Saturday, February 29, 2020


Pisces and Aries

from the
 Book of the Birth of Iskandar
By the Wellcome Library (London)
via Wikimedia

The Big Picture in March

The Mercury retrograde period is in full swing as we enter March. Although Mercury reversed its direction on February 17, it began its shadow period (the territory it retraces on its journey) on February 2. Mercury turns direct on March 10, but it will not be out of its shadow until March 30 when it reaches 12°48′ Pisces. During the Mercury retrograde phase, we might misinterpret or not understand the spoken or written words of others. Furthermore, the technology we utilize to communicate may malfunction at this time. Therefore, it behooves us to be vigilant about all things involving communication and be aware that we might need to review and redo our work.

As you know, this is election season in the United States, where residents in the 50 states are voting for candidates who will be finalists in the general election in November. Last month we witnessed the confusion that occurred in the primary held by Iowa, where a new device application malfunctioned and delayed the vote count. Similarly, some jurisdictions, like Los Angeles County, are introducing new voting technology and new voting systems in March. While I hope that things go as smoothly as possible on Super Tuesday (March 3), it would not surprise me to see considerable confusion on that day, or on election days later in the month.

In addition to the influence of Mercury retrograde on March 3, we will also experience Venus in Aries square Saturn in Capricorn in exact aspect on that day. The planet of relationships and diplomacy, Venus is in feisty Aries. She is going to resist the containment and decorum displayed by Saturn in Capricorn. Could there be expressions of revolt by women who are challenging the patriarchy and the status quo? This could be quite a spirited Super Tuesday!

This entire month is still under the influence of the Saturn and Pluto conjunction (at 22° Capricorn) that occurred this past January 12. At the start of the month, these planets are less than four degrees apart and by the end of the month, they will still be less than six degrees from one another. Consequently, issues around structures, financial systems, containment, power, plutocracy, and transformation remain prominent. When a planet transits the Saturn-Pluto conjunction degree, that area of any astrological chart (such as your natal chart or an event chart) will be affected. Expansive Jupiter will pass through this territory beginning on March 15, which suggests issues symbolized by Saturn and Pluto might be magnified at that time. Additionally, Mars transits that area beginning March 19, which indicates that we might see a forceful action initiated around that time concerning issues in the realms of Saturn and Pluto. 

We are hearing about the rapid spread of the coronavirus named COVID-19 that many experts believe will reach pandemic levels. In medical astrology, the planet Neptune corresponds to the immune system. Neptune is in a long transit in Pisces, a water sign that it rules. Neptune is known for its quality of dissolving borders or boundaries. As a water sign, Pisces often defies containment, much like waterways. As we enter the month of March, Jupiter is in a sextile relationship to Neptune, albeit a separating aspect. Consequently, in the symbolic language of astrology, the permeability of the immune system is widened, thereby leading to a fast spread of this virus. The good news is that the asteroid Pallas Athena, symbolizing wisdom, strategy, and skill, is in a sextile relationship to Neptune, suggesting that international health entities have opportunities for collaborating on this problem.

Potent Days of the Month

While there are important aspects occurring throughout the month, I have identified the ones that I believe might pack the most punch. For a listing of all significant astrological events, please refer to the table at the end of this article.

March 3Venus in Aries square Saturn in Capricorn (exact): relationships might be put to the test. This could reflect disagreements or conflicts between females and the patriarchal structure. Or, our initial feelings of excitement in the risk of a new venture might be dampened by the constraints of reality. This also could represent choosing between the aesthetic and beautiful option versus the cost-savings option.

March 8—Sun in Pisces conjunct Neptune in Pisce: our subjective perspective might be filled with illusions OR we prefer not to reveal our true selves at this time. On the other hand, we might be capable of making our imagination or high idealism work to our benefit.

March 8—Venus in Taurus conjunct Uranus in Taurus: our relationships or our values might be turned upside down with a sudden shock or a sharp awakening. 

March 9—Full Moon in Virgo: a time of culmination for either short-term goals or for setting long-term benchmarks.

March 9-14Sextiles!: During these few days, collaborate and act on opportunities.

March 20—Mars in Capricorn conjunct Jupiter in Capricorn: a time of excess aggression OR galvanizing action for long-range plans

March 22—Mars in Capricorn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn: an explosive show of power OR a force behind transformative actions

March 23:—Sun in Aries square the North Node in Cancer: we might be forced to make choices about our future direction or be pressed to move forward on a project.

March 31—Mars in Aquarius conjunct Saturn in Aquarius: strategies for building foundations are best made with intellectual detachment

How To Assess the Quality of Energy for Significant Days in March 2020

The CONJUNCTION aspects show a merging and fushion of two different energies.

The SEXTILE aspects reflect days when there is collaborative energy and opportunities.

The SQUARE aspects indicate days when there is friction or you have to make choices. 

TRINE aspects are symbolic of days when there is harmony or easy energy. (Note: this is not always positive, because we might be complacent)

The QUINTILE aspects show days where your creativity can soar.

Astrological Event (Based on Pacific time)

March 2
First Quarter Moon in Gemini (11:57 AM)
March 3
Venus 28 Aries 26 SQUARE Saturn 28 Capricorn 26 (8:44 AM)
March 4
Mercury 29 Aquarius 44 SEXTILE Venus 29 Aries 44 (1:24 PM)
March 8
Sun 18 Pisces 24 CONJUNCTION Neptune 18 Pisces 24 (5:23 AM)
March 8
Venus 4 Taurus 01 CONJUNCTION Uranus 4 Taurus 01 (12:38 PM)
March 9
Full Moon in Virgo (9:47 AM)
March 9
Venus 5 Taurus 16 SEXTILE True Node 5 Cancer 16 (4:43 PM)
March 11
Sun 21 Pisces 24 SEXTILE Jupiter 21 Capricorn 24 (5:27 AM)
March 13
True Node 4 Cancer 42 SQUARE Chiron 4 Aries 42 (8:53 PM)
March 14
 Mars 18 Capricorn 37 SEXTILE Neptune 18 Pisces 37 (3:32 AM)
March 14
Sun 24 Pisces 34 SEXTILE Pluto 24 Capricorn 34 (9:47 PM)
March 16
Last Quarter Moon in Sagittarius (1:34 AM)
March 16
Mercury 0 Pisces 0 QUINTILE Venus 12 Taurus 0 (1:21 AM)
March 19
Uranus 4 Taurus 32 SEXTILE True Node 4 Cancer 32 (2:43 PM)
March 19
Sun 29 Pisces 50 SEXTILE Saturn 29 Capricorn 50 (4:50 PM)
March 20
Mars 22 Capricorn 49 CONJUNCTION Jupiter 22 Capricorn 49 (4:35 AM)
March 20
Mars in Capricorn quintile Chiron in Aries (1:52 PM)
March 21
Mercury 4 Pisces 13 TRINE True Node 4 Cancer 13 (6:30 PM)   
March 22
Mercury 4 Pisces 40 SEXTILE Uranus 4 Taurus 40 (6:19 AM)
March 22
Venus 18 Taurus 57 SEXTILE Neptune 18 Pisces 57  (8:08 PM)
March 22
Mars 24 Capricorn 43 CONJUNCTION Pluto 24 Capricorn 43 (10:20 PM)
March 22
Jupiter in Capricorn QUINTILE Chiron in Aries (11:42 PM)
March 23
Sun 3 Aries 47 SQUARE True Node 3 Cancer 47 (4:20 PM)
March 25
Sun 5 Aries 22 CONJUNCTION Chiron 5 Aries 22 (6:27 AM)
March 25
Sun in Aries QUINTILE Jupiter in Capricorn(11:45 AM)
March 26
Sun in Aries QUINTILE Pluto in Capricorn(4:46 PM)
March 28
Venus 23 Taurus 54 TRINE Jupiter 23 Capricorn 54 (9:24 AM)
March 28
Venus 24 Taurus 48 TRINE Pluto 24 Capricorn 48 (7:57 PM)
March 31
Mars 0 Aquarius 40 CONJUNCTION Saturn 0 Aquarius 40 (11:31 AM)

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Astrology Highlights for February 2020

Aquarius and Pisces representations in stone relief in Hungary
Photo by Globetrotter19 via Wikimedia Commons


The Major Events of the Month

As we enter February 2020, we are still very much under the influence of the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto. Although this aspect is now separating, we nevertheless feel the power of these two very serious energies. As you may recall, Saturn is the energetic force that has its impetus the desire to build structures for protection and perpetuity. Saturn represents government or organizations created by laws. The energy of this planet conserves and is inclined to set limits and restraints. On the other hand, Pluto represents the cycle of death and rebirth, and raw power, whether in its highest expression or in its misuse. Of course, the energies of both these planets operate independently, but when they aspect other energies (as symbolized by planets), they pertain to issues prominent at a particular time.

We see these combined energies of Saturn and Pluto functioning at the societal level. We often hear that the U.S. presidency is the most powerful position in the world. The energy of the Saturn and Pluto conjunction is reflected in the findings of the House of Representatives in their articles of impeachment against. Donald J. Trump. In this case, the House majority has identified abuse of power (Pluto) and obstruction (Saturn) of Congress, which are outlined as executive office violations  in the Constitution. Therefore, the Saturn-Pluto aspect is a fitting metaphor for this process. Regardless of the outcome of these proceedings, these issues represented by Saturn and Pluto are salient in the conversation of our nation. 

We can understand how the theme of the Saturn-Pluto aspect might operate in our individual lives as well. If you study your natal chart, you can identify the house where 22° Capricorn is located. You can easily research the meanings of the houses of the natal charts to understand the activity in your life where you will feel these energies. Or, you can consult an astrologer to assist you in this effort!

Mercury retrograde is another important event this month. The astrological literature describes Mercury retrograde periods as times when communication might seem off-kilter. During a Mercury retrograde phase, we could take shortcuts, setting ourselves up to overlook necessary details. Therefore, we might have to redo certain projects. Speaking for myself, all Mercury retrograde periods are not the same in their impact. I feel some more strongly than others. This upcoming retrograde period will occur in my third house of communication, so I am very interested to see what lies in store for me!

We begin feeling the effects of Mercury retrograde the first week of February, as the shadow period begins at 46 minutes after midnight on February 2 PST when Mercury reaches 28° Aquarius 13′. What this means is that Mercury will retrograde up to that degree before it stations direct. Mercury begins its station on February 16 and then begins the retrograde cycle at 4:54 pm PST on February 17 at 12° Pisces 48′. After turning direct on March 10, Mercury will not reach this degree of Pisces until March 30. Consequently, we experience the shadow of Mercury beginning on February 2 and continuing until March 30. During this period, we are apt to discover that projects we thought were completed need more refinement. We are more likely to feel that we are finally moving forward in our projects once we enter April.

With the Sun in Aquarius for most of the month and four planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and Mars beginning February 9) in Capricorn, the general mood is serious and focused on the accomplishment of concrete goals. The sign of Aquarius possesses forward thinking attributes and appreciates group activities with like-minded individuals. This is an excellent time to join or become more active in professional or community associations. Political campaigns would also be a good choice to express this month’s energies. 


Notable Dates in February 2020

Astrological Event (Based on PST)

February 1
Venus in Pisces sextile Pluto: deeply held desires may surface at this time

February 2
Mercury shadow period begins (as described in the above narrative)

February 3
Venus in Pisces sextile Saturn in Capricorn: Dreamy desires can become a reality at this time

February 3
Mercury goes into Pisces

February 3
First Quarter Moon in Gemini: Time to communicate our plans 

February 5
Mercury in Pisces sextile Uranus in Taurus: unexpected leaks in information surface

February 8
Venus goes into Aries: Our feminine aspect of desires becomes more forceful and we wants immediate gratification.

February 8
Full Moon in Leo: Rejoice in the fruits of our labor 

February 15
3rd Quarter Moon:  Assess our accomplishments to date 

February 16
Mars goes into Capricorn: The male aspect of pursuing desires is exalted in this sign. We have both the impetus to achieve and to complete what we start. In its most extreme expression, this could signal hard-nosed aggression.

February 17
Mercury turns retrograde (see description in the above narrative) 

February 18
Sun moves into Pisces: Combined with Mercury in Pisces, we are concerned with the emotional aspects of life.

February 20
Jupiter in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces: Merging long-term practical plans with idealistic dreams is favored now.

February 21
Mars in Capricorn trine Uranus in Taurus: Watch for revolutionary fervor around the world. The citizens of the world might want to channel their initiatives in genius strategies to deter climate change. If our environment is tamer, we might consider leading the pack in some unorthodox activity or being the first to adopt some new technology. Personal prowess and genius can be a winning combination.

February 22
Sun in Pisces sextile Uranus in Taurus: A time when we feel like trying something different in our personal directions.

February 23
New Moon in Pisces with Uranus and Mars sextile the Sun/Moon: A powerful period when we plant a seed that reflects our dreams. This could initiate a time of upheaval and volatility.

February 23
Venus in Aries square Jupiter in Capricorn: Relationships and big plans are in initiatory mode with a bent toward the practical.

February 25
Sun in Pisces conjunct Retrograde Mercury in Pisces: The mental processes might favor holism where we break down barriers between viewpoints. We might be revisiting past thinking.

February 26
Mercury in Pisces sextile Mars in Capricorn: Somehow, our fluid thinking works well with concrete actions.

February 28
Venus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn: The energies are in ready to go mode but  there are differences in what the end game is. 

February 28
Retrograde Mercury in Pisces sextile Uranus in Taurus: There’s an ease in rethinking our ideas and it seems opportune to take some innovative approaches.

February 28
Venus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn: Possible power disputes and relationship conflicts over deep or taboo issues.