Mercury stations Direct & Saturn stations Retrograde

June 3rd ~ 10th

“Boreas” by John William Waterhouse

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. ~ Edward Everett Hale

On Friday (or Thursday) June 3rd, Mercury finally stations Direct at 26º Taurus 05’. And just one day later on June 4th, Saturn stations Retrograde at 25º Aquarius 15′. They are almost exactly square one another. Even more chilling, is that they are catalyzing the recent Lunar Eclipse from May 16th, which was at 25º Scorpio 17’. Both in fixed signs, Mercury and Saturn are straddling the Nodal Axis and the recent Eclipse point.

Eclipses can remain in effect for weeks and months after they occur, not only because of the turmoil they stir up in our lives, but because of the ramifications and consequences of what is being revealed. These are turning points that can change paradigms and bring long-term consequences to a head. The South Node in Scorpio has domain over things that are often dark, frightening, and overwhelming: death, atrocities, addiction, mental illness. Those things that are taboo, unthinkable and generally ignored or avoided. Things that fill us with fear and foreboding. It’s what we don’t want to deal with, but we must: Hard choices, adult decisions, inevitable outcomes. Hard truths.

Often during Eclipse season it can feel like we are overloaded with a barrage of information. And yet, while Mercury has been retrograde, we did not necessarily have the specific facts we needed in order to make informed decisions. Normally when Mercury stations direct again clarity begins to resume. The answers are plain. But with Mercury square Saturn, although we may see things all too clearly, we feel stopped in our tracks, obstructed, delayed, and blocked by circumstances or others.

  • Hard Facts. Having to face the truth about our current situation.

  • Being realistic about what we can or cannot do. What is or is not sustainable.

When Saturn stations retrograde it makes it all too clear what is or is not sustainable. We give ourselves permission to say No More, to set boundaries and withdraw from obligations that have become too hard. This is also when others will be doing the same, and are more likely to withdraw from agreements, or tell us No. And as we become more aware of what is or is not possible, we are forced to regroup and go back to the drawing board. Plans need to be revised, redrawn and rescheduled within the reality of the new parameters that are being established.

Because of this it can often feel like we are needing to take two steps back before we can go forward again. And it may seem like we are having to go back over old territory that we had thought we were already through with. But there are details that need to be addressed. Practical considerations to be sorted out. Grown up decisions to be made.

Saturn will be retrograde until October 23rd, and for the months that Saturn is in its retrograde phase, we are being asked to internalize some of the more positive traits of Saturn, such as: Patience, Attention to Detail, Organization, Self-Restraint, stalwart Persistence, Fortitude and Self-Respect. We are to do this while also having to face and neutralize and cull out the denizens of Saturn, those things that freeze us in our tracks, and immobilize us with Fear; not being able to let go of Control; Guilt; Attachment to a past that no longer is; Pessimism; Doubt and Stagnation. Saturn can overwhelm us with negativity, if we only focus on what we cannot do. But Saturn can also strengthen us, when we are able to face things objectively and focus not only on what can be done, but what NEEDS to be done. For the months that Saturn is retrograde, we have the opportunity to grow in ways that we might not have thought possible, developing our leadership skills, and a deeper meaning of what it means to be responsible, and step up to the plate.

As Mercury stations direct on Friday it is also sextile Neptune in Pisces and trine Pluto in Capricorn. In order to fulfill our purpose and be more effective, we are needing to release those things that are no longer sustainable and supportive and might actually be preventing us from growing and evolving. It takes courage to face our fears, and accept the consequences of decisions. But with Mercury also sextile Neptune and trine Pluto we are also being asked to focus on those things that we CAN do to move towards our ideals. We are capable of evolving and growing. And so, even in the face of extraordinary challenges, Mercury is turning its face towards the future. A future that holds greater promise and fulfillment, if we are but willing to put in the hard work and sacrifice that is being required of us to make it so.

