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The Momentous Astrological Influences of 2020
History in the Making:
2020 opens with a rare multi-faceted planetary alignment in Capricorn, the likes we have not seen in 800 years! Outer planets Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto will complete and launch short-term cycles (20 years, 33 years) and long-term cycles (180 years, 248 years; Pluto is also making its way through the twilight of the Age of Pisces). Capricorn is the archetype of time and reality. Pluto’s transit through this sign swings the wrecking ball on any structure or reality (social, political, economic) that has outworn its purpose. Marking the beginning of a new decade and a new world era, 2020 is a major reset year for the personal life journey and for the outer world reality too.
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How long with the Coronavirus last? It could continue to be of concern while Pisces transits are underway. Starting February 3, Mercury enters Pisces, the sign that rules the immune system. Due to the upcoming retrograde cycle, which spans February 16 to the super full moon in Virgo on March 9, Mercury will extend its tour of Pisces through April 10. I hope we’ll get a handle on the Coronavirus before then!
Coinciding with official start of Brexit, Ceres, a seeding and a resurrection archetype, has just begun a tour of Aquarius. This jumper cable transit provides a fresh boost to social, economic, and political action. It is a signature transit for Mother Nature in trauma and the need for speed on climate change activism.
On the personal front, watch for Ceres in Aquarius to awaken fresh insights and opportunity. A reviving, revitalizing, and acceleration transit, Ceres sets the stage for breaking new ground and lifestyle change (for some, radical change). It is not the only transit prod! We are at the start of so much more to come!
Lost your mojo or spunk? Look to Venus, touring Aries from February 7 to March 4, to light a fresh fire.
The full moon is accompanied by Juno, the contract asteroid, starting a retrograde tour, and Venus conjunct Chiron in Aries. This combination can make for difficult starts, diplomatic chaffing, and relationship turbulence.
The few days following the full moon in Leo on February 8, 9 (depending on your location) are opportune for creating, correcting, improving, and/or enhancing. Take your best shot! The full moon in Leo coincides with Oscar weekend, although by the time the show is on, the moon will have advanced into Virgo. Anti-climatic? Nope. The moon’s trine to Uranus keeps the good buzz going.
Mercury in Pisces begins a three-week retrograde cycle on February 16. By now, you know the drill. Double check everything. Guard your health, your passwords, keep track of belongs, make sure you heard it right, don’t make assumptions or bank on a promise, don’t drive when sleepy or under the influence. To the plus, Mercury retrograde in Pisces is excellent for creative exploration, romance, a spiritual retreat, or an escape from the pressures of everyday reality. Mercury will dip back into Aquarius on March 4, completing retrograde in this sign (March 9). Mercury will pick up again in Pisces March 16 to April 10.
Mars enters Capricorn on February 16, the same day that Mercury turns retrograde in Pisces. The day could bring something unforeseen. Keep open-ended, have no expectations, and let the moment play itself out.
To the end of March, Mars is driven toward getting it under better control, toward making it real and building something more substantial. Mars sets a finish line for the second half of March. Don’t waste your time. Get a handle on it instead.
Mercury retrograde serves the Mars initiative by exposing that which has not yet fully surfaced and/or that has escaped full view. Mercury retrograde in Pisces can reveal where we have lost control and/or wasted time, where we have been misled by illusion, deception, misinformation, or misguided hope. To the plus, the transits can better define what’s real/what’s solid, and what’s not. Potentials can shape up in some substantial way.
Are you having difficulty find inspiration, hope, or motivation? Is worry, fear, or depression getting the better of you? Take a sabbatical from the news and that overactive mind. Aim to fill the heart with something kinder and gentler, that offers comfort to your soul. How can you do that? In simple ways. Play your favourite music, watch a heart-warming movie, read something inspirational or entertaining, submerge yourself in a creative project, sleep more, eat better, ask the divine for a sign and be patient with the process.
Mercury and Mars are creative collaborators again on February 26. This is the midpoint of Mercury retrograde, the day the Mercury aligns with the sun and marks a subtle switch to a next phase orientation and implementation track. Mars and the south node (a karmic trigger) also make a switch. Watch for the days and weeks to come to insert something new or added, clarifying and/or timely into the mix. Progressively the choice and direction forward will come into sharper focus.
Defining the shape of things to come, Mars sets a bigger picture/karmic agenda setting from February 17 through the end of March. The sun in Pisces, starting February 19 infuses the moment with even more creative potency. February 19 to March 3, Venus in Aries is also instigating in some actual or gut level way. Pay close attention to first impulses, instincts and impressions; to what fires up inside you and triggers right in front of you too. It can be a preview of something major in development, i.e. a new money maker, relationship, or new you. Get a jump start on it as best you can now and expect to be well occupied and/or to hit the ground running with this hot ticket item or new battle come the fall.
February 8: Full Moon in Leo 11:33pm (20:00 Leo)
February 23: New Moon in Pisces 7:32 am (4:29 Pisces)
February 3: Mercury into Pisces: 6:37 am
February 7: Venus into Aries: 12:03 pm
February 8: Juno in Libra begins retrograde: 9:59 am (21:39 Libra)
February 16: Mars into Capricorn: 3:44 am
February 16: Mercury in Pisces begins retrograde: 4:54 pm (12:53 Pisces)
February 18: Sun enters Pisces: 8:57 pm
**Please note all times listed are PST- please check your local time.
ARIES March 19/20 – April 19
Venus tenants Aries from February 7 through March 4. The transit can light a fire where you’ll appreciate it the most. First, there may be something difficult to face or surpass, or you may have some difficulty choosing and doing, but put courage and “I deserve” to the forefront and watch the good it does you, especially February 8 – 11. Risk can be in the mix, but when is it not?
The full moon in Leo holds good promise. You could surpass a 50/50 mark, make a significant breakthrough and/or hit a springboard. Something or someone brand new could be quite worthwhile. Through February 15 Venus continues to work through a critical (and karmic) choice-point threshold. Feb 21 to March 5, Venus in Aries can set a preliminary trigger for something major. It will be the primary focus through the second half of the year. Pay attention to your instincts, impulses, and anything new that catches your attention. It could signal the start of so much more to come.
Mars enters Capricorn on February 16. On this same day, Mercury in Pisces turns retrograde. The start of Mercury retrograde is always a time to be extra careful and to avoid buyer’s remorse. In combination this Mars and Mercury retrograde action could put the brakes on unexpectedly, or see something disintegrate. Don’t bank on a promise! On the other hand, watch for the transits to help you get a better handle on what’s real and what’s not.
TAURUS April 19 – May 20
February could get you feeling your away along a new line of thinking or a new reality. No matter how that plays out for you, you are wise to get on board. Venus in Aries can light a spark from background or undercurrent position. Stay in observation mode. Give your feelings and impressions time to grow. The days preceding and following the full moon in Leo on February 9 can put you in the know and/or bring you better clarity, perhaps unexpectedly so. Watch for news, for a surprise reconnect or disconnect.
Mars enters Capricorn on February 16. Through the end of April, Mars pumps up confidence and gives you something more tangible to go on or work toward. Mercury in Pisces begins a retrograde cycle on the same day. Guard your health! Despite the usual Murphy’s law stuff, the transit is a good one for pulling back from involvements or expectations, for soul searching or the spiritual quest, a vacation, and creative undertaking.
GEMINI May 20 – June 20
In addition to the entertaining Oscars, the full moon in Leo (February 9) could bring important news or see you make a significant breakthrough. The coin toss could flip in your favour. The days that follow could see you scoop a better deal, fill in an important missing blank, or see you make an improvement regarding health, or a home, family or personal matter.
Venus in Aries favours impulses and initiatives directed toward creating greater freedom and independence. A new relationship, love interest, personal interest, goal or lifestyle change can gather up greater steam as the month advances. If you aren’t ready to jump into it just yet, look to the second half of the year for the right time to take it to the next level or at the very least, to do more sorting out.
