The current Jupiter – Uranus square is very significant. Are we really stepping into a new financial era?
The stress imposed by next year’s planetary configurations suggest that an important phase is approaching for the Eurozone. We can expect some kind of ‘reorientation’ to occur within the single-currency realm. This may involve deep financial processes and the underlying structure of the European economic system. As the next Jupiter – Saturn conjunction approaches, the EU feels the wind of change.
Astrologer André Barbault explained in detail the resonance between the Jupiter-Saturn cycle and the overall balance which governs the Eurozone. Almost a century of personal observation and research over planetary cycles made him a very respectable astrologer. His insight remains with us; it helps mundane astrologers all around the world to continue along the path of meaningful research.
As he envisaged years ago, the Eurozone will face a moment of reassessment at the next Jupiter-Saturn conjunction. The same revolutionary spirit ruled the markets around the turn of the new millennium. The last conjunction brought out a new, powerful currency that challenged the market. My observations lead me towards a total agreement with Barbault’s statements.
2021: EUROZONE UNDER STRESS
The Euro chart will be under a certain degree of planetary stress throughout 2021. Its rigorous, well-structured Venus-Saturn square will face the unsettling influence of transiting Pluto in Capricorn. Reaching 26 degrees of a Cardinal sign, the latter will heavily contribute to a Euro-shakeup. We may expect Europe being challenged to make reforms and readjustments throughout the next few years. This will eventually lead towards the establishment of a new relationship between the currency and the rest of the market. How this might affect the global market is uncertain; however, there is a high possibility that the various currency pairs involving the EUR will resettle to different levels.
CYCLICITY OF THE MARKET
In 2008, during the economic crisis, the EUR/USD spiked to 1.6. Extreme perturbation of the system was followed by a rapid downturn. That fall was preceded by a phase change in the declination cycle of Jupiter. Interestingly, another phase change occurred in 2013/2014, and a heavy EUR/USD downturn followed again. That fall resettled the pair at less than 1.15.
This year has been particularly challenging for the global market, and the outcome of such a prolonged impasse is still uncertain. Astrological observation can perhaps give us further insight. Recently there has been another phase change in the cycle of Jupiter, because it reached maximum southern declination around the beginning of 2020. With a prominent Jupiter/Saturn conjunction approaching, another important resettlement for the Eurozone is expectable. If the pattern will repeat itself, the EUR/USD may end up taking another significant downturn.
Other factors come into the same equation, such as the alignment of such conjunction with the Eurozone chart’s Neptune, which in 1999 occupied the early degrees of Aquarius. Also, 21 years have passed from the launch of the new currency, and Uranus now stands on a square to its original position. The interesting fact is that Saturn will join in the ongoing square next year, during the last quarter phase of the mundane Saturn-Uranus cycle. The Eurozone may be in for a remarkable reformation.
The entry of Pluto into Aquarius in 2023/2024 will represent the apex of transformation, and possibly stress, for the Eurozone. Those years may bring worldwide destabilization, as it happens with every slow planet’s sign ingress. The event will be preceded by an inflating Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in Pisces which will fall upon the Eurozone’s Jupiter. We may expect an abnormal pouring in of funds into the market before the actual entrance of Pluto into Aquarius, which is likely to rattle the markets at large.
All in all, considering the planetary stress imposed upon the Eurozone chart, temporary destabilization is more than likely for the currency. Considering the heavy effect of both the pandemic and the Brexit deal struggle over Europe at large, it may be quite interesting to see how the continent will weather the storm financially. Also, the outcome of this complex American election will definitely set the tone of the market for the years to come. Considering the challenges which await overseas finances as well, a steady outcome for the EUR/USD might not be easily foreseeable for the near future.
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The Autumn Equinox has arrived, the Sun slides into the Southern Celestial Hemisphere. In Mundane Astrology, one cannot overestimate the importance of quarterly ingresses of the Sun. The moment the Sun enters one of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn) contains astrological clues about the months to come. This year’s Libra Ingress of the Sun will occur on September 22nd, under a series of interesting planetary aspects.
Mundane Analysis of the 2020 Autumn Equinox
As expected, throughout the last lunar month several countries have experienced either social unrest or parliamentary movements, in line with an international manifestation of the ongoing reassessment of social structures. Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe resigned for health reasons; it is quite interesting to see that last month’s New Moon in Leo, which in “A Fiery Month Ahead” was interpreted as the potential trigger for a series of governmental shifts, fell at the local Midheaven over Tokyo. A coup set destabilization in Mali, Hong Kong protests have started gaining momentum again, several North American cities are plagued with widespread unrest, and what is currently going on in Belarus is another clear demonstration of the powerful energies at play. The enhanced influence of Mars has also manifested in the form of wildfires; once again, California has unfortunately been afflicted by extensive blazes. Wishing for a quick recovery and safe evacuation of all those involved. Until the next New Moon arrives, this monthly trend will not have been completely expressed yet.
The next Soli-Lunar conjunction will occur on September 17th, and it will fall at 25Virgo00, in a wide opposition to Neptune in Pisces, a harmonious trine to Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto in Capricorn, and a fastidious sesquiquadrate to Uranus in Taurus.
This particular Moon Wobble phase shows the Sun-Moon conjunction squaring the Nodal Axis with a less-than-one-degree orb.
