February 1, 2020

February 2020 Astrological Forecast

Phew! How was January for you? Did you feel the intensity of the Pluto/Saturn conjunction in your chart? I know I did and it was definitely a turning point for me but February looks to be a little milder...well, that is until Mercury goes retrograde.

On February 3rd, Mercury enters the sign of Pisces, where it is in its detriment, meaning it doesn’t express itself well or comfortably. Communication becomes more emotional, creative and artistic which is quite the opposite of Mercury’s preferred way of operating. It goes retrograde on the 16th, back through Pisces. But remember there is about a 10 day shadow period prior to the retrograde, which often gives us a preview of any personal issues to come during the upcoming retrograde. So keep your antennas out and if you’re in tune, you will be ahead of the game. 

After the retrograde (which ends on the 9th of March), there is a post-shadow period where you see any personal issues that might have come up during the retrograde coming to a conclusion of some sort. This is often an opportunity for introspection and personal growth; this is a part of every planetary retrograde. In traditional western astrology, it was often believed that the 7 traditional planets acted as teachers for our soul’s journey on earth and that each planet provides different lessons and opportunities according to our life’s path. After studying astrology for as long as I have, I find that I agree.

The retrograde period has a rather bad reputation in modern astrology, but really there is nothing to be feared. It refers to the motion of the planet’s orbit where it appears to be moving backwards in our sky here on earth. Astrologers of old noted that certain things seemed to occur during this period for each of the planets. For Mercury, the fastest moving planet in our solar system, this happens about three to four times each year. During its retrograde, it was noted that things of a Mercurian nature were most affected: communications & messages, technology, buying, selling & trading, short term travels, and mental tasks requiring logic & reasoning. Often times anything of this nature seems to go awry during the retrograde, requiring much more planning and patience from us unsuspecting earthlings. 

So it is always wise to be prepared for a Mercury retrograde period with a backup plan and sometimes a back up plan to your back up plan - especially when traveling! Be advised not to engage in any serious business ventures during this time without careful and thorough analysis first. Also, it is generally ill advised to buy or sell a house or property during this time. When it comes to the Mercury retrograde period, I remind people of the prefix re - as in review, renew, redo. Use this time to go over any past projects, issues or situations and see where they need reviewing and renewing. This is the perfect time for cleaning out clutter and for any house renovating you wish to do. 

It’s become popular opinion that the reappearance of an ex be it girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife, or even just a friend or an old boss is often a result of a Mercury retrograde period. I find that this isn’t always true but it can come up for some of us, especially if you didn’t learn an important lesson from the last time you were with them! So if they do pop up again, ask yourself what it is you are supposed to be learning from this before making any big decisions. Despite all the hype, Mercury retrograde season needn’t be scary. Most of all, have patience and be prepared for plans to fall through and you should get by just fine. 

Also happening this month is Venus, the planet of love and money entering Aries, the sign of the warrior. Some of us may be feeling more assertive in our personal relationships and in our finances during this time, but Venus in Aries energy tends to burn bright and quick, like a firework, before losing interest and moving on to the next conquest. Be advised that relationships started under this influence tend to take on that flavor too and sometimes people’s spending habits do too!

We have a Full Moon at 20 degrees Leo on the 8th and this could be a little dramatic for some of us. Anyone with personal planets near 20 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio may be feeling this one harder than others. There is sometimes a pull between the desire to remain emotionally detached (and therefore safe) with the Aquarius Sun energy and the desire to engage the heart (and therefore feel more alive despite the pain of it) with the Leo Moon. Best advice is to allow yourself to be alright with your unique approach to life while still remaining open to new and unknown experiences. These are fixed signs and therefore sometimes we find ourselves butting heads with those who would oppose our individuality but we mustn’t let that stop us from engaging in life and experiencing all it has to offer. There’s no need to get all dramatic about it, unless of course, that’s your thing. Wink.

On the same day that Mercury goes retrograde, Mars enters the hardworking sign of Capricorn. This is some good energy for applying discipline to any projects that need your reviewing during the retrograde. Mars in Capricorn is exalted, meaning it works very, very well here and it loves to keep busy and focused, although it does not suffer fools gladly so do your best to have patience!

On the 18th the Sun enters Pisces, the final sign of the zodiac. While the Sun is here, it is a good time for daydreaming, for visualizing and for believing in the impossible. On the 23rd, we have the New Moon in Pisces and the Pisces energy is in full force! It is a highly sensitive and empathic sign, so be sure to practice self-care should you find yourself being more emotional than usual. Pisces is also the sign of dreams, so if you’ve been wanting to work more with your dreams, now is a good time for starting a dream journal!

The positive side of Pisces reminds us to have faith, to look at the spiritual side of things and to remember that we are all connected and deserving of compassion. This is a good time for opening your heart and mind to others, volunteering your time and energy to help those in need and for remembering what’s truly important in our lives as life really is a journey of the soul. After all that is the only thing we take with us when the final curtain falls. 

In numerology, February is a number 6 universal month, denoting a time for focusing on service, duties & responsibilities, and the home & family. The number 6 wants everyone to be comfortable and safe but it also knows the value of hard work and the need for following through on responsibilities so there’s no slacking off with this number! This is also a good number for bringing more beauty to your home and office such as artwork, flowers and other decorations - and be sure to enjoy the beauty in your everyday life too. Just because the chores need to be done doesn’t mean you can’t stop and smell the roses every now and then!

Astrology and numerology are both universal and personal so planetary transits and numerical influences like the ones described above will affect each one of us differently according to our own personal charts. To see how it affects yours, book your appointment with me and I’ll be happy to read it for you. I offer both in person and online/phone readings. For more details, click the button below or reply to this email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. 

I hope February and the Mercury retrograde treats you well! 

May the stars guide you,

The Laughing Gypsy


As a treat for sticking with me and reading all this, the following are the rewarding and challenging days of February 2020 for each sun sign. Generally speaking, on rewarding days you can expect things to go a little smoother for you and in your favor more often. On challenging days, you might find your patience wearing thin and that others don’t quite get you. If you don’t know your sun sign, reply to this email with your birthday and I’ll be happy to help you!

ARIES: Rewarding 26, 27. Challenging 12,13

TAURUS: Rewarding 1,2, 28, 29. Challenging 14,15

GEMINI: Rewarding 3,4,5. Challenging 16,17

CANCER: Rewarding 6,7. Challenging 18,19,20

LEO: Rewarding 8,9. Challenging 21,22

VIRGO: Rewarding 10,11. Challenging 23,24,25

LIBRA: Rewarding 12,13. Challenging 26,27

SCORPIO: Rewarding 14,15. Challenging 1,2,28,29

SAGITTARIUS: Rewarding 16,17. Challenging 3,4,5

CAPRICORN: Rewarding 18,19,20. Challenging 6,7 

AQUARIUS: Rewarding 21, 22. Challenging 8,9

PISCES: Rewarding 23,24,25. Challenging 10,11

December 31, 2019

January 2020 Astrological & Numerological Forecast

The year 2020 looks to be quite an interesting one to say the least! As we enter into a new decade, we are also entering into a new phase in humanity’s evolution and the year 2020 is sure to give us some prime examples of that evolution on all kinds of levels. We start the year off with a load of planets in the sensible and grounding sign of Capricorn. Combined with the numerology of the universal year (4), this gives us a nice foundation to begin the new year, not to mention the new decade! Add to that, the Moon will be conjunct Neptune in the watery and compassionate sign of Pisces bringing in the spiritual connection many are seeking at this time.

On January 10th, we have a full moon lunar eclipse happening in 20 degrees of Cancer and this could be quite an emotional one for some of us! Those most likely to be influenced by this are the cardinal signs of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra or those with personal planets and angles near 20 degrees of those signs. The effects of an eclipse typically lasts about six months so anything coming up for you now will most likely carry out through June. If you’re birthday is around this date, you are in for an important year ahead and it would be wise to seek out an astrologer to learn more about how it affects you personally.

The Saturn-Pluto conjunction happens on January 12th and this is some major energy as this happens only once every 34 years. This will have a lingering effect throughout the year. This is energy that gets things moving in a new direction, although rather catastrophically at times. These two planets bring with them the energy of slowly destroying the old foundations in order to make way for the new and this can sometimes hit hard.

