The beginning of something has significance, and what happens in the sky relates to what happens on Earth. The process of individuation involves working with the personal planets, moving through the asteroid belt, then on to the trends of the social planets, with Saturn as the first level of boundary. Balancing the benefits of these key ingredients, and moving through the acculturated limitations allows the crossing of the Centaur bridge where Chiron leads to the transpersonal planets, with Pluto as the second level boundary. These are challenging bodies, requiring awakening, flow, and presence before integration and groundedness push out to the new level boundary, Sedna. Understanding these dynamic energies, as demonstrated through the ever-changing cosmic weather, allows a greater ability to live connected to purpose and meaning.
The Sun is the Invincible Spirit. So great is this universal wonder that it must come in small doses, distributed as it travels around the Zodiac over the course of a year. The Sun's position symbolizes the active presence of the Divine. The Sun entered Sagittarius on November 22, 2019 and moves deeper now into south declination. This is the time of bursting forth with the urge for freedom, merriment, and adventure, which we see mirrored in the holiday season now squarely upon us.
The Moon is the Receiver. As the Sun energizes her, she receives and moves through her angular relationship with him over the course of the month. She delights in shape-shifting. She delights in the repetitive ebb and flow from night to day, from New to Full in predictable sequence. She delights in being able to portray the Sun's invincible spirit through her silver light. We see this dance every month, beginning at the New Moon, timed for the Moon's alignment with the Sun. The soul connects with spirit. The November New Moon occurs on Tuesday November 26, 2019, at 10:06 am Eastern at 4+ Sagittarius. The Sabian Symbol for this position reads as follows: High on an old tree, a solitary owl is gravely perched. Messages from the Galactic Center have been loud, and we continue to wrestle with balancing restrictions and transformations, ideals and dreams, and unexpected surprises in the process of building transcendent structures through 2020.
Jupiter will soon be leaving Sagittarius, while Saturn, Neptune continue to hold dignity. Uranus has reclaimed its stronghold in Taurus. Saturn and Pluto will join up with the Sun on Jan. 13, 2020 at 22 degrees Capricorn on the node of Saturn, with Jupiter not far behind. On a mundane level, the pressure is being applied to the US Pluto position of 27 + Capricorn. Opportunities for change abound as the business of leadership and the socio-political-economic structures whirl into the vortex of evolution. The body, soul, and spirit require endurance, as the emphasis is on building transcendent structures, however that manifests internally or externally.
THE ECLIPSE SEASON
Eclipse energies remain active and sensitive months before or months after, and can be touched off at various times before or after the actual event. There is a zig-zag pattern to eclipses, suggesting resonances at different levels of consciousness. If you have planetary placements at the degrees, you can expect some reverberations. The degrees of 15 CP25, 0 LE 52, 10 CN 38, and 24 CP 04 have been highlighted in 2019 so far. The next eclipse season begins in December. The dates for 2020 are listed below:
- December 26, 2019 Annular Solar 4 CP 07 After: March 22, 2020.
- January 10, 2020 Appulse Lunar 20 CN 00 Before: May 4-5, 2019
- June 5, 2020 Appulse Lunar 15 SG 34 After: March 1, 2021
- June 21, 2020 Annular Solar 00 CN 22 Before: April 25-26, 2020
- July 5, 2020 Appulse Lunar 13 CP 38 Before: Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2019
- November 30, 2020 Appulse Lunar 8 GE 38 After: August 6, 2021
- December 14, 2020 Total Solar 23 SG 08 Before: Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2020
Mercury has 3-4 Retrograde (Rx) cycles every year, each lasting approximately 3 weeks, and each offering a period of reflection, recalibration, revision, and resolution, as Mercury and the Sun exchange the message of a particular degree of the Zodiac. Mercury's Rx periods for 2020 are: February 16 (12 + PI)-March 9; June 17 (14 + CN)-July 11; and October 13 (11 + SC)-November 3. Not far from the Sun, currently, Mercury is Direct at 14 SC 16.
