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Weekly Forecast June 20: Mars Enters Gemini, Sun Enters Cancer

No palm trees, but it's a beach. © Pat Paquette, 2011.

Summer is here, and along with it, the activation of the cardinal grand cross.

Actually, the grand cross started last week, when messenger Mercury entered Cancer and immediately squared Uranus. What a mess! My DSL went dead on Friday, and I found out later it was a problem with CenturyLink that affected the whole state. The lines at our supermarket yesterday were like the day before Thanksgiving. The store’s credit card system works through CenturyLink and was malfunctioning, and they’ve been told it won’t be fixed until Monday. Fortunately, mine came back, or I wouldn’t be posting this forecast!

Meanwhile, United experienced a computer crash that virtually shut down the airline for five hours Friday night and early Saturday, when the Mercury-Uranus square was applying within 2 degrees. And then there was this bizarre headline, about a dead deer in a power line. Uranus rules air travel, power lines, and unpredictable events.

Events such as these help us understand how astrology can be an indicator of the myriad ways cosmic energies manifest in the physical world. On a more mundane level, the Messenger is reminding us in no uncertain terms how dependent we are on computers.

In the more immediate term, we’re starting to get an idea of how the July 1 eclipse might shake out. I’ll have more on this topic in a post on Saturday. For now, let’s look at this week.

On Monday, Mars enters speedy Gemini after spending an agonizing six weeks in laid-back Taurus. Mars, the action planet, is debilitated in Taurus. For us, that has meant a lot of frustration as we’ve tried to accomplish something and kept meeting with obstacles. With the grand cross at a peak, we’re still going to bump into obstacles, but it will be entirely different. This is more like having the gas pedal all the way to the floor and running into a roadblock at high speed. All I can say is, do your best to stay alert and be on the lookout for the detour signs.

Tuesday is the big day this week, when the Sun enters Cancer. This is the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, winter for all of you on the south side. Mercury forms an exact square with Saturn less than two hours later.

Fortunately, we’ve got a couple of the “outs” I always look for in difficult configurations like this. The first out is a positive sextile from the Sun to Jupiter, who’s also in a strong applying trine to Pluto. It’s cliché to say that challenges build character, but this is one time when we’ll get an opportunity to transform and grow with less pain than normal under a Pluto transit. The catalyst to your ah-ha moment may be a run-in with an authority figure, such as your boss or parents. Setting aside your pride and ego is key.

There’s a second out, a trine from the Sun to Neptune, but I’m ambivalent about this one. Easy energy paths like this make it possible for Mother Nature to channel her pent-up energies. With the Sun, Mercury and Neptune all in water signs, I don’t like the sound of this. Neptune also is in a trine with Jupiter – although it’s past peak – with Jupiter in Taurus, the “earthiest” of the earth signs.

Before I continue with the rest of the week, I’d like to take a moment to promote a new report I’ve put together to complement my weekly forecasts, which are general and pertain to everyone. For specific transits, I highly recommend StarGuide, a written report based entirely on your own birth data, not your Sun sign! I’m offering it as a monthly or, if you’d like to save a little money, as a three-month forecast starting at the beginning of each season. The StarGuide Summer 2011 edition is now available, so don’t wait too long! It may take me 2-3 days to compile your report, so if you want it this week, you need to place your order now!

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this report! The transit interpretations are by Gina Ronco, who is wonderfully positive and provides suggestions for handling any difficult transits you may be experiencing. The really cool thing, though, is a graph that I created that shows your best days for love, career, and social life. This required some advanced programming to customize the parameters for my personal approach to astrology. The result is a wonderful planning tool that helps you make choices about where to put your energy and focus – so, for example, if you’ve got a great day for love coming up, you don’t want to be on the couch watching reruns of Dancing with the Stars. If you’d like to see what it looks like, check out the sample for Julian Assange.

As long as I’m in advertising mode, I’d also like to put in a plug for the wonderful folks at Cosmic Patterns Software, creators of Kepler and Sirius. They made themselves personally available when I ran into programming issues. I couldn’t have created these reports without their excellent tech support.

