October 2018 Horoscope

The October 2018 Astrology Forecast and Horoscope is delivered via a blog post rather than my usual video forecast. I hope to resume my monthly video forecast in November.

October’s Big Picture

There are 3 major themes for the month. They are all equally major, so I present these in no particular order:

  1. Cardinal Convergence Redux
  2. The month of the Dog has arrived
  3. Bye bye, Jupiter in Libra; Hello, Jupiter in Scorpio

#1 Cardinal Convergence Redux

In July 2018, I tweeted about the overwhelming focus on cardinal signs that would take us through to August:

Cardinal signs are like the Aces of the Tarot.

Cancer is the Ace of Cups
Libra is the Ace of Swords (I mean, look at Justicia!)
Capricorn is Ace of Pentacles
Aries is Ace of Wands

Aces are more than seeds. They are opportunities to be taken advantage of, potential energy stored up waiting for that kinetic initiation. Cardinal signs have all the get-up and go required to actualize that potential. Cardinal signs want to see a thing brought to its resolution, so they will constantly impose and enforce to get it there. That could be controlling—or, you know, leadership. Depends on the circumstance. Bossy, bully, competent, and capable. Mix it up!

This is the energy that carries us through to the very end of the year. Aries and Cancer are more temporary legs. Capricorn will be occupied through November 5. There will be at least one planet in Libra through December 31.

Your Capricorn house is where you are feeling moved to impose order by establishing new ways to use what you have and get what you deserve.

Your Cancer house is where you are pressed to stay tuned in and respond to needs as they arise.

Your Aries house is where you feel entitled, but likely lack the opportunity to do what you want to do. You Capricorn house is the outlet and focus for what you want here.

Your Libra house is where you have opportunities to include others or to be included by others. This is the part of your chart that’s been busy since September 2017 and will remain so through the very last day of 2018.

Your Capricorn house is going to be feeling relentless. You are going to feel driven in this part of your life, like the need to act is urgent. But don’t let it fool you. That’s Mars talking. Pace yourself in this part of your life. You don’t really have a choice anyway.

And don’t fall into the trap believing that the work in your Libra house can’t help your Capricorn work; it can. Stay connected to others, intentionally include others, and say yes (within reason) to opportunities that come your way.

I took the liberty of copying all that I wrote in that tweet thread here because it is very important to what is happening this month.

Back in July, Cancer was the sign that took center focus in the form of mothers and their children, families and their home, immigration, and housing. The square between Cancer and Libra was palpable as major litigation and court rulings regarding the housing of immigrants pushed through the courts.

Libra is the major focus in October with three planets in the sign for most of the month. This moment carries us through the end of the year bringing a much-anticipated culmination to the demands of justice for and by women that began when Jupiter ingressed Libra in September 2017.

#2 The month of the Dog has arrived

Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that Chinese astrology (Bazi) is a major tool I use to make my accurate political predictions and predictions for public figures (like that one I hit right on for Elon Musk).

February 4, 2018 began the year of the Yang Earth-Dog (Wu Xu). On October 8, we begin the month of the Dog (Ren Xu, which is the Yang Water Dog). Whenever the month animal matches the year animal we know that during that month events and circumstances indicated by the year animal will come to pass. That means that October is the month where it all goes down. And by all I mean, the major themes of this year reach concurrent culminations: #MeToo and the movements of justice for and by women, Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, Facebook and its demise at the greedy hands of Mark Zuckerberg (one and two), immigration and #AbolishIce. After this month October Surprise will take on a whole new meaning.

The specifics of this month have to do with the elements contained in the month pillar: Yang Water (Ren) up top in the heavenly stem and the Dog (Xu)—which is Yang Earth—on the bottom. Yang Earth to Yang Water is a star called 7killings. This star represents husbands or boyfriends for women; power, authority, and influence for both men and women; and legal troubles for those who do not benefit from the element represented by the 7killings star.

I need not supply any additional evidence as to the importance of litigation and legal proceedings in the present for the United States.

#3 Bye, bye Jupiter in Libra; Hello, Jupiter in Scorpio

I wish there was a way for me to overstate the importance of Jupiter entering Scorpio. It is critically important for three primary reasons. The first reason is that Jupiter will be revisiting where Saturn transited the November 2014 through October 2017. That covers the entirety of Donald Trump’s campaign for president of the united states as well as an extremely violent and volatile time. with regard to gun violence in America.

