Weekly Astrology Forecast for Creatives | October 25th - November 1st, 2020 - a major transformation to restore balance, October goes out with a bang


SUNDAY - Sun conjunct Mercury, Waxing Trine - Pisces|Scorpio

MONDAY - Pallas sextiles Neptune, Mercury sextiles Vesta 

TUESDAY - Venus into Libra, Mercury retrograde back into Libra

SATURDAY - Full Moon Taurus conjunct Uranus

SUNDAY - Mercury squares Saturn, Venus opposes Chiron

So, this is a BIG Mercury/Venus week (re-negotiating the ins and outs of our close relationships/partnerships/money and values with multiple aspects taking us back to the end of September) with a jolt of surprising/disruptive Uranus tossed in ... on a Halloween Full Moon which is an unusual second Full Moon in October! Ack!

Remember what October is all about, and we talked about this theme in the Trump/Covid posts and it applies to all of us - this is about a major transformation to restore balance. Keep this in mind as we move through this final week!

SUNDAY - the Sun (at 2 degrees Scorpio) meets Mercury. We are now at the mid-point of this Mercury retrograde season, HERE/what is illuminated now - is what this Mercury retrograde season has been/is about for us. Something important can come to light. Clarity. It may or may not be pleasant - this is Scorpio - but it will be just what we need to know. Pay attention. And, yes, this could have happened yesterday or the day before as the conjunction tightened up. With Mercury retrograde this could bring someone from the past or an old situation to our attention. News comes in. Important and intimate, maybe financially focused conversations.

At the same time the Moon has moved into Pisces and into her monthly waxing trine with the Sun. This month Pisces/Scorpio. So here is support/compassion for the Scorpio message that is delivered. Something may have to be released to get something else. We might have to give up something we have used as an escape. The trine is our most positive aspect in astrology. The brakes come off. And in Pisces - our dreams/our connections/God/life/our higher self/our past lives/our ancestors are helping us.


MONDAY - Pallas at 18 degrees Capricorn sextiles a retrograde Neptune in Pisces. Our practical, measurable plans/work/strategies to establish security/build something real can lead to the manifestation of a dream. With Neptune retrograde this can be an old dream. This is Cappy/Pisces, so we might have to make a sacrifice/give up something to get something else.


At the same time Mercury at 1 degree Scorpio sextiles Vesta in Virgo. We are talking about important things/the things that matter and keep us up at night. Intimate conversations. Financial conversations. Communications/information is opportunistic. Again we are dealing with retrograde energy - this time through Mercury - so maybe we've had this conversation before/heard this information before or are dealing with people/situations from our past.

TUESDAY - After being cramped up in tidy and practical Virgo, Venus finally makes it home to Libra. Venus in Libra is about love and partnership, collaboration and compromise. Venus in Libra is about balance.

This transit (until November 21st) makes Libra Suns and Risings, who are already naturally attractive, even more so - both physically attractive and more able to attract what they want/need. Everyone's Libra house gets more attractive, too (what house was Libra in when you were born? what is the theme of that house? Where is Venus in your natal chart? This area of life gets more attractive, too, as transiting Venus grows stronger in her home sign).

We will be attracted to what we find 'beautiful'. We will be attracted to what we find 'just'. We will be attracted to what we find 'peaceful'. And these are the qualities people will find attractive in us and our work in the world. These are the qualities we'll want to bring to the table (and yes, flowers that would be a good thing to bring to the table now, too) to attract whatever we are wanting to attract now.

The potential for peace increases as we (the collective) move from critic (Virgo) to diplomat (Libra). The potential for people pleasing increases, too, so balance is the key now. Making life too much about the other person is Libra's shadow side. It's easier, or I should say, lazier, to just give in to something to have "harmony" than to work out the win-wins or half-assed win-wins that are sometimes required. We need to honor ourselves as well as the other person. It's simple, but not easy. If we think balance is easy we should stand on one leg for a while! 

In Libra, there is power in groups and alliances - but the emphasis (for now) is on the shared human experience of connection rather than on what might emerge later. It's not the time for thinking about how it will all play out, what we are getting or giving. It's just the time for the experience. We come into real harmony when we can see each other clearly. We don't have to always agree with each other. Agreeing isn't step two or even step one hundred and two. 


At the same time, Mercury has been retrograding through Scorpio, and now backs into Libra. 


This is where we were on September 26th/27th, so maybe something from that time is reactivated. Keep in mind she/he is at the very end of Libra, while Venus is at the very beginning. Now we have Mercury answering to a strong Venus instead of a retrograde Mars. 


An old relationship/partnership - romantic or otherwise - can come back around. An offer can be back on the table. We are re-evaluating who wears the pants/signs the checks - is this relationship/partnership/agreement/commitment still fair - is it still working for both parties?


Now, usually Mercury enters Libra while traveling direct. He enters via Virgo - our conversations, ideas and communications have been picked through quite thoroughly by now. We all know where we stand, and where everyone else does. We are tired of talking/bickering about this stuff and are probably craving more pleasant and civil interactions.


This time is different. 


He enters via Scorpio (intimacy/depth/maybe not such pleasant conversations) while moving backward.  

So, we've been through the hard conversations. We've looked under the hood. We've checked the numbers and seen what adds up and what doesn't. We've merged and we've purged. Maybe something has died. Maybe something has died and been reborn. 


Life always, always knows what it's doing, so we are back in Libra now for a reason (because this will be a quick back and forth!). Our words/ideas/conversations need to take 'other people/another person' into consideration now. It's not enough to be 'true' - it needs to be 'kind', too. 

We are still covering old ground - we've been here before, but we need to be more polite now. And we won't have to stuff our feelings to do this because Mercury will be answering to Venus, not Mars! We need to listen. If we want our communications to hit their target we need to make the other person feel heard. We cooperate/collaborate. We find common ground.

SATURDAY - Are we ready for the SECOND Full Moon of the month (called a Blue Moon) - this time in Taurus and exactly conjunct anything-can-happen Uranus (and exactly conjunct asteroid Triumf which feels like a good stand-in/significator for Trump, so we'll take a look at that and even how because it is an acronym it is usually listed in all capitals, but I am choosing not to see it and share it that way!) and Uranus is retrograde, so anything can not really happen - whatever this is we've had a preview. We can't say we weren't warned. This Moon is also exactly conjunct the U.S. natal (Sibley chart) Uranus.


This is also the activation date for the November 30th Lunar Eclipse in Gemini that kicks off our holiday eclipse season. Eclipse events often happen exactly one month before the eclipse (or one month after), so we'll talk about that, too. Breakdowns. Breakthroughs. This is a powerful Halloween Moon - one final BLOW OUT to enable this month's theme of a MAJOR TRANSFORMATION TO RESTORE BALANCE. 


Whatever comes in/whatever goes out, will - in the end - be liberating. And keep in mind, this isn't always (or ever, but that's another story) about something happening to us. This can be us making an unexpected/maybe sudden change, maybe that finalizes something - BUT a change that makes us more healthy (and we'll talk about this in the Full Moon post) - and this could be physically healthy or financially healthy or mentally or emotionally healthy.


Expect a BIG post. Change can't be stopped folks.

SUNDAY - Here is where a retrograde Mercury, at the end of Libra now, backs into her/his square with Saturn - (this is a repeating aspect and we had this aspect the first time on September 23rd, so again we are back to the end of September with our words/ideas/information/conversations) AND we are going to have this square - tension/frustration - again a third time with Mercury direct on November 6th. Repeating conversations/revising commitments. Reality checks. Our thinking could get a little depressing. We can't have everything we want. Balance/relationships require maturity/responsibility. This is the middle of the three-peat, the space where Mercury is retrograde, so we are re-vising, re-viewing, re-peating, re-investigating now.

On the same day Venus (in Libra) opposes Chiron (in Aries). Us vs me. Together vs alone. This could be all the same thing as the challenging Mercury/Saturn, so maybe the reality check hurts. Maybe we don't get who/what we want. An old/deep wounding around our ability to take care of ourselves/stand up for ourselves/be ourselves is triggered, probably through someone else's words/actions. 


This can also show up as regret if we didn't make a change at the Full Moon and now it is too late or if we made a change that is destabilizing and now we are feeling the fear of that. This 'feeling the fear' thing doesn't necessarily mean we made a bad move.

OK, instead of the dailies I think I am going to do the Full Moon by sign and the U.S. election posts. Keep in mind everything we talked about before the Full Moon will be waning/unwinding at the time of the Full Moon, everything we talked about after will be applying/building.

So, October is going to go out with a bang. November is another huge month - Mercury will station direct, Mars will station direct, Venus will start squaring the Cappy energies, Jupiter will meet Pluto for the third time, Eclipse season kicks off. December will be even BIGGER.


(that's OK, we'll sleep when we're dead and the one thing the pandemic has probably taught us is that we are glad we aren't). 


Remember to take care of your physical body, Vesta is in Virgo - stay hydrated, get some exercise, get extra rest, clean up your messes, wash your hands.


xo all


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Today's Astrology Forecast | Saturday, October 24, 2020 - getting back on track, sticking like crazy glue without the crazy part, sprucing something up, making a commitment



The Moon in Aquarius squared Aquarian co-ruler Uranus (retrograde) while we slept (EDT) and goes for a LONG void starting tonight at 5:53PM EDT off an opportunistic sextile to a retrograde Mars making today a good day to roll with any twists and turns that come up/do something new and take action - maybe with Mars retrograde to get something re-invigorated/moving again.


She will be void all day tomorrow, until 5:18PM EDT when she moves into Pisces - making tomorrow not the day to start something new. It's a Sunday. Get some extra rest. Time gets stretchy. Actions won't be very sticky, so stick to routine tasks. 

(The unstickiness of void Moon activity should not be discounted - Obama's second term started on a void Moon and Trump's first order of business was the unraveling of it. I once decided to paint my porch floor. Knowing this was not such a routine task - such as sweeping the floor, etc - and knowing the Void Moon wasn't particularly auspicious (having gone void off a square) and my natal Cancer Moon's finickiness during voids, I did give some thought to waiting the void out, but I thought to myself  it's just a porch floor and it was a very short void, so I plowed on. First order of business - move everything off the porch. And I had already kind of done this, but there was some heavy wood that still needed to be moved. Thinking myself #clever, #notclever, I moved the heavy pieces under the porch for safe/temporary keeping. I was about to start painting when I realized this under the porch storage was not such a good idea - dripping paint - so I had to move all the heavy wood a second time - this "doing it all over again" lasted almost exactly to the minute the length of the Moon's void. Also I was not happy with the color and repainted the whole freakin' thing a few weeks later. Now I have a natal Moon in Cancer, so my Moon answers to whoever the Moon is answering to - so may be more susceptible to lunar issues than most, but you will find this kind of stuff is common if you started tracking it - which I am not suggesting we do - let's not make ourselves any crazier than 2020 already has - just something to keep in mind for big starts or projects that involve moving hundreds of pounds of wood)

Today's the day Venus moves into her exact smooth trine with Saturn at 25 degrees. 


Virgo/Capricorn. Earth. Commitments. There are real solutions here to relationship/financial problems. They will be more practical than sexy, but there is SOMETHING here. We attract what we want by being disciplined/responsible/doing the work. Committing ourselves to small steps that make up the hard slog up the hill. We already know what these steps are. 

This is the opposite of the Void Moon's unstickiness - THIS WILL BE STICKY. Think fly paper vs washi paper. And if you have never touched fly paper -and I'm not sure why I have - think of that cricut stuff that can't be unstuck if it touches itself. Something like that. Putting a 'ring on it' now means we will pay hell (and this is Saturn, so I am not really joking here) getting it off. Keep this in mind. 


We talked about this in the weekly:

"Venus rules love, money, our values, women, beauty, our self-esteem (Libra and Taurus) and in Virgo, ruler of our 6th house house is currently concerned with our day-to-day activities, our routine, work, co-workers, pets and our health. Saturn rules structure and things that are real and have weight, time, goals, hard work, discipline, fathers, older men and responsibility (Capricorn).

Trines create smooth energy - the brakes are off - the vitality will flow and work together naturally. This trine will apply to our natal Virgo and Capricorn houses and their themes.

Now these houses are always in trine, but today, inhabited by attractive Venus and hard-working Saturn, the vibes are particularly useful.

If Venus and Saturn were people they would be a young, loving, attractive woman and a serious, responsible older man. You can see how these two people could bring out the best in each other (not in a sugar-daddy kind of way - Saturn ain't nobody's free ride).

We carry both these archetypes within us - what can we do now to cement their merger?

We could make a commitment (Saturn) within a relationship (Venus) now. We could make a commitment with our money - maybe to the more responsible handling of it. We could make a commitment to valuing ourselves. We could commit to the hard work of being more beautiful (ie Venusian) or birthing something beautiful. We could beautify (Venus) our career (Saturn). This would be a great time for cosmetic changes within a business. Spruce ups now will pay off over time.

Venus/Saturn is not going to be about developing some trendy thingamajig because with Saturn the payoff comes over time and our trendy thingamajig will be gathering cobwebs in the corner. For creators this isn't so much about new styles as new methods. Both form (Venus) AND function (Saturn) will matter here. People will be drawn to more traditional, quality items that will last. Rewards for past work can also come in now. 


Our existing relationships can grow stronger since we can more easily get on the same page. There is a mutual respect here. Relationships between people of different ages started now would likely be long-lasting.

Mentors (Saturn) and muses (Venus) can show up. Take what you want seriously. Maybe you will get it. This has been in play for a couple days, is exact today and spends the next couple days unwinding, but is still in play."


xo all 

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Today's Astrology Forecast | Friday, October 23, 2020 - commitment issues, rough edges, needing more space, what are we trying to control, giving something a little bit of air



After her void, the Moon moves into airy Aquarius at 8:17AM EDT. She reaches her first Quarter Square at 9:22AM EDT, then goes on to square a retrograde Mercury at 5:48PM EDT. 

With the Sun in deep and probing Scorpio and the Moon in airy Aquarius this First Quarter Square (lunar square following last week's New Moon) might indicate the need to detach/take a step back from something that has become too intense. Scorpio is about power/control and we can be trying to control/manipulate a situation without even realizing it. 


The Moon's move into Aquarius - if we feel tension/frustration/struggle - is our signal to give something a little space.

Tonight's square to a retrograde Mercury (in Scorpio) may be more of the same. It could bring a disagreement/argument over an old issue as deeply felt/simmering grievances get aired. Freedom vs commitment. Control vs the need to give some situation/something/someone a little freer rein. There are things that need to be worked through (probably not totally worked out because Mercury is still retrograde and this is a process) before Mercury backs into Libra next week. Squares bring tension/frustration, but are sometimes the only thing that gets stuff moving.

Last week's New Moon was all about our relationships


Does something need greater limits/more focus or less control/more freedom? 


This is probably the day our uncomfortableness lets us know what we need or what someone else does!

xo all

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Today's Astrology Forecast | Thursday, October 22, 2020 - feeling the pressure, getting things done, the show has ended but where do we go from here, moving past the shame


The Moon continues her journey through Capricorn. After a tense square with a retrograde Mars at 11:15AM EDT, she makes good aspects for the rest of the day including a sextile to a retrograde Neptune, conjunctions with Jupiter and Pluto, a trine to Venus (this one right around the time of the final U.S. Presidential debate) and finally goes void off a conjunction to Saturn at 12:35AM EDT.

There is alot going on. We are focused on goals/responsibilities. The Moon is in her detriment in Capricorn and Cappy is a harsh taskmaster. He gets it done, but the Moon in Capricorn can make us feel over-responsible/too serious/like there are not enough cans in the cupboards or zeros in our bank account and afraid to put one thing to an end to move into something else. The energy is good for production though - getting things done, dealing with authority, stepping into our own.

If we are already depressed/pressured today can amp things up. Know this is transitory. This whole thing is. 


It's like we are sitting in the theater and the movie has finished and the credits are rolling and we are still sitting there. And the guys come in to sweep out the theater because the show has finished and we raise our feet so they can sweep up our dropped popcorn kernels, but we are still sitting there. And we are not even sure why because was the movie really that great anyway? Do we really want to sit through the whole thing again?

(and doesn't watching the Presidential debates feel like we are watching the credits for a movie that has already finished?!)

The Sun enters Scorpio at 4PM EDT. 


Scorpio is about deep intimacy and Scorpio is about passion. What are we passionate about? What makes us excited? What makes us so angry we see red? What makes our heart thump so hard in our chest that we fear explosion? Anything? Have we made any space for anything like this? And now the Sun is answering to a retrograde Mars (and Pluto), so that will be interesting.


Scorpio is the natural ruler of our 8th house - other people's resources/the resources we have merged with other people - our investments, debts, loans, mortgages, inheritances, spouse's salary, taxes, the ways we merge/share with other people, sex, reproduction (which doesn't always include sex now), banks, death, birth, power, transformation, karma.

It is the natural house of our shadows and taboos - all the stuff civil Libra, and polite society, doesn't want to talk about. 

Scorpio wants to get to the bottom of things and isn't above just burning the whole thing down (its modern ruler is Pluto after all) to do so. This whole 'rising from the ashes' thing strengthens Scorpio like the spaces metal has been welded or skin has been scarred. We will want to know people's motives/see what makes things tick. Scorpio likes to keep her secrets, but she is going to meet the Sun in a couple days - bringing to light the challenges ahead - and she is on a collision course (an opposition) with Uranus in Taurus at next week's Full Moon, so this 'secret keeping' thing is not so much happening. Truths will come out.

This is also the day Vesta moves into Virgo - maybe her favorite sign. And she will be in Virgo until, drum roll please, July of 2021! That's a really long time, and it looks like we will need it, to get our collective sh*t together. Virgo is about our daily activities, the way we make use of our time, our work, our service to others, our health, the way we organize ourselves, our paperwork, the ways we handle details, keep things clean. Vesta is focused and so is Virgo. This can be intense. We'll talk about this as we move through it. 

Her first aspect - which sets this whole cycle off - is a trine to Black Moon Lilith in Taurus - moving past the shame of holding on to things/declaring what is ours/enjoying our physical senses without apology. With Black Moon Lilith in Taurus it can be hard to feel satisfied, hard to know when enough is enough. Vesta in Virgo can help with this - pare things down to the essentials, help us see what truly matters, what fires need to be kept burning or we freeze to death. And BML - plus the Sun's move into Scorpio - will crank things up for Vesta, bring the heat; the passion. With Vesta and BML meeting at 0 degrees we are working with these energies from the ground up. This is where we start.


(I think this Black Moon Lilith trine to Vesta in Virgo - Virgo ruling the service providing aspect of the police/first responders/health care people, etc - will help the Black Lives Matter movement connect better with this energy/pull the service aspect of this community into their own and Vesta in Virgo can help BLM clean things up, tighten up their focus over the next few months.)


xo all


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22-10-2020 11:22:40 th Sextile ⚹ ♆ Neptune ♓, R ♑ Capricorn 18°32' 22-10-2020 13:43:52 th Conjunction ☌ ♃ Jupiter ♑ ♑ Capricorn 19°50' 22-10-2020 18:40:03 th Conjunction ☌ ♇ Pluto ♑ ♑ Capricorn 22°34' 22-10-2020 21:09:17 th Trine ∆ ♀ Venus ♍ ♑ Capricorn 23°56' 23-10-2020 00:34:41 fr Conjunction ☌ ♄ Saturn ♑ ♑ Capricorn 25°48'

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the October Astrology of Trump, Covid and the United States | a major transformation to restore balance, part III - extremely dangerous time for Trump


I will link to the previous posts in this series at the end.

This will be short and sweet and wrap this series up (not another dangler, Cat - you are not making jewelry here!). We'll look at Trump/Biden and Election Day and Inauguration Day in another post. I suspect it is not going to go smoothly and that there are more twists and turns ahead. And we don't need astrology to see that!

OK, back to Trump, October and covid. 


So, exactly as Pluto stationed direct, Trump came home from the hospital 

(which we said in the last post about Trump and covid could help him pull a rabbit out of his hat and we'd kind of know where we stand with his health after Pluto's change of direction)

claiming to feel 10 years younger and certainly he appears/sounds to be back to his old self. He had a couple beneficial transits, but it's still quite an amazing turnaround/rather mind-boggling (if totally true) - although nothing about Trump should boggle our minds by this point -  this rise from the sweaty sheets of his death bed almost as fast as a bed's sheets can be changed.


Astrologically this might be a good lesson in the importance of rulerships and not to discount them, because the ruler of Trump's 6th house (of health) is Uranus, located in his 10th house (of his career/public life), so having the ruler of his 6th in his 10th - the ramifications of covid/disease can show up there, too.  


And they have, with recent polls showing him sinking.


But, if we keep in mind this whole "rising from his sweaty death bed sheets" thing - I would not count out his re-election no matter what the polls are showing. Especially with his buddy change-maker Uranus so active. Now that he has survived/bounced back from his immediate 6th house challenges (the illness - although there could be something lingering with this), maybe his 10th house career can bounce, too. 


I imagine his bed is made pretty well by the White House staff (tight sheets=extra bounce).


On the other hand Biden is far from out either (and he has some of the same virus transits Trump has) - we will look at the election and inauguration charts in another post.

For Trump's supporters, who love that he is shaking the country up, it might be good to know his re-election (if it happens) appears central to the 'United' States literally being shaken apart. We talked about the country splitting apart as a worse case scenario in the Gemini North Node posts and by the time we get to the U.S. Pluto return's exact first pass on February 20, 2022 (with the transiting North Node exactly on the U.S. chart's natal Wuhan/Pandora conjunction and malefic fixed star Algol and conjunct Trump's mid-heaven - another totally unbelievable chart) we will really be in the thick of whatever a potential second Trump term (or a Biden/Harris term) will bring us. 


Whoever wins will have his/her work cut out for them. Maybe the split has already happened in bigger ways than we can see right now. Time is showing itself as rather non-linear and stretchy these days.

For now, let's look a little sooner ahead to the Taurus Full Moon on October 31, 2020 that will close out the month conjunct "anything-can-happen" Uranus. Full Moon on Uranus sounds about as Full Moon "ready to howl" as Full Moon's come.

I have said since Trump was elected, he kind of is Uranus - born with Uranus conjunct his North Node and Sun and displaying a very chaos-producing/liberating Uranian nature. The Sun (ruler of his Leo rising chart) opposing Uranus at the time of this Taurus Full Moon will impact him in similar spaces again since Taurus rules his 10th house and Uranus rules his 6th house of health and is located in his 10th house of career/public life.


The Scorpio Sun (conjunct Trump's natal Chariklo - the asteroid named for Chiron's wife, whose orbit takes us from Saturn to Uranus/from Cappy's stability to Aquarius chaos just as Trump himself has) transiting Trump's 3rd house (4th by rulership, so his home, foundation) of news/information is opposing - things culminate, peak, come into the light. That conjunction to unpredictable and chaotic Uranus can indicate another twist. 


Trump was born on a Full Moon, so they are VERY powerful for him. I would think this one speaks of the closing out of his career, but his gazillion connections to the United States natal chart makes me wonder if we will ever be truly free of him/his impact.

This is the last lunation before the election, although keep in mind it is a closing lunation. 


During the last New Moon (final opening lunation before the election and in play on November 4th, although of course impacted by the Full Moon by that time), Trump had that Grand Cardinal Cross - which he still has some access to, but needs to initiate something new and he seems determinedly on the path of the "same old thing", maybe unaware the world that got him elected the first time has ended.

That last New Moon (again the last New Moon before the U.S. election) - in the chart we drew for Washington DC has 3 degrees Sagittarius exactly on the mid-heaven which is Biden's ascendant/rising degree. Biden's natal North Node (fate) is 0 degrees Virgo which is currently the home of fixed star Regulus


(the king maker star that promises riches and glory but downfall if vengeance is not avoided - had been at 29 degrees Leo for the last 72 years which is Trump's ascendant/rising degree and closely conjunct Biden's natal Chiron and was in play at the Great American Eclipse of August 2017 when Trump had fired Comey and vengeance wasn't). 

0 degrees Virgo, Biden's natal North Node, is also home of Trump's natal Hera (Juno to the Romans and we know his natal Juno is conjunct his natal Chiron). 0 degrees Virgo is the degree of 'the common woman'. 


It is also conjunct Kamala Harris's natal IC (base of her chart/herself), so do we move from the king to the common woman in both a literal and symbolic sense or can Trump/Uranus pull another rabbit out of his hat at the Full Moon - we'll talk about that in the election post!

And then we are getting out of politics again because whoever wins this thing - the energies/the new storylines are much bigger than politics and happening in our personal lives, too, we really don't need to turn on the news to see/feel it. 


The 'common woman' is actually US after all, all of us. Every man. Every woman. All the asteroids/dwarf planets, mostly feminine energies and truly, truly pregnant with new possibilities - these fragments of culture/our personal stories woven into the strands of our DNA to be activated as they are discovered and synchronistically named. 


Is it any wonder life is more complex than ever?! 


We either bust every telescope on the planet - would this work? probably not - or we learn to flow with the changes of universal consciousness/sometimes chaos. 


For the United States one important question is - how do we move into a more equal and humane culture with this myth/dark cloud of American exceptionalism hanging over our heads. Probably we can't, so along comes our Pluto return just in the nick of time. Kaboom. Trump, the virus/our responses and their ramifications disrupting our Capricorn second house perception of who we are, what is valuable/what matters, what goals are important, how we maintain and support ourselves and others. 


It's surely time to pivot, personally and collectively, but still tangled in the dead cords of the old world we are unsure what that would look like and what that even means, but if we don't do something different we are going to feel more and more empty.

We'll look at the election charts next week.

xo all


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Trump/Covid the announcement, part I, part II

Today's astrology Forecast | Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - the power's in the details, what we really want wants us right back, coming home to the garden, more balanced nurturing


The Moon moved into sober Capricorn while we slept (EDT). We put our bare feet on the solid Earth/feel a need to create something solid/live up to our responsibilities/count our pennies/get to work. 


She sextiles a retrograde Mercury at 3:49PM EDT then trines a retrograde Uranus at 6:32PM EDT. Intimate conversations move things forward/connecting with influentional people and situations. That smooth trine to Uranus can allow Cappy's unflappability to integrate the unexpected in mature/practical ways. 

This is also the day Venus trines Pluto (22 degrees Virgo to Cappy). This is well supported by the Moon. Maybe a good kind of obsession/intensity where we take the time to make something better - a relationship, financial situation, beauty or values issue. Powerful Pluto touching a personal planet with a POWERFUL trine - personal empowerment/transformation. Virgo/Capricorn - solid, realistic movement toward what we want. Pluto is the great eliminator so maybe this smooth contact with Venus in Virgo can help us eliminate relationship/financial habits that are no longer serving us (or anyone else). We are carrying around these outdated commitments/contracts whose cords have been cut/whose paperwork has been marked 'paid in full'. Maybe it's time to set some burden down. Venus in Virgo asks "what's most healthy now"?

At the same time the Sun (in Libra) is trining a retrograde Ceres (in Aquarius) at 28 degrees. Issues around nurturing/mothering/season of life issues can come into greater balance. Libra keeps things light/social. There isn't any need to pry/to cling. With Ceres retrograde this will be an old issue. The Sun's light can bring the situation into the light and the smooth trine clicks something into place.

This is also the day Black Moon Lilith moves into Taurus. It's good to finally get her out of Aries! Here is the outcast part of us in the sign of Mother Nature/the garden. We move from being angry/antsy/wanting to break something to needing to build/have/grow something solid/lasting. Here we are back in the garden and we want what is rightfully ours/what has been denied us. It will be interesting to see what happens with the 'Black Lives Matter' movement during this transit (BLM always makes me think of BML and BML was on the United States natal Venus as the words were first spoken in a conversation between two women in California via a Facebook post "I continue to be surprised at how little black lives matter. Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter."). 

There could be something painful early in the day when the Moon squares Chiron intensified by the fact there is nothing soft or comforting about a Cappy Moon. Just keep in mind we don’t need to inflate ourselves/create more chaos or overdo things when something is a struggle. We don’t need to hide away and shrink from the demands of the world either.


Sometimes - and keep in mind we have both Mercury and Mars retrograde, so two of our three personal planets (!) - we wait on the celestial winds of inspiration or passion to fill our sails and while we wait we attend to the small details of our everyday lives. Small things gradually build to become large things. And when we pay attention to the details of our lives, particularly when they are about caring for ourselves and others, what gets built is VERY powerful. Which brings us back to today's Venus in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn. 


And from the weekly about Venus/Pluto:


"We can use this energy for a deeper look - rather than nit-picky critique- at what isn't working/what is missing and can uncover practical and workable solutions. If we have been letting something slide - our health, daily obligations/schedule - this energy can power-up/enable us to hang in there/get back into something healthier or more organized. We can deepen our commitment to what is healthy. Again this is Virgo/Cappy - staying on task = success, staying healthy = success, being of service = success."


xo all 

photo by the talented Hakan Photography

Weekly Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of October 19th - 26th, 2020 - an old opportunity comes back around, financial/relationship commitments, unexpected/liberating/disruptive information and conversations, truth comes out


MONDAY - Mars squares Jupiter, Venus trines Jupiter while inconjunct Mars, Mercury conjunct Juno opposes Uranus

TUESDAY - Venus squares the North Node

WEDNESDAY - Venus trines Pluto

THURSDAY - Mercury inconjunct Chiron, Vesta into Virgo, Sun into Scorpio

FRIDAY - First Quarter Moon (0 Aquarius!)

SATURDAY - Venus trines Saturn

SUNDAY - Sun conjuncts Mercury


This is ANOTHER busy week. We finally get all the nice trines Venus has been promising us - relationship, financial commitments are possible. Mars repeats his square to Jupiter (although they have changed positions) while Venus is trining Jupiter - an old opportunity can come back around, probably in a new way, so pay attention and be moving forward/taking action. Huge leaps from tall buildings will not be needed. Secrets can be exposed this week. Information/conversations can be liberating or disruptive, but either way will not be pushed back into the closet or ignored. We won't be either! Vesta moves into Virgo so make your health, the cleanliness of your environment and the organization/structure of your daily routine a top priority.


Let's unpack the week, then we will add in the Moons in the dailies.


MONDAY -  Mars squares Jupiter, Venus trines Jupiter while inconjunct Mars, Mercury opposes Uranus, Ceres stations direct (Sunday). Whoa! This is the second Mars/Jupiter square - we had the first back on August 4th, so maybe we are going back over something from that time that needs to be re-done. Maybe we are changing our position on something. This is tense, but probably motivating, maybe driven by constraints/a time or maybe resource crunch. This speaks of big moves, power-plays, and keep in mind Mars is retro and with Mars inconjunct Venus (in Virgo) too much work/pushing could undermine our health/the quality of whatever we are doing/shoot the hell out of our daily schedule. At the same time Venus is trining Jupiter, so something about this 'go big' thing or maybe our Cappy career/goals can fall into place now if we focus on the day-to-day/the details/our service to other/the quality. There could be something here we really can use (even if it's not perfect) as


an old opportunity can come back around!


As with any Mars square in Aries - tend to your personal safety. No dark alleys. Avoid unnecessary dangers. Drive safely. Get some exercise.

A retrograde Mercury is conjunct Juno (Juno is a huge player in 2020) and opposing Uranus. The opposition is a repeating aspect from October 7th, so this could take us back to a surprising conversation or unexpected news from that time. Relationship agreements/contracts being discussed. Mercury is in deep Scorpio, so our thoughts/conversations/the information that comes in and is exposed now - is intense. Juno represents not only our marriages and committed partnerships, but the hierarchical structures that underpin things (remember she would do anything to hold onto her position) - she is in Scorpio now, determined to KEEP WHAT SHE HAS. Mercury is retrograde, so we are re-thinking/re-assessing maybe intimate/financial situations. 


Secrets can come to light. News/conversations can be unexpected, liberating or disruptive. This can happen into Tuesday, since it is exact late on Monday night EDT.

TUESDAY - Venus (in Virgo at 18 degrees) squares the North Node (in Gemini). Both answering to a retrograde Mercury. Tension/frustration - a need to change/adjust. Relationship, financial, self-esteem, values issues - we are confronted by what isn't working/doesn't line up with the future. The cost of love. The price of these intangibles. What can be fixed and what needs to be left behind. Squares motivate action - what are we going to do about this?

WEDNESDAY - Venus (in Virgo at 22 degrees) trines - brakes off - Pluto (in Capricorn). Trines are smooth/easy, and this speaks of an intensified focus on Venusian themes - our relationships, love, money, self-esteem, resources, what we want - without anything manipulative/compulsive. We get the best of Plutonian transformation without the STING of the life and death obsession. We can use this energy for a deeper look - rather than nit-picky critique- at what isn't working/what is missing (again via those Venusian themes or our natal Virgo house theme) and can uncover practical and workable solutions. If we have been letting something slide - our health, daily obligations/schedule - this energy can power-up/enable us to hang in there/get back into something healthier or more organized. We can deepen our commitment to what is healthy. Again this is Virgo/Cappy - staying on task = success, staying healthy = success, being of service = success. See SATURDAY for Venus trines Saturn - this could be all the same thing.

THURSDAY - the veils thin as the Sun enters Scorpio - our annual month of intensity/merging/purging/excavation - deciding what gets to stay and what has to go (and, of course, it's not always up to us). And, often, if we allow ourselves to go deep enough into our buried fears/unconscious taboos uncovering unexpected (especially with that opposition to Uranus these days) sources of power, intimacy and stability. Scorpio is very black and white - we commit or we quit. The Sun will be in Scorpio until November 22nd.

Now Mercury (at 6 degrees Scorpio) inconjuncts Chiron (in Aries). Information/truth can hurt. Make us feel alone/unstable. Maybe not enough as we are. Mercury is getting to the bottom of things/looking under rocks, showing us important stuff we may not want to see. Chiron in Aries is our wounded masculine/warrior. He requires us to show up/be brave/keep going/pull our own asses out of that well. Scorpio/Aries isn't so soft/comforting anyway and they are both answering to Mars who is retrograde. We are confronting and confronted by very deep and very old wounds - childhood, familial, past-lives. Maybe this is about our need to take care of ourselves/stand up for ourselves. Here is an inconjunct, so there isn't any kind of band-aid/no quick fix. It is a good time to listen. If you are triggered (and about to over-react), try asking yourself - "isn't it interesting I am having such a strong reaction to this - what is this reaction of mine really all about". If we need to speak our truth, know the other person's reaction, if over the top, is likely coming from a deeper/older wounding. Know these triggers serve a purpose, but let's do our best to language things kindly now. Take the high ground, it has the best view.


As Venus starts finishing up, preparing herself for next week's return to her home sign of Libra, Vesta enters Virgo. Now it's our Virgo house theme or the collective Virgo themes of - our health, our work, our pets, our day-to-day routine, our daily obligations, our service to others  - that is keeping us up at night. We'll talk more about this as we move through this transit. Vesta will be in Virgo for the rest of the year.

FRIDAY - the Moon (at 0 degrees Aquarius) squares the Sun at 0 degrees Scorpio. This is our first quarter square - moving the Libra New Moon story from last week forward via tension/frustration.


0 degrees Aquarius is also the degree Jupiter will meet Saturn on the December 21, 2020 Solstice - our third and final (and we only get one of these) major aspect of 2020.


If we thought 'time running out' was big - well, 'time starting back up' looks ABOUT 10 TIMES BIGGER.


The chart for 12/21/2020 is totally cray-cray and makes me think of 12/21/2012 - the Mayan calendar expiration date - when we thought something was going to happen that didn't (although maybe it actually did, and here is where we catch up with it). I will need two shots of whiskey - and I don't drink - to even begin to unravel this. It's not easy to move into Aquarius when we are refusing to let go of these dying Cappy structures!


At 1:20PM (!) on December 21, 2020 - we will have Jupiter exactly conjunct Saturn at 0 Aquarius (starting a 200 year cycle in air), the Sun at 0 Cappy conjunct Mercury (within 1 degree), Mars exactly conjunct Eris, Pluto exactly squaring Eris and Mars, Lilith exactly conjunct Uranus (!), Vesta exactly opposing Neptune, Pallas exactly sextiling Chiron, the Moon exactly opposing Pandora and Wuhan opposing Hygiea (within 1 degree), Saturn and Jupiter exactly sextiling Juno who is exactly conjunct Astraea (Goddess of service, peace and justice who became the constellations Virgo - and possibly Libra - when she left the Earth after Pandora's box was opened at the end of the Golden Age/Silver Age and was said to return at the time of the New Earth/new Golden Age and you know we are going to have to look into THAT). And there's MORE.


Nothing is random, so maybe a clue/crumb gets dropped now for later - pay attention. This is Aquarius/Scorpio. The Sun is intense/going deep and the Moon wants to keep a little distance/think or overthink things through. These are fixed signs, so heels are dug in/our thinking inflexible. Scorpio rules (among other things) big money/life and death and Aquarius ' the people'/our higher thinking/the future, so we'll see what develops. 

SATURDAY - Now Venus (25 degrees Virgo) trines Saturn (25 degrees Cappy). 

Venus rules love, money, our values, women, beauty, our self-esteem (Libra and Taurus) and in Virgo, ruler of our 6th house house is currently concerned with our day-to-day activities, our routine, work, co-workers, pets and our health. Saturn rules structure and things that are real and have weight, time, goals, hard work, discipline, fathers, older men and responsibility (Capricorn).

Trines create smooth energy - the brakes are off - the vitality will flow and work together naturally. This trine will apply to our natal Virgo and Capricorn houses and their themes.

Now these houses are always in trine, but today, inhabited by attractive Venus and hard-working Saturn, the vibes are particularly useful.

If Venus and Saturn were people they would be a young, loving, attractive woman and a serious, responsible older man. You can see how these two people could bring out the best in each other (not in a sugar-daddy kind of way - Saturn ain't nobody's free ride).

We carry both these archetypes within us - what can we do now to cement their merger?

We could make a commitment (Saturn) within a relationship (Venus) now. We could make a commitment with our money. We could make a commitment to valuing ourselves. We could commit to the hard work of being more beautiful (ie Venusian) or birthing something beautiful. We could beautify (Venus) our career (Saturn). This would be a great time for cosmetic changes within a business. Spruce ups now will pay off over time.

Venus/Saturn is not going to be about developing some trendy thingamajig because with Saturn the payoff comes over time and our trendy thingamajig will be gathering cobwebs in the corner. For creators this isn't so much about new styles as new methods. Both form (Venus) AND function (Saturn) will matter here. People will be drawn to more traditional, quality items that will last. Venus/Saturn will only be together for a couple days, but this is the card to play now.

Our existing relationships can grow stronger. There is a mutual respect here. Relationships between people of different ages started now would likely be long-lasting.

Mentors (Saturn) and muses (Venus) can show up. Take what you want seriously. Maybe you will get it.


On SUNDAY - the Sun (at 2 degrees Scorpio) meets Mercury. We are now at the mid-point of this Mercury retrograde season, HERE - what is illuminated now - is what this Mercury retrograde season has been/is about for us. Something important can come to light, and since this is Scorpio, it might be something that isn't so pretty to look at (but not necessarily). On the other hand it will be just what we need to know.


xo all


photo by the talented Hakan Photography

New Moon in Libra | October 16, 2020 - relationship opportunities/challenges, balancing things out, releasing dead passions, moving toward greater stability and happiness



We get what might be the most challenging/opportunistic New Moon of the year (cardinal t-square) in the sign that rules our relationships. Given the amount of time we have spent in the last few months with the same person/people I don't think this is much of a surprise!

On Friday, October 16th at 3:31PM EDT, the Libra Moon meets the Libra Sun (at 23 degrees) giving us this month's New Moon; our annual New Moon in Libra. Because this is happening in Libra we look to our natal Libra house (23 degrees) for the kind of theme we will be working with personally. Then we consider the general Libra themes (relationship, partnership, balance, justice, women, beauty) and we consider what Libra's ruling planet Venus is doing and where she is. And, finally, we look at the event chart for the time of the New Moon.


Something to keep in mind as we talk about the ways this New Moon is challenged - because the Libra New Moon wants to keep things light and balanced and peaceful and flirty and this chart speaks of something else - is that it is usually the challenges in these charts that bring us our greatest opportunities for growth. I know it sounds cliche and like something someone says when we are down and we want to punch them in the mouth, but luckily for them we just did our nails (heads up - my nails look like they were attacked by a badly behaved poodle, so I just might punch), but it is still true. 


Libra New Moons are about new ways to partner/new people/new connections/new situations. New LOVE - not the deep kind necessarily (although it could be), but the social kind that gets us invited to coffee and walks in the park. New peace and harmony. New negotiations. What is fair now? What is balanced now? What does justice look like now? This is a cardinal energy - something is going to START.


The stop gate to the NEW is Mars retrograde in Aries.


Are we willing to let go of our ego attachments that are no longer serving us/making us feel loved/bringing us peace? Can we let go of the stuff we are no longer passionate about? Our old ways of doing relationships? The old things we are doing within our relationships? The old ways we fight or the old ways we flight?


The Cardinal T-Square points to that Cappy Pile-up - Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter - and most exactly asteroid Wuhan. The changes wrought by the virus. The limits. The rules. We are at a very BIG moment.


Let's unpack the chart!


The Moon/Sun are at 23 degrees Libra. They oppose Mars (retrograde) and Eris in Aries and square the Cappy pile up - Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter and most exactly asteroid Wuhan. Venus, ruler of Libra and so ruler of this lunation is in Virgo answering to a retrograde Mercury (in Scorpio) who is opposing Uranus. She opposes Neptune (applying), trines the Cappy planets (all applying) and exactly trining Pallas (in Cappy) and is sandwiched between asteroids Pandora and Narcissus (who is exactly semi-sextile the New Moon). The New Moon is trining the North Node in Gemini while Mars trines the South Node (in Sag). Juno opposes Uranus (and we are going to look at her mega-importance in both the U.S. natal chart and Trump's chart in our next post). Vesta opposes Ceres.

With the important opposition and multiple squares - we can see this New Moon beginning can come at us with our back against the wall. There is tension/frustration. Limits. Rules. Libra seeks balance and whatever is seeded now will be anything but! We can expect relationship tension as we move through the next month, but there are also very strong indicators for IMPROVEMENT/RELIEF later in the cycle. For now there is a Cardinal T-Square aimed at Cappy with that empty Cancer leg, so all hard edges with no soft place to fall 


(unless you have something near 23 Cancer in your natal - like President Trump with his Saturn/Karma exact conjunction here being transited by asteroid Hopi - another stand-in for covid for him with Hopi exactly conjunct Wuhan in his natal - plus another stand-in for the Hope Hicks connection - and giving him a Grand Cardinal Cross. There could be some changes in his health now/his day-to-day, even within his partnerships or maybe with his natal 6th house (health) ruler in his 10th (career) - changes within his career. We'll get back to him, asteroid Narcissus and the U.S. historical Hopi - "kill all the buffalo to kill all the Indians" in the next post. More chickens coming home to roost). 

Just off that Sun/Mars opposition this week (plus the solar squares - we have a big one on Sunday, too) we are being asked - who/what do you want to partner with now? is this relationship balanced? is this working? have I lost me to we? do I need to give up a little me to even have a we? Situations will arise that enable us to find out! And the Cappy pile-up pulls in not only this year's restrictions (covid and our covid responses/authority/responsibilities), but collectively career/ambition challenges and also our Cappy natal house theme challenges.

The good news is the best aspect in astrology is arguably the 'trine' and the New Moon is trining the North Node in Gemini. 


This is in the very recent past, so we already have an open door somewhere. Something that has fallen smoothly into place, whispered "over here", drawn us an arrow. With the North Node answering to a retrograde Mercury - this open door could have a connection to the past, too. And with Mars trining the South Node and Venus (ruler of the Moon) trining the South Node's ruler Jupiter - it might be through what we are leaving behind/the door that closes/that we close, that shows us the way. 


If it's not this way then it must be THAT WAY.

And keep in mind, we have to factor in our own PERSONAL North Node from our natal chart - THAT will be the way through, too. The current energies are influencing the energies we CARRY. Always.

AND we have Venus, ruler of this lunation exactly trining wise Pallas (in Cappy). 


This speaks of strategies, practical systems, connecting the dots - realistic plans for what will make us feel more secure, more financially stable, more connected to other people, MORE LOVED. This is fortuitous and she moves on to trine the other Cappy planets next week - more stability, more power, more luck. And yes, these are practical earth signs, so the harder we work the luckier we get, but that's ok because that's how we roll anyway. This situation is unbalanced, yes, but there is a way through this if we can just keep our wits about us. Big girl pants on. We are a general here and not a foot soldier. 


The Moon is in Libra so we are weighing out our options, our goals, our ambitions, our next moves.


(it's not a coincidence the U.S. is having hearings on a new female Supreme Court Justice right now)

Before she gets to these other trines, Venus, is going to have to get past this approaching opposition to Neptune - exact on Sunday - so the details (of our relationships, our money, our values) get blurry/confusing. Maybe too fantastical. Keep your credit card in your wallet and your eyes off that cute guy, who won't be nearly as cute tomorrow and maybe he will be off with your wallet. There might be vague results here, maybe a disappointment. Oppositions can bring endings. With Venus in dutiful Virgo - are we going to keep serving this situation, this relationship, this project or not? 


But ultimately Venus reaches her Earth trines and later in this same New Moon cycle reaches her home sign of Libra - this is a very good signal we will reach some sort of agreement/cooperation, fair deal or partnership decision during this cycle!

Let's look at some of the event chart's other aspects to flesh this out. And you might have natal energies that more closely align with something here.

We have Ceres (at the end of Aquarius) retrograding back toward an opposition with Vesta (almost finishing up in Leo). A detached style of nurturing/or collective need at odds with our sacred focus/our heart's desire. We have Juno (in Scorpio) opposing Uranus (in Taurus). Maybe this speaks of our need to get to the bottom of things within a relationship vs the potential instability this will bring to our finances/resources. Or this could be about mergers/intimacy vs liberation. It is not only Mars, but Mars' sister Eris that opposes the New Moon now wanting to just blow this whole thing up. All these energies have a voice now. Everyone gets a seat at the table.

With Mercury retrograding through Scorpio there can be some deep/dark truths we don't want to look at and with these challenges to this cardinal New Moon (fresh start) something we won't want to deal with/adjust to, but adjust we must. We'll talk about the New Moon energies as they play out over the next couple weeks and the next month. 


We are on the precipice of some very big changes! There are big/better turning points coming. And we are figuring out what we need/want now. This is a PROCESS. This New Moon chart allows us to look ahead at the next month and see what we will be dealing with emotionally. We can see it's not an easy chart. But nothing about 2020 has been easy, so this last leg won't be either. That's OK. We are playing a long game. We've got this thing. 

And keep in mind that new beginnings launched through squares and oppositions can be the difference between, for example, you redoing a room because you have company coming in a week (and the kind of pressures, time restraints that would entail) and you are redoing a room because you just got a bonus at work and really want to redo that room! It doesn't have to be some big crazy thing - unless you have planets/points in your natal/progressed charts in the crosshairs. Collectively though, this is one big old stressful chart that kind of pulls everything together!



Get grounded - we have moved from an earth sign into air so this is important - always make affirmations from a  positive place (positive meaning both certain and light-hearted/happy). It is a good idea, since the New Moon is literally a blank sheet, to work in a clean, uncluttered space and maybe right after a bath or shower.  We are planting seeds in the dark here - think about the ultimate seed in the dark planting - making a baby. What would you do then? Do that (yes, maybe even that, Venus is in Virgo answering to Mercury in Scorpio and this is about our relationships, it can't hurt).

I find affirmations are most effective if I speak less on New Moon days so my words will hold more weight when I need them to. I usually burn a white candle to help me focus and thin the veils between me and me. It also helps to channel ancestral energy a bit since I am always thinking as I move my story forward, their story moves forward with me. Write your affirmations down by hand in cursive, we want the letters all connecting and flowing together. Speak the words out loud. 

This month, I'm writing mine on my chalkboard while burning a white candle - when the candle burns out, all by itself, then I erase the words first and then clean the blackboard with water. Some people store them until the corresponding Full Moon (in this case during Aries season) and burn them then. Do what feels right. 

I don't think it's terribly important what we do with our writings as long as we are not pulling them out and checking on them all the time. 

We are not handing a honey do list to the universe! We are lining up with the universal energies of creation here.

And I wouldn't be sharing them with other people, although this is Libra so there might be exceptions to this, which also feels like it dilutes the process or pulls them into our story. I was writing them on my blog for a few months, as examples for people, and that definitely wasn't helpful.

Then - and this is the important part - release your attention from your words knowing your intention is known. 


Know these things are already yours.  

xo all


Since the Libra Moon is going to close out with a square to Saturn (tonight), let's wait for the Scorpio Moon to do the intentions (she will close with a sextile) - so sometime between 6PM EDT tomorrow night and 6PM EDT the next night. Think about not only what you need from other people, but what you are willing to give/offer, too. We need to be willing to do things differently if we want to have different results.

Today's Astrology Forecast | Thursday, October 15, 2020 - Sun squares Pluto, back to January when "time ran out", a light on our collective narcissism


This is the USA birth chart (Sibley) with its progressions and transits for today, as the Sun reaches 22 degrees Libra and squares Pluto - from his seat on that HOT degree of 22 Cappy from January. 


We talk alot about Saturn and Pluto's big (once in 500 year) conjunction in Capricorn that happened in mid-January, but we lose sight of the other energies at this big pow-wow at our detriment - the Sun, Mercury and Ceres.

The Sun (our life-force, our ego, our light), having met Pluto back in January starting a new cycle, had his first square to Pluto (first challenge of new cycle) back in April (from Aries), his opposition (when Pluto was retrograde) back in July (from Cancer) and here we are at the CLOSING SQUARE of their annual cycle, with the Sun in Libra. ALL our cardinal energies brought to the table. This time the Sun and Pluto square, in Libra/Cappy, with a focus on our RELATIONSHIPS.

We have a dark Moon (also in a closing cycle), also in Libra - making tense aspects to Chiron and Uranus - and pulling us into tomorrow's New Moon at 23 degrees Libra - so very near today's square and also in conjunction with Mars/Pluto square from earlier this week. The energies are HUGE.

Before we talk about what this means to us personally, I thought it would be a good time to see what is happening with the U.S. chart - and I realize everyone reading this is not in the U.S., but I think the story here has ramifications everywhere. 

I was surprised/#notsurprised to find the U.S. progressed Moon EXACTLY conjunct the U.S. natal Pluto right now. Fate, fears, power, death bed struggles - this is going to create intense feelings and insecurity. To progress a chart we move a planet one degree for every year, so this is the first time in the U.S. history the U.S. progressed Moon (the Moon in this kind of chart, represents, among other things, 'the people') has met Pluto. Insecurity/uncertainty is the food of panic, and, speaking of panic, if we added asteroid Pan to the U.S. natal we would find him in the 8th house (death - will panic be the death of us?) widely conjunct the U.S. North Node and exactly semi-sextile the United States Cancer Sun. 

As humans, maybe we have a tendency not to panic over very real risks that are familiar and known - for example car accidents, which claim thousands of lives every day, do not stop most of us from driving. We are more likely to 'panic' in an encounter with something unknown - even if it ends up causing minimal risk to us personally. Scared people become narcissistic (and I am not talking about the collective narcissism systemic in our culture now, we will get to that in the next Trump health watch post) - as focus naturally shifts to self-preservation. This is kind of knee-jerk/hard wired into our lizard brains to keep us alive, but the irony is that our reaction often makes us less safe, especially in a modern world where threats are much more complex. It's not as simple as climbing a tree to escape a wild boar or tossing our enemy down an abandoned well. 


Fear can make us blind to the reality of a situation. Fear can also make us much more controllable. 


If we look at 22 degree Cappy (22 degrees of any sign tends toward self-sabotage) in the U.S. natal we find asteroid (again, #surprise, #notsurprise) Narcissus, famous for his love of himself. The U.S. has this asteroid on this HOT/powerful degree in its natal chart - and this degree was hot long before Saturn/Pluto set it on fire!


When astrologers think of this Cappy pile-up as about 'covid' and our reactions to covid, we are missing a big piece of the story. We have to stop and think about this narcissism our reactions are feeding. And, in reverse, the fuel of narcissism that is enabling our reactions! We'll talk more about this later. 

For today, we have the Sun, at 22 Libra, squaring Pluto, at 22 Cappy. We talked about this in the weekly HERE. Power struggles. Manipulations. Situations that feel like life and death. A continuation or more likely, given this is the closing/separating square, a CULMINATION to a January 2020 story. On the one hand, if this has been an ongoing situation, whatever the outcome - the pressure can ease. On the other hand, a crisis now can bring permanent transformation - there is no going back to not knowing/life before this 2020 Sun/Pluto chapter. 


Our goal here, to end the day standing in our own shoes which means our own true source of power. To NOT allow our fears to control us/determine what we do or what we agree to. To NOT try to control/manipulate other people. To bury what is DEAD.

Back with the big New Moon post folks where we'll pull in this week's aspects and the next two weeks, too! It's HUGE.

xo all

Today's Astrology Forecast | Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 - other people, our connections, our desire for peace and balance are pulling us into the future, uber productive day



The Moon, continuing her journey through industrious Virgo - opposes Neptune at 7:47AM EDT (note your dreams), trines Jupiter at 8:11AM EDT (optimism works in our favor), Pluto (power, intensity) at 1:55PM EDT and finally goes void off a trine to Saturn at 6:46PM EDT. She is then void for the rest of the day, so take tonight off and relax!

Virgo/Cappy trines are uber productive, and with Mercury retrograde we could be focused on something thing from the past, a re-do, re-vision. Mercury entered her/his shadow on September 24th, so ANYTHING we started before that date is fair game for progress now. Today's trines are powerful, expansive, stabilizing - things can fall smoothly into place with just a little effort.

In the meantime, this is also the day the Sun (at 21 Libra) trines the North Node (at 21 Gemini). 


Send the email. Answer the phone. Connect with people. Our relationships, our connections, the need for peace and balance (our shadow stuff that we project onto others can be especially visible to us now - take note of how you are interacting and what you are getting back from those interactions, ie how you feel after them) are pulling us into the future. The North Node in Gemini is giving us MORE OPTIONS/details/information - so pay attention.

A four star day in maybe (being generous) a one star week, so we'll use it or lose it. If something needs to get finished up before the New Moon on Friday - let's get it finished up.


xo all

The next couple days and the background buzz is more stressful, so we will need to choose to connect with today's easier energies and then SOMETHING SHOULD FALL INTO PLACE HERE. The Moon is dark (and with the Sun squaring Pluto tomorrow - lots of power moves and manipulations happening we won't get to see) and we are moving toward a New Moon determined to kick off a very unbalanced chapter - so let's get whatever today is wanting to show us.

New Moon post next and we'll get back to Trump/covid/the U.S. It was good news for him he came home from the hospital at Pluto's station which could indicate a permanent change of direction, on the other hand - he's got all these long term negative health aspects in general plus all the covid acute ones - tomorrow's Sun/Pluto and Friday's New Moon are all over his health/career and his chart and his progressed Moon is squaring Uranus - his health house ruler - exact next Tuesday. Exact and unpredictable. Maybe he's only out of the woods if his political aspirations continue to tank. If they actually are.

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Today's Astrology Forecast | Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - Mercury stations retrograde, the Sun opposes Mars retrograde, intensity, a change of direction, relationship shadows, get some exercise



The Moon moved into earthy Virgo late last night. She trines a retrograde Uranus at 4:35PM EDT, sextiles Mercury (Virgo's ruler) at 8:19PM EDT and meets up with Venus at 10:54PM (13 degrees).

We talked about today's INTENSE aspects in the weekly HERE for Tuesday.


The Moon, with multiple smooth/positive aspects is going to help. Her trine to Uranus helps us emotionally integrate change more easily, particularly anything unexpected regarding our finances/resources/values. That sextile to Mercury, which is exact about an hour before Mercury stations retrograde, speaks of some down-to-earth and realistic communication/problem solving available esp well-timed for business/service or related to Venusian themes - our relationships, money, values, self-esteem - just keep things practical and focused. 


Lean into one solid thing and not all over the place. 

Keep in mind today's Mars/Sun opposition intensified by Mercury's station can make us antsy/easily irritated. Other people will be feeling this, too. With Venus in Virgo the ways we are hard on ourselves can be projected onto other people, so we need to just stay in our own shoes. Get some exercise. Do something physical. We can choose to use this burst of energy as motivation, rather than a reason to lose it. But we might lose it, anyway. Let's not be too hard on ourselves here. 

The Sun is in Libra seeking balance and we are at the halfway point of the Mars retrograde with Mars closer to the Earth than he will be in years. The drums of war are beating all week. There is an old Mars retrograde axiom that whoever starts the war (during the retro) will lose the war, so keep this in mind, too. 

After tonight we have two of our three personal planets retrograde. If something important can be postponed until mid to late November, it might be a good idea to postpone it. If we can't, that is OK, too, just know there will be twists and turns and the need to revise things as we move ahead. Just do what you have to do. The stuff we dig up during Mercury's time in Scorpio will be needed when she/he gets back into Libra by the end of the month. We will need to be paying attention and we will be. And Scorpio rules death, too. It will not only be what we dig up, but what we put into the ground that will matter. With that pile-up in Cappy and Mercury in Scorpio and Mars slowing us down/not producing the results we are wanting - everyone is questioning their life on a deeper level than ever before.

In November things are going to change. Mars and Mercury will station direct. By the middle of November this holding pattern we are in will release. And we will know what we are dealing with because it will be happening. By December we are responding to what happens in November - we know now.


For today - take care driving. Take care with your tools. Take care with your words. Take care of you. If we are going to rise from the sweaty sheets of our 2020 deathbeds we have to know WE MATTER. Each of us. And each part of us. Everyone gets a seat at the table.


We are in the red hot middle of the Mars retrograde just as Mercury's gets started. 


Life is really an inside job now. 

xo all


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Weekly Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of October 12th - October 19th - relationship and financial pivots, limits and power struggles, back up those files right now, one more big week



I am running late, so let's jump right into it! Another BIG week, folks!


MONDAY - Jupiter sextiles Neptune, Mercury sextiles Venus

TUESDAY - Mercury stations retrograde, Sun opposes Mars

WEDNESDAY - Sun trines the North Node

THURSDAY - Sun squares Pluto

FRIDAY - New Moon in Libra

SUNDAY - Sun squares Saturn, Venus opposes Neptune


Let's unpack the aspects and then we will add in the Moons as we move through the week!


MONDAY - We start the week with both our benevolent planets making opportunistic sextiles! We have the third and final Jupiter sextile Neptune (last chance with something here baby!) - making the dream real - and we have Mercury (in Scorpio) sextiling Venus in Virgo.


Last year when we had those Saturn/Neptune sextiles we had Jupiter moving through Sagittarius, his home sign, so there were some big opportunities for some people, but also some big disappointments because Jupiterian energies can get carried away and not deliver everything we had hoped. This year, even though Jupiter is more of an unwelcome visitor (in Cappy) than the king of his castle (in Sag) - and kind of operating from behind enemy territory/with one hand tied behind his back - he is more grounded/practical. The 'dreams' more do-able. Not as shiny maybe, but 'shiny' is so 2019, right? This is more a matte finish kind of year.


We had this aspect back on February 20th and July 27th, so something now could connect us to something then as expansion/confidence/enthusiasm moves 'the dream' forward.


Unlike trines, sextiles require a little effort, but once we get the ball rolling - IT WILL ROLL. Maybe this energy can't get us what we might have gotten last year, but we don't want the same things we wanted last year anyway. This is still your Cappy house making nice with your Pisces house through some big-boy energies. If you have planets or points near 16 degrees, all the better, you will feel this energy strongest. 


Coming at the same time we have a second opportunistic aspect - Mercury's trine to benevolent Venus - and it really gives today's final Jupiter/Neptune some extra bite! In a giant slice of chocolate cake kind of way, not these annoying mosquitoes (still here in October and what's up with that?).


Good news can come in.  Lucrative ideas. Sweet nothings can be whispered. Conversations, information - deep, intimate, financial - are good for our relationships, our bottom line, our values, our self-esteem. What needs to talked about? Delved into? Thought through? What makes the most sense/cents? 


If the U.S. Congress could get their act together this would be the day to come to an agreement on the next leg of a stimulus package. Hopefully they heed the Fed Chair and don't wait because it's mostly down hill from here.


This is your 24 hour countdown to Mercury retrograde - back up your files. Check your oil.

TUESDAY is one of the BIG cray-cray days - Mercury stations retrograde at 11 degrees Scorpio (answering to Pluto) as the Sun (21 degrees Libra and answering to Venus who's answering to Mercury who's answering to Pluto) opposes a retrograde Mars (21 degrees Aries).


This is a POWDER KEG and Mars is still squaring powerful Pluto and conjunct angry Eris.


So we've got powerful Mars/Pluto (war aspect) energized through ALL our personal planets - the Sun, Mercury, Mars and Venus! The outside world chaos can come home to our livingroom or maybe more precisely our bedrooms and balance sheets.

Our usual Mercury retrograde game plan applies - back things up, double check emails before you hit send. It's time to re-think, re-examine, re-visit, re-vise.

We ignore Mercury retrograde at our own peril. Trying to plow ahead re-gardless will not work. It also won't work to stand still and try to wait Mercury out. We must move our ideas, projects, situations, problems, etc - through the process of the retrograde period. With Mercury in Scorpio be assured there are a hell of alot of things we haven't talked about yet.

In Scorpio this deep diving and emotional Mercury retrograde will help us build the MENTAL STRENGTH we need to deal with the changes we have been experiencing and the changes still to come - because the truth of these volatile times we are living in is this - we have to do what we came here to do and for some people this means big endings/big re-visions because we are needed somewhere else. Also over the next few weeks expect changes to who and what we owe and how we pay them.

Secrets can come out. Intimacy issues/financial information will be talked about. Deep emotions will be expressed. This is an excellent time for communications about/with our ancestors. It could be, we (and other people) will be digging up what no one really wants to talk about and then talking about it. We might be doing important research before making a serious commitment or taking another look at a verbal deal or something we have learned.

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


Keep in mind with Mercury in Scorpio our words can be powerful/empowering, cutting/even deadly. Remember to measure twice and cut once or (unlike me) read the voting ballot directions that say DO NOT CUT on the perforated dotted line before you cut it.

What we discover (and what we do with what we discover) will have a great impact on how the November and December powerhouse energies play out for us. We'll talk about all of this as we move through it. Mercury will station direct on November 3rd - yes, the United States Election Day. Ack!


Mercury is particularly POWERFUL, wonky and I would say dangerous at station. We've had terrorist activity/storms before at these times and now we have Mars, sitting with Eris, squaring Pluto and opposing the Sun AT THE SAME TIME!

Stay safe. This isn't a time to go wandering into an alley looking for your lost cat - the cat might be fine (nine lives and all), you, maybe not so much. The stuff we have been sitting on can come rocketing out of the seat cushions, and send us flying. 

The Sun is in Libra - so this is about our relationships, a need for balance/fairness - and with Mars in Aries - our individual needs. We'll talk about this more in the dailies when we look at what the Moon adds to the picture.

WEDNESDAY - the Sun trines the North Node shining a light on a path forward. Pay attention/make connections. This trine is Libra/Gemini - both air signs/communicative and wanting to keep things light. Good for social interactions and making contacts that will be helpful in the future. Make the call. Answer your phone.

THURSDAY - the Sun squares Pluto - this is combative change/tension/frustration with a push for dominance/power/control. A light is thrown on the shadows of a relationship/an injustice/something out of balance. Jealousy. Compulsion. Manipulation. Uncomfortable and unbalanced power situations. Power struggles. We might feel backed into a corner with something that feels like life and death (because in a sense it is) as we, once again, struggle for air.

The ways through this: let's think about the signs involved, Libra/Capricorn - maybe here is the need for grace under pressure. Diplomacy. Tact. This isn't about being wishy-washy, passive aggressive or playing small to keep something in balance though. No more of that. The Sun is going to move past his square to Pluto - as whatever this is comes out into the light. This could also be a bit of a humbling as the Sun (our ego) needs to maneuver around the darkness. Secrets can come out.

FRIDAY - New Moon in Libra - like last year's New Moon in Libra, a challenged new beginning with this relationship energy. With squares to the Cappy planets and an opposition to Mars, whatever is starting/this new chapter starting on an extremely unbalanced footing, maybe forced through tension/a crisis situation, but START IT WILL! 


Expect a BIG post. Expect negotiations.

SUNDAY - Sun squares Saturn, Venus opposes Neptune.


Just off Pluto, now, the Sun moves into a square with Saturn - more Libra/Cappy. Relationship reality checks. Our relationships vs our work. Our relationships vs our stability. Maybe the shadow stuff we have pushed onto other people coming into the light. Tension. Frustration, Rules. Limits. Is the way authority is working within our relationships still working? Are our commitments still working? What is fair now?


Venus moves into her opposition with Neptune. The details (of our relationships, our money, our values) get blurry/confusing. Too fantastical. Keep your credit card in your wallet and your eyes off that cute guy, who won't be nearly as cute tomorrow and maybe he will be off with your wallet. There might be vague results here, maybe a disappointment. Oppositions can bring endings. With Venus in dutiful Virgo - are we going to keep serving this situation/relationship/project or not?

It's an intense week and keep in mind I have listed these aspects for the days they are most exact, but they are powerful when applying and unwinding also.

Next week Venus moves through her smooth trines to the Cappy planets and that should help alot (relationships, resources, finances) ...

xo all

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the October Astrology of Trump, Covid and the United States | a major transformation to restore balance, part II - extremely dangerous time for Trump's health


Part I is HERE and the Trump covid announcement chart is HERE. I've written before about the ways Trump's chart and the covid virus interact so intimately with the U.S. birth chart called the Sibley Chart - see this post HERE.


For this chart we are looking at our usual cast of characters plus asteroids Hygiea, Pandora and Wuhan. We are also adding in asteroids Pholus, Henry, Lachesis and her sister Atrophis (for reasons we will get into here and in a later post).

Most of this stuff is already in play - aspects are strongest when applying (approaching exactness as they are now), but we are going to specifically look at October 13th the day Mercury is going to station retrograde in Scorpio (opposite Uranus), while the Sun (already debilitated in Libra and the ruler of Trump's chart) opposes a retrograde Mars (in Aries) and squares all that powerful Cappy stuff. This is the peak of the Mars retrograde and two days before a New Moon in Libra (23 degrees).


Cardinal T-Square formed from the ashes of a Cardinal Grand Cross when the Moon moves out of Cancer on Saturday night - uber powerful. 


Let's take a look.


This is a very dangerous time for Trump. His physical health, his power, his career. This is life and death. Bags are packed. The grim reaper is at the door. If any part of this man feels like giving up, like it is time for him to be "out of here" - he will be. I think he still has some control over what is going to happen, but not alot.


Let's move the hands of time ahead to October 13th -  asteroid Wuhan is now on the exact degree - 22 Capricorn - activated when Pluto and Saturn met here back in January when "time ran out"! He is exactly conjunct a newly direct Pluto and also conjunct Saturn and Jupiter. 22 degrees Capricorn is the Vertex (point of fate/destiny) in Trump's natal chart. This is also conjunct Trump's natal asteroid Pholus - the centaur who uncorked a bottle of wine and started a war, then died very fast after pricking his finger with a poisoned arrow - he's the genie out of the bottle aspect. We can't get him back in. 22 Cappy is conjunct the U.S. natal Pluto (whose return to its 1776 U.S. birth position is building) and opposes the U.S. natal Mercury/asteroid Henry exact conjunction and U.S. natal Vertex/Part of Fortune exact conjunction. 


It's like someone pouring gasoline on a fire.

Mars will be at 21 degrees Aries (21-22 degrees is especially very hot right now and if you have anything in your natal chart here, you will be feeling the heat, too, this month). This is the exact degree of Trump's Hygiea (illness) and Lachesis conjunction and tightly conjunct (20 degrees) the United States natal Chiron (our national wounding in our 4th house of home/country). 

In Greek mythology, Lachesis was one of the Three Fates - the sisters who were said to determine the destinies of men and Gods. Astrologically Lachesis is considered an indicator/measure for the length of life. Sometimes in an event chart or through transit she can indicate a death/termination, sometimes she can indicate an interruption that interferes with a planned outcome. Her sister, Atropos cuts the cord of life with her shears. Trump was born with asteroid Lachesis exactly conjunct asteroid Hygiea. Right now transiting asteroid Lachesis is conjunct Trump's 8th house (death, transformation) natal ruler Neptune. Transiting Neptune is conjunct asteroid Henry (we'll get into this in the next post) - both are squaring Trump's Sun/North Node/Uranus and his natal Moon/Wuhan.

(Trump was born with asteroid Atropos, the cord cutting sister, conjunct his natal Sun in the 10th house - maybe forecasting a public death, maybe to be cut down in his prime in some way or maybe we are just seeing the death of an important and public career. Transiting Atropos - where she is right now - is conjunct his natal asteroid Henry and the U.S. natal North Node)

On the 13th the Sun will oppose Mars from 21 degrees Libra - the sign of the Sun's debilitation and will conjunct Trump's natal Jupiter. Having the Sun on his natal Jupiter has been helping Trump during this illness, but now we reach this exact opposition to Mars - with Trump's conjunction waning - and the Sun will be squaring transiting Jupiter (plus Pluto, Saturn and asteroid Wuhan), so Jupiter cannot be as much help here.


He has kind of walked into a landmine. Now, transiting Jupiter is sextiling Neptune - exact on the 14th, so there's that, yes, but keep in mind Trump's natal Neptune is conjunct transiting Lachesis (the determiner of the length of life/goals) and Neptune rules his 8th house - there are probably things he doesn't want to be (that smooth sextile) sliding into here. On the other hand, prayers can help. The channels are open. The Gods/our ancestors/our past lives are listening/helping.

As the Sun opposes Mars, the Sun will be conjunct the natal Juno (in Libra) in the United States birth chart in the 10th house (leader). Trump was born with a painful Juno/Chiron conjunction in Libra (partnerships - certainly left over from his King Henry VIII days or the kingly energy he carries, I can't be sure obviously, but we'll talk about this in the next post).

So, the Sun opposes Mars (exactly) and squares all the Cappy energies. This is a cardinal T-Square with the missing leg in Cancer - filled in for all of us this weekend by the Moon in Cancer, but filled in for Trump as a more on-going transit by his natal Saturn/Venus conjunction in Cancer and for the United States through the U.S. birth chart's (keep in mind both charts are influencing each other) natal Mercury, Henry, Vertex, Part of Fortune. 

The North Node (more destiny, the future) will be on Trump's natal Sun and opposing his Moon. It will be on the United States natal Mars. Transiting Hygiea will be on the United States natal North Node (8th house) and Trump's natal Pluto (12th house).

Plus Trump has longer term health challenges we talked about in the last post. Both his 6th house and 12th house (health houses) rulers are stressed out. His 10th house ruler (career/power/station in life) is Venus and she's traveling through Virgo (conjunct Pandora) and answering to that stationing Mercury. Somebody around him had better know what they are doing. At the very least he could have some long term health complications from this. 


This is so much astro-babble and I could probably write three more paragraphs of it (but won't, don't worry if your eyes have glazed over). 


At the very worst we could be having his funeral at the next Full Moon at the end of the month. I hope to hell we are just looking at the death/transformation of his career. Either way we are probably looking at major changes for the United States (the death of the U.S. as we know it) - but we can already see this. 


His strong Uranian/Martian character (love him or hate him) has carried us to the brink of the Age of Aquarius. For better AND worse. We'll see what the next week brings us. He has withstood immense pressures before and survived. And, of course, so has the country,


Bottom line - bigger hands than ours, or Trump's (and his aren't very big if I remember correctly) are steering this ship. 


We have to trust our collective course.  


Also keep in mind, everything happening OUT THERE is also happening inside us. So take care of yourself. Use your power wisely. 

xo all - back with part III


This is where I will add a disclaimer that transiting Pluto is conjunct my natal Mercury, yes, STILL, (21 Cappy, so waning finally) in my third house - maybe I am 'thinking about death', and I am, and of course I can't look at a chart any other way but through my own eyes. It is rather obvious, to me, this is very serious, but again, these are my eyes/chart I am looking out with. And I have to admit having asteroid Wuhan on my natal Mercury, ruler of my 8th house, with my chart ruler retrograding through my 6th, I am wanting to appease these energies/give them something to do by writing (Mercury) about them :)

If you return to the Trump announcement post HERE - check out the astute (more mind-blowing asteroid stuff) comment by astrologer/reader Morgan re asteroid Hicks (aka Hope Hicks). Life is a puzzle inside a puzzle folks.