This Week in Astrology as Mercury Prepares to Station Retrograde

“To love is not a state; it’s a direction.” Simone Weil

“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.”Ursula Le Guin

The Sun is conjunct Saturn now and Venus is approaching Pluto. These two together can bring up fears and  concerns about things Venusian – love, relationships and finances. The Sun is widely conjunct Jupiter now as well indicating it’s wise to broaden perspective in order to ascertain answers if needed.

Venus and Pluto together (through the 30th) provides good timing to be in touch with the deeper meaning of love and love as a spiritual force in the world.

With both planets in Capricorn it bodes well to strategize about how to transform and improve  matters  of love and money if necessary.

Mercury is preparing to station retrograde on Saturday the 30th. Mercury will station at 26 degrees of Aquarius. It will travel retrograde through the 21 of Feb when it will station at 11 degrees of Aquarius. This transit will offer a good time to slow down, rethink, review and revision after the many fast paced changes that have occurred.

Mercury retrograde periods are good for recharging..

It’s also  is wise to back up any important info before the retrograde station.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,” A hidden choir singing during a religious service.”


Mars, Uranus and the Sun in Aquarius

“Where there is danger
The saving powers also rise.” Holderlin

“The silver wisdom of the head must be changed into the golden wisdom of the heart by the warmth of human love.” Gareth Knight

The key words for this week are restraint and wisdom.

With the ongoing Mars /Uranus conjunction – exact on Wednesday-  there is a tendency to want to break free of restrictions. There is a rebellious side to this duo which has been an influence recently. It can be a time when irritability runs high, impatience abounds and people take impulsive action often without appropriate forethought. It can be accident prone for this reason. It’s best to harness and direct this energy to get moving on projects and initiatives that are important to you.

Uranus is a strong player this week in general as the Sun enters Aquarius on Tuesday. This indicates that innovative thinking is on the table for the next month. Cooperation and collaboration are supported.

Mercury in Aquarius is moving up to a favorable alignment to the North Node of life path and destiny . Do heed any information that surfaces this week related to your path to the future.

As the Sun enters Aquarius it will enter the Saturn/Uranus square which is will be in influence throughout the year and symbolizes the struggle between the desire to move in a more innovative direction as opposed to the more traditional or restrictive ways of the past.

One of the Sabian symbols for this week is,”Directors of a large firm meet in secret conference.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill



Stellium of Planets with Mars, Saturn and Uranus.

“Patience is required now – slow, steady, determined efforts.”  Nadia Gilchrist

“What shape waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky?” David Whyte

There is a large cluster of planets – a stellium – in the sky now involving the Sun and Pluto in late Capricorn and Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury, the Moon and Pallas Athene in early Aquarius.

The appropriate use of power continues to be on the front burner. Mars is in a challenging alignment with Saturn , indicating a time of frustration. Best to pursue a moderate path and avoid overwork and overdoing.

Mars is conjunct Uranus, the planet of the unexpected for several more weeks. Mars, the planet of action and desire is frustrated in the sign of Taurus and when combined with Uranus- the planet of the unexpected –  can indicate the need to break free of pent up energy. It’s best to avoid impulsive behavior -both individually and on the part of others.

This duo can be hard on the nervous system. It’s best to create extra space  for renewal and rejuvenation.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”Natural steps to a lawn blooming with clover.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill



Wednesday’s New Moon in Capricorn

“The bamboo for prosperity,” a Japanese friend explained to me,”the pine for long life, the plum for courage… the plum for courage because the plum puts forth blossoms while the snow is still on the ground.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Intent is infinite.” Carlos Castenda

There is a powerful New Moon Wednesday in the wee hours at 12:02 AM EST.

At this time the  Sun and Moon will be conjunct Pluto the planet of the Underworld at 23 degrees of Capricorn. This conjunction has depth and intensity to it and lends power to effecting change and transformation. It is a good time to look at what you would like to change in your life and make a pragmatic plan to make this happen.