A mixed message transpires from this lunation, which after all takes a responsible, methodical approach, yet it carries an illusory flavor. Virgo is mundanely related to workers, healthcare, service and law enforcement personnel. It is in fact the sign of “subordination”, which in its most positive form can be regarded as “duty and service”. The Virgoan approach is always methodical and often driven by criticism. Attention to detail is a priority when this particular sign becomes emphasized. The next New Moon may therefore bring up a very different theme into the world scene, because we might start to see what serious consequences the ongoing slowdown is having on certain parts of society.
A large part of society may seek insubordination or demand better living conditions, as the Soli-Lunar conjunction will receive the influence of democracy-oriented Neptune and reactionary Uranus. With Mercury – ruler of Virgo – in tight square with an almost stationary Jupiter, the need to develop a deeper understanding of facts will be high. New agreements related to the themes above mentioned may be constructively signed or discussed, and we might even expect some countries to take some distance from intergovernmental organizations or coalitions. Interestingly, Brexit talks have been reignited once more, as the UK threatens to trash the deal. With Virgo involved, environmental awareness may be a prominent theme as well, hopefully bringing about constructive developments in a world which is still seeking its true direction.
Also, with Virgo being akin to health matters and well-being in general, significant developments in the fight against COVID-19 may start to appear. The pharmaceutical industry may acquire more visibility during the coming lunar month, and the controversial question about vaccines may be in the news even more.
It is worth noticing that the New Moon in question will be “angular” over two important cities. In Washington DC it will be rising, whereas it will be culminating over Berlin. This indicates that both the USA and Germany will possibly feel the influence of this lunar month the most. Mars in Aries turns retrograde on September 10th, under a highly influential square to Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. Interestingly, this event will affect the Euro currency chart, which carries a tight Venus-Saturn square around those Cardinal degrees.
On September 11th the Sun opposes Neptune at 19 degrees of Virgo-Pisces. It is worth noticing that such configuration will affect the Piscean Moon of the German republic’s 1990 chart; astrologically speaking, this is an indication of the possible rise of strong democratic/liberal movements nationwide. The New Moon in question will fall in close conjunction with the zodiacal position of Mercury in the German chart; trade, workforce, transportation and healthcare may demand reassessment throughout the next weeks. Also, we might expect international visibility and increased dynamism within governmental circles in Germany.
France’s national Saturn is located at 20 degrees of Sagittarius, and the upcoming configuration might start off some domestic reorientation of structures and traditional values. Throughout the next months, as the South lunar node approaches the 20th degree of Sagittarius, tightening the orb with Neptune in square from Pisces, the country may need to face new challenges related to the conservation of its own stability. On the long term this may affect finance, legislation and even the governmental balance.
The upcoming Moon Wobble will potentially heighten tensions in the Middle East again, perhaps in connection with the increasing financial pressure which comes from both America and the EU. Oil prices may be significantly affected, with the New Moon squaring the Nodes and opposing Neptune in Pisces.
On the other side of the pond, we find a strongly shaken country which is approaching its next presidential elections with a remarkable degree of popular disorientation. As specified already, the New Moon will be rising over Washington DC, addressing the needs of the people and possibly questioning the direction taken by the country. This configuration may indicate that a new path may slowly start to open up for the USA, and several parts of the population may call for renewal and the betterment of social conditions.
The New Moon configuration will activate the 1776 Independence chart’s Mars-Neptune square, which was powerfully stimulated last June (read more on “The Dance of Fire“). In fact, certain planetary alignments in Mutable signs have recently released enormous amounts of social dissatisfaction within the country. All in all, another confused month is likely to be in store for the USA.
The next Full Moon will occur on October 1st and it will fall at 9Aries08, in close conjunction with the asteroid Chiron, during an almost exact Mars-Saturn square (which will be on its second hit because of Mars’ retrogradation). By then, a lot of rogue, unrefined ‘martial’ energy may be out and about. This could be constructively channeled thanks to Chiron, whose purpose is to show the path to healing and understanding. Yet, whenever Chiron is involved, society is asked to come across its deepest wounds and most profound uncertainties, first of all.
Hopefully, the next Full Moon will not awaken any further warfare rhetoric, guiding us towards a more constructive use of that ‘wounded’ warrior-like energy which has been ravaging the global scene for months, perhaps through talks of disarmament rather than further standoffs.
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A complex Saturn – Uranus waning square is approaching, while unbalance and discomfort continue to dominate the world view. The current planetary configuration in Capricorn has obviously unleashed enormous amounts of energy. All this comes with the flavor of the most conservative of astrological signs. Concurrently, a fastidious semi-square between Uranus and Neptune participates in the whole story; no wonder why humanity is still looking for a way to clear out the fog and move forward with decision.By looking at next year, a specific configuration becomes prominent; in fact, an extensive Saturn – Uranus square in fixed signs will dominate 2021, remaining within orb throughout most of 2022.
A highly charged configuration, it will occur right after a long period of social, political and economic destabilization. The long square will trigger profound changes all over the world. The interval between two successive Saturn – Uranus conjunctions is around 45 years long. Such period visibly marks an entire cycle along the cyclical reorganization of social dynamics. The 29-year cycle of Saturn resonates with both individual and collective growth. Its ultimate meaning is that of grounding ideas into reality. On the other hand, the 84-year cycle of Uranus is related to slower evolutionary trends; it addresses the ebbs and flows of ideological and intellectual force. While Saturn sets the boundaries of that which we create materially and methodically, Uranus looks beyond; it opens doors to the realm of idealism and freedom. Obviously, the interaction between these two planets is generally accompanied by turbulent reshuffles within society.
Each conjunction sets the stage for a new half-century phase in which society at large seeks a different governmental/ideological balance. By looking at past Saturn – Uranus cycles, we get a clear idea of the rhythm at which leadership currents change on a large scale. André Barbault’s book ‘Planetary Cycles – Mundane Astrology” contains a clear description of such phenomena.
What times are we living in?
We are currently approaching the last quarter of the current Saturn – Uranus cycle, which started with a conjunction period in 1988. It will end in 2032 with another conjunction. The last quarter of each cycle starts off the disintegration of obsolete structures. This brings a period of crisis necessary for the discovery of newness by the time a new conjunction occurs. The end of the 1980s was obviously a time of turbulent upheaval; the major outcome of the latest Saturn – Uranus conjunction was the fall of the Eastern bloc. This caused the consequent shift of power towards the West. The disintegration of the USSR was an utter manifestation of the instability of Saturn – Uranus alignments. Such planetary interactions provoke rapid shakeups within the world of structure and control.
Saturn is akin to traditions and the Establishment while the nature of Uranus is both sudden and cold-blooded. As a result, under Saturn – Uranus aspects the foundations of society at large shake badly due to society’s desire for change.
As the USA face their Pluto return (this means that Pluto is now transiting the same area of the zodiac where it was in 1776), a profound metamorphosis is occuring within the country. Also, Neptune is currently opposing the position it holds within the Independence Chart. This is the main reason why new social movements are developing nationwide. The next Inauguration Day will occur under a complex configuration of great importance. In January 2021, the above-mentioned Saturn – Uranus square will be accompanied by Jupiter in close conjunction with Saturn in Aquarius. In other words, the Inauguration of US Presidency will occur between the upcoming Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in early Aquarius and the first hit of the Saturn – Uranus square. Also, Mars will be conjunct Uranus in Taurus, together with the Moon. 2021 Inauguration Day will fall around a very heated First Quarter Soli-Lunar phase.
This shows us that the next US Presidency will be about enacting a forceful reorganization of structures and social balance. This relates to the fact that in the Inauguration chart such an unstable planetary alignment will dominate two Fixed Signs. The Moon will accompany Mars and Uranus in a financial sign, so civil unrest is not likely to subside at all.
US & the EU
There are grounds to determine that 2021 will represent a long standoff between ‘conservation’ and ‘renovation’. Obviously, the Saturn – Uranus waning square will affect many countries, and not just the USA; the current balance of forces within the European continent may need to be reassessed as well. This is because the early degrees of Fixed Signs has played a prominent role along the European Union’s history.
The three Saturn – Uranus squares will occur between 7 and 13 degrees of Aquarius and Taurus, two Fixed signs. This indicates that the upcoming destabilization will affect whatever survives by inertia within the social, political and economic scene. Such planetary stimulations are also liable to trigger powerful geological or environmental instability, including historical earthquakes, explosions or eruptions. We may assist to environment-related breakthroughs, and our relationship with planet Earth may change, hopefully in positive ways. As long as humanity succeeds in controlling its environmental impact, the upcoming planetary struggle will prove to be constructive.
All countries and organizations carrying important planetary configurations within the same degrees will be affected throughout 2021. Among those we find India, China, Russia, Germany, the United Kingdom, NATO, the United Nations and the European Union. Russia is approaching its Saturn return, and this appears as an upcoming phase of national reassessment. The domestic changes many countries and organizations are likely to experience will set the stage for the upcoming global reorientation.
The current cycle started from late Sagittarius in 1988; it coincided with a powerful crackdown of the bipolar political struggle which had been ruling the world since WWII. In fact, it directed humanity towards the expansiveness of a fast-growing globalization phase.
As the old saying goes, ‘history repeats itself’. So long as humanity becomes genuinely aware of its own evolutionary process, each crisis heralds a better future!
We are definitely living through extremely complex times, and no easy solution still seems to be visible amidst the ongoing disintegration of an obsolete global balance. Without risking to exaggerate, we can say that multiple hot spots bringing either social unrest, sickness or generalized dissatisfaction and restrictions still continue to arise. The latest Full Moon, as expected, brought out clear manifestations of Uranian force in full extent. Not only was the Beirut explosion a symbolic show of the suddenness of Uranus’ transits, but it seems to have triggered some very risky instability within the region, shaking its delicate political and religious balance. At the exact time of the explosion, Jupiter in Capricorn was rising whilst forming a tight square to Mars in Aries. This may soon prove to be linked with the rise of ideological or religious strife. Sadly, we continue to witness the brutality of the current times, yet humanity will hopefully continue to search for positive ways of facing the historical changes we are being asked to live through.
The next New Moon will occur on August 18th, at 26Leo35, in the sign which mundanely rules creative endeavors, leadership and the higher classes. All which inspires (either positively or negatively) and projects charisma is going to be focused upon. The New Moon in question will fall in conjunction with Mercury, which is likely to bring revelations, as well as increased exchange of information, into the global scene. We might even witness the unexpected fall of prominent leaders or famous individuals, during times ruled by a reorganization of governmental structures around the world. Enhanced press activity might be part of the picture, and considering the involvement of the sign Leo, this may happen in a very dramatic fashion.
Interestingly, the upcoming lunation will recall what happened in the skies in August 2017, when an important Solar Eclipse cast its own shadow across the US territory, giving rise to a typically Leonine media frenzy. Also, that eclipse had a huge resonance within astrological circles, due to its zodiacal nearness to President Trump’s natal Ascendant. Clearly, the relevant astrological message has not been fully revealed yet, as we are still within the time-frame in which the eclipsed degrees remain sensitive. Whenever important planetary configurations reactivate those degrees, new important leadership-oriented developments tend to occur. Any Solar Eclipse occurring in the “Sun-ruled” sign of Leo carries a “royal” flavor. The one in question also fell in close alignment with the star Regulus, which is traditionally associated with royalty and leadership. In fact, Leo eclipses strongly address monarchs, the higher circles, political leaders, artists or creative endeavors. The upcoming New Moon will fall close enough to the (still sensitized) eclipsed degree, forming a trine with Mars in Aries, which is currently approaching its retrogradation period. This configuration will recall the Sun-Moon-Uranus interaction which dominated that Solar Eclipse back in August 2017.
On August 18th, the New Moon will fall in the 5th House over Washington DC; this is an element which strongly emphasizes its Leonine qualities. With Mercury accompanying this particularly emphatic Soli-Lunar cycle, important information may be released, and the focus will be mainly directed towards the Government. Also, Jupiter will be angular on the local Midheaven, bringing a sense of aggrandizement into the whole situation. New large-scale issues may be visibly at hand within the country.
The lunation will start while the first of three Mars-Pluto squares will potentially rock the global financial and political balance even more deeply. Mars-Pluto squares occur roughly every two years, but what will make the upcoming ones so important is the fact that they will be accompanied by the presence of both Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn. In other words, the rare Capricornian configuration which has been ruling the current social dismantling will be powerfully and repeatedly energized by the nervous alignment of Mars in Aries. The combination of these two forces is generally regarded as violent and enormously forceful, because it is charged with the Scorpionic essence of metamorphic change. Mars’ retrogradation will further enhance the degree of peculiarity associated with the upcoming squares, enlarging the time-frame throughout which they will act; in fact, this trend will not subside until early next year. It is clearly understandable that such a powerful Mars-Pluto interaction will potentially trigger the release of intense anger and resentment worldwide. Auspiciously, such release will serve as a way to cure society’s deepest wounds. Mythologically, we will be looking at a combination of the warrior-like assertiveness of Mars, against the persuasive and unsettling power of Pluto. In the case of the upcoming Lunar Month, both planets rule the Scorpio Descendant in Washington DC, and any trouble related to Governmental decisions will powerfully affect the country’s foreign relationships.
Also, Pluto will be Angular on the Midheaven; the presence of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto by the local Meridian axis will strongly address issues related to the ruling party and its counterpart. That may be a clear hint to what the end of the current electoral campaign might feel like. Given the Leonine flavor which the New Moon chart carries, the focus will be directed mainly towards the incumbent President and his actions. It must be remembered that Trump represents a powerful source of Leo-oriented energy within the global scene, being born with Leo rising at 29 degrees. Mars is angular in his natal chart, a factor which is well known to be associated with his fiery approach. Regardless of political adhesion to his views, it must be said that he powerfully and naturally projects a strong charismatic influence; astrologically speaking, that is undoubtedly related to his rising sign and planet. Those elements will be strongly recalled during the upcoming lunar month, with the New Moon falling exactly in conjunction with his natal Mars, which is obviously very reactive.
Also, Venus will be at 10Cancer59, and it will thereafter cross the recently eclipsed 13th degree of Cancer/Capricorn. The latest Lunar Eclipse will receive another stimulating ray, and issues related to the Presidency, and perhaps the elections, will come to the surface again.
The next Full Moon will occur on September 2nd at 10Pisces12, in close alignment with the latest Sun-Mars synodic conjunction, which occurred last year, on September 2nd 2019. The current Sun-Mars cycle started on an angle over Washington, exactly at the local Ascendant, emphasizing the potential for social unrest as well as generalized hostility within the country over the two years to come. The upcoming Full Moon will fall over the 3rd/9th House axis, yet it will also influence the Meridian axis; this means that any news which appear during the waxing phase will culminate into matters related with governmental dynamics and foreign relationships.
The Full Moon chart shows Saturn exactly on the cusp of the 8th House, being part of a tight T-Square with Venus in Cancer in the 2nd and Mars in Aries in the 11th. This configuration does intensify the complexity of the next lunar month, suggesting that some important developments might trigger further financial and parliamentary destabilization. During the early days of September, the North Node will also cross the degree where the Moon featured in the current Cancer Solar Ingress chart. That is likely to trigger impactful developments for the country.
Looking back, a mix of nostalgia and inquietude arises within, considering the way humanity has lost even the most obvious forms of freedom and the capacity to appreciate life without any self-imposed restrictions. Something extremely meaningful is obviously there to learn at a collective level, yet we should acknowledge the fact that we are still being asked to find the new course society is to follow in a future which will hopefully turn out to be a much better one.
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On July 20th a New Moon falls at 28Cancer27, in tight opposition to Saturn. This is a very important detail which denotes a remarkable amount of heavy energy around the current lunar month. Saturn is often regarded as an “ominous” presence within the zodiac, yet we need to recognize its positive qualities as well, in order to fully understand the enormous depth which characterizes its 29-year cycle. It is absolutely undeniable that whenever Saturn is involved in any astrological event, heaviness, hardships and a generalized sense of “slowdown” are perceived. It is not a case that the word “lockdown” is so popular in the year in which Saturn and Capricorn have been so prominently engaged. On the other hand, we should recognize how immediately discernible manifestations of its astrological influence are profoundly linked with conscious growth and responsibility.
By looking at the current New Moon configuration, a clear emphasis of such themes is evident. The tightness with which the Sun-Moon conjunction opposes retrograde Saturn in Capricorn is not so often reproduced in the skies. The more uncommon or tighter an aspect is, the more significance it acquires, astrologically speaking. We have already seen how the end of July gave rise to a confused “second COVID-19 wave within the first”, especially in the US. The effects of retrograde conjunctions of slow planets, such as the Jupiter-Pluto one which became exact for the second time on June 30th, are coincident with times of generalized social reassessment and ideological reorientation. The high degree of confusion, together with the new wave of social restrictions, was clearly aligned with the astrological event in question. Under such climate, we are now entering a lunar month which is profoundly characterized by a high degree of disciplined force. This could indicate that the global order, both politically and socially, might experience further reorganizations, perhaps quite evidently. An interesting feature transpires from this synodic month, as the New Moon makes a very tight opposition to taskmaster Saturn, whereas the subsequent Full Moon, which occurs on August 3rd at 11Aquarius45, creates a T-Square with Uranus in Taurus. Also, the New Moon-Saturn opposition acts over the Cardinal signs of Cancer and Capricorn, whereas the Full Moon is Aquarian and squared by its own co-ruler. What does this all mean?
In simple words, the lunar month brings the “seed” of restoration, but its culminating experience will be related to some acts of sudden destabilization. Evidently, we are still in a phase which potentially brings further uncertainty and instability in order to make enough room for a new global order. In this case, the concept of “global order” does not resonate with any conspiratorial themes, but simply to the fact that the profound shifts which society is facing are already provoking a much needed re-balancing of political, social and possibly spiritual themes as well. This might not be readily evident, unless we carefully look at the big picture, also considering the historical phase during which the powerful Capricornian awakening has been taking place.
Interestingly, the New Moon-Saturn opposition lies on the meridian axis over Florida, one of the regions most aggressively hit by the pandemic. Again we can observe the lack of randomness in the unfoldment of global events, as they closely reflect the prevailing astrological circumstances.
The Aquarian Full Moon which occurs on August 3rd clearly suggests a high degree of instability, as mentioned already. Also, the humanitarian crisis that is becoming so largely evident is set to be gifted with newer developments. Sectors such as the shipping industry are suffering so intensely under the ongoing wave of restrictions, which has removed any sort of fluidity from regular crew exchanges in an unprecedented manner. Thousands of seafarers still remain stuck on board all sorts of vessels waiting for the slightest hope to get back to their home countries; similarly, huge numbers of workers are waiting to get a new contract, still unable to fly out of their own countries with commercial flights.
It is worth considering the possibility of such dynamism being reflected onto the territory as well. In other words, in early August we might expect intense seismic activity, especially in the Far East, where the Sun-Moon opposition acts over the Meridian Axis, while crossing some important fault lines.
On the same day, Mars in Aries will square Jupiter in Capricorn, giving rise to great ideological zest. The revolutionary power of the upcoming Full Moon is remarkable, and it might deeply affect all those countries born in the late 1940s, when Pluto was at 10 degrees of Leo. Those nations are currently experiencing the long square of Uranus to their natal Pluto placements; mundanely, this transit can be seen as an ongoing dismemberment of deeply ingrained and power-related national dynamics. With Uranus-Pluto aspects, there is an inescapable collective need to face the unknown, and this very process inevitably leads toward a regenerative yet scary encounter with darkness.
On July 25th Mars will enter its shadow, as it crosses the 15th degree of Aries, still moving with direct motion. This means that it passes the point at which it will station direct on November 14th. Evidently, a long season characterized by a literal “reorientation of individual drive and fighting spirit” has already started. In simple words, the long retrogradation of Mars in Aries, a sign which it rules, will square the ongoing gathering of heavy planets in Capricorn, which is unmistakably linked with the unprecedented wave of social change we are currently living through.
To summarize, those whose birthdays fall near July 20th or January 20th may experience a year of increased responsibilities dominated by a generalized sense of slowdown. Limitations may be imposed by either external or inner circumstances, and the way to success will be found mainly through acceptance. Those whose natal Moon is placed around 28 degrees of Cancer or Capricorn will particularly experience such pressure at an emotional level. With the Moon ruling the basic instinctual functions of body and mind, a year of inner reorganization will help in building a solid foundation, though painful or strenuous it may feel.
The Full Moon will fall across the 12th degrees of Aquarius-Leo. Those whose birthdays fall around August 3rd or February 3rd will enter a year of important changes which mainly concern relationships. With a Full Moon being so tightly aspected by Uranus, there may also be separations. All in all, the outcome will be an unrestrained call for freedom and rational understanding. The closer either the Sun or Moon are to the degrees of the current lunar phases, the tighter the aspect in the Solar Return chart; therefore, the stronger the effect will be over the coming months.
As Mars enters its retrogradation period, important developments will hopefully bring more clarity into a poignantly confused world.
Relating to the latest article “Two Eclipses show us the Healing Path”, sudden volcanic activity has occurred in Stromboli, a small island in the Southern Tirrenian Sea. The transit of Mars over the 12th degree of Aries, in applying square to the recent Capricornian Lunar Eclipse has definitely ignited powerful geological forces, as expected. As I specified previously, more research is obviously needed on the subject. The current astrological knowledge allows us to identify the major stressing factors which are likely to determine powerful geological developments in certain areas of the globe.
