Forecast for September 11-17, 2017

The fires of August reach our hearts. Desires, relationships, creativity ignite. Heads and hands figure out the how-to while we burn, baby, burn.

Astro-Insight for Sept. 11 – 17, 2017. 6:44 minutes.

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2017 Pisces Full Moon

Just when the gumption’s arriving to settle down and work, the Pisces Full Moon says, “Maybe not.”

It’s luring us into a time out fit for the past three calendar months, as opposed to what we actually experienced during them. Our rational side is ready to tackle the details and practicalities of life, but our emotions are coming unmoored from them.

It’s a long overdue moment of quiet, giving in and floating on not knowing. That latitude has been absent in the last three months, which brought turbo-charged lunations with the kick and power of warrior god Mars traveling with the Sun. Each moon phase began and ended with a dance of masculine and feminine energies fusing and then opposing each other.

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September 2017

September promises more of the same, then a shift to something closer to sanity. And then a huge, long-awaited snap …. and sigh of relief. August’s total solar eclipse isn’t through with us yet.

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August 2017

Volatile, catalyzing, head-spinning, game-changing: August is a month (or is that: minefield?) of milestones.

They come with revelations, departures, confusion, high-octane passions and a faster than fast pace. Fuel accelerant is pouring into impulses that have been building since December. (Self-actualization is one of them. Specific situations should be easy to spot.)

A drive is blazing that defies extinguishing or containment. Directing it may be possible, though. So is riding it. And it might actually be fun. (At times.)

The influence that kicks off the month builds more slowly and probably with less fanfare than what follows. It will pervade the headlines all the same, if you look for it, and run like a background program whether anyone is paying attention or not.

Foundation Work Continues

Seismic shifts and super-sized evolutionary surges hit foundations, infrastructures and institutions as the month begins and Jupiter squares Pluto. The pressure will mount with the subtlety of a lobster pot for nearly two months, not finding release till Jupiter completes his opposition to norm-shattering Uranus at the end of September.

More immediately noticeable in the first three weeks: Dramatic action and reaction are the general order of things, with warrior god Mars accompanying the Sun till he enters Virgo on the 22nd. This traveling pair is a double-dose of the masculine archetype, firing up courage, assertiveness, aggression, combativeness and anger. Everyone’s got a fix-it gene. No waiting to be asked; everyone’s going after what they want.

Aquarius Full Moon Lunar Eclipse

The month’s first eclipse, a lunar, brings a paradox: simultaneously experiencing defcon 2 level emotions and observing them with the intellectual curiosity of Mr. Spock. Watch for spiked understanding of your own inner workings, particularly in response to developments since February’s lunar eclipse in Leo. Much will take on a different light — a lunar eclipse always brings revelations — amid the clatter of doors slamming and chapters closing.

It’s Time For Another … Mercury Retrograde!

A cosmic invitation to think things over continues throughout the month. We won’t always welcome the suggestion, but declining isn’t much of an option. Communication, technology and travel are a patience-testing ground of snarls, complications, malfunctions and delays once Mercury stations retrograde on the 12th.

The implications may sneak up on us, since the two love and creativity planets, Venus and Neptune, are making beautiful music that day and lulling us all into reverie. We have weeks to wise up to the retrograde, which lasts till September 5.

He’s in one of his home signs, Virgo, which puts a practical spin on everything that unfolds – or misfires. Details are more than the usual tripwire. Annoyances may be … annoyingly … concrete.

On the plus side: the sign of the messenger’s retreat fits in with a retrograde’s potential for reorganizing and tidying matters up. Not to mention that tripping over words and our metaphoric shoe laces may keep us down here on earth while other influences threaten to blast us off it. And we may welcome a breather, even if it comes in the form of a retrograde snafu.

Read more in my guide How to Survive Mercury Retrograde in 2017.

Can’t Stop The Grand Fire Trine

Those other influences come from the fire that dominates the middle of the month, with the Sun, the New Moon (solar eclipse) and Mars running a circuit with Saturn and Uranus. Saturn and Uranus, lords of order and disruption, have been teaming since December. Their unlikely collaboration has been simultaneously bringing form to new growth and shattering structures and conventions. Now ego, heart and will get into the loop, forming the free flow of energy of a grand trine in fire.

Total Eclipse of the Sun

These linkages would be incendiary on their own. They take on super nova impact from coinciding with a total solar eclipse at the end of Leo, on August 21. A solar eclipse blots out people and situations, never to return, and hits the reset button. This time, with the added kick from Mars, our systems come back on line with a breathtaking, propulsive force, shooting us forward as if we’ve hit a power up in a racing game.

