I’ve been watching people closely and analysing the energies awakened by the current New Moon; the insights offered by this Lunar Month are remarkable.
Interestingly, over the last few days I have perceived extreme and widespread contraction, mixed with unnerving idealism, impatience and vision. The general public is now paying more attention to social issues more than ever. People have been approaching me and raising large-scale political, financial and ideological issues. These are localised manifestations of the early stages of this powerful Aquarian month (read my previous post for more about the New Moon).
Astrologer André Barbault, one of the greatest in mundane research, wrote at length about the so-called ‘Planetary Index’. The extremely idealistic, and possibly utopian energies of this very month are quite indicative of a tight concentration of planets within a relatively narrow area of the zodiac. The current planetary configuration occupies only 113 degrees out of 360! If we consider also the North Node as a generally sensitive and meaningful point in mundane astrology, that index only rises up to 143 degrees. I’m not surprised to see and feel a seemingly insurmountable disparity between ideological projections and physical manifestations at this particular point in history. As Mars and the inner planets move on, things may begin to tangibly shift. However, the big picture suggests that no significant global boom is foreseeable before 2026.
In other words, the 2020 impasse continues to stay with us, due to its enormous inertia, partially symbolised under the guise of a low Planetary Index. The degree of social contraction we are now just beginning to widely question is not easy to erase. However, it is at times of major conjunctions that we envision the future.
2021/22 will constitute an extended phase of social battles and ideological reformations aimed at dismantling the latest global contraction. The Saturn-Uranus square will be with us for months, so the level of social unrest, humanitarian awakening and freedom fighting so far witnessed are the beginning of a profound transformation for humanity at large.
Aquarian energy at its strongest… The next lunar month starts with the New Moon of February 11th. It will occur at 23 Aquarius, accompanied by an extraordinary alignment of Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn in the same sign. It seems quite obvious that humanitarian themes will reach an unprecedented climax between February and March. At the beginning of this year our collective attention visibly turned towards social issues and communitarian dynamics. The dismantling impasse of 2020, manifested under an extraordinary Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto alignment in Capricorn, has left very unstable territory behind. The succession of Aquarian/Uranian patterns in 2021/22 will deeply scrutinise and question last year’s social, judicial, financial, ideological and political dynamics.
The next lunar month will more clearly manifest the foundations of this new global/social reality which is still at its birthing phase. As I have specified several times over the last few months, soli-lunar cycles are fast, so they trigger background forces around the zodiac. This year’s main influences are linked to the Jupiter-Saturn-Uranus squares in Fixed signs. February further unlocks that revolutionary, humanitarian, communitarian and ideological energy.
At the New Moon, Neptune will be culminating over Washington DC. This means that some degree of uncertainty and confusion may become visible within governmental circles. When Neptune is prominent within mundane charts, fascination often meets illusion. Especially during these Uranian times, rational and groundbreaking at their very core, Neptune can turn out to be a really confusing and destabilising influence for the community. Let’s not forget that Neptune often addresses humanity’s archaic need for idolatry and devotion. In DC the New Moon will fall within the 9th House of foreign affairs, as Jupiter features on a tight conjunction with Venus. The Sagittarian South Node and Mercury will form a partile sextile, while squaring both Neptune and the MC/IC axis. With this series of combinations foreign issues and large-scale judicial matters may be on the foreground.
On a general note, the wide square of this Sun-Moon alignment with Mars in Taurus denotes generalised dynamism, while the tight Mercury-Mars may bring fiery quarrels within a confused media community. All in all, this New Moon chart carries a powerful ideological and groundbreaking signature.
Interestingly, the New Moon will conjoin the USA national Moon, so the current energetic shakeup may directly affect the population, which remains dangerously split by two main currents of thought. Our rational judgement and ideological balance are powerfully tested during these Aquarian days.
It seems quite clear that the current American standoff is reaching a tipping point. This is not to encourage concern, simply because pretty much everyone can see how rivalry is taking over the USA. The world is now approaching the long-announced ‘energetic shift’, which will be chiefly represented by the crossing of heavy planets Jupiter and Saturn from Capricorn to Aquarius. They are practically within orb of an historic conjunction already, which will initiate the Airy season of the Jupiter-Saturn cycle. There is widespread uncertainty all around the world at this point, and this unprecedented level of polarization is a harbinger of change. We are still in eclipse season, so the vibration is quite strong. The Sagittarius eclipse is likely to unlock the fiery energy that’s been rumbling beneath the surface for weeks. Increased solar activity is forecast to reach a maximum towards the end of the month, according to NOAA, so the universal forces are beyond imaginable right now. Under the powerful Sagittarian/Aquarian influence of the coming weeks, the world may even be presented with ‘foreign’ information, knowledge which for a long time has remained undisclosed. Every major planetary conjunction is accompanied by oblivion. I mentioned this phenomenon in ‘2020 – An Extraordinary Turning Point‘ back in May. In fact, conjunctions are ‘rough’ because they symbolically carry the sprouting energy of Aries. They push new things forward in a very unrefined manner, and the changes which are envisaged will slowly take hold as the cycle unfolds. This dynamic pertains to each Lunation cycle for example, New Moon being the moment of reorientation for both Self and Collective, yet often shrouded in the darkness of what’s to come.
The world upside down
As of now, we are moving on from a recent Sun-South Node conjunction, which has glamorously opened up an important chapter. The upcoming Total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius will be quite an important one, and more about it can be found in ‘Uncharted Aquarian Territory‘. We are witnessing the unfoldment of a two-way psychological reality, which is so polarized that each side feels like being engaged in a full-blown ideological and political war. It seems that the stars are presently setting the stage for the beginning of change, but in a dangerously powerful way. With regards to the USA, we are evidently looking at an escalation of forces which is being fueled by the recent judicial actions. Whichever side the people will take at this point adds more energy to the developing situation. It seems likely that these issues won’t be easily resolved for quite a while. It is important to remember that the upcoming Solar Eclipse of December 14th will oppose the Gemini Mars of the 1776 American Independence chart.
Mars-Pluto and ‘regeneration’
In a previous article, I looked at the ongoing Mars-Pluto cycle and how it has clearly assisted the current buildup of popular discomfort. The conjunction was exact on March 23rd at 24Capricorn43, and it initiated a worldwide escalation of fear. Obviously, the pandemic cannot be resumed in a single planetary cycle. I have outlined in several articles how the complexity of this astrological year has in fact thrown around multiple influences upon the world at large. Going back to the Mars-Pluto cycle, we are now about to complete the waxing square phase of it. This means that Mars will make a final waxing square to Pluto on December 23rd from the 23rd degree of Aries. That is also where the highly inflammatory dwarf-planet Eris is standing right now. This simply indicates a climax of popular discord. The waxing Mars-Pluto square has been prolonged, due to the retrogradation of the red planet, which has been unleashing a lot of ‘raw’ forces among society since August. Mars won’t start making an undisturbed journey until late January, because of its squares to Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. This very charged planetary interaction will eventually push this world towards a new start. At the waxing phase of the Mars-Pluto cycle, we have been facing the widespread effects of the pandemic upon the economy and society with more realism. The psychological and monetary backlash of a prolonged series of restrictions have been huge. We are still facing the ‘manifestation’ of a new force, which seems to be both reactionary and regenerative.
