Changing Times: October and November 2020 Astrology

The Babel Tower
The Babel Tower

October and November 2020 will be abuzz with cosmic events. We are nearing the last stage of the planetary saga that began at the end of last year and has dominated the world since. In December Jupiter and Saturn will finally align in Aquarius, ending this tough Capricorn year with a promise of redemption. Here are the highlights for this interim period, as I see them.

Saturn and Pluto packing a punch during their stationary periods

Between mid September and early October all three history making planets transiting Capricorn, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto, turn Direct, beginning thus the last lap of their 2020 momentous alignments. When planets begin and end their retrogradation they enter a stationary period during which they sit on one degree of the eclipse for a sustained period of time. This makes their influence more intense and longer lasting. Saturn will pause on the 25th degree of Capricorn until the end of October and Pluto on the 22nd until the third week in November. If these same degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Aries, Libra (the Cardinal Signs) were occupied by Sun, Moon, Planets or Angles in your Birth Chart this is for you a time of serious adjustments and even profound changes. It could become a necessity to establish more realistic foundations for your future, moving away from past choices, even if the process of doing so can disheartening at times. The whole of this year we have been urged by circumstances and inner feelings to take a stand, to reinvent ourself using untapped before inner resources.  This is one of the last calls this year to embrace courageous if difficult choices because they feel deeply right.  

An example in point: transiting Saturn and Pluto will be, for a long while, stationary opposite US President Donald Trump’s birth Cancer Venus-Saturn, the challenge of a lifetime, just during his struggle for a second term. At the same time the USA itself is preparing for its first Pluto’ Return since independence from Britain, one of the most intense period of transformation any country can go through; a lengthy and difficult process of shedding its old skin, very close now and in 2021, exact in 2022/23 and ending only in early 2024.

Jupiter last historical passes in Capricorn

In October and November it is Jupiter though that will take front stage again, forming the last ‘passes’ of two major transits: the harmonious angle with Neptune in Pisces, exact for the last time on October 12; and the difficult but transformative conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn, exact for the last time on November 14.  Both these transits influence will last until December, when a new shift is on the cards. We can thus expect Jupiter to amplify again the current health/economic crisis, as well as manifesting as extreme weather events, social-military conflicts and social unrest on a grander scale than usual. As it has already done this year Jupiter could be also prying open boxes full of secrets and scandals, exposing corruption, propaganda and misinformation,  

The conjunctions of Jupiter and Pluto are not rare events, occurring roughly every thirteen years. At times they acquire greater significance however, happening simultaneously with other major planetary shifts, as it has been the case this year, when Saturn also aligned to Pluto.  Here are just a couple of examples astrologers have ascribed, at least in part, to the effect of the Jupiter-Pluto’s conjunction.

  • 1930-31 in Cancer: the Great Depression that spread from Wall Street to the world and its aftermath.
  • 1955 in Leo: the day of conjunction, November 1, became the earliest date for the official recording of American combat deaths in Vietnam, as well as the start of the social unrest against it that continued to divide America and the world to the war’s bitter end in 1975. 
  • 2020 in Capricorn: the first pass of this conjunction occurred in early April when the pandemic became more widespread and serious. The second pass happened on June 30, four days shy of the horrible explosion that rocked Beirut, exposing the criminal neglect and corruption of the Lebanese government.  July was also the month the pandemic took a turn for the worse in many regions of the world. On November 14 we will witness the last of these fateful alignments. It is not all bad news though! Being the last of these alignments this should also bring the beginning of closure to the issues that have plagued the world thus far. Whenever Jupiter is involved in a major transit, even a difficult one, the aftermath is often a collective expansion of consciousness, greatly helping to make sense of otherwise inexplicable misfortunes.

Mars still extremely active and influential

Mars, Retrograde since September 10, ignites the current period with the second pass of its frustrating angle to Saturn in Capricorn (90 degrees) on September 30, an alignment whose influence will spill over the first two weeks of October and yet return in mid January 2021. This is the transit so far principally responsible for the social unrest we have seen enacted in a number of countries all over the world: related to the intense frustration caused by the unprecedented government measures to minimize the spread of the pandemic, as well as exasperation with rigged elections (see Belarus), governments’ failures and corruption, endemic racism and police brutality.
Retracing its steps through Aries, Mars will also reach again its challenging angles to the other two planets in Capricorn, forming a 90 degrees angle to Pluto on October 9 and to Jupiter on October 19 (both angles to be repeated for the last time on December 24 and January 23 respectively).  These transits could again escalate social unrest all over the world, exasperation with governments’ failures, political and ideological divisions. We have seen the power of Mars (the God of War) to instigate conflicts and rebellion, to jump into the fry without thought of consequences, following an often blind instinct to head on address real or perceived wrongs. Another period likely to produce open conflicts and widespread intolerance is approaching. More of the same is on the world cards, not just for the rest of this year but also the beginning of 2021, when things should hopefully begin to ease up.  

Retrogradation of Mercury from Scorpio back into Libra (October 14 to November 4)

Last but not least Mercury will go through its last retro period of 2020, from on October 14 to November 4, moving direct only after the US presidential elections. This seems to highlight the potential for communication breakdowns, general chaos, mistrust and flourishing of misinformation during the last league of this historic campaign.

On October 14 Mercury will become Stationary Retrograde between the 11th and 12th degree of Scorpio. On October 28 Mercury will re-enter Libra and continue to transit this Sign all the way to the 25th/26th degrees, becoming then Stationary Direct on November 4, to re-enter Scorpio for good on November 11. Of great significance during this Retro period will be three passes of difficult angles to Uranus in Taurus, Neptune in Pisces and Chiron in Aries, in early and late October, and again in mid November.
During the whole of Mercury’s Retro period avoid, if you can, to make serious commitments or big purchases, as circumstances are likely to change in the near future, so that early choices may give cause for regret.

Lunations in October-November: Aries Full Moon, October 2, 7.05 am – Libra New Moon, October 23, 5.30 am – Taurus Full Moon, November 1, 0.49 am – Scorpio New Moon, November 15, 3.07 pm – Gemini Full Moon, November 30, 7.29 pm, also a Lunar Eclipse.

Critical days in October: September 30: Retro Mars in Aries square Saturn in Capricorn – October 2, 7.05 am : Aries Full Moon – October 8: Mercury in Scorpio opposition Uranus in Taurus – October 9: Retro Mars in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn – October 11: the Sun in Libra square Jupiter in Capricorn – October 12: Jupiter in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces – October 14: Mercury turns Retrograde + the Sun in Libra opposition Mars in Aries – October 15: the Sun in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn – October 18: the Sun in Libra square Saturn in Capricorn – October 19: Retro Mars in Aries square Jupiter in Capricorn – October 20: Retro Mercury in Scorpio opposition Uranus in Taurus – October 23, 5.30 am : Libra New Moon –

Critical days in November: November 1: the Sun in Scorpio opposition Uranus in Taurus, as well as Taurus Full Moon, 0.49 am – November 4: Mercury turns Direct – November 14: Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Capricorn – November 15, 3.07 pm: Scorpio New Moon – November 17: Mercury in Scorpio opposition Uranus in Taurus – November 30: start of the last Eclipse season for 2020: Lunar Eclipse at the Gemini Full Moon, at 7.29 pm. The next Solar Total Eclipse, at the Sagittarius New Moon, will occur on December 14.

Major Transits from December 2019 to November 2020 included

The activation of Regulus, Leo’s Little King, in the Birth Horoscope of Donald Trump, as he is diagnosed with the corona virus

Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth and Pleasure

Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth and Pleasure

Like most people around the globe I was shocked to hear the news of US President Donald Trump diagnosed with corona virus, after many months of downplaying the illness’ dangers and need for caution.

I looked again at Trump’s current transits and found some particularly telling aspects that I like to share with my readers. To make these transits more intelligible I am also adding, at the end, a link to an old article I published about the meaning of the star Regulus in the Astrology of Donald Trump, as it has become very relevant in the present circumstances.

An example from  my Regulus post: Guido Bonatti, a 13th century Italian mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, advisor of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, wrote that this Star, when acting in a negative way, signifies that ‘the Native shall die an unhappy death; or at least that all his honors, greatness and power shall at last suffer an eclipse and set in a cloud‘. A very poetical description. Not my words, but those of an ancient scholar, long dead. Time will tell.

Here is Trump’s Birth Chart surrounded by the transits for Friday, October 2, 2.54 pm Washington time, when the president announced, via Twitter, that he and his wife’s have tested positive. Hope Hicks, the woman who allegedly passed the virus to them, tested positive the previous day, Thursday. Knowing this fact about his close associated, who traveled with him and his entourage for days previously, did not stop Trump going ahead with his campaign schedule in New Jersey and other places, until his own diagnosis, thus potentially infecting other people (see Regulus and hubris).

Donal Trump Transits at the time of corona virus diagnosis

Donald Trump Transits at the time of corona virus diagnosis

The first thing that jump to the astrologer eye is the transiting Venus sitting on the same degree of Trump’s Ascendant as well of the star Regulus (the hubris star in the 29th degree of the Leo constellation), as this event unfolded. Venus meets this degree about once a year, a significant transit but not rare or usually life changing. Not this time though, due to other transits involving hard task master Saturn and the ultimate transformer, god of the underworld Pluto, to his natal Venus. In this scenario the quickly moving Venus in transit becomes the perfect catalyst for bigger, life changing cosmic events. To add to all this Retro Mars in Aries happens to be also connected with the transiting Venus (a trine, 120 degrees angle, adding to his natural vanity and misplaced self confidence) while in square (difficult 90 degrees angle) to all the Capricorn planets. At the same time transiting  Retro Mars in Aries is also squaring his natal  Cancer Venus and Saturn, transits that will conclude only at the end of 2020.

Venus represents women, young women in particular as glamorous Hope Hicks. Venus is a prominent planet in Trump’s Birth Chart being aligned to natal Saturn, and not connected to any other planet by a major aspect. This has made Venus, as symbol of women and also of pleasure and money,  a prominent but not well integrated energy in his psychological makeup, and therefore potentially problematic. He obviously likes women, pleasures and wealth, but this trifecta has also caused him a lot of trouble and could even become the cause of his downfall, due to the close alignment to Saturn. Saturn in fact represents karma, helping us grow through severe limitations and hard lessons.

Of course Venus transiting over his Ascendant is only one of numerous signatures for trouble that are currently active for Trump. I suspect, for instance, that an alignment between this same Venus and Trump’s fiery Mars in Leo may have marked the time he was infected, September 27 to 30, before the first presidential debate.

Other transits, on October 2, point to many difficulties. Here is a list:
Tr. Libra Sun square Natal Cancer Mercury (lungs planet).
Tr. Aries Moon (Full Phase, as it was when Trump was born) opposition natal Libra Neptune and, like the Sun, square Mercury. Tr. Aries Moon was also opposition natal Libra Chiron (the wound, the healer) and opposition natal Libra Jupiter, later in the day.
Tr. Lunar North Node conjunct natal Gemini Sun and Tr. Aries South Node conjunct natal Sagittarius Moon.

I add here a table with all the transits becoming exact between October 2 and 3.

Trump Transits October 2 and 3 2020

Trump Transits October 2 and 3 2020

This negative trend will actually continue for weeks, with the fast moving celestial bodies forming intense transits to Trump’s natal chart.

The big ones however are the current transits of karmic Saturn in Capricorn just at this crucial time when he is seeking re-election, just separating from the opposition to his own position at birth and getting closer to an opposition to natal Venus on October 21! To aggravate this already difficult cosmic tale Jupiter and Pluto, also in Capricorn, are preparing to form an opposition to Trump’s Saturn too and, eventually, his Venus. And Jupiter, right now, is also square Jupiter’s own placement at birth, increasing Trump’s grandiosity and penchant to take risks. Please also notice the fact that the transiting Lunar Nodes (axis of destiny) were aligned to Trump’s natal Sun opposing natal Moon, just on October 2 (19 years cycle). These are all potentially life changing and difficult transits; not good news for him as they become active just during the presidential election period.

There is a lot more to tell about Trump’s astrology and I’ll hopefully write more extensively about this before and after the presidential elections. This post however has been mainly inspired by Venus aligning to Trump’s Ascendant and the star Regulus that was rising at the time of his birth. Here is a link to an earlier post I published about Trump and Regulus. Reading it will explain the connection not only to Trump’s personality and destiny but also to his current predicament.

Regulus and Trump

Regulus and Trump

For more on Trump Astrology please navigate to his dedicated page Here.

August-September 2020 timeline of major astrological aspects

'Waves' by Paola Emma

‘Waves’ by Paola Emma

August 2020 timeline of major astrological aspects:

On July 21, the Cancer New Moon began the August lunar cycle in opposition to the Capricorn game-changer planets, showing that the power of their historic alignment is hardly spent yet.

August 1: Mercury in Cancer opposition Pluto in Capricorn.

August 2: Sun in Leo square Uranus in Taurus.

August 4: The Aquarius Full Moon and the Leo Sun will be at right angle to Uranus in Taurus. + Mars in Aries square Jupiter in Capricorn, first pass. + Mercury in Cancer opposition Saturn in Capricorn.

August 5: Mercury enters Leo.

August 6: Venus conjunct South Lunar Node in Gemini.

August 8: Venus enters Cancer.

August 10: Mercury in Leo square Uranus in Taurus.

August 13: Mars in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn, first pass.

August 16: Uranus Retrograde, on 10°41’ of Taurus.

August 17: Venus in Cancer square Chiron in Aries.

August 19: at the Leo New Moon the Moon, Sun and Mercury are all at a very special distance from Saturn (150°). Saturn rules!

August 20: Mercury enters Virgo.

August 25: Mars in Aries square Saturn in Capricorn, first pass.

August 30: Venus in Cancer opposition Pluto in Capricorn.

August 31: Mercury in Virgo opposition Neptune in Pisces.

September 2020 timeline of major astrological aspects:

September 2: The Pisces Full Moon and the Virgo Sun are in aspect to Pluto in Capricorn by somewhat difficult angles, echoing the theme of the early months of this year.
+ Venus opposition Saturn.

September 4: Venus in Cancer square Mars in Aries.

September 6: Mercury enters Libra; Venus enters Leo.

September 10: Mars Retrograde, from Aries 28° to 15° (November 14).

September 11: Mercury in Libra opposition Chiron in Aries.

September 12: Sun in Virgo opposition Neptune in Pisces.

September 13: Jupiter turns Direct (17°24’ of Capricorn).

September 15: Sun in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn.

September 16: Venus in Leo square Uranus in Taurus.

September 17: At the Virgo New Moon Sun and Moon trine Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn in Capricorn while opposed to Neptune in Pisces.
+ Mercury square Jupiter.

September 21: Mercury in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn.

September 22: The Sun enters Libra. Libra Spring Equinox, with a Waxing Crescent Sagittarius Moon, 11.30 pm local time.

September 23: Mercury in Libra square Saturn in Capricorn.

September 24: Mercury in Libra in opposition to Mars in Aries.

September 27: Mercury enters Scorpio.

September 29: Saturn turns Direct (25°20’ of Capricorn).

September 30: Mars in Aries square Saturn in Capricorn, second pass.
+ Sun in Libra opposition Chiron in Aries.

 

 

The Astrology for August-September 2020: the crisis continues…

'Monks' Garden' by Catherine Nelson

‘Monks’ Garden’ by Catherine Nelson

A shorter version of this article has been published in issue 113 of the Uki Village News.

The Big Picture

All serious practitioners could tell you that predicting anything via astrology is an enterprise fraught with difficulties and pitfalls. In fact, at any given time, many factors play upon the cosmic stage, creating a medley of often discordant voices. There are special times however, like the present, when it is relatively easy to match the planetary chorus with the exceptional events we are experiencing. The astrology has tellingly shown us the peaks and valleys we have gone through as the transits of the major actors, in the Sign of Capricorn, reached their climatic alignment, slowly separated, only to gain strength again. The peak times, so far, have been March/April and June/July.

August and September may seem less eventful as the slow moving planets Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto separate from their fateful alignment and the eclipse season is behind us, even if not quite spent. The next major peak, with the third and last Jupiter-Pluto’s conjunction should not happen before mid November. That is, if it were not for Mars’ prolonged transit in Aries; more of Mars later.

Capricorn Jupiter’s harmonious angle to Neptune in Pisces

A beautiful Jupiter-Neptune’s transit (second pass of a 60° angle, exact on July 28) shines a bright light on an otherwise difficult period ahead. This particular influence, whose first pass was one of very few positive aspects last February, will remain active this time well into August and then return, for the third and last time, on October 12. The energies of those two Planets, when in harmony like now, promise a reawakening of spirituality and goodwill, and an evolving philosophy of compassion and acceptance that could help us greatly to deal with the challenging trend still in the cards for the next few months.  Considering the power Mars is gaining from now to the end of the year, through a long period of retrogradation and difficult transits, this harmonious alignment could help to develop the qualities that are now more than ever needed to avoid all out conflicts, in our personal and social lives.

Focus on Mars

Mars entered Aries on June 28 and, due to Retrogradation (Sep10-Nov14), it will transit Aries all the way to January 7 2021. This is very important because some of the Red Planet’s difficult transits, becoming exact at first in August and September, will re-occur from October to December, even spilling over into 2021. These transits will be triggering again the planets at the centre of the present crisis.  A transit of Mars lasts, on average, from a few days to a week. In this instance however Mars’ motion will slow down considerably, fact that will cause its transits not only to last longer but also to be more intense and problematic.

The astrological Mars controls our physical drive, spontaneous reactions and the desire to act upon our impulses, to be direct and assertive or, negatively, manifests as our uncompromising, confrontational, aggressive, me-first tendencies.

Mars square Jupiter: August 4 – October 19 2020 + January 23 2021
The Mars in Aries’ transits will begin on August 4, with a right angle to Jupiter in Capricorn. The same will be repeated on the 19thdegree of same Signs on October 19 (and, from Taurus to Aquarius, on January 23 2021!). This is a transit for risk taking and the irrepressible urge for freedom of action and expression. A sense of self-righteousness may prevail in the collective, as well as an exaggerated sense of entitlement, lack of caution and forethought. While it could be a positive thing to fight with courage for our rights, personally and collectively, it could also lead to more severe confrontations and divisions.  An exhalation of emotions and passions is likely around these times.

Mars square Pluto: August 13 – October 9 – December 24 2020
Next will be the right angle Mars-Pluto, on August 13. This transit will repeat on October 9 and December 24, on the 23rd degree of these Signs, the same sensitive degree where the Saturn-Pluto conjunction occurred in early January, the aspect at the center of the whole Covid saga and its aftermath. During this transit our drive for self determination will encounter obstacles that may seem at time insurmountable. We could find ourselves in a situation we cannot control, particularly resenting its negative impact on our lives. A similar transit became active in March at the heights of the restrictions most governments had to put in place to deal with the worsening pandemic.

Mars Square Saturn: August 25 – September 30 2020 + January 13 2021.
This must be the exemplary transit of frustration and angry discontent. The desire to act out our desire is strong with Mars in Aries. It is now finding though powerful obstacles stopping us in our tracks. It could be anything, from bad luck to lack of opportunities, even other people standing in our way, making duties, obligations and commitments harder to bear than usual.

The Libra Spring Equinox, Waxing Crescent Sagittarius Moon,
September 22, 11.30 pm local time

 

Libra Equinox 2020

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This is the yearly time to celebrate or sanctify the emerging of a new season, Spring in the Southern Lands and Autumn in the Northern, the Libra Equinox.

The Horoscope of this special event shows a near perfect opposition of Mercury in Libra and Mars in Aries, a difficult balance between the drive for direct action (Aries Mars) and the need for careful deliberation before taking action (Libra Mercury). Both Mercury and Mars are at right angle to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn (t-square), stressing the potential for conflict and power struggles, and also again highlighting that the end of this global crisis is still in the future. Because the planetary configuration at this crucial time could mean a bumpy start to the new season, its celebrations could include some symbolical reminder of the need to create harmony and accord out of disharmony and discord, a balanced mind (Mercury) over unruly impulses (Mars).

The Astrology of June July 2020, with an eye on the Covid crisis

'Temple Garden' by Catherine Nelson

‘Temple Garden’ by Catherine Nelson

This a longer version of an article published in the Uki Village News issue 112, for June-July 2020

The big picture

A highly unusual astrological narrative began unfolding in early December with the ingress of Jupiter in Capricorn, joining Saturn-Pluto as they approached their historical conjunction.
During the coming months of June-July we will see a continuation of the same, with a new Eclipse season, and Jupiter’ second pass alignment to Pluto.

In astrology Jupiter has the function of expanding our understanding but also of magnifying events, for better or worse. Capricorn is known as the Sign of Jupiter’s ‘fall’, a term indicating a uniquely challenging environment for this planet.

The long anticipated Saturn-Pluto’s conjunction in Capricorn was of concern to many astrological seekers because both planets portend difficult and even traumatic transitions in our personal and collective lives. Joining together they foretold hard times ahead.  We know now that they brought even greater disruption and upheaval than anyone anticipated, marking a truly ‘karmic’ time for the whole planet.

Fortunately Saturn moved ahead of Pluto rapidly, leaving Capricorn by March 22. It will return to Capricorn between July 2 and December 17, but without reaching the degree of Pluto again, something we can all be grateful for. It could have been even worse!

The alignment of Jupiter to the Boxing Day 2019 Solar Eclipse, very close to the Capricorn Solstice, the start of a new season, was further confirmation of the powerful role Jupiter will play in shaping the major events of the coming year. Furthermore the January Cancer Lunar Eclipse was also aligned (opposition) to the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, another sign of the far reaching consequences of their encounter.

The narrative has not ended though because it has been and continues to be the role of Jupiter, and also of Mars, to trigger the darker energy of Pluto, until at least the end of this fateful year.  A highly activated Pluto can manifest as grievous losses and serious control issues, as shown by the draconian measures governments had to put in place and the resentment some of these have fueled in many people.

Pluto also has increased the need for honest appraisal of any situation, no by embellishment or false hopes, but by dealing with the starkly sad realities life is presenting to us at this moment. We can choose to be empowered or be crushed by it. If radical changes are not implemented now, in the way we govern ourselves, the hard lessons will have to be repeated and things may actually get worse rather than better in the future.

While Pluto forces us to confront our deepest fears, Jupiter transiting Capricorn and aligning with Pluto three times (April 4, June 30, November13) is making the impact of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction more profound and far reaching, it is also offering a new vision for the future though, a new philosophical outlook on life that will stretch well beyond the present crisis. This is obvious observing how many of us are heeding the call for change to the way we live, accepting personal sacrifices to stop the abuse of the natural environment, the exploitation of resources and of people less fortunate than ourselves. The unprecedented emergency is showing that things could be different, that our future doesn’t have to be a repetition of the past. There is certainly hope, but the outcome is, to a great extent, up to us. The old maxim that ‘the stars incline, they do not compel‘ is forever true. We can make the best or the worst of any difficult transit; as we can enjoy or spoil the positive ones.

The Eclipses

The June Eclipses, Lunar (June 6 Sagittarius Full Moon) and Solar (June 21 Cancer New Moon) are showcasing a difficult Sun-Moon angle to Mars-Neptune, the latter becoming conjunct in Pisces on June 14, also aligning then to the Last Quarter Moon, a critical time in every Moon cycle. This whole configuration could aggravate the collective tendency toward flights of fancy and unrealistic thinking, challenging our ability to see through the fog of misinformation.  It could also make us more impressionable and thus prone to errors of judgement, as well as aggravating our collective susceptibility to negative energies, psychological as well as physical. A healthy grip on common sense will be a must, in this confusing and anxiety riddled period. I fear that many could relax their guard too soon against the still clear and present danger of the pandemic (see the end of June second alignment of Jupiter-Pluto), or become easy prey to the numerous extravagant narratives that have been widely circulating since the start of the emergency.

The last Eclipse, a Lunar at the July 5 Capricorn Full Moon, concurs with the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction (already exact on June 30), the Moon aligning with them early on July 6. This particular event speaks loudly of the still present impact of all that went on previously, demanding a cautious and realistic approach to the crisis in order to master the unruly emotions and passions that could lead us astray.

The role of Mars

Let’s not forget that fiery Mars, who played such an important role in the escalation of the crisis in March, when transiting Capricorn and aligning to Pluto-Jupiter-Saturn, will enter Aries on June 28. Due to Retrogradation (September 10 to November 14) Mars will transit Aries until January 7 2021, again interacting by difficult 90 degrees angles with Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto, between August and October, December and January.  So, in my view, it is not over until is over.

The good news is that Capricorn, the central character of this entire saga, is a highly productive and realistic Sign, so that, if we manage to navigate these troubled waters with patience and a down to earth attitude, we will find plenty of strength and amazing resilience to cope with anything life may throw at us.  And, last but not least, the amazing conjunction of Jupiter to Saturn on the threshold of Aquarius, on December 22, is a beacon of hope for a better future if we embrace a spirit of reform and cooperation.

 

Gardening by the Aries Balsamic Moon, from late Sunday, May 17, to Wednesday, May 20, 2020; with Paola Emma

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To find the next favorable days for Sowing and Planting
we will have to wait
until past the Gemini New Moon, on May 23,
for the Waxing Crescent Moon in the Fertile Water Sign of Cancer,
from Monday, May 25, 9.08 am, to Wednesday, May 27, 4.32 pm.

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01 Aries Moon Dry and Hot

Moon of initiative and action
Energetic and fiery

Suitable energy for taking on challenges, participating in competitions, performing daring feats, arduous exercises, physical work, to begin new ventures, or to perform action for its own sake. Purchase of sporting gear, protective gear, hats, tools, stoves, firewood, machinery, cars, bikes, leather objects. The mood is decisive, enterprising, impulsive, militant, spirited, visionary. Honest, direct expression of feelings, strong instinct, but somewhat insensitive. Beware of emotional extremes, head strong, bossy, uncompromising attitudes, lack of empathy, antagonism, aggression, selfishness.

To view a full interpretation of the Moon Sign and Phase please click the images.

Balsamic to New Moon PhaseThe WANING MOON TRANSITS ARIES from Sunday, May 17, 11.35 pm, to Wednesday, May 20, 12.10 pm, entering then the Sign of TAURUS.

The ARIES BALSAMIC MOON PHASE begins on Tuesday, May 19, 2.15 am, and ends on Saturday, May 23, 3.38 am, with the 02°04′ GEMINI NEW MOON PHASE.

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Cultivating Little Helper

Cultivating Soil Conditioning

Weeding Pests Control

Weeding Pests Control

Harvest and Storing

Solid Gold Slow Release

Solid Gold Slow Release

Aries Moon in the garden

    • The following are the Edible Plants, Herbs, Tees and Flowers since ancient times associated with Aries, and also with Mars, Aries’ traditional Ruler, the archetypal god of action, assertion and conflicts. So, for instance, plants with thorns and prickles that they use as weapons against predators. Or plants with hot or acrid or sharp taste etc.

In the garden Fiery Aries is traditionally considered too hot, dry and barren for growing anything. Its energy is very suitable instead for cultivating, general maintenance and harvesting, throughout the cycle, as well as pruning, pest control and weeding, best done after the Last Quarter.
Plants sown with the Moon in Aries will soon go to seed, due to this Sign’s notorious impatience. Suitable only for early crops.

Activity, even of the strenuous sort, is the key word for Aries. So find something to do in the garden, no time for procrastination. Some of your stresses and anxieties may find a useful outlet rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty.

Edible Plants: Capers, Onions, Peppers, Radishes, Thorny Berry Bushes, like Barberry.

Herbs Glyph Healing Herbs/Plants: Some of the medicinal herbs associated with Aries are anti-inflammatory, or are used to reduce fevers o heal wounds. Some others can be used to treat headaches and migraines; or ease muscles pain and help in the healing of sports injures, Aries and Mars ruling the head and the body musculature.
Basil, Betony, Burdock, Cayenne Peppers, Chervil, Coriander, Garlic, Gentian, Got u-Kola, Horseradish, Lichens, Mustard, Nettle, Peppermint, Red Clover, Sarsaparilla, Sassafras, Tarragon, Tobacco, Turmeric, Wormwood.

Tree GlyphTrees: Hawthorn, Holly, Tamarind.

Flower Glyph pinkOrnamental and Flowering Plants: Bryoni, Cactus Flowers, Geranium, Hollyhocks, Honeysuckle, Hops, Impatiens, Red Flowers in general, Thistle, Tiger Lilies.

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Balsamic Moon Phase in the garden

    • Note that the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

The Balsamic Moon is certainly no time for planting or sowing, but it is ideal instead for cultivation and soil conditioning, slow release fertilizing, composting, mulching.
It is great week for eradicating pests and unwanted plants and also to prune in order to retard growth, but only if the Moon is transiting a Non Fertile Sign.

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Gardening by the Pisces Moon, May 15 to 17, 2020, Waning during the Aquarius Last Quarter Phase, with Paola Emma

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To find the next favorable days for Sowing and Planting
we will have to wait
until past the Gemini New Moon, on May 23,
for the Waxing Crescent Moon in the Fertile Water Sign of Cancer,
from Monday, May 25, 9.08 am, to Wednesday, May 27, 4.32 pm.
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12 Pisces Moon Moist Very Fertile
Moon of compassion and universal sympathy
Adaptable and romantic


Suitable energy for sailing, swimming, day dreaming, escapism, falling in love, creative writing, especially of poetry, theater, performances, movies, concerts, music, crowds, solitude, remembering. Charity, water scrying, astral traveling, past life experiences, déjà vu, psychic awakening, bliss. Purchase of swimming gear, boats, surfboards, pets, alcohol, shoes. Action motivated by the need to accommodate fate, to go with the flow. Gentle poetical expression of feelings, romantic, changeable, ambivalent. Beware of escapism, untruthfulness, drug taking, victimization, passivity, impracticality, phobias, fatalism, lack of discrimination.

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Last Quarter to Balsamic Moon Phase

The WANING MOON TRANSITS PISCES from Friday, May 15, 11.24 am, to Sunday, May 17, 11.35 pm, entering then the Sign of ARIES.

The AQUARIUS LAST QUARTER MOON PHASE begins on Friday, May 15, 0.02 am, and ends on Tuesday, May 19, 2.15 am, with the ARIES BALSAMIC MOON PHASE.

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Pisces Moon in the garden

In the garden Watery Pisces is very fertile, particularly suitable for growing water plants, like Water Chestnuts and Lotus. It is also a great time for propagating cuttings, grafting, irrigation, pruning to encourage re-growth, but not potatoes that may sprout too soon. This planting however is better left for the period between New Moon and Last Quarter; and no planting/sowing done during the last week of the Lunar Month.

Romantic garden walks, music ensembles, yoga sessions, spiritual gathering, and relaxed picnics could do well too.

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  • The following are the Edible Plants, Herbs, Trees and Flowers since ancient times associated with Pisces, and also with Jupiter, Pisces traditional Ruler, the archetypal god of Power, Expansion, Optimism, Grandeur, Good Luck, Hubris. Herbs and Plants with a pleasant fragrance, like Anise, Balm, Cloves, Nutmeg, Myrrh are said to be under the tutelage of Jupiter. Herbs and plants used as liver and blood cleansers, like Chervil, Cinquefoil, Dandelion, the liver being ‘ruled’ by Jupiter.

Edible Plants: Algae, Kelp, Nutritious Fruit and Nuts. like Almond and Chestnuts, Blackberries, Currants, Lettuces, Olives, Rhubarb, Spinach, Water Cress.

Healing Herbs: Kelp, Echinacea, Eyebright, Golden Seal, Lemon Balm, Mugwort, Water Cress, Borage. Herbs and Plants with a pleasant fragrance, like Anise, Balm, Cloves, Nutmeg, Myrrh, Saffron. Also Borage, Chervil, Clove, Dandelion, Dock, Feverfew, Garlic, Horsetail, Onions, Rose-hips, Sage, Yarrow. And psychedelic or narcotic plants like Amanita Muscaria, Cannabis, Dathura, Magic Mushrooms, Poppies, Psylocibins,

Tree GlyphTrees: the majestic Oak Tree, king of the forest, sacred to the Druids and Celtic Shamans, associated with Zeus/Jupiter since very ancient times. Also Fig Trees, Olive Trees, Mulberries, for their abundant surplus fruit. Lindens too and those trees and shrubs that produce catkins, cylindrical flower clusters, like Alders, Hazels, Silver Birch, Willows.

Flower Glyph pinkOrnamental and Flowering Plants: Carnations, Citrus Flowers, Clematis, Cotton, Dandelions, Hibiscus, Jasmine, Lilacs, Lotus, Meadow Sweet, Moss, Okra, Peonies, Poppies, Rush, Water Lilies, Yarrow.

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Last Quarter Moon Phase in the garden

    • Note that the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

The Last Quarter Moon is the beginning of the fourth and last waning week, before New Moon. We should stop all sowing and planting, and concentrate on soil conditioning, cultivation, slow release fertilizing and composting. This phase is suitable also for harvesting and storing fruit and vegetables; as well as getting rid of unwanted weeds and pests, particularly if the Moon transits any of the Fire Signs, or Non Fertile Earthy Virgo, or the Non Fertile Air Signs of Gemini and Aquarius.

 

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Gardening by the Waning Last Quarter Aquarius Moon, with Paola Emma: May 13 to 15, 2020

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To find the next favorable days for Sowing and Planting
we will have to wait
until past the Gemini New Moon, on May 23,
for the Waxing Crescent Moon in the Fertile Water Sign of Cancer,
from Monday, May 25, 9.08 am, to Wednesday, May 27, 4.32 pm.
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Moon of knowledge and dispassion
Friendly and eccentric

Suitable energy to make individual choices, to work in groups, to be with friends, to become aware of social issues, to change attitudes, share ideas, do the old thing in a new way, research, understand, study, teach, technology, Astrology, the Net, the unexpected, encounters with strangers or strange, eccentric people, UFO sighting. Purchase of books, encyclopedias, computer programs, computers, technology, electrical appliances. Action motivated by the desire to participate without losing one’s own individuality.
Friendly, contained display of feeling, somewhat distant. Beware of coldness, indifference, emotional isolation, cynicism, impracticality, physical inhibitions.

11 Aquarius Moon Cool Non Fertile
Dssemnating to Last Quarter Moon PhaseTo view a full interpretation of the Moon Sign and Phase please click the images.
The WANING MOON TRANSITS AQUARIUS from Wednesday, May 13, 1.38 am, to Friday, May15, 11.24 am, entering then the Sign of PISCES.The CAPRICORN DISSEMINATING MOON PHASE begins on Monday, May 11, 5.23 am, and ends on Friday, May 15, 0.02 am, with the AQUARIUS LAST QUARTER MOON PHASE.

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Aquarius Moon in the garden

In the garden Aquarius, like an other Air Sign, Gemini, is considered too dry and barren for growing anything, but Pine Trees (?).

Its energy is suitable for cultivating, general maintenance and harvesting. Pruning, pest control, weeding would be better left for the third week of the lunar month, after the Last Quarter.

A ‘work day’ or other group activities in the garden will be ideal.

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  • The following are the Edible Plants, Herbs, Trees and Flowers since ancient times associated with Aquarius, and also with Saturn, Aquarius’ traditional Ruler, the archetypal god of work, responsibility, old age, practical earthy wisdom, the ancestors, etc. As a Ruler of Aquarius Saturn also refers to the mythical Golden Age or Garden of Eden over which Old Saturn was said to preside, before the fall.
    In modern times Aquarius is commonly associated with Uranus too, its ‘modern ruler’. The affiliation with Uranus would suggest those plants in the natural world with eccentric or unique forms or functions, rare or difficult to find, growing in remote inaccessible places, like Orchids for instance or ancient cycads.
    Healing herbs and Plants used to alleviate high blood pressure, help circulation, clear blood vessels, heal heart conditions are also under the tutelage of Aquarius, which governs blood circulation in the physical body.

Edible Plants: Barley, the Brassica Family, like Broccoli, Cauliflowers, Cabbage; Quinces, Red Betts, Sloes,Tamarind,

Healing Herbs: Chamomile, Comfrey, Evening Primrose, Ferns (for coughs), Frankincense, Myrrh, Skullcap, Valerian.

Tree GlyphTrees: sturdy, resilient, often evergreen trees and shrubs, not in need of constant nourishment. Deep rooted, unmovable, dark, often solitary and ancient trees. Cypress, Fir, Beech, Elms. Trees that show their annual rings and therefore are associated with aging, the stage of life governed by Saturn: Spruces, Pines

Flower Glyph pinkOrnamental and Flowering Plants: Baby’s Breath, Birds of Paradise, Camellias, Gladiolus, Golden Rain, Hemp, Ivy Flowers, Knapweed, Magnolia, Monkshood (poisonous), Orchids, Orchids, Pansy, Passion Flowers, Scotch Broom, Solomon Seal, Trillium.

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Disseminating Moon Phase in the garden

  • Note that the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

In the garden, despite the rapidly diminishing Moon light, the Disseminating Phase is a productive time for growing things and also to apply slow release fertilizer. The fact that these are the last available days for planting before the Last Quarter should work as an incentive to get going. Favorite plants to grow during this first week of the waning cycle are the Perennials, Biennials and Root Crops because the Moon energy is being stored underground in anticipation of the resting period not too far ahead.

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Gardening by the Capricorn Disseminating Moon, with Paola Emma: from late Sunday, May 10, to very early Wednesday, May 13

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To find the next favorable days for Sowing and Planting
we will have to wait
until past the Gemini New Moon, on May 23,
for the Waxing Crescent Moon in the Fertile Water Sign of Cancer,
from Monday, May 25, 9.08 am, to Wednesday, May 27, 4.32 pm.
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Moon of responsibility and ambition
Practical and efficient

Suitable energy for working, planning, seeking employment, building, creating the foundations of something lasting, looking after the oldies, family business, saving, budgeting, studying serious subjects, scholarly work, pursuit of excellence. Important purchases, house, real estate, business, cars, antiques, insurance policies, payment of taxes and government fees. Action motivated by practical goals and the need for structure. Cool display of feeling, but sensual, committed, protective. Beware of rigidity, bossiness, authoritarian ways, paternalism, pessimism, depression, cynicism.

Great time for all down to earth activities, setting goals, climbing the social ladder; also board meetings, the making of wills, legal contracts etc.

10 Capricorn Moon Moist Productive

Dssemnating to Last Quarter Moon Phase

Capricorn Disseminating Moon, 05°34′, Mon, May 11, 5.23 am

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The WANING MOON TRANSITS CAPRICORN from Sunday, May 10, 7.38 pm, to Wednesday, May 13, 1.38 am, entering then the Sign of AQUARIUS.

The CAPRICORN DISSEMINATING MOON PHASE begins on Monday, May 11, 5.23 am, and ends on Friday, May 15, 0.02 am, with the AQUARIUS LAST QUARTER MOON PHASE.

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Capricorn Moon in the garden

In the garden Earthy Capricorn is traditionally considered a Productive Sign, especially suitable for growing Perennials, Biennials,Trees and Vines. Any planting indeed that is meant to last a long time is well done in this earthy and reliable Sign.
It is also a good Moon transit to plant root crops like potatoes and carrots. Fertilizing, especially slow release, recommended too.

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  • The following are the Edible Plants, Herbs, Trees and Flowers since ancient times associated with Capricorn, and also with Saturn, Capricorn‘s traditional Ruler, the archetypal god of work, responsibility, old age, practical earthy wisdom, the ancestors. Thoughtful Capricorn is said to ‘rule’ evergreens, and solitary trees, dark, impenetrable woods, or trees and shrubs growing away from other species. Healing Plants traditionally used against coughs and bronchitis, and those use against skin ailments, like Eczema and psoriasis, also kidneys stones,and many of old age chronic common illnesses, as crippling arthritis, sclerosis, paralysis, chronic pain. Plants like barley that have a cooling effect on the body are also said to belong to Saturn and Capricorn. Because Saturn is the bringer of overly serious and melancholy moods under his rulership are also the healing herbs and plants used to treat depression, nervous conditions, anxiety, insomnia. Finally even poisonous and narcotic plants, like Hellebore, Hemlock, the Nightshade family, Daphne Mezereon, Marijuana, Monkshood.

Edible Plants: Barley, the Brassica Family, like Broccoli, Cauliflowers, Cabbage; Quinces, Red Betts, Sloes,Tamarind,

Healing Herbs: Comfrey, Daphne Mezereon, Evening Primrose, Ferns (for coughs), Hellebore, Hemlock, Marijuana, Monkshood, Nightshade, Rosemary, Rue, Sarsaparilla, Solomon Seal, St John Worth, Tarragon, Thyme, Wintergreen, Yew.

Tree GlyphTrees: sturdy, resilient, often evergreen trees and shrubs, not in need of constant nourishment. Deep rooted, unmovable, dark, often solitary and ancient trees. Cypress, Fir, Beech, Elms. Trees that show their annual rings and therefore are associated with aging, the stage of life governed by Saturn.

