Mars Enters Aries: Power Surge

Mars In Aries – June 28, 2020 to January 6, 2021

Mars is fiery and furious in its sign of rulership, Aries. The red planet that rules anger and action is currently strong in Aries: the strident activist, the daring hero, the martial arts expert. This Mars knows what it wants and is out to get it.

Mars in Aries is fast, direct and takes no prisoners. This is great news if you need to be assertive, make things happen, take charge. However, it’s worth noting that Mars is going to be in the first sign of the zodiac for an unusually long time.

Mars Retrograde

This is because Mars turns retrograde in Aries from September 9 to November 13, 2020. This is really important to note, especially if you are a Mars type, i.e. an Aries or Scorpio or you have Mars strong in your birth chart.

When Mars is firing on all cylinders and in forward motion, act fast, get things moving, be strong& pro-active, get fit.

When Mars is in retreat, be prepared to put on the brakes, slow things down and rework your strategy. Mars retrograde is the time to recharge your batteries before you do battle once again. Sometimes, when Mars is retrograde, you get frustrated or feel powerless. You’re not the one in control.

Where Is Mars?

For everyone, this Mars transit is going to be super-powerful as it’s charged with strident, forceful energy. Therefore, know where Mars is going to fall in your horoscope and which areas of your life it’s triggering from now until the beginning of 2021. Here’s a quick guide. Read both your Sun sign & Ascendant sign:

  • Aries: Your physical energy, your image & appearance, personal goals
  • Taurus: Your inner journey & spiritual path, your inner vitality
  • Gemini: Friendships & groups, your involvement in society, politics, world events
  • Cancer: Career & vocation, your status & reputation, your role in the public eye
  • Leo: Education; travel & new experiences, where you find meaning in life
  • Virgo: Joint finances, money you share with other people, savings & debt, your sex life
  • Libra: Relationships, both personal & professional, contracts, your 1-to-1’s
  • Scorpio: Your job & everyday lifestyle, your health, service to others
  • Sagittarius: Your creativity, children, fun & entertainment, love affairs
  • Capricorn: Home & property matters, your family, your past & where you come from
  • Aquarius: All forms of communication, your local community, siblings & neighbours
  • Pisces: Money & personal possessions, what you value in life, your self-worth

Mars’ Clash

This is by no means going to be an easy run for Mars through Aries. In its first month in Aries, Mars clashes with communication planet Mercury on July 8th & July 27th which feels argumentative. It also ignites Chiron in Aries on July 14th, reopening old wounds.

And, Mars has to run the gauntlet of the three big players in 2020, Jupiter, Saturn & Pluto in Capricorn. These will be square aspects, a clash, a conflict – see key dates below. I think it’s fair to say we can expect more protests in the second half of the year as tempers flare and passions rise.

  • Mars Aries square Jupiter R Capricorn – August 4, 2020
  • Mars Aries square Pluto R Capricorn – August 13, 2020
  • Mars Aries square Saturn R Capricorn – August 24, 2020
  • Mars R Aries square Saturn Capricorn – September 29, 2020
  • Mars R Aries square Pluto Capricorn – October 9, 2020
  • Mars R square Jupiter Capricorn – October 19, 2020
  • Mars square Pluto Capricorn – December 23, 2020

On a personal level, use Mars in Aries for the force of good. Stand up for your rights and what you believe in. The God of War is in pole position; the role of the individual matters.

Avoid the hot-spot dates above to confront authority or to try and make your mark. Rein in impulsive behaviour and don’t do anything dangerous or foolhardy when Mars is out of control.

Do get fit and strong during Mars’ transit through Aries and use Mars’ power to create a power surge in your life. It’s forceful planetary energy when channelled well.

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Solstice Solar Eclipse: Ring Of Fire

SOLSTICE (Sun enters Cancer) – June 20, 2020 (22:44 GMT+1)

SOLAR ECLIPSE [0 Cancer 21] – June 21, 2020 (07:41 GMT+1)

This weekend’s astrology feels pivotal as it’s time to celebrate the Solstice and there’s a Solar Eclipse at 0 degrees Cancer, both symbols of powerful new beginnings.

