Total Lunar Eclipse 26 May 2021

There will be a total lunar eclipse on 26 May 2021. It will be visible in areas of southeast Asia, all of Australia, all of Oceania, most of Alaska and Canada, all of the lower 48 states, all of Hawaii, all of Mexico and Central America, and most of South America.

The full eclipse begins at 11:11UT and lasts until 11:26UT. Maximum eclipse (Moon opposing Sun) takes place at 11:18:42.

The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours 2 minutes and the duration of the full eclipse is 14 minutes.

The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse:

The chart below, cast for London, shows the event in astrological terms:

What is exciting about this lunar eclipse is the fact that eclipse ruler Jupiter has just moved into Pisces. This, of course, gives him a boost in essential dignity, increasing his beneficial powers.

Let us remind ourselves of the qualities attributed to Jupiter. Abu Ma’shar writes this about Jupiter in his Great Introduction:

“And he indicates the soul which nourishes, … sincerity, truth, religion, worship, modesty, piety, reverence, … insight into religion, uprightness,

And he indicates prosperity, success, defeat for all who resist him, dignity, leadership, authority, kings, the nobles and the mighty, the greatness of one‘s good luck, comfort and delight, …”

Jupiter Enthroned
by Heinrich Friedrich Füger

There is also mutual reception between Jupiter and the eclipse Moon, which adds an intense potential for fulfilment.

Thirdly, highly beneficial Jupiter squares the Sun/Moon eclipse-axis, adding tension that needs to be released. All in all, this is an eclipse that will delight the spiritually inclined person. The seekers of spiritual truth, the occultists, the mystics and magicians, the philosophers and the religiously devoted should benefit from this eclipse!

With Jupiter being eclipse ruler, we can also look to William Lilly, who wrote:

“When Jupiter alone has the chiefest Dominion in an Eclips, generally he products an increase of all things.“

I have to point it out though, that on a personal level, an eclipse usually affects only a small number of people. To establish the possibility of any effect to take place, the birth chart should be scrutinized for any of the following:

  • Moon is in or around 5 Sagittarius
  • Moon is in or around 5 Gemini (opposition)
  • 5 Gemini is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 5 Gemini is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)

Should it be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the birth chart may be necessary to find out if, how and to what extent the native could be affected.

Vision of St. Benedict by Cosmas Damian Asam (1735)

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We should also have a look at the mundane astrological implications of this eclipse. To be able to do this, we need to establish where the eclipse is likely to have its greatest effect. For this purpose we need to look at the countries or cities falling under the rulership of Sagittarius, the sign wherein the eclipse Moon resides during the event. We also have to take into consideration that the eclipse’s visibility will greatly enhance its effect.

Looking through traditional astrological source material, we find that Greece (and there particularly Attica), ArabiaFrance (particularly Avignon), Hungary (particularly Budapest), Germany (particularly Cologne, Meissen, Judenburg, Rottenburg, Stuttgart), Italy (particularly Colonia, Volterra), Yugoslavia (particularly Dalmatia, Modena), Croatia, Gascovia in the Basque region, Czechoslovakia (particularly Moravia), Sclavonia (around Bulgaria), and Spain (particularly Toledo) may be affected.

The map above shows the paths of angularity for Sun (red) and Moon (black)

From the above, it is noticeable that Germany and Italy are not only falling under the rulership of Sagittarius, but that they are also on the path of this lunar eclipse. This makes it more likely that some eclipse related events may occur. Also, with the eclipsed Moon located close to the Midheaven, it is likely that any eclipse related event will occur about three months after the actual date of the eclipse.

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William Lilly on Theft and Beinecke MS 558

During research for my upcoming book on the Lunar Mansions, I came across Beinecke MS 558. The manuscript is held in the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the rare book library and literary archive of the Yale University Library in New Haven, Connecticut. It comprises 89 pages consisting of multiple texts on parchment and paper and is written by five hands. It contains several diagrams, and an astrolabe with volvelles, pictured below:

The principle collector of MS 558 was Thomas Butler from Harlow in Essex. Natal charts of Thomas Stalon, born 1500; Jhon Butler, born 1524; Thomas Buttler, born 1528; and Ales Buttler, born 1532 are displayed.

Contemporary astrologers quoted include Johann Stöffler (1452 – 1531) and Leonard Digges (c. 1515 – c. 1559). Earlier sources quoted are Almansor, Messahala, Haly Abenragel and Zael.

Included in the manuscript is a chapter on theft, with the title “To knowe the thefe that hath stolen”

In the left margin on p2v, is a handwritten note by a later hand (17th C?) reading “Lilly pag 331”

This refers to page 331 in William Lilly’s Christian Astrology. The picture below shows the relevant page.

William Lilly, Christian Astrology, Regulus 1985, p331

Christian Astrology was published in 1647, approximately 100 years after Beinecke MS 558 was compiled. It shows that treasured manuscripts were passed on for generations. They were still used and annotated long after the publication of printed material had become commonplace.

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Of the Virgin, Venus, and the Moon – An Excerpt from Will-Erich Peuckert’s Book on Astrology

Will-Erich Peuckert, Astrologie, W. Kohlhammer Verlag, Stuttgart, 1960.

Who was Will-Erich Peuckert (11 May 1895 – 25 October 1969)? To answer this question, we may look to Wouter Hanegraaff who writes that “First and foremost, Peuckert is known as probably the most important twentieth-century pioneer of the discipline known as Volkskunde, variously referred to in English as ‘folkloristic’ or ‘European ethnology'”. (Hanegraaff, Will-Erich Peuckert and the Light of Nature, 2009). Peuckert published monographs on Paracelsus, Jacob Boehme and Rosicrucianism. Pansophie, one of his major works, was in fact a unique synthesis of the history of Western Esotericism in the early modern period. Late in life, Peuckert also published a book on astrology, applying his unique approach to the subject. The following is an excerpt from the second chapter, Mond – Venus – Mars:

The moon has certainly been a very important planet for early civilisations, in the South even more so than the sun, whose rays seem hot and cruel. And if the sun glides through the firmament in an unchanged manner, the moon is ever changing, is very small, gets bigger, rounded like an apple, is waning, gets smaller, and eventually disappears completely. Such change is attracting people’s attention. This is how it was for the old Germans, who needed the moon as an important tool to measure time (in Tacitus’ Germania, it says in chapter 11: if nothing out of the ordinary happened, they gathered at certain intervals, on the days of new moon or full moon). It was the same with the Celts, who sacrificed to the Great Goddess on moon nights, and with the peoples who were ruled by women [‘weiberzeitliche Völker’] and who bowed in humility before their Moon Goddesses, and with the Semites. Everywhere the moon was observed and people served it. Especially amongst the North-Semitic tribes, the Akkadians and the Babylonians, it is noticeable that they distinguished between two groups. Sun, Moon and Venus were in one group, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn the other. In the veneration of the first group, there was a difference: the South-Semites, who were the Arabs of the Minaean Empire, from Saba and Hadhramawt, as well as the North-Semitic tribes of the Akkadians and Babylonians, and the West-Semitic people of Canaan, the Jews, the Syrians and Phoenicians used to call sun and moon by the old names of Schamasch and Sin. But the North-Semites saw the sun as male and the West- and South-Semites saw it as female. The opposite view occurred as the former saw the moon as female and the others the sun as male. At Larsa and Sippar, the old Babylonians served a Sun god; the West-Semitic nomads in Ur, Harran, and Syria worshipped, just like the South-Semitic tribes, and venerated the star of the night [the moon] as highest deity. Therefore, Sinai is made a holy mountain and dwelling place of Sin, the Moon god, Horeb the sacred place of the god Horeb, who is called the dryer or desiccator, because the West- and South-Semitic tribes saw him as the lord of the low tide.

It was believed that, in the beginning, this group of three was a group of four: one stellar parental pair with Mercury as their son and Venus as their daughter. In the stereotypical South Arabian lists of deities, usually three or four deities can be found. First mentioned is the planet Venus ‘Athtar’ (masculine), second is the moon under different names (masculine), last is the sun ‘Schams’ (feminine). “In the Hadhramawtian, Katabanian, and Minaean conjuration, we find another, fourth, deity; after Hommel, the Hadhramawtian Haul (hebr. Hol) as well as the Katabanian Anbaj (Babylon. Nabiu) should be identical with Mercury … According to the Moon Hymn of Ur, here the moon was the father, and because the sun is female in all the moon religions, (as opposed the moon is masculine in all sun religions). Amongst the Arabs, just as in German, the moon ‘qamar’, is still masculine, the sun ‘schams’ is feminine, and because she is in the typical South Arabian understanding of deity the only female deity, she becomes the divine mother. This correlates with the Harranian idea of god, because after Zimmern, the Harranian Moon god Sin has a wife, ‘Queen’ Scharratu (probably the female Sun) and two children, a daughter Ishtar (Venus), and a son Nusku (Mercury). In Sippar, Schamasch, the sun, being the father, has a ‘bride’ kallatu, who is Aja – after Hommel the female moon – and two constant companions, Kettu (feminine) and Mescharu (masculine), who Zimmern sees as their children. The latter ones are possibly Venus and Mercury, because in Babylonian theology, Venus is the daughter and Mercury the son of the god.”

This certainly very old, and maybe even arch-Semitic system, underwent some change which is not entirely unimportant for our problem. In more recent times, the female stellar deities merged into one; in the field of the South-Semitic tribes, which are the Minaeans and in Saba, ‘both of them are thought of as the female sun, Venus is not female as usual, but has become male, and Mercury has been eliminated. In the genealogical system, the sun seems to represent the mother as well as the daughter, and the two masculine stars will have to be perceived as father and son’. Amongst South- and West-Semites, this is the clear expression of a son-of-god idea. But this proposition voices another, very important one. We know from history what became of this son-of-god idea: it grew into the belief in a redeeming son of god, the Messiah who was born in Bethlehem. But I do not want to talk about the genesis of this Jewish-Christian central thought here. I would like to conclude: because the idea of a son-of-god was of importance, because it has become the basis of a religion spanning the globe, the star on which this is based must have been of importance. And this star, Venus, is standing out in another context.

The North-Semitic tribes underwent a similar but different development ‘whereby in the Babylonian religion Ishtar become the actual goddess; as mother and daughter she has a double nature, like the South Arabian, female Sun. Mercury didn’t play a role in the official triple goddess symbol, but one of the two great stars become the son-of-god instead. Therefore, the son-of-god idea seems to be a general, arch-Semitic one, but here Venus, who was the star of the son-of-god in the South, was made into the star of Ishtar, the stellar incarnation of the magma mater at a time when women ruled [‘weiberzeitlich’].

Amongst all nomadic tribes and herdsmen, the man is featuring strongly. Looking after large herds needs a strong man and not a feeble woman; the merchant’s journeys through the desert, which were known to the Minaeans or Sabaeans, were only possible for men, due to the gangs of robbers and predators. And because the early Semites were all nomads or herdsmen, their culture was based on the masculine leadership [‘männerzeitlich’] and therefore the male god is predominant. But as the Assyrian or Babylonian Semites became planting farmers along the streams, life forced them to venerate the female deities who were responsible for growth and prosperity. Did they give Ishtar the Venus-star out of the magna mater? Or was it that they took both of them over in their connection from earlier ones? I would like to believe the latter, because the fact that the moon became the star of the son-of-god indicates that this thought that was unique to the Semites was still valid and could become some kind of competitor to the belief in the magna mater. If, to continue my former thought, this belief in times when women ruled amongst the field-planting North-Semites was created on the shores of the two streams, or if it invaded from the outside,  – there is one conclusion one cannot deny: that during the time when women were in charge [‘weiberzeit’] through their veneration of the stars a new culture became visible and that the Virgin with the ear [of corn], and that Venus and the moon in an epoch when women ruled, were given their names and even more than that.

Even more than the Virgin with the ear [of corn] is the moon representative of the time when women ruled. One could argue on a purely rational basis that the female physiology is similar to the phases of the moon and has been entirely equal in former times. But maybe, apart from the physiological observation, there is a second conclusion, pointing towards the new moon, with its growing, ageing and dyeing, and its resurrection. Where it was understood as an image – and a guarantor – of birth and rebirth, there its connections to women and their functions are coming into the foreground, and there they also not only regulate them in connection with the moon with its coming and going, but he becomes the star of the virgin and the magna mater. We know from Crete, as well as from the Middle East which creatures where sacred to it: plants like the lily, narcissus, and poppy, – the Cretan seals show them, then herbs, whose planting has always been in the hands of women. Amongst the animals, it was the cat; lions or cats pulled the cart of Cybele, and her German ‘stepdaughter’ Freya travelled with cats even as late as the tenth century. The legend of Baldr’s funeral as well as the Husdrapa, show that. Sacred to the moon was also the pig, which was so much despised by the Jews, because it was the sacred and sacrificial animal of the cults during the time women ruled, as well as aquatic animals. Not only Venus Anadyomene was born from the sea, the Cretan seals show an overabundance of sea creatures. And, at last, there are hare and rabbit who are sacred, possibly because of their fertility. All these creatures are, according to contemporary astrologers, those who are ruled by the moon and are susceptible to its influences. From all that has been said, it is easy to understand that the moon has been connected with the female body parts; according to Brandler-Pracht, belly, stomach, intestines, bladder, the glands and the lymph glands connected to it, also fat and semen, the genitalia, and the female breasts. After the antique teaching (Hermippos I 14) the moon rules over the embryo in the last months of pregnancy; after the Chaldean [teaching], which Cicero (De nat.deor II 118) passed on to us, the whole pregnancy is ruled by it and it also brings birth. Contemporary astrologers agree that the moon influences the birth to a high degree. Therefore, the moon does not only become the Mother of the Cosmos, as the old ones said (Plutarch, De Iside et Osir. 43; Macrobius, Sa I 17, 53) but, in the birth chart, it shows the mother of the unborn and her fate. […]

