Monday 5/9/2022: Sneak Peek at the Week; Mercury is RETROGRADE; Jupiter in Aries

Allll-righty then!

We have two big planetary shifts this week, and they both happen on TUESDAY. Mercury goes retrograde and Jupiter leaves Pisces for its first passage into Aries.


Here’s how it goes:

  • MONDAY: the Leo Moon opposed Saturn at 8:38 AM ET. If you were grumpy, fine. if you were motivated to get some work done in the wee hours, even better. Moon went void immediately thereafter, not to enter Virgo until 6:53 PM ET. If you took today off, good for you. Moon voids are fine times to flake out, as nothing of consequence is likely to occur, and crises that do crop up are usually much ado about nothing. Chill! Use the Virgo Moon to sort it all out over the next few days…but watch out for the usual Mercury retrograde snafus, especially around 4:09 AM ET on…
  • TUESDAY: …as the Moon squares Mercury at its apparent standstill. As 7:47 AM ET, the Messenger Planet officially starts its backwards trek through the sky.

A pause, while I present this Really Useful Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide:

Contrary to popular belief, Mercury retrograde is no reason to freak out. Mercury retrograde gets a bad rap because we are geared, in this crazy modern age, to always be thinking, doing, moving FORWARD. You know what that gets you? BURN OUT. We need our down times, and Mercury retrograde is a perfect time to give our minds a rest. Why else would your computer, phone and/or car choose THIS time to malfunction? Because you are supposed to be slowing down. And as you slow down, it is vitally important that you FOCUS.

When Mercury is retrograde, be prepared for travel delays, scheduling screw-ups, mechanical breakdowns, computer crashes, having to repeat what you’ve just said, misunderstandings, the past coming back for a second look, surprise reunions and having to repeat what you just said. Use your FOCUS and double-check important details, like whether the restaurant you’ve chosen for a meet-up is still in business. Or whether it is booked for a commercial shoot or a private party — all of which has happened to me during Mercury retrogrades.

If you are looking for a job, Mercury retrogrades are a perfect time to reach out to people from your past. Mine your address book and trust that your contacts will be happy to hear from you. However, do not be frustrated if your target is away on vacation or keeps rescheduling meetings. Also, triple-check your emails and resumes before you hit “send,” as there is a higher probability of typos and other sloppy snafus.

In your business, you’ll need to make sure all communications have been received and are clearly understood. Be mindful of the higher potential for communications equipment to go on the fritz. MAKE SURE YOUR FILES ARE BACKED UP. Also be aware of a higher than average probability for delays in shipping and travel arrangements. For this you will need an extra dose of patience.

You may also find it profitable to REview a project from the past. Maybe you shelved it then, but now is the time to REconsider. However, be advised that a spontaneously, “out-of-the-blue” idea for advancement may not be so sound when Mercury turns direct. This is why the conventional wisdom advises against finalizing and/or signing contracts on deals during Mercury retrograde. An exception might be supported if you are REnegotiating or RElocating. If you absolutely must close a deal, triple check everything. The key is not to RUSH.

This is a good time to schedule a corporate REtreat. Any activity that affords the opportunity to REview past performance is encouraged. REsearch on a new strategy is also favored.

Mercury retrogrades are not favored for launching a new website or a new communications systems. There is a higher than average probability of technical glitches and confusion. REvisions, however, are A-OK.

In general, adopt a playful attitude of flexibility to whatever twists you encounter. Avoid making major purchases (especially electronic ones), unless your A/C unit has died and there’s a heat wave.  Sometimes you just have to buy an appliance, Mercury retrograde or not. This is life. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Don’t believe everything you hear or read in the papers when Mercury is retrograde. Rumors have a higher probability of spreading. Avoid losing patience — that’s a big one.

When in doubt, be silent!

Do plan on RElaxing, REviewing, REsearching, REorganizing, REgenerating, REconnecting and REcreating….and REviewing your life with your astrologer.

Mercury turns retrograde at 4 Gemini. It will travel backward in Gemini until May 22nd, when it backs into Taurus. Mercury will turn direct on June 3rd at 26 Taurus, where it will be conjunct the Fixed Star Algol. This star is tied to the head of the Medusa, and we may be hearing stories of people literally losing their heads around this time. Mercury reenters Gemini on the Full Moon of June 14th. Mercury won’t cover new ground until June 18th, when it reaches 4 Gemini (where it is right now).

Mercury retrograde in Gemini suggests a ton of double-talk and “on the other hand” discussions, and even an insistence that two contradictions can both be true at the same time.  Hey, Gemini sees it both ways. Clever and entertaining wordplay is likely to capture our imagination, none of it really going anywhere, but gosh, it sure is fun.

The Sabian Symbol for this Mercury retrograde is “a radical magazine,” which image of “a periodical publication of extreme views demanding widespread social and political change,” writes Sabian Sage Blain Bovee.  OMG — astrology is AMAZING. It occurs to me that a magazine is also “a chamber for holding a supply of cartridges to be fed automatically to the breech of a gun,” (says your local dictionary), and this ties in curiously with Jupiter’s ingress into warrior Aries. Watch the headlines.

You are more personally affected by this Mercury retrograde if you have planets or angles around 26 Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius,  and 4 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces. Consult your local astrologer for details.

A pause, while we recap what was written about Jupiter in Pisces and Aries at the end of 2021:

When in Pisces, Jupiter is likely to expand matters involving all Piscean themes:  empathy, refugees, oceans, feet, and faith, to name a few. Jupiter was in Pisces in 2010 when the Affordable Care Act was passed. That was a big statement of empathy and healing, was it not? Jupiter will be in Pisces until May 25th and then dips into Aries. On July 28th, Jupiter turns retrograde at 8 Aries and will stay in Aries until October 28th.

With Jupiter in Aries for the summer, I expect an excess of heat — and an expansion of all matters related to Aries, e.g., initiative, pioneers, war, steel, iron, crusades, cars, the color red, courage, and Mars.  Jupiter turns direct on November 24th at 28 Pisces and returns to Aries on December 20th — right before the Winter Solstice. Anyone born with planets between 28 Pisces and 8 Aries gets a triple hit of expansion potential in 2022 — and we can expect to see a lot of them in the headlines.

We can also expect that all matters ruled by Jupiter will be colored by the energy of either Pisces or Aries next year. So if Jupiter refers to horses (which it does), we will see matters involving horses reflecting Pisces themes of empathy, victims, faith, etc. When Jupiter enters Aries, perhaps the word “warhorse” will capture our attention. Other Jupiter keywords include law, religious dogma, growth, generosity, the liver, the lungs, blood, hubris, reward, aspirations, counselors, and the all-important asparagus.

Speaking of Jupiter referring to horses, with Jupiter at the Aries Point over the weekend, isn’t it amazing that horses were so prominent in the news? I’m talking about Rich Strike, the horse that won the Kentucky Derby with odds of 80-1!!!

Back to the forecast:

  • WEDNESDAY: A steamy-provocative morning, as Mars in Pisces opposes the Virgo Moon at 8:17 AM ET. An earthy balance may be had around 10:01 AM ET, as Moon trines the Taurus Sun. Happy Hour could be dreamy or wiggy, as Moon opposes Neptune at 5:16 PM ET. Have a dose of emotional depth with that last round, as Moon trines Pluto at 11:59 PM ET, and then goes void.
  • THURSDAY: Moon enters Libra at 2:34 AM, seeking balance, fairness and diplomacy in relationships. A burst of fiery exuberance may be had around 3:01 AM ET, as Moon opposes Jupiter. Harmony between Moon and Mercury retrograde in Gemini facilitates a productive review. The evening may be testy, as the Moon in Libra’s people-pleasing needs are challenged by Venus in me-me-me Aries, exact at 11:49 PM ET.
  • FRIDAY: Moon in Libra travels through the day without interference. A stabilizing trine to Saturn at 9:53 PM ET ends the work week.
  • SATURDAY: A power play or catharsis in the wee hours, as Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto at 4:07 AM ET, and then goes void until 6:33 AM ET. Moon then plunges into Scorpio, demanding emotional depth and substance. It’s not void, so you’re free to snap up yard sale bargains. Moon travels without interference for the whole day, but may be feeling the weight of the world.
  • SUNDAY: Gravitas is disrupted or simply disruptive around 8:04 AM ET, as Moon opposes Uranus. At 2:48 PM ET, the Sun squares Saturn. Sun refers to leaders of business and state; Saturn refers to cuts, losses and necessary controls. Minutes later, at 3:14 PM ET, Sun sextiles Neptune, suggesting themes of spirit, sacrifices and soulful artistry. Emotions are on the rise, as the Moon waxes to fullness on Monday. We’re getting ready for a lunar eclipse, too — and a SuperMoon. It all happens ’round midnight, preceded by the gravitas of Moon square Saturn, exact at 11:38 PM ET.

Here is Beth Owl’s Daughter’s Tarot Card of the Week, which seems to be reflecting the newborn feeling of Jupiter’s ingress into Aries.

The news is locked and loaded, but I can’t type it up right now, given that this is shipping at midnight.

Keep an eye out for the next episode of “Off the Charts: A Stellar Newscast,” in which Whitney Fishburn and I dish about the horoscopes of “Justice”Alito, John McCain, and the assault on Roe v. Wade and other civil rights, as seen through the Aries Ingress and other planetary patterns. That should drop on Friday. Here are prior episodes.

For a modern psychological take on Ghislaine Maxwell’s horoscope, check out this three-part video collaboration with Kathy Rose. It’s called “Astrology of the Famed: Revealing the Human within the Horoscope.” Which famous person should we talk about next?

And remember, you can always find a audio/video sneak peek of the Sneak Peek at the Week on Avid Reader Alison Woo’s nifty podcast 2022: The Year of Love. In this week’s episode, she’s talking about the lessons of love to be learned in the TV series, “Bridgerton.”

Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Mercury and faithful friend — somewhere in Ukraine…

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