Full Moon in Aquarius August 2020

The Full Moon occurs at 16:58 (BST) on August 3, 2020 at 11°Aq45′.

The Moon in Aquarius opposes the Sun in Leo. Where the Sun is, we want to be seen and heard. In Leo we want to play, create, enjoy what life has to offer. It’s like the long, lazy days of school holidays, tumbling down hills and playing with the dog. The Moon in Aquarius however shows that right now we need to feel connected, to perhaps suppress some of our more essential nature to feel accepted by the group – or our audience. In Aquarius and the global 11th house, we recognise our connection to others, that we are part of a group, network and society. This is also the place where we start to consider our priorities. Gone are the long days of doing whatever we want. Instead it’s time to think about what we need for our future. We can’t do everything so there are choices to be made. The old ruler of Aquarius (Saturn) reminds us that we only have so much time when we grow up.

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Issues connected to our freedom, future and friendships come to a head at this Full Moon. It’s a tense picture because the lights square Uranus, modern ruler of Aquarius and this lunation. Everything points to the fact that what we took for granted (Taurus) is changing (Uranus). There’s anxiety because the shape of things is changing, and we have no idea what form they will take in times to come. But we need to let the changes happen. Aquarius, Leo and Taurus are all fixed signs which are resistant to change. But the more resistance we put up, the more the universe shakes us out of our comfort zone. “Wake up” says Uranus. There’s more to consider – different perspectives, scenarios, ways of being, experiences, friends”. It’s so easy to get into a rut but right now we’re being forced out of it, one lightning bolt at a time. Our values and resources are changing to benefit the Earth, to benefit humanity.

On a personal level, part of the problem or catalyst might be due to Mercury perfecting an opposition to Saturn today too. This is what I call the ‘no’ aspect. “No, you can’t have a pay rise. No, you can’t visit your friends. No, you can’t buy that house. Just no! “.

And we don’t like no because it makes us scared. We feel like time is running out. We take it too personally. Thoughts loom in the mind and before we know it, we’ve thought ourselves into a poverty hovel with no love, no future. It’s important that we reframe our thoughts. The ‘no’ might be not yet or not your door or not this time. No is sometimes needed to push us onto a different path. The Full Moon in Aquarius and the square to Uranus says we need to embrace something different or new at this time to jump start us out of complacency. We need to resolve feelings of being devalued, unworthy or like an outsider looking in.

Maybe we’re struggling with our friends, feeling the odd one out. Or perhaps we feel isolated (I know literally for some!), alienated, not accepted by our peers. Perhaps we’ve made so much of our own difference that we’ve made it an issue before others have. Maybe we’re so focused on our own future that we’ve distanced ourselves from others. A sextile between the Moon and Chiron in Aries asks us to find ways to help ourselves so that we can help one another. We need to accept our vulnerabilities and weaknesses to move forwards.

Whatever the challenges, the Sabian symbol of the Full Moon ‘On A Vast Staircase Stand People Of Different Types, Graduated Upward’ reminds us that this is part of our ascension. The tests we are facing now are necessary for our progress.

Free yourself from the ties that bind. Yield to the changes. Big breakthroughs come you are open to the new and different. Think outside of the box.

Painting – ‘Mekheski – Moon People’ by Nicholas Roerich

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New Moon in Cancer July 2020 – Ancient History

The New Moon occurs at 18:32 (BST) on July 20, 2020 at 28°Cn26′.

This is the second New Moon in Cancer this year which gives us a second chance to set the seeds of our intentions.

The New Moon chart contains a lot of Cardinal energy. Cardinal energy is uprushing, forthright, pushing forwards. But the sign Cancer, like the crab, likes to approach things from side on. Here we test the water, feel out what is safe and viable. With a strong focus on the element of water, our emotions are close to the surface – more so as the Moon is in her own domain. It’s important that we monitor our responses so that we don’t take things too personally.

