Mars Square Neptune

Astrological forecast for the week of January 10, 2022: Mercury retrograde and a Plutonic Full Moon


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This week we actually have two planets changing direction: Mercury will turn retrograde on January 14th, and Uranus turns direct January 18th after being retrograde for the past six months or so. Mercury and Uranus are related symbolically as they both are involved in processes of the intellect: Mercury rules the small mind – the day to day thoughts and information that filter through our intelligence and inform our world, and Uranus is associated with the higher mind which translates information from multilevel dimensions of consciousness (intuition and insight, the “aha” moment).  Uranus of course is a much slower moving planet than Mercury, so its movements take much longer and it has been stationary for the past couple of months in preparation for this change of direction whereas Mercury has been stationary for the past few days.

When planets appear to be stationary their influence is more potent, especially if that planet is forming an angle to a planet in our chart. In any case, this is a week in which the processing of information is critical: communication, learning, thoughts, mechanical equipment – all of these things are under focus right now. Under the influence of Uranus which demands change from old paradigms we may be chafing while in yet another quarantine, but we may also be blessed with inventive ideas for how to change our world to better adapt to the current situation. Under the influence of Mercury stationing as it turns retrograde we may find ourselves stuck in a problem for which we can see no escape, and in that case the Uranian brilliance can help us to suddenly discover the solution.

Venus is still retrograde of course, and clients are […]

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By |2022-01-10T07:42:40-05:00January 10th, 2022|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Astrological update for the week of January 3, 2022 – A bit of planetary R&R

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I may have neglected to mention last week that yesterday’s Capricorn New Moon was a SuperMoon, and today here on the East Coast of the US we are enjoying the meteorological effects.  We are under a heavy influence of Saturn currently – not only do we have the waning energies of the Saturn-ruled Capricorn New Moon, but six planetary bodies are ruled by Saturn right now: Sun, Venus, Moon and Pluto in Capricorn, and Mercury in Aquarius along with Saturn itself.  Saturn demands accountability and responsibility, so even though Jupiter has entered Pisces and we all want to relax and thing everything will be blissful from now on, it might not be that easy.  In my view the best way to manage these opposing forces is to hope for and visualize the best (Jupiter in Pisces) while preparing for the worst in a disciplined fashion (Saturn).

Here’s your forecast for the week ahead. Dates and times are for the Eastern time zone, please adjust for your locality.

Monday January 3.  The energies of the Capricorn New Moon will be waning for a day or two, so this is a great time to be organized. The Moon will leave Saturn ruled Capricorn at 5:43 pm today and move into Saturn-ruled Aquarius so the six planetary bodies in Capricorn will still be in effect until Wednesday when the Moon enters Pisces.

The Moon is quite busy on Monday as it passes by Venus and Capricorn in the morning and forms a harmonious trine to Ceres in the afternoon.  Structure and functionality are the keywords for today.

Tuesday January 4.  The Aquarius Moon activates the challenging square alignment between Saturn and Uranus (the Story of 2021 as I called […]

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By |2022-01-03T09:01:40-05:00January 3rd, 2022|Planetary news this week, Uncategorized|0 Comments

4.9.21 A Piscean day to go with the flow

There are quite a few Piscean themes today, not the least of which is a challenging square from Mars in Gemini to Neptune in Pisces.  Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces, so it is already quite strong in the sign of spiritual magic and the unfolding mysteries of consciousness. It’s not all light and fairy dust however – Neptune in Pisces at its worst can bring confusion and deception, and the kind of dissolution of facts and reality which we have witnessed over the past few years.

Anyway! Today’s square from Mars, the planet of physical energy and drive, to Neptune can erode our confidence and create some confusion. It can sap our energy and cause us to feel lethargic.  This will only last for a couple of days, but will be particularly strong this morning EDT when the Pisces Moon aligns with Neptune and strengthens the dynamic. Fortunately we are moving into harmonious aspects which will culminate tomorrow, so by afternoon and evening EDT the dust (or pollen if you are in the south!!) will likely have cleared.

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By |2021-04-09T07:43:51-04:00April 9th, 2021|Planetary news this week|3 Comments

4.8.21 – The alignment of the Self and soul integration

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Over the next couple of days Mercury, planet of the small mind (thinking and information processing) links up with Chiron in the sign of Aries to help us to be more fully embodied in the Self.  Many of us (me included) are hardly in our present selves most of the time – we are in our heads, or worrying about the future or the past.  This Mercury/Chiron alignment can help us to feel more fully connected to our Self, but it will take some conscious attention in order to experience that connection at a deep and real level.

If we don’t engage in that way, a challenging square from Mars in Gemini to Neptune in Pisces tomorrow (Friday)  could throw us off our game.  Under this aspect we could lose our sense of confidence, or suddenly feel confusion about the path forward for a day or wo.  Fortunately today’s Pisces Moon can help us to tune in to our intuition – the inner voice which always provides accurate and useful guidance! ❤️

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By |2021-04-08T07:46:51-04:00April 8th, 2021|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Astrological forecast for April 15th-30th 2019 including the Libra Full Moon

There’s a lot of planetary energies during this period, with three planetary bodies changing signs and two changing direction, as well as a Full Moon!  Read on for all of the details… (dates refer to the Eastern time zone)

Saturn and Pluto turn retrograde. Towards the end of April both Saturn and Pluto will turn retrograde, meaning their apparent motion as we observe the planets will appear to move backwards.  These planetary shifts from retrograde to direct motion mark shifts in direction of focus – the retrograde periods help us to look back into the past and see what is unfinished or what needs to be recreated in order to more fully serve us in the future. Then when a planet turns direct again we are able to make forward strides more effectively.  Saturn and Pluto are preparing for that retrograde turn, they are at a virtual standstill and their influence is more powerful – especially if these planets are hitting sensitive points in your own natal chart (between 18 and 25 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Libra and Aries).  Pluto turns retrograde on April 24th and Saturn turns retrograde on April 29th.

Saturn (tests and challenges) and Pluto (creative destruction) are at their closest point now until they collide in their official conjunction in January of 2020.  The combination of these two planets generally denotes a destructive force that can clear the path of any debris that is interfering with the natural movement of the Universe towards balance.  This has the potential to be a positive force, but it is also associated with contraction and challenge, especially now since both planets are in the contracting sign of Capricorn. They are aligned with the South Node of the past, denoting that […]

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By |2019-04-15T05:07:26-04:00April 15th, 2019|Planetary news this week|2 Comments
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