Forecast for the 2016 Virgo New Moon Solar Eclipse

September 1, 2016

2:03 AM PDT / 5:03 AM EDT / 9:03 AM GMT

9 Virgo 21

This year’s Virgo New Moon targets the uncertainty, tentativeness and just plain weirdness that have characterized so much of the year.

None are a match for the wallop of a reset this Moon is activating. It’s bringing clarity, stabilizing and a greater awareness of where exactly this year has been leading.

They come with an air of purifying and simplifying, of inevitability bordering on fatedness, and also a touch of relief. No more floating, wondering and feeling unable to get off center. We’re starting to get somewhere, at last.

The playing out will continue for months, not just weeks. What happens in September alone, though, is enough to take our breath away, not to mention specific people and situations to boot.

Appropriately for Virgo, work is a package deal with these gifts. This New Moon comes with a massive clean-up campaign, mentally, physically and energetically.  The coinciding has a pronounced whiplash effect, jerking attention to various points in the past (from last month to 1997) at the same time it yanks us decidedly forward.

This Moon is a solar eclipse, the characteristic responsible for the massive reset, reboot and power-up we’re undergoing. It’s launching the next to last round of the current eclipse cycle, which began at spring 2015 and continues into March of 2017.  (They hearken back to 1997-98, so themes from that time may be spiraling back for examination and reworking as well.)

This cycle is on the Virgo/Pisces axis, which spans the extremes of worldly existence and unhooking from the physical:  logic vs. faith, intactness vs. immersion, service vs. martyrdom, health vs. addiction, practicality vs. transcendence.

Since September of last year, the first of each of those pairs has called for greater attention, with Jupiter bringing his powers of optimism and expansion to them as he’s traveled through Virgo. He finishes this current tour of duty on the 8th, which makes this New Moon part of the wrap-up and ending of the process of the last 12 months.

Jupiter’s imminent departure is one cause behind the look back, work and clean-up vibe of this New Moon. Another comes from Virgo’s ruler Mercury, god of gab, gadgets and getting around.

Mercury is exactly conjunct with Jupiter, acting in complete unity, at this New Moon. The cosmic messenger has just begun a three-week retrograde through Virgo. His contact with Jupiter — the guy who ups any action he’s around — makes the impulses of the retrograde bigger, bigger, bigger as the two planets move apart.

Their teamwork means that we’ve been through some of this territory before and likely had hints then of what is transpiring now. (Particularly where unhealthy boundaries, habits and situations  are concerned. You already know what they are.)

The double action also adds to the drama and magnitude of what’s unfolding.  And dramatic it is.

Even with the beginnings and cycle-start inherent in a New Moon, any eclipse, even a solar, always entails a blackout and departures. It’s akin to a scene change in a play:  The stage goes dark, the crew moves props and set pieces in and out, and players exit, enter and take new places.

The twist this time is that when the lights go back on, cleaning tools and supplies are on the stage. We’ll be tidying up after the previous act(s) while saying our lines and moving the current action forward.

Despite the clarity and precision of Virgo, we do not know exactly what we’re dealing with, as this New Moon begins. Cracker smoke is filling the stage. Some people are wearing masks. The set is in disarray and confusion.

Go with your instincts. The New Moon is traveling with the North Node of destiny, which is working like a tractor beam guiding us forward, whether we consciously know it or not. Its presence adds to the pervasive irreversible, life-changing, fated quality of all the comings,  goings and developments under this eclipse.

Your instincts are also more reliable than surface evidence just now. Not only are Neptune and his cosmic fog machine opposing the New Moon, but they are also gearing up for the last of three exact squares to Saturn, coming September 10.

The lord of formlessness has been butting heads with the lord of form all year, and their clash has spun off clouds of lies, confusion and weirdness in general that’s put sanity in widespread question. Some of that is infusing the New Moon, and will stay with us (sigh) as the eclipse’s effect stretches into next year.

Take heart, though:  Some of those clouds will in fact clear, or at least begin to die back, this month. Mercury’s retrograde is taking him within spitting distance of the mutable grand cross that suspended us in mid-air in June. His journey is made for big reveals, along the lines of Toto pulling a curtain back and exposing a little man working the controls behind the booming voice and floating head of Oz.

The revelations will take care of themselves. So will the reboots, resets, and refreshings. Resistance is futile. This Virgo eclipse is wielding an insistent cosmic broom that sweeps very clean indeed.