Note that the Moon is in the degree of the Nodes, along with Saturn. Planets in the degree of the Nodes take on greater significance. It tells us that there is a story about karmic patterns bound up in this lunation and this is emphasised by the New Moon’s tight opposition to Saturn, Lord of Karma. As if we needed any further indications of how important these times are, the New Moon occurs just as comet Neowise is reaching its closest approach to Earth on July 23. It will be in the theatrical sign of Leo, perfect for a dramatic encounter with an ancient heavenly messenger that has 6.6 billion years of travels under its belt. We will not see it again for another 6800 years.

When I was a child, I used to dream of a man with a long white beard who would point his staff to the constellation of the Great Bear and make the stars move. As an adult, I had this constellation tattooed on my shoulder to honour this dream and the wise old spirit who showed me my path. It feels important somehow to know that comet Neowise will be in the constellation of the Ursa Major at its peak. Comets are omens, harbingers, bringers of important news. We are already in a year that will live long in the history books. The signs of change are coming thick and fast. Neo wise – new wisdom. It seems resonant with Saturn moving into Aquarius at the end of this year. The phrase the ‘new normal’ is already entrenched in the media. Neowise and Saturn tell us that there is no going back. We can no longer cling to the past, something that Cancer is inclined to do.

At the last New Moon in Cancer, Saturn was quincunx the lights meaning that it was difficult to see what was blocking us. Now, with Saturn opposing this lunation, it’s as though we’re fully aware of the problems, responsibilities and restrictions that are holding us back. It’s uncomfortable for the soft and sensitive Cancer sensibilities but still, now we know what we’re dealing with.

Despite it being a time of new beginnings, we may find that there is something standing in the way of our objectives. Maybe we need a delay before we make a start on new domestic plans or family matters. Maybe we need time to figure out what we’re trying to achieve. Saturn as Old Father Time reminds us – to everything, a season.

The New Moon is opposite Pluto which tells us that facing our fears is also part of the equation. The most basic fears are connected to the unknown and things that are not within our control. Once again, we must confront shadow material and explore where our past (Cancer) is attempting to dictate our future. We must unearth toxic emotional content, acknowledge any neediness or dependency issues born from manipulative family dynamics. Maybe for some of us, the presence of Pluto is simply reflected in our current circumstances, where the threat of Covid-19 along with the tumultuous changes it has brought with it, have threatened our very existence and left us feeling unprotected and exposed. The foundations of our world are shaking and little feels safe right now. The opposition from the New Moon to Jupiter suggests that we need to be conscious of where we might over-inflate already pressing problems.

These are testing times, but we do have a soft spot to fall as the Sun and Moon form a trine to gentle Neptune in Pisces. It’s a reminder to use our imagination constructively, to fall back on prayer, meditation and other spiritual work; to remember that we are all connected; to forgive. If you feel rootless and afraid, call on your spiritual guardians and guides. Interpret your circumstances as if it were a dream to find meaning. Draw strength from faith. Don’t forget to look up to the stars and wonder at the vastness of space. Sink into a moment with an ancient traveller who whispers stories of our origins and who will carry our tales beyond our end.

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Solar Eclipse in Cancer June 2020

The Solar Eclipse occurs at 07:41 (BST) on June 21, 2020 at 00°Cn21′.

This eclipse is a North Node eclipse, meaning that events and impressions that occur around this time are there to help our soul’s growth. We’re asked to come out of our comfort zone (the South Node), watch for signs and signals, pay attention to our gut instincts.

But this isn’t easy as the eclipse takes place in Cancer – a sign associated with home and family, the quiet indoor world we inhabit away from the public eye. In Cancer we’re concerned about safety and our emotions are heightened. Here we need to feel like we belong and we’re sensitive to undercurrents in our country and environment.

The eclipse is widely square to Mars in Pisces, itself still in a waning conjunction to Pisces ruler Neptune. So, in the background, we’re aware of boiling conflict, uneasiness, helplessness. And yet this same aspect has been the driving force pushing us to stand up and defend those who have been marginalised by society. Spiritual warriors have stood up and said no to racism and yes to unity. The square from Mars to the eclipse tells us that we’re dealing with tiring ongoing conflicts that threaten to sap energy, drive and will – and yet, if we’re willing to step up, we can use these energies productively, imaginatively, compassionately.

