The Writer’s Astrological Almanac
By Kathy Watts
(all times are PDT)
Like New Moons? Like Solar Eclipses? Happy September 1! Start the month with a fresh approach, and a fresh feeling. Autumn is not that far off. And remember, Mercury is retrograde.
Thu Sep 01 is the New Moon and Solar Eclipse at 9 Vir. Heads Up. It’s pretty much opposed Neptune, too. Be safe and work on the small important stuff first. In the evening the Sun squares Saturn. Don’t judge what you wrote today. You’ll like it better tomorrow.
Fri Sep 02 the Sun makes an opposition to Neptune at 9:38 am. Let the dreamy fog dissolve and see things more clearly. At 10:18 am Mercury retrograde conjoins Jupiter in Virgo. Trust your first impression, write fast, and edit later. At 3:00 pm the Moon conjoins Mercury, and at 3:13 pm the Moon conjoins Jupiter and goes void of course. Write fast, write a lot and don’t worry about how much of it may make the cut. At long last the Moon enters Libra at 5:55 pm. Now go have a pleasant evening.
Sat Sep 03 the Moon conjoins Venus in Libra. Hold your head up high and smile. You’re writing. You don’t even have to tell anybody about it.
Wed Sep 07 the Moon is in Scorpio when the Sun makes a trine with Pluto. It’s a day for serious work but not for severe self-criticism. Some things are too easy. At 6:20 pm the Moon enters Sagittarius. Go read something wonderful.
Thu Sep 08 the Moon conjoins Saturn in Sagittarius. Why overexpose yourself to people who deflate your enthusiasm? Today is the last day that Jupiter spends in the sign Virgo. Heads Up. Edit as much as you can.
Fri Sep 09 the Moon is in Sagittarius all day. At 4:18 am Jupiter changes signs, leaves Virgo and enters Libra. Look for an abundance of socializing and more beautiful art and music. You may enjoy more corroboration, too. Jupiter will be in Libra until October 2017. Now you know. At 8:11 am the Moon conjoins Mars in Sagittarius. The weekend is near but you can get a lot of work done today.
Sat Sep 10 the Moon is in the final degrees of Sagittarius when Mercury opposes the asteroid Chiron. Think what you like but go slow before acting and causing needless trouble. Have you got your files backed up? Don’t get paranoid about it. Save that for tomorrow.
Sun Sep 11 the Moon conjoins Pluto in Capricorn. You don’t need to feel paranoid about your work now, either. At night, the Moon makes a trine with Mercury. This can set your mind more at ease. Remember, Mercury is retrograde.
Mon Sep 12 the Moon is in the last degrees of Capricorn when Mercury makes a square with Mars. It may be hard to know what to work on first. At 2:28 pm the Moon enters Aquarius. That should cool things down and clear the mind a bit.
Wed Sep 14 the Moon is in Aquarius until 7:23 pm when it enters Pisces. Do a solid day’s work, and then enjoy some dreamy music or poetry.
Thu Sep 15 the Moon conjoins Neptune in Pisces. You may have been reminded of something dreamy that you’d like to work on. Go for it.
Fri Sep 16 we have the Full Moon (and Lunar Eclipse) at 24 Pis at 12:05 pm. Heads Up. Work steadily and don’t let anything distract you. The Moon then goes void of course until entering Aries at 9:22 pm. You might get a burst of energy just before bedtime. Perfect.
Sun Sep 18 the Moon conjoins Uranus in Aries at 11:32 am. Blow off some steam, or put something outrageous in your current project. Characters can say the darndest things. The Moon then opposes Venus at 12:30 pm. Heads Up. (Yes, there was a Venus-Uranus opposition. about twelve hours ago.) Play nice, and don’t fret over what you’re wearing. At 1:11 pm the Moon makes a trine with Mars and goes void of course. However the day has gone, you want to feel like you’re making progress. The Moon finally enters Taurus at 9:58 pm. Have a reasonable bedtime snack and sleep well.
Tue Sep 20 the Moon is in Taurus when Mercury retrograde makes a trine with Pluto. (Pluto is retrograde too, if anybody cares.) If you need a break, get up and take a short walk. At 10:53 pm the Moon leaves Taurus and enters Gemini. Lighten up and write it out! It’s also the last day of Mercury’s retrograde in Virgo. Prepare to really lighten up. Heads Up.
Wed Sep 21 the Moon is in Gemini when Mercury goes stationary direct at 10:31 pm. Mercury is at 14 Vir. Heads Up. We now get to do the second of half of Virgo all over again. Stretch those typing fingers and maybe have a spare ink cartridge for the printer. Is this a mercurial day, or what? This is also the last day that the Sun spends in the cozy capable confines of Virgo. Tomorrow the world may seem more lively and entertaining.
Thu Sep 22 the Moon is in Gemini when the Sun switches signs and enters Libra. The Sun is now a guest in the house of Venus. Today is the autumnal equinox, when the Sun rises due east and sets due west, and is above the horizon for 12 hours all over the world. Do an ingress chart if you’d like a peek at what the next three months may hold.
Fri Sep 23 the Moon leaves Gemini and enters its home sign Cancer at 1:33 am. At 1:51 am Mercury makes a trine to Pluto. This should not even disturb your dreams. At 7:51 pm Venus changes signs and enters Scorpio. Heads Up. Beauty and aesthetics are about to get spicier.
Mon Sep 26 the Moon is in Leo when the Sun conjoins Jupiter in Libra. Heads Up. If you don’t get some good news today, you’ll have found more places to send your great stuff. Don’t sit on it.
Tue Sep 27 the Moon is still in Leo when Mars changes signs and enters Capricorn. Work ethic meets self-motivation. You know you’re going to get a lot done between now and November 9.
Wed Sep 28 the Moon is in Virgo all day. Work with great care and precision. Feel good about every word.
Thu Sep 29 the Moon conjoins Mercury in Virgo. Play it safe out in the world, but go out and play it. It’s also the day before the New Moon. Heads Up.
Fri Sep 30 the very dark Moon conjoins Jupiter at 9:54 am. You’re storing up secret good luck for later. At 5:11 pm is the New Moon at 8 Lib. Heads Up. Networking and a heightened sense of the artistic can serve you well in the coming lunar month.
September may start out rocky and with a bit of a bang, but it settles down. Whoever thought that I would thank Mercury for contributing to a patient, productive month? Mercury retrograde in Virgo can do that, though. Few things feel better than knowing that you got something, something difficult, right. No check would dare bounce under those conditions this month. Work diligently and be rewarded, in more ways than one. Look forward to more of an artistic atmosphere and a party mood in the weeks ahead. Write about it all. Heads Up!
Above is the chart for the explosion of the Space X rocket that was to bring Facebook Satellite to space to provide internet in the Sahara Desert in Africa. Do you see anything special ? This chart is up at Angelicus Merlin
Long Range Weather Forecast September
by Sue Miller
September 1, 2016 New Moon, Solar Eclipse Moon on Equator
Hurricane potential (Sun square Saturn, Mars conjunct Neptune
September 5, 2016 Crescent Moon Apogee
Clouds clear by 10:00 am
September 9, 2016 First Quarter Moon
Fine, vacation weather
September 13, 2016 Waxing Gibbous Moon
Fog in morning until just after lunch
September 16, 2016 Full Moon Eclipse, Moon Perigee and on Equator
Heat with a sudden temperature drop (Mars trine Mercury)
(all times are PDT)
August starts on a Monday with the Moon in Cancer until the evening. Feelings are high but they may also be tender. It’s also the day before the New Moon in Leo. Heads Up!
Tue Aug 02 the Moon is very dark in Leo when Mars changes signs, leaves Scorpio and enters Sagittarius. About two hours later is the New Moon at 10 Leo. Things should really brighten up now. Don’t let anything get you down.
Wed Aug 03 the Moon is in Leo all day. Write like the champion you are. In the evening the Moon conjoins Venus in Leo and then goes void of course. Don’t worry about making anything look or sound better. Do that later.
Thu Aug 04 the Moon conjoins Mercury in Virgo at 1:43 am. Want to take a closer look at what you did yesterday? Go ahead but don’t be harsh. At night at 9:57 pm the Moon opposes Neptune. You can change your opinion about something but don’t act on it until tomorrow.
