Astrology 13th-19th: Rising Tide

Astrology 13th-19th: Rising Tide

The Moon wanes over a week of transitions.   Mercury enters Pisces on Monday, starting things off with the messenger’s shift into the spacey, imaginative sign.  The middle of the week is hampered by Venus in Aries’ square to Pluto in Capricorn, providing a few irritations and smothering some excitement.  Meanwhile, the Sun stays in an applying trine with a retrograde Saturn for much of the week, lending it a certain heaviness.  Finally, on Saturday night, the Sun joins Mercury in Pisces, signaling our descent into the creative and confusing depths that will define the next lunar month.

Murkury

The week begins with Mercury’s  entry into the depths of Pisces.  Murky, alcoholic and cosmic, Mercury’s time in Pisces fuzzes out the codifying mind, blurring communications and confusing to-do lists.  The quality of ambient mental energy is less than useful for practical purposes, but can be very inspiring for a variety of creative activities. Mercury will be in Pisces until March 2nd, though the messenger will return, retrograde, to the watery sign at the end of March.

The disoriented and dreamy influence of Mercury in Pisces is exaggerated by Mercury’s initial conjunction with Neptune on Monday night.   Later in the week, Mercury sextiles Jupiter in Taurus, giving communications a positive edge that may offset the frustrations triggered by Venus’ passing square with Pluto.

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Venus in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn for the first half of the week.  This passing configuration pulls the emotional energies inward, suppressing surface joys and heightening irritations.  A little excitement may be smothered, but it will swiftly pass.

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The Sun in Aquarius spends the majority of the week in an applying trine with Saturn in Libra, highlighting obligations, obstacles and generally lending the work week a take-care-of-business undertone.  Try and wrap up this lunar cycle’s series of tasks before Saturday.

On Saturday night, the Sun moves into Pisces, pulling us into the oft-neglected depths of the psyche.  Subtlety, creativity and imagination thrive beneath these waves, as do confusion, laziness and craziness.  Almost immediately upon entering the shoreline of the aquatic sign, the Sun conjoins hallucinatory Neptune in Pisces for the first time in century and a half.  Pour a little on the floor for the king of dreams and save the rest for yourself.  Sunday is similarly smothered in Neptunian haze, temporarily obscuring concrete matters.

In Summary

The week moves from tension to release, but also from order to protean confusion.  Try and finish up concrete tasks and take care of business this week, as next Tuesday’s New Moon in Pisces starts of what will no doubt be a very disorienting lunar cycle.

Horoscopes

Horoscopes are not a real chart reading by an experienced astrologer. However, they are fun and can be reasonably accurate. In addition to referring to your Sun sign, read your from Ascendant and Moon if you know them. If you don’t, find out. I’m a long time fan of the free chart generation software at astro.com.

Oh, and if you’re still concerned that your sign has changed, get a little clarity here.

Aries: The Ram

Mercury enters Pisces on Monday, pulling your mind inward to deal with psychological and spiritual matters.  Mercury will be in Pisces until March 2nd, but will be back again at the end of March for a retrograde moment or two.

The Sun’s movement into Pisces on Saturday night shifts more energy toward the half submerged parts of your psyche.  In fact, the Sun’s first several days in the sign see it conjoined Neptune, amplifying the imaginative, spiritual and boundary-less qualities.

Taurus: The Bull

Mercury enters Pisces on the Monday, channeling communications haphazardly through your social sphere. Mercury will be in Pisces until March 2nd, but will be back again at the end of March for a retrograde moment or two.

The Sun’s movement into Pisces on Saturday night shifts more energy toward your opening social sphere.  The Sun’s first several days in the Sign see it conjoined Neptune, amplifying the changes to the social circles in which you swim.

 

Gemini: The Twins

Mercury enters Pisces on the Monday, bringing your mind to bear on changing professional aspirations.  Mercury will be in Pisces until March 2nd, but will be back again at the end of March for a retrograde moment or two.

The Sun’s movement into Pisces on Saturday night shifts more energy toward your increasingly dreamy career plans.  The Sun’s first several days in Pisces see it conjoined Neptune, amplifying the focus on changing professional aspirations.

Cancer: The Crab

Mercury enters Pisces on the Monday, leading the mind toward the wide vistas of your long term goals. Mercury will be in Pisces until March 2nd, but will be back again at the end of March for a retrograde moment or two.

The Sun’s movement into Pisces on Saturday night shifts more energy toward your long term considerations, as well as stimulating philosophical speculations.  The Sun’s first several days in Pisces see it conjoined Neptune, expanding your personal goals and infusing your perspective with greater imagination.

Leo: The Lion

Mercury enters Pisces on the Monday, shifting your thoughts to the flow of resources between yourself and other people.  Mercury will be in Pisces until March 2nd, but will be back again at the end of March for a retrograde moment or two.

The Sun’s movement into Pisces on Saturday night shifts more energy to the exchanges between yourself and others.  The Sun’s first several days in Pisces see it conjoined Neptune, foregrounding the dissolving boundaries between yourself and others.

 

Virgo: The Virgin

Mercury enters Pisces on the Monday, bringing thoughts and communications to bear on your significant relationships.  Mercury will be in Pisces until March 2nd, but will be back again at the end of March for a retrograde moment or two.

The Sun’s movement into Pisces on Saturday night shifts more energy into the relationship area of your life.  The Sun’s first several days in Pisces see it conjoined Neptune, foregrounding the dissolving boundaries between you and others.

 

Libra: The Scales

Mercury enters Pisces on the Monday, bringing thoughts and communications to bear on the nebulous state of your fiscal and physical health. Mercury will be in Pisces until March 2nd, but will be back again at the end of March for a retrograde moment or two.

The Sun’s movement into Pisces on Saturday night shifts more energy to the status of concrete affairs and practical problem solving.  However, the Sun’s first several days in the sign see it conjoined Neptune, which will likely provide a holiday from all earthly considerations.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

Mercury enters Pisces on the Monday, bringing your thoughts to dwell on creative projects and good times.  Mercury will be in Pisces until March 2nd, but will be back again at the end of March for a retrograde moment or two.

The Sun’s  movement into Pisces on Saturday night pushes more energy toward  fun and creativity.   In fact, the Sun’s first several days in the sign see it conjoined Neptune, the perfect time to declare a personal holiday.

 

Sagittarius: The Archer

Mercury enters Pisces on the Monday, bringing thoughts to rest on your living situation, as well as more obscure explorations into your family and origins.  Mercury will be in Pisces until March 2nd, but will be back again at the end of March for a retrograde moment or two.

The Sun’s movement into Pisces on Saturday night shifts more attention to the same topics.  The Sun’s first several days in the sign see it conjoined Neptune, stimulating further insight into where you come from and what you really need.

 

Capricorn: The Goat

Mercury enters Pisces on the Monday, shifting thoughts and communications toward peripheral tasks.  Mercury will be in Pisces until March 2nd, but will be back again at the end of March for a retrograde moment or two.

The Sun’s movement into Pisces on Saturday night shifts more energy and attention toward these daily happenings.  The Sun’s first several days in the sign see it conjoined Neptune, emphasizing the important shifts in thinking and communication underway.

 

Aquarius: The Water Bearer

Mercury enters Pisces on the Monday, shifting thoughts and communications to your financial situation.  Mercury will be in Pisces until March 2nd, but will be back again at the end of March for a retrograde moment or two.

The Sun’s movement into Pisces on Saturday night lends even more emphasis to the matter of liquid resources.  In fact, the Sun’s first several days in the sign see it conjoined Neptune, pushing you to consider your financial position from a more imaginative perspective.

 

Pisces: The Fish

Mercury enters Pisces on the Monday, bringing thoughts and communications around to where you are and how you’re doing.  Mercury will be in Pisces until March 2nd, but will be back again at the end of March for a retrograde moment or two.

The Sun’s movement into Pisces on Saturday night shifts the solar spotlight to you.  The Sun’s first several days in the sign see it conjoined Neptune, fueling you with high-octane imagination.

 

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Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.

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