2020 #4 Year of the Emperor

2020 rounds off to a Four year in numerology, bringing stability and strength to various aspects of life including health, relationships and significant endeavors. Four is an even number and therefore brings a certain degree of predictability along with peace of mind. This may come as great relief after the frenetic Three year coming to a close.

The Three year of 2019 has brought many opportunities, options and ideas to mull over but frequently too much going on all at once to process. It was exciting but also over the top. There was a lot of movement and inspiration along with extreme anxiety and uncertainty about the environment, which path to choose and about the future overall. Three corresponds with the Empress card of the Major Arcana and during the year there have been many themes both positive and negative revolving around maternal figures, relationships or issues with women, fertility, creativity, romance, sexuality, and the feminine. The Empress card’s ruling planet Venus made powerful alignments with Mars, the planet associated with the number Three vibration.

Four corresponds to the Emperor card of the Major Arcana, which is influenced by the sign of Aries and the planet Mars. The presence of the Emperor signifies a shift of focus toward paternal figures, politicians, men, masculinity, masonry, order, architecture, the building of structure, tradition, ambitions, security and protection.

Whereas life may have moved too fast, at a hectic pace that seemed uncontrollable during 2019, the Four vibration of 2020 will slow things down and so that movement itself is more carefully thought out and deliberate. Three is wild and won’t be contained while Four seeks for organization and fits things neatly into boxes. Insecurity, doubts and fears will be replaced with increased confidence, practicality and a warrior-like sense of courage. It will become easier to set down some roots, grow in stamina, create or nurture something of lasting value, gain steady income, become more focused and to achieve what previously could not be due to distractions or impatience.

Four is a number that relates to many things that give structure such as:

Four directions, Four seasons, Four elements, and Four limbs

These things help us to navigate, tell what time it is, and to better understand our place in the Universe. Four gets us in touch with good old terra firma, reminding us of our feet and the way that gravity holds us, keeping all of our parts intact and upright. 2020 is a favorable year for building a home, launching a career, providing for family, planting a garden or working to restore natural resources, and to strengthen our boundaries which means different things to different folks. This is a number of conventional views and with its influence, frivolities fall away in the pursuit of lasting satisfaction and success through dedication and consistency. It can also indicate public recognition for efforts and achievements.

The number Four is one of endurance and is an appropriate match for the heightened focus around Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto all transiting the highly industrious sign of Capricorn in 2020. The planet Mercury which represents mental faculties and communications has been linked with this number. Mercury relates also to merchandise and money. Four is a lucky number for not just making money or achieving stability but increasing prosperity through sales, hard work or even through knowledge.

Fatherhood, patriarchy, relationships or issues with men and male activities will be the highlights throughout the entire year. During the Sun’s transit through Aries, from March 20th to April 19th the Emperor’s influence will be strongly experienced. This may be especially noticeable in April, the fourth month of the year.  

The Emperor gets all of us in touch with the Sacred Masculine in some way, shape or form. It addresses all of the imbalances and injustices that have been done both to and by men, through the ages. It zeros in on what men are going through or what women are experiencing regarding the men or males in their life. Many of the young men who are called “Millenials” are becoming aware of a need for emotional recovery and empowerment. They have suffered the burdens of those before them who offered no real support or validation of their masculinity. They may have had poor role models and now seek for enlightened methods of living, parenting, and relating to others and themselves.

The planet Mars which corresponds to the Emperor will be in Aries, first sign of its rulership, for an extended duration (over half of the year 2020) due to its Retrograde motion September 9th to November 13th. This transit beginning in late June and carried into the New Year of 2021 may entail a great deal of reworking and recovery of the male self-image, sexuality, and ambitions.

There are four recognized Cardinal Virtues and four Cardinal signs of the Zodiac. Those born under the signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn those or having a predominance of planets in them in their charts will likely be experiencing profound shifts, endings and new beginnings throughout 2020. Part of this is due to the focus of planets in Capricorn which also deals with paternity and masculine authority, as well as the Nodal Axis continuing its focus between Cancer and Capricorn until May. In addition to the awaited transit of Mars through Aries, the comet Chiron is transiting Aries, emphasizing areas in need of healing, particularly for those with personal planets or placements in any of the four Cardinal signs.

