Saturn’s move into Aquarius this weekend lights up a whole new sector of your solar horoscope. This is the beginning of a three year transit of Saturn through Aquarius, the egalitarian star sign representing structure & organisation and futuristic, modern ways of thinking.
Saturn in Aquarius is the scientist, the inventor, innovative and trend-setting. Saturn’s rule in Aquarius highlights community and society, the New Age and alternative trends. Aquarius’ co-ruler Uranus represents technology, new ideas & collaborative ventures. Aquarius’ gaze is always one step ahead embracing the future.
You’re in it for the long haul with Saturn in Aquarius and it helps to know what you can do to make the most of this new planetary transit. Here’s a quick guide to the twelve star signs and what Saturn in Aquarius means for you:
Finally, you have your ruling planet Saturn back where it belongs in your star sign Aquarius for the first time in 30 years. If your life’s been lacking direction, it’s time to reorient your compass and get on track with your long-term personal goals and aims. It’s a good idea to step things up a notch and decide where you can make your mark within society. More ambition comes your way but don’t lose your heart in the process. Be sensitive as well as tough. Take charge of your physical well-being; a healthy regime will benefit your progress.
Saturn in Aquarius is hidden away in your horoscope as Aquarius is the sign before Pisces in the zodiac. This is about inner work, learning to be alone and embrace solitude when necessary. You might be walking a spiritual path or feel a calling to move away from social media and be of service in the world. This is a key period of preparation for you, whether you’re studying, researching or recharging your batteries. Keep your gaze firmly focused on your future plans.
There’s less pressure on your career and reputation once Saturn is established in Aquarius. You may discover that having friends in high places or extending your professional network opens the right doors. This is the time to consider your group connections and find people you can team up with on and off-line to further your long-term goals. There will be lessons to learn around friendship and community and you’re required to get serious about these all-important connections in your life. Prove you’re committed to your charity ventures and you’re in it for the long haul.
Saturn reaches the pinnacle of your horoscope in Aquarius. This is the time to be decisive about your career and vocation and make the right moves which can improve your status and assure your long-term reputation moving forwards. Take on a new position of responsibility, step into a leadership role and develop a hard-work ethic. Saturn in Aquarius can benefit you over the next three years, as long as you’re prepared to knuckle down and focus on the long-term goals. Your rewards will come through perseverance and making slow and steady progress.
Aquarius is a fellow air sign so Saturn in Aquarius can help get you on the right track. This is the time to sign up for a three year course to improve your learning or gain new qualifications. You might have a goal to emigrate or live abroad in the future. If so, Saturn in Aquarius is the time to prepare yourself and get organised. If you lose sight of the meaning or purpose to your life or find it hard to visualise your future, delve into ancient wisdom or be inspired by the great thinkers throughout history. Happiness is an inside job.
Saturn’s move into Aquarius means it’s time to get serious about debt, an investment or long-term financial decision. Aquarius rules the sector of your horoscope that concerns joint finances and shared resources. Yes, you need to pay attention to what’s happening in the here and now but it’s also the right time to consider your future options. It’s not just about making strategic money moves or creating sound joint ventures either. This transit of Saturn through Aquarius is tapping you into the metaphysical realm and discovering the riches in life that are not about money or material possessions.
Aquarius is your opposite star sign and Saturn here can be a tough task-master. You might be up against strong competition or opposition and you need to toughen up and prove your leadership credentials. Relationships are under the cosmic spotlight, your 1-to-1’s, both personal and professional. Saturn in Aquarius can represent a time of commitment, settling down and making the right relationship choice. You have to work at love and partnership, however, and not expect your relationships to be a breeze. Make some strategic partnership moves and think of the future.
Saturn in Aquarius brings out the side of your nature that’s organised and likes to be busy. This is about your work and routine, your lifestyle and health and managing your time well. If you take on too much while Saturn is in Aquarius, you’ll wear yourself out. If you’re out of work, you might have to find ways to deal with fear or doubt, to keep your inner light shining bright. Service to others is a Saturn in Aquarius theme and wanting to give something back. It’s less about you and more about playing a valuable role within your community. This is where fulfilment lies.
You have Saturn in a strong planetary dynamic as Aquarius is a fellow air sign. Saturn is in the sector of your horoscope that rules your talents and how you express yourself. If you want to learn an instrument or master a craft or skill, you have extra self-discipline now and the ability to stay on track and put in hours of training or practise. When it comes to parenting, be disciplined but not overly so; when it comes to new love, be dedicated to romance but not overly serious. If you’re lacking fun in life, play more, work less.
Saturn in Aquarius moves to the base of your horoscope taking you back into the past. This sector of your chart represents where you come from, your home and family, your ancestry and roots. Delve into your family history. Sometimes, you find it hard to move when Saturn’s here. Or, perhaps you’re ready to settle down, stay put and build strong foundations in your life. Elderly parents may require extra time and attention and themes of duty and responsibility run through your family connections.
This is the time to find your voice and become an authority in your field, while Saturn in Aquarius moves through your communication sector. You have to prove you can be consistent and reliable in your communications, whether you’re promoting, marketing or networking online. You might choose to take on a responsible role within your community or work hard to build strong bonds with your siblings, cousins or neighbours. Commuting less is preferable and making new online friendships brings long-term fulfilment.
You may be delighted that Saturn, your ruler, is no longer in Capricorn. Saturn in your star sign can coincide with a time of hardship or ill health. Alternatively, you may have enjoyed Saturn honing your self-discipline and ability to work hard. With Saturn in Aquarius, this is the time to take finances seriously. You’re going to have to learn to be more conservative with your money and budget well. Saturn in Aquarius favours saving rather than spending, being thrifty and making sensible long-term financial decisions. It’s an ideal time for you to earn from an online business.
Back in January, we knew that the rare alignment of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn would likely require a reset.