Fri Aug 05 the Moon is in Virgo when Venus changes signs and enters Virgo. Aesthetics remain refined but details matter more. Think little pearl buttons, all buttoned down. About twelve hours later the Moon conjoins Jupiter in Virgo and goes void of course. You may not feel that you’re doing enough, but that’s just the big picture talking. Stay on track, do little things, but maybe more of them.
Sat Aug 06 the Moon is in agreeable Libra when Venus squares Mars. Most people don’ know what they want to do. Don’t push yourself to make choices for the sake of choosing, either.
Wed Aug 10 the Moon is in Scorpio all day. That almost qualifies as a heads up for me. At 4:25 pm Mercury trines Pluto. Go ahead; change your mind. Just don’t destroy anything just yet.
Thu Aug 11 the Moon conjoins Mars in Sagittarius. Work with enthusiasm, and don’t feel compelled to show everything to everyone.
Fri Aug 12 the Moon conjoins Saturn in Sagittarius. Saturn is especially strong now, almost stationary. The retrograde period that started back in late March is about to end. Heads Up.
Sat Aug 13 the Moon is in Sagittarius when Saturn goes stationary direct. Heads Up. At least Saturn is a guest in the house of Jupiter and that serves to take a bit of an edge off the severity, for good or ill. However, Saturn is serious wherever it is. Be serious (but not grim) about where you are, too.
Mon Aug 15 the Moon conjoins Pluto in Capricorn at 2:04 am. Hang in there. The day may mellow. At 7:45 pm the Moon trines Jupiter and goes void of course. Maybe wake from a disturbed sleep but ease into a brighter, big-hearted kind of day. Write what you know and don’t look back.
Wed Aug 17 the Moon is Aquarius all day. We are getting a month of Wednesdays with the Moon in Fixed signs. You know what you really want to work on. And you know what you want to see out there in the world.
Thu Aug 18 is the Full Moon at 25 Aqu at 2:27 am. And, the Moon goes void of course until it enters Pisces that night at 9:34 pm. Have a clear vision and plan for the day, and let yourself drift off into vague happy land come evening.
Fri Aug 19 the Moon conjoins Neptune in Pisces. It won’t matter if people disappoint your or how many rejection emails you get today. Your dreams and ideals remain intact.
Sat Aug 20 the Moon in late Pisces opposes Mercury at 3:41 am. Maybe listen more and chatter less. You could hear some great inspiring stuff. The Moon enters Aries at 12:18 pm. That can perk up the rest of the weekend.
Sun Aug 21 the Aries Moon makes a trine with Mars at 2:09 am. Then it makes a trine with Saturn at 4:43 am. You can see where this is leading us. Heads Up and have a pleasant productive day. It’s also the last day of the year that the Sun spends at home in Leo. Tomorrow the world may be less golden and mischievous. It will still be a beautiful world.
Mon Aug 22 the Moon is in Aries when Mercury and Jupiter conjoin in Virgo. Heads Up for more ideas and projects than a mere mortal can manage. At 9:38 am the Sun leaves Leo and enters Virgo. Heads Up. The party’s over and it’s time to clean up. On the bright side, think how nice and neat your workspace is becoming. At 2:19 the Moon leaves flaming Aries and enters Taurus. Work snacks improve, too.
Wed Aug 24 the Moon is in Taurus when at 4:26 am Mars and Saturn conjoin in Sagittarius. Heads Up. Be strict, and ambitious, and do some great work. At 4:40 pm the Moon leaves Taurus and enters the more playful and creative Gemini. Maybe the party isn’t over quite yet. Make the most of this boost of mercurial energy and write your little heart out between now and Friday evening. Heads Up, yes!
Thu Aug 25 the Moon is in Gemini when at 11:56 pm Mars is square Neptune. That brilliant idea you had while falling asleep may have some problems with it when the morning sun rises. Not all magic works perfectly in the first draft. It’s still magic.
Fri Aug 26 the Moon leaves Gemini and enters Cancer at 8:06 pm. Well, that was fun. Did you get a lot done?
Sat Aug 27 the Moon is in Cancer when Venus and Jupiter conjoin in Virgo. Write that gorgeous love scene, or experience one in real life. It is the weekend, after all.
Sun Aug 28 the Moon is void of course in Cancer when Mercury and Venus conjoin in Virgo at 11:32 pm. Cleverness and charm can do great things, when sincere and not at cross purposes.
Mon Aug 29 the Moon is in Leo when Venus changes signs, leaves Virgo and goes to her nocturnal home sign Libra. The party is definitely not over. Outline that romance novel, or write the ballroom scene in your historical novel. It’s also the day before Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo. Virgo is still the place to be, especially if you’re Mercury, Heads Up. I don’t know about you, but Mercury retrograde in Virgo is prime editing season. Heads Up.
Tue Aug 30 the Moon is in Leo when Mercury becomes stationary retrograde at 6:04 am. Mercury is in the very powerful last degree, 29 Vir, and preparing to backtrack through half the sign. Get yourself organized and spread out those outlines.
Wed Aug 31 the Moon is in Leo all day. More importantly, it’s also the day before the New Moon (which will be a Solar Eclipse). Heads Up for a safe exit from this month and a safe entry in the next one.
It’s quite the writerly month with so much Virgo and Mercury involvement. Stay patient and organized. If it feels like Mercury is retrograde the entire month, so what? That can be a good thing. Take care of your personal effects, your transportation and communication gadgets, and don’t lose your keys or your glasses.
The outside world will continue to have its crazy moments, the craziest possibly before the August 24 Mars-Saturn conjunction in Sagittarius. Be safe and let the outside world flip out to its heart’s content. You have better things to do. These days, if you’re writing political thrillers you are certainly not lacking for material.
Be bold, self-empowered, confident, and calm. Write on! Heads Up!
The Writer’s Astrological Almanac
By Kathy Watts
(all times are PDT)
July starts on a Friday (the day of the week for Venus) with the Moon just slipping into super-writer-friendly Gemini. We can spend the whole darn month working and feeling good about everything and everyone. Yes, we can. Only Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto are retrograde now. The other inner planets are all direct. We can let the outer world go spin its wheels as we get on with our inner lives a bit more often.
Fri July 01 the Moon is in Gemini and will be there until early Sunday morning. Be your best mercurial, inventive, clever self and see how much you learn and accomplish. (continue reading…)
SUMMER 2016 ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
June 20 – August 1st 2016
By Sue Miller
The Summer Season is seen as ‘hot, wet, windy’
June 20, 2016 Ingress of Spring
Today , Opening Day, may display all thee ingredients
( Neptune at IC and Jupiter at MC; Neptune at reception-point of Saturn, Mercury opposition)
June 24, 2016 Waning Gibbous Moon
Very high humidity
June 27, 2016 Last Quarter Moon, Moon at Equator
Hurricane potential (Mars/Neptune conjunct IC, Pluto trine Radix Neptune)
July 1, 2016 Waning Crescent Moon Perigee
Hot and wet (Mercury conjunct Venus)
July 4, 2016 New Moon
Lightening at night, much rain (Moon in Cancer, Jupiter/Uranus square IC, Moon trine IC)
July 8 Crescent Moon
Clouds clear by noon
July12, 2016 First Quarter Moon Apogee
Strange weather (Mercury semisquare Neptune, Sun semisquare Ascendant)
July 16, 2016 Waxing Gibbous Moon
Beautiful day with strong breezes (Mercury conjunct Radix Venus)
July 20, 2016 Full Moon (on Equator)
Long-lasting cool spell Venus trine radix Venus)
July 24, 2016 Waning Gibbous Moon (on Equator)
Very pleasant days
July 27, 2016 Last Quarter Moon Perigee
Hot with electrical storms at night (Mercury square radix Mars and trine Uranus)
August 2, 2016 New Moon
Sudden temperature drop. Hurricane potential (Sun trine radix Saturn, Mercury/Uranus square IC)
August 6, 2016 Crescent Moon on Equator
Strange weather (tr Mercury opposite Uranus square radix Mercury
August 11, 2016 First Quarter Moon Apogee
Very settled weather
August 15, 2016 Waxing Gibbous Moon
Foggy until after lunch (Venus opposite radix Neptune)
August 18, 2016 Full Moon on Equator, Eclipse
Extended cool weather. Forceful wind out of the West (Mars OOB)
August 22, 2016 Waning Gibbous Moon Perigee
Very windy (Mercury conjunct radix Jupiter)
August 25, 2016 Last Quarter Moon
Hot with electrical storms, fast-moving violent winds
August 28, 2016 Waning Crescent Moon
Hot with electrical storms continuing (Mercury conjunct radix Venus)
The Writer’s Astrological Almanac
By Kathy Watts
(all times are PDT)
June starts on a Wednesday, Mercury’s day of the week. That can keep the little mind active! The Sun itself is in Gemini, too. Do good things with this. Mars, Saturn, and Pluto are all retrograde now. By the middle of the month Neptune will be retrograde, too. Don’t be in too big a rush to do anything. Take your time. Do your best.
Wed Jun 01 the Moon conjoins Uranus in Aries. Heads Up. A frivolous little surprise is always a good excuse for a work break. Don’t let it eat the day.
Fri Jun 03 the Moon conjoins Mercury in Taurus. Work hard and be sociable. Yes, you can do both, although maybe not at the same time. At 8:01 pm the Moon leaves Taurus and enters the sign of Gemini. We have from now until Sunday evening to make the most of our mercurial inclinations and talents. Go for it. It’s also the day before the New Moon. Be safe. Heads Up.
Sat Jun 04 the Moon is in Gemini when the Sun squares Jupiter at 3:57 am. There will be more that you want to do than there will be time to do it in. If you don’t already have a to-do list, make one early in the day. At 5:49 pm Venus squares Jupiter. You may not like what you’ve done. Set it aside. Judge later. The Moon conjoins Venus at 7:08 pm. Relax doing, reading, or watching something calming. Not quite an hour later, at 8:00 pm we have the New Moon at 14 Gem. You have the entire lunar month to get all those things you’ve wanted to say or write out into the world.
Sun Jun 05 the Moon changes signs, leaves Gemini and enters Cancer at 8:41 pm. Did you have a productive, stimulating weekend?
Mon Jun 06 the Moon is in Cancer when the Sun conjoins Venus in Gemini. Heads Up. Love what you do and how you do it. Do more!
Wed Jun 08 the Moon is in Leo all day. Go for the gold.
Thu Jun 09 the Moon is in Leo when Mercury opposes Mars. Heads Up. Save editing for another time because you may not like anything for very long. Do fresh work, work fast, and set it aside for now.
Sat Jun 11 the Moon conjoins Jupiter in Virgo. Enjoy some socializing and maybe limit your work to organizing or putting a few things away, perhaps where they belong.
Sun Jun 12 the Moon is void of course in Virgo when Mercury changes signs, leaves Taurus and enters its home sign of Gemini. Heads Up! The mind may shift into overdrive. This may be a better time for brainstorming and outlining rather than pumping up the word count. At 5:33 pm the Moon enters Libra and nine minutes later the Moon trines Mercury. People may want to talk to you. Unless you’ve locked yourself in the closet to write, you could enjoy it and consider it research.
Mon Jun 13 the Moon is in Libra when Neptune turns stationary retrograde in Pisces. People may take up more time, idle daydreaming less.
Wed Jun 15 starts off at 12:00 am with the Moon trining Venus and going void of course in Libra. Enjoy sweet dreams, or at least non-disturbing ones. At 6:18 am the Moon enters Scorpio where it stays for the rest of the day. Get serious about doing what you’re serious about anyway.
Fri Jun 17 the Moon conjoins Mars in Scorpio at 6:52 am and then goes void of course. The morning might feel like life in the fast lane. At 12:39 pm Venus changes signs, leaving Gemini and entering Cancer. Heads Up. Love and beauty gets quieter and more private. That’s good for romance writers, right?
Sat Jun 18 the Moon conjoins Saturn in Sagittarius. You may not feel much like socializing, but you will. Consider it research.
Sun Jun 19 the Moon in Sagittarius makes a trine with Uranus. Unexpected ideas may be more playful and fun. More interesting perhaps is that today is the last day that the Sun spends in the sign of Gemini. Tomorrow the world may feel quieter, more emotional, nostalgic, and a tiny bit shy. Heads Up.
Mon Jun 20 at 4:02 am we have the Full Moon at 29 Sag. The last degree of any sign is especially strong. Look for a major breakthrough or blast of enlightenment that makes your artistic world bigger. The Moon now goes void of course. At 4:55 am the Moon enters Capricorn and is in that sign when at 7:55 am Mercury opposes Saturn. At 10:11 am Mercury squares Neptune. In the morning you may sometimes feel that the creative magic is close but it keeps slipping away. Stick with it. At 3:34 pm the Sun changes signs, bids farewell to Gemini and moves into the sign of Cancer. Heads Up. The Sun is now a guest in the Moon’s house. It’s also the first day of summer (in the northern hemisphere, anyway). Look at an ingress chart to get a peak at what the next three months may hold.
Tue Jun 21 the Moon conjoins Pluto in Capricorn. Stick to your program, check off those boxes, and feel good about every single bit of it.
Wed Jun 22 the Moon is in Capricorn all morning. Work diligently and don’t feel rushed or pressured. At 1:08 pm the Moon moves into Aquarius. If you feel that quality is slipping, you’re probably gaining perspective and a stronger grasp of the big picture. It’s not a bad time to plot or outline or do character sketches. At 3:59 pm Mercury squares Jupiter. Aim high and don’t judge any results.
Sat Jun 25 the Moon conjoins Neptune retrograde in Pisces. If it’s a dreamy, romantic weekend, some of that love can be lavished on your favorite project.
Sun Jun 26 the Moon is in Pisces when Jupiter makes an exact trine with Pluto. This doesn’t happen very often and the aspect has been applying for a long time. Embrace a change or outlook that seemed too radical before. If our work is changing its direction, go with it for now. At 7:31 pm Mercury makes a sextile with Uranus. You may better appreciate some decision you’ve already made but felt lukewarm about.
Tue Jun 28 the Moon conjoins Uranus in Aries. Heads Up for being more energetic and experimental. It’s also the last day of Mars retrograde. Heads Up. If you’ve been working at a slow speed, you‘ll gradually up the pace. If you’ve been pushing it, you may lose that feeling of swimming against the current.
Wed Jun 29 the Moon sextiles Venus and goes void of course in Aries. You may dream of nicer things. At 3:30 am the Moon enters Taurus. You’re looking at a potentially solid workday. At 4:24 pm Mercury changes signs, leaves its home sign Gemini and moves into Cancer. Thoughts turn to more comfortable and comforting things. Fourteen minutes later at 4:38 pm Mars pauses in the sky and goes stationary direct at 23 Sco. Heads Up. It’s okay for you to pause, too. We’ve had a month of Wednesdays with the Moon splitting time between Cardinal and Fixed signs. You may have started a few new things as well as continued to hammer away at deadlines and other necessary projects.
Thu Jun 30 the Moon conjoins Mars in Scorpio. Fire up and get things done!
The month is part crazy and part conservative and solid. Half the time you may be sparking off great new ideas and contacts. The other half of the time, you may feel that you need a bigger file (or sock drawer) to set aside work that is not yet ready to see the light of day. You’ll know which is which.
We’ve entered summer and temperatures may be rising. Stay in there, stick with it, pace yourself, reward yourself for your persistence and productivity. Mars is no longer retrograde, for heavens sake. Don’t stop now! Heads Up!
The Writer’s Astrological Almanac
By Kathy Watts
(all times PDT)
May! We are in the incredible heart of spring. Five planets are retrograde now, including Mercury, but that won’t last. If life has been hectic, here’s our chance to shift into a slightly lower gear.
Sun May 01 the Moon is void of course in Aquarius when the Sun makes a sextile with Neptune. That can give a boost to dreams and inspiration. Later in the morning the Moon moves into Pisces. Enjoy the dreamy atmosphere but don’t float away.
Mon May 02 the Moon conjoins Neptune in Pisces. The mental fog may thicken, but you can work through, and even with, it. If you’re feeling weepy, blot those eyes and keep writing.
Tue May 03 the Moon is void of course in Pisces when the Sun trines Jupiter (which is still retrograde, by the way). Take on a big project or chip the corner off a big work in progress. There’s no rush. The Moon enters Aries in the late morning. Let your motivation heat up and see how much you can get done.
Wed May 04 the Moon is in Aries all day. Take your vitamins, work hard, and blast away. At 9:17 pm the Moon conjoins Uranus and goes void of course. The Moon may still be in Aries, but the evening should be less hyper, crazy or surprising perhaps but less hyper.
Thu May 05 the Moon enters Taurus at 10:10 am. Work habits can get steadier. Take pleasure in your work all day, as the Moon conjoins Venus at 10:12 pm. Happy Cinco de Mayo! Maybe I should say Heads Up. It’s also the day before the New Moon. Definitely Heads Up! Play it safe and smart.
Fri May 06 is the New Moon in 16 Tau at 12:30 pm. Have a productive and profitable month just by doing what comes naturally (that’s often what we do best anyway). At 7:10 pm the Moon conjoins Mercury retrograde and goes void of course. You don’t need to manically write through the evening, but you might.
Sat May 07 the Moon leaves Taurus at 9:35 am and enters the gloriously creative and infinitely curious sign of Gemini. We have from now until Monday morning to be our most mercurial (in the good sense), conversational, and constructive selves. Do good things!
Sun May 08 the Moon is in Gemini all day. Are you still reading, writing, and socializing? Take mental notes.
Mon May 09 the Moon is void of course in Gemini when Jupiter goes stationary direct at 5:14 am. Heads Up for luck (and other good things) to be on the gradual increase (or at least become more evident again in the world). At 8:12 am the Sun conjoins Mercury retrograde in Taurus. Heads Up. There may be a short period when nothing makes much sense and you don’t care, but that will swiftly pass. At 10:24 am the Moon enters its home sign of Cancer. Spend the day getting comfortable in your own skin, your own home, and your own work environment.
Tue May 10 the Moon is in Cancer when Venus makes a trine with Jupiter. Pamper yourself by doing some self-indulgent work on a pet project. Tidy it up later, if ever. Regardless, enjoy the work.
Wed May 11 the Moon enters Leo in the afternoon. If you’re not fired up in the morning, you may be by the afternoon. Be proud of what you do, but don’t necessarily show it to the world right away.
Fri May 13 the Moon is void of course in Leo when Mercury retrograde and Venus form a conjunction in Taurus. Know what you want to do and figure out how to do it. No big deal.
Sun May 15 the Moon conjoins Jupiter in Virgo. Work on something small and have a big good feeling about it all.
Wed May 18 the Moon is in Libra for virtually the whole day. Are you part of a writer’s group or do you have a partner? Do good stuff today, even if it’s mostly having discussions or sharing constructing critiques. We can all use another pair of eyes. At 11:29 pm the Moon enters Scorpio. Go to bed tired and sleep well. We are having a month of Wednesdays with the Moon in Cardinal signs, with a touch of Fixed (Leo and Scorpio) tossed in for good measure. It’s the thirty-sixth anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens.
Thu May 19 the Moon is in Scorpio all day. More notably (no offense to Scorpio) is that it’s the last day of the year that the Sun spends in the sign of Taurus. You know what’s coming next. Tomorrow the world may seem faster, more youthful and mischievous, and more suited for writing (unless socializing and “enrichment day” field trips interfere). Heads Up!
Fri May 20 the Moon is in Scorpio when the Sun leaves Taurus and enters the sign of Gemini. Heads Up all month long for an active mind and a lot more communication and cleverness in all their myriad forms. Heads Up!
Sat May 21 the Moon enters Sagittarius at 11:48 am, and moves on until at 2:14 pm we have the Full Moon at 01 Sag. Heads Up for a vibrant, expansive month. Get out more and mix, then come back in and write. At 3:43 pm the Moon conjoins Mars retrograde in Sagittarius. Yes, you have the energy for all of this. Lastly, today is the last day that Mercury is retrograde in Taurus. Don’t loosen your grip on what you need for your work. Heads Up.
Sun May 22 the Moon is in Sagittarius when at 4:17 am the Sun opposes Mars retrograde. Mars is at its brightest and most golden now, and is high in the southern sky around midnight for the next few nights. Take a look if you can. Heads Up and be more selective about where you want to put your strongest efforts. About two hours later, at 6:20 am, Mercury turns stationary direct. Heads Up. Relax but don’t let your work ethic slip. At 3:20 pm the Moon conjoins Saturn in Sagittarius. (Saturn is retrograde all month long, by the way.) Those careful, more skillful work habits you may have discovered during the Mercury retrograde are all still there for you.
Tue May 24 the Moon is in Capricorn when at 2:45 am Venus changes signs, leaves her home sign Taurus and enters Gemini. Work may take on a more delicately lovely feel. Your efforts may also become more vibrant and perhaps even whimsical. Heads Up. At 7:38 pm Venus opposes Mars. Heads Up. You may think you know where your passions lie, but you might just change your mind.
Wed May 25 the Moon is in Capricorn all day. At 7:21 am the Moon conjoins Pluto. It may be a good day to keep the head down and take refuge in your work.
Thu May 26 the Moon is void of course in Capricorn when Jupiter and Saturn make an exact square. Be willing to work hard and do those nagging little necessary things. This keeps Saturn happy, and sets you up for a more orderly, successful future.
Fri May 27 the Moon is in Aquarius when Mars retrograde slips out of Sagittarius and reenters its traditional home sign of Scorpio. Heads Up. You know what’s most important to you. Play it straight. Do it.
Sun May 29 the Moon conjoins Neptune in Pisces, for the second time this month. Don’t you love these 31-day long months?
Mon May 30 the Moon makes a trine with Mars retrograde and goes void of course in Pisces. By 6:09 pm the Moon will have entered Aries. At 8:09 pm Mercury trines Pluto. Ready for a surprise? or for launching one? Happy Memorial Day (in the US).
We’ve seen astrologically nuttier months. We started with five retrograde planets and conclude with three. The Mars opposition keeps enthusiasm high, and honest. You control the horizontal and the vertical in your life, and especially in your work. In a month when Taurus and Scorpio exert so much influence, sparks can fly if you get careless and let something get out of control, because it will. You know what you want to do, even if you need to experiment a little to figure out exactly how. Take your time, but take it! Be brilliant and write on!
The Writer’s Astrological Almanac
by Kathy Watts
(times are PDT)
Spring has most definitely sprung, no matter what the weather is! April starts on a Friday, the day of the week for Venus, so make this a month of love, inside and out. If nothing else, love what you do. Don’t let a daily grind take the magic out of it for you. (continue reading…)
SPRING Weather 2016!!
March 20- May16th 2016
PITTSBURGH, PA & Metro Area
By Sue Miller
Wet, very windy and warm is the forecast for this season (Scorpio on Ascendant, Neptune in Pisces , and Mercury 4th House)
March 20, 2016 Wet, wet, Ingress to Spring. (Venus conjunct Neptune in Pisces. Fourth House)
March 22 2016 Full Moon Apogee eclipse
Strong March winds blow in today (Jupiter 10th trine Pluto). These winds may be cold and brisk but bring in warmer weather.(Venus conjunct 4th House)
March 27, 2016 Waning Gibbous Moon
Hot and dry (Sun trine natal Mars)
March 31, 2016 Last Quarter Moon
Intense, whipping winds Mercury sesquiquadrate radix Mars)
Flooding a distinct possibility (Moon sextile Neptune, 4th cusp)
April 4, 2016 Balsamic Moon
High winds continue (Mercury sesquiquadrate Jupiter, Mercury semisquare 4th cusp)
April 7, 2016 New Moon Perigee, Moon crosses Equator
Very hot with fires in the news.
April 9, 2016 Crescent Moon
Flash freezes in the area, not necessarily right at home.
April 14 First Quarter Moon
Cold with a wind storm (Jupiter/Uranus square Midheaven, Mars/Saturn conjunct Ascendant)
April 17, 2016 Waxing Gibbous Moon, Pluto retrograde
Flooding, but a bit West of us (Venus trine radix Saturn 1st, Sun semisquare 4th cusp, Moon at Equator)
April 26, 2016 Waning Gibbous Moon
Very rainy (Venus semisquare Neptune radix Midheaven)
April 29, 2016 Last Quarter Moon
Rain and thunderstorms. Violent winds (Moon/Venus square Ascendant, Mercury/Pluto square Ascendant; Sun/Jupiter square Midheaven)
May 2, 2016 Waning Crescent Moon
Wonderful vacation days Warm and pleasant (Sun trine Jupiter, Sun sextile 4th cusp)
May 6, 2016 New Moon Perigee
Good weather continues (Sun trine Jupiter at radix Midheaven) with strong winds (Mercury/Pluto square Midheaven)
May 10, 2016 Crescent Moon
Wet and humid with some storms (Venus trine radix Jupiter at Midheaven)
May 14, 2016 First Quarter Moon
Strong winds continue with heat and humidity (Venus/Mars opposite Ascendant, Mercury/Mars opposite Ascendant)