Current Events: New Moon Eclipse + three planets changing signs

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On Monday, December 14, 2020 there will be a New Moon eclipse at 23º of Sagittarius. The eclipse will be visible for about two minutes, and will only be visible to people living in the very south of South America or South Africa.  As with any New Moon, today’s eclipse provides wind behind our back as we align ourselves with our goals for this month. Sagittarius is the sign of trust, honesty, and listening, which makes this New Moon an excellent time for deep, meaningful conversations in which we are honest and listen as much as we speak. 

Because this eclipse happens near the Moon’s South Node and involves Chiron and Mercury, this event is an opportunity to resolve the issues that will come up related to the past. There will be an energetic clarity about our new path and an ability to communicate it to others. 


Also this week, three planets will change signs and we will feel the energy tangibly lifted. After three weeks of Venus moving through tumultuous, combative Scorpio, she will enter Sagittarius on Tuesday. And, after years of heavy, earth-bound Capricorn energy, Saturn and Jupiter will move into airy, communicative Aquarius (on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively). Everything will seem easier and lighter by the weekend.

For the next three weeks, while Venus moves through Sagittarius, we will be more focused on right-action and the dissemination of information so as to elevate, educate and improve the situation. Sagittarius is high-minded and more focused on truth and education than confrontation.

While Saturn and Jupiter have been in Capricorn, we have been concerned with safety, our more status-quo goals, social status, our career, and keeping things as they have been. Aquarius, on the other hand, is the sign of progressive change, technology, the power of like-minded individuals, social media, and the process of deconditioning the self to find one’s true authenticity. 

Saturn takes 2.5 years to move through a sign while Jupiter takes 1, so for the next couple of years, we will be especially open to trying new things and doing the old things in new ways. During this time whatever isn’t bolted down or realistic will give way to something new. Be willing to let new friends show you new ways of doing things, allow yourself to reexamine old goals to see if they still make your heart sing and if they might be reached in other ways. 

With Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius and Venus in Sag, this is sure to be a fun holiday season. The abundance of Aquarian energy suggests it’s an excellent year to meet up with family using technology rather than the usual face-to-face. Either way, we will be more interested in celebrating with fun and laughter rather than arguing with relatives. Please do play it safe this year with the assumption of better days ahead. Happy holidays to you and yours!

Current Events: The “Great Conjunction”

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[Saturn and Jupiter are easily visible now in the evening sky.]

2020 has been a year in which we have had to peer into the darkness of the collective consciousness. Covid-19, the unjustifiable killing of George Floyd (and many other Black Americans), the impeachment of America’s 45th president, Brexit, the fires on three continents, the lockdowns, the economic repercussions, from the campaign circus in America to the contested election results, this has been a watershed year. 2020 will be looked back on for decades, perhaps centuries, as the year the shit hit the fan. 

Capping off a year in which the balance of the global superpowers wavered, the environmental crises became an emergency, we learned just how fragile personal and national economies are, and the world very nearly fell to fascism, let us welcome the last major transit of 2020: The Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn. 

Jupiter and Saturn are the out-breath and in-breath of social change. They are the forces of expansion and contraction, respectively, and they meet up every 20 years. Looking back on their cycle, a pattern emerges in which every single American president since William Harrison (in 1840), who is in power at the time of the conjunction has died (with the exception of Reagan, who was shot at but didn’t die in 1981, and Bush Sr., who had a grenade thrown at him in 2006 that didn’t detonate).

This is a powerful meeting of planets that changes character every ten years with the opposition and conjunction. Just in the last hundred years we can see the pattern: the 1920s were expanding, the 1930s were contracting (due to the Great Depression), the 1940s were expanding, the 1950s were contracting, the 60s were expanding, and the 70s were contracting. In the 1980s we expanded with Reagan and then in the 1990s, we pulled it in to reassess our values. The 2000s were expansive, and the 2010s were contracting. In 2020, we enter into a ten-year cycle of expansion based on the characteristics of Aquarius, which is a sign that values progressive solutions to social problems, innovation using technology, stepping away from the status quo, the free exchange of information, and individual uniqueness. We can expect that in the next 10 years people’s uniqueness will finally be celebrated, the internet will level many playing fields, and we will look to technology to help us solve our greatest problems. 

On a more personal level, the Great Conjunction will ask each of us to take a cold, hard look at ourselves to decide what needs to be let go of and what needs to be fortified. By looking at where 1º of Aquarius is in your chart, we can narrow down in what sphere of life (defined by the house demarcations) we will need to make those adjustments. For example, if 1º Aquarius falls into your 3rd house, you will need to examine the assumptions, beliefs and ideas that are rooted in a more traditional past (like, “that’s how I’ve always done it” or “that’s how I learned to do it” ) and discard those ideas that no longer serve you. In addition, you would do well to expand your mind with books, journaling, and having conversations with people from various cultures to learn how other people do things, and then try out some new ideas to see how they fit. If this conjunction happens in your 6th house, look to the routine of your day-to-day life, your diet and exercise regimens to see what needs to go and what needs to be strengthened. The bottom line is that we need to be willing to let go of what is rigid and stagnant and open ourselves to new solutions.

This Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will happen December 21 and will ensure that it will be a Solstice to remember. On that day, Jupiter and Saturn in forward-thinking Aquarius will be pulling against Sun and Mercury in traditional Capricorn creating a tug-of-war between the past and the future, forcing us to choose what to hold onto and what to jettison. There is tremendous freedom in letting go of what weighs us down.

If you’d like to know more about where this conjunction falls into your chart and how you can cooperate with the energies, please do get in touch. 

