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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 – 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 – October 15 – 21, 2018

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

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

Now, let’s dive in…

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

Monday:

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

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

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

Tuesday:

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

Wednesday:

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

Thursday:

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

Friday:

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

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

The Weekend:

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

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

See you next week with the Full Moon in Taurus…

Cosmic Weather Forecast October 1 – October 7, 2018

Cosmic Weather Forecast October 1 – October 7, 2018

I have some good news and some bad news.

The good news is that there are very few astrological aspects this week, which is a needed break from the aspect after aspect pattern of the last several months. For many, the energy has been constantly changing and has given them a bad case of psychic whiplash. So, this is some needed relief.

The bad news – the only major astrological aspect of the week is Mercury square Pluto, and the only planetary change is Venus retrograding in the sign of Scorpio.  Now, I’ve already covered Venus retrograde in her own blog post, so scoot over there to read about how Venus retrograde works and how it affects the signs.

Now on with the forecast…

Lunar Activity:

The Moon begins the week in mercurial Gemini and forms a difficult square to Chiron.  Festering wounds (Chiron) may come to the surface and it may take the week to process your feelings.  Chironic wounds can be difficult because usually they are nobodies’ fault, but just a result of life’s unfairness.  And, wounds can be agitating if there is nobody to directly blame.  If these types of wounds come up, be kind and patient to yourself throughout the week.

Monday – Wednesday:

The Moon moves into Cancer during the early afternoon hours and our moods will be more emotional than normal. The basic energy of Cancer is about family and our connections to people we deeply care about, so issues around family are sure to surface.  Although emotions during the Cancerian Moon will be intense, they will work out favorably once the Moon moves out of the sign of the crab.

Wednesday – Friday:

On Wednesday evening, the Moon moves out of Cancer and into self-focused Leo.  The Moon in Leo is great to focus on your personal needs.  Take some time to do something to pamper yourself and have some personal time to just relax and enjoy.  Shut out all the noise and do you, boo.

The Weekend:

This weekend, the Moon will move into productive Virgo.  Virgo is great for yard work, household chores, minor repairs, and getting stuff done. Any tasks that have lingered waiting for a good time to be completed, should be tackled now.  Finish things up and you can spend the rest of the weekends this month on other things.  Hint: Next weekend the Moon is in Sagittarius and would be a great time to do all those fun autumnal activities.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Mercury square Pluto:

In astrology, squares present us with obstacles and this week Mercury, the planet of communication will square powermonger Pluto. A word of warning for the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Aquarius), you may experience these obstacles more profoundly than the other signs. However, every obstacle or square aspect for that matter, can be used to change and transform your life for the better.   Mercury square Saturn is no exception.

This week there is a tendency to fixate on areas of your life (or people) that bother you.  You may feel the need to explain yourself to others to the point that you are trying to convince or sway them to your side. This can lead to arguments and conflicts that may take some time to repair.  Before you engage in any intense conversations with others, make sure it is something you truly believe in.  Otherwise, you may create trouble for yourself that is not necessary.

The useful angle to Mercury square Pluto is its investigative qualities, which if turned inward can provide amazing insight into your motivations, especially in relationships with others because Mercury is ruled by Venus, the planetary ruler of relationships. Inner awareness is the key to working with Mercury square Pluto.

That’s it for this week.  Remember to check out my blog on Venus retrograde for some insight on how she will influence you and be sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for daily astrological insights.

©2018 Storm Cestavani | Storm Cestavani, LLC

Being Diplomatic Will Get You What You Want Until Dec 9th And I Can Tell You Why

So, Mars is the fighter planet.

His job in the horoscope is to go out into the world and get you what you want.

We all need a Mars. I mean imagine what life would be like if we didn’t have one.  Nobody would win, nobody would have desire, and most importantly, you couldn’t make your life what you want.

Sounds dismal, doesn’t it?

Thankfully, Mars gives us the need to win, have desires, and gives us the ability to make of our lives what we want.  Mars is the planet that represents the human fighting spirit. After all, the world can be a hostile place and we need to defend ourselves in pretty much every area of life.  Mars defends our right to be separate individuals with our own individual essence, and this is necessary for us to feel whole.

Perhaps the biggest expression of Mars is our ability to say ‘no’, and to have the strength to set boundaries that protect our individual rights and values.  And, although this can lead to initial conflict (it is Mars, and other people have wants and desires as well), over time it leads to inner harmony and peace because we have defended our space.

On October 22, Mars will move out of Virgo and into Libra where he will remain until December 9th.

Now, the reason I described Mars so thoroughly is that Mars is in detriment in Libra.  This means that the natural energy associated with Libra – harmony, balance, and cooperation – are not aligned naturally with Mars.  So, Mars is a bit insecure in Libra.

Mars in Libra is extremely refined.  He is not the hairy, sweaty, and bloodthirsty God from the Iliad.  He is gracious, considerate, and is more like a social worker or a life coach than a football player.  While Mars is in the sign of the scales, it’s more beneficial for us to pursue goals that put other people in mind, but keeps our values and individual expression intact.  Mars in Libra is not about giving up your personal power; it’s about allowing others to express theirs as well. However, you will notice if you are giving your power away when you become frustrated, depressed, or angry, which is easily resolved by negotiating the areas of your life where you feel defeated because regardless of the sign Mars is in, he still needs to win on some level.

In Libra, Mars is also inspired by the approval and feedback of others. Libra is a sign about relationships so having others that will fight by our side spawns just as much initiation as doing things on our own. With Libra, everyone wins – at least a little.

Quote:

You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar” — unknown

Some dates to note during the Mars in Libra cycle:

November 19 – Mars square Pluto – With Mars being in Libra, the square to Pluto may signify a period where you are more sensitive to giving up your personal power to others.  This could be with another individual or a group.  You may need to stand your ground and maintain your boundaries even if it is uncomfortable.  Now is also the time to avoid trying to override someone else’s boundaries.   Treat them with the same respect that you would like to be treated yourself.

December 1 – Mars oppose Uranus – If there are areas of your life where you are having difficulties saying no or difficulties putting boundaries in place, Mars opposed Uranus will bring them to the surface.  An opposition implies conflict innately, and this aspect usually brings forth battles with people that you feel are holding you back. There may be a need for you to liberate yourself from people that are oppressing yo but do so with proactive rather than reactive means.  Avoid acting impulsively now because you will regret any future backlash.

December 12 – Mars sextile Mercury and Saturn – Mars will form harmonious aspects to Mercury and Saturn.  This is great energy to get things done and negotiate deals.  Further, with Mercury being retrograde in Sagittarius (he goes retrograde on December 3rd) it’s an excellent time to renegotiate circumstances that are not working for you.

Fight the good fight.

Astrological Forecast for Libra 2017!

Welcome to Libra Season

Why do we need a crisis to change?

I’ve thought about this a lot, and believe me; I am just as guilty as anyone else.

We all seem to coast through life when there is no conflict.  It’s like nothing in the world is going to affect us, and we are just going with the flow.

Then, all hell breaks loose, and the entire world comes crashing down around us.

And, that my friends, is the energy of the month of Libra this year.

Now, I am not someone that believes that we should just stick our heads in the sand.  Instead, it’s time for us to get to work!

So, let’s roll up our sleeves and do this.

The chart for the month of Libra – despite its difficulties is rather instructive.  Its primary focus is on our insecurities setting our reality.

As many of you know, I start ingress charts with the 4th house because I believe it describes the emotional weather forecast for the month, and its energy can completely dominate a chart.

The sign of Taurus sits on the 4th house cusp.  The sign of Taurus is conservative and does not like change.  It likes to protect its territory and security and foundation is very important to the sign of the bull.  It signifies that the next month is going to involve focusing on the ‘basic ground’ that matters to us.

Saturn makes an interesting aspect to the 4th house cusp – an inconjunct.  Inconjuncts are aspects of crisis (they correspond with the 6th and 8th houses).  Saturn sits in the group-oriented 11th house and rules the 12th (self-undoing) and the 1st.  Saturn signifies that outside influences could frustrate our sense of security, and we may need to let go of some things that we have been holding onto, which is not going to make Taurus all that happy. Taurus likes to hold onto EVERYTHING.  However, Saturn also questions whether what we are holding onto is based upon a real desire or because of our insecurities.

The ruler of Taurus – Venus – sits in the 7th house in Virgo.  Venus in the 7th house gives us our first clue on how to deal with Taurus:  How do we manage (Virgo is a lovely management sign) our day to day lives and how are we participating in our relationships.

I mean how often do we look at these things?

I am often amazed when I talk to people that they consider these things when they are going through struggles and difficulties.  I think it’s universal, we start to think about managing our time more effectively or who in our life has meaning to us.  We start to think about whether our careers are sustaining us or whether we should spend a little less.  The main thing is that we attempt to bring order into our lives.

Venus forms a conjunction to Mars, which rules the 3rd house of communication.  This conjunction reflects that we may need to communicate what we want more effectively, and this dovetails into Venus’s opposition to Neptune, which means that we may not necessarily be in touch with our real values.  So, this gives us another clue – what do we currently value in our lives?  What is important?

The next part of the ingress chart that I analyze is the Ascendant.  The Ascendant reveals the path we are going to take over the next month.

The sign of Capricorn is rising.  Capricorn is about ambition and how we are going to achieve something in the world.  When the sign of the goat is rising, our focus is on giving our lives some form of meaning where we feel that we are participating and adding something to our lives.

There is nothing wrong with this, and in fact, its encouraged.   The difficulty with it this month is the Moon and Uranus square the Ascendant.  The Moon signifies changes and Uranus signifies disruption, which can easily lead to being sensitive to obstacles and feelings of frustration.  This is complicated by Saturn (the ruler of Capricorn) being in the 11th house.  Saturn in the 11th likes to do things alone and often has difficulties reaching out and accepting help from others, and since Mercury forms a square to Saturn, this energy is amplified because the aspect is not known for its communication savvy.  In fact, Mercury square Saturn often leads to feelings of depression and insecurities.

Now, let’s get to the Sun in Libra.

The Sun in Libra likes harmony and balance.  In the sign of the scales, the Sun is considered in detriment, and the reason is that Libra is the sign of the ‘other,’ which causes our focus to be on our relationships, partnerships, competitors, and even our open enemies.

The Sun is in the 8th house and makes no aspects.  I recently attended a webinar by Liz Greene on Pluto, and she described planets that are unaspected in the best way that I have ever heard.  She said, and I paraphrase, that these planets are like tenants tied up in a basement.  They have little contact with the outside world, and once they are trigged (by something or somebody – italics mine), they tend to burst out into consciousness and often in ways that throw us into crisis, which I find rather fitting with this Sun hidden in the dark of the 8th house.

The Sun’s purpose in the chart is to encourage us to grow.  Now, we have a choice.  We can look inside and do this on our own, or the will set up circumstances that will force us to grow in one-way other another.  I think it is encouraging us to take a deep look at what is going on in our lives right now, and make changes accordingly – especially if we are dissatisfied with the current state of our lives.  We can use this Libra season to make active changes in our lives and begin to get on the right path.

In other words, happiness is an option!

The Universe Has Your Back:

I pulled a card from Gabrielle Bernstein’s new deck, “The Universe Has Your Back,” to help us with Libra season.  I find it self-explanatory.

Journal Prompts:

What am I holding onto because I feel insecure about letting it go?

What do I currently value in my life?

Should I reach out to others for help?

Am I being plagued by negative thoughts?

Do I feel stuck and blocked by outer circumstances?

What can I do to move my life in the direction I would like it to go?  What changes can I make to feel in control of my life?

See you next month!

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