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Monday, May 3, 2021

May astrology: Jupiter enters Pisces!

 

We have experienced an unusual 9 week period that began late February and lasted through the first three weeks of April where we have had no retrograde planets and everything was full steam ahead. That began to change April 27th with Pluto’s retrograde and it will be followed by Saturn’s retrograde on May 23rd, and Mercury on May 29th.

The planet of luck and gain, or Jupiter, changes signs May 14th when it enters Pisces for the next two and a half months, changing what and how we expand our lives. This will give us a taste of what 2022 will ultimately bring when Jupiter remains in Pisces most of the year.

May is the start of the spring eclipse season and we will experience our first lunar eclipse of the year on May 26th, at 6 degrees of Sagittarius, preceded by a pleasant New Moon in Taurus May 11th

During May, the Sun transits through Taurus and then Gemini. Mercury, the planet ruling communication enters Gemini May 3rd, and then turns retrograde on May 29th for the next three weeks.

The planet of action or Mars, travels through Cancer all month, tying our actions to our emotions and putting a focus on home, real estate and family.

Jupiter enters Pisces May 13th

May 13th, the planet ruling our gain and luck enters the sign Pisces where it will remain through July 28th.  At that point it will retrograde back into Aquarius where it will spend the rest of the year. This will give us a chance to dip our toes into the Neptunian Pisces energy which will be a big change from Aquarius.  Pisces is one of the signs of Jupiter’s rulership, which means actions that play out relating to Jupiter are likely to be positive and Jupiter will operate with ease in this sign. During Jupiter’s transit through Pisces, its annual retrograde will begin June 20th, and it will not turn direct until October 18th when it is back in Aquarius. When retrograde, Jupiter’s positive energies may be diminished some but they are still active.

Jupiter in Pisces is related to creativity, spirituality, creative expression, compassion and intuition. The sign Pisces is associated with Jupiter, its ancient ruler and also its modern ruler, Neptune. While Jupiter is expansive and typically positive,  Neptune is the planet of illusion, delusion and confusion, as well as psychic abilities, religion, theatre and the arts, the ocean and drugs, alcohol and delusion and lies.  During Jupiter’s retrograde period in Pisces we must guard against self-deception, sacrificing ones happiness for the whim of others, and looking at things through too-rosy glasses.

Jupiter is also associated with the 9th house of travel, education, publishing, world view and religious or philosophical viewpoints so there will be a great deal of focus or expansion in these areas.

Jupiter in Aquarius is about new ways of approaching things, brotherhood and equality, Jupiter in Pisces will be about healing, compassion and the roles of those who help and serve will be amplified. Romance may make a comeback with Jupiter in Pisces along with the finer more gentle qualities associated with love and romance.

Pisces is connected to drugs and addictions of all types which for some could be amplified along with a desire for redemption. Pisces/Neptune can also be associated with those who have the least. Don’t be surprised if we don’t see the humanitarian crisis at the US border (and other borders) expand, just as it has since Neptune entered Pisces in 2011. If this is the case, the humanitarian efforts and search for solutions will expand as well.

Uranus’s square to Saturn

During May, Uranus and Saturn approach their second harsh square to each other which will bring about a great deal of change in the world, and in our lives and some of it will be unexpected.  While this transit is not exact until mid-June, events connected to this aspect will begin to play out in May, in particular the second half of the month. This transit is the most significant aspect we experience in 2021.

Saturn-Uranus transits are associated with the transfer of wealth, often bringing recessions. Some economists believe we are in a Covid recession at this time, and if not income inequality is certainly a theme that will continue this year. This is a disruptive transit that will shake things up in many areas on the world stage and in our lives, especially if you have fixed planets: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius at 11-15 degrees. We could see civil unrest, attempted coups, earth changes and a drive for police reform among other topics. Major computer hacks, airplane crashes, terror threats, threats of war and violence are all a possibility at this time.

All is not negative however; as we are in a time when change in inevitable. We will see brilliant ideas, new inventions, social reform and potential freedom for others as well as the negative. We are already in a period where space exploration is advancing with all of the information we are acquiring about Mars.

Saturn-Uranus in 1999-2000

The last time Saturn was in a square with Uranus was 1999- 2000. The aspects occurred in July and November of 1999 and May of 2020. If you are old enough to remember these times you may have an idea what to expect this time around.

During those years euro currency was established and the European Central Bank assumed its full powers, President Clinton was impeached acquitted by the Senate, the Roth IRA is introduced, the Kosovo war occurred, Bill Gates personal fortune exceeded 100 billion, the Columbine school massacre occurred, Dow Jones exceeded 11,000 for the first time and a major flood happened in Las Vegas, In 2000, the dot com industry collapsed, AOL purchased Time-Warner, Ealian Gonzales was returned to his parent in Cuba after being rescued by the Coast Guard, Microsoft released Windows 2000, the courts ruled Microsoft violated anti-trust laws and Vermont legalized same sex civil unions. George Bush was nominated for the Presidential race along with Al Gore and Bill Clinton became the first US President to visit Vietnam. The Supreme Court overturned the ruling by the Florida Supreme Court, ending the Presidential recount and effectively giving the state and the Presidency, to Texas Governor George W. Bush in 2000 after a retracted period. Do you remember Y2K? The computers were supposed to crash leaving us in darkness, and there were people who hoarded food for months in preparation of this. These are just a few of the incidents that occurred the last time Saturn squared Uranus.

We also experienced a Saturn-Uranus square 1929-1931, and this of course represents the Great Depression. Uranus was in Taurus at this time as it is today. The ‘Dust Bowl’ was in full swing, changing agricultural practices.

Saturn-Uranus in February 2021

The first peak of this powerful square occurred earlier this year the week of February 17th. Many things occurred around the world, but one of the most significant events was the 100 year snowstorm in Texas followed by the collapse of the Texas electrical grid, and problems with the water supply. This was considered an unexpected event, with a number of deaths.

The eclipse season begins

The eclipse season begins in May this year and the first total lunar eclipse of the year occurs May 26, at 5 degrees in Sagittarius. Sagittarius rules the 9th house of travel, education, philosophy, publishing, religion and world view as well as foreign places and legal affairs. This eclipse falls in less than three weeks before to the Uranus-Saturn square and Mercury is almost stationary retrograde which could delay events connected to the eclipse, or cause problems in communication, travel, speaking and with young people, or all manner of glitches, revelations and breakdowns.

At the time of this eclipse, the Moon squares Jupiter. While this is pleasant most of the time, things can be blown out of proportion, or we could see or hear news of foreign people, lawyers, and lawsuits, and politics. In the US, we should expect sudden, and unexpected events, revelations and the mood of the population will be stirred up.

Mars trines Neptune, which will represent a creative and compassionate energy that will go a long way toward changing or calming matters. Compassionate action will make itself seen and heard during this time on the world stage and in our lives.

Venus squares Neptune on the day of this eclipse and this represents a double edged sword. This can manifest as creativity, dim lights and reverie, but it is advisable to use caution in all of your dealings especially relating to love and money. Romance may be on the horizon, but don’t believe everything you hear, rather let a few days go by before coming to solid confusions, and this does not favor clear financial transactions that may turn out differently than planned.

The New Moon in Taurus

May’s New Moon falls in the second sign of spring or Taurus, a time of new growth and closeness to the earth, possessions, luxury, beauty and the sensual side of living. Both the Moon and Sun sextile Neptune which will create a dreamy, creative, and sensitive aspect, with a desire to connect with others. As Taurus rules the second house in astrology we may be focused on money, possessions and issues of self worth. As this New Moon makes no harsh aspects, now is the time to enjoy the richness of Taurus and the Taurus season which changes to Gemini on May 20th with the Sun’s entrance in that sign.

Other aspects in May

May 3rd, Mercury enters Gemini and retrogrades

Thoughts and conversation will pick up speed, and be noticeably lacking in emotion as Gemini is more of an intellectual sign, and in this placement Mercury is very powerful.
Mercury rules speech, communication, conversation, travel and young people, and its retrograde begins May 29th.

People often ask if it is ok to begin new projects a few days or even a couple of weeks before the retrograde, and the answer is no, not really. Mercurial energy will start to shift during this time, and at the very least it becomes a wild card in the equation-a very wild card! Start something shortly before a retrograde and in my experience it is no different than starting it during the retrograde. The energy is already changing and starting to slow down. It is time to wrap things up!

Mercury turns stationary retrograde May 29-4th,  and this is typically when it becomes obvious the energy is changing, glitches occur and we sometimes start to find things out that were previously unknown.

Don't get married or engaged, buy electronics or big ticket items on a retrograde Mercury or start new projects. If you start a new relationship during this period it will likely not work out, but it depends on your chart. Sometimes relationships that begin on a retrograde resurface only during the next retrograde and this includes non romantic relationships as well. This time is well spent in re-doing, re-examining and re-accessing your situations, and this is the natural cycle, it just isn't always on our own personal timing.

A retrograde Mercury is often a period we can re-connect with those from our past, but it is not a guarantee. This is  a fated period in some respects. We often find things out that affect our decision making and plans that affect the future. Some relationships experience ups and downs that provide an opportunity to examine what is not working. Some relationships will end, but a retrograde Mercury alone is not enough to typically end a relationship unless it began on a retrograde which makes it more suspect.

May 8th, Venus enters Gemini

When Venus enters Gemini love energies change once again and this will be completely different from Taurus.

Venus in Gemini is concerned with conversation, ideas, truths, and it doesn't like to be too staid or bored. Venus in Gemini can be as sensual as any other sign, but you must bring conversation, adventure and fun to the picture. Manners count as does intelligence and ideas, most of all.

Venus in Gemini enjoys many different types of people and can flit from one group to another with little notice, and often expect their partner to be able to travel with them at the speed of light if necessary. Routine situations can be quite dull and boring, as are dogmatic, predictable people.

Venus here is light and airy, and there is no greater turn off for those with Venus in this sign than people who are emotionally heavy and limiting, or jealous and possessive.

Gemini is associated with the third house of the zodiac which rules communications, sales, writing ability, media, advertising, publicity, short journeys, neighbors, and siblings. The third house is also associated with the active search for knowledge, mental energy and telepathy.

Venus in Gemini is drawn to charismatic people who have interesting things to say. Gemini likes someone who can suggest interesting, if not adventuresome dates and places to go and always has their own thoughts about what is going on.

Typically Venus-Gemini looks for friends first, and isn’t going to jump into an exclusive relationship overnight. And you will typically not want to be committed to one person unless there is an understanding between both parties. Gemini is a mutable sign, so it's subject to change. Venus in Gemini has a bad rap astrologically for being fickle. As Gemini is a changeable sign, she (or he) can change her mind, but who can't? The dark side of Venus in Gemini has the potential to leave lovers in the lurch suddenly, but I don't think there is any Venus that could be exempt from this, especially if there is a good reason. Gemini can be more changeable than some, especially if things become too intense or dull. This could of course leave some people feeling duped, which again contributes to Venus's placement here being considered fickle.

The Sun enters Gemini May 20th

Welcome to the Gemini season! The Sun in this sign now joins with Mercury and Venus in Gemini and the next month will be a lighter and more intellectual period of time. Now is the time to think about new ideas and new ways of approaching old problems. Let your mind be your guide through this season, but the time to put these ideas into practice will be when Mercury turns direct again after June 22nd.