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In life everything occurs through cycles. Even if we do not realize that the circuitousness of events is actually harmonic, the underlying reality points to a series of ebbs and flows, rather than mere linearity. Through modern thought, it is perhaps much appreciated that life is a one-way journey, which returns as much as we give out in the limited time which we have at disposal. This is commonly visible in our modern way of “racing” through our existence, because we want to make the most of it. Not only does this generally manifest through our often destructive monetary greed, or through conformist relational formalization or ambitious professional achievement; perhaps, to the spiritually-oriented astrologer, these are all by-products of society’s modern-day “development“…
Let’s get deeper into the core of this issue, exactly where it becomes quite difficult, if not almost impossible, to clearly discern the boundary between what we want and what life is meant to reserve for us. It is nowadays difficult to let oneself dip into the darkness of the Unknown with faith, or at least the hope that everything unfolds in the way it should. This is not to either deny or demean the reality of suffering which often so strongly characterizes the wretchedness of human life. It seems that the very faculty which we call “intellect” can either drive us into wonderlands or underworlds. Why does the human psyche have to encounter such extremes in life? What lies beyond our discontentment or sorrow? Where does aspiration originate from? Perhaps we will never find clear answers to our questioning of the complexity and uniqueness of the human realm, yet a deeper truth seems to have emerged since immemorial times. This relates to the fact that there is strong evidence of our individual nature being linked to more grandiose realities, which we might normally consider insignificantly distant and unconnected. Spiritual awareness resides where understanding of such intrinsic grandeur emerges. If there is a blueprint to individual and collective life, what does it consist of? Who has decided its form, and where has it been planned? Again, these questions might take us nowhere at all, because they simply represent a human attempt at “rationalizing” the irrational mysteriousness of life. Perhaps we should just say that intrinsic purpose is at the basis of everything which occurs within and without the human being. There is often excessive identification with “events” as if we were entities who navigate the stormy seas of “outer life”, battered by enormous waves which constantly endanger our inner and outer balance. This is only partially true and it remains a mere perception of reality, in my humble opinion. Through years of astrological research and self-exploration, a journey which I only consider to be at its very beginning, I have understood that even the most painful of experiences comes for a reason. I have been searching for an explanation to that reason in the immensity of the cosmos, but there are many ways of doing so. The key here is to understand which way is the most suitable to us for the purpose of searching for a “code of life“. We might think of this as a “de-codification process” or “spiritual research”, yet it just remains a mere human attempt at understanding something which goes way beyond our rational grasp. Though science has been trying to prove everything through “deterministic” methods, we are now approaching a time in history which faces us with a pressing issue: the cause-effect link seems to break apart when we get closer to the “bigger picture” of life. The long-term trends of individual or collective existence do not respond to clear determinism, and so it is for what we would call “fatality” in personal, day-to-day life.
Beyond the threshold of time…
Is there a reason for those most unpleasant stories which unfold in so many people’s lives? Ancient civilizations, and perhaps many people still do the same nowadays, have traditionally found self-assurance in the possibility that “cursing” or even “bad karma” might have the potential to impede the harmonious flow of life. If we step beyond any belief, and try to look at it from a purely humanistic perspective, we might just need to say that we do not know for certain whether past lives exist, and it might be more accessible and perhaps useful for the modern-day individual to explore familial or societal dynamics in order to understand a lot about himself. I would like to give you an example. Let’s take the current year in consideration, because of the intensity of pain, sorrow, restriction, difficulty and darkness which have been tackling society at large. Those mothers who are due to give birth soon, therefore with their babies being “incarnated” during these months, are experiencing their pregnancies at a historical phase for humanity as a whole. The same obviously applies to those who have given birth in the previous months, since January 2020. Those children who are to be born soon (or who are just a few weeks or months old), despite any deterministic attempt at denying such, will definitely carry a powerful psychological, energetic, sociological imprint of these times within themselves. For instance, if the Moon will be placed in one of the four Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn) at the time of birth, they will be born to mothers who have been the most deeply affected by the current situation. This may involve a myriad of factors the entire enlisting of which would be pointless in this article, if not impossible. This consideration about the Cardinal Moon refers to the fact that it will be forming “hard aspects” with the ongoing Saturn-Jupiter-Pluto congregation in Capricorn. Even if Saturn has taken a quick trip into early Aquarius, it will be back into Capricorn soon, reinforcing the still ongoing dismantling process. If the child is born with such a personalized connection with the ongoing slow-planetary configuration, such as that of the Moon aspecting the relevant planets, his or her long-term emotional life will be strongly connected to the ongoing influence. Yes, for some mysterious reason, birth occurs under a space-time configuration (birthplace and birthtime) which uniquely carries planetary placements and configurations which are accurately in resonance with the child’s personal identity. What is important to understand here is that this connection occurs at the level of meaning, therefore symbolically and not factually. If the child is born when the Moon was transiting just past the ongoing Jupiter-Pluto conjunction for example, astrologers of the future would very accurately retrace a specific “event” or “situation”, most probably dramatic and intense, in the mother-child relationship during the pregnancy. This relates to the “secondary regression” of the Moon; which is about retrograding the Moon’s position in the personal horoscope by a degree for each month prior to birth, as if time were running backwards. There is strong evidence in astrology about the cyclicity of time, which in this particular instance translates into an all-out, invertible resonance between time cycles such as a year, a month, a day, and hour and so on. This is a very complex and vast subject, but it remains equally fascinating to the spiritually-oriented individual who is keen on exploring the depths of life. This fascinating, yet very basic example takes us beyond the “determinism” of nowadays science. This is not to undermine the importance and respectability of scientific thought, which has allowed us to elevate our knowledge of the world we live in; the question here is whether we know everything about the causality of life or not…
A “synchronized” universe…
Many scientists are keen to explore what is being perceived as “synchronicity” all around the universe. In quantum physics, phenomena which still remain rationally unexplained are observed, and it is worth citing the work of David Bohm, who managed to reintroduce philosophical and mystical thought in an increasingly determinism-oriented scientific community. His fascinating approach includes the individuation of a “universal flux“, which is often referred to as “holomovement“. He formulated ideas of an Implicate Order and an Explicate Order. In 1980 he published his most famous book called “Wholeness and the Implicate Order“.
