June 19, 2017 (Julian 170) Moon in Aries moves into Taurus

June 19, 2017 (Julian 170) Moon in Aries moves into Taurus

Venus perfects a quincunx to Jupiter near 7 AM CDT, forcing a decision as we discussed was in play yesterday.  While yods do not indicate one path or the other, then slight tendency here for many people is to take the “practical” answer regarding love, relationships, money, or possibly health today.  You will get a clear cut result from that, but it may not have long term “staying power,” especially when Mercury retrograde hits in about a month.  The other choice, the more abstract and intangible choice that Neptune in Pisces offers is not at all clear cut and may yield no results whatsoever.  But, be certain of this: choosing this path will have long term consequences.  We cannot tell you which one to pick, but if you look back to certain periods, you might find the antecedent to today (and this week).

Which periods?  We think October of 2016 will be one of those periods for some people, as is May 17th of this year with a followup on July 4th of this year.  For some people (maybe some of the same as the previous comment), The Grand Yod of September 2014 will provide insight to the turning points that “got us where we are.”  We hope that a review of these time periods, where we often recommended that you keep notes about the events of the day, may yield important insights.

Venus forms a semi-square with Chiron (Pisces, health, healthcare, education, and mentors), and we suspect that the Venus path that we described in the previous paragraphs may not necessarily be easy.  Venus also forms a semi-square with the Sun (Gemini), and this adds even more pressure to make a decision and difficulty to the “Venus choice.”  This is not an easy day, and many of your are better off if you spend time “cleaning house” and discarding the unnecessary.  However, “circumstances” may not permit you to do this.

To complicate “things” further, Venus is about to enter the “third gate,” which it will due about 5:30 PM CDT Tuesday (tomorrow).  The last time I talked about this, I thought that Tuesday (the Second Gate) would be dangerous, but it was the day before, Monday when a tragedy happened at a concert in the UK.

Mars aspects SOMEthing everyday this week, including Outers (“big picture” generational planets and asteroids) except Saturday.  Many days have TWO Mars aspects.  (Today, Mars opposes Hygeia (health and healthcare) and quintiles Uranus (surprises, sometimes explosions).  We have a New Moon coming, and that follows the Summer Solstice.  Periods that precede either of those tend to have more of a “fate” quality (less “free will”), and they lay the groundwork for major shifts that often affect all of us.  Needless to say, I am a bit concerned.

Beyond this, I stick with my forecast on Weekly Forecasts.  Fire (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) and Air (Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini) signs are wise to accomplish the most important tasks before the Moon in Aries goes void near 2 PM CDT.  Earth and Water can accrue some advantage waiting until after 5 PM CDT, but we are in a “too early to tell” period then, and some “re-do” might be necessary for everyone.

Andy Candypants has a wonderful forecast for today, and it is not as grim as mind.  Different people see different things when they read the aspects.  Helen Edey also has a useful forecast.   Maybe between the three of us, and the others I reblog, you can find a forecast that works for you and helps make the day the best that you can have.




June 9, 2017 (Julian 160) Full Moon + Jupiter Direct Station

June 9, 2017 (Julian 160) Full Moon + Jupiter Direct Station

What can we add?  Much, if not all, of our most important comments were for yesterday, with the Moon in (early) Sagittarius and waxing.  Today’s FM perfects in the morning hours for the Western Hemisphere, and mid afternoon hours for UK / EU.  Much has been written about it, and we have reblogged the many opinions of others on our other blog, Full Moons Only.

The same kind of thing is true for today’s Jupiter Direct station, reblogged on Retrogrades Only.  You will notice less content there.  That is because most commentary about the Jupiter shift has been integrated into the full moon posts.

So what remains to be said?  Outside of my usual analytic self, I feel a profound sense of sadness.  To be certain, this is a happy FM and is happening in the spring of the year.  But something has had an effect on me, maybe the many terrorists acts and atrocities.  Maybe it is this piece by OneAnna (Cancer Killing Recipe).  Her blog lacks the sophisticated trickery that many of us use, but she was here when I started blogging in 2008, and she has managed to survive despite the diagnosis she claims.  If it is her time, then that leaves me sad.

What else to say?  Sun forms one of two annual quincunx aspects with Pluto.  (Pluto is in Capricorn; one quincunx is in Aries and the other is in Gemini.  This is the latter.  These will continue to happen in similar configurations for a few more years.  And do keep in mind that sesquiquadrates, and the potential for Thor’s Hammer (God’s Fist) aspects always accompanies those.)  With Sun / Pluto at 17 and Neptune at 14, I think we can argue that a Yod exists (major decisions) with Pluto at the apex.  This is a particularly uncomfortable decision no matter which choice you make.  (No matter which “leg” you choose, you end up with Pluto: death, taxes, poisons, assassinations, police, and intelligence agencies.)

Venus (Taurus, favorable) sextiles Mars (Cancer, unfavorable), and this means peace on one hand (“good”) but a profound lack of incentive to “get things done” (“bad”) on the other hand.  Whether this works for you, or against, depends on who you are and what situation characterizes your life.  For some, this is “good,” and for others it is “bad.”  Here is what is important to remember: you CAN “get things done” if you are willing to make the effort.  Anything involving long distance travel, higher education (universities), or law & legal will tend to fizzle, so you might focus your efforts in other areas if you find no progress in those.

Outers are busy today, and three aspects capture our attention.  Chiron (Pisces) sesquiquadrate Vesta (Leo) will affect some, and you will have a sense of urgency to deal with issues involving healthcare, higher education, mentors and the traditions associated with those.  Do what you can, keeping in mind the considerations of the previous paragraph.  Pallas biseptiles Hygeia, amplifying any issues involving health or healthcare issues.  Saturn triseptiles the White Moon, and we are not quite sure what that means EXCEPT that this is an important time to closely scrutinize the choices you have been making and your habits.  A change may be needed in a subtle area that may look insignificant but is not.  (Example: buying an expensive coffee each day instead of placing those funds in savings.)

The message of OneAnna has us thinking, and we offer it to anyone willing to receive it:

June 5, 2017 (Julian 156) Moon in Libra moves to Scorpio; Mercury, Venus Void

June 5, 2017 (Julian 156) Moon in Libra moves to Scorpio; Mercury, Venus Void

Moon is quite active today, starting in Libra but turning void by 3:55 AM CDT and then moving into Scorpio at 5:45 AM CDT.  Oppositions to Venus then Uranus overnight leave many of us restless with sleep difficulties or strange dreams.  UK / EU make likely have some strange events or surprises this morning.  (Let us hope they are not dangerous ones.)

Moon forms sesquiquadrates to Neptune and the Sun, forming a Thor’s Hammer (God’s Fist), a notoriously dangerous pattern.  The danger tends to affect again (you guessed it) EU / UK but COULD occur elsewhere.  Venus is void after the previously mentioned opposition until the early morning hours of June 6th (Western Hemisphere) and Mercury turns void about 10 PM and remains void until about 5 PM CDT on June 6th.  The 9/11 terrorists acts in 2001 occurred during a Moon v/c, so voids CAN be dangerous.

We have previously discussed outers (yesterday), but will mention that we think they still look dangerous.  Mars biseptile Jupiter tends to be “karmic” (sometimes payback or revenge) and Mars / Jupiter anything tends to produce disputes amplified far beyond what would normally be expected.  Be careful today.

Summary: Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) have a SLIGHT advantage today, but people in general tend to enter into unreasonable disputes.  Work alone if you can, and send out your results after the Moon moves into Sagittarius (unless you are a water sign; water signs can risk sending out results today).


May 31, 2017 (Julian 151) Moon moves into Virgo; Jupiter Trine Ceres

May 31, 2017 (Julian 151) Moon moves into Virgo; Jupiter Trine Ceres

Moon turns void in Leo at 6:12 AM CDT and moves into Virgo at 11:15 AM CDT.  The lunar aspects prior to the void are mostly trines and superb for accomplishment but only really available to people in the EU / UK unless you are an early riser or working overnight.

After the Moon becomes void, the aspects are sour: (1) semi-square to Jupiter and (2) quincunx to Chiron.  Best to avoid anything but the routine and especially avoid the controversial.  Moon sesquiquadrate Pluto at 6:30 PM CDT is irritating to many but can produce some productivity in “earth” based matters, maybe healthcare (via Virgo) or finances (via Pluto in Capricorn).  This is a good evening to work on the budget and pay bills.

Outers are also quite busy.  Jupiter perfects a trine to Ceres at 3 PM CDT.  This indicates help or hope regarding matters of prosperity or diet.  But perfection of an quincunx of Ceres to Hygeia (and a Jupiter / Hygeia square earlier this week) may interfere with attempts to make progress in these same areas.  This is a “touch and go” situation that we find difficult to interpret.  We think it means that progress can be made, but persistence through difficulties and annoyances will be necessary.

Summary: this is a difficult day in which progress can be made in bookkeeping and financial matters in the afternoon and evening, but stick to routine activities in the morning if you live in the Western Hemisphere.  UK / EU should push through to get things done in the morning, take the afternoon off, and maybe have a second work session in the evening, focusing on finance and bookkeeping and “practical” matters.

May 12, 2017 (Julian 132) + May 13, 2017 (Julian 133)

May 12, 2017 (Julian 132) + May 13, 2017 (Julian 133)

Summary: we think this is mostly a happy weekend for most people.  Cleanup and discard is favored, and chores that make you home more hospitable and like better in general are favored.  Some temptation toward minor disputes may be present; channel that energy, instead, into “getting things done.”  Some people may face important health issues.  But, again, overall this is a benevolent weekend.

May 12, 2017 (Julian 132)

Moon is in Sagittarius (waning) all day today.  Waning moons favor progress by “cleaning out” or eliminating excess.  The big news today is Mars (Gemini) trine Jupiter (Libra).  Many of us will receive a special gift of some kind today, particularly air signs (Libra, Aquarius, Gemini).

Since Mars / Jupiter can make “things” (people, places, things) blow up, avoid dangerous situations and avoid being dangerous yourself today.  Most people will benefit, but some might go off the rails.  Moon forming sesquiquadrates to Mercury (Aries) then Uranus (Aries) tends to amplify this effect from the morning (Western Hemisphere) until some time past 1 PM CDT.  Working alone might be advisable.

About 4 PM CDT Moon squares Neptune, and moments of confusion can occur.  This too shall pass, so just let it work itself out without exerting any more effort than necessary.  Based on my experience (NOT “astrological theory”), I have witnessed people (including myself, but also others) receiving “traffic citations” (i.e. tickets or fines) under this aspect.  Drive safely!

Despite the fact that we are still in the shadow of the recent Mercury Retrograde AND the Moon is waning, some of us (many of us) will be able to achieve great accomplishments today.  Buyers are favored over sellers.  Pallas novile White Moon can add an insight or glimpse of the future, but we are not sure precisely how to interpret this.  Keep your notepad or other capture device handy for ideas.

Mars also forms a quincunx to Hygeia, so health and healthcare issues may be problematic for some of us.

May 13, 2017 (Julian 133)

Moon quincunx Sun about 10:30 AM CDT produces an annoyance or gotcha.  A purchased item may proved defective or inadequate and a return may be necessary.  Like yesterdays Moon / Neptune square, do what is necessary to obtain a remedy (but no more).  After this the day “opens up” and is pleasant for most people.  Moon in Sagittarius forms aspects that favor using this as a “work day” or some kind of “clean up” day.  Do those chores and know that you will be glad you “took care of things.”

9 PM CDT brings a short lunar void for a few hours until half past midnight.  Since it begins with Moon trine Mercury, this is a good time to reflect on the past few days and make notes of your reflections.  More insight will likely come later, yet you will be glad you have these notes.

Outers are a big enigmatic, but perfection of Jupiter square Hygeia may bring health / healthcare issues to the forefront for some of you.  For you, today could be problematic.  A Mars septile throws a bit of karma into the mix (and maybe a glimpse of the future), and we recommend you do something benevolent for someone less fortunate than yourself anonymously and without any hope of future compensation or recognition.  Sometimes even a kind word can turn the tide, maybe saving a life (or many lives)..

May 5, 2017 (Julian 125) Sun quincunx Jupiter

May 5, 2017 (Julian 125) Sun quincunx Jupiter

One of my readers recently accused me of “a lot of fear mongering dude.”  Alas, I must confess that I am better at seeing the dangers ahead than I am at seeing the opportunities though I have been working to add the latter into the mix.

That said, Sun (Taurus) forms a quincunx to Jupiter (Libra) about 3 AM CDT today (only an hour from now as I write this).  This tends to affect Thursday more than Friday, but many of us will still feel it.  A quincunx is an aspect of false hopes and miscommunications; it can cause us to think we understand another person or situation when we do not at all.

Lunar aspects are a bit thinner today, and today CAN provide an opportunity for some people, favoring earth signs the most (Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo) as a loose Grand Earth Trine (or Grand Trine in earth signs).  This is good for manifesting things and maybe purchases but do keep in mind the Sun / Jupiter quincunx and the fact that Mercury is barely moving forward and still in the shadow period until May 20th.  I would not make any HUGE purchases today (houses, cars, boats, and certainly anything that “moves”) but smaller purchases might go fairly well.

