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The meaning of Saturn in Aquarius

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Before we can understand the meaning of Saturn in Aquarius, we need to understand Saturn’s role in human existence.  This is especially important because as the traditional ruler of Aquarius, Saturn is said to be in its domicile in Aquarius (as well as in Capricorn).

Understanding astrological Saturn

Before the discovery of the modern planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto (not to mention Chiron, the asteroids, and all of the other points that are now used to some extent by astrologers) there were seven planets and lights: the Sun, the Moon, and the five visible planets.  Saturn marked the outermost boundary of the solar system, and was surrounded by rings of containment.  These physical attributes reflect the astrological depiction of Saturn as governing limitations, physical boundaries such as gateposts and doorways, and the limitations we place on ourselves through self-doubt and fears.  Saturn was traditionally viewed as the Lord of Death – unlike the modern planet Pluto, which is associated with death as the ending of one aspect of life and the beginning of something new, death under Saturn is finite and final.

Saturn (in the northern hemisphere where astrology developed) is associated with the two zodiac signs of winter: Aquarius and Capricorn: mid-December through mid-February.  These are cold and dark times, where social isolation and the lack of sun can lead to depression and loneliness, other attributes of Saturn.  And yet Saturn is also a treasure trove of material success – the hard work of Saturn leads us eventually to mastery of the material world and the potential for an abundance of riches. Under the influence of Saturn we are sometimes weighted down with responsibility and a relentless drive for career […]

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By |2020-03-20T19:35:31-04:00March 20th, 2020|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|1 Comment

Musings on the Coronavirus

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Over the years I have studied a great deal of correlations between historical events and the associated planetary configurations.  Often there are clear connections that are easily described.  The conjunction of Uranus (radical change) to Pluto (destruction and regeneration) in the mid to late 1960s is one example – it’s easy to see how this planetary combination correlated with the dramatic social upheavals during that decade.  Same thing with the square aspect between Uranus and Pluto between 2010 and 2017.

To prepare for this article I wanted to see what other astrologers said about the Coronavirus.  Several astrologers say “this is definitely the result of Uranus in Taurus,” creating sudden changes (Uranus) in the stability of our world (Taurus).  One says “it’s the lunar nodes shifting into Gemini/Sagittarius” (by the way, this doesn’t happen until May 2020).  One says it’s because Mars was in Scorpio when the first case was announced, and Mars rules death in traditional astrology and is in its domicile where it is most powerful.  Frankly, none of these explanations really make sense to me.

For the past year I and many other astrologers have been predicting some sort of crisis to occur when Saturn and Pluto collided in January.  Neptune has been in its own sign of Pisces since 2012, where it is associated with flooding, addiction, conspiracy theories, and mysterious illnesses with no apparent cause or cure.  We are certainly seeing this with the Coronavirus.  Where did it originate? How is it transmitted? There is no known answer to these questions – all very Neptunian.  At the same time, Saturn and Pluto converged in mid-January of this year, on the exact date that the first death from the mysterious new virus was announced (the illness began to appear in Wuhan in December […]

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By |2020-03-14T08:31:52-04:00February 27th, 2020|Featured posts, Health & Healing, Planetary cycles|14 Comments

Compression and release: 2020 cycles of Jupiter to Neptune and Pluto

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There are two cycles of significance involving Jupiter this year, one is a harmonious sextile to Neptune and the other a challenging conjunction to Pluto.

Jupiter has been in Capricorn since early December when it joined a cluster of Capricorn planets for an earthy dose of realism and practicality.  Briefly, Jupiter  teaches us to expand our horizons and to learn the value of positive thinking; under Jupiter’s influence we gain new confidence and the ability to trust that life is carrying us in just the right direction. When poorly aspected, Jupiter can inflict a reckless and overconfident approach to life resulting in complacency, but it’s safe to say that this virtually never occurs when Jupiter is in Capricorn where the expansive principle of Jupiter must operate within the confines of Capricornian structure.

