You can use your natal chart to see many different things in your life. You can map out your personality, and you can assess different areas of your life and what they hold. But you can also use your natal chart to see the other people in your life!
The other people in your life & astrology
In general, the 7th house governs the people in your life and your relationships, but this is an umbrella position that everyone else falls under. The 1st house, which exactly opposes, is the house of the self, so of course, the opposing house, the 7th house, rules others.
But each of the houses govern a different person who is in your life specifically, so while you can default to looking at the 7th house in general, it only gives you an overall picture.
Signs on the cusps and plans in the house can give info about the specific people you attract with that house, and you can actually use transit aspects and progressions involving that house and the planetary ruler of that house in your chart to map out what could be coming for each person predictively using your own chart. This can be helpful when someone in your life doesn't have a known birth time but you do (and you can use it in reverse if you don't have a known birth time but others in your life do, you can use their natal chart and transits to track potential impact on you!).
The Houses in Astrology & Other People
So let's review which people in your life are governed by which houses in astrology:
1st house: this is the house of the self, so it governs you in general; also one of your grandparents (the parents of your 10th house parent)
2nd house: this is the only house that isn't really assigned to anyone except perhaps those you deal with in a financial sense (though that usually falls under the 8th house)
3rd house: your siblings, cousins, neighbors, young people in your life (that are not your children), your students (those you teach)
4th house: your parents (usually one parent each is assigned to the 4th and 10th houses; it's said the dominant parent is the 4th house parent)
5th house: those you're dating, your children
6th house: your co-workers, your employees, aunts and uncles from your 4th house parent
7th house: all others in general, but also specifically your committed partner (spouse, even common law), your "open" enemies (the ones you know about), one of your grandparents (the parents of your 4th house parent)
8th house: mutually beneficial partners (usually financial)
9th house: your grandchildren, your in-laws, your lawyer, stepchildren, your teachers
10th house: your parents (one is 4th house and the other is 10th house), your boss, your mentor
11th house: your friends, those you are in a group with, adopted children
12th house: your "closed" enemies (those you don't know about), your spiritual guides, aunts and uncles from your 10th house parent
Suggested Reading: Intro to Astrology Houses
Today, Saturn moves backward into Capricorn once again, retrograding out of air sign Aquarius. Saturn remains in Capricorn until mid-December 2020, and joins back up with Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn for the Capricorn stellium for the next 5 1/2 months.
Once Saturn is back in Capricorn, Saturn will be anaretic. This is intense energy that we have to deal with - again!
If you want to keep track of the planets like Saturn every month, make sure to sign up for the free monthly worksheet!
What does anaretic mean in astrology?
In astrology, there is something called the anaretic degree. Every Zodiac sign is made up of 30 degrees, and the very last degree of any sign, 29 degrees, is called the anaretic degree. Because it's the very last degree of a sign, it's a point of crisis energy, containing way more energy in it than any other degree position.
Anretic Degree: Transit, Natal, Progressions
If you were born with a planet at the anaretic degree, you're very familiar with this energy. That planet is likely a source of challenges for you in your life, because it's either got way too much energy to control, or nowhere near enough to do something with. There is often some sort of block or trauma associated with it, and that has to be worked through. Once it is, this position becomes a huge asset, one of the biggest you'll have.
When a progressed planet comes to the anaretic degree, it means that progressed planet is nearing the end of its time in the sign it's in, and is gearing up to move into a different sign. In progressions, there is often a feeling that you have to get things done while you still have the chance to do so, meaning before the progressed planet leaves the sign and completely shifts your focus. In the progressed chart, the anaretic degree isn't really negative, just a lot of extra energy that's pushing you to take action.
The transit planets at the anaretic degree are where it gets dicey. This is probably the hardest to control because it impacts all of us all at once. It's virtually impossible to get all the billions of people to make one group effort to use the energy of something astrological positively. So, we tend to see big problems!
Saturn at the Anaretic Degree
Saturn at the anaretic degree is problematic because Saturn is the teacher, the disciplinarian, the one who wants us to learn lessons and squeezes us until we do. So, when Saturn is at the anaretic degree, we tend to struggle with those lessons, and feel like we're being punished endlessly. We have to stop being stubborn and do things the right way, and for the right reasons. This is always the way out with Saturn, otherwise we suffocate under the pressure.
Anaretic Saturn 2020
Saturn has been at the anaretic degree once already this year, March 9th - 21st. COVID-19 was really kicking our butts at that point! Will that be the case again? Hard to say, but it does put Saturn conjunct (aligned with) the USA's progressed Pluto yet again, so if you're in America, watch for the big surge in what we saw in March: FEAR.
Saturn is anaretic again starting today (July 1st) until July 16th. This time, it's while Saturn is retrograde, so Saturn left Aquarius and moved into Capricorn and became anaretic. This time, we may be focued again on something we were focused on before, and the energy around it is super critical. There's a huge feeling we have to do something, and we have to do it now, and why didn't we do it before, and why didn't things work out before? (yes, this could be COVID related, but we have to consider all possibilities, not just the obvious ones - Saturn won't like it if we do that!)
Saturn is anaretic again in December, December 7th - 17th, before officially moving into Aquarius. At that point, we may be closing the books on something important, and feel like we're starting a whole new chapter in some way. We may feel ready to move on, and want to get that last chapter finished. It's been weighing us down and holding us back, and it's time to release. But we can't just let it go without making sure we've learned the important lessons first, otherwise it creeps back up as a problem at some point again in the future.
On a personal level, if you have any planets or points at 29 degrees of any sign - doesn't matter which sign - that gets jazzed up. It elevates in importance in your life, and you have to give it extra attention. This can be great if you learn lessons, get focused, stay disciplined, and go about things the right way and for the right reasons. Always!
If you have nothing at 29 degrees, then look to where 29 degrees Capricorn falls in your natal houses. The areas of life ruled by that house get the attention. Take action, take charge, be smart, be considerate, do it right.
Suggested Reading: Zodiac Signs at the Anaretic Degree
In astrology, there is something called the 0 degrees Aries Point. The 0 degrees Aries Point is 0 degrees Aries, but it links to any cardinal sign: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. This is a sensitive, critical degree with extra special energy compared to the other critical degrees.
The 0 degrees Aries Point connects with 0 degrees of the cardinal signs, which are connected to the solstices and equinoxes, with Aries being the spring equinox, Cancer being the summer solstice, Libra being the autumnal equinox, and Capricorn being the winter solstice. That's right, the start of each season is dictated by astrology!
0 degrees of cardinal signs are critical degrees
0 degrees of the cardinal signs are critical degrees, which are the positions of the start of each Lunar Mansion (a part of Vedic astrology). Every 12 degrees 51 minutes around the 360 degree Zodiac is the start of a Lunar Mansion (to make it easy, we just round to every 13 degrees). Critical degrees have critical energy associated with them, and this energy tends to be challenging until we learn how to harness it. Then it becomes a source of power.
This seems to be especially true to 0 degrees of the cardinal signs. They have a little extra energy associated with them that the other critical degrees don't!
What does 0 degrees of a cardinal sign mean for me?
When you have a planet, asteroid, or angle at 0 degrees of the cardinal signs, that position REALLY wants to come out. Trying to hold it in isn't going to work out too well for you! You'll feel repressed and like you're suffocating, and it'll just be itching, waiting for the chance to erupt. Which might not work out too well!
It's better if you consciously try to use the energy in a positive way in your life. If it's Aries, you need to show your true self with the position; if it's Cancer, you need to show the emotions with the position; if it's Libra, you need to connect with others with the position; and if it's Capricorn, you need to create something solid and real with the position.
If progressed planets or angles come to 0 degrees of the cardinal signs, this can signal an important period for whatever is associated with that planet or angle in your life, and you're often forced to bring something outward, to take more control, and to make things happen.
