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.