Monday, August 13 – This week Mercury is stationing to go direct. It is officially direct on Saturday, August 18, at 11º Leo 31′ and catches up with itself on September 2. This, along with the New Moon of last week, feels as though things are beginning to pick up speed from the languid pace of summer. If you have been trying to sort out your life these last few months, slowly moving through your list of things that need cleaning out and organizing, you will find that all that hard work paid off. Many people say to wait until Mercury goes direct to sign contracts. I agree with that philosophy. However, sometimes circumstances require more immediate attention in the few days that fall before Mercury is officially direct, and this is one of those rare times I would say to go for it.
Tuesday, August 14 – The Moon lines up with Venus in Libra, suggesting a meeting that works for both parties concerned and offers added value to a current agreement.
Friday, August 17 – The Moon aligns with Jupiter, the planet of good luck, which is also a good day to sign on the dotted line. It gives the agreement a little more juice!
Remember the Pushmepullyou, a character from the Dr. Doolittle story? This week may feel like you do not know if you are coming or going. Uranus, the planet of unexpected surprises, is about to retrograde for a few months, starting on Tuesday, August 7. This is good because it slows down the chaotic pace of the last few weeks. Uranus retraces its steps from its May 2018 entrance into Taurus. In the Zodiac, Taurus is the second house and reflects issues around what we value. Uranus revisiting this entry offers everyone an opportunity to solidly put into place the issue of awakening (or reawakening) to those values. When Uranus goes direct, in December 2018, we are ready to act on changing our lives to align more fully with those values. Mars continues retrograding back to Capricorn and goes direct at the end of August, offering further relief because Mars loves being in Capricorn, even though it is still retrograde. Through the end of August, you may feel a pull to get all those odds and ends finished.
Monday, August 6 – Venus enters its own sign of Libra, the sign of justice, fairness and web weaving. I say web weaving because Pallas Athena can be associated with Libra. Pallas Athena was a master. She is associated with design, textiles, weaving and unweaving fabrics and stories. By the end of August, Pallas Athena will be aspecting Pluto, calling for truth, justice and the revelation of things currently unseen.
Saturday, August 11 – The last of the three eclipses taking place in the summer of 2018, this one is a Solar Eclipse (New Moon) at 18º Leo 42’. New Moons are the beginning of a thirty-day productive cycle. Since this is an eclipse, those more detailed aspects of new beginnings may not be completely clear until the middle of November 2018.
The week after a Full Moon is always a winding down period. Since we had that very strong Total Lunar Eclipse on Friday, July 27, the winding down is taking a bit longer. Mars is still in play and retrogrades in a hard aspect to Uranus (sudden changes) on Wednesday, August 1, and in effect through Thursday. If you were ever going to get some extra swimming or running in this is probably the week in which to do it. The exercise disperses nervous energy and keeps negative energy in check. In other words, step away from work, step away from confusion. If there is not motion forward on your long running projects then step away from it and maybe even plan a short respite.
This week’s Last Quarter Moon, starting Saturday, August 4, does offer some windows for positive reinforcement. Emotions and fortune cross paths, and late Saturday August 4 and throughout Sunday, August 5, emotions, creativity, and connections can offer transformative experiences, offering a direction you might want to explore. Though Mercury is still retrograde at the end of the week it is in the section of Leo that represents Sagittarius. Sagittarius is about road trips, the outdoors, classes, travel and exploration. It is also about incubating some marketing ideas for a project that is ongoing. By the time Mercury goes direct on August 18, any part of projects that do not seem right should be streamlined.
The Sun entered the fiery sign of Leo on Sunday July 22. Leo is the sign of the heart and playfulness, which is why many people choose to go on vacation in August. It is a sign of creativity, childlike glee, hobbies and creative projects. It is usually a sign that is in a good mood. The first five to six days after its entrance into Leo (in other words this week) there may be moments of impulse and reaction to outside influences, because Mars retrogrades is opposite the Sun (very unusual). Unusual or sudden responses may also affect driving and the distractions that come from upset. Caution is suggested when driving on crowded freeways (there sure are a lot of those these days). If there is an expenditure that suddenly comes up–not really a surprise since Mercury starts its retrograde motion on Wednesday, July 25, then get a second and third estimate.
If there is a delay in a project, rather than getting upset, breathe a sigh of relief because when planets start their retrograde periods there is a bit more stress. Since Mercury is retrograde in Leo and Leo is the sign of children-children of the body or children of our mind–there may be ‘issues’ arising regarding children. Leo represents dating and having an enjoyable time but it is also a rather fixed energy. If plans seem to go awry, try flexibility rather than obstinacy and you might find an even better adventure shows up.
This compounded by the Total Lunar Eclipse (Full Moon) taking place on Friday July 27 at 4° Aquarius 45′ that is running with Mars. There are shadows all around us. The last time the eclipse was at this degree was on July 28, 1999, but it was aligned with Neptune. During this time, prices in real estate and markets escalated and products and ideas were still working off older modes of thinking. The difference between that eclipse and this one is that technology has changed, there is a lot more accessible information (sometimes it isn’t always true, but it is accessible), and with Mars right there it can be a recipe for generalized exhaustion requiring some sort of respite.
However, Jupiter (good fortune) is still in play and this offers tremendous support. If you are tired, your mind may be tired. Is there something new and unique you would like to learn? Since Mercury is retrograde, the question for all of us is where can we benefit from rethinking an old method of working, playing, or learning. Is there something for which we hold immense amounts of curiosity? Now is the time to zero in on how we can better spend our time to get the most out of life.
Intuition is a great gift! Everybody has it, but not everybody listens to it. Right now, the Sun is traveling through the water sign of Cancer and sending off wonderful lines to Neptune, which is the sign of intuition, inspiration, and the creative process. With Jupiter having just gone direct in the third water sign, Scorpio, there is bounty and fortune regardless of the eclipses, Mars retrograde and the upcoming Mercury retrograde. As a friend of mine used to say, there is gold all around you.
Outcomes all depend upon whether you are the type of thinker that believes the glass is half empty or half full. If you are a half empty type of personality, this may be the change that needs to happen so that you are able to identify the bounty and the bountiful opportunities that lie ahead. This is cosmic pre-school for those of us who are willing to step up and clean out the parts of life that are not working. There is a Moon Venus combo (good) on Monday, July 16, a Moon Mars aspect (good) on Wednesday, July 18, and a Moon, Venus and Jupiter positive combo on Friday, July 20, and throughout the weekend. You may even discover something that you had forgotten about, a tiny inspiration for a change that you can build on through the rest of 2018. Is there something sitting on your shelf that needs repairs that is symbolic of something in your life? Putting things back together often puts parts of our lives back together.
Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and opportunity is going direct this week, on July 10, at 13° Scorpio 20′. This is one of those marvelous times that offer some positive action and large opportunities. A little personal marketing helps, too. Scorpio rules the house of joint finances, legacies, insurance settlements, and your income or the packages offered when companies downsize. This is a good week to ask for the thing you want and believe (Jupiter) you will get it, or something close to what you envision.
Patience is important as the suggestion for that opportunity needs to sink it and with the upcoming Solar Eclipse (New Moon) on Thursday July 12 at 20° Cancer 41′, people need some time to incubate your ideas. This is the first solar eclipse in the sign of Cancer since July 22, 2009. There were several eclipses in Cancer during 2009. The sign of Cancer is ruled by the Moon, which rules such industries as restaurants, films, antiques, houses, and food. This eclipse cycle of Cancer and Capricorn lasts for about 1.5 years (and returns every 9 ½, more precisely to the same exact position every 19 years) and suggests that prices are peaking in the industries that they rule. Is it possible that real estate, particularly in areas where prices are inflated, is about to shift? It is possible. The key thing to investing is to have a plan B for when a drop takes place. Be conservative in your investment and then hold on to it until the next cycle.
For example, if you have been investing in only one thing then this is the time to look at the alternatives to that. Investments are a see saw. When one is up and in fashion, others are down. The key is to achieve a balance, cutting potential loss, saving some cash (budgets are required here), researching and then when the moment arrives, to act. When one industry or market is up, another is always down, and vice versa. An example is interest rates. When they are down (and they have been down for a very long time–too long really), people invest in large investments like real estate but interest rates eventually rise. Treasuries, tax free municipal bonds, didn’t pay anything when rates were down but now rates are going up and those treasuries or tax free muni bonds that weren’t such a great investment before are now something to consider. (I am not a financial adviser, but simply illustrating the see saw effect of change).
This series of eclipses in July and August are involved with an opposition to Pluto, which offers tough choices, but first requires research and asking lots of questions. Whom do we choose to engage with, what areas of our lives need change? This time can bring a major building or business remodel (Pluto) or a major psychological emotional remodel through therapy (Pluto). Something is about to change in the area of your chart this is taking place. During an eclipse we cannot see exactly what that is because there is a shadow, but about 90-days later we gather more insight. We cannot clearly see what that is but our intuition feels the need to change. Whether we ‘choose’ to listen or not is on us. The other two eclipses of this summer will be discussed in the coming weeks along with the upcoming Mercury retrograde. What changes are you considering?
Hello everyone. I am resuming the weekly forecasts starting this week. For those of you who receive my newsletters (free by signing up at our website), you will know I have been on the road for a few months but now am back, at least for a while. This week, on the fourth of July, Chiron, often referred to as the wounded healer, is beginning its retrograde motion until December 8, 2018. I like retrogrades, I think we get a lot more completed. Chiron is also associated with coaching, teaching and improvements in medical technology. It entered the sign of Aries (first time in 51 years and Aries is associated with the head) in mid-April. There is a lot of news about working with the brain and finding cures for some of the diseases of the brain, like Parkinson’s and ALS. New discoveries in brain stimulation are shifting both the genetic mental illness challenges as well as the trauma from brain injuries that seem to be increasingly common. Since Chiron is a bridge between two disciplines, the increasing combination of psychiatry and neurology is a fast growing industry. A very interesting article about these discoveries can be found at https://www.statnews.com/2018/06/19/alice-flaherty-mass-general-neurologist/
On a more personal note, it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere and this means a lot more outdoors activity. Since Mars (which rules Aries) went retrograde on June 26 and continues to retrograde through August 28, make sure you put on a helmet when jet skiing or biking. Chiron can also rule the ankles so wear the right shoes for appropriate activities. Think before acting on impulse, as Mars is in the extreme sign of Aquarius. Aquarius rules groups and fellow members of your community. Remember, when people get fussy in the next couple of months it is a universal edginess, as Aquarius also rules the nerve endings. A little exercise or some healthy escapism (I like movie therapy) is not a bad idea when the world’s nerve endings seem raw.
On an even more personal note, my new book, Pushing through Time: Synodic Cycles and their Developing Cycles, is selling well (it was released in April 2018) and you can order it for $19.95 plus postage at our website and/or order the Business Astrology 101 book . If you are reading this in a foreign country, you will have a better ‘postage fee’ experience by ordering it directly from Amazon.
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The Full Moon on Tuesday at 8° Sagittarius 10′ along with Mercury’s entry into Gemini suggests misconstrued communication over the course of those few days. The reason for this is that Neptune is involved in the equation and that can either confuse or tire out people or set gossip afoot. Scattered is a good word for this combination. However, scattered often suggests the need to rest, to regroup, or take some time off to rethink or reorganize all the piles of things left on the desk over the course of this last month. Uranus’ entry into Taurus begs for a new kind of organizational plan.
By week’s end on Saturday June 1, Mercury and Mars work very well together getting you back on target for those projects that seemed somewhat harrowing earlier this week. Venus and Jupiter are also in a lovely aspect on Saturday, which might mean you need a little R & R with friends in your social circle. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated, perhaps a simple invitation to get together with old friends with whom you’ve lost touch during the last months.
This is the month that Mars is in Aquarius and Mars is already slowing down to begin its retrograde motion on June 28. Mars usually motivates wherever it is moving through the chart, but with it slowing down, the motivation may not be as strong as is usual. In the West Coast chart, it takes place in the house of real estate and homes. This could mean that the market is slowing down to a more realistic pace and if one is thinking of changing their real estate issues, this next two months is probably the time in which to decide.
The Sun has now entered Gemini, a month full of very busy, hectic and chatty days ahead. The month of May is always full of graduations, celebrations, and preparations for weddings and summer events. The energy is buzzing this week since Mercury, the planet of communication, is running with Uranus (lightening it up). Running into people you have not seen for a long time suggests a brief sit down, a sharing of ideas that springs forth fertile ideas bubbling up from these meetings. The key thing to remember (since the Sun is in Gemini) is to triage what is the most important concept at the top, then sort out the rest. Keep names, ask people about the skills they have, organize those skills, find out who wants to work on something for which you are forming a collaboration, which may birth in spring 2019.
On Friday May 25, Mercury (communication) combines beautifully with Pluto. In other words, the problem is solved and with Venus opposing Saturn late that same night, structure is set in place.
I am getting back from Europe and getting ready for my pre-conference workshop on Financial Astrology at UAC 2018 in Chicago at the Marriott on Thursday, May 24 at 1 pm as well as my two lectures on Electing Decent Business Charts and Synodic Cycles (the subject of my new book, Pushing through Time). Because of all this activity, I won’t be taking clients until later in June, but wanted to share a very interesting insight for all of you this week.
Tomorrow, May 15, Uranus, the planet of awakening, innovation, and out of the blue opportunities when you least expect them, enters the sign of Taurus (it is going to just be there for a few months until November 2018). The last time Uranus entered Taurus was 1935 where it stayed for 7 years. This planet takes 84 years to orbit the Sun so this is a very timely transition offering us a preview for a few months while it tries on the sign of Taurus offering some insights as to what to expect when Uranus enters Taurus permanently in March 2019. In March of 2019 Uranus will return to Taurus and stay until 2026. This year is about changing it up, changing our ideas, our visions, our values. Improving our personal expression. I do think, the earth energy of Taurus, will bring a more grounded energy to our culture and perhaps bring more people to the table of compromise.
And speaking of environments, farming, agricultural, textiles, the arts, the voice this could be a renaissance of using buildings, land and agriculture in a new and more efficient way. Taurus has to do with currencies on a certain and all types of currencies, eliminating the middle men from transactions, and the software that support these are all beginning. The energy this week may be somewhat edgy, and Uranus leaves Aries early on Tuesday morning at the same time as the New Moon, which always means new (and sudden in this case) beginnings. Hold on but not too tight.