July 31 2022
August is like the last few months …but, um… perhaps more stressful! Lots of challenging Uranus aspects, and Saturn and Uranus return to their potent angle by month’s end.
I truly wish I were wrong about all of this disruption, but it appears that my take on Uranus is borne out in the whiplash of daily events personally, politically, economically, and environmentally: Sri Lanka, Uvalde, Kentucky, Ukraine, Joe Manchin. Yeah– Joe Manchin—what??
Yes—as I have been saying, not all of Uranus’ reversals are bad. Who would have thought that Chuck Schumer would have been able to hammer out a yes from Manchin on the climate bill—of course thanks to the sit-ins by congressional aides who pressed Schumer to take action.
Who would have thought that the January 6th Committee would leave us all on the
edge of our seats, waiting for its “second season “ in September, as more Trump acolytes decide to testify against him?
So this month, Mars in Taurus catches up to Uranus til the 5th, and then moves into a square to Saturn. This is disruptive and even explosive. The Aquarian full moon on the 11th has the Leo Sun and Aquarius Moon in a 90-degree angle to Uranus, and that continues for a few days. More chaos, surprises, reversals, upsets. Put on your seatbelts and keep them on. The Leo Sun opposes Saturn a few days later. At least Saturn is in an angle to Jupiter, mitigating some of the heaviness, but—Saturn and Jupiter are all about economics. Uranus in Taurus is also about economies, food, the earth itself.
Once the Sun enters Virgo on the 22nd and we head to the Virgo new moon on the 27th the vibes shift a bit, diluting the effects of all those big planets in fixed signs of Aquarius, Leo, and Taurus. Whew.
But don’t relax too much—Saturn and Uranus return to the angle they were in during much of 2021. This potent angle is about a clash of values, breakdown of systems, and challenges to the status quo. This angle will be in place into November. It is a big deal for our society, since the United States is also in its first Pluto return in which the shadow side of the US is walking around in broad daylight. The ugliness at our collective root from colonialism, genocide, and enslavement is right here in front of us, unavoidable.
Take heart—change is painful and hard and can also be good. Facing the shadow is part of healing. Since their angle last year Saturn and Uranus have been pulling us apart to what feels like a breaking point so that we can see how broken the systems and structures are. It’s scary and awful , yet we need that so we can build new structures. This fall could be a time of accountability and structural breakdown. The summer has been a reckoning.
The Saturn and Uranus action is hitting hard in the natal charts some of the political figures —Mitch McConnell, Clarence Thomas, Ginni Thomas. The Supreme Court decisions have unleashed a backlash that the Republicans have misjudged… Just sayin’.
Expect the unexpected! Change is not only possible, it is the nature of the universe. “God is change,” a main theme of Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.
Your astrologer’s tips for coping with Uranus:
Remember: Uranus’ job is to yank us into the future, dramatically and sometimes violently. Here’s some thoughts on embracing the future and not fighting these times we are in.
Artists are always way ahead of the rest of us. Read, listen to music, see art, make art, dance.
Stay present and be grateful for being alive.
Love up on your loved ones
Pray for the dead – they are trying to help us out here, after all—but as Mother Jones said: fight like hell for the living.
Celebrate nature, protect nature, compost, garden. Do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint including using less plastic.
Look at the night sky—meteor showers this month! Always look at the moon.
August’s Important Dates (EDT)
August 11 9:37pm Full moon @ 19’21 Aquarius Roll with the changes
August 19 -21 Mercury opposes Neptune Pay attention to your dreams
August 22 11:17 pm Sun enters Virgo, squares Mars in Gemini Get stuff done!
August 27 4:18 am New moon @ 4’04 Virgo; Venus lines up with Saturn and Uranus Consider what liberation would look like!
July 3 2022
Expect the Unexpected– For real!
Uranus joins up with the North Lunar Node all month, exaggerating the disruption, global whiplash, and surprise factor. I know, it’s terrifying. Mars and Pluto are in an angle for the first few days of the month, so seatbelts please on the July 4th holiday since some may see it as an opportunity for violence. Saturn and Jupiter are in an angle all month, putting more pressure on economics and supply chain issues.
Expect the unexpected– that’s the mantra, folks
However, surprises can be good. Did we expect the January 6th Committee to be as badass as they are turning out to be? Did we expect the Republicans to perhaps underestimate the public’s rage at the Supreme Court’s gutting of abortion rights? I was so inspired to see such a clear political analysis – and so many young angry queers connecting all the issues at last week’s Queer Liberation March in NYC.
I know it seems like institutions are imploding. Yes, they are in fact, and there will be more of that. Saturn and Uranus — who are returning to their potent square starting in August –bring a massive breakdown in institutions, and we are certainly seeing that with the Supreme Court. We don’t know yet what’s coming from the January 6th Committee, the Justice Department, and the Fulton Co. Georgia suit against Trump. We don’t know what will come of the Committee interviewing Ginni Thomas. All I know is that Clarence Thomas and Ginni Thomas will have the weight of Saturn and Uranus crashing onto their charts starting in August. We don’t know what will come of the deep unrest roiling this country, but we have a lot more Uranian surprises and reversals to weather before we do know…
The Supreme Court is not sacrosanct and can be held accountable – check out this piece by Jamelle Bouie on How to Discipline a Rogue Supreme Court in the New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/25/opinion/supreme-court-constitution.html
Expect the unexpected– and be prepared
The Leo new moon on the 28th brings Mercury in Leo together with Mars, Uranus, and the North Node in Taurus on the earth axis. Be prepared – for what? Anything and everything, but especially bad storms, power outages, hacking, tech crashes. General craziness.
Expect the unexpected .
Trust Uranus, folks. Yes, it’s disruptive and chaotic, and everything is cracking open. As Leonard Cohen wrote: “There is a crack in everything.That’s how the light gets in.”
July’s Important dates
July 13 239 pm Full Moon @ 21’21 Capricorn Plan and set goals
July 18 Mercury and Sun oppose PLuto Secrets will be revealed! Speak truth to Power
July 22 408 pm Sun enters Leo !
July 28 1 56 pm New Moon at 5’39 Leo Get ready for unexpected events. Back up that hard drive!
June 3 2022
Uranus – still on the Earth axis this month, still wreaking havoc
I know, I know – we all feel like we can’t take much more bad news. I have been trying to figure out how to write about another month of Uranus-induced whiplash.
The thing is, dear people, that awful things are always happening and always have, and liberation and innovation are also always happening. The real question is, how do we understand what’s happening and make sense of it, so we can move forward in a healthy and transformative way?
So I decided to look at the last couple of times that Uranus was in Taurus, and particularly when it crossed the 15-degree mark, this critical point on the Earth axis. If we are living through some crap right now, then what was happening then? What are the things that manifest in our world when Uranus is in Taurus—not only the wars and disasters but also the innovations, technologies, and expansions that are part of Uranus’ sphere? (Thank you, Rebecca, for helping me reframe this…)
What I love about astrology, and why I think it can be so helpful, is that it helps us understand the times we are in and the great natural cycles that we are part of. And, of course, that change is a constant.
So take a deep breath…
The last two times Uranus was in Taurus and transited 15 degrees of that sign was in 1938 and 1854. (I have not looked at earlier cycles but I am sure that would illuminate…)
Wow. 1938—we know the awful parts of that year: the German invasion of Austria, the Munich Pact that allowed Hitler to take Czechoslovakia, Kristallnacht and open warfare on Jewish people by Hitler’s government and the Nazis. Not very comforting, I know. But read on.
The Crimean War was a very big event that occurred in 1854 between Russia and an alliance of some European countries over the rights of various religious minorities You may recall Russia’s annexation of Crimea 8 years ago, in the same neck of the woods that is at issue now between Russia and Ukraine—and the rest of Europe.
Hmm. A major war in Europe seems to be something that occurs when Uranus is in Taurus and on the Earth axis. Crimea is a repeating hot spot. Whaddya know.
Then there is the growth of white supremacist ideologies that clash with humanistic frameworks that is happening now, and happened in Nazi Germany in 1938, and in the US in 1854. 1854 was the year “Bleeding Kansas” began, a multi year war
between white supremacists and abolitionists. John Brown was running his raids in Kansas at that time, attacking pro-slavery people. In 1854 Britain legitimized the status of the white supremacist Boers in South Africa by recognizing the Orange Free State.
In all of these events we see the Uranus theme of ideology. It is an air sign after all, so its sphere is thinking and ideas, not just on a personal level, but on a collective level. Its nature is to present a polarity and to create extremes. It happened in 1854, in 1938, and now.
Uranus also seeks to bust through limits, to connect cultures and people, or to disrupt those connections. Technology, travel, and communication are its modes. In all three of these periods there is tremendous expansion, interconnection, innovation. In 1854 there was a burst of new technologies – railroads, steamboats, the telegraph. In 1938 the Queen Elizabeth made the fastest transatlantic voyage. The “War of the Worlds”, a story of alien invasion (so Uranian!) was broadcast on US radio and completely freaked out the public. Nuclear fission was discovered by German scientists. The word “autism” was coined in 1938 by Hans Asperger. Einstein published The Evolution of Physics. Now in our current moment there is exponential growth in sustainable technologies, as well as debates about the ethical and mental health implications of social media.
Uranus in Taurus specifically – what is that about?
It is about the earth itself and its resources, and it’s about taking care of people. In 1854 San Francisco used coal gas for the first time to light lanterns in the city. In 1938 oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Fossil fuels and their role in fueling capitalism and climate change are currently a major issue for the planet.
Food is a Taurean resource, as are other basic human needs. Climate change and the war in Ukraine are adding to a global food crisis. In the 1850s Ireland was just coming out of a famine. The US and Canada were emerging from the Dust Bowl devastation in the 1930s.
The first minimum wage law was passed in the US in 1938. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were developing their communist ideologies during the 1840’s and 1850’s. Dickens wrote Hard Times in 1854. The gap between wealth and poverty and the impact of unchecked racialized capitalism are right in front of us in our current moment. Living wage proposals are back on the table in some places and even succeeding in Austin Texas.
So we can see the context of Uranus in Taurus, and that its transit over the 15 degrees Taurus point is reflective of major world events that have impacts over generations to come. With help from Uranus the opportunity we have is always that of liberation. As systems break down through
the Saturn Uranus clashes of 2022 and 2023, we can recreate them. Our challenge is to make a world that is based in humanistic values, that sets up different food systems, that finds alternatives to capitalism, that expands definitions of freedom, community, safety, and identity. It is through new technologies, new forms of communication, solidarity, and interconnection that Uranus will push us.
That’s all I have today, my people. It’s gonna be another helluva month. Take care of yourselves. Onward.
June’s important dates
June 3 401 am Mercury turns direct at 26’5 Taurus Yay!
June 14 752 am Full moon at 23’25 Sagittarius Be clear about what’s true
June 21 515 am Summer solstice, Sun enters Cancer Expect the unexpected
June 28 1053pm New moon at 7’23 Cancer Plan the revolution!
May 5 2022
Uranus on the Earth Axis, Mercury retrograde, and a dramatic Full moon and Eclipse on May 15: Oy
I apologize for my late post –I spent the May 1st weekend celebrating the new moon and solar eclipse, the celtic holiday Beltane, the great goddess in all her forms, by helping to build a garden to honor the ancestors.
Good thing – it gave me the strength I needed to cope with the news from the Supreme Court on Monday. Ugh.
Yes, Uranus in Taurus parks itself on the Earth Axis all month long, bringing more chaos and uncertainty our way. It is a season of tumult, of not knowing what’s going to happen – about anything whatsoever. That is the thing with Uranus that we have to remember– it is the very essence of change. As awful as things are, the possibility of liberation and positive change is also always present. So no hand-wringing! Go see the movie Everything Everywhere All at Once for a lesson in String Theory (and to see the wonderful Michelle Yeoh!).
Starting yesterday on the 4th the Taurus Sun started moving towards Uranus, so buckle up – it could be a rough weekend. Then Mercury retrograde starts on May 10th in Gemini, one of the signs it rules. Expect Gemini -like processes of travel and time and technology to be utterly weird, and also expect revelations.
May 15 brings a powerful Scorpio full moon (always a fun one!) and a total lunar eclipse around midnight. Go outside and watch it. This full moon makes an exact square to Saturn and Saturn spends the month conjunct the Moon of the United States. People will be in a grim humor, and I imagine it’s from things occurring around the full moon, perhaps an escalation of the war in Ukraine, climate disasters, more violence in any realm.
