Virgo New Moon at 25 Degrees: Reorganizing Retrogrades

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We are experiencing a mighty week with the Virgo new moon upon us at 25 degrees, September 17, 2020 at 7 am. We will have a difficult time accessing the more sensitive side of our emotions under the influence of Virgo, who organizes, plans, and analyzes, who communicates and creates firm boundaries. The moon and sun both firmly planted in that 25th degree are more interested in straightforward answers to direct questions, and this energy will be at play at work as well as at home. Perhaps with so many little ones heading back into school — or staying home for an extended and undetermined time period — this will be where our ability to plan our days, our diets, our exercises, our tasks, will be put to the test and we will have to answer for our shortcomings as well as our successes. More likely still, anything that has been hidden in our personal lives or career will have to be aligned to a more harmonious center. It was fine in the world of pre-2020 to be a workaholic, or to be a stay at home parent. Perhaps those roles are being mixed, reversed, and muddied. Virgo is here to establish new ground rules.

There is an order to the cosmos, and there is an order to reading an astrological chart. Normally, I would delve into other, closer planets, but it is suitable to discuss Mars, who has begun his retrograde through the sign of Aries, at 27 degrees. This puts him at a slight inconjunct to the sun and the moon, and if we are set back by the troubles of Mars attempting to express himself and failing, we may feel the brunt of that in ways that are not easy to resolve. Neighbors may chomp at the bit and never solve their arguments, people who are meant to assist us might be uncommonly, and irrationally, defiant. Plans that were meant to be carried through, suddenly fall through because of someone else’s poor planning. Stopping to take a breath and be calm will serve you well here.

Mercury is important in this lunation because Mercury rules over Virgo. Mercury is transiting through Libra at 17 degrees, and may help balance out the Virgo earthiness with an intellectual air and a dash of beauty, softening and facilitating others through communication. Also at a slight inconjunct to Mercury is Neptune at 19 degrees of Pisces, which may allow our communications to be less than honest. At best, we can hope for a fairly innocuous flattery, but be careful with how far you take it under the influence of Neptune.

Venus is at 12 degrees of Leo, pouring fire onto the mix. She represents the female, the mother, the wife, and she may provide a powerful feminine force to the raucous journey Mars has been taking us on. More importantly, she also has everything to do with matters of love and fortune. We may be star struck by a glittering attraction, or better yet, the potential to earn money or be visited by and unexpected windfall with Uranus in Taurus forming a square to Venus as well. The square may create tension here, and if it is not an unexpected windfall, it could also be an unexpected bill! It’s no accident that scientists have been a buzz lately about the sighting of phosphine gas in Venus’s atmosphere.

At one end of this chart in Capricorn, sharing the same earth element as Virgo and Taurus, the heavyweight of the ring: Jupiter at 17 degrees, Pluto at 22 degrees, and Saturn at 27 degrees. Jupiter already began forward motion earlier, and now it is Saturn who is grinding to a halt and preparing to move forward again. We may not want to contemplate that during this summer, and since the early spring, we have in fact been in a holding pattern while backward moving time lords quietly rearranged the furniture while we were out. They will be opening doors soon for us to come back in and give us an opportunity to put things back to rights. They are not finished with us yet! 

A long last, we should have spent this period reformulating plans, discarding ideas that did not work, rethinking our long term plans, regretting too much expansion in all the wrong areas, and considering how much we had to contract. Once Saturn and Jupiter move forward together, we will have a little time to say good bye to Capricorn before they slip into Aquarius and martial new challenges for us. No doubt, Saturn’s journey through Aquarius will be only the beginning of a recovery from our present, and the taskmaster and disciplinarian will want us to be on our best behavior.

New Moon in Gemini, 5/22/2020

May 22, 2020, 1:39 pm EST
New Moon at 2 degrees of Gemini
A Flood of Communication

The moon and the sun conjunct for the May 22 New Moon, and outline the beginning of a cycle. They are planted firmly in Gemini territory, and it would be impossible to examine this new moon cycle without also looking to the ruler of Gemini – Mercury himself.

Mercury, for his part, has raced further ahead in Gemini and perches on the 20th degree, where he is also conjunct the lovely Venus, passing through in retrograde. Mercury is granted a great deal of power here, since he runs the mutable sign of Gemini, but the presence of the other planets also offers support to him, from Moon and Sun conjunction at 2 degrees to Venus also conjuncting Mercury at 20 degrees. We should expect this new moon to be all about communication and small trips. The news cycle will reflect this with a continuing flurry of messages which will impact us across every level, from the powers that be (the Sun, authority) to our more personal and private behaviors (the Moon, emotional and home centered).

The Luminaries point the way for us, notably forming a square to Mars, who bides his time in the sign of Pisces, at 6 degrees. This is always an interesting placement for Mars, in the watery sign of self-sacrifice, dissolving, illusions, gambling, and institutions. Mars loses the majority of his assertive self-esteem here, especially since Neptune has been happily dancing through his home sign for a long time now. That does not mean Mars loses his aggression, but instead expresses it slightly differently than normal. People may feel prone to avoiding necessary confrontations and thus abrogating responsibility. Expect passive aggressive incidents where people express their irritation in small, needling ways. Conversely, there may be a temptation to different types of escapism, from those which are beneficial — such as getting lost in a book or caught up in a creative act — to the potentially destructive, such as too much drinking or gambling, ill-timed investments in stocks.

Venus, retrograde at 20 degrees of Gemini alongside Mercury, is going to raise the stakes when it comes to communications between lovers and issues of money. May is a big month for financial quarter earnings in the stock market — things might have to be recalculated and initial reports give way to costly errors. Check your budget more than once, should unexpected expenses arise and cause and outflow of money. On a more mundane level, you may end up having to purchase something new in the kitchen or upgrade your router. Don’t feel secure enough to indulge in pretty, amusing purchases — husband your resources during this Venus in retrograde period.

The conjunction of the Moon and Sun at 2 degrees of Gemini greases the wheels of politics, business, career, and the desire for progress by forming a trine with the three heavyweights: Pluto at 24 degrees of Capricorn, Jupiter at 27 degrees of Capricorn, and Saturn at 1 degree of Aquarius, all in retrograde themselves. The current news as I write this is filtering through of various areas throughout the country reopening after closures from the pandemic, highlighting a decidedly public issue (Capricorn). It should be noted that the trine is an aspect emphasizing speed — not necessarily beneficial speed. So what we will continue to see is a ramping up of the world opening, for good or for ill. Conversely, it could also, at this new moon, suggest that infection rates will also quicken with this reopening. Considering somber Pluto’s tight configuration with expanding Jupiter in Saturn’s home sign, this sounds like the most likely effect of quickening and multiplying influences.

Neptune is planted at 20 degrees – Again, the 20th degree! This harks back to the conjunction of Mercury and Venus at 20 degrees of Gemini, where they also form a square to Mercury and Venus. Tensions will rise as communications and domestic life are influenced and changed by the watery dissolving influence of Neptune, and institutions in general. Many of us have had to engage with the medical industry in ways we did not before, and we are navigating a little differently than we used to, perhaps coming up against new frictions. The square to Venus in retrograde highlights increased expenses in this area. There is a lot of confusion during this time, so you will have to weigh in on Mercury for due diligence, as Neptune may not be entirely helpful during this time.

Uranus remains at 8 degrees of Taurus, squaring to Jupiter at 27 degrees of Capricorn. These two are united in earth signs, but little else. Taurus is a fixed sign and Uranus is dragging the bull by the nose to the gates of change. Another arena where bulls are a big deal is the stock market, of course. We are going to see the square expressed in that arena, where the house of Capricorn (public) and the house of Taurus (material possessions) intersect. While there are murmurings of the decade long bull run in stocks finally being slowed, one wonders if the long term game of Uranus in Taurus will be to reconsider how business is done in the stock market. Rest assured, stocks will be downgraded and companies go bankrupt in an eyeblink, leaving shareholders with nothing.

Lastly, let us visit the north node which just turned the corner from its course in Cancer, and sits at the 29th degree of Gemini. Here in Gemini will be where our challenges reside. We may have to rethink how we tackle communications, and now is a good time to consider how to do this, under the influence of the new moon. Our communications will have more impact as the moon cycle runs its course to completion. This could be as simple and mundane as how you manage your email, the efficiency with which you use messages, how you text, or perhaps a rethinking of the short trips we make for necessary needs – grocery shopping, for instance, has been impacted for many people. Changing our basic habits and routines can be the most difficult thing we do, and communications will be the challenge and the key for those looking for that change.

