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Monday, January 10, 2022

The astrology of 2022; A New story begins

 

Happy New Year! These are the most important astrological aspects of 2022:

Venus retrograde

Venus will remain retrograde until January 29th when it turns direct. During the Venus retrograde period we are typically drawn toward reconsidering our relationships and how they are serving our needs, as well as those of our partner. Now is the time to work out any underlying problems to build a stronger partnership if you are in one. Venus in Capricorn is about building slowly and succinctly so we may reach our desired goal in the end. Capricorn is a conservative sign prone toward moving slowly toward a commitment that will last whether it is romantic or something else. A retrograde planet is about going over ground from the past, sometimes re-thinking or reconsidering its affect and how we ourselves have changed.

Retrograde Venus is strongly connected with the past and those from the past. This can include old lovers, clients, friends and even family members. Feelings of past betrayals can sometimes creep in and now is the time to deal with these issues, and realize we cannot let our past determine our future. We might begin to do this by asking ourselves why we were or in a relationship that does or did not suit our needs to begin with and how we can avoid this in the future.

Some experienced difficult relationship issues or dealt with feelings of loss or betrayal in December when Venus was conjunct Pluto. This cycle will not be totally finished until Venus conjuncts Pluto for the final time March 3rd at which point Venus is direct. If the energy has been channeled correctly you may find that the old issues from the past are not quite so heavy along with the fact is we should all be wiser, smarter and more mindful as time goes on and we all evolve and grow.

Venus will not turn retrograde again until July 23, 2023-September 4th. The next time Venus will retrograde in the sign Leo.

If Venus is making a positive aspect in your personal chart as it turns direct sometimes this can indicate a new love or some other type of positive opportunity, depending on what it is hitting in your chart.

The Saturn-Uranus square

Saturn’s square to Uranus dominated the sky in 2021 and will remain with us the better part of 2022. This aspect has far reaching consequences for society that tend to play out over a long period of time and we may see great changes as well in our personal lives.

The last ‘exact’ aspect of Saturn’s square to Uranus occurred December 23rd, 2021. The planets are separating at the time of this post but the energy will continue to play in the background by varying degrees throughout the year. While this transit will not be ‘exact,’ as it was three times in 2021 it will nevertheless create change and often unpredictable events on the world stage and in our lives.

A square in astrology represents difficult circumstances and serious clashes. In 2021 we have seen political upheaval and investigations, a concerted effort toward election suppression and gerrymandering, restrictions of abortion rights, extreme weather conditions and disasters, Covid, mass shootings, a rise in crime and a decline in Democratic values in the US and around the world with the rise of authoritarian governments and extremists of many forms. We have also experienced inflation and a rise in food prices and shortages due to supply chain issues to name a few of the problems we encountered last year This aspect will be almost exact in January, very close together in August and September, and by October these two planets are less than 1 degree apart so they are almost exact. After October as the planets separate from each other they will not square each other again until 2043. The most significant dates in 2022 for this aspect are January, September and especially October.

If the Uranus-Saturn square falls on a sensitive point in your chart you can expect definite change, but some change will occur for everyone. We can continue to expect major geo-political changes and disruptions in the world this year as a result of this aspect.

Jupiter sextiles Uranus

Jupiter sextiles Uranus-exact on February 17th, and within an orb of influence January 3rd through the end of May. (Orb of influence means we will feel the energy of this aspect, even though it is not ‘exact.’)

This aspect is indicative of new, exciting and cutting edge ways of doing things, new opportunities and brings potential for financial gain. We could see new technology, drugs and any number of exciting new inventions or ideas. Uranus rules air and spacecraft and the Moon landing in 1969 occurred under a Jupiter-Uranus influence.

Opportunities may arise out of the blue, and you may sense a change in fortune in your life for the better which could well occur at this time. You may feel more creative, brilliant and ready for big change at this time. If Uranus and Jupiter aspect something in your personal chart you may indeed experience a significant advancement or opportunity.

Jupiter is expansive and could involve education, medicine, legal matters and the law, philosophy or religion. We may see new ideas come to fruition for the benefit of mankind. This aspect indicative of new growth on many levels.

Jupiter conjuncts Neptune in Pisces-Exact on April 12, 2022 and within an orb of influence March-May 10th. There will be a slight influence again late October-December 20th.

This is a beautiful aspect which will place a focus on creativity, the arts, the collective imagination and could be one of the dreamiest and most romantic periods we could experience for a long time to come.  Spirituality will play a role in this along with faith and compassion. We could see great strides in the arts, TV, movies and the media. Dreams may be vivid, and it could seem there is magic in the air. Jupiter and Neptune are both in the sign of their rulership making this aspect very powerful but we must keep our feet on the ground as well.

Pisces is symbolized by two fish swimming in opposite directions so this aspect can be a double edged sword for some. Neptune is associated with confusion, delusion, propaganda and lies. It could be a difficult time in terms of judging truth from fiction so we will need to use our heads and do the research before believing much of what we see and hear at this time. What seems real may not be real and what doesn’t seem real may be fact. It won’t especially be easy to sort things out especially since there will be individuals and entities who want to gaslight, confuse, lie and distort the facts for their own personal gain. While spirituality will be important for many during this time, this aspect will also bring out religious zealots, and those who cloak their actions under the guise of religion but in fact are extremists, cults or have a thirst for power.This will play out on the world stage but could occur in our own lives as well. Be careful about signing contracts, joining new ventures, getting involved with strangers or making financial or other commitments unless you are fully aware of the circumstances and who you are dealing with. As Neptune rules infectious diseases we may hear more news in this realm as well, especially relating to Covid.

Jupiter sextiles Pluto-exact May 3rd, with an orb of influence from mid-March.

Under this aspect you will feel the ability, courage and strength to believe you can do something significant in the world.

You may be admired for your leadership activities and abilities and should do well communicating with groups or organizations at this time. Personal development can occur now as you strive for success based on past work, education or learning. It is an opportune time to give up any bad habits without a great deal of stress.

This is a positive aspect in the world for reaching compromise with groups over matters concerning government solutions, financial matters and the law.

Group communications and activities should be greatly enhanced.

Jupiter enters Aries May 11-October 28, 2022.

If Jupiter in Pisces is about recognizing your true dreams, then Jupiter in Aries will be about putting your dreams and ideas into action. Jupiter will zoom through Pisces during the first 4 months of the year and enter Aries May 11th, where it will remain until October 28th. From October 28-December 20th it will return to Pisces and re-enter Aries again December 20-May 16, 2023.

Aries is a fire sign and its planetary ruler is Mars, the planet of action. With Jupiter in Aries, our actions can often be self serving. This is not necessarily bad, but it is important to remember we are all part of the human community.

Jupiter in Aries will cause us to identify strongly with our own opinions, beliefs and perceptions of things in our lives and around us. These feelings will be amplified when Mars also enters Aries May 24th-July 5th.  Jupiter and Mars will join Venus in Aries May 24-28th creating a powerful stellium (3 planets or more) in this sign. This will be a short but auspicious period that will bring up a certain amount of anger, revelations or deep seated resentment as Venus will square Pluto during these few days, especially May 26th.

Aries is also connected to courage, so Jupiter’s time in this sign may allow us to step out of our comfort zone, take the lead and perhaps even inspire others. Aires likes to live in the now and seldom dwells on the past.  Competition may increase in many areas as well as belief in ourselves and our abilities.

Every sign has its negative manifestations and if the downside of Pisces is disillusionment and lack of clarity or escapism, the downside of Aries can be too much zeal, a me first attitude and lack of objectivity.

All in all, Aries is a positive and goal oriented sign. It is considered at its fall in Aries which means the energy will not operate as easily or comfortably as Jupiter in Pisces, but each sign has a purpose and while in Aries we should make headway on what we hope to achieve.

Jupiter’s retrograde July 28-November 23rd

Jupiter turns retrograde July 28th while in Aries and will not turn direct until November 23rd when it is back in Pisces at 28 degrees.

In some instances, money matters can be delayed when Jupiter retrogrades, but it does not totally take away the beneficial rays of Jupiter.

At times when Jupiter is retrograde if a positive aspect is being made, whatever is being shown may not be delivered, or not meet our expectations. If so, Jupiter will return again to this degree later in the year, and positive results may occur then.

Jupiter retrogrades every year for about 4 months. Jupiter’s retrograde is a good time to enlarge your internal dialogue to see where you can expend and expand your personal perspective and a great deal is often accomplished on an inner level.

As Jupiter retrogrades back into Pisces we will be once more at risk of another Covid outbreak. Covid greatly increased during the retrograde of Pisces that began in May of 2021. That said, Jupiter-Pisces may well bring medical advancements or new drugs to fight this disease as well. Jupiter in Pisces will be many things of a positive nature; most of all hope.

 

The North and South Nodes enter Taurus-Scorpio; A changing of the guard

Everyone is born with a North and South node. These are not planets, but astrological points that show us what we need to release in life (the South Node, associated with past lives) and the North Node which shows us our future or our destiny.

Every 18 months the nodes shift, showing us where our collective destiny is headed. For the past 18 months the nodes have been in Sagittarius-Gemini, showing us we need to expand our ideas (Gemini).

The impact of the South Node in Sagittarius has been unmistakable; blind belief systems, leading to absolute opinions and in accordance with the darker side of Sagittarius, putting two and two together to come up with five, conspiracy theories or unproven information taken at face value, blindly. Sagittarius is known to ‘live for danger,’ and this has certainly played out with the politicalization of the Covid vaccine and lack of mask wearing among those who wish to make a statement. The result of that statement can be seen in the hospitals and health care systems on the brink of collapse.

The nodes retrograde into Scorpio-Taurus on January 19th, changing our collective destiny once again. A simple way of looking at the nodes is this; if the South Node is the problem, then the North node is the solution to the problem. Yet another way of approaching the nodes is to say the South node is our unresolved karma, and the North node is where we are supposed to be headed.

The collective, of which we are all a part of will soon face the messy, dark, secretive and murky waters of South Node Scorpio energy, that no one wants to talk about or face. The darker side of Scorpio deals with obsessions, manipulations, societal taboos, death, sex, money, the darker side of life. Scorpio in fact, rules the dark of the night and the deep and intense wounds we may feel that we will never recover from as Scorpio tears down and destroys, only to rebuild. Scorpio deals with painful extremes and extreme transitions such as that of life to death. Let’s not forget that Scorpio is also about sex and all kinds of problems associated with sex. It is really no surprise that the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime companion of Jeffery Epstein occurred just days before the shift of the nodes. (The mean nodes actually shifted on December 22. The difference between the mean and true nodes has to do with their calculation. The position of the nodes can teeter a bit so astrologers factored this in and called this position the True Node).

The Maxwell trial has brought out one of the darker sides of humanity; the sexual exploitation and abuse of minors, and by a woman no less. As she has been convicted of 5 out of 6 counts against her the jury has clearly shown a willingness to go there, and face one of the darkest of societal taboos. This is one example of of the type of thing the South Node in Scorpio will deal with and in all likelihood we will see a great deal more of this type of scandal coming out into the open to be dealt with by society.

The elixir or the remedy for all of this Scorpionic madness will be to embrace the higher side of the North node in Taurus. Taurus is ruled by Venus the planet of love, and love is the answer. Taurus is stable, reliable, hard working, and driven. While Taurus appreciates fine things and wants value for their money, South Node Scorpio can be too caught up in drama, materialism, financial and other obsessions and the finances of others. Taurus North node wants to be self reliant, fair and above board. Personal grounding will become important with the North Node in Taurus, which is something society is desperately lacking at this time. Connections with others will become more important as well as a simpler lifestyle, while shedding the drama, intensity and in some cases greed of the South Node in Scorpio. Healing will be important with the North node in Taurus, especially on a collective level. Other manifestations of North node Taurus will be caring for the earth, exploring different mechanisms for farming and food production and distribution, and a greater focus on income equality. This could take the form of a higher minimum wage, tax changes that do not focus on the wealthiest, and a general appreciation for the low paid front line workers that we have learned are invaluable throughout Covid. Defining our worth within society is another example of how the North node in Taurus may manifest, as well as the value of others. Patience and tolerance is perhaps the most important lesson we can learn from Taurus in the North node.

 

2022 Eclipses

In 2022 we will experience two solar eclipses and two lunar eclipses. The dates are April 30th-lunar, May 16th-solar, October 25th-solar and November 8th-lunar.

All of these eclipses fall on the 2nd/8th house axis and they are all in Taurus/Scorpio. The 8th house axis (Scorpio) relates to money, other people’s money, taxes, sex, death, hidden information and major transformations. As Taurus is the natural ruler of the 2nd house this will concern income, money, values and self worth. These will be re-occurring themes throughout the year, and it appears there will be a greater focus on money and values.

April 30th’s lunar eclipse falls at 10 degrees of Taurus. There are two stelliums featured in this eclipse that include Pisces and Taurus. A stellium is a group of three or more planets. Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Neptune are all in Pisces. Jupiter conjunct Venus is a beautiful transit that only occurs once a year. This aspect is typical of social activity, compassion, creativity and spirituality. This aspect sextile Pluto giving it the power to help us change any number of things at this time with ease.

The 2nd stellium involves the Sun, Moon Uranus and the North node all in Taurus. Taurus relates to money and values, and as the Sun and Moon are conjunct Uranus this eclipse is likely to bring about some sudden and unexpected events. All of these planets get support from Mars, putting us in a position to make positive change if we desire.

The May 16th lunar eclipse falls at 25 degrees of Scorpio, bringing up 8th house matters. This moon squares Saturn which typically results in dealing with obligations or work, and some things may end. The Sun also squares Saturn, creating a t-square which is a difficult aspect involving three planets; an opposition and two squares. We may be pulled in many different directions but the moon does receive support from Pluto, Mars and Neptune. We can expect this eclipse to be intense, dramatic and we may be pulled in many different directions.

October 25th another solar eclipse falls at 2 degrees of Scorpio. The sun, Moon and Venus are all in Scorpio and this can create a positive energy geared toward love and social activities. Mars squares Neptune just before this eclipse and the energy remains with us a few days. This can be foggy confusing and prone to lies, distortions and propaganda. Otherwise, with the Sun, Moon and Venus conjunct we should expect some positive energy that can be channeled in whatever direction we choose.

November 8th brings the final lunar eclipse at 16 degrees of Taurus. This moon is conjunct Uranus in Taurus and both planets oppose the Sun, Mercury and Venus in Scorpio. This is an eclipse prone to unexpected events, breakups and misunderstandings and it could be accident prone. A day earlier Venus squares Saturn which can create possibilities of misunderstanding, relationships problems and issues around money. Now will be the time to let go of things that have outlived their purpose in your life.

Mars retrogrades

October 30th Mars turns retrograde and will remain so until January 12, 2023.. Mars is the action planet of the zodiac. It rules our actions, drive, energy and passion, men, sex and even war. The 'red planet" speaks of the confidence of an individual and how they act out their lives. Mars in Gemini is in Mercury’s sign, so our actions will be highly colored by conversation, speech and a desire to communicate freely with people.

When Mars retrogrades we can suffer from irritation, anger and low energy. Things may slow down, speech can become confused as Mars in Mercury’s sign, and retrograde Mars in any sign can be accident prone.

A well known astrologer teacher once said, ‘when Venus goes retrograde the men chase the women, and when Mars is retrograde the women chase the men.’  Since Mars rules half of the population, this aspect can definitely affect relationships, communication and many other facets of your life depending on where Gemini falls in your personal chart.

The stationary retrograde and direct periods of Mars are the most important times, unless Mars is setting off a sensitive point in your own personal chart.

Mars enters its pre-retrograde shadow period August 31st signifying a period when Mars energy starts to subtly shift. The closer Mars moves to its retrograde the more we will feel the energy.

As the stationary retrograde/direct periods of Mars are the most important, this is even more so the case if Mars aspects any planets in your own birth chart. If this is the case, significant events can occur, and combative situations may crop up or you could experience health related issues-typically not serious, or even accidents. What exactly will happen depends on where Gemini falls your own chart and what else is in your chart at the time.

The stationary retrograde period when it becomes obvious Mars energy is changing is October 30th- November 8th.

When Mars retrogrades people seem to accomplish more if they are in a crisis state. This typically occurs with people born with a retrograde Mars, or a Mars that goes retrograde by progression. Many people complain of low energy during this time, and plans can be delayed. Sometimes, people need to back up, reassess, and slow down some for a time. It is best not to start new projects, relationships or even jobs if possible on a retrograde Mars as the situation may change when Mars turns direct.

All retrograde planets are associated with events that are sometimes considered karmic, or meant to be. They are also associated with the past in some way, and we typically retrace some of our earlier steps.

Mars will turn ‘stationary direct’ at 8 degrees of Gemini January 12-25, 2023. This is the second most important period, when things may change once again or take another direction. If Mars makes a positive aspect in your chart when it turns direct you may expect some significant action or things may really pick up in some way. If Mars makes a difficult transit you can expect to be dealing with a challenge of some sort.

The post retrograde shadow period will last until March 15, 2023, and at this point energy will be completely normal once again.

May 2022 be your best year yet!

 

 


Monday, January 3, 2022

Astrology of January 2022!

 

January 2022 is a significant month based on astrology. Venus is retrograde until the end of the month and Mercury also turns retrograde January 14th. The powerful Uranus-Saturn square will begin to separate and perhaps give us a little breathing room after December, and Uranus will turn direct. We have a significant new moon and a very powerful if not volatile full moon. Mars enters Capricorn this month joining Venus and Mercury. Let’s get right to the most significant aspects of January.

The Saturn-Uranus square begins to separate

The third Saturn-Uranus square of 2021 was exact on December 23rd.  By the first week of January Saturn has moved 2 degrees away from Uranus, so the volatile energies of the clash between these two planets is starting to lighten up some and will continue throughout January.

Saturn square Uranus is a powerful aspect prone to societal disruptions, stress and unexpected changes in our own lives, depending on what this aspect is doing in your personal chart. It has long lasting affects and is associated with financial change, upheaval and tyranny on the world stage.

December saw a sharp rise in Covid infections and deaths and this will continue throughout January. Even though Saturn is no longer in an exact square with Uranus the ramifications of this aspect and have far reaching consequences and the energy does not disappear overnight. The political turmoil will continue and this will be an important thing to watch as the US enters its first ever Pluto return in February.

A Pluto return occurs about once every 250 years in the chart of a country. Societies sometimes end at this point, or they reinvent themselves and come back in a new and stronger way. The Pluto return will add more stress to the Saturn-Uranus square which will be within enough of an orb to still have an affect throughout 2022. While it will not be ‘exact’ again in 2022, it will be in another tight clash during September and October of 2022.

Mercury enters Aquarius and retrogrades

Mercury enters the sign Aquarius in the early morning hours of December 2nd, changing Mercurial energy and the way we think and communicate with others. This comes as an added bonus to the New Moon that falls on the same day, giving us an opportunity to expand our thinking, rather than staying stuck in the past.

Mercury will turn retrograde in Aquarius on January 14th and re-enter Capricorn on January 26th where it will remain retrograde until February 4th. It will move back into Aquarius again February 14th and remain in this sign until March 10th and we will repeat the entire Mercury-Aquarius cycle all over again. If you don’t finish what you begin under the first 3 weeks of Mercury in Aquarius you will have another opportunity mid February.

Mercury in Capricorn has been focused on serious matters, work, career, success and matters of priority. During Mercury’s transit through Aquarius we may all be a little more open minded and receptive to new ideas and ways of doing things. Aquarius is known for its quirky, wild and weird side as well as its intellectual, inventive and eccentric nature. The sign Aquarius is associated with the 11th house in astrology which rules the collective, as well as groups and organizations. On a collective level we will be rethinking many things that benefit or don’t benefit society as a whole.

Mercury-Aquarius works well if not best within groups and the collective so don’t be afraid to speak up even if you ideas seem farfetched.

The only downside to Mercury in Aquarius is that our thinking could become a little scattered and it is important to remember that we will be speaking and communicating from a logical standpoint so we need to include the human element in our conversations. Now is the time to give your ideas room to fly and see where they land as Aquarius is bold, different and typically focused on things that serve humanity.

While Mercury is retrograde we can expect the normal glitches, delays and snafus that typically occur. Retrograde Mercury is a time to reassess and re-do, not start new projects or buy high ticket items.

New Moon in Capricorn

 The first New Moon of the year falls in Capricorn, the sign geared toward career, work and important matters. This moon falls on January 2nd at 12 degrees of the sign ruled by Saturn the planet of responsibility and structure. This is not a frivolous New moon but a time to re-evaluate things, in particular our personal resources and plans.

This New Moon is the 1st Super moon of the year. A Super moon has a greater affect on tidal waves and is often associated with earthquakes, tsunamis and the like. It appears closer to the earth and is typically quite beautiful for stargazing. Capricorn is a Cardinal sign connected to the earth, and things move and happen quickly when we are under cardinal signs, unlike mutable signs which are changeable and fixed signs when energy moves much more slowly.

The New Moon symbolizes a new beginning and is a time to focus on getting back to business after the New Year and focus on the more constructive traits of the sign. Capricorn is ambitious, resourceful, reliable and typically has a great deal of common sense; something that seems to be sorely missing in society today.

The New Moon trines Uranus creating a powerful and easy energy for change. With a trine, change can occur in a simple and easy way without all of the stress change can sometimes create at other times.

This represents a prime opportunity to build order in your life as we begin the New Year. Now is the time to set your plan for the upcoming year, and to put your dreams into motion in a practical and realistic manner. In this way, the New Moon is a gift.

