Transits for the Aquarius-Pisces Lunation

The lunation cycle begins with six celestial bodies—the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn—aligned in the sign of Aquarius, a potent stellium fusing together a wide array of archetypal energies. Polarities are constellated as the heart contracts and expands, and the mind explores widely before honing in on a concrete but ambitious vision.

The most significant alignment of the month is the first exact square of Saturn and Uranus, a major world transit that will be in the sky until 2023. Great tensions are at a breaking point as many opposites are constellated; the potential for sudden and unexpected crises arise and demand to be handled with both authority and innovation. The times cry out for structural change at every level of society, which will either come through careful and intentional revisioning or through irrecoverable cracks to the foundation that may lead to the crumbling of institutions that can no longer weather the tests of time. In such times we must each examine our instilled habits and assumptions, taking neither tradition nor revolution for the final answer but rather walking the knife’s edge between the old world and the new.

Transits of the Aquarius-Pisces Lunation

*February 11 @ 11:06 am PT* The New Moon in Aquarius occurs simultaneously with the exact Venus-Jupiter conjunction in the same sign. A dazzling array of celestial bodies graces the sign of the water bearer, spanning from Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, and finally the Sun and Moon in their monthly coniunctio. A new cycle begins under the auspices of expansive and generous love, rich indulgence and luxurious opulence, and a celebration of the beautiful and complex artistry of life.

*February 12 @ 11:48 pm PT* Retrograde Mercury and Venus conjoin in Aquarius, bringing sweetness and gentleness to conversation, honeyed communications, and perhaps even declarations of love. But be cautious of superficial talk, when shallow words block more genuine, heart-felt connection.

*February 13 @ 6:13 pm PT* Mars in Taurus sextiles Moon-Neptune in Pisces, drawing forth emotional sensitivities and relational permeability, with an edge of irritation and perhaps even passive aggressive response. The little jellyfish may have no spine, but beware its subtle sting. 

*February 14 @ 1:40 pm PT* Retrograde Mercury and Jupiter conjoin in Aquarius, leading to verbosity, pontification, and logorrhea. Extreme loquacity may arise in response to missed communications, creating the need for long-winded, wordy, and retroactive explanations.

*February 16 @ 4:17 pm PT* The Aries Moon sextiles the Sun in late Aquarius, after sweeping across the Saturn-Mercury-Jupiter-Venus stellium the previous day. The Moon subtly communicates the changing dynamics of the Aquarius stellium to the emotional body, bringing forth a sequence of expansion and contraction in communication and feeling all within the space of but two days.  

*February 17 @ 11:08 am PT* Saturn in Aquarius forms its first exact square to Uranus in Taurus, just as the Moon conjoins Uranus as well. The outer planetary alignment that will dominate the skies until 2023 brings the opposites together in dynamic tension: between tradition and innovation, between generations old and young, between conserving the past and reforming the future. Find flexibility, be not overly rigid, lest the lightning strike crack the stone walls that have stood for centuries. Awaken to responsibility, and envision structural change in every arena.

*February 18 @ 2:44 am PT* The Sun splashes into the mutable water sign of Pisces, submerging into the liquid dreamworld of fantastical visions and imaginal reveries. Winter’s snows begin to melt as consciousness dissolves the solid boundaries of reality.

*February 19 @ 10:47 am PT* The Moon in early Gemini forms its waxing square to the Sun in Pisces, just as Venus in Aquarius squares Mars in Taurus. The painted form leaps off the page into a dance of action, gracefully asserting the will to make life beautiful, initiating social connections amidst friction and competition.  

*February 20 @ 4:52 pm PT* Mercury turns direct in Aquarius as the Moon in Gemini forms a trine to Saturn, Mercury, and Jupiter in succession. Time to pause and deeply breathe in the sharp winter air, before gathering up the scattered leaves of thought, putting them in order, and moving forward with joy and pragmatic enthusiasm.

*February 24 @ 5:52 pm PT* Mars in Taurus forms an earth trine with Pluto in Capricorn, bellying forth intensified levels of energy and assertive will. Charge ferociously up the steep climb before you, trusting that you have the warrior’s will to transmute lingering feelings of shame into deep empowerment. But be cautious of burns given or received along the blistering path.

*February 25 @ 5:11 am PT* Venus ingresses into Pisces, the sign of her exaltation, soon followed by the Sun in Pisces sextiling Uranus in Taurus. Liberate the individuating self, following the call of one’s unique spark of brilliance, while allowing the heart to luxuriate in the exquisite gossamer waters of the dream realm.

*February 27 @ 12:17 am PT* The Virgo Full Moon opposes the Sun in Pisces in the heart of the dark night, Venus tinging the bright lunar hues with a beautiful, loving glow. The culminating Solar-Lunar polarity orients inwards into the boundaried container of the Virgin’s home, containing sweetness and love within the night sky’s cosmic dance.

*March 3 @ 7:30 pm PT* Mars strides into Gemini on the same day that Venus in Pisces forms a sextile to Uranus in Taurus, initiating a period of forceful dialogue and assertive communications, a quick-witted banter that sparks back and forth between new or unexpected relations.

*March 4 @ 7:27 pm PT* Mercury conjoins Jupiter in Aquarius once more, languidly lengthening sentences into long, drawling narratives that may exaggerate the truth or uplift the mind to greater and more expansive heights of insight.

*March 5 @ 5:30 pm PT* The Sagittarius Moon forms its waning square to the Sun in Pisces, bringing tension between the desire to expand through adventure and the impulse to diffuse softly into the introverted veils of a dreamy cocoon.

*March 10 @ 4:01 pm PT* The Sun conjoins Neptune in Pisces, while the Moon conjoins Jupiter and Mercury in Aquarius. The ego dissolves into utter translucency, the Solar self shimmering through the eternal waters of divine symbolism, while a panoply of emotions spill over the tongue, narratively spinning the tale of unification with the sacred whole.

*March 13 @ 2:21 am PT* The New Moon aligns in Pisces in a stellium with an exact Venus-Neptune conjunction, initiating a new lunation cycle in the midst of an exquisite, ethereal romantic fairy-story in which mermaids sweetly sing songs of sacred seduction and the wholeness of our being dissolves into the divine union of love.

Transits for the Capricorn-Aquarius Lunation

As we enter the first lunation of the new year, the transits could not be more potent, complex, and dynamically volatile. The primary planetary alignments of this time are the lingering Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto triple conjunction, which dominated the skies throughout the transformational year of 2020, and the quickly tightening square of Jupiter-Saturn to Mars-Uranus. A heightened sense of rapid change, restless rebellion, and unpredictable breakdown of old structures is currently rattling the collective zeitgeist. Time may feel as though it is accelerating as contradictory energies pull the tension of the opposites to intensified extremes.

As we withstand the onslaught of eruptive energies, it is important to attune ourselves to how we might consciously participate in the most life-enhancing ways with these complex archetypal principles. When anger or fear grips us, where do we turn to transmute and express these energies? What practices can support us in cultivating healthy relationships with the planetary archetypes? How can we incarnate a harmonious world in the midst of this cosmic cataclysm that is driving our collective evolution of consciousness?

May these short transit updates provide you with some guidance throughout this lunation cycle. I recommend printing out a copy and affixing it near your calendar, your desk, your bed, or your altar, so you can check in each morning and evening to see what the day and night hold in store. These transit updates can be used to plan your day, week, or month ahead, and also in retrospect to reflect and even journal about how these archetypal powers have unfolded in your personal life.

Transits of the Capricorn-Aquarius Lunation

*January 12 @ 9:00 pm PT* The New Moon in Capricorn conjunct Pluto comes in the midst of an intensely potent set of transits: Mercury aligned with the Jupiter-Uranus square, Mars making its final square to Saturn, and Venus forming an earthy trine to Uranus. Amidst the transmutational turmoil, new breakthrough ideas can be implemented with rigor and discipline, while awakening to how the practical can also be beautiful allows for more intelligent design to flourish.

*January 14 @ 6:19 am PT* The Sun in Capricorn conjoins Pluto, bringing the dramatic descent of the Solar hero—both the inflated ego and the radiant self—into the broiling pits of the underworld. Confront the dragon, face the shadow, extinguish the lights, and burn with newfound brightness in the dark. Uranus also turns direct in Taurus, carrying forward the impulse for rebellion, revolution, and change.

*January 16 @ 9:02 am PT* The Moon in Pisces touches the midpoint between Venus trine Mars-Uranus, which may bring some relational softening to the explosive fervor of combative energies. However, these gentle soft aspects from the Moon and Venus may not be cooling enough to temper or quell the flames.

*January 17 @ 6:19 am PT* Jupiter in Capricorn forms an exact square to Uranus in Taurus, a transit which entered the orb of influence in December—although it did linger within 10° in April and May 2020. Radical breakthrough and sudden revolutionary change are amplified and uplifted, however, with Saturn in close range the powers of constraint, restriction, and reason bring a sense of reality to more rash, puerile tendencies. Jupiter-Uranus brings both the awakened impulse for overturning the status quo, and the sigh of relief at the unexpected blessing.

