Current Events: Saturn square Uranus

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Let’s get familiar with the major transit of this year, Saturn square Uranus. The transit will come into exact three times over the course of 2021, but we will feel the pull of it throughout the year. Wednesday, February 17 is the first exact square. For about a week before and after that date, we’ll all be a bit on edge; as if we can sense we need to change something, but we’re not sure what it is.

There is a lot of tension in this particular square; both planets are in fixed signs, Aquarius and Taurus (which typically are stubborn and resistant to change), neither planet is comfortable in its element (earthy Saturn is in an air sign, while airy Uranus is an earth sign), and the hard angle of a square demands compromise. This year, something has to give. As Saturn moves around the wheel, it shows us where we are rigid and lack flexibility. Every time Saturn checks in with Uranus, we will be asked to do something in a new way, throw away the rigidity of the past, or completely revolutionize our experience of something. 

Take a look at your chart and find 7º to 13º of Aquarius and Taurus. This is where the action will be. This first square between Saturn and Uranus happens at 7º Aquarius/Taurus. Look at what houses those degrees are in to get more information about what you need to change. In that area of your life, you may have been resistant to making tiny adjustments to what or how you’ve been doing things. If you don’t make them in the next few months, cataclysmic change is on your horizon. 

If, for example, you have Uranus in your (Taurus-ruled) 3rd house and Saturn in your (Aquarius-ruled) 12th house, the changes that you need to make relate to how you are accessing and using your imagination. Uranus in your 3rd house is asking you to think outside the box, to consciously listen more closely to what bubbles up from your subconscious. While Saturn in your 12th is demanding that you give form to what comes up; perhaps as a book, a play, a song or a TV show. 

In 2020, we learned what isn’t working and we got a sense of how we can change it. 2021 is the year we get to work releasing what is no longer serving us, opening ourselves up to new ways of doing things, and embracing a more cooperative reality. 

Current Events: Aquarian energy and Venus aspects

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The dominant aspect that shaped 2020 (and which will shape society for years to come) was the conjunction of Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter. For the entire year, as those three heavy-hitting planets moved though the late degrees of Capricorn, they pulled apart the social fabric and brought focus to it’s weaknesses and deep social inequities. So many major events that have transpired in the last several months were representative of the interactions between those planets; from Brexit to America’s president being impeached, from Covid-19 to the fires on three continents, from the unjustifiable killing of George Floyd (and other black Americans) to the storming of America’s capital. They showed us what needs to be upgraded or demolished.

In 2021, we get to work on those things. Fittingly, the dominant aspect of 2021 is a square from Saturn in Aquarius to Uranus in Taurus. That aspect will be exact three times over the course of this year but will be present all year long. It asks us to let go of the status-quo past and embrace a more egalitarian, equitable future. Saturn is moving through Aquarius now, quickening our planet with hope and infusing us with a desire for tolerance, objectivity, and constructive change. While the square between Saturn and Uranus will wax and wane over the year, we will be given three hard opportunities to let go of what isn’t working any more, to turn our backs on what is rigid and unforgiving, and to assess and realign our values. I will mention them in future posts, but those dates are: February 17, June 14 and December 23. 

There are five planets in Aquarius now helping us to reorganize our lives and the structures of society. The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are helping us to liberate ourselves from our societal, familial and cultural conditioning and find our authentic expression. 

Tomorrow, Venus will make three important connections that are worth mentioning. On February 6, Venus will conjunct Saturn, sextile Chiron, and square Uranus. Our patterns to relating (to others and to ourselves), our values, our ability to compromise and participate will be under pressure. Venus’s conjunction to Saturn is a reality check on the way we’ve been spending money, how we have been relating with family members, and to our ideas of what we think we want. Venus conjunct Saturn implies a limitation; it often expresses as a small circle of friends, difficulties with having enough money, or a lack of safety within the family dynamic. Venus’s square to Uranus is a lightening bolt. It implies changes of fortune with money and love. This angle sometimes manifests as a new friend, a new experience, the windfall or loss of some money, or the release of a friendship that has become overly constrictive. 

Trying to balance the constricting energy of Saturn and the liberating energy of Uranus is tricky, but thankfully, the sextile of Venus to Chiron will help to smooth things over and provide healing undertones to whatever happens. Lean into what feels good, be open to new experiences, and remember that a little bit of kindness goes an especially long way this weekend. 

Current Events: explosive energy

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[Uranus with his lightning bolt]

The energy of the next week, from January 14th to January 21st, is going to be explosive. Whether or not the explosions will be internal, made from the joy of new beginnings and the wind behind our backs, or external, made from the frustration of certain individuals remains to be seen. 

January 14th, Uranus stations direct at 6º of Taurus. For the past four months, the energy that helps us move past blockages or stiffness has been turned inward. During this time, we’ve looked inside for where we have been stuck. We’ve made either small, incremental changes (in the area of your life/chart where 6º Taurus is located) or, if we resisted those small changes, we experienced a crisis or two. In the days surrounding a planet changing direction, its energy is especially charged, so we can expect a small or large crisis in the days around January 14th as the liberating Uranian energy moves from inward to outward.

Also on that day, the Sun will be conjunct Pluto (at 24/25º of Capricorn), which indicates emotionally-messy power-struggles. Additionally and perhaps most importantly, Mars will be squaring Saturn, which is the accelerator meeting the brakes. For Saturnian individuals, this is a focusing of their ability to get stuff done, but for most of us, it’s a frustrating aspect because we want to jump but Saturn insists that we first measure the chasm, lace up our shoes carefully, and write a note to our partners before we do it. The best way to handle the energy of January 14 and 15 is to slow down. Slow way down. And, if delays happen, think of them as a gift. 

January 17th, Jupiter will square Uranus. This is an opening, a new beginning, a big leap into the future. This aspect has potentially explosive energy inside of it as well, but the tension created by this square prefers to be released with joy rather than frustration. This is a significant aspect that shows that we are turning a corner and are beginning a period of expansion, opportunity and optimism. 

January 20th, the Sun enters Aquarius, and Mars makes a conjunction with Uranus. This is going to be a big day. The Sun entering Aquarius marks a month of quickening energies that seek to move us from the status quo of Capricorn into a more progressive, tolerant future. The conjunction of Mars and Uranus is like the meeting of a box of matches and a stick of dynamite. This aspect echoes what the insurrectionists have said they have planned for Inauguration Day in America. It is best to stay in that day and watch the event from the safety of your home as it’s likely there will be an explosion or two. On a personal level, look where 6º Taurus falls in your chart to see where you will suddenly find yourself with the impetus to push past limitations and make tremendous changes in your life. 

Current Events: 3 Planets Change Signs + 2 Planets Turn Retrograde

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Because Venus and Mercury orbit between the Earth and the Sun, they are never more than a certain number of degrees away from the Sun from our perspective. For example, Mercury will never be more than 16º in front of the Sun before it stations retrograde. Then it moves backwards (again, from our perspective) until it is 16º behind the Sun at which time it stations direct and begins running ahead again past the Sun, repeating the pattern ad infinitum. Venus never gets more than 42º away from the Sun. She makes a similar pattern to that which Mercury makes, although in true Venusian style, her retrograde pattern makes a lovely, 5-pointed star.

Mercury and Venus (and Mars) are called the ‘personal planets’ because those archetypes make up the overtly personal parts of a person, the parts of the psyche that others see and deal with on a daily basis. When two or three of the personal planets are in the same sign as the Sun they set a strong, unified archetypal tone. This month of February, however, it won’t be at all like that. The planets are all over the place.

 

For several weeks Mars and Venus have been traveling together in the last degrees of Pisces. On January 28, Mars left Pisces and entered Aries. Meanwhile, the Sun is in Aquarius and Mercury is in Capricorn: all the personal planets are in different signs! And Mars is in his home sign, Aries, which gives us all a fiery push toward getting our needs met.

In addition to the aforementioned combination of energies, Venus and Jupiter will both go retrograde this month, too. The various conflicting energies and Mars in Aries gives us an underlying sensation that things are in flux. Indeed, they are, specifically in the area of relationships and/or money. But before we change things, we must first pull back the curtain and see things as they are.

Today, Friday, February 3, Venus will enter Aries. She’ll cruise along in Aries for a month initiating new projects, relationships and sources of income. Then, on March 4th, Venus will slow down and stop (from our perspective) at 13º of Aries. For the next month, she will go backwards over those first 13º of Aries again, getting a better look at the relationships or streams of income that we began in early February. The issue is whether or not things are in balance. Fear and anger is to be expected. Consider matters introspectively for the month of March, using, as much as possible, the objectivity made available by Mercury in Aquarius. The first half of April is the best time to let go of resentment, anger, delusions, and the relationships that are not in balance. (∞)

The dance of Venus passing back and forth over the ASC point asks us to take a second look at our values, the fundamental dynamics of our relationships, and our relationship with money. It’s a time of resetting self-esteem and up-leveling our relationship with our self and to our own talents.

 

Supporting the work of Venus in the re-calibrating of our relationships is Jupiter who will turn retrograde February 6 at 23º of Libra. As he moves backwards a full 10º in Libra, the sign of balance-seeking, we will be encouraged to look at our values and beliefs, at how we spend our money, and whether or not our relationships are in balance. Jupiter and Venus (and Mars and Mercury!) are working together this spring to force us to reconsider the recent new beginnings and help us see where we are being excessive and delusional in relationships. (@)

Mercury is between retrograde cycles these days so he’s going full-speed-ahead. He will take only two weeks to race through Aquarius (February 7 to February 25), during which time our minds will literally be racing. Our thoughts will be focused on the groups we are part of (or want to be part of) and our dreams for the future. In February, we will be more open to information and ideas from all corners. And because the mind will be superficially skipping along the surface, it will be easier to be objective. This objectivity will come in super handy as we uncover imbalances in our relationship dynamics with the retrogrades of Venus and Jupiter.
To take advantage of these energetic shifts in February, be willing to examine the balance points in your relationships: Is there as much listening as talking? As much receiving as giving? Is the attention usually centered on one person? Does each person in the relationship have the freedom to follow their desires? Also be willing to examine how your values are connected to your self-esteem. If your values, money situation or relationships need to be adjusted, you will know what you need to do by April. If by then you aren’t sure or haven’t made the changes, circumstances may change on your behalf when Jupiter stations direct in June. When Venus enters Aries (February 3), we will begin all manner of new relationships. A month later when Venus goes retrograde, she will show us where our impulsiveness, selfishness, need to be needed, and our instinctual desires pull us into delusional situations. Use the information uncovered in the retrograde period to make adjustments in relationship dynamics and personal values.
More specific information can be gleaned from your chart by penciling Venus in outside the wheel at 0º Aries and considering the information that the house placement provides.
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(∞) April 2, the still retrograding Venus backs out of Aries and into Pisces. On April 15, at 26º of Pisces, Venus stops (from our perspective) and begins moving forward again (stations direct).

(@) Jupiter will be retrograde until June 9.

Current Events: 3 Planets Change Signs

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Perhaps you have felt the collective energy intensifying through the last half of October as the Sun and Mercury have been moving through Scorpio. The energy will continue intensifying until the week of November 7th through the 13th, when the three personal planets (Mercury, Venus and Mars) change signs. When these closer, inner planets change signs, the way the archetype expresses itself changes color and it is noticeable.

The evening of November 8 to the 9th, when Americans will vote on their next president, marks the first of the three shifts. That evening Mars will move from Capricorn into Aquarius (where it will remain until December 19). While Mars has been in Capricorn (since September 27), it’s been easier for us to focus our energy on accomplishing or getting closer to goals. Our willpower has been a laser beam as we have plowed through our to-do lists, taking care of business. But Mars’ movement through Capricorn isn’t just about productivity and maturity. These two archetypes together can also manifest as anger and frustration at the establishment / authority / limits / father figures, or towards goals that aren’t coming to fruition in the way or as fast as one would like. When Mars leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius, something unexpected can be expected. The very nature of Aquarius is detaching, quickening, catalyzing, freedom-seeking, it shakes up the status quo and rebels against the establishment. So the movement of Mars into Aquarius the very night of a major election suggests a shift of power, a revolution, or, ideally, a large step taken toward a progressive future. But there is more.

Also that evening, the Moon will change signs. When the elections begin, the Moon will be in Aquarius indicating a public open to radical change and new experiences beyond the known. But around 10pm eastern time, when the polls are still open on the west coast of the U.S. but have closed on the east coast, the Moon will slip into Pisces. This suggests that something related to the results of the election will be hidden, there will be some obfuscation, as if a dense fog has rolled in and it’s nearly impossible to get a clear view of the situation. Disillusionment and disappointment, characteristics of Pisces, are probable.

Later in the week, the evening of November 11th to the 12th, Venus will move out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn. Since October 18, when Venus entered Sagittarius, we’ve been expanding our relationship dynamics, perhaps by reconnecting with someone from the past or meeting people from other cultures. A love of freedom, the sharing our own personal philosophy, communicating our values, and the expansion of our mental horizon has been the theme while Venus has been in Sagittarius. On November 11/12, that outgoing energy will shift gears and turn inward when Venus moves into Capricorn. Venus in Capricorn values order, rules, family, the past, and anything that gives us the feeling that we are safe and secure. When Venus is in Capricorn, homeland security and traditional values are important as are social status and getting ahead in the outer world. Venus will be in Capricorn until December 7, 2016.

The third energetic shift of this week happens November 12 when Mercury moves into Sagittarius. Mercury loves to be in Sagittarius as it feels free to say whatever comes to mind, without filters. Mercury in Sagittarius is a tall tale teller, a trickster, and also, perhaps, a liar. The weaving of the story is what is important to Mercury, not that the story is true. When Mercury moves through sag, there is a tendency to promise more than can be delivered upon and to speak beyond the knowledge of what one knows. The up-side, however, of Mercury in Sagittarius is that the mind is capable of glimpsing The Bigger Picture, one can make detailed plans for the envisioned bigger, better future, and we are especially open to learning a language or the intricacies of another culture. Mercury will be in Sagittarius until the 2nd of December, 2016.

The coincidence of the timing of these energetic shifts with activities in America suggests that, as far as the election is concerned, things will not be clear or be as they appear to be.