January 13th-19th: Capricornian Values

Capricornian themes abound this week as the Saturn-ruled sign comes into prominence. Our attention turns toward stability and building a solid foundation for ourselves as Venus enters Capricorn on Saturday the 13th. Creative relationships and close partnerships shift towards material pursuits and tangible, security-related goals. Venus and the Sun have been moving together through the zodiac for the past week, and will continue to do so until mid-February. Venus then, is considered to be in combustion until this conjunction breaks apart. The Sun’s energy is overpowering Venus’s in a very real way right now. This feels very yang or masculine-tinged, with action, security and power taking precedence over intuition, emotion and natural manifestation. The desire to force things into being, or to exact change from situations that are not ready to allow it, will be high this week.

This is exacerbated as the Sun joins Venus in Capricorn on Sunday the 14th. The term that springs to mind is “cutthroat”, as this interplay of energies appears to force some to reach out for their goals, no matter the consequences. Reactivity follows, and then the situation continues to spiral deeper with the egoic self growing stronger all the while. It will be important to make use of the New Moon in Capricorn on Tuesday the 16th. The positive pole of Capricorn can be visited by glimpsing its negative (which in many ways, is still a mirror). We may become more focused and capable by recognizing the ways in which we are still scattered and overwhelmed. We will become more grounded and abundant by seeing that which holds us back from being so. This is the work of the new moon.

The new moon takes place in the Uttara Ashadha nakshatra, or lunar mansion. This mansion is the one of a quiet, composed and dignified leader who remains calm in times of strife. We are further reminded of this if we look at the current most prominent constellation in the northern hemisphere’s sky, Orion the Hunter. Orion climbs the southern sky a little after 10pm, and stands as a lone huntsman whose own ego became his downfall. This reminder shines bright above us. Our ego disconnects us from our true nature, and is little more than an elaborate, dizzying act. We may take on roles that we believe society or those close to us have assigned to us, and these build up into something that we do on a loop, out of habit. It is enough now to recognize these as they arise in us; we don’t have to completely dismantle our egoic selves as this is, more likely than not, impossible.

On Wednesday the 17th, Mars enters Scorpio which adds an acid-tinge to harsh words. Be careful in your dealings with others, because it may be hard to overcome such arguments later on. The positive side of this transit, which lasts until March 7th, is the boost of energy. Mars is quite content here in the sign it rules over (on the Vedic side of things at least) and allows for a lot of physical stamina and creative inspiration that will need to be directed. If it is not given a proper avenue to be released in, the Scorpion sting will be felt. Allow yourself to open up to where your personal energy is flowing, and direct it in a calm and loving way rather than forcing yourself into situations which only serve to empower your egoic self. It will be important to set realistic goals during this time, particularly in the realms of career and creativity, as the feeling of accomplishing things will be helpful. Otherwise, Mars makes us feel restless and as though we are sitting by idly (even if this is not true). Open up and take action towards something that feels authentic and true for you, even if it is something small and seemingly easy to complete.

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January 6th-12th: Fog Lifts

This is an active and engaging week for us here on earth as the cosmos swirls above. There is a lot of interaction this week between planetary bodies in the form of conjunctions, and we are apt to feel this intensity here. Of all the astrological transits, conjunctions are the most intense and prominent for those experiencing them, although they can often slip by unnoticed because they feel like they are such a part of us.

First, we begin with a visible Mars/Jupiter conjunction on Saturday the 6th in the sign of Libra. This is the closest conjunction of these two planets for over 13 years (the last time they got this close to one another was in September 2004). This energy is big and while it may feel overwhelming, it can be molded into many shapes and forms with a little direction. The inclination to flail about because there are all too many options or things that need to get done is definitely there, so it will be important to cut through to the core of what you are trying to accomplish. Let the energy guide you and take things one step at a time. This conjunction will last until Tuesday the 9th, when Mars breaks away and moves ahead of Jupiter.