The Venus cycle is complex and mysterious, beginning while Retrograde as an Evening Star, moving through conjunctions with the Sun, and shifting from Evening Star to Morning Star, and back. It allows Venus to recalibrate her relationship to the Sun. When an Evening Star--calm, mature, settled, and knowing her brilliance, as Venus is best seen outside the clutch of the Sun--she begins her new cycle. We are currently in the Venus cycle that began at the retrograde October 5, 2018 at 10 Scorpio 50. Here Venus is at her detriment, not particularly social, but diving deep to weigh out the work of Jupiter's journey through Scorpio in 2018. Currently, Venus is a Direct Evening Star. When the Sun sets, Venus becomes visible, shining brilliantly for the next few months. She will begin her new cycle on May 13, 2020, when she turns Rx at 21 + Gemini. She met up with Jupiter at the Galactic Center on Sunday November 24, 2019 and has now moved into Capricorn, where she will meet up with Saturn and Pluto (December 12-13, 2019).
Mars will have a Rx cycle in September-November, 2020 at 28 + AR. Mars is currently at 4 Scorpio. In an opposition with Uranus, the tough guys are sparring. Unpredictable action is the name of the game. Mars moves into Sagittarius on January 3, 2020.
Jupiter is in its own sign of Sagittarius until December 3. Jupiter has passed through the Galactic Center (27 + Sagittarius) November 19-23. With profound cosmic messaging, the truth willed out in the quest for truth and freedom. The move into Capricorn will bring Jupiter into alignment with Pluto in late March, as Saturn sojourns out of his own sign into Aquarius, and early November, 2020 just prior to joining Saturn in Aquarius at the Winter Solstice, 2020.
Saturn is at home now, in the earthy, grounded sign of Capricorn. Saturn reveals that practicalities are necessary, with solid structures to be built methodically through time and karmic resolution. Now Direct, Saturn has moved past the conjunction with the South Node, and is moving toward the conjunction with Pluto. On January 13, 2020, this duo at 22 + degrees, near Saturn's own nodes (23 + Cancer-Capricorn) will be joined by the Sun. We may then begin to see authentic effort rewarded. Saturn then moves into Aquarius on March 21, 2020, two days after the Spring Equinox. This significant ingress at the significant degree portends the true dawning of the Age of Aquarius, long awaited since 1968.
URANUS, NEPTUNE, PLUTO, and the NORTH NODE: Twists and Turns
The outer planets push us toward the transpersonal realm of consciousness. The twists and turns of these bodies facilitate our evolution, sometimes disturbing peace of mind. Uranus, the Awakener, currently Rx at 2 +Taurus, completes 2019 at 2 degrees, turning D on January 11, 2020. Uranus will remain in the sign of Taurus for the next 7 years. We are waking up now to the issues of the earth.
Nebulous Neptune, bringing the vicissitudes of the tides forward, is now Rx at 16 + Pisces. D on November 27, Neptune's ethereal nature continues to dissolve and reshape kaleidescopic vision.
Unequivocal Pluto is currently D. Changes will continue to take form, as Saturn and Pluto join forces in January, 2020, and fortify transcendent structures.
Rudhyar described the nodal line as a fateful space. The transiting North Node of the Moon continues its Rx motion on the Cancer-Capricorn polarity. The North Node is currently at 8+ degrees Cancer. The nodal line is actively purifying all that is not truly authentic. The various plays of the outer planets have been driving home the need to release entrenched, enmeshed patterns, integrate transpersonal energies, and expand the limits of what is possible.
SEDNA lies beyond Saturn's Chaldean boundary, and beyond Pluto's transpersonal boundary. As the new outermost planet in our solar system, Sedna represents a new boundary, a new world order, one related to a spiritual evolutionary consciousness. Sedna is moving Rx at 27+ Taurus, at the Pleiades/Seven Weeping Sisters Fixed Star Cluster (29 degrees of Taurus). The Seven Sisters have something to cry about: pouring into consciousness is the idea that the greatest problems plaguing the earth right now are climate, food, and health. Sedna moves into Gemini in 2024.