Mercury retrograde | Sept 9th to Oct 2nd - galactic messages, mining for old gold, taking our ideas back to the drawing board and our relationships back to basics, re-balancing acts and second chances



At 11:38PM on Friday, September 9, 2022, Mercury stations retrograde at 8 degrees Libra. 

Mercury goes retrograde (from our point of view here on Earth) three, and sometimes four, times a year. He is retrograde (moving backward) for about three weeks and then stations direct and starts moving forward. 


Mercury/think Hermes here - is "the Messenger", the "Trickster", the "Cosmic Magician". He rules the signs of Gemini and Virgo. Collectively this is our - words, communication, siblings, early childhood education, our local community, commerce, tech devices, transportation, our daily life, our service, our health, our work - our collective 3rd and 6th houses. Mercury retrograde periods are times to slow down/to look within. Anything started with "re" becomes the most effective use of our time. Re-thinking, re-evaluating, re-flecting, re-peating, re-unions, re-novations, etc. 


Mercury retrogrades are re-curring opportunities to shift out of old mental patterns. We are often asked to pull back from the world and face our shadow self in some way. When we’ve exhausted the possibilities for what we can gain by projecting our shadow self onto the external events and people in our lives, we are ready to face them within our own mind (and heart).


On a practical level we see things that were concealed when Mercury was in direct motion. Maybe because we were going too fast to notice them or maybe we took a wrong turn two miles back and need to change direction. Maybe there is a road out up ahead that we don't know about yet. These retrograde periods are always useful/always needed even when we appear to incur delays, re-dos and roadblocks. 


Mercury moved into his retrograde shadow degrees back on August 22, 2022 (this was also the day the Sun entered Virgo). That's when he reached 24 degrees Virgo, the degree he will station direct on October 2nd. He leaves his shadow, reaches the degree he/she will station retrograde (8 degrees Libra) on October 17th and then he (as we), having re-ceived all the necessary information/learning from this re-tro period, will move on and will start covering new ground. So, the entire cycle is from August 22 - October 17, but he is retrograde from September 9 - October 2.

Mercury's retrograde starts in Libra then moves back into Virgo. 


Collectively we are re-looking at our relationships, in particular our partnerships and our need for balance, fairness and peace. Then we move back into Virgo (September 23rd). Air to earth. The re-looking, re-viewing, re-evaluating, re-novating, etc - continues, but now we are dealing with more solid things. Separating the wheat from the chaff. Our words are given form. It is particularly important what we are saying/thinking/hearing - ABSORBING now. Mercury is back in his home sign of Virgo, so we are fixing, making things better.


During Mercury's retrograde he/she will be in multiple conversations with Venus, multiple trines with Pluto and multiple oppositions with Jupiter. He has mutual reception with Venus almost the entire time and winds up back in his home sign - a comfortable space he rules. We really couldn't ask for much better. The Venusian contacts and the fact Mercury starts this retro in Venus's sign Libra, pulls in our relationships, our money, resources, our values, our self-esteem, women and beauty. The trines to powerful Pluto give us MULTIPLE opportunities for empowerment, to speak our truth, to notice TRUTH. The oppositions to Jupiter indicate multiple opportunities to MINE FOR OLD GOLD. We will talk about all this over the next few weeks as we move through the energies of the retrograde period.

A couple things to keep in mind -  Mars is in Gemini for the long haul (through March 2023), so he is answering to Mercury. We are already doing things twice or doing two things at once. Mercury retrograde is going to complicate this. We are going to need to be smart, at exactly the time 'being smart' will be especially tricky.

Also, Mercury in Libra is answering to Venus in Virgo. So, we have this mutual reception thing going on with each planet in the other planet's sign. This will last for almost the entire retrograde and is VERY GOOD NEWS. Mercury can get back to Virgo (his sign) through Venus/Libra. And Venus can get back to Libra (her sign) through Mercury/Virgo. This is better news for Mercury than Venus, since she has to go through a retrograde planet (meaning our relationships/money/values/self-esteem/women - the Venusian stuff - needs to go backward to go forward). For Mercury this means that Venusian tactics get him back to Virgo. This means cooperation, being social, being fair, being kind and diplomatic. With Mars in Gemini, this will not always be such an easy thing because we are also charged with standing up for ourselves/being ourselves/being brave through our language.


Here are the pertinent dates:


AUGUST 22 - Mercury hits 24 Virgo and starts walking degrees he/she (through us) will walk two more times

SEPTEMBER 2 - Mercury (still direct) opposes Jupiter retrograde

SEPTEMBER 9 - Mercury stations retrograde

SEPTEMBER 12 - Mercury retrograde semi-sextiles Venus

SEPTEMBER 18 - Mercury retrograde opposes Jupiter retrograde

SEPTEMBER 23 - Sun meets Mercury retrograde - mid-point of cycle - ILLUMINATION, here is what the Mercury retrograde has been about for us - this happens at 0 degrees Libra, an Aries point, our collective attention will be on SOMETHING, then Mercury retrogrades back into Virgo, his home sign. Mark this day.

SEPTEMBER 26 - Mercury retrograde meets Venus (26 Virgo)

SEPTEMBER 27 - Mercury retrograde trines Pluto retrograde

OCTOBER 2 - Mercury stations direct at 24 Virgo

OCTOBER 6 - Mercury trines Pluto retrograde (Pluto will station direct 2 days later, is very strong and still here)

OCTOBER 12 - Mercury opposes Jupiter retrograde for the final time, so this will connect to September 2nd and September 18th

Now, besides connecting to the collective energy/the ways we respond TOGETHER, we each have our personal Mercury energy in our natal and progressed charts and the houses he rules within us that are impacted through transiting Mercury. Your natal Gemini and Virgo houses and their themes are affected when Mercury changes sign and direction by transit AND the houses he touches by transit. So, here we are talking about your natal (and progressed) Libra, Virgo and Gemini houses - and we have Mars in your Gemini house and Venus in your Virgo house, and the Sun will move from Virgo to Libra during the retrograde, so this is an action packed area that will be prone to to busyness, delays, repeating patterns, etc.

When Mercury stations on Friday night he/she (Mercury is very androgynous energy, but I will mostly use the pronoun he here) will be tightly sandwiched between dwarf planet Makemake and asteroid Logos. 

Logos is an ancient Greek philosophical term meaning "the Word". "In the beginning was the word" and the way we think about and describe our world is a powerful aspect of our creativity.  The concept of Logos itself could be considered a drive towards rationality (as the Greeks used it), or a connection with the sacred nature of things. We can expect powerful new insights at all levels from personal to collective during this retrograde.


Makemake is one of the group of Trans-Neptunian objects (because they orbit beyond Neptune), that include Pluto, Eris, Haumea, etc. The influence of these planets comes from deep space and moves into our more human realm at certain times. They are galactic messengers -weaving our human-story into a story much bigger than we are accustomed to working with. 


Makemake was named for the Creator God of a small isolated volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean known as Rapa Nui or Easter Island. Astrologer, Philip Sedgwick, believes the position of Rapa Nui bears a direct relationship to the Galactic Centre. It is difficult to know Makemake's story because so much of the oral tradition of the islanders has been lost, but the islanders, as part of the 'bird-man' cult, would swim out to an islet each year through dangerous open sea to collect eggs. Maybe this annual ritual was designed to ensure that the strongest and bravest warrior was chosen each year to be a sort of chiefly figure, someone the islanders could trust to provide for them, to bring them continued fertility for example.  The symbolism of the 'egg' is significant, given that the island was originally named Easter Island by the Europeans who arrived there on Easter Sunday in 1722. The planet Makemake was also discovered on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2005, and astronomers temporarily named Makemake “The Easter Bunny”. 


How this connects to this Mercury retrograde period I will leave up to you to ponder/discover for yourself, but some things to consider might be that Easter Island is another historical example of  European conquest - the devastation of the native people and resources, enslavement, smallpox was introduced here purposefully with devastating consequences. We might see how this connects to current collective events by considering the underlying power mechanics of slave labor (including the current zeitgeist's 'quiet quitting' movement), viral epidemics, wise/unwise use of the earth’s resources, the loss of spirituality and Goddess energy, and the loss of local culture and a sustainable local food supply. It might seem we are re-living Rapa Nui’s/Easter Island's destruction on a global level. Hopefully Makemake and Logos connection with Mercury as he/she backs up speaks of smart AND practical solutions to collective problems. This will connect to our personal lives and circumstances, too. 


Keep in mind our North Node - collective way forward - is still in Taurus, so answering to Venus in Virgo, who is answering to this retrograde Mercury. The way forward/through is BACK. Our words are our fortune and our voice MATTERS. When we speak, we are casting S-P-E-L-L-S and during Mercury's - the God of language - retrograde it is especially important to pay attention to this.


Try not to be discouraged/annoyed at the repeating energies, delays and re-dos. This is all happening as it should be and in its own time. Slow down and double check things. Don't take on too much! Re-turn to the things, people and places that brought you comfort or that need fixing. We are moving from air to earth. Taking our ideas back to the drawing board. Our relationships back to the basics. This isn't really a problem, even when actual problems are presented, but part of the complicated process called "life on planet Earth".


As always, I hope something here is helpful. 

Back with the BIG Full Moon in Pisces post!

xo all

I am always listening to podcasts while I make and would recommend for this retrograde period anything brain/speech related by Andrew Huberman and also, and probably most especially this conversation as podcaster Aubrey Marcus interviews the amazing and brilliant Laurel Airica.



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weekly astrology forecast | september 5 to September 11, 2022 - mercury stations retro, full moon in pisces, flashing green lights and our love and money gets practical


Mercury stations retrograde this week, and although this season's Mercury retrograde should be better than most and will have us panning for old gold, it is still the time to BACK UP OUR FILES, double check our emails, etc. 


The Sun makes multiple smooth moves with the future/change, affirming our practical actions NOW will pay off LATER. We also have a BIG Full Moon in magical Pisces and Venus leaving fun-loving Leo and getting down to the practical nuts and bolts of life in Virgo. That sounds about right.

Let's unpack the week!


MONDAY - Venus enters Virgo

TUESDAY - Pallas enters Cancer

WEDNESDAY - Sun trines North Node, Sun inconjuncts Chiron

FRIDAY - Mercury stations retrograde

SATURDAY - Full Moon in Pisces

SUNDAY - Sun trines Uranus

On MONDAY - our Virgo house receives its annual visit from lovely Venus. Virgo Suns and Ascendants get more attractive - both easier on the eye and able to attract what they want. Our natal Virgo houses get more attractive, too!

Venus rules our love, money, self-esteem, values, relationships, women, beauty, our resources, attracting what we want - all areas are subjected to Virgo's keen focus and attention to detail now. We will be analyzing what we want and what we have. We will be analyzing our relationships. With Venus in service-oriented Virgo - LOVE IS A VERB.

The problems will stand out. We won't be able to miss them. And since what we focus on grows, sometimes things get worse before they get better during this transit. Still, this is excellent energy to fix what needs fixing and accept (or eliminate) what just isn't fixable. Venus in Virgo is about loving the details of something, enjoying the work, appreciating the craftsmanship and complexity of something or someone or some situation as well as the problems, Venus in Virgo can't miss those, and choosing not to dwell on them. We might even find while Venus is in Virgo we are attracted to problems. 

This is also the day the Capricorn Moon trines the Virgo Sun at 13 degrees. Excellent energy for fixing problems and making improvements and provides structure and stability for Venus in Virgo's transit. The Moon in Cappy is PRACTICAL and ambitious, can pull us away from the sometimes distracting nit-picky details and problems and focus us in on what we need to do. Good energy for getting things done.


Venus will be in Virgo until September 29th, keep in mind, in Virgo she is answering to Mercury, who will be retrograde - starting Friday - for most of this time. Old relationships, women from the past, love from the past, money from the past will all be in play.

On TUESDAY - Pallas enters Cancer. Our strategic warrior Goddess comes home to work with old family patterns and emerging home/family/mother/real estate issues. Pallas will retrograde here, so will be in Cancer until May 2023. As she interacts with the planets and points through transit and through contact with our natal and progressed charts, we will be figuring out our maternal inheritance, how we fit into our existing family structures, how we are repeating family patterns, what we need to feel safe. It is almost like Pallas is passed a baton from Black Moon Lilith for us to continue this relay race around home/family/safety/security/nurturing - this is a long transit and will be extremely powerful. It will take us through the late 2022/early 2023 major collective changes. Since how something begins is very important, we note she starts this transit with a sober Cappy Moon, the Sun in practical Virgo and Saturn (retrograde in Aquarius and ruling the Moon) opposing Ceres at 20 degrees Leo. This feels like a difficult ending. A life cycle concluding. Our need for attention/appreciation may not be externally met. We have to love ourselves.

On WEDNESDAY, the Virgo Sun, at 15 degrees Virgo will inconjunct Chiron and trine the North Node in Taurus.

The inconjunct is kind of a rock and a hard place. Inconjunct signs (like those right next to each other) do not blend easily. This is Aries/Virgo. Cardinal fire and mutable earth. Aries has no patience for Virgo's tedious details and to Virgo, Aries can appear selfish/rude. Maybe there is a conflict here between autonomy and service. There won't be a tidy solution, but we can look to the Sun's powerful trine to the North Node in Taurus, for a way through. 

With the Sun trining the North Node pay attention to what comes to your attention now/who you meet, etc - your future is calling - if someone invites you to go somewhere, this would be the time to GO.


With the Sun in service and detail oriented Virgo - shining in a practical way, being of service, taking care of the details, fixing, but not fixating on problems, our DAILY HABITS align us with the future. We won't have to push too hard/bang our head against the wall - something should fall into place now.


On THURSDAY - the Moon is void from 8:34AM EDT for the rest of the day. Keep this in mind. With the Moon not in contact with any other planet/point this would probably not be the best time to start/launch something we want 'something to come of'. Situations today are subject to revisions, although everything is right now with Mars in Gemini going to go retrograde next month! A good day to do routine tasks/relax.

On FRIDAY - Mercury stations retrograde at 8 degrees Libra. All the usual Mercury retrograde admonishments apply. We will be going back over our relationships, our need for balance and fairness, our Libra house themes. We will pull this re-look, re-do, re-evaluation back into Virgo where we can make things better/more stable. Then we will move ahead when Mercury stations direct on October 2nd, and do it all over again in an improved way. 


This Mercury retrograde includes multiple opportunities to pan for 'old gold' and we will talk about this in its own post!

On SATURDAY - we have a BIG Full Moon at 17 degrees Pisces. This will have its own post, too. 


In magical Pisces, this will be a big opportunity for emotional release and healing, but also looks confusing/illusory with the Mercury station at almost the same time. One thing for sure here is our intuition will be HEIGHTENED. We will be feeling our way through this one, since our mind is taking a siesta!

On SUNDAY, after his smooth connection with the North Node, the Sun in Virgo makes another smooth connection - this time with change-maker Uranus. So, as we move toward the future, we are more accepting of change/change comes more EASILY.

Uranus in Taurus is the overhaul of finances, security, habits and values. Since May 2018 we have ALL had our personal and collective REVERSALS OF FORTUNE (or they are still to come, Uranus is in Taurus until 2025). 


With today's trine to the Virgo Sun, liberation from old habits/criticism/unproductive daily habits can happen easily. Change is practical. Happens in its own time. The unusual can be welcomed in without so much chaos. Here is where small changes create big results. 

I hope something here is helpful. I never got back here after last week's weekly post, but this week I will be back with the Full Moon and Mercury retrograde posts. Blogging is a bit challenging right now due to some family commitments and other projects.

With the solar energy in a smooth flow with the future/change - this week looks very FUTURE FOCUSED. In a 'things falling into place' not us beating our head against closed doors, kind of way. Something RIPENS. 


The Cappy Moon early in the week, ends with a connection to Pluto and is followed by an Aquarius Moon that ends with a connection to Saturn. Then the late week Pisces Moon - where the Moon will oppose the Sun - will end with a sextile to Pluto, so lots of good endings if we aren't holding on too tightly. Other than Thursday's almost all-day Void Moon, there are multiple opportunities to start and move ahead.

Back with a look at Mercury retrograde.

xo all

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weekly astrology forecast | August 29 to September 4, 2022 - a chance to mine for old gold, big ideas, getting our ducks in a row while knowing they are going to wander off a bit


Let's jump right in!


THURSDAY - Mars sextiles Jupiter (!)

FRIDAY - Mercury opposes Jupiter

SATURDAY - First Quarter Moon in Sagittarius

SUNDAY - Mercury trines Mars (sort of)


On THURSDAY - Mars, at 6 degrees Gemini, sextiles Jupiter, retrograde in Aries


Mars in Gemini wants to think, talk, write, mentally MOVE and Jupiter in Aries wants to expand what we have started/adds fuel to the FIRE. Combine the two in an opportunistic sextile and we get action that creates "LUCK". The kind of luck that comes from being in the right place at the right time. The kind of luck that comes from sending the email/taking the ACTION. Taking the risk. Keep in mind Jupiter is retrograde, so there is some kind of OLD GOLD here. Old sales/deals that didn't go through can come back around. Calls that didn't get made, get made. Old commercial opportunities can come back around, too. This is good energy for starting or doing something that catches fire/a headwind. What are we passionate about? What do we need to do next? Mars/Jupiter gives us courage, strength, confidence, optimism. This is applying all week and should be very helpful to those who can take advantage of this. Jupiter is in Mars' sign giving this one some added FIRE POWER.

On FRIDAY - Mercury, at 6 degrees Libra, opposes Jupiter, retrograde in Aries


Jupiter expands/exaggerates what Mercury has to say/think. Thinking positively - because worry is really only negative goal setting - is helpful. Keep in mind Mercury is walking degrees he/she will repeat during his upcoming retrograde that begins next week, so even though oppositions can bring endings/culminations/peak energy - there is a revision likely to happen. Nothing is set in stone here. Also, keep in mind that Jupiter is retrograde, so we are working with OLD GOLD, maybe something we missed the first time through. With hard aspects to Jupiter we can sometimes see how we are projecting ideals onto something/someone or an opinion gets challenged by the facts. This is Libra/Aries so will likely involve our relationships or need for balance/fairness. Us vs me. Again, keep in mind, this is going to be a repeating aspect - the opposition, although challenging, but, because Jupiter is basically benevolent energy can bring a positive result or BIG idea. Keep going. Just don't over-promise, over-extend yourself too much.

NOTE - Thursday and Friday's big energies, especially with Mercury and Mars in trine with each other, are likely all part of the same thing and are all at 6 degrees. So we have 6 degrees Gemini, Aries and Libra activated. People with planets/points here will likely be feeling this energy strongest.


On SATURDAY - we have the First Quarter Moon at 11 degrees Sagittarius

Here is the first square/challenge/tension from last week's New Moon in Virgo. This Moon in Sagittarius squares the Sun in Virgo at 11 degrees. The Moon in Sag is optimistic/confident - wants to expand/go big and the Sun in Virgo is humble/wants our feet firmly planted on the ground. Squares bring forces into conflict. Each planet wants to block the energies of the other creating the need for ACTION. Quarter Moons are decision times. This is where we are taking action on our New Moon beginning and meet our first obstacles/crisis. So what we do with this? What we do here/now determines just how far we get by the time of next week's Full Moon in Pisces on September 10th. Keep in mind, the Moon, being the faster moving planet, and this is HER cycle we are talking about - signals the new change that wants to emerge. So, the Sun (as us) is diligently working his way through practical Virgo and the Moon (also us here) comes in like WHOOSH, here is the need to look up and see the forest as well as the trees!

On SUNDAY - Mercury trine Mars (doesn't quite perfect)

So, here is the Mercury/Mars trine we talked about in the New Moon post HERE. It doesn't quite perfect, but still we could get something 'falling into place' this week from this. 

Also the weekend's Moon in Sagittarius is going to end Sunday night with a lovely trine to Venus. With Pluto at the end of Capricorn, we don't get many Moons that don't end with us dealing with him/the grim reaper these days, so let's take advantage of this one. I will pop back in with a weekend post about this for those who are interested in ways to do this.

September is our month to prepare/harvest/rest when we can. Get organized. Clean your closets. Sweep your floors. Think about what smart people do going into hurricane season and DO THAT. Start things that need to start in a kind of 'prototype' mode because situations will change as soon as next week when Mercury stations retrograde (Mercury is going to have some nice repeating aspects retrograde - again, that OLD GOLD we missed the first time through could show up). October/November, and really continuing into early next year, is "hurricane season"- preparing us for the brand new energies of March 2023. Get your ducks in a row this month by taking care of your physical body and physical spaces. Know that with Mars in Gemini for this long slog, we are likely to have some anxiety around 'having enough time'. We might feel pressured to do too much. We could over-think things or scatter our energy in too many places (some scattering will be necessary and good through, think about feeding bread to those ducks). Take off your plate the things you can when it gets to be too much. Deep breaths. Build some kind of meditation, mindfulness, breathing and physical exertion practices into your day. 


Looks like a week with energies we can WORK with. Any week that includes the words "old gold" more than once must be a good thing!

It's Virgo season - our day/our daily habits is our life. How we do one thing is how we do everything (as the Buddhists say) - keep this in mind.

xo all

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the meaning of the astrology of The New Moon in Virgo | August 27, 2022 - practical magic, mars in gemini's long journey kicks off, pacing ourselves, beginning with the end in mind

New Moon in Virgo astrology chart

Can everyone feel this Mars in Gemini? Whew! It is hard to miss. It is already intense and mostly, except for the times when it is too much, I AM LOVING IT


(except for the crazy drivers part, but I live in New Jersey, so it is probably more noticeable here).

I am writing this on Friday night. The dark Moon phase. The Moon has been void all day. This is a good time to turn inward/slow down (can we slow down? I am thinking this is part of the Mars in Gemini TEST). There is a HUGE theme here about adapting to change and how we go about changing things. Collectively this Moon is about Virgo themes - our work, our health, our day-to-day life, our pets, our habits, our service. 


We are going to unpack this New Moon a little differently this month. 

We will look at the event chart, but also follow Luna's progress through Virgo and see what we can learn about the micro of the next two days/weeks and the macro of the next 6 months as we build toward the Virgo Full Moon on March 7, 2023 - which also happens to be the day Saturn moves into Pisces. 


On Friday night, the Moon moves into Virgo. She will square Mars and then almost immediately meet the Sun (4:17AM EDT at 4 degrees) giving us this month's NEW MOON. Then she trines Uranus, opposes Neptune and goes void off a trine to Pluto. That's it for her time in Virgo. She will have moved on to Libra by Monday. But, the next two days are also our next two weeks as the Sun does what the Moon just did (through the Sun's trine to Pluto on September 18th). 

It's pretty cut and dry, but that kick-off square to Mars in GEMINI is going to influence EVERYTHING. It's agitating. It's aggravating. It's mentally energizing. And, also, I should mention all three of those outer planets - Uranus, Neptune and Pluto - are retrograde, because that part is VERY important. 

On the one hand we don't have the assistance from these outer planets' energies for new projects, etc, in normal ways - this is a NEW MOON after all, so something is starting - and on the other hand, and this part is important, too, we don't have the resistance either. 

This New Moon is kind of the kicking off point, although clearly this has already started, for Mars in Gemini - Part I of that post is HERE - which will last until March 2023. There's March 2023 again. That's also the month Pluto dips his big toe into Aquarius - plunging us into the Age of Aquarius in bigger ways. What does that mean? Well, there could be some clues RIGHT NOW.

And RIGHT NOW we have a New Moon in Virgo answering to Mercury and squaring Mars who is also answering to Mercury. AND Mercury is trining Mars. BUT, because Mercury is going to slow down to station retrograde, and although he/she will get very close to an exact trine on September 4th, the trine isn't going to actually happen. So, what does that mean? Well, let's take a look at some possibilities.


Because Mercury is very changeable and particularly here where he/she is stimulated by "going in two directions at once" through Mars in Gemini, one thing it can look like is wanting to bring about change and doing things that create change without really having a plan about what comes next (this is all nicely illustrated by Biden's student loan announcement - his NN (legacy) at 0 degrees Virgo squared by Mars in Gemini this past week). 


We are all probably doing something like this right now


(this square from the Mercury New Moon to a Gemini Mars can also pull in stress/anger over things not being done correctly or just scatter our focus/actions).

With Mercury, ruler of this lunation in indecisive Libra, decisions can be HARD, unreliable, even agonizing (I would suspect Biden lost sleep over the decisions he has been making lately and still isn't sure they make sense), because we are often coming from a space of trying to placate someone/some situation or to make other people happy and not from the space of what we really want. People pleasing can appear to be diplomatic, but it puts the onus of our decision on the OTHER PARTY. This, shirking of our responsibility thing, will be challenged because Venus, the ruler of Libra, is opposing 'reality check' Saturn. If we aren't stepping into our own authority/responsibility - working seriously with what really matters, buying what we can afford, tending to our harvest, etc - energies outside us HAVE to bring things back into balance/bring karmic results. AND, Venus is also squaring Uranus, so we are responding to some kind of shake-up with our relationships or finances or impatience with something happening here. 

One of Virgo's biggest challenges is the need to have things be a certain way and this can create a kind of self-induced pressure cooker. We want to be asking ourselves why we are doing the things we are doing. We want to be asking ourselves if what we are doing needs to be done. There are things that maybe should be pushed off until spring because they will be SO much easier then AND because in some cases they will no longer make any sense.


Now, after the Moon squares Mars and meets the Sun, she trines Uranus, retrograde in Taurus. She will do this the next morning. The trine to Uranus can make us more comfortable with change/the uncomfortable. Life is not supposed to be comfortable and we can't be/become the resilient people the world needs us to be by being comfortable all the time. The Sun, following Luna, will trine Uranus on September 11th. Click. Something falls into place then. By Sunday, the Moon will oppose Neptune. Keep in mind the Moon is doing in 2 days what it takes the Sun much longer to do - so, it's kind of like the Moon sends us the energy and we emotionally absorb the patterns and then the Sun allows us to 'live the energies out'. This opposition is about the dissolving of a delusion or addiction or path of escape. Or maybe an understanding that we can't make this thing perfect. Here is where we kind of 'let go and let God', and no, we can't skip right to this step although I will tell you that people who are truly detached from current irritants, will get here faster. The Sun will oppose Neptune on September 16th. The closing aspect though, is that smooth trine to powerful Pluto, so here is the final result. Looking beneath the problems (or our Venus in Leo's need for a shiny exterior) for what's real. This is a VIRGO New Moon after all. There will be a practical, orderly truth here about what is essential for us. The Pluto trine speaks of tools that are accessible to FIX THINGS/make things right. The Plutonian exposure or purge (pick your poison here) will be precise and highly effective. The reveal of the flaw won't be fun. but the fix will appear naturally, happen naturally. The Moon is in an exact trine to asteroid Pholus in Cappy, too, reinforcing that BIG results (Pluto trine!) come from small things.

OK, so that is one way to look at this New Moon in Virgo - we follow the Moon through Virgo. If you read my New Moon posts every month, you might know I don't usually do this on paper, but I do look at it. Do this in my head.


In this case, we have that starting square to Mars - the push. It's hectic, maybe we are doing/starting two things at once. Then we have that smooth trine to a retrograde Uranus. We want to be leaning into the future. Doing something NEW. With Uranus retrograde this will probably have some connection to the past. Then we get the opposition to Neptune - this might be the trickiest part of the whole thing, but is really about us releasing some kind of bullsh*t. The delusion, the escape, the addiction, the IDEA OF PERFECTION - this will go, how hard this is depends on how hard we are trying to hold onto it. Finally we get the smooth trine to powerful Pluto in Cappy - we step into our authority/our Cappy public power through our daily actions/doing quality work/doing our Virgo. Pluto requires our total commitment. We are in it to win it. We target the problem LIKE A LASER BEAM. We focus on what we can realistically do to make things better. Then we do it. LIKE A BOSS.


Now, I could stop there and the Moon is dark and I am tired and I probably should, but since I almost always prefer to set up an event chart, let's do that, too, and see where the common ground can be found.

The Moon and Sun meet at 4 degrees Virgo. The Moon is in an EXACT square to Mars in Gemini (answering to Mercury). The Moon is in an EXACT trine to asteroid Pholus in Capricorn. Mercury, as ruler of Virgo is the ruler of this lunation. Mercury is in Libra answering to Venus. Mercury is applying to a trine to Mars. He/she is opposing Jupiter, also applying. Venus is squaring Uranus and opposing Saturn - both aspects unwinding.


Here again, of course we have that tense/frustrating square to Mars in Gemini. We might have alot on our plate or two things to do at once. We want to or feel impelled to or likely even need to act, but don't really have a plan for what comes LATER. Or maybe the piece that is missing is why we are doing what we are doing - something here is out of whack.

The Moon is trining Pholus - a wise and peaceful centaur/friend of Heracles. He is most famous for uncorking the bottle of wine that started the carnage that wounded Chiron and thought in astrological interpretation to speak of 'small things that bring big results'; his death coming as he examined an arrow and marveled that such a tiny thing could kill a massive centaur. I was born with this asteroid exactly conjunct my Sun (so one degree from my Saturn, opposing my Mars and squaring my ascendant/Neptune) and once changed my entire life by starting a business on Etsy called Uncorked on the day he was transiting exact on my Sun. Of course, this happened naturally, and unknown to me at the time, because I wasn't tracking asteroids 15 years ago AT ALL and had no knowledge of a centaur named Pholus. There is much more to his story than 'small thing that brings big results', but that probably applies. Maybe what is started now can bring bigger changes than we anticipate - this can be good or challenging, so keep this in mind. Either way he provides us with a direct, freshly-paved route to Cappy energy. Since Virgo rules our work and Cappy rules our reputation/career this is mostly a good thing. Just keep in mind, the thing we are 'uncorking' will take on a life of its own.

Mercury, the ruler of the lunation is in Libra answering to Venus who is opposing Saturn and squaring Uranus, so the Saturn/Uranus square is pulled into this New Moon's chapter, too - the old vs the new, our responsibilities to the group vs our need for freedom/liberty - via Venusian or Leo situations - our relationships, money, values, resources, our need to shine/celebrate/receive love or appreciation or attention.

Mercury is also applying to that trine to Mars - the trine that never quite happens, although it gets close enough to maybe produce results as if it does happen, so it's hard to say how this will impact things. It gives the whole New Moon energy a kind of EDGE. Are we doing this all for nothing?! Now, of course, we can make sure THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN by understanding what we are learning which is the part we can never lose!

OK, so what can we take from this astrology to make us smarter? To make this whole thing easier?


We can see there is some kind of change/disorder in Venusian matters - resources, money, relationships, our wants, etc. This comes through Venus in Leo so something here about our need to shine, receive appreciation/attention is activated by that Uranus square. We are likely coming from a space of ego with whatever crazy-making we are getting up to. At the time of the New Moon we have probably already committed to doing something or multiple somethings. We have alot of mental activity going on. We can use the astrology to understand there is a kind of IMPATIENT energy here and make sure we are not contributing to the chaos by acting out of anger/impulsivity or DESPERATION. The skies are dark. Take a breath. Mars in Gemini will have us running in multiple directions at once and normally this is only for a few weeks and we can just kind of 'run with it', but this year it will be for months and unless you are some kind of long-distance runner I would be totally jealous to find out about, we have to PACE OURSELVES. 


Focus. What do you really want to get out of this? 

That square to Mars says "yes, this is a time for change, for something new", AND it will really pay off to know why we are doing this, so we can be doing the right/smart thing! Keep in mind Virgo is the great FIXER energy and much of the skies are retrograde or about to be. Keep in mind the Moon through Virgo's journey and that final trine to Pluto - does our goal here line up with THAT?

This all lands with that Cappy trine to Pluto from Virgo and makes me think about:

  • Laser focused efforts that pay off in big ways (although, yes, Mars in Gemini will have us tossing alot of mud at walls to see what sticks, at some point we will need to focus on what is working or what needs to be working)
  • Going deep, cutting to the chase, zeroing in on the TRUTH, and purging everything else.
  • This is not the usual Virgo humble service, but about working for someone/something to further OUR agenda.
  • Empowering fixes
  • Not suffering fools 
  • Regenerating dead aspects of ourselves
  • Finding deep/healing resources within ourselves
  • Recognizing our shadow as part of us instead of tossing it onto other people


If what you are doing seems to fit into any of these general statements - KEEP GOING/START. Just remember to keep checking in with yourself/ 'check yourself before you wreck yourself ' because Sun/Pluto can burn itself up/out, so keep that in mind, too.

As this New Moon grows into the Full Moon in Virgo, from now until March 2023 - anxiety is going to be something we need to figure out how to deal with - coming from too much to do or too much information, ie that Mars/Gemini square coupled with the over-thinking Virgo energy that kicks this whole time period off. We can use things like mindfulness exercises, tapping, coloring, meditation, physical exertion, etc. We are going to want to figure out ways to manage this energy within ourselves, because it will not be possible outside of ourselves to get a grip on things! We want to be responding and not reacting, but with so much of the skies retrograde, our natural instincts will tend to kick in. Forgive yourself when you screw up.



Toss some things you can actually finish onto your to-do list. Small projects are helpful. Add things to your to-do list you have already done and cross them off. NOTICE WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED and not just what you have left to do. Prioritize. Don't waste time attending to the wrong details, but also know some of this is going to happen now. We are going to be doing some things TWICE. Give yourself, and other people, because we are all in this TOGETHER, a break when this happens. Virgo energy loves to be organized, so how can you get more organized? I recently turned a coffee table in my studio into a higher counter with some plastic storage tubs and a tabletop and it is so much more useful and I am loving it. Small things create BIG significance.

Note this chart also has a retrograde Chiron trining Ceres. 15 degrees Aries/Leo is another way through. This is healing/help. Ceres in Leo is encouraging our shininess - this could show up as a person/situation or we could be playing Ceres here. Our special-ness recognized is healing. Our healing comes through our heart. What we are starting at this New Moon allows our heart/our creativity to heal some very old wounds. This is love. Powerful mothering. Our wounds/our history is enabling us to shine.

We will talk more about this over the next couple weeks as these lunar energies play out through solar aspects. I hope something here is helpful.

New Moon Guidelines

Set your intentions and make your affirmations for Virgo themes (or your natal Virgo house theme!) for the best outcomes - health, quality over quantity, service to others, attention to details, work, co-workers, employees, day to day activities, cleaning, organizing, pets.

INTENTION TIPS: Let the earth guide you this month, plant your feet firmly on the ground, clear your head, write what your physical self, grounded by the earth, wants - not what you think you should write. Write your intentions down by hand in script on a blank piece of paper, speak the words out loud, maybe burn the paper and give the ashes back to the earth - release your attention from these things knowing your intention is known.

Life has heard you. Know these things are already yours.  

What do you do next?

Hug a tree. Thank her. That tree in your backyard is talking to that tree in my backyard and they are both talking to that tree in the Amazon - they need us.

xo all

weekly astrology forecast | August 22 - 28, 2022 - Venus, Venus, Venus, a change of direction, doing everything twice, big New Moon fresh start in Virgo plus conclusions, results



Expect CHANGE this week as two personal planets change signs, Uranus stations retrograde ('change' backs up) and we have a New Moon in Virgo offering/urging (maybe with our back against the wall) new and more options and actions.


We have a couple days with the Sun in 'organizing/fixing' Virgo with Virgo's ruler Mercury in Virgo, too, then Mercury moves on to Libra, in a way, merging Virgo/Libra season pulling the personal planets and our personal lives forward. At the same time, know, this 'forward thing' won't be anything even slightly resembling a straight line. Mercury is already walking degrees he/she will walk two more times (back and forth) during his retrograde that begins in a couple weeks. Pretty much everything is subject to REVISION. With Mars in Gemini now, until March 2023, it will be normal to do things twice and two things at once - knowing this going in should help us avoid frustration. 

In the middle of the week Uranus will station retrograde, so now all the outer planets are moving backward. Uranus will take us back to May 7th, so changes that have happened since then - and there have been alot - will be subject to the "re's". Changes could ease up or intensify depending on our natal and progressed chart's interaction with the retrograde. Uranus will be retrograde for the rest of the year.

The New Moon in Virgo, late Saturday night EDT, will square Mars (our action, initiative, passion, anger), who lays low most of the week, and kick off Mars in Gemini - which we talked about HERE - in a BIG way. With Venus in the powerful middle of Leo conjunct Ceres and squaring that stationing and uber powerful Uranus at the same time, expect our preconceived notions of love, money, creativity, our values and self esteem to be challenged. A sudden attraction can be lit, a new source of income can show up, etc.


Venus is very active in Leo this week, so lots of changes/choices with a focus on love, money, our relationships, children and creative projects. She will face off with sober Saturn (a reality check/ending) at the end of the week, so keep that in mind.

Let's unpack the week!


MONDAY - Mercury trines Pluto, Sun enters Virgo, Venus conjuncts Ceres

WEDNESDAY - Venus trines Chiron, Uranus stations retrograde

THURSDAY - Venus squares the Nodes of Fate, Mercury enters Libra

SATURDAY - Venus squares Uranus retrograde, Sun squares Mars, NEW MOON IN VIRGO

SUNDAY - Venus opposes Saturn retrograde


On MONDAY, Mercury, at 26 degrees Virgo trines Pluto, retrograde in Capricorn while Venus, at 13 degrees Leo meets Ceres, Sun enters Virgo


With Venus conjunct Ceres in Leo - love and nurturing are joined. Venus and Ceres start a new cycle  in the sign of romance, love, our creative projects, children, fun, recreation. Happening with Venus and Ceres applying to squares to Uranus and the Nodes of Fate and a trine to Chiron gives this one added firepower. Encourages change and fresh starts.

The trine from Mercury to Pluto speaks of a smooth and powerful flow between our Virgo and Capricorn houses. Earth trines are practical. Changes will be about real-world things we can touch and see. Situations started now/agreements made will require a total commitment. INFORMATION CAN BE INTENSE. Intimate. Words will be powerful/cut to the core of the issue in a way that is absorbed - we can say just the right thing. There could be an uncomplicated (that trine) uncovering of something hidden/Scorpian (financial, sexual, etc, and this was happening last week, too as this aspect applied) or a smooth fix to an old problem. Our thinking could get fixated - so, it's good energy for work requiring deep focus, speaking our truth, dealing verbally with complicated situations.


This is also the day the Sun leaves his home sign of Leo and moves into "let's get to work" Virgo. 


The astrology wheel is the hero's journey of self discovery. When the Sun moves into Virgo, it is our hero's first encounter with service. In Virgo we are learning when to help and when helping isn't really helping. Virgo is the modest healer with the critical eye that takes care of the details.

Meaningful work and competence are key now.

Virgo says maybe we are not here to do the work we love - maybe we are here to love the work we do. There is a difference. This is the difference that changes the world. This is the difference that changes us.

Every sign has something to learn from the sign that follows it. Leo learns from Virgo (and we all have Leo and Virgo in our charts somewhere - their placements will affect how this activates in your own journey) - to do the work. Virgo teaches Leo to let go of the need for the spotlight and recognition and to just focus on the workThe king gets humbled (and we might, too, during Virgo season). Virgo is the first sign that takes OTHER PEOPLE into consideration.

The Sun in Virgo needs to do good work. In order to do this, we need to figure out what isn't working. We need to be able to see the flaws and problems. It isn't a coincidence Virgo season is the time of the harvest - the time the farmer/gardener separates the wheat from the chaff/the good tomatoes from the yucky ones the squirrels have gotten into (aarrgh!). This is where Virgo's well-known tendency toward critical nitpicking and fault finding comes in. What Virgo is really about though is - making life BETTER.


Having the ruler of Virgo, Mercury, in his/her home signs and in a smooth trine to powerful Pluto at kick-off is a VERY GOOD SIGN for an empowering Virgo season which lasts until the Sun moves into Libra on September 22nd. We are all burning Virgo fuel now - we will feel this even more strongly after the Virgo New Moon at the end of the week.

On WEDNESDAY, Venus, at 15 degrees Leo, trines Chiron in Aries and Uranus stations retrograde at 18 degrees Taurus


Venus/Chiron is a nice healing energy where by shining/standing out/loving/being generous we find confidence in our ability to take care of ourselves and be ourselves. Things fall into place and happen smoothly with this. Leo and Aries are both brave fire signs, so confidence/courage will pay off here/be healing very old wounds.

This is also the day Uranus stations retrograde in Taurus. Collectively, Taurus rules our money, our resources, what we have earned, our values, our self-esteem, the planet Earth. There is a change of direction now. Maybe a pause on radical change/liberation or maybe an intensification. Uranus is unpredictable - any unexpected lightning strike could take us in a bold new direction or remove all the excitement/energy from a forward-leaning project/situation.

For some people changes that hit unexpectedly over the last few months will slow down or be put on hold. If we are directly impacted by Uranus's back and forth over a sensitive planet or point in our natal chart - changes could intensify. Outer changes can be pulled into the inner realms to re-align, re-consider, re-work things. Remember, Uranus (ruler of Aquarius) is all about detaching us from what we no longer need/what is no longer working by the fastest means possible. If we can't get there from here, Uranus will get us to where we need to be so we can. Uranus will be retrograde for the rest of the year. His station takes us back to May 7th, so anything started/changed since that time is subject to revision.

On THURSDAY, Venus, at 16 degrees Leo, squares the Nodes of Fate, Mercury enters Libra

Mercury leaves his home sign of logical Virgo for diplomatic, but indecisive (the problem with being able to see both sides of the story!) Libra.

So, to be successful, our words are going to need to be more polite now. We need to listen. If we want our communications to hit their target we need to make the other person feel heard/understood/loved. 

Conversations become kind of a dance here. We smile. We talk about the things everyone can agree on. With the floor spinning beneath our feet we still manage to find common ground. That is the energy that moves communications, ideas and conversations forward now. 


Mercury is going to station retrograde in Libra in a couple weeks, and we are already walking degrees he will walk two more times. People/relationships from the past can come back around. This is unlikely to be a permanent re-connection, but there will be something to be learned from the encounters. Due to his upcoming retrograde, Mercury won't be out of Libra and into Scorpio until October 29th, which is a very pivotal time frame between Eclipses and with Mars stationing retrograde (answering to Mercury). That will be a kind of ending of the first part of the three-part journey of Mars in Gemini, which takes us through next March and Mercury as the ruler of Gemini is playing a critical role, so 'part 1', through the end of October, happens with Mercury in Libra - so, will involve a strong focus on our relationships, partners, BALANCE and fairness.

Now, Venus, following in the footsteps of Mercury and the Sun with this, squares the Nodes of Fate. These are choices to be made. Crossroads. Are we moving toward the NEW GROWTH or holding tight to the complicated/comfortable (because it is familiar) drama? Our money, our relationships, our values, self-esteem - how can we move in a new/creative direction? Venus in Leo likes things attention-getting, shiny, bright, dramatic and here's where we need to know WHAT WE REALLY VALUE because Taurus only wants shiny if it's diamonds. Keep in mind Venus rules that North Node in Taurus  - our best direction forward - and Mercury is answering to her starting today, this square probably doesn't have to be a hard right turn. Lean toward your Taurus house. Something there is GROWING. We will talk more about this in the New Moon post. 

On SATURDAY, Venus, at 18 degrees Leo squares Uranus retrograde in Taurus while the Sun, at 3 degrees Virgo squares Mars in Gemini, NEW MOON IN VIRGO

This will have its own post. This New Moon will bring all of us 'back to work' in a powerful way. I will be starting two new lines over this New Moon cycle (two weeks following Moon) to see what sticks. Note - this 'seeing what sticks' thing may take awhile.

On SUNDAY, Venus at 20 degrees Leo, opposes Saturn in Aquarius


Venus has been through the wringer this week and now she must face-off with Saturn retrograde in his ancient sign of Aquarius. Oppositions bring peak energy, culminations, conclusions. With Saturn in Aquarius old limits, rules, maybe especially involving group situations, can pull us up short. With Venus/Saturn we might hear a "no", be forced to deal with a time/financial constraint, feel rejected/not loved/not enough. The bottom line with Saturnian challenges is - they are alot harder when we are projecting our authority onto someone else. So, we need to be stepping into our responsibilities, taking care of ourselves. Venus in Leo wants to play, but we've known this 'pay the piper' thing was coming. Saturn is retrograde, this isn't something we couldn't see coming. 


Saturn brings karmic results, so what we get now is the maturing of a situation (through Venus, so likely connected to relationships, money, our values, self-esteem, beauty) to the point where it is time for things to be brought into balance. It can feel heavy if things are too out of whack, but with Saturn it takes what it takes.

As for Luna, we start the week with the Moon in Cancer, this will bring our focus to home, family, mother situations. That Moon has a nice closing aspect, so all's well that ends well there and then the Moon will move into Leo on Wednesday, hits some hiccups on Thursday and Friday, go void off a challenging opposition to Saturn, so the Moon is mirroring Venus from Wednesday to Friday, pulling our emotions and emotional history into the mix. Long all-day void Moon on Friday, so not a good day to start something we want something to 'come of'. Then the Moon moves into Virgo and we start our build-up to the New Moon on Saturday night.  

xo all

I hope something here is helpful. Back with that New Moon post. 


Photography by the talented raetselleben

the astrology of mars into gemini | August 2022 - March 2023 - part I - the long and winding road


On August 20th at 3:56AM EDT, Mars leaves the fertile (but muddy) ground of Taurus for the changeable air of Gemini. Due to his upcoming retrograde - late October thru early January - instead of Mars usual few weeks in Gemini (every two years), he will be in Gemini for several MONTHS. Usually we kind of skim the surface of things with Mars in Gemini, but this time, we will be back and forth over things and charged with taking a more thorough look!

Let's back up for a second and regroup. Mars was in his home sign of Aries from late May until early July. Things we had going on then, maybe especially things we were starting will move ahead full blast, ALL SYSTEM GO, in the early part of 2023 when Jupiter gets back into Aries and reaches the degree he met Mars the first time (sometime around the end of January 2023). 

On July 5th, Mars moved into Taurus. Maybe we were moving ahead with our earlier startings. Things might have slowed down a bit or maybe the chaos of the earlier months began to stabilize as Mars got his footings over the past few weeks. Then at the end of July/beginning of August, Mars met up with Uranus and the North Node - BIG changes. We talked about that HERE. Projects begun with Mars in Taurus will expand, ALL SYSTEMS GO, when Jupiter gets into Taurus in mid-May 2023. 

Now Mars - our initiative, our passion, our anger, how we go about getting what we want, how we take ACTION - moves into the Mercury ruled sign of Gemini. 

Prepare for BUSY. We are about to get alot done or at least alot started or maybe just be running in a whole lot of different directions or at least TWO. Once Mars goes retrograde at the end of October we will be re-tracing our steps, re-thinking our actions until the end of January when Mars stations direct and we travel this path one final time - hopefully both older and wiser.

Some word salads to give you some idea of what this combination of Mars in Gemini might look like are : walking our talk, doing two things at once, passionate/angry/brave words, a sharp tongue/mind, arguments, arguments, did I say arguments?, putting energy into siblings/transportation/the local community, being a teacher, being a student, used car salesmen, competitive word games, lots of errands, lots of short-distance travel, active or over-active minds, more frequent sex, more sexual partners, transsexual activity, putting energy into language/writing/thinking, putting energy into commerce, seeing double, living with questions, new ideas, new thoughts, new conversations, new information.

How well any of this works out for us will depend on how Mars is interacting with our natal and progressed charts AND what Mercury is doing (since Mars will be answering to him/her). 


If you have planets between 8-23 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces, you will likely feel this retrograde strongest. We are counting on you mutable signs to mutate!


Planets in Gemini get the conjunction - they will merge with an action-oriented, restless, maybe anxious Mars. Planets in Gemini are restless anyway, so now they get really fired up (keep in mind the energy will ebb and flow over the next few months depending on what Mars - and Mercury - are doing). Sagittarius planets will be opposed by Mars - oppositions bring things to a head/culmination or to an ending/result. The repeating nature of the Mars retrograde cycle could indicate multiple conclusions, of the same thing or multiple things. Mars oppositions can also bring in situations that oppose our actions. People who are angry with us, etc. Virgo and Pisces planets/points get the tense squares. Squares require action, often with our back against the wall. The cardinal and fixed signs have been smashed. Pushed to start. Pushed to change. Now, the world is counting on our mutable placements to do what they were designed to do.

If you have air sign (Libra, Aquarius) planets/points between 8-23 degrees, they will be getting the smooth trines from Mars. Smooth flow. Things falling into place. They can be a way through for you when your actions/passions are challenged. Keep in mind, even the smooth aspects will be subject to the ebb and flow of the Mars retrograde period.

Starting this transit with Mercury home in Virgo (Mars in Gemini is answering to Mercury) gives us a good start. It will also make the transition from Taurus much easier. In a couple weeks, Mars will start walking the degrees of Gemini he will repeat two more times, so if you are finishing up something and don't want it dragging out for months, get it done before early September. 


Mercury is going to station retrograde twice during Mars time in Gemini, once while Mars is retrograde, too. These time periods will be tricky. By the middle of September, Mercury will be retrograde in Libra challenging our relationships/need for fairness or balance. Mercury's second retro, with Mars retrograde, too, will likely be even gnarlier with Mercury in Capricorn backing over 'time runs out' at the end of 2022. No need to focus on that now. We have enough to think about!

For now, we need to know Mercury in Gemini is going to PICK UP THE PACE. We will be busier. The rate of communications, ideas and information will pick up and we will be charged with doing something with what we learn/think. 


Mars is following, almost in lockstep, Venus's retrograde in Gemini, back in the summer of 2020. He is also clearing a path/setting down lottery tickets and landmines, for Uranus's entry into Gemini in 2025.


The following are the major aspects Mars will make in Gemini:


8/20 - Mars enters Gemini,

9/1 - Mars sextiles Jupiter

9/4 - Mercury trines Mars - doesn't perfect, but should give us something

9/17 - Mars sextiles Chiron

9/28 - Mars trines Saturn

10/12 - Mars squares Neptune while Mercury opposes Jupiter

10/30 - Mars stations retrograde at 25 degrees Virgo during the Scorpio/Taurus eclipse cycle w/Mercury in Scorpio, so mutual reception with Mars

11/11 - Venus inconjuncts Mars

11/13 - Mercury inconjuncts Mars

11/20 - Mars squares Neptune (will repeat on 3/14 - watch your health, your energy level, rest)

12/8 - Sun opposes Mars - here is the midpoint of the cycle, illuminating what this retrograde period has been/is about for us, can also bring a result/conclusion

1/9 - Venus trines Mars

1/12 - Mars stations direct 8 degrees (same degree as Venus trine

1/17 - Mercury inconjuncts Mars

1/29 - Sun trines Mars

2/22 - Mercury (in Aquarius now) trines Mars

3/14 - Mars squares Neptune, repeating aspect from 11/20

3/16 - Sun squares Mars

3/17 - Mercury (in Pisces now) squares Mars

3/26 - Mars enters Cancer

4/2 - Mars in Cancer 4 sextiles North Node Taurus - opportunity

I wanted to get this up this morning, but I will go back and fill in some forecasting for those particular dates. The last time Mars made a complete retrograde cycle in the sign of Gemini was in the 1940's and collectively this is tricky energy. Angry words can come of out nowhere (so can new ideas). Mercury rules early childhood education and Mars rules violence, obviously that isn't good, but maybe this can also speak of conversations/new ideas about prevention and dealing with anger and angry young men since Mars rules young men. 


There are surely as many rainbows as dragons. Let's stay positive with our thinking - with Mars in Gemini, our THINKING IS VERY POWERFUL. 

The retrograde period will be especially tricky and starts mid-way between two powerful Eclipses (at least we have Mars and Mercury in mutual reception here, so Mars can get to Scorpio through Mercury and Mercury can get to Gemini through Mars, that's good news). We can't look too far ahead with Mars in Gemini. Just know we have to be flexible. Our minds will change, so will other people's. Ideas/information is influx. Sibling situations, local community issues, our transportation and tech will be featured. Our Gemini natal house is getting a wake up call and a thorough going over. 

This all ends on April 2nd when Mars in Cancer sextiles the North Node of Fate - an opportunity to move into the future. It's a long and winding road between now and then. We are not alone on this road even when it looks like we are. We are all in this muddle together. The sand in the squishy part of the hourglass, the crack between the pages. We are living in the in-between time where the old world is falling down and the new world barely has its footings built! We are the ones who get to decide how this is going to work. Let's get excited instead of worried!

This truly is a time of great opportunity, but it requires our presence and attention to the natural forces at work in our lives. It's not about taking control and forcing things into the shapes we want them to be anymore.


When Mars moves into Gemini he will be exactly squaring a retrograde Vesta in Pisces and opposing asteroid Pandora at 0 degrees Sagittarius. This will have myriad meanings as this stuff is apt to do. 


That square to a retrograde Vesta pulls Vesta's questioning /re-working of old dreams, an old focus/what kept us up at night/what was sacred to us, our ancestors into the mix via tension or frustration - something here will require our action. Vesta is showing us what needs keeping and what needs dissolving. 


Pandora opposes Mars as he (as we) starts his Gemini journey.  In our natal chart Pandora is a space where we are extremely gifted, but have somehow come to accept/believe these gifts are curses. 


The North Node is still in Taurus. This is about a humble recognition of the gifts we have been given and a willingness to apply ourselves through all kinds of circumstances (Mars in Gemini) to making good use of them.


This version of the Pandora story we are most familiar with is - the first woman on Earth, made by the Gods, she wasn't satisfied and wanted more, more, more, had to open that damn box and it unleashed untold agony on the world. This isn't actually the original story, but this version is very powerful because so many people have heard this story and carry the energy of this. She is the ancient Greek's version of the Eve story and a key foundational block of the patriarchy paradigm we've been living.

One of the keys to working with the altered Pandora story is the "hope left in the box" part.

I used to make a locket that included the dictionary definition of the word 'hope'. Every time I sold one the person would ask me to switch out the word 'hope' for something "more positive". I think 'hope' felt passive as if we were just sitting around 'hoping' instead of taking that bull by his horns and making stuff happen. Well 'hope' isn't passive - what hope really is, is receptive. It's a feminine quality. Hope isn't the opposite of making stuff happen, it's actually the opposite of despair. 


Her story (and that of Eve), through the shaming/blaming of the feminine energy (the yin/the Earth) is the story of the shift from a life of natural ease and abundance provided by nature to a reality where we must toil to survive. 


As we shift into the Age of Aquarius the energy on the planet is different now (more different in some places than others since physical space carries karma and memories, too - some places are denser). The reason people are so exhausted is the constant expending of energy forcing stuff to happen is depleting. People used to be able to work hard at work they hated, come home, pour themselves a beer/glass of wine and feel good they were taking care of their families. This took a toll on us body and soul but we could do it. 


The new paradigm is less supportive of this. It isn't because people are lazy or spoiled or want things to come easy, it's because this ease is the way life actually works best now.

Stuff is moving too fast. If we push, the thing we are pushing against has moved before we can even get a foothold! We will know we are doing this when it feels like it's one thing after another, like we can never slow down or catch a break. To work with this new paradigm we need to be flowing with what is happening and not pushing or forcing against stuff that will move and drop us on our ass.


Something I am thinking with Mars in Gemini opposing Pandora is that we could be running all over the place FOR MONTHS, without alot to show for it at the end of the day. We need to think about this. Also since Pandora can connect to 'shame' and we've just been through a lengthy Black Moon Lilith in Cancer squaring Jupiter transit, and the possibly frenetic pace/this doing too much thing and scattering our energy/resources could be connected to not feeling good enough, not feeling worthy. 


The way work is supposed to work now, because life is an energetic exchange (and it always has been, but wearing out some people for the ease of other people isn't working anymore) is we want to be doing something we care about around others that are equally invested in what we are trying to accomplish, then there is less energy expended because it is a natural flow, and it regenerates itself within the process. Because less is being expended this allows for balance rather than using willpower to force the constant expending of energy. So, it isn't about getting ahead so much as coming back to center. We will keep our eye on Pandora as we move through this long transit.


And, of course, Pandora was active during Covid (and is exactly conjunct asteroid Wuhan on Algol in the U.S. birth chart, connects to pandemics), so certainly our actions and thinking will be changing around this and maybe alot of what we are doing we wouldn't be doing without the 'pandemic' coming in as opposition to our actions.

Mars in Gemini is going to really kick off during the New Moon next week which will be at 4 degrees Virgo and EXACTLY squaring Mars in Gemini. The push that gets us back to work.

In your natal chart, your Gemini house will require additional energy/more will be happening, your natal Mars will be influenced by having Mars in a mutable air sign (this will work out better for some natal Mars than others). Also look at the house Mars rules in your natal chart - houses with Aries and Scorpio (ancient ruler) on the cusps for more info:


ARIES/Aries rising - this is happening in your 3rd house of communication, information, writing, siblings, transportation or your local neighborhood. 

TAURUS/Taurus rising - this is happening in your 2nd house of your money, your values, your resources and self-esteem. 

GEMINI/Gemini rising -  this is happening in your first house of yourself dear Gemini! This could be about reinventing yourself or taking another look at a relationship/relationship issue as Mars opposing your 7th house of partners.

CANCER/Cancer rising - this is happening in your 12th house of what is hidden or put away or done behind the scenes, secrets, the ethereal realms, imagination, hospitals, spirituality, addiction, healing, dreams, endings, how we end things, what we do last, your ancestors, your past.

LEO/Leo rising - this is happening in your 11th house of your friendships, groups, causes, the internet, the public, the goals that bring you into relationship with other people, your advancement, technology. 

VIRGO/Virgo rising - this is happening in your 10th house of your career, your calling, your achievements, your achievement goals, dad, business, authority, responsibility.

LIBRA/Libra rising - this is happening in your 9th house of travel, higher education, weddings, politics, legal issues, the media, publishing, foreigners, everything outside your comfort zone, exploration, your beliefs and higher thinking

SCORPIO/Scorpio rising - this is happening in your 8th house of other people's resources, other people's values, intimacy, other people's money, spouse's income, loans, debts, taxes, inheritance, death, rebirth, sex, reproduction

SAGITTARIUS/Sagittarius rising - this is happening in your 7th house of partners and partnerships. 

CAPRICORN/Capricorn rising  - this is happening in your 6th house of your day-to-day activities, your routine, work, co-workers, pets and your HEALTH (make time for rest and fun). 

AQUARIUS/Aquarius rising -  this is happening in your 5th house of creative projects, your self-expression, what you give birth to, children, romance and recreation.

PISCES/Pisces rising - this is happening in your 4th house of home, family, your roots, mother, mothering, your ancestry, real estate, renovation or a home business/family business.


As always I hope something here is helpful. 


We are going to have to be flexible, rest when we can, because things are going to get BUSY. 


Back with the weekly and the New Moon in Virgo post. Then in Part II, we'll look at the Mars retrograde part of the Mars in Gemini story.

xo all