Saturday Night Mystery | the Astrology of the Murder of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen and the suicide of her murderer


This was last week's mystery that I didn't get to post, because of the Jupiter/Pluto post.

Vanessa had been missing since late April and in the last week Vanessa's remains have been found, the case has been solved and the killer has committed suicide. Finally some answers for her grief stricken and exhausted family, but not the answers they were hoping for.

Even though this is not a "mystery" any longer, there is alot that can be learned from looking at these charts, so I have decided to go ahead and post this anyway, adding the updated information (second chart).

Astrology is much more 'accurate' (since of course, everything is interpreted through the lens of the astrologer) looking backward anyway. The language of archetypes and patterns - there are often many ways each aspect can play out.

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Vanessa Guillen was a Private First Class (recently promoted to Specialist) stationed at Fort Hood Army Base in Fort Hood, Texas. On the early afternoon of April 22, 2020, Vanessa, a beautiful and athletic 22 year old, disappeared from the 'parking lot of the barracks where she was stationed'

(this is how it was reported, but since her car keys and ID were found in her quarters - the parking lot might not be the place she actually was when she disappeared).

Vanessa was never seen again.

We know that not just anyone can drive onto a military base and one of the things her distraught family reported to the military authority was that Vanessa had told them she was being sexually harassed by another soldier and deciding what to do about it.

Let's unpack that 'last seen' chart for Vanessa.

We can see quickly the rulers of the Ascendant and Descendant - Saturn (ruler of the perpetrator) and the Moon (ruler of the victim), square each other, so likely the chart is usable (it's also likely they knew each other and were already at odds with each other, so we'll just keep that in mind). We see the chart is 20 degrees rising, so it looks good to be read - sometimes too early degree and the chart is too early/too soon to read or too late a degree and maybe that chart is too late to read - this isn't always true, but something to look at when the exact time is tricky to locate. 

We have a chart with Cancer rising making the Moon the ruler of the chart and the significator (stand-in) for Vanessa.

The Moon is in the 10th house in Aries (the Moon is also the co-significator for the victim, so now instead of working with two planets that represent the victim we are looking at only one). Aries is ruled by Mars in the 8th house. Anytime we have a significator (or dispositor of significator) for a missing victim in the 8th house (or 12th house) there is a strong possibility the victim is no longer alive. Mars is in Aquarius so answering to Saturn in the 7th and Uranus in the 10th (in Taurus), so answering to Venus in the 11th who is in Gemini and answering to Mercury in the 10th.

So we have a loop between the 1st house (the victim), the 7th house (the perpetrator), the 8th house (death, secrets, sex), the 10th house (career, public life, authority, reputation) and the 11th house (friends, future, goals, groups).

The sign on the cusp of the 1st house will often describe the physicality of the victim - in this case (Cancer) the archetype is someone with a shorter stature, full-bodied, pretty eyes, dark hair, sometimes a prominent jaw bone.

The Moon in the 10th could indicate something happened to her at her work or in a public place or a place that carries authority (or by someone in authority). The Moon is in her balsamic phase - dark, moving toward the Sun, so the case will become known (that 10th house) but not immediately. Since this is supported by the Cappy descendant and Saturn in the 7th  (remember you are always looking for multiple aspects that show the same thing) - we can verify that, yes, either this happened at work/a public place with authority or by someone in authority.

The Moon in Aries, which rules the head, indicates something that happened fast/maybe impulsive (although the perpetrator doesn't feel impulsive in this chart), a blow to her head or a gunshot to the head. The chart has rebellious Lilith right at the top of the chart - so Vanessa isn't just going to lay down/avoid an issue - she is going to speak up/out. Maybe she is threatening to make something public or this is what he is afraid of. Eris conjunct Mercury in the 10th - an angry outsider, a public or career dispute. Not wanting something whitewashed over.

If we move over to the descendant - the 7th house cusp of the perpetrator we have the sign of Capricorn. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, also located in the 7th house, in Aquarius a sign he co-rules. So, just from seeing the Moon (Vanessa) in Aries in Cappy's house (10th, a place the Moon is not strong, plus she's in her weakest phase) and Saturn (the perpetrator) in Aquarius, in Libra's house (7th, a place Saturn is exalted) - we know the perpetrator has the upper hand here.

He - the perpetrator - is in the stronger position.

The sign on the cusp of the 7th house will often describe the physicality of the perpetrator - in this case (Capricorn) the archetype is someone older (which he turns out to be younger, so prob has some strong Cappy/Saturn in his chart - an old/young man, coming across as older than he is), a lean face, blackish hair, sometimes the person is witty, he might have some issues with his teeth or bone issues or skeletal issues, maybe he has an unusual walk. Maybe he likes to be alone. Maybe he is hiding anger. Maybe he is too prideful.

Keep in mind this has all happened in 2020 - the year of the great Capricorn humbling.

There are three planets in the 7th house (the perpetrator's house) - maybe three people are involved or know about what happened. In Capricorn, the perpetrator is likely career-oriented, with Pluto/Jupiter there is a power struggle involved in what happens (who has the power, maybe a  sexual situation) and that his actions are taken to the extreme With Pallas here, that the perpetrator is thinking he is solving a problem by doing this, maybe a problem for his status/career (Capricorn).

The perpetrator's loop is 7th house, 8th house, 10th house, 11th house and mirrors Vanessa's if we swap 1st for 7th!

Both significators follow the same trail.

He is interfering with her career/public status/reputation (10th/11th houses) and we know now she was having sexual harassment issues with this guy and maybe was going to take action on this. He is impeding her future/her goals (that 11th house).

And then he feels the same way - that she is impeding his future - and ultimately the chart looks to show he murders her to stop her from ruining his future.

(now keep in mind I am basing this "impeding goals/ruining the future" hypothesis on the 10th/11th house involvements - there are different scenarios that would also fit these houses and I am certainly  not saying I have all the answers here)

As for Vanessa's final resting place there are two places to look.

The ruler of the 4th house - end of the matter - here in Libra (notice the IC is conjunct partner asteroid Juno - keep this in mind as the story unfolds) is answering to Venus in Gemini. So, at some point she is in a car/vehicle transported not too far away. And we can look to Saturn, who takes us on a long journey through co-ruler chaotic and disorderly Uranus (and it turns out her body was moved to separate locations and even horrifically separated - and there is that Cappy/Aqua detachment/coldness).

Seeing that Juno on the IC - the 4th house cusp, the end of the matter - made me wonder when I first saw this chart if a partner would be involved here - either coming forward and implicating the perpetrator/telling the police where Vanessa's remains were located or by actually being involved in the murder - and that is actually exactly what happened.

Let's move over to the second chart, because as this case was playing out this week, with the police locating some of Vanessa's remains (and I am not sure if the perpetrator's girlfriend came forward with locations or if she was arrested later) and with the police closing in on this guy - he committed suicide.

Which totally fits with what our prideful Cappy perpetrator in our first chart would do!

Because the police were on the scene we have an exact time for his suicide.

Let's unpack that chart.

The ascendant for our suicide 'victim' - who we will call David, since we know his name now - is in Aries. Impulsive, maybe angry. A young man. Answering to Mars in the 12th house (in Aries) - a house of endings/death/self-undoing. Victim of a self-induced gunshot to the head (all Aries/Mars). We have Chiron conjunct the Ascendant - an old story around ego/self-esteem/feeling exposed/an outlook on life based on painful childhood experiences or with past-life roots

Here, David is the Moon, too - in that 7th house, so he does this to himself. In dark Scorpio (ruler of death) answering to Mars (that self-sabotaging sometimes via anger/violence - Mars in the 12th, strong in his home sign of Aries) and Pluto (in that 10th house of career/public life/reputation - again also indicating the story will gain attention/be seen).

Notice Lilith in that first house, it makes me think of Vanessa on his mind and in there with him in spirit. Also Uranus - chaos, sudden action. Also notice Juno - because remember she was at the very base of Vanessa's chart; the end of the matter (and it has come to light his girlfriend helped him dispose of Vanessa's body/Juno in mythology will do anything to keep her marriage and status intact) - now here in the murderer's suicide chart Juno is conjunct the descendant - I wonder if his partner (relationship partner, but also partner in crime here) turned him in, if she is now an open enemy, or if she is just factoring in here as a link to the crime/evidence and its aftermath (his suicide).

The 7th house also showing what happened to David - in Libra - a woman involved, in this case, what he has done to a woman causing what he now does to himself. And also what the woman, maybe the partner (?) does to him or what he thinks Vanessa has done to him/driven him to. That Moon in the 7th seeing himself as the victim. Something is never just one thing in an event chart.

The 7th house ruler (Venus) is in the 2nd house in Gemini (I believe he killed himself either while in a car or right after driving and getting out of a car - both Gemini situations). The 2nd house showing he is in the possession of someone else/authorities (also with Juno in Libra she, his partner, is in jail now, so also in their possession) -

and with Venus answering to Mercury in the 4th house conjunct the Sun - that the authorities (the Sun) know/have the information/facts (Mercury) of what he has done.

