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Old Guard, New Castle: Saturn in Aquarius

Saturn is in his official swan song of 2020 as he prepares to exit Capricorn mid-December.  Over the past three years he has put his foot down and demanded hard work. Everyone was rewarded with changes that will endure for the next 28 years.  He was king of his castle in Capricorn by dismantling systems, government, assumptions about authority, and reframing achievements.  Think back to how your life has changed and what systems you put in place since December 2017.  Perhaps your life in the pubic eye shifted or even a career shift?  Maybe you moved or grew into new family roles?  Whatever was created will endure and Saturn will leave one last parting gift before leaving.  

Saturn’s Nature

But where is he going now?  Saturn rules both Capricorn and Aquarius so in many senses he is just leaving one castle for another.  Imagine a grand manor on the English countryside with its imposing stone walls, weighty architecture and turrets to fly his flag of authority.  That, my friends, is Capricorn and Saturn is king.  Now imagine a crystalline palace high in the sky made of nothing but windows. The views from all sides are spectacular and the rooms are filled with libraries and great rooms with large tables for in depth conversations and maps of the great beyond. This is how Saturn rules the roost of Aquarius. While he shored up the security in Capricorn, he is now going to surround himself with ideals and possibilities.  

Saturn is a dry and cold planet.  He is comfortable in settings where emotions do not plague him, but he can get either down to earth and secure resources or he can connect with others through exploration of thoughts and ideals.  You must first define the boundaries of your kingdom before you know where to expand.  This is the transition from Capricorn to Aquarius.

Revolution or Evolution?

For the next three years Saturn will take his stern logic and keen eyesight to identify potential.  He wants what is idealistically right for the whole.  He feels a certain stewardship to those he governs.  And as such he can feel alone in a crowd quite easily.  In Aquarius he enjoys exploring and letting his mind wander to come back to the group and share his ideas.  Although he gets more credit for revolution, what he’s really interested in is evolution.  There are distinct differences.  He doesn’t want to blow the whole system up he just created, but instead be open to changing fundamental beliefs of those within the system.  He’s interested in playing devils advocate from an impartial place of fair principles.  If people do not agree with the ideas, they are left out.  This can lead to a fractionated group of those who agree and those do disagree.  While Saturn in Capricorn rewards loyalty, self-reliance, and dedication; Saturn in Aquarius rewards standing up for justice, serving the underdog, and self-sacrifice for the advancement of the whole.  While in Capricorn he shored up tradition, in Aquarius he looks to adapt those traditions to the present. 

Look back to what happened in February 1991 through February 1994.  Themes of those years will come back for another overhaul.  Expect hard work and delicious earned rewards.  To help you, let me give you an idea how each sign will be asked to evolve.

Horoscopes:

Aries Rising: 

The past three years has put a spotlight in your public persona and reputation sector.  You have built a name for yourself and have increased your personal capital in your circle. For the next three years you will be asked to share that knowledge and build bridges in the larger societal context.  Now is the time to build and evolve your network and friends.  You can be more successful and level up when you are connected.  There will be challenges in loyalty and ideologies, but you will find the group where you feel integrated.

Taurus Rising: 

Since 2007 you have been earning your stripes behind the scenes.  Expanding your mind, seeking education, and finding mentors.  All of that prep work is now leading you to center stage.  Over the next few years you will be asked to take on more responsibility in a public way.  While you have cultivated your philosophies, you are now asked to live those values.  Being “out there” can feel intimidating and vulnerable.  All of that is natural.  But remember that you do have the qualifications and the preparation when you feel overwhelmed.  You are exactly where the universe wants you for leading your best life.  

Gemini Rising: 

Intense transformation has been the focus for you since 2017.  In many ways you have been more sensitive to taking on other’s piles of stress.  It’s been a process of establishing your boundaries and your values.  The past three years you have been sifting through what is your responsibility and where do others need to take ownership for their emotional baggage.  I like to call it:  “Is it my shit or is it your shit?  Cause all I know is this is shit.”  Yup, that’s where you’ve been.  Accountability is a lesson learned by both parties through one shared experience.  I’m happy to say that you have emerged from the fire and are ready to move on.  From now until 2023 you get the chance to integrate those lessons into your life philosophy.  Now is the time to dive into the larger meaning of your life, the soul connection to the universe, and share your wisdom with others.  This is a time to look to the collective and how you are learning and leading in the evolution of the whole.

Cancer Rising:

Relationship hell?  Oh yeah, you can write a book about that now.  Over the past few years you have had challenges with boundaries in your most intimate attachments.  For some walls went up and for others you wanted those relationships set in stone.  Think about how much clarity you gained about your self-worth, your boundaries, and your standards  since 2017.  Saturn has a way of making it or breaking it by the time his transit is done.  And now you are ready to move into a new phase.  Until 2023 you will be learning the lesson of accountability to yourself and to others.  For some it is about finances and what it takes to gain trust from larger institutions like banks or the government for others it is the life lessons of merging with another and the trust you need to give.  With Saturn in Aquarius you will be able to list out exactly what the tasks are in black and white to check the boxes of progress. Saturn’s job in this area is to look through the darker patterns of the psyche and discard what patterns are not working for you.  Introspection is your best tool over the next few years.

Leo Rising: 

Your health and daily routine got a makeover over the past three years.  You put in the work to maximize your effectiveness at work and at home.  You had to learn you couldn’t have it all, so it was a matter of discerning what was essential.  Some made solid health goals and achieved them, others confronted the reality of growing older with more health complications.  Sometimes it felt like the hits just kept coming.  I’m happy to say you will not have to deal with this as intensely for another 28 years.  The focus will shift into the relationships of your life.  Over the next three years you have the opportunity to evaluate how you want relationships to look like in your life.  As you clarify your boundaries, you may find that what behavior from your lover was once tolerable is now impossible.  Standards get raised as you negotiate what is ideal and what is realistic.  With Aquarius you may be exploring what it means to preserve your self-identity and personal freedoms within a relationship.  Self-advocacy is a must through these next few years.

Virgo Rising: 

Having Saturn in Capricorn since 2017 has asked you to redefine what brings you joy.  You have examined every nook and cranny to decide if you really enjoy an activity or are just doing it out of duty. It has been an emergence of some of your most creative work while Saturn dallied in your 5th house of pleasure.  Of all the signs you probably handled this transit better than most signs as you find Saturns nature of hard work to be rather enjoyable.  Rest assured you did a great job.  It is important to find what gives you joy because over the next few years Saturn will be asking you to integrate that into your daily routine.  Pleasure is such an essential part of being human and often we find scheduling time for ourselves gets neglected.  From now until 2023 your charge is to find balance in your daily routines and the consequence for neglecting this can be detrimental to your health.  Establish the healthy habits of prioritizing you.

Libra Rising: 

Saturn in Capricorn toured your fourth house of home and ancestry over the past three years.  Some changed their relationships with their extended families while others changed residences altogether.  It had you examine family traditions and you got to decide thoughtfully what you wanted to continue and what you wanted to extinguish.  How you established your roots and your sanctuary were paramount themes.  For some it brought endings and others it brought new family members into your lives.  While Saturn made sure your roots were held tight, he is now ready to give you wings.  Saturn in the 5th house asks you to create.  In a fellow air sign, he is asking you to connect with others and share.  At first you may feel lost and directionless until you collaborate to mull over the possibilities.  Over the next three years it is an ideal time to give birth to a creative project that is close to your heart and brings you joy.  Expect revisions as the process evolves and remain fluid.  This could be one of the most creative and productive times of your life.  

Scorpio Rising: 

Saturn in Capricorn has been stirring the pot with issues of your neighborhood, your children’s education, and communication in general.  It’s almost like COVID happened and your world shrunk down to the smaller microcosm or something!  Literally, this is a fantastic literal translation of what could have manifested.  In this time you had to learn hard lessons about how you communicate and how you listen.  Sometimes we forget that half of getting the message across is just listening.  You worked on being understood and understanding others.  This is the very building block of relationships and some friends became as close as siblings to you.  Over the next three years Saturn is going to shift the focus into your home and family life.  It’s time to take the communication lessons your learned and put them into practice with your family. Saturn will be asking to redefine your concept of family or where you put your roots.  It is a time to redefine what “sanctuary” means to you and how to co-create it.  Although Saturn is comfortable acting alone, he is doing this in an Air sign that demands cooperation.  Find that balance of me time and social time.  Both have equal importance.  

Sagittarius Rising: 

Your finances probably have a lot more structure now than they did back in 2017.  Thanks to the task master touring your second house you were called on the carpet about what the stark reality was about your wealth.  It was a time to define boundaries and even impose hard limits on your spending.  There is a difference between being rich:  those who have expendable income; and those who are wealthy:  those who have investments.  It was also a life lesson to learn about how your self-worth doesn’t have to be tied to the number in you bank account.  For the next three years Saturn is ready to remodel your communication and commerce.  He is going to be invested in how you find the value in others and where you invest your time and energy.  How do you connect with others?  Do you listen more than you talk?  Where are you expending your energy.  Your sign has a tendency to believe yourself the more you talk and what gets neglected is the active listening.  Saturn in Aquarius will challenge you to see other’s points of view and realize that at times you can be the largest limitation in deepening relationships.  

Capricorn Rising: 

Since 2017 you have revolutionized everything from your self-image to your health, to how you want to be seen.  It has asked for no less than a complete overhaul of your mind, body, and soul.  Saturn asked you to invest in yourself.  I’ve seen individuals change their names, their genders, their occupations, and their bodies.  But they have all become a lot more confident and happy with who they are.  Once you got the basics down, it is now time to put your energy into what sustains you.  Saturn in Aquarius is moving into your second house providing a spotlight on how you nurture yourself and the funds it requires.  The way you bring in money and keep it will be examined.  It’s not about where you are, but where you want to be in Aquarius.  Find that ideal and systematically isolate what is working and what isn’t.  Saturn is here to build legacy and wants you to understand how things are interconnected.  How your present yourself is your confidence which leads to self-value and that will reflect in the money you bring in and keep.  Saturn likes accountability and self-reliance so watch as this develops in your financial health through 2023.

Aquarius Rising: 

The past three years felt like they were a little lost.  Saturn finds his joy in the 12th house because he can do Saturn things:  reflect, isolate, gain perspective on the passing of time, learn self-reliance.  Even downtime can be useful.  You emerge with a greater sense of what grounded you and what were essentials in your life.  From now until 2023 your ruling planet is in his sign and is ready to get to work on you.  This is a time of revolution of self.  Everything from your image to your health is on the table.  Saturn in Aquarius is through as he picks and chooses the input he wants to integrate.  Look at all the possibilities and where you might want to fit into the larger whole.  Life is like an experiment and you get to evolve.  The greater you understand yourself, the greater you understand everyone.

Pisces Rising: 

While the world was feeling a bit alone this past year, you were seeing how universal that isolation was.  I love Pisces ability to reframe things and this has been your talent while Saturn toured Capricorn over the past 3 years.  You’ve found your niche of people and weeded out who wasn’t supporting your best self.  Cutting the dead social wood, so to speak.  And that took a lot of courage.  Now that you have paired down to the essentials to other like minded people, you have your team.  This is perfect timing for you to know who has your back as you retreat into the subconscious.  You will need them as a counterbalance as you begin to dream of worlds that don’t exist…yet. :). From now until 2023 you will master the quiet moments and ask, “What could be?  Why or Why Not?”  Pisces idealism blends perfectly into Saturn in Aquarius.  While others are testing the waters of evolution, you are quietly building momentum.  You will observe moments that make you feel vulnerable and moments that will empower, but you will now learn how to learn that you are safe and grounded.  Because, I’m going to tell you a secret:  come 2023 your optimism and collective vision will guide us forward as you take center stage.

Leave me a comment to let me know how Saturn in Capricorn manifested for you!

Astrology of the 2020 Election Predictions

I’ve spent the past month scouring various astrologers predictions for their take on the elections.  One entire day of ISAR’s conference was dedicated to the mundane astrologers interpretation.  Participants had one job: evaluate the conditions for the US Election in 2020.  It’s a thorny subject for certain.  A good mundane astrologer has to work hard to keep a blank slate as they look at the data without letting their own beliefs and viewpoints cloud predictions.  

Many very good astrologers were left holding an empty bag in 2016.  It was a hard one to come back from.  It is oh so tempting to be that guru and all knowing person, especially when the spotlight is on.  But it’s also damn scary when you are forced to pick a side in front of an audience.  With an election, it’s a 50/50 shot.  

A good astrologer will delineate out the meanings of what is possible or even probable, but will not tell you what the outcome will be.  Astrology is not deterministic, as everyone has free will, but it describes what are the likely conditions in which decisions get made.  For example, I can see if someone is going to have a year that has emphasizes his home,  but I will not tell a pauper he’s moving into a castle.  The person’s circumstances and environment are critical.

To help my readers, I’ve completed a summary of my time at ISAR with J.Lee Lehman, Lynn Bell, Caroline Casey, and Christeen Skinner.  All of these individuals are incredible mundane astrologers. I’ve also included notes from my mentor, Kelly Surtees, who was the opening speaker for Astrology University’s summit last week.  They all used a variety of lenses by looking at the planetary cycles, the election day chart, the inauguration chart, and how each of the candidate’s birth charts interact.  Spoiler alert: no one made a prediction on who the winner would be; everyone described the factors and energy at play.

Factors for the Election on November 

Impending Pluto Return for the USA

Everyone agreed that whoever holds power for the next term is in for one doozy of a ride.  This is because the US is in the beginning of its Pluto return.  This is when Pluto comes back to its exact same place it occupied when it was born.  We mere mortals will never know what it’s like to experience this in our lifetime, as it only happens every 248 years. So we look to countries and see how they ride the waves.  For the US, our Pluto return will hit at 27 Capricorn from February 2022 to October 2023 when it goes direct.  Every astrologer agreed that whoever holds the job of presidency will have one difficult job over the next few years holding things together as the nation redefines itself.  Although Pluto is only about half the size of our moon, it lands a big punch. You can not go through a Pluto transit and expect to be the same person on the other side. It is a time of renewal and rebirth.

Saturn/Pluto squaring Mars 

When you have the two malefic planets challenging each other, it can be game of, “I dare you”.  Everyone is testing the boundaries.  Saturn will reign supreme here and people will vote out of fear vs. hope.  Transiting Saturn is also sitting on the United States natal Pluto.  Clinging to the past is a big theme. Tradition, safety, patriotism, and leadership are challenged.

Mercury Stationing Direct on Election Day 

Bottom line:  don’t expect the results on election day.  Mercury will be at a standstill, ready to move direct after 3 weeks of retrograde.  The planet’s energy intensifies anytime it changes direction.  The last time we had Mercury stationing on an election day was 2000.  If you remember, that was the epic Bush v. Gore.  “Hanging chad” became part of our daily conversation and it finally went to the Supreme Court.  Every astrologer agreed that confusion would reign supreme.  I wouldn’t count on knowing the victor that night.  The emotional hangover will hit the next day as the moon moves into Cancer.  Cancer is the sign that rules the home, homeland, and patriotism.  We begin to feel the aftermath of the vote and make meaning of it.

Mars in Retrograde  

Mars will finally turn direct on November 13th.  In a recent Astrology Podcast, Austin Coppock mentioned that it doesn’t change the fact that we have a war, but the war will move forward.  The legal battles may intensify.

Uranus moving from Taurus to Gemini 

During the next four years, Uranus our planet of change is riding through the Taurus, sign of values.  It’s job right now is asking, “Are we living our values, and if not, what changes can we make?”  We can see this as police reform hits a peak and the political parties become entrenched in what exists vs. what could be.  Everyone is grasping to keep things status quo and remember a time when America was considered “great”.  Either way, that is looking to the past for cues.  This is a key signature for any earth stronghold.  Earth signs like Taurus and Capricorn build on existing success which requires us to examine the past.  Both are very resource driven.  However, as Uranus shifts into the Air of Gemini in 2026, our adaptability gets tapped and we can see all the possibilities.  Uranus in Gemini is a bit rogue and hungry for options.  It is a giant social experiment.

Kamala Harris

She is one to watch.  Regardless of how the election shakes out, her star is bright and on the rise. Leadership and visibility are key for her.

Timing and My Take

Going against my own advice, I’m going to apply my political science here and see what lines up with the astrology.  Keep in mind I am not a mundane astrologer so please take it with a grain of salt. I too do not have a solid prediction for who the winner will be, but I can lay out the stages of unfolding.

Lunar Eclipse:  November 30th

Lunar eclipses bring about endings. Emotions are going to be high today, but I wouldn’t expect resolution.  Emotional fatigue is going to be setting in.  I think we will all be feeling like the events put into motion are taking on a life of their own.  Personal power will feel diminished.

Solar Eclipse:  December 14th 

I will own my bias and say I think this is the day to watch for the election to be decided.  Astrology aside, the law requires electors to be chosen for the Electoral College, the constitutionally established body that elects the president, no more than 41 days after Election Day. This year, that date is December 14, which is exactly 41 days after the November 3 vote.  Solar eclipses bring about a start of a new chapter in a dramatic new way.  

I will say that a big factor will be the electoral college.  On July 6, 2020 (one day after the lunar eclipse in Capricorn), the Supreme Court upheld that faithless electoral college voters could be penalized by the States.  This means that if an individual went against the popular vote, the State could impose justice against that person.  The eclipse in this series (4 North) is all about restricting the individual and blocking their overestimation of power.  Wait to see if there are faithless electors and how the States exercise their power.

Mars Entering Taurus:  January 6th 

The electoral college votes are due to Congress the following day.  All through the 2020 election season Mars has been in Aries which set up a big battle between the Cardinal pile up of Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter.  This is the day the planet of war will leave the sign based battle.  The fight feels over.  

In Summary

Astrology definitely has it’s limitations. It primarily is a study of timing. While it is extremely tempting to be the all knowing guru and predict the winner, it is a fool’s errand. Instead one has to look at the circumstances of the planetary energy, which is exactly what I did. I looked at the practical key dates of the election process and lined up the timing to describe what is possible. Caroline Casey summed it up beautifully at the ISAR summit when she said, “What is available, of which we can participate with, is a better question than who will win.”  

You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Mars in Retrograde in Aries 2020

Mars typically spends about 6 – 8 weeks in a sign, but when it turns retrograde it camps out to fan its flames a lot longer.  Whereas we have the pleasure of experiencing Mercury retrograde three times a year, Mars only does his retrograde tap dance every two years.   In 2020 Mars is going to hang out in his home of Aries from June 27th – January 6th.

Holy Moly!!  Did you catch that?!?  I’m going to say it again:  193 days of Mars in Aries!!

If you don’t know where Aries falls in your birth chart, now would be the time to get acquainted. I imagine it going something like this:  Cue Frank Sinatra’s “I Do It My Way” as ambiance music.  “Self, meet the sign of the Ram.  I understand you like to set the rules, volunteer yourself as tribute.”  Expect some sort of grunt in acknowledgement.  “So, you are going to be reorganizing my house of family/career/relationships/money, etc for the next 4 months?  And in that time you will be changing the rules of how things get done?  Awesome.”  Then, remove all breakable things, put the trophies on display, and be wary of all sharp objects.  

The last Mars retrograde was in 2018.  There, he flitted about between Capricorn and Aquarius.  What was different about this is he was doing his back and forth dance about 149 days (May 12, 2018 – October 8, 2018).  And the flavor was different as he danced between topics.  Different signs occupy different houses and thus highlight different areas of your life.  For me Mars was tripping back and forth between my 1st house of self image and my 2nd house of income.  

But let’s compare apples with apples shall we?  In 2018 Mars hung out in his shadow periods and retrograde for about 149 days total.  In 2020 he is going to be hanging out in his shadow periods and retrograde for 161 days.  This does not include the total time he will be spending in Aries alone which adds up to 193 days.  Ladies and Gentleman, let me again redirect you to paragraph 3 where you introduce yourself to Aries.  This is not a drill.

So what does Mars retrograde really do?  It asks us to reassess our current projects, our desires, and how we get things done.  It makes us really question:  is this the best way to get what I want?  During Mars retrograde we see that planet’s energy get turned inward and internalized.  Mars at it’s worst is rage.  Rage directed at ourselves is really hard.  It can turn into depression, blaming ourselves, and resentment.  During the retrograde periods we second-guess ourselves, we appear indecisive, and we don’t trust our first instinct to act.  However Mars in retrograde at it’s best makes us courageous:  it dares us to do something different.  Just because we have always done things a certain way doesn’t mean it is the BEST way.  And Mars in Aries wants to be THE BEST.  It forces us to innovate and take a leap of faith.  During retrograde periods it gives us the grace to step out of what is normal for ourselves.   If you are that kid who waits to be called on, take the initiative and raise your hand.  If you are the one who waits for life to happen and then react, be the one who starts something new.  You get to learn how to RESPOND vs REACT.   Both are action-oriented, but the latter shows an evolved emotional wisdom.  The Universe has given you permission to experiment during this time.  During retrogrades, everything slows down a bit.  We aren’t as effective and our to-do list gets short circuited.  It is designed that way so we can do things better once the pace picks back up.  Is your anger really justified or is it a reflex that you’ve learned.  

What is nice about this retrograde is that Mars is spending the whole time in his house.  He knows where his comfy chair is and his Netflix password is loaded up.  He doesn’t have to tiptoe around someone else’s domicile and learn their rules.  He can sit back and really be king of his castle, surrounded by his trophies and chugging Red Bull.  What is also nice about this period is that during Mars’s stay in Aries, he will be the sole planet in that part of the chart aside from the monthly visit from the Moon.  He doesn’t have to compete with anyone else for attention.  

Another bonus of this Mars retrograde is that we just completed our Venus retrograde in June.  So while Venus retrograde really asks us what we want, the Mars retrograde asks if the way we are fulfilling our desires by the most effective means.  They go hand in hand.  Sometimes things don’t line up as well, but in 2020 it does.  The timeline is perfect.

Other ways retrogrades can manifest are old projects coming back from the past asking for completion.  This could be a work project, a home project, or even an old sexual partner trying to see if the sparks are still there.  If Aries is in your 7th house, you could have old fighting patterns resurface.  But the bonus is you get to figure out how to deal with them once and for all to have resolution.  

Aries in your 1st:  Time to look at your anger.  How do you respond vs. react.  Watch the negative self-talk and reprogram yourself.

Aries in your 2nd:  It’s all about the Benjamins.  Do you go through money like wildfire?  It’s time to rework that financial system of yours.

Aries in your 3rd:  Are you assuming good intent when communicating?  Are you truly listening or just thinking of your next response when people are talking?

Aries in your 4th:  Expect some home renovations or dealing with your family members

Aries in your 5th:  Are your children getting enough attention or are they acting out?  It might be a good time to pick up an old hobby or sport you enjoyed in the past.

Aries in the 6th:  Individual work projects come back or its time to rework your health.

Aries in your 7th:  You know that fight that keeps occurring?  Its time to find resolution once and for all.

Aries in your 8th:  Are your debts asking for attention?  Time to work with the IRS for a plan moving forward.  It’s also a good time to revisit alimony or child support.

Aries in your 9th:  Are you really driven to go back to school or is it a “should”?  Maybe its time to find a new faith or church that supports your beliefs.

Aries in your 10th:  Maybe it’s time for you to take the helm at work or finally resolve the boss issues and stand up for yourself.  For some of you this means taking the initiative and stepping out on your own.

Aries in your 11th:  Are you stuck in a rut with your friends?  Maybe it’s time to branch out.

Aries in in your 12th:  Take stock of how you assert yourself.  Are you undermining yourself?  It’s time to find your healthy boundaries and say NO.

Leave me a note of what you are hoping Mars retrograde will help you in 2020.

Pushing the Collective Forward: Saturn in Aquarius

Are you ready for a new dawn?  It’s coming as Saturn enters Aquarius on March 30, 2020.  While in the sign of the sea-goat Saturn set the stage by having us take inventory of what is working vs. what is tradition.   But in Aquarius, he is ready to take on the status quo and redefine our boundaries.  Saturn in this sign tolerates loneliness, but fears abandonment.  He can be consumed by the idea of reform.  He likes learning the limits so that he cannot push beyond them.  

Important Dates

Saturn in Aquarius – March 21st, 2020 – July 1st, 2020 (approximately 3.75 months)

Saturn in Capricorn – July 1st – December 17, 2020 (6 months)

Saturn in Aquarius – December 17, 2020 – March 7, 2023 (2.25 YEARS)

On average, Saturn spends about 2 – 2.5 years in each sign and it takes about 28 years for him to journey through the zodiac.

As you can see this initial pass of Saturn in Aquarius is a 15 week preview.  As Saturn retrogrades for about 6 months every year, this will be fleeting and it will return to Capricorn on July 1st.  Pay attention to what themes arise as it will give us a sneak peek of what will characterize December 2020 – March 2023.

Saturn’s Nature

Aquarius is ruled by Saturn just like Capricorn,  but the planet asks very different things in each sign.  Saturn is the planet that rules boundaries and norms.  He is like father time and the task master of hard lessons.  Here he asks us to be present with the discomfort and do the work.  He gets rid of things that are no longer working for us and by the end of this transit, we will be more self-reliant.  For those with a night birth chart, this is the hardest planet in your chart.  Often Saturn transits will bring endings, but also increased self-reliance.  

Historical Perspective

The past three years have asked us to question our authority figures, our government, and the society structure that have existed.  With this we saw the Me Too movement remove men from the patriarchal stance of sexuality contingent on career advancement.  We also watched the presidency change tones dramatically with an impeachment trial.  He gets upset with entitled authority vs. leadership that is earned for its own merit.

The last time Saturn was in Aquarius was 1991 – 1993.  In 1991 Ross Perot launched his independent run for President.  His roots were in the technology industry (largely influenced by Aquarius) before politics.  Ultimately, it was a failed run, but it was largely influential.  Also during Saturn’s last tour, trade sanctions lifted between the US and China, General Noriega was finally convicted of drug charges in America, and NAFTA was signed.  By 1992, the Cold War was declared officially over.  The boundaries between Nations were renegotiated and their changes endured until recently.  It was also the height of the grunge scene where most youth cued their self-identity from not fitting in.  Ironically, it created a populist movement where being on the fringe was mainstream.  At the tail end of Saturn’s tour, “www,” was released as a source code forever changing how we referenced information and the modern internet became mainstream.

Looking Forward

We can expect more growth in grassroots organizations striving for reform.  I anticipate we will see an uptick in groups dedicated to social justice and equality.  Aquarius also brings about an integration of technology.  I also hope to see advances in how we use technology in our daily work flow.  With Uranus in Taurus, this is prime time for innovations in food technology and even the way we get our groceries.  Perhaps brick and mortar grocery stores will become a dying breed.  There will be many failed experiments in this time, but there will also be successes that will endure.

Keep your eye on the December 2020 as the prize.  This initial push forward into Aquarius will feel a bit more difficult than what’s down the road.  This is because both Saturn and Mars are the malefic planets and they are moving together.  Fear and a call to action are in the mix for March.  Change can be scary.  

However, in December 2020 we have a great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.  This energy will govern almost all of 2021.  This dynamic duo gives us the inspiration and trusting our instincts to move forward and create something substantive.  It is the embodiment of Obama’s chant, “Yes We Can!”  2021 brings us the promise taking this spirit and making it reality.  This is where the hope lies.

Viva La Revolution!  What Can You Expect?

Depending on what house Aquarius occupies in your birth chart, you will feel an urge to reorganize and reform your standard operating procedure.  You may experience scarcity for part of this transit, but at the end you will experience increased self-reliance.  But at the finish line is a total empowerment of the collective.  And that, is a true goal.

Aries Rising:  Your call to action is in your friendships sector.  Examine who really has your back and is supporting your self-development vs. using your talents without anything in return.  Saturn will be sextiling your identity which will gives you self-discipline to create lasting results.  

Taurus Rising:  Work is asking you to take on new responsibilities.  It’s time to level up.  Embrace your ability to challenge the status quo.  For some of you this may mean a complete change of career.  With Uranus and your Ascendant being in a square with Saturn, you might have some sudden changes or make a split decision to leave the security for pursuit of self-worth.  

Gemini Rising:  You are getting asked to examine how you challenge the boundaries of your mind.  Are you thinking of returning to school or traveling extensively?  With your Ascendant trining Saturn, the gears are greased and ready to make your goals become reality. 

Cancer Rising:  It’s time to restructure how you pay off the debts you owe or shared finances.  It’s time to examine your long term financial planning.  Some of you will be in the market for a new advisor all together.

Leo Rising: Your romantic partnerships are renegotiating the rules and boundaries within the relationship.  Perhaps more freedom is in order or responsibilities are getting shifted.  For some of you this means a complete ending if you cannot get your needs met.  With Saturn in opposition to your Ascendant, you are definitely feeling the push of Me vs. Them.  Choices will have to be made.

Virgo Rising:  Your daily routine is getting called on the carpet.  Do you need to structure in more time for exercise and health?  What you have been doing isn’t working anymore.  Expect breakthroughs and new habits.

Libra Rising:  Your children are questioning the status quo.  Expect them to be asking for more independence.  You also may have a new creative project that will blow away your expectations. As a whole, this transit will not feel as hard for you as it will for others and will feel like a break from 2017-2020.  Enjoy the process!

Scorpio Rising:  It may be time to refinance your home, move, or renovate.  As this sign likes to explore, you may find yourself moving to a completely new city.  This decision will be one not to take lightly as it will have lasting impact.  Your Ascendant will be in a square to Saturn indicating that you are making some tough decisions about if this is better for you or others.  

Sagittarius Rising:  How are your relationships with your siblings?  Boundaries and obligations are redefined.  With your Ascendant sextiling Saturn, it is a great time to take on any intellectual discipline that needs concentration like learning a foreign language.  The rewards are there if you put in the work.

Capricorn Rising:  Your individual finances are under the microscope.  The way you earn money will experience a shift.  You may take on work or freelance.  These next few years will not be as revolutionary as 2017-2020 was for you. This is the time to consolidate.

Aquarius Rising:  You are being challenged to redefine yourself. It’s time to change how you take responsibility to rework your self-image, health, and independence.  The intrinsic evolution will almost feel like a compulsion.  These years will set the foundation.

Pisces Rising:  Are you your own self undoing?  If you are thinking of entering therapy this is a good time to do it.  These years might be a good time to prepare for how to become the best version of yourself starting 2023.  

What are you looking forward to with Saturn in Aquarius?  Let me know in the comments!

Starting 2020 Off with a Bang: Saturn Conjunct Pluto in Capricorn

When the universe asks you to grow, you don’t decline the invitation.

As Jupiter moves across my ascendant, I have accepted several challenges. For one, I was nominated to the Steering Committee of the Association for Astrological Networking. And I also launched my YouTube channel talking about a doozy of a transit: January’s Saturn conjunct Pluto.

This transit is going to change how we restructure leadership to support our integrity. And the effects of this transit will shape the next 3 decades. In my video, I did a deep dive on how the two task master planets have aligned since 1900 and what we can expect with this evolution.

I’ll be using my YouTube channel for the deeper dives into bigger transits and forecasting. But don’t worry, I’ll still be blogging to update how astrology manifests on a daily basis and educational content of how you can apply astrology to your personal chart.

Be sure to share what you think of my debut and feel free to share if you think it was valuable!