Saturday, July 4, 2020

Capricorn Lunar Eclipse July 4

This lunar eclipse has the Sun in Cancer The Crab

And the Moon in Capricorn -the climbing goat 

Capricorn Lunar Eclipse 
July 4, 2020
9:44pm PDT

Every summer we have a Capricorn Full Moon however as we know, during the last two years we have been in a pattern of eclipses that ping pong between Cancer and Capricorn.     This cycle began in the summer of 2018 and ends with today’s Capricorn Full Moon Lunar eclipse.    The dates for this cycle are:

Partial SOLAR Eclipse 2018 July 12 22:47:47 20 Cancer 41 
Partial SOLAR Eclipse 2019 January 5 20:28:05 15 Capricorn 25 
Total SOLAR Eclipse 2019 July 2 15:16:06 10 Cancer 38 
Partial LUNAR Eclipse 2019 July 16 17:38:06 24 Capricorn 04 
Annular SOLAR Eclipse 2019 December 26 0:13:00 4 Capricorn 07 
Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse 2020 January 10 14:21:10 20 Cancer 00 
Annular SOLAR Eclipse 2020 June 21 2:41:19 0 Cancer 21 
Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse 2020 July 5 0:44:16 13 Capricorn 38

Look at those dates and consider your life as we look through the eclipse lens for the final eclipse.  

During these eclipses we have been pushed to look at our feelings and emotions and our place in the world.   We are looking at our family (of origin and choice) and our careers, jobs and how we move in society.    Cancer is the crab who has a tenderness so profound that he uses his hard shell and pinchers to keep others away from the tender.  The tender is the connection to the heart but if the hard shell does not shed and grow it can keep others away from that love.   The shell can be a lonely place.    Capricorn is the goat who can climb any mountain put in front of him.  They have a heat seeking missile for success and the harder the struggle the better but then what happens if they reach the top of success mountain and they look around and they are alone?     So, much about this cycle of eclipses speaks to our values in heart and psyche and our ability to be responsible.     What do we really value?   How are we accessing it and evolving?  What are we learning about what we really want?   How are we working hard for that goal?  Is that goal really connected to our true value that is in that tender spot?

This full moon eclipse is the final leg of the journey between heart, responsibility and our place in the world.  It is amazing that this cycle and final eclipse ends in the era of Covid-19.   We are physically and psychologically connected to our Cancer shell by being quarantined in it.   There are many of us who are connected to family and loved ones in ways that has not happened in the world for a hundred years.   There are others who are fighting hard to figure out ways to stay connected to love ones in this lonely period.   Also, we look at our businesses and wonder if they still connect to us?  Some people have lost jobs and income, making them feel as if their crab shell has been ripped off of them.   Are we all doing what we can to help those who need help?  Are we reaching out to others?  Are we connecting through our hearts?   Are we ‘sacrificing time’ (both Capricorn words) to be with others in a meaningful way even if it a call or text?   Perhaps all someone needs is a caller who listens to their struggles.  Maybe offer some ideas or solutions or maybe it is just to hear them and remind them that they are going to be okay.   This is the cozy that is so important to this Cancer Capricorn eclipse journey.    A lot of people are rattled deep in their fears and need a sober, Capricorn-ish voice who can just point out the practicality of the situation and help separate real issues from old fears.  

Of course, we cannot talk about this final Capricorn- Cancer eclipse without talking about our astrological landscape.  On July 1, a few days before the eclipse Saturn returned to Capricorn where it will be for five months until it leaves in December (for Aquarius) and not to return to Capricorn until 2047.    How interesting Saturn who rules Capricorn returns to his home sign just in time for the final lunar eclipse in Capricorn.   Also, on June 29 Jupiter got on top of Pluto in Capricorn (conjunction) bringing its large ideas to Pluto for mass evolution.   To get an understanding of this aspect take note that the two planets had their first join up on April 4.  What have you experienced between April 4 and June 29th?  How has it activated your tender and your responsible sides?  How have you had your own evolution?   Covid-19 is closely tied to these Capricorn planets and certainly the January 10th Capricorn eclipse.   Something unseen with the naked eye has opened up the world to all the cracks in our systems.   The cracks expose the ugly and the sad.   We should anticipate more stories of the cracks between now and November 12 when Jupiter gets on top of Pluto for the final time.  

