Astrology seems to be so in right now! Astrology's popularity comes and goes, ebbs and flows. The hippies were so into it in the 60's and 70's, and then it pulled back for a while. But it's come back in a big way now, and people aren't so ashamed of their astrology interest. This seems to especially be the case with Millennials (and seems like it's continuing with Gen Z). If we're going to consider why astrology is so popular now, maybe we should use some astrology to figure it out! (ha!) So, why IS astrology the new black? Let's dive into the astrology:
Millennials are the group of folks born in the 1980's to about the mid 1990's. The main link for this group is Pluto at home in Scorpio. Scorpio is way into the mystical and magical, and open to things like astrology. Most Millennials also have Uranus, planet of the unconventional and ruler of astrology, in Sagittarius or Capricorn, and spiritual Neptune in Capricorn. Uranus in Sagittarius is the free-thinking rebel who doesn't want to be caged by convention, and Uranus in Capricorn is the convention-buster. Neptune in Capricorn takes a spiritual view of the physical world, and sees how the spiritual and intuitive (Neptune) comes together with the traditional and real (Capricorn). Meanwhile Gen Z is mostly linked by Uranus at home in Aquarius, so with Uranus being astrology's natural ruler, no surprise the astro-interest would continue (and maybe get bigger!).
As for what the planets have been doing in the last couple of years to push the astrology interest now, from a mundane perspective, Uranus was in Aries, which made more people take action (Aries) with astrology (Uranus). I noticed a lot of online astrologers and sites (Uranus rules internet too) also started with Uranus in Aries (even The Dark Pixie Astrology! it actually began right when Uranus was entering Aries). I imagine this will grow with Uranus now in money-maker Taurus.
Meanwhile spiritual Neptune has been at home in Pisces, and Chiron has also been in Pisces. Those born with Chiron in Pisces seemed to have undergone a spiritual awakening over the last few years, sparking even more interest in astrology (and other spiritual ventures). I had quite a few clients who started their own spiritual practices under this influence.
Pluto in Capricorn has served to destroy (Pluto) the traditional and conventional (Capricorn), helping people open up more. Pluto in Capricorn has touched Millennials Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn, setting off our natal energy and striking up our astrology interest. Since Pluto is intense and passionate, it's been more than mere interest! Pluto takes things seriously and gets obsessed. So between Pluto hitting the Capricorn energy of Millennials and Chiron returning for the Pisces Chiron folks, it's no surprise so many people have jumped into the astro-pool! Come one, come all :)
There are many options for working as an astrologer these days. You used to only be able to do it in person (and it was only a select few who got to). Then came the phone, and then came the internet. The internet blew everything up! (ha!) Now anyone with an internet connection can become an online astrologer. But of course, it's not quite as simple as that. You do still have a lot of work to do if this is what you decide to do. So, what do you need to do to start a online astrology business?
Create Your Online Home
First, you need to create your online home - your website or blog. You'll need to decide the name you're going to use (your own or a business name), and see if the domain is available, as well as social media accounts for the name or similar. You have to set the website up; Wordpress is the single most commonly used platform for websites, but it can be difficult to navigate if you're not tech savvy. Thankfully, there are now platforms like Wix, web hosts with drag-and-drop editors to create your website, to make it simple for us tech-idiots. If you want to skip a website and blog entirely, you can use a website alternative option like Etsy or Patreon, or use a social media account. So many options now!
You'll need to generate some traffic for your website, blog, or website alternative. Because duh, you won't sell any consultations if no one is coming to your page, and you can only make use of friends and family for so long. You'll need to learn a little SEO if you're using a website or blog, and tricks for traffic for website alternatives. Social media can be of big help for traffic, especially Pinterest, and help you to start building up an audience.
Grow Your Client List
As your audience grows, so too should your client list. If you know what you're doing with your client list, you can generate a good amount of income from a small amount of people, so learning how to do that is important. Finding new clients online and retaining those clients so they keep coming back can keep your business going for a long time.
Once your schedule starts getting packed with consultations, it's time to create other products to sell - ebooks, courses, subscriptions, etc. This allows you to grow your business way more than just doing consultations since you can reach more people. You'll also want to work on an email list when you want to sell products since the email list is the best way to sell them.
P.S. You may want to check out the article, When to Become a Spiritual Entrepreneur, to time it out right!
April's new moon comes to us on the 5th (4:51AM) in fiery Aries, sign of action. After the floopy energy of March thanks to the Pisces Mercury retrograde, we can go into April wanting to take action and get back in control again with the Aries new moon. Aries wants to take action and have something new and exciting to focus on. It can be an excellent new moon for a new beginning of some sort, and it may be something that you've had on hold for a couple of months. Now you may feel you have the courage to take the initiative and make those first steps happen, and can be willing to go down a new road no one has gone down before. Onward!