May 23rd Saturn retrogrades

Saturn begins its annual retrograde that will last through October 11th. Saturn is currently in Aquarius, the sign that rules the collective or all of us. With the situation involving Covid-19 we are all drawn into what affects us as a collective far more than we have been in the recent past. Saturn in this sign will manifest as a time when we all find own place as individuals within the collective.

Retrograde Saturn is a time to back up and re-access the major events going on in our lives. We can make a great deal of progress during this time although it may not seem so at first glance.

As Saturn deals with our structures we may be concerned with basic security issues while Saturn is retrograde, both individually and collectively.

If Saturn turns retrograde in a harsh angle, you can expect frustration in whatever area of your life Saturn is transiting.

Saturn is our personal teacher that rules our reality, structure, maturity and responsibility. During its retrograde this is a good time to shore up areas of your life that need new structure. It could be in the area of finances, work or even relationships.

Whatever area Saturn is transiting in your personal chart may need extra work as Saturn retrogrades through it. The lessons you learn at this time may be difficult and it can be a time of greater anxiety, fear or even sadness. If this is the case Saturn’s retrograde will be a time to confront these issues and focus on a workable solution.

May 3rd-Mercury squares Jupiter and the Sun squares Saturn. Mercury-Jupiter is an expansive transit although things can get blown out of proportion. The sun’s square to Saturn is typically a serious if not depressing or draining influence. Ideas may come quickly on this day but action may be delayed or slow.

 


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

April's unpredictable full moon

 

April’s full moon occurs April 26th/27th depending on which coast you live on. The lunar peak occurs at 8 degrees of Scorpio and this moon will oppose Uranus. With a powerful aspect like this we can expect unexpected situations to arise and some of them may seem explosive. This day and the few before and after may be full of unexpected events, mood changes and changes of plans. Freedom and money or loans, mortgages and joint finances may be a theme, and we could see changes in financial markets at this time.

Many people may desire more freedom, and some relationships and other situations may end or change unexpectedly.

Uranus can rule brilliance and change, but also disruption and unexpected themes. For some this could be an ideal time to make a change in a new direction. It is a moon we should not make rigid plans for and remain fluid in terms of changing activities and events.

As this moon also opposes the Sun, Venus and Mercury, events could concern loved ones, romance and relationships, young people, travel and communication. As the Moon squares Saturn, energies can be tiring, negative, and we may feel we are not up to all of our responsibilities. This can seem for some like the ‘heavy hand of life.’

At this time we can expect major, if not unexpected events and news/news in the few days before or after this full moon. We will see many changes around the globe. Uranus can be associated with coups and rebellions, airplane crashes, hackings, internet-computer problems, volatility, news of public deaths such as we have already seen with former VP Walter Mondale.

April 27th, Pluto, or the God of the Underworld changes direction and retrogrades as it does every year. World events often occur around this time but on a personal level we may hardly notice it. Events and concerns may become more internalized, and issues resolved between now and October 6th, when it turns direct again. This aspect seems to especially affect lawsuits, criminal proceedings and significant money matters to a greater degree than other things.

If you are currently experiencing a harsh Pluto aspect you may well notice changes that begin to occur around the time of Pluto’s retrograde.

 


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Issues with control, power, fears and phobias

 

Both the Sun and Mercury are square Pluto at 26 degrees of Aires-Capricorn. Sun-Pluto aspects relate to control, obsessive thinking, sex, money, power struggles and change born of necessity. This is not the time to start an argument, and if you do, expect pushback. Pluto deals with our shadow side, or the shadow side of humanity. Issues concerning death, taboos, seamy situations, young people and power/control control will all be in the news.

Mercury-Pluto is basically a transit of propaganda, or someone trying to push their viewpoint. It might be hard to let go of a certain pattern of thought for a day, or you could hear some type of revealing news. Mercury-Pluto can also deal with pets, cars, accidents and young people.

Both of these aspects can deal with deep seated fears, phobias, suspicions and mistrust, and it is not always comfortable energy, and arguments and power struggles are common. It is possible for positive change to occur in the form of letting go of, or purging something from your life that is not benefiting you which can include toxic or unfulfilling relationships. Important life changes can also be made, but not without a great deal of work.

The energy of these transits will continue through the weekend and into the first part of next week. Sun-Pluto will peak Friday morning, and Mercury-Pluto will reach its peak point or be exact late afternoon on Saturday. It is important to be aware of your surroundings, and other people’s moods, as well as your own over the next several days.


Thursday, April 8, 2021

New Moon in Aries: Change, obsessions and control

 

April’s New Moon falls in Cardinal sign Aries, which can light a fire under us and sparks may fly on many different levels. Aries ruler Mars, is the planet of action and is all about forward movement and taking the initiative.  At the time of this New Moon, Mars is in mental Gemini, so the action may be mental as well as physical.

Aries rules the first house of the self and we are typically connected with our own personal needs, sometimes to the exclusion of others. This will mark a time of fresh starts, new beginnings and the like, and this moon can pack a punch!

We can expect to be active and our energies will be fueled by Mars, Aries ruler. This moon may seem aggressive to some, and we may as well expect some of the people we are involved with to seem cranky and argumentative as Aries does not work as well for Water signs as it does Fire signs.

This Moon will give us an opportunity to decide where we are going and how we get there, as it is the first full moon of spring and marks a brand new cycle in the astrological New Year which began March 20th.

