So when does Jupiter move away from Saturn? As I’m writing to you, Jupiter is almost 8 degrees away from Saturn, the maximum orb of a conjunction. In fact, on February 26, 2021, Jupiter is at 16 Aquarius and Saturn is at 8 Aquarius. Jupiter is racing this year, desperately trying to escape Saturn’s clutches?
What has occurred this week here in the UK is our ‘timeline to freedom’ and key dates leading us out of the lockdown situation. There are 4 steps or stages and if you look at the astrology, they coincide with Jupiter’s movements this year.
So, if you want to know about the timing of the virus/restrictions, watch what Jupiter does. Here are the dates of the 4 steps with a few examples:
Step 1 – March 8, 2021 – Schools return (Jupiter rules education). Jupiter is now more than 8 degrees separating away from Saturn
Step 2 – April 12, 2021 – Hospitality venues can open outdoors (Jupiter’s the jovial planet, a symbol of bonhomie).
This is the date of the New Moon at 22 Aries, a symbol of new beginnings and Jupiter is sextile this New Moon at 26 Aquarius.
Step 3 – May 17, 2021 – Most social contact rules are being lifted, entertainment is reinstated, although with restrictions.
This is a significant shift because on May 14, 2021, Jupiter enters Pisces and its own sign of rulership. This was always going to be a green light for the Arts and Jupiter remains in Pisces until July 28, 2021.
Step 4 – June 21, 2021 – Travel opens up – the day of the Solstice, an auspicious date in astrology when the Sun is at its brightest in the northern hemisphere. (Jupiter rules travel and Jupiter’s transit through Pisces and its sign of rulership always looked like a window of opportunity for travel).
Plus, Jupiter switches direction to retrograde motion on June 20, 2021, again emphasising the significance of this key planet close to all four dates.
[N.b. there’s already talk that the May date, when Jupiter is in Pisces will speed up the unlocking of restrictions].
Jupiter moves back into Aquarius from July 28 to December 29, 2021, so we may see more restrictions later this year, when Jupiter is in Saturn’s sign of rulership once again.
However, Jupiter never returns to within an 8 degree orb of Saturn. And, at the end of 2021, Jupiter returns to Pisces, its sign of rulership, hopefully bestowing us with more of its good fortune.
This is the timeline for here in the UK. What’s happening in your country? Is it helpful to watch what Jupiter does?
Hooray, hoorah, tra-la-la, the planet which rules communication, post, transport and trade, Mercury, turns direct this weekend. Expect new information to come to light, sort out any misunderstandings and, whatever’s gone wrong in your life over the last three weeks, it’s the perfect time to try and fix it.
As previously mentioned during Mercury retrograde phases, extreme weather often kicks in. We had the ‘Beast from the East’ here in the UK and here’s hoping that those of you in Texas have your power switched back on.
There may be important news that’s revealed as Mercury switches direction in the zodiac. This could be related to events close to the New Moon in Aquarius – February 11th – new information or truth that comes to light.
Dates & Degrees
For those of you who like to know the astrology, here are the relevant dates/degrees:
Mercury entered its shadow phase – January 15, 2021
Mercury turned retrograde [26 Aquarius 29] – January 30, 2021
Mercury turns direct [11 Aquarius 02] – February 21, 2021
Mercury out of shadow – March 12, 2021
The shadow phase is when Mercury is back at the same degree in the zodiac at which it turned retrograde. Sometimes, the ‘shadow’ dates can be relevant to what’s happening.
Personally, I prefer using the retrograde and direct dates. Turning points can be extra-significant for you if you have key planets/angles within 1-2 degrees of the retrograde & direct degrees – see above.
What To Do Next
try again – second chances are a classic Mercury direct theme
sort out any misunderstandings
consider what Mercury retrograde taught you, i.e. where are you wasting your time?
initiate a conversation
start a new project, idea, plan
write a list – keep it short, deal with what’s most important or urgent in your life
do what you say you will, recommit to a promise
handle any technological or transport issues
grab someone’s attention
plug back in, renew your energy & focus
What It Means For You
Here are the areas of your life under the spotlight now Mercury is beginning to move forward once again. Read both your Sun sign and Ascendant sign:
Aquarius: image & body, reputation & appearance, personal goals
Pisces: retreat, solitude, quiet time, sacrifice, inner work
Saturn Square Uranus – February 17, 2021(19:04 GMT)
There is one major planetary aspect taking place throughout 2021 that includes both rulers of Aquarius, Saturn & Uranus.
