Weekly Forecast December 22: Saturn Enters Sagittarius, Mercury Conjunct Pluto

Detail from Battle of Centaurs and Lapiths, by Piero di Cosimo, c. 1500.

Detail from Battle of Centaurs and Lapiths, by Piero di Cosimo, c. 1500.

Io! Happy Solstice, New Moon, and Saturnalia, and a merry Christmas!

According to ancient sources, Saturnalia festivities were punctuated with shouts of, “Io!” It was a sort of multipurpose exclamation, pronounced yo.

This morning I was reading comments on a HuffPo article about the solstice. A battle of sorts was raging between those who wished to remind others what the winter holidays “are really all about” and those who reminded the first group that the solstice celebration preceded Christmas by millennia, Continue reading

Weekly Forecast December 15: Uranus Turns Direct, Solstice New Moon

White Solstice. © Gretchen Friedrich, 2014.

White Solstice. © Gretchen Friedrich, 2014.

Events in the coming week, plus Saturn’s entry into Sagittarius the following Wednesday, make for a nerve-wracking, exciting, stressful, hopeful, overwhelming end to a year that has been “all of the above” and more.

Oh, and did I mention stressful?

I got a call yesterday from a friend who has been in the same administrative job for 20 years that, while hectic, has been predictable, for the most part. She told me that the past few months have easily been the worst in her professional life, largely due to a new computer system that was supposed to be the latest and greatest but turned into a nightmare. To give me an idea, she said Continue reading

Weekly Forecast December 8: Venus Enters Capricorn, Mercury Trine Jupiter

Winter Light. © Pat Paquette, 2014.

Winter Light. © Pat Paquette, 2014.

There are a couple of significant shifts in the next few days, but the dominant aspect this week is the approaching Uranus-Pluto square, the sixth in a series of seven from 2012 to 2015.

There won’t necessarily be any new events related to the upcoming square, which is exact on Monday, December 15 (late Sunday in Western time zones). Events associated with outer planet cycles can occur days, weeks, and even months from the date when the alignments are exact. This pass of the square appears to have manifested in nationwide protests against police brutality, sparked by yet another grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer involved in the death of a black man. There are also ongoing protests around the world Continue reading

Weekly Forecast December 1: Mars Enters Aquarius, Full Moon in Gemini

© Pat Paquette, 2014.

© Pat Paquette, 2014.

There’s a saying, “The truth hurts.” It also can be a powerful healer.

This week’s Full Moon in Gemini emphasizes healing through words, particularly those that convey the truth. There can be a great release, a newfound freedom from a belief that has weighed on the soul and dampened the spirit. If there’s any pain involved, it’s the shattering of a delusion. Or, it could be the result of stubbornly hanging on. It takes energy to maintain an illusion.

Whether the truth initially leads to a release or a bad reaction, there is an awakening. This week’s awakenings are likely to be surprising, and while some of them no doubt will be personal, it’s time for a collective awakening as the truth dawns on many people at once. Continue reading

Weekly Forecast November 24: Sun Square Neptune, Mercury Enters Sagittarius

The Hindu goddess Saraswati as Sagittarius. © Karen MacKenzie, 2013. Details below.

The Hindu goddess Saraswati as Sagittarius. © Karen MacKenzie, 2013. Details below.

Gratitude is a wonderful thing in and of itself, but it also opens our hearts to abundance.

This week is Thanksgiving in the United States. How lovely it would be if giving thanks was the main purpose – if for nothing else, then for the lavish meal that’s traditionally served.

A few days ago, I saw this post on Facebook:

Black Friday: because only in America people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.

Obviously, that’s the old version. It’s no longer “exactly one day,” but more like an hour or two. How did we get to the point where the mad rush to buy stuff starts on Thursday Continue reading

Weekly Forecast November 17: Sun Conjunct Saturn, New Moon in Sagittarius

Cotter Bridge, by Gretchen Friedrich

Cotter Bridge. © Gretchen Friedrich, 2014.

This week, the Sun leaves the murky territory of Scorpio and enters jovial Sagittarius. But I’m not breaking out the champagne.

Sagittarius is known as the sign of the truth-seeker, which sounds noble enough. The problem, as I see it, is that when we look for truth – often with a capital “T” – what we really want is validation for our beliefs. It’s amazing how the mind can bend and twist with the deftness of a circus contortionist to fit reality to its preconceived notions. I’ve often found that there’s more truth hiding in the shadowy depths. Continue reading