This week we have a pile-up of aspects early in the week that all bleed into each other.
From the mid-morning on Sunday, Venus moves up to trine Pluto. The Venus trine Pluto aspect will be exact in the very early hours (12:42 am C.D.T.) on Monday and should start to fade out from mid-evening on Monday.
From mid-afternoon on Sunday, the Sun moves up to oppose retrograde Jupiter. The Sun opposite retrograde Jupiter aspect will be exact mid-afternoon (2:18 pm C.D.T.) on Monday and start to fade by early afternoon on Tuesday.
From the very early hours of Monday, Venus moves up toward its upcoming conjunction with retrograde Mercury. The Venus conjunct retrograde Mercury aspect is exact early afternoon (12:54 pm C.D.T.) on Monday. The aspect will start to wane from the very early hours of Tuesday.
From the early hours of Monday, retrograde Mercury moves toward its upcoming trine with Pluto. The retrograde Mercury trine Pluto aspect will be exact mid-morning (7:50 am C.D.T.) on Tuesday. The aspect will start to wane from late evening on Wednesday.
Lingering behind the scenes of all this is a very slow Mars, which is getting ready to station retrograde soon. Mars is gradually inching its way toward its upcoming trine with retrograde Saturn. Mars moves up to within one degree of the trine with Saturn from mid-afternoon on Sunday. The Mars trine retrograde Saturn aspect will not be exact until Wednesday’s very early hours (12:35 am C.D.T.). The aspect will be within a one-degree orb up until mid-afternoon on Friday.
In the early hours (2:50 am C.D.T.) of Thursday, Venus enters the sign of Libra. As Libra is one of the signs ruled by Venus, it is domicile or at home when Venus is in Libra. Just like you are usually more comfortable in your own home, the planets tend to work at their best in their own domiciles.
Mercury stations direct from the early hours (4:08 am C.D.T.) of Sunday. While this means that the retrograde phase is over, we still need to be mindful of the retrograde shadow period. Until Mercury catches up to the degree (8° Libra 55′) that it was when it stationed retrograde, we can still expect Mercury retrograde type snafus. This might include misunderstandings, delays and setbacks, particularly concerning communications, electronics and travel.
All times given are for the United States Central Daylight Time (C.D.T.).
After 6 years of providing weekly horoscopes, I have decided to move away from writing them for the website. I will still be providing a weekly astrology round-up of what is happening in the skies every week here on the website.
For those interested in horoscopes, you might consider the Astro Babble podcast. Donna from Donna B Astrology and I co-host the Astro Babble podcast and record horoscopes for the New and Full Moons. We also look ahead at the planetary aspects for the following two weeks and give our take on them.
Donna and I are also currently recording weekly lunar aspects for the upcoming week available via the Wisdom app, which are uploaded to the Astro Babble YouTube Channel.