Rest In Peace: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born with the Sun, Venus, Ceres and the North Node in Pisces. This is a sign strongly associated with peace, spiritual service, voluntary work, compassion and the collective. The old ruler of Pisces is Jupiter, a planet associated directly with law and lawyers. She also had a packed opposite Virgo house with Mars, the South Node, Neptune and Jupiter giving rise to a passionate desire to be of service.

Ruth was physically tiny but had immense presence and power (Sun trine Pluto). She became a national icon, was a feminist and fought tirelessly for equal rights.

Her extraordinary chart shows Cerberus, the hound of Hades conjunct Mother Goddess Ceres along with Heracles, otherwise known as Hercules – the strong one. Here we begin the see her fierce protective nature, the extreme loyalty to the cause, the defender of mothers. Dejanira (asteroid of victimhood) was conjunct her Sun yet despite going through her own trials and loss in life, she lived this energy to its highest level, fighting against discrimination. Vespa (wasp) also conjunct her Sun, ensured that she never backed down and had no qualms about standing up to others! Again, small but formidable!

A deeply in tune, powerful Moon in Scorpio gave her business acumen and nose for the truth. Elder Saturn widely conjunct wise woman Pallas ensures her lasting legacy throughout history.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, thank you for your extraordinary service on planet Earth. Rest well with the stars.

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Note, the chart is set to Aries houses as no time of birth is available.
Portrait source, wikipedia – public domain

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New Moon in Virgo – September 2020

The New Moon takes place at midday (BST) on September 17, 2020 at 25°Vi00′.

This is a strong Earth chart, but the Moon and Sun are opposed by watery Neptune. It’s like a landslide, Mother Nature has a will of her own (Ceres is out of Bounds) and nothing is assured or certain. With the focus on Virgo, we long to make a fresh start, scrub away problems, cleanse mind body and soul. But it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, beaten back by the tide, confused or defeated before we start.

The lights are squaring the Nodes and this too makes it a wobbly picture. Some astrological research suggests that these periods can be particularly challenging citing disasters, both natural and manmade and extreme tension in the collective psyche. Certainly for many of us, this has been a tense year and with Mars now retrograde and triggering the Saturn-Pluto conjunction once again, the heat is on. It’s unsettling and the onus is on each of us to explore where we can take personal responsibility (without trying to shoulder the weight of the world).

The question to ask is ‘where can I make it better? What one small thing can you do during this lunation that will improve circumstances? Use your imagination and set the seed of intention. Mercury, the ruler of this lunation however is squaring massive Jupiter, giving rise to big ideas and sweeping judgements. But it’s the little things that need our focus, the small tweaks, the quiet concentration. The New Moon is on the Sabian symbol ‘A Boy With A Censer Serves The Priest Near The Altar’. It’s about focusing on what is sacred and letting all else fall away. Instead of falling into illusion and delusion, we need to hold space for soul work without losing our connection to reality. Use Virgo’s discernment to carefully analyse the next steps. Thankfully the trines to the Capricorn planets give us an anchor and a place to go if we feel out of our depth. Do what needs to be done to keep life ticking over. Drink water. Balance work with rest. Keep a positive mindset. Concentrate on what is meaningful. Let go of the need for everything to be perfect. It might be messy right now but that doesn’t mean it’s broken.

Painting – Young Flemish maid by Camille Pissarro

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Weekly Astrology Forecast September 14 – 20, 2020

This Week’s Major Aspects

14-Sep-20 Mars opposite Juno
An unfair fight. Proactive diplomacy. Reactive deals. A struggle over whether to go it alone or join forces. Find middle ground.

15-Sep-20 Venus square Uranus. Sun trine Pluto
Love twist. Unexpected money problems. A desire to break free.
The power of purpose. Self-improvement through shadow-work. Strength of will.

16-Sep-20 No major aspects

17-Sep-20 New Moon in Virgo. Mercury square Jupiter. Sun trine Saturn
A small new start has potentially big results or consequences. Watch over-thinking it.
Talk less, do more.

18-Sep-20 No major aspects

19-Sep-20 No major aspects

20-Sep-20 Juno enters Scorpio
Intensification of relationship matters. The potential for jealous outbursts and controlling behaviour. Honesty is the best policy.

Painting – ‘The Fair Maid of Gascony (The Blond Gascon)’ by Camille Corot

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Weekly Astrology Forecast September 7 – 13, 2020

This Week’s Major Aspects

07-Sep-20 Saturn square Juno
To commit or not to commit, that is the question.

08-Sep-20 No major aspects

09-Sep-20 Mars stations retrograde. Sun trine Jupiter.
Have faith, even if goals and plans are waylaid. It’s time to reassess strategy, renew strength and restore courage.

10-Sep-20 Last Quarter Moon in Gemini, Mercury opposite Chiron
Words can hurt – use them carefully but don’t avoid the truth. A difficult conversation may lead to a turning point.

11-Sep-20 Sun opposite Neptune
Disorientation. A hall of mirrors. Feeling defeated or deflated.
Remind yourself of what is meaningful. Selfless service.

