Saturn Stations Direct 9/29/20

Saturn Stations Direct this evening at 25° Capricorn.  If you have any planets, angles or sensitive points at 23°-27° of the Cardinal signs, this is the second hit of Saturn in the cycle of the retrograde.
Saturn has been in this part of the Zodiac since the first week of February 2020 and the next and last hit will occur before the first week of the new year. What has been brewing in your Capricorn house or near 23°-27° of the Cardinal signs for you since then and what is happening now?

Shine Time 2020

The Sun’s shift into Leo is the time to shine. We are off the hook for the merest of moments as the focus of Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter have only Mercury to oppose them. You’ll feel your shoulders relax and the knots in your neck release when Mercury slips into Leo on August 4th, no longer answering to the heaviness of Cancer and shifting our emotions with the moon every 2.5 days.

In the first week of August, the celebration of the 1st harvest of grain is celebrated. At Lughnasadh, people would assemble and play games, to give thanks for the abundance and plenty of high summer. It was the time to begin reaping what had been sown in the early Spring, the community working together to gather up the good from the hard work of the months previous.

1st Harvest Loaf Mass Altar

The first loaves of bread from the season’s grain were baked. The last sheaf would be brought into the hearth of the house to be returned to the earth and plowed back in at the next planting in Spring. Vegetables, flowers and herbs were collected into a cornucopia and laid out on an altar to be blessed. The rest of the first harvest was stored for later use, some set aside in root cellars, saved fermented or made into infusions.

Talented artisans and healers would set up shop in the village green to be celebrated for their skills and to hawk their wares. The Sun in Leo is the height of the natural world, and the traditional time for festivals and harvest magic. In my training as an herbalist, I glean plants and flowers of the season using electional astrology and talismanic magic, cull them at the time specific to intention and craft them into elixirs. These tinctures, flower and gem essences can be used externally and internally.

If you are in need of alignment with the magic and mystery of the Universe, turn to our trusty solar system and the celestial healing of earth and sky. Allow the plant and gem teachers to combine their intelligent guidance and gently support you in service to your evolution.

We need the support of the natural world now more than ever. We are living through a time when Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter are all in the sign of Capricorn, symbolized by the goat with horns and fish’s tail.

The star Capra was named after Amalthea, a nurturing nature spirit that took the form of a goat. She was entrusted with the sole care of infant deity, rearing him on her milk in a cold dark cave. Amalthea allowed herself to be fashioned into an invincible shield, the Aegis, to provide protection from Kronos, the god of time. Her actions set aside personal interest as a sacrifice for the greater good to safeguard future abundance. The harvest season’s plenty was collected in one of Amalthea’s horns, to create the Cornucopia. The little she goat was immortalized in the sky and the Fixed Star Capella is said to be her horn.

The goat embodies the lessons of Capricorn which show us how to survive under difficult conditions, withstand hardship, making the best use of our skills and what is provided by our surroundings. Know that shouldering responsibility, especially when the world is full of challenge, begins with self care.

The weekend of August 15th starts with sweetness and comfort as the Moon conjoins Venus in Cancer. Rest that day and motivate in the following two days as trines to Mars from Mercury and Sun engender activity and communicating with confidence.

The New Moon at 26°35′ Leo occurs on August 18th. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “The Luminescence of Dawn in the Eastern Sky” which brightens the world, promises new opportunities, and strengthens us in preparation for the next cycle if challenges. We will need resilience and patience when Mars meets in the first of his squares with Saturn on August 24th. Until then, slough away the dross of the past months and take some time now to shine.

Exhale & Inspire – Air Time

Can you feel it?

The lessening of pressure. The breath of fresh air. The sensation of unwinding and rewinding.

What’s that about?

Working backwards, Taurus time had us stress baking, Aries time had us railing against the system, Pisces time brought confusion and difficulties with keeping proper boundaries. Social distancing commenced as the Sun and Saturn entered fixed air Aquarius. The New Year greeted the world with a 5 planet Capricorn stellium and a somber tone. Jupiter and Pluto remain in Capricorn. Earth energy pressurizing and weighing on us. 

With the recent retrogrades, we’re returning to an earlier time. Restrictions are beginning to be lifted. Alternate side of the street parking has returned to NYC.

April 25, 2020 Pluto Stations Retrograde until Oct 4, 2020 Station Direct

May 10, 2020 Saturn Stations Retrograde until Sept 28, 2020

May 13, 2020 Venus Stations Retrograde until June 25, 2020 Station Direct

May 14, 2020 Jupiter Stations Retrograde until Sept 12, 2020 Station Direct

When a retrograde planet stations direct and begins to move out from the degrees of the retrograde shadow, we regain perspective. Take note of the dates above to see when perspective shifted and will shift again. Now we can collectively catch our breath and prepare for the long haul in late summer/early autumn.

We are informed by making another lap, back tracking to where we have been to get closer to the issue.   When planets appear to retrograde, they are essentially coming closest to the Earth.  This proximity is experienced as an intensification which can scramble our bearings.

If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs – yours is the Earth. (Rudyard Kipling- Capricorn Sun/Jupiter, Gemini Moon/MC)

We return to see what we missed the first time.  Back to the scene of the crime, the spleen of the chyme, the queen of the prime, the keen of the mime, the blade of the mind. It is Gemini time and we will have a month ahead of wit and wisecracks, repartee, ripostes and raillery.

The point of these aphorisms is a re-minder to use this limited period of freedom wisely. Don’t run with scissors. The handling of all keen edges requires training and experience. Now the Sun, Mercury, Venus and the North Node are in Gemini, the sign of mutable air, the most movable and airiest of air. The energy is kinetic, curious, mental and frantic. Gemini time is about games, not of chance, but of learning and development. 

Create. Relate. Participate. Collaborate. Be inspired and inspiring.

Look to more Air ahead.  Jupiter will conjoin Saturn at 0° Aquarius on the Winter Solstice, the first day in the sign of Capricorn.  December 21, 2020 is the official start of the next Jupiter/Saturn great conjunction, a 200-year elemental cycle that expresses the arc of time. 

We are now in an Earth cycle which was preceded by a Fire cycle and will be followed by the coming Air cycle. During an Earth cycle material practicalities occupy us: farming, mining, development of land, attainment of wealth, and creation of societal structures.

Before a cycle ends, there is a 20-year toe dip of the next cycle that tests the waters to give a preliminary view through the keyhole of time. Our 20-year sneak peak of Air occurred from 1980-2000 when computers and the internet came to the fore. As the 200-year cycle of Air approaches, we are already seeing the upswing of online and cellular technology as the primary mode of communication.  

We will need mental acuity for what comes next. Sharpen your sword.

April Libra Full Moon Haiku

What did the Moon see?
A gang of robbers hiding
social privilege.

The state of Georgia was founded on January 2, 1788.  A natal chart for Georgia set for noon shows an Ascendant of 18°10’ Libra. Today’s April 7, 2020 Moon occurs at 10:35 pm Eastern at 18°43’ Libra.  The Sabian Symbol for this degree in Libra is a gang of robbers hiding.

The sign of Libra strives for balance between polarities with a higher expression of social justice and dedication to humanity at large. Libra is ruled by the planet Venus.  Venus generally rules personal values, vocalization, financial standing, beauty and concordance. Venus is presently out of bounds by declination.  This OOB Venus crosses the line in order to have more, to be greedy, to over indulge, with acquisitiveness, avarice, rapacity and grasping behavior.

Venus is presently in the sign of Gemini. Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury, presently in detriment in the sign of Pisces. Jupiter rules Pisces and governs big business, wealth, gambling, speculative ventures and the law. Jupiter is presently in detriment in the sign of Capricorn. When planets are in signs of their detriment, it is less likely that they can serve in their higher expression.

Kelly Loeffler, the Senator for Georgia has professed to dumping $18 million in retail stocks and purchasing shares in companies selling Personal Protective Equipment such as medical gowns, and telework software companies after receiving classified briefings on Coronavirus.  Her husband is the CEO of Intercontinental Exchange and a chairman of the NY Stock Exchange.

