When we left off at the end of Part 2, I was explaining that things would heat up in July. Enter the planet of war in the sign of war….
Mars in Aries (June 27th – Jan 7th 2021)
Mars is about ambition, action, aggression, violence, and anger. Mars is what gets us to DO things and it is also the planet of war. On June 27th, Mars moves in to the sign of Aries. Aries is ruled by Mars which means they have the same themes that will be SUPER SIZED during this time. People will feel extra ambitious and driven to get things done, but they might also be extra pissed off. Mars usually only stays in one sign for 1-2 months. But this year, Mars is in Aries for six+ months. I think you would agree that things have been pretty heated this year already, and Mars is not even in Aries yet.
Once we get through the eclipse on July 5th, things seem to be relatively chill for July and August??? There is nothing astrologically NEW and HUGE added to the mix. We will still have the Saturn/Pluto/Jupiter vibes that are with us all year (destroying structures, exposing the darkness that needs to be transformed, spreading Coronavirus) AND Mars in Aries firing us up. BUT MAYBE we will be in a steady state so we can adjust to the “new normal” and get our bearings before things heat up more in the fall.
A lot of the powerful planets (Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter and Neptune) are also retrograde for most of the summer, which feels like it MIGHT be a time to regroup and reflect (because they are not doing their thing full force, they are kind of puttering around in the dark) OR everything will continue to be a non-stop shit show. Honestly, I have no idea. (My astrology sources are not saying much about this time. I am hoping no news is good news.)
Whatever the rest of the summer feels like, it WILL be even more intense in the fall. So in your moments of possible relaxation, make the absolute most of it, AND get your house in order for the wide ride ahead.
Mars Retrograde (Sep 9th – Nov 13th)
On September 9th, Mars goes retrograde. When Mars is retrograde, you might get especially frustrated because you are trying to take action and things keep getting in the way. Or your ambition might be stifled so you don’t feel like doing anything. People may get really irritable and snap at each other. And this retrograde is double trouble in the sign of Aries. All of that super sized energy will get quadruple sized.
What makes this retrograde important collectively, is that Mars will have some tense interactions with those planets bringing us all of the hard stuff this year. Mars will “but heads” with Saturn, Pluto AND Jupiter during this time. While Saturn/Pluto/Jupiter are working their (not so fun) magic, a retrograde, frustrated Mars is trying to pick a fight with them. AND Mercury will be retrograde again (Oct 13 – Nov 3) during this Mars retrograde which is kind of a big deal. Our communication might be all messed up while we are dealing with anger and frustration. There will be power struggles (Pluto), miscommunications (Mercury), fighting (Mars), obstacles (Saturn) and we might be overextending ourselves (Jupiter). Everything will be coming to a boil during this time. (This is why we need to rest and prepare this summer?)
Lesson Plan for Mars Retrograde: How can we work through conflict in an effective way so we come out the other side in a better place? (You are going to really want to have your meditation practice going before we get here!)
Mars will be retrograde leading up to, and until right after, our election in the United States on November 3rd. We will be making a REALLY big decision that will impact the structures of our government and society for the next four years, at least. AND Mercury Retrograde will be ending ON election day. The last time Mercury was retrograde during an election was the 2008 chad situation in Florida when we had a contested election.
All of this energy sounds scary but there is always a potential up side with astrology. This energy could put extra pressure on us to take action and do everything we can to make sure this election turns out for the greatest and highest good of all.
There are actually astrological reasons, for why this is all hitting the United States extra hard. We are coming up on something called our Pluto return in February 2022. This means Pluto is coming back to exactly where it was when our nation was born. Think super sized destroy/transform/rebuild energy directed at the US. We are facing the shadows that our nation was built on (you know what those are). This is already in the air now. You can read more about the Pluto Return of the US here if you are interested.
The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn (December 21st)
This is the FINAL piece of big astrology for 2020 and what we are working towards all year (Thanks for sticking with me this long!). On December 21st, Jupiter and Saturn will come together for The Great Conjunction, which happens every 20 years. When Jupiter and Saturn come together, they kick-off a new cycle of growth. This impacts us all individually in different ways, but collectively, these are cycles of socio-political growth and change.
This specific Great Conjunction is extra special because this is the first time in 200 years that it is happening in an air sign (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) instead of an earth sign (Taurus, Capricorn, Virgo).
Jupiter is the planet that wants us to grow and expand and pursue our highest ideals. Saturn helps us put structures and discipline in place so we can achieve that growth. If they are working together in a positive way, they can get A LOT of good stuff done. On the flip side, if we take Jupiter too far and cross in to its darkness (greed, overindulgence, extreme ideology), Saturn brings out the discipline and restricts Jupiter to reign it back in.
Saturn and Jupiter have been coming together in earth signs (Taurus, Capricorn, and Virgo) for the past 200 years. Earth signs are about material things that we can see and touch and practical solutions rooted in common sense (food, shelter, money, the actual earth, our bodies, systems, structure, rules, caution, responsibility). For 200 years we have been going through cycles of growth and excess around themes of government, hierarchies, laws, capitalism, making stuff, buying stuff, building stuff, growing stuff, using earth’s resources, and our physical health. We have placed a high value on wealth, status, beauty, and power.
We used that earthy Saturn-Jupiter energy to lay a solid foundation in our societies and build some great stuff, but we also took some things too far. Global warming, the economic divide, growing authoritarianism, etc. As the end of this cycle approaches, Saturn is reigning things back in with its tough love, and Pluto and all of the other planets are joining in to help.
The Great Conjunction is bringing us the opportunity to re-build things differently. On December 21st, we will kick off our next 200 year cycle of socio-political (and individual) growth in air signs (Aquarius, Libra, Gemini) that all have themes involving ideas, communication, and social connections.