Aries has lots of energy and excitement, so we may want to keep busy with plenty to do to use up that energy. But it likely can't be anything mundane or tedious or boring at all, otherwise we can lose patience quickly and jump off fast. We need to keep busy with things that excite us, that we're enthusiastic about, and that's positive. We likely don't want to focus on anything too serious for too long.
Since Aries is so much energy though, we need to watch for impatience, impulsiveness, and high tempers flaring. When anger erupts, don't give in to aggression and hostility. Try to use the extra energy in a positive and productive way. Have outlets for physical energy, as there may be a lot of it to use up. If we're physically busy, this can cut down on the impatience, impulsiveness, and tempers.
This new moon occurs at 15 degrees 17 minutes Aries. The aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 13 degrees 17 minutes - 17 degrees 17 minutes Aries
Sextile: 13 degrees 17 minutes - 17 degrees 17 minutes Gemini or Aquarius
Square: 13 degrees 17 minutes - 17 degrees 17 minutes Cancer or Capricorn
Trine: 13 degrees 17 minutes - 17 degrees 17 minutes Leo or Sagittarius
Opposition: 13 degrees 17 minutes - 17 degrees 17 minutes Libra
April's full moon comes on the 19th (7:12AM) in airy Libra. Libra full moons are usually a time to work on coming together, making compromises, focusing on improving relationships and eliminating issues with others, growing closer with the people we care about and have positive connections to, and let go of the people we don't have healthy connections with. We need more peace and harmony, more balance and serenity.
This is the second full moon in a row in the sign of Libra - March's full moon (March 20th) also occurred in Libra. This means that what came to pass or arose with the full moon in March can tie into what comes to pass or arises with the full moon in April, and there can be a continuation of themes and situations. It may be that whatever comes about or is the focus for the March full moon doesn't reach full culmination of a final resolution until the April full moon.
The April full moon in Libra is also at a special degree, 29 degrees. 29 degrees is the last degree of any sign is called the anaretic degree, and is a point of crisis energy. So this full moon really does have strong ending and culmination energy with it, and we may feel we frantically need to get things done. Try to stay in control of your energy instead of going all wonky. That just throws you out of balance, which greatly disrupts Libra! Stay calm, stay focused.
This full moon occurs at 29 degrees 6 minutes Libra. The aspects to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 27 degrees 6 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Libra
Sextile: 27 degrees 6 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Leo or Sagittarius
Square: 27 degrees 6 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Cancer or Capricorn
Trine: 27 degrees 6 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Gemini or Aquarius
Opposition: 27 degrees 6 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Aries
Since this full moon is so late in Libra, you may also feel aspects made out-of-sign (as if it were in the next sign, Scorpio). Out-of-sign aspects are:
Conjunction: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 1 degree 6 minutes Scorpio
Sextile: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 1 degree 6 minutes Virgo or Capricorn
Square: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 1 degree 6 minutes Leo or Aquarius
Trine: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 1 degree 6 minutes Cancer or Pisces
0 degrees 0 minutes - 1 degree 6 minutes Taurus
Many may fantasize about becoming astrologers, tarot readers, mediums, empaths, or any other kind of spiritual entrepreneur, and wonder when is the right time to do so. First, if your gut is telling you to, then it's probably the right time for you (listen to your instincts!). In general, change-maker Uranus now in money-maker Taurus can create conditions for many to change the way they make money (and with Uranus ruling astrology specifically, more may be focused on trying to become profitable astrologers!).
On a personal level, you can look at aspects being made to your natal and progressed charts. Much of what you'll look for will be similar to as if you were looking for any other career aspects - positive aspects (sextiles and trines) by Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto to your 2nd house cusp or ruler (house of money), 6th house cusp or ruler (house of work), and 10th house cusp or ruler (house of career), or to your natal Saturn (planet of career). Any aspect by Uranus (including hard ones) to these points can indicate a change in profession (and the hard aspects are actually super helpful for when you want to make a big change and have felt so stuck or afraid of change that you haven't gotten anywhere thus far). The progressed Midheaven at a critical degree or moving into a new sign can also signal new career developments, and any progressed planet moving into a new sign or a progressed new moon can be excellent for any kind of new beginning in your life (like new work!).