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A Summer Of Retrogrades: 2020

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Don’t be this guy for summer 2020. Photo by Bess Hamiti from Pexels

Excited about your summer of 2020! *insert collective groan here.*

Let’s discuss the retrogrades.

• Mercury Rx occurs from June 18, 14 degrees of Cancer – July 12, 5 degrees of Cancer
• Venus Rx occurs from May 13, 21 degrees of Gemini – June 25, 5 degrees of Gemini
• Jupiter Rx occurs from May 14, 27 degrees of Capricorn – September 12, 17 degrees of Capricorn
• Saturn Rx occurs from May 10, 1 degree of Aquarius – September 28, 25 degrees of Capricorn

And at the end of the summer, Mars will also go into retrograde — just in case we were eager to experience normal life again.

We are not including shadow periods for this retrograde discussion.

It is not my desire to focus overmuch on the coronavirus and its effects, but the reality is, not only is it now a part of our new normal and fundamentally altering our day to day lives, but the impact to the stars is real and personal. Life, ultimately, rolls on — and the stars have something to tell us about it.

Mercury Rx occurs from
June 18, 14 degrees of Cancer – July 12, 5 degrees of Cancer

Mercury goes retrograde in the sign of Cancer from June 18th to July 12th. The Messenger will be involved in matters of the home, beginnings and endings, and communications regarding it. This is particularly key given the recent census. Did you forget to fill out the form that was sent in the mail? Every ten years, the government hires people to conduct the census and travel door to door to obtain this information. We can expect it is possible this normal ritual may be altered given our new social distancing restrictions, and perhaps postponed or changed in some way.

Cancer is a cardinal sign and I would expect this retrograde period to be especially meaningful. All the usual issues surrounding Mercury in retrograde apply — avoid signing new contracts, starting a job, be more aware and detail oriented so as to avoid mistakes, spend time to re-evaluate projects and take your time coming up with solutions.

Cancer is not only a private, emotional space that involves the home, it is also rules matters of beginnings and endings. Break ups or more severe schisms can be a part of this cardinal sign, so keep in mind during a time period where many are restricted to their homes in close quarters, frictions may run high and relationships will end.

On the opposite end of emotional issues, it is possible that Mercury in the 4th house will be more literal: your physical house may be going through changes, whether it’s a change of ownership, a stalled sale, perhaps it needs to be redone, re-evaluated, or scrapped altogether.

Given current times, this could also concern rent payments. There is a great deal of confusion going on right now in some parts of the county that have been shut down and hit with the coronavirus over whether rents will be cancelled or merely postponed, and because so many are without work, they are left unable to do so. There will likely still be a lot of back and forth over how to resolve these debts incurred by crisis, and this Mercury in retrograde period will play a role in solidifying an eventual solution.

Critically, during this time period, there will be an annular solar eclipse at 0 degrees of cancer. By rulership, this is the moon’s domicile, where it feels most comfortable and at home, and it means what Mercury does in the sign of Cancer will be under the rule of the moon. Home matters, therefore, will hit us all the harder.

Venus Rx occurs from
May 13, 21 degrees of Gemini –
June 25, 5 degrees of Gemini

Love and fortune in the sign of the twins. Venus goes into retrograde on May 13 at 21 degrees of Gemini. Prepare yourself to have a lot of rethinking and re-evaluating during these days over matters of money and love.

Given the mutable nature of Gemini, there may be a shift in attitudes surrounding loved ones. Perhaps after a prolonged time together, the flavor of the relationship has changed, and no longer suits us. A quick break up would be like ripping off a Band-Aid and allow us to get back to our daily lives sooner, but Venus in retrograde while in Gemini is going to want to tug us between people we love and people who love us. Not a good time to begin a relationship. Expect verbal jabs that erode the trust and companionship over time, or the possibility of a dual relationship.

Venus does not only concern herself with romantic relationships, but also with matters of money and good fortune. Expect investments to go up and down, for there to be confusion in the markets. As stores reopen, there will be a strong pull for the Venus in all of us to accrue resources and feather the nest, but making purchases under this transit may seem like a good idea at the time, and turn out to be buyer’s remorse later. Rather, now would be a good time to park the cash, look over your financials, and reconsider how you’re handling your money. Doing so now could be more fruitful in the future.

Check in on your siblings, as Gemini rules over your brothers and sisters and your general neighborhood. You will likely see shifts in your neighborhood — your HOA may be having some difficulty solidifying plans and maybe they’ll ding you for that tomato plant you decided to grow. Get loud and fight back — they’ll change their minds.