Jupiter enters Aries on the 10th, followed by Mars on the 24th. That’s some fiery and potentially bombastic energy. We definitely don’t need more bombast but the good thing about Jupiter in Aries, however, is that it will inspire us to feel less overwhelmed and more inclined to take action.
And So We Rise.
May’s Important Dates (times EDT)
May 6 Exact Sun -Uranus conjunction Hold on!
May 10 749 am Mercury turns retrograde @ 4’50 Gemini
Back up your hard drive
May 16 12:15 am Full Moon @ 2518’ Scorpio and Total Lunar Eclipse
Get outside and watch it and pray for peace
May 20 1124 pm Sun enters Gemini and meets Mercury retrograde
Watch for miscommunication!
May 30 731 am New moon @ 9’03 Gemini Go inward and enjoy the dreamtime
April 4 2022
April is a hot mess, but you knew that! More contradictory influences—the beautiful Jupiter Neptune conjunction and the aggravating Saturn-Lunar Node square. Sigh.
First – I apologize for the lateness of my post. There is a Mars-Saturn conjunction happening after all this week, and like the rest of you I am having trouble getting stuff done.
Let me cut to the chase: the world is getting walloped, and the uncertainty and craziness continue this month. Uranus in Taurus is moving closer and closer to the key 15-degree Taurus point of the Earth axis, bringing reversals and changes and a world of hurt to our wee blue planet. Whether it’s the going – from -bad -to-awful situation in the Ukraine, the ongoing climate catastrophe, the racist attacks by Republican senators on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, and any other number of disruptions, we are deep in the mess that we humans have made.
What is to be done? All I can do is give you some tips for getting through this.
Your Astrologer’s 5 Tips for getting through April:
Expect uncertainty. Uranus will be moving across the Earth axis for the next few months, and won’t be done with us entirely until March 2023. This war in the Ukraine could go on for many months. Uranus brings change and reversal, chaos, the unexpected. Although we are rightfully upset about the bad things happening, the unexpected isn’t always bad. Stay open and notice the positive developments that are occurring. Despair is not an option. Grassroots organizing is always happening around the world, and people always stand up for truth, justice and self-determination. Look– Amazon workers in NYC just voted for a union! Celebrate it! Many communities around the US are finding creative ways to repair the historic harm done to Black people. Celebrate that!
Expect many more global changes in economic systems, food scarcity, resources, labor, and supply chains. Uranus is in Taurus, after all.
Saturn’s square to the Lunar Nodes provides an opportunity for changes in collective relationships. We will see more refugee crises under this aspect, sad to say. Leaders and governments can fall. Just sayin. On a personal level, be aware that people are stressed and hurting. Avoid arguments and avoid either/or thinking. Look for nuance and the “both/and.” Find common ground. Don’t throw relationships away, even if you disagree.
Jupiter meets up with Neptune in Pisces all month. This is a beautiful conjunction that gives us a sense of belonging to each other. We are one. This is the aspect of “Substance of We Feeling,” to quote Doris Lessing. It’s also a really fun and expansive combination – so have fun, enjoy the Spring, enjoy your friends and loved ones. Love your silly pets. Love nature. Be grateful for the earth. Make art. Take nothing for granted.
Jupiter and Neptune will move a lot of water around the globe, especially on the April 16 full moon and April 30 new moon. Expect flooding and severe storms. Be prepared for climate events!
April’s Important Dates:
April 1 2:26 am New moon @ 11’31 Aries
April 2-9 Mars conjunct Saturn in Aquarius Expect some obstacles
April 16 256 pm Full Moon @ 26’46 Libra, with Pluto Avoid power struggles
April 22 Earth Day!
April 28-30 Venus in Pisces conjunct Jupiter and Neptune Have a lovefest!
April 30 429 pm New moon/ partial eclipse @ 10’28 Taurus Generate growth!
February 28 2022
The Ukraine is under attack, thanks to Saturn and Uranus, whose midpoint is on the Earth axis. Our hearts go out to the people of the Ukraine.
Okay, peeps, it’s time to talk about the Earth Axis, and why it’s important. In the Uranian system of astrology, the earth axis is the plane created by the points of the solstices and equinoxes—when the Sun crosses 0 degrees Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, as well as the in-between points of 15 degrees Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. In fact, we keep on dividing that plane by 2, 4, 6, 8 and on and on to get even more obscure points. But the key ones are the 0 degree points of the Cardinal signs, the 15 degree marks of the fixed signs, and then 22.5 degrees of the Cardinal signs. Are you with me?
I know, you’re saying, who cares? You’re saying, I’m making your heads spin, and who cares about all this math. I care, and you should too. This Earth axis has to do with the world itself and world events, which are triggered when planets move across this axis. The hallmark of 2022 is that Saturn and Uranus both cross the Earth axis – Saturn just passed 15 degrees Aquarius and Uranus is just few degrees shy of 15 degrees Taurus and will spend a lot of time there this year. Both of these planets are ….well, um…stressful. Dramatic.
Right now, the midpoint of Saturn and Uranus falls exactly on the Earth axis, and oh wow, look at what’s happening. Russia has invaded the Ukraine, in an insanely despotic action by Vladimir Putin. This of course has huge implications for the Ukrainian people and the nation’s self-determination, and for Europe and Russia. It also is impactful for the US, for the global economy, for supply chains, for oil and gas markets, etc. Astrologers have predicted that Uranus in Taurus would bring major changes in economic systems—these changes will be even more dramatic as Uranus gets closer to the Earth axis this spring. I have been predicting that Uranus crossing the Earth axis will also bring more devastating Earth events—climate and environment-related. Sorry to be a Bad News Bear but we can all feel the disruptive and unexpected energy of Uranus. I saw all kinds of things coming with Uranus on the Earth Axis, but I didn’t really see a war in Europe….
Russia and the Ukraine
However….your astrologer did write in these pages that the ancient Mayans believed Venus retrograde was a time to prepare for war, and I thought that in January Putin was doing exactly that, especially since he annexed Crimea the last time Venus retrograded in Capricorn 8 years ago. Sigh.
Ukraine is in its first Saturn return, which in this case could bring a complete restructuring of itself. Sigh again. Ukraine is trying hard not to get trampled, and they have Mars and Venus on their side, supporting their resistance. Who would have expected citizens with Molotov cocktails to be holding their own against a superpower’s army?! You see- the unexpected isn’t always bad.
Saturn in the 1st house of its chart signifies that the core issue for the Ukraine is identity, autonomy and self-realization. Saturn approaches Ukraine’s Moon in Aquarius and makes an angle to its Midheaven and Pluto over the coming weeks, which is kinda grim. The Ukraine’s and Putin’s charts have a lot of intersections – no surprise there. Their fates are wrapped up together. Putin himself is having some bellicose transits—Uranus is aspecting his Mars and Saturn is about the enter his 4th house—a transit that often has to do with acquiring land. The 4th house also has to do with security and insecurity, borders, and self-protection. It is very possible that over the next couple of years Putin really will attempt to reclaim the former Soviet states and pull them into Russia.
The Moon of the Ukraine falls very close to the Aquarian Moon of the US, so the mood of the US public will be more and more aligned with the will of the Ukrainian people in the next few weeks as Saturn moves towards both Moons. There could be a popular demand for the US to intervene more directly.
We are under a positive influence of a long Mars and Venus conjunction. During the first week of March, they move across Pluto. Mars and Venus are about shared effort. But the Pluto effect can be violent and destructive, even without actual use of nuclear weapons. The threat is scary enough. The March 2 new moon will exaggerate everything, especially with the Pisces Sun catching up with Jupiter in Pisces – normally a sweet transit but in this case, just more amplification of bellicose energy. Pluto also means undercover and secret, and we know already that negotiations are going on covertly, and it is also possible that Putin’s inner circle could turn against him, and there could be a nice little Plutonic coup…
Putin does seem kinda crazy right now. Hmm, interestingly, he has the same Mercury-Neptune combination in his chart that Donald Trump has, giving them both a rather strange relationship to information, media, truth, and delusion.
During March and April, Saturn pulls away from the Earth axis as Uranus nears it. It is just going to get more intense, I’m afraid. Uranus crosses the Earth axis at 15 Taurus in mid-May, along with Jupiter. More on that in the coming months, and like I’ve been saying, in the meantime get those emergency kits together.
There are some bright spots – as I said, the Venus-Mars conjunction which lasts all the way til the 22nd, and a Sun -Jupiter conjunction as well that takes us til about the 10th. Enjoy these combinations if you can tear yourself away from the news.
Stay strong. And remember to expect the unexpected.
March’s Important Dates (times in EST or EDT)
March 2 1236 pm New Moon @ 12’07 Pisces Pray for peace
March 13 2 am Daylight Savings Time begins harrumph
March 18 319 am Full moon @ 27’40 Virgo Make some art!
March 20 1135 am Spring Equinox! Sun enters Aries!! Woohoo!
January 31 2022
The February 1st New Moon in Aquarius ushers in major action on the earth axis. But the second half of the month is delightful!
Well, I guess Mercury retrograde can bring surprising and good things—I have written my column early this month. Wow.
The start of this month is definitely stressful, with the Aquarius New moon on the 1st pulling in a strong influence of Uranus. Saturn is crossing the earth axis, a major trigger of world events, and the Sun in Aquarius joins Saturn on the 3rd. So it’s high drama on the world stage this week, and the backdrop is the threat of a Russian invasion of the Ukraine. Personally– I do love Venus retrograde, except for the preparing for war part of it. Venus just turned direct on January 29th, and so the next few days are volatile. The last time Venus retrograded in Capricorn in 2014, Putin annexed Crimea. With Venus retrograde, we have to look back 8 years to the last time it retrograded in the current sign (Capricorn) to see what the unfinished business is. It’s the Ukraine.
Interestingly, Russia is having its Saturn return right now. Yup, it has Saturn in Aquarius in the 6th house of the chart cast for December 25, 1991 at the creation of the Russian Federation, and Saturn in the sky is in Aquarius, passing through Russia’s sixth house. The challenge of the 6th house is finding a healthful balance, avoiding perfectionism and control, and not overdoing. In the Saturn Return we create structures that we think are going to give us stability and solidify our life purpose, and we make lots of mistakes along the way. Hmm. Russia is trying to reinvent the allegiances of the former Soviet Union in some ways , which could be one of those Saturn Return errors. The Capricorn Sun of Russia’s chart will have some rough aspects this week, so we will see what unfolds. I would not be surprised if there is an invasion, followed by Saturnian sanctions, and then many global repercussions.
And a word about that pesky Saturn in Aquarius… Keep in mind that Aquarius can engage in contradictions like nobody’s business, and that all of the air signs tend towards mental gymnastics. In astrology the air element has to do with mental process. This is usually a wonderful quality, but there is a shadow side to every astrological sign, element, and planet. The shadow side of Air is overintellectualizing, and distancing from heart. That can lead to a dangerous disconnect and an ability to convince oneself of any reality whatsoever. (Donald Trump is a Gemini, an air sign.) Even Libra, which we think of as the gentlest sign, can have rose-colored glasses to such a degree that it idealizes people and relationships. (Please allow me to give the other elements their due: the shadow side of Fire is self-focus, and that of Water is personalizing every emotional exchange, and that of Earth is being overly concrete…)
Contradiction is an Aquarian specialty. Uranus, the ruling planet of Aquarius, really captures the essence of this. Uranus was discovered when all those revolutionary Europeans and Americans were enshrining the ‘rights of man’ into political structures while at the same time enslaving African people and legally removing them from the human family. That is some kinda powerful split in consciousness, to be able to pull that one off. Saturn in Aquarius right now is surfacing similar splits and contradictions that are giving rise to dangerous ideologies. In the US some of the same people crying “keep your hands off my body” regarding vaccines are the same people who organize against abortion rights, because apparently hands on women’s bodies is all right. Some people are seeking to ban books in the name of freedom. Huh? Russia’s Saturn in Aquarius gives it the ability to manipulate other contradictions, casting Russia as a victim of Europe while at the same time Putin seems content to be viewed as an icon of white supremacy by white supremacists around the world.
The challenge and opportunity with Saturn in Aquarius is to see the contradictions and transcend them, rather than to polarize.
And before all my Gemini, Libran, and Aquarian friends get mad at me, let me point out that the Air element has to do with making connections and infusing vision into relationships and society. We can’t live without the vision of Air!
Mercury retrograde turns direct on the 4th. Remember that the day it turns around can be … interesting! What’s more, Mercury is in late Capricorn and it spends the first two weeks of the month sitting with Pluto. This is a great combination for deep investigations and research—in other words, for digging up dirt. I am looking forward to seeing what comes of the House Committee’s investigation of the January 6th insurrection. You go, Rep. Bennie Thompson! There could also be revelations in the various investigations of Trump’s interference in the election and in his financial dealings.
The Saturn and Uranus action is also indicative of tremendous changes in the earth itself – not only climate disaster but also natural disasters like the recent explosion of the undersea volcano in Tonga. There has been a great deal of volcanic and earthquake activity lately and that will continue.
Otherwise, February gets easier – for real. There is a beautiful Venus Mars conjunction in Capricorn starting on the 8th and going all this month and next month too. That’s a delightful combination for shared effort, shared goals, collaboration. Wow, maybe there will finally be some comity in the political sphere.
Happy Lunar New Year, Year of the Tiger, and Happy Feile Bride—the Celtic celebration of poetry, creative fire, and healing.
February’s Important Dates
February 1 12:47 am New moon @12’20 Aquarius
Seat belts on!
February 3 11:14 pm Mercury turns direct @24’22 Capricorn
Expect plans to go sideways!
February 16 11:58 am Full moon @ 27’00 Leo
Everyone wants their day in the Sun
February 18 11:44 am Sun enters Pisces
January 1 2022
Happy New Year– Stay nimble, expect change in 2022!
What else is new? You ask.
Well, even this hopelessly optimistic Sagittarian must sound a sober tone about 2022. It is an intense year, at the very least, with more Saturn-Uranus upsets and impactful retrogrades. The climate disasters are not going away—obviously, based on what we’ve seen as recently as yesterday–nor are the political tensions. Things come and go in cycles – it goes without saying that we are in a cycle of disruption, not in a cycle of stability.
So let’s not expect stability from systems and structures. Systems and structures have not worked for lots of people for a very long time. And let’s not lose hope.
With the passing of the great Desmond Tutu this week, I have been reflecting a lot on South Africa, and its struggle for liberation. I recall that when I had the good Jupiterian fortune to travel there in the late 90’s, I was struck by the hopefulness of the people in the face of such seemingly insurmountable obstacles. It made me realize that cynicism and hopelessness are often a function of privilege. Did Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Ella Baker, John Lewis, and Anne Braden ever lose hope and get cynical? I don’t think so.
Here is what’s coming, in broad strokes.
As we know, Venus is retrograde now and will be so until January 29th. This transit can bring political instability and breakdowns or breakthroughs in negotiations and diplomacy. (Umm, Joe Manchin’s self-serving actions would be the breakdown part…Preventing Russia from invading the Ukraine might be the breakthrough…). The Ukraine will likely be the focus of this Venus retrograde, since it also was in 2013, the last time Venus retrograded in Capricorn…And we have to keep in mind that the ancient Mayans—who knew more about Venus’ patterns than anyone else—saw Venus retrograde as a time to prepare for war.
On the personal front Venus retrograde is not as dramatic — thank all the gods and goddesses! It is a time of growing awareness about where our lives are in sync with our values and where they are not.
On the Cancer Full moon on January 17th, Venus retrograde makes an important angle to the US’ Sun and Saturn, perhaps bringing some closure to the Democrats’ push to get voting rights, social supports, and climate change legislation passed…. Or perhaps Attorney General Garland will pursue sedition charges against Trump and his band of weasels. Anything is possible!
Venus retrograde, which has been sitting with Pluto in Capricorn for all of December, has been predictably bringing attention to resources and the environmental implications of mining cobalt, nickel, lithium, and other metals needed for electric cars….Venus retrograde’s task is to tweak us so that we align our values with reality. Because this is occurring in Capricorn, reality is …um… very real.
So real, in fact, that not only did voters in Chile elect a young progressive president, but they are writing a new constitution to highlight protection from environmental degradation and climate impact. They are considering providing nature itself protected rights under the new constitution! Go Venus retrograde!
Mercury turns retrograde on January 14th until late on February 3rd. It begins its retrograde in Aquarius and moves back into Capricorn. You know the drill: no big decisions and let your intuition be your guide.
A word about retrogrades of the personal planets – Mercury, Venus, and Mars: these retrogrades are not bad, they simply reveal a different side of the planet’s action. We cannot fight the direction of the energy during a retrograde but need to go with it!
Saturn pulls away from Uranus in January, and by January’s end crosses the earth axis at 15 degrees Aquarius while the Sun squares Uranus, bringing a global hiccup of some sort, and unexpected dramatic events, perhaps economic, environmental, or virus-related– but it’s fast, just a couple of weeks.
Pluto in late Capricorn reaches the exact degree of its location in the chart of the US this month and stays there most of this year, turning the heat up in the years-long Pluto return of the US, and returning the national focus to the legacy of racism and the desire of some to preserve the US as a nation by and for white people.
Jupiter enters Pisces on December 30, sneaks into Aries for a few months in May, and returns to Pisces in late October til late December. Jupiter is comfortable in Pisces and emphasizes healing and connection. Yay! This transit also brings a fondness for personal excess – so enjoy!
Things get interesting in May. Mercury retrogrades again May 10 at 4 degrees Gemini. It retrogrades back into late Taurus until it turns around on June 3rd. Uranus in Taurus spends the month crossing the earth axis at 15 degrees Taurus. Expect the unexpected, and expect tumultuous world events, probably climate or environmental. The May 16 Scorpio full moon and total lunar eclipse falls in a direct angle to Saturn, the Lunar Nodes, and to the Moon of the US’ chart, so the US public will be rattled and sobered by some series of events…. Jupiter sneaks into Aries for a few months, emphasizing the primacy of the individual. Uh oh.
By August, our friends Saturn and Uranus come back into their 90-degree angle, where they remain through mid-November. This is about a clash of ideologies, a conflict between old and new, a conflict between individual rights and a concern for the collective good, a breakdown of systems, and a potential liberation. We have been living with this for months, and it will be back for the fall. What can I say? Put on your seatbelts.
Mercury retrogrades on September 10th at 8 degrees Libra, and turns direct at 24 degrees Virgo on October 2nd. Libra tends to want to emphasize the good, and so the Mercury retrograde may surface difficulties and blocks in communication with friends and loved ones. Its pass through Virgo may surface self-criticism. Beware of that demon!
October and November – oy vey!! In addition to the stress of the Saturn-Uranus square, there are some other stressful dynamics, and just in time for the US midterm elections. Mars in Gemini spends October and November in a 90 degree angle to Neptune, facilitating big vision and perhaps the sowing of a lot of confusion. Mars retrograde isn’t bad but it sure is interesting! It turns retrograde on October 30th for 11 weeks, staying retrograde into January 2023. Mars retrograde in Gemini squared Neptune? Umm, that’s a lot of misinformation, I am afraid, or perhaps another Covid variant, or both, since in this aspect Mars just amplifies Neptune.
Mars retrograde can be an energy of things not going as planned, and there is great potential for them to move sideways. Remember that Mars is the energy of action, plans, goals. When it’s retrograde, things don’t necessarily follow the trajectory we expect. There can be an opportunity for important process and re-evaluation of what we are doing and how we are doing it, as well as power struggles and challenges to authority. (Remember that Mars was retrograde on election day 2020…)
The midterm elections will be a mess, with wild accusations of fraud and interference—but you probably didn’t need me to predict that since it is entirely obvious. On election day itself there is a major full moon and eclipse in Taurus that lines up with angles to many planets: Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. The elections will be impactful, stressful, unpredictable, dramatic. That’s all I can say, at this point, 11 months in advance…
Mercury turns retrograde on December 29 in Capricorn… but hell, piece of cake, right?!
How to deal with the upcoming year
Read Octavia Butler, Doris Lessing, NK Jemisin. Get comfortable with holding uncertainty and vision at the same time.
Get outside, be in nature, have a garden. Read Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass and get in right relationship to everything on earth, and cease doing harm to our planet.
Do whatever we can to support and be involved in grassroots social and racial justice.
Do whatever we can to stay gracious, calm, and forgiving.
Honor our ancestors.
Prepare an emergency kit—for real—because if nothing else there is the climate.
Welcome change and uncertainty. There is a lot of growth and liberation possible at a time like this!
January’s important dates (times EST)
January 2 135 pm New Moon @ 12’20 Capricorn Plan plan plan!
January 8 Sun conjunct Venus retrograde Reflect on your core values
January 14 645 am Mercury turns retrograde @ 10’18 Aquarius, squared Uranus
Back up that hard drive!
January 17 650 pm Full moon at 27’51 Cancer, opposing Pluto High drama and power struggles!
January 19 940 pm Sun enters Aquarius
January 23 Sun conjunct Mercury retrograde Expect revelations!
January 29 347 am Venus goes direct @ 11’06 Capricorn Now you can make commitments!
December 2 2021
December is wild! The Saturn Uranus square is back and with us all month. Venus parks itself next to Pluto and retrogrades December 19.
Well, it’s Sagittarius’ month, so I love it—the short and magical days, the oblique light. Just to lighten things up here since I have plenty of serious stuff to discuss this month, here is my list of some stellar Sagittarians, which includes quite a lineup of artists and personalities that are larger than life…This will help you all understand the nature of Sagittarian-ness. I have to name a few:
Tina Turner…….Janelle Monae…….Cassandra Wilson…
Miley Cyrus (I am slightly embarrassed to admit I share a birthday with this crazy girl who seems to need to take her clothes off all the time…)
Taylor Swift….Jay-Z……Dame Judi Dench…..Brad Pitt…..Lucy Liu… Pope Francis
And … Stacy Abrams!
(There is, of course, quite a list of dictators, power-mongers, and fools who also are Sag’s –Andrew Cuomo, for one. There is a shadow side to every sign, after all! What can I say?)
Back to December– it is likely to be a challenging and very interesting month on the planetary level. There are two major influences that create the backdrop for the entire month. One of them is the return of the Saturn-Uranus square which was in effect from February through August. It’s back, and in fact, will be exact on December 24th. Saturn overtakes Uranus in January but the angle comes back into play later in 2022, so we aren’t done with it yet. The second influence is Venus in Capricorn sitting with Pluto all month, and turning retrograde December 19th for 40 days.
First, Saturn and Uranus. As I have written in these pages before, this powerful angle has been manifesting in our world as intense polarization, conflict, chaos, breakdown of systems, and rebuilding. The old ways are clashing with the new—are we going to go backwards or forwards, as a nation and as a planet? Will we hold onto systems and ideologies that are completely oppressive or create societies based on progressive and humanistic values?
I know that things feel hopelessly uncertain- and that sense will be exaggerated this month– but in order to deal with this influence it is important to see the clashing and polarization as part of the process of change. There is positive change that can emerge from a time like this. Last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine contained articles about creative shifts in infrastructure development that have resulted from manufacturing systems breaking down in the pandemic, and new attempts to coordinate public health infrastructure to address pandemics. This latter point is in response to the fatal disjointedness of systems that we have witnessed in the last two years, a disjointedness that is the result of years of disinvestment in public health.
This month, Biden and the Democrats just might get their bill through Congress, the bill that attempts to restore some pieces of a safety net and move towards some economic justice. This is more of the infrastructure focus that the Saturn-Uranus square is all about. It is just December 2nd, and many world governments are scrambling over structural responses to the spread of the Omicron variant, such as closing borders etc. Will we learn from past experience or go into panic mode? The Saturn Uranus angle falls quite close to the Earth axis, but not as close as it was in July and August. Still, I am expecting more dramatic global events, especially around the December 18th Full moon in Gemini, with a particular focus on the earth itself and climate.
So– stay nimble, expect the unexpected. We have to just live with unsettledness and be okay with a certain amount of instability. Turn to what eases our frayed nervous systems. For me it’s music, art, yoga, exercise, cooking, and talking to my ancestors. I also like looking at the night sky—and this is a month to get out in the evening and watch for Venus, Jupiter and Saturn! Check out Earth/Sky for their great tips for planet watching.
Touching on climate and the environment leads me to the Venus situation. Venus will be in Capricorn, sitting with Pluto all month, as it slows down to turn retrograde on the 19th. The Venus-Pluto dynamic is one of intense desire and commitment. It brings transformative intimacy. On an individual, personal level this conjunction will definitely turn up the heat in relationships—are we in this or not? It will bring intense negotiations about needs and who is giving and getting. What does satisfaction look like?
Check out Aretha Franklin addressing the issue of satisfaction: https://youtu.be/Eto2urJTKno
Venus and Pluto in Capricorn are also about resources and money. There is a side of Venus which has to do with money, and of course, Capricorn as an earth sign has to do with our material reality. The heat will also be turned up high for people out of concern about the economy. When Venus turns retrograde on the 19th, things get very interesting. Remember that the old astrology books used to caution “buyer beware” during Venus retrograde : don’t spend a lot of money on something because you may not know it’s true value.
I look at Venus retrograde more broadly. In other words – don’t put a lot of energy into something you’re not sure about. It is a time of reflection and growing awareness about values and value. Is our investment of time, energy, and resources worth it? What do we really want to be doing? Are we getting what we need and want? Because Pluto is involved this process comes with intensity and even drama. So even though I see Venus retrograde as a pivotal transit, it is usually not annoying in a daily way in the fashion of Mercury retro or Mars retrograde. With Pluto involved, however, anything is possible.
As for the world at large, this transit will also be about values and value. Remember that the US is in its first Pluto “return”—when Pluto returns to where it is in the astrological chart of the US (in late Capricorn and in the second house, Taurus’ house, and Taurus is ruled by Venus.) So chefs, the universe is serving up a double dose of Venus and Pluto to the United States. Core values are at the heart of it, and a deep reckoning with our past. Just like for individuals, this transit will raise economic and resource issues. I also have a feeling that Pluto in Capricorn has to do with resources like oil and gas, so during Venus retrograde we may really have to wrestle with our societal love of cars and trucks, and of our collective willingness to destroy Black, Brown, and Indigenous people and communities and the entire natural environment for the sake of oil.
Venus and Pluto seem to me to be about reckoning on many levels. I expect some reckoning about the January 6th seditious insurrection. I expect some dramatic confrontation about the gap between wealth and poverty, about racism, as well as more climate catastrophes, maybe more volcanic activity. Remember that historically, Venus retrograde was viewed as a politically volatile time, a time when leaders can fall, and when there can be breakthroughs or breakdowns in diplomacy. Perhaps the Republican Party will tear itself apart. Perhaps there will be more overt military actions in the Ukraine. Perhaps the US and China will do something stupid.
Not to be irritatingly optimistic, but there continues to be opportunity for change, for alignment of values, for a more humanistic way of being. And a sense of interconnectedness. Jupiter enters Pisces on December 29th, and I hope it signals that kind of sea change.
December’s Important dates
December 4 243 am New moon and solar eclipse @ 12’22 Sagittarius — have an idea party!
December 18 1137 pm Full moon @ 27’29 Gemini … try to avoid debates
December 19 537 am Venus turns retrograde @26’29 Capricorn. Reevaluate your life!
December 21 1100 am Winter solstice! Sun enters Capricorn…welcome the return of the light!
December 24 Exact square of Saturn and Uranus, and exact conjunction of Venus retrograde and Pluto — put on your seatbelt
December 28 1111 pm Jupiter enters Pisces — Ring in the New Year with lots of love and compassion
November 1 2021
Uranus is running the show this month… Get ready! Taurus full moon and partial eclipse on the 19th…And Saturn and Uranus return to their powerful angle by month’s end
What a month! Uranus is in charge! So many planets in fixed signs, all squaring off and opposing each other, and Uranus or Saturn are at the center of all the angles… So yes, we are looking at more changes, and a lot of jolts, and course reversals. It’s not all bad though—we just have to expect to get thrown around a bit and be in a constant state of whiplash.
Remember that Uranus is a transpersonal planet that embodies the following concepts:
change, chaos, the unexpected, surprises, revolution, seemingly accidental twists of fate, polarities, the future, brilliant perceptual leaps of insight, the art of astrology (it’s true!), science and technology, ideology
Wrap your tired brains around all that! Uranus is in the sign Taurus, so it is expressing itself in very earthy manifestations, including the earth itself as well as human-made structures like work and labor systems, financial systems and the economy, infrastructure, agriculture, and use of earthy resources.
We can see that this is a very tumultuous time in all those systems, and it is a tough time for Mother Earth. We will continue to see breakdowns in systems, as well as more earth events, especially volcanoes and earthquakes. I am also expecting a lot of electrical system impacts from these events, given Uranus’ involvement, as well as fires and explosions. Just trying to be real, folks….with Uranus, we really have to expect the unexpected. (https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/emergency-preparedness/)
This month we can expect to see many more upsets in these areas of our lives, yet at the same time, I see some positive resolution occurring in areas that have been stuck. For one thing, many of the planets that have been retrograde have been moving forward, releasing some stuck energy. I sure hope Nancy Pelosi calls for the vote on the big bills this week – the Sun Saturn square should help close the deal, probably by the November 4th new moon. (Will someone please tell her she needs an astrologer?!)
The upcoming full moon in Taurus on the 19th is a shitkicker. It is also a partial eclipse (get out there and view it!), amplifying its effect. The full moon carries the influence of Mars and Uranus, and a bit of Venus too, and it falls exactly on the Scorpio Sun of Joe Biden. This full moon will have a significant impact on him and should bring to a head the struggles and hopefully a successful passage of the bills he is trying to get through Congress. (Will someone please tell him he needs an astrologer? )
Meanwhile by the time the Sun enters Sagittarius late on the 21st, the mutable, excessive, and irrepressible optimism of Sagittarius will arrive not a moment too soon, a welcome change from all the fixed-ness in the sky. Just keep in mind that at the end of November, the Saturn-Uranus square is back. This angle dominated the sky from February til August, and created a context for many positive things, including allowing us to dream again for a sustainable future. It is an energy of radical reorientation, of breaking down and rebuilding. This transit goes into January, and then we get the Saturn-Uranus square off and on again throughout 2022.
We have to learn to live with uncertainty, with hope, and with vision. As Ronald Chisom, the cofounder of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, always told me when I was going through the biggest political struggle of my life: “stay strong.”
It always helped me to hear that. So I’m saying to all of us: Stay strong
November’s Important Dates (in EDT or EST)
November 1st and 2nd The veil between worlds is very thin Celebrate and talk with those ancestors!
November 4 5:16 pm New moon @ 12’40 Scorpio Envision change!
November 7 2 am Daylight savings time ends
November 9-11 Mercury and Mars square Saturn Crankiness abounds!
November 15-18 Sun squares Jupiter, Mars opposes Uranus. Make changes!
November 19 3:59 am Full moon and partial eclipse @ 27’14 Taurus
Live in contradictions: Take a risk and stay safe
November 21 9:35 pm Sun enters Sagittarius Whew!!!
November 26-30 Saturn-Uranus square returns Retire the old; ring in the new
October 1 2021
Mercury is retrograde til the 18th…. The Sun and Mars pair up in Libra for most of the month… Uranus on the earth axis, still kicking the crap out of our wee blue planet… Saturn and Neptune make an angle of stuckness
October is an interesting month, with a lot of Libra energy: the Sun, Mars, Mercury retrograde, Libra new moon on the 6th. While I have your attention, let’s get clear about Libra. People always think Libra is about balance. It is, but not in the way we might think, and by that I mean that Librans are not necessarily even-keeled!
Libra starts at the Fall Equinox, when day and night are equal. The balance that Libra has concerns a balance between day and night, light and dark, conscious and unconscious. You gotta have both to have perspective.
Libra is an air sign, and the air signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius speak to the human condition of belonging, or, who are my peeps? In Gemini, the relationships are with siblings and peers, in Libra, the relationship is with the “Other,” and in Aquarius, it is with the collective, with society itself. The air signs want to know how they fit in, where they fit in, and because they are air, the main mode is thinking, considering, evaluating.
Libra is ruled by Venus—which also rules Taurus– and in the Libran context, Venus is about the ideal. So Libra looks for the ideal relationship, partnership, constantly evaluating who they are in relation to whatever the” Other” is — an ideal situation, action, person, thing, place. That’s what makes Librans so thoughtful. But they can idealize too much, by not looking at the “night” and only staying in the daylight. Libra’s opposite is Aries, an instinctual fire sign that has to do with the Self –as you can see, the mirror opposite of Libra’s concern about the ”Other.”
So here we are, on October 1st, with the Libra Sun moving in tandem with Mars for nearly three weeks this month, Mercury retrograde in Libra, etc. The Sun and Mars moving together makes us all want to be productive, to do do do, feeling like we should be busy. Mercury retro is messing with that a bit. This is a set up for feeling disappointed in ourselves! We need to all go with the flow, and if stuff doesn’t get done, it’s okay. When Mercury retrograde crosses paths with the Sun and Mars on the 9th for a few days, we have to be very careful to not judge ourselves and others for what we are doing or not doing. We all need to watch out for the mean creature of perfectionism this month.
Speaking of that lineup—when Mercury retro crosses paths with the Sun and Mars—I expect some big revelations or surprises on the political front. Jeez, maybe Joe Manchin will stop being an idiot. (Hope springs eternal for this Sagittarian…) We are already seeing the revelations roll in under this Mercury retrograde.
As for the overall atmosphere of craziness…. Uranus is still on the earth axis, moving very slowly retrograde. Volcanoes, earthquakes, deadly hurricanes, fires, droughts: yup. Surprising and shocking political events on a daily basis: yup. Saturn is retrograding away from Uranus but turns direct on October 10th, to head very slowly back towards Uranus. It’s like a rubber band being pulled, and the release probably won’t happen til December, when the two planets get near each other again. What this bodes for any kind of action in the US Congress is beyond my powers of comprehension at the moment.
But here is the thing—Saturn is in a tight angle to Neptune, so people feel overwhelmed and stuck, not knowing what’s what or how to move forward. My metaphor for Saturn and Neptune is that it is like being in a river in a canoe, raft or kayak, and being stuck behind an eddy. We feel trapped behind the eddy fence and don’t know how to get back into the current. We have to paddle like hell to get out. That means engaging with Neptune spiritually and
creatively by using strength and discipline to transcend the barriers, to get through those eddy fences.
And it goes with saying that we are in a time of incredibly intense polarization. We have many planets in fixed signs: Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius, and Uranus in Taurus. Those signs have a great capacity to dig their heels in, and by its very nature, Aquarius and its ruling planet have to do with polarities. We will get through this, and Neptune in its home sign of Pisces has a lot to teach us about connection and oneness.
We get a whoppingly powerful transit of the Sun, Mars and Pluto this month, starting about on the 18th, carrying us through the Aries full moon on the 20th and beyond. Oh boy. I expect some global upsets, perhaps military ones… But keep in mind that the power of Mars and Pluto are the dream of every community organizer: Moving a group of people around a shared purpose.
There’s always a positive side to these planets!
October’s Important dates (Eastern time)
October 6 7:07 am New Moon at 13’25 Libra Plan, plan, plan
October 10 Sun, Mars, Mercury retrograde conjunction Avoid arguments!
October 18 Mercury and Jupiter turn direct! Yay!
October 20 10:58 am Full Moon at 27’26 Aries Stay calm and grounded, no fighting!
October 23 12:52 am Sun enters Scorpio
October 31 Halloween! Honor your ancestors!
September 2 2021
September is wild: we are buffeted about by Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. And then Mercury retrograde!
This is a very intense month, I am afraid. Hurricane Ida just ripped up the Gulf Coast and the Northeast, the perfect and awful metaphor for the Mars-Neptune aspect in place for the first
week of September. Mars is in Virgo and it is exactly opposite Neptune in Pisces, amplifying all that watery energy. So there is a lot of Neptunian energy being moved around right now – and people are overwhelmed by uncertainty and on tenterhooks about what unimaginable event could come next.
Meanwhile Uranus is sitting at 14 degrees Taurus all month, right on top of the “earth axis” or Cardinal axis, as we call the trigger points for the world itself in Uranian astrology. The sudden events of July and August – a devastating earthquake in Haiti, severe storms and worsening fires, the shocking events in Afghanistan, Hurricanes Henri and Ida, spiralling Delta virus cases—all of these events are what we can expect while Uranus is on the earth axis. And, it remains on this axis through October.
This month, we get a succession of wallops from Neptune and Uranus, as Mars and then the Sun in Virgo aspect Neptune, emphasizing uncertainty, and when Mars and then the Sun enter Libra they both trigger Uranus. Bam, bam, bam. It will be a month of whiplash, I am afraid, from climate -related catastrophic events and political events, and god know what else. Expect the unexpected—seriously.
Mercury, the fastest planet, spends an uncharacteristically long stretch this month in an angle to Pluto, the slowest planet. Weird. The angle begins on the full moon on the 20th and remains in the angle through the month, including after it turns retrograde on the 27th. Mercury and Pluto are about very deep knowledge, deep study, access to the unconscious.This aspect is also about secrets, and Mercury retrograde is often about revelation. It will be a helluva retrograde!
The dramatic changes of the month are counterbalanced by strong aspects of emotional and relational commitment, so keep track of your people.
Things are way too unpredictable right now, and we should be ready for anything. Here is my advice:
Have an emergency/ disaster kit ready, no matter where you live, and a make a disaster plan with your loved ones. Get a solar-powered weather radio. Pay attention especially on the new and full moons, when tides can be extreme and a lot of water gets moved around the planet.
Figure out how you will keep track of your people if anything happens.
Mars and Neptune are about movement: Dance! Go swimming! Mars and Neptune are also about contagion, so take precautions about Covid. Be smart, people!
Work your spiritual practice, whatever it is. Meditate. Pray. Honor the ancestors.
Reduce your carbon footprint. Support grassroots environmental justice organizing.
September’s important dates:
September 6 852 pm New moon @ 14’38 Virgo Make sound plans!
September 14 815 pm Mars enters Libra, aspects Uranus Expect the unexpected
September 20 756 pm Full Moon @ 28’14 Pisces Don’t hide important information
September 22 322 pm Fall Equinox – Sun enters Libra, aspects Uranus
Expect the unexpected – again, still
September 27 12:11 am Mercury turns retrograde @ 25’28 Libra in aspect to Pluto Expect revelation!
August 1 2021
Uranus is on the earth axis: Don’t take off your seatbelts! Saturn pulls away from Uranus this month and they don’t come back together til late December. Another Aquarius full moon, the second in two months.
August begins with Saturn exactly opposite the Leo Sun, making it very visible in the night sky. Go out there and see it! Both Jupiter and Saturn are quite visible, and right now both are in the sign Aquarius. Even though Saturn is pulling away from Uranus, perhaps lessening the utter polarization we have been seeing in our political bodies (Congress) and in the body politic (us). Everywhere we look it appears that people are in opposition to each other, at loggerheads. That may wane a bit as Saturn separates from Uranus. Let’s hope so.
Uranus is sitting almost exactly at the 15-degree mark of Taurus, a significant point on the earth axis (Uranus is at 14 -degrees -and -change). This means that events occur of great global significance. Uranus is the principle of the unexpected, chaos, revolution, reversal, and it is in Taurus, the earthiest of earth signs. It will be a difficult month in terms of climate crisis and extreme weather, and perhaps also earthquakes. The Ring of Fire is rockin’ and rollin’ right now. It is clear that things have taken a turn and that climate crisis is upon us.
Of course Uranus is not just manifesting as ecological events. The August 8th Leo new moon happens to make an exact angle to Uranus, so it will trigger a lot of surprising events of all kinds, including the whiplash of what to expect from the ever-changing Coronoavirus. Expect the unexpected, and expect the predictable. Sorry, folks, but I am expecting an attack from white supremacists in mid August somehow, somewhere. (I hope I’m wrong, and keep in mind that I often am!) Donald Trump has apparently said that he “will be reinstated“ in August, and some of his supporters have also talked about August as some kind of watershed. Trump devotee Michael Lindell (of My Pillow fame) has been promoting August 13 as the day of Trump’s “reinstatement”, which happens to be a big day in Nazi history when Hitler refused to serve as Franz Von Papen’s vice chancellor. And in 1862 Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest defeated the Union army at Murfreesboro, TN on August 13. And of course, August 11 is the anniversary of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville VA in 2017. Just sayin’
I hope the FBI is reading this.
And now for something much more fun than my grim predictions… Mercury, Venus and Mars all spend some time in Virgo this month, and they all make a transit in opposition to Neptune at some point. That will be fun and weird, inspiring and confusing. Neptune—so mysterious, so confounding, so enticing and transcendent. Its symbol is the ocean, and like the ocean it can be beautiful and clear and welcoming, or it can be terrifying. In any case, we can often not see what’s under the surface – a lot like astrological Neptune.
So speaking of Neptune’s influence, I took a look at renowned gymnast Simone Biles’ birth chart.
I totally commend her for making a difficult decision to honor her own health and well-being. She is a March 14th Pisces, with a Gemini moon, and Mercury and Venus in Pisces. Mars is retrograde in the 10th house, in late Virgo, exactly opposite her Mercury. Her personal planets are all in the mutable signs of Pisces, Virgo and Gemini. Mutable signs are future oriented, leading the way into a new way of being. Mars retrograde in a birth chart always indicates a person who doesn’t lead a conventional life, someone who defies expectations, either positively or negatively.
Neptune is in Pisces currently, and it has been parked on top of Biles’ Sun for the past year or more. It is also very close to her Mercury-Mars retrograde opposition, a configuration which clearly helps her have amazing physical skill. Neptune, which has everything to do with image and the media, has brought an inconceivable amount of media attention to her in the last few years, and that attention has reached a crescendo in the approach to the Olympics and of course during these Olympics. Even her experiencing the ungroundedness of the ”twisties” is a Neptunian phenomena. Neptunian reality is hard to hold onto; now you see it, now you don’t. It’s elusive, ephemeral. Her Mars retrograde gave her the centeredness and strength to make a decision that went counter to everyone’s Neptunian image of who she is and what she should do. Meanwhile last week Jupiter and transiting Mars, which entered Virgo late last week, were exactly squaring her Gemini moon. Jupiter brings change, often both success and loss at the same time. The moon is Simone herself, as a woman and public figure, and it is also how she feels. Can’t ignore one’s gut while Jupiter is moving across one’s moon! Mars entering Virgo is a big transit for Biles in light of all her natal mutable planets. Virgo, after all, is about integrity.
August’s important dates
August 1 Happy Lughnasadh, the ancient Celtic harvest holiday.
August 8 851 am New Moon at 16’14 Leo – in aspect to Uranus
Put on your seatbelts and keep ‘em on!
August 22 703 am Full moon at 29’37 Aquarius — second full moon in Aquarius in two months!
Have a party!
August 22 436 pm Sun enters Virgo
July 3 2021
Mars and Venus in Leo get mixed up in the Saturn Uranus square at the top of July; Saturn and Uranus start pulling apart this month; Venus and Mars move in tandem in a beautiful conjunction
Wow. What a time we are in. As I have said in prior columns, with Saturn and Uranus on the earth axis, climate catastrophe is upon us. Although Saturn is retrograde and pulling away from Uranus, its effect is still strong. In any case, Uranus will sit right on the earth axis through September, so it will be a helluva summer. Raging heat in the Pacific Northwest, severe drought in the West and Southwest. Wild fires. And hurricane season has barely begun. Batten down the hatches, people.
Saturn and Uranus are also about infrastructure, and we see that this is a huge issue for the US and a subject of great debate in Congress. The tragic collapse of the condo in Surfside, Florida is just one more example of an infrastructure crisis that Saturn and Uranus are bringing to light.
Right now, at the beginning of July, Mars in Leo opposes Saturn and squares Uranus. That is a powerful set of angles, with Mars bringing an incendiary energy to an already dramatic influence. (Let’s hope a July 4th firecracker doesn’t ignite a fire in the parched west…). This July 4th holiday—occurring as it does in the middle of the Pluto return of the United States when the public’s different notions of democracy are very evident– could be tumultuous. The US Supreme Court just issued a decision that further guts the Voting Rights Act. This, in combination with the 14 states that have enacted 22 voter suppression laws, really does call the integrity of this so-called democracy into question.
So this is a weird month. It gets better after the Sun enters Leo on the 22nd , when we have a pretty Venus Jupiter angle and a fun Aquarius full moon.
On another and I trust more hopeful note here is what my astrologer’s mind is thinking about: the astrology of the Mayoral election for New York City. I love making political projections although it is very difficult since we often don’t have birth times of candidates. Take my prediction with a grain of salt between the lack of birth times and my own biases, which are impossible to hide. I do live here after all, and after looking at the birth chart for NYC I now understand why – the city has four planets in Sagittarius, for god’s sake! There are two charts for New York, one cast for the 1600s and the one cast for the political consolidation of the boroughs into the City, cast for January 1, 1898. The second one is the one I refer to.
Yes, New York City has its Sun in Capricorn, no surprise there, its Moon is in Aries, and as I say, 4 planets in Sag. Jupiter is right on the Libra Ascendant, which makes exact angles to the Sun and Midheaven. We are talking excess, and excitement, expansion and expansiveness, money, and a ton of intellectual superiority with 4 planets in the 3rd house. All that fire adds up to a lot of arrogance, that sense of being the center of the universe.
The top candidates for Mayor—Eric Adams (Virgo, Capricorn Moon), Kathryn Garcia (Pisces, Capricorn Moon), and Maya Wiley (Capricorn, Leo Moon) – all have a significant Capricorn placement. Maya Wiley’s birthday is January 2, so her Capricorn Sun falls right on top of the Capricorn Sun of NYC. Saturn and Uranus are on top of her Venus right now, indicating the potential for an upset. Kathryn Garcia has Pluto on her Mars right now, also aligned with the Moon of the City, a combination potentially indicating a rise to power.
I think Maya Wiley could win, after the mess which is the NYC Board of Elections counts the absentee ballots and does the ranked voting arithmetic. If not her, then Kathryn Garcia.
You heard it here!
July’s Important dates
July 9 818 pm New Moon @ 18’02 Cancer Feel those feelings! Get free!
July 22 1128 am Sun enters Leo Express yourself fully and passionately!
July 23 9:38 pm Full moon @ 1’26 Aquarius Have fun and celebrate!
June 7 2021
Saturn and Uranus are exact this month; Mercury retrograde squares Neptune for days—whaaaat?; Gemini new moon and eclipse June 10; Mars and Pluto give us some headaches
My apologies to my readers for posting late. Sigh—Mercury retrograde. Speaking of Mercury retrograde, it is in a square to Neptune for the first 10 days of June. Yowza. That just adds to the spaciness and squishiness, but Mercury retro is certainly delivering on revealing hidden information, as in the news of Trump’s Justice Department going after NY Times sources. Expect more revelations especially as we get closer to the June 10 Gemini new moon and eclipse on the 10th. On that day Mercury retrograde crosses paths with the Sun and Moon, bringing insights and closure to things and maybe some surprises. Back to Mercury and Neptune, an influence that can have to do with delusion and fantasy: it was reported that Trump is saying he will be “reinstated” in August. Really?
The 90-degree angle between Saturn and Uranus gets very exact this month during the week of the 13th, before Saturn retrogrades past Uranus. Nonetheless they remain very close to each other til August, so we will still feel their influence. Most importantly they are nearly on top of the so-called “earth axis”, the plane created by the solstice and equinox points which indicates the world. The fifteen-degree mark of all the fixed signs of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius are key points on this axis, and this month Saturn and Uranus are at 13 degrees of Aquarius and Taurus, respectively. By August Uranus will be at 14 degrees and change, almost exactly on top of the earth axis.
So– as these planets hang out on the earth axis we see tension, polarization, and a certain amount of crisis intensify. Saturn and Uranus in fixed signs are certainly manifesting in dramatic polarization of public opinion and political discourse. The fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius have the capacity to dig their heels in. We are certainly in the midst of a crisis between the old guard and progressive vision, not only in the US but in many places around the world. In Israel, for instance, Saturn and Uranus are tweaking a major aspect in Israel’s natal chart. Will it double down on repression and right-wing reactionary actions, or move forward with a new and strange coalition ? Hard to say…. In any case, this Saturn Uranus combination is dramatic, brings the unexpected, and can bring us a whole new way of doing things. By the end of June Mars in Leo makes an angle to both planets, so expect some big global changes and events.
As Saturn and Uranus close in on the earth axis there will undoubtedly be earth changes and
climate catastrophe affecting large portions of this wee blue planet. There has been a lot of volcanic activity over the past few months, and I expect more severe storms, fires ,and possibly earthquakes to occur over the next few months. Put on your seatbelts.
And what’s up with Joe Manchin? I had to look at his natal chart. He is an August 24th Virgo with that difficult Saturn-Pluto conjunction that many people born in 1947 have. He has a taste for power. Right now Jupiter in Pisces is exactly opposite his Sun, so he feels on top of the world. (As my good friend and Leo, the wise Dr Riesman said this morning, he’s enjoying “smelling himself and thinking about the 2024 Presidential primary.” ) Yes indeed—but not for long, since Jupiter starts retrograding this month and moves back into Aquarius in August.
Have fun with this new moon this week – it’s a good one for making transitions. And—Mercury retrograde will end, on June 22 as a matter of fact.
June’s Important Dates (times are EDT)
June 10 654 am New moon and annular solar eclipse at 19’47 Gemini Let go and move on
June 13 -17 Saturn Uranus square is exact Expect the unexpected!
June 20 1133 pm Sun enters Cancer. Summer Solstice! Happy Summer
June 22 601 pm Mercury turns direct at 16’09 Gemini Enjoy clearer communication and restore your hard drive
June 24 221 pm Full moon at 3’28 Capricorn Set some priorities and make some plans!
May 2 2021
May continues the Saturn-Uranus push-and-pull of change vs retrenchment, interesting Jupiter action… and Mercury retrograde!
This pesky Saturn-Uranus square — which continues to be dominant this month– is very interesting, to say the least! As The New Yorker wrote this week after Pres. Biden’s speech to Congress, he was channelling Elizabeth Warren in his proposals to re-shape the economic and social contract in the US. Who woulda thunk it?
As I wrote last month, whatever one thinks of Joe Biden, his actions are quite the manifestation of this Saturn-Uranus angle. Study him, and we get a sense of the visionary, progressive potential that these planets are offering us. Study the Republicans, and we can understand the other side of this aspect — the polarizing, dig -your-heels into preserving the past, in this case, the Confederacy and Jim Crow. It is head-spinning.
For the first few days of this month, the Sun meets up with Uranus in Taurus and they both square Saturn. This makes the Saturn-Uranus effect very strong. Are we getting through this pandemic? Maybe, just maybe…. and then India and Brazil’s numbers skyrocket. The Uranus effect makes for a kind of whiplash. George Floyd’s murderer is convicted, but not a day goes by it seems when another Black or Brown person is shot dead by police. We flip between poles of.. are things getting better, or….? Climate change is being taken more seriously…. ah yes, wildfires have already started in New Mexico and Arizona.
This Sagittarian maintains hope. There is always effective organizing going on, and the organizing of the last number of years has had an impact on everything from the Biden Administration’s plans to the jury’s decision to bring justice for George Floyd.
The good news is that Jupiter gets into the mix this month in some interesting ways. Jupiter enters Pisces on the 13th for a few months before it heads back into Aquarius in July. Jupiter is a complex symbol, having to do with expansion and a sense of trust in the universe (As the ruling planet of Sagittarius, it is what makes us Sagittarians so damn optimistic.) It is not just about “luck” but about the turning of the wheel of fate, with life cycle changes that can be good or bad. It is an expansive energy, and its entry into Pisces will augment that. By May 18th the Sun in late Taurus begins a few days of a 90-degree angle to Jupiter. This should mellow out the dramatics of Saturn and Uranus a bit, and highlight issues of completion and fulfillment for us all.
Once the Sun enters Gemini on the 20th, this angle is exact, so it will be very powerful for a few days. And as it happens, it occurs in the run-up to the Sagittarius full moon and lunar eclipse on the 26th. Full moons intensify and illuminate, and the eclipse gives it an extra punch, and this will be a particularly powerful one because of Jupiter’s position and because Venus and Mercury in Gemini make an angle to Neptune. Expect drama, big feelings, big desires, big opinions. The key word here is big. (The eclipse is only partially visible on the East Coast but is visible in parts of western US and westward to Australia and parts of Asia. )
And on May 29th Mercury goes retrograde until June 22nd. It is retrograding in its own sign of Gemini, making Gemini’s linear process go belly up. You know what that means — expect technology problems, appointment and time mixups, travel issues. On the positive note, trust your intuition and what information bubbles up from your unconscious… Have fun with that!
May’s important dates (times EDT)
May 11 3:01 pm New moon at 21’18 Taurus
Get out in the garden! Plant something! Make something!
May 20 3:36 pm Sun enters Gemini
May 26 7:15 am Full moon at 5’26 Sagittarius. Eclipse totality at 7:20 am.
Be excessive! Go big or go home!
May 29 6:35 pm Mercury goes retrograde at 24’41 Pisces
Go with the flow, but try to keep track of your stuff since things may go missing!
April 1 2021
April brings a long Mars-Neptune aspect and Saturn and Uranus continue to do their terrifying and beautiful thing…. The Pluto return of the US is in full swing…
And why aren’t things better if the Sun and Venus are moving in tandem?
I have a lot to say this month. I have been analyzing the planets to see what is up with these mass shootings, with the terrible uptick in anti-Asian violence, Georgia’s passage of Jim Crow voting restrictions, etc, especially against the backdrop of the Sun -Venus conjunction which is in its 2nd week. I think of Sun-Venus aspects as being very positive and indicating a strong sense of connection and interrelatedness, and so it has been hard to figure out. Is all the violence a manifestation of the bellicose side of Aries? That feels too simplistic.
Taking a step back, here is what I found: the Saturn-Uranus square—although visionary in many ways—can be a violent clash of ideas and structures. Keep in mind that right now, there are volcanoes erupting all over the world – from Italy (Mt Etna, no less!) to Japan to Iceland to Peru, and in many more places. Volcanic eruptions are fiery and violent. Uranus is in Taurus, and as it approaches the earth axis in the next few months and continues its square to Saturn, we are likely to see more earth and climate events.
That so many people are acting so badly right now is nothing new. And of course, Pluto, at 26 degrees Capricorn, is just a degree away from where it is located in the birth chart of the US. I have been talking about this Pluto return for a while, because it is letting the demons out of our collective psyche. We should not be surprised by new and awful expressions of racist violence occurring, in light of the US’s long history of oppression of Asian immigrants (remember the internment camps during World War II? — to name just one way anti-Asian sentiment has long been imbedded in the structures and attitudes of our society…) Similarly we should not be surprised by the brazen attack on the US Capitol on January 6th by white supremacists. This is our shadow side as a nation, and Pluto is making it obvious. Things in this regard will get worse before they get better, and I believe they will get better and that we will face our shadow.
What is new – and this is the Sun-Venus part– is the response to all these things. Venus, after all, does have to do with women, and with relatedness. In regard to the terrible Atlanta shooting, our response forced us to look at the intersections between racism and misogyny. Those two things were actually named and discussed in the mainstream media. In England, after the abduction and murder of a young woman walking home at night, women all over England rose up in protest. Women are on the frontlines of the resistance in Myanmar.
So the Sun and Venus are bringing a different consciousness and response to the normal litany of awful events. The response to the repressive voter suppression enacted by the Georgia legislature has sparked a cascade of criticism – over 70 African American corporate leaders joined together to condemn the bill, and what do you know, Delta Airlines and Coca Cola had to step up.
Joe Biden and the Saturn-Uranus square
Then there is Joe Biden, who is moving forward with plans that are much more progressive than many expected. The Saturn Uranus square falls exactly on his Mars. He’s just doing it, taking action after action, rolling out plans to address child poverty, racial justice, climate change—whether the Republican senators are on board or not. Yesterday his presentation of an infrastructure plan reflected values of people over profit. He talked about workers and workers rights – not only Amazon workers but women of color who work in home care.
Damn! What’s up with this guy? I’m not saying he is perfect but the Sun-Venus conjunction in his chart grounds him strongly in his values.
If you want to understand the Saturn and Uranus square, look at what he and his administration are trying to do. It is is one manifestation of this square, especially the Uranus in Taurus part, which has everything to do with money and economics. He is trying to dismantle the Trump tax cuts and attempt to hold corporations accountable, as well as create union jobs. Clearly there is some serious vision behind this plan, which is exactly what we can get from Saturn and Uranus: big progressive vision and restructuring. In his rollout yesterday, he said – and I paraphrase– that 50 years from now, people will look back at this moment and say this is when America’s future began. That is Uranus talking—looking ahead, not back!
The other side of the square is Saturn, of course, which does look back and often wants to hang onto the structures of the past. Although there is plenty of Saturnian concreteness in
Biden’s proposals – and plenty of lessons learned from the Obama administration — the way Republicans are digging their heels in to obstruct the Democratic agenda reeks of Saturn -Uranus polarization. The Republicans are also aligning themselves with the most overtly racist parts of their so-called base, in quite a squaring off against moderates in their own party. They are reaching way back, to Saturnian structures from the Confederacy.
The month ahead: Mars squares Neptune for 10 days!
What a powerful and weird aspect. It is like having a fire hose that spreads Neptunian energy around with a lot of force. Mars is in Gemini, and so its mode is ideas and communication. This will be a time of Biden and the democrats needing to convince as many people as possible about the values of the infrastructure plan. Mars and Neptune can also have to do with deception, so the disinformation campaign run by corporations and others will be intense. Jupiter in Aquarius will make a nice angle to Biden’s Sun-Venus during the second half of April. Hopefully it signifies fulfillment.
Unfortunately the Mars-Neptune angle could also portend a surge in Covid infections. Mars and Neptune sounds like a superspreader event to me…Let’s hope I’m wrong.
April’s important astrological dates (all times EDT)
April 4 Mars square to Neptune begins Recommit to yoga or another healing physical practice!
April 11 1032 pm New moon at 22’25 Aries Reevaluate your commitments of time, emotion, and resources
April 19 4:35 pm Sun enters Taurus
April 22 Happy Earth Day! Venus is conjunct Uranus and squares Saturn! Restructure your life!
April 26 11:33 pm Full moon at 7’06 Scorpio Hang out, conversate, be convivial.
March 4 2021
March begins and ends with juicy aspects – ideas and communication at the start, and a gorgeous Sun Venus conjunction at the end. Bring on the love.
March is an interesting month. It begins with Mercury and Jupiter paired up in Aquarius. That’s all about conviviality and the exchange of ideas with some Aquarian dogmatism thrown in…
And the Saturn-Uranus square continues to be the dominant influence this month. Now that we are two months into it, it is easier to see its complexity.
Remember that it is fundamentally about a struggle between old and new, and it has the potential for visionary change, for breakdown, and for rebuilding and restructuring with Aquarian humanitarian values. It is a very structural aspect, having to do with the structures of society and of the earth itself. It has an edgy, dramatic quality, and we don’t know whether to feel good or bad about the state of the world. Saturn and Uranus also has a polarizing, dogmatic, and repressive side (to wit, the Republican Party’s allegiance to white supremacists, and the state repression in Myanmar.) Uranus is in Taurus, the quintessential earth sign, and Saturn is in Aquarius, a fixed air sign, as I have written about over the past couple of months.
Our most recent poster child for Saturn and Uranus ….
…would be the events in Texas. I had long expected that Saturn and Uranus would bring dramatic climate events, but what we have seen in Texas is climate change in combination with a collapsed infrastructure as a result of petrocapitalism. As Saturn and Uranus approach the earth axis this spring and summer, there will be more of this – more climate events with dramatic and drastic structural consequences, and confrontations with the sheer inhumanity of our economic arrangement.
Sorry, folks. And just today, two huge earthquakes (8-pointers!) occurred off of the New Zealand coast, with threats of tsunamis in the Pacific. This, too, is a reflection of Saturn and Uranus.
But the last 10 days of March bring a beautiful Sun-Venus conjunction. The Sun and Venus are close together on the Equinox (happy spring!) when they cross over the earth axis, the axis created by the equinox and solstice points. Jeez—maybe world peace breaks out! The Sun and Venus move together throughout the rest of the month, putting the focus on opening our hearts.
Important dates in March
March 13 5 22 am New moon @ 23’04 Pisces. Invite in Neptune’s inspiration!
March 14 Daylight savings time begins
March 20 539 am Spring Equinox! Sun enters Aries! Happy Spring!
March 21 10 17 am Venus enters Aries Sun and Venus cross the earth axis! Celebrate world peace and justice!
March 28 10 49 am Full moon @ 8’18 Libra Tell your peeps you love them!
February 1 2021
Mercury is retrograde, and the Saturn-Uranus square is upon us! And so many planets in Aquarius!
February is interesting, with the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn all in Aquarius. Uranus, Aquarius’ ruling planet is a big actor right now, so chefs, we have prepared the Aquarian effect two ways for you this month. What does that mean? It puts the focus on vision, on the future, on concern for the collective– and on ideology. As I have written before, Aquarius has to do with a sense of belonging to the largest collective possible, or isolation from it. It makes sense astrologically that the pandemic restrictions are forcing a kind of isolation and also facilitating creative ways for people to be in relationship with each other.
Uranus, the ultimate change agent, can also be a force of polarization. It is the planet of reversal, and we can see this playing out in the public sphere. The Saturn-Uranus square, which will be in effect throughout the spring, is tight this month, and is already positing the forces of innovation against those of the status quo. It can feel like three steps forward and two steps back, but it is really a wrestling match between visionary progressive change and holding onto the old ways. In the case of the US, the old ways are white supremacy, and with a particularly Aquarian twist the white supremacists see themselves as the revolutionaries. President Biden, the ultimate old guard politician, is putting forth holistic plans that integrate racial justice and climate justice. Uranus has certainly turned things on their heads.
We need to get used to this creative tension between old and new. It is a process!
But let’s talk about Mitch McConnell! He is a February 20th Pisces, with many planets in fixed signs of Aquarius and Taurus, which means he’s getting buffeted by the Saturn Uranus changes. In his birth chart, he has a Mars-Saturn conjunction in Taurus, the ultimate hardball combination. The Mars Saturn conjunction gives him his terrifyingly Machiavellian strategic ability. He also has Venus retrograde in Aquarius opposite Pluto – he maneuvers and protects his values in a stealthy way. Right now, Saturn and Uranus are on top of his Venus-Pluto angle. He’s in a pitched battle about values, about the direction of the republican party, and trying to figure out how to hold onto his power. By the fall, Saturn alone—without Uranus—will move across his Mercury and Venus in Aquarius. He will have a tough time this year.
Mercury is retrograde til the 20th, so you know what to do. Be guided by your intuition and go with the flow. On February 8th it crosses paths with the Sun for a couple of days, coinciding with the start of the impeachment trial in the Senate. There will be manipulations and revelations. The other day to watch for unexpected information coming to light is the 14th when Mercury retrograde meets up with Jupiter.
Today and tomorrow mark an important celebration in the pre-Christian old European calendar. It is the celebration of fire, poetry, and healing, Feile Bride, named for the fire goddess Brigid in Ireland.
Bring on the healing and inspiration!
February’s important dates (EST):
February 1 907 am Venus enters Aquarius
Have some fun!
February 8 -9 Mercury retrograde conjunct the Sun @ 20 degrees Aquarius
Let the surprises unfold !
February 11 207 pm New moon @ 23’17 Aquarius
Envision a new world and celebrate relationships!
February 14 Mercury retrograde lines up with Jupiter It will be a very retrograde day!
February 18 645 am Sun enters Pisces
February 20 853 pm Mercury goes direct @ 11’05 Aquarius
February 27 318 am Full moon @ 8’57 Virgo Make some art, redecorate.
January 3 2021
Happy New Year! 2021 is a year of Saturn-Uranus reform and revolution. January brings the first taste of it… and Mercury turns retrograde on January 30th!
Here we are—we got through 2020, somehow. The weight and angst of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction is truly behind us. Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius are very future-oriented, and suddenly we can look ahead. So let’s take a sneak peek at 2021. No major retrogrades, except for the usual Mercury retrograde stretches, this year starting on January 30th, May 29th, and September 27th. Venus turns retrograde in Capricorn on December 19, 2021, but that’s a long ways away.
The dominant aspect of 2021 is an important 90-degree angle between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. We get the first taste of it this month, in late January, and the two planets pretty much spend the next 6 or 7 months in a very close angle until they separate in August and don’t come back into aspect til December. Keep in mind that Saturn and Uranus have a relationship of their own, and that before Uranus was discovered, Saturn was said to rule Aquarius. Saturn represents the structures we create in our lives and in society. Uranus is a “transpersonal” planet that rules Aquarius, and its energy is in our unconscious as well as out there in the universe.
Uranus has to do with innovation, with busting through boundaries, transcending structures. Uranus is the lightning bolt of insight and vision, and it is also the unexpected, the surprise. Uranus shakes things up; Saturn conserves and protects. Together, they have to do with a tension between conventionality and more radical expressions. They can connote taking the best of the past and moving into the future with that sensibility. They can also signify a conflict between those positions. Uranus is in Taurus, making it more grounded. Saturn in Aquarius is more visionary, and believe it or not, a bit more able to take risks than it has been in Capricorn. Saturn and Uranus feel a call of responsibility to the collective, to society at large. This aspect will certainly bring significant technological and ecological advances.
We are obviously in a world that has been devastated by the pandemic, by climate collapse, and also by right wing leaders and their social/economic policies. It is time to rebuild. The Saturn Uranus aspect promotes re-building, re-forming, re-envisioning. We will all be pushed by events that appear out of our control—especially as Saturn and Uranus approach the earth axis in June and July. I suspect with Uranus in Taurus that those unexpected events will have to do with climate catastrophe and also with economic crisis. Events will push us collectively to embrace new ways of doing things. We will have no choice.
As for January—we will have to weather some more shenanigans. Mercury transiting Pluto on January 6th will bring out the bad boys of Congress trying to challenge the certification of the US Election. The week of the Inauguration there very well could be organized white supremacist violence – Mars is conjunct Uranus that week, and the US still is in its Pluto return, after all, during which the core wounds of racism and settler colonialism must be dealt with. And we are far from being done with that. But the Jupiter Saturn aspects will still deliver us a new government. You can see how the Biden-Harris Administration is the very embodiment of Saturn and Uranus!
This Aquarian energy – both Saturn and Jupiter this month and the Saturn-Uranus square of the spring – is very forward looking. It is about the future, shaking us out of our attachments to structures of the past. It will play out personally as well collectively. Speaking of the personal: it has been a long time since we have had major planets moving though fixed signs. For all of you out there who are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius – or for that matter, any of us with significant planets in those signs—we will experience transits by Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus this year. That is a lot of change, so heads up!
January’s significant dates
January 13 12:01 am New moon at 23’13 Capricorn—conjunct Pluto Plan, plan, plan
January 19 3:41 pm Sun enters Aquarius — Have a virtual party!
January 28 2:17 pm Full moon @9’06 Leo — with Jupiter! Embrace the new !
January 30 10:53 am Mercury goes retrograde @ 26’27 Aquarius Back up that hard drive!
December 2 2020
Saturn and Jupiter join together and enter Aquarius, ushering in an era of social responsibility. They make a once -in- 800 -year appearance doubled up in the sky!
Yes! Finally some good news. Can you feel it? Jupiter is moving closer to Saturn and away from Pluto. There is more of a sense of certainty, stability. We are still in a massive crisis, but now we know, among other things, that soon grown-ups will be in charge.
So Saturn and Jupiter. Saturn is material reality, structure, form—literally, our bones. Jupiter is our belief systems, how and if we perceive a fabric of purpose and meaning in our lives and in the universe. Saturn and Jupiter are mid-distance planets, planets that aren’t the “personal” expressions of individual personality the way that Mercury, Venus and Mars are; nor are they transpersonal unconscious forces like Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Jupiter and Saturn are in the middle, in between the personal planets and the transpersonal ones, and besides representing our individual relationship to structure and form, and faith and fate, they also manifest in the structures that we humans create in our society: institutions, government, economy, religion, the law.
They come together (in a conjunction) once every 20 years. When they join up there are always impacts on the societal structures and institutions. There are very close right now and are at the tail end of Capricorn, where they have been along with Pluto for a good few years. Capricorn is an earth sign, and as such, it involves the material plane. Capricorn, like all the earth signs, has to do with our bodies, with this planet Earth we live on, with what we do in our work, what we build with our hands, what we create as a society. Of all the earth signs, Capricorn’s realm is how we manifest ourselves and our destiny in the world around us, usually through work and career. So you can see that with all the planetary movement in Capricorn over the past few years by planets that are structural and societal in nature (Jupiter and Saturn) and transformational (Pluto), it has been an incredibly stressful period in which these planetary energies have played themselves out through the structures of government, politics, social institutions, and on the earth itself.
Saturn and Jupiter always signify profound changes in systems, and in Capricorn right now, it is about governing, the presidential transition, the economy, leadership and planning. Saturn and Jupiter have very different energies astrologically, and together, they form an interesting balance , with Saturn moderating Jupiter’s excess, and Jupiter softening Saturn’s hard edges. I like it as a combination – it can bring really seasoned leadership. long range vision, and the positive wisdom one gains from age and experience.
The move into Aquarius is significant, because it marks the start of a 200 year period of the Saturn-Jupiter conjunctions occurring in air signs. We are leaving the earth cycle and moving into the air cycle. It takes 800 years for Saturn and Jupiter conjunctions to move through all four elements of the zodiac. It means that we are moving from a focus on the material to potentially a focus on consciousness, vision, ideals, and connections. Some astrologers think this portends the end of capitalism, the end of an era that began with the industrial revolution.
Aquarius is the “water bearer” constellation – confusing, I know. Didn’t I just say it was an air sign? It is an air sign, communicating, transmitting, and carrying the water principle to humanity. The water principle is interrelationship and connection, “substance of we feeling”. Aquarius is the second to last sign, and the last three signs (Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces) all have to do with the collective. Aquarius is the most oriented to the larger collective of the three air signs Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. The air signs also have to do with belonging – where are my people? It is interesting that these two planets enter Aquarius in a time of great social isolation because of the pandemic.
Saturn moves into Aquarius on the 17th and Jupiter on the 19th. By the 21st they are so astronomically close that they appear to be one single bright planet in the sky before sunset! People speculate that this same phenomenon was the star of Bethlehem that drew the Magi. Better go outside and look at the night sky! The entry of Saturn and Jupiter into Aquarius signifies a new age, an age of infusing Aquarian humanitarian values into structures and systems. Could it be the famed Age of Aquarius? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILSr9BbhoJQ What a thought!
Not to get all religious on you – and those of you that know me know I am no fan of organized religion—but if we look back 800 years, Francis of Assisi was reforming the corrupt Catholic church. He was devoted to the poor and he talked to birds. You gotta love a guy in a dress who talks to animals! And speaking of Francis, the current Pope Francis just published an op-ed in the New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/26/opinion/pope-francis-covid.html?searchResultPosition=1 in which he wrote:
“We cannot return to the false securities of the political and economic systems we had before the crisis. We need economies that give to all access to the fruits of creation, to the basic needs of life: to land, lodging and labor. We need a politics that can integrate and dialogue with the poor, the excluded and the vulnerable, that gives people a say in the decisions that affect their lives. We need to slow down, take stock and design better ways of living together on this earth… To come out of this crisis better, we have to recover the knowledge that as a people we have a shared destination. The pandemic has reminded us that no one is saved alone. What ties us to one another is what we commonly call solidarity. Solidarity is more than acts of generosity, important as they are; it is the call to embrace the reality that we are bound by bonds of reciprocity. On this solid foundation we can build a better, different, human future. “
This is the opportunity that Saturn and Jupiter entering Aquarius offers us, to build social structures that reflect these values, to “be bound by bonds of reciprocity.” The Winter Solstice is December 21st, when the Sun enters Capricorn. This is the New Year in the indigenous pre- Catholic old European calendar, celebrating the Return of the Sun, the Return of the light.
And what about this Sagittarian new moon and eclipse on December 14th, the day of the Electoral College vote?!
It is very interesting! First of all, it is the day that Mars makes a particular angle to the Sun after its retrograde, signifying resolution of what went on during the recent Mars retrograde from September through mid-November. Hmm…
Secondly, it is a new moon, signifying potentiality and new beginnings, and the eclipse factor makes it very intense. It falls exactly opposite Donald Trump’s Gemini Sun, and in the same spot as his Sagittarian moon. It falls at the same degree of the Full moon and lunar eclipse he was born under, in fact, in some strange bit of astrological karma…
He’s done. That’s’s all I have to say. He’ll spin a bunch of lies on December 14th with the help of Mercury and Neptune, but so what.
The more important thing about this new moon and eclipse is that it is really powerful for healing. Healing all of our souls, hearts, bodies, and the planet itself.
December’s Important Dates (EST)
December 14th 118 pm New moon and eclipse at 23’08 Sagittarius Pray for peace, for healing!
December 19th 805 am Jupiter enters Aquarius woo hoo! Have a party!
December 21 503 am Winter Solstice – Sun enters Capricorn Celebrate the return of the light! Go outside and honor Saturn and Jupiter
December 29 1029 pm Full moon @ 8’53 Cancer have a good cry; grieve our losses, and celebrate life
Stay healthy and safe and enjoy the holiday season!
November 1 2020
Change is coming, I swear. In fact, change has been happening. Pluto has showed its heart center and people have been rising up .. .for months!
In November Mars and Mercury go direct. Saturn and Jupiter start their conjunction and usher in grounded leadership.
Let me cut to the chase. This is a rough time and we are all crazed in the run up to the election. The question isn’t so much who will win the election but what will 45 do when he loses?
I am being unusually succinct this month – in part because I’m doing voter protection work in Ohio and that is my focus.
Here is the deal:
We will remain anxious and wigged out through election day, despite the signs pointing to Biden’s win, because we know we are still living through multiple disasters. Mercury turns direct on November 3rd, bringing some clarity. Saturn and Mercury will clarify and hopefully speed the ballot counting. Mars turns direct November 13th. Although it remains almost stationary for the rest of the month, but at least it aint moving backwards. With Mercury and Mars moving direct, there will be less uncertainty, less unpredictability. Will there be crap happening? Yes. Might there be violence? Yes, very likely. Will it backfire? Yes. First Mars retrograde and then Mars direct are parked in an angle to Trump’s Neptune—people are just done with him and his compulsive mendaciousness and narcissism.
The Sun in Sagittarius and Mars in Aries make a nice angle on December 14th, the day of the Electoral College vote. This is a a significant day in the Mars cycle that brings resolution to what occurred during Mars retrograde: the disasters of self-aggrandizement on display from September through Nov 13.
Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn dominate the first three weeks of November and Jupiter and Saturn start their conjunction at the end. Jupiter and Pluto make the reality of the pandemic unavoidable, and they help us plan for sustainability. Venus is also in the mix, lifting up a sense of community responsibility. Jupiter and Saturn bring sensible leadership and a feeling of groundedness and stability. And dare I say It? Maybe even wisdom.
The most interesting part of the month is that towards the end of November we get an emphasis of future-oriented transits. Venus opposes Uranus; Jupiter conjuncts Saturn, a Gemini full moon.
Another world is possible. Bring it on!
November’s Important Dates:
November 1 Honor the ancestors! They are working double time on our behalf!
November 3rd Election day! Mercury turns direct 1251 pm EST @25’57 Libra VOTE!
November 13th Mars turns direct 737 pm EST @15’14 Aries … Woo hoo! I think we will want to celebrate
November 15 New moon 12 08 pm EST @23’18 Scorpio … Meditate, plan for sustainability and community mutual aid!
November 21 Sun enters Sagittarius 341 pm EST
November 30 Full moon and annular eclipse 431 am @ 8’38 Gemini … Talk and envision the future!
October 2 2020
October: two full moons, Mercury retrograde, Mars retrograde, and lots of dramatic dynamics.
Sigh. This is the kind of month that makes me dislike being an astrologer… The pressure! How the hell am I supposed to interpret what is going on?! Let me just say that I am walking a fine line between Sagittarian optimism and Scorpionic doom on a daily basis. So I am going to try to thread the needle here between both of those states. Here goes.
I wrote in my last post that this fall was going to be rough, between Mars retrograde and the last blast of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Over the past couple of weeks we have been feeling increasing angst – the fires, hurricanes, and increasingly despotic and racist behavior from Trump and his cronies. Many of us are on edge – scared of white supremacist violence, scared of unparalleled interference with the elections, scared that Trump won’t leave office. It is all terrifying. This really is the final swipe of the Saturn -Pluto conjunction, which is all about repression and breakdown of systems, and also about revealing the best and the worst of human behavior.
The Mars retrograde effect surfaces a kind of helplessness. I had this image the other day: we are all in a river being pulled along by the current. We can all hear the waterfall ahead and can’t do a damn thing but keep heading for it. We don’t know if that waterfall brings liberation or disaster, or perhaps both. I’m banking on liberation.
So—October. Mercury turns retrograde on the 13th . Mercury is in Scorpio, and Scorpio is conducive to the non-linear intuition of Merc retrograde. There is a lot that is usually hidden in Scorpio, so the retrograde is going to reveal a lot of dirt. With Mars also retrograde, the two planets retrograde will bring more uncertainty, more unexpected events.
Then it gets very interesting – and trigger warning— somewhat scary. On the 14th the Sun in Libra opposes Mars retrograde, which is a pivotal point in the Mars cycle. There is typically a release of energy. Things that have been stuck or just under the surface since the start of Mars retrograde tend to come out. This time, I hate to say it, they will come out explosively – Jupiter and Uranus are in this aspect, as is a planet we use in the Uranian system called Zeus. Zeus has to do with fire and explosions. So not only will we see a release of energy but a massive release of fiery explosive energy. Hmm. People who live in the fire zone, pay attention! My other thought is …umm.. you know… white supremacists…Proud Boys… etc —I really hope I am wrong about this. But the other side of this turning point is that people speak truth to power, and quite simply reach a breaking point of No, we are not going to take this anymore.
So whatever happens, there will be massive resistance for the rest of the Mars retrograde. After all, Mars retrograde can bring revolution.
Other Mars retrograde dynamics in play in the body politic:
I mentioned last month that Trump is having a difficult run of Mars retrograde. It is moving through the 8th house of his birth chart, and in traditional astrology that is the house of life and death crises, and, quite amazingly, of taxes. It is about things coming due, legacy, what we inherit. Things are catching up with him.
Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s hearings begin in the Senate on October 15. If we read these planetary angles as a “bombshell” of information rather than an armed insurrection, then it’s very possible that something comes out about her that causes her nomination to fail (I know, hope springs eternal!). Since she has Mars in Aries in her chart and Mars retrograde in the sky will be exactly on top of her Mars that week, perhaps she will decide to throw in the towel in some Mars retrograde realization that she doesn’t really want this job…. Perhaps she will decide it’s not for her, and she’d rather be a stay at home mom.
In addition, October 16 brings a Libra new moon with Saturn and Pluto influences. It is going to be a tough week in a tough month. Sorry, folks.
Yet— we cannot lose hope. There is so much happening that is so unexpected, and not every reversal is a bad thing. Mars retrograde, Mercury retrograde, Jupiter and Uranus all bring lots of change. So even while we are feeling put through the meat grinder of Saturn and Pluto, as Leonard Cohen wrote in his song Anthem:
Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That’s how the light gets in…
That is how the light gets in. Saturn and Pluto are showing us exactly how broken we are, and yes, it’s scary and awful—and yet necessary. We need those cracks!! Stay strong, stay calm, pray a lot, don’t mourn but organize, and vote vote vote.
October’s important dates and how to deal with them!
October 1 5:06 pm EDT Full moon @ 9’08 Aries This full moon is exposing arrogance and self-aggrandizing behavior. Mars retrograde is allowing us to be horrified by it. We are not numb!
October 13 9:06 pm EDT Mercury turns retrograde @ 11’40 Scorpio Work your intuition and pay attention to dreams. Expect revelations.
October 14 Sun opposes Mars retrograde @ 21’ Libra Put on your seatbelt and pray for peace with justice!
October 16 3:32 pm New moon @ 23’53 Libra You know what you have to do! Stay calm, make plans to support free and fair elections, vote early if you can, stand up for racial justice!
October 22 7:01 pm Sun enters Scorpio
October 31 10:50 am Full Moon @ 8’38 Taurus Happy Halloween! Make sure to give food to your ancestors. They are working overtime for us!
Stay healthy, safe, strong and sane!
Change is coming…more on that in my November column.
September 2 2020
Just when we thought things couldn’t be crazier…. We get Mars retrograde and Saturn-Pluto redux this month!
Oh yes, September is a fun one, the kind of month that I have been nervous to write about. How can a girl possibly make sense of these dynamics?!
So, first, Mars.
Mars turns retrograde on September 9th – and stays that way til November 15th, for god’s sake. (Yes, that means it will be retrograde for the US election…) This is a long transit that only occurs every 2 years or so, and therefore we are really not used to it. Mars has a large sphere of action – the primary one being action itself: movement forward, the will, plans, goals, work, and yes, there can be some aggressiveness thrown in. Mars is the planet that rules Aries, and it happens to be in Aries right now, and will spend its retrograde period in Aries. Mars in Aries really embodies all that Mars is about –fiery impulsive action, leadership, decisiveness, inspiration, directness, forthrightness.
When Mars is retrograde, all that direct forward action gets a bit wonky, goes sideways. Things that were moving full steam ahead take a detour or stop entirely. Energy gets pulled away from externals and towards our internal state, draining right out of what we were focused on. The key with Mars retrograde is to absolutely go with the flow of it, with where the energy is, as opposed to where it isn’t. No forcing things! As with any retrograde personal planet, self- reflection is required.
With Mars retrograde in Aries, the reflection will be about the ethics of self-aggrandizement and the meaning of leadership, the obligation of the self to be in relationship to the collective.
Mars retrograde can also surface struggles that have been brewing under the surface. Mid way through Mars’ retrograde cycle (mid-October) – when the Sun opposes Mars retrograde — there can be a feeling of frustration, of I can’t take this anymore, I can’t bear the injustice. The sense of being “in reaction to” people and to external forces for the first half of Mars retrograde shifts to more strategic action on the part of conscious people. For those ruled by impulse and chaos – that would be Donald Trump—the pull of chaos grows stronger and creates more turmoil. Sigh.
At this point in the cycle—and I will have more to say about this in my October column—there can be a deep challenge to the status quo.
Mars retrograde can bring surprises, shocks, upsets. This particular stretch of Mars retrograde is complicated by its triggering angles to the major planets retrograding in Capricorn right now: Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto. Oy veh. Mars spends the last half of September squaring Saturn and this aspect continues into October.
We are also getting the last taste of Saturn and Pluto being 3 degrees away from each other during September and October – so everyone’s sense of impending apocalypse is very heightened right now.
But Mars retrograde in a 90 degree to angle to Saturn for 3 weeks? I saw that coming and assumed it was another series of intense quarantines. Given who has guns in this country and the increasing threat from armed white supremacist militias, it could be a rough few weeks of violence and repression. I also think that Mars retrograde can be highly creative and open some new possibilities …and we never know what can happen. (Who would have thought professional ball players would strike and demand arenas be used for voting?)
So expect the unexpected!
Here are my projections – or fantasies – about what Mars retrograde could mean for our nation that is already in turmoil.
Mars retrograde Fantasy #1—the military has to escort Trump out of office.
Mars retrograde Fantasy #2: Trump gets too tired of his job because Mars retrograde is wreaking havoc in his chart, and he gives it up.
Mars retrograde Fantasy #3: Massive strikes occur in the US for housing, income, food, racial justice. Teacher strikes, sports strikes, general strikes.
Mars retrograde Necessity #4: We all drop everything and do get out the vote.
By the time of my October column Mars retrograde’s impact will be a bit clearer than it is now. And then there is November. You don’t need an astrologer to know the US elections will be a mess. Mercury will be turning from retrograde to direct on Election Day. The last time Mercury and Mars were retrograde on Election Day was the year 2000—recounts, hanging chads, and the Supreme Court decided the election.
This year we will be in the streets!!
I am heartened by the fact that Mars retrograde does rip through Trump’s chart like a velociraptor, while its transit through Biden’s is more consonant with Mars’ action in the US’s chart. The US — with its July 4th Cancer birthday– wants a Good Dad – in that Cancerian kinda way. And Kamala Harris gets the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction of November/December moving right across her Libra Sun. I think that’s a good sign…. Just sayin.