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Mercury Retrograde in Gemini – May 29, 2021 – June 22, 2021

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Mercury Retrograde in Gemini – May 29, 2021 – June 22, 2021

Mercury, the planet of communication, goes into trickster mode when he reverses course on May 28, 2021, at 6:34 PM EST.

So, I’ll give you a chance to scream and mutter before I give you the “Astro-Tea.”

Now that we have had a momentary fit, and the banshees have gone to wail elsewhere, let’s dig in…

Mercury Rx Dirty Dozen! Tips and Tricks to Wrangling the Trickster God

Let’s begin with the recommendations (Notice I didn’t use the lists of should or should not?  Mainly because we should never should on ourselves).

  1. Make sure you go over anything contractual thoroughly.  Make sure all the i’s are dotted, and all the t’s are crossed. If you can get away with it, wait until after the retrograde is over (June 22) to sign on the dotted line. 
  2. Avoid starting anything new.  New projects tend to have communication problems and mishaps when initiated during this process.
  3. Put a watch on your tongue.  (If it is not worth saying, don’t say it)
  4. Check your vehicles for any potential problems.  Before Mercury goes retrograde is the best time for a service call.
  5. Avoid buying real estate or renting apartments.  Usually, this means you are just going to move again during a future Mercury Rx.
  6. Using mail delivery services that offer tracking and insurance – especially now since the Post Office has still not recovered from the pandemic.
  7. Check, recheck, and check again any travel plans you have or appointments that are on the books.
  8. If you do travel, don’t take anything of importance or value. Only bring items that you do not care if they are lost or stolen.
  9. Expect people from the past to resurface.  However, once they do crawl out of whatever cavern they came from, proceed with caution.
  10. Back up all electronic devices.
  11. Avoid buying an automobile. 
  12. Mercury Rx is an excellent time to scour places (online and offline) for great deals!

Now, that is some list.  But, if you want to avoid the most annoying tricks Mercury has up his sleeve, it is wise to pay close attention and organize (Mercury loves that word) accordingly.

The Astro-Tea

Mercury is the planet of travel, commercial matters, business transactions, and communication for those of you not in the know.  Three to four times a year, Mercury (and he is the only planet that retrogrades that frequently) begins to move backward through the zodiac, at least from the visual perspective of the Earth. This is known as Mercury Retrograde or abbreviated Mercury Rx.

This go around, Mercury retrogrades in Gemini, the sign he rules. Now, some may say that is a good thing, but in my experience, planets that go retrograde in their sign can be more intense; you can expect that Mercury will serve up more tricks this retrograde season.  The mutable signs – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces, need to be cautious because Mercury forms challenging aspects to your signs.  For Aries, Leo, Libra, and Aquarius, you will still receive plenty of tricks, but they will not have as tough of an impact.  Finally, signs in aversion to Gemini (Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, and Capricorn) may have the most challenging ride because it is difficult to create a relationship with a planet you cannot see you may need to always stay on guard.

Mercury Rx square Neptune

As if Mercury retrograde was not bad enough, Mercury is applying to a problematic aspect to Neptune. Mercury square Neptune is a highly confusing aspect, and at times you may find it difficult to think clearly and unable to form the right words. People may misinterpret what you say, and equally, your ability to understand them will be challenging.  Most importantly, take any information you receive with a grain of salt because ‘the truth’ can be somewhat elusive while this aspect is active.  Try your hardest to be clear and concise with everything you say.

Mercury Rx conjoins Venus

Mercury also retrogrades close to a conjunction with Venus, the love goddess. Since Mercury Rx has a reputation for wanting to “run it back” (that’s hip-speak for repeat things), you can expect past relationships to resurface. Although the latest episode of “Return of the X” may be exhilarating, usually the same problems surface.  There is a purpose for this: Mercury wants to see if you learned the lesson the first time around, or do you need to go around the mountain of pain and heartbreak once again?

Hopefully, I have not terrified you to the point that you are ready to run to your bunker. Mercury retrograde does serve an essential purpose.  He allows you to review (he loves words that begin with re) and reflect on the past three months and take note of what has worked for you and where you may need to change your game plan. Additionally, if you have made some choices, you would like to re-do (notice that re), now would be the time to decide what changes you would like to make and act once Mercury goes direct on June 22.

As a final note, Mercury in Gemini likes things fast-paced.  He doesn’t stand still and can seem frantic at times. If you feel like you are on the wrong side of a mental hurricane, take some time and slow down. Take a break from the noise whenever you can.  And, if something annoys you (I’ll have to limit my social media time), stay away from it.

I will break down how Mercury Rx will affect every sign in my weekly astrology forecast.  Watch this space!

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius – May 26, 2021

Lights, camera, action!  Guess what?  It’s eclipse season, and the following month is a blockbuster-filled cosmic event that will surely keep you on the edge of your seat. So, get your popcorn ready the show begins on May 26th at 7:14 AM EDT.

On Wednesday, the blood moon lunar eclipse (a fancy power-packed Full Moon) occurs at 5 degrees of Sagittarius. For those of you with planets in Gemini or Sagittarius, this eclipse may have a more substantial impact, so stay on your toes!

Now, whenever I think about the sign of Sagittarius, I think of epic action films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark or Lara Croft. It’s big, bold, and filled with adventure and intrigue. Sagittarius is grand theater and reflects our quest for meaning that is greater than the lives that we live in the real world.  It’s the epic superhero motif complete with ‘justice’ that Sagittarius loves. After all, superheroes need a villain they can defeat to make things right in the world.  

Being a fire sign, Sagittarius wants to inspire, think outside the box, and provide us with the potentials and possibilities of a better tomorrow.  More simply, the energy of Sagittarius is about having faith in something good to believe in once again.

But what about this eclipse business?

The Anatomy of an Eclipse:

Twice a year, we enter into eclipse season.  An eclipse occurs when a lunation (that’s a new or full moon) conjoins the lunar nodes.  They happen approximately every six months.  Eclipses are supercharged New or Full Moons and are significant when considering transits and progressions because they often act as triggers for slow-moving planetary transits.

This Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse is an eclipse that involves the South Node.  In transformational astrology, the nodal axis reflects energies that we need to incorporate into our lives (North Node) and energies we need to let go of to remove potential obstacles (South Node). Since this eclipse is in Sagittarius, Sagittarian themes are what we need to release.

Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius:

As I mentioned above, the sign of Sagittarius is about meaning, and one of the areas that most of our personal meaning comes from is our beliefs.  Beliefs are tricky because they are as individualistic as our fingerprints.  Many of us have similar ideas, but they have an individual overlay, and like most things, change over time.

During this eclipse, we may need to test our beliefs and let go of ones that no longer have meaning or release ones that are no longer of personal use. In many ways, we can view this as the end of one storyline and the beginning of a new one, or more simply put, for the new to emerge (usually during a New Moon cycle), we need to release the old.

So, a proactive way of using this eclipse is to take some time to look at your beliefs, let go of the ones that are no longer useful, and begin a new quest to find new ones that resonate with the person you are now.

Jupiter, Lord of the Eclipse:

Another thing to consider is Jupiter. Jupiter is not only the ruler of Sagittarius, but he is also the Lord of the Eclipse, and he is currently in the sign he rules, Pisces.

I’ve mentioned in other forecasts that Jupiter in Pisces has to do with dreams, not the ones we have at night while sleeping (although eclipses may trigger those), but our aspirations and ideals. Since Jupiter is in square to the eclipse, one of the issues that may surface is that our beliefs may not align with our dreams, and to level up, we need to modify them to manifest what we desire.

Hopefully, this gives you at least some food for thought and helps you work with this eclipse productively. It is also essential that you take care of yourself during eclipse season because the energies can be difficult on the body. Eat good foods, drink plenty of water, move your body, and get lots of rest.

Your Personal Eclipse:

The Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse occurs in the sign of Sagittarius, and we all have the sign of Sagittarius in our charts through the astrological houses. If you know your chart, then you can locate what house the eclipse occurs in and add another layer of meaning.  I will break down the eclipse based on your solar houses for those of you who do not know your rising sign.  However, if you know your rising sign, you can read that for additional insight.

Aries:   The need to let go of beliefs and idealisms that may be limiting your personal growth.

Taurus: The need to let go of financial obligations or debt that are continuing to cause you stress and worry.

Gemini: The need to let go of relationships or business partnerships that have become toxic or codependent.

Cancer: The need to let go of habits and rituals that no longer add to your day-to-day life or overall well-being.

Leo: The need to let go of self-esteem issues that keep you from expressing your creative talents and individual expression.

Virgo: The need to let go of familial ties that are unhealthy and that bind you to tribal biases that prevent you from embracing a larger worldview.

Libra: The Need to let go of concepts, opinions, or prejudices that are limiting your interaction and sharing ideas with others.

Scorpio: The need to let go of attachments to money and physical possessions that are blocking your ability to be prosperous.

Sagittarius: The need to let go of self-importance and personal entitlements that are complicating your relationships with others.

Capricorn: The need to let go of past grievances so that you can focus on building a future you can control.

Aquarius: The need to let go of friends and associates you have outgrown or groups that offer you little value.

Pisces: The need to let go of social standing and your fear of the opinion of others and focus on becoming a unique individual.

Happy Eclipse!

Astrology Forecast and Horoscopes for the Week of May 24, 2021 – May 30, 2021

This week’s astrology forecast packs a massive wallop, so get ready; it’s going to be a rollercoaster of a ride that begins on Wednesday and continues through the rest of the week.

Astro Hot Spots

We have three hot spots to focus on this week.  I will give the Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius its own post so watch for that to drop early in the week.  But we also have Venus forming a tense square to Neptune and Mercury retrograde in Gemini on Saturday.

Venus in Gemini square Neptune in Pisces:

Venus-Neptune contacts are complicated.  Moreover, the squares and the oppositions are challenging to deal with and can be emotionally troubling if they strongly impact your chart.  Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces take extra care this week because your charts will likely be triggered. 

Venus square Neptune is about idealization. We all have a particular vision of how we expect relationships to work based on where Venus is in our birth charts. Venus-Neptune is a time when we are invested in our romantic dreams, and we may have a higher level of expectation because we seek fulfillment through our partners. We expect a lot out of those we care about, and ultimately, we become disappointed when our partners do not live up to the ‘perfect ideal.’  Since this aspect will influence all of us this week, our unrealistic expectations in relationships will become evident.

If you experience problems in your relationships, you may need to look at whether your expectations are too high.  Did you quit allowing your partners to be human and instead are looking for them to fix you, or are you seeking something from them that you should be seeking within yourself? If you have, you may need to accept your partners for who they are rather than what you would like them to be. Otherwise, this aspect can be tricky and can lead to hurt feelings and possible breakups. Contrarily, you may be in a situation where someone expects more out of you than you can humanely deliver. This tension can lead to frustration and feelings of inadequacy.  Relationships that end this week may be challenging to handle, so take extra care of yourself if this happens.

Mercury Rx in Gemini:

Finally, on Saturday, Mercury turns retrograde in his sign of Gemini.  Gemini is the sign that governs communication, business transactions, trade, and travel. You can expect typical issues that occur during Mercury retrograde to be amplified.

Mercury Rx Dirty Dozen! Tips and Tricks to Wrangling the Trickster God

  1. Make sure you go over anything contractual thoroughly.  Make sure all the i’s are dotted and all the t’s are crossed. If you can get away with it, wait until after the retrograde is over (June 22) to sign on the dotted line. 
  2. Avoid starting anything new.  New projects tend to have communication problems and mishaps when initiated during this process.
  3. Put a watch on your tongue.  (If it is not worth saying, don’t say it)
  4. Check your vehicles for any potential problems.  Before Mercury goes retrograde is the best time for a service call.
  5. Avoid buying real estate or renting apartments.  Usually, this means you are just going to move again during a future Mercury Rx.
  6. Using mail delivery services that offer tracking and insurance – especially now since the Post Office has still not recovered from the pandemic.
  7. Check, recheck, and check again any travel plans you have or appointments that are on the books.
  8. If you do travel, don’t take anything of importance or value. Only bring items that you do not care if they are lost or stolen.
  9. Expect people from the past to resurface.  However, once they do crawl out of whatever cavern they came from, proceed with caution.
  10. Back up all electronic devices.
  11. Avoid buying an automobile. 
  12. Mercury Rx is an excellent time to scour places (online and offline) for great deals!

Whew, that is some list!

The good news is that we can use Mercury Rx as a powerful tool.  Since Mercury is moving backward, we are moving over familiar territory. We have been here before, and we can use this backward motion as a review process that gives us the ability to ‘redo’ (Mercury Rx loves words that start with ‘re’) choices and decisions we have already made. Also, the truth always surfaces during a Mercury Rx. Expect new information to emerge that may have led to a wrong decision in the past.

Sign Breakdowns:

Aries:

This week begins with the Moon in Scorpio in your solar 8th house. Unresolved issues from the past may resurface, leaving you feeling less confident than usual.  Communication issues with friends or siblings may occur midweek. Plans that you have made for the weekend may go awry with Mercury reversing course.  Check and recheck all plans, especially those that are travel-related.

Taurus:

Relationship issues may be a prominent feature at the beginning of the week with the turbulent Scorpio Moon moving through your solar 7th house. Avoid financial investments that involve your friends midweek because they could lead to disappointment. Unresolved financial matters may resurface at the week’s end when Mercury turns retrograde.

Gemini:

Work-related activities may be complicated this week by people with a dubious agenda. Avoid overcommunicating with people you don’t trust because it could lead to negative consequences. At the week’s end, you may receive information that leads you to question your path. A course correction may be necessary, but get all the facts before you proceed.

Cancer:

Romantic encounters may be a significant feature at the beginning of the week, with the Moon moving through your passionate solar 5th house. Towards the middle of the week, please pay close attention to your dreams because they may give you answers to problems that have been troubling you.  Be as clear and precise as possible in all communications this weekend because Mercury turns retrograde in your solar 12th house, and you will be easily misunderstood.

Leo:

You may get an urge to decorate or make modifications to your home at the beginning of the week with the Moon moving through your solar 4th house. Avoid developing a romantic interest with a friend or colleague this week because you may end up disappointed, or you could permanently damage your relationship. This weekend someone from the past may resurface when Mercury turns retrograde.

Virgo:

At the beginning of the week, you will have a strong urge to communicate and share ideas with your social circle with the Moon moving through your solar 3rd house.  Towards the middle of the week, expect problems in your relationships if you are focused solely on your career. Speaking of your career, Mercury reverses direction in your solar 10th house this weekend, leaving you uncertain about the future.

Libra:

Pay close attention to your spending at the beginning of the week. As the Moon moves through your solar 2nd house and tangles with Saturn and Uranus, unexpected expenses are likely to occur.  In the middle of the week, day-to-day events may challenge your beliefs about life. Be open to alternative viewpoints.  This weekend, as Mercury turns retrograde in your solar 9th house, travel plans may be upended.

Scorpio:

Relationships are going to be your primary focus throughout the week.  Disagreements may lead to feelings of insecurity about the future. Avoid holding on to grievances and allow your partners the space to resolve their issues. As Mercury reverses course in your solar 8th house, past problems may resurface.  Deal with them compassionately.

Sagittarius:

Problems may surface at the beginning of the week as the Moon in Scorpio moves through your solar 12th house. Avoid overreacting to your difficulties or acting too hastily because you could make matters worse. Relationship unhappiness may lead you to do some soul-searching,  and this will be a continuous theme over the next three weeks as Mercury retrogrades in your relationship sector.

Capricorn:

Tensions may occur at the beginning of the week, leading to you choosing to be either part of the crowd or your own person. You may be confused by the motivate of others, and this could strain your relationships. Mercury turns retrograde later in the week in your solar 6th house.  Make sure you stay on top of your schedule, or mishaps may occur.

Aquarius:

Your career and home life may be at war this week, leaving you emotionally depleted. Some rest may be in order so that you get a break from the day-to-day grind. Make sure that your romantic life is on solid ground before you take it to the next level. Over the weekend, Mercury retrograde in your solar 5th house could lead to difficulties involving a child.  You may need to set solid boundaries.

Pisces:

Communication problems with others may occur at the beginning of the week with someone in your social circle. Be as precise as possible when communicating with others, or they may misunderstand your true motivations. You may feel that your family is putting unrealistic expectations on you towards the middle of the week.  Mercury reverses course this weekend in your solar 4th house, and past family issues may resurface that threaten to steal your joy.

Astrology Forecast and Horoscopes for Week of May 17, 2021 – May 23, 2021

Astrology Forecast and Horoscopes for Week of May 17, 2021 – May 23, 2021

Astrology Forecast and Horoscopes for Week of May 17, 2021 – May 23, 2021

Astrology Forecast:

This week’s astrology forecast has the Sun moving into airy Gemini. Gemini is the season of the social butterfly, so our focus shifts from the physical world of money, individual values, and resources to social activities, ideas, and mingling with others. While the Sun is in the sign of the twins, expect insightful conversations, the sharing of ideas and concepts, and the need to learn new things that keep the mind stimulated and refreshed. Since Gemini has to do with the mind, the thing to be cautious of is mental constructs that may limit and curtail personal growth. Stay focused on the positive and the future, rather than ruminating on the past.

Saturn Retrograde:

In other astrological news, Saturn turns retrograde in Aquarius. Saturn is the planet of responsibility and discipline. He reflects what we do when we are ‘adulting’ — you know, that minor issue of taking care of business.  Saturn also reflects the planetary parental overlord that governs us, teaches us lessons, and rewards us for a job well done.

In astrology, when a planet is retrograde, it weakens the planets ability to function efficiently. In transformational astrology, retrograde planets operate on the inner level rather than experienced in the outer world. So, essentially, Saturn turning retrograde reflects a four-and-a-half-month period where we need to look at our lives and discover what needs structure and discipline. Often this is painfully obvious, because ‘daddy’ Saturn doesn’t step in and restrict us as usual, but instead lets us fall on our face so that we can discover ways in which we can learn lessons the hard way. Furthermore, it’s probably best when problems occur we handle them when they arise, because they become progressively more challenging if we ignore them.

Mercury square Neptune:

Finally, on Saturday, Mercury forms a challenging square to Neptune in Pisces. Mercury square Neptune is a highly confusing aspect.  You need to be cautious of what you say, and be as clear and concise as possible.  If an opportunity seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Check and recheck everything before making a firm decision.

Ordinarily, Mercury square Neptune only affects us for a few days, but with Mercury’s retrograde motion that begins next week, this aspect will be in orb for a while. Proceed with caution!

Now, on with the weekly horoscopes…

Sign Breakdowns:

Aries

This week, the Sun, Mercury, and Venus move through your solar 3rd house, giving you plenty to talk about and a need to share ideas and information with others. Opportunities to learn something new that helps you achieve your goals may occur midweek. However, this weekend pay close attention to what people say; someone may not be telling the truth.

Taurus

This week, the Sun moves into your solar second house, and you couldn’t be happier because your mind will be on your favorite subject – money!  Conversations about improving your financial standing may occur midweek when Venus trines Saturn in your solar 10th house.  However, avoid signing contracts or becoming overly obligated until after Mercury turns direct in the middle of June.

Gemini

At long last, it’s your season and time to shine, so spread those social butterfly wings and fly.  This week, conversations with others will help you understand yourself on a deeper level.  Also, new opportunities may be presented towards the end of the week that help you level up.  Stay focused on your goals!

Cancer

Conserve your energy this week because the Sun is moving into your solar 12th house, leaving you feeling burnt out and exhausted. Try to get as much rest as possible to recharge your batteries, so you have an ample amount of energy to use when needed. Resolution of unresolved financial matters may need to be your focus at the end of the week before they become too stressful to manage.

Leo

The week begins with a focus on work-related matters. Opportunities to take your career to the next level will come through friends and associates that see your true potential.  Avoid getting involved with other people’s financial issues because their situation may not be as bad as they portray it to be.  You may need to say no when pressured.

Virgo

People that do not understand your grand vision may question your motives, especially in career-related matters.  The good news is that despite the Negative Nancy’s barking at your workplace, positive financial news will arrive midweek that puts your self-doubts to rest.  There may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing around you; try to root out the culprit as quickly as possible.

Libra

This week begins with a beneficial aspect between the Sun and Pluto that helps you release the emotional traumas you have experienced in your life. Releasing the past allows you to concentrate your efforts on expanding your belief system and acquiring a more positive outlook on life.  Later this week, your creative talents may prove lucrative, so take advantage of opportunities while the irons are hot.

Scorpio

This week begins a month-long process of inner change and transformation as the Sun moves into your solar 8th house.  Difficulties in relationships have a better than average chance of being resolved, because you and your partner have enough emotional feelings for one another to face the underlying issues. Single Scorpios, be careful of investing heavily in people who are only in your life for a season.

Sagittarius

You may need to escape the real world this week and focus on what makes you happy and brings you joy. Relationships will be a conduit that inspires new ideas that get your creative juices flowing once again. Towards the end of the week, avoid signing contracts or legal documents with Mercury in your 7th house, squaring deceptive Neptune.

Capricorn

Although you may want to focus on issues that matter to you, daily annoyances and problematic people may threaten to knock you off your game. Projects you have invested in may not work out as expected, leaving you feeling emotionally depleted. Since the Sun is now moving through your solar 6th house, take extra care of your body and make choices that benefit your well-being.

Aquarius

This week, the Sun begins its month-long trek through your solar 5th house, bringing out your need to connect with others and have some fun. It’s a great time to take a step back from the daily grind and take some me-time to become conscious of your current goals and what you are currently seeking in life. However, try to avoid overspending, because your decision-making might not be the best with Mercury squaring Neptune in your financial second house.

Pisces

This week, the Sun moves through your solar 4th house, putting family matters in the proverbial hot seat.  Issues from the past may resurface that need resolution once and for all.  Getting in touch with your deeper feelings about life will positively impact your personal growth and career matters. This coming weekend, avoid shady people.

See you next week!

Astrology Horoscopes for the Week of May 3, 2021 – May 9, 2021

Although the week starts of rough, your social butterfly wings begin to emerge next weekend!

This week there is an excessive amount of astrological energy, and a decent mix of positive planetary hookups and interesting sign changes that should put everyone in social butterfly mode. 

Let’s get the show on the road:

We start the week off with the most challenging aspect of the week – Sun in Taurus square Saturn in Aquarius.

There is time for fun and enjoyment, and there is a time to put your nose to the grindstone. Sun square Saturn expects the latter. Your energies may be low, and you may feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. Your self-esteem might be at a low point, and you may feel at odds with people around you, especially authority figures. However, the best way to manage Sun square Saturn is to focus on practical matters and keeping a low profile. The more you concentrate on your duties and responsibilities, the less painful Monday will be.

Later in the evening on Monday, Mercury will move out of Taurus and into his sign of Gemini. As we go through the rest of the week, you will need to communicate with others and learn new things. Your social calendar should begin to fill up because you will need the exchange of ideas, opinions, and camaraderie of others.  Since Mercury turns retrograde later in the month, the trickster god will be in Gemini until July 11th.

On Thursday, Venus forms a beneficial trine to Pluto in Capricorn.  Venus trine Pluto will intensity your relationship experiences, and your emotions will be in overdrive. This is a great day to express your deepest feelings to your partner, and you will experience a deeper connection than before.

Finally, this weekend Venus continues to hog the stage as she aspects Jupiter and moves out of her sign of Taurus and into mercurial Gemini.

Saturday will not be the best day for discipline and responsibility.  Instead, you will want to relax, luxuriate, and enjoy the company of others.  You should find that most (there is always that one) people are in decent moods and enjoyable.

Finally, later in the evening on Saturday, Venus moves out of Taurus and into Gemini.  Your social needs will be activated, and you will desire the company of others. Sharing ideas and spending time with your companions will help release stress and invigorate your spirit.

Weekly Horoscopes — Sign Breakdowns:

Aries: At the beginning of the week, you may suffer from feelings of inadequacy when you compare yourself to your social circle.  However, opportunities to improve your social standing may be experienced through your career as the week progresses.  This weekend sharing your ideas and opinions with others will prove crucial to your agenda.

Taurus: Career setbacks could spoil your mood at the beginning of the week.   You may need to spend some time away from others to see your big picture objectives. Conversations about finances will occur at the week’s end.

Gemini: Unresolved issues from the past resurface and force you to take responsibility for your actions. Towards the middle of the week, you may need to take control of a situation that others have mishandled to get the results you desire. During the weekend, you will receive new insights that help push you to the next level.

Cancer: Deep-seated insecurities may try to steal your joy at the beginning of the week.  However, opportunities to improve your relations through intense experiences may reignite your mojo once again. Listen to your intuitive hunches; they will prove to be on point.

Leo: Putting your career ahead of your personal life may cause relationships to suffer at the beginning of the week.  You may be better served by seeking some balance in your day-to-day activities.  This weekend, your social butterfly wings will sprout, and you will want to be surrounded by your tribe.

Virgo: Responsibilities and duties may supersede recreational activities at the beginning of the week. You will feel more at ease midweek when you have meaningful and productive conversations with your partner.  Children may be an issue of contention this weekend; be prepared to enforce your boundaries.

Libra: The beginning of the week may be a bit of a downer as inner demons may resurface and chip away at your self-confidence.  You may need to dig deep and reflect on whether these hobgoblins are limiting your growth. At the end of the week, you may need to escape it all and take a trip or short staycation to clear the cobwebs out of your head; some rest will do you good.

Scorpio: Family issues may disrupt your relationships, leaving you feeling stressed and emotionally drained. Towards the middle of the week, financial opportunities will arise through your social circle or a close friend. On Saturday, conversations with others will lead to inner transformation.

Sagittarius: You may feel imprisoned this week as work-related matters dominate your life, leaving ‘Jack’ with all work and little play. Health and fitness may be a concern for you towards the middle of the week. Finally, next weekend you may get a reprieve from your duties and responsibilities as your social life goes into overdrive.

Capricorn: This week, your romantic life is going to heat up, but it may come with a stiff price tag. Try to avoid overextending yourself financially, as unexpected expenses could leave you feeling anxious.  Conversations about potential career opportunities or projects may get you excited about the future.

Aquarius: Family members may call upon you to manage a situation that needs resolution and repair as problems from the past resurface at the beginning of the week. Try to avoid getting entangled personally; instead, work towards a solution or a compromise. Next weekend your romantic life becomes more active, and if you are single, a new person of interest is on the horizon.

Pisces: Conversations about financial matters may be a significant focus throughout the week.  Avoid opportunities that appear to be too good to be true because they probably are, and you should guard your finances right now. Next weekend some minor home repair or redecorating may be in order.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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….