STARGAZER FORECAST MAY 2016

Ace of Pentacles – Inner and outer richness; great success; unification of the body and soul, material and spirit, heaven and earth; wholeness. (Ziegler; “Tarot Mirror of the Soul”)

May stands out easily as one of the better months of the year so far, and having put some major difficulties behind us, there are incredible opportunities now to fortify our foundations and stabilize routines and activities while cultivating resources that can generate wealth and prosperity. Getting there takes some reorientation, as we come into the month under the auspices of Mercury Retrograde, which began in the final days of April. From Taurus, this cycle will see us reconsidering both what we value and what we consider our worth, though this review will manifest more specifically in the area of your chart in which it is occurring. Though Mercury is retrograde though the 23rd, the long range appraisal or conversation that takes place is connected auspiciously to the Jupiter – North Node/Virgo and Pluto/Capricorn trine. Thus we can act with conviction to move towards our future goals.

During the first week, the Sun plays a significant part in this conversation, illuminating the major topics we are contending with. A man or masculine figure could be a prominent feature in events. The Sun and Mercury are conjunct at 19 Taurus on the 9th, and this is where we begin to see our way out of the rabbit hole of the retrograde. A sense of renewal urging us to complete activities or goals we began towards the end of March will likely be stimulated. In hindsight, we will see the errors, and start to make an effort towards correction. Jupiter also turns direct this day, suggesting our fortunes are turning as well. The fact that Mars, Saturn and Pluto are retrograde can actually enhance a very positive atmosphere, they are the malefic planets after all! Open yourself to success and the fulfillment of life through which you can experience the pleasurable totality of your being. The 3rd (Sun – Jupiter) and 7th (Sun – Pluto) are highlighted, and significant growth opportunities emerge at these times.

It seems a great deal of research, negotiation or vetting is taking place this month. From Taurus the conversation is likely about money, compensation and resources, and for many of us this conversation is long overdue. Venus enters the earth triangle in the second week (8th – 14th) connecting with Jupiter on the 10th, then Mercury (RX) and Pluto on the 13th. Venus collaborating is so beneficial, we can apply tact and graciousness to any negotiation taking place. Venus energy also stimulates a wonderfully receptive ambience that opens doors both financially and romantically. It’s possible a creative or artistic project is on the radar. The 9th (Venus sextile Neptune) will speak to this, and is also an ideal moment for developing a charming romantic attachment.

From the 12th – June 1st, Mercury hangs in a tight orb to the grand trine, turning direct on the 22nd. There is incredible optimism, but also uncertainty, it’s best to parlay major decisions until at least the 30th (Mercury trine Pluto). I also really like the 1st and 2nd of June, which sees a rare and extraordinary grand trine from Mercury 17’ Taurus, Pluto 17’ Capricorn and North Node at 17’ Virgo. Technically, the North and South Node are mutually activated, but since Mercury is moving back towards the North Node, we can presume it’s heading in the right direction. Wow, what sparkling opportunities will arise out of this combo!?! We’ll have to wait and see! Of course manifestation requires you have been heading in the North Node direction yourself, and handling the untangling required of you during Mercury retrograde, it’s not just going to fall out of the sky. Many astrologers will suggest waiting until Mercury is out of shadow (June 8th) though honestly June is such a huge spanking mess, it may be best to sign, seal and deliver ASAP!

The Taurus New Moon on the 6th encapsulates all these themes, with a near stellium in Taurus all making contact within the grand trine. The period between the 3rd – 13th is the strongest, and there is an abundance of motivation and pleasurable energy, (though not any urgency, with Mercury and Mars in a sleepy way) and a degree of material progress can indeed be made here.

