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

Weekly Forecast November 10: Mars Conjunct Pluto, Venus Conjunct Saturn

Reflections on a Purple Flower. © Gretchen Friedrich, 2014.

Reflections on a Purple Flower. © Gretchen Friedrich, 2014.

The tension builds again this week, and duties and obligations must be met. In short, it’s not chill.

However, those who value hard work, commitment, and integrity will find that events this week have their own rewards, and confronting difficult situations head on could be quite productive. Moreover, there are subtle energies at work this week that could manifest as sudden flashes of inspiration, intuition, and insight. Continue reading

Weekly Forecast November 3: Full Moon in Taurus, Mercury Enters Scorpio

© Pat Paquette, 2014.

© Pat Paquette, 2014.

In 1997, I sold everything I owned, found good homes for my two cats, and went to France to write a novel.

The novel never got done (a story in itself, for another time), but the experience changed my life. One of the most important lessons I learned was that it’s actually possible to feel richer than the queen of England and not spend a cent. My record, as I recall, was an entire week. Not one centime.

When I made the leap, I was living in California. I intended to stay in France for three months – long enough to get a good feel for the location of my story – but I ended up going back and forth for several years. Continue reading

Weekly Forecast October 27: Sun Trine Neptune, Mercury Sextile Jupiter

Detail from Neptune Offering Gifts to Venice, by Giambattista Tiepolo. c. 1750.

Detail from “Neptune Offering Gifts to Venice,” by Giambattista Tiepolo. c. 1750.

With Mercury out of retrograde and two eclipses behind us, we’re in for a lighter week, astrologically.

We’ve been through a lot over the past few months – well, all year, and three years before that. It hasn’t been one long crisis for most of us, but rather a series of challenges that have pushed and shoved us forward, carried us along on a rushing river. In the short periods of calm in between, we’ve barely had a chance to catch our breath, let alone time to reflect on what it’s all about. This week, we get that chance.

A lot has been written about the Uranus-Pluto square, which since 2012 has been exact five times. Continue reading