A traditional way to celebrate the Solstice and honour the Sun is to light a fire. And, this weekend’s Solar Eclipse is an annular eclipse, sometimes called ‘Ring of Fire’ – similar themes.

Yet, it’s such strange timing that as the Sun hits its peak (in the northern hemisphere), it’s almost immediately blotted out by the eclipse, less than 10 hours later.

It definitely feels as if the universe is demanding our attention, calling us out to sit up and take notice. Find the still point this weekend during the Solstice & Solar Eclipse – I’m planning to light the fire pit – & meditate on what this means for you. Here are some key pointers to guide you:

  • Eclipses are often feared because they bring what’s hidden to light, they represent the unknown. They often coincide with external events in your life, where you have to let go of control. Once you know this, you can be more in flow.
  • Eclipses are often concurrent with turning points. This is why they are considered game-changers as they move the goalposts of life. Fundamentally, eclipses are neither positive nor negative. It’s how you perceive and respond to what happens in your own life and out in the world that’s important.
  • Sometimes, eclipses act as a catalyst for change but you don’t recognise this until later on. Their effect can last a few months after the exact date of the eclipse, even up until the next set of eclipses, which will occur in November/December 2020, the end of this particular eclipse cycle. This eclipse is closely linked to the Solar Eclipse on December 26, 2019 which fell at 4 Capricorn. What’s returning or completing?
  • Traditionally, it’s wise to wait a few days after an eclipse before taking action or making a big decision. This time around, you’re wise to wait until mid-July at least because Mercury is retrograde until July 12th, another planetary event that has a hidden theme.
  • During an eclipse, the karmic nodes, points of destiny in astrology, are pulled into the cosmic dance of the Sun, Moon & Earth. A shadow is thrown as the Sun/Moon/Earth are in close alignment. This is why eclipse symbolism is said to be ‘shadowy’. Once the shadow clears, it brings what’s hidden to light or sheds a new perspective on a current situation.
  • A Solar Eclipse is a turbo-charged New Moon, a symbol of new beginnings. However, the beginning often comes into being from an ending as the light emerges from the dark. It can open a door or a portal in your life inviting you to step through. Pay close attention to the events that occur and listen out for synchronicities around this powerful eclipse.
  • This eclipse will be visible in the Eastern hemisphere and move across parts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific Ocean. It’s relatively swift-moving. At greatest eclipse, it peaks above the border of India, Nepal & China. These countries are in the spotlight of change during the eclipse & over subsequent months.
  • This Solar Eclipse is part of the eclipse cycle which began in July 2018 and completes next month, July 2020. It’s been hugely powerful for many people. This is the ideal time to reassess the events of the past two years and notice where you’re being called to move forwards or required to start over.

What It Means For You

On a personal level, see where the Solar Eclipse falls in your birth chart, which house and which area of life, it triggers.

Does the eclipse fall close to any specific planets/angles? – use a tight orb, 1 degree either side. Here’s a quick guide:

  • Cancer – personal goals, image & identity
  • Leo – your inner world, retreat & surrender
  • Virgo – friends, groups & wider society
  • Libra – career & status, future path
  • Scorpio – your place in the world, study & education
  • Sagittarius – joint finances & sexuality
  • Capricorn – love & relationships, contracts
  • Aquarius – job & health, service to others
  • Pisces – birth i.e. kids, romance, creative projects
  • Aries – home & family
  • Taurus – community, siblings, communication
  • Gemini – money & assets, self-worth

Reading back through some previous articles I’ve written about the Solstice, I found the following quote which was taken from an article in the Guardian.

Notice the first two sentences – how fitting for the current situation in our world when more than ever we need to stop engendering hate & favour unity over division.

I’ll leave you with that thought to ponder on this potent & powerful Solstice Solar Eclipse. Enjoy the words below & consider the invitation that’s being offered to you during this time.