On February 20th, 2020 Jupiter will make the first of three harmonious sextiles to Neptune.  Jupiter is related to Neptune through their shared rulership of Pisces, but where Jupiter is a personal planet and rules in the personal realm, Neptune is a transpersonal and transformational planet.  The combination of Jupiter and Neptune, linked in harmony, has the potential to bring out our best selves and put all of our creative imagination to work (after all, Jupiter is in Capricorn so some work must be done!).  This is a lovely aspect full of divine inspiration and optimism that will help to ameliorate some of the darkness we’ve passed through with the heavy emphasis of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn.  [Update 3/20/20: It’s been called to my attention that under the spell of the Coronavirus we have not been able to glean the benefits of […]

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By |2020-03-20T12:17:48-04:00February 12th, 2020|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|3 Comments

The astrology of 2020: What can we expect?

Astrology of 2020

Before we can look ahead, we need to understand the past.

As many of you already know, Pluto left expansive Sagittarius for restrictive Capricorn in 2008, beginning a domino effect that crashed financial markets around the world and punctured bubbles of false optimism that was keeping financial and economic systems afloat.

Between 2010 and 2017, a stressful aspect between Uranus and Pluto resulted in chaotic social upheaval and the necessity for many of us to make major adjustments in order to survive in a new world that ended up looking little like the old one.

In 2018 and 2019 the necessity to create solid structures became even more important with both Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn.  Capricorn teaches mastery of the material world and has little patience with frivolity or illusions, and we have all had to come to terms with a more practical approach to the way we live our lives.  Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn, and bears a powerful influence when it travels through its own sign every 28 years or so.

Jupiter entered its own sign of Sagittarius at the end of 2018, and the seemingly boundless enthusiasm and expansiveness of this planetary cycle helped to keep the doors of optimism open, at least for much of 2019.  Saturn and Pluto were very close to a conjunction in the spring and summer of 2019, causing  to give us a hint of what is coming in January of 2020.  In March we saw the burning of Notre Dame, a symbol of Christianity for 1000 years.  In April the Mueller report was released in the US.  In May it was reported that we are in a major extinction event with over a million species threatened with extinction.  […]

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By |2020-01-01T10:38:16-05:00January 1st, 2020|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|2 Comments

Jupiter in Capricorn, December 2, 2019 – December 19, 2020

Jupiter in CapricornJupiter, the planet of optimism and faith, will leave its own sign of Sagittarius for Capricorn on December 2, 2019.  Jupiter  teaches us to expand our horizons and to learn the value of positive thinking; under Jupiter’s influence we gain new confidence and the ability to trust that life is carrying us in just the right direction. When poorly aspected, Jupiter can inflict a reckless and overconfident approach to life resulting in complacency, but it’s safe to say that this virtually never occurs when Jupiter is in Capricorn.

Capricorn is the sign in which we put aside our small desires and our feelings and insecurities in order to master the material world.  Each sign reacts to the one before, and as a planet changes signs its influence shifts dramatically.  In Sagittarius, the sign of its rulership, Jupiter has reached a pinnacle of optimism which has contrasted nicely with the potential stress of Saturn, currently in its own sign of Capricorn.  Where Sagittarius is expansive and social but not always concerned with working towards a goal, Capricorn’s grounded nature can be hard and cold, with a drive to succeed.

Jupiter is said to be in its “fall” in Capricorn under the traditional debilities scheme: Jupiter’s natural tendency towards growth and expansion is curtailed under Capricorn’s relentless drive for a practical outcome.  That may sound “bad” because we are used to thinking of restriction and limitation as a bad thing but in actuality, the blend of faith and optimism with a practical drive to create effective structures virtually assures success and a life of greater effectiveness.   Jupiter inspires lofty goals, and these goals are more easily achieved when cloaked with the drive and grounded effort motivated by Capricorn.

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By |2019-11-30T02:19:17-05:00November 30th, 2019|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|7 Comments