Connecting the World with Astrology
Welcome to the Astrology Arizona (AAZ) newsletter!
Here’s what’s up with our organization and the Astrological forecast for January!
As you know by now, we are an astrology group based in the Phoenix metro area dedicated to the art and science of Astrology. Our organization is a New Moon double Aquarius exactly trine a Gemini Ascendant. Born the Year of the Metal Ox, our chart affirms a wider Aquarian intention and creates a welcoming Aquarian vibe for members past, present, and future.
We encourage your suggestions about potential speakers and topics for future monthly programs. We envision our 21st century group being a point of light to help students of Astrology who want to know more in the emerging 20 year Aquarian Era which began at the Grand Mutation at 1 Aquarius. We’re excited at the dynamic interactivity we’ve been having this year at our presentations, and look forward to future exciting programs on a wide range of astrological topics..
Calling All Members!
It’s time for members to renew their dues for the year if you paid this time last year! We’re prorating the 2022 dues based on when you paid in 2021, so for example if you paid $36 in April, then you’ll only have to pay $27 to renew your membership through December 2022.
If you joined in November or December 2021, your membership dues are paid through December 31, 2022. For two people living at the same address, both can become members for $54. And as always, life members don’t have to pay anything, though your donations are always welcome.
If you haven’t already joined our group, please consider visiting our site and becoming a member. You can find us at https://azastrologers.org/. For $36 a year, you get a discount on admission to all talks and many other benefits, including free advertising for your business on our website! Don’t delay, renew today!
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 correspondence to one of these current AAZ Board members:
Bill Nastasiak (Vice President)
Robert Wilkinson (President and Editor of AAZ Newsletter)
Mary Katherine Kracht (Treasurer)
We Have A Facebook Page!
Please feel free to drop by our Facebook page where we have many topics of interest to explore. Questions, comments, and discussions are most welcome! Please visit us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/111582320851163 and join the social media initiative going on there.
How To Attend Our Events
We welcome all visitors to our presentations, so please join us! We and countless other groups around the nation are doing our astrological presentations using ZOOM webinar technology. If you want to attend future presentations, please go to the ZOOM website and download the latest software. Without the latest software, you may experience difficulty logging in. They release new versions often, so please upgrade before you join our discussions.
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. If you’re interested in attending the webinars, please contact us at email@example.com and make sure you’re on our mailing list so we can notify you in advance of the presentations. You can make your donation for membership and admission to our events by going to https://azastrologers.org/donate - Admission fees are usually $10 for members, $15 for non-members.
A Look at Our Recent 2021 Presentations
Our June 26 event featured Anthony Louis who gave us an extraordinary talk on ”Using Planetary Hours in Astrology.” He explained combining “the lord of the orb (the planetary hour at birth)” and annual profections to see what's happening in our lives using the Persian life cycles of 12 years and 7 years with the Solar Return.
Our July 24 event featured Tony Dickey who led us through a fascinating look at long range outer planet cycles and their impacts across centuries. Looking at the outer planet conjunctions, squares, and oppositions gives a vast perspective on social and global trends, and everyone said they had a great time.
Our August 21 presentation featured our education director Bill Nastasiak giving us the first of a two-part presentation of where astrology and psychology meet! Part 1 was titled Understanding The Three-Part Self and covered the nature of Self on personal, relational, and collective levels, and how house groupings show our development on all levels of life. Bill followed that talk with a special session on August 28 on Egotism, Narcissism, Identity, and Self. We explored the psychological and astrological differences between egotism and narcissism, how identity is formed, and the “sense of self.”
Our September 25 presentation featured Robert Wilkinson presenting part one on How Our Chart Expresses Our Spiritual Potential. We focused on the nature of spirituality, the sources of mental and emotional suffering and the antidotes to these. We also explored the spiritual functions of our planets and signs, including the 6 primary archetypes, and how various house rulers indicate our spiritual focus. Our October 23 presentation continued the subject, looking at how certain house rulers indicate our spiritual focus and expression. In the second hour we took a look at the charts of those in attendance with an eye to seeing their individual spiritual focus.
Our November 27 meeting was a spirited open forum where we all discussed several astrological topics, including a special focus on the recent Lunar Eclipse and the current Solar eclipse. It was well attended and enjoyed by all!
Our December 18 Solstice gathering was fun, even though we couldn’t have an in person party. Our program featured Bill dissecting and categorizing last year’s predictions and we all got to take a look at which ones were accurate and which missed the mark. Robert also led a discussion about the Solstice chart, since it is said that charts marking the change of season show us what to expect in the 90 days after those points in time.
