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February 2013 Forecast

HEADLINES

2/10. Aquarius New Moon
2/10. Mars square Jupiter
2/12. Mars conjunct Chiron
2/16. Mars trine Saturn
2/18. Sun enters Pisces
2/18. Saturn retrograde
2/23. Mercury retrograde
2/25. Virgo Full Moon

THE STORY SO FAR

As February Opens. One planet is currently retrograde: Ceres thru 2/4. And the pervasive energies of revolutionary transformation (a Uranus-Pluto square), as well as universal love, compassion and spiritual awakening (Neptune in Pisces), will be active for years to come! 

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign.

2/1, 9:47 pm – 2/2, 7:03 am (Scorpio)
2/4, 7:32 am - 10:47 am (Sagittarius)
2/5, 3:43 pm – 2/6, 12:56 pm (Capricorn)
2/7, 7:44 am – 2/8, 2:18 pm (Aquarius)
2/10, 2:21 am - 4:21 pm (Pisces)
2/11, 12:04 pm – 2/12, 8:53 pm (Aries)
2/14, 10:36 pm – 2/15, 5:09 am (Taurus)
2/17, 3:31 pm - 4:51 pm (Gemini)
2/19, 1:48 pm – 2/20, 5:46 am (Cancer)
2/21, 9:09 pm – 2/22, 5:14 pm (Leo)
2/24, 11:51 pm – 2/25, 1:54 am (Virgo)
2/26, 1:13 pm – 2/27, 8:03 am (Libra)
2/28, 3:38 am – 3/1, 12:35 pm (Scorpio)

2/1 (Fri). Mars will transit Pisces today thru 3/11. On the challenging side, this could stimulate impulsive desires for altered states and escapist behavior. But the Warrior's tenure in the the Sign of the Fishes also supports your ability to bring a pioneering spirit to the areas of spiritual union, divinely inspired creativity, and channeling love and light to others.
        There's another sign change today: Venus enters Aquarius thru 2/25. Relationships could experience greater instability, but only if they're better off released, or would benefit from a paradigm shift to take them to the next level. Finances could also be less predictable; following genuine intuitive flashes (rather than rash impulsiveness) in this area will lead you true. And creativity can be supercharged under Aquarian Venus, especially if you're willing to venture forth boldly in new directions.


2/4 (Mon). Ceres, retrograde since Halloween, turns direct today. New beginnings related to abundance, nurturing, release and return, and mother-daughter relationships are supported.
        A Mars-Neptune conjunction in Pisces is ideal for taking action to support your dreams, visions and ideals. It's also great for activities that consciously combine the physical and spiritual dimensions, such as yoga, tai chi, chi gung, tantric sex, and ecstatic dance. But try not to push your ideals onto others, lest you fall into this aspect's dark expression of fanaticism!

2/5 (Tue). Mercury enters Pisces today, where the fleet-footed messenger will remain for an unusually long stay thru 4/13. (This is due to its retrograde, 2/23 thru 3/17, within Pisces.) Piscean Mercury makes it easier to receive an intuitive flow of information, so that you can operate by “divine GPS.” You can help develop this ability by asking Spirit what to do every time you need to make a decision, no matter how momentous or trivial. Inspiration in your creative expression, especially if it's written or verbal, is also abundantly available.

2/6 (Wed). Aquarian Venus has it easy this week -- all four of her aspects are easy-flowing sextiles and trines. Thus, things may go more easily in the areas of relationships, creativity and finances. In Venus' first aspect this week, a sextile to Uranus (a/k/a the Intuitive Flash Man), there's plenty of divine inspiration available in all of these areas. But are you making enough quiet space in your mind to receive it?
        Neptune and Pisces have the same astrological meaning. Therefore, today's conjunction of Mercury and Neptune has the same interpretation as yesterday's entry of Mercury into Pisces, which you can review here. This is the first of three conjunctions that Piscean Mercury makes this week.

2/7 (Thu). This week's second Venus aspect, a trine to Jupiter, puts the two classical good-luck “benefics” into harmonious connection. This continues the week's trend of positive opportunities in relationships, creativity and finances.

2/8 (Fri). Venus and Ceres can both represent abundance, so the Sun's trine to Ceres amplifies this opportunity. But remember that any planetary line-up in the sky is only half the story. No matter how beneficial or challenging the astrological aspect, what ultimately determines your experience is how you choose to partner with it!
        Piscean Mercury's second conjunction this week is to Mars. This can lead to verbal aggression, particularly if your beliefs are challenged. On the high side, this pairing can stimulate mental acuity in general, and the marriage of mind and intuition specifically.

2/9 (Sat). Piscean Mercury takes a breather from its conjunctions as it squares Jupiter. Beware of stream-of-consciousness motor-mouthing, but take advantage of the enhanced mental sharpness this aspect can provide.
        A sextile to Pallas Athena is next in Venus' flow of harmonious aspects. You can use this to energize your creative projects, or to enhance your appreciation of others' creativity.

2/10 (Sun). February's New Moon lines up at 2:20 am (21°43' Aquarius). New beginnings in technology, invention, individuation, uniqueness and humanitarian service are supported.
        With this lunation tightly squaring the Lunar Nodes – the “Axis of Destiny” -- this is also an excellent time to reflect on whether your persona and actions are in alignment with your life purpose. Are you boldly stepping up to embody the person you were born to be? This lunation also trines Ceres, whose meanings include self-esteem. Thus, you will value yourself more highly if you let your “freak flag” fly higher, and come more into alignment with your truest vision of what you can become.
        This New Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “A rug placed on the floor for children to play on.” Since a rug is a much more comfortable play surface than a hard floor, this symbol suggests that you give yourself a supportive environment in which to carry out your activities. You are more likely to experience happiness if you approach what you do with a playful (childlike) attitude, and to choose work that aligns with your life purpose. What new beginnings can you make under this Aquarian New Moon to accomplish this?


The New Moon isn't the only astrological juice in the air today. A potent square between Piscean Mars and Jupiter could set the stage for outbreaks of anger or violence, particularly over issues of religion or other cherished beliefs. I suggest directing this energy into a more life-affirming direction with exercise, sex, new projects, or fighting for a worthy cause.
        Venus' final harmonious aspect this week is a trine to Vesta. You can use this energy to network with others in support of a higher cause.
        Mercury's final conjunction this week is to Chiron, which supports hands-on healing and mentoring. These planets' placement in Pisces gives even more support if these activities relate to spirituality or divinely inspired creativity.

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2/11 (Mon). A square from Saturn is always good for some challenge. With Venus on the receiving end of this aspect, watch for reality checks in your relationships, finances and creativity. And with Venus in Aquarius, strike an appropriate balance between innovation and sticking with what has worked in the past.

2/12 (Tue). The most astrologically intense day of the week opens with two Mercury aspects. Its sextile to Pluto opens the door for honest communication, while Mercury's placement in Pisces makes it easier for your communication to also extend into the invisible realms.
        Piscean Mercury's second aspect, a square to Vesta, is an opportunity to examine the larger causes you're devoted to. Is your current path of selfless service still intuitively supported?
        Your independent warrior spirit may be challenged as Pallas Athena, in Aries, squares Pluto. Can you equal or exceed your challenger's power by calling on the divine power within you? This aspect can also supercharge your creativity, especially if you're breaking new artistic ground.
        Mars makes the first of three aspects to slower planets this week: a conjunction with Chiron in Pisces. Stay alert so that you don't become wounder or wounded under this aspect, since Pisces can be associated with confusion and misunderstanding. However, healing and mentoring are also empowered, especially if done within a spiritual context.
        Piscean Mercury's third and final aspect of the day is a trine to Saturn. This is a great energy under which to let your intuition guide your business dealings, and also supports Law of Attraction work.

2/14 (Thu). The only significant astrological aspect on Valentine's Day is a quincunx between Saturn and Pallas Athena. Saturn can represent an authority figure, while Pallas Athena is the warrior goddess. To keep this from playing out as a power struggle, remember the meaning of the quincunx – adjustment required – and remain flexible if you find yourself embodying either of these archetypes.

2/15 (Fri). A Mars-Pluto sextile comes just after Valentine's Day, but its waxing influence will still be strong on 2/14. Thus, there is an obvious use for the intense and harmonious connection of the two planets which represent sexuality! And with Mars in Pisces, the introduction of fantasy and the Tantric arts of divine ecstasy would be entirely appropriate.

        A Yod aspect pattern, also known as a “Finger of God,” makes its second and final peak today. This narrow triangle configuration started on 1/6, first peaked on 1/16, and waned thru 1/31. After peaking today, it finally fades out on 2/26.
        The “back end” planets, Pluto and Saturn, point to the asteroid goddess Vesta in Gemini. Vesta can be thought of as the High Priestess, bringing focus and dedication to the sacred causes to which she has devoted herself. Her path can also incorporate sacred sex and enlightenment practices.
        With this Yod active, the time is now ripe for transformation, empowerment and variety in all of these areas, as well as new learning and communication related to them. The Saturn-Pluto connection suggests that you release everything that isn't working around these themes, and bring new maturity, discipline and divine empowerment to what is.

2/16 (Sat). Saturday features two Mars aspects. Its square to Vesta augments the Tantric energy from yesterday's Mars-Pluto sextile. Vesta relates to the Vestal Virgins. In this context, far from implying celibacy, “virgin” means “a woman unto herself,” bound to no man. The Vestal Virgins engaged in sacred sexual practices, which helped men elevate sex from lust-fueled rutting to a divine, ecstatic joining of souls. If this sort of activity isn't up your alley, you can use this aspect to energize your devotion to whatever selfless service you're engaged in.
        A Mars-Saturn trine can offer endurance augmented with passion. With Mars in Pisces, this aspect will be especially helpful if you're putting energy toward your most heartfelt dreams and visions.

2/17 (Sun). Saturn makes another quincunx this week, this time to Vesta. Adjustment is once again the message, this time with bringing the higher goal you're devoted to more securely into physical manifestation. Or you could try to set an endurance record with your sacred sexual practice! :-)

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2/18 (Mon). A Venus-Ceres trine can ease the flow of abundance. With Venus in Aquarius, be sure to attend to your intuitive guidance around money matters!
        The Sun enters Pisces at 7:02 am, radiating the energy of divinely inspired creativity and spiritual union. This is also a wonderful energy under which to act as a conduit of love and light for others.
        Saturn turns retrograde today at 11°31' Scorpio, and will turn direct again on July 8. This is a good time to reflect on your core structures, career, calling and reputation. Any sensitive natal points from 8-15° in the fixed signs -- Taurus, Leo, Scorpio & Aquarius – may feel some extra challenge for growth for at least a few weeks. Meeting any challenges with the high-side Saturnian qualities of maturity, steadfastness and appropriate planning should help you master them!

2/21 (Thu). The Sun conjuncts Neptune today. Since Neptune and Pisces have the same astrological meaning, this reinforces the energies of divinely inspired creativity and spiritual union that got revved up when the Sun entered Pisces on Monday. This conjunction can also fuel desires for escapism, which can take the form of drugs and alcohol, or losing yourself in food, sex, games, the internet, or any other distraction. As with any astrological energy, when tempted by a low-side expression, you can always choose to redirect your attention to its more life-affirming manifestation instead!

2/23 (Sat). Mercury turns retrograde today at 4:41 am, and will turn direct again on 3/17 at 4:03 pm. As with any Mercury retrograde, it's best to avoid starting major new initiatives or making major purchases. You are also advised to back up important data, make sure you're understanding and being understood, and double-check travel arrangements.
        Mercury retrograde is a wonderful time for reflection and planning. This one, which takes place from 5-20° Pisces, is especially well suited for reflection on the Piscean themes we've been discussing this week: escapism/addiction, spiritual union, divinely inspired creativity, and flowing light and love to others.

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2/25 (Mon). February's Full Moon shines forth at 3:26 pm (7°24' Virgo). Reflect on how “full-filled” you are in the areas of service, health, perfectionism, mentoring, and your routine systems and procedures. Adjust as required – no energy does this better than Virgo!
        This Full Moon's most exact aspect is an extremely tight square from Jupiter, which significantly amps up this lunation's power and intensity. A thematically resonant opposition from Chiron also adds juice, since Chiron, like Virgo, represents healing and mentoring. A tight quincunx from Uranus invites you to make appropriate adjustments as guided by your intuitive flashes. Finally, a medium-strength opposition from Neptune invites you to mix some spiritual flow and intuition into Virgo's naturally mental vibe.

        The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is, “A girl takes her first dancing instruction.” To me, “girl” suggests opening to your natural receptivity and innocence, “first...instruction” invites you to open to new experiences, and “dancing” points toward a joyful, fully embodied approach to life. How about it?

        As mentioned above, today's square between the Piscean Sun and Jupiter tightly aspects the Full Moon. But as a standalone event, it first offers a warning not to overindulge in drugs, alcohol or other forms of vitality-sapping escapism. On the high side, it can empower exhilarating forays into spiritual union and divinely inspired creativity. Speaking more generally, any hard angle between the Sun and Jupiter can lead to overexpansion. Whatever you're doing now, try not to overdo it!
        Venus enters Pisces today, and will remain there thru 3/21. This energy supports divinely inspired creativity, soul-level blending with those close to you, and easier connection with Divine Source.

2/26 (Tue). Angry words can come more easily under a Mercury-Mars conjunction. But with both planets in Pisces, the odds also increase that your upset may be based on a misperception. Take this aspect to the high side by doing your best to stay connected to your intuitive wisdom, and basing your actions on that subtle inner knowing.

2/27 (Wed). Today we have another conjunction in Pisces, this time joining the Sun and Chiron. If old wounds are being triggered, try having Spirit clear them for you with this healing invocation. This aspect can also empower your abilities as a mentor and healer, especially if you call for the divine to flow the energy and information through you that will serve the highest good.

2/28 (Thu). Three Pisces conjunctions in three days, with no planets repeating? Incredible but true! Today's Pisces conjunction merges the energies of Venus and Neptune. Since Neptune and Pisces are the same archetypal force, I need only repeat what I said about Venus entering Pisces: t
his energy supports divinely inspired creativity, soul-level blending with those close to you, and easier connection with Divine Source.

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January 2013 Forecast

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope. To learn more about having your chart interpreted, click here!

HEADLINES

1/11. Capricorn New Moon
1/15. Jupiter square Chiron
1/19. Sun & Mercury enter Aquarius
1/26. Leo Full Moon; Vesta turns direct
1/30. Jupiter turns direct

THE STORY SO FAR

As December Opens. Three planets are currently retrograde: Vesta thru 1/26, Jupiter thru 1/30, and Ceres thru 2/4. And the pervasive energies of revolutionary transformation (a Uranus-Pluto square), as well as universal love, compassion and spiritual awakening (Neptune in Pisces), will be active for years to come! 

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

1/3, 7:16 am - 8:12 pm (Libra)
1/5, 6:13 pm – 1/6, 1:10 am (Scorpio)
1/7, 6:32 am – 1/8, 3:30 am (Sagittarius)
1/8, 11:11 pm – 1/10, 3:56 am (Capricorn)
1/11, 2:44 pm – 1/12, 4:03 am (Aquarius)
1/13, 3:38 am – 1/14, 5:51 am (Pisces)
1/16, 4:33 am - 11:09 am (Aries)
1/18, 7:41 pm - 8:38 pm (Taurus)
1/20, 1:17 pm – 1/21, 9:06 am (Gemini)
1/23, 6:42 am - 10:02 pm (Cancer)
1/25, 3:36 pm – 1/26, 9:22 am (Leo)
1/28,12:00 pm - 6:29 pm (Virgo)
1/30, 8:59 pm – 1/31, 1:37 am (Libra)

 


Dec. 31 - Jan. 6. This week's primary theme is learning and communication. This is due to Mercury making an extraordinary number of aspects -- seven! – to slower planets. It connects with every planet from Jupiter out, as well as Juno.

First, though, it enters Capricorn on 12/31, where it remains through 1/18. This supports concise, businesslike communication – well-organized bullet points rather than off-the-cuff stream-of-consciousness.

Here's a complete list of Mercury's aspects this week: Neptune sextile on 1/1, Uranus square on 1/3, Juno conjunction and Chiron sextile on 1/4, Jupiter quincunx on 1/5, and Pluto conjunction and Saturn sextile on 1/6. This is a pretty even mix of hard, soft and neutral aspects.

The first two aspects are with Neptune and Uranus, the two planets related to intuition. Therefore, be sure to ask for divine guidance when questions arise, and do your best to follow your inner guidance when you receive it.

The opportunity to benefit from mentoring peaks mid-week with the Chiron sextile. Mental activity is strongly activated over the weekend, especially with the Jupiter quincunx and Pluto conjunction. This is a good time to do practical investigation and deep inner exploration. The Saturn sextile should help keep you focused and on track.

Uranus squares Juno on 12/31. One of Juno's primary meanings is marriage and committed relationships, while Uranus is about revolution, paradigm shifts and awakening. Uranus can breed surprise and instability where there are insights to be gained, so be prepared to examine the dynamics of your relationship if things get a little unstable. If your committed relationship is already solid, this aspect can help you both take a quantum leap to the next level!

Mars is also in play with two important aspects this week. Its sextile to Uranus on 12/31 is an excellent opportunity to take immediate action on your intuitive flashes, especially since these two planets are in mutual reception (each in the sign that the other one rules): Mars is in Aquarius, while Uranus is in Aries. Mars also trines Jupiter on 1/4, stimulating a strong and easy flow of physical vitality.

There's a touch of creative magic in the air as Venus quintiles Neptune on 12/31. Venus makes another quintile on 1/4, this time to Chiron, easing the flow for mentoring and healing.

How's your home-work balance? This week's challenging T-square between Venus (relationship), Ceres (nurturing and motherhood) and Pallas Athena (individual expression) may bring to light any adjustments that would help you establish better equilibrium among these areas of life.


January 7-13. The week opens with a Mars-Saturn square on 1/7, which remains potent through 1/12. Mars' placement in Aquarius can be volatile, and on the low side could express as unpredictable outbursts of anger, impulsiveness or sexuality. In this case, this square is a blessing, thanks to Saturn's ability to restrain and create appropriate boundaries.
        On the high side, Aquarian Mars can represent the empowered expression of your unique individuality and humanitarian service. But if what you're doing is “beyond the pale”, Saturn could represent the entrenched powers-that-be trying to keep you from rocking the boat.
        Blended harmoniously, Aquarian Mars and Saturn can create tremendous endurance and staying power, and can help you focus and discipline your innovative energies for maximum productivity!

Venus has a lot going on this week! She squares Pallas Athena and enters Capricorn on 1/8, sextiles Neptune on 1/10, and squares Uranus on 1/12.
        For starters, with Venus in Capricorn 1/8 thru 2/1, it's an excellent time to take an objective, unsentimental look at your key relationships. Are you getting a fair return on the time and energy you're investing in this person? Is this relationship bringing your goals closer to manifestation? If not, can you restructure the relationship to create a fair exchange of energy and greater productivity?
        Around 1/8, as Venus squares Pallas Athena, check in to see if your key relationships support your creativity, as well as sufficient independence. The Venus-Neptune sextile around 1/10 is an excellent time to deepen your soul connection with those you're close to. It's also an ideal time to consciously connect with the divine-that-you-are.
        Around 1/12, watch for unexpected events, possibly including shocks and upsets, as the Venus-Uranus square shows you where your relationships can benefit from paradigm shifts. Trust any intuitive flashes you receive at this time.
        Keep a similarly flexible attitude this week toward creativity and finances, two of Venus' other archetypal meanings.

Pallas Athena enters Aries on 1/10, commencing a new 51-month journey around the horoscope. This is an excellent time to launch new beginnings around the themes that this asteroid goddess represents, including strategy, wisdom, creativity, the intellect, the arts and holistic healing.

January's New Moon lines up on 1/11 at 2:44 PM (21°45' Capricorn). New beginnings in work, career, calling and reputation are supported, along with deepening maturity, responsibility and good time management. With Capricornian Mercury conjunct this lunation, this is also a good time to enhance your ability to be concise, efficient, and streamlined with your communication. Can you talk more like you text?
        This New Moon's Sabian Symbol is, "A general accepting defeat gracefully." This is a lovely image for those on the path of awakening! It suggests the ego compliantly submitting to intuitive guidance, delighted to become Spirit's humble servant. While this scenario has not typically been the case, perhaps it will become more common during this, the first post-2012 New Moon!


The Sun makes a pair of quintiles on 1/12, to Saturn and Uranus. The 72° quintile represents creative inspiration and divine connection. With the Capricornian Sun and Saturn both involved, creative approaches to practical matters and business are supported. With Uranus also in the mix, you have plenty of intuitive flashes firing down to help you, if you create enough quiet time to receive them.


A Yod aspect pattern, also known as a “Finger of God,” gathers steam this week for an extended run. This narrow triangle configuration started on 1/6, first peaks on 1/16, and wanes thru 1/31. It peaks again on 2/15, then finally fades out on 2/26.
        The “back end” planets, Pluto and Saturn, point to the asteroid goddess Vesta in Gemini. Vesta can be thought of as the High Priestess, bringing focus and dedication to the sacred causes to which she has devoted herself. Her path can also incorporate sacred sex and enlightenment practices.
        With this Yod active, the time is now ripe for transformation, empowerment and variety in all of these areas, as well as new learning and communication related to them. The Saturn-Pluto connection suggests that you release everything that isn't working around these themes, and bring new maturity, discipline and divine empowerment to what is.


January 14-20. Venus is this week's most active planet, with five aspects: conjunctions to Pluto and Juno, sextiles to Chiron and Saturn, and a quincunx to Jupiter.
        She kicks off on 1/14 with a Venus-Chiron sextile. This opens the door for harmonious mentoring and healing in relationships, creativity and finances. With Venus in Capricorn all week, a practical, well-planned approach to all issues in these three areas should serve you well.
        Also on 1/14, Venus quincunxes Jupiter. This will amplify the Venusian themes mentioned above, and emphasizes the need for appropriate adjustments to increase harmony and balance.
        Venus's biggest aspect of the week, on 1/16, is her conjunction to Pluto. This is an ideal time to release or transform whatever is not serving your highest good in your relationships, creativity and finances. But Pluto also represents wealth and power, which can flow abundantly into these areas when they support your soul purpose.
        Venus makes her final aspects of the week on 1/17, starting with a sextile to Saturn. This can lend stability to the areas she represents, and support steady productivity there. Finally, her 1/17 conjunction to Juno can highlight whatever requires your attention in your relationships, be they romantic or platonic.

Juno receives another conjunction this week: Pluto on 1/14. This can activate the themes of release and transformation in committed relationships, as well as fertility and sexuality. This is a great time to connect deeply and intimately with your beloved.


Piscean Chiron's four-month square to Jupiter, effective 12/23 through 4/21 and exact on 1/15, amplifies the power of spiritual healing and mentoring. And Jupiter's placement in Gemini encourages these activities to take place using a wide variety of modalities. This is fortunate, since this square can also help trigger exactly those emotional and psychological wounds that you now need to clear.

There's a Sun-Mercury conjunction on 1/18 late in Capricorn, which supports efficient information input and output. Both the Sun and Mercury then enter Aquarius on 1/19, amplifying individual expression, genius, intuitive flashes and humanitarian service.

Finally, the Pluto-Saturn-Vesta Yod that began on 1/6 hits its first peak on 1/16.

1/22 (Tue). Mercury makes two soft aspects today: a sextile to Uranus and a trine to Jupiter. The Uranus sextile, reinforcing Mercury's Aquarian placement, makes it easier to receive intuitive flashes, and nurtures original thinking. The Jupiter trine amplifies learning and communication, and can lend a more hopeful, upbeat tone to your thoughts. It also encourages "big picture" thinking.

1/24 (Thu). The Sun, also in Aquarius, receives its own sextile from Uranus today. Try boosting your vitality with unique, unconventional activities that really resonate with you -- even if they leave everyone else scratching their heads.

1/25 (Fri). Mercury's third aspect of the week – a Saturn square – can manifest as challenging mental blocks or “does not compute” conceptual difficulties. If simple perseverance doesn't unearth the answer, relax and see if Mercury's Aquarian placement doesn't pop the answer in via intuitive flash -- sometimes when you least expect it.
        Look for a vitality boost as the Aquarian Sun trines Jupiter. Just be careful not to bite off more than you can chew, or let a sense of your own specialness overinflate your ego. Yes, you're unique, extraordinary and one-of-a-kind -- just like everyone else!

1/26 (Sat). The asteroid goddess Vesta, retrograde since 10/21, turns direct today. It's a good time to start giving more time and energy to whatever greater causes you're devoted to. Vesta also represents ritual approaches to tantric sexuality and enlightenment, areas you can also kick into higher gear if you're so inclined.

January's Full Moon shines forth at 11:38 PM (7°24' Leo). Leo represents the broadest variety of archetypes in the zodiac, so there's a whole grab bag of themes which could be illuminated for adjustment: leadership, playfulness, "the performer in the spotlight," risk-taking, speculation, gambling, children (outer and inner), and relaxation activities.
        The Moon aspects eight planets as it goes full, including everything from Jupiter out except Neptune. This will make this lunation especially intense, as it strives to shake loose from your life whatever is keeping you from shining forth with your full divine illumination.
        This Full Moon's Sabian Symbol is, "An activist is stirring up discontent by spreading his revolutionary ideals.” If you are inclined to follow suit, remember that discontent can be an important step toward positive transformation.

1/27 (Sun). Venus makes a pair of inspiring quintiles today, to Saturn and Uranus. The Uranus quintile can provide breakthrough creative ideas, while the Saturn quintile can help you share your vision with others in the physical world. Venus' placement in Capricorn is also helpful in manifesting your creative projects.


1/28 (Mon). The conjunction of Arean Uranus and Pallas Athena, which occurs about every five years, can help you make a new start in the unique expression of your warrior spirit and creative expression. For women especially, ask yourself how much of your feminine softness and receptivity you're willing to sacrifice in favor of a more masculine, independent assertiveness.

1/30 (Wed). Jupiter, retrograde since 10/4, turns direct today at 6° Gemini. New initiation and expansion are supported now, especially in the areas of learning and communication. Themes represented by natal placements from 3°-9° in the mutable signs – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces – could be accentuated for the next several weeks.
        The Aquarian Sun square Saturn could create conflict between the energies of innovation and conservatism. If your drive for radical change and paradigm shift is encountering resistance, consider taking a lesson from Saturn itself: plan your work and work your plan, and if you fail then try again!

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December 2012 Forecast

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope. To learn more about having your chart interpreted, click here!

HEADLINES

12/13. Sagittarius New Moon
12/13. Uranus turns direct
12/14. Jupiter/Saturn/Pluto Yod – peaks 12/22, ends 1/2
12/20. Jupiter quincunx Pluto
12/21. WINTER SOLSTICE – Sun enters Capricorn – END OF 5126-YEAR MAYAN LONG COUNT CALENDAR CYCLE!
12/22. Jupiter quincunx Saturn
12/26. Saturn sextile Pluto
12/28. Cancer New Moon

THE STORY SO FAR

As December Opens. Four planets are currently retrograde: Uranus thru 12/13, Vesta thru 1/26, Jupiter thru 1/30, and Ceres thru 2/4. And the pervasive energies of revolutionary transformation (a Uranus-Pluto square), as well as universal love, compassion and spiritual awakening (Neptune in Pisces), will be active for years to come! 

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

12/2, 1:55 am - 8:59 pm (Leo)
12/4, 5:08 pm – 12/5, 6:53 am (Virgo)
12/7, 5:36 am - 1:37 pm (Libra)
12/8, 7:38 pm – 12/9, 4:52 pm (Scorpio)
12/11, 8:09 am - 5:23 pm (Sagittarius)
12/13, 3:42 am - 4:44 pm (Capricorn)
12/15, 4:15 pm – 4:54 pm (Aquarius)
12/17, 1:12 pm - 7:50 pm (Pisces)
12/20, 12:20 am - 2:45 am (Aries)
12/22, 7:58 am - 1:27 pm (Taurus)
12/25, 12:59 am - 2:15 am (Gemini)
12/27, 1:51 am - 3:08 pm (Cancer)
12/28, 9:44 am – 12/30, 2:47 am (Leo)
12/31, 4:52 pm – 1/1, 12:35 pm (Virgo)

12/1 (Sat). A four-day "Finger of God" aspect pattern – a.k.a. a Yod – peaks today. (It started on 11/29 and ends on 12/2.) With Venus and Mars on the back end and Jupiter at the tip, this opens the possibility for new hope in relationships if appropriate adjustments are made. Abundant creative inspiration is also in the air, if you're willing to focus on your artistic work. This Yod includes two 150° quincunx aspects -- Venus-Jupiter and Mars-Jupiter -- both of which are exact today.
            Cancerian Ceres suggests security in your family and/or finances. With today's Ceres-Neptune trine, positive visualization in these areas could prove especially helpful.

12/2 (Sun). The expansive energy of the Sagittarian Sun, opposing no-holds-barred Jupiter, can easily lead to overflowing enthusiasm. It can also encourage you to spread yourself too thin, so keep an eye toward what can actually be accomplished in the time you have available!


Dec. 3-9. I can't remember ever seeing a week like this one: there isn't a single major astrological event! However, this is a perfect opportunity for me to try out a new forecasting approach that I've been contemplating anyway. I've been wondering if a broader overview of the most significant energies present in a week – even if they occur most exactly before or after – would be more helpful than isolated day-by-day interpretations. Let's give it a try!

Short-term, the Sun-Jupiter opposition, exact on 12/2 (see above), continues its influence through 12/5. And we're still feeling the dwindling influence of the 11/27 Mars-Pluto conjunction through midweek. Here's what I wrote about that:

With the conjunction of Mars and Pluto, the two planets most associated with sexuality, things could get delightfully hot and heavy! If this avenue of expression isn't open to you right now, take a hint from these planets' placement in Capricorn and redirect that primal energy into accomplishment and productivity. This energy can also express as rage and violence, so you would be wise to steer clear of people and situations where this is likely to erupt.

The Yod that started 11/29, peaked on 12/1 and wrapped up on 12/2 is over. But one of its aspects, a Venus-Mars sextile, remains in effect through 12/5. Here's my 11/29 entry on that:

With Venus sextile Mars (today) and Pluto (yesterday), there's a harmonious, high-energy flow supporting relationships and creative expression. And with Venus in Scorpio, there's depth and passion to spare!

The applying (not yet exact) sextile between Pluto and Saturn closes to within half a degree by the end of the week. While this sextile won't be exact until 12/26, we're definitely feeling it now. This is part of the extraordinary Yod ("Finger of God”) aspect pattern which peaks the day after the Winter Solstice. I describe this sextile's effects in the following excerpt from my Dec. 17-23 forecast:

The two planets at the back end (connected by the blue dashed line) are Saturn and Pluto. Saturn represents conservatism, old traditions and existing structures. Pluto represents death and rebirth: think of a phoenix burning to ash and resurrecting, or a caterpillar transforming into a beautiful butterfly. The theme here is the destruction of old structures that have outlived their usefulness, as new ones arise to take their place.

This idea is given even stronger emphasis because these two planets are in mutual reception. This simply means that each planet is in a sign the other one rules. Saturn rules Capricorn, and Pluto rules Scorpio. In this chart, Saturn is in Scorpio, and Pluto is in Capricorn. This underscores the theme of profound transformation.


Finally, there is one event happening this week that calls for interpretation:
the Sagittarian Sun opposing Vesta, on Sunday, Dec. 9. This aspect can represent conflict between self-centered ego and selfless, devoted service to a greater cause. Personally, I have found that service to others has become a tremendous source of satisfaction, especially when I'm serving in the ways that are in alignment with my natural talents. This is a good time to evaluate how you're doing on the selfish/selfless scale.


Dec. 10-16. This week's highlight is the New Moon on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 3:41 AM (21°45' Sagittarius). This lunation supports new beginnings in religion, philosophy, foreign travel, publishing, expansion and celebration.

Sagittarian Mercury is a notable player this week, making three aspects. It's square Neptune on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and, on Friday, Dec. 14, trine Uranus and square Chiron. We'll feel the effects about three days before and after the exact aspects.

Mercury fundamentally represents learning and communication, and tends to be in an expansive, big-picture mood in Sagittarius. (Mercury is in the Sign of the Archer Dec. 10-31.) Thus, its core impulse now is to soak up information and share it abundantly.

The Mercury-Neptune square could lead to fuzzy or confused thinking. If you experience this, consider taking Neptune to the high side by asking for the certainty of intuitive knowledge to take over for your compromised intellectual capabilities. The Mercury-Uranus trine will make it easier than usual to receive intuitive flashes and ingenious ideas. The Mercury-Chiron square can stimulate verbal wounding, so try to keep a civil tongue. The same aspect is great for mentoring. Healing, through words and/or hands-on energy flow (Mercury rules the arms and hands), is also supported.

Uranus, retrograde since July 13, turns direct on Thursday, Dec. 13 -- the same day as the New Moon. This is a good time to step out more fully as your authentic self, even if it means flouting convention or disappointing those who love you. If you've already developed your special gifts, this is also a good time to use them for the benefit of others.

Uranus turns direct at 4°36' Aries. This means that any sensitive natal points between 1° and 8° in a Cardinal sign – Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn – will be strongly affected. You would be wise to follow any intuitive flashes you receive that relate to the themes represented by these natal points.

A powerful Yod aspect pattern, also known as a "Finger of God," begins to make itself felt on Friday, Dec. 14. Comprised of the slower planets Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto, it will peak on Dec. 22 and wrap up on Jan. 2. This aspect pattern is the centerpiece of my discussion of the 2012 Winter Solstice; you can read about it here
.

Finally, on Sunday, Dec. 16, we have a Venus-Neptune square. Exercise extreme caution if you have to make decisions regarding the Venusian themes of relationships, creativity and/or finances Dec. 13-19, while this aspect is strong. That's because hard angles from Neptune can create confusion, or can influence you to see only what you want to see. However, this aspect can support deepening your divine connection, making a soul-deep connection with other beings, and receiving a downpour of divine inspiration!


Dec. 17-23. After years of anticipation, the moment is finally here: the 2012 Winter Solstice on 12/21. The end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, when Earth aligns with the Galactic Center. The moment when, according to some, an unprecedented event will occur: reality as we know it will be forever transformed, as the spiritual vibration of Gaia and her inhabitants is dramatically upgraded. A new Golden Age will dawn, and peace, love and harmony will prevail. According to others, things will be pretty much the same on 12/22 -- apart from a slew of disappointed, un-Ascended New Agers.

What will actually happen when the Sun enters Capricorn on 12/21 at 6:11:37 am, the moment of the Winter Solstice? Astrology has some clues.

The signature feature of the 2012 Winter Solstice Chart is a striking aspect pattern (a geometrical figure created by three or more planets) called a
Yod. Nicknamed "The Finger of God," this aspect pattern shows two planets at the "back end" of an elongated triangle, impacting a third planet at the tip.

Winter Solstice 2012

The two planets at the back end (connected by the blue dashed line) are Saturn and Pluto. Saturn represents conservatism, old traditions and existing structures. Pluto represents death and rebirth: think of a phoenix burning to ash and resurrecting, or a caterpillar transforming into a beautiful butterfly. The theme here is the destruction of old structures that have outlived their usefulness, as new ones arise to take their place.

This idea is given even stronger emphasis because these two planets are in mutual reception. This simply means that each planet is in a sign the other one rules. Saturn rules Capricorn, and Pluto rules Scorpio. In this chart, Saturn is in Scorpio, and Pluto is in Capricorn. This underscores the theme of profound transformation.

The planet at the tip of this Yod is Jupiter. In ancient astrology, Jupiter is the Great Benefic: bringer of hope, joy, celebration and expansion. And Jupiter is in Gemini, the sign of eclecticism, curiosity and playfulness. Thus, this Yod could represent the challenges of transformation leading to a bright, sunny and delightfully diverse future.

This aspect pattern also contains a fourth planet. Venus, directly across the circle from Jupiter, makes this a Bounce-Back Yod. In ancient astrology, Venus is the Lesser Benefic, bringer of harmony, balance and tranquility. And she's in Sagittarius, which carries the same uplifting meaning as Jupiter.

This Yod is active 12/14 through 1/2. And, extraordinarily, its intensity peaks on 12/22 – just one day after the Winter Solstice.

Of course, this Yod is not acting alone. We're now well into a multi-year Uranus-Pluto square, “The 60s Part 2,” which is broadcasting the energy of revolutionary transformation. And Neptune's long-term residency in Pisces is easing the way into spiritual awakening.

Overall, the astrological energies in place at the fated moment of the Winter Solstice are profoundly hopeful. Will there be a certain amount of challenge, disruption and turmoil? Of course. No worthwhile global transformation takes place without them. Is it a good time for the toxic, greedy, life-destroying structures currently rampaging across the planet – be they corporate, governmental, financial, religious or otherwise – to either die or be transformed into forces for good? To become institutions that honor the earth, recognize the unity of all life, and serve the highest good of all? Absolutely.

These astrological forces are also calling each of us to embody this process personally. What can you now release -- unnecessary possessions, negative relationships, shackling addictions, and self-limiting ways of thinking -- that slow your awakening into your own divine consciousness? How willing are you to face your fears and dive into the purifying cauldron of transformation?

It doesn't really matter whether we experience a global sea change of consciousness at the moment of the Winter Solstice, or whether mankind awakens into its new Golden Age more gradually. My shamanic visions have shown me that it's coming either way, and nothing can can stop it. Any chaos you see around you is just the dying gasps of the dark age we're now leaving behind.

I, along with many others, am living the consciousness of the Golden Age now. And you can join us whenever you're ready!

For FREE, simple, powerful invocations that are helping many in their awakening process,
click here.

While the winter solstice and its signature Yod grab the headlines, there are also other notable astrological events this week. First off, all of the Jupiter aspects included in the Yod come exact this week. Jupiter quincunxes Pluto on Thursday, Dec. 20, and quincunxes Saturn and opposes Venus on Saturday, Dec. 22.

Venus has three aspects working this week: she trines Uranus on Wednesday, Dec. 19, squares Chiron on Thursday, Dec. 20, and makes the previously mentioned opposition to Jupiter on Saturday, Dec. 22.

Uranus will try to encourage innovation and paradigm shift in the areas represented by Venus: relationships, creativity and finance. These areas may be triggered by the Chiron square, then amplified by the Jupiter opposition. Anything that's out of harmony in these areas may well be brought to your attention this week. Be sure to set aside quiet time to ask for divine guidance in these areas, so that you can receive Uranus' intuitive flashes.


Dec. 24-30. This week's headline event is the Full Moon on Dec. 28 at 5:21 AM (7°05' Cancer). As with any Full Moon in Cancer, check how "full-filled" you are with themes regarding family, nurturing, security, home and your unconscious. Make whatever adjustments feel appropriate.

As befits a lunation coming on the heels of such a historic Winter Solstice event, there's a lot of intensity. In fact, the Moon is a member of two aspect patterns as it goes full.

The more challenging configuration is a T-square (a 180° opposition and two 90° squares), with the Moon opposing Pluto and squaring Uranus. This broadcasts the energy of revolutionary transformation associated with the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square. This is an excellent time to release whatever is not serving your evolutionary development, especially in the Cancerian areas mentioned above. This theme is further reinforced by the Moon's opposition to Juno, which can specifically relate to marriage.

The Full Moon also forms a Grand Trine (an equilateral triangle) with Saturn and Chiron. This harmonious energy can help lay down a solid foundation for whatever healing work you're now choosing to engage in.

The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is, "
A group of rabbits dressed in clothes and on dignified parade.” To me, this works as a metaphor for the unawakened human condition. Rabbits are playful, spontaneous creatures, who require no more clothing than the fur on their bodies. They have made a radical departure from their natural state by being dressed up in human clothes and walking in a contrived formation.

In the same way, many of us have confused our “costumes” and behavior with reality, and have deluded ourselves into believing that we are nothing more than human beings. In fact, we are formless, limitless divine beings of pure awareness. As Yoda said, "Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter!" We have chosen to temporarily house ourselves in human form, but it is really nothing more than the car we're driving. Perhaps whatever challenges we experience during this Full Moon period can help shake us free from our self-induced amnesia. It's wake-up time, folks!

In addition to its indispensable involvement in the Full Moon, the Sun makes two powerful aspects of its own this week: a square to Uranus on Dec. 25, and a conjunction with Pluto on Dec. 30.

At the simplest level, the Sun represents the core of ego. As it makes its Christmas Day square (challenge for growth) to Uranus (revolution, sudden change, surprise, paradigm shift and awakening), profound personal growth can occur quickly. And its conjunction with Pluto is a powerful opportunity to release that which no longer serves you and willingly embrace transformation at the deepest level.

Don't be surprised if you feel resistance to these changes – the Sun is in the conservative sign of Capricorn, after all. But if you're willing to release the old structures that don't serve you, amazing and extraordinary things can happen!

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November 2012 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope. To learn more about having your chart interpreted, click here!

HEADLINES

All month. Saturn-Ceres-Neptune Grand Trine
All month. Uranus-Ceres-Pluto T-square
Thru 11/5. Uranus-Pluto-Venus-Ceres Grand Cross
Thru 11/8. Uranus-Pluto-Venus T-square
11/6. Mercury turns retrograde
11/11. Neptune turns direct
11/13. Solar Eclipse (New Moon) in Scorpio
11/14. Chiron turns direct
11/18-27. Venus-Ceres-Neptune Grand Trine
11/21. Sun enters Sagittarius
11/23. Mars square Uranus
11/26. Mercury turns direct
11/27. Mars conjunct Pluto
11/28. Lunar Eclipse (Full Moon) in Gemini
 

THE STORY SO FAR

As November Opens. Seven planets are currently retrograde: Neptune thru 11/11, Chiron thru 11/14, Pallas Athena thru 11/20, Uranus thru 12/13, Vesta thru 1/26, Jupiter thru 1/30, and Ceres thru 2/4. And the pervasive energies of revolutionary transformation (a Uranus-Pluto square), as well as universal love, compassion and spiritual awakening (Neptune in Pisces), will be active for years to come! 

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

11/2, 5:22 am – 11/3, 3:45 am (Cancer)
11/4, 3:37 am – 11/5, 2:41 pm (Leo)
11/7, 10:28 am - 11:36 pm (Virgo)
11/9, 7:28 pm – 11/10, 4:37 am (Libra)
11/12, 12:14 am - 6:12 am (Scorpio)
11/13, 5:09 pm – 11/14, 5:54 am (Sagittarius)
11/16, 4:45 am - 5:37 am (Capricorn)
11/18, 12:55 am - 7:12 am (Aquarius)
11/20, 9:32 am - 11:57 am (Pisces)
11/22, 1:32 am - 8:13 pm (Aries)
11/23, 8:35 pm – 11/25, 7:20 am (Taurus)
11/26, 7:58 pm – 11/27, 8 pm (Gemini)
11/28, 8:05 pm – 11/30, 8:56 am (Cancer)

There are two aspect patterns that straddle the month of November. These flavor the energy of the entire month.
        The first, a Grand Trine with Saturn, Neptune and Ceres, is custom-made for financial abundance! Two of these planets embody the Law of Attraction: Neptune represents imagination and visualization, while Saturn embodies physical manifestation. The third corner of this equilateral triangle, Ceres the grain goddess, is associated with financial abundance. With Ceres in Cancer, this is also a great time to visualize what you'd like to see happening with your home and family.
        Just make sure that, to the best of your knowledge, whatever you call for with the Law of Attraction serves the highest good of all. You can insure this by including the karma-free safety clause, “This or something better,” at the end of all of your manifestation statements and visualizations. This Grand Trine started on 9/3, peaked on 9/28, and ends on 12/4.

        The second aspect pattern is a T-square, incorporating Uranus, Pluto and – once again – Ceres. Uranus and Pluto are involved in a decade-long square (a 90-degree angle) that is catalyzing revolutionary transformation. As they form a challenging square and opposition to Ceres, they may inspire you to eliminate or transform ways of making money that aren't in alignment with your soul purpose. This can help open the door to ways of generating income that provide soul-deep satisfaction. Since Ceres is in Cancer during this T-square, there may be flash points that highlight the areas where you can create greater harmony in your family interactions. This T-square started on 9/20, peaked on 10/30, and lasts through 12/2.

11/1 (Thu). Ready to take inspired action? The opportunity is yours with a Mars-Neptune quintile. And with Mars in Sagittarius, you can do so with enthusiasm and gusto!
        Venus makes two hard aspects today: a quincunx to Chiron and an opposition to Uranus. While this can call for adjustment and paradigm shift in important relationships, this can take the relationship to the next level when done with mindfulness and consideration. For creative types, this represents an opportunity to experiment outside the box and fine-tune work in progress.
        A two-week T-square begins today, comprised of challenging oppositions and squares among Pallas Athena, Vesta and Mars. The most obvious way to interpret this planetary interplay is: are you willing to stand up for what you believe in? (Pallas Athena is the warrior goddess, Vesta represents what you're devoted to, and Mars is the masculine warrior principle.) You may find that taking the field as the peaceful warrior -- steadfast in your principles and actions, but wielding love and devotion rather than the weapons of violence – will be far more effective in achieving your goals. This T-square peaks on 11/8 and finishes on 11/14.

11/3 (Sat). The theme of relationship challenge continues with Venus square Pluto. If you can see that a relationship is not serving your highest good, consider releasing it or -- if it justifies the effort – trying to transform it. Relationships that are already strong can benefit from an even deeper connection and mutual transformative support. If challenges arise in your creative expression or finances, also ask yourself what's ripe for release, transformation or empowerment.
        The Venus-Pluto square is part of a larger aspect pattern: a T-square that also includes Uranus. Pluto working on its own is slow; astrologer Rick Levine likened it to “a tsunami moving at the speed of a glacier." But Uranus has no patience, and can strike out of the blue like lightning. So while this T-square is active – it started on 10/29, peaks today, and ends on 11/8 – change may come quickly. The more you follow your intuitive flashes – one of Uranus' great gifts – the better your ultimate outcomes will be.
        But even this Venus-Pluto-Uranus T-square doesn't give us the whole picture: add in Ceres, and we have a full-blown Grand Cross! (This aspect pattern, renowned for its intensity and challenge, contains four squares and two oppositions.) Adding this asteroid goddess into the interpretation, consider how your key relationships are impacting your self-esteem, as well as your finances. And look at whether a transformation in your financial strategy would benefit your abundance. This Grand Cross has the same start and peak dates as the T-square it contains – 10/29 and 11/3. But it ends earlier, on 11/5.

11/4 (Sun). With so much relationship challenge already boiling up in November, it's a relief to see a Venus-Mars quintile. These two planets represent the feminine and masculine principles, and their quintile aspect has a magical, fairy dust quality. You can make a special connection with your beloved under this energy, and artists can open themselves to a lovely inflow of inspiration.

11/5 (Mon). Family issues may feel more stable with Saturn trine Cancerian Ceres. This may hold especially true for mother-daughter issues.
        This Saturn-Ceres trine is part of a Grand Trine aspect pattern – three planets forming an equilateral triangle, which also includes Chiron. This can promote healing in your family affairs, and is a great time for mentoring around these issues. You have plenty of time to work with this: this Grand Trine started on 9/27, peaks today, and wraps up on 12/4.
        Family life becomes more specific to your committed romantic relationship with Jupiter opposing Juno. Jupiter's expansive energy can help you see what's going on in your partnership, be it good or bad, more clearly.

11/6 (Tue). Sexuality, transformation and occult experience can all be amplified with the Scorpionic Sun quincunx Jupiter. Be sure to make appropriate adjustments if any of these energies seem to be getting out of hand!

        Mercury retrograde begins today at 6:03 PM, and will last through 11/26 at 5:47 PM. Certain things apply to all Mercury retrograde periods. Try to avoid starting major new projects or making major purchases. Travel and communications can be disrupted, so double-check your itineraries and arrangements, make sure you're understanding and being understood, and back up critical data.
        Mercury retrograde is a great opportunity for reflection and introspection. It's also an excellent time to get things repaired, or to complete projects that were already started.
        Mercury splits signs during this retrograde: it starts in Sagittarius, then backpedals into Scorpio on 11/14. While Mercury is in Sagittarius, consider reflecting on your religious path, the meaning of life, and how you can enrich yourself through exposure to foreign customs and cultures. While Mercury is retrograde in Scorpio, it can be good to contemplate occult matters, how you can benefit from transformation, and how to bring more sacredness into your sexual expression.

11/7 (Wed). With the square between the male and female warriors -- Mars and Pallas Athena – there could be volatile energies in the air! Then again, Mars can energize any of Pallas' other qualities, such as strategy, the arts, and holistic healing. Energy follows attention, and planetary forces are no exception!

11/9 (Fri). Focus on bringing flow and harmony to your relationships with Libran Venus trine Jupiter. Bringing focused attention and positive visualization to your creative expression and finances can also provide you with an extra measure of luck.
        With Mars (sexuality) making an opposition (the angle of relationship) to Vesta (sacred sexuality), it's a perfect time to use orgasm as a gateway to soul blending. With Mars in Sagittarius, it's also an excellent time to bring energy and passion to whatever selfless causes you're devoted to.

11/10 (Sat). One of Juno's themes is the renewal of love. Thus, her sextile to Venus is a perfect time to rekindle your heart connection with your romantic partner.

11/11 (Sun). Neptune, which has been retrograde since 6/4, turns direct today. This is an excellent time to start acting on any plans you've been contemplating around deepening your divine connection, manifesting your creative inspirations, or being a conduit of divine light for others.
        Neptune's station at 00°21' Pisces will powerfully affect any sensitive natal points in the first three degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) and the last three degrees of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius). Watch for Neptune to either dissolve or spiritualize the affairs represented by those points.
 

11/13 (Tue). A solar eclipse (New Moon) occurs at 5:08 PM at 21°56' Scorpio. Any Scorpio New Moon is a good time for new beginnings in the areas of transformation, research, investigation, sacred sexuality, occult practice and committed partnership.
        This is the final solar eclipse before the Mayan Long Count Calendar ends on 12/21, which marks an unprecedented new epoch for mankind. Thus, this is a propitious time to delve deeper than ever before into the deepest levels of personal transformation. The more you release everything that does not serve your evolution – unneeded physical possessions, emotional attachments, ideas, or relationships – the freer you will be to make your own caterpillar-to-butterfly spiritual transformation!

        The Sabian Symbol for this eclipse is, “Hunters protected by heavy clothing are shooting wild ducks.” This metaphorically represents a state we might wish to transcend. To my mind, the "heavy clothing" represents the armoring we have accumulated to protect our illusory egos. Ultimately, all armor must be shed, so the divine light at our core can shine forth unhindered. The "wild ducks" represent the untameable thoughts with which we struggle -- until we achieve divine consciousness. Then all unneeded thought simply fades away on its own. You may find these invocations helpful in achieving these states.
        Mercury is also square Neptune today. If your logical thought processes seem fuzzy, try relaxing and inviting in your divine wisdom instead.

11/14 (Wed). Retrograde Mercury backs into Scorpio today, where it will remain through 12/10. During this period, focusing your mind on the Scorpionic themes mentioned yesterday – transformation, research, investigation, sacred sexuality, occult practice and committed partnership -- should prove especially fruitful.
        Chiron turns direct today at 4°58' Pisces. This provides a green light to move forward with any plans you've been contemplating around mentoring, healing, or life-affirming maverick action.

11/15 (Thu). The energies of change seem to be everywhere these days! Today, Saturn (existing structures) makes a quincunx (adjustment required) to Uranus (radical change; intuitive flashes). As if that wasn't enough, Saturn is in Scorpio (transformation), and Uranus is in Aries (new beginnings). Bottom line: what structures can you courageously release or transform to move in the direction your intuitive flashes are pointing? You have plenty of time to work with this, since these two planets are connecting energetically through the end of the year.

11/16 (Fri). Saturn is also making another longer-term connection: a trine to Chiron. Through April, Saturn's grounding energy will help support healing and mentoring. With Chiron in Pisces, the use of subtle spiritual energy in these activities is strongly supported.
        Mars enters Capricorn today, where it will remain through Christmas Day. This can be used as "Energizer Bunny" juice, fueling all the productive, practical things you need to get done!

11/17 (Sat). It's easier to bring spiritual energy into worldly activities right now, with Capricornian Mars sextile Neptune. This aspect also supports Law of Attraction manifestations.
        A Sun-Mercury conjunction in Scorpio fuels learning and communication around the Scorpionic themes mentioned above: transformation, research, investigation, sacred sexuality, occult practice and committed partnership.

11/18 (Sun). A Grand Trine aspect pattern forms today, peaking on 11/23 and ending on 11/27. Venus and Ceres hold down separate corners, while Neptune and Chiron team up in theirs. During this time, make it a point to associate with people who support your self-esteem, and with whom you have a natural soul connection. This can open opportunities for healing and mentoring. Artistically, you can feel nurtured by an easy flow of divine inspiration, and can also tweak your masterpiece closer to perfection. (Additional creative support is provided by today's Venus-Pluto quintile.) And money can flow to you more easily when you use the Law of Attraction.

11/20 (Tue). The asteroid goddess Pallas Athena turns direct today at 22° 26' Pisces. The sacred warrior carries many archetypal meanings, including s
trategy, wisdom, the arts, and holistic healing. If you feel called to move forward in any of these areas, now is a good time!

11/21 (Wed). The Sun enters Sagittarius today. This archetype supports higher education, politics, foreign cultures, religion and philosophy. It's also about expansion, enthusiasm and celebration. Enjoy, but don't overindulge!
        Venus will be in Scorpio today through 12/15. This is a great opportunity to take your relationships and creative expression deeper -- even if it means shining light on those taboos, secrets, and dark hidden places that have been calling to you!

11/22 (Thu). Neptune does double duty today, squaring the Sun and trining Venus. It's easier now to receive the inspiration of your Muse, and to connect energetically with others -- which can come in handy here on Thanksgiving Day! If altered states are calling you, remember that there are none as ecstatic as those provided by conscious union with Source. If you don't already have a quick and reliable way to sync up, you may find these invocations helpful.

11/23 (Fri). Do take care – a Mars-Uranus square can increase the odds for accidents and challenging surprises. Taking action (Mars) on your intuitive flashes (Uranus) can keep you out of trouble and on track.
        The Venus-Ceres-Neptune/Chiron Grand Trine that started on 11/18 peaks today.

11/24 (Sat). Abundant energy is available this weekend, thanks to a Mars-Saturn sextile. With Mars in accomplishment-oriented Capricorn, you might want to get productive with some projects!

11/25 (Sun). Feeling an unexpected shakeup in your relationships, creativity or finances? With Venus quincunx Uranus, trust your intuitive flashes to guide you. And with Venus trine Chiron, it might be a good idea to seek wise counsel about any issues that are arising.

11/26 (Mon). Flashes of insight about your philosophical or religious path are more likely now, with the Sagittarian Sun trine Uranus. If you encounter others with different opinions, remember that not only are they entitled to their worldview, but may have something to teach you!
        Mercury Retrograde ends today at 5:48 PM. The deck is now clear for new projects, although the immediate window of opportunity is short. New ventures are best commenced under a Waxing Moon, and the Moon goes full this Wednesday morning!
        Today's other significant aspect is a Venus-Saturn conjunction. Whatever “reality checks” Saturn may be writing you regarding your relationships, creativity or finances, you would be wise to take them seriously. This is also an excellent time for planning and acting in these areas -- Saturn likes to "plan the work, and work the plan."

11/27 (Tue). With the conjunction of Mars and Pluto, the two planets most associated with sexuality, things could get delightfully hot and heavy! If this avenue of expression isn't open to you right now, take a hint from these planets' placement in Capricorn and redirect that primal energy into accomplishment and productivity. This energy can also express as rage and violence, so you would be wise to steer clear of people and situations where this is likely to erupt.

11/28 (Wed). A lunar eclipse (Full Moon) shines forth at 9:46 AM at 6°46' Gemini. Any Gemini Full Moon is good for evaluating how you're doing in your learning, communication, playfulness and overall variety.
        This eclipse receives aspects from all the planets from Jupiter out except Neptune, and most of the aspects are challenging. Strikingly, the Full Moon is the focal point of a Yod, a thin triangular aspect pattern nicknamed "the Finger of God.” Two pairs of planets occupy the other two points of the triangle: Mars/Pluto and Venus/Saturn. Thus, it wouldn't be at all surprising for challenges to arise in relationships with unresolved issues. Solid relationships can benefit from a new influx of stability and power. Also take a look at any outmoded or unproductive structures in your life, and consider whether it would be better to let them go now.
        The Sabian Symbol for this eclipse is, "An old-fashioned well with the purest and coldest of waters.” This image suggests that when we return to simpler things -- turning away, even briefly, from the innumerable distractions of our hectic modern life – we can access a purity that no amount of entertainment or mental stimulation can provide. These waters – the pristine, incorruptible current of divine consciousness – can only be imbibed from the well within ourselves.

11/29 (Thurs). With Venus sextile Mars (today) and Pluto (yesterday), there's a harmonious, high-energy flow supporting relationships and creative expression. And with Venus in Scorpio, there's depth and passion to spare!

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October 2012 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope. To learn more about having your chart interpreted, click here!

HEADLINES

10/4. Jupiter turns retrograde
10/5. Saturn enters Scorpio
10/10. Saturn trine Neptune
10/15. Libra New Moon
10/15. Jupiter sesquiquadrate Saturn
10/22. Sun enters Scorpio
10/29. Taurus Full Moon

THE STORY SO FAR

As October Opens. Three planets are currently retrograde: Neptune thru 11/11, Chiron thru 11/14, and Uranus thru 12/13. And the pervasive energies of revolutionary transformation (a Uranus-Pluto square), as well as universal love, compassion and spiritual awakening (Neptune in Pisces), will be active for years to come! 

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

10/1, 6:32 pm - 7:28 pm (Taurus)
10/4, 3:45 am - 7:48 am (Gemini)
10/5, 5:09 pm – 10/6, 8:47 pm (Cancer)
10/8, 3:34 am – 10/9, 7:57 am (Leo)
10/10, 5:40 pm – 10/11, 3:25 pm (Virgo)
10/12, 7:49 pm – 10/13, 7:03 pm (Libra)
10/15, 8:03 am - 8:08 pm (Scorpio)
10/16, 10:24 pm – 10/17, 8:27 pm (Sagittarius)
10/19, 4:27 pm - 9:43 pm (Capricorn)
10/21, 11:33 pm – 10/22, 1:04 am (Aquarius)
10/23, 9:27 pm – 10/24, 7:02 am (Pisces)
10/26, 11:05 am - 3:33 pm (Aries)
10/27, 9:33 pm – 10/29, 2:17 am (Taurus)
10/29, 5:02 pm – 10/31, 2:42 pm (Gemini)


10/1 (Mon). October gets a creative kickoff with a pair of quintiles: Venus-Jupiter and Mercury-Pluto. (With Venus in Spotlight-loving Leo and Mercury in artistic Libra, the creative juice is especially strong!) Whether you express yourself through painting, writing or any other creative output, this is a great time to connect with your Muse!

10/2 (Tue). Creative productivity is emphatically supported with Leonine Venus sextile Libran Saturn. This aspect can also act as a stabilizer for relationships and finances.
        The Venus-Mars-Neptune T-square that began on 9/29 peaks today.

10/3 (Wed). Venus is in Virgo today through 10/28. This is a good time to scrutinize and fine-tune the details of your relationships, creative expression and finances. You can also examine how you're being of service to others, and whether your energies are being appropriately compensated.
        Venus also opposes Neptune today, opening the door for deeper connection to your divine consciousness. Soul-level connection with others is also empowered, but make sure that you can return to an appropriate level of individuation after this deep communion.

10/4 (Thu). Jupiter turns retrograde today, stationing direct again on 1/30. This is a good time for general reflection on religion, philosophy, the meaning of life, politics, and foreign matters. This station takes place at 16°22' Gemini, so anything natally placed in the mid-teens of any mutable sign – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces – will be strongly amplified through mid-November.

10/5 (Fri). Mercury and Saturn conjoin extremely late in Libra – at 29°56' -- before they both cross into Scorpio today. Mercury will scoot along into Sagittarius on 10/29, but Saturn will transit Scorpio for over two years, through late December of 2014. Mercury in Scorpio is a great time for deep mental introspection, research or detective work. You can also focus your thoughts on the occult, or anything mysterious or hidden. Saturn's transit of Scorpio marks the transformation or destruction of structures that have outlived their usefulness, as well as the arising of new structures whose time has come.
        Mercury also trines Neptune today, smoothing the connection between divine wisdom and human intellect.
        We've had a lot of T-squares in the last several weeks, and yet another one starts today, peaks on 10/9 and wraps up on 10/12. With Venus, Mars and Chiron involved, relationships could experience both wounding and healing. At the same time, this is a great time to put the finishing touches on creative projects, and to give or receive creative mentoring.

10/6 (Sat). Feel like boldly going where you've never gone before? With Mars in Sagittarius, today through 11/16, the planet of the entrepreneur and the warrior is in the sign of high adventure! New initiatives in religion, philosophy and foreign matters are also supported.

10/7 (Sun). Misguided fanaticism can be fueled by a Mars-Neptune square, especially with Mars in over-the-top Sagittarius. But this aspect can also support sacred sex and other activities that bridge the physical and spiritual worlds, and energize new forays into spiritual awareness.


10/8 (Mon). With Virgoan Venus quincunx Uranus, watch for intuitive flashes around how to fine-tune your relationships, creativity and finances.

10/9 (Tue). Expanded energy and buoyant optimism can be the hallmarks of a Sun-Jupiter trine. With the Sun in Libra, you can also take advantage of enhanced energy for relationships and creative expression.
        What's up with those wounds you've been experiencing? Pulling the explanation up from the depths may come more easily with Scorpionic Mercury trine Chiron. Then again, with Mercury quincunx Uranus, the answer may suddenly arrive as an intuitive flash!
        Working on the details of how to positively transform your relationship? The time is right, with Virgoan Venus trine Pluto.
        The Venus-Mars-Chiron T-square, which started on 10/5, peaks today.

10/10 (Wed). It's an especially powerful day for mental investigation and occult explorations, with Scorpionic Mercury sextile Pluto.
        Ready to take your Law of Attraction work to the next level? Today's Saturn-Neptune trine remains strong through 11/3, empowering all manifestation efforts. These two planets archetypally represent the Law of Attraction: Neptune represents visualization and imagination, and Saturn represents concrete crystallization. For a brief Law of Attraction primer, click here.

10/14 (Sun). Wounding words and actions may be more prevalent with Mars square Chiron. Remember that emotional triggers are prime opportunities to release old wounds; you may find this invocation helpful. This is also a powerful time to give or receive mentoring and healing work.

10/15 (Mon). It's a great time to take quick action on your intuitive flashes, with Mars trine Uranus.

        October's New Moon occurs at 8:02 AM at 22°32' Libra. This is a great time for new beginnings in relationships and creative expression. While this lunation's loose conjunction to Saturn could mean obstacles as you move forward, it also means that your hard work and perseverance can produce lasting results.
        This New Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “Chanticleer's voice heralds the rising sun with enthusiastic tones.” This rooster's crowing (“Chanticleer" is a rooster's proper name in medieval fables) certainly carries an uplifting and optimistic vibe. Those who build their lives around following their true passions have a reason to get out of bed in the morning, as well as something to crow about. If this doesn't describe you, what can you do to better focus your waking hours on what you care most deeply about?

        Are you finding it tricky to find an appropriate balance between expansion into new areas and maintaining sufficient stability? If so, your dilemma is reflected in a sesquiquadrate (a 135° aspect) between Jupiter and Saturn. Remember that an airplane flying on autopilot is technically off course most of the time, but reliably reaches its destination through frequent minor adjustments. Perfect equilibrium can be an impossible goal; it may be enough to keep tweaking your journey so that you're more or less headed in the right direction.

10/16 (Tue). A Mercury-Venus sextile can help smooth communication, while Mercury's placement in Scorpio can facilitate deep and transformative discussions. At the same time, Mercury's quincunx with Jupiter can stimulate excessive talking. Remember: two ears, one mouth!
        A Venus-Jupiter square can focus a magnifying glass on whatever's happening in your relationships, creativity and finances. Avoid overreacting; what appears to be a crisis may just be a more clear-eyed look at the same situation.

10/18 (Thu). Pull out your musical instruments, art supplies or dancing shoes: a creative quintile between Pluto and the Libran Sun can bring your creative juices to a boil!

10/22 (Mon). The Sun enters Scorpio, radiating the energies of transformation, occult practices, psychology, research, investigation and sacred sexuality. In all of these areas, it's a great time to dive in deep!

10/23 (Tue). It's easier than usual to connect with your essential divine nature under a Sun-Neptune trine. With the Sun in Scorpio, the potential for profound transformation is even stronger!

10/25 (Thu). It's time to get serious and take care of business with a Sun-Saturn conjunction. Strive to embody Saturn's high side qualities, including maturity, responsibility, efficient time management, and becoming the Wise Elder. Be sure to persevere if your plans don't come to fruition on the first try.

10/27 (Sat). You can enjoy an easy flow in your healing and mentoring activities, along with less resistance to meaningful transformation, with the Scorpionic Sun trine Chiron.

10/28 (Sun). This aspect-packed day begins with a Sun-Uranus quincunx. When you get the intuitive flash, make whatever adjustments are needed to carry out the instructions of this "text message from God"!
        The effects of Sagittarian Mars opposing Jupiter could include a powerfully enhanced libido, as well as extra power to make new beginnings, excel in athletics, and fight for worthy causes.
        Today Venus enters Libra, a sign that she rules, and remains through 11/21. Throughout this period, your ability to create harmonious relationships and engage in joyfully creative expression is significantly enhanced.
        Venus is also quincunx Neptune today. If you make the right adjustments, you can enjoy a powerful connection with the divine and an influx of creative inspiration.
        Finally, another challenging T-square kicks off today, this one involving Venus, Pluto and Uranus. During its run, which peaks on 11/2 and ends on 11/7, prepare to transform or release problematic relationships, creative modalities and/or financial situations. And stay open to new relationships and ideas that can launch you to the next level of your growth!

10/29 (Mon). Mercury enters Sagittarius today, but doesn't stay long. The fleet-footed messenger turns retrograde on 11/6, backpedals into Scorpio on 11/14, turns direct in Scorpio on 11/26, and finally works its way back into Sagittarius on 12/10. It then remains in the Sign of the Archer until New Year's Eve.
        While Mercury is in Sagittarius, you can enjoy expanded energy for learning and communication. It's also a great time to publish your writings and other creative expressions so that others can benefit from them.
        Mercury also engages in a simpler action today, making a straightforward square to Neptune. If your logical synapses aren't firing as sharply as usual, try letting your intuitive guidance take over instead.

The October Full Moon shines forth today at 3:49 PM, at 6°47' Taurus. Check in to see how "full-filled" you are with your level of sensual enjoyment (including all five senses), enjoyment of nature, persistence, worldly possessions and self-esteem.
        This lunation is heavily aspected by Saturn, Chiron, Uranus and Pluto, so watch for transformations and paradigm shifts that can enhance your healing and awakening. The intensity of this Full Moon could cause emotional outbursts, or at least discomfort, in those areas of your life that have not yet been brought into harmony. A healing invocation can help bring new light to these areas of darkness.
        The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is, "The woman of Samaria comes to draw water from Jacob's well.” This, of course, refers to the biblical story in John, Chapter 4. The Samaritan woman's encounter with Jesus takes her to a new level of consciousness. Whether or not it takes place in a Christian context, this opportunity for awakening is available to us all right now. Whether or not you follow Jesus, the Christ consciousness that he taught – unconditional love – is now more available than ever!

10/30 (Tue). Powerful transformation, with less than the usual amount of resistance, is available with the Scorpionic Sun sextile Pluto. Remember that you have to release the old stuff that doesn't serve you anymore before you can receive the new stuff that does!
 

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September 2012 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope. To learn more about having your chart interpreted, click here!

HEADLINES

9/6. Pluto sextile Chiron
9/11-14. Yod: Venus-Chiron-Pluto
9/15. Virgo New Moon
9/16-25. T-square: Mercury-Pluto-Uranus
9/18. Pluto stations direct
9/19. Uranus square Pluto! (#2 of 7)

9/21-10/7. T-square: Sun-Pluto-Uranus
9/22. Sun enters Libra
9/24-27. Two simultaneous Thor's Hammers: Venus-Mars-Uranus & Venus-Pluto-Uranus
9/27. Venus square Mars
9/29. Aries Full Moon

9/29-10/9. T-square: Venus-Mars-Neptune
 

THE STORY SO FAR

As September Opens. Four planets are retrograde: Pluto thru 9/17, Neptune thru 11/11, Chiron thru 11/14, and Uranus thru 12/13. And the pervasive energies of revolutionary transformation (a Uranus-Pluto square), as well as universal love, compassion and spiritual awakening (Neptune in Pisces), will be active for years to come!

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

9/1, 4:02 pm – 9/2, 1:39 am (Aries)
9/4, 7:07 am - 11:43 am (Taurus)
9/6, 10:48 am – 9/7, 12:11 am (Gemini)
9/9, 6:59 am - 12:51 pm (Cancer)
9/11, 5:59 pm - 11:02 pm (Leo)
9/14, 1:14 am - 5:32 am (Virgo)
9/16, 7:27 am - 8:57 am (Libra)
9/18, 7:31 am - 10:47 am (Scorpio)
9/20, 9:12 am - 12:36 pm (Sagittarius)
9/22, 12:46 pm - 3:22 pm (Capricorn)
9/24, 5:19 pm - 7:34 pm (Aquarius)
9/26, 11:34 pm – 9/27, 1:25 am (Pisces)
9/28, 10:35 pm – 9/29, 9:16 am (Aries)

9/1 (Sat). Clear communication could be a challenge as September opens, but, with Mercury opposing Neptune, the interface between human mind and divine consciousness is ready to connect!

9/3 (Mon). Not everyone celebrates the arrival of a Venus-Saturn square, but it is useful for reality-checking your relationships, creative output and finances. If challenges arise in any of these areas, try to address them in a spirit of maturity and accountability.
        At the same time, Scorpionic Mars' sextile to Pluto can supercharge your sex drive, or energize your forays into the occult, psychology, research. Also stay open to positive transformation in your committed romantic relationship, if you have one. In fact, with Mars also trine Chiron, healing and wise counsel may be more easily available as you work through any partnership issues.

9/4 (Tue). Any hard aspect between Mars and Uranus can make accidents more likely, and today's quincunx is no exception. Exercise an extra measure of caution, but also stay open to making the adjustments needed to take quick action on your intuitive flashes. Just make sure that your impulses are being prompted by your intuition and not your ego!
        Mercury makes three aspects today: it trines Pluto, opposes Chiron and quincunxes Uranus! Thus, it's a fantastic day for inspired mental work, especially if you follow intuitive detours rather than sticking rigidly to schedule. With Mercury in Virgo, you'll have plenty of energy to take care of all those menial tasks that have piled up -- when you're not tending to those sudden flashes of insight, that is!

9/5 (Wed). Yesterday's mental stimulation keeps on rolling with a Mercury-Mars sextile. Just try not to think exclusively about sex! ;-)

9/6 (Thu). While the opportunity for the harmonious spiritual healing of old wounds has been strong for months already – and remains strong for many months to come – the energy is especially potent now, as Pluto and Chiron sextile. Shamanic work and spiritual apprenticeship also get a power boost.
        Venus is in Leo today thru 10/3 – a great energy for putting your creative efforts out there to edify or entertain others. This can also be “drama queen” energy, so try not to let your ego buy into the idea that "all the world's a stage" in your relationship behavior!

9/7 (Fri). Enhanced energy for service and healing is available, with Jupiter square the Virgoan Sun. Just don't bite off more than you can chew!
        Don't let your relationship judgment be clouded by a Venus-Neptune quincunx, which can make it easy to put your beloved on a pedestal. But this same energy can allow you to merge more fully with the divine essence underlying another's human facade, as well as fire up a major creative download!

9/8 (Sat). Your mind may be revving in high gear, thanks to a Mercury-Jupiter square. While this is fantastic for fast-lane mental processing, it can also lead to Motormouth Syndrome. And don't let Mercury's Virgoan placement cause you to become excessively critical of yourself or others!

9/10 (Mon). The mental effects described on 9/8 will become even more pronounced, with today's Sun-Mercury conjunction in Virgo.

9/11 (Tue). A Yod aspect pattern – also known as a “Finger of God” -- forms today between Venus, Chiron and Pluto. Any issues that need healing in the realms of relationship, creativity and/or finance are up for transformation! This Yod peaks on 9/12 and fades out on 9/14.

9/12 (Wed). The Yod that started yesterday peaks today, as Venus makes exact quincunxes to Chiron and Pluto.

9/13 (Thu). Venus receives additional stimulation from a Uranian trine, making it easier to receive intuitive flashes around any issues raised by the current Yod. Paradigm shift around the standard Venusian themes -- relationship, creativity and finance – is also easier now.

9/15 (Sat). September's New Moon comes exact at 10:38 PM (23°37' Virgo). New beginnings in health, win/win service, methods and procedures are supported. The gathering and sharing of information is also energized, since Mercury conjuncts this lunation.
        The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is, “Mary and her white lamb.” This obviously refers to the well-known nursery rhyme. However, not everyone knows its final two stanzas: “'
Why does the lamb love Mary so?' / the eager children cry. / 'Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know.' / the teacher did reply.” This describes how some Virgos operate: If I show my love by serving you, you'll love me too! However, this can turn into voluntary servitude, with the Virgo not ”getting as good as they give.” Under this Virgo New Moon, consider examining your key relationships for equitability and fairness.

9/16 (Sun). Increased libido is only one of the possible effects of a Mars-Jupiter quincunx. With Mars empowered in Scorpio, the sign of its ancient rulership, adjustments may be called for in the deepest realms of the psyche. Appropriate flexibility may also reap rewards in the areas of research, investigation, occult practice, and committed romantic partnership!
        Also, Mercury enters Libra today, which it will transit until 10/5. Its residency here can ease communication in all of your important relationships – romantic and platonic. Creative expression, especially of the written and spoken variety, also get a boost.
        Mercury also enters into a T-square with Pluto and Uranus today, peaking on 9/20 and enduring through 9/25. Open-mindedness will serve you well during this period, since intuitive flashes may be striving to rewire new concepts into your thinking. With Mercury in Libra, stay especially open to paradigm shifts in the areas of relationship and creativity.

9/17 (Mon). If you're feeling a bit fuzzy-headed, it may be related to a Mercury-Neptune quincunx. Consider it an opportunity to rely less on logic and more on intuition!

9/18 (Tue). Pluto, retrograde since 4/10, stations direct today at 6°57' Capricorn. A planetary retrograde is ideal for reflection and planning, while a direct station can mark the time to put your plan into action. Thus, getting in gear with emotional and psychological release work, occult activities, and transformation of all kinds is supported as Pluto moves forward. If something has outlived its usefulness, give it an appreciative send-off and clear space for its replacement! This applies especially to themes represented by sensitive points in your chart between 4° and 10° of the cardinal signs: Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra.

9/19 (Wed). The most powerful astrological event of the decade – actually a series of seven events that started this year and extends into 2015 – hits another peak today. The second exact iteration of the Uranus-Pluto square brings the energy of revolutionary transformation into mass consciousness. Uranus calls us to rebel against that which no longer serves the highest good of all, blossom into the unique being we incarnated to become, and serve the collective with our special gifts and talents. Pluto asks us to release everything which has outlived its usefulness. And if you make acting upon your inner intuitive guidance your way of life, rather than striving for personal control, you will become the conduit for more power than you can possibly imagine. (Shades of Obi-Wan Kenobi!)
        During the next few years, remember that every structure we observe breaking down around us creates an opportunity for something more enlightened to replace it. But why not start now instead of waiting for a massive breakdown? As Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”!

9/20 (Thu). The Mercury-Uranus-Pluto T-square that fired up on 9/16 peaks today, as Mercury opposes Uranus and squares Pluto. When faster “trigger” planets aspect slower ones, it tends to intensify their effects. Thus, the Uranus-Pluto square gets a significant power boost the day after coming exact!
        Libran Mercury also quincunxes Chiron today. Be open to life-affirming adjustments in your relationships, creativity and finances, and stay open to the new openings that healing and mentoring work can make possible!
        The final event of this action-packed day is a sextile between Leonine Venus and Jupiter. This not only amplifies the relational and creative impacts already described, but empowers creative expression and relational joy!

9/21 (Fri). Ready for new inspiration -- that you can ground into the physical world -- in your relationships, creative expression and finances? It's available, thanks to a Venus-Saturn quintile.
        A new T-square also forms today. The Uranus-Pluto square is once again involved, but this time the third player is the Sun. Peaking on 9/29 and wrapping on 10/7, this T-square will both positively energize and challenge the Libran themes (the Sun enters Libra tomorrow) of relationship and creativity that have been so prominent this month. The key strategies remain the same: follow your intuitive flashes, stay open to paradigm shift, and release absolutely everything, on all levels, that no longer serves your evolution!

9/22 (Sat). The Sun enters Libra today, triggering the Fall Equinox at 10:49 AM. Soak in the energies of beauty, creativity, justice and harmonious relating!

9/23 (Sun). Got altered states? You might crave them under this Sun-Neptune quincunx. Rather than overdoing the drugs, alcohol, or other escapist activities, consider invoking the bliss of divine immersion, or calling in your Muse for some creative inspiration!

9/24 (Mon). A rare astrological event – two interlinked Thor's Hammer aspect patterns – simultaneously appear today, peak tomorrow and fade on 9/27. Interlinking Venus, Mars, Uranus and Pluto (just can't seem to get away from those last two, can we?), these energies can challenge relationships to evolve to the next level.
        If relationship conflict is sparked, take a deep breath, remember that you are not your emotions, and examine what healing is being called for – especially within yourself. Be mindful of heightened volatility: with an increased possibility of accidents, proceed with appropriate caution. Sex is energized – with adventurous experimentation on the menu – and so is creativity that boldly goes where you've never taken it before!

9/25 (Tue). The twin Thor's Hammers that started yesterday peak today, as three of their component aspects come exact: Venus sesquisquare Uranus, and Mars sesquisquare Uranus and semi-square Pluto.

9/26 (Wed). Another Thor's Hammer component lines up today (Venus sesquisquare Pluto), while a Mercury-Jupiter trine stimulates all things mental. With Mercury in Libra, creative expression also gets a boost!


9/27 (Thu). A Venus-Mars square can trigger relationship challenge – which can highlight exactly those areas you can work to heal as a couple. With Venus in Leo, this aspect can also energize creative industriousness and performance sparkle!

9/28 (Fri). Relationship healing remains in the spotlight, with the Libran Sun quincunx Chiron – which radiates the archetype of the Wounded Healer.

9/29 (Sat). The Sun-Uranus-Pluto T-square that started on 9/21 peaks today as the Libran Sun opposes Uranus and squares Pluto.
        Yet another T-square kicks off today – this one incorporating Venus, Mars and Neptune. As it runs its course, peaking on 10/2 and ending on 10/9, be careful not to over-idealize your key relationships. (Illusory Neptune can cast a glamour over Venus and Mars, which represent the feminine and masculine principles.) Deception and misunderstanding in relationship are also possible. On the high side, the ability to perceive and merge with the divine being behind others' human facades is powerfully enhanced, and creative inspiration also gets a healthy boost!

        Full Moons don't get much more intense than the one illuminating the sky at 11:19 PM (7°22' Aries). For starters, the Moon is in Aries, the fiery sign of sexuality, new beginnings, independent action and the warrior. It's a great time for any new beginnings you're ready to kick off in any of these areas.

        But what makes this Full Moon so powerful is that the Moon conjuncts Uranus, and Pluto squares the Sun and Moon. This lends tremendous power and volatility to this lunation. Rereading the 9/19 entry about the Uranus/Pluto square will remind you how this energy of revolutionary transformation operates. It's an amazing energy under which to kick off new initiatives – just be sure to strap in for a wild ride!

        The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is,
“A woman's hat with streamers blown by the east wind.” This image is very timely, since the east wind is often associated with destruction. And the destruction of that which has outlived its usefulness is a primary function of the Uranus-Pluto square aspecting this Full Moon. Woman represents receptivity – gracefully accepting that whose time has come – and the streamers use the east wind to create beautiful movement. So this symbol can represent the graceful acceptance of change: an optimal strategy in these turbulent times!

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August 2012 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope. To learn more about having your chart interpreted, click here!

HEADLINES

8/1. Full Moon in Aquarius
8/8. Mercury turns direct
8/15. Mars conjunct Saturn
8/16. Venus square Uranus
8/17. New Moon in Leo
8/22. Sun enters Virgo
8/24. Sun opposes Neptune
8/30. Sun opposes Chiron
8/31. Full Moon in Pisces

THE STORY SO FAR

As August Opens. Five planets are currently retrograde: Mercury thru 8/8 at 1:40 AM, Pluto thru 9/17, Neptune thru 11/11, Chiron thru 11/14, and Uranus thru 12/13. The pervasive energies of revolutionary transformation (a Uranus-Pluto square), as well as universal love, compassion and spiritual awakening (Neptune in Pisces), will be active for years to come!

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

8/3, 3:25 am - 10 am (Pisces)
8/5, 1:57 pm - 5 pm (Aries)
8/7, 4:05 pm – 8/8, 3:30 am (Taurus)
8/9, 2:56 pm – 8/10, 4:12 pm (Gemini)
8/12, 5:50 pm – 8/13, 4:29 am (Cancer)
8/15, 4:22 am - 2:06 pm (Leo)
8/17, 1:56 pm - 8:35 pm (Virgo)
8/18, 7:27 pm – 8/20, 12:47 am (Libra)
8/22, 3:14 am - 3:55 am (Scorpio)
8/23, 5:35 am – 8/24, 6:52 am (Sagittarius)
8/26, 2:40 am - 10 am (Capricorn)
8/28, 6:34 am - 1:40 pm (Aquarius)
8/30, 1:49 pm - 6:33 pm (Pisces)
 


8/1 (Wed). August opens with a Full Moon at 11:27 PM (10°15' Aquarius). For starters, take stock of how fully you've developed your uniqueness, and how well you're expressing it. Are you using your special talents for the greater good? And are you following your intuitive flashes?
        You can enjoy expansive support for all this, along with an extra measure of luck, thanks to the Full Moon's nearly exact Jupiter trine. And the intuitive flashes mentioned above are empowered by an energizing sextile from Uranus!
        The Sabian Symbol for this lunation is, “During a silent hour, a man receives a new inspiration which may change his life.” We already know from the Moon being in Aquarius and receiving a Uranus sextile that inspiration is abundantly available. Now it's up to you to create that “silent hour” so that you can hear the still small voice within!


8/2 (Thu). What will you be doing with the extra vitality being delivered by a Sun-Jupiter sextile? Possibilities suggested by the Sun's placement in Leo include fun in the sun, sharing your creative gifts with others, and stepping into appropriate positions of leadership.

8/3 (Fri). Let your actions be based on true intuitive guidance, rather than egoic delusion, with Mars sesquisquare Neptune. This planetary combination can also empower sacred sexuality.
        There's a nice mix of productivity and inspiration available with the Sun quintile Saturn.

8/4 (Sat). Fuzzy or confused thinking is a possible pitfall of a Mercury-Neptune quincunx. But the more conscious you've become of your true divine nature, the more this aspect can provide the turn-by-turn directions of “divine GPS.” With Mercury in Leo, there's also plenty of creative inspiration in the air!

8/7 (Tue). Venus enters Cancer today, where she will remain through 9/6. This is a good time to harmonize relationships with family, both the blood relatives you grew up with and your own spouse and kids (assuming you have some!).


8/8 (Wed). Mercury completes its retrograde today, turning direct at 1:41 AM. Rather than jumping into those new projects right away, consider waiting until after the New Moon on 8/17. New initiatives tend to fare better under a waxing Moon.
        Relationships, creativity and finance could experience both stimulation and challenge, due to a T-square forming today. This dynamic aspect pattern, comprised of Venus, Pluto and Uranus, peaks on 8/15 and wraps up on 8/22. Stay open to revolutionary transformation in these three areas, and pay special attention to paradigm shifts and transformation in your dealings at home and with your birth family.

8/9 (Thu). Ready for an easy flow of divinely inspired creativity? How about a closer connection with the divine, or with the divine essence within someone or something here on earth? It's all available, thanks to a harmonious Venus-Neptune trine.

8/11 (Sat). Be sure you're communicating clearly: wires can get crossed when Mercury quincunxes Neptune. Tune in to your intuitive guidance if your rational mind isn't firing on all cylinders. Mercury is in limelight-loving Leo, and Neptune rules glamour, so it can be a great time to bless others with the fruits of your creative inspiration!
        Are old wounds being unexpectedly triggered? The Uranus-Chiron semi-sextile that may be the catalyst can also send you the intuitive flashes that tell you how to heal them. Your own healing and mentoring skills may also be electrified under this aspect. And you have plenty of time to work with this energy: Uranus and Chiron are moving at about the same speed, and will be energetically holding this semi-sextile into the early 2020s!

8/12 (Sun). The theme of potential wounding arises again today with Mars sesquisquare Chiron. But with Mars in Libra, it's also a good time to smooth any ruffled feathers in your close relationships.
        The Uranus-Pluto square – already being focused by their T-square with Venus – gets another focal point today. The Sun forms the tip of a Thor's Hammer aspect pattern starting today, peaking on 8/15, and ending on 8/17. With the Sun in Leo, there's a tremendous amount of energy being focused into individual expression. Whether that expresses as egomaniacal self-aggrandizement, or truly serving others with your creative gifts, depends on you!

8/15 (Wed). Today's Venus-Pluto opposition is part of the T-square that started on 8/8. Unto itself, this aspect, while often challenging, represents a powerful opportunity to bring meaningful transformation into your relationships (especially family), creative expression and finance.
        Astrological doomsayers might claim that the conjunction in Libra of the two classic malefics – Mars and Saturn – is bad news for relationships. But these two planets can be the very essence of endurance: the energy of Mars, combined with the wisdom and patience of Saturn, can create a powerful “Energizer Bunny” effect. While Mars can bring anger, it can also light the sexual fires. Saturn can be cold and calculating, but can also embody maturity and responsibility. Every astrological energy has a low side and a high side; the degree of your own personal evolution will always color how you experience it!

8/16 (Thu). Venus does double duty today, trining Chiron and squaring Uranus. Under the Uranus square, the more you follow your intuitive flashes in the areas of relationship, finance and creativity – even if a paradigm shift is called for -- the less you'll have to endure unexpected craziness and chaos! And healing in all of these areas can flow smoothly and easily, thanks to the Chiron trine.

8/17 (Fri). There are three aspects today, all involving the Leonine Sun. Its quintile to Jupiter boosts vitality and creative expression. The sextile to Saturn offers stability and productivity. And the New Moon deserves a section to itself!

        The August New Moon lines up today at 11:54 AM (25°08' Leo). It supports new energy directed into leadership, performance, playfulness, children, and risk-taking, as well as relaxing and having fun!
        The strongest aspect to this lunation is a tight sextile from conjoined Saturn and Mars. As discussed on 8/15, these two planets can act as an “Energizer Bunny” combination, lending endurance to whatever new beginnings you make.
        The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is,”After a heavy storm, a rainbow appears.” It doesn't take a genius to interpret this one: it clearly alludes to new hope and opportunity after a period of significant challenge. Keep this in mind if you're going through a rough patch yourself!

8/18 (Sat). Yesterday the Sun did a triple; today it's Mercury! With quincunxes to Pluto and Chiron and a trine to Uranus, it's an amazing day to question sacred cows, open to new possibilities, and receive intuitive flashes. Giving or receiving mentoring, as well as healing (mental or hands-on), are also supported. Some of this may require some potentially uncomfortable adjustments, but what meaningful change doesn't?

8/19 (Sun). Empowerment of creative productivity, inspiration on how to transform relationships, and fresh insights on financial management are all in the air today -- courtesy of Libran Saturn quintile Pluto!

8/20 (Mon). If you're feeling an extra buzz of vitality, it could be due to a sextile between the Sun and Mars. With the Sun in Leo, you may be inclined to express this extra energy through creative expression, playing with the kids, or just having fun!

8/22 (Wed). The Sun enters Virgo today, whence it will radiate the energy of health-consciousness, meticulous attention to detail, and service.
        Meanwhile, Mercury – the ruling planet of Virgo – receives an extra measure of practical inspiration, thanks to its quintile with Saturn. Mercury also sextiles Jupiter, amplifying its natural tendency to gather and share information.

8/23 (Thu). Mars enters Scorpio today, and transits the Sign of the Scorpion through 10/6. Mars is the ancient ruler of Scorpio, so the energies of transformation, sexuality, new beginnings and fighting for a worthy cause are all more easily available.

8/24 (Fri). A Sun-Neptune opposition amplifies the desire for altered states. Rather than overdoing drugs, alcohol or escapism, consider the more natural and life-affirming high available through meditation or the flow state of immersive creative expression. Since the opposition is the aspect of relationship, this is also a great opportunity to flow divine energy to others. This invocation will do the trick: “Spirit, please flow the energy through me to serve [name of person]'s highest good.” Then passively observe your breath and feel what the divine pours through you!

8/26 (Sun). Sacred sex, anyone? A Mars-Neptune trine is an ideal aspect under which to infuse carnal ecstasy with the infinitely more ecstatic energy of the divine. Other activities in which prana is consciously experienced during physical activity – such as ecstatic dance, yoga, tai chi and chi gung – are also supported. This also a great time to take action on your dreams!

8/29 (Wed). Lots of energy is available for healing and service, as well as your usual daily activities, with the Virgoan Sun trine Pluto.
        Learning, writing and verbal expression are strongly and smoothly supported with Mercury sextile Saturn. And with Mercury in Leo, so is creative expression!

8/30 (Thu). The Virgoan Sun makes two challenging aspects to slower planets today. Unexpected circumstances may call for a necessary adjustment with the Sun quincunx Uranus, especially if you earlier failed to heed an intuitive flash. (You know, the one that would have prevented all this bother in the first place?) Or perhaps any challenge you're experiencing is in perfect divine order, since a Sun-Chiron opposition is tailor-made to bring up old wounds for healing!

8/31 (Fri). The final day of August brings us a Blue Moon: the second Full Moon in a month. It shines forth today at 9:58 AM (8°33' Pisces). Take stock of how “full-filled” you are with your level of intoxicant use, escapist activity, spiritual awareness, and divinely inspired creativity.
        All of the slowest planets aspect this Full Moon, empowering it to an unusually high degree. A tight Chiron conjunction highlights the themes of wounding, healing and mentoring. The next-strongest aspect, a strong sextile from Pluto, suggests transformation and some sort of death-and-rebirth process. An intense Uranus semi-sextile calls for paradigm shift and awakening to your authentic self. And a loose conjunction to Neptune reminds us that deepening our divine consciousness makes it a whole lot easier to work with everything the planets are throwing at us!
        Finally, as if things weren't intense enough, a Mars trine and a Jupiter square bring the pot to a rolling boil!
        The Sabian Symbol for this Blue Moon is, “The race begins: intent on outdistancing his rivals, a jockey spurs his horse to great speed.” This dynamic image certainly matches the intense vibe of this lunation! To cultivate inner growth from this symbol, imagine the jockey as your consciousness, the horse as your concentration, and the “rivals” as the thoughts and emotions trying to distract you from the pure awareness that leads to spiritual awakening.
        Or you can just go place a bet at the track! ;-)

        The final astrological event of the month is Mercury's entry into Virgo, where it will remain through 9/16. This amplifies the same energies the Sun is currently illuminating: health-consciousness, meticulous attention to detail, and service. Virgo can have a tendency to undervalue its service, so be sure to get as good as you give!
 

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July 2012 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope. To learn more about having your chart interpreted, click here!

7/3. Full Moon in Capricorn
7/13. Uranus turns retrograde
7/14. Mercury turns retrograde thru 8/8
7/17. Mars square Pluto
7/18. Jupiter quincunx Pluto
7/18. Mars opposes Uranus

7/19. New Moon in Cancer
7/22. Jupiter sextile Uranus
7/22. Sun enters Leo
7/24. Jupiter square Chiron

THE STORY SO FAR

Three planets are retrograde as June opens: Saturn thru 6/25, Pluto thru 9/17 and Chiron thru 11/14. And the pervasive energies of revolutionary transformation (Uranus-Pluto square), as well as universal love, compassion and spiritual awakening (Neptune in Pisces), will be active for years to come!

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

7/2, 6:21 pm - 6:53 pm (Capricorn)
7/4, 8:26 am - 8:27 pm (Aquarius)
7/6, 11:49 am – 7/7, 12:31 am (Pisces)
7/8, 7:00 am – 7/9, 8:15 am (Aries)
7/11, 5:24 am - 7:32 pm (Taurus)
7/13, 3:47 pm – 7/14, 8:28 am (Gemini)
7/16, 6:57 am - 8:33 pm (Cancer)
7/19, 12:25 am - 6:15 am (Leo)
7/21, 1:18 am - 1:26 pm (Virgo)
7/22, 8:45 pm – 7/23, 6:40 pm (Libra)
7/25, 11:23 am - 10:31 pm (Scorpio)
7/26, 11:39 am – 7/28, 1:19 am (Sagittarius)
7/29, 5:02 pm – 7/30, 3:30 am (Capricorn)
7/31, 7:31 pm – 8/1, 4:56 am (Libra)


7/1 (Sun). While there are no exact aspects today, two aspect patterns are making themselves felt.
        The first is a challenging T-square, comprised of the Sun, Uranus and Pluto. It became active on 6/21, peaked on 6/29, and remains active through 7/8. This is basically an intensification of the recent Uranus-Pluto square, whose stimulation of revolutionary transformation is described here. Since the Sun is in Cancer throughout this T-square, the paradigm shifts that Spirit is calling for may be felt more intensely in the family structure, or around the themes of nurturing, healing and security.
        The second aspect pattern begins today, peaks on 7/4, and runs through 7/6. It's a Yod – nicknamed the “Finger of God” -- with Mercury and Venus at the back end, and Pluto at the tip. One helpful way to use this is by making positive transformation the goal of your thinking, communicating and relating. Conflict – both in your own thinking and in your relating with others – is a possibility, so keep your interactions civil!

7/3 (Tue). Mars transits Libra today through 8/23, energizing creativity, relationships, diplomacy, harmony and balance. You'll find an extra measure of support for new beginnings in any of these areas!
        Be open to adjustments in your relationships, finances and creative expression as Venus quincunxes Pluto. With Venus in Gemini, adjustments to your thinking and expression may also be in order.

        The July Full Moon occurs today at 2:52 PM (12°13' Capricorn). For starters, ask how “full-filled” you are with your job, career, calling and reputation. What adjustments are needed in any of these areas now?
        Are minor adjustments needed, or revolutionary transformation? With the Moon conjunct Pluto and square Uranus, a major revamp is a distinct possibility! If your mind can't figure it out, or is overwhelmed with the magnitude of the potential change involved, then your best strategy might be to follow your intuitive flashes. And with Chiron sextile the Moon, this is a great opportunity to bring any needed healing to these areas, and perhaps even seek the advice of a mentor.
        This Full Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “A fire worshiper meditates on the ultimate realities of existence.” Since this lunation is so focused on worldly accomplishment, perhaps this Sabian Symbol is a reminder to carry out your daily activities while maintaining divine consciousness. And the worship of fire might have a dual meaning here: the passion and enthusiasm you bring to your everyday activities, as well as the endless creative radiance of the divine source. Better together!

        Another Yod kicks off today, which shares a great deal with the one that started on 7/1. This Yod also peaks on 7/4 and ends on 7/6, and even includes two of the same planets! This one has Pluto and Chiron on the  back end, and points toward Mercury. You can make good use of this “Finger of God” by boldly facing the uncomfortable thoughts you would normally shy away from. Don't worry about fixing anything – just give these challenging thoughts your simple attention, without judging them or trying to push them away. Who knows -- the pure consciousness that you really are might just see these thoughts for what they really are: illusory phantoms. This breakthrough can even lead to spontaneous healing around whatever issues your thoughts were focused on!
        Technical note:
these two Yods, taken together, form a more complex aspect pattern called a “Double Yod Key.”

7/4 (Wed). For many, the fireworks and picnics of America's Independence Day can be a ritualistic celebration of unquestioning patriotism. But with Mercury quincunx Pluto and trine Uranus, even long-held beliefs may be open to question. (Think of Captain America being led to question his natural trust of Nick Fury and the SHIELD organization in the recent film The Avengers -- and with good reason.) As always, having the courage to follow wherever your intuitive flashes lead can be very enlightening! And with Venus sextile both Mercury and Uranus, both creative inspiration and expression have dynamic support.
        The Yods discussed on 7/1 and 7/3 both peak today.

7/5 (Thu). Can you use your creative gifts as a cathartic outlet, to help facilitate the healing of an old wound? The time is right with Leonine Mercury quincunx Chiron!

7/6 (Fri). Even as one T-square involving Uranus and Pluto is winding down, another one is starting up! The old one, which has the Sun as its third player, is described here. The new one is even more dynamic, adding the fire of Mars to the Uranus-Pluto square's natural intensity.
        This new Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-square starts today, peaks on 7/18, and wraps up on 7/29. It bears many potential challenges, including outbursts of impulsiveness, anger and violence. Relationships may get a little rocky, and your usual creative groove may get a surprise reboot.
        Of course, even the most challenging aspect patterns always have an upside. Life-affirming expressions of initiative, sexuality and the warrior spirit can all be stimulated, and lots of raw energy will be available to use however you wish. If relationships do get rocky, perhaps it will be for the higher purpose of highlighting an issue that needs resolution. Or perhaps that relationship has run its course, and it's time for a parting of the ways.
        If you're just treading water in your usual modes of creative expression, then a shift in style or modality may be just what you need to renew your inspiration. Whatever's going on, have the courage to trust, and act on, the intuitive flashes that Uranus will be sending your way!

7/7 (Sat). Even those who love you the most, and who would never deliberately cause you emotional distress, may unknowingly act as triggers for your unresolved psychological issues right about now. Embrace this Venus-square-Chiron opportunity to get some old stuff cleared out once and for all! (This invocation may help.)

7/8 (Sun). An extra measure of creative productivity is yours for the taking today, thanks to Leonine Mercury quintile Libran Saturn!
        With Libran Mars quincunx Neptune, make sure that wishful thinking isn't obscuring important facts about a key relationship, or a worthy cause you're crusading for. Taking some quiet time to receive intuitive guidance can be an excellent counterbalance to any fanatical tendencies that may be arising.

7/13 (Fri). Uranus turns retrograde today at 8°32' Aries. Any sensitive points in your natal chart between 6° and 12° of a cardinal sign – Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn – will be affected by the power of this station. Be especially responsive to your intuitive flashes, and bring your behavior into alignment with your authentic personality. If an area of your life is becoming chaotic, it could be calling for an overdue paradigm shift!

7/14 (Sat). It's a good day for energized, harmonious communication with Mercury sextile Venus. And with Mercury in Leo, add creative expression to the list!

        Mercury turns retrograde today at 10:16 PM, and will turn direct again on 8/8 at 1:41 am. As always with Mercury retrograde, try to avoid starting major new projects or making major purchases. Be prepared for travel glitches, and back up critical data!
        Mercury retrograde is always an excellent time for introspection. Since this one takes place entirely in Leo, consider reflecting on your creative expression, children, your inner child, and whether you're getting enough rest, recreation and fun!
        Mercury's strongest aspect as it stations retrograde is a sextile to Venus, which was exact earlier today. This reinforces the idea of ruminating on how you're doing with your creative expression, and also invites reflection on your relationships and finances.

7/15 (Sunday). The Cancerian Sun's square to Saturn could bring up some ego challenges, especially ones that relate to family, self-protection or nurturing issues. Along with this valuable inner work, this aspect can also support high productivity or – in the spirit of the new Mercury retrograde – some hermit time!
        A magical Golden Yod aspect pattern begins today, peaks on 7/19, and wraps up on 7/21. The pattern itself stimulates creative inspiration and enhanced divine connection. These themes are powerfully reinforced by the planets and signs involved: the Cancerian Sun, Libran Mars and Piscean Neptune. This Golden Yod can also be used to harmoniously act on your flowing intuitive guidance for the benefit of your family and security, or to bring additional nurturing and divine connection into your relationships.

7/17 (Tue). New energy for creativity and relationships is available with Jupiter trine Libran Mars. But be sure not to fly off the handle – today's Mars-Pluto square is a potent overall energizer, but it can also trigger violence or rage in those so inclined. Exercise and sex can be positive outlets for these dynamic forces.


7/18 (Wed). For the next two weeks, can you stay open to the positive transformation of your beliefs? Keeping an open mind about your philosophy of life and religious convictions may open you to new insights as Jupiter quincunxes Pluto.
        The Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-square, discussed on 7/6, peaks today. And one of its components – a Mars-Uranus opposition – comes exact. Left to its own devices, this volatile aspect can increase the odds of accidents, as well as sudden outbursts of anger or violence. But there's no better combination for taking immediate action on your intuitive flashes! Boost your physical exertion with activities such as sex or exercise to minimize the chance of any of these negative manifestations arising within yourself. And steer clear of dangerous people and places!

7/19 (Thu). The July New Moon occurs today at 12:42 AM (26°54' Cancer). Normally, this would be a good time to kick off new initiatives in the areas of home, family, nurturing and security. But with Mercury retrograde, only start major new projects if there's just no putting them off. If you do, don't throw in the towel right away if obstacles arise: with Saturn square the luminaries, some resistance can be par for the course. There's also magic in this lunation: the Moon briefly joins the Sun at its corner of the Golden Yod described on 7/15 – which peaks today!
        The Sabian Symbol for this lunation is,
A violent storm in a residential canyon filled with valuable homes.” I believe that this isn't just a reminder to keep your homeowner's insurance current! It reminds us that everything on Earth, however valuable, is vulnerable to the winds of change. We are living in unusually volatile and unpredictable times. The more we build our foundation upon divine connection, rather than material assets, the more secure our true foundation will be!

        If old wounds get triggered – as they may, with Libran Mars quincunx Chiron – they're only coming up to be healed. Use whatever technique or modality works best for you to facilitate release and clearing.


7/20 (Fri). How about some productive inspiration for your thinking, writing and communication? It awaits your use, courtesy of a quintile between Leonine Mercury and Libran Saturn.

7/22 (Sun). After quincunxing Pluto on 7/18, Jupiter now sextiles Uranus. This aspect also lasts about two weeks, and has a similar meaning: stay open to paradigm shifts in your core beliefs. Don't reject an intuitive flash just because it's calling a sacred cow into question!
        The Sun enters Leo today, radiating the energies of leadership, exhibitionism, playfulness, childlike creativity, and fun!
        With Mercury already in Leo, its sextile to Mars can boost your inspiration with your words or other creative expressions!

7/23 (Mon). The drive for personal expression continues with a Pluto-Chiron-Mercury Yod. Starting today, peaking on 7/26, and ending on 7/27, this “Finger of God” aspect pattern augments the expressive potential of Mercury in Leo with the power of Pluto and the precision of Chiron. So carve out some time for your Muse! (Due to Mercury being retrograde, this is July's second occurrence of this particular Yod! For another way to make use of it, click h ere.)