12-Sep-20 No major aspects

13-Sep-20 Jupiter stations direct. Venus trine Chiron
After a time of restriction, an opportunity for growth.
Finding the beauty in an imperfect world. Love is healing.

Painting – ‘Vase with Red Gladioli’ by Vincent van Gogh

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Full Moon in Pisces September 2020 – Timeless

The Full Moon occurs at 06:21 (BST) on September 2, 2020 at 10°Pi12′.

The Moon is in Pisces, soft, watery, all encompassing. We’re drifting on the ocean, clouds and stars reflected on the surface. It’s hard to tell where the sea ends and the sky begins. In Pisces, there are no barriers or boundaries.  In this place, we are at one with all that it, egoless, merged, indistinguishable from everything else. It’s a beautiful experience but with the Sun in practical Virgo – a sign that is here to help, efficient and business like – this woozy atmosphere could manifest as feeling confused, defeated, uncertain, weak, helpless.  The perfect plans evaporate, time slips – in fact, there is no time here. It’s endless, forever, the vastness of eternity.

In Virgo, we work hard – chop wood, carry water. We do what needs to be done – clean teeth, pack lunch, wash the dishes, feed the kids. We tinker, adjust, make do and mend. But sometimes in the midst of a boring commute or vacuuming the living room, we catch sight of something else. In that moment, maybe we realise we lost the thread, we lost the meaning of why we are doing, what we are doing.

And so, at the Pisces Full Moon, we have a chance to reassess and rebalance. As we are tugged by the undercurrent, we can only move with the tide, surrender, allow ourselves to be lost so that we can be found. As Neptune, the ruler of this lunation, opposes Mercury, we can’t think our way through this or out of this. A concurrent Venus-Neptune trine tells us that it is through the heart that we find our way. Have compassion. Send our waves of love. With the Moon widely conjunct Ceres, Goddess of the Grain, it’s time to feed the soul.

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The Moon sits on the midpoint of a Uranus-Pallas trine and the Sun will perfect a trine to Uranus on the same day as the Full Moon. If we allow ourselves to rest and make space for the cosmic, we create a corridor of communion. Uranus and Pallas gift us with higher perception, wisdom, flashes of insight, sudden knowing. Uranus reminds us that maybe there is a different way of being.

The Sabian symbol of this lunation is ‘Men Traveling A Narrow Path, Seeking Illumination‘. We are searching for meaning. Sometimes we have to shut out the distractions, mixed messages, stories of disaster and sorrow. Visualise travelling a path of light that falls on water from the moonlight above. In this place, you can be anyone or anything. Higher beings stand ready to open the door to your unconscious and the collective unconscious beyond. Breath. Meditate, Dream. Imagine. Everything is connected.

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September 2020 Astrology Forecast

We have a big month ahead. We begin with an unobtrusive Full Moon in Pisces on September 2. Yes, sometimes we can be awash with emotions during this lunation but with the only major aspect being a sextile to objective Uranus, it feels like we have more of an ability to keep our head above water. Combining out of the box thinking with imagination should help us to find our way out of any muddles that we find ourselves in. The helpful vibes continue as we then have a grand trine between the Sun, Jupiter and Uranus from September 4 – 7. It brings with it a feeling that we’re ready for change, optimistic, willing to expand our understanding of ourselves. This could manifest as new opportunities that bring us a sense of growth and progress.

Venus enters Leo on September 6, changing our approach to love and money. Leo is dramatic, proud, creative, needing to be seen and heard. We can imagine love goddess Venus dripping in glittery jewels and preening her glorious mane of hair. Yes, she can be a drama queen under this influence but still, this transit can be a lot of fun. The way we express love under this transit is to lavish attention on a partner, make them feel special – and we do anticipate of course that we will also receive some royal treatment at some point! It’s time to indulge in a little of what we fancy, a date – or three, an afternoon spent painting, a get together with friends (even if socially distanced), listening to tunes and dancing around the room. Maybe we want to spend some of our hard-earned cash to treat ourselves or others. Leo is a generous sign that likes to make an impression – although it’s not about spending more than we can afford.

Enjoy the vibe whilst you can because Mars then stations retrograde on September 9. I wrote an article about that here. Mars stationing retrograde tells us that we are going to have to hold off goal chasing for a while and instead turn within to reconnect with our motivation and passion. As with any retrograde period, it’s a time of reassessment. Mars retrograde will give us an opportunity to explore where we might have denied ourselves what we want, root out anger that is undermining us and strengthen our willpower. Its also a test of patience. Buckle up and get ready for the long haul. Mars will be retrograde until November 14 and will leave the shadow zone on January 2, 2021.

The Last Quarter Moon on September 10 is in Gemini and square the Sun in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces. This T-square pattern suggests that we need to make a choice but we could feel caught between analysis paralysis (Sun in Virgo) and confusion (Neptune in Pisces). Whatever we decide however is likely to be important as the Moon is widely conjunct the North Node. A two-pronged approach, such as carefully sorting through details and listening to our intuition, will help us reach a decision.