The second reason is that Saturn is in Sagittarius which means that it is under the command of, answering to, Jupiter. As Jupiter changes signs so do the marching orders Saturn receives. Saturn in Sagittarius has been in Jupiter in Libra’s justice for him by women army since September 2017. This month it joins Jupiter in Scorpio’s stand-your-ground army.

The third and final reason that Jupiter’s sign change is critically important is that the front end of this transit revisits the August 21, 2017 fixed sign eclipse degree, 3°-4° Leo (aspecting that same degree in Taurus, Scorpio, and Aquarius.)

Towards the end of this past summer, I said that the final months of 2018 would be where 2015, 2016, and 2017 all come to meet and resolve what had occurred between them. I know that this brought up fear and concern for many people. However, this is the nature of time. Everything we experience connects to threads of stories that have been ongoing. And at any given time one or more of those threads brings relevant events and changes in the present. Now is the time for us to reckon with the Saturn in Scorpio transit and the eclipses in Leo and Aquarius.

I don’t want you to think too deeply about the specific interpretations of the signs and astrological configurations that occurred. It is most useful for you to think about the major events of the summers of 2015 & 2016, and September and October of 2017. What was going on in your life during that time? where were you challenged to stand your ground in the faces pressure to discard your emotional reality for one that prioritized others?

I’ve written many more questions about how you can think of and prepare for what is to come in your Scorpio house over the next several months: Jupiter in Scorpio.

Now, onto the details for the rest of the month.

WEEK 1

October 5: Venus Stationary Retrograde

We have arrived. Venus has been within the degree where it will station retrograde since September 28. This is the point in a relay race when one runner, who has been running around the track, takes the baton and reaches ahead as another runner begins to slowly run, gradually picking up the pace with their arm extended behind them ready to grab the baton and take off.

Jupiter is the runner finishing its lap through Libra. Venus is the final runner on the relay team, her arm extended, ready to finish the race. Because Jupiter is not a home in Libra it did not have the authority to exact the kind of justice demanded by women all over the world. But Venus is home. and he has the inherent authority to bring what is due.

Anytime a planet changes direction, either by stationing retrograde or stationing direct, it upsets the flow of traffic for all planets. And by making these stations, a planet is triggering other major astrological events and configurations that have occurred within the sign where it is stationing. The retrograde station of Venus occurring at 16° Libra triggers both the Full Moon in Libra (April 31, 2018), as well as Jupiter’s direct station at 19° Libra (July 10, 2018).

I’ve got three YouTube videos on my channel that will help you navigate what this retrograde means for you and how to best understand Libra. Remember, Libra and decide ariel zodiac is much different than tropical conceptions of the sign. libra as codependent, indecisive, passive, completely ignores depictions of Libra as Lady Justitia brandishing a sword and a blindfold. That’s ruthless if you ask me.

  1. Venus Retrograde 2018
  2. Sidereal Libra
  3. Venus conjunct Jupiter in Libra

If you are unsure of where Libra is in your sidereal birth chart, then please use this guide to help you cast your sidereal birth chart so that you can follow along with the videos linked above.

Also, here is a blog post on sidereal Libra.

October 6: Mercury in Libra

October 6th begins a special time period in 2018 where Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury are all in Libra. This time period lasts for only 5 days because Jupiter will leave Libra for Scorpio on October 10th.

From October 6th through October 11th, Venus is at home, having inherent authority in Libra. That means being in the position of power and having the authority to execute her agenda in her own way. To make matters even more interesting Venus is also stationary. Stationary means slow and disrupting traffic. Venus is drawing attention to herself in a way that we cannot ignore. Again, Venus is not alone, both Jupiter and Mercury are under her command.

Mercury has a special kind of minor dignity, or authority, in Libra called triplicity. Triplicity means element. We would then say that Mercury rules all air signs during the day. Practically this means that mercury can function relatively well in Libra.

As the planet of articulation Mercury gives word, tool, or other symbols (like number or picture) to what is perceived, heard, or understood. For Mercury, there is the necessity of being useful, and Mercury finds itself very useful and Libra. I’d say that Mercury is a willing and able participant for Venus’s exacting of justice.

In general, Mercury is changeable, adaptable, and flexible. It tends to take on the qualities and temperament of the sign it occupies, or planets nearby. In this case, Mercury joins the cult of Lady Justitia, it enlists in the Army for Justice.

As the writer and deliverer of contracts, the developer of the language of negotiation, articulator of consensus, and the one who files court cases and motions; Mercury is well-equipped to deliver the messages and file the appropriate paperwork necessary to bring the justice we’ve all been waiting for.

