Weekly Astrology Forecast January 17 – 23, 2022

This Week’s Major Aspects

17-Jan-22 Full Moon in Cancer
Heightened emotional states. Issues around home and family come to light. Feeling under pressure to belong.

18-Jan-22 Mercury sextile Chiron, Uranus stations direct, North Node enters Taurus, South Node enters Scorpio
Healing through the power of thought. Forward momentum with changes that will free up resources. A spiritual push to focus on appreciation for what we have and to move away from wastefulness.

19-Jan-22 Sun trine North Node
A green light signals go. A growing sense of purpose and resolution.

20-Jan-22 Sun enters Aquarius
A change is in the air. Discovering new aspects of self. Being willing to try a different path or new interest.

21-Jan-22 No major aspects

22-Jan-22 No major aspects

23-Jan-22 Sun conjunct Mercury
The midpoint of the Mercury retrograde. Mind is illuminated. Revelation and understanding. An inkling of what lies ahead.

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Australian Open Tennis 2022

The Australian Open begins this week and the whole event has been dominated by the no. 1 tennis star Novak Djokovic in Australia. He’s won this Grand Slam tournament for the last three years but as the tennis begins, he won’t be playing.

As an introduction to the tennis event, I’ll initially be looking at the chart of the tournament and what’s happening in Djokovic’ astrology to try and make sense of things.

No doubt, the sports astrologers will be adding their thoughts on who might win in the forum and I hope to add my thoughts to the blog as the tournament continues.

As mentioned in previous tennis blogs, trying to predict a winner without accurate birth data for so many players isn’t an easy task. Yet, it’s still fun trying even if it is a Herculean task.

Tournament Astrology

Drawing up the chart of each tennis tournament gives you a symbolic map of what to expect. Unsurprisingly, this is a potent astrology chart. Neptune in Pisces dominates the Ascendant and Mars in Sagittarius dominates the Midheaven, the two key angles in a horoscope.

Neptune’s the planet linked to the media and the run-up to the Australian Open has been all about the media circus surrounding Djokovic. As the tournament begins, Mars is separating from the square to Neptune in Sagittarius, the sign of travel & foreign destinations. It seems more than likely that Djokovic will be on a plane leaving Australia as the tennis gets underway.

The Moon, an important significator in the astrology chart, is in Cancer in the 4th house – the safe haven of home. The first aspect the Moon makes is a trine aspect to that extraordinary Neptune on the Ascendant. No doubt, recent events will continue to dominate the media as the tournament unfolds.

Yet, the major astrology comes next as there’s a powerful Full Moon building in the night sky. The Moon has to encounter Pluto, God of the Underworld, before making the opposition to the Sun in Capricorn.

Pluto’s theme is loss and endings. Full Moons are dramatic and emotional and the light of the Full Moon often brings matters to completion or culmination.

It’s an extraordinary symbol for the start of the tournament and indicates how significant the events surrounding Djokovic are. The no. 1 star is out of the tournament – and the country.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

What does Djokovic’s astrology tell us about this key event? It’s worth looking at his chart once again to see what’s been happening. Djokovic arrived in Australia on January 5th when the Sun in Capricorn was on his Ascendant at 16 Capricorn, the most personal point in the horoscope. The New Moon at 12 Capricorn on January 2nd fell close to his Ascendant, a symbol of new beginnings.

The Sun & Moon weren’t the only planetary bodies in Capricorn and Djokovic’ 1st house. There was a pile-up of planets – retrograde Venus & Pluto in Capricorn, Saturn & Mercury in Aquarius, Mercury slowing down in readiness to turn retrograde.

Retrograde planets are hidden from view and are effectively having to retrace their steps through the zodiac. This seems symbolic of Djokovic’ situation – to-ing and fro-ing, back and forth to the courts, will he play, won’t he play?

The Sun/retrograde Venus conjunction is often a key turning point, a cazimi or magical moment during Venus’ retrograde phase. This took place on January 9th, again close to Djokovic’ Ascendant. This coincided with the date when Djokovic’ was freed from the detention centre and started to practise his tennis in readiness for the tournament.

Yet, when Mercury turned retrograde on January 14th, his visa was once again cancelled. The powerful Full Moon at 27 Cancer 51 falling opposite Pluto and cutting across the 1st/7th houses of Djokovic’ chart has brought a final resolution to the back-and-forth situation. Not in the way that Djokovic and many of his fans and supporters around the world would have hoped.

Saturn square Uranus

There does seem to be another factor playing out here. You may notice that Djokovic was born on a Saturn-Uranus conjunction in Sagittarius and Saturn is his ruling planet linked to Capricorn, his Ascendant sign. The major astrology of 2021 and continuing into 2022 has been a Saturn-Uranus square aspect.

These two important planets are complete opposites – Saturn represents tradition, rules & regulations, authority and control. Whereas Uranus represents rebellion & change, protest & freedom. It’s a classic case of the old v. the new and Saturn-Uranus clashes often dominate during times of major social reform.

Saturn in Aquarius has coincided with many restrictions on what society can and can’t do. This can be seen as the people at the top telling the rest of society what’s what and the rules that must be obeyed. One rule for them, one rule for the rest of us.

We often think of Aquarius as the sign of the freedom-loving hippy, eccentric, new age and caring for the greater good. Yet, it is a fixed air sign so there’s a dogmatic side to Aquarius especially around opinions and beliefs – ‘I’m right, you’re wrong’.

Therefore the square from Saturn to Uranus is straightaway both exciting and confrontative. Uranus is co-ruler of Aquarius – so perhaps you could say that Saturn in Aquarius is the keeper of the rules, the scientist, the technology whizz, the side of Aquarius that loves order and systems. Whereas Uranus is the rebel, the non-conformist, the spanner in the wheel, the freedom-lover, the antagonist.

The Saturn-Uranus square aspect doesn’t just symbolise one thing. Yet, it’s a clear indication of the people who are for the vaccinations and favour the science – Saturn Aquarius – and the anti-vaxxers, like Djokovic, who favour bodily autonomy and their right to choose – Uranus Taurus.

This seems to be the bigger theme that lies behind the extraordinary events surrounding Djokovic. Whether wittingly or unwittingly he has become a pawn in the game.

Mars is often a planet that acts as a trigger. Mars was exactly conjunct Djokovic’ Saturn in Sagittarius on January 9th and as the tournament begins Mars is about to trigger his natal Uranus in Sagittarius – it’s exact on January 18th. Mars is bringing his Saturn-Uranus conjunction to life.

To confirm the importance of the Saturn-Uranus square, Saturn is currently in Djokovic’ personal 1st house, while Uranus has been going back and forth over the IC, the point at the base of Djokovic’ horoscope – home & family.

As Mars triggers Djokovic’ natal Uranus, in the sky Uranus is switching direction from retrograde to direct motion, also on January 18th, at the base of his horoscope – the unexpected change of plan and he’s going home.

Whatever you believe about the vaccinations, mandates & passports – Djokovic’ case has highlighted this major divide within society, the absurdities of our current situation and the unprecedented times we’re living through.

Please try not to use this forum to debate the rights or wrongs of the vaccinations. If you’ve been keeping up with the story, you’ll know that there have been some untruths and lies which have sullied Djokovic’ case and done his reputation no favours. This also seems to be the theme of Neptune on the Ascendant of the tournament chart.

Personally, I’ve found it fascinating that apart from Nick Kyrgios, Djokovic’ tennis players haven’t been that vocal in their support of him. There have been a few attacks on Djokovic but otherwise it’s been relatively quiet.

It will be interesting to see if more people speak up once communication planet Mercury turns direct but that doesn’t happen until February 4th, after the tournament ends. No-one seems to want to have their personal views revealed in the national media.

Who Will Win?

I’ll aim to add more here at a later date. For now, the chart of the tournament points to that powerful Jupiter at 3 Pisces, ruler of the Pisces Ascendant and Sagittarius Midheaven. Any player with key planets/angles at this degree could get a welcome boost from Jupiter. Mars could also play its part and sits at 24 Sagittarius on the Midheaven.

The chart of the final has Uranus at 10 Taurus on the Midheaven, the success point, so plenty of scope for an unexpected win. And, perhaps the many Djokovic’ fans who’ll be boycotting this year’s controversial Australian Open.

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Full Moon in Cancer, January 17, 2022

The potential for plenty of underground rumblings threatening to erupt is high on this Full Moon at 27° 51’ Cancer on 17 January 2022, 03:49 PM PST. The reason is Pluto in Capricorn conjoining the Sun and opposing the Cancer Moon. We’ll need to keep our wits about us to avoid getting sucked into turmoil surrounding security issues.

Each month we have a Full Moon, giving us an opportunity to review how the solar-lunar opposition affects the opposing houses the Full Moon falls in. Oppositions are always in complimentary signs that can usually work through their differences fairly easily. That is not the case on this Full Moon in Cancer because polarizing Pluto in Capricorn is conjoining the Sun and opposing the Cancer Moon. Pluto is more likely to aggravate differences in the interest of retaining control. Adding to the intensity is Mars in Sagittarius which is semi-sextile the Capricorn Sun and inconjunct the Cancer Moon. Mars in Sagittarius loves to champion causes, often with little thought as to the validity of said causes. The chance of people turning violent in the name of their “righteous” cause is higher than usual on this lunation. One thing we can do is not feed more energy into emerging situations, but rather step back and maintain as neutral a position as possible. Another is being willing to admit we made a mistake and learn from that. Not doing so may have fatal consequences. Projection is also a big issue on Full Moons, hence the need to own our personal failures. Be careful out there!

Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, is widely conjunct newly retrograde Mercury in Aquarius and both are square to Uranus in Taurus, all fixed signs. In other words, the urge to hold tight to our opinions is going to be strong. Needless to say, this is a lousy time to pick an argument with your nearest and dearest, or anyone else for that matter. Since Mercury will be retrograde until February 4, the possibility of resolving our issues in the short term is not good. It might be a better idea to work alone if at all possible for the time being. If not, keeping one’s mouth shut will work.

The only bright spot in this lunation chart is the trine between retrograde Venus in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus. Venus is also tightly semi-sextile Saturn in Aquarius, at not uncongenial aspect since Saturn rules Capricorn. Venus in Capricorn is not exactly lighthearted at best and is especially somber now. We’re in the midst of the process of re-evaluating what truly makes our lives better and what we’ve outgrown. The Venus-Uranus trine can shine a light in unexpected ways, revealing important new information.

Jupiter in Pisces as well as Neptune in Pisces are sitting this lunation out. Something we can be grateful for because adding a dose of messianic frenzy into the already tense atmosphere would not be good at all. Don’t worry, both planets will be in play in future lunations.

Tuning into our feelings is especially important on this Full Moon in sensitive Cancer. The more honest we are with ourselves and others the better chance we have of a positive outcome. Earth and water dominate the sky with a slight preponderance of cardinal signs. We can use this energy to start the process of making positive changes in our lives by taking small steps and always being gentle with our feelings and those of our loved ones. If we focus on being kind, thoughtful and considerate we may be able to avoid being drawn into obsessive, destructive behaviors. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Full Moon at the Atlantic Ocean © Patryk Kosmider | Dreamstime.com

The lunar nodes enter a new portal of change: Passion and Comfort with Scorpio and Taurus

 

The lunar nodes mark the intersection of the apparent (from our perspective on Earth) paths of the Sun and the Moon, and symbolically this marks the crossroads of consciousness (Sun) and instinct (Moon). The ascending, or North Node, points the way to the future, and the descending, or South Node, describes the journey’s origin and the energies we are moving away from and which will sometimes hold us back.

Because of precession and the way the earth orbits relative to the Sun, these points we call the lunar nodes move backwards through the zodiac unlike planetary bodies which move through the natural progression of signs from Aries to Pisces. I like to think of this as part of the karmic aspect of the nodes – an opportunity to retrace our past steps to clean up any lingering unfinished business.

There is a great deal of debate in astrological circles whether to use the True Node, the actual position of the lunar nodes which wobble back and forth almost daily, or the Mean Node which averages the nodal position. In a natal chart I use the True Node because the actual position is, to me, important to the symbolism of its meaning in the chart. The True Node will enter Taurus (at 29 degrees) on January 30, 2022.  The Mean Node (the averaged position) actually entered Taurus on January 10th. In any case, this is a major shift of focus for humans living on Planet Earth and changes the narrative a bit, as well as the style in which we encounter the experiences around us.

For the past eighteen months or so (since May 2020) the North Node has been in Gemini, with the South Node in Sagittarius. This is a polarity of communication and learning: Gemini is curious and open minded, and Sagittarius seeks higher wisdom and one truth. I think we can see a little bit of how this has played out over the past eighteen months.  Now the nodes are shifting from mutable signs to fixed, with the North Node in Taurus and the South Node in Scorpio. This is a polarity of comfort (Taurus) vs power (Scorpio) – what are we holding onto (Scorpio South Node) that we must let go of in order to find a healthy and grounded balance (Taurus North Node).

Fixed signs which do not adapt well to change, and yet we are in a time of change. Fixed signs are empowered and foster stability, but in times of change the fixed signs must learn to use their power of endurance in order to facilitate transformation in the midst of evolution and that is what is called for over the next eighteen months before the North Node shifts back into Aries and the South Node into Libra. In April the Nodes will form a stressful square to Saturn in Aquarius which could give rise to power conflicts and accelerated global struggles which will be even more pronounced when Uranus becomes involved with the Nodes in August and sets off the Saturn/Uranus square (the conflict that we saw throughout 2021) once more.

In our personal lives we are being asked to learn to let go of the places in which we have become stuck (Scorpio South Node) and learn to find peace and comfort in the simple things of human existence (Taurus). As someone with planets along this axis (Venus Scorpio/Jupiter Taurus), this is a lesson I quite need and look forward to practicing more of!

 

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