September 2019 Forecast

Vincent van Gogh:  Wheat Field with Crows , 1890

Vincent van Gogh: Wheat Field with Crows, 1890

September is a month for practical magic and the most sensible of medicines. Virgo season brings people back to the basics of health: quality food, true rest, and attention to the body’s needs. What natural, free medicine is best for you this season? Sunshine? Long walks? Herbal tea? Virgo specializes in this type of earthy healing. A little bit goes a long way.

We don’t just have the sun in Virgo this season, we have Uber Virgo: the sun, Mars, Venus, and Mercury (ruler of Virgo) are all here, making conjunctions with each other at the beginning of the month. Practical wisdom is a kind of magic of its own. This is a month for earthy realism and getting things done. Discern priorities, break big goals down into smaller goals, manage your time, crush your self-care routine, and whip every detail into shipshape this September.

Because we have all of these personal planets in Virgo, they make a series of friendly trines to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. The Saturn-Pluto Capricorn conjunction is a long-term transit of destruction and reconstruction, and our little Virgo helpers are here to manage that messy project. From September 1st through the 19th, we’ve got a focus on the details. What do you need to reconstruct, and how? Little by little, we get the work done. Saturn and Pluto like long-term visions and dedication.

We’ve also got Virgo planets squaring Jupiter in Sagittarius from the 2nd - 12th. Jupiter is ambitious and optimistic: he loves a BIG dream. Virgo is more practical. Remember that your big plans have to be broken down into smaller goals. Every little accomplishment on the way to a major dream is worth celebrating. You may feel especially ambitious about how much you want to get done this month. Make sure you create achievable small steps for yourself – that’s how the magic really happens.

At the same time, from the 4th – 14th, our Virgo planets are opposing Neptune in Pisces, helping us to dispel illusions and get realistic. Ideals are wonderful visions, but reality rarely lives up to them. How can you improve your life and still accept the flaws? Perfectionism is a trap: if we wait for the perfect time, or expect perfect results, we end up with a lot of nothing. Make imperfect strides toward improvement. Recognize when you’re serving a delusion. Better to serve yourself with the truth and do what can be done than to labor in service of a lie.

This all comes to a head with our full moon at 21.05 Pisces on September 14th (at 12:33 am in New York). This moon is conjunct Neptune, sextile Pluto, opposing Mars, Venus, and Mercury in Virgo, and square Jupiter in Sagittarius. So: all of the everything. All of the aforementioned Virgo-earth vibe themes are in play with this lunation. As our September harvest moon in the sign of the fishes, this makes me think of fish as a symbol of abundance. We get to harvest that abundance that comes with smart planning, attention to detail, and small steps towards big goals. This is a wonderful moon for wishes and dreams come true—provided you’re willing to work for them.

After the moon is at its fullest, on the morning of September 14th, both Mercury and Venus enter the sign of Libra. Libra is a sign of justice, beauty, and harmony. Venus rules in this sign, so she is right at home in this airy domain of art and ideas. Mercury in Libra is apt to speak with pleasant words and/or address ideas of justice. Mid-month, after the full moon, we begin to shift from a season of hard, grounded work to a season of balance. It’s still Virgo season until the Fall Equinox on the 23rd, though, when the sun moves into Libra.

On the 18th, Saturn stations direct at 13.54 degrees of Capricorn. This is another check-in about your Saturn lessons, especially if you have personal planets or points around 14 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer, or Libra. How grounded are you right now? What do you still need to work for? Saturn is a fan of the slow, steady climb to the top. Ambition meets practicality here.

On the 21st, Jupiter squares Neptune. This outer-planet aspect has been in play throughout 2019, and this is the third and last exact square of the year. Look back to January 13th and June 16th of this year for clues. This aspect is about optimism, expansion, ideals, dreams, and illusions. In the best-case scenario, Jupiter and Neptune push us to seek out our dreams—hopefully with an earthy, Capricorn-style plan for manifesting them into reality. At the final square, after all the Virgoan discernment that is happening this month, check in with your big goals. There is still time to adapt the plan before the end of the calendar year.

We have some squares from Mercury and Venus in Libra later this month. From September 22nd through the 26th, they’ll be busy squaring Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn as well as the moon’s nodes. Given that we’re in such a heavy Capricorn period, with the nodes and eclipses along the Cancer-Capricorn axis, this is a reminder of that longer project of re-organizing big structures to move toward nurturing. Mercury and Venus in Libra care very much about fairness, so these are aspects that seek models of justice. With sextiles to Jupiter in Sagittarius around the same time (on the 24th and 28th), these two become legal-minded intellectuals, full of big ideas for fighting the good fight.

Saturn makes his exact conjunction with the south node in Capricorn on the 28th, reminding us of all the work left still to do: some old traditions need updating, and some aspects are worth keeping. Face your demons. We have a dark moon the same day, at 5.20 Libra, opposite Chiron in Aries. We end the lunar cycle with a lunation that is about facing dark truths and healing the wounds of toxic masculinity. Healing all aspects of ourselves—those that are termed masculine and those that are termed feminine in a binary culture—ensures that we remember our true wholeness.

Mercury at 6.26 Virgo trine Uranus Rx at 6.26 Taurus: Sept. 1 at 10:10 am

Venus at 14.07 Virgo trine Saturn Rx at 14.07 Capricorn: Sept. 1 at 2:48 pm

Sun conjunct Mars at 9.41 Virgo: Sept. 2 at 6:42 am

Venus at 15.14 Virgo square Jupiter at 15.14 Sagittarius: Sept. 2 at 12:26 pm

Mercury conjunct Mars at 10.27 Virgo: Sept. 3 at 11:39 am

Sun conjunct Mercury at 11.15 Virgo: Sept. 3 at 9:40 pm

Venus at 17.28 Virgo opposite Neptune Rx at 17.28 Pisces: Sept. 4 at 7:26 am

Mercury at 14.02 Virgo trine Saturn Rx at 14.02 Capricorn: Sept. 5 at 8:37 am

Mercury at 15.30 Virgo square Jupiter at 15.30 Sagittarius: Sept. 6 at 3:11 am

Sun at 14 Virgo trine Saturn Rx at 14 Capricorn: Sept. 6 at 5:55 pm

Venus at 20.47 Virgo trine Pluto Rx at 20.47 Capricorn: Sept. 6 at 11:45 pm

Mercury at 17.23 Virgo opposite Neptune Rx at 17.23 Pisces: Sept. 7 at 3:18 am

Sun at 15.41 Virgo square Jupiter at 15.41 Sagittarius: Sept. 8 at 11:26 am

Mercury at 20.46 Virgo trine Pluto Rx at 20.46 Capricorn: Sept. 8 at 11:08 pm

Mars at 13.58 Virgo trine Saturn Rx at 13.58 Capricorn: Sept. 9 at 12:13 am

Sun at 17.18 Virgo opposite Neptune Rx at 17.18 Pisces: Sept.10 at 3:23 am

Mars at 16.01 Virgo square Jupiter at 16.01 Sagittarius: Sept. 12 at 5:05 am

Mercury conjunct Venus at 28.50 Virgo: Sept. 13 at 11:10 am

Sun at 20.43 Virgo trine Pluto Rx at 20.43 Capricorn: Sept. 13 at 3:42 pm

Full Moon at 21.05 Pisces: Sept. 14 at 12:33 am

Mars at 17.12 Virgo opposite Neptune Rx at 17.12 Pisces: Sept. 14 at 1:25 am

Mercury enters Libra: Sept. 14 at 3:14 am

Venus enters Libra: Sept. 14 at 9:43 am

Mercury at 4.07 Libra opposite Chiron Rx at 4.07 Aries: Sept. 16 at 12:54 pm

Venus at 4.04 Libra opposite Chiron Rx at 4.04 Aries: Sept. 17 at 4:21 pm

Saturn stations direct at 13.54 Capricorn: Sept. 18 at 4:46 am

Mars at 20.40 Virgo trine Pluto Rx at 20.40 Capricorn: Sept. 19 at 11:53 am

Jupiter at 16.59 Sagittarius square Neptune Rx at 16.59 Pisces: Sept. 21 at 12:44 pm

Mercury at 13.55 Libra square Saturn at 13.55 Capricorn: Sept. 22 at 12:18 pm

Mercury at 14.24 Libra square nodes at 14.24 Cancer/Capricorn: Sept. 22 at 7:42 pm

Sun enters Libra (Fall Equinox): Sept. 23 at 3:50 am

Mercury at 17.22 Libra sextile Jupiter at 17.22 Sagittarius: Sept. 24 at 5:00 pm

Venus at 13.57 Libra square Saturn at 13.57 Capricorn: Sept. 25 at 3:19 pm

Venus at 14.18 Libra square nodes at 14.18 Cancer/Capricorn: Sept. 25 at 10:01 pm

Mercury at 20.38 Libra square Pluto Rx at 20.38 Capricorn: Sept. 26 at 7:51 pm

Sun at 3.39 Libra opposite Chiron Rx at 3.39 Aries: Sept. 26 at 9:21 pm

Saturn conjunct south node at 13.59 Capricorn: Sept. 28 at 2:21 am

Dark Moon at 5.20 Libra: Sept. 28 at 2:27 pm

Venus at 17.54 Libra sextile Jupiter at 17.54 Sagittarius: Sept. 28 at 7:40 pm

August 2019 Forecast

We made it to August! Mercury is direct, and we don’t have eclipses this month. Welcome. Take a minute to catch your breath.


