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Astrological news this week: Mars in Pisces and stationary Pluto

Astrological update for the week of April 18-25, 2022

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Mars in Pisces.

As I wrote in last week’s update, Mars entered Pisces on April 14th just before the Libra Full Moon on April 16th. That was a highly potent Full Moon, with the Sun and Moon both in a square aspect to powerful Pluto. Unfortunately it did not lead to a peaceful Easter weekend, with three mass shootings in the US, riots in Sweden and Jerusalem, and the bombing of the wonderful World Central Kitchen in Kharkiv Ukraine.

Astrology cannot prevent global disaster and war, but knowing where there might be land mines can help us in our own small ways to promote peace and healing. Mars will be in Pisces until May 24th, and when Mars is in Pisces all of that aggression tends to be driven into the underground of the psyche. In Pisces, the sign of the artist and the mystic, Mars can be compassionate and fueled by creativity and a yearning for spiritual connection. But the drive and motivation of Mars doesn’t do well when subsumed by the passivity of Pisces and it will take more effort and conscious intention to express and assert ourselves where necessary.

Repeating what I wrote last week, during this time Mars will conjoin Neptune and Jupiter, which may exacerbate the fuzziness of planetary energies. We can ameliorate this somewhat by enhancing our own physical energy through physical activity – always an excellent way to stimulate the chi and activate our intellectual energy as well as physical. But in the end we will just have to be patient and wait for the Piscean clouds to lift, utilizing this […]

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Astrological update for the week of November 8, 2021: Mars and the cycle of change

As you may know, I’ve been calling the square from Saturn to Uranus the story of 2021 – the pressures between control for the sake of society (Saturn) versus the rebellion and radical motivations of Uranus.  There is no more vivid representation of the Saturn/Uranus square than the global battle over masking and vaccinations during this pandemic and the extreme path which this debate has taken.

Saturn and Uranus are five degrees apart from an exact square, but the aspect is tightening over the next month until it culminates in mid-December.  Every time a faster-moving planetary body activates Saturn or Uranus, the themes of the square are also activated even if it’s the Moon which lasts just a few hours.  This week Mercury (mind and communication) aligns with Mars (aggression and motivation), and both planets will ignite the Saturn/Uranus dynamic.  Expect the themes of rebellion and domination to be more pronounced, and with Mars in Scorpio the power of passion will be intensified.

In other words, duck.  Try not to inflame already heated situations if you can help it. If you can, speak your truth with conscious intention and the light of awareness, without seeking blame or needing to win (both Scorpio themes).  This is not a good week for difficult conversations or confrontation, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen so be prepared. We often can’t avoid situations that emerge in challenging planetary times because these times are meant to promote personal and global evolution.

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

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Monday November 8.  The planets are relatively quiet on Monday and […]

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11.3.20 Mercury square Saturn rules the week

If you’re thinking that doesn’t sound so great for an election in the United States, in 2020 which has witnessed some of the most intense events of our lifetime, you’re probably right.  Mercury, planet of information processing, first formed a stressful square to Saturn, planet of tests and challenges, on September 23rd as it traveled direct through Libra.  The second phase of the square was November 1st and the final phase is the 6th. Because both planets are moving very slowly now (Mercury turns direct today and will begin to pick up speed), they will be in range of this aspect all week.

Most people reading this will know that when Mercury is retrograde it’s important to pay closer attention to the actions we normally take for granted or snafus may occur, and when Mercury turns direct again it’s not like a magic wand is waved and things get back to normal. While Mercury is picking up speed it is still very close to the Earth and still demanding attention, and the square to Saturn makes that even more critical. It’s a good time to focus on the things that need to be done, and to slow down the speed at which you normally do things to about 50%, for the week, anyway.  Regarding the election, don’t expect everything to be settled tonight.  We are in for a long haul of controversy before we can all relax and move on.

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By |2020-11-03T07:29:28-05:00November 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|4 Comments

10.30.20 About the long-lasting square from Mercury in Libra to Saturn


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Mercury is traveling retrograde right now in Libra, having left Scorpio last week to retrace its steps through the sign of balance and integration.  Libra’s job is to determine where polarities exist and find ways to bring harmony where none currently exists, and for this reason Libra is known as the sign of the diplomat and negotiator.  With Mercury in Libra we are more sensitive to disharmony and cognitive dissonance, which is an odd thing in the week before a very difficult election in the US.

Mercury’s travel speed is slower than usual because it will change direction to turn direct on November 3rd (yes, that IS election day!) and for the entire week it will be in a challenging square to Saturn, the planet of tests and challenges.  The influence of Saturn adds a layer of challenge to an already challenging Mercury retrograde period so we’ll want to be extra careful with the words we use, and any effort to communicate will likely encounter greater difficulty than normal.  This challenging square from Mercury to Saturn will be in effect until November 8th or 9th until Mercury resumes its normal speed.

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Weekly astrological forecast for September 21, 2020 including the Equinox and Saturn turning direct

In this week’s video I review the meaning of the Sun entering Libra at the September equinox and the turning of the seasons.  Also, Saturn is stationary in the sky right now and I thought he deserved some special time since his influence is important with all of the Capricorn energies happening at the moment.  And of course I’ll review the astrological influences of the week ahead to help with your planning.  Transcription can be found at the end, but as always I encourage you to watch the video.  It helps me and my channel, of course, but you’ll also find charts and visual aids in the video which will help to tie everything together and make more sense.

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Hey everybody, welcome back to my channel. I hope you’ve had a great week. If you’re new here, my name is Lynn Hayes. And every week I post a video about the astrological influences for the week, and how you can get the most out of them. So without further ado, let’s get started.

The first thing I’d like to talk about is the planet Saturn. This summer we have had a large number of planets traveling retrograde. Now planets don’t actually travel retrograde, but sometimes they appear to travel backwards, and we call that retrograde. And this summer we have had between five and seven planets retrograde, which is a very large number. When we have that many planets retrograde there’s a tendency for the energies to kind of stall. We’re having to keep going back and look backwards behind us. You know, what did we do? Why did […]

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