On Saturday, Mercury moves into Sagittarius, where it will stay until January 27th. Mercury is the fastest planet and so the transits can often feel like they are over in an eye blink. In Sagittarius, Mercury will find Venus, the Sun and Saturn. In the course of the next three weeks, Mercury will make conjunction to each of these in turn and then speed on ahead into Capricorn. We are still making our way out of the shadow zone of the Mercury retrograde from the end of last year, which will be over a little later this week. Having Mercury back in Sagittarius will bring in a breath of fresh air and will incorporate a bit more lightness into mental affairs and will encourage collaboration in learning over more heavy, solitary pursuits.

On Sunday the 7th, the Pleiades constellation is on full display in the southern sky around mid-evening. The Pleiades star cluster is associated with 5th dimensional energy and the raising of consciousness to a new vibration. The star cluster being more prominent and visible by the naked eye suggests that these teachings will come up for those who seek them. If you are uninitiated to these kinds of things, pay subtle attention to the connections around you that day. Teachings come in through those closest to us and especially through animals and nature.

Venus reaches combustion on Tuesday the 9th, moving into exact conjunction with the Sun in the later degrees of Sagittarius. Combustion occurs when any planet is in conjunction with the Sun, and its energy is effectively snuffed out until the bond is broken. The Sun’s light is very intoxicating and overpowering, and in conjunction with Venus, we are lured in by beauty and egoic vanity. Venus in her pure form is harder to access until Wednesday, and instead we may reach for inspiration only to come up empty handed. Using the Mars/Jupiter conjunction and approaching things in a more active and educational way may yield better results today.

Mercury finally exits the shadow zone of December’s retrograde on Thursday the 11th, reaching 7 degrees Sagittarius and finally breaking new ground. This will aid with mental fog and confusion, and help sweep away tired patterns and the inability to see beyond what is directly in front of us. We have always had this power, but Mercury retrograde throws out illusions which make it challenging to see straight. With these dissipated, we may see with new eyes and take on problems at work and with creative projects and tackle them fresh.

December 30th-January 5th: Watcher of the East

Happy new year! As we gear up to enter the new solar calendar, we have a couple lunar events that are quite stunning. The first occurs on Saturday the 30th, as the moon transits the constellation of Taurus and enters Gemini.  The moon passes over the fixed star of Aldebaran, eclipsing it in totality between 6 and 7pm EST. Aldebaran in legend represents Archangel Michael, and was called the “Watcher of the East” in former Persia. The ancients believed that this star brought prosperity and riches but a certain level of anxiety and chaos along with it. As the moon eclipses this fixed star (which should be visible through binoculars in the northern hemisphere), the ancients foretold of great honors being bestowed after personal trials are completed. Perhaps this is a theme as we arrive in 2018.

We begin the new year with a full moon in Gemini on Monday January 1st. This will be the biggest and closest full moon in the entirety of 2018 (although not technically considered a “super moon”). The moon reaches peak fullness at 9:24pm EST. At the height of the lunar cycle, this full moon activates the inner urge to fulfill spiritual quests that haven’t been explored for some time. The spiritual, creative urge focuses primarily on knowledge, through accumulation, reassessment and distribution. As we take in new information we are called upon to rethink previous ideas we’ve had. Discernment is key, as there is so much mental energy at the start of the year that it may be confusing what we wish to share and what we wish to keep to ourselves. Chattering away out of nervousness will be a common problem for some, while others may wall themselves off completely from others. Walk the middle line for the best results. It is a time when knowledge has the power to uplift and inspire, or chip away at/destroy. Our words carry weight, and this is what the full moon reminds us of this week.

Earth reaches perihelion on Wednesday the 3rd, or the closest point to the Sun on its orbit (91.4 million miles apart). Getting an extra burst of Sagittarian Sun power brings us a renewed burst of energy and perhaps a case of wanderlust for some. The need to explore new locations or soak up new information through study hits for most. On Thursday the 4th, Mars squares Rahu at 22 degrees Libra. Stubbornness and an inability to work with others is likely the result of this transit. Those who are being pushed too far out of their comfort zones in relationships or business ventures are apt to speak up this week. Though taking a risk may be in their best interest, it will be slow going if you try to force this on them before they are ready. The pull of karma is fought by many people this week. This is a personal journey and shouldn’t be interfered with.

