La Luna’s shift into Cancer, her ruling sign marks many milestones and is a poignant end to the remarkable and one in a lifetime astrology of 2020. As I sit and watch her rise and compose my words, by candlelight, at her ingress into Cancer, it’s quite something to try and articulate. As Luna comes to her annual Cancer full moon on the final days of 2020, its very apparent the dramatic shift, away from the stresses and pressure that have been applying to her over the past three years; with the fresh sense of a new fertile space beginning to reveal.
Luna in Cancer, this time around is lighter and the space created by three years of Saturnian pressure and its weight on Luna whist transiting Cancer, is very apparent. This is the first full moon in Cancer or any moon cycle in Cancer, without Saturn being in opposition of, since December 2017. As she rises in front of me, in her first cycle sans Saturn, the weights previously imposed and the spaces created, is quite something to absorb and process. This is the full moon, in which the extent of this long term pressure finally reveals itself.
Saturn is hard on the moon as their intentions and purposes are opposite in technique, aims and what they are trying to achieve. Both planets being strong due to their rulership meant every cancer moon for the past three years was imposed with the burdens, constrictions, restrictions and judgements of Saturn’s cold harsh rays. Cancer lunations were heavier and more burdensome. It is at this lunation we begin to see the strengths and our hard-earnt achievements since, Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn, Dec 2017. Other observations might be a new form of softness, especially around things that used to have a harder edge. Calling it an emotional slog is an understatement. If you have inner planets or angles on the Cardinal axis of Capricorn, Cancer, Libra or Aries, you would have felt this much more.
This lunation is also the first lunation after the recent eclipse series, on the Gemini and Sagittarius axis. The solar eclipse on 15thDecember 2020 being particularly harsh and potent. I don’t know many people who weren’t touched by its intensity and dramatic overtones. Having a nourishing full moon such as this one, to close out the eclipse season helps to reconcile some of the difficult things that may have been thrown up during this eclipse season, as well as feeling like the cosmic hug we needed.
So, as we round out 2020 and experience its closing as well as getting our strong dignified Cancer Moon’s back, this really feels like the perfect antidote in washing way 2020 and all the trauma, allowing us to re-centre and recharge emotionally after what can only be described as a life changing year. Paying attention to tending to ourselves and our communities, and focusing on care, mothering and nourishment as we enter 2021 seems like the perfect astrological hint, to help guide us into a new and very different world for 2021.
December’s astrology is just as captivating and powerful as the astrology that opened the year. January’s Saturn Pluto conjunction brought with it some powerful events, which follow strongly the patterns of previous Saturn Pluto conjunction’s. Archetypal Astrologer Richard Tarnas describes the Saturn Pluto conjunctions as ‘Cycles of Crisis and Contraction’.
December brings us the tail end of the year as well as the ‘Great Conjunction’ of Jupiter and Saturn. More to come on this separately in a new post, however December’s Jupiter Saturn conjunction, begins both a new 20 and 200 year cycle at the same time. Add in Eclipse season and a solstice to the mix, its is a huge month.
December looks to round out the year with just as much dynamic and captivating astrology that has been a trademark of both 2020 and the new decade.
Below are some large brush stroke observations through the sun signs. Where possible read your rising sign over your sun sign, if known. Enjoy xx
ARIES / ARIES RISING
Jupiter and Saturn’s conjunction on the summer solstice establishes fresh connections within your community and social networks. Finally you can breathe a sigh of relief as Saturn finishes its stern assessment of your career and reputation sector. After three months of disruption Mars finally allows you to assert your intentions clearly.The full moon on 30th December focuses on family and home, helping to round out an incredibly challenging 2020.
TAURUS / TAURUS RISING
The great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on the solstice offers opportunity and consolidates your career and reputation. Conjoining every 20 years it offers a fresh era of ambition and opportunity. The solar eclipse on 15thDecember potentially throws some shade or unknown factors around resources and debts; tread lightly around such topics at this time.
GEMINI / GEMINI RISING
The lunar eclipse occurring on the 30thof November is a signal of unseen things at play around your identity and relationships. Know not all the information is at hand during the first two weeks of December. This becomes more amplified on 15thDecember, with the Solar eclipse in your relationship sector. Eclipses are blind spots and can speed up situations. Expect the unexpected. Resolutions arrive with the full moon in Cancer on the 30th December, rounding out 2020 with clarity and comfort.