Back to this week (thanks for indulging me), Wednesday brings a square to Neptune from Mars and a sextile to Neptune from the Sun. Creativity is enhanced – and that includes finding creative solutions to current challenges. The Mars-Neptune square is not so helpful, as it suggests outright lies and intentional deceit. If something sounds too good to be true, don’t take the bait.

The weekend is a bit schizophrenic. On one hand, the Sun-Jupiter sextile with support by a lovely Taurus Moon suggests appreciating the comforts of home and material pleasures. Setting aside our worries for a few hours and appreciating what we have sends out a positive vibe that can ping back to us in surprising ways.

On the other hand, there’s a Sun-Uranus square later in the day, and the surprises we get may not be of the pleasant variety. If you’ve been feeling stuck, it might be a good idea to intentionally do something different on Sunday – something that in some way reflects what you would do if time and money were unlimited. You may not be able to jet off to Hawaii, but you could slice up a pineapple and do a barefoot dance in your living room. The Sun and Uranus are nothing if not creative. Let your imagine run wild.

Wish you all limitless love and courage,
Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

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Ask Real Astrologers: Is the Cardinal T-Square All Bad?

Looking for AnswersThis week’s question comes from Stephanie in Springfield, Missouri:

I have read with much interest the predictions being made concerning the state of the world and individuals, with the T-square this summer. I have been expecting my life to become increasingly troubled or stressed, when in fact things are going better than they have for a number of years and keep improving! Am I an odd exception to what’s going on, or are others slated as I seem to be, to not only survive these times but thrive? I hear so much about possible negatives in store and not much about positives. Are there incredible positives coming out of the planetary movements in the coming years?

Great question, Stephanie. As I wrote in a column last month, some people actually may do quite well under this astrological influence, especially people with a lot of cardinal energy in their charts. These folks need action and may have felt stuck during periods over the past several years when we were in fixed energy patterns. They also tend to feel directionless during mutable periods. If you have a lot of cardinal energy in your chart, you likely will welcome the movement that is happening now, even if events are disruptive at times.

Stephanie, note that you do have three cardinal planets, including your Aries Sun, and so you are more than ready to get moving. Fortunately for you, none of these planets is in an early degree of the cardinal signs, nor do you have any chart angles at these degrees. People with personal planets or chart points in early cardinal degrees may have a little more action than they can cope with right now.

A quick look at your chart shows that you don’t even have a hard aspect from any of the T-square planets to personal planets or chart angles. Further, your Scorpio Ascendant also puts transiting Saturn in your tenth house, which is a good place for the career planet. Even in tumultuous times, you’re at the peak of your career, indicated by Saturn’s position at the top of your chart.

You also recently experienced the transit of Jupiter over your natal Moon, which usually is a positive time. Jupiter and Uranus are moving through your fourth house, which may yet provide a few surprises but they could be quite wonderful.

In short, you are out of the line of fire. No doubt, there are others who share your good fortune, so you aren’t alone. It’s quite possible that my perspective is skewed, as most of my clients right now are coming to me because they are experiencing serious challenges, and in most cases, the T-square is complicating matters for them. Also, the majority of questions I’m receiving for this column are from readers whose lives are being impacted in some way by the T-square. If they aren’t being directly challenged, their loved ones are having a hard time.

In any case, you do raise a good point, Stephanie, and I’m glad to be able to pass on your observation to others. I wish you continuing good fortune. Be sure to spread it around!

As I’ve noted before, I’m getting a lot of questions and am not able to answer them all, nor can I answer them fast enough or in the detail that some of you need. If you’re in need of immediate guidance and in-depth advice, please contact me for a private consultation. I do individual forecasts as well as relationship counseling. If you’re outside the United States and would like a live reading, I have Skype and Gmail video chat.

Hang in there, everyone!

Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

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Real Astrologers Poll: New Year’s Resolutions

After a month of eating too much, foregoing visits to the gym in favor of shopping ’til we drop, and ringing in 2010 with overflowing bubbly, it’s time for New Year’s resolutions.

I’ve put on a whopping 12 pounds since Thanksgiving. Granted, there were some extenuating circumstances, but the fact remains that I now have 22 pounds to lose instead of 10, and that looks a whole lot more intimidating. So, my New Year’s resolution will be the unoriginal, age-old commitment to cutting out the carbs and going to the gym every day, rain or shine.

Fortunately, the lunar eclipse on New Year’s Eve was in my sixth house, a perfect setup for losing weight and getting rid of unhealthy habits. Saturn in Libra might have been some help, too, but he’s about to go retrograde, so I’ll have to summon up the discipline myself if I want to get back into my Perfectly Slimming Levis.

Who’s going to join me for a diet of lean protein and veggies?

Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

Real Astrologer’s Poll: Ready for Mars Rx Season?

This Sunday Mars stations retrograde at 20° Leo, effectively slowing action to a crawl for most of us. We’ll feel it all the more, since only a few hours later, the Moon in Aquarius (sign of the collective) will oppose Mars.

For those of us with our natal Mars in the fixed signs – Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius – this celestial event likely will be quite evident, for better or worse. Oddly enough, even though Mars has been squaring my natal Mars in Scorpio for the past week or so, I am not feeling noticeably testier or more tired than usual. I am attributing this to the fact Mars is my chart ruler and deliberate is my usual pace.

In this week’s poll, we’d like to know whether you’re feeling any effects of Mars retrograde. If you’ve got any antidotes, leave a comment and let us know. We’re all in this together!

Libra always seeks balanceposted by Neith . . .

Ask Our Readers: Going Retro for the Holidays

As most of our readers know, Mercury and Mars both go retrograde this month, just in time to mess with the winter holidays. Although Mercury doesn’t reverse motion until December 26, he’ll be in the pre-retrograde shadow period starting on December 10. Mars turns retrograde on December 20. This combination doesn’t bode well for a smooth holiday season, and we can expect long lines for gift return.

In this week’s poll, we’d like to know whether being aware of Mercury retrograde is changing your approach to the holidays.

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Real Astrologer’s Poll: Any Effects Of Neptune Going Direct?

Neptune stations today in preparation for returning direct. Typically, when Neptune changes directions or forms significant aspects with other planets, we dream more vividly and have more psychic experiences, premonitions, synchronicities, and so forth.

In this week’s poll, we’d like to know whether you are feeling any effects, courtesy of the planet of dreams and illusions.

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Real Astrologer’s Poll: Saturn in Libra’s Effect On Relationships.

Saturn enters Libra tomorrow, the first time since September 1980. Some of you weren’t even born yet!

Since Libra is the sign of relationships, and among Saturn’s attributes is commitment, we think there will be a renewed emphasis on commitment in all kinds of relationships, from domestic and business partnerships to relationships between citizens and governments, and governments and the rest of the world.

In this week’s poll, we’d like to know whether you are thinking about relationships any differently lately as a result of Saturn’s imminent shift into Libra.

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Real Astrologer’s Poll: Any Hopes For Jupiter Going Direct?

Jupiter is creeping to a halt this week in preparation for returning direct next Tuesday. Jupiter’s retrograde periods typically aren’t traumatic, but since he went retrograde on June 15, many of us haven’t been able to move forward in certain areas of our lives.

In this week’s poll, we’d like to explore the dreams and wishes you may have in connection with the planet that ancients called the Greater Benefic.

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Real Astrologer’s Poll: Recovering from Saturn-Uranus and the New Moon?

The third Saturn-Uranus opposition is history, along with last week’s New Moon in Virgo. We’re wondering how that went for you.

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For me, the third pass of the Saturn-Uranus was much less dramatic in terms of external events than the one on November 4, 2008, and February 5, 2009 – and believe me, I am very grateful for that. We have roughly six months until the next exact pass on April 26, 2010 at 28 degrees Virgo-Pisces before this show moves into Aries-Libra. Now that will be exciting!!

Libra seeks balanceposted by Neith . . .

Real Astrologer’s Poll: Post-Eclipse Evaluation

The Summer of the Eclipses is behind us, Jupiter is pulling away from Neptune and Chiron, and the next Saturn-Uranus opposition is about a month away.

We have a few moments to catch our breath before heading back into the fray, and I’m wondering how everyone is doing. Life around here is slowly easing back into a less stressful place, and I am so hoping it will continue to do so. I don’t need any more turmoil, thank you very much!

In this week’s poll, we’d like to know if you are planning your next move or still dealing with the fallout from the past few months. As usual, feel free to leave us a detailed comment.

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Libra loves balancetposted by Neith . . .