Micro-Forecast: April 2 to 8, 2018

The week begins with a very solid conjunction (alignment) between Mars and Saturn. This occurs once every two years, the last two most recent times of this configuration were on Aug 25, 2014 and August 24, 2016, but in different signs. This time, however, Mars is in its exalted position of Capricorn, which means a great deal of energy and focus and organization is possible since these two work very well together. Discipline (exercise or working out or sticking to a schedule to complete something) and the endurance needed are all possible.

If there are changes you need to make in your professional life, this is the time. Capricorn represents the apex of the horoscope or the part of the chart where we aspire to find our highest purpose. This combination in the sign that represents that area of life suggests that this is a time to consider moving forward in a bold and fearless way. The last time these two combined in Capricorn were in two consecutive sequences. One began on February 23, 1988 and the following sequence began on February 28, 1990. January 31, 1960 was the prior date in which Saturn and Mars came together in the sign of Capricorn. (Can you remember what you were doing at these last three dates or in the months that followed these dates?)

I remember that in the late 1980s I had taken some time off. I had had my daughter and then my son and needed a break. I couldn’t completely take a break so I started writing about financial astrology (on my own) and during the 1988 to 1990 sequence, a colleague of mine, gave my name to a well-known editor, who had lost two authors from her compendium on Financial Astrology for the 1990s . It so happened that I had written two essays and those essays are exactly what she needed to fill the void. Those two essays became a part of my larger Business Astrology 101 book released in 2000. Ironically, as this conjunction returns again and again in my 9th house of publishing, my new book, Pushing through Time: Synodic Cycles and their Developing Phases, is about to have its release in May at UAC. This little story is meant to illustrate that these repeating cycles, regardless of how far apart they are, offer signposts in our lives for when they were in the same place in our charts, but in a different time. Knowing these markers, gives us a sense of time and its beautiful movement in several dimensions of our lives. Often similar events that seem related come but in a slightly different framework.