There is frustrating energy at this time as Mars and Uranus form a challenging alignment to Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury. It’s best to focus on a your inner resourcefulness and the aspects of your life that are under your control.  It’s wise at this time to stay in touch with things that bring inspiration, hope and courage in your life.

We are living through times of great change on planet earth.  As with all New Moons it’s wise to keep a bright vision of your plans and goals and keep  in mind a healthy sustainable future for the planet.

One of the Sabian  symbols for this time is,”A woman enters a convent.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

This Week with Pluto, Mercury, Mars and Uranus

“In some tribal cultures there are two words for power, mana and taboo; the power which creates and the power which destroys. Odd that we have retained in our vocabulary the word for dangerous power. taboo, and have lost the mana.” Madeleine L’Engle

“I like the dream of the future better than the history of the past.”Thomas Jefferson

Mars, the planet of action and desire is very active in the sky now – squaring Pluto.  This week Mercury will move up to a conjunction to Pluto – the Lord of the underworld.

Pluto and Mars together provide a good time to heighten  awareness of the way you direct and implement your power to accomplish  your goals and make improvements in this area if necessary. This dynamic duo is often in the charts of professional athletes – who work towards their goals with  intense focus, commitment and disciplined action.

Mercury will conjunct Pluto throughout this week boding well for thinking deeply about things. This combination is often found in the charts of detectives and researchers. It can add depth to thinking and is a good time for therapy. This duo does have a compulsive side and it’s wise to watch for overthinking.

Thursday Mars will leave the sign of Aries and enter the sign of Taurus. Under this influence (through mid- February) it’s wise to guard against impulsive action. This is a volatile combination and can be hard on the nervous system so it’s best throughout this time frame to provide for extra downtime and nurture the nervous system.

Friday Mercury will move into Aquarius joining Saturn and Pluto. The Saturn/Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius which occurred on the Winter Solstice is considered by many to be the harbinger of the Age of Aquarius.

A note on 2021 – Saturn in Aquarius will form a challenging alignment with Uranus three times this year and be a major influence throughout the year. This indicates throughout the year there will be tension between the old ways of doing things and the more innovative new ways.

It’s likely to be a bumpy ride this year as the forces of the past meet up with the more innovative forces of the future. There is a lot of potential at this time but progress is likely to be incremental.

It’s wise to cultivate patience and keep a high level of inspiration in your life throughout the year. Look for innovative ways to work with challenges.

One of the Sabian symbols  for this time is ” A Hindu healer glows with a mystic healing power.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill




The Jupiter Saturn Conjunction on the Winter Solstice

Some wise words from Ray Merriman, astrologer and stock market analyst.

“We are now heading to the start of the “Age of Aquarius,” and the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction on Monday, December 21, takes place at 0° Aquarius.

The Age of Pisces brought forth a savior who taught the importance of peace and love for one another, perfect Piscean values. Aquarius, on the other hand, is more worldly-oriented. It is a symbol of mankind, the
masses of the world, but it more scientific and technology-based than Pisces. The Jupiter/Saturn conjunction, known as “The Great Chronocrator,” has been looked upon in the past as a sign foretelling
the emergence of new world leaders, and a shift in the arc of human destiny.

Thus, to those who look to the heavens for guidance and who understand the relationship between cycles in human activity to cycles
in the cosmos, this is an important time in the evolution of humanity.

Monday’s Solar Eclipse with Jupiter, Saturn and Venus

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” Joyce Meyer

“All spiritual growth requires walking the quiet path of patience.” Rilke

Today’s New Moon Eclipse at 23 degrees of Sagittarius opens the door to a new, more optimistic time. It is a good time for expanding perspectives through research and learning.  It’s best to keep aspirations high and feet on the ground. Slow, steady progress is the way to move forward.

