This week is marked by a considerable astrological shift with the Sun having just crossed the solstitial threshold into the sign of Cancer, Jupiter turning retrograde in Pisces, Mercury turning direct in Gemini on Tuesday, and the Full Moon culminating in the sign of Capricorn on Thursday.
We finally escaped the grip of the Eclipses that began on May 26th with the Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius and ended with the Solar Eclipse in Gemini on June 10th. These eclipses were highly charged, fast paced, and somewhat stirring depending on your sensitivity level and there was a lot of high tension/nervous energy permeating the first two weeks of June. The Sun transiting in Cancer for the next several weeks should bring a soothing balm for the intellect.We are also on the other side of the 2nd Saturn-Uranus square that took place on June 14th and we can look forward to a few days of respite at least until the end of the month when the next instalment of ‘’tense’’ aspects will occur.
Because this Mercury retrograde in Gemini was powered by the momentum of the 2 Eclipses, you may have felt significant perspective or situational shifts in your personal life whether these were forced upon you or voluntary. You may have been called to priorities and be more selective about your energy investments in order to stay afloat while things shifted rapidly in the black void of the Eclipses. Whether you’ve been coasting this vibe or feeling overwhelmed, you can look forward to a week where you can finally start to slow down and integrate the changes that took place in your mind, in your heart, and in your life recently.
Astrological wisdom tells us that Mercury is on its most delinquent behaviour surrounding the days leading to its stationing. You may have to contend with some Mercurial mayhem, confusion, breakdowns or at its best, some bizarre synchronicitous events. Keep an eye out for answers to come to you through coincidences or unexpected means this week.
The Full Moon culminates at 3º Capricorn on Thursday supported by a sextile from Jupiter in Pisces. Saturn rules the sign of Capricorn and therefore the Full Moon and is currently separating from a square with Uranus highlighting this year’s main tension between the current structures/status quo versus innovation/revolution. You may decide to retract to the safety of your cocoon and your habitual instinctual patterns as the fear of scarcity or the unknown threatens to destabilize your well-being. On the other hand, you may feel ready to shed obsolete patterns and modes of being and courageously step into the fresh butterfly wings that awaits you on the other side of the rainbow.
Realistically though you may actually be oscillating widely between old and new patterns and ways of being in the world.Rest, breath, respect your elders, your body and nature. Status symbols are obsolete, nature is everything. You’ll get where you’re going in due time.
We are currently moving between two eclipses, the first one having occurred in Sagittarius on the 26th of May and the next one, a Solar Eclipse in Gemini coming this Thursday. Imagine yourself being in the centre of a washing machine. It’s kind of like that right now. We are being spun around, rinsed off, soaked, twisted and squeezed. With the Solar Eclipse this week being in Gemini, you might even be in two different washing machines and on two different cycles simultaneously!
Mercury in Gemini is also retrograde and squaring Neptune in Pisces which makes it kind of hard to know exactly how things are going to look once you are out of the washing machine. Did you forget a pen in one of your pants pockets? Will all of the clothes be covered in ink? Will the grease spot on your favourite shirt still be there? Will your washing machine break halfway through the rinse cycle?? Did you just step into a parallel scenario, a new story, a different time-line????
The 2nd Saturn-Uranus square of the year is also building up and will be exact on June 14th which Michael Lutin describes as ‘’The jell-o that never quite jells’’ It’s been a very aggravating aspect for many of us and whatever you are trying to accomplish this year will be coloured by this square. It could feel like a very slow, frustrating process with a lot of unforeseen twists and turns that makes you question your decision-making abilities. The last of these squares happens at the end of December. It’s the pressure cooker aspect of 2021.
The interesting thing with the current astro is that not everyone is being hit by the same transits and it really depends on your birth chart. The influence of the transits always depends on your birth chart but particularly right now because we have a few very different influences going on and some of you will be doing better than others. Jupiter in Pisces is gracing us with vision, inspiration, and hope until the end of July so that’s really good news and the Summer Solstice on the 21st will be imbued with the spiritual magic of Jupiter.So we are basically alternating between beautiful and exciting revelations/inspirations thanks to Jupiter in Pisces, the Mutable washing machine of the Eclipses in Sagittarius-Gemini + Mercury retrograde squaring Neptune, AND the pressure cooker of the Saturn-Uranus square.
The approach I have personally found that works best at the moment with this intense energy is being present in and with my current circumstances and simplifying my expectations. While I am still applying myself towards my goals, I also understand that we are currently in the midst of really far reaching changes and it’s actually very difficult to know which way things are heading. There are a LOT of opportunities flying around, maybe even an overwhelming amount of new and bizarre opportunities, doors closing and new ones opening but things are in a state of flux.
