Astrological news this week: Tread carefully with Mars/Saturn abnd Mercury/Pluto

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Astrological update for the week of April 4-11, 2022

Before I talk about the hard stuff I’d like to add a preface: These potentially challenging cycles are fast moving, lasting only a few days, and interpersed are lovely periods of harmony and camaraderie that will help to relieve the stress of what I’m about to reveal. 😃

Mars conjunct Saturn April 4. The week begins with a challenging conjunction from Mars to Saturn in the Saturn-ruled sign of Aquarius. The idea that Mars and Saturn are malefic in their nature is something that I am always arguing against.  If it weren’t for Mars we wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning.  Mars is the energy that motivates and excites us – it provides inspiration as well as desire.  When that inspiration and desire is thwarted, Mars can become angry and that can easily escalate into the rage that Mars is known for.  Saturn provides a container and structure for our lives.  It inspires us to make commitments and to set goals for the future.  Saturn’s lessons become difficult when we attempt to ignore the need for rules and structure – then we may get the proverbial bonk on the head from the Celestial Taskmaster.

This conjunction is intensified because it squares the Taurus Moon which may cause some disruption to our equilibrium. The conjunction is also in a strong square aspect to the Lunar Nodes of Fate, suggesting that there may be a reckoning from the past that must be confronted before the path to the future is clear. With any planetary aspect to the nodes there may not be a specific event that occurs but it’s a good idea to keep our eyes open in the early part […]

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Astrological news this week: Aries burns through Jupiter/Neptune fog at the New Moon

Astrological update for March 28 – April 4, 2022

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This week as we build towards the conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune that peaks on April 12th (catch up here if you missed my post on the Jupiter/Neptune conjunction) we have a fiery New Moon with three planets plus Chiron all in Aries.

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac – the sign of initiation, blazing a new trail with courage and independence. At its best, Aries approaches life with the innocence of a young child, without fear or hesitation. Aries is ruled by Mars, the planet of action – one of my Aries friends says her motto is “Shoot first, aim later” which very nicely embodies the direct connection in Aries between the desire and action.  The Aries New Moon occurs just after the spring Equinox and it is the New Moon to which Easter is tied. There is a sense of renewal after a long winter (sorry Southern Hemisphere readers!) and an anticipation of what will come next.

The chart for the New Moon shows a tight conjunction from both Mercury and Chiron to the Sun and Moon. The presence of Mercury, planet of the mind, intensifies the focus on all matters of communication.  (Mercury combust Rant: The idea that Mercury conjunct, or combust, the Sun is bad is a widespread concept of well-meaning astrologers whose focus is more theoretical than practical – who have read lots of material but not studied . I have read all kinds of terrible things about Mercury combust the Sun in natal charts – the native is mentally ill, the native is exceptionally selfish… none of these things actually play out in real world […]

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Astrological news this week: Surprising adjustments with Mars and Venus square Uranus

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Astrological update for the week of March 21, 2022

If you can identify this artist please let me know in the comments! As the week begins the energies of last week’s Equinox are still winding down, forcing adjustments in expectations and laying the groundwork for a new season. The March Equinox occurs when the Sun enters Aries in the tropical system – the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of the zodiacal wheel. Aries is the sign of initiation, of blazing a new trail and forging ahead with courage and confidence, and there is a significant Uranus alignment in the chart of the Equinox.

Uranus is the planet that inspires us to break out of outmoded paradigms and ways of living which no longer fit the current reality, and this week Mars will form a challenging square to Uranus. Mars is in Aquarius right now where the primary motivator is innovation and change but also reason and intelligence, so the added influence of Uranus can help to break down barriers to progress. However, Uranus can inspire Mars to be somewhat reckless so it would be wise to exercise some caution.

Here is what you need to know for the week ahead. (Dates and times are for the Eastern time zone, please adjust for your own locality.)

Monday March 21.  The Moon is newly in Scorpio on Monday, intensifying feelings and evoking a sense of urgency where emotions are concerned. Fortunately a harmonious Mercury/Jupiter aspect culminates in the very early hours on Monday which helps us to find more emotional balance and general good vibes.  Mars builds all day towards a harmonious aspect to Chiron (sextile) to facilitate the flow of natural wisdom and positive energy.

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Astrological news this week: Stelliums, Virgo Full Moon, and Equinox news

Planetary forecast for the week of March 14-21, 2022.

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You might have read some different articles this week about the intensity of the planets this week because the planets are all in a bunch. Astrological news is just like any other kind of media – we thrive on drama to bring in the eyeballs. But it seems to me that this week’s astrology is not nearly as dramatic as it was a few weeks ago when the Moon was in Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces and the planets were in even a tighter window of the zodiac wheel.

As this chart shows, on February 27th all of the visible planetary bodies (plus Neptune and Pluto) were within 60 degrees of the chart wheel which is very tight indeed. Marc Edmund Jones named this chart pattern the “bundle” when describing the natal chart – an intense focus which can lack perspective. This tight bundle intensified around February 26th with the Moon in Capricorn entering the bundle, and began to ease when the Moon moved into Aries on March 3rd and departed from the crowded area of the zodiac.

In any case, don’t be alarmed when you read articles like this, things are difficult enough in the world without adding unnecessary panic and anxiety to the mix.

Virgo Full Moon: The Moon will be full in Virgo on March 18, 2022 at 3:17 am EDT, just before the equinox.  Every Full Moon is full of gifts and blessings, and at this time when we have the Sun in a stellium in Pisces encouraging dreams and inspiration but also confusion, the Virgo Moon helps us to ground into our bodies […]

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Astrological news this week: Mars and Venus in Aquarius

Pluto is virtually stationary in the sky as it prepares to turn retrograde at the end of April – it reached the 27th degree of Capricorn on February 3rd, and it will only travel one degree between now and August 2nd. With Pluto stationary in the sky within one degree, the US Pluto return is at its peak for all of these months.  There’s a saying that when the US sneezes the rest of the world gets a cold, and as the world gets smaller and smaller that becomes more and more true.

However, this week there are no major planetary alignments so the faster moving planets will have more of a say in the energies of the week.  Someone shouting in your house may sound loud until a helicopter passes by overhead, and that is what happens with planetary alignments when a major planetary interaction drowns out the more fleeting influences.

Mars and Venus both entered Aquarius yesterday on March 6th, marking a transition from the grounded physical reality of Capricorn into the Aquarian realm of ideas and objectivity. In Capricorn we can sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture, but Aquarius offers some perspective and new ways of thinking about an issue.  With Mercury and Saturn also in Aquarius, we now have four planets in that sign of reason and paradigm shifts. This may not in itself be enough to alter the facts on the ground in Ukraine, but in our personal lives we can take the small steps to bring in more light and more liberation in our own lives from the things and ideas which hold us back.

And now, the week ahead. Dates and times are for the Eastern time zone, please adjust for your locality.


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