Planetary cycles

Planetary news this week: Astrological update February 4 including Aquarius new moon

This week begins with a New Moon in Aquarius that is certain to explode some paradigms and create some change, whether we want it or not.  When the Sun and Moon align, we begin a new lunar cycle and our intentions that we seed at this time have the potential to take root.

Aquarius is a complex sign, and I talk more about this complexity in the video I’ll link below.  Aquarius is ruled traditionally by Saturn from which it derives its nature of detachment and clear vision.  However, Saturn fails to completely explain the concern with social justice and innovative thinking which is derived from its modern ruler, Uranus.  Under the influence of Aquarius, especially at the New Moon, we are able to see more clearly with a broader vision that is unencumbered by emotional attachment and drama.  This New Moon asks that we take a more transpersonal view lives and learn to witness the interconnectedness of all things.  Attachments and outmoded ways of thinking that don’t serve the higher good can fall away now as they are no longer needed.  A new sense of fairness can emerge as we rise above the focus on the Self that is the domain of Leo, the polarity which opposes Aquarius.

Three planets are in Aquarius this week, including not only the Sun and Moon but Mercury as well.  Mercury, representing the mind, is easily able to take the high road in Aquarius, helping us to keep our thoughts clear and free from prejudice.  Harmonious angles from Mercury to Mars and Uranus aids this process even more.  These few days until Mercury moves into the more serene and mystical sign of Pisces on the 10th have the potential for clear and […]

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By |2019-02-03T16:29:52-04:00February 3rd, 2019|Planetary news this week|1 Comment

Planetary news this week! January 28th-February 4th 2019

Astrological news for the week of January 28-February 4, 2019

The biggest news this week is the first alignment of the harmonious sextile between Saturn (form and structure) and Neptune (transcendence and spiritual expansion). You can read more about that here, but adding practical and grounded Saturn to the creative inspiration of Neptune will be a great boon for virtually every area of our lives. This is an excellent time to give form to our creative and spiritual endeavors – to let our imaginations take us to places we hadn’t yet thought to go.  Saturn’s organizational capacity will help us to ground our ideals and dreams into reality, if we take advantage of these offerings. The first exact alignment of Saturn sextile Neptune takes place on January 30th, but this alignment has been building for the past week or so.

On January 28th, the Sun and Mercury align to merge the solar light of conscious awareness with the power of the mind.  This is a brilliant time for clear thinking and planning, especially in combination with the Saturn/Neptune sextile which has already harnessed our imagination to clarify our practical goals.  This alignment will be in effect only for a couple of days surrounding the exact event.

Mars is the planet of fire and aggression, and when it forms stressful combinations with other planets it doesn’t always bring out the best.  Mars is just coming off of a challenging square to Saturn on the 21st in which the best laid plans were delays and disappointed.  On February 1st Mars will form a challenging square to Pluto – a classic signature for potential violence and power conflicts.  In our personal lives this (beginning around the 28th as the aspect begins to form) […]

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By |2019-01-28T08:10:07-04:00January 28th, 2019|Planetary news this week|2 Comments

Saturn sextile Neptune 2019: Creating structure for inspiration

Art by Fiona Owen

Two of the most significant planetary cycles for 2019 are the challenging square alignment between Jupiter’s expansive tendencies and Neptune’s penchant to transcend (or avoid) material reality.  The “hard angle” planetary interactions such as the square (90 degrees) and opposition (180 degrees) tends to give us more of the challenging aspects of the planetary cycle.  The Jupiter and Neptune dance dissolving the restrictions of the material world could potentially become more of a distraction into the world of self-deception and illusion, encouraged by Jupiter’s desire to continue to expand and seek larger and ever greater experiences.  Read more about the Jupiter/Neptune alignment here

Fortunately, Saturn will bring its stabilizing influence into this dance, harmonizing in a sextile (60 degree) aspect to Neptune which helps to provide support and a solid foundation to Neptune’s creative inspiration and longing for spiritual transcendence. Where Neptune can inspire us to dream and imagine, Saturn encourages us to put those dreams to work.  And where Saturn’s influence can become somewhat dull as we work steadfastly towards our goals, Neptune adds a coating of magical fairy dust to take our goals and wishes into a new dimension.