What's Coming In Our January Presentation
Mark your calendar, since we’ll be coming together again on January 29 when we’ll have our presentation on “Predictions for 2022.” As we did last year, we’ll solicit predictions from our astrologer friends around the internet world and see if we get some great ones like we did last year. We’ll also celebrate the Solar Return of our organization, even if it’s a bit early.
As January resumes our regularly scheduled programming, there will be a modest admission charge of $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
Future presentations are tentatively scheduled for February 26, March 26, and April 23. As the schedule develops for the rest of 2022, we’ll let you know well in advance about the speakers and topics. We have some extraordinary astrologers from all over the nation who have asked to present to our group in 2022 on topics we know you’ll love, so we look forward to another year of high-quality astrology talks offered by some great astrologers!
This is where you can make a difference. We’re experimenting with other models for making astrology available to the public, including discussions on topics of interest at our Facebook page and hopefully at some point, finding ways of doing roundtables on specific subjects if there’s enough interest.
We also welcome anyone with expertise in audio and video production to help us edit our recordings. While Robert has some professional expertise in the field, we’re open to others who would like to work with him in helping create a top notch professional library of our presentations.
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BILL'S APPLIED ASTROLOGY
Some Thoughts About New Year’s Resolutions
(Bill sent this to all members on December 26. It raises the question of when to do our "New Year's Resolutions." Enjoy the premise!)
A few days ago, my wife and I were discussing potential New Year's resolutions, when our 15-lb. Love Dog, Buddy, woke up and sauntered over to join us. We’ve had him for almost eight years, so telepathically, he told us two things; 1) our talking and laughing had been too loud, and 2) we were wasting way too much time and energy on a rather simple process. He used himself as an example.
He had made just one resolution: to eat 22 lbs. of bacon next year. Thick Cut, oven-roasted, please.
Then, he retreated to his nearest bed.
I looked at him for a while and wondered if it was really that easy. After all, what about the timing? We choose our Presentation Saturday each month based on astrological considerations about the quality of time. But our self-management resolutions always have to start on New Year's Day.
Suppose next January 1st has Mars square Pluto and quincunx Neptune. We could see powerful, impulsive action that was based in inappropriate perceptions. But this year brings numerous trines, making an easy time of compliance.
So, in wondering how to ‘resolve’ this, I turned my thoughts to another milestone in our year, Easter. I recalled that someone had tinkered with the calendar quite a bit to find the right date. In fact, it still happens every year.
A Possible Solution
Easter should happen on the first full Moon of Spring. That represents the flowering of the first lunar cycle after the equinox, a fitting time to celebrate the resurrection of life in the northern hemisphere, and an irresistible time to celebrate the savior’s ascent into heaven. Curiously, you’d think that if the full Moon occurred on a Sunday, the Church would claim they’d nailed it, and have a special ceremony. But in such a case, in an effort to completely distance themselves from any celestial connection, they move Easter to the following Sunday.
I began to wonder if we could map such thinking onto our New Year’s resolutions. I mean, why not choose the best time to launch a new endeavor in self-management? But when would that best time be; the Solstice, new Moon, full Moon, or somewhere in between? After some thought, here’s what I came up with.
I think the first new Moon of Winter is the perfect time to – of course – plant the seeds of our desired future behavior. Planning for future success is always beneficial. Discussions, notes, and agendas begin to bring it to life. So, a personal dedication ceremony certainly is appropriate and will leave a lasting impression. It’s a perfect time for thoughtful, mindful moments about our intentions for eliminating what is no longer useful, or for taking our values, attitudes, and behaviors to a more skillful, ethical, and compassionate level.
The first-quarter Moon, then, calls for informed action, which culminates in the full Moon when your New Year’s resolutions are proclaimed to the world as a new part of You. Another ceremony with celebration is in order.
So, according to the Easter Bunny, the full flowering of self-management is seen in the first full Moon of Winter … after some prep work.
A Tentative Schedule
If you’re interested in capitalizing on this New Year’s wave,
The theory is satisfying but when it comes to choosing the best available time, I’m instantly drawn back to the comment I made above:
“We choose our Presentation Saturday each month based on astrological considerations about the quality of time.” That’s what we have to do here, too; select the best time to begin our endeavor just like we do with so many other things, e.g., a road trip, a marriage, or delivering a presentation. And since we’re focusing on self-management, we should choose the best time during Self-management Season, Capricorn.
