A look ahead to April’s Jupiter/Neptune conjunction

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Being an astrologer is a bit like being a meteorologist. You can observe the trends, but you can’t predict the details, at least not with reliable accuracy.

The past few years have been interesting to say the least.  We had the conjunction of Saturn (hardship) and Pluto (death and regeneration) in 2020, which astrologers warned could bring financial and other hardships. With Neptune in Pisces, sign of its modern rulership and associated with viruses, there was an indication of a mysterious illness. But the kind of pandemic of the wide-ranging proportions which we have experienced came as a surprise to all but the most tuned-in virologists.

In 2021 we had the challenging square from Saturn to Uranus, planet of radical change and liberation. Civil unrest, rebellion against Covid control measures…all of this was relatively predictable.

In 2022 we have a conjunction from Jupiter to Neptune on April 12.  Conjunctions from Jupiter to Neptune occur about every twelve years, but what makes this one relatively unique is that Jupiter and Neptune are connected through their co-rulership of Pisces. Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Pisces (with Neptune being the modern ruler), and Jupiter and Neptune share an expansive view of the world, and a desire to bring true meaning into our lives.  However, Jupiter’s focus is more on the expansion of the Self through a pursuit of meaning and Truth where the Neptunian desire to submerge the Self requires an annihilation of individuality for the sake of Universal consciousness and creative inspiration.  It is here where trouble can sometimes occur.

Pisces is represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions, tied by a cord. The cord is the only thing keeping the fish from separating entirely […]

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By |2022-03-25T11:28:16-04:00March 25th, 2022|Planetary cycles|6 Comments

The astrology of 2022: Birth pangs for the New Age

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First: A look back at 2021. 

Following on the heels of 2020, a year when the astrology (Capricorn stellium and Saturn/Pluto conjunction, along with a record-breaking period of retrograde planets) spoke of repression and control as the world locked down to battle the Coronavirus, we were all hoping for a brighter future and as I titled my 2021 forecast, “A new way forward.”  However, I closed with this paragraph and I think we can agree that this is a little truer than we had imagined:

Where 2020 marked a breakdown phase thanks to a Capricornian cluster, 2021 is symbolized by the Aquarian ideals of fraternity, brotherhood and equality. These ideals are somewhat impersonal, and in order to achieve greater freedom we must understand that some loss of personal liberty is essential. Astrological conflicts require integration and resolution of conflicting opposites, and in 2021 the need to find that integration and balance will become a life or death proposition and likely result in major shifts of global power and also personal priorities.

The final exact challenging square between Saturn in Aquarius (control for the sake of the collective) and Uranus in Taurus (breaking out of paradigms, shifting values and shattering ideals) occurs at the end of December 2021, but between August and October the dance between these two planets will tighten to a one degree separation from exactitude. This suggests that the struggles and civil unrest that we’ve seen over this past year will abate, but will not be over completely any time soon.

Jupiter in Pisces, conjunct Neptune

Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Pisces (with Neptune being the modern ruler), and Jupiter and Neptune share an expansive view of the world, and a desire to […]

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By |2021-12-24T14:38:16-05:00December 24th, 2021|Planetary cycles|1 Comment

Astrological update for the week of December 20, 2021: Solstice, Christmas and the Limits of Freedom

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Here’s what’s happening in the skies this week:

Saturn square Uranus. The final-ish square between Saturn (limits) and Uranus (liberation) occurs this week.  I’ve been calling this planetary combination “the story of 2021” and indeed it has been, thanks to the spread of Covid-19 around the world which has brought with it some peculiar re-alignments of ideas of control and freedom. Totalitarian influences which usually fall more on the side of control of society are now calling for liberation from Covid restrictions.  Liberal influences which typically rebel against restrictions are calling for severe mandates and lockdowns.

I’m calling this the “final-ish” square because the two will return to a tight alignment in the summer and fall of 2022, although they will not come to an exact aspect after this week.  Will that bring a solution to the world’s problems?  I doubt it, because it seems to me that these problems are caused not by the planetary alignments but by the general dysfunction of human life on planet Earth and especially here in the United States.  But the intense conflict over control and freedom is likely to subside, although that may not be true in the US where the Pluto return in 2022-2024 will continue bring up the poisons to the surface where they can be transformed and released (ideally!).

Retrograde Venus conjunct Pluto.  The alignment of Venus with Pluto is a potent combination which began in early December, and the second phase occurs this week on December 25th (just in time for those family gatherings!).  This alignment is not easy and could expose power conflicts, but it also has the potential to create deep transformation in our self-esteem as well as our interpersonal connections. Venus […]

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By |2021-12-20T08:55:32-05:00December 20th, 2021|Planetary news this week|1 Comment

Planetary news this week: August 9, 2021. A chance to regroup and rebalance

by Lynn Hayes.   There are no major planetary alignments this week, and the big square aspect between Saturn and Uranus that has dominated much of the year so far is mostly dormant now.  Saturn and Uranus will be between 7-8 degrees from exactitude between now and October before moving together for their next confrontation towards the end of December.  That is not to say that the stress between control (Saturn) and liberation (Uranus) is over, but the intensity has been ratcheted down a notch so real change can take place.

Dates and times are given in EDT and UTC, please adjust for your time zone.

Monday, August 9th.   The energies of Sunday’s Leo New Moon are still vibrant but fading somewhat, especially after the Moon enters Virgo at 10:55 am EDT/2:55 pm UTC.  The Moon influences us from within, whereas the Sun influences us from the outer world.  When the Moon is in Virgo, the sign of analysis and details, those details become more important to us and how we feel and react takes a back seat.  This can make it easier to get things done, improve productivity and generally be more capable and efficient.

That will be somewhat more difficult on Monday with an opposition from Venus (beauty) to Neptune (transcendence) which peaks at 8:19 pm EDT/12:19 am Tuesday UTC.  Under this aspect there is a longing for more magic, and too much efficiency and analysis can harsh the mellow. This will be especially true just before midnight EDT/just before 4 am UTC when the Virgo Moon aligns with Mars creating some rough edges and conflict.  Because of the hour, it could be difficult to sleep especially if you are working some things out in your mind.

Tuesday August 10th. The Moon […]

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By |2021-08-10T07:28:48-04:00August 9th, 2021|Planetary news this week|2 Comments

Planetary news this week: August 2, 2021

Astrological forecast by Lynn Hayes

Major events

This week we have the conjunction of the Sun to Mercury, one of the linchpins of the Mercury retrograde cycle (the exact conjunction was August 1st but it lingers into the beginning of the week).  The Sun conjoins Mercury, planet of the mind, once as Mercury travels direct, and then again at the midpoint of the retrograde cycle.  I think of the Sun as the Illuminator, shining a light into the darkness, and the Sun/Mercury combinations bring the potential for realizations and a new kind of intelligence.

That is particularly important this week because the Sun and Mercury also activate the challenging square from Saturn (control and rules) to Uranus (radical change) which is the main story of 2021.  That effect lingers throughout the week, and then the Leo New Moon on August 8th acts as an additional trigger.

What this means is that any structures we have built for ourselves which are eroding and will not fit into the energy patterns of the new world will begin to fall away as new patterns and structures are created.  If we are personalities which embrace change this may come easily and bring exciting new influences.  If we tend to hold onto the past, though, this is likely a difficult time. On a global level the pressure for change is enormous, and this is a good time to remember the Serenity Prayer and think about what we can and cannot change.

Dates and times are given in EDT and UTC, please adjust for your time zone.

Monday August 2nd

Yesterday we had an opposition from Mercury to Saturn which may have created some negative thinking.  Saturn isn’t inherently negative, but it does urge us to face up to reality and […]

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By |2021-08-02T07:39:10-04:00August 2nd, 2021|Planetary news this week|6 Comments
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