Planetary cycles

And then there were four: Venus and Jupiter turn retrograde this week

Most of my readers already know this, but planets don’t actually travel backwards.  Astrology observes the motion of the planets from our perspective on earth, and from our perspective they occasionally appear to be moving backwards: we call this retrograde.  

Pluto, planet of darkness and transformation, turned retrograde at the end of April.  Saturn, planet of tests and challenges, turned retrograde on May 11th, 2020.  Venus turned retrograde May 13th and Jupiter May 14th, at which point four planets will be retrograde.  (See this earlier post for more information.)  Anything more than four planets retrograde is significant, and between now and mid-October we will have between four and seven planets retrograde.  That’s a lot of looking backwards!  The world is on pause thanks to the virus, and the heavy retrograde influence suggests that there will be quite a few steps backwards before taking one step forwards.  This is a time of patience and reflection as we re-vision our lives which will look quite different when the pandemic is over.

Jupiter, representing abundance and expansion of all things, turns retrograde every year or so and when it does it encourages us to look back over our dreams and wishes for success and abundance in our lives and re-evaluate whether they are really in harmony with our soul’s purpose.  As with any retrograde period, sometimes it feels as though we aren’t able to move forward as quickly as we would like.  But these periods of looking back are a crucial part of our personal growth and help us to fine tune our goals and our vision for our future.  Jupiter will be retrograde until September 2020, and for much of that time it will be traveling in […]

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By |2020-05-13T12:23:56-04:00May 13th, 2020|Planetary cycles|1 Comment

Astrological insights for the week of May 11, 2020: Video and transcript

There’s a lot of planetary action right now, and here’s what you need to know to get the most out of it.  I can’t believe I forgot to talk about Jupiter retrograde!  I tacked on a bit about Jupiter at the end of the video. You’ll find the transcription below the video.  Thanks for tuning in!  If you like the videos, please subscribe to the channel.  👍🏼

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Hi everybody, my name is Lynn Hayes and I wanted to welcome you to my channel. Thanks for visiting me here!  Today I’m going to be talking about the astrology for the week of May 11.

There is a lot going on this week, and it’s helpful to know what kind of energies are coming up so that we know how to work with them. We can’t always control what happens in our lives, but if we know the kind of weather that’s coming sometimes that can make life a little easier. I always think about a client of mine who always says, “Tell me something good.”  She always wants to know what’s Jupiter doing today, what’s Jupiter doing in my chart. None of us really like bad news and I can see on my Facebook page, where I post every day, the news is not always good. Sometimes there’s going to be a rainstorm, sometimes it’s going to hail, sometimes there’s going to be a big snowstorm. And we’re going to be stuck in our houses. But it helps us to know what’s coming so that we can be prepared.

I live in North Carolina. There’s often hurricane warnings that come up about a […]

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By |2020-05-11T14:53:10-04:00May 11th, 2020|Planetary cycles, Planetary news this week|7 Comments

Jupiter conjunct Pluto and dangerous (Pluto) beliefs (Jupiter)

We usually think of Jupiter as the lord of good fortune, optimism, and expansion in all things and certainly that’s true.  Jupiter is also connected to our search for meaning, and the philosophies and theologies that we create to make sense of the world.   Pluto is an outer planet – not reflecting a facet of the personality as the personal planets do, Pluto represents the power of creative destruction to transform and empower, often symbolized by death and resurrection.  Its power is intense and focused, and therefore can denote obsession, especially in the areas of power and control.

In natal charts, the hard aspects (0 degrees, 90 degrees, 180 degrees) of Jupiter and Pluto can denote individuals with obsessive (Pluto) beliefs (Jupiter), including the certainty they’re right.  Examples of this phenomenon include:

  • Bill Gates (Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Leo) whose authoritarian leadership style drove Microsoft success and who now confidently leads the Gates Foundation in efforts to heal the world’s ills.
  • Robert DeNiro (Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Leo) who isn’t afraid to voice his strong opinions.
  • Peter Dinklage (Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Virgo): “I drink and I know things” (Game of Thrones quote).
  • Rupert Murdoch (Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Cancer) whose media empire (Jupiter) gives him virtually unlimited power (Pluto)
  • Bill Maher (Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Leo) who is a well-known know-it-all.
  • Mick Jagger (Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Leo): one of the most confident (Jupiter) and powerful (Pluto) men in music for the past 50 years

Anyway, you get the idea.  So now we are in a global crisis in which a virus pandemic is making a chokehold in every corner of the world, the viral spread of which began in mid-January under a conjunction of Saturn […]

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By |2020-05-08T08:03:32-04:00May 8th, 2020|Planetary cycles|11 Comments

Astrological update for the week of May 4, 2020: video and transcript

There’s a lot going on this week, including the changing of the guard when the nodes change signs (read more about that here).   Here’s the video, and the transcript is below.


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Hey everybody it’s Lynn Hayes here. Today’s May 4 2020 and this is your weekly report on the planetary and astrological influences for the week. So before I get into that I want to talk about a couple of very significant things that are happening this week.

One is that the nodes of the moon are changing signs tomorrow. So this is something that occurs only every 18 to 19 months, it’s pretty significant astrologically, the nodes of the moon are like signposts they point, the direction from our past, to our futures, the South node represents the past what we’ve come from what’s familiar what’s comfortable. The North Node represents Capricorn or sorry, the north node represents the future where we are headed. And currently, and for the last 18 months the north node has been in Capricorn. And the South node has been in cancer. So, that’s generally, you know, sort of a directional flow from moving away from the feelings and and what is needed to take care of the community and the tribe and moving towards something that’s more practical more structured which is Capricorn. Though notes are changing signs tomorrow, and the South node is moving back to Sagittarius and the north node is moving ahead, or back to Gemini.

So we’re switching to a whole different axis right now. And this will have some effect on the larger world.

The Cancer/Capricorn axis is very much about our personal lives and our lives in society. And the Gemini Sagittarius axis […]

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By |2020-05-04T13:25:16-04:00May 4th, 2020|Planetary news this week|13 Comments

Astrological insights for the week of April 27, 2020 including **new** transcription

Here’s the latest video of planetary news.  As long as people seem to like the videos, I’ll keep making them!  And judging from the feedback, it seems you do.

Some of you have written to me that you don’t like watching videos.  I can relate – sometimes I don’t want to sit through 10 minutes of yakking to get to the five minutes of real information.  For you, thanks to a service called, there’s a new feature: transcriptions!  You’ll find that below the video.


Hey, everybody, I hope you’re doing well this week. It’s Lynn Hayes. And I’m here to talk a little bit about the astrological influences that are coming up for this week. I did a little video the other day about the large number of retrograde planets that are coming up over the next 567 months or so, I’ll put a link to that in the description box. I also wanted to mention, I send out a monthly report, I’ve done this report for close to 30 years now, every single month, it’s about where the planets are going that kind of personal impact that we might see from those. So I’ll put a link for the sign up in the description box also. So you can make sure that you get that on the first of every month. So let’s talk a little bit about this week. And if you are behind and haven’t seen these videos before, you might want to watch the last couple.

Actually some exciting news for some of my people that don’t like YouTube. There’s a new service called otter that will transcribe the audio files. So I’ll be able to link those on the blog. So if you don’t like watching the videos, check the links in the […]

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By |2020-04-27T12:46:02-04:00April 27th, 2020|Planetary news this week|6 Comments