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Physical to Digital

By Kate Plumb | June 3, 2020

The other morning I heard a broadcaster on CNBC (the stock market channel) say the phrase “physical to digital.” This struck a chord with me because that phrase summarizes one of the major transitions we are now living through. The commentator was talking about a retail “bricks and mortar” company that has become an online store in order to stay in business. Its physical location is now a place in the air, in a cloud somewhere, unseen. Of course, this trend predates the COVID-19 virus, but the pandemic will greatly accelerate it.

Even for strictly brick and mortar businesses, an online presence seems essential now, not only for company visibility and sales, but as a way for customers to find information about products/services and procedures for pre-ordering, payment, and pickup.

An online presence demands complicated expertise, reflected in the growth of the technology sector companies that work behind the scenes. Behind the face of the website, there are layers of technology employed that allow one click to result in merchandise appearing on your doorstep.

It strikes me that we can no longer see all that goes on in our daily lives because so much of it has become digital. Exaggerated by the lockdown, we don’t go to a store to see, feel, and weigh something; instead we look at a picture on a magic screen and click to order it. Money has even become primarily digital — we do not see it or hold it.

When did this trend begin? We might say in January 1980 with the introduction of the first personal computer (Commodore). Or perhaps it began farther back, with the advent of radar and Wi-Fi during World War II. In any event, we are moving full steam ahead into a digital age.

Why are we moving from physical to digital reality at such an accelerated pace? Astrologers would assign it to the December 2020 conjunction of the two major cultural-trend planets, Jupiter and Saturn, as they begin a new 200-year journey in the air signs (Aquarius, Gemini, Libra). As different ideas and belief systems take hold in the collective, a new beginning in our political, scientific, economic, social, and religious lives will commence.

Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions have been seen as omens by astrologers, priests, and wise men dating back to 2000 BC Babylonia, when natural phenomena, including unusual planetary activity, were seen as messages from the Gods.

In 1802, as the Industrial Revolution was gaining momentum, there began a 200-year era of Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions in earth signs. When these planets conjoin in earth, we would expect to see the creation of substantial wealth, extensive use of natural resources, and an emphasis on the production of material goods, as was true of this period.

When this conjunction occurs in air signs, as it will in December, we might expect rapid social progress, significant intellectual and technological development, and unfamiliar concepts to enter human consciousness. The air element is about changes in communications, ideas, and social relationships that affect how we treat our fellow humans, in contrast to the accumulation of physical objects and the use/misuse of natural resources that were maximized during the earth cycle.

At this moment, we are developing our ability to communicate with each other without being physically present and how to purchase necessities without leaving our homes. Air is invisible, and some unseen forces in its realm are operating out of sight — as if by magic — to accomplish these tasks. Rather than exerting physical force, we find ourselves using great mental energy to figure out how to operate within the reality of our current, complex situation.

There is also evidence of the elemental shift in the pandemic itself, as it is spread through the air. We can trace the beginning of the present cycle to 1980 when the Jupiter Saturn conjunction in the air sign of Libra first appeared before returning, in May 2000, for the last of the earth conjunctions (in Taurus). As mentioned above, the first personal computer appeared in 1982, along with the dawn of the internet and cyber space, and the AIDS virus, which was first declared a pandemic by the CDC on June 5, 1981.

The last series of Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions in air signs was during the High Middle Ages (1186 — 1405). I see a parallel from then to our current digital and social-distancing age. At that time countless monks in their separate monasteries, hundreds of miles apart, were translating and embellishing the beautiful scriptural and ancient texts that had recently come into Europe with the Arabian conquest of Spain. The monks transcribing, codifying, and spreading the ideas contained in those ancient Greek and Latin texts led directly to the Rennaisance.

Perhaps our current forced retreats to our own private “monasteries” — alone, yet together — will produce a social and cultural movement as significant as the Renaissance. The emergence of Zoom and the fabulous success of an all-digital NORWAC conference are examples of the change from being together physically to a powerful new virtual experience of community.

On a far more difficult note: The Black Death, which killed 75-100 million people (1397 – 1351), was also part of that earlier age. Although Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions in air signs bring the circulation of new ideas and the enhancement of invisible connections, sadly, they can also bring disastrous plagues.

© 2018 Kate Plumb – all rights reserved

Bio: Kate Plumb, “cycles scientist,” is a certified NCGR counseling astrologer who teaches monthly at Joshua’s Place in Southampton and sees clients in her home office. She is also certified in Astro*Carto*Graphy. Website: Kate can be reached at or (631) 725-9133.

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Stars on the Basketball Court

By Mary Plumb | May 27, 2020

As a reflection of the current Gemini planets (including Mercury and Venus out-of-bounds), last week I did something completely uncharacteristic. I am not a sports fan, yet I watched the entire ESPN series The Last Dance and have become fascinated with Michael Jordan. (1)

(Basketball fans, please lower your expectations that I might have any insights into the game; this is truly a “beginners mind” entry, as I barely understand the game and am making a few astrological observations that spoke to what I saw in The Last Dance.)

What most others know — and I just discovered — is what a riveting performer Michael Jordan is: dexterous, intense, competitive, charismatic. The Sagittarius Moon is trine natal Mars retrograde in Leo, which certainly describes a powerful athleticism, but Fixed Stars add another profound layer.

Michael Jordan (1)
February 17, 1963
1:40 p.m. EST
Brooklyn, N.Y (40N38 73W56)
Porphyry, True node

Jordan was born with 13°05’ Cancer on the Ascendant, the degree of the star Sirius in the constellation Canis Major. Sirius is the brightest star in the sky (after the Sun) and connected to greatness and brilliance.

Bernadette Brady refers to earlier sources on this star. “Ptolemy states that Sirius is like Jupiter with a touch of Mars. Robson mentions fame and honor, as well as faithfulness and guardians. Ebertin agrees with Robson and adds that a person influenced by Sirius is in danger of pushing things forward too fast. Rigor agrees with Ebertin and adds that such a person loves power.” (3)

Aleksander Imsiragic writes that Sirius “must be related to a ‘super power’ and that which controls those who are already powerful.” (4)

The Moon, Jordan’s Ascendant ruler, is at 10°00’ Sagittarius, which is on the star Antares, the heart of the Scorpion. Antares is one of the four Royal Stars of Persia who augur success. Ptolemy connects Antares to Mars and Jupiter, and Brady has famously connected Antares to obsession and going to extremes, “intentionally or unintentionally.”(5) Imsiragic writes: “General Influence of the star: Fearlessness and readiness for action.” (6)

I will note just one midpoint: the Saturn/Pluto midpoint is 28° Scorpio, exactly square the Sun at 28° Aquarius (in midpoint nomenclature: SA/PL=SU). Ebertin writes: “Physical toil and over-exertion, sparing no pains in one’s work.” (7) And Munkasey describes SA/PL=SU: ”Dominating others through strong will and determination to be better through competent application; leadership based upon effectiveness of plans and thoroughness of preparation.” (8)

Jordan was also born on the day Neptune stationed retrograde at 15° Scorpio, which speaks to his charisma and celebrity, and no doubt many other qualities. (In episode 10, one of his longtime coaches says: “Michael is a mystic.”)

