The collection of planets that have been traveling through Aquarius together have begun to move into Pisces. The Sun moved into Pisces last week on the 18th and today, the 25th, Venus joins her. We are letting go of the past cycle and preparing for a new one (which will begin when the Sun enters Aries in March). With the Sun and Venus in Pisces we are better connected to our internal reality, and we tend to feel a greater connection to, and compassion for, the suffering of others.
As mentioned in the last post, this year’s energy is defined by a third-quarter square between Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Aquarius. It exacts three times over the year, and last week (the 17th of February) was the first time. Did you feel it?
Like any square, there is tension as both planets need to be satisfied. Uranus wants us to break free from circumstances that feel boring or restricting, and Saturn wants us to retain some level of stability. The restless tension of this particular square may lead to the desire to make a sudden career change or a move.
Ordinarily, the first time a major transit comes into exact, one gets a glimpse of what needs to happen or a good sense of the issue at hand. At the second exact, something concrete happens, and at the third, there is some integration of the solution.
Pull out your chart and see where 7º of Taurus and Aquarius fall in your wheel. The placement of Uranus shows where you are stuck and what needs to change, and the placement of Saturn shows why you need to change that thing.
For example, I have a friend who has Uranus in his 6th house (of diet and health) and Saturn in his 3rd (the thought process). A few days ago, he got a jolt of a thought that he might be becoming intolerant to wheat. Uranus works like that; he shoots thoughts out from the subconscious to the conscious mind. If we are jolted by a thought that seems to come from nowhere and it happens more than two times, it’s best to pay attention to it. It is telling us of an incremental change that we should make so as to avoid a crisis later on. My friend received the repeated thought that he would do well to make the shift to eating less wheat products. He made the connection because he is beginning to feel brain fog after eating excessive carbohydrates. His diet (the 6th house) has begun to affect the functioning of his mental process (3rd house).
If you would like some help interpreting how this square may affect you, please post your chart or the information related to where 7º of Taurus and Aquarius falls in your wheel, and we will work it out here, in the comment stream.
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.
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.
Happy Solstice! This year’s celebrations will be extra special as the Solstice corresponds to the much-discussed “Great Conjunction” of Saturn and Jupiter. We’ll experience Winter Solstice here in Italy at 11:43 pm, December 21, 20202. It’s a great time to light a candle, put the topper on the Christmas tree or, with a ritual that is meaningful to you, to consciously align yourself with what the Earth and Sun are doing. Express a wish for the coming year, psychologically let go of 2020, and open yourself to the changes ahead. To me (and lots of other people), Solstice celebrations are New Year’s Eve celebrations.
There is a lot to be said about the myth of Santa Claus, the symbols, accoutrements, colors, and more about the holiday, but we’ll leave the discussion of Christmas for another time. For now, let me say that the practice of gift-giving probably came from the times when we lived closer to the Earth. Back then, living this far into winter was a real accomplishment. If one did so, the feelings of plenty and prosperity probably prompted a desire to share of ones abundance.
Worldwide, there are many festivals related to the Solstice and the returning of the light, including the burning of the Yule log (which is the trunk of last year’s tree). There is mention of Solstice festivals in several ancient cultures, too – Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and Middle Eastern. In ancient Rome, they celebrated Saturnalia (a 7-day festival that overlapped the Solstice), which is a festivity held for Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn. The ancient Roman celebrations of Saturnalia were depraved, vulgar, and excessive because they were a suspension and a reversal of the usual order established by Saturn.
If you know someone born between January 25 and June 13, 2008 or after November 26, 2008 (until January 20, 2024) they were born with Pluto in Capricorn. The underlying tone of their life is about emotional maturity. They will be very bent on achieving positions of authority and conforming to values of the traditional past. They are learning that internal security is not linked to external conditions, and have lessons related to responsibility – what to take responsibility for and what one need not take responsibility for. They often have an intense sense of guilt that can’t be explained. People who have Pluto in Capricorn (or the 10th house, or the South Node in the 10th house or in Capricorn) have a complicated relationship with authority, including abuse and misuse of it. They have come to atone for something from the past. They may have experienced a fall from grace as a politician, or have experienced both sides of totalitarianism. Boundaries are an issue for those with Pluto in the 10th or Capricorn, as is judgement, punishment, maturity, and discipline.
‘Capricorn souls’ as these people are called, are working on self-forgiveness, they are getting in touch with their emotional body. They may be stiff physically because they’re suppressing their emotions. Capricorn is the part of the cycle when the form has completed its expression and is now seeing what it is made of. When we reach the age of Saturn, the elderly years, we see what we’re made of. Was the form/life successful enough that there is a seed to pass on or will the form simply calcify and die? Saturn is the reality-checker, the buck stops with him. Capricorn is the ending of the cycle.
If this information is compelling to you and you’d like to know if you have Pluto in the 10th house, send me your birthdata and I’ll send you your chart.
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!
[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.
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.
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.
Woman, believer in Truth in all of its forms, singer, animal-lover, yogini, avid reader, life-long vegetarian/vegan, lover of art, dance, theater and music, originally from the Bay Area of California, now residing in Torino, Italy.