Arizona Society of Astrologers
Connecting the World with Astrology
Arizona Society of Astrologers
Connecting the World with Astrology
Connecting the World with Astrology
Connecting the World with Astrology
ASA Newsletter for January 2021
Welcome to the interim Arizona Astrologers (ASA) newsletter!
We now have a new Board of Directors, and are happy to announce that this month we’re planning to revamp many old things about our group with an emphasis on widening the traditional focus of our monthly programs. We’re excited with the possibilities for expanding how we do what we do with an eye to greater interactivity with fellow students of Astrology and more discussions of a wide range of astrological topics.
We end the old year and begin the new by again regretting that because of the severity of the pandemic and the continued national and local physical distancing requirements, we are still suspending our in-person meetings at The Astrology Store in Glendale until it is safe to do so. Hopefully, due to the launch of widespread vaccinations, we will be able to meet in the not-so-distant future.
OUR NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our Elections Director Mimi McCain did an excellent job in getting the word out for our November election, where we had a 55% voter turnout, which is very good given the intensity of everything else going on at the time. We thank everyone who participated in the election, and look forward to your input and participation in what’s to come.
The elected positions for the 2021-2022 Board are:
President: Robert Wilkinson
Vice President: Bill Nastasiak
Secretary: Debbie Noah
Treasurer; Mary Katherine Kracht
We had no nominations for the position of Program Director, and will at some point hold a special election if someone decides they would like that illustrious position. If you are moved to help with this important function in our organization, please let us know!
As we told you last month, now that the election is done, we will start the process of revising our Constitution and Bylaws to create a new organization with a more user-friendly operations manual. This is a major undertaking, and we welcome feedback from all our members as we craft our 21st century documents to guide our 21st century group into the 20 year Aquarian Era which began at the Grand Mutation at 1 Aquarius!
Some former contacts are no longer members of the ASA. So if you have any questions about who we are and what we do, or want to suggest a topic for a future program or apply to speak, please direct all future correspondence to one of these current ASA Board members:
Bill Nastasiak (Vice President)
Mary Katherine Kracht (Treasurer)
Debbie Noah (Secretary)
Robert Wilkinson (President and Editor of ASA Newsletter)
A Look at Our 2021 Presentations
As you know by now, we and countless other groups around the nation are doing our astrological presentations using ZOOM webinar technology, so if you want to attend future presentations, please go to the ZOOM website and download the latest software. Without the latest version, you may experience difficulty logging in. They released three new versions in November.
Despite all the problems associated with the pandemic, we were still able to give several outstanding presentations in the past few months, and are gearing up for more great offerings throughout 2021!
Our December 19 Solstice gathering featured a look at the Solstice chart which generated a lot of interaction. Several people offered their take on the many fascinating features of that chart, including the Grand Mutation, and discuss what that important conjunction promises for humanity as we enter an Aquarian era.
We are also happy to announce that our next meeting on Zoom will happen on January 23, where we will feature Astrological Predictions for 2021. We anticipate this event will be of great interest to all who want to know what’s up for the next year.
Future presentations are scheduled for February 20 and March 20. This is where you can make a difference. We’ve decided that rather than the old model of having a set speaker every month, we want to open up a larger set of possibilities. While we will still have webinars featuring leading edge astrologers, we also intend to offer classes and roundtable discussions on specific topics, so that those who attend can have a more interactive experience and we can exchange ideas about those topics.
As it has been said, “What one astrologer misses another catches,” and so we intend to have more discussions to augment the lecture segments of the presentations. If there's a specific topic or presenter's work you like, please contact one of us and we'll see if we can't make it happen!
To anticipate a question, no, you don’t have to have a camera or microphone to attend a ZOOM webinar. All you need to attend is internet access and speakers. At the present time, we are continuing our 2020 policy of offering these virtual programs on a donation basis rather than a fixed fee. While not required, they are always welcome. If you’re interested in attending the webinars, please contact us and make sure you’re on our mailing list so we can notify you in advance of the presentations.
A Few Notable Capricorn Celebrities
Elvis Presley, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Benjamin Franklin, George Burns, Rod Serling, Cab Calloway, Humphrey Bogart, Louis Pasteur, Marlena Dietrich, “Fifth Beatle” Sir George Martin, Robert Duvall, Bo Diddley, Yogananda, Cary Grant, Simon Wiesenthal, Janis Joplin, Vivekananda, Alexander Hamilton, Earl Hines, Edgar Allen Poe, Steve Allen, Carlos Castaneda, Mohammad Ali, First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson and Michelle Obama, Kahlil Gibran, Michael Nesmith, Howard Hughes, Ray Bolger, Del Shannon, Ray Milland, Jeff Bezos, Richard Nixon, John Legend, AA Milne, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson, Denzel Washington, David Bowie, Ava Gardner, Howard Stern, Jim Croce, Jim Carrey, Robbie Krieger, Rudyard Kipling, Diane Keaton, John Denver, Betty White, Dabney Coleman, Jean Stapleton, Andy Rooney, Isaac Asimov, Stephen Hawking, and two of the greatest Astrologers in history, Johannes Kepler and Sir Isaac Newton (who also happened to be astronomers!)
PLANETARY MOTIONS IN JANUARY 2021
SUN – 11 Capricorn to 12 Aquarius
MERCURY – 18 Capricorn to 27 Aquarius
VENUS –21 Sagittarius to 29 Capricorn
MARS –28 Aries to 13 Taurus
JUPITER –3 to 10 Aquarius
SATURN –2 to 6 Aquarius
URANUS –7 Taurus (all month)
NEPTUNE –19 to 20 Pisces
PLUTO –25 to 26 Capricorn
TRUE NORTH NODE – 20 to 19 Gemini
SIGNIFICANT ASTROLOGICAL OCCURRENCES IN JANUARY 2021
FULL MOON – Dec 29; Sun 9 Capricorn, Moon 9 Cancer
MARS ENTERS TAURUS; Jan 6
MERCURY ENTERS AQUARIUS; Jan 8
VENUS ENTERS CAPRICORN; Jan 8
NEW MOON – Jan 12; Sun and Moon at 24 Capricorn
URANUS STATIONARY DIRECT - Jan 14 at 7 Taurus
SUN ENTERS AQUARIUS; Jan 19
FULL MOON – Jan 28; Sun 10 Aquarius, Moon 10 Leo
MERCURY STATIONARY RETROGRADE – Jan 30 at 27 Aquarius
Look at Our 2020-2021 Presentations
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AN ASTROLOGICAL OVERVIEW OF JANUARY
by Robert Wilkinson
This year the month of January is tumultuous, with major squares between planets in Aquarius and planets in Taurus! The coming waning (upper) squares between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus mark the culmination of the cycle of these power planets which was set into motion when Saturn conjuncted Uranus in 1988. Interestingly, in 1999-2000 Saturn in Taurus made its waxing (lower) square to Uranus in Aquarius, so it would seem that this year activates conflicts dating back 20 years.
The initial pulses of the coming squares from Jupiter and Saturn to Uranus in Taurus were originally set into motion between March 31 and April 9, 2020, when Mars conjuncted Saturn at 1 Aquarius and then made the square to Uranus in Taurus. That period launched Aquarian energies in preliminary structural forms, and brought us to a time of a “Cosmic visitation” promising our “liberation from adverse conditions” through “spectacular developments” which “galvanized us to action.”
By May, Mars activated our “graduation into a new realm of Being” which has transformed our everyday lives in some significant ways. The Mars/Saturn Aquarius pulses were in motion throughout 2020, so that when Jupiter conjuncted Saturn at 1 Aquarius on the December 2020 Solstice the future pattern was already set. This foreshadowed the squares coming now, with the tension lasting until February 2022 due to the ongoing squares from Saturn in Aquarius to Uranus in Taurus lasting all year!
Speaking of that fateful Solstice event, as you probably know by now, a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn is known as a “Grand Mutation” since they only happen every 20 years, setting an era into motion. However, this particular Grand Mutation was also special because besides ushering in 20 years of Aquarius energies it also began 200 years of conjunctions in Air signs! That means we’ve now left 200 years of conjunctions in Earth signs (which should diminish the rampant materialism dominating our planet), and moved into two centuries of the qualities of Air, which are less dense than Earth. Some qualities which will develop are relatedness, receptivity, versatility, movability, lightness, and cooperative ideas, visions, and ideals.
The recent December Solar Eclipse at 24 Sagittarius is actually very favorable, as it will help us remove blocks to our happiness. Thanks to the recent Superior Conjunction of Mercury and the Sun, we’re still in a phase of “the fusion of Life and Mind” helping everyone to “get in shape” wherever this falls in our charts. Current transits in Capricorn are triggering all of the January/March 2020 long wave cycles set into motion then, mainly around 23, 24, and 25 Capricorn. These were the degrees of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction, the three Jupiter/Pluto conjunctions, and all the others which were set into motion by Mars last March. These will continue to impact our charts for many years to come, bringing rewards for our courage and willingness to discharge our duty “under abnormal conditions.”
And now for the squares happening throughout January! Jupiter is in very close square to Uranus stationary direct at 7 Taurus the entire month. The expansive principle is putting the brakes on stubborn willfulness, and seeks to bring forth a new energy originating from Cosmos and not from any Earth-based traditional source. A greater Divine pattern is coming forth, so go deep into the feeling-experience, understand the larger subconscious factors in play, and cultivate your spiritual strength.
Jupiter’s transit of the first half of Aquarius in January and February heralds what will be crystallized by Saturn throughout 2021. What Jupiter opens, Saturn will structure as it rumbles through the first half of Aquarius this entire year. However, this larger process launches in the midst of the great friction due to Jupiter and Saturn in early Aquarius this month, generating the “lions and tigers and squares oh my” discussed in the first paragraph. Just remember that transit to transit aspects should not be taken personally, as they are universal energy phase relationships that each of us responds to in our own way. That said….
Mars transits its retrograde station on January 2-3 en route to its entry into Taurus on January 6, beginning the wild ride of squares! The action begins on January 7, with Moon in Scorpio opposing Mars, squaring Jupiter and Saturn, and opposing Uranus. Cultivate Leo strengths! Mercury enters Aquarius the next day, activating the conjunctions to Jupiter and Saturn before squaring Uranus on January 12. Mars is square Saturn the entire second week of January, with mid-month featuring Sun conjunct Pluto as Uranus turns stationary direct!
Remember that Jupiter and Saturn began to square Uranus at the Solstice. Jupiter’s square is exact on January 17th, so expect things to be very volatile during this time! The eye of the hurricane will be swirling then, with Mars conjunct Uranus most powerful from January 7 through the end of the month. The conflict is most intense on January 20-24, as the Moon is in Taurus on the 20th, square the Sun and Saturn, followed that night and the next day by Moon conjunct Uranus and Mars while square Jupiter, followed by Mars square Jupiter and Sun conjunct Saturn January 22-23. Wow!
These squares will most impact those with planets or points between 4 and 10 Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. It is a perfect time to integrate your ability to move that which is fixed, and stabilize that which needs more consistency. Because the transit to transit squares involve Aquarius and Taurus, be sure to show positive Leo and Scorpio qualities, such as creativity, loyalty, heart strength, focus, letting go to create a “void of attraction,” and all the other good things those signs represent.
As with the last several months, Uranus continues to biseptile Pluto, anchoring a 7-pointed “Star of Destiny" I’ve termed The Grand Irrationality. This represents the very hard edge of revolutionary change we’ve been going through for a while, and it’s activated every time a planet or the Moon moves through one of the 7 “hot zones” of this evolutionary configuration. It’s set into motion by Mercury the first week of the month, by the Sun the second and third weeks of the month, and by Venus the last week of the month, as these Capricorn transits conjunct Pluto, biseptile Uranus, and septile Neptune.
All septile-series aspects trigger crucial choices and changes at “forks in the road of destiny.” I have written extensively about “The Grand Irrationality,” an evolutionary configuration which has been active since 1994, at my main website https://www.aquariuspapers.com explaining why all of humanity is forging its future destiny at this time. If you have a planet or point near any of the seven zones, your life is sure to be affected. In January these zones are around 23-28 Capricorn, 15-20 Pisces, 6-11 Taurus, 28 Gemini-3 Cancer, 19-24 Leo, 10-15 Libra, and 2-7 Sagittarius.
If things seem irrational and don’t make much sense, there’s always a septile-series aspect in the mix. During this time, if things get crazy, just go slow and be clear about the choices you’re making. While a lot won’t “make sense,” it doesn’t have to; all we must do is be clear about what we’re doing and why while being balanced, moderate, and caring along the way. Even though it is difficult to reason with unreasonable or irrational people, we still have the power to respond in productive ways, as these are points of choice and change where we determine our future destiny.
This is the ninth month of the North Node in Gemini era, showing our line of greatest evolutionary growth is through seeing the many ways to learn and communicate any given thing, with an eye to assimilating diverse ideas from diverse sources. See things from several different angles, but don’t get lost in abstractions.
We’re still "under the beams" of the Solar Eclipses we’ve been through in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 which are removing a lot of detritus from our lives wherever they fell in our chart. As all Eclipses are “cosmic recyclers” removing that which we no longer need in our lives, it seems this year we’ve been changing our allegiances based on what’s leaving, and aligning ourselves with a larger reality we care about.
This month begins another Great Compression, but in Aquarius. That means many Aquarian cycles will be set into motion, promising greater vision, greater cooperation, and group work building for the future. While generally things will be very edgy in the second week of the month due to Mercury square Mars, just remember that the Aquarian energies are much stronger than the resistant Taurus energies due to Jupiter and Saturn having more power in the material world and Saturn being in its home sign. We also have the blessing of Venus trine Mars, softening it a little and making it more practical, since Mars is exalted in the sign Venus will occupy. Venus also trines Uranus and quintiles Neptune in the second week of the month, and then sextiles Neptune while making serendipitous tredeciles to Mars and Uranus in the third and fourth weeks of the month.
So lighten up, brighten up, and face the future in the area of your chart where you have Aquarius, since that’s what’s opening for everyone! The non-stop Cardinal sign conflicts of 2020 are giving way to the non-stop Fixed conflicts of 2021. However, due to the positions of Jupiter and Saturn, January brings favorable tides for those with planets or points in early Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius, as well as mid-to-late Aries and early to mid-Scorpio.
Mercury begins to slow down quickly during the second half of the month, preparing to go retrograde in late January. Get your affairs in order the first three weeks of January, since February brings us a new look at all things Aquarian in our lives. This Mercury retrograde period will help us take a new look at our Aquarian response to life, as well as our spiritual values which link us across generations. See what you need to commit to while doing research, rehearsal, review, renewal, and all the other Mercury retrograde associations. You can find out more about Mercury retrograde in Aquarius in all the houses by coming to my website at the end of the month, since I’ll have plenty of articles about it. You can also learn more by getting my pioneering work A New Look at Mercury Retrograde.
So as you continue to remove all which blocks your happiness, honor your heart strengths and your ability to attract your heart’s desire if only you are clear about what you want and what you don’t. As Leo and Scorpio will be so important this month, show heart, take heart, trust the heart, strengthen the heart, and radiate the Love you ARE to your world. As I offered last month, we’ve made it through a long period of intense conflict, with more to come.
This has helped us become clear about our inner Spiritual Warrior who never fears and cannot be defeated. This is the time to show your strength, determination, focus, and willingness to expand into the new, the innovative, and future oriented projects.
Everything’s compressing in the houses where we have Capricorn and Aquarius. This begins a greater group work, so keep in mind that we're all more aware, capable, and stronger together than we are separately. Use the Sun in Capricorn to see the light of how you’ve prepared for a greater life, a wider future, and a more enlightened and ideal fellowship with others. A new era has dawned, so leave the Earth and fly free into the Air of what’s opening as the Grand Mutation expands its promise.
Until next month (or whenever we meet again, since tomorrow is never guaranteed)
Robert Wilkinson Editor, ASA Newsletter http://www.aquariuspapers.com
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The Arizona Society of Astrologers (ASA) is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation founded in 1974. It is one of the oldest astrological societies in the State of Arizona. Our mission is to promote astrology among all seekers through teaching, lecturing, and research, and to develop and promote a professional status for astrology and astrologers. We invite you to join up to connect with Seekers that speak the language of the Stars, Moons, and Planets of the Universe.
AN ASTROLOGICAL OVERVIEW OF THE GRAND MUTATION AND GRAND IRRATIONALITY
by Robert Wilkinson
Because Jupiter and Saturn have now entered Aquarius and made their once-every-20-year conjunction, we're solidly launched into a new 20 year and 200 year era! We now move from the Aries to Capricorn squares of 2020 to the Taurus to Aquarius squares of 2021! All of us with planets in the last 10 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn have had enormous changes in 2020, just as those who have planets in the first 10 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius will have enormous changes in 2021.
We are now back in a period of Uranus biseptile Pluto, generating two extremely powerful points of a 7-pointed “Star of Destiny" I've termed "The Grand Irrationality." This will be activated each time the Moon or any planet moves through one of the seven “hot zones” of this evolutionary configuration. This biseptile represents a hard edge of revolutionary change which will be triggered by future conjunctions and septile-series aspects to Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus!
As I explained in the overview, all the septile-series aspects trigger crucial choices and changes at “forks in the road of destiny.” If things seem irrational and don’t make much sense, there’s always a septile-series aspect active somewhere. Because Saturn will square Uranus pretty much all of 2021, we can expect some intense conflict to come. We will get a front end look during the inner planet squares in January and February.
The solution to any fixed problem will be to generate positive Leo and Scorpio energy, so be strong of heart, clear minded, focused, and creative. There are other keywords as well, so take a new look at the qualities associated with each of these signs so you can provide integrative energies in 2021! All of us will have to find focus, disregarding lesser and unimportant things through knowing what’s really pertinent in situations. While sometimes we’ll have to make hard choices, this will help us know our heart.
While you're here, if you don't already know about it, please consider checking out my book
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Because Saturn is in its home sign of Aquarius, it remains the final dispositor of all planets transiting Capricorn and Aquarius from now through 2023. That makes it a dominant force through April 2022. Because Jupiter is now in Aquarius Saturn continues to be a major presence on the planetary stage as a final dispositor sharing power with Mars and Neptune.
Remember that while Saturn can feel heavy, it is also our ability to take command of our lives and destiny by using Saturn’s virtues in the right way and time. Our ability to steer our “ship of personality” into its rightful “current of destiny” is in front of us, based in how we have prepared for our “role of destiny” heading at us like an express train!
In 2019 we rehearsed and perfected roles and skills we needed in 2020 and beyond as part of the Saturn-Uranus “dance of individualization” in our lives. We’ve begun to crystallize present and future rewards, as well as new group work and roles opening new chapters in our “hero’s journey” into our new quality of Being awakened by Uranus over the past 18 months.
I explain how Saturn and Uranus awaken us to our Higher Powers to take conscious command of our destiny in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. Saturn helps us give form and structure to our quest for Self-realization, and due to its 3 month occupancy of the first two degrees of Aquarius, we have a preliminary instruction on how we can make a greater contribution to our civilization and come together with others in a great effort “ensouled by a great vision.” This will allow our “new quality of Being” promised by Uranus to come alive as expressions of our unfolding Higher Consciousness.
This book was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers. Even those with little or no understanding of astrology will benefit from understanding why you had to make certain choices at crucial times that shaped your life in profound ways.
Each time you read any section of this book you will find new insights about your power to throw off all the attitudes and memories which hold you back from finding and living the life and purpose. If you’ve haven’t already gotten your copy, you can go to the Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend page on Amazon and this should be all you need to order your copy. It’s also available on Amazon and as an ebook on Kindle, so if that’s more to your liking, go for it! If you would, whether you’ve gotten the ebook or the paperback, please write a review on the Amazon site, since the more reviews, the more of a boost they give it.