Astrology: Full Moon in Cancer, December 29/30, 2020

(I don’t know where this image came from but it’s beautiful – kudos to the creator and I hope it’s ok for me to use it here.)

The last Full Moon of the year is upon us, and is exact on December 30 at 8º53’ Cancer, 3:28 UT (22:28 December 29 EST). This opposition involves the Sun/Mercury conjunction in Capricorn, sextiles Uranus and trines Neptune widely, so potential for inspiration, communication and innovation are all there to be utilized. We also have a rather tense Mars maintaining its square to Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn, so not all is rosy, but definite executive energy abounds. This Full Moon is all about home and our deepest associations with security, health, nurturing, and “Mother”, as well as ideas of protection, obsession, and emotional control – of self or otherwise. Sometimes, when the Moon is airy, we rationalize in order to understand these motivations, but this Moon is in Cancer, and she is most at home here in her domicile. This time, it’s purely emotional. Beware of emotional things spilling out where they don’t belong, and watch out for the irrational and uncanny at this time. This Moon wants us to feel deeply, to examine our hearts and explore what the word “Mother” means to us – this includes both the overriding societal assumptions of “Mother”, as well as the individual woman who gave us our lives. There is also a need to consider issues of power, transformation, sexuality and what it is that we give and take in our closest relationships. Do we find power nurturing or oppressive? Do we use sexuality to control, or does it help us grow past preconceived notions and boundaries? Do we give or take more in relationships? And just what does “Mother” have to do with all of this? Further – what do we do to “mother” ourselves and those around us, and how can we improve these methods?

Issues of power and its abuse have been a key theme throughout this year, and as we see the potency of the travelling Capricorn stellium break up and pass on to different areas, we are left with considerations of where that cosmic dust has fallen. This year has seen humanity brought to heel, and this continues to be our shared reality as during what is the most festive time of year for many, we are ordered to stay apart, sequestered. Everyone, everywhere – rich or poor – has had to comply with these requirements of the collective, passed down on high by “the man”, and while some flaunt their privilege in deciding to ignore the rules, this only serves to further delineate existing class struggles Tactics of coercion and disinformation abound, and will continue to do so – stay safe and sane people! Collective issues have completely transformed how we live our lives on a most basic level – how we care for ourselves, our health, our families and communities. Consider some of the events of this year, and how these might have impacted you – for a full list, see here, it’s quite astonishing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020. Suffice it to say, this is not easy stuff we have been working with! Remember most of all to be kind now, because chances are the person you are talking to is having a very real struggle that you just don’t know about. This year has negatively affected the whole planet, one way or another.

Use this Full Moon in Cancer to really deeply consider how you take care of yourself, and those around you, and what you really need to feel more whole. Consider not just the hard stuff, but think about the good things too – what do you do well, and what makes you happy? Do you have skills that you can use to help others? Would it make you feel better to help others, or would that be too much? How can it get better? The light of the Full Moon is here to shine into those dark, murky places, those tender spots that we like to keep hidden and protected. While communicating about this stuff may feel difficult, the channels are open, so share your feelings at this time – share with your friends, your family, your loved ones. If you find yourself alone, have courage dear friend! Know that things will improve, and don’t lock up; reach out or go within, but know you are going to be ok. This is a time for all of us to to let this stuff out, collectively and individually – feel it, see it, and tell it – because in the telling, it becomes valid and real, and this becomes a starting point from which we can move forward on a better path. Even though it doesn’t always feel like it, we are all united on a heart level, and when we show ourselves, we grow. Love blooms and spreads, and it is love which will keep us afloat during these times of difficult and unusual change. Moving forward, the coming year will continue to present us with difficulties, but if we go forward in a spirit of togetherness, knowing that our hearts are united and that our circumstances are shared by our brother and sisters around the globe, we can take on these challenges with all success. Open up and share! Don’t be afraid. Let yourself feel it all deeply now, grab a bit of energy, set your house in order, and walk into the New Year with the awareness of preparation.

Aries: What does “home” mean to you, and how does that affect your career and your communications? Your social structure is rapidly transforming, and you feel more inspired than ever to connect with your tribe. Power struggles could emerge in your work life as you flex your ego. Keep it real.

Taurus: How you communicate takes on new meaning as you incorporate higher ideals. Deep changes occur as you feel empowered to take on a new public persona – you want to feel a new sense of power in how you are perceived. Move with it. Trouble rises when subconscious aggression clashes with your highest ideals; watch for nasty slips that cause some moral guilt.

Gemini: This time feels especially potent as what is most important to you becomes clearer. Trust your gut and talk it through. You are learning more each day, and it gives you a new sense of gravitas. Friends with benefits could try some power moves; keep yourself above the fray. Just keep talking.

Cancer: Who do you want to be? Who do you think you are? How are your relationships adding to your self image? What you share with others requires deep considerations, as new responsibilities arise. Tensions smolder in your public relations, and upheaval is a threat. Stay calm and discuss with the right people.

Leo: A good time to look at your subconscious motivations and any habits which may be obvious to others, but no so much to you. Open up to what lies just beyond your immediate grasp. Work allows a channel of communication with this stuff, and relationships bring a new sense of tension, which while initially uncomfortable, lend you a weightiness previously unfound. Philosophical exploration of power issues enlighten.

Virgo: Friendships and your connections with society are highlighted now, as you seek to find new routines and structures in your daily life. Issues of sexuality, and core beliefs about creativity, pleasure and productivity are undergoing renovation. Remember, sexuality doesn’t necessarily mean “doing it” – how do you live in your body, and where is your animal nature at? Don’t be afraid to roar.

Libra: Career issues are highlighted and the need to discuss your work at home focuses on how your creativity needs a new sense of purpose and seriousness. Home as a seat of power and command, and a not so subtle kick from partnerships lead to transformations in your understanding of pleasure and joy. Run with it.

Scorpio: You can feel more deeply in touch with your ideals, and more than willing to communicate this inspiration with those closest to you. A new sense of productivity and honor emerges on the home front, though you may feel intense pressure from established routine to find the best ways to rationalize these changes. Follow your heart!

Sagittarius: Shared resources are highlighted as you are willing to communicate your values with your closest partners. You find new depths in belonging, and you are at a point where you realize that your daily environment needs some deep restructuring. How you choose to find pleasure may not jive with what your value structure needs from you; a good time for re-evaluation of what is most important.

Capricorn: Close relationships are in the spotlight, as you find new modes of being and you want to discuss with those most important to you. Core values are up for restructuring, and a new sense of purpose must be considered. What you feel is most important to your sense of self meets tension on the home front, and it feels very personal. Look to shared values for insight.

Aquarius: All your little personal habits and routines are subject to review now. Look to what might be tripping you up subconsciously; tune into imagination and dreams for clues on how to progress. The very foundation of how you present yourself to the world is undergoing revision, so don’t be afraid to dig deep and keep what is most meaningful, and toss the rest. Lighten the load now!

Pisces: What gives you joy, and how you find pleasure is now highlighted. You feel the urge to create; don’t be afraid to reach out for feedback and support, your peeps are there for you and are willing to talk about it. Deep unconscious material will occupy your thoughts for some time to come. Don’t be afraid to realign yourself to reflect what really matters most to you. Go for it!

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Astrology: Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius

December 21, 2020’s Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in Aquarius is exact at 0º 28′, and occurs at 17:00 UT, (12:00 EST).


The next time these two planets conjoin in Aquarius, it will be 2080, where they come close to one another, within 1º, mid-March of that year, up to and including on the day of the Vernal Equinox. Also joining Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius that year will be modern ruler of the sign, Uranus, though the conjunction between the three never gets within less than a 3-4º orb.

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This next Jupiter/Saturn in Aquarius event, 60 years hence, will be beyond the lifetime of many of us alive today, though our children’s generations will certainly bear witness to those events. Pluto will be in Aries, and Neptune in Leo, so we can expect further transformation in how power is exerted and used, and the fundamental institutions of the military industrial complex to be subject to great scrutiny, and at the same time, glamorization of the military, weaponry and forces of power. The universality of the human experience, and how matters of “might makes right” will likely be undergoing rigorous change, as Jupiter/Saturn and Uranus in Aquarius ramp up to institute new measures of common human experience.


Interesting to consider!

Astrology: Happy Birthday Capricorn!

Sidney Hall, “Plate 25 of Urania’s Mirror (A familiar treatise on astronomy)”, etching, hand colored, London, 1825.


With the Winter Solstice today, in the Northern Hemisphere, (Summer Solstice in the South), the Sun moves into Capricorn and so defines the extremes of our experience, as we experience the shortest day/longest night or longest day/shortest night of the year, depending on where you live. This is Cardinal Earth, and the Saturn-ruled sign rules excellence in both ascension and profundity. In the North, we are as far away from the warming light of the Sun as possible, and we must resign ourselves to the cold, dark stillness of winter. Many people associate winter with Death, and indeed it can be a time of great fear; we have spent the bulk of the year preparing for possibly fatal circumstances that might arise from the frigid darkness of long winter nights – will we have enough, will we survive? In the South, this is the time of year that is hottest, brightest and most energizing. Nature is working towards its fullest expression of abundance, but with Saturn ruling this time, thoughts inevitably turn to autumn and preparations for the cold seasons ahead.