Sun enters Gemini and the Inferior conjunction of Mercury

May 20th ~ 27th

“Gossip” by Bernard Safran

The significant fact is that all the really great changes have come from the inside out. They are born of the inner nature of the organism itself. They must have lain there, inherent as a possibility, more, as an irrepressible necessity, in the first Adamite organism just as a tall pine is potential in a soft pinyon seed no larger than a child’s tooth. ~ D. C. Peattie

In the middle of the retrograde phase of Mercury, the Sun and Mercury will cross paths. This is the ‘Inferior’ Conjunction of Mercury, when both Mercury and the Earth are on the same side of the Sun. This is also the beginning of the next Mercury cycle. Like a New Moon phase for Mercury, this is when our thoughts, mental tendencies and prevailing ideas are going to be impressed on the mind, becoming the prevailing focus for the next 4 months. Knowing this, we can intentionally initiate better habits, improve our minds, or set positive intentions.

This is a good time to think about what mental traits you might want to further develop or cultivate going forward: Patience? Generosity? Deeper focus and concentration? Organization? Efficiency?  A new health regiment? Or, how would you want to improve your current routines, work habits or day to day activities? What skills would you want to improve or what new subject might you want to learn? These are all great Mercury themes.

The Inferior Conjunction on May 21st occurs at 0º Gemini 43’, just after the Sun enters Gemini on the 20th, and before Mercury returns to the sign of Taurus on May 22nd. And as Mercury returns to Taurus, we may also want to consider those things that support and cultivate greater peace and serenity within our own minds. Perhaps even more so since the Sun is entering the restless and busy sign of Gemini.

Gemini Season: Restless activity. Wanting to engage others. Moving out into the world. Words abound. Needing to move. Going places. Sharing ideas. Busyness. Activity. Road trips. Long walks. Reading. Writing. Learning something new. Distracting inquisitiveness. Inquiring minds.

Sun and Mercury will be sextile Jupiter, which is now at 2º of Aries, at the Inferior Conjunction. As a result this is a Mercury cycle with great growth and potential. And since Mercury is retrograde, rather than comparing ourselves to others, or judging the behaviors of others, we are still in reflective mode, placing the focus within. One of the advantages of the sextile to Jupiter is the gift of irony. Knowing that humor is the antidote for absurdity is our secret weapon this week. The humorist, James Thurber, is quoted as saying: Humor is the emotional chaos remembered in tranquility. 

On May 24th, Mars will come home to its own sign of Aries where it will join forces with magnanimous Jupiter. Expect the pace to pick up after that. This will be a transit of audacious exuberance and unbridled energy, which becomes exact just one day before the Gemini New Moon on the 30th. When Mars comes home to Aries it can serve as a catalyst to create much needed initiatives and/or changes in our lives. Just watch out, for Mars is well armed in this sign, and its embers can become inflamed by the bellows of Jupiter on the 29th.

In the mean time, take advantage of Mercury returning to the sign of Taurus on the 22nd. This is when we are being asked to savor each experience for what it is, knowing that each fleeting moment is precious. Enjoy the bloom of the rose on the vine, the soft breezes blowing in the wind. The fleeting memories being made. Now that the Sun is entering Gemini and Mars entering Aries there will be a lot more noise and activity in the air, which can be distracting while Mercury is retrograde. So take advantage of the Mercury retrograde in Taurus moments. Cultivate serenity whichever way you can, while allowing the dust to settle where it may.

Transitions for the week of May 20th thru the 27th:

May 20th: Sun enters Gemini

May 21st: The inferior conjunction of Mercury and the Sun at 0º Gemini 43’

May 22nd: Mercury enters Taurus

May 24th: Mars enters Aries

Metamorphosis: The Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio 2022

May 13th ~ 20th

“Death of a Butterfly” by Evelyn de Morgan

True transformation occurs only when we can look at ourselves squarely and face our attachments and inner demons, free from the buzz of commercial distraction and false social realities.  We have to retreat into our own cocoons and come face-to-face with who we are.  We have to turn toward our own inner darkness.  For only by abandoning its attachments and facing the darkness does the caterpillar’s body begin to spread out and find its light, and beautiful wings begin to form. ~ Julia Butterfly Hill

On May 15th or 16th (depending on where you are in the world) we have a Total Lunar Eclipse at 25º Scorpio 17’. Because of the refraction of the light as it passes through our atmosphere, it will tinge the Moon a deep reddish hue, hence the reason it is called a Blood Moon. The entire eclipse will be visible within the eastern parts of North America, all of South America and the Antarctic, but many parts of the world will be able to see at least some parts of the eclipse (West Africa, the rest of the Americas, Europe and Eastern Pacific), provided the Moon is above the horizon. For the visibility of the eclipse in your area, check the Time and Date website.