I highly recommend this article by Kim Falconer for placements at 0 degrees of the cardinal signs.
0 degrees Aries in the Houses
Even if you don't have any planets or angles at 0 degrees of the cardinal signs, you can see find where 0 degrees Aries falls in your natal houses. That house shows where you connect to take action, moving from the inward to the outward. This is most obvious with the 1st house, since that rules the self; in the 2nd house, it may be with your values; in the 3rd house, it may be with your mind and ideas; in the 4th house, it may be with your core and emotional self; in the 5th house, it may be creatively; in the 6th house, it may be through your work; in the 7th house, it may be through relationships; in the 8th house, it may be through transformations; in the 9th house, it may be through expansion; in the 10th house, it may be though your profession; in the 11th house, it may be through your ideals and dreams; and in the 12th house, it may be through your spiritual pursuits.
0 degrees Aries Point NOW
Mars moves into Aries June 27th, and is at 0 degrees Aries June 27th - 29th. This stimulates the energy for everyone; it'll be strongest if you have any 0 degrees cardinal sign planets, but we'll all feel it (it'll just focus on house for you if you have no 0 degrees cardinal placements).
We also just had a solar eclipse at 0 degrees Cancer, so the energy is ripe right now. We need to focus on manifesting and bringing the within to the external. There is enormous potential in the air right now!
Suggested Reading: Intro to Astrology Houses
Another month, another eclipse! Our third lunar eclipse for 2020 is the last eclipse in Capricorn in July. We'll also experience a new moon in Cancer, the second Cancer Moon in a row.
Remember to sign up for the monthly worksheet to keep track of the astro happenings every month, including new and full moons!
What is a new moon?
A new moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact same position in the Zodiac (called a conjunction). New moons are related to beginnings, have high energy, and are enthusiastic.
What is a lunar eclipse?
A full moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact opposite positions in the Zodiac (called an opposition). Full moons are related to endings, culminations, and are emotional energy. Lunar eclipses occur with full moons that are within 18 1/2 degrees of the Lunar Nodes (the points in the Moon's orbit where the Moon crosses the ecliptic).
Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn: July 5th 2020 (12:44AM ET/July 4th 2020 9:44PM PT)
This lunar eclipse comes early in July in the sign of Capricorn, and this is the final Capricorn eclipse for some years. We've had these Cancer and Capricorn eclipses for a couple of years now, and we're closing the books, ending chapters, and wrapping things up now. There may be a sense of big things coming to an end, and this may be the culmination of something that started 1 1/2 - 2 years ago.
With this Capricorn energy, we may see big goals realized, or final failures for things that have been done wrong. We may reach heights in some ways, or we may get kicked down and stay down. It all depends on how responsible, ethical, and disciplined we've been (Capricorn's way).
Capricorn rules our governments and countries at large, so there may be extra emotional focus on the way they've been acting during this time. Judgments can be cast, and we can be pretty definitive, and go forward with those judgments in place.
I also want to note that this eclipse comes just a few days after Saturn retrogrades back to Capricorn, and is anaretic (at 29 degrees, the anaretic degree, and a point of crisis energy). So there may be some highly critical, intense energy floating around with this eclipse, and it may be focused on governments, corporations, countries, big entities. We have to be extra responsible, disciplined, and ethical to make it through alright. Otherwise it may be rough!
This eclipse makes one aspect, a trine (positive aspect, 4 signs away) to Uranus in Taurus. This is a helpful aspect, and it can get us thinking about the future, moving forward, and most importantly, what needs to change. What has been likely will not be, and we can think outside of the box with the changes we make. We can put the finishing touches on some changes, and become more passionate about others. We may care more about the world as a whole, humankind as a whole, and want to move forward together. The new normal can start to take shape and be embraced.