Saturn and Pluto’s challenging aspects often coincide with a time of endings & hardship. The Grim Reaper (Saturn) meets God of the Underworld (Pluto) in Capricorn, the star sign ruling the establishment – it was never going to be a happy marriage between the two and it smacked of a global recession.
What we weren’t aware of at the start of 2020 was the major impact of the coronavirus globally, although it had already kicked in. Reading back through my Saturn/Pluto article from January, the following words now make more sense:
‘The key themes of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction are endings, super powers, death & loss, the passing of time and the dark side of life’. Some of my tips on the Saturn/Pluto conjunction were; ‘Get real and deal with the facts’, ‘Flex your survival instinct’, ‘Ditch the fear’. All worth holding on to at this peak moment in history.
What I wanted to do in this article was consider the astrology for the onset of the virus to see if that can help us work out the timing of events and where we need to pay close attention. As always, I’ve tried to keep the astrology simple to help make sense of things.
Jupiter In Capricorn
Looking at the coronavirus timeline, the first case was on December 1, 2019. What’s interesting about this date is that Jupiter was at 29 Sagittarius on the verge of joining Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn the following day, December 2, 2019.
Jupiter is the global planet, linked to foreign connections, travel and study, also religion, hope & faith, broadcasting and the Law. Its most significant planetary aspect in 2020 is a conjunction with Pluto which happens three times on the following dates: April 5, June 30 and November 12, 2020.
These major planetary aspects act as a backdrop to the year – they can be specific date-wise but more often they bring a theme to the year’s events. We are already seeing how this is playing out as severe travel restrictions are being put in place. Jupiter rules travel and Pluto is the wipe-out planet.
Therefore, it’s super important to consider your travel plans in the year ahead, limit unnecessary travel and ensure that you have good insurance as soon as you book. The impact of the coronavirus is already hitting the airline business and limiting our freedom, another key feature of Jupiter.
Another area to note are schools and places of study, which again are already being closed when there’s a case of coronavirus confirmed. Here too, you need to be ready for significant changes or cancellations.
Whatever happens this month – see Mars section below – this could still impact on travel & study plans throughout the year.
Quarantine & Lockdown
When I was thinking about the Saturn/Pluto conjunction back in January, the image of a prison came to mind. Saturn rules walls, boundaries, confinement; Pluto rules caves, the Underworld, dark places.
The ‘lockdown symbolism’ is evident. Which brings me to cruise ships, the monolithic vessels surging through our seas. I’ve never been a fan of cruise ships.
Yes, you travel to amazing places but you can’t get off them in the middle of the ocean which is my personal idea of hell. They’re not great for the environment and they have exploded in popularity in recent years.
The quarantine on the cruise ships which turned out to be a fertile breeding ground for the virus is a shuddering reminder of the Saturn/Pluto ‘lockdown’ symbolism. If Saturn/Pluto is the equivalent of a reset button, we are being forced to consider the way we travel around the globe.
South Node In Capricorn
There is another key planetary factor involved. The definitive date for the corona virus was December 31, 2019, when China alerted the WHO (World Health Organisation) to the spread of the disease.
On this day, the Sun was exactly conjunct the South Node, both at 8 degrees Capricorn. The South Node is a point in astrology that’s often associated with ‘bad fortune’. Traditionally, this is a point linked to release and letting go, especially when you slip into bad habits, your comfort zone.
Normally, a virus would be represented by Neptune in astrology, the mysterious, intangible planetary influence which often shows in personal illness, especially any condition which is hard to diagnose. Yet, the coronavirus seems to be taking hold as the planets move through Capricorn, affecting the structure of our lives.
Mars In Capricorn
Which brings me to another important point astrologically and suggests that this month, March 2020, is pivotal. This is the fact that Mars, the planet representing speed and ferocity, is currently in Capricorn. It moved here on February 16th and remains in Capricorn until March 30th.
We are already seeing Mars’ impact as the virus accelerates. Plus, the first international sports match which was postponed was the Ireland-Italy rugby game on February 26, 2020. On this date, the South Node in Capricorn was conjunct Mars, the planet which rules sport and physical activities, both at 6 degrees Capricorn.
Mars still has a way to go in Capricorn as Mars is conjunct Jupiter on March 20th and Pluto on March 23th. These dates are likely to prove pivotal for the spread of the virus, whether this is when it peaks or it brings a turning point.
Although, it’s worth noting that the South Node is moving backwards out of Capricorn by May 5, 2020 and makes no further connections with planets in Capricorn.
0 Degrees Aquarius
Mars joins Saturn in Aquarius on March 30th and they meet at 0 Aquarius on March 31st. When I drew up the chart for December 1, 2019, the first coronavirus case, I chose a sunrise chart and the Moon was at 0 Aquarius.
The Jupiter/Saturn conjunction which heralds a New Age also takes place at 0 Aquarius on December 21, 2020. These dates and planetary alignments could bring something new to the situation. Here’s hoping it’s a breakthrough, turning points towards a solution. It’s worth noting these dates to see what happens next.
The ‘Eyes’ Of The Universe
The symbolism of the Sun/South Node conjunction in Capricorn which coincided with the announcement of the corona virus is intriguing. In traditional astrology, the Sun and Moon represent the eyes; the Sun is the right eye, the Moon the left eye.
The Sun has a ‘corona’ which is invisible to the human eye except during an eclipse. Then, it’s brought to light. The eyes of the world – the Sun & Moon – look down upon us as we stand and fall, make mistakes, abuse the earth we live on and, hopefully, try to make amends.
As always with astrology, there’s a sense that the steps we take in life as human beings are closely connected to the cosmic order, the movements of the stars & planets. We are seeing that in what’s happening now as we’re being forced to consider how we lead our lives on our beautiful planet.
Action planet Mars enters Capricorn today, the star sign linked to hard work and ambition, where it remains for the next six weeks until March 30th.
Capricorn is responsible, authoritative and maintains rules and boundaries. Mars excels here as its forthright, direct nature can be channelled successfully into goals, projects and business enterprises.
Traditionally, when Mars is in Capricorn, this is the perfect time to channel your inner ram or goat, plan your strategy and prove your competitive nature.
It’s time to decide what mountain you want to climb next. This may be a literal, physical challenge or an ambitious plan that calls out your leadership qualities. This is your project and it requires you to be cunning, calculated and committed.
While Mars is in Capricorn, aim for mastery, cool control and be fearless about your objectives. Utilise this strong, dominant energy to make things happen and work steadily and persistently to achieve your goals.
However, there are two important factors to point out during this key Mars transit which takes place approximately once every two years.
Firstly, tomorrow, February 17th, Mercury turns retrograde and will be on go slow for three weeks until March 10th. This is significant because it means you have to use Mars’ energy to rethink your strategy, to plot and plan behind the scenes ready to take action once Mercury turns direct.
Secondly, Mars is stirring things up again in Capricorn, where the Saturn-Pluto conjunction took place on January 12th. Don’t forget that Mars is the warrior in astrology, combative and ready for a fight. This could play out in different ways.
For example, you may find that whatever came to an end in January, you’re now ready to deal with it head on and put more energy in to the area of your life ruled by Capricorn. Or perhaps, you rediscover your courage, your get-up-and-go and you’re keen to do battle. When you look back to events last month, you can now see where action is needed.
This is a significant transit of Mars because it’s chasing after the slower-moving planets. Here’s what happens. Notice that all the key dates are once Mercury is back to direct motion:
Mars conjunct Jupiter – March 20, 2020 (22 Capricorn)
Mars conjunct Pluto – March 23, 2020 (24 Capricorn)
Mars conjunct Saturn – March 31, 2020 (0 Aquarius)
Mars teams up with Jupiter and then Pluto in Capricorn. Together, Jupiter and Pluto represent big power. This could symbolise a step up in the world or meeting a person of influence. Jupiter expands what it touches and Pluto’s nature is extreme.
Mars only encounters Saturn once Saturn has moved in to Aquarius, which feels easier than if they met in Capricorn. Capricorn rules the hierarchy whereas Aquarius represents the collective.
During these key conjunctions, you may find yourself teaming up and working alongside other people. Or perhaps, you’re up against strong opposition. Be wary of Mars in Capricorn over the next three weeks and notice what’s going on behind the scenes while Mercury remains in retreat.
You may find that other people are gaining strength during this period. Who else is working behind the scenes to plan their strategy, their next steps? This is especially important if you find yourself in any conflict situation or in a competitive challenge.
Do your best to ensure you’re the one who makes all the right moves while Mars moves through Capricorn, its sign of exaltation.
Here are the areas of your life where Mars is currently active. Read both your Sun sign and Ascendant sign if you know it:
As in previous years, I’m taking a look at the astrology for the Academy Awards 2020 to see what it can tell us about the big event. During the last two years, my astrology predictions have been very accurate. You can check out the previous years here:
The astrology chart for the event (see above) is the starting point to find out more and it is an unusual chart. For the first time, possibly ever?, the Oscars ceremony has been brought forwards and is no longer taking place when the Sun is in Pisces. Pisces fits the Oscars theme completely as Pisces’ co-ruler is Neptune, the planet linked to movies & glamour.
Sun In Aquarius, Uranus Rules
This year and for one year only, the Oscar ceremony is being held while the Sun is in Aquarius. Plus, Uranus, the innovative co-ruler of Aquarius is the most elevated planet, close to the Midheaven, the success point in the astrology chart. This brings a whole new feel to the event.
Will the costumes represent the Aquarius theme – think sci-fi, quirky, eco? Will there be controversy, a shock result or an act of rebellion? And, will Uranus play a key role in the charts of the winners and the themes of the Best Pictures?
Full Moon In Leo
At least, this year the Oscars are taking place the weekend of a dramatic Full Moon in Leo, the sign of the performer, regaining some of that glitz and pizazz we associate with Hollywood.
The Full Moon falls at 20 degrees Leo early on February 9th, so the Moon has already entered Virgo by the time the ceremony begins. The Leo Full Moon does, however, show strongly in the charts of some of the nominees shining a light on them.
Venus Sandwiched Between Chiron & Lilith
Also, note Venus in Aries in the chart, ruler of the Taurus Midheaven. Venus, the planet ruling women, is in assertive, ‘angry’ Aries, sandwiched between Chiron & Lilith, a wild mix.
Once again, there are no female directors in the Best Director category, despite Little Women being brilliant, director Greta Gerwig! Maybe, this will be a noted feature of the 2020 Oscars, the lack of women receiving honours in the film industry. Or perhaps, red will be the stand-out colour in the outfits, ruled by Aries.
Lucky Jupiter In Capricorn
Finally, Jupiter is at 15 degrees Capricorn moving closer to a sextile aspect with Neptune, the movie planet, at 17 degrees Pisces. Jupiter is the best planet in astrology. Therefore, it’s always worth noting what it’s doing by transit in the charts of the nominees. Jupiter’s a lucky influence and could help boost the fortunes of Sun Capricorns this year too.
Here are the major categories and the all-important key astrology:
The nominees are:
Cynthia Erivo (b. January 8 1987) – Sun Capricorn – Harriet
Scarlett Johansson (b. November 22 1984) – Sun Sagittarius – Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan (b. April 12 1994) – Sun Aries – Little Women
Charlize Theron (b. August 7 1975) – Sun Leo – Bombshell
Renee Zellweger (b. April 25 1969) – Sun Taurus – Judy
No time of birth for Saoirse Ronan or Cynthia Erivo. Scarlett Johansson has been nominated twice, in both Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress categories.
