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Monday, December 30, 2019

January 2020: A new era in the world

Saturn is conjunct Pluto this month and the energy has been building throughout 2019. The transit becomes exact on January 12, but the energies have been felt for the past year. January 12-13, the Sun and Mercury join the conjunction and this represents the peak of this powerful energy, but the effects will be felt for a long time to come. This is a month we need to pay attention and be fully aware of where we are going and what we are doing.

This aspect has been playing out in the world in terms of increased tensions, protests, a Presidential impeachment in the US, Brexit in the UK, mass shootings, and hundreds of thousands of displaced people in the Middle East and other places around the world along with many other difficult to solve situations.

Saturn-Pluto is heavy energy subject to creating significant change. The best way to describe this is like an earthquake. If your building is well designed and secure it can survive the earthquake, if not it will collapse and many things will change at this time in the collective and in our personal lives. 

This transit will show you what has outlived its usefulness and what in your life needs to be. transformed. What needs change will be shown by where Saturn and Pluto fall in your personal chart.

Uranus turns direct on January 10, just before this aspect reaches its peak adding to the volatile energy, along with a powerful lunar eclipse in Cancer, that will ‘set off,’ the Saturn-Pluto conjunction on the same day.

This is a powerful eclipse at 20 degrees of Cancer and it (the Moon) opposes Saturn and Pluto, the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter creating a powerful stellium of planets in Capricorn. This eclipse will reveal new information in the world and in our personal lives. Moon opposing Pluto can bring up deep seated anxieties and issues concerning sex, money, and other issues buried in the subconscious mind at this time. Moon-Saturn transits can deal with women, those from our past and can seem negative and depressing. Some things will end at this time. Moon-Mercury relates to young people, speech and communication, and accidents. Sun-Moon transits amp up the emotional energies and it is important to be aware and not let this powerful energy spiral out of control.

We will see many events play out in the world in the days leading up to this eclipse.  Communication will be important at this time. This is the type of eclipse where violence can easily escalate into police or war situations. This eclipse aspects the charts of the United States (in a previous post, I predicted we could see a significant national death), and the rhetoric at this time and into the New Year will be bitter and ugly. The eclipse and Saturn-Pluto conjunction aspects many different charts including Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, China, Iran, Iraq, the White House chart, NYC chart, and many others to name just a few. Many separate events will play out at this time around the world, and it will not be limited to one specific incident. This eclipse will show us the direction things will go in 2020. This period will prove to be a profound and historic time in history.

On a personal level the eclipse (and conjunction) will affect the cardinal signs in particular-Cancer, Capricorn, Aries and Libra, especially those with planets at 19-22 degrees. With the moon’s opposition to Pluto deep seated issues could arise, and this gives us an opportunity to work through fears and habits that we want to change in the New Year. 

Transformation is possible and even key, and with the eclipse’s trine to Neptune, this can give us hope for the year ahead as well as creativity and compassion.

As Uranus turns direct, this is typically a significant time in world events and this time will be no different. Uranus is the planet of coups, rebellions and sudden and unexpected changes and breaking free of situations or even people. We will see this play out in the world, especially as Uranus will square Mercury (January 17-18) in Aquarius, and then the Sun (January 22-23). Pay attention to these days as things can become volatile and changeable, especially if you have a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius at 1-3 degrees. If Uranus aspects something in your personal chart you may feel a need to break free of something that you have found oppressive or take a new direction in some way. Now is the time to make big changes that can last for a long time.

January 3, Mars enters Sagittarius where it will remain until February 16th. Mars rules and our action, ego and men. Mars in Sagittarius is subject to great bursts of energy, and we will be more flexible and changeable. Sagittarius is typically a positive and optimistic sign but it is important to remember it’s easy to overdo things and this can include our ego and that of others! Respect the boundaries of others and this can be a very positive time.

January 13, the Sun will conjunct Saturn and Pluto. This is a continuation of the Saturn-Pluto-eclipse energy and the buildup of the Capricorn stellium we are all under. In all likelihood, major world events will occur, and we need to be aware of our interaction with others as things could come to a head in terms of frustration or even anger. It is best to wait this energy out if possible.

Also on January 13, Venus enters Pisces and this will change the heavy energy to a degree. Love energy can become softer or more passive, and this time can be used in a healing manner. Venus in Pisces will work well for Water and Earth signs. There can be some confusion or lack of clarity with the sign of Pisces, but we could experience more creativity, psychic awareness, creativity and compassion and dreams will be more vivid during this time.

January 16, Mercury enters Aquarius where it will remain until February 4th.  Our thoughts and communication will move at a faster pace, and we will feel more open to new ideas. Until Mercury crosses Uranus however, (after about the 19th), we can expect the unexpected in our lives and the world. Sometimes we can get brilliant ideas with this transit and at other times our thinking can be disjointed and restless. Use caution, especially driving.

January 20, the Sun enters Aquarius and this creates a shift away from all of the serious Capricorn energy we have been dealing with. Like with the Mercury square however we can expect erratic energy, unexpected news and situations. After January 24, things will begin to get calmer.

January 23, Venus sextiles Jupiter. This is a positive aspect, especially for love, friendship and financial matters. Make the most of it.

This month’s New Moon falls on February 24, at 4 degrees of Aquarius, on the heels of Sun square Uranus. Because of the Moon’s square to Uranus it may seem more like a full moon, and we can expect unexpected and changeable events in the world and our personal lives. Venus is square Mars at 14 degrees of Pisces/Sagittarius and this transit can create friction between the sexes in more ways than one. Jealousy could rear its ugly head, unexpected issues can occur, and some may break up at this time. Alternatively, you could meet someone new on this day and if you do, sparks could fly, but the relationship will need to withstand the test of time to know if it is more than a physical attraction.

January 27, Venus conjuncts Neptune and squares Mars. This is a convoluted transit that will confuse, and produce a smoke and mirror effect, and will likely be another significant day in the world. Venus-Neptune can be confusing, misleading or dreamy, and its square to Mars relates to problems between men and women, but Neptune adds another layer to the confusion.  Anger and ego can come into play this day, so it is best not to get into contentious issues. Mars-Neptune transits relate to confusion, and we could see issues with gasses, chemical weapons, lies, and harsh weather conditions. This could also increase the spread of flues and other contagious diseases.

Here is wishing you are yours a very safe and prosperous New Year!

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Saturn-Pluto 2020: Meeting the dark shadow

Saturn and Pluto are in a conjunction that becomes exact the week of January 12, 2020. This powerful aspect occurs about every 33-38 years, and brings global changes as well as personal change in our lives. January 2020 is a significant astrological shift and a new era in the world and evolution of man as Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter meet up in Capricorn during the year. At the end of the year Saturn and Jupiter will meet up a second time in the sign of Aquarius which rules the collective.

Changes occur as a result of pressure building in many areas that finally reaches a peak. We have been under this transit throughout 2019, but the two planets have not yet met up. Astrologers have been watching this aspect for years, and we have begun to see the results play out in 2019 in terms of increased global tensions, the rise of nationalism across the world, deep seated problems such as Brexit in the UK, and Presidential impeachment proceedings in the United States. Protests continue in Hong Kong, mass shootings have become common and polarization of political parties continue and deep seated issues concerning corruption, security and abuse of power have become the norm, as well as global concerns over climate change, fires and extreme weather conditions. These transits occurred in 1819, 1851, 1883, 1914, 1947 and 1982.

Abuse and abuse of power is always present during these cycles, but so is the push back and resistance to those things and individuals who desire to exert control over others just as this occurred at the junctures of WW1, WW2, and other eras that have gone by as Saturn connects with Pluto.

This transit will set the stage for the year 2020 and the changes we experience will alter some things forever. All is not negative however; as Pluto tends to remove things that need to make room for the new. As we move through January we will see a great deal of change, and unfortunately we will see a lot of collective stress as well that will set the stage for the New Year. This transit brings issues to the forefront so they can be dealt with and removed.
The last Saturn-Pluto cycle occurred in 1982 and 2019 is the end of a cyclical period that that began at this time. Now, different personal and collective patterns and cultural situations and values now must be addressed, changed or purged from society.  The exact conjunction at 22 degrees of Capricorn on January 12, initiates a new global and personal cycle that will forge new structures, ideas and attitudes and even governments that will collectively sustain us in either an uplifting or degrading manner in the years ahead. It is our job to sustain our own efforts personally and if we do so we will have new or stronger set of personal structures to support us that will endure.
Pluto in Capricorn
Pluto is considered the planet of transformation and it has been in Capricorn for the past 11 years or since November 2008. Its entrance in this sign coincided with the ‘Great recession,’ of 2007-09, the longest since WW11. Pluto will remain in Capricorn until late 2024. While in Capricorn, Pluto deals with big business and their global influence as well as organizations like NATO, banking, money, the earth, buildings and structures. Its reach however extends far beyond these things as Pluto is represented by the mythological Hades, the God of the Underworld, who governs over the dead. Pluto rules the dark side of the human psyche, the unseen and taboo, psychology and all transforming doctrines, sex and sex trafficking. Pluto rules crime, dictatorships and fascism, abuse and abuse of power and its reach is lasting and profound.

Saturn in Capricorn
Saturn entered Capricorn late 2017 and will remain there until December 2020, with a 3 month break when it enters Aquarius March-July 2020.

Saturn is known as the ‘taskmaster,’ and represents qualities like restriction, responsibilities, and learning our personal limits and boundaries, delays and obstructions as well as age and time itself. While Saturn has been in Capricorn you may have noticed a tendency or need to get more real, or get down to the basics. This is Saturn in Capricorn and it can represent both great wealth and great privation. Saturn in this sign produces conservatism, ambition, caution, perseverance and authoritarianism.

Saturn conjunct Pluto
When these two planets conjoin we experience major events in the world such as WW1 (Saturn conjunct Pluto in Cancer), the aftermath of WW11 and Hiroshima and (Saturn-Pluto in Leo), McCarthyism, the independence of India from the British Raj and bloodshed that followed. 1982 brought the outbreak and escalation of AIDS and the start of the gay rights movement  (Libra-1982). This time was also part of the Cold War and increased hostiles between the Soviet Union and the US, as well as the aftermath of the Iranian hostage crisis. We have also experienced economic downturns during these times and economic upturns such as the one after WW11. Saturn was conjunct Pluto in 1850, which produced the fugitive slave act which provided for the return of slaves that escaped to free states in the US and President Zachery Taylor died. (Saturn-Pluto in Aries).

There is often great progress during these times in terms of science and advancements in thinking and the arts. During each of these cycles certain things came to a head as new ways of thinking become common. None of these periods are easy times in the world but in the end they bring about much needed change. After 2020 we won’t have another Saturn-Pluto conjunction until 2052 when it will conjoin in Pisces. Saturn conjunct Pluto will represent the breakdown of structures, governments, institutions and perhaps the earth’s climate itself, to rebuild anew.

Saturn’s last conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn 1518
1518 was the last time Saturn was conjunct Pluto in the sign Capricorn. At this time the Catholic Church was all powerful in Europe. Local priests had a great deal of power as their teachings were all the local people knew, and the church was heavily involved in politics. In 1517 a monk named Martin Luther penned a document attacking the Catholic Church’s practices. This sparked the Protestant reformation and the Catholic Church was ever divided changing the religious and cultural history of the West forever more. During this period the ‘dancing plague,’ occurred in what is now modern day France, and by 1518 the first African captives were shipped to the Americas as slaves and these are just a few of the global events that occurred at this time.

Saturn conjunct Pluto and you
As in any other period of history there are those who will profit and thrive during the times and others who will be forced to make significant changes in their lives. As the conjunction is at 22 degrees of Capricorn those most affected will be born under Cardinal signs or have cardinal planets (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn at 20-24 degrees. These individuals will have to work harder and may meet with difficult to solve obstacles.

The Saturn-Pluto conjunction is not easy to understand as Pluto deals with that which is deeply hidden, and Saturn relates to structures, time and limitations. When combined with Pluto, Saturn becomes very demanding and certain things must be transformed during this period that can include many different areas of your life. Saturn-Pluto will test situations, things and people in our lives for resilience just as earthquake will tests a building's structure. A building that is structurally sound is much more likely to withstand the earthquake but a house built of cards will be eliminated. We are being put in a position to defend our positions on many matters and make changes, and some things will end at this time or have to be changed in some way.
Look at this list of sun signs to determine where the Saturn-Pluto falls in your chart and the areas of life it will affect. If you know your ascendants use that.

Aries-10th house of career and priorities
Taurus-9th house of education, travel, legal issues and world view
Gemini-8th house of sex, other people’s money, debt and taxes, death and transformation.
Cancer-7th house of marriage and partnerships
Leo-6th house of health and work
Virgo-5th house of children, friends, creativity and love
Libra-4th house of home, and the basic foundation of life
Scorpio-3rd house of immediate family, co-workers, neighbors, thinking
Sagittarius-2nd house of income and money
Capricorn-1st house of personal matters and self
Aquarius-12th house of seclusion, the subconscious mind, matter that are hidden, secluded places
Pisces-11th house of groups, friends, hopes and wishes

Saturn-Pluto and the week of January 5th

Saturn and Pluto will be conjunct at 22 degrees of Capricorn the week of January 5th, 2020 and the transit will peak January 12, 2020 at 11 59 AM, EST. At this time it will also conjunct the Sun and Mercury. We can expect to see world events play out at this time that will involve serious and significant communication. In the US it will involve the President some type of information and it is volatile. Global events will occur in rapid succession on or around this time. While this represents the peak of the energy, things will be set into motion that will last throughout 2020 or longer. The peak of this transit is not the end as these planets will remain in close proximity throughout most of the year.

The lunar eclipse of January 10, 2020
A powerful lunar eclipse falls on January 10, at 20 degrees of Cancer, which will ‘set off,’ the Saturn-Pluto conjunction and we will see events connected to this transit occur at this time and in the days before and after.

This eclipse falls on the 4th-10th house axis which concerns home, the homeland, business and security.
Cancer is the most emotional of signs and as it opposes Pluto, Saturn, Mercury and the Sun it will be an emotionally challenging time for many. Many things will end at this time, or be transformed in some way. Moon-Pluto transits can bring up deep seated fears and anxieties. This can cause inner turmoil, drama in relationships and new information can be revealed. Something could change or transform in some way at this time. Pluto is an obsessive planet and we must use care at this time not to function off of obsessions, jealousy or fear Moon-Saturn transits tend toward negative thinking, and things may seem worse than they are. It can seem lonely, depressing or tiring. You could feel burdened or unable to express yourself.

Now is the time to set your plans for the New Year and focus on them to make positive use of this energy. This is an eclipse to use caution on, and be aware of your own actions and surroundings.

The Sun conjunct Mercury concerns significant communication and argument and accidents are possible, but with its opposition to Saturn and Pluto the energy is cold, it could seem oppressive and many things are subject to change. Now is the time to get rid of undesirable habits, situations and people that no longer serve your purpose.

Moon opposing Mercury relates to communication, young people travel and accidents. It causes polarized or unbalanced or biased thinking and can lead to arguments.

Moon trine Neptune is a mild influence with the oppositions but it can provide a glimmer of optimism, hope, compassion and faith.

On the world stage this eclipse will play out in terms of authoritarian and ruthless leaders, volatility and violence, and we could hear news concerning nuclear weapons and the like. Politics will be front and center and this eclipse could affect global trade in the US, financial markets and there could be a significant national death in the New Year.

Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto
Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto will all meet up within 5 degrees of each other July-October 2020 combining the energies of these 3 powerful planets. This will be a time of testing on the world stage in regard to politics, the financial markets, and those power brokers who wish to push their ideas on others. Jupiter-Pluto transits are associated with the rise of international terrorism.

Jupiter-Saturn transits occur every 20 years and these two planets are known as the ‘Great chroniclers,’ of the ages, and their cycle is considered to be the base of world development that marks the interaction between ideas, potential and possibility in the material world. It can be a clash of ideas where the old versus the new and is forced to reform in some way. Saturn and Jupiter will be exact at 28 degrees of Capricorn mid-December, and then both Saturn and Jupiter will ingress into Aquarius at the end of 2020. Many changes will occur at this time and Aquarius rules the 11th house of the collective which will become all important.

How to make the most positive use of this powerful energy and make it work for you!

Life will go on with this transit, and with some awareness we can all make the most of it.

The first thing we must do is to be aware of what this energy is about and how it applies in your personal chart. Once you know the area of your life this energy will affect you can get to work.
As with all harsh Saturn and Pluto transits it is important to remember there are some things we can control and other things we can’t. We can’t control death, sickness, what happens in the world or another person’s actions. We can control ourselves, our focus and direction, and how we respond to things.

It is important to know that with a harsh Pluto transit something in your life will change if it is directly aspecting your chart. Pluto can seem harsh, and if something is going to change in many cases it may be out of your control. It is important to fight for what we want and need in life, but we must pick our battles carefully, especially at this time.

Let’s say for example, you are getting a good idea things aren’t going well at work, and your job could end. If you feel strongly about this, rather than wait for the shoe to drop, take action and start looking for another job while you are ahead. The same goes for other areas of your life. Pluto transits can be especially harsh if you try to hang on to things or situations that are clearly no longer working.

Saturn is called a harsh taskmaster but it does give us perseverance and determination. The energy is there, it is up to us to direct it into worthwhile projects and situations. Take charge of the energy and direct it, rather than letting it direct you. This is the most positive use of this transit. At times, things can come together on transits like this. Lastly, nothing is permanent, and all transits will pass. This is not the first time we have seen a heavy aspect like this one.

Best wishes for 2020.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

December 26, solar eclipse in Capricorn: Wrapping up the decade!

The last eclipse of 2019 and the decade will fall on December 26, at 4 degrees of Capricorn and it is a solar eclipse. The peak of this eclipse will occur just after midnight, EST. This is an annular solar eclipse that cannot be seen from the US. 
Capricorn is the natural ruler of the 10th house of business and priorities. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the planet of responsibilities, structure, and things and situations relating to the past. It is opposite the 4th house which rules home and family, our foundations, and security and as this is the holiday season many will be celebrating with their families.

Capricorn is a disciplined and focused sign and rules buildings, building things, the earth, carpenters, banking, big business, cemetery workers, chiropractors, bone structures, civil engineers, contractors, government officials or service, employers, masonry, time keepers, osteopaths, orthopedists, politicians, sculptors, ice businesses, economists, dentistry, landlords, routine workers, watchmakers, night watchmen to name a few.
 A lunar eclipse in this sign and degree occurred December 25, 2000, so if you are old enough to remember this, you have a clue as to how this eclipse will affect you.
This eclipse is in a Cardinal sign which means action or movement. The term cardinal is derived from a Latin word that means important.
Eclipses are like wildcards, and one of the ways we learn how and what we need to change and evolve. An eclipse can seem good or bad, depending on what it aspects in your personal chart, and is often dramatic, or reveals important information if it aspects a significant point in your own chart.  An eclipse often brings news pertaining to life's biggest events. The energy of an eclipse can go for months and in some cases years.
Almost always unexpected information comes to light and at this time something may be eclipsed completely out of your life, or into your life. Eclipses can bring positive or negative events depending on what it aspects in your personal chart, and each person has their own experience that is personal to them.
This eclipse will conjunct Jupiter (in Capricorn) the planet of gain and expansion. This is generally considered positive. It will trine Uranus, the planet of sudden and unexpected events. A trine is a positive angle that produces and easy type of energy. This Moon (eclipse) makes no harsh aspects this time, so make the most of it!
What happens with you personally depends on what this aspects in your personal chart. By using the chart below you should have some idea how you will be affected. If you know your ascendant use this, otherwise use your Sun sign.
Aries-10th house of business and career.
Taurus-9th house of education, travel and world view
Gemini-8th house of sex, other people’s money, debt, taxes, death and change.
Cancer-7th house of partners, marriage, partnerships.
Leo-6th house of work and health
Virgo-5th house of children, love, friends and entertainment.
Libra-4th house of home, family, the personal foundation.
Scorpio-3rd house of co-workers, neighbors, immediate family, short travel, communication.
Sagittarius-2nd house of money, possessions.
Capricorn-1st house of self, new beginnings.
Aquarius-12th house of hospitals, seclusion, issues of the subconscious mind, things that are hidden.
Pisces-11th house of hopes and wishes, organizations, friends.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Full moon in Gemini: Make your choice

This month’s full moon falls at 18 degrees of Gemini, and peaks December 12, (Thursday) just after midnight. This will be the last full moon of the decade!

Gemini rules talk, communication and as its planetary ruler is Mercury. Mercury rules young people, travel and communication of all types!
As the full moon opposes the Sun, emotions may amp up in the days preceding this moon and at the time of the full moon. This can cause discord between men and women and relationships will be a theme for this moon as Venus conjuncts Saturn and then Pluto the day before (Saturn) and then (Pluto) the day after. Some relationships could end at this time, but only those with significant problems. Venus-Pluto can play out in obsessive thinking and behaviors, and at its worst, volatile behaviors.

This energy could also be worked out in terms of business and planning and it will show itself on the world stage in terms of issues relating to women, money, power and control, young people and significant communication and viewpoints on the world stage.

At the time of the Moon’s peak, it squares Neptune in Pisces creating illusion, delusion and smoke and mirror games and distractions. Moon-Neptune transits are prone to a lack of clarity in situations, lies or deception and it is important to speak clearly and make sure you understand the facts, which may not be clear. Neptune is also the planet ruling drugs and alcohol, and those who have substance abuse issues could escalate their behaviors at this time. Mercury also rules vehicles and accidents so use caution while driving.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Sun squares Neptune: Honesty vs. propaganda and confusion

The Sun squares Neptune and this energy peaks in the early morning hours of December 8 at 15 degrees of Sagittarius-Pisces. We will begin to feel this energy a few days before and at least 24 hours after its peak.

This is a low energy transit and don’t be surprised if you feel tired, drained or maybe ever burned out.

The conflict is between what we perceive and what is actually real. This will be a test of honesty versus propaganda, or deception. If something seems too good to be true, it may well be. Alternatively it can create confusing images, disjointed communication, or problems in being able to communicate or what you think is being communicated to you.
Neptune rules dreams which may be vivid at this time, spirituality, intuition and psychics, creativity and compassion. These things may come into play as well, and this would be the best possible use of the energy.

You will be affected to a greater degree if you have mutable planets (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) at 14-16 degrees. If this is the case you also have a heavy Neptune transit at this time.

This energy will play out in the world in terms of propaganda, lies, smoke and mirrors, and those who would confuse the issues. We could also see or hear of water related weather conditions.

Saturn, Pluto and Venus: a peek into January 2020

Venus will conjunct Saturn and Pluto the week of December 8, at 19-21 degrees of Capricorn. We will feel this energy in the days before and a few days after. Venus conjuncts Saturn December 11 at 18 degrees of Capricorn, and then conjuncts Pluto December 13, at 21 degrees of Capricorn.

At the time of this post Saturn is rapidly approaching its conjunction to Pluto which is a major transit that will bring change in all our lives and on the world stage in 2020. This transit will peak on January 12, 2020 and will include Mercury in the mix along with the Sun.  This could be a tough few days for some relationships and some business matters. Look to be more affected if you have cardinal planets (Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn) at 17-22 degrees.

While Saturn and Pluto are not yet conjunct or in non-astrological terms together, with the addition of Venus to the mix this powerful transit will be set off, showing us what to expect at least to a degree, during the pivotal month of January 2020.

Venus rules love, money and values and its conjunction to Saturn often makes people feel unloved and some relationships could end if this aspects your chart.

The alternative to this is a day you have to do something for a loved one that requires steadfastness. For example a surgical procedure, court appearance or something like this that requires your help could occur. It could be a necessary but not especially pleasant responsibility.

Venus conjunct Pluto tends toward obsessive thoughts and feelings about romance, love or money. Relationship issues may become compulsive and you may dig deeply to get answers. Pluto can however, transform, for better or worse.

This will play out on the world stage in significant ways. Expect to see new information connected to impeachment proceedings in the US, elections in the UK and other problems in the hot spots world. Also look for issues connected to trade, women, scandals, corruption and big business.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

December 2019: Jupiter enters Capricorn

Happy holidays! It has been quite a year as we have been approaching the pivotal Saturn-Pluto conjunction of January 2020. Many changes have occurred in the world and in our lives and it has been a stressful time for many. During December things will continue at the same rapid pace as we have grown accustomed to, with several big changes.

Jupiter changes signs and we experience the first of two major eclipses December 26. Jupiter is considered the planet of luck and gain and it changes signs ever year. December 2, it leaves Sagittarius and enters Capricorn where it will remain for the next year.

Jupiter in Sagittarius has been in the sign of it’s rulership making it powerful and optimistic. As it enters Capricorn, Jupiter is considered at its ‘fall,’ which weakens the function of the planet. This does not mean however, things can’t turn out in a positive manner. As Jupiter is the planet of joy, luck and expansion its placement in Saturn’s sign (Capricorn) can be an awkward fit but of course this should bode well for earth signs, especially those born under the sign Capricorn.

Jupiter in Sagittarius has been concerned with ideas, and expansion, Capricorn is the sign where the ideas can be implemented. Some keywords for Capricorn might be mastery or reality over optimism. Jupiter in Saturn’s sign is more sober than optimistic; more interested in the details of how of something is going to be accomplished and therefore it can lead to solid accomplishment based on ‘doing the work.’

Jupiter in this signs is all about building something. Capricorn is a Cardinal sign which means energy can change and be directed toward an important goal. The role of a cardinal sign is to push forward. You will fare well with Jupiter in this sign if you can take a realistic and mature view of things. Jupiter in Capricorn will be about ambition, leadership and a drive for economic growth and power.

Jupiter will trine Uranus in December, and we could experience unexpected opportunities at this time or set something new into motion. This will only occur once and it will be in effect most of the month. It will be exact approximately December 12-17.

Jupiter will remain in Capricorn until December 18, 2020, when it will enter Aquarius. Jupiter’s last transit through Capricorn was December 2007-early 2009.

Approaching the Saturn-Pluto conjunction of 2020

As we begin December we are roughly 5 weeks away from the powerful Saturn-Pluto conjunction. These two power house planets meet up at 22 degrees of Capricorn January 7-14, and a major eclipse occurs on January 12, that will ‘set off’ this aspect.

Saturn conjunct Pluto is not an easy transit. Some things will end to make room for new beginnings. This can include jobs, relationships and any other number of situations depending on where this falls in your personal chart. If something ends remember another door will open.

The Saturn-Pluto conjunction is not easy to understand as Pluto deals with that which is deeply hidden, and Saturn relates to structures, time and limitations. When combined with Pluto, Saturn becomes very demanding and many things must be transformed during this period. Saturn-Pluto will test things in our lives for resilience just as earthquake will tests a building's structure. A building that is structurally sound is much more likely to withstand the earthquake but a house built of cards will be eliminated. We are being put in a position to defend our positions on many matters that can include work, relationships, financial preparedness, and other areas of our lives. On a larger scale, society itself is being tested, and that which is not working will be eliminated altogether or transformed into something different.

This transit will affect us personally and the world stage. Saturn-Pluto aspects typically deal with who the power and therefore it deals with corruption and abuse of power as well as who makes the decisions that affect us all.

Pluto transits have a way of purging things that do not suit the collective good. We are seeing this transit play out at this time in the form of Presidential impeachment hearings in the US. In Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu was recently charged with fraud, bribery and breach of trust. In Turkey there is a pushback against Ergogan and his politics, and the protests continue in Hong Kong against Chinese rule and Pro-democracy forces won the last election. There is still a fight over Brexit in the UK and these are only a few examples of the types of changes we will see. This transit will set the stage for the year 2020 and the changes we experience will change some things forever. All is not negative however as this transit tends to remove things that need to make room for the new, and another way to look at it is the evolution of man and our personal lives. As we move through December we will see a great deal of change and unfortunately we will see a lot of collective stress as well.

December annular eclipse
December’s solar eclipse falls the day after Christmas and the lunar peak occurs just after midnight, EST. Technically it is called an annular eclipse, or sometimes a ring of fire eclipse. This happens when the new moon moves directly in front of the sun and is too small to totally cover over the sun’s disk. It will be visible from Saudi Arabia, southern India, and parts of Indonesia, and, those in Europe, parts of Asia, and North/West Australia will see a partial eclipse.

This eclipse falls at 4 degrees of Capricorn. Capricorn rules the 10th house of business, priorities and banking and is concerned with personal if not financial security. This is a generally fortuitous and positive eclipse as it conjuncts Jupiter and makes a trine to Uranus. The theme will be prosperity and new beginnings with the trine to Uranus. Now is a positive time for travel, dealing with foreigners and expanding your sphere of influence.

Other significant transits in December:

December 3, Venus sextiles Mars bringing the male and female planets into harmony. A good day for socializing.

December 8, The Sun squares Neptune. This can be a day where confusion reigns. Check over important documents and make sure all things of importance are clear.

December 9, Mercury enters Sagittarius. Communication will increase and our thinking may be a little more upbeat with this transit. As Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter we can hear some tall tales and some things may be blown out of proportion.

December 11-12, the full moon falls at 19 degrees of Gemini. Gemini rules the 3rd house of communication, immediate family and co-workers. This moon can manifest itself as a desire for change or doing things on the spur of the moment as Gemini can’t stand to be bored.

The primary influence at this time is the triple conjunction of Saturn, Pluto and Venus. This can mean challenges in terms of love or money, and if there is an issue it will likely reach a peak at this time. You may well ask yourself if your relationship continues to serve a purpose.  Mars trine Neptune can lend itself to creativity and compassion.

This is the final full moon of the year. It’s time to wrap up the last 6 months and prepare for new beginnings in the New Year.

December 19, Mercury squares Neptune as the Sun did earlier. Confusion may abound, new information can be revealed, but check your facts about anything important. Use caution while driving as this can be a tiring day where many people don’t pay attention to the road.  We could see water related weather conditions.

December 20, Venus enters Aquarius. Venus in this sign is far less serious than it was in Capricorn. People may be more open to fun, new experiences and demand more personal freedom.

December 21, the Sun enters Capricorn and this begins the first official day of winter. The Sun in Capricorn is more serious and we will be motivated by ambition, achievement and more traditional values. We are in the Capricorn season.

December 22, Venus squares Uranus. This can be a day of excitement and fun, or it can be a day fraught with unexpected events and change especially involving relationships and money. This is a day to remain flexible. The possibilities however are positive.

December 28, Mercury changes signs once again and enters Capricorn placing 5 planets in the same sign. Conversation and thinking becomes more serious and we will be focused on matters of ambition and personal security.

Here’s wishing you and yours the best of holidays however you celebrate and a happy and prosperous New Year!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Mercury direct/Mars in Scorpio: Fireworks

Mercury turns direct  November 20, at 2:12 PM, EST. It's been a rough retrograde for many as Mercury in this sign rules the 8th house of sex, secrets, lawsuits and money. It's direct motion can only be a positive thing, but remember sometimes things change direction again as Mercury stations direct. Mercury won't actually move a degree forward until November 23, so things can still be confusing and changeable. The shadow period of retrograde Mercury will last until December 8.

Mars changes signs and moves into Scorpio about 36 hours or so before Mercury's direct motion, November 19. As Mars moves into Scorpio energies shifts to become more intense, and secretive. We can expect many things to take off at this time, one way or another, and the positive thing to do would be to focus your energy on something worthwhile you would like to accomplish instead of being tossed around like a leaf in the wind. As these 2 planets shift at the same time basically, this seems significant.

As Mars enters Scorpio it moves into its direct opposition to Uranus in Taurus. Mars opposing Uranus is changeable, volatile and unpredictable.  Be careful of accidents.  You will be personally affected if you were born October 24-28, (Scorpio) July 26-29 (Leo), or January 23-27 (Aquarius). That said, this energy affects us all, one way or another.

Expect things to be changeable this week. The peak of the Mars energy is November 24,  but the it is already in orb at the time of this post and it will continue a few days after its peak. November 24, we have some planetary help in the form of Venus conjunct Jupiter which is a positive transit good for socializing and this will lighten things up.

Mars-Uranus will play out in the world in terms of unexpected events and changes on the world stage. This could involve (to name a few) money and financial markets, police or military matters, explosions, aircraft crashes and unexpected twists in politics and the many hot spots around the world at this time.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Venus squares Neptune: If it walks like a duck...

Venus is square Neptune and this transit is exact November 14. You could be wearing rose colored glasses on this day, and not looking at things as they really are, or at worst you could be lied to or confused.. Venus rules women, money and values and Neptune is known as the planet of illusion, delusion and confusion. It also rules drugs and alcohol, theater and art, religion,  and the seamy side of life and salt water, or water related weather conditions.

Watch your belongings, as this can be a transit of theft on many levels.
Some may experience this as melancholy, depression or feelings of discouragement.

Don't take things at face value and dig beneath the surface if you want true and correct answers. Use caution with money on this day.
The other side of this energy relates to healing, sacrifice and could be a true selfLESS love, or act of kindness. Selfless love though, is rare.

Dreams may be vivid and creativity at a high.

If this aspects mutable planets (Gemini, Virgo, Pisces, Sagittarius( at 15-16 degrees in your personal chart, it will have a bigger affect, depending on what is aspected in your chart.

We have some planetary help in the form of Saturn's sextile to Neptune which is balanced dreams and enthusiasm.

It's interesting this transit falls the day after the start of public impeachment hearings. Look for propaganda to twist the facts. On Monday we learned thousands of Twitter bots were spreading fake news about the Kentucky election. We typically see more revelations with Neptune transits.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Taurus full moon: Practical magic!

This month's full moon on November 12, falls at 19 degrees of Taurus, the sign ruled by Venus the planet of love, money, beauty and values. Taurus rules the 2nd house of money and income and opposes the 8th house of money, taxes, debt, sex and secrets and it is here our energies will be focused. This moon will be more intense if you are born under Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius in the mid to late degrees.

This moon activates the Saturn-Neptune sextile that dominates the sky this month. Saturn rules structure, responsibilities, boundaries and work, while Neptune rules the ethereal world, dreams, creativity and the imagination. This combination doesn't occur often and these two powerful planets in a harmonious angle can create practical magic along with the Moon in Taurus. Now is the time to focus on turning dreams and ideas into practical form and bring them to life, especially as this transit will not occur again until 2036.

Mars is in sextile to Jupiter which gives energy, positivity, inventiveness and a degree of luck which will help bring things to a successful conclusion at this time.

The Sun and Mercury's conjunction and opposition to the Moon brings family members and one on one close relationships into focus at this time and tensions can rise and emotions can be amped up at this time leading to stress, agitation and conflict. Taurus however, is ruled by the sign Venus and is known for being calm and grounded. focus your energies  on this as opposed to letting things get out of control.

As this moon is in Taurus we can see an increase in severe or unexpected weather conditions, and Taurus is associated with earthquakes, although this is not something I would expect. With the Moon's opposition to Mercury be careful of accidents and issues with travel.

Friday, November 1, 2019

November: Last Dance for Jupiter in Sagittarius

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This is the last month Jupiter will be in Sagittarius until it returns again in 12 years, or October of 2030. Jupiter is the planet of gain, luck and expansion.  In November, it transits from 23-29 degrees bringing luck and positive energy to all of the late degree Fire signs, or anyone with Fire or Air signs at these degrees. Jupiter in Sagittarius has been at home in its own sign, which means it functions well here, and it has been buoyant and optimistic. When Jupiter enters Capricorn in December, this will bring dramatic change as Jupiter is considered at its fall in Capricorn, which is Saturn's sign.  Here, it loses some of its strength, and will be more about practicality than optimism.

As we begin November we are roughly 9 weeks away from the Great Alignment in Capricorn that I and many others have been writing about for years. The energy is harsh, stagnant or even restrictive in some cases. Many events will occur at this time. The combination of Saturn and Pluto is indicative of power struggles, control, crime, abuse of power, subversive activities and it can be violent. We have been dealing with this energy all year, but when these planets conjoin we will see many more events play out in the United States, the world and our personal lives.

We will feel energy in November and December and these will be pivotal months as we approach this aspect that has not occurred in Capricorn since 1517. Saturn and Pluto form a conjunction (both planets are together in the same sign) about every 33-38 years, but it's been 502 years exactly since this pair joined up in the sign of Capricorn.

In fall of 1517 a monk named Martin Luther penned what was known as The 95 Theses,” a list of questions and propositions for debate. Popular legend has it that on October 31, 1517 Luther defiantly nailed a copy of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church for the Pope. Abuse of power in the Church and Clergy is what led to Luther's decision, along disagreements over Church doctrine. This began what was known as the Reformation and the Presbyterian and Lutheran religions were founded. In the Middle Ages the Church was the great political power in Europe. The Reformation would destroy much of the Church's power but it came at a great cost with decades of wars, rebellions and bloody persecutions.

The Saturn-Pluto conjunction is about power and control just as it was in 1517. It will involve the US Presidency, and many other individuals and countries are directly aspected around the world. Saturn will remain in Capricorn throughout 2020 with a short break as it enters Aquarius March-July. At this point we will start to see the beginning of what will be a new order unfolding. But, Saturn retrogrades back into Capricorn late July and remains there until the end of 2020.

Mercury is retrograde in Scorpio through November 20, adding more frustration to this period. Scorpio is ruled by both Mars and Pluto so this is a time secrets may be revealed, and thinking, speech and communication can seem extra heavy. Scorpio rules the 8th house of other people's money, corporate money, taxes and debt so changes may be made in these areas. It is best not to initiate anything new on a retrograde Mercury. Instead it is about re-doing and re-considering what you have already done, and at times we can re-connect with the past or things and people from the past. After Mercury turns direct it will remain in Scorpio until December 9, when it enters Sagittarius.

On November 8, Saturn sextiles Neptune for the final time and it is exact. Saturn rules structure and Neptune rules creativity and the ethereal realms. We will feel this energy the majority of the month. This is a positive time for combining your dreams with reality and it is possible at this time to launch something that you have been hoping for. This is also a time to see and analyze your life in a realistic manner, not overly optimistic, and not in a negative approach either. Things can be balanced and just right. We should have the vision and ability to see through things that are not truth. This transit could not come at a better time!

Other significant transits in November

November 1, Venus enters Sagittarius. This works well for all Fire signs. Love energy will become more adventurous and playful, and Sagittarius is the most optimistic of signs and before the month is over it will meet up with Jupiter which should bring some positive energy, especially for late degree Fire signs.

November 5, Mars squares Pluto. This is a harsh transit and at times the energy may seem cruel. This could manifest as a power struggle or disagreement. If compromise is too difficult walk away and shoot for a day the energies are not so volatile. It will be a heavy news day and there will be volatility in the host spots around the globe.

November 11, the Sun conjuncts Mercury at 18 degrees of Scorpio. This can be ego centered and willful energy and it is important to watch your driving as this can be prone to accidents. As Mercury is retrograde we may hear new revelations in the world and our personal lives.

November 12, the full moon falls at 19 degrees of Taurus. Taurus rules the 2nd house of money and its planet is Venus. This could bring news concerning money or income, and it is here many of us will be focused. Venus is also the planet of love and it rules our values as individuals as well as collective values. This moon trines Saturn and Pluto giving it some stability, but it opposes Mercury (retrograde). This could bring out previously unknown information and become somewhat argumentative. Watch your driving with Mercury as this planet rules vehicles, travel and young people. As Mars sextiles Jupiter this will add some positivity and expansiveness to this full moon.

November 14, Venus squares Neptune and this can create confusion in love and money. Be careful of things that seem too good to be true.

November 19, Mars leaves Libra for Scorpio where it will remain the rest of the year. Scorpio is the most intense of signs and it can at times border on obsessiveness. A lot can be accomplished with the planet of action in this sign if you can keep from becoming too obsessive or stuck on certain things or ideas. Scorpio rules the 8th house of sex, taxes and debt and we may hear news along these lines.

November 20, Mercury goes stationary direct at 11 degrees of Scorpio!

November 22, the Sun enters Sagittarius. Sagittarius is optimistic and positive and this is often the brightest time of the year for some. We are also entering the Sagittarius season!

November 24, Venus conjuncts Jupiter for one last blast of positivity and fun before both planets move on to Capricorn. Make the most of this day. As Mars also opposes Uranus there is an unpredictable element to this day, and many things can change.  It is highly likely we can see explosive news involving politics and explosive circumstances, if not explosions. Electronic communication could be affected.

November 25, Venus leaves Sagittarius for the more conservative sign of Capricorn.  Capricorn is all about solidity, and basics and less about fun. This is not bad, and in some cases necessary.

November 26, the New Moon falls at 4 degrees of Sagittarius. Now is the time for new starts and thinking outside the box. As Mars is still opposing Uranus there is an unpredictability in the air. Some things may change or end at this time.

November 27, Neptune, the planet of illusion, delusion and confusion turns stationary direct. Things can change direction in some way if this is aspecting something in your personal chart. Neptunian events have a tendency to appear as surprising, but in actuality the basis of Neptune related events was generally there all along, just hidden in a fog of confusion, lies or lack of clarity.  Such events tend to creep up on you and seem surprising at first, but the basis of the event was generally there, just obscured from recognition.
Surprises/events may occur for some individuals with Neptune in hard aspect in their natal charts.  If Neptune is good aspect to your personal planets events can transpire as pleasant if not subtle experiences. Others may barely notice if Neptune is not aspecting their charts.  Like everything else, it all depends on your personal chart, and what it holds.
Spiritual and creative issues are internalizes when Neptune is retrograde. Now that it is direct it will be easier to present artistic and creative ventures to the outside world. We will find it easier to understand our selves and subconscious motivations. As Neptune turns direct, what we have learned on deep psychic levels over the past several months can be put to use in the outer world. In some cases our thinking can become more clear.