While the Sun squares Pluto all day it will be of utmost importance to use the diplomacy of the Libra Moon to continually find balance. Negotiations may be fraught with more intensity than usual, so it's wise to gain perspective while navigating challenging confrontations and deal making decisions. Apply a lighter, more delicate touch while assuming a determined stance. It's important to make your points firmly and strongly but don't over push or demonstrate desperation. If up against a road black better to back off and reflect. It may be more important to re-freshen strategies.
Because the Moon has a deadish feeling in its balsamic phase, let certain things peel away in preparation for a clearer beginning on Friday's Libra New Moon. We are in the Libra time of year but today has a Scorpionic tinge with Pluto in strong aspect to the Sun along with Mercury in Scorpio moving slowly backwards in the sky as it only turned retrograde Tuesday night.
Intuitions, feelings and hunches swirl in the air and heart. There may be a twinge of sentimentality as memories of the dead or the past invade the thoughts. For many these weeks can reveal secrets long hidden that suddenly and/or shockingly come to light. If these revelations are positive then handle the energy wisely and productively, but if the fall-out from these revelations is more disturbing then it is important to process the information mentally and emotionally before acting out. You want to make sure you are coming from the heart center and not acting out of the rawness of bitterness or resentment. Bitterness, jealousy and resentment, are strong feelings that must be honored, processed, understood and allowed to sink into one's being and transformed into more productively powerful energy as it is redistributed and re-expressed.
Everything is being accelerated. I heard a quote from Fareed Zakaria this morning that is very apt: “There are decades when nothing happens and then there are weeks when decades happen.” We are going through one of those weeks, and I would stretch that to the end of the year. Why are these weeks so crazy and full of upheavals? There are several reasons and I’ve outlined the overview of the year in many previous articles that you can read on this blog but the big thing right now is Pluto. The pandemic degree occurred on the 1/12/20 conjunction of Saturn and Pluto at 22.46 Capricorn. That set off 2020 on its chaotic, evolutionary spiral. At the top of October Pluto stationed direct exactly on this pandemic degree, sitting there and moving at a snail’s pace for the next two months. This is like having an elephant sitting on your belly, smothering, suffocating and squeezing the bile out as it explodes through every possible orifice. Just when you think there is no more putrid sludge clogging the drain another piece of fecal matter is ejected, emitted and expunged. The muck spurts, spits, smears and stains anything in its explosive path. The flies and vultures come to fester on the rotting corpses and decaying matter. Saturn and Pluto are spinning around the orb of this degree; Saturn adds pressure while Jupiter expands the intensity of both Saturn and Pluto.
We also have a very unpredictable, chaotic and roller coaster Mercury retrograde whose effects will be felt through the end of November leading up to the Lunar Eclipse. Mercury is in secretive Scorpio opposing truth seeking Uranus. This opposition exposes secrets, dirt, mysteries and financial misdeeds. This aspect throws everything into a tailspin as more and more erratic and unexpected information is shockingly revealed. It’s like a pinball that bounces off one bumper into another, then another and then another because of the constant topsy-turvy information, confusion and general instability. It is mind boggling what continues to come to light on a daily basis. We’re looking to decipher the obfuscated truth through all the smoke and mirrors.
Mars retrograde thrown into the mix says you will run into trouble by fighting in your accustomed way. The usual mode of taking action and demonstrating strength, power and aggression will now backfire. An opposite or more thoughtful tactic is advised that is less about bullying and bluster, and more about being an iron fist in a velvet glove. It’s advisable to find a new ways of expressing Martial forcefulness by reversing tactics and strategies. Therefore, for those who are timid, shy and unassertive the retrograde of Mars may be about getting in touch with your inner warrior and expressing your Yang energy in more blunt, overt and assertive ways.
Don't forget that the Saturn/Jupiter conjunction at 0 Degrees Aquarius at the top of 2021 is ushering in a new era and a new economy. There's an evolutionary world view that involves adapting to new technologies, shifting politics and a radically changed work place. In adapting to the new you can't leave behind what is good about the past. It's important not to make that tragic mistake. There are many groups of people who feel justifiably left behind and it is important to listen to them. Do not ostracize the disenfranchised but give them space and room to grow and adapt into the change. We should whittle away and throw out that which is antiquated, archaic and worn out. Yet, there is much to value in the structures and traditions of the past and they can help to enlighten new ideas. Let's honor that which is noble about the past and let's learn lessons from our not so noble history. There is much to revise and change. Let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater.
I’m singing and taking Yoga classes to recalibrate. Find something that works for you.
Saturn turns direct today and will slowly move forward leaving Capricorn at the end of December when it enters Aquarius for 2.5 years. In the next few months we will see many many changes to our structures, traditions and institutions. The entire year of 2020 has been like a hurricane and now we will get the tail winds coming on the rear end as Saturn finishes up in the last degrees of Capricorn.
The retrograde period of Saturn this year started on May 11 when she had just entered the first degrees of Aquarius. I had mentioned many times that on the retrograde we would be tested, especially in the USA, on just how well we answered the call to awaken in Aquarius to dealing with the pandemic. Our freedom was limited at that time, we had to pull together for the collective and make a monumental humanitarian shift. It became all about the group good rather than the individual. The retrograde of Saturn back into Capricorn demanded a revision and restructuring of our responsibilities in handling the crisis. While Saturn was retrograde it was time for government and society as a whole to implement ways to fix and repair what came into our consciousness with Covid. This station direct will reveal to us just how well we did in taking responsibility. Was the effort a successful one? Saturn will let us know if our report card is full of A's C's or F's or a combination thereof.
The days surrounding this station can be full of lethargy and stagnation but as the Lord of Karma starts to slowly move forward in October we will see just what it is we have reaped. Saturn is only one of the players but he is responsible for showing us how well we are doing on the material plane. What have we achieved, how honest are we in the push for success and are we worthy of a major payoff or a fall from grace?
Pluto will station direct in a few days time as well and the combination of Saturn and Pluto moving forward can bring revelations as secrets are uncovered and hidden motivations are revealed. Darkness is brought to light and also on the flip side great consolidation of power can happen at this time. We will see both.
The next couple of weeks through mid-October are going to be very intense and conflict driven. The pandemic degree of 22° 46 Capricorn that was established at the Saturn/Pluto conjunction at the top of 2020 is about to be triggered by transiting retrograde Mars, exact on October 8 and the station direct of Pluto on October 4 . Both those planets will hit the degree exactly while Jupiter catches up in November and Saturn hovers just beyond still exerting its influence of trying to keep law and order in traditional ways.
Pluto continues to uncover the dark, underbelly of our society and Mars can actively trigger anger and violence based upon what is being revealed and a feeling of injustice. In the past few days the Breonna Taylor verdict was handed down and in many quarters there is a sense of anger over justice not being served fairly. On August 2nd I wrote an article about the Mars retrograde. I said that when Mars starts the precise retrograde from September 9 through November 14 the implementation of making changes to what has been brought to light will deepen. It will be the continued fight to actually make those changes. It will be the time when we see if the murderers of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are brought to justice. It will be the time when we see just how far those that want to defund the police will achieve their goals. It will be a time to see how far the Black Lives Matter movement can evolve and any of the myriad and dizzying changes that have come to light since the start of 2020 can progress or not. It will be the time when we see how far Covid will ravage our country, its people and the economy. It will be the time when we have a presidential election to decide if there will be a reversal of power. Each side will dig in deeper and be stimulated to fight. The side that feels empowered to initiate a new beginning will start making those changes, while the side resisting change to the status quo will feel a tremendous urge to defend traditions. Mars will stimulate the fight on both sides. It’s a boxing match.
It’s all starting right now and the Breonna Taylor decision, the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the death toll from Covid breaking the 200,000 mark are all coming down as the energy starts to culminate. It’s going to be a rough October so do what you can to stay sane and rational.
This is a very industrious new moon and is an excellent one for getting back to the work grind at full throttle. There is a caveat in that the Moon is void of course from 7:42 am till 2:56 pm (EST) so the benefits of the new moon will be best realized after 3:00 and on Friday. There are ways to be extremely industrious during the void. Use that time to plan, organize, review the details and get your ducks in a row.
The Virgo Sun is in harmonious aspect to Saturn all day and that's one of the best possible aspects in the world for productivity and achievement. Organize and plan during the void implement the action afterwards and on Friday. When the Moon enters Libra in the late afternoon that will help work situations balance out any glitches. It will lessen the grip of control freaks so that they share the work load and responsibility with others who play an equal part in business partnerships. Everyone has a role to play and you must let each contribute their talent in their own way.
This new moon is an entry way for the next two weeks for adjusting to new school, health and work routines. Many people have to make enormous changes to their daily grind which is now being launched. For the next two weeks, and in the bigger picture the next two months, it will be a testing ground as to which new routines work and which don't. Nothing is set in stone and you'll have to be able to adapt and mutate in order to keep productive and move forward. If you don't stay flexible you can break and stagnate which is not a good thing to do in these challenging times.
Sorry to be a negative Nelly, a maligned Anne of Green Gables, a persecuted Pollyanna or a dismayed Dolly Dimple but Labor Day this year should be called Labor Month. Our two malefics, Saturn and Mars, will be in harsh square all month and that means you better get to work being productive and be willing to come up against blocks, obstacles and stop signs. Instead of buckling under the pressure you'll be called upon time and again to solve problems and challenges. If you meet up with the answer NO then you must go back to the drawing board and find creative ways to get a YES answer or at least a compromise.
This is known to be a very harsh aspect but it can instigate great productivity that comes out of tremendous stress and tension. You will be forced to find new solutions to old problems and if you don't then the aspect can make you feel like a failure, but that's because you aren't willing to put in the extra work. And extra work is what is called for. Obviously some situations will be out of your control and you will have to take the loss or setback with a certain amount of pain and dignity. Once you lick your wounds then get slowly back on your feet and find a new way to restructure your place in the material world. It's sort of like setting off on a new, unknown journey and you must find the courage to do battle. You may lose a limb in the process or be cut off at the knee, but you can find strength and resilience in overcoming the obstacle and in some cases buttress the knee and even regrow a better and stronger limb.
That's more or less the general tone for September but the immediate mood for Labor Day Monday is rather lovely as the Taurus Moon makes very harmonious aspects to all the planets currently traveling through Virgo and Capricorn. Enjoy the fruits of your labor to the best of your ability today. Be generous in sharing with others the abundance you've created and worked so hard to achieve.
The Sun enters Virgo today but because the new moon in Leo occurred this past Tuesday there is still more Leo types of "fun in the Sun" times that will linger. Virgo is a sign associated with health, high functioning, precision and can overly worry. Therefore in this time of Covid, with so many people more concerned about their health and others wanting to have some free spirited fun, there needs to be a balance between fun loving, free and easy Leo and protocol, rule-following, critical and picky Virgo. The balance between the two signs can be very beneficial.
A very important part of the Virgo Sun will be figuring out the details and organizing a new daily ritual as so many prepare to go back to school and work. For some that is now, and for others it's after Labor Day - but for all the preparation and organization of the daily routine has to be thought about and planned. Obviously this year there are many changes and adjustments being made to the school and work year. Mars turning retrograde on September 9 initiates a time when all these new plans that are put into action have a two month review process to see if they're working, and if not then they will be changed after November 14. There's also a Mercury retrograde thrown in from October 14 through November 3 that will also be a time of review and adjustment.
The major aspect today is a T-square between the Moon, Mars, Pluto and Saturn. This is not a fun aspect. It can provoke arguments, fights, blocks, delays, repression, anger, violence and a generally oppressive and threatening type of energy. Of course, the benefits of such a dynamic aspect is about massive amounts of focus, concentration and energy put towards solving gargantuan problems but the energy must be used in a focused, organized, determined and steady way. If and when you meet with blocks know how to back off or continue forward and find a new way to solve the challenge or obstruction. You really, really must know how to choose your battle with this T-square. The empty sign is Cancer so the problem and/or solution can be found through family, home, history or looking to the past.
The planet Uranus stations retrograde today at 10° 41’ Taurus. She’ll be retrograde through January 11, 2021 when he’ll turn direct at 2°39’ Taurus. The day of, two days before and the day after the retrograde are often when major shifts occur in the world and in our personal lives pertaining to Uranian matters and in Uranian ways. The other important dates are when she makes sharp aspects to natal planets but for now we are dealing mainly with the station.
We’ve been feeling the energy the past few days and it will be here throughout the weekend. Retrogrades are a reversal of energy, change of attitude, switch of direction. There may be reversals and changes to friendships, teams and alliances since Uranus is very concerned with matters pertaining to groups. In the sign of Taurus the question will be which friends, teams, groups and alliances hold the most value and substance in your life. Which are worth holding on to, and which don’t hold inherent value anymore that you might distance, divorce or separate from? Perhaps the shift in status can be over something as mundane as money. When it comes to money there could be simplistic arguments and blow ups over what different people value about it. For many there must be more introspection on the retrograde on how to be innovative in creating new sources of income. Many have been detached and castrated from financial sources and this retrograde through the end of the year offers an opportunity to recreate those resources. Unearth a new talent and be inspired to use innate talents in innovative ways. Another stimulus package should be coming down the pike within a matter of weeks on this retrograde.
This planet has a great deal to do with divorce. These days are fraught with wanting to break away from others whether spouses, friends or family members. Really think hard whether those in your life add depth and substance or detract from those qualities.
If something explosive has happened in the last few days or occurs in the upcoming few days don’t try to fix the problem immediately with a knee jerk response. Someone may come at you with something that angers, disrupts or sets you in a chaotic tailspin. It’s best not to react in similar fashion. Detach, get some distance, see things from a bird’s eye view and then tackle a response next week sometime after more objectivity is reached. Unless a major eruption calls for an immediate response, take the high road and remain objectively distant. Only certain very important life altering events will demand an immediate and quick response.
Uranus is a planet of originality and innovation and this is a turning point on how to figure out how to make yourself stand out from the crowd and show off your uniqueness. We have 5 months to make that rebirth and this weekend is the start.
Uranus also likes to break, overthrow and revolutionize and because Taurus is a money sign watch what continues to be thrown off balance with the economy and our resources. Stock markets and economic forecasts will continue to be volatile and off kilter.
Those who don’t like being told what to do; for instance wearing a mask, may become more irritable, volatile, contrary and confrontational so hold off on provoking others even if you’re in the right. Uranus can be an iconoclast so watch for the further destruction of old, cherished and/or antiquated structures and belief systems that have been long held in high value but are now crumbling.
It is especially important to watch for volcanic explosions from Mother Nature.
Keep your mind open to original thinking and allow yourself to change strait-jacketed or vice- like thinking and habits otherwise they will break your will in much more uncomfortable mental and physical ways.
This can also be a weekend of making unexpected new friendships and social contacts with people that over the coming months may become more deeply connected and bonded with you. This weekend’s Moon/Venus conjunction in Cancer is an extremely loving family connection that comes from the heart so be aware of new relationships fitting into that category that suddenly commence.
The next few days will be rather challenging to navigate. Whatever you're feeling or experiencing will be heightened, sensitized and dramatized just a little bit more than usual thanks to the effects of the full moon. This lunation crosses the signs of Aquarius and Leo and both signs are known for their dramatic intensity. Everyone wants to stand out from the crowd and be recognized for their unique individuality. The Leo time of year likes to make everyday a special one and this full moon will make people go to extremes in behavioral patterns to be recognized and seen! Watch for too much partying, too much drinking, too much ignoring social distance boundaries and conversely others being super, super ruthless in judging and calling out behaviors they deem to be socially unacceptable. It's a polarizing energy.
It's an even more interesting full moon because it is colored by the Sun in square aspect to Uranus, one of the planetary rulers of Aquarius as well as Mercury in opposition to Saturn the other planetary ruler of Aquarius. The next few days has an off kilter kind of energy and you can easily be thrown off your center. Don't be stubborn about sticking to a plan, point of view or opinion because the more you dig you heels deeply into a behavior pattern the more you might suffer when the energy breaks. It may be best to distance yourself from friends, family and the crowd when the energy gets too volcanic. Mercury opposite Saturn is ripe for blocked communication and Mars square Jupiter only adds to zealous proselytizing and fighting too hard for your beliefs without listening to others. There's way too much stubborn energy in the air. If you feel you or anyone else approaching situations with blinders on, then take a deep breath and take a step back. Only go the distance in a situation where you're absolutely 100% sure about your position, and even then be careful about going one step too far in saying something wrong.
Expect the unexpected in the next few days and be willing to find new, creative solutions for old problems. Often we are at our most creative when forced into making necessary changes to events that are lobbed at us from left field. When something irritates and upsets you emotionally, remove yourself from the situation and get a bird's eye view and more objectivity before coming back to meet the situation from a detached perspective in order to solve the problem. Shocking revelations may come to light so nothing should surprise you - or EVERYTHING will surprise you!
This is an accident prone energy so slow down and be more hyper aware of your surroundings when driving, biking and using all forms of transportation.
Chiron retrogrades in Aries this weekend while making a conjunction with Mars. On top of that the Aries Moon supplies an emotional fuel to kick off this conjunction that will have ramifications over the course of the remainder of the year. This is one of several conjunctions that will launch new beginnings that make way for the clearing of the old, outworn and outdated.
Astrology really does have a very practical application if you know the vocabulary and apply it to daily living and events. It's not always easy to know what the outcome might be but you can definitely make correlations to events and timings for when an outcome may take place.
Mars and Aries are a planet sign combination that are associated with the face and the head. Chiron is a planet that concerns itself with wounds, healing, medicine and education. The aspect of a conjunction is the end of one way of life and the beginning of another, the birth of something new. The first sign of spring is about awakenings, thrusting forward into a better vision of the future, starting something new, and making conquests.
Retrograde is about going back to the past to revise, change or fix something. A revisiting of an issue to reimagine, reinvent or rework it. To mask or not to mask? That is the question! The science and numbers say that countries and populations that have required the population to wear masks when in public and interacting with others have flattened the curve and reduced the spread of coronavirus significantly. There is a battle, in this country in particular where the spike of the coronavirus is virulent, as to whether or not it is important to wear a mask or not. This conjunction says its time is to mend wounds, go to war in order to make things whole. Chiron retrograde is about healing something from the past but the sign of Aries says to take firm and deliberate action in order to heal past wounds. This is also correlated to our country's karma (BLM) as well as the more pressing issues of the spread of disease. The retrograde is also indicative of research being done to find a vaccine and other healing medicines to eradicate and battle the virus. Chiron was a teacher and an educator so this planet/sign combination is about the struggle, battle and fight to find a new vision on how to open up the education system for our students and teachers.
It's all about what face to show people: a healthy or unhealthy one. The mask will be a symbol of how you fight the battle the war and face the enemy. Mars will turn retrograde on September 9th and that will be when the fight becomes more internally virulent. It will be a deepening of the action to fight the inner enemy of the virus, the enemy of the people, each other and also the deeper warrior cry in the research for the vaccine. Educating the public on health matters is imperative and the education of our children must be debated as to how and when to reopen the schools. Let's not forget that Mars as an energy is deeply connected to the military and police. So there are major overhauls to those systems as well. Mars is about leadership and on the retrograde that leadership may be rendered impotent and signal the reversal of who is in charge. Mars retrograde has a lot to do with dirty, underhanded types of fighting.
Chiron is called the wounded healer. Our health is wounded, our education is wounded, our police and military is wounded, and our country's soul is wounded. It is time to heal these wounds.
Look in your personal life as well to where these changes are taking place by the house in your chart contains the sign of Aries.
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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