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Cosmic Weather Forecast — Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio

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I dread when Mercury goes retrograde, and not because of the annoying little problems that occur during the period when the trickster planet decides to backstep through the zodiac as they are bound to happen.

No, it’s the endless memes, complaints, and everyone blaming every problem on earth on Mercury.  In many ways, it reminds me of people that blame Satan on every single problem in their lives – even the ones they CAUSED.  It’s exhausting for astrologers, and unfortunately, the information that is shared on social media is more Cosmo and Allure magazines than anything that resembles astrology.

Yes, Mercury is going to retrograde, and it happens on Halloween at 27 degrees of Scorpio.  Mercury will reverse course and go back through the sign of Scorpio before stationing again at 11 Scorpio on November 20th.  You may want to check your charts and see if you have anything in the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius because your chart will be highly sensitive to Mercury’s movements.

Mercury in Scorpio is not the trickster he usually is in more fiery and airy signs, instead he probes beneath the surface often brings up the sewage of our past in order for us to challenge, integrate, and transform past traumas and compulsions that may plague you.  Mercury as the psychopomp is about revealing the truth, not in a literal sort of way, but instead provides you with personal truths that can ultimately change your understanding of life.

However, the biggest benefit of Mercury retrograde involves his reflection capabilities.  Over the next three weeks, you have an opportunity to look at the events since the last Mercury retrograde (end of July) and see if you need to make corrections or modifications to the choices that you have made.  Mercury retrograde periods give us a chance to alter course and define what we can personally do to make improvements in our lives.  So, if you have had some major upsets or major challenges that have frustrated you, if you do the inner reflective work, you can see where your personal choices have led you down the wrong path, and how you can get headed down the right one once again.  Remember, this is not about judgment, we all make mistakes and we can all course correct, it’s about learning from experiences and using that information in order to live the best life we possibly can.

Mercury Transits

Here are some hot spots to look for while Mercury is retrograde:

November 9, 2019 – Mercury sextile Pluto – Pluto gives you the ability to dig deep and reveal the root of problems that may be nagging you.  This aspect gives us the ability to become our own personal detectives and get to the truth.  It’s also a great time to do trauma work or to explore areas of your life you would ordinarily avoid.

November 11, 2019 – The Sun conjunct Mercury – The Sun is about our sense of individuality and our destiny.  When Mercury retrograde conjoins the Sun, we can often get intuitive flashes of what our destiny is meant to be, and it just comes out of the blue.  I once had a client who struggled with her job for months and months, and when Mercury retrograde conjoined the Sun in her 10th house, she realized that she was bored with her job and that her own boredom and happiness with her line of work was unconsciously creating her struggles.  Watch the events that happen between November 10 – November 12 closely.

November 13, 2019 – Mercury sextile Saturn/Mercury trine Neptune – We get a two for one special that will be active from November 12-November 14.  First up is Mercury sextile Saturn, which is great for business activities and analyzing your business and career status over the past few months.  It’s also a great time to make new plans to implement once Mercury goes direct.  Next is Mercury trine Neptune, which will get your creative juices flowing, which you can use on business or personal related projects.  Spirituality and inner work can be done while Mercury and Neptune are doing their cosmic dance.

November 20, 2019 – Mercury goes direct – This can be as challenging as when it first goes retrograde.  Expect communication problems, technical snafus, travel issues, and other general annoyances to occur. Yet, also look forward to things slowly improving in time for the holidays.

Your Personal Mercury Retrograde

Read for both your sun sign and your rising sign, if you know it.  

Aries:  Mercury is going retrograde in your solar 8th house.  The 8th house is traditionally associated with death, taxes, and other people’s money. Mercury in Scorpio likes to dig deep and in the 8th house, it likes to dig even deeper.  You may notice that your conversations with others are more intense than normal including mysterious subjects that may intrigue you. Since Mercury is retrograde, joint finances may become an issue including coming up with a plan to make them better.

Taurus: Mercury is going retrograde in your solar 7th house. Relationships (of all sorts) will be your primary focus during Mercury retrograde.  Old partners may resurface and need to be dealt with or problems beneath the surface of your relationships may need to be addressed.  Further, this is not the best time for you to get involved with anyone new, so avoid investing in anyone that comes on the scene until Mercury goes direct on November 20th.

Gemini:  Mercury will retrograde in your solar 6th house.  You may need to put a watch on your tongue because you may be more critical than usual, and this could lead to complication and potential problems especially on the job or with work-related matters.  Since the 6th house governs our work environment, this would be a good time to resolve any long-standing issues and grievances – just remember to keep your ego out of it.

