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 Waning Taurus Moon, from Wednesday, May 20, to Friday, May 22, during the Aries Disseminating Moon Phase

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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 contemplation and contentment
Loyal and sensual*******

Suitable energy for practical activities, making money, business, building, engineering, woodworking, sculpting, pottery, cooking, massage, healing, meditating, contemplating, being still and content, artistic, sensual. All pleasurable activities. Purchase of beautiful objects, furniture, furnishings, clothes, flowers, art works, jewellery, land. Slow, deliberate action, motivated by the desire for security and ease. Determination, use of will power. Affectionate, sensual display of feelings, supportive and loyal. Beware of laziness, self indulgence, stubbornness, intolerance, prejudice, jealousy.

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Balsamic to New Moon PhaseThe WANING MOON TRANSITS TAURUS from Wednesday, May 20, 12.10 pm, to Friday, May 22, 11.35 pm, entering then the Sign of GEMINI.The ARIES BALSAMIC MOON PHASE began on Tuesday, May 19, 2.15 am, and will end on Saturday, May 23, 3.38 am, with the 02°04′ GEMINI NEW MOON PHASE.

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Taurus Moon in the garden

  • The following are the Edible Plants, Herbs, Tees and Flowers since ancient times associated with Taurus, and also with Venus, Taurus’ 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.

In the garden Earthy Taurus is considered a fairly productive Sign, especially suitable for Root Crops, like potatoes and carrots, helping to strengthen the root system and to make plants sturdier. It is also a great Sign for `Flowering Bubs and other ornamental plants.
Great time to be lazy in the garden too, lull in a hammock and watch the grass grow.

Edible Plants: Mushrooms, many fruit of a red colour, like Blackberries, Cherries, Raspberries, Strawberries, also Apples, Plums, Tomatoes. Almonds too.

Healing Herbs: Some of the medicinal herbs associated with Taurus are suitable to treat kidney ailments, like Black Currants, Elderberry, Sassafras, etc. Or to soothe a sore throat, like Black Currants, Burdock, Golden Seal, Licorice, Peppermint, Willow. Also Taurus herbs are Catnip, Fenugreek, Lavender, Lovage, Mother of Thyme, Slippery Elm, Strawberries Leaves, Vervain.

Tree GlyphTrees: Almond, Apple, Birch, Plum, Red Cherry, Sandalwood. Also flowering Trees.

Flower Glyph pinkOrnamental and Flowering Plants: Columbine, Daisy, Foxglove, Mallow, Periwinkles, Poppy, Primrose, Primula, Rose, Sundews, Violet.

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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.

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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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Gardening by the Cancer Moon,with Paola Emma: Waxing during the Gemini Crescent Phase, April 28 to 30, 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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Cancer Moon Moist Very Fertile

Crescent to First Quarter Moon Phase

Gemini Crescent Moon, 22°18′, Mon, Apr 27, 12.45 pm

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The WAXING MOON TRANSITS CANCER from Tuesday, April 28, at 3.27 am, to Thursday, April 30, at 11.06 am, entering then the Sign of LEO.

The GEMINI CRESCENT MOON PHASE begins on Monday, April 27, at 12.45 pm, and ends on Friday, May 1, at 6.38 am, with the LEO FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE.

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Cancer Moon in the garden

    • The following are the Edible Plants, Herbs, Trees and Flowers since ancient times associated with Cancer, and also with the Moon, Cancer’s traditional Ruler, the archetypal goddess of nurturing, fertility, home making, family and the sacred connection with our ancestors. The moon governing the tides is traditionally associated with all plants with a high water content, like Lettuce, Cucumbers, Celery, for instance. Also plants like Cereals and Rice, staple food for billions of people on earth, the Moon being the Great nurturing Mother of All. As well as plants, medicinal and otherwise, that produce a milky sap; medicinal herbs/plants used to soothe the stomach and improve digestion; and those that have a beneficial effect on women fertility, the health of the womb and breast, and,of course, those helpful in pregnancy and during delivery.

Cancer is a Water Sign and one of the most fertile of all Signs. Everything should do well when planted in Cancer, if the Moon is in the right phase.
Cancer is also suitable for propagating cuttings, grafting and deep irrigation.

