Saturn Stations Direct
September 18 1:46am PDT
13 Cap 54
Saturn turned retrograde on April 29 and during the last five months we have learned a lot about responsibility and work. We have also learned through failures. Sometimes we looked around and said, “Can I get some help, please?” And the answer was a very loud, “No”. We just had to do it ourselves. The grind was real and hard and seemed just damn stupid at times but in the end we learned about our skills, discipline and stick-to-it-ness. Saturn delays but it does not deny and now that it is turning direct we will see a lot of the fruits of our hard work. Saturn spends only two (and change) years in one sign. It has been 28 years since the last time it was in Capricorn in 1988-1991. Now turning direct it straightens out and flies right where it will hit Pluto in January. Be prepared to see the energy intensify, as Saturn turning direct activates a trip wire on our path to the January conjunction. Then on March 21 it leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius. It turns retrograde on May 10 and re-enters Capricorn on July 1 for its final months of the hard work and discipline lesson until it re-enters Aquarius in December 2020. After that point it will not re-enters Capricorn until 2047. So, ask yourself what did you learn about hard work since April? What did you learn about skipping hard work that maybe you should have shown more discipline? Can you take the energy of Saturn direct to help you now as you refine your world? How can this Virgo cycle speak to Saturn and ask for help? Get on the right side of Saturn while you have this gift of Saturn being in its home sign of Capricorn. Unless you feel you have the time to wait until 2047 when it returns. I know I don’t.
Reality takes a big hit on this Full Moon at 21° 05′ Pisces on 13 September 2019, 09:33 PM PDT. Neptune in Pisces plays a major role on this lunation, since it conjoins the Moon and is part of a mutable T-Square. Naturally the seven planets in earth (Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars in Virgo plus Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus) are going to act as ballast to keep us grounded but Neptune’s siren song can still insinuate its self into our brains, short-circuiting our common sense.
Coming up with a clear direction to make our next move is going to be extremely challenging now. The action planet, Mars, is in Virgo and part of a mutable T-Square. He is opposing Neptune in Pisces with both planets square Jupiter in Sagittarius. Jupiter amplifies Neptunian confusion, leaving poor Mars wondering what way is up. Mars in Virgo loves to have all the details in place before doing anything, and Neptune makes checking those for accuracy almost impossible. One guideline that may help is focusing on being of service to others. No one is more sincere when asking how they may help than Virgo and Pisces folk. Choose to listen rather than preach, be kind rather than nice and be prepared to practice endless patience! Remember this mutable truth . . . ‘change is the only constant’.
We can’t overlook the fact the Sun and Moon are part of the Mutable T-Square either. The Moon conjoins Neptune in Pisces and Mars conjoins the Virgo Sun. Thanks to Neptune, our emotions can overwhelm us, making us lose sight of knowing where our best interests lie. Mars-Sun aspects are noted for winding us up, and without a clear sense of where to direct those energies we may end up burning ourselves out. Unless we already have a good plan in place, it makes better sense to take a ‘time out’ until the worst of the fog lifts.
On the plus side, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn are both trine the Sun-Mars conjunction in Virgo (Pluto is closely trine the Sun and Saturn widely trine Mars), and both are sextile the Moon-Neptune conjunction in Pisces. These aspects act as a calming influence, working hard to keep us grounded and rooted in reality. However, given how noisy the Mutable T-Square energy is, the smart move is to make a conscious effort to tune into our sensible side.
An interesting aspect is Mercury conjoining Venus at 29° Virgo. This pair will move into Libra shortly after the Full Moon, a huge blessing! We will FINALLY have a strong air presence again. Venus is coming home to Libra and Mercury always enjoys being in a mental air sign. Nonetheless these two are still in earthy Virgo on the Full Moon, assisting our decision making process by clarifying the practical details with more tact than the often acerbic Mercury in Virgo usually has. Once both planets are in Libra, we can draw on cardinal air energy to review the information from a more detached perspective before setting our plans into motion.
Another small blessing is Uranus in Taurus is sitting this lunation out. So unless you have personal planets and/or Ascendant from 5° to 7° in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius), Uranus should have minimal impact.
Because this is a Full Moon in Pisces, we can always benefit from going with the flow and allowing ourselves time to relax for a moment or two. The Jupiter-Neptune square won’t be exact until September 21 and will be dumping irrational exuberance into the atmosphere for awhile yet. Not only that but Saturn in Capricorn is stationing direct on September 18, something that tends to act as a drag on forward momentum. Do something simple and fun for a change. Have a nice massage, go for a leisurely stroll and enjoy watching the sunset or chat quietly with a special friend. Peace and love to all.
Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.
Image: My Old Haunts © Jena Della Grottaglia
FULL MOON [21 Pisces 05]
London – September 14, 2019 (05:33 GMT +1)
New York – September 14, 2019 (00:33 GMT -4)
Sydney – September 14, 2019 (14:33 GMT +10)
This weekend’s Full Moon takes place in Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac. It’s the culmination of a fortnight’s astrology that’s been chock-full of planetary aspects. I would guess that some of you will be more than ready to release and let go.
Earth Sign Energy
It all started with the New Moon in Virgo on August 30th. Ever since, the astrology has been busy, chaotic, confusing, overwhelming. Hopefully, for some of you, the inner planets careering through Virgo have coincided with a productive couple of weeks.
Plus, there has been some lovely earth sign activity and supportive trine aspects from planets in Capricorn – think a strong oak tree supporting you, the person who’s got your back. This has been good for long-term plans and sticking to the task at hand. Easier for some star signs than others.
However, all the inner planets have clashed with big planet Jupiter and boundless planet Neptune, whipping up a frenzy in three of the mutable signs, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces. Think lies, craziness, outrageous promises, overwhelm, wild escapades.
You may have lost touch with reality during the last fortnight, been mesmerised by a spiritual or mystical experience, or found yourself running off down countless rabbit holes following ideas that lead you nowhere.
Your mind may have run away with you too, as communication planet, Mercury, Virgo’s ruling planet has aspected every other planet in the universe! It’s been quite a ride.
Alternatively, you might have been on a journey, real or metaphorical, that allowed you to escape reality in the best way – and you made memories to treasure.
The great thing with astrology is that it can play out differently for each of us with our unique blue-print, our birth map of the heavens.
A World Gone Mad
Personally, I’ve found the last fortnight chaotic and confusing. Also, I’ve spoken with clients/friends in four continents of the world over the last two weeks who’ve all said a version of the following, ‘the world is going mad’.
You hardly dare glance at a newspaper/online media site these days in case more craziness has been unleashed. So, what can we do about it all? How can we respond in a way that’s helpful, hopeful and aligned with the truth.
For starters, know that the time of the Full Moon is an ideal point in the month to release and let go. That might mean you release emotion, let go of what’s not working out or stop believing the lies, deceit or untruths.
And, with a Mars-Neptune opposition almost at the exact same time as the Full Moon, there’s more illusion and trickery to come. Don’t be fooled or seduced.
Full Moon Insights
Remember too that the light of the moon is at its brightest during the Full Moon and it exposes what’s hidden. Therefore, tap in to your female intuition this weekend, meditate, rest, be in nature, slow things down so you can hear what life’s telling you. And… let go.
Whatever noise or drama or issue has been drowning out the clarity, your perceptive nature, your natural insight, let it go. This weekend’s Full Moon falls at the very end of the zodiac, a place where you can clear the decks karmically and psychically to allow fresh, bright sparkly energy in.
Letting Go & Moving On
On the same day as the Full Moon, the social planets, Mercury and Venus, both move into Libra – a nod towards restoring balance, the Moon moves into Aries and the wheel of the zodiac starts over. This is a sign to put yourself first, tend to your close relationships, step out of the confusion or fog and re-emerge into the light.
Make the unconscious realm manifest, listen to your dreams and learn from them, be less inner and more outer. Step back out into the world and engage pro-actively. Take a stand for what you believe, uphold the truth and restore clarity.
If you’ve been diving deep into the soup or sea or swamp of life over the last fortnight (choose your metaphor), wipe yourself down, dry yourself off and get back on firm foundations. It’s been quite a fortnight, quite a ride.
Next week, the Jupiter-Neptune square becomes exact and Saturn turns direct and prepares to leave behind the karmic South Node.
More big events coming up but expect this weekend’s Full Moon to be the peak of the intensity, the top of the helter-skelter slide and it’s down hill from here. Take a deep breath, release and off you go.
Here are the areas in your life which are highlighted by this weekend’s Full Moon. Read both your Sun sign and your Ascendant sign if you know it:
- Aries: Retreat & recuperation – work, service, health & fitness
- Taurus: Friends, groups & networks – self-expression, creativity, children & love affairs
- Gemini: Career & vocation – home & family
- Cancer: Travel & study – life close to home, neighbours & siblings
- Leo: Other peoples’ money & joint resources – personal possessions & values
- Virgo: Relationships & one-on-one partnership – personal goals & self care
- Libra: Work, service, health & fitness – retreat & recuperation
- Scorpio: Self-expression, creativity, children & love affairs – friends, groups & networks
- Sagittarius: Home & family – career & vocation
- Capricorn: Life close to home, neighbours & siblings – travel & study
- Aquarius: Personal possessions & values – other peoples’ money & joint resources
- Pisces: Personal goals & self care – relationships & one-on-one partnership
May your Full Moon weekend be cosmic,
a time when you reconnect with your self and others
and find a way to recalibrate your inner scales.