Astrology of 2021

Overview

20212021 is not the endurance ordeal of 2020 but there is no point in pretending that 2021 is the reward for getting through the last year. This year has more positive highlights and things are moving along at a much faster pace now so we can get a better feel of what we have to work with.

It could be a bit of a roller coaster ride as we adjust and re-adjust to all the dynamics that are on the Astro schedule this year. We get a good mid-year taster of some of the benefits coming along in 2022 but we’ll have to wait until 2023 to feel we have come through and out the other side of something big. 2021 brings many twists and turns and some unexpected events that alter the course of our lives to varying degrees, but we have plenty to be optimistic about as long as we stay with the Aquarius trend of the current times. Taking a step back from the emotive scenes we are bombarded with through the media and getting some perspective that reconnects you to your local reality and your community is the best remedy for any of this year’s turbulence. Being open-minded, open-hearted and allowing the creative solutions to flow is the way to make an opportunity out of a crisis. That’s the main message and the way ahead this year.

Saturn in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus. 

Exact on 17th February, 14th June and 24th December 

We have one dominant theme this year that gives us the signature for 2021. This dynamic suggests we are in for a rocky ride in 2021 as the square between these very different planets is in the background throughout the year.

Saturn (tradition) is challenged by Uranus (change) and the main topics are around reformist ideals and social constructs (Aquarius) versus the security of material resources and the body’s basic needs (Taurus)

Square aspects demand action and they get our attention so we DO something to arrive at a new position or perspective. This energy asks for change so we can have a new experience.

The two planets involved have very contrasting energies and the constraints and stability of Saturn will thwart the rash overthrow of Uranus whilst Uranus will provide the unexpected twists and turns than any good plot requires ensuring Saturn doesn’t provide a dreary and predictable conclusion to this chapter of our lives.

To understand better what the planetary patterns are telling us we can take a look at the nature of the planet and the sign it’s in to give us some direction. Saturn is the planet of stability and consolidation It describes the condition of being human, the restriction, limitation and obligations of being in a world where we are confined by time, space and being physical, along with all the needs and responsibilities of living in the material world. Saturn teaches us how to get along within these confines and we learn and grow as a result, on a personal level and in an evolutionary sense. Experience can Planets cropultimately bring us maturity and a sense of right action, wisdom and self governance.

Aquarius is a fixed air sign, which describes the realm of our thoughts. It operates with detachment and rationale. Aquarius is all about knowledge and the ability to construct new concepts into a plan or system for the apparent greater good. We use this to plan for our future by looking ahead at a variety of possibilities. Imagination allows us to organize systems and structures to benefit us all in preparation for what happens next.

With Saturn in Aquarius there is the theme of social reform and technological advances that alter the way we live our everyday lives, our work needs and our social structures.

Uranus is the planet on the far side of Saturn in our solar system so it represents the next level just beyond our physical existence. It is the planet of our higher mind that taps into the grand design. It is innovative and experimental, often bringing flashes of inspiration or fantastic new ideas. It is the planet of change and disruption. It makes radical shifts to oust the existing patterns, thinking, habits or social and political structures. It inspires reforms and revolutions and breaks out beyond boundaries and conditions that prevent freedom. It is the planet of the authentic self and true individual expression. On a personal level it is all about having the ability to walk the talk or step out of the consensus conformity to be an independent thinker.

Taurus is a fixed earth sign and describes our physical experiences, the state of being human in a material environment. It represents the physical senses and the needs and wants that come with having a body. Taurus is about having the practical skills and resources required to live harmoniously in the natural world. Food, shelter, warmth and social connections are fundamental for humans to survive and thrive on a physical level. Basic security is the Taurus domain.

So as the “warp speed” plans to move humanity into a digital “smart” world get challenged by unforeseen delays and resistance, we may find that all is not going to plan when it comes to resetting our social and economic systems. On the other hand, it is all going according to plan if we allow for the chaos factor of nature and the random wild card element that has always made essential digressions and pushed evolution to its next level when required.

There will be a strange mix of ideals, ethics and personal values as many previous choices and preferences will reverse or at least overlap in ways that couldn’t have been expected before now.

Those who would be natural freedom seekers and outsiders will find themselves wanting to conserve a status quo or be defensive of traditional values. Whilst many previously conservative people will be the first to adopt the “new normal” as society is reformed at an astonishing pace.

Some of the biggest causes of division that we will experience this year will be a clash of moral or ethical values and fighting over what we value. Opinions and beliefs will become even more divergent or extreme, and each will believe they are right. The problem arises when one side wants to use force to ensure the compliance of the other. The tensions will rise and lines will be crossed. There is little doubt that we will see a lot more rebellion and resistance in 2021.

