Skyvibe Serial 2023: Week #7

Skyvibe Serial 2023: Week #7

Skyvibe Serial #7

Forecast for the week of February 12th - 18th, 2023

Sleeper Wave

A sign on along the beach reading "DANGER" in very large very red all caps. The sign shows a diagram of the beach and the waves and illustrates the difference in the size of a regular wave compared to a sleeper wave. After the word danger, the sign reads "this is one of the most deadly beaches in California." The crux of the diagram shows a person submerged under the waves at the bottom of a deep long shore trough.
A warning sign along the beach at Goat Rock in Jenner, California. 

We're calling this week "Sleeper Wave." They're a phenomenon here at one of the most epic beaches in Northern California. Due to the topography and the patterns of the waves it's possible to be swept out to sea by a tiny rogue wave. While any West Coast kid is raised knowing that the ocean presents many urgent dangers: hypothermia, rip tides, rocky shores... Not a friendly or tender place. Sleeper waves are altogether something different.

Just like the astroweather this week.

You'll be reading this a few days after the start of the week. Or most likely, for a little help with make sense of retrospect.

Bottom line: cold dispassionate clarity is rarely gentle, and not really 'nice'.

The Good

Mercury does well in Aquarius, enjoying dignity by triplicity, a term, and even a decan in the sign.

Overall the good of this week is getting to the truth of the matter. Perhaps this is the perennially hopelessly hopeful nature of your humble author, but it seems far preferable to be left with the shards of shattered dreams, then to be duped and cluelessly blissed out in ignorance.

The Meh

Saturn is still well dignified, but holy shit this beams of the depressed ass Sun is just not fun for anyone.

The Venus-Neptune conjunction is the other big news this week. News which comes with fantasy, imagination, and illusion in tow. Now illusion gets a bad wrap. Most think of it like from the perspective of a crestfallen Dorothy getting her first glimpse of the man behind the curtain

The Oh Fuck Me*:

Yeah, that'd be the Sun's conjunction with Saturn. For Saturn it's kinda whatever (almost). But for the Sun it pretty much sucks. To be fair, there's no need to be scared – I'm not forecasting doom or dread outcomes based on this outcome alone. More wanting to alert you to the fact that you may feel a certain sense of dread and find yourself literally thinking "oh, fuck me" regardless of how bad (or good) the outcomes you're facing may actually be. It's just kinda, in the air.

Phil Collins can feel it coming in the air tonight...

*please note: "oh fuck me" is my way of subverting the normalization of conventional beauty standards; I'm not at all suggesting these outcomes are guaranteed, or that everyone is going to experience these undesirable manifestation. Rather, that in the RPG of life, these would be the chaotic evil playthrough of the same energies described by the good and the meh.

Week in (wal)Nut Shell

pardon the pun

Week in (wal)Nut Shell:

This week starts with wistful hopes and tender sentiments; only to have those pretty well dashed by the extremely discomfiting conjunction of the Sun and Saturn.

The big highlights of the week are the Venus/Neptune conjunction in Pisces, just a day ahead of the Sun's final conjunction to Saturn while Saturn is at home in one their signs. The combination is one that may be "good" (in the longest views at least) for bringing new creative impulses into being. In the way that necessity is the mother of all invention, it's often our discontent or displeasure that motivate us to create things of beauty to share.

Sunday: sweet and simple
Monday: sleeper wave
Tuesday: sweet dreams
Wednesday: tender-ness
Thursday: harsh clarity
Friday: cleansing hands
Saturday: slack water

Day by Day

All the transits of the week - one day at a time.

Sunday the 12th

All of the transits of the day occur in the middle of the day. And something about the off-kilter-ness of the day feels like a fitting beginning to the week as a whole. Technically, there's not a classical aspect to be this whole day, making the Moon void by many people's criteria.

Not a day for pushing through aggressive agendas for productivity. Sure. But hardly a null day.

Early AM (midnight - 08:00, PST):

There are no classical aspects among traditional planets.

