Happy New Year

We have now left 2015 behind and have moved into 2016 according to the Gregorian calendar.The true keeper of time on planet earth is marked by the movements of the planets of our solar system and on an “energetic” level the energy of a new year would start with the first New Moon of the year.

2016 is getting off to an interesting start on a planetary level. The first New Moon of 2016 is on January 9th in the sign of Sagittarius. Additionally, Mercury will go retrograde in the friendly sign of Capricorn on January 5th and the Nodal points move into Leo/Aquarius on January 8th. As we all know we are living through historical times of change along with all of the challenges presented during pivotal time periods. The history is not yet written for these times but it does seem as if 2016 is offering its changes early in the year.

As we return to our daily “after the holiday routine” the energy of the New Moon along with Mercury’s impending retrograde motion may cause our physical and mental energy to be lower than we would like for the beginning of a new year. It is best to not overload our days and to move with the slower energy because just as we can’t reverse the tides of the ocean we can’t really change the energy of the motion or placements of the planets.

Mercury being retrograde simply means it is closer to earth and there is no reason to panic or expect the worst from the retrograde. The energy of a retrograde planet is felt the strongest around the days of the beginning of the retrograde (the 5th) and the end of the retrograde (the 25th). It is those few days when it is best to avoid signing contracts or ignoring the possibilities of travel delays as we set up travel plans or appointments.
Mercury is well-placed in Capricorn and with Saturn making an aspect from Scorpio onto his own sign of Capricorn the period from the 5th to the 25th is excellent for editing or reassessing plans and contracts.

The bigger news is the switch of the Nodal/Eclipse points of Rahu/Ketu from Virgo/Pisces to Leo/Aquarius. The eclipse points change approximately every eighteen months and tend to have a fairly large impact on the world as well as on individual lives. Rahu and Ketu play a role in our karma and tend to bring changes, surprises and confusion into our lives. They work along with the planet Saturn to uncover the truth of our being much like the pressure that is brought upon carbon as it is being transformed into a diamond.

Rahu and Ketu are leaving the signs of Virgo and Pisces on the 8th. Those who have charts with either of those signs prominent have experienced challenges and changes in their lives in the past eighteen months. Ketu has been in Pisces the sign ruling ideals, religion, oil, drugs and media. The past eighteen months has seen challenges and changes to our religious institutions, our news media has reached new levels of distrust, oil prices continue to plummet, America has been forced to face up to drug addiction in “respectable” communities and far too many people have lost sight of higher ideals. Ketu can be harsh in handing out truth.

Rahu has been in Virgo the sign of health, retail sales and detail. While Virgo rules health in general it is also specific to the intestinal area of the body along with a secondary influence over digestion. As we reach the end of this time period it is notable that the general public is being advised that the digestion system is important to the immune system and more attention is now being paid to keeping one’s digestion strong and in balance.

As Ketu ripped away the veil hiding the fact that addiction is not only a problem of urban areas we are witnessing Rahu introducing society to the need to move away from jailing drug addicts and looking for ways of treating addiction as an illness. Rahu and Ketu are influences of technology and we have, of course, seen the retail world grow even more through internet sales rather than store fronts. We have also seen the retail world start to correct itself a bit as stores chose to give their employees off on Thanksgiving Day and we’ve seen the beginning of public opinion shifting against the craziness of “black Friday” shopping.

Virgo is detailed orientated and those with strong Virgo in their charts can often find it hard to let go of the details and their minds will often replay details over and over again until anger or outright fear takes over the mind. The saying “can’t see the forest for the trees” is perfect for the sign of Virgo and this tendency has made life difficult these past eighteen months as more and more people became focused on the details that were important to them and the ability to compromise or empathize with others lessened. It will be nice to have the emphasis on this sign shift and hopefully, people will simply be in a better mood as we move through 2016 and minds let go a bit of petty details.

I strongly believe that every planet and movement has a positive side to it. As we’ve moved through these eighteen months in which our ideals and beliefs were so challenged along with the heightened worry brought about by Rahu in Virgo I’ve noticed a shift in the attitudes and lives of many people. We’ve become aware that our institutions need to be changed and along with the insecurity inherent in these times of change we become more responsible for our own health and balance. Many have been forced, due to the influence of Virgo, to take steps in diet, exercise and stress reduction. As our institutions seem so unreliable we’ve turned inward and found security within ourselves. We’ve begun to take chances on our own dreams because the stable no longer seems so stable and therefore pursuing our dreams no longer seems so unsafe. Every planet and movement is good for something.

