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Heads Up! The Writer’s August Astrological Almanac

by on Aug.06, 2017, under Forecasts

Heads Up!

The Writer’s Astrological Almanac

by Kathy Watts

August 2017

All times are PDT.

August, full of Sun, Mars, and eclipses. How hot is that? We shall see. The month starts on a Tuesday, the day of the week associated with Mars. Now how can that be a coincidence? Not. And, let’s toss in a Mercury retrograde while we’re at it. Ready or not, here August comes!

Tue Aug 01 the Moon starts off in Scorpio but moves into fiery but more friendly Sagittarius in the early morning. The Moon trines Mars at 9:30 pm. Get your list in order, and then blast through it. A short list is fine.

Wed Aug 02 the Moon is in Sagittarius all day. It could be a lunch appointment with your agent or your critique group. It could be a “get that ms in the mail” (which probably means email) day. Uranus goes stationary retrograde today, still in Aries. What else is new? Uranus is retrograde five out of twelve months this year, starting now through the end of the year. Sometimes life is a bit less unpredictable but it can be hard to tell.

Thu Aug 03 the Moon conjoins Saturn in Sagittarius shortly after midnight. It’s nice to have some discipline to your day and work schedule.

Fri Aug 04 the Moon is in Capricorn when Jupiter perfects its square with Pluto. Heads Up. This has been building for a long time, and it will be a long time diffusing, too, if even in our lifetime. Let your enthusiasm for your writing continue to grow, and grow, and grow.

Sat Aug 05 the Moon conjoins Pluto in Capricorn. Don’t let anxiety ruin a perfectly good social time. If you get antsy, though, politely skip out, go home, read and or write.

Mon Aug 07 we have the Full Moon at 15 Aqu. Heads Up. Face your work and face the audience that it is preparing to meet. This is also a lunar eclipse. Be on guard for more emotional responses from people. Maintain some objectivity, and remember that it’s all good character research, right?

Wed Aug 09 the Moon is in Pisces all day. The Moon conjoins Neptune in Pisces at 4:14 pm. Write your ideal scene, sketch out your ideal plot outline, and don’t fret if you lapse into a daydream in the afternoon. Take notes.

Fri Aug 11 the Moon is in Aries all day. It could be a busy weekend. Venus trines Neptune at 10:17 pm. It could also be a profoundly romantic evening. Play Berlioz. Let someone else play Puccini. The big news is that tomorrow Mercury goes stationary retrograde in Virgo. Heads Up to get prioritized and organized. This includes thought processes as well as all things mechanical and electronic.

Sat Aug 12 the Moon is in Aries all day. At 6:00 pm Mercury goes stationary retrograde in Virgo. Heads Up and make it good. Mercury retro in Virgo is prime editing season on my planet, by the way.

Tue Aug 15 the Moon leaves Taurus and enters Gemini at 7:06 am. Heads Up for intensified creative communicating and networking from now until Thursday morning. You may need to make allowances for the Mercury retrograde, but otherwise don’t hold back.

Wed Aug 16 the Moon is in Gemini all day. How is your word count going?

Thu Aug 17 the Moon leaves Gemini and enters Cancer at 9:13 am. Did you get a lot done? Maybe it’s time for a second breakfast.

Fri Aug 18 the Moon conjoins Venus in Cancer. If you’re not in the mood to dress up yourself or your work, consider scrutinizing what could make your work more popular.

Sun Aug 20 the Moon conjoins Mars in Leo. It’s the Sun’s day of the week, by the way. Get passionate about your own stuff and let it shine. It’s also the day before the New Moon, which happens to also be a total solar eclipse that cuts across North America from Oregon to South Carolina. Heads Up. Do you know where your eclipse goggles are? Heads Up for all the usual reasons, plus some.

Mon Aug 21 we have the New Moon at 28 Leo at 11:30 am. Heads Up for conspicuous and hopefully glorious changes in the world, literary and otherwise. If you are in the US and can witness this as a total eclipse, do it! Don’t miss the experience of a lifetime. Can you say bucket list? It’s that spectacular. If not in the zone of totality, if you can observe it locally, protect your eyes. Even a tiny bit of the Sun’s photosphere is bright enough to damage your vision. The Moon kindly goes void of course immediately after. At 1:25 pm the Moon enters cooler, calmer, and probably unfazed Virgo. The royal star Regulus has progressed into the beginning of Virgo (for us tropical zodiac types). Take some time and write your powerful heroine scene now. Also, today is the last day that the Sun spends in flamboyant Leo. Tomorrow the world may seem a bit slower and more mundane if not saner. We can hope.

Tue Aug 22 the Moon conjoins Mercury retrograde in Virgo. Heads Up in the best of ways. Do you have enough red pen and pencils? At 3:20 pm the Sun exits Leo and enters Virgo. Heads Up for a double dose of practicality if not pragmatism. Don’t waste a drop of it.

Wed Aug 23 the Moon is in Virgo for most of the day. You can get a lot done, even if most of it is bits and pieces. At 6:05 pm the Moon enters agreeable Libra. It may be less easy to get much work done in the evening. We’ve had a month of Wednesdays with the Moon mostly in the mutable signs. It’s a good thing that people like to read about people, isn’t it?

Fri Aug 25 the Moon is in Libra when Saturn goes stationary direct. Saturn has been retrograde since April 5, and a retrograde Saturn can sometimes be a kinder, gentler Saturn so it’s easy to lapse and forget to notice. Nonetheless, Saturn is still a guest in the house of Jupiter so all its saturnine claws are not out after it has gone direct. Heads Up anyway. Also at 9:30 pm Venus changes signs, leaving tender-hearted Cancer and entering glamorous Leo. Now’s the time to punch up your work.

Sat Aug 26 the Moon is in Scorpio when the Sun conjoins Mercury retrograde in Virgo. Heads Up. If you were organized before, it may take a bit more effort to stay that way now. Don’t fret if it isn’t easy.

Wed Aug 31 the Moon is in Sagittarius all day. The month goes out on a fiery, mutable note. It’s a good day to submit work and to get good news back from publishers and agents.

To say that changes are in the air is a gross understatement. We are swimming in change. We are saturated in big change. Let these changes take you in the direction that you want to go. The Sun and Mars provide the integrity, self-motivation, spark, and passion to start and not stop until you decide that it is time.

To end the month in Virgo is a great blessing. We can screw our heads back on straight and get back to basics. We can tend to daily matters with skill and precision. The month ends with Mercury retrograde, and this can get us to downshift out of manic city and work at our own pace.

No matter what is happening in the outside world, we control the horizontal and vertical of our own world. Of course we need to interface the two worlds from time to time, but we have some control over that, too.

Hang on, and Heads Up!

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Heads Up! The Writer’s April Astrological Almanac

by on Apr.05, 2017, under Forecasts

Happy Spring!

Heads Up!

The Writer’s Astrological Almanac

by Kathy Watts

April 2017

All times are PDT.

It’s April, and no fooling! The month starts on a Saturday, Saturn’s day of the week, so skip the fooling around and get a jump on your work load and on whatever works for you.

Sat Apr 01 the Moon is in Gemini, and trine Jupiter retrograde. Write as much as you can. Or, get out and socialize as much as you can and gather material.

Sun Apr 02 the Moon in Gemini opposes Saturn at 7:43 am and goes void of course until 11:27 am when the Moon enters Cancer. Lunch time! Did you get a lot done? At 5:25 pm Venus retrograde changes signs and enters Pisces by the back door. Heads Up, especially for romance writers.

Wed Apr 5 the Moon is in Leo all day. Sit up straight and know that what you write really rocks. Saturn goes retrograde at 10:06 pm. Heads Up. It may be a bit harder to resist interruptions.

Fri Apr 7 the Moon is in Virgo when the Sun opposes Jupiter retrograde. Jupiter is at its brightest and will be high in the night sky around 1 am. Go out and look if you can. Heads Up. Take a good look at how lucky you really are, and appreciate it all. Submit work today, and keep in touch with agents, editors, and your writing critique buddies.

Sat Apr 8 the Moon is in Virgo all day. The big news is, tomorrow starts the second Mercury retrograde period of the year. Heads Up. Keep calm and get organized and systematic. Do you know where your phone is? Good.

Sun Apr 9 the Moon is in Libra when Mercury goes stationary retrograde at 4 Tau. Heads Up. Stay organized at work, keep your home finances organized, drive safely, and you’re good. If this retrograde slows down your productivity, don’t fret. The retrograde will end in Aries and you’ll more than make up for it.

Mon Apr 10 the Moon conjoins Jupiter retrograde at 3:58 pm. You should have luck contacting people now. We have the Full Moon at 21 Lib later at 11:08 pm. It’s a month to love and be loved. Love what you’re working on, too. Passover begins.

Wed Apr 12 the Moon is in Scorpio all day. Nothing can discourage you from your work, except perhaps yourself. Just do it and don’t look back.

Thu Apr 13 the Moon is in Scorpio when the Sun conjoins Uranus in in Aries at 10:30 pm. Heads Up. Write surprising events that have serious consequences.

Sat Apr 15 the Moon is in Sagittarius all day. The big news is that Venus goes stationary direct at 26 Pis at 3:18 am. Heads Up. Write something secret and show it to no one. From April 15 through April 19 we have “only” three planets retrograde. Can you tell the difference? (continue reading…)

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Head’s Up! September Forecast

by on Sep.02, 2016, under Forecasts

Birth of Venus by Botticelli

Birth of Venus by Botticelli

Heads Up!

The Writer’s Astrological Almanac

By Kathy Watts

September 2016

(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. (continue reading…)

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Heads Up! The Writer’s Astrological Almanac May 2016

by on May.02, 2016, under Forecasts

Water Lillies

Heads Up!

The Writer’s Astrological Almanac

By Kathy Watts

May 2016

(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. (continue reading…)

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Head’s Up! Writer’s Astrological Almanac April 2016

by on Apr.28, 2016, under Forecasts

 

rose

Heads Up!

The Writer’s Astrological Almanac

by Kathy Watts

April 2016

(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…)

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Head’s Up!Astrological Almanac Jan18-31st

by on Jan.18, 2016, under Forecasts

Point Arena Light House

 

Heads Up!

The Writer’s Astrological Almanac

by Kathy Watts

January 18th-31st 2016

(times are all Pacific Standard Time, PST)

Mon Jan 18 the Moon is in Taurus all day. At 3:01 am Mars makes a trine with Neptune. There’s magic in this trine, and with Mars in Scorpio, it may not be gentle. It may be a good day to let a character’s emotions run wild, though. Heads Up.

Tue Jan 19 the Moon enters Gemini at 1:13 am. Heads Up for extra writerly and artistic self-indulgence and productivity. This will end early on Thursday, so jump right on it. It goes fast. It’s also the last day of the month that the Sun spends in Capricorn. Tomorrow the world will be bigger if not brighter, with wider perspective.

Wed Jan 20 the Moon is in Gemini when the Sun enters Aquarius at 7:27 am. Heads Up. If it’s been a work-crazed month so far, that might lighten up but the desire to work isn’t going to go away. Mercury retrograde is square Uranus at 10:26 am. This could be a Heads Up if you’re feeling mischievous.

Thu Jan 21 the Moon enters Cancer at 5:28 am. Treat yourself to a nice breakfast and keep working.

