The planet of love and relating, Venus, enters Gemini today, one of the air signs. Venus in Gemini is a symbol of diversity, open-minded and tolerant about peoples’ differences.
Venus & Love
Usually, when Venus is in Gemini, this is great for getting out & about, flirting, dating, making whoopee. However, Venus enters Gemini this week while most of us are in a lockdown situation with little or no opportunity to get out & about, to chat or be flirty – unless you’re very brave during this time of social distancing!
So, how you can make the most of Venus in Gemini, the sign of communication? Firstly, it’s a time to be curious in love and relationships.
Some of you will need to find different ways to communicate with the one you love. We could see pen letters or love letters taking off during the coming weeks, more poetry, expressing your love in words. And, if you live with the one you love, keep the lines of communication open. Learn to be one another’s best friend.
Online dating could become what it was meant to be all along, i.e. you take your time to get to know someone before you meet up in the real world. It can become a true meeting of minds and offer a chance to make new friends too.
Do What You Love
However, Venus isn’t only about love relationships. Venus represents what brings you pleasure or joy and it’s a significator of art & beauty. Gemini is the communicator so this a great time for creative ideas or being innovative with the spoken or written word.
Learn a language, study something new, take up a hobby or skill, rediscover your love of reading, write a novel.
Also, it’s important to note that this is the beginning of a very long transit of Venus through Gemini. Venus remains in the star sign of the twins until August 7th as she turns retrograde next month. Here’s the sequence:
Venus enters Gemini – April 3rd
Venus turns retrograde [21 Gemini 50] – May 13th
Sun conjunct Venus R [13 Gemini 45] – June 3rd
Venus turns direct [5 Gemini 20] – June 25th
Venus leaves Gemini – August 7th
Love Thy Neighbour
We’ll all be learning new and different ways to get on with our neighbours, to support one another over the coming weeks & months. Gemini rules siblings as well as your local community, so keep tabs on your blood relatives.
Keep the lines of communication open and express your feelings, your love, even if it’s by text.
Notice where Gemini falls in your horoscope as Venus is going back and forth here throughout this area of your life for an unusually long time. Here’s a quick guide. Read both your Sun & Ascendant sign:
Gemini: Your body, your image & appearance, your personal goals & aims
Cancer: Your inner journey & spiritual path; your inner voice
Leo: Your friendships & groups, your involvement with the wider world
Virgo: Your career & vocation, your status & reputation, your role in the public eye
Libra: Your education, new experiences, where you find meaning in life
Scorpio: Your joint finances, your sex life, all things hidden & taboo
Sagittarius: Your relationships – personal & professional
Capricorn: Your job, your routine & lifestyle, how you serve & help others
Aquarius: Your creativity, skills & talents, your children, fun & entertainment, love affairs
Pisces: Your home & family, your past & where you come from, your ancestry
Aries: All forms of communication – the written & spoken word, podcasting, your local community, your siblings & neighbours
Taurus: Your money & possessions, your financial & emotional security, what you value in life
Your planet Mercury is picking up the pace in April after its last retrograde phase. This means that for you too, it’s a month to get things moving, as best you can. Up until the 11th, Mercury completes its journey through Pisces and your relationship sector which began in early February.
Therefore, your 1-to-1’s are important as April begins and require your time and attention. Try not to to get pulled into a relationship that doesn’t serve you or lose yourself in your swirling emotions. This is particularly true on or around the 4th when Mercury unites with Neptune, Pisces’ co-ruler.
This combination can be dreamy and romantic or disorienting and confusing. Don’t believe everything you hear, do be around people who inspire you and touch your soul, your spirit.
Aries & Money
On the 11th, Mercury changes star sign and moves into fiery Aries where it remains until the 27th. The Sun is here as well until the 19th so there’s prominent planetary energy in your joint finance sector. This is about money matters and getting things sorted.
If you need to make a key decision about a financial matter, the best day is the Full Moon on the 8th. This is a time when you can trust your intuition and work at balancing the books.
This is particularly important as the Full Moon falls in Libra, the sign of balance. Try not to go it alone when it comes to money but work things out fairly with other people, both personally and professionally.
Also, it’s a good month for initiating new ideas and ventures that can help financially. Aries brings the lure of the new and, right now, that’s what’s needed. Stay positive where you can and make time this month for a financial review. The 11th, 18th and 19th are great dates for financial collaboration.
