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.

Virgo Vibes & Solar Eclipse – September astro events

Sometime in the near fullmoon future you may be able to look back to this September as the month you got your life in order. Or, if not the whole life plan, at least some aspect of it! It could simply be a case of organising some paperwork or tidying a space but for the more ambitious this is the time to make some real progress with practical projects or realigning your life goals to the original blueprint.

The dominant energy this month has a Virgo vibe. Jupiter the expansive “feel good” planet has now moved into this sign since mid August and stays for about a year. Virgo wants to attend to, and fix, whatever doesn’t seem to fit the pattern or natural order of things. In many ways this is expressed as a critical position by picking up on what is wrong in any given situation – or person! Used constructively this analytical attention to details can help with the process of clearing out the deadwood, throwing out clutter, amending destructive habits and creating an easier flow or rhythm.

The Sun made it’s conjunction to Jupiter in late August and was in Virgo for the Full Moon of 29th. That energy carries forward into September and the New Moon Solar eclipse on 13th.

As always a New Moon is a seed point for the next Lunar cycle. Other astrological events around this time add to it’s potential. Although this month’s partial Solar eclipse isn’t especially powerful as a world event trigger, it may well be experienced in more subtle but significant ways on a personal level.

Virgo is ruled by the quicksilver messenger planet, Mercury and in this earthy sign the “dealing with data” Mercurial energy is more focussed on practical matters to do with our environment, body, health and food systems. A Solar eclipse is a moment in time when the usual pattern is disrupted whilst the energy of the Sun is obscured by the shadow of the passing Moon. It’s a pause and a chance to make changes, like a system re-boot on a computer or a scenery change in between acts in the theatre.

With Jupiter’s future orientated energy which is always seeking something beyond it’s current state – a bigger, better, improved version of life, positioned in opposition to Neptune now, there could be some disorientation of goals. Neptune casts it’s influence out by dissolving boundaries and breaking the barrier between what is easily defined in material terms and what is more subtle or mystical. Confusion or disruption is possible, but also that lapse of determination or focus could allow another possibility to take form. These are all good supports for making changes to physical structures and mental habits that leave us with less than the best in health or well being. Take the dreams of Neptune and the opportunities given by a buoyant Jupiter to the extreme. Use this Virgo focus to really attend to the details, set some new patterns in place, then relax and allow that natural organising force of nature to do the rest.

June Full Moon in Sagittarius & Midsummer Visions of the Future

Sky-cropJune opens with a Jupiter ruled Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 2nd The Sun is in Mercury ruled Gemini through to June 21st. Mercury is joined with the Sun and Mars in it’s own sign, Gemini and is in it’s retrograde (apparent backwards) phase until June 11th.
Mercury is known as the winged messenger god and represents the mental activity of the human mind and the transfer of ideas and thought. All the everyday communication between people is the business of Mercury and this includes trading goods, connections by travelling, writing and speech as well as general ideas and information exchange.

This “quicksilver” planet will travel through the early degrees of Gemini, where it is particularly strong, three times during May and June due to this current retrograde. We can expect all the issues governed by Mercury to be highlighted right into the month end and some of these things may have to be corrected, redeveloped or revisited during this phase.

With the influence of Jupiter during the Full Moon there will be an expansion of ideas, projects or positive activity and in particular our beliefs or understanding may increase to become more inclusive as we feel more intensely about these things. The Moon at Full intensifies our moods and Jupiter can be prone to exaggeration too, so emotions may become heightened as ideologies abound and feelings may have to settle down a bit before there is a real or solid basis for building on.

By the 6th June when the planet of social values, Venus, connects positively with Saturn, the planet that brings a serious “reality check” with it, we can probably be fairly confidant that any new found enthusiasm still running with mileage to go, is not simply based on “hot air” or pure optimism.

The New Moon mid month gives us both the Sun and Moon joined with Mars in Gemini. We can expect more focus on all those Mercurial affairs. More information is being made available, with an emphasis on there being two sides to a story, or rival attitudes, and maybe even using facts or data as a form of weapon or tool to achieve some end. A war of words!

The Solar year progresses to it’s culmination at Solstice on 21st June when it moves into the sign of Cancer at it’s most northerly declination. This event sets the astrological trend for the next few months and we find that the most significant alignment now is with Jupiter and Uranus the following day. This bodes well if you want more expansive change that brings a new independence or unexpected departure in approach or attitude. It’s a positive trine aspect in Fire signs Leo and Aries and this is an upbeat, inspirational dynamic. Freedom and improvement are keywords here. Dreamers of the future vision may come to the front to be heard or more likely the dream for the future will be felt collectively and the required enthusiasm and inspiration is made available for it to manifest on an individual level. This same aspect occurred in early March this year and that optimism and sense of positivity can be re lived with a chance of very real personal change for the better. It’s an opportunity and it needs to be exploited in the best possible way.

December 2012 & Winter Solstice Astrology

As we enter December and the final few weeks of 2012 very few people remain unaware of this year’s approaching Winter Solstice date.

The 2012 winter Solstice as an Astrological event has been anticipated for decades and expectations are running high that it will either fulfill our greatest hopes for a transcendental experience or our dreaded fears of global disaster. The planetary dynamics for the date hold significant potential but not enough to suggest a major cataclysm or phenomena affecting the whole planet instantaneously. There is no doubt though that we are at the cusp of a new era with this date as a time marker recognised many thousands of years ago. The “old ways” are being phased out to make way for the new and what we are experiencing is a lot of chaos and disarray during the changeover. We can expect some quite dramatic events to take place during the next year but the greatest event is the one happening on a personal and spiritual level, so that is where our focus needs to be.

December 2012

During mid to late November, whilst Mercury was in retrograde motion, there was a need to do some soul searching and reconsider some of our long held beliefs, goals or attitudes. It may have become obvious, eventually, that continuing down a well worn path in your thinking or actions was simply causing further negativity or anxiety rather than providing a positive way forward. You likely also watched this play out in the lives of others or in global events. As the fast paced messenger planet turned to go forward once more you may have felt the release of tension and some kind of resolution will have occurred. Now, approaching the December New Moon on the 13th, keep in mind those events, thoughts and activities, personal or global, that were prevalent in those recent difficult days as they’ll come up for further investigation during mid to late December.
The New Moon in Sagittarius prompts us to reach further and accept the challenge of new ideas and attitudes. It could also mean adopting something that was was inconceivable or totally foreign to us previously. This urge to embrace something new is particularly strong as the planet Uranus turns to take it’s forward path, accelerating this impetus for change. Uranus represents our need to be break free from dependencies that hold us in old patterns of behaviour and conditioned thinking or restricts us through pressure to conform to social codes. When those restrictions are experienced as unnecessarily repressive, overly controlling or simply limiting personal freedoms, sooner or later, a rebellion occurs.
With Uranus in feisty Aries making a supportive trine angle to quick acting Mercury in Sagittarius we can expect to find ourselves doing whatever it takes to break out and try a different way. This is where the connection to the events and circumstances of mid November become apparent. If the limiting thoughts or repressive situations that had to be considered back then were not fully purged from our lives they will re-emerge to be dealt with now.

Winter Solstice – 21st December 2012

Personal experiences during the days around the winter Solstice on the 21st depends on how we deal with the required self examination, our attitude of heart and how determined we are to hold on to the status quo. There is an opportunity during these next few weeks to make choices about how we approach life, respond to others and generally relate to our world and all that’s around us. By responding to events as they unfold the evidence of our choices is made clear. If we can be flexible in our thinking, accept new possibilities and embrace others despite differences we can all pass into the new era with a joyful heart.

Finger of God

The planetary line up on the winter Solstice creates a pattern known as a Yod or “finger of god” and the combination of planets involved tell us about the possibilities and choices made available to us through this configuration.
A triangular shape is formed with one planet at the tip having greater emphasis. At one corner of the triangle base is Pluto in Capricorn. This describes the current destruction of our social, political, religious and economic systems in preparation for being rebuilt to better suit the new era. The other base planet is Saturn in Scorpio which describes the release from imposed limitations caused by unconscious conditioning. With Jupiter (expansion) in Gemini (cognition) at the tip creating the forward thrust we are given the opportunity to increase our self awareness. With Venus, planet of social values in truth seeking Sagittarius acting as a trigger there is also a strong personal desire to evolve to a higher perspective. The degree to which this can happen for any individual is dependent on how easily you can accept a change of perception and expand your understanding as events unfold. This alignment sets the tone for the following months and the new era that we are entering.

Read more- The Astrology of 2013

Breakthoughs, Breakdowns & Growing up. Solar eclipse. Mars Pluto conjunct Square Uranus.

During the early part of this month we should benefit from the stabilising effect of the recent Full Moon in Taurus. Now is the moment to pause and recognise the enormity of recent achievements and how much has been endured and overcome in the last months.
This is an important time of evolution for us all and most people will have noticed that the pressure is on and the uphill struggle has seemed relentless. Individuals are each faced with their own version of events and situations which challenge and confront. This month may see many breakthroughs and even some breakdowns but it will also give the opportunity to discover some previously untapped strengths and unexpected allegiances.
With Saturn, our teacher planet and lord of the temporal realm, now firmly in Scorpio for the first time since 1985 we have a particular set of lessons to learn. Wherever we find Saturn we are being told we need to “grow up” in that area. Part of that process is to acknowledge certain realities, however distasteful. In Scorpio we can no longer deny the “bad stuff” that goes on in our world. Our days of innocence or ignorance are over. The “bad” in Scorpio terms, includes any subject that provokes strong emotional reactions and especially all that society considers taboo! Saturn in Scorpio says that if we seriously want to be better people living in a better world, we had better start looking under stones to see what there is that might just crawl out. The Scorpio energy insists that nothing can remain hidden when it’s due for transformation. Events now, and into the next two years, make it obvious that there are a lot of dark secrets to be found amongst people that are trying to look like they have social superiority. What will also be revealed, in true Scorpio fashion, is that whoever attempts, in retaliation, to claim the moral high ground, likely has plenty of their own they would like to keep hidden.
The sign of Scorpio, as the phoenix, indicates that there has to be a release of energy, but only after a purging or completion of what has gone before. We can then move into the next phase and rise up from the ashes. This month’s New Moon on the 13th is also a total Solar eclipse which always indicates a departure from the past and subsequent new beginning. During the following few days and into the third week of November the Planets move into a challenging pattern. Mars in Capricorn is determined and when aligned with compelling Pluto becomes a mighty force. This powerful duo square up with noncompliant Uranus in hot headed Aries from 22nd to 24th. This may be an unsettling time when action is required but it’s hampered by confusion over what or who is reliable and trustworthy now. You may find yourself deeply moved by events or need to reach deep within to find meaning during this time. Setting up barriers of protection and trying to put controlling restrictions on others as a defence against behaviour or attitude, fails to be effective in the long term. It also serves to reinforce our own self limitation. Greater understanding of what makes us who we are, without the limitations of social conformity, is the quickest way to release the stress and tension that comes with these difficult alignments. The increased self acceptance allows for greater acceptance of the failings of others.

Saturn in Scorpio, Mercury in Sagittarius, Venus in Libra & a Taurus New Moon

The last Full Moon on 30th September was in action orientated Aries in conjunction with revolutionary Uranus which is a potentially volatile combination. The Moon in a mundane or “event” chart represents the mood of the people and combined with Uranus shows us that people want change and at almost any cost! As we move into October the theme continues and we can expect changes and at quite a pace too. The Sun changes sign each month around the 21st – 23rd and every Zodiac sign lends its different character to the month as the year unfolds. The Moon, which travels the same Zodiac journey thirteen times over the year, changes signs approximately every 2.5 days. In traditional astrology a planet moving into the next sign indicates a new phase of events. This month we have a total of seven of these ingress events, not including the Moon’s progress.
Venus planet of personal values and relationships moves from larger than life Leo into modest Virgo on the 3rd. This will bring an attitude of critical discrimination into our lives as we keep checking on how well our possessions and relationships match up to our desires. We will want to get it “right” especially as the Sun has its focus in Libra, the sign of harmony and balance in relationships, during this time. We start to go deeper when Mercury, governing our thoughts, moves into Scorpio on the 5th with Saturn following a few hours later. Planets in Scorpio always activate a release of tension from stored up energy. This contained pressure is often due to suppression of power or resources that have been kept under wraps out of fear or as a precaution.
Mars the planet of personal drive and competition moves into Sagittarius on the 7th. This is a fast paced combination where the sights are set to distance and long term goals. Also spiritual, ethical or religious aspiration can be the motivation towards improvements.
This intense planetary trend turns us towards our deepest, and darkest, inner life as the Sun also moves into Scorpio on the 23rd. This time of year lends itself to introspection and we draw from our depths to find valuable resources. Scorpio will keep what it doesn’t feel comfortable with hidden until it’s transformed it into a dynamic asset. Either that or the less refined instincts and emotions of this water sign will break out suddenly and sometimes destructively when the pent up energy is suddenly released.
The Sun joins with Saturn in this powerful sign on the 25th to illuminate the limitations and boundaries we have allowed to keep us in check. This is a time to release the behaviours that control us or others. Often these are habitual ways of being that we subscribe to unconsciously. This passing astrological dynamic might just highlight some of the imposed constraints within and without so we can assess their true purpose and value.
The last few days of the month sees Venus move into Libra where she is most happy as its ruler. Here the focus is on our social values and relationship harmony once more. We will want to get along and are prepared to make whatever moves are required. This is especially true with dashing Mercury slipping into optimistic Sagittarius on the 29th. Now is a time for high ideals and striving for a better, more positive way forward. Combined with the Full Moon in peace seeking Taurus there is plenty of opportunity to have some “feel good” moments.

September 2012 Astrology, Mars in Scorpio, New Moon choices & Uranus squares up to Pluto

This is the month of the autumn Equinox, when the day and night are of equal length. Falling on the 22nd the Sun enters the Sign of Libra at 3.49pm (GMD). As the nights begin to lengthen and we head towards the winter Solstice many personal and global issues will be brought into focus.
During September the feisty, action oriented planet Mars is traveling through the intense sign of Scorpio. As the traditional ruler of Scorpio, Mars is easily able to act out his true nature here. Always looking to see where he can get the advantage, gain ground, defeat the competition or achieve his desires, Mars is the thrust and drive behind our personal assertion in life. The nature of Scorpio is transformation at it’s deepest level, and Scorpio really does go deep. Whatever falls under the power of this sign is in for a journey into “the pits” and back. During this process of being taken into the symbolic underworld where the worst in human nature can be found, something alchemical occurs and what once seemed so “bad” is now found to be “good”. Use the forceful and determined energy of Mars to seek for the positive outcome which is always contained as a potential in even the most extreme and seemingly disastrous experiences.
As the Moon wanes in the light of the Virgo Sun and disappears from view we are inclined to move our focus inward to become more reflective. When the Sun and Moon combine at New Moon on 16th the facets of the self represented by these “luminaries” are also blended. Our outwardly projected personality which is illuminated and enlivened by the life force from within, is the Sun’s concern. Our impressionable and emotional nature is the realm of the Moon. When both are temporarily melded together we can act irrationally or emotionally from conditioned responses and unconscious fears. Alternatively we can draw from an intuitive knowing or inner strength and act with calm equanimity. With the influence of Virgo behind this New Moon the choice is to be either hyper-critical and quick to judge or to perceive the potential for perfection and strive to exemplify it.
Being aware of this choice in attitude or expression is even more crucial now. We move into the last quarter of the year following the second exact square aspect between Uranus and Pluto which occurs on the 19th.
This difficult and challenging dynamic between two outer planets sets the general tone and continues in the background during the next few years. As they square up to each other the established order of corporate affairs and control through economics is challenged by a need for complete overhaul and a radical departure towards more individual freedom of expression and autonomy.
Through Pluto’s influence during these next weeks it will become more apparent than ever that those people who power has corrupted are unable to act with any personal integrity. The challenge of Uranus is for each individual to free themselves from bias, prejudice and covert collusion so that personal action and decision can be made without the constraints of fear and confusion.

New Moon in Leo. Mars conjunct Saturn.

This month features two Full Moons. The first on August 2nd is in the sign of Aquarius and completes the Lunar phase of last month’s New Moon in Cancer. As each Moon cycle waxes and wanes we can synchronise our lives to the rhythm of beginnings, culminations and endings. This process occurs naturally within our lives even when we aren’t paying attention. Acknowledging the energy fluctuations and working with the flow instead of forging ahead regardless of what our mind, body or emotions might be telling us, can become a very positive experience. Each Moon phase falls in a particular Zodiac sign as the Sun makes its journey progressively through the year. The energy or resonance of each sign can be utilised to enhance the area of life best reflected by the Moon. This month’s New Moon falls in Leo, sign of the regal beast, associated with the Sun’s rays, the heart chakra, physical vitality and creative expression. When given a positive outlet the Leo archetype has a quiet dignity with a hearty, joyful and generous disposition. This New Moon is the perfect opportunity to initiate projects or actions which involve sharing or giving and make time for being creative. Anything that gives you a sense of joy or elevates your mood and contributes to others enjoyment is very Leo in nature. Following the Moon phase this venture will increase in strength as the Moon waxes to Full. This Month it occurs in the sign of Pisces which represents the concept of giving up or letting go of material benefits for something more spiritually meaningful. The benefits of your actions can be enjoyed and integrated as the Moon decreases in light, moving around to join the Sun once again at the next New Moon, but this time in the sign of Virgo.
Other astrological activity to watch for this month is when Mercury, the “quicksilver” planet of communications appears to move slowly before it makes the turn to begin its forward motion again on the 8th. As Mercury orbits the Sun on the opposite side to earth it seems to slow down, move backwards and then speed up again as it gets nearer to earth once more. During the retrograde phase any communication or documentation is likely to be mislaid or misunderstood and may have to be re worked or checked later for errors.
In the few days before the New Moon, Mars the planet of assertion, drive and force connects with Saturn which slows, restricts, confines and organises what it touches. The usual physical vigour and impulsiveness of Mars can be tempered and harnessed by Saturn making an assertive martial force into something truly powerful. Though this energy dynamic suggests it could create a mighty and potentially dominant power there are other factors at play. Venus, planet of social connection and harmony makes a strong angle to both the revolutionary Uranus and Pluto the planet associated with power struggles and control. This lovely Venusian influence can act as a brake on any attempt to force through ideals, policies or initiatives with pure might. Trying to take control of other peoples affairs during this phase may well be overridden by the desire for diplomacy and social cohesion.

Astrology July 2012 – Mars in Libra, “Morning Star” Venus & Saturn

After all the astrological excitement in June, this month might seem a little dull. On the other hand it should give us the chance to catch our breath and find our bearings again. As you take stock you might realize quite a lot has happened in the last few weeks. You could also be left wondering how to make sense of some events. It’s understandable if you suspect what you’ve been told is not an accurate account of what happened.

Jupiter, a planet known to create exaggeration, has just made a harsh angle to Neptune the planet of illusion making it difficult to discern between opinion and actuality. Jupiter goes on to mix with the planet Uranus later this month and this brings a necessary but unexpected departure from the anticipated course of events. With the ongoing backdrop of Uranus making its challenging square aspect to Pluto during the next few months we’ll begin to clearly see familiar patterns emerging due to power struggles as individuals, groups or nations vie for supremacy and control. This pair of evolutionary heavyweights in their current combination is the hallmark of freedom seekers and authoritarian control at odds with each other.

On a more personal note we see Mars the planet of drive and conquest move into the co-operative air sign of Libra on the 3rd after being in the perfectionist earth sign of Virgo for the last eight months. This shift of energy puts the focus on relationships and equality. Now is the time to work on smoothing out any differences and conflicts between the people you encounter everyday. Adding to the theme of mutually beneficial connections, both Venus, planet of social values and Saturn planet of endeavor and fortitude are now moving in a forward direction once more. This allows their energy to be active and future orientated again and we find it easier to work alongside each other as we recognize common goals.

If you have been missing the sight of Venus as she hung low in the sky just after sunset in the past weeks, you can now see her rising ahead of the Sun just before the sky lightens at dawn. During the few days before the end of the Lunar cycle as the Moon decreases to a crescent slither she can also be seen rising just ahead of the Sun. If you are an early morning stargazer look out on the 15th for a view of both Venus and Jupiter alongside the fixed star Aldebaran and watch the waning crescent Moon pass in front of Jupiter just before dawn.

Aldebaran is one of the Royal stars and traditionally known as “the watcher of the East” In a prominent position, astrologically, it is considered to bring honour, fortune and power though this is not likely to last and can also be the cause of ones downfall.

June 2012 – Lunar Eclipse . Venus Transit . Uranus Square Pluto

June provides some particularly important astrological events whilst the Sun approaches it’s most northerly point at Solstice on 21st.

Venus, which has recently been such a spectacular light in the early evening sky as she follows the setting Sun, has disappeared from view. For the last few weeks she has been her closest to earth and a most powerful presence shining brightly on a clear night. From mid May, in retrograde motion she has been rapidly moving closer to the Sun and now is so close she is invisible to us. It takes about another four days before Venus reappears ahead of the Sun at dawn as the “Morning Star”.

This “death” and “rebirth” of Venus in her 584 day cycle is the focus for many ancient myths and legends from around the world. In 2012 there is a further dimension to this important cycle. On June 6th (June 5th GMT) she will pass exactly between the Earth and Sun in a rare transit which occurs about every 120 years in two phases, eight years apart. The first transit of this current phase occurred in 2004.

In Mercury ruled Gemini the emphasis is on communication and social connections. In our western culture Venus represents what we value and is widely known as the Goddess of love but also has associations with the fertility of the earth and as the Morning star, war. Representing the many faceted archetype of femininity the rebellious and feisty Goddess can be formidable when removing obstacles to a hearts desire!

Adding to the astrological conditions in early June is a Full Moon eclipse on 4th. This is likely to bring social issues to a peak, reaching a point of no return, heightening tensions and demanding action. Whilst the Sun/Venus in Gemini is opposite the Moon in Sagittarius they receive a challenging square aspect from Mars in Virgo. This tense dynamic could trigger a strong response to any restrictions touching on freedom of expression, communication or social interaction.

Watch out for disruption within any of the usual media outlets in the next weeks and months. Some forms of exchange or communication may become unworkable, be closed down or fail somehow, but if this is the case it will ultimately lead to a redesigned replacement that better serves the current era.

This theme is continued as expansive and forward looking Jupiter enters Gemini on 12th where it will stay for about a year. These transits can potentially bring great strides in our communication and significant leaps in our consciousness and perception.

To add to the general feeling of movement and progressive change, on 24th the outer planets Uranus and Pluto move into the exact position for the first really challenging aspect to each other since the 1960s. This pair will move in and out of this square angle seven times during the next four years and is the underlying theme for this phase in our personal and collective evolution.

The upheaval within our establishment, political structures and governments will continue during this period. We can expect further “meltdown” of social structures and financial systems in the near future. There will be revolution and rebellion as conflicting ideologies clash and incompatible agendas collide.

Although difficult at times this planetary tension provides the dynamic energy required for us to reach the potential that lies ahead in the following years.

This month’s Full Moon is at 15° Sagittarius on the 4th June at 12:13pm with the New Moon at 29° Gemini on the 19th at 4:02pm