The summer solstice by definition transcends borders, religions, ethnicities. It unites rather than divides. Reassuringly, it harks back to a time long before Hinduism and Buddhism had entered the world’s consciousness, far earlier than the three great Abrahamic faiths that divided the planet’s population into rival God-fearing monotheists.

In our endlessly, celestially revolving world the solstice demands a moment of stillness and reflection. Its very etymology – from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) – indicates that almost miraculous point of transition, sandwiched between cycles of movement, when the sun appears from Earth to have reached its most northerly or southerly excursion relative to the celestial equator and then, after “standing still”, reverses course. It is the longest day, the triumph of the sun, a celebration of midsummer and a marker that the days will start to shorten.

For a fleeting moment the entire year is on hold, a moment of flux and suspense beautifully caught in Margaret Atwood’s Solstice Poem:

This is the solstice, the still point
of the sun, its cusp and midnight,
the year’s threshold
and unlocking, where the past
lets go of and becomes the future;
the place of caught breath, the door
of a vanished house left ajar.

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Venus Stations Direct June 24


Venus Direct 


June 24, 2020


11:48pm PDT 


5 Gemini 20 




April 9 Venus shadow begins


May 12 Venus station retrograde 21 Gemini 50


June 24 Venus station direct 5 Gemini 20


July 28 Venus shadow ends


We have been on a strange Venus retrograde trip since May 12th


The shadow period began on April 9 and the shadow will end on July 28.   Like all station directs the energy will lighten once Venus straightens out, but we will still have bits and pieces of stuff unfold until the shadow ends on July 28. 


During this Venus retrograde process we should reflect on what we have learned about our values.  Who?  What?  Why?  These questions came up a lot during the retrograde in terms of values.  Perhaps we were asleep on a value and realized, ‘wow, I almost screwed up that one’.   Maybe it was a loved one whom we had taken for granted.  Maybe it was us who had been taken for granted and we woke up.   Maybe it was a situation that came up that we normally had remained muted on but we could not any longer and we stood up and supported someone.   Maybe we backed off on something to let others do their work.  If it died without our help then so be it.   This Venus retrograde took place from beginning to end in Gemini.  Any lessons that came up my have been activated by an emotion or a feeling but the processing of it was very mental and analytical.   Venus stationing direct in Cancer lunar cycle will no doubt touch a watery emotional nerve.  Perhaps it is relief, “Thank goodness I got through _____ “    


Of course, money, beauty, love and creativity matters can straighten out as Venus now stations direct.  Or how we approach them will be more focused with a new awareness. 


Neptune Retrograde June 22


Neptune Retrograde 


June 22, 2020


9:32pm PDT 


20 Pisces 57 


Dates to Note:


March 2 Neptune enters shadow 18 Pisces 10


June 22 Neptune stations retrograde 


Nov 28 Neptune stations direct 


Mar 19, 2021 Neptune leaves shadow 20 Pisces 58 


Neptune spends a little less than half of every year retrograde. So, on one hand Neptune retrograde is ‘ho hum, you again?’   As we know Neptune moved into Pisces in 2011 and will remain in Pisces until 2026.  The Neptune in Pisces era speaks to our humanitarian, faith and artistic natures.  Matters of the greater heart, meaning issues beyond a loved one are pronounced.   Not for profit, charity and health Care are all Neptune in Pisces.   So, is oil and oceans and flooding and gases.   


Around the dates of the stations (June 22 & Nov 28) we may find our psychic and Woo-Woo up.   A thought, a memory, a sense, a feeling could connect us to something unworldly but important .  If your gut is talking to you—Listen.    Let’s see where we all land with our gut radar when Neptune stations direct on November 28 at 18 Pisces.     


Mercury Retrograde In Cancer: Nostalgia Trip

MERCURY RETROGRADE – June 18 to July 12, 2020

We are heading closer to the next Mercury Retrograde phase which begins this week. This is a strange Mercury Retrograde because it happens during eclipse season. There’s already been so much talk about the eclipses that the trickster planet Mercury has almost been forgotten.