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is less than 3º from the South Node making it an almost perfect (Total) Eclipse. All the more intense. All the stronger. And because of all the planetary transits to this Eclipse degree all the more extensive. Almost everyone will feel this Eclipse to some degree.

Lunar Eclipses, much like ordinary Full Moons, are times of culmination, release, and revelation. Eclipses have the added quality of unpredictability. Kind of like a higher power sweeping in and rearranging the pieces on the playing board. These are turning points that can change paradigms, and bring long-term consequences to a head. The Lunar Eclipses at the South Nodes often point to those things in society (and in our own lives) that are no longer sustainable, holding us back, or keeping us from evolving. Things that we don’t usually want to talk about, admit to, or want to deal with, and are needing to be released and/or transformed.

South Node in Scorpio has domain over things like death, pain, atrocities, addiction, obsession and the abuse of power and wealth. Those things motivated by Greed, Envy and Wrath will wreak their undoing upon the Earth. And things like War, Weapons, rampant Corruption, Starvation, Rape, and Sexism; all the really dark stuff get tossed into the South Node in Scorpio pot. When we see what has occurred in the Ukraine, and with the undermining of women’s choices in the United States, and the inequality of wealth and power, along with their god-children Plutocracy and Autocracy, we are seeing the stirring up of the South Node in Scorpio.

The South Node conjunct the Moon is in Scorpio, and the North Node conjunct the Sun, is in Taurus. Taurus and Scorpio are financial signs that have ramifications on the global economy. We have been seeing this with the recent sanctions on Russia, the consequences of which have rippled across the globe. Although treacherous for the economy, indirectly this has also been a catalyst towards divesting ourselves from fossil fuels. Better for the economy and better for the Earth.

Humanity’s use of fossil fuels is severely damaging to the environment, causing pollution wherever they are produced, and wherever they are used, causing lasting harm to the climate of our planet. Could the recent sanctions and embargoes be just the catalyst we need to take our stewardship of our planet more seriously? Under the influence of the Taurus North Node we are being asked to pay attention. The habitability of our planet desperately depends on this. Meanwhile our Taurean Mother Earth sings to herself, while patiently waiting.

Whereas the Solar Eclipse of April 30th was very much about the freedom to be able to go in a new direction, the Lunar Eclipse is about acknowledging the things that are standing in the way and preventing us from doing so. What can no longer be ignored? What is no longer sustainable? What do we need to let go of? And where do we need to set better limits? When you see the South Node conjunct the Lunar Eclipse combined with a Saturn square, we need to become undone and let go of the previous shore, before we can reach the other side.

When Saturn is square the Nodes, as they now are, we find ourselves standing between one phase of our lives and the next, between what used to be in the past, and the dawning of our future potential. Mars and Neptune are trine the Lunar Eclipse, and can help us over the threshold. These two immersed in the diluvian depths of Pisces, are washing our feet in the River Lethe, the river of forgetfulness. This can render us oblivious, which is not always helpful. Especially if we wish to learn from the past. But they can also transport us to a much higher, much more altruistic perspective, beyond our own selfish egoic needs and attachments. In order to make a more effective beginning, and to fulfill our purpose we are needing to release those things that are no longer sustainable and supportive, and might actually be preventing us from growing and evolving.

In our own lives we could find ourselves compelled to face things that we would much rather not have to. These could be our own fears, or some sort of unavoidable reality that is looming over us. It takes great courage to do so. But it also affords us the opportunity to take greater control over our own life and choices. So as we stand here in this liminal time of uncertainty and transition, we could find ourselves longing for a past that is already fading. And yet even so, there is this undercurrent of anticipation for a future that holds ever greater promise and possibility.

