STARGAZER FORECAST OCTOBER 2016

… OF MAGIC AND MASTERY

Mercury begins the month by retracing its’ steps through the last decan of Virgo, clearing the airwaves and removing the residue of the prior 8 weeks as clarity and conviction resume. By the 11th, a long sought after breakthrough is likely as the third Mercury – Jupiter conjunction signals the beginning of a new cycle of growth and expansive activities. Publishing or media can feature, though this energy is equally helpful for articulating our feelings in a relationship and mending fences that may have been damaged over the prior phase.

Mercury leaves shadow on the 7th, swiftly entering Libra for a brisk two weeks. The pace is socially oriented and art events and creative activities can really be enjoyed, especially with well heeled friends or associates. Look for clues around October 4th, when Mercury transits the degree of last months’ Pisces eclipse (September 16th). News or a decision regarding events around that time can now be finalized and put into place. September was a messy month, and it’s around this time we can really find the closure we seek and genuinely move forward. Missed and mixed messages finally reach their intended audience.

Intense Lunations this month feature wild card Uranus conjunct the Aries Full Moon (October 16th) and a passionate New Moon in Scorpio connecting to mystical and visionary Neptune from Pisces on the 30th. Many big changes are afoot, and a sense of new beginnings and transformation should prevail. There is a real keg fire quality to the events of mid month, with Uranus in play there can be a real desire to authentic self expression at any cost, with bridges burned in the melee provoked, so watch where you light those matches, Sparky. The 30th allows us to release all the tough Scorpio lessons of the last 3 years and rekindle our relationship to passion. The Moon is smitten with Neptune at this time, making this one really sparkly, romantic, glamorous and inspirational. This vibration makes for an especially magical All Hallows celebration.

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SATURN SQUARE NODES: FACING THE FUTURE

Saturn is prominent in October, traveling further from the hazy auspices of Neptune that provided so many challenges over the last year, while moving swiftly into a square with the nodes, an aspect that comes most precise around October 8th. Saturn represents time and structure, endless and relentless – the nodes the past and future, as well as destiny and where opportunity for development lies. With Saturn in this position, we come to a pivotal place in our journey. A crucial assessment occurs here. Are we moving in the right direction? Have we truly embraced where we are headed? Taskmaster Saturn may well ask, are you ready to do the work to get there and do you posses the skills required?

The nodes represent a direction in space and our current evolutionary orientation, with the path we should travel indicated by the North Node and thus what we set behind as we move towards that direction, it’s polar or axis opposite, the South Node. On their own they don’t provide a specific atmosphere the way the planets in signs do.

It’s only when the nodes become activated by transiting planets (and of course, most notably, during strong eclipses, which is why these periods are so volatile!) that their influence is most readily experienced and thus able to integrate. Nodal contacts are meant to get us back on course, to embrace that path we are supposed to travel. With Saturn’s highly pressurized, diamond making abilities stimulating that course, this transit presents an opportunity to realign with that objective, though there is equally a painful reminder of what we have left behind or surrendered in order to do so as a consequence of those choices. As much of the year has served thus far, the advancement of life choices, agendas or enterprises that transpired in 2013 is the ongoing theme here.

In this case you may want to think back specifically to September of that year. It was at that time a North Node – Saturn conjunction took place at 8 Scorpio (sextile Pluto 8 Capricorn, no less). Goals set or endeavors that unfolded in that period are being tested and recalibrated now. Our agenda undergoes a period of crisis and transformation as Saturn reaches this pivotal point. The nodes appear to travel backwards, so the current evolutionary objective resides in Virgo. The house being transited in your chart is “where” (the evolutionary emphasis and greatest opportunity for growth is present) and the energy symbolized by the sign representing “how” you will get there.

Again there is the theme of “are you ready to work for it” and with Saturn in the mix these are long range objectives, things you spend many years of your life working to manifest. When you get there, the feeling of accomplishment is so immense, because it requires determination to overcome the many obstacles and because nothing short of mastery of self and the material world also played a role in your success. With the North Node active you should find if you are doing the right things, doors open up for you. If you make the effort and get out of the comfort zone things fall into place. With Saturn the work here is doubled, and the square suggests the sacrifices could feel enormous at this time. You are acutely aware of what you are letting go of as you reach to obtain the future you know intuitively you have to move towards.

Mars in Capricorn (through November 9) amplifies this all enormously. The tenacity required to get what we want is available right now. There is a rough and ready quality to October and you can go very far this month if you are willing to focus your activities, dig in and put in the work. Mars harmonizes the nodes on the 15th (from 12 Capricorn), making this a productive day for insight and advancement. Mars conjunct Pluto at 15 Capricorn on the 19th initiates a two year cycle of transformational activities and reclamation of power. There can be malevolence with this aspect when used for personal gain, and even violence. At it’s best and highest this represents a true merger between two entities that seek catharsis through their affiliation. Together they make something so much bigger, better and especially – powerful. From Capricorn this could indicate a business merger is big possibility, but look specifically to where this falls in your chart to see where you will experience this dynamic surge of energy as this is where you will be making a crucial and life changing commitment.

A SPRINKLING OF FAIRYDUST…

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Cinderella by NikitaCosplay @DeviantArt

Venus in Sagittarius (from the 19th) and Jupiter in Libra will keep the ambience outgoing, social and genuinely positive. A unique aspect forming on the 25th – 26th draws together Jupiter and Venus in mutual reception (Jupiter rules Sagittarius, transiting Libra, while Venus rules Libra, transiting in Sag.) forming a sextile while both align with visionary and inspirational Neptune. Meanwhile, Moon in Virgo conjuncts the North Node! Amazing! There is something quite romantic and magical about this configuration. Affection and generosity will be enhanced. The alchemical Jupiter – Neptune quincunx (Venus and Neptune will be square,) adds a fairytale connotation to the whole vibration, while Moon to North Node means we are emotionally and intuitively attuned to the appropriate path we should be on. Good fortune comes where we have prepared for the road to the future. It’s a really divine atmosphere and something quite significant may come to fruition under these auspices.

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The following day, Sun and Mercury conjunct at 3 Scorpio, signaling the beginning of a new four month cycle of activity and communication. The following 6 weeks are the most productive period of the Mercury cycle, and it’s likely events that have transpired over the recent days stimulate the agenda here. We will see the objectives and projects we initiate now come to fruition over the next four months.

STARGAZER SCOPES BY SIGN (You may read for both your Sun Sign and Rising Sign. You can get your chart for FREE on astro.com if you don’t know your chart data!)

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ARIES: The pace is accelerating in all key areas of your life right now. A significant personal milestone can be reached mid month, as the Full Moon in your sign on the 16th pulls the trigger on an exciting chain reaction that lasts through the New Year. A new or developing relationship might be the cause of celebration and excitation. The unexpected features largely here, and you may be the recipient of a new, prestigious role professionally or through your university. The 29th brings all the details to light. A lost connection can be rekindled after the 7th. You’ll find it much easier to express yourself to the one you care for. Your drive and determination can take you far, but be wary of power dynamics NSFW around the 19th. From there the vibe gets enticingly romantic, especially where you can expand your boundaries through a love relationship. Someone who can take you out of the familiar or routine will be particularly appealing, especially on the 26th.

TAURUS: There are promising alinements in your chart for love, and a relationship thrives especially where you can get out of the comfort zone and embrace broader horizons. The 1st and 5th have wonderful vibrations that enhance your romantic desires and make them easier to fulfill. A New Moon on the 30th shows you how far you have come on the road to love, the doldrums and dead ends so much in the rear view mirror for you. Work life, and particularly the work you might be doing behind the scenes is featured after the 23rd. A big splash in your industry is possible and your creativity shines in this late October phase. This approach can also help you with a niggling financial issue. Debt or a repayment may need to be restructured, if these issues are crippling to you, then it’s possible to find a solution now. You might find releasing a cherished dream is the sacrifice, but provides you with a long range solution that gives you peace of mind.

GEMINI: The agents of transformation are hard at work in your life right now, making it worthwhile to embrace the adage “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only change form”. The areas of your life that are seeing closure right now are bleeding life, light and energy directly into new realms of expression and discovery you may not have even considered yet. So it it feels like you are walking through a war zone and the wilderness, keep in mind that the next stage of the cycle is regenerative. This awakening may be aided by a kindred spirit. From the 19th to the middle of next month, love may present itself (the 26th is positively magical!) so look for angels and allies in your midst. A commitment you make on the 29th will stand the test of time. What you feel around this time shows you both how far you have come (as well as how far you still have to go) in your own self awareness.

CANCER: The partnership zone intensifies for you and passions will be very much aroused this month. Very pleasurable vibes for you on the 1st and 5th illuminate your creative potential and can be very enticing for romantic encounters. The heat is on (although this “heat” can equally be produced by conflict) in your committed relationships, especially around the 19th. This potent and dynamic period can produce a breakthrough (or equally a breakdown) in your couple as very transformative forces come to play in the life of your partner. The effects these have on you will be meaningful, and potentially create a shift in the balance of power. Set aside expectations for the time being, life is changing swiftly and accelerating circumstances (especially those ignited mid month) carry over into the super sweet and good vibrations you get at the end of the month during the loverly New Moon in Scorpio on the 30th. Also on fire (proverbially) this month is your profession, with a surprise – surprise!! coming in around the 16th during a highly eventful Full Moon in Aries. Depending on how you feel about your current standing in your profession, you might just bite the bullet an make an unanticipated change yourself. Good luck!

LEO: You manage to work out some of the trickier dynamics in the financial realm early this month, though still have numerous opportunities to evaluate and develop sources of income for a while longer. This can be a hardworking phase for you, though tough energy at the office or on the job (mainly relating to dominating personalities,) continue to make for a contentious environment. This will be particularly hard to avoid around the 19th. Mid month could present an exciting opportunity for an unexpected trip or journey. If you are already planning to be away, you can expect an eventful adventure! Very pleasurable and alluring vibrations come your way from the 18th as Venus opens the doors to pleasure from your arena of true romance. Your energy may be a bit low around the 7th, take care with some R+R. Disengage if you cannot see the point of view of a difficult person. Domestic life and the family remain a large priority, and you are rapidly seeing improvements in this arena. You can make a significant change for the better around the New Moon on the 30th, and you may wish to enhance your surroundings with art or decorative objects that inspire you.

VIRGO: The love life can get exciting this month as high energy levels infect your area of true romance and creativity. You’ll seek to express yourself and your affection within a love relationship. The 5th, 11th and 19th are dynamic for breakthroughs, especially if your hopes for a commitment had been dashed or a relationship faltered over the Summer months. Meaningful mergers can be made under the auspices of the Full Moon on the 16th. An unexpected overture can send your heart soaring. You can connect deeply with your lover when you are willing to be completely honest about your expectations and especially your sexual needs and desires. This level of trust brings you to a new level of intimacy. Addressing the domestic challenges gets easier from the 19th. If your place is radiating a spartan sort of appeal or feeling cold to you, spruce it up with a few decorative objects or paint a single wall a stunning, but subtle shade of rose. The shift in consciousness will uplift your spirit immediately. The New Moon on the 30th is significant for a love relationship. Express your heart’s desires to the one you cherish.

LIBRA: The ambience is dynamic and eventful with much going on in so many significant sectors of your life this month. A relationship may get a reboot, mid month is the time to go for your heart’s desire and lay it all on the line in the name of love. A partner must connect with you in an authentic way to win you over, and friendship is a huge part of that. There’s a super-dynamite-wow factor in your relationships around the Full Moon (Oct. 16th) and exciting culminations and dramatic endings could all be highlighted. If you aren’t getting what you want and need on the reals, you might be the one lighting the match at the keg fire. One way or another, a big kaboom is coming. Home and heritage also feature and you might be delving into your family history or uprooting yourself to make a more enduring domestic commitment. The 19th can be revolutionary for a breakthrough related to your childhood or living arrangements. The final week features some very pretty and glamorous vibes, even better if you are traveling or engaged with an artistic association somehow. Business commitments and contracts made towards the end of the month benefit your long range goals.

SCORPIO: You finally get a chance to rectify the mistakes of the past and clear up certain issues with certain someones in time for a new beginning set to take place for you during your New Moon on the 30th. With Saturn and more recently Mars causing so many personal grievances for you over the last 3 years, it certainly will be wonderful to turn a new leaf and page. For now, reflection is due and to make the most of your new beginning you really need to to find closure and make peace with the past. Forgiveness may be a part of this, but also being aware of your own short comings and realizing where you, too, made a mistake or two is a part of this process. With benefic Jupiter aiding the proceedings, you likely find that your landing is padded, and the graciousness available to you here (especially around the 26th) is so valuable as you process the endings you are making in this time period. The longer range challenge still remains in your financial realm, with tough indications (but equally opportunities) this month to fix your problems through hard work. There may be a creative solution that makes a big difference in the outcome, or friends may play a helpful role. Mid month may be the final straw at work, or you could finally get a long sought after promotion. A work from home business could escalate. The New Moon taps your love mojo on the 30th. You’ll realize how far you’ve come, so make that wish.

SAGITTARIUS: After so many months hosting cantankerous Mars in your sign, it will likely be an absolute pleasure to find Venus here after the 18th, especially after an exciting Full Moon triggers unexpected, but enticing developments, in the arena of true romance mid month. You can follow your heart’s desire now. The week of the 24th is splendid and you should do as much as you can to reach out to friends or through social events or activities. Financial and professional goals are within reach now though you have to put in the time and work hard for it. The 19th could bring a long range effort to culmination, intense changes are brewing in your financial realm. The New Moon on the 30th clears the way to release the past. Towards the end of the month you may find a need to go under cover and lay low while you strategize your next move. Events around the 30th show you how far you have come. Take on a goal you set but never got around to. Personal adjustments you make now can have a bigger than usual impact in your profession and public role.

CAPRICORN: It’s a real dynamite month for you Cap, with Mars in your sign you can go after what you want in unprecedented fashion. The destination is well in sight now, though an adjustment has to made to your overall strategy or within your subjective self. Look to limiting or negative self talk around the 8th. If you find you are somehow sabotaging your own efforts you have the opportunity now to address (and then eliminate) why. Really exciting events are taking place from mid month, and you may find you are finally holding the reigns and driving the charge here. What occurs around the 19th demonstrates how significantly you have changed over the last several years, and power can be made available to you (or other substantial resources that enable you to experience life to the fullest of your passionate desires) though this is far more likely if you have really put in some efforts towards the self mastery required to be worthy of such an opportunity. Hint: you must acknowledge the contribution of those around you to what you are creating whether in love, business or otherwise. This has to be about a merger that offers the ability to transform – nothing less. Bear in mind to whom you owe what for making such a profound change possible in your life. Better yet if they are aware of your implicit value and mutual contribution. Now you are getting somewhere. Ready… set… BOOM.

AQUARIUS: There are some highly pleasurable moments in store for you this month and a lot of enjoyment can be experienced through social and intellectual exchanges. From mid month daily life gets really vibrant and harmonious energy prevails. The 26th is lovely for connecting with someone in a cultural setting. You can put your best foot forward in such a circumstance. Stirrings of change in your professional life brewing since early this year finally begin to take foot towards the end of the month. With several years of challenge behind you, it’s time to strike out on a new (or improved) path and find your way towards your higher calling once more. The New Moon on the 30th clears the way for such an upswing, with highly inspirational overtones signaling the right direction to take. A lot is going on behind the scenes for you and a sense of closure or endings could predominate. Pay attention to your inner venting: misplaced feelings of frustration or passive aggressive actions can be instructive of behaviors and attitudes you need to release. From next month you will find a fun and dynamic new atmosphere where you can really go after your hearts desires.

PISCES: There are some very intense vibrations this month, but you haven’t quite reached the do or die moment quite yet. There are choices to be made, it would seem that a key partnership continues to shape and play a major role in your destiny. You can pinpoint the time around the 8th to see the most crucial details arise. For the most part the energy is amenable for you, as Venus from Scorpio (through the 18th) continues to enhance your receptivity to pleasure. Engagement on a passionate level is likely in this period and you may find towards the final weeks that deal making, mergers and the financial auspices of others (lenders, banks, patrons ect.) can play a very helpful role in your upward mobility. A significant relationship may also be established with someone who is connected to you professionally, the energy flows both ways. Very sweet vibrations will be present at this time, do be careful you do not misrepresent yourself. Neptune will be afoot and you might seek to bend the truth to make a better impression, but this will backfire. Really good vibes at the end of the month make for a magical Halloween. The New Moon rekindles your visionary inspiration, see where it takes you!

