Apr 30 2022
The merry month of May is now upon us! Even though there will be a Mercury retrograde beginning on May 11th at 4 ° of Gemini, it will be a very active month with lots of energy available for starting new projects and making headway with things already in progress.
In fact, in the Vedic tradition, May 3rd is considered a particularly auspicious day this year for new beginnings, like launching a new business or enterprise. At the very least do some ritual to honor Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, prosperity, fertility and abundance, or honor the goddess of your choice on that day.
Venus enters the sign of Aries on May 2nd and Jupiter follows shortly thereafter on May 11th. Aries folks will enjoy that duo strengthening their energy and stamina as well as increasing the vibes of beauty and abundance. Mars joins in on the Aries vibe on May 24th so there is even more energy present as Mars rules the sign of Aries and therefore revels in its home base.
Saturn transits Aquarius and moves from 24 º 16’ to 25 ° 14’ throughout the month. Structure, discipline and right action is the focal point of Saturn’s vibration so welcome its presence in your life in whatever house in your chart that Aquarius rules.
Apr 01 2022
Welcome to April where we begin the month with a new Moon on the 1st and end the month with a new Moon solar eclipse on the 30th. The Sun and Moon are at 11 degrees of Aries with Mercury at 10 degrees Aries and the asteroid Chiron close by at 12 degrees. This speaks to me of a powerful healing vibration possible, particularly so as Jupiter and Neptune are in close contact by conjunction in Pisces.
Though Mercury is combust the Sun now, on April 2nd the little dude will be within the inner rays of the Sun and it is said to be very powerful when that occurs. Speak your truth with kindness and integrity. Mars is now approaching a conjunction with Saturn and will be at the exact degree of conjunction at 22 Aquarius on April 4th.
These two planets are not friendly with each other and can be quite warlike when making an aspect together. Use the positive vibes of Jupiter and Neptune to uplift any negative energy you personally feel and project it out into the world, particularly for a positive outcome to the war situation in Ukraine.
Reconnect with your cosmic self at this time. Venus enters Pisces on April 6th, which can help everyone feel some kind of blessing is due and coming, however in Pisces, something has to be sacrificed or surrendered in some way.
Mar 01 2022
March begins with increasing tensions as Mars and Venus (the masculine and feminine archetypes) approach a tight conjunction with Pluto (the underworld lord of transformation) at 27° Capricorn while Mercury joins Saturn at 19° Aquarius.
Any planet that is contacted to Pluto will have some kind of extreme and/or threatening experience to deal with, particularly in this case as it is Mars, the god of war. In some ancient cultures, Venus was also considered to be warlike as well so the tension from both is real. Add to that, Mercury traveling close to Saturn usually produces anxiety and worry. I know I am feeling it.
Fortunately, there is a new Moon on March 2nd in Pisces close to Jupiter’s position which does indicate that hope is present but also that having hope is part of the solution to the situation at present.
This new Moon is in a part of the sky related to the divine physician, also known as one hundred healers. However, this healing comes out of a wounded nature or situation. Keep that healing energy in mind if you do any new Moon rituals on the 2nd. Call the divine physicians in for their wisdom and help.
Jan 30 2022
February begins with Venus in direct motion, yay! And Mercury direct soon to follow on the 4th, another blessing! However, both are paired with malefic planets. Venus loosely conjuncts Mars and Mercury much more tightly conjuncts Pluto, and they’re all transiting the Saturn-ruled sign of Capricorn. That’s a whole lot of heavy energy coming at us throughout this week.
Venus with Mars elicits sexual and general tension between the sexes and Mercury with Pluto connotes some kind of secret is revealed and it’s one that can’t be brushed off as a minor infraction. It’s an “ignore at your own peril” kind of situation. Venus and Mars will be close together in the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius until the end of March, so there’s a process of learning to manage this tension and find a way to work it out in terms of close relationships. It is both practical and down to earth as well as intellectual.
All the planets are currently within 125 degrees of each other and captured between the nodes’ positions of late Taurus and late Scorpio. Most of them are in the signs of Capricorn, Aquarius and two fortunately in Pisces. Yikes, that sure is a cluster of somethin’! The point is to pay attention to what news, information or intuition is coming at you and look closer at the content for relevance to your life. Sometimes big decisions have to be thoroughly explored and then made and so your life goes in one direction or another.
Read your Sun sign and Rising sign for best information.
Dec 31 2021
Well, here we are in a new year and new astrological cycle. People always ask, “when will things get better?” My interpretation of the cosmic vibe says that the first two and a half months are a bit rocky but by the end of March the energy gets more stable and concerned with a course correction. All the planets are fairly close together now and well into July, occupying 6 signs of the zodiac and hemmed in between the nodes so it’s a time of intensity, focused energy and some tunnel vision. However, it is still energy that can be put to good use if you use the highest intentions for good.
We begin the year with a new Moon in Capricorn on the 2nd, which skews the energy towards that feminine, cardinal, earthy energy with four planets occupying that sign. Capricorn is a care taking sign so it would be wise to use this energy to take stock of what you have and what you want to grow and preserve in the new year.
Venus will be retrograde in Capricorn until the 29th when she goes direct at 11 degrees. She is separating from the recent conjunction with Pluto so there should be less drama in relationship matters, which is always welcome.
Mercury enters into forward thinking Aquarius on the 2nd but then goes retrograde on the 14th and moves back into Capricorn on Jan 27th. He goes direct at 24 degrees of Capricorn in early February, which is close to Pluto’s position of 26 degrees so late January and early February may have global tension or threatening situations happening in the world.
Dec 01 2021
The month begins with Neptune going into direct motion at 20 degrees of Pisces on December 1 after being in its apparent retrograde motion since late June of this year.
This planet’s effect can be subtle as it takes so long to move through a sign. One can be totally unaware of anything going on but it is associated with the sign of Pisces and is involved with inspiration, delusions, mystical states, spiritual and religious fervor, new cultural concepts and medical discoveries so that gives a clue to the areas of life under its domain.
If one has Neptune aspecting a planet in your natal chart, one can feel like a stranger in a strange land during the transit, very detached or appear confused in fact. Neptune was last in the sign of Pisces from 1847-1861.
Next up, we have a Solar eclipse in the early morning hours of December 4 at 12 degrees of Sagittarius. Mercury is also very close to the eclipse degree so the mind is very much involved with this eclipse as the Moon rules the unconscious and emotional mind and Mercury rules the conscious intellectual mind.
This eclipse energy can help one become aware of negative unconscious patterns that are running things under the surface, a “face your demons” kind of energy. Much understanding and wisdom can be gained if you embrace those unconscious patterns and heal those wounds.
Oct 30 2021
November will be a challenging but empowering month as we have some potent planetary aspects and ingresses occurring within the next 30 days.
Mars enters Scorpio on Oct 31st and so does Mercury on Nov 5th and those two planetary energies combined can be tenacious, argumentative and confrontational. Let’s just say it is a great aspect to have if you are a lawyer and leave it at that.
Venus begins the month at the Galactic Center which can impart cosmic wisdom. Venus is very visible after sunset in the west so you can identify the area of the sky that is known as the Galactic Center during the first 4 days of November. That’s pretty cool. She enters the sign of Capricorn on Nov 5th where she will remain all month. Earth signs find enjoyment and stability during this time.
Jupiter moves between the degrees of 22 Aquarius and 25 Aquarius and will square the Lunar eclipse degree of 27 Taurus on Nov 19th. This aspect is not negative if you do the Jupiterian thing of taking the high road in any situation.
Saturn also plays a big part of the challenging energies as its position of 7-8 degrees of Aquarius will square the Mars/Mercury degrees in Scorpio between Nov 5th and the 13th. One must be impeccable with their words during this Mars/Mercury conjunction aspect. Actually, always if you really want to get ahead. No shortcuts or dodgy deals.
Sep 29 2021
The month begins with six planets in retrograde motion. That’s a lot folks, but the good news is that four of them will be going direct this month.
First, we have Pluto on October 6th going direct at 24° Capricorn 19′. That same day there will be a new Moon along with Sun and Mars, close to the Mercury retrograde for major Libra action. This is a very dynamic day so watch out for things that can trigger you into an anger situation as Mars in Libra is testy. Shift your response energy so you diffuse the situation.
Next, we have Saturn going direct on October 12th at 6° Aquarius 52′ and then Jupiter at 22° Aquarius and Mercury at 10° Libra will go direct on October 18th. Air signs get a boost from these planets with their transition from retrograde motion to direct.
Whew, what a relief that will be for any situation in your life that feels stagnant as progress is possible after this happens.
Venus enters Sagittarius on October 8th but will be close to the transiting south node for a few days so some things may not work out as you want them too. Wait a few days to make major aesthetic decisions or buy big ticket items.
Aug 30 2021
Ah, the summer is ending once September is here and the days are getting shorter. The planetary action is interesting this month as all the planets from Jupiter on out to Pluto are in retrograde motion, which can give on a feeling that is like waiting for the red light to change. Is anything really moving forward? It is but there is a bit of a lag for progress at present.
Three of these planets — Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter — are all very powerful, as they will each go direct in October, bringing more action and visible changes in everyone’s life at that time.
Mars in Virgo is involved in an opposition with Neptune in Pisces, bringing a fogginess to our reality, as well as the potential for heavy rains and flooding. This aspect is exact on September 2nd.
Mars also makes an inconjunct aspect with Jupiter in Aquarius. I don’t often reference that aspect but it has a health overtone to it and today’s headline about the EU restricting American’s travel there made me think that this connection has something to do with those proposed restrictions. So, there is some downshifting coming regarding travel abroad due to health concerns.
While this shows up as global in my example, we should all take precautions for our health and wellbeing during this month. On a positive note, Venus, beautifully visible in the western sky at dusk, is in her home sign of Libra, along with Mercury. This is a nice easy aspect and can bring in many social opportunities and pleasantries with it. Enjoy it all.
Jul 30 2021
The month begins with the Sun at 9 degrees 38’ of Leo and Mercury at 9 degrees 45’ of Leo which makes Mercury within 15’ of the Sun. This combination was known in traditional astrology as cazimi, “having the ear of the king”.
This conjunction is opposed by Saturn so what is false and not of the highest intention will be revealed. Watch to see what interesting information comes out at the beginning of the month. How you personally relay information matters now, as well as to whom.
Mercury moves into the sign of Virgo on 8/12, a sign it rules so pay attention to the details in everything you do. Venus and Mars are also currently in Virgo, though Venus enters her sign of Libra on 8/17 and Mars remains in Virgo all month.
Jun 29 2021
This month starts out with quite a bit of volatility as Mars at 12 degrees Leo is opposite Saturn at 12 degrees Aquarius and they both square Uranus at just under 14 degrees Taurus.
This creates a dreaded fixed T-square in astro-speak. Mars, in any hard aspect to Uranus, is what I call an accident-prone time, as moving too quickly can create an undesirable effect.
That Saturn is also involved in this combination can slow things down if one can remember to back off and take some time to understand and focus rather that rush into a situation unprepared.
The fixed energy of this T-square makes it hard for people to back down from their positions, creating stalemate situations and frustrating stubbornness. Resist the urge to smack them upside the head!
This T-square aspect has many ongoing triggers of this month beginning with the Moon in Taurus on July 3 and 4. On July 6 and 7th, Venus enters the zone of conflict at 10 degrees of Leo and activates the same energy.
Jun 20 2021
Here is the Ask the Astrologers Forecast for the week of Jun 21, 2021 – Jun 27, 2021:
There’s a lot happening this week, starting with two planets (the Sun and Venus) changing signs, two planets (Mercury and Neptune) changing direction, and the final Super Moon of the year.
Starting on Monday, the Sun moves into Cancer and marks the onset of the Summer Solstice as well as the longest day of the year. This is measured by the amount of time between Sunrise and Sunset for those in the Northern Hemisphere; it’s exactly the opposite (the Winter Solstice and shortest day of the year) for those in the Southern Hemisphere.