Work with it. God is in the details, and you may be surprised at how a seemingly insignificant one turns out to be a turning point. You’re cleaning, improving and protecting the boundaries for more than you may realize. Including a launch pad that will prove pivotal at the end of the year.

 

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Forecast for August 8 – 14, 2016

We’re getting to the heart of weighty matters. Reprioritizing. Devising theories, labeling, and containing. Then getting suspended in a huge reminder that human hands are not on the steering wheel.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for August 8 – 14, 2016  (5:46 minutes).

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Forecast for the 2016 Capricorn Full Moon

July 19, 2016

3:56 PM PDT / 6:56 PM EDT / 10:56 PM GMT

27 Cancer 40 / 27 Capricorn 40

by Kathy Biehl

The Capricorn Full Moon invites looking at the ground beneath your feet and where it’s leading.  Remember that? You haven’t seen much of it this year, what with the fog and dust and general wooziness that’s beset us all. It’s clamoring for attention now, though.

You’ve been regaining awareness of it over the past couple of weeks, which have felt like coming out of a daze, or a dream. The Cancer New Moon brought you to with a good, long soak in emotional needs and impulses, mostly your own. The effect is still with you. They have sensitized you, awakened your inner child and molded the way you are viewing and experiencing the fundamentals in your life.

Aren’t you more attuned to what feels safe and secure, what nourishes you, and what does not?  Recently this focus has been on immediate nurturing (and wishing someone would deliver it). The Full Moon shifts the questions to how to provide for and safeguard sustenance for the long haul.

Now that the fog is clearing, what exactly is beneath your feet? What’s it made of? How stable and supportive are your foundations and the structures in your life? More importantly, how do they feel? Solid? Rickety? Warm and fuzzy? Cold? Do they have staying power? Even if the answer is yes, this is a time to consider whether you really want them.

The same questions are coming up about your goals, as well as all the work you’re putting out. Are you seeing solid results from the efforts you’ve been expending? Are they leading anywhere? Anywhere you want to go?

Answering the questions may put you through a cold calculation. This is “Santa Baby” territory, which prefers long term value to fleeting pleasures.

You might not entirely trust your assessments. The Capricorn Moon’s ruler, Saturn, is still squaring transcendent Neptune, and with the ruler of form clashing with the ruler of all that is formless, cosmic fog does cloud perceptions.

Still, honor your emotions; trust your instinctive reactions. They are on fire within the fog. Messenger Mercury and love goddess Venus are beaming supportive high energy to Saturn. Risks and impulses to leap will take you to solid destinations. Maybe structure and commitment, maybe a wall…but solid nonetheless.

And much as you might prefer to be the baby, this is the time to be the adult in the room. Or at least to look around and see if any adults are present.

This Moon has enormous incentive for you to step up and be the adult. To take responsibility for your long-term security. To protect and provide for your inner child, and make up for the shortfalls it (and you) have experienced throughout your life.  And very possibly, to recognize allies who have stood the test of time — or are up to standing by you for the long haul.

An elixir of nurturing, motivation and healing is coursing through the skies, because of the open current, or grand trine, from the Cancer Sun to Mars in Scorpio and Chiron in Pisces. (The latter two bodies are pouring cooperation directly into the Capricorn Moon as well.) The mix fosters bold, fearless, loving resolve and follow through, whether that’s baring our heart to another or cutting a connection for the good of all concerned.

With Mars making its third pass since spring over the final degrees of Scorpio, the healing coming off the action is penetrating to the max, extending to deep, scary, scarred places we have kept hidden, even from ourselves.

The lineup also favors connections with a therapeutic impact on our core and abiding wounds. They are in line with the approach of Imago therapy, pioneered by Harville Hendrix: that we work out childhood issues in our closest adult relationships, and can experience healing when a partner provides the special flavor of love and understanding we didn’t receive from a parent.

If you sense a relationship has this potential, brave and gentle candor may pay off in profound and lasting value. Or it may reveal that your sense was misplaced. Either outcome ultimately furthers and strengthens your emotional bottom line.

Whatever the nature of this Moon’s status report, action is likely to follow. We’re running situations and goals through the filter of the heart and evaluating whether they make us feel good, safe or secure — or worth the effort. Then responding.

Watch for a flurry of airing and removing anything that might threaten foundations or structures (rot, decay, debris, termite damage, phobias, assorted crazy talk).  Watch yourself sort through your life with a steely eye. You’re watching out for your inner child, as well as for your future.

