Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of December 30, 2019 - the eclipse spin cycle, letting go, culminations, contracts revised, new information, big ideas, courage is healing

An important week - let's unpack it.

MONDAY - Sun conjunct South Node/opposing North Node, Mercury trine Uranus
TUESDAY - Sun sextiles the Moon
THURSDAY - Mercury conjunct Jupiter
FRIDAY - Mars into Sagittarius, Mercury conjunct South Node/opposing North Node
SATURDAY - Mars inconjunct Uranus
SUNDAY - Mars trines Chiron

I will toss in some Moon info here because instead of doing the dailies I am going to be writing about 2020 all next week! Keep in mind the exact days are flexible because, other than the Moons, aspects are in play as they build and unwind, too (so a couple days on either side usually). Times are EST.

Because we are in the Eclipse spin cycle, in between two powerful Eclipses we really want to stay in the moment here -

looking too far ahead is mostly useless and often disappointing because Eclipses - and there is a big one coming at the end of next week - bring cosmic course corrections and resets.

So, for THIS WEEK - we have both the Sun and Mercury crossing the South Node of release/endings, in powerful Capricorn, this will be about our Cappy house theme or the collective themes of our father, heritage, career, goals, commitments, responsibilities, our structure - something is concluding/being defined here - this can be very old stuff/past lives/family karma. Old angers/resentments can dissolve. Case closed. Karmic commitments over.

We know where we stand.

At the same time, we have Mercury aspecting Uranus (change, the future) and Jupiter (expansion, optimism), so fresh information/ideas/commitments. Brilliant ideas. Practical plans. OPPORTUNITIES are coming in!

Stay open and pro-active. 

On MONDAY, the Moon, at the end of Aquarius, squares Mars, at the end of Scorpio, early in the day. Tension/frustration. Maybe a disagreement where everyone is dug into their position. Passion vs detachment. Emotions vs logic. Midday the Moon will arrive in mystical Pisces and make some nice contacts, so emotionally, the day should get better.

The Sun (at 8 degrees Capricorn) meets the South Node and opposes the North Node. Now Mercury is going to walk this same degree on FRIDAY, so the week is bookended with the energies of whatever is wrapping up, culminating or an issue/commitment/agreement from the past. Endings.

With Mercury trining a retrograde Uranus at the same time - maybe a contract/commitment is being revised. Our thinking changes. A new message comes in. Surprising news. We can expect the unexpected now - information, ideas, ways of thinking. Breakthroughs are possible.

We can change our mind or someone else might.

With both Mercury and Uranus in Earth signs - there is something real and practical and solid here. Uranus is still retrograde for a few more days, so although future-focused this will have its roots in something from the past.

On TUESDAY, the Moon in Pisces connects to Pisces ruler Neptune (this should feel good and is a wonderful energy to finish up 2019 - creativity, spirituality, an appreciation of the past, compassion, endings) and moves into her monthly Waxing Sextile - opportunity - this month with the Capricorn Sun. That seed we planted (intentionally or unintentionally) at the New Moon Solar Eclipse last week GROWS through a merger with the Piscean realm - imagination, spirituality, compassion, connection, love and/or the energies/theme of our natal Pisces house.

On WEDNESDAY, (2020!) - CUE THE NEW YEAR - the Moon appropriately moves into the first sign of Aries. 2019 is OVER.  Here is fresh initiative, passion, a new purpose/determination.  

It's a brand new year and a brand new decade and we are FIRED UP!

On THURSDAY - the Moon (in Aries) moves into a square with Mercury (in Capricorn). This is tension/frustration via conversations and information. For some a sibling, local community or transportation issue. Maybe we want to start something new or get moving with something, but there is a roadblock/a limit/some kind of responsibility or practicality that has to be taken into consideration. We are figuring things out. Maybe we are adjusting our actions and emotions to serious news/information.

On the same day Mercury is going to meet Jupiter at 7 degrees Capricorn. BIG NEWS. Maybe a big opportunity and keep in mind the Aries Moon's need to adjust.

Make the call/take the call.

Also keep in mind we want to be leaning toward something new/revamped because

on FRIDAY - Mercury conjuncts the South Node (like the Sun did on Monday). News about the past. Maybe a contract/commitment is over.  A responsibility/job ends. A sibling/local community/transportation issue culminates.

The Moon in Aries squares the Capricorn Sun giving us this month's Waxing Square. Now here is some obstacle with our New Moon story. The new vs the old. What we want to do vs what we have to do. A limit. Obligation. The Cappy Sun says "not so fast" Aries Moon.

Maybe we haven't earned this thing just yet.

The Moon sextiles Venus (in Aquarius) - here is a new opportunity/something new to love - something forward leaning. So maybe that square to the Sun (plus Saturn and Pluto, oh my!) gets us to the space - via the need to adjust/deal with reality and limits, etc - where we can take advantage of/attract or see the beauty in - something else.

Mars flies out of sharp focused Scorpio and into big picture, sky's the limit, freedom loving and fiery Sagittarius.

He's looking for action (and with the Moon in Aries answering to him and squaring the Sun - maybe he's even looking for a fight).

Mars in Sagittarius (through February 16, 2020) will have us looking for adventure over the next two months. Taking action that expands us. Pushed (in our search for the truth) to confront stuff that doesn't line up with our worldview so that our worldview can WIDEN. Sagittarius rules our big-picture beliefs which have a way of becoming actively more inclusive with Mars here.

Hopefully the truth changes us, rather than us changing the truth!

With Mars in Sagittarius - opportunity and expansion (Sagittarius) is generated through action, initiative and courage (Mars). Action (Mars) creates optimism/hope (Sagittarius). 

Quickly he moves into a fire trine with Chiron in Aries - exact on SUNDAY and in play for a couple days before and after. Something healing can fall right into our lap. We can move through what hurts and past those closed doors because we KNOW there is something bigger/better ahead of us. Be brave. Believe in yourself. Our action, our initiative, our courage, movement - is healing.

On SATURDAY, the Moon arrives in Taurus, the sign of her exaltation and just in time for the weekend. She conjuncts Uranus - a jolt/surprise/something new to love/own/value. Later in the day the Moon trines Jupiter and Mercury - the opportunity/contract/agreement - maybe the challenge we worked through earlier in the week is moving smoothly now.

She trines the Capricorn Sun giving us this month's Waxing Trine - solid manifestation, growth.

The only fly in the ointment on Saturday is Mars, freshly minted in Sagittarius, is now inconjunct Uranus in Taurus. The rock and the hard place. Mars in Sagittarius wants to go big and Uranus in Taurus is tossing in an unexpected monkey wrench - maybe around finances, our values, our resources. Radical action. Rebellion. Maybe this is to show us how much we want what we think we want or to SLOW US DOWN.

Keep in mind this aspect can make us accident prone (especially if touching natal planets/points or if we have a natal Mars/Uranus contact).

Avoid going too fast. Avoid angry confrontations. Things can be volatile. Be cautious.

xo all

photo by the amazing evenliu

Today's Astrology Forecast | Saturday, December 28, 2019 - independent work earlier in the day, good date night, words get weighty, another brick in the wall as the eclipse spin cycle continues

The Moon moved into humanitarian Aquarius late last night (take a breath and a step back) and squared Aquarius-ruler Uranus at 5:32AM EST - maybe we wake up with an answer, an "aha" moment, a twist to our morning routine or plans, a jolt. The square makes today better for independent work/activities.

At 9:06PM EST, the Moon will hook up with independent-minded Venus - a time for socializing, friendships, online stuff. Even in detached Aquarius - this should feel good. 

The big news today happens just before midnight, one more piece gets placed into our mid-January puzzle - Mercury (our thinking, ideas, communication, writing, teaching, transportation issues, local community situation, siblings) enters earthy and serious Capricorn.

Capricorn is a serious sign. It rules the dead of winter and that indomitable mountain goat who just puts one foot in front of the other until he reaches the summit.

With Mercury (thoughts, communication, ideas) moving into Capricorn today, our words will NEED to be taken seriously.

Communications will be fact-checked. Sentences will be properly punctuated and spell checkers will be applied.

Ideas will be more traditional. Keep this in mind if you find yourself shutting down more innovative/radical ideas (or your own being nixed) - stay flexible.

Words that are focused and precise are most effective now. Commitments get made. Contracts signed.

Traditional stories and songs will resonate.

This isn't Mercury's favorite place to hang out - and he knows he has a meeting with all the big shots in January where he will be out-gunned. He/she (Mercury is androgynous) prefers words be fast and flexible and Capricorn is the opposite of this. Words are solid here. Flowery language isn't welcome. We mean what we say and we say what we mean.

When we take our words and ideas seriously other people will, too.

(This is also true of all Capricorn ruled things such as businesses - if we don't take our business seriously no one else will. Women say to me "my husband doesn't take my business seriously and he won't take it seriously until it makes serious money" and I'm always thinking "he won't take it seriously until you do and you won't make serious money until then either". Some people do get lucky, and I have a few times, making money without taking things seriously. I've always found that money doesn't stick though - I need to be serious, ie have sustainable systems in place, to make "sticky" money.)

Ruled by Saturn, Capricorn does alot of what it does out of fear.

If we are awake, we will be able to see how fearful thinking and negative language holds us back and/or is connecting us to the wrong things (probably old things that used to work for us/keep us safe) and holding us separate from the stuff we really want and need.

Mercury will be in Capricorn until January 16th.

Keep in mind we are in between two powerful eclipses designed as cosmic reboots and course corrections. There is mega potential for growth now - although many things will be outside our control.

The Eclipse cycle started HERE and will close out with a Full Moon in Cancer on January 10th where the Moon will oppose the pile-up of energies in Capricorn!

For people, and this will run in families (and 'work' families), carrying Capricorn karma - 2019 (and early 2020) was and is a closing-out cycle. Something that was part of our structure, our career, our public/outer life is changing/finished. Maybe we have been/are being humbled. This created/is creating a need to focus on home and family and our inner life. Relationships and careers and activities and commitments that we no longer are in alignment with will feel like they are eating us alive ... because they kind of are!

Take care of yourself.

The North Node in Cancer speaks of prioritizing self-care. Sometimes you need to do what you need to do to protect yourself. Time alone. Eating well. Getting enough sleep.

We'll talk more about this is in the weekly. Happy Saturday all!


photo by the amazing ankazhuravleva

Today's Astrology Forecast | Friday, December 27, 2019 - a light shines on something real and positive, our new life is going to cost us our old one

We are in-between Eclipses now

and our Capricorn Moon, coming off that powerful Eclipse on Christmas night and off a dreamy sextile to Neptune while we slept, gets uber sharp and focused and down to business for her meeting with Saturn at 7:08AM EST and then Pluto at 9:42AM EST - responsibilities, permanent endings, taking things seriously, this is positive manifestation and transformation energy, but can feel heavy, draining, maybe depressing.

This is eclipse season - our new life is going to cost us our old one. Life on planet Earth is not for sissies.

The Moon goes void off an opportunistic sextile to Mars at 4:02PM EST. She will be void for the rest of the day until she moves into Aquarius. A good day for dealing with authority, getting work done. I know it is a holiday week, but - at the very least, touch base with professional people you are wanting to connect with via a holiday greeting, etc.

At the same time we have (and we talked about this in the New Moon post HERE) the Sun meeting lucky and abundant Jupiter - now at 5 degrees Capricorn at 1:30PM EST.

Do you feel LUCKY?

If there are business/career actions (or actions around the the theme of your natal Cappy house) you need to take, this would be a good day for that - anytime before the Moon goes void at 4:02PM EST.

There is mega-fresh start energy now around our goals. Expansion. Optimism. Confidence.

Things started now get a cosmic blessing and a long life. They move us into something bigger/better.

For all of us, the Sun will shine a light on a blessing.

In Capricorn this is probably not about a free ride (buy a lottery ticket because someone will probably win big) - this is winter, this would be something we have to work for/something that builds value over time. We will likely have to work within limits and play by somebody else's rules.

BUT it will be real and it can be stabilizing.

We are encouraged to have faith.

We get lucky through our beliefs/enthusiasm (Jupiter). By knowing we are lucky. By trusting bigger hands are steering this ship. By expanding outside our comfort zone via travel, education, exposure to foreign people and ideas. By taking the NEXT STEP.

With this happening very near the South Node, we might be feeling the endings/losses/regrets more than the beginnings.

This is where the faith part comes in. We gotta believe. The seed is in the ground. KNOW THIS.

Life is offering something - take it, work with it. It may not look exactly the way we were hoping it would look last year - this is Capricorn, not Sagittarius (we planted a beautiful lily and get a practical sunflower) -  but coming down to earth increases our chances of success by a hundred fold.

There are very real reasons to be optimistic now.

Find one.

xo all

photo by the amazing jemapellenicoletta

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Capricorn | December 25th and 26th - the eclipse portal, time to wake up, you gotta believe, letting go of our public or professional story, creating the space for new and unexpected abundance

At 12:12AM EST on Christmas night (December 26th, 2019) our Capricorn Moon meets our Capricorn Sun at 4 degrees giving us the Capricorn New Moon - this year happening so close to the South Node of the Moon, a total Solar Eclipse.

Conjunct Jupiter (the Sun reaches 5 degrees and meets Jupiter on the 27th) and the South Node (the Sun reaches the South Node on December 30th)

and trining a retrograde Uranus (separating) and squaring Chiron (separating) AND kicking off a powerful Eclipse Season (cosmic reset = anything-can-happen) this is a BIG one.

Capricorn is as rich as an earth sign gets, is ruled by daddy Saturn and presides over the darkest time of the year so you know he is one serious dude. I'd call him "sir" if I were you. I'm sure he shops at Barneys (sometimes Home Depot) and carries a platinum card - that he has earned. He was most decidedly not born on third base and does not believe in the 4 hour work week.

Any New Moon in Capricorn has themes around hard work, ambition, common sense, perseverance, efficiency, organization and responsibility. Saturn, ruler of Capricorn and so ruler of this New Moon Solar Eclipse is strong in his home sign and only seventeen days from his exact meeting with Pluto (power, death, transformation).

OK! Let's unpack the chart!

The Sun/Moon/Jupiter together means our energy, our emotions, our beliefs are on the same page here. Either about something connected to the theme of our natal Cappy house or the collective Capricorn theme of our career/work in the world/public life.

This New Moon speaks of significant new beginnings (with extra potential to build something solid, lasting and lucky/expansive), and conjunct the South Node, significant endings and completions.

Conjunct Jupiter at the one time of the year (when Jupiter is near the Sun) when Jupiter is invisible means that during the actual eclipse, as the Sun is eclipsed and made invisible, Jupiter is made VISIBLE. So, as the Sun goes dark, it is Jupiter (our galactic Santa Claus) - our beliefs, our optimism, the space inside us that wants to explore, go out on a limb, reach for more/better/greener pastures - who is making an impact.

The Sun/Moon is coming off a trine to a retrograde Uranus and off a square to Chiron - we are moving forward/toward something new and untested through the painful reopening of old wounds around our masculine energy - our ability to stand on our two feet/take care of ourselves/be seen and heard/or just know what the hell we are doing/have what we want. Or maybe the New Moon situation stems from our previous Uranian actions or a Uranian situation - maybe being innovative/letting our freak flag fly, being erratic or rebellious, maybe being separated from a group or being detached/too detached.

Whatever our situation, we have had this Uranian event or something having to do with our Taurus house theme or the general Taurus themes of money, our values, self-esteem, our resources and we have had again this Chironic pain (around our masculine wounding/a humbling and requiring us to be brave).

This stuff is in our past, but with Chiron rather unhealable and Uranus going to re-travel this same degree again going forward - this stuff is, like our rearview mirror warns us, closer than it appears.

Then, this eclipse comes along and literally ECLIPSES OUT this whole thing (keep in mind there is another eclipse in TWO WEEKS in Capricorn's polarity sign of Cancer).

The Moon blocks the Sun and the flow of energy to planet Earth is interrupted - focusing our attention on that point. THAT POINT where these things are in the past (the Uranian and Chironic events) and where Jupiter - expansion, good luck, truth - is in OUR FUTURE and Saturn is just this tiny little bit from Pluto after taking 500 years to get back together here in Capricorn.

So, we get a cosmic reset, much like a computer being turned off and back on and the program that uploads at restart is a little bit (or quite a lot) different than the one we ran on before. Eclipses change us, and we (vibrating differently) change our circumstances by attracting or repelling what our new self lines up with. 

Eclipses (similar to a super charged full moon) will eclipse something out or bring something to light or alternately cover it up and then the New Moon seeding will activate the promise of any slow moving transit currently present in our life.

One tricky thing with eclipse energy that I have found from personal experience as well as other people's charts is they often work backward. The thing the eclipse is "eclipsing out" or "bringing to light" or "covering up" can happen days or weeks before the physical Sun is overtaken by the Moon. Often almost exactly one week or one month (or two months) before (or after).

Jupiter/Uranus can be unexpected luck.

What makes Jupiter lucky? Well, believing he is lucky for one thing. Optimism. Believing in something bigger than himself. Having faith. Taking something further. Going out on a limb. Jupiter tells us we can't be playing small. We need to be playing a bigger game to get the most from this energy.

That Chiron square speaks of bravery/initiative/passion. Maybe we have to get pissed off.

With all this happening conjunct our Cappy South Node - we could be feeling nostalgic, maybe regretful. This is where we get the effect we have caused or the effect of what we are holding onto.

The culmination point. The Sun will actually reach the South Node on December 30th - contracts end, a responsibility ends, old-rules/limits will be dropped or they will be choking us, game-over, dues paid (or the payment set into motion).

But keep in mind this IS a New Moon - a beginning, too, and conjunct beneficial Jupiter - a good sign of things to come. So we get a fertile mix of new beginnings/opportunity and powerful closures. In Capricorn this could be the letting go of a public or professional story of who we are (or who we come from/through) that opens up the space for the new to take root.

The Eclipse in two weeks is very different and we'll talk about that in the next post.

xo all and Merry Christmas!

Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of December 23, 2019 - shifting values, stepping into our own authority, soul contracts complete, opportunity knocks, answer the door

... and just in time for Christmas, Eclipse season is here folks!

SUNDAY - Mars sextile Pluto, Venus squares Uranus
MONDAY - Sun squares Chiron
TUESDAY - Sun trines Uranus
WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY - New Moon Solar Eclipse in Capricorn (4 degrees)
FRIDAY - Sun conjunct Jupiter

On MONDAY we are dealing with Sunday's aspects and the Sun (now in Capricorn) moving into a square with Chiron (in Aries).

Venus (in Aquarius) squares Uranus (in Taurus) - this activates our Aquarius and Taurus houses with tension/challenges/a need to adjust. With these planets in each other's signs the square is sharper, more powerful. Breakdowns. Breakthroughs. A sudden break-up. Unexpected relationship/money situations. Changes (Uranus/Aquarius) to what we want/own (Venus/Taurus).

Our values (Venus) shift (Uranus). 

Venus is flying through Aquarius, so this is fast change forced by uncomfortable situations.

At the same time, Mars (in Scorpio) sextiles Pluto (in Capricorn). We are awakening. Empowered. Our passionate/deeply felt actions align with power/authority/transformation and this creates opportunities.

The Sun squares Chiron - ego wounds, father wounds. Challenges with authority. Insecurities. Conflict. There are rules/limits here. There is alot going on now.

On TUESDAY, our Cappy Sun trines Uranus. This is what Jupiter did last week, so something here could connect back to whatever shifted/expanded then.

Something new/innovative/forward leaning (with Uranus retrograde there is some connection to the past here, another chance at something we missed? another way forward?) comes to light.

There is a knock at the door and it will be something better than Aunt Ida carrying her holiday fruitcake, I promise. 

Capricorn is cardinal earth - this is an earthquake, structural change. Uranus guarantees the unexpected.

This will be different than we planned.

Stay flexible.

Do something different. TAKE INSPIRED ACTION.

On WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY, we enter the eclipse spin-cycle (hang on loosely) when the Cappy Moon meets the Cappy Sun at 4 degrees

(right on the IC of the chart for Washington DC - we'll talk about this in the New Moon Solar Eclipse post next).

Conjunct Jupiter/the South Node and trining Uranus - here is what those big endings in 2019/the messes we cleaned up/the release from karmic bondage have been preparing us for. The space for something new. Something else. Jupiter is out of his square to Neptune, so our luck/expansion won't be dissolved this time. Keep in mind this isn't going to show up the way we thought it was from our perch last January. This Eclipse opens up a two week eclipse window that ends on January 10th with a pretty challenging Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Cancer just a couple days before Saturn reaches Pluto and on the same day Uranus stations direct!

The next two weeks are very powerful. We'll talk about this in the Full Moon post next.

On FRIDAY - Mercury squares Black Moon Lilith - freedom of thought. Now we can see clearly what we really have/where we stand. The Sun perfects his conjunction to Jupiter, so we had Jupiter trine Uranus and then the Sun trine Uranus and now the Sun catches up with Jupiter and they can integrate these changes. TRUST what is being started here/what is showing up!

If we don't get what we want this week - if it really IS Aunt Ida with that freakin' fruitcake, we are going to have to trust that we actually need that freakin' fruitcake!! We are going to have to let her in. We are going to have to eat it.

2019, for many people, involved some kind of humbling, so there might be some humble pie (disguised as fruitcake) this holiday season, too. That's OK. We are going to roll with whatever gets tossed at us right now. Again, TRUST what is being started here/what is showing up. We are unwinding lifetimes and generations of very sticky Cappy karma. Soul contracts ending. Gone forever by the middle of January. Don't let the door hit ya' fellas.

It's eclipse season, so hang on loosely.

xo all

photo by the amazing sollenafotografie

Today's Astrology Forecast | Friday, December 20, 2019 - talk it out early, challenges with goals/work/authority, relationship tension, giving what we want a little space, falling in love with something else

Our Moon in partnership-focused Libra will sextile Mercury at 9:22AM EST (send the email, talk it out, connect with a sibling, local community or transportation issue) do this early in the day, because things get more challenging as the Moon moves into her testy squares with Saturn (3:07PM EST - authority, responsibility, limits) and then Pluto (6:23PM EST - power plays, control, manipulation) making the later part of the day better for solitary work.

Last night Venus (love, money, beauty, women, our values and self-esteem) moved into Aquarius (through January 13th).

Aquarius Suns and Aquarius rising (Aquarius ruler of first house of your natal chart) get more attractive. Both easier on the eye and able to attract what they want (Venus).

All of our natal Aquarius houses become more attractive, too.

Our Aquarius house is a space we experience and evolve through Aquarian energies. Maybe by experiencing unexpected situations and unusual experiences. Maybe by being able to detach and get enough distance from something to be able to see it clearly. Maybe through flashes of genius or rebelliousness. Maybe through chaos. Our natal Uranus placement (ruler of Aquarius) and its contacts will tell us a more complete story.

Now, we have Venus moving into/through this space.

As she moves through Aquarius she will make contact with not only any planets/points we have in Aquarius, but also the planets/points we have in Leo (by opposition), in Scorpio and Taurus (by square) and other planets, too (by sextile, trine, etc).

This is where knowing our natal chart can come in handy.

As a collective influence, for all of us, Venus moves out of Capricorn (the rules) and into Aquarius (the space we let go of the rules).

Beautiful Venus drops her briefcase full of "shoulds".

She takes her hair out of its tightly constructed bun and shakes her head. She kicks off her too-tight, office-ready pumps. She wears whatever she wants to wear now. She can do whatever she wants to do now. There is no one to impress in this new space. There is no one to answer to.

Now subconsciously we all feel this 

(even though there is a hell of alot of planets in Capricorn, including the Sun tomorrow, and Saturn is home in Capricorn, so we don't get to drop all responsibilities, obviously

- a kind of relief as Venus disentangles us a bit from what is required of us to be 'acceptable'.

Maybe we start to notice (attract) things we would have otherwise missed. The strange and unusual will catch our eye now. 

We will be attracted to things/situations/solutions/people that are different.

Ruled by unpredictable Uranus, Aquarius is the space that is hard to forecast. When we step outside the rules (Uranus is outside Saturn's boundaries) our outcomes become less predictable, too.

Venus (beauty) in Aquarius (unique) allows us to see the beauty in things we wouldn't normally regard as beautiful. What would it take to see our crooked teeth as beautiful? our messy house? a real loss?

Wouldn't it take detachment? Wouldn't it take an ability to step back a little farther from whatever we are looking at?

To see the big picture -

(maybe those slightly crooked teeth have allowed us to evolve, as we grow to appreciate them, from mumbling our words through a mostly, un-moving mouth to speaking our well thought out opinions clearly and emphatically - maybe without those slightly crooked teeth, we would have learned this lesson in an even bigger, more painful way).

To see what other people, who are not closely connected to the things we are connected to, are seeing

(that messy home looks like a busy, happy family lives there).

To see the future -

(that loss now is creating a space something bigger and better will be filling in five years).

Detachment is one of the gifts of Aquarius (and also one of the curses if taken too far - think about technology that detaches us from reality).

Venus's transit here allows us to step back from what we are usually most attracted to. When we step away we can see things we couldn't see before. And keep in mind people (and situations) could step away from us a little bit now to get a clearly look, too. This isn't a permanent disconnection (unless it is) - this is a transit remember. It's a part of the process. A kind of 'sowing our wild oats' part, where we all need a bit more space. A part we skip at our own peril.

Aquarius is the genius, rebel, criminal, humanitarian - the outsider.

This is a good time to step outside of ourselves and view our situation more dispassionately. To be more objective. The energies at play now will assist us. If this was someone else's situation/life we were looking at what would we see?

Venus is about what we want.

Can we step away from what we want just long enough and just far enough to give everything and everyone some fresh air? to gain some different insights? to try something else.

With Uranus in Taurus answering to Venus and Venus in Aquarius answering to Uranus - the two planets are in mutual reception now, which empowers them, but will also make their square stronger when they aspect each other on Sunday.

How can it be 5 days until Christmas?!?

xo all

photo by the talented MATZU

Today's Astrology Forecast | Thursday, December 19, 2019 - just when we need to take the decisive action we aren't sure what is true or what we want, but we still have to take the decisive action or something like that, trust your instincts

Today's Virgo Moon went void off a trine to Venus while we slept (EST) - forward movement on our goals/ambitions, details/questions around our values, resources, love or self-esteem and then moved into Libra at 5:04AM EST.

In Libra, she moves into a square to Jupiter (in Capricorn) at 11:33AM EST bringing some possible tension/frustration through other people/partnerships or with our goals, authority, limits.

Mercury (in Sag) squares Neptune (in Pisces) at 16 degrees. Foggy, sloppy or lazy thinking/confusion or expansive imagination/spirituality - depending on how we look at this and how we use it.

Maybe something is exaggerated/too good to be true or feels like a sales pitch.

Squares are tension/frustration so this could be challenging information regarding a Sag or Piscean subject - travel, higher education, weddings, politics, legal issues, the media, publishing, foreigners, everything outside our comfort zone, exploration, our beliefs and higher thinking or what is hidden or put away or done behind the scenes, secrets, the ethereal realms, imagination, hospitals, spirituality, addiction, healing.

The fog has rolled in. The sand has shifted.

We will need to think twice about what we are saying/communicating. Misunderstandings are possible. The truthfulness of whatever we are dealing with will be complicated.

We could be lied to or we could be the one spinning a tangled web.

Treat what you hear/read/experience now with a sense of curiosity - ask yourself - "well, isn't that interesting?" - stay curious. People, including us, will think they know more than they do. Things can look better, or worse, than they actually are. It would be best to read this post, and everything else you are consuming via language now, with more skepticism than you normally would.

The best news today is we have Mars (in Scorpio) sextiling Saturn (in Capricorn) at 19 degrees - note, Saturn is almost out of his retrograde shadow (20 degrees), but not quite - so although he has been direct for a while, we are still working through old story-lines within our Capricorn house theme or the general, collective themes of our career/public face/goals.

So, although Mercury/Neptune will tend to lead us off-course, Mars/Saturn will get to the crux of things/will get us to the truth.

We don't have to know exactly where we are going to take decisive action. Drive/ambition can help us to work through complicated tasks.

Here is the energy to make solid progress on a long-term project. Putting our head down and just doing it sounds about right with these energies. With Saturn, the rewards will come later.

So, the Mars/Saturn grounds us in reality - our actions and our goals/authority are working together to provide OPPORTUNITY and this makes today a GO, just keep in mind everything won't be quite as it seems. With a big Neptunian contact we want to avoid avoiding. We don't want to just dream this day away. 

What do you need to do? The Moon is waning and this week is filled with great closing aspects - what needs to get done.

Also keep in mind our Moon's move into social, balanced, aesthetically-focused and relationship-focused Libra. Time to get out and about. Maybe do some holiday decorating. If shopping, just keep in mind that square to Jupiter and don't over-do it.

Tomorrow, Venus will move from Capricorn (the rules) into Aquarius (the space we let go of the rules), so even as the Moon in Libra moves through the squares to the Cappy planets, she will be helping to lighten things up!

xo all

photo by the talented oprisco

Today's Astrology Forecast | Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - getting it done, the details vs the big picture, courage, confidence, adjustments, partnership opportunities

The Moon in "let's get organized" Virgo is uber busy today. She opposed Neptune while we slept (focus on the details, the small picture - to avoid confusion/overwhelm) and goes on to sextile Mars at 11:14 AM EST (our motivation returns), trine Saturn at 11:56AM EST, trine Pluto at 3:28PM EST and finally square the Sag Sun at 11:57PM EST tonight.

We can get alot done today. With the Moon in Virgo it's about the details and putting one foot in front of the other. That sextile to Mars (in Scorpio), early in the day, creates opportunities to push through resistance/take action/get to the bottom of things. Trines to the Cappy pile-up indicates a time for smooth interactions with authority, our goals, our structure and security.

Good energy for making decisions and stepping into our own authority.

Our monthly Last Quarter Square will create tension/frustration/the need to adjust between the details and the big-picture/our optimistic vision.  

There is a reality check here.

Our Sag Sun is approaching her annual crossing of the Galactic Center - are we where we want/need to be with whatever we have going on? How have our beliefs changed in the last year?

At the same time we have Mercury (in Sagittarius) sextiling Juno (in Libra) at 4 degrees. Conversations/communications within and about partnerships and our commitments/contracts can create opportunities.

With Mercury also ruling the Moon today (in Virgo) and the Moon moving toward her late night square to the Sun - we could need to make some compromises/adjustments. Stay flexible. Keep your mind OPEN.

xo all

photo by the talented LidiaVives

I didn't get to the weekly this week, but I will try to get back here tomorrow and catch things up!


Today's Astrology Forecast | Sunday, December 15, 2019 - moving toward whatever is falling into place, faith in a better future, making the call, expanding our reach, the goodies are outside the box right now

The Moon moved into fun-loving Leo last night where she squared Uranus (a need to be flexible, unexpected change of plans) at 4:01AM EST and will trine Mercury (fiery and creative conversations) at 3:17PM EST.

The big news today is Jupiter reaches his exact trine (brakes off) to anything-can-happen Uranus.

Last week's Venus/Saturn/Pluto was heavy and maybe depressing. Cycles ended and new cycles began. With the Moon waning we might only be feeling the endings though. In my own life, many things ready to die/fall apart, did.

Today's Jupiter/Uranus coupled with our Leo Moon should help re-light any fires that last week's events put a damper on. This energy is inventive and forward-focused.

With Jupiter, we have to have faith/optimism. With Uranus we have to be ourselves. What is the theme of your Capricorn House? What is the theme of your Taurus house? There is powerful flow between these houses RIGHT NOW.

Collectively this is about our careers/public life, our fathers, our foundations and our money, our resources, our values and self-esteem. We all have access to these themes!

Uranus can get us from point A to point B very quickly. Unexpected doors can open. With Uranus retrograde, something from the past could get re-invented. This energy will be in play for a couple more days and we still have the Sun in the blue skies of Sagittarius until next Saturday!

This is an earth trine - so something real and practical can fall right into our lap.

With Uranus, it will be future-focused and almost certainly 'outside the box' (or maybe group-focused). With Uranus retrograde, it could be something with its roots in the, probably recent, past. BUT this does NOT mean we go back to the past. If we have done this before - it is a NO GO.

Jupiter in Sag made alot of promises last year, now in Cappy and especially with this contact to change-maker Uranus in 'take it to the bank' Taurus, he can actually get to deliver the goods!

In Cappy and Taurus - this could be about financial security. The long term building of something that expands our reach. Uranus in Taurus is busy changing our values, allowing us to see the way our self-esteem connects to our finances, changing the ways we make and spend money and revamping our natal Taurus house.

Keep an optimistic outlook. A small thing is not a small thing now. It is a SEED.

The glass is half-full - I know this hasn't been easy lately for many people, but there are multiple reasons to predict positive changes ahead and LIBERATION.

Jupiter/Uranus can provide spontaneous and fortunate opportunities. We only need to be ourselves, stay flexible (things may not play out exactly as we expected), not be afraid to get our hands dirty and walk through the doors that open now.

With Jupiter we have to have faith.

xo all

photo by the amazing Julie-de-Waroquier

Today's Astrology Forecast | Saturday, December 14, 2019 - taking care of ourselves, avoiding being overly sensitive, stressed and stretchy, when that something dead in the water thing lands in your driveway

Today's Moon in Cancer opposed Saturn at 4:31PM EST, then Pluto at 8:47AM EST and finally goes void at 10:56AM EST off an opposition to Venus. She will be void ALL DAY until she moves into loud and proud Leo at 10:56PM EST. Sunday is a much better holiday shopping day.

We also have a waning inconjunct between our Sagittarius Sun and the Cancer Moon. 

So today feels a little 'stressy', especially early in the day - maybe career/goals clash with home/family, our priorities with our ambitions. Maybe it's a clash of values. The Moon is at home in Cancer, but also very sensitive and security focused.

The void Moon can also make things a little wonky. It can be hard to focus.

Our efforts might not amount to anything - so, it's not the time to start anything new - and we might find things have to be done over again when the Moon isn't void. Purchases could be regretted later.

Time gets kind of stretchy.

BUT with the Moon connecting with the Sun (this month's waning inconjunct - a rock and a hard place, but still a connection) and benefic Venus just before the void, there is still much creative energy available, not to mention our approaching trine (exact tomorrow) between Jupiter and Uranus. Today could be better than the Moon's position would have us expect.

Our efforts can make a difference.

Enjoy your Saturday. Keep in mind our Cancer North Node's need to take care of ourselves.

xo all

Venus/Pluto meeting right on my Mercury in my third house yesterday perfectly suited the 'death' of my twelve year old car. Not good news, but at least it happened as I pulled into my own driveway, so there's that. And now I have to GET to buy a new car. But not today.

Car purchases are big deals for me (and most people, obviously).

A few years ago - well, actually, I guess it was twelve years ago - how is that possible?? - I wanted a hybrid car and the Prius seemed too small for my business and my life.

I started researching the Ford Escape (the word escape even kept appearing in my life and by research I mean one afternoon on the internet looking at reviews). I decided I wanted one.

I wanted a light blue Ford Escape - I wasn't so much thinking about GPS and stereos and cup holders and safety things - I was just thinking light blue. I called all the dealers within 100 miles and none had an Escape that wasn't black or white. They all told me it would take months to get one in my choice of color. And of course, I had procrastinated the whole process to the point that I needed a car right away.

I decided to go test drive a white one and see if I could live with it - I had already owned a white car (we only get so many cars in our life, so why repeat colors is my way of thinking with this) and I really didn't want another white car. I was on my way out the door to go to the closest Ford dealer when hubs called reminding me about going to a friend's house for dinner and that we needed to bring dessert.

So, I skipped the nearby dealer and drove to a dealer a couple towns further so I could stop at our favorite bakery. I was test-driving a white Escape and was on a back road a mile or so from the dealer, and suddenly I spied a light blue Escape sitting in a parking lot; a parking lot filled with new cars; a parking lot that happened to be an overflow lot for the dealer. It was brand new - fully loaded - more than I wanted to pay, of course ... but light blue.

I drove back to the dealer and asked them about the car in the back lot - they looked at me like I was crazy -  they didn't have a light blue Escape in their back lot. I drove the sales guy back there and he was surprised to find that I wasn't crazy (this was a first for me, too - finding out I'm not crazy), checked their records and discovered that the Escape had never been entered in their computer.

Hubs and I realized later that we had the wrong week for the dinner and celebrated my new car by polishing off the entire boston creme pie ourselves.

Now, it isn't like this car saved my life or turned out to be the buy of the century, but do I believe that a whole bundle of little things had to fall into place for me to have that car - YES

(sniffle, I will miss her).

Do I believe that the universe/my higher self/God wanted me to have this car? No.

It wasn't like I saw it and thought, "I am supposed to buy this".

Do I believe that the universe/my higher self/God wanted me to see that I could manifest this car without pushing, without me making things happen myself, that little things could fall into place for me in magical ways when I got clear on what I wanted?  

Yes. And I believe this is what I was supposed to see because this is what I did see.

The problem is I am not usually so clear on what I want.

I am the girl who has sat in indecision growing cobwebs and rust and depression while birds roost in my hair and summer turns to fall

My Sun (plus Mercury and Saturn) is in my third house and one of the things this house rules, being messenger Mercury's domain, is transportation. So, let's see if twelve years older and wiser I can be a beacon (attracting what I want/need) and not a searchlight once again.

I feel much more attuned to what I don't want than what I do right now though ....

photo by the talented BirdSophieBlack

Today's Astrology Forecast | Friday, December 13, 2019 - flow, connection is energizing, we want what we want, obsession, intensity, creative potential

The Moon in home/family/real estate/home business/family business/mother/mothering focused Cancer will trine Neptune at 10:27PM EST and Mars at 11:24PM EST.

Chiron stationed direct last night so we could have felt/are feeling a wounding around our masculine energy. In Aries, picking ourselves up and moving forward is the way to go. 

Meanwhile Aries ruler Mars (in Scorpio) trines Neptune (in Pisces) - good for taking initiative/action with our dreams/healing/spirituality. We can follow our instincts/intuition. We can offer compassion and forgiveness. We can make art. We can meditate and pray. Our efforts meet little resistance. Connection is energizing.

And this is the day Venus (love, money, our values and self-esteem) on her journey through Capricorn reaches Pluto at 21 degrees. We want what we want. We could be feeling an obsession around what we want. Something is INTENSE. We know what we want and maybe we will see what we are willing to do/give up to get it. With Pluto this is a total commitment/transformation/ENDING. Venus and Pluto starting a new cycle so very near the same time Venus/Saturn started a new cycle means things will be intense as these energies play out over the next few weeks and months. Here is our feminine energy working with authority, power, within the rules.

All of this is happening as we build toward Jupiter's only trine to a retrograde Uranus (lucky break, change of beliefs that hold us back, fast change, liberation - exact on Sunday) looks like something here has its roots in the PAST.

From about 5:30-8:30PM EST we have a Grand Water Trine involving the Moon, Mars and Neptune - this is a powerful creative loop between your Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces houses. What are their themes? What can you do with this?

With Venus showing us what we want or what needs to be transformed or what is dead in the water at the same time we have Mars (our action, initiative, passion) harmonizing with Neptune (our dreams, healing, spirituality, the past) and the Moon in her home sign of Cancer giving us this beautifully creative Grand Water Trine (the lunar aspected trine is brief unless you have planets or points near the middle of Cancer!) - this is a great day to take action on creative projects/family and real estate situations/business/moving a dream forward. 

If you have been looking for some right timing to do something - here it is. This will be most effective if it involves the themes of the houses in play and you feel passionately about it.

Saturday morning will be a little edgier as the Moon reaches her opposition to Saturn/Pluto (authority, power), but keep in mind Sunday's powerful Jupiter/Uranus trine - BELIEVE that life can conjure up some unexpected goodies. It's time we get lucky people!

xo all

I feel the need to toss in, here's my Mercury in Capricorn at work, that trines create smooth flow. This can be a good thing - like that roadblock is removed - or not a good thing - like we drive off a cliff because that roadblock is removed. Use this sh*t wisely.

photo by the amazing Julie-de-Waroquier

Todays' Astrology Forecast | Thursday, December 12, 2019 - the void Moon, creating space for what is truly ours to find us

The Moon (in Gemini) went void last night after reaching her monthly fullness and opposition to the Sagittarius Sun. She will be void all day today before she moves into Cancer at 6:23PM EST - turning our focus to home, family, mother, mothering issues, security, real estate situations.

Jupiter (in Capricorn) approaches his trine (brakes off) with Uranus (in Taurus) - exact on SUNDAY.
This is the only meeting we have between Jupiter (luck) and Uranus (fast change) while Jupiter is in Capricorn, and, in fact, we won't get another trine between these two planets until 2028! It is in play for the next few days.

Here is a lucky break.

Expansive change.

We will talk about this more tonight as we finish up the monthly - in the meantime, keep in mind Venus sandwiched between Saturn and Pluto - softening their hard edges, even as they straighten her backbone/resolve. There is something serious here. It is not business as usual.

Mars (in Scorpio) is trining Neptune (in Pisces) - it's sink or swim, so we want to be SWIMMING. Even if we can't see any land yet. Even if we need to CHANGE DIRECTION - we still need to just KEEP SWIMMING.

Mars (action) in positive alignment to Neptune (our dreams). Jupiter (optimism, expansion, luck) in positive alignment to a retrograde Uranus (innovation, change, the future, another chance).

This is good stuff.

Yes, Venus (as us) is feeling like the cheese in a toasted cheese sandwich BUT she is doing her job here, ensuring we are taking that love/money/values/beauty/self-esteem situation SERIOUSLY. Ensuring we are valuing our priorities.

The Moon is void all day and waning. Take a few hours to catch your breath. Something needs to be released. Mentally/emotionally/physically - what are we holding onto that is keeping us trapped? 

Santa wants to drop a present in our lap and all he asks - well, maybe it's not ALL he asks, he is in Capricorn after all - is we have a little space in our lap to receive it.

With Jupiter/Uranus this situation isn't going to turn out exactly how we had pictured (release beliefs, expectations, grief over what was/might have been), but it could turn out BETTER.

xo all

photo by the talented Santina

GEMINI FULL MOON | December 11, 2019 to December 12, 2019 - reality bites, choices dissolve, seeing the facts, adjusting our thinking, serious commitments around love and money, change is coming

On 12/12 at 12/12 AM EST, the Gemini Moon opposes the Sagittarius Sun at 19 degrees giving us this month's Full Moon.

The Gemini/Sagittarius polarity is mutable. It's flexible, adaptable and thrives on change.

Mutable signs are restless and prepare us for the change of seasons. They are the breakdown and break away before the breakthrough.

Gemini is ruled by Mercury.

(who also rules Virgo - Mercury was the messenger of the Gods and the Messenger God)

and Mercury rules our collective third house of day to day communication and language. She/he also rules commerce, contracts, siblings, neighbors, local travel, early education, transportation - stuff that creates movement. Its polarity sign is Sagittarius, where our Sun (and Mercury herself) is, rules the ninth house of the larger world aspects of movement. So big picture thinking and processes, philosophy, higher education, foreigners, long distance travel, etc.

During a Full Moon we always have the Moon and Sun in their polar positions with the Earth in the middle (that's what creates the full moon), so the energy we are working with is the play between the two signs - in this case Gemini and Sagittarius.

Full Moons bring things to a peak, to a culmination, to light or to a conclusion.  

Let's unpack the chart!

The Sun/Moon are squaring Neptune (separating), the Moon is inconjunct Saturn (and Venus/Pluto, so hitting on next month's and next year's big energies), the Sun is sextile Saturn and conjunct Pallas.

Gemini is the sign of the twins and sometimes during peak Gemini energy we can find ourselves mired in two choices, doing things twice or again, seeing double, etc.

With the Sun and Moon moving off the dissolving square to Neptune - it could be these choices we have been mulling over or working our way through aren't grounded/real/based in reality. Maybe a sacrifice has been required. Maybe our "choices" weren't really choices at all. Neptune showed us this last week if we were paying attention. Our real choices narrow and the Full Moon tells us this is a GOOD THING.

With the Full Moon exactly inconjunct (rock and a hard place) Saturn, and Saturn, along with Pluto bookending an uncomfortable Venus (and keep in mind Venus is back where she was in February 2019, so something from that time could be wrapping up/activated) - this could be the part of our Saturn/Pluto story where the money is tight or our self-esteem is taking a hit or we aren't getting the support we need/want, etc

- some reality could be biting us in the ass.

Inconjuncts ask for adjustments. With the Moon in airy Gemini (finally some air at an important Moon!) - we are asked to adjust our thinking. To bring our minds back to reality with some situation. To make a decision, even at a time when decision-making isn't easy!

With Pallas (wisdom/strategy) conjunct the Sun - we are asked to be wise now. 

With Pallas opposing the illuminating Moon we are confronted with the facts.

With Venus squeezed between Saturn and Pluto and back where she was last February (the degree not the 'monkey in the middle' part) - I am kind of picturing her mediating a truce between these big, bad boys as she attempts to soften next month's Saturn/Pluto conjunction by showing us now that - what we want is limited.

If we have been living in lalaland - here is part one of the bills coming due.

If we have been working hard and adjusting to what life has tossed into our lane this past year - here is where we take stock of where we are and what we have and make another decision or here is where we are called to make a commitment.

Either way Venus starts a new cycle with both Saturn and Pluto now - so what we are doing RIGHT NOW around Venus themes (love, money, our values, beauty, women and self-esteem) is uber important because we are getting a fresh start. This is also about the themes of the houses Venus rules in your natal chart - your Taurus and Libra houses.

Take whatever you are starting now seriously. Take the decisions you are making seriously.

The Moon is connecting to both Saturn and Neptune.

Saturn represents discipline, time and rules - he reigns over the material world; the things that give life structure. Saturn tells Neptune to, "sit up straight, obey authority, get a job, to pull himself up by his bootstraps." Neptune rules the metaphysical world. He represents our dreams, our imagination, the things that give life meaning. He asks Saturn to feel, to have a heart, to show compassion, to understand that not everyone at every moment has bootstraps to pull up.

We all carry both these archetypes and they work out their energies and move their stories forward through us.

On their own neither of these big boys would give us a functioning world. They need each other. And individually we need to balance both these parts of ourselves. We need Saturn's structure to bring the dream to life and we need the dream (Neptune) to give our life meaning and purpose.

The ruler of this Full Moon is Mercury (ruler of Gemini). He/she has just finished up a two month journey through Pluto territory (Scorpio) and is now in Sagittarius - the sign of her debilitation.

Mercury is sextiling Jupiter and trining Chiron. So, confronting these facts/hard truths/whatever this is for us - actually creates opportunities for expansion and healing.

Maybe because we stop wasting time/energy and diluting our focus on the wrong things!

Communication/information is key now. Gemini rules youth and youth is a time of great flexibility and newness - it's time to bring in some fresh air. Don't over think this. This is a Full Moon - maybe something needs to end before we can fully get excited about the new stuff.

Mercury in Sag is answering to Jupiter and Jupiter trines Uranus in just four days (this is in play now) - we are moving toward BIG change and the decisions we are making now are important.

More about this in the next post as we finish out the monthly. 

xo all

Today's Astrology Forecast | December 10, 2019 - healing words, something is starting to get serious/firmed up, a need to make smart decisions

The Moon is void until 11:47AM EST (sleep in you won't miss anything important) and then moves into communicative, dual-minded and busy Gemini.

She opposes Mercury (freshly minted in Sagittarius) at 3:43PM EST (a disagreement). This is also the day Mercury trines (brakes off) a retrograde Chiron in Aries. The Sun will reach a 135 degree aspect with Uranus today creating a sesquiquadrate (imbalance - maybe a change of belief is needed). Venus is getting closer to Saturn - something is getting more serious, maybe a commitment is being firmed up (with the Gemini Full Moon building maybe we are deciding between two things).

Mercury in aspect to Chiron (in Aries) could bring up old wounds around our self-doubt/our wounded masculine. But, words can be medicinal now. Confident language creates courage. Maybe it is easier to say/hear the right thing (the Moon opposing in neutral Gemini could bring the emotional impact without the whallop).

One thing to keep in mind with Chiron (who was half animal after all and rather tempestuous) and the Sun's imbalanced aspect with Uranus as the Sun starts to move off his square to Neptune - is we don't want to be making foolish choices right now.

Keep in mind ALWAYS that pile-up of energies in sober Capricorn. Daddy's not only 'home', but he is following you around. ALL THE TIME. 

The energy is kind of wonky today, so stay focused on reality/the facts.

We need to be making smart decisions. With Mercury/Chiron it could be our story is helpful to someone else or theirs is to us, so keep your ears open.

xo all

My next post will be the Full Moon post and then we will finish up December!

photo by the talented Dina Belenko

Today's Astrology Forecast | Monday December 9, 2019 - * HEADS UP * green light - a time to be applying our best efforts to get tangible results

You can see Sunday's energies HERE

I am putting Monday up early because there is some great lunar energy, with the Moon in mid to late Taurus - the sign of her EXALTATION, that you might want to find a way to benefit from.

First, late tonight (Sunday night) Mercury moves into Sagittarius. And even though he/she is in his "detriment" in Sagittarius (being Gemini's polarity sign) - this year with Jupiter answering to Saturn, I think as long as our words/ideas/communications (also sibling, local community and transportation situations) are grounded in reality, optimistic, yes, but also serious and not frivolous, this won't be a bad thing. At least the back and forth through the never ending layers of Scorpio is over. 

The Moon is waxing (growing) reaching fullness in just a couple days - so whatever we use Monday's energy for, it should be something either almost finished, almost culminated or maybe something we have already put some thought/action into.

We can use Sunday's Sun/Neptune square to pray/meditate on the best ways to handle Monday.

On MONDAY, the Taurus Moon will sextile Neptune (9:19AM EST - making the dream real) then move into smooth trines with the Cappy pile-up - Venus (11:07AM EST), Saturn (2:54PM EST) and Pluto (8:12PM EST).

So, think about the themes of your Taurus and Cappy houses - in my chart, for example as a Scorpio rising this would be between my 3rd house (communication, information, writing, teaching, learning, siblings, local community, transportation) and 7th house (partners, other people).

Collectively Taurus rules our 2nd house of money, values, self-esteem and Capricorn rules our careers, work in the world, our public persona/reputation - we can all use these themes.

MONDAY is one of December's best days for applying our efforts and getting tangible results. Taurus is our fixed earth sign - so the lunar energies work best for something practical, something we can hold in our hand - a real thing, more than a concept. Something that we want to be lasting and something that provides comfort, security, stabilization will be best.

So, what can you do on Monday to move something forward?

I am negotiating terms/costs on a lease for a building, so I know Monday is the day I want to talk again to the owner. Maybe you have something going on that could use a little astrological good timing. Monday is a green light.

xo all

If you have planets or points in the mid to later degrees of Taurus and/or Capricorn you will probably get the strongest results. Also note Monday's good aspects are lunar and fleeting - they only apply to Monday.

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Today's Astrology Forecast | Saturday, December 7, 2019 - power imbalances, transformation, what goes, what stays, the conversation moves on, focusing on comfort and security, no such thing as a sure thing

The Moon in Aries squares Saturn at 4:09AM EST then goes void off a square to Pluto at 10:05AM - she will be void for the rest of the day. This would NOT be the best day for holiday shopping. Especially big ticket items. The expensive sweater won't fit. The computer will need to be re-turned later.

That closing square to Pluto makes today's mood kind of chilly with power struggles (maybe the need to confront abuses of power), also transformative.

What are we keeping? What needs to go into the dustbin?

The good news (and we talked about this in the monthly HERE) - Mercury gets to 28 degrees Scorpio and begins walking NEW degrees. Bye-bye Mercury retrograde shadow - don't let the door hit ya'. New communications, information, ideas will begin to FLOW. Whatever got stopped up back in the middle of October can start moving again. Mercury also rules our local community, teaching, writing, siblings and transportation - as well as your natal Virgo and Gemini houses.

And we have Venus (in Cappy now) trining that retrograde Vesta (in Taurus). Here is us taking serious stock of what we already have and planning ahead so we have what we will need later. We attract what we want by taking ourselves (and our self-care) seriously and by valuing old resources/money/the stuff that used to keep us up at night. Our values/stuff based in reality are pulling this train forward now.

Mars is as strong as he will be for many months, Venus is deadly serious, Mercury has been back and forth over the details ENOUGH, the Moon is waxing (growing) - we are moving forward folks, and yes, nothing now is without some risk, nothing is unimportant, nothing will feel "for certain" - half the energies are answering to Saturn now - this month is no joke.

The Moon will be in Taurus late tonight into tomorrow and will start squaring Mars - we will probably be feeling very ambitious/passionate about SOMETHING.

The move is ours. The ball is in our court. Breathe. Know we came here for the emotional experiences - does that change your next move? What do you WANT?

xo all

photo by the talented Santina

Astrology of December 2019 | the end of the line - part 1

This is a mega-important month kicking off with Jupiter's move into the hot zone and culminating with the Sun crossing the South Node - bye-bye Capricorn karma!

Let's see if we unpack the month all at once if we can make a little more sense of this than we can going week by week.

We have FIVE planets in Capricorn now, including Jupiter who left his home sign and moved into Cappy (for the first time in twelve years) just a few days ago - Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter, Venus and Ceres.

We are building toward a meeting of Saturn and Pluto on January 12, 2020 - these bad boys haven't met in Capricorn in over 500 years (and other players make the January story even more complicated, although perhaps offer us, humanity, a way collectively and personally, through this challenge).

Keeping in mind it is not really possible to predict astrological happenings down to an exact date (we are already in the process of the January aspects) on January 12, 2020 we are going to have the conjunction of Pluto, Saturn, Ceres, Mercury (all at 22 degrees Capricorn) and the Sun (at 20 degrees). This is happening with Jupiter in Capricorn, two days after an Eclipse and while squaring (let's burn this whole thing down) Eris at 23 degrees Aries.

In the meantime, it is hard/impossible to look this far ahead because we have TWO eclipses - ie cosmic resets, anything can happen - before January 12th with the first coming on Christmas night conjunct Jupiter (instead of the usual 4, and the sometimes 5 eclipses we get in a year - we get 6 in 2020, so enough twists and turns to keep everyone from getting too settled in).

Even with all this Capricorn building to the most powerful 'winter' of our lives, keep in mind, until the Solstice on the 21st, we still have the Sun in Sagittarius!

There is still some time to take advantage of any of Jupiter in Sag's parting gifts! And there are still gifts that are going to show up.

The first week of December is HERE.

DECEMBER 7th - Mercury gets to 28 degrees Scorpio and begins walking NEW degrees. Bye-bye Mercury retrograde shadow - don't let the door hit ya'. New communications, information, ideas will begin to FLOW. Whatever got stopped up back in the middle of October can start moving again. Mercury also rules our local community, teaching, writing, siblings and transportation - as well as your natal Virgo and Gemini houses.

DECEMBER 8th - the Sun in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces at 15 degrees. There are a couple of challenging Neptunian aspects this month and this is one of them.

Situations could be confusing. We want to avoid thinking we have all the answers now because we don't. Holding a strong opinion, ie offering up a judgement now might not be such a good idea. Zip it. If we can stay open without judging there can be a powerful spiritual message now. Stay curious. Don't get locked into any one position here. Work through things in your imagination, but don't jump into anything that looks too good to be true.

This aspect can dilute our focus and sap our energy - even make us sick, so do whatever you do to avoid catching a cold, etc. Our boundaries are large and whisper thin. Squares are tension and frustration. Maybe between that greener grass/opportunity to expand our reach and lies/dishonesty/or our own wishful thinking/escapist tendencies/inability to grow a backbone.

At the same time, and here is the silver lining part, Venus sextiles (opportunity) Neptune. So now we have a clue what to do with this. Focus in on what is practical. This is a time for practical (Capricorn) magic (Pisces). Maybe Neptune softens Venus in Capricorn's hard edges and Venus (in stabilizing Capricorn) offers Neptune's 'dream' something real to hold onto.

A tricky day, but that Venus/Neptune sextile offers opportunities. 

Something to keep in mind with Venus is she is back where she was last February

The difference between now and then is since that time both Saturn and Pluto have gone through their retrogrades and stationed direct. 

We have been through karmic endings/the death that was postponed/the mess that needed to be cleaned up. 

Hopefully we are back here, older and wiser, humbled and streamlined.

(opportunities from last February can return now, too, with a new twist based on how we processed and moved through the 2019 energies)

DECEMBER 9th - Mercury FINALLY climbs out of the Scorpio muck (I am a Scorpio rising, so allowed to call Pluto territory muck, you might not be able to get away with this without getting popped by a Scorpio) and into the bluer skies/greener grasses of Sagittarius. The scope of information available to us broadens. All the little details we have been immersed in during Mercury's transit through Scorpio fade from view a bit. It's like we have applied a wide angle lens to our camera.  

There is more to see (know) but less to specifically look at.

People will start thinking and talking BIG. Making BIG plans. Using BIG persuasive language. It's a good time to sell your "whatever it is", but also a good time to be sold a bill of goods. Keep in mind that words and information could mislead us as our focus moves away from those pesky details and onto the larger landscape.

Mercury is considered in his detriment in Sagittarius because he/she rules Sagittarius's polarity sign of Gemini. It is Mercury's JOB to focus on the details and in Sagittarius he can't see the trees for the forest. But, I think this year he/she (as us) will be aided through the "forest" because Sag ruler Jupiter's wide lens is  tempered by Jupiter being in Saturn ruled Capricorn. The focus will be more on reality and actual results which will be a good thing, plus she helps extends Sag season a bit!

Also on December 9th, Jupiter will square Chiron - we are open to healing, or maybe the hurt gets so big we can't ignore it any longer - OUCH.

DECEMBER 10th - Almost immediately after entering Sagittarius, Mercury trines Chiron. Words are medicinal. Confident language brings courage. It is easier to say the right thing.

DECEMBER 11th - Full Moon in Gemini with the Sun and Moon squaring Neptune and inconjunct Saturn. Venus conjunct Saturn. So a rock and a hard place to Saturn with so much of our chart answering to him now including this Full Moon with Mercury ruler of Gemini in Sag and Sag ruler Jupiter in Capricorn! And many, many people's charts answering to him too - I'm talking to you Taurus risings, Gemini risings, Virgo risings, Libra risings, Scorpio risings (sort of), Sagittarius risings, Capricorn rising, Aquarius rising - who does that leave?

Not such a fun Full Moon. Money and relationship stuff is serious business. We are maybe needing to be like Saturn in order to feel the love (goal-oriented/business-like) and then not able to feel the love because we are like Saturn.

With that square to illusive Neptune from Gemini, we might not know if we are coming or going. This would NOT be the time to make an important decision. Of course look at the date, it could just be everyone is uber busy with the holidays and running out of time (Saturn)!

DECEMBER 13th - Venus conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn, Mars trines Neptune and Chiron stations direct in Aries. The trine is good for moving ahead with creative projects, support from behind the scenes (and behind the veils), healing, charity work. Chiron's direct station will be strongest felt by people with planets/points near 1 degrees Aries or the other cardinal signs. What have we learned about our wounded masculine energy since Chiron stationed retrograde in July? Venus meeting Pluto speaks of the rising feminine energy; claiming our power/claiming ownership. What are we stepping into now?

A powerful day.

And, of course, it's Friday the 13th!

And for the last few days we have been building toward DECEMBER 15th's uber powerful big aspect Jupiter trine Uranus - BIG CHANGE. We will talk about this tomorrow.  

Back tomorrow with Part II

xo all

photo by the amazing ankazhuravleva

Today's Astrology Forecast | December 6, 2019 - taking ourselves seriously, honoring what we value while still moving forward, courage and confidence, smooth pavements and roadblocks

The Moon continues moving through assertive and independent Aries today - squaring Venus at 5:57PM EST (tension  around what we need to do to get what we want and the rules/limits blocking us, a need to adjust our sails) and trining the Sun at 8:04PM EST.

This month's waxing trine (brakes off) with the Sun at 14 degrees Sagittarius and the Moon at 14 degrees Aries, is sandwiched between today's square to Venus (love, money, our values, self-esteem, beauty) and tomorrow's squares to Saturn and Pluto, all in "serious as a heart attack" Capricorn. If you are making important decisions now, I hope you are taking them seriously. 

The trine moves things forward through courage (Aries) and confidence (Sagittarius) or maybe through initiative (Aries) and faith (Sagittarius) or maybe this is really the same thing.

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.

Once a month, during the Moon's waxing (growing) cycle, the Sun and the Moon reach 120 degrees apart and form a trine.

So although Aries always trines Sag - courage and confidence, initiative and faith always work hand in hand - here is the time in the lunar cycle (and this is brief, but powerful energy and we will only get this particular trine once a year) when we get access to the tools we need to move this month's very particular New Moon energies FORWARD.

Of course, this year, all the Cappy energy, which is impacting ALOT right now (but not EVERYTHING) is squaring the Moon, because Capricorn squares Aries, so it creates a need, even with that smooth-flowing trine - to take certain limits/rules/authority/responsibilities into account now. With Venus there could be financial/resource limits or maybe a partner isn't on the same page with us, with Saturn rules/tradition/authority, with Pluto power - maybe somebody else is calling the shots or holds all the cards - or maybe it just look/feels like they are. We are approaching Sunday's square between the Sun and Neptune - everything is not exactly as it seems now. Stay open and flexible. Don't get to wedded to your beliefs.

At the same time we have the Sun moving through an awkward inconjunct to a retrograde Vesta moving through the middle of Taurus. Here is a rock and a hard place. The Sag Sun wants those greener pastures/to expand his reach, but here is this thing that we once were devoted to/held sacred/kept us up at night - this thing that must still be honored. Maybe it's a resource. Maybe it's what we have earned/valued.

With the Sun trining an Aries Moon (brave action) at the same time, we don't exactly want to let this stop us dead in our tracks, we want to keep moving with courage and confidence, but we don't toss the baby out with the bathwater and we DON"T (those approaching lunar squares to Saturn and Pluto) NOT - yes, I love double negatives -  take this seriously. So, take this seriously, don't move into something stupid, just to move.

What are our values? What's most important?

Maybe we can't have the adventure and keep all those benjamins in our piggy bank (for example), so what's it gonna be?

Mars is in Scorpio - very strong, in a sign he once ruled - and the Aries Moon is answering to him.

Let's keep moving forward.

Let's keep digging for truth, looking under rocks and shaking things out.

Tomorrow, Mercury, will reach fresh territory for the first time in nearly two months, we will know what we are looking for when we see it.

xo all

photo by the amazing oprisco

Today's Astrology Forecast | December 5, 2019 - a long void moon followed by a second wind, nurtured by men, pushing through obstacles and moving forward

Our Moon in imaginative, spiritual and escape-prone Pisces went void off a trine to Mercury (at the final degrees of her 'third time's the charm' re-walk through Scorpio) at 3:14AM EST.

She will be void until 2:44PM EST when she moves into the 'fresh start' energy of Aries. So wrap things up early in the day, focus on practiced production rather than on starting anything brand new. Expect some wonk and do-overs. That closing trine - brakes off - to Mercury, deep in Scorpio, makes this a good day for deep communications (intimate/financial) or digging through the underpinnings of something.

In Aries, the Moon will have us nurtured/comforted through interactions with men, independent action, initiation, our passions/anger and impulsivity.

She will square Jupiter at 4:08PM EST. Life gets busier - is this possible, yes it is! - we get involved, push through obstacles, make adjustments and make things happen. Aries/Capricorn squares are the old making way for the new or the new making space for the old. Jupiter adds confidence and enthusiasm. We could feel some over-confidence, but maybe that's what we need now!

We have Pluto, Jupiter, Venus, Ceres and the South Node - all in Capricorn with Saturn and answering to Saturn. We have Uranus in Taurus (answering to Venus who's answering to Saturn, and even if we see Uranus as answering to Ceres, as I sometimes play around with, Ceres is also in Capricorn and answering to Saturn), so Saturn is dispositing Uranus. We have Mercury headed into Sagittarius in just a few days (answering to Jupiter who's answering to Saturn), so Saturn will disposit Mercury, too. Yes, it is Saturn's world and we just get to live in it!

It might feel like the heavens have decided we should skip the holidays and rush right into 2020 "New Year - join a gym and work extra hours to pay off the bills" mode. Maybe this is why so many people felt the need to put their holiday decorations up so early this year!

All this Saturn is not necessarily a bad thing (did I actually just write that?!), but it is all rather extreme what with Saturn being our daddy/authority figure and ruling the way we use and misuse our own authority, responsibilities and commitments. Alot of attention is tossed on what power/authority can (and cannot) do now, also on the finality/repercussions of choice we've already made.

Keep in mind though we still have the Sun in sunny Sagittarius for the next couple weeks (before he moves into, you guessed it Capricorn ... and although, yes the Sun in Sagittarius is answering to Jupiter who is answering to Saturn, the Sun is above getting disposited, although certainly some Cappy flavoring is added, but we will never  feel this anyway with all the other old-man Saturnian energy we are having to deal with), we are still fueled through optimism/through a focus on the greener grass over there.

Until a few days ago Jupiter was in his home sign of Sagittarius for the last year. Everyone was given opportunities in 2019 even as we've dealt with these Cappy endings. Jupiter in his home sign lived up to his end of the bargain even though I feel (and I may not be seeing this clearly or maybe I am seeing it perfectly clearly because transitting Neptune has been sitting on my natal Jupiter for what feels like forever) his squares to Neptune dissolved some of our "luck". Still, the opportunities have been there. And if we are feeling like we didn't take advantage/notice them, there are still some twists and turns ahead, folks, our "luck" has certainly not run out!

The Sun in ONLY halfway through Sagittarius. Is the glass half-full or half-empty - that is up to us! The field may have narrowed, but there are still open doors and doors still opening. Optimism and courage in the pursuit of something that expands our reach is still driving everything. Mars is nearing the middle of Scorpio - the ancient ruler of Scorpio, he is the strongest right now that we are going to see him for many, many months - it is a time to be moving things forward.

I don't want to see us beating our heads against the wall, but nothing is really 'dead in the water' while Mars is still in Scorpio!

Once the Moon gets passed the square to Jupiter and conjunction with Chiron tonight (maybe an old pain is triggered when we push too hard, this doesn't mean we give up, we can move past this quickly!) - we will almost certainly start to get a second wind.

xo all

photo by the talented DeBally