The Solar Eclipse in Taurus April 30, 2022

April 29th ~ May 6th

“Dionysius the Areopagite and the Philosophers” by Antoine Caron

The first fact of existence is the law of change or impermanence. All that exists, from a mole to a mountain, from a thought to an empire, passes through the same cycle of existence, that is birth, growth, decay and death. Life alone is continuous, ever seeking self-expression in new forms. Life is Bridge; therefore build no house on it. ~ Christmas Humphries

The Solar Eclipse at 10º Taurus 35’ Saturday, Apr 30th 4:41 pm EDT

Taurus season lures us into a state of beguiled contentment with its soft breezes, and verdant gardens filled with promise. We have illusions of putting up our feet and relaxing into the decadence of our own desires, watching the grass grow, and feeding our senses. And this could almost be true, if it were not for Uranus, the lord of chaos, rumbling through the thickets and ploughing up the newly sprouting strawberries. Throw in a few eclipses and a retrograde Mercury on May 10th,  and there’s no telling where this will all land by the time we crawl into Gemini later in May.

Eclipses are known for their unpredictability. And the partial Solar Eclipse conjunct Uranus may be even more so. Taurus is a sign where we usually want things to be settled, safe and secure. Where we can contentedly put our feet up. But since Uranus has been in Taurus for the past 4 years, it has taken a number of liberties, moving things around without asking permission, and leaving us all wondering where everything is. Beneath the chaos and the changes in our lives, beyond the incessant unpredictability, there was something else going on. Uranus can be revelatory. It lifts us out of our own self-imposed lethargy, our accustomed ways of doing things, and forces us to see things from a whole new perspective.

Uranus shows us that we don’t have to keep doing things the way we always have in the past, or the way everyone else expects us to. Uranus shows us that we have choices. And that if we really really want peace and tranquility and lazy afternoons filled with soft breezes and decadent self-indulgences.. are you willing to adapt and make whatever changes that are necessary in order to make that possible? Uranus has been trying to open us up to possibilities that you might not have considered previously. And any changes that are initiated at this time can help to free you up for better things.

Embrace the changes that have been made, the changes that are occurring, and those that you might want to see yourself making in the future. 

Venus, exalted and glamorous in the sign of Pisces is exactly conjunct beneficent Jupiter on the day of the Eclipse. This is the story behind the eclipse. As the most elegant and exalted ruler of Taurus, she is Queen for the day, carrying the light from beneficent Jupiter to Pluto, filled with the promise of better things to come. Jupiter and Pluto make an exact sextile aspect on May 3rd, just days after the Solar Eclipse.

There can be something grandiose about this combination. And considering the recent purchase of the Twitterverse, you might want to make sure that you also are not taking on way more than you bargained for. The North Node in Taurus is the remedy and the solution, therefore with this series of eclipses we are reminded not to make things more complicated, but to make things simpler and more manageable.

And with Jupiter sextile Pluto hovering in the background, we are being asked to consider: What would serve the greater good? And how can I make the best use of my talents and my resources, for the greatest advantage? Jupiter sextile Pluto is asking us to create goals that will allow us to fulfill a larger vision, but not without taking into consideration our most important priorities and needs.

Pluto stations Retrograde April 29th

April 22nd ~ 29th


We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned… so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. ~ Joseph Campbell

All of the planets have been direct since February continuing with this forward momentum. But this is about to change as Pluto has slowed to a stop in preparation for its retrograde phase which begins on April 29th. And as Pluto now rolls about in his underground lair at the very far reaches of our solar system, all sorts of things tend to come to the surface. The process already began with the Full Moon on April 16th which was square (at cross quarters with) Pluto in the final degrees of Capricorn. Both endings and beginnings occur within the aegis of the the Pluto station which aims to transform our lives in meaningful ways.

Capricorn rules all the structures that sustain us, including brick and mortar buildings, our roads, highways, bridges and buildings. It also has domain over the systems and structures that govern and rule us, such as governments, leadership and the rule of Law. Mountains are representative of the firm structural elements of Capricorn which involve those structures that are long-lasting, grounded, and support us, including things like the bones in our body, our knees, and the skin which protects us. It also refers to those things which survive us, are old and weathered, honed and polished by the winds of time, or perhaps have now outlived their tenure, and are worn down due to the pressures of wear and tear.

Planets are often felt more strongly when they station. They seem to dig in. And as Pluto stations retrograde in Capricorn he reveals things about who these critical structures in our lives. Perhaps we may be asking ourselves: How have we outgrown these structures in our lives? Are they still sustainable and capable of supporting us? What critical structures have we previously been relying on that are no longer sustainable, and may even be undermining our stability and strength? The power of Pluto is internalized when it is retrograde asking us to purge, purify, and eliminate that which is no longer supporting us, may be decayed or preventing us from growing, evolving and taking full control of our lives.

When Pluto stations, he digs deep, unearthing all that is hidden beneath the surface. This is helpful in defining what is no longer working. It also brings to the surface all sorts of things that we had long buried away in some box some where so that we didn’t have to deal with it, or hoped it would just go away. And as they now come to the surface they can even bring with them a bit of fear, dread, shame, blame, and (goddess forbid) the fear of disclosure. And these are the very things that we need to dig up. For if we let them continue to fester below the surface they will weaken us with their pestilence, and then undermine us with despair when they finally collapse. It is time to mend, rebuild, and shore up the remnants of our lives, make ourselves and the structures that are supposed to support us, more reliable and more sustainable.

Doing this important Pluto work allows us to open the way for a new life to unfold, and enables us to move forward with a much lighter load. But it is not easy, and often requires a great deal of humility and courage. Pluto has domain over those things that consume us, such as sexuality, obsessions, habits, and addiction. It also has domain over those things that we don’t have any power over. Often one of the greatest lessons we can learn from Pluto is being able to discriminate between those things (or people) over which we do have control, and those we simply do not. Pluto is symbolized by the phoenix emerging out of the ashes of what once was, renewed, reborn and fully transformed. And so we also meet the metaphor of the alchemist during the retrograde phase of Pluto, which lasts until October 9th.

There are other things hidden deep down in the bowels of the earth and our subconscious lives that are also quite valuable. Treasures of unequal beauty and resilience, honed by external pressures and the breadth of time into something inexplicably beautiful and even magical. Pluto as alchemist is capable of converting lead into gold, carbon into diamonds; experience into revelation, evolutionary growth, deeper understanding, and the capacity to take control over the destiny of our lives.

As Pluto stations for its retrograde phase on the 29th, he is rolling us into Eclipses Season, beginning with the Solar Eclipse on April 30th. There is a stillness that is being asked of us as we approach this critical juncture of the year. With 4 planets in Pisces and 3 planets in Taurus, we are being asked to be present, be still and savor every moment, every breath, every nuance of meaning. For we are being asked to get back to the most important priorities of our lives. One element at a time.

Each year we look longingly and with anticipation to the verdant quietude of Taurus season. Like an oasis wafted with breezes and promises of leisurely days and personal indulgences, we have visions of putting our feet up and relaxing into the decadence of our own desires. This might even be true if it were not for the fact that Taurus has had a rather unruly house guest unceremoniously rearranging all the furniture of our lives. And he’s not planning on leaving any time soon. Uranus, that unpredictable house guest will be stirring things right up through the Solar Eclipse on the 30th. Like the calm before the storm, let us take as much advantage of whatever quietude we can savor.