The eclipse is also quincunx Saturn, an irritation that tells us that we must make some adjustments to accommodate for responsibilities, commitments and rules that may also feel uncomfortable.  This aspect encourages us to find ways to support ourselves, even when circumstances are less than desirable.

The Sabian symbol for this eclipse is :-

On A Ship The Sailors Lower An Old Flag And Raise A New One

At the turn of the season, we are also witnessing a change in our standards. This is a powerful moment in history. What we once aspired to has now fallen out of favour. Now is the time to pledge a new allegiance, up our game, set a different course.

Painting – ‘Ship’ by David Burliuk

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Mercury Retrograde in Cancer – June 2020

Mercury enters the shadow zone on June 2, 2020 and will station retrograde at 05:58 BST on June 18, 2020 at 14°Cn45′ R. During this year, each Mercury retrograde will occur in water signs (aside from a few degrees in Aquarius at the end of March’s retrograde and a few degrees of Libra at the end of October’s retrograde). These mostly watery retrogrades, encourage contemplation on our emotional life. It’s important to note too that Mercury is now the ruler of the transiting North Node, the point that speaks of our spiritual evolution. This suggests that each Mercury retrograde we experience during the transit of the North Node in Gemini will have some karmic story overtone to it.

Some ideas to consider whilst Mercury is retrograde in Cancer

Where do you belong?
Who are your family – blood relatives and/or kindred spirits?
Where do you feel cast out?
Are you connected to the right people in your life?
How is your relationship to food?
Are your feelings reflected in the people closest to you?
Deep down, how do you feel?
What feelings need to be vocalised?
Who are you when you close the front door, kick off your shoes and lie on the sofa?
Write your memoir
Get a DNA test
Do your family tree

Mercury Retrograde June 2020 Major Aspects

02-Jun-20 Mercury enters shadow zone
18-Jun-20 Mercury stations retrograde
26-Jun-20 Mercury trine Ceres
29-Jun-20 Mercury conjunct Vesta
30-Jun-20 Mercury sextile Uranus
01-Jul-20 Sun conjunct Mercury
01-Jul-20 Mercury square Chiron
02-Jul-20 Mercury square Juno
08-Jul-20 Mercury square Mars
12-Jul-20 Mercury stations direct
26-Jul-20 Mercury exits shadow zone

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Painting – Cottage with Peasant Coming Home by Vincent van Gogh

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Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius June 2020 – Rise

The lunar eclipse occurs at 20:12 (BST) on June 5, 2020 at 15°Sg34′.

This is the first of the eclipses in this season. A lunar eclipse occurs at a Full Moon, so we are dealing with culmination, crises, decisions, high points. This eclipse will be hard to spot with the naked eye as it’s a penumbral eclipse but astrologically it does pack a punch.

The Moon is in the sign Sagittarius. This is a mutable (changeable/flexible) fire sign – spirited, restless, visionary. In Sagittarius we’re focused on the big picture. We’re looking at issues connected to international travel and transport, foreign cultures, publishing, promotion, morals and laws, philosophy, religion, faith and belief. The shadow side of Sagittarius is indoctrination, assumptions, arrogance, holier than thou attitudes, preaching, recklessness, over-reaching, ‘above the law’.

The Moon opposes the Sun in Gemini – an air sign focused on communication, dialogue, information, education. To resolve the tension between these two placements we need to listen to each side of a debate, be open to learning and new information, balance wide angles with fine details. With the Moon also opposing retrograde Venus in Gemini, this journey isn’t necessarily comfortable. I watched a video discussing racism recently and one speaker named Rev. Deborah Johnson said that “we can’t heal what we don’t feel”. Right now, we’re awash with feeling – perhaps precisely because there’s so much healing that we need to do. Venus retrograde in Gemini is prompting us to look at where we have disconnected from each other at heart level. Mercury will form a sextile to Uranus and a square to Chiron on the same day as the lunar eclipse – instructing us to open our minds and consider alternative perspectives, even if some conversations are hard or the topics discussed touch on our own sense of vulnerability.