The days following the Solstice (December 21) will be quite dynamic. Not only will the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction have perfected, but also we will see how Mars will start to unleash its assertive force upon the world at large. This is not a dire warning at all, because the matrix of all these phenomena is archetypal. However, it is important to tread quite carefully through the next weeks leading to the end of January. We are now entering a very dynamic phase of this ‘pandemic’ year. In order to step into new territory, some degree of ‘excitement’ has to occur. This becomes obvious when looking at historical facts. Whatever changes will be presented during the next few weeks, they will be met with resistance and discord.
The European Storm
Not only is the situation quite critical in the USA, but also in Europe. December 2020 is an important ‘gateway’ to the future, astrologically speaking. As specified in ‘The Eurozone Under Stress‘, it is evident that the EU is approaching a new phase. The Saturn-Jupiter cycle is highly resonant with European dynamics. For instance, the last conjunction brought the Euro currency into the world market. We can see how the Brexit deal struggle is now renewing winds of instability across Europe. How will the union weather this storm? How many countries will tremble under the pressing decisions about the Recovery Fund? How will Poland’s and Hungary’s vetoes affect the EU? Most importantly, how will the UK reemerge from a possible no-deal Brexit? It is going to eventually transition into a new age of UK-USA relationships? Someone mentioned it is 1776 again. This is probably the feeling which many Americans are sharing right now, so are we looking at another phase in history that will eventually bring closer the old kingdom and the new world? Isn’t Pluto returning to the position it held in 1776? What a clear social manifestation of a nation’s Pluto return… How is China going to work through this situation? Are we witnessing another cyclical shift of supremacy towards the East? This is likely and it seems to be occurring already. The upcoming Saturn-Uranus waning square, closing towards the next conjunction of 2032 swill probably bring this shift into fruition. Famous astrologer Andre Barbault outlined this cyclical shift years ago. It seems that the American spirit is well alive right now, but impending changes are afoot for this nation. It is hard to envisage how the federation of 50 might survive the upcoming Pluto return and second Neptune opposition. I have briefly outlined the astrological scenario of the 2020-2030 decade in two articles: ‘Gemini – Virgo & American History‘ and ‘USA Horoscope: a Long Presidency Ahead?‘.
The Aquarian or ‘Uranian’ times which we are now approaching are likely to bring initial destabilization. Every new beginning is obviously shrouded in anxiety and uncertainty. Time will show us how important this moment is. Many people are unfortunately unaware of the historical importance of this pivotal year.
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The universal pulse is tremendously intense these days… It may never be enough to stress the fact that we are on the verge of a great cultural, ideological and spiritual shift. Both the Sun and Mercury have recently shifted into Sagittarius, adding more fuel to this underlying expanding force. We may in fact be in for a profound shakeup of our most deeply rooted beliefs.
After a year of pure Capricornian ‘structural dismantlement’, we are rapidly shifting towards a period characterized by Uranian energy. As explained in previous articles, Jupiter and Saturn are about to enter Aquarius, from where they will be squaring Uranus. Especially the Saturn-Uranus square will be in place for quite a few months, bringing a great deal of ‘revolutionary’ energy all around. In 2021, the main theme will be the dichotomy between the ‘old’ and the ‘new’. Society will be divided between what seems to represent ‘solid foundations’ and what promises to bring ‘advancement and progress’.
The reason why 2021 and 2022 could be defined as ‘Aquarian’ years is varied. The main planetary standoff will be represented by the Saturn-Uranus square, and both planets co-rule the sign of Aquarius. This means that they have affinity with the ‘humanitarian’ and ‘libertarian’ nature of this particular sign. With Saturn finally entering Aquarius, ‘freedom-related issues’ will need to be addressed, in stark contrast with the intensification of regimentation and structuring which has accompanied the still ongoing transit of Saturn through Capricorn. Also, the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction will bring us into the Airy season of this particular cycle. This means that the conjunction of December 2020 will be somewhat indicative of change. These conjunctions are not rare at all, because they occur roughly every 20 years. However, this Element shift from Earth to Air will prove to be a significant turning point, from a long-term perspective.
In 2020, the pressure over the sign of Capricorn has significantly increased, due to the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto triple conjunction. That conjunction is now fading away, as Jupiter and Saturn move away from Pluto to make a revolutionary conjunction in the next sign Aquarius. The last 11 months have served as an unprecedented catalyst for widespread self-scrutiny. Many people have visibly encountered deeper meaning in their individual lives. The difficulties endured because of the prolonged enactment of prohibitions of all kinds have triggered intense despair. Those who were on the spiritual path may have found it easier to weather the storm, nonetheless, the 2020 journey has been hard for society at large. I am now looking at it as if it were part of the past, because it is quite clear that we are now MOVING ON. The current issues are not likely to ‘fade away’ all of a sudden, but considerable progress will soon be made with regards to resolving the current situation.
These first days of December have been intensely unstable and probably even misleading for some. The most sensitive ones may have realized how unnerving the energies have been during this particular ‘transition week’. Right now we are entering uncharted territory. As I explained a few months ago, eclipses have the potential to unlock large dynamics. This is because they are seen to ‘release’ stuck energies worldwide, metaphorically speaking. During eclipse seasons the global scenario generally gets more chaotic and uncertain. This is more evident and widespread after prolonged phases of generalized disruption, such as the COVID pandemic. After a year of impasse and globalized restrictions, we can expect to witness a furious release of opposite energies. The archetype involved in the current slowdown is chiefly ‘Saturnian’ or ‘Capricornian’. For those who know even a bit about astrology, one of the basic considerations about Saturnian factors is that they erect boundaries and increase responsibility. The backlash is now expected to be represented by the arrival of Aquarian energy. It is arriving with great force, considering the 2021/2022 Saturn-Uranus standoff, combined with the entrance of Jupiter into Aquarius. The Sagittarian Solar Eclipse of December 14th will prove to be a gateway into the future, filled with visionary and ideological power. Its square to Neptune is likely to highlight misleading patterns and uncover so far hidden information. The oil and pharmaceutical industries are also in for important developments this month. The latter is obviously going to be involved with the new vaccines. However, under such a rapidly shifting astrological scenario, how likely is it that no controversial information is finally presented to the world, with regards to these quickly developed drugs?