I have already been talking about the central, great goddess who encourages all growth. She used to be called ‘μητηρ’, the magna mater, or Great Mother. The women of Babylon who worked on the fields worshipped her as Ishtar, amongst the Syrians she was called Astarte, and in Ephesus she was Diana of the Hundred Breasts. In the Acts of the Apostles ch 19 it is told how Paul met her. When, during the time women ruled [weiberzeit], tribes tried to depict her, they gave her form of a tall woman who held a lily or an ear [of corn] (spica) or – on Crete – a poppy in her hands. When they projected her onto heaven, they did it as Venus or as the goddess with the ear, the virgo spicifera, as the Latin world would call her later. This is because the Latin speaking people – as did the Greeks – transformed her: from a mature and birth-giving woman into a virgin, from a magna mater to Artemis, to the virgin Kore and Diana – and only the ear [of corn] was left to signify her as the giver of fruitfulness, [or] as the proud goddess of the North-Semitic farmers, who was devouring young men. The ear [of corn] indicates this, as well as her North-Semitic name: Ishtar means ‘Virgin’ amongst the tribes who planted wheat and managed the fields along the Euphrates. 

Contemporary astrology doesn’t know about the magna mater nature of the Virgin; although it has borrowed the context, it doesn’t understand it any more. It only says: “If one would like to seek for an objective symbol for this sign, one could think of the ear of wheat or the sheaf of grain. This is why the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo is called Spica, the ear [of corn]. We have to imagine the ‘Virgin’ as a farmgirl, a reaper or gleaner, holding an ear of grain in her hand.” We will not hold it against the quoted astrologer that he – clearly sensing the opposition to rustic man – made the virgin into a farmgirl rather than into  a woman who was a planter in pre-farming times, as it has often been shown by Bachofen and some contemporary ethnologists.

Total Solar Eclipse 14 December 2020

On 14 December 2020, at 16:13UT, there will be a total solar eclipse, lasting 2 minutes and 10 seconds.

The Sun and the Moon will be conjunct in 23*07′ Sagittarius. The annular phase of this eclipse will be visible from from Chile and Argentina. It is also a partial solar eclipse in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay

The eclipse is a part of Saros cycle 142 and the series started with partial solar eclipse on May 25, 1389. The 14 December 2020 solar eclipse was preceded by the solar eclipse of 4 December 2002 and will be followed by the solar eclipse of 26 December 2038.

The chart below, cast for London, shows the eclipse:

Before we will discuss any possible effects on the individual, we have a look at the mundane astrological implications of this eclipse. To be able to do this, we need to establish where the eclipse is likely to have its greatest effect. For this purpose we need to look at the countries or cities falling under the rulership of Sagittarius, the sign wherein the eclipsed Sun resides during the event. We also have to take into consideration that the eclipse’s visibility will greatly enhance its effect.

Looking through traditional source material, we find that Greece (Attica), Arabia, Hungary (Budapest), France (Avignon), Germany (Cologne, Judenburg, Meissen, Rottenburg, Stuttgart), Italy (Colonia, Volteras), Yugoslavia (Dalmatia), the Basque Region (Gascovia), Gaul (Celtica, Modena), Czechoslovakia (Moravia), Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria (around Sclavonia), and Spain (Toledo), are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Sagittarius.

Below is a map, showing the eclipse’s lines of angularity (ASC and MC):

With the eclipse point rising through Canada, being close to the MC in  Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Venezuela and Brazil, and setting through Ireland, France and Spain, we should take note that eclipse themed events could take place after up to 12 months.

As France and Spain are highlighted in the list of countries ruled by Sagittarius and are on the path of angularity, it is highly likely that these countries will see an effect of the eclipse, if only after about 12 months.

What stands out immediately is the fact that the eclipsed Sun will be conjunct two fixed stars which will have an impact on the events to unfold. Firstly, the Sun will be conjunct fixed star Lesath in Scorpius, which is the “sting” in the tail of the scorpion. This points to accidents, danger, catastrophes or operations (This is according to the German astrologer Elsbeth Ebertin, who ‘modernised’ this from the old idea that under the influence of Lesath, people were running the risk of being torn to pieces by wild animals, being butchered, or being quartered as a form of punishment). Of course, due to the conjunction of Sun and Moon, this means that the Moon will also be conjunct fixed star Lesath. Astrologer Vivian Robson knows that this suggests additional danger, desperation, immorality, and malevolence, and that there is a connection with acid poisons.

Secondly, the eclipsed Sun will be conjunct fixed star Ras Alhague in Ophiuchus, which is “the head of the serpent charmer”. It is associated with perversion and depravity. Elsbeth Ebertin writes that Moon conjunct Ras Alhague is associated with infections or even pandemics.

Although the eclipse point is located in Sagittarius, and therefore we have to give parts of the rulership of this eclipse to Jupiter, it has to be stressed that the eclipsed Sun is in Sagittarius’ third Decanate, which is ruled by Saturn, the Greater Malefic. We can also see from the eclipse chart, that Saturn has term rulership, which adds to the strength of his influence. Also, Jupiter and Saturn are still in the last degree of Capricorn, which means that Jupiter is in his fall and Saturn is in his own sign. There will, of course, be a subtle change in the balance of force between the two planets once Saturn and Jupiter will have moved into Aquarius and perfected their conjunction, which will take place on 21 December (for a more in-depth analysis, read my article regarding the upcoming Great Conjunction, here).

For the impact of this eclipse on a personal level, all of the above doesn’t make pleasant reading. It may be useful to know though, that the last time a solar eclipse occurred in Sagittarius was in December 2002. It will therefore be of merit to expect and prepare for a repeat of some of the personal experiences that occurred back in 2002/2003. Although an eclipse usually affects only a small number of people, it may be beneficial to try to remember if any problems occurred during this year. If so, but also to generally establish the possibility of any effect that could take place, the birth chart should be scrutinised for any of the following:

  • Sun or Moon are in or around 23* Sagittarius
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 23* Gemini (opposition)
  • 23* Sagittarius is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 23* Sagittarius is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)

Should it be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the birth chart and an investigation of the current solar revolution chart may be necessary to find out if, how and to what extent the native could be affected.

Winter Solstice Wishes

With the Sun’s Capricorn ingress nearly upon us, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all my friends, followers, and gentle readers of this web log a peaceful Winter Solstice, a Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2021.

Winter Solstice, Gina Litherland

Letters swallow themselves in seconds.   
Notes friends tied to the doorknob,   
transparent scarlet paper,
sizzle like moth wings,
marry the air.

So much of any year is flammable,   
lists of vegetables, partial poems.   
Orange swirling flame of days,   
so little is a stone.

Where there was something and suddenly isn’t,   
an absence shouts, celebrates, leaves a space.   
I begin again with the smallest numbers.

Quick dance, shuffle of losses and leaves,   
only the things I didn’t do   
crackle after the blazing dies.

Naomi Shihab Nye, “Burning the Old Year” from Words Under the Words: Selected Poems (Portland, Oregon: Far Corner Books, 1995).

This year’s Winter Solstice coincides with the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, also known as a Great Conjunction. To find out more about it, click on the link below. It will lead you to my blog post, which has been published in the November/December issue of Infinity Astrology Magazine. Readers of my web log can access it for free, here:

The Great Conjunction of 2020 and its Future Implications

Welcome to the Information Age – The Great Conjunction of 2020 and its Future Implications

On 21 December 2020, there will be a conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn, which is also known as a Great Conjunction. A conjunction between these two slow moving planets is a relatively rare event in itself, but the 2020 event is even rarer, as will be explained shortly. 