Mars forms a quintile to Chiron and a binovile to the North Node; this can give us some bright ideas about how to deal with certain problems involving healthcare, higher education, or mentors (or a mix of those).  If I were going to focus on a solution to problems today, or “opportunities,” I would aim for these areas to the degree possible.

May 3, 2017 (Julian 123) Mercury stations Direct; Sun sextile Neptune

May 3, 2017 (Julian 123) Mercury stations Direct; Sun sextile Neptune

Mercury stations direct today, and that is the big news.  You can read more about that here: Retrogrades Only.  We will come back to that topic.

Sun (Taurus) sextile Neptune (Pisces) can bring genius level insight, criminal behavior, or both.  We admonish you to be careful not to become a victim and to avoid in engaging in criminal behavior yourself.  For some of you, you might have a breakthrough involving photography, videography, writing lyrics or poetry, or helping others. Earth (Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo) and Water (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces)  Perfection of Jupiter quintile Saturn amplifies the effect and gives it a strong “practical” tendency.

Moon is quite busy, effectively touching everyone.  In succession, it touches Neptune, Jupiter, Venus, Pluto, Mercury, and Uranus.  Almost everyone feels this day.  At 11:34 PM CDT, Moon trines Saturn and moves void of course.  Effectively, this evening a Grand Fire Trine is in force.  This provides opportunities to fire (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) and air (Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini) signs.  Also worthy of note: in the morning of this day a Moon / Neptune / Pluto yod is in effect, and this will continue to occur each time the Moon is in Leo for the next several years.

Everyone has an opportunity of some kind today, but they differ depending on whether you are more earth / water or fire / air.  (Some people have a mix of both.)

We still think these are risky times and urge you to take caution this week.

April 23, 2017 (Julian 113)

April 23, 2017 (Julian 113)

We think today is particularly interesting because of this article about Venus as Inanna at the First Gate.  It means the otherwise relatively ordinary conjuniction of the Moon with Venus in Pisces takes on a special meaning, a turning point of some kind.  We also note that the Presidential Election in France is today.  About 4:30 PM CDT Moon in Pisces turns v/c until it enters Aries about 7:30 PM CDT.  The void of course period begins after this “First Gate” has been touched or opened.

Much earlier in the day, about 3 AM CDT (and probably about 10 AM in France), Mars (Gemini) is sesquiquadrate Jupiter (Libra). and “things” (people) can become unpleasant because of a belief that “something must be done about it.”  Will France elect Marine Le Pen president?

Moon joins Chiron about 2:30 PM CDT (the Wounded Healer, in Pisces, takes the spotlight), and an hour later Moon squares Saturn (in Sadge).  Religion and issues of belief can take center stage, and chances are good that “things” are not very pleasant.  Will we see riots?

Outers: Mars Triseptiles Saturn, and karma is very definitely in play today.  Please do note that this involves Mars (the “lesser malefic”) and Saturn (the “greater malefic”).  Again, “things” could turn ugly.  Saturn quincunx Ceres is a similar amplifier of unpleasentness.  This is a difficult day.

For most people, this is a “day off,” and that is a GREAT use of this day.  The triseptiles tell us that we are wise to help someone less fortunate than ourselves, done anonymously and with no thought of compensation in the future.  After Moon moves into Aries, SOME useful work can be accomplished if that is necessary, but still do avoid fruitless conflicts.



April 20, 2017 (Julian 110)

April 20, 2017 (Julian 110)

Pluto stations retrograde today, and that is the headline news.  Matters involving death, taxes, investigations, homicides, and power structures bear deeper scrutiny at this time.  Certain secrets come to light.  Aries / Cancer / Libra / Capricorn (Cardinal Signs) are affected the most, but so are Taurus and Virgo.  Others tend to be bystanders or have reduced roles (unless you have a number of Cardinal planets in your natal chart).

Sun is in Taurus, Moon is in Aquarius (and Last Quarter), and (as we mentioned) Pluto stations retrograde today.  Mercury joins the Sun about 1 AM CDT.  Moon perfects semi-squares to Chiron and Venus (both in Pisces) in the early morning hours and some of us have a sense of urgency involving health, beauty, or maybe finances.  This is a great day for “home cleanup” if that is an option for you; some will find important misplaced items (or ideas about misused resources that need to be re-allocated(.  Moon also perfects a semi-square to Jupiter at this time, amplifying this sense of urgency.  (For some this may involving educational matters.)

Retrograde Mercury is void since about 1 AM CDT until it moves into Aries shortly before 1 PM CDT.  One misplaced item might be found but another lost.  It all seems to madness.

However, near 2 PM CDT Moon (Aquarius) trines Jupiter (Libra) and most people gain something of benefit, particularly air and fire signs.  This can be a good time to apply for a job or, alternatively, to obtain a good deal on an important purchase.

Jupiter binoviles Vesta, and some of us have important insights involving the traditions of home and family.

Astrology Forecast for April 8, 2017 (Julian 098)

Hollywood is famous for writing movies with happy endings on the premise that they sell better.  While articles that satirize the process (like this one) might be funny, no one really likes them.

This fact really sucks when you are an astrologer writing a forecast and have a weekend like this one with the Sun/Uranus-Jupiter-Pluto T-Square (add Vesta: Grand Cross) causing “things” to go boom (along with President Trump, Putin, and sundry Middle Eastern Players).  Retrograde Venus (Pisces) squares Retrograde Saturn and it all looks rather bleak.  We wrote about it yesterday, and Clarissa (Viva Combusta) has detailed the nuances in an excellent piece, quite popular on our main blog (Grand Trines).  In a short phrase: it ain’t over yet.

What possible “happy ending” can you write with a mess like that?

Astro-Butterfly has a nice piece about this month, and we recommend it if you like to at least attempt to plan ahead.

Lunar aspects are sundry, and a mix like that is always tricky to interpret.  But we think the Moon Sesquiquadrate Mercury near Noon CDT is the most important.  To use a horrific old Southern saying (arguably “Southern Gothic“), we will all be “running around like a chicken with its head cut off.”

Shakespeare elegantly titled a play: “Much Ado about Nothing.”  (Let us be clear: the Sarin gas in Syria and missles that followed are a big thing; but chances are good that your frantic chase today is NOT despite how bad it may currently look.)

Keep in mind that you do have at least SOME choice in this matter!  (So, how to proceed?)

Moon in Virgo is great for scrubbing and cleaning, so please do use the energy that way instead of a frantic chase after something you simple cannot achieve at this time, if ever.  Windows to “get it done,” whatever “it” is, will come again next week or sometime in May after Mercury moves direct.  Postpone “it” until then and focus on what you can actually achieve to get the most out of this day.  This day CAN productive and useful (but probably NOT the best of “party days” for most people).

Outers are very nearly silent EXCEPT for the curious aspect of a perfection of Saturn BiQuintile Ceres.  This indicates a very odd kind of creativity that is ENTIRELY focused on practical matters such as reorganizing your food pantry or something similar.  Curiously, such a reorganization of basic elements of prosperity such as our pantry or our kitchen on this date can produce a MAJOR cascade of helpful events.  Ditto for review of the home budget.

The Full Moon cometh on April 10th, only two days away.  Best to be a seller now and a buyer then.  And we almost never recommend scrubbing and cleaning during a waxing moon, but today is a noteworthy exception.

And, stay away from Choctaw Ridge.


Astrology Forecast for April 7, 2017 (Julian 097)

Astrology Forecast for April 7, 2017 (Julian 097)

Clear winners and clear losers emerge today.  Sun opposite Jupiter is usually benevolent, but with retrograde season present and this being part of the Sun(+Uranus)-Jupiter-Pluto T-Square “things” can become “big” and “things” can be “blown out of proportion.”  We may be on the edge of a war, a real “hot” war, and this configuration indicates that is a very real possibility, especially with the Venus (Retrograde in Pisces) / Saturn (Retrograde in Sagittarius) square perfecting tomorrow.  See, also, our commentary from Election Day 2016, particular Part 3 in which I predict that a “hot” war is coming (but not as “hot” with Donald Trump as it would have been with Hillary Clinton).

So, what does this mean for most of us in practical day to day terms?  Superb opportunities can be had today, but be careful not to overindulge (too much food, too much spending, too much booze, or too much of anything else).  Saturn (Retrograde) perfects a triseptile to Vesta, so we have an opportunity from an insight regarding some old karma related to church and faith (or “higher thought” or “foreign affairs” or “higher education”) and family (or oceans! or fluids of some kind if you are a chemist).

With a waxing moon in Virgo, some of us can take on home reorganization projects.  That is a VERY good use of our time and energy today!  Today CAN be a fun day, so point it in that direction.

Not sure what all of this means?  Watch this video, it might help!