On Tuesday May 11th at 16:29 (NST) a New Moon at 21º Taurus takes place which is positively supported by Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn.
This New Moon in Taurus is all about gaining traction and witnessing progressive change especially in connection with an idea, a vision or a situation you have been thinking about for quite some time but didn’t seem to be able to move forward with it until recently. There is an echo of something (perhaps a few things) that were occurring last year at this time and you might even feel like you’ve come full circle. Taurus is associated with solidity and rooting down and the Moon is said to be exalted here because of Taurus’s fertile pastures offering stability, nourishment and a grounding influence for the Moon. Perhaps the openings are occurring in connection with the places you’ve felt the most stubborn or consistent about and it may even feel unsettling or foreign to find how easy it is to move in places where there was only resistance until now. Your ability to navigate these times (or anytime really) depends in part on how well you can find stability and consistency within yourself amidst changing circumstances.
You might be craving calm, peace, and security without being able to stop the Wheel of Fate from turning however. There are a lot of changes taking place and we have to keep adjusting our stance without being able to settle into one path or one direction. This is a time of opportunities and adaptability and these opportunities can present themselves if we keep an open mind. We are on the verge of Jupiter’s ingress in the sign of Pisces on May 13th, Eclipse season which starts on the 26th and Mercury stationing retrograde on the 29th. Venus which rule over the New Moon in Taurus is in Gemini and the co-presence of Uranus in the sign of Taurus augurs that instead of settling into comfort and finding safety in what feels familiar, we are being prompted to remain open, flexible, and adaptable because of too many uncertain factors and contrasting desires.
The week began with Mercury in Aquarius meeting the Sun which marks the half way point of its retrograde cycle. Mercury’s inferior conjunction with the Sun can represent a time of illumination and breakthroughs. You may be able to get back to an idea that started to emerge in mid-January or at least gain some traction with your thinking. Stay aligned with what your intuition is telling you.
Mercury in Aquarius is also applying to square Mars in Taurus, exact on Wednesday. The square between Mercury rx and Mars can bring arguments or tense situations to surface. Mercury square Mars can also be associated with rash thinking or jumping to conclusion too quickly. You may want things to happen faster than they can or be caught between what you want to do, versus what is possible which can feel frustrating. Much of the astrology of this whole year is about applying the right kind of pressure for things to evolve while also being aware of the breaking point. We also have to keep in mind that Mercury is still retrograde until the 20th.
The New Moon in Aquarius takes place on Thursday for a total of six planets transiting in Aquarius. The New Moon is a time of inception and with six planets in Aquarius, there is a lot of momentum available, especially in connection with the house where Aquarius sits in your chart. Just keep in mind that it will take time and probably some mental gymnastic to get where you want to go. Be open to changing your perception. You may also feel like you need more space than usual to process your thoughts and do your own thing, just don’t shut down people entirely as we truly need each other more than ever in order to create smaller networks of people who can provide each other with different services. We won’t be able to depend on the big corporation monopolizing the world right now and keep our autonomy simultaneously. Lets support the people as much as we can.
Venus conjunct Jupiter on Thursday morning which could help smooth out recent tensions you may have experienced. The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter can be harmonizing and bring the optimism we need to believe that things will all work out in the end. The Moon enters Pisces on Friday and could even magnify the conjunction of the two benefic planets, bringing some smooth sailing into the weekend.
The Sun enters Aquarius on Tuesday and the First Quarter Moon in Taurus arrives on Wednesday triggering the Mars/Uranus conjunction which is exact Wednesday evening in the East. We can expect this First Quarter Moon to highlight inherent tensions that have been building up since the end of 2020.
We are being challenged by the new forms and awareness emerging and it may be nearly impossible to reconcile our budding desires with our immediate restrictions at this time while we try to give our visions and obligations equal importance.You can look at the areas where Aquarius and Taurus sits in your chart to gain some perspective. Uranus in Taurus is pushing for new forms to emerge which requires freedom, independence and/or total liberation from the old forms, while the hyper-emphasis in Aquarius (because of Saturn, Jupiter, the Sun, Mercury and soon Venus all in Aquarius) highlights where you may be feeling like you need a solid plan for things to improve. You may feel blocked by circumstances outside of your control or need to spend time carefully planning. Things will take time. This tension will continue to be felt for the rest of 2021 but may be more present heading into this super concentrated Aquarius season.
On Saturday, the Sun conjunct Saturn in Aquarius which carries a sobering or realistic tone after the explosive and less compromising aspects of mid-week. You may need to temper your momentum or desires to break free at the risk of having to take sobering remedial measures down the road. On the other hand, you may need to break free of what is restricting you in order to pursue or evolve out of a stale situation.
Mercury is preparing to turn retrograde in less than two weeks and already transiting on the degrees where it will be moving back in a few weeks meaning that what we are itching to get done now, may realistically take a bit longer or we may be forced to revise again later.
This is a time of innovation when we can start to conceptualise new ways of doing thing but we also do not have much leg room so we basically need to find innovative ways to get the spaciousness that we crave while patiently biding our time.
The New Moon in Capricorn arrives late on Tuesday night in a conjunction with Pluto. Not only is a New Moon a time of renewal and of rich dark tilled soil, Pluto is a planet often associated with rebirth and transformation. The deep cathartic changes brought by Pluto are usually pretty painful and often not by choice. Changes brought by Pluto are slow and far reaching. There cannot be renewal without death and fundamentally when we enter the realm of Pluto we are never far from the process of decay and death which feels unfair, unjustified, difficult and mostly outside of our control. (Ask anyone who has experienced a Pluto transit)
Pluto is a slow moving outer planet which means its influence slow, and is a generational and collective one before being a personal one. The sign of Capricorn has received a lot of attention in the last few years with Saturn transiting here along with the eclipses taking place on the Capricorn/Cancer axis. Last year began with an epochal conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn which occurred on January 13th, 2020 at 22 degrees of Capricorn – one degree away from the New Moon in Capricorn coming up tomorrow exactly a year after the powerful conjunction of Saturn and Pluto. Capricorn is often compared to the systems and hierarchical structure of societies. I could spell it out for you but its becoming increasingly clear to everyone that we are currently undergoing very big societal changes that will be far reaching.
On a personal level you can look at where Capricorn sits in your chart to understand where something new is ready to emerge from the ashes of an old way of being. The New Moon is a time of obscurity when the light of the Moon is faint and the night is dark. This is not your average reset but a profound surrender to a new flesh that is waiting to emerge. The renewal taking place is profound and still invisible; things will be slow and the transformation far reaching.We can get close to the mysteries of death but no one knows for sure. There is also no possible spiritual mastery without mastering death or at least our fear of death. Death has such a powerful hold on us that it holds us inside our limited, restrictive and controlled lives. Pluto initiates us to the darkness of the unknown and the power that comes from transcending what has an invisible power over us. To transcend your fear of death means to live in the totality of your life and power.
This world is shrouded in darkness. Here, only a few can see their way free. These few birds escape from the net, and fly away.
The year 2020 comes to a close with a Full Moon in Cancer late on the night of 29th illuminated by the Sun in Capricorn. The opposition of the Sun and the Moon creates the Full Moon which may symbolize a certain level of tension between our conscious intentions and our ambitions (Sun) with our emotional reality and our comfort zone (Moon). The Moon fully illuminated in her domicile of Cancer highlights what sustains and nourishes us at this time which may be in high contrast with what we are trying to accomplish in the world. The Cancer-Capricorn axis often relates to growing up, leaving the protected envelope of childhood imagination to face reality outside of the safe cocoon and to build ourselves independently while birthing personal vision in the material world.
At this time you may feel like leaving material ambitions aside for a moment to acknowledge what sustains you away from the harsh realities of a world in transition. Your roots may be reaching deep down into the frozen ground to find the mineral nourishments that feel familiar. The Moon holds the memories of everyone who came before you, and every event that led you to this day. Your story is alive with symbolic and symbiotic meaning that weaves itself around the traditions of your ancestors carried through your own memories. More extensively, the land and nature can be a great source of comfort and grounding in uncertain times serving as a mother to us all. The Full Moon represents a culmination process and a time of illumination which may be filled with nostalgia as the year come to a close.
Saturn and Jupiter now transiting in the sign of Aquarius will usher us into very foreign territories in the year ahead. The Full Moon in Cancer at the end of 2020 has her roots in the past and offers us nourishment coming from our personal stories and the memories that make us humans, filling us with her milky light before we head into the unknown future. The space between the old and the new, between memories and anticipation where the sacred reside.
I think almost everyone is happy to see the Sun transiting in Sagittarius after a year of feeling like things haven’t been moving very fast. We are definitely gaining some momentum as the year comes to a close. Sagittarius is the visionary of the zodiac, and is able to say YES to what hasn’t happened yet. It’s often a sign associated with potentiality, and the opportunities that come from the ability to take risks. Chance resides here. You don’t know if you don’t try, and Sagittarius is willing to try.