On a global scale, we could likely see this in our financial systems as well as in our government, education, healthcare and other societal structures. Pluto has a tendency to bring everything out in the open eventually so we are sure to see some disclosure of information over the following months that might be of a shocking nature causing us to transform our views and most likely our societal systems. Considering that this is an election year, this should be very interesting indeed.

On a personal level, we might see ourselves needing to restructure our personal lives, ending relationships that are no longer beneficial, and making overhauls in our everyday lives. On the 13th the Sun joins up adding weight to this influence. Not to alarm you, but Pluto energy tends to be quite intense so it’s best to be prepared for the worst but expect the best with this energy as we need to learn to roll with the punches if we’re going to make the best use of it.

Also on the 13th, Venus, the planet of love, money and our desires moves into emotionally sensitive Pisces and we can expect to see more compassion in our encounters but we may also feel more emotionally vulnerable so be sure to practice some self-care!

On the 16th, Mercury, the planet of mental tasks, thought processes and communications moves into Aquarius for the next three weeks. This can give us all a mental boost with our thoughts moving at hyperspeed and our communications becoming more energized and perhaps even a little bizarre. After all Aquarius is ruled by the planet Uranus, the planet of the weird and unusual!

We’re going to have a lot of that Aquarian weirdness going on especially toward the end of the month. The Sun enters the intellectual and independent sign of Aquarius on the 20th and this has us shifting gears a bit. It’s not so much warm and fuzzy energy with Aquarius, but it is great energy for tackling mental tasks, stretching your boundaries, and making big changes that you want to last. A Sun-Uranus square on the 23rd adds more Aquarian energy which might produce some restlessness in some of us, this is a good time to step out of your comfort zone and try something different!

This Aquarian energy builds up toward the New Moon in Aquarius on the 24th. I know that the tradition is to make new year’s resolutions at the beginning of the month, but considering all of this Aquarian energy at the end of the month, it is a brilliant time for breaking with the old and inventing the new! Add to that we have the Chinese New Year in the year of the Rat happening on the 25th so we are all about the new right now! What changes need to be made in your life? Where is it that boundaries need to be pushed? What is old and outdated and needs to go? Where can you be more innovative in your life? And what haven’t you tried before? These are the questions Aquarian energy brings, so I encourage you to run with it and make those changes. After all, the only constant in life is, in fact, change and if we resist it, we only make ourselves more miserable!

On January 27th and 28th, the planet Neptune might create some cloudy thinking so it’s not the best time for making major decisions. Clarity is not available when Neptune is involved so if you do need to make a big decision, be sure to ask for advice from others as Neptune tends to make it difficult to see the whole picture. On the 27th, Venus gets in the mix and can really make for some rose-colored glasses experiences that end up in disappointment, especially when it comes to love and money so be on the lookout for anything that seems too good to be true because it most likely is!

Mars, the planet of action makes a square to Neptune on the 28th, bringing our physical energy levels down. This energy is best used by taking everything slowly and easily, take care of your body and go light on the alcohol and be mindful of any negative emotions that need your attention - don’t be afraid to process them. Come February, Mercury moves into Pisces as thoughts and words become a lot more emotional so take the time in January to tackle more of the mundane and intellectual issues in your life.

In numerology, we are looking at a number 4 universal year and January is a number 5 universal month. This denotes needed change in order to build something new - sound familiar? Yes, this energy very much resonates with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction energy we are going to see this year. It’s time for the old to go and to make way for the new. Freedom and independence are also factors in a number 5 month so we may see this play out on the collective as well as the personal level. Where are you feeling restricted and what can you do to help ease some of that tension in your life? Where do you need to allow for more freedom and how can you provide some for others? This month it’s a good idea to break with routine, try new things and to get more variety in your life.

Astrology and numerology are both universal and personal so planetary transits and numerical influences like the ones described above will affect each one of us differently according to our own personal charts. To see how it affects yours, book your appointment with me and I’ll be happy to read it for you. I offer both in person and online/phone readings. Learn more here.

I hope January treats you well despite the crazy energy going on this year. Remember to keep your head but follow your heart, but most of all, follow that wise yet quiet voice within you for it knows what is best for you and your journey. Have a great month and may the new year bring you good health, much love and lots of laughter.

May the stars guide you,

The Laughing Gypsy

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