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Astrology Transits November 2020 – Deep Diving

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. — Carl Jung

Every month I look at the astrological energy, wince — and continue to write about the monthly transits as I see them.  November 2020 is no different.  The month begins with some very challenging energy, which continues off and on throughout the month. 

However, as we move through the deep, Scorpio energy of November we are gifted with several periods of lovely trines and sextiles and the stagnant energy is activated when Mercury, Mars and Neptune turn direct.  November 2020 seems to be a resting point from which we can look back at all we have been through, bless our experiences and begin to move from the darkness into the light. After the solstice on December 21, the energy begins to shift. Use the present deep Scorpio energy and the shorter days and longer nights to probe your soul in preparation for the upcoming shift.  Where have you been and where do you want to go?

October 31:  Full Moon at 8 Degrees Taurus Conjunct Uranus; Sun Opposed Uranus; Retrograde Mercury square Saturn at 26 Degrees Libra/Capricorn.  There is nothing easy about the energy preceding election day in the United States on Tuesday, November 3.

  • Full Moon brings high emotions,
  • Uranus – expect the unexpected,
  • Sun opposed Uranus – our core self feels threatened by the out-of-control Uranus energy,
  • Retrograde Mercury – garbled, mixed messages,
  • Mercury square Saturn – pessimistic thoughts.

­­Mercury stationing direct on November 3rd only adds to the election day confusion. 

November 9:  Venus Opposing Retrograde Mars at 15 Degrees Libra/Aries. Venus in opposition to Mars is not conducive to relationship matters.  Competitive feelings are heightened.

November 7-17: Jupiter Conjunct Pluto at 22 Degrees Capricorn. On a personal level, Jupiter conjunct Pluto urges us to transform those situations and habits that are no longer beneficial to us. It can be a powerful force (Pluto) to help you bring positive (Jupiter) change to your life. If this conjunction falls on your Sun, Moon or personal planets, it can give you a big boost career wise.

The less-than-positive manifestation of this combination is obsession with money and power. Jupiter and Pluto transiting the second house of the US birth chart explains our authority figures obsession to hold on to money and power at all costs.

November 9-10:  Sun Trine Neptune at 18 Degrees Scorpio/Pisces. Finally!  This lovely Sun trine Neptune aspect lets you catch your breath and revel in just being.  Dream your dreams and let your inner muse or creative spirit loose under this beneficial energy.  Because Neptune (along with Saturn) rules the Covid-19 virus, this trine can bring positive medical breakthroughs.  However, because it occurs in the secretive sign of Scorpio and the nebulous sign of Pisces, we may not be aware of any breakthroughs until much later.

November 14-17:  Sun Sextile Jupiter and Pluto at 22 Degrees Scorpio/Capricorn.  This is a very positive connection between the Sun, Jupiter and Pluto.  Sun sextile Jupiter is traditionally considered to be  “lucky” and the Sun sextile Pluto gives you the willpower and “oomph” to take (and complete) the necessary steps to manifest your goals. This would be a good time to review your plans for the future with an optimistic (but realistic) mindset. Pluto reminds you that you may need to re-invent yourself in some way to reap the benefits.

November 15:  Mars Turns Direct at 15 Degrees Aries. As Mars moves into direct motion, some of the overwrought anger should start to dissipate. The cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), in particular, may feel a sense of relief.  Mars moving direct releases some of your pent-up anger and frustration. You may feel more energetic.

November 15:  New Moon at 23 Degrees Scorpio; Venus Square Pluto at 22 Degrees Libra/Capricorn.  The Sun and Moon in Scorpio sextile Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn is beneficial for taking charge of your goals.  Jupiter gives you optimism, while Pluto gives you the will, power and control.  However, with Venus square Pluto in the cardinal signs of Libra and Capricorn, you may run up against obstacles from those around you.  Power plays are likely, particularly with authority figures, both in government and in your personal life.

November 16-17:  Mercury Opposing Uranus at 7 Degrees Taurus/Scorpio. This is one of those “expect the unexpected” aspects, especially as it relates to communication, news stories and potential breakthroughs.  Electrical sparks, blown fuses (Uranus) and sudden, stunning insights (Mercury) are all part of this planetary lineup. Don’t be surprised by anything you hear on the news during this challenging, chaotic opposition.