*January 19 @ 12:40 pm PT* The Sun ingresses into Aquarius, forming a stellium with Pluto in late Capricorn and Saturn and Jupiter in early Aquarius. The change of signs brings a fresh gust of new airy energy, yet the Sun’s planetary aspects highlight the lingering realities of this past year when the Capricorn stellium dominated the skies and the world was swept up into an ongoing crisis.

*January 20 @ 1:02 pm PT* Mars and Uranus come into exact alignment in Taurus just as the waxing quarter Moon in the same sign forms a triple conjunction with the two volatile planets and squares off to the Sun in early Aquarius. The zeitgeist could not be more explosive, with Uranus radically igniting Mars’ ire and tendency for violence, and the square between the luminaries activating the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium that still has more of its story to tell. The world is caught in a vice grip and the lit fuse is burning towards more fuel, but we hold the potential to rebel against violence and allow justice and balance to prevail. 

*January 22 @ 11:49 pm PT* Mars in Taurus forms its final square to Jupiter in Aquarius, enflaming peppery confidence, bravado, and swagger. Good sportsmanship and healthy competition may prevail, but there is just as much potential for anger and even violence to become inflated and enlarged beyond reasonable proportion. Step confidently, but also with respect and care…

*January 23 @ 7:01 pm PT* The Sun in Aquarius conjoins Saturn, while Venus in Capricorn sextiles Neptune in Pisces. Hard realities and concrete truths, consequences and judgements, finality, endings, and the death spiral of the ego—Saturn’s painful foot comes down, although the dreamy romantic pall of Venus-Neptune may offer some soft soothing, if not a beautiful escapist delusion.

*January 26 @ 4:48 am PT* The Sun in Aquarius squares Uranus in Taurus, further unleashing restless impulses for radical change, while Saturn still in alignment with the Sun, Jupiter, and Uranus pulls back on the reins to bring restraint wherever it can.

*January 28 @ 11:16 am PT* The Full Moon in Leo opposes the Sun-Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius, just as Venus conjoins Pluto in Capricorn. Exuberant and joyful light blossoms in winter’s darkness, the lunar lion roaring grandly, while the hearts beats molten red blood that pulses with intensified desire.

*January 30 @ 7:52 am PT* Mercury in Aquarius turns retrograde and will traverse back through Saturn’s airy winter sign, thoughts whistling like cold wind in swirling patterns doubling back to retrieve what was forgotten, lost, misplaced, misunderstood, and misinterpreted. Cultivate the meditative mind, lest you find your thoughts scattered like pages of a half-written novel released unexpectedly on the wind.

*February 1 @ 6:05 am PT* The Sun in Aquarius forms a square to Mars in Taurus, while Venus ingresses into Aquarius to join the lineup of Saturn, Jupiter, the Sun, and retrograde Mercury. Having so many planets in the sign of the water bearer reminds us each to carry our own spiritual burdens, rather than turning to external heroes or saviors, while the square of the Sun to Mars emphasizes how these energies must be put into tangible action.

*February 4 @ 9:37 am PT* The waning quarter Moon in Scorpio squares the Sun and Jupiter in Aquarius, while also forming a T-square with Mars in Taurus. The fixed signs are strongly activated and will likely be felt most in the emotional body, the home, and one’s family dynamics. Sweep out the old volatile energies by giving the house a good scrub, directing your fervor into caretaking and nurturing service for self and others.

*February 6 @ 7:33 pm PT* Venus conjoins Saturn in Aquarius in the earliest hours of the morning, before squaring Uranus in Taurus in the evening. The loving heart may feel caught between the impulse for security and the desire for change and novelty, while aesthetic expressions might bridge between classical beauty and eclectic and unique taste.

*February 8 @ 5:48 am PT* The Sun conjoins retrograde Mercury in Aquarius, emphasizing the need to speak clearly and perhaps even repeatedly so as best to be understood, and to clarify information and ideas whenever necessary.

*February 10 @ 4:16 am PT* Mercury in Aquarius squares Mars in Taurus, just as the Aquarius Moon conjoins Saturn, squares Uranus, and conjoins Venus and Jupiter in succession. Mercury-Mars can easily lead to a heated argument or debate, and the Moon’s impressionable state could lead to emotional withdrawal, outburst, or even heartbreak. Tread lightly, and find words to express one’s genuine feelings that do not cut like bitter swords.

*February 11 @ 11:06 am PT* The New Moon in Aquarius occurs simultaneously with the exact Venus-Jupiter conjunction in the same sign. A dazzling array of celestial bodies graces the sign of the water bearer, spanning from Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, and finally the Sun and Moon in their monthly coniunctio. A new cycle begins under the auspices of expansive and generous love, rich indulgence and luxurious opulence, and a celebration of the beautiful and complex artistry of life.

Transits for the Sagittarius-Capricorn Lunation

The year 2020 will be a pivotal line in the sediment of history, remembered centuries after the plagues and pestilence have passed. As the year comes to a close, the Great Stellium of Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto culminates with the exact conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21, synchronistically aligning with the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Jupiter and Saturn have not been this visibly close to each other since the conjunction of March 4, 1226, and they will form what appears to be a shining double planet—the mythic Christmas Star that led the three wise astrologers to the birth place of Solar Consciousness incarnated into human form.

This lunation cycle opens with a Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius, and numerous planets change zodiac signs during the course of the month: Saturn and Jupiter ingress into Aquarius, the Sun and Mercury enter Capricorn, Mars departs Aries at last, and Mercury and Venus both switch signs on the same day. While the opening weeks of 2021 may not bring the respite and restoration of normalcy that so many desire, the winds of change are blowing and a new season dawns as the darkest night of the year passes and the days begin to lengthen once more.

Transits of the Sagittarius–Capricorn Lunation

*December 14 @ 8:17 am PT* The New Moon in Sagittarius is a potent Solar Eclipse, occurring on the same day as Venus in Scorpio sextiles Jupiter in Capricorn, and Mercury in Sagittarius trines Mars in Aries. Moon and Sun conjoin in their sacred marriage, renewing their vows in daylight darkness, expanding their love to new heights, and igniting the noosphere with the fire of passion.

*December 15 @ 8:21 am PT* Venus forms a sextile to Saturn in late Capricorn, hours before alighting into Sagittarius, bringing bittersweet heartache and tender love, a sense of separation and longing for beloved community, and a recognition of the beauty of mortality.

*December 16 @ 9:04 pm PT* Saturn ingresses into Aquarius at last, leaving the sign of Capricorn where it has dwelt since late 2017. The Moon graces the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium, helping to usher Saturn into its new domain, and bringing the intense and magnanimous feeling of the great Capricorn stellium into our bodies for one final time.

*December 19 @ 5:07 am PT* Jupiter follows Saturn’s footsteps into Aquarius, while the Sun conjoins Mercury in late Sagittarius. The impulse to grow and expand enters into new territory, although it still must contend with limitation, structure, and discipline for some time to come. Nonetheless, clear focus of thought can expand the reaches of the mind, leading to the incarnation of grand possibilities.  

*December 20 @ 3:07 pm PT* Mercury crosses the threshold into Capricorn, taking on a more serious and grounded attitude, forging plans and laying intellectual foundations on which thought castles can solidly be constructed.

*December 21 @ 10:21 am PT* The Winter Solstice, when the Sun ingresses into Capricorn, aligns with the day that Jupiter and Saturn perfect their exact conjunction, while the waxing quarter Moon in Aries further marks the opening stages of a new cycle. A great turning of the tides is underway, the end of an era, a fall from inflated heights and a stabilization of new growth. Justice weighs out her scales, and every action has the potential to tip the balance towards failure or success.

*December 23 @ 6:53 am PT* Mars in Aries forms its third and final square of 2020 to Pluto in Capricorn, just as the Moon in Aries illuminates this potent alignment with pearly hues. The lionness roars and bares her fangs, and the volcanic blood of the Earth boils forth in tempestuous rage and titanic passion.

*December 24 @ 11:05 pm PT* Mercury in Capricorn trines Uranus in Taurus in the dark of night on Christmas Eve. The soft jingle of silver sleighbells awakens the mind to impossible thoughts, liberating reason to play in realms of surprise and delight.

*December 27 @ 7:25 pm PT* The Sun in Capricorn trines Uranus in Taurus, awakening restless impulses for new experiences and unbound freedom as the spark of genius shines forth in eccentric flashes of unpredictable brilliance.

*December 29 @ 7:28 pm PT* The Cancer Full Moon opposes the Sun and Mercury in Capricorn, illuminating the relational interconnectedness of all beings, our minds and bodies intertwined in a great cosmic network of conscious matter and incarnated soul.

*December 30 @ 2:19 am PT* Venus in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces, draping a gossamer curtain across our vision of the world’s beauties, enchanting the senses with the sweet dew of love’s potion, clouding the eyes to see naught but the divine soul of the beloved reflected on every shimmering surface.  

*January 1 @ 3:18 am PT* The New Year dawns with Mercury in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces, subtly singing in mythic tunes and timbres, humming softly to the dulcimer tones of an inebriated mind awash in spirit-song.