Venus is retrograde

Venus continues it’s every year and a half retrograde until January 29th. During a Venus retrograde many matters or issues come up in relationships that must be dealt with. During Venus’s retrograde the karma or fate of a relationship is often decided for better or worse. Some relationships may end; others can get back together as Venus retrograde is strongly connected with the past, and those from the past. It is not limited to romantic relationships however; this can extend to co-workers, friends and other acquaintances from the past.

Venus in Capricorn is somewhat of a conservative transit concerned with the practical realities of things. Money is also ruled by Venus and at this time many will focus on getting their finances straight and in some cases may spend more conservatively.

Venus also rules women and our personal as well as collective values. During this time we will be revisiting our own values and those as a collective.

When Venus turns stationary retrograde January 29th, energies associated with love and money will start to shift again. Venus turns direct at 11 degrees of Capricorn and if this aspects something in your personal chart you should experience a type of gain wherever this aspect is located in your chart. It can be especially significant in terms of meeting new people and entering into relationships.

Venus will remain in conservative Capricorn until March 6, 2021. Venus in Capricorn may not be the brightest or most exciting placement for the planet of love and money, but by the time Venus leaves Capricorn for Aquarius in March we will have resolved many issues of both a personal and business nature if you have utilized this energy in the proper manner. If this is the case, you will certainly have a jump start on the New Year.

North and South nodes change signs

Our collective as well as personal destiny is shown in the North and South Nodes. These are not planets but rather calculated points in the chart. Everyone is born with both a North and South node, and every 18 months, the nodes change signs showing us where we are headed as a collective. Both nodes tell a story regarding our fate and destiny; the North node is where we are headed and the South node shows us what we need to leave behind or release.

January 18th, 2022 The North and South Nodes leave Gemini-Sagittarius for Taurus-Scorpio. The South node or the Scorpio energy is what we will be faced with releasing over the next year and a half. Scorpio is associated with subjects that are taboo and the darker side of human nature. Death, manipulation, sex, pain, intensity and suspicion are all part of the collective karma we will need to release to make the best of the higher qualities of Taurus, which would be creating and focusing on our values, love (Taurus is ruled by Venus), serenity, taking care of the earth and each other, new sources of growing food for the world, getting value for our money, wisdom, peace and serenity.

As Scorpio and Taurus are related to the 2nd/8th house axis this also shows us we will be focused on money and finances as a collective. This will include issues of income inequality, corporate greed, and those who have the most as well as the least. It will be up to us as a society to find balance between these two opposites.

Jupiter is in Pisces

Jupiter left Aquarius for Pisces on December 28th, and will remain in this sign until May 10th. At this point it will enter Aries until October 28th, when it will return to Pisces for 2 more months.

In 2020 we had a chance to dip our toes into the Pisces energy when it entered the sign May 13-July 28th. It only reached 2 degrees before retrograding back into Aquarius for the rest of the year. There was however, a significant energy shift at this time. Outside of this, the last time Jupiter transited through Pisces was January 2010-January 2011, or 12 years ago.

Jupiter in Pisces will enhance creativity, spirituality, creative expression, compassion and intuition on the positive end. Faith, optimism and idealism may make a great comeback and dreams and intuition may be vivid. The sign Pisces is associated with Jupiter, its ancient ruler and also its modern ruler which is Neptune. While Jupiter is expansive and positive,  Neptune is the planet of illusion, delusion and confusion, as well as psychic abilities, religion, theatre and the arts, the ocean and drugs, alcohol, lies or misinterpretations of the facts.  During Jupiter’s retrograde period (especially) in Pisces we must guard against self-deception, sacrificing ones happiness for the whim of others, and looking at things through too-rosy glasses. Escapism is another theme associated with Neptune along with a powerful desire to become a part of something or someone’s life that may or may not be appropriate or operating in our best interest. Having to sacrifice something important is frequently a theme of relationships involving Neptune/Pisces and the desire to merge with something or someone new and exciting may be more powerful than the question of whether or not this is good for us.

Pisces/Neptune is connected to drugs and addictions of all types which could increase in society along with plans about how to deal with addiction and those whose lives are ruined by it. This will be an issue that becomes front and center at some point. Many will seek to escape the harsh realities of the times either through substances or some other means.

 Psychics, dreams and spiritualism, mediumship, astrology and other esoteric arts will prosper and become more widespread as people search for deeper answers and yearn to return to the times when society seemed kinder and less harsh.

Movies and creative projects will take great leaps and we can expect to see some outstanding creative work under this transit. A new pop culture explosion may be in the making.

Pisces is also associated with those who have the least. We will see significant humanitarian actions to help certain people, along with an increase in those who need help. This can only help in the US as we experience our first ‘Pluto return,’ which will bring up dark themes involving power, control, extremism and ultimately a re-birth of some sort.

The last time Jupiter transited through Pisces we saw the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (April 20, 2010) along with Arab Spring which changed the geo-political climate of the Middle East. Jupiter was not the only planet involved in these major occurrences but it still played a role in bringing a great deal of information to the surface that had been heretofore unknown. And of course, the Horizon oil spill involved the oceans which are Neptune’s domain so we could see other water related weather incidents this time along with an increase in global climate change.

Jupiter is associated with the 9th house of ideas, travel, education, publishing, world view and religious or philosophical viewpoints so there will be a great deal of focus or expansion in these areas as well. Our personal world views may expand or change during this time along with a potential yearning for travel and faraway places. Indigenous religions or philosophies will increase along with those who have convoluted personal philosophies and ideas we may or may not agree with.

Pisces is symbolized by two fish swimming in opposite directions so it is a double edged sword. Neptune is associated with confusion, delusion, propaganda and lies. It could be a difficult time in terms of judging truth from fiction so we will need to use our heads and do the research before believing much of what we see and hear at this time. What seems real may not be real and what doesn’t seem real may be fact. It won’t especially be easy to sort things out especially since there will be individuals and entities who want to gaslight, confuse, lie and distort the facts for their own personal gain. This will play out on the world stage but could occur in our own lives as well. Be careful about signing contracts, joining new ventures, getting involved with strangers or making financial or other commitments unless you are fully aware of the circumstances and who you are dealing with. As Neptune rules infectious diseases we may hear more news in this realm as well.

Confusion and lack of clarity about many things in society will continue and increase as we experience a flood of information much of which will be meant to confuse or persuade us of an idea which may or may not be correct. It will be easy to follow an incorrect or false path so clarity of mind and commonsense is essential during Jupiter’s transit through Pisces. Some things will end, and if so while one door may close another can open when Jupiter enters Aries in May. If we are lucky, compassion, love and a Jupitarian desire for justice and truth will be stronger than the desire to hide from reality or believe that nothing bad can really come our way.

The sun enters Aquarius

The sun leaves Capricorn for Aquarius in the morning hours of January 19thth. This places the Sun and Mercury in the sign that rules the 11th house or the collective and the season of Aquarius is on! The Sun will remain in Aquarius until February 18.

 Aquarius is an air sign ruled by both Saturn and Uranus. This season represents the dead of winter as it is a fixed sign, which means energies (and the weather) change very slowly. Aquarius energy is pioneering, brilliant, eccentric, original, standoffish, aloof and detached and these are the energies we will be working with over the next month.

