Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Mercury Station Retrograde on May 29th. Let's All Buckle Up.


Mercury Retrograde

May 29, 2021

3:34pm  PDT


Important dates 

May 14 – Mercury shadow 

May 29 – Mercury station retrograde (24 Gemini 43)@3:34pm PDT

June 22 – Mercury station direct (16 Gemini 08) @3:00pm PDT 

July 07 – Mercury shadow ends 


If I was a gambling person (and I am not) I would bet the house that this retrograde will be so full of miscommunication, broken technology and gossip that even the most scientific, ‘astrology is hogwash’ person will say, “OMG is Mercury retrograde?”  


Why bet the house on this retrograde?  The retrograde launches between the lunar eclipse on May 26 and solar eclipse on June 10th.  Both eclipses involve Gemini which is ruled by Mercury.    On May 22, (a few days before the retrograde launch), Mercury gets into a tangle up with Neptune and then does another round on June 5.  If fuzzy thinking could be on steroids, we should consider the fuzz pumping up between May 22 and June 5.    Thinking, ideas and communication will not be easy.  We should prepare for things that seemed so clear one minute to just melt into fuzz in front of us.   Then add the usual bumps and grinds of  retrograde and you get a tougher than usual Mercury retrograde.     During this three-week period, we should ask:


How is my thinking and communication accurate?  What am I saying?   What is behind my thinking?  Am I being given accurate information?  What is the other person saying?   Is whatever I am being told matching the facts on the ground?   This is not an excuse to get paranoid by the way and assume everyone is lying and ‘screwing you over’, ah, no.   It is more about processing the data and adapting.   Our ability to pivot our thinking is important.  Survival of the fittest involves adaptation and the lunar eclipse on May 26 pits our big opinions against the facts.   Is our strident opinion matching the facts as they are now?  Then at the  solar eclipse on June 10th we are reminded again that it is important to figure out what is really going on and where do we need to pivot?  This eclipse season reminds us that if we are too rigid in our thinking, we risk getting stuck and we can find the world leaving us behind on some level.   Use this Mercury retrograde to highlight some small adaptations that could serve you in the long haul.   Also do not be afraid to ask for help in a technological hurdle that has needed your attention.   This is how we adapt.  We are practical about asking for help.  


The last time Mercury retrograded in Gemini was 2015 and there may be a call back to that period during these three weeks.  The last time we had Gemini eclipses was May/June of 2002 and 2003 which may also be called back during this period.   


As always DOUBLE check any date or plans and paperwork.   Some people will be traveling and will be purchasing tickets, make sure everything is accurate even if you are ‘sure’ it is, double check.    Computers, technology breaks come with the territory.  If you can wait until Mercury station direct to replace anything broken, great but if you can’t buy the good warranty.  


Of course, more to the point this Mercury retrograde is about our thinking, if we have any rusty thoughts that aren’t serving, we’ll know soon enough.    Do yourself a favor, don’t personalize anything just unplug your brain realize any mistakes and take care of it later.  


Psst. One last thing, go on a gossip diet.   Stay away from peeps that rely on gossip to connect, turn off social media that indulges in gossip as well.    You’re welcome.  


Saturn Station Retrograde. May 23.




May 23, 2021

 2:18am PDT   

Saturn station retrograde (13 Aquarius 31)


October 10, 2021

7:17pm PDT  

Saturn station direct  (6 Aquarius 53) 



Saturn retrogrades every year  for about four/five months.   Saturn is the planet of responsibilities and takes over two years in a sign.  Once it leaves a sign it will not return to it for about twenty-eight years.  Saturn can do quite a number when it is in a sign and usually is easy to identify by its action.  


For example,  Saturn the planet of restrictions, moved into Aquarius the sign of community in 2020 right when the world went into lock down and everyone was sent home to live their lives.   Aquarius also rules technology and certainly Saturn made  sure we all knew the importance of  Zoom.   Saturn returned to Capricorn last summer during that retrograde then re-entered  Aquarius in December for the long haul.   On this retrograde it will stay in the one sign and move from 13 degrees to 6 degrees of Aquarius.  


Retrograde Saturn provides an opportunity to slow down and fix the areas of the sign that need fixing.  In this case it speaks to community, groups, group thinking, like minded concepts and innovation.    It is interesting that this retrograde is happening as the USA turns a corner and people are venturing out of their homes.   Aquarius is how we all connect.   How we connect with our tribes and people whom we feel sympatico.    Saturn retrograde in Aquarius may suggest that the life we lead before Covid needs more fine tuning.   Perhaps, prior to Covid we felt that we didn’t need community or a tribe.  We had little focus beyond our partner or our family or our work but now we see that approach is perhaps too limiting of a lifestyle?   Or maybe we were too identified with a tribe or group and now during the retrograde we realize we are no longer in sync with those values.  Remember we will not get Saturn in Aquarius again until 2050 so a lot of these kinks in our community need to get worked on during this retrograde and when it returns to direction motion before Saturn moves into Pisces in 2023. 


Technological issues will be in the news especially as we head towards the second round of Saturn square Uranus on June 14.  Once Saturn turns retrograde the tension will build between the traditional  (Saturn) and innovative (Uranus).  Cracks will appear that speak to a need for a practical change (Uranus in Taurus). Weaknesses in society (Saturn in Aquarius) get our attention.   Personally, this drama is impacting the houses where we have Taurus and Aquarius on some level but of course people with planets between 7-14 degrees of fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) are really feeling the aspect.  They may feel over worked, have too many responsibilities and a general feeling of ‘blah’ or maybe depression.   The antidote to depression is of course, ‘action’.  Being active in charity or community activities, even simple actions like volunteering at a bake sale or cleaning a river with a group can help take the edge off any negative energy so can 12 step meetings.   Saturn will leave Aquarius in early 2023 and many people who feel the grind now will be surprised by how much they accomplish by 2023.  


The Saturn retrograde will wrap up on October 10 and while it will not be a whole new world by the time we get there, we will have new insights as to what we feel and what we are doing with our tribes and community between now and then.   Again, hanging out in our values this cycle for the launch of Saturn retrograde will be informative.  


Jupiter enters Pisces


Jupiter enters Pisces 


May 13, 2021

3:36pm PDT 



While the moon is still in the new phase Jupiter leaves Aquarius for Pisces.   The pattern for Jupiter is that it spends about a year in a sign but at some point, in that year it leaves the sign goes into the next sign for a few degrees and then retrogrades back into the sign it is primarily doing its work then eventually it will return to the new sign again.   So, in this case: 

December 19, 2020 Jupiter enter Aquarius 

May 13, 2021 Jupiter enters Pisces 

June 20, 2021 Jupiter station retrograde 2 degrees Pisces 11

July 28, 2021 Jupiter reinters Aquarius 

October 17, 2021 Jupiter station direct 22 Aquarius 20 

December 29, 2021 Jupiter returns to Pisces 


The two -month window of Jupiter in Pisces is a window into what next year will bring when it spends the long haul in Pisces in 2022.   Pisces is spiritual, metaphysical, it is the last sign of the zodiac and it reminds us that there is something bigger out there than our humanness.  It is by its nature an expansive sign, as big as the universe but also intimate because it dissolves barriers between human beings either built by us personally or by society.   Jupiter will not doubt welcome its journey into Pisces for two reasons.  One Jupiter used to rule Pisces before Neptune was discovered and therefore is comfortable in the unworldliness of Pisces.  “Hey, Pisces you are a big expansive sign, and I am the biggest planet in the zodiac, I get you!”   The other reason why it will welcome this two-month trip in Pisces is that it does not have to share the sign with Saturn who has been squelching Jupiter for the last couple of years.  Remember, in 2020 Jupiter and Saturn were both in Capricorn then last December Jupiter entered Aquarius but two days before Saturn entered Aquarius.   The master planner in the universe has been clipping Jupiter’s wings for the last couple years by making sure Saturn was his roommate. But now for two months Jupiter gets to fly solo in Pisces.   We should find some good energy out of this transit, some reconnecting to faith and being moved by the goodness of humans.   Our creativity and inner mystic can be pronounced.   There could be a lot of synchronistic moments and events in our lives that have us going, “Hmmm? That’s curious, I was just thinking/talking/reading/watching etc on that exact thing”.      In late July, Jupiter will return to Aquarius and rejoin his taskmaster roommate Saturn but by then Jupiter will have a buoyancy having refilled his reason-for-being during his time in Pisces.  His joy and abundance may rub off on Saturn, which could be helpful.   


On May 21st we get the first planetary aspect to interact with Jupiter in Pisces when the Sun barely in Gemini forms a square with Jupiter.   On some level, logical thinking will be defied, and communication will be fuzzy, and it is worth noting this is before the Mercury retrograde.  Perhaps giving us a taste to what is coming.   In this case, Jupiter in Pisces has the stronger hand reminding us there is power in prayer and meditation and when we reflect and get quiet, we can  find any answer.  In June Venus in Cancer will form some nice trines with Jupiter again reminding us of the goodness out there if we tap into it. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Taurus New Moon. Values + Practicality = Nurturance


Taurus the Bull.  Wikipedia.  

Taurus New Moon
May 11, 2021

The Taurus Lunar 29 day cycle launches us into a world of slowing it all down, which seems strange as so much of the world is reconnecting with each other but Taurus reminds us to find our values and find connection from the space of what is really important to us.   Getting practical about what is important to us, really on the nitty gritty.   You will find my report HERE.   

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Astrology of This Week: May 2 - 9


The Astrology of The Week

May 3 – 9 


We are in the waning moon of the Aries lunar month.   The last quarter moon speaks to going back to the energy of the new moon and doing final actions on anything that still needs support.   For those who made  Treasure Maps, take a look and see if there is a little something you can do to reconfirm your desires with an action, maybe a phone call, maybe a connection, maybe just completing a small task that will jump start your plans.   Balsamic rolls in on May 7 and we release our selfishness?  We release our self-starterness.  We release anger.  





Last Quarter Moon Phase

May 3, 2021

12:49pm PDT     




Last Quarter moon:  Now we do the final adjustments to the seeds we planted on new. The final call, the final letters to send, we follow all the trails that came up that still make sense.  And we let the other parts lay fallow. It is a time of action but wise action.  It is a time for living “The serenity prayer” 


God, grant me the Serenity
to accept the things
I cannot change Courage to change the
things I can, and the
Wisdom to know the difference.




Focus on:

What actions are you taking that connect you with groups?  What actions are you taking that speak to humanitarian efforts?  What actions are you taking that bring out smart, intellectual pursuits? 


Special focus 

5/3: Mercury enters Gemini 

5/6:  Venus square Jupiter.   Stretching money, love, values feel pulled.  Watch over spending.  Watch over zealotry.   


Balsamic Moon Phase


May 7,2021

9:27am PDT      


Balsamic:   We let go.  By releasing we can prepare for the new.  



Focus on How are you letting go of selfishness?  How are you letting go of anger?  



5/10: Mercury conjunction north node.   Thoughts about how to share information and how to communicate truth that is approachable.  Avoid lies and liars.  




Taurus New Moon May 11, 2021 11:59am PDT 21 Taurus 17


Sunday, April 25, 2021

Astrology of this week: April 26 - May 1


Full Moon Phase –  

April 26, 2021

8:31pm PDT  





Full Moon:  We make the needed adjustments on the things we planted. Usually, emotions are up and running and for those people who perhaps did not utilize the new moon and the rest of the waxing moon, this is when emotions can get the better of us.  There can often be a big emotional break, for no other reason than to get back on track.   Some partnership will offer up some balance.  The moon is bright and full and there is no room for shadows, what is reflecting on you?  


Focus on 

Moon in Scorpio




Special focus 


4/27 Pluto station retrograde 1:01pm PDT 26 Capricorn 48 (see here) 




April 30, 2021   

1:22am PDT  


Disseminating: Share information; find a teacher or someone who has more knowledge. Perhaps there was a big ol’ blow out on the full and one feels in need of support and help, this is the phase to reach out to one who knows more. This is when we find a rabbi or a minister or therapist who gives us more insight.   And of course, you too may be ready to teach and share your own information.  



Focus on:  How are you  sharing your knowledge?  How are you finding your inner teacher?  How are you broadening your world by sharing?  How are you being influenced by other people sharing their world?   Where are you an expert?   How are other experts sharing with you? 





Special focus:


4/30:  Sun conjunction Uranus.  Originality that has practical application is highlighted.  

Pluto station retrograde April 27


Pluto Retrograde 


April 27, 2021

1:01pm PDT 

26 Capricorn 48


Station Direct 

October 6, 2021

11:28am PDT

24 Capricorn 19 



Every year Pluto spends five months retrograde.   On April 27 Pluto will station retrograde where it will transit back from 26 degrees of Capricorn back to 24 degrees.   For those people who have planets between 24-27 degrees of; Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra you have been dealing with the dental drill that is Pluto for the last couple years.   Finding your power has been difficult, no doubt, while you have been asked to shed what no longer works.  


For those of us in the United States this is the last retrograde before the USA has its Pluto return on Feb 21, 2022. No human can ever live long enough to personally experience a Pluto return since it takes over 250 years for Pluto to return to where it was at ‘birth’.    Most nations in the world history do not exist long enough to even experience a Pluto return.  Between coups and revolutions constitutions of nations will change and with the change there is a new Pluto placement in the chart.  The United States ‘birth’ is July 4, 1776 and Pluto will be exactly where it was on that date next February.    


For an idea what it looks like when a nation experiences a Pluto return, astrologers look at  The Roman Empire and The British empire for what happened to them during their Pluto returns.    The astrologer Ray Grasse has written about Pluto Return.  If you give it a read, you will see how other nations were impacted.   It is also clear in the USA that we have been influenced by Pluto’s growing intensity as it gets closer and closer to the 27 Capricorn 33 degree.   


Last year during the Pluto retrograde (April 25 – October 4) it showed us a lot of the tension that needed focus.    Just in the first month there was plenty of action:  On April 27, the USA passed the one millionth confirmed case of Covid.  On May 8, USA unemployment hit 14.7 %  and on May 25, George Floyd was killed.  During the summer there were protests,  slave owner statues were removed.   NASCAR banned the Confederate flags at their races. We were asked to look backwards at our history.   And then in one weekend, Thunderstorms triggered hundreds of forest fires  in California as a record- breaking heat wave taxed the power grid.   Power grids would come up again six months later in Texas.   What is our power infrastructure?  Could anything more than power grids speak to the power of Pluto in Capricorn?     Then on August 16, Death Valley recorded 130 degrees the highest temperature on Earth in 100 years.     George Floyd was certainly critical to a lot of the activity in the 2020 summer,  lots of soul searching for many people.   For a country that was rooted in slavery it make sense that during a Pluto return the nation would have a reckoning on that history.    But stepping out to Pluto in general, there is also issues of climate change.   When there was the ‘Cardinal Climax’ earlier into the Pluto transit Capricorn (2008-2012) I kept seeing signs of climate change events near critical dates such as huge ice sheets breaking off and melting.   I wrote then that I thought climate change would be THE issue when Pluto exited Capricorn.   I still believe this will turn out to be accurate.   



The Pluto retrograde is of course not the only reason for the 2020 events, Saturn and Pluto conjunction from earlier in the year spoke to some of the tension along with Mars who did a number for most of the year.   But still with Pluto we take a moment as we ponder what we want going forward.   It is a transformative period for the USA and we should not be surprised if more issues are exposed during this retrograde.   Once this retrograde completes, gentlemen start your engines as we head to the Pluto Return date in February.    Perhaps this Pluto retrograde cycle we will dust ourselves off admit our mistakes and lean into:  “Know better, Do Better.”