2020: Draw the Line

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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.

No More Mr. Nice Guy

Transiting Cancer Moon aspecting today’s Leo Sun square Uranus can bring a surprising ego irritant to your emotions. Not everyone has the grace to appreciate or value your kindness. People can suck. Be kind and shine anyway. Let go of disenchantment and don’t let others hold you back. You’ll better magnetize to you what you want and deserve.

Uranus to Moon has flow to take the extra step with a solution while the semi sextile of Sun to Moon is in aversion. Reaching out to help brings benefit to another who overlooks those efforts. Better to remain in your own power with Sun in Leo/ Moon in Cancer, highly dignified in domicile. Don’t get stuck in the mire after getting triggered. Focus on your agenda.

Jupiter square Neptune, Saturn sextile Neptune & Neptune Rx

Neptune Retrogrades at the Summer Solstice, the Sun at highest peak on the longest day. Glamours are dissipated. Dreams intensify as the fog clears. We can see through the illusion to do the practical work of inspiration manifestation. 
Jupiter Neptune augments aptitude and application of our spiritual magick, expanding our philosophy.  Saturn Neptune provides an intuitive reality check. Do mantras with your malas. Build a discipline of spirituality with a routine practice. 


Jupiter squares Neptune as the second Saturn sextile Neptune aspect of 2019 occurs this June. The first pass initiated in late January, the third and final occurs in November. Where are you now on your journey?

Virgo Moon conjoins Regulus

This weekend held the world in thrall with the royal wedding of Meghan and Harry.  Some awaited with baited breath to clock the time of the proceedings which gives the marriage chart an early degree Virgo Rising.

Today’s Virgo Moon conjoins the marriage chart Ascendant and the Fixed Star, Regulus.  Fixed Stars are a category of stars that move so slowly they appear static from our viewpoint on Earth.  Unlike the planets and other stars that wander and flicker along the ecliptic, the Fixed Stars shine with a fixity and intentness.

Of the Fixed Stars, four are the Royal Stars and Guardians of the sky.  They mark the compass points East/West, North/South accordingly – Aldebaran, Antares, Fomalhaut and the Regulus, the most Royal.   If you seeking to instill a long lasting mark, elect a chart with the important astrological factor conjoin the appropriate Fixed Star.

Regulus, Alpha Leonis, the brightest star in the constellation of Leo is known as the King Maker. This star is associated with dignity, courage, fame, elevated position, and royalty.  This weekend, Leo actress, stylista and humanitarian, Meghan Markle married royalty to become the entitled Her Royal Highness, Princess of Wales and Duchess of Sussex.

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Ceres, the asteroid of feminine fertility, rises in the first house of the marriage chart to conjoin Meghan’s Sun.  Juno the asteroid of marriage is conjoin the marriage chart Midheaven.  In her natal chart, Meghan’s Ceres is being expanded by transiting Jupiter retrograding back and forth at the doorway of her fruitful Scorpio 5th house, the house of pleasure and creative acts.

Meghan’s Ceres is followed by Uranus, Neptune, Juno, Moon and Vesta.  Keywords for these energies in the sequence in which these planetary energies will rise above the horizon are fertility –> surprise –> fantasy –> marriage –> motherhood –> hearth and home.  That this mirrors the timeline of the newest royal couple’s coupling, we will see.

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If you’re shocked that a stylish American divorcee pulled off the wedding of the century with her beloved royal prince, note that Meghan and Harry are right on time tracking with the Universe.  The last time Uranus was in Taurus 82 years ago for an 8 year stay, a stylish American divorcee caught the eye of a royal prince.

Edward, the man who would be King, stepped down from the throne to win Wallis Simpson.  Edward VIII rubbed shoulders with das Fuhrer, who sought to restore Ed to the British throne as the abdication prevented his Nazi sympathizer politics from becoming those of the UK.

How very shocking it is that these American’s married into the royal family?  You decide.  Breakdown. Breakthrough.

 

Planetary Parking Lot – Five Planet Retrograde

  • Mercury: August 12,2017 – September 5, 2017
  • Saturn: April 6, 2017 – August 25, 2017
  • Uranus: August 3, 2017 – January 2, 2018
  • Neptune: June 16, 2017 – November 22, 2017
  • Pluto: April 20, 2017 – September 28, 2017

The Leo Sun and Great American Solar Eclipse may leave you feeling fired up and anxious to go, but this August will be the time to hurry up and wait.  This is not to say you won’t be busy.   You will.  You’ll be plenty busy but with five planets retrograde, things are going to slow down in a palpable way so much so it will try your patience.  Plan ahead so you’ll have something to do while you’re waiting.

The closer a planet is to the Sun, the more often it will retrograde.  The planets listed above are in order from closest to the Sun to further away.  Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are outer planets which go retrograde for lengthier cycles than their inner planetary brethren and as such are felt on a intuitive level.  Inner planets are felt closer to the surface and more consciously manifested.

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Consider that each of these planets are parked in a lot in the August Sun.  There will be some welcome relief in the last week of the month when Saturn stations Direct.  If you’ve been making internal efforts during the retrograde weeks, external actions at this time can be achieved as the lethargy you’ve been feeling will dissipate.

You may even have some new downloads from Saturn’s travels back and forth over the Galactic Center.  Saturn connects to our sense of structure and order.   As the Lord of Karma, Saturn wants you to take responsibility for what you contracted as your work in this life.

Mercury connects to our thinking processes.  Information of use on how best to serve and shine will be collected by Mercury in his travels through Virgo and Leo to be transmitted to you in the first week of September.

By December 20, 2017 Saturn will shift from Sagittarius to Capricorn.  Sharpen your mental processes and make use of that Mercurial data to inform Saturn on how to expand your boundaries before years end as the cutting edge will be removed from the heat of the fire to cool off.  Thus begins the time of tempering.

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Uranus Eris & the Gemini New Moon: Get Smart

Uranus remains in peak conjunction with Eris until June 23rd to bring us a flash of insight. This conjunction began on May 28th rooting in Aries, the house of Mars.

That pang of discontent, discord or even envy is your internal engine revving in a particular direction.  This lack of harmony is a dissonance with your dreamed for or perceived self in a mirror reflecting back to you.  You can see that part of your shadow self you may not want to own.

Don’t be afraid.  This is not a demon/demoness coming for you.  This is a Daimon- an aspect of your own divinity that connects your humanity with that of the living, breathing universal consciousness.  Note the desirable attribute(s) you wish to possess.  What do you long for or covet for your very own?  What will you cast off to acquire your desire?

Mars cuts, separates, divides. Mars inconjunct to Uranus/Eris from June 7th – 21st will awaken us with a call to action towards that desired modification.

Your lesson is to transmute that antipathy and listen to the messages coming in from the Gemini New Moon. The planets in Mutable signs are grounded in Fixed houses and it is time to shift the paradigm.

Ritual for the Gemini New Moon: Ground and Center to better affix and anchor your intentions at this time of the Mutable Grand Cross.  Specify a SMART Goal and read it aloud at 10:59 PM Saturday evening. Fill in the specifics at that time or later in the month.  Read these aloud after you enter them.  Begin your big action steps after Mars Stations Direct on June 29th.

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