Have you noticed the build-up of intensity this week as we head for what’s probably the second biggest transit of 2020 so far: wise and expansive Jupiter’s conjunction to powerful change agent Pluto.
From an astrological point of view, this marks a threshold – a major turning point for humanity – from one paradigm into another – one that is being marked out for us by Saturn’s three-year tour through idealistic and visionary Aquarius.
It’s no coincidence then, that this once-in-12 year event occurs just after the so-called 4-4-4 portal, which is all about grounding, mastery and manifestation – think Emperor energy in tarot terms.
See this as the next phase of the new 36-year cycle begun at the Saturn-Pluto conjunction back in January 10. This began the nigredo or blackening that marks the start of the alchemical process – this particular astrological event marks the mid-point of the nigredo – the moritificatio – what the alchemists referred to as ‘caput corvi’ – the head of the raven, which was often associated with images of decapitation, because it is the ego mind which is so often the true cause of our suffering. Carl Jung, who was a student of alchemy and someone not unfamiliar with depression, wrote that:
“Beheading is significant symbolically as the separation of the `understanding’ from the `great suffering and grief’ which nature inflicts on the soul. It is an emancipation of the `cogitatio‘ which is situated in the head, a freeing of the soul from the `trammels of nature.’ (i.e. of our human embodied condition]
In alchemical terms, then, the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction could be seen as a symbolic ‘cutting off the head – a call to let go of what we thought we knew, understand intellectually or believed to be true about how reality ‘works’. This is about revelation, which may involve an inversion of reality (ie a call to turn what we know ‘on its head’) – and an opening of our higher minds and hearts to the truth – both of who we really are and where we find ourselves collectively – and then acknowledging what needs to change in order for us to avert catastrophe and move forward collectively on a different path.
With Pluto in the mix, it’s entirely possible that certain power structures or socio-economic and cultural institutions may not come out of this period intact. On a personal level, don’t be surprised if you start to question some long-held attitudes, assumptions or philosophies, particularly those you have inherited from your family, culture or social background, which may not be resonating with you or external circumstances any longer. In tarot terms, this experience is associated with the Tower card, in which mental structures that are not built on solid ground are likely to topple when struck the lightning of unforeseen events. See my post on Saturn and the coronavirus on the Astroinsights blog where I discuss this imagery in more detail.
Unsurprisingly then, this aspect does have the potential to ramp up the drama and chaos being played out on the world stage – just something to bear in mind right now. However, this need not become overwhelming or knock you off-centre, provided you accept things as they are, stand in your truth, detach from your ego mind and switch off your reptilian brain, which tends to obsess, worry and loves to catastrophize. The important thing is to realize that where we are headed is going to be so much better than we where we have been – however, the process of getting there may involve some growing pains.
Wise and expansive Jupiter is urging us to find the silver lining in amongst all the Plutonian doom and gloom. And by shifting our perspective and giving yourself the space to see the bigger picture, you may well come to see that certain institutions and structures that make up the fabric of our daily lives may need to be swept away in order for something new, better – and less broken – to take their place.
The alchemists tells us that the goal of this process is enlightenment: the emergence of the ‘golden head’ – the awakening to our solar or higher consciousness that connects us to our spirit guides and spiritual essence, which exists beyond the limitations of the physical world of death, suffering and mortality – and is what will endure long after our physical bodies have given out. One text maps out the course of this process:
“The black which is the head of the art, the white which is the middle, and the red which brings all things to an end”
So, whatever you are experiencing now – just know that it has a purpose – is part of a much bigger process, more importantly, will not last forever. So just breathe, stay centred and if possible, join the mass meditation happening from 10:45pm Eastern Standard Time on April the 4th. For more information, visit: http://www.globalpeacemeditation.com/
The astrological year begins with a New Moon in courageous and pioneering Aries, signifying a time of new starts – if we can find the courage within us to overcome fear and habit, and do things differently. This positive and hopeful energy should feel noticeably different to the muted, somewhat downbeat, quite overwhelming mood that governed Pisces season – one that turned out to be particularly confusing and challenging, care of Mercury retrograde and the coronavirus fear pandemic that below up at the Virgo Supermoon.
Occurring just a few days after the March Equinox, this particular soli-lunar event will also have a strong Saturn signature, care of a sextile to the Aries Moon that happens right before New Moon. Having recently ingressed into Aquarius, Saturn will be emphasising the positive side of rules, limits and boundaries, particularly in the social sphere; from taking measures to keep ourselves and family safe, to observing social conventions and being mindful of our obligations to others in terms of our behaviour and actions (social distancing anyone?). What we witness now during the Aries Full Moon cycle will give us a feel for what trends are likely to become major themes during Saturn’s tour of Aquarius over the next three years. Watch my video forecast to learn more.
The proximity of the luminaries to Chiron & Black Moon Lilith is also likely to mark this particular two-week period out as being a moment when we can choose to heal some very old fear-based patterns arround scarcity, competition and survival – if we can bring ourselves to go deeper with our spiritual practices and do a little introspection whilst in self-isolation. It’s all about making brave choices now – do we stay stuck in fear and anxiety, or are we courageous enough to consider that this shake-up could actually be the perfect opportunity to do things differently in the future?
Watch my Moon phase video forecast on Instagram for more details.
The irony of the tech revolution has been that the more connected we are via social media, smartphones and other digital platforms, the more disconnected and lonely many people feel.
In my latest forecast, I look at what’s behind the so-called ‘disconnection epidemic’, including the trend towards online, rather than ‘human to human’ communication, and what’s been called the ‘attention capitalism’ model used by social media platforms.
I then consider Saturn’s ingress into altruistic and humanitarian Aquarius and make some predictions (together with the coronavirus) may be about to change all of that.
Find out more in my latest video forecast on YouTube or IGTV.
Tired of the depressed, fearful, overwhelming energy of Pisces season? Then fear not – Aries season, which begins at the Equinox on 20 March 2020 – will help you get your mojo and focus back! It’s time to be hopeful and brave, despite any nagging fears – and for fresh starts.
Find out about the exciting and expansive energies coming into play at the start of the astrological new year, including the ingress of Saturn into Aquarius and what it could mean for the collective over the next two years.
Catch my summary video forecast:
As we head towards next week’s Supermoon in health-conscious Virgo, it’s possible that we could also see a spike in mass hysteria with regard to the coronavirus.
Here the sensible Virgo Moon, together with Jupiter and Pluto in pragmatic and resilient Capricorn, will be urging us to exercise a degree of discernment with regards to what we believe or hear, especially on social media. This is very much in keeping with the Blitz spirit of ‘Keep calm nd carry on’.
While it is always a good idea to take sensible precautions and follow health advice, this earth-sign combination suggests that we shouldn’t fall prey to the fear contagion; and instead, have a bit more faith in the institutional structures, procedures and preventative measures that have been put in place, as well as our own robust constitutions, to withstand any potential survival threat.
In general, this particular Moon phase bodes rather well for the next two weeks, offering us a chance for positive expansion and major internal – and collective – shifts.
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Venus, planet of love, creativity and abundance, will ingress into earthy and fertile Taurus on 5 March. The shift from her detrimented position in Aries to her ‘throne’ in Taurus will be marked.
Advice for leveraging this energy include:
This is wonderfully abundant and stable energy, which should come as a relief after the vampy, but rather me-centered energy of Aries.
It’s time to come home to the natural expression of Venus on the earth plane – beauty, warmth, pleasure and sensuality. This is a time when the seeds you planted at the solar eclipse on Dec 26 are likely to start bearing fruit.
Find out more in my latest video forecast.
February’s New Moon takes place in sensitive and mystical sign of the fishes.
Occuring at both the height of Pisces – AND Mercury retrograde – season, this new lunar cycle offers us the chance to slow down, go within and release any residual emotions or left-over baggage from January’s purge (or Supermoon drama) while the pace of life is slower and we have more space for downtime.
It’s also a great time to go on retreat or visit a spa – spending time in nature, especially near water will help you to recharge your batteries and recalibrate your inner compass before the action and pace of Aries season begins.
Finetuning your intuition and seeing past situations in a more positive light are two of the gifts of this particular waxing moon phase, thanks to the Jupiter-Neptune sextile.
If you’re in danger of losing momentum or being sucked back into old addictive patterns of behaviour or toxic situations due to loneliness, fear or hopelessness, the good news is that a Mars-Uranus trine – which factors into this month’s New Moon – is designed to restore our faith in the cosmos and help to keep us all on track with regards to eclipse goals or New Year’s Resolutions.
Find out more in my latest YouTube Forecast.
On 20-2-2020, Jupiter and Neptune are set to come together for their first sextile aspect of 2020. And what a cracker it is!
This is the first major meeting of the planets of dreams and beliefs since 2019’s series of disillusioning square aspects, which brought many people face to face with their own addictions, weaknesses, false beliefs, cognitive dissonance and inflated judgements.
Think back to mid-January, mid-June and the September Equinox of 2019 when these influences peaked for clues as to what you may now be transmuting from negative to positive. (For a recap of the main features of the Jupiter-Neptune squares check out my September blog post.)
The main overall theme back then was discernment – how to distinguish real from fake, and to learn to tell the difference between genuine spiritual guidance and sound beliefs, on one hand vs. quick fix quackery, escapist delusions and sensationalist superstition, on the other.
This time around, Jupiter and Neptune will be making a dynamic and cooperative sextile aspect = good news! See this as a chance to make something positive come from last year’s crisis of faith. It’s time to find the rainbows and silver linings – the nuggets of wisdom – in last year’s mirages and storm clouds.
Use this fanastically expansive and uplifting transit to really fine-tune your intuition, break out of your funk of apathy or disillusionment, and explore the creative power of your imagination.
Miracles really can occur now if you can bring yourself to believe that they are possible – and find grounded and constructive ways to manifest them on the earth plane.
On Sunday, Mars will ingress into ambitious Capricorn where it’ll remain until the end of March.
Use this exalted combination to further your goals and make tangible progress towards building that empire you so desire, or those plans you set into motion at the Capricorn solar eclipse back in December 2019.
The key is to think long-term, make a plan and then execute it with discipline and consistency. If you take concrete action now, you can accomplish great things. And more importantly, things that have staying power.
As I said in my Full Moon forecast, Mars is likely to be our saving grace during 2020 Pisces season. With Mercury also retrograde in said sign, the way forward could become a little unclear.
However, the message from Mars is: No matter how murky or confusing things get in your mind, just keep moving forward. Determination and slow, steady progress are what will help you get through what could otherwise turn into a tiring and doubt-riddled period.
Get ready for Mercury Retrograde! The planet of travel, negotiations, intellect and communications is set to reverse direction for the first time this year between 17 February and 10 March.
Many of us will remember the last two retrogrades through water signs in June and November 2019, and how much havoc and confusion they wreaked with people’s emotions.
Now, with Mercury in nebulous Pisces – the sign of its fall – we could see the word ‘surreal’ being taken to a whole new level!
Pisces is not known for clarity or good boundaries, so you’ll want to double check every fact and cross every ‘t’ when it comes to research/reports/offers/contracts.
This retrograde is all about exploring your spirituality and creativity. It is also about learning to discern between intuition, on one hand, and the mirages created by our fears and traumas, on the other.
Spending time meditating each day is the simplest and fastest way to get in tune with your internal GPS, so that you can tell gut responses from knee-jerk reactions. It also opens up liminal mental space in which you can receive inspiration and divine guidance. The key is to practise some Virgoan discernment so that you are able to sift the wheat from the chaff, and workout what you can actualy use/apply in your life, and what is simply wishful thinking or navel gazing.