Maximize Your 2021 Jupiter in Pisces Transit

Abundance, Acceptance, and Luck

Jupiter is the planet that governs good luck, wisdom, wealth, the law, and expansion. And in 2021 he is bringing his jovial self to the Pisces area of your chart. He is ready to take a dip in the pools of acceptance and assistance. Read on to see how he will blow a kiss of luck to your horoscope this spring.

He has two homes of Sagittarius and Pisces. While in Sagittarius he’s able to extend his sociable self and dream big from his soapboxes and pulpits; in Pisces he turns his wisdom inward to see the interconnection of society. In Pisces, Jupiter feels his compassion and appreciation expand to accept everyone while building safety nets of selfless love. Jupiter in these signs always brings a focus beyond the boarders and raises the awareness that we are in it together.

Every 12 years he comes home to roost and give an extra kiss of luck to the area of your chart governed by Pisces. He is the greatest benefic in our solar system and on May 13th he will peak into Pisces until July 28th.  Let’s explore what you can expect from this golden period on the world stage and your own back yard.

Jupiter Cycles + Returns

Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and he takes about a year to travel through a sign. So every 12 years he makes one full cycle through the zodiac. When he makes that full trip its called a Jupiter Return because he has returned to his original position in your birth chart.

Someone with an average lifespan can count on 4-5 Jupiter returns. During that year, a cycle completes and you get an extra boost of luck.  Typically this manifests in new interests, new money, mentors, students, or even a new perspective into life philosophy. As Jupiter revisits his natal placement again and again, the cycles of maturity and wisdom layer into the personality.  Jupiter is a collective planet, so with every return we discover how individuals integrate themselves into society.  While the first return around age 12 may bring about a spark of purpose and life interests, the return around age 48 brings about an awareness of transforming from a worker bee into a mentor in their fields. 

I discovered astrology during my first Jupiter return which became a life long quest. Another friend discovered their love of interfaith chaplaincy during a Jupiter return and it became a second career. Both of these equated out to be callings or avocations. Jupiter returns cause reflection on legacies and contributions in making the world a better place. 

Jupiter in the Elements

Jupiter does well in his home signs of Sagittarius and Pisces as well in his sign of exaltation of Cancer.  In the fire of Sagittarius and waters of Cancer and Pisces, he can expand his influence and spread to his heart’s content.  Sagittarius is like a forest fire. The flames of inspiration and exploration rage. Cancer is like the ocean where the water lulls and nourishes. Pisces is like the fog that covers every nook and cranny of a landscape.  With all three you have dispersed boundaires and containment is challenging at best. Every fire line in the mountain is a suggestion; in a storm you have to ride the waves; and a wall will not stop the fog.

Jupiter doesn’t like the earth signs as they weigh him down with practical matters. Earth always contains. But he can wax philosophical about his heart’s desire in fire and water.  Jupiter also has a distinct dislike for fixed signs where he finds too many boundaries or stubborn resolves.  The fixed signs do not yield to persuasion well. He’d rather spread his passion and enthusiasm in the mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.


Society Trends + Timing

While Jupiter is traversing his home sign of Pisces, we can expect themes of finding meaning in connections, sacrificing for greater gains, and helping others get back on their feet.  Redemption, forgiveness, and perspective are paths many will take. 

The last time Jupiter was in Pisces was 2010 through Spring of 2011.  The US was recovering from its housing crisis of 2008/2009.  Loan forgiveness became a path of redemption for both the individual investors, but the banks as well. Another world headline was WikiLeaks where government secrets flooded the public in the interest of transparency. While Julian Assange believed more information was better, it became a serious breach of security.  We also saw the first outbreak of cholera in 50 years where humanitarian aide spilled from International organizations.  Cholera is a disease spread through contaminated water, which is the element of Pisces.  

As we look to how COVID plays out with Jupiter in Pisces, I would expect a bit of a reprieve and a flair for International help to those who need it.  It is a drive of humanitarian need.  A word of caution here: Jupiter can also bring about an excess. Another potential theme could be the overestimation of people’s desire to get the vaccine. Maybe we see an oversupply problem as reluctance and fear settles in. It could also manifest in new research showing that the vaccine needs additional boosters or a new mutation. All of these scenarios deal with themes of Jupiterian excess, expansion, and over-confidence. As they say, with the light comes the dark.

When Jupiter is back in Aquarius from July – December, we have time to tie up loose ends and evaluate. Aquarius is noted for the scientific method where data is king when creating new policies and proceedures. It really is perfect timing for planning the school year and people’s return to the office.  And maybe, fingers crossed, we will have passed that threshold of herd immunity by February 2022 when Jupiter is solidly passing new ground of the zodiac and reestablishing the humanity and connection in Pisces.  


Individually Speaking + Horoscopes

Like I mentioned, Jupiter will bring an extra bit of luck and ease as he kisses his home sign on the cheek. Watch for themes that pop up May 13 – July 28th. The themes you see will pop back up in December 2021 – May 2022. Think of this spring as a bit of a preview.

Aries Sun/Aries Rising: Be on the lookout for a spiritual awakening. The planet of philosophy is highlighting your 12th house. Here he acts like a guardian angel protecting you from hidden enemies and potential self-undoings. Now may be the time to explore your psychic connection and synchronicities.

Taurus Sun/Taurus Rising: This is a time to give back as Jupiter tours your 11th house of groups, friends, and associations. Jupiter gets his joy in the 11th house, so this is an incredible boon for you. During this time, watch for opportunities to be the mentor or find someone who will provide you with guidance.

Gemini Sun/Gemini Rising: If you were thinking about a career shift, this is the time to investigate all possibilities. This will definitely be a step up vs. a lateral move. Look for bigger job titles and larger teams. Your confidence and reputation shines.

Cancer Sun/Cancer Rising: Is your passport ready? Pack your bags and start booking trips to expand your horizons. Trips and cultural exchanges prove to have extra zest while Jupiter favors your 9th house.

Leo Sun/Leo Rising: Your 401K and other investments are getting the spotlight as you have better luck in leveraging your worth to increase your wealth during this time. Take stock of your assets and liabilities and look for the hidden potential. Any type of bank loan, scholarship, or debt settlement has the potential to go in your favor.

Virgo Sun/Virgo Rising: If you are looking to partner up, get ready for the wave of options in your DM’s. With your 7th house highlighted, enjoy the attention and variety Jupiter has lined up for you. Don’t get too serious right now; instead enjoy the process. Wait until 2023 when Saturn will ask for a commitment to come into play.

Libra Sun/Libra Rising: Jupiter in the 6th house can bring a hyper focus to your health. With Neptune also hanging in the same sign, confusion about your diagnosis could be a running theme. Jupiter can either bring a sage perspective or additional strange symptoms that actually aide others problem solving. Now is the time to let your optimism shine and trust you will attract specialists you need.

Scorpio Sun/Scorpio Rising: Jupiter is going to birth joy and fun back into your life. Now is the time to make room for leisure, play with the kids, and reconnect to what makes your heart sing. With your 5th house of creativity lighting up, living in the moment makes you young at heart.

Sagittarius Sun/Sagittarius Rising: Expect breakthroughs with your home and family. If you’ve been thinking of popping into the real estate game, this is your opportunity. Find the adventure in establishing roots in new ground.

Capricorn Sun/Capricorn Rising: With the pandemic winding down, you want to ramp up your social life. Transits through your 3rd house can turn friends into life long soul sisters or strengthen your connections with your siblings. If you have a writing or publishing project you wanted to start, the muses are waiting and standing by.

Aquarius Sun/Aquarius Rising: Jupiter is bringing some serious power to your financial scene. Ask for a raise, pursue the side gig, and make it rain every time you deposit more into your account. This is the time to say “yes” to every chance you get to increase your wealth.

Pisces Sun/Pisces Rising: Are you ready to be the belle of the ball? With Jupiter in your 1st house, it’s like having your own fairy godmother ready to improve your image, your health, and your confidence all in one shot. Pay attention to when Jupiter conjuncts your Ascendant or Sun, as that day will be a 5 star day for you and you alone!

Are you excited to see what Jupiter in Pisces will do in your life? Drop me a line in the comments and let me know what gifts you’re hoping the Universe is sending with this golden transit.

How To Use Monthly Astrology Forecasts

Do you get confused on how to use monthly astrology forecasts? I get this question a lot. Let’s talk about how to use my monthly forecasts to get the maximum power out of them.

What’s the Difference Between Forecasts and Horoscopes?

A forecast details out the monthly transits by date and should tell you the general mood or themes of the energy. The astrologer might also suggest activities that use the cosmic energy as a boost. There are better days for weddings, asking for a raise, or taking the day off.

A horoscope is when the astrologer puts a specific sign on the 1st house and can tell what themes will be highlighted for the month. Most read these through their Sun Sign, but to zone in on the specifics its better to read them from your rising sign.

A personalized horoscope will tell you what transits will hit your planets and sensitive chart points that are unique to you.

So Why Do Some Days Stand Out vs. Others?

1) Transits in forecasts affect everyone as they are happening in the sky in real time. 

While you may not notice an infusion of energy when Mars does his thing, others will.  It may hit a specific area or a sensitive point in their chart, which is when astrology becomes personalized.   The closer the transit is to that point in your chart, the intensity will increase.  Having a good understanding of your birth chart will help you know which transits you will feel more.

2) If a transit involves your Chart Helmsman or your Lord of the Year, you will feel it more. 

The Chart Helmsman is the guiding planet of your life, but every year another planet acts as navigator and co-pilot. Some years you barely notice a Mercury retrograde and other years you are running into travel delays, car problems, or re-doing paperwork.  Chances are in that later example, Mercury was your Lord of the Year. Having a personal consultation with an astrologer for a year ahead reading is like getting that secret code so you know which planetary transits you can use the energy to its fullest.

3)  Astrology transits can do many things and manifest differently depending on your chart. 

Let’s say Gemini in Venus is sextiling Saturn.  In this example, let’s say Gemini occupies your 3rd house of siblings or neighbors, but it occupies someone else’s 10th house. While you could have had a lovely chat with your older next-door neighbor, the other person was asked to be project lead at work.  The astrology is 100% correct in both examples. Venus governs relationships, but everyone’s chart is unique.  Knowing which house the transit is affecting will give you a better understanding of which realms of life will be impacted.

4) Sect matters. 

Everyone has a planetary team that works better for them.  Each team has a luminary, a maleifc and a benefic. If the Sun is above the horizon when you are born you have a day chart.  If the Sun is below the horizon, then you have a night chart. Day births will have a harder time with Mars transits, and night births will have a harder time with Saturn transits.  Likewise, day births will benefit more from Jupiter transits, and night births will benefit more from Venus. 

5) Transits support the energy that you were already working on. 

Let’s say you are completing your college applications, but you wanted to know the best day you should submit.  Look at the ruler of your 9th house. Any day where the 9th house ruling planet or the sign on 9th house is involved will give you an extra boost.  But also know that 9th house stuff involves religion, higher thinking, and international travel.  Every house has multiple areas of life they rule.

6) Outer planets are more attuned to bigger world events than personal ones. 

Any transit with Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto may not be felt as intensely on an individual level.  Take for example the Saturn/Pluto conjunction in 2020. Oh yes, I totally covered it even though it didn’t involve a personal planet. That event governed the pandemic. It took over news headlines. But as a general rule, personal planets will have bigger impact on your daily interactions. When the outer planets are highlighted look to the news and see what unfolds.  As a rule:  Outer/Outer planets have worldly influence; Outer/Inner planets have medium influence; Any Planet interacting with a placement in your chart is dynamic.  

7) “You were off by a day.”  All transits hold more energy as they build and approach their exact hit. 

So if I were to say there would be a Mercury trine Jupiter on the 14th, I would have you pay attention to the 2 days prior to the date listed on my forecast and the day after.  Of course, it depends on how swiftly the planets move as well. The further away the planet is from the earth, the slower it moves. Mercury transits last a couple of days, but Uranus transits lasts months.

So, How Do I Use Monthly Forecasts?

1) Get an astrology reading to know which planets are your Chart Helmsman and your Lord of the Year. 

Those key planets will have the largest impact. Let’s say in this example, Venus is my Lord of the Year as I am in a Libra profected Year (10th house) and my Chart Helmsman is Saturn as a Capricorn Rising.  I already know I need to pay attention to Venus and Saturn.

2) Get the forecast and make notes of the days those key planets are involved in transits.  Highlight those days.  

3)  If there is a lot of activity in one sign for the month, look to see where that sign is in your chart. 

For example, this past February we had a historic Aquarius stellium.  I know that Aquarius occupies by 2nd house of income, resources, and values.  I would expect that during the month of February I’m going to see a lot of energy infused into those topics.

4) This is a bit more advanced.  If you intimately know your birth chart and the degrees of your planets, you could really see if any transits are hitting the same degree. 

Let’s say I have Mars at 26º of Libra  If I looked at the chart and saw that Pluto is currently at 26º of Capricorn.  I know that I’m going to feel this a ton more than if someone had their Mars at 5º of any other sign.  Capricorn squares Libra so I know this is going to be a tension point when I am asked to do (Mars) something different (Pluto) and change my strategy.

5) Sometimes you ask, “What the Hell WAS that?” Retrospective work is super useful when you are starting out as you can sometimes retrace steps and see what got activated.

If you had a sudden break up or money issue, grab the forecast and see what’s happening. As you get more in tune, you will be able to say, “Hang on, Ali mentioned something about Uranus and Mars. Last time something like that happened I accidentally cut myself. Better be extra careful this time.”

So there you have it! Now you know how to make astrology work for you. Leave me a comment of how you use the monthly forecasts and if you are interested in getting your chart done, head on over to my consultation page and book your 1:1 time with me!

Glass Chess Pieces

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.”  

Moon Phases and Personality

Most people are aware they have a sun and moon sign, but did you know you also have a moon phase?  The phase of the moon has a large influence on your natural talents with problem solving and how you approach life.  As the moon’s light changes through the month, the snapshot of what the moon looked like at your birth was captured in your natal chart. 

New Moon

The Moon begins her journey at a new moon where the sky is dark and her brilliance is nowhere in sight. With her luminance hidden, she is on the brink of starting something new. There is no light to show her the path forward and so she must rely on instincts and gut feeling.  Seeds are planted and hope takes hold.  Often people born under this phase are early adopters into change and learn to take risks knowing they can shift their direction once the path is illuminated.  Decisions are made quickly without a lot of information; its almost like they have a 6th sense as to what will work well.  If your moon is 0 – 45 degrees ahead of your sun, this is your phase.

Waxing Crescent

Once the moon peeks out from the Earth’s shadow, a small silvery crescent begins to show in the night sky.  During this phase the seeds are already in the ground, but we do not know what the sprouts will look like.  Will the seeds of change take hold or will they fail?  This is the time of blind nurturing.  As an individual, manifestation has started to take hold.  You hold space for the promise of what is to come and begin to show small signs of the changes taking place under the surface.  These individuals hold their cards close to their chest and not ready to show off what they are developing.  This is the phase where the creativity is blooming under the surface. If your moon is between 45 – 90 degrees ahead of your sun, you are in the waxing crescent phase.

First Quarter Moon

At the first quarter moon, the sprouts have pushed through the ground and action is taking place.  We know which seed took hold, but we can’t decipher the individual plant.  They are tender, but  strong in their root structure.  This is the ego building phase where you begin to see the promise take shape and calculate the yield you will gather.  Here, we tend to the strongest of the seedlings as they are in their biggest growth phase of life.  Likewise, it’s time to weed out the seedlings that are too close, too weak, or are crowding out your prized ideas.  Your gift is knowing where to direct your energies and making choices.  You know your capabilities. If your moon is 90 – 135 degrees ahead of your sun, this is your lunar phase. 

Gibbous Moon

Working with the gibbous moon, your confidence is at a all time high.  You know what you can deliver and the fruit is starting to bud on the fruit.  This is the time to have faith in your hard work, commit to the end product, and speak your convictions.  It’s time to tend the budding fruit of your efforts and not get distracted by the weeds cropping up.  Persistence and self-promotion is key for these individuals.  This phase is 135 – 180 degrees ahead of the sun.

Full Moon

At the full moon, harvest is at it’s peak and the light is at its brightest.  It’s not a time for new projects but a time to reap your reward.  This is the best it is going to get and its time to gather things in your prime.  Probably the hardest part of this phase is the timing to pick the fruit in it’s prime. While some want to rush forward and get the fruit when its too firm, others will wait until it gets mushy on the vine.  Individuals in this phase have a knack for timing and seizing the moment.  Decisions are weighed carefully.  If your moon is 180 – 135 degrees behind the sun, this is your phase.

Disseminating Moon

During the disseminating moon, the light is beginning to fade.  It is still light, but we know darkness will come.  We are taking stock of our achievements and are wondering where they can be put to best use.  Will these be better jam or eaten whole?  People born under this phase are always looking for ways to best maximize their gifts.  This is a time of evaluating resources and taking stock of how to best use your talents.  This is your phase if your Moon is 135 – 90 degrees behind the sun.  

Third Quarter Moon

Under a third quarter moon, this has similar energy to the first quarter moon, but the light is fading.  Here we are refining our existing skills and playing “Monday morning quarterback” to see what we would change if we had to do it all over.  Any new ideas created are quickly related to the past and process improvement.  Individuals born under this influence have solid gifts in reviewing past courses and listing what they would do differently next time.  It is a time of passing our wisdom to the youth and is a very productive time.  This is when your gifts ferment and get stronger as they transform and blend their flavors. This is your phase if your moon is 90 – 45 degrees behind the sun.  

Balsamic Moon

The balsamic moon is the last phase.  This is a time to tend the soil and let the ground rest.  Individuals born with this phase are security oriented and naturally reflective.  This is the time for releasing what didn’t work and self-care.  It can be a challenge as the empty nester has deafening quiet in the house, or the awards begin to gather dust.  You have been used to the hustle and bustle of previous cycles and are now dealing with the burden of clearing and sitting in the stillness.  People born with this phase are naturally gifted with patience and understand that exits always show hidden doors.  This is your phase if your moon is 45 – 0 degrees behind the sun.

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.

A Personal Story with Medical Astrology

Medical astrology is a branch of the tradition which ancient physicians used routinely.  From the transits to your natal chart, physical history, and horary questions, the physicians would determine what kind of disease you had and would recommend treatments.  

Even today, medical astrologers can give you windows into the world of your body’s constitution and how it might respond to interventions.  While the interventions have changed (blood letting for example vs. antibiotics), even today you can see how the stars will play into the situation and outcome.

Houses in Medical Astrology

Key placements to look are the rising sign and its ruler’s condition, the 6th house of health, the 8th house of death, the 10th house of intervention/treatment, and the 12th house of closed spaces (think hospitals).  

Planets in Medical Astrology

Each planet rules different conditions.  If you are thinking specifically about surgery or inflammation, you look at Mars.  Problems with Venus can indicate issues with blood sugars.  Jupiter can indicate issues with excess such as obesity, liver, or cancer.  Leo or the Sun can suggest problems with the heart.  Neptune can indicate problems with the immune system, addictions, or misdiagnosis.  Uranus afflictions can show problems with sudden accidents or the nervous system.  Mercury shows up with speech issues, mental disorders or respiratory problems.  Saturn can show chronic issues or hardening diseases.  And Pluto can indicate massive infection, congenital issues, or even death.

Signs in Medical Astrology

And the signs rule different parts of the body.  For example, Libra governs your endocrine system and kidneys, while Scorpio rules your sexual health. Aries rules your head and brain.  Gemini will rule your arms, lungs, hands and nervous system. Virgo is your digestion. The feet are ruled by Pisces while the ankles are ruled by Aquarius. Taurus rules your throat. Leo rules your heart. Cancer rules your stomach and breasts. Sagittarius rules your legs and liver. This is not an exhaustive list, by any means.

My Personal Experience

My chart is no exception.

As a Capricorn rising, I am prone to issues with bones, joints, and teeth.  Capricorn risings can indicate younger people with older people problems.  Mars is in my 6th house of health in Gemini.  Knowing that Gemini is a mutable sign, this would suggest that my problems show up and then go away for awhile.  Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, is in its detriment in Cancer, but is dignified by its term.  It’s not a surprise that I have had a lot of surgeries on my knees and spine.

I am going in for bi-lateral knee replacements tomorrow so my medical astrology has been at the forefront of my mind. It’s rare for a 44 year old to be getting this surgery so young, but I’ve literally exhausted all treatment options from intensive PT to various injections.  I’ve had this booked since October 2019.

It’s important that you seek experts in the field when getting information.  I am not a medical astrologer, so I booked a consult with Jane Ridder-Patrick out of the UK for more insight.  Every practitioner is different and I first learned of her when I attended the United Astrological Conference in 2018.  

I gave her a detailed medical history with all of my surgical dates and wondered if there were common threads to the interventions.  Indeed there were:  Saturn or another outer planet was usually making an aspect to my cardinal cross planets every time I had an issue.  

Tomorrow is no different.  My Saturn opposition is almost exact, Mercury will be moving into Pisces minutes before my surgery will take place opposing my Sun/Moon by sign, and the Moon moves into Capricorn simultaneously.  

It’s not ideal.  One of the first rules of surgery election dates is to not undergo an operation when the moon is VOC or in the same or opposite sign of the body part that will be cut.  This goes back to Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine.  

“Touch not with iron that part of the body rule by the sign the moon is transiting” – Hippocrates (460 BC)

Like I said, this isn’t ideal.  But in modern medicine you also need to be practical.  I didn’t really get much say in my surgery date which is typical of medicine in the USA.  Also, with the COVID-19 influx, I am actually surprised it hasn’t been canceled yet.  However, I check in daily and they assure me it is still on. 

One of my friends is an Infectious Disease doctor who actually recommended I get this procedure done as the first wave of COVID-19 hasn’t fully hit and my husband (a palliative care doctor) will be at home on FMLA and not on service with all of the sick patients.  With my kids now out of school as well, we are essentially on quarantine which is the best thing for my recovery.  

Am I worried?  Yes.  I’d be a fool not to be regardless of where the Moon was.

Have you had any experiences with medical astrology? I’d love to know more about it in the comment section!

Medical Astrologers I trust: Jane Patrick-Ridder, J.Lee Lehman, Kira Sutherland

***Update: It has been postponed and unknown when it will be rescheduled. As a bonus, maybe I’ll get a better moon for the procedure.***

Wedding Elections 101

You just said YES to THE question and the ring is sparkling on your hand.  But before the blush has worn off the happy couple the next question lands:  When? Before you start the constant decision making process of gowns, reception halls, guest lists, and flowers have you paused and looked up?  To the sky that is.  Welcome to Wedding Elections 101.

Picking out wedding date is like picking out the birthday for your marriage.  By taking the stars into account, you can see how your union will support desires for kids, your careers, and your individuality all at the same time.  What counts the most is when you say your vows.  Go ahead and plan your rustic autumn reception in the barn or the tropical destination celebration on the beach, but even more importantly, choose the day you will solidify your marriage.  

Why Astrology?

The sky can give an amazing viewpoint of where your struggles will be in your marriage as well as your points of ease.  It can set the stage for prosperity, happiness, and give you insights as to what areas might be sources of tension.  Also know there may not be an absolute PERFECT day, but it’s a matter of picking out what is optimal for you and working with what you have.  

What’s even better is you can do this yourself by following a few cardinal rules.  If you have the time, get a calendar and head to www.astro.com to start looking for days.  

The Basics:

Venus

This planet represents the marriage itself.  Whatever you do, make sure Venus is not in Retrograde!  This is a must.  On average, Venus retrogrades for about 6 weeks every 18 months.  When Venus is in retrograde, you are adding a level of complication you don’t have to have.  It may mean there could be additional tests to your union.  You could be setting up energy where you need to restore or rework the union in the future.  Is it completely unworkable?  No, but if you can avoid it, do.  

Take a big red pen and cross off all the days when Venus is in retrograde.  For 2020 those days are May 13 – June 25.  Venus will be direct in 2021 and 2022.

A happy Venus is your foundation.  She truly characterizes the whole marriage.  For the strongest placements, look for times when Venus is in Taurus, Pisces, and Libra.  Try to avoid Venus in Aries (more of an independent marriage or quick flight of fancy), Venus in Virgo (a bit nit-picky at times), or Venus in Scorpio (intense).  Let her shine by being supportive and loving.  

Venus in Taurus:  March 4, 2020 – March 20, 2020 

Venus in Libra:  October 27, 2020 – November 20, 2020. (However remember Mars will be in retrograde until November 14, 2020…more on this in a second).

As a bonus, to ensure kind words and supportive emotions, try to make sure Venus is in a trine, sextile, or conjunction to Mercury or the Moon.  All of these works well.

Mars

For 2020, Mars will also be in retrograde from September 9, 2020 – November 14, 2020.  If at all possible, try to avoid getting married during these dates.  Mars retrograde has a tendency to  asks us to doubt our actions.  This could be as simple as someone having cold feet or setting the stage for someone constantly questioning if marrying was the best decision.  

Saturn

Many people fear Saturn, but he’s really a help in a wedding chart.  This planet governs tradition and time endurance.  It’s wonderful to have a a Moon, Sun, Venus, or the planet that rules the chart in a sextile or trine to the planet that rules time itself.  You are just adding that foundation to the house of your marriage.  On another note, please avoid Sun square Saturn. This makes it so hard to grow together as a couple.  With this aspect, you are begging for frustration as the individuals are fighting to identify themselves in the marriage.  

Days to Avoid:  April 19, 2020 –  May 20, 2020

September 22, 2020 – October 22, 2020. 

Sun and Moon 

One of the cardinal rules of wedding date selection is to make sure the Sun and Moon are in a supportive aspect to one another.  The Sun and Moon represent you and your partner and you want to make sure that relationship is a friendly one as the years progress.  Aim for either a trine (120 degrees) or a sextile (60 degrees) between these two planets.  This will ensure you two will be sitting together sipping pina coladas on a cruise ship in retirement or rocking on the front porch watching a sunset.

Many brides envision themselves saying their vows on a beach at sunset or during a full moon.  While this sounds wonderful, the symbolism screams NO!  During full moons, the Sun and Moon are opposing one another which really sets up a dynamic of making choices me vs. you throughout the marriage. 

Sunsets

And as for riding off into the sunset? A wedding at sunset really does indicate that it’s going to take some work to get one of you fully into the marriage.  At sunset, the Sun is merging into the horizon and moving into the 6th house of work.  One of you won’t be fully present in the marriage by either yielding all of their personality into the marriage or escaping into work.  A marriage is about two people coming together to celebrate their individuality and active choice to be in the union.  Go ahead and make the wedding celebration and reception on the beach at sunset, but get thee to a courthouse beforehand to solidify your legal vows.

Eclipses

Likewise, avoid eclipse dates.  This just sets up an intensity that you don’t need in your marriage.  Generally speaking, eclipses always symbolize endings. I would definitely pick a new moon over a full moon any day.  Ideally, you would want a moon that is building from the new moon up to the full moon (waxing).  This symbolizes the ability to grow together.

Ideal signs for the moon:  Taurus or Cancer.  The moon are in each of these signs once a month.

Mercury Retrogrades

If you can, try to avoid Mercury retrogrades.  I’ve had others get married with it in retrograde and something went wrong.  The officiant was late, the paperwork wasn’t right, travel was affected, and so forth.  With one wedding, the busses never showed up to take the guests to the church.  Imagine feeling stood up by your whole congregation!  It’s not the end of the world, but it will test your sense of humor.  

Mercury Retrograde in 2020:  February 16 – March 9

June 18 – July 12

October 13 – November 3

Venus and Mars

These two planets are the indicators for you physical intimacy.  For a spicy sex life, Venus trine or sextile Mars is a great aspect to have in a wedding chart.  But make sure these two planets are not in a square (90 degrees) or opposition (180 degrees).  You will find with difficult aspects, “Sorry, not tonight, I have a headache,” could be a common phrase.  

A word to longevity:  sparks do fade over time and that is ok.  This is why it’s important to lean into the Sun/Moon aspect.

Timing of the Day

So now that you’ve picked your date, it’s time to time the chart by the hour.  Avoid placing the Sun, Moon, or Venus in the 6th or 12th house.  An easy way to eliminate the Sun being in the 6th or 12th is to really avoid two hours right after sunrise or sunset.  There are some faith traditions that prefer weddings at sunset.  

Try to get the ruler of the Ascendant in the 7th house if possible.  

Try to get the Moon in the 7th, 10th, 4th, or 1st house.  

Word to the Wise

Wedding elections aren’t the end of the world!  What matters the most is that you found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.  Every marriage has ups and downs and wedding elections just give you an extra boost to your foundation.  My parents didn’t use astrology to get married and they’ve been together for 46 years!  You can totally see where their sticky points are in the chart, but they have made it work well.  

Also know that 2020 is a rough one to pick out optimal dates for even seasoned astrologers so don’t pull your hair out too much.  

I’m happy to help either as a second opinion or do the whole thing for you!  I offer a full service wedding astrology consultation.  For more information click here.

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!

I Want It Now: Mars in Childhood

Believe it or not, anger is a primary emotion and it has been programmed in us for thousands of years.  An angry baby gets the attention from their parents.  Frustration innately tells us we aren’t getting our needs met.  It cues us to do something different to protect ourselves.  Sometimes our anger is an outward projection of our fear.  Fear is the other emotion that has helped our survival as well.  Saturn at its core represents fear and how we protect ourselves.  Oddly enough Mars and Saturn are the two malefics of the chart.  However, they serve a vital role in ensuring our safety and survival.

Mars represents how we get what we want.  It is the planet that controls our drive, our action, and how we pursue our goals.  In a perfect world we could be able to sustain our push and focus.  However it can be a temperamental planet as well.  It also shows how we experience frustration when our efforts get interrupted.

Power Up! Parent Astro Power!!

Approximately every 2 years approximately the red planet returns to the exact place it was at birth.  You can anticipate a power struggle for independence at age when your child is 2, 4, 6, 8,10, and so on.  Sharing is not a talent for Mars, but instead it challenges your child to be assertive and go after to go after what they want.  

Mars can be our secret weapon, but it can also be our undoing.  Knowing where your kiddo’s Mars is knowing how this is going to show up is incredibly powerful for you as a parent.  Working with the energy will prove to be more effective than trying to suppress it. To calculate your child’s Mars sign, go to www.astro.com and enter your child’s birth data.

Mars Through the Signs:

Aries Mars:  Are you getting called to the principal’s office because your child used their fists and not their words?  Welcome to Aries Mars.  The red planet has his boxing gloves ready in this sign.  Quick to temper and quick to cool.  These individuals are direct and confrontational when they aren’t getting their needs met. These individuals need to know they are on the best and fastest track to success. Proactive channeling of this energy comes in handy through sports and competition.

Taurus Mars:  “No.” or “It’s Mine!” Oh it’s a favorite phrase.  If you disturb the status quo, you are tempting the bull wake up.  They need transition time and don’t do well with sudden shifts.  Make sure you give a warning shot before changing the plan or activity.  They have a tendency to just settle into stubbornness as an act of defiance. Sharing is not a strong suit here. Try taking turns with a timer instead.

Gemini Mars:  “Just a minute…”  or interrupting others.  Air signs as a whole don’t process anger very well.  They use distraction to ignore the problem and will often times procrastinate.  But once you do get them to talk about the real issue, get ready for ALL the thoughts (and there are a lot)!  They don’t like to have their ideas criticized as they take it as a personal offense.  They will also deflect with brilliant wit or sarcasm to show how smart they are.

Cancer Mars:  “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.”  The crab is the sign of Cancer. Crabs move sideways and will give room for others until it gets to be too much.   They are likely to retreat an only attack if needed.  Sulking and accusing are common ways Mars shows up here.  These individuals like to feel like they have power with their emotions.  But then they reach a level where the outburst is out of proportion to the event.  

Leo Mars:  “They did this TO ME! And it was on purpose!”  The ego is this Mars’ biggest target.  When they feel ignored, they turn up the heat until they get the recognition they need.  Leo Mars children are those who are dramatic often exaggerating what happened TO THEM.  It’s hard for them to see the world from another’s point of view when they are hurt.

Virgo Mars:  “I was just trying to help!” Or “It’s their fault!” Are common phrases from angry Virgo Mars kids.  These kiddos are convinced they know the right way to do things and everyone else is wrong.   It’s the other persons fault because they didn’t live up to the Virgo’s standards.  They will unleash their hurt by criticizing others.  Their comments can be devastatingly cruel at times, but know it is more about their pain and frustration.

Libra Mars:  “That’s not fair!” It’s a common phrase uttered by these individuals.  They are quick to point out the injustices.  These individuals have an easier time showing the wrongdoings in the system or authority vs. taking ownership that it hurt them personally.  Look for compromise with these kids.  Negotiation is key.

Scorpio Mars:   “I didn’t do it!”  Nope, but they were the mastermind behind the whole group acting out.  And chances are, in the teen years, they are the ones who started the rumors.  They know it’s about self control and won’t sting unless it’s a guaranteed hit straight to the heart.  They will turn their anger into power and save up the injustices until they lash out.  The best thing for you to do is help them acknowledge their hurt.

Sagittarius Mars:  “But you aren’t listening!”  These individuals want all of their ideas to be acknowledged.  They have strong opinions and can insight moral and intellect to justify their positions.  If you find yourself in a debate with your kiddo, best to take a time out for yourself. When you come back to the argument, appeal to what principles are “right,” not which person.

Capricorn Mars:  “But they were in my way.”  These individuals are goal oriented and will often boss people around.  They are typically patient, but ambitious.  If someone gets in the way of their plans, expect them to go to plan B to get their objective met.  Instead, help them think out what’s worked in the past to help them move forward.

Aquarius Mars:  “You can’t tell me what to do!”  Oh, that freedom loving Aquarius.  This is their big hot button.  It has nothing to do with their plans, but more about who they are and how they are expressing themselves.  And by the way, if you ask, “Why did you do that?” Be prepared for an extensive list of rationalizations.  You can help them by helping them come up with better possible solutions that get their needs met and let them decide.

Pisces Mars:  “Don’t tell me what’s possible!” Or “Why does everyone hate me?!”   These kiddos have pie in the sky ideas and the faith that they can do it.  They don’t appreciate if you tell them a flying car isn’t possible, because they will just answer, “It isn’t YET.”  Stand back and appreciate their ideals otherwise you might find them sabotaging things covertly.  These individuals are prone to use helplessness as a weapon.  Help them take accountability for their own feelings and actions in the situation.  As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  

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The Sun: Who Am I?

Let’s talk about that brilliant ball of light that not only grows us amazing veggies and flowers, but also can give anyone a blistering burn if we worship it for too long on a bright day.  I’m talking about the sun and how it behaves through the signs of the zodiac.  

Planet Facts:

Travel Time:  about 365 days to make 1 cycle

Day of the week:  Sunday

Zodiac Sign it Rules:  Leo

Dignities: Special Signs for the Sun

Domicile:  Leo

“Enough about me, lets talk about you.  What do you think about me?”  The Sun is at home in Leo where it can shine to it’s fullest.

Detriment:  Aquarius

Opposite of the home base.  Leo is focused on the Me; Aquarius is focused on the Community.  If the Sun is placed here, it just has to work harder to gain the spotlight.

Exalted:  Aries

This is his place of honor.  Aries likes to be noticeable and first.  When the sun is here, it can get his job done easily.

Fall:  Libra

The opposite of the exalted position.  Libra is worried about equal partnerships, not individual spotlights.  When the sun is here in a natal chart, it can indicate some difficulties getting its expressions heard.  

Sun Signs: How it Behaves + Natural Gifts

Our core self and where our natural talents and focuses are. Your sun sign represents what you are known for.  It also represents the intellect and ego.  What pushes you forward?  In traditional astrology in day charts, the sun represents the father.  It is where we get our natural energy.

Sun in Aries:  Courage. 

Keyword:  I AM.  You instinctively know how to act and will be the first on-board.  Patience IS NOT your virtue.  You like being the the thick of things and will do your best.  Success only pushes you forward.  You like to be in charge of yourself.  Thank u, next!

Sun in Taurus:  Dependable.  

Keyword:  I HAVE.  You find things of value and hang onto them.  Sun in Taurus individuals know good taste when you see it.  You are slow to start, but quick to get in a rut and are committed to the long haul.  Blending the sense of being grounded with an air of sophistication is your specialty.  Loyalty is highly valued.

Sun in Gemini:  Responsive. 

Keyword:  I THINK.  I know I said, “responsive,” but let’s be honest: its hard for you NOT to be responsive. Quick in thought and action, some may call you scattered.  It’s not chaotic; you know where everything is in those messy piles!  You like multiple deadlines and the rush of managing it all.  Your wit and sarcasm is razor sharp.  Boredom is a 4 letter word for you.  For inspiration, look no further than Clairee’s character in Steel Magnolias, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit next to me!”  You have the 411 on everyone!

Sun in Cancer:  Nurturing.  

Keyword:  I FEEL.  These individuals wear a hard shell of armor on the outside to protect their kind and gentle ways.  They literally carry their homes with them at all time so people feel comfortable.  However, the minute to knock on their shells, they hide away and pretend it wasn’t their idea.  They INITIATE emotional connections, but reserve the right NOT to respond.  They relish the idea of being sentimental and helping others feel connected as long as they have a chance to disconnect when they think you are taking too much.

Sun in Leo:  Energetic.  

Keyword:  I WILL. These individuals hold court even when things are quiet and there is no one around.  They live life as if they were on stage.  They are the natural entertainer and the spotlight seems to follow them wherever they go.  However, one small thorn in that lion’s paw can cause the drama to swell.  To them that is a mortal enemy to their image and their ego.  Recognition comes easily to these individuals. They genuinely like themselves and just being around them makes you like yourself more too.  They are the natural cheerleaders.

Sun in Virgo:  Discerning.  

Keyword:  I ANALYZE.  These individuals think about how to improve everything all the time.  They have a natural tendency to shine the spotlight on the weak point, not because they want you to feel bad, but to normalize it and help you problem solve.  Its no wonder others feel so criticized, but really it is done out of love.  They are shakers and movers of the zodiac because they always see new projects.  They will help you simplify hard tasks, organize your resources, and help you identify your priorities.

Sun in Libra:  Charm.  

Keyword:  I BALANCE.  The sun is in his fall here because all Libra wants is a partner in life.  As Tyrion in Game of Thrones illustrated, “No one is very happy, which means it’s a good compromise.”  Libra is known for their diplomacy which means that the spot light isn’t on them.  Their sun shines brightly for everyone and as a result they don’t get all of the warmth.  As a paradox, Libras want to be admired for their charm and their brilliance of handling social situations with grace.

Sun in Scorpio:  Determined.  

Keyword:  I DESIRE.  These individuals carry a coat of armor, claws, and a stinging tail.  They are intense and look for the hidden motivation.  They are magnetic in their ability to draw people in and adept in their range of skills.  Your follow through is penetrating and intense just like the power of your memory.  Like the Leo, a Scorpio will not let you back into their sunlight if you have crossed them.  Secrets are currency.  Scorpios know that the sun is useful, but so are the shadows.

Sun in Sagittarius:  Optimistic.  

Keyword:  I SEE.  The Sun soars through the sky with these individuals.  They will often aim higher than their target, in hopes of hitting something.  They are the rustic individuals who are always following the sun on the next adventure.  These archers want to know the larger picture, the hidden cultures, and the mysticism of life.  People like you for your easy-going spirit and ability to ground them into a higher purpose.  Crisis actually brings out the best in you; with one well placed smile and a joke you unite the group into a common goal.  Details are your downfall.

Sun in Capricorn:  Ambition.  

Keyword:  I USE. Welcome to the CEO energy of the universe.  If it’s not useful, these sea goats will be quick to cut their losses.  They employ strategy in everything.  What they forget is that people are more than a cog in a machine.  They view goal attainment on treadmills; there’s always a continual loop of achievement.  Promises are etched in stone and the world is viewed in black and white.  For as many trophies they have on their wall, they always fear they aren’t good enough.

Sun in Aquarius:  Original.  

Keyword:  I KNOW. These individuals want to know the boundaries just so they can see how far they can push beyond it.  They believe themselves to be a bit intellectually superior although always approachable.  Aquarians look out for the larger issues of the world, but can feel largely detached to themselves.  They play devils advocate for fun.  The Sun is in detriment here.  It is like the Planet of Me is trying to fit in to a party celebrating the Everyone.  It’s hard to figure out where that spotlight lands.

Sun in Pisces:  Compassion.  

Keyword:  I BELIEVE.  When two fish are connected but swimming in opposite directions, it doesn’t create forward motion:  it creates a cyclone of emotion digging deeper.  The Sun in Pisces knows it’s not moving forward and it’s ok; first it must have a vision of where it wants to go.  But before that it must have the emotional impulse for inspiration to change.  This is the wisdom of Pisces.  They know everything is interconnected and they are ok with the blurring of the boundaries.  On a hot day, we stare off into the highway and we see a shimmer; perhaps the mirage of glimmering water.  Pisces is the first to hand you a cup of water to quench your thirst.

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!