Weekend update May 22, 2021: Saturn turns retrograde and an intense Sunday ⭐️

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Like all planets Saturn has two faces, both Beast and Prince.  As Beast, he brings out our doubts and insecurities and bestows hardships.  As Prince, the self-doubt and endurance required to manage the Beastly enterprises which result in successes and mastery.  Saturn is in Aquarius, one of its rulership signs where it is happiest and best able to create the forms and structures which are required in order to build societies (Aquarius) that are effective and well-balanced.  Saturn cares little for personal feelings; the ultimate goal is all that matters.

I tell you all of this because Saturn is stationary in the sky right now and will appear to turn retrograde on Sunday May 23rd.  Retrograde planets are at their closest point to Earth, and therefore rather than becoming weaker they affect us much more personally.  Saturn will be your personal guide for the next few months (until October 10, 2021) and that will be especially true if you have planets in your chart between 5 and 15 degrees of the fixed signs (Aquarius, Leo, Scorpio, Taurus).  Now is the time to buckle down to reassess our goals and priorities – to decide what really matters and make that happen.

So back to the weekend forecast:  on Saturday we have a challenging square from Mercury in Gemini to Neptune in Pisces that culminates late in the evening EDT/early morning Sunday UTC.  With Mercury in Gemini, the mind can wander all over the place and take in lots of extraneous information without a lot of focus, and the square to Neptune adds a dreamy quality that will make any focus extremely difficult and maybe even impossible.  Saturday is a day to imagine and create, […]

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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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By |2020-09-21T08:14:54-04:00September 21st, 2020|Planetary news this week|1 Comment

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 |2021-05-04T07:06:33-04:00May 11th, 2020|Planetary cycles, Planetary news this week|7 Comments

Pluto turns retrograde, beginning a major year of retrograde activity

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Pluto turns retrograde on April 25, 2020.  That in itself is not unusual since Pluto, along with all of the outer planets, spends about half the year in retrograde motion.  What IS unusual is that this year we will have between five and seven planets retrograde for five months.

About retrogrades

Retrogradation occurs because we observe the movement of planets from our perspective on earth and sometimes, because of the varying speeds at which the planets hurtle around the Sun, they appear to move backwards.  When a planet is seen to be retrograde its astrological function alters somewhat.  The affairs of that planet become more personalized, more significant on an individual level.  Most people now are familiar with the phenomenon of Mercury retrograde which occurs for three weeks about four times a year, during which time matters of communication and anything involving messaging are potentially more chaotic and disrupted.

Traditionally, retrograde planets have been considered to be debilitated, or weakened, and there is no doubt that for some individuals a high number of retrograde planets correlates with failures and extreme introversion.  Philosophical astrology often differs from observational astrology, when instead of relying on the philosophies of others we are able to learn how planetary constellations influence humans by observing these behaviors in actual clients. I have had clients with five or six retrograde planets who were successful, but also introspective and who enjoyed a rich interior life of great meaning.

Neil Michelson’s Table of Planetary Phenomena is a handy reference, telling us that zero planets are retrograde about 9% of the time, but five planets retrograde only occurs about 6% of the time and six only 1%.  (These statistics do not include Chiron, but I am including […]

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