Micro-Forecasts

In Clearwater, Florida this week awaiting the New Moon (always a good start) on Thursday May 25 at 4º Gemini 47′. This is a great two-week slot in which to re-write your resumes, edit or condense any writing projects in the works, or connect by phone as well as letters with those you’ve missed. It is also a good time to start thinking about signing up for a course that gives you added licensing, or, training to move up in your career or job. With Venus and Pluto challenging each other on the same day, have the courage to ask for the order or for more than you have been offered. If they say no, but there is a 50 percent chance they will say yes, or, at least compromise with you.

Putting plans into motion with total focus gets a boost by the weekend when transiting Mars in Gemini is opposite transiting Saturn in late Sagittarius. Again, it is that ‘Galactic Center’ which speeds things up and can go either way — so watch the verbal exchanges in the process of sorting out responsibilities as Sagittarius is known for not always having filters and once things are said — well — you know the rest. Regardless, the weekend could bring a group of people together who are of the same values who are working on the same project. A good time to put together a planning meeting as well.

Late Monday Mercury (which went direct on May 3), finally catches up to where it left off on Sunday April 9. This is also the week that Venus, the planet of relationships, harmony and compromise reaches its position at which it went retrograde back in March. Bottom line — this is great news! And starts happening on Thursday May 18. All in all, a good week as the moon is in the last quarter position on Thursday May 18 affording opportunity to clear the desks, shred paper, finally enact plans often delayed over the course of the last few weeks. I will be traveling during this time and presenting an all-day workshop for the Miami NCGR in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday May 20, 2017. If you are interested in attending go the Lectures & Events page and click the link for registration information.

NCGR Miami, Florida
All-day Workshop
May 20, 2017

Marking Time: Eclipses and Phase Relationships

Prediction/delineation is all about marking timing. Some of the more concrete factors to use are eclipses, their returns, as well as the subsequent phase relationships to the original eclipses. This incorporates well with watching the timing between planets as the faster of the two will set an event in a different direction. Using the 45-degree template (the lunar phase graph as a template), you can see things clearly. Simple systems make for accurate predictions.

Georgia Stathis presents many visuals and examples in a day of informative fun, insightful tidbits and a presentation style that is organized and clear.
All day workshop. More details to come.

Contact Mimi Alonso at mysticmimi@gmail.com if you wish to register.

 

Forgive the brash marketing, but wanted to let you know that after that, I will be in Clearwater starting on May 21 for a few weeks so if anyone is interested in coming up to Clearwater for a small group tutoring, put your group together and let me know your thoughts- a group of between 3 and 5 is best. Since the Sun enters Gemini later this week on Saturday May 20, this next four weeks are an ideal time to brush up on reading, paperwork, contracts and even putting together a budget or plan for this next year. Since the beginning of the year there has been much confusion, but with end of June soon upon us and a good ingress chart starting in late June, the next three months from that point are about initiating the ideas you put into motion this next few weeks starting at the end of this one.

Some news we might or might not see this week: News about the IRS — could be a computer glitch, hacking or needing to update an old system…I do know that a recent article indicated that the IRS doesn’t have enough employees and with more and more people entering the country — they are even further understaffed, so it will be interesting to hear ‘their’ news. Some surprises on the New York Stock Exchange — Uranus hits their chart on Friday but we might not see the ‘surprises’ until the following week. Same is true for Medicare — the big news in the beginning of the year was that everyone thought the Affordable Care Act was going out, and it didn’t, but, since Medicare is having some shady transits — watch any news coming up about Medicare particularly in the fraud department.

I am in Chicago until May 18 and attending the Gala for the National Hellenic Museum on May 13. The National Hellenic Museum is an organization that supports Hellenistic Culture throughout the world providing some incredible programs that are open to the public and in the heart of Chicago’s Greek town and near the circle campus of the University of Illinois. It is an incredible building and is for everyone (not just the Greek community), has awesome exhibits and events. I am honored to be on their board focusing on the development of their Collections and Library. For more information on their programs go to: https://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org

Also, Happy Mother’s Day to all of you that take on that role in your lives either as mothers or those who serve as mothers regularly. Take time to thank those who have been there for you by writing them a personal note (always better than texts), or, taking them out to lunch and not necessarily on that day, or, just popping over for a visit. Being grateful for what we’ve been given by these folks — whether education, wisdom, knowledge, support or just a great big hug puts things in perspective in our lives.

