Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of July 1st - 2019's wild card month kicks off, a change of course, delays, wanting what makes us feel safe, a new focus, powerful endings, bold action, intense and uncomfortable pressure

MONDAY - Mars into Leo
TUESDAY - Solar Eclipse (total) New Moon in Cancer (10 degrees)
WEDNESDAY - Venus into Cancer
THURSDAY - Saturn conjuncts the South Node
SUNDAY - Mercury stations retrograde
MONDAY - Mars conjunct Mercury (retrograde)

This is a huge CHANGE week with all three of our personal planets changing signs or directions and a total Solar Eclipse/New Moon in Cancer PLUS Saturn on the South Node - so powerful changes, beginnings and endings. The powerful changes that have been building for some time move into the next phase.

On MONDAY - Mars finally leaves emotional Cancer for fiery Leo. Last week, Mercury entered Leo and our words/thinking/ideas got bolder. Now, Mars follows and pulls our actions and what we have to do to get what we want into new territory.

If you are a Leo Sun (or other fixed sign - Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio) this transit is going to wake you up. If you are an Aries rising or a Scorpio rising (your chart is ruled by Mars) this is going to wake you up. Everyone's natal Leo house is waking up BIG TIME!  

We will all feel this one.

The great thing about Mars in Leo is that it not only provides that Martian kick off at the starting line, it also provides the Leo ability to stick with it once we get it started!

Leo is the sign of the lion - the king of the jungle. One of the best ways to understand the king of the jungle is to understand the little lions we keep in our homes - those creatures called cats.

Everyone who "owns" a cat knows what a misnomer this word is when applied to the feline species. Cats can't be "owned". We know it and they know it. It is perfectly natural for them to convey an attitude of comfortable superiority.

This energy, this "presence" is what Leo is all about.

Everyone has Leo somewhere in their natal chart - a space we are meant to feel "comfortably superior". Ruled by the Sun, this is an area of life (in addition to our Sun sign) we are meant to SHINE. We are all about to get a whole lot more shiny.

This is a great time to take action with something we are passionate about. Leo energy will not be ignored and doesn't like to wait, so if something needs to happen now - tomorrow's Eclipse will almost certainly force our hand with this.

If we need courage, if we need confidence, if we need attention - this transit will provide the fiery push to take the action we need to take. Mars will be in Leo until August 18th.

On TUESDAY - the Cancer Moon meets the Cancer Sun widely conjunct the Cancer North Node giving us a Total Solar Eclipse in Cancer (10 degrees). This is the first total solar eclipse since the "Great American Eclipse" of August 2017 and this is a New Moon - so bringing new opportunities and fresh beginnings and at the same time eclipsing something "out" of our life or out of our way.

HERE is the post about the eclipse.

On WEDNESDAY - Venus (love, money, values, resources, self-esteem, women, beauty) moves into Cancer until July 27th.

Cancer Suns and Cancer risings become more attractive - both able to attract what they want and easier on the eye. All of our Cancer houses become more attractive, too.

Venus themes will be emotionally tended to. We will require more emotional connection to feel safe and secure.

We will want (or feel the lack of) whatever feels like nurturing to us.

Home becomes a more valuable space. Family is a resource.

Our empathy increases along with our hurt feelings when we don't get what feels like "mom and apple-pie".

What we want (Venus) is to feel safe (Cancer).

The active feminine energy (Venus) connects with the responsive feminine energy (Moon). What we need (Cancer) meets what we want (Venus).

The fly in the ointment with Venus in Cancer is the kind of smothering/mothering that suffocates or we overindulge ourselves in some unhealthy way or we have an unrealistic expectation of someone else filling some childhood need. Watch for emotions that are "over-the-top" compared with what is actually happening. What are we storing that is triggering these emotions?

On THURSDAY - Saturn conjuncts the South Node at 15 degrees Capricorn. Saturn is retrograde, so this is a repeating aspect we first experienced back on April 30th. This is a MAJOR ENDING or turning point, but with Saturn retrograde this is happening slowly (we will be back here at the end of September). The clock is ticking down. This is also a time when results can come in from the work we did (or didn't do) in the past.

On SUNDAY - MERCURY STATIONS RETROGRADE. He/she stations in Leo and will move back into Cancer. We are rethinking our Leo house theme, rethinking what our heart wants, reworking our relationship to a child/children or to a creative project - expect delays, mechanical glitches, over reactions when things go wrong. People and situations from the past can re-appear. Maybe something from the past needs a second look. Read the fine print. Double check the email before hitting "send". Rushing ahead while Mercury is moving backward can trip us up, but there are powerful forces moving things forward now, so this transit will be extra tricky.