There must be many astrologers who’ve written on Michael Jordan; with an accurate birth time and such a well-documented story, it would be a valuable biographical study. The Wikipedia entry on Jordan mentions a few instances of early life trauma (echoes of SA/PL=SU?). Other fragments of his personal life covered in the series include his closeness to his family and the deep personal impact of his father’s death.

I’m not sure I’ve become a basketball fan — events marked by Gemini don’t necessarily stick — but I have gained some vivid impressions, especially of Sirius and Antares, from this adventure into parts heretofore unknown. For me, this has been a satisfying outcome to Gemini’s curiosity and diversity.

I curiously welcome any readers’ feedback.


(1) “The 10-part documentary series provided an in-depth look at the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty through the lens of the final championship season in 1997-98. The Bulls allowed an NBA Entertainment crew to follow the team around for that entire season, and some of that never-before-seen footage is featured in the documentary.”

(2) Michael Jordan, February 17, 1963; 1:40 p.m. EST; Brooklyn, N.Y., AA data

(3) Bernadette Brady, Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars, York Beach, ME: Samuel Weiser, Inc., 1998, p. 83.

(4) Aleksandar Imsiragic, Pillars of Destiny: Fixed Stars in Astrology, Belgrade: Astro.Lab, 2016, p. 77.

(5) Brady, Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars, p. 288.

(6) Imsiragic, Pillars of Destiny: Fixed Stars in Astrology, p. 171.

(7) Reinhold Ebertin, The Combination of Stellar Influences, Germany: Ebertin-Verlag, 1972, p. 189.

(8) Michael Munkasey, Midpoints: Unleashing the Power of the Planets, San Diego, CA: ACS Publications, 1991, p. 297.

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New Moon at 2°04’ Gemini: Releasing the Messenger Inside Us

By Margarita Strashilova | May 20, 2020

When we stay present and aware, New Moons allow us to set intentions that can powerfully shift our reality. The New Moon at 2°04’ Gemini on May 22, 2020 invites us to communicate in a better way and to improve our social skills. We can set intentions linked to the way we use our minds, including how we communicate and write, how we present and sell our ideas, how we teach others, and how we interact with our local environment.

In this information era, we are constantly exposed to an overwhelming flow of facts and data. The New Moon in Gemini can help us navigate this extraordinary information flow and use the energy to our benefit by inviting us to listen to all sides of the story. Since we communicate in the world through the exchange of ideas, if we shy away from communication, it may mean that we are avoiding seeing or experiencing the duality inherent in life. Having a one-sided perspective may indicate a deeply rooted fear or belief that keeps us from seeing that there is white and black in everything. True communication can’t happen with a one-sided perspective. If, for instance, we are not confident in communicating openly, now is the time to set an intention to be flexible enough to see different perspectives, which will then allow us to feel connected to others. At this Gemini New Moon, let’s set the intention to recognize the duality in life, which may, in turn, allow us to communicate more effectively in our unique environments and life situations.

We may also initiate all kinds of activities linked to communication: writing; developing courses and teaching materials; presenting our ideas; learning to promote ourselves and our talents by focusing on approaches to marketing and sales; connecting with people online; and participating actively in our local environment. At this New Moon, if we employ such qualities as flexibility, wit, and curiosity, we can dissect the larger picture of what we want to accomplish into smaller bites that we can act on one by one.

This New Moon is also colored by Venus’s retrograde in Gemini, as well as the recent ingress of the North Node into Gemini and South Node into Sagittarius. With the North Node in Gemini, we are asked to become comfortable expressing the energy of Gemini — especially communication skills, as mentioned above. Venus retrograde in Gemini tells us that in order to have good connections and relationships with others, we need to learn the art of open communication. Speaking openly is challenging for many of us, as it can evoke traumas and wounds linked to past situations when communicating led to limitations of some kind, or even punishment.

The closest major aspect to this lunation is a trine from Saturn in Aquarius to the Moon in Gemini. This suggests that if we desire positive change and evolution within our societies, we need to be open and unafraid to share our ideas and to seek other opinions. This trine aspect invites us to make new friendships and social connections, wherein our visions and passions can be supported when we are receptive to another’s point of view.

Saturn also reminds us to be responsible for our social connections by supporting and nurturing friends and social ties after they come into our lives. Gemini, the social butterfly of the zodiac, is famous for being flaky and non-committal in its communications, but Saturn in Aquarius orients us to the fact that if we want to create our personal vision, we need to be a reliable friend and partner. Keep in mind that this retrograde Venus may confront or unmask anyone who lies, cheats, or hides from themselves in partnerships.

This New Moon is a great opportunity for us to work with the highest manifestations of the sign of Gemini — the messenger who develops the social skills to spread high-quality communications to every corner of the world, enriching us all through knowledge and connectivity. Let’s use our ability to speak, write, learn, and share — without fear or limitation — in a way that will truly benefit us all.

Bio: Margarita Strashilova publishes astrological articles on her Facebook page (@MargaritaAstroecstatic) which are appreciated by many on a daily basis. Her mission, through her articles and private astrological counseling, is to help as many people as possible to get to know themselves better through astrology. In the future Margarita plans to develop courses and seminars on astrology topics. Her other interests include energy practices, psychology, spiritual and personal development. She can be messaged through her Facebook page or emailed:

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Looking at Venus from a few different angles

By Mary Plumb | April 28, 2020

Venus is spending a very long time in Gemini this year — from April 4 until August 7 — an exceptionally long passage through one area of the sky, and one area in our birth charts. The extended time in Gemini is due to her upcoming retrograde. Moving slowly now, Venus will go retrograde at 21°50’ Gemini on May 12. She will get back to 5°20’ Gemini on June 24 and then turn direct. Venus retrogrades occur in five areas of the sky, creating a five-pointed star or rose pattern in her eight-year journey with the Sun and the earth. (1)

(Rose graphic from Melanie Reinhart)

Before going farther, take a 5-minute respite and watch this animation (complete with music): Earth Venus Tango round the Sun. (Just hit the play arrow if it doesn’t start right away.)

Within the retrograde period, a pivotal event occurs on June 3 when Venus retrograde will be conjunct the Sun at 13°35’ Gemini. This is known as Venus Cazimi — in the heart of the Sun. The term Cazimi has been recognized since the late Medieval tradition as a place of enhanced planetary strength — the planets are fused together and act in consort. In William Lilly’s time (the 17th Century), a Cazimi planet was seen as a trusted advisor to the king (Sun), and was taken into his deepest confidence and inner circle. Using Lilly’s imagery, the king is kindly disposed toward whatever planet comes into his inner circle and he wishes to support that planet’s significations.

This image can be a metaphor for a more subtle understanding of Venus Cazimi. The Sun is the life giving principle, long understood in astrological tradition for its capacity to burn or purify whatever comes too close. Since Venus can be seen as an emanation of what we most deeply desire, at Cazimi we can carry out a ritual,  design an offering, or invoke a prayer to purify or support our natal Venus placement. All matters connected to love, attraction, beauty, desire, art, and relationships can be symbolically placed into the purifying field of the Sun. We all have an inner king, the solar logos of our awareness, used here to enhance what it is we truly and deeply desire as we go forward.

