Week of March 18th

This Spring Equinox full moon is a turning point for you. When you hold yourself back it’s most often because you fear the disapproval of others. Your brilliance is never a reason for other people to dislike you. If they choose to be displeased, it’s their loss, not yours. Be as full and bright as the moon this week. Find the few people with whom you can be authentic, vulnerable, and unapologetically awesome. Individuals who stand in their power are never intimidated by the power of others. Stand with the ones who have overcome this fear.

Week of March 11th

Make some space in between the activities on your schedule this week for some changes of plans. A delay is very possible for you. You might need more sleep than usual. There’s a chance that you’ll have to take a mini-break for your health. Slow your approach to communication by leaving enough time to edit potential errors. This is a good week to ask yourself three questions before you speak: is it necessary, is it true, and is it kind? While you’re slowing down, you can use this time to consider which of your daily activities are helping you to build your legacy and use your true voice. If something you’re spending time on isn’t doing one of those two things, is it worth it?

Week of March 4th

Mercury stations retrograde in your ritual sector on Tuesday. You may be returning to routines from the past, reconsidering your daily schedule, or re-committing to your health. Confusion at work or with coworkers is possible this week, especially with the Neptunian new moon fog on Wednesday. This astrology is better for crafting spiritual rituals and self-care routines than it is for mundane workaday activities. Create an unusual ritual for release.

Uranus’ move into Taurus on Wednesday continues a cycle of private revelation for you. The word comes from the Latin revelare: to lay bare. Over the course of the next seven years, mysteries will be laid bare before you. You may delve into spirituality, magic, and the supernatural and find that revelation and reason start to run together for you…but don’t expect anyone to believe you who hasn’t experienced this themselves. Taurus is an especially tangible sign, making it likely that your experiences will take place at the axis of spirit and matter. You have the power to manifest your will into being with this transit. More “reasonable” revelations could include surprising disclosures about your finances, or an unexpected urge to experiment with your sexuality. Uranus never makes any promises about what’s going to happen. Just look at the surprises he threw your way over the last seven years while he was in Aries, shaking up your partnerships and friendships. The only thing that is for certain is that when Uranus transits the realm of mystery, he’s about to re-wild some of the more private areas of your life.

Week of February 25th

Last week was A Week for you at home. Whether it’s transforming relationships with your family members, researching history and ancestry, or literally re-structuring your house, you’re in a period of deep development. This week, pay attention to the patterns that suck you back in. What personal history are you ready to be done with, so that you can grow? A partner or friend may help you bust out of the rut. On Friday, when Venus moves into Aquarius, you get a reprieve – some fresh, zany ideas and opportunities for fun give you a chance to breathe this weekend.

Week of February 18th

Chiron moving back into Aries on Monday is huge news for you. Uranus has been here since 2011, introducing you to innovative, unusual people, and electrifying not only your relationships with them, but your understanding of yourself. You have learned to embrace your own differences; to come forth with your strange and wonderful self regardless of what others think. But you also may have lost some people in the process. Now Chiron is here to help stabilize some of Uranus’s destabilization, and continue healing those insecurities around approval. He may start off by putting you in situations where you have to do without approval from someone. It can hurt, but it also teaches you that you will be okay even when you’re not pleasing that person. This is a seven year transit for reclaiming the power you have given away to others. Your own feelings of worthiness don’t need to be tied up in the opinions of friends and partners. The rest of the astrology this week indicates that you will be reclaiming some of that power privately this week. Use Tuesday’s full moon in Virgo to work with dreams and the unconscious. Make self-care a priority as you power through what you need to do at home or in your career. You have a long time ahead of you to work with Chiron.

Week of February 11th

A surprising confrontation is likely this week. With any luck, this will be an exciting, inspiring encounter with a friend or partner. But it may just be an argument. And it could involve an enemy. If this is the case, you’ll need to stand up and fight for what you want. Try to protect yourself; avoid impulsive reactions. Perhaps because the beginning of the week requires so much energy, Valentine’s Day will be a more intimate affair. You’ll most likely want to spend the night at home alone or with someone special. Home is your priority at the moment. It will be nice for you this weekend when you can start to make some magic happen in that area of your life.