Aquarius is typically associated with compassion, helping others, abstract unique thinking and we can be presented with new and unique ideas. Aquarius can sometimes be associated with brilliance or brilliant ideas, or sometimes fringe ideas and thinking. We may also be more inclined to spend more time with groups (the collective) and be more social than when the Sun is in Capricorn.

Aquarius is associated with things and people that are ahead of their time but it can also be associated with lack of tact, abrupt or less than warm energy especially in one on one situations, as Aquarius prefers groups.

Aquarius can be associated with sudden change and revolts of all types in the collective.

Those born under the sign Aquarius typically have logical thinking and Mercury is exalted in this sign meaning communication moves along with ease.

The Sun squares Uranus January 30, and this day will require flexibility to work out well. The more rigid your plans are, the more likely you are to feel unsettled, as it is likely something may change this day or work out in an unexpected manner. This will set off the Saturn-Uranus square once again, and we will see some significant events on the world stage.

If your life feels stagnant this day could be exciting or you could take a new and unexpected direction that could open up a new path. Change is in the air.

Mars enters Capricorn

Mars leaves Aquarius for Capricorn January 24th. Mars in Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, and Capricorn is not a light hearted sign. Mars in this sign is concerned with business, priorities, and finding or achieving value, and most of all stability and personal security on some level. While Mars in Aquarius was flexible and somewhat interested in new ideas Capricorn is typically more concerned with the status quo and achievement along the line of practical realities. Mars last transited through Capricorn February 16th, 2020-March 30th of the same year. At that time we were concerned about the practical realities of dealing with Covid.

Mars rules energy, men, sex, action and our drive. Our day to day actions and priorities are colored by the sign Mars is transiting through at any given time.

Saturn, the ruler of this sign shows us our boundaries and limitations. While Capricorn is associated with Saturn which can at times relate to austerity, Capricorn can also be rich, warm and enduring.

If you were born under the sign of Capricorn or are a Capricorn ascendant, expect to become very busy during this time, and this begins a new two year cycle for you.

Mars will remain in Capricorn until March 6th, when it moves into Aquarius.

Full Moon in Cancer

January’s full moon falls at 27 degrees of Cancer on January 17th, and the lunar peak occurs at 6:48 PM, EDT. Cancer rules the 4th house of the chart, or home, the homeland, family and is concerned with personal security. Cancer’s ruler is the Moon, or the luminary that rules women and our emotional lives.

Since Cancer is the most emotional of signs, for many this is likely to be an emotionally upsetting full moon as it opposes Pluto, the planet of death, destruction and transformation.

There may be a great deal of anger directed toward or coming from women at this time, and Moon-Pluto aspects tend to reveal previously unknown information, and bring up deep seated issues associated with emotional pain. As Venus is also retrograde this is likely to manifest in relationships, especially those relationships that are not especially stable. Family issues and problems could arise as well.

Mercury has entered its square to Uranus which is associated with unexpected and sometimes shocking news. It can produce anxiety, restlessness and arguments. It is important to use care while driving under this transit as it is accident prone.

In the US we will see much more Covid related news and unfortunately, death. It is possible we could hear of a significant death of a public person on or around this time. We could also be faced with women’s issues that are explosive in nature, issues around finances and general security.

While Moon opposite Pluto is not considered a positive aspect to work with, this could be the time to transform something important and it could include a relationship. You could also come to terms with past issues that have been emotionally debilitating and find resolution or end a bad habit. At this juncture it is best to face any emotional problem and come to terms with it as opposed to pushing it back or avoiding it all together. This can be a difficult but productive full moon in the end.

Uranus turns direct

Uranus turns direct on January 18th. This is very powerful planetary change and events and situations can change and turn on a dime, especially on the world stage or if Uranus is aspecting something in your personal chart.

Uranus is an unpredictable planet and its forward movement can seem like a jolt of lightening. Relationships, jobs, life paths, money situations and many other things can turn or change in unexpected ways, good or bad, depending on what Uranus is doing in your personal chart.

Uranus rules coups and freedom in the world as well as the internet and aircraft and we could see changes in these areas. When Uranus is retrograde it can be compared to the planet ‘being asleep.’ After it turns direct those things we have worked on over the last 6 months may take a greater form in the physical world.

The retrograde of Uranus is often associated with inner change that is connected to the outer changes in our lives. We tend to make inner change during Uranus’s retrograde that will allow us more success in the outside world when the planet turns direct. The retrograde period can usher in more self awareness, which can allow is to make changes that will lead to success in the future. During the retrograde it is typically easier to face any changes we need to make.

Uranus is associated with freedom, sometimes ‘freedom at any cost.’ This is why sometimes Uranus’s retrograde is associated with break ups and breaking free of things we find oppressive in our lives. Alternatively, we may process the information and then break free when Uranus turns direct.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Jupiter enters Pisces!

 

December 29th, 2021, the planet ruling expansion, gain and luck enters the sign Pisces where it will remain through May 10th, 2022. At this point Jupiter will move into Aries where it will spend the next six months of the year, and return to Pisces again October 28th-December 20th, 2022 for several more months. Jupiter in Pisces will be far softer than the more assertive sign Aries, which is ruled by Mars known as ‘The God of War.’

In 2020 we had a chance to dip our toes into the Pisces energy when it entered the sign May 13-July 28th. It only reached 2 degrees before retrograding back into Aquarius for the rest of the year. There was however, a significant energy shift at this time. Outside of this, the last time Jupiter transited through Pisces was January 2010-January 2011, or 12 years ago.

Jupiter in Pisces will enhance creativity, spirituality, creative expression, compassion and intuition on the positive end. Faith, optimism and idealism may make a great comeback and dreams and intuition may be vivid. The sign Pisces is associated with Jupiter, its ancient ruler and also its modern ruler which is Neptune. While Jupiter is expansive and typically positive,  Neptune is the planet of illusion, delusion and confusion, as well as psychic abilities, religion, theatre and the arts, the ocean and drugs, alcohol, lies or misinterpretations of the facts.  During Jupiter’s retrograde period (especially) in Pisces we must guard against self-deception, sacrificing ones happiness for the whim of others, and looking at things through too-rosy glasses. Escapism is another theme associated with Neptune along with a powerful desire to become a part of something or someone’s life that may or may not be appropriate or operating in our best interest. Having to sacrifice something important is frequently a theme of relationships involving Neptune/Pisces and the desire to merge with something or someone new may be more powerful than the question of whether or not this is good for us.

While Jupiter in Aquarius has been about new ways of approaching things, brotherhood and equality, Jupiter in Pisces will be about compassion, creativity, love and seeking deep connections with others.

Romance and courtship may make somewhat of a comeback along with the finer more gentle qualities associated with love and romance. Feelings of wanting to meet our ‘ideal’ partner will be powerful and in some cases acted upon. Our desire for love will be strong along with the hopes of an ideal or ‘white picket fence’ outcome. During Jupiter’s time in Pisces you will likely feel more connected with the people who come into your life, sense other people’s feelings and feel more compassion and generosity toward others and they toward you.

Pisces/Neptune is connected to drugs and addictions of all types which could increase in society along with plans about how to deal with addiction and those whose lives are ruined by it. This will be an issue that becomes front and center at some point. Escapism is another theme of Pisces/Neptune and many will seek to escape the harsh realities of the times either through substances or some other means.

 Psychics, dreams and spiritualism, mediumship, astrology and other esoteric arts will prosper and become more widespread as people search for deeper answers and yearn to return to the times when society seemed kinder and less harsh.

Movies and creative projects will take great leaps and we can expect to see some outstanding creative work under this transit. A new pop culture explosion may be in the making.

Pisces is also associated with those who have the least. We will see significant humanitarian actions to help certain people, along with an increase in those who need help. This can only help in the US as we experience our first ‘Pluto return,’ which will bring up dark themes involving power, control, extremism and ultimately a re-birth of some sort.

If you are a Pisces, you can expect a certain amount of luck and positivity with Jupiter in your sign. This will benefit all water signs as well, along with Taurus and Capricorn. For Virgo, this places Jupiter in the 7th house of committed relationships and marriage, so we may see an increase in marriage and commitment for Virgo in 2022. Scorpio may benefit in the area of romance as well as Jupiter will transit through Scorpio’s 5th house of love.

Jupiter’s annual retrograde will begin after it enters Aries on July 28th. It will not turn direct again until November 23rd when it is back in Pisces. When retrograde, Jupiter’s positive energies may be diminished somewhat but they are still active. Pisces is associated with the 12th house of the zodiac or the last sign/house. This can be associated with endings, and dealing with things that are buried or lie beneath the surface that may come to our attention during the retrograde.  Jupiter’s retrograde may also signify another increase in Covid as it did in 2020.

The last time Jupiter transited through Pisces we saw the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (April 20, 2010) along with Arab Spring which changed the geo-political climate of the Middle East. Jupiter was not the only planet involved in these major occurrences but it still played a role in bringing a great deal of information to the surface that had been heretofore unknown. And of course the Horizon oil spill involved the oceans which are Neptune’s domain so we could see other water related weather incidents this time along with an increase in global climate change.

Jupiter is associated with the 9th house of ideas, travel, education, publishing, world view and religious or philosophical viewpoints so there will be a great deal of focus or expansion in these areas as well. Our personal world views may expand or change during this time along with a potential yearning for travel and faraway places. Indigenous religions or philosophies will increase along with those who have convoluted personal philosophies and ideas we may or may not agree with.

Jupiter will conjunct Neptune in early April and this aspect will be exact April 8th, 2022. This will place a focus on creativity, the arts, the collective imagination and could be one of the dreamiest and most romantic periods we could experience for a long time to come.  Spirituality will play a role with faith and compassion. We could see great strides in the arts, TV, movies and the media. Dreams may be vivid; tales will be tall along with cocktails and conversation.

Pisces is symbolized by two fish swimming in opposite directions so it is a double edged sword. Neptune is associated with confusion, delusion, propaganda and lies. It could be a difficult time in terms of judging truth from fiction so we will need to use our heads and do the research before believing much of what we see and hear at this time. What seems real may not be real and what doesn’t seem real may be fact. It won’t especially be easy to sort things out especially since there will be individuals and entities who want to gaslight, confuse, lie and distort the facts for their own personal gain. This will play out on the world stage but could occur in our own lives as well. Be careful about signing contracts, joining new ventures, getting involved with strangers or making financial or other commitments unless you are fully aware of the circumstances and who you are dealing with. As Neptune rules infectious diseases we may hear more news in this realm as well.

Jupiter will sextile Uranus the second half of February, and is exact February 17, 2022. This aspect is indicative of new, exciting and cutting edge ways of doing things, new opportunities and financial gain.We could see new technology, drugs and any number of exciting new inventions or ideas. Opportunities may arise out of the blue, and you may sense a change in fortune in your life which could well occur. You may feel more creative, brilliant and ready for big change at this time. If Uranus and Jupiter aspect something in your personal chart you may indeed experience a significant advancement or opportunity.

Jupiter is expansive and could involve education, medicine, legal matters and the law, philosophy or religion. Uranus rules aircraft and cutting edge technologies or even spacecraft and we may see new ideas come to fruition for the benefit of mankind.

May 3rd Jupiter will sextile Pluto but the energy will be apparent in the weeks before and after this aspect is exact. You will feel the ability, courage and strength to believe you can do something significant in the world at this time.

You may be admired for your leadership activities and abilities and should do well communicating with groups or organizations at this time. Personal development can occur now as you strive for success based on past work, education or learning. It is an opportune time to give up any bad habits without a great deal of stress.

This is a positive aspect in the world for reaching compromise with groups over matters concerning government solutions, financial matters and the law.

Jupiter in Pisces will benefit everyone in some manner depending on where it is transiting in your personal chart. Overall we can expect the creative world to explode with new and better art forms whether it is music, movies or art and a new pop culture could be born in 2022. We will see an increase in the thirst for knowledge particularly as it applies to the unknown whether through religion, spirituality, astrology or other occult or spiritual practices including spiritualism. Love and romance will increase along with a desire to merge with many new things, ideas, people or adventures. A desire for escape will be front and center some and a variety of means will be available to do so whether it is through addictions, love, the arts or something else. Confusion and lack of clarity about many things in society will continue and increase as we experience a flood of information much of which will be meant to confuse or persuade us of an idea which may or may not be correct. It will be easy to follow an incorrect or false path so clarity of mind and commonsense is essential during Jupiter’s transit through Pisces. Some things will end, and if so while one door may close another can open when Jupiter enters Aries. If we are lucky, compassion, love and a Jupitarian desire for justice and truth will be stronger than the desire to hide from reality or believe that nothing bad can really come our way.


Tuesday, December 28, 2021

The astrology of January 2022

 

January 2022 is a significant month in astrology. Venus is retrograde until the end of the month and Mercury also turns retrograde January 14th. The powerful Uranus-Saturn square will begin to separate and perhaps give us a little breathing room after December, and Uranus will turn direct. We have a significant new moon and a very powerful if not volatile full moon. Mars enters Capricorn this month joining Venus and Mercury. Let’s get right to the most significant aspects of January.

The Saturn-Uranus square begins to separate

The third Saturn-Uranus square of 2021 was exact on December 23rd.  By the first week of January Saturn has moved 2 degrees away from Uranus, so the volatile energies of the clash between these two planets is starting to lighten up some and will continue throughout January.

Saturn square Uranus is a powerful aspect prone to societal disruptions, stress and unexpected changes in our own lives, depending on what this aspect is doing in your personal chart. It has long lasting affects and is associated with financial change, upheaval and tyranny on the world stage.

December saw a sharp rise in Covid infections and deaths and this will continue throughout January. Even though Saturn is no longer in an exact square with Uranus the ramifications of this aspect and have far reaching consequences and the energy does not disappear overnight. The political turmoil will continue and this will be an important thing to watch as the US enters its first ever Pluto return in February.

A Pluto return occurs about once every 250 years in the chart of a country. Societies sometimes end at this point, or they reinvent themselves and come back in a new and stronger way. The Pluto return will add more stress to the Saturn-Uranus square which will be within enough of an orb to still have an affect throughout 2022. While it will not be ‘exact’ again in 2022, it will be in another tight clash during September and October of 2022.

Mercury enters Aquarius and retrogrades

Mercury enters the sign Aquarius in the early morning hours of December 2nd, changing Mercurial energy and the way we think and communicate with others. This comes as an added bonus to the New Moon that falls on the same day, giving us an opportunity to expand our thinking, rather than staying stuck in the past.

Mercury will turn retrograde in Aquarius on January 14th and re-enter Capricorn on January 26th where it will remain retrograde until February 4th. It will move back into Aquarius again February 14th and remain in this sign until March 10th and we will repeat the entire Mercury-Aquarius cycle all over again. If you don’t finish what you begin under the first 3 weeks of Mercury in Aquarius you will have another opportunity mid February.

Mercury in Capricorn has been focused on serious matters, work, career, success and matters of priority. During Mercury’s transit through Aquarius we may all be a little more open minded and receptive to new ideas and ways of doing things. Aquarius is known for its quirky, wild and weird side as well as its intellectual, inventive and eccentric nature. The sign Aquarius is associated with the 11th house in astrology which rules the collective, as well as groups and organizations. On a collective level we will be rethinking many things that benefit or don’t benefit society as a whole.

Mercury-Aquarius works well if not best within groups and the collective so don’t be afraid to speak up even if you ideas seem farfetched.

The only downside to Mercury in Aquarius is that our thinking could become a little scattered and it is important to remember that we will be speaking and communicating from a logical standpoint so we need to include the human element in our conversations. Now is the time to give your ideas room to fly and see where they land as Aquarius is bold, different and typically focused on things that serve humanity.

While Mercury is retrograde we can expect the normal glitches, delays and snafus that typically occur. Retrograde Mercury is a time to reassess and re-do, not start new projects or buy high ticket items.

New Moon in Capricorn

 The first New Moon of the year falls in Capricorn, the sign geared toward career, work and important matters. This moon falls on January 2nd at 12 degrees of the sign ruled by Saturn the planet of responsibility and structure. This is not a frivolous New moon but a time to re-evaluate things, in particular our personal resources and plans.

This New Moon is the 1st Super moon of the year. A Super moon has a greater affect on tidal waves and is often associated with earthquakes, tsunamis and the like. It appears closer to the earth and is typically quite beautiful for stargazing. Capricorn is a Cardinal sign connected to the earth, and things move and happen quickly when we are under cardinal signs, unlike mutable signs which are changeable and fixed signs when energy moves much more slowly.

The New Moon symbolizes a new beginning and is a time to focus on getting back to business after the New Year and focus on the more constructive traits of the sign. Capricorn is ambitious, resourceful, reliable and typically has a great deal of common sense; something that seems to be sorely missing in society today.

The New Moon trines Uranus creating a powerful and easy energy for change. With a trine, change can occur in a simple and easy way without all of the stress change can sometimes create at other times.

This represents a prime opportunity to build order in your life as we begin the New Year. Now is the time to set your plan for the upcoming year, and to put your dreams into motion in a practical and realistic manner. In this way, the New Moon is a gift.

Venus is retrograde

Venus continues it’s every year and a half retrograde until January 29th. During a Venus retrograde many matters or issues come up in relationships that must be dealt with. During Venus’s retrograde the karma or fate of a relationship is often decided for better or worse. Some relationships may end; others can get back together as Venus retrograde is strongly connected with the past, and those from the past. It is not limited to romantic relationships however; this can extend to co-workers, friends and other acquaintances from the past.

Venus in Capricorn is somewhat of a conservative transit concerned with the practical realities of things. Money is also ruled by Venus and at this time many will focus on getting their finances straight and in some cases may spend more conservatively.

Venus also rules women and our personal as well as collective values. During this time we will be revisiting our own values and those as a collective.

When Venus turns stationary retrograde January 29th, energies associated with love and money will start to shift again. Venus turns direct at 11 degrees of Capricorn and if this aspects something in your personal chart you should experience a type of gain wherever this aspect is located in your chart. It can be especially significant in terms of meeting new people and entering into relationships.

Venus will remain in conservative Capricorn until March 6, 2021. Venus in Capricorn may not be the brightest or most exciting placement for the planet of love and money, but by the time Venus leaves Capricorn for Aquarius in March we will have resolved many issues of both a personal and business nature if you have utilized this energy in the proper manner. If this is the case, you will certainly have a jump start on the New Year.

North and South nodes change signs

Our collective as well as personal destiny is shown in the North and South Nodes. These are not planets but rather calculated points in the chart. Everyone is born with both a North and South node, and every 18 months, the nodes change signs showing us where we are headed as a collective. Both nodes tell a story regarding our fate and destiny; the North node is where we are headed and the South node shows us what we need to leave behind or release.

January 18th, 2022 The North and South Nodes leave Gemini-Sagittarius for Taurus-Scorpio. The South node or the Scorpio energy is what we will be faced with releasing over the next year and a half. Scorpio is associated with subjects that are taboo and the darker side of human nature. Death, manipulation, sex, pain, intensity and suspicion are all part of the collective karma we will need to release to make the best of the higher qualities of Taurus, which would be creating and focusing on our values, love (Taurus is ruled by Venus), serenity, taking care of the earth and each other, new sources of growing food for the world, getting value for our money, wisdom, peace and serenity.

As Scorpio and Taurus are related to the 2nd/8th house axis this also shows us we will be focused on money and finances as a collective. This will include issues of income inequality, corporate greed, and those who have the most as well as the least. It will be up to us as a society to find balance between these two opposites.

Jupiter is in Pisces

Jupiter left Aquarius for Pisces on December 28th, and will remain in this sign until May 10th. At this point it will enter Aries until October 28th, when it will return to Pisces for 2 more months.

In 2020 we had a chance to dip our toes into the Pisces energy when it entered the sign May 13-July 28th. It only reached 2 degrees before retrograding back into Aquarius for the rest of the year. There was however, a significant energy shift at this time. Outside of this, the last time Jupiter transited through Pisces was January 2010-January 2011, or 12 years ago.

 

Jupiter in Pisces will enhance creativity, spirituality, creative expression, compassion and intuition on the positive end. Faith, optimism and idealism may make a great comeback and dreams and intuition may be vivid. The sign Pisces is associated with Jupiter, its ancient ruler and also its modern ruler which is Neptune. While Jupiter is expansive and positive,  Neptune is the planet of illusion, delusion and confusion, as well as psychic abilities, religion, theatre and the arts, the ocean and drugs, alcohol, lies or misinterpretations of the facts.  During Jupiter’s retrograde period (especially) in Pisces we must guard against self-deception, sacrificing ones happiness for the whim of others, and looking at things through too-rosy glasses. Escapism is another theme associated with Neptune along with a powerful desire to become a part of something or someone’s life that may or may not be appropriate or operating in our best interest. Having to sacrifice something important is frequently a theme of relationships involving Neptune/Pisces and the desire to merge with something or someone new and exciting may be more powerful than the question of whether or not this is good for us.

Pisces/Neptune is connected to drugs and addictions of all types which could increase in society along with plans about how to deal with addiction and those whose lives are ruined by it. This will be an issue that becomes front and center at some point. Many will seek to escape the harsh realities of the times either through substances or some other means.

 Psychics, dreams and spiritualism, mediumship, astrology and other esoteric arts will prosper and become more widespread as people search for deeper answers and yearn to return to the times when society seemed kinder and less harsh.

Movies and creative projects will take great leaps and we can expect to see some outstanding creative work under this transit. A new pop culture explosion may be in the making.

Pisces is also associated with those who have the least. We will see significant humanitarian actions to help certain people, along with an increase in those who need help. This can only help in the US as we experience our first ‘Pluto return,’ which will bring up dark themes involving power, control, extremism and ultimately a re-birth of some sort.

The last time Jupiter transited through Pisces we saw the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (April 20, 2010) along with Arab Spring which changed the geo-political climate of the Middle East. Jupiter was not the only planet involved in these major occurrences but it still played a role in bringing a great deal of information to the surface that had been heretofore unknown. And of course, the Horizon oil spill involved the oceans which are Neptune’s domain so we could see other water related weather incidents this time along with an increase in global climate change.

Jupiter is associated with the 9th house of ideas, travel, education, publishing, world view and religious or philosophical viewpoints so there will be a great deal of focus or expansion in these areas as well. Our personal world views may expand or change during this time along with a potential yearning for travel and faraway places. Indigenous religions or philosophies will increase along with those who have convoluted personal philosophies and ideas we may or may not agree with.

Pisces is symbolized by two fish swimming in opposite directions so it is a double edged sword. Neptune is associated with confusion, delusion, propaganda and lies. It could be a difficult time in terms of judging truth from fiction so we will need to use our heads and do the research before believing much of what we see and hear at this time. What seems real may not be real and what doesn’t seem real may be fact. It won’t especially be easy to sort things out especially since there will be individuals and entities who want to gaslight, confuse, lie and distort the facts for their own personal gain. This will play out on the world stage but could occur in our own lives as well. Be careful about signing contracts, joining new ventures, getting involved with strangers or making financial or other commitments unless you are fully aware of the circumstances and who you are dealing with. As Neptune rules infectious diseases we may hear more news in this realm as well.

Confusion and lack of clarity about many things in society will continue and increase as we experience a flood of information much of which will be meant to confuse or persuade us of an idea which may or may not be correct. It will be easy to follow an incorrect or false path so clarity of mind and commonsense is essential during Jupiter’s transit through Pisces. Some things will end, and if so while one door may close another can open when Jupiter enters Aries in May. If we are lucky, compassion, love and a Jupitarian desire for justice and truth will be stronger than the desire to hide from reality or believe that nothing bad can really come our way.

The sun enters Aquarius

The sun leaves Capricorn for Aquarius in the morning hours of January 19thth. This places the Sun and Mercury in the sign that rules the 11th house or the collective and the season of Aquarius is on! The Sun will remain in Aquarius until February 18.

 Aquarius is an air sign ruled by both Saturn and Uranus. This season represents the dead of winter as it is a fixed sign, which means energies (and the weather) change very slowly. Aquarius energy is pioneering, brilliant, eccentric, original, standoffish, aloof and detached and these are the energies we will be working with over the next month.

Aquarius is typically associated with compassion, helping others, abstract unique thinking and we can be presented with new and unique ideas. Aquarius can sometimes be associated with brilliance or brilliant ideas, or sometimes fringe ideas and thinking. We may also be more inclined to spend more time with groups (the collective) and be more social than when the Sun is in Capricorn.

Aquarius is associated with things and people that are ahead of their time but it can also be associated with lack of tact, abrupt or less than warm energy especially in one on one situations, as Aquarius prefers groups.

Aquarius can be associated with sudden change and revolts of all types in the collective.

Those born under the sign Aquarius typically have logical thinking and Mercury is exalted in this sign meaning communication moves along with ease.

The Sun squares Uranus January 30, and this day will require flexibility to work out well. The more rigid your plans are, the more likely you are to feel unsettled, as it is likely something may change this day or work out in an unexpected manner. This will set off the Saturn-Uranus square once again, and we will see some significant events on the world stage.

If your life feels stagnant this day could be exciting or you could take a new and unexpected direction that could open up a new path. Change is in the air.

Mars enters Capricorn

Mars leaves Aquarius for Capricorn January 24th. Mars in Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, and Capricorn is not a light hearted sign. Mars in this sign is concerned with business, priorities, and finding or achieving value, and most of all stability and personal security on some level. While Mars in Aquarius was flexible and somewhat interested in new ideas Capricorn is typically more concerned with the status quo and achievement along the line of practical realities. Mars last transited through Capricorn February 16th, 2020-March 30th of the same year. At that time we were concerned about the practical realities of dealing with Covid.

Mars rules energy, men, sex, action and our drive. Our day to day actions and priorities are colored by the sign Mars is transiting through at any given time.

Saturn, the ruler of this sign shows us our boundaries and limitations. While Capricorn is associated with Saturn which can at times relate to austerity, Capricorn can also be rich, warm and enduring.

If you were born under the sign of Capricorn or are a Capricorn ascendant, expect to become very busy during this time, and this begins a new two year cycle for you.

Mars will remain in Capricorn until March 6th, when it moves into Aquarius.

Full Moon in Cancer

January’s full moon falls at 27 degrees of Cancer on January 17th, and the lunar peak occurs at 6:48 PM, EDT. Cancer rules the 4th house of the chart, or home, the homeland, family and is concerned with personal security. Cancer’s ruler is the Moon, or the luminary that rules women and our emotional lives.

Since Cancer is the most emotional of signs, for many this is likely to be an emotionally upsetting full moon as it opposes Pluto, the planet of death, destruction and transformation.

There may be a great deal of anger directed toward or coming from women at this time, and Moon-Pluto aspects tend to reveal previously unknown information, and bring up deep seated issues associated with emotional pain. As Venus is also retrograde this is likely to manifest in relationships, especially those relationships that are not especially stable. Family issues and problems could arise as well.

Mercury has entered its square to Uranus which is associated with unexpected and sometimes shocking news. It can produce anxiety, restlessness and arguments. It is important to use care while driving under this transit as it is accident prone.

In the US we will see much more Covid related news and unfortunately, death. It is possible we could hear of a significant death of a public person on or around this time. We could also be faced with women’s issues that are explosive in nature, issues around finances and general security.

While Moon opposite Pluto is not considered a positive aspect to work with, this could be the time to transform something important and it could include a relationship. You could also come to terms with past issues that have been emotionally debilitating and find resolution or end a bad habit. At this juncture it is best to face any emotional problem and come to terms with it as opposed to pushing it back or avoiding it all together. This can be a difficult but productive full moon in the end.

Uranus turns direct

Uranus turns direct on January 18th. This is very powerful planetary change and events and situations can change and turn on a dime, especially on the world stage or if Uranus is aspecting something in your personal chart.

Uranus is an unpredictable planet and its forward movement can seem like a jolt of lightening. Relationships, jobs, life paths, money situations and many other things can turn or change in unexpected ways, good or bad, depending on what Uranus is doing in your personal chart.

Uranus rules coups and freedom in the world as well as the internet and aircraft and we could see changes in these areas. When Uranus is retrograde it can be compared to the planet ‘being asleep.’ After it turns direct those things we have worked on over the last 6 months may take a greater form in the physical world.

The retrograde of Uranus is often associated with inner change that is connected to the outer changes in our lives. We tend to make inner change during Uranus’s retrograde that will allow us more success in the outside world when the planet turns direct. The retrograde period can usher in more self awareness, which can allow is to make changes that will lead to success in the future. During the retrograde it is typically easier to face any changes we need to make.

Uranus is associated with freedom, sometimes ‘freedom at any cost.’ This is why sometimes Uranus’s retrograde is associated with break ups