On MONDAY - (this is Monday the 8th, we are looking a little further ahead because this one is important and already in play anyway) Mars will meet up with Mercury (retrograde).

Here's where we are re-thinking our actions.

This whole thing will square Uranus so we need to be careful with impulsive decisions. BIG disruptions and battles can start with this energy, so proceed with caution. Add to this the fact we are in-between Eclipses AND this meeting is happening in fiery and ego-centered Leo makes this energy even more INTENSE. Patience and self control will be needed and in short supply. Arguments. Temper tantrums.

These planets hang close together until the middle July - this will increase our energy and focus, keep our mind and actions on the same page, but also increase the intensity and pressure. Keep in mind we need to be thinking/re-thinking things through, and yes, Mercury is retrograde, so this is challenging - think before acting - keep a cool head. We need to pick our battles carefully or we will be fighting over everything. Mars/Mercury will be trining (brakes off) Chiron so important (very deep and very old) hurting/healing is happening this month.

Be compassionate. Know that people who are over-reacting are people who are hurting. This is good energy to stand up for people (like children) who can't stand up for themselves.

July is challenging and a WILD CARD month. 

The North Node in Cancer/South Node in Capricorn - the stuff that is climaxing when Saturn meets Pluto in January 2020 (Jupiter will be in Capricorn, too, by that time!) is IN PLAY big time.

The stuff we didn't do last summer, more likely the stuff we needed to let go of/change that we didn't take care of (when Mars was retrograde) will be kicking us in the ass.

If you read this blog, please read the eclipse post HERE.

This isn't about anyone else telling you what to do. You decide what you do. But knowing which way the wind is blowing and what tools may be available to you can be helpful ....

xo all

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Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of June 24th - too much of a good thing, disappearing love and money, hitting a limit, dropping an anchor, take care of your health, a need to adjust, speaking from our hearts and wanting an audience, change is good

SUNDAY - Venus opposes Jupiter and inconjuncts Saturn
MONDAY - Venus squares Neptune
TUESDAY - 3rd Quarter Moon Aries (Moon square Sun)
WEDNESDAY - Mercury enters Leo
THURSDAY - Sun squares Chiron and sextiles Uranus, Venus inconjuncts Pluto

On SUNDAY - and this will impact the first couple days of the work-week, we have Venus (in "I want a little of this and a little of that" Gemini) opposing "I want it all" Jupiter and inconjuncting - that rock a hard place - Saturn. With Saturn and Jupiter both retrograde this is an old situation we are working with. We could be facing some kind of temptation to take something too far and it is not compatible with the rules/boundaries. This would not be a good time to buy something if we can't afford it for example. There is some kind of reality check here (Saturn) that could keep us from over-doing the Venus/Jupiter, which is a wonderful aspect of love and abundance, but could take things too far. There is some kind of limit/anchor that slows down the hope/opportunity.

EXAMPLE FOR Scorpio/Scorpio Rising - Venus is in your 8th house of other people's resources, other people's values, intimacy, other people's money, spouse's income, loans, debts, taxes, inheritance, death, rebirth, sex, reproduction. Jupiter is in your 2nd house and Saturn in your 3rd. Venus/Jupiter could create a tendency to spend too much money, expect too much of a payout from something or give too much in an intimate relationship or take too much from someone else. Saturn in your 3rd house of communication is giving you a "no", a limit, a deadline, a contractual obligation - something that turns Venus in Gemini's temptation to choose into something that is outside your control. A reality check. This will not be an entirely new situation. I know a Scorpio rising whose tax return was never received by the IRS (he mailed a paper return) and now has lost his health insurance subsidy (and so his health insurance) due to a missed deadline. This is a kind of 2nd/3rd/8th house mash-up.

On MONDAY, Venus (in Gemini) will square Neptune at home in Pisces. Venus rules our money, love, relationships, values, resources and self-esteem. With Venus in Gemini challenged by dreamy, foggy Neptune things could be CONFUSING. Watch your benjamins.

What looks at first like a smorgasbord of fancy lunch options (that Venus/Jupiter!) could turn out to be a choice between a baloney sandwich that's been pulled out from the couch cushions and a ham sandwich that's been rolled around on the sidewalk. Just how hungry are we exactly?

DOUBLE CHECK everything. That too good to be true thing could just drift away.

What are the actual facts around what you WANT? What do you really know? Who/what do you really trust?

Keep assumptions to a minimum. We could come to regret the things we jump into, so take your time. Boundaries are blurry. Answers only bring more questions. Avoid alcohol and drugs under this aspect - the effects will be magnified.

By TUESDAY we are dealing with the Moon (in Aries) squaring the Sun (in Cancer). Aries is teaching us to stand on our own two feet (stop smothering me Cancer, you wimp!) and Cancer is teaching us to gather people closer to us for our mutual security and protection (stop being so selfish Aries, you asshole!).

We need some kind of balance between independence/courage and cooperation/caring now.

Maybe between home - that home/family/home business/family business/real estate/relocation/renovation/mother/vulnerability thing, I keep going on and on about - and independent (or new/brave) ACTION. Maybe we need to appear strong, but a weakness/vulnerability is out in the open, too. This is tension/crisis - the need to adjust. 

On WEDNESDAY - Mercury (communications, information, our mental processes, siblings, local community, commerce, transportation) says hasta-la-vista to watery Cancer and moves into fiery LEO (until his/her upcoming retrograde brings us back to Cancer - don't toss those tissues just yet people!). 

Leo is the space we carry what 'makes us special'.

With Mercury (communication, intellect) here it will be easier to put our 'special' into words and to connect with the ideas and conversations that will push forward whatever we are most passionate about.

We will want our words to be heard and appreciated now. So will other people. Even the most reticent among us will want an audience. Our thinking/ideas (Mercury) can catch fire now (Leo).

Speaking from our hearts will connect us to other people's hearts. Encouraging words will matter.

This is very powerful energy. Leo is our superpower and should be used wisely. People will hear us with their heart and well as their head.

This gives the potential for hearts to expand as well as to be broken into little, tiny pieces. Keep this in mind.

Leo is a fixed fire sign, so words can burn now and words can dig us even more rigidly into our positions.  

With Leo there is great opportunity for win-win and also for 'nobody wins'. 

The energy right now is excellent for teaching us how we express what we are passionate about. It's very supportive of 'top of the mountain' heart-filled type of proclamations and proposals. Do people listen to us? Does what we say matter? We will care about this kind of stuff now.

Keep in mind with Mercury going to go retrograde over whatever we have going on now - we are going to be re-vising re-viewing, re-working this Leo situation - what our heart wants, what makes us special, what we are proud of, the situation with children and creative projects in July.

The Moon in Aries is running into trouble today so give yourself and everyone else a break. Good for independent work.

On THURSDAY, the Sun will square Chiron and sextile Uranus as Venus inconjuncts Pluto. This looks dicey. Venus/Pluto looks like an adjustment is needed around our money and their money, an intimacy issue, sex, bigger financial issues - bend, so we don't break. The Sun square Chiron speaks of tension/crisis - something painful - maybe around that home/family/mother, etc situation or maybe family/independence issues whatever this is - and the pain will trigger fears and insecurity - the solution is that Uranus sextile - a light is shined on something different, something unexpected and forward leaning - lean THAT way.

This is a very up and down week. Health issues should be attended to promptly.

We don't have the day-long void Moons like last week - thank goodness and some of last week's power struggles are starting to unwind (although keep in mind they are eclipse trigger points, so we aren't done with them).

Next week we move into eclipse season.

For now the Moon is waning - release, let things go, finish stuff up. 

xo all

Note - last week we had that Mars/Pluto/Saturn (potential war) opposition and then when Neptune stationed retrograde and changed directions (escape, live to fight another day), Trump - who is probably more than a little bit psychic (and not fully tethered to any mental dock) - and whose natal  Neptune squares Mercury (his thinking) - changed his mind - he also changed his mind about a major ICE initiative. This seems to bode well for the July eclipses since last week's Mars/Mercury activity was a kind of preview and trigger point. The story isn't over, but maybe we can ESCAPE THE PAST (this energy is connected to 9/11) and do things differently this time. This applies to our personal situations, too - is there an escape hatch/clause/cushier landing than we expected, in here somewhere?

I think rather than do the dailies this week  I am going to work on some bigger, longer-term posts - let's see if we can put some puzzle pieces together if we step back a bit - including a post for July and finally get that Saturn/Pluto stuff up. Stay tuned!

photo by the talented The Fox and the Raven

Weekly Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of June 17th - overwhelm, hopefully something other than a fight to the death, in the thick of it, making the dream more solid, a sacrifice, not a time to believe everything we see and hear, an intense week with stuff lightening up around Thursday

Some major aspects for this intense week ahead are:

MONDAY - Full Moon in Sagittarius
TUESDAY - Neptune sextile Saturn, Mercury conjunct Mars
WEDNESDAY - Mercury and Mars oppose Pluto (!)
THURSDAY - Mercury enters retrograde shadow
FRIDAY - Summer Solstice, Neptune stations retrograde
SUNDAY - Venus opposes Jupiter

On MONDAY we have a fiery Full Moon in Sagittarius as Jupiter (ruler of the lunation) squares Neptune. I wrote about it HERE. We could feel mentally overwhelmed. Dreams expand. Promises could be exaggerated. Stay optimistic, but don't bet the farm. Something is reaching/has reached a culmination/conclusion, but not the final, final conclusion.

The Moon will move into serious Capricorn at 12:13PM EDT turning our attention to work, career, authority issues, our responsibilities, our life in the world, our goals and ambitions. We feel nurtured by having our sh*t together. With the Moon in Capricorn (the sign of winter) we can feel more acutely what we don't have.

On TUESDAY, Mercury catches up with Mars (in Cancer) and we have the second (of three) Neptune/Saturn sextiles this year - the first was at the end of January, the last will be in November.

With Mercury/Mars together - words can be forceful, conversations can feel like competitions, information can incite our passions and anger. News stirs action. Fresh ideas are possible. In Cancer, this adds sensitivity and gives everything a greater emotional kick. Cancer is ruled by the Moon which will be in Capricorn when Mercury and Mars meet, adding a tone of seriousness to events and situations.

Neptune will sextile Saturn - the second of three sextiles - this time with Saturn retrograde. Our dreams meet the work and determination to make them real. Dreams are made real. Neptune/Saturn sometimes requires a sacrifice. We give up this to get that. We give up the high stress job for less stressful, but probably lower paying employment - so we have more time with our family, to write that book we need to write, etc.

On WEDNESDAY, we have Mars and Mercury (conjunct in Cancer) opposing Pluto (retrograde in Capricorn). The Moon (Mars and Mercury are answering to her now) is VOID. That Cancerian situation we are dealing with - either involving the theme of your natal Cancer house or the collective themes of home, family, home business, family business, mother, mothering, real estate, renovation is opposite the grim reaper. Maybe the bills come due. Maybe our tunnel vision/compulsion - we have been focused on this thing over here and that thing over there now hits us in the face -  requires adjustment. There could be power struggles. The tension/crisis comes from outside of us (appears to). Like last week we need to be thinking about what we are thinking about - our thoughts could be obsessive, manipulative, jealous. Dial it back. So close to the Nodes of Fate - karmic situations are playing out.

Mars/Pluto is a BATTLEFIELD. Even a fight to the death. Toss in Mercury, Cancer and a VOID Capricorn Moon and things get even more dicey.

Let "this won't amount to anything" (our void Moon words of wisdom) be our mantra TODAY as things get heated. Keep a cool head. Neptune is squaring Jupiter - the reality of the situation is not exactly what we think it is. Stuff is being overblown. Other stuff is being hidden. We might not be able to avoid altercations, but we can act with integrity. Our natal Moon and its aspects will be a determining factor as to how we handle this week's crap. Keep in mind I am writing about things for the day when they are exact - we could get this Mars/Pluto earlier. Pluto is retrograde, so it won't be a brand new situation.

(Trump just had a birthday and his solar return chart, which impacts both him and the United States since he is the leader of the United States - includes the Mars/Saturn opposition - a war aspect - and he has Uranus, the planet of doing your own thing/the unexpected, in his first house of himself - a similar vibe to his natal Uranus/Sun conjunction, so that gets amplified now. We have this Iran situation, where almost certainly with the current astrology - everything is not quite as it appears, and the drums of war surely being beaten by Pompeo and Bolton as we head into eclipse season. Let's pray, Trump's "do his own thing" Uranus, keeps us from getting too entangled in this mess. Ugh!

The same thing we see playing out in the collective is playing out in our lives somewhere, too - the drumbeats for a battle - probably over something not totally real or at least exaggerated. We have the benefit of astrology - let's use it - let's find a better way than a fight to the death.)

On THURSDAY, the crazy energy should start to mellow out a bit. Mercury starts walking degrees he/she will walk two more times with her upcoming retrograde, so pay attention to what is going on because we are starting a long story. We should get a preview now of what will be slowing down/require a retrograde re-do. The Moon (remember the Cancer planets are answering to her) will move into Aquarius. The mood will lighten. Things will become more forward leaning and speed up. Keep in mind, the Aquarius Moon will square Uranus, so expect the unexpected.

FRIDAY is another BIG day with both the Summer Solstice (the chart impacts the season) and Neptune stationing retrograde, so we can revise/review this year's DREAM. Keep in mind the power of a planet at station - imagine your finger moving through a candle's flame and then your finger stops (ouch!). Everything is flavored by Neptune now. We are moving backward and forward at the same time. It is hard to know what is real. There is also powerful magic here. Pray, meditate, listen to music. Ask for answers. Your ancestors, and every good decision you've ever made in every life you've ever lived - is lined up to assist you through these times. Ask for help. We have another all-day Void Moon.

On SUNDAY, Venus (in Gemini) will oppose a retrograde Jupiter (in Sag). This transit can bring a certain lack of willpower and laziness. Plan for a lazy Sunday. Put the credit cards AWAY. Enjoy yourself, but not too much! Relationships/money/resource situations are INFLATED now. Good news is possible. Optimism is possible. Much ado about nothing is possible. A situation with a woman could go over the top!

Heads up that Venus will be where Mars/Mercury are now at the time of the eclipses in a couple weeks pulling our relationships/money/resources/self-esteem into the crazy. If there are any steps you can take now to stabilize anything with that, take them.

What a week - stay safe people. Stay in your magic!

xo all

During last month's Full Moon in Scorpio, post HERE - we talked about asteroid Sedna and what I saw as her connection to a devastating story in the news about the murder of a mother to steal her unborn child. Then the Sun met Mercury (this aspect was applying in the Full Moon chart) and the story was back in the news with the CNN headline that the baby, a little boy, was still alive. On Friday with Mars - which rules young men and co-ruled that Scorpio Full Moon, along with Pluto - in exact opposition to Saturn and opposing Pluto - endings/death - the little baby boy, whose mother had been so ruthlessly stolen from him, passed away .. such a sad and tragic story.

photo by the talented natalia drepina

Full Moon in Sagittarius | a closer look at what we believe, big plans, our faith is tested, who/what can we trust, not everything is quite as it appears, details are blurry, results not quite final, an expansion of a dream or the exaggeration of a promise

Early Monday morning EDT - the Sagittarius Moon will oppose the Gemini Sun (25 degrees) giving us this month's Full Moon.

Full Moons bring things to a culmination or a conclusion. This month things are not so certain. Details can be blurry. Promises exaggerated. Results not quite so final.

The Moon is widely squaring Jupiter (Jupiter rules this Full Moon as the ruler of Sagittarius) and widely squaring Neptune, but more importantly they are exactly squaring each other (for the second time this year due to Jupiter's retrograde) - the first square was back on January 13th, so something from that time - the expansion of a dream/an exaggerated belief or promise - is being re-viewed/re-looked at.

We are five months from the first Neptune/Jupiter square surely we have learned something we can trust by now?!

Neptune is always dissolving something - we don't want it to be our common sense/cents.

This aspect, the Jupiter/Neptune square, became exact (for the second time) on SUNDAY, then we have the Full Moon on MONDAY and then on TUESDAY, our other big repeating aspect of 2019 - the Neptune/Saturn sextile becomes exact. So, at the time of the Full Moon we are building toward that.

We had the first Saturn/Neptune sextile on January 28th - so we are also being brought back to that date this week, too.

Neptune (our imaginations/dreams/art/spirit/healing) is working WITH Saturn in 2019 - not like in 2016 and into 2017 when they were squaring each other! Instead of our dreams (Neptune) being trashed by reality (Saturn) or our foundations/goals (Saturn) drifting away (Neptune) something we've kind of gotten used to in the last couple years - now our dreams can be supported/grounded (sextile) in reality. Keep in mind Saturn stuff builds over time - so patience may be required here. Saturn/Neptune aspects often involve a sacrifice - we have to willingly give up this, to get that.

Now, we have to keep in mind the square to Neptune/Jupiter that is exact now. Something probably isn't quite true here/isn't as big/great as it seems.

It is likely the peak/conclusion happening at the time of this month's Full Moon isn't quite as peak/final as it seems.

A closer look is needed. We don't want to overlook any important details. We don't want to be relying on any big promises that won't be delivered. There is a test of faith here - what do we believe in?

Mars and Mercury are conjunct (they will meet exactly on Tuesday and then together oppose Pluto on Wednesday - another powerful week!) and they have both eked their way past that Saturn opposition at the time of this Full Moon. So they are together (our thinking and our passions, our words and our deeds), nestled within a treacherous opposition to Saturn and Pluto.

This feels like some powerful opposition (from authority/the outer world/the rules/the way things have always been done) to our personal (Mars/Mercury) decisions and actions regarding that Cancerian house situation or that home, family, home business, family business, mother, relocation, renovation thing.

The Full Moon will make everything feel bigger, and possibly more overwhelming, than it is (and it could actually be pretty big).

On the plus side, we have the North Node (in Cancer) on our side. It won't be comfortable, but it can provide the forward momentum to push us into (or force our hand with) the new and untested stuff that feels more nurturing, more authentic, more like the mom and apple pie - we didn't even know we needed.

This Full Moon is testing our faith. Maybe taking a measure of what we are willing to give up in order to build something more AUTHENTIC (where we feel ownership of the experience); something that works independently of the failing patriarchy.

Jupiter/Neptune is EXPANDING the space for dreaming, imagining, connecting, remembering. Neptune/Saturn is stabilizing this expanded space.

Jupiter, ruler of this Full Moon, is in his home sign of Sagittarius - we aren't going to have a Full Moon in Sagittarius with Jupiter for another 12 years! Even as Neptune/Jupiter and Neptune/Saturn warn us to watch out for anything too shiny, too good to be true, TOO BIG - Jupiter says hey I won't be back here for TWELVE YEARS! This is a Full Moon, peak energy, USE IT OR LOSE IT, bub.

Maybe we can't tell what's real and what's not real anymore because that isn't the question we should be asking. If nothing is really real, then nothing is really not real ie impossible either. Maybe this is a good thing (we can see it could be in the future, but maybe it is an actual good thing RIGHT NOW) and we are looking at this whole "shifting reality" thing ass-backward.

Having said that we would still like some solid footing somewhere.

With illusory Neptune very strong this week (a strong Neptune is always dissolving something) and stationing retrograde on the 21st - this would not be the best time to make a big, important decision. Mars is still opposite Saturn and approaching Pluto (along with Mercury) - avoid arguments, power struggles, saying things you might regret, avoid bridge burning if possible - retrogrades are not a time for bridge burning because we are walking paths we aren't done with yet. We will be back here again and it would be nice if there was a freakin' bridge here.

When Neptune stations retrograde on Friday, the Sun will move into Cancer, ushering in the Summer Solstice. This is going to be an excellent time to meditate, pray, connect with our intuition/ancestors for powerful guidance.

Until then we have a challenging week ahead and my "live to fight another day" advice continues.

Avoid direct confrontations if possible. Avoid deceptive pie-in-the-sky promises. Don't over-promise. No dark alleys. No candy from strangers. Let the storms blow over. Pressures can feel intense.

We have a game-changer solar eclipse in two weeks that is being SET UP NOW (last week and this week) and we need to be in the best position we can be in for that. Keep an eye on that Cancer North Node - prioritize self care. MOTHER YOURSELF.

Home and work are still stress points (and our natal Cancer/Capricorn house themes).

To sum up this Full Moon - Sagittarius opposing Gemini - tension between what we believe and what we think, tension between what is foreign and what is local, tension between the big-picture and the immediate details. With Neptune squaring the Moon's ruler Jupiter - everything will not be quite as it seems. Something is just TOO MUCH. Our actions/passion (Mars) is opposed by powerful forces. The Moon is conjunct the Galactic Center - seat of creation.  Even with all the potential for bullshit and deception - I still can't stop thinking about the possibilities ....

xo all

back with the weekly on Monday, buckle up

Weekly Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of June 10th - wanting to move into the new, but something from the past isn't finished with us yet, reality bites, living to fight another day, offering compassion, the way forward becomes clearer, a week of coming attractions so pay attention

MONDAY - Sun opposite Jupiter
TUESDAY- Mars conjuncts the North Node
THURSDAY - Mars opposes Saturn and trines Neptune
FRIDAY - Mercury conjuncts the North Node
SATURDAY - Mercury opposes Saturn and trines Neptune
SUNDAY- Jupiter squares Neptune

This is a very intense week (next week is, too).

Both Mars and Mercury are meeting the North Node and opposing the South Node/Saturn while trining Neptune. The Sun will oppose Jupiter early in the week and then the week ends with Jupiter squaring Neptune.

This is a 'fate train' week folks and we already bought our tickets!

Whatever we have playing out with that Cancer situation we have been talking about - our natal Cancer house theme, home, family, mother, mothering, home business, family business, real estate, renovation - is pushing us into our FUTURE. 

Conversations, communications, our actions will have us leaning into that and a more authentic way of moving through the world - it might feel at first more vulnerable and less safe (maybe because of what we have to let go of to make this thing work), but it is actually the only truly safe thing. We are coming home. Literally. Figuratively. To ourselves.

Some of this week's transits will have us wanting to jump into something NEW while other transits will SLOW us down (maybe stop us in our tracks) to either ensure we are doing things right or because we have been avoiding letting go of something that has to go and now this thing is biting us in the ass. The pressure is building.

Mars/Mercury oppositions to Saturn indicate a re-balancing of karma, an ending via actions/news - focused on our Capricorn house theme, career, work in the world, father, interactions with authority, our goals. If we have been holding onto stuff here that needs to go this time period is going to be more difficult. We are going to hit challenges and roadblocks. Reality bites.

This is all foreshadowing next month's eclipses and the big 2020 energies. Pay attention to the issues that are arising now because we aren't done with them. Points are being activated that later transits will STIMULATE. We are going to have to breathe through this.

On MONDAY - the Gemini Sun will oppose Jupiter (retrograde in Sagittarius). The Sun will bring something Jupiter has unearthed either INTO THE LIGHT or toward a culmination now.