On this eclipse chart, the Sun is conjunct Mercury which is a pronounced influence and can be felt between now and November 30 when we switch to Sagittarius/Gemini eclipse cycles.   We will need to ponder and think and talk a lot.  Cancer and Capricorn both are reserved so there is a quiet processing that takes place but the ability to pivot and communicate is key with Mercury.   Watch what comes up for you that suggests time to think, evolve and pivot.   In many ways the Mercury aspect is a gift because it telegraphs the next cycle of Gemini/Sagittarius eclipses.  Descartes said, “I think therefore I am” and that has merit with this eclipse and the following months.   What does our thinking say about who we are?   If your thoughts were another human would you want to hang out with that person?    Consider the pivots you may want to make in the next five months.  

Now would be a good time to talk about fear, sadness and anger in the United States.    As I have mentioned in many reports the USA is in the midst of its Pluto Return.   What that means is that on July 4, 1776 Pluto was at 27 degrees 13 minutes of Capricorn.    Pluto moves so slow that in 2022 will be the FIRST time Pluto has returned to that point since 1776.    Pluto speaks to power.  Group power.   We are in the Pluto return process now.   While one can argue that the USA’s founding had seeds of brilliance and enlightenment,  much borrowed from other societies (Roman, Greek and England) there still were roots that were corrupt not limited to but certainly slavery and indentured servitude and the dark side to the Industrial Revolution were part and parcel to the darker side of Pluto in the USA chart.     

All of us have incarnated to be here for this Pluto return.   Why are you here for it?   How is it impacting you?  It has not been easy to watch or read or see.    

Speaking very personal, as an astrologer and mother and someone who has been ‘weird’ my whole life, the pain I felt when I read about the death of the young Colorado man Elijah McClain shook me to my core.   Elijah was a man who was different, a man who volunteered his time to play the violin to cats in shelters.    My heart broke when I read how he pleaded with police officers and said he was an introvert and he never harmed anyone and is a vegetarian but he does not judge people who eat meat and said, “I have Moon in Gemini”----and then he  began to vomit from the hold on his neck and of course later died after a series of what I believe were terrible choices by those in authority on a grand level. 

 I speak candidly when I say, I left my body when I read it.   I pondered so much.   Why were police even called?   He was described as ‘threatening’ on the 911 call.  Why?   Many people have suggested he was on the spectrum, which I can see.   Who felt so threatened by a young, slight man (about 140 pounds) who maybe dressed different, walking down the street?  Long before Covid I see people with scarves and masks in public all the time in all seasons.  But some person decided Elijah was suspicious.   And then there was the police response. What made him suspicious to them?   Were those protocols appropriate?   Is there no ability to assess neurodiversity in policing?  Or are there specific people who are limited by their own beliefs that they can only see different as suspicious?  But even before they got there: Why put the police in this role?  Why is weird so threatening?    More will be discussed about ‘weird’ when Saturn returns to Aquarius and Jupiter conjoins Saturn in December.   

I share this story as one small human who is not immune from anger and sadness while the USA processes its Pluto return.    I am not frozen by anger or fear, I ponder and I do what I can to affect change that I believe serves the greater good.   Ironically, six months ago I was part of a public campaign to protect one of our local high schools that was about to lose a building to an outside group.   That building was the classrooms for older Special Need students (18-24) who were primarily brown and black.  Those of us front and center were grateful that the LAPD Magnet school also on the campus, which is  filled with students who want careers in policing, stood by and defended the marginalized special need community–together we saved the building for those students.  I have thought of that group of  LAPD students as I pondered Elijah.  They appear to me to be skilled to address some young man in the future who says, “I’m a vegetarian, I have Moon in Gemini”    

Having said that, it is going to take a lot of work from people in every corner to distill their fears, talk to each other and find solutions as the cracks reveal themselves.    Sure, there will be people hardened so much that they won’t leave their corners, frozen in anger and fear.    But for the rest of us, take the Pluto Return to connect with your own values and assess your own part and consider what you can do to help support the change you want to see in our government and industries.   See what is revealed to you during this eclipse and in the next few months about your role of tender, responsible and the USA Pluto Return.   You may be surprised.  

One last note 
Checking in at CafĂ© Astrology we see the last cycle of Cancer/Capricorn was 2000 & 2001.  What was going on with you then and how have you morphed since then?  What if you could go back in time and tell yourself then that you know now?     It is also worth noting that today’s eclipse is the same degree as July 5, 2001 eclipse which was a run up to 9/11.   We could feel an echo off that tender period this eclipse cycle.   

Dec 25, 2000 12:22 PM Sun 4 Cap 14 Conjunct Moon 4 Cap 14(SE)
Jan 9, 2001 3:24 PM Sun 19 Cap 39 Opposition Moon 19 Can 39(LE)
June 21, 2001 7:58 AM Sun 0 Can 11 Conjunct Moon 0 Can 11(SE)
July 5, 2001 11:04 AM Sun 13 Can 39 Opposition Moon 13 Cap 39(LE)Dec 14, 2001 3:47 PM Sun 22 Sag 56 Conjunct Moon 22 Sag 56(SE)
Dec 30, 2001 5:40 AM Sun 8 Cap 48 Opposition Moon 8 Can 48(LE)

In the meantime, take good care of self and mind your crab shell and your mountain goat.  

Happy 4th of July. 


Saturn Returns to Capricorn July 1

I apologize for getting this up late.  I had a broken computer, so perfect Mercury retrograde that did not get returned to me until late this week.  

Saturn returns to Capricorn 

July 1, 2020 
4:36pm PDT 

In May (5/10) Saturn turned retrograde in Aquarius.  On July 1 it returns to Capricorn for its final round of important work.   Issues around career, prestige and where we put ourselves out ‘there’ in the world at large will be revisited.    Saturn likes being in Capricorn so he really will savor these few months to help us get our ‘Cap’ on.   Capricorn is our governments, industries, corporations, systems that work.   Where any of these are broken will benefit by Saturn’s keen eye and a whisk broom.  Saturn walks in and says, “Let’s clean this joint up”.   Saturn entered Capricorn Dec 19, 2017 and will wrap up for the final time December 17th.   A lot will have our attention between July 1 and Dec 17.    There are those individuals who put a lot of emphasis on their career.   Great.  But they would be wise now to ask if their career lines up with their values?  There are those people who don’t give two figs about a career.  Does that hands-off approach help or hurt their family or world?  There are some people who are always looking up some ladder that they are climbing. Does that hurt their world?  Are they missing the nuances of life because they are so driven to ‘succeed’?   There are some people who eschew ladders.  Are they missing an opportunity to lead people or family in a way that betters their homes or community?  
Saturn is super responsible.  It can man up’and tackle any job it sets its mind to do. It can be super practical and wise.  Saturn can also be super negative, depressed and insecure.  It can be fearful.  That insecurity can also look like snobbery.  Above it all-ness.   It feels and looks frozen.   The antidote to fear, frozen snobbery, insecurity is action.    Consider if you can learn something from Saturn in its home sign between now and December 17 because it won’t be back until 2047 and that is a long time to wait to do something important in your life. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

This Week In Astrology

This week in astrology has us still being impacted by this weekend’s solar eclipse.   
Matters around emotions and feelings (knowing the difference) have our attention.  Learning when to swim with the emotions, float with them and when to dive under the emotions and feelings so you don’t end up drowning in them.  

