Today's Astrology Forecast | October 31, 2019 - Happy Halloween, Mercury stations retrograde, time gets stretchy, being a dog with a bone, a stabilizing month ahead with hidden resources to be uncovered

The waxing Sagittarius Moon goes void off an optimistic hook-up with Jupiter at 10:29AM EDT. She will be void until 10:38PM EDT when she moves into serious and business-minded Capricorn. So, not the day to start anything brand-new, but that conjunction to Jupiter should give us a nice BOOST.

Roll with any twists and turns. Expect some do-overs and for time to get kind of stretchy. 

The big news today is Mercury stations retrograde (27 degrees Scorpio) at 11:42AM EDT. She/he will be retrograde until November 20th and start covering entirely new ground around December 8th.

We start at the same degree where Mercury met Venus yesterday - and you might remember we had Venus retrograde in Scorpio last autumn (at earlier degrees). Venus moves on (she is at 28 degrees Scorpio by the time of Mercury's station), but Mercury turns back.

Time to re-think, re-examine, re-visit, re-vise whatever attraction Venus has brought us.

Mercury is retrograde, and we ignore that at our own peril. Trying to plow ahead re-gardless will not work. It also won't work to stand still and try to wait Mercury out. We must move our ideas, projects, etc through the process of the retrograde period.

I remember when most people had never heard of a Mercury Retrograde transit and now it seems like poor Mercury (planet of communication and MAGIC) is being shamed/blamed for everything that goes wrong!

This is probably because 1. the internet has exposed many more people to astrological teachings 2. most people are moving so fast now any sort of slowdown feels like a problem  3. it's a convenient excuse when stuff falls to shit (pardon my french), especially stuff that would normally be considered our fault

The truth is, that although we don't want to spend too much time looking backward - we can't full steam ahead through life either. And life doesn't stop because Mercury (or any other planet) is retrograde.

Now this particular Mercury retrograde is beginning at almost the very end of SCORPIO (27 degrees).

So we get almost to the very end of something and ... there is a hold-up.

This deep diving and emotional Mercury retrograde will help us build the MENTAL STRENGTH we need to deal with the changes we have been experiencing and the changes still to come - because the truth of these volatile times we are living in is this - we have to do what we came here to do and for some people this means big endings because we are needed somewhere else.

With Mercury long past her opposition to Uranus (Mars will still oppose Uranus after he gets into Scorpio) and with Scorpio trining Neptune and sextiling Pluto and Saturn - this Mercury retrograde shouldn't be so typically stressful! There are opportunities here.

We are diving deeply into something and then going back and forth through it - revising, revamping, redoing, rethinking. Scorpio doesn't play and rules really important matters, so this stuff will likely be both collectively and individually meaningful.

Secrets can come out. Intimacy issues/financial information will be talked about. Deep emotions will be expressed. This is an excellent time for communications with our ancestors. It could be, we (and other people) will be digging up what no one really wants to talk about and then talking about it.

If we are doing important research before making a serious commitment or taking another look at a verbal deal or something we have learned, keep in mind information and communication will be influx until the third week of November and also keep in mind that Scorpian commitments last.

This could be about a Scorpio collective theme - life/death, other people's money, investments, inheritance, loans, mortgages, taxes, intimacy issues, sex, reproduction, the resources we have merged with other people - a Mercurian theme we are going deeply into - information, communications, commerce, learning, teaching, sibling issues, local community issues, transportation situations - or the theme of your natal (or progressed) Scorpio house.

What we discover (and what we do with what we discover - a retrograde Mercury doesn't mean we sit on our butts) in November - remember Scorpio rules hidden resources AND we have the final sextile of Neptune and Saturn this month (!) - will have a great impact on how the December and January powerhouse energetics work through us.

We'll talk about all of this as we move through it.

xo all

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Today's Astrology Forecast | October 30, 2019 - deep conversations about love or money, knowing what we want, opportunities through partnerships, back up those files

The Moon is in high-flying Sagittarius now - her only aspect today a square to a retrograde Neptune at 9:48PM EDT. The Sag Moon could see us focused on Sag themes - foreign issues, travel, higher education, legal issues, media, publishing, religion, weddings, our beliefs and BIG ideas.

The square to Neptune speaks of tension/frustration via possibly anything we are over-doing. With the Moon in Sag talking to Neptune - things can look more ideal than they actually are. Excellent for creative work though. Stay grounded. And sober.

Mercury catches up to Venus (this is the degree of Mercury's station TOMORROW, so part of a longer story that may require some re-visions - have you backed up those files?!) at 27 degrees Scorpio.

Sweet (Venus) talk (Mercury). Deep conversations about love/finances/intimate issues. Seductive words. Secrets and bottom-line information is communicated. Knowing what we want. Talking with/thinking about women. Good for commerce. Plans and information could look good - keep in mind, Mercury is about to start moving backward (from our perspective here on Earth), so whatever we are dealing with now is part of a long and winding story that will require re-looks, re-vision, re-dos, etc.

(for some people Mercury will activate transportation situations and sibling/local community issues)

With the Sag Moon/Neptune and Venus/Mercury we could easily put the cart before the horse with some situation and spend the next few weeks re-working/re-vising decisions we make now. I am not saying this is necessarily a bad thing, just something to keep in mind.

Sextiling Juno, partnership issues are likely factoring in here and opportunities are coming through other people - who we partner up with, who we enter into contracts with, who we hire, etc.

xo all

photo by the talented vampire-zombie

Today's Astrology Forecast | October 28, 2019 - forward movement, expect the unexpected, tension between what we have and what needs to go, relationship challenges

Today we move through last night's New Moon in Scorpio machinations.

See the post about that HERE.

The Moon in Scorpio passes the Scorpio Sun and moves into a sextile with Saturn at 5:18PM EDT (could be a good time to set those intentions if you haven't yet) - this is fertile, productive energy and the Moon is waxing now (growing!). At 6:51 the Moon trines (brakes off) a retrograde Neptune - deep emotions, we are feeling/processing whatever is happening. More forward movement.

The Sun (in Scorpio) opposes Uranus (in Taurus) at 4 degrees. Maybe a light is shined on something Scorpian (life/death, other people's money, other people's resources, taxes, loans, inheritance, sex, intimacy, reproduction, third party situations) through an unexpected situation or encounter that shakes up our world via changes to our money, values or self-esteem. Scorpio and Taurus are fixed signs and change doesn't come easy. This is tension between holding onto what we have and releasing what needs to go. For some, with this coming at a New Moon in Scorpio, if directly hitting your chart, the very ground beneath their feet could be shaking. For others maybe an unusual person enters your life (they could exit just as quickly) and creates some disorder. Expect the unexpected. Be prepared to think on your feet. Do something else. Buy a lottery ticket because well ... Uranus is interacting with a personal planet and I can't see your chart. 

Mars (still in Libra) inconjuncts - that rock and a hard place - Neptune (retrograde in Pisces). This one is challenging, too. Actions conflict with escapism/fantasy/the dream, but take action we must - waxing Moon with good aspects. Maybe we partner up for something now knowing something less than ideal is likely to come of things or our partner's drifting into lalaland interferes with our ability to get something started/done (or maybe vice versa). We are challenged to take imaginative/creative AND balanced actions within relationships here. We could swing from assertion to passivity with partners.

The Scorpian Moon's trine to Neptune should help focus our energies and allow us to persevere if we want to give up or get to the truth of something. Definitely avoid alcohol and drugs with this one.

xo all

photo by the amazing thefirebomb

Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of October 28, 2019 - fated activity, hurry up and wait, rethinking that sweet talk, digging around in the dirt and then allowing the dust to settle, attracting more and better, smartening up

We begin this week with the North Node in Cancer (home/what feels like home, nurturing, family, mother, vulnerabilities, our interior world) on last summer's final Eclipse point - there is much fated activity happening in people's lives at this time. Our safety/happiness/way forward lies in our ability to become more authentic/more real and consistent. More in touch with our inner world. More in touch with our roots.

Let's take a look at the transits and we'll unpack the Moons in the dailies.

Oh, and Mercury stations retrograde on Halloween - BACK UP THOSE FILES!

SUNDAY - New Moon in Scorpio, Sun opposes Uranus, Mars squares Saturn
WEDNESDAY - Mercury conjuncts Venus
THURSDAY - Mercury stations retrograde in Scorpio
FRIDAY - Venus moves into Sagittarius
SATURDAY - Mercury conjuncts Pallas

SUNDAY - We talked about the New Moon which greatly impacts the next couple weeks HERE. Don't forget to set your New Moon intentions!

On WEDNESDAY - Mercury meets Venus.

Sweet (Venus) talk (Mercury). Seeing the beauty in the stuff we didn't want to look at before.

So, just before lovely Venus exits Scorpio for the blue skies of Sagittarius - she meets up with Mercury (in Scorpio for the long haul). Tell someone you love them. Talk about what you want. Send the email/the card/the letter. This is happening in Scorpio, so this won't be superficial fluffy chitchat. This is deeply felt. Maybe intense conversations during intimate moments. Scorpio rules big money/other people's money so financial transactions are favored now, too. Monetary stuff is promising, although it won't be so cut-and-dried

because right after Mercury meets Venus she/he stations retrograde on the same degree, so we could be re-thinking/re-viewing/going deeper into those same lovely conversations or promising financial information - over the next few days/weeks.

On THURSDAY - Happy Halloween! Mercury stations retrograde in Scorpio until November 20th.

Situations slow down. In a water sign, events will transpire to see that we get another look at our feelings. In Scorpio taboo subjects get re-examined. This will be INTENSE. Scorpio themes of intimacy, life and death and shared finances (and the theme of your natal Scorpio house) will have our focus. We will (over the next few weeks) be re-viewing old losses/old desires - stuff that brought us into connection/mergers with other people or other people's resources - as well as dealing with new information and the aftermath of losses/releases/deaths. We get a greater clarity about why and how some things were cleared from our lives and what we still need to let go of in order to move forward into greater freedom. Financial and intimate secrets can come out over the course of this transit. If we ask for the truth we had better be prepared to hear it .... but keep in mind we are going back and forth over this stuff, so it's not the time to take things at face value. It's not so much that the information will change over the course of this transit (although it certainly might), but our feelings will undoubtedly change. By the time Mercury exits Scorpio and the dust has settled we will know so much more than we do right now- no point jumping the gun here.

On FRIDAY - Venus lightens things up a bit with her move into blue-skies Sagittarius. Sagittarius themes (and the theme of our natal Sagittarius house) become more favored - travel, higher education, weddings, politics, legal issues, the media, publishing, religion, foreigners, everything outside our comfort zone, exploration, our beliefs and higher thinking.

Sagittarius Suns and Ascendants (1st house cusps) get more attractive now - becoming both able to attract what they want/need and easier on the eye. All of us get a visit from Venus in our Sagittarius houses (what house or houses carry Venus energy in your natal chart?) and those houses get more magnetic. 

Sagittarius is the sign of the archer. If we were archers - we would gather our energy. We would pull back our bow. We would take aim. We would hold our bow "in tension".

This holding position is important to landing our arrow where we intend it to go - to hit our target.

(of course, if we are in some kind of life and death battle with that arrow then I guess we just let it fly and hope for the best, but most situations we are facing are not quite so dire)

The same way an archer's "in tension" allows her arrow to hit her mark, our own "intentions" release our energy where we need it to go.

Intentions are not wishes; they are not hopes - wanting to do something is 180 degrees from intending to do it. Intention releases the potential that makes things happen.

So, we have Venus (love, women, beauty, what we value, our self esteem, money) moving into the sign of "POTENTIAL".

Experience is more valuable than stuff with Sagittarius.

Money (Venus) spent on travel will be well spent. Money (Venus) spent on other Sagittarius themes - higher education, legal issues, weddings, politics - will probably pay off, too, in the experiences we get back.

The search we began when Venus dove into Scorpio continues (through Mercury). But now instead of just looking at the stuff that is underneath, the underpinnings none of us really want to look at, Venus (as us) looks WAY out into the horizon at the stuff we might one day meet up with.

Sagittarius is the sign of faith. Do we have faith that better days are ahead for us?

This season Venus is even more powerful in Sagittarius because she will be meeting with Jupiter in his home sign for only a few more weeks!

This is excellent energy for artists and creatives to reach for something else, to work with something/someone foreign, to learn something new, to stretch. We attract what we want and need by optimistically embracing potential now. We don't have to know how this is all going to turn out, we know there will be adventure here - if we embrace what we do with an adventurous heart.

Yes, it's risky. And Sagittarians have been known to fall on their ass and even off a cliff now and then. But is there really any alternative to not trying?

This is the season of faith and potential for all Venus ruled themes - love, money, women, beauty, self-esteem, our values. How are we going to use this energy?

Remember the archer.

The archer stays focused and holds herself "in tension" through all the noise. 

We have our bow drawn and we are focused on the target, but suddenly the dog barks (or in my case - bites), the phone rings, the guy next door starts blasting Vampire Weekend and you know we have to stop and listen to that.

(and sometimes this noise can last a while and sometimes life sends us noise to test our intentions and see how badly we want something or sometimes the noise could be there to delay us because there is something better for us later or other people's arrows or targets need to line up with ours)

Because once that arrow is released, it is released. There is no grabbing it midair and straightening that baby out (unless you have some super power that I would be totally jealous to find out about).

We have to have faith enough to release the arrow anyway. Bulls-eyes can be highly over-rated. Sometimes it's the missed targets that lead to the best adventures!

Remember even rock solid things, and actually especially rock solid things, will turn to dust eventually if they are allowed to just sit there. Over the next month Venus (as us) will shake things up by expanding us outside our comfort zone.

So, even as Mercury is digging deeply in the dark, another part of us will be reaching for/attracting something bigger and more expansive. We will talk about this more as we move through November and Venus starts interacting with the other players.

On SATURDAY, Mercury conjuncts Pallas.

So here is our deep, focused thinking/conversations meeting up with the wisdom and strategies we need. Remember Mercury is retrograde now, so this won't be new information so much as our increased ability to make sense of it. We see the tactics we need. We recognize the patterns we need to avoid. It's time to smarten up.

xo all

photo by the amazing kevron2001

New Moon in Scorpio | October 27, 2019 - disruptive change, evolving through the shadows, truth bombs, danger Will Robinson, liberation, pushed to shift gears

On Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 11:38PM EDT - the Scorpio Moon meets the Scorpio Sun giving us this month's New Moon.

Let's dig right in and unpack the chart!

The Moon/Sun meet in deep, dark, intimate and powerful Scorpio at 4 degrees.

They are exactly opposing disruptive Uranus, so we have our annual Sun opposing Uranus (unexpected shake-ups and changes) coming at the same time as the New Moon in Scorpio's powerful and transformative NEW BEGINNING.

There is a definite before-and-after kind of permanency around changes now.

With Uranus in Taurus - our money, our values, our self-esteem, our resources - the shake-ups (unexpected ending, etc) could impact one of these themes (or the theme of your natal Taurus house). Oppositions are projections. Someone or something that is not us is interacting in our life in a way we don't want. Uranus often brings sudden change and disruption and coming at the time of the New Moon in Scorpio and right before Mercury is set to retrograde in Scorpio - the change will likely push us into something deeper and more intense, maybe something that creates greater intimacy with others or something that re-aligns our values in a new way.

Our New Moon in Scorpio is answering to Scorpio rulers Pluto and Mars (old ruler).

Mars in Libra (our actions, our motivation and passion, in Libra dealing with our projections/our relationships/balance) is exactly squaring Saturn (in Capricorn). There are limits/rules here. Dealings with authority. Hierarchical maneuverings. Relationships are challenging. Delays are frustrating. With Mars in Libra we will need to be polite/diplomatic, more gracious than we may want to be. Be kind. Be fair. Some may need to fall on their swords. Ouch! Saturn here is a wall, a constraint, an authority blocking our way forward. We could get an unexpected or unwanted "no" or maybe a partner's actions challenge our own sense of authority.

(there is also the chance of physical injury or the need for hard labor to the point of exhaustion - this has been in play for a few days - drive safely, be careful with fire/sharp objects, etc - no dark alleys, back away from danger slowly)

Getting angry, frustrated or passive-aggressive (Mars) or deciding to push harder won't help the situation now. Saturn is unyielding. There will be delays/ending/limits. Roadblocks serve a purpose - sometimes we need to go around, crash over or plow through them and sometimes they keep us from falling off the cliff.

Squares to Saturn take a material form. Situations show up in the real 3D world. They can be a time of testing. We are dealing with the consequences of  previous physical actions (karma, cause and effect), but squares themselves are nobody's fault. They simply push us toward an unexplored new action. Without squares nothing would actually happen!

Pluto (still sitting on 20 degrees Capricorn) is direct - the death that was postponed is no longer postponed. Endings and beginnings now are connecting to the big December 2019 and January 2020 energies. There is no turning back now!

The New Moon looks like a new beginning (in the dark, so lots we don't know right now) birthed from an unexpected and possibly chaotic and jolting ending/change/liberation. 

This could be INTENSE.

Mercury is stationing retrograde in just four days, so whatever gets started, and it feels to me like a quiet start (that packs a long-term punch) - it will likely require re-visions, re-thinking, re-dos, etc. And keep in mind this is Scorpio (power/control) we are talking about so we want to be sure we know what we are doing with this energy! The skies are dark so we won't know everything, but maybe something about this Uranian change/shocker clarifies our values or turns our focus and then Mercury's upcoming back-and-forth gets us clear over the next few weeks. Nothing in Scorpio is without some risk. Everything can feel like an ordeal. 

We may have to adapt to sudden change QUICKLY now. Maybe something has come slowly and then ALL AT ONCE.

Scorpio themes include life and death, rebirth, other people's money, spouse's income, mortgages, loans, inheritance, taxes, intimacy, merging/purging, sex, reproduction, secrets, the stuff we do in the dark, the stuff we don't talk about in polite company.

Venus (in Scorpio) is moving toward her conjunction with Pallas. Partnership strategies. Mergers and acquisitions. Good for financial planning. Love/money wisdom. Recognition of our patterns within our relationships. Win-wins. Plans with other people and with our money/resources that are both smart AND strategic. This is an intense and profound time for relationships (with the living and with people and animals no longer living) and this conjunction will help.

The inconjunct to Chiron is waning (fading). We are moving past the pain/the feeling we need to do everything ourselves or that we can't do something/the blow to our ego.

So here is a fresh start birthed through that hurting/healing, too. These are long chapters in thick books we are working through folks. It's a time for healing our shadow and what is hidden from us in the shadows.

There is a gathering of planets in Scorpio at this New Moon. And Mercury is slowing way down and preparing for her/his long-haul here. We are digging deep. Secrets are coming out. We can uncover unexpected resources/unexpressed power. Things we might have breezed right through last month are more intense now. The superficial/lightweight doesn't cut it.

Scorpio is uber powerful, so be prepared to commit to anything you start now. Actually, commit as if your life depends on it ... maybe it does. We go all the way or we sit this one out. 

There is no middle ground with a Scorpio New Moon.

And know that sometimes sitting this one out (for now) - especially with that square to Saturn sitting with the South Node and Venus opposing Vesta (the past, the thing that we used to be devoted to but just aren't feeling it anymore) might be OK, too. Use your intuition and internal guidance.

Sitting fallow allows a creative void for the energy to fill. It may take some time for life to get us lined up with something else. And that is OK. Even though some roads are closed to us by now, Saturn is in Capricorn. Time is still on our side. And Mercury is about to station retrograde, so unless you can get something done before Halloween it is going to be subject to the "re's" anyway.

This is an important month to set written/verbal NEW MOON INTENTIONS.

Scorpio is very powerful and this is the energy that rules our secrets. If we don't set this stuff consciously - our unconscious will attract what we are already lined up with - and this may be a good thing, but will depend on what we have stuffed in those closets and under those beds, so maybe not - with Scorpio, we don't know what we don't know!

I vote for conscious intention setting now - we just have to be clear on what we want/need or really we have to be clear on what we want/need to FEEL.

Set your intentions around that. 
AFFIRMATION TIPS: get into a positive frame of mind - always make affirmations from a positive place (positive 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 these things are already yours.


We went to visit my sister and her family in the Pacific Northwest mountains last week and I had a post I scheduled but somehow never posted, explaining that - yikes. I knew there would be spotty wifi, but thought I could work with it. I couldn't. Then we had to return suddenly due to a death in the family and my heart just wasn't into writing until tonight. Hope something in this post is helpful.

Today's Astrology Forecast | October 17, 2019 - investing in what we love, having some skin in the game, uncomfortable conversations, clearing the way for greener pastures, information, communication, busy-ness

The Moon continues her way through Gemini, mostly unobstructed. We are busy, communicative, curious, active. We want to know what we are talking about. Humor is connecting. She will trine (brakes off) Mars (in Libra) at 3:10PM EDT. Walking our talk with other people. Social activities.

Any Moon/Mars contact could make us (and other people) more easily irritated. We could feel rushed.

Our focus might be on Gemini themes - communications, information, siblings, neighbors, writing, sales, local travel, decisions, for some people Gemini will show up as transportation situations.

Venus (almost midway through Scorpio now) trines the Cancer North Node at 12 degrees.

What is deeply, passionately felt is pulling us forward. 

The deeper we go, the closer we get to a more authentic, more nurturing, more "feels like home and safety and mom and apple pie" future, even if it makes us feel more vulnerable. The thing we merge with other people - love/finances/resources - is moving us toward our future - as long as we are real with this (the Libra frivolousness/social niceties won't quite be enough); as long as we have some skin in the game. Move toward beauty. Move toward peace. But remember this is Scorpio. We can't just like it. We've got to LOVE IT. Scorpio demands commitment. We can't just stick a toe in and check the temperature, we have to get our whole body wet. 

People with planets/points on or very near 12 degrees of Cancer/Scorpio will feel this strongest, but we all have access.

Take something one step further. 

Dig a little deeper. 

Get a little closer.

At the same time Mercury, also in Scorpio, (more depth/more truth) is trining Black Moon Lilith in Pisces. Giving a voice to a taboo space we are holding. Uncomfortable conversations. With Mercury walking his/her pre-retrograde degrees we will be back here two more times (11/9 retrograde and 12/4 direct), so this conversation isn't over.

We have the Moon in Gemini able to keep things light and intellectual. Wanting to stay on the surface. But, Gemini's ruler Mercury (deep in Scorpio now at 18 degrees) NEEDING to know what's underneath.

We also have Jupiter semi-sextile Pluto at 20 degrees. We have to trust that what has died/what we have lost/the power that has crumbled is happening and has happened to pave the way for something BETTER. When we lose, we win. Jupiterian "luck" requires faith. We are being made stronger, being readied for something MORE.

xo all

photo by the amazing thefirebomb

Today's Astrology Forecast | October 16, 2019 - long void, dealing with what we already have, time gets stretchy, adjusting to a partner, ego vs instinct

The Moon goes void off a trine to Pluto at 4:37AM EDT. She will be void all day - until she moves into busy and communicative Gemini at 10:30PM EDT.

Time gets stretchy.

We can get alot done during the void today - or just get some rest - off that Pluto trine (nice productive energy, empowerment, looking at resources, dealing with what we own), but stick to routine tasks and expect some twists and turns and do-overs.

During her void she will inconjunct the Libra Sun giving us this month's waxing inconjunct.

This is the aspect that winds down last weekend's big Full Moon in Aries - Sun inconjunct Moon is about self-acceptance (in this case the Taurean energy will be about accepting what we have, maybe the bird in the hand) and this self-acceptance adjusting to our relationships (Libra). Maybe we value this, but society (through the people we are in relationship with) tells us we need to value that. We have this, but to be in balance we need to have that.

Maybe this transit - and it moves very fast today, blink and it will be gone - lets us see the ways we might 1. struggle for acceptance within relationships, 2. attract situations where we are not wanted 3. feel a need to explain or justify ourselves or what we have 4. want/need to change something we have/own in order to be in a relationship or bring a relationship into a better balance

Through these monthly Sun/Moon inconjuncts we are learning (through the various signs and their spaces in our natal chart) the difference between our natural motivations/inclinations and where we might have an ulterior motive of winning acceptance, etc. Ego vs instinct.

Remember inconjuncts are never going to be totally reconcilable. This is the rock and the hard place - a space of give and take.

What needs to shift for balance to be maintained/restored? The Moon is void, so no big moves, but just do a little more of that.

xo all

photo by the talented laura-makabresku

Today's Astrology Forecast | October 15, 2019 - information leaking out, logic and intuition working together, intimate conversations, compassion, connection through language, visionary thinking, talking to our ancestors

The Moon is cruising through Taurus today - trining Saturn at 4:44PM EDT (stabilizing our money, setting up a budget) and sextiling Neptune at 8:22PM EDT. She has an opposition with Mercury at 8:32PM EDT - so the potential for some kind of mine vs ours or love/money/intimacy tiff this evening. The latest set of Dem debates are tonight in the U.S., maybe financial/monetary policies will be a point of contention.

The good news today is we have Mercury (in Scorpio) trining Neptune (in Pisces).

Visionary thinking.

Boundaries dissolve. Words bring us closer together. Situations feel more intimate. Someone (maybe us and the words may just drift right out of our mouths) says something very REAL expanding our compassion and connection.

Potentially emotional conversations about endings.

This is from the weekly:

"Inspirational/intuitive thinking. Creativity. Spirituality. Writing. Making/listening to music. Our logical mind and our intuition is working together. The words left unsaid are maybe more important than what we are saying/hearing, so pay attention with all your senses. More secrets coming out as Neptune dissolves those Scorpian boundaries. Our ancestors/our past is talking to us. Listen. Meditate. The answers are out there (they won't be the final answers though because Mercury is on a long, back-and-forth journey through deep Scorpio this fall)."

Not good energy for detailed work, but beautiful energy for creative and mystical work.

We are both listening to our intuition AND incorporating truth/the facts into our thinking now.

As always with any Neptune contact, there is always the possibility for rose-colored glasses and illusion. Keep this in mind, maybe, but don't let the fear of saying too much keep something bottled up that needs to be said ...

xo all

Also keep in mind Mercury is walking degrees she/he will walk two more times - so we will be back here again on November 13th with Mercury retrograde (when we do the re-vision, re-thinking, saying it again another way, etc) - and finally on November 28th with Mercury direct and the final/final answer. People with planets and points near 15 degrees Scorpio/Pisces will feel this strongest.

Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of October 14, 2019 - out of the shadows, knowing what we don't want to know but it stabilizes us, inspirational thinking, mergers and acquisitions, saying yes to opportunities

MONDAY - Sun squares Pluto, Mercury sextiles Saturn
TUESDAY - Mercury trines Neptune
THURSDAY - Venus trines the North Node, Mercury trines BML
SATURDAY - Mercury sextiles Pluto
SUNDAY - Venus sextiles Saturn

Lots of information and communication this week (big news and deep insights) as we prepare to make IMPORTANT DECISIONS which we will re-visit, re-view, re-vise over the next few weeks.

On MONDAY, the Moon went void Sunday evening at 5:59PM EDT off her square to Pluto. She is void until 12:24PM EDT when she moves into comfort-loving Taurus - the sign of her exaltation.

The Sun squares Pluto (we talked about this in the Full Moon posts HERE) is exact now. A light is thrown on the shadows of a relationship/an injustice/something out of balance. Jealousy. Compulsion. Manipulation. Uncomfortable and unbalanced power situations. Power struggles. Something could feel like life and death (because in a sense it is) as we struggle for air.

The ways through this: let's think about the signs involved, Libra/Capricorn - maybe here is the need for grace under pressure. Diplomacy. Tact. This isn't about being wishy-washy, passive aggressive or playing small to keep something in balance though. The Sun is going to move past his square to Pluto - as whatever this is comes out into the light. This could also be a bit of a humbling as the Sun (our ego) needs to maneuver around the darkness. Secrets can come out.

Maybe something we have been avoiding looking at will come into focus. Our self-sabotaging tendencies might be right in our face. Cords are being/have been cut all over the place folks.

Today's other big aspect will help -

Mercury (in Scorpio) sextiles Saturn (in Capricorn).

Opportunities via talks and information, especially with authority, our career and goals. Excellent for business and commerce. Making efforts toward greater security. Information that stabilizes the situation. Our ideas get legs. We are merging. Borrowing/lending. Getting to the bottom of things. Doing the research. Walking our talk.

With Mercury in Scorpio - Scorpian themes - other people's money, spouse's income, taxes, inheritance, loans, intimacy, sex, reproduction, life/death, finances - could play a part.

We'll talk about the Moon for Monday since I won't be doing a daily today.

The Moon in Taurus hooks up with change-maker Uranus. Surprises with love/money are possible. Situations that shift our values. The Moon opposes Venus at 4:33PM EDT - more volatility along those same lines. The Moon in Taurus wants comfort and stability and Venus in Scorpio is digging down deep, stirring stuff up and rocking the boat. We may find out more than we really want to know, BUT the knowledge is stabilizing in the long-term (remember that sextile from Mercury to Saturn now). We are figuring out where we stand, what we stand for and who is standing WITH US.

On TUESDAY, Mercury trines (brakes off) Neptune (in Pisces).

Inspirational/intuitive thinking. Creativity. Spirituality. Writing. Our logical mind and our intuition is working together. The words left unsaid are maybe more important than what we are saying/hearing, so pay attention with all your senses. More secrets coming out as Neptune dissolves those Scorpian boundaries. Our ancestors/our past is talking to us. Listen. Meditate. The answers are out there. Not good energy for detailed work, but beautiful energy for creative and mystical work. We are both listening to our intuition AND incorporating truth/the facts into our thinking now.

On THURSDAY, Venus (in Scorpio) will trine the North Node and Mercury will trine Black Moon Lilith. Things are moving forward.

We are sifting through the information/insight, absorbing that Full Moon ending/truth, any need for liberation/to be ourselves, are looking beyond the day-to-day to what is truly possible - we are lining up with our values/what we want to attract. Look for Venus themes/Scorpio themes - love, money, relationships, our values, self-esteem, intimacy issues, finances, what we have merged with other people - to move us toward a more authentic future (that Cancer North Node).

On FRIDAY, we have a Finger of God (a fated situation) between the Moon (in information-loving Gemini) and Mercury and Pluto. Truth. Deep insight.

On SATURDAY, Mercury sextiles Pluto. Remember we had the testing/tension filled square last weekend and earlier in the week, and now depending on what we did with that, we get the OPPORTUNITY. Words are powerful and focused like a laser beam.

On SUNDAY, now it is Venus's turn to sextile Saturn - there are OPPORTUNITIES to stabilize a financial situation. Think quality over quantity. Long term investing is favored. Mergers and acquisitions. Disciplined spending and savings pays off. This is good energy to pay down/off debt or to start a savings plan. Relationships launched now could be long-lasting, security-focused or between a younger/older person. Think mentor. Rewards for hard work can come in. Merged resources/other people's money stabilizes a situation. People will be looking for a commitment.

We show love through taking care of our responsibilities and honoring our obligations. Excellent energy for business dealings. Excellent energy for women to work with and step into authority now.

Keep in mind other than Monday's lunar notes, I list aspects when they are most exact EDT, but we will feel them/can access them as they build and unwind also - so things could happen on different days. Some things we have to deal with and some we can CHOOSE to interact with. Also keep in mind we don't always have to do anything with energy - it impacts us just by being alive on planet Earth. This week there is alot of information coming out and we change by interacting with words/communications/research/our thinking etc. And because Venus is still right behind Mercury - which is ideal is some ways, but also pumps up the volume - Venusian situations/attractions (love, money, self-esteem, values, women, beauty) follow the conversations/information. With both planets in Scorpio, even though this is Libra season, things will go deeper and be sharper (probably no one is bringing anyone flowers right now) than might be comfortable. 

We'll unpack all of this in the dailies.

xo all

photo by the amazing Natalia Ciobanu

Full Moon in Aries | October 13, 2019 - the long good-bye, the change changes, a pressure cooker kind of pushy, clearing the road, a new season of life, a new identity, a wider vista, an open mind

We end an intense week (next week looks easier) with an intense Full Moon - in play for two weeks, but strongest over the next couple days!

On Sunday, October 13th, at 5:07PM EDT, the Aries Moon moves into an exact opposition with the Libra Sun giving us this month's Full Moon.

The Full Moon is always a time of tension - it's a time of Sun opposite Moon. Oppositions are pretty much just what they sound like. This is the "we vs me" polarity of the Libra/Aries axis.

This is the culmination of the Aries New Moon that launched the lunar year back in April, so maybe something from that time is finishing up. Or maybe it never really got started and here we are half a year later. Feels like years ago, doesn't it? I think I am aging in dog years now. Woof.

The New Moon from April is intrinsically connected to this Full Moon - if you have a couple minutes re-read it HERE.

At the Full Moon things peak, culminate or come to light. Results are delivered. Stuff finishes up.

Aries energy is very self sufficient. This is the energy of "me". The sign of "I am". The baby of the zodiac, Aries can't always see the other person's side of things because if they did they wouldn't be able to take quick, decisive action and that quick decisive action is what they are here to manifest.

Aries is the sign of the warrior.

Let's unpack the chart!

The Full Moon/Sun opposition is squaring Pluto (20 degrees Capricorn) - God of the Underworld. What is gone and isn't coming back? What is dead that we are still feeding? What is hibernating and waiting to be re-born?

The Sun squaring Pluto is a powerful transit and happening exactly at a Full Moon amps it up even more. Pluto is always about a death. Full Moons are also the time of endings/culminations. So the Full Moon is both a piece of a difficult long-term process of challenging change via an important ending already in motion AND a space of challenging change itself.

The change could change.

The square speaks of tension/frustration. A power struggle. Maybe manipulations/domination in an attempt to hang onto something. A transformative crisis. Feeling like something is life and death. Maybe it is. Most likely it isn't. With the Moon in brave Aries maybe having the courage to face the dark/lose it all ....

The Moon is opposing the Sun in Libra (and Mars, ruler of Aries is IN Libra) which is about our relationships; always seeking balance and harmony and justice and beauty. Maybe something has moved so far out of balance it will take a big passionate (maybe even angry) push in another direction to get us back to center.

Mars, ruler of Aries and so ruler of this lunation is in his "fall" in Libra - not able to be the Marsy (ie ballsy action Jackson) guy we typically need/want him to be, but on the other hand he is also more cooperative, fairer/more diplomatic, and able to see another point of view.

The Full Moon's potent exact square to powerful Pluto sets the stage for difficult change.

And intense emotions. And the easiest emotion for the Full Moon in Aries to reach for is anger. A challenging matter MUST be addressed. The stuff we didn't want to deal with, if we haven't, well now we have to.

Keep in mind the Moon is in Aries - our action, anger, passion, how we initiate, how we fight, how we get what we want. Full Moon events spring from our actions/ambitions/passions. And the Moon is conjunct Eris (goddess of discord and more of that angry outsider/won't be boxed in energy we have been dealing with this week) - things could get explosive.

The good news and there is plenty - the Full Moon is trining - brakes off - both Jupiter (expansion, good luck, faith, optimism) and Ceres (nurturing, seasons of life issues, what seems outside our control) and the Sun is sextiling (opportunity) Jupiter and Ceres.

This is the chapter where - when we lose, we win. 

The Plutonian ending is creating the fertile soil most needed for new growth AND we have the Jupiter/Ceres trine and sextile to provide the avenues for this growth (we are clearing the road) AND we will need to MAKE AN EFFORT.

A new season.

A new identity.

A fresher vision.

A wider horizon.

An open mind.

Relationships that have been going through a rough patch - which seems par for the course right now as lifetimes of karma drops away (how many of our connections to other people are karmic tangles that as they come un-knotted leave us feeling alone and un-tethered?) - can come back to life over the next couple weeks.

What else do we see in this event chart?

Venus is opposing Uranus (exact yesterday), Mercury is trining the North Node (exact yesterday). Mars is moving off his opposition to hurting/healing Chiron. Black Moon Lilith is moving off her conjunction to Neptune. What a build-up to this Moon! This stuff is in our rear-view mirror, but just barely. Actions/interactions that trigger old wounds. Rebellion. Delusion. Surprises around love and money/or other people's money. Words/information that move us toward something more authentic.

Keep in mind Mercury will retrograde in Scorpio and she/he (as us) is walking degrees he will walk two more times. 

So, everything from now until Halloween (when Mercury stations retrograde) will be "re-visited, re-vised, re-done" from November 1st through November 20th. Keep this in mind now.

This is a time of deep insight. Aspects to Pluto and the Nodes mean decisions we make now, particularly around what stays and what goes (and some of this is most certainly outside our control) and our path forward have both stickiness and long-term consequences.

So, where is it what we want to do/who we want to be (our ARIES) not matching up to our reality?

This Full Moon, with its pressure-cooker kind of pushiness, makes it obvious.

Aries (as us) has excellent instincts.

We have to trust them now.

The New Moon in two weeks (in Scorpio) looks challenging, too. If we are waiting for things to ease up to make a move we will be sitting on our asses until spring. But don't take that as permission to do some idiotic 'toss the baby out with the bathwater' Aries thingie.

More will become clear in the week ahead as we get more revelations, intimacy and commitment deepens and we begin to add some structure/stability to what all this Scorpio/Pluto is digging up.

xo all

Today's Astrology Forecast | October 12, 2019 - building toward tomorrow's Full Moon, abrupt changes around love and money, acting quickly and assertively but not impulsively, words matter

The Moon moved into Aries late last night. Her only aspect today is an opposition to Aries ruler, Mars, at 11:43AM EDT. Emotional arguments/passionate moves. Maybe heroic action where we rise to the occasion or volatile interactions because everyone is all jacked up. Assertion vs aggression. Drive safely. Channel this into something physical. Get some exercise. Work with it.

We are building toward tomorrow's BIG Full Moon in Aries squaring Pluto and trining Jupiter and Ceres.

Venus makes her annual opposition to Uranus (retrograde). Scorpio/Taurus. What we own and what we have merged with other people is abruptly adjusted. Relationship power shifts. Relationship shake-ups. Our values change suddenly. Something is important to us one minute and unimportant the next as our focus moves to something else. Our self-esteem changes. Money changes hands. An unexpected expense. An unexpected influx. Possessions get lost. This is about love, sex, money, jealousy, obsession, merged finances, loans, inheritances. Oppositions are projections, but look like they are triggered by outside influences. It's sudden/shocking/exciting/last-minute CHANGE. And this could have already played out within the last couple weeks - Uranus is ahead of his time. But can also play out now, too. What changed changes. Buy a lottery ticket.

This aspect is part of tomorrow's Full Moon ending energy, so if we have been clinging too tightly to something that isn't ours (and keep in mind we can never lose what is truly ours) or if power within relationships has become too unbalanced - this, coupled with that square from Pluto to the Sun tomorrow coupled with the Full Moon culmination, is potent energy for it to be wrenched away from us to restore some kind of balance.

At the same time, Mars, is inconjunct Uranus. Mars is in Libra, the sign of his detriment (and we know he is squaring the Moon today). In Libra, he wants everyone to get along and can avoid making a move for fear of upsetting someone or standing up for himself, so now maybe he (as us) has procrastinated and does something impulsive or passive-aggressive. This feels kind of like yesterday's rebelliousness within relationships/a compulsion to act in unconventional ways, so more of that energy. In Libra/Taurus this is about "we" vs what I own. Good energy for acting quickly and assertively, just avoid big, impulsive moves. A time of adjustment.

Mercury in Scorpio is trining (brakes off) the North Node in Cancer (our way forward) now so pay attention to the information that comes in/the deep conversations - among all the muddle, something is pointing us in the right direction. Toward something that feels more safe and nurturing. Something that feels like home. Something that feels more authentic.

Words are especially powerful right now. 

We need to pay attention to today's conversations and think about what we are thinking about. With trines things can move so smoothly - this means whatever is happening should fall into place - they are easy to miss or discount.

The right conversation, words, ideas that point us forward will find us. Maybe something we learn now will be needed later.

Speak carefully and purposefully. Talk about what you want to happen and not what you do not want. Words always matter. We are finishing up something here that spills the seeds our next something is rooted in. Use precise language.

This could be a final chance to check something off, revise our plan, or review the details of a situation/agreement/decision, etc. The best answers should come easy. If we have to manipulate, push or force something into place it is the wrong something or the wrong timing.

(although with Mercury in potentially manipulative/secretive Scorpio we may need some Game of Thrones style maneuvering)

And remember Mercury also rules our neighborhood, our siblings and transportation - which sounds random, but actually isn't.

Alot of today's info will flow into the Full Moon post next. It's still Libra season, a time of balance, but with both Venus and Mercury in Scorpio we are going deeper, faster now. The social niceties give way quickly to stuff that is more real and sometimes more messy ....

xo all

photo by the talented RaphaelleM

Today's Astrology Forecast | October 11, 2019 - all day Void Moon, wanting or exploring more within our relationships, an urge for freedom or need to be ourselves, merging and purging, a balancing act

The Pisces moon squared Jupiter at 4:01AM EDT and then went void off a sextile (opportunity) to Pluto at 5:55AM EDT. She will be void for the rest of the day (EDT) and move into Aries after midnight. There she'll be on course for our big Full Moon on Sunday (5:08PM EDT).

The Moon sextile Pluto (last aspect before void) means she continues to perform today and encourages deep connecting/production through working together; through what we merge. Good for research. Getting to the bottom of things. Finding the hidden power structures. Who is really pulling the strings. Merging. Purging. Clean-ups. Endings.

The Sun at 17 degrees Libra is inconjunct (rock and hard place) Black Moon Lilith now. Maybe the supportive relationship is at odds with the freedom to be ourselves/pull toward something more "fringe element", but maybe darker, too. Tread carefully here.

The Sun is also sextiling Ceres in Sagittarius, so maybe the relationship (that Sun in partner-focused Libra) or balance/fairness issue is nourished now through bigger and more expansive actions/thinking - it doesn't have to be so black and white as Lilith wants (her cake and eating it, too), since it is Libra season - the time of balance.

Explore something new. Expand your reach together.  The Libra/Sag sextile is about social charm/conversations. Talk about it. Especially those Ceres themed issues - nurturing, season of life issues, things that feel out of our control.

The Sag sextile brings hope, a sense of justice and positivity to Libra (the relationship). The Pisces inconjunct brings the challenge - which could be a Lilith (personal freedom/where we don't fit in) issue or a Piscean issue - addiction, need to escape, avoiding the personal - the relationship - through the impersonal (the infinite). Libra wants balance and Pisces is the infinite where there is no need for balance anymore. Of course, we don't live on Neptune and this is Libra season. Balance/fairness, as challenging as it can be, is our friend. Both these aspects were in play yesterday, too.

So, this is a sextile with important celestial bodies between your Sag and Libra houses - what are those themes? We always have the sextile (opportunity), but now we have the energies (bodies in the houses or seats in the chairs so to speak) to do something with the sextile. At the same time we have the inconjunct between our Pisces and Libra houses.

Back with the Full Moon post - I hope everyone has a wonderful day. Three day weekend in some places for some people!

Keep in mind today - the Void Moon could bring some wonk (don't start anything new) - so roll with the twists and turns knowing they will be much ado about nothing. Use that Moon/Pluto sextile to look more closely at the stuff you would normally push under the rug. There are diamonds hidden among the dust bunnies now ...

xo all

photo by the talented Natalia Ciobanu

this is also the day Mercury starts walking (in Scorpio) the degrees he/she will walk two more times during his upcoming retrograde, so pay attention to what is going on now because it will be part of that process

Today's Astrology Forecast | October 9, 2019 - nourished through connection when connection is challenging, shifting values, staying healthy

The Moon is void until 12:05PM EDT when she enters "no boundaries" and imaginative Pisces. She trines Venus at 2:47PM EDT and sextiles a retrograde Uranus at 10:54PM EDT.

Roll with the flow during the void. The afternoon is good for creative work, spiritual work/healing.

The Moon in Pisces nourishes us (and events may turn our attention to) - our imagination, art, connection, charity, people/events from our past, nostalgia, endings, hospitals, healing, things/people who have been put away, things we have forgotten, spirituality, rest, escape, addiction.

The trine to Venus this afternoon could combine one of those Pisces themes with our money, relationships, our values, beauty, women or self-esteem. The late night sextile to Uranus speaks of something unexpected/forward leaning/liberating - in a good way. Change is good.

We still have the Mars/Chiron from yesterday in play - actions that hurt/heal. Weak spots triggered. Maybe having to assert ourselves. Being challenged to not project our pain (which can look like our bulllsh*t) onto other people. With Mars in Libra an opportunity to shift old and painful relationship dynamics.

The Sun is inconjunct illusory Neptune (ruler of the Moon after the void). With the Sun in partnership/balance/women focused Libra - it could be hard to see something here CLEARLY. Adjustments might be needed. Misunderstandings are possible. Maybe the 'dream' and the 'relationship or balance issue' are at odds somehow. The rock and the hard place.

We might face situations that allow us to see/feel where we are being too self-sacrificing or playing a victim role that no longer serves anyone or maybe a situation where more compassion is required of us.

Back with the BIG Full Moon post tomorrow and then we are going to get seriously focused on the January energies in these posts. Stay healthy everyone. 

xo all 

Astrology Forecast for Creatives | October 8, 2019 - a natural flow forward, intellectual connections, relationship breakthroughs, get it done and out early, taking action that might not seem so nice

The Moon in Aquarius trines the Sun (in Libra) at 5:20AM EDT bringing us this month's waxing trine as we grow toward this weekend's Full Moon -

this is good for trying something new within our relationships, having a breakthrough, doing something liberating, connecting with people via the internet. There is a natural flow between partners and independence/between one-on-one and the group. We can connect with people on an intellectual level. Communicate. Keep things light.

The Moon will go void off a sextile (opportunity) to an expansive and optimistic Jupiter at 2:26PM EDT. This is good for forward movement on all things Jupertarian/Sagittarius - travel, dealing with foreign issues, higher education, weddings, media, politics, religion, publishing and all things Aquarius - the goals that bring us into connection with other people, the internet, progressive issues, the future, astrology, our groups and causes and friendships as well as the themes of our natal Aquarius and Sag houses.

The Moon will be void for the rest of the day - so if you need to start something or do something you want "something to come of" - get it done BEFORE 2:26PM EDT.

Voids are a good time for practiced production (the stuff we do again and again) or we might find ourselves having to re-do it later when the Moon is no longer void (for example you paint a room and then later decide you don't like it and need to repaint, etc). Voids are also good times to put things out we want "nothing to come of" - for example that late filing tax return, in the U.S. due October 15th. Just keep in mind things can get wonky during voids - I once filed during a void only to get my return back in the mail many weeks later because I had forgotten to sign it. Nothing came of it, but not in the way I was wanting! I still like to file during voids though.

If a big fuss is stirred up during a Void Moon just roll with it because most likely nothing will come of it anyway.

This is also the day Venus moves into Scorpio (until November 1st) - we talked about that, at length, in the weekly HERE under Tuesday

and the day Mars (in Libra) squares Chiron (in Aries). This aspect might seem like whatever we do irritates someone or whatever someone else is doing is irritating us. Maybe we try to be nice (which can sometimes feel inauthentic with Mars here), but it backfires somehow. If we are afraid to make a move because it is scary to act independently or stand up for ourselves or we think we won't be "nice" if we do what we need to do - we are probably going to have to take that action anyway. Chiron in Aries is ABOUT the stuff we are having to do for ourselves and not rely on other people and what better than a square to a passive-aggressive Mars in Libra to bring out some relationship sore spots or projections. Chiron is in Aries answering to Mars and Mars is in Libra answering to Venus and Venus is diving into the murky waters of Scorpio today. It seems action should/will be taken even if it hurts.
Coming off yesterday's heavy energy of the Sun square Saturn, Mars/Chiron could just be a time when we need to set something DOWN. Do a little less. If things aren't showing up exactly as we would like them to - it's only because something BETTER is coming down the line. Know this. That Jupiter in Sagittarius sextile is reminding us to have faith.

That about wraps it up I think - the Moon is as happy as an Aquarius Moon can be and looking ahead it isn't until Thursday late afternoon that the Moon runs into any trouble at all, so she (as us) sails through Pisces tomorrow with the wind at her back also.

xo all

photo by the amazing machihuahua

Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of October 7, 2019 - a roadblock, disruptive clarity, seductive attractions, fated choices, shifting values, plus a huge Full moon at the end of the week

MONDAY - Sun squares Saturn, Mercury opposes Uranus
TUESDAY - Venus enters Scorpio, Mars opposes Chiron
SATURDAY - Venus opposes Uranus, Mercury trines the North Node
SUNDAY - Full Moon in Aries (20 degrees)

Lots happening and we are building to a big, fiery Full Moon in Aries (squaring Pluto) at the end of the week. The middle of the week looks the simplest ...

On MONDAY, the Sun (in Libra) squares Saturn (in Capricorn).

We talked about this yesterday:

"Our life force/creativity is blocked somehow. There is pressure, tension, frustration. Maybe too much work or too much service is being required of us. We could doubt our own abilities and any space we "don't have what it takes" could be right in our face and possibly even on view for others.

Maybe we get a "no". Maybe something that stabilizes us comes to an end or a relationship ends or the balance shifts. Maybe something requiring additional responsibilities/work could begin.

Whatever this wall is for our egos in this cycle - we hit it. "DAM!" said the fish when she did. Ack!

(and with the Sun in Libra we might experience this through another person or through a relationship situation)

Patience and diligence are really the only antidotes to a Saturnian wall.

Big girl pants meet big girl ass" ... then get on with it.

Sun/Saturn can be depressing/draining. It's cyclical, it's predictable, the Sun is fast moving - keep this in mind now. 

At the same time Mercury (in Scorpio) is opposing Uranus (in Taurus). Secrets could be exposed suddenly. Truth comes out. Information is revealed/conversations happen/decisions are made - that provide clarity, but are also disruptive/chaotic.

This can also just be, if this isn't hitting your personal chart closely - because Mercury rules the day-to-day stuff - changes in our plans. Sudden changes with a sibling situation. Transportation issues.

Not an easy day though, but at least we have an Aquarius Moon to temper everyone's emotions ... drive safely.

On TUESDAY, Venus dives from Libra, the home-girl sign she rules, into the deep, murky waters of Scorpio.

Venus is considered in her 'detriment' in Scorpio. It's dark. It's ruled by Pluto. It's not her favorite place to hang out. We will notice how we use other people's energy and how they use ours. Vampires do not really only come out in the night.

Venus in Scorpio doesn't look like the more traditional beauty of Venus in Libra. Her beauty is dark and forbidding now. She doesn't flirt. She seduces.

She doesn't want peace at any cost so much as she wants to feel what's really underneath all the phony smiles and superficial niceties.

Scorpio rules death and destruction and now this comes through our relationships.

Here Venus pushes herself to the edge of life with compulsions, intimacy, jealousy, obsession and a struggle for real power. She goes into the dark corners that hold all our secrets and she coaxes them out into the open. There can be brutal and deep honesty here.  

Relationships get intense. 

If you are working through the unraveling of a complicated relationship or financial quagmire - this energy will be your best friend. 

Scorpio Suns and Ascendants get more attractive (more beautiful and more able to attract what they want). Your Scorpio house (where is Scorpio hanging out in your natal chart?) gets more attractive, too.

Venus rules love, money and women. Getting what we want with any of them becomes an act of seduction. We need to entice. We need to risk our flaws and shadows being visible.  

Venus in Scorpio knows our need for acceptance will make us invisible, so she risks rejection to be seen.

She doesn't want to be friends - she wants to be soul-mates.

We will feel more "all or nothing" with our passions now. Things can crash and burn here. And for better or worse she isn't afraid to manipulate things to get what she wants (and yes, this, and her obsession with secrets and power will be her downfall).

People will be drawn to what is hidden; to what we don't show them. Keep this in mind if you sell things for a living. Buyers will want to discover things for themselves.

There will be no place for our secrets to hide

(especially women's secrets and love and money secrets and the secrets buried in our natal Scorpio houses).

We draw to us, during Scorpio cycles, what we have not allowed ourselves to acknowledge in ourselves. We'll pay attention to what we attract and see what the person/situation is showing us. There will be lessons about power, playing the victim, jealousy, obsession, compulsion, manipulation, intimacy, truth, other people's money (taxes, loans, spouse's earnings, inheritance, etc), sex, reproduction, life, death and passion.

The Scorpio house in our natal chart is where we need to get real and go deep to have what we want now.

Pluto rules Scorpio and the house of Pluto in our natal chart carries quite a bit of karma and is the space we experience things "outside our control", so it's fitting how much Scorpio likes to be in control.

With Venus in Scorpio, the women will be calling the shots. We'll need to bring our 'A' game ladies. Venus will be in Scorpio until November 1st.

On the same day, Mars (in Libra) is opposing Chiron (in Aries).

Actions/initiative trigger old wounds. With Venus diving into Scorpio at the same time - we probably won't be able to hide from this. Mars is in partnership-ruled Libra - it could be the actions/passions of a partner that hurt us/trigger old, deep wounds or something hurts them and we experience the hurting/healing through their experiences.

On SATURDAY, Venus (in Scorpio now and following Mercury) will oppose a retrograde Uranus (in Taurus).

Maybe the surprising news from earlier in the week is now impacting Venusian themes - our money, our relationships, beauty, women, our values or self-esteem. Not the time for a radical haircut, etc. This could be an unexpected new attraction or we discover something within a relationship/with our money or resources we didn't know. Uranus is liberation. Maybe someone needs their space.

Watch your wallet though - this could be the time of an unexpected expense/purchase. And anytime Venus aspects Uranus I say - buy a lottery ticket!

This opposition can also represent an actual person or group or system with Uranian qualities (think: genius, rebel, criminal) or an Aquarian person or maybe someone we are dealing with through the internet since Uranus rules this space.

At the same time Mercury is trining (brakes off) the North Node.


Here is news/information that points us in a fresh direction. A trine is a 120 degree aspect in astrology. Two planets (or points) are forming one side of a triangle. They are working in harmony, stimulating each other toward increased activity and success.

We want (and always have) some of these in our natal birth chart. They are our subtle super powers. We can't see through a wall, but maybe we can see when someone is bullshitting us. We can't leap tall buildings with a single bound, but maybe we can leap over obstacles without getting mired in indecision.

Or we could think of them like a tool we are carrying in our pack for this lifetime. We need a screwdriver. We pull it out without thinking, we use it, it works, we put it back. It's something that's there. And it's helpful.

Today we have Mercury (communication, conversations, ideas, information) trine the North Node (destiny, our collective way forward).

Forward leaning plans/decisions/deals sealed.

Information revealed. This is that info we hear at exactly the right time. The book we need to read falls off the shelf into our hands. So pay attention now. Be out and about - talk to other people.

Trines are subtle. They don't jump off the shelf and announce themselves, "HEY YOU, yes, you, over here, listen to me!".

They are like that screwdriver. Except this time it's not in the backpack we were given at birth, it's only available to us for a short time - and if we are not paying attention we'll miss it.

The screwdriver will float off to wherever it is screwdrivers go when we don't need them

(partying in the junk drawer with the flash light probably).

Keep your eyes and ears open. What are you thinking about? What plans/decisions are you making? This stuff carries extra weight/importance now. This could also be about a sibling/local community/transportation issue MOVING FORWARD.

On SUNDAY, we have a BIG Full Moon in Aries - squaring Pluto (exactly) and happening with a Grand Water Trine and Grand Cardinal Cross! Expect a BIG post.

Our values are changing this week through intense information and interactions! Hold on loosely.

xo all

photo by the talented Marina Coric

Today's Astrology Forecast | October 6, 2019 - decisions are sticky, the facts vs what we believe, a pivot point between our past and future, and yes, that's a wall we see up ahead

The Moon in serious Capricorn meets powerful Pluto at 5:14AM EDT (nourished through intense experiences, deep emotional processing, obsessive work habits) - a good day for practical chores, a focus on our goals/ambitions - then goes void at 7:25PM EDT off a square to Venus (we are back in the soup with those financial/relationship/goal issues).

She moves into Aquarius at 11:42PM EDT for the next couple days - we are nurtured through groups, friendship, the goals that bring us into connection with other people. We can take a step back and detach a bit.

We have the Sun, at 13 degrees Libra, squaring the Nodes of Fate - the North Node in Cancer and the South Node in Capricorn. A turning point. A light is thrown on the diverging path in the woods. Decisions made now are sticky and important. Collectively we are turning away from something stabilizing, but restricting toward something that is more authentic, but also feels like (remember these are the Nodes of the Moon; ruler of our emotions) it makes us more vulnerable.

We are coming home this year. All are welcome, but the price of admission is to let down our Capricorn/Cancerian defenses. 

More about the Caner/Capricorn Nodes HERE

With Saturn's recent station (timeline shift) certain doors have closed to us.

So, here we are on this new road, already, at another crossroads. Are we sticking with what is comfortable - in the sense it is familiar - stabilizing, but restrictive? Or choosing another path - unfamiliar to our 3D experience, but familiar in a soul-sense (like coming home after a long journey). With the Sun in Libra, maybe we get this through another person now. We experience something through them or reach a choice-point within a relationship.

And I keep hearing that Meatloaf song and the girl's voice saying "what's it gonna be boy? I can wait all night (or can't she wait all night, I forget), what's it gonna be boy? yes or no?".

At the same time, Jupiter (in Sagittarius at 19 degrees) is exactly squaring spouse Juno (in Virgo).

Juno, is Jupiter's long suffering (and sometimes vengeful) wife. In Virgo, she (as us) is dealing with the details of a relationship agreement. Jupiter (also as us, and of course we also project these roles onto other people to act out for us) is pie-in-the-sky now, wanting his cake and eating it, too. The square is tension/frustration. Picking things apart is a problem. Too strict an adherence to who needs to do what is a problem. Also a problem is flying too high to avoid dealing with the details/facts. Everything may be alright in the end, but this isn't the end.

We need to adjust.

Happening at the same time the Sun (in partnership/balance focused Libra) is squaring the Nodes, Jupiter/Juno adds a subplot to the Nodes story-line.

Virgo/Sagittarius squares are also the facts vs our beliefs.

We have moved past the Neptune/Jupiter square where it has been hard to tell fact from fantasy and been pushed right into the upcoming Saturn/Pluto conjunction - a hard bite of reality. Ouch!

It's Sunday. Take a long walk. Give yourself time to think. Pay attention to what attracts your attention.

We are at a pivot point between the past and the future - the problems that are standing in our way are evident now.

xo all

Heads up - on Monday/Tuesday the Sun is going to square Saturn (ie the wall). We'll talk about this tonight in the weekly.

The Sun will shine a spotlight this upcoming week (and yes, you could certainly already be dealing with this, these are big, but predictable cycles) on whatever this is for us. Our life force/creativity is blocked somehow. There is pressure, tension, frustration. Maybe too much work or too much service is being required of us. We could doubt our own abilities and any space we "don't have what it takes" could be right in our face and possibly even on view for others.

Maybe we get a "no". Maybe something that stabilizes us comes to an end or a relationship ends or the balance shifts. Maybe something requiring additional responsibilities/work could begin.

Whatever this wall is for our egos in this cycle - we hit it. "DAM!" said the fish when she did. Ack!

(and with the Sun in Libra we might experience this through another person or through a relationship situation)

Patience and diligence (I know! Sorry!) are really the only antidotes to a Saturnian wall. Big girl pants meet big girl ass.

We'll get through this.

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Today's Astrology Forecast | October 5, 2019 - doing the thing we are afraid to do, our relationships vs our goals/ambitions, deeper conversations, more information, pushing past an obstacle, working on the dream

The Moon in Capricorn squares the Libra Sun at 12:47PM EDT and then moves on to conjunct Saturn at 4:39PM EDT and finally sextile a retrograde Neptune at 9:26PM EDT.

The Moon square Sun - first quarter square after last week's Libra New Moon - indicates tension/frustration, an obstacle between our relationships (maybe being Mr Nice Guy) and our work/goals/responsibilities. Maybe a line is drawn in the sand now.

For us, or by us.

The Moon in Cappy says "put on your big girl/boy pants" - the square says "push through this" - the Libra Sun says "please can't we all just get along?!" Or maybe the Libra Sun is speaking more of fairness or beauty or love.

And how do we reconcile our ambitions and the kind of structure we need to feel safe while surviving/thriving on such shaky ground (that Cappy Moon) - with that?

If we had all the safety in the world, goals met, mountains climbed, silver polished and tucked away - would it matter if we didn't have the love, the beauty, the justice, the kindness, the connections with other people?

Let's see what else is happening to broaden the picture a bit.

Mercury (in Scorpio now for the long haul) is inconjunct a retrograde Chiron (in early Aries). A rock and a hard place. We don't want to look/hear. We don't want to know. It hurts to look. It hurts to know. We have to look/hear. We have to know. Painful information/conversations. Hard to find a win/a compromise.

But the First Quarter Square Moon tells us the time is here to push through an obstacle.

Not to run away/look away/stay silent and hope for the best.

Maybe we need to do the thing we are afraid to do now. Say the words. Really listen.

It isn't going to be comfortable, but Uranus is in Taurus changing our definitions of "comfort" anyway.

Big shifts and healing can come through challenging information. We have to go deeper this time. We won't be tying anything up with a pretty bow right now, but to get to the good stuff we have to get past this obstacle. Take some action. Journal. Focus.

Pluto is direct. Clean up your mess. Clutter is like quicksand right now.

The Moon's conjunction will Saturn speaks of responsibilities, dealings with authority and stepping into our own authority. The sextile to Neptune tells us it's time to WORK to make that DREAM real.

Feels like a heavy load for a Saturday. But a Cappy Moon weekend can be very productive.

Don't forget the North Node in Cancer (our north star this year) - whatever feels like home, taking care of yourself, knowing you don't have to have all the answers, looking within.

xo all

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Today's Astrology Forecast | October 4, 2019 - sleeping in maybe then getting some serious work done later, intimate conversations tonight while cool heads prevail, a balancing act

The Sag Moon went void at 3:34AM EDT off a sextile to Venus (expanded creativity, love).

She will be void until 1:43PM EDT - so, feel free to sleep in - yes, tell your boss you read that here, you won't miss much that will amount to anything, kerfuffles early in the day won't amount to anything either (nor will work put out into the world so be judicious with that), stay flexible, time gets stretchy, sometimes we do things we have to do over later during void Moons, so it might be best to do things we have to do again and again anyway ;) THEN the Moon moves into sober Capricorn setting up a serious weekend.

The Cappy Moon will square Mars at 2:25PM EDT (newly minted in Libra, the sign of his fall).

This is a Venus/Saturn aspect - frustration tension around love/money/our resources/values/self-esteem. The Moon in Capricorn can be ice cold and Mars in Libra hasn't had time to find his footing. And Mars in Libra likes compromise better than conflict which could be challenging for this weekend's ambitious Capricorn Moon.  

Independent work is favored.

The good news for our Friday night - the Moon will sextile Mercury (in Scorpio) at 5:52PM EDT. Serious, but intimate conversations. News we can take to the bank. Focusing on our taxes/investments/loans - wait, is this a good use of our Friday night? Maybe it is! Or we could go see a scary movie or detective type thriller - is something like that out? There must be with Halloween approaching. Sex/dating will be 'all-business' with this aspect.

The big news today though is Mars move into Libra (for the first time in two years) until November 19th.

Our Libra house theme and the collective theme of our relationships/balance/justice/women/beauty will be a focus of our action. Any planets/points in our natal chart in Libra will get a Martian visit (action, initiative, passion, anger) and he will square our Cancer and Capricorn planets and oppose our Aries planets.

We talked about Mars into Libra in the weekly:

"On FRIDAY, Mars exits Virgo - having done all the fixing, clean up and detailed work he could possibly do (although keep in mind since he met the Sun while in Virgo and kicked off a new cycle until 2021 -  the details of what we are doing and practical action will retain their effectiveness for all of us).

He enters sociable and diplomatic Libra, the sign of the other person, for the first time in two years.

Mars rules Aries, the sign of "me" and is uber uncomfortable and in his fall in the sign of Libra, the sign of "we".

Our actions/passions can get mired in indecision. Mars wants to just go, go, go and in Libra is required to 'see/interact with' the other side of things. There is more flirting than commitment (job hunters prepare for a possible extended interview or 'getting to know you' process). More passive-aggressiveness.

Fiery Mars in our collective 7th house of other people means our actions trigger fast reactions. That whole "I'm rubber. You're glue" thing isn't working. Or maybe it's working backward.

The more Mars becomes a smiling caricature of himself , a phoney Mr. Nice Guy rather than the warrior he actually is, the bigger the eventual blow-up will be when his (ours or theirs) Arian head explodes. We need to be honest about our anger, passions, actions without crapping all over other people. It is a balancing act and Mars' combat boots are not made for tight ropes.

The good news for the next few weeks and there is plenty - situations will arise that create opportunities for more fairness. More balanced actions. More social activities. More compromise. More win-wins. More allies. Doing it together. Plus our Libra house theme gets a kick-start."

xo all

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Today's Astrology Forecast | October 3, 2019 - going deep for the next two months, it's not only what we dig up but what we put into the ground that matters now

While we slept (EDT) Mercury slipped into Scorpio and Pluto (Scorpio's ruler) stationed direct after five months retrograde.

Pluto is now on his direct journey to Saturn - mid January- and Mercury (due to her/his upcoming retrograde) will be in Scorpio until December! Yes, that's two months in the underworld folks! Are we up to it? Or should I say 'down for it"?

The Moon in Sagittarius sextiled the Sun (12:41AM EDT - inspiration, optimism) and will square Neptune (1:14PM EDT - tension via imagination, spirituality, double check emails before hitting send, avoid over-doing it with any escape/avoidance tendencies, the effects of alcohol/drugs get amplified) and conjunct Jupiter (4:40PM EDT - this could bring up big emotions or inspiration or even weepiness around whatever reality Jupiter coming off illusory Neptune over the last week or so has brought up for us).

This is the last day of Mars in Virgo. He will move into Libra late tonight.

The day will likely be overshadowed by Pluto/Scorpio.

We talked about this stuff in the weekly:

Pluto stations direct - the death that was postponed/the mess that needed to be cleaned up - here we go. Pluto forges ahead again - bent on deconstructing the old order.

Pluto direct speaks of a loss (this could have already happened with Saturn's station a few days ago in the same sign), a total transformation or change of course of some part of our life and/or real empowerment.

Pluto stations direct on the degree Saturn stationed retrograde last April, so events now can again be connecting us back to that time (there is actually a reason I did an April monthly and left it on the bottom of the blog!).

If you have planets or points near 20-22 degrees of the cardinal signs (the middle degrees, too, are feeling something similar with Saturn on the South Node) - you are no doubt feeling this (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).

Now that Pluto is direct - there is nothing stopping his fated meet up with Saturn on January 12, 2020 - their first meeting in Capricorn (our ambitions, goals, the patriarchy, government, structure, our careers) in 507 years. At the end of this year, Jupiter will join them in Capricorn and we will be in totally uncharted territory (one reason for all these endings/releases/karmic clean-ups and free-ups).

Pluto's direct station (as Mercury dives into Scorpio) is a time for truths to come out. a time for us to consider things we didn't want to have to deal with/think about - the stuff we shoved into closets and pushed under carpets. Situations that require authentic Plutonian power (a kind of fearlessness; a sense of being past-death) - from intimate and honest financial or sexual conversations to indomitable power moves in business are likely.

Mercury dives into Scorpio.

This is excellent energy for deep (Scorpio) investigation/research (Mercury). This would be an excellent time to go into therapy. A GOOD TIME TO FIND HIDDEN RESOURCES.

Instead of learning/thinking/communicating about a little of this and a little of that, now is the time to go "all in" with a subject we are passionate about. Our mind can focus. Multi-tasking will be harder because our intellect will want to sit with one thing for longer than we usually do.

I recommend the Netflix series Unbelievable for Mercury in Scorpio season. Good. With smart and complicated female characters.

We will be getting to the bottom of things and will not be satisfied with Libra's (Mercury's last stop) conversational civilities. We'll want to know, and think/talk about, what is really happening.

It won't always be comfortable.

The hard truths won't be blurted out spontaneously - we will have to dig for them. Decide first if you really want to know what is hiding underneath because Plutonian authenticity is not only transformational - it is permanent. There is no going back to "not knowing". Mysteries can be solved. The truth could come out. Secrets can be languaged and spoken out loud.

Difficult conversations will create deeper levels of intimacy now. If you are dating someone and you have sex (also Scorpio ruled) with them you can never go back to not having sex with them even if you never have sex with them again. The intimacy is still there. It will be like this with our words now. 

And once we know the information - we own it. It's our move (with Scorpio the move might be internal). 

It changes who we are and we ignore who we are at our own peril.

Careless language (disrespect for ourselves and others) and our careless treatment of other people's words (and their reaction to ours) will be karmic. Keep this in mind.

There could be battles for mental supremacy and mind games during this transit.

People prone to manipulation could be extremely effective (or someone will finally see right to the bottom of what we are doing - maybe that someone will be ourselves).

This is a time to take a good, long look at what we are really seeking when we are trying to make a situation/person behave in a way that pleases us. Think about it. There are gold nuggets to be mined now. Even tiny specks can be used to create great fortunes.

Scorpio rules our inheritance.

The fly in the jelly here is that we might think we are mining for gold when we are really just obsessing on the same old same old. Scorpio rules obsession and compulsion and our minds could easily go there now.

Notice it. Don't judge it. Think about - "what does it mean that I keep thinking about this?".

Scorpio rules death, too.

It's not only what we dig up, but what we put into the ground that matters now.

With Pluto stationing direct at the same time almost certainly some words/language/story needs to be put to rest now.

With Pluto stationing direct at the same time Mercury dives into Scorpio - we need to be alert about our personal safety. 

Take care driving. 

No dark alleys. Use caution as needed to feel safe. 

Mercury will get all the way to 27 degrees Scorpio on Halloween when she/he will station retrograde, reverse course (from our perspective on Earth) and get all the back to 11 degrees Scorpio on  November 20th and station direct. It will be early December before she (as us) will be covering completely new ground .

If you have planets/points in your natal (or progressed) chart from 11-27 degrees of Scorpio - or the other fixed signs Taurus, Leo and Aquarius - you will feel this retrograde period strongest. This retrograde will pass over my Ascendant and square my Sun/Saturn in Aquarius and my Mars in Leo - so I will be right there with you!

We are all getting to the bottom of something ...

Keep in mind that big-picture meeting of Pluto and Saturn in mid-January during a Cappy stellium and a Cancer eclipse. Mercury's long passage through Scorpio is preparing us for that. Hang on loosely.

xo all

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