Before the adoption of the word luck at the end of the Middle Ages, Old English expressed the notion of “good fortune” with the word speed. There’s something to be said for Sagittarius ability to jump on opportunities when they presents themselves. Sure, there’s elements of proper timing, but more extensively there is something about the readiness to seize luck in mid-flight, and be willing to change your trajectory at the last minute to create an opening. This talent for turning on a dime is not given to all the signs. This is why we associate Sagittarius with the Mutable modality. To a certain extent we create our luck with our ability to take a gamble, to have faith, to trust that it’s going to work out and to lay cynicism aside but also to ACT on a conviction. Throwing yourself into the unfamiliar while staying motivated even when you don’t know how things are going to turn out can be very very scary for some but it’s something Sagittarius usually excel at.
This year however, Sagittarius season is coloured by the Nodes of the Moon currently transiting in Gemini and Sagittarius, which basically means the eclipses will be occurring on this axis until December 2021. The North Node/Rahu or the Head of the Dragon is transiting in Gemini while the South Node/Ketu or the Tail of the Dragon is transiting in Sagittarius. The South Node is bringing its smoky influence to the archer and confusing its aims. Where do we shoot our arrows if the horizon is unclear? Where does luck resides while we cross this collective threshold into the Air period?
The Lunar Eclipse in Gemini on November 30th will most likely bring a lot of information noise. The overdose of anxiety-inducing news and data could be a very real thing as we spin on the Wheel of Fortune. The over-saturation of details, facts, and figures could render decision making difficult. The second eclipse coming will be a total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius on December 14th, and could challenge beliefs and what we assumed to be true in our personalized echo chambers.
Just in case you haven’t heard yet, Mars is stationing retrograde later today at 28 degrees of Aries.
This retrograde is significant if you are born with important placement in the middle to late degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries-Libra-Cancer-Capricorn) but in a mundane sense everyone has to contend with Mars retrograde in the next few months.
Whatever themes Mars retrograde finds you wrestling with all the pieces are already in place so you don’t have to look outside of your current circumstances to figure out how Mars retrograde is going to show up for you. You may however have to contend with circumstances that are outside your control.
One way to move forward now is to get acquainted with your natal Mars. What is your relation to power, your own but also the power that others have over you? How do you express your anger, your heat, your desires for independence, your passions, your physicality, your strength, your libido? Do you have the proper channels, do you have the right tools for the job? How does self-assertion and free-will look for you? Do you feel like you have the power to act in your life?
Mars is at home in Aries meaning it can express its nature fully. However, Mars has been squaring Saturn in Capricorn and will continue to square Saturn while retrograde. Saturn in Capricorn is acting as the gatekeeper throwing major obstacles in our paths, and our ability to move freely in the world. But Saturn is also limiting premature actions. Mars stationing retrograde means it’s time to strategize, adjust our stance, rethink our trajectories/goals, manage our powers, our drives, our stamina, and our desires intently. This Mars retrograde is completely coloured by Saturn in Capricorn. We may have no choice to play by the rules but patience will be in short supplies.
Look to the house where Aries and Capricorn sit in your chart to gage where the galvanizing powers of Mars are being limited by the time tested shackles of Saturn.
This is by no mean a time of passivity. Observe what is occurring around you. Pay attention to your inner and outer life. How much agency do you have? Stay alert. Sharpen your tools. Direct your attention on the constructive opportunities and ideas that can move you towards your long term goals.
Expired structures are slowly crumbling back into sand.
I will be sharing some ideas on dreaming, synastry, and the Moon on Monday August 17th at 1pm EDT via Zoom. These observations came through in the context of the Lunar Zodiac research Chris Reppucci and I have been doing in the last year. If you are interested in getting more out of your dreams or simply want to know about synastry and why you connect to certain people more than others, you can register for the presentation here: https://www.lunarzodiac.com/events and you will be sent a link to get in at the time of the lecture.
𓅓 Lecture description:
A presentation on the lunar cycle, dreams, and the encounters we have with others while dreaming.
We will explore some ideas as to why this may be possible via synastry, and the motion of the Moon while contemplating the importance and purpose of reflective engagement with others and our surroundings to trigger synchronicities and meaningful insights. There will be chart examples, simple dream recall techniques, and a practicum section for those of you who would like to engage with this process in the following months.
This lecture is geared towards people who have a good handle of their birth chart, and who can keep track of the lunar cycle. Having a proficiency for dreaming or the desire to integrate your dreaming experience actively via observation, practice, and through creative modalities of your choosing whether artistic, somatic, magical (or other) is helpful but not necessary.