Flower Glyph pinkOrnamental and Flowering Plants: Baby’s Breath, Camellias, Hemp, Ivy Flowers, Knapweed, Magnolia, Monkshood (poisonous), Pansy, Scotch Broom, Trillium.

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Disseminating Moon Phase in the garden

  • Note that the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

In the garden, despite the rapidly diminishing Moon light, the Disseminating Phase is a productive time for growing things and also to apply slow release fertilizer. The fact that these are the last available days for planting before the Last Quarter should work as an incentive to get going. Favorite plants to grow during this first week of the waning cycle are the Perennials, Biennials and Root Crops because the Moon energy is being stored underground in anticipation of the resting period not too far ahead.

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Gardening by the Scorpio Full Moon, with Paola Emma: May 6 to 8, 2020

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Next most favorable days for Sowing and Planting:
Waning Capricorn Moon,Disseminating Phase,
from late
Sunday, May 10, 7.38 pm, to end of Tuesday, May 12.
Ideal Moon Sign and Phase for
Perennials and Biennials Planting, plus Root Crops and Bubs
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Moon of depth and resourcefulness
Emotionally supportive and resilient

Suitable energy for cleansing, getting rid of the old, spring cleaning, rubbish removal, recycling, nursing, practical and emotional support, midwifery, intimacy, partnership in business, profound talks, sharing secrets, healing old wounds, cultivating psychic powers, studying occult subjects. Purchase of insurance policies, underwear, hygiene articles, medicines, medical equipment, payment of bills, fees and taxes, collecting debts. Helping the dying, honoring the dead. Action motivated by the desire to experience, to know or to control. Reserved and deep feelings, strong attachments, intense likes and dislikes. Beware of wilfulness, emotional control, resentments, obsessive thoughts, unyielding attitudes.

08 Scorpio Moon Moist Very Fertile

Full to Disseminating Moon Phase

Scorpio Full Moon, 17°20′, Thur May 7, 8.45 pm

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The WAXING MOON TRANSITS SCORPIO from Wednesday, May 6, 5.04 pm,to Friday, May 8, 5.15 pm, entering then the Sign of SAGITTARIUS.

The SCORPIO FULL MOON PHASE begins on Thursday, May 7, 8.45 pm, and ends on Monday, May 11, 5.23 am, with the CAPRICORN DISSEMINATING MOON PHASE.

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Scorpio Moon in the garden

Scorpio is a Water Sign and a very fertile Sign. Everything should do well when planted in Scorpio, if the Moon is in the right phase.
Scorpio is also suitable for propagating cuttings, grafting and deep irrigation. It promotes sturdy roots reaching down deep for moisture. Corn, squashes and tomatoes seem to like particularly to be transplanted when the Moon is in Scorpio.

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  • The following are the Edible Plants, Herbs, Trees and Flowers since ancient times associated with Scorpio, and also with Mars, Scorpio‘s traditional Ruler, the archetypal god of action, assertion and conflicts. This is why plants with thorns and prickles that they use as weapons against predators are attributed to Mars and the Signs he rules, Scorpio and Aries; same for plants with hot, acrid or sharp taste etc.
    Another important connection is that of Scorpio with the sexual organs and functions. So medicinal herbs/plants improving sexual vigor and enhancing libido (aphrodisiacs) and those helpful in the treatment of sexual dysfunctions. Because Scorpio is also connected to the last portion of the intestines, the rectum, herbs used to heal hemorrhoids are also linked with this Sign.

Edible Plants: Chilli, Hops, Nettle, Onions, Peppers, Pomegranate, Radish.

Healing Herbs: Aloe, Barberry, Basil, Capers, Coriander, Don Quai, Ergot, Garlic, Gentian, Ginseng, Horseradish, Mustard, Nettle, Pennyroyal, Radishes, Sarsaparilla, Senna, Tarragon, Tobacco, Wormwood .

Tree GlyphTrees: Hawthorns, the Grumpy Oak, so called for its crooked branches, the oldest living trees in Europe. Palms are also attributed to Scorpio, due to their phallic trunk and abundance of seeds.

Flower Glyph pinkOrnamental and Flowering Plants: Anemones, Black-eyed Susan, Blackthorns, Cactus Flowers, Dark Red Flowers, Gardenias, Gentian, Heather, Holly, Rhododendrons, Scarlet Monkey, Yews. And all phallic looking flowers, like Calla Lilies

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This Moon Phase in the garden

  • Note that the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

In the garden the Full Moon is a great divide: before the exact phase the increasing light and surging energy are particularly good for Annuals and above the ground crops; after the phase Perennials, Biennials, Trees and Root crops are more suited. Traditionally no sowing or planting are recommended however twelve hours before or after the phase itself. In this instance the best day would be then May 8, from 8.45 am until 5.15 pm, when the Moon enters Sagittarius. I personally like to take advantage of a great fertile Full Moon in Scorpio and sow/transplant during the whole Scorpio transit, no matter how close to the exact phase.

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Gardening by the Libra Moon, from Monday, May 4, to Wednesday, May 6, with Paola Emma: Waxing during the last degree Virgo Gibbous Phase

 

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Next favorable days for Sowing and Planting:
Wednesday
May 6, from 5.04 pm,
to Friday, May 8, 5.15 pm
Scorpio Full Moon Phase on Thursday, May 7, 8.45 pm
Water Very Fertile

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Moon of justice and harmony

Cooperative and artistic

Suitable energy for sharing, decorating, being artistic, holding meeting, conflict resolution, diplomatic missions, weddings, engagements, parties, gifts, fantasy reading, falling in love, hairdressing, making oneself beautiful. Purchase of articles of clothing, cosmetics, furnishings, flowers, jewellery, art equipment. Action motivated by the desire to meet others half way, to be fair, to agree and harmonize. Amiable display of feeling, seeking equality, idealistic, cooperative. Beware of indecisiveness, lack of assertion, wishy-washy attitudes, peace at any cost syndrome, vanity, self indulgence.

07 Libra Moon Cool Semi-Fertile

Gibbous to Full Moon Phase

Virgo Gibbous Moon, 29°14′, Mon, May 4, 3.55 pm

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The WAXING MOON TRANSITS LIBRA from Monday, May 4, 5.O9 pm, to Wednesday, May 6, 5.04 pm, entering then the Sign of SCORPIO.

The VIRGO GIBBOUS MOON PHASE begins on Monday, May 4, 3.55 pm, and ends on Thursday, May 7, 8.45 pm, with the SCORPIO FULL MOON PHASE.

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Libra Moon in the garden

In the garden Libra, unlike the other two Air Signs, Aquarius and Gemini, is traditionally considered fertile and productive. Being a Sign of Venus, goddess of pleasure and beauty, Libra is an ideal Sign to sow and transplant Flowering and Ornamental Plants and Bulbs, and also herbs which help to balance the Elements in the body. Libra encourages bloom, but few seeds.
This could be also an ideal Moon for Garden Parties. Particularly Garden Weddings or Renewal of Vows Ceremonies. And, of course any activity that enhances the garden’s appeal and beauty.

  • The following are the Edible Plants, Herbs, Tees and Flowers since ancient times associated with Libra, and also with Venus, Libra’s traditional Ruler, the archetypal goddess of love, pleasure, beauty, harmony. All plants that make the garden beautiful, cheerful and sweet smelling, and those whose fruit are pleasant and mild tasting belong to Venus and the Signs she rules.

Edible Plants: many fruit of a red colour, like Cherries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Plums, Apples. Also Almond.

Healing Herbs: Some of the medicinal herbs associated with Libra are suitable to treat kidney ailments, like Elderberry, Sassafras, Black Currants etc. Also Libra herbs are Bergamot, Catnip, Corn Silk, Elderberry, Fenugreek, Lavender, Lovage, Mint, Mother of Thyme, Slippery Elm, Sorrell, St. John Worth, Strawberries Leaves, Vervain, Uva Ursi.

Tree GlyphTrees: Apple, Almond, Plum, Red Cherry, Birch, Sandalwood. Also flowering Trees. The Birch is often associated with Venus and therefore Libra. This tree often develops strange little bushes on the crown, that now we know are caused by a fungi. In the old days though, in parts of Europe, were known as ‘Witches Brooms’. This was on of the reasons the Birch was associated with the feminine archetype of Venus ! But also for its light beautiful bark, a group of such trees lightening the forest in magical ways.