7/24 (Tue). Jupiter, hungry for connection with its slower brethren, isn't content with just its recent Pluto and Uranus aspects: today it adds a square to Chiron. Don't be surprised if you see more psychological baggage than usual come up for clearing during the next two weeks!
        Your thoughts may be more plentiful, and more desirous of being expressed, with Leonine Mercury sextile Jupiter. Just avoid any temptation to wound somebody with them – a dark side temptation of Mercury quincunx Chiron. Instead, craft your language to provide encouragement and support!
        Creative inspiration can be plentiful with the Leonine Sun quincunx Neptune. Just beware of delusions – especially of grandeur – when relating with others!

7/25 (Wed). The connection between human mind and divine mind doesn't get much easier than with a Mercury-Uranus trine. And with Mercury in Leo, there may be lots of creative inspirations among the intuitive flashes!


7/26 (Thu). Mercury's next aspect is a quincunx to Pluto – a great time to adjust those outmoded thought patterns!
        Still more creative inspiration becomes available with Venus quintile Uranus. You may even receive new flashes of insight regarding your relationships and finances!
        The Pluto-Chiron-Mercury Yod which began on 7/23 peaks today.


7/28 (Sat). A Sun-Mercury conjunction in Leo boosts both mental activity and creativity!

7/30 (Mon). Stay open to transformation – but don't make a dramatic production out of it – with the Leonine Sun quincunx Pluto.

7/31 (Tue). July ends with a flurry of aspects, starting with easier reception of your intuitive flashes catalyzed by a Sun-Uranus trine.
        Help with your creative productivity, as well as a relationship stabilizer, is provided by a Venus-Saturn trine.
        A Chiron quincunx with the Leonine Sun can help you make positive adjustments to your leadership style and creative expression.
        Finally, still more creative support – which has been so abundant this month! -- is provided by Libran Mars quintile Leonine Mercury
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June 2012 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope. To learn more about having your chart interpreted, click here!

HEADLINES

6/4. Lunar eclipse (Full Moon)
6/5. Venus occults the Sun

6/8-15. T-square (Mercury-Uranus-Pluto)
6/11. Jupiter enters Gemin
6/19. New Moon in Gemini

6/20. Sun enters Cancer (Summer Solstice)
6/24. Uranus square Pluto! (#1 of 7)
6/25. Jupiter square Neptune'
6/25. Saturn turns direct
6/27. Venus turns direct.
 

THE STORY SO FAR

Three planets are retrograde as June opens: Saturn thru 6/25, Venus thru 6/27, and Pluto thru 9/17. And the pervasive energies of revolutionary transformation (Uranus-Pluto square), as well as universal love, compassion and spiritual awakening (Neptune in Pisces), will be active for years to come!

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

6/3, 5:30 am - 8:34 am (Sagittarius)
6/5, 1:09 am - 8:32 am (Capricorn)
6/7, 8:39 am - 10:18 am (Aquarius)
6/9, 2:33 pm - 3:23 pm (Pisces)
6/11, 1:23 pm – 6/12, 12:23 am (Aries)
6/13, 11:09 pm – 6/14, 12:23 pm (Taurus)
6/16, 8:10 am – 6/17, 1:26 am (Gemini)
6/19, 11:03 am - 1:35 pm (Cancer)
6/21, 12:49 pm - 11:49 pm (Leo)
6/23, 6:27 pm – 6/24, 7:44 am (Virgo)
6/26, 6:53 am - 1:17 pm (Libra)
6/28, 4:23 am - 4:34 pm (Scorpio)
6/30, 3:46 pm - 6:05 pm

6/1 (Fri). After all the challenging communication aspects we've had lately, it's nice to get one that's just plain harmonious: Mercury conjunct Venus in Gemini. Use it to facilitate a comfortable intellectual connection wherever it's needed!

6/2 (Sat). Here's yet another aspect that promotes connection of human mind with divine mind: Mercury quintile Uranus. Remember that your quiet inner voice is more easily heard when there's less random chatter going on in your head!

6/3 (Sun). Ready to bring some discipline to your mental processes, or focus on some of the serious matters you've been avoiding lately? You should find it easier with Mercury trine Saturn.

6/4 (Mon). A lunar eclipse lights up the sky at 7:11 am (14°13' Sagittarius). As with any Sagittarian Full Moon, check in with how “full-filled” you are with the adventurousness of your life, higher learning, exotic travel, sharing your higher wisdom with others, and how often you celebrate! Since this is also an eclipse, these themes carry extra power, and will retain their relevance for many months to come.
        Today's other exact aspect – a square between Geminian Venus and Virgoan Mars – joins with Piscean Chiron to form a Grand Cross with the opposing Sun and Moon. A Grand Cross is formed by two oppositions, with all four corners connected by squares to the adjacent corners.
        On the challenge side, this could exacerbate relationship stress, possibly leading to high drama where the volatility is already strong. You can turn this energy around by flowing healing, nurturing energy to your sweetheart, and staying open to each other's insights. Taking Mars to the high side, with exercise, sex or leadership, can help avoid its darker expressions of anger and violence.
        The Sabian Symbol for this eclipse is, “The groundhog looking for its shadow on Groundhog Day.” If you can clear your mind of images of Bill Murray and Andie McDowell from the classic film, this symbol suggests that looking for your shadow might be a good thing. And with the current aspects to the lunar eclipse, you might not have to search very hard. Chances are, the previously repressed material that's ready to be cleared is already coming up on its own. Proactively dealing with it as it arises carries a sizeable reward: a more clear, radiant consciousness from that point forward! I recommend this invocation to assist you.
        Neptune turns retrograde today, and turns direct again on 11/11. Since it turns at 3° Pisces, any sensitive natal point in the first six degrees of any mutable sign – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces – is receiving a super-strong dose of Neptunian energy now. Note whether this energy is calling for the dissolution of that which has outlived its usefulness, or whether it's supporting and spiritualizing something which is still being of service.

6/5 (Tue). Today's headline transit is no ordinary Sun-Venus conjunction – it's a very rare occultation of the Sun by Venus! These events, in which retrograde Venus partially blocks the light of the Sun, occur in pairs, and occur less than once per century. The first in this pair was in 2004.
        Historically, these events have been associated with global communcation breakthroughs. (This Venus-Sun occultation, like most, occurs in Gemini, the sign associated with learning and communication.) And, of course, all themes associated with Venus – relationships, creativity and finances – can be stimulated by such a powerful event. Doing ceremony to affirm your intentions in these areas would be very timely: the occultation begins at 9:09 pm!

6/7 (Thu). Mercury transits Cancer today thru 6/25. Focus on saturating your thoughts and speech with the energy of nurturing and healing!
        The classic challenges of any Sun-Mars square are anger, violence, and excessive or inappropriate sexuality. However, this aspect can also provide abundant energy for exercise, leadership, positive sexuality and new beginnings. With the Sun in Gemini and Mars in Virgo, this Sun-Mars square can stimulate runaway thoughts or speech, while supporting focused thinking and a variety of ways in which to be of service.

6/8 (Fri). Want a boost to your Law of Attraction work? Take advantage of today's trine between Mercury and Neptune! Mercury, the planet of mind, is in Cancer, which can help you conjure the powerful, positive emotions that facilitate rapid manifestation. And Mercury's flowing, effortless connection to Neptune in Pisces – the planet and sign of imagination and visualization – completes this magic recipe!
        The decade's most powerful astrological line-up – the world-shaking, multi-year Uranus-Pluto square – isn't exact for the first time until June 24. But you might feel its mighty rumblings as Mercury forms a T-square (opposing Pluto and squaring Uranus), starting today, peaking on 6/11 and ending on 6/15. The world at large has already felt the growing influence of the Uranus-Pluto square with paradigm-shattering events such as the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement. Under this T-square, stay alert to how you can stay open to a revolutionary transformation in your thinking and emotional expression (Mercury in Cancer). Hint: let your intuitve flashes, Uranus' helpful messengers, guide you!

6/10 (Sun). The combined effect of two quintiles – the Geminian Sun with Uranus, and Cancerian Mercury with Virgoan Mars – is to sprinkle fairy dust over this day. These aspects can spark connection to your intuitive flashes and inspired creativity, if you tune in!

6/11 (Mon). Jupiter enters Gemini today, its new resident sign for just over a year (thru 6/25/13). Jupiter always amplifies the energy of its placement. Just as the last 12 months have had a strong focus on Taurean themes (material security, money and tangible resources), the next 12 will see an increased focus on learning, communication and the appreciation of variety. It's a great opportunity to experiment with new ideas, and to expand your mind in new and exciting ways!
        The Mercury-Uranus-Pluto T-square, described in the 6/8 entry, peaks today as Mercury squares Uranus and opposes Pluto. Free your mind!

6/12 (Tue). The wounded healer Chiron turns retrograde today, and will turn direct again on 11/10. Since it makes today's reversal around 10° Pisces, sensitive points in your natal chart between 7° and 13° of any mutable sign – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces – will be strongly affected for several weeks. If you experience any psychological “wounding” during this time, you can choose to view it as old karmic material being brought to the surface for release. (To process these feelings quickly and efficiently, try this invocation!)
        Just to emphasize Chiron's retrograde turn, Mercury makes a trine to it today. This supports giving or receiving mentoring and/or healing.

6/13 (Wed). Some people experience more mental chatter with the Sun in Gemini. Today's Sun-Saturn trine can help you focus and stabilize that restless monkey mind! This is also a great productivity booster for writers and those doing mental work.

6/16 (Sat). If someone you're close to is “pushing your buttons” – or you're pushing theirs – it could be due to the influence of a Venus-Chiron square. Fortunately, this aspect can also promote the healing of the wounds that it triggers, and Venus' Geminian placement can promote clear communication. Remember that every challenge is an opportunity for growth!


6/19 (Tue).
There could be some discomfort with initiative versus inertia, with Mars semi-sextile Saturn. However, these energies consciously combined can also provide Energizer Bunny endurance!

The June New Moon lights up the sky at 11:02 AM (28°43' Gemini). This is an excellent time to consider how “full-filled” you are with what you're learning and communicating. And do you have a playful, childlike spirit easily available within you?
        The aspects to this lunation are custom-made for Law of Attraction opportunities!
Neptune (imagination, visualization) and Saturn (physical manifestation) easily connect with this New Moon with trines. And a square from Mars adds abundant energy into the mix! (For a brief article on using the Law of Attraction, click here.
       
The Sabian Symbol for this lunation is, “The first mockingbird of spring sings from the treetop.” The mockingbird would seem to represent adaptability. Not only can it imitate the sounds of other birds and insects, but it was Charles Darwin's observations of mockingbirds in the Galapagos islands that helped him to first develop the idea of the evolution of species. Gemini is all about flexibility and variety: how are you doing in those areas?

6/20 (Wed).
What adjustments are needed in your relationships, finances and creative expression? Are there things you need to release in any of these areas, in order to make room for paradigm shifts or fresh energy? These are good questions to ask with Venus quincunx Pluto and sextile Uranus on the same day!
        If expression seems more difficult, whether the censorship is internal or external, it could be due to a Mercury-Saturn square. But this same aspect can also be used to enhance mental focus and discipline!
        The Sun enters Cancer today, marking the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. You may want to make use of the extra sunlight with an appropriate celebration, or just feel the new solar broadcast of nurturing, healing and family-oriented energy.

6/21 (Thu).
Put on your thinking cap today: it will come with a bonus booster pack, courtesy of a Mercury-Mars sextile!

6/23 (Sat).
Altered states are calling, thanks to a Sun-Neptune trine. Rather than overdoing substances or escapism, see if you can generate a natural high with spiritual union practices or divinely inspired creativity

6/24 (Sun).
The Big Event has finally arrived: the first iteration of the Uranus-Pluto square! There will be seven exact squares between these two powerhouse planets between now and 2015, and the vibe will be “The 60s, Part 2.” Even before the square was exact, this energy of revolutionary transformation helped spawn the Arab Spring and the global Occupy Movement.
        Pluto is the planet of death and rebirth, and its job is to clear away everything that doesn't serve the greater good. Pluto works slowly on its own, but the pace is quickened by Uranus. Uranus wants paradigm shift now, and strikes like lightning.
        Uranus and Pluto were the primary astrological influence that sparked the worldwide revolutions of the 60s when they were conjunct. Now that they're forming a 90° square – their next major aspect, which represents “challenge for growth” -- we can expect to see an abundance of radical change in the coming years.
        Even though many months may elapse between exact Uranus-Pluto squares, these two outer planets will remain close enough to 90° to continuously radiate this paradigm-shifting energy -- not only through 2015, but for most of the decade!
        How can you make the best use of this energy on a personal level? Release anything and everything that does not serve your highest good, be it possessions, relationships, concepts or anything else. This opens the door to Pluto's gifts: wealth and power. Wealth can be money, but can also be anything of value – tangible or intangible. Plutonian power can be misused by the selfish ego – think of Darth Vader or Hitler. But it can also be wielded for the higher good – think of Gandhi or Nelson Mandela. The more one releases personal desire and surrenders to divine will, the more power becomes available, and the more humanely it will be used.
        So, if you're spiritually inclined, strive to be a conduit for divine light and love, listen for Uranus' intuitive flashes, and follow these inner instructions whenever possible. In my experience, and that of my astrology clients, these “text messages from God” are the closest thing to infallible information available on this planet. My own paradigm is to be a puppet and a pipe: doing my best to let the divine “pull my strings” and flow energy through me to wherever it's most needed.
        It can be easy to contemplate the Uranus-Pluto square with fear. What if the euro melts down, and takes the global economy with it? What if the institutions and organizations we rely on become crippled, or cease to function? Rather than stockpiling guns, ammo, food and water, I recommend forging the strongest possible connection with your intuitive guidance. (You may find these invocation techniques helpful.) Those who follow its wisdom can always be in the right place at the right time.
        Under this shake-it-up energy, preservation of the status quo is simply not possible. Like it or not, we're moving into an unknowable and rapidly changing future. Doing so with boldness and enthusiasm – while guided by your indispensable divine connection – can make this Uranus-Pluto roller coaster ride a thrilling adventure!

6/25 (Mon). Happy with your spiritual path? If not, the next two weeks, with Geminian Jupiter square Neptune, are an excellent time to explore alternatives. If you are happy with your current spiritual direction, this dynamic aspect can energize joining the external form it takes (Jupiter) with your actual experience of divine union (Neptune). This aspect can also bring abundant inspiration to your thinking and writing, and may inspire you to branch out in new directions in any area of life!
        Saturn turns direct today, ending a retrograde that started on 2/7. The energy now shifts from reflection on business matters and new projects to their implementation. Any sensitive points in your chart from 20° to 26° in any cardinal sign – Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn – may experience extra challenge through August due to Saturn's extended presence. (Then again, this is not a new phenomenon – Saturn has been hanging out in this range since mid-April.) Of course, Saturn's presence can always be taken to the high side with reflection,
planning, productivity, and good time management.
        Mercury enters Leo today through 8/31 -- an unusually long residency of more than two months. (This is due to its mid-July retrograde, which takes place entirely in Leo.) You can take advantage of this energy by putting your thoughts, words and creative expression into the spotlight. You might also consider laughing more, thinking playfully, and being sure not to believe everything you think!


6/27 (Wed).
Venus, retrograde since 5/15, turns direct today. The energy now turns from reflection on relationships, money matters and creative expression to acting on the new insights you've gained. With Venus in Gemini, be sure to ask yourself whether any of these life areas would benefit from a little experimentation, or a more eclectic approach.

6/28 (Thu). Is your rational thought process a little murky right now? That can happen with Mercury quincunx Neptune. If logic is your normal modus operandi, try inviting in the flow of intuitive guidance instead. It's so much easier to just know what to do, instead of having to figure it out all the time! With Mercury in Leo, you may also find new inspiration for your creative expressions.

6/29 (Fri). A Sun-Pluto opposition is always good for a deep cleansing of the psyche. With the Sun in Cancer, it may well be family issues which come to the fore. If psychological baggage is coming up for clearing, be sure to complete the purge instead of repressing it. (This invocation may help.) There's also a lot of power available under this aspect. Just remember that ego-generated power is only a drop in the bucket, compared to the torrent that's available when you dedicate yourself to divine service!
        Creative self-expression – a recurrent theme this week – gets another boost with Mercury sextile Jupiter. Just beware of becoming excessively loquacious!
        Five hours after opposing Pluto, the Sun squares Uranus. How are you being challenged to paradigm shift and reinvent yourself? What are your intuitive flashes telling you? And if you're resisting any or all of this – why?

6/30 (Sat). Ready to do some inner healing, especially around long-standing family issues? The time is ripe with the Cancerian Sun trine Chiron. You may also experience a new level of ease in manifesting your mentoring or healing abilities.

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May 2012 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope. To learn more about having your chart interpreted, click here!

HEADLINES

5/5. Full Moon in Scorpio
5/10-17. Grand Trine: Mercury-Mars-Pluto
5/12-14. Kite: Mercury-Mars-Pluto-Chiron

5/12. Pluto sextile Chiron
5/15. Venus turns retrograde
5/16. Jupiter quincunx Saturn
5/20. Sun enters Gemini
5/20. Solar Eclipse (New Moon) in Gemini
5/24-6/5. T-Square: Sun-Chiron-Mars
5/26-31. T-Square: (Mercury-Chiron-Mars)

THE STORY SO FAR

As May opens, Saturn remains retrograde thru 6/25, and Pluto remains retrograde thru 9/17. And the pervasive energies of revolutionary transformation (a Uranus-Pluto square), as well as universal love, compassion and spiritual awakening (Neptune in Pisces), will be active for years to come!

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

5/2, 6:58 am - 10:05 pm (Libra)
5/4, 2:02 pm - 10:21 pm (Scorpio)
5/6, 8:15 am - 9:41 pm (Sagittarius)
5/8, 9:34 pm - 10:02 pm (Capricorn)
5/10, 3:12 pm – 5/11, 1:04 am (Aquarius)
5/12, 8:53 pm – 5/13, 7:43 am (Pisces)
5/15, 8:00 am - 5:47 pm (Aries)
5/17, 5:45 pm – 5/18, 6:05 am (Taurus)
5/20, 11:16 am - 7:07 pm (Gemini)
5/22, 6:51 pm – 5/23, 7:33 am (Cancer)
5/25, 10:34 am - 6:13 pm (Leo)
5/27, 7:55 pm – 5/28, 2:08 am (Virgo)
5/30, 1:51 am - 6:47 am (Libra)
5/31, 9:31 pm – 6/1, 8:32 am (Scorpio)

5/3 (Thu). What a great day for communication: Mercury, fired up in Aries, is sextile sociable Venus in chatty Gemini. Just be sure you keep Mercury's Aries energy enthusiastic, but not too aggressive!

5/4 (Fri). A pair of quintiles – one lasting considerably longer than the other – add some fairy dust to the day as they both come exact.
        The Jupiter-Chiron quintile started on 4/25 and will continue thru 5/14. It can give steady expansion to healing and mentoring, especially if it involves subtle energy. This aspect also supports giving or seeking sage advice on philosophical and religious matters.
        The Sun-Neptune quintile only has a five-day lifespan – 5/2 thru 5/7 – but is a great energy for connecting to spiritual consciousness and divinely inspired creativity. It also supports Law of Attraction manifestation practices.

5/5 (Sat). Challenges to your natural impulses in thought and communication are possible with Arean Mercury opposing Saturn. Consider the consequences of your words before sharing them, especially if you're angry. Take this aspect to the upside by bringing discipline, concentration and maturity to what you think and say.

The May Full Moon shines forth at 11:35 PM (16°01' Scorpio). Take stock of how you're doing with your psychological explorations, shared resources, occult practices, personal transformation and committed romantic partnership, and make appropriate adjustments.
        While unusually intense, this Full Moon's strongest aspect – an opposition to Jupiter – offers the possibility of new opportunities and a splash of luck! Healing and mentoring are also supported, with a trine from Chiron.

        The Sabian Symbol for this lunation is, “A woman, filled with her own spirit, is the father of her own child.” This immaculate conception refers not to a physical birth, but to the awakening of expanded divine consciousness within you. Any woman can be a father in this sense (and any man can be a mother), since we all embody both masculine and feminine energies. I invite you to try these invocations to help bring about this metaphysical birth within yourself!


5/7 (Mon). It's a great time to take a fresh look at your usual approaches to religion and philosophy. With paradigm-shifting Uranus semi-square Taurean Jupiter thru 5/18, be sure to take any intuitive flashes in these areas seriously. Or how about a small revolution in how you approach sensuality – everything from food and massage to music and sex?

5/8 (Tue). The energy can get intense, jangly and even dangerous with Mars quincunx Uranus. Take a hint from Mars' placement in Virgo and balance impulsiveness with appropriate planning. This potentially accident-prone energy lasts for about a week, so please avoid unnecessary risks. At the same time, be sure to make adjustments in your actions when your intuitive flashes so guide you!

5/9 (Wed). Mercury transits Taurus today through 5/24. This is not the fastest mental energy on the block, but is an excellent time to focus your thoughts on what you value (including yourself). A steady, deliberate approach to learning and communicating should serve you well.

5/10 (Thu). A Mercury-Neptune sextile can promote daydreaming and meandering thoughts, but is also just the ticket for joining human mind and divine mind!
        Mercury is also part of a Grand Trine kicking off today, peaking on 5/14, and ending on 5/17. The other two corners of this equilateral triangle are held down by Mars and Pluto, and all three planets are in earth signs. During this period, learning, communication and action toward practical outcomes is harmoniously supported.

5/11 (Fri). It may not be up in your face, but a Saturn-Chiron sesquisquare, exact today, is testing all of our core structures for the next four months. (This aspect kicked in on 4/23, and persists through 8/16.) If you already know how to bring healing to a situation, by all means do so. If not, then you might be wise to seek some sage advice – from a savvy human or your own divine wisdom -- to guide you. With Saturn in Libra, watch for healing opportunities in relationships and creative expression.

5/12 (Sat). The empowerment of healing, mentoring and personal transformation crescendos today, but remains powerful all the way through April 2014! This two-year aspect comes to you courtesy of a long-running sextile between Pluto and Chiron.
        This Pluto-Chiron sextile is also featured in a Kite aspect pattern, which starts today, peaks on 5/14 and ends on 5/15. This Kite simply adds the focal point of Chiron to the Mercury-Mars-Pluto Grand Trine that started on 5/10. During this period, consider seeking or providing mentorship to support the learning, communication and action previously mentioned. Physical ailments may also respond more readily to healing methods that employ subtle energy, such as acupuncture, Reiki and shamanism.


5/13 (Sun). A Sun-Jupiter conjunction is always good for pumping up some enthusiasm or throwing a celebration! Occurring in Taurus, it can amplify your appreciation of sensuality, enjoyment of the natural world, or just being.
        Today's trine between Taurean Mercury and Virgoan Mars is part of the Grand Trine and Kite aspect patterns already discussed this week. Unto itself, this aspect supports an easy flow of communication and action to help achieve practical results.


5/14 (Mon). Mercury makes soft aspects to two slow planets today: a trine to Pluto and a sextile to Chiron. Both these aspects are part of the Grand Trine and Kite aspect patterns that kicked off last week. Taken separately, the Pluto trine supports an easy flow of honest, deep discussion, even of topics that are normally uncomfortable or taboo. The Chiron sextile supports a strong, flowing connection for healing or mentoring.
        Be prepared to alter your plans if necessary, rather than stubbornly sticking to your current trajectory, in order to overcome any obstacles that arise. Or so I interpret the Taurean Sun quincunx Saturn!
        The two aspect patterns that started last week – a Grand Trine and a Kite – peak today. Use their goodness for all it's worth!

5/15 (Tue). With Venus starting her six-week retrograde at 10:32 am, and turning direct again on 6/27 at 11:06 am, reflection may trump action in relationships, creativity and finance. At the very least, give any matters in these areas sufficient thought if action is required!
        With her retrograde entirely in Gemini, you might specifically ponder the following: is there sufficient variety in my partnerships and friendships, both in terms of the number of people in my life and the diversity of activities I'm enjoying with each person? Is my creative expression finding enough different outlets, and am I allowing myself to approach them in an experimental and playful way? And on the financial front, is my portfolio sufficiently diversified, and am I spending and investing in a variety of ways that supports my growth and happiness? (Most people find that money invested in memorable experiences tends to be better investments than nonessential material purchases.)

5/16 (Wed). A trine between Virgoan Mars and Capricornian Pluto, part of the current Grand Trine and Kite configurations, comes exact today. Unto itself, this aspect can boost libido, support worldly ventures, energize service to others, and empower organizational tasks.
        There can be an awkward sense of stasis, especially regarding material pursuits and relationships, with Taurean Jupiter quincunx Libran Saturn. Should you be expanding (Jupiter) or contracting (Saturn)? For the next week, look for a key adjustment that will allow a harmonius balance between these conflicting urges.

5/17 (Thu). The opposition of Virgoan Mars and Piscean Chiron activates several possibilities. It increases the likelihood that old wounds might be stimulated – in which case they're newly activated and ripe for healing! (You may find this invocation helpful.) The urge to act as a mentor and/or healer for others can be strong. And your ability to carry out precise action, based on intuitive wisdom, is also energized.
        Open your mind to inspiration and intuitive guidance – doing so is easier than usual with a Mercury-Neptune quintile!
        You may be able to access greater wealth and power by levering yourself out of that rut you're in – at least that's one way to use a sesquisquare (a 135° aspect) between Taurean Jupiter and Pluto! This opportunity remains thru 5/27.

5/20 (Sun). Writing, as well as learning and all forms of communication, can enjoy fresh inspiration with Taurean Mercury quintile Piscean Chiron. Editing and fine-tuning your ideas is also supported.
        The Sun enters Gemini
at 11:15 AM, followed by a solar eclipse at 7:47 PM (0°20' Gemini). This “New Moon on steroids” empowers new beginnings in learning, communication and enjoyment of variety. New beginnings of all kinds should enjoy an extra measure of luck (Jupiter conjunction), especially if supported by visualization (Neptune square). The Neptunian influence also makes intuitive input into your decision-making more easily available. And, as an eclipse, this initiation energy stays potent for six months!

        The Sabian Symbol for this eclipse is, “A glass-bottomed boat reveals undersea wonders.” Could this be a metaphor for the new possibilities and perspectives you'll perceive by inviting intuition into your life?


5/21 (Mon). Communication challenges can crop up with Mercury quincunx Saturn. Take a hint from Mercury's current position in Taurus by sharing information systematically and methodically.

5/22 (Tue). If yesterday's communication roadblocks have suddenly transformed to a gushing flow of input and output, you can chalk it up to Mercury's conjunction to Jupiter. Just be careful not to let your enthusiasm for your ideas cause you to talk someone's ear off!

5/23 (Wed). With the Geminian Sun square Neptune, some people tend to experience scattered and fuzzy thinking. This can be remedied by operating more from your intuitive flow. On a more basic level, a Sun-Neptune square can increase the desire for altered states or escapism. If drugs or alcohol are tempting you, consider giving yourself a higher level of ecstasy by connecting with Source instead. (Try the invocation, “Spirit, please saturate me with the maximum amount of bliss that serves the highest good, right now, thank you,” then focus on your breath while the divine does the rest! For the basics on invocation, click here.)

5/24 (Thu). Mercury transits Gemini today thru 6/7. With the messenger planet dignified in a sign that it rules, learning and sharing information gets a special boost!

        A challenging aspect pattern called a T-square comes into effect today. Peaking on 6/3 and ending on 6/5, it's made up of a Mars-Chiron opposition, with both planets squaring the Sun. For variety, Mercury joins the Sun in the middle position; Mercury's briefer T-square runs 5/26 thru 5/31, and peaks on 5/29.
        So what does this all mean? The T-square's core meaning derives from the Mars-Chiron opposition, already interpreted in the 5/17 entry. (In summary,
old wounds might be coming up for healing, mentoring and healing urges may be arising, and meticulous, intuitively guided action is supported.) The addition of the Sun and Mercury in Gemini invites us to pay special attention to our thoughts, and how the ideas we focus on powerfully shape our reality! (If you tire of the excessive mentality that this T-square can generate, this invocation may help clear your head.)

5/25 (Fri). A Mercury-Neptune square can generate confusion or foggy thinking – unless you tune in to Neptune's high side. In that case, a magical layer of intuitive wisdom can overlay your regular thought processes!

5/27. The Sun and Mercury come together in Gemini, empowering mental activity and playful jocularity!
        Mercury and its higher-octave planet, Uranus, connect with a strong, flowing sextile today. It's an ideal setup for receiving lots of intuitive flashes!

5/28 (Mon). Be on the lookout for challenging thoughts and wounding words – some of the more challenging possible manifestations of Mercury quincunx Pluto and square Chiron. You can take these aspects to the high side by letting your mind probe deeply into the depths, or consciously engaging in mentoring or healing dialogue.
        A sextile between the Geminian Sun and Uranus continues a theme that keeps repeating lately – connecting the rational human mind with the intuitive flashes of divine wisdom. This invocation may help: “Spirit, please help me to easily receive and act on my intuitive guidance, to the greatest extent that serves the highest good, right now, thank you.”

5/29 (Tue). Ready to release thoughts that don't serve you, as well as egoic qualities that have outlived their usefulness? A quincunx between the Geminian Sun and Pluto should provide fuel for the fire!

5/30 (Wed). Venus always enjoys a variety of human interactions and creative outlets during her annual transit of Gemini. And with today's quintile to Uranus, she should make it especially easy to connect with the divine in others, and enjoy fresh creative inspiration!
        A pair of squares accentuate possibilities – dark and light -- in the realm of communication: the Geminian Sun squares Chiron, and Geminian Mercury squares Mars. Wounding through warlike words is one scenario. But joining this strong urge to communicate with compassion and mindfulness can facilitate healing and mentoring.

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April 2012 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope. To learn more about having your chart interpreted, click here!

HEADLINES

4/4. Mercury turns direct
4/4. Jupiter quintile Neptune
4/6. Full Moon in Libra
4/10. Pluto turns retrograde
4/13. Mars turns direct
4/19. Sun enters Taurus
4/21. New Moon in Taurus

THE STORY SO FAR

Mercury is retrograde thru 4/4 at 6:11 AM. Mars is retrograde in Virgo thru 4/13: reflect before you act! Also, Saturn remains retrograde thru 6/25. Finally, the pervasive energies of revolutionary transformation (a Uranus-Pluto square), as well as universal love, compassion and spiritual awakening (Neptune in Pisces), will be active for years to come!

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

4/1, 12:21 am - 4:37 am (Leo)
4/3, 9:48 - 9:55 am (Virgo)
4/5, 1:38 am - 11:34 am (Libra)
4/7, 6:16 am - 11:19 am (Scorpio)
4/9, 2:56 am - 11:14 am (Sagittarius)
4/11, 7:06 am - 1:03 pm (Capricorn)
4/13, 1:05 pm - 5:49 pm (Aquarius)
4/15, 6:42 pm – 4/16, 1:39 am (Pisces)
4/17, 10:35 am – 4/18, 12 pm (Aries)
4/20, 3:35 pm – 4/21, 12:07 am (Taurus)
4/22, 1:11 pm – 4/23, 1:07 pm (Gemini)
4/25, 4:32 pm – 4/26, 1:44 am (Cancer)
4/28, 3:06 am - 12:12 pm (Leo)
4/30, 10:18 am - 7:04 pm (Virgo)

4/1 (Sun). Are you seeing your relationships clearly? This is a good question to keep in mind 4/1 thru 4/14, as Venus and Mars form a challenging T-square with Neptune. (Mars opposes Neptune, and they both square Venus.) This aspect pattern, which peaks on 4/7, can coincide with illusion, deception, or just plain fuzzyheadedness around relationships, as well as creativity and finance.
        On the upside, however, a deeper level of soul blending is possible with those you love, divine guidance can come on monetary matters, and creative inspiration can flow abundantly. Tempted to overdo drugs, alcohol or escapism? The same urge to transcend the physical realm can be even more ecstatically realized with the bliss of divine union, or the timeless flow state of creative inspiration. (If you don't already have a quick and easy way to experience divine bliss, I invite you to try out this invocation technique!)


4/3 (Tue). Venus enters Gemini today, where she will stay for an usually long time: through 8/7! Venus is usually a one-sign-per-month kind of woman; her extended visit is due to the fact that she will be retrograding entirely within Gemini during part of this four-month period. While she's there, focus on communication in your relationships, and make sure that you have a sufficient variety of interactions with others. Even the most wonderful partner may not be enough to satisfy your relational needs during this time!

4/4 (Wed). Mercury completes its current retrograde today, turning direct at 6:12 AM. Although Mars is still retrograde, this opens a brief window of good energy for starting new projects: 4/5 at 11:32 AM until the Full Moon on 4/6 at 3:18 PM. After that, you'll need to wait until 4/21 for the next optimal initiation time.
        A magical quintile between two slower planets, Taurean Jupiter and Piscean Neptune, empowers the mystical experience of religion, visualizing what you desire with the Law of Attraction, experiencing the divine in the natural world, and manifesting financial abundance. It's also a lovely energy for experiencing the divine in your everyday physical activities. Take advantage of this special opportunity before it fades away on 4/14!

4/5 (Thu). With a dynamic square between Geminian Venus and Neptune, be careful not to project illusions into your relationships and finances, and be wary of silver-tongued prevaricators. On the high side, divine union and divinely inspired creativity are empowered, with a special nod to creative writing and harmonious speech.
        A three-day opportunity, peaking on 4/7 and ending on 4/8, also includes Venus: a Golden Yod, with quintiling Pluto and Saturn both biquintile Venus. This fairy dust energy is great for enhanced creative productivity, and can balance transformation and stability in relationships and finance.

4/6 (Fri). The April Full Moon lights the sky today at 3:19 PM (17°23' Libra). Take stock of how things are going with your relationships and creativity, and make appropriate adjustments. With the Full Moon's loose conjunction to Saturn, note possibilities for restructuring, repair or release in these areas.
        The Moon also forms the tip of a tightly focused Thor's Hammer aspect pattern. (Neptune and Venus square each other, and both make sesquisquares to the Moon.) Thus, for the next two weeks, you can focus on creative expression, divine union practices, and/or connecting with the divine in all its earthly manifestations!
        This Full Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “Two men placed under arrest give an accounting for their acts before the tribunal of society.” If interpreted metaphorically, this is suggestive of an “Inner Integrity” process. Until you can be completely honest – at least with yourself – about your current level of consciousness, it can be difficult to move to the next level of awakening. The things that seem so terrifying as they skulk in their dark corners can be much less frightening when viewed in broad daylight!

4/7 (Sat). A Venus-Mars square in the Mercury-ruled signs of Gemini and Virgo suggest potential communication snafus in relationships. Double-check to make sure your meaning is clear, and make a thoughtful, analytical approach part of your process when dealing with any conflicts. On the high side, this aspect can fuel passion, creativity and sociability.
        This square is part of the Venus-Mars-Neptune T-square discussed on 4/1, which peaks today. The Golden Yod aspect pattern discussed on 4/5, which includes Pluto, Saturn and Venus, also peaks today.

4/9 (Mon). What intuitive flashes are you getting about relationships, finance and creativity? With Venus sextile Uranus, you might want to follow their lead! And with Venus in Gemini, it might not hurt to dabble a bit and try some new possibilities in one or more of these areas!
        The Mars-Venus-Neptune T-square which started on 4/1 peaks today: click here for details.

4/10 (Tue). Pluto turns retrograde today, and will reverse course for over five months, thru 9/18. Outer planets behave much the same whether they're direct or retrograde. But, since planets are most powerful when changing directions, it's good to know if anything in your natal chart lies in their path when they do!
        In this case, Pluto stations retrograde at 9°33' Capricorn. Thus, any sensitive points from about 6 to 13° in any cardinal sign – Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn – is receiving an extra-strong dose of Plutonian power. This can involve transformation, the removal (voluntary or involuntary) of obstacles to your soul growth, and – once the requisite housecleaning is reasonably complete – wealth and power. To experience minimum suffering and maximum joy during this process, proactively release everything in your life that has outworn its usefulness!

4/12 (Thu). Are you having trouble understanding what's being presented to you, or hitting roadblocks when you try to get across what you really mean? These challenges can arise with Piscean Mercury quincunx Saturn. Taking time to stay connected with the divine throughout the day should help clear any mental confusion. And be sure to to get confirmation that you're understanding and being understood!
        It can be a sensitive time for relationships when Venus squares Chiron. To minimize any unintended wounding, make sure that the words you use to communicate with your loved ones are true, helpful and kind. If an interaction reactivates an old wound, you may find this invocation helpful in clearing it.

4/13 (Fri). Mars completes its 80-day retrograde today, stationing direct at 3°40' Virgo. If you've been contemplating the best use of your Martian forces – sexuality, aggression, pioneering, leadership and warriorship – this is a good time to begin putting them into action. However, it's best to wait until the next New Moon, on 4/21, before launching any major new initiatives.

4/14 (Sat). Venus is having quite a dance with the slower planets this week: first a sextile to Uranus, then a square to Chiron, and now a quincunx to Pluto! This latter aspect can help you see, thanks to the challenges that arise, what transformations and adjustments will best serve your relationships, creativity and finances. Of course, if any of these areas are purring along with no significant issues, then Pluto can simply provide a fresh burst of power!

4/15 (Sun). How perfect is that on April 15 – the day when US tax returns are usually due – we have an opposition between the Arean Sun and Saturn? The Sun represents the core of your personality, and Saturn reminds us of the need for responsibility, discipline and dealing with reality as it is. Even though the IRS has extended its filing deadline until April 17 this year, the 15th is still a good day to establish an appropriate balance between the desire for instant gratification and larger overall responsibilities.
        If you're feeling depressed, try turning inside to see if your outward energy is being reduced so that you can receive an important insight from within.
 You can also throw yourself into productive activity, in which case Saturn can become a strong and steady wind in your sails!

4/16 (Mon). Mercury is in Aries today through 5/8. Rather than engaging in verbal attacks, try direct and compassionate communication. Mental initiatives are also supported.

4/19 (Thu).
The Sun is in Taurus today through 5/20, radiating persistence, love of nature, sensuality, and the enjoyment of just being!

4/20 (Fri). If you're experiencing communication challenges, it may indicate a wonderful breakthrough just around the corner! Not only are Virgoan Mars and Arean Mercury making a quincunx – which invites adjustment for connection – they're strongly desiring union because of their mutual reception. (They're each in a sign that the other planet rules.) So consider making that extra push toward mutual understanding!


4/21 (Sat). The April New Moon is at 3:18 AM (1°35' Taurus). New beginnings in the areas mentioned in the 4/19 entry --
persistence, love of nature, sensuality, and the enjoyment of just being – are supported, as well as resource accumulation and increased self-esteem.
        This lunation's aspects strongly support the Law of Attraction, and make lots of energy available for spiritual and creative pursuits. They also empower physical activities which consciously incorporate subtle energy, such as yoga, tai chi, chi gung, sacred sex, ecstatic dance. These aspects include a tight Neptune sextile and Mars trine, as well as a looser Saturn opposition and Pluto trine.

        This New Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “An electrical storm illuminates the heavens and the forests.” Metaphorically, this can represent your own intuitive flashes. The fact that the lightning is lighting up both the spiritual and physical worlds
suggests that the personal experience of “Heaven on Earth” is now available. (In fact, it's just an invocation away: I invite you to download this free 30-minute guided invocation MP3, which has helped many people integrate of their spiritual and physical bodies on the first listening!)


4/22 (Sun). Ask to experience yourself as a divine consciousness operating a physical body as the Taurean Sun sextiles Neptune. This aspect also supports meditation, divinely inspired creativity, and the enjoyment of others' creative offerings.
        There's also a Mercury-Uranus conjunction in Aries today. This is an excellent energy under which to begin or re-energize your commitment to have your mind easily receive intuitive flashes -- “text messages from God” -- and immediately act upon them!


4/23 (Mon). A flowing trine between the Taurean Sun and Virgoan Mars is excellent for steady accomplishment and productivity! This aspect is also part of the Kite aspect pattern discussed on 4/25.

4/25 (Wed). The week's most intense aspect, a square between Arean Mercury and Pluto, requires special handling. Be mindful of your communication, and avoid the urge to give someone a tongue-lashing or pummel them with your take on the truth. Animated discussion or lively debate is fine, as are adventurous forays into new depths of thought!
        A Kite aspect pattern starts today, peaks on 4/29, and wraps up on 5/2. A Kite is based on a Grand Trine – an equilateral triangle – made up in this case of the Sun, Mars and Pluto. Chiron, the head of the kite, is the focal point of the configuration. (Chiron opposes Mars, and sextiles the Sun and Pluto.)
        With these three energizing Grand Trine planets in earth signs, this pattern strongly energizes productivity and accomplishment. Combine good planning, steady persistence and empowered execution for best results. This energy can be applied to anything. However, the flow of energy to Piscean Chiron gives special support to mentoring and healing, especially if spiritual modalities are being used!

4/27 (Fri). Creativity of all types is boosted by a Venus-Uranus quintile. (With Venus in Gemini, writing and verbal expression are especially supported.) Also stay open to helpful intuitive hits regarding relationships and finance!

4/28 (Sat). Today's Sun-Chiron sextile is part of the Kite aspect pattern discussed on 4/25. Unto itself, this sextile can empower healing and mentoring.

4/29 (Sun). Another subset of the Kite aspect pattern comes exact today: the Sun-Pluto trine. With the Sun in Taurus, this trine especially supports matters relating to wealth and power.
        In addition, the Kite pattern itself peaks in power today!
 

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March 2012 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope. To learn more about having your chart interpreted, click here!

HEADLINES

3/2-3/28. Pluto-Jupiter-Mars Grand Trine
3/8. Full Moon in Virgo
3/12. Mercury retrograde starts
3/13. Jupiter trine Pluto
3/20. Sun enters Aries

3/22. New Moon in Aries

THE STORY SO FAR

Mars is retrograde in Virgo thru 4/13: reflect before you act! Also, Saturn is retrograde thru 6/25. Finally, the pervasive energies of revolutionary transformation (a Uranus-Pluto square), as well as universal love, compassion and spiritual awakening (Neptune in Pisces), will be active for years to come!

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

3/2, 8:14 am - 10:10 am (Cancer)
3/4, 5:18 pm - 6:19 pm (Leo)
3/6, 8:28 pm - 10:28 pm (Virgo)
3/8, 4:40 am - 11:52 pm (Libra)
3/10, 10:10 pm – 3/11, 12:25 am (Scorpio)
3/12, 2:30 pm – 3/13, 2:54 am (Sagittarius)
3/15, 3:35 am - 6:25 am (Capricorn)
3/17, 9:01 am - 12:13 pm (Aquarius)
3/19, 4:32 pm - 8:07 pm (Pisces)
3/21, 4:39 am – 3/22, 5:59 am (Aries)
3/24, 1:18 pm - 5:45 pm (Taurus)
3/27, 12:35 am - 6:45 am (Gemini)
3/29, 2:05 pm - 7:09 pm (Cancer)

Detailed Forecast

3/1 (Thu). If your communications are running a little rough today, a Mercury-Saturn quincunx may be the reason. Take a breath and determine what adjustments are needed to smooth things out. With Mercury in Pisces, asking Spirit to flow energy through you for the other person's highest good may help!

3/2 (Fri). Mercury starts a new tour through the zodiac today as it enters Aries. It will remain in the sign of the warrior thru 3/23, when it retrogrades back into Pisces. Try to avoid angry or impulsive speech with Mercury in Aries; instead, use this fiery energy to stimulate innovative thinking and dynamic communication!
        There may be a sense of driving with the brakes on with Virgoan Mars sesquisquare Saturn, part of today's Hard Rectangle Aspect Pattern. But perseverance, discipline, and a focused plan can flip this aspect into a perpetual motion machine!   
       
        Two aspect patterns begin today. A Hard Rectangle lasts 3/2 thru 3/5 and peaks 3/3. (Many thanks to Juan Carlos Ceron Fernandez for answering my question about the name of this aspect pattern in the Facebook "Astrology" group!) Its focal points are two oppositions: Saturn-Venus and Sun-Mars. These four planets form a narrow rectangle consisting of two 45° semi-squares (Mars-Saturn and Venus-Sun) and two 135° sesquisquares (Saturn-Sun and Mars-Venus).
        With Mars and Venus each receiving three stressful aspects, relationship challenge could be in the air. Venus in Aries is the only planet of the four in detriment. This makes her the weakest link, so creativity and finances could also be tested.
        However, with exalted Saturn in Libra aspecting the Piscean Sun, there are also strong Law of Attraction possibilities here. Holding a vibrant, positive vision of the realities you desire in the above areas will put these planets to work making your vision real!

        In contrast, the second aspect pattern premiering today is well known – a Grand Trine – and includes Pluto, Jupiter and Mars. It's going to last nearly the entire month, peaking on 3/14 and wrapping up on 3/28.
        The most obvious way of thinking about this is to conceptualize the slower planets – Pluto and Jupiter – energizing Mars. Pluto can represent raw power, and the gas giant Jupiter is the solar system's all-purpose amplifier! This empowerment is effortless, since Grand Trines represent easy, automatic blending of planetary energies.
        Mars, retrograde in Virgo until 4/13, is currently set up for reflection on assertiveness, sexuality, leadership and initiation. His current retrograde status moderates his natural desire for instant gratification and impulsive action. If something needs to be initiated during Mars retrograde, by all means do it. But keep his Virgo placement in mind by carefully planning out your actions and executing them methodically, with keen attention to detail.
        Pluto and Mars also empower Jupiter, boosting activities such as foreign travel, religion, philosophy and quests of all descriptions. The juice Capricornian Pluto receives from the other two energizes transformation and the responsible use of power. Finally, the presence of all three planets in earth signs creates support for business and finance.
        That's a lot of ways to make the best use of one Grand Trine!

3/3 (Sat). An opposition of the Piscean Sun and Virgoan Mars, part of the Hard Rectangle Aspect Pattern discussed on 3/2, is exact today. In addition to the MAP's uses already described, this opposition energizes vitality, creativity and firsthand spiritual experience. It also supports meticulous planning and visualization of your loftiest dreams and visions!

3/4 (Sun). Today's Venus-Saturn opposition is at the heart of the Hard Rectangle Aspect Pattern discussed on 3/2. Its meaning is thoroughly discussed there.

3/5 (Mon). Venus transits Taurus today through 4/3. Dignified in a sign that she rules, Venus radiates calm persistence, tranquility, beingness, sensuality and love of nature during her month-long tenure.
        If ever there was a recipe for instant action on intuitive flashes, it's the conjunction of Mercury and Uranus in Aries. Mental dexterity is also amplified, but be sure to keep an appropriate level of filtering between your thoughts and your mouth!

3/6 (Tue). So many beautiful things can come of a Venus-Neptune sextile! Possibilities include an abundance of divinely inspired creativity, greater ease of soul-level connection with friends and lovers, and easier immersion into divine consciousness. Do take advantage!

3/8 (Thu). The March Full Moon shines forth today at 4:39 AM (18°13' Virgo). Make whatever adjustments are needed as you consider how “full-filled” you are with your health, service work, daily routines and degree of perfectionism.
        This lunation's only significant aspect is a moderately tight conjunction to Mars, which adds some initiation and vitality to these Virgoan themes.
        This Full Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “A swimming race.” Swimming is a form of athleticism marked by grace and flow. See if you can bring these qualities to any areas of life which involve competition!

3/9 (Fri). A Golden Triangle aspect pattern forms today, comprised of two quintiles and a biquintile. (Thanks to Rick Levine for telling me its name on the Facebook Astrology group!) Saturn and the Piscean Sun are biquintile, and both planets make a quintile to Pluto. This pattern peaks on 3/12 and fades out on 3/14.
        The quintile family is about divine connection and magical inspiration. This pattern suggests flowing adaptability as old structures are released, and you receive the visions of the new and improved ones that will replace them!

3/10 (Sat). You can work toward harmonious resolution of relationship challenges under a Venus-Chiron sextile. This is also great energy for refinement of your creative and financial endeavors, and involvement in healing or mentoring.

3/11 (Sun). Today's quintile between the Piscean Sun and Pluto is part of the Golden Triangle aspect pattern discussed on 3/9. Unto itself, this aspect represents an empowerment of creative inspiration and divine connection.

3/12 (Mon). Mercury turns retrograde today at 3:48 AM (6°49' Aries). Until it goes direct again on 4/4 at 6:11 AM (23°50' Pisces), try to avoid initiating major new projects. Also take extra care in Mercury-ruled areas, such as communications, travel and data management (back up your important files!), since glitches and hiccups are more likely.
        Mercury's aspects as it stations – most notably a Uranus conjunction and a Pluto square – suggest that the next three and a half weeks could offer even more Mercury retrograde surprises than usual! As always, Mercury retrograde is an excellent time for repairs, reflection and introspection, and completing projects that were already underway.
        The Golden Triangle aspect pattern which started on 3/9 peaks today;
click here for details.

3/13 (Tue). If you've been waiting for your lucky day, you're doubly fortunate: today and tomorrow both qualify!
        The two planets considered most fortunate in ancient astrology, Jupiter (the Greater Benefic) and Venus (The Lesser Benefic), both trine Pluto today. Since Pluto rules wealth and power, and trines create effortless connection, it's easy to imagine positive and abundant outcomes! The Jupiter-Pluto trine is also part of the multi-week Grand Trine described here.
        A brand-new aspect pattern, lasting almost three months, comes into effect today: a Wedge incorporating Pluto, Chiron and Mars. Chiron opposes Mars, Mars trines Pluto, and Pluto sextiles Chiron. This configuration peaks on 5/16 and wraps up on 6/3.
        The heart of this configuration is the opposition between Chiron, the wounded healer, and Mars. With Mars in Virgo, the sign of health and healing, there's a significant opportunity to initiate or energize greater wholeness and well-being. Pluto in Capricorn empowers the other two planets with its flowing aspects, while promoting the breakdown of toxic structures. A detailed, practical plan of action will be helpful, while Chiron's Piscean placement invites Spirit into the mix. You may find this invocation effective to help heal or release whatever comes up within you!

3/14 (Wed). The lucky energy kicked off by yesterday's Venus-Pluto trine blossoms further today with four harmonious aspects: Venus conjunct Jupiter and trines Mars, and Mars trines both Jupiter and Pluto! This brings the Pluto-Jupiter-Mars Grand Trine which began on 3/2 to its peak, further amplified by the auspicious grace note of Venus joining Jupiter in its corner. (As mentioned yesterday, Venus and Jupiter are considered the two luckiest planets in ancient astrology.)
        Aspect patterns with this much easy-flowing positive power don't come along that often. Whatever activities you're focusing on around this time may well receive a major blessing!

3/17 (Sat). Divinely inspired creativity, spiritual union activities, and experiencing the divine in the people and things around you are supported by a Venus-Neptune quintile.

3/18 (Sun). Ask Spirit to inspire you with an ingenious way to make your fondest dreams and visions come true in the physical world. That, at least, is one great way to use today's Sun-Saturn quincunx!
        Then again, intuitive flashes might be coming on their own, thanks to today's Mercury-Uranus conjunction. Let your ingenuity, inspiration and genius flower under this aspect!


3/20 (Tue). The Sun enters Aries today, heralding the Spring Equinox. Even though this is the classic “new beginnings” moment of the year, it's not yet the optimal moment to launch major new projects. The cosmic green light appears on 4/21, the next New Moon after retrograde Mercury and Mars have turned direct.

3/21 (Wed). Learning and sharing information are empowered with a Sun-Mercury conjunction. With both planets in Aries, this is a good time for new kick starts of mental activity, as well as intellectual reinvigoration!

