Monday 2nd April 2018
MARS CONJUNCT SATURN
Mars is conjunct Saturn in Capricorn, both square Mercury.
This is a real tough cookie, axe wielding aspect.
02.32 Venus at 2 Taurus waxing quad-novile Jupiter at 22 Scorpio
03.17 The decelerating waning full Moon at 2 Scorpio opposition Venus at 2 Taurus
15.19 The Moon at 9 Scorpio waning sextile Mars at 9 Capricorn
15.20 The Moon at 9 Scorpio waning sextile Saturn at 9 Capricorn
15.45 Mars at 9 Capricorn conjunction Saturn at 9 Capricorn. Closest conjunction 13:08, 1.27 degrees separation.
15.55 Retro-Mercury at 11 Aries waxing bi-novile Pluto at 21 Capricorn
19.15 The Moon at 11 Scorpio waning quincunx Mercury at 11 Aries
21.01 The Moon at 12 Scorpio waxing square the lunar node at 12 Leo
23.05 The Moon at 13 Scorpio waning quincunx The Sun at 13 Aries
State of the sky:-
Today the Sun is at 12 degrees Aries. Retrograde Mercury and Uranus are also in Aries. Mars Saturn and Pluto are in Capricorn. There are 78 days to the Solstice.
Mercury is a retrograde morning star in Aries. Mercury is undergoing his retrograde loop whilst in Aries and will reside in the sign for 41 more days. Mercury was at Inferior Conjunction with the Sun yesterday and now as a morning star Mercury squares Mars (first of 2) challenging mind and motion on April 4th and makes a second forbidding square to Saturn on April 5th. Mercury turns direct at 5 Aries on April 15th, squares Saturn for a conclusion to the tribulation, the sobering hallmark of the retrograde loop, on April 25th. The 20 days from April 5th to 25th are the testy ones. Mercury's speed is back to normal on Mayday, and he comes out of his shadow on May 3rd. Moving on into new Aries territory he makes a manic square to Pluto on May 7th, makes his second square to Mars on May 12th and makes a conjunction to Uranus at the very end of Aries on May 13th. Mercury enters Taurus on this day. This is a difficult journey for Mercury. The advice is to resist the compunction to act without extensive deliberation.
Venus is a direct evening star in Taurus. Venus resides in Taurus for another 22 days. She 'earth trines' Saturn on April 7th, 'earth trines' Mars on April 12th, sextiles Neptune on April 12th, opposes Jupiter on April 17th and trines Pluto also on that day. Venus enters Gemini on April 24th.
Mars resides in Capricorn, with Saturn and Pluto for a potentially very robust 45 more days. He conjuncts Saturn today at 9 Capricorn, which will most likely throw up very hard hitting events and experiences. Mars squares retro Mercury on April 4th, mind and muscle in conflict, earth trines Venus on April 7th, which actually very sensuous, sextiles Neptune on April 14th, evoking sensation, and sextiles Jupiter on April 24th, opening doorways. Mars is conjunct Pluto on April 26th at 21 Capricorn, fostering change and possible turbulence. Mars is square Mercury again on May 12th, more measures missing targets. Mars enters Aquarius on May 16th and immediately squares Uranus who will have just entered Taurus the day before. All are lives will change with that ingress. Mars in Capricorn is industrious and constructional. Much earth to move, many plans to implement. Tough cookie.
Jupiter is now retrograde in Scorpio. This is a satisfactory residence for him. He 'water trines' Neptune 3 times (early Dec 2017, end of May and Aug 2018). This is a rich and emotionally sensational opening of new avenues of emotional expression. There are blessings and explorations bestowed with this one. Jupiter also sextiles Pluto whilst here, (Jan 2018, April 2018, Sept 2018) which serves to 'expand empires' and 'secure positive changes'. Jupiter in Scorpio offers opportunities for emotional exploration, new feelings, relationships, and new sensations. So all in all this is a good one. Jupiter leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius on Nov 8th 2018. Jupiter is all the time moving towards the 2020 union with Saturn and Pluto in the last decan of Capricorn. Jupiter then moves on to conjunct Neptune at 24 degrees Pisces in 2022. 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 turned retrograde at 23 Scorpio on March 9th.
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. Saturn was last in Capricorn between 1988 and 1991.
During the residence Saturn will sextile Neptune in Pisces three times during 2019, 31st Jan, 18th June and Nov 9th. All world religions may face serious issues of faith, science and political change during these times. Saturn will conjunct the dragon's tail (lunar descending node) in 2019 demanding a karmic debt be paid. The most important aspect however is Saturn conjunct Pluto on Jan 12th 2020. The are warlike connotations with this symbolism, this is a danger zone. The last time these two astrological heavy weights meet in Capricorn was in 1518, and before that in 1248. We are dealing here with 'forces majeure'. Saturn remains in Capricorn till Feb 17th 2020. Jupiter enters Capricorn and is conjunct Saturn 'the great mutation conjunction' on the day of the northern hemisphere Winter Solstice Dec 21st 2020 at the start of Aquarius just after Saturn has finished putting his own house, Capricorn, in order. Saturn turns retrograde at 9 degrees Capricorn on April 18th.
Uranus is now direct in Aries. Uranus enters Taurus on May 15th 2018. He resides there, (except for 6/11/18 to 6/4/19), until July 2025.
Neptune is now retrograde in Pisces. Neptune enters Aries on March 30th 2025.
Pluto is direct in Capricorn at 20 degrees of that sign. Pluto turns retrograde on April 22nd at 21 degrees Capricorn. Pluto enters Aquarius on March 23rd 2023.
The next eclipse is a Partial Solar Eclipse at 21 Cancer on July 13th opposite Pluto. The following Lunar Eclipse at 5 Aquarius on July 27th 2018 square Uranus, is Total, and is visible at Moonrise from the UK. Then there is another partial Solar Eclipse at 19 Leo on August 11th quincunx Pluto. The next Total Solar Eclipse occurs on July 2nd 2019 in Cancer and is visible in Chile and Argentina.