This eclipse occurs at 13 degrees 38 minutes Capricorn. The aspects made to this eclipse are:
Conjunction: 8 degrees 38 minutes - 18 degrees 38 minutes Capricorn
Semisextile: 11 degrees 38 minutes - 15 degrees 38 minutes Sagittarius or Aquarius
Sextile: 8 degrees 38 minutes - 18 degrees 38 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Trine: 8 degrees 38 minutes - 18 degrees 38 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Quincunx: 11 degrees 38 minutes - 15 degrees 38 minutes Gemini or Leo
Opposition: 8 degrees 38 minutes - 18 degrees 38 minutes Cancer
New Moon in Cancer: July 20th 2020 (1:33PM ET/10:33AM PT)
We get out of eclipse season with a new moon in Cancer, except, it's not really getting us out of eclipse season just yet! Because the solar eclipse in June is also in Cancer, so we have two new moons in a row in this sign. Consecutive Moons in the same sign tie together in some way, so this new moon likely ties into the June solar eclipse. What is stirred up by the June solar eclipse can see progress, culminations, or new opportunities presented with the new moon in July. This new moon can act as a bookend in some way.
We can try to be more positive emotionally, and want to secure ourselves internally. We can work on strengthening foundations, and start new ventures from the ground up. We can move forward more swiftly and securely if we're emotionally stable and supported. And we can come together emotionally to focus on a common cause or goal.
This new moon makes one aspect, opposing Saturn in Capricorn, who is retrograde. Saturn just went back into Capricorn July 1st, so it's fresh at this new moon. Saturn seems to tie into both the lunar eclipse and the new moon, so all eyes on Saturn in July! This opposition may bring about some tension with the way we're coming out of eclipse season and dealing with the endings, the culminations, the judgments, and the new normal we have to embrace.
This new moon occurs at 28 degrees 27 minutes Cancer. The major aspects made to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 26 degrees 27 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Cancer
Sextile: 26 degrees 27 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Square: 26 degrees 27 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 26 degrees 27 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Opposition: 26 degrees 27 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Capricorn
Note that since this new moon is so late in Cancer, there may be some out-of-sign aspects that are felt. They'll only be with planets at 0 degrees of Leo (conjunct), Gemini or Libra (sextile), Taurus or Scorpio (square), Aries or Sagittarius (trine), and Aquarius (opposite) - and even then, it may be minor and subtle.
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for interpretations
Retrogrades are times when everything can seem pretty wonky. Or sometimes, a lot wonky! There's something that comes with them called the Inferior Conjunction, and in tandem with that, the Superior Conjunction. These are actually very positive. For once, something positive with a retrograde!
If you aren't already, don't forget to sign up for the monthly worksheet to help you keep track of the planets (including Mercury retrograde).
What is a retrograde?
A planet is called retrograde when it appears to be moving backward through the Zodiac from our view here on Earth; it isn't actually moving backward, and just looks that way. The Sun and Moon are the only planets who don't retrograde.
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto retrograde for months at a time every year. Mars retrogrades for a couple months every couple of years; Venus retrogrades every 1 1/2 years for 1/2 months; and Mercury retrogrades for several weeks 3-4 times each year.
Mercury is generally the one we look to for the Inferior and Superior Conjunctions.
What is a conjunction?
A conjunction occurs when two points are at the same position in the Zodiac. They come together in the same location, and this brings their energy to together. Conjunctions are generally seen as neutral, but in this case, they're usually seen as positive.
What are the Inferior and Superior Conjunctions?
The Inferior Conjunction occurs while Mercury is retrograde, and is when Mercury conjuncts the transit (moving) Sun. This occurs during every Mercury retrograde because it doesn't move too far away from the transit Sun in the Zodiac. The Inferior conjunction is seen as an excellent time during the retrograde to start something. It's one of the few times during a retrograde when that's the case! The Sun shines a light, and helps bring some focus and clarity during what is often an uncertain period. The impact on your personally usually depends on where the conjunction falls in your natal houses and aspects it makes to your natal planets.
If it makes easy aspects (sextiles and trines), you can have an easier time using it; if it makes hard aspects (squares and oppositions), you may feel challenged with what you want to pursue. If it makes a conjunction, that may be where the focus lies for you.
The Superior Conjunction occurs AFTER the retrograde ends, and is when Mercury conjuncts the Sun again. This usually occurs 6-8 weeks after the Inferior Conjunction. The Superior Conjunction usually ties into whatever came about with the Inferior Conjunction, and is generally a good time for culmination or success with whatever you started at the Inferior Conjunction. It usually occurs about two signs later. The impact on your personally usually depends on where the conjunction falls in your natal houses and aspects it makes to your natal planets.
If it makes easy aspects, that may signal you have some success; if it makes challenging aspects, that may show you have to adjust and remain open to how you'll come out with it. If it makes a conjunction, that can directly show how it gets wrapped up.
So, with every Mercury retrograde, you can mark on your calendar when to watch for the Inferior Conjunction, and know that this is a time you should take advantage of. Know you have about 6-8 weeks to work on whatever you want to get going with. Use the time wisely!
Suggested Reading: Bright Spots During Mercury Retrograde
The Sun and Moon are part of the primary triad in astrology (along with the Ascendant). The triad are the most important parts of your natal chart. They are the most closely tied to your personality, to who you are as a person, and your most basic self. So it should come as no surprise that they're also very important in love astrology!
What do the Sun and Moon rule in astrology?
The Sun is your inner self, the you who comes out when you're around those who know you best and you're comfortable. The Ascendant is your external self, the you that others view you as that you don't know too well. This is why most of us come across differently from how we really are. Because the Sun is who we really are!
The Moon is your emotional self. It rules how you express yourself emotionally, and what you need for emotional stability and security. The Moon shows how you nurture and emotionally connect to the world, and your core self. So, you can see why these two are very powerful.
Why are the Sun and Moon important in relationships?
We often connect with people in our lives who connect with our Sun or Moon; or conversely, we connect to their Sun or Moon. Connections to the Sun or Moon show a connection to who we really are (Sun), or show an emotional connection (Moon).
This is usually strongest when you have a Sun-Moon connection, meaning one person's Sun is in the same sign as the other person's Moon. The strongest is when they conjunct, or are in about the same spot degree-wise. You might find that people whose birthday puts their Sun around the location of your Moon are people you continually gravitate toward. For example, if your Moon is at 17 degrees Aries, you may gravitate toward people born between April 5th and 9th, which places their Sun with your Moon. The Sun is in about the same location in the Zodiac at about the same time each year, so you can look up in an ephemeris which date conjuncts your Moon location. Don't be surprised if you find that you've connected with many people with birthdays around that date!
This is very helpful in relationships. It gives an understanding between both people in the relationship. It's not automatically romantic, and can show helpful energy in relationships with your work, in your family, and with your friends. It's not in-your-face because there isn't any friction (if there is friction, it's the result of something else). It's easy and unconscious.
You can also see this with house placements. So say your natal Sun is located in the 9th house and their natal Moon is located in the 9th house - you'll experience the same kind of connection. You can also see it with the sign the house naturally connects to - so if your natal Sun is in the 9th house, that naturally connects to Sagittarius, so you may link up well with a Sagittarius Moon. And, you can see it with planetary conjunctions - so say your natal Sun is conjunct Saturn, this would help you link up with someone who is a Capricorn Moon, which is naturally ruled by Saturn. Lots of options!
Suggested Reading: When Venus Meets Mars
Mercury Retrograde in Cancer: June - July 2020
Anaretic Saturn in Capricorn
Jupiter Conjunct Pluto 2020
Saturn Conjunct Pluto 2020
July 2020 New & Full Moons
June 2020 New & Full Moons
Jupiter in Capricorn: December 2019 - December 2020
Saturn in Aquarius: March - July 2020, December 2020 - March 2023
Saturn in Capricorn: December 2017 - March 2020, July - December 2020
Uranus in Taurus: May - November 2018, March 2019 - July 2025, November 2025 - April 2026