These two important planets are complete opposites – Saturn represents tradition, governments, what’s already established and leans towards the past. Uranus represents rebellion & change, protest & freedom and looks towards the future. It’s a classic clash of the old v. the new.
The first square aspect takes place this week and events on the date itself may be relevant. Yet, as this planetary aspect takes place three times this year, it’s effectively a backdrop or theme of 2021.
The Myanmar coup on February 1st & subsequent protests is a classic example of how this astrology can play out in the world. Saturn-Uranus major aspects are often noticeable during periods of social reform.
Square aspects create dynamic tension and it depends which planet dominates how it plays out in your own life. When Saturn’s stronger, there’s a fear of change and rules must be respected. When Uranus is stronger, there’s an urge to rebel, break the rules and challenge the status quo.
At the very least, both ends of the spectrum need to be considered. Ideally, you want to find a way to bring them together. Yet, this isn’t straightforward by any means.
Saturn in Aquarius doesn’t want to be part of the group but tells you how to live your life. Uranus in Taurus is a change advocate but refuses to join in to do what’s best for the whole. You can see the dilemma.
Change is rarely easy if it means letting go of the life we have grown used to. Change becomes even more of a challenge when different factions of society have opposing viewpoints. 2021 is turning out to be quite the ride.
Having an astrological perspective on life can help to reveal a deeper layer to our current situation. With so much fixed planetary energy right now, it’s even more important to stay open-minded, bear witness to what’s happening, listen to alternative viewpoints & think outside of the box to find solutions.
Restriction v. Freedom
On a personal level, look at where you are feeling held back or restricted (Saturn) and where you want to break free (Uranus). Try not to tip too far in either direction and remember that both planetary archetypes have value.
This planetary aspect is such important symbolism for our world view in 2021. When I read what the brilliant astrologer Charles Carter said about this pairing, I haven’t been able to forget it; “democratic in spirit, autocratic in method”. This is the danger/challenge of this powerful planetary combination.
Here are the dates & degrees of all three Saturn-Uranus squares – if you have planets/angles within 2 degrees of any of the four fixed star signs – Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius – you’ll be feeling this dynamic tension and conflict between opposing forces.
Saturn 7 Aquarius square Uranus 7 Taurus – February 17
Saturn 13 Aquarius square Uranus 13 Taurus – June 14
Saturn 11 Aquarius square Uranus 11 Taurus – December 24
Here’s an excerpt from my 2021 Horoscopes eBook that was written in October 2020 which reveals more. You can purchase the eBook via the navigation bar above.
“The immediate theme that springs to mind with the Saturn-Uranus square aspect is revolution. Uranus isn’t a planet that wants to be suppressed or constrained as it represents innovation, freedom & independence.
These clashes could see the individual stand up against governments or regimes, especially during the Saturn/Uranus clashes. We can already sense the differences in our society, the division, the things that don’t unite us.
There are people who want to stay safe and do what the experts say; there are other people who favour freedom over repression and don’t want to be told what to do.
Those people who want freedom of speech, thought & movement will be pushing for personal liberty. Doing what’s best for everyone v. doing what’s best for you & me will require a new perspective, a new way of looking at things.
What’s important to note from an astrological point of view is that both Aquarius and Taurus are fixed signs, notoriously stubborn. Fixed signs believe they’re right and lose sight of other people’s ideas, opinions or values. We need to be careful that we don’t become so rigid that we forget how to listen to other people’s points of view.
There will likely be scientific and technological breakthroughs but data security could be a big issue, along with what happens when technology or science breaks down.
Will the World Wide Web keep turning so we all stay connected? Or, will we need to pay close attention to the super-fast advancements in our world and not assume they’ll go on working automatically.
There could be a clash between the parts of society that want to return to ‘normal’ in 2021 and those that want to speed up the urgent need for change.
A good example is Extinction Rebellion whose protests are to demand urgent action to tackle climate change. Yet, many people don’t like these protests which disrupt their routines, their freedom.
Extinction Rebellion was formed in May 2018 when Uranus first moved into Taurus – we’re likely to see more protests, especially around climate change.
And, inevitably these major square aspects will bring changes to our money markets as Taurus rules money and expose the ever-increasing divide between the rich & the poor.
Protestors, rebel rousers, freedom lovers, modern thinkers, New Age advocates, alternative dreamers, geniuses, inventors, futuristic visionaries – Uranus encompasses them all. It’s going to be fascinating to see what protests, rebellions and innovations come tumbling out in 2021.”
This week we have a New Moon which is in itself a powerful symbol for a new beginning and making a fresh start. The New Moon falls in the star sign Aquarius, ruling friends, groups and the collective. This is a networking and sociable New Moon in the star sign linked to technology, astrology and the digital world.
No Ordinary New Moon
Yet, this is no ordinary New Moon because during the New Moon phase, there’s an overload of planets in Aquarius. In fact, six of the seven traditional planets/stars are in Aquarius – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter & Saturn. The only exception is Mars in Taurus (see chart below)
The last time such a stellar line-up occurred was back in February 1962 when the New Moon on February 5th had all seven traditional planets in Aquarius.
This could be quite extraordinary for anyone born during the last incredible Aquarius line-up. It could also be a remarkable time for all Aquarians – notice who steps up to make their mark.
This New Moon has extra buzz because the Sun and Moon at 23 Aquarius are in a square aspect to action planet Mars at 18 Taurus.
Uranus is in there too as it’s at 7 Taurus and square to Saturn in Aquarius at 6 Aquarius. Next week, their planetary aspect perfects for the first time in 2021 – old v. new; fear of change v. radical action. I’ll be writing more about what this means next week.
Head Over Heart
There are some important pointers to note about this New Moon. Firstly, Aquarius is a fixed air sign so this is a time when head rules over heart. Emotions are detached as reason takes over. Yet, note that Mars’ square ready to flare up & unleash its passion & fury.
Fixed signs can be stubborn and dogmatic – it’s always an interesting conundrum for Aquarius that their traditional ruler Saturn likes to play by the rules while their modern ruler Uranus likes to break the rules. Notice whether you find yourself taking sides now or playing devil’s advocate.
There’s an eccentric, futuristic quality to this month’s New Moon and sometimes the best ideas are ahead of their time. Yet, it’s important during this New Moon to remember that science isn’t the only truth – anyone who knows the power of astrology will understand what I’m talking about.
Also, note the Venus-Jupiter conjunction on the day of the New Moon. It falls at 12 Aquarius and together, these two planets represent big (Jupiter) love (Venus). This is an abundant and giving combination – the two best planets coming together.
It’s going to be an interesting time if you have key planets/angles close to the New Moon degree – 23 Aquarius and/or the Venus-Jupiter degree – 12 Aquarius. Truly a special New Moon.
What Does It Mean For You?
Knowing where Aquarius is in your chart will help you decide what this means for you and which area of your life is ripe for action. In the following list, read your Sun Sign and your Ascendant for the complete picture:
Aquarius: personal goals, physical body, image & appearance
Pisces: retreat, secrets, inner work, personal issues
Aries: friends, groups, social networks, hopes & wishes
Taurus: career, vocation, status & reputation, future path
Libra: love affairs, children, creativity, entertainment, speculation
Scorpio: home, family, your past, where you come from
Sagittarius: communication, education, local community, siblings
Capricorn: personal money, possessions, values, self-worth
Remember that timing is the key to make the full potential of this New Moon. What you set in place now could boost into rocket mode over the next couple of weeks.
Plus, as Aquarius is one of the air signs, this stimulates the power of thinking, magical & logical, and your social connections both on- and off-line.
Yet, there may be nothing that needs to be decided right now even if new opportunities abound. This is because communication planet Mercury is also in the Aquarius pack and currently retrograde, i.e in retreat.
While Mercury’s on go slow, it’s time to mull over the options, try out different ideas and know that nothing needs to be definite.
Mercury turns direct on February 21st, so what starts this week during the New Moon phase could come to fruition in ten days time. It’s all spookily synchronous during the most remarkable New Moon of the year.
New Moon energy kicks in a couple of days after the exact New Moon. Keep an eye out for the crescent Moon in the sky which will appear at the weekend. Make a wish and set your intentions.