Cancer: Mercury will retrograde in your solar 5th house.  Traditionally, the 5th house governs children, romance, and casual sexual encounters.  I would recommend avoiding the later since Scorpio is associated with diseases, and who wants one of those?  However, it is a good time to explore your romantic life and whether you are getting your needs met out of your encounters. Issues with your children or children in general surface during this retrograde season.

Leo: Home is where the heart is, and this will prove to be true as Mercury retrogrades your solar 4th house.  You may feel the need to withdraw in order to recharge your batteries, and you may feel drained, both physically and emotionally. Issues surrounding your immediate family members may surface during this retrograde season, yet despite frustrations and annoyances, this gives you an opportunity to repair familial relationships. If problems from the past resurface, deal with them rationally and responsibly so that they no longer influence your future.

Virgo: Mercury will retrograde in your solar 3rd house. In astrology, Mercury naturally rules the 3rd house so you may feel the usual problems associated with the retrograde more intensely.  Worries and anxiety may leave you feeling scattered and your ability to focus may be limited during retrograde season.  It’s also recommended that you avoid travel because complications may occur. On a more positive note, this cycle could prove useful if you need to get facts and ideas together for business-related activities once Mercury goes direct on November 20th.  Make your plan so you can implement it effectively.

Libra: Mercury will retrograde in your solar 2nd house and financial concerns will walk onto the stage. This is a great time for you to analyze your financial situation and get a clear perspective on how to proceed moving forward.  Further, new financial investments or purchases are not recommended until Mercury goes direct.  If someone owes you money, they may be more likely to repay you this retrograde season or further delays could possibly occur.

Scorpio: Mercury will retrograde in your solar 1st house.  This retrograde season could prove to be more frustrating than usual.  You may feel deeply misunderstood and have difficulty expressing yourself to others, and this could lead to unwanted insecurities surfacing.  Since the 1st house governs how you see the world, Mercury being retrograde could lead to a fragmented view of reality. However, this is a positive time to explore yourself on deeper levels and reveal potentials that may ordinarily be hidden.

Sagittarius: Mercury will retrograde in your solar 12th house. Like your Leo brethren, retrograde season may be a time to withdraw and do some inner work. You may not feel the need to express yourself to others and may not want to be encumbered by other people’s problems or realities. Meditation and spiritual work are strongly recommended.  Further, avoid old grievances with adversaries during this retrograde cycle because nothing good will come out of dredging up the past.

Capricorn: Mercury will retrograde in your solar 11th house. In astrology, the 11th house is associated with friends and groups. During retrograde season you may need to look at your social network and decide if you are getting your needs met.  If your circle is not feeding any of your personal needs, then you may need to adjust them accordingly when Mercury goes direct.  Further, communications with friends and associates could prove to be problematic. Avoid unnecessary conflicts and arguments throughout retrograde season.  Practice proaction rather than reaction.

Aquarius: Mercury will retrograde in your solar 10th house. In astrology, the 10th house governs career and reputation.  During this retrograde season, you may need to look at the current state of your career and make adjustments when they are necessary.  It may also be time to look at new career opportunities and changing positions, locations, or even your profession. However, do not make any abrupt changes because you may ultimately regret them or potentially damage your reputation.  Although it’s fine to plan during retrograde season, make changes after Mercury goes direct.

Pisces:  Ordinarily, Mercury in your solar 9th house tells you to look at the big picture rather than the day-to-day events or frustrations.  However, when retrograde season occurs in your 9th house, it’s time to take your eye off the prize and pay close attention to details that may prevent you from getting to your goal.  Additionally, at this time, you may feel more pessimistic and moodier than you usually would.  Avoid foreign travel if possible until Mercury goes direct on November 20th.

I hope you have an easy retrograde!

 

Cosmic Weather Forecast – April 8, 2019 – April 14, 2019

So, I recently had a client that went through some extreme circumstances and during a coaching session, she asked me what was the psychological reason for experiences, in general?

I am sure that we have all asked ourselves this question at one point or another, and since there are astrological contributors this week that may bring about difficult experiences, I figured that I would attempt to answer it here.

Let me first say that I believe that the astrological chart describes a natural unfoldment of potential that is triggered by transits, progressions, and other astrological prognosticative tools, that provide opportunities for the chart to manifest and the individual to become a well-rounded individual.  The experiences we have, as a result of our natal chart, bring triggered, whether for good or ill, helps to navigate this unfoldment process.  Secondly, I believe that awareness of the daily astrological energies gives us the ability to consciously integrate astrological energies and make them useful in our lives, which is the point of transformational astrology. Experiences, triggered by astrological factors, serve the overall pattern that ultimately allows us to develop according to the natural laws that are essentially part of our inner design or plan.