The downside of a Four year is that for some people it could seem too monotonous, boring, predictable or stale. It could also indicate stagnancy in the political scene. Negatively, the Four vibration imposes rules that are limiting instead of supportive. Depending on where the focus has been largely placed in the past and where it’s going in 2020, people may seem trapped and immobile or they could become more grounded. Effects are going to be unique to each and every individual because of their innate value system and set of circumstances.

The Four year supports activities that bring greater strength and stability, such as working muscles through various weight-resistance exercises or starting a savings account. Paradoxically, as an even number the Four also supports non-action. This is the year to become a lot more careful about expenditures of energy, making sure to get adequate rest instead of working oneself into the ground.

The number Four is all for what’s practical and not glamorous. It highlights work that may be humble but that definitely pays off in the long run. This is especially true of the kind of work that ensures that our basic needs are met. It’s about not being afraid to get our hands dirty as we slowly but surely build the life of our dreams.

During 2020, the structure that Four represents is an aid to discipline and self-mastery. It will become easier to provide life’s essentials for ourselves and loved ones so that from a position of strength we may venture into the world with greater confidence and resilience than before.

Suggested reading for the #4 year of the Emperor:

Iron John, A Book about Men by Robert Bly.

Neptune Stations Direct 2019 – Water Sword of Purification and Truth

Neptune went Retrograde on June 21st and is slowing down for a Direct station on November 27th at 15 degrees of Pisces. It makes a conjunction to the fixed star Achernar, also known as the Mouth of the River. This signals a surge of previously unrecognized or unvoiced emotions and truths rising to the surface of consciousness.

Neptune is the planet of dreams and the realms of imagination. Often Neptune’s influence can lead to denial, obsession, or addiction but when Retrograde it tends to reveal many things that are not pleasant to look at or hear. As it stations Direct the impact of what is understood, seen, or experienced may be amplified. As it goes forward again, so are myriad buried, stifled and confused ideas emerging from their murky depths to be aired out, voiced, reconciled, and reckoned with.

The qualities and influences of the star Achernar resemble those of Jupiter and are known to bestow great benevolence and success, as well as to heighten inspiration. Combined with Neptune however there can be difficulty in maintaining physical equilibrium. The energy coursing throughout our bodies or the environment can lead to feelings of spaciness, nausea or otherwise mean suffering from some kind of virus is possible during this time. It could be that what has been realized during Neptune’s Retrograde period has been overwhelming to assimilate and the time has come to process and take action on what was learned.

Mercury in Scorpio forms an exact trine to Jupiter, further assisting in the access of information from the subconscious mind as well as from external yet hidden sources. What comes up now may come to some as a relief. Yet for others there are a lot of icky vibes and a desire to expel toxicity from the mind, body and/or relationships with others. The truth involving communications will no longer be suppressed. It’s said that the truth hurts but it also liberates. Some of the things that people need to say to another or others may be shocking or even hurtful for the other to hear. The time has come for truth to prevail. By speaking truth with authority, a dam of stuck, nearly rotten energy is finally released. The knowledge attained over time and hardships must eventually be put into action and transformed into wisdom.

The New Moon in Sagittarius on November 26th is the launching pad for new and freer expressions of the truth. The Moon in Sagittarius squares Neptune at the moment of its direct motion on the 27th, indicating the friction between intuition and habitual responses. There could be some degree of “diving board fear” here, meaning a hesitation to truly heed the call of intuition, to make necessary changes or take the dive into something that seems so formidable and is yet simultaneously is the key to success.

With Neptune’s extra strong presence we are drawn to various forms of Neptunian outlets such as music, poetry, painting or meditation. Dreams may be extra vivid and seek to be interpreted by the dreamer, to effect powerful changes in waking life. Finally Neptune is no longer being squared by Jupiter this year. Jupiter has been conjunct the Galactic Center since mid-November, also heightening dreams, aspirations and synchronistic encounters. Both Jupiter and Neptune are now in positions to do anything but confuse and befuddle. Both are showing and telling it like it is.

This Neptune Direct is like a fierce Sword of Water penetrating into the most muddy crack of our lives to rid us of parasites, germs and a host of invisible adversaries. One by one, it is piercing through the metaphorical rivers, lakes and oceans of erroneous ideas, pseudo-spiritual bullshit and insidious psychic garbage that we have been saturated by for months, years, or even our entire lives. It is bringing clarity to the so-called Big Picture and allowing for a greater sense of appreciation for it all without getting lost in petty details. The Piscean element of compassion may also grow stronger as a result of seeing things more clearly.

New Moon in Sagittarius – Magic Happens!

The New Moon on November 26th is 4 degrees of Sagittarius, bringing bright new beginnings and expanded visions of the future. Sag’s ruling planet Jupiter will have been closely aligned with the Galactic Center over the past few days, drawing forth profound shifts and insights regarding what have become buried truths.

By now many of our problems appear so utterly ridiculous the only thing left to do is laugh at them. Perhaps it’s just that a bit of comic relief is in order after taking things so damn seriously lately. This Moon gives us the opportunity to stand back and gain a totally new perspective on some very old stuff, so that it becomes easier to figure what to do with it (like maybe lighting it on fire and burning it if it’s not too toxic…).

The New Moon is also conjunct the asteroid Pallas Athene which heightens the intuitive, creative and energizing qualities of the Archer. The goddess Athene is a representation of the female warrior and sage. Her wisdom crosses the barriers of age, sex and creed. This suggests strong female energy and personalities as prominent forces to be reckoned with, or that the dynamics between the inner anima/animus in those of both genders are seeking for new expression.

A trine is formed to Chiron in Aries, hugely amplifying the healing potentials of this celestial configuration. Hygeia, the goddess of health and purification is also associated with Pallas Athene and this makes the contact to Chiron even more potent. Wounds both emotional and physical that have been troubling for many months could be met with miraculous results. The harmoniously combined and equine archetypes of Sagittarius and Chiron indicate that both physical and spiritual transformation is underway. There are specific actions to be taken in order to restore wholeness and harmony and thanks to the New Moon in Sagittarius we may suddenly know exactly what they are.

Horse medicine also relates to sexuality so there could be a lot of passions being stirred around this time. Travel, whether physical or mental is indicated and if not undertaken then travel plans for the future or visitors of some kind are likely.

Mercury will be in a post-shadow phase having gone direct in Scorpio since November 20th. Neptune, having been squared by Jupiter throughout 2019 is stationing to go Direct on the 27th. A growing sense of clarification in matters that have been obscure all year is finally here. When this month is over, several confusing issues will become so obvious in their nature that help in deciphering their meaning will no longer be needed.

The New Moon is inconjunct Uranus so wild change and surprises are really inevitable at this point. They are not necessarily bad surprises but the keynote is that not much if anything can be fully contained or controlled. The more we try to keep things going a certain way the less they seem to cooperate. Amazing things can happen when that false grip of control is released. That control is linked it the left brain and the functions of logic.

This New Moon seems to be saying to stop fussing about and celebrate something, even if it seems small or silly. A playful approach to life is something that many of us can learn from those who are young and innocent. It is also to become more conscious of being a magician on default mode. Upon deciding what to create, a self-aware magician does not sit around and fret, wondering if his or her spell or magical undertaking will be brought to fruition. The magic just happens. That’s the right approach, right about now.

The Full Moon conjunct Vesta in Taurus

temple of Vesta in Rome

The Full Moon at 19 degrees of Taurus on November 12th forms a trine to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, bringing unfinished works closer to fruition. The pressure is on as these various cthonic forces seem to intermingle and collide. The opposition of the moon to Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio heightens mental faculties and stimulates intriguing conversations.

Uranus in Taurus is not close enough to the Moon to form a conjunction but it has definitely been making its presence known on the earth lately. There have been multiple raging fires in California, recent tornados in Texas, flooding in England, earthquakes and extreme weather in various parts of the globe. Mars in the late degrees of Libra is slowly forming an opposition to Uranus, exact by November 24th. There is a sense of urgency that this aspect entails, which may be become increasingly noticeable when Mars enters Scorpio on the 18th. Conflicts may be arising between groups involving their finances, corporate business affairs or legacies. Tension is ready to erupt in ways that were inevitable given the way things have been going for so long.

The good news is that Venus, ruling planet of Taurus is happily transiting Sagittarius and when she makes a conjunction to Jupiter and the Galactic Center will likely be the saving grace to weaken the severity of what appear to be ominous prospects for later this month (on the 24th).

The Full Moon forms a sextile with Neptune while Venus forms a square to it. Some things are just too difficult to either see or accept as they are, and so embellishing, camouflaging or taking an overly idealistic stance are possible dangers. On the other hand, these combined energies make a rather potent recipe for unlimited creative abundance. If you’re an artist, have at it! The moment is ripe for expressing what normally cannot be expressed or made manifest in a particular way.

Vesta, the asteroid goddess associated with devotion, focus and sacred sexuality is Retrograde forming an exact degree conjunction to this Full Moon. Vesta is a fire goddess currently transiting an earth sign. There are such incredible amounts of energy arising from within the earth and within our physical vehicles that may seem difficult to channel properly or to contain. For some this may have recently led to feelings of nausea and in others ecstatic sensations. Vesta in Taurus is very “hands-on”. Massage and stretching the body with yoga or other methods could help to better circulate the energy. Ginger tea can also be helpful for this. Emotional responsiveness is greatly increased right now so it may be easier to work through emotional or sexual tensions, frustrations and wounds. Self-worth and preservation are also themes being highlighted.

Overall this Full Moon highlights the capacity to ground, nurture and sustain ourselves despite what may be going on in the world and in our lives. It is also a reminder of our humble place in the Universe, simultaneously showing us the impact that we each have on the environment with the things that we choose to wear, buy, grow, eat, the vehicles that we drive, the products we use, etc. Discovering your power spot in nature, designing an altar or spending time in a garden would be appropriate methods of tuning in to Vesta during this Full Moon.

The Taurean theme also points toward what we have vs what we think we have or wish we had. In truth, whatever physical things that we have will all return to the earth, just as our bodies will. It may be useful to contemplate what kinds of things we have or may develop that are timeless in nature. This is not meant to be a morbid or depressing thought but one that stimulates an awareness of values higher in nature than those that many of us are accustomed to. It is these higher values that may assist in propelling us forward in the months to come.

Mercury Transit 11/11: A Change of Perspective

Today Mercury has begun transiting across the Sun, making its closest passage to the Sun since 1973 and before the year 2190, according to astronomical sources.

Due to Mercury’s Retrograde motion in Scorpio the impact of this transit is extra profound. This event is also occurring just a day before the Full Moon in Taurus, and amplifies all thoughts, emotions and endeavors over the next few hours leading up to it.

The transit of Mercury to the Sun could be said in effect to be a sort of eclipse by Mercury, bringing about radical changes in perspective, deep insights, messages from beyond, and life-altering “AHA” moments.

This could mean that:

  • long held views on certain topics are changing
  • hidden agendas are surfacing
  • solutions to old problems are appearing
  • warnings and guideposts make themselves known
  • important messages are being conveyed
  • inspiration lights up your heart and life

Don’t shrug off those nagging hunches as insignificant…it is becoming loud and clear that some things cannot be ignored any longer.

Jupiter is also nearing the Galactic Center which raises the chances of receiving highly important information at this time. This information, whatever it is, is unique to each person, family, country, group or region being registered by them in their respective ways. It is likely to be a combination of helpful and disconcerting at the same time.

Meditation, mantras, prayers and other forms of introspection may be helpful in being able to more clearly decipher the messages and insights coming through this week.

Venus and Jupiter conjunct the Galactic Center – Messages, Synchronicities, and Miracles

Today on November 1st Venus entered the sign of Sagittarius for the second time this year. It will make a second conjunction to the Galactic Center (the first was on February 1st) on November 23rd, just after an exact conjunction to the GC by Jupiter on November 19th.

Every year at this time an emphasis is placed on the realms of dead and listening more closely to what emotions and inner guidance are saying. That is ever so relevant now, with strong indications of a spiritual reality making itself known in forms of visions, flashes of the future, intuitive hunches, gut feelings, last-minute saves and miraculous encounters.