Today the energy could be right for many activities in the garden, to make our home life more productive, self sufficient and thrifty; thus fostering cooperation and a sense of belonging too.

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Edible Plants: Lettuce, Cucumbers, Melons (Water Melons, Rock Melon), Water Cress, Celery.

Healing Herbs: Ginseng, Papaya leaf, Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemon Balm, Bay, Parsley, Aloe, Celery, Slippery Elm Bark, Evening Primrose.

Tree GlyphTrees: Laurel and all trees that produce an abundance of blossoms, like the Cherry Tree. Also those that reproduce easily by cutting or seed dispersion.

Flower Glyph pinkOrnamental and Flowering Plants: White Roses and all White Flowers, Morning Glories, Water Lily, Lotus, Southern Magnolia, Jasmine, Melon Flowers. Flowers that open up around Full Moon time are also naturally associated with the Moon, like the Datura sweet smelling and dangerous Devil’s Trumpets, known in India as Moon Flowers. This common name is also used for numerous other flowering plants that bloom during the night, from evening to dawn, like the Evening Primrose; the Crimson Red Nymphaea (Lotus) the Night Gladiolus; the Night Jasmine; the Casablanca Lily, fragrant flowers used for wedding bouquets and in perfumery; the Moon Flower of family Ipomonea (same as Morning Glory), beautiful large white flowers; Lady of the Night; Princess of the Night; Some Cactus and Succulent Flowers, all night blooming.

In the garden this is an excellent growing time: everything can go in now, but in particular leafy vegetables and all plants that we grow for their above the ground parts, but only when the Moon is transiting through the very fertile Water Signs or the productive Signs Taurus, Libra and Capricorn.

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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 Crescent Moon Phase is an excellent time for sowing and planting because moon light is rapidly increasing now and therefore also plants’ ability to draw water from deep in the soil.

Everything can go in now, but in particular leafy vegetables and all plants that we grow for their above the ground parts, but only when the Moon is transiting through the very fertile Water Signs or the productive Signs Taurus, Libra and Capricorn.

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Gardening by the Gemini Moon, with Paola Emma: from April 25 to April 28, 2020, during the Gemini Crescent Phase

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Next favorable days for Sowing and Planting:
Tuesday
to Thursday, April 28, 29 and until 11 am on April 30

Waxing Crescent Moon transiting Water Fertile Cancer

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03 Gemini Moon Cool Non Fertile

Crescent to First Quarter Moon Phase

Gemini Crescent Moon, 22°18′, Mon, Apr 27, 12.45 pm

To view a full interpretation of the Moon Sign and Phase please click the images below.The WAXING MOON TRANSITS GEMINI from Saturday, April 25, at 5.19 pm, to Tuesday, Apr 28, at 3.27 am, entering then the Sign of CANCER.

The GEMINI CRESCENT MOON PHASE begins on Monday, April 27, at 12.45 pm, and ends on Friday, May 1, at 6.38 am, with the LEO FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE.

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Gemini Moon in the garden

  • The following are the Edible Plants, Herbs, Trees and Flowers since ancient times associated with Gemini, and also with Mercury, Gemini’s traditional Ruler, the archetypal god of intelligence, movement, adaptability, cunning. Those Plants with finely divided leaves, like carrots, fennel etc, are associated with Gemini, because they resemble Mercury and Gemini Airy nature. Also identified with Gemini 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, arms and hands mobility.

Like an other Air Signs, Aquarius, in the garden Gemini 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 designing the garden, for parties and get-togethers, with friends and siblings. Also to go for long walks through gardens, roads, beaches, forests, nature, opening the lungs, strengthening limbs and clearing the mind.

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Edible Plants: Carrots, Fennel, Parsnips.

Healing Herbs: Caraway, Dill, Parsley, Fennel, Coltsfoot, Hyssop, Anise, Lemon Balm, Mullein, Marjoram, Tancy, Vervain, Lavender, Mandrake, Horebound, Licorice, Ferns.

Tree GlyphTrees: the trees sacred to Mercury 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: Lavender, Lily of the Valley, Elecampane, Mosses, Maiden Hair Ferns, Orchids, Chrysanthemum, Lilacs, Azalea.

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Astrology for February-March 2020 and beyond, by Paola Emma

‘Morning On The Seine In The Rain’ by Claude Monet

‘Morning On The Seine In The Rain’ by Claude Monet

A shorter version of this article was published in issue 110 of the Uki Village News

The big picture

No doubt the January 11 Full Moon Eclipse in Cancer brought a major shift of energies to our region, with rain finally falling on our parched land. With the Eclipse’s extraordinary alignment to one of the major astrological occurrences in recent year, the Capricorn Saturn-Pluto’s conjunction, the weather change was only one of the many events that this powerful transit brought in its wake.  This regional experience reflects the fact that the long awaited and by many dreaded alignment is now technically behind us, even if still powerfully close. The numerous thunderstorms we are experiencing are just another sign that a massive pent-up energy is being released. Many of us feel lighter and more optimistic; also awed by nature’s uncanny power to surprise us.

We are certainly not out of the wood though. The failure of the December 2019 UN Madrid Climate Conference to achieve significant commitments from participating countries clearly demonstrates that we are still hovering at the edge of a chasm, separating us not only from viable solutions to the pressing climate crisis, but also from a unifying vision for the future: first world countries versus developing ones; aging politicians and plutocrats versus angry activist teenagers; science versus conspiracy theory etc.

Pluto in Capricorn is destined to bring profound changes that could be lethal if we do not take responsible charge of the situation. Allowing Pluto, ancient God of the Underworld, to do his own thing could mean unprecedented ecological disasters, massive extinctions and consequently social upheavals the world has not seen in a long time. Positively the slow passage of Pluto through Capricorn (2008-2023) could instead provide us with the moral courage and resourcefulness to tackle this crisis and indeed survive it, if not completely avoiding the dangers we are facing, as the Australian fires have sadly demonstrated.

Saturn, known as the Lord of Karma among other titles, is not missing this opportunity to deal out some heavy penalties for our past transgressions and callous indifference. For this reason it is considered by most astrologers an ominous companion for Pluto. To me Saturn represents also a hopeful side of this difficult equation though:  the down to earth, responsible attitude that is absolutely crucial to the success of any human intervention. Like knowing, for instance, the limits of what can be realistically achieved, finding viable local and global solutions, rather than aiming for the stars only to fail miserably.

Apart from all that, there is indeed a light at the end of this tunnel because Saturn will soon be leaving Capricorn (March 22) to enter Aquarius. This transit, due to retrogradation, will last only until July 2. When Saturn will re-enter Aquarius for good, on December 17, it will also, few days later, become conjunct to Jupiter, on December 22. This alignment could indeed bring some welcome opening to unity and humanitarian reforms, all sentiments that seem unattainable under the ominous shadow of the current conjunction to Pluto.  Furthermore the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius is not just one of their regular twenty year meetings. It represents in fact the momentous shift of these alignments from the Earth Signs (where most of these conjunctions have occurred since 1802) to the Air Sign (where most will occur until 2140!). Astrologers throughout the ages have considered the alignments of Jupiter and Saturn extremely influential in shaping world’s history, its prevalent ideologies and socio-political leanings. While collectively the Earth Signs are driven by the need for material security and a pragmatic view of life, the Air Signs are driven by ideals and a reforming, sometimes even revolutionary spirit.

However 2020, with Jupiter in Capricorn also activating Pluto in early April, at the end of June and again in mid November, will see most probably an exhalation of similar issues to the ones we have experienced in 2019. Only at the very end of the year Jupiter’s ingress into Aquarius, with Saturn, could mark a positive shift. The next UN Climate Conference will be held in Glasgow, England, on November 19 2020, just a month before the Aquarius alignment. There is hope that the Aquarian spirit of mutual understanding and friendship may prevail over our differences and that more visionary, idealistic goals could drive the discussions toward the more radical approach needed in this grave emergency. Pluto, in Capricorn until 2023, can in fact provide enough down to earth focus to manifest ideals into practical forms.

In the short term

The Sun

It is that time of the year again, on March 8, when the Sun will align to mystical Neptune in Pisces, encouraging us to become more conscious of our innate intuition, imagination and compassion. It will be easier to forgive and forget, washing past resentments into the unifying water of this oceanic Sign. With Mercury, returning in Pisces, after retrogradation, from March 16 to April 11, the gentle, artistic, dreamy influence of this Sign will remain with us, softening the harsh realities of the intense Capricorn experience.

The Retrogradation of Mercury between Pisces and Aquarius
February 17 to March 10

Mercury is ready for its regular loop, reminding us that it is time to review our thinking and the way we communicate our thoughts, to achieve the best possible outcome personally and in our social life. People who happen to have the Sun, Moon, Planets or Chart’s Angles in the first half of the Mutable Sign of Pisces-Virgo-Sagittarius-Gemini or the last two degrees of the Fixed Signs of Aquarius-Leo-Taurus-Scorpio will be more directly affected by this retrogradation.

To avoid feeling severely ‘muddled headed’ (a common side effect of Mercury in Pisces, even when not retrograde), we could all try to take it easier at this time; not attempting to deal with too many matters or to stick too strictly to plans and routines. The best would be to stay mentally pliable, in order to adapt to shifting circumstances. It could also be wise to be tolerant of confusing or mixed messages we may receive from other people. Whom can we expect to trust when we cannot even trust ourselves?

Venus

From February 8 to March 5 Venus will transit fiery Aries, where she takes on the role of Warrior Goddess, fighting against injustice and inequality. During this transit she will cross swords with all the Capricorn planets: first with Jupiter, on February 24, then with Pluto, on February 29, and finally with Saturn on March 4. This could mean heightened chance for disputes and open conflicts, when ‘winning’ is the whole point. On the positive side, things that need facing, directly and courageously, can be faced at these times. All will be well if we manage to move on afterward. No time for regrets and looking back when Venus is in Aries.

Venus will transit Taurus from March 5 to April 4, a more relaxed and affectionate place for Venus, when art and pleasure could inspire creativity and also ability to focus more intensely on whatever we do. Said that, just as the Sun separates from Neptune (March 8) Venus becomes conjunct Uranus (March 9), bringing two powerful outer planets to play on the daily stage of life and relationships. Despite the loyal and steady nature usually attributed to Venus in Taurus the alignment to Uranus will bring up the more rebellious side of the Goddess, if for a few days.  New and exciting relationships could spring up as from nowhere, and perhaps opportunities for adventure or to just prove our independence.

Mars

From February 16 to March 31 Mars will be transiting Capricorn, joining the planetary group already there, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. This will be therefore an important transit because Mars’ role is to bring things out into the open, also activating into action the slower moving celestial bodies. Mars will first meet Jupiter on March 20, then Pluto, on March 23, and finally Saturn but not before both entering the Sign of Aquarius, between March 31 and April 1. As with Venus activating the same planets earlier, this Mars will increase the chance of open conflicts at these times; the sort of confrontations when we test our strength against another, trying to establish ‘who is the boss’. Moderation is recommended, remembering that Mars can cut bridges permanently if let loose.

The final alignment to Saturn, on April 1, could manifest as a strong drive to action but also great frustration as we face delays and limitations that could severely try our patience. No time to expect immediate gratifications.

Positively the whole period of Mars in Capricorn could prove particularly constructive, helping us to get things done, putting in the extra effort and discipline necessary for success, making a ‘real’ difference: a test of our self confidence and leadership abilities.

The Aries Equinox

If you would like to celebrate the advent of autumn, the Aries Equinox will occur this year on March 20, at 2.49 pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time. The map of this cosmic event, the traditional beginning of the astrological year, the Ram leading the flock, shows, in a nutshell, the transits that will be relevant in the next six to twelve months. As it has been the case in recent months the accent is on the Earth Sign of Capricorn where many planets are still congregating at the time of the Equinox, namely Mars, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, the latter though on the verge of entering the next Sign of Aquarius.  The fact that, just around this crucial time, Saturn finds itself at the threshold of a new Sign (together with Mars!) seems to me indicative that during the next few months the world will be at an important crossroad, the growing aspirations for meaningful changes (Aquarius) still held back by the powerful pull of the past and the way things have been done until now (highlight on conservative Capricorn).

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