Aug 28 2020
As an astrologer, people often ask me, “so when will things get better?” Sometimes it is hard to say exactly when, particularly now when there are three planets all in retrograde motion in the sign of Capricorn, but we do have the beginnings of an opening for progress this month as Jupiter turns direct on September 13th, Saturn on September 29th and Pluto, lagging behind the group, turns direct on October 4th.
This will start busting up any internal or external stalemates to your energy and actions. It won’t happen overnight but this does signify a course correction towards a favorable outcome.
It is the outer planets with their slow-moving orbits that induce the deepest changes in life and when in their normal forward motion we gain traction and momentum…finally! So take heart, my friends!
There is one snafu this month as Mars, the masculine planet of will, action and energy, will go into its retrograde motion period on September 9th through November 14th. This signifies a return to or review of something started in July or August. Mars goes into retrograde motion less frequently than the other planets, roughly every two years. It happens this time in the cardinal sign of Aries, which Mars rules and enjoys taking charge in.
Jul 29 2020
The month begins with an interesting conjunction of Venus and the North node in the late degrees of Gemini through the 8th.
This can cause extremes in all Venus ruled areas of life, particularly relationships as Venus in Gemini wants to talk, talk, talk about the relationship now. Choose your words carefully.
Venus then leaves Gemini on the 8th and enters the sign of Cancer where she remains through the end of the month, happily transiting that feminine water sign. Mercury is also in the sign of Cancer through the 6 th so security, home and family are issues that are up and in focus now.
Mars, the god of war, remains in Aries at 18 degrees and will advance to 27 degrees by the end of the month. We have been in the shadow area of the upcoming Mars retrograde since July 24th so what is going on now with Mars related situations. i.e., men, weapons, aggression, conflict, soldiers, police, will be reviewed during the retrograde phase beginning on September 9th through November 14th. Get ready for a wild ride with this retrograde.
Jun 29 2020
The month begins with Mercury retrograde joined to the Sun’s 9th degree and cazimi, which means a planet is within 15 minutes of the Sun’s position.
With a fast-moving planet like Mercury, this period doesn’t last very long and in this case it’s only 7 hours, beginning at 5 PM (MDT) on 6/30 and lasting until 1 AM on 7/1.
This means that Mercury, the messenger, is so close to the Sun that he “has the ear of the king” as represented by the Sun. Important conversations are going on at this time between advisors and rulers of nations. Stay tuned.
This event is followed by the full Moon lunar eclipse at 13 degrees of Cancer/Capricorn, on the birthday chart of the USA. Interestingly, Pluto was retrograde at 27 degrees of Capricorn in 1776 and while not at the same degree as it is now (24 degrees Capricorn), you can see the large scale, and somewhat dark, deadly and transformational events happening in the daily news. The United States’ Pluto return doesn’t occur until late February 2022, so this is a process we will be in for years.
May 30 2020
Welcome to eclipse season, as if we needed any more drama in the world right now! We have 2 eclipses this month and one more in early July in this cycle so, in addition to some other planetary factors, it could indeed be a tense and bumpy ride.
The month begins with Venus retrograde combust the rays of the Sun through the 8th. Things could get testy within relationships as people are a bit frazzled and fried right now. On June 5th, there is the full Moon lunar eclipse at 15 degrees of Gemini/Sagittarius, which may add to the drama of the times.
Lunar eclipses can manifest as a rather immediate event and this one has Mars making a square aspect to those degrees on the 6th. No one will be very comfortable during this first week of the month. The second week has the Sun squaring off with Neptune on the 11th, followed by Mars squaring Neptune on the 13th and Mercury going retrograde on the 18th. This is a recipe for deception and misinformation running rampant in the world.
Apr 30 2020
Welcome to the merry month of May! Most of us are still living with self-isolation restrictions but May is still a time when the earth starts to blossom and glory in its flora and fauna. Revel in the beauty that surrounds you, it is truly restorative.
It is my deduction from the astrology of it that the end of May and early June signifies greater freedom for the majority of folks. Mercury breaks out of the grasp of the north and south nodes, a condition known as Kala Sarpa yoga in the Vedic astrology tradition. This will help all of us to get out again as the little dude likes to move around. The rest of the planets remain trapped between the nodes until the Sun breaks free the third week of June and Venus escapes in early August. This condition really defines what happened since March, 2020 when the Kala Sarpa yoga began as did the quarantine/self-isolation restrictions for most of us.
We also have 3 planets going into retrograde motion all within 3 days of each other from May 11-14 and this energy will facilitate a return or review of behavior and action. Saturn kicks off the action on 5/12 at 1 degree 57’ Aquarius, followed by Venus on 5/13 at 21 degrees 50’ Gemini and finally Jupiter on 5/14 at 27 degrees 14’ Capricorn. Caution and careful deliberation is favored as Saturn and Jupiter don’t cover much cosmic ground as they move very slowly through the end of the month.
Mar 31 2020
And here we all are, in home isolation or home quarantine under orders from our state or local governments. However you want to label it, it’s no joke. This situation underlines some of the symbology of the Saturn Pluto in Capricorn conjunction, i.e., restrictions from government (Saturn in Capricorn) with possibility of death (Pluto) if we don’t.
Within this circumstance is also the possibility of great transformation within ourselves and for society if we use this “timeout” constructively and with positive intention.
When will it end? I think there will be some positive news around April 15th but it may take another 2-4 weeks for the isolation orders to lifted, depending upon where you live and the incidence of infections in that area.
So, hunker down and have a plan of action for self-improvement, rather than just binge-watching Netflix shows and snacking at will. I don’t even know what to say about the TP hoarding phenomenon but it just seems fear based to me (Saturn) around the survival root chakra (Pluto), as one possibility.
Feb 28 2020
March has some very interesting planetary energy pairings beginning with Venus conjunct Uranus at 4 degrees of Taurus and the Sun conjunct Neptune at 18 degrees of Pisces on the 8th. That day and the three days leading up to it have a kind of a magical mystical mystery tour vibe if you ask me. Lovers, mystics and artists should have a very good time with it as the energy is wildly creative, romantic and exciting but everyone can enjoy it in some way as well.
Mercury goes direct on the 10th at 28 degrees of Aquarius. The minor speed bumps of the last three weeks will begin to straighten out through the end of the month. Don’t sweat the small stuff as it can always be corrected and many times the delays turn out to be of benefit in some way.
Mars is now cruising through its sign of exaltation, Capricorn, and is strong, competitive with a drive for achievement. You can definitely use this martial energy to accomplish things. It is primarily positive through the 20th when he joins up with Jupiter at 20 degrees of Capricorn. But after that, Mars gets into malefic and volatile territory when it meets up with Pluto on the 22nd.
Jan 31 2020
There’s a lot going on this month, including the first Mercury retrograde of the year! The little dude does his apparent backwards dance from February 16th through March 9th, beginning at 12 degrees of Pisces and back to 28 degrees of Aquarius.
Mercury is considered weak in the sign of Pisces because it is opposite Virgo, a sign he rules. In Pisces, Mercury loses his precision focus and gets scattered. Be aware of this during the retrograde period and also when he moves forward over those degrees through the end of March. Mercury is in Pisces until April 12th, so this is a fairly long period of debility, almost 2 months!
Mercury is the conscious mind, the intellect, how we communicate, short trips and mechanical objects. We all have our Mercury Rx stories and while this time can be annoying it is not devastating or to be feared. Any planetary retrograde period is a time to do things over, review progress and revise action. Things generally work themselves out as he begins forward motion again.
Venus is transiting Pisces, her sign of exaltation, through February 8 and then she enters Aries, a sign of her debility because it is opposite Libra, a sign she rules. She is still highly visible in southwestern sky after sunset. Check out that luminous brilliance while you can. May all beings be blessed by this vision.
Dec 29 2019
Happy New Year! 2020 begins with a nice connection of Mercury with Jupiter, signifying many new ideas for plans, goals, optimism and hope. People from the past could be contacting you between the 4th and the 8th as Mercury and Jupiter connect with the south node. See who shows up for you and what they have to say. It is always interesting when this happens.
The full Moon Lunar eclipse at 20 degrees of Cancer/Capricorn on the 10th changes the dynamic a bit as it is very close to the Saturn Pluto conjunction, which will have a big effect for change in the world. This may be a rough month to endure as there will be world events that will trigger fear, anger and suspicion in most people. Do your best to remain proactive and positive while double checking your sources for accurate information.
