Weekly Forecast September 22: Pluto Direct, New Moon in Libra

Weighing the Harvest. © Mafoto for Dreamstime.com

Accounting. © Mafoto for Dreamstime.com

There are a few major shifts this week that should produce a more balanced perspective and acceptance of things as they are, which can help reduce anxiety.

In world affairs, there’s a renewed emphasis on negotiations for peace, although the most important developments will take place out of the public eye and may bear little resemblance to what’s being reported in the media. Military operations will be covert or, at the very least, called something other than what they are. More about that in a minute.

On Monday, Pluto comes out of retrograde less than two hours before the Sun enters Libra – in astrological terms, the Libra ingress. Then on Wednesday (late Tuesday in western time zones), we have the New Moon at 1 degree Libra. Continue reading

Weekly Forecast September 15: Venus Sextiles Saturn, Mars Squares Neptune

Droplets. © Gretchen Friedrich, 2014.

Droplets. © Gretchen Friedrich, 2014.

This week we get a bit of a breather, and the inertia of the Saturn-Uranus conjunction has lifted.

Both Saturn and Uranus are in signs ruled by Mars. With the planet of action in fire sign Sagittarius as of Saturday, the pace has picked up noticeably. Meanwhile, Saturn is gaining speed, and he’s moving out of range of the jarring inconjunct with Uranus, which was exact by degree for six weeks. Many of us felt an unbearable pressure during that period, and trying to get anything accomplished was excruciating.

The going is still a bit slow, but at least it’s going. Better still, Continue reading

Weekly Forecast September 8: Full Moon in Pisces, Mars Enters Sagittarius

© Pat Paquette 2014

© Pat Paquette 2014

I’m having the week from hell – well, relatively speaking. It’s all First-World stuff. My home isn’t being invaded by neo-Nazis, burned by militant Islamists, or bombed by U.S. airstrikes.

No, I just had a three-day migraine, followed by two days of a “regular” headache. Right before it started, my darling kitty knocked my phone off the desk with enough force to blow off the cover and eject the battery. For several hours, it appeared dead (the phone, not the cat).

On the afternoon of headache day three, I received a warning from my hosting service that RealAstrologers had gone over its resource usage limit – the second warning in just over a month. If I don’t do something about it, the site will be shut down. Continue reading

Weekly Forecast September 1: Mercury Enters Libra, Venus Enters Virgo

The Defenestration of Prague, wood cut by Matthäus Merian the Elder (1593-1650).

The Defenestration of Prague, wood cut by Matthäus Merian the Elder (1593-1650).

It seems like everywhere I go these days, I get asked, “What’s going on up there?” and “When will it be over?”

My canned response to the first question is that the planets are in a difficult alignment that hasn’t happened since the beginning of the Great Depression. That’s a bit of an oversimplification, but I’ve learned that if I explain in detail as I do on my blog, most people’s eyes glaze over in less than 20 seconds.

There’s no quick answer to the second question. First we have to define “it.” Then we have to figure out which astrological signature is behind “it.” This is tricky, and astrologers all seem Continue reading

Weekly Forecast August 25: New Moon in Virgo, Mars Conjunct Saturn

Late Summer Sun. © Gretchen Friedrich, 2014.

Late Summer Sun. © Gretchen Friedrich, 2014.

This week starts right out with the New Moon in Virgo, establishing a new cycle of diligence and discernment.

It couldn’t come at a better time. The brazenness of the propaganda coming out of Washington and its European allies these days is truly astounding, although not any more shocking than the depths to which mainstream journalism has sunk. Finding an objective source of news is nearly impossible, and thoughtful readers are hungry for Continue reading

Weekly Forecast August 18: Venus Conjunct Jupiter, Sun Enters Virgo

Cool fall morning. © Pat Paquette, 2014.

Cool fall morning. © Pat Paquette, 2014.

This week is likely to be tense, with issues coming to a head later in the week in both our personal lives and in world affairs.

As I mentioned in last week’s forecast, Mars is moving toward a conjunction with Saturn on August 25. That’s not until next week, but Mars transits tend to be felt a week on either side, so we’re in the zone. Moreover, the planet of war makes a jarring inconjunct with Uranus on Saturday, adding fuel to the conflicts that have intensified since the middle of June, when the inconjunct (technically called a quincunx) between Saturn and Uranus was within three degrees Continue reading

Weekly Forecast August 11: Mars Sextiles Pluto, Mercury Enters Virgo

Party Like a Leo

View from the patio. The party’s behind me. © Pat Paquette, 2014.

As I write, the sun is setting, and a huge patio party is just winding down next door. It was a scene right out of a movie, with lively music and food fit or a king. My neighbor, as it turns out, is a Leo. That guy really knows how to throw a party.

This is a fitting image for the week ahead. As the week begins, we’re still in the wake of an astrologically challenged but beautiful super moon. Despite the continuing trouble spots, the charts are actually encouraging (a good Leo word). Many of you have been struggling lately or, at the very least in a pattern of constant irritation, like fleas biting at your Continue reading

Weekly Forecast August 4: Mars Trine Neptune, Full Moon in Aquarius

Rays of God

Rays of God. © Pat Paquette, 2014.

We’re still in the pull of strong undercurrents, but surface tension eases up in the first part of this week, allowing us to catch our breath and maybe even do a little strategic planning.

For me, that means sitting down and coming up with a new daily schedule. After moving and getting a kitten, my day seems to run me rather than the other way around, which has resulted in being run ragged. Change is like that. Even when we get the changes we want, Continue reading

Weekly Forecast July 28: Venus Opposite Pluto, Mars Squares Jupiter

Serio-comic war map for 1877. American propaganda cartoon portraying Russia as a vicious octopus.

Serio-comic War Map for 1877. American propaganda cartoon portraying Russia as a vicious octopus.

Last week, a neighbor asked how many hours a day I spend at the computer. “A lot,” was my answer.

I explained to him that analyzing charts and writing reports for clients is a big part of my job, but that writing the weekly forecast has been incredibly time-consuming lately due to the magnitude of world events. I prepare for every week’s post by reading as much news as I can and then searching for my own information, since you can’t rely on the mainstream media. Then I run charts. Continue reading

Weekly Forecast July 21: New Moon in Leo, Mars Enters Scorpio

Anti-government protests in Kiev, November 2013. © Mykhaylo Palinchak/Dreamstime.com.

Anti-government protests in Kiev, November 2013. © Mykhaylo Palinchak/Dreamstime.com.

Last week’s planetary shifting left many of us feeling “off-kilter,” as one friend put it. I’d like to say that we’ll get back “on-kilter” this week, but despite some favorable astrological events on the way, we’re in limbo for a bit longer.

In the tradition of delivering the bad news first, the station of Saturn and Uranus, and at a difficult angle with one another, continues to be a major influence for a few more weeks. Saturn returns direct today (Sunday, July 20), and Uranus turns retrograde on Monday.

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that Uranus has been in an epic square with Pluto that began building in 2010 and will continue through next year, Continue reading