The approach of these conjunctions to the GC become even more noticeable mid-November and bring much-needed solace and encouragement to those souls who are downtrodden and riddled with fear as the astrological buildup of Saturn and Pluto continue to intensify on this planet.

Currently Mercury is also Retrograde in Scorpio, since October 31st until November 20th. Communication and cognitive patterns are introspective in nature during this time, drawing attention toward that which would ordinarily be ignored, unseen or glossed over. This is especially pertinent during Mercury’s transit to the Sun on November 11th. Dreams and psychic impressions may become greatly heightened throughout the month.

The two Great Benefics joined together conjunct the Galactic Center on November 24th indicate special blessings, important messages, and possibly divine intervention. Unexpected gifts or sudden breakthroughs may also appear. Leading up to this time pay extra attention to ideas that pop up in daydreams, unusual messengers, signs from nature and the behaviors of animals. Synchronicites abound during this time and will seem to spring up from every direction. There may be loud spiritual warnings that recommend we don’t go a certain direction or guideposts that let us know we are on the right track. There may also be an abundance of strange, so-called coincidences and messages “from the Universe” that are both unique and humorous. Some of you may have already noticed these forces becoming activated. That is another good sign!

The last time Jupiter made a conjunction to the Galactic Center was December 2nd of 2007, shortly after Pluto’s conjunction to the GC. It may have taken all this time to assimilate what was given to us or what was experienced. Jupiter will shift out of Sagittarius and enter Capricorn this year on December 2nd 2019, bringing a new set of gifts, opportunities and expansions that are focused on the earth element instead of fire.

Another conjunction to the GC by the Sun on December 19th is up next, with Mercury making its presence there known during the very fortunate Solar Eclipse on the 25th to the 27th. Although it may not be apparent on the surface, finances and relationships are surrounded by protection and blessings from late November to late December. December could be the month to make an investment, commitment or start a new enterprise.

Great uses the period of time that Venus and Jupiter transit the GC late November include spiritual practices such as prayer, meditation, making offerings and charitable donations, artistic pursuits, poetry, expanding the spiritual knowledge-bank, love rituals, inner and outer journeys to exotic places or realms through study or physical travel.

If you have any personal planets at 27 degrees of Sagittarius or making aspects to it, then you may especially experience these strong currents made by Venus and Jupiter’s aligning with the Galactic Center in the coming weeks.

New Moon in Scorpio 2019

On October 27th, the New Moon at 4 degrees of Scorpio is exactly opposite of Uranus Retrograde in Taurus. Expect the unexpected if you haven’t already been barraged with surprises this weekend! This could be fun, liberating, stressful or a little bit of everything. There is a deep intensity in all undertakings and emotional exchanges. It’s okay to pause for awhile a few deep breaths…even to take a day off from normal routines to assimilate what is occurring could be beneficial. New beginnings now revolve around emotional ties and emotionally charged endeavors.

With Venus, Pallas Athene and Mercury are clustered together in the later degrees of Scorpio,  we are brimming with creative ideas and the urge to break out of old paradigms and limitations whether self-imposed or coming from outside forces. This is very passionate energy that may seek expression with another or through some artistic medium. It may also be directed toward spiritual pursuits.

Mars in Libra forms a square to Saturn which adds to the edginess of this New Moon. Conflicts with authority, elders or family could be issues. For those un-flustered by this influence, the tension between Mars and Saturn may be channeled in more productive ways that help to operate with full awareness and work through obstacles.

Keynotes over the next couple of days include:

  • Emotional and physical purification
  • Themes around giving and receiving
  • Money suddenly going out or coming in
  • Importance of establishing boundaries
  • The deep urge to transform self and environment
  • Need to trust and follow intuitive hunches which are very sharp

The Sabian symbol for this New Moon is
“A Massive Rocky Shore Resist The Pounding Of The Sea”

We are reminded that resistance to change has both positive and negative manifestations. There are those who are shaped by their environment and others who make an impact upon it. Perhaps the best we can do with this period is to seek for stability while the world around us seems to be going crazy. Uranus is the unpredictable element involved and the sweeping changes it brings can help us to break free from ruts.