MARS CONJUNCT JUPITER IN SCORPIO – GENESIS AND REGENERATION
The year is off to a big BANG BANG with a Full Moon in Cancer on the 1st followed quickly the next day by Uranus returning to direct motion. The Full Moon will likely be emotional, though buttressed by Jupiter and Neptune in a Grand Water Trine, the feelings aroused will likely be quite positive. An opposition to Saturn early in the morning serves to remind of limitations and responsibility, (double difficulty to negotiate if you are hung over, so definitely a better idea to limit the holiday cheer!) and while it may feel as though you are widdling your way through a dark granite cave with a popsicle stick at the onset, the somber mood dissipates quickly, hang in there!
Uranus direct portends the regeneration of the revolutionary and desire to liberation. Uranus will be in shadow until mid April, so until then it’s about finding opportunities to integrate the changes that have been sought after, not necessarily breaking new ground in the quest for independence. (Check both the house in your chart ruled by Uranus as well as the current house being transited for the areas that are stimulated in this period.) By April, Uranus will be poised to make its momentous move into Taurus in May, and it will be possible to forge new currents of activity associated with a cause, personal or societal.
From Taurus, what is valued, usually (but not exclusively limited to) material resources and other assets, are highlighted, and the world is likely to see dramatic changes in economic policy. The success of Bitcoin and other forms of Crypto-currency precede this shift in social consciousness, indicating that the transition to the digitization (Uranus) of money (previously a tangible asset, such as dollars and coins,) is already well under foot. Between now and April 2026, expect to see even bigger developments.
Sun, then Venus harmonize with Neptune (Pisces) from Capricorn, and a soft romantic ambience prevails. Creativity is equally stimulated, making Tuesday and Wednesday really nice days to make or take in art or music, or stroll a beautiful garden with the one you love, assuming you live somewhere that the weather is conducive for it! The to and fro of the prior Mercury retrograde phase is coming to resolution, on Saturday the third and final Mercury – Uranus trine occurs, followed a week later by the final conjunction to Saturn. This brings to conclusion a matter that began in late November, as the Saturn – Uranus trine was hemmed in closely to the storyline of the Mercury retrograde cycle. At this point the final pieces of the jigsaw are being moved into place, and by next week, voila! Something manifests that you have been working towards for weeks, and from Capricorn (Mercury conjunct Saturn, Saturday the 13th,) new goals are set as a result.
Mars will square the Nodal Axis midweek, triggering a sense of incompletion, coupled with a feeling of loss over the adjustments that have been made since last August, during the prior eclipse cycle. As Mars moves towards its retrograde in Aquarius, and the three contacts it makes to the South Node this year, that feeling of loss may prevail over a strong sense of advancement. Certain sacrifices must be made in order to accommodate development and there will be several reminders of this through September. Early Thursday morning, Moon conjuncts the North Node and there is renewed hope in what the future will provide. Pay attention to your intuition at this time as it will provide a strong indication of what might occur during the Leo Eclipse at the end of the month and the Aquarius eclipse that follows in February. Trust that destiny will guide you to the appropriate shore.
Saturday is by far the most dynamic as a once in two year conjunction of Mars to Jupiter takes place in Scorpio. This initiates a new cycle of dynamic expansion and the actions that will be taken to achieve it. From Scorpio this could be occurring deep within or behind closed doors. Scorpio has a tendency to keep itself shielded, making this a somewhat uncomfortable placement for all this out, Yang energy, which will be trapped within the Scorpions’ shell. It’s definitely going to be felt, just not really dealt with out in the open. The last cycle occurred in mid October 2015 at 13 Virgo (equally awkward) and the next will be in March 2020 at 22 Capricorn (in close proximity to Pluto, yikes a bit?). This is one of the biggest stimulators of mojo and pure life energy, so it could be just a well that the mojo raised is through a deeply intimate and cathartic encounter. There is incredible intensity present at this moment of genesis, and gears shift, stimulating a whole new and highly passionate and regenerative form of taking action.
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ASTROLOGY GLYPHS BY ALEX XIII for STARGAZER
ARIES March 20 – April 19
It’s a very important week for your personal life, very strong emotions are being aroused on the homestead and there could come a breaking point between your familiar duties and professional aspirations. Events behind the scenes have a corresponding connection to these events, and a change in locale or residence may be required of you to make the jump in your career. Potent forces and an agreement have a dramatic impact on your finances this weekend, there are erotic undertones, so a spouse, current or potential may be at the crux of this. A personal or educational goal that got way sided last month gets back on track. By next week, the dust settles and you can move forward.
TAURUS April 20 – May 20
Your personal life is highlighted and your best moments this week will be spent with friends and comrades. You can pin your heart to your sleeve and express your desires with candor over the Full Moon phase on Monday. The emotionality of the general atmosphere will make it so you don’t come off as a sap, since everyones feeling the vibes. A troublesome financial issue that pester you last month finally finds resolution from this coming weekend into next. Discussions about shared income conclude shortly. This all comes just into to surrender to the passionate revelry your partner has in store for you next Saturday. Unpartnered? A sexy s/hero seems to be on their way shortly.
GEMINI May 21 – June 20
Your personal issues continue to dissipate, and difficulties you encountered in connecting with your partner last month subside. Conversations you have this coming weekend as well as next will set the record straight. Enjoy some enticements early in the week to set the stage. Dropping a sweet (or sexy) note or text could get someone back on board quicker than you think. The Neptune alignments early in the week have beneficial connotations for you professionally. Meetings behind the scenes play a role in reaching a cherished goal. Monday offers you a culminating moment financially, which holds mostly good news, a vexing influence regarding shared economy, perhaps outstanding debt could be a bit of a damper. Examine your commitments.
CANCER June 21 – July 22
A Full Moon in your sign infuses you with passion and excitement for the New Year. You are also likely evaluating your closest commitments and the state of these, whether good or bad, will be a big part of your story over the next 12 – 36 months. If you don’t like what you see, it may be time to wipe the slate clear and start over. On the contrary, you may come to realize the depth and strength your partnership has provided with you, a very reassuring thought, for sure. Very romantic moments early in the week add to the feeling of being very loved, and you may be planning a voyage of sorts, (if so aim for the end of 2018). Passion prevails on Saturday, creativity and pleasure are highlighted and guide you for the coming 2 years. You’ll also be untangling knots on the job. Concerns and delays dissipate.
LEO July 23 – August 22
Your personal and spiritual live is awakened at the onset of the year, and you are likely to derive the greatest pleasure in quiet reflection or in the company of those with whom you are closest and can share your innermost thoughts. The Full Moon stimulates your sensitivity and imagination, as well as intuition. There could be endings, perhaps someone is leaving home. Following your hunches is advised throughout the week, and the Moon from your sign beginning early Wednesday morning amplifies this. A creative or recreational matter that had gone sideways last month gets back on track from next weekend into the following. A supercharged moment regarding your residence stimulates a two year phase of deep transformation. Go for what you want.
VIRGO August 23 – September 22
There is a lot of pleasurable energy aroused in your forecast, from New Years day you start to appraise a significant love relationship, and with luck you have the good fortune to connect with the object of your affection mid week, when pleasure mojo is at it’s strongest peak. The elusive nature of this connection can be explored, and if you find you prefer to daydream about this person than to connect IRL, maybe this is an appropriate time to consider why. If you are holding back from contact, it could be because this person might not actually live up to your expectations, or mutually that you won’t live up to theirs. Residential and family entanglements that have put you at odds since late November get resolution this coming Saturday with a solid plan in place in another weeks time. This is also a good time to make your case, what ever it be. You have the power to convince practically anyone of anything.
LIBRA September 23 – October 23
Professional matters or a long range plan are highlighted over the Full Moon phase on New Years day. Developments enhance your financial standing (in a very lucrative development) and put you at ease regarding your daily tasks and work schedule. You can afford to show a bit more creative flair at work this week as well, though from mid week attention turns to more social matters, friends will call on you. A powerful financial development next weekend sets you on the trail of building your assets, which you do by demonstrating your savvy and passion mutually. May 2019 reveals the outcome of the mission you put into motion now. A contractual agreement you have sought after since late November could be instrumental, by next Saturday you could be signing the dotted line.
SCORPIO October 24 – November 21
The horoscope favors Scorpio this week as immeasurable, but unseen forces, guide you back to your inner compass and self awareness of what you are ready to move towards allows you to shed skins that have been holding you back for many years. Not unlike the butterfly emerging from a chrysalis, you are in a major moment of personal rebirth. While this remains a theme for the weeks and year to come, a major development next Saturday catapults you into motion. The shift between who you are and who you are becoming has a great deal with opening your perspective (and heart) to the world around you. You will find yourself more and more able to reveal yourself and this also has a positive effect on your love life. Sharing your feelings makes a huge impact and boosts romantic prospects early in the week.
SAGITTARIUS November 22 – December 21
Private and personal matters are of the upmost concern for you during this period, galvanized by a Full Moon in one of the most secretive areas of your horoscope on New Years Day. Your sensitivity can be enhanced as certain elements of life come to an end. This has financial connotations as well, and you might be resolving a shared financial matter or coming to terms with a bank, business parter or even divorce. An upturn in available assets will enable you to realize a cherished dream regarding your home. From Saturday, vexing personal issues that have been squirrly since late last November start to be resolved and in another weeks time, you will be ready to move forward with much more assurance. This is a great time to take up a meditation or therapy practice.
CAPRICORN December 22 – January 19
Powerful forces are at work this week, putting you in the spotlight, but equally casting light on your social network and key committed relationships. The Full Moon on New Years triggers a lot of emotional energy, while aspecting Saturn, recently ingressed to your sign, you have to evaluate the push – pull dynamics within a certain association. You know deep down it’s time to get down to business, but someone is pulling your heart strings, making that somewhat difficult to do. You can express your feelings romantically (or poetically, maybe through artistry,) in the beginning of the week, making this a great time for a heart to heart. Pay attention to clues early Thursday, especially where intimacy and financial relationships are concerned as these will have a dramatic implication at the Leo Eclipse at the end of the month. Powerful developments on Saturday set you on the course of your aspirations. Someone aids you on the way.
AQUARIUS January 20 – February 18
The axis of physical health vs spiritual health is a factor this week, and the way in which daily tasks your work and productivity affect your mental health will require some evaluation. This becomes abundantly clear right on New Years day. Perhaps you were hoping for some R+R, but get called into work last minute, and this puts you into a bad head space all day, forcing you to draw a line. You could just be seeing the culmination or putting the finishing touches on a big project or assignment and realize it’s time for a break. Quieter moments prevail in the following days, so enjoy them as from Wednesday, relational matters come to focus. Saturday holds a major professional development, and you are ready to go for it with everything you have.
PISCES February 19 – March 20
You find yourself in a very symbiotic environment this week, stimulated towards personal pleasure and excitement for the future. The Full Moon shines light on your desires, and an atmosphere perfect for connecting to someone with true love potential or taking a relationship to the next level is quite possible. This contact triggers your most heart felt dreams and the following days are highly conducive for developing a romantic bond. A vexing professional situation or setbacks you have experienced since lat November (perhaps just uncertainty over where you sought to go to next in your career or life path) see resolution from next weekend and into the next. You feel ready to move forward. Powerful developments signal you have the strength to get to where you want to go.