Astrological news this week: Mercury, Jupiter and a Scorpio SuperMoon eclipse


Astrological update for the week of May 9-16, 2022

There’s a lot going on this week!   Mercury turns retrograde on May 10th, the same day that Jupiter enters Aries.  Mercury is in Gemini now, a sign in which it is very much at home, but it will retrograde back into Taurus on May 22nd. Mercury is the planet associated with mental activity, the processing of information, short travels and the operation of equipment. Where Mercury in Gemini is active and curious, easily able to change and adapt, Taurus is a fixed sign and Mercury in Taurus tends to be more stubborn and resists change which can make a retrograde period more difficult. During retrograde periods of any planet there is a tendency to retrace our steps and look back to re-assess aspects of our life which may not be ideal, and that is particularly true when Mercury is retrograde.  So take precautions and be careful with communication and any processing of information, but expect that glitches may happen anyway. No need to put your life on hold or delay doing something important!

Jupiter enters Aries on May 10th, and you can read all about that here. Venus is already in Aries, and this infusion of fire will help to shake off some of the fairy dust of the Pisces stellium that’s been in effect over the past month. The challenge of Pisces is to find that boundary line between Jupiterian optimism and Neptunian illusion, and Jupiter moving from Pisces to Aries will hopefully help us to burn through any clouds of confusion. I’m also hoping it will bring an end to the stock market decline.

 The lunar eclipse at the Scorpio Moon occurs May 16th at 12:15 am EDT, but the energies of the eclipse will be building for much of the week, especially once the Moon moves into Scorpio on May 14th. A Full Moon in Scorpio is a crescendo of emotion and passion, but when the Moon is eclipsed by the Sun something long hidden may be revealed. This is a pretty strong eclipse astrologically, with the lunar nodes just three degrees away from the Sun and Moon. The lunar nodes, the points in the sky where the paths of the Sun and Moon collide, are associated with past and future: the path to our ultimate destiny. This is what makes eclipses potentially so powerful.  Fortunately a harmonious trine from Pluto will help to maintain a fertile ground in which a positive transformation can occur.

A conjunction from Mars to Neptune will build later in the week and won’t actually peak until next week, but this dynamic is embedded in the eclipse chart. Mars and Neptune are both in Pisces, and while the energy of Mars is watered down in Pisces, it can add some fire to Neptune to help to energize the dreamy Piscean fantasies into action.

One thing to note is the increasing presence of the fire element that is evident throughout the week: Jupiter entering the fire sign of Aries, fire planet Mars energizing Neptune, and Mars as the ruling planet of the Scorpio eclipse. The fire element fuels our desires, our drives and passions so expect this to be a lively week!es.

Jupiter in Aries May 10: Forging a new direction

The story of Jupiter.

The astrological meaning of Jupiter can be deduced from his position in Roman mythology and modern astronomy: As King of the Gods he was the highest ruler and presided over law and order as well as the fates of men and women. Noble in nature, he represents the search for the highest expression of human life.  As the One who fulfilled requests and wishes, Jupiter has come to be associated with good fortune and luck. As the largest of all of the planets, it symbolizes expansion of all things including expansion of human understanding. Jupiter is often called the “greater benefic,” (with Venus as the “lesser benefic”) and the bringer of good fortune. I tend to think that Jupiter’s association with good luck tends to be the result of the optimism and faith that Jupiter brings to the table, enhancing a positive outlook which itself will bring good fortune.

Jupiter is a partner to Mercury in their rulership of the mutable (flexible and adaptable) signs: Jupiter rules Pisces and Sagittarius, and Mercury rules Virgo and Gemini. Under Mercury’s rulership of Virgo and Gemini we are working with the “small mind” – the personal viewpoints and opinions and ways to measure the world. Under Jupiter’s rulership of Pisces and Sagittarius we seek a broader perspective – that of the “higher mind” or “universal mind.”  We seek expansion and growth and tend to become unsatisfied with the status quo.

Because of its association with good fortune, Jupiter is considered a powerful ally in the chart and that is true to an extent, but Jupiter’s tendency to overdo everything can lead to trouble. And that brings us to Jupiter in Aries.

Jupiter in Aries.

Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, is the sign of initiation and self-discovery. Ruled by the planet Mars, Aries seeks to discover oneself through a courageous embrace of the new – blazing new trails both physically and mentally. Any planet in Aries tends to operate rather independently, and when Jupiter goes through Aries we are all fed by the light of the Jupiterian search for personal fortune as well as greater understanding of our own selves. This by necessity is somewhat self-centered, since under the Aries influence we ARE centered on ourselves and our personal (Aries) growth (Jupiter). Issues around self-confidence and self-worth are highlighted, and the tendency towards self-aggrandizement is always a danger when we are dealing with Jupiter in Aries.

Self-aggrandizement can work to our benefit when we are in pursuit of a goal or dream, since Jupiter rules our lofty desires. Famous people with Jupiter in Aries include many celebrities and actors with big personalities including Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage, Anjelica Huston, Michael Keaton, Steven Seagall, Robin Williams and Angelina Jolie (no wonder there was so much conflict between Brad and Angelina!). Contrasting this list with famous people with Jupiter in softer Pisces makes for an interesting comparison: Penelope Cruz, Drew Barrymore, Ralph Fiennes, Sidney Poitier, Joan Cusack, Ingrid Bergman, Natalie Wood. These are people with a lower celebrity profile who are known more for their work than for their personalities.

While Jupiter is in Aries (see the dates and details below) there is a tendency for everything to become more inflamed. Jupiter last entered Aries in June of 2010 but the entire time Jupiter was in Aries during that period it conjoined Uranus and squared Pluto which amplified the inflammation even more. A giant earthquake caused great destruction in Haiti, Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter catalyzed a new revolutionary fervor which spread across the globe (remember the Arab Spring?).  This time around, Jupiter will make no stressful aspects to the more powerful outer planets so I don’t anticipate that kind of major reaction and this will help us to get the best results from Jupiter’s trip through Aries.

While Jupiter is in Aries it will be beneficial to ponder all of the ways in which we can expand the positive things in our lives. Jupiter encourages positivity and optimism, and under the Aries influence our own needs will take precedence. Failing to honor that could result in built up resentments and anger, so nip those things in the bud by gaining clarity over what we need for ourselves and our loved ones, and make these things a priority. Take that trip you’ve wanted so that you can enjoy the change of perspective that travel provides. Sign up for a class to enhance your knowledge and expertise in a particular subject. Charge up your confidence to ask for that raise or promotion.

With any Jupiter experience there is always the danger of overconfidence though, so while Jupiter is in Aries it will be important to temper our optimism with a good dose of Saturnian realism. Can you afford the trip? Do you have time for the class? Is it realistic for you to get that raise? This is a difficult balance to achieve but an important one when the fire of Aries adds extra enthusiasm to Jupiter’s push for MORE!

Important dates:

  • Jupiter enters Aries May 10, 2022
  • Jupiter conjoins Mars May 29, 2022
  • Jupiter turns retrograde July 28, 2022
  • Jupiter retrogrades back into Pisces October 28, 2022
  • Jupiter turns direct in Pisces November 22, 2022
  • Jupiter re-enters Aries December 20, 2022
  • Jupiter conjunct Chiron March 12, 2023
  • Jupiter leaves Aries for Taurus May 16, 2023

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Pluto retrograde and eclipse season begins!


Astrological update for the week of April 25 – May 2, 2022

Pluto turns retrograde. I’ve been talking for a while about the Pluto station because Pluto hasn’t moved much in months – it’s only traveled one degree since the end of February and won’t travel more than one degree until early July.  That is a long time if you have planets between 25 and 29 Capricorn or the other cardinal signs Cancer, Libra Aries.  And if you have planets between 0 and 2 degrees of Aquarius or the other fixed signs (Leo, Taurus, Scorpio) you’ll feel some effect too. (Some astrologers use 10 degree orbs or more – I tend to use tight orbs as that seems to work in a more practical setting, like real life.)

We have had quite a few months with no planets retrograde, and with Pluto changing direction we have just one retrograde planet. The next retrograde will be Mercury turning retrograde on May 10, but in the meantime the focus is on Pluto and drilling down to the absolute Truth. Self-deception might have been the name of the game over the past few weeks with Jupiter and Neptune slamming together in a dance of bliss and psychic harmony, and we now have Mars and Venus joining them in Pisces (see the information about the eclipse below).

When Pluto is in charge, we are under the guidance of fate. Anyone with tight aspects from Pluto to their natal chart knows this, and eventually we learn that when fate is in charge we are guided towards our highest destiny if we can only let go.

A note about the Pisces stellium.  The blurring of details is a feature and not a bug under Pisces, the purpose of which is to help us to let go of the material world and achieve spiritual bliss. This happens when we go to sleep and leave our daily consciousness behind, it happens at death when we leave our physical body and mental awareness. But it can happen during moments of heightened consciousness through creative expression, or ecstatic movement, or transcendent moments of bliss while at the beach or in a forest.

Mercury in Gemini.  Mercury moves into its own sign of Gemini on April 29 EDT, speeding up communication and the mental pathways. Under this influence everything moves a little more quickly, and anything involving the transmission of information is highlighted. Mercury will be in Gemini until it briefly moves into Taurus while retrograde on May 22nd, but it will slip back into Gemini between June 13 and July 5.

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Solar eclipse April 30. The first solar eclipse of the year occurs at the Taurus New Moon. New Moons are highly charged portals of energy where old patterns can be cleansed away with new intentions, and that is even more true at this lunation because Uranus, the planet of radical change and authenticity, conjoins the Sun and Moon. This eclipse is loaded with abundant positive energies since the Moon’s ruler Venus conjoins Jupiter – the two benefics, as they are called, working together for a burst of optimism and good fortune.