Cynthia Erivo is a Sun Capricorn. With her Sun at 17 Capricorn and her Mercury (voice) at 15 Capricorn, Jupiter is definitely getting a look in. Also, her natal Jupiter is at 18 Pisces, so the Jupiter-Neptune aspect is creating a dreamy connection with her natal chart. I do think she’s going to do well. She’s up for Best Song and with her astrology, she has a good chance of winning.
Scarlett Johansson has her Sun at 0 Sagittarius and she sometimes wrongly appears in the lists of famous Scorpios. This is her Jupiter Return year, which takes place once every 12 years. Her natal Jupiter is at 12 Capricorn with transiting Jupiter starting to separate. Not many people get nominated for an Oscar in the same year twice, a nice showing of her Jupiter Return year = success.
I loved Saoirse Ronan in Little Women. A Sun Aries with her natal Venus at 13 Taurus, close to the Midheaven of the Oscars chart – see above. However, not a lot else going on astrologically, although no time of birth to delve deeper.
From an astrological viewpoint, Charlize Theron, has a good chance of doing well. A Sun Leo with her Mercury, career ruler, at 20 Leo, directly in the glow of the Full Moon, which took place at the exact same degree. Great astrology.
Finally, Renee Zellweger for her role as Judy Garland. I saw the movie and loved it – Renee morphed in to the character. A Sun Taurus, Renee’s Moon is at 17 Leo, so picking up on the Full Moon vibe, if a little wide. Plus, her Sun is at 5 Taurus, close to the Midheaven of the Oscars chart. Uranus, the unique signature of this year’s Oscars chart, is heading closer to a conjunction with her natal Sun. Renee also has her natal Venus in Aries and her natal Mars in Sagittarius, not at the exact degrees on the day of the Oscars, but another testimony to her doing well.
Astrologer’s Choice: My pick has to be Renee Zellweger for Best Actress and I’m hoping Cynthia Erivo wins for Best Song.
The nominees are:
Antonio Banderas (b. August 10 1960) – Sun Leo – Pain & Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio (b. November 11 1974) – Sun Scorpio – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Adam Driver (b. November 19 1983) – Sun Scorpio – Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix (b. October 28 1974) – Sun Scorpio – Joker
Jonathan Pryce (b. June 1 1947) – Sun Gemini – The Two Popes
There’s no time of birth for Jonathan Pryce. Otherwise, the other four actors have exact birth data.
I’m not sure why there are three Scorpios up for an Oscar in the Best Actor category this year but there are three of them – see dates above. What I did find extraordinary about this category is the Uranus factor and you’ll see why in the astrology below.
Antonio Banderas is a Sun Leo. His Sun at 18 Leo is conjunct Uranus at 21 Leo – here’s the first significant Uranus conjunction of these top actors. The Full Moon on the Oscars weekend is highlighting Banderas’ natal Sun/Uranus conjunction – glorious astrology. He has lucky Jupiter at 23 Sagittarius close to his Midheaven at 16 Sagittarius. Mars is at 25 Sagittarius during the Oscars ceremony. A minor testimony but he could do well.
Leonardo DiCaprio was born on a Sun/Venus conjunction in Scorpio – he is rather beautiful to look at. Plus, his Descendant, the relationship point in astrology, is 3 Aries. Therefore, he’s getting the Venus/Chiron/Lilith influence big-time. This may be about his love life, rather than an Oscars win. No other key astrology to note, except that he’s born with Mercury at 29 Libra exactly conjunct Uranus at 29 Libra – there’s the Uranus factor again.
I love Adam Driver and he was brilliant in Marriage Story which had fantastic acting all round. Another Sun Scorpio, another Mercury/Uranus tight conjunction, both at 8 Sagittarius in Driver’s case. Plus, both planets are conjunct his Midheaven at 10 Sagittarius, which fits the quirky Uranus theme of this year’s Oscars. No further astrology, however, to boost his chances.
The third Sun Scorpio in this category is Joaquin Phoenix, who was iconically brilliant as Joker. He’s the favourite to win and it’s not surprising to see Uranus strong in his astrology – his acting roles seem to be a mix of Scorpio darkness and Uranus genius/eccentricity. He has a Gemini Midheaven and Mercury his career ruler is at 28 Libra exactly conjunct Uranus at 28 Libra, within 3 minutes arc. His Moon is 2 Aries, so he’s picking up the Venus/Chiron/Lilith theme too. The themes of this year’s Oscars’ chart are all there, although it’s not obvious astrology for a win.
Finally, Jonathan Pryce for his role in Two Popes, a perfect theme for a Sun Gemini, as Gemini rules duality. Yet another nominee in this category born with Uranus showing in his astrology: Mercury at 28 Gemini conjunct Uranus at 21 Gemini conjunct the Sun at 10 Gemini. Pryce’s natal Mars at 8 Taurus is conjunct the Oscar chart’s Midheaven.
Astrologer’s Choice: Will the actors share the award equally with Uranus strong in all their charts? No obvious astrology in this category, except perhaps for Antonio Banderas, the Leo nominee. My pick to win, however, is Joaquin Phoenix because of the themes in his chart and the fact he played Joker. If his Baftas speech is anything to go by, he won’t shy away from speaking his mind.
Best Supporting Actress
The nominees are:
Kathy Bates (b. June 28 1948) – Sun Cancer – Richard Jewell
Laura Dern (b. February 10 2967) – Sun Aquarius – Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson (b. November 22 1984) – Sun Sagittarius – Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh (b. January 3 1996) – Sun Capricorn – Little Women
Margot Robbie (b. July 2 1990) – Sun Cancer – Bombshell
No time of birth for Florence Pugh or Margot Robbie. See Best Actress for Scarlett Johansson’s key astrology.
Kathy Bates is a Sun Cancer with Uranus at 26 Gemini tightly conjunct her Midheaven at 25 Gemini. Uranus themes continue in this category. Kathy has a fabulously interesting natal chart with a mutable Grand Cross and a triple conjunction of Sun/Mercury/Venus in Cancer, great for acting. Cancers tend to make good mimics. Yet, the astrology doesn’t leap out for a win at this year’s Oscars.
Laura Dern was fab in Marriage Story but, in my opinion, even better in Little Women. Either way, she still gets a nod and a chance of an Oscar. Note her birthday, February 10th. With her Sun at 21 Aquarius, she’s in the glare of the Full Moon glory. Dern has the Moon, Mercury and Venus all in Pisces close to her Pisces Ascendant – born to be in the movies. Her Venus at 13 Pisces is picking up the Jupiter-Neptune sextile aspect, even if it’s a little wide.
Florence Pugh is a Capricorn with her Sun at 12 Capricorn and lucky Jupiter has recently been doing its thing, bringing her to prominence. Florence’s natal Jupiter is 0 Capricorn so this is also her Jupiter Return year. And, her Mercury at 1 Aquarius is conjunct Uranus at 29 Capricorn, keeping the Uranus theme going.
Margot Robbie is Cancer, born on a Sun/Mercury conjunction at 9 Cancer opposite Uranus at 7 Capricorn. Her Neptune is 13 Capricorn so Jupiter is only just separating from its conjunction. No time of birth to dig any deeper in to her astrology.
Astrologer’s Choice: This is a tricky one to predict as Florence Pugh and Margot Robbie both have strong astrology. However, I’m going to choose the birthday girl, Laura Dern.
Best Supporting Actor
The nominees are:
Tom Hanks (b. July 9 1956) – Sun Cancer – A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins (b. December 31 1937) – Sun Capricorn – The Two Popes
Al Pacino (b. April 25 1940) – Sun Taurus – The Irishman
Joe Pesci (b. February 9 1943) – Sun Aquarius – The Irishman
Brad Pitt (b. December 18 1963) – Sun Sagittarius – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
A considerably older category of nominees, apart from relative youngster, Brad Pitt, followed by Tom Hanks! All nominees have their time of birth available.
Tom Hanks is a Cancer with his Sun at 17 Cancer in a close trine aspect to Mars at 17 Pisces. Therefore, he has a key Neptune transit taking place, very close to his natal Mars. He’s likely to feel the Jupiter influence too.
Anthony Hopkins is a Capricorn and it’s no surprise to find Uranus strong in his natal chart. His Sun at 9 Capricorn is exactly trine Uranus at 9 Taurus, which is conjunct the Midheaven of the Oscars chart. Hopkins has a lot of planets in Capricorn including Venus and Mercury. And, with his Ascendant at 22 Capricorn, Jupiter is definitely strong for him all year. Jupiter’s the religious planet too, great for playing a pope!
Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are both nominated for their roles in The Irishman. Al Pacino is a Taurus born with his Sun at 5 Taurus, close to the Oscars’ chart Midheaven. Uranus is moving ever closer to its conjunction of his Sun by transit. Another actor born with Jupiter (25 Aries) conjunct the Midheaven (21 Aries) – a lucky influence.
Joe Pesci is an Aquarius and the birthday boy. In fact, his birthday is on the day of the Oscars, February 9th. Like Laura Dern, the Full Moon lights up his natal Sun at 20 Aquarius. Another Capricorn heavy chart, with Mars at 10 Capricorn and Mercury at 25 Capricorn conjunct his Midheaven at 28 Capricorn.
Brad Pitt may be a Sagittarius but he has a stellium of planets in earthy Capricorn. He’s never won an acting Oscar but this could be his year. His career planet is Mercury, ruler of his Virgo Midheaven. Mercury at 16 Capricorn is receiving a lovely transit from Jupiter at 15 Capricorn and moving ever closer. He does have a Pluto transit conjunct his natal Venus at 23 Capricorn, which feels intense but Venus rules love, not Oscars.
Astrologer’s Choice: A lot of interesting astrology in this category, a strong Capricorn influence and a close Uranus transit. However, with the closest Jupiter transit of them all, you have to think this will be Brad Pitt’s year.
The nominees are:
Sam Mendes (b. August 1 1965) – Sun Leo – 1917
Martin Scorsese (b. November 17 1942) – Sun Scorpio – The Irishman
Todd Phillips – date unknown – Joker
Quentin Tarantino (b. March 27 1963) – Sun Aries – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho (b. September 14 1969) – Sun Virgo – Parasite
No women in this year’s Best Director category. No times of birth at all, except for Martin Scorsese and, quite unusually, no date of birth available for Joker director, Todd Phillips – could he be the surprise factor?
Sam Mendes, director of 1917, is the favourite to win. He’s a Sun Leo, although not close to the Full Moon degree. His Sun is at 9 Leo. No time of birth and not a lot of key astrology leaping out. His Saturn is at 16 Pisces, so if it’s his career planet (you only find this out with a time of birth), the Jupiter-Neptune sextile aspect is playing its part.
Martin Scorsese is a Scorpio, director of The Irishman. He was born under a lucky Sun-Jupiter influence with the Sun at 24 Scorpio closely trine to Jupiter at 25 Cancer. We know his time of birth so his Moon placing is accurate at 17 Pisces. Therefore, he has a lovely Neptune transit of his natal Moon, pulling in the sextile aspect to Jupiter.
Quentin Tarantino, director of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is unsurprisingly a Sun Aries and an innovative director. His Sun at 6 Aries is exactly trine Mars at 6 Leo and violence (Mars/Aries) is a key feature of his films. I find his movies brilliant but quite often difficult to watch. Venus in Aquarius opposite Uranus adds to the quirky aspect of his movies. Jupiter by transit is exactly sextile his Neptune at 15 Scorpio but without a time of birth, it’s not convincing astrology.
