Mars opposite Saturn

The meaning of Mars in Virgo in 2021

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For the past month or so, Mars has been traveling through Leo in close connection to both Saturn and Uranus, translating the challenging square between them which is the story of 2021.  The energies of Saturn = control and repression vs Uranus = radical change and rebellion are evident everywhere in 2021, from the attempted overthrow of governments to the riots over mask policies.  The addition of Mars in Leo, acting as double fire since Mars is a fire planet, didn’t really help matters. Wildfire season came early to the American West, and record breaking heatwaves spread across western Canada and the Northwest of the US as well as elsewhere in the world.  A gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico set the waters on fire.  It’s not been an easy summer although it doesn’t compare with 2020 when we had seven planets retrograde for months.

In any case, Mars left Leo for Virgo late yesterday, and that should cool things off a bit and help us to find more stability in our life especially later today when the Moon shifts from fiery Aries to grounded Taurus for a couple of days.  When the desire and motivation of Mars meets the organizational capacity of Virgo, we can accomplish great things.  We have been short on Earth energy recently, and with both Mars and Venus in Virgo we will be better able to attend to the small details of life that give us a sense of security. More importantly, because Virgo is a modest sign that does not relish conflict and instead prefers that life operate smoothly with all details locked in place, this may help to resolve some of […]

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By |2021-07-30T07:37:23-04:00July 30th, 2021|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

I’m back! 7.3.21 – still a few more intense days

These morning (EDT) posts are an important part of my daily ritual but not easy to keep up with while traveling.  Thanks for your patience, and the challenges I wrote about a few days ago are still present.  Today Mars (action and aggressive force) is locked in an exact square to Uranus (thunderbolt, radical departure from the status quo) just after its exact opposition to Saturn yesterday.  Saturn seeks control and structure and Uranus inspires us to break away from that control and blow up the structures, so this planetary dynamic (the story of 2021) is already a challenge.  Add to this the force of Mars, and the situation can be quite volatile indeed.

Over the past couple of days the Aries Moon has not helped the situation.  Today the Moon moves into placid Taurus and helps to calm things down just as the Mars/Uranus chaos potential peaks.  On the positive side, these energies can help us to break out of a pattern which has been holding us hostage and help us to start something new.  The challenge, however, is that we might take that step rather recklessly and without a great deal of thought.  Over the next few days it will become easier to relax and regroup if we allow the potential of the Taurus Moon to find a balance point. ❤️


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By |2021-07-03T07:20:03-04:00July 3rd, 2021|Planetary news this week|8 Comments

The meaning of Mars and the Saturn/Uranus square

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Over the next few days (June 27 – July 4, 2021) Mars in Leo will oppose Saturn and square Uranus.  In English what this means is that the aggressive force of Mars, which is most powerful in fire signs and is currently in Leo, will conflict with the repressive force of Saturn and the radical revolutionary dynamic of Uranus.  If that sounds like a recipe for trouble it could be, especially if your own chart is affected with planets between 10-15 degrees of Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio and Taurus – the fixed signs.

With a heat wave spreading across the US and Covid restrictions still in force, tempers are likely to rise here.  Elsewhere in the world the fiery force of this influence will likely manifest in different ways.

You’ve heard me say it a lot this year: the square between Saturn and Uranus is the story of 2021 – civil unrest, revolt against the status quo, finding new ways of change – these are all factors in this planetary cycle which will last throughout the year.  Every time a planet enters one of those fixed signs it will at some point set off the Saturn/Uranus dynamic, and this week that planet is Mars.

Mars is motivating, it can be inspiring and exciting.  Without Mars we would never find the impulse to do anything, so it’s essential.  But it can also be irritating and bring up any latent frustration that has no outlet so this week is a good time to (a) get a lot of physical activity to burn off any excess frustration energy, (b) try to avoid conflict because there’s no good solution when Mars is reacting against Saturn’s repression and being inflamed by the reactionary force of […]

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By |2021-06-28T07:15:39-04:00June 28th, 2021|Planetary news this week|4 Comments

The 2019 Sagittarius Full Moon and the Galactic Center

The Galactic Center, currently at 27 degrees Sagittarius, is the rotational center of our galaxy – like the Sun, which is the center of our solar system and the major astrological factor of personal significance, the Galactic Center is the force that binds the galaxy together.  Astrologically and symbolically, the Galactic Center is the heart of the Universe – the soul of wisdom for our solar system and our species of humanity as well as all of the other planetary systems and species that may exist in the farther reaches of the Milky Way.

This week’s Full Moon is at the Galactic Center, suggesting potential for a portal of awareness and insight at this time.  Sagittarius is the sign of exploration and adventure, but also the sign that seeks meaning and truth.  Under this Full Moon, we can expand our awareness and the limitation of our own ideas and achieve greater understanding that can help us in very practical ways.

This Full Moon experience is irritated by a complex planetary system involving Mars, the planet of drive, motivation and war.  Mars is in emotional Cancer right now and the rumblings of anger and frustration may be more difficult to access.  But Mars aligns with Mercury (the mind and communication) at this Full Moon, heightening the intensity of our conversations and making arguments and disputes more likely.  This is exacerbated by a stressful opposition from Mars and Mercury to both Saturn and Pluto.  Saturn represses and attempts to block these energies, and Pluto blows them up in order to transform them into more productive pathways of personal evolution.

When the planetary energies are this intense, there is no point in trying to avoid them.  Instead, we can pay attention to […]

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By |2019-06-16T09:37:27-04:00June 16th, 2019|Moon|3 Comments

Astrological news July 28,2010: the second wave

Cardinal T-squareThe big Cardinal alignment of the summer reaches another peak this week with Saturn already having moved into position and Mars and the Moon lining up as well.  (For more information about the meanings of these alignments catch up with this earlier article on the summer’s events.)

Yesterday’s Full Moon marked the final phase of the Saturn/Uranus cycle. You can read more about that cycle here and in many articles on my blog. Suffice it to say that this period, which has lasted for nearly two years, has been the source of a struggle between security and conventional thinking (Saturn) and new ideas and ways of living together as a society (Uranus) which will now come to a close.

This closing cycle of Saturn and Uranus is part of the Cardinal T-square that includes a square to Pluto, the great Transformer.  Jupiter is involved too, because it is still tightly conjunct Uranus.  The Jupiter/Uranus combination brings us in touch with a yearning for greater freedom and expansion in our lives, and this is blocked by Saturn’s determination that we confront that which is difficult but necessary.

Pluto’s involvement assures that something will be left behind.  What are we holding onto that holds us back?  With this powerful combination of planets at work there is an opportunity for total transformation at the personal level, but it may not come easily especially if our own chart is being directly affected.

Mars is at 29 degreew Virgo as I write this, within a whisper of a conjunction to Saturn in Libra at which point Mars will activate the other planets into action.  Mars is a fast-moving planet and its influence usually lasts for just a few days, but it acts to […]

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By |2010-07-28T06:30:17-04:00July 28th, 2010|Planetary cycles|2 Comments