On Friday the 5th, Mars moves into conjunction with Jupiter at 23 degrees Libra, which enhances the feelings of wanderlust sweeping through the minds of many this week. This is less about daydreaming and is more concrete, as Mars desires action and has little patience for future plans. Jupiter encourages expansion and is all about living the “good life”, wanting to soak up as many experiences as possible. While most people are not going to literally book a trip to some exotic locale this week, our minds and bodies will be pushed beyond the normal flow of our daily routines. Whether that moves us to travel, or to shake up our lives in some other way (be it so simple as taking a new route to work this week), this will be on the minds of many both Friday and Saturday. Some may resist the impulse, which will cause a bit of agitation and maybe even some physical dis-ease. Flow with the energy in whatever small way you can, allowing yourself to make the changes necessary to bring yourself into harmony with your own wishes and goals.

December 23rd-29th: Inner Life

This week is fairly quiet as far as planetary shifts go, with a seemingly subtle impact. However, the few transits this week revolve around Rahu, the cosmic karmic node. While Rahu works slowly and brings about more gradual change, its reach is wide and its work is more spiritual than material. The shifts are often not immediately apparent unless you are paying close attention.

On Monday the 25th, Venus reaches conjunction with Saturn at 6 degrees Sagittarius. With this transit coinciding with the Christmas holiday, there could be a tendency to burn ourselves out in the company of others. Even those who tend toward the more extroverted end of the spectrum could find themselves feeling sapped by too much stimulation. Sagittarius’s energy busts out of the gate with torches blazing, but quickly depletes itself if not checked and balanced. Themes of commitment vs freedom in relationships may come up for some. It is important to understand your own definitions of these states of mind, in order to properly navigate the issue. The moon is in Pisces on Christmas Day, skirting the edge of the Great Square of Pegasus. This is the double nakshatra (or mansion of the moon) known as Purva and Uttara Bhadrapadas. An auspicious domain for the moon, this transit will assist with communication in both speech and written word. Pegasus rules over the written word and is a totem for writers and communicators. The Piscean moon adds a gentle, otherworldly insight that will aid those who are looking to communicate empathically with those around them.

On Wednesday the 27th, Jupiter hits 22 degrees Libra and enters a square with Rahu at 22 degrees Cancer. Progress on a group karmic level may slow, or have the appearance of slowing. Those who we have close soul connections with may break away from group goals in order to work on personal tasks for a time. The square gives the potential for discomfort, but it is important to focus on private journeys now, which will provide more momentum to the group as a whole later on. Rahu in general forces us out of our comfort zone in order to bring more balance and unity to our soul. This often comes through exposing us to areas that need our attention, which can be uncomfortable.

Neptune is prominent and visible through binoculars during twilight this week in the constellation of Aquarius, just below the star Lambda Aquarii. Neptune’s transit through Aquarius began in December 2009, and we are about four and a half years away from its entrance into the sign it rules over, Pisces (which will occur in April 2022). Neptune’s prominence this week heightens spiritual awareness and also opens up the imagination to be able to explore more fantastical planes of reality.

On Friday the 29th, Mercury comes into trine with Rahu again as it retraces its steps after the retrograde. This is a repeat of the transit from last week, which opens up a channel to being able to communicate our highest goals with others. This will soften the Jupiter/Rahu square considerably, and while private work may still be the focus, we will at least be able to share our plans with others while we break away from the crowd.

 

December 16th-22nd: Expand and Grow

We begin this week with the Sun entering Sagittarius early on Saturday the 16th, joining Saturn in the Sagittarian domain. The Sun enjoys its time in Sagittarius typically, as the expansive and jovial nature of Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius connects well with the solar energy. There will be a slight sobering of this fiery energy on the Winter Solstice on Thursday, as the Sun and Saturn come into conjunction with one another. The next few weeks are highly creative and a bit scattered, but Mercury’s passage out of retrograde should help those who are feeling too overwhelmed.

The new moon occurs in Sagittarius very early Monday morning, with the Sun and moon meeting in conjunction at 3 degrees Sag. This energy encourages us to examine our own belief systems and attitudes toward knowledge and personal philosophy. This is a good time to sort through limiting beliefs or attitudes, and figure out what is working for us and what is not. This is a highly personal process and cannot be dictated by anyone else or their views. It can be useful to discuss this with others, but in the end the work is our own. This new moon calls us to examine our personal catalog of knowledge, and to clear out certain things so we can make room for the new. We may find our interests shifting, or our energy moving toward a new hobby or area to master. The Sagittarian overlay of this moon will make it feel very uncomfortable to limit ourselves while we are making these changes.