August is, on the whole, drier and somewhat easier than July. The elemental vibe is overwhelmingly earth and fire. The spaceweather has the potential to get a little spicy, but it’s got a fun, playful feel to it. By the time we move into Virgo season at the end of the month, the energy is grounded but not static: as we head into “school season,” it’s an organized, innovative, future-focused kind of earthiness.

Right now it’s Leo season though, so it’s still very much summer – enjoy! Venus in Leo squares Uranus in Taurus on the 2nd. This is one of the spicier aspects, as relationships are potentially shaken up, but it can also mean a welcome change of pace. (Mercury repeats the same square from Leo on the 11th). The sun and Venus in Leo make lovely aspects to Jupiter in Sagittarius on the 7th, 8th, and 14th, making these days wonderful for fun in the sun. Mercury follows suit, echoing this sense of joy, on the 21st.

Jupiter stations direct in Sagittarius on the 11th – and though outer planet retrogrades are not as significant as those of inner planets like Mercury, it will be good to have our major benefic fully functioning! It’s worth noting that Mercury moves back into Leo on the 11th, where they will be creative, performative, optimistic, and authoritative—in a more positive way then they were during last month’s retrograde.

Uranus stations retrograde on the 11th, which is not a big deal, but if you have natal planets or points between 2-6 degrees of Taurus or other fixed signs (Leo, Aquarius, or Scorpio) – your exciting Uranus transit is coming back around for another go.

Venus and Mars are traveling together starting mid-month in Leo and then continuing into Virgo where they’ll meet. These are the cosmic lovers, and their conjunction fuses the energy of the masculine and feminine into the whole. This is a passionate alignment. On the 15th, we have our full moon at 23 degrees of Aquarius, opposing Venus and Mars in Leo. Passion is in tension with intellect. We will have to reason our way through something here.

Mars begins the shift from fiery Leo season into focused Virgo season, moving into the sign of the maiden on the 18th. In this sign, Mars is discerning and hyper-organized. Venus follows on the 21st, and meets Mars here exactly on the 24th. Venus is in her fall in this sign, where Virgo’s characteristic focus on health and improvement is always in conflict with her love of luxury. However, Venus and Mars together here are sexy! The sun moves into Virgo on the 23rd. A series of trines from Venus, Mars, and the sun to Uranus in Taurus on the 26th -29th gives us hippie-era vibes for the end of August: earth, peace and free love.

On the 29th, Mercury joins the rest of the planets in Virgo. This is the sign of Mercury’s rulership and exaltation, so it’s a strong placement for them. In Virgo, Mercury is especially intelligent, curious, discerning, analytical, and can be witty (if cutting). We end the month with a dark moon in Virgo, conjunct Mercury, Venus, and Mars, and trine Uranus in Taurus. This is a Big Earth Mood. There is a lot of potential for healing in this lunation. Healing of the earth, healing our bodies, and healing any earthy parts of life (like money, food, or sex) are all possibilities with this one.

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Venus at 5.42 Leo trine Chiron Rx at 5.42 Aries: Aug. 1 at 12:57 pm

Venus at 6.34 Leo square Uranus at 6.34 Taurus: Aug. 2 at 6:00 am

Sun at 14.31 Leo trine Jupiter Rx at 14.31 Sagittarius: Aug. 7 at 3:31 am

Venus at 14.30 Leo trine Jupiter at 14.30 Sagittarius: Aug. 8 at 4:27 pm

Jupiter stations direct at 14.30 Sagittarius: Aug. 11 at 9:37 am

Mercury enters Leo: Aug. 11 at 3:45 pm

Uranus stations retrograde at 6.36 Taurus: Aug. 11 at 10:26 pm

Sun conjunct Venus at 21.11 Leo: Aug. 14 at 2:07 am

Full Moon at 22.24 Aquarius: Aug. 15 at 8:29 am

Mercury at 5.20 Leo trine Chiron Rx at 5.20 Aries: Aug. 15 at 5:14 pm

Mercury at 6.36 Leo square Uranus Rx at 6.36 Taurus: Aug. 16 at 1:07 pm

Mars enters Virgo: Aug. 18 at 1:18 am

Venus enters Virgo: Aug. 23 at 6:02 am

Mercury at 14.39 Leo trine Jupiter at 14.39 Sagittarius: Aug. 21 at 6:04 am

Sun enters Virgo: Aug. 23 at 6:02 am

Venus conjunct Mars at 4.07 Virgo: Aug. 24 at 1:04 pm

Venus at 6.31 Virgo trine Uranus Rx at 6.31 Taurus: Aug. 26 at 11:38 am

Mars at 6.30 Virgo trine Uranus Rx at 6.30 Taurus: Aug. 28 at 6:52 am

Mercury enters Virgo: Aug. 29 at 3:47 am

Sun at 6.28 Virgo trine Uranus Rx at 6.28 Taurus: Aug.29 at 11:14 pm

Dark Moon at 6.46 Virgo: Aug. 30 at 6:37 am

Correction: an earlier version of this post said that Venus moves into Virgo on the 23rd. The ingress is on the 21st.

July 2019 Forecast

Venice at night with San Giorgio Maggiore seen from the flooded Piazza San Marco by Jorg Bittner via  Wikimedia Commons

Venice at night with San Giorgio Maggiore seen from the flooded Piazza San Marco by Jorg Bittner via Wikimedia Commons

Welcome to what is probably the most challenging month of 2019. Hopefully June’s previews helped you prepare for July, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re in good company. We made it through last summer’s simultaneous Mars and Mercury retrograde and this winter’s eclipses, and we’ll make it through this eclipse season too. I see the 2018-20 Cancer-Capricorn eclipse cycle as a series of floods and earthquakes—not literal disasters, but major changes that reconfigure the geography of our lives. Floods change the landscape, making lakes where there once was dry land, and necessitating boats where there were parking lots. Earthquakes change the lay of the land too, destroying what is not securely fastened, and requiring us to rebuild.

As I said in the June forecast, what challenges you now will be similar to what you faced in January of this year, when we had our first round of 2019 eclipses. This is the second eclipse cycle of 2019; the next one will start at the end of December. An eclipse cycle represents a cycle of change, and the “crisis” or transformation varies in intensity depending on how it falls in your natal chart. Last month we prepared by cultivating resilience to support ourselves through changes, and listening to our intuition to determine the right strategies.

First, Mars heads into Leo for his solo act on July 1st. Mars in Leo is much more assertive than Mars in Cancer. In this fire sign, the planet of desire and action mostly desires attention—and knows how to get it. Mars here is passionate, ambitious, authoritative, and proud.

We start eclipse season with a total solar eclipse at 10 degrees of Cancer on July 2nd. This one can be seen in its totality from the South Pacific Ocean, Argentina, and Chile. This eclipse makes a wide opposition to Saturn in Capricorn. What lessons of Professor Saturn’s were you reviewing in June? They are coming back in a big way for you now, giving you a chance to clear out old emotional junk and act with more wisdom. The moon also squares Chiron, indicating potential pain, but it’s ultimately healing. New and full moons in Cancer tend to be more emotional, as the moon rules this sign, and eclipses are more intense than the average lunation. The “crisis” faced here is most likely to be about dealing with emotional triggers and releasing pent-up feelings. Emotions flood the body, sometimes taking over, but if we become conscious of our triggers we can pause and change an emotional reaction into a thoughtful response. Shadow work is always appropriate for a total eclipse.

On the 3rd, Venus moves into Cancer. It’s definitely Cancer season right now, and we feel it. Venus here values security. She enjoys beautiful historical items, vintage décor, and indulging in nostalgia. In this sign, she is especially sensitive, sentimental, and nurturing. Given the oppositions she makes to Saturn, the south node, and Pluto in Capricorn later on this month (on the 17th and 23rd), the vulnerability might feel overwhelming. Better that we feel and recognize emotions than ignore them in our relationships though. The empowering side of sensitivity is revealed with Venus in this sign.

Then on the 7th, Mercury stations retrograde for the second time this year. This one starts at 4 degrees of Leo and continues until Mercury stations direct at 24 Cancer on July 31st. I say this every time, and it bears repeating: Mercury stations retrograde 3-4 times a year. There are always other transits happening too, so half the time when people are like “Is Mercury retrograde?” it’s actually something else. While it can be annoying to deal with communication breakdowns in a technology-dependent world, it’s most helpful to view Mercury’s Rx periods as opportunities to rest and reflect.