Jupiter completes its yearly retrograde on September 13, stationing direct on this date. The Sabian symbol of this degree is ‘The Union Jack Flag Files From A British Warship’ which can be a volatile degree given its warring nature. Jupiter can indicate judgements and legal issues so it makes me wonder whether there might be some important developments, particularly in the UK around this time. For all of us, whilst Mars retrograde keeps us in check, we may feel a sense of relief as one part of life at least seems to be starting to develop again. The other side of the Sabian symbol is about knowing what we stand for and aligning with our true beliefs.

The New Moon in Virgo on September 17 asks us to make a new start that is geared towards making improvements in our lives. Virgo is tidy, disciplined, focused on service and doing her best. But the opposition from Neptune to this lunation could introduce disillusion and disarray. High ideals and perfectionism could get in the way of our plans. Thankfully though, there are supporting trines to the Capricorn trio (Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto) which should help to anchor us in reality and do the best with what we have.

September 19 opens a bumpy period as Mercury in Libra begins to form a T-square by opposing Mars and squaring Saturn and Pluto. It’s an argumentative pattern, given to obsessive thinking, frustrated communications and conflicting ideas. Perhaps the most important point to make here is that we need to consider what we say before we say it and avoid rushing into decisions – especially if we feel scared. With the T-square pointing to Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto, we need to stay focused on the big picture, take responsibility where we can and exert our power with awareness. The T-square will be in orb until September 27.

The season turns on September 22 as the Sun enters Libra. Now we are at the equinox, a time of equal day and equal night, we need to see whether the scales balance in our own lives too. Libra season is a time for realigning ourselves to our centre through making adjustments in our relationships and within ourselves. Libra is about healthy partnerships of all kinds, working together, cooperation, give and take. In the Northern hemisphere, this is the time of taking stock as we reach the second and main harvest period. The final harvest happens at Samhain (Hallowe’en). Consider, what has come to fruition in your life this year? Give thanks for all that you have been given.

Mercury then enters the shadow zone on September 23, preparing for the retrograde next month. With Mercury in shadow and Mars already retrograde, it’s to be anticipated that the slow down starts to become palpable. September 24 brings the First Quarter Moon in Capricorn, putting us in a serious mood as we explore what we have achieved. Whilst the Sun in Libra enjoys a little luxury (remember Libra is ruled by Venus!), Capricorn prefers to focus on the necessities. Maybe we’re having to rein in spending, spend more time at work or putting money away for a rainy day.

The financial theme continues as Mercury then enters business-minded Scorpio on September 27. Maybe we’re thinking about debts, shared resources in partnerships, business investments. This transit also pushes us to think deeply and express what is going on underneath. We also become more focused, open to research and detective work to solve troubles. Unfortunately suspicion and lack of trust can also be the hallmark of this transit as every word spoken and every gesture given seems to have an undertone to it. As Mercury will spend an extended time in Scorpio (as well as an extra two weeks in Libra), we know that it’s going to be important for us to consider our fears, complexes and shadows and do our best to bring them into the light of the conscious mind. Mercury is on a search for the truth.

The months ends on a serious note as Saturn stations direct on September 29, just as Mars forms its second square to Saturn. As Mars is retrograde and Saturn is stationing direct, it feels like this aspect is super-weighted and super-charged. It’s like an achingly slow tipping point, like waiting for the pendulum to swing back up, waiting for a slowing clock to count down the minutes. It feels like holding your breath to see who the winner is going to be and fighting to run as your body paralyses in a dream. This is stop and go, brake and accelerator all at once. The urge is to push against blocks but we can’t. We must yield to Saturn’s greater wisdom and cool Martian tempers. We can’t strike until the iron is hot.

Painting – Harvester by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

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Weekly Astrology Forecast August 24 – 30, 2020

This Week’s Major Aspects

24-Aug-20 Mars square Saturn
What you resist persists. Roadblocks. Headaches. Perseverance and patience are required.

25-Aug-20 First Quarter Moon in Sagittarius, Venus opposite Jupiter. Mercury trine Uranus.
A need to feel occupied and useful vies with a desire to run away. A huge hunger for more generates discontent. Ask yourself new questions to find new solutions.

26-Aug-20 Grand trine with Mercury, Uranus and Pallas
Pattern recognition. Brainstorming. Tap into higher knowledge and ancient wisdom.

27-Aug-20 Mars sextile North Node. Venus trine Neptune
Evolution occurs when you follow your passion. Unconditional love. Peace and harmony.

28-Aug-20 Pluto square Juno, Sun opposite Ceres
Controlling relationships. Power games. Jealousy and revenge. A need to let go.

29-Aug-20 Mercury trine Jupiter
A drive to learn. Hit the books. Sign up for a workshop. A positive mindset.

30-Aug-20 Venus opposite Pluto, Mercury opposite Neptune
Trust issues in relationships. Mixed messages. Insecurity breeds fear. Love your shadows.

Painting – ‘The Wrestlers’  by Gustave Courbet

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