This could bring a positive, enthusiastic result. Previously, unconsidered options could come into view. Opportunities.

We decide to grow and so we do. This sounds like magic because life IS magic.

Jupiter tends to be beneficial, but is actually expansive, so watch for excess. Maybe we are ambitious, but our ambitions have no where to go, so we are going to have to talk/communicate our way toward something with a bigger potential. You have to be in the game, to win the game. Conversely, maybe we are too pushy/greedy or dealing with some kind of excessive behavior in a public way. Avoid preachiness. Watch your boundaries. Stay in your own shoes.

The Sun is barely moving past his square to Neptune, so we could be kind of "blindly optimistic" now or maybe our faith is being restored. We are coming out of the fog. Everything is how we choose to look at it. Gemini is all about choices. If you don't like what you are seeing/hearing/thinking, look again.

What else do you see?

The Moon is making her 1st quarter square Virgo/Gemini - it's a time to make corrections, fix what can be fixed, look at the details, the wording.

On TUESDAY, Mars (our actions, initiative, passion, anger) meets the North Node (our collective way forward, our future) in Cancer. We are in the right place at the right time. Our actions/passions are pulling us forward. Last year at this time, almost to the day we had the opposite - Mars conjunct the South Node (what we were releasing). This is one of many reasons we can see last year's results are not an indicator of this year's POSSIBILITIES.

On THURSDAY, Mars is going to oppose Saturn and trine Neptune. Mars will never win a battle with Saturn, especially this year with Mars in his detriment in Cancer and Saturn strong at home in Capricorn.

The Mars/Saturn opposition (two malefic planets) is a violent signature. It can show up as bullying, anger, frustration and conflict - so stay safe.

Our actions hit a wall.

Sometimes there is an ending. Maybe someone leaves. Rules. Boundaries. Authority issues. Avoided reality will bite us in the ass now. If anything CAN stand in the way of our forward movement - it will.

The trine to imaginative and compassionate Neptune (your Pisces house theme, too) is the way through this roadblock. Prayer, meditation, creativity, fantasy, escape (live to fight another day?), our dreams, insights, intuition, inspiration. We won't be able to control everything that is happening - there are connections to our past and things done behind closed doors. We are going to have to take the actions we can and release our grubby hands from what we can't control. The course of action that avoids a bad situation could be the best course. Offer compassion - be kind.

On FRIDAY, Mercury is doing what Mars did on Tuesday. Here is the news, information, conversation that moves things forward.  We are communicating our destiny. Talking about where we are going. We could hear just the right words now. Here is our North Star - "move in this direction" something is going to say now. No dwelling on the past.

Then on SATURDAY, Mercury is doing what Mars did on Thursday. We meet some kind of verbal/contractual limit (Mercury could also have us dealing with sibling issues, local community issues, transportation/equipment issues). We say or hear a "no". Again there is a trine to Neptune pointing the way through all of this. News might upset our plans and need our attention.

On SUNDAY, Jupiter squares Neptune. This takes us back to mid-January. Hope springs eternal. Something here probably isn't totally realistic, but that doesn't mean there isn't an opportunity in here somewhere if we can get past the fluffernutter. Maybe this is growth for that Neptunian path this week's challenges are pointing us toward. So, now we really can't miss it. What an aspect for Father's Day.

It's a BIG week and sets up other big weeks, so pay attention. Here are our coming attractions. Our actions and words are driving us forward even as we meet roadblocks and minefields that will have to be maneuvered.

Back with the dailies as we muddle our way through this one! Keep in mind that helpful trine to Neptune - inspiration, intuition, compassion, avoidance (living to fight another day).
xo all

photo by the talented uglybug

NEW MOON IN GEMINI | Monday, June 3, 2019 - new options, new stories, changing our mind, more than one way forward, seeing double, time to notice what we are noticing, diplomatic strategies, defending our choices, pleading our case, a fresh insight that requires our courage and initiative grabs our attention and won't let go

On Monday at 6:01AM EDT the Gemini Moon meets the Gemini Sun at 12 degrees giving us this month's New Moon in, you probably guessed it, Gemini.

Strangely enough for a sign that is all about making connections, this New Moon isn't really making any!

Gemini is all about the movement of information and ideas. Gemini is about choices and multiple anythings. Commerce. Exchange. There will be more than one thing to talk about now, more than one thing to do, more than one way forward. With no other planets making any tight aspects this Moon is all Gemini all of the time.

Things started now could move forward very quickly, although maybe not in a totally straight line. 

Change can't be stopped folks!

Information (and remember there is a quantity over quality thing happening now - use discretion, check things out) will be coming at us from all sources. We won't be bored for the next month that is certain. If you need a mental health break now and then - take it.

Ruled by Mercury and ruler of our 3rd house, Gemini rules our growth through the exchange of information, through contact with our immediate environment, through language. Gemini reigns over: the flow of information, technology, communication, our mental processes, conversations, stories, lies, our local community, our neighbors, our siblings, our transportation.

Gemini is the first air sign of the astrological year - a sign of the mind, the archetype of the "teacher" - the storyteller. If you are a Gemini Sun sign this is basically the way you process life. As soon as you learn something, and you are naturally curious and learn alot of "somethings" - you simply must pass it on. Gemini has more to do with questions than answers. She has been mentally exploring and noticing stuff her entire life.

Gemini is perspective. What we notice becomes what we think about, what we talk about, what we act on.

What we notice becomes who we are.

It's a good time to notice what we are noticing. Of course, we would probably have to stop for a moment to do this and we won't be able to - because we will be so busy!

Let's unpack the chart.

The Sun/Moon are widely squaring imaginative and illusive Neptune, so we have to continue to double check information. Situations could be foggy and choices prone to disappearing. They are also widely opposing Jupiter - both of these aspects are building and will be exact next week, so let's look at them.

The Sun will exactly square Neptune on June 9th - this could make us tired/sap our energy, maybe secrets come into the light then. The Sun will oppose Jupiter on June 10th, this could be too much of a good thing (or something like greed), but can also bring us bounty and good luck. With the Sun squaring Neptune at the same time we'll have a magical (and tricky) t-square to talk about as we get closer.

The most exact aspects in play right now are a trine to Pallas (in Libra) and a semi-square to Vesta (in Aries).

The trine to Pallas in Libra (brakes off) speaks of diplomatic strategies and goodwill that will factor smoothly into our New Moon beginning. Compromises/seeking balance within our relationships. Communications and ideas will take other people/partnerships into consideration. Maybe people are talking about what they want/need.

The semi-square to Vesta in Aries (start or warning of a potential crisis/tension) speaks of the New Moon's beginning challenging (Aries semi-square) what we hold sacred (Vesta). With Mars (Aries ruler) in Cancer - maybe we will have to DEFEND what we are doing/saying/thinking. This could actually be a good thing because it will force us to dig more deeply (Gemini can be kind of superficial and there is a building square to Neptune) into our ideas/choices. Should we still be dedicating our time/attention to this? Do we still believe in that? Do we actually know what we are talking about?

Mercury (ruler of Gemini and this New Moon) is sextiling Vesta. This is  gentle, but opportunistic. Here is a nudge in the new direction, some way through the choices. Here is what is most important to us. Focus on this. With Vesta in Aries it could require courage/initiative. It could be a new idea that grabs our attention and won't let go.

Keep in mind New Moons are times in the dark. We can't see where we are going with this yet. Gemini is mutable air - things are in flux.

Mercury is comfy, cozy in her home sign at the time of this New Moon, but is quickly (within hours) going to leave Gemini for sensitive Cancer. So we move quickly from our intellect/head into our emotions/heart.

We will be feeling what people are saying. Our own words will be impacting other people emotionally, too. Feeling vulnerable will quickly be part of this New Moon's beginning.

Mercury will move on to square Chiron (in Aries), so it is likely some words/thoughts could be painful. Whatever this is it won't likely be bandaged up by us (or someone else) saying just the right thing - with Chiron the pain is the healing. Thinking about - "why do these words hurt? what is familiar about this?" and then maybe having a good old cry - yes, one of those big, old ugly ones that make everything a fuzzy, black, mascara-y blur - might just be more healing than trying to fix whatever has just been re-wounded with some Betadine. This wound is too old and too deep for that.

We are probably still a couple days away from the waterworks though.

For now, set your intentions! 

And get what you can get done NOW - mid-June looks especially gnarly with Mars opposing the Cappy line-up (prepping everything for 2020), Mercury will meet Mars three times during her/his upcoming retrograde and THIS WEEK is one month before the first summer eclipse - events often happen one month before the eclipse dates, so this New Moon in Gemini's new chapter is uber important.


This is a great time for affirmations for Gemini themes - movement, flexibility, wit, communication, logic, social graces and ease, siblings, local issues, teaching/learning, mental anxiety, areas of life where you are seeing double or doing two things at once, our nervous system, hands, wrists, arms, shoulders and our lungs.

AFFIRMATION TIPS: get into a good frame of mind - always make affirmations from a  positive place (meaning both happy and certain) - write your affirmations down by hand in script, speak them out loud - then release your attention from them knowing that your intention is known.  

Know what you seek is seeking you (Rumi). 

Know these things are already yours.

xo all

I have my sister in town and took a day trip on Sunday and didn't get to the weekly. I will try to get to it over the next couple days or we will run this motha' with the dailies this week!