*January 4 @ 4:58 pm PT* Mercury conjoins Pluto in Capricorn, empowering the capacity for deep thought and voracious knowledge-seeking, while driving forth suspicion and paranoia from the secret depths of darkened intellectual discourse.

*January 6 @ 1:37 am PT* Mars finally departs the sign of Aries after its six-month sojourn and settles into Taurus, just as the Moon in Libra makes its waning square to the Sun in Capricorn. No longer in its sign of rulership, Mars has to surrender to the grounded realm of Venus’s earth sign, learning to slow down and attend to sensate needs. How shall we integrate each event that has ignited since late June 2020 into the practical, relational structures of our lives?  

*January 8 @ 8:53 am PT* Mercury and Venus change signs in quick succession, Mercury entering Aquarius and Venus entering Capricorn within a few hours of each other. The Sun in Capricorn also forms a sextile to Neptune, while Mercury squares Mars in early Taurus. The mind catches fire with argumentative fervor, while the heart turns serious and somber—yet a dreamy pall washes over all, blurring the edges of being.

*January 9 @ 7:53 am PT* Venus in Capricorn trines Mars in Taurus, while Mercury conjoins Saturn in early Aquarius. Thoughts may grind in frustration as Mercury is caught in a hard angle between the mortar and pestle of Saturn and Mars, alluring the desires into a dance with the archetypal lovers instead. When the mind reaches a dead end, perhaps the heart and body can take the lead instead?

*January 11 @ 9:19 am PT* Mercury conjoins Jupiter in Aquarius, leading into a square to Uranus in Taurus that will perfect early the following morning. Expansive awakening may shed dazzling insights where not long before frustration and mental irritability dominated, leading to the potential for radical and exuberant innovation.

*January 12 @ 9:00 pm PT* The New Moon in Capricorn conjunct Pluto comes in the midst of an intensely potent set of transits: Mercury aligned with the Jupiter-Uranus square, Mars making its final square to Saturn, and Venus forming an earthy trine to Uranus. Amidst the transmutational turmoil, new breakthrough ideas can be implemented with rigor and discipline, while awakening to how the practical can also be beautiful allows for more intelligent design to flourish.

Transits for the Scorpio-Sagittarius Lunation

Transits of the Scorpio-Sagittarius Lunation

*November 14 @ 9:07 pm PT* The New Moon in Scorpio forms a sextile to the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction, highlighting great ambitions, the impulse to strive for excellence, for high achievement, for power and influence. Seeds planted in such rich soil may grow to extraordinary heights, but growth without integrity will ultimately lead to an untimely withering and a fall of the crowning flower. Strive for the sunlight, but stay connected to the deep roots that nourish as well.

*November 15 @ 11:43 am PT* Venus in Libra perfects its square to Pluto in Capricorn in the morning, and then Jupiter in Capricorn in the late evening. The heart beats with warmth and intensity, with growth and transmutation. Whether through drama or depth, disturbance or surrender, relationships are called to stretch and transform, to encompass both light and shadow in their movement towards wholeness.

*November 17 @ 12:07 am PT* Mercury in Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus for the third time this season, sparking new insights and revelations, bringing to the light of the mind’s eye realizations that may have been passed over during the previous two oppositions.  

*November 19 @ 8:30 am PT* The waxing crescent Moon opens the next phase of the lunation cycle as the Sun in Scorpio forms a sextile with both the Moon and Saturn in Capricorn, and Venus in Libra squares Saturn as well. The desire may arise to withdraw emotionally into a safe relational container, protecting the heart, and holding one’s feelings with tender maturity.

*November 21 @ 8:45 pm PT* The waxing quarter Moon in early Pisces occurs the same day as the Sun alights in Sagittarius and Venus descends into Scorpio. The call to mutate, shed, deepen, sensitize, feel, soften, and open, all initiate the season of late autumnal adventure. Amethyst mist clings to twilight spiderwebs, and the light dwindles into piercing beams of subtle warmth.  

*November 23 @ 8:40 pm PT* Mercury in Scorpio trines Neptune in Pisces, dissolving the mind into the eternal wellspring of images that upwells from the ceaseless celestial seas of the dreamworld.

*November 26 @ 7:43 pm PT* The Moon ingresses into Taurus, the sign of her exaltation, after spending the day squaring the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium in Capricorn. Complex emotional dynamics arise, dramatic feelings, over-stimulation, isolation, the need to withdraw and the need to feel connected. The evening may bring an unexpected softness, an opening to heart’s contentment.

*November 27 @ 9:11 am PT* Mercury in Scorpio forms a sextile to Pluto, while Venus in the same sign opposes Uranus in Taurus. Deep and meaningful conversations awaken the heart to new desires and attractions, a dazzling sparkle of fireworks alighting from heart to heart, and mind to mind.

*November 28 @ 4:36 pm PT* Neptune in Pisces swims direct after spending half the year retrograde, now joining all the planets except Uranus in their forward orbital journey through the solar system. Mercury in Scorpio also forms a sextile to Jupiter, broadening the intellect to encompass new philosophical perspectives and birth grand ideas from the realm of potentia.

*November 30 @ 1:30 am PT* The Full Moon initiates eclipse season with a Lunar Eclipse on the Sagittarius-Gemini axis, while Mercury in Scorpio sextiles Saturn in Capricorn. Pivotal conversations may transmute the unfolding of destinies, opening unseen possibilities and whispered potentials, while also narrowing the focus on what realities can actually be manifested.

*December 1 @ 11:51 am PT* Mercury leaps into Sagittarius, and the tongue of the storyteller tells long tales of grandeur and adventure, exaggerating the successes and downplaying the failures, weaving a narrative of high achievement and abundant celebration.

*December 5 @ 8:53 pm PT* Venus in Scorpio trines Neptune in Pisces, while sirens sing and mermaids swoon, and gentle butterflies alight on the heart of the enchanted lover who has fallen in love with a dream.

*December 7 @ 4:37 pm PT* The waning quarter Moon in Virgo squares the Sun in Sagittarius, bringing in the harvest of the lunation and separating the wheat from the chaff to see how much abundance really came to fruition.

*December 9 @ 11:41 am PT* The Sun in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces, pouring symbolic waters in the soul of being, the fountain of self overflowing and saturating the cosmos with idealized visions and fantasies. The world becomes a scrying mirror, and the reflections echo from eternity to the heavens in a single moment of infinite concrescence.

*December 10 @ 3:52 am PT* Venus in Scorpio sextiles Pluto in Capricorn at the start of the day, and the Sun in Sagittarius trines Mars in Aries at day’s end. Morning dawns with deep passion, the rich auras of the world coloring the potency of existence, before the warrior steps forth with fire and certainty, the heroic sword in hand catching gleams of the setting Sun.

*December 13 @ 3:38 am PT* Mercury in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces, drawing the veils of illusion across the rational intellect, gossamer potentials trilling in mental waterfalls off cliffs of rationality and into pools of unreason.

*December 14 @ 8:17 am PT* The New Moon in Sagittarius is a potent Solar Eclipse, occurring on the same day as Venus in Scorpio sextiles Jupiter in Capricorn, and Mercury in Sagittarius trines Mars in Aries. Moon and Sun conjoin in their sacred marriage, renewing their vows in daylight darkness, expanding their love to new heights, and igniting the noosphere with the fire of passion.

Transits for the Libra-Scorpio Lunation

The deep rhythms of Mars square the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium continue to sound the bass notes of this next lunation cycle that unfolds in the heart of autumn. As the cycle begins with the Libra New Moon, Mercury is already retrograde, traversing through the sign of Scorpio. Mercury retrograde reminds us to slow down, be mindful in our speech, not to try to rush ahead with plans and ideas but to contemplate what we may have missed and how we can be more conscious in the ways we use our voice.

Two Full Moons grace the month of October, with the Full Moon in Taurus aligning with Halloween and leading towards the Day of the Dead. The ancestors may feel especially present on this most potent Full Moon, as the night hours are brightly illuminated and shadows sway in a mysterious flickering dance.

These transit updates are meant to be both a guide to dancing with the archetypal energies and a poetic homage to the iridescent array of their manifestations. They can be used when you plan your day or your week ahead, or they can be drawn upon for retrospective reflection as you review how your week or month has unfolded. They can be seeds to inspire small ritual actions, or they can simply give you a moment to pause and reflect on how your soul is interwoven in the great archetypal warp and weft of the cosmic loom.

Transits of the Libra-Scorpio Lunation

*October 16 @ 12:31 pm PT* The New Moon aligns in Libra, still carrying the dynamic energies of the T-square with Mars and the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium. Seeds need darkness to germinate and take root, and although the night may feel long and foreboding, the dawn always comes at last.

*October 18 @ 6:58 am PT* The Sun in late Libra squares Saturn in Capricorn, while Venus in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces. The dreamy, romantic fantasy conflicts with the focus on hard, practical realities, perhaps leading to a sense of dissonance and the desire for exquisite escapism.