Now, the reason this question is pertinent to this week’s astrology is that the Sun makes difficult aspects to both astrological ‘bad boys,’ Saturn (4/10) and Pluto (4/13).  The Sun is the governing body of the chart and when the Sun undergoes difficulties, then we usually experience them in the outer world first, through our experiences, and then we experience them inwardly by internally processing experiences and ultimately making changes when necessary.  In the case of Saturn, frustrations and limitations may lead to depression or feeling stymied and restricted.  In the case of Pluto, feelings of being controlled or dominated by outside influences may feel overwhelming, and at times, terrifying.  However, both planets, whether we like it or not, serve a purpose.  Saturn tells us to be dutiful and responsible; whereas Pluto tells us to release everything that is no longer usable or is preventing our further development.  The good news is that when you work with these two planets, you bring out their productive natures and ultimately feel more secure, stable, and your life transforms into what you want it to be.

In other cosmic news, Jupiter has been moving through Sagittarius since late last year, and this week will begin its annual retrograde cycle.  Jupiter in Sagittarius is about our beliefs and understanding of life, and a future that is filled with potential and creative possibilities that are better than what we have now.  So, when Jupiter goes retrograde (4/10) it reflects a cycle when we should question and review our core beliefs to see whether they are still useful.  If they are not, then you are given an opportunity to explore new beliefs and ideas that may resonate with who you are now.  This allows you to pursue life with more freedom and develop your true potential.  Jupiter remains retrograde until August 11th.

Now, on with the forecast…

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Cosmic Weather Forecast – February 25, 2019 – March 3, 2019

Cosmic Weather Forecast – February 25, 2019 – March 3, 2019

So, there is not much to talk about this week because the cosmic energy is minimal – we have only two aspects and a single sign change.  Take advantage of this energy while you can because we do not get another astrological break until the end of the month and Mercury goes retrograde next week and will stir up trouble.

Venus is the major playing this week and love and money are going to take center stage, especially when Venus moves out of structured Capricorn and into Aquarius.  While Venus is in the sign of the water bearer, relationship needs are met through friendship and intellectual stimulation, and in most cases, expresses itself in a detached and often ambivalent way.  Venus in Aquarius is ethical and loyal with a strong distaste for intense emotions and will shut down if it feels like it is being emotionally manipulated.

On the personal level, Venus in Aquarius reflects a cyclical period where we need to look at our relationships using reason and logic rather than through emotional connection and earthy necessities. If your relationship is not working, then it’s time to look at the reasons why problems are occurring, which requires honesty yet will give you the strategy to improve your relationships.

Financially, Venus in Aquarius is effective to develop financial strategies for the future.  Again, using a detached and emotional perspective, this placement provides you with a cool and logical approach that will help you see problems in your current financial situation and will provide you with the tools to deal with them.  Since Saturn, the natural ruler of Aquarius is moving through goal-oriented Capricorn, your chance of success and resolving your financial issues once and for all.

Now, on with the forecast…

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Cosmic Weather Forecast – February 18, 2019 – February 24, 2019

Cosmic Weather Forecast – February 18, 2019 – February 24, 2019

So, this week we have so much astrological energy that it may give you whiplash because almost every area of your life will be affected, but the good news is that the cosmic weather is all positive.

Can I get an amen, especially after that intense Mars – Uranus conjunction last week?

We have a couple of headliners this week – The Sun moves into Pisces and we have a Full Moon in Virgo.

On Monday, we leave the airy socially conscious sign of Aquarius and dive deeply into the watery world of emotional Pisces.  In Kabbalah, Pisces is considered the sign of joy because of the amount of light you will receive from the universe and you will find that you are more compassionate, understanding, and willing to help those around you.  However, be on guard and try to keep your personal boundaries in place because Pisces energy is so receptive to others that it is easy for people to take advantage of you.  Also, Pisces season heightens your intuition and creative abilities, and everyone can use more of that.

The Full Moon occurs in Virgo on Tuesday.  Now, this is an interesting Full Moon because it happens at the earliest degree of Virgo and reflects that old things must come to an end and that you need to embrace the new.  Holding on to ‘dead works will lead to apathy and depression, so do yourself a favor and just let it go regardless of how difficult it may be.

On the magical level, we can use this Full Moon to eliminate unhealthy patterns, dysfunctional behaviors, and self-destructive habits.  Additionally, since Virgo does have influence over our jobs, if you want to leave your current job and find something new, you have a six-month window to work through and then in late summer begin to magically petition for the job you ultimately want.

