Monday 17th February 2020
00:55 MERCURY TURNS RETROGRADE (till March 10th)
03.11 The Moon at 13 Sagittarius waning square retro-Mercury at 13 Pisces
11.50 The Moon at 18 Sagittarius waning square Neptune at 18 Pisces
17.12 Retro Mercury at 13 Pisces waxing quintile Mars at 1 Capricorn
State of the sky
Today the Sun reaches 28 degrees Aquarius. The Sun enters Pisces on Wednesday. Mars has joined Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are in Capricorn. There are 32 days to the Vernal Equinox. We are now clear of the recent eclipse season. Mercury turns retrograde today. Jupiter is sextile Neptune on Feb 20th suggesting a manifestation of refined but substantial new waves of art and creativity. Mars newly arrived in Capricorn adds more dense 'effort-based' astrology into the mix. Mercury retrograde casts a reflective glow, Venus in Aries is under pressure, not happy, love island becomes another rock and roll suicide show.
Mercury is in Pisces as an evening star turning retrograde today at 13 degrees Pisces. He is at Inferior Conjunction with the Sun on Feb 26th at 7 Pisces. Then as a morning star Mercury sextiles Mars on Feb 26th, sextiles Uranus on Feb 29th, re-enters Aquarius on March 4th, sextiling Venus at the time, and turns direct on March 10th at 28 Aquarius. He then leaves Aquarius for good, this year on March 16th re-entering Pisces. He sextiles Uranus a third time on March 22nd, is back up to speed on March 24th, leaves his shadow on March 30th, conjuncts Neptune on April 4th at 19 Pisces, sextiles Pluto on 7th April and sextiles Saturn on 8th April. Mercury enters Aries on April 11th. This entire period is characterised by a reflective and revising mentality. Much to muse over and reconsider.
Venus is a very bright evening star in Aries. Anima rising. Venus resides in Aries for 26 days and has a pretty torrid time there.
Venus squares Jupiter on Feb 23rd, excess, squares Pluto on Feb 28th, debauch (or at the very least..emotional), squares Saturn on March 3rd, last orders please. and sextiles retrograde Mercury on March 4th, last chance saloon. Venus enters Taurus on March 5th. The natural fiery ardor of Venus in Aries is tempered somewhat this time around. Venus is retrograde from May 13th 2020 (at 22 Gemini) to June 25th 2020 (5 Gemini).
Mars entered Capricorn yesterday. Mars resides in Capricorn for 43 days. His residence is momentous and potentially favorable. The Moon occults Mars on Tuesday. He trines Uranus on Friday, galvanising inspirational energy. The Sun sextiles Mars on Feb 25th, evoking an enterprising push. Mercury sextiles Mars on Feb 26th, driving an impetus of communication and business. Mars sextiles Neptune on March 14th, forging sublime creativity. Mars is conjunct Jupiter at 23 Capricorn on March 20th, a day of possible important events. Mars is conjunct Pluto on March 23rd at 25 Capricorn, another surge of powerful experiences. Mars enters Aquarius on March 30th, making a conjunction with Saturn the following day at 1 degree Aquarius. There is a driving force with this residence. This is an industrious period. Great works will be undertaken. Great foundations laid. Substantial practical energy is available.
Jupiter is also in Capricorn. Jupiter is with Saturn and Pluto in that sign. This is the new wave. We have entered a new reality of being, a new phase in our lives, at the the start of the 3rd decade of the 21st century. This is a 'new realism' upon us which is augmenting our consciousness to a new frequency of 'right and responsibility'. There is a gravitation towards goals, ambition, self-mastery and concrete results. There is a very 'dense', practical, hard hitting year ahead. Joining Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, Jupiter will set the scene for world events of great impact and import. Experiences of great consequence are at hand.
During 2020 Jupiter is sextile Neptune 3 times, Feb 20th, July 17th and Oct 12th, and is conjunct Pluto 3 times, 5th April, 30th June and 12th Nov. The Neptune sextile is subtle, creative and artistic. It may give rise to refined but substantial new waves of music and fashion. The first Jupiter sextile Neptune aspect is starting to tighten, first of 3 this year. This is the next major planetary aspect in the sky, exact Feb 20th 2020. This is good news. Artistic and creative inspiration are heightened by this favorable influence. It can have a healing effect. Hope and faith.The Pluto conjunct is 'power wielding and power seeking', all encompassing, possibly harsh and authoritarian. These two aspects together with the Saturn Pluto conjunction are the hall marks of 2020, a year of dense astrology.
The Grand Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn at the start of Aquarius occurs on the Winter Solstice 2020. (This will be a 'mutation conjunction'. It is the first of an unbroken series of Jupiter Saturn conjunctions in Air signs which extend till around 2140. Since 1840 all the Jupiter Saturn conjunctions have been in Earth signs, with the exception of the 1980-1981 triple conjunction.
Jupiter then moves on to conjunct Neptune at 24 degrees Pisces in 2022).
The immediate situation is one of taking stock and redirecting the course of our lives to a more organised and structured set of goals. A building of new life foundations is called for which may serve for the remainder of our lives.
Saturn is direct in Capricorn . The energy of Saturn in this sign is dense, practical, realistic, industrious on a huge scale, formative, establishing and sustaining. The most important aspect was Saturn conjunct Pluto on Jan 12th 2020. It coincided with talk of world war three and the Corona Virus. Saturn will enter Aquarius, for the first time, on March 22nd 2020, the denseness of Saturn in Capricorn will soon pass for a while.
Uranus the planet of inspiration and revolution is direct in Taurus, the sign of enduring institution and banking. Uranus remains in Taurus for 7 years. Massive changes in the world of finance and ownership are about to take 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. In 2020 Uranus sextiles the lunar node on March 19th, a single hit and symbolic of practical magic put to favorable work. You can sometimes get what you want.
Neptune is direct in Pisces. 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 is direct in Capricorn.
Pluto enters Aquarius on March 23rd 2023.
The next Eclipse is a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at 16 Sagittarius square Mars (and Neptune, opposite Venus) on June 5th 2020
This is followed by an Annular Solar Eclipse on June 21st 2020 at zero degrees Cancer, quincunx Saturn, and another Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on July 5th 2020 at 14 degrees Capricorn.
There is another Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on November 30th 2020 at 9 Gemini quincunx Uranus.
The next Total Solar Eclipse is at 23 Sagittarius (conjunct Mercury square Neptune) on Dec 14th 2020.
The next Total Lunar Eclipse is at 5 Sagittarius on May 26th 2021, not visible from the UK.
The next Solar Eclipse visible from the UK is at 20 Gemini on June 10th 2021.
The next Total Lunar eclipse visible from the UK is at 26 Scorpio, during the early hours of May 16th 2022.
So then, Mercury turns retrograde today, there is a lunar occultation of Mars tomorrow, the Sun enters Pisces on Wednesday, Jupiter sextiles Neptune on Thursday, Mars trines Uranus on Friday, and the Moon is New in Pisces on Sunday. Quite a week.