Jupiter’s annual motion is about 30˚ and Saturn moves about 12˚ per year. Leaving a difference of approximately 18˚ per year, we can work out that Jupiter will perfect a conjunction with Saturn roughly every 20 years. This also means that each conjunction will take place 240˚, or eight signs, further along the zodiac. Were these figures to be exact, the Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions would always take place in one of the three signs of the same element. But this is not the case. The exact duration between two conjunctions is 19.8 years, which means that, over time, the place of conjunction moves backwards through each sign. And so, after about 200 years one cycle of conjunctions in the signs of one particular element comes to an end and another cycle of conjunctions in signs of the following element begins. This seems to be a long time to comprehend, but there is still another, larger cycle to be observed. After about 800 years the conjunctions have taken place in the signs of all four elements and another, new, 800 year cycle begins. 

Having established the general patterns of the Great Conjunction, with its 20, 200, and 800 year cycles, we can now begin to look at the finer details. The last Great Conjunction occurred in 2000 when Jupiter and Saturn were conjunct in Taurus. It was the last conjunction in an Earth sign, in a cycle that began back in 1802. Between 2020 and 2140 all Great Conjunctions will take place in Air signs, beginning with Aquarius. The sequence will be as follows:

21 December 2020 0 Aquarius 29

31 October 2040 17 Libra 55

7 April 2060 0 Gemini 46

15 March 2080 11 Aquarius 52

18 September 2100 25 Libra 32

16 July 2119 14 Gemini 51

14 January 2140 17 Aquarius 04

This will be followed by one Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in 7 Scorpio 58, on 21 December 2159. Thereafter, there will be another two Great Conjunctions in Gemini and Aquarius respectively, before a new cycle of conjunctions in Water signs will begin in 2219.

The chart below, cast for London, shows the 2020 Jupiter/Saturn conjunction:

This Great Conjunction is taking place in the first decanate of the fixed Air sign Aquarius, wherein Saturn, the greater malefic is domicile ruler. We can see that in the chart cast for London, Jupiter and Saturn are tightly conjunct the Descendant (and therefore also opposing the Ascendant). This angularity strongly indicates that the conjunction will be particularly potent for the United Kingdom. Another glance at the chart also shows that the lesser malefic, Mars, is prominently located in the 10th house, in Aries, the sign he has rulership over. In mundane astrology, the 10th house governs the monarch or president, the government and people in authority, as well as national trade. Mars governs the military, soldiers, war, terrorist attacks, and conflicts.

It is also of importance to realise that the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction will occur at the same time as the Sun’s ingress into Capricorn, commonly known as the Winter Solstice. Due to the Ascendant of the UK’s Aries ingress chart being in Virgo, the Capricorn ingress chart is also of vital interest and of great importance for the judgment of the the UK’s state of affairs during the last quarter of the solar year. Aquarius, the sign wherein the Great Conjunction will take place, and Capricorn, the other sign Saturn has rulership over, are opposing Cancer and Leo, which are the domiciles of the Moon and the Sun respectively. For this reason, it seems only natural to also look at the Solar eclipse that took place on 21 June 2020 and its effects. I have already discussed the possible effects of this eclipse for India and China, which tie in with problems related to the Saturn/Jupiter conjunction, in my blog post from 12 June 2020. The blog entry can be read HERE.

(Inner: JU/SA Conjunction; Middle: Capricorn Ingress; Outer: June 2020 Solar Eclipse)

All of what has been said so far shows that the transition into what some may think of as the Age of Aquarius is not likely to be a smooth one. Aquarius has often been described as being representative of the archetypal innovative humanitarian. This may be so, but let us remind ourselves of the astrological basics which will heighten our understanding of what we may experience during the next 20 years and beyond. Taurus, the sign wherein the last Great Conjunction took place, is an Earth sign. Just like Virgo and Capricorn, the other two signs of the Earth triplicity, Taurus displays a particular focus on functionality and practical action. Solidity, pragmatism, and high levels of organisation are also typical for Earth signs. Aquarius, on the other hand, as an Air sign, displays high levels of fluidity and dynamic expression. Sociability, relentless communication, and intellectual curiosity are typical for Air signs. Furthermore, to highlight another division, Taurus is a feminine, nocturnal sign. Its core agendas are security and preservation of the status quo. Aquarius is one of the masculine, diurnal signs. Unlike the feminine, nocturnal signs, masculine, diurnal signs are expansive and naturally expressive. Their core agendas are those of action and movement. It may also be of interest to the reader what the 2nd century Hellenistic astrologer Vettius Valens has to say about Aquarius:

“Aquarius is the celestial sign which is masculine, solid, anthropomorphic, somewhat damp, single. It is mute, quite cold, free, upward-trending, feminizing, unchanging, base, with few offspring, the cause of troubles arising from athletic training, carrying burdens, or work in hard materials, an artisan, public. Men born under this sign are malicious, haters of their own families, incorrigible, self-willed, deceitful, tricky, concealing everything, misanthropic, godless, accusers, betrayers of reputations and the truth, envious, petty, occasionally generous (because of flow of water), uncontrollable. As a whole this sign is wet. By part it is as follows: the first parts are wet, the upper parts fiery, the lower worthless and useless.” (Vettius Valens, Anthologies, Book I)

Furthermore, both, Taurus and Aquarius are fixed signs. The 17th century astrologer William Ramesey writes in his Astrology Restored, that if Great Conjunctions occur “… in fixed signs, what they portend … is of continuance.” (p491)

To gain a better understanding about the nature of events that can be expected to be triggered by the upcoming Jupiter/Saturn conjunction, it may be of benefit to have another look at Ramesey’s Astrology Restored, wherein he writes:

“ … when these two highest planets are in conjunction in the fiery trigon … many commotions, wars, seditions, troubles, subversion of monarchies, kingdoms, states, alteration of laws, customs, privileges and rights, plagues, famine, desolation, anxiety and trouble, treason, treacheries, and the death of kings, nobles, princes, emperors and powers follow. So likewise when they are in conjunction in the first term of any trigon, … but not so forcible is their then effects, nor so terrible as the former, yet (though in a less degree) the forerunners and occasioners of grievous mutations and accidents, according to the nature of that planet which has most power of the two in the sign wherein they are joined; for if Saturn be stronger than Jupiter, it will be very terrible …in fiery, earthy and airy signs they cause draught and a scarcity of provisions, and barrenness of the ground, pestilence and famine. Also when these two first conjunctions are in any of the angles, … it denotes the arise of some new king or prophet … “ (p492, emphasis mine) 

From what we have read above, we can deduct the likelihood of major change to take place. In the long run the old, highly organised and well structured, but conservative and pragmatic forces symbolised by Saturn are likely to be replaced with new ideas based on humanitarian principles. In other words the old, established political, financial, and most likely also social structures all of us have grown up with and have learnt to accept to be taken for granted are likely to be replaced. This will not happen over night and also not without a lot of resistance though, as the prominence and strength of Saturn in the Great Conjunction charts testifies. 

New technology in its widest sense is probably to be found at the basis of some of these changes. A good example to think of is the continuing increase of (free) information available on-line. We are currently flooded with online information to the extent that one could get the impression we are entering a new era I am inclined to be the ‘Information Age’. For some people, this may be a great opportunity to enhance their level of education or make use of specialist resources. These have until recently only been available to academics who had to visit brick and mortar libraries or even had to travel to other countries to find the information they needed. But there are also downsides to this trend. These are, for example, the increase in distribution of unchecked, not peer-reviewed, or just downright false information, or the deliberate publication of what has become known as ‘fake news’. In short, unless a higher degree of responsibility, morality, or even the implementation of plain ethics will become mainstream and will be adhered to by the majority of people, these problems will stay with us.

Also, to give another example, there is already a noticeable shift in people’s working habits. The widespread availability of high speed broadband, together with the use of advanced conferencing tools, makes it possible to work from home for extended periods of time. Teaching children via online classes, rather than actually meetings them in classrooms everyday is also something that springs to mind. If continuing, this trend will eventually have an impact on a wide range of issues, like the reduction of air pollution due to reduced number of people travelling to and from work, less non-renewable resources used in office buildings, reduction of carbon footprint, and so forth. Hopefully this will solve some of the environmental issues we are currently facing.

There is also the possibility of new financial concepts being introduced. Universal Basic Income, springs to mind, which, in the spirit of Aquarius, could be a great stepping stone towards higher levels of social justice. Although already discussed by politicians, change seems to be still a long way away. This brings us back to the fact that Saturn is domicile ruler of Aquarius, telling us that the transition to Aquarian principles will not happen overnight and that we will have to deal with the rather harsh effects of the Great Conjunction first. 

This article was published in Infinity Astrological Magazine #34 Nov/Dec 2020