David Purdue, the other Senator for Georgia, increased his stock transactions nearly threefold after receiving classified briefings on Coronavirus. He purchased stock from a chemical company that supplies Protective Personal Equipment and stock from streaming entertainment provider Netflix while selling his shares in Caesar Entertainment, a casino company whose properties has been shuttered due to the COVID-19 crisis.

According to Senate rules, their actions do not constitute insider trading.

Justice is Libra’s Tarot Card. Justice seeks accountability, equilibrium, truth, fairness and the law.

Today, the Wisconsin polling areas are surrounded by people in line 6 feet apart, exercising their right to vote. The Supreme Court handed down a decision yesterday evening forcing Wisconsin residents to choose between voting and staying safe. Some voters are willing to risk their lives in order to safeguard American democracy.

The five conservative justices on the Supreme Court rolled back an absentee-ballot extension that would have provided voters another week to submit ballots by mail. Their decision is a portentous sign of what actions the Court will allow elected officials to get away with during the COVID-19 outbreak, even as those actions impair our representative democracy.

The goings on in this one state may not seem important now but Wisconsin is a battleground state. Voters in big cities are more liberal. Blocking mail ballots will skew results in a conservative direction. This has implications with electoral college votes in the upcoming Presidential election.

In a constitutional republic, voters voices should be heard, not silenced. Recall that the planet that governs the voice is Venus. Venus’s wish is not only for ease and luxury but also harmony, truth and balance. If this current crisis has you on overload, evaluate your life, weigh your choices and make what matters most a priority. Look to your relationship with others, yourself, what you value and hold sacred. Nourish your authenticity and preserve your integrity – even if others do not.

Living in the Material World

Art by Helena Nelson-Reed

Blessed Ostara! The Spring Equinox occurs this evening when the Sun ingresses into Aries 10 minutes before midnight. Living in the material world, we need to be aware that the Earth is alive and reacting to the care and neglect by our hands. (humming George Harrison here, not Madonna)

We thank Mother Earth for her bounty. We honor the cosmos for keeping time along which we can align our lives to. Astrologically the planets are below the horizon in the Washington, D.C. Aries Ingress chart and here in the US, practically no one is out and about. Even the North Node in Cancer is pointing us home.

The Aries Sun is in the domestic 4th house of hearth and family, guiding us to stay close to home and focus our will there. The Aquarius Moon is in the 3rd house of locality and connection. We can still communicate emotionally on the interwebs and keep with social distancing.

Fixed Scorpio rises on the Ascendant and with fixed Taurus on the 6th house of illness, there will be containment but the current state of affairs will not be over anytime soon. It will take some time to clear the disease completely (2023?) as the viruses changes, waxes, wanes and lays groundwork for a different type of infection down the road.

Mars meets Jupiter tomorrow 3/20 for a spot of luck.
Mars meets Pluto on 3/31 for a tug of war.
Mars meets Saturn 3/31 at 0° Aquarius, taking us to the next level of reality. Channel the anger and anxiety that has been constricted within to better prioritize actions for right now and the future.

Enjoy the warm, kumbaya vibes from Venus in Taurus while you can. This changes April 3rd when Venus shifts to Gemini for a different take on social distancing.

Watch that clump of planets in the 2H Aries Ingress chart. The 2H ruler is Jupiter in Fall – there will be more than one financial concern needing your attention. Clarify who and what really, truly matters to you.

January 26-28, 2019 Venus / Mars & Neptune Fog

This weekend Venus and Mars come into aspect. Sparks will fly between the feminine and the masculine.

Don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing. 

1/26/2020: Venus square Mars from 16° Pisces to 16° Sagittarius creating tension which can be experienced as argumentative or passionate. Venus is especially sensitive now so be aware that the feminine can be challenged by the masculine. Don’t turn things into a tearful fight unless you’re looking for one and instead, consciously relate on what can become promising, on a physical or creative level.

By planetary order, Mars is located further out from the Sun than Venus. By speed of movement, Venus moves faster then Mars. In my study of astrology, I have been taught that the slower moving planet is superior to the faster planet and exerts more weight.

Is the feminine to then always be on the back foot?
Let’s look out into the galaxy, to the planetary bodies at the outer edges of our knowing. Here we find Ceres, goddess of agriculture, followed by Pluto, lord of the underworld, and then Eris, the martial lady of strife and discord. 

1/26/2020: Pluto and Eris come together for the first of five squares, this one from 23° Capricorn to 23° Aries. Pluto makes fractious Her vexation, intensifying and triggering in a way that escalates Her experience of non inclusion.  Eris is ready to throw down chaos in order to hold space, but first she must make that space to inhabit. 

Here the cosmos is teaching us to make space for feminine power. The Moon shifts from Aquarius into Pisces and airy insights turn liquid and even psychic.

1/27/2020: Venus conjunct Neptune at 16° Pisces can open us up to the wiles of glamour in which someone presents as a prince or princess when in fact, they’re a regular Joe/Josie. Rather than commit in the midst of a murky haze, rest and connect with your spirit. Flow with yoga, enjoy inspirational music or a relaxing spa day with grooming or beauty.

1/28/2020: Mars square Neptune from 16°Sagittarius to 16° Pisces brings in a weighty fog that slows us down into a torpor, obscures and confuses. This is not the time to work on that puzzle that has been confounding you. Escape with a suspenseful mystery on film or make art.

The Pisces Moon meets with Venus and Neptune amplifying the feels. Allow yourself to disentangle and unfurl. Settle your soul with soothing repose and a long soaking bath. Take this tranquility time to dream and reflect on what you are grateful for.

Slow. Flow. Let Go.

We are surrounded by mist that cloud clarity. Take care how you navigate. This fog will make it easy over the weekend for Venus and Mars to fall into an affray.

Mars is now in the fires of Sagittarius. He is egocentric but has no dignity. Mars will be quick to assert himself without considering others, manspreading on public transit while the pregnant lady is holding on to the ceiling strap.

The way is murky now. Venus exalted in Pisces cautions us to be aware that others are sharing the space. Take it slow and make the effort to reach out with sensitivity because you are not here alone. Venus guides us to invite them all to the party, most especially Eris.

Make space. Hold space. There is space enough for everyone.

2020: Draw the Line

Image Credit: Trish O’Brian

This year in 2020 we draw the line between our life up until this year and our life yet to come.  The great sacred cycles of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto set this in motion.

Jupiter is the grace of expansion, knowledge which begets wisdom, faith, belief, and growth.  Jupiter is the cosmic Santa who gives gifts to the Solar sect born and challenges to the Lunar sect born. Saturn delineates the line as the Guardian of the Threshold.  Saturn is the last planet that can be seen with the naked eye and thus represents represents structure, boundaries and restrictions.  Pluto is power that transforms in the cycle of life, birth/death/rebirth. Pluto represents the intensification of evolution and shedding of what no longer serves, in order to be renewed. 

On January 12, 2020, Saturn meets Pluto for the first time since 1982/1983. Saturn shows us the patterns of our lives that we have ingrained through habits, good and bad.  Pluto amplifies Saturn, setting us on the path to the next iteration of ourselves by separating wheat from chaff and closing out this past, significant chapter of our lives. We’re on the last pages and ending this journal, ready to put it on the shelves and open a fresh new book to write our lives into. Everywhere we find Saturnian bounds and closures all around you and the fresh rumblings of what Pluto has in the Underworld ready to sprout and be renewed.

On December 21, 2020, Jupiter conjoins with Saturn in Aquarius.  Jupiter Saturn conjunctions occur every 20 years and every 200 years, conjunctions occur in the same element. In 2020 Jupiter Saturn conjunction will occur in Air for the first time since 1425.  The past 200 years we have seen Jupiter Saturn conjoin in Earth from from 1802-2000, from 1603-1802 in Fire, from 1425-1603 in Water, and from 1226-1425 in Air.

On April 4, June 30, and November 12, 2020, Jupiter conjoins with Pluto.   Jupiter Pluto conjunctions occur every 13 years. Expansion, growth, optimism meets with power, control and intensity in a cycle at three points of this year. Get down to the essential.  Strip to core beliefs for the coming change, which will be revised and then integrated in Capricorn and focused on 23°-25° of that house.  

On December 19, 2017, Saturn shifted into Capricorn. Saturn in Capricorn is Cardinal Earth, with the principles of self control and ambition.  The elemental energetics are solid, heavy, cold and dry; they separate and sunder.  Saturn in Capricorn asks that we pull ourselves up by our bootstraps with the ability rely on our own resources through hard work, discipline and responsibility.  What does not serve is cut out, in order to achieve we need to limit and contain.  

On March 23, 2020, Saturn shifts into Aquarius for 10 weeks. Saturn gives us a sneak peak of life beyond the line.  Saturn in Aquarius is Fixed Air, with the principles of individualism, freedom and fellowship. The elemental energetics are gaseous, light, hot and wet; they coalesce and commingle. Saturn in Aquarius asks that we achieve tangible goals through humanitarian social approval and progressive, future-oriented, inventiveness.  
On July 2, 2020, Saturn returns to Capricorn as the cleanup hitter until December 17, 2020.  Saturn brings in the runs that you have set up on the bases during his transit in Capricorn. 

On December 18, 2020, Saturn ingresses into Aquarius to remain until May 30, 2023.  Heavy vs. Light, Cold vs. Hot, Dry vs. Wet: you will feel the change in elemental energetics when the signs shift from Capricorn to Aquarius. 

This year you will meet your darkness. Accept it.  Bury remains appropriately.  Focus on what you need deep down in order to create the foundation for your emerging new self.  This will likely hurt but don’t be afraid.  Do course corrections as required. 

You may need to surrender control should loss come.  Stay grounded, do the work, and put into place supports for the new processes.  Being peeled away are the not-you constructs of society and clan that claim you should become a doctor, lawyer, chief. The crucible of these great cycles burns that away. What remains will be stripped down to the line, to the truth of your personal alchemy. Now plot your course and implement your path. 

V/R, Jupiter, Saturn & Pluto

The great conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn occurring near a year of the USA national presidential elections often presage a deadly incident to the elected principle.  This pattern shows in years evenly divisible by 20 and has been known as the Curse of Tippecanoe. Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy were taken by assassination after Jupiter Saturn conjunctions. Reagan, who had the guidance of Joan Quigley, survived an attack in 1981.

By 1982/1983 the cycle of Saturn conjoin Pluto was in effect. The Reagan administration had brought on the rise of conservatives in the US, an escalation of the Cold War and a severe economic recession, the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression. In the same period, the CDC identified the HIV infection and the World Health Organization met for the first time to discuss the global AIDS epidemic. The computer was selected as Time Magazine’s person of the year and Motorola introduced the first mobile phones to retail.

The previous Saturn Pluto conjunction in 1946/1947 brought the end to WWII as the USA installed a new world order, beginning the Cold War. The influx of highly contagious Polio was infecting children worldwide, causing paralysis and death. The World Health Organization was created, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. The first mobile phone was invented and the American pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, traveling faster than the speed of sound.

The Saturn Pluto conjunction of 1914/1915 began WWI as colonial expansionist empires came to collapse, causing the first massive death toll of 37 million from poisonous gas warfare. Women were empowered, advocating for suffrage with a march on 5th Avenue in NYC. Alexander Graham Bell initiated transcontinental telephone service with the first long distance call.

The Saturn Pluto conjunction of 1518 CE brought the fall of the Aztec empire and the conquests of Spain. The Dancing Plague strikes Strasbourg in the Holy Roman Empire. The infected are struck with an uncontrollable urge to dance, dying from exhaustion, stroke and heart seizure. Martin Luther’s writings are condemned as conflicting with the teachings of the church. The Royal College of Physicians is founded in London and receives a royal charter to study and classify disease. Ambroise Pare and Leonard Botal of France, Bartholomeo Maggi of Bologna, Felix Wurtz of Zurich and Thomas Gale of England separately publish their work, pioneering the treatment of gunshot wounds and forensic pathology with surgical technique and battlefield medicine.

The Saturn Pluto conjunction of 1284 CE brought Kublai Khan to power. Marco Polo returns to Europe to write his Book of Various Experiences, communicating his adventures in Asia. The book enjoys widespread reading. Prussia is infected with a new species of worms with poisonous sting and swarms of flies bring pestilential fever to Spain which decimate the French Army warring on Arragon. A sheep from Spain is imported to England and causes the first rot which infects the country, lasting for 25 year and leaving few sheep alive. The Chinese develop the first prototype cannon.

The Saturn Pluto conjunction of 783 CE brought Charlemagne to power. He launched a 30 year military campaign to conquer the lands of what would ultimately become Europe. Viking raiders led their own conquests, raiding by land and sea. The Huns brought the seeds of the first plague pandemic from Central Asia which spread from Egypt to the Mediterranean. The Chinese invent gunpowder primarily for fireworks. The Abbasids take control of the Omayyad Caliphate and extend power, improving communications within the empire and founding schools and towns. Wu Hou becomes Empress of China, strengthening the T’ang Dynasty as the first woman to reign.

If the past tells the tale for the future, the messages from Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto point to collapse of old power structures, identification of epidemic illness, pandemic loss of life, advances in technology, communication, medicine and demonstrations of human rights.

Vrroom, Brume & Fume

Engines are revved high and we’re at the intersection of boundless sensitivity and conflicting insights.  It’s a mixed bag of brume and fume as Mars in Virgo squares Jupiter in Sagittarius, Sun in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces, and Moon in Aquarius squares Uranus in Taurus.  

Dreams are heightened as an expansion of the mysteries pervades.  Jupiter square Neptune is one of the signature aspects of 2019 and through retrograde motion comes to square three times this year.  The January 13th and  June 16th squares have passed and we are rolling up to the 3rd square on September 21st.  Jupiter can expand only to the limits of Saturn, Neptune knows no limits.  When they come together in a square, follow your dreams but don’t lose touch with reality.

It has a been a tough year of being tested and taking on hard work with Saturn, Pluto and the South Node in Capricorn.  Hopefully, you’ve used the Jupiter in Sagittarius opportunities of spirit and luck to establish optimistic dreams into being and to raise your frequency.  If so, the Virgo Earth season  presents outcomes that rejuvenate belief in yourself and your abilities.

The potential of spirit amplifies into expression. Inspiration becomes manifestation through perspiration.

The Sun conjunction to Mars is still in effect which motivates us to push forward despite the dreamy fog around us.  If Mars is happy in your astrology chart, propitiate him. Use inspiration to act in a mindful way.

Later in the week, energy shifts on the lunation when Mercury, ruler of Virgo leaves his home sign and Venus, ruler of Libra enters her home sign.  We’ll be less meticulous and more articulate, less practical and more diplomatic, less analytical and more personable.

Emotionally we are ramping up with the Jupiter ruled Pisces Full Moon. Find time to rest. Go for a swim or take a bath. Make art. Dance to music. Sling some tarot or oracle cards. Seek healing. Be generous to yourself and others.

On the Edge of Moon Madness

Around the time of the Perigee Lunar Libration, emotions will be on the edge.  There is a keen state of excitement, palpable risk or danger. Take care.  This is a precarious time when people affected by this type of lunation can push past the boundaries of acceptable behavior into lunacy.

The point on the Moon’s orbit when closest to the Earth is called Perigee. When at Perigee, the Moon’s orbital speed is faster than its rotational speed. This causes the Moon to rock and wobble, north to south and east to west in a Lunar Libration.

When a New Moon or Full Moon occurs the Moon’s perigee, it is known as a Supermoon.  The nearness of the Supermoon lunation to Earth and the speed and motion of the Lunar Libration coincides with an escalation in the expression of our emotions.

Be cautious of your surroundings this August for a week at the beginning of the month and a week at the end of the month.  The proximity of Mars to the lunations amplifies ill temper and impulsiveness.  The New Moon in Leo and the New Moon in Virgo are subject to a measure of moon madness.