Now that the PSA is done: since this retrograde comes during an intense eclipse season, it’s likely to be one of the more emotionally challenging retro periods for some. Make space for all of the F E E L I N G S, especially those of you who automatically winced at that word! This Mercury Rx is about revealing the gold, recovering dignity and pride, re-discovering our passions, retracing steps from the past, re-membering, releasing old emotional pain, (mis)communicating with mothers and ancestors, and re-investing in care.

The first thing Mercury does while retrograde is meet with Mars in Leo on July 8th, for a conversation about ambition, attention, and pride. Expect some combustion with this aspect. This is a good day to pay attention to for clues about the rest of the retrograde, since Mercury spends half their time in Leo (and the other half in Cancer). We are recovering our sense of self-worth, a sense of play, some passion, or an old ambition. Remember who you are, Queen!

Because Chiron and Uranus are both situated around 5-6 degrees of Aries and Taurus right now, anything that hits 5-6 degrees of a sign aspects these heavy-hitters. On the 8th, Venus squares Chiron and makes a sextile to Uranus, reminding us of these major shifts that are causing pain, healing, and wild change, and therefore impacting us on an emotional level. On the 11th, Mars squares Uranus and trines Chiron from Leo, intensifying the sudden changes, and reminding us (however loudly) that we have to be authentic to have meaning in our lives. The sun makes the same aspects from Leo at the end of the month (on the 28th and 29th), echoing this call to self-expression in the face of stubborn reactivity.

And we have more Cancer-Capricorn oppositions happening throughout the month, between 17-22 degrees, starting with the sun on the north node, opposite Saturn on the south node on July 9th. Venus makes the same aspect on July 18th. The sun and Venus oppose Pluto on the 14th and 21st, respectively. These recall aspects from June, and echo the ongoing eclipse season lessons. Remember how we’re investigating the shadow side of tradition, figuring out what to keep and what needs to evolve? How have you traditionally been dealing with emotions in your life? Where are they embodied? How can you work with the shadow here?

Both the sun and Venus also make trines to Neptune from Cancer (On July 11th and 18th), offering some oceanic healing to soothe us through all of this back-and-forth. We all come from the mother ocean, and to her we all return. A cosmic perspective can be helpful when shadow work is calling.

Our second eclipse of the month is a partial lunar eclipse at 24.04 Capricorn on July 16th. This one is visible from Australia, Africa, South America, most of Europe and Asia (basically everywhere except North America). The moon is conjunct Pluto, which indicates powerful transformation. When I say transformation, especially where Pluto is involved, I always mean Death card-style undoing and rebirth. One full moon will not affect every single person in such an intense way, but if you have natal planets or points near 24 degrees of Cardinal signs (Cancer, Capricorn, Libra, or Aries), this is likely to matter for you. This is a clearing of detrimental patterns and empowerment through initiation. It can also just mean drama, for/from people who have not been doing the Real Work of self-development in this cycle. Earthquakes shake the foundations and break anything that isn’t already bolted down.

On July 19th, Mercury Rx moves into Cancer, where our focus on thinking and communication shifts from pride and ambition to emotion. We are remembering the past and re-tracing our feelings with Mercury retrograde here. Mercury Rx will meet the sun on the 21st, illuminating some of the lessons from this retrograde. Then Mercury Rx will meet Venus on the 24th, to discuss some old sensitivities around relationships, and the walls that fell with this month’s eclipse series.

The sun enters Leo, sign of his rulership, on July 22nd this year. Leo season officially begins! With the sun here, this sign is even brighter than usual. This heralds the season of vacations, playtime, and fun in the sun. We can start to see the light after an intense couple of months. On the 25th, Mars makes a jubilant trine to Jupiter, enhancing the spotlight on happiness. Mars and Jupiter together can be a little too passionate, but at their best they get big things done. Then on the 27th, Venus enters Leo, where she loves to be loved and to give love. These are warmer transits to turn to after a potentially earth-shaking month. Like a bright dawn after a stormy night, Leo is here to remind you that the sun always rises.

Mercury stations direct on the last day of July, at 24 degrees of Cancer. On the same day, we have a new moon (not an eclipse) at 8.37 Leo. This one is next to Venus and square Uranus in Taurus. The moon and Venus get along well, serving up happy feelings and a fun sense of style, but Uranus in Taurus is disrupting the old to make way for the new, so this sense of style is infused with high-voltage electricity. Remember what you’re re-wilding and set intentions to express it: in relationships, through fashion, and with a strong sense of play. After the floods and earthquakes of eclipse season, this is an awakening moon.