The world has changed quite a lot since a seemingly merciless fate started questioning outdated habits and deeply rooted social dynamics. On the other hand, most of our freedom has been literally jeopardized by the arrival of a pandemic which I see as the clear manifestation of a historical planetary lineup. However, I hope that by now we are thankful for how much we have been able to learn collectively. The astrology of late 2021 is quite interesting, and this is a quick update about the global scenario of the next few months.
THE PLANETARY INDEX
Just to remind my readers, we are still in a ‘Low Planetary Index Zone’, at least until 2024, when Jupiter (the fastest of the outer bodies) will line up with Uranus in Taurus in a flamboyant, revolutionary conjunction. That will most probably represent a phase in which all those technological and financial innovations which have been planted so far will finally flourish, or at least get regulated. Now, as the northern winter gets closer, faster planets and the Sun move towards this Low Planetary Index zone, which currently spans between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus. In other words, another wave of social contraction is not only expected, but already visible to us all. However, each one of these annual waves will potentially be better than the previous one, I believe. We will be acting according to experience, and with a renewed focus on technological advancement. We are currently developing important tools which will eventually build our future; however, humans obviously tend to be scared of change. Paradoxically, this Aquarian wave is both ‘humanitarian’ and ‘dehumanized’, with the recent Saturn – Jupiter conjunction and the current Saturn – Uranus square playing a major revolutionary, modernizing role.
As we enter the last quarter of this year, a few important events are to be noted.
Mercury will start moving retrograde again on September 27. This particular station will be quite interesting, because it somehow recalls the energies of early November 2020, when the US election dispute started. In fact, Mercury will station at 25 Libra, on a close square to Pluto in Capricorn. Many will remember that Mercury stayed in Libra for quite a while last autumn, forming three extenuating squares with Saturn. That energy was about slowdowns and administrative obstacles, while in a few weeks we will experience more of an ‘inquisitive’, perhaps ‘obsessive’ approach.
Exactly one year after the election (one full solar cycle) we get an extremely powerful New Moon in Scorpio. It will be a potentially destabilizing one, because of its partile opposition to Uranus. I believe there will be a strong focus on financial trends during the weeks that follow, but it is hard to predict outcomes. A downtrend is already visible in the market, but the intensity of November 2021 seems to be much higher than what we might get right now. I have recently written about the role the lunar eclipse of November 19 might play within the American scenario (USA & the Eclipses of 2021) You may want to read about that again.
2021 DRAWS TO AN END
One of the most interesting New Moons of the year will occur on October 6 at 13 Libra, in conjunction with Mars. A warring configuration which seeks to establish balance, perhaps by identifying the root causes of deep injustice and social instability. Its opposition to Chiron in Aries makes me think of an unprecedented call to action, a collective realization, a major attempt to rebalance wounded egos. What makes this lunation even more interesting is the accompanying direct station of Pluto. The planet will therefore initiate its slow ride towards 27 Capricorn, the degree where it was in 1776. Within weeks or months, we will start creeping towards the long-awaited Pluto return of the USA, a major step the nation needs to go through, before we may even guess what its future path will eventually be. It is worth taking into account the unpredictability of two major features of this coming New Moon: a quincunx to Uranus in Taurus, as well as ruler Venus forming a semisquare from Scorpio. Overall, a very complex lunar month is approaching. The New Moon chart shows both luminaries and Mars rising over Washington DC, with Chiron at the descendant. 13 Cancer, the degree of the national Sun, will be at the capital’s Midheaven. This means that the lunation will bring our attention towards the national Sun – Saturn square of the 1776 chart. Leadership/legislative issues are likely to arise from this specific planetary influence. You never know when it comes to short cycles such as lunations, but the prominence of such patterns may suggest that within the next weeks the States could take some prominent action or decisions, either internally or externally. With Mars participating in the picture, there are signs of military involvement. This highly resonates with the recent, unexpected birth of AUKUS.
It is also quite interesting to observe how the New Moon in question culminates over central Germany. Chiron’s transit over the German Midheaven at 10 Aries (Oct 3 1990 Midnight chart) is quite symbolic indeed, at the end of Merkel’s era.
The New Moon will fall in the 10th House over London, with the chart angles bringing prominence to some national chart features. This is emphasized by the angular Venus-Uranus opposition of the latest Equinox chart set for London. It is worth remembering that Charles’ IC-Neptune-Venus combination is at 13-16 Libra, and that Saturn will station direct on his natal Descendant.
For months, I have been looking at a configuration of the utmost importance, which will occur just after the New Moon in question. The next Sun – Mars conjunction, roughly a two-year occurrence, will set the tone for months to come. Interestingly, it will be culminating over Beijing, strongly highlighting the Chinese territory over the next couple of years. This synod will directly influence the Mercury-Neptune-South Node conjunction of the 1949 Chinese chart.
Should we expect some important news from China over the next few months?
We should not forget that their national Mars-Pluto conjunction in Leo will undergo major planetary stress in 2022-23, when both Saturn and Uranus will transit in opposition and square. No doubt the Chinese government is quite unhappy with the birth of this new Western military alliance.
This whole picture brings my attention towards NATO. I wonder what comes next for the organization? It was founded on April 4 1949, under a Sun – Neptune opposition over 14 Aries/Libra. Mercury, Venus and Mars are within 9 degrees of the Sun. Strong Aries is quite symbolic of a military alliance indeed, while the Neptunian factor relates to its ‘cross-continental’, North Atlantic characteristic. How symbolic that the whole submarine situation is in fact a Neptunian fact. Next year’s Jupiter – Neptune conjunction in Pisces may bring more details into the global picture, from a maritime point of view. Also, the coming Sun – Mars synod is going to challenge NATO’s chart directly, and Chiron’s transit over mid-Aries is likely to transform or re-orient its military purpose. Pluto’s approach to NATO’s Jupiter at 28 Capricorn, during the USA Pluto return, may suggest a major withdrawal or a big loss for the organization within a year or two. This is not set in stone, but not unlikely, because as specified previously we are living under a groundbreaking Saturn – Uranus climate. This is expected to challenge all sorts of present alliances and organizations on the long term. Many nations were ‘reborn’ socially, economically and politically after WWII, when Pluto was in the first decade of Leo. The Saturn – Uranus square of 2021/22 is sweeping through the same Fixed degrees, from Aquarius/Taurus. This slow process of change will probably tell us how the post-WWII geopolitical balance is reaching a turning point. Within a decade the global picture will be somehow reshaped and, by the time we experience the next Saturn – Uranus conjunction in 2032, a new equilibrium may have been established. How we will get there is a big question. I hope it will happen pacifically.
October is going to be an important month also because between October 6 and 18 three slow planets will turn direct: in order of time, Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter. Though the planetary index will keep on falling, these three consecutive stations may finally remove obstacles which have been in place for a year or two.