The next 3 months have a lot of volatility for political chaos, earth changes and weather events because of the planetary aspects involved. On January 12th we have Mercury, Sun, Saturn and Pluto all together at 22 degrees of Capricorn making for a rather repressive day followed by Mars making an inconjunct aspect to the north node which can be some kind of power move or explosive event.
The 23rd has the balsamic Moon in conjunction with Saturn and Pluto followed by a new Moon on the 24th. The reflected light of the Moon will return after its dark phase. It’s a good time for your spiritual practices to take a prominent place in your life. With these difficult planetary aspects it is not a positive week to start a new venture or begin a relationship.
The 27th offers a lighter aspect with Venus conjunct Neptune, which has an artistic and inspirational vibration as Venus is in her sign of exaltation, Pisces. Then Mars comes along the next day to square Neptune, which can be an aspect of delusion or deception. This is like being smitten by someone so wonderful on the internet and then being totally disappointed by the reality when you meet them in person. A real wtf was I thinking moment. This month will test us all so remain constant with your spiritual practices and ability to remain centered.
Not to spoil the plot but the year 2020 ends with the grand conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn, then still conjunct and moving into Aquarius. This grand conjunction happens approximately every 20 years so it ushers in a big cultural trend/change. The last time it happened in the sign of Capricorn was in February 1961. Better things are ahead!
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Nov 30 2019
We have some interesting new vibrations coming in this month as Mercury, Venus and Jupiter change signs and all the planets are traveling between Scorpio and Taurus this month so half of the zodiac signs are empty. Not to mention we have the winter solstice, an eclipse on Christmas and only a degree of separation between the rather harsh planets of Saturn and Pluto by month’s end. That is a whole bunch of change, folks, so buckle up as it may be a bumpy transition.
Mercury clears the degree of its recent retrograde phase on 12/7 so things that went awry during the Rx time can still be cleared up. Mercury enters Sagittarius on 12/9 and stays in the sign of its detriment through 12/28 so be aware that your decision-making ability may be flawed during this time.
Venus transits the practical sign of Capricorn until 12/21. It is a challenging time for Venus as she makes contact with the south node on the 2nd. This could bring in contact from relationships of the past so think carefully before you agree before deepening a connection with that person. Is it moving you backward or forward in your life?
Oct 30 2019
The month begins with a retrograde Mercury in Scorpio. Whoopie! The gauntlet for going deeper and revealing the truth of things has been thrown by the cosmic forces that be. Show up, tell the truth and go deep within yourself to make the most of this transit. People will be hypersensitive to criticism so go easy with your words.
Mercury will go direct on November 20 at 11º Scorpio 38’. This one could get pretty intense, just sayin’. The little dude is close to Venus until the 3rd, making it all rather pleasant and civilized. Venus goes into Sagittarius on the 2nd and they separate as Mercury retros and Venus moves forward.
It gets more intense after that as transiting Mars in Libra squares transiting Pluto in Capricorn. This is an explosive aspect with a potential for nasty confrontations and outcomes. Avoid volatile people and watch your back in unfamiliar surroundings. Jupiter, the planet of optimism, right action and justice, moves between 23 degrees and 29 degrees of Sagittarius, and is aspecting the Galactic Center between November 15-21. This coincides with Mercury going direct on the 20th and Mars entering Scorpio on the 20th as well. The truth of the matter does get revealed as the month unfolds.
Sep 27 2019
The month begins with Pluto going into direct motion on October 3rd at 20º Capricorn 38’. Pluto is the slowest moving known planet in our solar system and will proceed to 20º Capricorn 49’ at the end of the month.
This degree was transited by Pluto in the first week of January 2019 so there is a transformative cycle that culminates this month for people whose charts (heads up to anyone with major chart points and planets at 20º of cardinal signs) are directly impacted by this transit.
Pluto transits are not easy and usually require us to encounter dark energies that facilitate a breakdown to breakthrough kind of transformation. Mercury will be in the sign of Libra through the 4th and then enter the sign of Scorpio, where it will spend two months before going into its retrograde cycle on October 31 at 27º Scorpio. Secrets will be revealed to be sure!
Venus transits Libra through the 9th and then enters Scorpio, a sign she is not very comfortable in. Mars ends its Virgo transit on the 5th and then will be in Libra through the end of the month. Mars tends to be weak in Libra so both Venus and Mars will be energetically off this month. Be patient with relationship dynamics throughout October and into early November.