The eclipse will fall on the 23rd degree of Sagittarius, so it will be aligned with the USA’s Mars, Trump’s and Jinping’s natal Sun and interestingly, Venezuela’s Saturn-Jupiter-Pluto-Nodes Mutable Grand Cross. Also, this particular lunation will fall near the IC in Beijing, addressing the territory and its people directly. The eclipse will fall near the Midheaven in Caracas, with Neptune rising. It seems that among the countries directly addressed, Venezuela gains a prominent role.
In the USA, the eclipse will fall in the 10th House, so it will directly refer to the current presidential standoff. The developments which may follow promise to be very interesting.
The shadow path will cross Chile and Argentina. At times when important eclipses obscure that region of the world, there seems to be a higher incidence of seismic activity along the South-Eastern Pacific fault line. Neptune will be rising along the coast of Chile at the time of the eclipse, so the risk of tsunami is not to be overlooked. Such phenomena could well manifest also under important transits over the eclipsed degree within months to come.
This particular Solar Eclipse promises to have worldwide resonance.
All these considerations confirm the fact that we are rounding the bend right now, and a major chapter is being closed. New cycles bring new challenges of course, but a change is more than needed right now. We are entering an historical phase which will definitely erase all boundaries that have been restricting human knowledge. Clear manifestations of such collective psychological and energetic shift can be found in the news already. Whether authentic or not, stories such as those of monoliths popping up and disappearing all over the world, rumors of governmental UFO files being declassified soon, UFO sightings soaring again, meteors and mysterious ‘atmospheric explosions’ being caught on camera, the space race regaining momentum, are all manifestations of the same collective shift. Aquarian times often bring us beyond what is ‘real’ and ‘terrestrial’.
Let us welcome the impending shift with open hearts and the willingness to constructively embrace social change and spiritual evolution.
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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.
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.
Aquarian energy at its strongest…The next lunar month starts with the New Moon of February 11th.It will occur at 23 Aquarius, accompanied by an extraordinary alignment of Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn in the same sign.It seems quite obvious that humanitarian themes will reach an unprecedented climax between February and March. At the beginning of […]
We have been through very thick fog indeed. In multiple spheres of life, the Neptunian glamour may have manifested in its most unrefined form. Under its influence, the mind gets caught in an endless and consuming fight between what seems ‘right’ and what seems ‘wrong’. The reality is hard to catch, and the Ego is often urged to take a stand, choosing what seems to be the most pleasing option. Neptunian transits are irrevocably shrouded in mystery and fascination. Also, the complexity of this archetypal force resides in its ‘fluid changeability’. The utopian projections of Neptune can range between unconditional attachment and sacrificial repulse. Under Neptunian transits and progressions one generally needs to be ‘needed’, because the Ego rediscovers its primitive side. Under the lack of a strong Ego-structure within the birth chart, the individual oftentimes rediscovers the urge to be taken care of, or to be admired unconditionally. Neptunian phenomena, which become cyclically manifest when this planet makes specific alignments with slow-moving planets or the Lunar Nodes, are characterized by widespread ideological battles. The collective is often urged to embrace a ‘belief system’, which is not necessarily religious in nature. The devotional aspect of Neptunian frenzy is quite obvious at times like these, when the masses are visibly engaged in ideological wars led by ‘redeeming figures’. This manifests on different levels, so there are many people who perhaps have found their own personal ‘redeemer’, the messiah who seems to please their deepest wishes and makes the vision of redemption a viable option. This is the very process that often leads towards utter disappointment and downfall.
What are we actually learning from this?
This is a time of deep reorientation for humanity, considering the multitude of slow planetary events occurring between now and the beginning of next year. Neptune’s influence is most powerful at its station, so right now some groundwork is being done for society’s ultimate ‘redemptive’ experience. Redemption may occur on different levels, it may entail great sacrifice and the urge to accept some kind of deeper truth. The fogginess may be at its highest right now, in a society which does not really know where it is headed. As explained in previous articles, a major shift in mentality will be presented quite soon, probably before the end of the year. We seem to be actually rounding the bend of a prolonged period of extreme difficulty and darkness. With Neptune finally stationing direct one more piece is added to the puzzle and the road towards ‘salvation’ does become clearer. Our ‘need to be needed’ will hopefully be reassessed, and a shift from victimism to compassion will occur. Society’s deepest wounds and vulnerabilities are clearly being exposed under the prolonged station of Neptune. After a year of judgemental fervor and intolerance we are definitely in for a deep redemptive experience. That will most probably bring the universal judgement upon those who did not act in accordance with their truest purpose, and they will be offered the opportunity to look at their paths again with more honesty.
Soon, those who have been naively searching for the ultimate redeemer will gain clear vision and retrace their missteps. Disappointment is too often a by-product of enchantment.
Forgiveness remains as the ultimate path to victory right now.
The stress imposed by next year’s planetary configurations suggest that an important phase is approaching for the Eurozone. We can expect some kind of ‘reorientation’ to occur within the single-currency realm. This may involve deep financial processes and the underlying structure of the European economic system. As the next Jupiter – Saturn conjunction approaches, the EU feels the wind of change.
Astrologer André Barbault explained in detail the resonance between the Jupiter-Saturn cycle and the overall balance which governs the Eurozone. Almost a century of personal observation and research over planetary cycles made him a very respectable astrologer. His insight remains with us; it helps mundane astrologers all around the world to continue along the path of meaningful research.
As he envisaged years ago, the Eurozone will face a moment of reassessment at the next Jupiter-Saturn conjunction. The same revolutionary spirit ruled the markets around the turn of the new millennium. The last conjunction brought out a new, powerful currency that challenged the market. My observations lead me towards a total agreement with Barbault’s statements.
2021: EUROZONE UNDER STRESS
The Euro chart will be under a certain degree of planetary stress throughout 2021. Its rigorous, well-structured Venus-Saturn square will face the unsettling influence of transiting Pluto in Capricorn. Reaching 26 degrees of a Cardinal sign, the latter will heavily contribute to a Euro-shakeup. We may expect Europe being challenged to make reforms and readjustments throughout the next few years. This will eventually lead towards the establishment of a new relationship between the currency and the rest of the market. How this might affect the global market is uncertain; however, there is a high possibility that the various currency pairs involving the EUR will resettle to different levels.
CYCLICITY OF THE MARKET
In 2008, during the economic crisis, the EUR/USD spiked to 1.6. Extreme perturbation of the system was followed by a rapid downturn. That fall was preceded by a phase change in the declination cycle of Jupiter. Interestingly, another phase change occurred in 2013/2014, and a heavy EUR/USD downturn followed again. That fall resettled the pair at less than 1.15.