Take Your Time

In fact, the general themes of both eclipses and Mercury Retrograde are similar, that something’s hidden. The same advice applies to both, play a waiting game until a new picture is revealed and whatever’s been hidden comes to light.

Mercury turns direct at 14 Cancer, the opposite degree to the final Lunar Eclipse in the Cancer/Capricorn eclipse cycle on July 5th, at 13 Capricorn. Therefore, the two are linked and we need to wait for this ‘topsy-turvy’ picture to unfold and see what will be revealed further down the line.

Personally, I wouldn’t start booking trips or leaping back into ‘normal life’ just yet, even though many countries are starting to open up. Instead, play a waiting game for a few weeks yet. Explore your options for sure but take your time and don’t rush back out into the world.

Mercury Retrograde Dates

  • June 2 2020: Mercury was at 5 Cancer – the shadow period begins
  • June 18 2020 (05:59 GMT+1): Mercury turns retrograde [14 Cancer 46]
  • July 1 2020: Sun conjunct Mercury retrograde – 9 Cancer
  • July 12 2020 (09:26 GMT+1): Mercury turns direct [5 Cancer 30]
  • July 26 2020: Mercury reaches 14 Cancer – shadow period ends

The fact that Mercury is retrograding in Cancer seems fitting for our current times. Cancer is the star sign which represents home & family, also the past and where you come from.

Some of you may be reconnecting with family or loved ones who you haven’t seen for some time. And, this would be an ideal time to do so, as long as you stay safe & keep social distancing.

Looking Back In Joy

It’s also a time when many of us will be feeling wistful about the past which got me thinking about nostalgia. I found a wonderful article on the internet talking about the importance of past connections and looking back in joy. It talked about how nostalgia can elevate themes of meaningfulness, connectedness and continuity in your life.

Nostalgia means ‘the longing to return home’ and this is a powerful Mercury retrograde to remind yourself of the people & places no longer in your life and what they meant and mean to you.

It’s not about ruminating over the past or lamenting what’s lost. Instead, it’s about enjoying your memories and dwelling in happy times to help you deal with whatever situation you find yourself in right now.

Hold that thought and use this Mercury retrograde phase to reconnect with people from your past and to reflect on your life. Review your options so you have some clarity when the time is right to move forwards once again.


Re-member that all the re-words belong to Mercury retrograde, including re-st and re-treat. On that note, I’m going to be taking a couple of weeks off work starting during Mercury retrograde.

I’ll put the dates on my website, so you know when I’m available for astrology readings and when I’ll be putting my feet up and reminiscing.

What It Means For You

Here are the key areas of upper life where Mercury retrograde (& the eclipses) are currently stirring things up.

The advice is take the pace slow in the areas mentioned – explore your options but don’t make the big decisions just yet. Read both your Sun sign & your Ascendant sign if you know it:

  • Cancer – personal goals/aims, identity, image & self-perception
  • Leo – inner work, a spiritual retreat, caring for self & others
  • Virgo – friends, groups, politics, social causes, hopes & wishes
  • Libra – career & vocation, status & reputation, future goals
  • Scorpio – travel, study, the bigger picture, life’s meaning & purpose
  • Sagittarius – joint finances & shared resources, all things hidden & taboo, the metaphysical realm
  • Capricorn – relationships, both personal & professional, contracts, opponents
  • Aquarius – work & routine, lifestyle & health, service to others
  • Pisces – children & creativity, love affairs & luck, fun & entertainment
  • Aries – home & family, the past, your legacy, where you come from
  • Taurus – communication, siblings, neighbours, community, your voice
  • Gemini – money & assets, values & self-worth

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Be in flow & use the timing of astrology to your advantage.

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Mercury Retrograde June 17/18


Mercury Retrograde 


June 17, 2020 


9:58 pm PDT


14 Cancer 46


6/1: Mercury shadow begins


6/17: Mercury retrograde 14 Cancer 46


7/12: Mercury station direct 5 Cancer 29


7/26: Mercury Shadow ends


This Mercury retrograde takes place in entirety in Cancer.  As we discussed Mercury is the planet of our human computer and during the retrograde we have another opportunity to reboot our thinking.  


With this Mercury retrograde, our thinking and our communication will be about home, feelings, family (both family of birth and family of choice).   Cancer the crab, has a hard shell of protection and strong pinchers.   We should all prepare during this Mercury retrograde for people to be over-sensitive and use those pinchers.  Snappy comments will be in overload.   If anyone on god’s green earth has the ability to hold their tongue during this Mercury retrograde, they will be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.    


The last time Mercury was retrograde entirely in Cancer was June/July 2013.  You may want to consider what was going on then, were there any reboots you did that missed something important?  Is there anything that took place regarding home, family and feelings that didn’t get addressed that you would now like to tackle?    You may have an opportunity to address those issues this time around.  


The pre-shadow started on June 1, we should watch what has come up after that point and note we may have revisit some of it. Once Mercury stations direct on July 12 things should soften and certainly any confusion will clear by the shadow end on July 26. 


As always, with any Mercury retrograde, double check paperwork, try to avoid big purchases, if you are traveling confirm any reservations.   Double check every email before you hit send and ask yourself, “Is this too snappy?”  If you are fine with it then be prepared for any repercussions.    If your goal is to set a boundary (Cancer the crab hard shell) talk to a friend or ally and ask them if there is another way to set up the boundary without just a snap. 


Lunar Eclipse: Sagittarius Full Moon June 5

A full moon on red high heels

June 5

12:12pm PDT

15 Sag 34


This full moon lunar eclipse is the first of three eclipses.  June 5 (lunar) June 20 (solar) July 4 (lunar).  That is a lot of eclipses in four weeks.   Even if a human knew nothing of astrology, I am pretty sure they are feeling the tension of the extraordinary period we are in.   I reminded everyone a couple months ago that some of the cycles we are in have not occurred in decades and hundreds of years.  One of them being the January 12th aspect of Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn.   We are still dealing with the aspect that launched 2020.   These two planets only come together once every thirty years.  The last time they were together was 1982 and the last time they were in the sign of Capricorn was 1518.  During that aspect, Martin Luther pushed back on the authority which he deemed corrupt.  This was one man, who wrote a note, nailed it on the door of his church and changed the course of religion and world history.   It was the beginning of the reformation Era.   In addition, in August of 1518, King Charles authorized Spain to ship enslaved people directly from Africa to the Americas.  Slavery rose dramatically.    While we now sit back in our chairs and sigh over the lack of a moral compass to enslave anyone, that was not the case in 1518.   To them, it was simply a business model.   Capricorn is business.  Pluto is power.  Saturn is structure.  A business launched and a country was built on the backs of enslaved humans.    And here we are now with a chance to revisit a cruel system that was based on the color of skin.   What will we do?   What are the ghosts of 1518?   Not just slavery ghosts but industry models built from that era.  For more information on how we are impacted by the ghosts of slavery in modern era go to Pulitzer prize   Project 1619.   During this pandemic (also tied to Saturn Pluto) we are considering who is essential labor?  How are they treated?   For more information on inequities of Covid 19 and workers go to this piece from the non partisan Econofact article.


The nation and the world have an opportunity to go into a new gear about race and about the shadow side of big businesses as we consider if, and are, they built on something that does not line up with our values?   This is where the power of eclipses comes into play and we ask questions.  We must refrain from going into our hard corners, our know-it-all place where we hold our ground.  It is critical to consider if now is the time to pivot.  Are we learning?   This the important gift of Gemini and Sag solar and lunar eclipses. 


Eclipses come in cycles where they ping pong between two signs every six months for around two years.   The Cancer/Capricorn pattern began November 2018 and will wrap up July 4.    There is always a dove tail of one cycle wrapping after the launch of a new cycle and that is case with today’s eclipse where we begin the Gemini – Sagittarius cycle.   An argument can be made that this eclipse is less weighty as the final June 20 Cancer solar eclipse given it is on the solstice but make no mistake this Sag lunar eclipse has a punch.   


On the eclipse chart, Mars, the warrior, is at odds with the Sun and the moon by forming a T square.  If you don’t know astrology visualize the face of a clock.  Put Mars on the 12, put the Sun on the 3 and put the Moon on the 9.    The sun and the moon (like the 3 and 9 on the clock) are opposite each other.   They are doing their thing like a teeter totter.  In this case, the Sun in Gemini is looking for facts and looking for data.   The Moon in Sag is forming big picture ideas.  It is forming beliefs.   When Gemini and Sag behave, they elevate each other’s knowledge.   When both signs misbehave, Gemini goes out and gets data but remains shallow, can’t put a big thought together because it is overwhelmed by too much information and can’t lock a coherent thought.    When Sag misbehaves it forms an opinion or sticks to a belief that does not match the facts on the ground.  It can miss an evolution that has occurred.   It holds on to an outdated thoughts.   This is going to be our work for the next two years.   Finding data and forming big thoughts and beliefs.  Sometimes the data will indeed match our beliefs but if we do not update with new on the ground facts then we risk obsolete thinking.   All thinking is up for review.  Thoughts up close thoughts about family, friends, jobs, neighbors and bigger thoughts about community, industries, government and systems.   Every Gemini- Sag eclipse will have its own chart and flavor by the planets impacting the sun and moon but it will still be centered on our thinking.    Today’s eclipse will have a ripple effect to December when we have the first Solar eclipse in Sag.  


Back to Mars.  Mars is passion and a warrior. Mars is when we put on our red shoes and go to battle.   Rarely does Mars take down his weapon but in the water sign Pisces his fight speaks to compassion and love.  There is justice for the under dog but it is guided by intuition or something bigger than it can’t explain.  It is propelled by something muted as there is an unworldliness to Mars in Pisces.  This fuzzy factor is pushing on Gemini and Sag to find the facts, that inform the beliefs but are you stopping and remembering the human in humanity?   Even the human in the enemy. 


Venus who is retrograde is next to the Sun (conjunct) in Gemini and also being informed by the square with Mars.   Venus and Mars are the lovers and they are squabbling.  Venus is getting wound up in her thinking figuring out her values. Mars says, “To hell with thinking let’s act on our values.”   Venus responds, “I don’t know my values right now.”   Mars is pushing hard on Venus.  The last time Venus was retrograde in Gemini was spring 2012. What was going on in your life then?  Are you revisiting it now?  How have your values changed since then?   On this eclipse we all get informed about our values.  What does your on-the- ground experience and those facts say to your values?   Are you being valued?   Was there something you didn’t do then than you should do now?  Are you racing in like a warrior for your values?  Are you stopping down before you race and making sure you are connected to your intuition?   Always with Gemini, are you breathing?  


With Gemini, Sag and Pisces our brains are in overwhelm during the eclipse, we are served if we go back to the face of the clock.   The 12 has the Mars, Sun on the 3, moon on the 9— the one relief is the empty spot and that is the 6.   For this chart that means the sign Virgo.   We find relief when go down to the studs in our hourly schedule.  Are we fed? Do we need to go for a walk?  Do we need to clean?  Do we need to do our hygiene?  Do we need to pay bills?   Do we have a to-do list?   Do we need to check off an item?  This is where we get our respite.  It is not a refuge to hide from the eclipse.  We must remain dutiful that our opinions and beliefs are not obsolete.   Consider every person you talk to (Gemini) is an opportunity to build a new bridge (Sag) to your own opinions about you and fellow humans (Pisces).  But at the same time take care and nurture self and loved ones.      


These are remarkable astrological times.   We will be dealing with extraordinary matters for the next four years.  But God in his infinite wisdom has given us this two- year cycle of Gemini and Sagittarius so we learn how to pivot on our thinking and assess our beliefs.  We will have a lot to process.   Take the opportunities offered by this full moon and eclipse to figure out what you need to figure out and always remember you don’t know what you don’t know but the ability to pivot is a gift and important skill as we go forward.