In Bohm’s work we encounter important glimpses into the intrinsic correlation between seemingly unrelated elements, with such interaction crossing beyond the realm of physical manifestation. For millennia the spiritual world has been aware of the intricate reality of life, yet it has mainly approached this concept on an instinctual level. In fact, I am quite inclined to believe that humans – and perhaps all other living beings are even more open to this – possess an innate capacity to instinctively perceive synchronism. This could be understood as humans, who belong to the explicate order of things, being instinctively able to tap into the implicate order of the Greater Whole of Existence“.
Our perceptions are often overshadowed by the business of life, which can be both distracting and unfriendly towards any attempt at savoring the underlying beauty of Creation. If you get a feeling that everything is going to be well, even if the current events are being quite disastrous, you may have just witnessed an inner manifestation of your connection with the cosmic Oneness in instinctual, or mental form. If you get chills when you visit Ground Zero at Lower Manhattan you are perhaps connecting with the same invisible, unquantifiable, immeasurable force. It would perhaps be too easy or reductive to connect the chills with mere psychological suggestion; it could obviously be the case, but the nature of such “suggestion” would be psychic indeed.
These correlations, as already specified, can be traced via the astrological analysis of the skies, which easily individuates the recurrence of specific dynamics in accordance with the cyclicity of planetary movements. Every time a specific planetary configuration appears in the skies – by relative motion because we are observers placed on Earth – something happens, but not necessarily in the world of “form”. The shift definitely occurs at a subtle level, in a realm where “feelings” dominate, both individually and collectively. For a while, this year’s alignment of slow-moving planets in Capricorn has been seen by astrologers as a sign of upcoming change. It has been evident that both the most pleasant and unpleasant features of Capricorn would reemerge this year, and that we would need to deal with the “heaviness and stucture” of this Earthy sign. Capricorn’s force relates to method, ambition and responsibility, but the more negative side of its power presents us with fears, restrictions and oftentimes oppression. It is worth referring to the image of mythological Kronos, whom we generally prefer to call Saturn (Roman nomenclature), to better understand the immense level of psychic force being liberated right now all around the world and in every speck of society. Saturn rules Capricorn, therefore its essential meaning is being called to action, throughout a whole year when Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto are to make single or repeated conjunctions with one another. If tyrannical measures, oppression, fear, depression, darkness, hopelessness, sorrow and despair were to emerge this year, was it “written” somewhere that this “inescapable” set of circumstances would need to be met? Perhaps yes, or maybe not; this is not important, anyway.
A much deeper transition is being made these days, and it will represent a thorough transformation of humanity’s most basic structures. Despite the difficulty, we should perhaps try and find ways to embrace change, every single day fighting to find the light of reason during a seemingly endless struggle which will definitely have an end, and a prosperous one. Hopefully we will all reemerge wiser, more considerate and desirous of life.
Cover image: Group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273 – Hubble Space Telescope – Wikimedia Commons
For a long time there have been talks about the 2020 Summer Solstice Annular Solar Eclipse, given its critical placement on the sensitive 1st degree of Cardinal Cancer. In mundane astrology, charts are often set for each time the Sun enters one of the four Cardinal signs each year. These snapshots of the upcoming seasons are quite indicative of the “feeling” which will rule the months to come. If a Cardinal Ingress of the Sun is accompanied by the Moon in conjunction, it means that a New Moon occurs on one of those critical degrees. If the Lunar Nodes happen to be in close alignment with the Sun-Moon conjunction, therefore determining a further alignment in declination, a significantly important Solar Eclipse occurs. In the past, eclipses were traditionally regarded as ominous, but the truth is actually way more complex. The upcoming eclipse in Cancer is an annular one; the Moon will be at apogee on June 15th, and will still be fairly distant from Earth at the time it aligns in longitude and declination with the Sun on the 21st. The further the Moon occurs to be at the time of an Annular Solar Eclipse, the stronger the force of the corona which surrounds it. If the Moon is close enough to our planet, the eclipse will be Total, and no rim will appear around the Moon at the time of maximum eclipse along the shadow path. The spectacular vision of a Solar Eclipse is unquestionable, but it must be said that these astronomical events are not rare at all. There are eclipse seasons every six months, with each one of them bringing at least one Solar and Lunar eclipse. Depending on where it stands along its own Saros series, each eclipse will fall closer or further in longitude from the Nodal axis. The closer it falls to the axis, the lower the latitudes at which the shadow path will hit. If the Shadow path hits the Earth’s surface, the eclipse will be perceived as Total somewhere around the globe, otherwise it will just appear as a tiny, partial eclipse of the Sun at either Polar region. Partial Solar Eclipses mark the beginning and end of each Saros series.
Therefore, the peculiarity of the upcoming Cancer eclipse is represented by its astrological placement, together with its longitudinal closeness to the North Node, which determines the annular connotation. When a Solar Eclipse occurs on the first degree of one of the four Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), the meaning of the Solar Ingress for that season is greatly emphasized by the accompanying lunation.
The term energy does not refer to a “factual” connection between celestial and terrestrial events, but to a synchronicity between the realms of “above and below”. In other words, the dynamism which is often unleashed around the occurrence of major eclipses is intrinsic to the terrestrial realm, and does not “derive” from an energetic connection with the skies. The underlying reality seems to be that different layers of existence evolve according to some mysterious laws which are “interconnected by synchronicity“. Any scientific attempt at deterministically investigating the nature of such interconnection fails its purpose, because the harmonization of the universe works on a level of “meaning” rather than “form”. This important consideration proves to be quite helpful when we try to decode the peculiar, and apparent, irrationality of eclipses.
The eclipse in question will form a quincunx (150 degrees) with Saturn; coincidentally, the ongoing Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn will be forming a sextile (60 degrees) to the still-within-orb Mars-Neptune conjunction in Pisces. The first aspect enhances the need to reassess and realign two very different trends which are currently going on: the widespread need to protect the “national clan“, as opposed to the urge to take egalitarian responsibility in the midst of a social crisis. This might refer to a growing feeling of national protectiveness which doesn’t quite match the egalitarian, iconoclastic, yet ephemeral, regression of Saturn in early Aquarius. Tensions may continue to brew amidst the lack of practical, clear-cut solutions around the world. The complex sextile mentioned above provides a better picture instead. Sextiles are generally considered to bring opportunity for growth, yet this effect may not be readily appreciable during these weeks, given the nature of the planets involved. It is likely that there is increased understanding around the ongoing issues which have accompanied the ongoing Jupiter-Pluto conjunction, with Mars providing some hope and enhanced force to fight, as society goes through difficult times. Despite the harmonic nature of this aspect, the self-sacrificial essence of the Mars-Neptune conjunction will remain evident, if not even exasperated. This may become perceivable as a deepening of social discontentment and fear, during the crucial part of a year which is radically changing the world we inhabit.
Uranus will be rising over Washington DC at the moment of the exact Soli-Lunar conjunction, whereas the Pluto-Jupiter-Saturn configuration will be close to the local Midheaven, in the 10th House. It seems that the high degree of social disillusionment, and the consequent repression carried out, may not be satisfied for a while. Instead, it may well be expanding around the globe because, as mentioned already, eclipses tend to occur at times of widespread developments. The USA are approaching an important turning point in their history, entering the first Pluto return and second Neptune opposition, which will be exact in the year to come. A profound transformation is just starting in the States, at a moment in history when the population and institutions are faced with the urge to find a renewed balance.
The New Moon falls in the 3rd House over Washington; this is an element which suggests enhanced focus will be directed onto trade and finance. The presence of Mercury in the same sign and house, in close conjunction with the national Sun provides a further indication that important developments in the global trade may be initiated because of major Governmental declarations.
The June 21st eclipse will be visible across Eastern Africa, Pakistan, northern India, China and Taiwan. This seems to be a powerful statement which reminds us of the ongoing destabilization which is affecting the Asian continent and its relationship with the rest of the world.
The chart of the Indian Independence Proclamation (August 15th 1947) shows Mars at 0Cancer34, just 13 minutes of arc away from the tropical zodiacal position of the June 2020 Solar Eclipse. The lunation will in fact activate India’s national Mars. Coincidentally, it will fall a few degrees away from the position Uranus held at the time of the Chinese National proclamation on October 1st 1949. The Taiwanese Governmental relocation to Taipei of December 7th 1949 occurred while the Moon was forming a conjunction with Uranus in the same area of the zodiac, and a quincunx to an ideologically charged Venus-Jupiter conjunction in early Aquarius – an aspect between two areas of the zodiac which will be simultaneously activated at the time of the upcoming eclipse in a powerful manner. This suggests that India, China and the island of Taiwan may be in the news quite powerfully in the weeks, months or even years to come. New dynamics related to their social development are presently getting established, and a long process of re-balancing is initiating this year around the Asian continent. To make things more dramatic, the New Moon and North Node fall close to the local Midheaven across the Indian territory, and especially along the disputed border with China. Important political, if not military, developments may occur in the already ignited area, but such may even lead to a reorganization of the forces at play. Hopefully, the eclipse will contribute in shedding the light of reason, rather than raising the winds of warfare in what seems to be an increasingly prominent Asian dispute.
Eclipses tend to sensitize those degrees of the zodiac on which they fall. Consequently, when the Sun or other planets happen to form hard alignments with those very degrees, the issues uncovered by the eclipse’s configuration generally become visible again, and humanity is offered the possibility to bring more understanding into the whole situation. On June 28th Mars will make its ingress into Aries, squaring the degree of the Cancer solar eclipse, at the first quarter of the ongoing lunar cycle. This coincidence may bring some significant developments all around the globe. This is likely to relate to an unprecedented time of dynamic interaction and defensive policies, considering the ongoing rhetorical escalation. Mars, whose relative motion through the zodiac is gradually slowing down, will in fact engage in its biennial retrogradation between September and November this year, and it won’t leave Aries until next year.
The issues which emerge this summer will probably resurface several times as the Sun and planets will align with the cardinal 0 degrees in the years to come.
It has to be remembered that each eclipse represents a huge question mark, when it comes to its physical manifestation within personal life and collective development; however, it is possible to identify the main focus points, both geographically and ideologically, for each of these extraordinarily spectacular gifts of nature.
The last time a solar eclipse occurred in the same position of the zodiac was in 2001, a year which marked an important turning point in the understanding of social security and international relations. Though the way to an effective reestablishment of global equilibrium seems to be long, this year will hopefully bring in a much more constructive fashion all the elements needed at this stage of our evolutionary journey.
Cover Image: On January 4th 2011, the Hinode satellite captured this breathtaking image of an annular solar eclipse – Wikimedia Commons, source: NASA
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