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Solstice Forecast – Stargazer Summer

Summer begins on an auspicious note, as Jupiter and the North Node reach a second conjunction at 15 Virgo on the 21st. Very positive developments can occur now, as assistance and luck can be present in our evolutionary endeavors that set us on course for bigger and better opportunities ahead. Jupiter trine Pluto Sunday June 26th expands upon this opportunity, as good fortune and optimism stimulate a longer range transformation that has been occurring. Dreams and objectives that unfold in the large scale can manifest now. Look back to the activities and enterprises you engaged with early October of last year as well as in March. Initiative you have taken can now trigger really expansive opportunities that allow you to completely change your life for the better.

Mars is direct from Wednesday June 28th. After 2 1/2 months of misdirection and thwarted agendas, we can begin to put things into motion and move forward. From the depths of Scorpio, we are all considering/reconsidering our closest alliances, and matters of intimacy and establishing emotional trust have been a rather intensive subject for the last several weeks. Saturn traveled a substantial part of it’s retrograde last Summer in this precise area of the zodiac, so if you are feeling a sense of de ja vous, or that the topics, obstacles and delays of that period are being revisited, you are right on with that intuition. With Mars now direct and finalizing it’s journey through Scorpio through July, there is energy on hand to tackle an ongoing issue endemic over the prior year. Cancer transits and particularly Venus trine Mars July 6th and Sun trine Mars July 16th will offer the necessary emotional insight required to rectify an issue that exists in our most interior realm, generating a harmonious climate for smoothing over the difficulties that may have been present recently. Mercury trine Mars on July 10th is a great day to have a significant conversation that will bring clarity to this matter.

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Venus in Cancer – Two of Cups: “There is nothing to do but enjoy what life offers. I am now ready to let into my life the love relationships which will fulfill me.” ~ Gerd Ziegler

From Cancer, energy turns inward, and a nurturing ambience is present throughout July. Not so easy are oppositions to Pluto/Capricorn and squares to Uranus/Aries, which present unpredictable turning points marked by crisis or confrontation. The Cancer New Moon on July 4th falls in stark opposition to Pluto, and there will be a critical departure or significant change at this time. Late June into July has a highly gestational quality about it. We will withdraw to cultivate our treasure from within the interior world. Leo transits – beginning with Venus on July 13th – open us up to fun and recreational avenues that enhance pleasure, love and self expression. The gestation is complete and that which has undergone metamorphosis within us can now be revealed to the outer world.

By August we move into a brisk and exciting, but potentially tense phase that leads up to the immensely significant Virgo Eclipse on September 1st. In many ways, the major activity cycle for 2016 begins now. The North Node and Virgo-Jupiter are highly active, but harsh alinements from Virgo to Saturn in Sagittarius suggest we have major obstacles to overcome in order to engage with the evolutionary opportunities offered by this Eclipse. Mercury triggers the eclipse degree on August 6th, and Venus on the 13th. Intuition into future developments, as well as agreements and conversations around these dates can offer clues and set the stage for that which develops around September 1st.

Saturn resumes direct motion on August 13th as well, allowing us to release the karma of the prior phase and build anew with a greater understanding of our personal objectives currently manifesting through Sagittarius. A week later, Mars leaves the shadow of the prior retrograde, creating a fire and ice conjunction with Saturn on the 24th at 9 Sagittarius. This signals the beginning of an important 2 year cycle in which the topics of Saturn – Sagittarius are now really crystalizing. Mars transverses through the eye of the needle, stimulating action to be taken upon these goals with urgency. This conjunction can be very challenging, your drives are subjugated to practical concerns and this can manifest in feelings of restriction or frustration. The best use of this energy is to methodically and patiently work towards long range goals or on aspects of life that require more effort as they are quite obvious now.

Ouch! A whole lot of Saturn square during the Virgo Eclipse! At least Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in cahoots should help us stay optimistic 🙂

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The Virgo Eclipse is an incredibly potent period in which we’ll see massive culminations and transformations occur. The Mutable t-square is activated, and the longer issue of it’s resolution is possible now. From Virgo, transiting planets, as well as the Eclipse period itself tap Neptune in opposition and Saturn by square. Pluto lends support by trine, an aspect that governs significantly over the Mercury – Virgo retrograde, (August 31 – September 22) with the two locked into a deeply penetrating conversation throughout the last two weeks of September. It’s highly likely developments, activities and opportunities that emerged in June (Jupiter – North Node, Jupiter trine Pluto) are featured prominently, with really remarkable growth occurring from August into September.

What makes this whole thing a bit squirrly is this issue between the transiting planets and North Node in Virgo conflicting with Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius as well as Neptune off in Pisces. And Mercury, that rascal and trickster, is retrograde, tying up our progress as we attend to renegotiating massive chunks of all the positive prospects revealed during this phase. Virgo is of course, the master of details, refinement and attainment of perfection. To get there, Virgo must see all the components that make up the whole, which has a decisive quality to it, while Sagittarius is focused on The Bigger Picture. Pisces – Neptune seeks to infuse inspiration and spiritual conviction, though most impractically, which can have an unravelling effect on our efforts. Finding a way to make all these disparate energies work together is the key to resolving the dilemma we are confronted with, and quite worthwhile to undertake. When you successfully reconcile this issue, you become practically invincible in having all these energies at your disposal. Choose to be controlled by nothing by not allowing distractions to derail your efforts. Take August and September one day and one task at a time. If you have set your intentions in June, stay that course.

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Libra – The Scales of Justice

September 9th we herald the return of Jupiter to Libra, a highly beneficial placement that enhances the development of fairness and equilibrium within our one on one partnerships. The next 14 months will encourage diplomacy and lend a wonderful ambience to our one on one relationships. Growth through partnerships is highlighted. The September 30th New Moon in Libra will make a significant connection to this placement, and will signal the brilliant culminations on route for December.

STARGAZER FORECAST JUNE 2016

STARGAZER JUNE – PIVOT POINT: KARMIC CROSSROADS

June is a period of adaptation, one very much entrenched in the choices, endings and resolutions made since and during March, when numerous South Node transits made apparent what we were required to remove by bringing situations which had outlived their endings to the breaking point. The excruciating Chiron – South Node transit that lasted through most of March was incredibly significant. With the South Node we are always on the receiving end of the Karmic returns of prior actions, and with Chiron stimulated, the painful recognition of decisions we made based on feelings of unworthiness or inadequacy provoked topics requiring very intensive personal and interpersonal considerations. A complete surrender to the emotions aroused in this period likely (and hopefully) led to the release of critical karmic baggage and the realization we are no longer bound to it. The March 8th Pisces eclipse offered an exciting glimpse into the future, but also the realization that we had much to relinquish to make adequate space for all that lies ahead. (Incidentally, Mars will trine Chiron between the 10th and 14th of June, allowing for the healing of sexual rifts, especially those brought on during the conditions experienced in March. Rekindle and awaken to love and sensuality in this phase.)

From here we reach a karmic crossroads, as June sees numerous Gemini transits stimulating the nodal axis and challenge how effectively we integrated the awareness of the South Node transits in March. As we are moving away from the South Node, and towards the North, this is a good time for some cosmic house keeping so we can engage the more positive prospects on tap in September when the North Node is activated and another series of eclipses opens doorways to a brilliant new future. Any feelings of frustration or disorientation we experience this month (and particularly on the dates featuring nodal axis or Chiron squares) should be used to right the course and point us back in the direction of the North Node.

Jupiter (now direct) conjunct the North Node can bring about wonderful conditions or an opportunity in the area of the chart where North Node (Virgo) is transiting. We got hints back in January to what might be in store, though it could easily take a few more weeks (while Mercury and Mars right their course) to really get moving on what is in store. Also culminating this month we’ll revisit the Saturn – Neptune square, which originally formed in late November last year. (You can read my post about it here.) This is the second in a triad, and here at the halfway point, we are considering how successfully we are negotiating the Saturn – Neptune issue. A reality check is going to be required if we have allowed delusion or wishful thinking to color outlook in a matter, Saturn will likely send a reminder that it’s time to get real with what is really required for a positive outcome (which we’ll see in early September). This could have to do with dream you have sought to achieve, or a spiritual journey of body or spirit you seek to make.

Saturn is not here to tell you cannot have what you want, but rather that in order to get it, you must define it and work towards it first. What is also a big consideration this year is the South Node will be activated by Neptune later in the year. As advised in my 2016 Overview, use the instructive nature of the transit and sensitivities it may arouse to the Neptune issue in an effort to resolve those prior to the South Node conjunction. To fail to do so will open a dank can of worms where delusion, addiction, or even lies are the prevailing force. Use your instincts and let them tell you if things are not quite right! Neptune retrogrades at 12 Pisces on the 13th. This sends us back through the subjective, visionary and spiritual material that has accumulated since March. Experiences of de ja vous, and other serendipities such as repetition of images or dreams bear clues within your psychic realm and may help stimulate release of blocked energies as we flow back into the ether of universal consciousness.

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Unnamed River Spirit from Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki 2001

The tempo picks up from the 12th when Mercury enters Gemini, and we can now articulate some of the Gemini topics that have been revealed over the last few weeks, especially during the Gemini New Moon on the 4th, which throws us right into the belly of the Mutable Cross. Again to say this is a hyper busy and critical month, and much gets done, but there are some definitely some turning points on the road ahead. It’s not unlikely the Sun – Venus conjunction square the Nodes on the 8th can bring much uncertainty or reconsideration within a relationship. The 12th (Venus sextile Uranus) and 27th (Venus trine Neptune) are far more amenable for romantic and recreational activities. The 20th is also very vexing as Mercury moves into the t-square, perhaps creating argumentative circumstances, though perhaps offering a way to sort through through the muddle through negotiation. At that point we’ll be on the Sagittarius Full Moon, another pointed and dynamic period. The thing with all the Gemini is a constant sense of self negation. It’s a two sided beast. With such an intensified ambience, it could get physically and emotionally draining quickly. If you feel lost, look to Jupiter – North Node to steer the ship. Self care, staying organized and being meticulous are the way through and offer the best opportunities for growth at this time!

GEMINI NEW MOON, hey at least there’s still a nice grand Earth trine underneath the Mutable Cross Madness while retrograde/renegade wanderer Mars moves back through Scorpio.

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Sorry guys, super shortie horoscopes this time, I just moved and things have been hectic!!! I’ll be publishing a special three month report at the Summer Solstice, also to be featured on my app on iTunes, on which you can also get your Stargazer 2016 Horoscope, daily aspects and interpretations ->

ARIES – Your social realm buzzes and may even feature a romantic connection. Don’t allow all the parties and lunch dates overwhelm your need to work hard on a project that elevates your professional status. If your subconscious is working over drive, you likely still have stuff to process out from last March. Confide in your lover on the weekend of the 11th.

TAURUS – Many money making opportunities may distract you from the real treasure to be found this month, in your creative and romantic realm. Do what you have to on the financial front, but keep your eye to the big picture, especially on the 26th. Connecting on a meaningful level is possible around the 11th, and socially you’ll find wonderful companionship from the 18th onward.

GEMINI – It’s a big one for you, Gem and lots of opportunities both personally and on the domestic front. It’s possible you’ll see a long awaited financial breakthrough that ties into your residence – either allowing for the sale or purchase of a property. You may be at odds in a partnership this month, the 4th and 20th are both defining.

CANCER – Of all the signs you mostly unscathed from this wild energy cauldron that is June. And with Venus in your sign from the 18th, life is about to look a whole lot sweeter. Rekindle the flame on the 11th and 26. A lot is going on behind the scenes right now, and may even do a retreat and withdraw as your personal year comes to and end.

LEO – Socially there is so much activity, but don’t let it derail your financial prospects and objectives. The 26th will see a long anticipated and fought for development. Mid month you can bury the hatchet on a family feud. You are getting closer to working that one out… soon. After the 18th, you seek some privacy. Relationships can morph in this phase. Passion returns next month.

VIRGO – You’re in the hot seat, Virgo, as relational dynamics and MORE IMPORTANTLY how you handle them, will play a role in defining your personal/professional victory this September. Some of the most impressive developments of 2016 for you on the 21st. If you find there is residue lingering in ties broken last March, it’s time to cut the cord. Onward and upward. Passion abounds on the 26th and 27th. Let the right one in.

LIBRA – You probably long to reach for distant horizons, though local and domestic issues carry more urgency somehow. Do try to book a retreat or massage on the 22nd. A soul charge rejuvenation will do wonders. Finances continue to need reappraisal, though professionally your star is on the rise from the 18th onward. A connection you make on the 11th offers meaningful insight.

SCORPIO – While most are dodging bullets, you’ll be in your customary behind the scenes mode, pulling the puppet strings far from the action. The good news on this is you’re less likely to get wounded, but you may find you are hankering for a bit more flesh and bones role. It’s all much better after the end of the month when all that personal processing gets you back out there. Work out your relationals in the 1st half. Last chance.

SAGITTARIUS – A lot of energy out there affecting relationships with a New Moon on the 4th really stirring things up. By the 20th, you’re own Full Moon, you’ll feel a better sense where things are headed. Try not to let it distract you TOO MUCH – your professional and financial indications are STUNNING. Circle the 21st and 26th. These are ones you’ve been waiting for.

CAPRICORN – So if you manage to keep a good work/life balance and maintain a healthy lifestyle this month (and it’ll be tricky), you are one of the few signs who stands to gain advantage in this climate, Cap. Growth and optimism on the highest order are featured here, it’s likely a personal passion or project, after months of struggle, may finally be getting off the ground. Warm up to romance after mid month.

AQUARIUS – You want to have fun, but maybe your heart just isn’t in it yet? Really positive professional opportunities are brewing behind the scenes, as you get solid indications of around the 11th. A job opportunity from the 18th onwards is likely, with some of the dodgier financials to come straight by the end of the month. The 12th is all yours for having the good times.

PISCES – Your personal axis points are all lit up this month with the most dynamic action taking place in your domestic, familial realm. Home matters could and should be addressed, especially in light of the bigger challenges you relinquished in March. HOWEVER, the biggest slice of pie is that special relationship that maybe had gone off the radar for a while. The week of the 21st – 27th is the bonanza.

Retrograde Mars 2016

RETROGRADE: a time of reorientation, retreat, reappraisal, relinquish, release, resurgence, repercussions and resolution.

The retrograde phase of Mars presents the challenge and mutual opportunity to address the actions we have taken over the prior year and determine whether they are moving us in the appropriate direction, or rather that we need to reconsider our approach entirely. Mars is completely untethered – no aspects to outer planets until August 24 (Mars – Saturn conjunct 9′ Sagittarius) suggests very little outside influence presides over our activities over the next four months. Although this could prove to be a very dangerous liaison, especially when Mars goes back into Scorpio, plunging us back into the depths of passion so we can reinvigorate our intimate connections.

A shift in consciousness and need for reappraisal began in February, even if only sensed as restlessness at the most subconscious level. We began to receive signals that things were not precisely going smoothly, and frustrations may have begun to emerge. The repercussions generated during the retrograde period are essentially the return of the energy we have sent out over the last year. As the half way point in a two year cycle that began in June 2015 (Sun – Mars conjunct 19′ Gemini), we now have an opportunity to evaluate how well we have attended to that which we had began at this time. With this information, we can now adjust our trajectory or even reject a course of action if the results we get do not substantiate a continued effort. The culmination that occurs during the Sun – Mars opposition (May 22 – 1′ 47″ Gemini), represents the exact half way point and is the most crucial turning point in the cycle. Where we have managed to successfully carry out an agenda, we can find success at this time.

More on this in next months forecast 😉

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This is a period of deep introspection, particularly if the return on our efforts fall far off the mark we intended to reach. It’s time to dig deep and find out why. In many cases we’ll see where we have or have not asserted ourselves appropriately. Inaction speaks as largely to our issue as action itself, and we may be seeing the outcome of not making enough of an effort as we should have. This becomes obvious quite quickly if the circumstances we find ourselves in prove not to be the desired outcome of the efforts made over the last year. Over the next 10 weeks we will have an opportunity to reconciliation if we attend to the inner work required during this phase. If we realize it is time to take a whole new course of action, this could be a seeding phase where we shift internally to prepare for that change.

Retrograde Mars is an inert energy, making it difficult to build momentum at this time, and very difficult to make bold moves forward. Don’t assume you have to be completely inactive, just remain amenable to the likelihood that any actions you take now will likely require substantial modification down the road. I have this one (Mars retrograde) in my own natal chart and I can say first hand there is a quality of having to do everything twice. I like to start at the end, work my way backwards, then start over completely with the knowledge and experience gained during the first attempt. For those of you with direct Mars in your chart, you may find with the retrograde phase that the impulses are coming from a different place than normal. This can actually put you in touch with a novel form of expression of energy, that while not familiar to you, can be useful and constructive because you may see that there are ways to accomplish things that you had not considered before. Embracing the experimental quality of this period may be instructive, and you may discover tactics or methods to achieve goals that prove to be quite useful.

Retrogrades also of course connect to second chances, and we likely see topics, relationships or endeavors we had thought resolved stream back into our consciousness, seeking to be addressed now. There are always karmic overtones present during these phases and it is far more likely that an issue from the past is what we need to deal with at this time. If you see something re-emerge you can be assured it has come back to find proper resolution. Starting anything new invites bad results, so keep this period to completing unfinished business. Additionally consider placements you have in Aries (and to a secondary extent Scorpio), as planets, nodes, asteroids or angles ruled by Mars will also be affected if not debilitated during this transit.

Shadow Period — February 17 to April 16
Mars Retrograde — April 17 to June 29
Shadow Period — June 30 to August 22

Mars is in Scorpio from January 4 – March 6; May 28 – August 2
Mars is in Sagittarius from March 7 – May 27; August 3 – September 27

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STARGAZER MARS IN RETROGRADE HOROSCOPE:

One of the key attributes of this retrograde cycle that is frequently overlooked is the significance of the impact to the house ruled by Mars in your natal chart. Consideration of this area in tandem with the current area being transited holds a crucial message and is useful in terms of finding solutions to problems that have been building in momentum. I am devoting this special horoscope to such an analysis and hope you will find it useful as you negotiate the challenges and revelations of the next 10 weeks.

ARIES: Retro Mars hits close to home for Aries, since it’s your ruling planet and stuff. You are looking at yourself and reconsidering your direction. How well have you managed to establish yourself? Have you sufficiently stood up for your personal desires? It would seem financials, especially those jointly held with a spouse, will have a significant role in the destination you arrive at in September. An intimate relationship is going through a state of dynamic transformation, intensive negotiations or reassessment could be a big factor through July. This is equally an important period of significant redefinition for you suggesting you need to appraise your relationship with yourself first if you expect the breakthrough you are going to have on the interpersonal level to be successful.

TAURUS: A partner holds the key to your subconscious awareness, and seems to be able to read between the lines. You may also intuitively sense that a passionate relationship, as latent as it may seem right now, is simmering just beneath the surface. While there is much more to this story, give it some time to fully play out. From the end of June you find fresh impulses for this partnership. Your psychic awareness is sending strong but mixed signals, making you seek withdrawal and privacy. Significant for you in this phase will be a genuine sense of resolution and letting go of something you have held on to (or been held by) at long last. A culmination in a key partnership is likely.

GEMINI: The likelihood of reconnecting with old friends or colleagues is enhanced right now, though it’s just as likely you might bump into an ex (spouse). It seems there are no hard feelings and that in fact you might get closure in a matter that had been evasive or challenging to understand previously. Health and your work life factor and require an assessment. Productivity will probably be low over the next 10 weeks but you do have a very compelling opportunity to rekindle lost connections and recover unanswered wishes. A mentor or someone from your work space will stimulate you to take action on them.

CANCER: You may find yourself at a professional impasse while you wait for the powers that be to get it together before you can make progress. If a job or work project comes to a standstill, take it in stride – everyone is going through something. You may also feel uncertain of the direction you would seek to take on a personal level and desire some time to reflect. June and July provide a positive ambience for this as you’ll feel in touch with yourself and more in your element. July 6th, Venus and Mars make a loving trine connecting your sign to that of true romance and self expression. On this special occasion you can connect with your real desires.

LEO: Journeys of distance and mind are impacted, you may hesitate or reconsider a long range goal. Fiery passion surrounding a creative effort or love affair burns bright then fizzles. No doubt domestic and familial situations can require considerable modifications before you can move forward with a personal agenda. A great deal of attention will be placed on the home situation that may force you to cancel a trip. Refinement of your base of operation will yield for you a positive place from which to expand your activities in a few months time.

VIRGO: Intimacy, passionate relationships and shared finances need to be discussed and re-negotiated in this phase. This has been an area of a great deal of activity, with much of it taking place behind the scenes. Your insides could feel as though they are coming inside out, this is a good time to speak with a therapist or counselor to get to the bottom of any trust issues. With private matters so in the spotlight you will likely enjoy the more social vibrations available after May. Reconnecting with old friends, neighbors and siblings could be a positive feature, it’s possible you stumble into an old ally in a night course or in your daily routine. There could be some nice surprises.

LIBRA: Relationships are implicated and require reassessment. This is a very positive time in which to really define your expectations, and what you are putting in (and getting out of) your one on ones. It’s possible an unfinished relationship from the past requires a second look. You may wish to keep things flexible in terms of partnering right now – with Jupiter in your sign in about 4 months, incredible opportunities for growth are going to be present. Don’t take unnecessary baggage into the next phase. In the context of a long term commitment there may need to be a redefinition of the roles each partner holds. Financials play a big part of any and all conversations, and the income and it’s source a major concern from May 28.

SCORPIO: It’s a double whammy for ya with Mars and Pluto retrograding over the weekend, all that intensity and intention you have sent out since late January washes back up onto your shore just in time for the Full Moon in your sign on the 22nd. You have so much to release in this phase. This is incredibly favorable especially if you find you have over extended yourself in prior months or weeks. From May 28 you have the chance to get back to working on the new you. Watch your health, watch your money. It’s not unlikely a recurring issue related to your wellness sneaks up again, particularly when Mars re-enters your sign. Retrograde Mars in your sign can make you aggro and kind of self destructive. Much better to work towards a new job or undertake a wellness regiment that had eluded you in prior months.

SAGITTARIUS: From high voltage to hella chill in no time Sag. You’ll find you are reworking your insides and recalibrating your desires to a huge extent in the upcoming weeks. A creative impulse or those seeking a romantic affiliation may find this interest wanes as the energy shifts towards the internal. Your personal reorientation involves going deep below the threshold of your own consciousness to retrieve a treasure deep within. Fun and frivolity in the prior phase may have distracted you from the inner work you require before you can move on. From August 3rd you are a force to be reckoned with. For now develop your inner voice and learn to trust your intuition. The focus you gain as a result leads to ripe discovery and incredible growth this Fall.

CAPRICORN: The most personal and internal life is affected in this phase. Some Caps may be returning to a previous city in which to reside or arranging to live with former flat mates. Family members may play a role, and resolution of a long term issue with them, or relinquishing early life conditioning as you embrace a larger role in society are all possible in the current atmosphere. All the powerful transformations you have gone through over these past months become internalized now. Power dynamics can be released as you claim your inner strength, the result of the deep internal reflection of the prior months. There is incredible intuition available to you, let it guide you to the destiny that unfolds for you in September. Make a wish under the auspices of the Scorpio Full Moon, April 22.

AQUARIUS: Signals get crossed and for an information addict (like you) the next couple months could be a bit haywire. Communication, articulation and comprehension can get a bit obtuse, your daily commute can also be affected in weird ways. Mars retrograde back into the area of fame, prestige and public profile or profession (Scorpio) indicates unfinished business in this area. June and July will bring a second chance to boost your reputation in your career, with stunning opportunities in July to get where you intended to be. Or maybe not… the next few months could see developments that take you to a place you didn’t even know you wanted to go, extended networks of friends and colleagues seem to assist you in seeing the possibilities that lie on another path altogether.

PISCES: The monies and your profession are most deeply implicated, you need to assess if the ways in which you are earning your means not only reflects your values but substantiates the time you invest. It’s also likely the professional trajectory is changing based on some of the information that comes to light over the next few months. You do well to reconnect to a soul site, a sacred place to which you feel a deep spiritual connection. The Full Moon on the 21st can illuminate the quest you need to take. Connecting to your spirit and embracing an empowering sense of adventure can help you come to terms with the direction you are seeking. July 6th is magical for just such a journey. By August you will be prepared to make a bold move – set your sights on August 10th to make a big splash in your career.

STARGAZER FORECAST APRIL 2016

APRIL / ARIES ~ MONTH OF FIRE ~ RESURGENCE AND PURIFICATION OF THE SPIRIT REALM

The turbulence and general dankness of March recedes swiftly into the rear view mirror, replaced with fresh and enlivening currents of energy and enthusiasm as numerous Aries transits marshal in new beginnings and a pioneering, indomitable spirit. April speaks to the liberating power of Uranus, signaling a spontaneous new order – get ready to jump! Paradoxically, the actual inertia of our activities slows as Mars winds down to the pace of treacle, as the retrograde cycle commences mid month, turning us about face, where we are asked to evaluate the actions we have taken over the last 8 weeks, if not the last two years. Time for redux.

ARIES NEW MOON

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The ARIES NEW MOON occurring on April 7th, sets a dynamic tone, though the entire period from the 5th – 9th is emphasized as Sun connects to the major influencers – Saturn, Pluto and Uranus throughout the week. A very lively connection to Uranus on the 9th indicates real breakthroughs are possible now. Pluto still creates a tense atmosphere, with a Sun – Pluto square on the 6th bringing a very pervasively challenging circumstance to a head, culminating in some really critical (and ongoing) power struggles. There is a distinct possibility that doing something completely new or unconventional can help us make the breakthrough where Pluto has been a repressive influence. Slow and steady Saturn weighs in on the 5th, reminding us we are moving in the right direction as we steadily manage to complete our to do list. The combined forces of the Sun, Moon and Uranus on the 7th creates a very dynamic surge of energy, and the ambience for the first two weeks of April will be utterly electrifying and impulsive. With such incredible vitality available, thresholds we have been unable to cross can now be obliterated. Saturn oversees and is very supportive from Sagittarius, so while the New Moon conjunct Uranus is a very boundary breaking influence on it’s own, initiatives we put into place now augment our long range efforts for structure and security, and ultimately satisfaction, an issue that became a prominent theme as Saturn went retrograde last month.

The Saturn retrograde period (March 25 – August 13) is a time in which we must evaluate the structures we have built since last November. Their durability and strength will be considered and where we have not succeeded in creating an enduring framework that offers the security we are cultivating (signified by the area where Saturn transits in your chart,) we will have to make modifications and renew our efforts to find stability from mid – August onward. The retrograde of Mars (April 18 – June 30) reinforces this, as both are traveling through Sagittarius. At the crux of this karmic journey is to overcome feelings of restriction and oppression in relation to our personal expression, feelings of joy, and the ability to obey our impulses. We have so much more to explore during this passage, although it’s safe to say we’ll gain the most valuable asset of this transit when we completely release ourselves from a perceived outcome and throw ourselves in and simply learn from the experience itself. Saturn demands we practice this, to integrate it into the daily, weekly and monthly routine. Cultivating a genuine sense of freedom, and unconditional and uninhibited feelings of faith in a positive outcome are where we want to wind up. It is only through the mastery of this skill that Saturn will release the restrictions upon the area being transited in your chart. Sagittarius is always focused on a destination, but realizes upon arrival there is still more territory in which to expand the quest, and embraces the next adventure. It is this nature of expansion itself (think Jupiter!) that reminds us not to fear constructing reality on the fly. Be fearless! Stimulation from Aries planets will push us to remarkable new heights.

Mars in Sagittarius meanwhile provides enormous enthusiasm and bravery to venture into that very unknown, although the upcoming retrograde phase may have us reconsidering the route we will take to get there, or what the destination is. Stationing at 8 Sagittarius (for nearly the whole month) those of us with chart factors at 8 Sag, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces (give or take 2-3 degrees on either side) are really gonna get hit with this one, though it’s a bit like a volcano erupting in slow motion. Aries transits of the Sun, Mercury and Venus, after the 5th, all amplify the fiery nature of this month. Fire burns and purifies by relinquishing the detritus holding us back. Fire also is associated with self expression, creativity and imagination, so it’s quite possible a big artistic project is in the frame. The Sabian Symbol for 8 Sagittarius is “Within the depths of the earth new elements are being formed” or as Thomas Carlyle said: “No pressure, no diamonds” so there is the potential now for profound alchemical transformation of the inner realm, as there are significant changes taking place. It’s a lot of pressure for Mars to hinge on a single degree for this amount of time. A great deal of this is going to happen beneath the surface, and with Mars set to move back into Scorpio by the end of May, we will once again engage the depths of the psyche as we submerge back into Scorpios’ depths. Go deep and make your diamonds people! By November, this phase of the adventure comes complete, and with Mars and Saturn meeting up on the 24th of August, a significant leg of the journey will be made. Saturn is setting the goals, Mars will bring the energy to achieve them.

VENUS IN ARIES – The opportunity for clarification and resolution of old issues, a new beginning; symbolized by the Four of Rods – Aquarian Tarot

 

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Venus will be in Aries from April 6th, intensifying the ambience and making us receptive to passionate encounters. After the prickly relationship dynamics we endured last month – Venus square Mars, Venus square Saturn, Venus conjunct South Node 😦 we will thoroughly enjoy the positive, upbeat quality of time we get this month. Venus trine Mars (12th), Venus trine Saturn (18th) and Venus conjunct Uranus (22nd) will offer renewal and growth through our encounters with others, especially where the pleasure principal is highlighted. With Uranus in the mix there can be opportunities for enticing new liaisons, though with Mars going retrograde, maybe not the best time to start a major relationship, IMO

Mercury flies through Aries like a banshee, ending a brisk two week transit when it enters Taurus on the 6th. Mercury will be in Taurus for a lengthy total of nearly 10 weeks, finally leaving on June 13th. From Taurus the thought process is anchored intensively to the material realm, so it’s likely we’re negotiating financial agreements and attending to matters of security over the next two and a half months. By mid – April you’ll get the gist, and the 14th and 17th are exquisite for conversations or hatching ideas that will offer solutions, as long as you realize this is just the beginning of a dialogue that will continue through the end of May.

Though Mercury is debilitated during it’s retrograde cycle (April 29 – May 23) the configuration it allows for is really quite incredible, as from Taurus Mercury completes a Grand Trine in the earth signs connecting Jupiter/North Node in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. The Sun in Taurus from April 20th adds palpable significance within this period and by May 1st, Venus joins the party, indicating a positive and attractive current of energy in relation to money, property and valuable possessions. This also has a very strong influence on our sense of security as we are likely to feel grounded and prepared to work productively towards goals. Of course – don’t think this one is in the bag, although you may find as early as May 7th or 10th that significant alliances are being formed or that prosperity and good fortune are moving in your direction. With Mercury retrograde, it’s very important to remain composed, especially if very big figures are involved, (and with Jupiter and Pluto involved, it could potentially be very big figures,) through the arbitration phase that is set to occur through May. A critical bit of information or a way better offer could be in store so you’ll do yourself the best favor to wait and hedge your commitments until the end of the month of May. Mercury stations from May 19 – 26 at 14 Taurus, in a pretty tight trine to Jupiter 13 Virgo. If nothing else, good moods and positive thinking will be pervasive, and with Jupiter direct (from May 9) it could be that we are putting the finishing touches on a very lucrative contract and working out all the juicy details. May the 30th is a good day to lock down agreements or dig a bit deeper in regard to your associates before you commit. Mercury activates the Nodal axis on the 21st and 22nd, offering a glimpse into what is ahead and what we should be striving for.

APRIL KEY DATES –

TUE 5 – VENUS – ARIES
               MERCURY – TAURUS

THU 7 – NEW MOON 18 ARIES

WED 13 – 2nd QUARTER MOON 24 CANCER

SUN 17 – MARS RETROGRADE 8 SAGITTARIUS

MON 18 – PLUTO RETROGRADE 17 CAPRICORN

TUE 19 – SUN – TAURUS

FRI 22 – FULL MOON 2 SCORPIO – EARTH DAY

FRI 29 – 3rd QUARTER MOON 10 AQUARIUS

VENUS – TAURUS

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STARGZER MONTHLY HOROSCOPE:

ARIES – Events this month have the potential to give you a brand new lease on life, and with Venus in your sign you will no doubt benefit from revealing your softer and more gentler side. Sparks of love that fly around the 12th and 22nd can kindle a new romance or take a current one to a whole new level. Exploration is key, and there is an exciting and spontaneous quality to connections you make now. Sneak in some kinky on the 12th, you earned it! The 18th can be ideal for establishing (or at least exploring,) a commitment with long range potential. A New Moon in your sign on the 7th connects to Uranus, signaling a desire to express complete authenticity, perhaps even making an unanticipated if unprecedented move. Professional obstacles or commitments not withstanding, you can feel a sense of urgency to make a radical change. Saturn is supporting your better interests, so go for it! Mind on your money and money on your mind from the 5th, as a two month transit involving Mercury (retrograde next month) impacts your house of income, personal resources and self worth. Think long game on this one: negotiations will see a few loops and turn arounds, and the conversations and agreements you enter into around the 14th and 17th bear fruit towards the end of May. Keep yourself open to changes and hang tight, this cycle can produce genuine prosperity, all the dirty details simply need to get hammered out first.

TAURUS – Your Sixth Sense is buzzing this month, and you have the potential of going deep within your psyche to retrieve treasures both forgotten and unknown. You would betray the best outcome right now by trying to extend your reach too far – think in internals, the best exploration you can make right now occurs within you. This inquiry, or maybe it’s a meditation (?) will help you unravel the knots of the current Mercury cycle, taking up a pretty solid 10 week stay in your sign from the 5th onward. On the plus, this cycle harmonizes a very positive potential for reaching a broader audience through a creative or personal undertaking. It’s also possible if you are looking to adopt a child from a foreign country, or in a relationship with someone from abroad, and if so, this matter is coming together for you in May. Conversations or insights that occur around the 14th and 17th set into motion the wheels for this opportunity, and although there may be a few detours, by the last week of May, things fall neatly into place. Mercury retro in your sign (from April 28 – May 22) can bring several reappraisals and shifting conditions. Meanwhile, Venus will enter your sign on the 29th, so you can expect some really delightful experiences throughout May, and it would seem likely people from your past play a role. A partnership matter comes to a head during the super emotive Scorpio Full Moon on the 22nd, and you need to decide if you are in or out. Unexpected, even unprecedented culminations in a relationship are possible. So are you?

GEMINI – Collaboration and team work is fruitful for you this month, as the energy of others spurs you to action, and offers inspiring insights that enhance your relationships with very positive influences. Romance can be found through friends or at a networking event. A key partnership is stimulated around the 12th, make the best of it. When Mars goes retrograde on the 17th you may find the flames of passion subside for a few months, which may be for the best if a relationship has been burning white hot and you need to tone it down. Surprises are in store on the 22nd, a partner may announce they are going away for work or travel, or you may meet someone completely new and unexpectedly. The gearshift to neutral comes courtesy of a 10 week Mercury phase occurring in your area of hidden treasures, endings and secrets which begins on the 5th. Your intuition will be very strong for the next two months, but this placement makes you highly empathic, and you readily pick up on the vibes of those around you, ESPECIALLY the bad ones, so choose your company carefully. During the retrograde cycle (April 28th – May 22nd) you will be mining some really interesting material from the way, way back of the deepest and darkest depths of your psyche. Pay attention for clues on the 14th and 17th as the topics revealed will likely speak to the ongoing process of resolution you seek to make within yourself during this cycle.

CANCER – The emphasis shifts to the very top of your chart, highlighting your public image and reputation as well as profession, fame and the distinct role you play in society. With Venus here from the 5th you are benefiting from positive PR or may find you have really reached a pinnacle in your career. Stunning opportunities for advancement can be revealed on the 7th, 9th or 20th. Anything that comes up at these times will likely have a futuristic bent, or likely just come in right out of the blue. The influences are positive and tap into your long range objectives and the hard work you have done up to now. Nail down details and make commitments on the 18th. A really bold new enterprise can take shape during the New Moon on the 7th, though you and a business partner or spouse may be at odds as to how you should proceed. More favorable influences en route during the Full Moon on the 22nd highlight creativity and pleasure. You can tap into a more romantic vibe at this point. Friends and organizations, particularly those connected to your past will be a significant source of activities for the upcoming two months, a trend you will most likely enjoy. It looks as though those you will be spending time and catching up with may offer really favorable energies that will help you either meet someone with real partnership potential or help you expand your social network considerably.

LEO – The travel bug hits you hard this month, and you might decide to go off on an unexpected if not unprecedented adventure. The New Moon on the 7th could reveal an exciting opportunity to get on the road. A creative project you have been working on since last Autumn could play a role, literally, if you are an actor, writer or performer you might be going on a tour or lecture series. The influences at work produce decidedly *unexpected* circumstances. They are equally enlivening, and you will want to take advantage of what is on offer, especially if a key partnership is at stake. The caveat: your day job or an uncooperative health issue may hinder your availability to accommodate your spontaneity. If so, this is likely attached to an ongoing issue that is quite ready to be resolved. The solution lies in trying something so extraordinarily different from that which you have in the past (and quite possibly inspired by a brilliant, but unusual cohort,) that you finally make the breakthrough you have been seeking for ages. Two weeks later, April 21st, a Scorpio Full Moon sets you back down to the roots and your base. Where you are from, where you are now, all the changes you have endured in this area for the last several years in this arena flow through your consciousness. Even a year ago, you felt so close to the changes you sought to make but still had so much more work to do. At this point you can look around and feel confidence that the changes you have desired manifested.

VIRGO – As the surreal — if not completely — unreal influences of last month fade into memory, you will find that you are entering a relatively calmer phase. Mercury in Taurus from the 5th provides an ambience of precision and clarity aiding communication and negotiations. This is a longer trend that will influence you through May, there is a long distance connotation and you may be working towards a long range enterprise or adventure that’s going to require some tweaking. April is about grounding down, particularly in regard to relationships that were tricky over the prior period. A bevy of planets and a New Moon in the 8th house (sex, death, intimacy) signals you are in the process of deepening a commitment you made or began last month (if not prior,) or that you are in the alternate process of purging and releasing a relationship that has come to an end. This profoundly personal period taps you into the depths of your desires, many of which may catch you by surprise. Very interesting influences preside on the 9th and 20th in particular, though your love interest might be caught off guard if you intensify your commitment on the 6th or 19th and they aren’t quite ready. Early Virgo will be challenged/stimulated by Mars station at 8 Sagittarius for most of the month. All Virgo will experience the retrograde cycle (beginning April 17 – end June) as a slow down on the domestic front. Just as you were starting to make your climb on and up, residential matters, perhaps a move, sidestep for the time being. For now let the pleasurable influences (particularly those of next month) take precedence.

LIBRA – It’s not so much about the relationship itself, Libra, but your relationship to the relationship and the headspace you allow it to occupy. Uranus is providing a highly liberating influence, but you have to be willing to burn the old script and make a radical departure from the past to make it work. An enticing new cycle begins for you on the 7th, and there are incredible opportunities for you to connect, cultivate and invigorate your relationship to the relationship. A direct approach will work wonders, although you might find your prospects are limited or that a partner goes out of bounds while Mars is retrograde. A contentious energy associated with your domestic scene also seems to be thwarting your efforts to authentic partnering, someone or something finds your arrangement a little too unconventional and this has been a topic of heated debate. To this end the 19th specifically can prove to be a challenging day. What you can benefit from this month, however, is the ability to uncover a whole new approach that can bring about the solution to an ongoing issue. It’s not so much about being confrontational so much as discovering a new way to articulate your position. The week of the 17th provides volumes of information about who – what and where you are headed. From the 5th an emphasis on business partners and shared resources becomes the topic of serious conversation through the end of May. A negotiation may stall or require modifications next month, but stick this one out, as there is a potential for substantial gain that makes the long game worth playing. Conversations, ideas and insights on the 14th and 17th open doors and negotiations that will fall into place by the end of next month. Financials come into focus during the Scorpio Full Moon on the 21st and you may be leaving behind one source of income for another.

SCORPIO – The emphasis for April is your wellness, body, it’s maintenance and your’ lifestyle. There are very positive influences to make long term gains financially as an element of luck and your obvious dedication at work will likely pay off for you in this phase. To the end you have been innovative in regard to your employment prospects, there may be a sudden opening or inspiration that triggers an exciting development. The 7th, 9th and 20th reveal the details. Currently, you have good energy to make money, the 5th, 12th and 18th are especially positive. However, with Mars going retrograde on the 17th, you may see a financial slow down, so while you can make some extra funds, it’s wise at this point to save that for a rainy day. The 17th and 18th see your double rulers, Mars and Pluto turn retrograde. Some of the candor and enthusiasm you felt since New Years will likely diminish as energy turns inwards, although the next few months take a very social turn and emphasize partnership as well as friends. You’ll come back strong in July. A Full Moon in your sign on the 22nd signals endings and culminations. You are ready to release much in this phase, and this serves you well with so much to gain over the coming months. You may have to look within for answers, but you will find them if you do! Mercury in Taurus from the 5th begins a significant 2 month transit affecting partnerships, with Venus to follow on the 29th. There may be some twists and turns on the road to an enduring commitment, but very positive influences assure a satisfying conclusion by the end of May.

SAGITTARIUS – Things get hot and heavy in your neck of the woods Sag, and the closer your b-day to November 30th, the more exquisite (or excruciating) the intensity you experience over the next month as Mars stations in your sign. The good news is there are electrifying currents due in your romantic, creative and self expressive realms, you can connect with an authenticity as well as foster new connections that allow you to express yourself in bold new ways you have never likely considered. The New Moon on the 7th sets the stage for incredible developments, especially strong signals appear on the 9th, 12th and 22nd. You are guided with incredible conviction, and feelings of bravery are strong in this period. There could be some discouraging news about the financials, and the 6th and 19th can be challenging in this regard. An inventive approach may trigger an answer to a long standing issue. Provocative meetings are on the way, even if your ardor is diminishing during the Mars retrograde phase, you can still explore what is on offer. A love relationship may stabilize on the 18th, or you see significant progress with a personal or creative project. You seek repose towards the end of the month, particularly around the Scorpio Full Moon on the 21st. It is appropriate at this time to reflect upon and release the past.

CAPRICORN – You are restructuring your life on a pretty fundamental level at this point, and it’s likely the changes occurring on the outside (most likely impacting your residence, or the relationship you have with the people within it) are starting to more accurately reflect what’s going on inside. Your inner landscape is ripe with fertile material you can use to create the soul home you seek. As the friction and growing pains of the last few years have given way to a whole new thinking about what the home/family dynamic can look like, you are probably willing to depart radically from what you have known in the past. Cues and clues revealed this month will point you in the right direction as you seek a more authentic space in which to dwell. Opportunities are abundant this month to initiate or make the changes that are long overdue in your private life. To seize this opportunity, you are going to have to employ all new tactics, throw out the script, and start over. If it didn’t work before, it won’t now. A seismic shift in perspective on the 7th will aid you in finding a new solution. Financially it’s a positive month, so you may uncover resources to make a long desired transformation in your living arrangements. Also on queue: from the 6th a long transit of Mercury will see you in a ongoing dialogue regarding a creative project, your children or a love relationship that can lead to having children. Although this negotiation takes time, there are very positive influences presiding over it, possibly someone at a distance or a media or publishing venture is playing a beneficial role here. Your personal passion for this also drives you to reach a successful conclusion. Look to the 17th for clues. More (much more) on this in May.

AQUARIUS – Your innate sparkle is utterly luminous this month, especially when you get out and walk and talk and in the subtle minutia of daily interactions and discourse. Writing, speaking and all communications are enhanced, also making this a great time to take a class or attend a lecture that will open your perspective and allow you to meet new people. You’ll seek mental stimulation and creative activities with a partner, or may even meet someone while simply in the process of your day to day activities. Ideas, flashes of inspiration and even pure genius should be anticipated, particularly between the 7th – 9th, when intellectual stimulation shoots right off the charts. Dialogue is incredibly stimulating for you right now, so rather than have that conversation with yourself in your head, seek the input of outside influences. A great deal of action will also be taking place in your domestic environment, from the 6th a very long transit of Mercury affects your home and private life. There may be a great deal of visitors, and if so they are likely people from your past who you reconnect with. These occasions should be joyous and revelry will warm your abode through May. There may also be reason to celebrate, it’s possible an inheritance or legacy is going to make a move possible, though there will be some turnarounds here too. Retro Mercury can stall paperwork or present an issue with the home itself that must be addressed before moving is viable. Positive developments on the 14th and 17th will point you in the appropriate direction, even if this one doesn’t get wrapped up until the end of next month. Accolades for a job well done on the 21st are the reward for your hard work in your profession.

PISCES – So March was maybe the dankest month on record, though hopefully with Venus in your sign you had some good fortune despite all the friction and upheaval! There is a massive shift in the energy fields as Aries dynamics really begin to take over, and by the 6th we won’t even remember some of the more intense passages endured last month. The New Moon on the 7th triggers an amazing new channel of resources for you – a breakthrough regarding your self worth and what you care about can occur now allowing you tap into an eclectic or novel new way to earn. The 9th and 22nd are also highlighted, resources can flow in now and will allow for an electrifying current of change within your values. What does slow down over the next 10-ish weeks are some reversals of course in your professional life, it looks like your going to be taking a detour to reach your aspirational goals. Reconsideration of your tactics, or your destination will be a fairly prominent feature of the next three months. The Scorpio Full Moon on the 21st may send you some positive signals of the direction you may choose to consider. Meanwhile your social life is set to pick up, with really fresh and stimulating influences will really enhance communication and your day to day activities. A project in your neighborhood can be a productive use of these transits, and you might bump into old friends in the course of your daily commute. The retrograde period of Mercury will not have a particularly negative effect, though you will be better off to avoid negotiations or filing any significant paper work, especially if money is involved. This would be a good time to edit or revisit a writing project however, as you may find stunning new ways to articulate your message.

STARGAZER FORECAST MARCH 2016

SOUTH NODE CONJUNCT CHIRON: CRITICAL ENCOUNTERS

March is the big kahuna, featuring the kind of dynamics that can literally transform life in a split second. Eclipses season is en route for Spring, signaling that bright new beginnings as well as the necessary endings to make room for the new are likely to occur throughout March. The Pisces eclipse on the 8th will receive very positive energy from the Jupiter – Pluto trine. The Libra eclipse on the 23rd connects right into the topics and agenda of our new four month Sun – Mercury cycle, beginning at 3 Aries on the 23rd. If you thought 2016 was a snooze, you ain’t seen nothing yet! (As always, the closer eclipses fall to your personal chart factors, the bigger the personal impact in your life will be! **Do also look at your PROGRESSED CHART, these can be equally significant when contacted by the Eclipses as well!** Get your chart FOR FREE on astro.com to find out!)

Endings and culminations are prominent, look to where Pisces resides in your chart to see where they are most likely to occur. Numerous contacts from the South Node conjunct to Sun (Mar. 12th), Mercury (Mar. 17th) and Venus (Mar. 30th) will bring matters to conclusion where it is time to release a dream or fantasy. Pisces is the vessel of our most etherial and visionary desires. It associates with the transcendence of the ordinary, the mundane and the real. The South Node transits reveal what we have to let go of, and in the case we do not feel prepared to surrender our illusions, these can be quite painful episodes.

South Node is also conjunct Chiron for most of the month. It’s time to relinquish this constant need to self therapize our Chiron – Pisces issue. Chiron is a secondary ruler to Virgo, and with Chiron there is this pervasive need to fix things, which is rooted entirely in the concept that Something Is Wrong. Let that noise go for now. There can be an episode that triggers memories of pain, loss or the capacity to heal in this area, and what is revealed may even be connected to a past life. While it may feel this intuition is highly instructive, it is only through surrendering the desire to reconcile our “issue” (or someone else’s for that matter,) that we will genuinely be enabled to construct a healthy new narrative in which we release the subconscious patterning that is blocking our evolution, which right now is tied to Something Is Wrong.

Profound detoxification is possible now if we actually become aware that we are using alcohol, drugs or some other form of delusion inducing compulsion in order to compel truthfulness to Something Is Wrong. Drink a lot of water, cry as much as you need to and be willing to experience the process on a COMPLETELY PHYSICAL LEVEL. If you begin to overthink and attempt to rationalize your feelings (STOP NOW!) or are experiencing stress, try the breathing exercise from my last post, take a walk or get some exercise. The aspect peaks around the 24th (21 Pisces), just following the Libra Eclipse. Hardy, har, har!!! Love, the Universe.

In the way that the South Node Aries contacts last year demonstrated how we needed to cultivate new ways to assert ourselves (most demonstrably through cooperating with others,) South Node Pisces is urging us to emancipate ourselves from worn out delusions that are preventing us from embracing the future. If we are able to change our perception, this becomes a LIBERATING experience, where the stuff we are getting rid of allows us make room for new and vitalizing experiences up ahead. These are only painful transitions if we cling desperately to the past.

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The March 8th eclipse falls at 18’ 56” Pisces, and is really quite extraordinary. It signals a new dream is taking root, and taps into the incredible and transformative energy of the Jupiter – Pluto trine (exact on the 16th at 17 degrees Virgo – Capricorn). The earth element is highly supportive and assists in manifesting the visionary objective that initiates at this time. The combination of material reinforcement (Earth signs) with the spiritual and inspirational qualities (Pisces – Jupiter) produce a marvelous ambience for creative, artistic and visionary pursuits. There is a big boost for these activities and we can productively transform through them at this time. Saturn, meanwhile, challenges the enticing developments that occur, and it’s equally likely that duty, restriction or obligation weighs heavily on our ability to make the most of the otherwise lovely developments unfolding in this period. It is possible the awareness that emerges in relation to this conflict stimulates us to take action to resolve this issue.

March 6th features the second of three quincunx aspects between Jupiter and Uranus. The first occurred last November and the final one will be on August 13th. We are in the ongoing process of modifying and refining (Virgo!) a project or enterprise we began as far back as 2010, a period which seeded the initiation of a very innovative and expansive enterprise. Saturn also makes a second square to Jupiter on the 23rd. From the Stargazer 2016 overview: “It was in June of 2010 that Jupiter and Uranus linked up at 0’ Aries, signaling a very innovative project or expansive, revolutionary new way of thinking was initiated. Also in the mix was Saturn in opposition at 0’ Libra.” This whole configuration culminates in December, when Jupiter (Libra) opposes Uranus (Aries) with Saturn in Sagittarius harmonizing both.

It’s a safe bet what occurs (and even more so what we put into motion as a result of these influences,) is very significant in terms of how this whole thing turns out for us at the end of the year. In August we’ll be putting the finishing touches on the work we began in November, right now we are at an interesting mid-point, seeing how well things we set into motion are working out and correcting the course where we need to. The quincunx is a very experimental, alchemical aspect, and the energies are so completely incongruous to work with. Uranus dispatched Jupiter from the edge of Pisces – Aries, the point of complete dissolution into the point of absolute initiation. Jupiter has traveled, seen some sights, and learned some particularly difficult lessons while it navigated the Cardinal Cross. And now in Virgo, Jupiter needs to become malleable and studious, and take all it has learned and REFINE it into something useful. Aries – Uranus is the utmost of impulse energy, it is just so freaking volatile. Jupiter has the task of absorbing the heat and lightning bolts and pressure and transforming all that energy into something of value.

What that thing is has a lot to do with what you set out to achieve during the period in mid 2010 – 2011. Again, at that time you may have only sensed the revolutionary forces percolating beneath the surface. Brilliant, but unusual and innovative concepts may have started to present themselves, providing alternatives you would have never considered previously. As recently as last June, when Jupiter – Uranus were trine, we got a huge boost of initiative for this undertaking, some kind of signal to tell us we were going in the right direction. Again, listen to the message, take in the criticism and notes, whether they illicit from inside or outside, all of it is useful to you right now and will ultimately serve you to clarify what you are doing in order to reach that successful conclusion in December.

LIBRA ECLIPSE CHART:

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Our second eclipse falls on the 3 Aries – Libra axis, bringing to a conclusion a long range metamorphosis that extends as far back as October of 2013. The Aries eclipse September 27th of last year signaled the resolution of a long standing way of existence. As the Moon disappeared behind the shadow of the Earth that night, a dream or desire became submerged within the depths of the psyche. Do you remember this dream or what you were thinking of as the Moon disappeared? It’s quite possible that your desires becomes unleashed now, as the Sun illuminates it from Aries and brings light and life to the emotional treasure we buried last Fall. It’s possible too, a dramatic shift occurs now that enables us to reclaim that which we sought after 6 months ago. While this is a period of incredible emotional release, and possibly turbulence, the Eclipse itself is well aspected, with Mars in a very supportive position, providing energy to undertake what transpires, offering a helpful and philosophical attitude beaming over from generous Sagittarius. It’s possible a masculine figure is highly instrumental at this time. Mercury resides right next to the Sun, initiating the Sun – Mercury cycle that initiates the next 4 month cycle of daily activities and communication. (More below**) Door closes, window opens.

Mars is slowing in orbit, preparing for its’ retrograde period, beginning next month from April 18th – June 30th. Moving into Sagittarius on the 7th, the planet of action and energy stimulates an more outgoing ambience than we experienced from Scorpio, and although certain activities may be slowing some what, there is vitality and excitement available during this transit. Mars is on the heels of Saturn of course, activating us to take initiative on the long range goals Saturn has set for us. This work in progress continues through August, when Mars and Saturn meet, so imagine this part of your life is a bit like a construction zone, from Sag at least we can be optimistic! 🙂

Venus is highly active with contacts across the spectrum, the most notable of which is the conjunction to Neptune on the 20th. This highly romantically charged aspect taps our ability to see the very best in people, and stimulates a new cycle connected to a visionary pursuit or undertaking. Inspiration is strong, and feelings of love are transcendental. Also in the mix is a volatile Venus – Mars square on the 14th, which generates a lot of romantic and sexual friction if our needs our not being met on either level in our partnerships. The 25th may also prove quite challenging as Venus (Pisces) locks horns with the Jupiter (Virgo) – Saturn (Sagittarius) square that perfects two days earlier. There can be disconcerting and frustrating delays at this time impacting both finances and relationships. Hang in there! The following day Venus contacts Pluto harmoniously, allowing for transformative and passionate experiences to unfold.

**Here’s a little more on the Sun – Mercury cycle from my 2016 astrology e-book. Remember that what we begin now will go through a period of reappraisal and modification during the next Mercury retro phase. The project or activity that begins now is connected to wherever 3 Aries sits in your chart. Get your chart for free on astro.com!**

Sun conjunct Mercury March 23rd – 3’ Aries

This Mercury cycle initiates under the auspices of the Libra Eclipse (3’ 17” Libra) suggesting immensely emotional overtones to beginnings we make now, very likely connected to events and awareness stimulated over the prior 2 years and illuminated specifically last September during the Aries Eclipse 4’ 40”, (September 27th, 2015). A Lunar Eclipse, such as this, portends endings, so what begins now is likely an extension of the closure of a long standing pattern or way of life. One door closes, another opens, as they say. This beginning is given a positive beam of encouragement from Mars in trine from Sagittarius, perhaps we are about to embark on a big adventure and saying farewell to a way of life that has become quite outmoded to make this journey. Jupiter sends very positive vibrations (trine from Virgo) during the retrograde cycle* itself, so themes of expansion are amplified. The last two weeks of May feature positive developments implicating business agreements, travel, education and pursuits associated with the media or broadcasting. Jupiter will have recently turned direct, (May 10th) so it might be that an agreement, contract or negotiation at this time (though temporarily stalled during the upcoming RX cycle of Mercury,) finally comes through and sends us off in a big, big way.

Mercury Shadow: April 15th – 29th
*Mercury RX: April 29th – May 23rd
Sun conjunct Mercury Retrograde: May 10th 19’ Taurus
Post Shadow: May 24th – June 8th

MARCH KEY DATES

TUE 1 – 4th QUARTER MOON 11 SAGITTARIUS

TUE 8 – SOLAR ECLIPSE 18 PISCES

SAT 12 – SUN CONJUNCT SOUTH NODE – 21 PISCES

TUE 15 – 2nd QUARTER MOON 25 GEMINI

THU 17 – MERCURY CONJUNCT SOUTH NODE – 20 PISCES

SUN 20 – SPRING EQUINOX

WED 23 – LUNAR ECLIPSE 3 LIBRA

FRI 25 – SATURN RETROGRADE 16 SAGITTARIUS

WED 30 – VENUS CONJUNCT SOUTH NODE – 21 PISCES

THU 31 – 4th QUARTER MOON 11 CAPRICORN

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Monthly Horoscopes by STARGAZER:

ARIES: There is a difference between secrets and lies, though it will be difficult to distinguish between the two this month. Everyone has something to hide it turns out, yourself included, so be careful what or to whom you may reveal yourself. Smoke and mirrors are endemic this month. Your psychic, intuitive realm is ripe with inspiration meanwhile, though you may find some of what percolates beneath the surface to be a bit disruptive at times. Trust the flow and see what illuminates. Your dreams may speak to what you must release. It’s a bit of a contradiction, all this latent energy keeping you behind the scenes while Mars comes galloping into Sagittarius on the 7th, activating a surge of energy you haven’t experienced since last Summer. From the 20th it gets easier to be yourself, and there are good prospects for you professionally, if you are willing to put in the work. Mid-month can signal advancement in your career. A project or goal you put into motion last Fall comes together brilliantly, boosting your status substantially. The Libra eclipse on the 23rd represents a final farewell in a committed relationship. This releases you to pursue a personal enterprise with renewed passion and commitment. A strong sense of self awareness guides you into the future.

TAURUS: It’s a big month for you socially, with a flurry of invitations and events coming your way. You are compelled to pick and choose your cohorts wisely, some relationships are fading away into the past tense though you equally stand to reconnecting with long forgotten friends. The March 8th eclipse signals a new dream, or new phase in the realization of a dream, will play a major role in your story for the next 6 months. Powerful creative forces and an opportunity extended from someone at a great distance aids you in making this come true. A highly romantic introduction may feature on the 20th, though you may find your desires are at odds with other long standing arrangements. A health or work situation that has proved difficult to resolve can begin to see signs of resolution from the 23rd. Time spent in relaxing environments or therapeutic settings provide good results. You begin to probe the depths of psyche and there can be insatiable desire to erotic adventures from the 7th. Just be advised that the commitments you make now, including those connected to shared finances, will go through a period of reappraisal in about 7 weeks. Vexing influences on the 14th may prevent you from exercising your better judgement. Cease and desist from making a critical decision at this time, especially in regard to a romantic encounter.

GEMINI: Professional developments are fourth coming, and you can really tap a well spring of inspiration for guidance regarding your life path and vocational pursuits. Visionary auspices influence you throughout the month, particularly around the time of the March 8th Eclipse. It is around this time you will may be offered a very significant position or promotion. What occurs at this time has a very beneficial effect on your living situation, and it is even possible relocation is required to take advantage of the opportunity you are offered. A partnership seems to hang in the balance on this one. Endings are also prominent, and associations and pathways conclude in this period. Far more fulfilling avenues open up when you release what is no longer serving you. The social sphere is activated from the 21st and you will have positive experiences with friends and colleagues over the upcoming month. You might decide to join a club, or grow your network in other ways. The Libra eclipse on the 23rd signals resolution in a creative or romantic matter. It’s possible children are involved, and if you have been trying for pregnancy or negotiating custody this can be a time in which you get closure within these matters.

CANCER: You feel at ease over the upcoming weeks as harmonious transits from Pisces illuminate feelings of genuine satisfaction. Enjoy a more leisurely pace for now, as much will be much coming up for you professionally after the 20th. A vacation or travel could prove highly restorative. A partner reveals the depths of their devotion mid month. The Libra eclipse on the 23rd signals changes affecting your home – professional axis. An ongoing circumstance related to your home or family can be resolved. A great deal of activity is transpiring in your work life as well, there could be a new assignment or rapid changes at the job. If you are seeking employment, it may take a few months for everything to resolve. The trajectory sees several changes over the upcoming months. Events or a negotiation that take place around the 23rd have a significant implication for your career. All the facts and figures come together at this time and you can take on a major initiative. Romance is enticing on the 20th and 26th. Make time to cultivate your love connection.

LEO: Feelings of vitality arouse your creative flow this month. This is especially useful if you have been feeling stuck in a rut with an artistic project or in a romantic relationship. A project you begin now will likely be retooled through the Summer, but this should not prevent you from getting out there and testing the waters. An active ambience in your personal life and within your profession keep you very busy and stimulated. There can be good earnings from work in this period. A sense of urgency to get out and see more of the world can preoccupy you as well. An eclipse in the area of secrets and deep commitment on the 8th foreshadows a new frontier in a close relationship. It is also possible that a legacy or inheritance is on it’s way to you. You benefit this month from a measure of privacy and introspection. Sensitivity is acute, especially over the first few weeks of March and peaking around the 20th. Everyone is getting rocked in the current eclipse cycle, so don’t take things too personally if your agenda isn’t met with immediate approval or assistance is not exactly forthcoming. The 6th holds a special challenge, an authority figure can stall your productivity or bog you down with an assignment that prevents you from pursuing your hearts desire. Bear with it for now, from the 23rd things get better. The 26th is also brilliant, you will feel extraordinary!

VIRGO: Potent forces are at work in your relationship sphere this month, with much going on within your key partnerships or within the life of a partner. The hands of destiny are working overtime to create fated occurrences and meetings. There is also a muddle here, as Neptune continues to be pervasive. It is easy to read far too much into the subtleties and nuances of a situation. You see in this person what you want to and not really what is. This is fine so long as you are not sugarcoating a situation that is actually in fact quite bad for you. Deception can be at play under the guise of Neptune, so be wary. Jupiter meanwhile protects you, and your interests, as you will see specifically around the time of the Eclipse. Beginnings, endings and escalations are possible around this time, with major developments occurring specifically around the 8th and during the Jupiter – Pluto trine, elevating your passion and signaling very positive prospects for commitment. The 20th is beyond romantic. You can connect with your true love. The home life is also emphasized from the 7th, and there can be conflicts with the residence or family members. If you have been trying for relocation, there may be some frustrating delays over the next few months. Hang in there, you’re good to go by the end of Summer.

LIBRA: Very potent, perhaps even life changing forces are at work this month. Reflect on events that occurred at this time two years ago, (as well as developments in late September,) and you will see not only how far you have come, but also what might remain to be addressed. The eclipse in your sign on the 23rd signals sweeping currents of change and a long sought after resolution. This conflict or issue is ready to be handled once and for all, it’s time to make your case and stick with it. Jupiter and Pluto offer immense reservoirs of emotional fortitude to embrace what ever might come up for you and someone close to home, such as a relative of neighbor, is going to offer assistance. A partnership may be the source of the pressure, if so, you can maneuver behind the scenes to get where you need to go next. There can be very confusing circumstances in the work or health life this month, though a creative endeavor can also shine in this phase, and you’ll flourish on the 20th in any artistic endeavors. The eclipse on the 8th portends dramatic, but likely welcome changes to your status as an employee or with those whom you employ. A health issue can also be effectively dealt with now.

SCORPIO: You become less self absorbed this month, as Mars leaves your sign and positive energy emphasizing love and creativity enhance your willingness to compromise or make amends. Leisure, recreation and self expression all feature now. An eclipse on the 8th signals a new chapter in a romantic alliance. If your heart is still free, a meeting that feels quite destined could transpire over the coming weeks. (Keep your eyes on the 20th and 27th for the most enticing developments.) Pay attention to clues you get during the South Node transits (above). Intuition is heightened and you may realize it is time to release circumstances, behaviors or individuals who are no longer helping you to grow. Mars from Sagittarius on the 7th – May 27th places the focus of your activities on earnings. What you put into motion in your financial realm should be treated as highly experimental, a work in progress that will manifest for you in October. You have been engaging unconventional practices in your work and productivity as well, and you may uncover interesting new prospects and avenues this month through technology, digital or web based projects. Events around the 23rd suggest a chapter of your life comes to a end now, though a new beginning, likely attached to a new work prospect is seeded in this phase.

SAGITTARIUS: Mars in your sign from the 7th offers incredible stamina, as the planet of energy and force begins a very rare, extended, 5 month transit of your sign. This is a positive period in which to pursue your agenda and go after what you want. There can be a pushy or abrasive quality during this transit, keep your temper in check! You don’t want to alienate the very people who can help you. The domestic and family life are playing a major role this month as well, and there can be a significant alteration in your residence. The eclipse on the 8th signals major changes, possibly connected to your profession. A promotion may require relocation, or perhaps you are able to upgrade your home as a result of higher salary or income. Your creative ingenuity plays a huge role in your success. You are cautious at the end of the month, as you carefully consider an opportunity. A heightened sense of responsibility has you weighing the pros and cons of a situation. Take your time, an even better option may present itself a few months down the road.

CAPRICORN: It could be a big moment for you professionally, Cap, as the Libra eclipse on the 23rd rocks your world, offering the breakthrough you have been working towards for months if not years. Jupiter – Pluto speaks right to your agenda and motivations, bolstering your ambitions and bringing a massive opportunity for success your way. Look to events you may have put into motion late October, early November. Culminating moments, a contract or fateful meeting on the 8th has life changing potential. The eclipse teams up with Jupiter and Pluto, sending ripples of incredible good fortune through your life. It seems you’ll be working primarily behind the scenes over the next few months, Mars comes to occupy a private and strategic part of your chart, where it remains through May. The course you take will see several changes and modifications, and you benefit from a more hands off approach while your ruler, Saturn, retrogrades from the 25th – August 13th. Slow and steady!

AQUARIUS: There can be good financial prospects this month, as the March 8th eclipse speaks to a wonderful opportunity. Meanwhile foggy and elusive Neptune suggests you take it nice and slowly with any agreements and make sure everything goes down on paper. There can be illusions in this cycle, and deception is also a possibility. Taken with a grain of salt and assuring that you will reality check your impulses to jump the shark on a financial endeavor, this is a highly creative phase and there are treasures within you that you can legitimately turn into profitable enterprises. You’ll find some of the pressure coming off in relation to your career, a far more social tone is present after the 6th. You may notice that it’s time to release bad habits associated with spending on the 12th, 17th or 30th, though it’s equally possible you discover a strategy you had tried to employ in relation to earnings and savings is not going to work out. As always, release the dead weight as quickly as possible in order to make space available for better opportunities.

PISCES: Potent forces are accumulating this month and remarkable and positive changes are due. The March 8th eclipse in your sign portends a significant shift in perspective, very likely in relation to a spouse or business alliance. Your social realm is very active and friends and networks will provide you with valuable opportunities for expansion, perhaps even leading to an introduction to someone with real partnership potential. You evolve quickly in this period, and self awareness is very strong. South Node contacts on the 12th, 17th and 30th will reveal what is done and dusted. It’s time to move on and away from the scenarios or individuals your intuition tells you are no longer supporting your growth. Professionally you are going to be quite active as you begin to negotiate the ladder of success. Be advised this is going to be a work in progress through August. Keep commitments flexible and negotiable. Some wiggle room to try out a few different avenues will help you considerably over the coming months.

STARGAZER FEBRUARY 2016

Constellation David Bowie, may you forever be the brightest of the stars in the sky.

February – Minefields and Maintenance

If January felt like a false start, worry not – it was due to the Mercury retrograde phase that lasted from January 6 – 26 that slowed our New Year’s progress considerably. Very potent forces are at work this month, particularly in the first half, that have a very favorable influence on business and commercial activities. Sun in Pisces from the 19th softens the edges considerably, until then the atmosphere is very productive as Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter all collaborate effectively to assist us to meet our material and professional goals. Any traction you may have thought you lost last month is quickly made up for. The climate is serious and tenacious, and objectives are highly intensified in the first two weeks.

We do have the challenges of Venus – Pluto and Venus – Uranus to overcome on the 5th and 6th. Uranus and Pluto are still in tight angle, and Mercury retrograde recently brought light to this conflict December 20 – 21, 2015, then again in late January 21st and 22nd, and again the 30th and 31st. All these contacts pointed to hard confrontations with Uranus – Pluto, and trying to break through the incredible pressures we have felt as a result of their square (which has been a pervasive issue since June 24, 2012). This simmering, volatile confrontation between ourselves and circumstances or with others has been a major influence on this recent Mercury retrograde cycle in January. Mercury has articulated the issue, and now Venus enters the picture, appealing to our heart at this crucial turning point. Themes of power and control (Pluto) remain relevant, while the square to Uranus can suggest a highly unanticipated backlash. Love may indeed prove to be the catalyst for a major breakthrough at this time. These are hair-trigger minefield aspects, so proceed cautiously. It’s ultimately a personal choice each of us will make to engage with or disarm the conflicts that arise. (Feeling stressed? Check out the breathing exercise at the very bottom of this post. It helps me enormously when I feel overwhelmed!*)

Jupiter and the North Node remain in close proximity for the first week of the month. We are still being asked to see the bigger picture, and to use that awareness to meet the evolutionary goals of Virgo North Node. That goal is about doing something really, really well and a refinement of a project, product or the self are all indicated. With Virgo everything is in the details, so check and double check that the quality of each part of whatever it is you are working on is absolutely spot on perfect. Jupiter is retrograde so it’s more likely we are seeing the ways in which we didn’t handle the topic (of the house being transited in your chart) well enough. Retrogrades are all about re-evaluation, and on a more positive note, second chances. These two meet again in June, offering a huge boost up the evolutionary ladder where we now take the time to scrutinize what could be improved upon and then doing the work to make the project, product or ourselves better so we may fully take advantage of that second chance.

Mercury (Feb. 7), Venus (February 10th) and Mars (February 16th) tap the Nodal Axis, offering a vantage point that allows us to see both where we are headed and where we came from simultaneously. It’s easier now to reconcile to endings we have or will be making, (most likely during the South Node conjunctions occurring next month, as well as at the time of the Pisces eclipse March 8th,) so if you get intonations it’s time to start saying farewell to something or someone, (and this may be part of a highly internal process, preparing YOURSELF for transformative experiences ahead,) by all means, heed those cues. The intuition you get around these dates is highly accurate, and you may even notice serendipities occurring around you that tie into events that transpired late last August/early September or receive a premonitory flash of what is to come.

AQUARIUS NEW MOON Feb. 8th

aquarius new moon

Our viewpoint becomes radicalized as Sun transits Aquarius, followed by Mercury Feb. 14th and Venus Feb. 16th. The Aquarius New Moon on the 8th harmonizes the forming Aries/Uranus – Saturn/Sagittarius trine offering an exciting beginning within a project or association that will assist us in bringing matters to a phenomenal conclusion in December. With this we are thinking back to activities initiated as far back as 2011, so this can be tied into a real long range project that is currently receiving fresh impulses. On it’s own, the New Moon is mostly positive, though a square to Mars in Scorpio can suggest rash decisions coming out of an argument or that a confrontational episode can be in store. Scorpio can be quite obstinate, as can Aquarius in it’s own right. Not unlike the Uranus – Pluto square itself, (Uranus rules Aquarius and Pluto rules Scorpio, go figure!) the progressive and radical influences of Aquarius are being challenged by the harsh and punishing forces of Scorpio. Conversely, Scorpio’s desire for in depth transformation is disrupted by the unexpected events that occur. Use the New Moon to get to the bottom of a problem, be ready to rumble, and keep the emphasis on the long range dynamics.

The Sabian Symbol of the New Moon evokes the image of “A forest fire quenched” suggesting something in our lives that has grown disproportionately out of control (Mars in Scorpio?) is ready to be extinguished. We will use the best and most ingenious tools Aquarius offers to mitigate a potentially life threatening disaster. The rational mind is our greatest ally in confronting the challenge in front of us.

Sun in Pisces from the 19th offers a far more subdued ambience. A dreamy and introspective quality is present and reflection and day dreaming can be a facet over the upcoming weeks. A Full Moon in Virgo on the 22nd illuminates a desire to rest and reflect. Neptune is the prevailing influence over this lunation and we will seek a soul connection that offers a glimpse into the beautiful and etherial. The associated Sabian Symbol for Virgo 3 (the placement of the Virgo Full Moon) is “Two Guardian Angels Bringing Protection”. During this Lunation it is best to trust your inner guidance and intuition. Avoid the role of the martyr or victim of circumstance. Learn to listen to your inner voice.

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STARGAZER HOROSCOPE FOR FEBRUARY 2016

ARIES – Career prospects continue to brighten as any indecision or false starts that were pervasive last month quickly recede into the past tense. Look to the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 10th for your best days in which to expand your influence or make a good impression. Mixing business with pleasure can have a catastrophic, or at least unexpected result on the 5th – 6th. Future perfect resides with a group of friends and allies, you seem to be working on a group project that genuinely enhances or showcases your talents brilliantly. The New Moon on the 8th can signal incredible developments, though a secret revealed (or betrayed) can prove a highly contentious influence. From the 19th it is withdraw, retreat and regroup. Sleep in, meditate or what ever helps you R + R, in a month it’s your birthday and with an eclipse brewing from your sign, things are going to change, really, really soon in ways you can’t even imagine.

TAURUS – There is a nice mix of professional, personal and social energy floating around this month. Should you find yourself on distant shores, a true love connection may be made, particularly around the 5th, 6th, 7th and 10th. Academic associates can have a similar effect. The work you do in the first half of the month towards your professional goals yields positive results and an elevated profile from the 16th. Your reputation is stellar and your commitment shines on the 29th. A New Moon affecting this area on the 8th can present wonderful opportunities, a partner doesn’t seem to share your enthusiasm, however, or there may be a conflict with a business partner over the direction of a joint project. Rather than sow the seeds of discontent, you can keep a low profile and do your work behind the scenes for the best result. The Virgo Full Moon on the 22nd sees a love relationship, your creativity or child/ren in view. The softening effect of Neptune will help you see the best in someone, highlighting an enticing romantic episode for you.

GEMINI – You start to feel more comfortable in your own skin, especially after the 14th as it becomes easier to express and articulate yourself. Pleasurable experiences in store from the 18th enhance feelings of attraction and self worth. The first half sees you busy behind the scenes, as a work project is demanding a great deal of your attention. Your productivity is yielding very positive results, particularly around the 3rd, 7th and 10th, keep at it! Aquarius New Moon on the 8th can be contentious, a work mate or project throws a wrench into travel plans that can have you steaming. Your ideologies can equally be challenged. Professional objectives come into focus after the 19th. Sun – Neptune combined on the 28th signals an ideal you would like to reach in your profession. You can make an ally the following day who will help you reach your summit.

CANCER – Things continue to amplify in a love relationship. The first two weeks are telling of how deep your feelings go. The 3rd, 5th and 7th are extraordinary for cultivating a meaningful bond, you can easily express your feelings on the 10th. The New Moon on the 8th affects your intimacy sector and Very Serious relationships, including those that you have with banks and creditors, i.e. financial agreements. Challenges arise through a lover or your children, who somehow come into conflict with your desire to make such commitments. It’s a perplexing one, though your profession benefits from choices you make now. Weigh the pros and cons before you commit. The 6th also features vexing influences. Sun in Pisces from the 19th puts you back in your comfort zone, and a conjunction to Neptune on the 28th can see you dreaming of distant shores.

LEO – Work and productivity are the major arena of your attention for the first half, though a relationship also has you riveted. Following the twists and turns of last month you’ll be happy to find a new normal in your work schedule or routine. Venus promises good relations with coworkers, particularly around the 7th and 10th and you will find success with projects, including those related to health and wellness on these days. The New Moon on the 8th can generate friction at your residence or with a close family or partner. You are mostly in your element, but a cranky live in or problem with the house throws everything haywire. From the 16th it’s all eyes on a special someone, you can make an enduring commitment on the 29th. Financials are a focus after the 19th, be very cautious about agreements made with banks or other entities around the 28th, you simply aren’t seeing the whole picture.

VIRGO – Your work life and productivity are peaking (just as you like it) and there are really wonderful opportunities throughout the month to make substantial progress at your job. The love life is also quite fulfilling, and sweeping changes on the periphery can be signaled during the Full Moon in your sign on the 22nd. An eclipse falling in opposition to your sign next month is going to present a major (positive) upset to the status quo. You begin to feel this in your bones by the 19th. Very promising romantic moments on the 5th, 7th and 10th can bring new people into your orbit, or allow you to cultivate an ongoing relationship. A very passionate moment on the 5th shows you how deep your love goes. Fantasy looms large on the 28th, all is not what it seems. Domestic concerns can be effectively dealt with on the 25th and 29th.

LIBRA – You begin to stir from your winter hibernation, though the first two weeks may still see you keeping it close to home. The New Moon on the 8th signals it is time for pleasure, though niggling financial issues can put a damper on your more leisurely pursuits. Use the signals you get at this time to address how much effort you need to put into your revenue stream. The results favor an eclectic relationship you would like to see develop over the coming year. The 3rd and 13th have favorable financial indications and you can seal the deal on an important contract around these dates. From the 16th you are back in your element and it’s let the good times roll, for the most part. The Full Moon on the 22nd sees you releasing something, a whole way of life is coming to an end. This happens in a very private part of your chart, and is the culmination of a very personal exit strategy you have been working on for over a year. Next month your life changes completely. Release what you need to now to make space for what lies ahead.

SCORPIO – You find the words to articulate what could not be said last month as a gentle and even romanic ambience pervades in your day to day life. You may strike up a conversation in the most unlikely of places, the 7th and 10th can bring lovely interactions with potential for more. A passionate conversation on the 5th can lead to a better understanding of the motives and desires of a lover. Domestic concerns are still significant, there can be a very confrontational episode with someone attached to your residence on the 8th. A more positive inroads can be made on the home front after the 16th. Romance and pleasure feature largely as Sun moves into Pisces on the 19th, and you will seek an ideal love connection on the 28th. You are persuasive on the 3rd and 13th. Set meetings and presentations for these dates, you will convey yourself with the right balance of tact and assertiveness. Financial matters can be effectively dealt with on the 25th and 29th.

SAGITTARIUS – The ambience continues to become more social for you, with indications throughout the month for activities and excursions. Finances are still significant through the first half, as very positive circumstances unfold on the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 10th that add to your earnings in a positive way. Unexpected expenses on the 6th can provide an upset. The family and home dynamic becomes emphasized after the 19th, with the Full Moon on the 22nd indicating a professional opportunity that could potentially require relocation. All the pieces fall into place next month during the Pisces eclipse. What you feel in your bones on the 7th, 10th and 16th is quite revealing of what is in store. Watch words and guard your secrets on the 8th. A stormy New Moon in Aquarius offers a wonderful beginning in a communications based project taped right into your self expression and creativity, but a force from behind the scenes throws in a tempestuous influence. Proceed with caution.

CAPRICORN – The best part of having Venus in your sign, (through the 16th,) is being able to put yourself first without regret or retribution. The 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th and 13th are all very positive for you in matters of both business and pleasure. A harmonious relationship between Venus and Mars combined with commercially oriented Mercury and Jupiter provide the perfect ambience to not only go after (Mars) but receive (Venus) what you desire. All aspects of life are positively enhanced by these transits. The financial realm is stimulated, just be cautious around the 8th, when an opportunity may undermined by a friend or colleague. People seek to express their opinion and exert influence on you. Better financial auspices are present from the 16th. The 6th can see contemptuous influences in your home or residence. Time for a radical reappraisal of what you are willing to live with. Take care of yourself in this phase, next month brings dynamic and sudden changes to the status quo and you will need all your energy and faculties ready to jump on the (professional) opportunity that is going to be presented.

AQUARIUS – The professional forces continue to be a strong influence, though as you close in on your birthday (or have already) you seem to be experiencing growing pains as you try to define the role you see yourself serving in society. The New Moon in your sign on the 8th can be quite contentious in this regard. A boss or the requirements of your career commitments seem to really be at odds with your personal expression. You have allies and amigos who will provide incredible assistance to you as you navigate the challenges ahead. Things get way better after the 16th when Venus brings her good vibrations into your sign for a nice sweet month. Mercury also in your sign after the 13th brings a brisk and exciting tempo to the daily life. Meaningful romantic and business alliances can be formed on the 25th and 29th. Be very wary of financial schemes around the 28th. Somehow you just won’t get what you bargained for.

PISCES – It’s better late than never where the realization of your most cherished aspirations is concerned. Venus makes highly beneficial aspects (look at the 5th, 7th, 10th, specifically) highlighting positive social opportunities and the projects you are doing with a group or organization. Transformation is brewing and you begin to get indications (the 7th, 10th, 16th and 22nd offer vital clues) that your whole life is about to change. Indeed it is, as a powerful eclipse in your sign March 8th upends the status quo entirely, and probably for the better. From mid month you go undercover, building up your inner reservoir for all that is about to come into being. Professional matters see positive developments on the 25th and 29th. Tune into your most etherial self on the 28th. A vision or intuition guides you for the coming year.

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STARGAZER JANUARY 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR STARGAZERS!!!! Wow, have I been so busy finishing the book and new app for you I’m actually just getting to the January horoscopes here on New Year’s Day. Both the book (available now), and the app (available on iTunes), turned out beautifully and I am really pleased to be able to offer these. Finally catching a breath, spending the holiday with my son and so excited about my 40th birthday, coming up soon on January 8th. It’s true what they say, being a Capricorn really gets better as you age. Experience offers confidence and security you just don’t have as a younger person. And this is such an incredible year to look forward to! We have amazing support from the cosmos, and I sincerely believe a positive turn of events is going to really transform the lives of so many people around the globe. If you didn’t get a chance to read the 2016 Overview, check it out here. I chose the YUD YUD LAMED meditation (above) to begin the year on a note of release and looking forward, with incredible positivity, to all that lies ahead.

January starts in slow motion, Mercury is stationing Aquarius preparing to go retrograde on the 5th. Mercury hovers in Aquarius, and for the first week of the month it’s like were floating in space, and can see a glimpse of the future, but have to turn back to take care of unfinished business. As always, while a Mercury retrograde phase indicates a slow down in communication and commercial matters, this particular one has two very interesting features, the first of which is a notable contact it makes to the Jupiter – North Node conjunction as it conjuncts the Sun itself. Even the Moon from Pisces taps in, offering incredible emotional intuition into the conversation that is occurring now.

Jan 14. Sun - Merc

 

Jupiter is retrograde at the time of the North Node conjunction, suggesting we get an intonation of what is really set to occur June 21st, when they meet again and Jupiter is direct. The planet of luck and optimism contacting the symbolic point of our evolutionary objective twice in a year is quite amazing! We may get fortunate assistance (Jupiter) to meet those objectives or luck and prosperity is stimulated by doing the Virgo North Node work, maybe both. The better we are doing it – the more we receive. This first transit, (again, because Jupiter is debilitated) is a signal of what could potentially be. Use the information you receive to work on building positive karma towards what you want most to receive by June 21, when they meet again. Celeste Teal explains of the union “There is often a helpful person in the life who acts as a catalyst to financial or spiritual growth. Publishing ventures go well or there are opportunities here.” Of North Node Virgo she writes: “Now, you must learn discrimination about those you choose to help, practical planning and how to clearly define goals for yourself.” (From the book “Lunar Nodes – Discovering Your Soul’s Karmic Mission.)

The fact that Sun – Mercury conjunction (from Capricorn) is taking place at the same time and in a perfect trine is a really incredible synchronicity. Be prepared for a very important communication or awareness coming January 15th, what occurs is miraculous, and helps us move towards the future, even if it takes a bit longer to get there. Another big thing with the Mercury retrograde is the long conjunction to Pluto for the last week of the month. We can probe deeply for a solution at this time, conversations and thinking will be intensified, we want the truth and will not settle for anything less. While Pluto can be harsh, it also represents both our individual and collective ability to transform, so this long, maybe tough, dialogue that occurs at the end of the month does offer us the opportunity to make a breakthrough and transform where we have sought to. Mercury will be direct from January 25th.

Mars delves deep into Scorpio on the 3rd, it’s orbit slowing as it prepares for retrograde beginning April 18th at 8 Sagittarius. As mentioned in the 2016 overview, Mars sextile to Jupiter February 13th is the last significant outer – planet aspect Mars makes until August 24th, when it conjuncts Saturn. This suggests on one hand that Mars will set it’s own agenda, not being influenced by outer forces for so long, though it also indicates our actions don’t have much impact on the outer world mutually, so you basically have from New Years through February 13th to make an impression where you need to!

Mars in Scorpio has deep reservoirs of tenacity, though from this placement actions taken are likely concealed or taking place under cover. Extraordinary passion is aroused, and with Saturn no longer here holding back the energy of the Scorpion (as was true during the last transit), the full intensity of this placement can be expressed. Intimacy can deepen in this phase, as extraordinary feelings of closeness between lovers connects them to higher reality. Explore the depths of your love this month, it has much to reveal to you.

Daily transits and January horoscopes are below! The daily aspect readings are from the Stargazer 2016 app, which this year includes a planets in aspect guide in addition to the calendar and horoscopes, suitable for interpreting daily aspects, or those occurring in your chart. These are featured as a preview this month only. You can order the Stargazer 2016 PDF e-book by making a $5 USD PayPal payment to stargazerastroatlas@gmail.com This 81 page book features a 2016 reading for all 12 zodiac signs as well as special report on the Sun – Mercury cycle with detailed analysis of each of the four Mercury retrograde cycles, so you can plan in advance! The book will be emailed to the address you use to make your payment, unless other wise noted. If you are ordering this as a gift, and wish for it to be sent to someone else, please make a note on PayPal, I’ll be happy to send it to whom you request. THANK YOU and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

JANUARY ASPECTS:

FRI 1 MERCURY – AQUARIUS

SAT 2 – 4th QUARTER MOON 11 LIBRA

SUN 3 – MARS – SCORPIO

TUE 5 – MERCURY RETROGRADE 1 AQUARIUS
MERCURY SQUARE MARS – 0 AQUARIUS/SCORPIO
Irritability can be present in our interactions, there is a brusque and offensive tone that can be condescending. Provocation is also possible, it’s possible to push (or be pushed) into arguments in the heat of the moment. It’s also possible to just be busy, busy, busy to the point of exhaustion (which then leads to frustration). Avert crisis by only taking on what you can possibly handle and no more.
VENUS SQUARE NEPTUNE – 7 SAGITTARIUS/PISCES
There can be vague and unsettling feelings that all is not what it seems in a love relationship, and a tendency to overlook or even deny the truth of the state of our affairs is possible if the reality cannot live up to the ideal. It can be difficult to be honest with a partner in this time, evasiveness is indicated. Imagination and a propensity for daydreaming is indicated, and this is an interesting time for the artistic and creatively inclined.
SUN CONJUNCT PLUTO – 15 CAPRICORN
Feelings of conviction and power are stimulated immensely and we can make constructive changes at this time. The conjunction suggests a significant burst of energy that allows for transformation the area in which it takes place in your chart. Deep and regenerative experiences occur.

THU 7 – JUPITER RETROGRADE 23 VIRGO

FRI 8 – MERCURY RETROGRADE – CAPRICORN
VENUS CONJUNCT SATURN – 11 SAGITTARIUS
Relationships take on a more serious tone today, and this is a good time to formalize a partnership for either business or pleasure. Commitments made now (especially under the conjunction) are genuinely built to endure. Karmic undertones are present. Feelings of responsibility and maturity are enhanced, providing a strong base of assurance for the promises we make at these times.

SAT 9 – NEW MOON 19 CAPRICORN

TUE 12 – VENUS TRINE URANUS – 16 SAGITTARIUS/ARIES
Exciting and unexpected meetings and developments take place today in our romantic and personal relationships. There is a desire to free expression and unconventional partnerships at this time. While highly stimulating, not all connections made now are likely to endure, but do have a liberating quality that offers a fresh perspective and needed break from the routine.

WED 13 – SUN TRINE JUPITER – 23 CAPRICORN/VIRGO
Considered one of the best aspects for good fortune, this aspect confers a positive, even “lucky” vibration, and this is an auspicious time for beginning or expanding upon a personal or commercial enterprise. Very enthusiastic feelings are stimulated and this can also be favorable for a vacation or venture related to media or publishing. Good will, generosity and optimism also provide an ideal climate for social events.

THU 14 – SUN CONJUNCT MERCURY – 23 CAPRICORN
Occurring approximately every two months, this is the beginning of a cycle of activity usually associated with business, commercial activities, day to day life, and communication. Sets the tempo and agenda for the upcoming few months when MERCURY IS DIRECT. There are modifications to our existing plans during the conjunction that occurs during the MERCURY RETROGRADE cycle. Mental clarity and articulation of thoughts are well indicated.
MERCURY TRINE JUPITER – 23 CAPRICORN/VIRGO
Confidence and enthusiasm in our speaking and thinking today provide an ideal climate for social and commercial activities. We benefit from increased optimism that opens the doors for success in our enterprises. Conversations, negotiations and meetings are under very positive influences, with everyone getting a fair shake in the end. This is a good day for learning something new that expands your consciousness or broadens the scope of your daily activities.

FRI 15 – JUPITER CONJUNCT NORTH NODE – 23 VIRGO

SAT 16 – 2nd QUARTER MOON 26 ARIES

MON 18 – VENUS SQUARE NODES – 23 SAGITTARIUS – PISCES/VIRGO
VENUS SQUARE JUPITER – 23 SAGITTARIUS/VIRGO
Overall the mood is positive, but there might need to make modifications to arrangements concerning love relationships today. Excess, particularly with one’s resources, can be an issue, particularly if seeking gratification or fulfillment through indulgence to satisfy emotional needs that are not being met.
MARS TRINE NEPTUNE – 8 SCORPIO/PISCES
A dreamy ambience is stimulated, making this a good day for leisure and recreation. The imagination is vitalized with this influence and there can be constructive efforts made in creative projects, particularly music and the visual arts. Dissolution of the edges allows for intuitive exchanges, there is a pleasant sensual and romantic quality making this a nice time for time spent with a partner.

WED 20 – SUN – AQUARIUS
MERCURY SQUARE URANUS – 16 CAPRICORN/ARIES
We are tapped into a very dynamic, but unstable flow of energy today. There can be incredible insights, and even flashes of genius, but the erratic nature of this alinement can prove quite disruptive to the daily routine. Keep a notebook handy, you’ll want to take notes and leave plenty of room for the unexpected.

FRI 22 – MERCURY CONJUNCT PLUTO – 15 CAPRICORN
There is marked intensity in thinking and communication today, particularly with the conjunction. If you need to make your case, this is the time – persuasiveness is a notable attribute of this aspect. You leave no stone unturned in research or investigation. Seeking the underlying truth of a situation gives way to penetrating insight and awareness.
SAT 23 – FULL MOON 3 LEO
VENUS – CAPRICORN

MON 25 – MERCURY DIRECT 14 CAPRICORN

SAT 30 – MERCURY CONJUNCT PLUTO – 16 CAPRICORN
There is marked intensity in thinking and communication today, particularly with the conjunction. If you need to make your case, this is the time – persuasiveness is a notable attribute of this aspect. You leave no stone unturned in research or investigation. Seeking the underlying truth of a situation gives way to penetrating insight and awareness.
VENUS SEXTILE NEPTUNE – 8 CAPRICORN/PISCES
Romantic longings are stimulated and beautiful connections can be woven under these auspices. We seek the ideal in our connections and escapist tendencies manifest where we are not ready to take on the “burden” of a real relationship, sublimating desire into the fantasy realm instead. Easy rapport and receptivity is possible where genuine love is present. This lends to harmony and even enchantment. Creative imagination is vitalized, making this a constructive period for artists.

SUN 31 – 4TH QUARTER MOON 11 SCORPIO
MERCURY SQUARE URANUS – 17 CAPRICORN/ARIES
We are tapped into a very dynamic, but unstable flow of energy today. There can be incredible insights, and even flashes of genius, but the erratic nature of this alinement can prove quite disruptive to the daily routine. Keep a notebook handy, you’ll want to take notes and leave plenty of room for the unexpected.

JANUARY SCOPES –

ARIES: You go deep this month Aries, as your ruling planet moves into secretive Scorpio. Meanwhile, you continue to unleash your inner party girl, especially on the 12th, and you can send mixed messages to a romantic prospect if you come across too aloof. January 8th is positive for making a commitment in a relationship you hope will endure. Your career is a big focus this month and the 15th offers a stunning culmination for you professionally. Sometimes you have to go backward before you can move forward. An old colleague may have a hot prospect for you. Wait to sign the dotted line until 30th, when all the fact and figures finally fall into place.

TAURUS: A partnership is heating up big time, Mr. T, with the 18th and the 30th serving up some of the most positive indications for your romantic life in quite some time. Skip the 5th for anything too consequential. Commitments of a financial nature can successfully be made January 8th. Make a budget you can really live with. Your frontiers are wide open, and pleasurable pursuits including a love relationship are favored on the 15th. A meeting with destiny is on the cards. From the 23rd, you become irresistible. If you travel this month, you are more likely to go to place you have been before, perhaps to catch up with old friends. The 13th – 15th is a marvelous time to plan an excursion, just be mindful of Mercury retro hi jinx.

GEMINI: Things can get a bit prickly over shared finances towards the end of the month for you, Gem, and if you have been waiting to hear back about a loan, grant or settlement, you are going to be waiting a bit longer. All the details will fall into place at the end of the month. Circle the 30th for important negotiations. You have a conversation or get information mid month that has a very positive impact on your residential situation. Clues revealed on the 15th get you on track with your destiny, particularly if you have been considering relocation. A love relationship gets more attention: the more affection you sprinkle on that certain someone, the more they sprinkle you back. If it’s all dust and cobwebs up in there, you get a strong indication why around the 8th of January.

CANCER: Your key relationships are a big topic this month, and you may find you are reconnecting or reconsidering an alliance with someone from your personal past tense, Crab Cakes. Mid month is remarkable for negotiations, particularly those related to business dealings, and the 15th is marked with the stamp of destiny. See what comes up, wait until the 30th to make up your mind, though. Your New Year’s resolutions for wellness get a boost from Venus through the 23rd. You can make your biggest strides on the 12th. From the 23rd, she brings good fortune to your partnership arena, and you may see a commitment intensify over the final week of the month.

LEO: A Full Moon in your sign on the 23rd signals closure to some aspect of your life, Lion-ess. It is the appropriate time to celebrate your victories and release that or those you no longer need. You’ve got your mind on your money and you money on your mind in the meanwhile. Key negotiations about a job or for a better position mid month can offer the kind of prosperity and security you desire. It is wise to wait until after the 25th to commit. Matters of love, affection and creative longing you so seek to express are also highlighted. You can make a commitment within a love relationship or to your personal artistic process on the 8th. For inspiration, watch Madonna: Truth or Dare. Whatever personal craft you ply, you can take from her example an unwavering commitment to her art, as well as her longevity. Food for thought…

VIRGO: Pleasure is on your mind, goddess, though things get squirlly in lover land for a minute while Mercury retrogrades through the house of true romance. If someone from the past pops back into the picture, take it with the proverbial grain of salt. Mid month is kismet, however, and events and conversations, particularly those regarding children and the future of a love affair point you in the direction of the future. Being true to yourself and values pays dividends in this phase, possibly in the form of incredible prosperity. By the end of the month you feel the good vibrations in your love life washing over you, and you find the words and passion to articulate your (kinky) desires to the one you woo. The 30th is ridiculously pleasurable. Make time for love.

LIBRA: The right course of action is to maintain a low profile, like vanish, retreat, withdraw. You find your greatest treasure within right now, and despite a nice social vibration, you are finding the value in limiting your social circle to a few, really important people at this time, you’ll see why around the 8th. An exciting if not unexpected development in a relationship (either for business or pleasure) on the 12th paves the way for a major residential development by mid month. Mercury retro can stir memories of the past, but also serves to remind you of a goal you may have had for relocation that never came to fruition. The 15th can yield a dream or premonition that leads you to a form of prosperity. Rest, relaxation and space and head clearing is the key to finding this so take your time. From the 23rd you’ll seek to make a house into a home, a decision you make on the 30th signals sweeping, necessary changes to your residence.

SCORPIO: Mars in your sign infuses you with conviction and passion to go after all your desires with a level of intensity you have unlikely felt since Fall of 2012, the last transit you got before Saturn moved through your sign. Now that you’re all grown up, you are likely to make better decisions for yourself, (hint: it’s way more awesome to use your power to CREATE what you want rather than to take it from someone else) and you get much farther with the self awareness that you possess now. A Full Moon on the 23rd sees your professional star is on the rise, you may get great news of a promotion or launch your own business. A financial cue January 8th sets the stage. A meeting or conversation mid month reveals a stunning opportunity. One more hint: it has a major (positive) implication for your love life.

SAGITTARIUS: You are in the midst of reorganizing financials this month, with very significant developments mid month that have major implications that positively enhance your professional prospects. A kismet meeting on the 15th gives you a major advantage, and the desire to make the most of an opportunity. Venus from your sign offers a nice ambience for pleasure and romance, especially around the 12th, when an unexpected meeting occurs. Mars in the area of endings for the next two months can signal a period of deep reflection and a need for withdrawal. You awaken to the truth within. Vision and intuition is heightened on the 18th.

CAPRICORN: It’s a whole lotta Cappy right now, with a brilliant New Moon on the 9th illuminating your ambitions (and there will be many) as well as the incredible prospects you have for this year. Jupiter and Pluto are close by urging transformation and growth. Contact or communication between the 12th and 15th reveal an incredible opportunity is right at your finger tips – though you might have to travel across the globe to make the most of it. By the end of the month, specifically the 23rd it all begins to come together, brilliantly and you can set off blazing that trail. Venus from your sign ushers in a highly favorable ambience for you. You feel alluring and can enjoy pleasurable experiences now. The 12th reveals an exciting insight into a residential matter that puts you quite at ease.

AQUARIUS: Strategy for the next few months will be required of you as Mars transits Scorpio. While you have extraordinary energy and conviction at your disposal towards your professional ends, with Mars retrograding back over this part of your chart in June, is it worth it to lay it all on the line if you are just going to have to go through it all over again this Summer? The answer is absolutely YES. What ever your heart is telling you to go for, go for it. The next 6 weeks are crucial to your success this year, and the work you do now paves the way for the even more amazing work you are going to do in July. Get all in and go for it! A lot is going on behind the scenes, and your intuition is strong right now. Pay special attention mid month, clues can reveal a very lucrative source of income for you.

PISCES: Mercury retrograde can see in touch with old friends this month, and a harmonious social atmosphere presides. Attend events mid month, you could cross paths with a beautiful stranger on the 15th who changes your life forever. Destiny favors this union for you at this precise moment. Mars energizes you with a positive beam from Scorpio, a brilliant harmony on the 18th taps you right into the source of inspiration. Clues will be subtle but reveal your desires. Your reputation is on the rise, and a good indication that all the hard work has (and will continue to be) worthwhile comes in on the 8th. The 30th is marvelous for creative and romantic matters, the ambience is ripe to declare your love for someone.

STARGAZER 2016 OVERVIEW: Retrograde Mars – The Renegade Wanderer

The two predominant issues we’ll be dealing with in 2016 will be the mutable cross between Jupiter – Virgo / Saturn – Sagittarius / Neptune – Pisces (with the nodes on the Pisces – Virgo Axis, no less!) and the Retrograde of Mars from Sagittarius back into the dark nether regions of passionate Scorpio during the Summer. Overall, it’s not a bad year, by degrees far less challenging than the last few, and minus a few set backs in the first half, from August things are set to get really, really good. Careful planning and waiting for the right time to execute will yield treasures in December, when a fascinating aspect pattern known as a bowl illuminates and confers incredible achievement, attainment and exciting exchanges.

Mars goes retrograde from April 18th – June 30th (from 8 Sagittarius – 23 Scorpio). The contact of Mars sextile to Jupiter February 13th signals the last outer planetary exchange the fiery planet of impulse and action makes until August 24th, when it conjuncts Saturn. Retrograde energy tends to have a renegade, almost subversive quality to it anyway, as it is perceived to function in a way that does not comply with societal norms somehow. Without influence from outer planets (and even the Nodes) for such a duration, it would seem for most of 2016 Mars is allowed to set much of it’s own agenda, even if that agenda is carried out in slow motion. It seems we’ll be saying goodbye in February (in either mind, body or spirit) as we undertake a personal, and even primordial journey (particularly while Mars transits back through Scorpio in June and July,) in preparation for that momentous meeting with Saturn. The activities we undertake may be highly personal, if not classified or covert, and will most definitely be concealed from the outside world until this Fall.

The retrograde period can signify a reconsideration of how we externalize and pursue our desires. As Venus indicates the way in which we most readily receive pleasure, Mars indicates how we take action to obtain what we want. For a while we might just be unsure of the appropriate course, though equally the thing or person we would seek in pursuit may also be unavailable to receive the advances. It seems either the destination or the route to get there is uncertain. From August, we’ll know precisely where we are headed. For now don’t rush. This is a very important time for soul searching.

A shift in the energy level should be anticipated with a retrograde Mars, as the pace or agenda changes substantially, and you may even intuit this change as early as February. Life doesn’t stop, just the output level changes, and this makes for a difficult period in which to begin new projects. As with any retro phase, we deal with repercussions of the actions we have taken over the prior two years, particularly if they were overtly aggressive or in relation to a masculine partner. It’s possible we’ll reconsider an affiliation, though this will be more likely if Mars is transiting one of the relational houses of your chart (4, 5, 7 or 8).

Mars and Venus, the cosmic lovers, do connect on several occasions, so the love/sex life presumably doesn’t suffer too much. An intimate relationship may in fact be the one thing that keeps us tied to earthbound matters while we take our journey into the hinterlands. From Scorpio (May 28 – August 2), retrograde Mars sees a deep intensification of passion, we’ll long for intimate connection, though we may have to wait until August to fulfill those desires. Perceptible intonations of the delays we experienced last summer (as Saturn transited these precise degrees of the Scorpio/Sagittarius cusp) may resonate. We may not be home free from the time of their conjunction (August 24th), but we have certainly come prepared to move the bloody mountain.

AND VENUS TOO!

Venus and the Sun renew their cycle in conjunction June 6th at 15 Gemini, a rather pernicious placement as it falls smack dab on the mutable cross involving Jupiter (Virgo), Saturn (Sagittarius), Neptune (Pisces) as well as the Nodal Axis. Ouch! It’s possible a relationship stimulated around this time is severely tested by external circumstances. The love is there, but many things vie for and demand attention, and with so much going on it may make it difficult to nurture the relationship. The Sun – Venus conjunction also represents the half way point between retrograde cycles. In 10 months we’ll receive the results of what we initiate at this time when Venus retrogrades in Aries – Pisces next March (2017).

Ongoing relationships will stage up, that is move to the next level of involvement or commitment. With all the Mutable Cross activity, it will be a very active period with much to attend to. This will not be the best time to plan any significant activity, i.e. starting a new business, planning for a vacation or a wedding. The ambience is incredibly vitalized, but there are just too many details to attend to all at once! The square of Sun – Venus to the Nodes suggests the relationship is being evaluated in regard to it’s ability to evolve towards the orientation of the future. This represents a crossroads and an affiliation may be reconsidered. It’s ok to pass on making a big decision for now. After August, when the ashes have scattered and the air has cleared, it becomes much easier to proceed.

A whole lotta Mutable Cross:

GEM

THE MUTABLE CROSS/ROADS + THE VIRGO – PISCES NODAL AXIS

KEY ASPECTS:
Jupiter conjunct North Node – January 15, June 21
Venus square Nodes – January 18
Sun conjunct South Node – March 12
Mercury conjunct South Node – March 17
Venus conjunct South Node – March 30
Sun conjunct Venus square Nodes – June 8
Mercury square Nodes – June 22
Mercury conjunct North Node – August 8
Venus conjunct North Node – August 16
Mars square Nodes – August 29
Sun conjunct North Node – September 5
Saturn square Nodes – October 8
Neptune conjunct South Node – November 18
Mercury square Nodes – November 19
Mars conjunct South Node – December 27

Jupiter square Saturn – (August 3, 2015) March 23, May 26 (2016)
Saturn square Neptune – (November 26, 2015) June 17, September 10 (2016)

We continue to see the unravelling effects of the Grand Water trine (Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter) of 2013 into the mutable t-square. We are encouraged/challenged to manifest (Saturn) and expand (Jupiter) a vision or dream (Neptune). All the t- square aspects have already occurred once by December 1st, 2015. This year through September sees realignment and reconfiguration, using the awareness that became stimulated during those initial aspects in Fall 2015 to reorganize our lives. Remember the old saying “third times the charm”? It has to be a reference to Saturn’s retrograde and the three aspects it generally makes as a result. The first aspect signals something requires our attention, the second to see how well we fared in trying to resolve it and then make modifications, the third the conclusive result and our final attempt at resolution. Put it to the test and use the dates above to see how it works out for you! It’s not necessarily bad, or good, it’s just about getting it together and finding a way to serve needs that currently feel incredibly disparate. T-squares stimulate a dynamic atmosphere, sending signals that it’s time to take action and this is not necessarily a bad thing. IMO, it’s way less abrasive than what we endured during the Cardinal Cross and Uranus – Pluto squares over the last few years. Like David Bowie said: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes.

The Nodes interacting on the Mutable cross does up the ante considerably. The changes we seek or even require to make are tied up with destiny and karma we may not fully understand yet. The most dynamic and challenging aspects are the square of Saturn to the Nodal Axis and South Node to Neptune. Saturn square to the nodes calls us to evaluate the goals we seeded during the conjunction phase (8 Scorpio, mid September 2013,) and place them in the current context of the evolutionary drive represented by NN Virgo. What are we building, and why? (Hey, there’s that 2013 again… I’m seeing a pattern forming, hopefully you do too 😉 This occurs October 8th, at 12 degrees Sagittarius. A crossroads quality is felt very intuitively at this point, and we’ll be making a decision that really sets a course for the next few years based on how well (or not) the late 2013 agenda is panning out. Saturn will conjunct South Node at 20 Capricorn in April 2019, in some way concluding the cycle began during the initial contact at 8 Scorpio, as well as the outcome of the decisions we make during this critical turning point in October.

Conjunctions to the South Node, particularly to Neptune, will reveal what needs to be released. It’s time to get real, so to speak, and the Nodal contacts will be reminders of precisely which behaviors, attitudes and circumstances have passed their expiry date. The most productive use of the South Node contacts is to determine what isn’t working anymore and simply drop it/him or her for the hot mess that it is. North Node in Virgo prizes pragmatism and efficiency after all! Jupiter conjunct NN in January points us in the right direction, and this aspect repeats on June 21st reminding us to stay the course. Squares to the Nodes by transiting planets can be a quite dramatic point of reconciling ourselves to the changes taking place as we realign with the evolutionary journey we are on. How successfully we are managing that reorientation will suggest how intensely we experience the square transits.

The eclipse cycle this year continues to fall on the Pisces/Virgo axis, and for the most part are milder than some we have had over the last few years. Meanwhile the Gemini New Moon June 4th falls right on the Nodal axis, completing the Mutable Cross. (See chart above!) The first two weeks of June are easily the most intense, noisy and complicated of the entire year. This lunation precedes the second Saturn – Neptune square (June 17th) by a couple weeks. With Saturn retrograde at this time, we’re really seeing the karmic implications of what we wrought in November – December 2015. This is a good time, (assuming we can work through everything going on,) to determine the right course based on what we are seeing in June to get on the right track prior to the final Saturn – Neptune square in September. North Node in Virgo reminds us that if we remain methodical and seek a solution, one will come, and a really stabilizing Grand Earth trine from Mercury – Taurus, Pluto – Cap, and Jupiter – Virgo underscores the mania with a steadying current that supports acquisition and material prosperity.

2016 Bowl

JUPITER IN LIBRA + THE BOWL

It’s a pretty safe bet that the first 8 months of 2016 are really just about getting it together and setting the stage for what happens when Jupiter enters Libra on September 10th. While Jupiter in Virgo emphasized our efficiency and aided in the organization of our affairs, from Libra there are going to be some big developments on queue. Be wary of power dynamics that could surface when Jupiter squares Pluto on November 24th. Outside of that, things get really exciting for the rest of the year with very harmonious linkages and the more challenging issues far back in the rear view mirror.

This culminates at the end of the year when a bowl pattern forms linking up the Jupiter – Uranus opposition with Saturn in positive aspect to both. It’s a really brilliant time. It was in June of 2010 that Jupiter and Uranus linked up at 0’ Aries, signaling a very innovative project or new way of thinking was initiated. Also in the mix was Saturn in opposition at 0’ Libra. In January of 2011 we were well on the way to a brand new frontier of being, one that is ready to manifest in the final months of 2016. With Saturn so supportive within this configuration, we have genuinely built something substantial and long lasting into our lives. Venus and Mars transit from Aquarius, harmonizing fruitfully from November into December. This is a really amazing thing, and something to look forward to, especially if there are some dicey or challenging moments in the first two thirds. Look to events around March 6th as well as mid – July as Jupiter and Uranus quincunx in Virgo – Aries. We are compelled to finish the work of the cycle. Things really come together at the end of the year. A strange brew of optimism, innovation and perseverance pay off! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

MERCURY RETRO CYCLES IN EARTH SIGNS

Mercury Retrograde Dates 2016:
January 6th – 26th; 1’ Aquarius – 14’ Capricorn
April 29th – May 23rd; 23’ Taurus – 14’ Taurus
August 31 – September 22nd; 29’ Virgo – 14’ Virgo
December 19 – January 8, 2017; 15’ Capricorn – 28’ Sagittarius

Mercury transits retrograde in the Earth trinity (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) this year suggesting material considerations will factor for all. Resources will be the cause for question and you may wonder more than once where and when the money is coming from, though this is also a positive time for creating new strategies for earnings, savings or investments. Extensive contacts between Mercury and Jupiter/North Node in Virgo aids productivity enormously. Finding efficient ways of doing things proves beneficial and helps reduce expenses. With strong indications between Mercury to the Virgo – North Node/Jupiter and Capricorn/Pluto trine, really substantial growth and prosperity is possible where you are willing to put in the work. Pluto adds a great deal of depth, introversion and intensity to our thought process. We will be driven to find solutions towards tangible and transformative results.

Mercury RX note: In some cases there may be an absent mindedness with possessions, and losing things could pose a potential in this cycle. It may be worthwhile to set aside very important articles such as official documents, heirlooms or jewelry to a safe place, like a safe deposit box.

The 1st retro phase is tied into the Pluto/Uranus square dynamic and can be quite prickly as obstinate and disruptive forces clash and deter our progress throughout January. Hopefully we unentangle ourselves from this one quickly: Mars/Scorpio, Jupiter + North Node/Virgo are supportive in February and steer us back in the right direction.

The 2nd retro phase taps brilliantly into the Jupiter/North Node – Pluto trine, completing the earth trinity from Taurus. The RX cycle lasts the first 3 weeks of May and although we’ll have to make an effort to get the financials in order due to the retrograde, the overall the climate is incredibly productive and positive. Venus from Taurus augments this brilliantly making prosperity a distinct possibility this month.

Retrograde #3 transits Virgo, allowing us to really get to the nitty gritty in our endeavors, especially those that had been compromised during the Mars retrograde transit. Mercury is conjunct Jupiter for several weeks (August 20th – September 9th) and trine Pluto for the last two weeks of September. There will be some delays, but it’s really in this late September, early October period we drive it all home, especially now with Mars finally cooperating. Dream big and look to October 11th for a massive victory!

The final retrograde in December – January 2017 takes place in Capricorn, still in tight alinement to Pluto throughout the end of the year. Uranus has progressed far enough away by now to not be a contentious influence. Mars and Neptune from Pisces are harmonious at the year’s end and will provide a gentle ambience. Creative and visionary pursuits are highlighted, and a strong psychic influence provides access to the astral realms. Enjoy!

STARGAZER 2016 horoscopes by sign will be available exclusively in the upcoming 2016 STARGAZER Forecast book (available as a PDF) as well as the STARGAZER 2016 app for iPhone. COMING SOON ~ STAY TUNED