DECEMBER 2018 Horoscopes for Actors

*As first seen on Backstage online

For the full skinny, be sure to read your Sun and Rising sign.

This is a month of shaking out all that we’ve been storing up since the confrontational retrogrades of Venus and Mercury. Venus is now direct, and will only glow brighter when she’s out of her “shadow period” on December 17th (basically returning to the place in the Zodiac right before she hurled herself into the underworld of our consciousness and sent relationships spinning like a top.) She will be in Scorpio however, so there’s still a simmering intensity to relationships, only most of us have been purged of some of the sticky drama that may have reared its head interpersonally. Mercury goes direct on the 6th, making for clearer minds, and when the communication planet enters charismatic provocateur Sag on the 12th, we’ll brave a month of bawdy humor and strong opinions. With Jupiter and the Sun in Sagittarius, we have a double dollop of this optimistic energy which will provide some much-needed good cheer and a certain go-to spirit even if we feel like we’ve been spelunking blind. A brilliant New Moon in Sagittarius lights up possibility on the 7th encouraging seeds of intent to be planted in our mind’s eye. And lastly, a cozy, nostalgia-inducing Full Moon in Cancer will envelop us on December 22nd – almost as if the feeling of Christmas comes early. Take a moment to be grateful for this juicy and revelatory year of shock, awe and transformation. We may not have liked it all, but wake-up calls and the progress that follows aren’t always comfortable.

Sagittarius (November 22nd – December 21st)

Let the good times roll, Sagittarius. While Jupiter, fresh in your sign since November 8th, is advertised as the lucky planet (and it is!), it’s also pushing you past your comfort zone. This could mean that it could get hairy right before the luck rolls in. Jupiter is incredibly great at letting us know where we’ve been playing small. While “small” is not usually a descriptive term in the same breath as Sagittarius, it’s a good time to pay attention to what actively scares/excites you – and inch towards it. December is your kick-off month, as not only is Jupiter shining its blessings upon you, but the Sun is also with you, making sure you’re making an impact or at least the big ideas are spinning. This is a time to have faith in yourself, even if you don’t have the exact, right experience to back you up. Bah! And yes, the mystical Mars/Neptune conjunction is making everyone a little ponderous at the moment, but December is the month to start dreaming so no time to waste. The 2nd half of the month will be the most action-packed, as A New Moon lights up in your sign on the 7th (set those intentions around how you want to feel) and busy Mercury enters Sagittarius on December 12th making sure you have the intellectual chutzpah to get this party started. Enjoy it!

Capricorn (December 21st – Jan 18th)

The Sun won’t enter your sign until December 21st meaning the light of consciousness will be lighting up your 12th House, which can always make for a reflective and even reclusive month. That said, it’s certainly not a time out, but it could be a great month to meditate and get clear. And clear is paramount this year, as you’re learning the art of discipline, follow-through and jettisoning needless drama from your life. This is because you’ve got Saturn, the taskmaster, in your sign all year and Saturn rubs our noses in anything that’s not working until we make a change that helps us feel grounded, authentic and on our path, whatever that may be. It’s the ultimate time to “get real” and this commitment can have real pay offs, and we’re also blessed with the sort of productive spark that can make things happen. One thing to note: communication can feel a little murky and you may want to reserve permission to change your mind (especially before the 6th when Mercury is still in retrograde). The pairing of Mars and Neptune in spacey/magical/compassionate Pisces and your 3rd House of communication can certainly make for excellent shape-shifting as an actor, but you may show an uncharacteristic stroke of wishy-washiness or even catch the flakes, if you don’t really check in with yourself before saying “yes” to everything. In short: you may feel like biting off more than you can chew, but if you stick to the essentials, you’ll have a holiday full of quality connections, over quantity.

Aquarius (Jan 19th – Feb 18th)

When Venus, planet of love and beauty, enters smoldering Scorpio on the 6th, you stand to benefit from an energetic 90-degree aspect (a square) to your Sun. This can bode well for Aquarians, as Venus in Scorpio can warm you up and heat up your appetite for connection. You’ll have to say yes and put in a little effort, as squares don’t run on autopilot but the possibility for a glamorous, intimate holiday is in the offing if you prioritize it. Meanwhile the energetic pairing of the Sun and Jupiter are doubling down on this social theme, lighting up your 11th House of friends, especially the kind that can net connections in your field. It’s not a month to play a 4th House Cancer in other words. It’s time to get out there and work it, own it. Your vision for the New Year needs to circulate and it’s in group gatherings where scintillating meetings of the minds awaits and your path crystallizes. One thing to look out for is overspending as impulsive Mars links with go-with-the-flow Neptune this month in your 2nd House of finances. You’d do well to make a list and stick a pre-ordained plan as you may thing everything a shiny object if not! Plan something out of the ordinary around the New Moon in Sagittarius (and this social 11th House) on December 7th.

Pisces (Feb 19th – March 20th)

You’ve got an interesting combination this month, Pisces. Action-packed Mars is your sign, but foggy Neptune is traveling right alongside it making for a sort of push-pull energy. You may feel a little like a kid in a candy store with a bout of indecisive – of course that could just be a Tuesday for dreamy Pisces. Actions that are purely ego driven or based on some false sense of urgency or insecurity tend to backfire, especially when Neptune is at play. There is a glow of compassion and an uptick in synchronicity available to you, and some magical doors could open if you release expectations. It’s one of those month’s you may feel like you can’t go directly for what you want, but create the sort of inner space that attracts it to you. It may sound woo woo, but you’re a feeling-based sign who probably has experienced how emotions can magnetize things toward or away from you depending on the quality of your charge. Your imagination is definitely humming, and this could actually be a quite romantic time where you’re feeling idealistic about love. You’ve got the good-luck combo of the Sun and Jupiter in your 10th House of Career, so it seems however you go about it, the adoring public will be watching.

Aries (March 21st – April 19th)

You love having Jupiter in fellow fire sign Sagittarius, lighting up your 9th House of travel, education and exotic experiences. The sojourn of Jupiter is here is just beginning, so this could be the month to buy a map and start throwing darts. While Jupiter in Sagittarius could equate to literal travel for you in the months ahead, the bigger picture is giving yourself permission to explore and grow in new directions. You’re ready to expand but easy on the gas pedal in December. You actually might be feeling a little distaste for the “real world” as go-getter Mars and dreamy Neptune “hide” in your 12th House, forcing you to go with the flow – your least favorite pastime. However, this abruptly ends on December 31st where fiery Mars enters your sign for what could be an unexpectedly wild New Year’s Eve. Unpredictable Uranus is also lighting up your chart as well, so welcome the unexpected – it may just be an exercise in observing the drama and letting it go, and it could also be quite exciting. You’ve definitely proven your mettle in handling the unpredictable, so the last spike of this electric energy is solidifying what you discovered over the last 7 years and giving you a chance to send it out with a bang.

Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)

You may feel like your long-term goals are shifting as fluid Neptune and action-packed Mars are rooting around your 11th House of future hopes and dreams. The 11th House also rules the company we keep, and this cosmic combination puts seductive energy into the ether that may attract a new creative ensemble. Another big focus this month is your 8th House of Other People’s Money, Sex and Transformation. This is a complex area for the Sun and Jupiter to play in, and Jupiter will be here all next year! Meaning? You’re swimming in the emotional depths and feeling inspired to dive deeper, explore sexual passions and relate on a whole other level. It may feel a little overwhelming to sure-footed Taurus, but you’re getting some practice in losing the plot and continuing on with your story anyway. The show must go on! Sometimes the best things happen when you’re forced to excavate personal resources you didn’t even know you had. Make some room for the mystical and unknowable this month as it will serve your transformation in the year ahead with Jupiter in the deep waters of the 8th House.

Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)

The fun is going on in your 7th House of relationship, as the bold Sun and jolly Jupiter light up the part of your chart associated with one-one-one romance and partnerships of all kinds. Unpredictable Uranus is opposing relationship-oriented Venus, so this really is a time when anything can happen on an interpersonal level. Your artistry looks to be on full display in the public eye with the saucy combination of Mars and Neptune in your 10th House of Career. There could be some changes at work, which it seems you have no control over, but this could clear around December 6th when Mercury goes direct and plans get solidified. Someone sure looks to be fiery in your life, whether that’s an existing equal or budding relationship, and this should certainly keep the holiday fires burning. It’s through others that your biggest sources of growth arrive right now – so keep an eye for playmates or even mentors that expand your world and keep you on your toes.

Cancer (June 20th – July 22nd)

Sensitive Cancers are getting a heavy dose of reality with Saturn in taskmaster Capricorn opposing their sign. Keep ahead of all of the constant tugs at your attention feels like a full-time job but your polishing your self-reliance and will have something to show for it when the transit is over. The dreamy, if confusing, combo of Mars and Neptune is supporting you this month, likely giving you an urge to take a whimsical adventure (hopefully around your native element of water). While you may feel like escaping, it will likely be short as it’s an action-packed month with a heavy concentration of energy in your 6th House of work, health and service. You’re certainly exercising your powers of self-expression and your compassion and ability to relate to characters is at a peak. Wearing you heart on your sleeve, while you may have learned to do otherwise, is actually quite becoming on you right now and in the year ahead. Showcasing your ability to feel and relate to others is part of your discipline right now. It seems like you’ve adopted the right attitude to keep up with myriad of opportunities available. An open heart leads towards the right solutions and also allows you to say no so you don’t get overwhelmed trying to take care of everyone else at the expense of yourself; an on-the-job hazard for caring Cancers!

Leo (July 23rd – August 22nd)

Things should start rocking and rolling by the 7th, when Mercury unravels from its stall in retrograde, and the New Moon joins Jupiter and the Sun in your 5th House of fun, love affairs and creativity. Should be a colorful month, indeed! The only thing to look out for may be a tendency to over-do it (name your poison), but even that’s not that bad. You will be in the mood to take the limelight and you shouldn’t have any problem gathering a crowd around your vigorous spirit. Fellow fire signs (Aries and Sagittarians) will make for especially good company as Jupiter is whipping them into a hedonistic froth as well. Mars and Neptune in your sexy 8th House sets the scene for illicit love affairs, but be careful of getting sucked into another’s drama at your expense. It would behoove you to carve out some time for self-analysis, dream interpretation or any revelatory modality that helps you root out what’s going on beneath the surface – of course, this self-reflection may come through the catalyst of a mysteriously compelling individual as well. You just don’t know what you don’t know, and it seems the Universe is in the mood to come clean about some things that may have kept you in a fog lately.

Virgo (August 23rd – September 21st)

Home and family life continue to be lit up this month as the expansive influence of the Sun and Jupiter (and on the 12th, Mercury!) take up residence in your 4th House of home, family and roots. This could manifest as an upgrade to your living quarters or a desire to root anew. Jupiter likes wide open spaces, and if something or someone is cramping your lifestyle, there’s a good chance you’ll feel the restless whispers of adventure elsewhere. However, Jupiter tends to bring benign energy and opportunities for growth, a time when dreams can come true around home and family goals. And don’t be surprised if you’re in a cozier, stay close-to-home mood than usual. A partner or loved one could play a big role this month, although the presence of Mars and Neptune in your 7th House of one-on-one relationship suggest that this person could be as elusive and dreamy as they confounding. They seem to have a handle on the intimacy spigot this month, and you’d to best to stay open and seek beautiful experiences together as likely that’s what he or she is the mood for. A great day to set intentions around home and family is December 7th as the Moon in Sagittarius joins the powerhouse of planets in the private 4th House of your chart.