This year has been particularly challenging for the global market, and the outcome of such a prolonged impasse is still uncertain. Astrological observation can perhaps give us further insight. Recently there has been another phase change in the cycle of Jupiter, because it reached maximum southern declination around the beginning of 2020. With a prominent Jupiter/Saturn conjunction approaching, another important resettlement for the Eurozone is expectable. If the pattern will repeat itself, the EUR/USD may end up taking another significant downturn.
Other factors come into the same equation, such as the alignment of such conjunction with the Eurozone chart’s Neptune, which in 1999 occupied the early degrees of Aquarius. Also, 21 years have passed from the launch of the new currency, and Uranus now stands on a square to its original position. The interesting fact is that Saturn will join in the ongoing square next year, during the last quarter phase of the mundane Saturn-Uranus cycle. The Eurozone may be in for a remarkable reformation.
The entry of Pluto into Aquarius in 2023/2024 will represent the apex of transformation, and possibly stress, for the Eurozone. Those years may bring worldwide destabilization, as it happens with every slow planet’s sign ingress. The event will be preceded by an inflating Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in Pisces which will fall upon the Eurozone’s Jupiter. We may expect an abnormal pouring in of funds into the market before the actual entrance of Pluto into Aquarius, which is likely to rattle the markets at large.
All in all, considering the planetary stress imposed upon the Eurozone chart, temporary destabilization is more than likely for the currency. Considering the heavy effect of both the pandemic and the Brexit deal struggle over Europe at large, it may be quite interesting to see how the continent will weather the storm financially. Also, the outcome of this complex American election will definitely set the tone of the market for the years to come. Considering the challenges which await overseas finances as well, a steady outcome for the EUR/USD might not be easily foreseeable for the near future.
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
The latest Libra Solar Ingress cast for Rome shows Uranus at the IC. The same zodiacal degrees are soon going to be stimulated by a Full Moon at 8 degrees of Taurus. The Italian Republic foundation chart (June 10th 1946) features the Moon (mundane ruler of the population and its well-being) at 4 degrees of Scorpio, in close opposition to transiting Uranus and the upcoming full Moon.
This shows how a quarterly mundane chart’s reactivation caused by a subsequent Lunar Phase can unlock the latent potential of a planetary configuration which occurred even months before.
Each Solar Ingress into Cardinal signs determines a pattern which is valid for the following three months.
This remarkable Uranian Full Moon promises to awaken worldwide dissent, as Governments exasperate their people with new lockdowns. The final Jupiter-Pluto conjunction of mid-November, linked with the enactment of unprecedented legislative measures, promises to deal the final blow to a crumbled world which is now in urgent need to find a solution to the current crisis and start living anew.
Hoping for ‘social rebirth’, as we approach the much-awaited ingress of both Jupiter and Saturn into freedom-oriented, humanitarian, ideological Aquarius.
A new economy? A vaccine? A new beginning for humanity?
The following chart represents the widely used astrological birth of Thailand as a nation. Reportedly, such time was chosen under astrological advice, and it still represents a solid zodiacal foundation for the country.
The chart’s Meridian axis is being powerfully activated by the ongoing transits of Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and Mars. On September 29th, Saturn made a direct station at 25Capricon20, very close to the national Midheaven. Understandably, power-related issues are raging across the country. With Uranus still within orb of the national Ascendant, the population now seeks some sort of realignment. As it triggers the national Chiron-Pluto square, it is currently reawakening issues of power abuse, cast divisions and popular suppression. In fact, the young generations in particular are strongly questioning the validity of the monarchic rule. In the 2020 Libra Ingress chart, Uranus features exactly at the Ascendant, a factor which enormously increases the validity of the same symbolism. Uranus is known for ‘awakening’ the collective consciousness by demanding rationality and freedom. Obviously, until transiting Pluto clears the 9th House and moves away from the national Midheaven, the situation may not be fully resolved. Also, 2021/22 will bring a powerful square between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. Understandably, Thailand will be among those countries to be directly affected by the clash between those two archetypal forces. Important developments are expected for mid-November, when the final Jupiter-Pluto conjunction ramps up the rhetoric and Mars stations direct in conjunction with Thailand’s national Aries Sun.
As explained in ‘A Crumbled World Feels the Wind of Change‘ the battle between ‘new’ and ‘old’ social patterns will be dominating the world at large; such process promises to be particularly critical for Thailand and its people as well.
Chart information taken from ‘The Book of World Horoscopes‘ – Nick Campion – The Wessex Astrologer
The Autumn Equinox has arrived, the Sun slides into the Southern Celestial Hemisphere. In Mundane Astrology, one cannot overestimate the importance of quarterly ingresses of the Sun. The moment the Sun enters one of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn) contains astrological clues about the months to come. This year’s Libra Ingress of the Sun will occur on September 22nd, under a series of interesting planetary aspects.
As expected, throughout the last lunar month several countries have experienced either social unrest or parliamentary movements, in line with an international manifestation of the ongoing reassessment of social structures. Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe resigned for health reasons; it is quite interesting to see that last month’s New Moon in Leo, which in “A Fiery Month Ahead” was interpreted as the potential trigger for a series of governmental shifts, fell at the local Midheaven over Tokyo. A coup set destabilization in Mali, Hong Kong protests have started gaining momentum again, several North American cities are plagued with widespread unrest, and what is currently going on in Belarus is another clear demonstration of the powerful energies at play. The enhanced influence of Mars has also manifested in the form of wildfires; once again, California has unfortunately been afflicted by extensive blazes. Wishing for a quick recovery and safe evacuation of all those involved. Until the next New Moon arrives, this monthly trend will not have been completely expressed yet.
The next Soli-Lunar conjunction will occur on September 17th, and it will fall at 25Virgo00, in a wide opposition to Neptune in Pisces, a harmonious trine to Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto in Capricorn, and a fastidious sesquiquadrate to Uranus in Taurus.
This particular Moon Wobble phase shows the Sun-Moon conjunction squaring the Nodal Axis with a less-than-one-degree orb.
A mixed message transpires from this lunation, which after all takes a responsible, methodical approach, yet it carries an illusory flavor. Virgo is mundanely related to workers, healthcare, service and law enforcement personnel. It is in fact the sign of “subordination”, which in its most positive form can be regarded as “duty and service”. The Virgoan approach is always methodical and often driven by criticism. Attention to detail is a priority when this particular sign becomes emphasized. The next New Moon may therefore bring up a very different theme into the world scene, because we might start to see what serious consequences the ongoing slowdown is having on certain parts of society.
A large part of society may seek insubordination or demand better living conditions, as the Soli-Lunar conjunction will receive the influence of democracy-oriented Neptune and reactionary Uranus. With Mercury – ruler of Virgo – in tight square with an almost stationary Jupiter, the need to develop a deeper understanding of facts will be high. New agreements related to the themes above mentioned may be constructively signed or discussed, and we might even expect some countries to take some distance from intergovernmental organizations or coalitions. Interestingly, Brexit talks have been reignited once more, as the UK threatens to trash the deal. With Virgo involved, environmental awareness may be a prominent theme as well, hopefully bringing about constructive developments in a world which is still seeking its true direction.
Also, with Virgo being akin to health matters and well-being in general, significant developments in the fight against COVID-19 may start to appear. The pharmaceutical industry may acquire more visibility during the coming lunar month, and the controversial question about vaccines may be in the news even more.
It is worth noticing that the New Moon in question will be “angular” over two important cities. In Washington DC it will be rising, whereas it will be culminating over Berlin. This indicates that both the USA and Germany will possibly feel the influence of this lunar month the most. Mars in Aries turns retrograde on September 10th, under a highly influential square to Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. Interestingly, this event will affect the Euro currency chart, which carries a tight Venus-Saturn square around those Cardinal degrees.
On September 11th the Sun opposes Neptune at 19 degrees of Virgo-Pisces. It is worth noticing that such configuration will affect the Piscean Moon of the German republic’s 1990 chart; astrologically speaking, this is an indication of the possible rise of strong democratic/liberal movements nationwide. The New Moon in question will fall in close conjunction with the zodiacal position of Mercury in the German chart; trade, workforce, transportation and healthcare may demand reassessment throughout the next weeks. Also, we might expect international visibility and increased dynamism within governmental circles in Germany.
France’s national Saturn is located at 20 degrees of Sagittarius, and the upcoming configuration might start off some domestic reorientation of structures and traditional values. Throughout the next months, as the South lunar node approaches the 20th degree of Sagittarius, tightening the orb with Neptune in square from Pisces, the country may need to face new challenges related to the conservation of its own stability. On the long term this may affect finance, legislation and even the governmental balance.
The upcoming Moon Wobble will potentially heighten tensions in the Middle East again, perhaps in connection with the increasing financial pressure which comes from both America and the EU. Oil prices may be significantly affected, with the New Moon squaring the Nodes and opposing Neptune in Pisces.
On the other side of the pond, we find a strongly shaken country which is approaching its next presidential elections with a remarkable degree of popular disorientation. As specified already, the New Moon will be rising over Washington DC, addressing the needs of the people and possibly questioning the direction taken by the country. This configuration may indicate that a new path may slowly start to open up for the USA, and several parts of the population may call for renewal and the betterment of social conditions.
The New Moon configuration will activate the 1776 Independence chart’s Mars-Neptune square, which was powerfully stimulated last June (read more on “The Dance of Fire“). In fact, certain planetary alignments in Mutable signs have recently released enormous amounts of social dissatisfaction within the country. All in all, another confused month is likely to be in store for the USA.
The next Full Moon will occur on October 1st and it will fall at 9Aries08, in close conjunction with the asteroid Chiron, during an almost exact Mars-Saturn square (which will be on its second hit because of Mars’ retrogradation). By then, a lot of rogue, unrefined ‘martial’ energy may be out and about. This could be constructively channeled thanks to Chiron, whose purpose is to show the path to healing and understanding. Yet, whenever Chiron is involved, society is asked to come across its deepest wounds and most profound uncertainties, first of all.
Hopefully, the next Full Moon will not awaken any further warfare rhetoric, guiding us towards a more constructive use of that ‘wounded’ warrior-like energy which has been ravaging the global scene for months, perhaps through talks of disarmament rather than further standoffs.
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A complex Saturn – Uranus waning square is approaching, while unbalance and discomfort continue to dominate the world view. The current planetary configuration in Capricorn has obviously unleashed enormous amounts of energy. All this comes with the flavor of the most conservative of astrological signs. Concurrently, a fastidious semi-square between Uranus and Neptune participates in the whole story; no wonder why humanity is still looking for a way to clear out the fog and move forward with decision.By looking at next year, a specific configuration becomes prominent; in fact, an extensive Saturn – Uranus square in fixed signs will dominate 2021, remaining within orb throughout most of 2022.
A highly charged configuration, it will occur right after a long period of social, political and economic destabilization. The long square will trigger profound changes all over the world. The interval between two successive Saturn – Uranus conjunctions is around 45 years long. Such period visibly marks an entire cycle along the cyclical reorganization of social dynamics. The 29-year cycle of Saturn resonates with both individual and collective growth. Its ultimate meaning is that of grounding ideas into reality. On the other hand, the 84-year cycle of Uranus is related to slower evolutionary trends; it addresses the ebbs and flows of ideological and intellectual force. While Saturn sets the boundaries of that which we create materially and methodically, Uranus looks beyond; it opens doors to the realm of idealism and freedom. Obviously, the interaction between these two planets is generally accompanied by turbulent reshuffles within society.
Each conjunction sets the stage for a new half-century phase in which society at large seeks a different governmental/ideological balance. By looking at past Saturn – Uranus cycles, we get a clear idea of the rhythm at which leadership currents change on a large scale. André Barbault’s book ‘Planetary Cycles – Mundane Astrology” contains a clear description of such phenomena.
What times are we living in?
We are currently approaching the last quarter of the current Saturn – Uranus cycle, which started with a conjunction period in 1988. It will end in 2032 with another conjunction. The last quarter of each cycle starts off the disintegration of obsolete structures. This brings a period of crisis necessary for the discovery of newness by the time a new conjunction occurs. The end of the 1980s was obviously a time of turbulent upheaval; the major outcome of the latest Saturn – Uranus conjunction was the fall of the Eastern bloc. This caused the consequent shift of power towards the West. The disintegration of the USSR was an utter manifestation of the instability of Saturn – Uranus alignments. Such planetary interactions provoke rapid shakeups within the world of structure and control.
Saturn is akin to traditions and the Establishment while the nature of Uranus is both sudden and cold-blooded. As a result, under Saturn – Uranus aspects the foundations of society at large shake badly due to society’s desire for change.
As the USA face their Pluto return (this means that Pluto is now transiting the same area of the zodiac where it was in 1776), a profound metamorphosis is occuring within the country. Also, Neptune is currently opposing the position it holds within the Independence Chart. This is the main reason why new social movements are developing nationwide. The next Inauguration Day will occur under a complex configuration of great importance. In January 2021, the above-mentioned Saturn – Uranus square will be accompanied by Jupiter in close conjunction with Saturn in Aquarius. In other words, the Inauguration of US Presidency will occur between the upcoming Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in early Aquarius and the first hit of the Saturn – Uranus square. Also, Mars will be conjunct Uranus in Taurus, together with the Moon. 2021 Inauguration Day will fall around a very heated First Quarter Soli-Lunar phase.
This shows us that the next US Presidency will be about enacting a forceful reorganization of structures and social balance. This relates to the fact that in the Inauguration chart such an unstable planetary alignment will dominate two Fixed Signs. The Moon will accompany Mars and Uranus in a financial sign, so civil unrest is not likely to subside at all.
US & the EU
There are grounds to determine that 2021 will represent a long standoff between ‘conservation’ and ‘renovation’. Obviously, the Saturn – Uranus waning square will affect many countries, and not just the USA; the current balance of forces within the European continent may need to be reassessed as well. This is because the early degrees of Fixed Signs has played a prominent role along the European Union’s history.
The three Saturn – Uranus squares will occur between 7 and 13 degrees of Aquarius and Taurus, two Fixed signs. This indicates that the upcoming destabilization will affect whatever survives by inertia within the social, political and economic scene. Such planetary stimulations are also liable to trigger powerful geological or environmental instability, including historical earthquakes, explosions or eruptions. We may assist to environment-related breakthroughs, and our relationship with planet Earth may change, hopefully in positive ways. As long as humanity succeeds in controlling its environmental impact, the upcoming planetary struggle will prove to be constructive.
All countries and organizations carrying important planetary configurations within the same degrees will be affected throughout 2021. Among those we find India, China, Russia, Germany, the United Kingdom, NATO, the United Nations and the European Union. Russia is approaching its Saturn return, and this appears as an upcoming phase of national reassessment. The domestic changes many countries and organizations are likely to experience will set the stage for the upcoming global reorientation.
The current cycle started from late Sagittarius in 1988; it coincided with a powerful crackdown of the bipolar political struggle which had been ruling the world since WWII. In fact, it directed humanity towards the expansiveness of a fast-growing globalization phase.
As the old saying goes, ‘history repeats itself’. So long as humanity becomes genuinely aware of its own evolutionary process, each crisis heralds a better future!
We are definitely living through extremely complex times, and no easy solution still seems to be visible amidst the ongoing disintegration of an obsolete global balance. Without risking to exaggerate, we can say that multiple hot spots bringing either social unrest, sickness or generalized dissatisfaction and restrictions still continue to arise. The latest Full Moon, as expected, brought out clear manifestations of Uranian force in full extent. Not only was the Beirut explosion a symbolic show of the suddenness of Uranus’ transits, but it seems to have triggered some very risky instability within the region, shaking its delicate political and religious balance. At the exact time of the explosion, Jupiter in Capricorn was rising whilst forming a tight square to Mars in Aries. This may soon prove to be linked with the rise of ideological or religious strife. Sadly, we continue to witness the brutality of the current times, yet humanity will hopefully continue to search for positive ways of facing the historical changes we are being asked to live through.
The next New Moon will occur on August 18th, at 26Leo35, in the sign which mundanely rules creative endeavors, leadership and the higher classes. All which inspires (either positively or negatively) and projects charisma is going to be focused upon. The New Moon in question will fall in conjunction with Mercury, which is likely to bring revelations, as well as increased exchange of information, into the global scene. We might even witness the unexpected fall of prominent leaders or famous individuals, during times ruled by a reorganization of governmental structures around the world. Enhanced press activity might be part of the picture, and considering the involvement of the sign Leo, this may happen in a very dramatic fashion.
Interestingly, the upcoming lunation will recall what happened in the skies in August 2017, when an important Solar Eclipse cast its own shadow across the US territory, giving rise to a typically Leonine media frenzy. Also, that eclipse had a huge resonance within astrological circles, due to its zodiacal nearness to President Trump’s natal Ascendant. Clearly, the relevant astrological message has not been fully revealed yet, as we are still within the time-frame in which the eclipsed degrees remain sensitive. Whenever important planetary configurations reactivate those degrees, new important leadership-oriented developments tend to occur. Any Solar Eclipse occurring in the “Sun-ruled” sign of Leo carries a “royal” flavor. The one in question also fell in close alignment with the star Regulus, which is traditionally associated with royalty and leadership. In fact, Leo eclipses strongly address monarchs, the higher circles, political leaders, artists or creative endeavors. The upcoming New Moon will fall close enough to the (still sensitized) eclipsed degree, forming a trine with Mars in Aries, which is currently approaching its retrogradation period. This configuration will recall the Sun-Moon-Uranus interaction which dominated that Solar Eclipse back in August 2017.
On August 18th, the New Moon will fall in the 5th House over Washington DC; this is an element which strongly emphasizes its Leonine qualities. With Mercury accompanying this particularly emphatic Soli-Lunar cycle, important information may be released, and the focus will be mainly directed towards the Government. Also, Jupiter will be angular on the local Midheaven, bringing a sense of aggrandizement into the whole situation. New large-scale issues may be visibly at hand within the country.
The lunation will start while the first of three Mars-Pluto squares will potentially rock the global financial and political balance even more deeply. Mars-Pluto squares occur roughly every two years, but what will make the upcoming ones so important is the fact that they will be accompanied by the presence of both Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn. In other words, the rare Capricornian configuration which has been ruling the current social dismantling will be powerfully and repeatedly energized by the nervous alignment of Mars in Aries. The combination of these two forces is generally regarded as violent and enormously forceful, because it is charged with the Scorpionic essence of metamorphic change. Mars’ retrogradation will further enhance the degree of peculiarity associated with the upcoming squares, enlarging the time-frame throughout which they will act; in fact, this trend will not subside until early next year. It is clearly understandable that such a powerful Mars-Pluto interaction will potentially trigger the release of intense anger and resentment worldwide. Auspiciously, such release will serve as a way to cure society’s deepest wounds. Mythologically, we will be looking at a combination of the warrior-like assertiveness of Mars, against the persuasive and unsettling power of Pluto. In the case of the upcoming Lunar Month, both planets rule the Scorpio Descendant in Washington DC, and any trouble related to Governmental decisions will powerfully affect the country’s foreign relationships.
Also, Pluto will be Angular on the Midheaven; the presence of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto by the local Meridian axis will strongly address issues related to the ruling party and its counterpart. That may be a clear hint to what the end of the current electoral campaign might feel like. Given the Leonine flavor which the New Moon chart carries, the focus will be directed mainly towards the incumbent President and his actions. It must be remembered that Trump represents a powerful source of Leo-oriented energy within the global scene, being born with Leo rising at 29 degrees. Mars is angular in his natal chart, a factor which is well known to be associated with his fiery approach. Regardless of political adhesion to his views, it must be said that he powerfully and naturally projects a strong charismatic influence; astrologically speaking, that is undoubtedly related to his rising sign and planet. Those elements will be strongly recalled during the upcoming lunar month, with the New Moon falling exactly in conjunction with his natal Mars, which is obviously very reactive.
Also, Venus will be at 10Cancer59, and it will thereafter cross the recently eclipsed 13th degree of Cancer/Capricorn. The latest Lunar Eclipse will receive another stimulating ray, and issues related to the Presidency, and perhaps the elections, will come to the surface again.
The next Full Moon will occur on September 2nd at 10Pisces12, in close alignment with the latest Sun-Mars synodic conjunction, which occurred last year, on September 2nd 2019. The current Sun-Mars cycle started on an angle over Washington, exactly at the local Ascendant, emphasizing the potential for social unrest as well as generalized hostility within the country over the two years to come. The upcoming Full Moon will fall over the 3rd/9th House axis, yet it will also influence the Meridian axis; this means that any news which appear during the waxing phase will culminate into matters related with governmental dynamics and foreign relationships.
The Full Moon chart shows Saturn exactly on the cusp of the 8th House, being part of a tight T-Square with Venus in Cancer in the 2nd and Mars in Aries in the 11th. This configuration does intensify the complexity of the next lunar month, suggesting that some important developments might trigger further financial and parliamentary destabilization. During the early days of September, the North Node will also cross the degree where the Moon featured in the current Cancer Solar Ingress chart. That is likely to trigger impactful developments for the country.
Looking back, a mix of nostalgia and inquietude arises within, considering the way humanity has lost even the most obvious forms of freedom and the capacity to appreciate life without any self-imposed restrictions. Something extremely meaningful is obviously there to learn at a collective level, yet we should acknowledge the fact that we are still being asked to find the new course society is to follow in a future which will hopefully turn out to be a much better one.
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On July 20th a New Moon falls at 28Cancer27, in tight opposition to Saturn. This is a very important detail which denotes a remarkable amount of heavy energy around the current lunar month. Saturn is often regarded as an “ominous” presence within the zodiac, yet we need to recognize its positive qualities as well, in order to fully understand the enormous depth which characterizes its 29-year cycle. It is absolutely undeniable that whenever Saturn is involved in any astrological event, heaviness, hardships and a generalized sense of “slowdown” are perceived. It is not a case that the word “lockdown” is so popular in the year in which Saturn and Capricorn have been so prominently engaged. On the other hand, we should recognize how immediately discernible manifestations of its astrological influence are profoundly linked with conscious growth and responsibility.
By looking at the current New Moon configuration, a clear emphasis of such themes is evident. The tightness with which the Sun-Moon conjunction opposes retrograde Saturn in Capricorn is not so often reproduced in the skies. The more uncommon or tighter an aspect is, the more significance it acquires, astrologically speaking. We have already seen how the end of July gave rise to a confused “second COVID-19 wave within the first”, especially in the US. The effects of retrograde conjunctions of slow planets, such as the Jupiter-Pluto one which became exact for the second time on June 30th, are coincident with times of generalized social reassessment and ideological reorientation. The high degree of confusion, together with the new wave of social restrictions, was clearly aligned with the astrological event in question. Under such climate, we are now entering a lunar month which is profoundly characterized by a high degree of disciplined force. This could indicate that the global order, both politically and socially, might experience further reorganizations, perhaps quite evidently. An interesting feature transpires from this synodic month, as the New Moon makes a very tight opposition to taskmaster Saturn, whereas the subsequent Full Moon, which occurs on August 3rd at 11Aquarius45, creates a T-Square with Uranus in Taurus. Also, the New Moon-Saturn opposition acts over the Cardinal signs of Cancer and Capricorn, whereas the Full Moon is Aquarian and squared by its own co-ruler. What does this all mean?
In simple words, the lunar month brings the “seed” of restoration, but its culminating experience will be related to some acts of sudden destabilization. Evidently, we are still in a phase which potentially brings further uncertainty and instability in order to make enough room for a new global order. In this case, the concept of “global order” does not resonate with any conspiratorial themes, but simply to the fact that the profound shifts which society is facing are already provoking a much needed re-balancing of political, social and possibly spiritual themes as well. This might not be readily evident, unless we carefully look at the big picture, also considering the historical phase during which the powerful Capricornian awakeninghas 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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The months of June and July hold extraordinary power for unlocking situations which have been stuck globally. Three important eclipses are due to occur within the next weeks, and they will set the stage for the six months to come. There is evidence that eclipses, being peculiar lunations, generally reflect massive shifts in the global […]
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 conjunctionwill 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.
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.
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.
In life everything occurs through cycles. Even if we do not realize that the circuitousness of events is actually harmonic, the underlying reality points to a series of ebbs and flows, rather than mere linearity. Through modern thought, it is perhaps much appreciated that life is a one-way journey, which returns as much as we give out in the limited time which we have at disposal. This is commonly visible in our modern way of “racing” through our existence, because we want to make the most of it. Not only does this generally manifest through our often destructive monetary greed, or through conformist relational formalization or ambitious professional achievement; perhaps, to the spiritually-oriented astrologer, these are all by-products of society’s modern-day “development“…
Let’s get deeper into the core of this issue, exactly where it becomes quite difficult, if not almost impossible, to clearly discern the boundary between what we want and what life is meant to reserve for us. It is nowadays difficult to let oneself dip into the darkness of the Unknown with faith, or at least the hope that everything unfolds in the way it should. This is not to either deny or demean the reality of suffering which often so strongly characterizes the wretchedness of human life. It seems that the very faculty which we call “intellect” can either drive us into wonderlands or underworlds. Why does the human psyche have to encounter such extremes in life? What lies beyond our discontentment or sorrow? Where does aspiration originate from? Perhaps we will never find clear answers to our questioning of the complexity and uniqueness of the human realm, yet a deeper truth seems to have emerged since immemorial times. This relates to the fact that there is strong evidence of our individual nature being linked to more grandiose realities, which we might normally consider insignificantly distant and unconnected. Spiritual awareness resides where understanding of such intrinsic grandeur emerges. If there is a blueprint to individual and collective life, what does it consist of? Who has decided its form, and where has it been planned? Again, these questions might take us nowhere at all, because they simply represent a human attempt at “rationalizing” the irrational mysteriousness of life. Perhaps we should just say that intrinsic purpose is at the basis of everything which occurs within and without the human being. There is often excessive identification with “events” as if we were entities who navigate the stormy seas of “outer life”, battered by enormous waves which constantly endanger our inner and outer balance. This is only partially true and it remains a mere perception of reality, in my humble opinion. Through years of astrological research and self-exploration, a journey which I only consider to be at its very beginning, I have understood that even the most painful of experiences comes for a reason. I have been searching for an explanation to that reason in the immensity of the cosmos, but there are many ways of doing so. The key here is to understand which way is the most suitable to us for the purpose of searching for a “code of life“. We might think of this as a “de-codification process” or “spiritual research”, yet it just remains a mere human attempt at understanding something which goes way beyond our rational grasp. Though science has been trying to prove everything through “deterministic” methods, we are now approaching a time in history which faces us with a pressing issue: the cause-effect link seems to break apart when we get closer to the “bigger picture” of life. The long-term trends of individual or collective existence do not respond to clear determinism, and so it is for what we would call “fatality” in personal, day-to-day life.
Beyond the threshold of time…
Is there a reason for those most unpleasant stories which unfold in so many people’s lives? Ancient civilizations, and perhaps many people still do the same nowadays, have traditionally found self-assurance in the possibility that “cursing” or even “bad karma” might have the potential to impede the harmonious flow of life. If we step beyond any belief, and try to look at it from a purely humanistic perspective, we might just need to say that we do not know for certain whether past lives exist, and it might be more accessible and perhaps useful for the modern-day individual to explore familial or societal dynamics in order to understand a lot about himself. I would like to give you an example. Let’s take the current year in consideration, because of the intensity of pain, sorrow, restriction, difficulty and darkness which have been tackling society at large. Those mothers who are due to give birth soon, therefore with their babies being “incarnated” during these months, are experiencing their pregnancies at a historical phase for humanity as a whole. The same obviously applies to those who have given birth in the previous months, since January 2020. Those children who are to be born soon (or who are just a few weeks or months old), despite any deterministic attempt at denying such, will definitely carry a powerful psychological, energetic, sociological imprint of these times within themselves. For instance, if the Moon will be placed in one of the four Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn) at the time of birth, they will be born to mothers who have been the most deeply affected by the current situation. This may involve a myriad of factors the entire enlisting of which would be pointless in this article, if not impossible. This consideration about the Cardinal Moon refers to the fact that it will be forming “hard aspects” with the ongoing Saturn-Jupiter-Pluto congregation in Capricorn. Even if Saturn has taken a quick trip into early Aquarius, it will be back into Capricorn soon, reinforcing the still ongoing dismantling process. If the child is born with such a personalized connection with the ongoing slow-planetary configuration, such as that of the Moon aspecting the relevant planets, his or her long-term emotional life will be strongly connected to the ongoing influence. Yes, for some mysterious reason, birth occurs under a space-time configuration (birthplace and birthtime) which uniquely carries planetary placements and configurations which are accurately in resonance with the child’s personal identity. What is important to understand here is that this connection occurs at the level of meaning, therefore symbolically and not factually. If the child is born when the Moon was transiting just past the ongoing Jupiter-Pluto conjunction for example, astrologers of the future would very accurately retrace a specific “event” or “situation”, most probably dramatic and intense, in the mother-child relationship during the pregnancy. This relates to the “secondary regression” of the Moon; which is about retrograding the Moon’s position in the personal horoscope by a degree for each month prior to birth, as if time were running backwards. There is strong evidence in astrology about the cyclicity of time, which in this particular instance translates into an all-out, invertible resonance between time cycles such as a year, a month, a day, and hour and so on. This is a very complex and vast subject, but it remains equally fascinating to the spiritually-oriented individual who is keen on exploring the depths of life. This fascinating, yet very basic example takes us beyond the “determinism” of nowadays science. This is not to undermine the importance and respectability of scientific thought, which has allowed us to elevate our knowledge of the world we live in; the question here is whether we know everything about the causality of life or not…
A “synchronized” universe…
Many scientists are keen to explore what is being perceived as “synchronicity” all around the universe. In quantum physics, phenomena which still remain rationally unexplained are observed, and it is worth citing the work of David Bohm, who managed to reintroduce philosophical and mystical thought in an increasingly determinism-oriented scientific community. His fascinating approach includes the individuation of a “universal flux“, which is often referred to as “holomovement“. He formulated ideas of an Implicate Order and an Explicate Order. In 1980 he published his most famous book called “Wholeness and the Implicate Order“.
In Bohm’s work we encounter important glimpses into the intrinsic correlation between seemingly unrelated elements, with such interaction crossing beyond the realm of physical manifestation. For millennia the spiritual world has been aware of the intricate reality of life, yet it has mainly approached this concept on an instinctual level. In fact, I am quite inclined to believe that humans – and perhaps all other living beings are even more open to this – possess an innate capacity to instinctively perceive synchronism. This could be understood as humans, who belong to the explicate order of things, being instinctively able to tap into the implicate order of the Greater Whole of Existence“.
Our perceptions are often overshadowed by the business of life, which can be both distracting and unfriendly towards any attempt at savoring the underlying beauty of Creation. If you get a feeling that everything is going to be well, even if the current events are being quite disastrous, you may have just witnessed an inner manifestation of your connection with the cosmic Oneness in instinctual, or mental form. If you get chills when you visit Ground Zero at Lower Manhattan you are perhaps connecting with the same invisible, unquantifiable, immeasurable force. It would perhaps be too easy or reductive to connect the chills with mere psychological suggestion; it could obviously be the case, but the nature of such “suggestion” would be psychic indeed.
These correlations, as already specified, can be traced via the astrological analysis of the skies, which easily individuates the recurrence of specific dynamics in accordance with the cyclicity of planetary movements. Every time a specific planetary configuration appears in the skies – by relative motion because we are observers placed on Earth – something happens, but not necessarily in the world of “form”. The shift definitely occurs at a subtle level, in a realm where “feelings” dominate, both individually and collectively. For a while, this year’s alignment of slow-moving planets in Capricorn has been seen by astrologers as a sign of upcoming change. It has been evident that both the most pleasant and unpleasant features of Capricorn would reemerge this year, and that we would need to deal with the “heaviness and stucture” of this Earthy sign. Capricorn’s force relates to method, ambition and responsibility, but the more negative side of its power presents us with fears, restrictions and oftentimes oppression. It is worth referring to the image of mythological Kronos, whom we generally prefer to call Saturn (Roman nomenclature), to better understand the immense level of psychic force being liberated right now all around the world and in every speck of society. Saturn rules Capricorn, therefore its essential meaning is being called to action, throughout a whole year when Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto are to make single or repeated conjunctions with one another. If tyrannical measures, oppression, fear, depression, darkness, hopelessness, sorrow and despair were to emerge this year, was it “written” somewhere that this “inescapable” set of circumstances would need to be met? Perhaps yes, or maybe not; this is not important, anyway.
A much deeper transition is being made these days, and it will represent a thorough transformation of humanity’s most basic structures. Despite the difficulty, we should perhaps try and find ways to embrace change, every single day fighting to find the light of reason during a seemingly endless struggle which will definitely have an end, and a prosperous one. Hopefully we will all reemerge wiser, more considerate and desirous of life.
Cover image: Group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273 – Hubble Space Telescope – Wikimedia Commons
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.
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.”
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.
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”
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.