Monday 4th December 2023
00.58 The very slowly disseminating and decelerating Moon at 29 Leo waning quincunx Pluto at 29 Capricorn
01.23 Mars at 7 Sagittarius waning tri-decile Neptune at 25 Pisces
02.12 The Moon at 29 Leo waning sextile Venus at 29 Libra,.
The Moon is void of course for 1.7 hours
03.52 The Moon enters Virgo
06.27 The Moon at 1 Virgo opposition Saturn at 1 Pisces
An Earthy Grand Trine is manifest involving the Moon, Mercury and Jupiter 10.00 to 17.33
10.13 The Moon at 3 Virgo waning trine Mercury at 3 Capricorn
10.21 Mars at 7 Sagittarius waning septile Pluto at 29 Capricorn
11.26 The Sun at 12 Sagittarius waning bi-septile Neptune at 25 Pisces
17.33 The Moon at 7 Virgo waxing trine Jupiter at 7 Taurus
18.44 The Moon is at apogee, slowest all month and furthest from the Earth.
18.52 Venus enters Scorpio as a very fast moving morning star. She resides in this sign for a brief but passionate 25 days. Venus trines Saturn tomorrow, with true and intense commitment. Venus opposes Jupiter on Dec 10th, invoking excesses of all kinds. Venus sextiles an almost stationary Mercury on Dec 11th, a brief and curious dalliance. Venus opposes Uranus on Dec 21st, with pre-solstice excitement. Venus trines Neptune on Christmas day, full of festive enchantment. Venus leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius on Dec 29th. This is an eventful residence. Emotions and passions will be high.
18.53 The Moon at 7 Virgo waning square Mars at 7 Sagittarius
23.07 Venus at zero Scorpio waxing quad-novile Uranus at 20 Taurus
The Sun today is at 12 degrees Sagittarius. Jupiter and Uranus are in Taurus, they apply in conjunction, exact April 24th 2024 at 22 degrees Taurus. Saturn and Neptune are in Pisces, applying in conjunction, exact Feb 2026 at 1 degree Aries. There are 18 days to the Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice. We are now clear of the eclipse season. Jupiter Neptune and Uranus are currently retrograde.
Mercury is a direct evening star in Capricorn now in his shadow prior to his retrograde station on Dec 13th.
On October 29th Mercury was closely conjunct Mars. (This was the first of 3 Mercury Mars conjunctions over the next 3 months,- the second is on Dec 28th at 24 Sagittarius when Mercury is retrograde, and the final one, the tightest of all, is on Jan 27th 2024 at 17 Capricorn).
Mercury is retrograde from 13 December to 1 January 2024.
Mercury trines Jupiter for the first time on Dec 8th. Mercury sextiles Venus again on Dec 11th. Just after the New Moon on Dec 13th Mercury turns retrograde at 8 degrees Capricorn. Retro-Mercury trines Jupiter for the 2nd time on Dec 18th. Retro-Mercury sextiles Saturn for the 2nd time on Dec 21st. Mercury is at Inferior Conjunction with the Sun at one degree Capricorn on Dec 22nd. As a morning star retro-Mercury re-enters Sagittarius on Dec 23rd. Retro-Mercury squares Neptune for the 2nd time on Dec 27th, and does this again on the day of a Full Moon! Mars overtakes retro-Mercury at 24 degrees Sagittarius on Dec 28th, very racy stuff. Mercury turns direct on Jan 2nd at 22 degrees Sagittarius. Mercury squares Neptune a final time on Jan 9th. Mercury finally leaves Sagittarius for Capricorn on Jan 14th. Mercury sextiles Saturn a final time on Jan 18th. Mercury trines Jupiter a final time on Jan 19th. Mercury comes out of his shadow on Jan 24th, the day before the Full Moon in Leo. Mercury leaves Capricorn on Feb 5th 2024 and is immediately conjunct Pluto in Aquarius.
The 3 repeated mutable squares that Mercury makes from Sagittarius to Neptune in Pisces, two on Full Moon days, infuse this period with waves of (potentially) crazy uncertainty. The 3 repeated 'Earth trines' that Mercury makes from Capricorn to Jupiter in Taurus present opportunity for substantial progress and advancement. The 3 repeated sextiles that Mercury makes from Capricorn to Saturn in Pisces offer consolidation and harness.
Venus is a direct morning star in Scorpio.
Venus' next retrograde period is from 2nd March to 14th April 2025 in Aries and Pisces.
Mars entered Sagittarius on Nov 24th, joining Mercury and the Sun in this sign, residing here for 41 days.
Mercury conjuncts Mars (the 2nd of 3) on Dec 28th at 24 degrees Sagittarius, very energetic, Mars squares Neptune on this same day, crazy scenes. Mars leaves Sagittarius on Jan 4th. This is a riotous, freewheeling and 'moving upwards' period.
Mars is next retrograde from Dec 6th 2024 to Feb 24th 2025 being at opposition to the Sun at 26 degrees Cancer on Jan 16th 2025.
Jupiter is now in Taurus and is retrograde. Jupiter spends a year in this sign. Jupiter in Taurus boosts our awareness of establishing ourselves and building upon what we have and hold. It fosters stability, security and provision. The year long residence is a time during which we can establish and ground ourselves, building on what we have. Clear goals, robust plans and tangible results are the qualities of this placement. Jupiter is conjunct Uranus on April 21st 2024 at 22 degrees Taurus. This is the highlight of the year long residence and has a nurturing, productive and consciousness raising quality, a good one. Jupiter sextiles Neptune on March 23rd 2024. This is a very creative and artistic vibration. Jupiter leaves Taurus for the sign Gemini on May 25th 2024.
This next year looks favourable in many ways.
Saturn is now direct in Pisces. Saturn in Pisces is all about endings, karma, suffering, forgiveness, massacre, peace protests, ocean and sea-going matters, mathematical discovery, imaginative art forms, renunciation and 'moving on' (as this is the last sign in the zodiac, symbolic of a chapter reaching completion). When Saturn, planet of structure and boundaries, moves through this dreamy and transcendent zodiac sign, it evokes the creation of 'distancing from the past and an embrace with what the future holds'. Things can get weird at times. The three-year Saturn in Pisces cycle, which lasts until February 14, 2026, (minus the interval 25/5/25 to 1/9/25) will morph the tangible into the virtual.
You can gain insights into this 'difficult to fathom' energy by reviewing previous Saturn in Pisces periods. The April 1905 to March 1908 residence saw the publishing of Einstein's Special Relativity theory. The Feb 1935 to April 1937 residence witnessed the consolidation of Hitler's power and German rearmament, Stalin's great purge, Edward 8th's abdication, and the Spanish Civil War. The March 1964 to March 1967 residence saw the Beatles, Radio Caroline, the Vietnam War, the Indian/Pakistani war, the Wilson Government (UK), the Cultural Revolution in China, and 'Sergeant Pepper'. The most recent residence May 1993 to April 1996 witnessed the Channel Tunnel opening, the advent of the Play Station, and the Srebrenica Massacre. Mars is conjunct Saturn at 15 Pisces on April 10th 2024, 2 days after the great American Total Solar eclipse. Jupiter in Gemini, squares Saturn on Aug 19th 2024 and on 24th Dec 2024, (also a 3rd time in June 2025 when Saturn has entered Aries), challenging times when 'growth' manifests with compassion a little thin on the ground. Saturn in Pisces sextiles Uranus in Taurus on April 4th 2025, a positive vibration of solid progress and invention. Saturn is conjunct the mean lunar node at 27 Pisces on April 23rd 2025.
Uranus the planet of inspiration and revolution is retrograde in Taurus, the sign of enduring institution and banking. Uranus remains in Taurus from 2019 for 7 years. Massive changes in the world of finance, currency, resource and ownership are taking place. The last time Uranus resided in Taurus was between 1934 and 1941 and before that 1850 to 1859 the time of the Industrial Revolution.
Neptune is now retrograde in Pisces, turning direct tomorrow. He has been in this sign since 2011. Neptune in Pisces is symbolic of the greatest watery immersion in the deepest subliminal and spiritual ocean. Neptune is in its own sign of Pisces, a transit that only occurs every 165 years. Neptune rules Pisces and also rules the deepest realms of the subconscious mind. The oceanic vibration of love is flowing with a deeper and higher frequency. Our human mission is to flow with it. Art, music and science are enhanced with the progress of this residence. Neptune enters Aries on March 30th 2025.
Pluto has made his first foray into Aquarius (March 23rd 2023 to June 11th) and is now back in Capricorn. He has unfinished business to attend to. Pluto is now direct. After hovering for a while around the cusp of Aquarius, Pluto will settle into the sign from Nov 19th 2024 till the year 2043. There will be gigantic changes brought about by this 20 year residence. The life we have known will be transformed. There will be a manifestation of the full potential of technology, a new revolution is ahead of us. We had a taste of this future (note all the fuss about AI earlier in 2023).
Pluto in Aquarius 2023 to 2044.
March 23rd 2023 to June 11th 2023
January 21st 2024 to September 1st 2024
November 19th 2024 to March 9th 2043
September 1st 2043 to January 19th 2044
Pluto was last in Aquarius from 1777 to 1798.
He entered Capricorn on Jan 26th 2008
Uranus in Gemini will air trine Pluto from 2026 to 2028. This is the most exciting time, astrologically speaking.
Saturn in Aries will sextile Pluto in 2026 and square Pluto 3 times during 2028-2029.
Saturn in Gemini will air trine Pluto once in 2031 and oppose Pluto from Leo three times during 2035-2037 .
Saturn in Libra will trine Pluto once in 2041.
Jupiter will conjunct Pluto just once at 15 degrees Aquarius on April 2nd 2033.
Jupiter will oppose Pluto once on July 20th 2026 and then three times in the period 2038-2039.
There will be an Annular eclipse of the Sun on Jan 26th 2028 within a degree of Pluto at 6 degrees Aquarius.
There will be a Total Lunar Eclipse on Aug 7th 2036 at 15 degrees Aquarius just 4 degrees from Pluto.
The next eclipse is on Monday (morning GMT) March 25th 2024 and is a Penumbral lunar Eclipse at 5 Libra with greatest eclipse at 07.13 GMT. This is a very deep penumbral eclipse fully observable from the Americas and visible as the Moon sets from the UK and Western Europe. The eclipsed Moon is trine Pluto.
April 8th 2024. The American Total Solar Eclipse at 19 Aries.
Sept 18th 2024. A small partial lunar eclipse at 26 Pisces, observable from the UK. 02.44 GMT
Oct 2nd 2024. Annular solar eclipse at 10 Libra, visible from the southern tip of south America, 18.45 GMT
Friday March 14th 2025. A Total Lunar Eclipse at 24 Virgo, visible at Moonset over the UK. 06.59 GMT
March 29th 2025. A Partial Solar Eclipse at 9 Aries, visible from the UK. 10.47 GMT
Sunday Sept 7th 2025. A Total Lunar Eclipse at 15 Pisces, visible at Moonrise UK. 18.12 GMT
Sept 21st 2025. A partial Solar Eclipse at 29 Virgo visible from the far southern Pacific. 19.42 GMT
THE LUNAR STANDSTILL.
The Lunar Node is now in Aries. We are at the start of Major Lunar Standstill. This is a period lasting for three years within the 18.6 year lunar nodal cycle. The last major lunar standstill centred on June 2006, and this new one centres in January 2025. During the next 3 years we will observe extreme northerly and southerly lunar rising and setting points on the local horizon when the Moon is in tropical Gemini/Cancer or Sagittarius/Capricorn. A 'standstill Full Moon' occurs on the day of the Northern Hemisphere Summer Solstice, June 21st 2024.
OUTER PLANET INGRESSES
Over the next 3 years all 3 outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto will enter new signs. Pluto enters Aquarius 2023-2024. Neptune enters Aries and Uranus enters Gemini 2025-2026. This mass modulation from negative to positive energy, earth to air, water to fire, will inaugurate significant changes and accelerate 21st century evolution.