Mars, Venus & Work
Work is also under the cosmic spotlight throughout April for a number of reasons. Firstly, Mars and Saturn are together in Aquarius and your work and health sector as April gets underway. Mars here is good for motivation and getting things going, whereas Saturn is the opposite principle, i.e. it stops you in your tracks or holds you back.
This may coincide with a job coming to an end. Or perhaps, you’re feeling under the weather. Try not to push too hard or give in to fear or doubt while Saturn’s strong.
You’re best to take your time and wait until Mars moves away from Saturn on or around the 11th. Then, you can begin to pick up on Mars’ motivational influence and work out a new schedule or consider your next steps.
If you’re a typical Virgo, you’ll already prioritise your health and well-being. It’s part of who you are and worth doing while Mars is in Aquarius. Also, what you begin this month, both with regard to work and exercise, could reward you big-time in 2021.
There’s another planetary influence lighting up your career and that planet is Venus. Venus moves into Gemini and your career and vocation sector on the 3rd where she remains until August 7th. This is an unusually long transit of Venus as she turns retrograde next month, i.e. will be on go slow.
For now, this is your cue to find your team and get the right people on your side. Use your connections if you’re looking for work or worthwhile ways to spend your time.
Venus rules women in astrology, so seek out your female friends or women in a position of influence. Gemini’s the communicator. Keep the lines of communication open and focus on your future path, your next steps.
The best date in this regard is the 4th when Venus aligns with Saturn. Get on the right side of someone in a position of authority and you could land a job, new contract or role.
Earth Sign Creativity
Creativity is a big theme for you this month. On the 5th, the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction takes place in Capricorn and your creativity sector. This is the first of three meetings between these two planets. They connect again on June 30th and November 12th and act as a backdrop, a theme to your year.
This could be a good planetary influence for you as this combination brings renewal and transformation. You may be ready to throw yourself into a hobby, skill or talent. It will be something that grabs you completely, an all-consuming desire or passion.
This is also about children and being there for someone 100%, renewing your relationship or recreating what you had previously. The fact that some of you parents will be with your kids full time could be a relevant symbol – finding ways to be together as you’re in each other’s company 24/7. It’s extreme astrology but packed with hidden riches too.
Finally, this month, you are going to have your sights set on what next as April progresses. This is because the Sun enters your fellow earth sign, Taurus, on the 19th followed by your ruler, Mercury, on the 27th. Taurus rules travel in your horoscope so you’re likely to be dreaming of distant horizons.
Yet, this is also about gaining knowledge, studying, finding meaning in the world, pursuing a spiritual path or religion. It’s whatever gives you hope and faith and finding ways to move beyond your everyday routine.
As Uranus is active here – on the 26th and the 31st – there’s an ‘anything goes’ theme. At times, you may find your energy feels scattered, even frantic. Deep breaths if this is true for you. Take life one day at a time and do whatever you can to seek new adventures and keep your spirits high.
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Up until the 19th, your ruler the Sun is in fire sign Aries. Traditionally, this is a time when you’re keen to travel and broaden your horizons. Yet, this year, you’re having to do things differently.
That doesn’t mean you give up and do nothing and don’t take full advantage of the Sun’s move through Aries. Aries rules study, learning, knowledge and any activity that sources you and brings meaning to your life. You may be ready to study something new or find yourself on a spiritual path or keen to embrace a religion or faith.
The Full Moon on the 8th may be important in this respect. It cuts across the Aries/Libra axis of the zodiac, which is about education for you. Also, Libra rules life close to home, your local community and Aries rules foreign connections. See where you’re being called forth at the Full Moon and where you want to reach out and help others.
This would be a good date to choose to run a course online or sign up to a learning initiative. Plus, talk planet Mercury enters Aries on the 11th where it remains until the 27th. This suggests that you’re wise to keep busy and keep connected with the people and activities that bring you fulfilment. You may be catching up with people who live abroad, thanks to the power of the internet.
Work & Your Future Path
This is also potentially for you a big month when it comes to your work and career, your future path. Firstly, the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn on the 5th highlights the sector of your horoscope which rules your work and routine, your lifestyle and your health. It’s about how you spend your time and what you do on a daily basis.
This is the first of three meetings between Jupiter and Pluto. They come together on June 30th and November 12th and act as a backdrop to your year. Pluto can bring things to a halt as it’s the wipe-out planet. Yet, Jupiter rules opportunity. Together, these two planetary influences represent change and transformation, rebirth and renewal.
You’re required to look more closely at these key areas of your life now. And, for some of you, life may step in to bring a sense of urgency. The peak periods this month for the Jupiter/Pluto influence are the 14th/15th when they clash with your ruler the Sun. Also, the 25th/26th when they clash with Mercury and Pluto turns retrograde.
These combinations are intense so don’t take on too much and notice what makes you feel stressed. Prioritise your health and well-being. If you’re on the frontline in society, do all you can to boost your immune system.
This is a good month to consider your next steps and to look at how you can get on board with new initiatives, new ways moving forwards. On the 19th, the Sun your ruler enters Taurus and your career and vocation sector. There’s a New Moon here on the 23rd and talk planet Mercury joins the Sun in Taurus on the 27th.
The other key planet that’s been in Taurus for some time is Uranus, the planet of change, unpredictability and innovation. This would be an ideal time to take your business online, especially around the New Moon.
Or, find ways to work freelance, start something new, change your routine around. Uranus favours invention and short, sharp bursts of energy. Be open to the unexpected and think on your feet. Uranus kicks in on the 26th when it’s conjunct the Sun and the 31st when it’s next to Mercury (1st May in some countries).
Keep your sights on the future throughout April and know that what you begin this month could take off in 2021.
Air Sign Collaborations & Communications
People are also important to you thanks to key planets in air signs, representing communication and collaboration. Venus is in Gemini from the 3rd where it remains until August 7th, an unusually long transit for Venus.
This is because it turns retrograde next month, i.e. will be on go slow. Gemini rules friends and groups in your horoscope and this is where you find pleasure and joy.
Also, action planet Mars is in Aquarius and your relationship sector throughout April. Usually, this brings passion and fire to your 1-to-1 relationships and this is true from about the 11th onwards.
However, as the month begins, Mars is dominated by Saturn in Aquarius, your partner planet. This slows things down and there may be tension around a key relationship. It won’t help if you feel frustrated or reined in by your relationship with someone close.
Sometimes, this combination brings commitment or an extra-tight bond. Usually, however, it means you’re struggling to find yourself or be true to who you are within a relationship. Try not to get into a conflict situation and distance yourself from any enemies. Give yourself time and space to breathe and dive into activities that are personal to you.
Once Mars breaks free from Saturn, you may also find that you have someone fighting your corner, putting their ambition and determination into your ventures, your life.
Mars in Aquarius can be a positive transit when you’re around people who are raring to go. In turn, this inspires and stimulates your own energy levels.
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Saturn enters Aquarius – March 22, 2020 (03:58 GMT)
This weekend, Saturn changes star sign and moves into Aquarius where it remains until July 1st. It then returns to Capricorn for another six months until December 17, 2020 when Saturn finally takes up residence in Aquarius until March 7, 2023.
It’s always important when Saturn changes star sign but even more so this time around because of what we now know regarding the Saturn/Pluto conjunction of January 12, 2020.
Astrology indicated that 2020 would be a challenging year. The astrological symbolism suggested that the old ways would need to change for a ‘new age’ to emerge. Saturn and Pluto together often coincide with hardship, death and loss. Meeting in Capricorn, this suggested a ‘reset’ around government, leadership, big business, our capitalist society.
The theme was always going to be ‘out with the old and in with the new’ but boy is it turning out to be dramatic. So, what will Saturn’s move into Aquarius bring as it moves between its traditional sign of rulership, Capricorn, into its modern sign of rulership, Aquarius?
One obvious symbol that fits Saturn in Aquarius is a new term that’s arisen due to the impact of Covid-19 – social distancing. Saturn is the planet that represents limitations, endings and boundaries. Aquarius is one of the social air signs, the star sign associated with society and community.
Our movements within society are being severely restricted. Most people are now experiencing some kind of lockdown situation. The danger is social isolation, another symbol of Saturn in Aquarius.
Last week in the UK there were rumours that elderly people (Saturn rules the old) would need to self-isolate for the next four months. That would coincide with Saturn’s transit through Aquarius until July 1st.
Community, Technology & Online Initiatives
Yet, Saturn’s move into Aquarius is coinciding with other initiatives that are also relevant to Saturn’s change of star sign. Aquarius is a sign that’s structured and organised which is why Saturn likes to be in Aquarius.
We are seeing new systems beginning to emerge in response to the limiting effects of Covid-19. Aquarius is the star sign linked to modern technology, community, new trends and invention. Online businesses are booming and community ventures are beginning to grow as people team up locally to help one another out.
We’re already seeing new systems in the UK. For example, supermarkets are finally getting on board and limiting the amount of goods you can purchase that are in demand. Also, they are prioritising online and offline shopping for the elderly.
There are going to be more plays on television as the theatres close and films are released earlier. Education is going online, auditions are happening by Skype and companies are having to get innovative about how they carry on serving the public. No doubt, you’ve heard of other new initiatives that fit this reorganisation of society.
Saturn’s move into Aquarius is likely to spell good news for advancements in technology, hopefully helping us to find a cure for the virus and create efficient systems for testing for the virus.
Cleaning Up Society/Our Earth
Also, it’s important to point out that Aquarius is a humanitarian star sign. Whereas Capricorn rules the hierarchy and class, Aquarius favours an egalitarian society. We have been living in a world that’s completely out of balance as a tiny percentage of people hold the majority of the money and power.
Things are likely to change as long as we heed the lessons of 2020. And, change will continue once Jupiter joins Saturn in Aquarius in December 2020 and moves through Aquarius in 2021. The Jupiter/Saturn conjunction is the start of a new 20 year chapter.
The other area that could benefit is our earth. Aquarius is an environmental star sign, its zodiac symbol the Water Bearer. We’ve known for years that we’ve been neglecting the earth we live on as climate change gets out of control. Yet, we do relatively little to change the pollution and devastating effects of over-population, manufacturing, consumerism, global travel, etc.
We are already seeing that the lockdown situation is helping to clean up our planet as we are forced not to travel, over-spend or keep on churning out products that destroy our earth.
The asteroid conjoining the Saturn/Pluto conjunction back in January was Ceres, symbolising mother earth, also at 22 degrees Capricorn. We’re getting a forced ‘clean up’ that may never have happened otherwise.
The Mars Factor
May of you have been asking about the timing of this year’s big events. As Mars has been a key player, it’s important to start here. Mars is an accelerator, a trigger. Mars has been moving through Capricorn since February 16th and peaks now, i.e. the weekend of March 20th-23rd when it is conjunct Jupiter & Pluto. I talked about this weekend in the Coronavirus Astrology Special – see links at bottom of article.
On March 30th, Mars enters Aquarius and immediately makes a conjunction to Saturn in Aquarius on March 31st. These dates too are likely to be pivotal.
Aquarius is an air sign and Mars and Saturn, the malefics in astrology, threaten more restrictions. Effectively, they slam on the brakes. Mars remains in Aquarius throughout April and enters Pisces on May 13th.
Early May also sees the karmic nodes moving out of Cancer and Capricorn on May 5th so the first two weeks of May could see the first shift in our extraordinary ‘lockdown’ world.
Mars’ move into Pisces, Neptune’s star sign, could be helpful for finding a cure. Neptune is the planet that rules viruses and Mars gets to the heart of the matter.
However, you can’t rule out the possibility of Mars’ transit through Pisces until June 28th accelerating the virus once again. This date is also very close to Saturn leaving Aquarius on July 1st, another potential turning point.
In the UK, our Prime Minister, BJ, has been criticised for saying ‘we’ll turn the tide in 12 weeks’ in his jolly, buffoon way. Another line for the side of a bus – you’ll know what that means if you followed Brexit!
Yet, in reality, the next 12 weeks will be crucial while Saturn makes its first transit through Aquarius. I think most astrologers would agree that we’re in this crisis situation for the long-haul. It’s up to each and every one of us to take responsibility for our shared society – another key showing of Saturn (responsibility) in Aquarius (society).
Finally, I wanted to mention that Saturn is the winter planet in the Northern Hemisphere as it rules Capricorn & Aquarius, the ‘winter’ star signs. Therefore, the transit of Saturn through Aquarius is also about turning inwards. Aquarius wants to be social – Saturn says No!
We can’t go out in the world now but we can tend to our inner selves, keep faithful, stop & retreat. Saturn’s slowing us all down. In meditation, this is the ‘pause’, a time of letting go as you wait for something new to emerge, to come in, to fill the space. It’s a time to wait and be patient.
Personally, I’m meditating once a day & lighting a candle in the evening, a reminder to keep the light strong within. Find your own ways to help you stay calm during the current crisis. This is especially important as Saturn is the planet linked to fear. Limit your time (Saturn) on social media (Aquarius) and keep your coverage of the news to a manageable amount.
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: