Saturn goes retro 2020

Saturn in Sagittarius

Saturn grinds to a halt on Mon 11 May at 1 degree Aquarius, ready to start his retrograde journey back towards Capricorn, which he re-enters on 2 July (AEST). The Saturn retrograde period lasts until 29 Sept 2020.

Saturn retrograde encourages us to review the recent past and assess our ability to take full responsibility for our actions.  It also urges us to re-examine the way we have structured our lives.  This is a good time to look at the ways we limit ourselves, and bring our fears to the conscious light of day.  This is also a good time to review our ability to say ’No’ and ensure that we can maintain healthy boundaries in all areas of our lives.

If your birthday falls around 16 Jan, this is likely to be a time of increased responsibility for you, as you enter a new phase of maturity and step into a place of personal authority.  Your workload may increase at this time, and if you accept this extra responsibility, this can be a successful time for you.  Saturn is a planet where we truly reap what we sow: if you’ve put in the hard work, this is likely to be a time of achievement.  However, if you’ve cut corners along the way, this is a time when you can come unstuck and this can lead to feelings of failure

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Supermoon Full Moon in Scorpio 2020

Secret matters come to light?

 

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The Full Moon falls in Scorpio this lunar month, the fourth and last SuperMoon in the consecutive sequence of four SuperMoons this year, intensifying the energies and heightening our emotional responses at this Full Moon time.  These Supermoons are probably increasing people’s panic response to the COVID-19 situation too.

SuperMoons are associated with extreme weather patterns, like the storms and flooding we had with the earlier SuperMoons, so it doesn’t look like the extreme nature of weather events is likely to go away anytime soon.

In a SuperMoon, the Moon is closer to the Earth than usual, so the Full Moon appears larger in the sky, causing tides to be higher, and intensifying all the things you normally associate with a Full Moon, such as feelings running high.  Full Moons tend to bring situations to a head, and this is intensified by the SuperMoon – heads up police, emergency services and hospital workers!

The SuperMoon Full Moon falls in Scorpio on Thurs 7 May.  This is likely to be a very emotional time when deep and passionate feelings are revealed. This Scorpio Full Moon brings a strong possibility of secret or intensely private matters coming to light, possibly with a sexual content or maybe concerning financial matters (or even both!).  Remember these issues will be intensified by the SuperMoon.

Check your chart to see which house is under the spotlight!  The Full Moon is at 17 degrees Scorpio and is exact at 8.45pm AEST.

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Lunar Phases – May 2020

Lunar Phases – May 2020

phases of the moon

Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

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Skywatching   Venus can be still be seen as the Evening Star twinkling in the western sky after sunset, but she’ll be progressively lower in the sky from when she turns retrograde on 13 May.

Venus and Mercury are visible together in the west in the early evening for a few days either side of 22 May when they’ll be at their closest.

Jupiter, Saturn and Mars rise in the east around midnight, then can be seen higher in the sky as the night progresses.

 

 

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Supermoon Full Moon: Thurs 7 May 2020 at 8.45pm AEST at 17 Scorpio

A high energy time when things often come to fruition or events come to a head, intensified by the Supermoon.

Moon planting: The week following Full Moon is the best time for planting root crops.

 

Last Quarter: Fri 15 May 2020 at 00.03am AEST at 24 Aquarius

A time of reorientation as the light of the Moon decreases, eventually going into the low-energy time of Old Moon just before the cycle begins again with the next New Moon.

Moon planting: The last week of the Moon cycle is the best time for weeding and composting.

 

New Moon: Sat 23 May 2020 at 3.38am AEST at 2 Gemini

A time of renewed energy as a new cycle starts.

Moon planting: The week following the New Moon is the best time for planting leafy greens.

 

First Quarter: Sat 30 May 2020 at 1.30pm AEST at 9 Virgo

A time to take decisive action with unfolding events as the light of the Moon continues to grow.

Moon planting: The week following First Quarter Moon is ideal for planting fruiting vegetables.

 

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Collective Spiritual Alignment Shifts

3GeminiWe have a shift in our collective spiritual alignment this lunar month as the Nodal axis moves into Gemini-Sagittarius on Tues 5 May. 

The North Node denotes our spiritual path, what we need to develop and align with for us to move forwards on our spiritual journey, while the South Node indicates where we have talents, yet because this is such a comfort zone for us, this is also where we can be undermined by self-sabotage. 

The Nodes falling in Gemini-Sagittarius suggest that collectively, we need to develop our ability to examine hard facts, gathering information that is trustworthy and verifiable, and then apply strict logic for the next 18 months.  The sign of Gemini is famous for its curiosity, so along with examining the facts, I’d say we need to develop a healthy curiosity that enables us to think outside the square, a kind of lateral thinking that enables us to imagine other possible scenarios

What can undermine us in this period is being gullible and over-trusting, believing something simply through trust or instinct, rather than checking out the facts. If you look at this in the context of “fake news” (which has an epidemic all of its own these days), you’ll see that more than ever now, we need to learn discernment and apply the rules of logic, rather than operating on blind trust. Some creative lateral thinking would no doubt pay off too!

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Pluto goes retrograde

pluto symbolPluto slows to a halt on Sun 26 April 2020 AEST, ready to begin his retrograde journey.  If anything in your life has been going through symbolic death throes in the last six months, this is a time when you are likely to revisit the whole process, perhaps at an even deeper level as you search for the hidden truths and the soul essence of who you are, the alchemist’s gold that can eventually emerge from the blackness.

Pluto is stationary at 24 degrees of Capricorn (actually 24 CP 59, so just one minute of arc short of 25 degrees Capricorn).  Anyone whose birthday falls around 15-16 Jan is likely to be experiencing a very intense time while personal transformation goes on at a deep core level – the eventual outcome is empowerment, the ability to stand comfortably in your own power, but it’s a long drawn-out process which won’t be complete until the end of 2021.  This will also be true for anyone with personal planets at this degree, or at 24-25 degrees of the other cardinal signs: Aries, Libra and Cancer.  

Pluto will retrograde back to 22 degrees Capricorn before turning direct again on 4 Oct 2020.

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New Moon in Taurus 2020 – Expect the Unexpected!

Expect the Unexpected!

New Moon in Taurus  Thurs 23 April 2020, exact at 12.25pm Queensland time (AEST) at 3 degrees Taurus 

Supermoon Full Moon in Scorpio  Thurs 7 May 2020, exact at 8.45pm Queensland time (AEST) at 17 degrees Scorpio

Skywatching  Venus can be still be seen as the Evening Star twinkling in the western sky after sunset, but she’ll be progressively lower in the sky from when she turns retrograde on 13 May. Venus and Mercury are visible together in the west in the early evening for a few days either side of 22 May when they’ll be at their closest.  Jupiter, Saturn and Mars rise in the east around midnight, then can be seen higher in the sky as the night progresses.

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Wow there is so much going on this lunar month!!!

We have 4 planets turning retrograde – Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto, and the North Node changes signs, signifying a significant shift in our collective spiritual focus.  Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto go retro every year, but now they’re all so close together that it’ll feel like one huge intensified energy blast!  It’s far less common for Venus to go retrograde, so this is an unusual time where we’ll be reconnecting with old friends and lovers – some of whom my come out of the woodwork looking to reconnect!

For those of you into the deeper Astrology of what’s going on right now, I’ve shared some in-depth analyses on my Chirone Shakti-Stargazer Astrology Facebook page, so head over there if you want to find out more!

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2TaurusThe New Moon in Taurus on Thurs 23 April is closely configured with Uranus, which brings a flavour of surprise and revelation to this new lunar cycle.  Uranus can bring sudden shocks and is strongly associated with upsetting the status quo.  It can also bring an awakening at the level of mass consciousness.  The best advice we can give to prepare for Uranus energy is “Expect the Unexpected”.

The invitation from this New Moon in Taurus with Uranus is to bring a new awareness to our relationship with Mother Earth and our physical world.  It invites us to make a radical new departure, to begin a new cycle connecting deeply with the land, appreciating the abundance of Nature, acknowledging the sacred beauty of the Earth and embodying this by stepping into our protective role as her guardians. 

Uranus - Iceland StormUranus in Taurus has been sparking a mass awakening to how we’ve been destroying the Earth’s pristine environment – think Extinction Rebellion for a start.  The COVID-19 pandemic, ironically, is highlighting how quickly some of this damage can be reversed, when there’s the political imperative to do so – I’m sure you’ve all seen pictures of clear skies over China, the Himalayas visible in some parts of India for the first time in 30 years, wildlife returning to now-quiet parts of the countryside, and rivers running clear again without factory effluent.   For a look at the general implications of Uranus in Taurus, read my blogpost from May 2018.

At a personal level, this New Moon (and this whole lunar month) is an excellent time for some pampering and indulgence!  As an Earth sign, Taurus is patient and grounded, with an appreciation of the finer things in life. Taurus is highly sensuous and has a love of luxury, so feel free to indulge your senses now, as best you can in self-isolation!

Taurus is associated with security in its many forms – emotional, material and financial – and this need for security (or more accurately, the fear of lack of security) can give rise to the sign’s tendency towards possessiveness and material accumulation.  Use the energies of this lunar month to explore your own security needs and your own relationship with abundance.

If your birthday falls close to this New Moon, within a day either side, you are likely to be strongly affected as it marks a year of new beginnings in your life, particularly with regard to your sense of identity and your purpose in life.

The New Moon falls at 3 degrees Taurus.  If you have points in your birth chart close to this degree (within one degree), expect the part of your life associated with that energy (eg relationships for Venus) to begin a significant new cycle.

The New Moon is exact at 12.25pm AEST.  Remember to set your New Moon intentions in the following 24 hrs. 

 

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Lunar phases April 2020

phases of the moonLunar Phases – April 2020

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Skywatching  Four planets are visible in the early morning sky at present: Mars the red planet is high in the eastern sky before sunrise, with Jupiter and Saturn either side of Mars, Jupiter the higher of the two.  Mercury is visible low on the eastern horizon shortly before sunrise. At night, Venus can be seen as the Evening Star twinkling in the western sky after sunset.

 

First Quarter:  Wed 1 April 2020 at 8.21pm AEST at 12 Cancer

A time to take decisive action with unfolding events as the light of the Moon continues to grow.

Moon planting: The week following First Quarter Moon is ideal for planting fruiting vegetables.

 

Supermoon Full Moon:  Wed 8 April 2020 at 12.34pm AEST at 18 Libra

A high energy time when things often come to fruition or events come to a head, intensified by the Supermoon.

Moon planting: The week following Full Moon is the best time for planting root crops.

 

Last Quarter:  Wed 15 April 2020 at 8.56am AEST at 25 Capricorn

A time of reorientation as the light of the Moon decreases, eventually going into the low-energy time of Old Moon just before the cycle begins again with the next New Moon.

Moon planting: The last week of the Moon cycle is the best time for weeding and composting.

 

New Moon:  Thurs 23 April 2020 at 12.25pm AEST at 3 Taurus

A time of renewed energy as a new cycle starts.

Moon planting: The week following the New Moon is the best time for planting leafy greens.

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Third SuperMoon Full Moon – just before Easter

The Full Moon falls in Libra this lunar month, the third SuperMoon in the consecutive sequence of four SuperMoons this year, intensifying the energies and heightening our emotional responses at these Full Moons – these Supermoons are no doubt increasing people’s panic response to the COVID-19 situation too.

SuperMoons are associated with extreme weather patterns, like the storms and flooding we had with the last two SuperMoons, so it doesn’t look like the extreme nature of weather events is likely to go away anytime soon.

In a SuperMoon, the Moon is closer to the Earth than usual, so the Full Moon appears larger in the sky, causing tides to be higher, and intensifying all the things you normally associate with a Full Moon, such as feelings running high.

Full Moons tend to bring situations to a head, and this is intensified by the SuperMoon – heads up police, emergency services and hospital workers!

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The SuperMoon Full Moon in Libra gives us an opportunity to bring our lives into balance, the cosmic invitation extended by the Equinox last month.  It highlights our need to relate to others, yet it also emphasizes the need to find a balance between the needs of the self and the needs of the other, between the need for independence and the need for compromise.  These needs are of course intensified by the SuperMoon.  This Supermoon Full Moon in Libra strongly reinforces the theme of the Equinox, the need to find balance in our lives.

The Full Moon falls at 18 degrees Libra, so check the houses of your chart to see which part of your life is under the spotlight. The Full Moon is exact at 12.34pm Queensland time (AEST) on Wed 8 April 2020.  If you’re planning Full Moon ceremony, the best time will be the previous evening while the energies are still building.

Easter Sunday this year falls on 12 April.  ‘What’s this got to do with Astrology?’ I hear you ask … Well, not many people realize but the date of Easter is determined astrologically, by the Moon and the Equinox.  Easter Sunday is set as the first Sunday after the first Full Moon following the Equinox.  This is why the date of Easter changes each year, sometimes falling at the end of March and sometimes much later in April.  Astrology is present in our everyday lives much more than most people realize!

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Living in extraordinary times: Jupiter-Pluto conjunction

What extraordinary times we’re living in!  The intense lockdowns (however necessary) are one manifestation of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction that occurred at the start of this year, now bringing in this new era of authoritarian control. This exercise of extreme power by governments world-wide is likely to continue throughout 2020 with the Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions we’ll be experiencing three times, starting this lunar month.  The Astrology of the pandemic is absolutely fascinating and I’ve shared some in-depth analyses on my Chirone Shakti-Stargazer Astrology Facebook page, so head over there if you want to find out more! 

From a metaphysical point of view, I feel this will be a really significant turning point for the world – people and Mother Earth herself.  Fewer flights, less pollution as the factories close, they say people in China are breathing clean air and hearing bird song for the first time in a very long time.  Finally we are taking drastic measures to reduce climate change, albeit inadvertently! – we’re giving Mother Earth a break and a chance to heal.  Local community spirit is re-emerging as communities in lockdown in Europe sing and play music from their balconies, and many people are rediscovering the joys of growing their own food or finding they now have time, away from the mad rush of contemporary life, to take up creative pursuits.  It’s an opportunity for us to discover what our core values really are, and to break our dependence on the rampant consumerism that characterizes our lives (another manifestation of Uranus in Taurus).

 

Following on from the heavy energy of the authoritarian Saturn-Pluto conjunction in January of this year, extending the theme into extreme uses of power as I mentioned above, we have the Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions occurring three times this year in April, June and November.

Jupiter expands whatever it touches, and here it is configured with Pluto, god of the Underworld, signifying power – often hidden power – in both its light and dark forms: misuse and abuse of power when manifesting negatively, and empowerment in its positive form.

Jupiter is associated with belief systems, so we can expect the power of belief systems to be a big player in events unfolding this year, and maybe massive transformation for us all.  This is interesting in the context of COVID-19 where for example, we have the belief system of the establishment (and any covert players like big pharma) being in a very strong position of control.  The potential though, with Pluto present, is for the complete breakdown of the old belief system – and its subsequent transformation.

The first of these Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions falls on Sun 5 April at 24 Capricorn, just two degrees away from the Saturn-Pluto conjunction of 13 Jan (AEST).