WEEK 2

October 8 New Moon in Virgo

Right now Virgo is the source of much irritation for us. However, we may see the ways in which it can work for us. Every planet in the sky is answering to Venus in Libra because it is the only planet at home and its own sign. The New Moon in Virgo, in the 12th sign from Libra, answers to Venus by way of Mercury in Libra.

Virgo is the sign of evidence and quantification. Much like Gemini, it takes things at face value. It does not seek to interpret or look any deeper than what can be perceived and accounted for in a mathematical or logical sense.

As the 12th sign from Libra, it’s insistence upon calculable logic undermines Libra’s drive to reconcile and magnify commonalities that may not be seen on the surface. This can be both good and bad for Libra and the justice it demands at this time.

A great example of this is taking at face value the calendar that Judge Brett Kavanaugh brought to his hearing in response to the allegations of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Judge Kavanaugh brought his own interpretation to us and demanded that we interpret what was written in the calendar through his personal lens. He wanted us to believe the story he was telling. Yet, if we were to take the calendar at face value, there is an entry on July 1st that aligns with exactly the kind of event Dr. Ford would have been assaulted at, complete with ‘skis (beer) he claimed he didn’t drink on weekdays.

In our personal lives, the dissonance between our Virgo and Libra houses underscores the challenge of reconciling what we see with what we believe. We often subscribed an immutability to that which can be quantified. It is said that one cannot argue with the numbers.

However, opinion and differing agendas demand to be reconciled. What evidence is taken into consideration as we look underlying commonalities different factions of our personal experience and those we meet in our relationships with other people, and the world at large? The evidence we observe may lead us to one conclusion. But as we meet and relate with others we see not only different experiences, but also different conclusions drawn from the same evidence. That is what must be reconciled.

October 10: Venus Rx SQUARE Mars in Capricorn

By October 10th Venus has not moved much at all from the degree of its October 5th retrograde station. So pretty much from the moment of Venus stations retrograde it is applying to a second square with Mars in Capricorn.

Venus in Libra is in the superior position as it reverses into the second of two squares with Mars in Capricorn. The first square was September 8th. This is a square of two heavyweights pitted against each other, except that now Venus has some unfinished business. Because Venus is retrograde it can be that Venus is going back to revisit something left unfinished or unresolved. It can also mean that Venus is disruptive and acting in a way that we may not expect. Given the current political and social climate I find this to be reassuring.

We expect Venus to be accommodating and eager to come to an agreement. We expect Venus to bend and adjust. In Libra, we expect Venus to be rational and deeply rooted in principle. With these expectations of Venus in Libra, what does it mean for Venus to be disruptive and act in unexpected ways? Could it be that Venus suddenly demands the justice that has been withheld from her?

Mars in Capricorn has been the stubborn, heels dug into the ground, unwilling to relent, impervious to reason and rationale, and unwilling to be convinced. That is a formidable foe for Venus in Libra. However, Venus is in the superior position (earlier in the zodiac). Being in the superior position grants Venus the power to overcome the resistance offered by Mars in Capricorn.

Venus is at home in Libra whereas Mars, though exalted in Capricorn, is borrowing the authority of Saturn. Ultimately, Venus is the final Arbiter, the ultimate judge, the one who determines how we proceed. Though impervious to reason Mars cannot compete with Venus’s sharp Sword of Justice.

Yes, Venus in Libra wants Mars to agree. It’s been putting up its best argument for a year now. But, there is a way for Venus to move forward even if Mars does not agree. That would be for Venus to discard it civility in exchange for a warrior stance.

Note: The first square of this pair occurred September 8th. That was the culminating moment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s initial confirmation hearings and testimony for a seat on the Supreme Court. We know that Venus has already loudly done her retrograde dance by reopening the FBI background check into allegations of criminal sexual assault.

October 11: Jupiter in Scorpio

Now we enter a new year with a new trend. From Justice for and by women to stand your ground. I’ve written extensively about this transit, providing reflection questions and additional keywords and trends.

But what I did not mention in that article that I did want to talk about is the fact that Jupiter in Scorpio will be under the command of Mars in Capricorn until November 5, 2018. Mars will have a cohort of planets working on its behalf beginning with Jupiter and eventually including Mercury.

While Mars is borrowing authority from Saturn, and Jupiter is under Mars command, Jupiter is not happy to be working for Mars in Capricorn. Capricorn, the sign Mars is occupying, is the sign of Jupiter’s detriment. Jupiter has no authority in Capricorn. Capricorn is hostile to Jupiter’s agenda.

Jupiter is concerned with possibility, and the story that makes individual events, information, and experiences make sense. Capricorn does not care about a story, it cares about practical ways to use money, time, and energy.

This is what I would call a malefic mashup. While Jupiter itself is benefic, in Scorpio with Mars in Capricorn, the more destructive, life-denying side of both planets is magnified. Jupiter can bring too much, overwhelming and suffocating the life out of living things. Mars in Capricorn is too eager to snuff the life out before its time by denying what is needed to sustain life. The severity and destructiveness of austerity, withholding because “we don’t have enough” brings consequences far beyond what is intended.

Libra planets are still our only hope. In the 12th sign from Scorpio, using rationality, reason, and the sword of justice to undermine the harshness of Jupiter. And still being in the superior position, an overcoming square with Mars keeps Mars from running completely unchecked. It’s gonna be a rough time though, with desperation inspiring destructive behavior. Some of us may need this, others likely don’t need the encouragement of these tendencies. Which one are you?

WEEK 3

October 15: Mercury CONJUNCT Venus Rx

It’s Libra party. Cardinal Convergence. I talked about both of these things already so I won’t add 350 million more words to talk about this again. (See above, October 6)

October 19: Mercury SQUARE Mars

This year we’ve gotten an overdose of tension between our Libra and Capricorn houses. Rationality and reason, consensus and fairness pitted against conservation of energy, and rigid expectations. Capricorn demands that we work with what we’ve got while Libra demands that we move forward with consensus even if that means doing something completely new.

Mercury is tracing the ground already traveled by Venus twice this year. Venus has squared Mars twice, first on September 8th, and then again while traveling retrograde on October 10th. While Mercury does not have the inherent Authority that Venus has in Libra, Mercury is backed up by the big boss herself. And just like Venus, Mercury is also in the superior position.

Mars may be standing at the door demanding that we play by its rules. But Venus is the headliner; she’s who we came to see. Justice is what we’ve all been waiting for. How can Mars compete?

WEEK 4

October 24: Full Moon in Aries

Do you remember September 27, 2018? That day the Moon was in Aries causing a ruckus. That was the day that we tensely watched Dr. Christine Blasey Ford give a gut-wrenching and terrifying testimony about the assault she experienced at the hands of Judge Brett Kavanaugh just 36 years prior. Dr. Ford was sensible, civil, credible, and honest. Yes, she was Venus in Libra, literally.

Then we witnessed Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the fiery embodiment of the Moon in Aries. He was angry, aggressive, entitled, self-righteous, and rude.

If this drama plays out this long the Full Moon in Aries will up the ante. How is that even possible? The drama of October, it’s many surprises—how can there be more? Well, if anything we have learned over the past two years that there is no low too low, and there is no such thing as too unprecedented.

With the Full Moon in Aries, three of the four cardinal signs are occupied. Remember Cardinal Convergence? Yes, we shall make progress by any means necessary. Mars in Capricorn rules this Moon, and the Moon is further supported by a trine with Saturn in Sagittarius. Yet, Aries and Capricorn are in conflict. Is this a stalemate? Is conviction with religious-like fervor enough to let the petulant toddler have his way? Or, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” (And by the lady, I mean the man.)

October 26: Mercury in Scorpio

Jupiter in Scorpio gets its first visitor as Mercury enters the sign on October 26th. And with that entrance comes the third Mercury retrograde of the year. More about that later.

Let’s talk about Mercury in Scorpio. Let’s talk about another planet under the command of Mars. Boy, is Mars getting desperate! It’s at this point of the year where Mars gets major support. Were it not for the Sun, and Venus retrograde still in Libra working at cross purposes with Mars, the Scorpio planets would have unfettered access to power.

Scorpio is self-preservation, emotional entitlement, and emotional boundaries. Mercury’s on Mars’s team now so it must speak and articulate in order to achieve those ends.

WEEK 5

October: 29 Mercury CONJUNCT Jupiter

Every single Mercury retrograde this year was intense. The first was a carryover from 2017 which featured three conjunctions with Saturn in Sagittarius. The second one, in Cancer, was traveling through a minefield of Mars retrograde and Cancer-Capricorn eclipse triggers. This impending Mercury retrograde is bringing up old stuff. I’m talking about 2015, 2016, 2017—yep, there’s a bunch of unfinished business in the fixed signs, and Scorpio leads the way.

