Saturday, November 28. Neptune stations direct at 18 .09 ° Pisces tonight. Its effects are felt Thanksgiving through Monday although since it falls smack on the approach of a Gemini Lunar Eclipse on Monday it can be safe to bet that Neptune will be blowing out of proportion whatever challenges or events come to light during eclipse season. When a planet stations in the sky for the few days until it makes it directional shift all the subjects falling under its domain are heightened in our awareness. For those with planets or chart points between 16° to 20° of Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius or Gemini the energy will be even more acute as delivered through the instrument of Neptune along with the aspected planet or chart point.
This energy is about escapism and heightened sensitivities and feelings. If you’ve been in a spiral of depression then this energy can deepen the spiral yet, if you’ve been on a high of joy, happiness and optimism then the station will accentuate those feelings. Neptune doesn’t necessarily care what the feeling is but she will want to expand and inflate the mood. A simple example would be if you’re watching a movie you may be paying more attention to the art and set design, costumes, colors and the imagination that went into the making of the movies. The entire atmosphere becomes enhanced. The acting feels more soulful, the camera moves enter our awareness as more of an eye into the soul of the movie makers or more spiritually, the soul of humanity. Movies are after all an illusion. The best allow us to see art, truth and humanity through the illusion and poetry. The worst numb us into a stupor similar to drugs and alcohol. Neptune will help you to make a choice in whether or not you want to experience the agony or the ecstasy. Those with addictions need to monitor the temptation of wanting to over indulge. It’s a great weekend to escape into a fantasy world and there’s nothing wrong with a controlled substance in moderation to lead you to that place, it’s all a matter of awareness and Neptune can cloud good judgment. If you can open your mind to a higher creative energy through yoga, meditation, music or any creative muse that stirs your soul then you should find some great rewards. Whatever inspiration comes your way write it down and make it tangible so that at a later day you can work and perfect the kernel of inspiration that come down the pike on this weekend.
I always think of a planet being retrograde as getting more in touch with Yin energy while when it turns direct there’s more of a Yang influence. Because Neptune rules people who work in the arts have had to spiral inwards the past 6 months to reimagine how they go about expressing their creativity. Covid has made that an even harsher reality. Spiraling inward to search out the muse of creativity and see how to redirect her would have been very important. Now on the direct station and for the next 6 months it’s time to set into action those nurturing ideas that have been percolating.
On a practical level you may be feeling more tired, lazy and want to sleep more. Let your body rest if that’s what it’s saying to you. Listen to and trust your intuition. Write down your dreams. You may be called upon to help those that are physically hindered and can’t take care of daily functions. Help them out. Be aware of the media, information and news you’re listening to. I know there’s talk about a vaccine and that’s great and I’m sure it’s definitely in the works but don’t get overly excited into believing it to coming as quickly as what’s being touted or that it will be a panacea. The Neptune station along with a lunar eclipse in Gemini can be very deceptive and it will be easy to believe lies, fake news and have the wool pulled over your eyes. Don’t make important snap judgment decisions on this energy. It’s not a smart thing to do. If something sounds too good to be true it most definitely is. Neptune rules the pharmaceutical industry and a Gemini Lunar Eclipse is about important information coming to light so it makes sense that this announcement comes out now. The reality of when it’s delivered may be what the problem might be.
We’re living in sad times and the best way to tap into Neptune’s powers is through opening a compassionate heart. Don’t be a Pollyanna or blind optimist but instead treat every person and situation with an open and understanding heart
The Jupiter/Pluto conjunction perfects for the third and final time this year. The other dates were April 4 and June 30. The final conjunction is the culmination of something in a more final way. We just had an election to determine the balance of power. This conjunction says that a decision has been made through the legal system to determine the direction of power to our structures and leadership. This is an aspect that has much to do with expansion of power so we have the former president trying to expand his reach beyond the limits of what may or may not be legal while we have another incoming president trying to make a new beginning with the purging of the old regime in order to make way for the new one. Mars turns direct in the next few days as well so we will start to take slow action to finally make the decision on all levels and the lunar eclipse of November 30 should bring more information to light for a final count while the Solar Eclipse on December 14 should install the new president in the white house. I would imagine Trump won’t give up until that date because that eclipse falls on his Moon and South node which would be all about making an exit from his home (the White House). That eclipse has a purging effect with his south node being involved and the image is a flushing away of the old. Donald Trump has a very powerful Mars and when it was retrograde he needed to revise his strategy for fighting. He didn’t do that and now on the direct station he may gain more power in fighting the fight in his usual way but I think it will most likely be too little too late. Still he has a great amount of fight left to do some serious damage in the transition of political power. The election isn’t over and most likely won’t be until the middle of December.
Jupiter also rules legal decisions and courts so we will see over the next month the extents and excess one can push the legal system in order to retain power. We have also seen the balance of power on the Supreme Court being pushed in one direction. There are also more decisions to be made with other very close senate races. This aspect has a great deal to do with gambling and risk taking so let’s see how far the Jupiter/Pluto conjunction can push the game of dirty politics. Let’s also see if there are some major deaths of very influential people in the vein of Ruth Bader Ginsburg or some other person of the old guard.
This conjunction is also about the amplification and spread of disease and death. The last two conjunctions also coincided with larger outbreaks of Covid. This is yet one more kick to bring us to our knees.
You thought 2020 was over? Not yet and it will go out with a MAJOR BANG!
Monday, November 2. Mercury stations direct square Saturn. There are two very distinct ways to work with transits. One is to take the transits as they exist in the sky for everyone and apply it to mundane, world events. The other more personal way is to overlay the transits on the natal chart to see in what houses they fall to ascertain where in life the transit may have more potent effect, and even more importantly, observing any natal planets and chart points they aspect using a fairly tight orb of 2-3 degrees; the tighter the better.
In the sky right now we have Mercury stationing direct today and tomorrow at 26° Libra. This happens on Election Day in the USA. The station occurs during a very tight square to transiting Saturn at 26° Capricorn. The slowness of the Mercury stations forces it to linger in aspect to Saturn from October 22 through November 10 with peak dates being 10/23, 11/1 and 11/6 although the entire period from 11/1 through 11/10 should be considered a hot zone. Mercury is the planet of communication, counting, transportation and making clear logical decisions. He also has dominion over a number of other issues such as siblings, writing, education, pets and the daily work routine. Saturn imposes limits, restrictions and is all about following the rules and protocol that often cause blocks and delays. So what we can expect as it moves direct on Election Day in aspect to Saturn is that a decision will be made, as indicated by Mercury moving forward, but because of the aspect to Saturn it may be a slow decision as there may be more ballots to count, a lag in the postal service because of transportation and communication snags or just an unexpected block or delay. Everyone wants to make sure they have dotted their “I’s” and crossed their “T’s” ensuring fair balloting and playing by the strict rules. It is important that those voting on Election Day make sure to double check how they are filling out their ballots and to be prepared for delays, mishaps and waits. Mercury has a retrograde synodic cycle that occurs every 20 years meaning that 20 years ago the trickster stationed at exactly the same degree of 29° Libra on the election of November 2000. We look back to this synodic cycle to interpret what might happen at this time period because astrological cycles repeat themes in a variety of ways. If you remember, that election between Gore and Bush was indecisive because it was so close. There was a delay in declaring a winner which wasn’t decided until December 13. We may or may not have a similar situation this year. It will all depend how close or not the actual election count is on November 3. But even if there is a clear winner there has been so much talk about voter fraud and counting that the issues from 2000 have already been reiterated whether or not they play out in the same way.
That’s one way to look at this Mercury direct period in aspect to Saturn. Another way is to see where that transiting square falls in your natal chart. That will tell you where you’ll have to focus attention to improve communication skills and how to rebuild and fix communication structures that have become broken in some way. I can’t go through every permutation, but I’ll give one example. If the square is from Mercury transiting in the 1st house with Saturn transiting the 4th then the general blocks in communication would surround your mode of expression (Mercury in the 1st) vs. your Mother/Father or some other family member (Saturn in the 4th). Productively this may be someone who is doing an awful amount of paper work and gathering family records from the past in order to gain citizenship in another country or just gathering past family information for another purpose such as chronicling family history. Square aspects call for decisive action based upon a frustration and some kind or awareness whether good or bad that a certain amount of focused work needs to be done. Now, let’s add the planet Pluto to the first house of the natal chart at 28° Libra. That means the Plutonian archetype would be added to the interpretation the 1st house interpretation – the image we project, particularly to our personal mode of communication. This would add an obsessive, addictive, intense and passionate quality to this transit and you may be called upon the carpet for the way you use words to sting, being overly intense or cause subterfuge. It’s time to learn a lesson in how to transform the power of your personal communication style.
I’ve got a great personal story to tell about the past 24 hours. My ascendant is 28° Libra and I have natal Venus at 0° Cancer. That is the world axis or Aries point. Planets at this point are often the archetypes for which we become known whether it is through world fame or just recognition from those in your own personal community or family. It’s how we connect to the world at large or in your immediate environment. I was born into a family that had a very famous name in the Italian bread bakery business in the New York metropolitan area. Addeo Bakers is famous city wide (and beyond) for quality Italian bread products that spans generations having begun with my Grandfather in the 1920s. I sometimes only have to mention my name and people ask, “Is that the same Addeo as the bakery?” Although I have no professional connection with the bakery I’m very proud of my brother for having taken over the business from our Father and keeping up the tradition and the great reputation of our family name. In the past couple of days Mercury regressed from 0° Scorpio to 29° Libra and was stationing smack on my Ascendant trine natal Venus. It will be there for the entire week. My brother sent me an email saying that the bakery is being advertised on huge digital screen billboards in Times Square as part of an advertising campaign run by NYCNext.org to support local family businesses throughout the city during the pandemic. The astrology is so good, Mercury (my brother) stationing direct (information and news moves forwards) conjunct my Ascendant (my immediate environment and identity) trine Venus in Cancer (the fame of the family name). The transit of Saturn in the 4th house squaring all these points adds the extra touch that I should do something with the information coming my way like write about it and use it in my work somehow so that it doesn’t just come down as some pleasant event. So that’s what I’m doing as well as helping to publicize it on line via all the social media platforms at my disposal. One has to keep the family structure on solid ground and do whatever it takes to continue the tradition.
Hope this example is helpful especially to those who have knowledge of how astrology works.
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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