Mars enters Capricorn on February 16. On this the same day Mercury in Pisces turns retrograde. In combination, they can peel back a curtain and/or expose something important that might have been overlooked. If you can’t make up your mind, wait until the right choice becomes too obvious to ignore. Don’t push what isn’t coming naturally but do keep open to the moment. A second opinion, a review, or check in with someone (a medical specialist for example) is wise. Mercury retrograde is good for putting yourself in observation mode. Let the moment or the best course of action reveal itself. February 21 to 25 holds good/lucrative potential.
CANCER June 20 – July 22
In general, Mercury’s transit through Pisces is good for easing up and going with the flow. Still, with Capricorn planets continuing to weigh the reality down, it can be near impossible to relinquish fear and find trust or hope. Know the stars are hard at work on your behalf to get both you and the reality moved forward.
Venus in Aries, starting February 7 (to March 4) fires up something fresh. There can be an initial battle to face. Ultimately, the transits aim to help you to punch through a wall or resistant mindset (yours or theirs) and to start building something that will sustain or nourish you better. The month ahead could see you (or force you) lay new tracks regarding your career, a business venture, a personal goal, or relationship matter. Independence initiatives are favoured. Risk is in the mix, but when is it not? There can be something tough to face or a difficult corner to turn, but look to the days following the full moon in Leo on February 9 to set you onto a correction, healing, or repair upswing.
Mars enters Capricorn and Mercury in Pisces begins a retrograde cycle on February 16. Watch for the curtain to get pulled back on something that has so far escaped full view. The plus side shows you what potentials hold true value and where you may not see reality for what it is. What holds good promise will continue to grow. What doesn’t will naturally disintegrate or disappear. Mercury retrograde is a time to revisit or reconnect. February 21 to 25 can be lucrative. You can make good inroad with folks and with creative endeavours.
LEO July 22 – August 22
Mars continues in Sagittarius through February 16. As of February 7, Venus will trek through Aries. Both transits can keep you in full swing, despite the challenges you meet with along the way. Venus can make for a no-pain no-gain start, or see you face a tougher go than the appearance suggests.
Mars in Capricorn starts on the same day Mercury in Pisces begins a retrograde tour. One way or another, Mars will put you to work. Through the end of March, Mars can make you earn your way and/or pay more dues. Both Venus in Aries and Mars in Capricorn are working along an important karmic timeline. Mars aims for a finish line next month. Venus gives you a preview, introduction, or a jump start to something that will be the focus in the second half of the year.
While Mercury is retrograde, it is time to check in with your heart again. When you listen up, what do you hear? It is important to be honest with your self and to hold yourself true to what is in your highest and best interests. Mars in Capricorn wants you to stay realistic. In action at the same time, look to Mercury retrograde and Mars to uncover what’s necessary, to show you what you need to work on, fix, or heal. February 10 – 12 and 21 – 26 are optimal for making the most of what’s right in front of you/what you have going for you.
VIRGO August 22 – September 22
Mercury treks into Pisces on February 3. This transit can see open you up more. It’s a good thing when it helps you ease up in social situations. On the other hand, you can feel more exposed or like a psychic sponge when it comes to the moods of others and non-verbal communication. This increased sensitivity/lack of immunity also corresponds to your physical body. Guard your health!
Venus in Aries, starting February 7 can put more tiger in your tank. You want more, you deserve more. It is up to you to go get it, this regarding money, respect, or more jazz in the intimacy department. There may be a block or a dilemma to surpass, dues to pay, the necessity to earn your way or to state your case before you are on to a clearer sail. The days following the full moon in Leo on February 9 are optimum for correction, repair, upgrade, and improvement.
Mars enters Capricorn on February 16. On the same day, Mercury in Pisces turns retrograde. As is typical, the start of Mercury retrograde can mess with plans and such. The usual advice applies. Double check everything, keeps close tabs on your valuables, put safety to the fore, etc.
Mars in Capricorn, one of your better transits, assists you to get it under better control, get the job done right, garner better respect and reward. In combination Mars and Mercury retrograde pull back a curtain, clear up a mystery, and make what you are facing/dealing with more obvious. Watch for potentials prove themselves. Creative solutions can appear of their own volition too. What’s meant to be, will be. What’s not will disintegrate or loose steam.
The new moon on February in Pisces on February 26 is accompanied by a cluster of favourable and optimizing transits pre and post. February 18 (Sun enters Pisces) through 25 can put you on a positive upswing regarding creative endeavour, communication tracks, and the inner or outer search.
LIBRA September 22 - October 22
Ceres has just entered Aquarius and will spend the next three months helping you to speed up your process, to make the breakthrough and to reinvent the parts of your life where you desire to do so.
Mercury enters Pisces on February 3. Giving you more time to sort yourself out and/or to get the task accomplished, the connect-the-dots planet will extend its stay in this sign through March 9. This is due to the upcoming retrograde cycle, which happens from February 16 to March 9. March 5 to 17, Mercury will revisit Aquarius and the same area of your chart that it did at the start of February. Take note of feelings, undercurrents, conversations, and circumstances. They set the stage for the Mercury retrograde workbook.
Venus enters Aries on February 7, the day before a full moon in Leo. You may have someone or something to confront or a knot to untie before you can hit a better racetrack. February 9 to 14 and February 20 to 25 set a productive backdrop for moving yourself to higher ground.
Mars enters Capricorn February 16. Mercury turns retrograde on this same day. Their combined influence will uncover or pinpoint it for you better. You’ll be better able to get the source of what the process, issue, or feeling is. The sun enters Pisces on February 18. The cluster of transits that follow dish up the best the month has to offer in terms of synchronicity, trends, creative flow, social and money-making opportunities.
SCORPIO October 22 - November 21
All three personal planets change signs this month. Mercury enters Pisces on February 3, Venus enters Aries on February 7, and Mars enters Capricorn on February 16, the same day Mercury in Pisces begins a three-week retrograde tour. What does that spell out for you? A lot of moving forward. You may hit a backtrack before you get better on track.
Mercury in Pisces is a good transit for putting your heart out there, increasing your career profile, and creative projects. The transit also puts the spotlight on someone special, i.e. a lover, your offspring, your protégé, or someone who provides valuable assistance or guidance. February 16 to March 9, Mercury travels retrograde. It’s a good transit for a personal regroup, a vacation or spiritual retreat. Take time out for a creative project or for health and healing. Be more selective with your time. Prioritize better.
Venus in Aries begins February 7. One way or another the transit will get the action going. Venus puts added focus on health (your pets too), work, and repair projects. You may have a barrier to surpass, a first step or dilemma to face. On the health front, the start of Venus in Aries may trigger inflammation, rashes, headaches, fevers, toxicity, etc.
Mars tours Capricorn from February 16 through the end of March. Encompassing the Mercury retrograde cycle, the second half of the month helps you to sort through the information you have (includes feelings and experience) and to get a better handle on how to play it next. February 18 to 26 is optimum for renegotiating a lease or agreement, revisiting and reworking it.
SAGITTARIUS November 21 – December 21
From “out there” to “in here”, you’ll feel a shift of mood or attention as Mercury leaves Aquarius for Pisces on February 3. Quiet time to reflect, to relax, or to submerge yourself in a creative project is a good use of the transit. That is not to say that you are on a disappearing act! Mars continuing in Sagittarius through February 16 and Venus in Aries, starting February 7 keep you on high profile, on the go and going strong. The full moon in Leo on February 9 (Oscar weekend) could bring news, something to show off or to celebrate. A discovery, great download, or flash of inspiration can also make your day.
Mars enters Capricorn on February 16. On the same day Mercury begins a three-week retrograde tour. Together, they aim to help you get a better handle on whatever has escaped full view or that you have not yet been able to sort out. February 18 through 26 are the best of the month for making the most of it.