November 18-20: Sun Sextile Saturn at 26 Degrees Scorpio/Capricorn.  The Scorpio Sun sextile Saturn in Capricorn is a superb time to get things done.  It is particularly good for organizing and for concentrating on the tasks at hand. 

November 19-20: Venus Square Saturn at 27 Degrees Libra/Capricorn.  Venus square Saturn tends to bring delays, disappointments and restrictions.  This is not a good time to engage in speculative ventures or to work out relationship issues.  Wait until Venus is in an easier aspect.

November 21:  Venus Enters Scorpio. Venus in Scorpio through December 15 deepens all relationship matters.  You will want to understand what makes others “tick” and will not suffer fools or shallow individuals lightly.

November 22:  Sun Enters Sagittarius.  The mood lightens considerably with the Sun in Sagittarius.  This is a super time to study something that will expand your mind.  Make travel plans now for when the Covid restrictions loosen.  Study maps and chart the things and places you want to visit.

November 23:  Mercury Trine Neptune at 18 Degrees Scorpio/Pisces. Mercury trine Neptune favors alternative healing methods, spiritual study, visionary dreams and all kinds of psychic impressions. It would be a superb time to get a psychic or astrological reading.

November 27:  Venus Opposing Uranus at 7 Degrees Scorpio/Taurus. Venus opposite Uranus is another “expect the unexpected aspect.”  Delay any relationship decisions whether romantic, business or friendship based. 

November 28:  Neptune Stations Direct at 18 Degrees Pisces. You can begin to make your dreams, daydreams and visions real when Neptune stations direct.  You will feel this shift most strongly if you have planets around 18 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.

November 30:  Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 9 Degrees Gemini/Sagittarius. Matters pertaining to communication, connection, beliefs, travel and study are triggered by this full Moon lunar eclipse.  A lunar eclipse is about finishing up, closing out and letting go. A Mercury to Saturn sextile brings grounding and clarity. This full Moon lunar eclipse prompts you to examine your beliefs and philosophy.  What beliefs no longer serve you?  Which ones need more study and thought? What do you have to say that has been left unsaid?  Maybe it is time to speak out and state your case, especially with family members.

Moon Movement During November 2020: Note:  The time of the Moon’s movement into a sign will vary depending on where you live.

November 1:       Moon in Taurus

November 2:       Moon enters Gemini

November 4:       Moon enters Cancer

November 7:       Moon enters Leo

November 9:       Moon enters Virgo

November 11:     Moon enters Libra

November 13:     Moon enters Scorpio

November 15:     New Moon at 23 Degrees Scorpio

November 16:     Moon enters Sagittarius

November 17:     Moon enters Capricorn

November 19:     Moon enters Aquarius

November 21:     Moon enters Pisces

November 24:     Moon enters Aries

November 26:     Moon enters Taurus

November 29:     Moon enters Gemini

November 30:     Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 9 Degrees Gemini

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STAY TUNED:  I still plan to teach a beginning astrology class via Zoom but the timetable has been delayed a little.  I will send an email when the details are finalized.  Let me know if you are interested.

Astrology Transits October 2020 – Paradox & Polarity

Life is always a polarity. If there were no darkness there would be no light. If there were no trouble there could never be any peace. If the sun always shone you would not appreciate it. You  have to learn sometimes through conditions that seem a nuisance. One day you will look back and say, “We learned our best lessons not when the sun was shining, but when the storm was at its greatest, when the thunder roared, the lightning flashed, the clouds obscured the sun and all seemed dark and hopeless.” It is only when the soul is in adversity that some of its greatest possibilities can be realized. Silver Birch

October 2020 is an astrologically challenging month, but it can be navigated quite well once you understand the concept of polarity versus balance.  The Sun in Libra brings to mind the polarity of the Libra/Aries axis, which correlates to the Ascendent/Descendent in the natural chart.  The above image of fire and ice graphically illustrates this point.  The danger of course is that the fire melts the ice and/or the ice puts out the fire.  We are being challenged in October to keep our balance amid diametrically opposing viewpoints.  The current US political climate is a stark reminder that the polarity concept is very much in play.  October 2020 is certainly not the easiest month to navigate. Our best bet is to stay centered and balanced amid chaos.

