Astrology: Happy New Year 2022

Guercino, ‘Atlas Holding Up the Celestial Globe,’ oil on canvas, Italy, 1646.

Each year on January 1, we are greeted with the serious face of Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, and everyone, like it or not, takes stock on this day. It’s usually a somber time, for even if we have much to celebrate, Saturn likes to elbow in and say his piece, ensuring we prepare to fulfill our duties for the year ahead. However somber, this is also a time of great promise and hope, for it is only through commitment, hard work, and focus that we can accomplish anything, and it is at this time that these positive, useful energies are in abundance, more than at any other point in the year. I like to look at the chart of the New Year as a marker of the overall tone of the year to come, and we see that 2022 is chock full of intensity.

The overall theme of this year is passionate, concentrated intensity. Pluto is conjoined with Mercury and Venus in Capricorn indicating that what we hold dear is being considered and understood with great profundity. As we look back on a year that has been universally trying, we feel compelled to consider what we hold most important in life, and people are willing to dig deep and really embrace their desires and reflections in a practical manner. 

The Moon and Mars are conjoined in Sagittarius, and there is a bright, active philosophical tone to emotion.  We want progress, we feel hope, and we are enthusiastically broadminded, open to learning more about the world around us – even if it only involves our local neighborhood.  Some might feel scrappy or self righteous, particularly when faced with Saturn and Uranus as they maintain their travelling square, but by now, the sense of constraint that has gripped the world since early 2021 feels like old hat. More and more, people are willing to work with societal situations, making the best of looming restrictions, rules and regulations.  There is a feeling of supported empowerment in the air.

However, there is also a tendency to feel confused or overwhelmed at times, as Neptune squares the Moon/Mars conjunction, and what is defined as truth these days seems to be a moving target.  No matter, as a lovely Sun/Uranus trine gives a strong sense of wanting to do better, making people readily able to find innovative solutions to improving their lives day by day. There is an emerging sense of universal agreement that what is practical must be the rule of the day – very Capricorn – and a strong sense of push back is at play, as pointing out inconsistencies proposed by authorities and bureaucracy is the new norm all around. The voice of the individual speaking the truth of the many takes on new power, and we will see this theme become more important over the next year, particularly as Jupiter dances back and forth between Pisces and Aries over the coming months. Don’t be afraid to speak up if something bothers you – it’s likely that you are voicing what many people may be too shy to say.

2022 also begins with a New Moon on January 2, at 12º20’ Capricorn, and it promises to be a tender time, as the Sun/Moon conjunction squares Chiron, the wounded one.  This energy underlines the intense Mercury/Venus/Pluto conjunction as people are willing to examine and accept things that cannot be changed, and work at finding practical solutions to living with things which feel perpetually sensitive.  While not light-hearted, the executive power of Saturn available now makes this a perfect time to work on establishing our visions in reality.  If you have any plans drifting on the sidelines, pull them out and put them into motion.  Also, if you have any lingering problems – be they lifestyle, career, health or relationship issues – this is the most effective point of the year to hash things out, examine the pros and cons of your situations and consider what positive changes you want to see actualized.  Saturn, while often dour, is truly the best friend we can have, for without his guidance and foresight, very little can be accomplished.  Use the power available now to manifest your dreams in their most perfect form and let 2022 be your best year ever.

New Year January 1, 2022 Greenwich UK, 0:00 UT

January sees Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius, squaring Saturn and Uranus. Communications, paperwork and official matters will confound, but commitment to discipline will help clarify. Intensity in action puts dreams within reach.

February Mercury turns direct just before a sizzling Venus/Mars conjunction on Valentine’s Day. Discipline gets bumped by innovations, and watch for surprises in serious conversations, commitment and promises by month’s end.

March and April will prove to be a particularly intense months, and the Equinox in particular will feel a little hairy as Mercury, Venus and Mars are all involved in close contact with the heavy hitters Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Deep intensity, tensions and potentially explosive stressors will feel gnarly. Emotions are ready for deep work, beware of inflating desires.

May sees surprises as the Sun conjoins Uranus and squares Saturn. It will feel like an uphill battle as new constraints emerge, though powers of concentration will be flowing. Mid-end month will feel sensitive as hurt feelings want expression. Watch for tall tales from the 15th on.