CAPRICORN December 21 - January 20
Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto in Capricorn continue to keep the premium (the pressure too) on reconciling with the past and building it better from here. Ambition looks good on you. Whether you are just getting started or are getting to the end of the road, the stars place you a ripe and ready time has come moment. These transits span the whole year and so does the process of transitioning between past and present, from what was to what is and what can be. This Capricorn agenda is something you have been grinding through for awhile. there’s still plenty of time yet to be working through the new priorities, the finishing work, the big change and the bigger picture agenda.
Starting February 3, Mercury will begin an extended tour through Pisces. Make sure to guard your health and to maintain your distance from those who are coughing or obviously showing signs of something you could catch. Pisces transits can weaken your immunity or immune system. On the positive end, this transit can create a better flow regarding the communication or creative tracks.
Venus enters Aries on February 7, the day before the full moon in Leo (February 8, Oscar weekend). An element of strain or added stress can be in the mix but once it is said and/or done, you’re onto a smooth sail (especially February 9 to 11).
Mars will trek into Capricorn and Mercury will begin a three-week retrograde tour on February 16. You are wise to reserve expectation and to keep plans open. You know the drill with Mercury retrograde: double check everything, leave it open-ended, revisit, revise as necessary. In combination, Mars and Mercury aim to uncover what is missing and what really matters, what’s most important or most pressing.
Mars in Capricorn sets a priority timetable/finish line for the end of March. Venus in Aries can provide a hint or start you on something of major importance that is going to occupy you in the second half of the year.
AQUARIUS January 20 – February 18/19
Your birthday month opens with Ceres fresh at it in Aquarius and Mercury just finishing up in your sign. Continuing through most of April, Ceres will continue to boost incentive and opportunity. Fresh prospects stay on the front burner. Just like the news, every day can present something new.
Venus in Aries, starting February 7, keeps it fresh. Expect to be on the go more. Check out what’s new on the market and what friends are up. Sign up for a new class, get to the gym. The transit is good for more physical activity. It can perk up your interest for someone or something. Check out what’s new and trending.
Beyond a good weekend to shake off the work and enjoy yourself, the days leading up to and following the full moon on February 8 (Oscar weekend) can move you past something important, whether that is something you work out with yourself or with another.
When you tune in and listen up, what are you hearing? What’s next for you? Venus debuts a preview for that which will occupy you in the second half of the year. Stay observant and pay attention instincts, impressions, signals, triggers and messages.
On February 16, Mars enters Capricorn and Mercury turns retrograde in Pisces. As is typical of Mercury retrograde, watch something to be exposed or uncovered that you didn’t clue into previously. Mars in Capricorn puts the priority or the reality into play in a more obvious way. To the plus, this combination can clear up confusion or uncertainty, show you what’s real and what’s not. Mercury will dip back into Aquarius from March 5 to 16. It may take you until then to finish, to solve, to free yourself up, or sort out your next course of action.
February 21 to 25 hold good creative potential.
PISCES February 18/19 to March 19/20
Mercury enters Pisces on February 3. Due to an upcoming retrograde cycle (February 16 through the super new moon on March 9), Mercury will extend its visit to your sign through April 10. The transit will give you plenty of extra time to feel your way along.
Venus in Aries, starting February 7, can bring a fresh boost to your financial prospects. Something or someone new can grab hold of you. Venus now sets something important and karmic in motion. By the second half of the year, it will be the main act. For now, explore, keep observing, entertain new ideas, monitor new instincts and impulses. Let it speak to you. Watch it grow.
Beyond a good weekend to enjoy the Oscars or get away from the work, the full moon in Leo on Feb 8 can filling a missing blank, and/or dish up something unexpected and/or opportune. It can be a good money-making weekend.
Mars enters Capricorn on the same day as Mercury turns retrograde. You are likely to find you are not as locked in, as confirmed or as jammed up as you thought. In combination, Mars and Mercury aim to help you get clearer on your best options and plays. As is typical of the retrograde, you may go another round wit something you thought was a done deal. This combination is good for revisiting locations and reconnecting with folks.
February 18 to 26 dishes up a good run of opportunity stars. Make the most of it!