Libra (September 22nd – October 22nd)

On December 1st you’ll get the last electric charge of Venus in your sign, making a scintillating aspect to Uranus which could make for the denoument of a relationship caper. Things start to settle down after that, as Venus moves into watery Scorpio and you get less conceptual about love and start sinking into your feelings. This is certainly not a damp month however, as the Sun and Jupiter frolick as an adventure-seeking cosmic twosome in your 3rd House of communication and commerce. Curious and fun-loving you’ll be, and you’ll be hungry for some offbeat and lively convo with larger-than-life types that have something to teach you. Likely you won’t have to go far as 3rd House transits tend to bring the fun right to your neighborhood. You may also hit a prolific streak, and your sense of humor and ability to be generous with others is at a high. If anything, make sure others can get a word in. While it could be a little hard to focus, only because you’re juggling multiple interests and requests at the moment, it would do you well to follow your intellectual curiosity and put in writing what you’re aiming to accomplish next year.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Lots of action in Scorpio this month! Best of all, Mercury turns direct on December 6thin your sign, helping to iron out any miscommunications and get back to a clearer head and path forward. Mercury moves onto festively blunt Sagittarius on December 12th, and you may be relieved for the change of gears after hosting the lion’s share of its retrograde craziness. Between the 6th and the 12this a great time to set final appointments or make party arrangements as Mercury will be adding ample intellectual horsepower while not smoke-and-mirrors retrograde mode. You’re also the grand winner of hosting attractive, pleasure-seeking Venus in your sign for the holiday season – lucky you! It’s nice having head-turning Venus in your sign, and after the long slog of Mercury retrograde you’re ready to lap it up. With the Sun and Jupiter lighting up your 2nd House of money, there could be an uptick not only in your ability to create wealth, but also in your appetites, sexual and otherwise. Even so, love affairs could challenge you to just go with the flow and getting a concrete answer on a creative project could feel like an exercise in futility (although creative and imaginative you’ll feel!) You can blame the elusive combo of idealistic Mars and Neptune in your 5thHouse of love affairs and creativity. Artsy types with soulful sex on the mind could be one adventurous manifestation on this energy, but there can also be a tendency to overlook warning signs -- so just trust your Scorpionic x-ray insight and don't say you weren't warned. The name of the game this month is really securing financial opportunities and grounding in your body and indulging in Epicurean delights. Focus on what you can control, and you’ll be all the jollier.


Your November 2018 Horoscopes!

*As first seen on Backstage online

The end of the year is coming in hot, and November doesn’t disappoint in the planetary action department. Firstly, the almighty center of our solar system – the Sun – is in seething, sexual, transformative (read: dramatic) Scorpio. We’re confronted with the truth, or our evasion of it, and as a collective we’re hungry to get to the bottom of things which may mean mentioning the elephant in the room in all of our endeavors. There’s a sense of urgency too because Jupiter-in-Scorpio – which has been inviting in the drama all year – is leaving us on November 8th and entering jolly, devil-may-care Sagittarius. 

 We’ve been gifted with lots of psychological gristle this year (thanks Jupiter in Scorpio) and probably need not go back to childhood to call up juicy sense memories to feed acting roles. November brings some release as the Jupiterian shift into independent and optimistic Sagittarius sets a more playful tone for the year ahead (until December 2019).  We’ve cleared out some of the cobwebs, and now we’ll be in a mood to act. In other big cosmic news, Uranus retrogrades back into Aries for a shot of volatility until March of 2019, Venus turns direct (November 16th) and then Mercury retrogrades (again?!?). It’s definitely a mixed bag … but we’re hip to our patterns and our real dreams now, and Jupiter is promising that we’ll close the year with a bang. 

 For the full skinny, be sure to read your Sun and Rising sign. 

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

 Happy Birthday, Scorpio! You’ve got until November 7thto say your sweet goodbye’s and thank you’s to the God of Luck – Jupiter – who will be leaving your sign after bringing you lots of blessings in the seen and unseen this past year. Expansive Jupiter will enter fiery, optimistic Sagittarius on November 8th  into your money house, bringing you opportunities to earn and generate stability after a year of upheaval, growth and expansion. You’re being asked to be an advocate for yourself in the financial arena, and this requires using your wits, big-thinking and confidence. With both Jupiter and whip-smart Mercury in your 2ndHouse of earned income, you need to communicate your vision – especially as it applies to finances. Now that you know what you’re made of and what you have to offer, what’s your bottom line? What gets you excited? Jupiter asks us to believe in ourselves and get out of our comfort zone and you’ve got a year to ground in this newfound sense of self – as it applies to your material desires. Watch for when the Sun leaves your sign on November 22ndand the Full Moon the next day on the 23rd. Something will come to a head which may offer clues to where your efforts are best directed to generate this pot of gold trying to find you. 

 Sagittarius (November 22nd– December 21st)

 Just when you thought you couldn’t take any more of this drama, the Cosmos offers you the planetary Palme d’Or. Jupiter, God of Luck and Opportunity, enters your cheerful sign on November 8thand will stay until December of next year, showering everyone, but most powerfully you, with opportunities to grow, experience passion and have some fun. Having Jupiter in your sign, especially as sign as intrepid and passionate as yours, can usher in all sorts of opportunities that can really pivot one’s life a new direction. The secret is to work with this energy, and not rely on it doing it all for you. There can be some dumb luck this year to be sure, but since you now know that you’ve got this cosmic heavyweight behind you, it’s time to command more from life and knock some doors down that perhaps felt a little immodest before. Jupiter can be a tricky planet in that we’re feeling so good, that we forget to direct the energy into things we actually really care about creating. Make a Jupiter-in-Sagittarius vision board, and it could be worthwhile to consult your local astrologer or ephemeris to see when Jupiter will be exact on your Sun (and thus the energy is the most supportive). It’s worthwhile to note that North Node (the metaphorical lighthouse of our soul) has shifted into homey, maternal Cancer. Any self-development in the arena of intimacy and one-on-one partnership will carry extra blessings. Plan something fun for the Full Moon in Gemini on October 23rdand know that you’re just warming up. You’ll be feeling much more energetic once the Sun enters your home turf on November 22nd.  

 Capricorn (December 21st– Jan 18th)

 Capricorns are having to reach into their big wizard’s hat of wisdom these days as the planets are sending some mixed signal through a ream of retrogrades. They say Capricorns are old souls and benefit from “reverse aging” (they lighten up as they get older), but in the meantime cinematic ingenues and anyone young at heart will have to have an extra dose of trust in cosmic timing and be a little less rigid about how and when their life plan is supposed to work. Just as Venus goes direct in your 10thHouse of Career (yay!), Mercury goes retrograde (in your behind-the-scenes 12thHouse) – so it may be that something is greenlit, only tied up in “talks” for the next 6 weeks. Patience, ambitious Cap! The biggest shift this month is of lucky Jupiter’s shifts into fiery, adventurous Sagittarius and your 12thHouse of spirituality, cosmic oneness and “let go.”  If it doesn’t sound very ambitious, you’re right – it doesn’t – but it can make for an amazing clearing. This can mean that the biggest blessings this year aren’t obvious, which should not be confused with any less important – which sometimes the Goatfish can confuse. Everything on the inner plan manifests in the external world – and also Jupiter-in-Sagittarius in the 12thHouse loves spiritual, soul-opening vacation/retreats (Bali? Thailand? India?) so don’t yawn yet. This year - if you can imagine it, you can do it. Use that earthy discipline to consistently visualize and drop into what your soul wants (and doesn’t). When Jupiter moves into Capricorn the following year (mostly 2020), you’ll realized how familiar everything feels because you’ve dreamed it before. Enrich yourself and be patient. 

 Aquarius (Jan 19th– Feb 18th)

 You’ve got energizing Mars in your sign for the first half of the month, making you a force to be dealt with. When Venus goes direct on the 15th and makes a supportive trine to your sign until month’s end making for some powerful and lusty cosmic winds this month. The biggest news, however, is lucky Jupiter changing signs after a year and change in Scorpio. The avuncular planet is moving into fiery Sagittarius and taking up residence in your 11thHouse of Hopes, Dreams and Community. This is a year, starting now, to align forces with like-minded souls and take up dreams that have a benefit not only for you, but for mankind. The 11thHouse is your natural house – so think open-minded, philanthropic, ahead of the curve, connecting. With Jupiter in intrepid Sagittarius here, you’re a magnet for fresh, out-of-the-box company that believes in what may seem impossible. Yes, Mercury goes retrograde in that same house this month (though only until December 6th) offering you a chance to re-think your current team of support and get clear about your long-term vision. It may feel like resistance, but ultimately, it’s to help guide away from old hat and into what truly energizes and connects you. Things continue to cook for you as the Sun enters Sagittarius on the 22nd, promising a stimulating social swirl of activities and connections. Put yourself in the action on November 23rdwhen the Moon brims full in compatible air-sign Gemini and gets your wheels turning for an exciting end of the year. 

 Pisces (Feb 19th– March 20th) 

 There’s some water sign love this month with the Sun shining in compatible Scorpio, the North Node (our soul’s lighthouse) moving into Cancer and Mars moving into your very own sign of Pisces on the 15th. Even with the Mercury retrograde coming up on the 16th(in Sagittarius and 10thHouse of Career), all this water-sign action will help propel you forward, especially if you have a strong intention in mind. Mars offers energy and confidence from November 15th– December 31st(lucky you), so be prepared for things to heat up and get interesting. You may even have to re-negotiate a career goal or opportunity in order to make sure you’re really clear on the message you’re sending out and everybody is on the same page. When Mercury goes direct in December, your ducks will have lined up behind you, and you're primed to move forward. Lucky Jupiter will also be taking up residence in your 10thHouse of career this month on November 8th(until December of 2019!) so yes, career growth is on the horizon. Make sure to use this brash and benevolent energy to shine in the world, because Jupiter’s happy-go-lucky energy offers a year of opportunity t0 push past old limitations and step more fully into your career vision and the public eye. A great day to set intentions is the New Moon in Scorpio on November 7th. 

 Aries (March 21st – April 19th) 

November pulls back the curtain through some surprising twists and turns.  While you may have thought the twists and turns were over with planet of surprises – Uranus – moving out of your sign in May, this lightning bolt energy is back until March 6, 2019. Uranus will retrograde back into your sign on November 6threminding you that the upheaval of the unexpected provides great drama and a chance to explore unknown facets of your plucky and capable personality. More energy is headed your way when Jupiter, which has been spiraling in the emotional whirlpool of Scorpio, heads to more comfortable fire-sign territory of Sagittarius from November 8thuntil December 2019. Opportunity-laden Jupiter will be transiting your 9thHouse of Travel and Higher Learning. Same ol’ same ol’ will not do the trick after that date, although no one could excuse you on leading a predictable life. Start paying attention to the recurring ideas that come up (as well as the places you’ve always dreamt of visiting).  You’re starting to crave a new sort of life experience – and whether that’s spreading your wings through travel and projects abroad or upping the ante on your study in a wildly fun direction, you’re ready to break out of comfortable routines and give yourself a little space to explore the new. 

Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)

 The big Jupiter shift this month will be lighting up your 8thHouse of Sex and Intimacy (as well as other people’s money). This sets the stage for a juicy year ahead – Jupiter is here November 8ththrough December 2019.  Whenever the 8thHouse is involved, a call to explore deeper layers of our own psyche – often through the catalyst of another – is called in. A playful interest in the dark side, sexual adventure and Freudian slips may be part of the what intrepid Jupiter-is-Sag in that saucy 8thHouse have in store. It can also be a big money year, although it often has to do with collaboration and inheritance over your single-handed (and usually your preferred) efforts. You’ll be more forthright than usual in money affairs however, and perhaps a little more inquisitive about whether you’re getting a fair shake. Follow your intuition about these matters as your intuitive faculties will be in tip top shape, tuned into the undercurrent of things rather than their face value. Mercury and the Sun in this complex 8thHouse this month will only serve to draw you deeper into this spicy vortex of attraction and repulsion and ask you to open Pandora’s Box.  A New Moon on November 7thin your 7thHouse of partnership is a great day to set intention around love, beauty and relating – and maybe intend for a little balance as you prepare for the untrodden and pulse-racing territory ahead. 

 Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)

 Jupiter, God of Luck and Expansion, is heading into your 7thHouse of partnership this month. After a year of Jupiter-in-Scorpio taking a fine-toothed comb to your house of work and service (think: relationship and life maintenance), you’re ready to soar from the foundation you’ve created. Jupiter-in-Scorpio (sooo last year) was confrontational and utterly necessary, but now you’ll get an opportunity to have more balance and even be buoyed by helpful people who see at your eyeline. The Sun and Mercury also in that 7thHouse will only add attention to this pivotal area of your chart. This is actually a year to receive, so open to the bounty that Jupiter wants to deliver through playmates as well as an attunement to creating beauty and balance all around you. A Full Moon in your sign on November 23rdis a great day to step into the limelight. 

 Cancer (June 20th– July 22nd) 

 Jupiter is moving out of fellow-water sign Scorpio and your 5thHouse of love affairs and recreational highs and into growth-loving Sagittarius and your 6thHouse of work. Jupiter-in-Sagittarius will provide big, bawdy, can-do energy to this pragmatic house that loves nothing more than to get one’s health and house in order. You’re likely ready to put the kibosh on the telenovela drama (although possibly quite fun and sexy this past year), and start putting some more thought and effort into what actually makes your daily life hum. Growing your capacity to take care of yourself and in turn others may involve out-of-the-box solutions and trying a bunch of things before settling on a routine that is good fit for you. You might even want to hire a personal assistant to keep up with your big goals this year so that your life is not taken up by the admin that you need to keep your high-profile clicking. The other big news is that the transiting North Node, the North Star of our chart guiding us towards fulfillment, is moving into your sign on November 6th. This means all qualities Cancer – the nurturing, heart-centered, tribal den mother – will be the marquee qualities and ones at which you shine. This is the year to step into being a super Cancer, which may involve getting that home in order so you can churn out the work you do with a clear head and open heart. 

 Leo (July 23rd– August 22nd) 

 Jupiter is moving into friendly fellow fire sign Sagittarius and your 5thHouse of raucous good times. The 5thHouse cover love affairs, but it’s also the fun house, and let-it-all-hang-out Jupiter will help you grow as a storyteller, a lover and an all-around fun hog. With Jupiter here from November 8thuntil December of 2019, there’s no need to rush anything, but start paying attention to where you’ve held yourself back (if at all) in the love and creativity department. The root of the 5thHouse is joy, and sometimes we have get out of our own way to experience more pleasure. Be willing to disintegrate some of the Leonine pride and commitment to “looking the part” and dive into the experience – whether it be to a live audience or your playmate d’ jour. Yes, Mercury is going retrograde in this same house, from November 15thuntil December 6th, but that may just mean getting closure with an ex-lover or friend and/or re-visiting a past project to clear it for the next step. 

 Virgo (August 23rd– September 21st)

 Your planet-in-crime Mercury is going retrograde making for the usual stew of delays and mishaps but not too worry. Things tend to slow down for a reason, and this traffic jam seems to be happening in your Fourth House of roots, family and home. The good news is that Jupiter, manifesting planet of dumb luck and good fortune, is taking up residence in this same Fourth House starting November 8th(until December of next year!). So your luck is changing – or at least moving houses (aka fundamental areas of life experience). Now is the time to seed intentions around your home and nearest and dearest faces and spaces. This can benefit children, neighbors and offer more than a sprinkle good luck on a move or home purchase. The 4thHouse represents the deepest (sometimes hidden) parts of ourselves, so with Jupiter here you’re set to experience inner blessings and really call upon that root of faith that all things are possible. Likely, your home and family – in what form that takes – will be a source of fun and expansion this year. Action-planet Mars will be moving into your 7thHouse of relationship starting November 15th, so partners – business or romantic – take on a larger share of your attention as well. However, the nice thing about the 7thHouse is that you can rest your brain and let others present opportunities. You’re in good position this month and into December to practice courting and deciding of which opportunities are worth your inimitable attentiveness and ability to get the job done. 

 

Libra (September 22nd– October 22nd)

 Venus has headed back into your sign making for a couple more weeks of that Venusian-glow and sociability. Granted, the planet of love and relating has been retrograde, so don’t be surprised if what’s NOT working in a relationship has come up as much as what IS working. It seems to be all in service of inviting in a deeper experience with another, which of course always begins with a reckoning of self. Loving yourself first, in all the glory and messiness, is a key ingredient in creating the sort of romance that lasts. On November 16th, Venus goes direct and likely you’ll have cleared some cobwebs and be ready to enjoy new possibilities within an existing relationship 0r a new one. Lucky Jupiter is changing his tune, hopping into wildfire Sagittarius and your 3rdHouse of communication and commerce. What does this mean for this upcoming year? Bu-say! It can also be a prolific time, and one in which your mind is stretched, inspired and twitterpated by new ideas, books, podcasts and people. You’ll want to be in the mix and stimulated by company and information. Lucky Jupiter is here from November 8thall the way until December of next year – so pace yourself. Your social graces will be in full swing and it seems everybody wants an appointment. Celebrate something on the Full Moon of November 23rdin fellow-air sign Gemini and seed intention on November 7thespecially around a money-related wish. 

 October 2018 Horoscopes for Actors

A little spooky cosmic weather makes Shocktober go down with a few appropriate head spins. Mercury isn’t going retrograde, but Venus is – sending us back to the forgotten places of our love script, the shadowy depths of our relationships and others trigger points we dare not touch. Considering Venus will also be in the depth-plumbing sign of Scorpio – think intense attraction/repulsion, transformation, and the dark itself – this one should be interesting. As with all retrogrades, this is an “opportunity” (think positive, Abraham Hicks disciples!) to clear old baggage and make room for new layers of relating. An existing relationship could transform, secrets can out or even old attractions/repulsions can return to test our commitment to neutrality. Is it really over? In most annals of astrology, beginning a new relationship during the Venus retrograde is the only thing that’s NOT recommended. Or if it does, it may be for a quickie karmic clean-up, so don’t get too attached. What is recommended: facing the fear and uncertainty with courage, feeling it all, telling the truth and allowing things to change as nature intended. No, it will not destroy happy relationships – but it may deepen them and challenge the couple to face things together, rather than retreat to their individual caves. Scorpio is about intimacy after all, and sharing…like everything (money, sex, fantasies). It’s not always comfortable. The Sun is in Libra most of the month (until enters like a wrecking ball into Scorpio on October 23, followed the next day by the Sun opposing unpredictable Uranus the following day) so our collective attention is geared towards finding balance, harmony and beauty in our lives amidst the Scorpionic drama and a few blind curves. As with everything, we wouldn’t appreciate the highs, if we weren’t brought to our knees once in a while. Happy Halloween!

For the full skinny, be sure to read your Sun and Rising sign.

Libra (September 22nd – October 22nd)

Happy birthday, Libras! Your new year wishes are best planted on a lovely New Moon in your sign on October 8th, but feel free to get in the mood for a month of celebration and attention before that. You’re in a great place to take an eagle-eyed view of what you’ve created in the past year, and decide what’s next. Finances look good with Jupiter amplifying earning potential in your 2nd House. It’s true, your ruling planet – Venus – is going retrograde (see horoscope overview), which can have you re-visit contract negotiations and the heretofore taboo subjects in relationship – unless you’re always 100% transparent. With Pluto hanging tight in your 4th House of Family and Roots, change at the deepest level continues. You’ve been very focused on security and Pluto, as well as Saturn, here is letting you know what needs your attention (Finances? Property? Family?) While it is in retrograde, Venus does enter your sign with showbiz timing on October 31st. I don’t care what direction Venus appears to be orbiting, it’s always a good influence in your sign. Shake the money tree, plug any leaks in your spending and enjoy empowering yourself this month – especially when it comes to self-worth and finances. A Full Moon on the 24th in your House of sex, death and transformation promises to bring things to a head – enjoy the denouement.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

A lot going on for you this month, Scorpio! For one, alluring Venus is in your sign (September 9th – October 31st) putting love and intimacy on the marquee. Yes, Venus does go retrograde on October 5th so you may be due for a blast from the past, or some sort of re-frame with current relationships. It’s definitely a time where relationships will be tested and will reveal themselves for what they truly are. Welcome transformation and embrace the exciting side of uncertainty: anything can happen. On October 9th, busy bee Mercury enters your sign turning the dial up on business correspondence and enlivening your mind and curiosity. This is a month of seeking new information and understanding, so lean into asking questions. While observing behavior is always a better barometer of another’s intent than observing their words, you’ll be in a good position to use both to form conclusions. Your signature intuition and gut feelings offer a good balance to this investigative spirit buoyed by chatty Mercury. Things that were heretofore hidden from you will come to the fore if you allow a little space. Look forward to the Sun moving into your sign on October 23rd and amplifying your charisma, energy and confidence.

Sagittarius (November 22nd – December 21st)

Venus – planet of love and relationships – is hanging out in your 12th House of surrender which is as vague as it sounds. It’s actually a time of cleansing relationships and your orientation to others; if there’s any self-defeating patterns or way you’ve been giving too much of yourself for others, this is a time to restore balance. Also, if you’ve been giving too little of yourself, you could also feel the sting at this time. This is a good time to take a step back and seeking some peace and quiet. You’ll want to open to a spiritual kind of romance, whether that’s a shared walk in the woods with your hubby or taking time to draw a bath and spend more time convening with your own soul. You may not be feeling as exuberant as usual, but honor this time as building block to a strengthened foundation. There’s no clear path to intimacy this month, and independent Sags may feel a little more vulnerable and uncertain when it comes to meeting their own and others’ needs. Nature is always a great balm for this rugged soul, so take some intentional space to arrive at the truth about how you really feel about someone. You’ll be feeling more verbal next month, as Mercury – planet of all things communication – moves into your sign on Halloween. Set intentions around your most cherished dreams on the New Moon of October 8th. It’s in the 11th House of community and future plans, so see where fresh ties and groups of people may help you get there a lot faster than going it alone. Indeed, it’s community this month, not necessarily one-on-one, where you’ll really shine.

Capricorn (December 21st – Jan 18th)

Good news first: Pluto is turning direct after a long retrograde in your sign and this could translate as a powerful step in a forward direction. Meanwhile, Venus goes retrograde which hangs a looming question mark over all our relationships. Starting October 5th, the planet of love and relationship slows its roll and internalizes our deepest, darkest questions around emotional commitments. This sort of emotional magnifying glass can be unnerving to earthy Caps who feel more comfortable finding their footing in work. However, this is an opportunity to unearth patterns and really take a look at how we are participating and creating every relationship around us. It can be a time of break-through, but as we know from observing Mercury retrogrades, it can feel like a confounding, if near comic, struggle for a bit. Since Venus in Scorpio is bringing the transformation to your House of Helpful People, Hopes and Dreams, there could be a deep cleansing around your future direction and who will help you get there. This portends an opening, but you’ll have to be real honest with yourself about who you see as part of your journey for the next phase, as others may be similarly giving you side-eye. At the end of the day, we just want what’s best for us and others, so an attitude of loving non-attachment works best during this time. As they say, if it’s yours …

Aquarius (Jan 19th – Feb 18th)

Mars continues to charge through your sign, only this time in direct motion, until November 15th. While Mars can be feisty and provocative, it also imbues you with energy and verve to move forward and not accept no for an answer. Assertiveness is in full swing, and the next month will be punctuated by delightful leaps and charismatic expression. The Venus retrograde beginning on October 5th makes for an interesting and coincidental transit. In your 10th House of Career, it could feel like you’re getting mixed messages. Two steps forward may be accompanied by a step back. This is a good time to reflect on how you’re projecting yourself on the world stage, regarding your public persona, brand and choices that broadcast things about who you are. There may be something that is not a fit anymore, and Venus retrograde can aid and abet in transitioning away from public personas that aren’t an authentic expression of who you’ve become. A New Moon in fellow air sign Libra on October 8th is a great time to seed intentions around 5th House themes of children, creativity and fun.

Pisces (Feb 19th – March 20th)

The action for you really starts towards the end of the month when the Sun enters fellow water sign Scorpio (joining seductive Venus, Mercury and Jupiter!). All in your 9th House of new horizons, you may feel a sense of liberation after the soulful intensity and self-analysis you may feel you’ve been enduring lately. A trip may be in order or something else which provides a bookend to your introspective investment. The Venus retrograde in this 9th House may be asking for a review of long-held beliefs, and if coupled, a shift in approach to the traditions of relationship. Contraction may have to be experienced before exploring new ways of being together, including what feels adventurous and enlivening as opposed to structured and routine? With “shared values” being high on the list for a twosome’s compatibility and longevity, this could be a time where you really get clear on what your values are in relationship, and determine if you’re being true to them. A New Moon on October 8th in harmonizing Libra is a good time to tune into your needs around intimacy – and if changes to need to be discussed, to initiate a dialogue. The 24th may be big surprises for everyone, so the more open you can be at month’s beginning increases the likelihood that those surprises tilt in the delightful, over unsettling, direction.

Aries (March 21st – April 19th)

The New Moon on October 8th in coupling Libra sews a seed of peace and an opportunity to soften and beautify an important relationship. This can include the one with your home as this Sun/Moon connection in Libra can inspire your heart to seek beauty and balance not only with people, but the spaces you inhabit. Romance will be in the air over these couple days, so do whatever it takes to amplify the mood and magnetize harmony. Transformation through time and contemplation continue to be major themes this month as your 8th House of beginning and ends is alive with planets – Jupiter, Venus, Mercury and after the 23rd, the Sun. This all seems to be in an effort to bring more balance into your life. So if something is weighing too heavily on your psyche and needs to re-negotiated or dropped altogether, this is a month it may show itself. Eighth House transits can be confrontational, usually on an unseen, inner level, but it is to make you aware of what you want through really feeling what you don’t. There may be something in the ether waiting for your forthright decision – and if you don’t listen to its whispers, it will make sure you hear in other ways until you get the message. Something around your career is ready to shift, specifically in regard to the seriousness with which the community perceive you, as Pluto is now direct and giving you its full attention. You just have to believe you're worth of it. It’s time to stand for something – and with Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn here – this can be communicated through the quiet dignity, clear goals, and the strength to stick to your terms.

Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)

A Full Moon in your sign conjoining electrifying Uranus on the 24th definitely sends a buzz of excitement to you this month. The sure-footed Taurus character may be acting uncharacteristically Aquarian as planet of the unexpected – Uranus - retrogrades to the beginning degrees of your sign. A thrilling opening chapter to what this 7-year transit is all about should keep you and everyone else on their toes. What usually accompanies a Uranus transit is a certain restlessness that ends up placing you in unexpected and expansive situations that bring out new, heretofore hidden sides of your character. Be ready for the new and embrace change with gusto. In other parts of the sky, Venus, your ruling planet, is slowing its roll and making you do a double-take of emotional commitment, specifically in one-on-one partnerships. Parts of agreements, spoken or not, may have to evolve to fit the needs of both partners. This will come to a head the 3rd week of the month, but it certainly need not be disastrous; quite the opposite, it could feel like the elephant was allowed to leave the room and you can sit back and enjoy each other. If single, relationships could enter and exit so quick, you’ll wonder if it was even real. Age-old advice around beginning a relationship during a retrograde is don’t, at least not with expectations of longevity. The caveat to this is existing or pre-existing relationships – which began before the retrograde.

Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)

No planets are in your sign, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be action! Your 6th House of work and health is packed this month – especially the latter end, as Jupiter, Mercury and Venus ensure you’ll have plenty of business to take care and life to organize. Focus on immediate commitments now and cementing a productive groove; the freedom this discipline creates will pay off later. You’ll likely enjoy what you’re doing with beneficent Jupiter and Venus here – although with the Venus retrograde, don’t be surprised if you find you have to let go of a task or two in order to spend more time doing what you real love on a soulful level. Venus retrograde can offer a healthy shake-up and ensures your time and energy are being used wisely, not only for the sake of efficiency but for your health as well. This is month to focus and not have to get lost in extremes or do things that exhaust you on any level. The Sun in fellow air sign Libra is sending supportive beams all month balancing out your personal workload, and giving your delightful opportunities to let off steam and express yourself. October 8th is the New Moon and great time to feel into this energy and resolve to enjoy romance, even as other commitments may be shifting.

Cancer (June 20th – July 22nd)

It’s your home and intimate space that gets some special love and attention with the New Moon in your 4th House of Family and Roots, setting the stage from October 8th to October 24th. A new energy is ready to enter, whether that’s enhancing the décor or cultivating a greater sense of belonging where you are. With Uranus opposing the Sun in Scorpio on October 24th, this could culminate in an exciting, if unexpected, piece of news. Uranus is at the cusp of your House of Hopes and Dreams and can help usher in new community that supports your creative goals. The Venus retrograde offers a further wild card, ceasing some relationships perhaps to make room for others. That’s not a hard-fast prediction, but a Venus retrograde can act as a fine-toothed comb over our entanglements with others. With Venus transiting your 5th House of love affairs, recreation and creativity – things may take a circuitous route that doesn’t allow logic as much as intuition. This could be a time of re-defining what fun means to you, what commitments you’re ready to make and zooming way out to see the grand vison of your life can help you make those determinations.

Leo (July 23rd – August 22nd)

Red hot Mars continues in your 7th House of relationships which may serve up passion as much as conflict depending how you – and an important other – channel this assertive energy. The focus seems to be on compatibility with the New Moon on October 8th in harmonizing Libra setting the intent of this month’s game. However, with Venus in retrograde in your 4th House of family, home and roots, expect to get to the heart of the matter even if it takes some negotiating which could make you feel vulnerable. Anytime Leo gets a chance to work on their shadow – which is usually served up as pride – it can be a good thing in the long run. This is actually the last month for the foreseeable future that the North Node (the guiding light of Zodiac pushing us forward) is in your sign, encouraging you to be your full expressive, creative and courageous self. Of course this doesn’t end when the North Node enters Cancer next month, but it may feel like this is final exams month and you’re asked to account for all you’ve learned over the past couple of years. Have you been to true to yourself and your desires? Have you demonstrated your natural authority with generosity of spirit and integrity? This may be your chance to indeed shine, but don’t expect to know all the answers in the relationship department as Venus retrograde has its own divine timing and your strength is sometimes best demonstrated in loving silence until things become more clear (closer to Thanksgiving).

Virgo (August 23rd – September 21st)

The October 8th New Moon lights up your House of Money and begs an intention this month around peace and stability. Your ruling planet Mercury (still direct – yay!) will move from Libra to Scorpio on October 9th and sharpen your powers of communication and concentration. You may want to be more aware of how you’re coming across – as Mercury in Scorpio in the 3rd can be pretty intense – even if you’re just sticking to the facts. This is a great time to diffuse some of that mental spotlight into your journal, or even intense scene work that gives you full license to use your emotional bandwidth. Having honest communication, especially around an important relationship, may test your mettle. The Venus retrograde this month (from October 5th to November 16th) is also in this 3rd House of Communication amplifying this theme around how you process information and deliver it to others. It may be a busy time, and don’t be surprised if siblings play a more dominant role. You’ve been in a purposeful mood, with serious Saturn and Pluto in your 5th House of Fun, and if you’ve been overly cautious about relationships or expressing yourself, the exciting Sun-Uranus opposition towards month’s end (exact October 24th) could offer some drama and opportunity worthy of a journal entry or two. In the meantime, you’re paying extra sharp attention and being especially discerning – just let yourself off the hook for what you can’t control (which may feel like a lot with Neptune opposing your sign), and enjoy getting back to balance this month.

September 2018 Horoscopes for Actors

*As seen on Backstage Magazine online

We all get the invitation to hold our feet to the fire in September, after having experienced all the challenges, transformation and reframes we were offered through the hot and challenging Mercury/Mars (and every other planet) retrogrades of August. We can’t shrug and say “we don’t know” anymore it seems, because the planets stuck our nose right into the pungent wake-up call (when and if you needed one!). We may still have some cosmic PTSD, but it looks as if the planets are conspiring to help us ground down this month offering a generous helping of sense-and-sensibility Virgo. With ponderous, mystical Neptune opposing the Virgo Sun (Mercury and New Moon), it softens the Virgo hyperdrive and reminds us we still have to be sensitive and slow down and star gaze once in a while. Venus shifts into willful and smoldering Scorpio and the productive trifecta of Mercury, Mars (and soon Saturn) are direct and in their full power to steam ahead. We’ve had enough with the non-linear, free fall and Virgo promises to get our heads back in the game and reward us for diligence and cooperation. Our ability to analyze information, strategize and lay some track on a stronger foundation is the opportunity this month. Brick by brick, bird by bird. It may feel a little like you’re going back to school which could conjure up some Trapper-keeper-shopping excitement. Whatever gets you inspired for the work!

For the full skinny, be sure to read your Sun and Rising sign.

Virgo (August 23rd – September 21st)

Happy late/early birthday Virgo! Two-thirds of this month belongs to you as the all-powerful Sun lights up your 1st House of Self-Expression. It’s a new solar cycle, which coincides with newfound confidence and a refresh of direction. Not only is Mercury and Mars out of retrograde (thank Heavens!), but Mercury enters your sign on September 5th (until September 21st) making this a busy month of work correspondence, social appointments and meetings of the mind. If you’re feeling especially tuned in and turned on, you are! A great day to set your intention into motion is on or around September 9th with the fertile New Moon in your sign begging for a clear and feel-good wish for the year. Both Venus (love and money) and Jupiter (luck and expansion) light up your 3rd House of communication so it seems, like it or not, that you are meant to get out there and socialize. Have your goals close to your heart as it’s in the most mundane of encounters that magical connections are made for you. Yes, there! This is definitely a month to put your game face on and talk the talk.

Libra (September 22nd – October 22nd)

Until September 9th you’re in the good-hair daze of a Venus transit through your magnetic, coupling sign, so enjoy every last bit of it. In a lot of ways this month, there is the green light to move forward in all your affairs, although I’d recommend being a little cautious and not biting off more than you can chew. Your ego may tell you to go-go-go but make sure your heart is on board. With the Sun and Mercury taking up residence in the sweet drifting space of your 12th House (the Sun bursts into the 1st House on the 22nd) you need to create some space around that to-do list and really tune in to what you have time for and what just feels like a burdensome “should.” A 12th House solar transit can often be a time of letting go an old cycle and resting. With energetic Mars in Aquarius and your 5th House of love affairs, one thing you do have energy for is romance and recreation. So let yourself off the hook if you’re feeling spacey and grant yourself permission to get 50 shades of f-ed up. When Mercury and the Sun enter your 1st House after September 21st, you can put all those brilliant thoughts into motion. In the meantime, do a lot of journaling and perhaps try your hand at some romance writing/reading/missive-writing.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

The pie slice of life that is begging for your attention is your 11th House of future hopes and dreams, as well as the people that help you get there. In a word, networking! This is also a time, with the Sun, Mercury and New Moon (September 9th) in that future-envisioning 11th House to take an eagle-eye perspective of progress made and shoot some arrows of intention if any course correction is needed. Eleventh House transit are great times to hook up with our tribe, and it may have changed a bit so don’t be afraid of endeavoring to connect with people that truly inspire you and your new future vision. Venus is moving into your sign and your 1st House on September 9th (same day as the New Moon, so put some stars on it) and networking will be given some pixie dust that will magnetize others in your direction. Yes, Jupiter is still making your astrology’s angel this year, although you have to meet that opportunity halfway and show up big where your desires lead you. This is not the time to smolder in mysterious isolation. Lastly, your ruling planet, Pluto, is one of the last retrograde hold outs – so get ready for a power surge when the Lord of transformation and personal power goes direct on September 30th. Until then, there’s plenty to focus on and you’ll be a hard presence to ignore if you get thee into the mix.

Sagittarius (November 22nd – December 21st)

Mars and Saturn going direct after a long retrograde in your House of Finances can get you paid, or at least make your prodigious energies towards security show results now. If you felt in a cycle of confusion, that is clearing now. The month really starts for you at the New Moon on September 9th joining the Sun in the pragmatic, get ‘er done sign of Virgo. This New Moon lights up your 10th House of career and honors putting you in a good spot to manifest some public acclaim and put that worker-bee buzz into the career spotlight. It’s a great time to see some new beginnings and think about where you fit in the bigger picture. You’ve been so focused on security and cleaning up the financial department (thanks Pluto in the 2nd House), that is seems some blooms start to show on the money and opportunity tree. Values is the big buzz word for you this year with a packed 2nd House ruling our money, our nature and what we truly need to be a stable and adjusted human; yes, a new look for swashbuckling, freedom-loving Sagittarians but you’re wearing it well. However, you’re back to your ol' tricks and great spirits come the Full Moon in Aries on September 24th in your 5th House of love and creativity. Blow off some steam that day and then get back to work.

Capricorn (December 21st – Jan 18th)

Capricorn loves Virgo and Virgo loves Capricorn. Good news, because this month we’re relishing in the stabilizing, welcoming dryness of your fellow earth-sign friend Virgo, bringing out your natural hues. Not only that, a slew of planets go direct untying our tongues, our projects and allowing our leaps of faith to hit the ledge after testing our dedication. You also have the assertive magic of Mars (direct!) charging through your 1st House of personality, sprinkling some fairy dust on your professional drive (not bad for your sex life, either). Set intentions around 9th House themes of travel and spreading your wings into new and exotic experiences, with the New Moon (September 9th) and Sun here (until September 22nd). You may be itching to take a walk on the wild side, albeit with a practical edge. Mental health trip? Traveling to research a part? Kung Fu? You’re in the mood to shoot some new intentions into the ether and best to do it while you have the swagger of Mars here (until September 10th). The Sun enters your career house on September 22nd, giving you a full month in the most elevated house of the Zodiac to broadcast what you’ve been learning behind the scenes.

Aquarius (Jan 19th – Feb 18th)

As promised, Mars re-enters Aquarius on September 10th and offers you an energetic push and a go-go-go mentality until November 15th. Projects that you left for dead or hit a snag, may re-enter now with obstructions having been cleared, as if my magic. Make sure to take some restful breaks as to not exhaust yourself and then miss out on the primal instinct to surge forward in love or business. Mars likes risks and doesn’t take no for an answer, so permission to be a little less cerebral and a little more commanding this month. Also, anything that gets you sweaty can positively affect other areas of your life, not to mention being a healthy outlet for any pent-up tension from the hair-pulling retrogrades of August. The Sun and New Moon of September 9th suggest that energy may be best used towards intimate partnerships, shared financial investment and agreements of all kinds. Your 8th House of intimacy is lit up and it seems you want to take a fine-tooth comb through your contracts, personal and otherwise. You’ve got a bit of the Erin Brockovich vibe this month so follow your instincts and make sure you’re understanding the facts correctly, whether it’s your Oscar Healthcare Policy or your agency contract.

Pisces (Feb 19th – March 20th)

The Sun and this month’s New Moon light up your romantic 7th House of relationship in the attentive sign of Virgo. If relationships have thrown you a bit of a learning curve ball, things seem to even out this month and you’re in a good position to receive attention and honors for your fastidious and superb efforts to relate to confounding humans. The Sun in the 7th House offers some people support, and with the planets clicking out of retrograde, lots of areas stand to clear and improve this month. It actually may be about doing less not more, especially after September 10th when vigorous Mars floats into the 12 House and you’re best dedicating your physical energy to spiritual pursuits or things that feel chillaxing. You also have go-with-the-flow Neptune in your sign, so you’ve definitely been learning to roll with the punches (insert more metaphors for going downstream here). Follow the spirit of Lao Tzu: “Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.” This is a time to engage your imagination and allow your vision to be supported through only taking steps as you’re guided. Of course, you have to quiet down to hear “the voice,” but it is definitely trying to reach you.

Aries (March 21st – April 19th)

This month is about getting back to work and self-care after perhaps the joyful, if bumpy, ride of last month. Your body is likely speaking you and it may even be telling you to slow down and re-acquaint yourself with rituals and routines that get your system humming again. You’re also wanting to refine and fine-tune some recent decisions whether it concerns a new relationship or creative pursuit, taking a bit more of a pragmatic eye across the board. It’s not all work, and no play – sultry Venus joins Jupiter in your 8th House of intimacy and ratchets up a personal investment, where you’ll have to get clear if you want to escalate or get out! Either could make for good soap opera with the sign of Scorpio involved. The Sun then enters the relationship-oriented 7th House on the 22nd and you’re due for some negotiations or re-negotiations to get loved ones on the same page. Your powers of diplomacy will be at their best after that. A Full Moon in your sign on September 24th promises to be radically self-expressed so plan accordingly; could be a great day to stage a show or try stand-up as you’ll be feeling your oats. In the meantime, it’s a month to get back on track and achieve some much-deserved Zen time.

Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)

As an earth sign, you benefit from the Sun and New Moon making a supportive angle from fellow earthy Virgo this month (in effect until the Sun goes into Libra on August 22nd). You’ll relish this much-needed shot of stabilizing earth, especially being that you’re still acclimating to the spontaneous thunder and lightning of electric Uranus fresh in your sign (it’s also potentially very exciting, but hardly predictable … and it last for 7 years so buckle in!). With Venus joining Jupiter in your long-term romance house, there’s lots of cosmic wind pushing you towards juicy moments with a partner or at the very least making your aware of your carnal appetites. Someone could seem especially mysterious, but their presence is definitely catching your attention. It’s a ripe time to bring out a different, perhaps more intense, quality to relationship and sexuality – whether in real life or for a part. You’re learning to fly your freak flag a bit more and celebrate yourself. See if you can’t find a balance this month between your beloved comfort zone and trying something completely new. The planets bet that you’ll get away with it. Set goals – especially in the realm of love, enjoyment and self-expression – at the New Moon of September 9th

Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)

With your ruling planet Mercury direct, joining the Sun and New Moon in your personal 4th House of home and family, you’re focused on domestic affairs and may be feeling a bit more inclined to stay close to the hearth. Of course, the energy of Virgo is a lot about to-do lists so you may be busy fixing odds and ends and getting things back-on-track after the somewhat chaotic free-fall of August retrogrades. Think: cozy with a productive kick? Neptune continues to waft poetic in your 10th House of career imbuing you with a glamorous 1000-yard stare just past camera…you’ll certainly look the part of the free-spirited artist and it’s a great public face for you to wear right now (Goddess-of-the Collective-Unconscious Neptune will be casting its pinkish gauze over your career house until the she changes signs in 2025, so like, no rush). The real focus is on tweaking your inner world and applying thoughtful reflection and refinement so your outer world reflects even the subtlest changes you make to your commitments. Make any domestic-bliss wishes come the New Moon of September 9th. Relationships may be in a learning cycle with Venus (starting September 10th) and Jupiter in your 6th House of work, service and ironing out the kinks. I mean when are relationships not in a learning cycle, but you’re getting a little taste this month of the work that’s necessary to stay connected and keep the passion alive amidst the pungent grind of life.

Cancer (June 20th – July 22nd)

Until the 10th, you’ll have the caffeinated ambition of Mars in Capricorn spurring you on from across the sky. Being direct and practical in relationships is especially favored since Mars has no shame and Capricorn means business. Expect someone to be the same with you. You’ll feel a bit more like bending the rules and coloring outside the lines when Mars moves onto rebellious Aquarius and the 8th House intimacy after the 10th. At months beginning however, use this kick to show people what you got and make your desires known – be it to agent, friend or lover. It seems the planets are calling for a fundamental openness to change and with so much in compatible earth and water signs this month, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get in the flow. The Suns' rays are warming up your 3rd House of Communication and Commerce, and with Mercury out of retrograde, you’re safe to move forward with negotiations and practice your autograph on contracts without fear of retribution. You may be due for a short trip that wakes up the brain and gives you a new vista to enjoy. Local adventures would do as well, but there’s something about being out and about that nets some favorable experiences and contacts. And with Venus moving into your 5th House of love, self-expression and creativity on the 9th, traveling for sheer delight or to see about that out-of-town-cutie could also prove fruitful.

Leo (July 23rd – August 22nd)

The Sun, Mercury (now direct!) and the New Moon of September 9th all vitalize the income sector of your chart and may clarify the where, how and when of finances. Your mind may turn to rather pragmatic matters which could be a relief with all the wheeling drama and double-takes of last month. It’s time to start moving forward in practical ways with the all the big ideas you’ve birthed. Perhaps the question is how to monetize your talent and projects, and before that decide what your number is? Virgo is very dollars and sense and it’s a big piece of this month’s puzzle coming together so don’t run from your inner CPA! Your 7th House of relationship will be awoken when red-hot Mars in cool-as-ice Aquarius enters this territory on September 10th. You may be entertaining new suitors or your current suitor may be showing up a little more energetically. Expect some friendly overtures at the very least. Of course, the Cosmos are all about you stepping into your power (North Node in Leo) and only entertaining relationships that truly support your vision and make you feel like an even better version. All that glitters isn’t gold and Mars in the 7th can certainly glitter and then split, but as long you’re having fun in the meantime, consider alpha-energy partners as good foreplay.

August 2018 Horoscopes! 

As seen on Backstage Online

The Sun shines in Leo until August 23rd, giving us all a little extra impetus to be powerfully self-expressed and step into what makes us happy. We’ve definitely been on a bit of a circuitous route lately, what with all the retrogrades (Mars, Mercury, Saturn, Pluto, Oh my!) Like Winston Churchill reminds, “if you’re going through hell, keep going.” The retrogrades (and eclipses) have been whipping us around but there is method to their apparent madness, so stay present as things are just getting cleared to create space.  Whenever we are betwixt eclipses (now!), a portal is being opened that stirs us up our excitement and fear. We have more openings for growth in August, having survived the ride of July, and the good news is that Mercury goes direct August 19thand Mars follows suit on August 27th. Woo Woo! 

For the full skinny, be sure to read your Sun and Rising sign. 

Leo (July 23rd– August 22nd) 

 Happy Birthday, Leo! This is YOUR time…YOUR time (Goonies, anyone?) You may be feeling asked to believe in the impossible and step into things that rely on your incredible confidence. Of course, fear is being triggered with that the pull of the South Node (conjunct Mars) reminding you of old contracts with people and ways of asserting yourself (or not), that don’t feel satisfying. The real power here is in engagement and being willing to stir things up. Leo’s can get very wrapped up in how they are perceived by others, but they have to be willing to break some eggs in relationships which…wait for it…can end up making a delicious omelet. 

With a ton of energy (the Sun, North Node and Mercury) in your 1stHouse of self-expression, your persona is getting a makeover and you’re in the process of telling the Universal hair dresser what you want.  With all the retrogrades, it’s not expected to be a perfect process. But this is your time to reflect of what you WANT and put in your order. That may disrupt some things. Just keep betting on yourself and lean into what feels truly energizing (even if it’s scary and you feel like you’re going out on the tiny branches). The New Moon/Eclipse of August 11th is especially powerful for you. Plant a seed, watch it grow, next thing you know … (fill in the blank). 

Virgo (August 23rd– September 21st)

The Sun is headed your way Virgo, entering your incredibly capable sign on August 23rd.  In the meantime, not only the Sun but pesky Mercury retrograde float in the 12thHouse of your chart, suspending some of the action so you can practice surrendering and enjoying the juicy mystery of life.  Being in neutral isn’t your favorite gear, but it has its benefits; namely, to laugh at how little control we have over some things. Also, the luscious magnetism of Venus gives you a good ribbon-cutting for August so enjoy her for that first week, until she floats into your 2ndHouse of income on August 6th.  The South Node and Mars in your House of Work is putting on some heat, getting you in touch with your frustration around what feels like a burdensome responsibility but also opening reminding you to envision future possibilities. All change requires some faith and magical thinking and leaning into that may curry just the favor you need to get clear on next steps.

The real pull this month is towards your 12thHouse (Sun, Mercury, North Node – and that New Moon Eclipse!), putting you in the unknown a bit and asking where you can let go; a great space for the malleable actor. Jupiter, the lucky planet, is being energized in your 3rdHouse – which means following your curiosity with any digging and research will likely turn up gems. Getting in touch with your subconscious through writing or really anything creative impulses is incredibly transportive. You’re washing off the dirt before the more focused Virgo phase of next month. Keep the faith and know where to drop the act so the Universe can fill you. 

Libra (September 22nd– October 22nd)

Venus heads your way Libra, entering her home turf on August 6thboosting not only your hunger for sweetness and harmony (not to mention money) but also your abilities to generate just that. And thankfully so, this month is no cakewalk. Mercury is in retrograde, joining the pack of other retrograde planets, making it just about inevitable that we’ll have to face up to whatever we’ve been avoiding so we can move forward with more clarity and ease. Venus in your sign will do some of this work for you, making your efforts at diplomacy well-received. With some volatile cosmic weather that first week (Mars square Uranus), don’t be surprised if you’re thrown off balance. Libra is not about keeping peace at all costs but an ability to see things from different angles and be willing to be a bridge in conflict. You can only do your part however. You are being given a powerful opportunity to step into new circles of influence and network, although the gravity of the past to re-ignite arguments or create drama for drama’s sake (unless you’re getting paid), will be on the table as a choice (South Node conjunct Mars retrograde in the 5thHouse). You’ll be able to see where you over-do it in the 5tharena of appetites (sex, love, rock-n-roll) … and how to more positively seek attention and connect to the larger world…which appears to need you right now.  Get out there and mingle around the New Moon of August 11thwhere the confluence of an eclipse magnetizes a new chapter in the life. 

 Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

 Your 10thHouse of Career and Status is lit up this month not only by the Sun’s transit through confident Leo but a powerful New Moon eclipse here as well (on August 11th). The Universe is giving you a sort of publicity re-set in the public eye so make the most of it. Chances are you’ll be heard and seen on a larger scale. Mercury in retrograde floats in this powerhouse as well, so keep an eye out for how to capitalize on past relationships and you may hear from groups and organizations you long thought dead, if you haven’t already. Jupiter direct in your First House of persona has been inviting in an entirely new cycle of energy and giving you a chance to show up in a totally new way. If others find you unrecognizable or if you find yourself laughing at old versions of yourself, congratulations! You’re peeling away surface layers to exhibit more of your bad-assery. This month, even through the confusion and intensity of these crazy retrogrades, your courage and expansiveness is showing itself to the world through your professional status and offering to the world.  Have some fun. 

Sagittarius (November 22nd– December 21st)

Your 9thHouse of Travel and Adventure is lit up this month by the Sun’s passage through Leo. You may feel like taking all of August for a holiday, although be aware that with Mercury, Mars, Pluto and Mars in retrograde, you’ll have to be flexible and let a trip take you where it needs. Uranus joins the team of other retrograde planets on August 7th, stirring up some surprises and angst around side gigs, routines and even health. You’re being prodded to bring change, and remain open, to alternative forms of self-care and it also looks as if you might need a little more space. Whatever it is, it seems as if you don’t want to be under the thumb of anyone but yourself. It’s helpful to get into action this month, especially around asking questions, doing informational interviews and seeing what options are available. A change of scenery may be just the kick you need to get some answers and meet helpful people. Be patient while the big pieces change; with so many planets in retrograde, August may be best spent reviewing, re-framing and even releasing old burdens to make space for more permanent changes next month. 

Capricorn (December 21st– Jan 18th)

First things first; Mars, the planet of action, initiative and sex will retrograde back into your sign on August 12th. This is a key transit for you Capricorn as it will show you where any lack of assertiveness or courage has been stifling breakthroughs. You’re getting a chance to review where anything is in knots and then when the fiery planet turns direct on August 27th, take some bold and decisive actions that set you on a powerful new Mars cycle around the Zodiac. While Capricorns hate confusion and blurry lines, you’ll have to comfortable in some grey area with this months’ heaps of retrogrades. This can be especially hard-hitting around your 2ndHouse of Finances (where Mars travels retrograde until the 12th). Retrogrades are necessary pauses, where the Universe gives us a chance to review what we’ve learned and make sure we’ve really had time to absorb its gravity of the lesson.  For you it can also be reviewing your budget and investments and make sure there’s some attention here. We can of course feel a little stuck, but ultimately it is liberating and helps launch us into the next phase. With the Sun and Mercury retrograde in your 8thHouse of Intimacy and Transformation, you’re doing some inner reconnaissance. Take time to check in with yourself. This might be the month to finally try out one of those sensory deprivation tanks you’ve heard are all the rage.  A lot of your power, although the world may tell you otherwise, is in your silence and inner knowing.  It’s time to re-visit the parts of yourself that needs no one else’s approval beyond your own. 

 Aquarius (Jan 19th– Feb 18th)

Well you get a reprieve from a prodding, hamstrung retrograde Mars in your sign – specifically starting August 12th. You’ve been a trooper with the very active, but internalized, planet entered this hurry-up-and-stew retrograde on June 26th. Of course every other planet is retrograde this month, but you’ll feel a release from pressure mid-month. Mars comes in for the final act, re-entering your sign on September 10thwith the road to your dreams leveled of speed bumps and cleared of wonky obstructions. This time has been infinitely valuable, if frustrating, and you’re getting really clear on what you can and cannot fix. Social Aquarians may not be the best at taking a step out of the limelight but with three planets in your 12thHouse, especially from August 12th– September 10th– you’ll want to marshal your spiritual and creative forces by connecting with something beyond the mundane. This would be a great time for a retreat, vision quest or staycation with some star gazing. Your 7thHouse of Partnership is lit up this month, suggesting that closest loved ones or a business partner may be a big source of the action. Relationships may need some attention with the Sun and that Mercury retrograde shining a spotlight on intimates. The delicate balance of you-time and couple-time may come up, but ultimately, you’re in the mood to absorb the glow of partnering. Set intentions around partnership and receiving the support you need on the August 11thNew Moon Eclipse, and surrender to the twists and turns of all these retrogrades, setting your sight after September 10thfor the denouement. 

Pisces (Feb 19th– March 20th) 

With the Sun, Mercury retrograde and the guiding North Node in your House of Work and Health most of the month, you’ll be in a refreshingly practical mood. You’re exuding the confidence to get your act together, and are willing to do the reps to get there. While it doesn’t sound glamorous, this is the month to look at the nuts and bolts of relationships, your health and any role as a student or apprentice you may be playing. Since long-term security is on the mind, it’s affecting the kind of groups you run with and you may be eclipsing out communities that don’t reflect this focused vision you’re at least working on for your life. Pisces are so good at looking like their enjoying themselves, that people may be confused on where they stand with you. Make sure, whether it’s teachers or friends, that everyone gets your “no” or your “yes.”  You’re wanting to break free of something, and this month is helping you get clear on what that is. In the meantime, pour all that Leo sunshine that’s available to everyone into work, self-care and routines that make you feel good. A juicy Full Moon in your sign on August 26thwill provide the deliverance or at least some juicy epiphanies that have been elusive lately. 

Aries (March 21st – April 19th) 

August’s cosmic weather is the kind that Aries are made for; unpredictable and volatile. Of course it can be difficult to keep your eye on the prize when it feels like things are constantly shifting, but your optimism and spirit will carry you through. Creative opportunities abound and you’d do well to focus your best energy there. Where you may be feeling the tug backward is where Mars and the South Node spin retrograde, which is in the area of friends, communities and the five-year plan. It’s actually best to keep your attention in the moment and focus on what you can do now, and do with a joyful heart.  You feel pressure to “mature” in the eyes of society, or even play the stoic and self-reliant leader on the mountain top who wants to show how far they’ve come. The best vehicle for positive publicity is authentic performance and playing – even if it feels for the moment like it’s not going to go anywhere. Venus in Libra brings a soft and adoring glow to your 7thHouse of Partnership, so you shouldn’t have to go it alone in the romance department. Playfully join with others and you’ll see how your inner state brings positive, if subtle changes, to your persona in the wider world. The 11th(the New Moon) and the 19th(when Mercury goes direct) are key dates to focus on love and creativity. Rely on your strengths of being in the moment and trying things for the sake of just-doing-it. 

 Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)

Just when you thought unpredictable, electric Uranus was getting comfortable in your stabilizing earth sign, the planet that seeks liberation from routine turns retrograde (on August 7th) and gives you a pause to get clear on what changes are brewing. This is a huge re-set month, maybe especially for Taurus, who are getting hit with some tense and transformative angles from other retrograde planets like Mercury and Mars. What does this mean? Simply that you’re getting a chance to re-look at your energy investments and plug the leaks. You’re likely in the mood for something new and challenging – although a different type of challenging. Close relationships have been and will continue to provide a mirror to give you a sort of personal progress report. It could be possible that too much attention has be focused outward, and you need to do a little huddle with yourself and loved ones. Uranus in your sign tends to bring some out-of-the-blue set changes so the best advice is to stay open. August may not be as simple as straight-talking Taurus would prefer, but it will save you wasting time in the future. When Mars turns direct on August 27th, you’ll likely get some sort of greenlight to move ahead. In the meantime, beautifying home projects and anything celebratory in your own space brings the needed sparkle to August. 

Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)

 This Mars retrograde has been sending all of us on a bit of a scavenger hunt, keeping us busy if cerebrally overwhelmed. The assertive planet re-enters your 8thHouse of Intimacy on August 12thand ask you be bold in your conversations and negotiations with others. For the sign that wants to understand everything, August can pull us back into the past, but can also unearth some helpful people and experiences we may have overlooked. The light of Leo (as well as Mercury retrograde) is sending energy to your 3rdHouse of commerce and communication, which amplify business, messaging, meetings and the like, but can also be a source of overwhelm and mix-ups, at least until Mercury goes direct on August 19th. Venus, planet of love and beauty, comes into a supportive trine angle to your Sun on August 6thand helps soften relationships and usher some positive attention and admiration your way.  Trust your communicative gifts and if anything is bothering you in intimate relationships, this is a great time to just be curious and ask about someone else’s experience. It may be totally different than yours! You’re especially open to new information! Include someone else in the conversation –- or at the very least a journal -- if you find you’re getting lost in your own head. 

 Cancer (June 20th– July 22nd) 

 As a Moon-ruled Cancer, you’re very much affected by the lunar phases. This month the Moon is especially influential as we’re being hit by eclipses – signaling fundamental openings and closings. The most recent Full Moon – on the 27thof July – was in your 8thHouse of intimacy, secrets and transformation. Something might have come to a head in close, personal relationship. You’re building or re-building towards the New Moon of August 11thin your 2ndHouse of finances and stability. This is also the house where the bright Leo Sun and Mercury retrograde animate this month, meaning there’s a whole lot of energy available in the money department for you. Money of course can translate as a drive towards embodying our self-worth and committing to confidence that means security not just financially but also personally. Getting out of any drama and staying present are your best allies. Sure, you may have to review some financial decisions or even confidently communicate anywhere the ball may have been dropped, but a new day is dawning in this most security-oriented of houses. The Full Moon Eclipse of August 26thin your fellow-water sign Pisces in your 9thHouse of Travel, the Higher Truth and Lofty Experiences will be an expansive one. In the meantime, stay grounded and let self-confidence magnetize what you deserve – love, work and otherwise. 

July 2018 Horoscopes! 

As seen on Backstage Online

July dishes up a hot pile of eclipses and retrogrades just when you thought you had this life handled. The good news is that you’re already in Mars, Pluto & Saturn retrograde, and only have Chiron (the 5th) and Mercury (the 27th) to gird yourself against. Actually the best advice for retrogrades isn’t resistance but attunement and patience. The Cosmos may make it clear, especially with Mars Rx and Mercury Rx (although we won’t start feeling that until mid-month), that the Universe isn’t really concerned with our plans, our to-do lists or our egocentric needs for gold stars or linear paths. We may do best to focus on what is working, which may be wherever Jupiter (going direct on July 10th) lights up your chart. We’ve got two eclipses, which just translate as more monumental, path-altering New and Full Moons, which fall on the 12thand 27t, respectively. The Full Moon of the 27thlooks especially robust and unpredictable; an equal opportunity wake-up call to say hello to a whole new way of living.  It seems everything is trying to cue us in to our tiny blind spots or missteps, so that we can live more consciously and enjoy a richer life.  So invite every struggle with open arms and ask what it is trying to show you. And who knows, it could be a-mazing! 

 For the full skinny, be sure to read your Sun and Rising sign. 

  Cancer (June 20th– July 22nd) 

 With the Sun returning to your part of the Zodiac cruising in your sign until July 22, you have that the “chosen-one” glow about you. This is a great time to re-set and make sure you’ve set your sights high enough for the coming 12 months.  July is definitely a turning point although it can take some energy to stay centered amidst the retrograde chaos. As you lap up the birthday love, even if you decide to keep social engagements intimate and personal in true Cancer fashion, take a mental note of what people love about you. You may find your dream role is less of stretch than you thought. While there are a lot of planets retrograde this month (ahem, Pluto, Saturn, Neptune, Chiron and Mercury soon!), the good news is that the friendliest planet of all – Jupiter, in fellow water sign Scorpio – goes direct of July 10thand lights up your 5thHouse of true love (creativity, fun!) – giving some rocket fuel enthusiasm to this area of your life.  This burst of faith also happens just in time to inspire a big yearly intention of the New Moon in your sign on July 12th.  Dream not just of where you want to be in a year, but how you want to feel – and translate that feeling into a visual you can look at every day. And so it is! 

 Leo (July 23rd– August 22nd) 

 You’ve been enjoying soft and lovely Venus in your sign since June 13thand have her glamorous glow in your sign until July 9th. Don’t fret, while Venus moves on (to your 2ndHouse of money!), the Sun is headed your way to celebrate July-born Leo’s starting on July 22nd. Before that, you may feel a little dreamy or out of sorts as a lot of us do the month before our birthdays, due to the Sun floating through the imaginative, but sometimes enervating 12thHouse of the Zodiac. This is actually an intense month for you Leo, with a flurry of endings and beginnings. Not only is busy Mercury traveling through your sign all month filling up your iCal, but you’re the big winner of the Mercury retrograde which begins July 26th(although be prepared to exercise extra patience and flexibility up to two weeks before that date).  Mars, God of War (sex, passion, energy) is also traveling retrograde through your 7thHouse of committed partnership, giving us astrologers clues that there’s some relationship business to clear up through passionate confrontation of one kind or another. You’re re-setting your love life, and the almighty Cosmos may feel like it’s poking and prodding you to get clear on what you really want.  A Full Moon Eclipse in that 7thHouse on July 26thwill be the icing on top of what looks to be a truly colorful month. 

Virgo (August 23rd– September 21st)

Well Venus is headed your way, due to arrive July 9th, so a summer of love – or at least the sweet and lovable feelings that a Venus transit offers --- will sweeten the pot until August 6th.  While there is a lot of introspection and review this month with 5 planets in retrograde, Jupiter turns direct on July 10thand lights up your 3rdHouse of communication and commerce. Follow the leads that feel promising – even too good to be true -- and do it before the smoke-and-mirrors Mercury retrograde that begins July 26th.  Virgos have definitely been learning to go with the flow and that life is what happens while you make other plans. Uranus, planet of change and the unexpected, is making a refreshing and supportive trine to your Sun (which will last the next 7 years). You don’t need to do anything special to accept the re-boot this planet offers, except be willing to listen. The more you can empty out the old, the lighter you’ll be when Uranus calls on you to leap into the new. In the meantime, use all these retrogrades for a healthy dive into imaginative possibilities and keep putting one foot in front of the other. You’re being tested to trust and celebrate life just as it is. 

Libra (September 22nd– October 22nd)

An extra powerful New Moon eclipse is occurring in your 10thHouse of Career and Public Honors on July 12th, so feel into new leads and sparks of big life changes around that date.  Are you ready for new responsibilities? To show the world a new you? Your 4thHouse of Home and Family has been another big area of focus, where transformational Pluto and tough-as-nails Saturn have been touring. On the deepest level, perhaps out of view from everyone except your closest intimates, you may be undergoing fundamental inner changes. It could feel like the Cosmos are putting your feet to the fire and demanding you take accountability for your life and put in the effort to confront the emotional challenges of maturity. On a lighter note, this transit is also about a deep desire to root and build – be it a literal family or a home. The common theme is security – which starts as an inside job. Who and what can you count on and what is solid about your life that you can relish in the here and now? This year continues to teach you about your investments – emotional and otherwise. Yes, you are the Director of Communications when you walk into the room, but what truly feeds you and how are you showing up for what you value? If changes are needed, it will take courage and tenacity but it seems you are at least in a good enough financial position (thank you, Jupiter in Scorpio in the 2ndthis year), and will have the freedom to act if needed. 

 Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

 With the Sun in a water sign making a supportive angle to your Sun, the first 3 weeks of the July should be buoyed by confidence or at least the propensity to “act as if.” With more than a handful of planets retrograde, probing Scorpios may feel the flashes of an inner psychological X-Ray more than anyone. Being under the cosmic microscope can feel vulnerable and confrontational. However, waaaait for it, lucky Jupiter in your sign goes direct on July 10thproviding an uptick in your enthusiasm and summer possibilities (it has been retrograde since March 8th).  Trust yourself as you’ll be called upon to takes some leaps of faith. A New Moon in watery Cancer on July 12thand your 9thHouse of travel conjures of images of long journey’s over water, although it doesn’t have to be literal travel that broadens your horizons. Whatever you decide to do in July, it seems to require a certain faith and openness. While you may want all the facts and figures together (thank you relentless Saturn and Pluto in your information-sponging 3rdHouse), it seems the biggest pieces fall into place when you take a broad view and remain open to lightning-quick impulses that make you exclaim “Life is beautiful!!!” a la Roberto Benigni. Remember, you only have expansive Jupiter in your sign once every 12 years, so use this “lucky”, growth-oriented energy consciously. Go big. Fail big. Win big. You’re in a rare position to let the Universe know you’re capable of expanding and are willing to believe in the benign forces at work. The outcome is irrelevant! 

Sagittarius (November 22nd– December 21st)

You may find there’s a theme this month around your ability and style of communicating, and finding out where – if any – changes are needed. For one, you have feisty Mars in quirky, independent Aquarius lighting up your communication house which could make for some fiery exchanges, self-expressive flair, and a certain get-to-business vibe. It also is making you more open to new ways of doing things – as your curious to explore and research novel ways of communicating – especially if the old ways aren’t working. Mars is retrograde (since June 26th), which sometimes require that we re-trace past steps, iron out miscommunications and learn or re-learn the best strategies in correspondence. This could be primarily business exchanges, platforms that allow you to share your passionate takes on the state of the world (and keep an eye on those sibling relationships as well). There’s also a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse lighting up this same part of your chart on July 27th, suggesting that something is ready to out so a new quality of openness and honesty can be born.  Attractive Venus enters Virgo on July 9thin your House of Career which bodes well for your public standing – i.e. you’ll look pretty cool to the people “out there,” or a project you’re in may receive some good publicity. Dreamy, spacey, imaginative Neptune continues to remind you to remain flexible and spacious, and give some time to just being still as much as growing (the latter of which you prefer).  Intentions are most powerfully set on the eclipse of July 12thand around themes of intimacy and inner transformation.  

Capricorn (December 21st– Jan 18th)

Get ‘er done Mars continues to blaze in your 2ndHouse of income and stability, imbuing you with a certain magnetism for resources but also firing up your passion to stand in what you’re worth and perhaps brave asking for more. With the assertive planet going retrograde and thus extending its stay in this pie slice of your chart, this theme isn’t going away anytime soon. Trying out new strategies is key with Mars in outside-the-box Aquarius so get to work getting clear on your values and seeing if your energy investments are a match. Remaining stagnant in this area is the only non-option. Since it seems every other planet is going retrograde, let’s focus on where Jupiter is sending pixie dust when the lucky planet goes direct on July 10th. It’s your 11thHouse of hopes, dreams and future plans that’s being fueled – as well as the community of people that help you get there. The 2ndhalf of July through November will be a key time to re-tool the vision for your future and lighten your load by willingly letting go of any heaviness or outdated structures, old dreams or attachments that don’t support your evolution. Don’t underestimate the power of the New Moon Eclipse in your 7thHouse of relationship on July 12thto marinate in your intention for an existing or new romantic partnership. As your values change, especially your self-value, you’ll find it reflected in the people and communities you attract – and easier to say no to any negative hangers-on whether your own or another’s judgement. 

Aquarius (Jan 19th– Feb 18th)

You’re majoring in Mars this month Aquarius, as the robust energy of this God of War blazes through your First House of persona and initiation. The planet is retrograde (June 26th– August 27th), so this can be a time to re-charge and re-set more than tackle an ambitious to-do list. Even so, the ambition to push ahead is there although you may have to really tune in to see where the doors are open for action, and where it’s best to get ducks in a row first and retreat. This can also be a reactive time. Much like when Mercury goes retrograde – and it will on July 26th! – Mars retrograde presents obstacles, only to our physical will power and desires more than breaking our computers. The Universe is really trying to get you clear on where to throw your weight and let you know where your ego is and is not your friend. Mars will bring up the fire and then, as always, it’s in your hands how to respond to these challenges – hopefully in a juicy Mars triumph of celebration, authentic confidence and a strengthening of one’s principles (even if it’s a silent victory).  And for Aquarians, who can tend to value the cerebral over the emotional, passionate Mars is probably good medicine to get you into your body.  The New Moon on the 12this asking for intention in your House of Work (health and service). In cozy, caring Cancer there’s seems to be a cry for balance and self-care. Any heart-centered service or volunteer work would greatly amplifying your well-being if it’s been on the mind. You can’t run from your tendency to do things your own way, but you also aren’t in it totally for yourself. Benefiting the world, being an integral part of community and having your ideas make impact the global community may start with … adopting a kitten (or insert your own cozy fantasy here). 

Pisces (Feb 19th– March 20th) 

You may find all those words which people usually use to describe Pisces – like sensitive, imaginative, open – are especially apt now with Neptune (described by the same qualities) in your sign. The blue planet is retrograde (June 18th– November 24th) which can make for a deeply introspective time which demands consciously spacing out (lest we fall into patters of escapism) and rest. That’s not the whole picture, but just know you’re like a Pisces on steroids right now, so the bandwidth of Piscean qualities are amplified – and should be enjoyed as much as managed. Good astrological medicine if you start feeling too Pisces (over sensitive, over giving, whacked out by energy) is to embrace the opposite sign – which for you is Virgo. So making lists, sticking to routine and being as earthbound as possible could do wonders. There’s some good juju in your 5thHouse of love and creativity, so this month will give you the impetus to have some fun. Not only is the Sun here (through July 21st), but a powerful New Moon Eclipse ushers in a re-set point in this most joyful and expressive house. Jupiter is also shifting direct and thus unleashing enthusiasm and action in your House of Travel. Going to distance lands, or at least playing someone on TV who does would be a wonderful expression of this saucy and adventurous energy you’re enjoying. Just take care to stay grounded! 

Aries (March 21st – April 19th) 

Now that unpredictable Uranus is out of your sign, you might be thanking your lucky stars with your newfound stability. Even so, this month may feel like the 1 step back after the 2 steps forward. Not to fear Aries, you’ve got luscious Venus in supportive Leo sending some love your way and the Sun will join in friendly fire on the 22nd. Jupiter also turning on the luck in your 8thHouse of intimacy – so it seems relationships of the one-on-one variety are getting your best energy. In the meantime, hunker down and see what questions keep popping up or where there’s a need to review what you thought was long-shelved, as several planets slow down to retrograde mode. Your career may feel under a serious microscope as you’re showing the world what you’re made of and it looks to have a rather tough-love vibe going on (Saturn and Pluto in your 10thHouse). Chiron, the “the wounded healer,” goes retrograde in your 1sthouse on the 5thwhich just suggests the mask you wear in the world is undergoing construction, possibly being more careful about your hard-won grit and how able you are to receive constructive feedback. Set intentions around home and family on July 12thand celebrate the somewhat electric Full Moon Eclipse on July 27thwhere big news could affect a partner. 

 Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)

It seems the Cosmos are stretching you between the “opposites” of home and family (the 4thHouse) and Career (the 10thHouse). It seems there’s a focus on this axis in July, perhaps the tug of both demands and how this affect your ability to show up creatively. With feisty Mars in your 10thHouse of Career there’s definitely energy and ambition here to showcase your work and get in the game. Mars is retrograde, so this is not necessarily a linear path but it is likely that old projects or communities may resurrect to feed this hunger for public accolades. Mercury retrograde in your 4thHouse could simply translate as a lot of business to attend – fun stuff like broken lightbulbs and wifi issues. Where the bell really tolls for thee – although this is a long-term theme for this year and beyond – is in your 9thHouse of travel, belief systems and faith. It’s as if you’re being forced to review your broad belief system about the world and your place in it … 9thHouse transits stir up our passions, especially about the larger world and the politics that go on within it. You may be feeling the pressure to pick a side or break down your old world view and rebuild. Taurus doesn’t generally like to change their mind once set, but if something not sitting well – you may need to go out there and get more information so you can win the next roundtable discussion with your superior knowledge. 

Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)

 After a deep dive into your psyche and deep sexual longings last month, Jupiter turns direct in that petri dish of an 8thHouse and releases some steam on July 10th.  You’ll have a clearer idea on what you, or a partner, has or is willing to offer after that. On July 12th, the New Moon eclipse in Cancer lights up your 2ndHouse of finances begging for a clear and simple intention around what you desire. Put a number on it and know you’re worth it. There’s so many retrogrades this month that it’s important to get in touch with the non-negotiables of our life. Fireworks come later on the Full Moon Eclipse of July 27th, in supportive fellow air-sign Aquarius and your 9thHouse of Travel.  You’ll be feeling adventurous to say the least, so plan on celebrating your wild self or at least make room for the unexpected. If a door slams to a close or whooshes open, trust it. Eclipses are the stuff of great drama. This is also a wonderful time to broadcast your artistry to the world, as you’re naturally projecting a sort of soft and healing presence. With Neptune in your career house opposing Venus exact on July 24th, you’ll be especially magnetic and imaginative but careful to go overboard with illusory thinking or inviting charlatans to your party. You’d do well to keep your wits about you, even under the most alluring (confusing) of cosmic placements. 

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June Horoscopes!

Happy June, everyone! We’re halfway there! We’re under new marching orders from Uranus, planet of the unexpected, officially amplifying change in all things related to Taurus – the earth, sensuality, money and our values. Good medicine for Taurus is usually to keep it simple, but with rebellious Uranus here for the next 8 years, we’re due for revolution and (hopefully!) progress when it comes to this earthy terrain in ourselves, and the world around us. The Sun and Mercury kick us off this month is flirtatious, mentally dexterous Gemini, promising synapses will be firing and our curiosity roused. Yes, Pluto and Saturn continue to pull us back into a mini existential crisis, but when the tensions releases in September, we’ll be all the clearer. Enjoy the new chapter that’s opened this month and allow your strange instincts to lead you forward into the untrodden. Feisty Mars fresh in innovative Aquarius will help light the path. 

