Micro-Forecasts

It is Memorial Weekend and the week that follows carries with it the promise of a new moon at 14º Gemini 53′ on Friday June 4. New Moons are the beginning of the planting cycles for crops and ideas. This is aligned with cautious Saturn in mid degrees of Sagittarius and still getting that race horse push from Jupiter. Frustration runs rampant as loose ends that get tied open the door to more loose ends. Anxiousness is in the wind. With lots of moveable energies (mutable signs like Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces) running in transit at the same time, it is hard to settle down, sleep, rest peacefully. There are five out of ten planetary bodies in mutable signs right now – the Sun, Moon, Saturn, Mars, Neptune, Venus. That’s a lot of mental energy flying around. Meditation helps, long walks in fresh air help process these energies since many of them are in air and fire. That and closing down your technology a few hours before sleep really does help.

This is a good practice during the month of June (particularly since the next few weeks are 90-days after the March eclipses, bringing the challenging issues of March to a head). September, December and March enjoy that same exercise, too. Do we really need to keep the cell phones on at night, do we really need to keep referring to our cells every few minutes when visiting with a live body across the table from us? Think about it. This practice does much for your psyche, health and wellbeing.

Mutable energy is fractious. It brings in lots of ideas, thoughts, but gosh or gosh, where to start and how to get organized is not part of the equation. A piece of paper and/or an immediately available place where you write down those ideas flying through conversation is another great practice during this time. Just remember where you put them!

Events:

  • May 26: Jupiter square Saturn 13º Virgo versus 13º Sagittarius

There is an old saying about the markets that one must ‘go away in May’. There are a lot of reasons for this, but one of them is that the birthdate of the New York Stock Exchange is May 17 and around peoples’ ‘birthdays’ they usually pull back getting ready for the new year, or, the new cycle. With transit Saturn which limits (so we regroup) and in a very challenging aspect to transit Jupiter (normally an archetype that offers possibility and vision) on May 26, those ideas percolating for the last weeks may need a bit more finessing. Expansion is great, and, since Jupiter went direct in mid degrees of Virgo, the feeling is that it is a good time to move in a forward direction. What often happens if that when we move in a forward direction, we fail to take the less traveled road, failing to think of something bigger or outside the box of ordinary thought. I think this is where many of us find ourselves stuck — because of fear, or, security issues, or the if ‘I don’t do this, what will I do’? question.

A new vision, job, opportunity is possible and as Jupiter and Saturn find themselves in a 90º angle to each other — the possibilities are there, but they need to get organized, listed, tasked. What is the long term plan, is that idea you have going to have stop gaps in place for the future, is there a Plan B in place? Thinking ahead and continuing discussions regarding your plan require patience.

It seems as though nothing is getting settled, but by verbalizing ideas, then waiting, then thinking, you really are getting a lot more done than realized. With Mars still retrograde (Mars strategizes), the best laid plans appear blocked and that is really for the best in the end. When Mars stations to go forward on June 29, things start clicking into place about 10 days prior to that date. This week, however, is about asking the questions that no one dares to ask and then ‘put the pen down’ as we used to do in real estate when closing. Say nothing. Wait.

Events:

  • May 22: Mercury direct 14º Taurus 20′

At the end of this week, we have two major events. One is the Full Moon in Gemini and Sagittarius. Full Moons are always a cause for caution with all kinds of things, but since this one is ‘fairly’ close to retrograde Mars, I would say exercise caution in your deeds, actions, reactions and words. There is always a little edge with a Full Moon, and, in this case, as the Sun just shifts its energy to Gemini on Friday May 20 it lights up the next day with a very full and heated Moon. A fun packed weekend could be in store for most of us, particularly if there is a lot of chit chat and ideas to bat around. A good use of this full moon, particularly as Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, is also going direct on Sunday May 22, is to start nailing down some of those ideas or plans you had in mid-April that suddenly stopped. They didn’t, they just needed to ‘think’. Incubation is the first part of inspiration. Stopping to think, to look and explore other things is a great way to get the mind and heart back on point.

Events:

  • May 9: Jupiter goes direct at 13º Virgo 15′

This is a great week to go fishing. And I don’t mean just going fishing (although I really am going fishing!). Fishing can be fishing for ideas, fishing for news, fishing for opportunity, fishing for a new perspective on an old, outworn, but still a good idea. With transiting Venus in a wonderful aspect to transiting Jupiter (which just went direct on the 9th), if you ask, it is very likely that someone or something will bite. This positive energy sustains itself through Tuesday, Wednesday, and on Thursday the 12th, is the perfect time to ‘ask’ the question, ‘close’ the deal, ‘step up’ and take a little risk as Mercury (communications is in perfect aspect to Pluto, which is all about making choices).

As Jupiter stations direct on Sunday May 8, I will be attending my lovely niece’s wedding in the Chicago. That week I am doing business, seeing some clients and attending the National Hellenic Museum’s annual gala on the 14th of May. A little plug for the National Hellenic Museum — which is a delightful LEEDS, qualified building near the University of Illinois Circle campus and near Greek Town. It is a delightful section in Chicago that has some of the best Greek restaurants with mouthwatering Greek cuisine (I am, of course, impartial 🙂 ). The National Hellenic Museum, right across the street, is a wonderful place to visit with its many changing exhibits of Greek Culture, Greek Arts, and unusual events like the recent “Trial of Antigone”, where she was found ‘not guilty’ of treason by sitting judges. It is a very unusual facility with a wonderful library, archives, and a wonderful venue for all sorts of events with its living roof and lovely spaces.

We are finishing the lunar phase for the month — cleaning out our desks — and the New Moon at 16º Taurus takes place on Friday May 6. Before we get there, however, we have a lovely aspect on Tuesday May 3 when the Sun and Jupiter co mingle in practical earth signs. This positive energy continues through the weekend as the Sun beautifully aspects Pluto on Saturday May 7. In essence, and in the middle of all the disharmony of the last few months, this is a week of harmony with what we call a grand trine offering opportunities for those who have been doing their budgeting, their assessments and their financial homework some rest and recuperation. Grand trines are when all three elements are in harmonious play with each other and this week is one of those rare and wonderful weeks where we can all kick back a bit. Playing is a great distraction and doesn’t hurt either.

I plan to enjoy the wonderful energies of this week as Jupiter goes direct making many systems, equipment, and organizational ideas finally starting to make sense. If you have done your research on your needed transportation, those new computers for the office, the new contact management sources, and anything else that helps your business grow and go, at the end of the week, you start to find or, at least, discover what or whom you need to assist you in making the best of your vocational or business possibilities.

Events:

  • April 28 – Mercury RX 23º Taurus 34′ (close to Algol) until May 22.

First of all, Happy Orthodox Easter to all of those who celebrate their Easter this coming Sunday, May 1, also May Day — a celebration of new life the world over. Even with Mercury, the planet of communications doing its retrograde ‘thing’ until May 22, there is opportunity to explore new territories when it comes to your values, your possessions, your gifts and skills that bear exploring — but for some reason you just never have any time to do. With many planets moving through Taurus, it may be a good time to review one’s investments — the ones you have and the ones you are thinking about. This is an excellent use of Mercury retrograde.

With Mercury retrograde until month’s end, perhaps you’ve written an order or a contract, but the bid didn’t come in. Don’t give up, just because you didn’t get the contract at the beginning of the month, doesn’t mean that by month’s end, the property, the item, the idea comes back for a second look see and with a more realistic perspective and price. I do like Mercury retrogrades, because they make us review those things we’ve been putting off.

Since Mars is also retrograde in the sign of travel and mobility, it might also be a good time to bite the bullet, do a spreadsheet regarding your automobile or mode of transportation costs and think whether you wish to invest more into its repairs or move towards something that is more time and money efficient. However, wait until closer to May 22 to start that movement forward — plus if you really are in the market for a new car, those mid-summer sales are coming fast! Though oil and gas prices continue their low prices as Saturn continues to square Neptune throughout 2016, really think twice about buying gas guzzlers because what goes down, often comes up, when least expected, particularly if the movements to stop drilling increase over the course of the next few years and if there continues to be tension between the US and Saudi Arabia.

Homes, too, may be slowing down in terms of sales and price (depending upon of course, where you live), even though we are entering the summer months and remain at record low interest rates. This is not because of these retrogrades, but because of the current Saturn Jupiter square we are experiencing and with Jupiter about to go direct at 13º Virgo on May 9 and that Saturn Jupiter square on May 29 — negotiate, negotiate, negotiate.

A good opportunity is there if you are patient, ask, then ask again, and ask that one last time. Just because rates remain low, doesn’t always justify the high costs of real estate — because, eventually, again, what goes down, eventually goes up. And, remember, it isn’t just the costs of things — it is what the market will bear. There are many individuals in Silicon Valley in California that are now beginning to leave the state because the cost of living is untenable — and when people leave, things change. Again, what goes up always comes down. 🙂

Events:

  • April 18 – Pluto RX 17º Capricorn 29′

With Pluto stationing in its annual retrograde motion until September and Mars now retrograde running close to Saturn (caution) in Sagittarius and the Full Moon this week at 2º Scorpio 31′ on April 21, it might be a good time to get out and do some very strenuous exercise, strenuous chores, clean out the basements, the closets, the cupboards or even start that remodeling project with demolishing walls as a first act! All of that will put the circulating energies to good use this week. And since the full moon is in early degrees of the water sign Scorpio and sending off complimentary energies to Neptune which is in Pisces (another water sign), creating new things like painted walls, or fountains in the back yard, or, shopping in closets for ‘new’ items that come out of the creative mind are all good activities with the pressures of the week.

Negotiations may feel as though they are at a standstill and, in fact, they may be because both sides have come to a point where there is really no answer. There isn’t a lot of clarity when Mars is retrograde, because Mars is about directing things and focusing on tasks. A few days of unconscious percolating for things to markedly improve — at least for a little bit. With Mercury also going retrograde next week at 23º Taurus (near Algol), which can sometimes stop one in their tracks with cold and icy retorts or remarks, it is best to continue the stance of not reacting — stepping back — and calling for another time to discuss the ‘issues’ at hand. Watch the news for some really startling discoveries and truths with all of this retrograde energy. Things calm down after Sun enters Taurus on April 19.

Events:

  • April 11: Uranus Shadow…. 20º Aries 30′
  • April 17: Mars RX 8º Sagittarius 54′ (Antares)

So here we are, the week that Uranus (which can be quite sparky) returning to its retrograde position of late December 2015. This usually kicks people in the pants — with the realization that certain startups, certain ideas to support those group efforts, may be up for a serious re-evaluation. Are the people hired to do the job doing it, not that invested, confused, these are all questions needing to be addressed because Mars is retrograde starting on April 17 at 8º Sagittarius, very close to Saturn.

It is important to discern between who isn’t doing the job, who doesn’t want the job, or, who just needs some help, a conversation, a meeting to get back on track There is a difference between not invested and someone who needs help. Remember that, watching the words carefully, as discussions ensure. With Mars stationing at 8º Sagittarius which happens to be the fixed star, Antares, which is in the heart of the Scorpion and considered one of the four royal stars of the zodiac, this is a particularly important time for review as Mars will not move direct until June 29!

Antares is the heart of the constellation Scorpius (Scorpio) and is considered one of the four Royal stars. It burns red like Mars who will be conjuncting it at its retrograde…so no wonder there is so much anger flying around the world right now. The word, “Antares”, means anti-Aries, or, rival to Mars, and, yet, here they are, meeting together suggesting that perhaps — enough is enough when it comes to violence.

The key thing to remember over the course of the next few weeks is: Before you do or say anything, stop, think, step away from the fight, step away from the confrontation, you and others will be better for it — and keep this as your practice at least until Mars goes direct at late June.

Event – Balsamic Moon.

An interesting week in that the Sun has been in Aries for a few days, which switches the wishy washy energy of the last few weeks. This adds fuel to the fire as the week brings several planetary shifts. First, we have Mercury, which represents communications moving from I want to do things fast (Aries) to let’s think about it and get it right (Taurus) on Tuesday April 5. On that very same day, Venus leaves soulful Pisces and enters the ‘me first’ sign of Aries a little earlier on the April 5 day. A kind of push me/ pull you energy with wanting to get what one wants and now, with a wait and see attitude. This is also the last few days of the last lunar cycle which began at the Total Solar Eclipse on March 8, so we are winding down a lot of the attempted actions that began earlier this month.

There may be a great deal of frustration because over the course of the next 13 days, Mars, which has to do with action and being on task, is slowing its pace down to a snail’s walk as it goes retrograde on April 17. Frustrated action may pepper the environment as we move through the coming weeks. The best way to handle this is to make lists — daily — what is the number 1 priority of that day — and not the 10 priorities of the day. Then pull all your energies into getting that 1 or 2 items nailed down with commitments for finishing by certain dates.

A better way to get those commitments is to set shorter weekly or bi-weekly meetings assessing what has been done and where the stumbling blocks seem to be appearing.

I’m thinking of a bobsled at breakneck speed doing its run at the Olympics. Pray tell, what is she talking about? Well we finished the two eclipses and we’ve gone through the Spring Equinox, where the Sun enters pioneering and courageous Aries and a few other planets like Mercury, communications, learning and trade are in Aries running right into unpredictable Uranus. This makes for a very fast week or two coming up.

We still have Venus lingering in Pisces, which helps to slow things down a bit, but with Saturn in fire, the Aries planets in fire and then Jupiter in a perfect solstice relationship you can get a lot done in the next two weeks. You might even surprise yourself how fast things start turning up this week and next if you let go of lots of baggage during the time of the eclipses earlier this month.

Decisions for change are highlighted this week and if you’ve planned correctly, you can get a lot done (and I do suggest you do) between now and April 17, when there start to be a few monkey wrenches in the works, but more on that later in the weekly forecasts. For now, however, if you see that you aren’t profiting or that your efforts really aren’t going anywhere, it might be better to cut and run, to let go of something, to lower the price, and, most importantly with regard to business, if you’ve been profitable, but now it isn’t as profitable, but you still ‘feel’ it is time to get ‘out’, then my suggestion — cut your losses and get out! Just an opinion, but those of you who understand what I am saying, think about it. This is a suggestion and the window between now and April 17 is wide open for that change. You can wait, but it may not be until closer to mid-summer when the next window of real opportunity opens up.

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse of March 23 takes place at 3º Libra 10′. It is what I call a ‘leftover’ eclipse. Leftover eclipses are the last of the old series which began about one and a half years ago. They wrap things up in a big way. This one and the one we had at the end of September 2015 (remember the Blood Moon which was a Total Lunar Eclipse)? They are in the same position, but reversed. More appropriately, since this is the last of the series, get ready for some news that is topsy turvy and out of left field as these ‘leftovers’ are similar to the energy of a bases loaded ball game. The bases are loaded with all the stuff that needs resolution like who really will be the final candidates for upcoming elections, will they really close Guantanamo, are the Hong Kong markets really affecting other world markets, are the high home prices really justified or is the mood changing on that, will ‘my’ or ‘their’ relationship end or resolve, will I finally leave this job or find another? The batter gets up to the plate, hits the ball, and all the bases come in for a home run.

In others words, between now and late June, 2016, those unresolved issues of whether to go or stay, to invest or not invest, to move or not move resolve themselves, but throughout the process, the anxiety of the change hangs over us. It is lessened, however, if you create steps of delegating tasks or removing obstacles from your path. It is important to remain focused and centered when all things around you seem to be falling apart. And, most importantly, do NOT make major decisions this week. Wait until the full moon passes for a more lucid moment in which to decide your desired direction.

You survived the eclipse and I certainly hope you caught up with your sleep because whenever the planets pass through Pisces this time of year, it is a time to sort things out more in the sleep or meditation state than in the waking state. The eclipse of last week and the other one coming up on March 23 are running with a hard line to Saturn. I think it is very interesting that back in 1998 when the eclipses were in this approximate zone, they were stressing Pluto, which was also in the sign of Sagittarius as Saturn is now. However, Pluto is a much heavier, take no prisoners, character while Saturn is not. This time, however, the eclipses and the transit of the Sun and other planets through Pisces are being stressed by Saturn in Sagittarius which has a slightly different less onerous tone.

Though Saturn is not an easy planet, it is far more manageable than the Plutonian influence of 1998. Saturn restricts, structures, limits, focuses and delays planning. It is also the perfect planet to use as a tool for time management. The dreaminess of Pisces running with its own ruler Neptune is lovely for long, romantic evenings, listening to music, lingering in moments of ecstatic thought, but with Saturn running at a hard angle, it says, “Okay, you got the inspiration — now let’s get to work”! This is a very different energy than the 1998 movement which took absolutely no prisoners and sometimes even took people out!

Since this is a first quarter moon, the moon that usually assists in managing things and with Saturn in force, this is a good week to get things done, limit the libations on St. Patrick’s day, of course, because the sensitivity to the alcohol will be more rather than less with Neptune aligned with the Sun. It is an inspirational week offering moments of joy and possibility with creative sparks flying during the upcoming weekend as the Moon enters the third air sign, Leo, offering a two day grand trine of good luck and good judgment.