The first 20 year air sign cycle is in Aquarius. The themes of Aquarius are freedom, innovation, science, technology, facts, and humanitarianism (and astrology!). Aquarians want to try new ideas and to fix things to make the world a better place. They want freedom and revolution. But, at their worst, Aquarians can be detached, like mad scientists, and lose track of the humanity behind their ideas. They can play god and get fanatical, opinionated, selfish, and erratic. (Watch out for the dark Aquarians!)
For the next 20 years, we can expect to see growth and changes in our socio-political systems based on Aquarian themes. This will bring lots of new ideas, new ways of thinking, and advances in technology and science (space travel will be big, is what I am hearing). Power and decision making will shift from organizations and hierarchical structures, in to the hands of the people. We are being asked to completely re-think everything from the bottom up, instead of top down.
We will, of course, have to watch out for the dark side of Aquarius which could include extremism and revolution based on herd mentality without critical thinking behind it. And, our freedoms may continue be constricted by Saturn, until we prove that we are responsible enough to be set free. Astro Butterfly explains it like this
“Saturn will ask Aquarius to ‘uplevel’ and transform from a rebellious and spoiled adolescent into a responsible, society’s-interests-first citizen of the future.”
Saturn has been giving us a preview of how it works with Aquarius from March 23rd to July 2nd. During this time you may have noticed that majority of the world had their freedoms (Aquarius) taken away (Saturn), we are having massive protests (Aquarius) related to the societal structures of police and criminal justice (Saturn), we are balancing isolation (Saturn) with connection through technology (Aquarius) and debating restrictions (Saturn) vs freedoms (Aquarius) of information and facts (Aquarius).
Saturn will move back in to Capricorn on July 2nd where it will resume its focus on lessons about our governments, authority figures, business, and all societal and financial structures, until it moves in to Aquarius for the Great Conjunction in December, where it will stay for 2.5 years.
As we move in to this new astrological era, people who are feeling secure with the status, wealth, power, and the current structures (earth themes) will not let go without a fight. They will continue to dig in their heels and play out the dark side of their own personalities to hold on to their safety and power. Everyone is learning their own lessons and is on their own path. It may not only be people “at the top” or people who have risen to power by not acting in integrity who are digging in their heels. Anyone who feels safe in the current structures or is uncomfortable with change or new ways of thinking will have a lot of adjustments to make as we move in to a whole new world (I put myself in this category!)
(You might be wondering, is this the beginning of the Age of Aquarius? No one knows for sure! There are many theories on this and we may not know until we can look back on it. Some say yes! A topic for another post, perhaps)
The planets are aligning in the sky in ways that have not been seen for hundreds of years. The line up of the cosmos in the second half of 2020 is heavy, and it will be hard, but it is also leading us in to a time of great change and possibility for something better. Many people believe that our souls chose to come to earth at this time because we all have a part to play in this transformation. We are all being asked to look at the cracks in our lives and in the world as part of our life lessons. The seals we have been filling them in with won’t hold any more. We have to tear things down and rebuild in new ways. If we ignore this mission, we will just keep getting hit over the head with it even harder. I don’t want to keep getting hit over the head with it, do you?
There will always be a mix of light and dark in the world (and inside of each of us), we are just WAY out of balance right now. So how do we re-balance and bring more light in to the world? Because WE make up the cosmos, we have to start by getting OURSELVES in to balance. Really, the only thing we CAN control is ourselves. Be your BEST you and work your ass off doing that. If that catches on and enough of us lean in to our light, we WILL get through this and build a better world. This will look different for everyone. Some of that work is out in the world. Some of that work is at home and in our families. And everyone has work to do on themselves.
Your “best you” gets information from may sources, keeps an open mind, listens more, and has compassionate conversations. Your “best you” does what lights you up, as much as possible. Your “best you” works through conflict effectively and fights (constructively) for what you believe in. Your “best you” lets go of what is not working for you any more and replaces it with something better. Your “best you” lets love in and asks for help when you need it. Your “best you” remembers that we are all part of a larger community working together. Your “best you” takes care of YOU. Your “best you” takes time to get quiet and pay attention to what your heart is telling you.
That’s all I got. Be your best you, for yourself, for everyone you love, and for our planet. Help others be their best selves when you can. Fight for the light in your own life and in the collective. The stakes have never been higher in our lifetime (no pressure). Love will literally save the earth. Love yourself. Love everyone around you. Meet fear and anger with love and compassion. I believe that the cosmos has our backs if we pay attention to what it is asking of us. Pay attention. Stay woke.
PS: Your individual birth chart will show you where all of these huge things are impacting YOU this year and the areas of your life where YOU are being asked to be more curious (Gemini), take action (Mars/Aries), release and let go (Eclipses), destroy and transform (Saturn/Pluto) and start a new cycle of growth (Saturn/Jupiter). I may attempt to explain that in a future post OR you can book a reading with an astrologer (let me know if you want help finding one) OR you can check out Chani Nicholas’s course (The Year Ahead for your Sign). Every year, she gives the high-level themes for everyone in the same “rising sign” and where in your life they might be playing out. (And it might go on sale if you wait until July and the year is half over!)
PSS: This is a great Astrology University podcast episode with one of my favorite astrologers Jessica Lanyadoo about How to Be Present with – and Respect – Your Fear Under Saturn-Pluto. One of our big lessons this year is to learn how to work with our fear!
Photo credit: ME! These are the zodiac signs on the ceiling of Grand Central station taken with my amazing Iphone skills on one of my recent corona-walk in NYC.