September 27: Mercury enters Scorpio. When the planet of communication and ideas (Mercury) meets the deep, probing sign of Scorpio watch for previously hidden facts to be revealed.  The “dirt” is unearthed and revealed for all to see.  Not comfortable, but it can be very productive.  The New York Times article on Trump’s tax return was revealed on the day that Mercury made ingress into Scorpio.

September 28:  Venus Trine Mars Inconjunct Saturn at 25 degrees Leo/Aries/Capricorn.  Venus trine Mars is exceptionally beneficial for promoting your business (or promoting yourself).  It can also bring romance, and a happy vibe, especially if a transiting planet falls in your 5th house of love. The inconjunct (150 degree) aspect to Saturn reminds us that we may need to make adjustments (inconjunct) before we act (Mars).

October 1:  Full Moon at 9 Degrees Aries/Libra.  The Aries/Libra polarity is in full force at the Aries Full Moon.  You will feel its effect in the area of close relationships, both business and personal.  You are challenged to assess your role versus someone else’s role.  Are your duties and responsibilities equal and/or fair or do they need to be re-negotiated?  An Aries Full Moon is excellent for moving forward with a project that has been stalled.

October 1-17:  Jupiter Sextile Neptune at 18-19 degrees  Capricorn/Pisces. This sextile combines the optimism of Jupiter with the idealism of Neptune.  You may want to withdraw from the chaos around you and to replenish your soul through art, music, dance, or other creative pursuits. On a practical level, use this time to dream large dreams.

October 1:  Full Moon at 9 Degrees Libra/Aries. October begins with the Full Moon in Libra.  The Moons natural opposition to the Sun in Libra highlights the theme of opposition versus the need for balance.  Aries is action, while Libra is cooperation and diplomacy.  A Libra full Moon emphasizes relationship matters. You will need every ounce of your relationship/diplomacy skills during the challenging month ahead.  Consider the popular quote, “Let me be the peace I want to see in the world.”

October 2: Venus enters Virgo. Venus in Virgo heightens our desire and ability to be of service.  Venus transiting Virgo will be favorable for you if you have a Virgo Sun, Moon or Ascendant; let yourself shine during this auspicious transit.

October 5-12:  Retrograde Mars Square Pluto at 24-21 degrees  Aries/Capricorn.  Mars square Pluto is an especially challenging aspect.  Each of us will feel the collective stress, tension, challenges and power plays (Pluto).  Mars fans the flames of this tension, urging us to just DO SOMETHING.  Many of us will react with anger (Mars) and others will try to control things (Pluto).  Here is where the polarity with Libra can serve us well.  Let us all vow to use some Libra diplomacy and partnership skills to navigate this fraught time.

October 6-9:  Mercury Opposing Uranus at 8-10 Degrees Scorpio/Taurus. When the planet of communication and connection (Mercury) opposes the planet of freedom and sudden upsets (Uranus), we can expect startling words from ourselves and others. Both Mercury and Uranus are in fixed signs so communication may consist of each person presenting only their “side” without listening to any opposing views.

October 10-12: Venus trine Uranus at 8-10 degrees of Virgo/Taurus; Mercury sextile Venus at 10-12 degrees of Scorpio/Virgo. You may meet unusual, but very interesting people under Venus trine Uranus.  Mercury sextile Venus is lovely for expanding your social circle.  Uranus rules the internet, so those social interactions may need to be via Zoom or other social media.

October 13-18: Sun Opposition Mars Square Pluto and Saturn at 20‑25 degrees Libra/Capricorn.  This is another time when conflict, tension and challenge are in the very air around us.  We will see it in the political climate, but it will also affect us on a personal level. If you have strong placements of planets (or the Sun, Moon and ascendant) in any of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), you need to be especially aware of this volatile energy.  This is not the time to confront someone on the road, the grocery store, or anywhere else.  A small disagreement can turn into a scary situation in a second.  See October 5-12 above for similar interpretations.