Flower Glyph pinkOrnamental and Flowering Plants: Many Rose, especially White Roses and Large Roses, Bluebells, Blue Flowers, Cherry Blossoms, Columbine, Daisy, Foxglove, Hydrangeas, Mallow, Periwinkles, Poppy, Primroses, Primula, Sundews, Violet.

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This Moon Phase in the garden

  • Note that the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

The Gibbous Moon Phase should stimulate plenty of garden activities and a sense of urgency, least one should waste the great energy available. When the Moon transits a very fertile Sign like Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, or a productive Sign like Taurus, Libra and Capricorn, plus Virgo for Medicinal Herbs, practically every plant and seed can go into the garden successfully. This is the middle of the second waxing week. Ideally, after sowing or planting leafy vegetables in the first week, we should be busy putting in those plants we grow for their fruit or seedpods (tomatoes, beans, etc.).

Gardening by the Virgo Moon, May 2 to 4, with Paola Emma: Waxing between the Leo First Quarter and the last degree Virgo Gibbous Phases

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Next favorable days for Sowing and Planting:
from Monday, May 4, 5.09 pm, to Wednesday, May 6, 5.05 pm,

Waxing Gibbous Moon transiting Libra

Moon of humility and craftsmanship

Purifying and healing

Suitable energy for general and menial work, in particular jobs that require attention to details and great patience, crafts, knitting, sewing, cooking, mending, cleaning, nursing, volunteering, accounting, studying, researching, testing, purifying, collecting, classifying, putting order into chaos. Purchase of craft materials and tools, collectibles, pets. Action motivated by practical needs, daily routine, taking care of the body learning to discriminate and to perfect. Practical magic comes also under this Moon Sign. Timid expression of feeling, sometimes prickly, always helpful at the practical level. Beware of hypercriticism, a calculating attitude, lack of grace, inhibitions, phobias, hypochondria, feelings of unworthiness.

Virgo Moon Dry Non Fertile

Last Quarter to Gibbous Moon Phase

Leo First Quarter Moon, 10°57′, Fri, May 1, 6.38 am

Gibbous to Full Moon Phase

Virgo Gibbous Moon, 29°14′, Mon, May 4, 3.55 pm

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS VIRGO from Saturday, May 2, 3.35 pm, to Monday, May 4, 5.O9 pm, entering then the Sign of LIBRA.

The LEO FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE begins on Friday, May 1, at 6.38 am, and ends on Monday, May 4, 3.55 pm, with the VIRGO GIBBOUS MOON PHASE.

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Virgo Moon in the garden

Despite the earthy nature and the ear of corn in the Maiden’s left hand Earthy Virgo is said to be barren, and by most is considered unsuitable for growing. Plants will supposedly grow spindly, tough and woody if planted on the Virgo Moon.
Like other writers though I feel that Virgo should be considered Productive, as the other Earth Signs Taurus and Capricorn, in regard to those Herbs and Plants with proven medicinal and healing properties. This because Virgo is always been associated with hygiene and healing.
The Sign is also great for tidying up the garden and work bee days. Virgo‘s energy is also great for cultivating, general maintenance, fertilizing and harvesting, the latter better after the full moon. Also suitable for pest control, weeding, and pruning, best done after the Last Quarter Phase.

  • The following are the Edible Plants, Herbs, Trees and Flowers since ancient times associated with Virgo, and also with Mercury, Virgo’s traditional Ruler, the archetypal god of intelligence, movement, adaptability, cunning. Plants with finely divided leaves, like carrots, fennel etc, are associated with Virgo and Gemini, because they resemble Mercury’s Airy nature. Also identified with Virgo are those medicinal plants helpful for healthy function of the brain, the nervous system and for speech related issues. As well as healing plants for improving lung function, and bowels health and regularity.

Edible Plants: Cereal Plants, Whet, Barley, Oats, Rye, Millet, Carrots, Fennel, Parsnips.

Healing Herbs: Caraway, Dill, Parsley, Fennel, Coltsfoot, Hyssop, Anise, Lemon Balm, Mullein, Marjoram, Tancy, Vervain, Lavender, Mandrake, Horebound, Licorice, Ferns. Healing Herbs traditionally collected by the road side where they grow like humble weeds are also sacrd to Virgo: example Dandelion, Wild Fennel.

Tree GlyphTrees: the trees sacred to Mercury (and therefore Virgo and Gemini) are those with airy, open canopies, also those with winged seeds, like the Elm. And some that have different texture/colour on the top and the underside of the leaves; or that display not one but two crowns (double nature of Gemini). Hazel, Elms etc.

Flower Glyph pinkOrnamental and Flowering Plants: Grasses and Sedges. Lavender, Lily of the Valley, Elecampane, Mosses, Maiden Hair Ferns, Orchids, Chrysanthemum, Lilacs, Azalea.

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This Moon Phase in the garden

  • Note that the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

The First Quarter Moon Phase is the demarcation time between the first and second weeks of the Moon cycle, an important boundary, because different types of plants can now go in, those we grow for their fruit or seedpods (tomatoes, beans etc.). The Moon needs also to be transiting a Fertile or Productive Sign.

The Gibbous Moon Phase should stimulate plenty of garden activities and a sense of urgency, least one should waste the great energy available. When the Moon transits a very fertile Sign like Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, or a productive Sign like Taurus, Libra and Capricorn, plus Virgo for Medicinal Herbs, practically every plant and seed can go into the garden successfully. This is the middle of the second waxing week. Ideally, after sowing or planting leafy vegetables in the first week, we should be busy putting in those plants we grow for their fruit or seedpods (tomatoes, beans, etc.).

 

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An astrological view on the current world covid19 crisis

A shorter version of this article has been recently published in the Uki Village News

April/May Astrology: unprecedented challenges and opportunities

Welcome. The January Saturn-Pluto’s alignment, whose previous climax in 2001 fell so close to 9/11, is delivering a more powerful punch than was expected. It is a truly global, profound and unprecedented experience, at least for the modern world.

Right now, we found ourselves in the eye of the storm; and the prevalent feelings, depending on temperament, age and experience, are either of anguish and panic, or a sense imminent danger, or great uncertainty, or even incredulity.  In this atmosphere it is much better to concentrate on the fact that this, like everything, is a transitory reality.

The cosmic events that we are witnessing are part of a much greater cycle of becoming. So, no matter how dramatic and potentially dangerous the transits may seem, they too will pass. They may last longer than we wish for though, and also leave behind an extended period of difficult re-adjustments.

At the time of writing (late March 2020) it is difficult to be too optimistic. Too many real everyday problems are affecting us in the wake of the emergency to allow flights of fancy. We are asked, not just by the government, but by our common sense to be self disciplined and practical, accepting necessary limitations for the good of all (Saturn). The older among us are the worst impacted (Saturn rules old age and Pluto all endings).

We may be pulled down the dark abyss of loneliness and depression, a common Saturn effect too; while Pluto is forcing us to look into our deepest fear, the unknown. If mismanaged, personally and collectively, this calamity could affect not only our physical health and well-being. As importantly it could impact our mental health and relationships. We could experience the tightening grip of authoritarianism, bigoted nationalism and xenophobia too.

It seems to me though that there is here also an opportunity to begin ending the sort of globalization that is polluting the natural world; escalating climate change and making us into shopaholic, globally wired robots. We have a chance to embrace the globalization of good will and cooperation instead, for a greener, cooler more peaceful planet (the passage of Saturn into Aquarius, temporarily from the end of March to early July, definitely from mid December). Aquarius, presently and even more in the near is the light that could guide us out of this dark tunnel.

The famous phrase ‘think globally, act locally’ fits this era very well. It will be great if you could learn to self resource again, to make things, to learn practical skills, as individuals and individual countries. We could be brought down to our knees by this, in particular by the severe economic downturn that seems now unavoidable, but we could also learn to live more simply, growing our food, mending our socks, cooking our meals (exaggerating a bit here for good effect). We could discover that we can feel richer and more fulfilled rather than deprived. It is a big task but not an impossible one. Apart from nasty viruses, more sustainable, less wasteful lifestyles will also protect us from climate change and the wanton destruction of the natural world. It can be tough because we are so used to a ready made, button pushing way of living. So it could be time to toughen up while staying optimistic, there is no other way. If a crisis of this proportion cannot do it than nothing can.

The cosmic patterns

Here is a summary of the cosmic events involved in this global crisis, as they began to unfold in early December 2019. To unravel the mystery we need to observe different planetary cycles, involving slow and fast planets, as well as seasonal eclipses as they magically interconnect and overlap, creating the intense results we are all experiencing.

If an arbitrary beginning could be found it would be, for me, the ingress of Jupiter in Capricorn, on December 3 2019. Why? This was the first sign that emerging issues pertaining to Capricorn were going to be magnified during the year long Jupiter’s Transit.
Capricorn has a lot to do with the orderly working of government and business, our collective planning and practical concerns, already gravely challenged by the then imminent historical alignment of Saturn to Pluto. This occurred on January 13 2020, in the midst of a powerful Eclipse season, involving also Capricorn and its opposite complementary Sign of Cancer.

Let’s step back again. The Sun made its yearly ingress into Capricorn, on December 22. By Boxing Day the Sun was very close to Jupiter, nearly conjunct. This was the day of the Capricorn New Moon and a Solar Eclipse, the last of 2019 and the closest to the Capricorn Solstice, start of a new season. Jupiter right on the Solar Eclipse indicated that it was also going to magnify any effect, positive and negative, the Eclipse might have. The whole event was in turn aligned to the Moon’s Descending Node, what Vedic astrologers call the Dragon’s Tail, pointing to what of our collective past has not been yet integrated in our consciousness and need redressing. On January 9 2020 Jupiter and the Descending Node became conjunct.

Eclipses nearly always come in pair, so a Lunar Eclipse at the next Full Moon in Cancer occurred on January 11. The Moon did not just oppose the Sun, as at every full phase, but also Mercury, the collective mind, and the largest of our closest asteroids, Ceres, symbol of Mother Earth herself, not in her nurturing but rather in her vengeful mode! To top this up the eclipsed Cancer Moon was also opposing the Saturn-Pluto’s conjunction, which became exact on January 13. This alignment as I described many times in earlier posts, is considered a make or break transit of great significance, the very same astrologers were waiting for with some trepidation.

We come to mid February, when things got even more interesting and complicated, with the ingress of trouble making Mars into Capricorn too, February 16 (transit due to last until March 31). And, like if the above wasn’t enough, Mercury of the collective mind began his retro period on February 17 in the Sign of Pisces, the most receptive and dangerously exposed to outside influences.

On March 8 the Sun, symbol of our collective consciousness aligned with Neptune in Pisces, setting the scene for a period of confusion, misinformation, anxieties, extreme sensitivity, but also compassion, sacrifice, redemption. Neptune is indeed a very spiritual energy when in its high vibration.  We all have felt the universal sorrows the news were spilling everywhere and began praying, meditating, going within.

Mars in Capricorn has also been a leading character in March. It acted clearly as a catalyst of the energy packed into the slow moving planets, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. It became conjunct Jupiter on March 20, day of the Aries Equinox, marking the start of a new season with a big bang. Then Mars aligned with Pluto on March 23, extremely intense, unleashing hidden resentments and rage, mounting fatalities and suffering, a crude and cruel wake-up call.

Capricorn Mars also triggered the still energized degrees of the December-January Solar and Lunar Eclipses. Mars has definitely inflamed and worsened an already difficult situation. We must be glad to see him moving out of Capricorn on March 31st. The crisis will continue, I believe, with Jupiter soon to conjunct Pluto, as early as April 5; more of that later. To finish with Mars for the immediate future he will align with Saturn on April First, thus ending for now its direct link with the Capricorn big picture planets. On April 9 a right angle between Mars in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus could add to the surprises of this amazing times, most possibly in an unsettling way but perhaps also in a positive way, with some exciting breakthrough.

On March 23 Saturn entered Aquarius, one of the silver linings of this emergency, Aquarius being the Sign of universal cooperation and mate-ship. For now this transit will last only until July 2, when he will re- enter Capricorn until December 17, with the definite ingress into Aquarius and soon after, on December 22, a very promising alignment with Jupiter by then also in Aquarius.

Now to Jupiter who, on April 5, will align with Pluto. This transit is one of the reasons why I feel that the emergency could escalate for another while, not necessarily for Australia but generally speaking. This transit cannot be underestimated in its potency because it will return two more times, on June 30 and November 13, more Eclipse Seasons. Jupiter seems to want to expand the situation, to its limits. This is a challenge to embrace a truer philosophy of life, to transform our beliefs in full blooded knowledge, to give up on what seemed so essential before and now may have to be discarded, surviving the whole things wiser and stronger. The other strong reason in my eyes for this situation to linger is the retrogradation of Mars in Aries from September 10 to November 14, again interacting by square with Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter, three times into January 2021. And finally also the Solar Eclipse on the Cancer Solstice, on June 21, sort of eclipsing another season.

I cannot see how this crisis could really end until, at least, the end of this year. With this I don’t mean that we will all be in lock down the whole time, but that there will be peaks and lows, the crisis abating in one place and surfacing in another. I am saying this especially thinking of the retrogradation of Jupiter and Mars.

 

 

 

Gardening by the First Quarter Leo Moon, with Paola Emma: from April 30 to May 2, 2020

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Next favorable days for Sowing and Planting:
from Monday, May 4, 5.09 pm, to Wednesday, May 6, 5.05 pm,

Waxing Gibbous Moon transiting Libra
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LEO, Moon of creativity and passion

Warm and fun loving

Suitable energy for creative work, especially of the visual type, display, fun, joy, drama, thereat, inspiration, organization, leisure, pleasure, vacation, spending fun times with the children, being a child again, love making, romance, passion. Purchase of jewellery, gold, precious objects, luxury items, cats.
Action is motivated by spontaneous need for self expression. Dramatic display of generous feelings, warm-hearted, loyal, passionate, but somewhat egotistic. Beware of domineering and controlling attitudes, ego inflation, extremes of passion, exaggeration, arrogance, pride.

Leo Moon Dry and HotLast Quarter to Gibbous Moon Phase The WAXING MOON TRANSITS LEO from Thursday, April 30, at 11.06 am, to Saturday, May 2, 3.35 pm, entering then the Sign of VIRGO.

The LEO FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE begins on Friday, May 1, at 6.38 am, and ends on Monday, May 4, 3.55 pm, with the VIRGO GIBBOUS MOON PHASE.

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Leo Moon in the garden

Like all other Fire Signs in the garden Leo is considered too dry and barren for growing anything. Its energy is suitable for cultivating, general maintenance and harvesting. Also suitable for pest control, weeding, and pruning, best done after the Last Quarter Phase.

Today the energy could be right for being creative in the garden: painting, sculpting, playing music, performing garden plays, landscaping, designing, introducing decorative features and ornamental objects.
Of course also Garden Parties. Or, weather permitting, just basking in the sun, preferably in a hammock or really comfy easy chair.

  • The following are the Edible Plants, Herbs, Trees and Flowers since ancient times associated with Leo, and also with the Sun, Leos traditional Ruler, giver of Life and Light. Medicinal Herbs and Plants associate with Sun/Leo are those that strengthen the heart and aid circulation. Also immune system boosters and all plants rich in vitamins. And herbs traditionally used to treat eye diseases or to improve vision too. * and

Edible Plants: Citrus Fruit, in particular Oranges. Also orange or yellow vegetables, like Capsicums, Carrots, Peppers. And Walnuts.

Healing Herbs: European Angelia, Borage, Bugloss, Camomille, Centaury, Ginger, Hawthorn, Lovage, Motherwort, Eyebright, Rosemary, Rue, Saffron, Storax,  Terragon.

Tree GlyphTrees: the upright distinguished, noble Ash is often associated with the Sun and Leo. This is a tall tree often towering over smaller trees in the forest. They have a fairly open canopy that lets a lot of sunlight through, thus allowing a rich vegetation to thrive beneath. Trees with strong horizontal roots and arched crowns also belong to the Sun.

Flower Glyph pinkOrnamental and Flowering Plants: Orange coloured flowers in general, also Asters, Celandine, Citrus Flowers, Dahlias, Heliotropes, Henna, Larkspurs, Marigold, Passion Flower, Peony, Sunflower.

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This Moon Phase in the garden

The First Quarter Moon Phase is the demarcation time between the first and second weeks of the Moon cycle, an important boundary, because different types of plants can now go in, those we grow for their fruit or seedpods (tomatoes, beans etc.). The Moon needs also to be transiting a Fertile or Productive Sign.

  • Note that the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.
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