The astrological season is almost ready to shift. While this weekend promises some sweet summer stories, next week brings the first hints of the industrious fall ahead.

    Every month when the moon and Jupiter waltz, our hearts swell and the volume of our emotions cranks up. Usually, this uplifts the heart but sometimes it just intensifies feelings.

    Whatever we do this week, let’s do it with love as the sun and Venus trine upbeat Jupiter in affectionate Leo. While there is much to unravel after the last few weeks,…

    We enter the heart of Leo season as Venus joins the sun in Leo on Saturday. It’s a perfect week to be sybaritic and have long, leisurely summer dinners on the porch. T…

    Life can be easy when we say little, do less, relax, and enjoy the summer while Mercury is retrograde, from July 7 to 31. But most of us won’t have time for that. This…

    Slow down. If life gets hectic, sit still, if just for a minute. Summer’s heat and five planets in retrograde ask us to take our time and think things through. Catch up and reconnect with the past, work on old projects, and handle life right here, right now.

    Make the most of this weekend. It begins with a sociable Leo moon that encourages us to build resilience by enjoying our lives and one another’s company.

      Summer waxes full. Time slows down as Mercury, symbolic ruler of movement, speech, and our thinking processes, prepares to turn retrograde from July 7 to 30. The stars…

      Summer begins this Friday as the sun slides into Cancer. Let that light into every corner of the soul.

      We have a planetary traffic jam this week. Free will and grace always co-create with the planetary patterns. We could easily feel overwhelmed or called to protect something important, like our relationships, country, or ecosystem.

      Enjoy new moments of beauty. As the sun in Gemini opposes Jupiter this weekend, it brings an ephemeral sense of humor with liberating moments that can ease our souls and smooth our interactions. Underneath this late spring bounty growls a more substantial conversation.

      Pollen floats in, and hummingbirds and stray thoughts buzz by, with the sun and Mercury in nervy, verbal Gemini. They loan us the ability to multitask like crazy, but we might have trouble concentrating.

      We can be efficient this Friday and again at the end of the week, but this weekend is one to take off. Relax, put the hammock up, visit an art fair, wade through the allergies, adjust, and process under a sensitive Pisces moon while mental Mercury approaches a square to dreamy, confusing Neptune.

      This week could bring solid progress on practical work as Mercury and the sun trine Saturn and Pluto in pragmatic earth signs.

      What we plant this week will grow deep roots, whether it’s seedlings, a spring fling, a grudge, or political machinations as the moon waxes under an earthy Taurus sun. 

      Prepare your gardens, whether actual or metaphorical, during the day on Saturday and then get your plants in order. 

      After an overwhelming winter, the stars help us get on a roll: we have places to go and things to do with the sun in earthy, enduring Taurus, and Mercury and Venus in feisty, instigating Aries.

      Caution: combustible material within. The weekend begins under astrological storm clouds but lightens up on Sunday.

      This astrological week starts with some tough questions but rolls into a potentially beautiful weekend to get out of hibernation. 

      We get the green light this week: Mercury is direct, the Aries sun infuses us with gumption, and the stars tell us to be off and running.

      Spring has sprung, the sun is now in Aries, and lengthening days call us to start afresh. 

      This week the stars loan us determination as Mars trines Saturn and Pluto in earth signs. We can make real progress wherever the decisions are clear and we know what we’re doing. 

      Our brains can feel as muddy as a spring landslide this month, but we can still be productive.

      The stars ask us to acknowledge our deepest feelings as Venus conjuncts Pluto. Venus symbolizes our hearts and Pluto speaks of depth, loss, power, and rebirth. This conjunction, which turns up the volume on all our feelings, usually occurs once a year and can help us catch up on a backlog of emotions.

      The astrological weather has shifted for the moment, as the planets are less irritating and more sensitizing. Late winter depression drifts in. 

      Ready for change? The stars create a high point of tension, which can precipitate a new set of circumstances. 

      Act as if a pool of high-octane astrological fuel is just sitting around in the open for the next two weeks. If we can figure out how to contain and harness it for good, we’ll have healthy fuel to drive our engines.

      Competitive muscular energy can help us achieve our personal best this week or ease us into a barroom (or internet) brawl. 

      While the mood is generally competent and effective, midwinter blues and a reflective Mercury-Pluto conjunction can leave some of us in a restless funk.

      Let’s take care of our immune systems, our relationships, and our country for the next two weeks. 

      This weekend, a new moon and a solar eclipse in determined Capricorn ask us to take a clear look at our work. 

      Enjoy a quiet few days before New Year’s, after which the energy shifts with a vengeance. 

      The stars cooperate for the start of a contemplative winter season. In the foreground, the planets offer warmth with a little hint of holiday magic.

      The sensitive Pisces moon conjuncts Neptune and Mars this weekend. We may feel washed away on the tide of holiday lights at one moment and overwhelmed by rising seas and complicated humanitarian crises in another — and both realities are true.

      The stars are sending us mixed signals this week. A new moon in restless Sagittarius wants us to speak our minds and hurry up as the weekend begins, but we still need patience. 

      The planets send us back inside for personal homework. Thoughtful Mercury is retrograde, and both Mercury and Venus enter introspective, reserved Scorpio this weekend. 

      A house full of relatives, verbose Mercury now retrograde in tactless Sagittarius, attentions wandering from too much food, and too many Black Friday sales: What could go wrong?

      Look for a burst of honesty as the weekend begins and the moon conjuncts talkative Mercury in outspoken Sagittarius. 

      This is it: election week. The stars suggest that one chapter ends and a new one begins. The world has grown grimmer over the last few years as we work toward a pivotal nexus in 2020, when the two planets we associate with power and control, Saturn and Pluto, conjunct in Capricorn.

      It won’t be just Halloween skeletons that come out to dance this week. As the weekend begins, Mercury, the sun, Venus, and Jupiter are all in stubborn Scorpio, the sign of the private investigator, encouraging introspection and investigation. 

      The tough transits of this fall have left many people drained, but this weekend the stars encourage us to rest and recover as Mercury trines and the moon conjuncts dreamy Neptune under a drifting and sensitive Pisces moon. Keep agendas light; find a safe spot to be sensitive. Let’s also carefully place ourselves in environments that nurture us.

      Mercury conjuncts retrograde Venus and can lend a voice to all the things we typically associate with that planet: women, emotions, and our creative muses.

      Check off the chore list this weekend as the waning moon heads into industrious Virgo on Friday night and makes powerful and productive aspects.

      Autumnal beauty strikes a breathtaking balance between golden leaves, glowing red rowan berries, and the ephemeral ebb of life from the green world as it slowly goes to sleep in a blaze of glory, resting up for spring rebirth.

      We’re at a yearly pivot point. On Friday, Sept. 21, Mercury enters Libra, symbolized by a set of scales. On Saturday, the sun enters Libra and marks the fall equinox, when light and dark, yin and yang, come to a balance. We can use this equilibrium to bring our own lives into balance.

      Deep old feelings and primal emotions stir as the weekend begins, whether in response to real events or just the echoes of a memory. With Venus, Jupiter, and the moon all in introspective Scorpio, we may be tempted to stuff those feelings back down again.

      This week encourages us to proceed with industry and ingenuity. Take a look at life from a different perspective.