This cycle will last throughout the year, and the middle phase of the harmonious Saturn/Neptune cycle in June will coincide with a complex system that includes Mars and Mercury in Cancer (emotional and frustrating) opposing Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn (restricting), as well as the second phase of the Jupiter/Neptune square.  That’s a whole lot of complex energies, some of which support each other and some which compete for our conscious attention.

May and June will be a complicated time, so stay tuned!


Here are the important dates for this planetary cycle:

  • January 31st […]
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By |2019-02-03T08:41:44-04:00January 27th, 2019|Featured posts, Planetary news this week|2 Comments

Planetary news this week! January 21, 2019

January horoscopesOn the heels of a Full Moon, Supermoon and lunar eclipse last night, the Moon continues to move through Leo where it helps to expand our hearts and find our inner enthusiasm.  Meanwhile Mars (assertive energy) is nearing the midpoint of its trip to Aries, but a challenge from Saturn could cause some trouble over the next few days as our enthusiasm and motivation (Mars) is stressed by Saturn’s restrictions and a sense of limitation.  This is a good time to proceed slowly towards perfection rather than run impulsively into the fire of our desire (wait a minute, that is poetry!).

Venus (love and beauty) aligns with bountiful Jupiter over the next few days, and both planets are in the optimistic sign of Sagittarius.  Optimism and faith abounds now, but that pesky Saturn influence may put the kibosh on plans temporarily.

Between the 22nd and 24th Mercury is very active which will stimulate mental activity and enhance communication.  Mercury aligns with the South Node of the past on the 21st, turning our thoughts for a day or two to learn more about where we’ve come from so that we can better serve our future,  just before it moves into Aquarius on the 24th and aligns with the Sun.  When Mercury is in Aquarius, the sign of the scientist and wizard/inventor, our minds are just a bit sharper – reasoning takes precedence over raw emotion and we are able to think clearly and with innate wisdom.  There is not much water influence, other than Chiron and Neptune, and since water tends to enhance our connection to feelings and emotion we may find ourselves strongly oriented in the head and mental body.

Our drive and energy will find easier expression when Mars […]

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By |2019-01-22T06:48:36-04:00January 21st, 2019|Planetary news this week|9 Comments

The Jupiter/Neptune square of 2019: Dissolving limitations and boundaries

Jupiter square Neptune

One of the more significant planetary cycles of 2019 is a powerful square (90 degree) dynamic between Jupiter and Neptune.  Jupiter and Neptune are connected through their mutual rulership of the sign Pisces:  Jupiter is the traditional ruler and Neptune the modern ruler of Pisces. Jupiter and Neptune share an expansive view of the world, and a desire to bring true meaning into our lives.  However, Jupiter’s focus is more on the expansion of the Self through a pursuit of meaning and Truth whereas Neptune’s role is to inspire us to break free of the boundaries of the limitations of this material world and the individual Self.

Because Jupiter and Neptune are natural allies, even the stressful aspects like the square can bring about a swell of creativity and bliss.   Jupiter’s expansive and buoyant nature gives a boost to Neptune’s inspiration to expand the inner spiritual heart.  The only danger here is that Jupiter is especially powerful in the other sign which it rules: Sagittarius, and Neptune is in Pisces, the sign co-ruled by Jupiter and Neptune.  All of this magic and bliss and creativity and inspiration is wonderful for writers, musicians, artists – anyone practicing in a creative field or exploring spirituality.  It is less wonderful for keeping our feet on the ground and making sensible decisions.

Fortunately, during this first phase of the Jupiter/Neptune square (January 10-30) we have a stellium of four planets and luminaries in grounded Capricorn: Saturn, Mercury, Pluto and the Sun.  Saturn, the planet that teaches us to master the material world, is in its own sign of Capricorn where it is creating boundaries as quickly as Jupiter and Neptune can unravel them.  This may feel a bit nerve-racking […]

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By |2019-02-03T08:41:59-04:00January 14th, 2019|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|3 Comments
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