Midday (08:00 - 16:00, PST):

09:49 am - Moon contra-parallel Uranus
10:14 am -  
Sun parallel Saturn
2:42 pm -
Moon at 15° Scorpio opposite Uranus at 15° Taurus
3:54 pm - Mercury at 2° Aquarius sextile asteroid Vesta at 2° Aries

While there are no classical ray-based aspects, the Sun's parallel to Saturn brings a certain gravity... or is gravitas? On the modern end of things, there's Mercury's sextile to the astroid Vesta. Now, it's important to know that without being configured to something prominent or active in your chart, an aspect like this – fleeting, and "minor" in terms of duration and intensity – they're easy to miss. Or maybe it's better said as: important not to overly concern oneself with, if you're just looking to get a sense of the size of this week's (emotional) swells.

Late PM (16:00 - midnight, PST):

There are no classical aspects among traditional planets.

The Sun Surmises:

If you're the sort looking to actively work with the energy available in the day, or wanting to do as much self-conscious observation of it as possible, then you can tune into Vesta's focus on autonomous agency and Mercury's clear thinking in Aquarius.

Monday the 13th

The Moon's transit through Scorpio has been quite the challenge for the last two years, and today's is no different. With the Moon picking up a trine to exalted Venus in Pisces, there's at least the potential of a dreamy and sensual outlet for the energy roused today.

Early AM (midnight - 08:00, PST):

02:16 am - Moon at 21° Scorpio trine Venus at 21° Pisces
4:36 am -
Moon at 22° Scorpio sextile Hygeia at 22° Capricorn
06:48 am -
Moon at 24° Scorpio trine Neptune at 24° Aquarius
08:00 am -
Moon at 24° Scorpio square Sun at 24° Aquarius

Well, that's kind of a lot going on in the old dream space, if you're sleeping around these times. If you happen to be awake... yeah, that's a lot too. Dreamy vibes, especially for the poets and performers out there. But equally a bit of... energetic scouring going on. The Moon falls in Scorpio – a trine to Neptune and waning square to the Sun is a recipe for nostalgia, and quixotic bitterness.

Midday (08:00 - 16:00, PST):

08:23 am - Moon parallel Mercury
12:52 pm -
Moon at 27° Scorpio square Saturn at 27° Aquarius
2:16 am -
Moon parallel Hygeia
3:51 pm -
Moon at 29° Scorpio sextile Pluto at 29° Capricorn

This is the last time the Moon in Scorpio will square Saturn in Aquarius. Still, that doesn't soften the blow. In the aftermath of last week's Full Moon in Aquarius and Mercury conjunction to Pluto, this day is likely to be intense and complex.

Late PM (16:00 - midnight, PST):

5:30 pm - Moon enters Sagittarius
8:43 pm -
Moon parallel Pluto
10:14 pm -
Moon at 2° Sagittarius trine Vesta 2° Aries

One last chance to enjoy the Moon in Sagittarius without the complications of Saturn in Pisces. I know, it's all Saturn this, Saturn that. Saturn, Saturn, Saturn!

A cartoon Saturn with a happy face, spinning in circles against the backdrop of cartoon space.
Saturn, Saturn, Saturn!

Monday's More or Less:

Where Mercury's sextile to Vesta had us thinking and talking about our agency, and focusing on... sterilizing our brewing equipment. Jenn Zahrt, all around badass astrologer and expert on Vesta, describes Vesta as the sterilizing or purifying fire that makes fertility possible.

The final closing quarter Moon of the final fixed lunation at the crosshairs of the Saturn/Uranus square is the source the sparks this sterilizing fire.

Tuesday the 14th

We talked a fair bit about this in the February Forecast on The Astrology Podcast. Tuesday (Valentine's Day if you celebrate it) is rather buoyant compared to the rest of the week.

Early AM (midnight - 08:00, PST):

00:39 am - Moon at 4° Sagittarius sextile Mercury at 4° Aquarius
03:39 am -
Venus parallel Vesta

The Moon's sextile to Mercury occurs while most of North America is sleeping. Perhaps in your corner of the world you'll be awake for this one. If you are, this is a great little transit for conversation. Fleeting though it is.

Midday (08:00 - 16:00, PST):

08:55 am - Moon at 8° Sagittarius trine Jupiter at 8° Aries
1:50 pm -
Moon contra-parallel Mars
1:54 pm -
Venus at 23° Pisces sextile Hygeia at 23° Capricorn

The Moon's trine to Jupiter brings levity. And marks the last time for awhile that we'll get such a favorable Sagittarius Moon. Come the ingress of Saturn into Pisces there'll be serious things to consider in when Luna glides through the sign of the philosophical centaur.

Late PM (16:00 - midnight, PST):

4:33 pm - Moon at 13° Sagittarius trine Chiron at 13° Aries
6:05 pm -
Moon at 14° Sagittarius opposite Mars at 14° Gemini

The friction begins to build in the evening as the Moon's trine to Chiron picks on our wounds and the opposition to Mars fans the flames of whatever contention finds us this Valentine's.

Tuesday's TL;DR:

Valentine's Day holds no punches this year. Flirty turns to funny turns to hitting a little too close to home. Depending on how close to the limits of your window of tolerance you are, this might feel tolerable, or like the final straw.

Either way, try to keep in mind that everything is impermanent.

Wednesday the 15th

Yesterday's levity compared to the rest of the week is the sleeper wave this week. It's the relative gaiety of Monday and Tuesday compared to the rest of the week that I think really damped the spirits. Sorry to say...

Early AM (midnight - 08:00, PST):

04:25 am - Venus conjunct Neptune
04:56 am - Venus parallel Neptune

While Neptune not visible to begin with, meaning there's nothing for Venus to occult, the conjunction and parallel of two planets means they're on the same side of the ecliptic. In other words, there's no subtle at odds-ness between the planets of beauty and concord (Venus), and the planet of idealistic dissolution (Neptune).

Midday (08:00 - 16:00, PST):

11:05 am - Moon at 24° Sagittarius square Neptune at 24°04' Pisces
11:42 am -  Moon at 24° Sagittarius square Venus at 24°26' Pisces

It's almost as if the astroweather wanted to make sure you didn't miss the Venus/Neptune shenanigans! If you didn't feel or notice it in your dreams, you'll probably get a clear glimpse of just what this conjunction means for you. There are only a few more that any of us will ever experience in this sign again – so it's worth considering what sort of dreams, fantasies, and ...willful suspensions of disbelief have been captivating you of late.

These are the impulses that Saturn is coming around to crystallize over the coming years.

Late PM (16:00 - midnight, PST):

4:02 pm - Moon at 27° Sagittarius sextile Sun at 27°01' Aquarius
5:05 pm - Moon at 27° Sagittarius sextile Saturn at 27°39' Aquarius
8:59 pm - Moon enters Capricorn

The Moon translates light between the two major transiting aspects of the week: Venus conjunct Neptune, and the Sun's final conjunction to a domiciled Saturn for a couple of decades.

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

On the one hand, high ideals about relationships are important. In the broadest sense, this is the source of the artist's aesthetic - a set of ideals about the relationship between form, color, medium, setting, content... .Those are no different from the same ideal applied to relationships between philosophy and action, or between two people.

On the other hand, it's almost as if the astroweather is playing us an inspirational montage of the visions that encompass the full oceanic vastness of our imagination. Which is a pretty big bubble to burst.

Hence, the "yikes, this ain't a great V-day week" takes all over the astroweb (get it, like the interwebs, but just astrology). And, if you didn't guess it already, the bubble is going to be burst by the Sun-Saturn conjunction. The Moon's translation of light from one to the other just makes it all the more potent and palpable.

Thursday the 16th

The day starts off heavy, no doubt in thanks to what Wednesday delievered. One of the biggest conjunctions of the year happens today.

True, it's possible that neither the Sun nor Saturn are very consequential for you or your chart, and that Saturn's transit through Aquarius hasn't picked or brought up very much for you.

If you're a fixed sign heavy person though, that's definitely not the case. And this Sun/Saturn conjunction is likely to bring up quite a bit for you.

Early AM (midnight - 08:00, PST):

03:01 am - Moon at 3° Capricorn square Vesta at 3° Aries

There are no classical aspects among traditional planets, but the square between the Moon and Vesta is subtle form of friction there for the sensitive, or those whose chart are sensitive in these particular degrees.

Midday (08:00 - 16:00, PST):

08:48 am - Sun conjunct Saturn at 27°44' Aquarius
12:10 pm - Moon at 9° Capricorn square Jupiter at 9° Aries
3:01 pm - Hygeia at 24° Capricorn sextile Neptune at 24° Pisces

The conjunction of the Sun and Saturn in Aquarius is a big deal y'all. Two diametrically opposite forces – life and death, warm and cold, sovereigns and those at the margins – come together for one last union.  

Late PM (16:00 - midnight, PST):

5:54 pm - Venus contra-parallel Jupiter
6:46 pm - Moon at 13° Capricorn square Chiron at 13° Aries
9:54 pm - Moon at 15° Capricorn trine Uranus at 15° Taurus

An opportunity for getting inventive with the way we tend to our needs? Or, potentially a time of volatile undertones. Things coming out weird, touching on tender triggers, and generally just going down wrong. Like water down the wrong pipe.

Just Jot this for Jupiter's Day:

If you've been around these parts awhile you're used to the way we loop in long standing transits, and consider transits in the context of the ripening of what's come before. But honestly, the Sun's conjunction with Saturn is a big enough to be dramatic all on its own. Especially with it being the last of the domiciled Saturn one's for decades. (Even the dignified ones in 2039 will be in Libra, where Saturn is still in another planet's house.)

Whether you're looking back to the Leo/Aquarius eclipses of 2017/2018, Saturn's ingress into home territory around the same time, the beginning of the Saturn/Uranus square back in 2020, or the more recent Taurus/Scorpio eclipses, there's plenty to be coming to a head right now.

Depending on which part of your chart this transit lights up (or, casts a shadow over...), there's quite a few different ways you might notice this one.

You can read more about the Sun/Saturn conjunction by clicking the link below:

Sun in the Heart of Saturn’s Darkness
The Sun joins the heart of Saturn’s darkness.

Friday the 17th

There are a few classical aspects today, later in the evening: the Moon's sextile to Venus and Mercury's to Jupiter. Communicating our hopes and dreams (or even just our ambitions), and digesting the sensory impressions that attune us to the imaginal realm are

Early AM (midnight - 08:00, PST):

04:10 am - Neptune parallel Vesta

There are no classical aspects among traditional planets.

Midday (08:00 - 16:00, PST):

12:15 pm - Moon at 24° Capricorn sextile Neptune at 24° Pisces
12:46 pm -
Moon conjunct asteroid Hygeia at 24° Capricorn

While Neptune's no classical planet, the Moon's conjunction with the Old Fog Machine is a thing nonetheless. Watch for the tendancy to indulge the painful parts of nostalgia. If you're learning something new from it – probably no harm there. If you're finding it harder to shake the blues, it might be best to turn off the sad cowboy songs.

Late PM (16:00 - midnight, PST):

5:06 pm - Moon at 27° Capricorn sextile Venus at 27° Pisces
6:13 pm -
Mercury at 9° Aquarius sextile Jupiter at 9° Aries
8:17 pm -
Moon conjunct Pluto at 29° Capricorn
8:55 pm -
Moon contra-parallel Mars
9:34 pm -
Moon enters Aquarius

The latter part of the day has two noteworthy aspects - even if they're minor for you. The Moon's sextile to Venus gives us an opportunity to digest some of those imaginal impressions that came through our senses earlier in the week. Mercury's sextile to Jupiter should be a merciful comedic relief – and not a minute too soon.

The Moon's conjunction to Pluto should help us to make sense of Mercury's conjunction to Pluto from the week before.

Venus Votes:

And thus begins the last Moon-domiciled Saturn rendezvous for the rest of the decade (and just about all of the next).

Saturday the 18th

After the sleep wave recedes we find ourselves in slack water. How can I say something like that when there's decidedly multiple bona fide (Ptolemaic & traditional) aspects in the sky?

Well... because there's only so much energy intake, exchange, and discharge that a person can actually engage without a rest. It's like crying your eyes out. After you've drenched snot all over the place and heaved and quaked with the sorrow you're just kinda... present. And quiet.

Like the sound of snow falling on an otherwise still day. Not quiet silence. But close to it.

That's how Saturn likes it anyhow.

Early AM (midnight - 08:00, PST):

04:48 am - Moon at 4° Aquarius sextile Vesta at 4° Aries

Technically, this isn't a classical aspect with a traditional planet. But if you've seen me talk about Vesta over on Witch Church, or Kosmic Tonic, then you know that I stan our celestial Hearthfire.

A gif of a blazing fire in a stone heart fireplace. In front of the fireplace there's a fancy wicker basket and some tall vases with glass bowls filled with rocks or something. It's classic cottagecore bougie country estate - chic.

Midday (08:00 - 16:00, PST):

12:50 pm - Moon at 9° Aquarius sextile Jupiter at 9° Aries
1:19 pm - Moon parallel Pluto
2:34 pm - Sun enters Pisces
2:35 pm - Moon conjunct Mercury at 10° Aquarius

There's likely plenty that's come up to discuss over the course of the last week and a half. This evening provides the opportunity to talk it out with the Moon's conjunction to cool, calm, and collected Mercury.

The Sun's entry into Pisces comes just a couple of week's before Saturn's. It marks, perhaps not an improvement per se, but at least a movement into something other than the Sun's detriment.

Late PM (16:00 - midnight, PST):

6:42 pm - Moon at 13° Aquarius sextile Chiron at 13° Aries
9:05 pm - Moon parallel Hygeia
9:41 pm - Moon at 15° Aquarius square Uranus at 15° Taurus
10:00 pm - Moon at 15° Aquarius trine Mars at 15° Gemini

The hardest part of the day comes last, and after a long and intense week (or two) things might feel a lot bigger than they seem to warrant. That's okay though. There's no such thing as the right way to feel in response to something. Only ways that you feel more or less proud of, or comfortable with, in the aftermath.

The Moon's sextile to Chiron is always an opportunity to tend to the wounds we carry, which the combo-punch of Uranus and Mars contacts to the Moon brings volatility and potentially vitriol. Your only agency is over your actions and responses, so if you've got your vitriol in check (or so you think), then be on the lookout for it from others. You don't have to make it mean anything, or match a feeling to a narrative (not my turn of phrase, but I can't remember whose).

Just do your best to take note, take a breath, and make choices that'll make future you feel like you're being a good friend to yourself right now.

Saturn's Summary:

As I sat to write I thought the words slack tide. Turns out, it's actually slack water, or a slack current. But the sentiment stands. It's not so much that there's nothing happening, but that compared to the tide change and the sleeper wave, today is just... not as intense.

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Bear Ryver is a professional astrologer helping his clients hone strategies for grounded growth and embodied empowerment by bringing them back to the BASICS. Winner of OPA’s Most Promising Astrologer in 2018, Bear has lectured at conferences like NORWAC and ISAR. He holds certifications in Hellenistic, Electional, and Horary astrology, and specializes in Intersectional Astrology. He was a teacher for the Portland School of Astrology, and has volunteered as a mentor for AFAN. When he’s not talking stars, or pulling cards, you can find him climbing rocks and playing guitar.