2016 is going to bring a focus on the “fixed” signs of the Zodiac because Rahu and Ketu will be in Leo/Aquarius both fixed signs and Saturn will continue to be in the fixed sign of Scorpio and aspecting the fixed sign of Taurus. There is stability in the fixed signs along with stubbornness. This emphasis on the fixed signs indicate that for society, as well as individuals, the changes being forced upon these signs will come with great resistance. Rahu is going to be in Leo the sign of big egos and the ego hates to be wrong. Leo is also an indicator of leaders so it is safe to expect that many political leaders will feel justified in not backing down from their own beliefs and desires. (Here in the US both Trump and Sanders have strong Leo influences in their charts – stay tuned .) On a personal level those with Aquarius, Leo, Scorpio and Taurus planets placed strongly in their charts can expect to be forced to learn to be flexible and to give up control of their lives along with more than a few cherished and righteous beliefs.

The positive side of these nodal placements in the fixed signs is that the fixed signs offer stability and slow but sure growth.
Ketu has a strong influence over science/ technology and during the past eighteen months Ketu has revealed just how dark the dark side of the internet can be but as he occupies the sign of Aquarius the inherent nature of this fixed but humanitarian sign will seek to find ways to slow down the darkness. There will be fights, of course, as society struggles to find solutions to the darkness of the internet but whatever solutions are finally agreed upon should bring long-lasting and stable changes. As Ketu affected the oil industry he now moves into the universal and expansive sign of Aquarius and new industries will appear along with an improved picture for our energy needs. Again, because the fixed signs are all involved the changes will be solid and long-lasting.

It is obvious that across this planet far too many of our leaders are greedy, power-hungry and corrupt. Now that Rahu is moving into Leo many of these leaders will face strong challenges and even more shocking revelations than what we’ve seen so far. Rahu can have a far-reaching sphere of influence and it is very possible that during this cycle we will finally see change that moves beyond cable news and gossip websites as Rahu removes the old and creates the space for the new. Of course, it will seem confusing and even frightening to some but no one can deny that change is required. The recent lessons learned through the nodal points being in Virgo/Pisces will serve us well as we take responsibility for our own health, well-being and peace of mind.

Saturn will continue through 2017 to occupy the sign of Scorpio where he will continue to challenge those with strong placements in Taurus and Scorpio. This continues the lessons of the other two fixed signs of Leo and Aquarius to be open to change, to be flexible and to not be so concerned with control – a control which was very much an illusion anyway. Scorpio is the sign of secrets and through its rulership of the second chakra influences the desire nature. We can expect that, with Saturn aspecting Rahu, secrets will continue to be revealed in personal as well as public lives. Saturn will continue to refine the desire nature so that more people will begin to understand that the acquisition of material objects does not really satisfy the need for inner-peace and security.

Finally, a reminder that Vedic Astrology uses “sidereal” time which is the same time used by NASA and therefore the movement of the planets will not match what is designated by the more well-known Tropical/Western Zodiac. Strong planetary placements in specific signs will require a chart to be calculated but everyone knows their day of birth and while not necessarily the strongest indicator of placements in a sign the Sun will be significant. In the sidereal system: Taurus is 5/15 – 6/15; Leo is 8/17 – 9/16;  Scorpio is 11/16 – 12/15 and Aquarius is 2/13 – 3/13 if you were born in during these time periods you are about to enter into a significant time period.

Eclipse, Mercury and Mars, Mars, Mars

For those who are looking at the promised “light at the end of the tunnel,” this moment in time might be disappointing.  It seems that we are over the worst of the pandemic and we do have a grown-up in the White House, but if we look at the world without objectivity, it can seem as if life is worse, not better.

Since I don’t reside in LaLa Land, I would never tell you that “happy days are here again” because, as we open up our country, it seems as if we’ve opened up the doors to new levels of bad behavior. “The former guy” will not go away and, being a master at promoting himself, he has a sizable number of people believing that the election was stolen from him.  If we add to this a level of grief from over 500,000 Covid deaths as well as an epidemic of crazed misinformation, on some level 2020 almost felt better.  It is certainly more peaceful baking banana bread than coming out into a world where it seems as if everyone is fighting with words, fists, or guns.

Much of what we are experiencing is a wake-up call since the light has been turned on to the multiple problems of our modern society.  In many ways, humanity did not handle the shift from an agricultural society to an industrial one with foresight or wisdom.  We are now at the turning point of another social shift, and the problems from the first industrial change still have to be tackled.  The racism, the classism, the thirst for money, the disregard for the planet, and the control of the capitalist titans all have to be addressed. It is understandable that the world feels unstable and fraught with fear. If we are to learn the lesson of the need for unity within the village of humanity, it seems that it is being done by shared suffering.  Even those at the top of the heap cannot truly claim happiness because if they could, people like Rupert Murdoch would not look as if they are immersed in suffering instead of enjoyment of their ill-gotten fruits.

Life on planet earth has always been a challenge and, for whatever reason, winning the challenge comes from learning who we are within… for it is there that our happiness resides. I would not be so crazy as to state that I understand why it is like this on earth, but I do know that with determination and practice the place within that is essentially perfect can be reached…  but not purchased.  For me, it is the practice of mantra and the teachings of systems like the Vedic philosophy that bring me home to the sanity of the “self.”  It is always my responsibility to bring myself back after I’ve forgotten and allowed myself to get caught up in the external world.

Two of the most helpful guides on the path are the timing and movements of the planets. We are going through a tougher patch right now and, unfortunately, the planets misbehaving is in synch with the reopening of our society. “Salt to wounds?”

Many of us know that we are in the eclipse season with the final eclipse of this cycle happening on June 10.  This is the “solar” eclipse which means it is timed with the New Moon when there is no light at all being reflected off the Moon.  The solar eclipse is one of lower energy and discouragement.  This eclipse is accompanied by Mercury being retrograde and going back to the sign of Taurus where he will, once again, be in the sign of the eclipses. It will take effort and determination to maintain objective thought and not give in to enhanced emotive thoughts. It can be done by each one of us. The best we can do, when dealing with those who give in to their emotions, is not offer a reaction while at the same time keeping a compassionate outlook.

It takes Mars eighteen months to move through the entire Zodiac and, during his journey, the most difficult time can be when he moves through Gemini and Cancer.  As to be expected (given all that is happening right now) of course, Mars is visiting Gemini and Cancer.  He is currently in Gemini (4/14 – 6/2) and Gemini, in my opinion, is a sign which does not withstand the energy of our fiery and aggressive friend Mars.  This position is tough on the nervous system and is a sign that likes to weight options before coming to a decision. The basic energy of Mars is to make decisions without much thought, Part of the anger we are seeing right now comes from Mars upsetting one of our intellectual signs.  Mars is working toward impulsive actions and, for those who are forcing actions based on stressed out nervous systems and fear, the results are exactly as we see them playing our right now. Gemini is a sign of communication and has a strong affinity with the media. It would be helpful if our media would not add fuel to the fires of Mars, but restraint is not something being utilized much at this time.

On June 2 Mars moves into Cancer which, after the eclipse of June 10, might bring down the temperature a bit; Mars, however, is not particularly well-placed in Cancer as it is in its sign of debilitation.  Along with the hot temperatures of the July sun, I think we will witness an increase in the vitriol and divisions within our country. There will be craziness, and people with mental health instability will figure in the mix., The good thing is that Mars in Cancer can be low in energy, so some crazy plans will not be brought to action. Cancer is the sign of the family and I suspect that during the six-week period of June 2 through July 14, we might see families experiencing more emotional words and actions., Of course, some of these emotions need to be expressed, but there will be some that can erupt in a painful way. As always with Mars, physical activity, comedic movies, and good food will appease his energy.

Personally, I always plan something to celebrate when Mars leaves Cancer and enters into Leo because there is always a feeling of relief.  As much as we’ve all been anticipating this summer of opening up our society again, we would be better off enjoying small things like the better weather (for those who actually like hot weather), the removal of masks, and the gathering of friends. The anticipation should be kept in check because the planets are not celebrating.  There should be a feeling of relief after July 14, and that would be a good time to plan some sort of gathering or vacation because the planets will be better.

In the meantime, it is important to remember that eclipse energy always exaggerates situations and some of that exaggeration includes lying or, as we call it today, “misinformation.”  Try not to give in to the emotive words and false fears.  Humanity has been through worse, and I expect we will get through this as well.

These energies test all of us.  Breathe, chant, sing, dance, and remember to love with compassion.  No matter what is going on around us, we always have control of our own thoughts, and there are plenty of tools to help all of us.  If that includes seeking professional help for an out-of-balance nervous system or disordered physical neuropathways, get help.

It is said that souls choose to incarnate to earth because of the beauty and laughter. It is also taught that divinity is proven only by the ability to love.  The most important action we can all take is to rise above the misery for the moments of beauty, laughter and love no matter what the outer world is showing us.  

Mars

Mars takes approximately 18 months to go through the entire zodiac which means that every 18 months he ends up the sign of Cancer which is the sign of debilitation for the mighty but often grouchy Mars.

The sign before Cancer is Gemini which is where Mars is currently located. The challenge here is that Gemini is a light and airy sign which does not handle the heavy and fiery Mars energy well. Gemini is also the angular 7th house ruler of the United States and the influence of Mars in Gemini is often violence, gossip and very frayed nerves. The media will often give in and lose common sense and can become sloppy in their reporting. Mars takes 6 to 8 weeks to go through each sign and when he hits the Gemini/Cancer constellations life can be filled with unpleasant surprises, anxiety and bubbling anger.

We are now at the beginning of this cycle which will last until he enters Leo on July 19th. Of course, every day will not be awful and we can all take a moment to be glad that Mr. Mars is not going to go retrograde during this time period.

Mars is energy which means this is a good time to physically engage the body. He also, despite his aggressive nature, has a great sense of humor which indicates that funny movies along with outdoor activities are favored at this time. I’m a mantra person because mantra has the ability to override our negative thoughts and soothe the inner beast. Specific to Mars would be Om Hum (hoom), Om Krim (kreem) Kum (koom) Kujaya (koo-jaya) Namah. Breathing through the left nostril will help to cool down the body. Remember to laugh, eat well and remember that this energy will shift by July 19th.

Sun in Pisces

Early this morning the Sun moved into Pisces which is the most emotional sign of the Zodiac. The Sun is considered, in terms of energetic strength, to be the strongest planet and in general is known to rule the ego.

Every planet has a positive and negative side. The Sun is also an indicator of our soul, higher self or, whatever term, one relates to when thinking about what lies within us that is beyond the physical body and mind. In its highest expression the Sun can shine brightly for the benefit of others. In its lowest expression it cares only about expressing its ego.

Regardless of how one uses the solar energy today marks a 30 day journey into a higher level of emotion being felt and expressed. Pisces is known for music, art in general, altruism, healers as well as self-pity, helplessness and even delusion.


Given the year that we’ve had it is important not to fall into the self-pity trap or to focus on personal loss. Most of us will feel more emotional than usual in the upcoming days and we can take some time to explore the emotions without getting trapped by them.


We can also use the emotion to help heal our badly bruised planet. One of the best ways to do that is through a technique I’ve mentioned before: tonglen. I found a good link to explain this simple but powerful technique: https://www.lionsroar.com/how-to-practice-tonglen/


Happy Sun in Pisces – the astronomical heralding of Spring.

Mars and Rahu

Mars is now moving closer to Rahu in Taurus. Expect the unexpected for the rest of the month of March.   Expect the unexpected for the rest of the month of March.  March 18th to the 26th is when this energy will be the strongest.

A Rare New Moon

Thursday, February 11th at 2:17 p.m. eastern time, will be the exact New Moon for the month of February. Many of us are feeling the intensity of this profound New Moon. This New Moon is also the Chinese New Year which marks their lunar beginning of 2021.  That we are experiencing such an unusual New Moon is perfectly appropriate given the nature of 2020 and the challenges which we face in 2021.

Every month we have a New Moon which is indicated by a conjunction of the Sun and Moon according, of course, to the sign occupied by the Sun.  The New Moon cycle gives us all an opportunity to choose between working with the cyclic lunar energy or fighting against the energy.  If we work in harmony with the planetary cycle we flow with the low energy of the New Moon and use the time for rest and contemplation.  Those who prefer to always be in the “ego-illusion” of being in charge can choose high activity and can then be disappointed or even angry at cancelled appointments or the customer service representative who can barely suppress a yawn.  Choice of reaction is always within our own personal power. The New Moon is the day of the birth of a new lunar cycle and, similar to a nesting mother to be, we can plan and prepare for the next lunar cycle.

This New Moon unique and intense because every “visible” planet, except for Mars, is in the sign of Capricorn, the sign of this month’s New Moon. Mars is strongly placed in the sign of Aries and by being outside of the unusual conjunction taking place is powerful in his singularity.  Additionally, the New Moon itself is in the Nakshatra of Dhanistha, which is ruled by Mars. 

Capricorn is an earth sign and connected to traditional business and entitled, old wealth.  As the natural ruler of the 10th house Capricorn is concerned with power and ambition.  I am a fan of synchronicity and it seems appropriate that the 2nd impeachment trial should start under this cycle as we are all about to witness the power struggle between democracy and plutocracy. 

We have no control over the drama in D.C. but we always have control over our own reactions, intentions and personal goals.  This is a good time to go within and look at what makes us feel powerful as we walk this journey of life.   Does our security come from the size of our bank accounts, the current nature of our personal relationships or does it come knowing our own true self? 

Given what has happened since the last February New Moon in 2020 one would hope that we’ve allowed ourselves to grow and begin to understand that the old American dream was an illusion for far too many people and is not the only dream we can have.  Capricorn is generally concerned with status and hanging onto that status at all costs.  That attitude of entitlement was shattered during the pandemic for many people who, for the first time in their lives, experienced food insecurity and worry about meeting their financial obligations.  Certainly, the events of January 6th should have shattered the belief that living in a democracy only requires occasional voting. The apathy of those who “have theirs” and refuse to see those who have very little bear a share of responsibility for putting our democracy in danger.   

Capricorn is a task master energy and those who refuse to take a break from their pressing material needs will not make easy progress while also losing the opportunity for some quality self-reflection. The next couple of days will give all of us moments of contemplation as we begin to see the end of winter approaching and we plan for the upcoming Spring. It’s okay to choose to not make a frustrating phone call and choosing instead some quiet time. 

In addition to the action nature of Mars involved with this particular New Moon is the fact that both the Moon and Sun are in the final degrees of Capricorn.  In the teachings of Astrology, they are considered to be old planets.  It is no accident that we have inaugurated the oldest President ever to serve in our White House. The status quo is a main feature of Capricorn but the fact that both the Moon and the Sun will move out of Capricorn and into Aquarius indicates that the old will be forced to move over for the new.

We can already see this necessary change in the way the federal government is now working to get more vaccinations to states like New York which Trump shorted. New York, like other states, are working to get the vaccination to their teachers, transportation providers and other essential workers as quickly as possible even if that means younger boomers have to wait a bit longer. The attitude of taking care of the lesser of us speaks to the energy of Aquarius. 

As we move from the focus on the belief that money and earthly power are the only way to be safe on this planet and always deserving of preferential treatment, we are being pushed into the energy of Aquarius which is much more innovative and humanitarian in attitude.  Aquarius is not as quiet as Capricorn even though (in Vedic Astrology) the sign is also ruled by Saturn.  Aquarius is a sign of science and the Saturn energy assists in taking a scientific idea from the stage of inspiration into workable plans and innovations.  Aquarius moves more quickly than Capricorn and I suspect that those people and areas not adhering to the common sense of medical science will see their infection numbers will climb quickly. Hopefully, when Florida once again hosts Spring Break, there are enough vaccinations given that last year’s super spreader will be less than that of 2020.    

Aquarius is always concerned with humanity in general. The economic policies required to offset the economic damage of 2020 will take into consideration the people rather than corporations and the stock market.  There will be complaints from people who experience a temporary downward turn in their 401k’s but anyone with, even an ounce of common sense, will realize that even a healthy 401k won’t do much good if repairs are not made to the economy of the average American.  Hopefully, the compassionate among us will champion help for the “others.” 

For some the changes of this New Moon can be unsettling but innovation is often perceived as unsettling. However, change is one of the absolute universal laws.  There is no growth without change.  There is no true inner peace without the realization that none of us is really any more important than the next person.  Losing that sense of self-importance can be unnerving but is an important part of becoming a better human being. 

It feels appropriate for all of us to take a deep breath and set our intentions as we near the end of the winter and welcome longer daylight hours. As the sun finally sets on the destructive craziness of the prior administration and we can see a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel it is a good time to assess what we’ve learned and how we want to see the future for ourselves as well as our fellow human beings.

Mars is a player in this cycle so it can be positive for us to include a plan of action as we move forward. For some it might be important to face our fear of change or a limiting belief of an inability to make our lives secure.  The symbol for this New Moon is a drum which indicates that listening to music in the next couple of days can work well especially music that is strong on percussion while encouraging movement or singing along.  For the oldsters,  rather than being “ok boomer” folks,  perhaps time spent with Janis or Jimi might shake the cobwebs of fear of the new out of the emotional mind.  For others,  perhaps just experiencing the joy of music,  might be exactly what is needed to welcome the newness of a different world.

If you like to chant this is a perfect time to chant “Om Ram” as that will strengthen the core/third chakra and bring up enthusiasm for the new.  For those who allow fear or disappointment to close down the heart taking some time to chant “Om Hum (hoom)” will open up the fourth chakra known as the heart center.  If your weather calls you outside walking is a good way to approach this cycle as will cooking and watching funny movies or reruns if you are housebound.

Regardless of how you choose to work with this energy know that change is coming and try to have an attitude of being open to change.  The point of where we are going is not to rob anyone of their security but to try and give that same financial security to the millions and millions of people who are food insecure and even living in their cars.  Change has to happen.

Happy Solstice!!!!

Across the world we have a few New Year celebrations that differ from the January 1st Gregorian New Year.  The first is celebrated by the Jewish faith in September, followed by the 1st day in January, the Chinese usually sometime in February and Hindus recognize theirs on a date in the middle of April.  Someone with a penchant for celebrating New Years could celebrate throughout the year.

I’m partial to the one that I think astronomically marks a new year.  The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year but it is also the day which marks the Sun beginning its march towards its summer peak.  Daylight begins to become longer, in increments, from the Winter to the Summer solstice. 

The majority of us are truly happy to see 2020 coming to an end and I’ve decided for myself that the 21st of December is going to be the last day of this awful year.  Each year can be seen as an astrological birth and a chart can be calculated to indicate the planetary positions of the upcoming year.

The chart of 2020 (12/21/2019 @11:18 p.m., eastern time) had a fiery and ego-centric Leo rising.  Interestingly enough the ascendant of Trump is also Leo.  He certainly ran the country according to his egoic desires, fiery temper and need to create a constant show for himself.  Leos are drawn to politics and entertainment which means that there are also very competent Leo leaders in the world.  Of course, Trump was far from competent (which is a blessing in its own way) but a Leo rising is not enough to have caused the year 2020 turned out to be.

The Ascendant is always an important factor in a chart but the Moon is equal in importance. The 2020 chart gave us a Libra Moon conjunct Mars.  The Moon is an indicator of the general population as well as one of the health indicators.  Mars is an indicator of infections, viruses, doctors, blood and aggression. No one can dispute that the conjunction of the Moon and Mars was not a good position for Covid.  That the conjunction took place in the 3rd house of neighborhoods, offices, public transportation and hit the 9th house of international travel added to the quickness of the spread of this disease.  Having a fiery ascendant only added to the levels of inflammation and the obstinate stupidity of Trump’s administration.

The Moon/Mars conjunction also added to the levels of anger among citizens as well as the ignorant refusal to take common sense steps and put individual selfishness above concern for others.  This conjunction even affected education as the 3rd house is the house of lower education while the 9th house rules higher education.  The stage for Covid was set in the natal chart of 2020.

Venus was in Capricorn in the 6th house of health which was not a good placement for the gentle Venus. However, in many communities throughout the country people became aware of the sacrifices of health care workers and Venus helped with the swiftness of the vaccinations that are quickly becoming available. Venus has an influence on the vascular system and I’ve read that many patients experienced vascular problems as a result of this disease.

There was a stellium of planets in Sagittarius in the 5th house consisting of Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Ketu (south node of the Moon) and the Sun.  Sagittarius is one of the so-called “lucky” signs and the 5th house is considered to be a benefic house.  However, Ketu and Saturn are first rate malefic influences, which rendered the benefic nature of the 5th house non-existent.  Some of the influences of the 5th house are children who have experienced an isolation which is harsh for children.  Celebrations, vacations and live entertainment all fall under the domain of the 5th house as well.  The only strength in the 5th house was Jupiter and he is the ruler of the GOP and many of them, along with their wealthy cohorts, did benefit from the suffering of the rest of us. 

Now we are beginning the astrological New Year of 2021 and we have a new birth chart.  This chart is different in many ways from last year’s chart.  Of course, we can not expect the mess we are in to immediately be fixed but there is an improvement on the horizon.

This chart (12/21/20 @ 5:20 a.m., eastern time) has a Scorpio rising which happens to be the same Ascendant of President-Elect Biden.  I have not done the research to know if this is typical but it is two years in a row in which the Ascendant of the Natal Chart matches that of the President.  That this chart has a Scorpio Ascendant indicates that 2021 is going to be a serious year with a certain amount of pain and challenge.

Scorpio is the natural ruler of the 8th house of institutional finances like banks, taxes and insurance concerns.  2021 will be a year of reckoning for the financial destruction caused by Covid and the Trump administration.

There is a Venus/Ketu conjunction on the Scorpio rising.  Joe Biden is a double Scorpio who knows the inner workings of government/politics (knowledge of inner workings is something at which Scorpio excel) which is very positive for this country.  Unlike the impatient and ego-centric nature of Leo the energy of Scorpio is methodical, quiet and patient.  (Scorpios are not without ego but they do like their ego gratification to come from actual knowledge and accomplishment.) There is a thoroughness to the Scorpio energy and the sign itself tends towards science. Venus conjunct Ketu is a strong scientific influence. We will put Covid in the rearview mirror but it will not happen as quickly as some would hope.  Importantly, we will see a scientific structure put into place to ensure that the next world-wide virus is handled better.

The ruler of the Scorpio Ascendant is Mars which is placed in the benefic 5th house in the sign of Pisces a friendship sign to Mars. There is a good chance that relief for college debt will be addressed with innovation of education along with a more compassionate attitude towards people in general. (At least for many of us.)

The Moon is in Aquarius is the same Moon as the natal chart of the United States.  The Moon is placed in the 4th house of home and real estate.  I think that we will begin to see more Americans remember the ideals that formed America and the push back against insular, white nationalism will continue to be supported by the people.  The Moon will support America’s ideals and hopes again.

The 4th house is real estate and keeping in mind that Scorpio is a sign concerned with finances the effect of 2020 on the world of real estate is going to require innovation as well as practical solutions.  I suspect we will see geographical moves and that big cities like NY and LA are going to have to change their paradigms in order to survive.Saturn is going to be a big player this year. In this chart he is at home in the sign of Capricorn in the 3rd house. Saturn does well in the 3rd house which is a house of determination and activity.  He is with debilitated Jupiter.  Saturn is the planet of the average person and the Democratic party while Jupiter is the planet of the wealthy and the Republican party. In this chart, unlike last year’s, Saturn is the stronger influence.  I see Saturn as that stern teacher who might have not been your favorite teacher but as time goes on you remember what they taught and continue to see the value in what and how they taught.  Saturn is strong in this chart and should be able to hold the craziness of the Republican party in check. 

Of course, Saturn being Saturn we are not about to take off on a pleasure cruise.  There is hard work ahead along with some bitter pills to swallow.  This chart shows that we can steady the ship and create a much better world for ourselves.  This will not be a year for whiners, non-producers or the selfishly unaware among us. 

So good-bye 2020 and with hope let’s celebrate the opportunities coming our way in 2021.

December 9, 2020

Mars/Moon opposition (Pisces/Virgo) for the rest of the day. Sun conjunct Ketu in Scorpio until 12/15 along with the approaching solar Scorpio/Taurus eclipse on 12/14. These are intense and emotionally charged energies which, because of the Virgo energy, can take over our thoughts as well as our emotions.

Try and use the energies for self-improvement – it does no good to keep focusing on what is wrong with others and the world. It will not stay this dark forever but, with effort, our own light can be uncovered to light the darkness. Breathe, walk, chant, meditate, cook with joy, binge watch funny movies, whatever works!

Eclipse 11/30/20

The current eclipses are taking place in Taurus/Scorpio. Both of these signs are known as “fixed” which indicates that those with strong planets in these signs can be inflexible, stubborn, tenacious, loyal and determined. It is up to each individual to chose the qualities they wish utilize as they move through life.

Taurus is a sign that is often stubborn and can tend towards a belief that a filled bank account is the only way to feel secure in life. Scorpio, as the natural ruler of the 8th house, is more concerned with inheritances and debts with regard to money and security.

The eclipses of 11/30 and 12/14 will be the first since the nodal points changed signs from Gemini/Sagittarius to Taurus/Scorpio. The changing of signs points to the financial fallout that we can all expect from the dumpster fire left by the current administration. We can all simply do our best as the world around us comes back from the Covid pandemic.

These times are best used for personal growth and self-understanding because none of us have the magic wand or personal power to fix the mess individually.

Eclipses happen every six months and are often times of emotional excess, unexpected events, useless gossip and exposure of deceits. Additionally, as one of the chart indicators of karma, we can often experience old emotional patterns, resurgence of grief, cloudy perceptions or challenges that seem to appear all of a sudden.

The nodal points will stay in the axis of two signs for eighteen months and it is during the eclipses that the influence is felt most strongly. It is a good time to pay attention to the mundane challenges which are appearing now (health, relationships, career, etc.) as the eclipses will indicate it is now time to deal with the challenges. Given the magnitude of the mundane challenges it is a good time to pay attention to those random emotions which appear right now as they are pointing towards the importance of understanding and releasing the emotions which are a barrier to the freedom which comes from connecting with the perfection of our own self.

Every celestial event and planet is good for something and in terms of eclipses it is always possible to take a giant leap forward in personal growth. The next fifteen days is good for healing, growing and coming closer to the essence – we just have to observe and do the personal work!

Eclipse Energy

The first of the final eclipses for 2020 will be on 11/30/20 with the “exact” eclipse at 4:45 a.m., est. This eclipse is the Lunar eclipse which means it is a Full Moon eclipse.  The energy will be more upbeat and even positive.  However, it is important to keep in mind that emotions and fantasy might run a bit wild at this time.  This is directly on the outgoing President’s chart and we can expect that the misinformation and denial will be at a high level.  I do not know if he will concede or not.  The bigger problem will be that millions of people will believe his nonsense and we should all do our best to not engage with the lunacy of a Lunar eclipse.

The last eclipse will be the Solar eclipse which will take place on 12/14/2020 and be exact on 12:54 p.m., est.  The Solar eclipse is the New Moon eclipse (the Moon and Sun will be conjunct) and will feel very different from the eclipse of 11/30.  The New Moon is often lower in energy and this energy will be even lower because the Moon is also “void of course” as it moves from Scorpio to Sagittarius.  The Sun will move to Sagittarius on the 15th

Taurus, in my opinion, is the most stubborn of all the signs and we can expect lots of emotions coming from others without the “ah ha” moments of understanding or changing a viewpoint.  Scorpio can also be stubborn but the energy is more on a subconscious and emotional level.  Scorpios, unlike Taurus, can shift gears if required to but their emotions can often belie what they do in pragmatic energy.  Most of us will be feeling emotional and might have to struggle to be optimistic in the midst of the “negative mind” party the world will be throwing at this time.

It is best to focus within rather than trying to change those around us. Most of us do not like change and have emotions on a deep subconscious level.  Focus on those emotions with a goal of releasing and understanding them and try to not react to the negativity of others.  Breathe, chant, paint, cook, dance or binge watch positive movies.  We will see an uptick in mood once the Sun and Moon enter Sagittarius.

We have some changes coming

11/13 @8:20 pm Mars will resume forward motion. When a planet “appears” retrograde it’s actually closer to the earth which makes it stronger. It’s always a good thing when Mars loses a bit of strength.

11/15 @ 22 minutes past midnight we will have the exact New Moon which means that all of 11/14 will be New Moonish. This New Moon is in Libra NOT Scorpio. The Sun in Libra is debilitated and Scorpio gets much of the blame for the attributes of a debilitated Sun.

11/15 @ 9:22 pm the Sun moves into Scorpio which is a better placement for the fiery Sun. For some confidence will be better and for most of us the world will seem a bit less out of kilter.

11/16 @ 3:22 pm Venus moves out of Virgo (his sign of debilitation) into Libra his home sign. Relationships can improve and we can experience a bit more balance in our minds.

I am hoping that by Monday djt might concede but the Scorpio Sun is on his birth chart eclipse which means he’s going to be even more erratic. However, I suspect that we the people are going to be feeling just a bit better and the paper tiger will be seen as a paper tiger.

On a personal level this is a good weekend for healing, creativity and simply enjoying a long exhale.