On Monday  Neptune turned retrogradefor its annual backward trek where we revisit moments that speak to our soul and humanity.   We are going back to the shadow point of  March 2.   Some themes from then may come up for us to think and ponder.  We may even fine tune our prayers.   Do we pray for one thing one day and then pray for something else the next day?  Is there a way to get some altitude and find the general theme that needs to be addressed by prayer?  Or if not prayer how do you need to fine tune faith?    

On Wednesday (Thursday) at 10:48pm PDT Venus stations direct having been retrograde since May 12.    When one big planet changes direct in a week, we can all feel it.   When two planets change direction it has an even greater impact.  The fact that these two planets are changing direction so close to the Cancer Solar eclipse adds another layer of intensity to the week.    The 29 day cancer cycle we are in speaks to water energy.  Neptune and Venus changing direction is like two big boulders being dropped in a pool---kerplunk for sure but take a look at the waves.    One note about these ‘waves’ is that both Venus and Neptune are ‘love’ planets.   Venus is the love we have in our relationships.   It is very personal.  Neptune is the higher octave of Venus and it is about love for humanity.   Caring about something/someone or a cause greater than your personal world is Neptune.   We have learned a lot since May 12 about our personal loves and now with Neptune turning retrograde we will learn more about our values for humanity.    

On June 27 Mars moves into Aries.   This year it is hard to talk about Mars’ move into its home sign without saying WTF.   To be clear Mars is in its home sign usually once every 15 months or so.  But this year is different since it will be retrograde in the fall.    

On June 29 Jupiter will connect with Pluto.   This is the second of three rounds (final one in fall).   It is no small affair and part and parcel to the drama of 2020.   

It is not a small week

Jupiter Pluto June 29

24 Cap 06

On April 4 Jupiter got on top of Pluto forming a conjunction.   This aspect repeats two more times on June 29 and November 12.   Let’s stop down to make two points.   The last time Jupiter was in Capricorn was 2008 at that same time Pluto had just moved into Capricorn.   They did not form a conjunction because they were too far apart.  But they were close enough to impact the world and when both planets turned direct in September of 2008, within days of each other, the stock market crashed activating The Recession.   Last December Jupiter entered Capricorn for the first time in 12 years and headed for Pluto.  As in 2008 we saw the volatility of the stock market again.   There have been major drops and some rallies tied to big bail outs.   The last time we had those bail outs was again in 2008-2009 when both were in Capricorn.    As the biggest planet of the zodiac tangles with arguably the most powerful planet in the zodiac (Pluto rules power) we should anticipate major economic swings.  Major.  Not itty bitty, big as in BIG.    As to the other point and I have said both of these points before, but they bear repeating.  Historians of astrology will write that the Covid-19 virus is tied to January 10 Solar Eclipse, January 12 Saturn conjunct Pluto and April 4 Jupiter conjunct Pluto.  So here we sit with Jupiter not done with Pluto.   We should anticipate a call back to April as we head towards June 29 and again on November 12.    While we note the dates, the truth is that the two planets never get that far apart so this Jupiter Pluto mash up is an influence all summer and fall.    And not to put too fine a point, the last time Jupiter and Pluto were in conjunction in Capricorn was 1771.   For those of us familiar with American history we will note that was the run up to the Independence War.   Something was happening that would set up the future for USA.     Now the USA future is being formed again in 2020.   ‘What works?’ asks Capricorn.  ‘Who in power and is effective?’  Asks Pluto.   ‘How are people’s beliefs being transformed?’ asks Jupiter conjunct Pluto.   ‘What are the big ideas?’  Asks Jupiter.   Then at the end of the year, Jupiter will finally move out of Capricorn and into Aquarius on Dec 19and on Dec 21 it will conjunct Saturn in Aquarius setting off a new cycle in air signs for the next 200 years.  In Aquarius we will consider humanity and what serves the majority.  What is humane?  Watch for issues in the news and our personal life where we ask: ‘What works?’  ‘Who is in power and are they effective?’  ‘How are people’s beliefs being transformed?’  ‘What are the big ideas?’    There could be some pain and a sober note that something is not working.  Death and rebirth are critical for Pluto including death of an idea or thinking.    As always, breathe through the tension.

Mars enters Aries. Here we go! Ouch Ahead

Mars enters Aries
 June 27, 2020

July 25 Mars enters shadow 15 Aries 14
Sept 9 Mars stations retrograde 28 Aries 08
Nov 13 Mars station direct 15 Aries 14
Jan 2 Mars leaves shadow 
Jan 6 Mars enters Taurus 

We will be talking a lot about Mars this summer and fall.  Mars is normally in a sign for about six weeks.  However, when it retrogrades it is in a sign for many months.  Such is the case with Mars this year who enters Aries on June 27 and does not enter Taurus until next January.   Mars in its fiery home sign will bring more energy and action than any of us can imagine.   Get a seat down front because it is going to be a real time, knock em out, battle between breaking new ground and challenging status quo when Mars bumps into squares with Capricorn planets.   More will be discussed in the next reports but we should all be aware of the energy shifting on June 27 when we enter a fire zone.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Venus Stations Direct June 24

Venus Direct 
June 24, 2020
11:48pm PDT 
5 Gemini 20 

April 9 Venus shadow begins
May 12 Venus station retrograde 21 Gemini 50
June 24 Venus station direct 5 Gemini 20
July 28 Venus shadow ends

We have been on a strange Venus retrograde trip since May 12th
The shadow period began on April 9 and the shadow will end on July 28.   Like all station directs the energy will lighten once Venus straightens out, but we will still have bits and pieces of stuff unfold until the shadow ends on July 28. 

During this Venus retrograde process we should reflect on what we have learned about our values.  Who?  What?  Why?  These questions came up a lot during the retrograde in terms of values.  Perhaps we were asleep on a value and realized, ‘wow, I almost screwed up that one’.   Maybe it was a loved one whom we had taken for granted.  Maybe it was us who had been taken for granted and we woke up.   Maybe it was a situation that came up that we normally had remained muted on but we could not any longer and we stood up and supported someone.   Maybe we backed off on something to let others do their work.  If it died without our help then so be it.   This Venus retrograde took place from beginning to end in Gemini.  Any lessons that came up my have been activated by an emotion or a feeling but the processing of it was very mental and analytical.   Venus stationing direct in Cancer lunar cycle will no doubt touch a watery emotional nerve.  Perhaps it is relief, “Thank goodness I got through _____ “    

Of course, money, beauty, love and creativity matters can straighten out as Venus now stations direct.  Or how we approach them will be more focused with a new awareness. 

Neptune Retrograde June 22

Neptune Retrograde 
June 22, 2020
9:32pm PDT 
20 Pisces 57 
Dates to Note:
March 2 Neptune enters shadow 18 Pisces 10
June 22 Neptune stations retrograde 
Nov 28 Neptune stations direct 
Mar 19, 2021 Neptune leaves shadow 20 Pisces 58 

Neptune spends a little less than half of every year retrograde. So, on one hand Neptune retrograde is ‘ho hum, you again?’   As we know Neptune moved into Pisces in 2011 and will remain in Pisces until 2026.  The Neptune in Pisces era speaks to our humanitarian, faith and artistic natures.  Matters of the greater heart, meaning issues beyond a loved one are pronounced.   Not for profit, charity and health Care are all Neptune in Pisces.   So, is oil and oceans and flooding and gases.   

Around the dates of the stations (June 22 & Nov 28) we may find our psychic and Woo-Woo up.   A thought, a memory, a sense, a feeling could connect us to something unworldly but important .  If your gut is talking to you---Listen.    Let’s see where we all land with our gut radar when Neptune stations direct on November 28 at 18 Pisces.