Jupiter and Saturn will both enter the sign of Aquarius this week – on the way to their exact conjunction on the Winter Solstice. This is a hopeful combination and indicates a very good time for implementing much needed reform.

Venus will leave the sign of Scorpio and enter Sagittarius this week . If there are areas of life related to finances and relationships that have felt stalled out, they may start to move forward now.  It’s wise throughout the week to heed any information that surfaces that represents a culmination of information about these realms.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is, “The human soul, in its eagerness for new experiences, seeks embodiment.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill



Pallas Athene, the Sun and Neptune

“To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”  Buckminster Fuller

This week Pallas Athene, the goddess of justice, advocacy and diplomacy, entered the sign of Aquarius.  On the Winter Solstice Saturn and Jupiter will join her in this sign of inventiveness and innovation- ushering  in a new twenty year era.

This week the Sun in Sagittarius is moving up to a square with Neptune, the planet of dreams and illusions. This aspect can blur thinking and add some confusion to the mix. It does bode well for dreams, creativity and spiritual work.

Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld and Eris, the asteroid of discord are making their final square  this week. Pluto and Eris are associated with much of the upheaval we have seen the past several years. Although widely known as the asteroid of discord, Eris is also a female warrior goddess who is not afraid to reveal the shadow or hidden side of things to effect change.

Fiery Mars in Aries will be making a harmonious aspect to the Sun in Sagittarius. This is a high energy aspect and good for taking action – as long as the goals are clear and impulsiveness is avoided- given Neptune’s strong influence this week.

The Sun is moving up to a conjunction with the South Node of past life karma. This can be a time when it’s possible to see more clearly old unproductive thought and behavior patterns from the past.

We are moving into a new era.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A magic carpet hovers over the depressing reality of everyday life in an industrial area.

Sabian symbols from Lynda Hill

This Week in Astrology a Nutshell

“Freedom is necessary for choice and choice is necessary for wisdom and growth. The sacred world of love and wisdom, fiery intelligence and passionate will, imagination and delight – is a world of freedom. But it is also binding and connecting.” David Spangler

“Genuinely loving people are, by definition, growing people.” M Scott Peck

We’re in between this season’s  eclipses now – the first was Monday Nov 30 at 8 degrees of Gemini  – a Lunar Eclipse and the second eclipse- a Solar Eclipse  is December 14 at 23 Sagittarius.

Eclipses are evolutionary in nature and their effects can be felt six weeks in advance as well as six weeks following the actual event.

This month’s eclipses – on the Gemini / Sagittarius axis have to do with the mind – how we think, what our philosophy of life is and how we broaden our horizons through learning something new or exploring new territory.

With the influence of the  Lunar Eclipse in Gemini it’s wise to look for missing links in information – things in our thinking that may have been eclipsed or not visible before.

The New Moon Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius provides good timing to think about how you’d like to expand your life to provide for more growth, expansiveness and adventure.

Mercury will enter the sign of Sagittarius this week. This livens up the dark season heading towards the Solstice and ushers in a more sociable time.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is, “A bluebird, a sign of good luck and happiness, is standing at the door of the house.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill


Monday’s Full Moon in Gemini

” Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work and don’t give up.” Anne Lamott

“Hope is a memory of the future.” Gabriel Marcel

Monday’s Full Moon  at 8 degrees of Gemini is exact at 4:29 AM EST. This Full Moon is a Lunar Eclipse which empowers intentions.

It is possible with this influence to fall back into unproductive, old, habitual thought patterns and so it is wise to stay focused on the positive visions you have for your life.  It’s wise to take some time away from the news and social media to nurture your soul life and your soul’s desires by infusing them with positive thoughts and energy.

We’re coming up on the Jupiter Saturn conjunction on the Winter Solstice. This is a harbinger of hope for the future and some astronomers speculate that it was the light from two these planets that the three Wise Men were following on their journey to the stable in Bethlehem.

One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”An old fashioned well with the purest and coldest of water.’

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill