STARGAZER FORECAST AUGUST 2016

TAKING AIM: VIRGO, SAGITTARIUS, AND THE ULTIMATE PRECISION

Mars exits the intense recesses of Scorpio on the 2nd, signaling a palpable change of atmosphere as it shifts into fiery Sagittarius. We emerge from the nether regions, having delved over several long months in-depth consideration of many of our most personal issues, new vistas open before us as we begin to embrace the future and the possibilities that lie ahead. It’s not all fun and games, though the Leo Sun transit may tempt us to think so. A strong Saturn influence as well as several activations to the North Node in Virgo, indicate August is future oriented, particularly where we are embarking on long range goals (Saturn) that have eluded us since last Spring. Reorientation has been required, and a Mars double dip in Scorpio charged us with the task of purging the relationships and activities that were preventing us from engaging in truthful and meaningful emotional exchanges. The motto of the last few months could have been “Go Deep or Go Home”.

This meaningful inquiry into the nature of desire itself has been of paramount importance since the very beginning of the year. It may be we don’t fully comprehend the powerful changes that have transpired (many have occurred in the recesses of the subconscious after all,) until Mars shifts signs. From the 2nd onward you may become more aware of precisely how different things are now, and perhaps ready to acknowledge the end of a significant relationship or to relinquish a way of life extensively explored during the prior phase. What ever the outward manifestation is, the perceptible change in consciousness should be observed as this is where you have gained the most perspective. All have undergone a period of critical evolution and metamorphosis in some area of life.

Mars in Sagittarius is motivated and ready for action. The road is perilous though and dicey aspects (Mars conjunct Saturn Aug. 24th, Mars square Neptune Aug. 26th, square Nodal Axis Aug. 29th) have to be navigated conscientiously. These transits can also imply our circumstances compel us to deal with certain evasive and challenging issues as a matter of priority. Mars – Saturn is the toughest nut to crack, beginning a two year cycle in which we first have to confront the obstacle and take up action to remedy the situation. Difficulty can lie in the paradoxical nature of these planets: Mars seeks to take immediate and direct action, Saturn a strategic and deliberate course. With Saturn direct from the 13th, we can begin to take initiative to fix the Saturn problem and form a plan of action to do so. We’ll begin to see the positive results of what we begin now in early December when Mars and Saturn sextile. Mars – Neptune is slippery and evasive, but can reveal where we may have deluded ourselves (or been deluded). This is not a good time for action, although creative inspiration will be high, and artistic activities may prove rewarding. Mars on the Nodal Axis at the end of the month super charges our evolutionary directives, though this can be unsettling where we haven’t fully embraced developing the North Node – Virgo attributes we are called upon to through this transit.

Venus will also endure a bit of a rough ride this month, so where we may have thought we were hopefully closing in on resolution of our inter-personal dynamics in the aftermath of the Mars retrograde cycle, there is a bit of a work in progress vibe over the first two weeks. Venus square Mars on the 6th, which can be very frustrating where a relationship is not living up to our perception of it’s potential or satisfying romantic or sexual longings. There can be a real sense of urgency to solve/resolve a situation in the moment, or simply to bail if circumstances provoke our temper to get out of control. There is great value in examining our feelings today, as they can be very instructive in revealing what needs to be worked on, even if aggravation or disappointment is a part of that examination, it is telling you where you need to build more satisfying conditions in your relationships, or even to move away from a situation which is not fulfilling your true desires. Venus square Saturn (Aug. 13th) and opposite Neptune (Aug. 14th) also reveal intensive confrontations within our partnerships. Saturn will weed out the weak or impractical and Neptune provides either a deliriously romantic ambience or shatters our illusions. How we experience these aspects correlates directly to the legitimacy of our relationships. This final gauntlet proves, for better or for worse, if our affections lie in the hands of those worthy of receiving them. Healthy relationships will mutate meaningfully, the unhealthy will self destruct. Better auspices to cultivate enduring connections occur during Venus trine Pluto (Aug. 17th) and Venus conjunct Jupiter (Aug. 27th). The Venus – Jupiter cycle renewing at 27 Virgo is an opportunity for growth though productive and conscientious efforts over the coming year. Virgo is an artisan and master planner and these qualities will resonate within our new cycle of growth in the realms of love, creativity and finances.

Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 11.58.52 AMEIGHT OF PENTACLES – SUN IN VIRGO

“That which is coming into flower in you is of exquisite beauty and delicacy. Provide for it the nourishment needs. You don’t need to force anything! Everything unfolds at the proper time.”

ZEN MEDITATION: Silently sitting, doing nothing, the Spring comes and the grass grows by itself.

GERD ZIEGLER – TAROT, MIRROR OF THE SOUL

Meticulous Virgo energy predominates throughout the month as Mercury, Venus (from the 5th), Jupiter and the Sun (from the 22nd) transits provide a positive climate for organization and handling the details of a project or enterprise. Mercury will enter retrograde shadow on the 10th, so you may notice the pace slows down over the rest of the month. There is an initial reevaluation taking place as we move towards the retrograde cycle commencing at the end of the month. This makes the first 10 days of the month the most productive we’ll have for quite some time. You may still be active throughout August, but put the organization, planning and agreements into place by the 10th to maximize your productivity over the next two months. Mercury – North Node (August 8th) and Venus – North Node (August 16th) signal exciting developments triggering positive karmic implications for future oriented activities. Communication and romantic alliances have beneficial undertones, and fateful meetings or occurrences may transpire around these dates. Equally significant will be clues revealed on the 6th and 13th, as Mercury and Venus transit the eclipse degree (9 Virgo), stimulating events or awareness signaling what is to manifest in a few weeks time.

Saturn remains stationary at 9 Sagittarius for most of the month, turning direct on the 13th. (If you have planets or chart angles in Gemini, Virgo, Pisces or Sagittarius near this degree, this can prove a challenging, but pivotal period for you.) As Saturn marches forward once again, it moves towards it’s third and final exact square to Neptune at the end of the month. This culminates in it’s highest intensity on September 10th, the difficulties diminish from there onwards. As the Virgo eclipse (September 1st) falls in such hard alignment to Saturn – Neptune, it’s influence is strongly felt throughout the last week of August through the first week of September. As with any eclipse, there is the opportunity for change. The Lunar Eclipses signal endings, and Solar Eclipses, like the upcoming one in Virgo, stimulate beginnings. The beginning we’ll seek to make will require arduous work and complex maneuvering to take root. It really does not help that Mercury will be in retrograde at the time, as solutions will be even harder to come by. In some ways, though, it’s possible the eclipse can provide the necessary catalyst to overcome a circumstance, obstacle (Saturn) or illusion (Neptune) in order to embrace what is being offered.

The Virgo Eclipse chart, lots of t-square. We’ll discuss this more next month…

Virgo Eclipse

Lunations this month are far easier to handle, and stimulate incredible momentum within the ongoing storylines that will culminate positively at the end of the year during the Saturn – Uranus trine in late December. The New Moon on the 2nd at 10 Leo harmonizes to Saturn, lending stability and endurance for beginnings made and opportunities that arise at this time. A mild Lunar eclipse occurs at 25 Aquarius on the 17th, portending changes, (though none so critical or life changing as what is on tap for next month!) harmonizing fruitfully with a now retrograde Uranus, we may see a fortuitous culmination for activities we began in February. Socially and intellectually this is a vibrant period in which collaborations and innovative projects can come to positive resolution. This vibration underscores events around Jupiter quincunx Uranus on the 13th, which continues to urge us to find an unconventional solution. Circumstances in early November 2015 and again in March compelled action to manifest a goal representing innovation. Though Virgo, Jupiter influences us to apply methodical and practical approach within this endeavor. Initiative taken now also ties into completions revealed this December, as Jupiter plays a big role (opposite Uranus/sextile Saturn) from Libra at that time. What moves, shifts and grooves this month sets us up for the crucial and very positive alinements that unfold, you find success where you take a chance on unconsidered avenues. Time to try something different, again.

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ARIES: After months of mutations within financial agreements and intimate associations, you see the clearing and can finally come up for air. The future begins to unfold now and this is a mostly good month for reaching towards your dreams and promoting your ideas to larger audiences, though you have to remain incredibly mindful about attending to your wellness to keep up with the pace of activity you are heading into. As the stench of the prior several months begins to lift, you feel more at ease to push your agenda, though pushing it too hard around the 24th will lead to defeat. Tread carefully – rules and regulations apply here. You’ll appreciate some of the unexpected and revolutionary forces of Uranus in retrograde impacting you with less force, but also spend the rest of the year contemplating whether you have really gone far enough in breaking through the restrictions inhibiting your personal expression meaningfully enough. Clues around the 13th will clarify how successful you have been in liberating yourself, or where you might still have some work to do there. Work life, assignments and your productivity are favorable this month, and what you take on really sets strong ground work for incredible professional expansion on route this November – December. You can make exceptional progress on the 10th and 17th. A creative project or romantic alliance is highlighted this month as well, and you may notice shifting dynamics with a group of friends to accommodate your more personal longings and desires. The 6th and 13th can be challenging for romantic affiliations, especially if they involve someone you work with. Better auspices are present from the end of the month, as Venus transits Libra and conditions for love become more favorable.

TAURUS: As the friction surrounding your closest partnerships diminishes, you may find yourself wanting to play the game of love again as seductive vibrations (from the 6th) enter the zone of true romance. Very positive indications feature largely this month and you can begin anew or start a fresh chapter in your romantic life now. Circle the 14th, 16th and 17th for the biggest developments. The weekend of the 27th is also spectacular for discovering someone with huge potential, wedding bells could be in the air at this magical time, bully-bully. Not to be ignored is intuition about a tricky financial matter, most likely involving the influence of an outside source of income, loan or a partners’ income. The 6th and 24th bring all the dirty details to the surface, it’s up to you to muddle through what is revealed. There is not a short term solution to the financial problems or issues revealed in this phase, but you can use the information and insight illuminated at this time to make a practical and long range strategy that will see you through to the next stage. Ridding yourself of debt may be a serious issue you need to address right now. Feeling of limitation and debilitation will reveal what you need to solve or relinquish. Lunations (Aug. 2 and Aug. 17) this month send some shock waves through your domestic and professional life, one might need to be seriously modified to meet the demands of the other and you may see a career path come to an end, or otherwise your change your domestic scene (even move to another locale) in order to embrace a promotion or make a sought after change in life direction. Both Lunations are marked with very positive aspects, so what ever occurs is well supported and offer progress. Positive outcomes later in the year (especially where professional opportunities will be featured) are the pay off for changes you make now.

GEMINI: It’s your home base and roots that are most implicated this month, though you’ll see that you have a lot of good luck here, too, especially if your patience or prospects had worn thin over the prior months. There will likely be some back and forth in regard to new residential agreements, Mercury will shuffle backwards through this area next month, so bear all positive developments with a grain of salt and compromising spirit. If you are signing a lease or making a decision you may have to wait until closer to the end of September. Friction at your job or a vexing health issue that seemed unrepentant since early this year finally diminishes, and the emphasis of the coming period falls on partnerships and commitments you make to others. The first few weeks will resonate the themes revealed in April and if a relationship came but then quickly fell off the radar in that period, you may see new signs of life now. Because you are taking your one on ones much more seriously at this point in your life, you may find it challenging to reconcile renewed passions with your sense of responsibility, especially around the 24th. If you feel a sense of restriction in regard to finding a suitable partner, this is more likely a signal that you require a more profound sense of connection than what you have experienced in the past. Someone may need to prove their devotion to you at this time.

CANCER: The financial situation can intensify this month in a positive way, a position or promotion you had sought after can present you with an opportunity to prosper around the New Moon on the 2nd. The instability that has rocked you professionally for the last several months (or even years) diffuses through the end of 2016, though you will likely question at this time if you have achieved the liberation and autonomy you seek in this realm. Positive indications on the 1st and 16th point you in the right direction. The 16th also has interesting connotations, you may devise a scheme that gets you noticed. Socially this is set to be a vibrant period, with a great deal of communication and vibrancy in your day to life. Sharing your daily adventures and intellectual interests with your loved one brings you closer or you may meet someone of interest while in the midst of your daily routine. The 14th, 17th and 27th all bring magical enchantment to your love life. A great deal of energy and responsibility is indicated at your job or in your work life. With your productivity high, you do need to find a way to pace yourself, otherwise you could experience some issues around your health around the 24th. Chronic issues that are revealed around that time should be addressed immediately. Symptoms like fatigue can actually be indicators of bigger problems so get checked out if you notice recurring problems.

LEO: You enter a far more positive period, as Mars in Sagittarius stimulates new opportunities for love and self expression. A sense of responsibility continues to permeate these matters, but new inroads can be made now where you accept the responsibility for your desires and move forward with a personal agenda with maturity. A New Moon in your sign on the 2nd signals fresh new beginnings tied to long range efforts or commitments you are making in a love relationship, as a parent or in your creative self expression. In about a years’ time you will see how important the choices you make now were in retrospect. Relationships also rock this month, and there can be a significant culmination in a partnership around the 17th. Someone from a distance may be a feature here, and tantalizing, unexpected treats may lie in store. Money, earnings, values and possessions will also be a significant topic, with very good indications for progress and expansion. Look to the 17th, 22nd and 27th especially for good news. Paradoxically, the very assured progress you may be making in your personal enterprises can prove inimical to your financial well being (this will be most glaringly obvious around the September 1st eclipse), and the 6th and 13th can reveal the challenges. An innovative solution at this time can point you in the direction of the autonomy you seek. The 16th is also brilliantly lit, and you may uncover an opportunity and this is a fantastic time to express yourself to a wider audience, possibly even in foreign places or through media and publishing.

VIRGO: Love and romance can certainly be on the agenda this month, though you have to overcome some obstacles in the first half to get to the goodies that lie in store. Where you live and more significantly how you feel about where you come from (in regard to both the past and present tense) can provide challenges to the attainment of the love you might seek. Events on the 14th and 17th can bring a romantic affiliation to a head, you may want to dive in head first with someone who arouses your deepest desires and fantasies. Plan something special on the 27th, you are captivating and can win the game of love now. With so much still set to transpire over the next 8 weeks, (and truly culminating in mid September) enjoy these incredible moments on the way to the fulfillment of this meaningful relationship. While you have gone through several growth spurts since last August, this is the month in which you will find it easiest to make the upgrades you have sought to manifest for so long. The 16th and 22nd are phenomenal for positive developments. Domestic matters need sorting and to the extent these have gotten away from you over the last few month the more work you have in store to rectify the situation. What demands your harder review this month is the domestic situation, with a huge kaboom coming in early September if you don’t address the situation at home or with a family member now. Especially heed cues that come on the 24th and 29th. The situation requires wheeling and dealing and you are currently in fine form to attend to what is required of you this month. You’ll see the positive rewards for your efforts in December, keep chipping away.

LIBRA: Unstable influences that have presided in your partnerships require review, though a very significant culmination in your love life on the 18th can signal the future direction of a relationship, and calls upon you to answer the age old question, should I stay or should I go? A spontaneous gesture can move mountains, especially in situations that have been dicey or even completely came off the rails over prior months. Your subconscious reveals a desire you may have been keeping under wraps, stimulating a romantic idealism on the 27th, and fantasy fulfillment is possible, if you are willing to share your secrets. Compassionate and selfless expression of love for someone can bring deep satisfaction and grow your bond. You are in a very reflective phase this month, with intuition stimulating you to release the outmoded as you probe the deeper recesses of your psyche. This kind of purge can be very effective, as the resolutions and even endings that transpire now make room for the very new and improved conditions coming your way in September. This is especially useful if your self-talk is denigrating or self sabotage is holding you back from growth experiences. As these revelations occur, you do well to ask yourself why you don’t believe you deserve something, or if you really want it at all. You can effectively shed a lot of “programming” now. Communication and agreements demand clarity and precision, especially around the 24th. Social life may intrude upon your desire for privacy, pick and choose the invitations you accept. With so many positive (and life changing) developments on queue beginning next month, you can really use this period to eliminate what no longer resonates with your newly established values moving forward. The 6th and 13th are potent in revealing precisely where you have room for improvement.

SCORPIO: There’s no question you aren’t quite the same person you were at the beginning of the year, and while you are probably satisfied with how far you have managed to come, you will equally not miss the trails of fire and ice you endured to get where you are right now. Mars in your sign can stimulate an ambience of strife and conflict you are probably ready to rid yourself of. A far more socially oriented phase is beginning, and there are wonderful opportunities to connect (or reconnect) with friends and allies this month. If you’ve been missing out on the love game, check out the 16th – 17th and and 27th for really enticing developments. Sharing your hopes and dreams deepens intimacy at these times. Finances require immediate appraisal and if a nagging matter has been shelved in the prior phase, you’ll get an inkling to do something big about it on the 24th. Where resources present an obstacle, especially where your most cherished wishes are on the table, it is time to strive for a solution. The upcoming eclipse on the 17th can see you shuffling home/career priorities. You’ll see you have come a long way since February, especially where a residential goal was concerned. With the domestic arrangements coming sorted, you have leeway to pursue your aspirations, a factor that becomes increasingly significantly important next year (from May to September 2017 you’ll really see a boost in your popularity and even fame). The New Moon on the 2nd portends a golden opportunity to move up the ladder of success, perhaps a project that will elevate your status (and definitely boost your earnings potential) if you are willing to move slow and steady towards this goal.

SAGITTARIUS: After months of internal review, you burst fourth into an exciting new cycle of life and activity. From the 2nd, Mars transits your sign (through September 27th) awakening you to the latent possibilities you have likely imagined over the last 2 months, if not the entirety of the year so far. Mars is pure energy, but this transit can also be accompanied by a degree of friction. You are very willful in this phase and contacts to Saturn (Aug 24) and Neptune (Aug 26) can be a bit rocky for you where you seek to push your agenda too strongly. A slippery issue regarding your residence can be a debilitating factor, Neptune suggests you are not seeing a situation clearly, or that someone in your domestic realm is somehow draining your emotional or financial resources. The Saturn contact urges you to take slow and cautious action, and despite a sense of urgency, your new found maturity will act as a guide in this period, should you yield to the messages you get around the 24th. Also a huge topic for the next two months is your reputation, profession and achievement. This has been a big year for career advancement, and despite the snails pace thus far, the next 8 weeks are your prime time to step up your efforts to meet your destiny and get on your life path. The 8th, 16th, 17th, 22nd and ESPECIALLY the 27th – 29th are absolutely phenomenal for making a big impression on those who can help you up the ladder of success in your chosen field. The eclipse next month (Sept. 1) pushes you even further, and you can clear the way for success this month by dealing with the nagging Neptune and Saturn issues as much as possible. The New Moon on the 2nd signals a meaningful shift in consciousness.

CAPRICORN: Huge shifts in the ambience this month will allow you to make plans for the future and get traction going on key endeavors that have been elusive so far this year. With the stagnant months of indecision far behind, it’s time to anticipate the big changes that are on the way. You can do this most effectively by articulating your goals to a broader audience this month, and the 17th, 27th and 29th really stand out for you to make a big impression. Some of the work requires maneuvering behind the scenes, with major financial implications in store on the 2nd and 17th. A business partnership can change your financial status for the better. Follow leads and opportunities, your intuition is sharp in this phase and will lead you to materialize a major shift in your earnings. Positive developments in your love life can also be forthcoming, the 6th onward sees a harmonious shift in energy that will enhance your appeal and receptivity to romantic encounters, though you’ll be challenged to resolve issues around self sabotage or feelings of inadequacy on the 6th, 13th or 24th. Momentous encounters between the 14th – 17th point you in the right direction. Events occurring at the end of the month could see you traveling to distant shores in the name of love or signal a fantastic professional opportunity. Much, much more is on tap next month as Venus and Jupiter move up to the apex of your chart, opening up a period of prosperity and advancement unlike anything you have experienced in over a decade. The hard work of the last several years pays off, and with Saturn, your ruler, direct from the 13th, you’ll be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel very soon.

AQUARIUS: Partnerships are hot in August, with a New Moon (Aug. 2) and Eclipse in your sign (Aug. 17) there can be some significant developments within a love relationship. Very pleasurable moments strike at the beginning of the month, an exciting connection can be made on the 1st. In the case of an ongoing relationship, deepening intimacy can be a feature over the next 8 weeks, although some twists and turns should be anticipated while Mercury retrogrades in September. This will also impact your financial agreements, particularly those with outside lenders or sources of revenue or joint bank accounts. At this phase you are examining your shared values and building emotional trust within a relationship. The commitments you make are reflexive of how much others value your contribution within a merged effort, in love, in finances, what ever is shared and where a mutual contribution is made, will be an important topic. The 17th, 22nd, 27th and 29th are all very favorable for conversations and negotiations surrounding these topics. Socially this is a very exciting period, and after a very hard working phase which began at the onset of the year, you’ll be ready to let the hair down and get back out among the people. If you have by trying to connect with a more mature, prestigious or goal oriented crowd, you’ll have opportunities when you get over any stumbling blocks that may be present around the 24th. Pay attention to financial matters around the 26th, as a deceptive and potentially delusional energy is afoot. A friend or colleague may present a get rich quick scheme. Best to back out of that conversation as quickly as possible.

PISCES: You sense of life direction becomes clearer this month, and you may embark on a real mission to establish your authority or reputation over the next two months. Partnerships are emphasized, and while many lovely developments are on queue to enhance an existing bond or begin a new one, events this month, and even more so in the next, not only bring unforeseeable developments, but also stand to challenge your own emergent sense of direction and urgency for personal achievement. (See the 6th and 13th for the dirty details!) So the road to where you are headed, while clearer to you now than before, is sure to be quite convoluted, but hang in there, as potent developments ensure you’ll get there… in time. The key is flexibility. You’ll be in the midst of negotiating a promotion or new position this month, and the period from the 24th – 26th is imbued with incredible potential if you keep your dealings pragmatic and respectable, and try not to let a crisis of confidence bog you down. Really phenomenal developments in your relational sphere, and especially through partnerships are forthcoming and will lead you towards an incredible culmination next month. Mercury retrograde could see some past issues resurface and this will be a period strewn with twists and turns, but destiny is guiding your hand right now, and you have some powerful forces at work moving you towards, potentially, the love of a lifetime. The 14th – 17th is a special period in which you can trust your heart. The weekend of the 27th is also magical, and all these dates can prove to be lovely markers on the path to true romance.

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.