*October 19 @ 12:35 am PT* A potent sequence of astrological events unfolds as retrograde Mars in Aries squares Jupiter in Capricorn for the second time since August; Venus in Virgo trines Jupiter; and retrograde Mercury in Scorpio makes its second opposition to Uranus in Taurus. Exuberant, heated, and potentially explosive energies and a frazzled, easily distracted, erratic mind may need some kind of luxurious indulgence to smooth off the edges. Imagine a thick slice of cake at the end of a work day in which tempers flared with every technological glitch and miscommunication…

*October 20 @ 8:38 pm PT* The waxing crescent Moon in late Sagittarius forms its opening sextile to the Sun, while also forming a T-square with Venus opposite Neptune and a trine to Mars. Perhaps put the heated energies to use by scrubbing clean your home, before allowing yourself to dissolve in a rose petal bath and drift into an array of unrealistic fantasies…

*October 21 @ 2:42 pm PT* Venus in Virgo forms a trine to Pluto, deepening sensual desire, dressing the dangerous in gorgeous guise, and flirting with the edges of the taboo underworld. For whom would you willingly tear out a piece of your heart?

*October 22 @ 4:00 pm PT* The Sun ingresses into the watery realm of Scorpio, autumn’s fixed sign, and our attention is invited to dwell below the surface and explore that which often chooses to hide or remain obscured. The days continue to darken, the air to chill, and the veiled denizens of the otherworld begin to wander among the shadows of the trees.

*October 23 @ 6:23 am PT* The waxing quarter Moon in early Aquarius makes its opening square to the Sun in Scorpio, potentially leading to embodied tensions, internal conflict, or a sense of being at odds with oneself or one’s community.

*October 24 @ 8:41 am PT* Venus in late Virgo trines Saturn in Capricorn, bringing order and precision to beauty, and an appreciation for the old and antique, the precious object that has endured through time. The heart may ache softly with remembrance of shattered loves.

*October 25 @ 11:23 am PT* The Sun in Scorpio conjoins Mercury retrograde while the Moon in Pisces forms a trine to both celestial bodies. Speak subtle words in metaphor and poetry, as direct communication may be futile. The emotional body is more attuned to the whispering winds of the world.

*October 27 @ 6:33 pm PT* Within minutes of each other Venus ingresses into the beginning of Libra while retrograde Mercury traverses back into the end of the same sign, the two innermost planets drawing closer to one another once more. Venus is home in her rulership and Mercury becomes her guest for a spell, sweetening the tongue with honeyed words and graceful locutions.

*October 31 @ 7:55 am PT* On the night when spirits freely walk the world, the Full Moon conjunct Uranus in Taurus waxes in opposition to the Sun in Scorpio. The unexpected surprise, the spark of brilliant insight, the embodied awakening—the precocious trickster steals fire from the heavens to bring new consciousness to humanity.

*November 1 @ 11:06 am PT* Mercury in late Libra squares Saturn in Capricorn once more, passing back over the tracks it laid in late September. Think over decisions carefully, weighing all options, balancing negative opinions with tangible facts. Think each detail through to the end.

*November 3 @ 9:50 am PT* Mercury stations direct in Libra, although do not expect communications, decisions, ideas, or plans to move forward smoothly yet. Mercury will take some time to pick up speed, and its hesitancy is reiterated by its close proximity in square to Saturn.

*November 6 @ 1:12 am PT* Mercury in Libra makes its final exact square to Saturn in Capricorn, having lingered within orb of the senex planet during the length of its slowing and stationing. Rethinking, reviewing, mulling over, checking for mistakes, revisioning, heavy conclusions and hard concepts are all weighed in the balance.  

*November 8 @ 5:46 am PT* The waning quarter Moon in Leo makes its closing square to the Sun in Scorpio, emphasizing the tension between the desire to take up space with one’s feelings and the impulse to obscure one’s light in the shadows.

*November 9 @ 8:08 am PT* Venus in Libra opposes Mars in Aries, the opposition amplifying the polarity of rulerships between these two cardinal signs. Fire and air, the lover and the beloved, Venus allures while Mars leaps, aggression and passion enflaming both anger and desire.

*November 10 @ 1:55 pm PT* Mercury ingresses back into Scorpio, while the balsamic Moon in Virgo forms an opposition to Neptune, and the Sun in Scorpio trines the ethereal planet. Emotional and relational edges may be blurred, feelings permeating the soul in an alchemical osmosis. Soak the imagination in a bath of luminescence, and watch the mind spiral down the drain’s whirlpool.

*November 12 @ 1:39 pm PT* Jupiter and Pluto makes their third and final conjunction in Capricorn, an alignment that has defined 2020 with its high drama, moral polarization, and the globalized amplification of destruction. The scales of justice weigh heaven and hell in the balance.

*November 13 @ 4:36 pm PT* Mars at long last stations direct in mid-Aries, although it now has one more slow journey in a square to Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto to traverse. Archetypal echoes of this spring and early fall resound once more as the warrior steps forward with sword in hand. Which way will the sword swing? How deep will be the cut? And who is called to wield the blade?

*November 14 @ 9:07 pm PT* The New Moon in Scorpio forms a sextile to the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction, highlighting great ambitions, the impulse to strive for excellence, for high achievement, for power and influence. Seeds planted in such rich soil may grow to extraordinary heights, but growth without integrity will ultimately lead to an untimely withering and a fall of the crowning flower. Strive for the sunlight, but stay connected to the deep roots that nourish as well.

Transits for the Virgo-Libra Lunation

The world is an interplay of illumination and shadow, and the intermingling of darkness with light creates the dazzling spectrum of colors we know. As the seasons turn, the balance of day and night are equal, showing us the value and necessity of both diurnal and nocturnal consciousness.

The next lunation cycle begins with the Virgo New Moon, before the Sun enters the sign of Libra and the cycle continues through the cardinal signs. The dominant alignment through the entire month is Mars retrograde in a square to the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium, which will be highlighted at hard angles by both Mercury and the Sun as the weeks progress. There is no denying the times are difficult and filled with uncertainty, and finding grace and equilibrium in the midst of the turmoil and heaviness can be challenging. Libra is a Venus-ruled sign, and if we find ourselves struggling or down-hearted, it can be important to remember our connections with loved ones and community.

Transits of the Virgo-Libra Lunation

*September 17 @ 4:00 am PT* The New Moon in Virgo offers a fertile, mutable soil in which to plant the new seeds of intention. Mercury in Libra aligns in a square to Jupiter in Capricorn, calling forth grand ideas, inflated thoughts, philosophical musings, and an optimistic perspective on the growing potential of the newly seeded intentions. Plant kernels of hope in abundance now, for although not all may come to flower, some of these ambitious ideas may grow to great heights.

*September 21 @ 11:13 am PT* As the Moon in late Scorpio forms a sextile with the Sun in Virgo, Mercury in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn. Gossip and intrigue, paranoia and slander can taint and corrupt the thinking mind. Who pulls the strings of our thought patterns, and do we have the power to think for ourselves?

*September 22 @ 6:31 am PT* The Sun enters Libra with the autumnal equinox, marking the shift of seasons and the fading of light. A Venus-ruled air sign, Libra oversees the fall winds scattering many-colored leaves in complex patterns across the dappled ground. The elves are on the road in autumn, and some may hear the call to adventure echoing in their hearts.

*September 23 @ 6:55 pm PT* The waxing quarter Moon in Capricorn squares Libra Sun, while Mercury simultaneously squares Saturn. Hard problems, difficult conversation, misperceptions and miscommunications can make nuanced communication challenging. Saturn negates the voice, calling for silence and quiet contemplation instead.

*September 24 @ 3:53 am PT* As Mercury still lingers in Saturn’s and Pluto’s rays, it perfects an opposition to Mars in Aries, bringing heightened tempers and argumentative debate into an already frustrating communicative environment. Instead of getting caught in a shouting match, writing a rage-filled letter and burning it to ashes may help to release and redirect the fiery energies.

*September 25 @ 12:11 am PT* The Moon in Capricorn spends the entirety of the day traversing the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunction, and forming a T-square with both Mercury and Mars. If it all feels like too much and your emotions boil over and break down, know that you may be feeling not only your own emotional whirlpool but that of the collective as well.

*September 26 @ 6:30 am PT* The Gibbous Moon in early Aquarius forms an airy trine with the Libra Sun, which may offer some breathing room and a little perspective on the previous day’s emotional turmoil—although the Moon’s simultaneous square to Uranus may still lead to unexpected and erratic emotional outbursts and sensations.

*September 27 @ 12:41 am PT* Mercury descends into the underwater grotto of Scorpio, the sign in which it will turn retrograde in a fortnight. What hidden and obscured information and ideas have been secreted away within these caves of the mind, and what is the measure of your impassioned desire to know?

*September 28 @ 6:01 pm PT* Venus in Leo forms a fire trine with Mars in Aries, taking the next steps in the erotic dance initiated just three weeks prior when these two planets formed a dynamic square. Perhaps this relational dance can express a greater harmony, a balancing between the allurement of Venus and the initiatory desire of Mars.

*September 29 @ 2:50 pm PT* Mars in Aries perfects its square to Saturn for the second time, just hours after Saturn stations direct. These stubborn, frictional energies are pulling in opposite directions, grinding action to a halt and enforcing patience with an aggressive hand. If no forward motion is possible, how instead will you plan for the long game?

