The Moon waxes towards full this week, raising the tide waters of wyrding higher still. Monday dawns shortly after the Sun’s entry into Pisces and the same morning rays illuminate Saturn’s retrograde station in Scorpio.  Immediately thereafter, the Sun moves into a hallucinatory conjunction with Neptune, which it completes on Wednesday.  Finally, Friday bears witness to Mercury’s retrograde station in Pisces, whose deep sea explorations will illuminate sunken wreckage, forgotten treasure and a variety of bizarre life forms over the coming weeks.

Down Home Cauldron Cookin’

cauldroncOn Monday, the Sun rises over the Americas in the tropical sign of Pisces.  The Sun is the fourth planet to enter Pisces, and Sol’s entrance makes the surreal, spiritual, emotional and confusing nature of the deep sea sign impossible to ignore.  The year’s first inundation is well underway.  For a wider angle lens on this particular period, refer to The Astrology of 2013 or the yearly section of my Almanac.

Monday also holds Saturn’s retrograde station in Scorpio, whose grim vibrations shook last week and reverberate throughout this one.   People’s limitations become clear here.  The tricky part is to recognize the shortcomings of yourself and others without becoming flooded with anger, shame, or sadness.  Each being finite, all with limits.

The salty water and the sweet, the red torrents of anger, and the thick, black crude of melancholy all flow towards the Sun’s conjunction with Neptune on Wednesday.   Right and wrong, clarity and confusion, along with a host of other contradictions, all cook in the same great cauldron.  There is a confusing wholeness to be found here.  It is not the wholeness of the simple One, but the complex wholeness of the One that contains, births and kills the 10,001 things.

This conjunction begins, in earnest, a strange alchemical process which has been looming for weeks.  It begins with a profound return to the primordial mind sea, but such waters are famous for their fecundity, and what incubates in Cerridwens’s cauldron over the coming weeks will emerge, kicking and screaming, on the Equinox.

Washed Out

Mercury stations retrograde in Pisces this Friday, plunging backwards and bridgeoutinwards.  The stations begins a three week corkscrew journey.

On a concrete level, Mercury’s retrograde station in Pisces should fuck communication, travel and information transfer something fierce.  Consider the bridge from Point A to Point B to be temporarily closed, offering instead an interesting aquatic detour.  It’s either swim or  make like Moses.  Though inconvenient, you will find along the detour what you would have missed on the bridge.

Blood In The Water

sharkThe first part of Mercury’s retrograde journey is particularly prone to difficulties, as the sly planet boomerangs back toward into Mars, also in Pisces.  Sharks prowl the mind here.  Red passions can easily hijack thoughts and poison words under this influence.

On a political level, it is difficult to imagine that this configuration would fail to inflame ongoing maritime disputes.

Though this second conjunction between the Mercury and Mars does not come until next week, the configuration between the two will color the second half of this one.

Silver Crests

Tidal power builds all week as the Moon waxes through the second quarter of its cycle.  Though the Full Moon does not occur until early next, its growing intensity and fecundity characterize this one.

By: Rita Chiliberti

By: Rita Chiliberti


Horoscopes are not a real chart reading by an experienced astrologer. They are fun and can be reasonably accurate, however. In addition to referring to your Sun sign, read from your 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.
Aries: The Ram

Mercury’s retrograde station in Pisces this week stirs up deep waters.  Secrets are revealed here, both those you are hiding, as well as those hiding from you.  During this retrograde, Mercury pulls you into whirlpools of confused emotions, across whose surface dance the stories you’ve told yourself.  This retrograde is about going beyond the stories you’ve used to conceal internal conflicts.  Descend into the maelstrom honestly- I hear there’s a black pearl hiding at the bottom.

Taurus: The Bull

Mercury’s retrograde station in Pisces this week sees strange waters seep into your everyday schedule.  Far out thoughts, altered states and strange visits all corrode and mutate normal.  There are, however, questions floating in this strange stew.  What should your schedule look like?  How do you structure your time in order to be able to meet your obligations without choking out the flow?

Gemini: The Twins

Mercury’s retrograde station in Pisces this week stirs up a mess of professional issues.  Opportunities and aggravation circle in each other in a swirl.  It will take the time to fish each of the individual pieces out of the soupy gyre, but it’ll be worth it.

Cancer: The Crab

Mercury’s retrograde station in Pisces this week blurs the horizon.  The messenger’s journey over the next several weeks will take you through a series of visions of where you might end up, were you to follow one of the conflicting currents to their preferred shore.  Yet these scenes of futures possible are tainted hope and fear.  It may take weeks, but eventually you discard both of them.

Leo: The Lion

Mercury’s retrograde station in Pisces this week highlights the connection between your resources and  other people’s.   The exchange of time, money and energy is a hot topic here.  This length of Mercury’s retrograde is focused on identifying the knots holding up the flow, as well as shutting down inappropriate transfers.

Virgo: The Virgin

Mercury’s retrograde station in Pisces this week sets the great waters in motion.  Relationships, already emphasized, surge to the forefront.   Understandings and misunderstandings rise to the surface on tides of emotion. Ride the currents to the shore, but trust none of them.

Libra: The Scales

Mercury’s retrograde station in Pisces highlights your attitude toward self care, as well as your work.  This reversal asks you to reconsider the way you structure your labors, as well as the way you take care of that monkey suit you call a body.  Spend the next several weeks considering different revisions, but do not hurry to commit to any of them.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

Mercury’s retrograde station in Pisces suggests it is time to re-evaluate the way you’re allocating your energies.  You’re on track for a bender of one sort or another.  The question is whether it will be a work bender, a creativity bender, or just a plain old bender-bender.  Perhaps all of the above.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

Mercury’s retrograde station in Pisces this week suggests strange things brewing in your living situation, or perhaps regarding your family.   Your psyche’s basement begins to flood a little.  Old photo albums float on this small tide, bringing forgotten images and issues to your attention.

Capricorn: The Goat

Mercury’s retrograde station this week asks complicated questions about your friends, contacts and allies.  You may notice friends acting strangely, and yourself torn as to how you feel about them.  The point of this period is to spend some serious time reflecting on who you’ve allied yourself with and why.  Some of the relationships highlighted here contain layers of praise and blame, so do not rush to judgment.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

Mercury’s retrograde station this week highlights your financial flow, or lack thereof.  This configuration foregrounds monetary matters and highlights the status of stuff, but there is a more subtle set of questions as well.   Their subject is your value, and how to convey what you have to offer.

Pisces: The Fish

Mercury stations retrograde in Pisces this week, raising questions about who and what, exactly, you are.  The planets in Pisces immerse you into a deeper layer of self than you are accustomed to.  What you will find is larger than the story you’ve used to limit the sloppy, cosmic extent of your being.  It may be time to shed the old narrative and grow a new myth.

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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