On Wednesday the 20th, Venus enters Sagittarius, joining the Sun and Saturn. This week is remarkably Jovial in nature, and has a very light, playful energy should we choose to align with it. Venus will transit Sagittarius until January 13th, and will encourage romantic trips, and travel as a means of understanding beauty and art. Creative partnerships open up once more. The relatively close conjunction of Venus and the Sun makes it impossible to view Venus in the morning sky during this time, but in another couple weeks we will begin to see Venus in the early evenings just after sunset as she follows the Sun through the zodiac.

On Thursday the 21st, we have the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere, which brings the longest period of darkness of any day in the year. This day also coincides with the Sun/Saturn conjunction at 7 degrees Sagittarius. Saturn will duck behind the Sun, invisible from our viewpoint. Being the father of the solar system, Saturn’s seeming absence can foster the environment necessary for wild behavior from many. The chaotic energy of Mercury retrograde coming to a close in combination with the Solstice and the Sun/Saturn conjunction results in a dropping of inhibitions. The desire to be impulsive and act out cannot be held back anymore, and the feeling is akin to a dam that is ready to burst. This is a very short lived window that will last only through the next day or two. There may be judgment and dramatic reactions from some in the face of these unbridled, seemingly random actions from individuals and groups. The inner work of the new moon should still be underway this week, and it is a good reminder to try to focus on your own path rather than getting distracted by that of others.

On Friday the 22nd, Mercury retrograde comes to a close. This should allow for a more heightened focus and clearer communication, but we still have a couple more weeks until Mercury exits the shadow zone of the retrograde. During the shadow period, which lasts until January 11th, there may be echoes of the retrograde that are extremely illusory but can be distracting all the same. On January 11th, Mercury will reach 6 degrees Sagittarius, which is where it was when the retrograde cycle began. We will finally begin to break new ground at that point. For the next two and a half weeks until that day, there could be a tendency to fall into patterns or attitudes that are based on past feelings rather than present situations. If you are someone who struggles with staying present overall, it will be useful to practice awareness and meditation during his time. Physical activity will also assist with remaining grounded.

December 9th-15th: Mercury Rising

This week, Mercury is the major player as it continues its retrograde cycle. Mercury has been treading backwards through the beginning degrees of Sagittarius over the past week, and re-enters Scorpio on Sunday the 10th. Mercury was in Scorpio fairly recently (November 1st-23rd) and so these themes will be familiar. While the past week had more chaotic, impatient energy thanks to the interplay of Mercury and fiery Sagittarius, the next week and a half will be a little less outwardly manic and more focused on internal dynamics. We may be forced to reexamine our communication styles in love and intimate relationships of all sorts. Themes of possessiveness and jealousy may come up again, in different forms for each of us. As with any Mercury retrograde, it is best to take things slow. Thankfully the urge to act without thinking has been lifted a little, but Scorpio is still known for striking whatever moves through its domain. Displays of passion are fairly likely, and should be handled with understanding and patience if possible. On Tuesday the 12th, Mercury comes into conjunction with the Sun at 27 degrees Scorpio, which signifies the halfway point of this retrograde.

On Friday the 15th, the Geminid meteor shower reaches peak visibility around 2am EST, with around two meteors a minute. The constellation of Gemini, of course, is ruled by Mercury. Everything seems to come back to the planet of communication this week.

Mercury’s starring role continues on Friday, as it comes into conjunction with Venus at 23 degrees Scorpio. The two planets form a trine to Rahu, which initiates a karmic sequence for most regarding personal relationships and soul connections. Mercury is in retrograde, so brings a certain level of confusion or inability to recognize the truth about a situation (or at the very least, to communicate it to others). Rahu forces us to move out of our comfort zones in order to evolve, particularly when it comes to our ties with others. It is likely that over the next two weeks, relationships will both evolve and dissolve under the residual pull of this transit. Scorpio makes everything seem more significant and intense, and so it is possible that these dissolving relationships can be re-examined once Venus and Mercury have both moved into Sagittarius the first week of January.

