Expect strange rhythms, odd delays, and swirling misunderstandings as Mercury appears to hold still this weekend.
2020 is almost over, and we are so ready for a change. This week, Mercury and the sun both form an engaging trine with change-master Uranus, a planet that acts like a cosmic clutch to help us shift gears for the year ahead.
Now through the end of January is a pivot point between astrological and political eras. The sun is waking up from an unusually long solar minimum; political and social changes build momentum with an active sun.
It’s interesting that America chooses to vote a few days after Halloween, Samhain, and the Day of the Dead — all sun in Scorpio holidays which help us make our peace with ancestors, dance with our fears, and feed sweets to the future.
The light shifts toward autumn, and the sun just entered focused Scorpio — creating the time of year when we face our fears for the long winter ahead. It’s time to look deep within our souls and our culture.
Keep calm and clear the mental fog. Reel that snappy comment back in and take a break rather than cut off a friendship. How we think and communicate can get reactive and glitchy. Choose to check facts and think through consequences.
Be ready to tie yourself to the mast if the storm picks up. During this tricky week, which may just be mildly irritating for some and energizing for others, we could see some real snafus.
Let’s savor these days of high summer while the sun and Mercury simmer in dramatic Leo, the season usually dedicated to arts festivals, big family picnics, and summer romance.
Recent solar flares have turned up the volume on history. This year’s three Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions maximize our longings for freedom. Activating Mars conjuncts sensitizing Neptune in Pisces, which can both leave us in a cloud of confusion and stir of anger over our vulnerabilities.
Many of us have now become proficient at Zoom, or whatever our chosen form of communication, and may be getting bored. We’ll hanker after fresh territory and good news this weekend, with the sun, moon, Mercury, and Venus all in nervy Gemini.
Spring beckons. The planets and politics speak of the tension between our desire to roam and our need for safety as the sun trines intense Pluto and then trines expansive Jupiter.
Our routines are disrupted, and we are probably not happy about that as the sun in Taurus, which loves to settle down in a groove, conjuncts on Sunday with unsettling, erratic Uranus, the planet of wacky changes.
Our moods may become less overwhelming but more intense as Mercury leaves swampy Pisces and enters more intense but reactive Aries tonight. Let’s stay in the present moment. Ways we have coped with stress in the past may no longer be working, and we need to invent new ways to cope in this unpredictable week.
This weekend, caring Venus is in her own earthy sign of Taurus and forms a friendly, supportive trine to the planets that are signaling the most trouble right now, and this could offer us some needed respite or purpose.
Spring has sprung. The sun is now in brave and feisty Aries and strengthens all our defense systems. Aries is notorious for the ready, fire, aim, approach: We have to …
This is a week of opportunity, though it may be slow to build momentum, and some of the gifts will come in strange packages. The planets have left us emotionally charged but with swampy thinking over the past five weeks. Mercury is now direct, the fuzzy aspects are dissipating, and our direction forward becomes clearer. If it’s not the direction we’d like, we now have more tools to plan the road ahead.
Let’s take a deep breath and pace ourselves. We can’t see where we’re going but could feel we urgently that have to get there as retrograde Mercury prepares to turn direct Sunday night, and the sun approaches a conjunction-foggy Neptune. Early next week, the clouds begin to clear and we can begin to see farther down the road.
The astrological mood can turn on a dime this week, and we have to find a healthy middle ground. First wisps of exciting spring renewal mingle with occasional moments of feeling overwhelmed by everyday pileups.
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