Week of March 18th

This Spring Equinox full moon coincides with a new beginning in your community. Perhaps you have wanted to spend more time with a certain group of people who share your interests. Perhaps you’re about to take a risk to connect more authentically with the community to which you already belong. This moon speaks of brave self-expression, beautiful creations, and love. Offer your love to the people who are open to receive. Offer it as a gift, with no expectations. Who knows, you may even receive love in return. Let the career questions sit until at least mid-April, when Mercury will be in direct motion and far enough away from Neptune to clear up your confusion.

Week of March 11th

It’s vocational déjà vu this week, as you find yourself back on the scene of past projects, answering to an old version of your reputation. What do you need to cut away? Are you still doing that thing for work that you once swore you would never do again, and if you are...why? Most often the reason is fear of failure or success. Talk your dilemma over with a trusted friend or partner. This Mercury retrograde dangles bait that threatens to hook you onto a line of past mistakes, identifies the career patterns that you want to let go of, and shows you where you’re playing too small. You have the potential for a Big, Jupiter-sized legacy. Work like it.

Week of March 4th

Mercury stations retrograde in your legacy sector on Tuesday. You may find yourself reviewing memories and history of your family, returning to career situations from the past, or reconsidering some plans for the future. Wednesday’s new moon could coincide with confusing vocational situations, or help you imagine new possibilities. Do less, say less, feel more.

Uranus moving into Taurus is the final stage of a big cycle for you. For the next seven years, you’re in a radical process of becoming. Uranus will plant the seeds of wild dreams in your mind, weed out old versions of yourself, and allow your individuality to flourish. You’re about to encounter the wilderness within. Uranus electrifies the most secret parts of yourself, so that they can no longer go unnoticed. The adventurer, the wizard, the magician underneath will start to come out into the open.

Week of February 25th

This is the last week before Mercury stations retrograde. Pisces, with its symbol of two fish swimming in opposite directions, feels natural to you for its mutable quality. But trying to think with your ruler Mercury here is like trying to speak through a snorkel underwater. The words come out muffled and alien, more like whale songs than the sharp, witty comments you’d prefer. Right now Mercury is helping you to revise something in your vocation. Sink into the water and practice communicating through other means. Gestures, songs, colors...you may intuit something meaningful by opening your mind.

Week of February 18th

When Chiron moves back into Aries on Monday, he may poke at that wound you have about belonging. You know, receiving love from other people for being exactly who you are? Don’t worry, because Chiron will help you get ready to show your transformation-in-process to all the right people. You’re not just one person, Gemini. You contain multitudes, so the process of understanding your identity is always unfolding. Chiron here will help you understand more about who you are now, and heal that wound from a culture that tells us we can only choose one dream. The full moon in Virgo makes this a big week for you too, with a lot of choices to make about your home and/or career. Where do you belong, and with whom? If you’ve decided to share your life with someone else, how vulnerable are you willing to be?

Week of February 11th

A social situation could be volatile this week. Be careful with your resources; set boundaries around your emotional energy. Your values will help you decide on the best course of action. Sometimes a confrontation handled well can clear the air. Valentine’s Day this year is likely to be a private, intimate affair. You may choose to skip it altogether and rest, or quietly spend it with someone special. This weekend, someone close to you may offer help with a dream.

Week of February 4th

This new moon is a refresher course in curiosity. You will learn something about the world and about yourself. Let loose and explore, preferably with a partner or close friend! The journey will certainly be interesting. Towards the end of the week, connections that you made on Monday may present a challenge. It’s fun to do things together, but make sure that you take care of yourself first. Practice saying “no” if someone asks too much of you. When Mercury enters Pisces on Sunday, you begin a two-month cycle of attention to your vocation, and you will need your energy for that.

Week of January 28th

With Mercury and the sun together in Aquarius, you’re in for a week of intellectual stimulation. Share your brilliance with others. Go on a mission to expand your knowledge in an unusual area of interest. Career dreams can come true when you get serious about stepping into your own power, and align your resources in practical ways. You’ll need to lay to rest some old assumptions or associations before you can own this power. Unusual conversations with other people in your wider network or vocation may spark some movement. When Venus moves into Capricorn on Sunday, she’ll spend a month helping you to access your inner boss. You already have everything you need.

Week of January 21st

Blessings come to you through a significant friend or partner this week. Let love into your life. Give love to someone else and it expands the love that you already have. In the aftermath of the eclipse, you may feel the tension of transformation, as letting in friends and being part of a community requires you to do the hard work of change. Your perspective is shifting. You’re in a season of discovery, and when Mercury moves into Aquarius on Thursday, your thirst for learning may increase. Invite others along on the journey with you.

Week of January 14th

Relationships hold the potential for fun and passion this week, while the undercurrent of Capricorn adds some seriousness. There is room for true intimacy here. All intimacy is a process of transformation, as two people close the space between each other and form a single relationship. Consider going deeper if your heart is calling you. This eclipse is the last in a cycle of changing perceptions and expanding your vision. It may have something important to teach you, so open your mind to new possibilities.

Week of January 7th

You won’t have to do this alone. Your capacity for endurance, renewal, and transformative insight is high this week. You’ve already crossed a threshold, and there is someone waiting for you on the other side of it. If you know who this is already, allow them to help you. If you have no idea who this might be, open yourself to the idea of partnership (friendship, business, OR romance) this week. This person can help you think bigger and get closer to your dreams.

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

Loss is a part of the cycle. Deaths (both literal and metaphorical) make way for new life. This is one of your lessons from 2018. As we enter 2019, you have graduated to the next level of this particular curriculum: acknowledging the endings and participating in the process of renewal. You may be asked to wait and see what comes next. You may be asked to rely on your own resources, or depend on your loved ones. However you are asked to handle this, know that transformation is the only way to do it. Embrace change in 2019.

Week of December 24th

The shadow of your legacy is on your mind this week. Whether it’s a family legacy, a body of work you’ve created, or the future accomplishments you want to be known for, there is something important that needs to be acknowledged before you can go further. Perhaps it’s the historical origins of some possessions or assets that your ancestors have passed down, or perhaps the truth about what you value in your vocation. Assess it honestly, welcome it in, and alchemize it into a legacy that brings you pride.

Week of December 17th

You’re in luck in the partnership department this week. Continue to spend quality time with a partner or good friend. If you’re thinking about getting more serious with someone, there’s nothing in your way right now. The Solstice full moon is all about confidence. Embolden yourself to go after what you want.

Week of December 10th

A significant friend or partner takes center stage this week. Once Mercury stations direct on Wednesday, communication gets a little bit easier. Plus, Mercury meets Jupiter in Sagittarius, making this month a big one for relationships. Spend some quality time with someone you care about in the midst of the busy holiday season. You could also have a lot of fun with someone you meet this week. Make some time to be social.

Week of December 3rd

Events at work could reveal something important to you this week, about your career goals and the legacy you want to leave. You have great potential to heal others through all of the work that you do (and the odds are good that you do many different things!). Is your work giving you the feeling of healing and renewal, or suffering and strife? Mundane frustrations resolve after Mercury stations direct on Thursday. Friday’s new moon in Sagittarius shifts the focus to relationships (unless the relationship is a business partnership, in which case it’s also about work). Who are you partnered with, and where are you going together? Imagine your ideal partnership, and the legacy you want to leave with this other person. Make time for one-on-ones this month.

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!