Now, on with the forecast…

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Cosmic Weather Forecast – January 14, 2019 – January 20, 2019

This week is filled to the brim with astrological energy – both beneficial and challenging.

So, buckle up buttercup, and prepare for some turbulence.

We begin the week with the Sun in Aquarius, and Aquarius seasons is one of my favorite seasons of the year because it allows us to break free of anything that has been holding us back and Aquarius is our personal revolution month to let go of self-defeating behaviors, relationships, careers, or groups that are holding us back.

Aquarius is not concerned with the now, it is concerned with the future and wants to leave the past behind.  This might be difficult for earthy (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) dispositions, but we all (even the earth signs) have things we need to eliminate from our lives.  The good news is that Uranus, Aquarius’ co-ruler, is moving through energetic Aries and gives us the boost of energy necessary to take the challenge to free ourselves once and for all.  Whereas Saturn, Aquarius other co-ruler is moving through its own sign of Capricorn ensuring that we will land on solid ground if we are willing to do the work and put for the effort necessary to move forward, which gives us the green light to take risks.

In other cosmic news, we have a major lunar eclipse on Monday in fiery Leo.

Eclipses are complex and influence many areas of life, especially the political, which is why there’s a flurry of news around eclipses.  We have experienced a plethora of never-ending breaking news since the solar eclipse occurred in Capricorn two weeks ago.  Moreover, you can expect more political turbulence with the lunar eclipse, as well.

On the personal level, the sign of Leo involves self-focus and you will notice a lot of people that are rather self-involved over the next two weeks, perhaps annoyingly so.  But all astrological positions have a purpose including the lunar eclipse in Leo.  On a deeper level, this Leonine eclipse reflects a six-month period where we focus on our personal needs apart from the group.  In other words, when nobody is around and when there isn’t anyone looking, who are you? And perhaps, more importantly, who do you want to be?

Now, on with the forecast…

Monday, January 21, 2019

Besides the lunar eclipse in Leo, we have a major aspect between Mars and Saturn that occurs on Monday.

First, let me say that these two planets together are very frustrating, and it will feel like you are going no place in a hurry.  You may feel that people (including family members and loved ones) are discouraging your desires and they may even doubt your actions, which may lead to feelings of insecurity, self-doubt, and succumbing to your fears.  Although these people may have the best of intentions, do not let them stifle your ambitions.  Instead, continue to push forward and realize that slow and steady wins the race and remember the more you persevere and continue to go after the prize, you will ultimately succeed.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

You may need to put your material ambitions aside, if even for a day, as Venus and Jupiter conjoin in Sagittarius.  Venus and Jupiter are great for relationships but focus and self-discipline are not two keywords associated with these two planets.  Instead, you may want to focus on your relationships and partnerships because Venus-Jupiter aspects tend to bring out the best in everyone and more ‘good feeling’ activities are useful to increase morale.  This aspect is meant to be enjoyed, so try to have some fun today.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Your mind will be in overdrive today as Mercury in Capricorn forms a difficult square to Uranus in Aries.  Thoughts and ideas will flood your mind and since this is a tense aspect, you may feel anxious and overwhelmed.  You should not focus on activities that require concentration and precision and try to avoid hasty statements (the tongue tends to flap without thinking with Mercury-Uranus aspects) that you may not be able to take back.  Be practice, not reactive.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

On Thursday, Mercury moves out of earthy Capricorn and moves into airy Aquarius.  Mercury in Aquarius places ideas and concepts on equal footing to physical reality and this position is great for understanding patterns or how something works.  Mercury, in the sign of the water bearer, likes to get to the truth and will analyze everything in order to discover it, which is particularly useful for problem-solving and making changes in your life.  Mercury remains in Aquarius until February 11, 2019.

Friday, January 25, 2019

The final aspect of the week occurs on Friday when Mars in Aries forms a lovely trine to Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Mars trine Jupiter is an extremely positive aspect.  Pretty much any activity you choose to pursue will turn out successful.  If you need to do something to advance your own cause, this aspect provides you with enormous foresight to achieve your goals.  Take advantage of this energy while it’s available because it won’t happen again until late July.

The Weekend

The Moon spends the weekend moving through Libra and Scorpio and forms a few troubling aspects.  Relationships may be tense, and you may feel overwhelmed emotionally. So, you may want to spend as much time as you can alone or try to avoid others as much as possible until more positive energies are available.

See you next week…

Cosmic Weather Forecast – January 14, 2019 – January 20, 2019

This week, two dominant themes become active, and people’s frustration meters will go through the roof as Venus squares confusing Neptune and Mars square limiting Saturn. So, you may want to clutch your pearls because things are about to get real. VERY REAL!

Capricorn energy remains dominant throughout the week, which is beneficial for business and career opportunities. Since we are still in the New Moon cycle, new opportunities could prove fruitful and you should take advantage of them.  However, this week will be a roller-coaster for relationships. If your relationship is not grounded (in reality) and based on unrealistic expectations, you may feel frustrated, depressed, and dismayed when Venus squares Neptune.  In fact, many relationships may end because Mars square Saturn will leave you feeling like you are driving with the breaks on and leads to reactive behavior.  If your relationship goes through struggles, it’s a good time to do a reality check to make sure that the relationship is aligned with your values and personal desires.  If it’s not, you may need to deal with these issues before your relationship can move forward.

In other cosmic news, Jupiter in Sagittarius dominates this week’s energy.  Despite everything happening in your life, you need to keep your big picture objectives in mind and continue to strive to achieve them.

Now, on with the forecast…

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Cosmic Weather Forecast – December 24, 2018 – December 30, 2018

Before I begin this week’s Cosmic Weather Forecast, I would like to wish all those that celebrate a very Merry Christmas.  I hope that your holiday is filled with happiness and joy.

Be on your guard this week because of one of the worst astrological aspects that could happen before a major holiday is going to take place when the communicator planet, Mercury, forms a challenging square to slipper Neptune.  Mercury square Neptune could make the entire week challenging, so pay close attention to Monday’s forecast.

Later in the week, Venus in Scorpio forms an opportunistic sextile to Pluto in Capricorn, which could be a gamer changer for relationships.

Now, on with the forecast…

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Jupiter in Sagittarius – The Age of Hope and Optimism

Jupiter in Sagittarius

So, in February of 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama announced that he was running for President of the United States.  During his announcement speech, he uttered a phrase that would reverberate over the next eight years, “Yes, we can!”  Now, whether you agree with former President Obama’s politics or not, his phrases, his taglines, his demeanor, his promises, and his amazing oratory reflected the optimistic spirit of the times – Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Jupiter is one of the big guns in astrology.  Whereas Saturn transits through the heavens are often feared, Jupiter is not only welcomed but seen as “cosmic Santa Claus’ bequeathing his gifts. Jupiter gives us a bigger, better, and brighter glimpse of a potential future that if we are willing to believe enough, have certainty and hope, will ultimately happen.

One of the keywords associated with Jupiter is the curious word ‘luck’, and when Jupiter transits one of your natal planets, good stuff can happen, and usually does; however, according to the mystical Kabbalah, luck is not given simply because of happenstance, luck happens because you are intuitive enough to notice opportunities and turn them into reality.  In many ways, luck is our ability to leap from our secure porch of the now and have the certainty to leap into an unknown future.

Now, the reason I decided to write this blog post is Jupiter moves out of Scorpio and into Sagittarius on November 8th.

Jupiter in Scorpio took us into very deep murky waters, and during his transit, the #metoo movement was born.  Jupiter in Scorpio turns deep emotional events into religious experiences, and often out of those experiences’ movements are born with a focus on transforming areas of life that are beyond their sell-by date.  Another expression of Jupiter is his need to find meaning in life, and one of the ways that it has appeared through Scorpio is the need to be acknowledged for the suffering and abuse that has happened.

As Jupiter moves into Sagittarius, his theme is going to change dramatically.  Sagittarius is a fiery sign that reflects future potentials and possibilities and is a sign closely linked to religious and philosophical thought.  In many ways, Jupiter in Sagittarius is a double dose of Jupiter, because Jupiter rules the sign of the archer, and the need to find a ‘higher’ or ‘spiritual’ meaning to the vicissitudes of life is doubly potent.  Additionally, we may see laws (Sagittarius rules legal matters) created based on the movements created during Jupiter in Scorpio including legislation related to sexual abuse, workplace harassment, sexuality, and perhaps, racial issues.

I’m a firm believer in using the energy of an astrological placement instructively.  So, while Jupiter is in Sagittarius (November 8, 2018 – December 3, 2019), your focus will be on self-improvement.  Jupiter in Sagittarius will lead many of you on a spiritual or philosophical journey to make sense of the difficulties and struggles you have experienced.  Sometimes, if you can find a purpose for your suffering, your difficulties are easier to swallow, and recovery becomes possible.  You may find interest in different forms of metaphysical modalities, especially ones related to the mind and mental programming.  This will be a great time for intention-based work, as well as the use of affirmations or other self-affirming practices.   Also, since Sagittarius rules higher education, this would be an amazing time to return to school or consider some form of a vocational program.

Finally, you can expect some lovely slogans to emerge throughout 2019 as the nominating process for President of the United States begins, but the meaning of the language will remain the same: creating a life that is better than the one you have now, and as long as Jupiter is in Sagittarius, ‘Yes, you can’.

How Jupiter in Sagittarius Will Influence You?

(I recommend reading for both your sun sign and rising sign to get a complete picture of your upcoming Jupiter transit. To get a full picture, you may want to schedule a reading. If you do not know your rising sign (also known as the ascendant), you can easily get it from one of the free chart services on the web.)

Aries: This year, Jupiter begins his yearlong transit through your solar 9th house.  For you, this is a great position because this is the house Jupiter naturally rules.  Your desire to learn is important as Jupiter transits of this house are normally associated with higher education.  Your learning experiences will broaden your mind and your perspective, and things will change and mature.  This transit is associated with wisdom because your quest to learn will often give you deep insight into aspects of your life that you have either ignored or found trivial.  Often when this transit is active, a need to understand arcane sciences, religion or philosophy is typical because interest in esoteric and teleological subjects reflect the need to expand your worldview.  Finally, you will be interested in foreign cultures and may take vacations to foreign lands to broaden your experience.  The one thing to expect while Jupiter transits your 9th house is that your view of life will change and always for the better.

Taurus: This year, Jupiter begins its yearlong transit through your solar 8th house.  The 8th house is like the 11th and 12th houses, which all have a rather mysterious and confusing aura around them. Traditionally, Jupiter in the 8th is associated with death, inheritance, and taxes and I have seen these descriptions to be relatively true. Jupiter in the 8th can mean you will receive an inheritance or an unexpected tax refund.  But, what does this house mean?  After 25 years of doing astrology, I am convinced that the 8th house has to do with inheritance, but not just financially; it reflects our psychological inheritance, as well. While Jupiter is transiting through the 8th house, issues from the past that need healing will rise to the surface, and the healing of past familial trauma begins.  This can come from powerful changes or psychological wounds, but these changes will be to your ultimate benefit. On the more mundane level, this is a great time to begin a business partnership or apply for loans because Jupiter in the 8th house makes it easy for people to share their resources.

Gemini: Jupiter begins its yearlong transit through your solar 7th house.  The 7th house is associated with partnership, marriage, competitors, and legal matters.  Perhaps, it would be creative to define it as the ‘world out there’ or ‘not you’ house because it describes your relationship with people, in general.  When Jupiter transits through the 7th house, Jupiter can increase your relationships and expand your experiences of society by widening your sphere of influence. Jupiter, in this house, is great for business alliances in which your partnerships are mutually beneficial. Of course, Jupiter in the 7th will influence your love relationships by being a favorable influence. Any difficulties in relationships should be smoothed out or resolved during this cycle.  Finally, the 7th house also pertains to level matters. Any legal issues (especially civil cases) should resolve in your favor since Jupiter casts a protective shield over everything he influences.

Cancer:  Jupiter begins its yearlong transit through your solar 6th house.  The 6th house pertains to your job, day to day activities, your rituals, health, and your responsibilities.  Of course, this can be rather drab and far from exciting for the king of the gods, yet it is one of the houses we see the most benefit. Jupiter likes to expand your consciousness and provide a ‘higher’ meaning to the day to day grind of the 6th house, which on its deepest level refers to your house of personal growth. This is a great year for you to put your life in order and you will notice an improvement in your job, satisfaction with your responsibilities, and overall health.  Do not be surprised if you take on additional responsibilities because people will be pleased with your performance.

Further, Jupiter in the 6th could signify new job opportunities and promotions for a job well done. However, there is one warning with Jupiter in the 6th, Jupiter expands the house it transits, and since the 6th house represents your health and the physical world, there could be a tendency to gain weight.  It would be ideal to maintain a regular fitness regime and a balanced diet at this time.

Leo: Jupiter begins its yearlong transit through your solar 5th house. Over the next year, the focus is on personal growth and expansion of who you are as an individual.  You will begin to understand your life with great wisdom, and despite past frustrations, will perceive the big picture. Your creative juices will flow like never before, and if you are artistically inclined, financial gain is likely to occur through your craft.  Since the 5th house rules children, your relationship with your own (if you have them) will take center stage, and a deeper emotional bond will naturally occur.  Finally, your relationship with others around you will go through great improvement throughout the year.  As you tear down your walls and barriers and begin to express yourself with courage and tenacity, you will notice the important people around you are responding favorably.

Virgo:  Jupiter begins its yearlong transit through your solar 4th house.  The 4th house is mysterious because it rules your private parts – your innermost self, and governs your home, family, personal life, and your familial past.  While Jupiter is transiting your solar 4th house, you may find the need to seek inner peace and meaning.  In the outer world, this is a year to focus on real estate, whether that is purchasing a new home or doing repairs and renovations.  Further, you will find your relationship with your family enhanced, and Jupiter’s benefic influence will provide an opportunity to resolve old unresolved family issues and feuds. On the inner level, Jupiter moving through your 4th is a cycle of personal focus, and this is a natural time to withdraw from the outer world and its trappings to focus on creating a secure future.  If you do not have a secure inner world of peace and harmony, it is going to be difficult for you to find happiness in the outer world.

Libra: Jupiter begins its yearlong transit through your solar 3rd house of communication. In most textbooks, the third house governs communication, early education, and siblings. However, after working with charts for the past 25 years, I have come to understand the 3rd house as the place in the horoscope where we process our experiences.  I believe one of the most undervalued resources one can have is the experiences felt via events, circumstances, and people we have encountered that help formulate who we are as individuals.  While Jupiter is in the 3rd house, the ‘social butterfly’ will emerge, and the number of people in your social circle will expand. This transit provokes an enormous urge to learn and express yourself so that you can formulate your unique opinions about life. Further, because you need to experience more of the world to expand your consciousness, and interest in a vast number of subjects and learning about all of them, is likely. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, and with Jupiter transiting the 3rd, you are likely to find it working overtime.

Scorpio:  Jupiter begins its yearlong transit through your value-oriented 2nd house. In traditional astrology, the 2nd house governs money and resources, but in modern astrology, money and resources are symbols of what you value.  I have long believed that the most powerful book of revelation is your checkbook.  Your financial ledgers provide you with clear and concise information about what you truly value because it reveals where you spend your money, and ultimately what is important to you.  This is not to say Jupiter in the 2nd house will not expand your resources; it will.  It will expand everything that you give value – the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Since the 2nd house does involve financial resources, this is a great time for investments.  However, you must be careful with Jupiter in the 2nd house not to overindulge, overspend, or mismanage your money.  This placement can often lead to spending money that you may not have.  In the case of the 2nd house, too much of anything can be as difficult as not having enough.

Sagittarius:  This is your lucky year because Jupiter will transit through your personal-oriented 1st house.  Doors that closed and opportunities denied will open for you with minimal effort throughout the year.  The main thing for you to focus on is this being a major cycle for growth combined with an opportunity to express who you are by shining (and sharing) your inner light.  Further, you will notice people drawn to you like never before (or at least since 2007) and are more than willing to help you achieve success.  Use your increased self-confidence and charisma to your advantage.  Moreover, do not waste this year, Christmas in the astrological world only happens once every 12 years, and this year Santa delivers the presents to you.

Capricorn:   Jupiter begins its yearlong transit through your solar 12th house. Out of all the houses of the horoscope, the 12th house may be the most confusing. Traditional astrology has labeled it as the house of self-undoing, and its association with hospitals and prisons always raises an eyebrow or two.  In modern astrology, the 12th house reflects the patterns, drives, and compulsions that operate beneath the level of conscious awareness, but not in the personal sense, yet as the habits and dysfunctions passed down from generation to generation.  Jupiter in the 12th house can be a blessing or a curse.

On the one hand, this transit augurs a time when you begin (often for the first time) to see your inner truth.  Circumstances, situations, and events begin to have meaning, and you begin to acquire insight into your life.  On the other hand, Jupiter’s transit in the 12th represents where you begin to seek the truth, and the truth always lies within yourself.  If you do not have the inner courage or current capabilities to face your truth honestly, you may begin to see your truth through escapism – sex, drugs, alcohol, gambling, food, relationships, or other forms of reckless behavior. Simply put, Jupiter in the 12th house is a year for you to do inner work by accessing the real you and not being shackled to heredity and ideas from a past that may no longer be valid.

Aquarius: Jupiter begins its yearlong transit through your solar 11th house.  Traditional astrology has described the 11th house as clubs, friends, hopes and wishes, and similar to the 12th house, these descriptions are not very helpful.  In many ways, the 11th house reflects your need to be bigger than who you are and to strive towards improving your life. You will do this through becoming involved with individuals beyond your familial structure.  Your friends, associates, and like-minded individuals fulfill these requirements and assist you by providing networks to encourage your success.  Jupiter in the 11th reflects a cycle where your social circle can assist you in achieving your hopes and wishes for the future.  You will notice the need to change your world for the better with Jupiter transiting this social house. In most cases, the changes you make will also benefit those around you significantly, as you achieve your goals.  Finally, Jupiter is the planet of expansion, and you will notice your social circle and sphere of influence will expand over the next year.

Pisces:  Jupiter begins its yearlong transit through your solar 10th house.  In astrology, the 10th house describes your career and position in the world.  Jupiter transiting this house is considered favorable, improves and increases your reputation, and often prompts you to be all you can be.  During this cycle, you can take advantage of Jupiter’s benefic energy to advance your career, begin new businesses, or receive long-deserved recognition for your accomplishments.  If you have struggled to get to the next level, this year could be your breakthrough.  However, it is necessary to avoid being overbearing, dictatorial and keep your ego in check because problems could occur at the end of the transit if others perceive a haughty attitude. Finally, you can expect to see promotions at work, financial increase, and an inner self-confidence while Jupiter transits this house.

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Cosmic Weather Forecast – October 15 – 21, 2018

Are you ready for some cosmic insight into your relationships?  If so, you have come to the right place.

Our big newsmaker this week continues to be Venus retrograde.  If you didn’t read my extensive article on the latest shenanigans of the love goddess, then you should check it out:  Surviving Venus Retrograde.  This week relationships continue to be in the crosshairs.  However, we get a cosmic assist from Mercury at the beginning of the week.

Now, let’s dive in…

This week, the Moon travels through the final three signs of the zodiac – Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Our focus will shift from our personal relationships to our relationships with the rest of the world.  So, do not be surprised if you get inundated with political ads and robocalls; after all, ‘tis the season.

Monday:

Remember that cosmic assist that we will get from the universe? Well, it happens on Monday when Mercury conjoins Venus retrograde.  The planet Mercury symbolized how we understand life and when he conjoins Venus retrograde, we begin to understand the mechanics of our relationships on a deeper level.  Practically speaking, the areas of our relationships that are problematic will become clear, giving us the opportunity to make changes where necessary.

There are a couple of features of Mercury conjunct Venus that are important.  First off, this aspect gives us the ability to express our emotions easier, and for those that have problems doing this, it can be a game changer in your relationship.  Keep in mind, it will be easier for your partner, as well.  Secondly, Mercury conjunct Venus allows us to understand our partners better. Often, seeing life through the eyes of another helps us to improve our relationships because we are empathetic and willing to validate our partners experience.

Since Venus rules money and Mercury rules commerce and our day-to-day life activities, we can see our business activities and professional life clearly.  You may discover personal dissatisfaction with your finances or career and can begin to formulate a plan to make things better.  Avoid making significant changes until after the New Year because Mercury retrograde happens the day Venus turns direct (Nov 16).

Tuesday:

The Moon continues to move through Capricorn and forms troubling aspects to both the Sun and Pluto.  Power struggles could occur with people you work with and you may feel like someone is trying to diminish your light.  However, any conflicts that may occur will be resolved favorably because the Moon’s last aspect is a beneficial sextile to Jupiter.

Wednesday:

The Moon moves into social Aquarius.  This energy is great for networking and socializing with friends and associates.  You will find it necessary to connect with kindred spirits that share similar ideals.  The Moon forms difficult aspect to Venus on Wednesday evening, but any insecure feelings that occur will be fleeting.

Thursday:

Minor snafus may occur during the early morning hours, and you need to be very clear with your communications to prevent problems that may potentially occur, but overall the day should be energetic and rather positive. This is a great day to get things done.

Friday:

There is a split in the cosmic energy on Friday.  Mercury will trine Neptune during the morning hours.  This is great energy for creative work because Neptune dissolves blocks to the imaginal and spiritual realms. Additionally, Mercury trine Neptune makes us very sensitive to the moods of others, which on one hand makes us more sympathetic and charitable, but on the other hand, leads to unintentional conflicts.

This leads us straight into Mercury square Mars.  Although we may have good intentions towards others with Mercury trine Neptune, they may not be receptive.  In fact, with Mercury square Mars they may be hostile, which can lead to sharp words and potentially explosive arguments, especially if you begin to defend yourself.  If tensions arise today, it is best to walk away.  The good news is that Mercury moves quickly allowing tempers to simmer.

The Weekend:

This weekend the Moon moves through sensitive Pisces.  The good news is that she only makes positive aspects.  You may be called upon to help someone in need because the natural energy of Pisces is to make us sensitive to people around us, like Mercury trine Neptune.  The difference is that people will be more receptive to our help and assistance because Mercury square Mars will be less of a hinderance.

Otherwise, the weekend is a great time to enjoy yourself.  Perhaps, a nice dinner or a movie may be in order.

See you next week with the Full Moon in Taurus…