For spiritual work in particular, there will often be some Neptune, 12th house, or Pisces involved as these are the spiritual points. Positive aspects to your natal Neptune, your natal or progressed 12th house cusp or ruler, or to natal or progressed Pisces planets can stimulate extra focus on your spiritual self, and guide you toward this kind of work when occurring with other career aspects. Aspects can transit Neptune can also do this, though with the hard aspects, you may have to watch for being drained too much by the work or attracting people who want to take advantage of you (so have those healthy boundaries Neptune requires!). Progressed planets moving into Pisces or your natal 12th house, aspecting your natal Neptune, or your progressed 12th house cusp conjunct, sextile, or trine a natal planet can also bring spiritual focus.
Being a spiritual entrepreneur is a job, so it can be a lot of work! But it can also be very rewarding if you feel called to it. Good luck!
P.S. You may also want to check out the So You Wanna Be An Astrologer series - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4
Mercury retrograde can be a trying time, and we often experience all manner of mishaps and frustrations during this time. It can be so frustrating that you may think there's no point in preparing for Mercury retrograde. You're just going to get screwed anyway! But that's not true (well, yes, sometimes you will get screwed anyway, but for the most part, you can work to avoid it or mitigate the damages).
By preparing for Mercury retrograde, you can see when trouble spots may present themselves. You learn which aspects will be difficult for you, and which you need to prepare for. By knowing the aspects, you can determine how to deal with them. Mercury is going to square your Pluto? Pluto is passionate energy, so you know you need to have a healthy, positive outlet for the high energy to avoid power struggles. Mercury is going to oppose your Venus? Venus rules the people in your life, so you know you need to be more considerate, compromising, and work on improving relationship issues.
By knowing the house(s) Mercury retrograde will occur in, you know what areas of life are going to be targeted most. This allows you to come up with plans for dealing with any issues or making adjustments quickly with those areas of life before the retrograde starts, so it's not so bad. And you can plan to use the re-'s of Mercury retrograde - redo, revise, revisit, reconnect, etc. - with those areas of life during the retrograde so you make the retrograde a positive experience. Mercury's going to retrograde in your 2nd house? Stash some money in case of an emergency, and spend time reconnecting with the present. Mercury's going to retrograde in your 9th house? Make some room and give yourself some extra space, and work on expanding something again.
Virtually all of the hard, difficult, challenging astrological events that you can experience have the ability to be mitigated and turned around if you get prepared, know it's coming, and know how to handle it. So the next time you think there's no point, remind yourself that isn't true!
Mercury retrograde is often a period when everyone is running for the hills (ha!). It's one of the first things people often learn about astrologically as something they should be afraid of. Mercury retrograde often turns skeptics into believers because of the wonky developments it can bring. But, there actually can be some bright spots during Mercury retrograde that contain positive energy you can use to your advantage.
The first bright spot during Mercury retrograde is when a new moon occurs during the Mercury retrograde in the sign the retrograde is occurring. Sometimes, it can shine a light on the problems and ignite things a little more, but when you know it's coming and know what it's impacting in your chart (by sign and aspect), you can use it to your advantage. The energy available helps you to take some control during the retrograde and turn things around, if needed.
The second bright spot during Mercury retrograde is what's called the inferior conjunction. This occurs when the Mercury retrograde conjuncts (aligns with) the transit (moving) Sun. This happens during every Mercury retrograde, and the inferior conjunction can show a time during the retrograde that is great for focusing on a new project, idea, plan that can be your focus for the next two months or so, or until the next time Mercury and the Sun conjunct after the retrograde is over (the superior conjunction). It can start with the inferior conjunction and culminate with the superior conjunction. You get bonus points if you focus on the areas of life ruled by the house the inferior conjunction occurs in your chart. This is where the positive energy can flow.
The third bright spot during Mercury retrograde is when the retrograde sextiles or trines any of the transit planets. Sextiles and trines are easy aspects, and therefore more easily positive, and when Mercury retrograde is making a sextile or trine to one of the other planets, this is a time when we can use the retrograde energy positively. To Venus, it can play out in our dealings with others; to Mars, we can take initiative more easily; to Jupiter, we can focus on opportunities; to Saturn, we can be more disciplined; to Uranus, we can embrace the unconventional or make changes; to Neptune, we can trust instincts and be imaginative; and to Pluto, we can find power and take control.
So, Mercury retrograde doesn't have to be dreaded! Sure, he can throw a ginormous monkey wrench in the machine of life sometimes, but even when he's being ornery, there are usually still some bright spots to find.
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May 2019 New & Full Moons
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Saturn in Capricorn: December 2017 - March 2020, July - December 2020
Uranus in Taurus: May - November 2018, March 2019 - July 2025, November 2025 - April 2026