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Cosmic Weather Forecast — Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio

I’ve got a secret.

Wait for it…

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 15, 2019 – April 21, 2019

After the intensive energy from last week, this week will be a welcomed relief.

So, take a deep breath and just breathe and enjoy it.

The big news this week is that the Sun moves out of Aries and into earthy Taurus.  Astrologically speaking, we fly down from the heavenly world of potential and possibilities and land firmly on the earth and we enter the world of reality.

Taurus is about the here and now. The past is dead and cannot be influenced and the future is not important as long as everything remains unchanged and reliable.  In fact, during Taurus season, it’s productive to concentrate on the moment and focusing on what you can influence in the now. The sign of the bull ushers in a cycle of focusing on things you can personally grow, like your bank account, a flower garden, or your investments.  It’s also an auspicious time to set realistic goals that you can accomplish in a short period of time.

This year, the Taurean Sun lands in the 10th house of the world chart.  The 10th house is associated with our careers, but on a more mundane level, you could say the 10th house is about all the adjectives and labels in our lives, such as being a doctor, an astrologer, a parent, the head of the PTA, or a good person.  In the world chart, the Sun forms a conjunction to disruptive Uranus, so this Taurus season is about changing the labels we associate with that are no longer working and associating with something new that represents who we are now.  Taurus is very resistant to change, but the more you fight Uranus the more disruptive change can be.  Take a deep look at your associations over the next month and let go of the ones that no longer have value, which may require a leap of faith, but fosters productive growth of your most important commodity – yourself.

Now, on with the forecast…

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Cosmic Weather Forecast – March 25, 2019 – March 31, 2019

It’s going to be a slow week in the cosmos, which may be a welcomed relief for some.  We have two sign changes, one planetary aspect, and a planetary directional change.

So, the big newsmaker is Mercury turning direct in Pisces on March 28th, and based upon my social media feeds, and for many, it couldn’t happen any sooner.  It’s been a rough retrograde, but let me tell you a secret, I hear that every Mercury retrograde.

Mercury turning direct means that communication difficulties will improve but will take until April 17th to be completely resolved.  However, the matters that Mercury retrograde befuddles – travel plans, electronic devices, making important decisions, purchases, and moving forward with plans can proceed.

On a more personal level, you need to review the last three weeks and see if any themes kept repeating, so you can make changes where they are necessary.  Journaling work and talking through issues with a trusted friend or confidant can be helpful when working through issues Mercury retrograde dredged to the surface.

Now, on with the forecast…

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

So, this week we begin a new solar astrological cycle as the Sun moves out of watery Pisces and into fiery Aries.  Let the season of spring begin!

The sign of Aries is perhaps the most individual of all the astrological signs because it represents that burst of energy that creates life.  Practically speaking, Aries season reflects a cycle of leaving the past behind and creating a new beginning by taking charge of our lives.

Aries is probably the most competitive of the astrological signs.  It likes to win, and we can use this energy to create objectives and goals that we can achieve.  You only need to infuse it with a dash of ambition, a peppering of confidence, and a scoopful of determination.

While we are in Aries season, it’s a beneficial time to focus on what you would like to accomplish and what reforms you would like over the next year.  This week we are provided with two planetary assists – Mars in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn.  Both configurations occur before the Sun moves into Aries on Wednesday and gives us a cosmic boost to see what is wrong, what we are unhappy with, and what needs to be reformed.  It’s best to take advantage of this while you can.

In other astrological news, we have a Full Moon in Libra.  Libra is the sign of relationships and when the Full Moon falls in the sign of the scales, it’s time to get rid of the relationships in our lives that are no longer working.  As Marie Kondo says, if it doesn’t bring you joy or make you happy, get rid of it.  You can use this same philosophy in relationships.

Now, on with the forecast…

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Cosmic Weather Forecast – January 7, 2018 – January 13, 2018

So, this week we have a powerful astrological aspect that will be active throughout 2019 – Jupiter in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces.  This energy will affect us throughout the year, and it is one of the astrological backdrops to keep in mind.

Now, I am going to be blunt and say that I am concerned about this aspect, especially with the heavy Capricornian influence in the cosmos right now.  Capricorn reflects the need to take responsibility for our lives – meaning we need to deeply look at what is happening in our lives, the choices, and decisions we made to get us to where we are currently (and this may involve swallowing some bitter pills), and the hard work necessary to get us to where we need to be.  However, we often try to escape personal responsibility by casting blame on others, whether it be our bosses, our parents, the community we live in, the government, or opposing energies that are blocking us from getting what we want, and Jupiter square Neptune may add to our self-inflicted victimization.

One feature of Jupiter square Neptune is unbridled optimism.  You know, the belief that there is a magical cosmic Santa Claus that is going to give us what we want, and even though we may wait and wait for it to happen magically, St. Nick is going to arrive, possibly at the 11th hour, and give us our miracle.  The self-help movement calls this magical thinking, and although I’m a big supporter of using magic to achieve results, I also believe that magic requires effort and action on our part.  We need to take control of our lives and be willing to do whatever it takes to get to where we want to be.  Santa doesn’t cause miracles, we do.

This week we need to proactive use Jupiter square Neptune and have faith and inspiration in life, but we need to ground them by accepting reality.  Rather than looking for a redeemer to fix our problems, struggles, and difficulties, we need to accept our current station in life and create viable strategies for improvement.  Otherwise, the harsh reality that Santa doesn’t exist can lead us to depression and apathy.  It’s time to rise above the perpetual victim mindset and become our own hero.

Now, on with the forecast…

Monday, January 7, 2019

This week starts off with Venus moving (finally) out of Scorpio and into fiery Sagittarius.  After months of dredging the depths of your relationships, you will seek new opportunities to be inspired and intellectually stimulated.  Sagittarius is the sign of the great adventure and while Venus is in the sign of the archer, discovering new potentials and possibilities will keep the relationship exciting.  The more effort you put into exploring new things with your partner, the more your relationship will remain fresh.   Venus remains in Sagittarius until February 4th.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

You may need to watch your mouth on Tuesday because Mercury square Mars can lead the tongue into tense discussions and arguments.  You may be irritated or frustrated by those around you, and you may feel the need to speak your mind, often regardless of the consequences. Try to hold off until the energy of Mercury-Mars has passed, which will be the beginning of next week.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Moon spends the first half of the day in inventive Aquarius and forms an exciting sextile to Uranus.  It’s a great day to do something different and think outside the box.  The Moon will move into emotional Pisces mid-afternoon and forms a square to Venus.  You may feel agitated by others, and it may be best to do something solitary during the evening hours.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Moon continues to move through Pisces throughout the day and forms opportunistic aspects to Mercury and Saturn.  It’s a great day for creative work or doing anything artistically inclined.  Later Thursday, the Moon conjoins Neptune, which is a powerful time to get in touch with your feelings.

Friday, January 11, 2019

On Friday, we have our third significant aspect of the week when the Sun makes its annual conjunction to Pluto.  Use this energy to repair or transform anything that has broken down, including relationships.  Sun-Pluto aspects allow you to dig deep beneath the surface and gives you the power to understand things on a deeper level.  You can then use this insight to resolve problems or issues in your life. Additionally, avoid individuals that you feel are trying to control you.

The Weekend

Besides the Jupiter-Neptune square I previously discussed, Mercury will conjoin Saturn in Capricorn on Sunday.

You should approach this weekend with caution and may need to revise decisions you have previously made.  Mercury conjunct Saturn is excellent for mental based work that requires accuracy and precision.

The problematic side of Mercury-Saturn is that you will have difficulty communicating or expressing yourself to others and you may need to push away negative self-talk at this time.

See you next week….

Cosmic Weather Forecast – December 17 – December 23, 2018

So, last week we had only one astrological aspect, and this week we have a cosmic stampede with four aspects and the beginning of Capricorn season.

Once again, Jupiter is the week’s major planet.  Jupiter is our inner optimism planet and since he is concerned with potentials and possibilities, the best way to work with this week’s energy is doing goal and intention work.  So, spend some time this week focusing on what you would like to achieve next year, just make sure that your goals are realistic, achievable, and that you are willing to put forth the effort to make them happen.

Later in the week, we enter Capricorn season.  The expansive energies of Sagittarius enter the world of reality, which can often feel dense, and at times, depressing.  However, Capricorn rewards you if you endure the hardships of life that make you stronger and more reliant, but to receive those rewards, we first need to accept personal responsibility for the bulk of our actions.  The good news is that once we can see that our actions lead to our successes and failures, we can begin to make new decisions that get us the results we desire.  It may take time, patience, grit, and determination, but under the sign of Capricorn, anything is possible, as long you put forth the work to achieve it.

Now, on with the forecast…

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Cosmic Weather Forecast – December 10, 2018 – December 16, 2018

Brace yourself!  After months of challenging aspects and more retrogrades than I can count, we enter a two-week cycle of nothing but positive aspects.

Can I get an amen, over here?

This week there are very few changes in the cosmos.  There is one sign change when Mercury moves into Sagittarius on Wednesday and one planetary aspect on Sunday as Venus in Scorpio sextiles Saturn in Capricorn.

So, it’s going to be short and sweet this week, but the upsurge of positive energy will be a welcomed relief.

Now on with the forecast…

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Moon moves through responsible Capricorn, and it’s time to dig in and get to work.  Projects and business-related activities are good to focus on while the Moon is in the sign of the goat.  During the late afternoon, you may want to pursue your agenda, but social pressures may interfere, which may cause a bit of tension.  Matters will improve once the Moon moves into Aquarius.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Moon moves into Aquarius, and your focus will move to the great big world around you.  Connecting with friends and associates is a positive use of Aquarius’ social energy. Invite someone to a coffee shop or for dinner.  Communicating with like-minded people will revitalize your soul.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Mercury moves back into Sagittarius, the sign where Mercury went retrograde in November.  You may need to control your hold on spending while Mercury moves through the sign of the archer.  Sagittarius likes things to be larger than life but leave that to philosophical beliefs and big picture goals and not y our credit card balances.  Otherwise, the Moon forms a lovely sextile to the Sun, so overall it should be a good day.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Moon moves into emotionally sensitive Pisces during the early morning hours. Pisces is about charity and compassion, so reaching out to people in need or doing something in your community. This will evoke Piscean energy wisely, and you will find you feel better for doing it.  However, later this evening you need to put up your emotional shields, or you might go into overload.

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Moon continues to move through the sign of the fish throughout the day.  Try to get as much as you can get done during the morning hours because the Moon’s conjunction to nebulous Neptune may make it difficult to concentrate during the afternoon.  A positive way to work with Moon-Neptune energy is to take in a good movie, to listen to music, or doing spiritual work.  It’s best to leave the tough stuff for another day.

The Weekend:

On Saturday, the Moon spends most of the day void of course.  It’s not a good day to start anything new, so put your feet up and relax.  Perhaps some personal time is in order.  During the evening hours, the Moon moves into fiery Aries, and your energy levels will begin to return to normal.  Saturday evening is great for socializing and spending time out with others.  Put on those disco shoes and head out on the town.

The only astrological aspect of the week occurs on Sunday when Venus in Scorpio sextiles Saturn in Capricorn.  If you experienced relationship issues during Venus and Mercury retrograde, Sunday is a great day to work things out and cruise into the holidays without any lingering tension.

See you next week…

Cosmic Weather Forecast – November 26, 2018 – December 2, 2018

So, for the past few weeks, we have had minimal amounts of astrological aspects to deal with, but this week makes up for it with six major aspects and two sign changes.

What a way to start the holiday season, right?

The major player this week is Mercury who continues to move backward in Sagittarius. Retrograde planets force us to analyze (re-analyze) what has worked for us in the past, and to decide what doesn’t.  Mercury in Sagittarius is amplified because Sagittarius is one of the two signs that help us analyze our ideas and beliefs about life.  As the week progresses, take note of the events that occur because they will be guideposts to help you decide what is best for your future.  Mercury in Sagittarius allows you to have a solid plan of action as you prepare for the New Year.

Remember, we do not make changes while Mercury is retrograde, we make them when Mercury goes direct and out of shadow, which is on Christmas Day (December 25th).

Now, on with the forecast…

Monday, November 26, 2018

The week starts off with a pair of aspects that occur during the early morning hours – Sun conjunct Jupiter and Mercury retrograde square Mars.

