Full Moon in Cancer December 2020

The Full Moon occurs at 03:28 (UT) on December 30, 2020 at 08°Cn53′.

I woke this morning long before dawn. The skies were heavy with snow and just as the sun began to peek across the horizon, the flakes began to fall. Despite my fear of slippery ground, the beauty of the moment won out and I threw on my shoes, pocketed my phone and walked to the park at the end of my road. Although early morning traffic hummed nearby, in the park, there was that special kind of silence that only snow can bring. I stood with my head tipped up to the sky, watching the snow fall. And in that moment, I was a child again, lying in a field, watching the snow fall all around me, a fairy in a snow globe. A sob arose inside of me, for something unnameable that seemed lost. Something precious, timeless and eternal. In the park, I stood and cried soft tears, overwhelmed by beauty, comforted by winter angels.

Photo by Leah Whitehorse – all rights reserved

This is how the Full Moon feels to me. With the Moon in home sign Cancer, emotions are heightened. Issues connected to home, family, belonging, roots, history and childhood are illuminated during this lunation. The soft Moon opposes the Sun and Mercury in hard-line Capricorn so there is tension between the emotional need to stay close to all that is familiar and safe and the worldly need to go out there, earn a living and make hard choices. What we feel and what we think seem to be at odds. Maybe there are difficult conversations to be had or we don’t feel heard. We want to curl up, make it go away, retreat to the sea or the womb.

There’s a tenderness in this chart with a background square between Venus and Neptune which perfects on the same day. This aspect brings up a sense of ethereal wonder. It stirs the heart, whispers stories of beautiful places and people, floats mirages on the horizon and ends in disappointment when the vision fades. Venus square Neptune is idealistic in love, spends money like water, believes in something ‘better than this’ so hard that whatever is in front of us seems pale in comparison. With the nostalgic and sentimental Cancer Moon in play, the opposing Capricorn energy could seem even more cold and dreary.

The Moon and Sun also form a square to Chiron, creating a T-square pattern in the chart. We’re easily triggered, wounded, hurt, afraid of rejection. It’s like the Moon is saying, “I’m scared to go out there, I might get hurt. I don’t want to grow up, adulting sucks.” With the hard-outer shell of the crab removed, we feel raw and exposed.

And yet, there is an abundance of magic all around us. Maybe we just need to change our perspective, look with new eyes. The Moon is sextile to Uranus who turns things on their head, steps back, takes the emotion out of it, consults the higher mind. It invites us to be more objective instead of wallowing in hurt feelings and old wounds. Venus conjunct the South Node tells us that this is also a time of release. Let go of the pain around relationships that didn’t work, the old fears of being unworthy. We are all connected, nothing is lost. The more we let the heart lead, the greater the chance that we experience the oneness we are looking for. We are all family.

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January 2021 Astrology Forecast

2021 begins with Mercury returning in bounds on January 4. After a period of time where communication and ideas have been a little on the wild side, it’s easier now to rein in our thoughts and clear our minds.

We have a Last Quarter Moon on January 6 bringing tension between the Moon in Libra and the Sun in Capricorn. Maybe it’s taking us a while to shake off the holiday vibes and we’d still rather spend time with those we love rather than getting back to work. Mars also enters Taurus on this date and, whilst Mars is moving out of his home sign, after six months in Aries, I think we are all ready for a change of pace.

Mars is Taurus slows us down and makes our actions more deliberate. Our goals are focused around practicalities, the business of survival, money, food, shelter, getting food on the table. As Mars rules muscles and Taurus is first of the earth signs, this is also a terrific transit for exercising the body and strength training. Whereas in the previous sign, Aries, we are focused on initiating new projects, Taurus energy is about continuation of what has already begun. Mars in Taurus will get you to the finish line with any project or endeavour. But we could also find ourselves challenged by procrastination. Once Mars in Taurus gets going, it doesn’t tend to stop but getting started can be tough. Taurus likes to languish, eat good food and spend five more minutes contemplating the garden. We might need to give ourselves a push to get stuck in or use techniques like Pomodoro.

Mercury enters Aquarius on January 8 which is akin to opening a window in the mind. New ideas breeze in and we start to think differently about our situation. The mind also seems to work faster now after Mercury’s more considered transit through Capricorn. This is an excellent time for brainstorming, group discussions, meetings with friends, working with or tuning up computers and sharing thoughts and ideas.

Venus enters Capricorn also on January 8 changing the way we approach our values, self-esteem, relationships and money. In Capricorn, Venus has an appreciation of limits and definition. This is a sign of clear boundaries and commitment. Whilst our sense of ‘fun’ might be muted here, relationships and our bank balance benefit from a mature attitude and conservative approach. We’re more interested in long-term happiness during this time so it may be easier to delay gratification to ensure our desires are met in the future.

Jupiter forms a sextile to Chiron on January 11. This is a one hit wonder which promises developments in healing. I imagine many of us are hoping for further good news regarding the vaccines so perhaps this could be what we are hoping for. But Covid aside, this aspect boosts healing energy and helps us to see the wisdom we have gained from our suffering. It’s also the perfect time to take part in any endeavours that involve protecting the environment as well as educational activities.

From here, tension begins to significantly build. The New Moon in Capricorn takes place on January 13 and it is tightly conjunct obsessive, intense, shadowy Pluto. At the same time, Mars will form a square to Saturn, the ruler of this lunation. This is the last of three squares between Mars and Saturn generated by the Mars retrograde last year. Both planets have since changed signs so the stress between them feels old and new at the same time! Overall, this lunation feels like a test of strength. If we pass, great. If we fail, well that’s great too – why? Because the universe will let us know where there is a weakness we can work on or what needs to be released to make us stronger.

Uranus stations direct on January 14. Now that we have reclaimed the parts of ourselves that we thought were too wild, weird or odd, we can move ahead with revolutionary changes. But we need to watch where we are going as Mars is closing to a conjunction with Uranus too. The atmosphere is becoming heated and wobbly.  There’s also a strong Aquarius vibe building up as the Moon has joined Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury and Pallas in the sign of the Water Bearer. Air breezes in, fanning the flames.  Something stirs. Something awakens.

Mercury enters the shadow zone of its upcoming retrograde on January 15. What occurs around this time will be revisited at a later date. ‘Hold that thought’ is the phrase that comes to mind but that’s going to be hard because Jupiter then squares Uranus on January 17, a movement that has the potential to increase instability. This is a massive drive for freedom, a huge rebellion, a giant protest, a ginormous shake-up, a big surprise. Jupiter and Uranus are also very future-forward planets but the square between them seems to suggest ‘too far, too fast’ – especially with Mars in the mix. Anxiety could also be high. Ground yourself if you feel wired.

The Sun then enters Aquarius on January 19. Aquarius season is normally the time when we seek to break free from old restrictions and try something new and different. I don’t think we will need much encouragement to do this though as Mars then joins Uranus on January 20, kicking off the whole pattern.

Let’s just lay this out (chart above for reference because you need to see it to believe it!). Uranus has just stationed direct whilst conjunct Mars and square Jupiter (and in orb of square to Saturn) whilst there are 5 bodies in Uranus-ruled Aquarius! I also associate the 11th house with politics. Oh, and we also have the First Quarter Moon in Taurus on January 20 too with the Moon conjunct Mars and Uranus! Wow, this is a feisty and potentially volatile picture for the New President’s inauguration ceremony. Uranus is associated with unpredictable events and this is about as unpredictable as we can get. Still, we could also say that this is like a jump start, a taste of things to come, a surprise. The most important take home message is that we mustn’t overreact. The First Quarter Moon suggests that emotionally we could feel insecure because so much is changing in a short period of time. With Mars involved, we need to roll with the punches, stay flexible. The more we try to keep everything the same, the more the Earth shakes us loose. Don’t forget that all these movements are helping us to move away from what is old and no longer works for us so that we can build a better society and create a better future.

The Full Moon in Leo on January 28 taps into all these mighty movements as the Sun will be conjunct Jupiter as well as in orb of a conjunction to Saturn. The lights, Jupiter and Saturn all square Mars and Uranus. If this were a movie, this would be the denouement, the final revelation as all strands of the story are drawn together.

Finally, on January 30, Mercury stations retrograde which may give us some much-needed breathing space to absorb any events, information or experiences we have come by during this month. For the next three weeks, we will review our connection to one another, our friends and networks, how we use technology and social media and consider what this ‘new era’ may mean for each of us. Whatever conclusions we come too, one thing is sure, the beginning of 2021 is going to be one heck of a ride. Buckle up.

Painting – Moscow I by Wassily Kandinsky

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Weekly Astrology Forecast December 28, 2020 – January 3, 2021

This Week’s Major Aspects

28-Dec-20 Sun trine Uranus
Innovate, experiment. What would you do if you felt free enough?

29-Dec-20 No major aspects

30-Dec-20 Full Moon in Cancer. Venus square Neptune
Issues of family and belonging come to a head. Emotions are heightened. It’s all to easy to see what we want to see. Be loving and kind but maintain good boundaries.

31-Dec-20 Venus conjunct South Node
Ask your heart what needs to be released as this year comes to a close.

01-Jan-21 Mercury sextile Neptune
New year, new vision. Practicality and imagination combined is powerful manifestation magic.

02-Jan-21 Mercury trine Vesta. Sun sextile Ceres
Focus on what is important. Explore where you have room to grow. Indulge in creative pursuits.

03-Jan-21 No major aspects

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Weekly Astrology Forecast December 21 – 27, 2020


This Week’s Major Aspects

21-Dec-20 Sun enters Capricorn, Jupiter conjunct Saturn, First Quarter Moon in Aries
The light returns. The Great Work begins. A critical moment imbued with celestial magic.

22-Dec-20 No major aspects

23-Dec-20 Mars square Pluto
A heated and volatile atmosphere. Pushing against an immovable force. The courage to change.

24-Dec-20 Mercury square Chiron
Words and thoughts heal or harm. Think before speaking or deciding.

25-Dec-20 Mercury trine Uranus
Surprise! Sudden understanding. Talks with friends. Communicating via technology. Exploring new ideas.

26-Dec-20 Sun square Chiron
Feeling on edge. Fear of rejection. You don’t have to be perfect to accomplish your mission.

27-Dec-20 Mercury sextile Ceres
Kind words foster growth. Practice positive affirmations. Speak with encouragement.

Painting – Winter traveller (Sunset) by David Burliuk

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Weekly Astrology Forecast – December 14 – 20, 2020

This Week’s Major Aspects

14-Dec-20 Mercury conjunct South Node. Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius. Venus sextile Jupiter
A revelation changes our perspective. A new vision awaits. Count your blessings

15-Dec-20 Mercury trine Mars. Venus sextile Saturn. Venus enters Sagittarius. Chiron stations direct
The mind is a tool. Assert your voice. Relationships mature. Give each other a loose rein. Time to move forward after feeling hurt.

16-Dec-20 No major aspects

17-Dec-20 Saturn enters Aquarius
A new chapter of learning begins. A test of friendship. What will be your legacy to society?

18-Dec-20 Juno enters Sagittarius
High expectations of partners. Give each other room to grow.

19-Dec-20 Jupiter enters Aquarius. Venus trine Chiron
Growing as a group. Developing friendships. Learning together. Science and reason amplified. Love heals.

20-Dec-20 Sun conjunct Mercury. Mercury enters Capricorn
Powerful clarity moves us into a more reflective period. Take time to consider before deciding. Listen carefully. Speak slowly.

Painting – ‘The Conquest of the Air’ by Roger de La Fresna

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Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius – The Great Conjunction

2020 began with a bang that has reverberated for the entire year. The conjunction between Saturn and Pluto has stayed in orb throughout (aside from a couple of weeks in May). Saturn and Pluto will finally move apart on December 26, 2020. Alongside the smash of the karmic reset button came the clash of a great crisis, symbolised by Jupiter’s conjunction to Pluto, three times this year too. Here we were presented with a huge opportunity for change, a potentially great transformation. This year is not going out quietly either as another massive conjunction will occur in December, just as the last echoes of Saturn and Pluto fall away.

Saturn enters Aquarius at 05:03 (UT) on December 17, 2020.

Jupiter enters Aquarius at 13:07 (UT) on December 19, 2020.

The Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn will take place at 18:20 (UT) on December 21, 2020 at 00°Aq29′.

December 21, 2020 is also the date of the winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere which symbolises the return of the light. Not only that, this is also the date (in the UK) of the First Quarter Moon which will take place on the Aries point (0 Aries). This is also a potent degree, filled with vibrant potential and an uprush of energy. Another symbolic factor is that, religious or not, we all know the tale about the three wise men (astrologers!) who followed the great star that led them to the Christ child. Whether or not that star was a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction is up for debate but still, the story is embedded deep in the collective psyche. Given all the surrounding symbolism that accompanies the Great Conjunction, we are being told that this is a new beginning and a return to the light.

Jupiter and Saturn have been in orb of a conjunction since September 17, 2020 but the mix of these two has been wrapped up with Pluto. Jupiter and Pluto’s conjunction ends December 23, 2020. So, the Great conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn will still be imbued with the last vestiges of the Pluto energy, deepening and intensifying our experience of it.


Generally, Jupiter and Saturn meet around every 20 years and as they begin a new synodic cycle, society too enters a new chapter. Jupiter and Saturn are considered Social Planets. The placement of these two planets in the birth chart show something of how we move from our own personal world to connect with the wider world. This conjunction in 2020 however, is not just beginning a new chapter for society but a new era. For the next 200 years, Jupiter and Saturn will meet only in Air signs after meeting in earth signs since 1842.

There was however, one Great Conjunction in Libra in 1980 and this gave us a flavour of things to come. For the next 20 years until the next Jupiter and Saturn conjunction in 2000, we found new ways to connect and our technological world exploded. Air signs are associated with communication, mind and intellect. The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in 2000 though was in materialistic Taurus and so between then and now we have seen the rise, fall and rise of the dot.com industry. Technology has continued to rapidly advance, but it has been driven by a desire to amass greater fortune. Material having has become the God that rules. How much money can I make with this website/new phone/new laptop?  Human connection has been lost in the midst…until now.


Aquarius is the last of the air signs. It is connected to the global 11th house and ruled by both Saturn (traditional) and Uranus (modern). Aquarius is Higher Mind, Uranus a higher vibration of Mercury. In Aquarius we are connected to ‘God mind’ receiving cosmic downloads straight into the brain. It’s not about feeling, it’s about thinking. It’s not so much about gut instinct and intuition but an instant and brilliant knowing.

Some people struggle to see the connection between disciplined Saturn and rebellious Aquarius, but we need rules and regulations for society to function as well as the freedom to express ourselves and the liberty to lead our own lives with Uranus. I also use the analogy of a scientist too – Uranus is mad but brilliant, haphazardly testing out wild theories generated by out of the box thinking. But science needs Saturn too – the one who is willing to test and test and test again to ensure the experiment worked. Saturn is method and order, preparation, caution.

Aquarius energy is considered to be cool, detached, friendly but sometimes aloof. It makes me think of glass, the high ‘ting’ of finger symbol or a pure note struck from a tuning fork. There is something crystal clear about Aquarius and we can see how Saturn can correlate to the stripped back, airy nature of this sign. If Aquarius was a room, maybe it would be a loft apartment, painted white, minimal furniture with a skylight to the clear blue sky above it. It makes me think of Iceland.

Aquarius season each year lasts from around January 21 – February 21 so certainly the icy season in the Northern hemisphere. It is during Aquarius time that we celebrate the Pagan festival of Imbolc and the Christian festival of Candlemas. Both these festivals, ancient and modern are connected to the idea of purification and cleansing. Imbolc means ‘in the belly’ and speaks of a time when the Earth is stirring with new life, even whilst the ground may still be covered with snow. At Candlemas, candles are blessed for the year – once again speaking of the idea of bringing back the light. It is said that this was also the time that Mary was allowed back in the church to be once again ‘purified’ after giving birth. As uncomfortable as that last symbolism is, we can easily see how much of Aquarius season is connected to the concept of cleansing and even perhaps a return to youthfulness – interesting as the previous sign Capricorn is associated with old age.

The symbol of Aquarius is the water bearer and the word Aquarius itself contains the word for water – ‘aqua’. It’s not that Aquarius is unfeeling, but it contains feelings – bearing water – to hold up, to contain, to allow for but not to be overwhelmed by. There is something distinctly rational about Aquarius, yet the flip side can be brutally cold. Aquarius also has an electrical quality which can both spark excitement and inspiration or simply ‘switch off’ if it’s not getting what it needs. Still, positively in Aquarius we find scientific acumen, a modern, progressive outlook. The global 11th house where Aquarius resides is about groups, networks, friends, the wider community, society, politics and humanitarian causes. It’s also a place we look to for our future hopes so there is a certain idealism around this sign too.

The Tarot card associated to Aquarius is the Star. In this image we see the water bearer pouring two jugs of water – one onto the Earth and the other into a pool. One foot is on the ground, one in the water. The woman is bare. Again, we have the idea of cleansing, being in touch with and yet not ruled by emotion. The brilliant stars, billions of miles away remind us of a wider connection to the cosmos only unlike the next sign Pisces, this is not about angels and merging with the whole – more it is about the wonder of the universe, the urge to answer the question ‘is it just us, are we alone?’.


The X Files began on September 10, 1993, when Saturn was last in Aquarius. The film Contact, which follows Jodie Foster as she is contacted by an alien race that helps her build a machine that will take her to their planet was released in 1997, when both Uranus and Jupiter were in Aquarius. One of the main lines from the movie was So if it’s just us… seems like an awful waste of space.”.

Aquarius in the rocket taking off and every scientist who helped to make it happen. It’s Walter  Bishop in Fringe, Einstein, Carl Sagan – and maybe the odd mad professor who experiments with whatever he can get his hands on. Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein had Pluto conjunct the North Node in Aquarius with Pluto anaretic to boot. I find myself chilled as I write that, wondering whether some prescience of my own sees humans too playing God by the time that Pluto once again reaches the 29th degree of Aquarius in 2042. Elon Musk, head of SpaceX has Mars conjunct the North Node in Aquarius. I imagine that we may hear a lot more from him during these next few years. Generally, I anticipate a lot more space news along with more science fiction being made. I also anticipate that as we move into this Aquarius era, we will see an explosion of scientific breakthroughs and the rise of the machines. Will sentient robots come of the back of this? It’s difficult to tell but then again, a robot that is more intelligent that a human can seem God-like even if it is soulless.


It’s not escaped my attention that as we stand on the edge of this Aquarius era, we have seen news stories about strange monoliths being found in Utah, Romania, California and The Isle of Wight. Whether an artist’s concept or a global joke (perhaps a little of both as Aquarius has a weird sense of humour!), the symbolism is fascinating. Most likely these monoliths are based off that from 2001, A Space Odyssey. If you haven’t seen the movie, (which by the way is brilliant!), The Monolith in the movie seems to represent and even trigger epic transitions in the history of human evolution, evolution of humans from ape-like beings to civilised people, hence the odyssey of humankind. Wikipedia. Just before Trump came to power, the news was full of people seeing scary clowns. Clown sightings tend to become prominent when the psyche of the collective is fearful. Now with the monolith symbolism in place, it feels like we’re not only being shown the potential for an epic transition and the evolution of civilisation, but also that we have the ability to endure.  The Star, and Aquarius, make us think ahead, consider the future we are creating and so this is part of the story for Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius.


I’ve been calling the conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn ‘the Great Work’. We are beginning something now that will lay the foundation for the future, both in our own lives and collectively. The action of Saturn is to contract, the action of Jupiter is to expand. These two planets moving through Aquarius are going to give us different tests, challenges and opportunities yet all are connected to Aquarius themes. Positively, Jupiter and Saturn can work well together with Saturn curbing Jupiter’s excesses and Jupiter pushing Saturn to transcend doubts and limits. But as the conjunction between the two only lasts until February 2021, it may seem like we are having a duel journey.

With the inventive nature of Aquarius working via the scholarly energy of Jupiter, there certainly seems the potential for great discoveries during this time. It seems likely that this transit may also speak more of online tuition, particularly for universities. Increased communication and connection are also suggested but as Saturn will also be here, it is highly likely that this will be done under the rules of the ‘new normal’ sparked by the pandemic.

Saturn is certainly not touchy feely and Aquarius is a sign associated with distance (think again of the star being far, far away). I doubt we will see a return to our old ways during the transit of Saturn in Aquarius. Social distancing will become mainstream practice. Still, the great work we are doing here is about developing (Jupiter) stability (Saturn) as a society (Aquarius). Right now, we are fractured. The atmosphere is angry and divisive. The Pluto in Capricorn years, particularly this last year, have really exposed the underbelly of capitalism and brought out all kinds of toxic behaviour. Racism and sexism are rife and on the increase. Democracy itself is under threat. Saturn in Aquarius will push us to ask how cohesive our society is – are we falling together or falling apart?

With Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius, doubts about the future vie with hope. There is cause to hope and there is cause to doubt. We may be socially distanced and yet new means of communication open up. It’s likely that given the increased emphasis on technology for us to do our jobs and connect with one another, new laws will follow. Jupiter is connected to law specifically and Saturn brings rules. So, expect tighter rules around the internet, what can and can’t be said, the role and rights of social media. And talking of laws, depending on the ruling, a landmark case in the UK could also see councils here forced to make the air cleaner after a young child died, quite probably from air pollution. Saturn in Aquarius may push us to purify the air planet-wide as the climate crisis continues.

Whilst some rules may be there for our protection, others may curb our freedoms. Aquarius is a sign associated with liberty, uniqueness and difference. It embraces all that is weird and wonderful and unique. Maybe those who have been on the fringes may find more acceptance during these coming years. Outsiders can become mainstream. Jupiter in Aquarius may hopefully give us a more progressive education with a better understanding of science. However, the shadow side of Saturn in Aquarius could seek to silence all fringe thought – a possibly dangerous move. There needs to be room for discourse. Astrology too comes under the realm of Aquarius so I feel it’s important that we don’t end up in a situation where the rise of science and reason that could be expected and welcomed from these transits don’t drown out the voice of spirituality and the arts. Hopefully any imbalance may be corrected when Jupiter enters Pisces.


As Jupiter and Saturn make their way through Aquarius, they will both square Uranus. Jupiter will make only one square on January 17, 2021 whereas Saturn will create three squares in February, June and December of 2021.

Jupiter square Uranus increases the possibility of rebellion, unrest, destabilisation. Jupiter magnifies what it touches and Uranus is the revolutionary. This aspect could also manifest as increased excitement but the energy is wired and fraught with tension. It doesn’t escape my attention that this occurs just a few days before the US inauguration. The aspect is further inflamed by a volatile conjunction between Mars and Uranus making this a particularly unstable period.

Saturn and Uranus represent the clash of old and new, conventional versus unconventional, rules versus freedom, stability versus instability, conformity versus non-conformity. With Uranus moving through Taurus, there are big shake-ups happening around money and security. The pandemic has pushed many people to the brink. Businesses have gone bust. Hospitality, entertainment, sporting and travel industries are on their knees.

Recently, I noticed in the news in the UK that all captive birds must now be kept inside due to an outbreak of bird flu. Birds are creatures of the air but they are effectively ‘grounded’ by this situation – a sad but perfect example of Saturn moving into Aquarius action. Perhaps too we can expect many of our planes to continue to be grounded. Whilst governments worldwide have pumped trillions of dollars into the system, there’s a sense that there is more to come. As Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus tell us, the system must change and change it will. How this plays out is yet to be seen but Saturn and Uranus will keep the banks and stock markets on their toes. There’s also a strong feeling that we must be willing to get out of our comfort zone for the sake of our future – take charge (Saturn) and innovate (Uranus). But some may feel uncomfortable as the old and familiar lifestyles fall away. Some may rebel (Uranus) to keep things the same (Saturn). It makes me think of the phrase from the Borg ‘Resistance is Futile!’.


Old structures must change but we can take the best of the past. We don’t have to throw out everything we have built or learned.  It’s vital that we stay flexible as the more we resist, the more stress and anxiety manifests. 2020 was the year that knocked us down. It was the karmic reset we needed to take stock, reassess, and find out what is truly important in our lives. 2021 will bring us an opportunity to lay the foundations of a new future and awaken us to a new reality.

Painting – Space Force Construction by Lyubov Popova

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The Astrology Chart of the First Covid-19 Vaccination

A 91 year-old lady was the first person in the UK to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine today. The time was 6:31 a.m. in Coventry. UK – Source BBC News.

Here are some brief observations about the chart – and it’s a fascinating one.

Firstly, Hygeia, Goddess of Health and Hygiene is just about to station retrograde at 16:08 UT on the same day and so is therefore already stationary. A stationary planet has added ‘weight’ in a chart and calls attention to itself. Hygeia is in the 9th house of the chart which speaks of the health of the world at large and it is in a helpful trine to Mercury (news) and the Sun putting Hygeia in the spotlight. Together with Mars in the 5th house of the chart, the Sun, and Hygeia form a Grand Trine, a promising pattern. Mars in the 5th house is the co-ruler of this chart as Scorpio is Rising and makes me think that this ‘action’ is about helping us to be able to get back to enjoying life – the 5th house is the house of pastimes, hobbies, the entertainment industry and fun.

Pluto, the modern ruler of this chart is in the 2nd house, still conjunct Jupiter. Not only does this speak of the huge financial investment that this has taken but also that this is simply about survival. The 2nd house is about life, Pluto (and the 8th house) about death. We don’t want to die, we want to live! Jupiter gives us hope and this duo also stands for microscopes and telescopes, the ability to see into that which has not been seen before. Scorpio rising and ruler Pluto talk of taking control of a situation. Mars and Pluto however are square one another so we aren’t going to get back to enjoying life quickly, no matter how hard we push. It’s going to take time which may be frustrating. No pushing and shoving please, form an orderly queue – that’s the phrase that comes to mind with this aspect!

I note the Moon riding high on the MC and the opposition to Neptune. This rather eloquently speaks of the retired (Neptune) elderly lady who has gone from invisible (Neptune) to visible (MC!). Pluto is trine to the Moon and the MC, which speaks of fortification, protection, power. The Moon, MC and Vesta (focus) are all in the health orientated sign of Virgo.

Note that the Moon is also square the Nodes and in the degree of the Nodes. This is the Moon wobble, the crisis point in eclipse season, karmic, powerful, intensely creative. Neptune’s opposition to the Moon, aside from describing the lady in question as first recipient, can also represent all the unknown factors, such as how long will the vaccine last, will it do as we hope it will do? The Sun is waxing towards a square with Neptune tomorrow so I think that we should anticipate some uncertainty to come. Still, the Sun is fortified by Mars and Hygeia and I don’t want to take away from that. I think it suggests that it’s important that we don’t get carried away that this is the answer to all our prayers. The chart certainly strongly suggests the vaccine will help, but nothing is perfect. Saturn’s anaretic position reminds us that it is vitally important that we are realistic.

With Saturn on the anaretic degree of Capricorn we have the feeling of urgency, the weight of responsibility the huge mountain to climb, the questions about ‘longevity’ of the vaccine. The ‘mountain’ was actually mentioned in the article linked above this morning but it has since been re-written! Note that today has been dubbed ‘V-Day’ – yet another reference to the war symbolism which has been strong throughout this year. I spoke of this in depth initially in my forecast for January 2020 where I did a long piece on the Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Rather than a world war fighting each other, the war has been on Coronavirus. V-day traditionally stands for ‘Victory Day’. Oh and one other point, the second person to receive the vaccine is called William Shakespeare! Symbolically, this tells us then that the story of Covid will stand the test of time and be told far into our future. The line ‘All’s Well the End’s Well’ is appearing now in the headlines – sweet <3

Just to throw in some other asteroids for thought – Sedna is sitting on the Descendant in the 6th house of this chart, describing the sacrifices we have had to make for the sake of our collective health and we will still need to continue to do so for a while to come. Uranus also in the house can represent the instability we have experienced as a result of the health crisis.  Yet Uranus here also points to an important awakening, not to mention scientific advancements that have come in the wake of Covid.

Medical asteroids Asclepius and Chariklo are conjunct Jupiter. Asclepius is connected to healing, medicine and physicians. Chariklo was the wife of Chiron – she who holds space, the healer of the healer – perfect considering that many of the front life staff in the health services will receive the vaccine first.

Osiris, he who was torn apart, is conjunct Saturn – it makes me think of the ‘Build Back Better’ refrain that we keep hearing in different quarters. Iris, Goddess of the rainbow is also here. There is hope, we can rebuild him – wasn’t that something from the Six Million Dollar Man? Yes, rebuilding is going to be costly, very costly.

Themis is conjunct the Sun, which speaks of divine order, justice, putting things in place, fairness and natural law. Minerva is conjunct the Moon emphasising the wisdom of the divine feminine. She is the Roman version of Pallas Athena who has just stepped into Aquarius. Pallas is also associated with wise counsel, wisdom and strategy and her genius is brilliant in inventive Aquarius. Pallas also brings peace through her invention of the olive tree. Perhaps too this new invention will also restore peace back to our world. It will take time and the road is long and hard but still, I consider this to be a very supportive chart of today’s momentous event.

Painting – Professional Nurse by John French Sloan

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