The moment that Mercury conjoins Jupiter in Scorpio at 3° is the moment that Mercury enters its retrograde shadow. Mercury will station direct at 3° Scorpio on December 6th. If it sounds like a long time, that’s because it is a long time.

Three degrees should sound very familiar to you, very very familiar. Do you recall August 21, 2017? What about the first several days of September 2017? There was a total solar eclipse at 4° Leo on the first date. And those second set of days? Mercury and Mars conjoined at 4° Leo triggering that August 21st eclipse degree. And with that trigger came hurricanes, rain, lots of rain, and destruction.

You may have not connected those fateful days in 2017 to August 2015. But, August 3, 2015, Saturn stationed direct at 4° Scorpio. Saturn sat at that degree of Scorpio all of July and all of August 2015. It was brutal and ominous in ways we could not comprehend at the time. Donald Trump officially announced his candidacy for president on July 16 of that year. Whoa! The placement of the rest of the planets at the time is a marvel. But I’ll save that for another time.

Fixed signs, got pummeled for 3 years straight. But there is more to be done.

Scorpio withdraws into a fortress of self-protection, impervious to precedent and demands that it conform to make others comfortable. Scorpio says “stand your ground!” because your life depends on it. Willing to act in ways that might even endanger its own life, Scorpio is no stranger to risk.

Yet, the risk that Scorpio is willing to take is only activated when its back is up against a wall when it has no choice. Otherwise, Scorpio moves in the direction of its emotions, unwilling to be talked out of them, and relinquishing its own comfort in the process. Emotional rigidity preserves the self as far as Scorpio feels. There is no need to ask if what one is feeling is true. It’s true in as much as it is felt.

There are both constructive and destructive manifestations of this. Finding the courage to reject calls for civility because respectability is killing you. And standing firm in one’s feelings, leading to freedom.

July 2018 Sidereal Astrology Forecast & Horoscope

July 2018 is one of the busiest months of the year, and it only gets busier through the rest of 2018. July is when it really starts. The last week of June 2018 ushered us in to an unprecedented time governed by a rare Mars retrograde in Capricorn.

View the July 2018 Sidereal Astrology Forecast & Horoscope on YouTube.

July 2018 Astrology

Now, in July we have Mars retrograde for the entire month, and a Mercury retrograde that starts at then end of the month. There are TWO eclipses and Jupiter stationary direct. So much is happening!

That is why I live stream a video forecast for each month on my YouTube channel. The July 2018 Sidereal Astrology Forecast & Horoscope video is now up. Let me know what you think. I added some of my political forecasting at the end. Enjoy

Mercury Rx in Pisces 2018: Anchored at Sea

All transits calculated using the sidereal zodiac. Use this guide to cast your sidereal birth chart and see if any planets have changed sign. And if you’re ready to learn how to understand the changes, check out an Introduction to Sidereal Astrology.

Yes, you read that correctly. We’ve reached our 2nd of 4 Mercury retrogrades this year. Mercury takes a trip in reverse 3 or 4 times each year. This year we get 4 for our pleasure.

Mercury will travel from 10°-22° Pisces between March 8 and May 3. Mercury normally spends 3-4 weeks in each sign, but it will spend about 8 weeks in Pisces due to this retrograde.

Important dates to note for Mercury Retrograde during March and April 2018

PISCES

When planets are in Pisces they are under the command of Jupiter, they must undertake their tasks and execute their agendas with reverence to:

  • Escaping the confines of identity;
  • Transcending the awareness that defines the way one experiences and sees the world;
  • Shedding the uniquely identifying aspects of the persona
  • Disregarding the biases of perception in order to merge with something bigger and greater;
  • Surrendering one’s individual will to the Divine Will.

With Pisces somewhere in all of our charts, we each have an urge to give ourselves over to an experience that overrides our own will and desires. We want our feelings to have purpose greater than self gratification and emotional satisfaction. We want our actions to further a cause larger than what can be encompassed within our own lives and lifespan. And so, we craft narratives that contextualize our feelings and give them the power to devour our self serving predilections. We make our feelings holy, our desires sacred.

MERCURY IN PISCES

In Pisces, Mercury is a land bound creature anchored at sea. It prefers the evidential and predictable paths of Virgo, or the height and breadth of airy Gemini’s way. Instead, words swim like jellyfish shifting in and out of schools when they’d rather come together like a gaggle of geese and take flight.

Language is a tool meant to confer meaning. Words are ideas, symbols in place of the object or person to which it’s meant to refer. And symbols are tangible in the sense that we can grasp onto them (their function and meaning) in predictable ways. Yet, in Pisces these symbols can be a confining prison to the meaning one intends to convey in their use. They can also be an exercise in improvisation and possibility as we fashion a variety of ways to use them.

Those are excellent concepts to consider during this retrograde—improvisation and possibility. How shall you re-fashion the tools you possess in order to work with the medium at hand? You must improvise and explore the possibilities.

Of course, with everything in life, nothing is simple or straightforward. So, it is here where we meet the complexity of this Mercury retrograde.

PISCES SQUARE SAGITTARIUS

The most recent Mercury retrograde was also in a Jupiter commanded sign, but it was fiery rather than wet. During that retrograde, Mercury in Sagittarius made 3 separate conjunctions with Saturn in Sagittarius.

Now, Mercury in Pisces will make 3 separate squares with Saturn in Sagittarius.

  1. 13° Pisces/Sagittarius – March 11
  2. 15° Pisces/Sagittarius – April 4
  3. 15° Pisces/Sagittarius – April 25

How do water and fire coexist without destroying each other? Fire is kept in check by water, and water is warmed, inspired, by the heat of fire. Action is checked by consequences, and feelings are aroused by passion.

Still, this is a square. And squares bring conflict. Pisces insists that knowledge needs no evidence and wisdom needs no experience. But Sagittarius thrives on action. Knowledge comes by doing, and wisdom is a process of distillation. Mercury in Pisces via its multiple squares to Saturn in Sagittarius magnifies this conflict.

How shall we articulate the embodied, intuitive knowings of Mercury in Pisces when Saturn in Sagittarius demands we make our lives a living testimony of what we say we believe? It’s not enough to feel it, we must do it. And if you say it, does that mean it’s true? Compassion will help manage the compulsion to do. Sometimes, you’ve got to let that compulsion pass.

But yes, improvise with the possibilities. The convictions we swear to demand our time, energy, money, and other resources. Of all the possibilities and forms circumstances can take, which ones allow us to make our lives a living testimony of what we believe?

Both Mercury and Saturn will be under the command of Jupiter in Libra. And so their agendas are secondary to that which Jupiter in Libra says they must undertake.

UNDER THE COMMAND OF JUPITER IN LIBRA

Jupiter in Libra has been crystal clear about its focus. Libra’s rationality, nuance, and objectivity can find the common ground between even the most disparate people and things. It enforces reconciliation. And so equality, fairness, and justice are shining emblems of Jupiter’s transit through the sign. Additionally, Jupiter being in a Venus commanded sign means that this trend is under the command of women, as Venus is a general significator for women.

It seems that despite Mercury and Saturn’s differences they both are working for the equality, justice, and fairness that Jupiter has commanded since September 11, 2017. Mercury articulates knowings that need no evidence to be true for the sake of justice, fairness, and equality. And Saturn works within the confines of social, political, and moral convictions for that same cause. It’s time to get righteous!

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Torchbearer, August 2017 Forecast

4,500+ Words on the astrology of August 2017. Includes guides and journal prompts to help you apply the astrology to your chart and your personal life.

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All transits are in sidereal. If you’re curious about your chart using the sidereal zodiac you can find a guide with instructions on plotting your sidereal chart here, and a post outlining some of the philosophical differences between tropical and sidereal here.

INTRODUCTION
In ancient Greece it is said that Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to man. This fire is fully made manifest in the Sun which represents conscious awareness in astrology.

This Greek myth has modern associations, too. From Wikipedia.org:

In the time of the original games within the boundaries of Olympia, the altar of the sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Hestia maintained a continuous flame. For the ancient Greeks, fire had divine connotations—it was thought to have been stolen from the gods by Prometheus. Therefore, fire was also present at many of the sanctuaries in Olympia, Greece. During the Olympic Games, which honoured Zeus, additional fires were lit at his temple and that of his wife, Hera. The modern Olympic flame is ignited at the site where the temple of Hera used to stand.

A person who carries the Olympic Torch is called a torchbearer: one who brings the light. They are a beacon illuminating the path ahead. The sign that is tasked with bringing the light is Leo. This August is all about the light of conscious awareness coming into our lives and revealing what was once hidden.

In August, we change the guard in more ways than one. Cancer starts things off but eventually Leo comes in to take over the show. Mercury, Mars, and eventually the Moon, rally into Leo to join the cause. They answer to and rally behind the Sun, the final dispositor and the true torchbearer. On the other hand, the nodes change sign which ushers in 18 months of eclipses in Capricorn and Cancer. That’s until 2019!

This month brings two eclipses, nodes changing signs, Mercury retrograde, and Saturn direct. I hope you’ve already caught your breath because it’s about to get busy!

At the end of this forecast is a list of all the dates of significant astro events this month. I’ve decided not to focus on the minutiae of aspects and configurations, but instead this forecast weaves together the bigger picture. I’ve offered journal prompts in the hopes that you will be able to keep track of how this month’s events are relevant to you personally.

Where I’ve listed descriptions for each sign, be sure to read for your ascendant/rising sign first. Then read for your sect light: Sun if it is in houses 7-12, and Moon if the Sun is in houses 1-6.

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July 2017 – Respond vs React?

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Sidereal. If you’re curious about your chart using the sidereal zodiac you can find a guide with instructions on plotting your sidereal chart here, and a post outlining some of the philosophical differences between tropical and sidereal here.

Overview

July is in many ways the follow-up to April. Sun square Jupiter, Venus opposed Saturn, and Mercury entering its retrograde shadow are all continuations of the stories and cycles we experienced then. I outlined the details of that month in two separate posts because it was so eventful (here and here). But this time, I’m gonna lay July out for you in one long read.

Planets move into Cancer starting with Mercury on July 2 and culminates with a Sun- Mars conjunction at 10 Cancer on July 27. Mercury enters its retrograde shadow near the New Moon in Cancer, officially opening the door to eclipse season. You’ll need your seat belt for this month.

So is much happening in Cancer this month. Women take center stage and make or break the progression of the narratives we live during this time.

Being under the governorship of the Moon makes these transits and configurations visceral. You feel them in your body, you want to act or react. My keyword for Cancer is responsive. That’s how Cancer moves when it’s present and aware.

Reaction is great when there is an imminent threat, or an opportunity that must be captured in the moment. Responsiveness is a muscle that must be worked and strengthened. It’s what we become when our reactionary minds pause, reflect, and decide on the best course of action. For champion boxers it happens on autopilot because it is approached as a discipline. It’s in their muscle’s memory.

Let this be your meditation for July.

Cancer rising, Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali vs Ernie Terrell

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July 2 – Mercury enters Cancer

Mercury answers to the Moon when it’s in Cancer. One’s use of language—when and how one communicates—is a tool of the emotions. Physiology and psychology teach us that every emotional state has a corresponding physiological state. Emotions are our intellectual concepts for the way we categorize those physiological responses to our experiences.

Fear forces the body to limit energy use to life sustaining processes only so that you can take off and run or fight back in the face of a threat. This is why prolonged fear induced worry and stress can have a detrimental effect on the body. I’m sure those with prominent Cancer in their chart know all about digestive issues and unwanted weight gain.

But, Cancer is hyper sensitive and responsive to these states; how the body responds to people, circumstances, and the environment, and the emotions associated with those sensations. Following the lead of the Moon’s every 2.5 day or so sign changes, Mercury’s face and motivation change, too.

Mercury’s job is to communicate the reality and perceptions of the Sun. In a Moon ruled sign, however, there may be a disruption in transmission. Even if the Mercury in Cancer can think lucidly, the urgency of their emotions and their physiological expression may override otherwise sound logic.

Emotional outbursts, saying things one doesn’t really mean can cause problems emotionally and professionally. But speaking the honesty of the moment can also be liberating. Can Mercury in Cancer discern between the two?

July 6 – Sun in Gemini square Jupiter in Virgo

The synodic cycle of the Sun and Jupiter represents the evolving relationship between our perception of reality and our beliefs about what is possible.

At the conjunction (in Virgo September 2016) our perceptions and our beliefs are unified. In Virgo, there is a calculative experience of reality, seeing the world as sets of data, rather than actual people, and equations to be solved rather than experiences to live, enjoy, and learn from.

The first square was at 90°. The Sun had moved on to Sagittarius while Jupiter remained in Virgo (January 2017). The dissonance between …

July 9 – Full Moon 23 Sagittarius

Moon in Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter in Virgo with Jupiter in a tight square, angular to the Sun and Moon. That’s astrology for Jupiter in Virgo being the boss of this Moon.

Jupiter in Virgo:

Jupiter at this Full Moon represents a narrative that challenges our perception of reality (Sun) & our physical experience of it (Moon). Seeing is, in fact, NOT believing. Who and what do you trust?

Both the Sun and Mars are in Gemini. Gemini is a parrot of sorts. It’s job is to say what it sees and repeat what it hears. It isn’t the most conscious or thoughtful sign. But that’s not in its job description anyway. Mars in Gemini can be reckless and distracted, causing accidents. It can also be playful and not take things seriously.

Sagittarius, the sign of the Full Moon, finds its limitations in the fact that individual personal experience can’t speak for everyone. Sagittarius LOVES to be right. It wants to prove & persuade. And it has to know why.

So, we have a setup here of a search for answers, looking for ways to explain what is happening. There is much difficulty in discerning the truth. There is a lot of info to sift through (Gemini), some of it disruptive and upsetting (Mars). Jupiter wants to weave together the facts (Virgo). But, Sagittarius must know why. It’s not enough to have information. There has to be some measure for truth.

Look to the missing piece of this configuration. It’s Pisces. Sometimes you can know things and not know how you know. This is the lesson of Pisces, the only mutable sign not occupied by a planet. This Full Moon asks us to cultivate our intuition. Close your eyes. Transcend your body. Set aside your beliefs. Tap into that other way knowing.

July 11 – Mars in Cancer

Mars in Cancer is in fall. It’s ill-equipped for the task at hand, or at least forced to do it’s job in an unstable environment and less than ideal circumstances. Mars’ task is to …

July 16 – Sun in Cancer

Five days after Mars, the Sun enters Cancer, the sign where it will finally catch up to and overtake Mars for a bodily conjunction.

The Sun is our perception of reality. It’s the eyes we see through that determine what we see and how we see it. Sun in Cancer perceives reality through the lens of what is familiar. The past is a filter that shades its awareness.

Women take center stage as influential leaders and power figures during this time. Just like Mars being in Cancer, the Sun is subject to the changing face of the Moon …

July 18 – Venus in Taurus trine Jupiter in Virgo

A trine means support, but it says nothing about the benevolence or malevolence of what is being supported.
As the narrative that defines what we believe is possible, Jupiter met by Venus in a trine aspect says that what we desire is supported by a belief that we can get it. This is the definition of optimism. Whether or not this optimism is warranted is another subject all together …

July 20 – Mercury in Leo

When Mercury enters Leo on July 20, it is entering the sign where it will have the most important retrograde of the year. It rivals the retrograde from April, but is much more significant …

July 23 – New Moon at 6 Cancer

This date and the days surrounding it are probably the most important days of the year. If you have read my Twitter thread interpreting and offering predictions using Donald Trump’s solar return you’ll know that these days are important to whether or not Trump remains president. In that thread I talk about the New Moon in Cancer triggering his chart in 4 different ways: by transit, time lord, progressed chart, and eclipse trigger. (link to a long thread of tweets analyzing Trump’s solar return)

This New Moon ushers in eclipse season. The August Full Moon at 17 Capricorn that follows is a Lunar Eclipse. While the August 21 Total Solar Eclipse has been the focus, don’t underestimate the punch of a Lunar Eclipse.

Now, about this New Moon in Cancer …

July 24 – Venus in Taurus opposed Saturn in Scorpio

In case you forgot, Venus and Saturn had a series of intense squares back in April. Venus was stationing direct and Saturn was stationing Rx. They sat within orb for at least 2 weeks.

When Venus in Pisces was in that extended square with Saturn, it brought important decisions regarding commitments and contracts., re-negotiations and changes in the terms of agreements. It brought an end to many relationships.

Venus in that extended square with Saturn required some to establish boundaries where there were none or where they were weak. Inconsistency and unsureness was magnified. Discrepancies between what you said you wanted and what you were willing or had the power to do where illuminated.

This time they are in opposition which is different from a square. Squares are …

July 24 – Mercury enters Retrograde shadow at 4 Leo

Four degrees of Leo is hot, hot, hot! And Mercury is the brave planet that will first trigger that sensitive eclipse point. That happens on July 24 …

 

July 26 – Venus in Gemini

Venus’ transit through each of the signs colors our interactions with others and the tone of our personal relationships. In general, its job is to illuminate the common ground that allows people to cooperate. In Gemini, that common ground can take on a variety of forms …

July 27 – Sun conjunct Mars, 10 Cancer

I’ve outlined above what the Sun and Mars mean when moving through Cancer. But, what does it mean for Mars to meet the heart of the Sun while it is in Cancer?

The month ends with Mars stepping up to once again disrupt and divide. All year long Mars has been the author of confusion, here to remind us that our sense of peace and normalcy is tentative at best. Change must eventually take root, and Mars is the one that sows the seeds

A planet is cazimi when …

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