His crime has 'come to light'.

There is no escape that leaves his pride/self-image/reputation intact.

And, of course, the 4th house being 'the end of the matter' he ends up right there with the authorities when he ends his story by shooting himself in the head.

I wish Vanessa's disappearance had a happier ending.

She had wanted to be a soldier since she was a little girl and I believe the charts show she died standing up for herself/for her future. Brave. Intelligent. Caring.

The perpetrator, in some strange twist of fate, thought he was doing the same thing, but had the arrogance/anger/narcissism to look for another way to solve his problem and then the cowardly way out of dealing with its horrific aftermath.


xo all

Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Capricorn July 4th-5th, 2020 - a revelation, feeling like we're headed in the wrong direction, re-working it, letting go of old expectations, relationship imbalances, positive thinking, following the rules, doing the right thing, final endings

On the night of July 4th/morning of July 5th at 12:44AM EDT, the Capricorn Moon opposes the Cancer Sun - giving us this month's Full Moon, happening so close to the Moon's nodes makes this one a Lunar Eclipse.

So, we have a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn at 13 degrees. This will be the last Eclipse on the Cancer/Capricorn axis (we have had 9 now!) for the next 18 years.

Full Moons bring energy to a "peak"; to a culmination, maybe to an ending. Eclipses eclipse something out. 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.

If you have planets or points on or near 13 degrees Capricorn/Cancer (and through square the other two cardinal signs - Aries and Libra) the area of your life impacted will look very, very different over the next six months (or the area of life ruled by the ruler of that sign/point).

So, we have the moon (where we've been, what we know, feminine energy, being) and the sun (where we are trying to go/be, masculine energy, doing) as far apart in the sky as they can be from our earthly perspective during a full moon.

The Moon, ruler of Cancer, is in her detriment in Capricorn answering to Saturn. Saturn is retrograde and just this week has moved back into his home sign of Capricorn.

Saturn rules structure/authority. During his retrograde we are going back and retooling and shoring up the physical structures in our life (including our bodies - especially skin, bones, teeth, knees). Our responsibilities - what stays/what goes. Saturn rules time, which won't be rushed now.

Saturn's retrograde offers us the time to "re-make" the structure of something before it is too late. Before the cement sets. It's a time to reconsider rules and obligations.

In Capricorn, this is going to take us back over recently covered ground dealing with the theme of our Capricorn house and collectively our career, authority, our goals, our father, rules - you get the idea. For some it will be a time to slow down and get a better handle of what is and isn't working. Someone from our past, especially work-related, could re-appear. An old responsibility could be back on our plate. Pay attention to any situations that shift gears THIS WEEK because this will be the ground we are re-working through September when Saturn will station direct.

Let's unpack the chart!

The Moon at 13 degrees Capricorn is opposing the Sun at 13 degrees Cancer. The Sun is exactly conjunct Vesta (and the United State natal Sun). Saturn, ruler of this lunation (being the ruler of Capricorn) is retrograde and has just moved back into his home sign. The Moon is sextiling Ceres (12 degrees Pisces) and trining Uranus (who has just reached 10 degrees Taurus, the second decan, for the first time in our lifetimes).

Saturn, sits at the 29th degree of his own sign, heading backwards. The 29th degree is a critical degree and moving backward could give us the feeling we are trapped/headed in the wrong direction. Just when we wanted to be done ... we aren't. 

The Sun, not uber comfortable in Cancer (the Moon's sign) sits with Vesta - a light on what we hold sacred. Home/family/safety. Keep in mind Vesta is combust here - too close to the Sun, at the time of the Eclipse. Maybe we can't see/feel what is most important. But then for an instant (and in some ways this 'instant' can last for the next six months) - the Sun gets blocked by the Earth's shadow - the Eclipse! - and we can see what is hidden/what we have been too close to see. What is most important to us here/what we would stay up all night to hold onto/protect. Something important, with its roots in the past, is revealed. 

The Moon is sextile (opportunity) Ceres in Pisces. The Sun trines.

In mythology, Ceres (Demeter) mourned the loss of her daughter Persephone, who had been taken by Pluto, until Pluto agreed to return Persephone to her mother (the land of the living) for half the year - thus creating the seasons. Ceres rules not only mothering, food, but season of life issues (maybe a listen to the Byrds - Turn, Turn is in order) and sometimes situations very much outside our control.

Sextiles are smooth/supportive. Ceres in limitless Pisces likes the Moon in Cappy's practical nature. Cappy makes Pisces feel more secure and Pisces provides Cappy with warmth, compassion, emotion. The theme of Ceres in Pisces is often something around "letting go of what is no longer ours". The Cappy Moon (Capricorn being the sign of winter) helps us do that.

Ceres nurturing is unconditional in Pisces - we can release our grip/our expectations.

The Moon squares Chiron (in Aries) and although this is in our rear-view mirror, Chiron is still sitting on the degree they connected (preparing for his retrograde station in about a week). We can still feel this. An old and tender wound/vulnerability exposed by crisis. Have we really moved on?

The Moon (high in that 10th house in a chart cast for Washington D.C. celebrating the United States birthday) squares the Part of Fortune in Libra. Those goals/ambitions/successes coming at the price of relationships, partnerships, agreements. Coming at the cost of fairness/justice/balance. Coming at the cost of cooperation. A need to lean toward other people. Toward fairness. Toward justice. Toward partnership. Working together. Playing nicely in the same sandbox. Chiron exactly opposed Juno - painful partnership imbalances.

Juno, over and over again in these Moon charts, at the empty leg that would balance things out. Most of us probably want to be and have a partner who not only helps with the daily routine and domestic order, but also has their own life/independence from us. This is a balancing act, but has maybe been out of balance for too long for some relationships.

Are we doing too much/too little?

One chapter in the story of 2020 could be headed something like - "how to heal the woundings of intimate relationships" with subtitles such as "toss them in a sinking ship and see what happens", "is the relationship balanced enough to keep the boat afloat?!". Keep in mind Juno's tendency to look the other way to keep things status quo and Libra's ability to do the same thing.

Maybe she stays the missing leg until we work that out.

Libra rules our collective 7th house - where our power is given away or projected. At a Capricorn Full Moon, it might be time to ask- "who's got the power?".

The Moon is conjunct fixed star Ascella, said to have the qualities of Jupiter/Mercury so mostly FORTUNATE - the ancients speak of good fortune, lasting happiness, valuable gifts, love of women, also burning and poison (yikes). Jupiter/Mercury makes me think of big ideas/open mindedness. Positive thinking. Also glossing over the details. Misinterpreting information by focusing only on what we want to see. Thinking our thinking is more important than it is. But mostly BIG IDEAS.

What else is happening?

Jupiter has backed off Pluto a bit and sits with Pallas - our smarty-pants warrior Goddess of strategy (as opposed to her more forceful brother Mars). They are, all three of them, retrograde, so we are going back over our actions/game-plans. Re-vising. Re-doing. In Capricorn - maybe old limits/rules come back. There are wise solutions to expanding situations. Jupiter/Pluto gets three passes this year (ALL of them with Pallas) because we NEED three passes.

Keep in mind this is Saturn's Full Moon, ruler of Capricorn (and he will oppose the New Moon in two weeks). He's back in his home sign, for most of the rest of the year now. Rules are going to be obeyed. Responsibilities lived up to. Big girl/boy pants ON.

Venus is direct, but still walking her retrograde shadow degrees - so she is stronger than she was, but still divided in Gemini and working her way through old wants/desires. Mercury is still retrograde (in Cancer) - so we are re-viewing, re-thinking, re-miniscing, maybe about a home/family/mother/real estate situation. Uranus has reached 10 degrees Taurus - we haven't been here since 1937 and Amelia Earnhardt vanished over the Pacific Ocean.

Remember always that North Node in Gemini - our best way through this. Facts. Details. Multiple ideas. Conversations. Staying flexible. Letting go of those Sag beliefs that we are right/know more. Talking to other people about the things we can agree on. Yes, even if that means the weather. Go there. We have to start somewhere rebuilding our connections. Think small. Think local. Think versatile.

Keep in mind that Mars is in Aries wanting action, but angry action with Saturn back in Capricorn isn't going to work. We are going to have to follow our passions though.

At its heart this is a Capricorn Full Moon - we are balancing the public with the private, stepping into our responsibilities, dealing with situations/issues around security/safety.

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Since this Full Moon is happening in Capricorn, let's take a look at what Saturn is doing by sign - now and over the next few months.

The house Saturn is returning to in your chart is in its final chapter (through December) and this Lunar Eclipse Full Moon will super-charge whatever is ending, reaching a result or a turning point! 

Also take a look at the polarity sign reading (opposite sign - add/subtract 6 houses) for some insight into what the Sun/Vesta is spotlighting for you right now and where that opposition/contrast is coming from!

Please remember "by sign" is kind of a guideline. We are all under the energetic of the Aries themes - because Aries rising, Aries in his natural 1st house - in a whole sign house system (which I don't use for personal charts, but I must use for these kind of mundane forecasts) is a collective theme.

Sometimes we find the theme of our Sun sign - regardless of house - at play and other times our Rising sign (sign on the cusp of our first house) theme fits better. Of course, just because you are a Taurus rising, doesn't always mean you have Cancer ruling your 3rd house, etc, so if you know the actual house check that first and you might have to feel your way through this.

ARIES (Capricorn 10th house) - The house Saturn has returned to can experience an ending, result or pivot point now. Saturn has returned to your 10th house of career/public image and says it is time to take this stuff seriously - yes, I know you already take this stuff seriously Aries! But, now you will be required to step up to the plate, step into your responsibility, change what isn't working to see results - this is the home stretch, the last few months - what are you going to do with this? Any slacking off/shortcuts will come back to bite you in the butt. If you are dragging around a dead career Saturn will see to it that it gets a nice funeral. If you haven't built a brand new career in the last couple years, what are you waiting for. Yes, you might have to build it from the ground up. Over the last three months, Saturn gave you a sneak peak of your next chapter (which starts in December) of his journey through your 11th house of friendships, groups and the internet. It will soon be time to take this stuff seriously. Some friendships will end and others will become more committed. Your relationship to the "group" may require you to step into added responsibility and pressure.

TAURUS (Capricorn 9th house) - The house Saturn has returned to can experience an ending, result or pivot point now. Saturn has returned to your 9th house of travel, higher education, foreign people/places, legal issues, publishing, weddings, the media, your big picture beliefs - says it is time to take this stuff seriously/finish something up. Sober and dedicated efforts made in any of these directions will pay off over time. A half-assed attempt at anything here will land you on it. For your sake I hope it's bouncy. Over the last three months, Saturn gave you a sneak peak of your next chapter (which starts in December) of his journey through your 10th house of your career/public life - it will soon be time to take this stuff seriously. You will be required to step up to the plate, step into your responsibility, change what isn't working to see results - there will be rewards over the next two to three years for the hard work you put into this area of life. Any slacking off/shortcuts will come back to bite you in the butt. If you are dragging around a dead career Saturn will see to it that it gets a nice funeral. A brand new career is possible. You might have to build it from the ground up.

GEMINI (Capricorn 8th house) - The house Saturn has returned to can experience an ending, result or pivot point now. Saturn has returned to your 8th house of other people's resources, sex, death, intimacy, debts, taxes, loans, inheritance, spouse's income says it is time to take this stuff seriously/finish something up! What is mine? What is theirs? What is ours? Over the last two years these issues have become more clearly defined. I am not going to sugar-coat this, this is and was a tough transit. A relationship could end or maybe the intimacy just kind of fades to black for a bit. Now stuff has been known to "rise from the ashes" in the 8th house, but it is going to take work. And that is OK. The 8th house is your natural Capricorn house - the space you have always had to work - so now you have Saturn to give you a wall to push against. The wall is your friend. Over the last three months, Saturn gave you a sneak peak of your next chapter (which starts in December) of his journey through your 9th house of your big-picture beliefs, travel, higher education, foreign people/places, legal issues, publishing, weddings, the media, politics - it will soon be time to take this stuff seriously. Sober and dedicated efforts made in any of these directions will pay off over time. A half-assed attempt at anything here will land you on it. For your sake I hope it's bouncy.

CANCER (Capricorn 7th house) - The house Saturn has returned to can experience an ending, result or pivot point now. Saturn has returned to your 7th house of partnerships and says it is time to take this stuff seriously/finish something up here. Relationships started over the last couple years could have brought you additional responsibilities. Business partnerships will require firm rules of duty and obligation and firm boundaries. Existing relationships will become more clearly defined as parties become more self-sufficient and self-governing. If you are relying on someone else for something you should be doing for yourself or carrying for yourself, that kind of dependency will end. Committed relationships could strengthen and casual relationships could commit. Anything less than that will fade to black. Over the last three months, Saturn gave you a sneak peak of your next chapter (which starts in December) of his journey through your 8th house of other people's resources, sex, death, intimacy, debts, taxes, loans, inheritance, spouse's income says it is time to take this stuff seriously. What is mine? What is theirs? What is ours? Starting again at the end of the year and over the next two and a half to three years these issues will become more clearly defined.

LEO (Capricorn 6th house) - The house Saturn has returned to can experience an ending, result or pivot point now. Saturn has returned to your 6th house of health and your day-to-day routine says it is time to take this stuff seriously/fix something here once and for all. What you eat, how you move your body, what you do everyday, any health issues will require your committed focus. Here is a final few months to "get your act together". Tend to medical issues as they crop up. Take care of yourself. There could be changes in your daily routine due to increased responsibilities/work load. Over the last three months, Saturn gave you a sneak peak of your next chapter (which starts in December) of his journey through your 7th house of partnerships. Next year it will be time to take this stuff seriously. Relationships started over the next couple years could bring you additional responsibilities. Business partnerships will require firm rules of duty and obligation and firm boundaries. Existing relationships will become more clearly defined as parties become more self-sufficient and self-governing. If you are relying on someone else for something you should be doing for yourself or carrying for yourself, that kind of dependency will end. Committed relationships could strengthen and casual relationships could commit. Anything less than that will fade to black.

VIRGO (Capricorn 5th house) - The house Saturn has returned to can experience an ending, result or pivot point now. Saturn has returned to your 5th house of children, creative projects, FUN and romance and says it is time to take this stuff seriously. What does your heart want? Do you have a creative project that needs to get finished up? A situation with children that needs some serious attention? A romantic entanglement? Something here is reaching a peak and finishing this up won't come easy - you are going to have to work for it and plan for it, but Saturn assures that much can be accomplished here if you step into your responsibility. Saturn is 'exiting stage left' your 4th house of home and family so pressure here will start to ease up. Over the last three months, Saturn gave you a sneak peak of your next chapter (which starts in December) of his journey through your 6th house of your health and your day-to-day routine and says it is time to take this stuff seriously. What you eat, how you move your body, what you do everyday, any health issues will require your committed focus. This is an excellent transit (the next two-three years) to "get your act together". Tend to medical issues as they crop up. Take care of yourself. There could be changes in your daily routine due to increased responsibilities/work load.

LIBRA (Capricorn 4th house) - The house Saturn has returned to can experience an ending, result or pivot point now. Saturn has returned to your 4th house of home and family and says it is time to take this stuff seriously/finish something up here. The cracks in your foundation will be mended must be mended or the whole place will be torn down. Additional responsibilities within the home or for family members continues for a while longer Libra. Home businesses will require additional time commitments and hard work to succeed. Family situations will worsen if neglected. If you move homes during this transit the move is likely to be long-lasting and bring stability. Be sure any home renovations are done with quality products and responsible vendors. Over the last three months, Saturn gave you a sneak peak of your next chapter (which starts in December) of his journey through your 5th house of children, creative projects, FUN and romance say the upcoming years will be the time to take this stuff seriously. What does your heart want? Well, you are soon to find out dear Libra. This stuff won't come easy - you are going to have to work for it and plan for it, but Saturn assures that much can be accomplished here if you step into your responsibility.

SCORPIO (Capricorn 3rd house) - The house Saturn has returned to can experience an ending, result or pivot point now. Saturn has returned to your 3rd house of communication, writing, speaking, the local community, siblings, transportation says it is time to take this stuff seriously. Thoughts become things now so think about what you are thinking about. Words need to be more deliberately used. If you have had trouble communicating the last couple years - that will start to wrap up as you work to make better use of your thinking/language. This is it Scorpio, just a few more months of focus here - time runs out even for you! Relationships within your local community or with siblings should be taken seriously. You could be required to step up or into your own authority in some way. Learning, teaching, writing will bring rewards but require hard work. Official documents have been or might be signed. Verbal and written commitments should be taken very seriously because they will be built to last. Over the last three months, Saturn gave you a sneak peak of your next chapter (which starts in December) of his journey through your 4th house of home and family says it is time to take this stuff seriously. The cracks in your foundation will be mended over the next three years or the whole place will be torn down. You will need to take better care of your physical body (I am a Scorpio rising and have fractured two bones and had a tooth issue over the last few weeks). Additional responsibilities within the home or for family members is likely. Home businesses will require additional time commitments and hard work to succeed. Family situations will worsen if neglected. If you move homes during this transit the move is likely to be long-lasting and bring stability. Be sure any home renovations are done with quality products and responsible vendors.

SAGITTARIUS (Capricorn 2nd house) - The house Saturn has returned to can experience an ending, result or pivot point now. Saturn has returned to your 2nd house of finances, self-esteem and personal resources saying it is time to take this stuff seriously - here's the final push. Start a budget. Do it now. Know where your money is coming from and where it is going. Streamline. Trim the fat. Saturn will firm up your financial foundation by requiring you to be responsible and disciplined with your resources. Over the last three months, Saturn gave you a sneak peak of your next chapter (which starts in December) of his journey through your 3rd house of communication, writing, speaking, the local community, siblings, transportation when it will be time to take this stuff seriously. Thoughts become things now so think about what you are thinking about. Words need to be more deliberately used. Relationships within your local community or with siblings become more sober. You could be required to step up or into your own authority in some way. Learning, teaching, writing will bring rewards but require hard work. Official documents will be signed. Verbal and written commitments should be taken very seriously because they will be built to last.

CAPRICORN (Capricorn 1st house) - The house Saturn has returned to can experience an ending, result or pivot point now. Saturn has returned to your 1st house of yourself dear Capricorn. You are used to Capricorn/Saturnian energy because you have marinated in it since birth. Unlike the other signs when Saturn comes to call - you are ready for him! His move back into your first house could require you to step into a new responsibility and deal with added pressure and authority. I know, I am sorry Cappy! Your entire persona could change over the next few months if it hasn't already over the last couple years! You will be ambitious. Well, OK, more ambitious. Is that possible Capricorn? There's that mountain. Here you are. But it's a different mountain than the one you would have chosen a couple years ago, isn't it Cappy? Over the last three months, Saturn gave you a sneak peak of your next chapter (which starts in December) of his journey through your finances, self-esteem and personal resources and will soon let you know it will be time to take this stuff seriously. Start a budget. Do it soon. Know where your money is coming from and where it is going. Streamline. Trim the fat. Saturn will firm up your financial foundation by requiring you to be responsible and disciplined with your resources.

AQUARIUS (Capricorn 12th house) - The house Saturn has returned to can experience an ending, result or pivot point now. Saturn has returned to your 12th house of what is happening behind the scenes and what is hidden from view says it is time to take this stuff seriously. Make the time to be alone. Make the time to meditate. Do charity work. Something has been and will be pulled out of the cosmic closet and worked through during Saturn's stay here. Something major has ended to free up the time/space. Over the last three months, Saturn gave you a sneak peak of your next chapter (which starts in December) of his journey through your 1st house of yourself dear Aqua! You are used to Capricorn/Saturnian energy because you have semi-marinated in it since birth. Unlike the other signs when Saturn comes to call - you are ready for him! His move into your first house could require you to step into a new responsibility and deal with added pressure and authority. Your entire persona could change over the next couple years. You will be ambitious. Well, OK, more ambitious. There's that mountain. Here you are. And it's a different mountain than you would have chosen a couple years ago. Enjoy the view, because I know you are going to reach the top.

PISCES (Capricorn 11th house) - The house Saturn has returned to can experience an ending, result or pivot point now. Saturn has returned to your 11th house of friendships, groups and the internet saying it is time to take this stuff seriously/finish something up here. Some friendships will end and others will become more committed. Your relationship to the "group" has probably required you to step into added responsibility and pressure. Over the last three months, Saturn gave you a sneak peak of your next chapter (which starts in December) of his journey through your 12th house of what is happening behind the scenes and what is hidden from view and will let you know it is time to take this stuff seriously. You will probably need more time alone starting next year. Time to meditate/pray/heal. Maybe do charity work. Something will be pulled out of the cosmic closet and worked through during Saturn's stay here. Something major will end to free up the time/space as you prepare for Saturn's move into your own sign in a couple years!


xo all

I usually advise to 'get out and walk in Full Moons', but Eclipses are so unpredictable/powerful (and we might learn something from our ancestors who hid from them) that I will just say ... it's up to you. As for me, it will not be just my fractured foot (and rib - ugh!) keeping me from prowling around after dark.

Today's astrology forecast | Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - daddy comes home ... with one final mission

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The Moon continues her journey through intense Scorpio today, touching all those retrograde big-boys as she goes. Trining (brakes off) a retrograde Neptune at 6:01am EDT, sextiling a retrograde Jupiter at 11:05AM EDT, sextiling a retrograde Pluto at 11:19AM EDT and finally going void for JUST ONE MINUTE off a sextile to a retrograde Saturn at 9:20PM EDT (who, you guessed it, will be back in his home sign of Saturn by that time).

Great for solitary work and getting things accomplished. A smooth day.

I wonder if that brief one minute void will allow us to really feel the Moon's move into boisterous/self-righteous and spirit-lifting (booyah!) Sagittarius at 9:21PM EDT? We shall see ...

Mercury (at 9 degrees Cancer) slips into his square to Chiron (at 9 degrees Aries). In Cancer, Mercury is answering to that intense Scorpio Moon (making good aspects to the outer planets but in her fall) and, in Aries, Chiron is answering to as fiery Mars in his home sign. Maybe a family conversation/disagreement triggers an old emotional wound. Maybe it becomes necessary for us to speak up/stand up about something.

The key with Chiron in Aries, and it will be easier to do this now that Mars is in Aries, is to have COURAGE. This is a repeating aspect, but on June 5th, when we had this the first time, Mars was kind of wallowing in Pisces. We are older, wiser and stronger now. No longer a victim. If something needs to be said or confronted - and we don't need to go all ninja warrior on this - here is the energetic set-up to do it. It will be more uncomfortable to just stay silent or sit something out - and I know Mercury in Cancer wants his/her words to be soothing, but with Mercury answering to the Moon and the Moon in Scorpio, and that Scorpio Moon making oodles of supportive aspects to the "structural planets" AND our hopes and dreams - we can go deeper than we are usually comfortable going. Just don't expect it not to hurt.

The BIG NEWS today is Saturn retrograde's return to Capricorn for a final clean-up in aisle six (and seven and eight and, well, the rest of the aisles, too). He will be back here until mid-December when he moves back into Aquarius and meets Jupiter.

With Saturn retrograde in his home sign (so now we have Mars, Neptune and Saturn all in their own signs) we could be stepping back into an old responsibility. Old limits. Old rules. This is NOT  a permanent situation - we are getting another chance at doing this RIGHT/getting it finished it up/getting our ducks in a row, before it is OVER. In some cases before the rug gets pulled. In other cases, where we are already sliding around on the bare floors and looking at bare walls, to make adjustments/re-visions before the paint dries.

Reality check time. 

For those in the midst of 2019/2020's collective HUMBLING, there is something to be FINISHED before Saturn returns to Aquarius in December, not to be back home to Cappy for 28 years.

Maybe we've lost a job. Maybe we are feeling older (keep in mind we are as young as we will ever be). Maybe the good health we took for granted is failing - Saturn rules not only old age, but our bones, teeth and knees (as he brings us to ours). Maybe we are feeling the squeeze/weight of expired contracts we have literally been dragging around for lifetimes. Maybe some of those "10,000 hour" skills we have always counted on, or thought we could, are slipping away or other people's need for them is gone. Maybe we've lost resources/money we thought we could count on. Maybe we've lost a parent. A support system. A plan for the future. Maybe we have a really big freaking mess to clean up. Supported by this weekend's final monster of a Capricorn Eclipse on America's birthday - this is a reminder of this last chapter. A confirmation of what is ending. This is us, moving through our fears. And with Pluto joining Saturn, this stuff is no joke.

Whatever this is for us personally, we can SEE what this is collectively (with the collapse of things we collectively count on, which is really not a collapse but a reality check). This is the part of the unwinding of the patriarchy that everyone clamoring for the 'fall of the patriarchy' needs to be slapped in the face with. Not because we don't want to unwind the patriarchy - it is happening ready or not - but because anyone who thought they would skate through this unaffected probably haven't been. Or won't be.

Saturn's return to Capricorn is NOT bad news.

In Capricorn he strengthens our resolve (and our backbone). Big girl/boy pants on.

We can step into our authority more easily.

Do what needs to be done.

Remember he is only the authority outside of us, if we are avoiding our own.



xo all

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Today's Astrology Forecast | Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - second chances, questioning our beliefs, stepping into our power, getting to the root of a home/family situation, winners gotta win

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We talked about some of the possibilities for Tuesday/Wednesday in the weekly HERE

There is alot going on. Let's flesh it all out a bit by adding in the Moon. The Moon is in Scorpio now - we are nurtured through intimacy, intense experiences, getting to the bottom of things, truth, solving puzzles, merged money, empowerment issues, powerful (maybe spooky) women.

She will trine the Sun at 10:19AM giving us this month's Waxing Trine - Scorpio/Cancer. The waxing trine - brakes off - is building on last week's Eclipse in Cancer and finishes up with the Eclipse in Capricorn at the end of this week.

(Keep in mind information/a conversation/whatever comes to light now - because the Sun is meeting Mercury and squaring Chiron - can be painful - keep moving through this! It is OK to be vulnerable/ it's helpful, but we don't want to be wallowing. We aren't victims here.)

Scorpio/Cancer is emotional intensity.

Getting to the root of a family/home/security situation. Psychological insight. Maybe understanding or feeling a need for power. In water signs, we are feeling all the feels here.

The Scorpio Moon moves on to oppose Uranus (in Taurus) at 11:21AM EDT. This can lead to breakthroughs/breakdowns/break-ups. Unexpected stuff. Changes. Keep in mind, a retrograde Mercury is sextiling (opportunity) Uranus for the second time. New ideas. Fresh conversations. Re-think it. A second chance (and this is supported by Jupiter/Pluto) at something serious.

Their money/our money. Their resources/our resources. Their values/our values.

Try again. Say it AGAIN.

Just a few minutes later, the Moon will trine (brakes off) Mercury retrograde.

So, the Moon is supporting everything else that is happening (kind of repeating everything written for TUESDAY in the weekly and giving us the Jupiter/Pluto intensity through the Scorpio Moon). The old/new information/conversation/idea (for some this will be about a sibling, transportation, tech or local community issues) is smoothly integrated.

Pay attention to what is said - and with Scorpio involved - what is not said!

Reconnect. Revive an old idea.

And, of course, we are in the energy of Jupiter/Pluto (for most of the year really but very strong right now). Expansion of power. This isn't the Saturn/Pluto that stopped time. This is our other Pluto transit. The three-peating one. And this is the re-peat part where do the "re's" - re-vise, re-do, re-think.

We are questioning/re-imagining Jupiter - and Jupiterian people/situations (Sags, our beliefs, religion, the media, publishing, politics, legal issues, travel, education, weddings)

We are questioning/re-imagining Pluto - and Pluto people/situations (Scorpios, intimacy, finances, divorce, life/death, third party situations, reproduction, power, control).

And, of course, happening in Capricorn this pulls in all the Cappy situations we discussed in the weekly, which again is HERE.

We ARE NOT standing still while we do this.

Mars is in Aries, there is no standing still. The skies offer courage/confidence. The Moon is waxing (growing). 2020 is halfway over now. This is the last day of Saturn in Aquarius until the end of the year.

What do you want to do with the rest of 2020 - not all of this is in our hands, but some of it is!

In a year focused on small moves (that Gemini North Node) this is the energy to make a BIGGER one.

This isn't a leap off a tall building, there is too much retrograde energy for that, but a brave and confident STRETCH!!

We can have deep emotional insights today. Where is your POWER? What do you need? Reach for it. Reach further. Reach AGAIN. 

(not in a grabby way like a demented octopus, but it's yours - STRETCH )


xo all

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Today's Astrology Forecast | Monday, June 29, 2020 - relationship tension, seeking balance and fairness, long Void Moon, Jupiter/Pluto the re-fining of power part where we might get eaten

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This is going to be an important (should we say wild?) week for many people.

We start the day with the Moon in partnership and balanced/beauty focused Libra making some tense aspects early in the day (EDT) - she squares a retrograde Pluto at 8:55AM and then goes void off a square to a retrograde Jupiter at 9:02AM (with Jupiter and Pluto backing into the same space late tonight). The Moon is void until she dives into Scorpio at 6:48PM EDT. She squares a retrograde Saturn at 7:01PM EDT. Old roadblocks. Authority, power issues. But mostly the almost all-day Void Moon rules the show. Use it for production/process (ie things we do all the time, so we don't have to do things over again when the Moon is direct, which can happen with new things). Time can get stretchy. Expect some twists and turns. This would not be the day to start something you want something 'to come of'.

As if this wasn't enough potential for tension/frustration within relationships - the Sun (in Cancer) is squaring Juno (in Libra). Relationship imbalances/power struggles will be felt. If one partners feels all Cancer-comfortable (cared for and safe) and the other doesn't - this is no longer going to work. If one partner is 'mothering' the other partner - this is no longer going to work. If one partner is acting like a big baby - this is no longer going to work. And by 'no longer going to work' what I mean in Libra is that pink paint cannot be tossed over a partnership/contract problem and it called cotton candy. Because the amusement parks - those are closed, too.

In the meantime, the drumbeats in the background will be late tonight/tomorrow's (EDT at 1:48AM) exact meeting of Pluto and Jupiter (24 degrees Capricorn), in play all week and all year - the second of three we have throughout 2020.

This is the one with both planets retrograde. 

Collectively Capricorn rules structure/security in the world, the underpinnings of society, our careers, authority, responsibilities, goals, ambitions, your boss/your father, bureaucracy, the process of putting our 10,000 hours into something and getting good at it. The ladders we climb, fall from and lean against the wrong buildings.

We are making our own luck (Jupiter) with this one through intense (Pluto) efforts - the kind of efforts that are 'like our life depends on it' and sometimes it might. Push too hard and take things too far though and there could be a reckoning with an equally strong opposition force. So think - confidence/energy/stepping into our own authority. Some things can expand and others can meet the demolition ball. We have to trust life here. Have faith. This energy is good for SECOND CHANCES with goals/ambitions.

How are your plans for world domination going? Or are those someone else's plans? This is powerful energy and there are forces in the world who think the world is a better place when we (the masses) can be controlled. When those with the power get to keep it. The North Node is in Gemini - ask more questions, listen, look for facts. Real facts, not media manipulated information. And this isn't about conspiracy theories. With Jupiter/Pluto there ARE actual conspiracies!

Keep in mind we are still in the Eclipse spin cycle with the final Eclipse this weekend. Mercury is retrograde. Venus is direct, but still covering old ground. Mars is full steam ahead in his home sign of Aries. Most of the outer planets are retrograde (minus Uranus).

This is a "re-doing, re-viewing" time, but Mars is clamoring for some new action.

And new action there will be!

More about Jupiter/Pluto in the weekly HERE and through a wider lens HERE and in a bunch of other posts.


xo all

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Weekly Astrology Forecast | June 29th - July 5th, 2020 - second chances, eat or be eaten, daddy backs into the garage and lands in the barcalounger, the beginning of the end of that two year Capricorn situation, smart moves, change is good

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Sooo - this is the week Jupiter meets Pluto in Capricorn for the second time (of three) - the middle transit of any three-peat with Pluto is the one with the decimated landscape, but we know that already because in some space in our lives we are standing on it. Ground cleared.

AND this is the week of the final Eclipse on the Capricorn/Cancer axis (last of nine over the last two years!).

AND the week daddy Saturn comes back home to Capricorn for basically the rest of the year.

It's Cappy on steroid time!

So what did last year (and 2018!) and the first six months of this year teach us that we can use in the last half?

Something about resilience maybe ....

It will roll out something like:

TUESDAY - Jupiter conjunct Pluto (24 degrees Capricorn - this is the 2nd of 3), Sun conjuncts Mercury and squares Chiron, Mercury sextiles Uranus
WEDNESDAY - Sun sextiles Uranus, Mercury squares Chiron, Saturn retrogrades back into Capricorn, Pallas conjuncts Pluto
SUNDAY - Capricorn Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse (13 degrees) - FINAL ECLIPSE of NINE (Cancer/Capricorn axis) over the last two years. 

Yes, we have alot going on this week. Again.

On TUESDAY, Jupiter meets up with Pluto (the 2nd of three conjunctions in 2020) at 24 degrees Capricorn. They first met on April 4th, so an issue from that time period is RE-ENERGIZED.

And keep in mind all three Jupiter/Pluto conjunctions are also conjunct asteroid Pallas - wisdom, courage, smart moves, recognizing patterns, creativity, sometimes father/daughter stuff ...

This could be a SECOND CHANCE for success with our career/goals/the structure of our life in the world (or with our natal Cappy house theme). With BOTH planets retrograde in Capricorn we might be returning to old employment/old responsibilities as we re-vise, re-imagine how we feel now about success and power.

Jupiter/Pluto can support the powerful work we do to understand our role in our life and grow into it. It can support, sometimes via challenge, our ability to fight for justice, our personal ambitions and our potential to thrive under adverse circumstances. Keep in mind it is up to us to re-frame, to translate our experience into something we can work with and negotiate from there.

On the other hand we could just get steamrolled.

Or maybe we have taken in too much and now face near self-destruction trying to get rid of it?

There will be cats and there will be mice today and it might be best to avoid getting eaten. Meow!

This will also be about our Capricorn natal house theme. Where is 24 degrees Capricorn in our natal chart? You will know this area because it has been a strong focus of your life for the last couple years!

Before Jupiter and Pluto met in April - they had last met in December 2007 (in Sag) and before that in December 1994 (in Scorpio). Do those dates sound familiar? What was going on for you back then?

This is such a fortuitous aspect in a natal chart

(and Bill Gates has one and will be back in the news no doubt or is that already happening?)

it was once hard to wrap our minds around the negative collective potentials. Not so much anymore.

Although in some ways they are just too enormous to be considered. Collectively this is an expansion of power. In Capricorn, most likely - traditional structures of power. This aspect takes us back to the "time runs out" January palaver, when Saturn/Pluto met at 22 degrees, but not as exactly as the final one at the end of the year will. For some, financial gain (especially with Venus recently direct), maybe for others the realization that our hands in someone else’s pockets or theirs in ours will not stand for long.

There could be some kind of major impact this week on the world as we know it.

Expanded and powerful ambitions realized? The destruction of truth/faith? Financial shake-ups.

Whatever this is - it's a catalyst for enormous change.

In the meantime and at the same time, the Sun meets a retrograde Mercury - shining a light on a conversation/idea/information. Clarity. Mercury is sextiling Uranus - pulling us forward into the future, a new story, change is good. The Sun is also squaring Chiron, so something that comes to light here is going to hurt/trigger an old wound. Bring something painful to light.

With the Sun in Cancer this could be about a collective Cancerian matter - home, family, mother, mothering, home business, family business, safety, structure, what feels like home, who feels like family, patriotism - or a matter regarding your natal Cancerian house theme. 

This pulls us back to June 6th - maybe when we heard these words, had this conversation/this idea/ received this information the first time. But we know alot more now than we knew then, that's for sure.

For some people this will be about a local community issue, a transportation issue, tech issue or sibling situation.

On WEDNESDAY, it is the Sun's turn to sextile Uranus. Keep in mind every Uranian event arises from coercion to maintain the status quo, which ultimately produces a personal earthquake. In this case - we have this Uranian opportunity - midweek. A spotlight on change - a smooth move into something new. A new way of being ourselves/making money/working with existing resources. The Sun is in cancer, so again Cancerian themes can be highlighted (or our natal Cancer/Taurus house themes).

At the same time, a retrograde Mercury, who has just moved off the Sun and his/her own sextile to Uranus, squares Chiron - the conversation/idea/words hurt. This could, of course, be all part of the same thing as yesterday and happen yesterday. Or maybe today we are re-thinking it. Talking about it (this is not a new issue) again. Hard conversations. Hearing what we don't want to hear. Words hit a tender spot. Ouch.

This is also the day Saturn moves back into Capricorn. With Saturn (limits) out of Aquarius (the people) - and with the quarantine restrictions hitting just as Saturn moved into Aquarius we could have seen a lessening of the virus restrictions/quarantine, but the opposite is happening in some of the U.S. (and this makes sense with the astro now, too - it's complicated and alot is happening).

With Saturn back in Capricorn, we return to March 20th.

Keep in mind, we are still moving backward - revising, reworking, etc - our careers, goals, father issues, old responsibilities, commitments. If Saturn ie authority/the old power structure thinks this is the same Capricorn he/we left back in mid-March he is sadly mistaken though (and will find this out on this weekend's Eclipse!).

Wise warrior Pallas meets Pluto (she'll meet Jupiter on Saturday, so this could be all the same thing or what happens now expands then). Strategy, courage, expansion, power. Smart moves. Re-analyzing the situation. Dots connected in new ways.

A focus on what we can control.

Pallas and Pluto are both retrograde, so this won't be an entirely new battle - this is more about revising the battle plans - and keep in mind they met back in early April. 
 
Back later in the week with the Capricorn Full Moon Lunar Eclipse post - those Cappy loose ends and our two year Capricorn house storyline is getting wrapped up ... expect a big post by sign!

Let's be gentle with each other (yes, even the people we don't agree with). Get enough rest. And move your body because Mars has come home to Aries people!

xo all

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Astrology Forecast | Saturday, June 27, 2020 - Mars comes home to Aries for the rest of the year! welcome to the second half of 2020, don't even bother to buckle up, this stuff will just snap the buckle

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At 9:45PM EDT, tonight, Mars comes home to Aries. We have the sign of our action/initiative/anger at the very first degree of the very first sign for the first time in two years. In Aries, Mars is brave, impatient, new, energetic, passionate, sometimes angry/sometimes foolish.

And because of his upcoming retrograde he (as us) will be here until January 6th! So, his usual six weeks becomes six months! We are still in the middle of three powerful/unpredictable Eclipses. Jupiter is still approaching Pluto. Mercury is still retrograde. But now we have Venus in direct motion AND Mars out of Pisces (Hallelujah for that!) and into his home sign. As he comes into Aries he crosses the "Aries point" (0 degrees of a cardinal sign), this is a new start TONIGHT, our collective attention on THE SAME THING.

Mars immediately sextiles Saturn, retrograde at 0 degrees Aquarius, so there is support/stabilization for our actions. The old and the new working together. Aries/Aquarius - innovative, original.

It looks like I wrote about this back in April. April feels like five years ago, but here it is:

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"Since Mars is going to retrograde in his home sign of Aries this year for a long transit during which time he will square the Cappy planets he mega-impacted in March, when he sent our normal lives hurtling into the stratosphere (and yes, this stratosphere could look something like the inside of a 100 year old center hall colonial with a leaky roof) - it seems like a good idea - knowing what we know now about what is unfolding this year - to take an early look at that.

On June 27, 2020, Mars will move into his home sign of Aries for the first time in two years

(yes, even Mars is sent to his room this year).

Aries is the energy we incarnate through - it is us being born. Pushing our way into our very existence. Starting out all alone. It is our hero's journey. Our "I am".

In Aries, Mars is strong, willful, passionate, impulsive - and at his most Mars-y

(which is something like ballsy only more like BALLSY - I am talking bowling and not tennis here),

and because of his upcoming retrograde, he will be in Aries for THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Mars is the first planet outside our Earth's orbit. Our other inner/personal planets, Mercury and Venus are closer to the center, and, so, visually they travel with the Sun - they never get too far away - but Mars is a fellow who likes his independence.

He isn't constrained by the Sun in the same way Mercury and Venus are.

Ruler of brave and independent Aries he does what he wants.

In Roman mythology, Mars was the son of Juno and Jupiter (in Greek mythology he was the God Ares). We think of Mars as the God of War, because he is, but his ancient role - as a fertility God and protector of crops and animals (herds), might be something for us to keep in mind as we talk about his upcoming retrograde.

In our natal chart Mars rules our natal Aries house and is influenced/and influences the sign and house he calls home. Mars is about our will, our ambition, our action, our passion, our physical self, our selfishness, our rage. His house placement and rulership lets us know what battles we are going to face in this lifetime - the spaces where, if we are not assertive and active (without being self-centered, irritable, impulsive, angry assholes), we will find ourselves steamrolled or in continued stress until we take action/stand up for ourselves/have COURAGE.

The last time Mars went retrograde was in June 2018

(in Aquarius - he moved back and forth over the South Node back then - this was that big summer when something might have ended/never got off the ground/didn't quite work out).

He won't be going over the South Node this time, thank goodness - but he will be squaring that Cappy pile-up - yes, that "time runs out" Cappy pile-up. Ouch!

My post from June 2018 during his last retrograde is HERE and included these words:

"Life is a chessboard (and a box of chocolate, too, of course) and this year we are being pushed and drop-kicked toward the positions we are most needed for a successful collective outcome in 2020. This year is the bridge year - this is why it feels like there is no ground beneath our feet! And yes, I realize there are no bridges on a chessboard (and no drop-kicking) - I need some help with these metaphors and my brain is not cooperating. Physically, mentally and emotionally - we are moving toward where we, and our energy level, needs to be. It can be exhausting, especially when we are dealing with the worn foundational issues we have ignored/procrastinated and the spaces where we have become super-glued to anything."

A couple important things will happen during Mars' visit to his old stomping ground.

He is, as we already said, going to station retrograde - so he (as us) will cover some of this territory THREE TIMES. And a retrograde Mars, isn't his usual self.

Pushy, world-centered activity tends to bite us in the butt when Mars is retrograde - this will start on September 9th - (this might not be true for people born when Mars was retrograde - they could get some kind of butt-bite-protection during retros), so, it's not the time to start a fight, the person who starts the fight will surely lose (or be the big learner if we look at it that way - which is why we won't always be able to stop ourselves from launching that grenade!).

If instead we turn our focus inside and allow our actions to flow from the passion initiated from that this will be a much easier/smoother transit for us personally.

AND, since Aries squares Capricorn, he is going to square Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn (because Saturn's retrograde is going to pull him back into Capricorn at precisely the right/wrong time) THREE TIMES. Sorry to keep shouting. I blame the weather.

We are going to talk through all of this as we move through it, but know this, coupled with a strong Eclipse season where things can flip around on us, means summer is NOT business as usual.

So, we will get to a certain point with something and need to go backward. We will have to re-do something, get to do things we missed doing the first time around - maybe experience second chances with opportunities/people/situations we missed. With Mars ruling our passion - this could be about rekindling an old passion. Life will not be all hand-washing and Netflix, I can promise you that.

Aries rules men, so expect men (maybe especially young men) to be out of sorts this fall when Mars starts moving backward (appearing to from our position on Earth).

Some of us who never hesitate will be hesitating (or pulling the trigger too soon) and others who normally need a push will be out there pushing. And again, this happening during a very tumultuous time, with the South Node moved into Sag and many people likely wedded to very entrenched beliefs, well, Mars retrograde in Aries could stir up some TROUBLE.

Mars kicked the pandemic up a notch when he connected with the Cappy planets in March. He will square the Cappy planets in August, September/October and December - this does not necessarily mean this will continue to be about the virus. Tension. Frustration. Blockage. These will all be needed and necessary, but will be stressful. So, this is a heads up.

What house does Aries rule in your natal chart? What is the theme of that house? Where is Mars in your natal chart, because transiting Mars is impacting his energy and that house, too?

The squares will roll out something like this:

MARS SQUARE SATURN - September 29th (Mars retrograde, Saturn direct) - Saturn definitely has the upper hand. We keep our cool and live to fight another day or we lose. This is unyielding - a denial of aggression/assertion. There is a "no" here. Roadblocks/limits/traditions 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. On the other hand, Saturn can win the battle and lose the war if he overplays his hand.  

MARS SQUARE JUPITER - (in mythology this would be a son/father battle) August 4th (Mars direct, Jupiter retrograde), October 19th (Mars retrograde, Jupiter direct) - this is going to amplify the Mars/Saturn/Pluto stuff. We could overestimate/exaggerate our strength/power. Move too fast. Use too much force or maybe too little. Jupiter is going to amplify the August and October squares - but, keep in mind Jupiter's basic beneficial nature. He is protective. He gives us faith.

MARS SQUARE PLUTO - This time we get an extra hit. August 13th (Mars direct, Pluto retrograde), October 9th (Mars retrograde, Pluto direct) and December 23rd (both direct) - Mars is powerful in his home sign and Pluto is, well Pluto is Pluto. Expect intense competition and unbridled ambition. Manipulations. Obsessions. Jealousy. Physical power struggles. Excisions/surgical procedures. Our power could be challenged or we could be the one doing the calling out. If we are "waked" this is the time to think about why this situation is "triggering" us.

If we are repressing anger/passion/strong urges - here's where the lid comes off. We could be mad (Mars) at the truth (Pluto). We could be battling (Mars) for power/control (Pluto). We don't want to be ruthless or under-handed, but we might have to stand up for ourselves.  Avoid unnecessary run ins with the boss/authority because THEY WILL WIN. If we are the boss/authority then avoid making other people feel threatened because WE WILL LOSE in the long run. And we are playing a long game here.

Keep this in mind. Mars/Pluto is like a bully aspect, but it is also about having the courage to SURVIVE.

As that final square unwinds itself by January 2021, the ground will have been scorched and there will be no going back. Very deep issues have been challenged. Something, at least sort of put to bed.

The sheets will undoubtedly be in a sweaty pile though

(that whole rising from our death beds thing this year).

Now during all these squares Mars is going to be conjunct his sister Eris. She is our angry outsider energy, the terrorist energy, the whistle-blower, the loose cannon, but she is really about challenging us to adapt/transform - so we will have to see how she factors in during these transitsAgain this year the need to bring everyone to the table.

(Eris has a discovery story that amazingly matches her mythological personality. The astronomer who discovered her first wanted to name her Xena. When he learned that was a made up TV thing, he then wanted to name her Persephone (after Ceres daughter, but that name was taken by an asteroid), and so apparently determined to name what he thought would be the 10th planet after a strong female, he settled on Eris.

THEN instead of announcing her as our 10th planet, the astronomy community decided to just demote Pluto - demote PLUTO?! - and call Eris, Pluto and Ceres dwarf planets. If we think about the Eris myth - about her being the angry outsider treated unfairly and enacting her revenge - we can see how this series of events - her being the name third chosen, not being granted planetary status and finally pulling Pluto down with her - while pulling up Ceres - her mother if we think of her as Eris/Persephone - exactly describes her mythology!)

It's hard to say what this will mean with the virus, black lives matter, our financial situation, the political divisions, protests, the election (!), etc, something new tossed at us ...

Most of us have very deep soul memories of abandonment, lack of roots, not being able to take care of ourselves, being an outsider, dying alone, power struggles with authority or through being the authority, terrifying endings, death anxiety.
 

There is a need now to confront these energies. This is all being triggered. We have postponed this confrontation for lifetimes and now face the impossibility of running away from this stuff. There is nowhere to run. Keep in mind the big picture - we are building a bold new world, the fear that keeps us riveted in place will not be allowed to be part of this new structure.

BIG moves (by authority, by us stepping into our responsibilities for ourselves and for the group as our karma with trauma plays itself out) are coming in this chapter.
 
The good news and there is ALOT - Mars moves into Aries and sextiles Saturn (while he is still in Aquarius), AND he sextiles Jupiter and Pluto in the preceding days (from Pisces/Capricorn), so they all start out with their groove on in mid to late June - in harmony. 

Obviously they have their differences later on, but starting out in an opportunistic position is good news. Also Mars will have multiple sextiles with the North Node in Gemini - choices, ideas - lots of options and opportunities.

Life is changing. The only way to work something into the collective experience is to squeeze it down into our personal lives. So, yes, we are - should we survive the pressure and I am guessing most of us will - the actual lemons turning into the lemonade. Cue the red solo cup. Let's hope our quarantined asses fit.

*****

So, Mars will be moving direct between now and early September. We will be pushed to move! That 'no pushing' thing we talked about with Mars in Pisces is kind of out the window.

He will get all the way to the very end of Aries - when oops, we forgot something/missed something/ have to do something again.

Mars will station retrograde on September 9th at 28 degrees Aries. He will get all the way back to 15 degrees on November 15th.

So, 15-28 degrees of the cardinal signs - Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn - are Mars retrograde hot spots. People with planets in here will be feeling the heat of this the strongest.

Keep in mind Mars transits are FAST. This passionate/intense/maybe angry/maybe ambitious energy will interact with our natal planet for a couple days and then unwind BUT because of the retrograde this will happen THREE times so provide more of a lasting and substantial impact.

Although squares are kind of unresolvable - just due to their basic natures being so different - squares are problem solving aspects. They require evolution. They are uncomfortable because we are set up to crave what is familiar, but moving through the challenges/surviving the challenges/evolving - always makes us stronger.

The squares will weed out the weak responses we are collectively and personally enabling between those Aries and Capricorn energies.

We have to keep in mind we don't really want either side to totally win - one side left drawn and quartered actually hurts both sides. We need the residual stress/the restlessness. These energies always need some unfinished business. BUT we need evolution/change (it's why we're here) and that's what squares bring us.

The squares will challenge all of us. Personally and collectively. Mars in Aries for such a long time means we will all be working with our initiative, our passion, our anger!

Plan on moving your body, and, yes, I know the gyms are closed - we will need outlets for this stuff!

Long, hot summer? A big, red YES.

xo all


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moving the Saturday night mystery to another night this week - stay tuned!


Today's Astrology Forecast | Friday, June 26, 2020 - a new plan, our heart and head together, smothered conflicts rise to the surface, the end of the line, choices, decisions, the shorter/closer road less traveled

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The Moon (in Virgo) trines Uranus in fellow-earth sign Taurus at 5:44AM EDT (making an emotional commitment to change/a new plan, coloring outside the lines) and then sextiles a retrograde Mercury at 10:17AM EDT - (good news, stabilizing information) they are in each other's signs and strengthening each other - our heart and head working together! 

Mars at 29 degrees Pisces squares the North Node in Gemini and the South Node in Sagittarius.  T-square with the missing leg in Virgo - cue the Moon!

Frustration. Tension. Smothered conflicts rise to the surface.

A crossroads (while we are still in the Eclipse spin cycle?!)

This is Mars (as us) on his last day in dreamy Pisces. He won't be back for a couple years. In Pisces, we've fought, not like gunslingers or even well-memorized debaters, but as magicians, or maybe as deadly sharks. We can't tell up from down, if the tide is in or out, and maybe the right hand knows what the left is doing, but if he does, he’s not talking.

The game plays out with us or without us. Every move that is not a move is actually a move. And sometimes that's called self-sabotage and Pisces rules that, too. In Pisces we grow or shrink to our advantage/disadvantage and succeed or fail because of or in spite of it.

And with Mars here, most of the work has been done while we sleep anyway.

So at 29 degrees Pisces, he is literally AT THE END.

The final degree of the final sign.

Something could feel like it's now or never/like a last ditch effort is needed (and maybe it is, but keep in mind there will be no pushing in Pisces). Maybe we have come to the end of the road with something, taken it as far as it can go. Or maybe our imagination is FULL of it and now it needs to be made real or erased like something on a chalkboard.

But before we can get out of these Piscean waters, Mars has this one last job to do. He, as us, must get past this square to the Nodes of Fate.

We are at this crossroads and it's not comfortable. We get here by "square" which forces our hand, puts our back against the wall, and in Pisces we can make a decision without even knowing we are making a decision, so STAY AWAKE.

Do we move toward our Gemini House - collectively this is about asking questions, staying curious, moving fast, keeping things small and local and conversations light, making new connections, valuing facts over feelings, making new stories* - see this post HERE or the weekly HERE -  or do we stay in our Sagittarius house (remember the South Node is where we actually are) - our entrenched beliefs about what we know, what we think is right and best, the idea that bigger is better, that the grass is greener over there, that a book is better than a blog, that a college degree is more important than street smarts, our ideas about what expansion means, etc. 

This doesn't mean expansion is necessarily a bad thing, although it could be, but it's time to ask ourselves why something needs to be bigger!

Big ideas are still needed (maybe?! maybe not!), but it will be the small steps and day-to-day conversations/thinking/action that gets us there. And I know we have been talking about the 'long game' for years, and yes, we are still playing it, but it will be the faster/shorter moves that move things forward now.

If we are choosing between something short term and something long term, for most people, and keep in mind I can't see your chart and with Mars in Pisces you have to move intuitively, but in general the short term would likely be better.

(this new stories thing * makes me think about the statues coming down - the statues are our old entrenched beliefs about "heroes" who were really only ever human, the 'taking down of the statue' is the new story/the new history being made - we aren't destroying/ignoring history, so much as we are making new history - think about this in your own life. What statues need to come down now? This is the Age of Aquarius, the age of equality and information, even too much information, and during a year of our great "humbling", heroes on pedestals - will fall.)

Pisces, Gemini and Sag are all mutable signs, so stay flexible. And keep in mind they form a triangle with Virgo in the space of that missing leg that would create a much more stable square. And the Moon is in Virgo, today, helping us out. Stay grounded. Logical.

This is not a restaurant. The restaurants are closed. This is not like ordering dinner, but more like making dinner from leftovers. We are the cooks, but we don't get to choose just anything. We have already done a bunch of things (like saved that pastrami and baked that sour dough) that got us into this position.

So, what are we going to make?

Clever co-creation. Working with reality.

This is also the day a retrograde Mercury - who rules the North Node! - trines Ceres in Pisces. Here's a clue for those who enjoy puzzling their way through things (and remember facts in astrology are found in triplicate). She/he first trined Ceres back on June 7th. So, we are saying/thinking/hearing something AGAIN. Ceres rules nurturing, mothering, things outside our control, season of life issues. And Mercury is in Cancer - collectively ruling our home, family, mother, mothering, home business, family business, real estate, renovations, security, safety, our tribe.

Maybe what we do at this crossroads connects to this revised information/conversation/idea.

Keep in mind we are still in between Eclipses - we still have a final Capricorn Eclipse to get through, and the second of three Jupiter/Pluto conjunctions and Saturn is about to step back into Capricorn.

So, we make a move, it's not a big move, but it's still a move. We can do it unconsciously and drift into something unintended or intuitively and move in a fast-paced, more open and lighter direction.

xo all

 
Heads up - as Mars heads into Aries, we are soon to be JOLTED AWAKE (and did we even notice we were sleeping?!) - you won't have to set our alarm. It's come preset and the clock is ticking.

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Today's Astrology Forecast | Thursday June 25, 2020 - fine-tuning emotional situations, getting organized, painful experiences pushing us to change

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The Moon is Void until she moves into grounded and organized Virgo at 1:05PM EDT - time to clean up that Leo party!

What needs to get done? Small steps. Details. The Moon is answering to a retrograde Mercury in Cancer now, so we could be going back over something.

The Moon makes a fast inconjunct over to stodgy Saturn in Aquarius - so the day favors independent work. Avoid being too inflexible, critical or judgey. 

The Moon sextiles the Sun (Virgo/Cancer) at 9:33PM EDT - this month's waxing sextile.

We are fine-tuning emotional situations from the past. What do we need to feel safe/nurtured? What needs to be done/organized? Think dotted i's and crossed t's. Virgo also rules our health and we are in the middle of powerful Eclipses (one more to go); the last one, conjunct Asteroid Hygeia, ruler of healthy practices - this includes hygiene, but is not exclusively about hygiene - what are we eating? is our home clean? organized? can we find what we need when we need it? Start small - where is the flashlight? Where are the batteries?

Count the cans of beans. We will need them later.

Virgo/Cancer opportunities won't be about leaps into the unknown (and we have the South Node in Sagittarius warning against this right now) - small steps over the wobbly bridge and we'll make it through.

Vesta (from 9 degrees Cancer) is squaring Chiron and sextiling Uranus. Something that used to keep us up at night/keep us safe (feeling nurtured) has reached a painful need for change. Squares to Chiron trigger very old woundings, so maybe not having what we think we need will create the impetus for us to move in a new direction/make a change. With Vesta in Cancer, smother-mothering is possible - let's avoid squashing their little wings, OK, mamas?

The big news - Venus, after her 40 day and 40 night re-examination of our values/relationships/money, stations direct/is a morning star again. Answers/money will come in. Decisions will be made. Knowing where we stand and deciding where we are standing are par for the course as Venus stations. We know what we have (maybe buyer's remorse for any big purchases in the last few weeks). If something/someone we once loved re-appeared during this retrograde period, here's where we find out if that love will be sticky or was loose ends in need of tying off.

Venus not only rules our relationships and our resources/money/values. Venus rules beauty. Think about the things you do to make yourself more beautiful.

Then think  about what you are doing when you actually feel more beautiful.

Dancing? Swimming? Cooking? Being kissed by a child? Turning a stranger's head? Do you need someone else's eyes to see you as beautiful or is the mirror enough? Do you even need the mirror? Do you get what you want? Only what you need? Or less than that?

How comfortable are you with receiving?

If we have been out of touch with our Venus/not knowing what we want - hopefully the last 40 days with Venus in Gemini, the sign of variety/choices, has brought something into greater clarity.

Remember Venus will continue to cover old ground until July 29th, so we get one final pass with this with Venus direct.

Make it count.


xo all


big energies and a big post coming!

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Today's Astrology Forecast | Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - something unexpected, the potential for tantrums and turnarounds, all day Void Moon, focus on children/creative projects, have some fun

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The Moon in Leo went void while we slept (1:34AM EDT) off a square to Uranus.

A disruption/surprise (maybe good, maybe challenging). Unexpected emotions. If we are taking a risk with something now, the outcome cannot be predicted.

The Moon in Leo (as us) wants attention, and/or someone wants ours!

This is a good aspect for working with creative/future leaning ideas/projects, but direct action, especially putting something/or ourselves into the spotlight could be risky or just premature. Childish displays are possible. A blow to our pride could come out of nowhere.

On the other hand, we could get some unexpected downtime/time to play!

Either way, the Moon will be void until tomorrow - so this would not be the time to launch anything into the world we want something to come of. Practiced, routine work is best. Otherwise we could find ourselves having to do things all over again once the Moon is direct. Play. Work on creative projects. Focus on children. Light romance. The Leo Moon supports bringing some fun into whatever we are doing.

Heads up at 2:47AM EDT tonight, Venus, finishes up her 40 days and 40 night is the wilderness and stations direct.

Financial/relationship issues will start to move forward.

More in the weekly HERE.

xo all

artwork by the amazing borda

Today's Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - get your work done so you can play later, illusions start to fade, the way things are for now not forever


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The Moon moves into fiery, generous and attention-seeking Leo at 8:33AM EDT. She opposes a retrograde Saturn an hour later and sextiles a retrograde Venus at 6:05PM EDT.

The Moon in Leo wants to play and maybe Saturn says there is work to do or in Aquarius he says "think about the future. think about the group.". Moon/Saturn asks us to emotionally separate from what has been previously comforting/nurturing. Saturn is cold, but builds worlds and in Aquarius he is building the future.

Lucky for us, we will feel the sweet pull of Moon/Venus as the workday starts to draw to a close. Excellent evening for socializing, creativity, making friends, love and money.

The big news today, although it is of long-term consequence and mostly felt by people with planets/points near 20 degrees Pisces (or the other mutable signs - Gemini, Virgo, Sag) is - the station of Neptune retrograde.

We talked about THAT in the weekly:

"Neptune stations retrograde at 20 degrees Pisces (he will be retrograde until November 28th, when he will station direct at 18 degrees Pisces). Yes, Neptune moves so slowly we will spend five months going back and forth over two degrees!

(the last time Neptune stationed retrograde at 20 degrees Pisces was on June 23, 1856)

Collectively a retrograde Neptune means more realism, less imagination, our illusions are highlighted and then dimmed. 

It should help. It should help us to see straight. Our blurry visions will gradually come into focus as the tide goes out. We can revise/review our dreams.

Since Neptune rules viruses we should see a further lessening of the spread of the virus now (it might appear to ramp up a bit first when Neptune is strong and still).

On the other hand if we are depending on an illusion/those rose-colored glasses to get us through something/to make life bearable - Neptune retrograde can make things almost too real/too naked/less buoyant. Because again ... the tide goes out and we can see those colorful rocks at our feet are actually plain old rocks after all.

If we are directly impacted by this retrograde (if we have planets or points in this 'red zone' of the mutable signs - Pisces, Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius) - certain situations can intensify.

If our boundaries have become too thin, if we are too pie-in-the-sky idealistic about something, if we are believing in things that have no basis in reality, if we are escaping/indulging in addictive behaviors - we won't be able to avoid the ramifications of this stuff any longer. This can also be about the theme of our Pisces natal house.

If we have drained ourselves through too much Neptune - delusion, escape, self-sacrificing, compassion fatigue, turning the other cheek - and are exhausted - we will need to figure that out. Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better. The elephant behind the sofa will be standing on the coffee table.

And with Chiron in Aries, we are the ones who will have to make things better for ourselves. 

Keep in mind as always with Neptune - there is also powerful magic here. Pray, meditate, listen to music. Neptune rules not only what we have put away, but what is behind us. Our ancestors, and every good decision we've ever made in every life we've ever lived - is lined up to assist us through these times. Just ask."

So for today, think - early day best for independent work, taking care of responsibilities (or else they will be weighing on us anyway), later day great for fun, beauty and time with other people.


xo all

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