My experimental, theoretical preference remains with the New Moon as our starting point, but the transits are always in play, which leads to an inescapable lesson: if you’re assigned a date for annual observance, whether it’s from a calendar, an algorithm, or a mythical creature, some years will be good astrologically, while others won’t. So, at this point, we need to be vigilant and search for the best times that fit with our model.
Several Dates to Consider
Here are eight dates to check regarding the process outlined above. They start with the Solstice – in case that’s your preferred starting point - and go to the Full Moon. That covers December 21st through January 17th.
Putting It To Work
There’s something to like about each of these dates, starting with tomorrow, the 27th, so experiment with how they interact with your chart. When the ball drops is quite attractive, too. And it seems that the new Moon and full Moon dates are workable thereby leaving a choice between the 11th and 14th for initiating action near the first quarter. The first quarter Moon occurs on the 9th so the 11th may be the better choice. The Grand Cross on the 14th will still be in effect at the full Moon, so it won’t go to waste if you don’t choose the 14th.
If you normally forego New Year’s resolutions, maybe this scheme will appeal as an opportunity to see if a timed and structured process produces results.
In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful Holiday season, however you think of it, and whatever you call it. It’s time to step back from the traps that’ve been laid by unscrupulous, immoral people and celebrate each other and our various contributions. We’re all going to be important in the new year, and especially in the new era.
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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 2022
(All the degree values listed in the next three sections are computed the same way Sabian Symbols are read; we always round up. 9+ = 10; 19+ = 20; 29+ = 30)
SUN – 11 Capricorn to 12 Aquarius
MERCURY – 29 Capricorn to 11 Aquarius back to 26 Capricorn
VENUS – 24 Capricorn back to 12 Capricorn
MARS – 14 Sagittarius to 5 Capricorn
JUPITER – 1 to 7 Pisces
SATURN – 12 to 16 Aquarius
URANUS – 11 Taurus (all month)
NEPTUNE – 21 to 22 Pisces
PLUTO – 26 to 27 Capricorn
TRUE NORTH NODE – 2 Gemini back to 29 Taurus
SIGNIFICANT ASTROLOGICAL OCCURRENCES IN JANUARY 2022
MERCURY ENTERS AQUARIUS; January 2
NEW MOON; January 2; Sun and Moon at 13 Capricorn
INFERIOR CONJUNCTION OF SUN AND VENUS; January 8 at 19 Capricorn
MERCURY STATIONARY RETROGRADE; January 14 at 11 Aquarius
FULL MOON; January 17; Sun 28 Capricorn, Moon 28 Cancer
URANUS STATIONARY DIRECT; January 18 at 11 Taurus
NORTH NODE ENTERS TAURUS/SOUTH NODE ENTERS SCORPIO; January 18
SUN ENTERS AQUARIUS; January 19
INFERIOR CONJUNCTION OF SUN AND MERCURY; January 23 at 4 Aquarius
MARS ENTERS CAPRICORN; January 24
MERCURY RE-ENTERS CAPRICORN; January 25
VENUS STATIONARY DIRECT; January 29 at 12 Capricorn
NEW MOON/BEGINNING OF CHINESE NEW YEAR; February 1; Sun and Moon at 13 Aquarius
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Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend
Not too many organizations – even those of our type – were as fortunate as we were in having our very own British Antiquarian.
Iain McLaren-Owens, a member of our previous group, was recognized in the US, Europe, and elsewhere as a world-class master of Magian Cardology, a form of astrology whose foundation is represented in spreadsheet format.
At the beginning of each row, and the top of each column, we find a planet whose meanings are combined in their intersection. There are 52 such intersections in the grid. Each is represented by its number and its element. The perfect way to disguise this system in times of persecution was to prepare a book of innocuous symbols. It worked. Even today, we skirt past Magian Cardology because it’s represented by our Playing Cards.
And it’s not easy! Iain’s mind was constantly at work making connections and deriving new uses and meanings for his interpretations, so his work can be difficult to thoroughly understand. Those of us who attended his lectures and read some of his materials can attest to the far-reaching nature of his knowledge.
The modern system goes back Olney H. Richmond and his 1893 book. Iain tracked down hand-written meeting minutes from the 1880s and ‘90s that settled a debate among current practitioners. There are numerous examples of old, relevant documents in his files, and he had purchased the rights to several very old books. He just couldn’t stop digging until he had the facts.
When he had the facts and he knew he was right, he was intractable when dealing with those who were less informed. In such cases, his Uranian archetype could be very intense if pushed too far.
Mimi and I had established a most satisfying relationship with Iain over a period of about 25 years. We enjoyed many social occasions at each other’s homes and selected restaurants. When he found out about his cancer, he was accepting, and toward the end, he seemed determined to enjoy all the moments he could. He died peacefully at home on November 23rd at 9:15 AM.
He cast a large shadow. We miss him.
Bill and Mimi
AN ASTROLOGICAL OVERVIEW OF JANUARY
by Robert Wilkinson
(This is a partial version of our monthly newsletter. If you want to receive the entire newsletter, please be sure your membership is current so the comprehensive information in the newsletter will be sent directly to your email inbox!)
This year the month of January brings huge changes with Jupiter now moving quickly through early Pisces! We have a lot of shifts this month as Mercury goes retrograde and Venus goes direct, with both planets making their “Inferior conjunction” with the Sun this month. Expect many returns, rehearsals, reviews, and other retrograde events wherever you have Capricorn and early Aquarius!
The month begins with a New Moon accenting the theme of “self-transcendence” and connecting with Spirit so magic can come forth! We’re now rapidly approaching the next “grand compression” of planets as the inners close in on the outer planet span between late Capricorn and mid-Taurus. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to have a crowded house wherever we have late Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius!
We’re still experiencing the aftermath of Saturn’s station on a degree of “a child born out of the Cosmic Egg,” promising manifestations from Cosmos not “born of a local tradition!” We are now moving toward “the appearance” of something representing Aquarian energy arising from all which we haven’t realized so far. This will begin to manifest as the inner planets transit 7 Aquarius between early January and mid-March.
Saturn has now shown us techniques of direct accomplishment and an acceleration of our evolutionary potential once we have a vision, a plan, and a good time to execute the procedure. As Saturn rules Capricorn and Aquarius, those parts of our chart are where we’re now moving into a new expression of “Cosmos” and a new sense of what we’re here to accomplish which fulfills our purpose. In 2022, Saturn will “make real” what Jupiter has promised this year.
Planets Slowing Down and Shifting Signs
January begins with both Venus and Uranus retrograde and Mercury slowing, preparing to go retrograde in mid-January. Venus retrograde is giving us a look back at all things Venusian in our Capricorn sector with an eye as to why we believe we like certain things, or are holding on to our Venusian expression in that life area. It’s also giving us a review of how the Capricorn conjunction cycles have developed in our lives since January/March 2020, so we can reconsider what we appreciate about our current circumstances and the value of those disciplines and structures as we prepare to leap forward in 2022.
As Mercury is in its shadow zone the first half of the month with Venus already well into its retrograde period, we’ll begin to see things from the past with an entirely different understanding about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. By mid-month, right after Mercury goes retrograde, Uranus goes direc. This will give us yet another look at the issues related to the degree span it’s been in since April 2021. After Venus makes its Inferior Conjunction with the Sun, it will begin to speed up until it goes direct at the end of January.
Mars ruler of fiery Aries, finds natural harmony in fellow fire sign Sagittarius. It is said that Mars, the planet of direct action, does well in Sagittarius, especially in the second (Aries) decan. While in Sagittarius, Jupiter is the ruler of Mars, so how we experienced Mars in December when its ruler was in Aquarius will be a far different experience of Mars in Sag now that its ruler Jupiter is in Pisces!
The first 10 days of January, Mars will prove agitating to those with planets between 14-20 degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, and Sagittarius. Between January 10 and 24, it will agitate planets between 20-30 of the Mutable signs. When it enters Capricorn, the sign of its exaltation, it will benefit greatly from Capricorn’s organization and sense of responsibility, and activate those with planets in the first 5 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.
The first 24 days of January are fairly stable with the inner planets all between late Sagittarius and early Aquarius. This month the primary focus is Capricorn and Aquarius which will continue until late February. Wherever we have these signs will be our primary concern for the next 7 weeks, after which Pisces will loom large on the landscape.
The Aquarius-Taurus Tension This Year
We’re now leaving the Saturn-Uranus squares in our rear view mirror for most of this year! While the sectors where we have 9-17 Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius will still be under pressure due to Lunar T-squares configuring with Uranus and Saturn, these will become less intense by the end of the month. Saturn square Uranus shows the need to stay focused on what’s really pertinent while disregarding older or unimportant interference. After this final square of 2021, Saturn and Uranus will move into a binovile by late February, with one final square to come beginning August and lasting until early December 2022.
The first square from Saturn to Uranus in February was from 8 Aquarius to 8 Taurus; the second was in June, with Saturn retrograde at 14 Aquarius square Uranus at 14 Taurus; the third happens just after the December 2021 Solstice with Saturn direct at 12 Aquarius and Uranus retrograde at 12 Taurus. These 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 this year activates conflicts dating back 20 years.
We’re Actors On A New Stage With A New Set
The Grand Mutation of Jupiter conjunct Saturn at 1 Aquarius began a new 20 year Aquarian Era in December 2020, as well as a new 200 year Era, moving global energies out of Earth and into Air. We’ve begun to grow beyond the materialism of the past 200 years and have entered two centuries of Air emphasis, with its qualities of relatedness, receptivity, versatility, movability, lightness, and cooperative ideas, visions, and ideals. This month shows Mercury making multiple passes over 1 Aquarius, with the Sun’s transit on January 19 renewing that energy for the next year.
The 2020 Solar eclipse on the Summer Solstice is still facilitating a grand reorientation in our lives, including an acceptance of new allegiances and life directions, and the December 2020 Solar eclipse at 24 Sagittarius is still helping us remove blocks to our happiness. The June Solar eclipse at 20 Gemini is already removing irrelevant and extraneous ideas and considerations from our decision making process, and the extremely beneficial Total Solar Eclipse at 13 Sagittarius in early December gave us a promise of major gifts and unique interactive opportunities which will be perfect for whatever we need. Rewards are coming these next 4 years!
We’re still "under the beams" of the Solar Eclipses we experienced in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, and these “cosmic recyclers” continue to remove all that we no longer need in our lives. Take note of where you have 1 Cancer, 24 and 13 Sagittarius, and 20 Gemini, since 1 Cancer aligns us with a larger reality, 24 Sagittarius helps us find happiness, 13 Sagittarius gives us a new identity and love, and 20 Gemini removes what cannot be assimilated or communicated.
The mid-June Solar Eclipse at 20 Gemini continues to shut down parts of our lives in that sector for 5 years to come. All the eclipses in Gemini and Sagittarius are removing old ideas, old perspectives, old truths, and old futures. The recent Lunar Eclipse at 28 Taurus/Scorpio will remove blockages to our ability to connect with source and find genuine rejuvenation these next few months. All in all, these are some very favorable eclipses wherever they fall in our charts!
As we study how successive Eclipses have affected various areas of our charts and lives, we can get a sense of the utility of these “Cosmic Recyclers” in removing what we no longer needed in those areas, creating a void which attracted new life experiences. They invite us to look back, and then forward, to see the continuity of “letting go, taking in, letting go, taking in” across the years.
The Grand Irrationality
In January the 7-pointed “Star of Destiny" I’ve termed The Grand Irrationality will be triggered by the Sun and Mercury! The first activation happens at the very beginning of the month when Mercury septiles Neptune and biseptiles Uranus. This is replicated by the Sun in the third week of January, and we get yet another phase of it in late January when Mercury retrograde makes the same aspects as the beginning of the month. As you know by now, these aspects represent “forks in the road of destiny,” affecting individuals and nations wherever the seven zones in the configuration occur in our charts.
All of the septile-series 7thharmonic aspects from the inner planets to the outer spiritual planets represent turning points at the hard edge of revolutionary change we’ve been going through for a while. Obviously this is activated every time the Moon moves through one of the seven “hot zones” of this evolutionary configuration. All septile-series aspects trigger crucial choices and changes at “forks in the road of destiny.” I have written extensively about “The Grand Irrationality,” a configuration which has been active since 1994, at my main website http://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 28 Capricorn – 2 Aquarius, 19-23 Pisces, 10-14 Taurus, 4-8 Cancer, 25-29 Leo, 16-20 Libra, and 7-11 Sagittarius.
When things seem irrational and don’t make much sense, there’s always a septile-series aspect in the mix. During the periods these 7thharmonic aspects are in play, if things get weird or crazy, be clear about the choices you’re making. While a lot won’t “make sense,” it doesn’t have to; just be clear about what you’re doing and why. Even though there may be interactions with unreasonable or irrational people, we still have the power to respond in productive ways.
As with “hard” aspects to and from Mars, if that planet (or really any planet) is involved in any non-rational aspect, whether one to our natal Mars or transiting Mars making a non-rational aspect to one of our natal, progressed, or solar return planets, it’s a time to be cautious during the period when the aspect is within a degree of forming or separating. Things have a way of getting strange during 7th harmonic aspects, so those are times to be especially deliberate and thoughtful in choosing our responses.
Primary Action Beats for the First Half of the Month
January begins with Sun trine Uranus and Mercury in its shadow zone activating the Grand Irrationality while slowing to go retrograde. The New Moon on January 2 with Mercury on the exact degree of the Grand Mutation of 2020 will give us more signs and signals throughout January about the greater group work we’re to do. This is a very favorable New Moon challenging our willingness to embrace “self-transcendence,” with returns and rewards promised by Venus retrograde on one of the important 2020 conjunction points. Show willingness to grow beyond your old conception of self and welcome the serendipitous connections which may pop up unexpectedly in January.
Primary Action Beats for the Second Half of the Month
The third week of the month brings us Mercury rapidly slowing in retrograde motion, Sun conjunct Pluto, and Uranus going stationary direct! Any time a planet beyond Jupiter hits a station, expect major sea changes during the week before and after the exact station. Overall, there is a remarkable lack of frictional aspects this month, mainly due to all the planets compressing into a very small part of the zodiac. However, because of the Sun and Mercury both conjunct Pluto with Venus retrograde, and Venus/Mars conjunctions to Pluto to come, strong memories are in the air to teach us the truth the Sage George Harrison sang all those years ago, “all things must pass away.”
The last week of the month shows Mars entering Capricorn, Mercury re-entering the end of Capricorn, conjuncting Pluto and triggering the Grand Irrationality, and Venus going stationary direct. The month ends with Sun square Uranus and the New Moon at 13 Aquarius, the same degree Saturn occupies at the January 2 New Moon. That degree symbol is a “barometer,” indicating that the lessons Saturn brings us in January are helping us tune our “inner barometer” so we can know what’s coming based on the inner changes we feel now. The Aquarian New Moon will continue to help us develop our “inner knowing” in February.
This is the last month of the North Node in Gemini era and the first month of the North Node in Taurus era! This ends our time of our greatest evolutionary development in the sign of learning and communicating, and begins a time of our greatest development coming through the sign of appreciation, value, and enjoying the best life has to offer.
Because Saturn is still so strong on the stage of life, keep demonstrating patience and vision based in how you’ve lightened and brightened your life where you have Aquarius in your chart. As I’ve mentioned in past newsletters, this year we’ve been tested to use the (almost) non-stop friction of the Taurus/Aquarius square to launch a new inspired vision achieved through group cooperation. This square has challenged us to trust our inner spiritual warrior and BE the “Light and Mind” of Leo and Scorpio, showing heart, taking heart, trusting the heart, strengthening the heart, and radiating the Love we ARE to our world, expressed through a conscious focus, concentration, and intention.
The Sun in Capricorn is a time to see the Light of a greater effectiveness and authorship of our skill in serving our world as the motive to achieve the ultimate goals of the emergent Aquarian energy. We now enter the second year of the new Aquarian era, and having moved through three phases of “graduation into a new realm of Being,” we can now willingly embrace our role as a unique spark of Light within infinite fields of Light.
As we’ve launched into a new 20 year and 200 year cycle, remember a new era has dawned, so have courage and take the initiative to leave the Earth and fly free into the Air of what’s opening as the Grand Mutation expands its promise into the Divine transfigured ideal of a more just truth and future we glimpsed in Libra, concentrated into focused power in Scorpio, expanded into new truths and futures in Sagittarius, and crafted into forms of personal power in Capricorn. This month’s Aquarian transits prime the pump for the renewal to come in March!
Until next month (or whenever we meet again, since tomorrow is never guaranteed)
Editor, AAZ Newsletter
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 have moved 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 had enormous changes in 2020, just as those who have planets in the first 15 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius will have enormous changes in 2021.
We are still in a period of Uranus septile Neptune, 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 septile 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 conflic.
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 have a copy, please consider taking a look at 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. During the times Jupiter is in Aquarius this year, Saturn will be a major presence on the planetary stage as a final dispositor sharing power with 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 awakened to "a new quality of Being," and 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” since the Summer of 2019. After this year's squares, Saturn will make some long term very productive and specializing aspect with Uranus, so consider these squares the prelude to a new individuality coming forth in 2022-2023!
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 occupancy 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.