The Astrology of our Times

This is from Lynn Bell who is an astrologer, writer and who teaches at the Center for Psychological Astrology in London,
“Civilizations are sometimes broken by outside aggressions. At the moment changes have rumbled up from inside, whether Brexit or Venezuela, France’s street protests, Italy’s populists, or the government shutdown in the US, imposed from the top down. Change is rippling through the western world reflective of powerful transformations waiting to be born.”

Mercury, the South Node and This Week’s Astrology

“The real voyage of discovery consists in not seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls the butterfly.” Richard Bach

There are some intriguing alignments in the sky this week. Mercury is moving up to a conjunction to the South Node indicating that it’s wise to raise awareness  about the significance of a message emerging about the past.

This message could have to do with thoughts or beliefs originating in the ancestral lines, the family of origin and the culture. With the close alignment to Pluto, it can be a game changer in terms of its being something you have always assumed was true but is not, necessarily. Believing in it may have been blocking  or limiting your way forward.

This aspect is also related to reclaiming power lost in the past. Moving in a direction of personal authenticity is very much on the front burner at this time.

Jupiter and Venus are in a favorable alignment indicating  a good time to expand your ideas about what abundance means to you and attracting it into your life. This duo has always been considered a lucky alignment for love, self esteem and financial growth. It brings optimism and hope for a better day. The conjunction is in the sign of Sagittarius indicating there is an element of discovery here – an element of being in new territory – so do follow up any new intentions with new concrete steps – however small.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A nature spirit dancing in the mist of a waterfall.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

Monday’s Lunar Eclipse in Leo

“The sign Leo is the sign of integrity, recognition, romance, affection, creativity, and play. When this sign is emphasized, we show kindness and generosity to others. We fall in love, and put our hearts into whatever we are doing.” Brenda Brush

“There is a songbird in the alley,
And I listen as she wakes the day,
In my mind I feel it dawning,
A brand new understanding of my way.” Jessie Colin Young

The Lunar Eclipse which will start on Sunday at 10:30 PM EST will be exact in the wee hours of Monday morning at 12:16 AM. It may be visible here in New England if our storm clouds clear. The eclipse is at 0 degrees of Leo

In astrology eclipses are evolutionary doorways which usher in a new era. The sign of Leo is associated with the Sun in the Tarot Card deck. This card shows a small child riding bare back on a white horse. The child looks joyful and the horse is moving away from a tall stone wall behind them. The wall symbolizes things which are unnecessarily limiting or burdensome. Near the wall grow some sunflowers.

The symbolism of this card has to do with clarity and moving in a direction of freedom – away from things in life that are unnecessarily restrictive – including thoughts and feelings. The sunflowers represent happiness and the child moves forward in a trusting, joyful way. 

Alignments with Uranus and Chiron, the asteroid of the Wounded Healer,  indicate an opportunity for accelerated personal growth and healing.

With the Sun conjunct the South Node it is a good time to move away from old aspects of your identity which no longer serve you. It’s a good time to define yourself in a more  authentic and expansive way and call back your power from wherever it doesn’t belong.

Collaboration and cooperation will lead the way to successful evolution.

The sign of Leo rules royalty and in ancient times an eclipse in Leo was said to presage the downfall of a king.

One of the Sabian symbols for the eclipse is,”An unexpected thunderstorm.”

Sabian symbol from Linda Hill






Neptune, Jupiter, Dionysus and the Maenads

“The crisis is in our consciousness, not in the world.” Jiddu Krishnamurti

“It is no longer possible to deny our thoughts and desires might influence our environment. The most recent cosmologies all include consciousness as an active participating factor in reality. The new explanations of how the world works are strangely like the old beliefs of non-literate people everywhere.” Lyall Watson

I had a poetic Irish father and when someone at a party got very caught up in the revelry and imbibed too much alcohol,  my father would say they were “reclining in the arms of Bacchus.” Bacchus was the Roman god of wine and  Dionysus was  his Greek counterpart.

Dionysus had some followers – a group of nymphs who had nursed him when he was young. As he grew they became fierce protectors of Dionysus, preparing his wine and using it to attain a state of ecstacy in combination with ecstatic dance. Sometimes in paintings the Maenads are depicted as holding swords as they whirl in ecstatic dancing.

This Jupiter/Neptune aspect is about our dreams and it is a good time to look at your dreams now – both sleeping and waking -to see what  your soul’s yearnings are and what former dreams need to be severed to create room for new growth.

The  Sufis also use ecstatic dance as a way to attain a higher consciousness or to contact the Divine. In ritual many indigenous traditions use psychoactive preparations to attain a higher state of consciousness and have visions.

Perhaps it is true that throughout time there has been a use and abuse issue with alcohol and these kinds of substances, but we certainly see it now in a widespread way in our time.

Sometimes alcoholism is defined as a “derailed spiritual journey” and this is very much the territory we are in now with the boundless, boundry- less energy of this alignment.

It is wise to use this time to grow spiritually and to commit to taking  the high road – not only in thought but in action.

Under this influence there may be ecstatic highs and shattering disillusionments and a sense of chaos or lack of order. But it’s wise to remember that the forces of illusion are very strong now too and it can be difficult to understand and integrate what is going on at the time. Best to commit to keeping an even keel while allowing more downtime for the sorting through and integration of information.

Take your time with any information that surfaces now.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,” A sword once used in many battles is now in a museum.”

Venus, Jupiter and Neptune

“Miracles occur all the time. Something is wrong when they don’t happen.” Carolyn Myss

“Magicians have always been masters of the space between-times like sunrise and sunset, when the boundaries between the worlds are not firm, when gods can walk the earth and humans can touch the sky.” J.E. Cirlot

We are moving into a time when it is possible to tap into increased optimism with Venus- now in Sagittarius – moving up to a conjunction with Jupiter the planet of expansion.  It is a time which bodes well for learning more about something you love. It is a time for good cheer, increased pleasure and happiness. It bodes well for financial growth.  This aspect will be with us though late in the month.

The Jupiter/ Neptune alignment will be in effect throughout the year – making its exact aspect three times. This planetary duo,in effect now,  reminds me of the Tarot Card, the Ten of Pentacles in the Waite  deck. The card shows a castle behind a tall gate. The gate is open and inside you can see two royal  figures talking with each other and a small child.  At the gate stands a Magus – a magician – with a long grey beard wearing a cloak embroidered with occult symbols. Two of the castle dogs have come to greet him.

The symbolism of the card is about being able to see magic and mystery of life – represented by the Magus. The children and the dogs see the Magus but the adults do not. It is a reminder that the qualities of innocence, trust and openness can lead to a more inspired vision.

The influence of the Neptune/Jupiter  influence is likely to come in waves. It is wise to keep moderation in mind in order to avoid disillusionment.

One of the Sabian symbols for the Jupiter/Neptune square is,”In a quiet moment, a creative individual experiences the flow of inspiration.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill




Saturday’s Solar Eclipse in Capricorn

“New ways of thinking about familiar things can release new energies and make all sorts of things possible.” Charles Handy

“Everything that is beautiful is orderly and there can be no order unless things are in their right relation to each other. Of this right relation throughout the world beauty is born.” Robert Henri

There is a partial Solar Eclipse Saturday at 8:28 PM EST at 15 degrees of Capricorn. This eclipse ushers in a new time. It bodes well under the influences to prioritize organization. Get rid of clutter. Clear your space. Clear your mind. Let go of old ideas which no longer serve you. Be open to new ideas and ways of doing things.

It will be beneficial throughout the month to work on a project which requires concentration. It is a good time to start a business or new project.

What is present at this eclipse and a strong player through 2020 is the Pluto Saturn conjunction. At the time of the eclipse Pluto is conjunct the South Node indicating that it is a threshold time to look at where you are putting your energy. If there are place in your life where you feel you are pouring energy into a black hole, it bodes well to think about whether it’s worth bringing with you into the future. This includes karmic or inherited ways of thinking about things that no longer serve you.

It’s a bit like pruning a tree and cutting off the dead branches to give more energy to the healthy parts of the tree.

There is a kite formation at this time which indicates that it’s wise to remember the many skills and resources you can draw on when proceeding forward. There is a lot of help from the universe if you are willing to be patient, disciplined and persevering.

One of the Sabian symbols for this eclipse is,”An ancient bas-relief carved in granite remains a witness to a long forgotten culture.”


This Week’s Astrology

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. ” Goethe

Mars the fiery red planet moves into his home sign of Aries tomorrow ushering in an energized time for new beginnings.  Mars, the god of action and desire is also aligning favorably with  Jupiter. This lends more energy, hope and optimism to projects started or restarted this week.

The Sun is moving up to a conjunction to Saturn indicating that it bodes well to have solid and pragmatic plans in place for any new endeavors launched now  and to commit to patience and perseverance over the long term.

There is a partial solar eclipse on Saturday January 5 at 15 degrees of Capricorn.  Solar eclipses are associated with the opening of a new chapter – do be open to new beginnings in the area of your chart that is lit up by this eclipse.

There is plenty of restless energy around this week with Uranus slowing down to station direct on January 6. It’s wise to provide for extra downtime to process events and information. Mercury will be moving up to a beneficial trine to Uranus at that time – be on the lookout for innovative ideas and solutions which can move situations in a more positive direction.

The Sabian symbol for the Uranus station is,”The music of the spheres.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill






Mars Moves on and The Right Use of Power

“I am the beauty running through the world; the ideal held up to make it ascend. I am the essential Feminine.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“The problem comes when we do not recognize the power within ourselves as well as within others and when we do not recognize our connection to all beings within the circle of life.” Carol P. Christ

This weekend Mars and Chiron make their fifth and final conjunction in the sign of Pisces since 2010. It is a culmination of a process and it bodes well to consider how you direct and implement your power now and how that has  evolved over time.

Chiron is  associated – by sign and house placement in anyone’s natal chart – with a wounding and healing journey that offers the potential  for personal growth and evolution. It is correlated with life path and often involves the challenge of facing and evolving  ancestral  issues – issues inherited down through the family lines.

Mars is associated with power and the desire nature – how we move forward in our lives to attain our soul’s aspirations. In the time in which we live there is clearly wounding to the Feminine –  inherited over time – and to the Inner Masculine which is associated with the right use of power.

With Chiron’s journey when old wounds are triggered the opportunity is there to face them with a heightened awareness and an increasingly enlightened response. This could also be described as bringing the Inner Masculine and Inner Feminine into more balance on a personal level  – with the Feminine providing wise inner guidance and nurturing and the Masculine providing and courage and protection.

The abuse of power is very much visible in the world around us now as is the counterbalance of more enlightened approaches.  When Chiron has transited the sign of Pisces in the past there has been an increased  growth in spiritual awareness and spiritual values.  It is true now as well.

Mars will move from Pisces into Aries on New Year’s Eve. One of the Sabian symbols for this is,”A woman has risen out of the ocean, a seal is embracing her.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill



Mars and Chiron – Together Again

“We have the seeds of healing right in the problem we are facing. There is nothing to escape from, only to connect with, using our own wisdom and awareness. It is about finding meaning under ordinary circumstances, and under adverse ones, as well as ‘exalted’ ones. ” Eric Francis 

“It all depends on how we look at things.” Carl Jung

Mars, the planet of desire and action is now in a close conjunction with Chiron, the asteroid of the Wounded Healer. Chiron governs the process of wounding and healing along the path  of personal evolution.This duo also governs the wounded Inner Male  (in both men and women) and the use and misuse of power. It rules reckless and impulsive actions as well as hurtful and chaotic ones. Chiron rules fragmentation and this kind of behavior often originates with an inner life that is fragmented.

Pluto the god of transformation is now conjunct Saturn and making a sextile to the Mars Chiron conjunction.

All told these aspects indicate that when painful situations arise or are triggered , there is an opportunity to transform the way we think about them in order to move in a freer, wiser and more empowered direction. This will require a strong intention – intention being Mars ruled- and the willingness to look at things on a deeper level.

Mercury is conjunct Jupiter now adding the opportunity for increased  wisdom and understanding when applied to challenging situations.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,” A fertile garden under the full moon.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

The Winter Solstice, the Full Moon and This Week’s Astrology

“You are not the oil, not the air- merely the point of combustion, the flash point where the light is born.” Dag Hammarskjold

“the lake is cold
the snows are sudden
the wild cherry bends
and winter’s a burden

in your hand I feel
spring burn in the bud.” Mary Mackey

It is another busy week in the starry heavens as we move up to the Winter Solstice Friday when the Sun enters Capricorn at 5:23 PM EST.  The Winter Solstice has been celebrated throughout time as the return of the light brings an end to the darkness of the season.

This week the Sun in Sagittarius is making a challenging aspect to Chiron, the asteroid of the Wounded Healer. At the same time Chiron is making a harmonious aspect to the South Node, newly in Capricorn. This indicates that processing and releasing pain from the past can lead to a clarified vision of your life path going forward. It can also lead to a new sense of freedom and more empowered sense of self.

The Sun in Sagittarius is making a harmonious aspect to Uranus, the planet of innovation and the future. This is a time which bodes well for embracing change and letting go of the past.

Venus is moving up to a harmonious aspect with Neptune indicating an idealistic time, a good time for romance and spiritual growth. Do be sure to integrate pragmatism as other planets signal that  hopes and expectations might be inflated or  unrealistically high.

The Moon waxes Full Saturday at 0 degrees of Cancer. The sign of Cancer can bring up issues related to home and family. Cancer and its opposite sign, Capricorn, are  both related to ancestry and ancestral inheritance – what comes down through the bloodlines. The Lunar Nodes entered these signs in November and will transit through them early 2020. The author and astrologer Lynn Bell has written about the significance of this, “It will be an excellent time to reckon with the ancestors, alive or dead, the emotional patterning that has invisibly bound us…Above all, we are called to care for our own integrity, to pay attention to the imperatives of soul. It is a potent time ahead.”

The Sabian symbol for the Winter Solstice is,”A Native American chief claims recognition and power from the assembled tribe.”