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New Moon in Aries 2020 – New healing cycle starting

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New Moon in Aries  Tues 24 March 2020, exact at 7.28pm Queensland time (AEST) at 4 degrees Aries

 Supermoon Full Moon in Libra  Wed 8 April 2020, exact at 12.34pm Queensland time (AEST) at 18 degrees Libra

Skywatching  Four planets are visible in the early morning sky at present: Mars the red planet is high in the eastern sky before sunrise, with Jupiter and Saturn either side of Mars, Jupiter the higher of the two.  Mercury is visible low on the eastern horizon shortly before sunrise.

At night, Venus can be seen as the Evening Star twinkling in the western sky after sunset.

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What extraordinary times we’re living in!  The intense lockdowns (however necessary) are one manifestation of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction that occurred at the start of this year, now bringing in this new era of authoritarian control. This exercise of extreme power by governments world-wide is likely to continue throughout 2020 with the Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions we’ll be experiencing three times, starting this lunar month.  The Astrology of the pandemic is absolutely fascinating and I’ve shared some in-depth analyses on my Chirone Shakti-Stargazer Astrology Facebook page, so head over there if you want to find out more!

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The New Moon on Tues 24 March falls in Aries, bringing the opportunity for a bold and exciting new start.  Aries’ natural approach to life is to take action, breaking new ground in a pioneering or even crusading venture, or taking up a cause that’s worth fighting for. 

As a Fire sign, Aries is full of enthusiasm and focused on the future.  Aries tends to act first and think later, hence its reputation for being impulsive, so take a moment to weigh your options before jumping in feet first!

In its positive manifestation, Aries is pioneering, boldly going where no–one has gone before, carving out a new, independent path and leading the way.  Aries tends to be fearless, the kind of leader who says “Follow me!” as they race ahead.  They’re also naturally competitive and like to be first. 

When manifesting negatively however, Aries can be impatient, impulsive and aggressive, often with a quick temper.  Mars, the ruler of Aries, was after all the god of War.  Aries can also be very direct, hence its reputation for foot-in-mouth bluntness.

This New Moon is closely configured with Chiron, the archetype of the Wounded Healer, suggesting that this New Moon represents the beginning of a new cycle in our healing journey.  This gives an interesting added dimension to the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently escalating so rapidly, and maybe this will mark the beginning of a new phase in some way, perhaps signalling a new pioneering treatment for the COVID-19 virus.  The placement in Aries could also indicate a new cycle in dealing with toxic masculinity, after all the #MeToo revelations and the recent sentencing of Harvey Weinstein. Keep an eye on the news to see how this may play out!

Crisis chineseThe New Moon with Chiron is also an opportunity for Mother Earth to heal – just witness satellite photos of clean air in China, and fish and even dolphins returning to the now-clear waters of Venice canals.  I’ve already written about a crisis representing both danger and opportunity – if you’ve missed that blog it’s here.

If your birthday falls close to this date (within a day either side), this is the beginning of a significant new cycle in your life, particularly with regard to your sense of identity and purpose in life. The influence of Chiron means that this could be a significant new cycle in your own healing, or perhaps you’re at the stage where you can now bring healing into your work in some way.

This New Moon falls at 4 degrees Aries.  If you have points in your birth chart close to this degree (within one degree) expect the part of your life associated with that planet (eg relationships for Venus) to begin a significant new cycle. 

Wherever you have 4 degrees of Aries in your chart is the area of your life that will be affected by this New Moon – for example, if it falls in your 10th house, this signifies the beginning of a new cycle in your career or professional life.

The New Moon is exact at 7.28pm  AEST.  Remember to set your New Moon intentions in the following 24 hrs. 

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A note to all you stargazers out there – the day of this New Moon Tues 24 March is a fantastic opportunity to see Mercury and Venus (and a few days either side will be good too).  You’ll be able to see Mercury as a Morning Star in the east just before sunrise, quite low on the horizon, and Venus as an Evening Star in the west just after sunset, about 45 degrees from the horizon.  And then a few days after New Moon, you’ll see the Moon as a slim crescent close to Venus in the early evening sky, a truly beautiful sight – they’ll be closest on Sat 28 March.

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