The season’s storms continue, and many get kicked up a notch.  Some walk perilous paths, certain of their purpose, cloaks wrapped tightly around them. Others watch objects of comfort and desire burn, winds carrying away the ashes for a sky burial.  Yet the sky will return what the gale has stolen.

This week is host to the peak of the Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-Square, temporarily transformed into a full on Grand Cross on Tuesday by the Moon’s movement through early Cancer.  Wednesday holds the New Moon in Cancer while Sunday hosts the Sun’s entrance into Leo. All the while, a retrograde and now invisible Mercury considers the hero’s journey, and what clever tricks he can play along the way.

The Grand Cross:  X Marks The Spot

The first half of the week sees the Moon cross through Cancer, triggering a Grand Cross with Uranus, Pluto and Mars.  The plain geometry of the cross hides a host of meanings.

One aspect of the cross is as a symbol of the pain that comes from embracing destiny.  So often crosses coincide with those complicated matters we have no choice but to endure.  What is born of Necessity cannot be disowned without offending the goddess herself.  So for those who are called to heart of the passing storms- give yourself to them.  Don’t do what you think is reasonable- do everything you can.  For the cross is not merely a symbol of pain, but also one of heroism.

Yet not all are called to the cross, and for many of us, there is the option of whether to participate in shitstorms or merely zip up our raincoats.  If you have a choice, I recommend the latter.

New Moon in Cancer: A Complicated Elixir

In Wednesday’s dead of night, the Moon catches the Sun again, re-seeding the lunar month.  The New Moon in Cancer gathers up yesterday’s craziness and tomorrow’s tensions and asks us to reflect upon them.  There is meaning to gleaned from this season’s dramas, and grand themes beneath its many events.  Distill the essence of what is happening and drink, deeply.

Mercury Retrograde:  Aim For The Heart

Mercury retrogrades his way throughout the week, disappearing from the evening’s sky for a series of secret meetings within the Sun’s mantle of beams.

Mercury’s time in Leo is a hero’s journey in reverse, a walk backwards, stripping away all but the center, the hero/ine’s beating, deciding heart.  As it aspects different planets along its journey, each will contribute an important piece to this story, adding to the core of the narrative unfolding.

The first of these is with Mars, whose conversation with Mercury will run from Thursday until Saturday, when it is perfected.  This aspect asks us to consider the type of power Mars in Libra symbolize, which is the ability to know when to fight, and when not to.   The sword of truth wielded here sometimes cuts though conflicts, revealing them to be petty and unnecessary.  At other points it strikes hard injustices, situations which cannot, of their own karma, endure.  The difference is knowing what is worth fighting for, and what isn’t.   With drama abundant and factions currently recruiting for crusades large and small, this ability to know the difference makes all the difference.

The Sun Enters Leo: The Order of Thrones

On Sunday the 22nd, the Sun enters Leo, shining a bold light onto the heart of things.  This ingress lends us some strength to retake the center after a week full of pulls from all compass points.  The Sun’s entry into Leo also sees it join a retrograde Mercury, energizing questions about what the new center will look like.   What will we be led by, and who?


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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
Taurus: The Bull
Gemini: The Twins
Cancer: The Crab
Leo: The Lion
Virgo: The Virgin
Libra: The Scales
Scorpio: The Scorpion
Sagittarius: The Centaur
Capricorn: The Goat
Aquarius: The Waterbearer
Pisces: The Fish
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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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  1. Aeres 10 years ago

    I just became familiar with that blue pixelated bottle not too long ago…and sweet. Thanks for the imagery regarding Mars in Libra…I thought being a native there just meant I liked to team up with people, and nothing more…nice to know I like swords for a reason (Welcome to Corneria!!!)

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