The Mars-powered solar eclipse is igniting the self-actualization imperative of the Saturn/Uranus trine. The explosion is blowing up conventions, norms, beliefs. shoulds, and situations built on them — commitments and teachings that have restrained you from living your own life and expressing your own being.

It won’t be all fun and games. At all. Some people will not accurately recognize these rumblings and will respond by acting out. With retrograde Mercury spawning misunderstandings and misstatements (and, alright, lies), it’ll be easy to react without confronting peaceably and unraveling the snarl.

Patience will be in short supply. Tempers will flare. Anger will have the effect of eating cases of Popeye’s spinach. Be mindful of who and what are in your line of fire.

Venus in Fur (Leo)

The rebooting plays out long beyond August. It may be easier to chew on what is transpiring after the Sun enters Virgo on the 22nd. A wave of noticeable shake-ups, break-ups and breakthroughs follows when Venus, ruler of our desires, approaches maximum nesting mode and slams the agent of unpredictable change, Uranus, on August 24.

She makes a quick change herself, taking on the flair and drama and grandeur of Leo on the 25th. It’s out of the kitchen (except, perhaps, for showy parties) and into the world, in search of attention, sun and fun. However the eclipses and grand trine are playing out, our hearts are beginning to get on board.

The month ends with potential for optimism and locking in some benefits from the hubbub. The 27th brings an opportunity to stabilize, via a cooperative link between beneficent Jupiter and structure-loving Saturn.

Messenger god Mercury jumps back into the fire of Leo on the 30th and criss-crosses the solar eclipse degree until mid-September. High-energy exchanges are a given. Ideas may move from intriguing concept to burning personal quest. The combustible atmosphere continues. These fires aren’t going out any time soon.

Learn what this means for you (and the United States) in my talk The Great American Eclipse — and You! Live at 4 PM EDT, Friday, Aug. 4 and afterwards on demand.

Harness the eclipses energies in Embracing the Eclipse: A Meditation for Personal Growth, live at 4 PH EDT, Friday, Aug. 19 and afterwards on demand.

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Forecast for the 2016 Gemini New Moon

2016 Gemini New Moon
June 4-5, 2016
14 Gemini 53
7:59 PM PDT / 10:59 PM EDT / 2:59 AM GMT

Strap on your bungee cord and hang on tight. And keep breathing. The Gemini New Moon is treating us to a glorious, bewildering, quick-changing kaleidoscope of emotions, challenges and gifts.

This is not easy energy. It may be the most difficult of the year, to be honest. Gut level discomfort is off the charts. At times it will feel like labor pains, or an alien exploding out of your chest. There’s no way out except through. Try to escape and a screaming crisis will plunge you back into the mess — or an unexpected boon will wet your eyes and renew faith and joy at simply being alive.

Experiences are peak in every extreme, cycling in and out and often piling on each other in one discomfiting mess: Bliss and incredulity at dreams taking physical shape. Moments of connection so sweet they strain the heart’s ability to embrace them. Misunderstandings, panic, and specters of soul-crushing loss and calamity, heavy on finances and security.

Two monumental, interlocking configurations are responsible for the peculiar nature of this Moon. One is a grand cross, a combination face-off and shoving match in the middle degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). The changeable, flexible nature of these signs is behind the every which way character of events, impulses and life in general right now.

All year, three titans have been whipping up pressures, confusion and the need to go on instruments:  Jupiter in Virgo (turbo-charged analyzing and clean up), Saturn in Sagittarius (rigidity vs. wisdom in life philosophy, issues of law and authority, plus invitations to act with integrity and accountability) and Neptune in Pisces (illusion, delusion, confusion, transcendence and connection with all that is). This New Moon fills the empty leg in the configuration and splays the pressure of a three-way shoving match to the four winds.

The cross simultaneously speeds up and stops time. It has us running in a zillion directions, or in place, and yet immobilized. Circumstances change like sand dunes shifting in the wind. Emotions — this is a Moon event, remember? — are especially all over the map. It’s as if the entire human race has gone hormonal.

No easy or lasting resolution is possible with this, just yet. The challenge is to deal with each moment as it hits, and then confront the next on its own terms.

Ground yourself firmly and deeply and you can exist the grace and suppleness of a reed through this Moon and the weeks growing out of it. Fortunately, the skies are giving us an assist for exactly this, via the other monumental configuration. It connects to the grand cross at Jupiter in Virgo, the point that favors optimistic, expansive thinking and healthy boundaries. Jupiter is part of the free-flowing energy of a grand trine to Pluto in Capricorn (agent of unavoidable change transforming structures and foundations) and Mercury in Taurus (bringing communications down to terra firma and their most concrete, and the ruler of the Gemini Moon).

