APRIL MONTHLY HOROSCOPES 2021

By Rafael Pavarotti for British Vogue

ARIES / ARIES RISING

The Aries New Moon on April 12th will re-configure and consolidate plans, which helps guide you over the next six months. Venus and Mercury conjoin this lunation and are a positive influence; attracting like-minded people, business plans or communications. Mars entering Cancer on April 24th brings additional baggage to any big power moves.

TAURUS / TAURUS RISING

The Full Moon on April 27th occurs in Scorpio opposite your sign, making it easier to see underlaying complexities or dynamics within your relationships. Venus enters your sign April 16th bolstering your general vibe and making things freer flowing. Mars entering Cancer late in the month, might see a rise in micro-aggressions in your local surroundings, keep your cool.

GEMINI / GEMINI RISING

The New Moon on April 12th in Aries brings about a fresh change within your social groups and networks. Mercury and Venus hanging out on both sides of this lunation brings about fresh and pleasing social interactions and dynamics. The Full moon April 27th shines its attention towards your health and wellbeing, focusing on wellness and retreat. Taking some time out works wonders, thanks to Venus amping up the pleasure vibes.

CANCER / CANCER RISING

Mars shifting into Cancer in late April is something to keep an eye on, Mars likes to agitate the emotional waters of Cancer and the triggers will be stronger than usual. Venus helps by creating pleasing and attractive social dynamics, so from mid-April onwards, it’s a great time to get out and mingle, helping to smooth over any harsh edges. The New Moon in your career and reputation sector April 12th is a wonderful re-boot for career ambitions and starting a new chapter.


LEO / LEO RISING

Venus moving into your career and reputation sector always attracts attention and benefits. Uranus being co-present means some of these benefits / compliments might be surprising or unexpected. Mars shifts into Cancer late month, which could stir up the emotional depths or helps cut through any difficult emotions that you have been trying to work through, helping your emotional wellbeing. 


VIRGO / VIRGO RISING

This month’s New Moon on April 12th is in aspect with Venus and Mercury, creating a supportive and ingenious new phase regarding your resources and external sources of finance. New innovations in this area of life is supported. Mars moving into your social sector later in the month could see micro-aggressions or emotional outbursts. Patience and nurturing help smooth over any stirrings within your social networks.

LIBRA / LIBRA RISING

Having a strong New Moon in your relationship sector, helps you in asserting yourself within relationship dynamics, allowing your needs to be heard and supported. Mars shifts into your career and reputation sector towards the end of the month, creating lots of action and momentum to get things done. This also sees your reputation as the velvet hammer strike a supportive chord with many as you combine nurture and individuation.

SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING

Venus moves into Taurus April 15th making your relationships more dynamic and sensual; things really begin to spark on the relationship front, no matter what context. The Full Moon at the end of the month doubles down on this, allowing you to see your strength of bonds with others and highlighting those relationships that no longer work. The New Moon on April 12th begins a new cycle of improvement around health and vitality.

SAGITTARIUS / SAGITTARIUS RISING

This month’s New Moon on April 12th enlivens your creative sector helping to fuel your appetite for pleasure and activities that nourish you. Venus shifts into your health and routine sector helping to lift your energy for life’s more laborious activities. By end of the month Mars moves into Cancer which could see some turbulence for any external resource or debts and loans, be mindful of trying to wrestle something into place if it’s not working.

CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING

Your home, family, ancestor sector has a lovely New Moon April 12th with Venus and Mercury involved; this brings in both pleasure and communication. Venus then shifts to your creative sector which enlivens and supports connection to children and creativity. Mars shifting into your relationship sector, might create some micro-aggressions. Look deeper, nurture and a soft approach might be what is being called for. 

AQUARIUS / AQUARIUS RISING

Venus shifting into your home sector mid-month is the perfect time for any re-decorations or re-arranging to bring the pleasure focus back into the home.  Mars moving into your health and wellbeing sector, motivates health routines, supporting water-based activities for deeper feeling of release and wellbeing. Your home and career sector are highlighted with April’s Full Moon, hinting at realigning the balance between the two.

PISCES / PISCES RISING

Mars moves into your creative and children sector, helping motivate a deeper emotional connection to both topics. Mars can agitate so any frustrations or stirrings are best dealt with a nurture and softer approach. April 12th New Moon in Aries, begins a new cycle in your income and values sector, helping you to have a self-assured direction for the next 6 months. 

MARS TRANSIT OF GEMINI 2021

Robert Fludd, The Sun Breathing Life into the Cosmos, 1626

MARS IN GEMINI 2021

4 March – 24 April 2021 AEDT

Today Mars enters Gemini, after an elongated transit of Taurus; the sign of Mars detriment.  Mars entered Taurus, at the moment “That Bull Guy” image; symbolic to the Capital Hill riots was blazoned across the world media. Having this transit line up with such a striking image after such an epic retrograde phase in 2020, was something that only emphasised the potential trickiness of this Mars in Taurus phase, we are now exiting.  Longer than usual, it’s been a tough slog from early January until now. Things have been slower than usual to get up and running along with a resistance to big energetic pushes, or things just required way more motivation than usual. Slow and steady took over from big pushes, which essentially impeded Mars ability to do anything really constructive, as Mars likes fast rigorous action. 

Today with Mars shifting into Gemini, Mars is in a much better space to be able to use his skills and dynamism.  Gemini is a much more dynamic and changeable sign in comparison to the fixed earth of Taurus. Gemini is naturally more aligned to Mars nature and curiosities.  This stimulation of Mars allows for more momentum, traction and progress after a tedious transit of Taurus and retrograde phase in 2020. In short, Mars in Gemini will give strength and vigour to the mind.

Also, at the time of this ingress of Mars into Gemini, Mercury will be conjoining Jupiter for its final conjunction to Mercury in Aquarius. The Ruler of this Mars transit is blessed with the final integration of this three-hit conjunction of Mercury / Jupiter. Having Mercury / Jupiter meet for the third time, allows for information, a way forward, a new plan, new optimism or a new path forwards after a difficult or confusing January / February 2021. 

Having Mercury leave the final stages of its retrograde, along with its connection with Jupiter is extremely helpful and positive for Mars as he enters Gemini. Finally after 12 months we have a Mars making for more positive aspects to Saturn in-particular, allowing for more supportive Mars. Something that has been missing over the last 12 months, as the wrecking ball of Covid 19 began to hit our lives.

Today marks, what potentially we were seeking when we started 2021, by offering us a clearer path forwards, providing the energy and motivation after a difficult and frustrating first two months of the Year. Today we begin to see a more positive Mars influence, which has been missing from our lives over the past 12 months, as Mars begins to set a new pace and a new tone, which is now informed and guided by Jupiter’s influence on Mercury.  Today Mars, gets some of his spunk and swagger back. xx

NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS 2021

From British Vogue

NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS 

FRI 12th FEB @ 6:16am AEDT 

23 ° Aquarius 

The New Moon in Aquarius will be one unlike any other, thanks to 6 of the 7 inner planets being in Aquarius at this lunation, creating a huge Aquarian stellium or line-up. This is rare and last occurred 59 years ago; feeding an extraordinary amount of planetary energy into the Aquarian sector of your chart/life. 

Aquarius, the water bearer is the provider and the support system, which is always working towards a point of wholeness or completion.  It is perhaps at this new moon; we can look to the Aquarian aspects of our lives with the intent to bring more support and structure into what we strive to complete or bring wholeness around these topics of life.  

Aquarian’s are individual within the collective, they hold their individuality and uniqueness, within the space of others; they are able to be themselves, whilst assisting others to help create community, it might just not be in the most traditional of ways. This new moon creates strong opportunity to workshop new pathways to evolve and sets up a deep incubation phase, of the Aquarian qualities of above and bringing them to life.

Venus and Jupiter conjoin at 12 °at this new moon, helping to harmonise the blending of big visions, optimism, new lessons and teachings, combined with attractive connection to those who you really vibe with. Jupiter fresh from his cazimi, helps to energize Venus, as she finishes her current cycle. Having the two benefic’s in-aspect at this lunation is a good thing, bringing in a more positive and optimistic flavour.

Mercury, still currently retrograde in Aquarius offers the benefit of reflection and insights. It’s only through looking back or re-looking at ourselves; we are able to know more clearly what we do or don’t seek. It also helps us see how we have progressed. Mercury still traveling through these back-water roads, offers introspection and reflection, as the Moon itself is at its darkest, helping to deepen the unseen or seeding of the experience.  

Finally, Saturn, the ruler of this lunation will be what remains after all these planets leave Aquarius and will hold to account; asking that you keep the contracts that you make at this time. Saturn will be making sure you keep promises or contracts, once all the benefits are optimism is gone. This will be key to your success. Saturn prefers a more striped back and simple plan, one that can be stuck to!  The good news is that Saturn works well in Aquarius, so it is creating a supportive and strong foundational base for these new explorations and developments.

THROUGH THE SIGNS

please read your rising sign if you know what your rising sign is.

Aries / Aries Rising:  Groups, Networks, Collectives, Social Groups, Hopes and Wishes

Taurus / Taurus Rising:  Career, Reputation, Awards, Recognition.

Gemini / Gemini Rising: Higher knowledge, Media, Communication, Overseas Travel, Philosophy

Cancer / Cancer Rising: External Resources, Things you use from Others, Hidden Emotions or Connections, Other Peoples Money.

Leo / Leo Rising: Close Relationships with others, regardless of setting, Partnership

Virgo / Virgo Rising: Health, Work, Wellbeing, Problem Solving the Day to Day grind of Life.

Libra / Libra Rising: Children, True Love, Flirts, Creativity 

Scorpio / Scorpio Rising: Home, House, Dwelling, Ancestors, Hidden Secrets, Lineage

Sagittarius / Sagittarius Rising: Siblings, Local Neighbourhood, Education, Communications

Capricorn / Capricorn Rising: Money, Possessions and Values

Aquarius / Aquarius Rising: You, Your Identity, Physical Body and How you embody yourself.

Pisces / Pisces Rising: Your Subconscious, Retreat, Isolation, Overseas connections, Spirituality.

FEBRUARY MONTHLY HOROSCOPES 2021

February has the unique situation of being a month where a super stellium of planets all transit Aquarius; pulling focus, emphasising the Aquarian elements of your chart . The Sun, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, and for a short time La Luna all transit Aquarius. The peculiarity of this? Saturn, is only in Aquarius, every 27 years, Jupiter only transits every 12 years. Mercury’s Retrograde of Aquarius, give this stellium extra length and an interesting flavour, allowing for great depth for revision of the Aquarian elements of your chart.

A sign by sign breakdown of Mercury’s Retrograde can also be found on the link above. Not since 1962 has there been this much planetary focus or energy in Aquarius, meaning this area of life is firmly on the agenda this February. If you have planets in Aquarius, or Aquarius is in an important sector of your chart, the pull is stronger, and yes, so is great opportunity, thanks to Venus and Jupiter conjoining at the New Moon 12th February.

Monthly highlights below xx enjoy.

ARIES / ARIES RISING

February provides an unusually large emphasis on your community and social networks, providing great opportunity to connect and engage with these groups. Mercury’s retrograde within this context may bring old groups or networks back into the frame, adding to the uniqueness of this time period. The full moon, late month offers breakthrough’s with finances or helps establish more confidence and self-worth.

TAURUS / TAURUS RISING

February offers an abnormally large focus on your career and reputation sector. Not since 1962, has there been this much planetary influence in this sector. Be open to opportunity or new information as it presents; in potentially indirect ways thanks to the Mercury Retrograde. The 27 February full moon offers a culmination point around health and work routines. Highlighting surprising ways to make positive changes.

GEMINI / GEMINI RISING

Mercury’s retrograde of your philosophies and belief’s sector helps re-establish connection to core beliefs, teachings and lessons.  Other influences in this area, indicate some form of courses or education, can really boost your skills set and confidence. The full moon on 27February in your family and home sector, offers innovations. Making the home more dynamic and stimulating or sees yourself or family members embracing their individuality.

CANCER / CANCER RISING

February sees a strong focus on your external resources, with re-evaluating and restructuring part of the process. New modes and methods are being constructed, so investigate all options. Mars adds a potential volatile element to your social groups and networks, so be mindful of any bull in china shops action as it might pop up. The full moon on 27 February adds a surprise or boost from your local surroundings.

LEO / LEO RISING

The unusual amount of energy in your relationship sector, points to the advantages of tending and nurturing allyour one-on-one relationships, regardless of what part of your life they inhabit. Building, assessing, reviewing, nurturing, expanding and integrating allthese relationships is key to your success this month and beyond. The Virgo full moon in your financial sector, offers resolution or an ability to see with more clarity, how best to enhance finances and/or self-value. 

VIRGO / VIRGO RISING

February offers strong assessments and modifications to your health and work sector, with such breakthroughs having a lasting impact. Mars motivates and gives momentum for any potential study or education you seek out or start. The full moon on 27 February is the culmination point for individuation and setting yourself apart from others.

LIBRA / LIBRA RISING

February sees a strong focus on your children and/or creativity and your engagement with both topics. Reflecting and re-establishing frameworks and structures; alongside your dreams and ambitions occurs simultaneously. Mars motivates you to deal with external resources and how you manage them, while the full moon on 27 February offers some surprising insights, to things that have been away from view.

SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING

February has an unusually large amount of energy in your home and family sector. The last time this much energy was in this era of life, was 1962. Re-assessments, re-structuring and evaluation will all be part of this process. Upgrading your relationships to home and family allows for a stronger base to connect from. The full moon on 27 February offers some pleasing and surprising connection to your social networks, helping to distract from the busy home life upgrades.

SAGITTARIUS / SAGITTARIUS RISING

Your local surroundings and neighbourhood have a real zing this month, thanks to the planetary energy surrounding it. Focusing around rituals around the home could be of real benefit and joy. The full moon highlights your social networks and community allowing you to see the support they offer. Showing your appreciation has its own special rewards.  Mars also, gets to task in motivating your routines, with extra strength to tasks with a Venusian quality. 

. CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING

For the first time since 1962, your financial sector receives unusually strong planetary influence. Some of it is re-assessment and restructuring and the rest of it is evaluation and vision planning. February provides opportunity for strong groundwork for finances. Mars in your creative sector offers motivation for enjoying the things you find creatively stimulating, especially any Venusian style projects.

AQUARIUS / AQUARIUS RISING

The energetic focus of February is very much on you. Not since 1962, has there been such a strong line up of planets in Aquarius. The opportunity to develop your identity, your health and your beliefs is strongly supported. Helping to move you towards the life you always dreamed for yourself and providing strong inspiration. February is a month of decisive insights and opportunity.

PISCES / PISCES RISING

Your subconscious sector is the planetary focus of February. Helping to resolve or untangle things that might be holding you back or addressing things you don’t have a handle on. Opportunity to explore and find resolution is abundant in February. Mars helps with motivation for any redecoration or renovations around the home, giving strength the any Venusian modifications. The full moon highlights close friendships the joy they bring.

MERCURY RETROGRADE OF AQUARIUS 2021

Edie Sedgwick by Jerry Schatzberg 1966

MERCURY RETROGRADE IN AQUARIUS 

(31 JAN – 21 FEB 2021 AEDT)

27˚– 11˚ of Aquarius 

Mercury begins its Retrograde phase as January closes and is our first Mercury Rx phase of the year. 2021 delivers us a year of Mercury’s retrogradation in the Air signs, making these retrograde period’s stronger, thanks to Mercury’s elemental strength in Air.

Aquarius is an Air sign, fixed in its mode. Making it a sign whose strength lies in its stability and focused nature. Air signs have a great ability to detach and separate themselves from situations, providing an objective ability, helping to problem solve situations at hand, without out an overly emotional, passionate or overly stuck bias. As one of the humanist signs, Aquarius, is more focused on people and collaboration.

Saturn, Mercury’s ruler, for this retrograde is also co-present. This assists with focusing on creating systems or structures which help people or collaboration; through consolidating efforts through systems. Its through collaboration and systems we can help get to the heart of these Aquarian ideals. This retrograde, helps to re-evaluate these collaborations.

February 2021 is an unusual month, due to the amount of planets in the sign of Aquarius. February sees 6 planets in the one sign of Aquarius. The last time a stellium of planets conjoined in Aquarius like this was February 1962. With so much energy concentrated in Aquarius at this retrograde, it doubles down on the significations of Aquarius, and really knuckles down into the Aquarian elements of your chart and areas of life that Aquarius represents. So do pay attention, to what comes up. 

So, what happens when Mercury, the planet of communication, commerce, trade, ideas, problem-solving goes retrograde in a sign which is so heavily focused on others? There is an overly concentrated focus on, re-vision, re-evaluation, re-assessment and re-looking at relating to people, collaboration and community.  We now look to how to evolve these interactions with others, so it’s more mutually beneficial. The Aquarian ability to a detach to help innovate, also helps this Mercury Rx process of Re-looking and re-evaluation of things, as passions and emotions are more easily put to the side, as we look to a more objectively as what needs to change or be re-moulded.

Mercury; during its retrogradation conjoins Saturn its ruler once, which is when Mercury potentially finds the problem, it needs to solve. Mercury then meets with Jupiter, three times during this cycle, which is where we find opportunity or are able to look for solutions that have a positive and more lasting effect. Watch this space over the next 3 – 4 weeks and know the outcome to any tricky situations that present, will come, and maybe more positive than initially anticipated.

This particular Retrograde, is very strong, thanks to the 6 planet pile up in Aquarius at the time of the Rx. If you have planets in Aquarius, you haven’t had this much concentrated energy on your natal planets, unless you are born before 1962.  The Rx gives a strong current or undertow allowing for some really ingenious problem-solving at this time, if something challenging does pop up, do be optimistic, that Jupiter’s role will help deliver a positive outcome or resolution by the end of this cycle. It just might not be what you expect.

Mercury Retrograde: Through the signs

Aquarius / Aquarius Rising:

The physical body, as well as how you present to the world, what you represent and how you are received by others is strongly in focus. You’re very much the star of the show, and what you hold dear, might become the focus for others as well. 

Pisces / Pisces Rising:

The sub-conscious, soul sector or relationship to the unknown or hidden realms is heavily emphasised for you at this time. New connection to or new information is presented, which helps create a dialogue to or with retreat, isolation or soul work. 

Aries /Aries Rising:

New innovations are given new life with relation to friendship groups, community and social networks. New intel, allows you to be more effective in collaboration, cementing your position in the community.

Taurus / Taurus Rising:

The Career and Reputation sector of your chart is the star of the show, Mercury is helping you create a new plan to help with collaboration or assists with making yourself more of a team player. Opportunity is around, once Mercury has done its work.

Gemini / Gemini Rising:

Having the ruler of your chart, working its retrograde magic in your ideas and belief sector might at times be frustrating, but the information and data it gleans, gets you ready for some real opportunity for long lasting success and gains. Its all in the mind set.

Cancer / Cancer Rising: 

Overhauling the shared resources area of your life, allows for some great gains. Detaching from the emotions around it, is easier this time around. Cool and clinical assessment helps in getting you to a more prosperous setting.

Leo / Leo Rising: 

Relationships are key right now, in getting you to where you want to go. Collaboration, and how you engage in relationships might be under the microscope. Taking the emotional baggage out of the situation and looking objectively at your key relationships delivers much clarity and opportunity for growth and recognition. 

Virgo / Virgo Rising: 

The day to day routines and putting your attention to smarter ways of living is beneficial. Knowing that solving the problem before it takes root, is 99 percent of the work done. Mercury helps you see where the problems may lie. 

Libra / Libra Rising:

Creativity and Children is the Aquarius focus of your chart; any crisis or challenges can be worked through. An objective approach will help and delivers new approaches making a more abundant and healthier collaborative experience with either the creativity or children who are in your life.  If you need help, your people are there to support.

Scorpio / Scorpio Rising:

The home, house, family, ancestors represent the most private and hidden sector of your chart. Allowing some detached objectivity around such topics, as Mercury’s retrograde, helps develop or re-write the story allows for empowerment and better collaborative benefits for any and all of the above topics. 

Sagittarius / Sagittarius Rising:

Revisiting and revising your connection to your local surroundings and local environment can breathe fresh life into any aspects of the above that might feel stagnant. New innovations around your routines and schedules helps in freeing up time for more collaborative connections. 

Capricorn / Capricorn Rising:

The heavy emphasis of your financial sector shows there to be strong re-vision and re-evaluation of your income, assets or possessions. Allowing for an objective assessment, along with inviting the help of others can really get things moving for you. Revitalizing your income and how and what you seek to possess.

FULL MOON IN CANCER 2020

FULL MOON IN CANCER

Ingress into Cancer 29 December @ 09:25pm AEDT

Exact 30 DEC 2020 @ 2:28pm AEDT 

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. 

#fullmoonincancer #cancermoons #astrology #luminaryastrology #fullmoon #transits

IMAGE : Albert Bierstadt, Moonlight, c. 1860

THE GREAT CONJUNCTION OF 2020: THE CHANGING OF THE GUARDS

The first Air era since 1226, which also began with Jupiter and Saturn conjoining in Aquarius.

00’30  Jupiter in Aquarius & 00’30 Saturn in Aquarius

Tuesday 22 December 2020

Exact conjunction 0645am AEDT

Look west into the evening sky after sunset, use Star Chart a free app if your unsure and want to double check you have the right planets. Can be viewed in the weeks either side of it, maximum closeness is the above dates.

The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn occurring under 12 hours after the solstice is perhaps the astrological event of the year.  The Solstice which occurs at Monday 21 December 8:53pm AEDT, followed by the exact conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn at 0645am Tuesday 22 December makes this a solstice for the ages. Who would expect anything less to helps to wrap up a remarkable and dynamic 2020? But in 2020 style, the 2020 conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn also offers that little bit extra!

Jupiter and Saturn, the two largest of the visible planets to the naked eye conjoin every 19.5 years, and as astrologer Austin Coppock remarked, they are the king makers of human history and its era’s; and the tent poles of history, under which we live. As human’s mark the movements of the Sun and the Moon to represent and follow time, this also extends to the Jupiter and Saturn conjunction, due to our ability to visually track it, along-side events and developments here on earth.  Humans have been observing the Jupiter and Saturn conjunctions for thousands of years. The most famous record of a reputed Jupiter Saturn conjunction are the reference to it as the Star of Bethlehem in the bible. Yes folks, the three wise men, were following the Jupiter Saturn conjunction, and it definitely created a crowning moment, no matter what your belief system is. So, these are important times, in which we currently live.

Jupiter Saturn conjunctions represent kings and empires, beginning and ends.  There cycle is predictable, due to the constancy of there synodic cycles and also represent a certain quality of time depending on what elemental era they are in.  Jupiter Saturn conjunctions have been the book markers and book end of history, for good reason, they are tried, and test and they works, as an astrological timing technique. Each era, whether it be Fire, Air, Water or Earth, all have a strong presence of the ruling element within the quality of time, to which people live. Fire ages have seen great renaissance in arts and traditions including the Italian Renaissance and Tudor England, and the Romantic era. Water eras have seen great spiritual movements etc.

The Solstice conjunction of these two kingly planets, begins and ends a 20- and 200-year cycle at the same time, beginning a cycle last seen 794 years ago. The solstice itself is a very significant day. It’s a marker of the imbalance of light and darkness and a day of which humans have literally built monuments like Stonehenge to. These two events coinciding ? Rare, like really rare.

Tomorrow’s conjunction marks the beginning of a 200-year cycle in Air, ending an earth cycle which began in 1842. Looking back across the earth age, we can see conquests, colonization of lands by organized and government mandated / centralized force. The plundering / mining of the earth for wealth and riches, which then got kept and managed in a hierarchical system and created empires because of the hoarded wealth from the earth and all its resources (i.e.: corporations/governments/institutions), we also need to mention the unscrupulous ways in which this wealth was taken.  Industrialisation also began on mass and changed the way we connect to earth and how we work with it.  Money and power was created by the complete raping and pillaging of the earth and its resources. As we leave the earth era, the earth is literally struggling for survival, due to the amount we have stripped from it and mis-managed pollution. These Grand Conjunctions will be in air signs until 2159. The last Air series of conjunctions began in 1226 (Aquarius). So let the journey begin.

When you look at the timelines of the history of these developments and the Jupiter Saturn conjunctions, the information is incredibly striking and is helpful to see where we may evolve to next. 

So, what is an air age and what does it look like? This is the first Air age in 800 years, and interestingly, tomorrows conjunction is the closest these planets get, in forming the conjunction also in 800 years, I don’t feel this is coincidence. 

Air ages are marked by disbursing of empires and wealth as well as creating more movement and freedom, through change and instability, this creates new pathways and new opportunity. Air ages have a more unpredictable flavour, through instability and a disbursing of power and control. Things we used to rely on may disappear, but through it, new alternatives are presented and ideas and intelligence/problem solving gets a real opportunity to explore and create new innovations and solutions, to the real problems we now face coming out of the earth age. 

Air ages can be marked with the term, created by Austin Coppock, as the age of “Disruptive Conquerors”. It is through these disruptive conquerors that the Air age changes and adapts the ways we live.  In previous Air ages, we had Genghis Khan create still to dates the biggest land empire created. He also establishes safety and strong connection, through the Silk Road, which fed and nourished trade, and is a trade route still in place today.  Genghis Khan did this by connecting many nomadic tribes. Nomadic tribes being tres Air, due to the constant movement in nature and quality. His conquests were the pinnacle of disruptive conquests, and he is still seen as one of the greatest conquerors in history.  We also in previous Air era’s saw the beginning of the fall of the Roman Empire after its peak. Alexander the Great, go through and connect and create the Hellenistic world, which didn’t last long after he died, but it still created information and connected to countries, who through the merging of ideas and information shared, through this Hellenistic world, we still look to today, as a source of information, and knowledge sharing, I’m looking at astrologers, with this one.

Through this disruption, we see more information and trade created, as the channels open up in different ways, and the control mechanism change. Looking forwards to what this might mean for us now, the internet and technology is definitely opening up the ways we live. The pandemic showed us how adaptable we are to remote learning or working from home. We no longer need to work or learn in centralized places. Notable news to come out recently, is the huge surges in Bit Coin values, a revolutionary digital currency, which is hard to ignore as we enter the Air age. We have seen the beginnings of lab grown meat becoming available to on mass and rise in popularity and availability, which reflects how technology is modifying the food chain.  Socially, technology has bridged the gap, in allowing us to connect to people, when we physically couldn’t.  When it comes to power and control, we can’t ignore the increased use of surveillance and drones, to track people and their movements. This will certainly increase. How is most of this conducted? Through the air waves, internet or literally in the air.

The previous Jupiter conjunction was in Taurus and 2000 (the last of the Earth cycle) and previous to this it was in Libra 1980/1981 (the first dip into the Air Cycle). Both these conjunctions were ruled by Venus. Consumerism and materialism really took off and Venus put pleasure and aesthetics front and centre for the past 40 years. Now we move into an Aquarius conjunction, we enter both an Air and a Saturn ruled conjunction. We will be looking at a more conservative and less pleasure oriented 20-year Jupiter Saturn cycle; perhaps to help solve the very pressing problems we face as we exit the Earth era and we look to solutions to the problems it has caused. 

The Great Conjunction, which is exact tomorrow following the Solstice, is marking the beginning of a new age, we are in a stage of transition and it will take a while for us to settling into it or work out, what real direction this is taking us. However, we do have the wonderful opportunity to watch them as they conjoin in the sky. We are fortunate enough to have the best view in 794 years or since 1226, coincidently, the last time we were in an Air age. Look west at nightfall and admire, being able to see such a momentous and historical moment, as we look to the planets and the future, they might herald. 

Enjoy! 

MARS IN ARIES 2020 : THE STATION DIRECT

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MARS STATION DIRECT IN ARIES 

11:34am AEST

Today Mars the red planet, stations direct after three months of retrogradation in Aries the sign it rules, and this is great news! 

Mars, retrogrades every two years and it’s a planet that isn’t particularly fond of doing so either. Retrogrades slow down and imbed Mars, a planet whose primary significations are about motion, fast pace and action. When retrograde this pace and action slows down, it causes frustration and friction due to the lack of momentum. Such frustrations can turn inward as the environment around you slows down. Mars is powerful in Aries, due to its rulership; this coupled with the fact that mars also retrogrades least in Aries out of all of the zodiacal signs, had made the last three months particularly stressful.

Mars turned retrograde September 10thand it’s at this time reflections or struggles became more apparent or deepened. Perhaps there were other things agitating situations that you weren’t previously aware of.

Re looking at your personal power, strength or what rouses anger could have been areas for redress. Depending on where this is occurring in your personal chart. Anyone with personal planets in Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn, would have been more heavily impacted by this Mars Retrograde. Collectively Mars putting strain on Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto in late Capricorn has definitely created an element of tension, that has continued to simmer over the second half of 2020. Things have been on the verge and felt like they were going to get lit and exploding at any moment.  Keeping a coolness around all the heat anger around us, has definitely been a way of life and a state of being, since Mars entered Aries on June 29th.

Mars turning direct today, does make things more erratic than usual, but the good news is, we are moving to a place where we can finally gain some traction and get things moving again with a more assured sense of what direction we wish to direct our energy. The other benefit of this movement forwards of Mars, is being able to mould our tools in a sharper and more effective fashion. Mars finally leaves Aries after 6 months (instead of the usual two months) in early January, and it is at that time, we will feel the heat turned down just a little, as we move away from the tectonic shifts of 2020’s astrology, with more tools and aids at our disposal. 

NOVEMBER 2020 MONTHLY HOROSCOPES

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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.

MERCURY RETROGRADE : THE SCORPIO EDITION 2020

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MERCURY’S RETROGRADE of SCORPIO 2020 

(14 OCTOBER – 4 NOVEMBER) 

Today Mercury begins its retrograde phase at 11 ° Scorpio. In 2020 Mercury has been making its stirrings and re-messaging services available in the zodiac’s water signs (Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces) offering reflection and upgrades of your connection to these portals of your chart.

Today’s Mercury retrograde occurs just 2 hours after its ruler Mars hits its exact midpoint of its own retrograde cycle with its opposition to the Sun. Mercury starting its own retrograde motion just after this mid-point of the Mars retrograde is interesting timing, creating an interconnection and opportunity of exchange, helping to evolve the Aries and Scorpio areas of your chart. 

Quietening down, reflecting and reviewing personal connection to and themes of power, assertion, energy and dominance especially in the emotional context is something that will up for re-negotiation and difficult to avoid. How you can evolve and develop this relationship between anger, emotion, power and feelings will be easier to access, but not necessarily pleasant. Regardless, it will be on the agenda for the next 3 weeks.

In addition, the retrograde begins directly opposite Uranus, which gives this time an unpredictable and innovate flavour. Uranus likes to surprise and will be adding an element of unpredictability to this particular Mercury transit. It’s possible feelings may rise out of ‘nowhere’.

All the above is active and alive until Mercury moves direct on 4th November at 25 ° Libra. Mercury when it does move direct will be in aspect to Saturn. Saturn the stern elder energy of the zodiac will be looking to put his stamp of approval, or seal for long lasting change.  Meaning, this potentially confronting or honest phase of re negotiating our power, has an enduring quality.

How we engage and communicate with power and assertiveness and its emotional impact on ourselves and others has the potential to live well beyond this three week time period. Be ready for an interesting three weeks. 2020’s astrology, when it colludes, it isn’t doing things by halves.