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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 11, 2019 – March 17, 2019

So, I am sure that you are going to get sick of hearing two words by the end of March – Mercury retrograde.

Of course, most people know what happens during Mercury’s retrograde status because it has seeped into pop-culture and has become part of our everyday vocabulary.   For those of you that are not aware, look at this list:

  1. Potential communication issues
  2. Do not sign documents, move, or make firm decisions
  3. Electronics may become problematic, especially computers and cell phones.
  4. Possible automobile issues.
  5. Travel issues and concerns.

That is some list, isn’t it?  But don’t fret Mercury retrograde can be used as a positive tool and with Mercury making several aspects this week, it’s a great time to work with him rather than against him.

In mythology, Mercury played several roles, but the two most important were messenger of the gods and the psychopomp that ushered the souls of the dead into the underworld.  Psychologically, you could say that Mercury rules the process of the conscious mind, the process of the unconscious becoming conscious, and all the processes in between.

During this retrograde cycle pay close attention to your dreams, fantasies, and the areas where Mercury is causing chaos because it will hold the keys to the areas of your life where attention may be required.  Ultimately, by actively encouraging the unconscious to become conscious, Mercury retrograde may help you level up and begin a new cycle in your life.

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Cosmic Weather Forecast – March 4, 2019 – March 10, 2019

So, we have a bucket load of astrological energy that occurs this week.  Change is on the horizon and a new cycle begins that will influence our lives over the next 7 years when Uranus leaves fiery Aries and enters earthy Taurus.  Uranus is a tricky planet because it’s not personal, but collective.  This means that Uranus symbolizes urges that are greater than one person and reflects the natural progression of human evolution, and therefore, has broad consequences.  As Uranus enters earthy Taurus, security finances, and inner resources will be highlighted and since Uranus tends to shake things up, we can expect these sensitive areas of life to dramatically be affected.

When dealing with the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Eris), our best guide is history because planetary themes tend to repeat.  The last time Uranus moved into Taurus was in 1934 and continued through the beginning of World War 2.  Notice this began after the market crash of 1929 and during the Great Depression that occurred through the 1930s.  These financial problems and uncertainties and damage they caused, especially to Germany, led to nationalism, protectionism, and ultimately World War 2 when Germany invaded Poland.

As I am writing this post, the themes of nationalism and protectionism in the United States and parts of Europe are repeating.  Threats of tariffs and economic insecurity are leading to fears of potential economic collapse in the US and around the world.   Sanctions against countries and backroom deals are reminiscent of Article 231 of the Treaty of Versailles, which blamed World War 1 entirely on Germany and the financial reparations placed a heavy burden on the German people, which led to the rise of the NAZI party.

Now, this doesn’t mean that we are on the verge of a world war, and a war in the 21st century may not look like anything that occurred in the past, but the themes are repeating, and we can expect changes in national finances and national resources.  We will question, on the collective level, what security means and whether inner resources and values ultimately mean more than physical ones.

We are in for a wild ride, but every astrological aspect has two faces – negative and positive. We can expect changes in currency, improved banking technologies, and scientific discoveries that will improve the health of the human body, which is perhaps our most valuable resource.

These are two other astrological events this week – Mercury goes retrograde and the New Moon occurs in watery Pisces.  First up is Mercury retrograde, Mercury retrograde reflects a period of reflection and introspection that lasts for three weeks.  During the retrograde, we can expect difficulties with communication, electronic devices will go awry, and travel plans may fall apart, try to prepare for these mishaps beforehand.  Secondly, the New Moon occurs on Wednesday in Pisces.  This is a great New Moon to do intention or magical work to bring compassion, joy, and enhanced spiritual connection into your life.

Now, on with the forecast…

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Cosmic Weather Forecast – December 3 – December 9, 2018

So, you might want to invest in a wetsuit and a snorkel because a flood of Neptunian proportions is coming.  For the first time in several months, Neptune is the player of the week.  Now for those of you that are not in the astrological know, Neptune rules idealisms, dreams, and the collective creative flow, but it can also reflect deceptions, dishonest behavior, and self-destructive tendencies – and with Jupiter, Neptune’s ruler, being in Sagittarius, the biggest form of deception may be the lies we tell ourselves.

You see, Sagittarius is about potentials and possibilities, and the energy of Sagittarius season can be childlike with deeply held beliefs regarding the way life should be.  This can lead to problems because to win at life; you must come down to earth and live in the real world.

In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, there is a profound quote that is worth mentioning: “My serenity is inversely proportional to my expectations.” (pg. 452) I find this quote revealing because a frequent theme in my consultations involve unrealistic expectations and the hurt and disappointment that my clients feel when things do not turn out the way they imagined it would, which is what happens when Neptune’s energy is dominate.

Idealized expectations can be a toxic poison, especially in relationships.  It strips our partners of their individuality, and they become projections of our expectations, and when real life encroaches – and it always does – we are left bitter and disillusioned because our life doesn’t turn out the way we expect it.

Be on guard this week for unrealistic expectations.  If you find yourself upset, hurt, or disappointed in others, check to see if you developed expectations that may be based in fantasy rather than reality.  Often feeling the deepest level of truth can lead you towards the happiness you deserve, but it also means allowing people to be who they are meant to be themselves.

Now on with the forecast…

Monday, December 3, 2018

The Moon moves through the last degrees of fair and balanced Libra and forms an opposition with Uranus.  Someone else’s selfish behaviors may rile you up and make you tense and anxious.  Try to keep from allowing others to steal your happiness and joy.

The Moon moves into Scorpio during the afternoon hours and forms a lovely conjunction to Venus.  This evening is great to spend with a romantic partner or simply doing things that give you pleasure.

Tuesday, December 4, 1018

The Moon continues to move through Scorpio throughout the day and forms only positive aspects – a sextile to Saturn, a trine to Mars, and a trine to Neptune. Tuesday is great for business activities and putting together strategy plans.  If you do creative work, the afternoon hours are when you will shine. Overall, this is one of the best days of the week, cosmically speaking.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

On Wednesday, the Sun in Sagittarius will form a challenging square to Neptune in Pisces.  You may feel that you have little energy and are overwhelmed by circumstances in your life right now.  This could leave you feeling low on energy, and your self-confidence may be at an all-time low.  Avoid taking on more than you can handle because you will have little power to achieve the results you desire.

A positive way to deal with Sun square Neptune is to do creative based or spiritually related activities.  Maybe go to a movie, enjoy some good music, or a couple of meditation sessions could help relieve some of the Neptunian muddle and put you in a better mindset to tackle the rest of the of the week.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Good News!  Mercury goes direct on Thursday in Scorpio.  So, all the things that you have put off until Mercury went direct, you can begin after 4:22 PM EST.

Mercury in Scorpio is about digging beneath the surface and getting to the root of the matter.  It’s great for detective work, research, and solving problems that need a dash of intuitive finesse.  Additionally, Mercury in Scorpio gives you the ability to understand the motives and intentions of those around you.

Mercury remains in the sign of the scorpion until December 12, 2018.

Friday, December 7, 2018

During the early morning hours, we have a New Moon in Sagittarius.  Sagittarius New Moons are great for goal setting, and this is a great time to look at what you would like to achieve in 2019.  The only hiccup is the New Moon in square to Neptune, which can often cloud matters.  The way to manage this is to make sure your goals are realistic and achievable, even if you need to break them up into smaller blocks that motivate you to take on more until you achieve your goals intended results.

Also, on Friday, Mars conjoins Neptune in Pisces.  Like earlier in the week when the Sun squared Neptune, this combination of planets makes us feel worn out, and as a result, we become easily discouraged and irritable.  Do not plan anything of importance on Friday, if you can avoid it.

A productive use of Mars conjunct Neptune is to do something positive for others.  This will help uplift your spirit and break any negative emotions you may be feeling.  Not to mention, ‘tis the season.

The Weekend

The Moon spends the weekend in responsible Capricorn.  Capricorn Moon’s are great for anything that requires focus, concentration, or a bit of extra effort.  On Saturday, the Moon forms a lovely sextile to Venus, which is great for relationships.  Spend some time with your significant other, perhaps a night on the town or even a movie will bring the two of you emotionally closer together.  If you have creative tasks that need to get done before the holidays, Sunday would be a great time to get them done and out of the way.

See you next week…

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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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