The global ideological landscape is clearly influenced by a complex resonance of cyclical trends. This article will focus briefly on the interaction between three planets which are astrologically linked with the rise and fall of liberal movements.

Let’s start by making a simple observation: majority political consent is clearly seen to swing cyclically among society. In other words, there are phases which are predominantly right-wing oriented and others which are left-wing oriented. Can this be investigated through a study of planetary cycles? The answer is yes.

CYCLIC RESONANCE

In this article I will focus on the interactions between Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. It takes these three planets respectively 12, 29 and 164 years to go around the zodiac. These three orbital periods give rise to three distinct synodic cycles: Jupiter-Saturn, Jupiter-Neptune and Saturn-Neptune.

  • The last Jupiter-Saturn conjunction occurred in 2000, and a new one is already within orb. It will be exact in a few weeks, in December 2020.
  • The last Jupiter-Neptune conjunction occurred in 2009, and the next one will be exact in 2022.
  • The last Saturn-Neptune conjunction occurred in 1989, and a new cycle won’t start before 2026.

Both the Jupiter-Neptune and the Saturn-Neptune cycles will reach their waning semi-squares in January 2021. This particular aspect will be analyzed toward the end of this article, because we should look into each one of these planetary combinations first.

ENDS AND BEGINNINGS

As specified in previous articles, the current Jupiter-Saturn conjunction will set the tone for the years to come, especially from a financial point of view. There is evidence about this particular cycle influencing European dynamics. However, let’s just stick to the fact that the actual December 2020 conjunction (early Aquarius) will make an interesting alignment with important features of the 1957 Treaty of Rome chart.

I would like to emphasize once more that the European Union is in for important developments. Once both Jupiter and Saturn finally shift into Aquarius, towards the end of this year, we may begin to clearly see that big changes are afoot within the Eurozone. Let’s not forget that the Euro currency is entering an important phase as well, as Uranus is now squaring the position it held in 1999. Having been launched around the last Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, the Euro will now undergo its ‘maturity test’.

By acknowledging the fact that a new Jupiter-Saturn cycle is about to open a new economic chapter, we also understand that its Aquarian signature may in fact give voice to a myriad of ‘freedom-oriented ideologies’. This very cycle is central to our analysis, because it is currently reaching its conclusion/renovation, under the current Jupiter-Saturn conjunction.

NEPTUNE AND LIBERALISM

A major turning point occurred around the end of the 1980s, when the bi-polarism between East and West in fact turned into a predominance of US economy. The fall of the Eastern bloc represented a watershed moment in modern history, considering the widespread reorientation which followed thereafter. Also around the same years, the Chinese economy consolidated and, after the 1989 unrest, the country fully established itself as an unshakable world power.

The planetary configurations of 1989 were quite complex, with a prominent Saturn-Neptune conjunction which acted centrally as a ‘renovating influence’ over the communist/socialist world. The same conjunction was accompanied by Uranus, so it became a historic triptych which in fact managed to revolutionize the Eastern bloc. The picture was completed by Jupiter making oppositions to the same triple conjunction in Capricorn. That was the beginning of ‘rebirth’ for the Eastern political world. Every beginning requires an end of some sort, and in this case it occurred with the fall of the USSR and the modernization/democratization of the regions involved. Since the Russian Revolution, each Saturn-Neptune conjunction has corresponded with important moments along Russian history. The conjunction of 1917 coincided with the revolution, whereas the one of 1953 was accompanied by Stalin’s death and the advent of a new chapter for Russia. The whole 1953-1989 Saturn-Neptune cycle eventually led to the disintegration of the USSR and a thorough modernization of the bloc. It may be quite interesting to see what the next conjunction of 2026 will bring. It actually bodes well for humanity at large, because it will be prominent in early Aries, forming unusual harmonious aspects to both Uranus and Pluto. The mid-part of this decade in fact promises to correspond with a giant leap for humanity.

Through a study of these cycles we can clearly see how left-wing movements appear to rise and fall around Europe as well. The early 1990s brought an end to Thatcherism, which had been dominating the continent with strongly conservative ideologies. This was obviously part of the 1989 ideological shakeup described above. Within a few years, the rise of Bill Clinton in America gave rise to another version of left-wing ideologies. As a reinvention of policies which are actually ‘foreign’ to the American spirit, Clintonism still remains as one of the most scandalous chapters in the country’s history. Clinton faded out of the political scene in the early 2000s, when Bush’s election brought a more conservative wind all across. The onset of ideological wars at the turn of the millennium in fact accompanied a return to nation-oriented policies, at least in the US. Interestingly, Clinton’s fading out of the political scene was accompanied by a new Jupiter-Saturn cycle which started in conservative Taurus, soon followed by the Jupiter-Neptune opposition phase. In other words, the ideological consensus swung back to the right under a new Jupiter-Saturn conjunction and the culmination of the 1997-2009 Jupiter-Neptune cycle.

JUPITER ACTING AS A POLARIZER

Jupiter, having the shortest of these three orbiting periods, acts as timing-factor. In this context, its influence may be likened to that of Mars, which often acts as a trigger for big events by transiting across slow-moving planetary configurations.

Interestingly, the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction of 1997 brought a liberal wave in the UK with the advent of Tony Blair’s administration, whereas the following opposition, as specified, corresponded with Bush’s arrival and warmongering actions. The widespread consensus swung back to the left around the next conjunction of 2009, when Obama got elected. At the 2015 opposition a new reorientation was experienced, while Trump was seeking to obtain his Republican nomination. Another revamp of liberalism will possibly come at the next Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in 2022. In another article I have explained how 2022 will represent an important turning point along the 2021-2025 US Presidency.

JANUARY 2021: TURNING POINT

The two Neptunian cycles here described will reach their respective waning semi-squares in January 2021. Both Jupiter and Saturn will in fact form a closing aspect to Neptune, with Saturn remaining within orb for a while.

This may suggest that we are reaching an important turning point along the current Neptunian synod. We may start to see a deep crisis affecting the liberal world after years of widely acknowledged predominance all across the EU. Also, what is occurring in the US right now seems to be deeply resonant with this impending shift. The widely-honored liberal world, which gained its wide consensus under the arrival of Obama at the last Jupiter-Neptune conjunction, is now facing substantial obstacles. It is evident that the consensus that liberals have been keeping up to this point is now abruptly disintegrating, due to the numerous questions being raised after the disputed elections. The US election crisis may in fact serve as the ‘reorienting’ factor which will eventually lead to a ‘rebirth’, and possibly ‘cleanup’, of the American liberal circles. It is important to understand that right and left-wing political views are simply social manifestations of opposing archetypes. Each archetypal dynamic determines a path of human evolution and, along its recurring cycles, is seen to expand and exhaust repeatedly. The expansion phase sometimes even corresponds with the rise of intense fanaticism, which eventually leads to a more abrupt fall and a total swing to the other side. This was the case with WWII and the years leading up to it, as well as the communist rule over countries which have now turned almost to the far-right.

As specified in this article, we may expect the see a renewed Democratic party by 2022, at the next Jupiter-Neptune conjunction, and possibly a deeper re-consolidation by 2026, around the next Saturn-Neptune conjunction.

The next few years will definitely be dominated by a very different flavor though. Uranian energy will be all over the place as the new year sets in, under the influence of both Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius squaring Uranus in Taurus. What can be expected is a worldwide reformation of governmental structures, considering the deep Capricornian revelation which has been dominating most of 2020. The Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto triple conjunction in Capricorn has in fact been digging quite deeply into power systems and legislature. The trigger for such a deep global reorientation is obviously represented by the pandemic. The culmination of all this is currently unfolding, with the US Election crisis. The crisis, having been accompanied by the third and final Jupiter-Pluto conjunction is in fact the culmination and turning point of deep-seated legislative issues. The current turmoil is ‘unveiling’ a lot of hidden issues, and it will eventually allow society to jump into a renovated world.

We may soon begin to see the ‘useful’ side of this 2020 struggle, as the arrival of Aquarian energy will finally bring some freshness into this world.

To further explore this subject: Planetary Cycles – Mundane Astrology, by A. Barbault

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Mundane astrology helps us understand history better by looking at the complex tapestry of planetary cycles. The law of universal resonance affects existence at large, therefore whatever happens in the cosmos is reflected upon individual and collective life. American history has been characterized mainly by two opposing societal dynamics: egalitarianism versus differentiation. To better understand this sociological fundament, we’d better start off our research from a basic analysis of the 1776 chart of American Independence.

As stated numerous times in my articles, the Mutability of Mars square Neptune within the US national horoscope is highly indicative of how social movements rise, grow and eventually fade across the country. Numerous other elements are to be considered within this historical horoscope, but for now let’s just stick to the predominance of that Mutable Mars-Neptune square, and the sparkly presence of Uranus at 8 degrees of Gemini.

Demonstrably, the various presidencies have been characterized by important planetary configurations which involved 8 and 21 degrees of Mutable signs (with the obvious allowance of a few degrees’ orb). This means that during eventful times (including elections), both transits and natal configurations of the chosen presidents have featured prominently across those very degrees. Configurations involving those degrees within the most influential presidents’ natal horoscopes have been linked with the country’s fate. This fascinating study can give us a lot of insight on the historical perturbations of the American society.

Abraham Lincoln and the Nation

Lincoln was born under a visionary Saturn-Neptune conjunction in Sagittarius squaring a pungent Pluto-Mercury conjunction in Pisces. All this was aggrandized by the presence of a compassionate Jupiter in Pisces. The whole configuration features across the range of 3-22 degrees of Mutable signs, therefore creating and important connection with the horoscope of American Independence. Lincoln’s natal square in Mutable signs stands as the astrological signature which explains his political approach and the cause for which he sacrificially left the nation to a renewed destiny.

The Civil War and the Confederacy

The Battle of Fort Sumter, which ignited the sanguineous civil war in 1861, broke out under a combined square between Mars, Saturn and Uranus acting across 3-9 degrees Gemini-Virgo. The Saturn-Uranus cycle was then on its waxing phase, and Mars appears to acted as a trigger for the intense configuration. With national Uranus sitting at 8 degrees of Gemini, the country was going through it first Uranus return. This explains the escalation of ideological fights across the territory.

Earlier that year, on February 8th 1861, the Confederacy had been established. The Southern States declared their unrecognized bond under the same Saturn-Uranus configuration, and a feisty Sun-Jupiter opposition across Aquarius-Leo. The connection between the Saturn-Uranus cycle and the onset of the American Civil War is obvious. Also, we can see how any major activation of those Mutable degrees (5-25 of Gemini-Virgo-Sagittarius-Pisces) tends to spark both revolutionism and outrage within the nation.

The Future of the USA

The configurations at play during a specific historical phase cyclically repeat themselves, often reawakening old issues. An interesting configuration will form in the skies within the 2020-2030 decade, and it involves the same actors: Jupiter-Saturn and Uranus.

In April 2024 a Jupiter-Uranus conjunction will occur at 21 degrees of Taurus, on an area of the zodiac which squares the feisty Sun-Jupiter opposition of the Confederacy. That year may see a powerful resurgence of secessional claims. Interestingly, the conjunction will occur during the next presidential campaign. The Inauguration chart for January 2025 carries a powerful Sun-Pluto conjunction which may indicate a transformative leadership. Possibly the entrance of Pluto into Aquarius will bring a new wave of widespread activism, and it may firstly manifest with a major popular awakening within the USA. The importance of the years (2021-2025) leading to the next presidency lies in the occurrence of a Pluto return and the second Neptune opposition for the nation. As specified repeatedly in other articles, the first half of this decade will represent a time of major reassessment and metamorphosis for the country. That social imbalance will most probably lead to the great shakeup which will characterize the second half of the decade.

The next Jupiter-Uranus cycle reaches its waxing square in 2027; an important event which will coincide with the nation’s third Uranus return. That Jupiter-Uranus square will powerfully activate 8-10 degrees of Gemini-Virgo. Saturn will be at 27 degrees of Aries, on its waxing square to national Pluto in Capricorn. A powerful pattern will emerge, recalling issues which seem to have been buried under the mask of a ‘modern’ nation.

These interesting configurations seem to suggest that a major transformation will reach its full extent during the second half of the decade. Are we nearing the bend with regards to the unity of the States? Astrology suggests that the cyclicity of time has brought the country to a phase that will give prominence to the the existing divide between different States. At some point during the next decade me might even witness the end of their unity as we know it. History may ask that a new balance be established within the country. This might also suggest that the USA will lose its seat as the world’s leading economy before the early 2030s. Another cyclical shift of power towards the East will most probably happen as a consequence.

Photo: The Storming of Fort Wagner (lithograph, 1890) – Wikipedia.org

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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.

The next years will be about trying to re-edify the skeleton of the country and its unity, or about preventing its utter collapse

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.

The ideological strength of the upcoming Jupiter-Saturn – Uranus configuration is not to be overlooked, and it will most likely initiate a national reorientation which on the long term will affect the global equilibrium

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.

The current cycle won’t come to a definite end before 2032, a time in which the Saturn – Uranus zodiacal dance will eventually give way to a new phase of human history. The next conjunction will occur in Gemini, potentially carrying this world towards a new 45-year period characterized by a better orientation towards intellectualism and rational thought

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!


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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.

NEW MOON – August 18th 2020 10:41:30 pm EDT – Washington, DC
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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.

The next lunar month will likely reawaken dormant power-shifting energies worldwide, and the USA may be actively triggering such forces.

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.

FULL MOON – September 2nd 2020 1:21:55 am EDT – Washington, DC
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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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US Election Update

A very interesting situation is unfolding in the USA. As the world watches with mixed feelings, the country remains uncertain about its future.

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The end of this month is likely to bring further developments about the current social, cultural and political situation. We have recently experienced a significant Solar Annular Eclipse in the initial degree of Cancer, whose configuration is described in a previous article called “The Great Eclipse” . Remarkably, the connection between the eclipse and the Indian territory manifested in a literal way, with deadly clashes occurring along that very border with China; that region was clearly emphasized by the eclipse’s configuration. As already specified in different articles, every conjunction represents a moment of “oblivion” in which a new seed is being planted, but full awareness of the new dynamics is not there yet. At the beginning of each astrological cycle, such as the occurrence of a Solar Eclipse, there is consciousness at play, but it still works underneath a shadowy blanket. Further developments might be experienced by the next Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse and when Mars squares the eclipsed degree. In general, we can tell that for a few years, whenever important configurations reactivate the initial degrees of Cardinal signs, significant developments will be observed globally.

Also, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern Mexico this morning, followed by a significant swarm. At the epicenter, the Solar Eclipse fell within 4 degrees from the IC, or Lower Meridian. The IC is generally emphasized when matters related to the territory become relevant. Despite the fact that the Sun-Moon conjunction was exactly aligned with the meridian angle around 400 Km away from the epicenter of the strongest quake of the series, the Pacific fault line has evidently released some stored energy only a couple of days from the occurrence of that major eclipse. We know how seismic phenomena act as the release of stored tectonic energies, and there is astrological evidence that significant eclipses tend to act as powerful triggers. The “energetic unlocking” effects which eclipses seem to have on the planet are not only manifested as specific dynamics which arise among the human society, but they can relate to the environment as well. Major earthquakes, eruptions or tsunamis are generally linked with powerful eclipses which previously formed specific configurations along or across sensitive fault lines or in areas of high volcanic activity. “Previously” does not necessarily mean hours or days before the event, because the eclipse in question can happen even years before; consequent activations of its overall planetary configuration seem to “re-trigger” the same releasing dynamic. A lot of research obviously has to be done yet, but hopefully a day will come in which we can properly connect the cosmic dynamics with the long-term evolutionary processes of planet Earth.

A multiple activation of the 13th degree of Cardinal Signs will soon recall the configuration of a previous eclipse which has been significantly connected with geological activity in the Mediterranean. This means that July could bring increased volcanic activity in Southern Italy.

Astrologically speaking, the first week of July appears to carry a special charge. The following events will be of particular relevance:

  • June 28th – Mars’ Aries ingress and stimulation of recent Cancer Solar Eclipse
  • June 30th – 2nd Jupiter-Pluto conjunction (retrograde)
  • July 1st – Sun-Mercury inferior conjunction at 9 degrees Cancer square Chiron in Aries; Saturn enters Capricorn

It goes without saying that those days are quite likely to bring enhanced dynamism around the globe.

First of all, the ingress of Mars into Aries will definitely act as a catalyst for that fiery energy which has expressed itself in a very ideological way all around the globe. The previous lunar cycle, as specified in “The Dance of Fire“, has visibly brought an intense wave of dynamism which manifested through both violence and extreme idealism. The Mars-Neptune interaction has proved to be quite influential in the current wave of change which is visibly shaking the foundations of what we considered to be a solidly structured society.

The current retrogradation of Mercury is bringing lots of information out into the open, such as the publication of Michael Bolton’s book “The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir“, which has had a huge journalistic impact all across the globe. With Mercury moving retrograde across the 13th degree of Cancer, which is the zodiacal position of the US’ Independence Sun, the release of presidential information comes with a strong symbolic support.

As already specified in a recent article, the current retrogradation of Mercury is likely to bring out important revelations. This is both related to the Sun-Mercury-Chiron square, and the fact that it occurs in an area of the zodiac which is strongly linked with the US’ Independence Chart. Hopefully, the Sun-Mercury-Chiron square which characterizes the inferior conjunction of July 1st, will bring the necessary knowledge which can have the potential to initiate humanity towards the healing path, during this very complex historical phase.

The second hit of the current Jupiter-Pluto conjunction will occur on June 30th and it is likely to magnetize the weeks to come. Saturn enters Capricorn again on July 2nd, and a powerful energetic shift is impending. This whole astrological picture may bring a second wave of restrictions, but it may not be as dramatic as the previous one, if the knowledge acquired since the initial outbreak is utilized properly. Nevertheless, with Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto teaming up in the same sign again, a certain feeling of heaviness is likely to revisit many of us. Those who carry sensitive natal configurations in Cardinal signs are likely to experience important developments. This is also relevant for those nations whose charts show similar planetary placements, such as Italy, whose Venus-Saturn conjunction at 21-23 degrees Cancer will be powerfully reactivated by the second Jupiter-Pluto conjunction. In other words, July will bring those two slow-moving planets into a similar alignment as the one which occurred in March, at the time of the initial lockdown. Maybe it will all result in a different dynamic characterized by the useful awareness gained during a long phase of difficulty and sorrow.

The Jupiter-Pluto retrograde conjunction will come together with the powerful stimulation of the recently eclipsed degree by square. Mars will cross the Vernal point, or 0 Aries, forming a square with the longitude where the latest Solar Eclipse occurred.

The concomitance of different celestial configurations, at the time of a first stimulation of Mars onto the eclipsed degree, is likely to be linked with the reemergence of widespread tensions. This may either involve the India-China standoff, or the overall social and political balance between influential nations. Also, the stock market is likely to be profoundly affected by the close occurrence of these sequential events; we may expect increased market volatility, and perhaps a downturn around the end of June and beginning of July.

This powerful series of celestial events will peak with a Lunar Eclipse which occurs on July 5th at 13Capricorn37, in opposition to the US national Sun. Presidential dynamics are likely to become prominent, during a phase in which the ongoing energetic shock of the recent Solar Eclipse will come to fruition. During those days, all eyes might be on the White House.

Eclipses are peculiar Soli-Lunar alignments which tend to unlock powerful energies within society.

2020 has been a year of major change, which will surely bring us into a more authentic world. The process is likely to be lengthy and painful, because the current dismantlement of social structures and limitations entails a great deal of work. We should perhaps begin looking at the month of July with great optimism, because it will somehow reignite the necessary energy which is needed to start walking out of the fear-ridden trench we have dug for ourselves.

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There is a widespread belief about the astrological world being linked solely with prediction. Throughout the latest centuries, the philosophical depth of this discipline has been put aside, or at least partly demeaned. In a world which finds itself more and more identified with materialism and individualism, there seems to be a great need for event-related predictions. Though this still remains a valuable idea within the vastness of the astrological philosophy, we should never forget how this archaic form of knowledge is rooted in the study of resonances, rather than mere manifestations. In other words, we should be seeing the world we live in as a place which simply represents the fruit of much more mysterious trends; the connections which exist among different layers of existence act on a level of “meaning”, rather than “form”. As specified in “Fate and the Journey of Life”, those trends are intrinsic to Nature itself, whereas the events which we witness with our eyes are manifestations of a deeper scheme. The framework appears to have been set up by laws which we do not fully understand today, and it is shown as a long-term unfoldment of cyclical forces. This “scheme” might be referred to as an “Implicate Order of things”, a term coined by the American physicist David Bohm, who talked about “resonances” from a scientific point of view. It may be worth pondering upon the fact that some people manage to transcend the limits of common understanding and get a glimpse of this underlying state of things. In my opinion, it is not quite right to perceive some form of superiority in the act of “connecting” with what’s beyond, because it is simple work of the human being – divinely gifted as he is – to bridge the gap between the seen and unseen. Psychic work makes use of those unexplored and obscure faculties of the extraordinarily complex human mind. There is obviously a series of bio-chemical processes at work within the human body, but such does not fully explain human experiences such as “genius”, “love”, “passion” and so on. There are visible and quantifiable changes in biorhythms when such emotional forces set in, however, deterministic observation does not fully explain the individuality of life. Not even by resorting to the idea of “chaos” governing our lives, can the uniqueness of individual life be justified entirely. By uniqueness I refer both to gifts of life, such as talent, as opposed to the fatefulness many lives are obliged to go through. Also, the individuality of life poignantly emerges in family relationships, with the quite common dichotomy between parental interests and the predisposition of children. If there is randomness all over, why are children not always “molded” according to their parents’ wishes? Why do unfulfilled lives emerge, when high levels of psychological conditioning get established within familial structures? Psychological knowledge has gone far into these issues, and it is dutiful to cite the work of Liz Greene, who has merged astrological knowledge with psychological research in a most illuminating manner.

When looking at the inner landscape of an unfulfilled life, we identify an unfollowed innate imprint, which we might wish to call “predisposition”. If there is a blueprint to life, how can there be total randomness in the unfoldment of life? The astrologer knows there is no randomness in the realm of existence. Interestingly enough, Bohm, whose open-mindedness took him close to the mystical and philosophical worlds, gained a clear perception of this indirectly perceivable order of things. So did Einstein, but also the greatest religious mystics of all Ages, so did philosophers, and obviously astrologers as well. Astrological research shows that visionary people are commonly born under prominent aspects which involve the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto); generally, such alignments would also involve either the Luminaries (Sun and Moon) or personal planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars). With the inner cycles representing the cosmic manifestation of more accessible forces, their interaction with outer planets often provides the human being with the capacity to tap into the unseen. Whenever this does not happen, we can often retrace a historical, familial or societal choice which generally has the power to condition the expression and acknowledgement of an individual’s innate combination of personal and transpersonal archetypes. The spiritually or philosophically inclined individual may in fact struggle enormously to socially emerge in a fashion which is fully conversant with his own predisposition. If, for instance, one is born under a tight Sun-Uranus configuration, whose reactionary power is enhanced by other factors within the natal chart, there may be a strong, undeniable tendency towards revolutionism and eccentricity; on the contrary, a Sun-Saturn individual obviously tends to find purpose in the rule of law. The intrinsic, profound and incommensurable difference between Sun-Uranus and Sun-Saturn individuals becomes greatly evident in the outer world, yet it may be unconsciously harboring within the individual’s psyche for many years or even the entire life, if not enough awareness is developed. The development of the necessary level of consciousness which is required to overcome the obstacles which hinder the free expression of certain natal configurations is often triggered by important transits, directions and progressions. For instance, the astrologically-conversant reader is well aware of phenomena such as the Saturn returns, or the astrological midlife crisis (with Uranus in opposition to its natal placement and Neptune and Pluto squaring theirs), knowing the importance of such phases of life. These turning points of the individual and collective development – such as in the case of nations and organizations – are indicative of profound inner changes, and not necessarily of outer, quantifiable and visible events. In other words, the Saturn return is an inner experience of responsibility, whereas the midlife crisis takes the individual into a phase of general reconsideration over the entire purpose of life within society. These watershed phases of life are not necessarily linked with ominous events – a consideration which used to be made quite frequently in the past – but simply of inner steps which life DEMANDS should be taken. There is in fact an inescapable trend which leads one towards inner change when specific ages are reached, but the events, decisions and circumstances which accompany them are not necessarily written somewhere. After all, we cannot even say that some kind of “destiny” is laid out already, because what is perceivable, at the current stage of human conscious development, is nothing else than an “Existential Trend”. A trend defines change over time; therefore, what the astrological researcher, or leisurely interested reader should consider is the existence of a “pace of life”. At times when important configurations descriptive of innate potentials are activated, visible shifts occur within, and possibly without, the individual or the organization affected. It is worth remembering how the USA’s two past Uranus returns have occurred during crucial phases for the nation. The first one occurred in 1860/61, coinciding with the onset of the Civil War and the fight against slavery, whereas the second one occurred in 1944, during the deepest phase of WWII, at the time when the USA was also developing immensely powerful warfare technologies. The next return will occur in 2027/28 and it will undoubtedly coincide with an important phase of social and ideological renovation for the country. Again, the actual events surrounding that astrological occurrence will not be evident to us right now, but it may become possible to intuitively guess what is to come when those times approach. In fact, any physical manifestation is dependent on many factors, which constitute what we would otherwise call the ”prevailing circumstances”. The Uranus return of an internationally influential nation such as the US is an astrological occurrence of no little importance. However, the outer manifestation of the predictable wave of ideological change cannot be foreseen or pre-calculated. This is of the utmost relevance to us, who are living in times when some have harshly criticized astrology because it did not “provide“ a prediction of the pandemic. First of all, most of the people who have put forward such idea are those who know least about this ancient form of knowledge, and usually refer to the most visible, purely commercialized, and highly simplified world of Sun Sign astrology. Also, for those who read from the most eminent astrologers of our times, would have found out about the importance of year 2020 already a long time ago. The “pandemic” would not emerge as such, obviously, but the profound shift of priorities and the globalized return to necessity and self-protection was easily, and perhaps worryingly detectable. Any planet’s position or any astrological configuration are not indicative of EVENTS, but they are accurately descriptive of SOCIAL AND INDIVIDUAL TRENDS. The shift will occur at an ideological level, but whether this will manifest as a war, scientific discovery or border redefinition is not a matter of interest. The reader who is keen on developing a more refined level of astrological understanding should seek to include these considerations in his day-to-day life, learning to better appreciate the existence of an underlying order of things. As Dane Rudhyar used to say, the living entity establishes a “relationship” with the Universe he lives in, and such “relationship-as-a-whole” is to be considered as all-inclusive and governed by multi-layered resonances.

The outer world reflects the inner one.

Life is governed by mysterious laws which we do not fully understand; yet they can be, at least partly, decoded by investigating the various ways in which life patterns are echoed all around our planet and the universe.

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Fate along the Journey of Life

Cycles dominate our existence. Time and space are not randomly connected with each other. For millennia, astrology has been looking at the mysteries of life from a unique perspective…

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The following story is a fascinating one, that of a man who carried a unique connection with the ocean. As a solo sailor, he circumnavigated the globe several times, facing the aggressiveness of nature with great courage. His name was Bernard Moitessier.

As a French national born in Vietnam in 1925, he developed a close connection with the ocean during childhood already. He is best known for his 1968 participation to the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, which he eventually abandoned by carrying on with his circumnavigation, unable to break his natural symbiosis with the vastness of the ocean. The race would start in Plymouth, UK, and each sailor would have to head South, double Cape of Good Hope, and circumnavigate the Globe via an Eastward route.

Bernard Moitessier – Apr 10th 1925, 5:30 PM UT-7, Ha Noi, Vietnam – Geocentric, Placidus, Mean Node [RR:AA] – SOLAR FIRE v9.0.26 I Source: Astro Databank

What emerges from Moitessier’s birth chart is the tight Sun-Neptune trine in Fire signs. Neptune is known for its illusory qualities which, if used constructively, lead to unimaginable levels of creativity. Sun-Neptune aspects are common among navigators of all times, and it is worth looking at why this is the case.

Where the Sun shines in the natal chart, one’s ultimate purpose lies; this refers to one’s best expression of individual identity or, if we prefer, a description of one’s most authentic direction in life. When the Sun forms specific aspects with Neptune, that very purpose meets the demands of the Blue Planet. This means that a person’s life then appears to be closely related to an immense level of sensitivity. Oftentimes, factors which include education, upbringing, culture, religion, or simply one’s decision, do not allow for the most authentic side of Sun-Neptune aspects to be expressed without fears of downfall, therefore we encounter situations in which such natal configurations play out in very negative ways. This was the case with President Richard Nixon, for example, who was born under a Sun-Neptune opposition which, when activated by transits in the 70s, became the ultimate face of the Watergate scandal.

Going back to the more creative side of Neptune, Bernard Moitessier lived in extreme symbiosis with an habitat in which he could encounter his True Self. In other words, the happiness he would gain by experiencing absolute loneliness in the middle of the ocean, was incomparable.

Born under a Sun-Venus-Chiron triple conjunction in Aries, Moitessier embodied the image of a lone warrior gifted with intense idealism; he in fact engaged in an anti-war campaign which promoted the de-nuclearization of the Pacific. With Venus and Chiron accompanying the natal Sun in Aries, one’s life path appears to be linked with a constant search for beauty, however such beauty comes from the understanding and acceptance of pain. It is not a surprise, astrologically speaking, that Moitessier felt like a unique individual, perhaps little understood during his time, who could probably be regarded as a new-age mystic. Neptune is mystical indeed, and here it forms a prominent trine to the Sun-Venus-Chiron configuration. With Aries and Leo involved in this harmonious configuration, both individual achievement and creative pursuit are described. Moitessier blended those two aspects of life by engaging in his record-breaking adventures, during which he could find the inspiration needed to write books of immense poetic value. Also, the triple conjunction in Aries formed a square with Jupiter in Capricorn; the intense level of Cardinality in Moitessier’s chart made him a person who loved, or at least attracted, challenges. Any Sun-Jupiter aspect involve philosophical views, and oftentimes an elevated sense of spirituality. Long-distance travel, either expressed or wished, is generally part of the process of self-individualization for people born under prominent Sun-Jupiter aspects. It is worth remembering how Neptune and Jupiter are connected to each other via their co-rulership of Pisces; therefore, Moitessier carried a strong sensitivity towards the sense of oneness offered by the sea. This generally goes way beyond the dogmatic experiences of religion, unless a strong Saturn is involved in the same natal configuration. Moitessier was a very spiritual man indeed, who found his haven away from land, in the vastness of the ocean. Also, wherever Neptune gets engaged within the natal chart, dreams and imagination thrive. With angular Pluto on the Midheaven, his public image would be linked with the intensity of his own individual nature. Moitessier was both inspired and frightened by his own dreams, a typical effect of the ethereal experience of Neptune and its uncontainable magic…

“There are two terrible things for a man: not to have fulfilled his dream, and to have fulfilled it.”

Bernard Moitessier, The Long Way – Goodreads

Born under a Moon-Saturn conjunction in Scorpio, Moitessier also carried a very different side of himself. Astrology, when dealt with psychologically, allows us to explore the inner realm in powerfully instructive ways. Any Moon-Saturn configuration can be difficult to accept, because the demands of the latter are quite different from the essence of the Lunar fluctuations. The delicate emotional realm meets the demands of a strictly regulated world, which oftentimes does not allow for the free expression of feelings and sensations. With the conjunction being placed in Scorpio, Moitessier carried a profound emotionality, gifted with the ability to understand and possibly endure the darkest effects of the human experience. His long periods of retreat would powerfully awaken his need to explore the inner side of life, as demanded by a powerful Moon-Saturn conjunction in Scorpio.

With such aspects, one’s early life is emotionally intense, generally speaking. This normally manifests with the presence of a strong, powerful and demanding mother-figure, who is likely to impose great limitations onto the child’s expression. If his birthtime record is accurate enough, this would also be enhanced by the all-inclusive mother-figure described by the angularity of Pluto on the Cancerian Midheaven. This is obviously an experience of life, and it is not to be regarded as “negative”, nor should we ever “judge” any astrological aspect. Moon-Saturn aspects are powerful and robust, because they ultimately foster inner integrity and the ability to withstand periods of great difficulty. Moitessier was a tough man indeed.

“I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits.”

Bernard Moitessier, The Long Way – Goodreads
“The approximate positions of competitors in the 1968/69 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race as of April 10, 1969. Knox-Johnston was closing on the finishing line; Moitessier, having sailed around the world, and in a strong position to win both prizes, delivered a passionate rejection of materialism by sailing on, well into a second circumnavigation. Tetley, suffering damage, was heading home with relief. On this day, Crowhurst re-opened radio contact, reporting himself as having crossed the Indian and Pacific oceans, and heading for Cape Horn; in fact, he hadn’t left the Atlantic” – Quoted from Wikimedia Commons

During his most famous adventure, the participation to the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, he performed an action which made him historically renowned. After doubling Cape Horn, and having circumnavigated the globe for months, he decided to turn his boat “Joshua” towards the South and head for Cape of Good Hope again, leaving behind any commercial aspirations and competitive pursuits. He strongly opposed the commercialization of yacht races; after all, his connection with the ocean was one of a spiritual type. During his passage through the Indian Ocean he had started considering the option of staying away from Europe, using Yoga to overcome long periods of depression. The long voyage was for Moitessier a way of emotionally purifying himself, a cathartic experience, we can say.

The way he abandoned the race is highly indicative of his intense idealism. This story presents us with an utter manifestation of the resignation of individual will to the forces of the “greater whole”. His renunciation was,at least partly, a powerful Neptunian experience. As he described in his book ‘The Long Way‘, he fired a message by slingshot onto the deck of a passing ship:

“Parce que je suis heureux en mer et peut-être pour sauver mon âme”

“Because I am happy at sea and perhaps to save my Soul”

Bernard Moitessier, translated by William Rodarmor (1974). The Long WayAdlard Coles Nautical, UK

During the race Saturn was transiting the sign of Aries and, more precisely, the area of his natal Sun-Venus-Chiron triple conjunction. The “hermit experience” is therefore quite a literal manifestation of this transit, which simultaneously activated his natal Neptune by trine and Jupiter by square. Moitessier’s innate connection with the spiritual realm was being reawakened. Pluto in Virgo was still opposite his natal Uranus in Pisces. During the previous years, Uranus and Pluto had formed a prolonged conjunction in Virgo; this is known as the main generational factor which corresponded with the enormous changes which society experienced during the 60s and 70s. During a time of intense social developments, Moitessier had become involved with the ongoing transformation by breaking the boundaries of his own spirituality, seeking redemption and peace among the raging forces which dominate the oceans.

“Joshua drives towards the Horn under the light of the stars and the somewhat distant tenderness of the moon. Pearls run off the staysail; you want to hold them in your hand, they are real precious stones that live only in the eyes. The wake spins out very far behind up the slopes of the seas like a tongue of fire and the close-reefed sails stand out against the clear sky, with the moon making the sea on the quarter glisten. White reflection of the southern ice. Broad greenish patches of foam on the water. Pointed tooth-like seas masking the horizon, dull rumbling of the bow struggling and playing with the sea.

The entire sea is white and the sky as well. I no longer know how far I have got, except that we long ago left the borders of too much behind.”

Bernard Moitessier, The Long Way

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Planetary cycles resonate with the ebbs and flows of our individual lives and do not only appear as collective influences. In fact, the cosmic resonance between different existential forces acts primarily on the individual psyche, determining the “feeling patterns” which accompany us in our daily routines. It is quite important for the astrologer to keep an eye on both the macro and micro realities of human existence. Knowledge comes only partially through the observation and de-codification of worldly events, because the primary focus of astrological thought lies in perceiving our inner fluctuations and listening to what others have to say in regards to how they feel. After all, the old saying goes “As Above So Below“; these words remind us that it is important to keep in mind that the universal resonances act on all layers of our existence. No individual is in fact left behind, regardless of how society, politics, wealth, education, trends, fashion or religion have “shaped and depicted” him throughout life. The astrologer knows that an astrological consultation about the natal chart has the potential to bring out even the most hidden and unexpressed aspects of individual life; the client often asks for that information at a time when he or she is ready to embrace change and move on.

These are games of the universe in the form of utter synchronicity, yes!

Mercury and its cycle…

Mercury is the fastest-moving planet of the Solar System, as it orbits the closest to the Sun. Its cycle lasts about a week short of a Solar year, and it describes what could be called, in a very simplistic and reductive manner, the “cycle of reason“. Obviously this is a mere attempt at over-simplifying the importance of this astrological fellow, to give an immediate impression of its energetic influence to those readers of this article who do not know much of astrology. Being an inner planet, it always appears to us in the same “portion” of the zodiac as where the Sun is traveling, therefore “following” it by relative motion through the signs at varying speeds. Variations in Mercury’s rate of motion are dependent on many factors, the most important of which is the relative position between the Earth, the Sun and Mercury itself. In order to keep this article simple and straightforward, only the main cyclical phases are briefly analyzed here.

The Shadow period

Mercury is said to enter its shadow when it crosses the point of the next Direct station, which will follow the Sun-Mercury inferior conjunction. Similarly, when it exits the shadow, it crosses the point where it made its last Retrograde station, after the superior conjunction. In other words, the redirection of mental energy typical of any retrogradation of Mercury is manifest throughout the whole period between those two dates. However, those weeks have specific phases which accompany them.

  • When Mercury gets aligned between the Earth and the Sun, it appears as if moving “backwards” against the zodiac, therefore it is said to be moving “retrograde”. Somewhere during that time a conjunction between the Sun and Mercury occurs, as the latter moves backwards through the zodiac, crossing the same longitude of our star. This is referred to as the “Inferior Conjunction” and it is to be regarded as the BEGINNING OF A NEW SUN-MERCURY CYCLE. Its whole astrological configuration, including the influences of other planets, sets the overall “mentality” of the months to come, until the next Inferior conjunction occurs.
  • When Mercury aligns on the opposite side of its orbit, with the Sun standing between it and the Earth, a new longitudinal conjunction occurs, but this time the planet will be moving with direct motion. This is referred to as the “Superior Conjunction” and it marks a culmination in the Sun-Mercury cycle.

As with each cycle (see various examples in previous articles), every initial conjunction represents a moment of relative oblivion; though change is about to come – and we may get a clear feeling of it – its promises are still shrouded in mystery. The Sun-Mercury inferior conjunction (with Mercury moving retrograde), if it closely aspects a prominent planetary configuration of the natal chart, represents a moment in which we may find ourselves in need of important change. This is often related to our ideas, thoughts and social connections; this is after all a series of topics which are quite important during the era of social media communication and real-time information.

The ebbs and flows of individual and collective thought are related to the vivacity of the Sun-Mercury astrological dance.

Myth and Reality

Mythological Hermes, the way Mercury was called by the Ancient Greeks, is a figure which perfectly represents the dynamics initiated by the cycle of astrological Mercury. As the “Messenger of the Gods“, Hermes appears as a quite dynamic figure, related to the transmission of information and the interconnection of Souls. It is his vivacity which bestows Hermes with the capacity to maintain its shape-shifting abilities. The symbolism associated is that of the “Trickster”, whom you may need to be wary of at times when he carries important pieces of knowledge with himself.

This allows us to understand how Mercury plays an important role in modern society, whose development seems to be getting more and more related to fast information exchanges, digital and multi-language content, and widely-accessible educational material.

The Astrological Cycle

The following dates give us a snapshot of the ongoing shadow of Mercury:

  • Mercury has entered its shadow period on June 1st
  • Mercury stations Retrograde on June 18th at 14Cancer46
  • Mercury stations Direct on July 12th at 5Cancer30
  • Mercury exits shadow period on July 26th

Let’s take a close look at the next Sun-Mercury inferior conjunction, which will occur on June 30th, at 9Cancer44.

Sun-Mercury Inferior Conjunction – June 30th 2020 10:52:30 PM EDT+4 (0 Aries Rising)

Two astrological features are quite evident here:

  • The Sun-Mercury conjunction squares Chiron in Aries
  • This year’s second Jupiter-Pluto conjunction will have become exact (by retrograde motion) around that time as well.

In my previous articles I have explained how the retrogradations of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are possibly due to cause a reemergence of those issues which became so prominent in February-March. Such will allow society to make a few backward steps towards a deeper understanding of the present condition of humanity. The fact that the retrograde Jupiter-Pluto conjunction (the second of three exact hits) will be accompanied by the next Sun-Mercury alignment perhaps gives us an idea of the possibility for “new information” to come out in the global scene. Such information may prove to be extremely useful for humanity, nonetheless it will most probably carry some additional pain. This is because Chiron will form a very tight square to the Sun-Mercury conjunction from Aries, setting a specific tone for the following weeks.

When Chiron-Mercury aspects are involved, there is a feeling of inadequacy in uttering words, thoughts and ideas; confusion may be high, at a time when any piece of new knowledge may even hurt us. During those times, rational thought clashes with the need to redeem ourselves and come to terms with our inner wounds, while our most intimate uncertainties get exposed by the healing powers of Chiron.

Knowledge has the potential to become the healing hand or the wounding weapon of our Soul, at times when important Chiron-Mercury configurations are involved.

The Global Scenario

It is likely that the world may get to know some deeper and more authentic truth about the current situation, as the Sun-Mercury conjunction coincides with the next Jupiter-Pluto alignment. These two heavy planets, in their ongoing rendez-vous in Capricorn, have temporarily crushed many people’s optimistic views and projections. It is probably helpful to note how the beginning of the Mercury’s current shadow of has brought out the results of an international investigation which claimed that China had withheld early COVID-19 data, delaying the international response. Coincidentally, a Presidential declaration marked the US breakup with the WHO. Those were not extremely powerful news, as they easily became shadowed by the ongoing protests which have been raging across the US (read “The Dance of Fire“), partially eclipsing the previous wave of “pandemic fear” and cross-continental rhetoric. As the new Sun-Mercury cycle approaches, we might find out more and more about this whole story.


The next Superior Conjunction will occur at 25Leo09 on August 17th this year, a period which may see us reaping any rewards, if any are to be collected, which derive from our commercial, intellectual or work-related endeavors. This is obviously a wide statement and, despite its generalized value, it does not help us understand what the conjunction actually means. Given the fact that no “opposition” can ever occur between Mercury and the Sun, as seen from Earth, the culmination phase of this very important cycle is considered to be the “external Solar alignment” of this fast-paced planet. If we think symbolically, the inferior conjunction represents a moment in which Mercury is “overtaken” by the Earth in its orbital journey around the Sun; this determines Mercury’s retrograde motion, seen from our planet. Retrograde phases of Mercury are often associated with periods of generalized upset and malfunctioning in life; issues are often said to be arising when Mercury turns on its steps, and, according to some, no major initiatives should ever be taken during those times. This is obviously NOT the case. I am aware that many Sun Sign astrologers strongly publicize this idea, probably because it is quite remunerative and glamorous, however there is much more to it all than meets the eye.

If a new contract is signed or a major purchase is made during a period in which Mercury is retrograde, it does not mean that we will have made an irreparable “mistake” and that we may soon need to completely make up our minds. This can’t apply in such a clear-cut manner at all. A newly-established business may become extremely successful even if you opened it when Mercury was retrograde. Similarly, a new car may be working perfectly for many years even if Mercury was retrograde when you bought it. Therefore, where can we find the Mercurial “trick” in this whole story?

If a major initiative is undertaken during a retrogradation of Mercury, that very project will be characterized by the need to embrace a more subtle, and retrospective level of thought.

If you open a new webpage while Mercury is retrograde, you can be successful at publicizing it, as long as you faithfully listen to the natural imprint your website acquired at the moment it was established. You may need to become aware of the need to deliver messages which have “introspective” qualities. If the website is about meditation techniques, there is high chance that it will thrive enormously, yet if you intend to make it a voraciously competitive motivational blog it may face some issues. Those “issues” are simply related to the possibility that retrograde Mercury may not carry “front-line activist” tendencies, but rather it primarily looks backwards, fostering knowledge and understanding through hindsight.

With retrograde Mercury in the birth chart one is normally inclined towards a more introspective way of rationalizing facts. There may be more cautiousness around our ideas, and understanding is achieved thanks to the support of inner resources. If a retrograde-Mercury person is not confident about his own intellectual abilities, there may be thousands out there who carry the same natal configuration, showing a high degree of ideological self-reliance. This depends on many factors which include the overall condition of Mercury within the birth chart, upbringing, the society one is grown within, education and so on.

The qualities of retrograde Mercury may in fact give a person the power to see beyond the boundaries of the most immediate reality, if other astrological configurations are supportive of that. The retrograde-Mercury person or organization does not tend to connect with the surroundings through immediate, outwardly-oriented communication, because his mind constantly seeks some kind of deeper understanding. Let’s consider a very simplistic example: if we apply this concept to the act of making an important purchase such as that of a house, this can signify that if the purchase is set to bring out those introspective qualities in us, it will result as a very successful one that has the potential to “feel right” in the long run. This could apply to the purchase of a retreat house by the lake on the mountains, for instance. This is an example which gives us an idea of how astrological thought works on the level of “meaning”, rather than “form”.

Summary

To summarize, if your birth chart or your start-of-business’ one have any planets or Angles around either 9 degrees Cardinal (Aries,Cancer,Libra, Capricorn) or 25 degrees Fixed (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius), you might want to look for ways to enhance any information-related traffic which helps you in making a living. Especially if the former criteria is met, considering the peculiar Chironian signature which accompanies the inferior conjunction in June, there may be a need to prepare to let go of something which has been hurtful or insincere, in order to embrace a more authentic way of rationalizing facts and developing ideas.

Similarly, if any of your natal planets or Angles are placed around 5 and 14 degrees Cardinal the upcoming stations of Mercury will be particularly influential for you. Each station is generally felt as a period of temporary uncertainty, due to the several blockages which may hinder our business, travel plans or whichever area of life is addressed by the position and condition of natal Mercury. It is best to step back and release control during those times, otherwise mental exhaustion is risked, especially if the natal chart carries strongly Airy or Mercurial features.

Cover image: Mercury – Wikimedia Commons


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The current astrological climate is so tense that the financial equilibrium is at stake, to say the least. The global economy has come to a great, unprecedented stall. This does not necessarily involve violent predictions which foresee the worst, unimaginable economic scenarios, but it simply reminds us that whatever crisis ALREADY going on in this world is of “historic” importance.

The International Monetary Fund’s Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, has recently addressed the current economic situation as a period of “Great Reset“; the current situation, she says, is demanding that the most wealthy nations change their course and hopefully help shrink the great divide among different countries that has been rising throughout the last months.

Even in the 21st century, a pandemic has had the absolute power to shake the global economy so badly that we all risk witnessing an utter dismantlement of the global equilibrium. This does not only affect the economic sphere, but it can also lead to military and nationalistic defensiveness or offensiveness. The situation is indeed pretty grim during this Capricornian phase of historic reassessment.

Where does all this destabilizing power come from? Is it really a mere effect of the so-blamed “COVID-19” which, after all, still has to be thoroughly studied, amidst multilateral claims about its questionable danger for those with no underlying medical conditions? Let’s look at this whole situation from a purely astrological perspective, as we try to search for objectiveness during a time which is RULED by inconsistency and multilateral interests.

The current major influence, as explained in “2020 – An Extraordinary Turning Point“, is the concomitant start of two slow planetary cycles in the sign of Capricorn: Saturn-Pluto and Jupiter-Pluto. As specified already, the massive imbalance of the zodiacal panorama towards Earthy Capricorn has evidently resulted in the onset unprecedented challenges which have largely affected the global business. Only one Saturn-Pluto conjunction occurred in January this year, but this does not mean that its influence would just peak at that time. In fact, with astrological transits, we generally have to consider obs simply because they serve as a practical tool for the astrologer in determining periods of intense activity; however, if we look at the current situation in cyclical terms, these major conjunctions in Capricorn have just signaled the start of a long period of change whose effects will remain with us for many years. As specified by the IMF, this is a period of Great Reset; a definition which I find so conversant with the long-term truth that it seems to have been coined in astrological fashion.

The 2020 Archetypal War

Each new cycle brings as a new promise, and not only a temporary crisis; the difference here is that the crisis is so profound because of the importance of those planets involved. Experienced astrologers know that there are inherent differences among each single planetary cycle. In other words, there is a “natural hierarchy” at play, no matter how in times of “wokeness” everybody follows the current trends and starts thinking in egalitarian terms. This is evident because even in the 21st century, social, racial and religious issues unfortunately stain our society in often outrageous ways. What the timeless wisdom of astrological thought can teach us here is that humanity finds growth only through honoring and respecting such differences. The important fact to keep in mind here is that no alignment of Saturn and Pluto ever feels as a “peaceful walk in Central Park”.

As an example, let’s consider the case of a common person born under a tight Sun-Neptune opposition. Here the astrologer identifies an individual predisposition which involves surrender and empathy. However, not everyone born under such a configuration is able to fulfill the “utopian and spiritual” promises of Neptune, because of social, financial and educational pressures which influence the individual since early childhood. This is the main factor that often gives natal Neptunian configurations a “deceptive” and “negative” reputation. An individual’s downfall emerges from the inability to cope with inner demands – which set him apart from the rest of society – which are often opposite to modern trends.The latter are commonly aimed at promoting self-establishment through financial, self-centered achievement. The inner, and often unconscious, attempt at “ignoring” the differences which make each individual on Earth uniquely gifted for his own unique life, leads to very troubled grounds indeed. If you name this hypothetical individual “Richard Nixon“, you find out how Sun-Neptune configurations are also connected with scandals; a typical, yet not necessary, fact in case the person carrying that natal aspect becomes a prominent political figure and decides to suppress his innate predisposition towards non-individualistic endeavors.

Going back to our financial outlook for this year, no matter how “optimistic” and “fair-minded” we want to be, we will always stumble upon the STILL ONGOING Pluto-Saturn-Jupiter astrological dance. One may wonder, why have these times had different repercussions on the various States and Organizations? The answer lies, at least partly, in how the conjunctions have affected national charts.


UN United Nations Astrology Chart Mundane Horoscope
United Nations – Oct 24th 1945 (0 Aries Rising) – v9.0.26

An outstanding influence is being exerted, first and foremost, on the United Nations‘ foundation chart. The October 24th 1945 chart shows a Mars-Saturn conjunction in Cancer. Such configuration is indicative of the use of organized force which, combined with the remarkable Venus-Jupiter-Chiron-Neptune Stellium in Libra, speaks of “peacekeeping“. This chart is strongly equipped with two starkly opposing configurations, one being highly “disciplined” and “protective” and the other exuding “diplomacy”, “redeeming qualities” and “utopianism”.

The current congregation of heavy planets in Capricorn is intensely and repeatedly activating the Mars-Saturn conjunction in Cancer. This indication alone, which involves a huge and prolonged intensification of pressure on the UN’s chart, is suggestive of heightened tensions which definitely undermine the fighting spirit and structure of an international organization which claims to promote peace and prosperity. Obviously, considering that 23-24 degrees Cardinal are emphasized in many important charts, we understand why the current situation has simultaneously affected various political, social and financial organizations.


Italy Mundane Astrology Chart Mundane Horoscope
Italian Republic – June 10th 1946, 16:00 GMT, Rome – SOLAR FIRE v9.0.26

Italy has been in the news quite a lot during the past months. Even if some simplistic astrological claims have associated the Italian Republic’s Gemini Sun with “lung-related problems”, the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto influence has played an important role on the country’s violent involvement with the pandemic. By the time Mars joined the major brigade in Capricorn, Italy and other countries started off with an unprecedented wave of “global lock-down”. The chart of the Italian Republic shows a Venus-Saturn conjunction in Cancer, across 21-23 degrees. It goes without saying that the unexpected dismemberment of social and emotional equilibrium within the country was to undergo immense changes. Those changes have actually just begun because, as Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto will retrograde towards another close opposition to those very degrees, the tension will undoubtedly escalate again. Slow transits to heavy planets are IMMENSELY significant in mundane astrology.

It is a common knowledge that when the Sun or a “timing” planet like Mars and Mercury, join an ongoing astrological struggle between slow-moving planets, the issues which have been brewing thus far eventually become manifest in the world of form.

Saturn and Pluto formed an exact conjunction in January, but it was not until Mars joined in that the whole world got alarmed. Simply, Mars ignited an ongoing planetary pressure which had been powerfully building up over the course of months. Coincidentally, with the Lunar Nodes transiting towards the early degrees of Cancer/Capricorn, the planetary siege came at a time when recent eclipses were still actively significant in the same area of the zodiac. This further explains why the transit of Mars through Capricorn earlier this year coincided with the fast-paced dismantlement of freedom and the onset of widespread fear.


IMF Monetary Fund Astrology Chart Mundane Horoscope
International Monetary Fund – Dec 27th 1945 Noon Chart, Washington – SOLAR FIRE v9.0.26

On the economic side, it is quite interesting to take a look at the IMF establishment chart, cast for December 27th 1945. The chart shows a massive Jupiter-Saturn square across the same Cardinal degrees, accompanied by Mars, Chiron and the Moon. This complex configuration brings great focus on financially-oriented Jupiter; however, like the United Nations’ chart, it nonetheless carries the same protective, conservatory and tenacious Mars-Saturn conjunction in Cancer. The current buildup of planets in Capricorn is heavily challenging the equilibrium of this chart as well, which inherently carries an intensely charged and complex square whose destabilization can cause real financial trouble around the world.


NYSE Stock Exchange - Astrology Chart Mundane Horoscope
New York Stock Exchange – May 17th 1792 10:00 AM LMT +4:56:02, NYC – SOLAR FIRE v 9.0.26

The New York Stock Exchange was founded in 1792 and it still remains the leading Stock Exchange in the world. The global financial scenario rattles when this chart is heavily influenced by transits, directions and progressions. Once again, we find a significant configuration which spans across the third decanate of Cardinal signs, In this case we find a tight Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in Libra opposing both Saturn and the Moon in Aries. Regardless of the precision of the Moon’s position, given the lack of an official and accurate time for this old chart, an inherent complex within this chart is being powerfully activated during these months. The Jupiter-Neptune conjunction perfectly matches the volatile, yet visionary, force which animates the world’s leading stock exchange. Immense quantities of wealth are circulated through speculative action in one of the oldest trading floors in the world. Saturn in opposition enhances the ability to count on fierce competition and durability. Here we find a slight difference, as Saturn and Neptune are placed respectively in the 26th and 27th degrees of their signs. This might describe the expectable “delayed backlash” which the so far single-wave pandemic may exert on the stock market. This implies that when the inner planets, as well as the Sun, will align with the latter part of any Cardinal signs, at a time when Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto still remain close to each other in Capricorn, all the issues which seem to have partly subdued will most likely reemerge under a new, and perhaps, more aggressive fashion. Change comes in waves, as these degrees will get activated again and again, joining the ongoing dance that is threatening the business-oriented realm of Capricornian conservatism. In this regard, it is worth noting the date of July 20th. On that day a heavily loaded New Moon will fall at 28Cancer27, in tight opposition to retrograde Saturn, which will have reentered Capricorn by then. The four weeks which follow will probably increase volatility in the global financial scene, most likely due to important governmental actions which could be announced by the leading nations.

There seems to be a far deeper entanglement than imagined here, which goes way beyond the pandemic. The global media has been obviously prospering from their suffocating coverage of the COVID-19 craziness which, in its tragedy, has definitely proven a good way of enhancing mediatic activity and, for some, propaganda. In the continuous shifts which the global scene is experiencing, the focus is now directed almost entirely to the ongoing violence which is marring the USA. Who knows what will come next, in a year which, after all, has deeply affected the poorest nations way more than those ones which can afford to raise the winds of warfare.

Cover image: Flags in front of UN Headquarters – Wikimedia Commons


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One may wonder where all the violence and ongoing unrest are originating from, and why a major eruption of the long-standing anger which has been caused by deep and long-existing social issues has occurred right now…

An interesting fact is the ongoing action of the Red Planet in the astrological panorama of this lunar month. For this whole Lunar Cycle the Sun and Mars are in fact remaining interlocked in an ongoing square in Mutable Signs, at a time when Solar Activity remains relatively high. Several factors are determining a tense atmosphere around the globe, however in this article we will focus on the characteristics of the present lunar cycle.

Mars’ cycle lasts for about two years, whereas the Solar journey around the zodiac is obviously a yearly one. The present circumstances have brought the Red Planet in a long and synchronized square with the Sun, which is currently transiting Airy Gemini. This is not a major situation itself, but the fact that the extensive square acts across the first two decanates of Gemini-Pisces is a big statement indeed.

Graphic projection of the current transits of the Sun, Moon and Mars (4th Harmonic Aspects)

It should be remembered that the USA Independence Declaration chart (July 4th 1776), which is commonly used in mundane astrology when it comes to national affairs, shows Uranus and Mars on the 8th and 21st degrees of Gemini, respectively. On July 4th 1776 Mars also formed a square with Neptune at 22 degrees of Virgo. Evidently, major planetary activations of those Mutable degrees have proved to be historically influential for the USA. The current Sun-Mars transit is not a major, long-standing influence over the national horoscope, but the concomitant presence of Neptune at 20 degrees of Pisces definitely enhances the meaning of this prolonged aspect between our Star and the Red Planet.

Generally, Mars-Neptune interactions are not easy to navigate, simply because they bring together two very different energies, with the former addressing activism and individual action, and the latter dissolving any attempt at self-individuating and concentrating ego-consciousness.

In simple words, Mars’ cycle is determinant of self-oriented actions and individualistic drive, whereas Neptune’s contacts are evidently linked with loss of direction, in favor of greater unity and unified consciousness. When these two archetypal forces are connected to each other, whether this happens in a natal chart, through progressions, directions or transits, strength meets sacrifice. The combination can either be extremely creative or destructive. Many artists carry such aspects in their natal charts; these astrological features are in fact known to increase the capacity for “glamorizing” and “self-idolizing“. On the other hand, any strong Mars-Neptune influence can result in blind violence and the adoption of a cause which, to the individuals and communities affected, appears as “redeeming and just”. In either ways, because Neptune is involved, the collectivity is affected as well.

Neptune’s realm is always a hall of mirrors.

The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption (p. 296) – Liz Greene, Red Wheel Weiser.

When dealing with the archetypal force of Neptune’s astrological cycle, an insurmountable sense of confusion is likely to arise. Neptunian energy is highly mutable, and as specified by Greene, its elusive essence is hardly clear-cut and definable. The dynamics which arise at times of important alignments of Neptune are highly utopian and therefore surreal. The quest for perfection which the Neptunian individual called to action engages with is often descriptive of a pathway to self-destruction, rather than constructive behavior. As is the case with the other transpersonal planets, Neptune’s influence is connected with the interests of the collective, rather than that of the individual. The effects which can derive from its force are unquantifiable and unbounded, because the expansion of consciousness this planet calls for is infinite. This means that, under specific configurations which involve Neptune, the result can be messianic and self-righteous. Such attitudes can be translated into “good” or “bad” actions which have the incredible potential to drive society towards an either empathic or fanatic experience.

The latest New Moon in Gemini, which marked the current “monthly trend”, formed a square with Mars in Pisces. The Red Planet’s transit through this Water Sign indicates some kind of “energetic dispersion“, because the one-pointed action of Mars is not easily kept on track in there. This is a vital consideration which helps us understand the uncontainable wave of confused anger which is occurring around the world, and especially in the USA.

Ephemeris data for Midnight GMT (SOLAR FIRE v9.0.26)

The interesting fact about the current Lunar Month is that each phase of the cycle brings this unconstrained activism to the surface. In astrological terms this is identifiable because of the close synchronization between the speeds of the Sun and Mars which, being engaged in a square at the New Moon, carry on tightening such aspect throughout the month. This means that the first quarter, which overtly manifested all the anger of both peaceful and violent groups, saw the Moon in opposition to Mars. The Full Moon will also be a Lunar Eclipse (analyzed in another article called “The Energy Gets Unlocked“), and it will form an almost exact T-Square with Mars across 15 degrees Mutable. The third quarter, a phase which is traditionally perceived as heralding a degeneration of the current trends in order to make room for newness, will bring the Mars-Neptune interaction to a critical point of expression. In fact on June 13th, the day it occurs, these two planets will be in exact conjunction, while the Moon in Pisces will reach them, forming a waning square with the Sun in Gemini. Mars and Neptune won’t meet again on the same longitude until May 18th 2022. The important fact is that the Sun-Moon-Mars-Neptune interaction will closely align with the USA national Mars-Neptune square (Gemini-Virgo), and the President’s natal Sun (22Gemini55). This also means that Trump’s upcoming Solar Return will carry this intensely powerful configuration, which echoes the national Mars-Neptune astrological signature. For the 12 months to come, the interlock between the country and its President is going to be characterized by the combined action of these two different archetypes. Where Neptune is, scandal thrives as well, therefore a two-fold effect is likely to emerge from the configuration involved. Not only is the Administration likely to raise the winds of idealism and strongly engage in national protection policies, but the never-quenched internal criticism which has been accompanying the nation is likely to continue in a similarly blind manner. As already mentioned, all that involves Neptune is in fact a “hall of mirrors”; therefore, it is quite hard to clearly define who is right or wrong in the ongoing disputes, because blaming and self-righteousness claims are going to come from all sides within a country which is approaching a critical point in its own evolutionary path, at a very confused time of social disruption and hopefully healing.

The fact that such a highly charged Lunation is followed by the significant Solar Eclipse in Cancer (for more info read “The Great Eclipse“) is astrologically suggestive of the historic importance of these very weeks.

Mars, known as “Ares” in Ancient Greece, is often depicted as a bloodthirsty, violent and insane mythological figure, but its meaning evidently does not have to be described as solely negative. Ares was known as the God of War and his archetypal drive, which resides within everybody, was depicted by the Ancient Greeks as a furious force of nature. Its ferocity undoubtedly resonates with the influence which significant alignments of the Red Planet provoke, but the story is way more articulated. Mars’ action is one-pointed and direct (an outstanding example is the “fighting and quarreling spirit” Donald Trump is always animated with, being born with rising Mars in Leo), and therefore this planet’s “ARCHETYPAL EXPRESSION” is sometimes coincident with the eruption of anger in the form of violent acts of physical or verbal aggression. However, not everybody who carries a prominent configuration of Mars in their natal chart is “violent”, because its force can also be expressed through competitive action of a good type. If the ambitiousness of Mars, whose energy is after all self-centered, is translated into positive competitiveness – such as it happens in sports – enormous potential for growth is encountered. This becomes quite complex if Mars is exasperatedly drained in Watery Pisces, as it gets locked in an outstanding astrological configuration which involves the Utopianism of Neptune. The most important consideration to keep in mind is “trying our best to be cautious and considerate” during these very complex times. Hopefully we will all learn to use the immense creativity of the upcoming Mars-Neptune cycle in powerfully constructive ways.

Cover image: Solar Flare, by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory


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FURTHER INFORMATION

—> 2020 in the United States – Wikipedia

—> Christeen Skinner’s Full Moon Letters provide great insight with regards to the monthly trends in Finance

—> Rick Levine’s latest monthly analysis of the current astrological trends.

—> The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption – Liz Greene – Amazon Kindle