After all, Venus is essentially cohesive and magnetic. Love — from amorous to universal — keeps us in relationship to all that is holding the world together.

There is another unique quality to Venus now: from April 1 to June 1 she is traveling out-of-bounds (OOB). An OOB planet, either natal or transit, has a declination greater than 23°27’ (north or south), where it is outside the boundary of the ecliptic — the path of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. Planets beyond the control or reins of the Sun can manifest in extreme ways. In this case, rules are broken in the areas of Venus’s significations; for instance, shocking, wild behavior within relationships or the arising of unrestrained or unusual artistry, to give just a few examples.

OOB planets represent something exceptional, and the greater the declination, the more extraordinary the influence. In this OOB cycle, Venus reaches maximum declination (27N49) on May 3 before heading back to return to the path of the Sun on June 1 (23N27).

At 27N49, this is the most extreme declination that Venus reaches in the years I looked at — April 2015 to December 2025. In these 10 years, Venus goes OOB 14 times, but her current position is the most extreme.

She is on her own. Venus at extreme northern declination makes our shared isolation even more poignant (or lonely), but perhaps some of us will catch a glimpse of an artistic or creative impulse previously out of reach.

Artists Rene Magritte and William Blake (also a poet) have natal Venus OOB, and both are lauded as exceptional visionaries. (2) Blake famously said, “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”

William Blake, Ancient of Days (1794)

Magritte’s surrealistic paintings alter our perceptions of reality. Surrealism seems to be making a big comeback in our deserted public spaces and masked identities.

Rene Magritte, The Lovers II (1928)

Here’s another wonderful animation, Pythagorean Beauty: Orbits in Solar System. It shows the orbits of the Sun, Earth, and Venus, and you can place each body at the center to see the geometry from each perspective.

Three Different Orbits


(1) For an extensive description of the Venus synodic cycle and the rose pattern she forms, as viewed from above the Earth, see Nick Kollerstrom’s article Venus, the Rose and the Heart.

What is also notable about the current cycle is that eight years ago, on June 5, 2012, the previous Sun–Venus conjunction at 15° 44’ Gemini was also an occultation. This exceedingly rare astronomical event — a transit of Venus — won’t happen again until December 11, 2117. Although the Sun–Venus conjunctions occur close to the same degrees every eight years, the occultation 2012 transit adds an extra potency to these degrees (13°–17° Gemini).

If this is an unfamiliar concept, you may enjoy reading about about the Venus Transit. As a start, this article explains the astronomy of the rare phenomena: Wikipedia.
And, here is Margaret Grey’s article, Psychological Astrology and June 2012 Venus transit.

(2) Singers born with Venus OOB include Cher, John Prine, Bonnie Raitt, Maria Callas, Miley Cyrus, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Wynonna Judd.


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Co-Creating Our Future

By Alexandra Karacostas | April 22, 2020

Across the world, people know that times are changing, that we’re moving into uncharted territories. This is an evolutionary moment for humankind, as we undergo a metamorphosis on the physical, psychological, and spiritual levels.

Astrologers have looked ahead to the winter of 2020, when the Saturn–Pluto conjunction, Jupiter, and a cast of other planets and asteroids would create a stellium in Capricorn. There’s been a voice in our ears whispering of the times of change to come since the last Uranus–Pluto conjunction in Virgo in the mid 1960s, but since 2008, when Pluto entered Capricorn, the volume has steadily increased. Although hindsight is always 20-20, some astrologers, particularly from the financial sector, were able to predict this coronavirus pandemic.  (1)

The current jolting shift in collective consciousness has been simmering for decades, if not centuries. Since the 1800’s, Jupiter–Saturn conjunctions in the earth element have remained constant (with the exception of 1980, when it was in Libra), supporting the Industrial Revolution and its accompanying exploitation of natural resources. The Technological Revolution began in the 1990’s with the Uranus–Neptune conjunction. As we approach the Jupiter–Saturn conjunction in Aquarius in December 2020, attention will gradually swing from material to social concerns. The necessity to learn to live equitably on a planet with an ever-increasing human population, while using new forms of energy and technology to support our lives, are among the more obvious changes we can anticipate. The arrival of the Covid-19 crisis makes it obvious that we’ve come to the boiling point, but at the same time it connects us all across the globe in ways we could never have imagined, both materially and spiritually.

The Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter conjunctions in late Capricorn are all in their Balsamic phases, that is, in the very last chapter of their respective cycles. This involves a powerful and mandatory process of letting go of constructs and systems that are no longer viable. In the Balsamic phase there is urgency to plant new seeds for future generations. Uranus in Taurus invites us to fertilize and nurture the old soil before it fails completely. Despite the feeling that we have little to no control in this overwhelming situation, the good news is that we have more capacity to design the future than we think, as long as we don’t let fear reign.

The times empower us to orient our vision toward the future, inviting us to collectively determine our destiny. What can we do to inspire and fuel the rebirth of humankind? How can we synch up with the organic cycles of nature? It will likely take until 2024, when Pluto fully enters Aquarius, to see the full scope of what needs restoration as we experience the first intimations of a “new world” taking shape.

Capricorn is associated with governments, large corporations, institutions, economics, infrastructure, conservatism, authority, tradition, and austerity. Since Pluto’s ingress into Capricorn in 2008, humanity has been seeing the results of what the prevailing culture has denied. We might recognize that what is being exposed now is the unconscious side of our history, culture, and heritage. Pluto has a way of shedding light on unconscious material, and slowly but surely percolating it up to the surface. We get glimpses of what we fear, and confront the nature of our compulsions and the ways we are disempowered, personally and collectively. The constructs we have relied on for safety are no longer working or holding us together. The U.S. Pluto return, exact in 2022, comes at the perfect time.

Saturn invites us to reassess, review, discard, and restructure. Currently dancing with Pluto in Capricorn, Saturn is exalted in the sign of Libra, which carries the theme of justice, and the pandemic is illuminating injustice across the social spectrum. Saturn also reminds us to get back to basics and to simplify. What do we want our lives to look like? Now is the time to set our new course. With the patience and right effort that Father Time demands, we can imagine and create a new way of life.

The last time Saturn and Pluto were conjunct in Capricorn happened in 1518, with Uranus in Taurus, just as today. That period was also a turning point in human evolution, signaled by the Reformation and expansion into “the new world.” In this current transit period, we inhabit a world facing environmental destruction. How do we unite our sensibilities, and our hearts and minds, to nurture and restore our precious planet?

Jupiter exaggerates whatever it touches, so now, in Capricorn, the sign of its fall, things are looking rather dire. Jupiter can also increase a sense of hope for the future; it is up to us to embrace the spirit of optimism. Jupiter is also magnifying all things Plutonian. There are three Jupiter–Pluto conjunctions in 2020 — April 4; June 30, and the last on November 12. These time periods may amplify the extremes of Pluto, as we simultaneously face death and the hope of rebirth.

With Neptune in Pisces until 2026, we are confronting the disturbing reality of toxins on our planet. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, where everything accumulates — we might imagine a collective landfill. It is important that we recognize the opportunity to take constructive action now if we want to continue harvesting fresh food and drinking clean water. Can we reclaim the landfill and create unified sacred space? Now more than ever we have the opportunity to connect with the divine universe, and unconditional love and acceptance. What are we willing to sacrifice?

Since March 2019, Uranus has been in Taurus and this is a game changer. The truth comes out about the material world, including agriculture, money, our bodies, and natural resources. To our surprise, the coronavirus has shown us how rapidly our planet can recover, given even a short reprieve from humanity’s assaults. Most of us living today have never seen earth’s true beauty, absent from human impact, air pollution, and noise. Fortunately, the gods are conspiring to help us!

Mars retrograde this fall (September 9 – November 13) deserves some special attention. This period looks like a wild ride, as it includes the U.S. presidential election, which has consequences for the entire world. Retrograde Mars and his difficult and often mean-spirited sister, Eris, will conjoin in Aries while opposing the Sun in Libra, and squaring Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn, and the asteroid Pallas Athena in Capricorn. The dates that may be particularly potent are between October 13-19, 2020; the New Moon at 23°53’ Libra on October 16 also falls within this window. It looks like a combative gathering of discord, conflict, and rebellion. Between October 13 and November 3, Mercury, retrograde in Scorpio and Libra, joins the bash. It seems that often we grow the most when conditions are extremely painful.

Oner Doser, a renowned Turkish astrologer, has researched pandemics, and his article on the subject can be read in the June/Solstice issue of Career Astrologer, published by OPA, Organization of Professional Astrology. It is fascinating that out of seven pandemics throughout the centuries, six have had the lunar nodes on the Gemini-Sagittarius axis and five have had Jupiter–Pluto conjunctions. The Covid-19 pandemic has both. The Jupiter–Pluto conjunctions magnify the themes of the times, and both increase and expansion occur for better and for worse. According to medical astrology, the Gemini-Sagittarius axis corresponds to respiratory diseases. We saw this nodal axis activated during the Spanish flu, the Asian flu, SARS, Hanta, Zika, MERS, and now Covid-19. (Mr. Doser has also observed that these events are often accompanied by decreased solar activity.)

Although we may witness a downward turn of infections in May when Mars conjoins Neptune in Pisces, it is likely that there will be another wave and increase of toxins/poisons this summer that is supported by the second Jupiter–Pluto conjunction in late June. It doesn’t appear that this pandemic will be over soon, as there will likely be a third and final wave late this year before we find a vaccine or cure.

For the next 200 years or so we will experience the Jupiter–Saturn conjunctions in air signs (except one in water, in 2159). The chart of Jupiter and Saturn’s synodic cycle in Aquarius on December 21, 2020, has an exact Pluto–Mars square to Eris at 23° Capricorn and Aries, respectively, with Uranus in Taurus square to Jupiter–Saturn in Aquarius. Change is easy for us all to foresee; global reorganization has already begun.

We are all co-creators in this Universe, so let’s make conscious and informed choices now and going into the future. In a time of physical, psychological, and spiritual transformation, our infinite wisdom is available to be tapped and applied. The objective is a more wholesome and integrated way of life, within and without, for all people. In this powerful time of co-creating our future, let’s remember that we are the authors of our own lives — for ourselves personally and for the world we are creating as a global family.


(1) Astrologer Christeen Skinner gave a talk at the Alexandria iBase Project in early 2020 regarding a potential upcoming virus in which she referred to Theodore White’s paper “The Grand Minimum:  ‘A Major Global Era Begins’ Pandemic on Earth as a New Bright Comet Approaches.”  Also, in her book, Navigating the Financial Universe (2019) , Ms. Skinner wrote of the correlation of Pluto aspects with Chiron at the outbreak of disease — e.g., Bubonic plague, Black Death, Spanish flu, Aids and Ebola. She mentioned the quintile aspect between Pluto and Chiron in February 2020 as a potential marker of a pandemic.

Bio: Alexandra Karacostas is a professional astrologer based in northern California. An avid student of astrology since 1975, she has been practicing professionally since 1984, helping people successfully navigate their lives. Alexandra teaches and lectures nationally and abroad and serves an international clientele.

Alexandra serves on the board of directors of the Organization for Professional Astrology (OPA) since 2007, as President between 2010-2014 and vice-president until 2018. She is on the OPA faculty and serves as a certified Peer Group and Consulting Skills facilitator. Alexandra has written for various publications, was a columnist for The Mountain Astrologer magazine, and has contributed chapters for OPA’s books, The Professional Astrologer and the new Essential Astrology coming out soon. Alexandra also leads small, specialized tours in her beloved Greece. She can be reached at:



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Looking out and staying in: weekly blog suggestions

By Mary Plumb | March 31, 2020

Hello friends:

As we share these strange and troubling days of self-isolation, here are a few blogs with specific astrological content addressing the coronavirus.

And — in a bow to Venus’s last few days in Taurus, her sign of rulership — there are also some suggestions for bringing art and beauty into our days at home.

In his post, Coronavirus Pandemic, Jamie Partridge considers two critical events in the timeline of the outbreak. He looks at the date when the first person was diagnosed with Covid-19 (December 1, 2019), and also the time when the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus to be a pandemic (March 11, 2020; 5:16 pm; Geneva, Switzerland). (One note: The March 11 chart has the asteroid Hygeia and fixed star Alcyone conjunct the Midheaven at 2°01’ Gemini.)

The author also looks at eclipses in his analysis. For example, the solar eclipse at 4° Capricorn on December 26, 2019 was conjunct Jupiter and trine to Uranus. “This is a good example of how Jupiter’s abundance can be a negative thing when it amplifies the growth of something nasty. The trine to Uranus has made this pandemic exciting, but also shocking. Still, we can hope that the panic and disruption cease as quickly as it started.”

Alex Miller’s Coronavirus: Astrology of an Outbreak looks at the chart for January 7, 2020, the date when the cause of a new strain of contagious illness was isolated and named by the Chinese government. In his assessment, Miller uses asteroids China, Hubei, and Wuhan (the country, province, and city where the coronavirus was first seen); “Apollo, Asclepius, Panacea, and Chiron as health-related; and Koronis, as closest to ‘corona.’”

He also notes that asteroid Hygeia is stationary at 27° Taurus, “exactly conjoined TNO Sedna. Together, these may be providing the best medical advice we have at this stage for preventing the virus’s spread. Hygeia relates to sanitation and frequent handwashing, carrying and discarding of soiled tissues from sneezes and nose- blowing, etc., is crude but effective defense.”

New York City astrologer Karen Christino has written 1918 Flu vs. COVID-19 , focusing on the difference of her city’s response to the two deadly events. She looks at the “dynamic horoscope” for the New York City horoscope “with Jupiter rising in Libra: it’s well known for its focus on business, publishing, and the arts. The Sun conjoining the 4th house in Capricorn reminds us that many make their homes here, too, and the t-square with Jupiter in Libra and the Midheaven in Cancer creates a lively, active place. Four planets in Sagittarius put the emphasis on communications and the value of its ports and many immigrants. Venus and Jupiter are in mutual reception and dispose of all the other planets, making New York a rather large and successful

On the important subject of the arts coming into our living rooms, TMA publisher Kate Sholly found this for us: Beginning on April 2, The National Theater in London will show a new play, free to watch for a week.