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Once planets start moving into Gemini on the 20th, the ambience begins to crackle and pop with nervous and anxious electricity. Coupled with Mercury direct on the 22nd, it’s going to get really busy, really quick. Hope you enjoyed the relative stability of the last few weeks, we’re about to enter the most intense mutable cross season of the year. As mentioned in the Mars retrograde report, The Sun – Mars opposition will take place on the 22nd, and is closely tied into the dynamics of the Full Moon in Sagittarius. A double whammy completion! Think back to June 10th of last year – Sun/Mars conjunction and also the November 11th Sagittarius New Moon. Venus is also in the mix, preparing to oppose Mars two days later. Triple whammy! Venus and Mars had made their conjunction November 1st. These points of initiation all would have signaled beginnings within significant new ventures, projects or relationships that are now culminating. It’s a huge moment of “how’s that working out for you?” though the truth is that we may not know yet. Mars retrograde is telling us to cool our heels as we might not be sure precisely where we are headed next. That all three are all coming up for review at once suggests a very dynamic environment, with many turning points in store, ready or not.

Jupiter is direct from the 10th at 13’ Virgo stimulating a more positive ambience for growth and the enthusiasm that may have been in short supply over the last few months. It’s possible now to see the bigger picture and feel faith in the outcome of our endeavors. Look to June 21st for a significant development, as Jupiter contacts the North Node in Virgo. Although Jupiter is constricted here, we have the opportunity to consolidate and expand our enterprises with a disciplined and methodical approach. It’s pragmatic, but this attention to the details and actions we take* over the next few weeks will yield a positive growth opportunity next month when Jupiter contacts both the North Node (June 21) and Pluto (June 26). (*This of course applies to projects that have already been put into motion, particularly last Fall. With so much retrograde energy elsewhere, this is not the time to start on a new endeavor!)

Jupiter will square Saturn on the 26th, a longer term aspect that occurred initially at the beginning of August last year, then again on March 25th. Jupiter (opportunity/expansion) and Saturn (discipline/restriction) have been working on each other – Saturn reminding Jupiter to act like a grown up, Jupiter ribbing Saturn to let loose, although this is the last in this series. How we balance responsibility with optimism has and will continue to be a significant part of our learning curve this year, with an adjustment within the long range objectives being made now, but also a great deal of pressure coming off afterwards. We can grow through disciplined actions, as also indicated by the strong Virgo emphasis at this time. After this, Saturn and Jupiter are done until the end of the year when they form the closing sextile of their 12 year cycle. How we negotiate the challenges of this time plays a major part in how things turn out in 6 months. With Jupiter now direct, what was previously a “no” might become a “yes”. Optimism taken with a small grain of salt can get us pretty far.

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STARGAZER MAY HOROSCOPES BY SIGN:

ARIES: Your cash flow might be a bit loco this month, though you have much to gain by playing the long game and waiting for an offer that gives you what you are really worth. There may be some false starts, but by the end of the month a prospect connected to your profession comes through brilliantly. Keep negotiations open and remain optimistic with your eyes on the bigger picture. The pace of day to day life is vitalized from the 20th and all the way through next month, you may wish to use the first few weeks here to catch a breather while you can! Really positive social vibes and invitations can trigger a romantic meeting. Attached Aries will enjoy fun repartee with the spouse or partner. Attend an art show with or write a poem to the one you love. Walks through nature will be enchanting. The Moon is in your sign from the 3rd – 5th, making these the best and most powerful days of your month. After the 27th, Mars sees you reappraising important commitments and financial matters.

TAURUS: What an amazing month for Taurus, your forecast absolutely shines for May! Venus in your sign this month (the one and only transit you get this year) indicates it’s time to clarify your heart’s desires and open yourself to receive pleasure and good fortune. The New Moon in your sign on the 6th will set the pace, with really good vibrations pouring in on the 10th and 13th especially. OK, with Mercury retrograde in your sign there could be a snag or two, but you’ll be just fine, just delay making any hefty commitments until the end of the month. From the 20th the ambience shifts, and all that introspection and good fortune can be converted into an enhanced sense of self worth that allows you to get after a financial upgrade. Don’t waste your good fortune on mindless indulgences, play the long game for satisfaction that can last. You speak with incredible conviction on the 30th, so this would be a good time to make your case.

GEMINI: So much is going on internally, your insides are ripe and overflowing with incredible positivity – if you choose to see it that way. Perspective plays a bigger role than usual this month, Mercury retrograde can pull you back into the past, and that which you’d thought filed away and forgotten resurfaces. You can use this opportunity for reflection, and/or revisit matters that seek closure now. Or let it bug you out, the choice is yours! Your effectiveness (and clarity) return from the 20th, as the Sun in Gemini helps you put yourself and what you desire first and foremost. Venus collaborates from the 24th, signaling positive and potentially romantic developments, hang on tight tho, the next month is going to be a wild ride! The Full Moon on the 21st shows you both how far you have come (and how far you still have to go) within a close relationship! Prepare for some intensity, both the sweet and the salty kinds.

CANCER: May is a wonderful month for catching up with old friends or reinvigorating a past alliance. A retrograde Mercury signals it’s time to take a walk down memory lane, and hand in hand with Venus, a love relationship may be rekindled in this phase or stimulated by visiting a place from the past. Genuine feelings of fulfillment within a partnership on the 10th and 13th send strong beams of encouragement for your union, making these great dates to cultivate your bond with someone special and deepen your commitment. Matters at work can be somewhat vexing in the later part of the month, though it is possible to make a real breakthrough on the 26th if you can match your enthusiasm with perseverance to see through a challenging assignment. Keep to task and all will work out in the end! Your subjective space and intuition is incredibly heightened from the 20th, though mixed signals on the 22nd and 24th can be somewhat disruptive, you may find you are extra sensitized in this period.

LEO: The New Moon on the 6th can signal a phenomenal development for you professionally. Very enticing vibrations through out the first two weeks do much to boost your reputation and encourage growth. Meanwhile Mercury retro could bring a missed opportunity back into the frame and up for review. While you may feel like you are treading water here, you do your best to wait until the dust has settled towards the end of the month to see what really *sticks* or simply comes out in the wash. The financials get a boost as Jupiter resumes direct motion and here too you can make some real progress. Circle the 10th for a genuinely positive time to showcase your talents to the people who matter. Creativity shines in this period, though you may feel you hit a snag around the 26th that calls for a reappraisal. A child or creative matter could feature. After the 20th your social life buzzes with invitations and opportunities, making this a great time to connect with those mutually minded. This brisk pace carries you through the Spring months right into Summer, helping you work through some of the bigger dynamics implicating your personal life after the 27th.

VIRGO: Jupiter resumes direct motion in your sign, coupled with several earthy Taurus transits will help you to feel buoyed in the aftermath the innumerable changes and shifts you likely endured over the last two months. Circle the 10th as a wonderful day for leisure or recreation. No need to go to far from home, and probably better not to as Mercury retro can signal delays in travel through the end of the month. Cultivating a loving bond can also be enchanting in this period, both the 9th and 10th are favorable for catching romantic sparks. From the 20th, the topics shift to profession, reputation and long term goals. Jupiter direct has your best interests in mind and offers protection, but this is going to dynamic period of change for you – all the action is taking place on your angles (the areas of greatest significance in your chart: self – partner, home/family – career) and this is going to make for a big and bouncy ride for a few weeks. Use the signals you get in the first half to clarify your goals. Then, without surrendering to chaos, get ready to rumble, good luck!!!

LIBRA: Soul shaking intimacy at the gut level is featured this month, though the Mercury retrograde roundabout suggests either a double take on a ship that sailed or reworking the balance in an ongoing relationship that needs a good deal of tweaking. Finding the right formula right now is fun, as Venus occupying this area favors such unions, and in particular the financial ones. When Mercury about faces end of month you could be sealing a very lucrative deal or contract, maybe even tying the knot with your true love. Circle the 10th and 13th for exploratory discussions and conversations. No harm in talking… Just wait until at least the 30th to make any binding commitments. From the 20th the pace ratchets up a few notches and your social schedule just gets busy-busy-busy-busy. Through June. Which could be all the more reason to use the first three weeks for some private encounters.

SCORPIO: The interpersonal dynamics are featured this month with many a conversation or negotiation taking in place in your most key relationships. Very harmonious energy (Venus) adds a positive tone where uncertainty (Mercury retrograde) may be present. It’s quite possible a former flame is getting a second look, or a commitment is being reworked or clarified. Powerful and positive indications on the 7th and 13th especially point you in the direction of your heart’s true desire. The New Moon on the 6th is significant – bringing home the awareness triggered during your personal Full Moon the 21st of last month. Mars meanwhile comes to reoccupy your sign on the 28th, reigniting passions through July. A great deal of retrograde energy impacting you personally indicates that you are in a place requiring substantial reorientation to both your personal goals, as well as those within your closest relationships. From the 20th, things begin to get a bit more serious, and commitments nailed down. A vital conversation on the 30th helps you set things right.

SAGITTARIUS: Life maintenance and how you take care of your body and manage your time is highlighted, offering the opportunity this month to connect the positive influences affecting your productivity and wellness to enhance your income or save money. Professional auspices are also highlighted, as Jupiter comes out of slumber on the 9th, you begin a new phase of growth and development in your career. Work diligently towards those goals and milestones, as a really stunning development offered around June 21st is the outcome of what you put in over the next 6 weeks! Dicey dynamics can be present in your relationships meanwhile, pulling attention away from the goals you have set, the Full Moon in your sign on the 21st will be very revealing! You can be your own worst enemy on the 26th if you perceive personal obstacles or limitations are inhibiting your growth potential. Use the awareness you may experience at this time to relinquish a negative attitude you might have towards yourself. Your self talk will reveal a lot! Tune in.

CAPRICORN: Passion and pleasure reign supreme for you this month, though a Mercury retrograde could have you doing a double take with a former flame or patching thing up within a work-in-progress love affair. The New Moon on the 6th signals a new chapter and the 9th, 10th and 13th are exquisite for close encounters of the kinky kind, though the good vibrations radiate through the 24th. Travel or a publishing venture that may have sidetracked over the last few months comes back to the forefront after the 9th, though Mercury retro (till the 22nd) could provide a snag or two. A self defeating attitude or hangup with the past can dampen optimism for your enterprise around the 26th. Listen to your self talk for limiting attitudes at this time. From the 20th the pace quickens as work assignments demand a great deal of time and effort. The work you put in now manifests in the golden opportunities revealed after September, when Jupiter visits your house of fame, profession and reputation, opening doors to advancement and success.

AQUARIUS: You do well to attend to your roots and most personal life for the first few weeks as very harmonious transits affect your base of operations. Mercury retro can see the resolution of old issues, particularly with family or flat mates, which you will finalize towards the end of the month. From the 20th the pleasure principal, self expression and true romance all become very significant topics as numerous Gemini transits enliven the atmosphere and from here you will feel lighter and more at ease with yourself, especially after the 25th. Oh la la. You are still contending with contentious dynamics with friends, and the 24th and 26th can both be revealing of what issues may still need to be addressed within your crew or among colleagues. Mars back in Scorpio May 27 – August 2 gives you a second chance to reach your professional goals, though you may be regrouping through next month. Helpful vibrations in July will help you move up the ladder of success, consider the next two months a time of preparation.

PISCES: Some of the tension and focus coming off your professional agenda makes room for some really lovely social interludes. The 9th, 10th and 13th are positively magical for attending an art show or otherwise cultivating a romantic or creative association. Daily life and conversations will be infused with sweet tenderness. You may even meet a love interest in the course of your most routine activities. Mercury retrograde equally influences this area, and communication it seems, perhaps a contract or key piece of information, is held up until the end of the month. Don’t sweat this too much, everyone is kind of going through something, and all the pieces fall into place soon enough and you can make an informed decision. The domestic sphere bustles with activity after the 20th, and if you have needed to make changes to the living arrangements, the time will come from late May through June. Professional obligations may curtail otherwise positive developments in your relational sphere in the later part of the month. This has been an ongoing trend though it’s likely by now know what you need to do. If you haven’t yet connected with that someone special, luck improves after the 9th, with stunning developments in late August/September.

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