Sun into Sagittarius

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On Saturday, November 21 2020, the Sun will move into Sagittarius. The zodiac symbol of Sagittarius is a special centaur named Chiron, who like all the other centaurs was half horse and half man. Ordinarily, centaurs had a savage and lustful nature, but Chiron was different. He sought to rise above his animal nature byway of higher education. This striving to embody ones highest capacities and abilities is shown by the bow and arrow that Chiron aims into the heavens. Indeed, the word ‘sagittarius’ is Latin for ‘who throws the arrow‘. While the archetype of Sagittarius is ruled by the planet Jupiter, the zodiac symbol is of Chiron. Chiron, the asteroid, is also utilized by some astrologers in natal and transit readings to gain insight into a person’s primal wound.

Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, is the biggest planet in our solar system. It gives off twice as much energy as it absorbs from the Sun, making it a sort of second Sun. This gigantic, radiating goodness is synchronous with the benevolent qualities of the archetype of Sagittarius. Jupiter is the essence of expansion, of moral and intellectual correctness, as well as the dissemination of belief and information.

If you were born between January 17, 1995 and April 20, 1995, November 10, 1995 and January 27, 2008, or between June 13, 2008 and November 26, 2008 you have Pluto in Sagittarius. The issue for those with Pluto in Sag is what to believe. The major theme of your life is the search for meaning and understanding.

Those with Pluto in Sagittarius or the 9th House (or those with Sun or Moon in Sagittarius or a Sag rising) are seeking to expand their mental horizons. They have come into this life with dogmatic beliefs and opinions that they are wanting to release. This release takes place over the course of a lifetime of exposure to other cultures, languages, ideas and beliefs that happens when one travels and reads. These folks are learning, through intellectual conflict, the relativity of ideas and the difference between teaching, conversing, and converting. Because they come into life with a sense of alienation to their mother culture, these folks will typically leave their home country to get some distance from and perspective about their cultural conditioning. These people need physical and mental freedom to travel and learn as they are wanting to understand life and themselves in a religious, philosophical or cosmological context and form their own personal philosophy.

The highest path for the Pluto in Sagittarius person is in learning that there isn’t a single, absolute Truth; that there are many paths to truth, and all ideas are relative.

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Current Events: Jupiter into Libra & Saturn square Neptune

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Today’s Current Events post is a two-fer. It’s about Jupiter moving into Libra, and the square between Saturn and Neptune.

From September 9, 2016 to October 10 of 2017, Jupiter will be traveling through Libra. This transit, which begins Friday, will make for a noticeably festive weekend. These two energies together are great for our social life. Jupiter takes twelve years to go around the wheel, spending about one year in each sign. This year, from basically September to September, there will be more parties, more discourse and more social movement, in general. It’s a time of meeting new people and letting go of any relationship that has become rigid or limiting or is unequal in some fundamental way. Depending on where Libra is your chart, more can be said about it, but, in general, it’s a great time to connect with old and new friends from different cultures, to expand relationship patterns to allow new people and ways in, and to expand your social horizon.

Look at your chart to find Libra, the horizon-looking glyph. Notice which house 0º Libra is in. That is whereabouts Jupiter is traveling in your chart now. The house it is in indicates where in your life you’ll have particularly good fortune, where things will go well and perhaps, expand, where there will be some form of benevolence, perhaps over-indulgence. Even if you don’t know where Libra is in your chart, this is a special time – use it. Cooperate with the energies and make the most of this year by hosting or going to parties, learning a language, traveling and meeting people (especially of other cultures), and letting go of relationships that are not balanced.

September 10, 2016 is when Saturn will make a third-quarter square to Neptune. The interaction of Saturn and Neptune is a major, long-term cycle. It takes Saturn 36 years to go all the way around the wheel to meet back up with Neptune (who is much slower). The cycle began February 20 of 1989 with a conjunction in Capricorn. Overall, the cycle is about letting go of rigidity and tradition to allow compassion, forgiveness, and faith to guide us. The first-quarter square happened in April of 1999, and the opposition happened in 2007. This third-quarter square is the third, major hit we’ll have of this energetic interaction until 2025 when the cycle ends and a new one begins. We will feel this transit’s energy most strongly for about 2 weeks.

Saturn is about limits, discipline, time, responsibility, and the maturation process. Neptune is nearabouts the opposite. Neptune is boundary-lessness, letting go, timelessness (and the doing of things that promote the experience of it), and escapism. When these two meet up limits become permeable, and illusions and delusions are created related to work, goals, family, the disciplinarian of the family, authority and authority figures. Squares create tension because each of the planets is wanting/doing different things. Saturn in Sagittarius is going to point out where our beliefs have gotten rigid or dogmatic, and Neptune in Pisces is going to expose where we are being delusional, perhaps about work, authority or how much escapism we are doing.

More specifics can be sussed out by knowing where (in which houses) this square falls in your chart. But you can get some hints about how by this cycle has been manifesting for you by considering the cycle as a whole. Look to the time-periods mentioned above as well as last November and June of this year to get a sense of how this transit is being experienced in your life. What was the confusion/uncertainty about at those times? Decisions that were made in November that came back around in June of this year that are coming back around again. With Neptune involved you can be sure that things are not what they seem.

The ideal use of this energy is in bringing into manifestation something experienced in the Unseen. If you are a musician, poet, visionary artist, dreamworker or meditator this can be a very productive, focused time.

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If you want me to take a look at your chart so we can speak about either of these transits, hit me up. I’d love to chat with you about it. If you’d like me to speak on something specific, please do leave a comment.