December 2nd-8th: Imagination Sparked

This week kicks off with the visibly largest full moon of the year, a true super moon in the constellation of Taurus. If you check the skies Saturday night as the moon rises, it will likely look extremely large on the horizon (provided there isn’t cloud cover to hide it!). The sun remains in the sidereal sign of Scorpio and so this full moon is in the sidereal sign of Taurus. This is a time for gathering our resources, and preparing ourselves for the next stage. Much of this will be very physical and tangible in nature, i.e. gathering supplies for our next project, finding the funds necessary to purchase a car or home (or even much smaller things), and building the relationships and connections we need to make these things a reality. There may be some resistance to working with others, since Scorpio keeps things hidden and closed off by default. The Taurean grounding allows us to step out of our comfort zones a little and try something that we may not have dared to in the past. This will allow us to travel further than we believed possible.

On Sunday the 3rd, Mercury’s retrograde cycle begins. Mercury is currently in the Sagittarius constellation, which it entered on November 24th. The effect of the past week of Sagittarian Mercury has brought a renewed energy and mental stamina. We may have found it difficult to relax, or to quiet a curious mind. Mercury will halt in its place at 6 degrees Sagittarius, and will begin the illusion of moving backward across the backdrop of the night sky. The key word here is illusion. Illusions can be very persistent in this world, and can feel extremely real in nature. Mercury will cycle back into Scorpio, retracing its path all the way to 19 degrees Scorpio. This retrograde cycle will cover 17 degrees of the zodiac and will complete on December 22nd. As with any retrograde cycle, the issues that tend to come up are mirrors of issues we just seemed to have gotten through. Mercury’s area of focus tends to be on communication, memory and technology. He deals with anything that is being passed from one place to another (typically intangible but sometimes not). This process gets slowed down a bit during this time, and with all the cultural focus on Mercury retrograde, we tend to exacerbate this period even more. Mercury throws up illusions that remind us of issues we have yet to overcome in ourselves. Impatience tends to be the biggest one for most of us during these periods, but you may find different variations on this theme for yourself and those closest to you. We will continue to discuss Mercury retrograde in the next two forecasts, but this week be aware of your tendency to want to push forward frantically in order to get immediate results. This is the first trap that Mercury throws out for us, and can be overcome by going against the instinct and moving with a slow and steady pace. This will alter quite a bit by next week, when Mercury re-enters Scorpio, so this chaotic energy should only be an issue over the next several days.

The Geminid meteor shower begins this week on Monday the 4th, though it will not reach its peak until the 13th. If you search the skies in the middle of the night, you may be able to see some dust trails from the meteors that trace back to the Gemini constellation.

On Friday the 8th, Jupiter becomes the brightest point in the early morning sky. Jupiter is currently transiting the Libra constellation, and will be visible clearly about three hours before sunrise. Jupiter’s appearance heralds the coming of the Sun into Sagittarius next week, and provides an expansive look into our own imaginations. Jupiter’s prominence is a good omen for travelers and for those who seek to explore through knowledge or spirituality. Jupiter’s appearance bodes well for those interested in using this time (about three hours before dawn) for lucid dreaming, astral travel or for simply getting up to study. Knowledge soaks in easier during this period.

November 18th-December 1st: To the Surface

My apologies for a late forecast! We will start off with this past Friday the 24th, when Mercury entered the constellation of Sagittarius. Mercury will only transit the archer’s domain for a week and a half or so before becoming retrograde and moving back into Scorpio. The brief stop into Sagittarius will increase curiosity and impulsiveness. Mercury in Sagittarius expands the need for information about those subjects that interest us. It is not necessarily a traditional scholarly desire, and actually can be more useful when applied toward education outside the classroom. We may find ourselves called to learn more about other cultures and religions. Sagittarius represents the guru (ruled by Jupiter, whose Sanskrit name is actually “Guru”) and so teaching is emphasized over the next week or two. We may find ourselves learning from unlikely people or situations, and being teachers in our own right. The retrograde will take us back into more self-contained studies, so over the next week or two it may be more productive to work with others and increase communication to accomplish more.