This unimpeded current in earth roots the every-which-way energies in stabilizing, tangible and practical considerations. Uproar and delights alike are directly linked to real life and the real world. Just as much as disruptions and unwelcome developments have concrete ramifications and likely cost, so are dreams, artistry and relationships coming out of stardust and into physical form. Think: Star Trek characters materializing in the transporter in slo-mo.

Some of the transmissions may come in spurts, jerks and clouds of static. They are coming, however. Your mind’s eye is clouded. When it freaks out, sputters, panics, give it a task. (Cleaning is ideal. Seriously.) When you feel underlying calm in the face of a panic, trust your feelings. We’re flying on instruments. Foremost, with the heart.

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye. “ — Antoine du Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince.

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Astrology Forecast for June 2015

June sends us forward and backward with a force fit for New Year’s Eve.  Just as the signal approaches to gun our engines, at last, unfinished business comes calling with dollar signs and repercussions. Which way to go? There’s the paradox. Progress will occur, but with the weight of the past dogging us – until we turn and deal with it, once and for all.

The month begins with high energy and, likely, some of the brightest spirits we’ve enjoyed all year. Those levels promise to stay up all month.  From the Sagittarius Full Moon on the 2nd on, fire is running throughout the sky, stoking life force and enthusiasm, fueling showmanship and playfulness, and causing sparks of emotion (anger, maybe?) to flare into into acts of passion, rebellion and liberation.

The vibe amps up when Venus moves into Leo on the 5th, bringing relationships center stage.  Think glitter, champagne, gold jewelry at the beach and a willingness, nay, demand for attention.  The shift bodes well for fun in the sun and a general desire to socialize — and to go for what you want, without apology. Our interactions — and our divine right to be paid — will take on playfulness, showiness, grandeur, generosity and sometimes a bit of brattiness.

We won’t see much of that last side at first. With Venus in a free flow to Saturn (June 6), a responsible, regal, even grown-up approach will prevail, encouraging many a developing relationship and financial deal to find solid, reliable parameters.  Folly comes later, when Venus goes retrograde near the end of July.

The fire impulses converge in a forceful, cathartic forward push acting on — or leaping from  — the turmoil of March through May. The shockwaves are over, mostly, and we’re taking crazy bold action. This flavor of frustration, motivation and zeal has banked and subsided twice before, late last September and early in March. Third time’s a charm, the saying goes, and this blast has a streak of “and I really mean it!” that’s bound to propel us finally, dramatically forward.

Jupiter is blessing the dice as he moves into a third, life-changing trine to Uranus, the agent of unpredictable change (exact on June 22). Minds unlock. Shackles fall from ankles. Fuses ignite, and we’re all human cannonballs hurtling forward. Relationships rock and roll, too, when Venus plugs into the Uranian circuit on the 29th. Resistance is futile. We’re been waiting for this. It builds all month, and where it takes you is downright exciting — probably in a good way, too.

While fire burns away the past and propels us forward, other influences complicate the picture.  The second week of the month brings a peculiar push-pull. Mercury goes direct on June 11, ending a retrograde cycle that began May 19. Before he gets going and communication has a chance to return to something resembling normalcy (as if such exists), Neptune stations retrograde, the following day. With the clouds of confusion coming off this, we could all feel unmoored and woozy for a few days.

Cold hard reality starts to intervene after the 14th, when Saturn returns to Scorpio for the summer. He’s the source of the backward pull, urging — pushing — okay, requiring — us to address loose ends from 2013-2014. Issues are still on the table concerning matters we don’t talk about openly or comfortably:  joint money, what we get out of every investment of time/money/emotion/energy, trust, intimacy, sex, death, debt and taxes. Clean them up or there will be consequences, though those may not be clear right now.  (That haze coming off Neptune.)

Those undercurrents pervade the Gemini New Moon on the 16th. It subtly refreshes mental energy and encourages chasing bright shiny objects, but with notes of seriousness, caution and awareness of the cost. Taking responsibility for what goes in and out of our heads is one theme. People who’ve been acting like adolescents may realize they’d rather make like adults now.

Summer officially begins on June 21, when the Sun enters Cancer. The day’s chart sets the tone for the season. It’s complicated, requiring choices involving maturity and responsibility, and others pitting garden-variety desire against primal, sublingual gotta-have-it impulses. Fortunately minds and hearts are fused, and we’re all emboldened by the self-actualizing, “I gotta be me” imperative of the Jupiter/Uranus trine, which peaks the following day.

Mars enters Cancer three days later, on the 24th, and brings a nesting, nurturing, emotional quality to our actions. That could cushion the impact of our actions. It could also make some people sensitive and crabby. Act as kindly as you can. Set your sights to the future and wish for the best.

 

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Forecast for April 13-19, 2015

Time to reach out and touch someone. You’ve got lots to discuss. Maybe over lunch? Go ahead; risk it.

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