May 31 2023
We have some significant cosmic developments this month, the first being that transiting Jupiter will be exactly conjunct the transiting north node at 3 degrees 37’ on June 1st!
Since Jupiter, the benefic, represents the guru, wisdom, abundance, optimism, publishing, higher mind, foreign lands and expansion in general, it seems to me that the time is ripe for an opening for those things to take hold in your consciousness this week.
The north node is also expansive but can be obsessive about wanting to grasp and possess people, places and things. But it can also reveal your subconscious desires, so pay attention to what comes up for you during meditation and your dream state. Be willing to take a look at your longings instead of squashing them because they seem impossible.
More is possible that our limited minds can understand and it is an excellent time to put what you truly desire out there so it can find its way to you. Mercury transits the sign of Taurus until June 12th when it goes into Gemini, one of the signs it rules, until June 28th when it enters Cancer. The pace picks up when Mercury is in Gemini and lots of ideas come in for evaluation and suitability to your needs. Plus Mercury in Gemini likes to socialize and have fun!
Venus is currently at 25 degrees of Cancer and enters Leo on June 6th and stays in that sign reaching 20 degrees at month’s end. Mars moves from 6 degrees of Leo to 23 degrees Leo by month’s end. That means that that the last week of June and first week of July, Venus and Mars will be in conjunction. This signifies the feminine and masculine energies coming together so if you are looking for partnership, put yourself out there during that time as the cosmic vibe supports the Venus and Mars coupling vibe.
May 01 2023
We begin the month with Pluto beginning his retrograde cycle at 0º Aquarius 22’ and continues the retrograde through October 10th.
Yes, the lord of transformation will slide back into Capricorn going back to 27º 58’ during this cycle so we are not yet complete on our Capricorn issues.
Pluto is very powerful right now so make use of the intensity of these energies, particularly if you have any planets at 0 degrees of the air signs, Aquarius, Gemini and Libra. People with planets around 0 degrees of Taurus,
Leo and Scorpio may find this time challenging but that can also have its rewards as you learn to persist with your goals and overcome obstacles.
The intensity continues on May 5th when we have a Full Moon lunar eclipse at 15 degrees of Scorpio. This day is also Buddha Purnima which celebrates the birth of Buddha and his enlightenment. According to legend he comes back on this day every year to join with other enlightened ones to regenerate the earth. Sounds pretty good to me!
This eclipse includes the energy of Uranus as the Sun is very close to Uranus then and they both are opposing the full Moon. This vibe can translate into some kind of chaotic situation or unusual event that alters your plans. You just have to roll with what is during an eclipse. Slow down and weigh your options if you can before you making a big decision. Or you can just trust your gut in the moment.
If you have any planets at 15 degrees of the fixed signs, Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio, the next six to twelve months may alter your life in a big way. Eclipses really shake things up if they are within 3 degrees of a planet or angle in someone’s chart.
Apr 01 2023
Well, we all made it through a very challenging March and now can welcome April and the blossoming of spring into our lives. Mercury is moving quickly through the end of Aries and enters Taurus on April 4th.
Mercury is going retrograde on April 21 through May 4th and the little dude moves from 15 degrees Taurus back to 5 degrees Taurus. So, if you have any planets within those degrees you may feel the effects in your reasoning ability, communication and travel plans, just to name a few of the things Mercury rules. The dictum of “don’t sign, don’t buy” for big ticket items or contracts during the retrograde period is a safe approach to take.
Venus moves forward from 18 degrees Taurus and enters Gemini on April 12th and clears the 21st degree of Gemini at month’s end.
Venus is quite social in the sign it rules, Taurus, and also lots of fun when in Gemini so accept all invitations to do things and meet new people.
Mars is still out of bounds until May 4th in its current journey from 3 to 18 degrees Cancer on April 30th. We still have the volatility and potential extremes that an out of bounds Mars brings so if you have planets within those degrees of Cancer, be aware you could take an extreme position in some way or extra risk during the time Mars is close to that degree. Check out what house Mars is moving through for more information about how this could manifest for you.
Mar 01 2023
With all the planets in direct motion and Mars finally clearing the 25th degree of Gemini on March 16 (the degree it retrograded on at the end of October in 2022) we can continue forward with our lives with more ease and certainty of direction by the end of the month.
There’s a possibility of a bit of recklessness in our desire to just get on with it, so just be aware of that impulse for rash behaviors. Mars’ energy wants to fulfill its desires as quickly as possible and sometimes that is not the wisest choice.
Mars is currently out of bounds; it has been since October 22, 2022 and will be until May 4, 2023. This indicates that the motion of Mars is beyond the normal north or south zone of declination at the celestial equator. It can indicate erratic or extreme actions if Mars is aspecting a planet or angle in anyone’s chart.
Mercury is moving along in Pisces but will be combust with the Sun from March 15 through March 26 while in Aries. Expect lots of information to come in at that time but not a lot of clarity as to what to do with it or how it will work out until the end of the month. Be patient, it will unfold.
Venus is lovely to look at in the western sky, particularly around the 1st of the month when she will be in a very close conjunction with Jupiter at the 12th degree of Aries. They have been moving closer together quite visibly in the sky over the last two weeks so don’t miss the spectacle of their union on or before Wednesday.
Jan 31 2023
The month begins with all the planets traveling in direct motion, which is a pretty big deal considering that since May of 2022 we’ve had between two and six of them in retrograde motion each month.
You can make all this ‘full speed ahead” direct motion work for you now. Develop an action plan to achieve your goals and stick with it, hire a coach if you need that extra support but the point is that the force is with us now, so go for it.
If something in your chart, like Saturn transiting a planet or angle is causing some caution or delay, it’s OK. Just work with that slower and more cautious energy and keep going. In regards to Saturn transits, which everyone including myself dreads, remember that Saturn leaves a gift for you after every transit to a house or planet in your chart.
So, here are the planetary motions for the month of February. Mercury covers the degrees it retrograded over by the 8th, so any messes made in January can be cleaned up by then. He enters Aquarius on February 12th. Venus moves into her exalted sign of Pisces on the 14th which is quite fitting for Valentine’s day, right?
Jan 01 2023
As I mentioned in the 2023 Year Overview message, we have Mercury in Capricorn and Mars in Gemini in retrograde motion so the new year and its new cycle will be off to a slow start because of this planetary condition.
So be patient and let your thoughts germinate during the first three weeks of the month before taking action. Jupiter in Aries will give you the opening and energy to move forward when the time is right. Mars goes direct at 8 degrees of Gemini on January 12th and Mercury goes direct at 8° Capricorn on January 19th.
Venus is in Capricorn and close to Pluto right now until January 3rd, when she enters Aquarius. Saturn is also transiting Aquarius now but they don’t meet up until Jan 23rd when situations can get more solidified.
Venus and Saturn are friends so I don’t expect this to be troublesome, just more serious, particularly if you are in a relationship. Expectations and boundaries get revealed. Venus enters Pisces, the sign of her exaltation on Jan. 27th, so the next 25 days after that should be quite pleasant.
Uranus goes into direct motion at just under 15 degrees of Taurus on January 22nd so that will free up some interesting energy for a new exciting direction for Taurus’s. Possibly you break free from some situation that has felt like shackles to you.
Dec 31 2022
Cross another year off the calendar, folks, and flip it over to the New Year of 2023. Most people ask “will this year be better?” and my answer is mostly yes, but there will still be some rocky patches along the way. It’s just part of the journey right now.
The first rocky patch is that we start 2023 with Mars retrograde in Gemini until January 12th and Mercury retrograde in Capricorn until January 18th, so that indicates it will be a slow and somewhat confusing start to any new 2023 plans.
Be patient and know if you wait until after January 20th to begin something it will go much better than if you tee off on January 1. Trust me on this.
Mars is the “take action” planet that rules how we go after what we want. Mercury is the ruler of travel, communication, the intellect and the logical mind so it is much more advantageous to have these two planets in direct motion when you want to accomplish something. You want to align correct thought with correct action after all, right?
If either of these two planets aspect a planet or angle in your natal chart, the time line may be expanded to March so that Mars can go over the degrees it retrograded on and cross into new territory after March 18th. I know that seems so far away but it will pass quickly as time always does. Mars is in the sign of Mercury so it can be argumentative or feisty with others so choose your battles wisely with both planets in direct motion.
Nov 29 2022
The month begins and ends with Mercury and Venus traveling close together in Sagittarius and then in Capricorn after the 7th and 11th, respectively.
These two planets are friends and when they travel close together it usually bodes well for social occasions and events, so enjoy the many festivities during this holiday season.
Mercury goes retrograde on December 29th at 24° Capricorn through January 18, 2023. At least it doesn’t station with Pluto, who is moving forward through 27° of Capricorn and for that I am truly grateful!
Mars continues its retrograde journey through Gemini, covering 19° back to 9° this month.
Mars is busy, busy in Gemini with lots of activities and ideas but being retrograde, many of the projects started may not be finished for a long time. That’s just the nature of this particular Mars retrograde cycle. The urge for completion will likely occur in late February or early March but some projects may just stall out completely.
Jupiter is direct and moves from 28° Pisces to 1° Aries by December 31. I find it exciting and hopeful to begin the New Year of 2023 with Jupiter in exuberantly active Aries, many new beginnings on the horizon, folks!
Nov 01 2022
Well, the month begins with a bit of confusion, tension and turmoil as Venus, the Sun and Mercury are all close together in Scorpio and then they all respectively cross the transiting south node in in the first week.
Mercury will be combust the Sun at the time of the total lunar eclipse on Tuesday, Nov 8 at 4:02 AM MST but will be within the 15’ range of the Sun for most of the day where is it said to be positive and have the ear of the king. I think this is fortuitous overall.
The eclipse occurs at 16° 1’ in fixed Scorpio with the Moon at 16° 1’ in fixed Taurus, in the nakshatra called Bharani associated with the eternal river of souls and also with Venus, female hormones and whose symbol is the yoni or female sexual organs. And guess what is on the ballot….
The Moon’s next aspect will be to join Uranus in Taurus so there will be some weirdness during the first 2 hours after the eclipse as the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Moon and Uranus are all involved in a square with Saturn. Everyone is going to feel tense and jerked around during this eclipse. And no, I don’t think there will be a civil war. But these are wild times, folks, wild times.
So, after that bit of fun we lighten up as Venus and Mercury move into Sagittarius on the 17th and Jupiter stations at 28 degrees of Pisces getting ready to go into direct motion on the 23rd! This is a good thing as Jupiter is optimistic and likes to expand and have some fun.
Sep 30 2022
There is a lot going on in October with three planets going into direct motion and one going retrograde so expect some shifts in attention and action for sure. Mercury leads the parade by going direct on October 3rd at 24 degrees of Virgo, a sign it rules. This will help smooth out any communication glitches or complications that developed over the last three weeks.
Next, Pluto at 26 degrees of Capricorn goes direct and will cover the last degrees of that sign before its next retrograde cycle in at 0 degrees of Aquarius on May 1, 2023. The direct motion of planets gives one the chance to embark on a new or corrected course that was discovered or rectified during the planet’s retrograde cycle. Having an earth trine between Mercury and Pluto now will help ground ideas into a reality plan.
Saturn goes direct on October 23rd at 18 degrees of forward thinking, airy Aquarius, a sign it rules. This makes for a powerful and helpful Saturn if one has operated with right action and correct thinking. Saturn is not a fan of dodgy behavior or the skirting of law and order. He likes people to play by the rules, baby, or pay the consequences. It is still squaring Uranus retrograde in Taurus so that brings some instability or chaos into the mix but at least wisdom can prevail with Saturn moving forward once again.
Sep 01 2022
Well, August certainly sped by in a blur, at least it seemed like that to me! I suspect that September will feel similar because with Mars in Gemini we get a double dose of speed and information.
Mars begins the month at 7 degrees of Gemini, almost at the 8th degree position it will retrograde back to by January 12, 2023.
So the ground you cover between September 4th and October 30th will have to be reviewed, revised or re-done over the course of the next 7 months through mid-March of 2023.
Add in the coming Mercury retrograde beginning on Sept 10th at almost 9 degrees of Libra and you get additional delays and/or information gaps. Both are in air signs so more information is coming in with this planetary pairing.
You can see Mars in the pre-dawn sky positioned between the fixed star Aldebaran and the lovely Pleiades constellation. Jupiter in Aries is also blazing overhead at that time as well.
Venus finishes her reign through Leo and enters Virgo on September 5th and spends the month in that sign before going into Libra on September 30th. Venus can be nitpicky and somewhat unsatisfied in Virgo but the energy can be used to improve your health and hygiene habits. It’s also a great time to go through closets and give away things you no longer want or need. Venus in Virgo doesn’t like to feel shabby or ungroomed.
Aug 01 2022
The Mars/Uranus/North Node conjunction — at 18° Taurus — is exact on August 1st and then slowly begins to separate in the coming days.
It may take a few days to unwind from the tension or action you experienced during the buildup to this conjunction but unwind it will. The question remains is what you will take away from how that blend of cosmic energy affected you.
Changes are afoot in many ways because of that transit and in addition we also have a Saturn Uranus square moving closer all month with Uranus quite powerful as it is basically stationed at the 18th degree of Taurus all month before it retrogrades on August 24. Big changes will require a disciplined approach to really stick with this energy.