As eclipses go this one is called a partial eclipse by astronomers and is not very powerful astrologically – the North Node is 12 degrees from a conjunction to the Sun and Moon which is on the outside of the orb constituting an eclipse. Still, there’s a lot of astrological juice here with Pluto in a harmonious trine to the North Node of fate, and sextile all of the Pisces planets, signifying an alignment which affords an opportunity to make a powerful change happen here. In addition the Pisces stellium offers a hope of a burst of creative inspiration and spiritual harmony. And, all of these Pisces planets interact harmoniously with the New Moon at this eclipse time which is a very happy signature indeed!

Now, let’s talk about the week ahead. (Dates and times are for the Eastern time zone, please adjust for your own locality.)

Monday April 25. The Moon enters Pisces at 6:14 am EDT, meaning there are now five planetary bodies in Pisces. If you feel a little fuzzy (I know I do!) that could be why. Don’t expect the fog to lift until the Moon moves into Aries on April 27 at 12:09 pm EDT.  Meanwhile, Venus trines the South Node today which can help to release a negative pattern of self-esteem and move towards something more positive, but watch for some irritability around 9 pm when the Moon collides with Mars in Pisces and everyone is on edge but nobody knows why. (Moon sextile Sun 4:08pm, Moon conjunct Mars 8:51 pm, Venus trine South Node 11:39 pm.)

Tuesday April 26.  Planetary energies are gentle today, with a few soft lunar aspects to assist in the embrace of some new thoughts and possibilities. A harmonious aspect from Mercury (mind) to Jupiter (positivity) builds throughout the day to culminate on Wednesday that will really help to facilitate general good will and optimism. (Moon sextile Uranus 7:39 am, trine South Node 10:36 pm.)

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Wednesday April 27.  Pisces Max. The Pisces stellium peaks today with all five Pisces planetary bodies lined up at their tightest point of collaboration. See above for a refresher on this burst of Piscean fairy dust!  Fortunately the mental realm is well aspected today, with positive Mercury aspects including a harmonious Mercury/Pluto trine which builds all day on Wednesday, culminating on Thursday. This planetary combination fosters great focus and awareness which is a terrific addition to the Piscean misty inspiration.

The Moon enters Aries  at 12:09 pm which will help to clear the Piscean mists a bit and offer a boost of much-needed energy. (Moon conjunct Venus 12:49 am, Mercury sextile Jupiter 1:11 am, Moon conjunct Neptune 2:01 am, Moon conjunct Jupiter 7 am, Moon sextile Mercury 7:34 am, Moon sextile Pluto 9:35 am, Venus conjunct Neptune 3:11 am.)

Thursday April 28. With Mercury trine Pluto today under the Aries Moon, this is a good day to energize ourselves to do whatever we may have put off under the Pisces influence of the previous few days.  Watch for a bit of hyper-sensitivity around 2 pm EDT when the Aries Moon triggers Chiron and brings out any old resentments which linger under the surface and are ready to be released.

Friday April 29.  Pluto turns retrograde today but we may not notice;  however, the Aries Moon squares off against Pluto around 5:38 pm which could bring up Plutonic themes of rage, violence, or secrets.

Mercury enters Gemini at 6:23 pm EDT (see the details above), closely followed by the Moon entering Taurus at 8:18 pm which will set the stage for the Taurus New Moon and Solar Eclipse on Saturday.

Saturday April 30. The big news today is the Solar Eclipse! The energies of any lunar event, but especially an eclipse, tend to last for a few days before and after the event.  Under the Taurus New Moon we can chart a new course for greater tranquility and peaceful harmony, as well as increasing the simple pleasures that make for a happy life.

The harmonious sextile from Jupiter (positivity) to Pluto (deep transformation) culminates Monday but is embedded in the chart of the eclipse – this intense boost of confidence and optimism will go a long way towards setting our dreams and goals into action.

Sunday May 1. The Taurus Moon completes the eclipse by transiting the North Node around 4 pm EDT, and meanwhile a harmonious aspect from Venus to Pluto helps to strengthen the bonds of relationship which help to anchor the effects of the eclipse.

I know that’s a lot of information! I hope you have a great week, infused by these positive energies. ❤️s by Lynn Hayes.

Mars in Pisces and stationary Pluto


Astrological update for the week of April 18-25, 2022

Mars in Pisces.

As I wrote in last week’s update, Mars entered Pisces on April 14th just before the Libra Full Moon on April 16th. That was a highly potent Full Moon, with the Sun and Moon both in a square aspect to powerful Pluto. Unfortunately it did not lead to a peaceful Easter weekend, with three mass shootings in the US, riots in Sweden and Jerusalem, and the bombing of the wonderful World Central Kitchen in Kharkiv Ukraine.

Astrology cannot prevent global disaster and war, but knowing where there might be land mines can help us in our own small ways to promote peace and healing. Mars will be in Pisces until May 24th, and when Mars is in Pisces all of that aggression tends to be driven into the underground of the psyche. In Pisces, the sign of the artist and the mystic, Mars can be compassionate and fueled by creativity and a yearning for spiritual connection. But the drive and motivation of Mars doesn’t do well when subsumed by the passivity of Pisces and it will take more effort and conscious intention to express and assert ourselves where necessary.

Repeating what I wrote last week, during this time Mars will conjoin Neptune and Jupiter, which may exacerbate the fuzziness of planetary energies. We can ameliorate this somewhat by enhancing our own physical energy through physical activity – always an excellent way to stimulate the chi and activate our intellectual energy as well as physical. But in the end we will just have to be patient and wait for the Piscean clouds to lift, utilizing this time for more peaceful and illuminating experiences described in the first paragraph above. The presence of Venus exalted in Pisces until May 2nd when she enters Aries will help us to focus on the higher path of divine love which will help to keep us out of the abyss of delusion.

Stationary Pluto.

Pluto turns retrograde on April 29 and has reached its stationary point before changing direction. When a planet appears to turn retrograde or direct again, it slows down to a crawl just as a car will do when making a U-turn. When a planet is stationary at a particular degree, its effect is quite potent – especially if your own chart is being affected by that planet.  Pluto is at 28 degrees Capricorn now and will turn direct in October at 26 degrees, so you can see that it will barely move for the next few months.  If you have planets in your own chart at these degrees you will be most personally affected, and of course the US Pluto Return is at these degrees. I think we can expect that the mid-term elections in the fall will be quite intense.

Meanwhile though, the laser beam of Plutonic intensity and revelation of Truth will be powerful for the next few months. It’s a good time to be as authentic, both to ourselves and others, as we can possibly be. ❤️

Here’s what else is happening this week: Dates and times are for the Eastern time zone, please adjust for your locality.

Monday April 18. Venus (relating) and Mercury (mind) are both activating Uranus (innovation and change) today, stimulating a need for something exciting and a break in the daily routine. The Sun reaches the exact challenging square to intense Pluto today, an aspect which was only suggested in the Full Moon chart, meaning that any challenge which may have arisen over the Full Moon weekend may come to fruition today. These aspects are fast moving and will dissipate by tomorrow, but there are three of them which makes this a day of potent energies. Staying centered and focused will help to keep us from going too off-kilter.

That will be somewhat difficult with the Moon in Scorpio most of the day. The Scorpio Moon encourages us to face the hard truths and live with complete honesty, and fortunately for much of the day the Moon gets along with all of the other planets which will help us to navigate any storm clouds. (Moon square Saturn 11:30 am, trine Neptune 12:39 pm, trine Jupiter 2:36 pm, sextile Pluto 7:54 pm.)

The Moon enters optimistic Sagittarius at 10:16 pm EDT which will be a nice lift after the intensity of the previous few days.

Tuesday April 19. Today there are a couple of fast moving lunar aspects that will barely be noticed. The Sagittarius Moon squares Mars in the wee hours of the morning EDT which may promote any irritability which is lurking below the surface, and then a harmonious trine from the Moon to Chiron will smooth out the rough edges around 8:30 pm.

The Sun enters Taurus at 10:24 pm EDT. Where the Moon activates feelings and emotions, the Sun turns our attention to matters of that sign. With the Sun in Taurus we are drawn to anything that provides comfort and security and keep us grounded to Earth.

Wednesday April 20. Over the next few days there are no planetary interactions, but the Moon is quite active today. The Sagittarius Moon encourages far-reaching thoughts and long-range goals and tends not to be too concerned with emotional dramas, but we may find that our own needs take precedence today in a way that isn’t too useful in our relationships. However, with the Moon activating both Jupiter and Neptune today we may want to use this burst of creative energy and spiritual wisdom for something beneficial. (Moon square Venus 12:33 am, opposite Ceres 7:41 am, sextile Saturn 1:18 pm, square Neptune 2:19 pm, square Jupiter 4:55 pm).

The Moon enters Capricorn at 11:52 pm EDT, shifting the vibe from happy expansion of Sagittarius to the focused concentration and serious attention of Capricorn.

Thursday April 21. Today is a sweet day of mostly mild astrological weather. The Capricorn Moon helps to facilitate serious work and organization with little emotional chaos. (Moon trine Sun 1:42 am, sextile Mars 7:52 am, square Chiron 10:25 pm, trine Uranus 11:18 pm.)

Friday April 22. More supportive lunar energies today as the Capricorn Moon facilitates a practical approach to a burst of creative juices with the Moon activating Jupiter and Neptune and generally being a good team player. There may be a few hours of intensity just before midnight EDT when the Moon transits Pluto, but this can also encourage emotional clarity as Pluto forces the unsaid and unknown into consciousness. (Moon sextile Venus 6:42 am, trine Mercury 11:13 am, sextile Neptune 4:37 pm, sextile Jupiter 7:58 pm, conjunct Pluto 11:52 pm).

Saturday April 23. The Moon enters Aquarius at 2:17 am EDT, bringing a voice of reason into the emotional conversation. Aquarius doesn’t care for emotional mess and makes equal justice a priority. Around 8 am for a few hours a square from the Moon to the Sun could reveal tensions that exist between your conscious ideas (Sun) and the emotions behind them (Moon), or the emotions of others. Lunar aspects last for only a few hours and any tension will soon be resolved through the Aquarian deliberation and innovative ways of considering a problem.

Mercury (mind) aligns with the North Node of Fate today. Transits to the North Node don’t usually manifest as specific events, but there may be a turning point of some kind, even if it is just tiny, that acts as a small course correction. Perhaps a decision, or a message you hear on the radio. It’s useful to pay attention to these things on a day like this.

Sunday April 24th. Mercury is busy today, so communication and the processing of information will be highlighted.  A square from Mercury to Saturn that peaks in the morning could bring some negative thinking or at the very least cause us to pause and carefully consider a question which normally we might just breeze through. Later in the day Mercury harmonizes with Neptune to ease the way and help forge a greater spiritual connection to help us listen to the inner intuitive voice.

Meanwhile the Aquarius Moon is also quite busy, but the aspects of Mercury will take center stage and the lunar energies will take a back seat. Watch for potential sadness in the early evening EDT under a conjunction to Saturn which may extend the range of that Mercury/Saturn aspect earlier in the day.

Monday April 25. The Moon will enter Pisces at 6:14 am EDT and we will have another post that day, but it looks like the first few days of next week should be relatively mild from an astrological point of view.

Is Elon Musk the harbinger of the Aquarian Age?

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Elon Musk is in the news again, this time for attempting a hostile takeover of Twitter.  He is such a fascinating character – clearly so brilliant, but also kind of a mad genius and a bit nutty. Just the type I like to profile. 😃

The astrology of Elon Musk.

Unfortunately we don’t have a birth time for Musk (there is a birth time on Astrotheme but it comes from an unverified source in India), but even without it we can see some very interesting things (noon chart shown with Sun on the ascendant).  Musk was born under a conjunction of the Sun and Mercury in Cancer, a sign of feeling and emotion, and this conjunction is tightly squared by both Chiron and Uranus. As I have noted before, Sun/Mercury conjunction individuals tend to be of great intelligence, and when Mercury is ahead of the Sun as it is here there can be a tendency, literally, of the mind getting ahead of the Self. The fact that Uranus, planet of innovation and radical change, is locked in a strong square aspect to the Sun and Mercury enhances the ability to think outside the box as well as inspire somewhat impulsive and radical behavior even when the Sun and Mercury are in Cancer which tends to seek greater security and a sense of safety.

The emotionality of the Sun and Mercury in Cancer is easily activated due to a strong square from Chiron to the Sun and Mercury. Chiron is in Aries, suggesting that the wound (Chiron) is to the evolution of the Self (Aries) and in fact Chiron is the only planet in a fire sign in this chart other than Neptune which is a generational outer planet. When a chart lacks a certain element, the personality traits of that element have no easy mode of expression. Someone without watery planets can be extremely emotional but perhaps not understand how they feel. Someone without earth may be drawn to the practical or earthy areas of life but find it difficult to manage. Someone without fire, such as Musk, may struggle with impulse control since the motivation and action inspired by fire has no easy way to express itself.

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Dealing with impulse control is a theme in this chart. We have the mentalism of the Sun and Mercury squared by Uranus, the planet of impulsive and radical action. We have a lack of fire. We see that the fire planet Mars is in the air sign Aquarius adding more froth to the mentality of the chart, especially since it is inflamed by Jupiter in Scorpio. Scorpio itself is ruled by Mars, making this a “double whammy” connection between forceful Mars and expansive Jupiter, expanding Musk’s confidence and his need to be right in the fixed signs which can be quite stubborn.  Yet on the other hand the Cancerian Sun and Mercury long for connection and a sense of belonging, and the Virgo Moon seeks perfection and order (Mercury and the Moon are in mutual reception which facilitate the interaction between the mind and emotions) .  A harmonious sextile from Jupiter to Pluto enhances his ability to lead and create effective change.

A brief astrological life review of Elon Musk.

In 1995, under a Progressed New Moon in Cancer (sign of family), Musk started a software company with his brothers. This company was sold in 1999 with Musk netting $22M under a transit of Uranus (sudden change) to his Mars (and North Node of fate). That same year and under that same transit, Musk started online bank which spun off Paypal.  Musk was in and out of CEO positions during this period and eventually sold his share of Paypal for $22M.  All of this occurred before Musk’s Saturn Return in 2001.

At the time of his Saturn return, Musk became interested in space and SpaceX was incorporated in 2002 as the Saturn return was waning.  SpaceX is still in operation, now coordinating with NASA to “revolutionize space exploration.”  In 2006-2008 under the square from transiting Pluto to natal Pluto, the first of the series of midlife crisis transits, Musk was hemorraghing money after taking over Tesla and attempting to get his rockets off the ground. He said he was “waking from nightmares, screaming and in physical pain” from the stress. He had run out of money, was facing bankruptcy from the SpaceX projects, was divorced, and then he was rescued by NASA in December 2008 with a $1.5Bn contract.

In 2012-2014 Musk introduced several new initiatives in solar power and transportation at the time of his Uranus opposition (which also set off the Sun/Mercury square to Uranus in his natal chart). This is the classic midlife-crisis period at age 40-42 when we question our life path.

In 2018, with transiting Jupiter squaring his Mars and activating his poor impulse control, Musk smoked a joint on the Joe Rogan show which resulted in the tanking of Tesla stock. He also warned of the dangers of AI, saying “AI could become ‘an immortal dictator from which we would never escape’” – something which fits in perfectly with the upcoming transit of Pluto (destruction and re-creation) moving into Aquarius in 2023.

In early 2022 Elon Musk began acquiring stock in Twitter and in early April initiated a hostile takeover.  Transiting Pluto is in a harmonious aspect to Musk’s natal Pluto/Jupiter sextile, a wonderful time of personal growth and increasing personal empowerment. Transiting Jupiter will set off his natal Sun/Mercury T-square later this year which could exacerbate his natural confidence, but with this guy his very unpredictability is predictable.  He does seem to be more of an instigator and easily bored (I have always imagined him to have Gemini rising which has an insatiable curiosity and great difficulty settling on one path or venture) so it’s difficult to predict how this most recent Twitter adventure will go.  Rather than a left wing or right wing troll as some claim, Musk is a disrupter of the highest order and once the disruption takes place he will likely look for the next shiny thing.

The Aquarian Age connection.

Signs of the Aquarian Age are everywhere, suggesting to me that we are clearly in the doorway if not well into this new age of changing parameters and priorities.  I have written a great deal about the increasing awareness about autism and the Uranus connection, and the growing prevalence of gender identification issues also falls under the Uranian banner. The merging of man with machine, sometimes called the Singularity, has begun and Elon Musk has been in the forefront of that adventure. In 2020 Musk started a company called Neuralink which I wrote about here which is focused on building “implantable man-machine interfaces.” Tesla, owned by Musk, has been called the world’s largest company run by robots.

Musk recently revealed that he has Asperger’s, a type of mild autism that has likely been around for a long time but was only recently diagnosed to the extent it is now. I know of quite a few adults who very recently discovered that they have Asperger’s (personally I think lumping highly functional Aspergers together with classic autism does everyone a disservice).

Inventive Uranian types like Elon Musk have been around for a long time, but at the doorway of the Aquarian Age this kind of pioneering mentality will be the ones who will shepherd us through that doorway into a future that we will not begin to recognize.

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Astrological news this week: Jupiter/Neptune and a Libra Full Moon

Astrological update for the week of April 11-18, 2022

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Jupiter/Neptune conjunction in Pisces. This week we have the exact conjunction of Jupiter to Neptune, culminating on April 12th.  You can do a deep dive into this conjunction by following this link. We can get the most out of this crescendo of Piscean magic and illumination (which will remain in effect for the rest of the  month) by placing our attention on areas of our life where creative inspiration and spiritual exploration can take hold. Meditation retreats. Music and art. Ecstatic dance. Anything we do that invites Divinity into our lives is highlighted now.

The conjunction of Jupiter to Neptune doesn’t always bring fairy dust and magic – there is also potential for illusion and confusion.  There is a longing under this conjunction for positivity and optimism, and this can be a gorgeous influence to help us create a beautiful future. However, we may not be thinking as clearly as we would like to, so I advise precautionary care with the mundane details to be sure we have our feet on the ground when making decisions.

Mars enters Pisces April 14th. Following the Piscean theme described above, the planet of war enters the the most mutable of the mutable signs. Mutability is flexible and adaptable, but also lacks focus and direction which is not the happiest place for Mars. In Pisces, Mars can inspire greater compassion and a yearning for spiritual connection, but the Piscean confusion can become a force that dissolves our motivation and even our physical energy.

Mars will be in Pisces until it enters Aries on May 24th. During this time Mars will conjoin Neptune and Jupiter, which may exacerbate the fuzziness of planetary energies. We can ameliorate this somewhat by enhancing our own physical energy through physical activity – always an excellent way to stimulate the chi and activate our intellectual energy as well as physical. But in the end we will just have to be patient and wait for the Piscean clouds to lift, utilizing this time for more peaceful and illuminating experiences described in the first paragraph above. The presence of Venus exalted in Pisces until May 2nd when she enters Aries will help us to focus on the higher path of divine love which will help to keep us out of the abyss of delusion.

Libra Full Moon. The Moon will be full in Libra on Saturday April 16th at 3:55 pm EDT.  Full Moons are all about balancing polar opposites since during the Full Moon the Sun is in the sign opposing the sign the Moon is in, and at the Libra Full Moon the balancing of opposites is the very theme of the lunation. Libra after all IS the sign of balance – under the Libra influence we learn to view all sides of an issue before making an opinion, and achieve equilibrium in the midst of opposing forces.

This Full Moon is squared by intense Pluto which could bring about some conflict which needs to be resolved before that equanimity can be achieved although the resolution may not occur until after the Sun squares Pluto on the 18th. Fortunately, a harmonious aspect to Saturn  helps to provide stability and the rational steps to solve any problems which keep us from achieving our goals at this time. With the help of Saturn, any Pluto problems can be easily managed.

Other planetary events this week (dates and times are for Eastern time zone, please adjust for your locality):

Monday April 11. The Moon begins the week in Leo, inspiring us to seek joy and live our best life especially in the afternoon and early evening when the Moon trines the Sun. A momentary blip in that sunny focus may occur around 9 pm EDT under a Saturn influence but any clouds will soon pass.

Tuesday April 12. Jupiter conjoins Neptune! The Moon will have just moved into Virgo at 10:07 which will add a grounding influence and keep our minds focused on the details of life on planet Earth, and a harmonious Sun/Saturn influence will help us to take that wonderful positivity of Jupiter and Neptune and put it to work towards a worthy goal.

Wednesday April 13. Mild lunar aspects will help to promote positivity.

Thursday April 14. The Virgo Moon activates both Neptune and Jupiter in the early morning EDT which could exacerbate any confusion already in the works.  We may feel somewhat unsettled, but this cloud will lift after a harmonious Moon/Pluto alignment around 2 pm which will be followed by the entry of the Moon into Libra at 4:45 pm EDT. This will begin the countdown to the Libra Full Moon a couple of days later.

Meanwhile Mars enters Pisces at 11:05 pm. Creating an intention for a new creative project, or meditation practice, or some way to channel all of this Piscean energy into something positive, will be an excellent way to prepare for the Full Moon.

Friday April 15. With no other lunar or planetary aspects, a Moon/Chiron opposition at 3:40 pm EDT could create some emotional discomfort which will last only a few hours.

Saturday April 16. Full Moon! A wonderful day for a ritual to honor and clarify the intention that is fueled by desire from the highest good.

The Moon enters Scorpio at 8:22 pm EDT and trines its ruler Mars shortly thereafter which will help us to sharpen our focus and awaken the pure desire that fuels our creative energies.

Sunday April 17. The Scorpio Moon is busy on Sunday, creating some tension in communication and exacerbating any restlessness that might be lurking in the subconscious, but also easing our interactions with others. Meanwhile a harmonious Mercury/Venus aspect culminates around 9 pm but shines a light all day to facilitate conversation and compromise.

Mercury and Venus are also building to aspect Uranus in the early hours of the morning on Monday, bringing in new energies and potential excitement to innovate and create positive change (Mercury conjunct Uranus 12:51 am Monday, Venus sextile Uranus 3:14 am Monday.)

Take good care everyone and have a wonderful week. ❤️


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News this week: Tread carefully with Mars/Saturn and Mercury/Pluto


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Astrological update for the week of April 4-11, 2022

Before I talk about the hard stuff I’d like to add a preface: These potentially challenging cycles are fast moving, lasting only a few days, and interpersed are lovely periods of harmony and camaraderie that will help to relieve the stress of what I’m about to reveal. 😃

Mars conjunct Saturn April 4. The week begins with a challenging conjunction from Mars to Saturn in the Saturn-ruled sign of Aquarius. The idea that Mars and Saturn are malefic in their nature is something that I am always arguing against.  If it weren’t for Mars we wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning.  Mars is the energy that motivates and excites us – it provides inspiration as well as desire.  When that inspiration and desire is thwarted, Mars can become angry and that can easily escalate into the rage that Mars is known for.  Saturn provides a container and structure for our lives.  It inspires us to make commitments and to set goals for the future.  Saturn’s lessons become difficult when we attempt to ignore the need for rules and structure – then we may get the proverbial bonk on the head from the Celestial Taskmaster.

This conjunction is intensified because it squares the Taurus Moon which may cause some disruption to our equilibrium. The conjunction is also in a strong square aspect to the Lunar Nodes of Fate, suggesting that there may be a reckoning from the past that must be confronted before the path to the future is clear. With any planetary aspect to the nodes there may not be a specific event that occurs but it’s a good idea to keep our eyes open in the early part of the week.

Mercury square Pluto April 10.  Mercury transits only affect us for a day or two since Mercury travels so quickly, but since we are already primed in the early part of the week for potential tension and malice under Mars/Saturn, we may be hyper-sensitive as Mercury in its final degrees of fiery Aries faces off against Pluto.  Mercury is associated with communication and all kinds of information and frankly I don’t know how we would recognize an increase in arguments and fiery rhetoric. But it might be a good idea not to walk into any lion’s dens on the 9th or 10th.

Jupiter/Neptune conjunction. Technically this doesn’t culminate until April 12th, but it is in full effect this week. You can catch up here if you missed my deep dive, but the murky mystical mists of Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces could confuse some of the issues that may come up here. This is a good week to be mindful – stay in the present moment, examine your emotions and feelings, and try not to react without thinking and careful consideration. A harmonious sextile from Jupiter to the lunar nodes is in effect for much of the week (culminating  April 8) and could bring an opportunity that could change the course of our lives ever so slightly, even though we may not recognize it at the time.

And now…the week ahead!  Dates and times are for the Eastern time zone, please adjust for your own locality. 

Monday April 4. The Moon is quite active today, mostly supportive once we get past a trigger to that challenging square to Mars and Saturn (after 12 pm). The presence of Jupiter in the mix will likely help to ameliorate any real difficulty or conflict that emerges. The afternoon brings a lunar conjunction to the North Node to help us to re-focus, and the support of Neptune for creative inspiration and of Pluto for aid in delving deep into consciousness. (Moon square Mars 11:09 am, sextile Jupiter 11:29 am, square Saturn 11:57 am, conjunct North Node 1:04 pm, sextile Neptune 2:36 pm, trine Pluto 11:59 pm.)

Tuesday April 5. With the Mars/Saturn energies peaking, we begin to assimilate the lessons which may have emerged when the Moon enters Gemini at around 3 am. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, planet of the mind, and under its influence we are more easily able to understand our emotions from a more detached and intellectual perspective. The Gemini Moon helps us to process and digest experiences and move on to the next ones.

We also have Venus moving into Pisces at 3:17 pm, bringing her beauty and softness into the sign of imagination and spiritual yearning. Venus is creative and romantic in Pisces, lubricating our relationships and helping us to find the highest expression of human love in all of its forms.

Wednesday April 6. Today is relatively quiet with only a few harmonious lunar aspects to facilitate the smoothing of any rough edges. (Moon sextile Chiron 4:15 am, conjunct Ceres 9:19 am, sextile Sun 12:31 pm, sextile Mercury 9:56 pm.)

Thursday April 7. A harmonious sextile from Mercury in Aries to Saturn is perfect for any difficult conversations that we may have put off.  This aspect enhances mental focus and concentration, and also calms the fire of Aries Mercury to cool down frustrations and communicate more clearly.

The Gemini Moon faces off against Jupiter and Neptune between midnight and 3 am EDT which could make for some emotional discomfort and sense of unsettledness. This is followed by a harmonious trine from the Moon to Mars to restore confidence just before the Moon enters Cancer and harmonizes with Venus.  The Moon will be in its own sign of Cancer for a few days, heightening sensitivity and potentially bringing out the richness of our feelings. (Moon trine Saturn 12:26 am, square Jupiter 12:41 am, square Neptune 2:53 am, trine Mars 3:14 am, enters Cancer 3:30 pm, trine Venus 8:19 pm.)

Friday April 8. The harmonious Jupiter/Nodes aspect culminates this morning, along with a harmonious Mercury/Mars aspect to facilitate all matters of communication and learning. There could be a few hours around 5 pm when sensitive feelings are hurt, but these are not likely to linger. (Moon squares Chiron 5:20 pm, sextile Uranus 6:27 pm.)

Saturday April 9. Lunar aspects rule the day, although the challenging square from Mercury to Pluto which culminates Sunday is building throughout the day on Saturday. There may be some emotional tension for a few hours in the early morning, but these will be followed by generally harmonious lunar aspects to foster good feeling and inner balance.

It is a good idea to use this time to think about any challenges that could come up on Sunday under these challenging influences and formulate a plan to manage them, especially since after 11 pm the Moon will trigger the Mercury/Pluto aspect. (Moon square Sun 6:47 am, Moon trine South Node 2:02 pm, trine Jupiter 2:36 pm, trine Neptune 3:46 pm, square Mercury 11:25 pm.)

Sunday April 10. The lunar trigger to the Mercury/Pluto conflict continues around 1 am before the Moon enters Leo at 3:59 am. The Leo Moon encourages us to seek joy and good will which will be useful under the Mercury/Pluto aspect which culminates at 8:45 am and will dissipate throughout the day.

Mercury moves into Taurus on Monday April 11 at 2:09 am which will settle everything down and help us to regain any equilibrium we may have lost.

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