October 14:  Mercury Turns Retrograde at 11 Degrees Scorpio.  Watch for Mercury retrograde in Scorpio to expose lots of juicy, gossip-worthy information.  In your personal life use this energy to probe your subconscious shadow self.  What are you hiding from yourself?  How are you under-estimating yourself?

Mercury turns direct on November 3 around 1:00 pm Eastern Time at 26 degrees Libra, right as US voters are going to the polls.  When Mercury stationed direct on election day 20 years ago, we experienced the “hanging chads” that created election confusion and conflict.  Stationary Mercury in Libra promises to reveal an extreme “us versus them” polarity.

October 16: New Moon at 24 Degrees Libra.  The New Moon in Libra continues the polarity theme. It offers hope for a new start, particularly in relationship matters.  However, this Libra New Moon is square Pluto and Saturn and is in opposition to Mars. Tread lightly with this one as your best attempts at reconciliation could go awry.

October 16-21:  Retrograde Mars Square Jupiter at 20-18 Degrees  Aries/Capricorn.  This is another aspect that can lead to angry confrontations and conflicts (Mars), especially around beliefs and dogma (Jupiter). Mars in retrograde motion challenges you to take another look at what “pushes your buttons.”  Ask yourself, “Is it possible that my beliefs may be, at least partially, wrong.  Positively, this aspect can energize you.  It is also beneficial for furthering projects, so long as you don’t over extend yourself.

October 18-20:  Retrograde Mercury Opposing Uranus at 10-8 degrees Scorpio/Taurus.  You are prone to impatience and the desire for freedom from constraints under this aspect.  Your speech may be blunt and not well thought out.  However, this would be an excellent time to restudy any podcasts or seminars regarding astrology and metaphysics.  Your mind wants stimulation and new ideas.  Astrology can certainly offer you that.

October 22:  Sun Enters Scorpio.  While the Sun is in Scorpio until November 22, avoid dramas and secrets.  Instead, reflect on deeper life issues.  This is excellent energy to push toward following your passion.  If not now, when???

October 18-22:  Venus Trine Jupiter at 18-19 Degrees  Virgo/Capricorn; Venus Trine Pluto at 21-22 Degrees Virgo/Capricorn. When the planet of blessings received (Venus) is in an easy aspect with the planet of abundance (Jupiter) you may experience an unexpected financial perk.  Venus trine Pluto urges you to actively grab opportunities. Trines require you to do the necessary work to enhance your chances of reward.

October 31:  Full Moon at 8 degrees Taurus/Scorpio. Wow! It is astounding that this Full Moon is conjunct Uranus on Halloween night.  Your emotions and thoughts may fluctuate wildly during this erratic Taurus full Moon and your urge for freedom and individuality are activated.  It’s not the best time to be social, but rather to pay attention to flashes of insight and intuition.  If you do go out, be careful.  Weirdness takes on a whole new level of strangeness during this Full Blue Moon.

November 3:  Astrology of Election Day. The chart below is for election day in the United States at noon in New York City. A few quick things that I noticed:  It is a seesaw chart pattern with the planets scattered throughout the chart.  This indicates scattered energy when nothing can be relied upon for sure.  Mercury is stationing direct square the Capricorn gang (Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn) and the Sun is opposite Uranus.  Mercury in the 9th house has to do with truth, but because it is just coming out of its retrograde, there is a strong element of the need for a do-over or clarification.  Sun opposite Uranus points to a wild card (Uranus) and that something unpredictable is in the works.  Venus inconjunct Uranus, also adds a strong sense of unpredictability.  VOTE!!!

Moon Movement During October 2020:  Note:  The exact time when the Moon moves into a new sign will vary depending on where you live.

October 1:          Full Moon at 9 Degrees Aries

October 3:          Moon enters Taurus

October 6:          Moon enters Gemini

October 8:          Moon enters Cancer

October 10:        Moon enters Leo

October 13:        Moon enters Virgo

October 15:        Moon enters Libra

October 17:        Moon enters Scorpio

October 19:        Moon enters Sagittarius

October 21:        Moon enters Capricorn

October 23:        Moon enters Aquarius

October 25:        Moon enters Pisces

October 28:        Moon enters Aries

October 30:        Moon enters Taurus

October 31:        Full Moon at 8 Degrees Taurus


STAY TUNED:  I plan to teach a beginning astrology class via Zoom beginning sometime in October or November.  Let me know if you are interested.

The Basalt Sunday Market is finished for the season. I continue to offer readings by telephone and Zoom.  Sign up by sending me an email.  All half-hour and hour readings include an MP3 or MP4 recording.  Payment is by Paypal. Reserve your reading

Astrology Transits September 2020 -Discernment

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. ―Albert Einstein

Mercury entered Virgo on August 19, followed by the Sun on August 22, which began the shift into a quieter, more focused, introspective and analytical time.  The August Leo energy and Mars in its home sign of Aries revved things up, but we are now moving into a time of consolidation.  Mars will be strong in its own sign through January 2021.

Mars turns retrograde on September 10 at 28 degrees Aries, which intensifies its effect. Mars retrograde concentrates our anger and frustration, which can lead to unexpected outbursts from both you and others.  When planets go retrograde their energy is concentrated and heavier.  Thus, the movement is slower, but more potent. Between September 1 and September 12 when Jupiter turns direct, we will have seven planets retrograde.  Saturn turns direct on September 28.

A cluster of inconjunct aspects between Mars, Mercury and Venus and the Capricorn stellium (Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn) provokes frustration and impulsive behavior. Use the grounded Virgo energy to analyze and understand any potentially volatile situations, before you act. It is also beneficial to look at your self-imposed limitations (Saturn) in the cold light of reality.

September 1-5:  Mercury Sextile Venus at 22-30 degrees Virgo/Pisces. Sun trine Uranus at 11 Degrees Virgo/Taurus and Venus Opposing Saturn at 26 Degrees Pisces/Capricorn.  Communications with loved ones are favored during this time period, but Venus opposing Saturn urges you to use restraint when dealing with problematic relationships. This is  one of those rare times (at least in 2020) when communication, love and compassion are in abundance. Send someone a note of love or appreciation.  While you are at it, send another such note to yourself.  You have earned it and are worth it!

September 2:  Full Moon at 10 Degrees Pisces/Virgo.  The Pisces Full Moon is a call to balance your spiritual leanings with practical underpinnings. Moon in Pisces has a dreamy, ethereal vibe, which is pleasant, but unfocused.  Sun in Virgo pushes you to make your wishes, dreams and yearnings practical.  Moon in Pisces says:  “Let your emotions and imagination flow.”  The Sun in Virgo says:  “Yes, let them flow and then make concrete plans to bring your desires to fruition.”  Lovely!

At the same time the Sun is trine Uranus, Mercury is trine Saturn and sextile Venus, and Venus opposition Saturn.  Uranus wants excitement and freedom, while Mercury trine Saturn wants to stay the course.  Venus opposition Saturn reminds us to acknowledge our responsibilities and limitations.  The pull between freedom and excitement and limitation and responsibility is, and will continue to be, a major influence through the remainder of the year.  My advice is to break free of limitations, but to do so in a cautious, responsible mindful way.

September 3-4: Mercury Trine Saturn at 25-26 Virgo/Capricorn; Mercury sextile Venus; Venus square Mars at 26-28 Cancer/Aries; Mercury inconjunct Mars at 27-28 Virgo/Aries.  These are not the best days for personal relationships or negotiating contracts and agreements.  There is just too much challenging Mercury/Mars energy.  The Mercury/Saturn trine and Mercury/Venus sextile help, but the strong Martian/Saturn vibes tend to overpower the easy energy. Those of you with 22 to 28 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) will feel this energy the strongest.

September 5: Mercury enters Libra.  Mercury in Libra brings a certain diplomacy and smoothness to your interactions with others.  Now, until September 26,  is the time to work out tricky communication problems by using a diplomatic and fair approach.

September 6: Venus enters Leo. Express your creativity!  Celebrate your childlike ability to enjoy life and enjoy fun activities with those close to you while Venus is in Leo through the end of the month.

September 9:  Mars Turns Retrograde at 28 Degrees Aries Until November 14 at 15 Degrees Aries).  Mars rules our ego and our concept of how we are separate from others.  It sets boundaries based on how we see others.  Are they different from others?  How can others hurt us, etc.?  Our interpersonal relationships are passed through an egoic filter when Mars is strong. Instead of letting retrograde Mars separate us, let’s strive to use it to become the best we can be.  On a practical level, Mars retrograde can slow down business and material matters giving us a chance to reevaluate our plans.

September 10-11:  Sun Opposition Neptune at 19 Degrees Virgo/Pisces. Pay attention to your dreams and your psychic and intuitive insights.  This is not a good time to sign important papers.  Also be careful of being taking advantage of, as this aspect dissolves your normal boundaries. 

September 12:  Jupiter Stations Direct at 17 Degrees Capricorn. Jupiter turning direct is cause for celebration.  All of those ideas and projects that just couldn’t seem to pick up steam during the summer, will now get a shot of energy.  Unpack those projects from the mothballs and let them manifest. Both Jupiter and Saturn end their retrograde periods this month.

September 13-15: Sun trine Pluto at 21-23 Degrees Virgo/Capricorn; Venus square Uranus at 9-10 Degrees Leo/Taurus. Sun trine Pluto is fabulous for bringing hidden matters and motivations out into the light so they can be resolved. 

September 16-18: New Moon at 25 Degrees Virgo Square the Lunar Nodes and Trine Saturn in Capricorn; Mercury square Jupiter at 17 degrees Libra/Capricorn.  The New Moon conjunct the Sun in Virgo is square the Nodes of the Moon.  This begins a one-month cycle where the emphasis is on self-improvement, health and healing. This is a stellar combination in which to start a health program, especially one centered around “food as medicine.”  The steadying Saturn influence urges you to focus on establishing long-term healthy habits. 

Mercury in Libra square Jupiter in Capricorn (then square Pluto and Saturn) asks you to use diplomacy and a balanced outlook to improve communication with those who do not share your viewpoints.  Mercury square Pluto points to words with an “atomic bomb effect,” so choose your words carefully.

September 19-21: Mercury Square Pluto at 20-22 Degrees Libra/Capricorn; Sun Inconjunct Mars at 27-28 Degrees Virgo/Aries. Venus Inconjunct Jupiter at 17 Degrees Leo/Capricorn. Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars are often inconjunct other planets through the end of the month.  Inconjunct aspects are recurring annoyances that call for the need to make adjustments.

September 22:  Sun Enters Libra at the Autumn Equinox.  What a great opportunity to practice the Libran ideals of harmony, balance and fair play!  The skills we build will come in handy on October 13 when the Libran Sun is in opposition to feisty Mars in Aries.  We each need to make a decision to choose compromise and negotiation (Sun in Libra) over anger and conflict (Mars Retrograde in Aries).

September 27:  Mercury Enters Scorpio.  When the planet of ideas, communication and logic enters intense Scorpio, it’s time to do some deep thinking about your place in the world in relation to others. Use Mercury in Scorpio’s investigative skills to get to the bottom of any situation that has confused or vexed you.

September 29:Saturn stations Direct at 25 Degrees Capricorn; Retrograde Mars Square Saturn at 25 Degrees Aries/Capricorn.

Finally, Saturn, the planet of responsibility, limitation and hard work, begins to move forward after being retrograde since May 10. Saturn’s transit through Capricorn will end on December 17, when it moves into Aquarius and joins Jupiter at zero degrees Aquarius at the solstice on December 21.  Use the time between now and the solstice to review and take action on those things that you need to take responsibility for. Remember, Saturn always rewards you in its own time.

Mars retrograde in Aries square Saturn may cause frustration and tension.  Impulsive Mars wants to quickly move forward, while Saturn says “just a minute, you need to move forward only in a more measured, responsible way.”

Moon Movement During September 2020:  Note:  The exact time when the Moon moves into a new sign will vary depending on where you live.

September 1:      Moon enters Pisces

September 1:      Full Moon at 10 Degrees Pisces/Virgo

September 3:      Moon enters Aries

September 6:      Moon enters Taurus

September 8:      Moon enters Gemini

September 11:    Moon enters Cancer

September 13:    Moon enters Leo

September 15:    Moon enters Virgo

September 17:    New Moon at 25 degrees Virgo

September 17:    Moon enters Libra

September 20:    Moon enters Scorpio

September 21:    Moon enters Sagittarius

September 23:    Moon enters Capricorn

September 26:    Moon enters Aquarius

September 28:    Moon enters Pisces

September 30:    Moon enters Aries


STAY TUNED:  I plan to teach a beginning astrology class via Zoom beginning sometime in October.  Let me know if you are interested.

I will not be at the Aspen Saturday Market this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.  However, I  and Claudia (my tarot reader friend) will be at the Basalt Sunday Market every week through September and would love to see you there.  Claudia and I are both wearing masks and face shields and have hand sanitizer available to protect your-and-our safety.  We look forward to seeing you there.In addition, I continue to offer readings by telephone and Zoom.  Sign up by sending me an email.  All half-hour and hour readings include an MP3 or MP4 recording.  Payment is by Paypal. Reserve your reading








Astrology Transits August 2020 – Self Expression

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”  ― Martha Graham

August opens with the Sun in exuberant Leo, to be joined by Mercury on the 5th, with a lovely Sun trine Chiron in fiery Aries.  Action certainly is called for under this fiery connection. Leo is about self-expression, creativity and fun. The trine to Chiron signals an excellent time to heal any lingering hurts or issues around self-expression, creativity and the ability to relax and have fun.  We have been under the influence of Capricorn and Saturn for so long that we have forgotten how good it can feel to just let go and to sing, dance or just walk barefoot in the sand or grass. Use the energy of the Sun in Leo to get re-acquainted with your inner child.

At the same time, Sun and Mercury square Uranus in Taurus urges us to rise to the challenge (square energy) of going a little outside our comfort zone to truly live.  Chiron in Aries is about letting go of excessive inhibition and to just act and to live and to confidently move toward your dreams.  What do you have on your bucket list that you can bring a little closer to fruition?

All in all, August 2020 promises to be an action-packed, challenging month full of chaos, but also full of energy custom made for shaking loose old shackles that have held you back.

July 30: Mercury Trine Neptune; Mercury Opposition Jupiter and Pluto at 20-23 Degrees Cancer/Pisces/Capricorn.  This is another one of those times when your thinking is a little foggy and you are prone to over optimism.  Use this time for writing, teaching, journalling, or just resting.  The rest of the month is action-packed, so a few extra hours spent resting now may be wise.  Mercury in opposition to Pluto cautions that you need to watch what you say. When the planet of connection and communication (Mercury) meets powerful Pluto, minor disagreements can escalate into open conflict.  Its best to not become engaged in political, power conflicts as such discussions are especially fraught.  You (and others) are apt to say things that you later regret.

August 1-2:  Sun Square Uranus at 9-10 Degrees Leo/Taurus. The Sun is Square Uranus, while Mercury is in opposition to Pluto/Saturn and Jupiter.  This could, unfortunately, be the perfect configuration for stimulating civil unrest, social clashes and just plain chaos. Breathe deeply and realize that unrest is necessary to bring about change.  Each skirmish or hard-to-watch event brings us that much closer to the changes that we want to see.

August 2-5: Mars square Jupiter (and Pluto) at 19-23 Degrees Aries/Capricorn. In its simplest form, Mars square Jupiter is a challenging aspect of “an over-abundance of energy and anger with control issues.” Out of control political and personal conflicts are possible.  Chill out and stay calm.  This energy will be especially strong if you have any planets near 19-23 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.  On a positive note, this is one of those highly motivating energy sets.  Use it wisely.

August 3: Full Moon at 11 Degrees Leo Opposing Sun in Aquarius. This Full Moon is reminiscent of the January 31, 2018 Eclipse, when the Leo Moon was opposite the Aquarius Sun. If you can remember the energy during that eclipse, this full Moon may have similar effects.  This Full Moon square Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, brings even more rebellious, inventive and even shocking, energy.  No doubt about it, the Leo Full Moon square Uranus is volatile.  However, if you are feeling stuck and lethargic, the Leo Moon square Uranus can be extremely advantageous in getting you moving. Think:  What attitudes do I need to let go of in order to move forward in uncharted paths (Aquarius/Uranus) in a bold, self-confident way (Leo)?

August 5: Mercury enters Leo. Mercury moving into Leo gives a shot of mental stimulation.  Jot down your ideas.  You can make them more real when Mercury moves into Virgo on August 19.

August 7: Venus enters Cancer. When the planet of love (Venus) transits the sign of family and home (Cancer) until September 6, think of how you can reach out to family in a COVID-safe way.  This would be an excellent time to extend an olive branch to any estranged family members.

August 10-16: Mars in Aries Square Pluto in Capricorn at 22-23 Degrees. Be especially careful of provoking conflict!  Mars square Pluto is an extremely tense, challenging aspect.  The urge to act and to act now, conflicts with the traditional or entrenched way of being. We will see this played out in the news, as the urge for freedom clashes with governmental structures.  In your personal life, examine where you are willfully (Pluto) promoting anger and strife (Mars).

August 14-17:  Sun Conjunct Mercury and both Sun and Mercury Trine Mars at 22-24 degrees of Leo/Aries and Inconjunct Neptune in Pisces. Finally, an easy trine energy in fire signs Leo and Aries.  This trine energy is a blessing amid the challenging, ongoing Mars square Pluto/Saturn in Aries/Capricorn.  Communication and connection are favored.

August 18-19:  Leo New Moon Conjunct Sun at 26 Degrees Leo. This is a wonderful New Moon for self-expression, setting bold, new intentions and making a commitment to follow your revised or new path.  Dwarf planet Eris square Pluto at this New Moon gives you the strength and will to eradicate the “skeletons” in your closet and/or help you face unconscious fears.

August 22:  Sun Enters Virgo.  Time to make the lofty, optimistic ideas that were generated by the Sun in Leo,  practical, concrete and down-to-earth. Worker-bee Virgo provides the plans and blueprints to make your ideas successful.

August 22-24: Mars square Saturn at 25-26 degrees Aries/Capricorn.  Lots of energy and action in the political scene and the world stage regarding the “haves- and have-nots.”  The urge to bring on the new through dynamic action clashes with the old guard, traditional ideas.  Mars square Saturn is setting the stage for Mars’ retrograde movement beginning on September 9, 2020. We are called to examine our attitudes around lack and limitation. Ask:  What makes me angry (Mars) regarding my perceptions around lack and limitation (Saturn)?

August 27: Venus Trine Neptune at 27 Degrees Cancer/Pisces.  I am happy that we can end the month on such a harmonious, dreamy, creative, romantic and spiritual note.  Light a candle, walk by the water and/or write a love or appreciation note to your special someone(s).

September 1:  Full Moon at 10 Degrees Pisces/Virgo. Our hopes and dreams meet practicality.

Moon Movement During August 2020: Note:  Time of the Moon’s movement into a sign varies depending on where you live.

August 1:   Moon in Capricorn

August 2:  Moon enters Aquarius

August 3:  Full Moon at 11 Degrees 45 Minutes Aquarius

August 4:  Moon enters Pisces

August 7:  Moon enters Aries

August 9:   Moon enters Taurus

August 12: Moon enters Gemini

August 14: Moon enters Cancer

August 17: Moon enters Leo

August 18: New Moon at 26 Degrees 35 Minutes Leo

August 19: Moon enters Virgo

August 21: Moon enters Libra

August 23: Moon enters Scorpio

August 25: Moon enters Sagittarius

August 27: Moon enters Capricorn

August 29: Moon enters Aquarius

Sept. 1:  Full Moon at 10 Degrees Pisces/Virgo


STAY TUNED:  I plan to offer an online beginning astrology class starting in late August or mid-September.  Let me know if you have an interest.  It will be for complete beginners and for those who know some astrology, but have trouble putting it all together.

I will not be at the Aspen Saturday Market this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.  However, I  and Claudia (my tarot reader friend) will be at the Basalt Sunday Market every week and would love to see you there.  Claudia and I are both wearing masks and face shields and have hand sanitizer available to protect your-and-our safety.  We look forward to seeing you there.

In addition, I continue to offer readings by telephone and Zoom.  Sign up by sending me an email.  All half-hour and hour readings include an MP3 or MP4 recording.  Payment is by Paypal. Reserve your reading