefully tending to long-standing relationships and cultivating its stable resources and assets.

Uranus is none of these things.

When Uranus is activated or transits my personal planets, I have learned that I have to surrender my desire for guaranteed outcomes; to know exactly where I’m headed in that area of life. I do better during these times when I can embrace constant uncertainty and trust myself to follow my intuition on a moment to moment basis. Plans fall to the wayside as unexpected events roll out in completely unanticipated ways.

Uranus is the panacea for times of ‘stuckness’. It seeks to liberate with fast-moving, unconventional, exciting change. It nourishes sparks of individuality, originality, innovation, human weirdness and human brilliance with sudden breaks in the fabric of normal life.

On the more challenge side, Uranus can be disruptive, stressful, anxiety-producing, and in the process of individuating each one of us, it can also correlate with conflict and tension as our freedom-seeking selves clash with the status quo, or with other people in our lives. Relational harmony is not Uranus’ forte. Uranus as an archetype is uncompromising, always.

So… Uranus enters Taurus on TUESDAY; fixed, stable, earth.

In the long term, over the next 7 years, we will likely see major changes and fast-moving developments within the realm of currency (e.g. bitcoin), the stock market, resource distribution, housing, farming, community gardens, the food industry, food security, the environmental movement, and how technology interacts with our human bodies.

In the short term, there may be some shake-ups and surprises this week, especially if you have personal planets or points that are directly impacted by this shift. It’s pretty wild aggravated astro rippling out from the TUESDAY New Moon and Uranus ingress. Perhaps watch out for impulsive reactions and pause before making any drastic changes, but this energy needs an outlet. Lean in to it by intentionally switching up your routine this week in a fun way, and give your body opportunity to move in nature whenever you can.

As the New Moon seeds itself at 24 degrees Taurus during this time of cosmic upheaval, set your intention toward imagining the first step of change you would like to take, in the direction highlighted by this lunation according to the house in which it falls. How can you bring freshness, excitement, originality, greater independence and liberating freedom into this area of your life?

Linus and his security blanket, from the Peanuts comic strip, is my inspiration for the week…

Here’s the video clip if you want the sound version of Linus’ speech…

As for the rest of the week, on FRIDAY, Mercury in Taurus trines Saturn Rx in Capricorn, creating some stabilizing flow and focus for any cognitive tasks you need to finish before the weekend. At the same time Mercury squares the Nodal Axis, inviting us to move toward the North Node in Leo; choosing passion, pleasure, self-expression, and individual creative pursuits.

On SATURDAY Venus leaves Gemini and enters the sensitive realm of Cancer, immediately forming a sextile with Uranus. This is Uranus’ second major aspect since Uranus’ ingress into Taurus, and it is with the landlord (Venus rules Taurus). We may feel the sparks of change on a relational or financial front today, in ways that beckon us out of hiding, out of the nest of security.

SUNDAY brings us lots of Chiron action. Mars will sextile Chiron in Aries, while Venus forms a square to Chiron. This puts Mars and Venus into an awkward quincunx configuration. The feminine and masculine may not be comfortable with each other today as a deep wound gets tapped. One’s desires and preferences may not align smoothly with what is in one’s reach and capacity for action.

And yet, as always when the wounded healer is activated, there is the possibility and potential for integration, for rediscovering wholeness by bringing compassionate acceptance to parts of us that are hurting.

The Sun will launch Gemini Season on SUNDAY, bringing us to a total of FOUR celestial bodies changing signs this week (Uranus, Mars, Venus and Sun).

That’s a lot of change.

Stay flexible 🙂 Gemini, one of the most versatile and adaptable signs, welcomes the Sun just in time.

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The Sensory Filtration System :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for May 7th – 13th

Hi! I am really tired this week. I had started this forecast earlier, but then I completely lost the strength and motivation to get it out. And yet, I’m rallying for a quick check-in.

Uranus is teetering at the edge of the fiery sign of Aries, while simultaneously in a tough square to Mars in Capricorn; the warrior-like ruler of Aries. This square will perfect around the time of Uranus’ ingress into Taurus on May 15th/16th.

As you’ve probably heard, this is a big deal. Uranus is one of the slow planets (yet with fast-moving impact). Unlike the Sun, which spends only a month in a zodiac sign, Uranus spends 7ish years in a zodiac sign.

You could be responding to this transit in a variety of ways. Maybe you’re feeling excited and full of anticipatory energy. Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed and anxious. Either way, the vibe is pretty edgy and reactive as we near the shift. It is highly likely you are under pressure to wrap something up, get ready for something, take important action, or come to a conclusion or resolution regarding some big issue.

The last degree of a zodiac sign, the 29th degree, is called an anaretic degree, or sometimes a ‘crisis degree‘. I often describe it as standing on the edge between a rash impulsive reaction… and painful, immobilizing, hesitation and doubt.

As for me, I’m re-evaluating everything. Everything I thought I had figured out, suddenly no longer makes sense anymore. What are my goals? What is the best path toward them? What should I be investing my personal resources into? How should I be spending my time? Why am I not further along in my journey by now?

I remind myself to hang in there. I may have a different perspective after Uranus’ ingress… or not. We’ll see.

Of course, it is not only this tense Uranus-Mars square forming at the anaretic degrees of Aries and Capricorn, the astro this week is also rocky – or at least, it has a lot of depth and gravity to it…

Mercury will finally leave Aries and enter Taurus this weekend, likely stirring up some deep shit on the way. Due to its retrograde, Mercury has been in Aries since forever. Well, since March 6th – that’s over TWO MONTHS in one sign!! In contrast, Mercury will spend about two weeks in Taurus, and then two weeks in Gemini.

Mercury’s movement through the zodiac tends to be like that of a herald, sent on ahead of the monarchs or noble people (or returning to a previous visited area), to deliver a message or a proclamation. Mercury’s long journey through Aries, has served to remind and assist us with finishing up whatever Uranus in Aries has been doing in our charts.

“Hurry, hurry! You’re almost out of time! C’mon, pack up. You’ve had 7 years to work on this. We’re heading on to new territory!” – is what I imagine Mercury might be saying right now.

Mercury will finally exit Aries on SUNDAY (May 13th) as it collides with Uranus right at the very edge, sending sparks flying and unexpected events and encounters in every direction. The messenger will then jump right into Taurus, again leading the way for Uranus, who will complete it’s big move next WEDNESDAY (May 15th).

As it makes its way toward Uranus, Mercury will step into a few thorny squares with planets in Capricorn – Pluto (last MONDAY, May 7th) and then with Mars on SATURDAY (May 12th). This means that throughout this whole week, Mercury’s domain of perception, thought, learning, planning, information processing, and communication, will feel rather aggravated and charged.

Mercury transits can show up in interpersonal exchanges, or they can all happen within your own head – with your inner dialogue. Interactions with others could be tense, secretive, paranoid, accusatory, and reactive.

Or they could be those interactions where everything on the surface looks and sounds innocent and benign, but then both people walk away thinking, “Whew… it might have ‘looked’ like we were talking about the weather, but that convo was HEAVY with subtle messages.”

They could also take the form of intense conversations that bring tough truths and disclosures to the surface.

If it is all going down in your own head – BE NICE TO YOURSELF❤ Most of us have pretty awful and cruel inner critics (myself included). Recognize it for what it is. A little gremlin in your head. Brainwaves created by your prefrontal cortex. Imprinting from your childhood.

Our thoughts are often not a true reflection of reality. Often we need to pause and step back a little from our negative thoughts in order to recognize this.

Venus was in there as well, earlier this week, creating a confusing square with Neptune last MONDAY, perhaps correlating with some mixed messages and misunderstandings, or some over-idealized perceptions of people.

Quick reminder/PSA: We are still in Taurus Season! Steady, loyal, earthy, grounded, sensory Taurus. We have a bunch of physical senses; sight, smell, sound, taste, touch, along with our internal senses of bodily needs and our spatial awareness… use those senses in the best way possible within your circumstances!

Everything we experience in life is through our senses in some way or another. When life starts to look blurred, as though you’ve been twirling wildly, chaotically in circles for too long, reach out for some sensory input that will send your body a calming message. Bare feet in the grass, a sunset, sweet smelling candles… whatever helps you stay calm and present in your body!

The 3rd quarter Moon formed a square with the Sun-Jupiter opposition also on MONDAY/TUESDAY, adding further tension to the beginning of this week.

Did you go overboard with something? Overdo it? Overshare? Jump to conclusions? The Sun and Jupiter in opposition can be a grand old time, but I’m hesitant to interpret this transit unreservedly as a pile of fun since Jupiter is transiting the heavy energy of Scorpio right now… and with everything else going on at the beginning of the week it likely felt a bit overwhelming, to say the least, even if you were simultaneously making impressive gains in some area of your life.

The Sun moves on to trine Pluto on FRIDAY. Pluto’s never really all that pleasant, but with a trine, you may experience a much needed release of emotion. You may clear the air on some tense issue. You may shed light on a shadowy area of life – personally, professionally, or literally (e.g. I often find long-lost things during a beneficial Pluto transit). I will be attending a professional workshop on trauma this weekend, so that fits.

Although heavy, the Sun’s storyline is probably my favourite for this week. Hopefully Venus doesn’t confuse us with some awkward quincunxes to Jupiter and Pluto, immediately following the Sun’s opposition and trine to these powerful planets.

Oh, and fyi, the upcoming Mars Retrograde will begin on June 26th at 09°13′ Aquarius and will end on August 27th at 28°36′ Capricorn. It may be interesting to note that Mars will enter its Pre-Retrograde shadow period on SATURDAY, passing through the degree of Capricorn where it will eventually station and turn around, in August. It means that whatever thematic area of your chart is traversed by Mars, beginning this Saturday up until June 26th, will be revisited.

 

Some of the transits this week (and the next) are quite capable of stirring up a lot of deep shit, which most of us have in some way or another.

In honour of sensory-focused Taurus Season, and in response to the aggravating transits this week, here are some Bessel Van Der Kolk quotes (courtesy of BrainPickings curation) as food for thought:

 

Next week… is just bonkers. Continue to utilize your sensory tools to stay present and grounded. ❤

From about May 12th ~17th, life is dynamic, fast-moving, and full of surprises. Stay flexible and go with the flow as much as you can! Uranus transits are more stressful than they need to be when we resist change and the new possibilities it ushers in.

If you are familiar with the house systems of your chart, I thought Steven Forrest wrote a great and accessible guide to Uranus transits through the houses. Personally I use a quadrant house system (rather than the whole signs approach where one house = one sign) because I really appreciate the nuance this offers. However, I always put special emphasis on the sign ruling a house cusp. Thus, I would recommend investigating the house that has Taurus on the cusp when looking for the overarching long-term themes, and then take note of where Uranus is currently, within a quadrant house system (such as Placidus) if you use one (most astro apps default to a quadrant house system).

And then, of course, observe what shows up in your life within the first few weeks of Uranus’ ingress into Taurus on May 15th, for clues as to what this 7-year transit may mean for you.


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Pay Attention to the Ripples :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for April 30th – May 6th

This week’s astrology is really boring to report on, to be honest. There are no major aspects occurring – not even an important lunar phase. Does that mean this week will be literally uneventful? On an individual level, I have no idea without knowing your chart. You could very well be receiving some significant personal transits.

At a global, cosmic level, however, there are a few minor transits, but overall, the week is pretty low-key. And really, that’s just fine with me! April delivered some pretty intense, pressurized astro with all those Capricorn and Aries squares, a tension-filled Mercury retrograde facing off with Saturn, Mars colliding into Saturn and Pluto (the three infamous malefics of the sky all in the same sign)… and then of course, that powerful Scorpio Full Moon yesterday (April 29th).

Pay attention to the ripples. Perhaps this week’s still waters offers an opportunity to process and integrate all those big shifts that may have begun in the last month or so. Perhaps it is an opportunity to relax into Taurus Season; steadily digesting life’s events while sipping tea in a comfy chair, surrounded by everything that makes you feel most safe, secure and grounded. Continue reading “Pay Attention to the Ripples :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for April 30th – May 6th”

The Cyclotron, the Atom-Smasher :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for April 23rd – 29th

I recently read Alan Oken’s book, Rulers of the Horoscope (which I highly recommend for intermediate+ astro learners), and in the book he referenced a cyclotron as a great example of 8th house / Scorpio energy, which deeply pervades this week:

I thought this analogy and his way of describing it, was quite insightful and apt for the symbolism of Scorpio (+ 8th house and Pluto).

A cyclotron was an early ‘atom-smasher, also called a ‘particle accelerator‘. By changing the nature of the charged particle, the focused energy could then used for experiments and for different medical therapies that attack cancer tumors, for example. Continue reading “The Cyclotron, the Atom-Smasher :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for April 23rd – 29th”

Sparks Fly :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for April 16th – 22nd

Sparks are flying this week. SUNDAY’s Aries New Moon occurred side-by-side with Uranus, but the Sun will officially meet up with this electrifying planet through conjunction on WEDNESDAY. For the next 4 days or so, until the Sun enters Taurus early FRIDAY (or late Thursday for many of you), the air is buzzing and humming with high-voltage cosmic energy.

Of course, Mercury also turned Direct on SUNDAY (April 15th), so there’s an even bigger splurge of forward-moving energy right now.

Expect the unexpected. Expect the strange, unusual, and unconventional. Expect a quick-moving cascade of interesting events.

Improvise when necessary! Continue reading “Sparks Fly :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for April 16th – 22nd”

Ultrasonic :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for April 9th – 15th

The astro of the past 1.5+ weeks or so, has been dense, heavy, burdensome, and sometimes just downright challenging and discouraging. Like walking through thick mud. They’ve likely been important weeks for personal growth and development, and for overcoming challenges – but they’ve also likely been tough ones.

As the Venus trines to Saturn and then Mars ease us into this week, bringing flow to where there was previous stuckness, we may sense an invigorating fresh spring breeze on its way, ushering us toward an electrifying New Moon in Aries on SUNDAY. Continue reading “Ultrasonic :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for April 9th – 15th”

Wisdom Tooth Extraction :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for April 2nd – 8th

How was the weekend? Last week we had a Venus-Uranus conjunction in Aries (last WEDNESDAY), and then a Full Moon in Libra last SATURDAY, creating a tense 5-planet T-square with Mars and Saturn as the third leg / apex.

Close relationships may have been feeling under fire.

One thing I forgot to mention with Venus conjunct Uranus (in Aries) is that in addition to its associations with the unexpected, the unusual, the unconventional, the new and exciting… this conjunction can also correlate with times of conflict between people we are close with. Venus brings in the relational factor, whereas Uranus (and Mars-ruled Aries) are symbolic energies that seek to liberate and differentiate the individual at all cost. Continue reading “Wisdom Tooth Extraction :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for April 2nd – 8th”

How do you like your eggs? :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for March 26 – April 1st

The first major aspect this week is a Venus-Uranus conjunction in Aries on WEDNESDAY. Uranus-related transits always make themselves blatantly obvious in my life. Maybe someday I’ll share some of these stories, but in the meantime, watch for surprises, an unexpected change of plans, or some unconventional, unusual developments related to the realms of relationships, finances, art or appearance. On WEDNESDAY, a feminine energy in an impulsive yang sign, is making a break for freedom.

We’ve been dealing with a number of squares between Capricorn planets, and Aries planets over the past couple weeks, and we will continue to be working with these dynamics for a while yet. Continue reading “How do you like your eggs? :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for March 26 – April 1st”

Aries Equinox, Parting the Red Sea :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for March 19th – 25th

I love when an analogy arrives, unbidden, and lands so perfectly, so accurately, on the meaning and symbolism I’m trying to access.

When reflecting on the beginning of Aries Season and the Aries equinox, the scene that I couldn’t get out of my head was from the biblical story of Moses parting the red sea so that he and the rescued slaves could cross to the other side and escape their captors. Have you perchance seen the 1998 animated film, The Prince of Egypt? The film illustrates this scene very effectively.

I think the imagery of this mythic story is quite apt for the beginning of Aries Season (occurring at 1:15 ADT on TUESDAY). Continue reading “Aries Equinox, Parting the Red Sea :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for March 19th – 25th”

Don’t Mistake Rigidity for Strength :: Cosmic Weather for March 12th – 18th

This week will chase Mars into Capricorn.

However, before it does so, on SATURDAY, Mars may propel us through a crisis of truth, faith and belief, in the final degrees of Sagittarius.

I will never underestimate the potency of the last degrees of a zodiac sign – particularly the 29th degree, called the anaretic degree (or crisis degree). These are areas of heightened tension that can provoke impulsive behavior and reactions, or correlate with a tricky decision and torturous second-guessing.

Sagittarius at its worst is a soap-box preacher pointing you to heaven, or to hell. As Mars’ volatility activates the sensitive final degrees of Sagittarius this week, while squaring Chiron in Pisces, we may be wondering what is true, and what is not. We may be engaged in an aggressive war of opinions. We may find ourselves misunderstood. We may face a challenge to our belief system, our faith and our hope. We may be struggling to trust in ourselves and find the confidence to launch something new. Continue reading “Don’t Mistake Rigidity for Strength :: Cosmic Weather for March 12th – 18th”