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

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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Mercury through the Signs

People love to talk about planetary heavyweights, but don’t let this magician escape your understanding: MERCURY! This article will focus on the sign of Mercury in the natal chart.

Mercury is the planet responsible for putting words to what the Sun perceives. It communicates our perception of reality It is language we use when we talk to ourselves; it’s the words we think and the words we speak.

Have you ever felt like you and the person you are talking to are speaking different languages? Have you ever felt like you couldn’t get on the same page with the person you’re talking to, no matter how hard you tried? On the other hand, have you ever experienced telepathy and the ability to communicate without words? Have you ever felt like you could complete their sentences effortlessly?

All of these experiences can be traced back to the symbolism of Mercury in your natal chart.

Mercury is the fastest moving planet and is never more than 28° from the Sun. Its phasal relationship to the Sun, its speed, and its sign each say something important about you and your communication style.

Mercury through the Signs by @PeoplesOracle

Mercury Through the Signs

Mercury in signs ruled by the Sun and Moon

Mercury in Leo is ruled by the Sun. This placement here can be brilliant and intellectual with the ability to communicate clearly and succinctly what one perceives. This communication style can be dogmatic and obstinate in communication, unable to pick up on nuances. Mercury in Leo speaks with authority and may dominate discussions believing that their way is the only way.

Mercury in Cancer is ruled by the Moon. Its mode and method of communication waxes and wanes. At times they can be talkative, others mute. These natives can be intense and forceful in their language if their emotions precipitate such a response. Because Cancer tends to take things from one extreme to another (just like the Moon’s light), Mercury here is dramatic, running hot then cold.

Mercury in Mercury Ruled Signs

Both Mercury in Gemini & in Virgo are concerned with the symbols that hold the space for the thing itself. Mercury in Virgo’s symbol can be number and image, Gemini’s word and mannerism, sound.

Mercury in Gemini is air. It can be a ‘say anything’ kind of communicator because they are detached from the meaning of the words they say. The epitome of “don’t shoot the messenger”, it’s another placement where nuance and subtlety can be lost. Remember, when a planet is in its own sign—like Mercury in Gemini and Virgo—it’s its own boss. That authority equals power and responsibility.

Mercury in Virgo is earth. Earth is concerned with what can be touched. Here, Mercury is its own boss. It’s concerned with both the technical and practical aspects of communicating. Concise, explicit, direct. A messenger too, Mercury in Virgo translates using symbols, bringing down to earth what is perceived.

Mercury in Venus Ruled Signs

Mercury in Taurus is ruled by the earthy Venus. Taurus is the exaltation of the Moon so there’s a physical component to how it communicates. This placement brings a beautiful voice, or a tone that is pleasing in some way—melodic or poetic.

If words can be used for pleasure or aesthetic, then Mercury in Taurus is the one to do it. In some ways Taurus Mercury is the antithesis of Virgo. Virgo wants specificity and preciseness. Taurus likes chooses word for it’s sentiment, not its definition. Taurus is the sensual side of Venus. Libra is the social side of Venus.

Mercury in Libra is focused on using language as a tool of reason, one that unifies and finds consensus. Mercury rules all air signs (by triplicity/element) at night so it has some dignity (authority) here. Striving for consensus and an honest appraisal, Mercury in Libra brings detachment, seeking fairness, equally acknowledging the various ways to communicate. Communication is a function of connecting people and ideas.

This detachment can be problematic when an empathetic or personal approach is needed.

Mercury in Mars Ruled Signs

Mercury in Aries is fire. Fire is action. Do. Don’t think. Just do. Words that cut, burn, explode. Words as an axe. Chop, Chop. Being the exaltation of the Sun, Aries Mercury brings unification of perception and word, impulsivity in how one reacts with words—or hands.

With Mercury in Scorpio language is used to conceal and protect rather than to reveal. It’s more about what isn’t said. Mars is always about separation and division. And with Scorpio expressing the watery side of Mars there is this feeling that words are creating closeness, but they are really creating division, maintaining boundaries of separateness. Mercury in Scorpio uses language to guard. It doesn’t want to reveal what it perceives.

Mercury in Jupiter ruled signs

Debilitated (lacks authority) in both Sagittarius and Pisces, their ruler Jupiter is indifferent and somewhat hostile to Mercury’s agenda of using symbols to communicate what one perceives. Mercury in Sagittarius may have issues with hyperbole or saying what they really mean. With zest and zeal for expressing oneself verbally, they may have deficiencies in their ability to actually verbalize, to have a command of language.

Mercury in Pisces seeks to give word to the unspeakable. It’s language as a means to connecting to something bigger than the individual self. Pisces is the exaltation of Venus. With Mercury there it can be poetic and prone to soliloquy. Mercury is Pisces wants to embody the divine, materialize the transcendent into language that can be understood by another.

Mercury in Saturn Ruled Signs

Saturn is the planet of death, loss, fear, anxiety. But it is also the planet of power and responsibility, obligation, duty, and commitment.

Mercury in Capricorn is the earth side of that power. It’s power and authority out in the world. It uses language to express competency. Communicating methodically, efficiently, and orderly, Mercury in Capricorn uses words as a tool to take responsibility—whether or not it’s actually their responsibility.

Where Mercury in Capricorn uses language to manage the world and people around them, Mercury in Aquarius is the word as self management. Mercury in Aquarius asserts their dominion over themselves and their lives. Their words are meant to express sovereignty. Even when they may not be old enough to shoulder responsibility for themselves Mercury in Aquarius speaks as though they can.

Revelations: The Astrology of April 7, 2017 – April 15, 201

Important Dates

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.

I’ve been saying that the week of April 9 is the turning point, but the astrology of Friday April 7 through Saturday April 15 are probably the most intense days of the year, second only to late August when the total solar eclipse in Leo occurs and early September when the eclipse degree is triggered. Think of this as act one. Here is a rundown:

April 7

Saturn Rx, 3 Sagittarius

Uranus enters Aries

Sun opposite Jupiter

April 9

Mercury stations retrograde, 10 Aries

April 11

Full Moon conjunct Jupiter, 27 Virgo

April 12

Mars enters Taurus

April 13

Aries Ingress, Sun conjunct Uranus

April 15

Venus stations direct at 2 Pisces

This 9 +/- period augurs a cyclical shift that sheds light on previously unclear circumstances so that power dynamics change. It’s an overlap of cycles beginning and cycles ending. One thing resolves and another thing surfaces to be addressed. April is extreme, but May provides respite. Read on for a detailed look at each of this astro events.

The Astrology of April 7, 2017 - April 15, 2017 - @PeoplesOracle

Saturn Retrograde at 3 Sagittarius, April 7

Saturn has spent the last 2 years in Scorpio. He entered Sagittarius for a brief 6 months stay on January 26, 2017. I’ve made observations on Saturn’s transit through Sagittarius. I want to use this space to talk about Saturn re-entering Scorpio which happens June 20, 2017 through October 26, 2017.

Saturn will spend 4 months back in Scorpio to wrap up unfinished business. Saturn is about power and authority. It’s about sovereignty over ourselves. In Scorpio, Saturn answers to Mars and highlights our volition; do we submit to authority figures willingly or are we coerced?

Saturn breeds either humility or hubris. It can also breed humiliation. That’s where we find ourselves with Saturn in Scorpio. Does the exercising of our will come from:

  • An understanding that our power is limited and we are always subject to someone or something?
  • A belief that we can strong arm our way to positions of power?
  • Or do we feel bereft of personal power and influence in our world?

These are the questions that we will be answering the 4 months between June and October. What is our relationships with our own power and the power of others? This is a theme that manifests in our individual lives, personal relationships, and collectively.

Sun in Pisces opposite Jupiter in Virgo, April 7

Oppositions are a fulfillment of a promise made at the conjunction. Look back to late September 2016 when the Sun and Jupiter had their annual conjunction at 9 Virgo. As the Sun progressed past Jupiter on to a 90° square (28 Sagittarius/Virgo mid January 2017) we met a crises point and opportunity for breakthrough. Let’s look at what this signifies.

The Sun is the mind, the intellect. It is perception and the light of illumination. Jupiter is synthesis, contextualizing all that is perceived, crafting a narrative, and setting a precedent for possibility. When they are conjunct in Virgo, they are subject to Mercury’s need to concretize perception and synthesis into language and symbols, equations and data. We get numbers, facts, figures, and statistics.

When the Sun squares Jupiter from Sagittarius, we get the first challenge to the data. Perspective is provided and an alternative narrative is developed.

Now that we are reaching the culmination, the opposition of the Sun and Jupiter, it’s time for a revelation. The Sun shines light on Jupiter from Pisces. Read more on this opposition below, under the Full Moon in Virgo.

Uranus in Aries, April 7

The significations of Uranus can be gleaned from Mars and Mercury alone. But there is something to be said for the validity of Uranus acting like a fixed star, as I have personally experienced the herky-jerky tribulations of a Uranus transit.

Uranus entered sidereal Pisces for the first time back in 2009, but for good in 2010. This was a feature of the Uranus-Pluto square that has dominated the astrological landscape for the past several years (since 2012). Uranus entered Aries briefly last summer (2016) only just into the 1st degree. This time, Uranus is an Aries for good until 2024/2025.

While Uranus brings disruption and chaos, in Pisces that disruption can be diffuse and misdirected, revealing no clear aim. Uranus in Pisces is like lightning striking water. The electrical current of the bolt scatters over the surface of the water in all directions. Anyone swimming, or ships near the location of the strike, will most certainly be shocked, burned, or killed. But the depths of the water is left untouched.

This is not to say that the many crises precipitated during Uranus in Pisces, especially its extended square with Pluto, didn’t change anything beneath the surface. It’s that Uranus in Pisces conceals the depths of Uranus’ change, it deceives the scope of the effect of the change. But Uranus in Aries comes to make it clear.

Aries doesn’t have the laser like precision of Scorpio. It’s more like an axe that hacks away till the tree comes down. But the tree will come down.

Uranus was last in Aries beginning in 1933. Anyone with just a cursory knowledge of history knows that year changed the trajectory of global politics and economics. I did an astrological comparison of Aries ingress charts from 1933 and 2017 in this post. And there you’ll learn that the Sun and Uranus are conjunct at 0 Aries in the Aries Ingress chart once every 84 years. So Uranus entering Aries is a BIG DEAL.

The next 7 years is a time where the change becomes permanent. Things are not going back to how they were. The Aries house in your chart is getting an old fashioned shakedown. It may be completely destroyed, or at least unrecognizable, after Uranus is finished. 

Most of you reading this have never experienced Uranus in Aries, so this is unprecedented in many ways. I’ll be sharing more about ways this may manifest in our individual charts in the near future​.

Mercury retrograde, April 9

Mercury in Aries is ruled by Mars. In Pisces, Mercury was a cauldron of symbolism, tasked with finding language for the unspeakable, the unspoken. Now, in Aries, the messenger becomes a bugle, a horn with a battle cry. Mercury in Aries is subject to the drive for self protection, and the will to survive. Words are weapons declaring war, meant to decapitate and permanently separate.

Mercury is following the path that Mars cleared just a few weeks ago. Mars was the bulldozer clearing the way. Mercury in Aries will reveal the messages on what has been cleared.

This is a particularly long retrograde. This one is almost 4 weeks, and it covers the first 10 degrees of Aries. The retrograde station is at 10 Aries on April 9, and the direct station is at 0 degrees on May 4, and that is conjunct Uranus. This is truly a time of dramatic change that upsets the status quo, begs for innovation, and requires constant adjustment.

The Shadow period began March 26, so you may be able to get an idea of what this period will feature for you as March ends and April begins. But we’re dealing with a volatile sign, and two unstable planets (Mercury and Uranus). If you have any angles in early Aries, or prominent planets there, then this may be a particularly busy time for you. And it’s only just beginning with Uranus coming.

It may be helpful to think back to May of 2016 which was the last Aries Mercury Rx. Thinking back to April 28 through May 22 of that year can provide clues to the topics and areas of life that may be up for review this year.

Mercury retrograde is a time to go back and review unfinished business, revisit past situations, and redo things that need to be adjusted. This period is also good for restarting things that didn’t work out the first time, or undoing things that turned out not to be a good thing.

Full Moon at 27 Virgo, conjunct Jupiter, April 11

Lunations are very important because the Moon’s phases are one of the larger cycles that often acts as a trigger for events. We can look at this Full Moon on April 11 as the bright light that illuminates everything else that’s going on. Particularly, the Moon’s conjunction with Jupiter is a trigger for other astro events that have been happening over the past 9 months.