Mars in Pisces makes a tight square to the lights, turning this eclipse chart into T-square. All the tension from the Sun and Moon are poured into Mars. The Sun and Mars have already been in orb of a square since May 13 and it’s clear from planetary events that anger and frustration have been building. This T-square pointedly raises the question ‘what are we going to DO’? Whether the issue is a collective one or a private one, this chart tells us that something needs to be done.

Mars is about goals, action, will, desire, passion. Mars is how we fight and how we defend ourselves. Naturally, he can be hot-headed, impulsive, apt to act first, think later. But in Pisces, some of the fiery energy is dissipated and as we’re drawn towards unity, peace, charitability, spirituality, helping, the collective. Pisces is the place where all differences fall away and we are one.

Neptune, ruler of Pisces, is also part of the picture, conjoined with Mars and therefore also squaring the Moon and Sun. Under this stressful pattern we have issues of deflection, deception, disappointment, loss, confusion, helplessness. Ceres, the Great Mother is also part of the square. We need to nurture our sense of connection to one another, cherish one another. We are all made of the same star stuff.

The Sabian symbol for this eclipse is :-

Sea Gulls Fly Around A Ship In Expectation Of Food

This symbol speaks of unequal relationships, dependency, co-dependency. We need to explore where we are inadvertently supporting relationships with an unhealthy bias. In our own lives too, sometimes we look to others to provide us with something that we could provide for ourselves creating an unhealthy dynamic.

It’s also a time to address our expectations, whether we are expecting too much or too little. The square to Neptune from the lights can go other way. Either we’ve lost touch with reality, in which case we could be in for a disappointment, or we’ve lost so much faith that we’re dreaming small, afraid to barely dream at all. With the eclipse in Sagittarius, square Mars, it’s about holding a vision and intention, having the courage to hope. Mars in Pisces fires up imagination and asks us to use our imagination as a tool.  But as the South Node also lies in Sagittarius now, we must be willing to let go of belief systems and laws that don’t serve everyone. As Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius is retrograde, we must question the reality we have built and consider how we can build something better in the future.

Painting – ‘Seascape’ by Margit Selska

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June 2020 Astrology Forecast

It’s a busy month ahead. Venus returns from a jaunt out of bounds on June 1. Whilst Venus has been out of bounds and retrograde to boot, it may have been difficult to get a handle on matters around relationships but perhaps now at least, we may start to feel more settled as we work through our thoughts and feelings.

Mercury enters the shadow zone of the next upcoming retrograde though on June 2. If you think things are running slow, they really are! We already have Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and Pallas retrograde and Mercury and Neptune are upcoming! It feels like there is a very insistent cosmic call saying ‘review, revise, revisit.

We are now entering eclipse season too, with the first, a lunar eclipse, taking place on June 5. This eclipse will be in Sagittarius, signalling that there are important decisions to be made around issues such as travel and international connections, belief systems, legal issues or education. Sagittarius is about the ‘big picture’, vision, inspiration. The complication with this eclipse is that it will be opposite retrograde Venus and tightly square Mars. This creates more tension as we’re perhaps feeling pushed to move quickly but maybe our heart isn’t sure what we want. Everything comes down to Mars – just what are we going to do? Mars is also widely conjunct Neptune, so Neptune is also square the eclipse. This in itself can feel muddled. We feel lost, confused, uncertain. The key will be listening to our intuition to guide our actions.

Mercury returns from being out of bounds on June 9 so this at least may help to clarify thinking. As mentioned above though, with Mercury in the shadow zone, decisions made now will likely come under review later down the line.

A semi-sextile between Uranus and Chiron on June 10 is the 24th of a series of 26 aspects! Given the current circumstances in the world, I’m suddenly seeing this aspect as new perspectives (Uranus) emerging from health issues (Chiron)! We can also see that with Uranus ahead of Chiron in the zodiac, a change in what we see as ‘precious’ is necessary for our healing. Our values are being given a radical makeover. The more we focus on our individual healing process (Chiron in Aries), the more we manifest a change in how we use our collective resources (Uranus in Taurus).

The Last Quarter Moon on June 13 brings us to the last turn in the lunar cycle and challenges us to confront some of the issues raised by the Lunar eclipse. The Moon is in Pisces, conjunct Neptune and Mars. Now more than ever it is important that we make time for peace and quiet to listen to what our soul has to say. As the Moon squares the Sun in Gemini, part of us would prefer to rely on facts, figures and logical thinking. But our gut instincts must be given centre stage for us to resolve the tension. Mars and Neptune perfect their conjunction too on this date. We need to confront illusions, chase away defeatism, amp up our faith. If we feel discouraged, it’s best we make time for creative pursuits as Mars energises our imagination.

Mercury stations retrograde on June 18 and will spend three weeks backtracking through the sign Cancer in the global 4th house. This suggests that the themes we will be dealing with in relation to this retrograde will be centred around home and family, childhood, ancestors, roots, memories and feelings. Mercury in Cancer encourages us to talk through our emotions and share our feelings. Perhaps having had a lot more time at home recently, we’re re-thinking what we need. For some, family connections have been strained this year – either seeing too much or not enough of loved ones. This time may bring up new topics of discussion and a need to reconnect. Many of us also may be thinking about the question ‘where and with whom do I belong?’.

Mars forms sextiles to first Pluto and then Jupiter on June 19 and 20 respectively. As Mars moves away from the disorientating influence of Neptune, energies are boosted by Jupiter and intensified by Pluto. Now we’re becoming more confident, more focused, more willing to press for positive change. Big work can be achieved with an optimistic attitude and strength of will.

June 20 is also the date that the Sun enters Cancer, signalling the turn of the season. This is the summer solstice in the Northern hemisphere and the time when the Sun is at its peak. But after this, the days will slowly grow shorter until we reach autumn equinox. In the Southern hemisphere, the Sun is at its weakest at the midwinter solstice. Here the Sun is reborn, with its light gradually growing. During this transit, we may feel more insular or desire more time at home as safety and comfort are paramount for this sign. Moods may be more pronounced and its important that we nurture ourselves. Eat home cooked food. Languish in a bath. Drink water.

June 21 sees the Solar eclipse in Cancer. With the Sun and Moon on the Solstice degree and conjunct the anaretic North Node, it seems to have extra significance and magic. This eclipse is however, like the previous eclipse, square to Mars. So, we still have issues connected to action, goals, confidence and energy to address. There’s a sense that an important new start in our domestic life may push us out of our comfort zone in some way, especially as the eclipse is also quincunx Saturn. Right now, it seems we can’t rest on our laurels.

Neptune stations retrograde on June 23. At the yearly station, we may feel momentarily disorientated as the tide seems to slow, stop and turn. We may become more aware of undercurrents, more sensitive to collective emotions in the ether, more attuned to cosmic energies. Neptune is the planet that rules our ideals, wishes and dreams. In backward motion, the veil of illusions lifts and we begin to see where we have been kidding ourselves. Realising that we have been duped by illusions and disappointed by that which can never come to be can be a tough call for some. It’s tempting to lose faith, to feel disconnected, afraid that we are lost – and yet if we allow ourselves to see the truth, it creates the right conditions to dream a better dream, one that we can bring into manifestation.

Venus stations direct on June 25, completing her transformation from evening to morning star. Now we are clearer about the truth in our hearts and the choices we have to make. Problems with money and relationships begin to ease around this time although it will take until July 29 for Venus to clear the shadow zone and fully conclude this retrograde cycle.

A square from Mars to the Nodal axis on June 26 is extra intense as all points are on anaretic degrees. It feels like we’re floundering with a sense of urgency, afraid to fail yet knowing we must take action. The desire to do something to help, to make the world a better place could feel acute.  Remember that Mars has been the focal point of two eclipses and now is the subject of attention by the Nodes. For us to move forwards on our evolutionary path, we must have courage. We must take action. We must channel our passions. We must be spiritual warriors. Whatever wasn’t done must now be actioned. There’s no time to waste.

Mars then enters home sign Aries on June 28, beginning a super long transit through this sign due to a retrograde beginning in September. Mars will remain in Aries for the remainder of the year, not entering Taurus until January 7, 2021. It certainly seems as though this month is preparing us for this potent transit. Mars in Aries is going to bring some testing times, individually and globally as it will create squares to both Saturn and Pluto, re-animating issues that began back in January.

Passions naturally run high when Mars is at home. We want everything to move fast. We want to achieve our goals and to hell with whatever is in the way. We want to lead the charge against corruption (Pluto) and limitation (Saturn). But we’re going to have to accept some limits. We’re going to have to accept there are some things that aren’t in our control. It’s all about tempering our reactions and not losing our spirit/fight/will when things get in the way.  As Mars enters Aries, he will create a sextile to Saturn which promises that there is a wonderful opportunity to build our muscles, assert authority, move forwards with integrity.

Also on June 28, we have the First Quarter Moon in Libra which asks us to find our centre. There is a push to come out of hiding and create partnerships and allies. The struggle is that the Moon opposes Chiron so we may feel wounded, afraid of being hurt, afraid of hurting others. It’s a fine balance but the Moon is supported by a trine to Saturn so that should help us to maintain our equilibrium.

The final aspect of the month is the biggest as we have the second in a series of three conjunctions between Jupiter and Pluto on June 30. As Jupiter rules abundance and Pluto is connected to great wealth, we could see much more talk about the highs and lows in the financial sectors. As governments spend trillions trying to bail us out of the consequences of Covid 19, we are also beginning to see huge changes in the world. I mentioned in the past how this has the potential to manifest as an extreme magnification of truths that have previously been hidden. Yes, we are in an enormous crisis, but this is a catalyst for a greater vision. We mustn’t let our fears spiral out of control.

Painting – Midsummer Eve by Edward Robert Hughes

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North Node in Gemini – May 2020 – January 2022

The North Node entered Gemini and the South Node entered Sagittarius on May 5, 2020. The Nodes will remain in these signs until January 18, 2022. Note that in my practice I use the True Node. The Mean Nodes will enter Gemini/Sagittarius on June 5, 2020 and remain in those signs until December 3, 2021.

The Nodes themselves are points in space. They represent the intersection between the orbital path of the Moon with the ecliptic. Below is a handy image to help you visualise. The Nodes are what connect the unconscious (the Moon) with the conscious (the Sun) or the eternal soul (the Moon) with the mortal identity (the Sun). The Nodes are like a mystical gateway that takes us from past to future. They are also like a compass, guiding us along our soul path.

Image from wikipedia

The Nodes travel backwards through the signs, their retrograde motion reminding us that we are always meeting our past – from other lives and from this life, the consequence of choices we have made along the way. The North Node has extremely brief times of direct motion whereas the Mean Node remains always retrograde. Brief periods of the Node moving in direct motion can represent respite from karmic developments and also an opportunity to create threads of new karma. When the Nodes change signs, it signals the beginning of a new lesson in our collective karmic evolution.

The passage of the South Node indicates where we have got stuck. It represents our comfort zone, the place that we fall back on when the going gets tough, the blind spot, a weak point, the part that has been done to death and needs to move on. We’ve ‘been there and bought the tee shirt’ where the South Node is concerned. This point also represents unresolved karma, the lessons we have skirted around, the things we know we need to do but don’t. To understand the meaning of the South Node, it is best to take the most challenging traits of the sign concerned to see where we might experience problems and difficulties. We can however, also take the best traits of this sign and put them to the service of the North Node to help us fulfil our mission. The South Node can also hint at what we have excelled at in a previous incarnation which can manifest as a natural talent in this life.