*October 1 @ 2:05 pm PT* The Full Moon in Aries opposes the Sun in Libra, culminating the lunar cycle initiated with the Virgo New Moon. This highly activated Full Moon in Mars’s home sign reflects the agitated state of the world, currently dominated by the archetypal principles of the red planet. How to cultivate Libran balance and harmony when so much needs to be done?

*October 2 @ 1:48 pm PT* Venus steps into the earthy realm of Virgo, bringing a logical and measured approach to love and aesthetic sensibilities. Everything has its right place, and all that is beautiful must also be practical, while all that is practical ought to be aesthetically pleasing as well. As a Mercury-ruled sign, Venus in Virgo desires to be expressed through carefully chosen words. What words would you choose to write a love letter to your own heart?

*October 7 @ 2:18 am PT* The Disseminating Moon in Gemini forms a trine with the Sun in Libra, while Mercury in Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus. Mental activity may accelerate, taking on an electrified, frenetic pace that can at times disturb sleep as sparks fly off of new insights and realizations.

*October 9 @ 5:40 pm PT* The waning quarter Moon in Cancer forms its closing square to the Sun, as Mars perfects its second square to Pluto. Volcanic intensity drives the instincts, and simmering tempers may ignite over pools of shame and rage. The power to take action resides within, but directing this ferocious warrior energy takes self-awareness of unconscious tendencies.

*October 10 @ 4:08 pm PT* Venus in Virgo forms an earth trine to Uranus in Taurus, bringing forth unusual desires and unique aesthetic tastes, sparking unexpected heart connections, friendships, and love.

*October 11 @ 6:34 am PT* The Sun in Libra squares Jupiter in Capricorn, beginning its angular sweep across the Capricorn stellium. While the focus may be on the need for growth, expansion, and the cultivation of joy, the problematic sides of Jupiter may also be highlighted: grandiosity, arrogance, and an inflated sense of one’s egoic identity.

*October 12 @ 9:39 am PT* Jupiter in Capricorn makes its third and final sextile of the year to Neptune, while Mercury perfects its own sextile to Venus for the second time since they came into this configuration in late August. In the midst of this season’s intensified turmoil, these alignments may offer a diplomatic perspective and capacity to perceive a broader, unified vision.

*October 13 @ 4:26 pm PT* The Sun in Libra opposes Mars in Aries, the same day as Mercury stations retrograde in Scorpio. The flow of information slows into quagmires of confusion, bringing the need to review and reflect critically. With the Sun highlighting retrograde Mars, encounters with misinformation may inflame the frustrations and ignite the temper.

*October 15 @ 3:15 am PT* The Sun continues its angular journey to the Capricorn stellium, squaring Pluto next and intensifying the awareness of the shadowy underworld dynamics of power and corruption. Following the path of descent can bring profound regeneration and rebirth, but only after the outworn ways of being have been dismembered and composted.

*October 16 @ 12:31 pm PT* The New Moon aligns in Libra, still carrying the dynamic energies of the T-square with Mars and the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium. Seeds need darkness to germinate and take root, and although the night may feel long and foreboding, the dawn always comes at last.

Transits for the Leo-Virgo Lunation

Smoke fills the air as I write these words, the archetype of Mars igniting the Earth’s landscape with extreme heat and lightning strikes. The year 2020 has been defined by the great conjunction of Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto, and now that Mars is square to the Capricorn stellium an already inflamed and feverish world catches fire once more. Whether fires in Australia or California, the heatwaves rippling across the globe, or the fevered foreheads and burning lungs of those struck by the crown virus, the world is expressing the intensity and heat of the archetypal zeitgeist in myriad ways.

During this lunation cycle the inner planets Mercury, Venus, and Mars form an intertwining dance with the outer planets in quick succession. Neptune is in a soft sextile to the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunction, and Mercury and Venus form major aspects to the entire set of planets, with Mercury trining the stellium and Venus opposing it, and Mercury opposing Neptune while Venus trines it. Together they form an exquisite and rare mystic rectangle, a complex aspect pattern made up of two oppositions, two trines, and two sextiles. Mars joins the dance, continuing to square Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto, and finally squares his lover Venus on the same day Mercury sextiles her. One can perceive an image of archetypal forces weaving a sophisticated pattern around our Earth, drawing us all into the dance in one form or another.

Transits of the Leo–Virgo Lunation

*August 18 @ 7:42 pm PT* The New Moon in Leo comes at last, closing out the Leo lunation cycle instead of initiating it—as has been the case for every previous lunation cycle this year. Plant your seeds of intention in the sunbaked soil, and offer them the creative fertilizer of the Venus-Uranus sextile that also comes into exact alignment on this day. The heart awakens with new and unexpected desires, bringing breakthroughs, excitement, and experimentation in love, romance, and friendship.

*August 19 @ 6:30 pm PT* The Moon and Mercury both ingress into Virgo by the day’s end, bringing the thought and feel of late summer into our bodies and minds. Our needs must be met in certain and specific ways, following a familiar and logical pattern, as Mercury steps into rulership and enjoys the benefits of exaltation as well.

*August 22 @ 8:45 am PT* Virgo welcomes the Sun into the late summer sign, and the height of Solar dominance begins to dim slightly into the softer hues of a deepening afternoon sky. Virgo is a Mercury-ruled sign, but unlike Mercury’s other domicile Gemini—in which conversations dart back and forth in quick dialogue between the twins—the Virgin is “one unto herself” and thus holds the contemplative conversation within in a space of self-reflection.

*August 23 @ 4:35 am PT* Scorpio Moon forms the waxing crescent sextile to the Sun in Virgo, the first alignment between the luminaries in the Virgo lunation. The wheat stalks send forth their slim leaves, beginning to grow the seeds of intention planted in Leo’s hot summer soil. Deep emotions may feel balanced out by a logical approach to integrating their reasons for arising.

*August 24 @ 11:19 am PT* Mars in Aries squares Saturn in Capricorn, culminating the first of three sweeps across the great stellium. The ferocity that has been building throughout the month meets a firewall, containing and constricting the energies, building frustrations and stamina. But beware the dormant volcano, which may be accumulating greater pressures under the forces of negation.

*August 25 @ 10:58 am PT* As the Moon in Sagittarius squares the Sun in Virgo, Mercury forms a trine with Uranus while Venus opposes Jupiter. The archetypal dynamics are complex and multifaceted, as a quickening rational mind tries to make sense of Venus opposing the Capricorn stellium and Mars squaring it. The lovers Venus and Mars start their tango, while the fate of the whole world is seemingly caught in the balance.

*August 27 @ 2:13 pm PT* Venus in Cancer trines Neptune in Pisces, pulling four of the five outermost planets into major aspect with the principle of love and beauty. The heart may be opening generously and feeling tendrils of romantic daydreams, but the potential of challenge and intense transformation lies on the immediate horizon.

*August 29 @ 6:28 am PT* Mercury in Virgo trines Jupiter just as the Moon passes through the great Capricorn stellium. Emotions and intimate relational dynamics may be intensified, but perhaps Mercury can offer a means to express and interpret those feelings, bringing the insight of the storyteller to reflect on one’s innermost dynamics.

*August 30 @ 6:31 am PT* Venus in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn, aligning at the midpoint of the stellium, while Mercury opposes Neptune in Pisces. The glistening beauty of the serpent coils around the bleeding heart, while the mind is awash in daydreams, delusions, and fantasies.

*September 1 @ 10:22 pm PT* The Full Moon in Pisces opposes the Sun in Virgo, while Mercury in the same sign trines Pluto in Capricorn, bringing in depth and power to the image-saturated mind. The roots may be planted in solid, fertile soil, but the Lunar blossom unfurls its petals in the realm of dreams. Seek to understand the hidden reaches of the dreamworld, unveiling the symbols that arise from the infinite wellspring of ideas.

*September 2 @ 5:18 am PT* Venus in Cancer opposes Saturn, culminating its journey in opposition to the Capricorn stellium. Bittersweet heartache, the poignancy of loss, the beauty of suffering, the commitment of love beyond death. Venus-Saturn is the withered rose whose scent may be even more beautiful in memory than reality.

*September 3 @ 12:23 am PT* Mercury in Virgo completes its trine to the Capricorn stellium with an exact alignment to Saturn, focusing the mind, bringing precision to the intellect, conciseness to the expression of words, and quiet to the whirling world of thoughts.

*September 4 @ 2:12 am PT* Venus in Cancer squares Mars in Aries, while Mercury in Virgo forms a sextile to Venus. These two alignments, each perfecting on the same day, show the different way that Eros relates to Logos versus the Warrior. Mercury and Venus never find themselves more than a gentle sextile apart, always maintaining a harmonious confluence between the mind and the heart. But Venus and Mars can form any dynamic aspect to one another, igniting the friction, conflict, and active allurement needed for passionate love-making or a burned heart.

*September 5 @ 12:46 pm PT* Mercury leaves its exalted home of Virgo to enter into Libra’s domain of balance, harmony, and potential indecision. Although now in Venus’s domicile, Mercury is charmed to be here, working the room with a honeyed tongue, bestowing pleasing compliments and sweet musings upon those who will listen.

*September 6 @ 12:22 am PT* Venus departs the Lunar realm of Cancer and ascends into the Solar domain of Leo, a shining beacon of beauty, style, and aesthetic taste. Allow your individual and radiant splendor to take up the space it deserves, acknowledging that there is room for everyone to be their gorgeous selves.

*September 9 @ 3:22 pm PT* Mars turns retrograde in the final degrees of Aries, increasing the potency of the square to the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium in Capricorn. Mars will be retrograde until November 13, thickening and coagulating the warrior blood and fire for more than two months. Mars may not be leaping ahead in its usual manner, but its deceleration amplifies and deepens Mars’s anger, assertion, aggression, and energized will to take action.

*September 10 @ 2:26 am PT* The Gemini Moon forms its waning square to the Sun in Virgo, reorienting the energies inward as the Lunar cycle makes its way towards the close. With both luminaries in Mercury-ruled signs, mental activities, conversations, exchanges of ideas, and internal contemplation may feel especially illuminated.

*September 11 @ 1:26 pm PT* The Sun in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces, dissolving the boundaries of the ego and identity, permeating the self with mystical images, visionary dreams, religious callings, symbols and signs, fantasies and mirages. The edges of one’s being become blurred, making it hard to differentiate what is yours, and what belongs to the rest of the world.

*September 12 @ 5:41 pm PT* Jupiter turns direct at 17° Capricorn, the first of the outer planets to return to its normal forward course across the starry sky. Jupiter will now move in closer once more to the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, crossing over each planet in the final months of the year before at last departing the sign of its fall.

*September 15 @ 8:29 am PT* Venus in Leo squares Uranus in Taurus, adding flair, sparkle, and experimentation to Venus’s already dazzling beauty. The heart wants to be unbound and unrestrained, breaking free from any constrictions, and bringing forth unexpected revelations of desire.

*September 17 @ 4:00 am PT* The New Moon in Virgo offers a fertile, mutable soil in which to plant the new seeds of intention. Mercury in Libra aligns in a square to Jupiter in Capricorn, calling forth grand ideas, inflated thoughts, philosophical musings, and an optimistic perspective on the growing potential of the newly seeded intentions. Plant kernels of hope in abundance now, for although not all may come to flower, some of these ambitious ideas may grow to great heights.

Transits for the Cancer-Leo Lunation

The next lunation cycle opens with a rare Black Moon, a second New Moon in the same sign of the zodiac. The first New Moon in Cancer, which was also a Solar Eclipse, took place late at night between June 20 and 21. The second New Moon in Cancer will take place on July 20, inaugurating the next lunation cycle. The subsequent alignments between the Sun and the Moon—from waxing sextile to closing conjunction—will take place with the Sun in Leo. Thus, this cycle is primarily dominated by that Solar Leonine energy, but our seeds of intention will be planted in the Lunar-ruled soil of the sign of Cancer.

The retrogrades of Venus and Mercury are now behind us, and the Mars retrograde still lies ahead. The inner planets have smooth sailing, while the outer planets will all be moving retrograde against the backdrop of fixed stars before this lunation is out.

The fiery warrior energy of Mars in Aries is dominant throughout this cycle, and with the Sun also in a fire sign the energetic temperature seems to be turning up to higher and greater degrees of heat. Fire can be purifying and cleansing, burning away what no longer serves or what has lingered past its time, but fire also can be destructive, consuming in its flames that which was still meant to grow and flourish. We each have a fire within us that can be directed towards right action, and the long march of Mars in Aries through these coming months will continue to remind us that we have the power to direct that will for good or for ill.

Aquarius Full Moon

Transits of the Cancer-Leo Lunation

*July 20 @ 10:33 am PT* The first New Moon after eclipse season still has an air of the unusual: a Black Moon, shimmering at the surface of the last watery degree of Cancer. The Moon sweeps opposite Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn, before conjoining the Sun in exact opposition to Saturn. A focus on endings, finitude, loss, even pain and suffering may attend this second Cancer New Moon of 2020. The Sun-ruled sign of Leo hosts a New Moon late in the Sun’s sojourn in that sign this year. We have the opportunity to plant seeds of intention twice within Lunar soil, but don’t have a Solar sowing until the rest of the Leo lunation cycle has already passed. Perhaps we are being reminded to look to the community and to care for the whole, rather than focusing so much on individualism and the self.

*July 22 @ 1:37 am PT* Glory be as the Sun ingresses into the radiant sign of its rulership, while Mercury, still lingering in Cancer, makes an intellectually stimulating sextile to Uranus in Taurus. The Sun is home in its midsummer fixed fire sign, the blazing heat drawing all attention to itself as the one light of the day sky. The Sun is the archetype of individuality and identity, it is our will to be, our impulse to exist—“the infinite I AM”*—and when dignified in Leo, the Sun draws our attention to the spiraling center of the Self.
*Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria

*July 23 @ 10:46 pm PT* Virgo Moon forms a T-square with Venus in Gemini and Neptune in Pisces, luring forward themes last felt in May: the exquisitely dreamy mood, the ethereal wash of poignant emotions, the sensitive emotional attunement to the heart of others. Ophelia drowns in the flower-strewn river of her poetic fantasies, and sylphs mourn her passing.

*July 24 @ 11:33 pm PT* Libra Moon forms a waxing crescent in a sextile to the Sun in Leo, the first alignment between the luminaries in the Leo lunation cycle. The confluence between the air and fire of these signs may bring an energetic harmony and sense of energized balance, although the reprieve may not last long in the heated conditions of this year’s lengthier planetary alignments.

*July 27 @ 5:33 am PT* Scorpio Moon squares off in its waxing quarter phase to the Sun in Leo, opening a day of astrological potency: exact alignments of Jupiter sextile Neptune, Venus square Neptune, and Mercury square Mars set the spheres alight with ringing overtones of archetypal music. Venus-Neptune may be holding forth with romantic ideals and divine love, but Mercury-Mars may want to argue and debate against such fantastical notions. Fortunately, Jupiter-Neptune does offer a broader perspective, a cosmic optimism that may provide the relaxed ease needed to contextualize mortal conflicts.

*July 29 @ 12:47 pm PT* The Moon in Sagittarius points its arrow towards the Sun in Leo, forming a fiery trine between the great lights of our sky. Harmonious and supportive for action, growth, and self-actualization, some seeds planted during the Cancer Black Moon may be starting to sprout, putting forth new leaves and furled buds that extend upwards towards the warm light.

*July 30 @ 7:17 am PT* Mercury in Cancer opposes Jupiter in Capricorn while also forming a trine to Neptune in Pisces. Jupiter takes joy in broadening and expanding Mercury’s mind, while Neptune pours forth its stream of images into Mercury’s consciousness. The ever-widening river of thoughts rushes and flows through the valley of the mind, submerging the intellect in daydreams of grandeur.

*August 1 @ 3:52 am PT* Mercury in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn, deepening the mind, intensifying the intellect, driving one’s curiosity to ferret out secrets and voraciously devour knowledge. Beware of paranoid thinking, but conscious of how your thoughts can be manipulated, especially since the effects of yesterday’s exact alignment of Mercury with Jupiter and Neptune are still immensely potent.

*August 2 @ 4:19 am PT* The Sun in Leo squares Uranus in Taurus, illuminating the revolutionary impulse for change, disruption, and innovation. The pace of life may feel quickened and accelerated, with changes arising unexpectedly and from unforeseen quarters. Electric jolts of new insight spark awakening and jagged impatience.

*August 3 @ 8:59 am PT* The Aquarius Full Moon basks in the Leonine Sun’s glow, just before Mercury in Cancer gazes into the cold stare of Saturn opposing it in Capricorn. This lunation’s crowning flower is a cold pearl, an elusive feeling just beyond reach. Uranus in a T-square with the luminaries catalyzes changes that ripple through the atmosphere like lightning. The intellect focuses with concentrated precision to clasp the airy mood, but mystery radiates through the silent chambers of the mind, evading all but the most calmly persistent inquirers.

*August 4 @ 6:07 am PT* Mars in Aries squares Jupiter in Capricorn, initiating its long angular journey of igniting the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium in three lengthy passes between this August and next January. The last time Mars was in hard alignment to these three planets was in March and April of this year as it moved in conjunction through the stellium, correlating with the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic around the globe. A highly energized transit, arrogance may become enflamed and confidence inflated if the amplified heat is not channeled into positive action and growth.

*August 7 @ 8:21 am PT* Venus completes her long sojourn as Mercury’s guest in the sign of Gemini, now submerging into the sensual waters of Cancer for a month. Sweet, gentle, loving softness; young love and innocent romance; the heart chakra awash with so many feelings and emotions. How do you show tender care to your beloveds?

*August 8 @ 3:49 pm PT* Aries Moon trines the Leo Sun, creating the second fire trine of the lunation between the two luminaries. What have you actualized and ignited during this cycle? As the leaves of your intentions begin to wither in the waning heat, what fruits are you harvesting and how are you sharing them?

*August 10 @ 5:52 am PT* Mercury, having swum out of Cancer on August 4 and now drying off in Leo’s rays, makes an electrifying square to Uranus in Taurus, setting off sparks of insight and awakening in the mind. What new thoughts are you entertaining that you have never dared to engage before?

*August 13 @ 12:14 am PT* Mars in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn, intensifying the ferocity of this first pass of Mars in angular alignment to the great stellium. What deep rage has been simmering below the surface, that is ready to erupt in volcanic destruction? Instincts are enflamed, libido unleashed, the wild hunting cat bares her fangs at her frightened prey. The lava flows across the landscape, and the shifting of tectonic plates sets the world afire.

*August 14 @ 1:32 am PT* Gemini Moon makes a closing sextile to the Sun in Leo, winding this lunation cycle towards its conclusion. As you hold the airy dandelion globe before you, what wishes will you send out upon the breeze to be planted at the Leo New Moon?

*August 15 @ 7:25 am PT* Uranus in Taurus turns retrograde, joining the rest of the outer planets in their backwards dance across the sky. The outer planets—Jupiter through Pluto—are currently moving retrograde, while the inner planets all wend forward against the backdrop of the fixed stars. The appearance of retrograde motion is caused by the movement of the Earth itself, carried forward in its elliptical orbit by its love affair with the Sun, and traveling faster than the planets that move slowly at the outer reaches of our solar system. Retrogrades remind us that we too live upon a moving planet. As the poet Drew Dellinger writes:
“we are standing on a planet
that is shooting through space,
and it’s time we started acting like it
globalize liberation,
planetize the movement—
you can’t stop
the Earth’s revolution.”

*August 16 @ 7:02 am PT* The Sun-Mercury conjunction in Leo trines Mars in Aries: at the correct angle, sunlight through a magnifying glass can cause a roaring blaze. Mars seems to be igniting anything and everything it can touch right now, but perhaps this intellectual warrior energy can be harmoniously directed towards more heroic usage.

*August 18 @ 7:42 pm PT* The New Moon in Leo comes at last, closing out the Leo lunation cycle instead of initiating it—as has been the case for every previous lunation cycle this year. Plant your seeds of intention in the sunbaked soil, and offer them the creative fertilizer of the Venus-Uranus sextile that also comes into exact alignment on this day. The heart awakens with new and unexpected desires, bringing breakthroughs, excitement, and experimentation in love, romance, and friendship.

Transits for the Cancer Lunation

The transition to summer in the Northern Hemisphere is marked by an annular Solar eclipse, when the dark-light of the otherworld can be glimpsed from this side of the veil. Eclipses are potent and powerful alignments, a reminder of the extraordinary physical and symbolic harmonies of our solar system; even though the Moon is many times smaller than the Sun, its distance from the Earth is proportionate to the Sun’s distance—thus from our perspective the two celestial bodies appear in the sky as the same size. These two great lights of day and night join for their coniunctio, a moment that feels to the mortal witness like a mysterious love-making and renewal of sacred cosmic vows.

Powerful, intense, transformative, catalytic, confrontational, consequential: these are but some of the qualities associated with Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto that have been distinctly present this year and will be especially highlighted during this lunation cycle. Finding ground and cultivating enduring foundations will continue to be especially important, so that our works and acts of service can be most effective during this pivotal time.

Annular Solar Eclipse

Transits of the Cancer Lunation

*June 20 @ 11:41 pm PT* The Sun slides into Cancer to mark the Summer Solstice, but falls behind the shadow of the New Moon, creating a Solar eclipse to mark the first day of summer. A Solar eclipse in the Moon’s sign subsumes the Sun’s summer light and brings it down to illuminate a darker realm. Winter comes into the heart of summer for a moment, recalling the last eclipse cycle that fell at the turn of the last year. Mars in Pisces sextiling Jupiter in Capricorn at least can give us some confidence that the heroic light will return, perhaps the wiser for its underworld journey.

*June 22 @ 9:31 pm PT* Neptune in Pisces turns retrograde, joining more than half the pantheon who appear to be moving contrary to their usual motion. Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, and now Neptune all seem to be traversing backwards against the backdrop of the fixed stars. And while the outer planets average about half the year in retrograde, it is less common to have swifter Mercury and Venus traveling along too—even if just for a few more days in the case of Venus. Everything is slowing down, concentrating, intensifying, a thick culinary reduction of archetypal qualities distilling to their coagulated essence.

*June 24 @ 11:48 pm PT* Minutes before midnight, Venus turns direct in Gemini. How is your heart? How are your relationships? Have you been tending to your loving connections, addressing the challenges, seeking endings and new beginnings? As Inanna-Persephone arises from the underworld, how has she been transformed? Now Venus takes the long path back through Gemini once more, keeping the focus on how we communicate and express our love. As Cornel West states: “Justice is what love looks like in public.”

*June 25 @ 6:33 pm PT* The Virgo Moon in her waxing maiden phase makes a sextile to the Sun in Cancer, the first Solar-Lunar alignment of this lunation cycle. A harmonious and balanced aspect between water and earth signs, one can cultivate and nurture the ideas one intends to embody. How might you be able to bring some grounded feeling to your inner thoughts, focusing attention on the sensitivity and empathy you can in turn extend to others?

*June 27 @ 6:45 pm PT* Mars alights in Aries, the diurnal sign of its rulership, and settles into its fiery home for the rest of the year. Mars has already dominated the archetypal zeitgeist this year, crossing through the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium in March and April, and aligning as the focal point of the last lunar eclipse on June 5. But with Mars in rulership for the rest of 2020, and turning retrograde in September while square the Capricorn stellium, an already scorched year seems likely to burn all the hotter.

*June 28 @ 1:16 am PT* Mars’s first act in Aries is to make an exact sextile to Saturn at 0° Aquarius, just on the heels of the waxing quarter Moon in Libra. Perhaps Saturn can temper some of Mars’s heat from this gentler angle, providing necessary structure for planning and directing actions so they can be more effective and enduring.

*June 29 @ 10:46 pm PT* Jupiter and Pluto conjoin exactly in Capricorn for the second time this year, bringing a union between the heights and the depths, abundance and power, expansion and transformation. Look towards ambitions, charisma, the rise to power, arrogance, pride, and grandeur. The High Priestess walks through the cold night, deciding who will rise and who will fall based on the integrity at one’s core. By her side stalks a panther, she rides a mighty horse, a great hawk soars above her head—the priestess of Jupiter-Pluto is surrounded by charismatic megafauna, symbolic of this rich archetypal complex.

*June 30 @ 7:20 am PT* The submerged Scorpio Moon trines the exact Sun-Mercury conjunction in Cancer, while Uranus awakens these alignments in opposition to the Moon and sextile to the Sun and Mercury. Quicksilver thinking, innovative curiosity, and bright new ideas come to light, although perhaps a darker or hidden intuition hesitates to see how these ideas might really feel if put into motion.

*July 1 @ 4:37 pm PT* Saturn crosses the threshold back into its earthy home sign of Capricorn, tightening the grip on Pluto and Jupiter. As Saturn finishes out the final months in its nocturnal sign, what structures will we try to return to, seeking after a “normal” that may no longer exist? What practical, tangible, material, organizational, or disciplinary tasks are at hand? What structural scaffoldings seem to be coming back into place?  What are we trying to hold onto, what is outworn and ready to perish? And what foundations are beyond repair, and require deeper work to unmake and rebuild?

*July 4 @ 9:44 pm PT* The Capricorn Full Moon is another lunar eclipse, making this the third eclipse of the season. This Sun-Moon opposition crosses near the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium that has defined the intense array of hardships this year, making it perhaps the most potent of the season’s three eclipses. Take care of yourself and your loved ones, draw the healthy boundaries, turn away from outward manifestation for a moment and inward towards prayer instead, and await the return of the Moon’s pearly orb once the reddened shadow has passed.

*July 8 @ 3:42 am PT* Mercury in Cancer squares Mars in Aries, sparking argumentative tempers, sharpening the tongue to a spear point, the pen into a sword. Yell, scream, debate, conjure words of fire, use the voice for action, the mind for activism, the hand for fierce articulation. Anger can be righteous, and is most effective when conscious, clear, and direct.

*July 10 @ 3:57 am PT* An especially watery trine forms between a Moon-Neptune conjunction in Pisces and the Sun in Cancer. Flowing, merging, dissolving, dreamy, delusional, emotional energies saturate the collective psyche, leaving the boundaries between self and other more porous than usual.

*July 12 @ 11:43 am PT* Cancer Sun perfects its trine to Neptune just before the quarter Moon in Aries pulls into its closing square. The watery, dreamy, imaginal energies from two days prior may not feel quite as harmonious now that the Moon has moved from a trine to a square, but at least the potential to think more clearly arises as Mercury turns direct and swims forward through Cancer once more.

*July 14 @ 12:58 am PT* The Sun begins its journey in opposition to the great stellium in Capricorn, beginning beneficently with the king of the solar system, grand Jupiter enthroned. Expansive, joyful, regal, haughty, optimistic, Jove’s gifts and blessings offer abundance and wealth of all kinds—although they may be limited considering current Capricornian conditions. With Pluto and Saturn nearby, the Sun may be highlighting where abundance lacks, yet also revealing the obscured riches that endure any material conditions: laughter, joviality, and hope can still be found even in the most hidden places.

*July 15 @ 12:13 pm PT* The Sun shifts its clear attention directly into opposition with Pluto, just after the exalted balsamic Moon in Taurus makes its closing sextile to the Sun. Pluto’s chthonic powers retch into the light of day, showing the rotting underbelly of unconscious forces. The Solar hero faces off with the underworld dragon, but when it comes to slaying the worm we may find that the dragon is not outside of us but within. Fears are not so terrifying when they aren’t projected outwards onto that which we do not know or understand.

*July 17 @ 2:14 pm PT* The Gemini Moon traverses from a sugary sweet conjunction with Venus, before coming into a more nebulously challenging square to Neptune in Pisces. What areas of your life could be softened and eased with some gentle, nourishing, angelic love? Where do you feel the impulse to merge and melt, to disintegrate and dissolve the edges of your soul?

*July 20 @ 10:33 am PT* The first New Moon after eclipse season still has an air of the unusual: a Black Moon, shimmering at the surface of the last watery degree of Cancer. The Moon sweeps opposite Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn, before conjoining the Sun in exact opposition to Saturn. A focus on endings, finitude, loss, even pain and suffering may attend this second Cancer New Moon of 2020. The Sun-ruled sign of Leo hosts a New Moon late in the Sun’s sojourn in that sign this year. We have the opportunity to plant seeds of intention twice within Lunar soil, but don’t have a Solar sowing until the rest of the Leo lunation cycle has already passed. Perhaps we are being reminded to look to the community and to care for the whole, rather than focusing so much on individualism and the self.

Transits for the Gemini Lunation

The month of the twins dawns with Venus already retrograde, moving through the sign of Gemini in concert with Mercury, the Sun, and the Moon. The planet of love and beauty is leading a social life this lunation, making alignments to Neptune, Mars, Mercury, the Sun, and of course the Moon over the duration of this month. Mars entered the watery sign of Pisces not long ago, saturating its energy and submerging its fires in preparation for the exact Mars-Neptune conjunction in mid-June.

This lunation cycle is especially dynamic because eclipse season is once again upon us, and the Full Moon will be a Lunar Eclipse, and the next New Moon will be a Solar Eclipse. Eclipses can have many meanings, but one is of learning to see by a different kind of light: not the brightness of day nor even the pearly glow of the night’s orb, but rather the light of darkness itself.

Gemini Lunar Cycle

Transits of the Gemini Lunation

*May 22 @ 10:39 am PT* The New Moon in Gemini aligns in a tight trine to Saturn in Aquarius, with Mercury-Venus in the same sign closely square to Neptune. With Mercury’s sign brimming with celestial bodies, the themes of communication, language, and thought patterns will be at the fore during this lunation. How do the words you choose and the way you communicate allow you to tend to your dreams, and what illusions might you be harboring in your mind and heart?

*May 25 @ 7:58 am PT* A softly sizzling talent trine forms between the Cancer Moon, Mars in Pisces, and Uranus in Taurus. Although dampened by the weight of the water and earth signs, the alignments between these three planets can bring some sparks of anger, frustration, or just pure physical energy. Be conscious of how that energy might be diffuse in the field, rather than clearly directed.

*May 27 @ 12:02 pm PT* Leo Moon sextiles Sun in Gemini, the first alignment of the two luminaries since the New Moon. The Moon has just completed its monthly opposition to the Pluto-Jupiter-Saturn stellium in late Capricorn and early Aquarius, which can correlate with a complex sequence of emotions: deep turmoil, releasing joy, contraction and isolation. We are riding rough seas these days, and it can be most felt in our emotional bodies and intimate relations.

*May 28 @ 11:09 am PT* Mercury swims out of its home sign of Gemini into the deep emotional waters of Cancer, where it will linger until August 4. Mercury’s long sojourn in the Moon’s sign is due to it getting caught in Cancer’s tides, swimming retrograde beginning late on June 17. While this transit may support giving voice to one’s feelings, it can also lead to dissolved, emotional thinking.

*May 29 @ 8:30 pm PT* The waxing quarter Moon in Virgo squares the Sun in Gemini, while the Moon simultaneously forms an exact trine to Uranus in Taurus. What changes are being initiated at this time within your intimate inner world? What changes need to be initiated? Are you feeling emotionally restless, erratic, playful, eruptive, rebellious?

*June 1 @ 2:28 am PT* Libra Moon makes a trine to the Sun and Venus in Gemini, bringing in some much-needed sweetness, love, beauty, and harmony. Nourish your heart and your body, be gentle with yourself, allow softness into your being.

*June 2 @ 5:41 pm PT* Retrograde Venus in Gemini squares Mars in Pisces. The lovers connect but there is tension and friction between them. Will this manifest as a fight or an argument with a loved one, or will the tensions give rise to erotic creative expression?

*June 3 @ 10:44 am PT* The Sun and Venus meet each other in Gemini, initiating Venus’s transition from the evening star to the morning star. We now must awaken early to see the diamond glory of Venus gracing the pre-dawn sky. What does rising early in order to witness beauty cultivate in your life, as opposed to waiting for darkness to fall to behold the celestial symbol of the heart?

*June 5 @ 12:12 pm PT* The Sagittarius Full Moon opposes the Sun and Venus in Gemini, forming a T-square to Mars in Pisces. This Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse. Traditionally viewed as malefic, the Moon falling into Earth’s shadow when it should be in the full bloom of light can show us the darker, hidden reaches of the unconscious. Take time to go inward, to inquire into the fiery depths of your heart, and then cleanse and purify your being once the shadow has passed.

*June 6 @ 12:11 pm PT* The Sun in Gemini square Mars in Pisces, perfecting the alignment that was potently activated in yesterday’s Lunar Eclipse. Attention is drawn to our will, assertion, energy, anger, aggression. Find an outlet for this fire hose, lest the fire evaporate the waters to steam.

*June 8 @ 5:54 pm PT* The Moon sweeps through the Pluto-Jupiter-Saturn stellium, crossing from Capricorn to Aquarius in the early evening. Mirroring the Moon’s opposition to these planets on May 27, how do your emotions feel? Deep, expansive, constraining? Sometimes there can be too much to feel to really sort it all out, but know the waves will pass through your body and transform into something new.

*June 10 @ 7:35 am PT* The disseminating Aquarius Moon makes its waning trine to the Sun in Gemini. The trine brings a harmonious balance between inner and outer, offering opportunities to share with the wider community the thoughts and insights that have been gestating during the lunation.

*June 11 @ 2:37 am PT* Gemini Sun squares Neptune in Pisces, bringing the focus to the enchanted dreamworld, the realm of images, fantasies, visions, the mystical, spiritual, and religious. One’s sense of self may feel dissolved, but be wary of the mirage of deluded inflation, identifying the ego with our spiritual ideals. Remember you are part of a whole, although don’t forget the multitude is also within you.

*June 12 @ 7:13 am PT* Mars and Neptune at last conjoin in Pisces, two contrary archetypes unifying in water’s mutable sign. This merging of Mars’s fiery will with Neptune’s dreamy idealism aligns with the waning quarter Moon in late Pisces, thus the luminaries illuminate Mars-Neptune in their Solar and Lunar rays. Vital energy may be low or feel like it is leaking away, or it may be turned inward in reverie and fantasy. We may feel prickly, like an emotional jellyfish, stinging unconsciously. Or we may find the spiritual warrior within, aligning our consciousness with right action.

*June 15 @ 5:11 pm PT* The balsamic Aries Moon makes its closing sextile to the Sun in late Gemini, bringing the lunation cycle to its final stage. What last actions do you want to take before entering into the pregnant dark of the next New Moon?—a New Moon that will also be a Solar Eclipse and the Summer Solstice.

*June 17 @ 9:59 pm PT* Mercury turns retrograde in the late hours of the night, swimming upstream through Cancer until July 12. This watery retrograde may bring up many memories, perhaps from childhood or experiences from long ago. It is a time to reflect, review, revise, unlearn and relearn, taking our sensibilities into account so we can move forward with greater wholeness.

*June 18 @ 4:08 pm PT* Mars in Pisces sextiles Pluto in Capricorn, creating the most subtle and harmonious angle between otherwise fiery, volcanic, and destructive forces. One can access tremendous strength of will under such a transit, especially when approached consciously and for creative purposes.

*June 20 @ 11:41 pm PT* The Sun slides into Cancer to mark the Summer Solstice, but falls behind the shadow of the New Moon, creating a Solar Eclipse to mark the first day of summer. A Solar eclipse in the Moon’s sign subsumes the Sun’s summer light and brings it down to illuminate a darker realm. Winter comes into the heart of summer for a moment, recalling the last eclipse cycle that fell at the turn of the last year. Mars in Pisces sextiling Jupiter in Capricorn at least can give us some confidence that the heroic light will return, perhaps the wiser for its underworld journey.