CANCER / CANCER RISING
Jupiter and Saturn meet in Aquarius on the solstice, freeing up all your relationships, making them lighter and less rigid and heavy, as Saturn leaves yours relationship sector. External sources of finances or other resources maybe offered from others. Mars finally frees up space for some real career advancements.
LEO / LEO RISING
The summer solstice delivers a once in 20-year conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn which highlights commitments and optimism around relationships. This is a new era. A solar eclipse on 15th December signals some blind spots around pleasures, creative pursuits, flirts or children. Mars now gains momentum after three months of introspection and reveals a more powerful and self-determined personal ideology.
VIRGO / VIRGO RISING
A lunar eclipse on 30th November highlights the shifting sands around your home base and career or external reputation. The solar eclipse of 15th December develops the role of home or family in context of your career. Eclipses can be blind spots or offer fast progress; be alert. The full moon on 30thDecember offers kindly help and comfort from your wider community and social networks. Mars progresses your self-determination around financial and material resources.
LIBRA / LIBRA RISING
December is a wonderful opportunity to engage with friends and loved ones. Mars gives energy and vitality helping such engagements. Personal creativity and your relationship with children will see optimism and solidarity created thanks Jupiter and Saturn’s conjunction on the summer solstice. This 20-year cycle is forging a new era and offers great opportunity around your creativity and children.
SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING
A lunar eclipse of 30th November carries its tone through the first two weeks of December. Eclipses in your financial house indicate unseen activities at play or an acceleration towards a target. Jupiter and Saturn meet up on the summer solstice, marking a new era in your home, family and ancestor sector. Optimism and commitment drive this new era. Mars helps you rip through any to do lists and assists with problem solving.
SAGITTARIUS / SAGITTARIUS RISING
December opens with a visible lunar eclipse on 30thNovember which echoes through your relationship sector for two weeks. Eclipses can speed things up and information isn’t always seen right away. Things may not be what they seem. A solar eclipse on 15thDecember offers a shift in terms of who you are and how you present. The full moon on 30th December sees a culmination point around financial resources and debts.
CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING
2020 has been an intense year, but no one has to bear its weight more than Capricorns. December sees this load lighten. Saturn moves out of Capricorn at the solstice; a new dawn of opportunity is apparent. Mars gives positive progress on the family and home front and the full moon on 30thDecember culminates in your relationship sector, marking a yearly peak in your family relations.
AQUARIUS / AQUARIUS RISING
Having Jupiter and Saturn conjoining in your sign on the summer solstice is rare and auspicious. New beginnings concerning your identity and how you present to the world are initiated by this ‘great conjunction’ in Aquarius. 15thDecember’s eclipse focuses on change and development in your creativity and community sector. These shifts of direction may not be obvious until 30th December.
PISCES / PISCES RISING
Mars brings real progress in your earned income; all the stop-starts are behind you and December provides financial momentum after three months of frustration and delay. Saturn’s move out of your community and social networking sector shifts the pressures and obligations on your social sector. The 15thDecembersolar eclipse in your career and reputation sector mixes things up in ways that won’t be observable until 30thDecember.
November 30th (AEDT) sees the second full moon in a calendar month, often referred too as a blue moon. Blue moons are actually relatively common, more common than most of the large-scale planetary alignments of 2020.
This Full Moon is also a Lunar eclipse, opening our eclipse season on the new Gemini / Sagittarius axis which began in Gemini season earlier this year.
The Lunar eclipse of 30 November, as it’s a penumbral lunar eclipse, only a shadow will hit the moon, rather than the regalia of a total lunar eclipse. However, astrologically and magically, an eclipse is still an eclipse. Although not as visually spectacular as the 26 May 2021 Total Lunar Eclipse, this eclipse still has a bit bite, thanks to the conjunction of 2 of the 4 royal fixed stars.
The Sun conjoins Antares and the full Moon conjoins Aldebaran, for this eclipse, giving it a very volatile and aggressive mars like quality. Both Antares and Aldebaran are out for conquest. As these alignments are on an eclipse axis, there is a blurring or shadowing effect.
Things are very much not as they seem. Unseen actions and power moves are at play, so drawing down this energy is potentially problematic. This is not a full moon to be playing with, unless you like to bring unexpected power plays into your life.
Resting and staying hydrated during the actual eclipse is recommended along with keeping a low profile. Eclipse can be blind spots or quickening of events, having Antares and Aldebaran being brought into the mix, gives this eclipse some real fire power.
Re-entering the eclipse season of 2020, it seems appropriate to have such potent points activated as we begin the wrapping up of 2020. Watch this space, and be mindful of what you choose to do with this energy.
Eclipse start 6:32pm Middle/Max : 8:42pm End 10:53pm AEDT
Image : Elizabeth Shippen Green, Halley’s Commet at Dawn 1909
November opens with a Full Moon in Taurus conjoining unpredictable and innovate Uranus early on the 1st. Venus is freshly arrived into Libra, one of her ruling signs. Helpful to begin with, but become more challenging in the middle of the month, thanks to her connections to the much spoken about Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter line up.
Mercury, in the first week of November completes it retrograde cycle, by stationing direct in late Libra and goes back into Scorpio. Integrating insights from its time in I decan of Scorpio and III decan of Libra. Mercury is traversing the tricky terrain of late cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), who are having lots of pressure applied in the 2nd half of 2020. Mercury is also sounding out the the degree’s points of the fixed signs (Scorpio, Aquarius, Taurus and Leo) who will be welcoming in some serious Jupiter and Saturn energy this December.
Mars, the ruler of Scorpio turning direct mid-month after a volatile 3 month retrograde of Aries. This is huge and begins the completion phase of a tricky 6 months. Strong and volatile Mars interfering with Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto, is never fun, but this Mars station, helps to end the cardinal crush siege, which has been a dominant theme of 2020.
The intro of Eclipse season begins on November 30th, with a blue moon lunar eclipse for Australia and New Zealand (if you’re into putting lots of words in front of your lunation’s). The 2nd full moon of the calendar month rounds out November also opens the 2nd eclipse season of 2020. A visible lunar eclipse for those folks in Australia and New Zealand, seems like a fitting end to what can only be described as a ‘once in a life time’ astrology of 2020.
A breakdown of November’s main astrological features through the signs.
Aries / Aries Rising
Mars shifts back into direct motion on the 15th which is your cue to celebrate. Recent delays or setbacks have helped realign your relationship to power and strength, making you more agile and adept. Mid-November is when you finally feel the traction and mobility, in being able to assert yourself. At this time Mercury reveals how to make the best use of opportunities resources offered by others.
Taurus / Taurus Rising
November opens with a full moon in Taurus, commencing a two week period of innovation and individuation, thanks to the moon’s connection to Uranus. Uranus delivers opportunities that are hard to turn down or steers you in a slightly different direction. Mercury completes it retrograde on the forth, giving more clarity to your business and personal relationships, which lightens the mood and makes for an enjoyable party season.
Gemini / Gemini Rising
By mid-month, Mars no longer stirs up trouble in your social sector meaning your community and networking sector are less volatile, creating less stress and friction. For two weeks, a full moon in contact with Uranus, helps clarify and innovate feelings that lays beneath the surface. Venus hits the right notes by reconnecting to things and people who raise your spirits and help lighten the mood.
Cancer / Cancer Rising
Mars stationing direct is a big deal mid-month; finally the load is lessened and the atmosphere lightens up. Your career and reputation sector shows you off as being strong, and agile, able to power through any issues or confrontations. Mercury reveals new information about how to develop and reconnect to your passion projects or presents people who can assist with turning your passions into a reality.
Leo / Leo Rising
Rebooting your belief systems, thanks to the stirrings of Mars in your ninth solar house, isn’t light work but by mid-November the reboot is complete, just in time for party season. Mercury also finishes gathering its data in your most private sphere, which has strengthen and deepened your roots and resolve. By November’s end, Leo’s are more value aligned, stronger and more centred, making you at the heart of the party scene.
Virgo / Virgo Rising
By mid-month Mars stops agitating the waters of your external money sector, helping to light things up. Finally, there is some forward motion and a clearer picture of your finances, resources and investments. Venus, gracing your earned money sector creates some light relief and may offer some very appealing treats and rewards, after a very challenging 2020.
Libra / Libra Rising
Both business and personal relationships finally get the green light by mid-November, just in time for party season. Having Mars chopping up and muddying the waters of your relationships is difficult for a sign whose focus is on steadying the ship. Mercury also offers forward traction in your financial sector, assisting with smarter decision around money.
Scorpio / Scorpio Rising
Happy Solar return Scorpio, your ruler Mars turning direct mid-month boosts your spirits just in time for party season. Smoother running of your day to day routines allows you to power through any workloads. Mercury spending three months instead of its usual three weeks in your sign increases resourcefulness and accentuates your adept nature, attracting many admirers.
Sagittarius / Sagittarius Rising
Money has been a constant area of stress and tension in 2020. The good news is you’re getting so much closer to seeing the lifting of this stress. Lessening the load; lighter days are coming. Mars gives direct action, cutting its way through any problems or delay’s around children or connecting to your creativity. Venus makes for more pleasing social interactions in your local community and networks.
Capricorn / Capricorn Rising
The Full Moon on the 1stof November sets up a two week period which offers surprises, progress and individuation thanks to the influence of Uranus. Opportunities are available to show your creativity and to stand out and be seen by your peers. By mid-month, Mars finally stops agitating your home sector, helping to lighten things up for party season.
Aquarius / Aquarius Rising
Finding independence and the right balance between the work and home sphere is supported this month, helping to restore balance to your private and public life. Mercury helps shape this by bring vital intelligence and information which aids you to better manage how your private and public life intersect. Party season is nearly upon us, so finding that sweet spot is extra important and valuable; avoid burn out or missed opportunities to have fun
Pisces / Pisces Rising
Mars finally gets momentum in your money sector by mid-month which is a relief and eases tensions, helping to refocus financial goals. Venus double downs on this as she bestows potential gifts or opportunities around external forms of finance and resources such as taxes, loans, inheritances. Mercury and the Sun highlight opportunities for further education and to update your philosophies or beliefs helping to lighten things up, and broaden your horizons.
This is no trick, spoil yourself with treats as tonight’s full moon is in Taurus after all, but for blue moons (having either 2 full or new in one calendar month ) ours arrives 30 November and will be a visible Lunar Eclipse in both NZ and Australia
Scorpio season is once again upon us and we see ourselves shifting from the cardinal air of Libra into the deep crevice’s of the fixed water of Scorpio.
Scorpio energy is both intuitive and fixating, with a strong ability to connect and tap into the deeper messages of their situation and environments. Scorpio energy is never far from the Zeitgeist.
Scorpio season has some strong planetary shifts for 2020, which will be described more with the November monthly horoscopes, highlights of the month include …
💥 Mars, the ruler of Scorpio turning direct mid-month after a volatile 3 month retrograde of Aries …
📝 Mercury, will complete it retrograde cycle in Scorpio and integrating insights from its time in Scorpio. This retrograde focused on the I decan of Scorpio and III decan of Libra, November sees these insights seeded or harvested.
🌝 A striking Full Moon exactly conjunct Uranus …
🌕🌖🌗🌘🌑🌒🌓🌔The intro of Eclipse season …
💫Scorpio season, never far from connecting to spirit or spirits of the age … more in the monthly horoscopes, with a sign by sign breakdown.
Saturn Pluto = 22 degrees of Capricorn Jan 12th / 13th 2020
Welcome to the 2020s, where things get a little freaky early on, with the alignment of Saturn and Pluto on 12/13 January. The 2ndweek of the New Year, is quite something to behold, feeling the catalyst, the tipping point for change, a changing of the guard or a new operating order or paradigm, its being formed. Richard Tarnas labels this conjunction, “Cycles of Crisis and Contraction”, in his Great book, “Cosmos and Psyche”, and after years of speculation, it’s finally upon us.
2019, held a strong pulse of this as we lead into the, January 12/13th, Saturn & Pluto conjunction. Anointed by some as apocalyptic, others have described as the fascist conjunction, it’s certainly a pressure cooker, as established power structures and unseen power forces collide. History and events that have occurred during past intonations of this conjunction have not been kind. Seen as large marker point for social change and even dismantlement of Society as we knew it at that time. We are now at this point of history, once again.
Saturn and Pluto conjunctions occur every 33 to 38 years, and have an aggressive, de-stabling of power & quality to them. Power, abuse of power, over-use of power, control and dismantling are all strong themes aligned with the conjunction. The 2020 hook-up occurs in Capricorn, Saturn’s Ruling sign, the significations towards Government, Global Reputations, Control, Money and Conservatorship have never been so strongly at the forefront; for a seemingly larger dis-enchanted Global Population. Pluto introduced the theme of financial disruption, when it entered Capricorn January 2008. The immediate manifestation and impact was the World GFC. The 2020 Saturn Pluto conjunction will put great pressure on, this model, which was interrupted with the GFC, and look at how sustainable both fiscally, and perhaps environmentally, it really is. Saturn Pluto are the Ultimate Power Games or Star Wars.
The last Saturn Pluto conjunction occurred in 1982 in Libra. The peak of the Cold War, Ronald Reagan, an actor, was President of The United States, not that dis-similar to the current President. Margaret Thatcher was in Power in the UK. Cuts to Public Service, Free-market Economies was the new economic survival mode. Thatcherism& Reaganomics were sweeping the West and became a new Western Government standard. Free-market Economies, Privatization of Government Services was unheard of before this point. It was what we “needed” to survive the economic issues of the time.
Previous to the 1982 conjunction, there was the Saturn Pluto Conjunction of 1947/48 which saw, India and Pakistan separated by a new invisible land boarder by the British, separating families and religious boundaries, creating physicality to something that was always more loosely defined. The creation of Israel, from Palestine and the carving up of the new boarders in the Middle East also occurred at this time, the issues around this, are still not resolved. The Conjunction before that, saw events precipitate and create the beginning of World War 1. Crisis and Contractions indeed, Saturn Pluto have demonstrated many times just this century alone, the power it has, to change the global landscape of the world we live in over and over again, for power and control.
The opposition of Saturn and Pluto, of which this conjunction is the closing cycle of, was when the September 11thterrorist attacks occurred in the United States. Creating the marking point of the current global climate and politics in which we live. Interestingly enough, Saturn was in Gemini in the 9thHouse of Devoted Religious beliefs and Philosophy and Pluto was in freedom loving Sagittarius in the 3rdhouse of local neighbourhoods and day to day environments, when this attack happened, showing the great impact and literal manifestation, this combo can create, in such tragic ways. The fall out of such a deplorable act against humanity, reflects the depths that these 2 planets will go to push their respective agendas, it is with the current January 2020 cycle that we see these 2 mighty forces come together again to potentially reconfigure the world landscape, once again.
The recent rise of Brexit, Local and regional Nationalism, refusal of rights for refugees and the continued changing landscape of global politics, demonstrate clearly that we are currently living in Saturn Pluto times. The purpose of this article is not of prediction, but one must observe, the recent influence and obvious signs of climate change. The realizations that our planet is not able to sustain life as we know it, is a potential avenue for such Plutonic change, in this 2020 cycle, as it has been bubbling away for most of 2019. This outcome of this observation remains to be seen, but the resistance of government to address or recognize the issue is a potential sticking point, and an area that is due for cataclysmic change. It will be interesting to see what sets the agenda pre and post Jan 12/13th2020.
Two days before we have this exact conjunction, will see a lunar eclipse also on the Capricorn Cancer Axis, reinforcing the themes of Home, Resources, Nurture, Sustenance and Protection vs Governance, Society, Power Structures, Money and Rulership. Eclipses are shadow points, darking of the luminaries, effects and results are never seen or witnessed at this exact time, this also blurs or darkens the scope of the Pluto Saturn conjunction which occurring at the time of the Eclipse. Basic terms, this time frame will be clouded from obvious direct indications of what direction the pressure points will transmute from. But the pressure points will still be felt and activated.
The 3rdTransit this week, which will merge and melt into all of the above. which also occurs at the Eclipse, is the Mercury Cazimi, also in Capricorn. It the perfect antidote, for insight, in the weeks ahead. Mercury, conjoining the Sun, which is being eclipsed by the Nodal axis at the Cancer Full Moon, pulls in the Mercurial to an already intensive week of confrontation and challenge. Mercury, having its full pallet cleansed, burning away all the side issues holding it back from addressing the real issues at hand, will be very interesting to see unfold. Like all Mercury Cazimi, we will not find our way with this until late January, after the New Moon in Aquarius, and once Mercury moves past 6 degrees of Aquarius. But what the Cazimi does offer, is a chance to reset our voices and opinions, amongst all this overwhelming aggressive, constraining and conflictive energy to give resource and clarity on how to move past or through the proverbial mire.
January, is an unusually heavy and volatile Moon, proceed with caution. But to end with a quote from Richard Tarnas, about the Saturn Pluto conjunction, “We can see here too that the other side of the Saturn Pluto gestalt: The noble fate binding of one’s strenuous efforts to the chain of human destiny, which creates an enduring good and forges a deep and permanent moral development in Human Evolution”.
“In this 1982 painting, the figure wears a three-pointed crown – a prominent symbol in Basquiat’s visual lexicon. The figure stands defiantly with one arm raised. Basquiat’s crown has many potential meanings, but here may be read as a symbol of majesty, endurance and triumph.” NGV, describing a painting by Jean – Michel Basquiat, created at the last Saturn Pluto conjunction.