We always have choices. If you thought about last week’s suggestions and found them to be useful, those choices may pay off this week as Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, though still retrograde at 15º Libra, is beginning to theoretically slow down getting ready to move in a direct motion on June 9. What relationships have you been working on or with in this last year that have suffered from ‘control-itis’ and what have you learned? Power struggles with those who seemingly are in charge are often just a perception based on one’s own good or bad feeling about themselves. Jupiter has been in a last quarter square to transit Pluto all year and as it begins its journey to correct these struggles and misunderstandings and put back into perspective those important things in our lives, try to stay calm, do what you can to help, then step away.

This is important because this is also the week between May 10 and May 17 which is 90-days after the last two eclipses — one on February 10 at 22º Leo 28′ and the last, most important, leftover eclipse at 8º Pisces of February 26. For those individuals with planets in either late degrees of fixed signs Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius and Leo and those individuals with close to middle degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius, this is a profound time of ‘light’ as the eclipse darkness from that time and the three months preceding February 10 and February 26 (November 12 and November 26) begins to lift. The shadow is going away and you now have a better perspective without that cursed blind spot of emotional entanglement.

This is a lesson that can hold for the next 19 years of your lives as this particular eclipse (as with all eclipses) will not return for another 19 years! The first eclipse in Leo and Aquarius affects the collective thinking and world leaders. The last eclipse in Pisces, much like the sign itself, is the ‘toxic waste management’ station of the zodiac — where everything that isn’t working must flow through to be cleared or cleansed and released to the larger universal energies. This is a good time to do a toxic cleanse or review one’s health issues that need addressing.

The key thing is not to be attached to outcomes right now and pay attention to your processes, knowing that you’ve done all you can to assure change in the right direction. Again, this isn’t easy. Giving oneself credit on what one has done and what is no longer in one’s hands is where one must be during this transition from May through late December 2017.

The full moon on Wednesday May 10 sheds light upon the above comments from last week and continues through the end of the month through May 26. Staying focused, making sure you organize your mental activities, perhaps even taking some time each day to step away from the chaos of mass media and be still is a good way of creating new possibilities that start showing up later in May or June 2017.

This is also the week that the transiting North Lunar Node enters the sign of Leo for the next 18 months. The transiting South Lunar Node enters the sign of Aquarius on the same day which is May 10 and 11 depending on where you live on the planet. According to Louise McWhirter a well-known financial astrologer who followed these cycles, her view was that as the North Node moves through Leo we have a ‘heightening’ of economic activity and after that peak, which is 18 months later, economic conditions begin to change — moving towards the down side. Various individuals have used this 18.5-year return cycle in many different contexts not only in the world of astrology, but in the world of financial studies.

I have my own opinions regarding McWhirter’s findings, but I do ‘think’ that if one is investing in this next year, particularly in the real estate markets an exercise of caution is suggested. There are a few reasons for this, looking at this new burgeoning cycle. The obvious one is that the Fed (in the US) is raising its interest rates which is an indicator of a belief in prosperity and it is true, with the unknowns surrounding BREXIT it may be there are opportunities for investments where there is change — and where things may seem low in value right now — that may change where they become higher if one waits long enough. The codicil of this comment — and this is because I am always suspect of slower planets like Saturn moving across the Galactic Center now and at the end of the year. Optimism with boundaries can often be the expression found in late degrees of Sagittarius as it is the point in the zodiac through which change comes at a rapid pace. In 2008, transit Pluto moved over the Galactic Center from spring to fall 2008 and entered Capricorn. We remember late 2008

In 1988, the position of where Saturn is now was also then, but then was part of a much larger 45-year cycle, the Saturn/Uranus conjunction (alignment) notorious for sending shock waves through markets. The rare 45-year cycle of Saturn with Uranus denotes changes in the market and we saw the prelude to that in late 1987. When the UK delivered their recent letter to Brussels on March 30, 2017 at 12:20 pm, Saturn was stationing at the Galactic Center and many of this year’s ingress charts have hard aspects between Saturn and Moon at these degrees (I just presented a workshop for MAYO school on this very topic on April 8 and may offer it again through my own website Starcyles.com if you’d like to be on the list for workshops, please write to me). Bottom line — there are bargains out there — look for them — ask for the order — but if it doesn’t feel intuitively right or correct or off — then just don’t.

The day begins with the last challenging aspect between Saturn and Chiron, which is the same aspect that began late 2016 when then President Obama ousted Russian diplomats giving them a few hours to leave town. Since transit Saturn is still sitting at the same very intense degree of 27º Sagittarius 20′, the heat is still on since Venus is sitting very close to this conjunction. There is an interesting juxtaposition regarding Saturn’s staying and not moving at the above degree, which, if you recall, is the fast and furious Galactic Center, where all things can turn out and change at a faster than speed of light pace.

The juxtaposition is that choices are available as individuals, as companies, or as nations and they can be either destructive or constructive depending upon how conscious or unconscious the motivation. I opt for constructive, because circumstances can go the other way very easily with Saturn sitting at that very sensitive degree of 27º Sagittarius. The markets reflect its position as well as it did throughout 1929, then 1960 and then in 1987 to 1988.

Venus, now direct, is usually good about balancing out ideas and negotiating if both parties are taken into consideration. Venus is providing a fulcrum between severe Saturn at 27º Sagittarius and the transiting Moon today at 28º Gemini. For those individuals born in the last few days of Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces or Virgo or who have many of their strong astro positions in late mutables, please, please, please take a moment to breathe before coming down hard on a decision.

This is a week filled with a lot of anxiety as is true anytime we see many mutables finishing their run and about to enter the more action oriented cardinal signs. Taking that deep breath or taking a few hours or days to decide upon what could be life changing decisions is important as transit Mercury, in retrograde for the last few weeks, stations to move in a forward direction on Wednesday May 3 at 24º Aries 17′.

There is some good and some cautionary news with this event as Mercury, which represents negotiations, contracts, communications, transport, and problem solving is moving closer and closer in alignment with electric Uranus on the following week May 9. Uranus isn’t very patient, so, please take a deep breath, or wait on answering that email or phone call until you get your bearings.

A once a year Mercury/Uranus alignment (between 25º and 26º Aries) can be a breakthrough in terms of thought or ideas or innovative solutions, but if left unchecked can say or do things that can shatter already tentative alliances. We always have choices on how we listen or communicate or convey information. The key thing is to always ask the other party if they want you to listen, or, if they want you to make suggestions, or, if they really want a solution -?? This is called active, or, rather, intelligent listening.

We have the second of three hard aspects between Saturn and Chiron this week on Sunday April 30. The first one of the three cycles were at the end of December 2016, the day President Obama told the Russian Embassies to leave the country immediately due to the hacking by the Russians. Who knows what this Saturn square Chiron will bring this time? Surely it might be harsh since both Saturn, a planet, and Chiron, a comet is part of a triumvirate of energies, which includes Uranus. Chiron orbits back and forth between Saturn (which has rules) and Uranus (which has none). It is supposed to be a bridge between the two and in its most positive manifestation can come up with hybrid solutions that coordinate wisdom along with insight. But since Uranus is missing in this equation, it might just be about wounding, rules and actions based on that combination.

Since there is a New Moon (new beginnings) at 6° Taurus 27′ on Wednesday April 26, I opt for a more civilized approach since the New Moon ruled by Venus, who is now direct, is a little bit more diplomatic in its expression and that New Moon is also moving into a very comfortable space with powerful Pluto. Venus returns to Aries on Friday April 28 so that should help with some new ideas and insights to make some of the issues needing discussion more palatable.

For those celebrating Easter, both Orthodox and American Easter, they were yesterday! Rarely do these two celebrate on the same day, but this year they were on the same day. When we were children (I am Greek Orthodox), much like the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, our families would gather and go to church late at night — tough for little kids — and right at midnight, the lights in the church would go off and a holy flame was passed throughout the church for all of us to light our white candles. The white candles also had paper cups on them, to insure that the melting wax wouldn’t get on us or our clothes. I must say my mother was very handy at getting wax out of our clothes! I was also witness to only one occasion where a woman’s Easter bonnet caught fire, but which was quickly put out. (We wore Easter bonnets in those days, too). We thought it was funny, but my mother didn’t.

After the lighting ceremony, a beautiful hymn would be sung — several times past midnight — Hristos Anesti Hristos Anesti — meaning Christ has Risen. Then everyone would either head home ‘with their lit candles in the car’ -if you can believe that one — what were they thinking??? And then we’d stay up half the night eating the prepared meal, the home-made Easter Bread with the red egg in the middle and proceed to our favorite activity of what my brother and I and my cousins used to call the Egg Wars where each of us took our very red egg and tried breaking one end or another of the egg being held by the persons at our table. The winner, the egg that didn’t break, had the ‘good luck’ for the year. All hokey I know, but still lovely.

Whether one is Christian, Moslem, or Buddhist, those moments of total light and insight and harmony are beautiful and the memories are even greater. I must say, for we kids, it was ‘how long do we really have to stay up?’ and ‘when do we eat?’, because we were also fasting to take communion, but, in the end, it was about community and togetherness and forty days of saying Hristos Anesti and responding with Aleetheenos Anesti (He has truly risen). So, this week is about taking the energy of the spring season and as Pluto retrogrades on Thursday April 20, it is also about making choices on how to reframe our conscious minds to gain inner peace going forward. Sometimes when Pluto goes retrograde, we are faced with a choice that is challenging, an ending of some kind, or the reality that something must end, in order for something else to grow or start. It can be painful. It might require some serious distillation of what we want versus what we really need as Saturn and Venus square, or, chatter at each other on Saturday. By week’s end, the Moon and Venus line up and with the Sun in Taurus starting on Wednesday April 19, things ease up and spring in the Northern Hemisphere begins again. What new ‘flowers’ will you grow this year?

This week begins with a full moon in Aries and Libra. Full moons usually heighten emotions and those effects last for a day or two. However, this full moon remains more active throughout the first five days of the week offering sudden out of the blue catastrophes or insights or opportunities depending on your attitude. Think positive rather than negative. There are surprises some of which maintain a bit of a chaotic up and down, so stay steady and defer judgment or response until your head gets clear.

The first few days have either the transiting sun in Aries or the transiting Moon in Libra tossing us back and forth between forward motion where we act, but then pulling back because we don’t want disruption. Since Uranus is in the mix, causing the opportunities as well as the surprises, strangers or people in your immediate community may come forward to help or offer alternative ways of approaching an issue. Uranus, often associated with ‘the stranger’ in astrology, can also put you in the right place at the right time, particularly if you’ve written down a goal or idea you have — even if you don’t have all the parts or pieces put together.

Uranus can also be distracting, charging the nervous system, so sleep often suffers. Sleep deprivation does not make for making good decisions. Pay attention to your driving (it isn’t always you, it may be them) and move at a pay which allows you to pay attention. If your intuition is telling you it is time to check the tires or the computers or anything else that has to do with technology, then it is a good idea to listen to that intuition and not put it off.

On Saturday, April 15, Venus is direct at 26° Pisces 55′, but until it really gets back to its original position on April 28, items on the agenda may feel as though they are slower than usual with some delays since Saturn is involved in the mix until then. Direct confrontations are possible, too, since these two usually don’t spare words — i.e. tact is not their best suit — but they still make the point of dealing with the resolution of any circumstance that has been brewing since early March, 2017. Gaining perspective is not easy, but this period offers a wonderful opportunity to do just that and open the doors to more constructive conversation and resolutions.

Highlight for this week: Jupiter is still in last quarter square to Pluto. Think before spending. Plan before acting.

The week begins with a first quarter moon, always a good week for getting things done, but Saturn is stationing to go retrograde on Wednesday April 5 at 10:06 pm on the Pacific Coast and at 1 am Thursday April 6 on the East Coast. The concern regarding Saturn’s station is that it is stationing at the Galactic Center (G.C.) so anything goes with this degree, things can fly fast and furious, particularly since Friday April 7, transit Jupiter (over expansion) is opposite the Sun, which could indicate a reverse direction or spike in various markets or something surprising in the news that could affect those markets or ‘deals’. There are surprises this week because a couple of days later, Mercury, the planet of commerce, sales, communications, contracts, travel begins its retrograde from April 9 to May 3. Since it is in the earth sign of Taurus, it suggests reassessing spending, values, or a contract or project which you’ve been trying to figure out since Venus was retrograde on March 3. The interesting thing about this passage is that the following week, Venus does go direct, which normally puts things back on track, but there is still something that is missing or not right.

So, this is the way it might play out. You are close to deciding on a project, a job or a contract or something you’ve been attempting to sort out over this last month. You are close, but there are still some last-minute hitches. This retrograde Mercury is about where to get the money, how to spend the money, or where the real profit is in this project. Patience is always the key and with Saturn retrograde (a good direction for Saturn), another authority figure or someone who knows a better way to attack this project is suggested.

I rarely speak of the comet, Chiron, but Chiron came back to its shadow position on March 24, just a few days ago. Shadow position is a term used for when a planetary body returns to its retrograde position after being retrograde, going direct, and then returning to the original retrograde position. Chiron, retrograde started on June 27, 2016, just about the time of the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom. Chiron has now returned to that spot at 25º Pisces 15′. So what does that mean? Since Chiron often relates to mental as well as physical health, its return suggests added strength along with more refined skills for correcting physical as well as mental and even, sometimes, financial challenges. The discipline to continue in that mode is supported by the hard angle to Saturn, which rules discipline and responsibility. Since Chiron has only one more year in the sign of Pisces (it began in 2012 and ends in 2018), the nearer to the end of a cycle, the nearer to resolutions for areas revolving around the unconscious habits that drive us and the ability to get clarification on how to prioritize those things needing to end.

Chiron was a centaur, half man, half horse and half mortal and half god. Because his father was a god, he wasn’t in the same class as the lowly centaurs, because he had the intelligence and wisdom of a higher being. What resulted is that he really didn’t fit in anywhere. Abandoned by his mother and father, he raised himself, but, ultimately, came out into the world to teach and share the experiences developed in those many years in the cave where he also discovered the use of herbs. The name Chiron, is the prefix used in the word, Chiropractor and Chiron is often associated with healing using one’s hands as well as working with herbal remedies. Returning to his shadow position offers opportunities to combine old and new, out of the box, ideas, since he was one who walked his own path. Where, in your life, can you walk a new path that combines the positive of the older more conservative ways with new solutions that bridge the gap between the old and the new?

The fact that organic food has a stake in main stream commerce, the eat and grow local food movement is found in homes and restaurants, and the humane meat movement shot forward over the last few years, are all indicators of Chiron’s influence of the last few years as it passes through Pisces, the toxic waste management sign of the zodiac. Everything must filter through that sign before it is born anew, because it is the last sign of the zodiac.

Awareness of what harms versus lifts the body for a healthier response to living may be the result of Chiron’s return to Pisces over the course of the last few years since 1960 to 1970 the last time it was in Pisces. As any planet or planetary body finishes up its last year we often see its growing influence. In the 1960s Rachel Carson wrote her groundbreaking book, “Silent Spring”, which was about pesticides and how it affected our environment. Now that along with other issues like global warming and climate change are part of the continuing cycle.

Since Pisces is the part of the zodiac that deals with the integration of the psyche — joining both the conscious and unconscious mind, listening to intuition and paying attention to the ‘red flags’ that are our intuition, the ability to make better decisions regarding past confusion and chaos is there. With Saturn holding Chiron at bay through the end of the year, those decisions may seem harsher, but are really the result of not setting boundaries earlier in the cycle when it began in 2012. This next year is about making it better for everyone with a few little hiccups along the way.

Highlight for this Week: Jupiter is in a last quarter square to Pluto. Tensions run high during this cycle. There is a need to change, but without enough information. The key is to not over react, but stay consistent. Overextending oneself is often an aspect of this cycle. Caution in the markets is suggested.