Transformation and change may well be on our mind as this moon will square Pluto, the harbinger of change and transformation, making change possible, but at the same time not easy. For some, the Moon’s square to Pluto could bring revelations of some type, but if so, this is information we need to move forward. This can also create fears of rejection and bring up old issues from the past.

Venus crashes with Pluto as well, and transit is exact just after 11:00 PM, EDT.

Venus-Pluto aspects can bring up obsessions, hidden desires or suspicions and issues concerning money. Something could be divulged concerning relationships or our emotions, and this can be hard energy to handle. Arguments and disagreements can arise, so this is not the best time to bring up contentious issues, but if you do be prepared for the answer. At times, old lovers may resurface or you could feel fixated on something from the past. At best this transit can transform a relationship for the better, and at worst, it can be destructive due to its obsessive and controlling nature. Pluto transits tend to tear things down before they rebuild in a stronger way.

 

 

 

 


Friday, April 2, 2021

April astrology: full steam ahead!

 

April is all about stating, or understanding what you want and what your personal needs are as we move into the warmer part of the year.

During April the Sun transits through Aries, the first sign of spring, and then Taurus. The planet of communication or Mercury will spend time in Pisces, Aries and Taurus this month. Venus will move from me-me-me Aries into earthy Taurus on April 14th, and Venus becomes the star of the show.

Mars completes its transit in Gemini and moves into Cancer on April 23rd, putting a focus on home, family and our emotional lives.

For the majority of the month, no planet is retrograde, so we will move full steam ahead this month which is a fairly rare occurrence giving us an opportunity to accomplish a great deal on a collective level and in our own lives.

The first New Moon of the spring falls in Aries on April 12th, followed by an unpredictable if not explosive full moon in Scorpio April 27th that may shake things up and bring about a desire for more personal freedom.

As the Sun switches from Aries to Taurus April 19th, our thoughts and energies will begin to focus on other things besides our own personal needs. Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, beauty, values and money so we will become more grounded and focused on the material and physical world. By April 20th, the Sun, Venus and Mercury will all be in Taurus forming a stellium in the sky, or a group of planets ruled by Venus forcing us to look at our material as well as emotional needs.

April 27th, Pluto turns retrograde as it does every year, and we will begin to focus on those issues that lie deep in our subconscious mind and work to address them, before we are forced to do so in some encounter the universe brings to our attention.

Mercury enters Aries

April 3rd, the planet of communication moves from creative Pisces into Aries and we begin a new intellectual cycle. While in Aries communication as well as thinking will pick up speed and shift toward a style of getting straight to the point, sometimes to the point of even seeming abrupt or rude to others, so it is important to watch our words and tone.

For the Fire signs this will seem very natural and comfortable, and for others (especially Water signs) this type of communication may seem too harsh or outside their comfort zone.

Conveying information and ideas will be faster, sharper and without beating around the bush but we must watch out for overly assertive communication with others or getting carried away with ideas that have not been thoroughly thought out as our mind may be moving so fast.

At its best Mercury in Aries can provide us with a mental state that is optimistic, encouraging, on point and self-confident. At its worst Mercury in Aries can come across as thoughtless, aggressive, impatient and without respect as we can sometimes forget to approach conversations in a thoughtful manner. Details can be missing in conversation as Aries is prone to streamlined thinking and communication and does not like to get bogged down in details.

April 6th, Venus sextiles Mars bringing the male and female planets into harmony. This gives us a window of opportunity to express ourselves in an easy and positive manner and romantic encounters could surface.

April 9th, Mars squares Neptune and this energy will be powerful in the few days before and after. This is difficult energy, tiring and it may be confusing. Neptune tends to fog the issues at hand, and for this energy to work we must leave our egos at the at the door. Judgment may be poor making this a negative time for important decisions but the New moon will soon bring more clarity and this will pass. 

The cure for this transit will be Mercury’s sextile to Saturn on April 10th. While Neptune-Mars is difficult and confusing, Mercury-Saturn transits tend to show us the reality of the situation, and much can be accomplished and completed on a transit like this. Also on April 10th, Venus sextiles Jupiter which can bring a hopeful and positive energy to the table. You may not be overly ambitious, but it could make for a pleasant and relaxed day.

Aprils New Moon

April 11, the New Moon falls at 22 degrees of Aries. Aries rules the first house of the self and we are typically connected with our own personal needs, sometimes to the exclusion of others. This will mark a time of fresh starts, new beginnings and the like, and this moon can pack a punch!

We can expect to be active and our energies will be fueled by Mars, Aries ruler. This moon may seem aggressive to some, and we may as well expect some of the people we are involved with to seem cranky as Aries does not work as well for Water signs as it does Fire signs.

This Moon will give us an opportunity to decide where we are going and how we get there, as it is the first full moon of spring and marks a brand new cycle.

Transformation and change may well be on our mind as this moon will square Pluto, the harbinger of change and transformation, making change possible, but at the same time not easy. For some, the Moons square to Pluto could bring revelations, but if so, this is information we need to move forward.

Venus has entered its square to Pluto as well, and this is exact just after 11:00 PM, EDT.

Venus-Pluto transits can bring up obsessions, hidden desires and issues concerning money. You could experience some type of revelation or understanding concerning a relationship, and this can be hard energy to handle. Arguments and disagreements can arise, so this is not the best time to bring up contentious issues, and if you do be prepared for the answer. At times, old lovers may resurface or you could feel fixated on something from the past. At best this transit can transform, and at worst, it can be destructive due to its obsessive nature. Pluto transits tend to tear things down before they rebuild.

April 13th, the Sun’s sextile to Mars will present us with the energy and ability to accomplish a great deal if we tap into this energy. This will be followed by April 15th’s positive sextile to Jupiter which is typically upbeat and hopeful.

Venus enters Taurus

Venus leaves Aries for Taurus April 14, where it will remain until May 9th. Venus is at home in Taurus and works very well in this sign. Over the next few weeks there will be a focus on love, money, luxury items or beauty, beautiful things, relationships and values. Also, it's about getting value for your money.

Now is the time to focus on relationships, and putting your emotions and feelings first along with what you share with others. This can be a relaxed, sensual period of time over the next three weeks where we are focused on the physical, the beautiful, and we can feel grounded and connected to the outdoors. Plan a walk or hike, and get grounded by Mother Earth. Typically this is a great time for planting and getting your garden under control.

Now is the time to seek pleasure in all forms, and this period typically embodies harmony with others, and can be a beautiful chilled out and relaxed period.

April 16th, the Sun squares Pluto and this can be a day fraught with tension and power struggles. At best, this aspect may transform something in your life, but it may not be especially easy. Pluto rules the bullies of the world, or those pushing their own agenda so use caution. This will be a significant news day.

April 17th, Mars trines Jupiter and this is a positive, pleasant and easy aspect. For some this may bring luck, and for others accomplishment through hard work. You could be dealing with the law or lawyers, some cause of justice or make financial decisions at this time. Either way, this aspect is hopeful and is at times, associated with luck. Also on April 17th, Mercury squares Pluto and this is indicative of obsessive or very deep thinking, and it may be difficult to let go of a particular subject you have on your mind this day. At best, you can dig into something and at worst, this can provoke arguments, disagreements and revelations, but the positive Mars energy will go a long way toward balancing this aspect out.

The Sun enters Taurus

March 19th, the Sun enters Taurus, and the Taurus season begins. As we switch from Aries to Taurus, we should have experienced some new beginnings in our lives, whether personal or in work. The Sun in Taurus is a time to become steady on our feet, get grounded, and turn our attention to more material concerns. This represents the second sign of spring when the seed begins to grow, and our new beginnings from the previous month should start to show growth. Taurus is typically a relaxed, sociable period of time as Venus is the ruler of the sign.

Mercury enters Taurus

Along with the Sun, Mercury also enters Taurus April 19th  where it will remain until May 4th. Expect communication to slow down and become more thoughtful and less brash. This is a congenial sign for Mercury prone to deep, if not thoughtful communication with others, that may often be centered around Venus ruled events such as pleasure or material items. As this is a fixed sign, some may tend toward stubbornness, and typically once a decision is made under Mercury-Taurus it is final.

April 22, Venus conjuncts Uranus. This can bring sudden and unpredictable situations, good or bad. Utilize this day to do or try something different. The energy can be energizing or chaotic, depending on what it aspects in your personal chart. Now is the time to try something new in your social life or relationship, and at times this aspect can be connected with a greater desire for freedom. It is possible we could see shifts in finances at this time.

The planet of action enters Cancer

April 23rd, Mars, the planet of action and the God of War enters Cancer until June 11th. Over the next 6 or 7 weeks, many of our actions will be focused on or around the home, family, and those we live with. During this time you could be involved in a change or move involving the home, real estate, or changes concerning these matters. You could paint, redecorate or buy new furniture.

Mars in Cancer also brings up basic foundation/security issues or issues with parents and older relatives. While this may work well for Water signs, and perhaps Earth, it may be hard to handle for Air and especially fire signs. This will be the start of a new 2 year cycle for those born under the sign of Cancer.

Cancer is the most emotional sign of the zodiac and as Mars changes signs you may notice people becoming much more emotional, crabby or melancholy.

With the focus on the home you may do plan family reunions, look for real-estate, take cooking classes, do family genealogy, or other  family related activities and these are all good uses of this energy.

Mars is not at home in Cancer and energy does not flow well. It is considered to be at its fall, meaning it loses strength and influence in this placement.

Cancer rules the home and family and the homeland. We will likely see issues arise of national concern and the homeland. Patriotism in all of its forms, good or bad, may be more prevalent at this time.

Also on April 23rd, Mercury conjuncts Uranus. This is prone toward futuristic thinking but also scattered thinking and communication. Watch for accidents, unexpected mood changes, and the potential for unexpected communication or news.

April 24th Venus squares Saturn. This can be a 24 hour period that can bring about tiredness, melancholy or depression. This is not good for social matters, or you could feel unloved or socially shy. This is a short lived transit that no one should take too seriously.

April 25th Mercury squares Saturn. This is much like the above mentioned transit, but it is more intellectual than emotional. This day can be prone toward negative thinking, communication, and tiredness.

April Full Moon

April’s full moon occurs April 26th/27th depending on which coast you live on. The lunar peak occurs at 8 degrees of Scorpio and this moon will oppose Uranus. With a powerful aspect like this we can expect unexpected situations to arise and some of them may seem explosive. This day and the few before and after may be full of unexpected events, mood changes and changes of plans. Freedom and money or loans, mortgages and joint finances may be a theme, and we could see changes in financial markets.

Many people may desire more freedom, and some relationships and other situations may end or change unexpectedly.

Uranus can rule brilliance and change, but also disruption and unexpected themes. For some this could be an ideal time to make a change in a new direction. It is a moon we should not make rigid plans for and remain fluid in terms of changing activities and events.

As this moon also opposes the Sun, Venus and Mercury, events could concern loved ones, romance and relationships, young people, travel and communication. As the Moon squares Saturn, energies can be tiring, negative, and we may feel we are not up to all of our responsibilities.

At this time we can expect major, if not unexpected events and news/news events surrounding this full moon. We will see many changes around the globe, and some of the events could concern finance, and the financial markets and other matters.

April 27th, Pluto, or the God of the Underworld changes direction and retrogrades as it does every year. World events often occur around this time but on a personal level we may hardly notice it. Events and concerns may become more internalized, plans made, and internal issues resolved between now and October 6th, when it turns direct again.

April 29th, Mercury sextiles Neptune which can bring about a creative day full of psychic feelings or experiences. This is a compassionate transit and a day to help out others.

April 30th, the Sun conjuncts Uranus and this is another aspect prone to sudden and unexpected changes. We may feel positively electric on this day, full of new visions and ideas, or in the typical style of Uranus transits it can be a day where nothing goes as expected and many changes occur. Take the high road, remain fluid in terms of daily activities and take advantage of any unexpected wisdom that may come your way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


Thursday, March 11, 2021

Cosmic and majical new moon in Pisces

 

This month’s new moon falls in the last sign of the zodiac or Pisces on March 13th, at 5:21 EST. We will begin to feel the energy in the week before and for two weeks after until the next full moon on March 28th.

On a Pisces new moon the dream can awaken and we can be led to follow the magic of our heart. This moon has great sensitivity and compassion and perception is heightened. Now is the time to try and express the positive qualities of Pisces which include creativity, visualization, expressing your intuition and accepting things that are less than perfect, including people in your life. This does not mean you should become a doormat, but perfection is a hard to attain quality. You could consider taking a ‘leap of faith’ in some manner during this moon. Pisces is mutable energy which means it is always changing and sifting.

Affairs of the heart will be important as Venus, the planet of love is approaching its conjunction to Neptune. Venus conjunct Neptune can be a double edged sword. It can be magical, mysterious and creative. Love can be grand at this time, or you could be deceived. If you meet someone new don’t take anything for granted and this is not a positive aspect for financial matters. Pisces likes to transcend beyond the day to day world so this moon and the few days before and after can be a beautiful time to connect with others and reach for the sky as long as you keep your feet on the ground.  

 This can seem like an especially idealistic time and for some and it will represent candles and reverie but at the same time Neptune can also represent illusions that simply do not last as time passes.

Some may experience feelings of insecurity or confusion and if this is the case it may simply be a period not to take action. Creativity, art, faith and compassion will be greatly enhanced as well dreams. Engaging in compassionate ventures, any type of creativity or spiritual search is the highest and best use of this energy. It is no mistake that Passover and Lent are occurring over the next two weeks.

With a Moon in Pisces some things can end, or you may have projects or events you are wrapping up. Pisces represents the 12th house or the end of the zodiac. Endings are simply the preparatory phase of new beginnings. The 12th house also represents places of seclusion, and what lies in our subconscious mind, which may be speaking very loudly to us at this time.

This moon sextiles Pluto giving us great emotional depth and the ability to communicate on a deeper so now is the time to express your truest and deepest feelings with others.

In the collective, the New moon will play out as well as in our personal lives. Pisces can be especially deceptive and manipulative so we can expect propaganda and conspiracy theories to ramp up, but we may also see acts of great sacrifice and compassion as well. Sorting through actual facts will be a necessity; racial justice/injustice will be a theme at this time. Pisces is frequently connected to water related weather conditions and events.  

Those most affected by this moon will be the mutable signs; Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, or anyone with planets in their chart at 20-26 degrees of a mutable sign.

 


Monday, March 1, 2021

The astrology of March 2021

 






The first of 3 squares this year between Saturn and Uranus occurred last month. While this powerful transit will continue throughout most of the year, its influence will be waning a bit-at least for now. In the US the most significant event appears to be the major snowstorm that blasted a great deal of the nation creating disastrous power and water outages in Texas that also cost a number of lives. We also saw corona virus deaths reach 500,000, and of course the political division in the country continued along with investigations into the January 6th Capitol riot. Saturn’s square to Uranus not only affects world events, but our own personal lives. Change can be inevitable if this transit touches something in your personal chart, and some of it can be unexpected.

 One individual we are all aware of is golf pro Tiger Woods who’s Mercury (cars-travel) was aspected by the Saturn-Uranus square. He suffered a serious car wreck February 23, and now faces some major recovery time. Best of luck to Tiger!

During March the Sun travels through Pisces, then Aries bringing spring and the solstice with it on March 20th.  Mercury, the planet of communication continues its transit through Aquarius and then Pisces. Venus will travel through Pisces and then Aries, and Mars, the planet of action and war leaves Taurus to enter intellectual Gemini. We have a New Moon in Pisces, followed by a beautiful full moon in Libra.

While March should be less stressful than February, this month there will be a number of planets in Pisces that aspect or meet up with Neptune. While Neptune may bring creativity and some beautiful or ah ha moments it is also associated with lack of clarity, misinformation and deception so we are likely to hear a great deal of misinformation in the public sector as well as our own lives. These transits require clear thinking and awareness of your surroundings and interactions with others. On or around these dates we may also see water related weather events. The most important dates to watch for are:

March 10, March 13, March 27-29.

The Sun in Pisces and Aries

The Sun transits through Pisces February 18th through March 19th. Pisces is the final sign of the zodiac that rules the 12th house that astrologers connect to endings, places of seclusion and the unconscious mind. This part of the zodiac is considered the realm of the unknown that also governs things like secrets, dreams and magic.  At times this last sector of the astrology chart can represent secret enemies or clandestine affairs or relationships that remain secret and hidden as well.

Pisces is a sensitive water sign, whose planetary rulers are Jupiter and Neptune. Jupiter is the planet of gain and expansion and Neptune rules the oceans, intuition, psychics, dreams, drugs or alcohol, spirituality, and lies or deception. Neptune can represent beautiful dreams and inspiration or it can cause you to sink to the lowest of emotional depths. This is represented by the Pisces image which depicts two fish swimming in opposite directions.

There are 12 astrological seasons coinciding with the 12 signs of the zodiac and each sign affects a different part of your chart every year, and each month the Sun enters a different sign.

During the Pisces season get ready to feel more, be more emotional, and dream bigger. You may feel more intuitive, creative and tuned in to others. You might become more interested in movies and art, or anything that can allow you to escape reality for the moment. Now will be the time to go with the flow and perhaps not follow a rigid schedule because like water, Pisces like to flow along at its own pace.

Compassion is a Pisces trait and you may feel more of this for others, or you could even become engaged in a cause you feel strongly about over the next month. Pisces typically have a way of calming and helping others in moments of crisis, and these individual have a tender and helpful spirit.

During the Pisces season good movies typically come out, along with art, music, theatre and news concerning religion, even if it involves a TV news story or documentary.

With the Pisces connection to the last part of the zodiac or the twelfth house many things may end during this time, or you could be wrapping up certain projects in preparation of new ones. Pisces is also the last sign of the winter months just before we enter Aries and spring. It has been a long winter this year and brighter days (literally) are on the horizon now as we approach the Aries season when we will all begin anew once again.

The first day of spring always occurs as the Sun enters Aries which is also the spring solstice. This year the solstice falls on March 20th at 5:37 AM, EDT.The Sun in Aries rules the first house of the zodiac or the self, and its planetary ruler is Mars, the planet of action, aggression and the ruler of men. Aries is a fire sign that can denote bravery, as well as impatience.

While the Sun is in Aries we can expect to be more driven and try to accomplish more. The sun in Aries is like a fresh start and like the plants that begin to grow at this time; we too begin new endeavors as spring is in the air!

We will have little desire to let grass grow under our feet with Aries. Expect people to be more assertive and aggressive in terms of getting what they want. As Aries rules the first house of self we will be more aware of what we want, but the key is to remember that others will feel the same. This can create conflict and the Aries personality can at times be brash and demanding. But at the same time this sign can show great loyalty and determination. Conflicts can arise with the sun in Mars sign but for the most part Aries likes to be fair in all matters if not impartial.

Mercury in Aquarius and then Pisces

Mercury continues its transit through the sign Aquarius until March 15th when it enters Pisces. Due to its retrograde last month Mercury has been in Aquarius since February 2nd for a total of 6 weeks. This is a great deal of Mercurial Air energy which will change on March 15, when Mercury enters Pisces, the sign of inspiration, faith and dreams.

 During Mercury’s remaining time in Aquarius we will be able to look at all sides of the picture and be able to mentally detach from ideas and situations more easily. Aquarius is considered quirky, eccentric, and open. Your mind needs the time and room to explore new ideas with this sign and you may explore new concepts and ways of looking at problems. You may want and expect more mental freedom and the time just to be you.

 When Mercury enters Pisces things that are secret and hidden can sometimes be revealed. Pisces and the twelfth house are a mixed bag. Pisces is the planet of psychic ability and creativity, inspiration and intuition, romantic love and daydreams. But, it also rules alcohol and drugs, lies and deception, hidden situations and information, illusion, delusion and confusion.

Mercury in Pisces can confuse the issue at hand or it could make you more intuitive, or you could believe you are intuiting a situation only to find out you are off base. It may be hard to get a clear picture with Mercury in this sign, or you could misspeak or fail to understand the actual issues. Artistic ability, compassion and psychic talents can be highlighted. Mercury is in Pisces is considered to be its detriment. Thus, its action in this sign doesn’t function as well as other signs.

On the other hand, Mercury travels through the 12 signs every year. Pisces is a dreamer and you may find yourself focused on your own dreams. In dreams, we often find our pathway to happiness if we can become clear enough about what it is we truly want. If we can answer this question we can find a way to manifest it.

Mars enters Gemini

March 3rd, Mars, the planet that rules our action enters Mercury’s sign or Gemini where it will remain until April 23. As Mercury rules speech we may all feel quite assertive when we are communicating with others, and it is important to remember the wise person thinks before they speak. You may be inclined to be direct when you communicate but strong words can inadvertently create advisories.

Mars instigates our action and while in Gemini we will be anything but bored. This will manifest in curiosity, trying new things and ideas and we can expect our mind more than anything else to be ignited. With this Mars placement we have the ability to take action on our new ideas and implement them in a logical way as Gemini is both logical and intellectual. Gemini also loses interest quickly and can’t stand to be bored for long.

The challenge with Mars in Gemini will be to stay on track and not become too scattered as Gemini finds it difficult to stay focused on one thing for long periods of time. The key with Mars in this sign will be to not start too many projects, leaving everything unfinished and nothing completed. If we can conquer this tendency we can accomplish a great deal with Mars in this sign.

Mars also rules sex and passion so it should come as no surprise that while in this placement mental stimulation and a meeting of the minds will become the biggest turn on of all. In terms of meeting new people expect to be more curious about how they think and respond to things. If there is no mental or intellectual compatibility expect to lose interest quickly. Every sign serves a purpose and in this case, now is the time to approach things slowly, getting to know more about the person first. If you are intrigued by their mental prowess, then there is a chance to move forward.

Venus in Pisces and Aries

Venus is ‘exalted’ in Pisces in astrological terms meaning it is well placed in this sign which is gentle, perceptive, artistic and emotional creating a great ambiance for love. Pisces is Venus’s favorite sign and love has no barriers here.

Now is the time to embrace romance, love, fantasy, creativity and dreams and Pisces is all about all of these things. Pisces is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion as well as Neptune the planet that rules the imagination, our dreams and fantasies. Giving to others comes much easier at this time as Pisces is known as the most compassionate of signs, and our desires turn to focus on meaningful and deep bonds. Neptune frequently brings about a desire to merge with others on a very deep level. Venus is operating at its highest octave in this sign.

You may feel romantic thoughts and experience love at its fullest but we must also remember that since Pisces is co-ruled by Neptune, Venus in Pisces can also mean putting on rose colored glasses and failing to judge a situation for what it really is. Love can be grand, but we must also pay attention to warning signs that tell us the person we are interested in is not perfect or all in the relationship. This can be a fine line to walk; feeling the romance of Pisces and yet maintaining boundaries and a clear perspective. In other words, because Venus is in Pisces does not mean throwing caution to the wind. The desire to merge with others will be significant and complex but we must be careful just who and what we choose to merge with.

Venus changes signs entering Aries on March 21st. Venus in this sign will be a far different energy than Pisces. Aries rules the first house, or the self and Venus in this sign has the ability to be assertive in terms of desires, wishes, boundaries and what the individual wants. When Venus was in Pisces the energy was selfless, kind and focused on others, but this is not the case with Aries. To a degree Venus in this sign can be selfish or self absorbed, but on a deeper level it has to do with getting in touch with what we each want as individuals. In other words, to please others you must first understand what you personally want in a relationship. As Venus transits Aries we are likely to put our own desires and needs front and center for the time.

Boundaries with others will be more important as well. Over the next 24 days enforcing personal boundaries with others will be a priority. If you don’t want to do something, you will be much more inclined to deliver a firm NO thanks and mean it. Aries after all, does not let grass grow under their feet and sees no point in wasting time with things or people they have no interest in. This is not so much of a problem for those born under a Fire sign but the sensitive water signs may be more uncomfortable with this energy.

Aries love can be ardent, straight forward and sexy. Venus will remain in this sign until April 14th.

March’s new moon in Pisces

On a Pisces new moon the dream can awaken and we can be led to follow the magic of our heart. This month’s new moon falls in the last sign of the zodiac on March 13th, at 5:21 EST.

 With a Moon in Pisces some things can end, or you may have projects or events you are wrapping up. Water may be prominent in your live at this time whether a trip to the ocean, lake, or involved in a water related weather event. This moon has great sensitivity and perception is heightened. It is possible you could experience feelings of insecurity or confusion and if this is the case it may simply be a period not to take action. Creativity, art and compassion will be greatly enhanced as well dreams. Engaging in compassionate ventures, any type of creativity or spiritual search is the highest and best use of this energy.

This moon sextiles Pluto giving us great emotional depth and the ability to communicate on a deeper level with others or within groups. Venus is conjunct Neptune which can be a double edged sword. This aspect can be magical, mysterious and creative. Love can be grand at this time, or you could be deceived. If you meet someone new don’t take anything for granted and this is not a positive aspect for financial matters. Pisces likes to transcend beyond the day to day world so this moon can be a beautiful time to connect with others, and reach for the sky but keep your feet on the ground.  

In the collective, the New moon will play out as well. Pisces can be especially deceptive and manipulative. Sorting through actual facts will be a necessity.

The full moon in Libra March 28th

Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, beauty and values so this full moon is all about relationships and love. Libra rules the 7th house of partnerships so the focus is on relationships of all types. You may feel drawn to create more harmonious circumstances as Libra does not like fights, arguments or the disruption of the peace.

The full moon makes a number of aspects. The Sun opposes the Moon as it does on every full moon putting the focus on we versus me, and whether your emotional needs are being fulfilled.

This moon opposes Venus which can be a laid back and relaxed type of energy, but if there are tensions between you and your significant other, this could bring them out to be resolved. The moon sextiles Saturn bringing a stable energy that can help level out any stressful feelings and is positive for getting things done. The Sun is conjunct Venus which is a light, positive, uplifting and social type of energy. For most, this full moon will bring out a desire to socialize or be with loved ones. Mercury is approaching its conjunction to Neptune, which is not exact until March 29th, but this energy will be powerful between now and then. Mercury-Neptune transits can be confusing and clarity in many matters may be lacking. Remember that Neptune is the planet of illusion, delusion and confusion as well as lies and disinformation. At times information can be uncovered with a transit like this in both our personal lives, and on the world stage. As Pisces rules water, in particular the ocean, we could see water related weather events.

Other days of interest in March

March 3rd, Venus sextiles Uranus. This can be an unusual and exciting day that can bring business, social and romantic opportunities. It is favorable for business and creative projects.

March 4th Mercury conjuncts Jupiter which positive and upbeat and will help in all types of communications. This transit occurred on Valentine’s Day but Mercury was retrograde. Now we have a chance to make use of this hopeful and fair minded energy without the retrograde.

March 10th the Sun conjuncts Neptune creating an unfocused if not confused energy throughout the day. This is not the day to make important decisions, especially relating to finances. The day may seem tiring if not discouraging to some. Your intuition may seem on spot and dreams could be vivid.

March 18th, the Venus sextiles Pluto and we could have insights into regenerating relationships. Positive for love and business.

March 20th, Happy New Year to all who love astrology as the Sun begins its trip anew through the zodiac for the next 365 days. Here is to the 2021 astrological New Year and the hopes we have for it!

 March 21, Mercury sextiles Uranus. This is a positive mental influence prone to brilliant ideas and discoveries.

March 21st, Mars trines Saturn. This can give you the drive and fortitude to accomplish many tasks. Energy should run smoothly and consistently.

March 23, Mercury squares Mars. This is one of the more stressful aspects this month and prone to arguments, disagreements and accidents. Use care in traveling and communication.

March 30, Venus sextiles Saturn. This is a positive influence for business and friendships, especially those from the  past and your most loyal inner circle.