Ordinarily, the Sun conjunct Jupiter is one of the most positive days of the year.  This aspect expands how you view your life and gives you something to look forward to, but with Mercury and Mars in the mix, I am concerned.

Mercury square Mars tends to get involved in arguments and fights, and the more you need to stand up for your beliefs, the more forceful you will become.  You may feel challenged by others, which may make you irritable.  So, you could easily fly off the handle if someone annoys you too much, and you could easily react by taking them to task. It’s best not to take anything personal over the next few days. Additionally, Mercury square Mars is susceptible to accidents, so watch what you are doing carefully.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tuesday brings us a whopping three aspects – Sun conjunct Mercury retrograde, Mars sextile Saturn, and Mercury retrograde conjunct Jupiter.

The hostile energy from Monday will continue to leak into Tuesday, so it might be best to avoid people as much as possible and focus on the positive energy that is available. First off, if you have projects that require an extra bit of effort, today would be a great day to tackle them.  Any effort you put into anything you do will have a positive impact on your future.  Otherwise, spend the bulk of your day looking at your big picture objectives because Mercury retrogrades power of reflection will uncover details you may have missed, which will help you feel better about your personal trajectory. On a good note, overall, Tuesday should be a good day.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Moon moves through regal Leo on Wednesday but makes no aspects until the early morning on Thursday, which is a lovely sextile to Venus.  It’s a good day to pamper yourself and do something enjoyable. Later this evening, you may want to have a date night with your significant other or children. If you are single, put your feet up and relax a little; after all, you deserve it.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Thursday is another lunar day, but the Moon will move out of Leo and into practical Virgo. You may find it difficult to stay focused on your activities with the Moon-forming difficult aspects to Mercury and Jupiter through mid-afternoon.  Mercury will distract you and Jupiter would rather do something fun, so tasks and responsibilities may be difficult to manage.  Thursday evening would be good for a night in because the lunar aspects continue to be challenging.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Friday brings us one of the most difficult days of the year for relationships with Venus in opposition to Uranus.

Venus-Uranus aspects are notorious for breakups.  If your relationship is on rocky ground, then you may want to stay alert.  You see, this aspect brings up your personal (or your partners) ambivalence and even the best of relationships get stale from time to time, but the default mode of this aspect is to focus on the behaviors of your partner and how they are not fulfilling your needs, rather than admit your own boredom.  So, unresolved tensions easily rise to the surface that may cause disappointments, and for many, the need to be free of your relationship.

The key to working with Venus oppose Uranus constructively is to bring new elements into your relationship so it is exciting again.  Do something to break up the monotony of day-to-day living.  A little fun and enjoyment is often the most powerful love potion for struggling relationships.

The Weekend:

This weekend both Mercury and Venus move into Scorpio.  These sign changes present us with an opportunity to peak under the veil of your life and see things for how they are rather than the false constructs you create in your mind.  Otherwise, the weekend should go rather smoothly with the Moon moving through Libra, and it is a great time to get holiday shopping out of the way.

See you next week…

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Cosmic Weather Forecast – November 12, 2018 – November 18, 2018

So, I have some good news and some bad news.  The good news is that the never-ending train of retrograde planets will end soon, in fact, Venus goes direct this week.  The bad news is that the day Venus goes direct, Mercury is going to retrograde in fiery Sagittarius.  So, the caboose of the train is in sight, we just have one more three-week cycle to manage.

Of course, I am sure that you guessed that the newsmaker of the week is Mercury.  Before Mercury goes retrograde on Friday, make sure you wrap up any holiday plans you have, sign anything that needs to be signed, and backup your computer.  The traditional areas of concern are relevant this retrograde cycle:  do not sign documents; do not make large purchases; do not formalize any agreements; do not start anything new; if you must travel, expect problems with automobiles and appliances.  There is one little tip that you may not know about Mercury retrograde, when he is retrograde he is great for deals and bargains, so do not be afraid to haggle a bit.

Once Mercury retrogrades in Sagittarius, there will be a few days of stagnant energy before Mercury begins to move again so you may feel restless and drained, and frequently it is easy to get caught up in the details.  All retrogrades reflect periods where you need to reflect, and this one is no different.  The difference in Sagittarius is that this retrograde season it is necessary to focus on revising your big picture and making it more adaptable to your current life.  Do you have goals that have become unmanageable or you feel are beyond your grasp? If so, then you may want to break them up and make short-term goals that are achievable and then build upon them.  You may also be confronted with a cosmic slap in the face when you realize your ideas have been wrong, and you need a course correction.  Regardless, Sagittarius is about vision, and you may need to tweak yours during this cycle. Additionally, try not to get caught up in so many details that you lose track of the big picture entirely because this will only lead to feelings of defeatism and possible depression.  Try to stay as inspired as possible.

Now, on with the forecast…

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Moon moves through earthy Capricorn and tangles with Pluto during the afternoon hours. Intense emotions may surface that may frighten you.  Avoid obsessing about anything that comes up.  Later in the afternoon, the Moon will sextile the Sun and any emotional turbulence will begin to fade.  Do something with your social circle to distract yourself temporarily from your concerns.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

During the morning hours, the Moon forms a frustrating aspect to Uranus.  Your emotions will be all over the place and you may feel stir crazy and anxious.  The good news is that the Moon is void of course, so anything that you worry about will not materialize as badly as you expect, and most likely nothing will come of the matter.  Additionally, the Moon will quickly move into social Aquarius and forms a lovely sextile to Jupiter.  You may receive good news during the afternoon hours.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

There are no major aspects on Wednesday, and the Moon only forms a beneficial aspect to Mercury.  Wednesday is a great day to reach out to your business network or for developing relationships in your career.  Invite a colleague out to lunch because your career circle will prove useful in the future.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thursday is the biggest day of the week, astrologically speaking. There is a harmonious aspect between Mars and Uranus, and then Mars slides into Pisces during the late afternoon.

Let’s begin with Mars in Aquarius sextile Uranus in Aries.  All Mars-Uranus aspects are a bit ‘in your face,’ but sextiles (beneficial aspects) are easier to manage. You may feel impulsive and in need of change throughout the day, and areas of your life that feel stuck may become noticeable. Although you may feel irritable, Mars sextile Uranus can often give you enough energy to burst through problems in your life and set you sailing on a new course or direction.  This push can often come from people in your life that may challenge or inspire you to move to the next level. This aspect is about encouraging change in your life that is innovative and individualistic, and it does so by shaking things up that are stale and stagnant.  The good thing with Mars-Uranus aspects is that it always gives you the energy to make the changes necessary to succeed.

Next, Mars moves out of Aquarius and into Pisces.  Since March, Mars has been in Saturn ruled signs.  This Saturnian influence can make life feel restrictive. Mars is the getup and go planet, but with Saturn’s control, it can feel like you are driving with the breaks on, especially if you are a fire sign (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius).  However, Mars’ tone changes when it lands in Jupiter ruled Pisces.

Mars in Pisces is the spiritual warrior and with this placement, you will feel more compassionate, empathetic, and generous with others, which is great during the holiday cycle.  Mars in Pisces needs to feel support by others, and you will strongly need validation those you care about.  This Mars cycle is great for creative work because your imagination will be ‘more’ active than normal.  The only drawback to Mars in Pisces is that the energy can be a bit erratic.  So, you may need force yourself to be more focused than you ordinarily would.

Mars remains in Pisces until December 31, 2018.

Friday, November 16, 2018

During the morning hours, Venus will turn direct in Libra.  Pressures and strains on your relationship should begin to recede over the next week.  You will be able to repair any damage to relationships that may have occurred, and if you did the work during the retrograde (see Venus blog), then you can make the necessary changes to improve any relationship difficulties discovered.  Since Venus is in Libra, the sign she rules, moving forward will be harmonious because Libra is the natural diplomat and seeks order and balance.

Now just a gentle reminder, as I stated earlier, Mercury will turn retrograde on Friday evening.  Don’t forget to finalize plans and back up your computer.  For magical practitioners, I recommend Van Van candles and blockbuster magic to minimize the effects of the retrograde.

The Weekend:

The Moon moves through emotional Pisces for the bulk of the weekend.  You will be sensitive to other people’s feelings and may be called upon by those in need.  Otherwise, it’s a great weekend to get all your Thanksgiving festivities in order.

See you next week…

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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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