The Full Moon in Libra 2022

April 15th ~ 22nd

“Moonlight” by Felicia Olin

True transformation occurs only when we can look at ourselves squarely and face our attachments and inner demons, free from the buzz of commercial distraction and false social realities.  We have to retreat into our own cocoons and come face-to-face with who we are.  We have to turn toward our own inner darkness.  For only by abandoning its attachments and facing the darkness does the caterpillar’s body begin to spread out and find its light, and then beautiful wings begin to form. ~ Julia Butterfly Hill

The Full Moon on Saturday, April 16th, at 26º Libra 46’ is square Pluto and opposite the fierce little dwarf planet Eris. Full Moons can be revelatory. They can bring things in our lives to some sort of crisis point that can no longer be contained. Our Hearts, our Emotions, our deepest Wounds are laid bare with this Moon, so that they can no longer be denied. An event, a comment, a passing gesture can be sufficient in such times to open up an entire basket of wounds, doubts, shame, traumas from some earlier time. Revisited, revealed, unfolding itself in all its putrid despair; we are being given choices. We can ignore the fact that the wound exists, and with prayers and wishes hope that it will all just go away. Or we can courageously confront our wounds, our problems, our traumas, with the heartfelt determination to heal them once and for all.

Libra is a sign of relating, of compromise and peace.  It is a sign of detente. It is where we come to make negotiations, and debate. But the Full Moon is also shining a light, from this place of Libra, on to the Aries Sun, which with Eris is in full battle gear. The Libra Full Moon in this guise can therefore also be about open warfare and confrontation. All the more so with Pluto caught in the cross hairs of the full Moon. All relationships, all alliances are going to be under scrutiny in this weather, as both the war goddess Eris and the lord of the Underworld are galvanized and ready to spew their wrath upon the earth.

Whatever is being illuminated by the Full Moon, whatever is standing in the way of us being able to make heartfelt connections with others, can be healed. It isn’t easy with Pluto. We cannot change the past. But we can begin by nurturing ourselves and others through forgiveness and acceptance. And we can then make a better beginning by making the commitment that This Will No Longer Be.

Pluto has to do with the overwhelming need for some sort of evolutionary growth. Pluto is the power of transformation, regeneration and rebirth. But in order to accomplish this rebirth, we need to weed out and exorcize the diseased and putrid wounds that are holding us back and preventing us from growing and evolving, both individually and as a society. Facing Pluto takes a tremendous amount of humility, courage and self-honesty. And it’s usually the things we would prefer to ignore, don’t want to deal with, and want to avoid. But there comes a time when the wounds fester to such a point that they can no longer be ignored. The wound will not heal unless it is scraped out at its very root in order to allow a full healing to begin.

When we are willing to look at our wounds, without shame and blame and disgust. Then we can heal them. And as a consequence open the way for our own evolutionary growth. And because we no longer have cause to fight and defend, we can then lay down our arms, and even move forward towards establishing deeper trust. Even with those we once considered to be our adversaries. Even with those we once thought unreachable. The past is what it is. We cannot change it. But we can begin to heal the wounds of the past by making a commitment to say No More. And we can create a new and better future through the choices and decisions we make today. So may it be.

Fascination, Passion & the US Pluto Return

February 18th ~ 25th

Elevation Drawings for the White House by James Hoban

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. ~ Arthur C. Clarke (Technology and the Future)

Jupiter and Uranus made their exact sextile on Thursday, February 17th, but we still have a few weeks to take advantage of this fabulous window, which will receive an additional surge with the New Moon in Pisces on March 2nd. So lean into it. And use it well. It is a fortuitous juncture filled with sudden chances, new ideas, revelations and new possibilities.

Sextiles don’t force us to do anything. There are no conflicts, discomforts or edginess to to get out of or avoid. Sextiles are just windows of opportunity that open up and then depart. However when we do take advantage of these fleeting transits, they can open up these doors along with our perspective, allowing us to see things in a whole new light. Inventive, illuminating and open, this is the sort of transit that shows us that we don’t have to keep doing things the way we always have in the past, and that there might actually be better and more clever ways of approaching our work, our problems, our conundrums.

Here are some ways to lean into the Jupiter/Uranus sextile:

  • Try something new: Go somewhere you’ve never been before. Meet new people. Go in a new direction. Venture into the territory of the new and untried.

  • Learn something new: Be open to new ideas or other perspectives. It can show you something that you might have missed! Take up a new study. Read up on a subject that fascinates you. And listen to what others might have to say on the subject. It broadens your outlook as well as your horizons.

  • Change up your routine or schedule: We are creatures of habit, and tend to do the same things every day in the same way. As a result we remain unaware of our surroundings, and the incredible diversity of our life and environment. Even small changes can have remarkable consequences in this weather, and open up our minds and our awareness to other possibilities.

  • Follow your fascination: Jupiter/Uranus windows can be illuminating. Discoveries are made. Our worlds open up. This is a time to be fascinated, and following that fascination can bring you to places you’ve never been before, either literally or in your own mind.

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Venus and Mars will be closely conjunct one another through March 20th. And even beyond that they will continue to be close enough to influence one another for some time. This is a passionate and romantic combination that can ignite the embers in our hearts. Channeled through the sign of Capricorn we can use that passion to achieve excellence and even some personal bests. For in Capricorn it’s all about quality, and putting our best for forward. Venus/Mars in Capricorn asks us to do what we love, and to do it with perfection.

Venus and Mars are seducing us with their wiles this week, filling our hearts with a bit of whimsical and romantic reverie. They are conspiring and colluding to draw certain people together, and to bring us in touch with that which will make our lives just a bit more soulful, meaningful and enriched. The intensity will come later, so enjoy it while you may. When channeled into what we do, Venus/Mars weather can be incredibly creative and soulful. Especially so this week as they sextile Neptune and trine the North Node in Taurus. Just the right way to welcome in the Pisces season this week.

But do be warned. Venus and Mars are not always about love and light. In early March Venus and Mars will meet up with Pluto steaming a hole of his own in the last degrees of Capricorn. Once these two meet up with Pluto, all of that Capricorn restraint and decorum is going to be put to the test.

This will also be when Venus finally emerges from her shadow period after the retrograde. For when Venus stationed retrograde on December 19th, she was at 26º of Capricorn and deeply embedded within the ambit of Pluto. And this week, on February 20th, Pluto also makes its first exact conjunction to the US Pluto. The other two will be July 11th and December 28th. We’ve been gradually working towards this Pluto return, unearthing, upending, deconstructing and reconstructing.

Pluto takes 248 years to make one complete revolution around the zodiac. We don’t live long enough to experience our own Pluto Returns, but countries can. And the United States is currently in the throes of its 1st Pluto Return. Pluto is a very slow moving planet, and as such its orbs of influence are long and far-reaching. This is not something that suddenly pops up, it has already been working its way through the systems and infrastructures of our lives, and within our own society, deconstructing, breaking down, while also hopefully evolving. The United States is suffering from tremendous growing pains.

Pluto reveals the dark underbelly of the systems of our society, and leaves nothing off the table. It begins with deconstruction, showing us what is no longer valid, what we have outgrown, what is no longer sustainable. Symptoms of a struggling Pluto in Capricorn are things like: Grandiosity and the Abuse of Power; Authoritarianism, Psychological Manipulation, Greed, Corporatocracy, Plutocracy, and believing that the End Justifies the Means. The desire for wealth and power becomes the goal, even at the expense of our ideals and the very foundations of our democracy.

The planet of birth, death and rebirth, of deconstruction and reconstruction, is also about our capacity to evolve under pressure. As pieces of our infrastructure begin to fail and crumble, will we be able to transform these into more sustainable, more relevant structures and systems that will support us for decades and centuries to come? Positive Pluto initiatives look like: Empowerment, Strength, the capacity to Evolve and Grow, Disclosure, Truth, Healing, Reinventing and Rebuilding. 

Working with Pluto is one of the hardest things we can do. It requires a huge amount of humility, and a willingness to look at our deepest and ugliest wounds. Not with guilt, shame or regret, but with honesty and integrity and a resolve to do better. Because we can do better, and find healing and growth in the process.

So whether this Pluto Return is to be about the utter deconstruction or the fabulous reconstruction of a Nation is yet to be determined. For it is ultimately up to us all as a nation, every one of us, to determine what the outcomes will be.

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships ~ the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt