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.

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

Astrology update for May 2012

During this month and into June we see several of the important astrological events of 2012 coming into play. On May 6 the Moon reaches the point in its orbit when it’s closest to the earth, known as perigee.

Because the Moon travels around the earth in an elliptical orbit each lunar cycle it also has a point when it’s furthest away from the earth, known as apogee. Some months it is nearer or further than others.

Although 2012 is not the closest possible (the last time that happened was 1912) the actual exact time of perigee this May occurs less than two minutes before the exact Full Moon (when the Sun and Moon are completely opposite).

Whilst the energetic forces are amplified in this way we can expect stronger than usual tidal effects and exceptional weather or other geological disturbances. Plants and animals are also subject to the Moons phases. Astrologically we know the lunar cycles can affect our moods and behaviour as well as mundane events and financial markets.

With the Moon in Scorpio we can expect some intense feelings to surface along with power struggles or issues of control being exaggerated.

When the Moon is this close to earth it appears bigger. This is especially so at Moon rise on Full Moon, which you can watch on the eastern horizon as the Sun sets in the west.

The following New Moon (when the Moon and Sun occupy the same Zodiac degree) in very early Gemini occurs within 36 hours of this year’s furthest apogee. To add to the “stress” of this combination the Sun and Moon are at the same declination, which creates an eclipse as the Moon moves across the Sun.

The shadow’s path starts over China and Japan then crosses the Pacific Ocean onto the west coast of America, ending in Texas. It is these areas which will experience the strongest effect over the next months.

The planetary aspects during this phase suggest not only a new beginning, when something outworn is replaced, but also a cleansing with new alliances or relationships forming.

Neptune in watery Pisces forming a difficult square to the Sun/Moon suggests not only the potential for floods but it could also be a challenging event involving heightened emotions, particularly compassion or sorrow. Also watch out for misinformation or some form of deception.

Stabilising Saturn is strongly connected to sociable Venus whilst transforming Pluto has the feisty energy of Mars focused on it. These energies add to the forward thrust towards change and transformation along with consolidating relationships or contracts of allegiance.

As we negotiate this potent month we can anticipate an increase in the ongoing trend of major shifts or changes on every level of our lives.

The Sun moves into Gemini the sign of the twins on the 20th whilst Venus starts her apparent retrograde motion on the 15th and the pair conjunct in a spectacular and rare event in early June.

Being fast and flexible in your thinking is a Gemini trait along with the ability to reconcile a paradox, holding more than one viewpoint simultaneously and understanding the connecting relationships between, well, everything! All these skills will be an advantage in the coming months and now is the time to hone them.

The next Full Moon is at 16° Scorpio on the 6th May at 4:36 am and the next New Moon is at 1° Gemini on the 21st at 12:48 am

Planet Update – Astrology April 2012

This current Moon phase started with the New Moon on March 22 just two days after the spring equinox when the Sun moved into Aries. The dark phase of the Moon, when it reflects no light from the Sun and invisible to us, is a point of low energy with an apparent pause before the new crescent Moon becomes briefly visible once more, soon after sunset. Its reappearance marks a renewal and optimum time for initiation or beginnings. The sign of Aries is the first in the Zodiac and the movement of the Sun into that sign at equinox marks the start of the new Solar cycle. What we are experiencing now is the effect of both Lunar and Solar cycles commencing almost simultaneously in the very potent first few degrees of Aries.

Adding to the vibrancy, the two most excitable planets Uranus and Mercury were also in the first few degrees of Aries. This is giving us an exaggerated sense of stimulation and super fast pace for the weeks ahead. You may find that you have more things than usual needing your attention and probably more than you can easily manage in your allotted time. The area of life indicated by the location of Aries is in your birth chart will be most affected. This intense frantic energy should cool off a bit when the Moon becomes Full around the 6th April and the work or events of the last couple of weeks, begin to show its promise. There will finally be some sense of completion or resolution and maybe some breathing space, as the Moon comes back to the New phase on 21st.

This lively pace though, will likely continue as Mercury returns to forward motion on 4th although he doesn’t move beyond his retrograde degree until the 23rd. This release of energy should help with getting on top of all the connections, correspondence and everyday tasks that have built up. Mars in Virgo has also been retrograde since mid January and this will have stalled or thwarted putting plans into action. He turns direct once more on 14th and will pick up momentum gradually into June. Some of that frustrated energy might break loose around that time so just be aware of any potential flash points.

In the background but adding to the mix in keeping the pressure on, we see Venus move into excitable Gemini on the 3rd. Venus loves to be around others, charming and beguiling, partying and indulging, she is our most sociable planet. Mercury ruled Gemini is the sign most strongly associated with fast paced ideas, communications and changeability. Venus here is a social butterfly, making connections and passing information around, not lingering to contemplate, just enthusiastically rushing on to the next new thing. She stays in this sign for a lengthy four months and also makes her rare occultation of the Sun in mid Gemini on June 6th.

Social networking is going to be a big theme during these next months, whether its through internet media or good old fashioned social gatherings. There is a need for people to talk and exchange views. The issues that pull people together into like minded groups have to be shared and common values will need to be discussed. When messenger Mercury conjuncts with innovative Uranus in feisty Aries on 22nd we can expect some mental sparks to fly. He then makes a challenging angle to transformative Pluto on 25th. Don’t be surprised to find yourself thinking surprising new thoughts and don’t be too shocked if you find out some things are not the way you thought they were. The planets are telling us to keep up. We’re going through rapid changes and we need to adapt our thinking to match the new situation or we risk being left behind, wondering “what happened?”

The next Full Moon is at 18° Libra on the 6th April at 8:19pm and the New Moon is at 2° Taurus on the 21st at 8.20am

Planet Update March 2012

The early days of March suggest this could be a significant month. Events are likely to set quite a fast pace and keeping up with changes might be a challenge. The astrological patterns show a combination of possible flashpoints combined with some exceptionally positive potentials. During the first weeks of March if you watch the western skies soon after sunset you might get a glimpse of the evening star Venus being joined by mighty Jupiter as they get closer to their conjunction on 14th.  Known as the lesser and greater benefics their combination is a welcome sight and occurs in the ninth degree of Taurus. They are not the only planets making powerful combinations at nine degrees this month and those people who have personal planets or critical points there are likely to be affected more strongly.

On the 4th Pluto, at nine degrees of Capricorn, contacts the exact eclipse degree of July last year. The eclipse Sun/Moon completed a tense cardinal cross along with Uranus, Saturn and Pluto. Cardinal signs bring new beginnings and the stressful cross dynamic means using assertion to achieve them. Since last summer we’ve witnessed this theme being played out as people struggle for change and dominating powers attempt ever increasing control measures. During the months following an eclipse, and as planets make contact with the exact degree, events can be triggered that follow on from whatever was initiated originally. The early weeks of March could bring a strong show of force and in addition we could experience disturbance or unexpected activities in our communications as messenger Mercury combines with unpredictable Uranus in feisty Aries on both 5th and 18th.

The Full Moon on 8th completes the cycle started during the February New Moon which formed a close conjunction with Neptune. This phase is likely to find us wondering where we are going whilst feeling our way through what seems like endless chaos and contradictory or confusing information. We may have to adapt to new circumstances or adjust our thinking as events unfold. The important lesson here is to learn how to trust and follow an intuitive inner sense when all the exterior familiar landmarks or pointers are proved unreliable.

The main astrological theme of the month begins to take shape between 13th and 15th as the Jupiter Venus duo make supportive trine aspects to both Pluto and retrograde Mars creating a Grand Trine. This triangular dynamic is one of the most desirable combinations for positive potential.  The synergy of Mars with Pluto, Jupiter and Venus all in earth signs and working well with each other creates a pretty potent energy with very constructive possibilities. All these planets are at nine degrees when this stabilising aspect pattern is formed and this adds to the likelihood of a follow up to events of last summer and autumn.  Great things could be achieved during this time.  Mars whilst retrograde gives consideration before action. In combination with transforming Pluto and forward looking Jupiter the suggestion is that it’s time for a complete makeover.

The next Full Moon is at 19° Pisces on the 8th March at 9:41 am and the New Moon is at 1° Aries on the 22nd at 10:58 am

Update February 2012

This lunar month started at New Moon on January 23rd coinciding with Mars beginning its retrograde motion. Whatever started then is likely to have an impact around the Full Moon on 7th February. This date coincides with Saturn going retrograde. Saturn and Mars are traditionally known as malefics and have a tendency to be troublesome. Although these planets represent essential drives and bring about plenty of beneficial outcomes, if their energies are expressed negatively the results can be far worse than with the other planets. When a planet is retrograde it’s hard to use the energy in a positive way so they are best accessed for reflection rather than action. Saturn rules over the corporeal world and represents the limitations of material reality.
In retrograde until late June, he will highlight issues with boundaries, restrictions, imposed borders, binding contracts as well as legal, social and religious regulations. Any attempts to enforce these might just be considered a line crossed, boundary breached or unfair discipline. It’s not a good time to push forward with a business contract, impose authority or create a new organisation. Use this time to question the existing arrangements and examine plans and proposals for areas that need review and renewal.
The next few months may seem like endless austerity and conflict. Repeatedly we see how things are just not working out the way they were intended. Whilst this might be our everyday experience there is something else occurring, not so noticeable but certainly both exceptional and profound. About every 164 years Neptune moves into Pisces. As one of the outer planets its journey through the zodiac is very slow taking about 13 years in each sign. Neptune moved into Pisces briefly in April until August last year but now it will stay there until 2025. The last time was between 1847 and 1862. The outer planets are evolutionary and mark time over generations. They affect us as a group and demonstrate deep and lasting social, political and spiritual change. To understand the significance of this event we need to consider the nature of Neptune.
At home in watery Pisces, it’s associated with the unified consciousness, our inter-connectedness and all that exists beyond the physical. It transcends and dissolves boundaries. Pisces represents both the material and spiritual co-existing. Finding the balance between the two is a hard art to practice. During this period we can expect to see a movement to more inclusion, less restraint and greater compassion. Existing boundaries, barriers, separation and segregation will be seen as an unnecessary fabrication when similarity and shared experiences unite people.
As Neptune blurs distinctions and recognisable definitions there may be confusion and disorientation. Some people will find themselves in a Neptunian state of denial and delusion as they try to maintain their personal vision of life. Over the next decade we will each need to choose whether to continue to accept what we are told to believe or begin to trust in our inner senses.

The next Full Moon is at 19° Leo on the 7th February at 9:54pm and the New Moon is at 3° Pisces on the 21st February at 10:35pm