On Sunday the 26th, Venus enters Scorpio. This is an intense placement for the planet of love and beauty, and intensifies romantic connections during the transit, which lasts until December 20th. Scorpio draws us together powerfully, and sometimes for reasons which we can’t logically understand. It works under the surface and behind the scenes, and so may be more subtle (though the intensity of feelings will not be!). We lose sight of Venus as she transits Scorpio, dipping below the horizon and disappearing out of sight for the northern hemisphere by the beginning of December. This is a perfect representation of the Scorpio energy. It prefers to stay hidden and secretive. The intensity of connections we experience this month may be difficult to communicate to others. Jealousy may come up for some. Sharing will be a challenge.

On Monday the 27th, Mars will transit the star Spica in the Virgo constellation. This conjunction is an interesting one, as Spica is placed on the ear of wheat in the virgin maiden’s hand. This star represents the harvest, the provider of our needs here on the physical plane. The work we have put in will come back to us manifest. As Mars crosses Spica’s domain, we have a chance to reap great material rewards, but only for the work we have put in. Spica does not give lucky breaks, but instead carries the harvest to those who have toiled the fields long and hard. This could come about as financial or material abundance, or good news of health or fertility. This is a particularly fertile day for those who wish to become pregnant.

On Wednesday the 29th, asteroid 7 Iris will be visible in the evening sky in the constellation of Aries. You will be able to see this asteroid, which is the fourth brightest in the asteroid belt that sits between Mars and Jupiter, to the east of star Arietis. Iris will be visible in the sky for the next several days. Mythologically speaking, Iris is the rainbow goddess in Greek lore, who served as Hera’s messenger. She brought forth water from the river Styx which, when consumed, would serve as a truth serum. Astrologically, this is a period when lies may come to the surface and the truth will be revealed. Active punishment may not occur, since Iris is the bringer of clarity and not of justice. Be careful in your dealings this week and try to choose honesty over misdirection. Mars enters Libra on Thursday the 30th, which is the sign of balance and judicial systems. This transit coupled with the pronounced appearance of 7 Iris suggests that long-standing or complicated lies are apt to come to the surface and will unravel this week.

Mars will transit Libra from the 30th until January 16th. Mars is joining Jupiter in Libra, and this pairing is dynamic. Partnership is required as we move through the next month, as our actions will impact more than just ourselves even if we attempt to keep others uninvolved. Action and activity need to be balanced. If we put too much attention on one area of our lives, we will really feel the excess in a more extreme way than usual. This may require some multi-tasking, which is
why it will be especially helpful to team up with another person or a small group to get things done.

November 11th-17th: On Stage

This will be a highly transformative week as we make our way toward the New Moon in Scorpio this Friday, which coincides with the day of the Leonid meteor showers. As with any time before a new moon, we may do well to turn our attention to that which no longer serves us. This is a time for clearing out old beliefs and thoughts which may be hampering our success, along with clearing out physical objects. The energy of the Scorpio new moon is quite mysterious and draws our attention to those things which normally remain hidden. The Scorpio new moon is akin to shedding a thick layer of skin and reemerging with a fresh outlook. Those that fight this transition may experience some discomfort.

We are aided by the Jupiter/Venus conjunction in the constellation of Libra, which has been building over the past several days. The exact conjunction occurs on Monday the 13th at 13 degrees Libra. You will be able to view this conjunction in the southeastern sky about an hour before sunrise against the backdrop of the Libra constellation. Astrologically, when Jupiter comes into conjunction with another planet, it expands and magnifies the qualities of this planet. Venus is still transiting the Libran constellation, and so the planet of love and beauty has been at home in the sign it rules over. Partnership and romance are brought to a greater focus. Keep in mind that for some this may manifest as an attention to the lack of a balanced partnership. Libra desires balance above all, and seeks the partner to fill in the areas that are lacking. This may become obvious this week, but any issues in this area can be overcome by honing and recognizing your own special gifts and skills, or by seeking balance between the various areas in your own life.

The fixed star Fomalhaut is visible for the early part of the week. You can find it in the southern sky during the early evening in the constellation of Pisces, very close to the horizon for those in the northern hemisphere. Fomalhaut means “solitary one” which is a fitting name for this star that is basically all alone in this empty patch of sky during this time of the year. The star appears to be solitary in the autumnal sky, and so earned its reputation among early astronomers as a “lonely” star. The good news about poor Fomalhaut is that this is in actuality an illusion caused by our Earthly perspective of this area of sky during this time of year. Fomalhaut carries the Piscean qualities of idealism, sensitivity and intuition. The starry-eyed enchantment that Fomalhaut brings can make it a challenge to navigate the more materially-based world, but is a huge boon for artistry and creativity of all types. Those who have planets in their own chart that aspect Fomalhaut (3 degrees Pisces) will find these qualities enhanced during this period of the year.

The Sun enters the Scorpio constellation on Thursday the 16th, which amplifies the need many are having now to hibernate and take their activities indoors. This may be short lived because of the meteor shower that has some astrological impact.

The Leonid meteor shower will be remarkably visible on Friday morning the 17th, particularly between 3am and 5am. The meteor shower will take place in the constellation of Leo the lion, of course, and is visible every year around this time. The reason it will be more visible this year is that it happens to occur on the New Moon, and so the sky will be mostly dark. Provided we have clear skies, this will be an ideal atmosphere for viewing. Leo is in square to the Scorpio moon. Themes that may come up will center around the idea of giving without expecting compensation or a return of any kind, and the ability to communicate our feelings on a grander scale. Scorpio enjoys hiding, but Leo forces her out of her secret lair onto the stage. The sparkling meteor shower show is the ultimate Leonian expression, and allows for a greater expression in our personal lives should we choose to share our ideas and abilities with others.

November 4th-10th: Algol Rising

My apologies for this forecast being late; we had a storm in the northeast and my house was without electricity for five days. That being said, this was a very quiet week astrologically with only one major transit occurring.

Beginning this week, I will be incorporating the week’s astronomy news into my forecasts. How do astronomical events affect us in an astrological sense? My hope is for this blog to be an informative locale for those seeking both astronomical and Vedic astrological news. The connection between the two will serve us on a greater level, or at least that is my hope.

In this week’s astrology, on Monday the 6th, Saturn and Uranus will meet in a beneficial contact which will last through November 15th. Saturn is sitting at 1 degree Sagittarius and Uranus is at 1 degree Aries. These two outer planets move slowly in comparison to those closer to the Sun, so we often feel their effects on a greater scale and for a longer period of time. This contact occurs between two fire signs (Aries and Sagittarius), and so impacts our energy level, productivity and creativity. Saturn forces us to slow down and reassess, while Uranus pushes us forward with many new ideas. This may feel like two conflicting energies, but the trine between the two planets helps bring balance. While lots of new ideas are coming in, Saturn brings us the discretion in holding back and developing these until they are ready. Sometimes Uranus can drive us forward without much of a plan, which can result in burn-out if we’re not careful. The effect over the next week will allow us to take a step back and time things out appropriately.

In astronomy news, the fixed star of Algol (located in the constellation of Perseus at 26 degrees Taurus) is brighter and more visible this week. The constellation of Perseus depicts the Greek hero carrying the head of Medusa. Algol is located directly in Medusa’s head, and has one of the most unfortunate reputations among astrologers. The word Algol is Arabic and roughly translates to “demon star”. There are many that believe it brings violence and danger when exalted in the heavens. While this may be true to some extent, Algol does have a positive side. The mythos circles around high spiritual development, and the overcoming of dark forces to bring more light into the world. While obstacles may be arising for those of us on a spiritual path, the removing of these blockages through persistance and courage will advance us further than we’ve been able to ascend before. The legend states that Algol contains “high spiritual rays” that confuse and disorient some while greatly impacting others.

Mars is visible before dawn this week, rising three hours before the Sun among the constellation of Virgo. You may look for it in the east if you are in the Northern hemisphere. The rising of Mars in the morning will increase mental activity and energy. This is further exaggerated by the Daylight Savings adjustment. Rising with the Sun will be natural for many, or those who are still asleep may find their dreams offering more lucidity.