 For the full skinny, be sure to read your Sun and Rising sign. 

  Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)

 Happy Birthday, Gemini! You’re in the zone of the Sun returning full circle to its starting point in the Zodiac, ushering in a fresh cycle of energy. The first half of the month (from May 29thuntil June 12th), you’ll have the winged messenger planet Mercury whipping through your sign, upping the ante on appointments and correspondence. It’s a great time to show off your sparkling intellect or put sprinkle your communicative fairy dust into networking and publicity campaigns. You’ll be feeling both more curious and assertive, and with the power of the Sun doubled on your sign, it’s well within your realm to get some answers and clarify where your prodigious energies are needed. Meanwhile Pluto and Saturn continue to retrograde in your 8thHouse of Sex, Death and Other People’s Money, pulling you back into transformative lessons around boundaries and your deepest, sexual self.  With all the infectious buzz of Mercury and everything you’ve learned of late, set clear New Moon intentions on June 13th– which also happens to be in your sign; a powerful month for Gemini indeed! 

 Cancer (June 20th– July 22nd) 

 You’ve been enjoying Venus, planet of all-things-pleasure, cruising through your sign since May 19th. This dopamine-inducing planet will give you that Venusian glow through the 19thuntil she ditches you for Leo. Enjoy that extra spotlight on your lovable charm while she lasts. If anything, the planets always teach us to enjoy the moment and not to get too attached – unless, of course, you’ve found the real thing. After that you enter a more Mercury phase as this busy planet inches close to your Sun, acting like an espresso shot on communication and correspondence. It’s your 7thHouse of partnership that’s been getting the relentless retrograde of Pluto and Saturn, unearthing any beliefs around pairing, trust and compromise that have become antiquated or need to be updated to reflect who you are today (this particular retrograde will last through September, so slow-and-steady wins the race in the team-building department). In short, the world will be giving you ample opportunity to relate and build with others, but be prepared to step outside of your comfort zone and feel vulnerable.  Likely, you’ll be given some roles that reflect this theme. If you’re not at least a little afraid, you may need a juicier part – and what timing with Venus in your sign to ask! The Full Moon of May 28th(in Capricorn directly across from your Sun) should give you something to talk about it. In the meantime, good luck exploring the infinite abyss.  

 Leo (July 23rd– August 22nd) 

 It’s your globally-conscious Eleventh House of future hopes and dreams that is lit up for the first half of the month by the Sun and Mercury, both in the connective, sparkly sign of Gemini.  Reaching out on the worldwide web and social media is the tip of the iceberg. It looks like you’ll have a platform or be inspired to broadcast your unique brand or service to everyone in the rafters. Getting by with a little help from your friends is also in the cards – and you’ll be hungry to meet some movers and shakers heading in a similarly upward direction. You’ll have June 13thto look forward do, on and after which Venus – planet of love and beauty – will be touring your magnanimous sign (until July 9th). Another thing to keep in mind is red-hot Mars is fresh in your 7thHouse of relationship serving up a somewhat eclectic sampler platter of lovers or business partners, that could be as vitalizing as they are triggering. Either way, it seems you are meant to forge some new connections for purposes you may be unaware of at the time. Stay open and keep your larger purpose in your mind’s eye. 

Virgo (August 23rd– September 21st)

Your relationship with your creativity, as well as your ability to play seems under review with Saturn and Pluto retrograde in your 5thHouse of creativity and love affairs. The 5thHouse is the house of the actor, and you’ve got some heavy hitters here that seems to be asking some tough questions about self-responsibility and self-empowerment. It may be that your ego needs the boost of achievement, but the planets are demanding that your quest is about more than just seeing your name in lights. The pride of a job well done, even if no one knows about it (yet), has shot to the top of your values or at least is trying to get there. You’re learning that all the other stuff … the external trapping of fame ... are just icing, and ephemeral at that. Your big payout is your personal investment and the exhale of personal contentment for delivering the goods. And the more fun you can have while you work, so the two become inextricably linked, the better. It just so happens that the Sun and Mercury are lighting up your 10thHouse of career the first half of the month, so world-famous storyteller is a role you’ll easily step into – whether that’s with a group of friends or on stage. 

Libra (September 22nd– October 22nd)

The Sun, Mercury and Mars are all in fellow air-signs offering some supportive winds this month and putting some loose ends in place. Feisty Mars in your 5thHouse of fun and creativity is particularly stirring up the pot in romance giving you an opportunity to take a walk on the wild side, whether in your real or imagined life. With a New Moon in air-sign Gemini on June 13th, you’d do well to set some intentions around themes of travel or broadening your educational horizons. Where you can expect or have been experiencing the biggest change may be in the realm of the sexuality and intimacy as Uranus – planet of the unexpected – has landed in the smoky, psychologically-adept chart for the next 8 years. Intimate ties may be due for a shift in the rules, as you’re seeking a certain liberation from old identities in relationship, starting with the one with yourself. Meeting this energy halfway by really getting in touch with your body and impulses – in ways deemed unconventional or on the cutting edge by the collective – could prove incredibly transformative and healing. The key this month seems to be in exploring the untrodden and being courageous as you work out this new balance of power. A little travel to see how the other half lives can only help. 

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

 The big change this month, Scorpio, is that Uranus is now officially in that 7thHouse of Commitment, which promises to shake things up and poke at the boundaries of your comfort zone. Whether single or hitched, this is a time where you or a partner may crave more novel and thrilling experiences – be it a shared adventure, financial investment or creative pairing of your artistic talents. It’s also time to strengthen the friendship portion of any relationship – and something platonic could all of a sudden shift into the romantic arena. Supporting this romantic roller coaster, is Venus in sweet and supportive fellow-water sign Cancer, sending you all sorts of opportunities to bond with new or existing loved ones. You’ve got Jupiter in your sign for another 4 months, so live it up (12 years before this happy-go-lucky planet returns to your sign). It’s time to make your own rules and find partnerships that light you up and make you learn something about yourself. Even if some are lightening quick (Uranus in the 7thHouse can sometimes bring in thrilling, if unstable pairings), they are no less valuable. 

Sagittarius (November 22nd– December 21st)

You might notice you’re getting more invites this month as the flirtatious pairing of the Sun and Mercury travel your magnetic 7thHouse of all things relationship and one-on-one bonding, be it romantic or business. A New Moon on the 13thinvites intentions around these romantic themes so include some fresh rose petals on your vision board. After the 13thwhen Venus enters fellow-fire sign Leo, you’ll see an even greater uptick in your enthusiasm to say yes to some of these invites. It also should be said that Mars, feisty planet of action, courage and sex has entered intellectual Aquarius and your 3rdHouse of Communication and Commerce (and will be here until August 12th).  Because of your sign’s propensity to be blunt, you may do well to consider what you’re saying before saying it. It can of course lead to wonderful, extemporaneous bursts of rhetoric that can really inspire a crowd and garner lots of likes (that’s the Aquarian part), just consider treading more lightly in personal relationships or be aware of your tone as you’re espousing the opinions that you’re likely feeling as absolute fact. This can be a very busy month and likely you’re dealing with a lot of different personalities and projects, so make sure to take some conscious time outs and rest your mind before it takes over completely. 

Capricorn (December 21st– Jan 18th)

Industrious Pluto and Saturn continue to take you to the upside-down world as they retrograde through September and carve a path into your subconscious so you can become aware of any self-defeating patterns. This is not bad news – only to say that you might feel like part of your life is dedicated some sort of scavenger hunt of the past where you’re given the opportunity to heal and make sense of any confusing feelings or stagnant spots. This way you’ll be free to move forward unobstructed and clearly grounded in your own goals. The work you do on the inside will show itself in the maturity of the roles and responsibilities you’re offered so be grateful, even if you feel like once in a while you have to get drug through the mud.  In lighter news, Venus flirts with your Sun sign the first half of the month, making a powerful 180-degree angle from the cozy and complimentary sign of Cancer. Make some room to be and feel adored – a sweetie may only need know that you are available. The other change this month is the kick off of feisty, go-getter Mars in your 2ndHouse of income. I’d suspect you’re getting more comfortable with the management of resources and you’ll have energy here (until August 12th) to drum up some out-of-the-blue opportunities to earn quickly – and maybe pay for that summer vacation after all. Wherever Mars is we have to exercise courage – so while it may not be comfortable to be clear on what you need and by when, put it out there anyway and see how the world responds to your clear, financial goals. 

 Aquarius (Jan 19th– Feb 18th)

With the Sun and Mercury in Gemini kicking off the month in your 5thHouse of play, the skies look good for Aquarius to kick up their heels a bit and have some fun. With all the behind-the-scenes contemplation and upheaval (you can thank Pluto and Saturn in your 12thHouse of letting go), you deserve a little fun. Also, your brand-ambassador planet – Uranus – is making headlines as it has shifted into new territory for the next 8 years.  What does that mean for you? That this planet of shock and awe is leaving your busy, busy, busy 3rdHouse of connectivity and shifting the landscape in your more personal, below-the-surface home-and-family sector. This electric planet is waking up your roots – which could translate as a literal move, a sudden wistfulness for unconventional living arrangements, or just a shake-up of your routine that more aptly reflects your evolving values.  If it weren’t for Mars busting the gates into your sign until August, I’d almost say you were mellowing out. Mars however pits you at the center of the action until the end of summer, begetting that can-do energy and productivity. 

Pisces (Feb 19th– March 20th) 

Your sign is one of the stars of a grand trine this month in water signs – basically the winning lottery ticket of the Cosmos. Dreamy Neptune in Pisces is sending flirtatious signals to Venus and Jupiter, which means you’re in the mood for love and need only float in space of receptivity to attract in some pretty lovely circumstances and people into your life.  Your imagination and access to emotion is also at an all-time high. Of course, there’s always the possibility of completely zoning out and escaping in unhealthy ways, but it’s definitely a time to dream up new possibilities, step into creativity and play. It’s best to engage with these energies consciously. Be sure to set some intentions on the New Moon on June 13th.  Your more serious energies (Pluto and Saturn) are lighting up your House of long term plans, so you may be re-thinking the entire trajectory or at least the next chapter of your life. Remember to have some fun while those pieces are falling in place – it could take until September when Pluto and Saturn go direct to have greater clarity around your next big moves. In the meantime, enjoy the sweet spot this month and be someone who can see greater possibilities than what exists in the here and now. 

Aries (March 21st – April 19th) 

You’ll be in the mood to learn this month, and get your mind on any new piece of information you can, especially concerning the subtle shift in your career direction. With the Sun, Mercury and the New Moon on the 13thall in your 3rdHouse of Communication and Commerce, it seems like your meant to open a lot of doors and see what sticks. Don’t focus as much on perfection this month, as just getting your hand in a lot of pots and having faith you’ll be guided towards the next baby step as you go along. This month is all about connecting the dots and trust you’ll have more time later to sharpen the lines.  Enjoy village life as it’s the mundane places and faces you encounter every day that could hold the next clue. After the 13th, when Venus moves into friendly-fire sign Leo, you’ll see an uptick in your romantic life and may be ready to act on some of those intellectual connections that have been brewing. This is also the first full month of shock-and-awe Uranus out of your sign – so if anything, as busy as you may be, you’re not guessing what’s around every corner as you may have been for the past several years. Enjoy being able to review the long-term picture and know that you have a little more control these days in how you move forward. 

Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)

By now, life may have given you a feel for what planet-of-the-unexpected --  Uranus -- in your sign means.   Such a momentous event as an outer planet taking up residence in one’s Sun sign for the next 8 years will usually have a symbolic opening, that at least gives you a hint of what’s to come. An external change of late or a radical shift in one’s attention and direction could be part of this rebellious energy shift. Going one’s own way and getting comfortable making the unconventional choice (at least from an outside perspective) is instrumental to your success. Trust your instincts even as they seem to erupt out of nowhere. With Pluto and Saturn in your 9thHouse of education, travel and belief systems, it would be weird if you weren’t mulling over the old way of doing things and asking some questions about life and how to really take the bull the horns (the answers will show themselves closer to September, when these two cosmic juggernauts turn direct).  The other big change is Mars entering Aquarius (here until mid-August), which will give a burst of energy to your career house and give you a chance to demonstrate that Martian chutzpah on a grander stage. It might be a test run to see how well you do with receiving attention for your lesser known and unexpected talents.