If you’re wondering what the other symbol is in the Aquarius line-up, it’s the asteroid Pallas, the strategist. Cool-headed Pallas, weaver of patterns, has never moved far away from the major astrology of 2020 & 2021 – bearing witness, a wise & sane influence.
Aquarius is the star sign of the year and it’s now that Aquarius’ planetary energy peaks. The key date is the New Moon on the 11th, a symbol of new beginnings.
Aquarius is your communication sector, ruling the spoken and written word and linked to study and teaching. You may be considering a new course of study or want to train as a teacher and pass on your wisdom. This is a strong transit for writing and becoming a voice of authority.
For some of you, this could coincide with taking on a more significant role in your community, your neighbourhood. Aquarius rules siblings and close relatives.
Plus, your planet Jupiter is active during the New Moon phase. It teams up with Venus on the 11th and Mercury on the 14th. Both connections feel social for you and when you make the right moves, good fortune follows.
There could be good reason to celebrate during this month’s New Moon. Or, you receive the information you’ve been waiting for. Alternatively, you could go viral on social media or become an overnight internet sensation.
The real green light takes place a while later. This is because communication planet Mercury is retrograde in Aquarius for the first three weeks of February.
At least, Mercury, the planet of the mind, works better in a fellow air sign. You might be overly busy with commitments but you’re learning to be more structured and organised.
That’s not to say that things will always work out the way you want them to but it is a good month to prioritise list-making and learn to manage your time well.
Mercury’s change of direction comes on the 21st. For you, this is a positive date to chase up correspondence or get back in touch with someone who’s gone quiet on you. Reopen the lines of communication once Mercury’s back up to speed. You can make decisions with confidence after this date.
Also this month, action planet Mars is busy in Taurus and your work and health sector – another nod towards February being a hectic month. Learning to juggle a busy schedule is key.
There will be times when less is more and too much stress or overwhelm could quickly lead to arguments. Try not to flare up on the 1st, 10th or 19th when Mars is unusually active.
The Saturn-Uranus clash on the 17th flags up a similar theme. Saturn holds you back and halts you in your tracks whereas Uranus wants and craves freedom.
You could find yourself feeling frustrated with what’s happening at work or within society in general. It will be hard this month not to speak up.
There’s a gentler flow after the 18th when the Sun enters Pisces. The ebb and flow of family life, your legacy, your connection to the past will draw you in.
The Full Moon on the 27th highlights these key issues and the foundations of your horoscope. This is when the Sun in Pisces and your home and family sector opposes the Moon in Virgo and your career and vocation sector.
During this Full Moon, you may feel more emotional as your sentiments are stirred. It’s a good date for making decisions related to your work and family. You might find your priorities shifting.
Or, perhaps external circumstances mean that you need to rethink your working life and your commitment to loved ones.
Earth sign energy remains strong this month thanks to action planet Mars in earth sign Taurus. Taurus rules your creativity sector in your horoscope, all the things in life you love and give birth to.
This includes romance, children & pregnancy, self-expression, your skills and talents. With Mars here, you may find that you have more of an appetite for pleasure and enjoyment.
On the 25th, Mars aligns with Pluto, the last planet standing in your star sign Capricorn. Pluto’s influence is intense. Yes, it’s the planet of transformation but it symbolises power and control too. Be wary of power games when Mars and Pluto come together.
You could be up against someone who’s an invincible force. Or, perhaps you’re the one who needs to stand your ground and act decisively.
Aquarius New Moon
The major planetary focus this month is on the star sign Aquarius, During the New Moon in Aquarius on the 11th, six of the seven planetary bodies are in this air sign and one specific sector of your horoscope.
Aquarius rules money in your horoscope, your assets & possessions, your values & self-worth. Plus, during the New Moon phase, the planet of abundance and good fortune, Jupiter, is active. Jupiter expands what it touches and connects with Venus on the 11th & Mercury on the 14th.
These combinations are giving and generous, potentially wealthy for some of you. However, if your financial situation isn’t great, then Jupiter could expand your debt, for example. If so, reach out for help & support.
Also, even though a New Moon is a symbol of new beginnings, mid-February isn’t the time to invest or make major financial decisions. This is because communication planet Mercury is retrograde for the first three weeks of February. And, Mercury is also in Aquarius.
Therefore, you’re wise to plot and plan but bide your time for major investments or financial moves until after the 21st when Mercury turns direct. Use the Mercury retrograde phase to do your research and consider all your options.
Money could be the cause of arguments this month, perhaps with a lover or child. This is because of clashes between Mars and planets in Aquarius on the 1st, 10th & 19th.
Plus, the Saturn-Uranus clash on the 17th is also about money and values, what you hold dear. This might simply flag up what you can and can’t afford. When you have Saturn in Aquarius, your ruling planet, you’re going to take a sensible approach to cash matters.
Alternatively, there may be a deeper reason why money triggers strong emotions. You could have your own strong opinions about the economy and what’s right and wrong in these unique times.
The Pisces’ influence brings a new flavour to the end of the month. The Sun enters Pisces on the 18th followed by the planet of relating Venus on the 25th.
Pisces is an emotional water sign and in your communication sector, this is about making genuine connections with other people. Expand your reach and do what feels right. Pisces rules siblings and neighbours, also your local community.
During the Full Moon in Virgo on the 27th, the theme of reconnection remains strong. Follow up on conversations or chase up past connections. Read more, watch movies and feed your imagination.
This is a creative phase for you when you need dreams to believe in and people in your life who stir your soulful nature.
2021 promises to be a big year for you and it’s this month, February, which could point you in the right direction. In fact, this is likely to be one of the most important months of the year for you and there are a couple of reasons why.
Aquarius New Moon
Firstly, there’s the New Moon in Aquarius on the 11th, a symbol of new beginnings. Yet, this is no ordinary New Moon as there are six of the seven traditional planetary bodies in your star sign.
This is a whoosh of planetary activity in the most personal sector of the horoscope. For you, this is about your personal goals & aims, your image & profile, your physical body & well-being. The focus is most definitely on you.
Plus, lucky Jupiter is active during the New Moon phase so look out for new opportunities that come in. Jupiter teams up with Venus in Aquarius on the 11th – promising for love – & Mercury in Aquarius on the 14th – promising for connections. You could find yourself in the right place at the right time and be able to make your mark.
Yet, this could also coincide with a period in your life when you take on too much or you’re working overly hard. Be aware that this is possible and keep close tabs on your health, your attitude and well-being. Be vigilant.
Clashes & Conflicts
Also, there are clashes this month between planets in Aquarius – your star sign – and planets in Taurus – home & family. Action planet Mars is at the base of your horoscope, so home could be a battlefield or noisy. You may be caught up in a family argument or have little space for yourself. The key dates are the 1st, 10th & 19th.
Be wary of which battles you commit to and notice where your competitive nature kicks in. Also, ask whether you’re becoming too rigid or stubborn. It’s an important month for self reassessment with such strong planetary influence in your star sign.
Plus, on the 17th, your co-rulers, Saturn & Uranus, clash for the first time this year. They clash again on June 14th and then on December 24th. This ‘battle’ pits the old (Saturn) and the new (Uranus), the conventional (Saturn) and the unconventional (Uranus).
You may find yourself literally caught up in the middle of protests or find yourself pulled between different rules & laws, alternative viewpoints.
This feels as if it’s about your role within society and deciding what you believe and where your principles lie. Freedom is likely to be a key issue, especially when it’s limited or restricted.
Also, on a personal level, it’s important to note that communication planet Mercury is retrograde in Aquarius for the first three weeks of February. This is a good time to review your situation, to reassess where you’re heading and why.
You may find that your mind goes into overdrive at times this month, especially if you’re reading lots and getting involved in debates, talks and discussions.
The turning point comes on the 21st when Mercury switches direction in Aquarius and begins its forward motion once again. Look out for a green light on or around this date, listen out for news or information that you’ve been waiting on.
It’s an excellent date to initiate an important conversation, chase up correspondence or return to an idea or project that you began earlier this year or in the first half of last year. You may find it easier to think straight and make key decisions in your life from the 21st onwards.
Finally, the Sun leaves Aquarius and enters Pisces on the 18th and there’s a glorious Full Moon cutting across the Virgo/Pisces axis of the horoscope on the 27th.
This Full Moon is an ideal time to make a key decision around money. For some of you, there may be an unexpected gift or bonus. Or, perhaps you have a revelation which helps you decide what steps to take next.
This could be linked to your home and family, your past or where you come from. You may find that good karma is repaid on or around the Full Moon.