We will see many issues that highlight our access to resources in 2021. We will have serious questions about who “owns” the land, homes, property and even the money. Who has the “right” to access these resources will be a point of contention. It’s not just about the big things and global resources, it’s also about the basics at a local level. Who owns our food, or the ability to produce it from a garden or farm and our water and fuel supplies too. There will be argument and clashes, confrontation and riots over these things, all around the world. The global economic systems will be under stress and our local systems will need to step up to fill the gaps.

The issue of ownership and fundamental rights will become a major topic of divisiveness this year. There will be those that seek to overrule personal needs and wants, as we are asked to sacrifice all that we hold dear for the so-called “good of all”. Some will continue to trust those people or organisations that preach that the new ways are necessary to maintain personal and collective safety and security.

As people in their masses seek to be saved from the things they fear most, they will surrender their autonomy in exchange.principles

Not everyone wants this new system which involves little or no personal governance. Many will choose to fend for themselves by pooling their skills and resources on a local level so they can maintain their ability to manage their community systems and structures. Each will see the other as a threat to their survival and this can bring out the more basic survival instincts in people.

This is certainly a time when we must consider deeply our relationship with our environment and how able we are to harmonise with nature. We need a new approach which integrates technological advances with the natural rhythms and cycle that we have become estranged from. We need to adjust the way we organise our social patterns and how we share our resources so there is a more balanced and cohesive system in place. The planetary signatures do speak to us about “now” as the time for this. There is a massive and seemingly necessary shift occurring and a new paradigm being initiated. We are at a point of choosing which way we want to proceed.

What we currently see being promoted by the media is only one way forwards Those who hold influential positions are all singing the same tune and no one else is getting the chance to be heard or seen. Being given only one option for our collective future is not a choice, it is a dictate.

Will we become more aware and connected with our deeper and more refined spiritual nature and intuitively find the balance and harmony required. Or will we insist on following our fearful mind and self-limiting beliefs to design what we are told is the right and only way?

Neptune misinformation and confusion

A theme that carries over from 2020 is that we are being kept in the dNeptuneark or just can’t see our way ahead with clarity.

Neptune the planet of mystery and illusions is in a challenging square to the Moon’s nodes since mid-2020. The nodes represent our destined path and what we are growing into for our future as well as what we are releasing from the past. When Neptune is involved there is often an inability to see what is going on behind the scenes and it’s as if things are being distorted leaving a sense of unreality to whatever is happening. Certainly, it may not appear that we are deluded or mistaken because the illusion is very effective. We just know that things don’t add up or they make no sense when we try to put the pieces together. This dynamic concludes in early February. Once this veil is lifted many things may become apparent. There is likely to be revelations of deeply held secrets or deliberate deceptions. We should at least get some clarity and see where we are heading now. There may be a backlash as some people feel cheated or angry at being taken advantage of over the past months.

Some of the barriers to feeling compassion and empathy are going to lift and we may be more able to resonate with others despite being of differing opinion.

For many people, this phase will have helped them look more deeply for the hidden truths in life and brought them a sense of connection with something more spiritual or of greater meaning.

Mars is on the move again 

After spending an extraordinary amount of time in one sign in 2020, nearly half the year in Aries, Mars is now going to transit eight signs in 2021 serving as a timing trigger. This movement from the action planet signifies the fast pace of change and the rapid evolution of events that we can expect this year. It is also the planet of friction and conflict. Not all conflict is war but this planet makes some very volatile contacts with several other planetary big shots as it whizzes by. Mars travels through each sign and stirs things up. The nature of each sign gives us the clues as to how well this goes. It triggers the Uranus in Taurus position on 18th January which can ignite some heat around bodily integrity and food resources. This opens up the challenges that we will be facing surrounding these topics this year.mars-crop

When Mars challenges Jupiter on 19th January we could see some heated action and conflict around justice and social reforms and then some shift or resolution, a finale of sorts, from the opposition on 28th July.

On 1st July Mars opposes Saturn and this frustrating energy can cause the pressure to break something apart during the few days either side. In the fire sign of Leo, it could be a literal firewall problem. some resistance to the enforcement of restrictions or significant leadership changes.

In late October and early November Mars moves from the air sign Libra to the water sign Scorpio as it makes a powerful and challenging square to Pluto, then Saturn followed by an opposition to Uranus. This is certainly going to be a turbulent few weeks and a peak period of disruption this year We can expect power clashes and maybe riots or civil disturbances during this time. There could be natural events that create upheaval as the Lunar eclipse also falls into this time frame. 20th October to 20th November.

Jupiter in Pisces provides a preview 

Jupiter just arrived in Aquarius at the end of 2020 to make its grand conjunction with Saturn. It takes about a year to transit one sign so we have this expansion of Aquarian themes for 2021.

Aquarius does not get entangled in sentimentality or get swayed by emotional reactivity. It casts a clear and detached mind over the issues it perceives and seeks a progressive solution that will benefit humanity. So there is a high level of innovation with new technologies that are designed to create a better world for our future. At worst there is an exaggerated level of ideology and altruism with a sense of almost divine righteousness.