Fri Jan 22 the Moon is Cancer when at 1:59 am Mercury retrograde conjoins Pluto at 15 Cap. Alarming thoughts could try to grab hold of your imagination. Let them go. Mercury won’t be retrograde much longer and it’s moving slowly and powerfully through the sky. Heads Up. The Moon conjoins Mercury retrograde at 9:17 am. Your heart may speak more loudly than your head. The Moon then conjoins Pluto at 9:34 am. It’s an intense way to spend the morning, so maybe cut down on the coffee. By the way, the Moon is square Uranus at 11:32 am. Surprises may not be so pleasing now. It’s a sort of Heads Up day. (continue reading…)

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Head’s Up! Writer’s Astrological Almanac Jan 1st-17th

by on Jan.01, 2016, under Forecasts

2016 Dubai fire
Heads Up!

The Writer’s Astrological Almanac

by Kathy Watts

January 1st-7th 2016

(times are all Pacific Standard Time, PST)

Happy New Year! Whatever 2015 gave or took away, 2016 is here now and we get a fresh start. Hard work and simply being sensible and realistic will get us through better than we might think. Take care of essentials and work hard on those things you love most. Like, ah, being creative and expressive. And remember, you are not alone. Starting the year with the Moon in Libra generates a firm, fond bond between us all. Write on!

Fri Jan 01 the Moon is in Libra all day. It’s a Venus day with the Moon in a sign ruled by Venus. Enjoy what pleases you most and indulge in the arts that inspire you. (Me, I’ve resumed reading War and Peace.) In the evening Mercury changes signs, leaving Capricorn and entering Aquarius. We can think about a bigger audience now.

Sun Jan 03 the Moon is still in Libra when Mars leaves Libra and enters its nocturnal home sign of Scorpio. (Even if you treat Pluto as the ruler of Scorpio, Mars is still extremely strong here, and much happier than being in Libra.) Get motivated and make some progress, no matter how much socializing happens. Midday, at 11:52 am the Moon also enters Scorpio. Get focused on your current work. By 1:12 pm, the Moon has caught up with Mars to make a conjunction. If you need to go home and shut the door to get things done, why not.

Mon Jan 04 the Moon is in Scorpio all day. The Moon is trine Neptune at 2:56 am, setting us up for a dreamy day. Don’t dream the day away, though. Tomorrow Mercury goes retrograde. Get mentally organized and be ready. Do you know where your phone and keys are? Good. Heads Up!

Tue Jan 05 is a Heads Up day. The Moon is in Scorpio when Mercury makes a square with Mars at 4:00 am. Heads Up. A dream may expose a flawed idea. Mercury then goes stationary retrograde at 5:06 am, at 01 Aqu. Heads Up. Get ready to repeat and improve something that you thought was finished. At 7:28 pm, the Sun conjoins Pluto, at 15Cap. Heads Up. If tensions have been mounting all day, blame it on this. At last, the Moon enters Sagittarius at 10:56 pm. Whew. (continue reading…)

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Heads Up! The Astrological Almanac October 1st-10th

by on Oct.01, 2015, under Forecasts

 

Redwood Trees

Heads Up!

The Astrological Almanac for Writers

by Kathy Watts

October 1st-10th 2015

(all times are PDT)

Autumn is upon us! October starts with the Moon in Taurus, but a few hours later the Moon slips into writer-friendly Gemini. Let’s combine that patient, persistent hard-working spirit with the sparkly gleeful curiosity and verve for words (and so many other things). Mercury is still retrograde, but that won’t hold us back. It will just make us more careful and skillful. Take it as a plus. The Moon enters Gemini at 1:03 pm.  We have from now until Saturday afternoon to be our most productive and playful. Don’t waste a minute. (continue reading…)

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Weather Forecast St. Petersburg Fl Sept 23-Oct 11th

by on Sep.24, 2015, under Forecasts, Traditional Astrology, Weather

Sunset

St Petersburg, Florida Weather Forecast

September 23rd – October 11th

by Sue Miller

 

 

Prepare for ‘great rains” as the ancients used to say. High winds frequent this forecast as well.

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Heads Up! The Astrological Almanac Sept18th-25th

by on Sep.18, 2015, under Forecasts, Traditional Astrology

 

summer

Heads Up!

The Astrological Almanac for Writers

by Kathy Watts

September 18th-25th 2015

(all times are PDT)

 

Fri Sep 18 the Moon is conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius. It’s the day of the week ruled by Venus, too. Keep expectations to a minimum and appreciate every little thing that goes your way. Saturn likes sincere appreciation. (continue reading…)

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