Jupiter Rx occurs from
May 14, 27 degrees of Capricorn –
September 12, 17 degrees of Capricorn

 

Jupter the amplifier, goes retrograde once a year. Last year, he started retrograde in April of 2019, and he doesn’t get nearly the same amount of fanfare as the smaller, personal planets. When Venus and Mars and Mercury go retrograde, they tend to wreak a different kind of havoc, since their retrograde patterns are more personal to us. But big mover Jupiter still affects us, just not in the same way.

Jupiter loves to go big or go home, and he will retrace his steps through the sign of the goat from May 14th to September 12th. Without any context for our current times, we might suppose that this motion through the cardinal sign of Capricorn means that people will experience bold movements in their career — perhaps reflecting on their direction and creating a better road map on how to attain their next career move.

This will be true for some, as businesses as undergoing seismic shifts in the ongoing global pandemic. Amidst this crisis, which Jupiter was a major player in amplifying during his passage in Capricorn  during January, Jupiter will make everything around us bigger, and sometimes that means badder, too. But additionally, with his ability to amplify crisis, he will amplify opportunity.

The problem with Jupiter being in retrograde during this time of crisis and opportunity is that people will leap in too fast and too intensely in an attempt to make gains for their careers or public life. Rather, this is better for letting those big, juicy ideas come to you, and then give them time to temper. Are those ideas sounding as good the next week, after some time has passed? Run it by your friends and seek advice, as you may need to show some restraint and pull back. Expect Elon Musk to say something ill considered on twitter that frightens and outrages his shareholders. Of course, he does that all the time! But it’s perhaps an example of how Jupiterian hubris can have ill effects. Wait, and reconsider your big plans. It’s okay to go small and test the waters instead of throwing in a Titanic to sink or swim!

Saturn Rx occurs from
May 10, 1 degree of Aquarius –
September 28, 25 degrees of Capricorn

It struck me that most of the retrogrades this summer are occuring within one sign — but now we’re coming to the heavy hitter Saturn, who currently calls the cardinal sign of Capricorn his home and who, in traditional astrology, once ruled Aquarius. Don’t worry, Saturn — in my heart, you’ll always rule Aquarius 🙂 He goes retrograde just as he peeked his head into Aquarius’s house at 1 degree, to go dancing back into Capricorn until September 28th, at 25 degrees.

Saturn has been walloping us hard, between his conjunctions with Jupiter and Pluto during the early part of the year, and he’s really not finished yet. He controls the rules, the regulations, he upholds the law and demands discipline, and he punishes us when we get cocky and forget to do our due diligence.

Saturn also retrogrades on a regular schedule. The outer planets, like Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Saturn, often don’t get the same headlines as personal planets, and with good reason. Most people’s lives are evolving at a shorter time span. We don’t concern ourselves too much with where we will be 30 years from now–we’re more interested in knowing what things will be like next week.

As a result, Saturn and the other big movers aren’t quite as germane, but they can often be just as instrumental. Another aspect of Saturn not really getting a lot of fanfare for his retrograde motion is that, like Jupiter, it happens once a year like clockwork. These cycles are not unusual for us, and if anything, are business as usual.

Saturn, however, isn’t ready for business as usual. There is something he forgot back in Capricorn. There will likely be a closer look given to any new rules or laws enacted during these past few months, and especially bills that were passed as vested interests clash with the needs of the public. Saturn wants his blood tribute, figuratively speaking, and this retrograde period will be about reeling back any legislation that got out of hand while government was busy during coronavirus.

For us personally, Saturn in the cardinal house of career will be holding hands with Jupiter as well, which means our blunders will be bigger and badder when it comes to our professions. The best advice is to own up to your mistakes and wrong doings now, and be proactive about fixing the problem. Leaders will stumble, and we may see nasty effects on the political end, with legislation being bungled, and people taking the blame for things they did not do or shifting the blame onto others. People may lose their jobs, businesses paused temporarily, and people rehired in the same breath.

Now is a time for testing plans, considering all aspects of a new idea. No “winging” it, as Saturn will be waiting to shoot you down for your crass disrespect of rules and regulations. Yet, how are you supposed to know what the rules are in this swiftly changing landscape? That is the challenge of this retrograde. Things that you thought were good ideas at the time, will need to be re-evaluated later. It does not mean your plans will fail — you may need to modify and adapt.