Week of March 18th

The Spring Equinox full moon is like a spotlight on you and your vocation. You’re in the public eye this week. People may see your beautiful accomplishments and the poise with which you pull things off, but they could miss the vulnerability that’s buried beneath. You hide it so well. Use this opportunity to bravely put yourself out into the world. Teach yourself and others that past patterns can be broken. Heal old family wounds with the work you’re doing now.

Week of March 11th

It’s difficult for you to express yourself this week. When it’s possible for you to do so, wait to speak until you know what you think. New information could come to light next month. Old information has resurfaced, and it’s changing your sense of self. Seek connections between your dreams and your waking life. Look to the imagination for guidance. Engage in spiritual inquiry. Seek out hidden information. It’s always wise to say silent when words are not necessary.

Week of March 4th

Mercury stations retrograde in your voice sector on Tuesday. If you find yourself at a loss for words, take the opportunity to listen more. You may be dusting off favorite books to re-read, returning to old lessons, or re-evaluating your communication style. Old conversations with siblings or neighbors resurface. Wednesday’s new moon infuses this part of your chart with some additional creativity, so you may find that you have imaginative ways of expressing yourself, especially with Uranus moving into Taurus.

Uranus in Taurus will inspire you to find a new art form. Without one, your unexpressed creativity is likely to make you feel dangerous. Uranus here will bring inspiration, and a demand for wild play. You may also encounter surprises in romance, or sudden changes with children. The most important thing is that you heed inspiration and find ways to express yourself through all of this. Uranus and Taurus are an interesting pair: the planet of sudden, lightening-bolt style changes and the sign of slow, steady growth. Slowly but surely, you are making unusual changes in your life and creative work. Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, it’s crucial that you find ways to play while Uranus is here. Your creativity is innate. You’ll find a way to channel yours.

Week of February 25th

Venus has been giving you a serious makeover. Your style, your relationship, or your approach to the world is undergoing a massive transformation right now. You’re the sign that only gets wiser and better-looking with age, so welcome the growth. Try to find something good about it. On Friday, when Venus moves into Aquarius, you get a little bit of a breather. She’ll be beautifying your bank accounts next; helping you come up with some genius ideas about how you make and/or spend your money.

Week of February 18th

Chiron’s move into back into Aries on Monday continues a seven-year transit all about your home and family. None of us leave childhood unscathed. Any wounds that you sustained from your family of origin will be brought up now so that you can heal them. You may be called upon to heal ancestral pain. Chiron will teach you how to integrate the parts of your past that make you strong and sure of who you are, and leave behind the patterns that are best left broken. The rest of the astrology this week puts the focus on your self-development, as Venus meets Saturn, Pluto, and the south node in your sign. You’re always strong under pressure, but this time the key may be to loosen up just a bit and adapt. The full moon in Virgo invites you to learn something new.

Week of February 11th

A sudden challenge could arise at your home or with a family member this week. Though you have a lot going on in your own right, try to put that aside and nurture someone else. After seven years of Uranus in Aries, you’re capable of handling household surprises. In good news, Valentine’s Day holds some potential for romance. Make fun plans even if you’re not dating anyone. This weekend offers an opportunity to speak beautiful, creative words.

Week of February 4th

This new moon represents a money reset. You may get some fresh ideas for ways to use your talents, or be rewarded for some hard work. Consider how you value yourself and your efforts with this new moon. If you’ve been under-earning, why? If you’ve been making money in a job that doesn’t reflect your values, how could you shift that? Towards the end of the week, a challenge requires you to put a close friendship or partnership first. You have a lot of demands on you at the moment, but it’s important to take care of the ones you love.

Week of January 28th

The muse is available to you this week, but you have to make an appointment first. You’re developing a poetic, healing, or perhaps an inspirational voice. You have something imaginative to communicate with others, so map out what that is this week. It’s sure to be on a subject that you value dearly. This weekend, challenges at home ask you to step into your own power and transform your sense of self. Hidden issues could come to light and change circumstances. However, when Venus moves into your sign on Sunday, you have a month of support as you refine yourself and your relationships.

Week of January 21st

Look for the hidden blessing. It might be disguised as an ending, but you have spiritual support on your side. The beginning of the week is a bit tense, in the aftermath of the eclipse energy. You may feel like you’re at odds with family members. A situation at home keeps you working hard. Things get progressively better throughout the week, as we move into Aquarius season, a time of commercial activity and increasing self-confidence for you. You may start to feel more optimistic about home and family matters by Friday.

Week of January 14th

You may feel the pull of home, family, and the past this week. The tension for you is the transformation that you’re currently undergoing. We are always changing and evolving, and sometimes its hardest on those who are closest to us. This week, no matter what anyone else has to say, acknowledge what is being broken down and accept that it is ending. It’s making room for something new. The eclipse illuminates some mystery for you, some deep inheritance that endures even if you have to go digging for it. There is gold in that shadow.

Week of January 7th

Speaking the dream out loud can be transformative for you this week. You are often wise enough to keep your plans to yourself until you’ve quietly grown them to fruition, only announcing your success once the goal has been met. However, right now you’re in a rebirth period, and that always feels a bit confusing. This week, consider how communicating some of your ideas might be useful, even if you only write them down to clarify them for yourself. Anchor yourself with words.

January 2019 Forecast

Jan. 1 – 10

Capricorn season is intense in January 2019. The focus on Saturn in Capricorn starts right away, with the sun meeting Saturn on January 2nd. This is serious, practical earth energy that puts our focus on working towards our goals from the start of the year, even more than usual. It will feel similar to last January’s Capricorn stellium. Mercury enters Capricorn on the 4th, putting our mental focus on the work at hand. However, the moon will be waning from the 1st - 4th of this year, and our energy may wane with it, as the post-holiday fatigue calls us to rest. Slow and steady wins this year. Take things one step at a time. Set intentions this week, make some baby steps, and plan to ramp up your efforts after the partial solar eclipse on Saturn in Capricorn on the 5th. Astrologically, this eclipse is the real push into the year 2019.

Our January 5th eclipse is part of a longer cycle in Capricorn and Cancer (2018 - 2020), and it’s right on Saturn. This is a reality check. We’re in the second year of Saturn in Capricorn, and the transit is asking us to take on responsibility. Accept the challenge. Make solid plans for the year ahead. The events of Saturday will give you a clue about the longer cycle of 2019.

Uranus stations direct at 29 degrees of Aries on January 6th, beginning his move back towards the early degrees of Taurus. He’ll move into Taurus for a longer-term transit on March 6th. From January 6th – March 6th, then, we’re finishing up the Uranus in Aries transit that has influenced us since 2010. Uranus in Aries has been all about rebellion, entrepreneurial innovation, radical identity shifts, and asserting individuality. Where have you been with all of this in the past eight years? Use the promethean fire of this planet to fuel your entrepreneurial/rebellious spirit until early March, when Uranus in Taurus will bring a different flavor to your life.

On the 7th, Venus enters Sagittarius. Venus here needs her freedom. In this sign, she’s optimistic, fun-loving, attracted to wild, colorful patterns, and alert to the promise of adventure. Venus and Jupiter in Sagittarius offer us some levity to balance the somber weight of our Capricorn-laden month. Work hard and play hard this January.

With Mars in Aries as of New Year’s Eve, we have some more action-oriented fire energy to complement all of the earth. Mars in Aries can help you get some of your plans off the ground. Just make sure that you’re staying practical. Planets in Capricorn will remind you to plan your actions carefully as they square Mars throughout the month, starting with Mercury square Mars on the 8th.

Jan. 11 – 21

The sun meets Pluto exactly on the 11th. This is a regenerative aspect that helps you to finally shed old patterns from 2018 and start anew. Your evolution is a process, and it’s not a race. Mercury meets Saturn in Capricorn on the 13th to help us with structure and discipline in this endeavor.

The most important thing happening on January 13th is Jupiter’s first exact square to Neptune this year. This is already in process, and will continue to influence the astroweather throughout 2019. Jupiter in Sagittarius is optimism, luck, exploration, and expansion. Neptune in Pisces is all about dreams, fantasy, and the numinous. Because this is a hard aspect, it’s possible to get so caught up in optimism that we take it too far, tipping over into delusion. Stressful aspects can also give us the friction we need to make a change. In it’s most positive form, Jupiter square Neptune will spur us to seek out our dreams. This can actually be a wonderful transit to pair with all of Capricorn’s structure. Anchor yourself with a plan that keeps you from floating too far out to sea.

The 18th promises to be an interesting day this month, with three transits on top of each other. Venus will trine Mars for some fun, passionate energy. Mercury meets Pluto in Capricorn, leading us further on the path of evolution and renewal, and the sun squares Uranus, promising a bit of a surprise. Electricity crackles in the lead-up to our total lunar eclipse.

The sun enters Aquarius on the 20th. Aquarius is the sign of communities, humanitarian causes, and visionaries. Just as we start this next solar cycle, late on the night of the 20th/early in the morning of the 21st we have a total lunar eclipse at 1 degree of Leo. This is the last of the Leo-Aquarius eclipse cycle that started in 2017. That cycle was all about the axis of the individual and the community. Creative gifts flow from each unique person to the community and vice versa. We are always negotiating this balance of giving and receiving, of shining apart and being a part of something larger. We’ve already started the Cancer-Capricorn eclipse cycle, but these cycles overlap with each other. Something about your individuality and community belonging will be highlighted with this one. Think back to February and August of 2017 and 2018, because the same themes are coming back around.

The eclipse is flanked on either side by Venus square Neptune (Jan. 20th) and Mars square Saturn (Jan. 21st). These two aspects suggest that we be wary of false gurus and other sources of deception, and protect ourselves from danger. Eclipse cycles are always an intense energy on the mundane level, and sometimes on the personal level (depending on where they fall in your natal chart). The Leo-Aquarius cycle has had quite a lot to do with 45. This one doesn’t sync with his chart as significantly as some others, but given that it’s a total lunar eclipse, it’s likely that we’ll get some important news of world events around this last one.

Jan. 22 – 31

Venus meets Jupiter in Sagittarius to bring us some blessings on January 22nd, the day after the eclipse. These are two of the zodiac’s benefics, coming together for fun, wealth, and expansion in the sign of luck. Plan something beautiful to take advantage of this day. On the 23rd, Mercury squares Uranus (known as the higher octave of Mercury) for a surprise or an interesting idea, right before he zips into Aquarius on the 24th. He meets the sun there (exact on the 29th), so they can brainstorm together in this brilliant sign.

Mars makes a trine to Jupiter on the 25th, giving us some extra energy to pursue our optimistic plans. Then we have a rather quiet waning moon period until the 31st, when Saturn makes an exact sextile to Neptune. Saturn sextile Neptune is one of the quieter ongoing aspects of 2019, adding some necessary structure to the Jupiter-Neptune square. As Saturn in Capricorn will remind us over and over again this year, discipline is the key to achieving the dream. Find the structure and use the support as we close out the month.

Week of December 31st

You are now in the second year of having Saturn in your sign. Take a moment to reflect on the responsibility you’ve taken on in the past year. Acknowledge the tests you’ve passed, and the wisdom you’ve gained. Saturday’s solar eclipse brings the next round of tests your way. You’re being called to climb a personal mountain. One third of the way up, and still with a ways to go, you must persevere. Plan your path for the slow and steady trek ahead.

Week of December 24th

The shadow speaks this week. The fears on your mind, the darker thoughts, and your habitual worries may haunt you now. This is an invitation to alchemize your thought patterns, from fear and self-criticism to comfort and joy. You may be called to speak healing words, for yourself or someone near. Acknowledge and speak to the inner critic. Find out where these words inside you came from. Approach the process with open curiosity, and you may receive a surprisingly enlightening answer.

Week of December 17th

The Winter Solstice is the beginning of your season. You have invisible protection for your endeavors this year, and the strength of Saturn is on your side. A significant partnership or friendship is the main focal point now. Take care of the other person. Look for people to share some of your abundance with. The sunlight is returning now, and you have more than enough warmth of your own to spare.

Week of December 10th

You’re a friend of Saturn’s, and he’s in your corner now. Saturn was the Roman god of agriculture, among other things. The harvest, his domain, is a time of hard work and rewards. Start reaping the harvest of the past fiscal year as we near the end of 2018. Take note of what you’ve accomplished in this time. Then, prepare for the next planting season. What seeds will you be sowing in the coming year? They must be planted in the right time, to meet the right cycles. You know this instinctively. Plan ahead.

Week of December 3rd

Be sensitive to your friends’ feelings this week. Use your emotional intelligence to determine how you speak. Your honesty could sting someone if you’re not careful, so consider how to best phrase what you say, and make healing the ultimate goal. Social situations are clarified once Mercury stations direct on Thursday. Friday’s Sagittarius new moon begins a more private lunar cycle for you. Think of this as a hibernation before the real work begins in the new year. Take time off to rest, especially if your health requires attention. Imagine how you might like to use your powerful, creative voice in the new year. Plan out your next steps forward. Spiritual messages and synchronicity help you to see what’s coming.

December Monthly Forecast

Dec. 1 – 10

Mercury retrogrades into the late degrees of Scorpio on the first of the month, and Venus (now direct) enters the early degrees of this sign again on the 2nd. This pattern brings us back to themes of Venus’ retrograde in this sign throughout this past October. What did you learn about yourself and your relationships this fall? As we near the end of the 2018 Season of the Retrograde, you can take some small steps to put insights into action. Small choices, like a few words of self-love or a decision to wait before speaking, can have ripple effects in your life. Holding your tongue in the first few days of December will be wise, as we are sensitive to the wounding and healing power of words.

Mercury stations direct at 27 Scorpio at 4:21 pm EST on December 6th, marking the final retrograde of 2018! Yes, Venus and Mercury will both be in shadow until later this month, but we can at least begin to move forward with less resistance, after about five months of more-or-less constant reflection and waiting. We can focus more of our energy on removing obstacles with Jupiter, in his lucky position in Sagittarius.

After Mercury’s direct motion, we begin a new lunar month with the new moon at 15 Sagittarius, at 2:20 am EST on December 7th. This moon squares the exact Mars-Neptune conjunction that’s happening at 13 Pisces. Mars and Neptune together in the sign of the dreamer sing of fantasy, illusion, delusion, fiction, deceit, escapes, spiritual journeys, and false gurus. The dark moon, in Sagittarius, challenges us to play with the imagination well – truthfully, without deceiving ourselves or others. Sagittarius likes to ask big questions, so it’s a moon of metaphysical and creative exploration. Ruled by Jupiter in Sagittarius, the overall tone of this lunation is one of imaginative expansion. An enjoyable start to the lunar cycle, as long as we don’t go overboard with drink or drugs.

December 11 – 22

Mercury, in direct motion, returns to Sagittarius on December 12th. Since we are still in the shadow of the retrograde (until December 24th), we can finish the things that were waiting to be done while Mercury was retrograde and process the insights we’ve gleaned since November 16th.

Venus exits her shadow period on December 17th. Thus ends our most recent Venus retrograde cycle, which has taught us a lot about the shadow-side of our relationships, our attitudes to sex, death, and the taboo, our self-love, and our ability to receive. As we wrap up this year, we can take all of our hard-won wisdom from the second half of 2018 and plan to use it for growth in the new year.

Note: I don’t put much emphasis on Mercury’s shadow periods, because Merc Ret is such a common occurrence, happening 3-4 times per year. With a cycle that happens that frequently, we’re just living life as usual—sometimes with quiet periods, sometimes with tech issues, sometimes with smooth roads ahead. I don’t see a reason to block out nine weeks of your life for a standard three-week cycle. Consider that if we allow for all of Mercury’s shadow periods, we spend half to three quarters of every year in the Mercury retrograde zone. In this case, we might as well switch to putting our emphasis on Mercury direct, since it would be out of the norm. Venus and Mars retrograde are less common. For that reason, I pay close attention to all three parts of their retrograde cycle (pre-shadow, retrograde, post-shadow), because the insights will resonate for a full 1.5-2 years.

As we head into the third week of December, aspects from the sun in Sagittarius to Chiron in Pisces (Dec. 19th) and Uranus in Aries (Dec. 20th) speak of the holiday season paradox: joy and stress. Take care with yourself and others, and remember to take pleasure in the things that matter most to you. On December 21st, the sun moves into Capricorn, marking the Winter Solstice. This is the longest night of the year and the return of the light in the northern hemisphere: the days will get progressively longer from now on. Our Solstice this year features Mercury and Jupiter together in the sign of Sagittarius, giving us a great deal of optimism, exuberance, and warmth as we celebrate the sun’s return. Venus trine Neptune gives this day a romantic glow as well.

We have a full moon at 1 degree of Cancer on the Solstice weekend, on December 22nd at 12:48 pm EST. This one is rather unaspected, aside from a couple of out-of-sign aspects to Uranus and Chiron. In the sign she rules, at her fullest, with little influence from other planets, Luna is undiluted. This is pure emotional, intuitive, nurturing, creative, mysterious energy. Emotions could be overwhelming with this one. At the same time, divination and other uses of intuition will flow well. Gather your loved ones close for the holidays – it’s a very family-oriented Solstice, and that of course includes chosen family members, who may be in need of a holiday “home.”

December 23 – 31

Mercury leaves his shadow period on December 24th, officially, really, finally ending 2018’s Season of the Retrograde. In the week before New Year’s, Mars moves closer to Chiron in Pisces, making an exact conjunction on the 29th. With Mars and Chiron here, we are once again challenged to acknowledge collective wounds, feel how much they hurt, and engage in the ongoing process of healing. These two remind us that healing has much more to do with walking into darkness to meet the shadow than working with the light. Mainstream culture is obsessed with happiness and positivity, and mainstream spiritual culture reflects that obsession with ideas about lightworking. Let’s balance some of that with the less appealing, but necessary, shadow work.

On New Year’s Eve, Mars moves into Aries, the sign of his rulership, as if to say, Charge! Mars in Aries means action, now. Here he speaks of bravery, leadership, and vitality. This can be a hot aspect, even warlike, if we aren’t acting consciously. However, we can choose to activate the divine masculine here. Mars in Aries can be the steward of the earth, initiating growth and vitality in our lives just as the first shoots of grass push through the ground in Aries’ season, at the spring equinox. In this way, our New Year’s has the flavor of new beginnings, after a long year of endings. Happy Holidays and a Blessed New Year to all!