Capricorn is perhaps best represented by the slow yet unstoppable evolution of the Earth, the gradual shift of continents and mountains, islands springing from the seas, and the rocky cliffs against which crash the ever-churning oceans, the bookends of existence, all the solid structures responsible for defining our sense of physical reality. Look at architecture, roadworks, canals and public edifices and you will see the face of Capricorn looking back at you sustaining and demarcating our sense of space and time. We take for granted how our sense of time is defined by space, and yet, as humans, our days are spent going from here to there, from one place to the next. Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, Lord of Time and Matter is the one who defines our movements, ever building and placing new landmarks for us to absorb into our consciousness, never ceasing. Capricorn is all about the things that stretch above and behind us, above and below, the unacknowledged backdrops of our society, which we can never do without, and yet we completely take for granted until somehow these things are gone.


Capricorn is steady in the execution of power, for the Saturn-born always have a long view. Plans are meant to be achieved with care and patience, for in approaching the world with thorough consideration we achieve long-lasting success. Capricorn does not like to redo, let alone undo any already completed work, and so will ensure that accuracy is fundamental to any endeavor. While all this sounds like our Capricorn friends are all business, no pleasure, this is not entirely true. Yes, perhaps they prefer to spend their time in pursuits that allow them improvement, as any expenditure of time is considered a luxury to Capricorn, but who can blame them? These people understand the true preciousness of time, and the fact that our time here is cruelly limited. There will never be enough time to do everything that we want, so Capricorn chooses carefully and wisely. At best, Capricorn is shrewd, dependable, responsible, methodical, ambitious, practical, loyal, disciplined, cautious, patient, humorous, and at worst, Capricorn is snobbish, pessimistic, cold, fearful, rigid, miserly, unfriendly, insecure, and cruel.

It is often difficult for these folks to really let go and enjoy themselves, as their inner judge never sleeps and is always watching the clock. They can spiral into complete constriction, never moving forward, stubbornly sustaining what they already have, for as well as ruling time, Saturn also rules want, fear and insecurity. Loneliness and isolation are regular bedfellows for these people, and they accept this fate rather stoically, as they understand that there is more to life than always having a good time. They prefer to be the ones who leave the party early, knowing there are a few hours left in the evening that could be devoted to working on achieving their accomplishments, but if you really need them to be your safe drive home, they will stay and patiently wait, watching you as you make a fool of yourself. And if you are in real trouble – serious life problems – or even if you are just feeling a bit confused about your direction, find your Capricorn friends. They will quickly and dispassionately delineate your situation, and arrive at the most practical and successful plan. There will be no fuss, the plan might even involve using an accountant or a lawyer, but you can rest assured that in the long run, it will work, and you will have learned a valuable lesson that only Capricorn can teach – how to plan, how to be mature, how to take responsibility. They are usually right about these things, so suck it up and move on. While some Capricorns can be smug and superior about their abilities, most of the time, despite their icy self-discipline, they just love a good laugh, for these people are the masters of dry, sardonic humor. And in this, you just might learn another thing from Capricorn – sometimes, all you can do is laugh, because life’s a bitch, and then you die.


Capricorn is associated with amethyst, garnet, jet and black diamond, the plants flax, comfrey, hemp, henbane, ivy, all nightshades, and forests in general particularly old forests, as well as the deities Pan, Priapus, Bacchus and Cronus.
Famous Capricorn Personalities: Elvis Presley, Joan of Arc, Isaac Newton, Kim Jong-un, Woodrow Wilson, Al Capone, J. Edgar Hoover, Martin Luther King Jr., Louis Pasteur, Mohammed Ali, Johannes Kepler, David Bowie, Benedict Arnold, Tiger Woods, Henri Matisse, Hermann Goering, Stan Lee, J.R.R. Tolkien, Betty White, LeBron James, Stephen Hawking, Frank Kellogg, Anwar Sadat, Stephanie Meyer, Marlene Dietrich, Mel Gibson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kate Middleton, Dolly Parton, Justin Trudeau, Diane Keaton, Michelle Obama, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Kate Moss, Jimmy Page, Jared Kushner, David Lynch.

Capricorn David Bowie b. 8 January 1947 d. 10 January 2016.
Capricorn Kate Middleton, b. 9 January 1982.
Capricorn Kim Jong Un, b. 8 January 1984.

Astrology: Jupiter/Saturn Conjunction December 21, 2020 – The Age of Aquarius

Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem, The Fall of the Titans, 1596–1598 Wikipedia Commons

The Age of Aquarius has long been a topic of fascination, and mention of the phrase conjures images of free-loving hippies passing a bong and digging each other’s energy, full of hope and longing for a better future. Well, it seems the future has arrived, and the hopes and dreams of yesterday’s hippies are now ready and waiting for activation, provided we sort out a few administrative issues. The Grand Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius which everyone has been talking about is finally upon us. Saturn actually enters Aquarius today, December 17, 2020 and will stay in this sign until March 8, 2023. Jupiter joins Saturn in Aquarius on December 21, and will remain in Aquarius for approximately 1 year, until December 30, 2021. Not quite pertinent yet, but still associated with this grand conjunction is Pluto, who will move into Aquarius in 2024 thus sealing the deals we are brokering at this time (more on that another time).

This conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, though, is primarily significant for the fact that there has not been a conjunction of these two planets in such close proximity to Earth since 1683, when they were conjoined in Leo*. That was the era of Louis XIV, arguably one of the most kingly of kings (Leo), whose reign lasted longer than any monarch in history, even to this day. The reign of Louis XIV and his Ancien Régime embodied stupendous, gratuitous luxury, subjugation of the lower classes, the institution of serfdom, and the glorification of wealth, power and corruption. The forces that this inequity stirred ultimately resulted in a the French Revolution of 1789-1799, which is still spoken of in hallowed terms of bravery, courage, “Liberté, égalité et fraternité” (liberty, equality and brotherhood), particularly by a country whose radical societal changes were contemporary with the French Revolution, the United States of America. The Declaration of Independence date July 4, 1776, evoked only decades prior to the revolution in France, also relied heavily on idealistic principles of the unalienable rights of equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Much has changed since those centuries passed, though disturbingly, much remains the same, and we find ourselves on the threshold of even deeper changes to come. It is my estimation that we are in the midst of an era of revolution once again, albeit nascent days.

I believe that as a species, we are at a pivotal, evolutionary moment which will change how the world itself is conceived by humanity. Globalization is basically complete, and there is little that individual citizens of the world can do about it. This train has been in motion for hundreds of years, and is arriving at the station, as we have a global population that now finds itself incrementally sharing commonality more than defining differences, mundane politics aside. The impact of globalization on the collective psyche, particularly in the last 100 years, has been gargantuan, resulting in an evolutionary jump that might one day be compared to the discovery of fire, or the first use of stone tools. These changes are mostly due to advances in technology which have not only made former modes of living largely obsolete, but have also expanded our horizons to places previously considered impossible for even speculation. Technology, an Aquarian thing, has changed our behavior patterns in ways that will take decades, if not centuries to understand, but which are nonetheless powerfully and immediately relevant. Things that we do today – “googling”, “tweeting”, “online transactions”, “tracking”, “texting”, etc. – were simply not part of the human consciousness, let alone vocabulary at the beginning of the 20th century. Our capacity for comprehension is exponentially expanding as we are bombarded with ever more complex technology, and we will see this trend continue into the future. The human result of this exponential change is a required adjustment on a psychic, individual and collective level, as our innate beliefs reach new levels of transformation and re-establishment.

The human result of this exponential change is a required adjustment on a psychic, individual and collective level, as our innate beliefs reach new levels of transformation and re-establishment.

As Jupiter and Saturn meet in Aquarius, we see the sign that is primarily associated with technology, innovation, science, discovery and invention occupied by two of the biggest forces in our solar system. Jupiter is associated with expansion, wealth, idealism, religion and higher education, justice, law, fortune, and benevolence. It is called “The Greater Benefic”. Saturn, on the other hand, represents forces which could be called opposite to those of Jupiter, such as contraction, crystallization, coldness, austerity, misery, melancholy, old age and death. He is referred to as “The Greater Malefic”. The combined astrological force of Jupiter and Saturn speak of the urge to excellence and expansion combined with restriction, minimization, insecurity and overriding desire for perfection in execution. Jupiter wants to fly away, expand and make everything bigger, better, more fantastic, while Saturn wants to halt, contract, restrain and inhibit. As such, these energies, while respectful of each other, do not necessarily combine well. There is a push-pull effect, a two steps forward, one step back sort of motion. Working these two energies together well requires great consideration, attention, and effort, requiring an acknowledgement of motives, limitations and capacities.

In Aquarius, the combination of Jupiter and Saturn is particularly pertinent in the arena of “the world at large”, as Aquarius rules society, fraternity, friendship, science, innovation, technology, the internet, invention, space exploration and associated concepts. As Jupiter and Saturn move deeper into the sign, I believe that we will see ever-expanding systems of technological architecture spreading across the planet, further unifying and universalizing human/technological interface experiences. A person in Thailand can ostensibly have the same interface relationship with their technological devices as someone in Peru, or Egypt, or Chicago or Moscow. This is astonishing, as we are transcending barriers of culture and ascribing to the new culture of technology. Technology is borderless, and knows no tribal affiliation – it is universal, a tool for all . Metrics and algorithms have been established which are recognized as common across the human experience, and which are highly effective predictors for human behavior, as well as shaping the direction of human behavior.

This last point is something of particular concern, as in the wrong hands, the tools of technology could have potentially disastrous effects on the future of humanity. Now, we can spin into conspiracy, we can discuss the mysterious origins of the technology that we are using, etc. to varying degrees of agreement and satisfaction, but the fact of the matter is, we are rapidly approaching an epoch of transhumanism, where the interface between human and machine ultimately becomes something almost organic, or at least as close to organic as one can get when discussing AI, technology, and manufactured products. This is pure Saturnian energy – giving structure to revelation, embodying pure science in reality. What we will see in coming years is an attempt at fully globalized systems administration (again Saturn) which go beyond the accidental power that was attained by big tech companies that currently rule the internet. The more or less secret controls that have been used by tech companies, the information that is bought and sold in the background by those with vested interests in market control, will become commonplace knowledge, and as a population we will need to shape these newly emerging power structures openly, and will full disclosure, implementing practical, helpful solutions to lift humanity up accordingly.

“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.”

Maximilien Robespierre, 1792.

Despite all the many ways this scenario could spiral into a totalitarian nightmare (and again, this is a very real consideration as we now move forward into a new decade that will be dominated by revolutionary Pluto in Aquarius), we are still talking about humanity, and the nice thing about humans is that by and large, humans are well-intentioned. We certainly have our fair share of psychopaths, dictators, and those whose tendencies run to the cruel and unusual, but for the most part, humans are motivated by love, and by the spirit of doing the right thing. This motivation prevails so long as we are not manipulated into complacency and existential confusion, and this is currently the big danger, and a possible result of the deep structural, psychic and psychological changes that humanity is facing. Looking at the overall chart of this Jupiter/Saturn conjunction, sentiments run towards the taking the high road, and there seems to be a collective awareness and acceptance that “we are messed up and have to fix it”. We want to heal, we want to participate in the healing process, and we are energized to do so. What we need to hold onto, moving forward into this next decade, is that motivation to do right, to do good, or at the very least, to do no harm. We need to construct new parameters which acknowledge the realities of technology and its presence in our lives, while maintaining our personal quests for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. A tall order to be sure, but now that we are a global family, there are that many more hands to help, ears to hear and eyes to see what needs doing.

Our collective emotional reaction to all this change is confusion, and a pressing sense that we will be swamped by it all. There is a deep feeling of terrifying chaos at work in the collective, a pervading sense of “something is wrong, I don’t know, and I am scared”. We can’t really see what is happening, but we can feel it, very deep down. Levels of anxiety are skyrocketing, and for those not used to having deep psychological buttons pressed, there is eruption of anger, violence, denial and projection seeking to lay blame. This too is part of the process, as we work towards an evolutionary lift, raising our internal capacity to make sense of previously collective material. The collective IS pressing down on us, but it behooves us as individuals to press back, grab hold and reorganize things in order to maintain optimal survival, and ultimately, peace. We are all tasked now to usher in this “Age of Aquarius”, and we have on hand many highly capable tools of survival. The Sun/Mercury/Midheaven conjunction in Capricorn at the top of this chart speaks of the executive capacity for communicating, vision building, planning and manifesting what is needed – to build a world that acknowledges all comers, justly, dispassionately, and equitably. Transformation lies in the very midst of what we know as society, and the power structures that lurk within. The energy for positive change is available, we just need to keep our motivations real and strive for the best that we can be, both individually and collectively.

*Here’s a good article on the science behind the event: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/jupiter-and-saturns-great-conjunction-is-the-best-in-800-years-heres-how-to-see-it/

Chart courtesy of astro.com