June sees Mercury Retrograde from the 3rd the 26th and communications and travel will feel hard going mid-month. Make duplicate copies and write things down to be sure. Surprising pleasures lead to some remorse and power struggles by end of month. Keep a lid on it and save the embarrassment.

July is intense but vibrant and will prove to be a breath of fresh air in a year of contradictions. Go with the flow and enjoy the ride, but watch for aggressors at month’s end. Arguments and accidents arise from careless rushing and pushing. Be careful and be safe.

August flows with Leo’s passion, though beware of jarring surprises during the first week. Love affairs and obsessions could arise mid-month, and communication feels intense and drenched in mystery (or confusion!) Overindulgence mid-month spells remorse by month’s end. Remember Leo dignity and Virgo analysis and you’ll be fine.

September brings another Mercury retrograde, and loss of objectivity prevails mid-month. Passion runs high as dreaminess seeks to overcome reason. Personal empowerment holds the line – fix what’s been bothering you once and for all while the opportunity is there.

October sees Mercury, Saturn and Pluto turn Direct, while Mars moves Retrograde, and Retrograde Jupiter dips back into Pisces. The churning feels like revolving doors, as people mince words and hedge around the truth, which could lead to forcing issues by the 20th. A grand trine between conjoined Sun/Venus, Mars and Saturn allows for either free-flowing communication or floaty hot air. Maybe some tension’s not so bad after all.

November’s pressures could push things to a head and Jupiter turning Direct by month’s end feels like a gust of power blowing through and releasing tensions. The Full Moon feels romantic and grounded, but Retrograde Mars stymies action, requiring reconsideration of plans. Desire butts up against uncertainty as we race towards year end.

December begins with a sense of confusion, and if you feel like people aren’t listening, you are probably right. To frustrate matters, Mars is still Retrograde, and Mercury turns retrograde at month’s end. Jupiter moves back into Aries which feels powerful, Neptune turns Direct unlocking trapped dreams, and the end of the year finds us ready to celebrate, release and start the whole cycle again – one more time, with feeling!

Note: For this year, I will be posting monthly sign-by-sign reviews on the Full Moon. While the New Moon is the beginning of the lunar month, I have found that the power of the Full Moon is apprehended more strongly. The New Moon is a good time to start on new paths if required, seeding nascent manifestations (much like the beginning of the New Year), while the Full Moon is a time to take stock of what you have to work with in the here and now. The light of the Full Moon allows us to reflect, fulfill, create, release, cleanse, dispense with what is unnecessary, and see personal meaning and circumstance with maximum clarity. Essentially, more light is available for us to see during a Full Moon, and that increased light allows a greater conscious connection with personal power, and with the world around us.

Thank you for reading. Blessings to all for 2022!

Astrology: Planetary Events 2022

Lunar Eclipses:

April 30, 2022 – 20:29 UT, 15:29 EDT, New Moon Eclipse – 10º 28′ Taurus

May 16, 2022 – 4:15 UT/May 15, 2022 23:15 EDT, Full Moon Eclipse – 25º 18′ Scorpio

October 25, 2022 – 10:50 UT, 5:50 EDT, New Moon Eclipse – 2º 00′ Scorpio

November 8, 2022 – 11:03 UT, 6:03 EST, Full Moon Eclipse – 16º 01′ Taurus

For a list of all New and Full Moon events see: Lunar Events 2022

Solar Events:

March Equinox – March 20, 2022 15:35 UT, 10:35 EST, Sun moves into Aries

June Solstice – June 21, 2022 9:15 UT, 4:15 EDT, Sun moves into Cancer

September Equinox – September 23, 2022 1:05 UT (September 22, 2022 20:05 EDT) Sun moves into Libra

December Solstice – December 21, 2022 21:49 UT (16:49 EST) Sun moves into Capricorn


Retrograde January 14, 2022 – 10º18’ Aquarius

Direct February 4, 2022 – 24º23’ Capricorn

Exits Shadow – February 24, 2022.