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Forecast for July 2016

July starts with a collective sigh of relief. June’s dramas, pressures and just plain weirdness are by no means resolved, but at least their intensity and relentlessness are dying back. You know how you feel when you stop banging your head against a wall, or a killer headache finally breaks? You’re left with a dull ache — and gratitude for the pain subsiding. July is like that. Only better. Far better.

And the relief is not fleeting. Starting this month, the prevailing atmosphere moves from the challenges and murkiness that have beset us since January, to more stable, defined and sane (yes, sane) situations that will dominate most of the rest of the year. Difficulties and ugliness will remain, of course. We are still addressing unfinished business from last summer, with action hero Mars making a final pass across the late degrees of Scorpio, where Saturn retrograded from July – September 2015. Some of it is not exactly pretty, some of it may have all the appeal of cleaning out a failed root canal, but all of it is monumentally important. Still, even with those tasks at hand, we are gradually getting back our vision, optimism and pluck to carry on.

But first, a mini-vacation. The month’s first six days deliver a much needed break. They have a blissed-out, escapist vibe that could make the long weekend (leading into a holiday in the US) feel like endless summer. Good vibrations radiate out from the Cancer New Moon (July 4), whose homey, nurturing, apple-pie-and-tribe-loving waters are rippling with inspiration as zany as it is out of this world.

They’re also overflowing with full-spectrum love, from the highest we-are-family level to connecting with one special one, deeply, intensely and fearlessly, with no intent (and perhaps likelihood) of take-backs. (Thank two trines, or open channels of energy, one linking Mercury and the New Moon to transcendent Neptune, the other hooking up Venus and Mars). Head for water, blast your favorite music and sing along, knock back some cold ones and enjoy the company you choose to keep. The sojourn will be good for your soul.

Calibrations immediately follow this emotional bath. Perspectives change. Critical information comes to light. Candid realizations and conversations take place. All of it reshapes and simplifies situations,  structures and goals.

The energy level increases mid-month, when the rulers of sociability, Venus, and of communication, Mercury, enter Leo on the 12th and 13th. No isolating or wallowing in emotions and nostalgia. Fun, fun, fun is the imperative, with touch of drama in the mix.

Okay, maybe a lot of drama, at first. Edgy, dicey, vaguely combative energies unsettle the hump days of the month. Stabilizing resumes on the 19th, which brings the hyper-practical Capricorn Full Moon and grounding between Mercury and Saturn. Minds calm and conversations turn sensible and mature, with touches of cosmic guidance sneaking in as well. Emotional status reports zoom in on the bottom line and the long term, then hearts go for the solid and real, when Venus trines Saturn the next day. (An epidemic of commitments is one probable result.)

Much that was up in the air in June is in more solid, concrete and vibrant form by the time the Sun enters Leo on the 22nd. There’s more to be revealed, and quickly. Information,  conversations and epiphanies come out of the blue or from unexpected sources around the 27th, which opens thinking and perspectives to all kinds of possibilities that had not been previously considered or imaginable. They don’t remain theoretical for long, but spur action and also light a long fuse, when Mercury squares Mars and Uranus stations retrograde on the 29th.

Socializing remains boisterous and look-at-me throughout the month, but how we talk to each other calms by month’s end. Communication and getting around return to a more measured and orderly mode after the 30th, when messenger god Mercury enters his second home of Virgo.

The near side of the doorway to August greets us with breakthroughs in matters dear to our hearts and bank accounts. They tie back to the mini-retreat that launched the month. A wish unlocks; an impediment shatters; internal resistance disappears. Welcome the change.  For most of the rest of the year, your prospects only stand to improve. Make that: your reality.

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Forecast for June 27 – July 3, 2016

We’re in a strange new world. Settling in will take some time. For now, head for your happy place and loved ones. Sure, there are sharks in the water, but you know that. And what you need to do.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for June 27 – July 3, 2016  (6:48 minutes). And by booking a Why Is Life So Weird Now? reading.

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Forecast for June 13 – 19, 2016

Hang in there. Something’s taking shape in the fog. You just might hit on it this week.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for June 13 – 19, 2016  (5:58 minutes). And by booking a Why Is Life So Weird Now? reading.

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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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Forecast for June 2016

June is one of the monumental months of the year. It’s a jumble of paradoxes, dualities, contradictions and cross-currents, many of which are not going to make sense.

They will push, pull, stretch and pressure. Whip up a frenzy and immobilize. Obscure and reveal. Splay you across dimensions and time. Rivet attention to the boundless present and toss unfinished business back on the table.

Confounding, confusing and outright magical, they will  leave us with pertinent data, perspective and the gravitational pull of slow-building but lasting developments.

The inclination will be to think your way through this, especially once the ruler of communication, Mercury, returns to his home base of Gemini on the 12th. Instead, listen to your intuition, gut, instinct, whatever name you give it, even — and especially — when reason and empirical evidence suggest otherwise. Ride with the tide, go with the flow, follow the energy — use whatever saying works for you, but just roll with developments moment by moment, as they unfold. Projecting into the future will get you nowhere but frustration. And confusion, too. Surface appearances do not tell the true, or full, story right now.

Dipping into the past, on the other hand, is fruitful. This month is one long laboratory in makeovers, do-overs, revisions, updates and picking up stalled matters where they left off. Much of it will be shades of last summer, because Mars (planet of action) is traveling back over territory Saturn retrograded over then. Assignments, second chances and next steps will land in your path as well as arise from deep within you. You can also harness the drive to get to the bottom of things and dispatch all manner of lingering wishes and agenda items. This motivation is especially suited to dealing with unpleasantness. Some tasks may resemble cleaning out a failed root canal:  the process will not be welcome, but afterward, oh, how you will feel better.

The seemingly contradictory energies are coming from a convergence of hard aspects that demand or forestall action (squares and oppositions), which are locking together into a configuration called a grand cross. Frequently this pattern results in a log-jam. This one is all over the map, because the signs it’s in are mutable (changeable, flexible, versatile, every-which-way), and turning us all into human equivalents of a reed, or a Stretch Armstrong doll.

The grand cross incorporates three powerhouses that have been stressing, stretching and confusing us since late last year:  Saturn, the ruler of rules, order and consequences, his antithesis Neptune, ruler of transcendence and illusion, and Jupiter, the guy who ups any action he approaches. Credit them for transporting current reality into the Great Hall of Oz, where flaring flames, a booming voice and a disembodied head command attention, while unseen hands pull levers behind an unobtrusive curtain.

They’re making you question your sanity (and other people’s) and feel so spacey and overwhelmed.  This month their pressure becomes multi-directional, ricocheting from one point to another. The powerhouses have been been amping up the middle degrees of Gemini (hence the high noise-to-signal ratio and running from one shiny object to another). That spot is being filled early in the month by the Sun and Venus, which complete the grand cross. Their addition fleshes out the every-which-way mix with the general tone of the times and relationships, money, creativity and all we value, the areas of life Venus rules.

The energy of the grand cross locks into the Gemini New Moon on June 4. When Mercury fills the Gemini position June 20-22, the cross permeates the chart of the summer solstice on June 20, which carries the resonance of the tension throughout the summer as well. That day is action packed, most especially with the the year’s second Sagittarius Full Moon, at the sign’s last degree, occurring just before the solstice. That Moon has a kick of finality, with Mars ending his retrograde and month-long camp-out on the final degree of Scorpio on June 29.

Pro Tip: Have mercy on anyone with placements in the middle degrees of the mutable signs, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. For them, this weird journey is intensely, sometimes painfully personal.

Even on June’s strangest days, Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” is wafting on the breeze, if you still yourself enough to detect it. (All together now: “Everything little thing gonna be alright.”) Much will feel fated, headed in an optimal direction, or inexplicably okay, whether you can point to any tangible evidence to support the feeling.

L ikely you will see evidence, though. That’s the gift of the grounding, stabilizing sanity-bringing influence of an unimpeded flow between beneficial Jupiter and Pluto, agent of unavoidable change. They’ve been paving the way out of the chaos and upheaval that Uranus and Pluto have been stirring up over the past four years. The pair is making the last of three big assists (the others happened in September and March). Just what they’ve been building will become clearer by September.

Find an image of the Hanged Man in a Tarot deck of your choosing and use it as your inspirational icon for the month. Think of this month as an initiation. You’re being suspended above the action, unable to steer or force it. There’s a certain freedom in that; relax into it and stop asking how certain things are going to happen. The elevated vantage point also offers the gift of a panoramic view, which puts data in your field of vision that escaped you earlier.

By month’s end, transcendence is possible. Or magic. Or feeling unspeakably, blissfully moved, as Venus and Neptune bridge earthly and heavenly love. Hearts are opening. When Mercury enters Cancer on the 29th, emotions can’t help but pour out.
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Forecast for April 2016

Keep your knees loose. Anything can happen this April, and it might lead to whiplash. Just when you’re sprung from prison and catapulting into wild adventure, back you go again and again  over territory you thought you’d finished.

Two shifts at the month’s start presage these counter currents. Our interacting style turns impulsive, impassioned and a tad reckless as Venus, ruler of love, money and all we value, turns huntress in Aries on April 5. Everyone’s on the prowl, and the thrill of the chase is the game. Yet talk is slow, concrete and “prove it!” thanks to Mercury moving into Taurus on the same day. Venus inclines us to pounce, but Mercury says to take our time. No one’s going anywhere quickly, which could, actually, end up being just what Venus wants  — especially when she and lover Mars collaborate on the 12th.

Except that we are going places quickly, and how. Explosions are going off within and around us at the Aries New Moon on the 7th. It’s right next to volatile, unpredictable Uranus, and the combo  ignites dynamite at the individual, liberating end of the cosmic change imperative that’s been restructuring reality for the past four years. The blast sets off a breakthrough that’s been building — perspective-altering, catalyzing and self-actualizing. Look at the ensuing excitement as a coming attractions trailer for when Saturn brings grounding and stabilizing (and, okay, maybe limits) to Uranus, starting at Christmastime.

Enjoy flying high and running free; it lasts unfettered for a week, max. The skies are rerouting us to Retrograde City. We’re already at the outskirts at month’s start, with Jupiter and and Saturn backtracking through Virgo and Sagittarius. Three more planets join the trend from the 16th on. The combined impact has us singing variations on a song from The Monkees’ cult classic Head, “Do I Have to Do This All Over Again?”

Yep. Again and again. We’re returning to issues of education, beliefs, prejudices, legal matters, publicity and foreign people, places and things when Mars turns retrograde at 8 Sagittarius on April 16th. His retreat lasts until June 29 and takes him back into Scorpio starting May 2, when he’ll be triggering action on unfinished business from Saturn’s return to that territory last summer.  For now he’s inviting do-overs and picking up dropped threads — understanding, wisdom, credentials, chances to visit far-flung spots on the globe, seeing how much our perspective filters our experience of life. Watch for irritation, frustration, resentment and anger; look for opportunities to laugh or see the bright side.

Pluto begins his annual retrograde on April 18 at 17 Capricorn (making a harsh, action-demanding angle to the Aries New Moon). His impact is more nuanced, but inescapable, since he’ll move barely a degree until his direct station on September 26. Think of it as drilling deeper and deeper into one particular spot for a more intense, transforming experience. For each of us it has to do with restructuring foundations (the systemic end of the change imperative of the past four years). The potential exists to make even more basic and pervasive chance, to let in light or air, or to let out infestation.

While we’re walking and looking backwards, breakthroughs abound. They involve relationships, finances, self-worth and creativity thanks to Venus’ mid-month assignations. First she gets into a shoving match with bigger, fiercer, grittier ruler of desire and money, Pluto, on the 19th (when the Sun begins its annual time in Taurus). While she’s still hot and bothered, Venus has a long, hot date with firebrand Uranus. They’re conjunct by zodiacal degree and by declination April 22-24, and their tryst begins on the Scorpio Full Moon, the most intense, magnetic and intimate emotional culmination point short of an eclipse. The only sure prediction for what that  convergence will unleash is that it won’t be boring. Those days will have the quality of playing with firecrackers, leaping without thinking, much less looking, and hearts breaking free — or open.

Communication and getting around join the fun and games by the 28th, when cosmic messenger Mercury goes retrograde until May 22.  Slow and steady becomes outright slothlike. Expect discussions and commutes to take much longer than the norm (and possibly what uninformed patience can endure). The beauty of living as if suspended in time is that if you gaze long and hard at what’s before you, you could possibly truly see it.  Use this chaser retrograde to go over and pick up details and put your mind, technology and vehicles in reliable working order. Also know that if Venutian impulsiveness brings cause for regret, Mercury retrograde in Taurus provides ample time to chew on the situation and devise a practical response that requires no rush to implement. For more about this retrograde and navigating it, read my article How To Survive the 206 Retrogrades.

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Forecast for March 28 – April 3, 2016

Last week certainly served up plenty of food for thought. Now we consolidate, confront, sort, tilt and stew. You can learn a lot if you remain open. Keep a security blanket close by, just in case.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for March 28 – April 3, 2016  (6:36 minutes). And in my astro-overview for 2016.

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