3/22 (Thu). With Mercury and Mars both retrograde
, today's Aries New Moon, at 10:37 AM (2°22' Aries) can't be used as effectively as usual for new beginnings. But you can still use it to energize positive sexuality, striving for a worthy cause, and vitalizing physical activity.
        The New Moon's tight conjunctions to Mercury and Uranus suggest enhanced receptivity to intuitive flashes and “divine GPS.” You can develop this by habitually asking for inner guidance on all decisions, large and small!
        This New Moon's Sabian Symbol is,
A cameo shows the profile of a man that suggests the outline of his country.” One way to measure conscious evolution, according to the brilliant integral philosopher Ken Wilber, is by what you identify with. This Sabian Symbol suggests identification with country, which is partway up the ladder: national association is a step up from self, family, tribe, or local government. But one can go even further, identifying with a group of countries or the whole world. From there it's on to the solar system, the galaxy, the universe, the nonphysical dimensions and, ultimately, Spirit itself. How much of reality are you ready to encompass?
        There's also an opposition between retrograde Mars in Virgo and Piscean Chiron today. You can use this to reflect on what areas of your life most need healing right now, as well as which mentors can best advise you in this endeavor. This is great energy for diving into the details!

3/23 (Fri). Let your inner wisdom guide you to creative solutions in all areas of life as Venus quintiles Chiron.
        Retrograde Mercury backpedals into Pisces today, where it will remain through 4/16. Focusing your mind on divinely inspired creativity, as well as awareness of subtle nonphysical energies, are supported now.

3/24 (Sat). Whatever unexpected events occur about now, with the Sun and Uranus conjunct, you'll be ready to respond if you're tuning in to your intuitive flashes. Focus on being an authentic expression of who you perceive yourself to be, and step up to serve others with your unique gifts!


3/26 (Mon). Don't let anger or impulsiveness overcome you with the Arean Sun quincunx Virgoan Mars. Instead, you can choose to precisely channel this fiery energy into leadership, fighting for a good cause, or positive sexuality.
        Are you experiencing challenges to your freedom of thought or expression? With Piscean Mercury quincunx Saturn, you can choose to honor your authentic intuitive knowledge, and proclaim yourself the sole authority over what you think and say.

3/28 (Wed). Creative empowerment is yours for the taking with Libran Saturn quintile Pluto. While this aspect peaks today, it remains in effect thru 4/24. Inspiration about how to structure (or restructure) your relationships is also available!

3/29 (Thu). Several opportunities present themselves with Piscean Mercury sextile Taurean Venus. They include support for creative writing, divine union practices, perceiving the divine in others, and using visualization to shape physical reality. Go to town on this aspect!
        The Arean Sun squares Pluto today, dramatically empowering transformation. You would be well advised to willingly release
everything that doesn't serve you – possessions, relationships, concepts, whatever. To the degree that you release that which has outlived its usefulness, you open the door to new wealth and power!

3/31 (Sat). Proceed mindfully with Virgoan Mars quincunx Uranus, since accidents are more likely under this aspect. But taking focused action, as prompted by your intuitive flashes, can take this aspect to the high side.
        Experiencing challenges around money, relationships or creative expression? With Taurean Venus quincunx Saturn, examine how your life structures in these areas might require reinforcement, renovation or even demolition!

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February 2012 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope. To learn more about having your chart interpreted, click here!

HEADLINES

2/3. Neptune enters Pisces
2/7. Saturn retrograde
2/7. Leo Full Moon
2/14. Jupiter sextile Chiron
2/19. Sun enters Pisces
2/21. Pisces New Moon

THE STORY SO FAR

Mars is retrograde in Virgo thru 4/13: reflect before you act! The healing of opposing viewpoints through unconditional love and compassion is supported through 2/25 by a Wedge aspect pattern. And the overriding energies of revolutionary transformation (a Uranus-Pluto square), as well as universal love, compassion and spiritual awakening (Neptune in Pisces), will be active for years to come.

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

2/1, 2:06 pm - 2:16 pm (Gemini)
2/4, 12:07 am - 1:05 am (Cancer)
2/6, 7:31 am - 8:25 am (Leo)
2/8, 11:43 am - 12:34 pm (Virgo)
2/10, 12:12 am - 2:56 pm (Libra)
2/12, 4:10 pm - 5:03 pm (Scorpio)
2/14, 12:04 pm - 7:58 pm (Sagittarius)
2/16, 11:03 pm – 2/17, 12:05 am (Capricorn)
2/19, 4:22 am - 5:30 am (Aquarius)
2/21, 11:17 am - 12:33 pm (Pisces)
2/22, 9:24 pm – 2/23, 9:49 pm (Aries)
2/26, 7:53 am - 9:31 am (Taurus)
2/28, 2:46 pm - 10:28 pm (Gemini)

Detailed Forecast

2/1 (Wed). Relationship challenges can arise with Venus opposing Mars. And with Venus in Pisces and Mars in Virgo, it can be easy to unconsciously fall into the role of victim or victimizer. However, you can also use an opposition consciously and cooperatively. Accentuate this one's harmonious possibilities by focusing on how you can join forces in the service of higher ideals!

2/3 (Fri). One of the biggest astrological events of the year occurs today as Neptune enters Pisces. Challenging aspects of this long-term residency, through 2025, could include denial, escapism, addictive behaviors and aimlessness. Used wisely, however, this placement supports spiritual awakening, divinely inspired creativity, and unconditional love and compassion for all beings. Let's focus on the latter, shall we?


2/7 (Tue). Take advantage of increased mental acuity as the Sun conjuncts Mercury in Aquarius!
        Saturn turns retrograde today at 29°30' Libra, and will reverse course for about four and a half months until 6/25. This is a good time to reflect on the Saturnian themes of maturity, responsibility, efficient time management and acting as the wise elder.
        In your own chart, pay special attention to any sensitive points in the last three degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), or the first three degrees of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius). Saturn has been testing their structure for the last two months, and will continue to do so through early April. Whatever the challenge, only practical, real-world solutions will do!
        Saturn also makes a quincunx to Venus today, calling for adjustments where needed in your relationships, creativity and finances.

    February's Full Moon shines forth today at 4:54 PM (18°31' Leo). How “full-filled” are you with your risk-taking, public expression of creativity, leadership skills, taking time for rest and relaxation, interactions with children, and engaging with the playfulness of your own inner child? Now, with these issues spotlighted in the Full Moon's revelatory light, is an excellent time to make whatever changes are needed in these areas.
        The Full Moon makes an extremely tight opposition to Mercury, highlighting learning and clear communication as another important theme for this lunation.
        The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is, “A houseboat party crowded with revelers; the water reflects its lights.” This image reminds me of the “Don't postpone joy” bumper sticker on my car. The theme appears to be letting loose and having fun, and the lights reflecting in the water symbolically radiate the celebratory energy out into the world. Perhaps the message here is that the more you embody joy, the more it will spread to others and benefit them as well. And while the joy generated by the usual sensual pleasures is undeniably delightful, it pales in comparison with the transcendent bliss of spiritual ecstasy. I recommend that you not settle for less!

2/8 (Wed). Venus transits Aries today through 3/5. This is an excellent time to bring whatever Arean energy is appropriate – initiatory, sexual, fiery and/or courageous – to relationships, creativity and finance.

2/9 (Thu). With Aquarian Mercury quincunx Mars, be careful not to let your mouth run ahead of your brain. I also advise against verbal sneak attacks. Instead, let your mind be positively energized, and your words be enthusiastic and inspiring!
        Are your intuitive flashes inspiring you to bring some fresh ideas to your relationships, creativity and/or finance? That's what happens with Venus conjunct Uranus!

2/10 (Fri). The Sun, trailing right behind Mercury, makes its own quincunx to Mars today. Any dark impulses toward impetuosity, anger or impulsiveness can be redirected into exercise, positive sexual expression and new project initiation.

2/11 (Sat). Celebrate the feeling of extra vitality, and perhaps even an extra measure of luck, with the Sun quintile Jupiter.

2/13 (Mon). An enhanced ability to focus your mind and speak with authority are available with Mercury trine Saturn.
        Mercury also enters Pisces today, which it will transit through 3/2. This transit makes it easier to express divinely inspired creativity, receive intuitive information, and operate more by “divine GPS.”

2/14 (Tue). Valentine's Day opens with a timely transit: Piscean Mercury conjunct Neptune. Especially on this day devoted to romantic love, this combination can fuzz over the brain and place rose-colored glasses over your eyes. However, it also helps your mind receive intuitive information more easily, and might even help facilitate a mind-meld with your beloved. Beware of illusion, but enjoy the blending!
        Mercury and Neptune are only energetically conjunct for a few days, but the Jupiter-Chiron sextile which is exact today has far greater staying power. This aspect has been active for the last three months, and still has another month to go!
        Among this aspect's possible manifestations are increased opportunities to receive healing and mentoring, as well as more empowerment to provide them to others if you're so inclined. You can also bring a more refined focus to philosophy, religion, and learning from the wisdom of other cultures.

2/15 (Wed). Why would the universe roll out a Venus-Pluto square the day after Valentine's Day? Perhaps to illuminate previously undisclosed information you should know about your relationship, or encourage a transformation that will make it stronger. If no issues currently need to be addressed, this aspect might just pump the two of you up with even more passion and romantic intensity!
        A Mars-Jupiter sesquiquadrate adds even more intensity to the day. While conflict and adversity are possible under this aspect, directing its energy into exercise, mutually uplifting sex or fighting for a worthy cause can give these planets something much better to do!

2/16 (Thu). Spiritual approaches to mentoring and mental healing are strongly supported by a Mercury-Chiron conjunction in Pisces. A sextile between Mercury and Jupiter gives this possibility additional energy, while also providing a healthy dose of overall mental stimulation!

2/18 (Sat). You have consistent support for your vitality – especially if you're nurturing your unique gifts or serving the greater good – with Saturn trine the Aquarian Sun.
        A Mercury-Pluto sextile helps the mind probe more deeply -- especially into spiritual or creative territory, since Mercury is in Pisces.

2/19 (Sun). The Sun enters Pisces (thru 3/19) and conjuncts Neptune today: two events with the same interpretation. Be wary of urges toward excessive escapism, be it through excessive indulgence in drugs, alcohol, games, sex, food, internet, gaming or anything else. More life-affirming uses of this energy include divine union practices, bringing your divinely inspired creativity into the world, and flowing unconditional love and compassion to others.
 

2/21 (Tue). February's New Moon is at 5:35 PM (2°42' Pisces), ideal for new beginnings in spirituality, divinely inspired creativity, and flowing unconditional love and compassion to others.
        This lunation is tightly conjunct Neptune, which just reiterates the energies of Pisces just described. It's also closely conjunct Chiron, which opens possibilities for healing and mentoring. With Chiron also in Pisces, these could have a spiritual or creative flavor. A tight semi-sextile to Uranus is suggestive of the sudden breakthroughs or changes, which are best navigated by following your intuitive flashes!
        This New Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “An aviator in the clouds.” To me, the aviator suggests your consciousness, while the clouds metaphorically represent the spiritual realms. The more we learned to navigate these realms consciously, the more magnificent life becomes!

2/22 (Wed.) Relationship adjustments may be called for with Venus quincunx Mars. Also be alert for any creative or financial retooling that may be needed.

2/23 (Thu). A Mercury-Mars opposition can inflame both thought and speech, particularly with Mercury in potentially delusional Pisces. Use Mars' fiery energy to stimulate your thinking, but communicate with Piscean compassion!

2/24 (Fri). Spiritual healing, compassionate mentoring and creative refinement are all supported under a Sun-Chiron conjunction in Pisces.

2/25 (Sat). A sextile between Jupiter and the Piscean Sun can augment overall vitality, as well as spirituality, divinely inspired creativity and compassion.
        Divinely inspired thought, writing and communication are empowered with Piscean Mercury quintile Pluto.

2/28 (Tue). The Piscean Sun sextile Pluto continues the amplification of spirituality, creativity and compassion that was boosted by the Sun-Jupiter sextile four days ago. But this empowerment is even stronger, and also carries a potent energy of transformation! 

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January 2012 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

HEADLINES

1/9. Full Moon in Cancer
1/14-27. Sun-Jupiter-Saturn T-square
1/17. Jupiter semi-sextile Uranus
1/20. Sun enters Aquarius
1/23. New Moon in Aquarius
1/23. Mars turns retrograde (thru 4/13)
1/24-31. Mercury-Jupiter-Saturn T-square

THE STORY SO FAR

All planets are direct. The healing of opposing viewpoints through unconditional love and compassion is supported through 2/25 by a Wedge aspect pattern peaking on 1/10. And the overriding energies of revolutionary transformation (a Uranus-Pluto square), as well as universal love, compassion and spiritual awakening (Neptune in Pisces), will be active for years to come.

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

1/2, 3:07 pm - 5:18 pm (Taurus)
1/5, 3:47 am - 5:46 am (Gemini)
1/7, 2:52 pm - 4:07 pm (Cancer)
1/9, 9:25 pm - 11:37 pm (Leo)
1/12, 3:24 am - 4:46 am (Virgo)
1/13, 8:59 pm – 1/14, 8:30 am (Libra)
1/16, 10:29 am - 11:35 am (Scorpio)
1/18, 1:32 pm - 2:30 pm (Sagittarius)
1/20, 4:50 pm - 5:42 pm (Capricorn)
1/22, 8:39 pm - 9:55 pm (Aquarius)
1/25, 3:34 am - 4:13 am (Pisces)
1/27, 1:12 pm - 1:29 pm (Aries)
1/30, 1:09 am - 1:30 am (Taurus)

Detailed Forecast

1/1 (Sun). Mercury in Sagittarius can overdo the verbosity, and its square to Mars could set the stage for verbal attacks. Instead, use this aspect to energize your thinking, and to express Sagittarius' natural hope and optimism. This could also energize mental forays into philosophy, religion and foreign cultures.
        A Venus-Mars biquintile can help create sparkly magic around relationships and creative expression!
       
New inspirations about productivity, maturity and time management are available with the Capricornian Sun quintile Saturn.

1/4 (Wed). Unconventional creativity and fresh relationship strategies are in the air with Aquarian Venus quintile Jupiter.

1/7 (Sat). Don't pick a fight with your significant other just because Venus and Mars are quincunx! Instead, focus on what adjustments you can implement to make your relationship even better. With Venus in Aquarius and Mars in Virgo, take these creative inspirations, carefully work out the details, and implement them with gusto!
        It's an ideal day for Law of Attraction visualizations: Mercury, ruler of the mind, is in inspiring Sagittarius. And it's sextile the two planets that archetypally represent the manifestation process: Neptune (imagination and visualization) and Saturn (crystallization into the physical world). (To read my concise “Law of Attraction Made Simple” article, click here!)

1/8 (Sun). Mercury transits Capricorn today through 1/27. Rather than wallow in pessimistic or gloomy thoughts, take this opportunity to bring renewed focus, discipline and maturity to your thinking, writing and speech.
        Mercury may be in serious Capricorn, but its trine to Jupiter can bring an optimistic, celebratory vibe to your thinking. And if Mercury's square to Uranus makes you feel as if you're being inundated with 1000 simultaneous Twitter feeds, try this invocation to quickly and easily achieve peace of mind. From that calm place, it will be much easier to receive the intuitive flashes that Uranus is sending!

1/9 (Mon). The January Full Moon shines forth at 2:30 AM (18°25' Cancer). Consider how “full-filled” you are in the areas of nurturing, healing, home life, family, and emotional sensitivity, and make appropriate adjustments.
        This Full Moon has two notable aspects. The sextile from Mars energizes the life areas mentioned above, and can add some sexual sizzle to the rising emotions always associated with this lunation. At the same time, a Chiron sesquiquadrate might bring up some old wounds to be healed.
        The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is,
A fragile miss, representative of proud old blood, is wed in a marriage ceremony by a priest to the eager youth of the new order.” A far cry from the current US political climate, this symbol reminds us that old ways of thinking can harmoniously merge with new ways of being. However crazy the world around us may appear, we can always choose to enter harmoniously into union with the all-that-is – which unconditionally loves everything, old and new, without exception.
        It's an ideal time to give or receive sage advice on practical matters with Capricornian Mercury sextile Chiron.
        With the Capricornian Sun quintile Uranus, experiment with innovative approaches to traditional problems – especially if the solutions pop in via intuitive flash!

1/12 (Thu). It's a high-energy day for detail-oriented productivity, with the Capricornian Sun trine Virgoan Mars!

1/13 (Fri). It's a fabulous day for artists of all stripes. A Venus-Neptune conjunction in Aquarius radiates inspired creativity, while Venus' trine to Saturn can help ground these visions into practical manifestation. Visualizing and manifesting in the relationship and financial areas is also supported by these aspects.
        The challenge here can be Neptune's ability to sow fog and confusion. Formal use of the Law of Attraction, including the all-important “karma-free safety clause,” will ensure that what you call in truly serves the highest good of all.
        Capricornian Mercury also conjoins Pluto today. While it may seem most efficient to just “tell it like it is,” remember that your message will be most easily received when you also consider the emotional impact of your words!

1/14 (Sat). Venus transits Pisces today through 2/7. Potential challenges of this period include viewing your beloved through rose-colored glasses, and making important financial decisions without sufficiently contemplating the downside risks. More pleasant possibilities include an enhanced ability to experience soul-level blending with those close to you, receiving intuitive guidance in money matters, and enjoying increased creative inspiration from your Muse!
        All of the scenarios in the preceding paragraph can be charged up by Venus' sextile to Jupiter. Venus-Jupiter contacts also tend to amplify whatever's going on in important relationships, so that you can see the lay of the land more clearly.
        The Sun, currently in Capricorn, enters into a T-square with Jupiter and Saturn today. Until it peaks on 1/20, this aspect pattern can fuel accomplishment and productive social engagement. (Since Jupiter and Saturn are the social planets.) From 1/20 until the T-square dissolves on 1/27, the Sun will be in Aquarius. With this shift, the T-square will empower themes such as originality, ingenuity and service to the greater good.
        While T-squares (a 180° opposition and two 90° squares) are tremendous energizers, they also tend to bring challenge. But it's rising to meet these challenges that can take you to your next level of growth!

1/15 (Sun). It's easy to have inspired thoughts about practical matters with Capricornian Mercury quintile Saturn!

1/16 (Mon). Any relationship challenges that arise with Venus conjunct Chiron are opportunities in disguise. Emotional pain usually has deep roots, and it's easier to pull them up when the wound is freshly "watered". Our egos aren't very good at healing themselves, but tools such as this invocation can invite Spirit in to do the job for you. (Invoking the divine is especially appropriate with Venus in Pisces!)
        This aspect also supports mentoring, all types of healing, financial counseling, and refining your creative inspirations to the height of perfection!

1/17 (Tue). The stage is set for the enthusiastic manifestation of fresh inspirations, thanks to a semi-sextile connecting Taurean Jupiter and Arean Uranus. And, since these planets move more slowly than most, you have until mid-February to maximize this opportunity!

1/19 (Thu). Challenges have definitely been known to arise with the Sun square Saturn. But the rule with Saturn – as well as with Capricorn, the Sun's current sign – is that someone or something has to embody authority. If you don't embody it yourself, some kind of external power will show up to lay down the law for you. This challenge is your invitation to step into your own power.
        If your energy feels depleted, consider taking some “hermit time” for contemplation. But if productivity must be maintained, using your willpower to get started might just convert Saturn from a wet blanket weighing you down to a robust trade wind in your sails!

1/20 (Fri). The Sun transits Aquarius today through 2/18, radiating originality, genius, the humanitarian spirit, and intuitive flashes!
        Work toward positive transformation in your relationships, finances and creative output with Venus sextile Pluto. With Venus in Pisces, intuitive guidance in these areas should be easier to access.
        With Capricornian Mercury quintile Uranus, there should be intuitive flashes aplenty to guide you in your worldly affairs.
        The T-square described on 1/14 peaks today, and changes its basic meaning is the Sun shifts from Capricorn to Aquarius.

1/21 (Sat). Let your authentic self shine forth with the Aquarian Sun sextile Uranus!

1/22 (Sun). The urge for authentic self-expression may feel overwhelming with the Aquarian Sun square Jupiter. This aspect can also create an urge for enthusiastic and unconventional revelry. It can be easy to fall into excess with this aspect, so be careful not to overload your plate!

1/23 (Mon). January's New Moon occurs at 2:39 AM (02°41' Aquarius). New beginnings in originality, genius, unconventionality, technology, revolution, paradigm shift and humanitarianism are supported.
        As the moon conjoins the Sun, it increases the power of the T-square that started on 1/14. And the New Moon's sextile to Uranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius, makes the whole Aquarian vibe even stronger.

        This Full Moon's 
Sabian Symbol is, "A deserter from the Navy stands suddenly aware of a dawning truth: freedom is never the result of compromise."
        
In this context, the Navy represents any large, powerful and tradition-bound institution which perpetuates delusional thinking. (Oceangoing activities are ruled by Neptune, whose dark side includes fog, confusion and deceit. Let me also note that I have no issues with the US Navy; I'm just interpreting a Sabian Symbol here!) The deserter is doing the right thing: breaking away from blind acceptance of groupthink and seeing the world from a new, more realistic perspective.
        Our deserter is realizing that "freedom is never the result of compromise." So ask yourself what you need to "desert" in order to achieve the freedom that your soul is calling for. The Golden Age now dawning will be characterized by each person following their own intuitive guidance, with order maintained more by synchronicity than hierarchy. Why not choose to be one of the forerunners, and start living your own Golden Age right now?

        Capricornian Mercury is trine Mars today, energizing focused thinking and concise, straightforward communication.
        Finally,
Mars turns retrograde
at 7:53 PM today, and will turn direct again on 4/13. Mars' backward turn will take place entirely within Virgo, beginning at 23° and ending at 4°.
        During this period, lasting nearly 3 months, reflecting on action can sometimes be better than doing the deed. Obviously, you can't just put your life on hold for this long, but additional reflection before acting, and enhanced attention to detail and precision as you do, can help lead to superior outcomes. This is also a good time to contemplate how you use the Martian energies of sexuality and aggression, and how well you're managing the Red Planet's more challenging manifestations, such as anger, violence and impulsiveness.

1/24 (Tue). Why settle for one T-square when you can have two? Mercury joins the Sun in squaring both Jupiter and Saturn today. But since Mercury is moving so much faster then the Sun right now, its T-square will only last half as long: it starts today in Capricorn, peaks on 1/28 as it enters Aquarius, and wraps up on 1/31.
        The overall effect will be similar to the Sun's (click here for a refresher on that T-square). The main differences are that the challenges represented by the Sun will tend to be about self-identification and vitality, while Mercury's obstacles will be more about independent thought and self-expression.


1/27 (Fri). Mercury's square to Saturn
, part of the T-square described in the prior entry, may bring up the challenges to independent thought and self-expression mentioned there. But it can also be a boon to focused, disciplined thinking and communication.
        Mercury transits Aquarius
today through 2/13, facilitating original thinking, unique self-expression, mental breakthroughs, and easier reception of intuitive flashes.

1/28 (Sat).
It's another Mercury day. Its sextile to Uranus carries the same archetypal meaning as its entry into Aquarius, described in the prior paragraph. And its square to Jupiter can supercharge thinking and communication. This could lead to verbal gaffes, so be sure to maintain a filter between your brain and your mouth!
        The
Mercury-Jupiter-Saturn T-square peaks today, as mentioned on 1/24.

1/30 (Mon).
Creative inspiration can be significantly empowered by the quintile connecting Piscean Venus and Pluto.
Positive transformation in your relationships and finances is also supported.

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December 2011 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

HEADLINES

12/6. Jupiter sextile Chiron
12/10. Uranus turns direct; Full Moon lunar eclipse in Gemini
12/13. Mercury turns direct; Jupiter semi-sextile Uranus
12/15-24: Jupiter-Saturn-Venus T-square
12/20-22: Venus-Mars-Jupiter Thor's Hammer
12/22: Sun enters Capricorn/Winter Solstice
12/24: Capricorn New Moon
12/25. Jupiter turns direct

THE STORY SO FAR. Mercury remains retrograde through 12/13; try to delay starting important projects and major purchases until 12/14 (or, ideally, until after the 12/24 New Moon). The healing of opposing viewpoints through unconditional love and compassion is supported 11/25 through 2/25 by a Wedge aspect pattern peaking on 1/10. And the overriding energies of revolutionary transformation (a Uranus-Pluto square), as well as universal love, compassion and spiritual awakening (Neptune in Pisces), will be active for years to come.

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

12/1, 6:27 am - 9:47 am (Pisces)
12/2, 1:06 pm – 12/3, 8:53 pm (Aries)
12/6, 6:13 am - 9:36 am (Taurus)
12/8, 6:40 pm - 9:54 pm (Gemini)
12/11, 5:25 am - 8:27 am (Cancer)
12/13, 11:06 am - 4:50 pm (Leo)
12/15, 8:21 pm - 11 pm (Virgo)
12/17, 9:30 pm – 12/18, 3:07 am
12/20, 4:49 am - 5:34 am (Scorpio)
12/22, 4:49 am - 7:04 am (Sagittarius)
12/24, 6:36 am - 8:49 am (Capricorn)
12/26, 8:36 am - 12:16 pm (Aquarius)
12/28, 4:32 pm - 6:47 pm (Pisces)
12/30, 8:38 am – 12/31, 4:50 am (Aries)

Detailed Forecast

12/1 (Thu). Plan on the empowerment and practical transformation of relationships, finance and creative expression, with Venus conjoining Pluto in Capricorn.

12/2 (Fri). The image of a roaring bonfire radiating intense heat comes to mind with the Sagittarian Sun square Mars. This energy could be used to disastrous excess, with primal urges for sex or violence flaring out of control. Better to focus on exercise, athletics, positive sexuality or the carefully calibrated use of this superabundant energy to move forward on your quest!
        Throw some creativity into the mix as well. With Capricornian Venus quintile Saturn, your creative output can be fueled by abundant productivity!

12/4 (Sun). Sagittarian Mercury gets a double play today, conjoining the Sun and squaring Mars. This lights a fire under your ability to deepen your general learning, philosophical explorations and spiritual understanding. Passionate discussion and debate are great under these aspects, but try not to let enthusiastic verbal exchanges flare into arguments!

12/5 (Mon). The current structures, systems and status quo may feel like an uncomfortable fit with Mars semi-square Saturn. Be sure to think through alternative suggestions before speaking up, and present them diplomatically. And remember that any Mars-Saturn aspect can fuel productivity!
        With the planetary lovers Venus and Mars in trine, plan a romantic get-together, or at least do something creative! With both planets in earth signs, this is an excellent time to work on foundational issues in your relationships, and to experience greater energy and flow in your financial dealings.

12/6 (Tue). A four-month sextile between Taurean Jupiter and Piscean Chiron reaches a peak today, amplifying mentoring and spiritual healing. The influence of this aspect began on 11/10 and will last through 3/13. This aspect also has the flavor of worldly exuberance, supported by the easy flow of intuitive wisdom.

12/8 (Thu). This Thursday is brought to you by the quintile family, featuring a Mercury-Jupiter biquintile and a Sun-Neptune quintile. Given this combination of planets and aspects, this day sparkles with creative inspiration and intuitive connection!

12/10 (Sat). Uranus ends a five-month retrograde, going direct at 1° Aries. Anything in your chart in the last two degrees of a mutable sign (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) or the first four degrees of a Cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) will feel this station with special power. Be sure to follow your intuitive flashes, even if they're calling for revolution and paradigm shift!
        Today's Full Moon is also a total lunar eclipse! Occurring at 9:36 AM (18°10' Gemini), you can begin by contemplating how “full-filled” you are with your learning, communication, and relations with your siblings and neighbors.
        Since the effects of this eclipse will be felt for several months, its aspects suggest that we be mindful of the appropriate use of our assertive and sexual energies, but stride forth boldly in those areas that require our energy and leadership (Mars square). And remember that relationship challenges always show, first and foremost, where we need to work on ourselves (Venus quincunx)!
        This lunation's Sabian Symbol is,
“In a museum, a large archaic volume reveals a traditional wisdom.” Since Gemini loves to gather information, this could be a hint to benefit from valuable indigenous teachings that have been largely forgotten in modern times.

12/11 (Sun). It's a double-quintile day, featuring 72° angles between the Sun and Chiron, as well as Venus and Uranus. Set aside some time to connect with your Muse and your Higher Self!

12/13 (Tue). A Jupiter-Uranus semi-sextile, though moderately challenging, still encourages innovations and breakthroughs in your spiritual path. Lucky breaks are associated with this planetary duo, which you can also use to amplify your own special qualities. This aspect is strong through mid-February.
        Mercury retrograde ends at 8:43 PM. But, since new projects launch best under waxing moons, try to wait until after the New Moon on 12/24 for important new beginnings.

12/15 (Thu). A T-square aspect pattern, comprised of Jupiter, Saturn and Venus, is active today through Christmas Eve, peaking on 12/20. Since Jupiter expands and Saturn contracts, it suggests the wisdom of keeping both relationships and money issues in balance during this time frame.

12/16 (Fri). Keep an eye on your more primal impulses for the next week: with Virgoan Mars sesquiquadrate Jupiter, the wild horses of sexuality and aggression may be chomping at the bit! Focusing on win-win expressions of sexuality and leadership can direct this energy more positively, as can exercise and a focus on serving others.

12/18 (Sun). Few people look forward to a Venus-Saturn square, but we all need an unflinching reality check on our relationships and money issues from time to time. This is an ideal time to wake up from your illusions and deal with how things really are are in these areas.

12/19 (Mon). The expansiveness of the Sagittarian Sun is balanced by a sextile from down-to-earth Saturn. In short, a great day for productivity!
        A Mercury-Jupiter biquintile can flow sweet inspiration to your thinking and writing.

12/20 (Tue). A fresh approach to relationships and creativity may serve you well as Venus transits Aquarius today thru 1/13. And be sure to follow your intuitive flashes in these areas!
        It's an especially good time for spiritual immersion, inspired creativity and flowing unconditional love to others with the Sun sextile Neptune.
        The Jupiter-Saturn-Venus T-square that started on 12/15 peaks today and wraps up on Christmas Eve. As noted on 12/15, since Jupiter expands and Saturn contracts, it suggests the wisdom of keeping both relationships and money issues in balance.
        A square between Venus and Jupiter, which is part of this T-square, will help to magnify both the best and worst qualities of your key relationships.
        The relationship focus receives further impact with a Thor's Hammer aspect pattern (a 90° square and two 135° sesquiquadrates). Featuring Venus, Mars and Jupiter, it starts today, peaks tomorrow and ends on 12/22. Be sure to “hammer out” any relationship issues that arise!

12/21 (Wed). Venus' sextile to Uranus carries pretty much the same archetypal message as her entry into Aquarius yesterday: consider a fresh approach to relationships and creativity, as well as allegiance to your intuitive flashes about them.

12/22 (Thu). The Sun enters Capricorn
at 12:30 AM. With the Sun also trine Jupiter and square Uranus today, the Winter Solstice Chart for the USA indicates plenty of revolution, paradigm shift and transformation for the next three months. This provides a superabundance of both challenge and opportunity!

12/23 (Fri). A sextile between the Capricornian Sun and Chiron suggests a mature, consistent approach to healing and mentoring.

12/24 (Sat). December's New Moon occurs on Christmas Eve at 1:06 PM (2°34' Capricorn). New beginnings in business, career, industrious accomplishment and reputation building are all supported.
        This lunation's aspects suggest that opportunity (Jupiter trine) will be strongest by embracing paradigm shift, being true to yourself, and being guided by your intuitive flashes (Uranus square). It is now imperative to release everything that has outlived its usefulness (Pluto conjunction), while embracing new ways that promote harmony, fairness and sustainability (Venus semi-sextile, trine from Taurean Jupiter).
        This New Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “The human soul, in its eagerness for new experiences, seeks embodiment.” This reflects the growing awareness by many that the spiritual path is now less about transcendence or escape, and more about operating as a spiritual being who is having a human experience.

12/25 (Sun). Here's a ray of sunshine in troubled times: Jupiter, the planet of hope, optimism and celebration, turns direct on Christmas Day. Planets are strongest when changing directions, so Jupiter's uplifting energy should help bring a special joy to this holiday season!

12/29 (Thu). With a Sun-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn being the year's last significant aspect, close 2011 by consciously embracing the practical transformations that most serve you and those around you.
        And with Mercury quintile Neptune, remember that the more you bring your mind into alignment with divine will, the more powerful you, and the service you can provide to others, becomes. Let your intuition guide you as we move deeper into these unprecedented times of light-speed change!

12/31 (Sat). None of us is clever enough to live an optimal life without a little help from our friends. So, with Sagittarian Mercury quintile Chiron, be open to mentoring or healing from those who can help you. Or give some to others!

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November 2011 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

HEADLINES

11/1. T-Square peaks (Neptune-Chiron-Mars-Venus-Mercury)
11/7. Mars opposes Neptune
11/9. Neptune direct
11/10. Taurus Full Moon; Chiron direct
11/11/11. Saturn quintile Pluto
11/12. Mars opposes Chiron, quincunxes Uranus
11/16. Mars trine Jupiter
11/20. Sun square Neptune
11/21. Grand Trine peaks (Pluto-Jupiter-Mars)
11/22. Sun enters Sagittarius
11/23. Mars trine Pluto
11/24. Mercury turns retrograde; T-square peaks (Neptune-Chiron-Mars-Sun)
11/25. Solar Eclipse (New Moon) in Sagittarius

THE STORY SO FAR. Retrogrades: Neptune thru 11/9, Chiron thru 11/10, Uranus thru 12/10, Jupiter thru 12/25

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS
 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

11/1, 5:00 pm - 6:09 pm (Aquarius)
11/3, 11:41 pm – 11/4, 3:19 am (Pisces)
11/5, 4:05 am – 11/6, 2:04 pm (Aries)
11/9, 12:47 am - 2:47 am (Taurus)
11/11, 11:27 am - 3:12 pm (Gemini)
11/13, 10:43 pm – 11/14, 2:20 am (Cancer)
11/16, 12:23 am - 11:19 am (Leo)
11/18, 2:06 pm - 5:20 pm (Virgo)
11/20, 5:22 pm - 8:18 pm (Libra)
11/22, 6:04 pm – 9:00 pm (Scorpio)
11/24, 6:05 pm - 8:59 pm (Sagittarius)
11/26, 7:07 pm - 10:06 pm (Capricorn)
11/28, 6:02 pm – 11/29, 2:03 am (Aquarius)

11/1 (Tue). A five-planet T-square, active 10/28 through 11/4, is peaking as November opens. Leonine Mars is opposing Neptune and Chiron, and all three are squaring Mercury and Venus in Scorpio. On the challenging side, illusions, deception and wounding are possible in relationships and communication. On the upside, strong healing energy is available in these areas, and it can be easier to experience powerful transformation and connect with the divine in others.
        Part of this configuration, a Mercury-Neptune square, is exact today. Taken as a stand-alone aspect, it can amplify the possibility of confusion or deception in your thinking or communication. But it can also be used to let your thoughts be saturated with intuitive insight, divine union and/or creative inspiration!
        A second aspect pattern also peaks today: a Quintile Yod, active 10/30 through 11/2. Here, there's a quintile between the Scorpionic Sun and Leonine Mars, and both planets biquintile Uranus. Quintiles and biquintiles are about divine inspiration and magical connection, so this Quintile Yod can be used to light up and empower creative activities -- especially those that reflect your unique genius!

11/2 (Wed). Venus and Mercury both race into Sagittarius today, and just eight hours apart! Venus will move on into Capricorn on 11/26, but Mercury will stay in Sagittarius until 1/7 due to its retrograde on 11/24. These planets' Sagittarian residence will amplify the energies of questing, celebration, enthusiasm, higher education, foreign travel, and attention to religion and/or philosophy. Relationships can be more adventurous, and communication more loquacious.
        Venus also squares Chiron today, which can provide a major opportunity to clear stuck energy and heal old wounds. You can facilitate this process by maintaining a high level of integrity and honesty with others, and allowing yourself to feel whatever is arising within you.

11/3 (Thu). Next to square Chiron is Mercury. Be mindful not to wound others with your words; focus instead on activating healing and mentoring through your words and actions.
        Trines to Uranus are up next, with Venus and Mercury now making the aspect just six hours apart. Be sure to follow whatever intuitive flashes you're receiving around relationships, creativity and finance, as well as writing and communication.

11/5 (Sat). Watch for adjustments that will help you move forward with your goals, with Venus and Mercury both quincunx Jupiter (and now making their aspects just over two hours apart!). Once again, the themes stimulated by Venus and Mercury are money, personal expression, relationships, learning and communication.


11/7 (Mon). You can pour fresh energy into your spirituality and creative expression with Leonine Mars opposing Neptune. Plenty of juice is available for activities that consciously combine physicality and spirituality, such as tai chi, yoga, tantric sex and ecstatic dance. To avoid fanaticism and illusion in relationships, stay attentive to your flow of intuitive guidance.

11/9 (Wed). Neptune turns direct today at 28° Aquarius. This is a great time to move forward with spiritual and/or creative activities, especially those that have been gestating during the last five months or so. Planets are most powerful when changing directions. Therefore, anything in your natal chart in the last five degrees of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) or the first two degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) will feel Neptune's spiritualizing or dissolving influence with special strength.

        A powerful Grand Trine in earth signs – consisting of Taurean Jupiter, Virgoan Mars and Capricornian Pluto – empowers productivity and accomplishment today thru 11/29, peaking on 11/21. This energy is also useful for sexuality, sensuality, focused transformation, and diving into even the most challenging projects with enhanced drive, determination and focus!

11/10 (Thurs). November's Full Moon shines forth at 3:16 PM (18°04' Taurus). Consider how “full-filled” you are with your possessions, self-esteem, sensual experience and connection with Mother Earth.
        This Full Moon's Sabian Symbol is,
A new continent is rising out of the ocean.” It's easy to see this as a metaphor for the new divine consciousness now emerging on our planet, as the Golden Age continues its initial rollout. Let this image inspire you to allow new consciousness, joy and potential to arise within you!
       
Just one day after Neptune's turnabout, Chiron turns direct at 0°38' Pisces. This is a great time to focus on the healing and resolution of any old wounds you've been working with, especially during the last five months or so, and to move forward with new energy to give or receive mentoring and/or healing. (With Chiron in Pisces, spiritual and/or creative mentoring and healing are especially supported.) Sensitive points in your natal chart in the last three degrees of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) or the first three degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) will feel this energy with extra power.
        Finally, Mars enters Virgo through 7/3 – an unusually long stay of almost eight months! (Mars usually spends about two months in each sign, but will be retrograding within Virgo late January through mid-April.) You can use his long-term residency to energize new or continuing activities in the areas of health, service, attention to detail, and systems and procedures.

11/11/11 (Fri). One would hope for a significant astrological event on such a numerologically striking day. And the universe delivers with Libran Saturn quintile Pluto, radiating inspired, productive creativity for the rest of the month!

11/12 (Sat). Mars is making two challenging aspects today: an opposition to Chiron and a quincunx to Uranus. To avert negative possibilities, including accidents and wounding, meticulously examine whatever psychological baggage is arising, and take immediate action on your intuitive flashes!

11/15 (Tue). Creative inspiration is abundantly supported with Sagittarian Venus quintile Neptune. You can also pick up intuitive insight around relationships and money issues.

11/16 (Wed). Mercury makes its own quintile to Neptune today, which can make your mind more sensitive to overall intuitive guidance. With Mercury in Sagittarius, this is particularly conducive to “big picture” thinking.
        There are many ways to use the trine of Virgoan Mars and Taurean Jupiter, which is exact today and strong for a week on either side. For starters, there's amplification of initiation, leadership and sexuality. Increased good fortune in business dealings is also possible, as is a sense of “
Energizer Bunny” productivity. As always, your results depend upon your focus!
       
This trine is part of a Grand Trine aspect pattern which also includes Pluto; see the 11/9 entry for details.

11/17 (Thu).
Creative refinement of your artistic projects, relationships and finances is supported with Venus quintile Chiron. It's also a good time for healing and mentoring in these areas.

11/19 (Sat). Still copycatting Venus's every move, Mercury quintiles Chiron today. This combination is great for inspiration and the intuitive refinement of your thinking.

11/20 (Sun). The urge for the transformative bliss of altered states may be strong with the Scorpionic Sun square Neptune. See if you can fulfill it by channeling your creative muse or connecting with the divine. (The more you do this, the less you have to deal with Neptune's more challenging qualities of addiction, confusion and inertia!)

        This Sun-Neptune square is part of a larger configuration: a T-square, in effect today thru 11/27 and peaking on the 11/25 Solar Eclipse. It consists of Mars opposing Neptune and Chiron, with everyone squaring the Sun.
        This aspect pattern can stimulate wounding experiences, which are more often psychological than physical. While these can be unpleasant, they also create wonderful opportunities by making the original, deeper wound available for healing. (You may find this healing invocation helpful.) Thus, the upside of this T-square becomes mentoring and healing, especially those modalities with a spiritual component.


11/21 (Mon). Today is the energetic peak of the Grand Trine in earth signs that started on 11/9, and whose influence continues through 11/29.

11/22 (Tue). The urge to acquire can run out of control during the passage of Venus, ruler of earthly desires, through Sagittarius. But she's only in the sign for a few more days, and today's sextile to Saturn can provide harmonious restraint.
        Speaking of Sagittarius, the Sun enters this larger-than-life sign today, radiating joy, celebration, enthusiasm, love of knowledge, humor and the adventurous spirit of the quest!

11/23 (Wed). The Sun moves less than one degree into Sagittarius before squaring the wounded healer Chiron. Since this aspect is part of the current t-square, I refer you to that interpretation for a fuller understanding.
        The Sagittarian Sun also trines Uranus today, comfortably supporting the expression of your unique qualities. Activities that challenge the status quo can also “Occupy” those drawn to revolutionary change!
        On its own, today's trine between Virgoan Mars and Pluto describes a strong, easy flow of power, sexuality and precisely calibrated initiation. But it's actually two-thirds of the Grand Trine described on 11/9, which remains powerful for another week.

11/24 (Thu). We usually think of “making a list and checking it twice” at Christmas, but this year it also applies to preparations for the US holiday devoted to gratitude. That's because Mercury turns retrograde on Thanksgiving Day at 2:19 AM. (It turns direct again on 12/13 at 9:42 PM.)
        During this time, try to avoid starting major new projects. And all those big box retailers, who are starting their Black Friday sales earlier than ever this year, certainly don't want you remembering that major purchases are best avoided during Mercury retrograde! (It isn't the end of the world if you can't resist that exceptional bargain. It just makes it more likely that some sort of adjustment, such as a repair, return or refund, may be involved later on.)
        During this Mercury retrograde period, make sure that you are understanding and being understood, be prepared for the increased likelihood of delays and breakdowns, and back up critical data. (There are now several reputable online services that offer automatic, ongoing and unlimited data backup for around $60 per year.)
        Every astrological event, no matter how tarnished its reputation, has its upside. All Mercury retrogrades are good for completing projects that were already underway, making repairs, and introspection. This Mercury retrograde is ideal for reflection on Sagittarian themes, since its entire retrograde is in the Sign of the Archer. With Mercury conjunct the North Node of the Moon and Venus as it stations, contemplation of life purpose, relationships, finance and creativity is also energized.
        There are several other significant astrological events on Thanksgiving Day. A quincunx between the Sagittarian Sun and Jupiter could have an excessively expansive effect, so be careful about talking too much or proselytizing your pet beliefs. But with both Sagittarius and Jupiter involved, it won't take too much of an adjustment for high spirits and celebration to become the day's dominant energy.
        The possibility of unexpected psychological wounding is made more likely by a Uranus-Chiron semi-sextile. Because they're moving at similar speeds, these two planets are engaged in an extended relationship: with only one exception, they've been making this semi-sextile twice a year since 2009, and will continue doing so through 2015!
        Since they're activating each other during most of this time frame, it's good to keep in mind that all the emotional challenges they trigger are coming up for a reason: to spur the healing of the original wound underlying the current flareup. So remember that every irritation is also an opportunity! (Many of my clients have found this invocation effective for rapid emotional and psychological healing.)
        This is one of those “when it rains, it pours” days: on top of all the day's other challenging events, the power of the current t-square peaks today!
        And yet, amidst all this intensity, the day's final aspect shines forth like a sunbeam through the overcast: a harmonious sextile between Sagittarian Venus and Neptune. This strongly flowing connection between the planets of human love and divine love can do much to soothe any ruffled feathers. Their energy can help you see the divine beauty at the core of even the most dysfunctional personality, inspire you to new creative heights, and help you connect more consciously to the divine.

11/25 (Fri). November's New Moon is also a partial solar eclipse at 1:10 AM (2°36' Sagittarius). For starters, new beginnings in Sagittarian areas are supported with special power, since a solar eclipse acts like a New Moon on steroids!
        This eclipse is strongly aspected, which gives it a multi-layered effect. Most significantly, the current T-square is now even stronger, with the Sun-conjoined Moon adding a fifth planet to the configuration! Take carefully considered action to support your ideals and bring healing to challenging situations (Virgoan Mars opposing Neptune and Piscean Chiron, all of whom square the Sun and Moon). There's a sense of easy-flowing paradigm shift that serves the collective (Uranus trine), and abundant hope and new possibilities (Jupiter quincunx)!
        The Sabian Symbol for this eclipse is, “Two men playing chess.” This supports the importance of strategy and meticulous planning before taking action. It can also serve to remind us that, from a certain perspective, life is just a game. Don't lose your perspective by taking it too seriously!
        With a Grand Trine and T-square already in play, you'd think we have enough aspect patterns going on. But the universe sees fit to add one more to the mix: a three-month Wedge, active today through 2/25 and peaking on 1/10. This is formed by a Jupiter-Saturn opposition and soft angles from the Neptune-Chiron conjunction: a trine to Saturn and a sextile to Jupiter.
        This Wedge's centerpiece is the Jupiter-Saturn opposition, which is best managed by finding a harmonious balance between Jupiter's urge to expand and Saturn's desire to contract. When a glacier expands and contracts, cracks form in the ice. The same thing happens when events puncture the fragile armor of our psyches. This is when the healing power of Chiron in Pisces and Neptune can dogsled to the rescue. As our deeper psychological wounds are exposed, we can invoke the divine – or use whatever modalities are most effective – to heal them. On a more material level, this aspect pattern is custom-made for creating financial prosperity with the Law of Attraction!

11/26 (Sat). It's an all-Venus day, starting with her entry into Capricorn. She'll stay there thru 12/20, bringing a more practical, results-oriented flavor to relationships, creativity and money issues. Her square to Arean Uranus may light a fire for paradigm shift in some of these areas, while her sextile to Chiron suggests that healing and mentoring may also be part of this picture.

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11/27 (Sun). Capricornian Venus trines Jupiter today, bringing an easy flow of good fortune into relationships, creative expression and material matters. This aspect also re-energizes the Grand Trine which started on 11/9 and wraps up next week.

11/28 (Mon). Mercury quintiled Chiron back on 11/19, and it's doing it again as it retraces its steps. Just as before, this combination is great for inspiration and the intuitive refinement of your thinking.

11/30 (Wed). Sagittarian Mercury's next rerun, from 11/16, is a quintile to Neptune. Once again, this aspect can make your mind more sensitive to overall intuitive guidance, and can help promote “big picture” thinking.

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October 2011 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

HEADLINES

10/11. Full Moon in Aries
10/23. The Sun enters Scorpio

10/26. New Moon in Scorpio
10/28. Jupiter trine Pluto

THE STORY SO FAR.
Retrogrades:
Neptune thru 11/9, Chiron thru 11/10, Uranus thru 12/10, Jupiter thru 12/25

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS
 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

10/3, 1:38 am - 4:17 am (Capricorn)
10/5, 1:58 am - 11:20 am (Aquarius)
10/7, 6:08 pm - 9:15 pm (Pisces)
10/8, 12:51 pm – 10/10, 8:59 am (Aries)
10/12, 8:09 pm - 9:37 pm (Taurus)
10/15, 6:52 am - 10:16 am (Gemini)
10/17, 6:18 pm - 9:39 pm (Cancer)
10/19, 11:31 pm – 10/20, 6:07 am (Leo)
10/22, 8:35 am - 10:42 am (Virgo)
10/23, 4:48 pm – 10/24, 11:51 am (Libra)
10/26, 8:19 am - 11:10 am (Scorpio)
10/28, 7:50 am - 10:47 am (Sagittarius)
10/30, 9:31 am - 12:40 pm (Capricorn)
 

Detailed Forecast

10/1 (Sat). You can boost your vitality factor with a Sun-Jupiter quincunx. Just be careful not to overextend yourself!

10/3 (Mon). Indulge your flair for the dramatic, or take the spotlight for a worthy cause, with Leonine Mars square Jupiter. Or, with so much fiery energy abounding, at least do something fun that works up a sweat!
        Indulge your Muse with
Venus, dignified in the creative sign of Libra, making an inspired quintile to Pluto
! The channel can also be open for insights about relationships and finance.

10/6 (Thu). With Libran Mercury conjunct Saturn, creative thinking can crystallize into productive strategies. This is also a good time for serious, but harmonious, discussions.

10/7 (Fri). Abundant divine inspiration is available for your creative efforts (artistic or otherwise) with Libran Venus trine Neptune. You'll also find it easier to connect with the divine within yourself, and in everyone and everything around you!


10/8 (Sat). Let your creative thinking probe deep with Libran Mercury quintile Pluto.

10/9 (Sun). Venus is in Scorpio today through 11/2. While this can unearth the issues that need transformation in your relationships, creativity and finances, it also allows for profound soul blending in your relationships! On a similar note, Venus' trine to Chiron can help you more easily heal any wounds in these areas. (Feel free to try this invocation.)
        Creative writing – even of the nonfiction variety – is supported by a
Mercury-Mars quintile
. Ditto for inspired thought and more eloquent speech!

10/10 (Mon). With Venus quincunx Uranus, what positive paradigm shifts and adjustments can you bring to your relationships, creativity and finances? Be sure to honor any intuitive flashes firing in these areas!

10/11 (Tue).
October's Full Moon illuminates the sky at 10:06 PM (18°24' Aries). Make adjustments if you're not completely “full-filled” with your assertiveness, sexuality, athletic regimen, and ability to get things started. This lunation also has a strong “reality check” flavor, with Saturn tightly opposing the Moon. If challenges are arising, take a realistic look at what's actually happening. From this objective perspective, you can more effectively take action to bring the situation into harmony.
        This Full Moon's Sabian Symbol is,
A magic carpet hovers over the depressing reality of everyday life in an industrial area.” This striking juxtaposition of images reminds us how perspective colors perception. This bleak industrial scene could bum you out if your awareness is limited to the physical world. But from magic carpet level – a metaphor for a more awakened consciousness – things are simply seen and accepted as they are, with no negative emotions or thoughts. From which level are you viewing the world?

10/12 (Wed). Your mind can receive the flow of intuitive insight more easily with Mercury trine Neptune. And, with Mercury in Libra, your Muse may be singing to you loud and clear!

10/13 (Thu). This week's strong series of Venus aspects continues with a sextile to Pluto. Financial abundance could be at hand, since both Pluto and Scorpio, Venus' current sign, can represent great wealth! Powerful and harmonious transformation in the field of relationship and creativity are other possible manifestations of this aspect.
        Mercury is in Scorpio today through 11/2, helping your mind dig deep into whatever mysteries or occult subjects most fascinate you.
        If today's Sun-Saturn conjunction has you feeling funky, throwing yourself into a project may lift your spirits – this aspect is excellent for productivity! Alternatively, a feeling of depression may simply be trying to slow you down enough to receive an important message, and may be happy to move on once you've received it.
        Finally, a Mercury-Chiron trine makes this an excellent time to consult with a mentor, or give sagely advice to others!

10/14 (Fri). Tune into your intuitive flashes as Mercury quincunxes Uranus, even if they're calling for unexpected course adjustments. And, with Venus opposing Jupiter, observe your relationships carefully: whatever's going on, good or bad, will be highlighted. This can also be a time of increased financial luck, as well as abundant creative energy!

10/16 (Sun). Don't just obsess about sex with Scorpionic Mercury sextile Pluto: research, detective work, shared resources and mental transformation can also productively occupy your thoughts!


10/17 (Mon). Exercise extra caution as Mars makes a sesquiquadrate (a minor hard angle) to Uranus, since this can be an explosive combination. On the high side, be sure to act immediately on your intuitive flashes: those rare thoughts that you absolutely know to be true the instant they arrive.
        Mental powers also get a significant boost with Mercury, the planet of mind, opposing expansive Jupiter!

10/18 (Tue). Creative inspiration may be flowing abundantly, particularly in writing and mental matters, as Mercury biquintiles Uranus.

10/21 (Fri). Connecting with Source, receiving creative inspiration, and connecting with the divine in others all come more naturally as the Libran Sun trines Neptune.

10/23 (Sun). Tread carefully around unstable people or situations: a Mars-Pluto sesquiquadrate can be volatile! Instead, focus on enjoying the life-affirming pleasures of exercise, athletics and sexuality.
        Also today, the Sun enters Scorpio, radiating a month's worth of power, wealth, psychological intensity and transformation opportunities!


10/24 (Mon). Transformation and healing can occur more easily with the Scorpionic Sun trine Chiron.

10/25 (Tue). How do you know what adjustments to make as the Sun quincunxes Uranus? Through Uranus' intuitive flashes, of course!

10/26 (Wed). It's Energizer Bunny time with high-energy Mars sextile perseverant Saturn. And with Mars in Leo, you can have long-burning fuel for your creative output!
        October's New Moon is at 3:56 PM (03°02' Scorpio). New beginnings in the Scorpionic qualities mentioned in the second paragraph of the 10/23 entry (power, wealth, psychological intensity and transformation opportunities), as well as research, detective work, sexuality, and shared resources of all kinds, are timely now.
        This lunation is made even more intense by aspects from most of the slower planets. You can focus on stepping into your gifts as a healer and/or mentor
(trine from Chiron), releasing everything that doesn't move your life in a positive direction (sextile from Pluto), and courageously embracing the qualities that make you special (quincunx from Uranus). And the opposition from Jupiter amplifies all of this, and adds a strong measure of hope and optimism into the mix.
        This New Moon's
Sabian Symbol is, “A youth holding a lighted candle in a devotional ritual gains a sense of the great 'other world'.” You can have a similar experience right now by speaking this simple invocation: “Spirit, please grant me the maximum awareness of the nonphysical realms that serves the highest good, right now, thank you.” Then focus on your breathing, let divine grace take over, and feel what happens! (For an invocation primer, click here.)
        Finally, relationships, sexuality and creativity are dynamically empowered by a
Venus-Mars square. With Venus in Scorpio, rich rewards could await you if you're willing to dive into the depths!

10/28 (Fri).
There's a lot of astrological action today!
        Most significantly,
an earthy trine between Taurean Jupiter and Capricornian Pluto can empower financial opportunities for several weeks, and also serve as an all-purpose energizer for whatever you want to focus on. This is one of October's most significant aspects!
        Narrowing our time window to a few days, let your mind probe deep (but avoid verbal confrontation) with
Scorpionic Mercury square Mars.
       
You might want to review the Scorpionic expressions in the 10/26 New Moon entry: the fact that everything described so far today involves either Scorpio or Pluto (Scorpio's modern ruler, who embodies the same energies) is just a warm-up! The Scorpionic Sun makes three aspects today, including a sextile to Pluto! And its quintile to Mars and opposition to Jupiter just fan the flames. Make this a day for full-on empowerment and transformation, and find positive outlets (including physical ones) for all this vital energy!

10/31 (Mon). Halloween brings us a square between Scorpionic Venus and Neptune
that could offer tricks or treats: deception or illusion in relationships or financial matters, or empowerment of creative inspiration or divine connection. (It could also inspire some very cool Halloween costumes.) As always with astrology, the results of an aspect depend on your intention and consciousness! 

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September 2011 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

HEADLINES

9/1. Sun/Jupiter/Pluto Grand Trine peaks
9/12. Pisces Full Moon
9/13. Mercury/Jupiter/Pluto Grand Trine peaks
9/15. Mars/Venus/Neptune Yod peaks
9/16. Pluto turns direct
9/18. Venus/Uranus/Pluto T-square peaks
9/23. Sun enters Libra
9/27. Libra New Moon; Sun/Uranus/Pluto & Mercury/Uranus/Pluto T-squares peak

THE STORY SO FAR. Retrogrades: Pluto thru 9/16, Neptune thru 11/9, Chiron thru 11/10, Uranus thru 12/10, Jupiter thru 12/25

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here. 

9/1, 1:36 pm - 2:49 pm (Scorpio)
9/3, 3:42 pm - 5:05 pm (Sagittarius)
9/5, 8:31 pm - 10:05 pm (Capricorn)
9/7, 4:36 pm – 9/8, 5:44 am (Aquarius)
9/10, 1:32 pm - 3:28 pm (Pisces)
9/12, 9:46 pm – 9/13, 2:51 am (Aries)
9/15, 1:11 pm - 3:26 pm (Taurus)
9/18, 3:09 am - 4:08 am (Gemini)
9/20, 12:34 pm - 2:55 pm (Cancer)
9/22, 9:23 pm - 9:57 pm (Leo)
9/24, 10:40 pm – 9/25, 12:51 am (Virgo)
9/25, 5:09 pm – 9/27, 12:52 am (Libra)
9/28, 9:52 pm – 9/29, 12:07 am (Scorpio)
9/30, 10:18 pm – 10/1, 12:42 am (Sagittarius)
 

9/1 (Thu). September opens in the midst of a Grand Trine aspect pattern that began 8/26 and finishes 9/3. This equilateral triangle includes the Sun, Jupiter and Pluto. This configuration could manifest as enhanced wealth and/or power. Other possibilities include a flowing and accelerated process of transformation or psychological clearing, or an abundance of joy, celebration and enthusiasm. With the Sun in Virgo, your analytical powers could also be boosted.

9/2 (Fri). A Sun-Jupiter trine, part of the Grand Trine discussed on 9/1, is exact today.

9/6 (Tue). Physical inspiration can come your way with Mars quintile Jupiter. Whether you're doing something athletic, sexual or mundane, trust your body to find creative new ways to do its thing! Inspired approaches to leadership and project initiation may also be yours for the receiving.

9/7 (Wed). The inspirational energy continues with two biquintiles: Mercury-Uranus and Mars-Neptune. These aspects cover many varieties of inspiration, but creative writing, intuitive leaps, and sacred sexuality have special support!

9/8-14. Learning and communication get one boost after another during this seven-day period! Balance your amplified mental powers with mind-quieting activities to allow intuitive input as well.

9/8 (Thu). Here's an invocation that will help you make the best of today's Mercury-Neptune opposition: “Spirit, please help me receive the flow of divine knowledge consciously, easily and continuously throughout this day, to the greatest extent that serves the highest good. Thank you.” With Mercury in Leo, the sign of creativity and performance, plenty of creative inspiration is also available!

9/9 (Fri). Mercury enters Virgo today and stays through 9/25, broadcasting the energy of fine-tuning, detail work, service to others and health awareness.

9/10 (Sat). A Mercury-Chiron opposition can make you aware of old psychological and emotional wounds that are ready for healing. (This invocation may help you clear them.) Since the opposition is the angle of relationship, it's also a great time to give or receive mentoring and/or healing.

9/11 (Sun). The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks opens with a harmonious Venus-Mars sextile. This can help relating and creativity to flow strongly and smoothly.
        It's also a good day to allow intuitive flashes or other sources of awakening to adjust your thinking, with a Mercury-Uranus quincunx.

9/12 (Mon). If an important truth needs to be communicated, it can be done so precisely and in a spirit of service with Virgoan Mercury trine Pluto.
        September's Full Moon shines forth today at 5:27 AM (19°17' Pisces). Take note of how you're doing with your spiritual union practices, divinely inspired creativity, and light flow to others. Any issues with Pisces' dark side manifestations, such as substance abuse or excessive escapism? Make adjustments as needed.
        This lunation's tightest aspect is a square to the Nodes of the Moon. This makes it a good time to examine whether your creativity and spirituality – and life in general – are serving your life purpose. The Moon's opposition to Venus supports reflection on relationships, creativity and financial matters.
        This Full Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “A table set for an evening meal.” This image has all the dishes, glasses and cutlery in place. With all the food still offstage, it would seem to speak of preparing for, and expecting, bountiful abundance.
        The universe tends to show up according to our expectations. Are your dominant thoughts and visualizations focused on lack or prosperity?

9/13 (Tue). A flowing Grand Trine (an equilateral triangle), active 9/11-15, peaks today. Consisting of Pluto (wealth and power), Jupiter (luck and expansion) and Mercury (mental activity and commerce), it occurs in the accomplishment-oriented earth signs. So this is a great time to be focusing on business opportunities! Learning and communication of all kinds are also empowered.

9/14 (Wed). As Venus quincunxes Neptune, tune into your intuitive guidance to see what adjustments would help your relationships, creativity and/or finances. Focused effort toward divine union and connecting with the divine in others can also be fruitful.
        Venus is also in Libra, one of the signs she rules, today thru 10/8. This puts an energetic spotlight on relationships and creativity!
        Today's Mercury-Jupiter trine is part of the 9/13 Grand Trine interpretation.

9/15 (Thu). A configuration called a Yod, or “Finger of God,” is active 9/13-15 and peaks today. (There's a sextile between Mars and Venus, and both planets make quincunxes to Neptune.) Making whatever adjustments deepen your relationship with Source is an excellent way to use this. Divinely inspired creativity, sacred sexual practices, and consciously relating to the divinity within others are also supported.

9/15-30. Fasten your seat belts: the entire second half of September is a whirlwind of broad-spectrum intensity! The Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars are making numerous aspects to the sky's most powerful planets: Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. And the vast majority of the connections being made are challenging.
        In plain English: vitality, sense of self, learning, communication, relationships, finances, creativity, assertiveness and sexuality are all being tested during this period. Foundations will be checked for solidity and durability. Old wounds that are ripe for healing will be stimulated. Paradigm shifts will be called for, illusions will be shattered, and that which no longer serves you will be called on to change for the better or vamoose.
        For those who embrace growth, transformation and evolution, the second half of September is a golden opportunity! To make the best of it, welcome the intensity with open arms, seek mentoring and healing as needed, follow your intuitive flashes, continuously solicit Spirit's inner guidance, and proactively eliminate from your life all that doesn't serve the highest need of all concerned.
        Other than that, not much going on. ;-)
        Particulars to follow.

9/16 (Fri). A Venus-Chiron quincunx is an excellent time to watch for your unhealed psychological wounds being triggered by others. (Try this simple invocation to rapidly heal them!) Used mindfully, this aspect can also be useful for healing and mentoring work, as well as fine-tuning creative projects.
        Pluto turns direct today at 5° Capricorn, a powerful time to initiate transformation and release what no longer serves you. Anything in your natal chart between 2° in 8° in cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) will get an extra-strong dose of this energy, since planets are most powerful when changing directions.

9/17 (Sat). Watch for any fanatical tendencies within yourself, which can be stimulated by a Mars-Neptune quincunx. On the high side, any activities which combine spiritual energy and physical activity, such as tantric sex, tai chi, chi gung, yoga and ecstatic dance, are supported. And be sure to take action (Mars) when you receive intuitive guidance (Neptune)!
        What paradigm shifts can you bring into your relationships, creativity and finance as Venus opposes Uranus? Give highest priority to the ones that just pop in as intuitive flashes!

9/18 (Sun). How can you bring more wealth and empowerment to your relationships, creativity and finances as Venus squares Pluto? The first step might be to release everything that no longer serves you, and bring transformation into those areas that are still a mixed bag.
        Mars is in Leo today through 11/10, empowering initiation and a positive warrior spirit in the areas of creative expression, leadership and just having fun.
        Two aspect patterns peak today. The most intense is a T-square, active 9/14-21. (Venus is opposing Uranus, and both planets are squaring Pluto.) Yesterday's entry on Venus opposing Uranus and today's on Venus squaring Pluto give you the idea: the doors are open for revolutionary transformation in relationships, creativity and finance!
        Today's other peaking aspect pattern is something completely different: a Quintile Yod, active 9/16-19. (Jupiter quintiles Neptune, and both planets biquintile Venus.) Artists of all stripes can reap inspiration from this magical aspect pattern!


9/21 (Wed). With Leonine Mars quincunx Chiron, you can refine your creative expression, possibly with the help of a mentor. Positive adjustments in the realm of exercise, athletics and sexuality are also supported.
        You can fine-tune how you connect with Spirit with the Virgoan Sun quincunx Neptune. (Here's the fastest and most powerful DIY technique I know!) Your ability to be of divine service, even if it's just asking Spirit to flow light through you to serve someone's highest good, is also enhanced.

9/22 (Thu). Jupiter's quincunx to Venus can highlight whatever needs your attention in the area of relationships, creativity and finance.

9/23 (Fri). Celebrate the Fall Equinox as the Sun enters Libra today at 5:05 AM US Eastern time. Until 10/23, the energy of relationship, creativity, equality, harmony and balance can be harvested.
        The Fall Equinox chart, which shows the world's dominant energies for the next three months, features a T-square between the Sun, Uranus and Pluto. But this is nothing new: since these seasonal charts are always drawn for the moment when the Sun enters a cardinal sign – and since Pluto and Uranus are spending several years in early cardinal degrees – we can expect still more of the revolutionary transformation that has marked recent world events.
        You can make the best of this Uranian energy by developing your unique skills and talents, using them for the common good, and following your intuitive flashes. On the Pluto side, continually release whatever impedes your evolution, and routinely embrace the powerful opportunities for transformation that are now so abundant!
        The Moon and Mars are tightly conjunct in Leo in the Fall Equinox chart, indicating fiery emotions and dramatic outbursts. (Can you say “US politics”?) Use this energy positively by supercharging your activities with enthusiasm and making time to celebrate!
        Venus and Saturn are conjunct in Libra. This will give necessary reality checks to all important relationships, letting you see which ones need to be released or adjusted. It also indicates strong working partnerships, emphasizing the Aquarian ideal of working with others instead of going it alone.
        Finally, in this Fall Equinox chart, Virgoan Mercury is conjunct the Sun. This not only emphasizes the importance of communication in these critical times, but reminds us to be clear, precise and service-oriented in our thinking.
        Also today, it's easier than usual to act on your intuitive flashes with Mars trine Uranus. And with Mars in flamboyant Leo, you can strut your stuff for all you're worth!

9/24 (Sat). You can make adjustments to support the health of your body and your relationships with the Libran Sun quincunx Chiron.
        Mental confusion is possible with Mercury quincunx Neptune, but so is clear intuitive guidance. It all depends on how clear a connection you've developed with Spirit!

9/25 (Sun). Mercury is in Libra today through 10/13, paving the way for harmonious thinking that can understand all sides of an issue. Relationships may also be more on your mind!
        The Libran Sun also opposes Uranus today, opening the door for paradigm shifts and intuitive flashes in your relationships and creativity.

9/26 (Mon). It's a good time to adjust your thinking – particularly about relationships, creativity and finance – with Libran Mercury quincunx Chiron.

9/27 (Tue). There are an extraordinary number of astrological events today! Let's get to it:
        Right use of sexuality, assertiveness and leadership become critical with a Mars-Pluto quincunx. Try to avoid situations where anger, volatility and violence are likely to flare.
        Thinking can become a bit chaotic under a Mercury-Uranus opposition – a great reason to operate from your intuitive flashes instead!

        September's New Moon occurs at 7:09 AM, at exactly 4° Libra. This is a great time for new beginnings in relationships, finance and creativity.
        Because of its intense aspects, this New Moon radiates the energy of adjustment for healing (Chiron quincunx) and powerful new beginnings in thought (Mercury conjunction) and action (Mars sextile).
        But the most intense aspects speak of revolutionary transformation: Uranus and Pluto form a T-square, peaking today, which includes the Sun, Moon and Mercury! This potent energy, which fired up on 9/21 and lasts through 10/2, is an invitation to follow your intuitive flashes, embrace your uniqueness, release everything that doesn't support your evolution, and allow Spirit to saturate you with its intelligence and power!
        This lunation's Sabian Symbol is, “A group of young people sit in spiritual communion around a campfire.” This can easily be taken as an encouragement to connect with Source in a group setting. Just remember that youth has as much to do with attitude as age!

        Finally, two biquintiles (Mercury-Jupiter and Sun-Neptune) put creative magic in the air.

9/28 (Wed). Three planets – the Sun, Mercury and Pluto – are all over each other today! The Sun and Mercury both square Pluto in the morning, then conjunct each other in the afternoon. The meaning of these events was partially covered in the 9/27 T-square interpretation. In addition, watch for strong mental stimulation and powerful opportunities to transform your thinking and sense of identity!
        Mercury also biquintiles Neptune today, adding a dash of creative inspiration to your thoughts.

9/29 (Thu). The mental stimulation keeps on coming with Mercury sextile Mars. Just don't let passionate thinking lead to verbal attack!
        Use a Venus-Saturn conjunction to take a good hard look at the practicality of your key relationships. This aspect makes it easier to set aside emotion and gauge whether a given relationship is providing a sufficient return on your investment of time and energy. Also take a realistic look at your creative and financial affairs.
        This pragmatic vibe is counterbalanced by a Venus-Mars quintile, which can let you feel a given relationship's inspiration and magic. Be sure to include this “fairy dust factor” in your Saturnian calculations!

9/30 (Fri). There's plenty of energy available today with a Sun-Mars sextile, made more flowing and harmonious by the Sun's placement in Libra.
        Even if your mind is overflowing with brilliant ideas, beware of excessive verbalization under a Mercury-Jupiter quincunx!

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August 2011 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

HEADLINES

8/2. Mercury retrograde
8/4. Neptune enters Aquarius
8/9. Mars squares Uranus
8/11. Mars opposed Pluto
8/13. Full Moon
8/23. Sun enters Virgo
8/26. Mercury turns direct
8/28. New Moon
8/30. Jupiter retrograde

THE STORY SO FAR. Retrogrades: Pluto thru 9/16, Neptune thru 11/9, Chiron thru 11/10, Uranus thru 12/10

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here. 

8/1, 2:20 am - 4:43 am (Virgo)
8/3, 5:22 am - 6:06 am (Libra)
8/4, 2:54 am – 8/5, 7:59 am (Scorpio)
8/7, 11:15 am - 11:22 am (Sagittarius)
8/9, 4:25 pm - 4:39 pm (Capricorn)
8/10, 4:34 pm – 8/11, 11:49 pm (Aquarius)
8/14, 8:26 am - 8:55 am (Pisces)
8/15, 4:22 am – 8/16, 8:03 pm (Aries)
8/19, 7:50 am - 8:38 am (Taurus)
8/21, 8:00 pm - 8:55 pm (Gemini)
8/24, 5:34 am - 6:32 am (Cancer)
8/25, 9:05 am – 8/26, 12:10 pm (Leo)
8/28, 1:12 pm - 2:15 pm (Virgo)
8/29, 6:15 pm – 8/30, 2:27 pm (Libra)
 

Pluto and Uranus come within 1° of their applying square (a 90° angle) in early August. These two planets were conjunct during the 60s, and were primarily responsible for the revolutionary transformation which dominated that volatile decade. Although they will make seven exact squares in the years 2012 through 2015, we've been feeling their building influence at least since the global financial crisis of 2008. Now that we're in “The 60s, Part 2,” it's time to embrace revolutionary transformation as the new status quo!

8/1 (Mon). Venus trines Uranus and quincunxes Pluto today. Stay receptive to intuitive flashes regarding relationships, creativity and finance, and stand ready to make adjustments in these areas as well.
        A Sun-Jupiter square can fire up plenty of energy, but can also invoke an excessive sense of grandeur. Be careful not to over-extend yourself!
        With both Venus and the Sun in Leo, the effects of these transits can be dramatic. Don't play to the cheap seats it doesn't serve your cause.


8/2 (Tue). Mercury retrograde begins at 11:50 pm, ending on 8/26 at 6:03 pm. If possible, avoid starting major new initiatives or making major purchases under this energy. Otherwise something significant may have to be redone down the line. Also pay special attention to travel details, communications, and technology, and be sure to back up your important data!
        This is an excellent time for reflection -- especially, this time around, on spiritual union and divinely inspired creativity. (Mercury tightly opposes Neptune as it stations.) Mercury retrograde is also great for making repairs and completing existing projects.


8/3 (Wed). Mars enters Cancer today and stays through 9/18. You can either fight with your family, or actively radiate nurturing and compassion to all who come within your orbit.
        Mars also trines Neptune, easing the way for action in the areas of spirituality, divinely inspired creativity and acting as a conduit for divine light and love.

8/4 (Thu). Neptune finishes its first foray into Pisces today, returning to Aquarius through 2/3/12. Take advantage of this encore presentation of spiritual experimentation, breakthroughs in divine consciousness and inspired creativity.

8/5 (Fri). Your awareness of the importance financial, creative and relational issues in your life may be amplified with Venus square Jupiter. Your ability to see practical, mature responses to them is supported by a Sun-Saturn sextile.

8/7 (Sun). Venus, tracking close behind the Sun, makes her own sextile to Saturn today. This supports creative productivity, clearheaded thinking about finances and a pragmatic approach to relationships.

8/8 (Mon). Mercury enters Leo today for an unusually long stay, through 9/8. (Its month-long residency is because it's currently retrograde, and will turn direct in Leo.) This is a great energy for creative expression, especially forms such as writing, speaking and singing which involve words.
        Mercury also opposes Neptune today, increasing the flow of divinely inspired creativity and making it easy for the mind to receive intuitive input.

8/9 (Tue) & 8/11 (Thu). Be careful with the volatile energies crackling through the week of August 8! Cancerian Mars squares Uranus on Tuesday and opposes Pluto on Thursday. To avoid accidents or violence, within your family or out in the world, act mindfully and steer clear of unstable people and situations. (Mars' Tuesday trine to Chiron, the wounded healer, adds yet another cautionary note here.)
        Harness this energy for the good by acting immediately on your intuitive flashes. These energies can also be positively expressed with exercise, sports, high-side sex, and expressing your inner leader or warrior. Mentoring and healing are supported by the trine to Chiron. And if Pluto calls for transformation in your life, embrace it!

8/13 (Sat). The August Full Moon shines forth at 2:57 PM (20°41' Aquarius). If you're not completely “full-filled” with your individuation, uniqueness, ingenuity, “weird factor” and humanitarian service, then make appropriate adjustments. Also note how you're balancing your individual needs with those of others, since Venus tightly opposes the Moon.
        This Full Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “A woman disappointed and disillusioned, courageously facing a seemingly empty life.” Far from being negative, this symbol portrays that essential period in the awakening process when one can finally break free of false beliefs. Many people can only envision a matchbox future, tragically compressed, excessively planned and seemingly destined. This woman faces a refreshingly clear and unbounded vista, with sufficient silence to hear her intuitive guidance's infallible wisdom. May we all be fortunate enough to reach this point in the journey!

8/16 (Tue). A rare triple conjunction of the Sun, Mercury and Venus occurs today between 23 and 24 degrees of Leo. Bring positive focus to anything near those degrees in your horoscope! With the planets of creative expression, communication and shining forth into the world in the sign of the spotlighted performer, it's a fabulous time to strut your stuff! This is also great energy for relaxing and having fun.

8/18 (Thu). There's plenty of primal juice available with Mars sextile Jupiter. With Mars in Cancer, it's a great time to get stuff done around the house!

8/20 (Sat). There's plenty of creative inspiration in the air with Leonine Venus biquintile Uranus. You might even catch an insight about relationships or finance!

8/21 (Sun). It's a Venus kind of day! Her opposition to Neptune opens the gates for divine union, creative inspiration and connecting with the divine in others. Her semi-square to Saturn allows all this to have practical grounding. And her entry into Virgo, through 9/14, makes it easier to take a practical approach to creativity, relationships and money.
        The urge for altered states may be insistent, with Venus opposing Neptune today and the Sun opposing Neptune tomorrow. Drugs, alcohol and escapism may beckon, but the natural highs mentioned above – spiritual union and expressing divinely inspired creativity – are far more satisfying. Experience ecstasy now with this invocation: “Spirit, please saturate me with the maximum amount of bliss that serves my highest need, right now. Thank you.” Say it, passively observe your breathing, and feel what happens! (For more on this and other "Ask and Receive" invocations, click here.)


8/22 (Mon). The second paragraph of the 8/21 forecast, regarding the urge for altered states, applies just as much today with the Sun opposing Neptune. Click here for a refresher!


8/23 (Tue). The Sun transits Virgo today through 9/23, radiating the energy of precision, service, health and humility.

8/24 (Wed). Observe your relationships carefully today (Venus opposing Chiron and quincunxing Uranus) and tomorrow (Venus trine Pluto). If your buttons are getting pushed, invite Spirit in to heal the areas where you feel disharmony within yourself. With Venus in Virgo, it can be easier to see the details and patterns of your relationships now. What paradigm shifts and transformations would help them? Even in your best relationships, how can you experiment and shake up old patterns? You can apply this thinking to your finances and creativity too!

        What obsolete structures in your life have outlived their usefulness? With Saturn sesquiquadrate Neptune, it's a good time to let them go. Saturn-Neptune aspects also empower the Law of Attraction.


8/25 (Thu). There can be a sense of struggling against a difficult obstacle with Mars square Saturn. With Mars in Cancer (family) and Saturn in Libra (relationships), this could be taking place in your home, or might involve relatives. Yesterday's advice on relationships might help. Mars-Saturn aspects can also be very productive, with lots of fuel for the long haul!
        Mars also aspects Neptune today (a sesquiquadrate), further energizing any Law of Attraction work you might be doing.
        Today's Venus-Pluto trine is discussed in yesterday's interpretation.

8/26 (Fri). Mercury, retrograde since 8/2, turns direct today at 6:03 pm. Ideally, wait at least until 8/29, after the New Moon, to begin important new undertakings.
        Today's Sun-Chiron opposition is discussed in tomorrow's entry.


8/27 (Sat). The Sun is aspecting outer planets like clockwork right now! It opposed Chiron yesterday, quincunxes Uranus today and trines Pluto tomorrow. This can manifest as transpersonal forces working on the ego. With the Chiron opposition, even the best relationships can stimulate old wounds: this technique can help release them quickly. Intuitive flashes stimulated by the Uranus quincunx may call for adjustments that the ego resists, but in my book intuition trumps ego every time. And tomorrow's Sun-Pluto trine, while calling for transformation, will also make change relatively easy to accomplish!

8/28 (Sun). August's New Moon occurs today at 11:04 PM (5°27' Virgo). The next two weeks are a good time for new beginnings in health, assisting others, revising systems and procedures and learning “sufficient perfectionism.”
        Additional themes include bringing healing to key relationships (the Moon conjuncts Venus and opposes Chiron) and opening to an easy flow of abundance (the Moon is in a grand trine configuration with expansive Jupiter and wealth-giving Pluto!). And connecting to Spirit more deeply is emphatically highlighted with the Moon opposing Neptune!
        This New Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “A merry-go-round.” To me, this symbol both acknowledges the “amusement park” nature of human existence in Maya's illusory realm, and points out that we can have a great time while we're here! Understanding that the physical plane is fundamentally a mirage, and that we are each a deathless spiritual being choosing to have this extraordinary human experience, can help us relax and put the “merry” back in merry-go-round!


8/30 (Tue).
With Venus trine Jupiter, your attention may be drawn to relationship issues and opportunities that can benefit from your attention. Observe them well while they're magnified. This aspect can also bring financial opportunity and creative inspiration!
        Jupiter is retrograde today thru Christmas Day, empowering long-term reflection on the meaning of your life journey -- and how to experience more abundance, joy and celebration!

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July 2011 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

HEADLINES

7/1, Solar Eclipse (New Moon)
7/2, Jupiter sextile Chiron
7/7, Jupiter trine Pluto
7/9, Uranus retrograde
7/15, Full Moon
7/23, Sun enters Leo
7/30, New Moon

THE STORY SO FAR. Retrogrades: Pluto thru 9/16, Neptune thru 11/9, Chiron thru 11/10

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here. 

7/2, 1:38 am - 5:44 pm (Leo)
7/4, 12:18 am - 9:17 pm (Virgo)
7/5, 8:20 pm – 7/6, 11:55 pm (Libra)
7/8, 2:30 am – 7/9, 2:33 am (Scorpio)
7/10, 9:06 am – 7/11, 5:48 am (Sagittarius)
7/12, 8:21 am – 7/13, 10:15 am (Capricorn)
7/15, 2:40 am - 4:32 pm (Aquarius)
7/17, 8:24 am – 7/18, 1:14 am (Pisces)
7/20, 7:15 am - 12:27 pm (Aries)
7/23, 12:12 am – 1:00 am (Taurus)
7/25, 9:12 am - 12:36 pm (Gemini)
7/27, 8:36 pm - 9:13 pm (Cancer)
7/28, 7:04 pm – 7/30, 2:17 am (Leo)

7/1 (Fri). From an astronomical perspective, today's partial solar eclipse at 4:54 AM (09°12' Cancer) is no big deal. According to NASA's website, “This Southern Hemisphere event is visible from a D-shaped region in the Antarctic Ocean south of Africa (see graphic). Such a remote and isolated path means that it may very well turn out to be the solar eclipse that nobody sees.” But astrologically, it's an entirely different story!
       
This lunation is first and foremost a New Moon in Cancer. This supports new beginnings in home, family, nurturing and working with unconscious material for several months to come.
        The aspects to this eclipse could hardly be more intense! The conjoined Moon and Sun form one corner of a Grand Cross aspect pattern (which peaks today and is active 6/26 thru 7/3). The luminaries form a 180° opposition to Pluto, and also make two 90° squares to Saturn and Uranus. This signals that it's time for traditions and systems that have stagnated to be retired and replaced with revolutionary new approaches. This is especially true in the Cancerian areas mentioned above: home, family and the unconscious.
        CORRECTION: I originally gave the wrong Sabian Symbol for this eclipse, and apologize for the error. The correct Sabian Symbol is,
"A large diamond in the first stages of the cutting process.”


7/2 (Sat). There's a lot going on today! Confused communication is a possibility with Mercury quincunx Neptune, so make sure you're understanding and being understood. However, this aspect also supports mental adjustments that will help you more easily receive a constant flow of intuitive guidance and bliss!
        If more challenges than usual seem to be coming your way (Sun square Saturn), resolve to meet them with increased discipline and persistence.
        On a more flowing note, spiritual healing and inspired mentoring are strongly supported for another three weeks with Jupiter sextile Chiron.
        Finally, Mercury is in Leo through 7/28, supporting creative expression through writing, speaking and singing.

7/4 (Mon). Venus is in Cancer today through 7/28. This supports relating with your family, and enjoying healing, nurturing exchanges with others as well.
        On Independence Day, the cosmos are set up for you to declare independence from the illusion of being an isolated human! Connecting with your divine source, and the divine in others, can flow easily, thanks to a Venus-Neptune trine. (This aspect is also excellent for abundant creative inspiration.) Plus, your mind will be more open to the clear certainty of intuitive guidance and dynamic creative expression with Leonine Mercury trine Arian Uranus.

7/5 (Tue). Be mindful of your words, and the unspoken energy behind them. This is due to three challenging Mercury aspects, all happening today: a quincunx to Chiron, a square to Jupiter and a quincunx to Pluto! Even if speaking the truth, strive to do so in a way that makes your insights easy for others to receive. If the mental energy gets too intense, you can always chill out in the intuitive, trans-mental realm by using this simple technique.

7/6 (Wed). President Obama recently tapped into the US Strategic Oil Reserves. With Mars trine Saturn, you'll have plenty of your own reserve power on tap. It could be Energizer Bunny time, and Mars is in Gemini, so have a wide variety of projects ready to tackle!

7/7 (Thu). The potential for favorable financial outcomes peaks with Jupiter (expansion) trine Pluto (great wealth), but is strong all month because these are slower-moving planets. With Jupiter in Taurus, this same aspect can also enhance sensuality and help you unearth the roots of any challenging self-esteem issues.
        Finances can sometimes go to one extreme or the other with Venus square Uranus, so be sure to follow your intuitive flashes! Relationships and creativity can also receive exciting paradigm shifts under this aspect.

7/8 (Fri).
Observe your important relationships closely now. With Venus trine Chiron and opposing Pluto today, and making other significant aspects on Thursday and Saturday, chances are good that both the strengths and weaknesses in your significant relationships will be magnified. This can help you determine whether a specific relationship meets the cultivated, healed or released. (Ditto for creativity and finance.)

7/9 (Sat). Luck can be amplified when the two classic benefics – Venus and Jupiter – connect with a harmonious aspect such as today's sextile. Taken in context with all the other Venus aspects going on the last couple of days, this also can create a significant amplification of whatever's going on with your relationships, creativity and finance.
        Mental focus and disciplined performance are supported with Leonine Mercury sextile Saturn.
        Uranus turns retrograde today and continues backpedaling through 12/10. Any significant points in your chart between 2° and 7° of the cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn can be strongly affected by this station. Especially in the life areas represented by these points, be open to revolutionary breakthroughs and be sure to follow your intuitive flashes!


7/10 (Sun).
Just hanging out with your family may provide you with unexpected inspiration with the Cancerian Sun quintile Jupiter.
 

7/11 (Mon). Harmonious mental stimulation and a potpourri of creative expression is in the air with Leonine Mercury sextile Geminian Mars.

7/13 (Wed). It's reality check time for relationships, money and creativity – especially within your family environment – with Cancerian Venus square Saturn. Does something need to be weeded out so you can improve your focus?

7/14 (Thu). Take immediate action on your intuitive flashes with Mars quintile Uranus. With Mars in Gemini and Uranus in Aries, this is also a great time to experiment and embrace unconventionality in your sex life.


7/15 (Fri).
A Full Moon shines forth at 2:40 AM (22°27' Capricorn). Take stock of how “full-filled” you are with the state of your job, career, calling and reputation, and how much much recognition you're receiving for your efforts.
        This Full Moon's
Sabian Symbol is, “A soldier receiving two awards for bravery in combat.” (There's some recognition!) Capricorn can be about toeing the line and not rocking the boat. Do you have the bravery to combat the pressures of conformity? There are abundant rewards for following your passions, natural talents and inner guidance!

7/17 (Sun). Divinely inspired creativity and connection with Source are made easier by a Sun-Neptune biquintile.

7/20 (Wed). Artists, dancers, musicians and other channelers of creativity can thrive under an inspiring Venus-Jupiter qunitile.

7/22 (Fri). Another inspiring quintile – this time between Saturn and the Sun – supports the smooth manifestation of your visions.

7/23 (Sat). The Sun transits Leo today thru 8/23, radiating the energy of leadership, “strutting your stuff,” playfulness, risk-taking, and enjoying some well-deserved R&R.

        A craving for experience that transcends five senses and three dimensions can be strong with a Sun-Neptune quincunx. It was once true that “liquor is quicker,” but now you can invoke the ecstasy of your divine presence even faster with this simple “Ask and Receive” process! Keeping to high-side Neptune expressions (divine union, energy channeling and creative expression) can also minimize its dark-side manifestations of confusion and lethargy.

        The two most creatively inspiring planets – Venus and Neptune – are joined by a magical biquintile. Sing, muse, sing!

7/24 (Sun). All things Martian are stimulated for several days with Mars semi-square Jupiter. To avoid anger, impetuousness and violence, focus on exercise, athletics, positive initiation and healthy sexuality.
 

7/25 (Mon). Easier receptivity to intuitive flashes, as well as juiced-up creativity, are available with Leonine Mercury biquintile Uranus.

7/26 (Tue). A Uranus-Chiron semi-sextile could activate old wounds, even in a shocking or unexpected way. This is a blessing in disguise if you use this powerful invocation to have Spirit immediately heal whatever comes up. This aspect also supports spiritual healing and awakening, as well as breakthroughs in your ability to receive inner intuitive guidance. And it remains strong for many months to come!


7/27 (Wed). Relax and let your natural genius, stimulated by a Sun-Uranus trine, flow into all that you do. The same wounding/healing vibe described on 7/26 is accented by a Sun-Chiron quincunx, while the subtle refinement of relational, creative and financial issues is energized by a Venus-Chiron biquintile.

7/28 (Thu). Venus pulls a triple today! Her transit of Leo thru 8/21 will make it easier to strut your creative stuff – just don't let it inject any “drama queen” energy into your relationships! Her Saturn quintile is excellent for getting productive with your creative output, while her Neptune quincunx could be inspiring – as long as it doesn't space you out!
        We also have another sign entry today: Mercury enters Virgo for an unusually brief stay. (Mercury returns to Leo on 8/8, after going retrograde on 8/2 at 11:50 pm.) While Mercury is in Virgo, mental precision and a focus on service will be empowered.
        Finally, a Sun-Pluto quincunx asks us to make whatever adjustments are needed to abet our evolution. With the Sun in Leo, this can also energize creative expression big-time!

7/29 (Fri). Try to avoid making important decisions now, since the potential for mental confusion is strong with a Mercury-Neptune opposition. However, internal spiritual work can be very rewarding!

7/30 (Sat). July's second New Moon is at 2:40 PM (07°15' Leo). New beginnings in benevolent leadership, creative performance and appropriate relaxation are supported.
        This lunation receives numerous intense aspects, including a conjunction with Venus, a trine from Uranus, and a square from Jupiter. Most significantly, the Sun and Moon form the tip of a yod (“Finger of God”) aspect, with Chiron and Pluto on the "back end". All of this can add up to a sense of urgency around relationships (Venus). As much as possible, make sure the people you're spending time with are supporting your positive transformation (Pluto) and personal breakthroughs (Uranus).
        This New Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “An activist is stirring up discontent by spreading his revolutionary ideals.” If this sounds like you, remember that virtually all the people now revered in the history books were reviled when they first proposed their breakthroughs!


7/31 (Sun). If any relationship buttons get pushed about now, it could be a Venus-Chiron quincunx conspiring to make you aware of which psychic wounds most need your attention. (Did you try that healing invocation mentioned on 7/26?) It might be helpful to focus on Chiron's other qualities, such as mentoring and healing.
 

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June 2011 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

HEADLINES

6/1  Solar Eclipse (New Moon)
6/3 Neptune turns retrograde
6/4 Jupiter enters Taurus
6/8 Chiron turns retrograde
6/8 Jupiter sextile Neptune
6/12 Saturn turns direct
6/15 Lunar Eclipse (Full Moon)
6/21 Sun enters Cancer
6/28 Mars square Chiron

THE STORY SO FAR. Retrogrades: Saturn thru 6/12; Pluto Rx thru 9/16

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here. 

6/3, 4:09 am - 4:37 am (Cancer)
6/5, 1:34 am - 11:04 am (Leo)
6/7, 11:27 am - 3:35 pm (Virgo)
6/9, 10:24 am - 6:32 pm (Libra)
6/11, 4:05 am - 8:35 pm (Scorpio)
6/13, 1:44 pm - 10:40 pm (Sagittarius)
6/15, 11:31 pm – 6/16, 2:00 am (Capricorn)
6/18, 4:08 am - 7:49 am (Aquarius)
6/20, 4:23 pm - 4:47 pm (Pisces)
6/21, 10:51 pm – 6/23, 4:25 am (Aries)
6/24, 6:07 pm – 6/25, 4:54 pm (Taurus)
6/27, 12:25 pm – 6/28, 3:57 am (Gemini)
6/30, 3:33 am - 12:14 pm (Cancer)

6/1 (Wed). June opens quite dramatically, with a solar eclipse! This “New Moon on steroids” occurs at 5:03 PM at 11°01' Gemini.
        For starters, new beginnings in learning and communication are supported for the next six months. Your efforts are also blessed by enhanced persistence and ease of accomplishment, thanks to a tight trine to the eclipse from Saturn. This will be especially true if you make good use of the loose square from Chiron by bringing about healing and seeking out wise counsel where appropriate.

        Solar eclipse paths often show where significant world events will take place, or have recently occurred. This eclipse covers the far northern latitudes, including parts of Canada, China, Greenland, Iceland, Japan, Norway and North Korea. Japan's continuing nuclear crisis and Iceland's most recent volcanic eruption are two examples that come to mind.

       
This lunation's Sabian Symbol is
A black slave-girl demands her rights of her mistress.” Most of us are enslaved only by our limited thinking, and are in fact entitled to a vast cornucopia of rights: extraordinary abundance on all levels, unlimited divine consciousness, and the moment-by-moment guidance of our own intuitive wisdom. And all that's required to “demand” these rights is to simply ask Spirit for them and allow them in!

6/2 (Thu). Mercury enters Gemini, one of its two home signs, thru 6/16. This empowers learning and communication of all kinds!
        There's also a “Quintile Yod,” effective June 1-4, which peaks today. This triangle, formed by one quintile (72°) and two biquintiles (144°), empowers divinely inspired creativity and spiritual connection. One interpretation of the planets involved – Mars and Chiron, with Saturn in the “power position” – is that a good way to work with any old psychological wounds (Chiron) coming up right now is to take a persistent “Energizer Bunny” approach (Mars is in Taurus). This can result in a more harmonious new structure for them (Saturn in Libra).

6/3 (Fri). If your fuzzy seems thinking ;-) while Mercury squares Neptune, try leading with your intuition instead. Which decision feels right?
        Neptune turns retrograde today for over five months, thru 11/9. Since Neptune is reversing course around 1° Pisces, and planets are most powerful when stationing (changing direction), anything in your chart very early in mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) or very late in fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) is getting a major hit of Neptunian force. If tempted to indulge an addiction or become an “escape artist” (spending excessive time in fantasy land), remember that Neptunian energy also loves life-affirming activities such as meditation, channeling creative inspiration and flowing love and light to others.

6/4 (Sat). A significant astrological event – Jupiter's entry into Taurus – occurs on 6/4. For the next 12 months, all things Taurean will be amplified so that you can see what's really going on and make appropriate adjustments. These include money, personal resources, sensuality, nature, persistence and “just being.”
        With Mercury sextile Uranus, enhanced receptivity to intuitive flashes and original thinking are also strong.

6/5 (Sun). If any suffering arises, can you see that it is not the situation, but your thoughts about it, that are the cause? Can you practice “loving what is,” as Byron Katie teaches, so that situations lose their negative emotional charge? Two Mercury aspects raise these thoughts: a square to Chiron and a quincunx to Pluto.

6/7 (Tue). It's a great time to brainstorm for great business ideas – as well as practical solutions in all areas – as Mercury trines Saturn.

6/8 (Wed). Chiron turns retrograde today thru 11/10. Reflection on the areas in which you would benefit from healing and/or mentoring – or how you can heal or mentor others – is supported. If a situation brings up a negative charge in you, try this "Ask and Receive" technique to dissolve it in record time!
        Achieving “the marriage of Heaven and Earth” in your life is supported all month, but especially now as Taurean Jupiter sextiles Piscean Neptune. Ask to receive spiritual bliss and intuitive guidance as you go about your daily doings – the results may surprise you! Manifesting what you desire through the Law of Attraction also has special support this month, since Neptune and Pisces rule visualization, Jupiter is a natural amplifier, and Taurus rules that which is physical and tangible.

6/9 (Thu). A sesquiquadrate (135° angle) between Taurean Mars and Capricornian Pluto could boost sexual desire, anger or prodigious productivity. Which of these you experience depends on where you focus your attention!
        Venus enters Gemini today, where she remains thru 7/3. This placement supports communication in relationships and variety in creative expression.

6/10 (Fri). Make sure you're not harboring delusions about important relationships. At the same time, the potential for soul-deep blending with those you love is enhanced. Both possibilities come courtesy of a Venus-Neptune square.
        A Mercury-Uranus quintile can potentiate a magical connection between your rational mind and your intuitive flashes from Source. Are you asking your inner wisdom what you should do? And are you following its guidance when it lets you know?

6/12 (Sun). Learning and communication get extra support as the Sun conjunct Mercury.
        Intuitive flashes are available to guide you in relationships, creativity and finance as Venus sextiles Uranus.

        Finally, Saturn turns direct at 11:52 pm. This is a generally auspicious time to start moving ahead with any new structures or business plans you've been contemplating. Since this is occurring at 10° Libra, any sensitive points in your chart from 7-13° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) are receiving an extra-long dose of Saturnian force. Should any challenges arise, face them with the upside Saturnian qualities of good planning, persistence and discipline!

6/13 (Mon). Are people close to you “pushing your buttons” right about now? Be grateful – with Venus square Chiron, they're just showing you where there's an opportunity to do healing work on yourself. Otherwise, you wouldn't have become irritated in the first place!
        To accomplish this healing on your own with maximum speed and ease, click here.
        Today marks the peak of an intense T-square, with Saturn, Uranus and Pluto forming a triangle made of squares and oppositions. Active from 5/13 through 7/21, the key message of this aspect pattern is to let go of all structures that no longer serve the highest need of all concerned. Your intuitive flashes will show you what new paradigms can best replace them.

6/14 (Tue). With Taurean Mars sesquiquadrate Saturn, there may be some tension between the desire to get something rolling and the amount of inertia you must overcome. If your goal is worthwhile, determined persistence can be the key to success.
        What adjustments are needed in your relationships, creative pursuits and finances? What do you need to release in order to maximize your power and wealth in these areas? These are good questions to ponder and act upon as Venus quincunxes Pluto.


6/15 (Wed). A total Lunar Eclipse obscures the Full Moon on 6/14 at 4:14 PM, at 24°23' Sagittarius. (Unfortunately, it will not be visible in North America.) For the next six months, take stock of how you're doing in the archetypal journey from student to sage, living life as an adventurous journey, experiencing and learning from foreign points of view, and embracing joy and celebration. With Mercury opposing the Moon, also check in on how you're doing with your learning and communication.
        This eclipse occurs just 3° from the Galactic Center. This highlights the part of the sky from which, according to the ancient Mayans, new creation energies pour forth. This currently includes the uplifting energy of the new Golden Age. The Mayans call this new era the “Age of Flowers” – how bad can that be?

        This lunation's Sabian Symbol is, “A chubby little rich boy rides upon a hobbyhorse.” This could be seen as an image of innocent childhood play, or a metaphor for a spoiled society losing itself in escapist fantasies. If the latter, the tides of history would seem to show that it's time to awaken from our immature delusions. There are far greater joys than those provided by excessive consumption!

6/16 (Thu). Mercury is in Cancer today through 7/1. How much can you allow the energy of nurturing and healing to permeate your communications?

6/17 (Fri). Mercury trines Neptune and sextiles Jupiter today, predisposing the mind to divine inspiration, spiritual awareness and an optimistic outlook.
        Today marks the peak of a T-square, consisting of Mercury, Uranus and Pluto, which is effective 6/16-18. If old mental patterns and beliefs are being shaken up, could it be because Spirit is trying to replace them with truer and more helpful ways of thinking? My clients tell me that their intuitive flashes (Uranus' way of communicating) have never misled them – have you followed yours lately?

6/18 (Sat). A Venus-Saturn trine encourages a practical, systematic approach to relationships, creativity and finance.
        Today's Mercury-Uranus square is part of the T-square described in the 6/17 entry.

6/19 (Sun). It's a great time for your mind to engage with a mentor or healer – or perform these services yourself – with Mercury trine Chiron.
        Today's Mercury-Pluto opposition is part of the T-square described in the 6/17 entry.

6/20 (Mon). Mars is in Gemini
today thru 8/2, firing up learning and communication.
        Today marks the peak of a Grand Cross, which is active 6/19-21. Three of its corners consist of the Pluto-Uranus-Saturn T-square discussed on 6/13, while Mercury holds down the fourth corner of the cross. The basic meaning of the T-square, revolutionary transformation of outmoded structures, is unchanged. The addition of Mercury suggests learning, thinking and communication as an ideal focus area for these activities. With Mercury in Cancer, consider focusing this energy into how you deal with your own family.

6/21 (Tue). The Sun is in Cancer 6/21 thru 7/22, radiating the energy of nurturing, healing, and emotional sensitivity.
        Believing your own thoughts can be a dangerous habit! With Mercury square Saturn, reality check your beliefs – not only for veracity, but for practicality and relevance to your goals.

6/22 (Wed). It's a great time to take a variety of actions to fulfill your visions, with Geminian Mars square Neptune. Just be careful that your dream isn't a delusion! Activities that bring spiritual energy into physical activities also receive abundant support under this transit.
        The Sun is also trine Neptune today, which is ideal for spiritual union activities, manifesting your creative inspiration and flowing divine love and light to others.
        Creativity gets an additional boost with Venus quintile Uranus, which can also bring helpful intuitive flashes regarding relationships and finance.
        A Sun-Uranus-Pluto T-square peaks today, and is active 6/19-25. What revolutionary transformations of your ego are you being intuitively prompted to manifest?

6/24 (Fri). Writers rejoice: your muse should be singing loud and clear under a Mercury-Jupiter quintile! In fact, communications of all kinds may have a magical quality.

6/25 (Sat). Feelings of expansiveness, joy and exuberance are common with a Sun-Jupiter sextile.

6/26 (Sun). You'll feel energized by following your intuitive flashes under a Sun-Uranus square, but may feel nervous and angry if you don't! A Mars-Jupiter semi-sextile can boost your physical vitality, so get out and burn some energy!
 

6/27 (Mon). With the Sun trine Chiron, be mindful of opportunities for mentoring or healing – whether you're the giver or the recipient.
        It's an especially good time to take immediate action on your intuitive flashes with Mars sextile Uranus. Also notice whether your actions are authentic expressions of your unique qualities.

6/28 (Tue). Ready for an intense Tuesday? You've got it, thanks to three high-powered transits!
        We open with a Sun-Pluto opposition, radiating the energy of deep transformation. With the Sun in Cancer, examine what needs release, transformation or empowerment in your family structures.
        A Jupiter-Uranus semi-sextile is next in line, with Jupiter amplifying Uranus' energy of revolutionary paradigm shift. This energy can also help you accomplish breakthroughs within your existing spiritual path, or help you break out of a religious structure that no longer serves your highest need.
        With Jupiter in sensual Taurus and Uranus in sexual Aries, experimentation and breakthroughs in these areas is also supported. (An example would be discovering the night-and-day difference between “normal” sex and sacred tantric lovemaking!) This Jupiter-Uranus semi-sextile is a longer-lasting aspect, which has been building for a month and will slowly diminish in intensity for a month more.

        Our final Tuesday aspect is a Mars-Chiron square. This aspect can trigger old wounds, especially emotional or psychological ones, so that they can finally be healed. (For a free, simple DIY technique to rapidly facilitate this healing, click here.)

6/29 (Wed). To put the icing on the cake after yesterday's intense energies, the universe offers us a Mars-Pluto quincunx! This aspect has been associated with sudden outbursts of long-simmering rage, so steer clear of volatile people and situations if possible. However, with Mars in Gemini, you can make good use of this energy by taking a variety of actions to make the adjustments needed for your own transformation. Or how about a playful lovemaking session devoted to experimenting with new techniques?
        Here's some big-picture advice for dealing with the last four days of June. The more you embrace transformation, the less you'll experience anger. The more you call in Spirit to handle your healing, the less you'll suffer. And the more you follow your intuitive flashes, the clearer your path will be.

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May 2011 Forecast

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

HEADLINES

5/1  Mars conjunct Jupiter
5/3  New Moon in Taurus
5/11  Venus/Jupiter/Mercury triple conjunction
5/17  Full Moon in Scorpio
5/20  Mars and Mercury trine Pluto; Mercury conjunct Mars
5/21  Sun enters Gemini
5/23  Venus-Mars conjunction

THE STORY SO FAR. Retrogrades: Saturn thru 6/12; Pluto Rx thru 9/16

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here. 

5/1, 11:21 am – 5/2, 2:00 am (Taurus)
5/3, 2:51 am – 5/4, 1:11 pm (Gemini)
5/6, 4:13 pm - 10:33 pm (Cancer)
5/9, 2:53 am - 5:37 am (Leo)
5/11, 3:04 am – 10:00 am (Virgo)
5/12, 10:52 pm – 5/13, 11:58 am (Libra)
5/15, 12:02 pm - 12:33 pm (Scorpio)
5/17, 7:09 am - 1:24 pm (Sagittarius)
5/19, 10:18 am - 4:17 pm (Capricorn)
5/21, 5:05 pm - 10:33 pm (Aquarius)
5/24, 3:41 am - 8:25 am (Pisces)
5/25, 2:15 pm – 5/26, 8:38 pm (Aries)
5/29, 6:28 am - 9:03 am (Taurus)
5/31, 11:38 am - 7:58 pm (Gemini)
 

5/1 (Sun). Physicality, sexuality and high-energy activity receive a major rev-up around the 1st with the triple conjunction of Mars, Jupiter and the Moon. The urge to start something new may feel overwhelming, but postpone major new projects until after the New Moon on the 3rd if at all possible!

5/2 (Mon). A quincunx of Saturn to the Taurean Sun may slow your momentum. Dogged persistence, combined with jujitsu-style adjustment, should get you moving forward again – assuming that you're engaged in appropriate action!

5/3 (Tue). May's New Moon arrives today at 2:51 AM (12°30' Taurus). New beginnings relating to sensuality, the natural world, the five senses, personal resources, self-esteem and “just being” are supported. This lunation's aspects suggest that you should be open to making adjustments to existing structures as you move forward (tight quincunx from Saturn), and be aware that releasing that which does not optimally serve you can open the door to increased wealth and power (loose trine from Pluto)!
        This New Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “A
Porter Carrying Heavy Baggage.” As you look at your own life situation, are there ways in which you can lighten up – physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually – so that you feel less burdened? (On a personal note, I'm currently selling, donating, recycling or discarding most of the things I don't really need, and the unburdening process feels great!)

        Divine inspiration is also in the air today, along with easier connection to Source, thanks to a Sun-Neptune qunitile.

5/7 (Sat). Stay open to inspiration around healing, mentoring and fine-tuning with the Sun quintile Chiron.

5/8 (Sun). Subtle inspirations that can help you with in the realms of productivity, maturity and responsibility can come to you more easily with a Sun-Saturn biquintile.

5/9 (Mon). Clear, direct communication within your important relationships is supported with Mercury conjunct Venus. This is happening in the volatile sign of Aries, so whatever the other person does, strive to keep your end of the conversation civil and respectful.

5/11 (Wed). This has the potential to be an unusually lucky day, since the two classic benefics – Venus and Jupiter – are conjunct! If exact timing is important, 10:42 AM is the magic moment when they come together. Actions initiated around this time, especially those that relate to relationships, money, creativity and communication, can benefit from this auspicious energy. (I list communication because this is actually a triple conjunction, which also includes Mercury!)
        Mars enters Taurus today, where it will remain thru 6/20. This lays down a productive background energy of energized persistence. Mars in Taurus is also great for relaxed, sensual loveplay which honors the entire body as an erogenous zone.

5/12 (Thu). With Taurean Mars sextile Neptune, it's a great time to take persistent action on your dreams and visions. This energy is also ideal for integrating subtle spiritual energy into your everyday physical activities.

5/15 (Sun). Matters relating to finance, creativity and relationships may benefit from a steady, deliberate approach today through 6/9 while Venus transits Taurus.
        Mercury also enters Taurus today, where it will remain thru 6/3, encouraging a steady, methodical, down-to-earth approach to learning and communication.
        This makes four personal planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars and the Sun – in Taurus thru 5/20. What an amazing time to focus on the Taurean qualities of sensuality, persistence, immersion in nature, enjoyment of fine cuisine, and being instead of doing!

5/16 (Mon).
With Mercury and Venus both sextile Neptune, you'll benefit by requesting intuitive guidance on matters that relate to our currently emphasized themes: relationships, money, creativity and communication. Then muster up the courage to follow it!
        Mercury and Venus are also conjunct in Taurus today. Harmonious communication is supported, especially if you take a calm, methodical approach.


5/17 (Tue). May's Full Moon shines forth today at 7:09 AM (26°13' Scorpio). Ask yourself how “full-filled” you are in the areas of personal transformation, occult practice, research and investigation, psychology and joining resources with others, and make appropriate adjustments.
        This Full Moon has the potential to be intense and challenging, since it receives perdominantly challenging aspects from most of the outer planets. But its very lack of subtlety makes it easy to identify the areas where you need to focus.
        Outdated structures (Saturn semi-square)? Repair or discard. Is something you don't truly need dissolving out of your life (Neptune square)? Let it go. Are you receiving instructions from your Higher Self (Uranus trine)? Follow them to the letter!
        This Full Moon's Sabian Symbol is,
A Military Band Marches Noisily On Through The City Streets.” One function of military bands is to generate excitement and support for aggressive campaigns, and there are plenty of those these days! Remember that you always have a choice whether to cheer on the parade – or maintain your peace and equilibrium as it passes by.

5/18 (Wed). Abundant, steady energy is available for mentoring and healing with Taurean Mars sextile Chiron.

5/19 (Thu). Mercury sextiles Chiron a day after Mars, amplifying opportunities for mentoring and healing.


5/20 (Fri). Chiron receives its third sextile in three days, this time from Venus. Mentoring and healing activities are reinforced even more strongly!
        When was the last time you and your lover took several hours just to adore and luxuriously stimulate every inch of each other's bodies? There's great energy for this with Taurean Mars trine Pluto. Or you could choose to get a whole lot of work done instead!
        Mercury is also trine Pluto today, smoothing the way for transformational, down-to-earth communication. (Or sweet whispers in your lover's ear...)
        There's a reason Mars and Mercury are both trine Pluto today: they're conjunct in Taurus! This can energize volatile communication, especially if your self-esteem or security feels threatened. But it can also positively energize communication, particularly around practical matters.


5/21 (Sat). The Sun is in Gemini 5/21 through 6/21, beaming the energies of learning, communication, playfulness, tricksterism, variety and verbosity.
        Sensual and erotic energy is once again in the air, with Taurean Venus trine Pluto. This aspect also supports financial abundance and creative inspiration.

5/22 (Sun). The more you tune into your intuition, the less likely it is that a Sun-Neptune square will catalyze illusion or deception in your life. On the high side, focusing on divine connection, creative inspiration and loving others unconditionally are strongly supported!

5/23 (Mon). With Venus and Mars conjunct in Taurus, giving energy to your important relationships will help solidify their foundations. If touch or sensuality are appropriate, be sure to include them. A “Steady Eddie” approach to money and creativity is also supported.
        At the same time, a Mercury-Saturn quincunx has the potential to bollix communication, so make sure that you're both understanding and being understood.

5/24 (Tue). Are there any unsound structures in your important relationships? With a Venus-Saturn quincunx, any that exist may come to your attention – providing wonderful opportunities to repair and strengthen worthwhile partnerships. If old psychological or emotional wounds are surfacing, are you calling on the divine to heal them for you?

5/25 (Wed). Intuitive flashes may be heating up with the Sun sextile Uranus, as well as an urge to individuate and serve the collective.
        If you feel your vitality waning, a simple adjustment may be all it takes to get a Mars-Saturn quincunx to energize you instead!

5/26 (Thu). Major creative inspiration is flooding the ethers, with Taurean Venus quintile Piscean Neptune. Extraordinarily, everything involved here – the planets, signs and aspect – support your muse! Connecting with your divine source, and feeling the divine glow in others, is also easier with this aspect.
        Perhaps your creative process will have a cathartic component, with a Sun-Chiron square potentially bringing up old emotional baggage.


5/28 (Sat). Thoughts, not circumstances, cause suffering: which habitual ways of thinking are causing you the most dis-ease? With the Geminian Sun quincunx Pluto, it's a great time to identify and adjust them!
        Ready to manifest some of your dreams and visions into reality? With Taurean Mars quintile Neptune, the time is right!

5/30 (Mon). Mentoring and healing – perhaps through body-centered modalities – is supported with Taurean Venus quintile Chiron. 

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The overall "cosmic weather" affecting everyone

April 2011

By Benjamin Bernstein

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

HEADLINES

4/2 Mars enters Aries
4/3 New Moon in Aries, Mars-Uranus conjunction

4/4 Neptune enters Pisces
4/9 Pluto retrograde
4/11 Mars square Pluto
4/17 Full Moon in Libra
4/18 Mars opposes Saturn
4/20 Sun enters Taurus
4/23 Mercury retrograde ends

THE STORY SO FAR. Retrogrades: Mercury thru 4/23; Saturn thru 6/12.

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

4/2, 12:52 am - 7:16:49 am (Aries)
4/4, 9:51 am - 7:47 pm (Taurus)
4/5, 7:03 pm – 4/7, 7:23 am (Gemini)
4/8, 10:24 pm – 4/9, 5:03 pm (Cancer)
4/11, 8:06 am - 11:39 pm (Leo)
4/13, 3:59 pm – 4/14, 2:42 am (Virgo)
4/15, 4:49 pm – 4/16, 3:00 am (Libra)
4/17, 10:45 pm – 4/18, 2:20 am (Scorpio)
4/20, 12:54 am - 2:51 am (Sagittarius)
4/21, 12:58 pm – 4/22, 6:26 am (Capricorn)
4/23, 8:14 pm – 4/24, 2:00 pm (Aquarius)
4/26, 7:28 am – 4/27, 12:59 am (Pisces)
4/27, 3:53 pm – 4/29, 1:35 pm (Aries)

4/2 (Sat). Mars enters Aries and will remain through 5/10, which puts five planets in that fiery sign throughout April. You can avoid Aries' dark side – anger, impatience, combativeness and impulsiveness – by focusing on its high-side qualities of initiation, positive sexuality, enlightened warriorship, boldness and courage.
        Also today, a Venus-Pluto sextile encourages positive transformation in relationships, creativity and finance; Pluto also provides plenty of raw power for you to use as you wish. With Venus in Pisces, ask for the flow of intuitive guidance in these three areas.

4/3 (Sun). April's New Moon occurs today at 10:32 AM (13°29' Aries). With six planets in Aries at this moment, new beginnings in the high-side Aries qualities mentioned above are especially supported! Aspects to this lunation suggest a powerful sense of new hope (Jupiter conjunction), tempered by a recognition of realistic limitations and responsibilities (Saturn opposition). Since Saturn and Jupiter are the two “social” planets, new projects that involve others get some extra juice.
        This New Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “A serpent coiling near a man and a woman.” The serpent, a Scorpionic animal, is associated with transformation, such as when the serpent sheds its skin. The serpent is also a metaphor for kundalini, which coils at the base of the spine until it spirals up to the top of the head during the enlightenment process. Man and woman can represent opposite polarities, which are transcended during awakening. All in all, a very hopeful symbol!
        A Mars-Uranus conjunction in Aries, also today, powerfully reinforces this New Moon's theme of new beginnings and powerful paradigm shifts. This high volatility combination is like rocket fuel: it can launch you to the stars or, if you're not careful, blow up in your face!
        Today's final significant aspect is a Sun-Saturn opposition, adding a helpful dose of maturity, responsibility and long-term planning to the current megadose of Arean impulsivity! If a significant obstacle stand in your way, consider whether it's time to call on your inner divine power to help you stand up to those opposing forces.

4/4 (Mon). A major astrological event – Neptune's entry into Pisces – occurs today. Neptune will remain in Pisces, its home sign (except for a few last months in Aquarius this fall and winter) for the next 14 years. Both Neptune and Pisces represent divine union, divinely inspired creativity, and unconditional love and compassion – all qualities that will be prominent in the Golden Age now unfolding, and which you can magnify your own life now!

4/6 (Wed). The conjunction of the Sun and Jupiter, which happens every 13 months, is always a time of expanded vitality and exuberance. Since it's occurring in Aries, it radiates even more energy and excitement. Plan some high-energy activities!

4/7 (Thu). Consider what adjustments are needed in your most important relationships as Venus quincunxes Saturn. With Venus in Pisces (divinely inspired creativity) and Saturn in Libra (personal creativity), focused creative effort may also be abundantly rewarded!

4/9 (Sat). Pluto turns retrograde today at 7°30' Capricorn. This is a great time to reflect on how you're using power. Is yours coming mainly from the ego level, or are you acting as a conduit for the infinitely more powerful flow available from your divine source? (You can tap into this divine power with my “Ask and Receive” guided invocations.) Have you noticed how everything you try to control also controls you, by requiring the expenditure of your valuable time and attention?
        Because planets are most powerful when changing directions, anything in your natal chart at or near 7° of the cardinal signs – Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra – is receiving an extra-powerful dose of Pluto's transformational energy. Voluntarily releasing all that does not serve you is the best strategy for receiving Pluto's gifts of wealth and power!
        The Sun and Mercury are also conjunct today, supporting learning and communication.
        Finally, a T-square begins today and runs for over three weeks, through 5/2. This is a triangular aspect pattern of growth through challenge, created by two opposing planets (180° apart) making a
90° square to a third planet. This T-square features a loose square between Saturn and Pluto. The aspect pattern is completed by Mars, Mercury and Venus trading places in Aries as they oppose Saturn and square Pluto.
        The main theme of this T-square is the destruction or recycling (Pluto) of old, outmoded structures (Saturn), like the caterpillar surrendering its body to fuel the birth of a beautiful butterfly. Letting go of everything that has outlived its usefulness, which creates space for new abundance and blessings, is an excellent strategy for the avoidance of suffering during this process!
 

4/11 (Mon). The week either side of today can be explosively volatile, since a Mars-Pluto square can be a “powder keg” aspect. Proceed with extreme caution and diligent mindfulness, and tread carefully around potentially dangerous people or situations. Harness this energy positively with new beginnings, joyful sexual expression, high-energy workouts and assertive action for worthy causes.
       
There's also a Mercury-Jupiter conjunction in Aries today, powerfully boosting learning and information sharing. This aspect could make it easy to get lost in your enthusiasm about what you're sharing. Given today's other aspect, be sure to notice how it's being received!

4/12 (Tue). Divinely inspired creativity gets a boost from today's Venus-Pluto quintile. Also be open to intuitive hits about relationships and finances.

There are no major aspects April 13-16.

4/17 (Sun). You may become aware of areas in which you can benefit from mentoring and healing around this time as Jupiter semi-squares Chiron. If you're the one providing the mentoring or healing, your abilities may enjoy a subtle boost.
        April's Full Moon shines forth today at 10:44 PM (
27°44' Libra). For starters, take stock of how you're doing with your relationships, creative expression, diplomatic skills and social life.
        This Full Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “A man becoming aware of spiritual forces surrounding and assisting him.” Key aspects to the Moon make this possible for each of us, especially a trine from Neptune, soft angles from the lunar nodes and a loose opposition from Jupiter. If you like, phrase this symbol as a request -- “Spirit, please make me aware of the spiritual forces surrounding and assisting me, to the greatest extent will serve my highest need” – then relax and see what happens!

4/18 (Mon). With Mars opposing Saturn, persevering against resistance may ultimately result in a strong wind at your back. But you will only benefit from this “Energizer Bunny Effect” if your efforts are focused in alignment with your highest needs, so be careful not to impulsively launch yourself against an unmovable obstacle! This effect is strong for about a week either side of this date.

4/19 (Tue). Take advantage of the strong mental stimulation provided by a Mars-Mercury conjunction -- just don't go to the dark side and use it to launch verbal attacks! With Mercury still retrograde thru 4/23, this energy is particularly good for reflection and planning.

4/20 (Wed). The Sun is in Taurus today through 5/20, radiating tranquility, sensuality, love of nature, and slow, steady accomplishment.
        The Sun also sextiles Neptune today, promoting easy connection between you and your higher self and the subtle energies in the world around you. This aspect can also be creatively inspiring!

4/21 (Thu). Venus is in Aries today through 5/15. Consider being more assertive and pioneering in your relationships, finances and creativity during this time. To avoid conflict in your relationships, channel your coupled energies more into passionate physical activities.

4/22 (Fri). Pay special attention to your relationships, creativity and finances during the last week and a half of April – Venus is making a series of potentially challenging aspects, starting with today's Uranus conjunction. If challenges and reality checks arise, ask for intuitive guidance in making the transformations that will serve the highest need all concerned. These Venus aspects are also part of the T-Square aspect pattern described in the last two paragraphs of the 4/9 entry.

4/23 (Sat). Mercury Retrograde ends today at 6:04 AM, opening the door for new projects. (All things being equal, however, new initiatives fare better during waxing moons – the next one begins on 5/3.)

4/24 (Sun). Mentoring and healing, whether you're the giver or the receiver, are strongly stimulated by a Sun-Chiron sextile.

4/27 (Wed). The second of those challenging Venus aspects I mentioned occurs today: a powerful Venus-Pluto square! See the 4/22 entry for details.
        The Sun trines Pluto today, making the release of what no longer serves you easier. This can also help you open to the flow of divine power and wealth!

4/30 (Sat). The third and final potentially challenging Venus aspect previously mentioned occurs today, as Venus opposes Saturn. Again, see the 4/22 entry for details.

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The overall "cosmic weather" affecting everyone

March 2011 Forecast

by Benjamin Bernstein  

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

HEADLINES

3/4. New Moon in Pisces
3/11. Uranus enters Aries
3/19. Full Moon in Virgo
3/20. Sun enters Aries; Spring Equinox
3/28. Jupiter opposes Saturn
3/30. Mercury Retrograde (thru 4/23)


THE STORY SO FAR:
Saturn is retrograde thru 6/12.

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

3/3, 9:37 am - 11:48 am (Pisces)
3/5, 11:34 pm – 3/6, 12:15 am (Aries)
3/8, 11:04 am - 12:54 pm (Taurus)
3/11, 12:26 am - 12:33 am (Gemini)
3/13, 9:11 am - 10:31 am (Cancer)
3/15, 6:06 am - 3:34 pm (Leo)
3/17, 4:00 pm - 4:55 pm (Virgo)
3/19, 2:11 pm - 4:05 pm (Libra)
3/21, 2:35 pm - 3:18 pm (Scorpio)
3/23, 4:08 pm - 4:47 pm (Sagittarius)
3/25, 9:25 pm - 9:59 pm (Capricorn)
3/27, 11:18 pm – 3/28, 7:01 am (Aquarius)
3/30, 6:22 pm - 6:39 pm (Pisces)
 

3/1 (Tue). You're more likely to receive strong intuitive flashes relating to relationships, finance and creativity as Venus sextiles Uranus. If your inner voice prescribes a paradigm shift in any of these areas, you'd be wise to follow doctor's orders!
        Venus also enters Aquarius today through 3/26, carrying these intuitive flash/paradigm shift energies forward for another 3-1/2 weeks.

3/2 (Wed). If today's Mercury-Saturn quincunx is handicapping your logical mind, take a hint from Mercury's Piscean placement and ask your intuition to guide your decision-making.

3/3 (Thu). Lots of vital energy is available with Piscean Mars sextile Capricornian Pluto, particularly for activities such as Law of Attraction work which integrate the spiritual and physical worlds. These planets also pack a strong sexual charge, so make sure that you and your sweetie set aside some special time for intimate connection or sacred sexual practice.

3/4 (Fri). March's New Moon occurs today at 3:46 pm (13° 55' Pisces). New beginnings in spiritual union practices, divinely inspired creativity and flowing divine energy to others are supported. This message is reinforced by the presence of six planets in Pisces!
        This New Moon's conjunction to Mars give extra power to new beginnings, and its conjunction to Mercury supports the learning and communication that will be part of the process. A quincunx to Saturn means that some extra effort and adjustment may be required to get your new initiatives up and rolling.
        This New Moon's Sabian Symbol, “
A Lady Wrapped In A Large Stole Of Fox Fur,” now carries an air of political incorrectness that postdates its creation. However, it still implies receptivity (the lady), abundance (the expensive stole) and security (the warmth the stole provides). This could speak of the abundant blessings that flow to those who remain receptive to Spirit, and the security that only a strong Spirit connection can provide.

3/6 (Sun). A Piscean Sun quincunx Saturn can be very productive, especially if you visualize the desired end result, stay flexible, and persevere through all obstacles.

3/9 (Wed). Your mind's ability to receive intuitive flashes is especially strong, thanks to a Mercury-Uranus conjunction. Be sure to ask Spirit for guidance on questions large and small, and have the courage to follow its guidance!
        Your mind may also be firing a bit faster than usual, since Mercury also enters Aries today. Its sojourn in this sign will last much longer than usual – through 5/15 – since the next Mercury retrograde (3/30 thru 4/23) will take place entirely within Aries. Verbal attacks are a dark-side manifestation of Arean Mercury, so strive to keep your speech true, helpful and kind.

3/10 (Thu). Good fortune flows more easily into relationships, finance and creativity as the two ancient benefics – Venus and Jupiter – form a powerful and harmonious sextile.

3/11 (Fri). A major astrological event – Uranus' entry into Aries – occurs today. This intiatiates a new 84-year journey through the zodiac for the planet of paradigm shift, revolution and sudden awakening. Since Aries is about new beginnings and strong starts, this is a powerful energy of powerful, rapid and unprecedented structural changes. And Uranus will transit Aries for for over seven years, so fasten your seat belts!

3/13 (Sun). You can probe deeply into hidden truths with Mercury square Pluto, but remain mindful of the distinction between fascination and obsession!

3/14 (Mon). With Mars quincunx Saturn, persevere if your actions seem to encounter initial resistance. At a certain point, that uphill climb can turn into a downhill coast!
       
Relationships, creativity and finance receive grounding and support with Venus trine Saturn.

3/15 (Tue). Mental energy is jazzed by a Mercury-Jupiter conjunction. It's a great time for learning and sharing information, but don't talk some poor soul's ear off!

3/18 (Fri). Communicating too forcefully could generate resistance, due to Mercury's opposition to Saturn. Don't compromise your core truths, but do try to express them diplomatically.

3/19 (Sat). March's Full Moon shines forth today at 2:10 pm (28°47' Virgo). Contemplate how “full-filled” you are with how you're serving, how your routines, systems and standard procedures are working, and your health.
        With this Full Moon opposing Uranus and quincunx Neptune, this lunation asks you to be open to intuitive flashes and paradigm shifts. And its square to the Nodes of the Moon suggests that you serve only in ways that bring you genuine fulfillment.
        The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is,
A Seeker After Occult Knowledge Is Reading An Ancient Scroll Which Illumines His Mind.” Just remember that, with the veils between worlds growing ever-thinner, this "scroll" is as likely to appear before your mind's eye as your physical ones! (Then again, in this internet age, that "scroll" could be what you're doing as you ingest esoteric wisdom from your computer screen!)

3/20 (Sun). Welcome the Spring Equinox as the Sun enters Aries at 7:21 PM, radiating the energy of initiation, sexuality, assertiveness and leadership.

3/21 (Mon). The Sun conjuncts Uranus just half a day after entering Aries, betokening a Spring season full of surprises, revolution and paradigm shifts. Be particularly open to intuitive flashes and paradigm shifts that help you be more true to yourself in the next few days.

3/24 (Thu). A Saturn-Neptune sesquiquadrate (a 135° minor hard angle), strong through 4/17, will help to dissolve all structures in your life that have outlived their usefulness. This energy can also empower your Law of Attraction work, so get busy visualizing!

3/26 (Sat). Connecting with the divine realms, the divine in others, and expressing your divinely inspired creativity are powerfully supported by a Venus-Neptune conjunction. Just be careful not to overidealize your beloved!

3/27 (Sun). Venus transits Pisces today through 4/20. Since Neptune and Pisces represent the same letter of the astrological alphabet, my comments on the Venus-Neptune conjunction on 3/26 also apply here.

3/28 (Mon). Embrace the challenge of personal transformation as the Sun squares Pluto – it will greatly empower you! But with the Sun in Aries, be careful not to let anger or impulsive sexuality get the better of you.
        Also today, a significant astrological event occurs: Jupiter opposing Saturn. This will be strong for several weeks. It calls for a harmonious balancing of expansion and contraction, enthusiasm and seriousness, adventurous new paths and still-useful traditions. With Jupiter in Aries and Saturn in Libra, also be sure to find a balance between your needs and the needs of others.

3/29 (Tue). With Venus conjunct Chiron, the time is right for the mentoring and healing of relationships, creativity and money issues.

3/30 (Wed). Mercury goes retrograde today at 4:47 pm, and turns direct again on 4/23 at 6:04 am. During this time, avoid starting major new projects, and be especially attentive to travel details, communication, and technology. Back up critical data!
        Mercury Retrograde is an excellent time to complete projects, make repairs, reflect and contemplate. Since this retrograde takes place entirely in Aries, reflect especially on initiation, sexuality, assertiveness and leadership.

        Also today, you can use a 45° Jupiter-Neptune semi-square to boost your spiritual consciousness, divinely inspired creativity and universal compassion. And with Jupiter in Aries, don't just think about these things – take action on them!

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The overall "cosmic weather" affecting everyone

February 2011 Detailed Forecast

by Benjamin Bernstein  

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

Your Sun Sign Has Not Changed! Despite recent assertions from certain incompletely educated astronomers, your Sun Sign is still the same, and Western astrology still works just fine. My brief article at http://itsallgoodastrology.com/articles.htm#signChange clarifies the situation.

HEADLINES

2/2  Aquarius New Moon
2/8  Chiron enters Pisces
2/13  South Node enters Gemini / North Node enters Sagittarius
2/18  Leo Full Moon; Sun enters Pisces
2/25  Jupiter square Pluto
2/27  Saturn sesquiquadrate Chiron

THE STORY SO FAR: Saturn is retrograde thru 6/12.

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

2/1, 2:32 pm - 6:23 pm (Aquarius)
2/4, 1:12 am - 5:25 am (Pisces)
2/6, 2:14 pm - 5:47 pm (Aries)
2/9, 2:31 am - 6:24 am (Taurus)
2/11, 2:27 pm - 5:22 pm (Gemini)
2/13, 10:20 pm – 2/14, 12:50 am (Cancer)
2/16, 2:07 am - 4:16 am (Leo)
2/18, 3:36 am - 4:40 am (Virgo)
2/20, 2:18 am - 4:02 am (Libra)
2/22, 3:35 am - 4:30 am (Scorpio)
2/24, 6:15 am - 7:47 am (Sagittarius)
2/26, 1:09 pm - 2:33 pm (Capricorn)
2/28, 11:04 pm – 3/1, 12:15 am (Aquarius)
 

2/2 (Wed). With Venus square Uranus, stay open to paradigm shifts and sudden awakenings in your relationships, finances and creativity.
        Venus is also sextile Neptune, energizing divine connection, soul blending with earthly inhabitants and divinely inspired creativity.

        Mercury is also connecting with Uranus, but by sextile. Be sure to ask your higher self's input whenever there's a decision to be made, since intuitive flashes come more easily under such aspects!
        To round off a very busy day, the New Moon at 9:31 pm (14°Aquarius) provides fresh energy for invention, genius, individuation, service to society and letting your freak flag fly! New Moons are always great for starting things, and this one's aspects – a conjunction from Mars and a trine from Saturn – make for a strong start and good perseverance.
        The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon, “A Train Entering a Tunnel,” gives the sense of plunging into something mysterious and unknown, very much like the times we now find ourselves in. Ultimately, our best choice is to barrel ahead and see what lies on the other side!

2/3 (Thu). If a relationship is in need of some healing, a flowing Venus-Chiron sextile can help. Fix-ups involving finance and creativity are also supported.
        These same areas of life can also be blessed with creative insights and stability, thanks to a
Venus-Saturn quintile.
        Mercury transits Aquarius 2/3 through 2/21, making it easier for sudden insights and strokes of genius to penetrate human brains.

2/4 (Fri). Today's Sun-Mars conjunction is like an astrological booster rocket – use it to help your New Moon projects surge forward! This is also great energy for leadership, sexuality and assertiveness.
        Venus also transits Capricorn today thru 3/1, which can help provide practicality, discipline and maturity in the areas of relationship, finance and creativity.

2/5 (Sat). Give yourself opportunities for innovative mental expansion with Aquarian Mercury sextile Jupiter!

2/6 (Sun). There's plenty of “steady as she goes” energy with both the Sun and Mars trine Saturn, so plan for productivity!
        And with Venus square Jupiter, anything requiring your attention in the areas of relationship, creativity and finance – whether it's opportunity or challenge – may become prominent.

2/8 (Tue). Chiron enters Pisces for a stay of over seven years today, giving long-term support for the energies of spiritual mentorship and divine healing. “Maverick” approaches to spirituality are also energized.

2/9 (Wed). Ready for a soul-deep connection with someone? If you're both willing and able, you can take both sexual and platonic relationships deep with Venus conjunct Pluto. This energy can also help you transform or release problematic relationships, as well as situations in the financial and creative realms.

2/11 (Fri). I do Western Astrology, not Mayan Astrology, but this information is too important not to include here.
        Depending on whom you believe, today may or may not be the beginning of the Ninth Wave of the Mayan Long Count Calendar. (Also depending on whom you believe, that calendar may end one cycle and start a new one -- the Age of Flowers -- on Oct. 28, 2011, rather than the Winter Solstice of 2012.) The Ninth Wave is the final and most accelerated period of universal evolution in the Long Count Calendar -- 20 times faster than the previous wave! -- and peaks a cycle lasting more than 5000 years.

        Carl Johan Calleman, one of the most respected authorities on the Mayan Calendar, initially proposed today as the beginning of the Ninth Wave. Later, based on new information, he revised its start date to March 11, 2011.
        Whether or not the Ninth Wave really begins today, a huge number of people believe that it does. Since consciousness shapes reality, this widespread belief could be enough to start manifesting its effects, even if the real start date is still a month away. As many of us are already experiencing, these effects include accelerated spiritual awakening, the destruction of outmoded structures (such as the current Arab democratic uprisings) and their replacement by more enlightened systems. The purpose of the Ninth Wave, according to Calleman, is to lift the entire universe into Unity Consciousness.

        As Calleman says in this excellent article about the Ninth Wave, we are being asked to "shift completely from asking for things for ourselves and what we as egos or individuals may want from 2011 to what our egos may do to serve the delivery of the divine plan. The ninth wave of unity would then be calling for a complete shift in our way of being, to manifesting unity consciousness, which is the intended end result of the cosmic plan. If this is to happen, it may also call for extraordinary cosmic energies to fulfill the cosmic plan. In fact, maybe the ninth wave will be a Judgment Day that will save the world."

        For another article by Calleman, about the Ninth Wave start date, click here.

2/13 (Sun). About every year and a half, the transiting Nodes of the Moon change signs. Using Mean Node calculations, that shift happens today as the South Node enters Gemini and the North Node enters Sagittarius, where they will remain thru 9/1/2012.
        During this period, the journey from Geminian themes to Sagittarian ones is highlighted. So, rather than just gathering random information like a Trivial Pursuit enthusiast, focus on goal-oriented learning that leads to greater philosophical understanding and religious enlightenment. Rather than just traveling locally, let the world be your destination. (This global travel can be mental and spiritual as well as physical.)
        Think not just of your local affiliations (family, neighbors, tribe, city, state or country) but of more expansive affiliations – your fellow humans, the beings in the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms, extraterrestrials, and the vast realms of noncorporeal beings whose presence grows ever more prominent as the spiritual veils continue to thin.

2/14 (Mon). With Aquarian Mercury trine Saturn, simple words that clearly communicate your unique message trump extravagant verbosity this Valentine's Day. This energy also supports mental focus and mature, innovative thinking.

2/17 (Thu). Divinely inspired creativity, spiritual union and flowing divine love to others are all empowered by a Sun-Neptune conjunction. Focus on these if you're tempted to overdo drugs, alcohol or other non-life-affirming escapes.

2/18 (Fri). February's Full Moon is at 3:36 AM (29°20' Leo). Contemplate how you're doing with your creative expression, leadership skills, willingness to take risks, and chill-out time.
        This Full Moon aspects every planet in the sky, which gives it great power. The additional opportunities added by these connections include intuitive empowerment, spiritual healing, sacred sexuality, and an increased ability to be conscious of yourself as a light being operating a physical body. (These interpretations are based on tight oppositions to the Moon from Mars, Neptune and Chiron, as well as a quincunx from Uranus.)
        This Full Moon's Sabian Symbol, “An Unsealed Letter,” suggests secrets being revealed. These could include any of the things in the previous paragraph, and definitely speaks to the great truths now being revealed to the world – the greatest of which is the unprecedented ease with which we can each now experience our own divinity!

        A Venus-Saturn square asks us to take a serious look at our relationships, creativity and finances. Decide whether you're seeing an area of strength to be fortified, a weak area to be restructured, or an area where you need to cut your losses. Call on your creativity and intuitive flashes to assist you – they're ramped up by a magical Venus-Uranus quintile.
        Our final major event today is the Sun's entry into Pisces, where it radiates the energy of divine union, divinely inspired creativity and universal compassion.

2/19 (Sat). Mentoring, healing and maverick action are supported by a Sun-Chiron conjunction.

2/20 (Sun). Three planets are conjunct in late Aquarius today – Mercury, Mars and Neptune – which may be giving you a powerful urge to communicate what you're thinking! But be sure you're speaking from the clear flow, rather than some enthusiastic delusion. This is an excellent time for prayer and spiritual contemplation, as well as receiving divine wisdom within. It's also ideal for activities which combine physical action and spiritual energy, such as ecstatic dance, tantra, yoga, tai chi and chi gung.

2/21 (Mon). Mercury is in Pisces today thru 3/9, making it easier for the mind to receive intuitive downloads, visualize and receive divinely inspired creativity.

2/22 (Tue). You can productively turn your thoughts to healing and mentorship as Mercury conjuncts Chiron.
        Also today, Mars enters Pisces thru 4/1. This radiates the same energy as Mars' conjunction to Neptune on 2/20, and so gives us over a month of the same opportunities for activities which combine physical action and spiritual energy. As described above, these include ecstatic dance, tantra, yoga, tai chi and chi gung.

2/24 (Thu). With Mars conjunct Chiron, it's time to take action in the areas of healing and mentorship.

2/25 (Fri). There are four noteworthy aspects today, but the giant among them is one of 2011's most powerful astrological events – a Jupiter-Pluto square in the cardinal signs of Aries and Capricorn, strong 1/29 thru 3/21.
        Though unquestionably intense and challenging, this also holds abundant opportunity. As
the most challenging single aspect of 2011, it calls for some sort of amplified death-and-rebirth process. To harness this energy positively, release and surrender all that doesn't serve you, and actively seek positive transformation.
        The other three aspects involve the Sun conjunct Mercury, followed by both planets sextiling Pluto. The overall sense of this is powerfully energized learning and communication, with a special emphasis on diving deep into the uncensored heart of the matter. With the Sun and Mercury in Pisces, the area being explored might be spiritual or creatively inspired, and intuition might play a large part in the process.

2/27 (Sun). Any Saturn-Chiron connection holds the potential for challenges in the areas of healing and mentorship, and their current sesquiquadrate (a 135° angle of minor irritation) is no exception. But this connection also opens the door for a mature and disciplined approach to bring healing and wisdom to any old wounds that arise for healing in the weeks around this aspect.

2/28 (Mon). Creative visualization, artistic productivity and bringing “chop wood, carry water” spiritual consciousness into your daily life are all supported by the Piscean Sun biquintiling Saturn.

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The overall "cosmic weather" affecting everyone

January 2011

by Benjamin Bernstein  

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

HEADLINES

1/2 Jupiter semi-sextile Neptune
1/4 Solar Eclipse (New Moon), Jupiter conjunct Uranus
1/12 Jupiter semi-sextile Chiron
1/19 Full Moon in Cancer
1/20 Sun enters Aquarius
1/22 Jupiter enters Aries

THE STORY SO FAR: All planets are direct. Anything in the 26-28° range of any sign is getting hyper-stimulated, since four slower planets are at those degree numbers: Neptune and Chiron in Aquarius, and Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces.

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

1/2, 9:09 pm – 1/3, 2:40 am (Capricorn)
1/5, 7:16 am - 11:09 am (Aquarius)
1/7, 3:51 pm - 9:58 pm (Pisces)
1/10, 6:13 am - 10:25 am (Aries)
1/12, 9:48 pm - 10:38 pm (Taurus)
1/15, 7:47 am - 8:24 am (Gemini)
1/17, 12:58 pm - 2:30 pm (Cancer)
1/19, 4:27 pm - 5:17 pm (Leo)
1/21, 1:58 pm - 6:12 pm (Virgo)
1/23, 3:08 pm – 7:00 pm (Libra)
1/25, 5:04 pm - 9:17 pm (Scorpio)
1/27, 10:01 pm – 1/28, 1:56 am (Sagittarius)
1/30, 5:11 am - 9:05 am (Capricorn)
 

1/2 (Sun). The first significant aspect of 2011 is Piscean Jupiter semi-sextile Aquarian Neptune. The aspect contains some tension, but so does a springboard – which, guided by your concentration, can launch your consciousness into sudden spiritual breakthroughs!

1/4 (Tue). There are usually two solar eclipses in any given year, but in 2011 there will be four! The first one occurs today at 4:03 AM (14° Capricorn).
        A solar eclipse is always a New Moon. New beginnings are supported with special power here, especially in the Capricornian themes of work, career, reputation building, and becoming more mature, responsible and wise. With Pluto conjunct the eclipse, your new initiatives will work even better if you make it a point to simultaneously jettison or transform whatever no longer supports your endeavor. This eclipse's tightest aspect is a square from Saturn, so don't automatically give up if you encounter significant resistance. Persistence may reap rich rewards!

        The Sabian Symbol for this eclipse is, “An Ancient Bas-Relief Carved in Granite Remains a Witness to a Long-Forgotten Culture.” For me, this immediately brings to mind the Mayans, and their stone-engraved Long Count calendar. One 5000+ year cycle ends and another (the Age of Flowers) starts on the Winter Solstice of 2012. This reminds us to avoid the dark side of Capricorn – mindless adherence to tradition and the status quo – and remember that it's sometime the wisest and most responsible course of action to branch out in radically new directions!

        This eclipse isn't the only major event today: Jupiter and Uranus are conjunct, and both planets trine Venus! This is incredibly auspicious: ancient astrology considers Jupiter and Venus to be the two luckiest planets, the trine represents easy, effortless connection, and Uranus can bring sudden awakenings. The universe is definitely opening the year with a powerful portent of wonderful breakthroughs!
        This day's other important aspect suggests an excellent strategy for sensitizing yourself to the intuitive guidance you'll need to make the most of this year: a Venus-Neptune square, which can be used to empower your relationship with Spirit!

1/5 (Wed). Is friction arising in any of your key relationships? Then use Venus' square to Chiron to examine what unhealed wounds are being brought up for healing and release within you. Use your powers of discrimination and intuitive guidance to determine whether to stay the course and let a relationship catalyze healing, or whether it's better to exit a relationship that's consistently hurtful or abusive.
        There's also practical magic in the air today, with the Capricornian Sun quintile Uranus and Jupiter. Ask for intuitive flashes to guide even your most mundane decisions!

1/7 (Fri). If a Sun-Saturn square has you feeling challenged or depressed, it may lift your spirits to apply yourself to a practical task. Or take some quiet time to reflect and plan.
Venus – ruler of relationships, money and creativity – transits the expansive, abundant and lucky sign of Sagittarius through 2/3. Watch for (or create) opportunities in all of these areas!

1/10 (Mon). Mercury, ruler of the mind, gets a double hit of intuitive help today – it sextiles Neptune, bringer of intuitive flow, and squares Uranus, bringer of intuitive flashes. Raise your antennae!

1/11 (Tue). Mercury's at it again today, squaring Jupiter and sextiling Chiron. If your brain is hungry for knowledge and mentoring, it's a great time to indulge it!

1/12 (Wed). With “do it now” Mars sextile Uranus – the sender of text messages from your higher self – it's a great time to take immediate practical action on your intuitive flashes.
        Two slower planets connect today: Piscean Jupiter makes a 30° semi-sextile to Aquarian Chiron. The weeks around this aspect are especially good for spiritual awakening, healing old wounds and doing meticulous work on breakthrough projects. Also consider expanding your horizons by spending time with cutting-edge people!

1/13 (Thu). With Capricornian Mars sextile Jupiter, lots of energy and endurance are available now. Get busy with what needs doing!
        Mercury transits Capricorn today through 2/3, helping us focus our minds on practical matters.

1/15 (Sat). Mars transits Aquarius today through 2/22. This has a similar effect to Mars aspecting Uranus (see 1/12), who is the modern ruler of Aquarius, so the basic advice remains the same: take immediate practical action on your intuitive flashes. This is also a great time to put fresh energy into connecting with the groups of people who can help you awaken in whatever ways are most important right now!

1/17 (Mon). Flashes of intuitive insight can assist you in practical matters with the Capricornian Sun sextile Uranus.

1/18 (Tue). Deep thought, research and occult contemplation are well supported with Mercury conjunct Pluto.

1/19 (Wed). The Full Moon at 4:21 PM (29°27' Cancer) may not be as strong as our recent eclipses, but it's still a powerful lunation!
        Take stock of how things are going at home, with your family, and in your emotional life in general. Assertiveness and sexuality may also be important themes, since Mars opposes the Moon. With the Moon also receiving a trine from Uranus and a quincunx from Neptune, stay open to intuitive guidance as you make any necessary adjustments in these areas.

        This Full Moon's Sabian Symbol, “
A Daughter of The American Revolution,” suggests respect for traditions that remain useful, while still embracing the paradigm shifts needed to spring forward. It also suggests that the higher qualities of feminine energy – receptive, sensitive and intuitive – are central to the new reality now coming forward.

        Also take advantage of the lovely mix of expansiveness and productivity peaking today, courtesy of a Sun-Jupiter sextile!

1/20 (Thu). The Sun enters Aquarius today, radiating the energy of individuality, uniqueness, genius and humanitarianism.

1/21 (Fri). The creative juice is flowing strong with Venus quintile Neptune. This is also a wonderful energy for connecting with your divine source, and the divine in others.

1/22 (Sat). One of 2011's major astrological events occurs today as Jupiter enters Aries. This energizes a new 12-year cycle as Jupiter begins another journey through the signs.
        This is the energy of doors being flung open, new frontiers being pioneered, and fired-up sexuality. This is also ideal for new beginnings in matters ruled by Jupiter, such as religion, philosophy, politics and legal matters. This will last through 6/4, so catch it while it's hot!

1/23 (Sun). Relationships, finances and creativity all receive stabilization from Venus' sextile to Saturn. Venus' quintile to Chiron also makes this a good time to fine-tune these areas, perhaps with assistance from an expert.

1/25. Intuitive guidance in practical matters flows easier with Capricornian Mercury quintile Uranus.

1/26. Saturn is retrograde today thru 6/25. Be sure that your actions during this period are supported by sufficient planning and reflection.
        Free expression might be challenged with Mercury square Saturn, but there is also ample energy for mental discipline and fine discrimination!


1/27. Inspired solutions to everyday problems are facilitated by Mercury's quintile to Jupiter.

There are no major astrological events in January after 1/27.

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The overall "cosmic weather" affecting everyone

December 2010

by Benjamin Bernstein  

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

While everyone is affected by these global transits, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

HEADLINES

12/3 Mars square Uranus
12/5 New Moon in Sagittarius; Uranus direct
12/7 Mars enters Capricorn
12/10 Mercury retrograde begins
12/13 Mars/Mercury/Pluto triple conjunction
12/21 Lunar Eclipse (Full Moon) in Gemini; Sun enters Capricorn (Winter Solstice)
12/29 Mars square Saturn
12/30 Mercury Retrograde ends

THE STORY SO FAR: Uranus turns direct on 12/5.
        Anything at 26° is getting hyper-stimulated, since Neptune and Chiron are at 26° Aquarius, Uranus is about to station at 26° Pisces, and Jupiter returns to 26° Pisces in late December!

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

12/2, 3:09 am – 9:45 am (Scorpio) am
12/4, 7:14 am - 1:01 pm (Sagittarius)
12/6, 4:47 pm - 6:17 pm (Capricorn)
12/8, 8:08 pm – 12/9, 2:32 am (Aquarius)
12/11, 6:09 am - 1:42 pm (Pisces)
12/13, 7:36 pm – 12/14, 2:16 am (Aries)
12/16, 6:42 am - 1:50 pm (Taurus)
12/18, 4:37 pm - 10:39 pm (Gemini)
12/21, 3:14 am - 4:24 am (Cancer)
12/23, 2:26 am - 7:52 am (Leo)
12/25, 4:29 am - 10:16 am (Virgo)
12/27, 7:21 am - 12:39 pm (Libra)
12/29, 10:05 am - 3:51 pm (Scorpio)
12/31, 2:57 pm - 8:23 pm (Sagittarius)
 

12/1 (Wed). Communication should flow more easily than usual, thanks to Capricornian Mercury sextiling Scorpionic Venus. This is also a sweet financial aspect, since all the planets and signs involved have commercial or financial meanings!

12/2 (Thu). Sacred sexuality is deliciously supported with a Mars-Neptune sextile (which might or might not involve sex on tile!). Other activities which make conscious use of subtle energy in physical activity also get a boost, including ecstatic dance, yoga, tai chi and chi gung. Then again, you could simply act (Mars) on your intuitive guidance (Neptune)!

12/3 (Fri). With a volatile Mars-Uranus square, you'd be wise to dust off your anger management skills – if not for yourself, then for those you may have to deal with! Use this energy more positively by acting immediately on your intuitive flashes.
        Mars
makes two additional aspects today. Its sextile to Chiron energizes mentoring and healing, while its quintile to Saturn adds a touch of stability to the mix.

12/5 (Sun). The urge to get rolling with new projects and ideas may be strong the first few days of December – blame all those Mars aspects! However, your undertakings may enjoy better outcomes you start them after today's New Moon at 12:36 PM (14° Sagittarius). Sagittarian New Moons are ideal for new beginnings in religion, philosophy, foreign travel and cultures, and new quests of any kind. Initiatives started under this New Moon will have enhanced durability.
       
This New Moon's Sabian Symbol is,The Groundhog Looking For Its Shadow On Groundhog Day.” Since it obviously isn't Groundhog Day (that's February 2), the moral of the popular movie Groundhog Day comes to mind: strive to become a better person, and you won't have to keep reliving your old karma!

       
With Mercury conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, it's also a good day for research, and for communicating that which has been hidden in a practical, compassionate way.
        Finally,
Uranus turns direct today at 27° Pisces. Find anything in your natal chart that's 24° or higher in a mutable sign (Pisces, Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius): it's now receiving a strong and sustained hit of Uranus' energy of revolution, paradigm shift and awakening!

12/6 (Mon). Be alert for inspiration and mentorship on your spiritual path as the Sagittarian Sun quintiles Neptune and Chiron.

12/7 (Tue). Enhanced stability and productivity are available as the Sun sextile Saturn. Plus, Energizer Bunny endurance is more available 12/7 through 1/15 as Mars transits Capricorn.

12/8 (Wed). Want to go deeper in your relationships, express your creativity more authentically, or make more money? Increased opportunity for all of these is strong as Venus sextiles Pluto.

12/10 (Fri). Mercury is retrograde today at 7:04 AM thru 12/30 at 2:20 am. The usual cautions apply: avoid starting major new projects, take extra care when traveling, back up critical data, and make sure that communications are clear. Mercury retrograde periods are ideal for reflection, planning, and finishing things you've already started.
        Mercury is conjunct Pluto and Mars as it turns retrograde in Capricorn, asking what practical steps you can take to replace outworn structures in your life with new ones that serve you better!
 

12/13 (Mon). Retrograde Mercury conjuncts Pluto and Mars in Capricorn today, asking you to consider which of your life structures remain genuinely helpful, and which require revision or elimination.
        This triple conjunction has Mercury, Pluto and Mars all conjoining within a 10-minute window: 11:05 – 11:15 pm US eastern time! Together, Mars and Pluto radiate sexuality and power. Since they're in Capricorn, you could use this to take a frank and practical look at your sexuality – perhaps you and your partner can learn some new sacred sex techniques out of Urban Tantra. There can be an “Energizer Bunny on steroids” effect lasting the entire week, which you can use to get a lot of great work done on projects already underway.

12/16 (Thu). Take advantage of the ultra-expansive square of the Sagittarian Sun and Piscean Jupiter with this cool exercise. Ask to be saturated with divine light, then breathe it in. When full to bursting, ask for your aura to expand like a balloon so you can hold more! Repeat until completely blissed out. (Bonus: this exercise works no matter what the planets are doing!) On a more mundane level, this square can pump up the energy of the Mars-Pluto conjunction already in effect. And it's great for philosophical and religious exploration!

12/18 (Sat). Divine energy is more easily available with the Sun sextile Neptune, and intuitive flashes may be insisting on your attention with the Sun square Uranus! It's a great day to meditate, or do whatever connects you with Spirit.
        Mercury is in Sagittarius today thru 1/13, helping our minds turn more easily to thoughts of higher education, religion, philosophy and people and cultures unlike our own.

12/19 (Sun). Communication, lightheartedness and curiosity are strong with the Sun conjunct Mercury. And two quintiles to Saturn, from these same two planets, encourage the manifestation of your creative inspirations! 

12/20 (Mon). Has your intuition ever led you wrong – even once? I thought not! So why not trust the urgent messages it's sending you now, with Mercury (human mind) square Uranus (divine mind)? Any mental agitation you may be feeling may be due to you resisting an intuitive flash!
        Mercury is also sextile Chiron, creating an ideal environment for mentoring.

12/21 (Tue). It's extremely rare that a lunar eclipse aspects every single planet in the sky – but the one happening today does. It's also extremely rare for a lunar eclipse to occur on the the same day as the Winter Solstice – but that's happening too! Do you think maybe this eclipse might be especially significant?
        Lunar eclipses are always Full Moons, and this one occurs at 3:14 AM at 29°20' Gemini. For starters, Gemini Full Moons are about taking stock of how you're doing with your learning, communication, playfulness, and need for variety.
        The most important aspects to the Moon during this lunar eclipse – including oppositions from Mercury and Pluto -- suggest that transforming your thinking, or communicating your transformative thoughts to others, is a major theme for the next 6 to 12 months. Inviting divine love to saturate your heart (trine from Neptune), and releasing emotional resistance to your intuitive flashes (square from Uranus), are also suggested by these aspects.

    This lunar eclipse's Sabian Symbol is,
A Parade Of Bathing Beauties Before Large Beach Crowds.” To me, this suggests being willing to put yourself out there to let others benefit from your natural gifts. The Aquarian Age has arrived, and one of its major themes is for each of us to serve others with our unique talents. From this perspective, everyone in the crowd takes their turn as a “bathing beauty”, and is applauded for their special contribution!

        As mentioned above, today is also the Winter Solstice, when the Sun enters Capricorn. There, it radiates energy available for productivity, accomplishment, and mature, responsible behavior.
        As if all that wasn't enough, Mercury also sextiles Neptune and squares Jupiter today! This is great for creative imagination and divine connection, but be careful not to let your mouth get ahead of your brain!

12/25 (Sat). The only notable aspect on Christmas Day is a lovely one: Capricornian Mars quintile Jupiter. You can use the inspiration this combination provides to translate the jovial Christmas spirit into practical action!

12/26 (Sun). With the Sun conjunct Pluto, the day after Christmas is a good time to turn your thoughts from gifts received to personal transformation and empowerment. The more you release whatever you don't need – materially, emotionally and mentally – the more room Spirit will have to make you wealthy with the possessions, feelings and thoughts that will best serve you now!

12/27 (Mon). Take immediate action on those intuitive flashes with Mars quintile Uranus!

12/29 (Wed). Even if you're mainly chilling out this week, you may want to make good use of of the sustained productive energy made available by Mars squaring Saturn!

12/30 (Thu). Mercury retrograde ends today at 2:21 AM. For most of us, the decks are now clear for new projects, although you might be better off waiting until after the New Moon on 1/4. More cautious souls may prefer to delay new projects until Mercury clears its shadow on 1/18.

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The overall "cosmic weather" affecting everyone

November 2010

by Benjamin Bernstein  

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

While everyone is affected by these global transits, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

HEADLINES

11/5      Chiron turns direct
11/6      New Moon in Scorpio
11/7      Neptune turns direct
11/18    Jupiter and Venus turn direct
11/21    Full Moon in Taurus
11/22    Sun enters Sagittarius
11/29    Mars square Jupiter

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

11/2, 8:37 pm – 11/3, 1:20 am (Libra)
11/4, 7:34 pm – 11/5, 2:17 am (Scorpio)
11/6, 11:45 pm – 11/7, 3:29 am (Sagittarius)
11/9, 7:36 am - 8:38 am (Capricorn)
11/11, 2:57 pm - 5:33 pm (Aquarius)
11/14, 1:34 am - 5:26 am (Pisces)
11/16, 11:38 am – 6:00 pm (Aries)
11/19, 12:33 am - 5:06 am (Taurus)
11/21, 12:28 pm - 1:47 pm (Gemini)
11/23, 4:57 pm - 8:15 pm (Cancer)
11/25, 10:45 pm – 11/26, 1:03 am (Leo)
11/28, 3:30 am - 4:35 am (Virgo)
11/30, 6:18 am - 7:17 am (Libra)

THE STORY SO FAR: Five planets are retrograde as November opens: Chiron (thru 11/5), Neptune (thru 11/7), Jupiter & Venus (thru 11/18) and Uranus (thru 12/5).
       
Venus went retrograde on 10/8, and turns direct on 11/18. As stated last month, this is a better time to reflect on Venusian activities – relationship, creativity and finance – than to make major new beginnings. A special focus on your committed sexual relationship(s), shared resources and occult practices is supported.

11/1 (Mon). Relational and creative transformation are stimulated as Scorpionic Venus sextiles Pluto. And a Venus-Uranus biquintile puts an extra creative sparkle into the air!

11/4 (Thu). Break the ice with that deep, intense or sensitive conversation you've been waiting to have. With Scorpionic Mercury trine Jupiter, the communication energy is fantastic!

11/5 (Fri). Chiron turns direct today at 26° Aquarius after a five-month retrograde, infusing fresh energy into healing and mentoring.

11/6 (Sat). November's New Moon occurs today at 12:52 am (14° Scorpio). New beginnings in transformation, occult practice, psychology, sexuality and shared resources are especially supported. The current communication theme is reinforced by this lunation's Sabian Symbol, “Telephone Lineman At Work Installling New Connections.”
        At the same time, be careful to be clear with others: squares from Mercury to Neptune and Chiron make muddled communication a possibility. But with Mercury also trine Uranus, your pipeline to your Higher Self is primed for your calls out, as well as intuitive flashes firing in!

11/7 (Sun). Spiritual practice and divinely inspired creativity get a special boost around the 7th as Neptune turns direct.

Venus (retrograde thru 11/18) is in Libra today thru 11/29. She radiates harmony, equilibrium, creativity and sociability while dignified in one of the signs that she rules!

11/8 (Mon). Whether you want to dive into creative expression or connect with your divine source, today's biquintile between Libran Venus and Piscean Jupiter will support you!
        Mercury is in Sagittarius today through 11/30, a great setup for a questing and adventurous mind!

11/9-11 (Tue-Thu). Is your life purpose in harmony with your work in the world and the structures in your life? This is a good question to ponder as the North Node of the Moon, currently at 4° Capricorn, receives a conjunction from Pluto, a semi-square from the Sun and a semi-sextile from Mercury! Take a hint from the Pluto conjunction and transform or release anything that isn't moving you toward where your soul wants you to be.

11/15 (Mon). Get productive – there's expansive “Energizer Bunny” energy (Sagittarian Mars) sextiling balanced endurance (Libran Saturn)!
        But wait, it gets better – a Sun-Jupiter trine is one of astrology's most energizing aspects. Even this Scorpio Sun will be wanting to walk on the sunny side of the street!

11/16 (Tue). Thanks to a Mars-Neptune quintile, there's an especially smooth connection between your intuitive wisdom and your ability to put it into action.
        Healers and mentors may find that inspired action comes more easily, with a Mars-Chiron quintile.

11/17 (Wed). Learning and communication benefit from the best of both worlds today: expansion from Sagittarian Mercury, while Mercury's sextile to Saturn provides discipline and focus.

11/18 (Thu). Your ability to go deep into your core – psychologically and spiritually – is empowered as the Scorpionic Sun squares Neptune. Creative inspiration, another Neptunian manifestation, might be downright urgent!
        A Sun-Chiron square may bring out your inner maverick, or draw you toward mentoring and/or healing.
        Mercury is also contacting Neptune and Chiron, but via a quintile. This can ease two-way communication between you and your Higher Self.
        Also today, both Jupiter and Venus turn direct. This opens fresh energy for taking action in the areas of religion, philosophy, politics, relationships, creativity and finance!

11/19 (Fri). A trine between the Scorpionic Sun and Uranus is great for following intuitive flashes that encourage personal transformation.

11/20 (Sat). There's strong mental stimulation with Mars and Mercury conjunct in Sagittarius. Rather than talking too much, or using words as weapons, wax philosophical or do some writing!

11/21 (Sun). November's Full Moon shines forth today at 12:27 pm (29° 17' Taurus). How are you doing with “just being,” connecting with the natural world, and savoring your five senses? Most of the solar system aspects this Full Moon, including all of the slower planets, so its power will be unusually intense. To be specific, the Moon squares Neptune and Chiron, sextiles Uranus and Jupiter, sesquiquadrates Saturn and biquintiles Pluto!
        The Sabian Symbol, “
A Peacock Parading On The Terrace Of An Old Castle,” certainly supports those who prefer a flamboyant Full Moon celebration! Perhaps it's also encouraging us to show our true colors, even in more traditional settings.

11/22 (Mon). The Sun is in Sagittarius today thru 12/21, radiating the energy of religion, philosophy, politics, world travel, and higher learning.

11/25 (Thu). Thanksgiving Day could be quite the talk-a-thon with Sagittarian Mercury square Jupiter. Remember that there can be many correct approaches to Truth!

11/27 (Sat). Mercury is quite busy messenger, aspecting four planets in one day! With sextiles to Neptune and Chiron, a square to Uranus and a quintile to Saturn, human mind connects more easily to divine mind than usual. Make an effort to connect, and honor what your intution tells you!

11/29 (Mon). Abundant energy for physical activity and athletics, as well as religious and mind-broadening activities, is available as Sagittarian Mars squares Jupiter. And add creative inspiration and relationship magic to the list, since Venus is biquintiling Jupiter.
        Venus also reenters Scorpio today, where she will remain through 1/7/11. This gives us another chance, following her recent retrograde, to transform relationships, and take our romantic partnerships to a profound level of soul-connected sexual intimacy.

11/30 (Tue). Mercury is in Capricorn through 12/17, empowering mental discipline, focus and productivity. Also, be aware that Mercury goes retrograde on 12/10!

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The overall "cosmic weather" affecting everyone

October 2010

by Benjamin Bernstein  

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

While everyone is affected by these global transits, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

Although the Cardinal Climax is technically over, its energetic influence continues through most of September. Its core theme is to release absolutely everything that has outlived its usefulness, while embracing new hope, transformation and paradigm shift.

HEADLINES

10/3    Venus conjunct Mars
10/7    New Moon in Libra
10/8    Venus retrograde
10/22    Mars square Neptune & Chiron, Full Moon in Aries
10/23    Sun enters Scorpio

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

10/2, 11:22 am - 2:22 pm (Leo)
10/4, 9:53 am - 4:01 pm (Virgo)
10/6, 12:43 pm - 3:53 pm (Libra)
10/8, 9:38 am - 3:53 (Scorpio)
10/10, 2:27 pm - 6:10 pm (Sagittarius)
10/12, 8:08 pm – 10/13, 12:18 am (Capricorn)
10/15, 5:49 am - 10:25 am (Aquarius)
10/17, 2:49 pm - 10:53 pm (Pisces)
10/20, 6:26 am - 11:24 am (Aries)
10/22, 9:37 pm - 10:31 pm (Taurus)
10/25, 3:49 am - 7:49 am (Gemini)
10/27, 10:20 am - 3:16 pm (Cancer)
10/29, 3:49 pm - 8:40 pm (Leo)
10/31, 5:02 pm - 11:53 pm (Virgo)

THE STORY SO FAR: Four planets are retrograde as October opens: Chiron (thru 11/5), Neptune (thru 11/7), Jupiter (thru 11/18) and Uranus (thru 12/5).

Detailed Forecast

10/1 (Fri). Mercury makes three major aspects today! Learning and communication are tremendously energized, but not all of the energy will automatically be harmonious.
Confirm that you're being clearly understood, and be open to receiving information from your intuitive flow (Mercury quincunx Neptune). Avoid wounding words, while being open to giving or receiving mentoring (Mercury quincunx Chiron). Finally, beware of motormouth syndrome, but take advantage of the enhanced mental energy available (Mercury opposing Jupiter).

10/2 (Sat). The opportunity to link your human mind (Mercury) to divine mind (Uranus) is strengthened by their opposition – the angle of relationship!

10/3 (Sun). The energies of relating, creativity and sexuality come on strong as feminine Venus conjuncts masculine Mars in steamy Scorpio! Can you and your sweetheart swirl into the depths of tantric ecstasy by embracing positive transformation in your relationship?
          The ability to communicate effectively about all this is facilitated by the beginning of Mercury's passage through Libra, which lasts through 10/20.

10/4 (Mon). Verbal and literary creativity can be inspired today, with Libran Mercury biquintile Neptune and Chiron.
       
Mercury is also the focal point of a T-Square, which peaks today and is active the 2nd
thru the 6th. As it opposes Uranus and Jupiter and squares Pluto, it opens the door for the revolutionary transformation of old thought patterns. Prior ways of thinking about relationships and creativity are especially open to change, since Mercury is in Libra. Be sure to follow those intuitive flashes!

10/5 (Tue). A Mercury-Pluto square (part of the T-Square discussed on 10/4) facilitates deep thought, probing research and conceptual transformation.
        Piscean Jupiter makes a 30° semi-sextile to Aquarian Chiron, energizing new hope through the healing of old wounds around belief systems and religion. Spiritual healing and intuitively guided mentoring are also supported.

10/7 (Thu). October's New Moon is at 2:44 pm (14°23' Libra) today. What new beginnings in relationship and creativity are appropriate now? Just be aware that, with the Sabian Symbol “Circular Paths,” the path you embark on may not be straightforward! With the Moon conjunct Mercury and Saturn, don't refrain from learning and communication in these areas; rather, strive to be direct and straightforward.

10/8 (Fri). Venus is retrograde today at 3:05 am thru 11/18 at 4:18 pm. This is a better time to reflect on Venusian activities – relationship, creativity and finance – than to make major new beginnings.
        And with Venus in Scorpio, a special focus on your committed sexual relationship(s), shared resources and occult practices is supported. The insights you gain during this period of introspection can be profound!
 
             The Sabian Symbol for Venus' retrograde is, "A Telephone Lineman At Work Installling New Connections." Whether you interpret this as communicating more clearly in your current relationships, or reaching out to new people, it certainly suggests taking an interactive approach to this Venus Retrograde period!
        Who's the final authority on what you think and say? Let it be you, especially if you're challenged in this area with Mercury conjunct Saturn.
        Finally, the ability to connect with Spirit, and be revolutionized and inspired by it, is also especially strong now with Piscean Jupiter semi-sextile Aquarian Neptune.

10/9-12 (Sat-Tue). Feeling “pecked to death by chickens"? A flock of irritating minor hard angles may be responsible: Mercury is making sesquiquadrates (135° angles) to Neptune and Chiron and a semi-sextile to Venus, Mars is semi-square (45°) Pluto, the Sun is semi-sextile Mars, and Venus is sesquiquadrate Uranus! However, a simple invitation to Spirit can bring in flow and inspiration instead.

10/14-15 (Thu-Fri). Take advantage of the magically amplified creativity, and ability to connect with the divine, generated by the Libran Sun and Mercury's quintiles to Pluto!

10/16 (Sat). Communication and learning – especially in partnership – is strong with Libran Mercury conjunct the Sun.

10/18-22 (Mon-Fri) Overview.My mind to your mind, my thoughts to your thoughts." Is it a Vulcan mind meld, or your mind merging with Spirit's? This work week, it can be the latter if you choose! You also have the opportunity to identify with Spirit as part of your core identity now.

10/18 (Mon). With Libran Mercury trine Neptune and Chiron, your mental endeavors can be both creatively inspired and meticulously crafted.
        With the Libran Sun quincunx Jupiter, you may feel an extra measure of energy. You can hold any amount if you just make yourself bigger! Imagine your aura expanding like a balloon, and you might be astronished to discover your true capacity. Still, remember to stretch, not overextend!

10/19 (Tue). Your thinking about relationships (Mercury in Libra) could be revolutionized (quincunx to Uranus) if you're receptive to intuitive lightning strikes now.
        The Sun is trine Neptune and Chiron. This can ease your ego's connection to divine oneness and your muse's creative inspiration, as well as mentoring and healing.

10/20 (Wed). Mercury is in Scorpio today thru 11/8, accentuating mental forays into the occult, sexuality (sacred and otherwise), transformation, and deep research.
        A Sun-Uranus quincunx could create some nervousness or agitation – unless you're following your intuitive flashes!
        Abundant energy is available with an energizing Mars-Jupiter trine. Get physical! With Mars in Scorpio, the Scorpionic activities listed at the beginning of today's entry are especially supported.

10/21 (Thu). Mental creativity is juiced by today's Mercury-Jupiter biquintile.

10/22 (Fri). Fanatics of all stripes may be proclaiming their messages with special fervor with Mars square Neptune. Strive to have your actions guided less by dogma and more by the subtle flow of intuitive guidance.
        Mars is also square Chiron. While wounding (physical or otherwise) is possible, focus instead on taking strong action to give or receive healing or mentoring.
       
A particularly intense Full Moon shines forth at 9:36 PM (29° 32' Aries). It's in the passionate, “just do it” sign of Aries, and is energized by all of the outer planets and then some: the Moon opposes Mercury and Venus, trines Pluto, sextiles Neptune and Chiron, and semi-sextiles Uranus! Evaluate how you're doing with your assertiveness, sexuality, physical body and warrior spirit, then get started on any needed adjustments now!
       
This powerful Full Moon has a seemingly placid Sabian Symbol: “A duck pond and its brood.” As an animal totem, part of the duck's message is to immerse yourself in the emotional field (water) and navigate it smoothly: a helpful reminder in light of this lunation's intense energies! The brood of ducklings reminds us that charged emotions give birth to similar feelings. Be mindful of your habitual emotional patterns, and remember that the feelings you fertilize and nurture with your attention will be the ones that predominantly color your life.

10/23 (Sat). The Sun enters Scorpio at 8:35 AM, radiating the energy of transformation, investigation, hidden mysteries, sacred sexuality and profoundly connected partnership.

10/24 (Sun). Got intuitive flash with Mars trine Uranus? Act on it without delay!

10/25 (Mon). Mercury's conjunct Venus: an ideal time for soul-deep, harmonious communication with those you love!

10/26 (Tue). Up for some change? You can embrace it more easily with the Sun sextile Pluto and biquintile Uranus!

10/27 (Wed). Your law of attraction affirmations get a little extra oomph with Saturn making a 135° sesquiquadrate to Neptune.

10/28 (Thu). Latch onto the bold spirit of adventure in the air with Mars in Sagittarius 10/28 through 12/7.
        Finally, the Sun and Venus are conjunct in Scorpio. Release the relationships that aren't mutually beneficial, transform the ones that can be saved, and soul-deepen the ones that are strong!

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The overall "cosmic weather" affecting everyone

September 2010

by Benjamin Bernstein  

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

While everyone is affected by these global transits, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

Although the Cardinal Climax is technically over, its energetic influence continues through most of September. Its core theme is to release absolutely everything that has outlived its usefulness, while embracing new hope, transformation and paradigm shift.

HEADLINES

9/8    New Moon in Virgo
9/9    Jupiter retrogrades into Pisces
9/12  Mercury Retrograde ends
9/13  Mars quincunx Uranus & Jupiter
9/14
  Pluto turns direct
9/18  Jupiter conjunct Uranus
9/22  Sun enters Libra (Fall Equinox)
9/23  Full Moon in Aries

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

9/3, 1:41 am - 2:52 am (Cancer)
9/5, 4:32 am - 5:47 am (Leo)
9/7, 4:18 am - 5:54 am (Virgo)
9/9, 4:59 am - 5:02 am (Libra)
9/11, 1:16 am - 5:23 am (Scorpio)
9/13, 7:53 am - 8:53 am (Sagittarius)
9/15, 2:52 pm - 4:31 pm (Capricorn)
9/18, 1:14 am - 3:36 am (Aquarius)
9/20, 9:10 am - 4:16 pm (Pisces)
9/23, 1:53 am - 4:49 am (Aries)
9/25, 9:12 am - 4:18 pm (Taurus)
9/27, 11:03 pm – 9/28, 2:12 am (Gemini)
9/30, 6:37 am - 9:47 am (Cancer)


THE STORY SO FAR: Six planets are retrograde as September opens: Mercury (thru 9/12), Pluto (thru 9/14), Chiron (thru 11/5), Neptune (thru 11/7), Jupiter (thru 11/18) and Uranus (thru 12/5).
       
Although the Cardinal Climax I've been writing about for the last two months is technically over, its energetic influence continues through most of September. In a nutshell, the Cardinal Climax -- a planetary firestorm superfueled by the energies of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto -- is the most powerful astrological aspect pattern of our lifetimes! Its core theme is to release absolutely everything that has outlived its usefulness, while embracing new hope, transformation and paradigm shift.

Detailed Forecast

9/3 (Fri). Lots of energy is available for service, detail work, clerical tasks and communication with the Sun conjunct retrograde Mercury.

9/4 (Sat). Divinely inspired creativity, divine union and soul deep connections with others are all flowing more easily with Venus trine Neptune.

9/5 (Sun). Venus trine Chiron is an easy and harmonious time for mentoring and healing work. Artists can use it to fine-tune their masterpieces, and it's also a good time for crunching financial numbers and bringing order to your finances.

9/7 (Tue). Listen for intuitive flashes, and be open to paradigm shift, in relationships, creativity and finance with Venus quincunx Uranus.

9/8 (Wed). The August New Moon is at 6:30 AM (15°40' Virgo). This is an ideal time for new beginnings in health and service to others, and is also great for getting organized and creating or improving new habits and methodologies. With Venus semi-square the new moon, check in with your important relationships to make sure that they're based on equality!
       
Relationships can go to a more deep, passionate and intense place today through 11/7 while Venus is in Scorpio. The same can be said for creativity, while the planet of money in the sign of great wealth offers tantalizing financial possibilities!
       
Venus is also quincunx Jupiter today, bringing expanded energy to relational, financial and creative issues. Be prepared to make any necessary adjustments!

9/9 (Thu). Jupiter retrogrades from Aries into Pisces today, where it will remain through 1/21/2011. Jupiter enlarges whatever it contacts, so more energy is available for activities involving spiritual unity, divinely inspired creativity and flowing divine light to others!
        With Mars trine Neptune, it's a great time to blend the physical and the spiritual – consider tai chi, chi gung, ecstatic dance and sacred sexuality as possibilities. This is also a time when the flow of the intuitive guidance can easily translate into assertive action.

9/11 (Sat). Mentorship, healing and wisdom-giving gain support as Mars trines Chiron. With Mars in Libra, this energy can also be used to fine-tune relationships and creative expression.

9/12 (Sun). You can connect with your lover with special intensity, thanks to a Venus-Pluto sextile. This is also a time of enhanced creativity and financial opportunity.
        Mercury Retrograde ends today at 7:09 PM. With Mercury direct and the Moon waxing, the decks are clear to initiate new projects!

9/13 (Mon). The yellow caution flag is out with Mars quincunx Uranus and Jupiter! Use extra caution to avoid accidents or mishaps, and try to steer clear of people or situations where sudden flare-ups of anger or violence are likely. However, the same energy can be used positively by making whatever adjustments are needed to take immediate action on your intuitive flashes!

9/14 (Tue). Pluto, which has been retrograde since 4/6, turns direct today at 3° Capricorn. Any sensitive natal points early in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) will get an extra dose of transformational power! More broadly, this is a good energy for moving forward with significant change and empowerment.
        This energy is reinforced by Mars' entry into Scorpio, where it will remain through 10/27. As Mars transits Scorpio, extra energy is available for transformation, research, occult activities and sacred sexuality.

9/15 (Wed). Fairy dust is in the air around the 15th: Venus is biquintiling both Uranus and Jupiter. Call in some magic for your creativity and relationships!

9/18 (Sat). A wave crests today that can be used for religious paradigm shift, joyful humanitarianism, and radical happiness: a Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in Pisces. This energy remains strong through January, so you have plenty of time to reap its fruits!
        With Mars sextile Pluto, that “extra energy for transformation, research, occult activities and sacred sexuality” that started on the 14th gets an extra boost. Dive in!

9/19 (Sun). Your higher self, angels and guides are knocking insistently on the door, thanks to a Sun-Neptune quincunx. Won't you let them in?

9/20 (Mon). “Applied wisdom” is today's theme, with the Virgoan Sun quincunx Chiron, planet of mentorship.

9/21 (Tue). There's a big opportunity for joyful paradigm shift around the 21st, with the Sun opposing both Jupiter and Uranus. The vibe is even stronger, since Jupiter and Uranus are also receiving magical biquintiles from Mars. Receive and trust the intuitive flashes trying to get your attention, then dare to expand into a larger, more authentic version of yourself!

9/22 (Wed). The Sun enters Libra today, radiating the energy of love, balance, beauty, harmony and sociability. This event also marks the Fall Equinox, exact at 11:09 PM.

9/23 (Thu). September's Full Moon shines forth at 5:17 AM (00°15' Aries) – time for your annual evaluation of how you're doing as an initiator, warrior and sexual being. Any needed adjustments will be easier to make and usual, since this New Moon lines up with the planetary “T-square” configuration formerly known as the Cardinal Climax. (The Moon is conjunct Jupiter and Uranus, square Pluto and loosely opposing Saturn.)
        All of this energy from aspecting planets, plus the fact that this Full Moon occurs in the first degree of the first sign of the zodiac, may give it more “get it rolling” energy than one would normally expect from a Full Moon!
        The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is, A Woman Just Risen From The Sea; A Seal Is Embracing Her.” The fact that it is a woman “just risen” indicates the beginning of a new receptivity. For me, it is a hopeful symbol of the new consciousness now flowering across the planet: receptive, nurturing, and loving.
        As an animal totem, the seal has a complex range of meanings. The ones that seem most meaningful here include playfulness, grace and the ability to function in two separate worlds: the seal performs essential activities both on land and in the sea. Symbolically, this can represent a seamless marriage of the physical and spiritual.
       
Some people were expecting more dramatic global events from the recent Cardinal Climax configuration than the ones which have actually manifested. But historically, in similar but less powerful configurations involving the same planets (in the 1960s and 1930s), the big changes didn't really gather momentum until Saturn had transited forward out of the configuration. That is happening now as this hopeful symbol occurs. Since radical paradigm shift has become essential for humanity's evolution and survival, I believe that we will now begin seeing more clear markers of these essential transformations.

9/25 (Sat). With the Sun square Pluto, the transformation and release needed for you to open to more power from the divine may be a hot topic! Remember that spirit is your constant and abiding ally, and calling on it for assistance is especially easy right now with the Sun also biquintile Neptune and Chiron.

9/30 (Thu). Feeling especially depressed or challenged with the Sun conjunct Saturn? You can master the situation with maturity, discipline and a willingness to do the necessary work. Some “hermit time” may also help you reflect on your situation and make new plans.

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The overall "cosmic weather" affecting everyone

August 2010

by Benjamin Bernstein   

Whatever your Sun Sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

While everyone is affected by these global transits, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your personal horoscope.

HEADLINES

8/3    Jupiter squares Pluto
8/9    New Moon
8/13  Uranus retrogrades into Pisces (technical end of Cardinal Climax)
8/20  Mercury Retrograde thru 9/12
8/21  Saturn square Pluto
8/24  Full Moon

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

8/1, 11:55 pm – 8/2, 4:14 am (Taurus)
8/4, 8:45 am - 12:56 pm (Gemini)
8/6, 5:22 pm – 5:51 (Cancer)
8/7, 2:46 pm – 8/8, 7:24 pm (Leo)
8/10, 3:10 pm - 7:02 pm (Virgo)
8/11, 8:04 pm – 8/12, 6:44 pm (Libra)
8/14, 4:06 pm - 8:28 pm (Scorpio)
8/17, 1:25 am - 1:35 am (Sagittarius)
8/19, 9:59 am - 10:19 am (Capricorn)
8/21, 9:09 pm - 9:39 pm (Aquarius)
8/24, 4:30 am - 10:12 am (Pisces)
8/26, 10:00 pm - 10:51 pm (Aries)
8/29, 4:48 am - 10:37 am (Taurus)
8/31, 7:14 pm - 8:21 pm (Gemini)

THE STORY SO FAR: Five planets are retrograde as August opens: Pluto (thru 9/14), Chiron (thru 11/5), Neptune (thru 11/7), Jupiter (thru 11/18) and Uranus (thru 12/5).
        August
opens in the midst of the Cardinal Climax. In a nutshell, the Cardinal Climax -- a planetary firestorm superfueled by the energies of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto -- is the most powerful astrological aspect pattern of our lifetimes! Its core theme is to release absolutely everything that has outlived its usefulness, while embracing new hope, transformation and paradigm shift.  

8/1 (Sun).  Let your creative juices flow with help from today's biquintile of the Leonine Sun and Pluto!

8/3  (Tue). The energy of the Cardinal Climax gets a kick in the pants with today's Jupiter-Pluto square! Powerful through mid-September, this is a potent catalyst for powerful new beginnings. You can also use this energy to give a new burst of energy to an existing situation. Dark side possibilities of this square include extreme violence or megalomania, so stay on the high side!

8/4 (Wed). Mars wades into the heart of the Cardinal Climax today, opposing Jupiter and squaring Pluto. This takes the opportunities and cautions described on 8/3 and kicks them up to a whole new level! This is a potentially explosive time, so exercise an appropriate level of caution. Remember, however, that it also takes a massive explosion to launch a rocket into space. The key is to have the detonation planned, controlled and properly directed. Whatever can benefit from fiery, high-octane energy – be it sex, passionate creative expression, athletics, a bold financial undertaking, or the timely destruction of something whose time has come – it won't get much hotter than this!
        Even if the sex sets off skyrockets today, it doesn't guarantee that your partner is a keeper – not with Venus quincunx Neptune, anyway. Relationship matters can be a bit fuzzy under this aspect. So unless you're getting a crystal-clear intuitive signal, postpone any important relationship decision-making if possible. However, there is a big green light for sacred sexual practice with the right person!

8/6 (Fri). Venus' quincunx to Chiron is good for refinements and adjustments in relationships, creativity and finance.
        And Venus' entry into Libra, where she'll transit thru 9/8, will push the energy of relationships and creativity more into the forefront.

8/7 (Sat). Next on Venus' social calendar is an opposition to Uranus, as she follows Mars into the heart of the Cardinal Climax. While relationships, finances and creativity may experience more volatility, the opportunity for breakthroughs, awakenings and paradigm shifts is also strong – especially if you follow your intuitive flashes!

8/8 (Sun). Got relationships? With Venus conjunct Saturn, the strong ones can get stronger foundations, while the shakier ones may well be tested to see if they're worthy of your continued time and attention.

8/9 (Mon). Venus continues her extraordinary string of aspects with an opposition to Jupiter, providing fresh hope and expansion to relationships, finance and creativity.
        The Cardinal Climax's New Moon is, appropriately enough, in the fiery sign of Leo! It happens on the 9th at 11:08 PM (17°24' Leo). Given what's going on with Venus, new creative beginnings are especially supported. Leo New Moons are also great times for new initiatives relating to leadership or generosity.
        This New Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “A chemist conducts an experiment for his students.” This symbol beautifully reflects what a grand experiment humanity is currently engaged in, as well as the extraordinary alchemical possibilities that lie the open before us. Don't settle for just being one of the students, though: now is the time to make your entire life a grand experiment!

8/10 (Tue). Venus squares Pluto today, engaging the Lord of the Underworld's tremendous power. Be open to any needed transformation in the three Venusian life areas that you may very well have memorized by now – relationships, finance and creativity. Once that process is complete, the doors will be open for you to receive Pluto's gifts of wealth and power!
        Just when you thought there couldn't be any Venus aspects left, she pulls out a biquintile to Neptune! This radiates divinely inspired creativity and facilitates conscious union with the divine.

8/11 (Wed). Whichever of its names you choose to use – quadriform, arrowhead, Thor's Hammer or God's Fist – we've got us a strong aspect pattern today!
        I'll call it an arrowhead just to keep things simple.
        An arrowhead's stressful, dynamic energy is caused by its challenging aspects: a 90° square and two 135°sesquiquadrates. In this case, the Sun is at the tip of the arrowhead. Pluto is at one back corner, while Uranus and Jupiter occupy the other back corner.
        If the names of these slower planets sound familiar, it may be because I've talked about them so much as part of the Cardinal Climax. This means that this arrowhead provides yet more stimulation to this world-shaking aspect pattern.
        So what does a leonine Sun do when simultaneously stimulated by Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter? For starters, he gets intensely bright, and struts his creative stuff on the spotlit stage for all he's worth! Then, if he's smart, he opens himself to transformation, paradigm shift and radical expansion. But he steers clear of power trips and excessive volatility, and keeps reminding himself that whatever gifts, talents and other positive attributes he possesses flow from the divine.
        Then he can launch into the world like a blazing fire arrow, dynamically radiating his talents in a way that serves the highest need of all!

8/13 (Fri). The Cardinal Climax technically ends as Uranus retrogrades into Pisces late today, but I wouldn't count on the intense energy letting up much just yet. Continue releasing, transforming and paradigm shifting!

8/16 (Mon). Hope or despair? Joy or sorrow? Expansion or contraction? If areas of your life seem polarized between these extremes as Jupiter opposes Saturn, you may find that the first choice in each pair will serve you better. These are also the two main planets of business astrology, so be sure to look for opportunities in the world of work!

8/20 (Fri). Divinely inspired creativity is available like a flowing waterfall, thanks to a Sun-Neptune opposition and a Venus-Mars conjunction. The latter aspect may help you find new possibilities in challenged relationships as well.
        Reflect on those relationships – along with everything else of importance – during the Mercury Retrograde period that starts on the 20th at 3:58 PM. (It lasts through 9/12 at 7:09 PM.) Mercury retrograde is always a time to be especially careful about travel, communication, technology and data. Delays and glitches in these areas may be more common than usual. Be sure to back up your critical data!

8/21 (Sat). What things, people and concepts have outlived their usefulness in your life? Voluntarily releasing them as Saturn squares Pluto may save you from having them taken away without your consent. This is also a time when business ideas with a solid foundation can be supercharged by a fresh infusion of energy and capital.
        Part of this energy may come from a consultant or advisor, whose presence is supported by a Sun-Chiron opposition.

8/23 (Mon). Are you experiencing jangling nerves, tapping foot syndrome or nervous tics? The less desirable manifestations of a Sun-Uranus quincunx can be alleviated by making adjustments to follow your intuitive flashes!
        The Sun enters Virgo today. Good timing, too: with all the intense things that have been going on this month, we'll all need some of Virgo's organizational energy and attention to detail! Helpful service, another Virgo specialty, will be appreciated by many at this time.
        Law of Attraction aficionados may find their visualizations receiving some extra sparkle, thanks to today's Saturn-Neptune biquintile. (Neptune supports visualization and imagination, while Saturn supports physical manifestation.)

8/24 (Tue). The August Full Moon peaks on the 24th at 1:04 PM (1°25' Pisces). Even more than most Piscean Full Moons, this is a time to feel how well you're able to connect with Spirit and receive the flow of creative inspiration and intuitive guidance.
        This Full Moon is intensified by aspects to all of the Cardinal Climax planets: it conjuncts Neptune, semi-sextiles Jupiter and Uranus, sextiles Pluto and quincunxes Saturn. However, since the most challenging hard angles are not represented, the energetic intensification should only be moderate.
        The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is, "A squirrel hiding from hunters." While this might initially bring up thoughts of fear and imminent doom, isn't it true that we must all face physical death eventually? Perhaps a message we can take from this is to adopt a squirrel's naturally playful disposition, no matter what grim possibilities might seem to be hounding us.
        Happiness is fundamentally a state of mind, largely independent of one's temporal situation. Truly, the physical world is the most illusory realm of all -- everything in it is impermanent and will eventually perish, even entire galaxies and the Universe itself. Only in the spiritual realms do we experience our fundamental immortality. So, while the secreted squirrel is taking appropriate cautionary measures to preserve its fleeting physical existence a bit longer, it has made sure to have a lot of fun, leaping amongst the trees, while in its little furball body. The Buddhists say that one cannot fully live until one has embraced the reality of one's own inevitable death -- and so, in a roundabout way, this Sabian Symbol -- "A squirrel hiding from hunters" -- can be a wake-up call to a more rich and fulfilling life.

8/26 (Thu). Step out and serve with your full primal power as the Virgoan Sun trines Pluto today.

8/28 (Sat). Relationships and finance get a boost of creative empowerment with Venus quintile Pluto.

8/31 (Tue). Physical activity and new relationship energy get a magical boost with Mars quintile Pluto.

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The overall "cosmic weather" affecting everyone

July 2010 Detailed Forecast
by Benjamin Bernstein  

          Whatever your Sun sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

          While everyone is affected by these global transits, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your birth chart.

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS
 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

7/3, 7:18 am - 9:45 am (Aries)
7/5, 5:25 pm - 8:30 pm (Taurus)
7/8, 2:10 am - 3:52 am (Gemini)
7/10, 7:32 am - 7:40 am (Cancer)
7/12, 7:49 am - 8:55 am (Leo)
7/14, 6:23 am - 9:16 am (Virgo)
7/16, 9:46 am - 10:26 am (Libra)
7/18, 10:26 am - 1:43 pm (Scorpio)
7/20, 7:43 pm - 7:50 pm (Sagittarius)
7/23, 12:51 am - 4:40 am (Capricorn)
7/25, 10:20 am - 3:40 pm (Aquarius)
7/27, 11:47 pm – 7/28, 4:01 am (Pisces)
7/29, 11:45 pm – 7/30, 4:43 pm (Aries)
 


THE STORY SO FAR: Three planets are retrograde as July opens:Uranus Pluto (thru 9/14), Chiron (thru 11/5) and Neptune (thru 11/7).

7/1 (Thu). Your mental powers are stimulated by Mercury's sextile to Mars, making this a good time for learning, thinking and communicating.

7/2 (Fri). Unconventional healing and cutting-edge mentoring are supported by the Uranus-Chiron semi-sextile, exact today. However, this is a long-term connection: these planets have been making this aspect for several months, and will continue doing so through September.
        Chiron is also associated with fresh wounding, and it's not too much of a stretch to imagine that the Gulf oil spill – a shocking and unexpected (Uranus) wound (Chiron) to our ecosystem – was partially brought about by this planetary connection. (It's also noteworthy that Chiron is in Pisces, which rules both oil and the ocean!)
        To avoid fresh wounds of your own, be sure to follow your intuitive flashes (Uranus' preferred method of communication), as well as the sage advice of wisdom-givers (Chiron).

7/3 (Sat). Mercury's quintile to Saturn lends both creativity and stability to your mental processes. 

7/5 (Mon). There are two creative connections today: Venus biquintile Uranus and Mercury biquintile Neptune. Whatever your creative modality, plenty of inspiration is available!
        Uranus turns retrograde
today at 0°35' Aries. Planets are most potent when stationing, so anything in your natal chart very early in cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn) or very late in mutable signs (Pisces, Gemini, Virgo & Sagittarius) will be intensely stimulated by Uranus' energy of paradigm shift, sudden change and “letting your freak flag fly.” The whole world will also feel this energy more powerfully at this time.

7/6 (Tue). Revise and refine your thoughts and writings with Mercury biquintile Chiron.

7/7 (Wed). Creativity gets a magical boost with Leonine Venus biquintile Jupiter! This positivity and good fortune can extend into your finances and relationships as well.

7/8 (Thu). Is the person you're smitten with truly your soulmate, or are you just looking through rose-colored glasses? With Venus opposing Neptune, you might be hard-pressed to tell. If in doubt, have you and the person you're attracted to spend some time with people who are good judges of character, and have good relationships themselves. Then, later, check back in with that person on your own and get their honest opinion of your (potential) partner.
        Venus-Neptune aspects such as this are also excellent for creative expression, and for connecting with your Higher Self. (That's one relationship you can always be sure of!)
        There's also another Neptune aspect today: a quincunx to Mercury. If you're experiencing mental confusion, try giving your left brain a break and asking for the answer direct from Source! This aspect can also inspire your writing and thinking.

7/9 (Fri). Mercury is downright hyperactive today, making no less than four aspects!
        Its sextile to Saturn is good for mental stability, long-range planning and serious thought. But its entry into Leo, where it will transit through 7/27, marks a time when sharing your voice with the public – literally through speaking or singing, or metaphorically through writing or other less direct means – is supported.
        Its quincunx to Chiron suggests making mental adjustments, based on input from a mentor or other giver of wisdom. And Mercury's strongest aspect of the day – a trine to Uranus – will make receiving guidance through intuitive flashes more easily.
        The Cancerian Sun also quintiles Saturn, supporting creative and responsible solutions to family matters.

7/10 (Sat). Today, it's Venus's turn to aspect some of the same planets Mercury contacted yesterday!
        She starts by entering Virgo through 8/6. This energy is helpful for analyzing and fine-tuning relationships, finances and creativity, as well as extending service to others.
        Her opposition to Chiron reinforces everything in the paragraph above. While wounding in the context of relationship is possible with this aspect, healing old wounds in the context of the current relationship is an even better use of this energy.
        Finally, her quincunx to Uranus suggests being open to paradigm shifts or quantum leaps in your key relationships, as well as new directions in finance or creativity. In all these areas, let your intuitive flashes guide you!

7/11 (Sun). A Mercury-Jupiter trine supports learning and communication of all kinds harmoniously and easily. This could come in handy, since Mercury's quincunx to Pluto could encourage you to speak your mind about challenging truths and forbidden subjects!
        But today's biggest news is a Solar Eclipse at 3:40 PM (
19°23' Cancer). A Solar Eclipse is a New Moon by definition. So, for starters, it's a good time for new beginnings in matters relating to your home, the people you live with, and working with your own emerging unconscious material.
        Since a Solar Eclipse is like a New Moon on steroids, its effects can last anywhere from six months to a year. (In fact, many people experience the effects of eclipses several weeks
before they occur!) So even if issues in the above areas don't manifest today, keep an eye out for them during the coming months.
        This eclipse is sextiled by Mars, indicating the appropriateness of assertive action -- as long as it's carried out harmoniously.
        The eclipse's Sabian Symbol is “Venetian gondoliers doing a serenade.” This image suggests creating more closeness in your relationship by lavishing your spouse or live-in partner with some of the same romantic attentions as if you were still dating.
        In a more psychological sense, since serenades are songs of love, it suggests flowing unconditional love to whatever comes up from your subconscious – no matter how ugly or repellent it may seem. In my experience, flowing divine love to something which seems undesirable tends to either dissolve it, transform it or send it packing!
 

7/13 (Tue). Analyzing your finances, and making appropriate adjustments to increase your prosperity, is well-timed under today's Venus-Jupiter quincunx. Plus, the vibration of enhanced wealth is amplified by a Venus-Pluto trine. The same adjust-to-empower approach can be applied to relationships and creativity as well.

7/14 (Wed). A pair of biquintiles – Sun-Neptune and Mercury-Pluto – make it easier for you to receive creative inspiration and connect with your Higher Self.

7/16 (Fri). If you'll visualize whatever healing is needed in your family situation, today's biquintile connecting the Cancerian Sun and Chiron will help you bring it about. Hint: the more you see a disharmonious situation saturated with divine love, the faster it will heal!

7/20 (Tue). Chiron, which has been dipping its toe into Piscean waters since 4/20, retreats back into Aquarius today. (It will reenter Pisces on 2/8/2011, settling in for over seven years.) Alternative healing, unconventional wisdom and a maverick approach that suits your unique talents will be supported for almost 10 months!
        With the Sun quincunx Neptune, your divine source and creative inspiration are eager to connect with you! Will you make the adjustments needed to connect with them?

7/21 (Wed). Some kind of health challenge is possible with Saturn quincunx Chiron. But with Saturn still (barely) in Virgo, the challenge might be mental. (The words of the Na'vi shamaness from Avatar, as she meets Jake Sully for the first time, come to mind: “We will see if your insanity can be cured.”) This is a good time to examine what insane (e.g., unsustainable, life-destroying or inappropriately self-centered) concepts remain unquestioned in your own mind.
        But there's another even more significant
Saturn event today: his reentry into Libra! He made an advance inspection 10/29/09 through 4/6/10 before retrograding back into Virgo, but now he's settling into Libra through 10/5/2012.
        Unto itself, Saturn in Libra can highlight the challenges in problematic relationships so that issues can be resolved or the relationship released. But he can also, metaphorically speaking, add rooms or whole new levels to relationships with solid foundations. Focused work and discipline are rewarded in the areas of relationship, finance and creativity during this period.
        From a broader perspective, Saturn's entry into Libra marks the arrival of
the most powerful astrological alignment of our lifetimes!
       
This aspect pattern is called a “T-square”, a triangle made up of one 180° opposition and two 90° squares. The opposition is made up of Saturn (tradition, old structures) on one side, and the conjunction of Jupiter (hope, new beginnings) and Uranus (revolution, paradigm shift) on the other. And all three planets square Pluto (transformation, death and rebirth).
        This T-square has been building for the last couple of months. It will be powerful through 9/21, and especially potent today through 8/12. That's when all these planets are in cardinal signs, representing new beginnings, and will be dubbed the “
Cardinal Climax.”
        Its basic message? The modification or destruction of old structures that have outlived their usefulness, and their replacement by necessary new paradigms. (One example: the urgent need to rapidly transition to clean energy technologies, as evidenced by the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill.)
        This T-square is a wake-up call to the Aquarian Age. This new era's higher possibilities include awakening, rapid enlightenment, appropriate use of technology, routine intuitive guidance, and each person's unique talents serving the common good. I have witnessed a new Golden Age being born on the inner planes, and believe that it will soon manifest physically. The main question is how rough we're going to make the transition! (Hint: start with “Love your neighbor as thyself.”)
        To navigate this T-Square successfully, release anything and everything that does not serve your highest need. This includes objects, concepts and people. Consider yourself a work in progress, and strap in for an unprecedented roller coaster ride of accelerated evolution and rapid personal transformation!
        Your old ways of being in the world may no longer work. At such times, your most reliable source of guidance is your own intuition. Strengthen your “divine GPS” now, so that you can easily receive its crucial turn-by-turn directions when it counts!
        And don't expect a return to “normalcy” once this T-square breaks up. Uranus and Pluto – the two planets who brought us the 1960s during their conjunction – are ushering in a new round of revolution, radical change and extraordinary breakthroughs as they square each other thru 2015. Consider the current T-square a warm-up for this mind-boggling period of light-speed change and mass spiritual awakening.

7/22 (Thu). Whatever the weather, it's a sunny day: there are three significant events today, and they all involve our solar system's fiery furnace!
        The first, Sun quincunx Chiron, basically adds energy to yesterday's Saturn-Chiron quincunx. So read the 7/21 entry if you'd like a refresher.
        The Sun also enters Leo today, the sign that it rules. This radiates the energy of leadership, creativity, performance and entertainment.
        Finally, a Sun-Saturn sextile provides plenty of energy for industriousness, accomplishment and endurance.

7/23 (Fri). To all of yesterday's Sun events, add a trine to Uranus today! This energy supports letting your unique individuality shine for all to see, and increases your receptivity to intuitive flashes.
        Your “Eureka!” moments are additionally empowered by a Mercury-Uranus biquintile.
        Finally, Jupiter turns retrograde today through 11/18. This is a good time to contemplate the meaning of life and make plans for foreign travel and future adventures!

7/25 (Sun). Today's Jupiter-Pluto square, in Aries and Capricorn, is part of the Cardinal Climax discussed in the 7/21 entry. Unto itself, however, it can provide tremendous power for new beginnings and new hope! There's a danger of overreaching under this energy, however, so make sure that any grandiose plans you're planning to carry out are achievable. Widescale destruction is another possible interpretation – which can be good if the thing being destroyed has outlived its usefulness, and can be replaced by something better!
        There's a
Full Moon today at 9:36 PM (3° Aquarius). You can use it to look at how you're doing in terms of developing, embodying and freely expressing your unique gifts and talents. Are you using them selfishly, or using them in a humanitarian spirit to help others?
        This Full Moon is receiving strong aspects from all of the Cardinal Climax planets: a trine from Saturn, sextiles from Uranus and Jupiter, and a semi-sextile from Pluto. Since most of these are “soft” connections, they make it possible for you to work with these intense and transformative energies more easily. Under these stunningly powerful energies, resisting change can make you feel helpless and overwhelmed; embracing it will help you feel inspired and powerful!
        This Full Moon's Sabian Symbol is,
A deserter from the Navy stands suddenly aware of a dawning truth: freedom is never the result of compromise.”
       
Let me preface my interpretation by saying that it is in no way intended to dishonor those who have chosen the path of military service. I honor and respect those who bravely risk their lives in order to defend their country.
        In this context, the Navy represents any large, powerful and tradition-bound institution which perpetuates delusional thinking. (Oceangoing activities are ruled by Neptune, whose dark side includes fog, confusion and deceit.) The deserter is doing the right thing: breaking away from blind acceptance of groupthink and seeing the world from a new, more realistic perspective.
       
Our deserter is realizing that “freedom is never the result of compromise.” If our current global civilization desires freedom from the looming catastrophic consequences of our current path of environmental devastation, then it cannot compromise on one key point: the still largely unquestioned premise of continuous growth must be abandoned. The current corporate and national growth paradigms must be replaced by sustainability models. If we continue consuming more resources each year than can be regenerated, the consequences will be horrific beyond our capacity to imagine.
       
On a more personal level, ask yourself what you need to “desert” in order to achieve the freedom that your soul is calling for. The coming Golden Age will be characterized by each person following their own intuitive guidance, with order maintained more by synchronicity than hierarchy. Why not choose to be one of the forerunners, and start living your own Golden Age right now?

7/26 (Mon). Speaking of delusional thinking, Mercury opposes Neptune today! If your logical mind seems fuzzy, asking for answers and information directly from your Higher Self may prove more productive. This is a great energy for creative writers and channelers.
       
You'll have plenty of energy at your disposal today, since the Sun is connecting to two powerful planets. Open yourself to empowering transformation with the Sun quincunx Pluto, and stay alert to prosperity opportunities with the Sun trine Jupiter.
        Speaking of delusional thinking yet again, it's all too easy for those still bound to their egos to embark on a crusade for The One True Way with Mars quincunx Neptune. But if you've already established a strong connection to Spirit, taking intuitively guided action is a more realistic possibility. Activities that combine physical activity with spiritual energy are supported now: possibilities include tai chi, chi gung, ecstatic dance and sacred sexuality.
        The day closes with one of the most powerful events of the year:
Saturn opposing Uranus. An essential component of the Cardinal Climax (see the 7/21 entry), this represents the conflict between the powers-that-be struggling to maintain the status quo and the upstart forces of revolutionary change. This is the fifth and final Saturn-Uranus opposition in this series, which started on Election Day in November 2008 when Obama, the first black US president, was elected.
       
In your own life, you'll make things a lot easier by proactively releasing everything old that has outlived its usefulness: things, relationships and ways of thinking. Stretch yourself to embrace positive new paradigms, and above all let yourself be guided by Uranus' intuitive flashes!

7/27 (Tue). Fine-tune your thinking and writing, and engage with mentors and wisdom-givers, as Mercury opposes Chiron.
        Mercury is in Virgo today through 10/2: an unusually long time, due to its upcoming retrograde. (That will be 8/20 thru 9/12 – mark your calendar now!) Mercury rules Virgo, so the energies of discernment, perfectionism, service and “keeping it natural” will be more readily available.


7/28 (Wed).
With Mercury quincunx Uranus, be ready to adjust your plans if they conflict with an intuitive flash.

7/29 (Thu). If someone gives you advice and you're tempted to bite their head off, try to restrain yourself: you may just be feeling Mars quincunx Chiron. You can use this energy more productively by taking action to empower your health or proactively giving or seeking wise counsel.
        Mars is in Libra today through 9/14, supporting assertive action in the fields of relationship, creativity and finance.

7/30 (Fri). Turning your mind to research, the occult or your committed relationship would be timely with Mercury trine Pluto. In fact, mental activity is generally juiced due to Mercury's quincunx to Jupiter. (Be careful not to over-communicate!)

7/31 (Sat). Today's Mars-Saturn conjunction is the ultimate Energizer Bunny transit: Mars' energy combined with Saturn's endurance you let you go and go and go. (How fortunate that it's in Libra, the sign of relationship!)

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June 2010 Detailed Forecast
by Benjamin Bernstein  

          Whatever your Sun sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

          While everyone is affected by these global transits, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your birth chart. 

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

6/3,10:56 am - 1:34:37 pm (Pisces)
6/6, 1:50:19 am - 1:50:44 am (Aries)
6/8, 9:14 am - 11:42 am (Taurus)
6/10, 3:51 pm - 6:12 pm (Gemini)
6/12, 7:35 pm - 9:52 pm (Cancer)
6/14, 8:39 pm - 11:56 pm (Leo)
6/16, 11:25 pm - 6/17, 1:42 am (Virgo)
6/19, 1:05 am - 4:14 am (Libra)
6/21, 7:29 am - 8:15 am (Scorpio)
6/23, 11:33 am - 2:11 pm (Sagittarius)
6/25, 7:34 pm - 10:23 pm (Capricorn)
6/28, 5:56 am - 8:53 am (Aquarius)
6/30, 6:04 pm - 9:11 pm (Pisces)


THE STORY SO FAR: Two planets are retrograde as June opens: Pluto (thru 9/14) and Neptune (thru 11/7).

6/1 (Tue). There's plenty of creativity and divine inspiration in the air with the Sun quintile Jupiter.

6/2 (Wed). Two more quintiles keep the creative buzz and spiritual downflow coming! A Venus-Saturn quintile is great for getting productive with your creativity and finding inspired solutions to relationship issues. A Sun-Uranus quintile amplifies your ability to receive intuitive flashes.

6/3 (Thu). An intense aspect pattern peaks today and is in effect the 1st through the 5th. I could not find a name for it, but the fact that it's made up entirely of hard and semi-hard angles makes its meaning clear enough!
        One could think of it as
a sort of Squished Grand Cross: not as strong as a true Grand Cross, but still fundamentally challenging. Like so many of the aspect patterns dominating the sky this year, it carries the theme of releasing that which has outlived its usefulness, and paradigm shifting into new realities that serve the greater good.
        Technically speaking, this aspect pattern is an oblong rectangle consisting of two oppositions, two quincunxes and two semi-sextiles. Moving counterclockwise around the perimeter, we have Saturn quincunx Neptune/Chiron, Neptune/Chiron semi-sextile Jupiter/Uranus, Jupiter/Uranus quincunx Mars, and Mars semi-sextile Saturn. Internally, Saturn opposes Jupiter/Uranus, and Mars opposes Neptune/Chiron! All four elements are contained, so its effects could be quite far-reaching!

6/4 (Fri). With Mars opposing Neptune, anything which merges the physical and spiritual is supported. Possibilities include tai chi, Chi Kung, yoga, sacred sexuality and ecstatic dance. But however great your enthusiasm, beware of becoming fanatical!
        Chiron turns retrograde today, and backpedals for five months through 11/5. Planets are most powerful when changing direction, so this is an excellent time to be conscious of issues involving childhood wounds, healing and mentoring. (This is especially true if you have sensitive natal points early in mutable signs or late in fixed signs, since Chiron is stationing at 1° Pisces.)

6/6 (Sun). A new 12-year cycle kicks off as JUPITER ENTERS ARIES, the first sign of the zodiac. Jupiter will stay in Aries through 9/8 before retrograding into Pisces, then will return to Aries 1/22 thru 6/4 of 2011.
        Considered in isolation, this is a powerful time for new beginnings of all kinds, but especially for those involving the physical body and the awakening or empowerment of your inner warrior. But because Jupiter is joining Uranus in early Aries, there is also a powerful amplification of the energies of revolution and paradigm shift. Intuitive flashes will also be transmitting more powerfully, so put up your antennae!

6/7 (Mon). Be extra cautious, since accidents, hair-trigger tempers and sudden conflicts could manifest with Mars quincunx both Uranus and Jupiter today! However, it's an excellent time for physical activity and taking immediate action on your intuitive flashes.
        Mars also enters Virgo today, which he will transit through 7/29. This combination supports physical activities requiring great precision and enthusiastic energy directed toward serving others.
        Finally, a Venus-Neptune biquintile adds a touch of creative inspiration and divine connection to the mix.

6/8 (Tue). Jupiter and Uranus are conjunct in early Aries today! As I said in the 6/6 entry, this juices up the energies of revolution and paradigm shift, and fires up those intuitive flashes. In addition, this combination suggests new beginnings and/or breakthroughs in your religious path and philosophy of life, as well as an urge to explore different ways of life through adventurous journeying (physical, mental or spiritual). These energies will remain strong through January 2011.
        Taurean Mercury is also trine Saturn, a supportive energy for doing business and thinking things through in a steady, methodical way.
        We also have Mars opposing Chiron. With Mars' quincunxes to Jupiter and Uranus still strong, and with Chiron's potential for inflicting wounds on physical and other levels, you are still advised to proceed with caution and avoid unnecessary risk. On the brighter side, this aspect is great for making new beginnings or infusing new energy into healing or mentoring activities.


6/9 (Wed). Mercury squares Neptune today. This is part of the T-square peaking on 6/10; see that entry for details.
        There's a sprinkling of fairy dust in the air today, courtesy of two biquintiles (Mercury-Pluto and Venus-Chiron). This magical energy is ideal for creativity and divine connection.


6/10 (Thu). A T-square with powerful mental effects peaks today, and is active the 6th through the 13th. It's made up of Neptune and Chiron opposing Mars, with everybody squaring Mercury!
        The result is a fascinating mixture of energies. On the challenge side, your logical mind might feel a bit fuzzy (Neptune square Mercury). Bringing all the planets into the interpretation, some might even feel as if they're under attack from hidden enemies. Continuing our recent cautionary theme, the Mars-Mercury square suggests that you be leery of verbal disputes or attempts at mental domination.
        Of course, all this can have an upside as well. The Neptune-Mercury square could also be the dynamic engagement of intuitive flow into your conscious mind. Giving or receiving mentoring can be energized by the Mercury-Chiron square, which is exact today. And the Mars-Mercury square could simply manifest as increased energy and enthusiasm for communication. As with all things astrological, how you choose to harness these energies has a major impact on how they manifest!
        Mercury has plenty going on with this T-square, but its love of multitasking and variety is going over the top today! For starters, it enters Gemini, which it will transit through 6/25. Mercury rules this sign, and while in it will radiate the energy of learning, communicating and “sticking 10 different fingers into 10 different pies.”
        Mercury also sextiles Uranus and Jupiter today, helping you keep a positive mental attitude and making the mind more receptive to intuitive flashes.

6/11 (Fri). Mercury squares Mars today; see the 6/10 T-square entry for details.

6/12 (Sat). The June New Moon occurs at 7:14 AM (22° Gemini). New beginnings in learning, teaching, speaking, writing and other mental activities are supported, as are new initiatives with siblings and neighbors.
       
“Dancing couples in a harvest festival” is this New Moon's Sabian Symbol. This resonates beautifully with Gemini's energy of pairing, as well as its love of sociability. It's also a timely reminder, in this time of unprecedented paradigm shift, of the importance of community. It also reminds us of the magnificent harvest awaiting us at the end of this challenging process: a world that has reclaimed the sacred and honors its “all one” interconnectedness.
        A Venus-Saturn sextile is good for relationship stability, artistic productivity and dealing realistically with your financial situation.
        Finally, Mercury quincunxes Pluto, an ideal energy under which to surrender outdated paradigms and give birth to new ones!

6/13 (Sun). A Yod, or “Finger of God,” has been building since the 11th, and both peaks and ends today. This aspect pattern consists of three planets: in the current incarnation, Venus sextiles (60°) Saturn on the back end, with both planets making quincunxes (150°) to Neptune at the tip of the yod's narrow triangle.
        This Yod is tailor-made for activating the Law of Attraction for financial prosperity. Neptune rules imagination and visualization, Saturn rules physical manifestation, and Venus represents money! You can also use your manifestation power for relationships and creativity, Venus' other main themes.

6/14 (Mon). Venus enters Leo today through 7/10. Think drama, showmanship and sequins!
        The Love Goddess is also trining Uranus, opening the door for intuitive flashes to guide your relationships, creativity and finance.
        It's all about Venus today: she also quincunxes Chiron. Should your relating uncover any sensitive psychological areas, take the opportunity to heal them.

6/15 (Tue).
Venus continues her aspect run with a trine to Jupiter. Luck can be with you, especially if you follow your intuitive flashes!
        Appropriate sexual activity is smoothly supported with Virgoan Mars trine Pluto, as are all physically focused activities and carefully planned new initiatives.

6/16 (Wed). Let Spirit put its two cents' worth in before making decisions now: a Mercury-Uranus quintile stands ready to transmit intuitive flashes into your brain!

6/17 (Thu). With Venus quincunx Pluto, be open to recognizing and releasing whatever does not serve your key relationships. It's also an ideal time for any financial adjustments that are needed.

6/19 (Sat). With the Sun squaring Saturn (see the Grand Cross description on 6/24) and trining Neptune, a passive attitude could result in depression and spaciness. But a proactive combination of visualization and sweat equity could move you powerfully toward your goals. Be sure to make time to connect with Spirit!

6/21 (Mon). The Sun enters Cancer at 7:28 am. This is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, so celebrate! The Sun's passage through Cancer, which lasts through 7/22, is a good time to focus on nurturing, healing, food and domestic affairs.
        Symptoms of a mismanaged Sun-Uranus square (also part of the Grand Cross described on 6/24) include nervousness, fidgeting and chaotic life events. The antidote? Vigorous exercise and, above all, following your intuitive flashes!

6/22 (Tue). A Sun-Chiron trine is a wonderful time to give or receive mentoring and healing. Creativity is also stimulated with Venus' biquintile to Pluto.

6/23 (Wed). Even if you feel like you can take on Mickey Rourke, don't mistake yourself for Iron Man: it may just be the overconfidence of a Sun-Jupiter square. (Also part of the Grand Cross described on 6/24.) Still, do put this abundant energy to good use!

6/24 (Thu). A GRAND CROSS, which can be an intensely challenging aspect pattern, is in effect the 21st thru the 26th, peaking today. This one packs a punch, with the Sun making hard angles to Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Saturn! Mercury is also part of this mighty aspect pattern the 24th to the 26 as it conjuncts the Sun.
        Stand ready to jettison all physical and conceptual structures that don't serve your highest need, especially in domestic and family affairs. Good fortune is part of the mix, especially if you leave quiet time to receive the intuitive flashes which stand ready to guide you!
        A Mercury-Saturn square is part of today's Grand Cross. Considered independently, it can support intense mental discipline as long as you're not letting someone else control would you can think or say!
        Mercury is also trining Neptune, an energy of flowing creativity and easy divine connection.

6/25 (Fri). Mercury enters Cancer today through 7/9. Use its time there to make your communication more sensitive and nurturing.
        Two of the Grand cross' aspects are exact today: Mercury square Uranus and the Sun opposing Pluto. See the 6/24 entry for details.
        Mercury trines Chiron today, an ideal setup for mentoring and healing words.

6/26 (Sat). A Mercury-Jupiter square is great for mental stimulation; just be sure you're not talking someone's ear off! It's also part of the Grand Cross we've been discussing.
        Speaking of the Grand Cross, you could hardly ask for a more dramatic ending to it than a
LUNAR ECLIPSE! This occurs at 7:30 am (5° Capricorn). Astronomically, this eclipse (which, by definition, is also a Full Moon) is no big deal, since it's only partial. But it's big news astrologically, since the Moon is tightly conjunct Pluto (death and rebirth), and the Moon makes challenging aspects to all of the other Grand Cross planets!
        The energies laid down by eclipses last at least six months. Thus, this eclipse is helping to lay the energetic groundwork for the “Cardinal Climax” coming in early August. (The Cardinal Climax, a world-rocking “T-square”, will be the most powerful aspect pattern of our lifetimes! It will include the same slower planets aspecting this eclipse: Pluto, Saturn, Uranus and Jupiter.)
        To make the best use of these energies, carefully analyze all of the key structures in your life: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Once you identify the ones which are not serving the highest need of all concerned, either repair them or release them. Let go of greed and embrace community. Release fear and embrace love. If you feel unable to do something from the personality level, remember that the divine can accomplish anything: ask Spirit to assist you!
        The
Sabian Symbol for this eclipse is, "Indians on the warpath. While some men row a well-filled canoe, others in it perform a war dance."
        This resonates powerfully with the Sabian Symbol for last month's New Moon, which was,
“An Indian warrior riding fiercely, human scalps hanging from his belt.” My interpretation of that symbol was, "Think of the warrior as yourself racing toward your divinely guided destiny, and the scalps as the aspects of yourself which, Kali-like, had to be slain for you to grow into the full magnificence of your evolved self!"
        I
get a similar sense from today's "warpath" symbol, but on a more social level. It's easy to think of this symbol as literally meaning war between nations, and with so many tense spots around the world one can't rule out that possibility.
        But this symbol doesn't have to manifest that way. Rather, we can choose to use the resources in our "well-filled canoe" -- our ingenuity, compassion, energy, physical and financial resources and desire to make a better world -- to wage war on humanity's common enemies. These include global warming, social injustice, the suicidal obsession with growth and profit without regard for its environmental and social cost, and the pernicious illusion that we are separate from our brothers and sisters in human, animal and plant bodies. Once one wakes up and experiences the unity and interdependence of all things, one loses the desire to do harm to other living beings. One "wages war" against ignorance and greed, with the purpose of creating peace, harmony and balance.

6/27 (Sun). June's final major aspect, Saturn quincunx Neptune, repeats this theme. Neptune-Saturn combinations can represent the dissolution of outmoded structures. But they can also stand for the conscious use of imagination, visualization and spiritual power (Neptune) to help make adjustments to old structures or create better ones. Come be part of the solution!
        A Mercury-Pluto opposition can help take your thinking deep and transform it for the better.

6/28 (Mon). Two days remain in June, but today's Sun-Mercury conjunction in Cancer is the month's last significant aspect. This is an excellent energy for learning and all types of communication. If you've been holding back an important message, now is an excellent time to send it out with a healthy measure of nurturing, healing energy.

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May 2010 Detailed Forecast
by Benjamin Bernstein  

          Whatever your Sun sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

          While everyone is affected by these global transits, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your birth chart.

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

5/2, 4:08 am - 6:01 am (Capricorn)
5/4, 3:08 pm - 4:53 pm (Aquarius)
5/7, 2:37 am - 5:35 am (Pisces)
5/9, 4:13 pm - 5:31 pm (Aries)
5/12, 12:12 am - 2:50 am (Taurus)
5/14, 8:29 am - 9:19 am (Gemini)
5/16, 1:07 pm - 1:47 pm (Cancer)
5/18, 4:36 pm - 5:08 pm (Leo)
5/20, 7:43 pm – 8:00 pm (Virgo)
5/22, 10:34 pm - 10:51 pm (Libra)
5/25, 12:01 am - 2:18 am (Scorpio)
5/27, 7:14 am - 7:17 am (Sagittarius)
5/29, 12:40 pm - 2:46 pm (Capricorn)
5/31, 11:42 pm – 6/1, 1:09 am (Pisces)


THE STORY SO FAR: Three planets are retrograde as May opens: Mercury (thru 5/11), Saturn (thru 5/30) and Pluto (thru 9/14).

5/2 (Sun).
The Saturn-Neptune quincunx which peaks today has already been in effect for a month, and will last through early August. Be sure to release old structures which have outlived their usefulness during this time, lest they be dissolved away against your will! Work with the law of attraction can be empowered during this time, and discipline applied to your spiritual and creative pursuits will be rewarded.

5/3 (Mon). Your mind has an enhanced ability to probe into the depths, alone or in conversation with others, with Mercury trine Pluto. Mercury's Taurean placement also makes this a good time for financial opportunities.

5/4 (Tue). With Venus quintile Uranus, let your creativity respond uninhibitedly to your intuitive flashes. Also stay open to Spirit's guidance in bringing about paradigm shifts in important relationships.
        Physical energy is abundant with
the Sun square Mars – expend it in exercise and productive activity rather than picking fights!
        Communication and writing receive a lovely combination of inspiration and productivity with
Mercury biquintile Saturn. 

5/7 (Fri). There's plenty of positive energy for relationships with Geminian Venus sextile Leonine Mars – with these planets in air and fire signs, affairs could even turn passionate! Creativity and harmonious initiation are also supported.

5/11 (Tue). Mercury retrograde ends on the 11th at 6:27 PM. Difficulties you may have been experiencing around travel, communications or technology should start easing up. However, wait until the New Moon on the 13th to start major new projects: they tend to to fare better when launched under a waxing Moon.

5/13 (Thu). May's New Moon occurs on the 13th at 9:04 PM (23°09' Taurus). New beginnings in finance, sensuality and relating with nature as a sentient intelligence (think Avatar) are supported. The aspects to this New Moon – a trine from Saturn, a square from Neptune and a sextile from Jupiter -- suggest that your new ventures will enjoy solid support and good fortune if you make Spirit an active partner!
        This New Moon's
Sabian Symbol is, “An Indian warrior riding fiercely, human scalps hanging from his belt.” Think of the warrior as yourself racing toward your divinely guided destiny, and the scalps as the aspects of yourself which, Kali-like, had to be slain for you to grow into the full magnificence of your evolved self!

5/17 (Mon). The most important things about your key relationships – be they flowing or challenging – may be spotlighted with Venus square Jupiter. This aspect could also make it easy to overdo things – especially with Venus in variety-loving Gemini! – so keep moderation in mind.
        Physical energy, vitality and general exuberance will also be amplified with
the Sun sextile Jupiter.
       
Now that Mercury has turned direct, it will be repeating many of its recent aspects. The first example is its biquintile to Saturn, and the interpretation is the same as it was on 5/4: communication and writing receive a lovely combination of inspiration and productivity! 

5/18 (Tue). Venus is part of two challenging aspect patterns from the 13th through the 23rd: a T-square peaking today and a Grand Cross peaking on the 21st. (The T-square includes Saturn opposing Jupiter and Uranus, with everybody squaring Venus!) If there's a weak point in any of your key relationships, it may will show itself during this time. Let your intuitive flashes tell you whether a given relationship needs to be released, transformed, or just taken to the next level of wonderfulness! Creativity will also be both energized and challenged.
        Relationships may be particularly challenged right about now, with the T-square's
Venus-Saturn square exact today and its Venus-Uranus square exact tomorrow. Let whatever's coming up show you where a more solid foundation is needed in your partnerships. At the same time, with Venus trine Neptune, your ability to achieve profound soul-blending with those you're close to is easier than usual. The energy of steady productivity is also available, thanks to a Sun-Saturn trine.

5/19 (Wed). Does today's Sun-Neptune square have you craving altered states? Union with spirit and manifesting your divinely inspired creativity are two great ways to achieve them.
        Mercury trines Pluto
again today. As I said on 5/3, your mind has an enhanced ability to probe into the depths, either alone or in conversation with others. Mercury's Taurean placement also makes this a good time for financial opportunities.
        Today's
Venus-Uranus square is part of the T-square described on 5/18, and often has the specific effect of creating challenge wherever paradigm shift is needed in relationships. Trust your flashes of insight, but beware of impulsive financial decisions!
        Venus also enters Cancer
today, or she will stay through 6/13. Her placement here can help bring a soothing, nurturing quality to relationships and creativity. 

5/20 (Thu). With all the challenge to relationships in the air, it's nice that they can also benefit from the healing and mentoring energy provided by a Venus-Chiron trine!
        The Sun enters Gemini
late on the 20th, radiating the energy of learning, sharing information, love of variety, eternal youth and tricksterism.
        Intuitive flashes may be especially strong with
the Sun sextile Uranus; I've yet to meet a client who told me that they ultimately regretted following one! 

5/21 (Fri). The Grand Cross mentioned on 5/18 peaks today; please refer back to that entry for its basic interpretation. With Venus now in Cancer, relationships with family and those with whom you live may be particularly affected.
        Moving counterclockwise,
the Grand Cross includes four squares: Venus-Saturn, Saturn-Pluto, Pluto-Uranus/Jupiter, and Uranus/Jupiter-Venus. Since a Grand Cross consists of four squares and two oppositions, it also includes a Venus-Pluto opposition and the opposition of Saturn to Jupiter and Uranus. The Grand Cross is considered the most powerful and challenging aspect pattern in astrology, so take it seriously. But also remember that the greatest challenges, when courageously faced, also provide the greatest opportunities for growth and empowerment!
        As if a Grand Cross wasn't enough, there's also a
Sun-Chiron square today. It may help you see what most needs healing within yourself, and help provide energy for its return to wholeness.

5/23 (Sun). With Jupiter opposing Saturn (part of the Grand Cross) exactly today, you may feel torn between old established habits and the new directions your intuition is leading you. All of my experience suggests that the intuitive path will serve you better.
        Another element of the Grand Cross, the
Venus-Pluto opposition, is also exact today. Its meaning has already been covered in the Grand Cross interpretation. 

5/26 (Wed). While being open to self-transformational adjustment is one of today's themes (Sun quincunx Pluto), creative inspiration and divine connection is doubly emphasized (Mars biquintile Uranus and Mercury quintile Neptune).

5/27 (Thu). May's Full Moon shines forth on the 27th at 7:07 PM (7° Sagittarius). How satisfied are you with your activities in the realms of higher learning, foreign travel, philosophy and religion? This is the time to evaluate and adjust.
        This Full Moon's
Sabian Symbol is, “Cupid knocks at the door of a human heart.” At this extraordinary time in history, however, Cupid is offering not just human romantic love, but the indescribable bliss only available from the unconditional love of the divine. Can you open to it?
        A major astrological event occurs today as
Uranus enters Aries. He remains thru 8/13 before retrograding back into Pisces, then re-enters Aries on 3/11/11 for a stay of about seven years.
        The movement from Pisces to Aries is the transition from dreaming to doing. Thus, we are now entering the time when paradigm shifts, revolutions and breakthroughs on all levels will play out not just in our imaginations, but in the physical world. Another excellent way to use this energy is to take immediate action on your intuitive flashes!

5/28 (Fri). A Jupiter-Neptune semi-sextile may create some irritation if your religious path doesn't support a divine connection you can feel for yourself. Excessive idealization and deceptive illusions are also possible, so be sure to reality check anything that seems too good to be true.
        It's a good day to refine your writing and your critical thinking with
Mercury quintile Chiron.

5/30 (Sun). Saturn turns direct today at 2:09 PM, making it easier to begin new business-related projects. Those with Saturn strong in their natal charts will breathe a special sigh of relief.

5/31 (Mon). Neptune turns retrograde today, an excellent time for meditation, expressing divinely inspired creativity, or flowing divine light to others.

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The overall "cosmic weather" affecting everyone

April 2010
by Benjamin Bernstein  

Whatever your Sun sign, this forecast will help you make the best use of each month’s astrological energies. Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

While everyone is affected by these global transits, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your birth chart.

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

4/2, 8:55 am - 12:54 pm (Sagittarius)
4/4, 4:58 pm - 9:08 pm (Capricorn)
4/7, 4:19 am - 8:52 am (Aquarius)
4/9, 5:45 pm - 9:49 pm (Pisces)
4/12, 8:52 am - 9:32 am (Aries)
4/14, 3:23 pm - 6:56 pm (Taurus)
4/17, 12:58 am - 2:09 am (Gemini)
4/19, 6:21 am - 7:40 am (Cancer)
4/21, 10:08 am - 11:43 am (Leo)
4/23, 11:35 am - 2:26 pm (Virgo)
4/25, 2:21 pm - 4:18 pm (Libra)
4/27, 3:46 pm - 6:30 pm (Scorpio)
4/29, 8:40 pm - 10:37 pm (Sagittarius)

THE STORY SO FAR: Saturn remains retrograde thru May 30.
       
April 1-10, the door is open to new financial possibilities. Stay open to synchronicity and intuitive guidance to maximize your opportunities!

Detailed Forecast

4/1 (Thurs). Creativity and divine connection are made easier through mid-April with Jupiter quintile Pluto. This can also be a good time for financial dealings, especially if you bring in the power of visualization!
        With Mercury sextile Chiron, giving or receiving helpful advice is supported.

4/2 (Fri). Mercury will be in Taurus today through 6/9. Turning your mind to money matters, sensuality and connecting with the earth should be easier during this time. Mercury's unusually long stint in Taurus is due to its upcoming retrograde, 4/18 through 5/11, which takes place entirely in the sign of the bull.
    Mercury is also quincunx Saturn: don't be surprised if a mental challenge or two comes your way!

4/3 (Sat). At first blush, A Venus-Mars square might bring a lovers' spat mind to mind. However, when consciously channeled, this aspect can heighten the excitement in your relationship, intensify erotic electricity, and energize creative inspiration for artists of all types.

4/4 (Sun). Venus square Mars yesterday, Venus trine Pluto today! Both Mars and Pluto carry a sexual charge, so that theme continues. A new energy Pluto brings to the party is flowing transformation, so look at what positive change you can bring to your important relationships.

4/5 (Mon). Arguments and confrontations are more likely with Mercury square Mars – particularly with Mercury in stubborn Taurus and Mars in fiery Leo! Resolve instead to keep your discussions vibrant but controlled.
        Creative inspiration should flow more easily with Venus biquintile Saturn.

4/6 (Tue). Pluto, the planet of death, rebirth and empowerment, is retrograde today thru 9/14. It's always especially potent when changing directions, so think in terms of releasing or transforming whatever isn't harmonious or helpful. Sensitive points in your natal chart around 5° of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) will be affected by Pluto's station.
        Pluto trines Mercury as it turns, encouraging a harmonious flow of deep thought and communication.

4/7 (Wed). Saturn will backpedal into Virgo today and stay through 7/21 (before an extended journey through Libra thru 10/6/2012). Saturn in Virgo is a great time for setting up or fine-tuning systems, procedures and habits in both your personal and professional life. A focus on service or healing is also supported. 

4/8 (Thu). Creative magic is in the air as the two planets most associated with creativity make a magical connection (Venus quintile Neptune). This energy is also great for connecting with your divine source and feeling the divine in the beings around you.

4/9 (Fri). Venus quintiles Chiron today, adding the energy of refinement and precision to the inspiration already in the air. 

4/10 (Sat). Be on the lookout for dark emotions such as anger and jealousy as Leonine Mars quincunxes Pluto. Intense exercise, soul-deep sexuality and dramatic expression are a few ways to make good use of this energy.
        A Mercury-Neptune quintile puts creative energy in the air, particularly as it relates to writing and verbal communication.

4/12 (Mon). Be ready to deal with any unresolved psychological issues around the 12th (Saturn quincunx Chiron). Fresh wounding is also possible under this energy, so avoid unnecessary risks. This is a long-lasting energetic connection – all the way thru early August – so also be mindful of its upside: traditional healing opportunities, making adjustments based on the advice of “wise elders,” and using discipline to hone self-perfection.

4/13 (Tue). The two planets that rule intuition make an exact connection on the 13th (Uranus semi-sextile Neptune), so leave yourself enough quiet time that you can hear that small still voice. Trying a new approach to connecting with Spirit, or innovating within your current path, is also supported. This is another long-term opportunity, since these planets will stay connected for 12 more months!
        Your chance to be more of a mental maverick is up with
Mercury quintile Chiron. Gaining inspiration through meetings with mentors is also supported.

4/14 (Wed). April's New Moon occurs on the 14th at 8:29 AM ( 25° Aries). This is an especially powerful time for new beginnings of all kinds, including those relating to your physical body and the first impression yo give to others.
        The
Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is, “The possibility for man to gain experience at two levels of being.” I and many others know from personal experience that it is possible to be simultaneously conscious in the physical and spiritual realms. If you will open to this possibility and ask for the ability, you can be synchronistically guided to have this experience for yourself!

4/17 (Sat). Good fortune in love and money comes easier with Venus sextile Jupiter.

4/18 (Sun). With the Sun sextile Neptune, creative inspiration and easier connection with your divine source are enhanced.
       
Mercury goes retrograde today at 12:06 AM (13° Taurus), remaining in reverse through 5/11 at 6:27 PM (3° Taurus). Mercury retrograde is a better time for planning and introspection than for initiating new projects. Reflecting on the Taurean themes of self-esteem, sensuality, finances and connection with nature are supported during this Mercury retrograde. Be especially careful when traveling, and make sure that your valuable data is safely backed up.

4/19 (Mon). An aspect pattern called a Yod, or “Finger of God,” peaks today. (It's effective 4/16 thru 4/20.) It includes the Sun, Neptune, Chiron and Saturn. One great way to use this combination of planets is by visualizing what you desire. Neptune rules imagination and the etheric realms, Saturn loves to bring energy into form, and the Sun makes it personal.

4/20 (Tue). The Sun is in Taurus today thru 5/20, a great time for focusing on the Taurean themes in the 4/18 entry.
        Also today,
Chiron enters Pisces for an initial visit through 7/19. Energy healing and spiritual mentoring (possibly from your own higher self!) are both energized during this period.

4/21 (Wed). Now that Mercury is retrograde, it will be repeating many of the aspects it recently made. One of these is today's quintile to Chiron; see the 4/13 entry for details.

4/22 (Thu). Relationships and creativity are magically energized with Venus quintile Mars.

4/23 (Fri). Venus is in a hot zone as she squares Neptune and sextiles Uranus. Because of Neptune, watch out for deception or rose-colored glasses in relationships, but also stay open to the possibility of soul-deep connections. Let your intuitive flashes guide you. Creatively, both aspects open the door to the flow and flash of divine inspiration!

4/24 (Sat). Venus aspects two more slow planets today! Her trine to Saturn can lend stability to relationships, creative expression and finances, while her biquintile to Pluto can both empower creativity and help create new financial possibilities.

4/25 (Sun). Venus is on quite the roll lately: today she squares Chiron and enters Gemini! The square to Chiron presents the opportunity for healing, whether that refers to the relationship itself or old wounds that it's bringing up. And her tenure in Gemini, thru 5/19, can encourage a broad range of socializing and creative eclecticism. (Verbal or written creativity is especially supported by a Mercury-Neptune quintile.)
        Arguments or fiery differences of opinion can be stoked by a
Mercury-Mars square, so work to stay harmonious even if you're passionate about your ideas. And a Sun-Pluto trine can be a fantastic energizer for whatever needs doing.
        There's also plenty of fairy dust in the air, thanks to a
Golden Yod configuration formed by Venus, Mars and Pluto. (It's active 4/23-25, and peaks today.) This can bring magical empowerment to relationships, and is great for sacred sexuality where appropriate.

4/26 (Mon). One of the major astrological events of the year happens today: Saturn opposing Uranus! This is the fourth such occurrence in a series of five that started on election day (11/4/08) and will have its final exact alignment on 7/26.
        The effect of this dynamic opposition, which lasts about two years, is an epic battle between the outworn status quo and the new paradigm that has come to replace it. One need look no further than Washington, with Republicans and Democrats seemingly locked into opposing positions on health care reform (and just about everything else) for a classic example of this dynamic at play. Willingly embracing new paradigms in your own life when their time has come will make your own experience of this energy far less stressful!

4/28 (Wed). April's Full Moon occurs on the 28th at 8:18 AM (9° Scorpio). Use it to take stock of how you're doing with your shared resources, committed romantic relationship(s), psychological explorations, occult practices and research projects. Emotions may run unusually high, even for a Full Moon, because of the challenging aspects to the Moon from Mars, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter. You may feel a strong urge to make changes now, but wait two weeks for the next waxing moon if you possibly can.
        The
Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is, “A dentist at work.” I frankly don't know what to make of this – and that's the tooth!
        Mental activity of all kinds is supported by today's
Sun-Mercury conjunction.

4/29 (Thu). Relationship challenge is par for the course with Venus quincunx Pluto. If things get a bit stressful, view it as an opportunity to introduce needed transformation into the relationship.

4/29 & 4/30 (Thu & Fri). April ends with more fairy dust to inspire your creativity and divine connection (Venus quintile Jupiter on the 29th, and the Sun quintile Neptune on the 30th).

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The overall "cosmic weather" affecting everyone

March 2010
by Benjamin Bernstein 

Whatever your sun sign, this forecast will help you choose how to best use each month’s astrological energies! Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

While everyone is affected by these global transits, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your birth chart. 

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

3/1, 12:37 pm - 7:33 pm (Libra)
3/3, 3:44 pm - 9:13 pm (Scorpio)
3/5, 11:32 pm - 3/6, 2:37 am (Sagittarius)
3/8, 6:14 am - 12:15 pm (Capricorn)
3/10, 5:00 pm - 3/11, 12:44 am (Aquarius)
3/13, 7:58 am - 1:45 pm (Pisces)
3/15, 08:01 pm - 3/16, 2:33 am (Aries)
3/18, 7:23 am - 12:31 pm (Taurus)
3/20, 3:42 pm - 8:30 pm (Gemini)
3/22, 9:49 pm - 3/23, 2:17 am (Cancer)
3/25, 12:40 am - 5:40 am (Leo)
3/27, 3:04 am - 6:59 am (Virgo)
3/29, 2:56 am - 7:23 am (Libra)
3/31, 8:14 am - 8:42 am (Scorpio)

THE STORY SO FAR: We have two retrograde planets right now: Mars thru March 10 and Saturn thru May 30.

Detailed Forecasts

3/1 (Mon). Mercury is in Pisces the 1st thru the 17th . Any mental fuzziness is more than offset by the opportunity for your mind to receive a flowing waterfall of intuitive information!
        Arguments or disagreements can sometimes flare with
Mercury quincunx Mars (today) and Saturn (tomorrow). Instead, use this energy to energize productive and disciplined mental activities.

3/2 (Tue). The Law of Attraction is magically empowered now through mid-March, thanks to Saturn's biquntile to Neptune. This is a great opportunity to bring some inspiring change into your life!

3/3 (Wed). With Venus conjunct Uranus, excitement and innovation trump predictability in relationships, creativity and finance. Also be sure to follow any intuitive flashes you get in these areas.

3/4 (Thu). Mental spelunking – taking your mind into the depths, alone or with others – is supported with Mercury sextile Pluto.

3/5 (Fri). Creative thinking is energized with Mercury biquintile Mars.

3/7 (Sun). Kicking off relationships and creative projects (or injecting new energy into them)  is supported now thru the 31st with Venus in Aries.
        Passionate fire between lovers can ignite easily with
Venus trine Mars. Creative energy also runs strong.
        Mental energy is powerfully stimulated with
Mercury conjunct Jupiter. Be careful that your mouth isn't running ahead of your brain!

3/9 (Tue). With Venus opposing Saturn, it's reality check time for all important relationships – romantic or platonic. Give more energy to the ones that are helping you move your goals forward, and which have (or can develop) a solid foundation. This energy can also help you be a Steady Eddie creatively, once you push past your initial inertia!

3/10 (Wed). Make good use of the mental boost provided by today's Mercury-Pluto quintile.
       
Mars, who reverses course about every 18 months, goes direct today after being retrograde since 12/20. This has been a good time to contemplate how you express aggression, sexuality, and leadership. Now, however, it's time to take your new insights and put them into action!

3/11 (Thu). Do you fully own your share of the power in your relationships, or have you surrendered it? As Venus squares Pluto, your life events may show you. This is also a powerful (and volatile) time for sacred sexuality and financial empowerment.

3/14 (Sun). Intellectual activities of all kinds are powerfully energized as the Sun conjuncts Mercury.

3/15 (Mon). There's a New Moon on the 15th at 5:01 PM (26° Pisces). New beginnings in spirituality, divinely inspired creativity, and flowing divine energy to others are supported. Your brain's ability to receive intuitive flashes is significantly energized, so be sure to ask for divine guidance in all of your decision-making. (And leave enough quiet space in your brain so that you can hear the answer!) You may feel some resistance to doing this, but persevere: your efforts will be rewarded!
        Synchronistically, the
Sabian Symbol for this New Moon refers to one: “A New Moon reveals that it's time for people to go ahead with their different projects.” The key word here is “different”: are you pouring your precious energy into someone else's vision when your intuition is calling you to blaze your own trail?

3/17 (Wed). What's a good remedy if the Sun-Uranus conjunction has you feeling erratic energy or unpredictable vitality? Follow your intuitive flashes, and dare to embody and express who you really are!
       
Mercury is in Aries 3/17 through 4/2, stimulating new or revitalized energy in learning and communication. These same manifestations are given an extra boost today, due to Mercury's trine to Mars.

3/18 (Thu). Watch out for communication challenges, both in your interpersonal dealings and with technology, as Mercury opposes Saturn. Confrontational language could backfire on you now. If you haven't backed up your critical data recently, you'd be wise to do so before the 18th.

3/20 (Sat). Spring arrives on the 20th as the Sun enters Aries, radiating initiation, sexuality and assertiveness. Mercury also squares Pluto today: rather than using words as weapons, turn your mind to research or diving into the depths of psychology or occult practice.

3/21 (Sun). You may feel as if you're driving the brakes on around the 21st: there's a sense of abundant energy with the Sun trine Mars, but forward motion may feel impeded with the Sun opposing Saturn! If you really need to get something done, determined persistence may see you through. Getting involved with a project may also lift any sense of melancholy you may be feeling.

3/22 (Mon). The brakes come off as Mars sextiles Saturn. In fact, you may feel a bit like the Energizer Bunny!

3/25 (Thu). Have you, like Michael Jackson's “Man in the Mirror,” been wanting to make a change? With a Sun-Pluto square calling out for core-level transformation, now's a great time to do it!

3/29 (Mon). The Full Moon on the 29th (10:25 PM; 10° Libra), which conjoins Saturn and squares Pluto, may show you the state of your important relationships by bringing up any unresolved challenges. Release any relationships that have outlived their usefulness, and focus on any transformation required by the rest.
        This lunation's
Sabian Symbol is, “Having passed safely through narrow rapids, a canoe reaches calm waters.” Much like the famous phrase, “This too shall pass,” this symbol reminds us that, once our moment of testing is over, a period of respite and rejuvenation awaits.

3/30 (Tue). With Venus sextile Chiron, keep an eye out for people who may be able to offer you healing or wisdom – or to whom you can bequeath these gifts.

3/31 (Wed). You may want to drift into wishful thinking with Mercury sextile Neptune. But, with Venus quincunx Saturn, it's important that you stay focused on any adjustments required by your important relationships.
       
Venus will also be in Taurus today through 4/24, radiating the energy of tranquility, harmony and sensuality.

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The overall "cosmic weather" affecting everyone

February 2010
by Benjamin Bernstein 

Whatever your sun sign, this forecast will help you choose how to best use each month’s astrological energies! Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

While everyone is affected by these global transits, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your birth chart. 

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

2/1, 11:18p – 2/2, 8:42a (Libra)
2/4, 4:28a – 11:56a (Scorpio)
2/6, 11:12a – 7:04p (Sagittarius)
2/8, 11:59p – 2/9, 5:44a (Capricorn)
2/11, 7:39a – 6:24p (Aquarius)
2/13, 11:33p – 2/14, 7:23a (Pisces)
2/16, 9:33a – 7:31p (Aries)
2/18, 10:53p – 2/19, 5:56a (Taurus)
2/21, 7:16a – 1:48p (Gemini)
2/23, 12:30p – 6:29p (Cancer)
2/25, 12:49p – 8:09p (Leo)
2/27, 3:16p – 7:53p (Virgo)

THE STORY SO FAR: We have two retrograde planets right now: Mars thru March 10 and Saturn thru May 30.
        Throughout February, a slowly separating
Saturn-Pluto square asks us to release all structures that have outlived their usefulness. If in doubt, throw it out!

2/2 (Tue). Relationship stress is a possibility as Venus makes minor hard angles to Saturn (a 135-degree sesquiquadrate) and Pluto (a 45-degree semi-square). But facing any such challenges with an openness to positive transformation (Pluto) and the creation of more balanced and harmonious relational structures (Saturn in Libra) can help you emerge with your relationship in even better shape!

2/5 (Fri). Business matters may require adjustment as the two “social” planets – Jupiter and Saturn, which are central to business astrology – form a 150-degree quincunx. And since Jupiter (religion, philosophy and ideals) is in Pisces (divine union), it's also a good time to evaluate whether your approach to “life, the universe and everything” is giving you the consistent access to ecstatic bliss and intuitive guidance that is every human's birthright.

2/6 (Sat). Receiving intuitive flashes (Uranus) – especially regarding practical affairs (sextile Mercury in Capricorn) – is supported now.
        With Jupiter sextile Pluto, generating wealth is empowered thru the 20th, but strongest around the 6th – especially if you use the Law of Attraction. This aspect can also empower your spiritual growth, but beware of getting your ego caught in the One True Path Syndrome!

2/7 (Sun). Taking an innovative approach to relationships, finance and creativity could help heal old wounds in these areas (Venus conjunct Chiron in Aquarius). This aspect is also ideal for mentorship and one-on-one healing modalities – especially those outside the mainstream!

2/8 (Mon). Personal creativity and divine inspiration blend as Venus conjuncts Neptune. (Neptune is Venus' higher octave.) This is also an ideal energy for blending with other beings on the soul level, or merging into divine bliss. But also beware of overidealizing a relationship or getting suckered financially!

2/9 (Tue). industrious creativity and practical inspirations to improve relationships are enhanced with Venus biquintile Saturn.

2/10 (Wed). Mercury is in Aquarius today through 3/1, a good time for receiving intuitive flashes and exploring the unconventional.
        If you find that your anger or aggression are getting out of hand, redirect the energy of the Mars-Jupiter quincunx (in Leo and Pisces) into exercise, physical activity, robust creative expression or sacred sexuality.

2/11 (Thu). With Venus in Pisces today through 3/6, all the opportunities and cautions described on 2/8 also apply (albeit less intensely).

2/12 (Fri). Don't let the violence and rage gremlins get you – they'll be out in force with Leonine Mars quincunx Pluto! Focus on creativity, sex or exercise instead.
        With Mercury trine Saturn, an energized but steady mental focus is also in the air – possibly peppered with the occasional flash of insight!

2/13 (Sat). We're certainly getting our share of challenging transits this week: with Mercury opposing Mars, arguments are a definite possibility. Putting that fiery Martian energy into harmonious and productive communication channels will make it happier!
        February's 
New Moon is on the 13th at 9:51 pm (26° Aquarius) – time for new beginnings in individuation, ingenuity, group involvement and “letting your freak flag fly”! With the Moon and Sun tightly conjunct Neptune and Chiron, initiation or re-energizing of spiritual healing, mentoring and divine union are also powerfully supported.
       
This New Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “A garage man testing a car's battery with a hydrometer. So how charged up is your power source? Given this New Moon's energies, it would seem to suggest that drawing power directly from the divine is a great way to keep your battery's power cells topped up!

2/14 (Sun). Valentine's Day offers the potential for both significant discord (Venus quincunx Saturn and Mars), as well as deep healing and ecstatic soul union (Sun conjunct Chiron and Neptune). What you experience will have a lot to do with whether you've dealt with any unresolved conflicts before the big day arrives!

2/15 (Mon). With Venus sextile Pluto and Mars sextile Saturn, flowing, sustained sexuality is beautifully supported. (Valentine's Day should have come a day later!) Enhanced creativity and Energizer Bunny endurance is also supported by these planetary combinations.

2/16 (Tue). Valentine's Day two days later? With the powerful relationship spotlight created by a Venus-Jupiter conjunction, it would have fit beautifully! This Piscean union also supports enhanced creativity.

2/17 (Wed). With Neptune and Chiron keeping close company in late Aquarius, the energy of spiritual healing and mentorship is strong all year. However, it's particularly potent several weeks before and after today's exact conjunction. This is also a powerful time to refine your creative inspirations.

2/18 (Thu). The Pisces Sun radiates the energy of unity, divinely inspired creativity and unconditional love today thru 3/18.

2/20 (Sat). One can feel energized to the point of irritability with the Sun quincunx Mars. Plan to do something productive with all this energy!

2/21 (Sun). Adjustments may be required to negotiate obstacles that arise as the Piscean Sun quincunxes Saturn. However, Saturn (manifestation) aspecting a planet in Pisces (visualization) can empower your use of the Law of Manifestation!

2/23 (Tue). Enjoy easy-flowing vitality, sexuality and transformation as the Sun sextiles Pluto. With the Sun in Pisces, spirituality and divinely inspired creativity are also energized.

2/24 (Wed). Watch for a creativity boost as Venus quintiles Pluto. You may also get some fresh ideas about how to positively transform important relationships.

2/25 (Thu). Creatively inspiring energy continues today, but from two different planets: the Piscean Sun biquintiling Leonine Mars.

2/27 (Sat). Rational clarity might grow fuzzy as Mercury conjuncts Neptune in Aquarius, but you can compensate by opening your mind to intuitive flashes and flows instead. This aspect also keeps the creative juices flowing (along with two new biquintiles today).
          With Mercury also conjunct Chiron, this is a great time to focus on mentoring and healing.

2/28 (Sun). New hope and possibility is in the air as the Sun conjuncts Jupiter. Have a celebration!
        There's also a
Full Moon on the 28th at 11:38 AM (10° Virgo). Evaluate and adjust your habits, procedures and service modalities. (Your service should make you happy too!) With Jupiter tightly opposing the Moon, this lunation may affect people's emotions more powerfully than usual.
        This Full Moon's Sabian Symbol is, “Two heads looking out and beyond the shadows.” When allowing its dark side to dominate, Virgoan energy can become overly comfortable with denigrating itself – keeping to the shadows (literally or metaphorically) when it could be stepping into the light, sacrificing itself unnecessarily to avoid displeasing others.
        The fact that this symbol has two heads peering out could imply the desirability of interdependence. It's a lot easier to break out of such a limitation when you have someone else to help you. So, even if you feel unworthy of imposing, at this Full Moon consider asking for help in moving more fully out of the shadows and into the light.

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The overall "cosmic weather" affecting everyone

January 2010 Forecast
by Benjamin Bernstein 

Whatever your sun sign, this forecast will help you choose how to best use each month’s astrological energies! Events are most powerful on the dates listed. However, their influence will be active for at least several days before and after. All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone.

While everyone is affected by these global transits, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate natal planets and other sensitive points in your birth chart. 

VOID-OF-COURSE MOONS 

It's best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. "Business as usual" is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign. Learn more about working with void-of-course Moons here.

1/1, 10:44 am - 9:42 pm (Leo)
1/3, 4:56 pm - 9:54 pm (Virgo)
1/5, 12:25 pm - 11:59 pm (Libra)
1/8, 1:08 am - 5:01 am (Scorpio)
1/10, 10:03 am - 1:11 pm (Sagittarius)
1/12, 9:44 pm - 11:55 pm (Capricorn)
1/15, 4:03 am - 12:18 pm (Aquarius)
1/17, 9:11 pm – 11/18, 1:18 am (Pisces)
1/20, 1:07 am - 1:38 pm (Aries)
1/22, 2:47 pm - 11:41 pm (Taurus)
1/24, 10:03 pm – 1/25, 6:13 am (Gemini)
1/27, 1:33 am - 9:03 am (Cancer)
1/28, 11:49 pm – 1/29, 9:11 am (Leo)
1/31, 1:27 am - 8:24 am (Virgo)

THE STORY SO FAR: Throughout January and February (and peaking on 1/31), a Saturn-Pluto square asks us to release all structures that have outlived their usefulness. If in doubt, throw it out!

1/1 (Fri). Your business affairs could be creatively energized by Uranus quintiling the Capricornian Sun. Following your intuitive flashes is the key!

1/3 (Sun). Your creative muse should be singing loud and clear with Venus quintile Uranus. And Venus' placement in Capricorn should give you the gumption to get the creative work done!

1/4 (Mon). With the Sun conjunct Mercury, learning and communication are strongly supported around the 4th. This is especially true in practical and business matters, since the conjunction is in Capricorn.
        Inspiration in creativity and relationships is also supported by a Venus-Mars biquintile.

1/5 (Tue). Talking about relationship issues, as well as creative writing, are juiced by a Mercury-Venus conjunction.

1/6 (Wed). With Mercury quintile Uranus, pay special attention to your intuitive flashes.
        You can give even the most pragmatic communications some creative flair today, with Mercury biquintile Leonine Mars.

1/7 (Thu). You may feel conflicting desires between workaholic productivity (Sun in Capricorn) and spontaneous playfulness (Mars in Leo). The quincunx that connects them (adjustment required) doesn't make the balancing act any easier. Maybe you could get a good day's work in, then let your inner child out to play after supper?

1/8 (Fri). With Venus quincunx Mars, focus on positive adjustments in your important relationships. Making time for creative expression could open up a wellspring of inspiration.
        Letting intuitive flashes lead directly to action is encouraged by a Mars-Uranus biquintile.

1/11 (Mon). A Sun-Venus conjunction in Capricorn makes it easier to take a realistic look at relationships, creativity and finance. Special inspiration may also come your way around business matters, with Jupiter biquintiling Saturn.

1/13 (Wed). Intuitive flashes of all sorts should flow easily, especially around relationships and creativity (Venus and the Sun sextile Uranus).
           
Saturn is retrograde today thru May 30. He'll be backing through Libra thru April 7, asking us to reflect on how solid our foundations are in our key relationships, creativity and finances. The rest of his retrograde, in Virgo, is a good time to reality-check our habits and systems, as well as how effective and productive we're being in our daily work and service to others.

1/15 (Fri). A solar eclipse/New Moon occurs today at 2:11 AM (25° Capricorn). Solar eclipses are like New Moons on steroids, with effects lasting up to a year. With this one, focus on new beginnings in career, reputation and life purpose. Also take a look at relationships to make sure they're practical and productive (Moon conjunct Venus in Capricorn), and vow to stay attentive to your intuitive guidance (Moon conjunct North Node). The final eclipse aspect (Moon sextile Uranus) should make it easier to stay attuned to your intuitive flashes.
            The Sabian Symbol
for this event is “A nature spirit dancing in the iridescent mist of a waterfall.” At first blush it might seem strange that such a blatantly Piscean image is associated with a Capricornian degree. However, in the transformed world we are now evolving into, conscious awareness of supernatural phenomena will be widespread, and will have eminently practical applications. At the very least, let this image inspire you to keep your sense of wonder, imagination and playfulness alive.
           
Mercury goes direct at 11:52 am, clearing the way for the initiation of important projects and new ventures. But if you're one of those cautious types who prefers Mercury to be clear of its retrograde shadow, your green light day will be Feb. 3.

1/17 (Sun). Jupiter enters Pisces today – a rather big deal, since Jupiter's average stay in any given sign lasts about a year. So, through most of 2010, Let Jupiter's presence in Pisces encourage you to make religion less about mental concepts and more about direct spiritual experience.

1/18 (Mon). Venus will be in Aquarius today thru 2/11. Make space for intuitive flashes relating to relationships, creativity and finance, and be open to exploring unconventional approaches to these areas of life.

1/19 (Tue). Not to be outdone by Venus, the Sun enters Aquarius late today. He also stays a week longer than Venus, thru 2/18. This is a time when intuitive flashes, unconventionality, paradigm shift, individuation and humanitarian service are all energized.

1/20 (Wed). Creative productivity gets a boost as Mercury in Capricorn biquintiles Mars in Leo.

1/22(Fri). Relationship stability and business opportunity are supported by a Venus-Saturn trine. Creative types can also really get the work out under this aspect!

1/24 (Sun). The Sun once again follows Venus' lead by trining Saturn. This aspect can help provide steady energy and physical vitality for whatever you need to accomplish.

1/25 (Mon). Communication is energized; a practical and flexible approach to your interactions will help minimize the possibility of heated disagreements (Capricornian Mercury quincunx Leonine Mars).

1/26 (Tue). With Mercury quintile Uranus, flashes of creative inspiration are available for those with receptive minds!

1/27 (Wed). With Venus opposing Mars, relationships want to be front and center. With Venus in volatile Aquarius and Mars in prideful Leo, conflict with those close to you is a definite possibility. But by focusing on clear, honest and compassionate communication, this opposition can generate positive passion and excitement instead!

1/28 (Thu). Creativity and sexuality -- not to mention creative sexuality -- get a boost from a Mars-Pluto quintile.

1/29 (Fri). With the high-energy planets Mars and the Aquarian Sun in opposition, abundant vitality is available -- especially if you're being true to your essential nature.

1/30 (Sat). A Full Moon shines forth on the 30th at 1:17 AM (10° Leo). Check how "full-filled" you are with your leadership, desire for recognition, creative fulfillment, playfulness and willingness to take risks. With the Moon conjunct Mars and opposing Venus, relationships may also be a major theme for the next two weeks.    
        This Full Moon's Sabian Symbol is, "Children play on a swing hanging from the branches of a huge oak tree." One could simply interpret this symbol as encouraging us to relax and have some fun with friends. But for me, it brings to mind something I learned last year. 
        I finally decided to change a lifelong pattern of excessive workaholism, and started making time to regularly have fun with others. To my surprise, more clients immediately started calling for astrology consultations! My light was shining more brightly because my inner child was happy, and this acted  as a natural prosperity magnet. What an enjoyable way to activate the Law of Attraction!
        So, my "branching" out into more enjoyable group activity ("children play on a swing") resulted in enhanced financial stability ("a huge oak tree"). If your light is dimming because of all work and no play, you might give this strategy a try!

1/31 (Sun). A potent Saturn-Pluto square -- powerful since October 2009 and continuing its challenging influence thru mid-September 2010 -- comes exact today. This is like the Clash of the Titans, with two mighty opponents battling for supremacy. We can see its influence in the current healthcare debate, with Republicans and Democrats historically polarized. This aspect is also historically associated with both man-made and natural disasters, and was very much in influence when the devastating earthquake struck Haiti.
        To make positive use of this energy, take a realistic and uncompromising look at everything in your life -- possessions, ideas, relationships, etc. -- that has outlived its usefulness (Saturn). If it can be changed and made positively useful again, then transform it (Pluto). But if it is no longer helpful, then let it go (Pluto again). If in doubt, throw it out! Create a void so that Spirit has the space to replace what you've released with something better.
        2010 and the coming years will bring global transformation on an unprecedented scale, and we all need to be ready for light-speed change. Releasing everything you no longer need is an important step in being ready for these extraordinary times!

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QUICK GLOSSARY OF ASTROLOGICAL ASPECTS

Conjunction.  Two planets in the same place (0° apart). Union; merging.
Opposition.  Two planets opposite each other (180º apart). Opposition; relationship.
Square.  90° angle.  Conflict; challenge for growth.
Trine.  120° angle. Easy, flowing connection.
Sextile.  60° angle. Flowing, high-energy connection.
Quincunx.  150° angle. Difficulty making connection; adjustment required.

Quintile.  72° angle. Inspiring, creative connection.
Biquintile.  144° angle. Like a quintile, but more subtle.

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