Retrograde May 4, 2022 – 4º50’ Gemini

Direct June 2, 2022 – 26º50’ Taurus

Exits Shadow – June 19, 2022

Retrograde September 10, 2022 – 8º55’ Libra

Direct October 2, 2022 – 24º12’ Virgo

Exits Shadow – October 17, 2022

Retrograde December 29, 2022 – 24º20’ Capricorn

Direct January 18, 2023 – 8º9’ Capricorn

Exits Shadow – February 7, 2023


Venus Retrograde December 21, 2021 – 26º29′ Capricorn

Venus direct January 29, 2022 – 11º4′ Capricorn


Mars enters 2022 at 13º5′ Sagittarius

Mars Retrograde October 30, 2022 – 25º37′ Gemini

Mars Direct January 12, 2023 – 8º8′ Gemini


Jupiter enters Pisces on December 30, 2021

Jupiter enters 2022 at 0º33′ Pisces

Jupiter enters Aries on May 11, 2022

Jupiter Retrograde August 2, 2022 – 8º41’ Aries 

Jupiter re-enters Pisces October 29, 2022

Jupiter Direct November 23, 2022 – 28º48’ Pisces, leaving the shadow zone on February 14, 2023

Jupiter re-enters Aries December 21, 2022


Saturn enters 2022 at 11º54’ Aquarius

Saturn Retrograde June 4, 2022 – 25º15’ Aquarius

Saturn Direct October 23, 2022 – 18º53’ Aquarius


Uranus enters 2022 in Retrograde at 10º57’ Taurus

Uranus Direct January 18, 2022 – 10º49′ Taurus

Uranus Retrograde August 24 – 18º55’ Taurus

Uranus Direct January 22, 2023-  14º56’ Taurus.


Neptune enters 2022 at 20º40’ Pisces

Neptune Retrograde June 28 –  25º26’ Pisces

Neptune Direct December 3 – 22º38’ Pisces


Pluto enters 2022 at 25º56’ Capricorn

Pluto Retrograde April 29 – 28º35’ Capricorn

Pluto Direct October 8, 2022 – 26º6’ Capricorn

For a list of 2022 New Moons, Full Moons and Eclipses, please click here: Moon Phases and Eclipses 2022

Astrology: Full Moon in Gemini December 18/19, 2021

Joachim Wtewael, La Bataille entre les dieux et les titans (The Battle Between the Gods and the Titans), oil on copper, Netherlands, 1600. Art Institute of Chicago.

The last Full Moon of 2021 occurs at 4:36 UT December 19 (23:36 EST December 18, 2021). This is a Full Moon in the last decan of Gemini (which colors this Gemini Moon with Fixed Air or Aquarian energy) exact at 27º 29’, and the Sabian Symbol for this degree is: “A man declared bankrupt.”  For those not familiar with the Sabian Symbols, the system was created by astrologer Dr. Marc Edmund Jones in 1953, and they are a set of evocative images applied to each degree of the zodiac. They are striking, intricate and multi-layered and add an interesting element to chart interpretation.

So then:  “A man declared bankrupt.” What an apt image for the end of a year that has found the world staggering under the COVID-19 pandemic and all the economical, social and political fall-out it has brought. Many individuals and businesses have lost their established livelihood as the constraints of the pandemic have left their work obsolete or impossible to maintain with pre-pandemic methods. Add to this the rolling climatic events that are gripping the globe, with increasingly dangerous storms and wildfires destroying established communities, forcing people to rebuild at a time when they should be celebrating. We also have rampant moral bankruptcy that must be addressed.  The pandemic, while completely decimating so many, has also served as a boon to opportunists, those inclined to profit from the calamity that has befallen society.  Previously defined lines of morality have been blurred and greedy raider mentality has free reign during this time of indefinite circumstances with ill-defined rules and regulations. The morality displayed by our governments, while usually dubious at best, is now teetering on the edge of collapse as global power structures rapidly shift, deeming presupposed notions of hierarchy no longer valid. 2021 has been a very intense year, and there is much sorrow sitting on the planet right now – remember this holiday to say a prayer for those in need, those who have lost their lives, and the families that struggle without them. 

This Full Moon in Gemini is complicated, and its energy will punctuate any holiday celebrations over the coming weeks as we approach the New Moon on January 2, 2022.  Be cautious during gatherings as there is an overall sense of smoldering aggression in the air, and a readiness to jump to militant tendencies to prove a point.  The Moon and Sun are constellated in a wide T-square to Neptune in Pisces, adding an irksome sense of confusion, and an inability to pin down the ever-elusive concept of truth.  Questions of personal values are polarized against the need to recognize the emotional requirements of others, but communication will be unclear, despite people feeling quite philosophical and willing to discuss their issues. Venus and Pluto conjoined in Capricorn indicate that people are seeking tangible manifestations of power, and a heightened desire for structure and authority, but the continuing square between Saturn and Uranus indicate that any attempts at the establishment of control are going to be punctuated by potentially explosive tension, a constant cat-and-mouse feeling of needing stability that is undermined by a desire for change and innovation. Jupiter lends a hand by allowing a sense of levity and breadth to the talkative Gemini Moon and the gregarious Sagittarius Sun, allowing the free flow of idealism and an overall need to “do the right thing,” but we have the danger of self-righteousness creeping in as people can get proud about enforcing their favorite rules and theories – there will be a lot of bickering around the holiday dining table about things like vaccinations, for instance, as folks get together perhaps for the first holiday in over two years, and are just busting to share their opinions, for better or for worse.  The good thing is that after all we’ve been through, people have come to a greater global understanding, and most are sincerely willing to pitch in and help, though everyone wants to see the sense of overriding danger kept in check – somehow. Overall, this is a high-energy, idealistic, potentially explosive but communicative time.  Think carefully before getting into any big discussions, but enjoy this holiday season – there is much good will in the air right now, so stay positive and do your best to avoid arguing!  

Sign by sign:

Aries: This Full Moon the focus is on how you communicate your philosophy of life, how you feel about issues of higher learning, and how the idea of God and personal spirituality impacts your immediate environment.  This holiday season will likely see you involved in deep discussions with siblings or neighbors. Intense concentration smolders around career – be careful not to let thoughts become obsessive, though you may find that you have a definite magnetism right now, as you come across as powerful, even sexy on the career front. Social issues feel serious as you strive to circulate with those older and wiser.  Self-image is a work in progress, and may feel tender. Allow yourself to have a lovely, dreamy holiday, and remember to keep it light.

Taurus:  This Full Moon taps into your deepest concerns about how the power of others affects what you value, your deepest sense of security and personal ownership.  You will be feeling quite philosophical and willing to explore the bigger picture in considerable depth.  Career and public image feels serious as you strive to express your highest ideals as representative of who you really are, and plunging into the depths feels sexy and a bit dangerous. Allow yourself to swim in those waters, for it is in the darkest recesses that you can reveal the light that guides you. You might be inspired to try a new look to bolster your persona – go for it!

Gemini:  Who are you Gemini?  This is your focus for this Full Moon. Partnerships, close friendships and rivalries offer you a mirror to help determine how it is you are presenting yourself to the world. All of this self-reflection can feel a bit heavier than you are normally comfortable with; beware of compulsion driving you to places that may not be healthy.  Home life allows you the venue to show your true colors, while you may feel a bit murky about career matters.  Do the stage rehearsal for family and friends before letting the cat out of the bag at work. Social life may be tender now; work with it, it’s healing.

Cancer:  This last Full Moon of 2021, dive deep into the depths of your subconscious mind.  Now is the time to dream, meditate, cast your spells, and discover how old thoughts and memories, and those things deeply buried may be impacting how effective you are in navigating the challenges of your daily life.  Could it be that you have certain compulsions, habits or preconceived notions that may be hindering your effectiveness in the work setting, or your personal health regimen?  Now’s the perfect time to suss this stuff out.  Relationships are hot right now, and romance feels right as you share your dreams with those closest to you but, watch out for compulsive behavior, as the resulting power plays could prove highly sobering.  Friends surprise, and career feels tender. Communicate with those you value most, it’s a good time to unburden yourself of heavy secrets that might be holding you back.

Leo:  The spotlight is on your creativity, and where you draw your highest levels of inspiration.  What propels you, what guides you, who do you look to as your personal muse?  It may just be the larger forces of society prompting you to be the best that you can be, and that’s a wonderful thing, for by focusing on the bigger picture, your personal creativity gets that much better defined.  Surprises appear on the career front, but you are in for a nice time of rest and recuperation this lunar cycle, particularly if you have been feeling poorly, stressed or otherwise compromised.  An overhaul is in order, and if you want to break any bad habits, the force is with you now. Deeper motivations and power plays in relationships elude you, and watch for deceptions in finances – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably really is.