Lots going on as the week starts. First it is Spring Equinox starting at 3:29 AM Pacific Time and 6:29 AM on the East coast. Spring Equinox represents equal day and equal night and now the days become longer, and, hopefully, warmer. It is the first day of spring and is the window of opportunity to step out and do something that involves risk, something different or fresh in terms of your behavior. I find that when the Sun enters Aries (which it always does on Spring Equinox, that my brain clicks in a little better and the ‘mush’ of fuzzy thinking finds resolutions. Wherever the Sun enters Aries in your chart each year (and for those who understand astrology, whatever house of your chart the Sun rules) is where you get a shot in the arm beginning a more adventurous and positive direction for the next year. We call these Ingress charts in the business. Ingress charts denote the activity for the next year, particularly for the next quarter.

In looking at various places: Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; the UK and even Sydney, Australia, it looks like Neptune (water, floods, creative imagination, viruses, oceans, wines, credit bubble issues to name a few of the symbols associated with Neptune) may be all over the news and reflect chaotic responses in the markets resulting from the above mentioned. I write these several weeks in advance, it is hard to tell exactly how this plays out, but one thing that seems obvious in all these charts is Saturn conjunct Moon.

The Moon represents the emotions and the people of the land and with Saturn, the feeling of the people is a more serious tone. A more serious outlook on life. It could be, too, that there is low inventory in housing (Saturn on Moon) or that an adjustment with monies and finances, rates go up, slowing home buying down, too. However, it is during this quarter where the Netherlands have elections and Article 50 is employed by the UK. This, too, could affect markets.

Key Thing to Remember: My suggestion is to always keep a list of companies in which you are interested on hand and watch these market moves because this year there are many swings in markets and psyches as Neptune is so strong in so many charts. Economists call it “animal spirits”. Mass thinking, hysteria, belief, panic, or, positive thinking adds to the volatility. So be prepared.

In my opinion, and this is just an opinion, the fireworks kick in this week. Though complacency has been the norm since the Sun entered Pisces at the end of February, that is changing starting this week. Though Venus is still retrograde (until April 15) the week starts with Mercury entering fiery Aries. Blurting things out is what comes with Mercury in Aries. Markets can shift during cardinal entry points — up or down – as well. However, on Tuesday March 14 the Sun aligns itself with Chiron and just a few days later Friday March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) it stresses Saturn. So, this lends itself to ‘a fish or cut bait’ type of week. Don’t eat or drink too much- Chiron has a way of getting you when you least expect it.

Are your negotiations stuck? Have your buyers or sellers stalled? Are you stuck in a project or stuck with the final form it will take that you don’t like? The good news is that this could be the week in which you figure out the problem, combining a more traditional approach with a less traditional application. Hybrid thinking is the order of the day allowing a more conservative and affordable approach while coming to a positive solution by the end of the weekend as Mercury and Venus inch up to each other. This is a good time to catch up and call those folks you love and care for but for whom you’ve been putting off that call.

This is the first week of Venus retrograde. Retrogrades horrify the public because they think that everything is going to go to hell in a hand basket. And they may…Just kidding. But, the, maybe not… It really depends on your attitude. And your persistence when it comes to resolving relationships hanging out there in the stratosphere that need resolution. Since Venus is retrograde in Aries, one of the most impatient signs of the zodiac, it is very likely that the issue or idea of patience is key here. Sometimes certain markets decide to reverse direction during the time as do agreements which started out one way, but really need revamping.

Since we have a full moon coming up on Sunday March 12, the realization that a system, a foundation, a plan needs revamping is in the wind as well. That full moon in Virgo is on the same axis as Chiron and squaring Saturn so emotions run high and those not even as sensitive feel the push of emotions during this time. As far as investing, I always tell people to think twice, do your due diligence, then decide. Sometimes as Venus retrogrades we realize that the value of something — i.e. what we paid for something or our regard for someone — is challenged. Values are the big theme with Venus and when she is retrograde (until April 15) the price you pay may not be the real value of the item. Sometimes lovers or partners from the past show up with offers of love and devotion. Again, exercise caution when saying yes. Enjoy the moment, but take time to think ‘what if’.