Monday, September 17 – Anytime we have a week prior to a seasonal change, like a solstice or an equinox, it can seem quite frantic as the Sun is passing through what we term a mutable sign. The good news is that things can be effectively juggled but the amount of anxiety accompanying that juggling requires setting aside time to stop, rethink and even take a walk or meditate.
Thursday, September 20 – The Sun and Mercury come together at 6:52 PM Pacific Time and 9:52 PM Eastern Time. This combo often solves problems, fills the order, finishes the deal, receives the contract, and shifts the markets.
Friday September 21 – Mercury enters Libra late in the day, offering a more compatible communication stream that balances out the stress, providing a socially positive opportunity.
Saturday September 22 – The Fall Equinox occurs when the Sun enters the sign of Libra. It occurs at 6:54 PM Pacific Time, 9:54 PM Eastern Time, and the few hours prior are best experienced in with a calm frame of mind. Venus and the Moon are in a beautiful aspect to each other offering a beautiful evening of social and elegant connections. This is the week to get in those extra walks or a massage. This is not to say it cannot be a productive week, because as the week begins the Moon is in Capricorn, complimenting the Sun, in Virgo, and Saturn, in Capricorn. If there are any last-minute tangles in a plan, perhaps getting a set of fresh eyes to review said plan is just the ticket to simplify or let go of what is not working. I have always been of the belief that if you try and try and try and there are no breakthroughs, then either let it go or think of another way in which to do it. Who do you know that can provide you with information?
Sunday September 23 – Mercury and Saturn are stressing each other, so cleaning up after the “party” is what is on the docket! This is a good thing to do prior to the Full Moon.
Monday, September 10 – With the Sun currently moving through Virgo, transiting Saturn in Capricorn and transiting Uranus in Taurus, this stimulates a grand trine of the earth signs. For the next few weeks, the potential to feel more grounded enhances our sense of stability. This week is the first week after the New Moon and new beginnings. These are optimum days for working in a positive way with the public, your family, your resources and your technical equipment.
Tuesday, September 11 – The Sun and Jupiter are in a sextile aspect (a combination that often brings together opportunity and ability). In the early morning hours, this is happening along with a very favorable aspect between the Sun, in Virgo, and Pluto, in Capricorn, which sheds some light on a problem still unresolved. This shedding of light opens the door to new ways of doing and thinking. For those of you who are self-employed, do not forget to pay your quarterly taxes before the 15th.
Wednesday, September 12 – Jupiter and Pluto are working together (again opportunity and ability thrown in with a little luck) and provide opportunity to be in the right place at the right time. By putting yourself into a situation that is not always comfortable but changes your patterns and daily habits, you can run into something or read something that helps with making decisions.
Thursday, September 13 – The Moon in Scorpio is working with Neptune, the imagination, arts and media. These moments of opportunity are particularly strong in late morning or early afternoon.
Saturday, September 15 – Mercury, which rules commerce and systems, along with Pluto, which rules joint finances, come together forming the perfect mix for implementing new systems into your home or business, along with people who can help you technically.
Sunday, September 16 – As we move into the First Quarter Moon Phase, the next week provide the push to get things done because we see more clearly how to proceed.
Throughout this week Saturn is finally stationing to move in a forward direction. This means that the pace is picking up.
Thursday, September 6 – Saturn goes direct at 2º Capricorn 32′ at 4:09 AM Pacific Time and 7:09 AM Eastern Time. If you are living in the US, this gives you a full day to enjoy this direct motion. Saturn is the planet of organizing, focus, hard work, structure, crystal clarity, and non-emotional but pragmatic responses. In this most powerful section of Capricorn, it is also about using what you have and discarding the things you no longer need. Streamlining is a great way to play this. What do you really need to attain the goals you have set for yourself for the next few years? Have you asked yourself this or thought about your life plan, particularly if you are of a certain age? Is there someone else who can better use those things you have outgrown or are no longer interested in? What needs improvement in your home or office? What organizational plan would make things lighter and more workable? These are all questions to ask, as Saturn turns direct in home sign of Capricorn. Many people do not like Saturn transits. They feel Saturn is too limited and not a lot of fun but out of all the signs in the zodiac, Saturn can be one of the more creative. The entire repurposing movement is a Saturn in Capricorn movement. Can you repurpose something that others think is of no use and tweak it so that it is usable?
Sunday, September 9 – The New Moon (new beginnings) in Virgo and Uranus (sudden ideas) in excellent aspect to Saturn helps generate ideas.
Monday, August 27 – The big news is that today Mars finally goes direct! Oh, what a relief that is. It goes direct at 28º Capricorn 36′ at 7:05 AM Pacific Time and 10:05 AM Eastern Time. Mars direct is wonderful, particularly for those of us who like getting things done but find that during the Mars retrograde period (started late June through today), getting things done just is not happening fast enough. Mars direct periods are when decisions are made. These decisions are to leave a job, start a job, get healthy, contact those who have been trying to provide you with a needed service but for which you have not had the resources. Remember, Mars is just going direct. It does not reach its full power until late in September. More news, our 2019 Starcycles Cheat Sheet is available now for a direct download.
Sunday, September 2 – Another planet that is catching up with where it left off is Mercury, the planet of problem solving, writing, speaking, communicating and selling. It catches up with where it left off at 23º Leo 27′. Though it is still in ‘fixed thinking’ Leo, it moves to Virgo, its own sign, on September 5. This week is catch up week. Perhaps you’ve been thinking of donating something to a charity, perhaps you’ve been thinking of starting a new creative venture that is more fun than work. It is possible to have both. This might be the perfect time to do that treasure map or vision board for the next year. You have incubated enough ideas, now it might be time to concretize those visions.
Monday, August 20 – If you have any business to complete please try to complete it before 4:47 PM Pacific Time, 7:47 PM Eastern Time. Since yesterday, the Moon in fortunate Sagittarius is beneficial. With Mercury just having gone direct, the window is amazingly perfect for a positive opportunity.
Tuesday, August 21 – The Moon is in Capricorn aligning with Saturn, which asks you to put the pedal to the medal regarding the agreements made on Monday. Focus and keeping an open mind are keys to successful work projects moving along. Expect ideas to blossom.
Wednesday, August 22 – 9:09 PM Eastern Time and Thursday, August 23 at 12:09 AM Pacific Time – The Sun enters hard-working Virgo. The next four weeks are harvest time for ideas sparked in back in May and early June 2018. If you need assistance, even if it is for just a few hours a week to get things done, then allow yourself to receive or ask for the help you need. It is all around you if you just ask. Handing off some of the load will allow you time to focus on the ‘big’ stuff that needs doing.
Saturday, August 25 – There is a void of course Moon all day, with the last aspect being a positive Moon to Venus combo. Voids are usually when you plan to get something done and something else fills the void instead. Since Saturday, August 25, also has very positive aspects between the Sun in Virgo, Saturn in Capricorn, and Uranus in Taurus, a friendly social or business meeting may lead to something wonderful. Toss around ideas that have been running through your mind. Voids are not always bad. In the Book of Five Rings, written by Musashi, a Samurai, over five hundred years ago, this is where all the magic happens!
Sunday August 26 – The Full Moon is at 3º Pisces 12′ and 3º Virgo 12′. This is that day, mentioned earlier in the month, where Venus and Pluto square each other. Watch for new revelations, both positive and challenging in the coming days. Consider that alternate ideas and plans from the last few weeks may be the better way to go.
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.
I am trying to find a better postal fee for out of the USA, but for now, please use Amazon until we put together an e-book or PDF in a few months. They seem to have a better arrangement with the USPS!
Thanks for all your support in this effort. I am proud of my book and am now on to deciding the next chapter of my life. Yes, Mars retrogrades also affects we astrologers.