Week of February 4th

Monday’s new moon brings some fresh inspiration for your creative life, or at least some fun! Make some time for play at the beginning of the week. Express yourself, and expand any projects around communication, learning, or friendship. Relationships, especially romantic partnerships, are full of fireworks this week. Towards the end of the week, you may find that a challenge requires you to put your vocation first again. You may be in the process of transforming your home with a partner, but it’s important not to get sucked into the past when you have a future to create.

Week of January 28th

Bring some fresh energy to relationships this week. How could you make some room for fun with a significant other? You can be of the most service to others when your foundations are rock solid, so make home and family a priority if you’re committed to a live-in partner. Some kind of confrontation may be necessary in order to let go of what isn’t working and create a change at home. This weekend, a partner or friend may have surprising revelations to share. Once Venus moves into Capricorn on Sunday, you have a month of support for creating a beautiful home together.

Week of January 21st

In the aftermath of an eclipse that was all about your growth into a new identity and finding your people, you may encounter some tension in relationships right now. It’s a normal part of change. Partners or family members may require some attention as you make these shifts together. However, a blessing comes through a sibling or neighbor, or through an opportunity to communicate something you want to say. You are entering a season of fun and creativity, to follow a month that was all about strengthening your foundations. Write, speak, and perform for your audience.

Week of January 14th

Relationships are the keys to this week. Fun with friends and/or your significant other is in order. A family member or partner may surprise you as well. You’re going through quite the growth cycle right now, so in a private moment, take some time to mourn the identity you have left behind. You might have moved house, changed careers, or changed yourself so much that you are just not the same person anymore. It was a necessary shift. This eclipse is the last in a cycle that was about being more authentic and finding your community. Surround yourself with your people. Celebrate your sense of belonging with this one.

Week of January 7th

With Venus in Sagittarius for the rest of the month, you’re ready to speak some wild, beautiful, expansive words. What is it you want to communicate? What are you speaking in service of? Use your voice this week. Start a big project, or continue one that you’ve already started, with an eye to the long-term plan. This is part of the “house” you’re building on the foundations of your life. Your words can have a big impact this year.

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 called to get serious about making a home in the world this week. At some point in the past five to ten years, you started over completely. Maybe even more than once. Now you’re building the foundations for your new life. Are those foundations done? What will you build on them once they are? The responsibility for all design and construction lies entirely with you. Get the blueprints ready for the year ahead.

Week of December 24th

There is a shadow to be acknowledged in your attitude to service this week. Are you overworking at the expense of other important things in your life? Are you giving too much or too little? Service can be wonderful, but it must be done from the heart, and not at the expense of all your energy. Consider the shadow side of your work and vocation. Acknowledge what is hard about it, and find some balance there this week.

Week of December 17th

Now that Venus is out of shadow, her retrograde cycle is officially over. Finances continue to get back on track this week. Most importantly, you seem to have a lot to say. The Solstice full moon shines a bright light on your vocation. You might get some public attention for your work. Or you might quietly move another step in your personal direction. Pay attention to clues along the path this weekend.

Week of December 10th

Money issues start to get easier this week, especially after Mercury moves back into Sagittarius on Wednesday. Remember your Venus-retrograde lessons about self-worth, values, and earnings. You’re in a cycle of restructuring the foundations of your life, which means that all of these questions were going to come up. Putting money into your home or figuring out how to get the home you want is all part of this. Your hard work is going to pay off. Practice being a little more selfish than you’re used to.

Week of December 3rd

What are you receiving in exchange for the work you put in? Pay attention to your insights about work and money in the beginning of this week. Your daily efforts may be healing for yourself and/or others; however, just because the work is spiritual doesn’t mean it has to be free. Perhaps you want it to be, and that makes you happy, in which case volunteer away. If you’re underearning, investigate why that is. Money issues start to clear up after Mercury stations direct on Thursday. Friday’s new moon in Sagittarius gives you fresh ideas. Imagine what you want work to be like, what your daily routine could do, and what it’s worth to you.

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!