So, beginning with the South Node, Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the greatest of the Gods – he who reigned supreme above all. This is a sign that is connected to faith, adventurousness, overseas travel, higher education, morals and laws and symbolic language. In Sagittarius we’re looking at the big picture, theorizing, thinking in abstract. The challenge with this sign is that it can become pompous and opinionated. ‘What I believe is the law’ says the Sagittarius shadow and we can certainly see how this can become a problem. One of the big issues we may be dealing with during this transit is the concept of truth. Is there one truth or many truths? We’ve already seen the start of this with the many theories about Covid 19 – from the scientifically verified to the conspiracy theory, everyone is fixated on their own truth. But the ‘truth’ can hinge strongly on our beliefs and we can easily embrace evidence that supports our world view and reject evidence that doesn’t. The consequence is no one knows what to believe. Dogmatic opinions, religious fever, indoctrination, accepting things by the book without question. This has got to change. Our collective worldview isn’t serving us anymore. Still, we can take the best of the traits of Sagittarius – easily pleased, unencumbered, an ability to perceive the big picture, an understanding of symbolism, seeing foreigners as friends, faith and a willingness to go into unknown territory – and put these towards the service of the North Node.

When it comes to the mundane world, we have already begun to see some of the manifestations of the South Node in Sagittarius as international travel has almost come to a full stop, flights are grounded, airplane companies in dire financial straits, universities closed. Globalisation is also in question.

Moving to the Gemini North Node, we see that over the next 18 months, we need to develop curiosity and an open mind. This sign has an aptitude for gathering information and a penchant for connecting people together. Gemini wants to know the facts, but it also wants to hear stories, particularly real-life experiences. We’re moving from theory to practice, from preaching to teaching, from knowing to asking questions, from big picture to little picture (details). We need to cultivate Gemini perception, recognise duality, engage rational and intellect. This isn’t about accepting what we’ve been told, instead it’s continuing to enquire so that we find our own answers.

As we move away from international travel, places closer to home take centre stage. This is about community initiatives, knowing the names of your neighbours, neighbourhood Facebook groups, street events. It’s seeing your local area anew, as if you were a tourist, taking in the sights. Under Gemini, we see each other as brothers and sisters. We become closer to extended family. One immediate manifestation of this transit caught my eye the other day – proposals for more bike lanes and pedestrian only areas have been fast-tracked due to Covid-19. Our government wants more people on bikes and on foot and therefore provisions need to be made for them. Cars, bikes, taxis, buses, short journeys are all the domain of Gemini.

Gemini and the global 3rd house is also about schooling and we may find that we are looking at new ways of teaching. Smaller classes for children in an effort to adhere to social distancing may turn out to be a blessing. For years classes have been far too big (Sagittarius!).

The way we communicate generally is multiplying. Think Zoom, online classes for kids, doctors seeing patients via video link (a practice which was sorely needed and much resisted over here in the UK yet which has proved hugely popular with both patients and doctors). The different methods we have to communicate with one another help us to advance (especially if with think about conventional Saturn in progressive Aquarius making technology the norm). Yet, as Mercury (in his Greek guise as Hermes) invented writing, we’re also seeing a marked increase in good old-fashioned letter writing. As Gemini is also connected to the hands, maybe we want something that has been touched by human hands – of course controversial in our current situation! Gemini by the way, also rules the lungs.

As Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the Mercury retrograde periods over the next 18 months will take on extra significance. We should also be alert to what happens when Mercury and Jupiter create aspects between them as these could represent times of significant development or challenge as far as our karmic path is concerned.

If you want some idea of how this transit might manifest for you. Look back to October 13, 2001 – April 14, 2003 as this is the last time the Nodes were in these signs.

If you are around 18, 37, 55, 74 years of age, you will experience your nodal return during this transit. The nodal square takes place at around the ages of 4, 13, 23, 32, 41, 51, 60, 69. The inverse (or reverse) nodal return occurs around 9, 27, 46, 65, 83 years of age. More information about the Nodes Transiting Nodes is available here.


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