Forecast for March 14 – 20, 2016

Construction milestone week: Rubble is noticeably lessening. Foundations are solidifying. Relationships are morphing into next phases. Gather, demand and give out pertinent info. Then open up your heart and let the sun shine in.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for March 14 – 20, 2016  (10:51 minutes). And in my astro-overview for 2016.

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Forecast for March 7 – 13, 2016

We’re all riding the waves. Some companions, situations and longstanding issues are going under or washing out to sea. Your own journey is too healing, too emotionally cathartic and too magical for tears to last long. Or come at all. Love is the drug. Love is the opening door. Love is all you need. Starting with yourself.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for March 7 – 13, 2016  (10:50 minutes). And in my astro-overview for 2016.

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Forecast for March 2016

March is a game changer. It launches with words and ideas kicking us into action and ends with desires and perspectives blowing wide open. In between is a combination tsunami and whirlwind of activity, emotional, mental and in the circumstances of our lives. Comings and goings, blossomings and endings, cleaning up and clearing out consume the month. In their wake they leave a blend of catharsis, relief, emotional outpouring and firm resolve. And likely spinning heads.

Not surprisingly, March is one of the most astrologically action-packed months of the year. Its four weeks contain two eclipses (one pumping the gas pedal on a cycle, the other wrapping a cycle up), more work on the upheaval of the last four years, and three planets changing signs.
Amid so much activity, each beat will be hard to distinguish. Instead, it will feel like we’re being hit with successive waves. Some of them grow out of the previous one, some are resurgences of the past (eight months, a year, 18 months, four years and 19 years ago are probable time frames), and some will come from places our conscious mind has no ability to pinpoint.

The Pisces New Moon on the 8th is the first eclipse, a solar.  Bigger-is-better Jupiter and Chiron, influence of healing, are in the mix. They’re making emotions, boundary and underdog issues and longstanding wounds crest into tsunamis, washing away some people and situations while depositing or anointing others.

Although the waters are surging and receding for weeks, the ebb tides reveal surprisingly stable ground. Jupiter is making the second of three assists to Pluto, the agent of unavoidable change. (The other two were last September and will be again in June.) Their teamwork is beaming right into the construction zone you know as the areas of your life that have undergone utter upheaval in the past four years.

The effect is two-sided. On the positive end, new or rebuilt structures are taking on more solid contours. Supports are sinking deeper. On the less immediately pleasant end, Jupiter’s golden light is reaching deeper into cracks that have opened up in recent years. No end of frightened and frightening psychological beasties are crawling to the surface. (Just look at the news, and behavior on social media.) Watch for stirrings,  of your own, of your friends’, and neutralize the beasties gently. “I wish you all the love and happiness I wish for myself” is a useful mantra. Say it even if you don’t mean it. To yourself, of course. Voicing that to someone’s face could get you punched, in the current climate.

Chapters are closing in relationships, our attitudes toward them and our operating ground rules with the second eclipse, the Libra Full Moon on the 23rd. All have been up for resetting and rebooting since October 1993. Since then we’ve reached increasing awareness of compromises and settling that can not continue. Even with the adjustments we’ve already made or experienced, with this lunar eclipse come decisive strikes underscored with “And I really mean it!”

Throughout all of this, logic is hardly the navigational system. Mercury, the planet the rules our thoughts, words and how we get around, unhooks all of his terrain from the rational and concrete when he travels through Pisces from February 5-21. Telepathy, impressions and osmosis will abound. They’ll carry more reliability than anything you read, hear or see.  When they contradict empirical evidence, trust them.

Starting with the 21st, communication and transportation shift to Aries and leap first, think later mode. Though more more energetic, bold and decisive than Pisces, this mode is another flavor of intuition and instinct, going on gut rather than thinking about and evaluating evidence and plans of action.

We get a foretaste of this forceful, aggressive potential at the month’s start, when Mercury slams into Mars, lord of war and the ruler of Aries, and shoves minds, mouths and tempers into action. That same day, March 5, Mercury heads for Pisces (see above) and Mars enters Sagittarius. Agendas, motivations and drives become more energetic and fiery. Optimism and humor are on the rise, but so are jingoism (“My way or the highway”) and arguing over politics and theories. Physical activity is a safe outlet.

Fortunately, our hearts are not gearing up for battle. Venus, goddess of love, money and creativity, is moving into Pisces, the sign of higher love and her exaltation, on the 12th. This shift stirs a potential for compassion, kindness and gentleness, an awareness of others (some call that empathy), and an appreciation of the arts, romance and other escapes from mundane reality.

She tells Mars what she wants in no uncertain terms on the 14th. (Sparks fit for a screwball comedy could fly!) On the 20th, she dissolves in blissful communion with Pisces’ ruler Neptune.   What she wants — and, by extension, what we’re looking for — mushrooms and demands satisfaction on the 25th, the very day that Saturn goes retrograde. Between then and his turnaround mid-August, we’ll be researching and tying up loose ends (perhaps legalities) to bring those desires into tangible form. An opportunity to get a taste of them opens on the 26th.

More importantly, her Piscean cloaking bodes well for coming through this month’s tumult decently, civilly and even lovingly. Let love for all beings guide your actions (say it even if you choke on it, please), and let that love begin with yourself. Exude that and endings will proceed with less rancor, while the new beginnings and blossoming of next stages will be all the more sweet.

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Forecast for Feb. 29 – March 6, 2016

Growth spurts are on offer. They may have something to do with ancient wounds that are stirring and easing up. And yet…remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me?” Not.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for Feb. 29 – March 6, 2016  (7:36 minutes). And in my astro-overview for 2016.

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Forecast for Feb. 22 – 29, 2016

Emotional report card time! What feels healthy? What could use tidying? Ideas are flying and coming in for a landing. Maybe relationships, too. You loves you, baby? You do.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for Feb. 22 – 28, 2016  (4:08 minutes). And in my astro-overview for 2016.

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Forecast for Feb. 1 – 7, 2016

What did you encounter in the rabbit hole last week? Now we act on it, give in to a part of it, break away in response to it. Movin’ out from Mercury retrograde and bringing the intensity along for the ride. Onward, ho.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for Feb. 1 – 7, 2016  (6:56 minutes). And in my astro-overview for 2016.

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Forecast for Jan. 18 – 23, 2016

Desires are stirring for something more, something real, something we can bank on. Along with the motivation to make it so  — undercover if need be. In the process we blow the carbon out, clear our minds and sense exactly what our hearts have to do.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for Jan. 18 -23, 2016  (6:56 minutes). And in my astro-overview for 2016.

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Forecast for the 2016 Capricorn New Moon

January 9-10, 2016
5:30 PM PST / 8:30 PM EST / 1:30 AM GMT
19 Capricorn 13

This year’s Capricorn New Moon brings a good, long stretch to ground and get centered. It comes with a mega-dose of antidotes to the confusion that is swirling all around. They direct attention to where we are here and now, on this earth, where we’ve been and where we are heading.

The line-up is appropriate for January, which is named for Janus, the two-headed Roman god who looked both backward and forward. Capricorn’s goal-orientation generally concentrates on the path ahead, often far ahead. This Moon is comes with incentive to reconsider and potentially recommit to that path and clean up practicalities that affect it.

Heart-based considerations weight heavily in this process. Capricorn may be calculating, at times coldly so, and that bent is pervading interactions, relationships and financial matters now. It’s keenly attuning us to costs, to the return we’re getting on emotional and financial investments, and to the desirability and viability of certain arrangements for the long haul.

This awareness comes geared for action. We’re all primed to pull the plug, to cut out, back or away, to investigate, to clean up and restructure and, in selected instances, to commit — quickly, ruthlessly, determinedly, unapologetically. An appropriate guiding image is emptying a closet,  sorting its contents into piles — keepers; repair; give away; toss — and actually following through with each decision.

This Moon bears the stamp of the two rulers of desire and money, Venus (representing earthly, mere mortal levels) and Pluto (representing super-sized impulses and experiences beyond conscious comprehension or control). Pluto is standing with the Sun and the Moon, both of which passed by the dark lord’s clarifying, purifying scythe en route to their meeting. Whatever we want, we want with a vengeance; whatever we don’t, we’re done with, no turning back.

Venus is in the clutches of Saturn, ruler of Capricorn this Moon and lord of structure, rules, convention, responsibility. They mean business and are delivering the worldly equivalent of Pluto’s imperative, with theme songs in the background:  “Santa Baby,” alternating with “All The Single Ladies” (“If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it.”) No more window shopping. Want it? Buy it. Commit to it. Not really interested? Watch walls, obstacles and separations intervene to remove it.

Sounds easy enough, but there’s a catch:  Your physical senses are operating at a disadvantage. Surface appearances are not the true story right now. Structure-loving Saturn is in a protracted argument with Neptune, lord of escapism, transcendence and illusion. Neptune is also, however, the lord of higher love — the elevated, spiritual counterpart of Venus’ domain. Venus is being pulled into this dust-up by virtue of her meeting with Saturn. The upshot is a demand to bring your heart’s desire into physical form. (If you’ve been fooling yourself about a situation, that fantasy could turn to dust as well.) Seeds planted under this New Moon stand to blossom by the end of the month, when Venus links cooperatively with Neptune.

Before then, we’ll be giving the groundwork a good going over. This New Moon comes on the heels of two gear shifts that issue marching orders to do just that. One is Mercury, ruler of our information and transportation flow, backing into Capricorn. His retrograde journey not only adds to the atmosphere of confusion and misunderstandings, but from this point on also underscores the Moon’s focus on foundations and goals. If there’s a glitch, a loose brick, a cracked support, a garbled piece of critical information, it is likely to come to your attention, with the benefit that you can do something about it now and be able to proceed reliably later. (For more on Mercury’s retrograde, read my survival guide.)

The other is Jupiter in the earth sign of Virgo going retrograde until mid-May, which will trigger many an opportunity to revisit and clean up systems, boundaries, structures and infrastructures that are emerging from the upheaval we’ve undergone since 2012. Bountiful Jupiter began helping Pluto with the reconstruction in September, and will beam his input directly again in March and June. Because Jupiter is stationing retrograde on the North Node of the Moon (which represents the collective, as well as the path in which we are headed), specific issues and circumstances of this week will ultimately play a role in our future.

Although the sorting may happen in a flash, none of the rest of this comes with a hurried pace. The pile-up in Capricorn is slow and methodical, laying foundations that will take a while to dry, planting seeds that will gestate before blooming. Instead of fighting it, enjoy the luxury of time. The ability to go deep and explore is at your disposal, now that Mars (ruler of our drive) has entered Scorpio. Use it to navigate fearlessly through the fog, to look at what’s beneath appearances and, more importantly, what’s beneath your feet, and to commit truly, madly, deeply to your heart’s streamlined, ever so worldly desires.

Learn more in my astro-overview for 2016.

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Forecast for Jan. 4 -10, 2016

Everything in the sky says, “Get to work!” First on the agenda:  Old business. Business you thought was finished. Business systems you didn’t know needed work. What’s that sound like? Yes, my friends, it’s time for another Mercury retrograde.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for Jan. 4 -10 (9:06 minutes). And in my astro-overview for 2016.

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Forecast for january 2016

January launches 2016 in clouds of soft, swirling fog. It’s a fitting start, given the atmosphere that will be with us through the summer. Grab your favorite grounding stones; turn on your fog lights and internal GPS. They are in for a workout.

What is real and what is an illusion is an ongoing puzzle, and this month puts us through our paces grappling with it. The origin of the puzzle is still going strong, a shoving match between forces of structure and order (Saturn) and forces that evade and dissolve structure and order (Neptune).

Now comes a companion influence that not only amplifies vagueness, confusion and reasons to question someone’s sanity, but also makes them inescapable and personal. This one holds the promise of epiphanies, clarity and mundane, bankable answers by the end of the month. Hang on to that as the journey progresses, because it promises one weird ride indeed.

Just when our minds are on the brink of flying again, finally, we plummet back to earth. January brings a confounding jumble of snarls, glitches and malfunctions in communicating and getting around. Yes, it’s time again for Mercury retrograde, when the usual rules of operation go out the window for information flow, technology and transportation.

This year has four Mercury retrogrades instead of the usual three. The first one runs from January 5 – 25. It starts with the motivation in place to confront, dive deep and research, qualities that come in handy for this transit.  That comes when Mars, ruler of our drive, plunges into Scorpio on January 3. He kicks Mercury as the messenger slows to turn around on Jan. 5, and off we go.

He’s just getting a taste of objectivity and swift-footedness at the gateway of Aquarius when the about-face drags him back down to the methodical, practical, long-term perspective of Capricorn, on Jan. 8.  Brace to be hypersensitive to all. His return to this terrain comes with a triple whammy of practicalities:  impulses to rethink, reorganize and improve (thank Jupiter turning retrograde in Virgo on the 7th), a decided seriousness in matters of the heart and money (Venus meeting Saturn on the 8th) and the Capricorn New Moon (also on the 8th), which launches a four-week refresher course in adulthood.

For the rest of the retrograde, mishaps, confusion and deceptions will involve or lead to consequences, responsibility, ramifications and real-world costs, some of which touch on relationships and financial arrangements. Use the trip-ups as an opportunity to learn more about the structures and goals emerging from the last few years of upheaval. Be on the lookout for greater understanding and self-acceptance (even optimism!) on the 14th, new perspectives on the 20th and 31st, and profound clarity and determination on the 22nd and 30th.

It’s not all work and no play (though at times you may wonder). Venus is in happy-go-lucky mode most of the month, encouraging bright spirits and the ability to laugh at the ongoing carnival show. Desires grab the steering wheel by the 12th as wild cards and breakthroughs shake up relationships and other matters that are deeply important to us. The aftermath is personal satisfaction, the aforementioned understanding and self-acceptance, and shouting all of that to the world. (Or at least, someone closely connected to the saga.) Following that comes wanting more, more, more — contact, socializing, love, cash, you name it — with a light, loving touch of empathy and compassion that could yield real-world magic. (Or the treatment for a chick flick.)

Cobwebs begin clearing when the Sun enters Aquarius on the 20th. They blow out noticeably by the Full Moon in that sign on the 23rd. Tilted into new perspectives, our hearts and mode of relating put the desire for fun aside and focus on long-term value, with Venus moving into Capricorn.  We aren’t laughing so much anymore; we’re tapping a finger on the table and saying, “Ante up.” Cue “Santa Baby;” it’ll fit, no matter what the calendar says.

We may well get some of what we ask for, in tangible, reliable form. An intangible but no less valuable bonus is on the way as well. The month ends with a neat tie-in to the source of that ongoing question, what is real and what is illusion. Venus, goddess of all we hold dear, is under the command of Saturn (lord of structure, remember) and receives a helping hand on the 30th from Neptune (ruler of all ways of escaping from or transcending earthly existence). As a door opens between the cosmic overseers of earthly and highest love, real magic can show up here on terra firma. The opportunity is at hand for a dream coming into physical being. Don’t just stand there. Make like a midwife and coach it out.

Learn more in my astro-overview for 2016.

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