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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Lunar eclipse in Gemini: Truth, lies and consequences


The full moon falls on November 30th and this is a lunar eclipse at 8 degrees of Gemini. Eclipses are like light posts, showing us the path to the future and where we are going. As we approach an eclipse energies start to build, information, and events relating to the eclipse begin to occur often in the days before the eclipse. Events can happen before, during and after an eclipse which has a powerful life span of at least 30 days and usually much longer.

As the Sun opposes the Moon during a lunar eclipse emotional energy can get out of balance, too intense and many people start to get thrown off balance or upset without even knowing why. This occurs most often in family and close personal relationships. Eclipses can bring good or negative events depending on what it touches in your chart. Things can be eclipsed in or out of your life, and eclipses frequently bring surprises.

In astrology Gemini rules travel and trips as well as communication of all types, children and young people. Gemini, ruled by Mercury typically concerns all of these things, but especially communication. There is a good chance you may hear from family members, extended family members, friends and co-workers. This eclipse is about communication on many different levels.

You could feel an increased need or desire for love, but this eclipse can also increase tension with those closest to you. This will be more apparent if you feel you are giving more than you are getting.

This can however, be a time to work these issues out as Mercury makes an aspect to both Jupiter and Saturn that is both upbeat and positive, but it could also border on the serious without becoming too heavy or angry.

Venus opposite Uranus is a transit of change and uncertainty in relationships and finances as well as values. Unexpected events and change could cause uncertainty and anxiety. The other side of this energy can be geared toward trying something new, unexpected and exciting.

If you are currently in a relationship there could be a need for more excitement and freedom or unpredictable behavior. Some relationships may end but there would have been earlier signs and signals things are not on the right course.

This transit favors internet dating and a new relationship could seem exciting, but as with any Uranus transit, it may be short lived and would have to withstand the test of time.

This transit can manifest in other areas of life if you are not focused on a relationship.  You could gain or lose money and friendships could be affected. This is a powerful transit indicative of risk taking.

There is a duality to Gemini and this sign is known for sometimes being two-faced. As the Sun is in Sagittarius opposing the moon, communication can be blown out of proportion or inflated.

A mutable t-square in astrology means we are dealing with the energies of three different planets at once. These planets are the Moon, Sun, and Neptune. Neptune is the planet of illusion, delusion, confusion and lack of clarity. This can create a scenario where the truth can be hard to discern, or we may be dealing with outright lies, sometimes mixed in with bits of the truth making things even more confusing. Gas lighting may be an issue for some.

In the US chart the eclipse opposes Uranus and we can expect to wake up to or hear news of unexpected events and Uranus can be explosive or shocking. This can also relate to information regarding public health and the coming of a Covid-19 vaccine and/or medicine, technology, the internet, and space or aircraft issues and technologies. This eclipse along with the solar eclipse on December 14th marks the end of the Trump Presidency.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

December 2020: Brave new world-Saturn and Jupiter enter Aquarius


We have finally reached the last month of a difficult and troubling year. This month will bring the most significant aspects of the year and propel us into a new period which will spark an enormous amount of change in the world and our own lives. 2021 will be a new frontier.

Jupiter and Saturn enter Aquarius signaling a shift in energies that will indicate a new and far different future from what we have been dealing with the last few years. Mars, the action planet continues its transit through Aries for a final 6 weeks. Venus, the planetary ruler of love and values travels through Scorpio and Sagittarius. The Sagittarius season will continue the first three weeks of December until the Sun enters Capricorn on December 21st bringing the winter equinox. We will experience a significant solar eclipse on December 14th and a powerful full moon on December 29th.

Saturn’s last dance in Capricorn

 Saturn entered Capricorn December 21st, 2017 for the first time in 30 years and is now at the end of its two and a half year cycle. Saturn is at home in this sign making it very powerful. It’s conjunction with Pluto in early January revealed the Covid pandemic, and Pluto’s conjunction to Jupiter in Capricorn increased Covid and brought about significant and dark political power struggles in the US. We have experienced a recession each time Saturn has been in Capricorn for the last 100 years and we are now in a Covid recession. This is a Saturn cycle many will be happy to see come to an end, in particular those born under the Cardinal signs of Capricorn, Cancer, Libra and Aries who have had an especially difficult time.

Saturn enters Aquarius

December 17th, Saturn enters Aquarius, followed by Jupiter on December 19th. Saturn is called the taskmaster in astrology and is typically concerned with boundaries, work and achievement. Saturn teaches people to work through limitations, obligations and adversity. There is always a focus on the sign and house Saturn travels through both in our personal charts and on a global level. If Saturn makes easy aspects we have gain with a great deal of work. If Saturn makes harsher aspects with other planets we typically have some type of obstacle to overcome. Saturn last transited through Aquarius February 6, 1991-January 29, 1994. If you are old enough to remember this time you may have an idea as to how this Saturn cycle will affect you on a personal level.

Aquarius is a futuristic sign that builds with a vision toward the future. The planetary rulers of Aquarius are Saturn and Uranus. As Saturn rules the Democratic Party, Joe Biden will take office January 20th, 2021 and the Biden administration will be of a Saturn/Uranus nature. Saturn represents structures and building but Uranus is the planet of technology, cutting edge medicines, science, and ideas that are at times of genius quality. But, Uranus is also unpredictable, changeable and in some cases explosive, so some unexpected situations will also arise over the next several years.

Aquarius rules the 11th house or the collective and groups.  During this Saturn period we will all be working to find our own place within the collective and with Saturn in this sign, the collective will make their voices heard. We experienced a brief period of Saturn in Aquarius from March 23-July 1, this year. That period involved the Covid shut down and after the death of George Floyd the collective expressed its voice in terms of protest and demands for change on many levels.  This Saturn cycle will bring more structure as to the way we deal with the pandemic.  As Aquarius rules the collective, the next several years will be structured to control the virus among the populations.

Aquarius is connected with humanity and those things we all share as inhabitants of the planet. This includes the planet itself and issues of survival such as enough food, healthcare and a desire to build our own life on our terms within the collective, as well as the betterment of all mankind.

Aquarius is revolutionary, rebellious and analytical, detached and employs reason over emotionally based decisions and ideas. Aquarius is not afraid to question the powers that be while putting the collective welfare at the top of ideals and plans.

Aquarius is connected to cutting edge technologies and ideas, air and spacecraft, internet, electronic and medical technologies, science and academics and allegiance to a religion or idea which can turn out well, or badly.

The darker side of Aquarius is that it can be erratic, self-absorbed, tactless and more focused on the collective rather than individuals. Aquarius is an Air sign so reason supersedes emotion and Aquarius is not known for its personal warmth. Abraham Lincoln was one of the most famous Aquarians and his focus was clearly on the collective as he led the US through the Civil War of the 1880’s.

Jupiter enters Aquarius

Jupiter is the planet of gain and expansion, optimism and abundance and joins Saturn in Aquarius two days after Saturn enters the same sign. Jupiter in Aquarius is futuristic, revolutionary and concerned with fairness and social justice. Jupiter’s expansive and freewheeling nature will work well in the sign that is concerned with humanitarian interests, independence, freedom and innovation. All of this will be far different energy than Jupiter in Capricorn. We will be more concerned with new ideas, novel approaches and doing things our own way.

Jupiter conjuncts Saturn in Aquarius

On December 21st Jupiter meets up in the sky with Saturn and the two form a conjunction which means they are together or side by side. This is one of the most important cycles in terms of major changes in the world, and civilization. Some astrologers consider this cycle the foundation upon which the world is built. Aquarius represents futuristic energies and unexpected twists. It has been said this cycle is considered the ground base of human development which marks the interaction between the perception of ideas, potentialities and the manifestation of ideas in the concrete material world. We well feel and see the results of these two energies in the weeks before and after the planets are conjunct. Jupiter joins Saturn once every 20 years. The Saturn-Jupiter conjunctions occur in the same element for long periods of time. This 20 year conjunction marks a 200 year change from the Earth signs-Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn to Air signs which is very significant.

The solar eclipse in Sagittarius

On December 14th, we will experience a solar eclipse at 23 degrees of Sagittarius. The energies of this eclipse will be expansive, energizing and we will be more prone to trying something different and adventurous. Sagittarius is all about finding the truth. In astrology a solar eclipse can be something of a turning point and decisions made at this point can have long lasting implications in the future.

Solar eclipses repeat themselves every 19 years, so the last time we experienced an eclipse like this was December 14, 2001.

Venus sextiles Jupiter putting a pleasant spin on things and this is indicative of pleasure, harmony and social events. As this eclipse joins Mercury it will relate to how we think and communicate. As it is also in positive aspect to Mars it will give you the energy to act toward your goals.

A harsh aspect to Neptune however, means you must protect yourself from lies, deception and mistruths as well as the cornavirus. This can make you feel confused, weak and lethargic. With Mercury also square Neptune, use caution in terms of any business dealings or opportunity that may arise and make certain it is legitimate.

In the US chart this eclipse squares Neptune meaning we will be dealing with confusion, lack of clarity and an increase in Covid cases if not deaths. There will be angry energies present in the US along with the potential for misdirection, lies and power struggles.

Saturn and Jupiter in Capricorn

December 14th is the day the electors cast their ballots and announce their choice for President. It is over the next few days that Jupiter and Saturn will meet up in Capricorn for a few days. While Jupiter and Saturn do not make an exact conjunction as they do in Aquarius on December 21st, this is still significant as they are so close and will mark the end of the Trump era. Saturn and Jupiter are both at 29 degrees, which is considered an anaretic degree. This is considered to relate to desperate situations and is of karmic significance.

Mars squares Pluto

December 23rd, Mars squares Pluto for the final time. This occurred earlier on October 9th and August 13th. Both times we saw volatility in the US and the world as well as power struggles and scandals and there is little doubt it will work out like this again. Use care and caution in your dealings with others as at this time as arguments can erupt, power struggles can occur, and it may seem like a bubbling over of tension. This transit can relate to crime and violence at worst as it did in August when we learned of the diabolical plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor.

Final full moon of the year

December 29th, a full moon falls at 8 degrees of Cancer. Cancer represents the 4th house in astrology or the placement for home and family. As we are still in the holiday period, many will be with family at this time. Cancer is the most emotional of planets, and a Cancer full moon can predispose some to acting out in an overly emotional way. Of course, this can also be a beautiful full moon indicative of spending much needed time with loved ones especially as this moon makes no harsh aspects other than Venus’s square to Neptune which can represent soft lights and reverie or alternatively lies, misunderstandings and misconceptions about things.

Other transits of interest in December:

December 1st, Mercury, the planet of communication enters Sagittarius through December 20th. Expect communication to shit and become more expansive, curious and broader and more upbeat in nature. The downside of Mercury in this sign deals with over promising, being too scattered and unable to hone down ideas to basic details.

December 9th, the Sun squares Neptune. This can be a confusing if not tiring day. Watch for misunderstandings or lack of clarity in communication and thinking.

December 13th, Mercury squares Neptune. Much the same as the Sun square Neptune except this specifically relates to conversation and communication as well as travel and caution is advised while driving. It may seem difficult to relate to situations clearly on this day.

December 15th, the planet of love (Venus) enters Sagittarius. Look for your love life to take on a more spontaneous and adventurous turn. Sagittarius is about the adventure much more than a commitment. Enjoy this for what it is and be open to different scenarios.

December 20th, Mercurial energy changes again as the planet of communication enters Capricorn. Capricorn is grounded and practical so expect communication and thinking to take a turn in this direction. It will be the antithesis of Mercury in Sagittarius.

December 20th the Sun enters Capricorn and the yearly Capricorn season in on. Capricorn represents true winter when there is no doubt about the weather changing. Cappy rules the 10th house of work and priorities and it is here our interests will lie for the next 30 days.

December 30th, Venus squares Neptune and for some New Years Eve will begin early. This can be pleasant energy associated with things of a Neptunian nature: drinking, partying and escaping from reality. The downside is carelessness, over-indulging, and lies and deception or misunderstandings. Use care with this transit.


Friday, November 13, 2020

Mars turns direct: Moving forward!


Mars turns direct November 13th, after it’s nearly 3 month retrograde that began on September 9th.

Mars is the action planet that describes how we approach things. It rules police, war and our sex drive and our egos. Mars also rules men, who are operating from a weaker position in some way for the duration of this transit. It is for this reason it is not advisable to start a new relationship on a retrograde Mars as things may change considerably after it turns direct.

Retrograde Mars always coincides with a time of low energy, frustration and aggravation, delays and the 'fizzling out,' of many things. In some cases it can make health issues more exaggerated, we have more aches and pains or even accidents. For others there has been a reconsideration or change in ideas and plans.

Since Mars is considered ‘at home’ in Aries, it will be very powerful as it stations direct at 15 degrees of Aries. This is like a big burst of energy that will have lasting effects and you can expect action of some type of action if it aspects your personal planets over the next 10 days or so. At this point we will begin to shake off the dust that has settled and our frustrations will begin to turn around. We will begin to create new strategies and plans for the future. As Mars reverses its direction however, we will still continue to see abuses of power, manipulation and anger. Many of these instances will become more apparent and obvious as Mars readjusts its position.

Many react in a passive-aggressive manner internalizing our assertive side. There could be a confrontation about some issue that has long lingered in your mind. Don’t be surprised if you see some of this energy being acted out as Mars changes its direction. Hidden issues may not remain hidden much longer.

As Mars turns direct it makes no aspects at this time. It will however create another powerful Cardinal square to Pluto the week of December 20th. Mars-Pluto deals with power, power struggles and corruption just as it did August 13th when we learned the Post office was embroiled in a political scandal to slow the mail down. 

Mars will begin to move forward on November 25. As Mars starts inching forward we will begin to recognize how the anger, violence and displays of inaction and volatility have affected us. Mars will remain in its shadow period, where but things won’t return to normal until January 1st, 2021 when it reaches the same point or degree where it turned retrograde. Mars will remain in Aries another week until it enters Taurus on January 7th. Now is the time for serious planning rather than action. The time for action will come as Mars begins its forward movement.

The Presidential election occurred on a retrograde Mars, and Mercury also turned direct that day. The results are obvious as incumbent President Trump refuses to concede and has filed various lawsuits to overturn the election. He will not succeed in this effort as those who wage war or file lawsuits during a retrograde Mars typically lose. Trump has been in a significant Mars cycle during election season as Mars has opposed his Jupiter since late July. At that point (in July) he suggested postponing the election, a comment that was not well received. Mars opposing Jupiter is a transit typical of lawsuits. As Mars opposes his Jupiter for the 3rd and final pass the first week of December this will be another turning point, and he will likely lose a lawsuit or receive disappointing news. Many things may be blown out of proportion at this time, and once again we will watch history being made.




Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Mercury re-enters Scorpio


Mercury enters Scorpio November 10th for the second time this year. Mercury began its tour through Scorpio October 14th-28th before it retrograded back into Libra. Mercury turned retrograde at 11 degrees of Scorpio on October 14th. As it re-enters Scorpio again we will pick up where we left off in October.

Each year Mercury retrogrades in a certain element, this year the element has been Water. The Water signs are Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio and they are known for their sensitivity and sentimentality. With Mercury in this sign you may feel more emotional and express this in your speech and communication with others. This should not present a problem for Water or Earth signs but can be more difficult for those born in Air and Fire signs as it may seem too emotional.

Mercury rules our communication and while in Scorpio we are typically searching, digging for truth and a little more suspicious in nature. This does not however, mean it is negative. Each sign has its purpose and Mercury in this sign will leave no stone unturned if we are looking for an answer. Our thinking and communication will be deep, and Scorpio is known as being relentless; in other words, we don’t give up easily.

Scorpio is ruled by Mars and Pluto. This means communication is more direct and forceful (Mars) as well as probing, inquisitive and prone to reading between the lines (Pluto).

During this time you can use Scorpio’s perceptive and calculating approach to concentrate and focus on what you want to direct your energy toward as Scorpio is very focused. Mercury in Scorpio is frank to the point of being blunt, at times too blunt. During this period we tend to churn ideas around quite a bit before reaching a final conclusion. As Scorpio is a fixed sign, decisions made at this time are often irreversible. Mercury-Scorpio is passionate in speech and communication but we must be careful about lecturing others. Others will be equally passionate, and quite a few secrets will be exchanged at this time. Our judgment will be at its best when it is not personal. If this happens the emotional side of Scorpio may take over and we could lose objectivity.

Mercury-Scorpio can be naturally suspicious and loves to seek out hidden motives and intrigues, sometimes where there are none. Watch this possibility and you should communicate succinctly with others.

November 17, Mercury will oppose Uranus for the third time. This occurred October 7th and 19th before and after Mercury turned retrograde. Mercury-Uranus can be nerve-wracking, anxiety prone, or it can be exciting, provoking a feeling of freedom or a desire to break free of something.  Typically this transit relates to sudden, if not unexpected news. Use caution while driving on this day as it can be accident prone. Expect significant events to play out in the world as this transit completes. Mercury in Scorpio opposing Uranus in Taurus brought about a significant stock market drop on October 1th, as Scorpio-Taurus rules the 2nd-8th house axis concerning money and investment. October 19, we received news there were more than 40 million corona virus cases around the world, and we reached a new high in terms of total numbers and deaths.