All of the personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) have made multiple aspects with Jupiter in Virgo. Jupiter in Virgo is a hardline logician. Not reason, but equations that provide measurable data.

Planets from Gemini squaring Jupiter in Virgo are spin masters, taking the hard data and spinning it like a magician (enter Donald J. Trump who has natal Mercury in Gemini square Jupiter in Virgo).

Planets in Pisces opposing Jupiter in Virgo work hard to contextualize that data into a larger scheme. We’ve watched a kind of two-way distillation process during sidereal Pisces season. So much information and varied data has been raining on our heads for months, but now it finally seems like we can understand exactly what is all of this data implies. Or maybe it means nothing at all?

Planets in Sagittarius squaring Jupiter in Virgo speak of  a partial breakdown. The zeal of dogma and the factuality of data squaring off head on. We’ve seen the zeal of both congress and the president receive pushback because the actual data and personal experiences of folks block bureaucracy

We’re going to see this square off politically as revelations RE Devin Nunes, the Trump family, Jeff Sessions, et al makes serious waves.

One thing that is particularly significant is that this Full Moon in Virgo is ruled by a freshly retrograde Mercury. That means that Mercury is still moving very slowly and is apt to cause delays, reversals, and revisiting matters in your Virgo house and Gemini house.

This particular story has been building since last August, so it may be beneficial to do a personal recap of what was going on in your life at that time.

Mars in Taurus, April 12

The transit from Aries to Taurus is a big one for Mars. He goes from his domicile (home) to far away from home, his detriment. Mars will be in sidereal Taurus from April 12 until May 26.

Mars in Aries is the infantry soldier, the tree logger, and the knife sharpener. Mars answers to himself there. He doesn’t ask for permission. And he doesn’t apologize, he just goes for it.

But in Taurus Mars must answer to Venus who isn’t sympathetic to his needs. Mars is divisive, combative, and conflicting. Venus is unifying, assuaging, and harmonizing. You see the challenge here? When Mars has to get permission from Venus in order to act, Mars has to shed his usual demeanor and take on a more conciliatory approach.

Taurus is about decorum, beauty, sensuality. As a Venus ruled sign it puts Mars in a bind. Mars wants to fight. It wants to cut and separate. Divide and deconstruct. So how do you fight with decorum? Cut with beauty? Divide sensually? It’s a conundrum. You become passive aggressive.

Mars in Taurus is the nice-nasty friend who slides in digs with a smile. It’s “bless your heart”, when they really mean to curse you. It’s fighting while maintaining a connection. And the ultimate in latent aggression. Mars in Taurus isn’t a pushover, just someone who wants to maintain decorum in the midst of the fight.

Aries Ingress, April 13

I’ve already written extensively about the Aries Ingress. Instead of outlining things here I will provide a list of links. These are links to a post on my blog and threads on Twitter where I talking more about what to expect in the USA regarding the Ingress. If you are not clear on what ia ingress is, read the first link.

Venus Stationary Direct at 2 Pisces, April 15

Venus has been retrograde since March 4. That day she sat still at 19 Pisces and appeared to begin travelling backwards through the zodiac. By April 15, she will have landed at 2 Pisces and once again sit still, but this time appear to move forward. She’ll be slow for awhile, though.

Planets moving slower than their normal speed and direction demand our attention. With regard to Venus it’s a time for reexamination of our desires;

  • Do you really want what you said you wanted?
  • Will you maintain your commitment?
  • Or is it time for a renegotiation?
  • Do you need more time to make a decision?

This can apply to anything that requires a consensus or agreement between people. It can apply to our physical desires as well. The essence of it all is choice. Venus Rx is a time to consider (which means to examine the stars) why we have chosen or choose as we do. What motivates your choices?

As Venus slows between April 7 and April 15, it is a time to reckon up. We must make an account for how we’ve chosen to proceed in certain areas of our lives.

The direct station occurs at a time when so much else is happening in the sky that it may be hard to know what’s what. But the end of Venus’ retrograde travel is like the icing on the cake to a week of unrelenting activity.

Mercury’s retrograde station and Venus’ direct station overlap and can make for quite a confusing time. Just when you feel like you’ve gotten your sea legs with Venus, Mercury comes along to shake things up. If the work of Venus has mostly been internal for you, Mercury lays the cards on the table.

Are you ready!