The Metropolitan Opera is offering free nightly streams. “The third week of our free Nightly Opera Streams offers a wide range of musical and theatrical flavors — from the infectious comedy of Rossini’s classic Il Barbiere di Sivigliato the epitome of the bel canto style in Bellini’s Norma and the grand drama of Verdi’s monumental Don Carlo.”

Here’s the Week 3 (March 30 – April 5) schedule.

And here is a collection of virtual tours and online exhibits of over  2500 museums and galleries from around the world. Google Arts & Culture curated the collection, which includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the Guggenheim in New York City.

Be well everyone, stay safe.

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A Look at Coronavirus with a View From the Stars

By Arielle Guttman | March 11, 2020

According to WHO, the World Health Organization, the first case of a new virus was reported on December 31, 2019, originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan. (1) The epicenter for this disaster was a crowded seafood market where live animals are bought and sold. The hunt is on for the animal that transmits this disease to humans, killing the weak and vulnerable, particularly the elderly. There is speculation that the virus is carried by a snake, a bat, or a pangolin.

Not having an exact time of day, I am presenting the chart set for noon (12:00 p.m.), Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019.

December 31, 2019
12:00 p.m. AWST
Wuhan, China
30°N36’ 114E17’
Koch houses, True Node


There are three very obvious themes to emerge from this chart:

  1. Asteroid Hygeia opposite Mars along the axis of Algol (red)
  2. Comet Chiron conjunct Black Moon on the World Axis (blue)
  3. Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, both in a pretty tight square to Eris (green).

The first configuration that struck me is the health-related asteroid Hygeia facing an opposition from war-like Mars, as both passed through the territory of the Fixed Star Algol at 26° Taurus. Algol contains a deep and rich mythological, psychological, and archetypal symbolism, but its essence reduces down to the potential for creating monsters, both collectively and personally. This star has a reputation of frightening people out of their wits. It stirs up fear, controversy, and in the face of it all, extreme denial. The more this particular shadow is denied, the stronger it becomes.

Algol is located in the constellation Perseus, where this mythological hero is depicted killing the gorgon Medusa by severing her head. The story goes that Perseus took Medusa’s snake-entwined head back to goddess Pallas Athena, who then wore it on her shield. It is said that when men gazed upon Medusa’s head, they were so frightened that they turned to stone. The world’s reaction to the coronavirus is similar in that it is frightening people to the point of turning them to stone — fear makes us feel as if we cannot move, we are immobilized like stone. Algol could be thought of as a monster, and this virus is indeed looking like more of a serious threat with each passing day.

On a collective level, when Algol is activated by a transiting planet or an eclipse, the world receives a projection of something we humans want to immediately turn away from. It’s not easy to look this beast squarely in the eye, no matter how heroic one might be.


In Greek mythology, Hygeia is one of the three daughters of Asklepius, the famous healer. All three daughters carry on his healing work, whereas both sons are warriors as well as healers. The name Hygeia means health; it has the English word hygiene as its descendant. If you break down the Greek, this word also contains the name Gaia — hy-geia, or Mother Earth. In fact, it is quite possible that Hygeia’s lineage as a priestess of the Earth Mother existed long before Asklepius. So, she’s akin to the Earth Mother, but with a special reference to healing and maintaining good health, both for ourselves and for the planet. In a collective sense, Hygeia points to becoming healthy and taking the necessary steps to prevent illness and disease.

In 2019, asteroid Hygeia passed through Taurus for six months. Toward years’ end, while in the last degrees of Taurus, Hygeia entered Algol’s territory, which depicts Medusa, the image of a frightening monster. That passage was immediately followed by the introduction of the coronavirus  (COVID-19). At that time, Mars reached 28° Scorpio, making a direct opposition to the conjunction of transiting Hygeia at 28° Taurus and Algol at 26° Taurus, intensifying the energy even more.

In a sense, Algol is the backdrop, the setting, of this drama. So, when planetary bodies wander through this region of space, they are answering to Algol. Hence, just as Hygeia comes to visit, Mars shows up across the way in the late degrees of Scorpio. While at this late degree of Scorpio in the tropical zodiac, Mars is also in early Scorpio in the sidereal zodiac, so there is no question that Mars is extremely potent in its own sign. (In traditional astrology, Scorpio is Mars’s night sign.)

When envisioning Mars in Scorpio opposing Hygeia, we can begin to formulate the image of an insect bite or sting; an animal clawing or biting; or a kind of angry attack coming from an unconscious, shadowy place. This is indeed what hit the world with the inception of this new, potentially terrifying global virus that began in a seafood market in China on New Year’s Eve. (2)

The Sabian symbols for Mars, at the 28th degree of Scorpio reads:

The King of the Fairies Approaching His Domain: This degree has always made me chuckle, partly because it is highly active over the skies of San Francisco (geodetic MH). But with Mars in Scorpio (biting, attacking, chewing, clawing), it makes one think of something being afoot in the devic kingdom, perhaps a type of prankster/trickster figure. And Mars isn’t exactly trodding gently upon this guy.

Hygeia at the 29th degree of Taurus reads:

Two Cobblers Working Side by Side at a Table, indicating that two heads are better than one. Hygeia’s presence here is to pull the world together in a joint effort to cure this disease. There may be two strains of a vaccine that need to be developed, or two people who are instrumental in delivering what is needed, and/or resources becoming available for research and prevention. In the long run, this is the positive news regarding the virus. The not so positive possibility is a competition between two nations that claim to be the victors in this race. They may see the solution completely differently and fight about it, instead of accepting both possible solutions as ideas worthy of exploration and integration.

Chiron and the Black Moon

Centaur Chiron is another mythological significator of health. In Greek mythology, he is both a gifted healer and the victim of a serious wound that causes him great suffering. At the same time the coronavirus arrived on the world stage, the Black Moon was conjunct Chiron. The Black Moon is considered frightening to many people simply because it can represent something living in and emerging from the shadow. We are often frightened by something we can’t see.

The conclusion I drew from observing these two shadowy and frightful symbols (Algol and Black Moon) directly connected to two of the main healers (Hygeia and Chiron) suggests we have a serious situation on our hands. And because of the shadowy nature of both Algol and Black Moon, the world is being locked into a perpetual state of fear.

The third pronounced signature of fear that took place in early January was the Saturn-Pluto conjunction — a once-in-36-year event. Saturn represents a type of collective fear while Pluto refers to death. When these two planets come together, they can produce a global fear of death. The last Saturn-Pluto opposition in 2001 brought us the 911 attacks, while the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in the early 1980s introduced the AIDS virus to the world. Interestingly, the conjunction was then in Libra, the sign of joining or partnering with another. Suddenly people became fearful of intimacy and sexual engagement.

The current conjunction has wrapped Jupiter within its embrace, and this free-spirited travel planet, albeit in Capricorn, seems to have had its wings clipped, as all sorts of international travel have been grounded. Perhaps more importantly, the current Saturn-Pluto conjunction is occurring in Capricorn, a sign representing maturity and the elderly, and they are the most vulnerable population threatened by the virus.

Below is the chart of the virus with the geodetic zodiac. (3) It is startling to note that this conjunction falls on the IC of Wuhan, the angle of the astrological chart that represents the roots, home base, or origin of an entity.

Geodetic (R.A.)
December 31, 2019
12:00 p.m. AWST
Wuhan, China
30°N36’ 114E17’
Koch houses, True Node

Welcome to the new decade of global transmission — both of deadly viruses that attack organic life and the dangerous viruses infecting our cyber networks. This may be one of the darker side effects of the Aquarian Age. This virus jumped outside one busy marketplace and, in the blink of an eye, it traveled around the world. In the first two months of the new decade, thousands of deaths have already been reported. Hopefully, this will pressure the leaders of the world to end their petty quarrels and come together to find a solution to this crisis.

Asteroid Hygeia is now in air sign Gemini, emphasizing the transmission of information which we are seeing both in the virus and the breaking news. The global news network and every type of media outlet is freaked out about this virus. Gemini can be thought of as many birds sitting on a wire, chirping loudly, squawking at one another.

Hygeia in Gemini, a sign governed by Mercury, is prone towards being hyper-nervous and anxious. Hygeia in Gemini suggests one’s mind feeding frenetically on the widespread fear of disease and death, aligned with the media frenzy on the matter.

Hygeia will remain in Gemini until June when there is a Venus Star Point in Gemini, with the North Node there as well. (4)

Venus Star Point Gemini
June 3, 2020
1:43:29 p.m. EDT
Washington, DC
38°N53’ 77W02’
Koch houses, True Node

The lineup in Gemini this spring is emphasizing the air theme of inter-connectedness on a global scale. In the chart for the star point (June 3, 2020), Mars at 14°30’ Pisces is approaching a conjunction with Neptune at 20°51’ and both are in a 4th quarter square from Pisces to Gemini. The Pisces/Gemini squares, being in mutable signs, may contribute to the widespread anxiety in the collective mind, which does not help quell any sense of panic.

But amidst the fear, I believe there are some hopeful signs. On March 9th asteroid Vesta passed over Algol (26° Taurus) in the COVID-19 chart, and on March 15th Vesta visits Hygeia (28° Taurus). Passing over Algol may produce more panic, but Vesta in Taurus can also provide the necessary funding to continue the work of resolving the issue. Universal health care is one of the hot-button political issues in this U.S. election year — a widespread virus outbreak may invigorate that discussion.

On March 30th Venus arrives at Algol’s degree (26° Taurus), and on May 9th Mercury also gets to 26° Taurus. On May 14th Jupiter turns retrograde at 27° Capricorn, trine to Hygeia (28°) and Algol (26°); Jupiter will passing over these degrees two more times through 2020. Jupiter’s role is always to expand and broaden. We can see this is expanded knowledge leading to a cure, or as an expansion of the disease. Both scenarios, of course, are possible.

By mid-May both Mercury the messenger and Sun the healer will have also reached the positions of Algol and Hygeia in Taurus. With all three bodies — the Sun and Mercury by conjunction, Jupiter by trine — coming to aspect Algol and Hygeia, the possibility for understanding the virus and getting it under Capricornian control (as well as new insights about this strain of virus) is likely.

Let’s remember that Algol represents the shield of Athena’s sword. The asteroid Pallas Athena is at 22° Sagittarius in the COVID-19 chart, but by early January she had left the global-related Sagittarius and ingressed into Capricorn. As Pallas climbs the summit of the mountain goat’s terrain we could also see some good news. She will conjoin Saturn in Capricorn on March 19th and Pluto in Capricorn on March 22nd. On March 29th she is sandwiched between the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction at 24° Capricorn, forming a three-way alliance — this is a date to pay close attention to. And by April she will sextile and trine the COVID-19 positions of Mars (April 15th and Hygeia (April 17th). On May 17 Athena retreats (turns retrograde) at 0°59’ Aquarius, and goes back into Capricorn; she will make two more passes over these degrees in Capricorn through the fall of 2020.

We need Athena’s guiding wisdom, along with a very sturdy shield to protect us at this time.



(2) Editor’s note: The symbols are from The Sabian Symbols as an Oracle, 2nd edition (2002), Lynda Hill, White Horse Book, Avalon, Australia.

(3) The Geodetic Zodiac is a system based on the the pairing of the astrological zodiac with the longitudes of the World. The author has written about this many times over the years, in TMA and elsewhere.

(4) The Venus Star Point is the author’s term for the Venus-Sun conjunction. Find out more about her unique work here: Discovering the Star of Venus

Bio: Arielle Guttman began her formal studies in astrology in 1974 in San Diego, CA. She has lived in Santa Fe for many years and spends part of each year in Greece. Arielle’s work primarily focuses on private one-to-one client sessions, group seminars, and writing books on astrological subjects. Conversant in the many fields of astrology, her specialty areas are reflected in the five volumes she has written and published for the astrological community. Since the publication of her fifth book, Venus Star Rising, Arielle has been touring the country to introduce the Venus Star Point® theory, a revolutionary new astrological point that transforms a person’s chart and their perceptions of how they can function most harmoniously in life.
Contact Arielle via email:, or visit her website: SophiaVenus.

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A (Royal) Family Story

By Mary Plumb | January 27, 2020

The Full Moon eclipse on January 10 at 20°00’ Cancer occurred with Uranus — defender of chaos and always keen to agitate — making a direct station. The light of a Full Moon makes matters visible; polarities (bright lights and large shadows) are extreme and emotional reactions are magnified. Uranus adds unnerving or unexpected situations. (1) The eclipsed Moon quickly moved to oppose Mercury, Saturn, and Pluto, highlighting again the ubiquitous demonstrations of the Capricorn archetype (e.g. authority figures, power structures, traditional views, elders and wise ones).

A demonstration of these planetary factors is the story unfolding in the British Royal family, aka the House of Windsor. (2) On January 8, two days before the eclipse, Harry and Meghan (the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) announced that they are leaving the royal family. According to press reports, the couple made the announcement quickly, or before they had planned to, because they got word that their news was about to be leaked. The Full Moon eclipse and Uranus station may have hastened the announcement, but undoubtedly their desire to have a different life had been building for a while.

For example, the Total Solar Eclipse on July 2, 2019 was at 10°41’ Cancer, within one degree of Harry’s Descendant (11°36’) and Meghan’s natal Mars (11°26’). The Lunar Eclipse on July 16, 2019, at 24°00’ Capricorn, was directly on Meghan’s Ascendant/ Descendant axis (24°11’). (3)

All charts Porphyry house and True Node

Harry, Duke of Sussex
September 15, 1984
4:20 p.m. BST
Paddington, England 51N21 0W12

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
4:46 a.m. PDT
Canoga Park, CA
34N01 118W36

The head of the House of Windsor, Queen Elizabeth, whom the tabloids tell us is very close to Harry, has 21°39’ Capricorn rising. Her horoscope is currently besieged by transiting Saturn and Pluto, as well as closely aligned with the most recent Lunar Eclipse at 20°00’ Cancer. (4)

Elizabeth II and transits for January 10, 2020
April 21, 1926; 2:40 a.m.
Mayfair, England
52N30 0W09

The composite chart between Harry and his grandmother has the Sun at 11°34’ Cancer.
Composite chart: Harry and Queen Elizabeth

The Queen’s horoscope, progressed to January 10, shows that the Ascendant has just moved onto the Aries point (0°30’ Cancer), with the Moon at 10°31’ Capricorn, linking her acutely now to Harry and Meghan’s natal horoscopes.
Inner wheel: Queen Elizabeth
Outer wheel: progressed to January 10, 2020

For more on the Sussex backstory: The last eclipse of 2019, a Solar Eclipse on December 25, also directly aspected Harry and Meghan’s individual horoscopes. That eclipse was at 4°09’ Capricorn, conjunct Harry’s Jupiter (3°33’) and square Meghan’s 1st-house ruler, the Moon, which is conjunct Saturn and Jupiter (4°53’ – 6°40’ Libra).

The lunar nodes moving through the Cancer/Capricorn axis have had us all sorting through layers of family connections and hierarchies. Our emotional bonds — attachments to and responsibilities for one another — have been in the purifying waters of the dragon’s lair. These motifs are playing out quietly and soulfully for most of us. May we all continue to refine the well of deep nourishment and authentic support that the Cancer/Capricorn archetype promises.


(1) Two people I am close to had big, sudden upsets: one, with the Uranus station on the 6th-house cusp, had emergency life-saving surgery; the other, with the station exactly on the Descendant, was assaulted in a random, hit from behind, aggressive attack. Of course, many other aspects aligned to produce these specific storylines, but Uranus can be quite literal in its sudden upsets.

(2) “The House of Windsor came into being in 1917, when King George V, formerly of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, concerned that his Germanic sounding surname would alienate his British subjects at the height of German xenophobia during World War I, changed the name of his dynasty to the more English-sounding Windsor. Declaring at a meeting of the Privy Council on 17th July, 1917, that ‘all descendants in the male line of Queen Victoria, who are subjects of these realms, other than female descendants who marry or who have married, shall bear the name of Windsor’.”
English Monarchs
(The sunrise chart for July 17, 1917 has the nodal axis at South Node 10°46’ Cancer/North Node 10°46’ Capricorn. The July 2, 2019 Solar eclipse was on this axis.)

(3) AA data: Harry, Duke of Sussex; September 15, 1984; 4:20 p.m. BST; Paddington, England (51N21 0W12)

AA data: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; 4:46 a.m. PDT; Canoga Park, CA
(34N01 118W36)

Last year (February 2019), I wrote about Meghan and a few events in her life via eclipses (including the pre-natal Solar Eclipse), and the Hellenistic time lord technique of annual profections.

Meghan Markle’s eventful few years

(4) AA data: Elizabeth II; April 21, 1926; 2:40 a.m.; Mayfair, England

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The Grand Irrationality

By Robert Wilkinson | December 30, 2019

The Grand Irrationality is a phenomenon we’ve been living within since 1993. Since then we’ve been in an extraordinarily irrational period which continues to this day, so if you’re wondering why things are so weird, this article may help you understand the larger forces in play.

Septiles, biseptiles, and triseptiles are 7th harmonic aspects which show us points in time when our future destiny is precipitated by critical choices made in the present. They are found by dividing the circle by seven, Saturn’s number, which yields non-rational values. That’s why they indicate irrational points of choice and change, setting forces of destiny in motion.

The septile is an aspect of 51.2°; the biseptile is an aspect of 102.5°; degrees; the triseptile is an aspect of 154° degrees. Each of these has an orb of approximately 2° to either side of the exact value. I have several articles on this aspect series at with associations and glyphs I created over 40 years ago. If you want to know more, come on over and check it out!

Besides showing us points of choice and change in our individual charts, septile series aspects between the outer planets bring phase shifts to the entire world. One such era began around 1993 when Neptune began to make a septile to Pluto. This “fateful” aspect between these two powerhouse transpersonal representatives of Spirit symbolizes the long wave planetary crisis the entire human race has been going through since 1993.

From then to now, at one point or another, everyone on Earth has experienced a nonstop energy of having to choose, at the bottom of our beings, the path to evolution or devolution, progress or regress, love or fear, joy or control. It’s why things have been so weird, irrational, and hard-edged.

The Grand Irrationality V.1 was the period when Neptune was septile Pluto. It began in 1993 and was a global influence until about 2016 -2017, when the two planets moved out of orb. However, while that influence waned, a newer, more dynamic iteration of that non-rational energy came forth as Uranus began its waxing biseptile to Pluto in the summer of 2017. I’ve termed this The Grand Irrationality V.2! As 7th harmonic aspects represent radical “forks in the road of destiny,” we can learn a lot about this long wave evolutionary configuration by seeing what’s set into motion every time a planet makes a conjunction, septile, biseptile, or triseptile to Uranus and/or Pluto.

This newer, shorter phase of The Grand Irrationality is not the configuration as we’ve known it since the 90s, since the Neptune part of the equation has faded as it no longer makes a septile to Pluto and won’t again for many centuries. Because the current Grand Irrationality (V2) involves Uranus, we have been moving through a time of a “never-ending revolution” since Uranus, the Cosmic Awakener, is dancing off and on at its “fork in the road of destiny” with Pluto, the Lord of Transformation!

We first experienced Uranus biseptile Pluto very briefly in August 2017, and it went into nonstop pulses beginning at the end of June 2018 with Uranus again 101.2° from Pluto. (1) This lasted through October when it went out of orb, and returned to full volume between October 2019 and December 2019.

This is the first biseptile in the larger Uranus/Pluto cycle that began at their conjunctions in the mid-1960s. The waxing septile occurred 1989-1991, so this is the next point in that larger “Pulse of Destiny.” The hot zones, measured from the October through December 2019 Uranus biseptile Pluto positions, are around 19°-23° Capricorn, 11°-15° Pisces, 2°- 6° Taurus, 24°-28° Gemini, 15°-19° Leo, 6°-10° Libra, and 27° Scorpio – 1° Sag. If you have anything near these zones, your life has had some abrupt transformational experiences in late October and early November 2018 when Jupiter activated both Uranus and Pluto!

In 2019, this evolutionary configuration acquired structure through Saturn’s transit of late Capricorn, biseptiling Uranus the first time between January and May 2019. This activated the configuration in mass consciousness, triggering major life changes and realignment of responsibilities. As Saturn has transited the Capricorn zones listed above in December 2019 and in early January 2020, it has again brought structures for radical change through its biseptile to Uranus. These will in turn lead to new initiatives in both January and March 2020 when there are a huge number of conjunctions, septiles, and biseptiles created by the transits!

That means the Wisdom forms we’ve been learning this year through early 2020 has brought us to a “fork in the road of our destiny” wherever we have late Capricorn and early Taurus in our charts. What Saturn structured earlier this year is going to be part of the larger shifts in destiny indicated by the transpersonal and transformational energies again in play. Saturn is giving structure to the Plutonic seeds of the zones it occupied the past few years. Each time any inner planet transits the seven active zones noted above, choices, changes, and forks in the road of destiny are set into motion!

As I’ve offered many times during this era of the Grand Irrationality, if things don’t make sense, they don’t have to. The only thing that matters is to know how to focus and not get distracted by the craziness in the atmosphere. Sometimes, when we keep our heads when all around us are losing theirs, we come out on the other side looking and feeling good!

So if you’re wondering why things are so strange at times, this may provide a bit of a road map and weather report helping you plan your future to take advantage of these phase shifts in our greater reality. While Uranus biseptile Pluto brings the hard edge of revolutionary change to things, remember that you are an eternal being having human experiences, and have the power to allow your Higher Self to navigate situations using the understanding and wisdom your inner Saturn possesses to take command of your life and Self-unfoldment.

You can find more about how you can use your Saturn wisdom in conscious ways to steer your destiny to fulfill your purpose for being alive by getting a copy of Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. Written for both astrologers and non-astrologers, even if you don’t know much astrology you will benefit from knowing the power of your inner Saturn to shape your life and destiny in profound ways. As Saturn is ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius, it will occupy center stage for the next four years. This is a crucial phase in Cosmic Time to embrace Saturn as our “Spiritual Master and Spiritual Friend” to fulfill our destiny and become spiritual adults, perfectly executing our ability to be part of the corrective force of Nature Herself. (2)

Author’s notes:

(1) Nonstop pulses is a term I use when a configuration is being triggered over time, much like our heart pumps blood in pulses. We have one pulse when a transit activates the configuration, another pulse when another transit triggers the configuration, and so on. In this context, each time any planet transits through any of the seven noted zones, it triggers the larger “pulse” of the nonstop choices and changes being activated. At one point, the choice may have to be made; the next time the configuration is activated, further choices have to be made within the context of that larger cycle. Each step brings us to a fork in the road of destiny, whether in terms of our inner path or outer affairs, whether we know it or not.

(2)The corrective force of Nature Herself is a phrase I’ve used for 40 years to describe how we humans function when our planetary responses have been transmuted from dysfunctional to healthy function. For example, as we perfect our Saturn function, we become the Saturn function in the outer world; not the fear and manipulation which dwell as dysfunctions within individuals, but the discipline and maturity required in each Saturnian situation. When our Jupiter is healthy, we do not play to the extravagance and waste in situations, but rather the larger vision toward a greater understanding. When our Mars is healthy, we do not play to the hostility in situations, but rather bring focus and precision to deal with what must be dealt with, without anger or haste.

Bio: Robert Wilkinson has been a practicing professional astrologer, public speaker, and strategic counselor for 45 years with a global clientele. He is the author of several books, including Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend and A New Look at Mercury Retrograde. He is the Publisher of, the oldest and largest website of its kind, with almost seven thousand articles and about 14 million page views in 16 years. He is currently working on a book on how to find your perfect mate which will be published in 2020.

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Kamala Harris & the Jupiter Ingress

By Mary Plumb | December 9, 2019

United States Senator Kamala Harris was born on October 20, 1964 at 9:28 p.m. in Oakland, California. I wrote about her natal chart and some transits in her early career in January 2018. (1) Her birth time is rated AA, from the birth certificate obtained by data collector Steve Stuckey.

On January 21, 2019, the senator announced her entry into the field for the Democratic nomination for President in the 2020 election. On December 3, she dropped out of the race. I am going to look at the timing, primarily with consideration based on sect and the profected Lord of the Year (and a bit of modern technique).

Harris was born at night when Venus and Mars are more at home. Saturn and Jupiter are deemed to be more efficacious in a day birth. In Harris’s case, therefore, Jupiter does not have the same capacity to bring its favors, while Saturn will be indicative of more than the usual trying or difficult situations. (2)

On her 54th birthday, October 20, 2018, Harris began a 7th-house profected year (from the Ascendant); this makes Jupiter the Lord of the Year, as it rules her natal 7th. (3) Looking at natal Jupiter first, i.e., the out-of-sect benefic, it is in the 12th house (secret enemies, prisons). As I wrote previously, “Natal Jupiter, traditional ruler of the Pisces MC, is in the 12th house (of prisons) conjunct the fixed star Capulus in the sword of the hero, Perseus. (Capulus is known for masculine strength and penetrating energy.)” Harris began her career as a prosecutor, with the aim (controversial, in some eyes) of reforming the justice system.

She announced her entry into the race on January 21 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), with promising transits. Jupiter and Venus were conjunct in Sagittarius in her 7th house. Fundraising for her campaign shot up immediately after the announcement. (4) Another, more troublesome transit was the conjunction of Mercury (news) with the South Node (loss) at the time of her announcement.

Bi-wheel: Harris, natal and transits for Jan. 21, 2019
Kamala Harris
Oct. 20, 1964
9:28 p.m.
Oakland CA 37N37 122W16
Whole sign houses, tropical

Also at the time of the January announcement, the progressed Midheaven was at 27°05’ Aries, the degree of Harris’s natal Moon. (The Los Angeles Times called her run a “crash-and-burn campaign.”) (5)

Bi-wheel: natal and progressed to Jan. 21, 2019

On April 10, Jupiter, the profected Lord of the Year, stationed retrograde at 24° Sagittarius, conjunct Harris’s natal South Node, with its previously noted theme of loss.

On her 55th birthday, October 20, 2019, Harris entered an 8th-house year, ruled by Saturn, the out-of-sect malefic.

She ended her candidacy on December 3, the day after Jupiter ingressed into Capricorn, the sign of its fall (opposite its exaltation in Cancer). Jupiter rules the natal Pisces MC and marks a change in her strategy. The progressed Moon was now at 1°02’ Taurus, the sign on Harris’s 12th house, perhaps suggesting that she will be working behind the scenes to coalesce her political future.

Bi-wheel: natal and progressed to Dec. 3, 2019

Just this morning, she was part of a large group of Democratic senators who signed a letter “calling on President Donald Trump to fire senior adviser Stephen Miller in light of leaked emails showing the extent of his white nationalist beliefs.” (6)


(1) California Senator Kamala Harris

(2) For newcomers to the concept of sect, in astrological tradition there is a distinction between births during the day (Sun above the horizon in the horoscope) and births at night (Sun below the horizon).

At the simplest level of what is a highly developed concept in Hellenistic tradition, Venus and Mars are in sect (i.e., happier) in night births, whereas whereas Saturn and Jupiter are “happier” in a day birth.

Mars and Saturn, known as the malefics, are seen as planets bringing more difficult circumstances, while Venus and Jupiter are the benefics.

(3) Here are some good articles on profections.

This essay is very informative about the technique and its historical perspective: Astrological Predictive Techniques: 1. Profections Intro

And On Birthdays, Age and the 12 Houses: Simple Profections, Kelly Surtees’s, personal and user-friendly article.

You may be interested in my article on Ava DuVernay for an example of Jupiter in a daytime birth.
“The significance of Jupiter is further supported because DuVernay was born in the daytime; in the doctrine of sect, Jupiter has extra ability to fulfill itself in a horoscope for a day birth.”

(4) “In the first 24 hours after her candidacy announcement, she tied a record set by Bernie Sanders in 2016 for the most donations raised in the day following announcement.”
Wikipedia: Kamala Harris (Viewed page last edited on 8 December 2019.)

(5) “Kamala Harris didn’t do a great many things well in her crash-and-burn campaign for president. But her swift exit from the race was executed perfectly.”
L.A. Times

(6) “Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and a large group of Democratic senators have signed a letter that will be sent to the White House on Monday calling on President Donald Trump to fire senior adviser Stephen Miller in light of leaked emails showing the extent of his white nationalist beliefs.”

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