Virgo:  The spotlight for this Full Moon is on the relationship between career and home life.  A good time to sort out details that may have been sticking points for a while.  You are feeling serious about health, personal and daily work habits, but don’t be glum, for the discipline you need is now available.  Watch for nagging healthy issues cropping up, but if they do, know that you have the power available to overcome after a few adjustments.  Creativity, romance and fun take a sexy turn – be wild, Virgo. It’s looking like this could be a spicy holiday, but beware letting your head run away with your heart.  Surprising inspirations come from higher learning, and if you feel like talking about it (and you will) go for it. You’ve got the ear of someone important.

Libra:  The focus this last Full Moon of 2021 is on your deepest personal philosophies. Now is the time to review what is most important to you, what inspires and guides you, and own how it is you like to communicate, no judgements, just truth.  You will feel a strong urge to make your ideals real, grounding and owning the inspirations you find in the recesses, at the edges, and in the nether-regions that many are too shy to face. Relationships feel tender as you plumb the depths, and you seek to find gravitas in your creations. Career is on the backburner, but you may find solutions to gnarly problems in your dreams. Keep your dream journal close at hand, and be open to active imagination.

Scorpio:  This Full Moon hits you where the sun don’t shine, causing you to dive deep and ask the question “What’s that worth to me actually?”  Values tangle with your various commitments, leaving you to reflect on issues of personal power versus what’s expected of you, otherwise known as duty.  Creativity is inspiring, and romance can feel dreamy, but surprises may arrive in partnerships.  Work circumstances and old ancestral duties bring serious sentiments and considerations can leave you feeling tender as the same old stuff keeps coming around.  A profound discussion in your immediate environment stirs compulsive communication patterns and recurring thoughts. If you feel like fighting, take a breather and keep it nice. It may not seem worth it tomorrow.

Sagittarius:  Partnerships and self-definition are the key themes for you this Full Moon.  Meditate on how home life and career are working or not working with what you need for self-definition at this time.  Is it all about them, or all about you? How to get the balance right? New innovations in the workplace, perhaps the arrival or departure of co-workers or routines can be inspiring and lead to greater efficiency in communications, while seeming troublesome at the outset.  This holiday season, Sagittarius wants luxury, and only the finest gifts will satisfy you.  Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want, you are likely to get exactly what you wish for.

Capricorn:  Capricorn, what you value is serious longevity, and you don’t want to see any superficial fluff flying around this Full Moon.  Your persona feels deeply passionate, and only intensity will satisfy you now.  The spotlight is on personal habits, health care and how old skeletons in the closet are messing with your sense of well-being.  Time to evict those old bones – don’t be afraid to purge what you don’t need. If you find yourself caught in a loop, and you can’t quite understand it, you’re probably working under a compulsion.  Study it, it’s ready for dissection, and be willing to leave behind what doesn’t work for you any longer. When one door closes, another one opens – it really is true. Romance and creativity are ripe with inspiration now – share your dreams and visions, you are connected to big things.

Aquarius:  This Full Moon shines a light on the connection between your creativity, your highest ideals and how you put yourself out into the world. As you rummage through the depths of known experience, your urge to communicate feels a bit tender, and rightly so. You are in uncharted waters Aquarius, but be bold and lead the way for others to follow.  Your persona is oscillating between somber and jovial, but your value system is inspired, even if tangible proof seems elusive right now. Your subconscious mind can provide a gold mine of rewards, be open and pay attention to dreams and visions, quiet manifestations and messages. You may be receiving more than you know.

Pisces:  Dear Pisces, it’s been a year, hasn’t it? This Full Moon highlights your home and how your public image impacts on who you are in your private moments.  You are putting yourself out there with great verve (even if all you do is visit the grocery store, mind you!)  Ask yourself – how does your public persona impact who you are in your most private moments?  Your identity is ever shifting, and what you value feels a bit tender as you realize that old ways need to be revised in order for you to move forward.  Watch for surprising communication from those closest to you, and be ready to revolutionize your social scene, what inspires you, and your biggest hopes and dreams.  Subconscious stuff can feel heavier than usual, watch for strangely upsetting Freudian slips or blurting things out that you may regret later.

PS: For anyone interested in Sabian Symbols, astrologer Lynda Hill has been working with the Sabian Symbols for decades and has a great website with a very fun instant oracle feature. Find it here: Sabian Symbols

Full Moon in Gemini, December 19, 2021, 4:36 UT, Prime Meridian at Greenwich, UK. Chart courtesy of