Jupiter briefly moves into Pisces, on 13th May until 28th July when it starts the retrograde back into Aquarius and it won’t return to Pisces until 29th December. But this short spell of the benevolent planet in its own sign of Pisces is like a breath of fresh air amid so much unrest and restriction. Pisces is a creative and even mystical sign that connects to other dimensions with ease. It can be inclined to want to escape the material world in exchange for something more spiritual. Its true expression is more towards freeing the spirit from the confines of the mundane and expressing a more intuitive and compassionate connection with the world and its inhabitants. Jupiter in Pisces allows us to reach out and expand on our higher aspirations and goals. Our imagination is strengthened and we can be highly intuitive and inspired. We seek broader and better horizons that are aligned to values beyond the material world. It takes some of the fear away and replaces it with optimism and faith in a brighter future. There is a sense of being guided or aligned with a divine force.

The retrograde of Jupiter back into Aquarius will allow us to return to the business of reforming and working on our connection with humanity before we get to working on reconnecting to our divinity during the Pisces transit.

Mercury Retrogrades to get us thinking 

30th January to 21st February in Aquarius 

29th May to 22nd June in Gemini

27th September to 18th October in Libra 

In 2021 Mercury has three retrograde phases which in itself is nothing unusual but this year they all occur in the airair signs.

This emphasis on our thoughts goes along with the Aquarian theme and the power of our mind and thoughts being of great significance. Mercury represents our ability to process information and make sense of what we hear or see. In a time when so much of what we are presented with as fact or knowledge is actually distorted to support an agenda, we really do need to approach information with clarity and discernment. Many responses to ideas, opinions and suggestions are rebuked with an emotional reaction rather than a level headed assessment. During these Mercury retrograde phases this year there is likely a need to review what you thought you knew to be true. Many presentations of news and truth are revealed to be less than honest during 2021 and during the Mercury retrograde phases, we are likely to see some of the supposedly reliable sources unravel.

Use these retrograde phases of 2021 to meditate and contemplate. Take time out to research or re-examine information you use to make your choices. Be prepared to reconsider and re-evaluate everything.

More than ever now it is important to be aware of what you think and where your attention and mental energy is focused. Your attention creates more of what you focus on. Keep your attention away from the issues that make you feel powerless.

The very thoughts that you think are powerful in creating your version of reality and so if they are mostly fearful or anxious your world is a much more difficult place to navigate. Whereas if your thinking is peaceful and you possess an open mind you will be assured of a much more enjoyable experience in life.

Eclipses start a new cycle 

26th May Lunar eclipse in Sagittariusrisingeclipse

10th June Solar eclipse in Gemini

19th November Lunar eclipse in Taurus

4th December Solar eclipse in Sagittarius

This year’s eclipse cycles bring the ending to the previous Gemini Sagittarius polarity in exchange for the Taurus Scorpio one which becomes the eclipse pattern for 2022.

Sagittarius represents the imaginative thinking and exploration of new ideas and experiences that expand our understanding (ruled by Jupiter). Gemini represents the interpretation of information that requires a comparison of ideas and provides contrast and options. (ruled by Mercury)

The eclipse cycle moves into a Taurus Scorpio phase for 2022. The 19th November Lunar eclipse gives us a head start on the coming year trends. We begin to discern between actual reality and overly emotional responses to what we think is reality.

A big signature of 2020 and 2021 is the way we are reacting to anyone who is coming from a different perspective and opinion.

One of the big lessons for us all is to refrain from this divisiveness and to stop needing to be “right” and make the other wrong to prove our self.

Being truly awake and aware does not exclude deep feelings, compassion or empathy but it does not involve any emotionalism and reactivity. This is a truly freeing way of interacting with the world and others as each moment is fresh and untainted by any imprints or residues from the past.

The November eclipse comes amongst several other tense alignments and we may not see the full effect of this eclipse until it unfolds in the early months of 2022. There may be some purging and transformation on many levels that will clear a path for what is to come in the following year.

We can see that 2021 is really a preparation year for the next several years that follow. Doing the groundwork this year will help to design the future that is wanted by ordinary people who want to live ordinary lives. Remembering that we are each extraordinary, unique and powerful is the way to achieve this.

December planet watch meets 2020

December is the month where many things can, and probably will, change. It may be small things that don’t seem to make much difference at first glance or it could be something quite momentous that signals the start of a new direction. Either way this month delivers a series of astrological events that prepare us for the months ahead. 2020 is destined to be a very significant year.