Bong Joon Ho, director of Parasite, was born on a Sun-Pluto conjunction in Virgo. Therefore, you would expect him to be super-attentive to detail with laser focus. He has the Sun at 21 Virgo exactly conjunct the South Node at 21 Virgo – themes of the past in his movies perhaps? I don’t know enough about him to conjecture further. His Mars is 25 Sagittarius so his Mars Return is on the day of the Oscars, which is always powerful. Plus, his natal Saturn is at 8 Taurus exactly conjunct the Midheaven of the Oscars’ chart. Without a time of birth, we don’t know whether Mars or Saturn is his career planet. If one of them is, he could do well this Sunday. One to watch.
Astrologer’s Choice: Very tricky to predict with only one time of birth and one nominee with no birth date. I do wonder whether this could be the shock result of the Oscars and either Bong Joon Ho or Todd Phillips snatches the Oscar away from Sam Mendes. I’m leaning towards Bong Joon Ho, although I should go for Sam Mendes, the Brit!
The nominees are:
Ford v. Ferrari
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Usually, the Oscars’ theme is romance and moonlight when the Sun in Pisces dominates. Are we looking for an Aquarius/Uranus theme in 2020 instead?
If so, Marriage Story is a serious contender. Despite its name, the movie is about a divorce and Uranus rules splits. Joker is the odd-one out in a pack of cards, so even the title favours a win. Jojo Rabbit has a bonkers theme with Adolf Hitler as an imaginary friend.
Originally, I did think that 1917 couldn’t be a contender as it’s a war movie, i.e. Mars-ruled. Yet, reading more about it, the two leads were relatively unknown (Uranus is the outsider) and the movie is shot in ‘real time’ to make it feel like a ticking-clock thriller, so it’s not your normal war movie.
Astrologer’s Choice: I wonder whether this result will be a shock too. Could it be Parasite, the foreign-language film that grabs the top spot? 1917 is either going away with a huge haul of Oscars or the opposite could happen and the awards ceremony doesn’t live up to the expectations and hype of the movie.
The Australian Open which starts on Monday 20th January, 2020 has already been dogged with controversy. Australia has been experiencing devastating fires for the last few months, a huge tragedy for the country.
Even though the rain has come, there is still worry over smoke pollution and whether the tennis should go ahead. Some of the qualifying matches had to be stopped due to players suffering adverse effects and there have been numerous complaints about the tournament taking place. (I’m in two minds too which is why I’m encouraging you to help if you can – see below)
The astrology chart for the Australian Open is certainly fiery with the Moon at 0 degrees Sagittarius, one of the fire signs. Plus, the Moon is heading for a conjunction with Mars in Sagittarius – Mars represents fire in astrology and Sagittarius rules foreign climes. The situation remains tense.
The planet ruling the Pisces Ascendant and Sagittarius Midheaven is Jupiter, a planet we often look out for in these tournaments. This year, Jupiter is in Capricorn, the sign of the land, and is conjunct the South Node in the 10th house.
The two will separate during the tournament but this isn’t a great omen. The South Node is an unfortunate point in astrology and Jupiter in Capricorn is in its sign of fall.
I did wonder when I looked at the chart a week ago whether the tournament would actually go ahead. The organisers will have to keep a close eye on things. The weather isn’t going to help one way or another as more storms & rain are forecast – hoorah for Australia! – which could interrupt the tennis.
It will be interesting to see whether Jupiter transits work well for the players as they have done in previous tournaments. Will the earth signs – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn – do well with Jupiter in Capricorn? The chart for the final – see below has an exalted Moon in Taurus, one of the earth signs, exactly conjunct the Taurus Midheaven, the success point in the horoscope.
In addition to the astrology mentioned in the tournament chart, both the Sun at 29 degrees Capricorn and the Moon at 0 degrees Sagittarius are at critical degrees, the start and end of their respective star signs. This suggests a hasty decision and one which still may bring more twists and turns.
Here’s the astrology for the top-seeded players:
1.Rafael Nadal, b. June 3, 1986, 7:10 pm, Manacor, Spain
Rafa Nadal goes into the tournament as the world no. 1. He’s only won the Australian Open once in his career in 2009 and you would like to see him have fantastic astrology if he’s to be in with a chance in 2020. I can’t see a lot happening in his astrology. The recent Saturn-Pluto conjunction at 22 Capricorn 46 (January 12, 2020) fell almost exactly on his natal Mars at 22 Capricorn 56. Rafa did win the French Open last year with a Pluto transit. This feels different, however, and I’m not sure it will bring the power he needs. Mars in Sagittarius is moving through his 1st house, which is extremely competitive but aside from a couple of minor transits, there’s not a lot else to shout about.
2. Novak Djokovic, b. May 22, 1987, 11:25 pm, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Novak Djokovic is the title holder having won here last year. His natal Uranus at 25 Sagittarius is conjunct the Midheaven (success point) of the tournament chart at 24 Sagittarius. As we know previously, Uranus springs surprises but it can go either way. Novak does have some Jupiter transits bubbling away as Jupiter moves closer to his Ascendant at 16 Capricorn. More importantly, Jupiter makes a sextile aspect to his Midheaven at 14 Scorpio, exact on February 3, 2020, the day after the final.
3. Roger Feder, b. August 8, 1981, 8:40 am, Basel, Switzerland
Both Novak and Roger had Saturn transits and injury issues at the last Grand Slam, the US Open, which was way back in September 2019. Like Novak, Roger also has a significant Jupiter transit opposite his natal Mars at 13 Cancer 56, exact on the day of the final, February 2, 2020. Oppositions aren’t as strong a testimony as a conjunction, trine or sextile aspect. However, they still can be buoyant and a positive influence. I don’t normally look at progressions due to time constraints (but I hope some of our fellow astrologers will do so, also the important Returns). I did notice, however that Roger’s secondary progressed Midheaven is moving closer to his natal Mars, exact in September 2020. Major progressions tend to act as a backdrop to the year. Therefore, you would expect this to be a decisive year for him playing competitive tennis. The minor transits work well for Roger this tournament too as his Midheaven is 6 Gemini, so the New Moon at 4 Aquarius 22 on January 24, 2020 makes a trine aspect to this significant point in his horoscope.
Players born in 1996 will have their Jupiter Return this year. Note the following players:
Daniil Medvedev, no. 4 seed, b. February 11, 1996, time unknown, Moscow, Russia – Jupiter 8 Capricorn (same degree as the south node)
Matteo Berrettini, no. 8 seed, b. April 12, 1996, time unknown, Palermo, Italy – Jupiter 16 Capricorn
Karen Khachanov, no. 16 seed, b. May 21 1996, time unknown, Moscow, Russia – Jupiter 17 Capricorn
Borna Coric, not seeded in top 20, November 14 1996, time unknown, Zagreb, Croatia – Jupiter 15 Capricorn
Jupiter moves between 11-13 Capricorn during the tournament.
Other players to note:
Dominic Thiem, no. 5 seed, b. September 3, 1993, 1:26am, Wiener Neustadt, Austria. I don’t remember whether this is a rectified time of birth for Thiem. If it’s correct, Neptune is moving closer to a conjunction of his Midheaven at 18 Pisces 58. As Neptune is one of his career co-rulers, along with Jupiter, you would expect this to be a positive transit for him. It’s not exact, however, until later this year. Thiem’s Sun at 10 Virgo 29 is conjunct Mercury at 14 Virgo 51, so he has helpful Jupiter transits during the tournament.
Gael Monfils, no. 10 seed, b. September 1, 1986, 4:50 am, Paris, France. The birth-time for Monfils is confirmed. Mars rules his Aries Midheaven and is at 14 Capricorn 01, therefore helped by the conjunction from Jupiter. Another earth sign player with his Sun at 8 Virgo 23.
David Goffin, no. 11 seed, b. December 7, 1990, 2:35 pm, Liege, Belgium. Another confirmed birth time. Sun Sagittarius, Goffin has Venus at 24 Sagittarius 02 very close to the tournament chart Midheaven at 24 Sagittarius 19. Also, his Midheaven point is 14 Capricorn 09 so Jupiter is moving ever closer to the success point in his horoscope. It’s also his Saturn Return year and Saturn is ruler of his Capricorn Midheaven, Saturn at 22 Capricorn 58. Strong astrology.
I don’t have a strong intuition about this year’s winner of the tournament and I would love a new winner to step forward. If I were to rank the top 3, I would do so in the following order: 1. Djokovic 2. Federer 3. Nadal. I look forward to hearing from our fellow astrologers on their thoughts and insight.
More importantly, I hope people will pay attention to the real danger of climate change in our world. The major planetary shift from Capricorn to Aquarius in 2020 is calling us all forth to be more activist and come together as a community, a collective.
If you want to donate to help Australia, please do so. I contributed to Celeste Barber’s relief fund (which has now ended) and one of the wildlife rescue organisations, WIRES Wildlife Rescue. The following article also has lots of helpful information about the organisations raising funds for the country: Australia Fires How You Can Help.
Bang on cue, new royal couple, Meghan and Harry, yesterday announced that they would be taking a step back from the Royal Family. It’s not that surprising considering that Meghan has been hounded by the press over the last couple of years, but it is a definitive turning point in the Royal family.
This coincides with the major Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn on January 12, 2020, a symbol of the end of the old order. Many astrologers have been braced for change to the Royal Family for some time, as Uranus, the planet of change triggered the Queen’s Sun at 0 degrees Taurus and Charles’ Moon at the exact same degree (Mummy’s boy?) over the past couple of years.
There was speculation of abdication as Uranus is the planet of splits, often prominent in divorce cases. And, Meghan and Harry’s move does feel like a divorce, a split, a significant cutting of ties from the old ways and a traditional role. Uranus is evident this week too, as it turns direct at 2 degrees Taurus on January 11, 2020, the day before the Saturn-Pluto conjunction.
There is talk of the couple becoming financially independent, which fits Uranus in Taurus’ symbolism, the independent planet in the sign of money. Yet, it’s the Saturn-Pluto conjunction which is showing strongly in the charts of the Royal couple. Most importantly, it falls conjunct Meghan’s Descendant at 24 degrees Capricorn.
This is the end of a relationship but not with her significant other. Instead, it’s with someone theoretically more important, the Queen, the leader of the pack. And, it is personal for the Queen because her Ascendant-Descendant axis is the exact opposite of Meghan’s with the Queen’s Ascendant at 21 degrees Capricorn. A painful placing for the Saturn-Pluto conjunction.
Harry & The Royals
You can see how the major conjunction is playing out for Harry too with his Moon at 24 degrees Taurus. The Moon symbolises the mother and Harry’s relationship with his own mother must have felt like that Moon in Taurus, nurturing, safe & secure. Until, it wasn’t any longer as she was cruelly taken from him.
The Moon is Harry’s family as the Moon sits close to his IC (home/family point) at 17 degrees Taurus. He doesn’t want to lose the woman he loves or the son he’s devoted to. Archie (b. May 6, 2019) has his Sun at 15 degrees Taurus, bang on Harry’s IC at 17 Taurus and in close affinity to Harry’s Moon at 24 Taurus. Archie is the apple of Harry’s eye.
Also, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction plays a key role in the charts of other members of the Royal Family. It’s exactly sextile Charle’s Sun at 22 degrees Scorpio, who may turn out to be a supportive influence to the couple.
And, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction is trine William’s Venus at 25 degrees Taurus. More importantly, it squares William’s Pluto at 24 degrees Libra, co-ruler of his Scorpio Midheaven. It’s likely to hurt William most. Although, with Harry’s Moon at 21 Taurus and William’s Venus at 25 Taurus, they are always going to share a loving bond.
‘Stepping Back’ Announcement
The announcement of the couple’s decision to step back from the Royal Family came on the day when Jupiter, King of the Gods, was conjunct the South Node in Capricorn (see chart below).
The ‘dissolution of the firm’, the potential beginning of the end of the Royal Family. Certainly, a significant shift away from tradition and another nail in the coffin of a difficult period in the life of the Royals.
The chart for the announcement of the ‘split’ yesterday puts the Ascendant at 14 degrees Leo and Meghan’s Sun is in the royal sign at 12 degrees Leo. Most tellingly, Uranus in Taurus sits at the top of the horoscope, very close to the Midheaven.
This is Meghan’s decision to cut ties and split away but it’s not going to help her profile or her reputation. Hopefully, people will be kind to the young couple.
It doesn’t feel like the best move with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction so strongly placed in Meghan’s birth chart. The last thing she needs is to have more people turn against her, which is the flip side of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction on her Descendant – the ‘other’.
Eclipses & The Royals
Note that this announcement also coincides with the Lunar Eclipse at 20 degrees Cancer on January 10, 2020 falling opposite the Saturn-Pluto conjunction.
The Royals are closely tied in to the eclipses. They often make major decisions or plan big events that coincide with an eclipse which involves the King & Queen of the skies, the Sun (King) & Moon (Queen).
Meghan Markle b. August 4, 1981, 4:46 am, Los Angeles, California, USA
Prince Harry b. September 15, 1984, 4:20 pm, Paddington, London, UK
‘Stepping Back’ Announcement: January 8, 2020, 6:30pm, London, UK
This major once-in-every-35-years planetary event is epic and there’s a lot of fear and speculation around what it means for our world.
On a personal level, there’s always an opportunity to work with your astrology. As challenging as this conjunction may be out in the world, there are ways to use this potent period in the year to stop & reassess your own situation. The key themes of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction are endings, super power, death & loss, the passing of time & the dark side of life.
They are not easy themes to deal with but here are some pointers for you on what this may mean for you and how you can more readily engage with this major astrology. Read both your Sun sign and your Ascendant sign if you know your time of birth.
ARIES: 10th house – career & vocation, status & reputation. You may be taking on a role of authority or power. A business could fold, affecting your future path. You may have been working overly hard or been unemployed. If so, decide to work smarter not harder or change careers completely. Confronting a boss or difficult parent also fits the power symbolism.
TAURUS: 9th house – travel & study, beliefs & philosophy. You may give something up, e.g. a decision to emigrate or live abroad, a university course or long-held belief. Alternatively, this may coincide with the completion of a study project when you gain qualifications and prestige. You might be questioning your religion or faith, or become a devotee of a spiritual path.
GEMINI: 8th house – joint finances, all things hidden. This is about debt for you, the ties to the past, both financial and emotional. If you’re in a difficult situation financially, look at how you can cut your losses and break free from debt or blackmail. Bankruptcy is an option if it allows you to start over or start saving. Confront your fears and stare them down. Break a taboo.
CANCER: 7th house – relationships & contracts. This is about opposition in your life, who or what you’re up against. You could find the strength to break free from a toxic situation. Or, decide to persevere with someone in your life who you don’t want to lose. Contracts can be broken or finalised under this key astrology. Befriend an enemy or break ties and move on.
LEO: 6th house – work & routine, lifestyle & health. If you’re feeling worn out or run down, it’s time to stop. Consider which aspects of your daily routine work for you and which don’t benefit you at all. Ditch a bad habit, detox or cleanse. Alternatively, commit to a new job, attitude or healthy lifestyle. Be prepared to work hard and hone your commitment levels.
VIRGO: 5th house – creativity, birth & children, love affairs, entertainment. If you’re not having enough fun in life, consider why not and what you can do about it. Draw up a plan for the year. Get tough with a child, give up on IVF. Or, use your earth sign nature to persist in your chosen goals. Master a skill or talent. Issue an ultimatum in love – either commit or quit.
LIBRA: 4th house – home & family, past & where you come from. You could be fascinated by your ancestry, your heritage and find out more about where you’re from. Close relationships may be tinged with sadness or loss. An issue with a parent might reach tipping point. Put firm boundaries in place to protect yourself and the ones you love. Let go of the past.
SCORPIO: 3rd house – communication, siblings & your neighbourhood. If someone’s trying to silence you, make a conscious decision whether you are going to speak up or say nothing. Words have power and you don’t like to be told what to do. Alternatively, you could become the voice of authority. Use your power and knowledge to good effect to bring about change.
SAGITTARIUS: 2nd house – money & possessions, self-value & worth. Ditch the debt would be a classic response to this major astrology. Or, set up a savings plan and start to think long-term about your financial future. Be firm around money matters and ensure you’re paid what you’re worth. If a source of income comes to an end, look at ways you can spend less.
CAPRICORN: 1st house – personal goals & aims, image & profile. You may embody the Saturn-Pluto conjunction and step in to a new role or position of authority. Persistence and hard work will pay off. Or, you find yourself faced with a limiting situation and need to transform your life. Consider carefully how you wield your power and what responsibility means to you.
AQUARIUS: 12th house – retreat, spirituality, caring for self & others. This is a key period of preparation when you need to consider what stays and what goes in your life. You may be downsizing or paring back. Karma is a key feature of the conjunction; reaping your rewards or finding it’s pay-back time. You may let go of the material world as you seek a spiritual path.
PISCES: 11th house – friends & groups; hopes & wishes. The Saturn-Pluto conjunction is about realigning your alliances whether you’re leaving a group or cause or joining a new one. The people you hang out with matter greatly, so be discerning and choose wisely. Be aware of the influence you have on others and take your collective responsibilities seriously.