The first major shift occurs on the 2nd as Jupiter moves in to Capricorn. It has been in it’s own sign, Sagittarius for the last year. Here the Jupiter energy has been about all the potential and possibility that we hope for. It has brought us plenty of opportunity to consider and plan for all the wonderful options that we could have, if only! There has been the hope of brighter horizons despite the difficult and heavy transits from Saturn and Pluto throughout the year. But all this optimistic looking forward to better days and improved conditions, may begin to feel like a pipe dream or false expectation. In reality so little has actually come to fruition.

Capricorn is a Saturn ruled earth sign. Serious and steadfast, Capricorn is ambitious and wants to achieve. It doesn’t waiver at the thought of a long haul and is happy putting in the effort to make it work well and efficiently. Capricorn could be the best example to match the phrase “do it once and make it count”. So with Jupiter, which is all about growth, expansion, improvement and joyful living, in the dependable sign of Capricorn, it may seem far more like work and no play, but we can actually and really “get stuff done”.

There are several planets moving into Capricorn this month to join with Saturn and Pluto which have already been there for some years now. Venus recently moved in and will be followed by Jupiter, Sun and then Mercury before the month end. Each one in turn makes a positive aspect to Uranus in Taurus, also a no-nonsense earth sign. Uranus is the planet of radical reform and it’s job is to shake things up and move things along. Uranus doesn’t tolerate stagnation or blind tradition and it pays no heed to hesitation. It wants a new expression and a release from oppressive restrictions and will find the most direct path to freedom when it’s triggered.

A true sense of this shift in energy may be felt when Mercury finally moves beyond the shadow of this recent retrograde and out of Scorpio. It’s been in this deep, intense and mysterious sign for longer than usual. All kinds of communications and the flow of ideas have been prone to misdirection and misunderstanding. There have been a lot of things said, sometimes in the name of truth, often harsh, but these words now need to be forgiven or integrated. Mercury in Sagittarius from the 9th will be much more generous, good humoured and philosophic.

The 11th to 13th brings us a taste of what’s to come when Saturn and Pluto finally connect in early January. Venus passes over Saturn and then moves on to pass Pluto and the Gemini Full Moon falls in the middle of this time frame, bringing deep and emotive issues into the full light so we can join the dots and recognise the patterns. This is when our words and thoughts can reveal the true emotion behind them and we can see the results of our previous intentions. On the 15th Jupiter makes a strong and positive angle to Uranus. Ideas and insights for a brighter future pour in to the mind, preparing us for the next phase.

The winter Solstice on the 22nd is followed by a New Moon and Solar eclipse on the 26th which involves both Jupiter and Uranus. And so the new year is initiated, a new paradigm is taking shape and we enter 2020, which promises to be a very significant year indeed.

This month we have a Full Moon in 20° Gemini on the 12th December at 5.12am and a New Moon in 5° Capricorn & Solar Eclipse on the 26th at 5.13am.

See the January edition of The West Cork People for the 2020 year ahead overview.

Feed your Sun Sign

Tips on how to treat your Zodiac taste buds and make a Sun Sign meal match for sharing.

This is a fun article that I wrote a few months ago. It was used in an advertising campaign by an international food company. I thought it would be fitting for the Venus Jupiter conjunction 24th November which is a great day for meeting, socialising and sharing.

Aries
When it’s time to eat, impatient Aries wants it now and wants it hot, so stoke it up with spice and chilli. Mexican burritos, Indian snacks and Thai curry go down a treat and even better if it’s already prepared. No waiting, no fuss but it has to kick a punch, so pass the wasabi.
Fellow fire signs Aries and Sagittarius can sample the rich spice of life if they dine together in a fast food frenzy.

Taurus
Steady Taurus wants to savour every morsel at their own pace. Creamy, crunchy, smooth and sensual. A big burger and chunky fries or healthy, home style pasta or quiche, as long as it comes in heaps and there’s something chocolaty to finish.
When Taurus makes a dinner date with Cancer its like they have a private food appreciation party going, and you can be sure there won’t be any leftovers.

Gemini
Social Gemini loves to talk and eat, and loses interest quickly so bite size variety is the key. Tapas was made for them. Pick n mix oriental dishes, sushi, fondue and finger foods all leave room for words without risk of starvation.
Gemini and Virgo can both enjoy their grazing habits whilst they’re busy talking. There certainly won’t be a dull moment around the table.

Cancer
Food is life for the Cancerian. A quiet night in with comfort food and friends equates to heaven for this foodie. Creamy pasta sauces, rich meat gravy on roasted veg or baked potato with a cheesy dressing and still there’s room for double cream topping on that fudge brownie.
Cancer loves to serve food to friends and family. There is no sign happier to be served with a wholesome and hearty meal than Capricorn. The perfect food match.

Leo
Regal Leo will dine like a king whatever the time of day. Holding court and entertaining guests is their forte. Only the best for them, so if lobsters, caviar and champagne are off the menu they will settle for an authentic tandoori spread or sumptuous spit roast spiced chicken with all the sides.
Lavish Leo will invite as many friends as possible to the banquet but the best appreciation will come from food-aholic Taurus.

Virgo
The health conscious, moderate and discerning Virgo is choosing wisely when it comes to nutrition. Find them at the salad bar for vegetarian options or selecting lightly seasoned chicken wraps or thin based brick oven pizzas.
Virgo makes the finest food match with Aquarius. They can discuss the merits of health and future foods, whilst putting the world to rights.

Libra
There’s no better host than Libra and the choice is yours, they can’t decide. Everyone gets their share, elegantly presented and beautifully served. Fine al fresco foods are favourites. You can’t go wrong if you go Greek and don’t forget the nutty, syrupy. pastry deserts are compulsory.
The elegance of Libra dining shared with poetic Pisces makes for a heavenly meal of mystic muse and perfectly presented portions.

Scorpio
Temptation and denial are Scorpio delights. An overindulgence of forbidden fruits may include a flame grilled quarter pounder with extra everything, an Italian pasta extravaganza or simply skip the main and have a double choc ice cream gateaux with hot sticky toffee pudding and strong black coffee to finish.
Food is a serious business for Scorpio, so sharing with caring Cancer is going to be a perfect culinary combination of indulgence and sensuality.

Sagittarius
“More please!” is a Sagittarius shout out, but they won’t hang around if it’s slow to arrive. Exotic and fun is their life choice and food flavours can be both. Moroccan Kebabs, Korean Kimchi with noodles or Falafel in a flatbread and if they can eat it ‘on the hoof’, even better.
Adventurous Sagittarius loves the strong and bold flavours from far off lands so teaming up with curious Gemini could lead to some interesting culture comparisons.

Capricorn
Tried and tested is a Capricorn’s first food choice. If you appreciate quality and know what you like, why change now? There’s nothing like a full cooked breakfast or a BLT with salad and fries. chicken and chips or bacon and cabbage, you can’t go wrong.
If Capricorn and Taurus put their thrifty heads together they could come up with a sumptuous evening feast and still have plenty of leftovers to share in the morning.

Aquarius
A new health option or the latest food fad will appeal to Aquarians. They just want to be ahead of the trends. If there’s a vegetarian or vegan option they’ll say it’s the only right choice. You’ll find them munching sprouted seeds along with wok fried tofu and quinoa.
If quirky Aquarius wants to dine with someone really different then invite Scorpio to the table. It’ll be an intense and enlightening experience for the two food extremists to enjoy.

Pisces
Romantic and refined, eating leisurely in timeless surroundings without a care in the world is the Pisces dream meal. Serve aperitifs followed by a candlelit curry or dine on a dish of slow cooked duck with aromatic herbs. End with liqueur coffee and thin mint chocolates.
The unhurried and easy going Pisces is well matched to dine with slow food Taurus as they quietly enjoy the finer things in life and while Pisces is busy contemplating, Taurus will finish up the food.

Reality Shifts or Change of Perspective – Saturn & Neptune in Mutable Grand Cross

If you’ve been fePlanets cropeling like you’re just going around in circles looking for solutions during May then the month of June will bring a refreshing change to that frustration. There is definitely a lot of movement reflected in the planets this month. Some of this years most significant planetary alignments will be putting us through our paces during June.

The first few days of June is the time to put an end to any habits, projects or patterns of behaviour that belong to your past. Things are changing at quite a rate and so allowing some room in your life for the new ideas, relationships and way of being in the world will make the next few weeks a lot easier to navigate. As the Moon joins with the Sun and Venus the New Moon in Gemini on 5th there is an urge to become something more than you were before or to include more of something which has become quite precious over the last few weeks. Venus is on her most outer orbit the other side of the Sun from earth during the New Moon phase. The planet of love and abundance is really “out there” so let that be reflected with your hearts desires. Plant the seeds or state your intentions, either publicly or privately, let it be known that you’re reaching for your highest ideals or wildest dreams and expect them to become real for you as the month progresses.

Saturn, the sombre planet of limitation is due to make a tense aspect to the escapist planet Neptune. This is the second time in a series of three exact square angles. The first was in November last year and the final one will be in September. These two planets are so very different in their nature that when they combine they create a paradox where personal experience clashes with our dreams or we might get real insights into the virtual reality that we know as physical existence. It may be hard to determine what is fact and what is fiction during this time. Jupiter, the planet that represents our urge to become a bigger, better, more aware version of ourself, is also involved here and it demands that we get a broader perspective or higher vision. Together with the Sun Moon Venus combination a Grand Cross is formed in the mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces during the first week of the month. This dynamic insists on change and it can seem like nothing is certain right now. Every aspect of life, personal or global is up for consideration as we adjust to a new phase in life. Do you adapt and flow with your intuition and instinct for renewal or do you resist and try to hold on to what is no longer relevant for the sake of stability or security? You could easily feel that life has just become a crazy whirl of events and keeping your balance may be the most you can manage for now.

As we move into the second week the communication planet Mercury makes a challenging aspect to assertive Mars on the 9th. If your patience has reached it’s limits or a boundary has been crossed beware of harsh words spoken in the heat of the moment as they may change a situation or relationship in a way that cannot be rectified when the heat has gone. The result will be for the good in the longer term but it may not be what you would have chosen right now if tempers hadn’t frayed.

By the 12th June life will feel like it’s running on fast forward as that quicksilver planet Mercury is traveling forward at double the pace we had in May. Talking, traveling, making plans and more talking. Contracts, deals, negotiations and trades are likely to happen in quick succession and all this whilst your life is changing as fast as you can speak about it.

Things reach a peak during the week of 19th to 26th as several astrological events coincide. Solstice is the halfway point in the Suns yearly journey when it moves into the sign of Cancer on 20th June, just after the Full Moon that day. The Grand Cross is reformed with fast paced Mercury taking the position that Sun Moon Venus had earlier. This is the chance to finally make the connections, join the dots and have the realisations that were so elusive in past weeks. There is a genuine call to action as the month draws to an end when Mars turns to it’s direct motion once more on 29th Those areas of difficulty, conflict and impossibility have to either get moved on or moved out. There is no more time to go around in another circle, solutions can be found and progress can be made. Whilst Mars moves forward through the late degrees of Scorpio and finally back into Sagittarius in early August all those deep and challenging issues that have been wearing you down since late February or early March will be revisited and brought out into the light They will need to be dealt with, one way or another, so we can all move on.

May New Moon in Taurus, Venus & Jupiter “Feel Good” Vibes

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The first week of May brings the fire festival of Bealtaine and a refreshing relief from diversion, conflict and frustration experienced through April. The springtime energy is at a peak on May 5th as the Sun reaches it’s half way point between the March Equinox and Summer Solstice in June. With four planets in practical Taurus and the Moon making strong connections with both the “benevolent” planets, Venus and Jupiter, until the 11th this is the best time to make progress with important creative projects or in romantic liaisons. The New Moon on the 6th is especially potent in Taurus and has the support of Venus in her home sign. Use this as an auspicious moment to state your intent or initiate any activity, idea or relationship that you want to embark on. The big “feel good” planet, Jupiter turns to start it’s direct motion once more on the 9th after being retrograde since early January and then makes a constructive connection with Venus on the 10th Work done this week on anything that you hope will give back positive returns for your time and energy invested should find you pleased to see some results now.

As the month continues you will find the best enjoyment comes from pleasures and projects that are carried out behind the scenes and out of the public view. Venus represents all the lovely things, people and experiences that we desire to include in our life but she is traveling close to the Sun now and is increasingly hard to see in the morning sky. She will stay hidden until she returns into view as the evening star in late June. Don’t expect bold declarations of love or magnificent financial rewards during this time. It will be subtle or understated but equally valid and worthwhile

When we enter the third week in May there is a change in the astrological weather that could be unsettling if you aren’t forewarned to be cautious. The Full Moon on 21st is joined with a retrograde Mars. The few days around this time can produce heightened emotions, energy peaks or explosive outbursts. Destructive conflict is possible if the dynamics are allowed to get that far. Wait on making important decisions for a few days because your feelings and opinions are not likely to be a true indication of how things really are. Be aware that the “mood of the masses” can give a false sense of reality. Be careful not to get carried along with a wave of public outrage or reaction to an emotive event. World affairs will probably not directly affect the majority of people in a personal way. If you make them into something important by getting emotionally involved your reaction can cause conflicts in your private life as a result. In particular, people who have planets or significant points in early degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo or Pisces should be aware of. potential flash points that may trigger over reaction during the two days either side of the Full Moon.

Mercury, the planet of communication and ideas, changes from being retrograde to a direct motion once more on the 22nd which should help with making yourself clear and understood. If there are important topics that need discussion in your intimate relationships during this week the Venus opposition to Mars on the 24th can bring things to a head. There may be a need for a change in your current relationship status or a redirection in the way your romantic encounters move forward. Things need to change shape. Allow or enable this or you may get into some kind of deadlock or direct conflict of wills due to opposing desires. Areas of difficulty that may have seemed to have no apparent solution, can now be rearranged to better suit both people if you can allow this volatile energy to bring about new possibilities.

Sun conjunct Chiron & the South Node in Pisces – Leave the pain of the past behind and walk free!

22 the foolThe Sun is joined with Chiron & the South node at  22 degrees of Pisces. Use today’s energies to step out of your old story and walk a new path. Chiron represents our wounds and pains brought with us from the past. They are patterns of pain that seem to be ingrained and impossible to heal. Within this is our greatest gift if only we can access the wisdom it brings. The South Node of the Moon describes our past also, something that is familiar and “karmic” that we can begin to leave as we develop new ways of being in the world. People, habits, beliefs & old issues are left behind as we move towards our North Node goals. The Sun is our life energy and a guiding light – an expression of our personality that reflects out essence when we tap into it without conditioning.
Take full advantage of the synergy – take a leap of faith and let go of hurts that arise today and know that you so much more than the scars and pain from the events of your past. “Without your story who would you be?” Then step out and become that – try it today and you might find that you like who you are!

March Madness as everything changes, again! Solar Eclipse in Pisces, Equinox, Lunar Eclipse & more…

Hare MoonMarch, the month of “Mad Hares” is likely to bring with it a version of fairly crazy energy not unlike a roller coaster ride. These next few weeks could certainly leave you in a spin where you find it hard to know which way is up. Don’t be alarmed and don’t feel pressured into trying to make sense of things right now as confusion will be rife. There could well be times when you feel like your world has become very like the Alice in Wonderland story.

Early in the month two of the action planets, Mercury and Mars, change signs within twenty four hours. Mercury moves into Pisces on the 5th and Mars into Sagittarius on the 6th both are mutable (changeable) signs and both are ruled by Jupiter our great big planet that tends us towards exaggeration or increase in whatever he touches. As a benefic, he generally brings good things, but there is always the chance that too much, even of an apparently good thing, can become a problem especially when what one person considers as “good” can easily be someone else’s “bad”. You may need to suspend judgment on the whole good versus bad concept until things settle down.

Keeping with the theme, Jupiter has a leading role in the next significant event at the New Moon and total Solar eclipse on the 9th when the Pisces Moon & Sun are opposite Jupiter in Virgo, another mutable sign. Change is always associated with an eclipse and this is the first of two this month. The need to accept change as the only constant in life is highlighted again. Seeds of the new are planted now but it will be several months at least before the results of current actions are fully realised.

Mid month on the 19th Jupiter moves to make an exact challenging square aspect to Saturn in Sagittarius. These two planets operate like opposing forces, Jupiter as expansion and Saturn as contraction. In life we need to have a good measure of both and this can work well when the timing is right. For most of this month we are likely to experience the off beat effect as if something is out of step, not quite synchronised. Don’t try to push things forward if nothing seems to flow. Simply do a bit here then a bit there and come back to the first thing again so it all edges forwards slowly. Too much trying to put things in place or create a new order now just risks further frustration or setbacks.

The astrological New Year starts at the vernal Equinox when the Sun enters Aries on the 20th. This is the beginning of a new phase and is closely followed by the second eclipse of the month on the 23rd highlighting the theme of change and uncertainty once more. We can expect to sense that things that were once opposites now become unified and what seemed to be certain or unquestionable has now become a matter of dispute. Many leopards will change their spots this month, old dogs will learn new tricks and what was right is now wrong and vice versa. With both the troublesome planets Mars and Saturn now in Sagittarius our philosophies and beliefs will need to be scrutinised for hypocrisy or contradiction. If this months disarray and flux leave you confused or reeling from the pace of the turnarounds, try to cultivate an open mind and keep your focus on the simple things in life that have nothing to do with opinions, beliefs or sworn allegiance.

Venus joins with Pluto & all Six Traditional Planets Precede the Sun – February Planet News

Sunrise2-cropJanuary seems to have flown by and we are into the shortest month, albeit with an extra day! It’s been hard to make any real forward progress with both Mercury and Jupiter retrograde for the first few weeks of the year. Mercury is now going forward again but there is still a sense of things being slow to get going. The planet that rules time and keeps our feet firmly, and sometimes frustratingly, on the ground is Saturn which has been having a strong influence lately.

Venus and Mercury remain in Saturn ruled Capricorn through early February, so use this time to get the plan together, write it down or communicate your intent. Venus is all about what, or who we want or like, appreciate, value and wish to include in our lives. She joins with Pluto on the 6th whilst making a hard angle to Uranus. Things could be intense in our relationships. Issues of money or personal resources can dredge up insecurity or the fear of lack.  But this is a day when we want the truth even if it takes us out of our comfort zone. This can be an honest self appraisal that gives the chance to break away from destructive habits. It’s a desire to hear the worst even if it shatters an idealistic dream so we can begin to build something more solid. This is just more of the “getting real” theme that weaves through our lives this year.

The early days of the month are also the best time, clouds permitting, to get a good view of all the traditional planets as they spread from East to West across the pre dawn sky. This is ongoing into the last week of February. The waning moon joins in the show until it passes to follow the Sun after the 8th. Visible, all at the same time, are Jupiter Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury.

Spread over several signs the planets don’t make any major connections to each other so its not especially significant on a personal level but it’s worth trying to spot them in the sky if you get the chance. On a more mundane level in traditional Astrology there is some significance that all the planets are rising ahead of the Sun, as if clearing the way for its appearance. The Sun would naturally represent the “king” or prominent ruler in world affairs, more commonly a politician in current times. Several significant world leaders are fighting to gain or regain political authority this year so this could reflect the rise of a leader on a path to power. In mystical terms the Sun or “king” can represent our own source of spiritual power or internal guiding force that is being given the focus now as it rises into a more dominant position in our awareness.

These first two weeks of the month gives us time to work out the details of any contracts or deals with Mercury’s help and get other people on board if they are showing willing. Take the opportunity to put it all together or at least get the outlines drawn out because the energy should shift by mid month when some real progress can be made at last. The Sun is currently in Aquarius and although this is still Saturn ruled it’s definitely a future oriented sign that wants to bring some really beneficial, and sometimes quite unique and original ideas into the world. When both Venus and Mercury move into Aquarius around mid month we could see some interesting possibilities being put forward and some of them might be worth going out on a limb for.

With several major planets mid sign this month the angles between them are easy and supportive. These lesser aspects can be helpful to give a boost even to the most challenging planets and so the second half of the month has this lighter, more flowing feel. The Sun moves in to Pisces on 19th  – a Jupiter ruled sign. Yes, we can finally breathe deeply and stretch out once more. We can look up and out for inspiration with the sense that clouds are lifting away and the horizon is widening at long last.

Mercury, Pluto Full Moon in Leo

PhoenixMoonThis Full Moon in Leo suggests the need for a bit of shameless self expression! A hearty outpouring from your creative muse or a dazzling display of your true colours.

With a retrograde Mercury, nearly at a standstill just before turning to go forward again, joined with Pluto this a  moment to really go deep with your thinking or get right down to the root of the issue. Focus on what really matters to you. Meditate on letting go of whatever stops that free flow to being the person that is uniquely you!

 

 

Saturn Neptune Square 2015 -2016 (Part 2) Resolving a Paradox?

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Saturn is currently in Sagittarius whilst Neptune is in Pisces, and both these signs are ruled by Jupiter, the “feel good” planet. Jupiter seeks happiness, meaning, something beyond the mundane and ultimately, a sense of joy. Sagittarius is philosophical, a truth seeker whilst Pisces is merging with mystical realms. The challenge indicated by this square angle will bring up issues of moral or spiritual significance as we are encouraged to expand and grow into something beyond our current experience.

With Neptune representing the metaphysical world of imagination, dreams and illusions, amongst other things of a fluid, hard to define nature and Saturn on the other end of the scale standing for physical structure, established systems and all that can be categorised by the five physical senses, we have two very opposite approaches to consider.

Where does the line come where we separate science from mysticism, or reality from illusion, or fact from fiction?

If you have taken an interest in research studies that look into the workings of the human brain, and specifically of memory, you’ll know that we can have false memories; recollection of things that didn’t happen. Experiments have shown that we can easily miss seeing things that are there and, if the suggestion is effective, we can be certain that we saw something that wasn’t there. This is a problem when relying on witness accounts but also brings in the question “what is a factual statement?” Quantum physicists show us that the behaviour of our “physical” stuff at particle level is determined by the person watching it!

When two planets make an aspect to each other we can understand it as if two people have come into contact, close enough to start a dialogue. The conversation quality depends on the type of aspect or angle that they form when they meet.

A square – 90 degrees, is hard, it’s challenging, these planetary characters do not easily fall into a discussion and are antagonistic. An argumentative exchange can be expected. But they have to work together somehow now that they are in “orb” of each other. It is this challenge that we experience with the Saturn Neptune square. How do we merge so called “flaky,” “woolly”, fantastical, unprovable spiritual beliefs with so called facts and scientifically proven experiences. Currently there are many divisive concepts taking a stand in daily life and global affairs – science versus religion, idealism versus pragmatism, fact versus lies and ultimately, right versus wrong.

During this first phase of the square (first exact November 2015 to second exact June 2016) we can expect to hear the argument increase from each side as it claims supremacy and we see the stand off as one faction finds cause to fight or resist the other. As Saturn and Neptune move into an exact angle for a second time in June these issues cannot be ignored and so by the time the third “hit” comes in September we cannot continue without some resolution. We can either insist on our personally sacrosanct position or find a way to resolve a paradox. The apparent contradiction between Saturn and Neptune can be solved by accepting that there is both a physical reality and a spiritual one, they are both facets in a bigger story. We can learn to express our idealism through practical solutions, accept that truth and falsehood are both subjective, and that scientific observations suggest similar findings to the mystical revelations of spiritual seekers!

The challenge now and over the next few years is to represent this recognition and expanded awareness in our social structures, political systems and financial organisations. It’s up to each one of us to imagine the life we want and then live it into reality.

Read the full 2016 forecast