Saturn is a pretty well-known - and feared! - planet, and rightfully so. Saturn is the teacher, the taskmaster, who demands we learn as much as we can, and we grow, mature, and evolve into better people. When we avoid this, Saturn punishes us.
With the areas of life ruled by the house transit Saturn is occupying in your natal chart, you can experience challenges. Energy may be restricted and limited, and you have extra responsibilities. You can get overwhelmed more easily, and have to avoid cutting corners. There are lessons to learn, and once you learn them, you can make progress. But it can take a while to get to that progress, even when doing everything right.
Saturn spends about 2-3 years in each of your natal houses, and it's usually hardest at the onset and for the first half. If you have learned lessons, things start to improve during the second half of the transit, and you can get big rewards sometimes at the very end. Saturn wants to make sure we're serious about what we've learned and have actually learned it before letting us off of the hook.
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Surviving Transit Saturn in the Houses:
Transit Saturn in the 1st House
The 1st house rules the self, so when transit Saturn is in the 1st house, you can feel restricted and limited overall in your life. You may have way more responsibilities, and have to do absolutely everything the right way and for the right reasons, otherwise punishment awaits you at every turn. You may feel like things aren't very fair, and more is being demanded of you than is reasonable.
How to survive:
Well, you kind of have to suck it up to an extent. You have to do everything the right way and for the right reasons, and that's that. It's not going to be super easy, but that's okay. Saturn doesn't throw more at you than you can handle (that's Pluto's job). So even when it feels like too much, it really isn't. You can make it. It can help to try and find some breathing room where you can, some space within all of the limitations.
Transit Saturn in the 2nd House
The 2nd house rules money, so when transit Saturn is in the 2nd house, it often triggers a period where you have less money, or you at least feel like you do (so even if you don't, you may be paranoid about it). This house also rules your values, so you may question the values you have, what you value in life, and you may experience a decrease in self-esteem and confidence.
How to survive:
Financially, you'll need to make sure you're paying close attention to every penny, and you'll want to be smarter with your financial choices. Save more, spend less, and think about the future and how to plan for it. At the same time, you don't want to be a complete miser (Saturn will punish that too!), so so be thoughtfully generous. If you question your values, assess if they really are the right ones for you; and if you feel more insecure, this is likely highlighting something deeply rooted that needs to be addressed.
Transit Saturn in the 3rd House
The 3rd house is communication and expression, so when transit Saturn is in the 3rd house, you may be quieter, not speak up as much, and this can make you feel misunderstood (though you're not really saying what you want to say). You may have a hard time being optimistic, and can look at everything a little too realistically.
How to survive:
It's okay for you to be alone with your thoughts, and if you're not comfortable with that, it may be pointing out something within that needs to be worked on. Take this time to be more thoughtful with your words. A realistic outlook can be helpful for planning, but if you're rejecting imagination, that isn't really helping, so try to balance both reality and whimsy.
Transit Saturn in the 4th House
The 4th house is the home and family, so when transit Saturn is in the 4th house, you may have challenges at home or with your family. You may spend less time with them, you may need to move in a way you're not happy with, or you may feel like you're emotionally sullen. This is also the bottom of the chart, so it can feel like you bottom out in some way in your life.
How to survive:
The 4th house rules emotions, so this is a time for you to tackle emotional issues, especially any related to or caused by your family and upbringing. Get at your core and dredge up that sludge that needs to be eliminated. It can be an emotional period but one that ends up freeing by the end. Find what home and family means to you, and create it the way you want it to be. It's also helpful to have a solid support system during this transit, or build one if you don't already have one.
Transit Saturn in the 5th House
The 5th house is the house of love, so when transit Saturn is in the 5th house, you may feel like the love is gone from your life. You may have less time for loved ones, romance may be nonexistent, and you may lack time for doing the things you love too. Hobbies get pushed aside, and inspiration may dry up, leaving a bout of creator's block.
How to survive:
Work on your connection to your heart. If you're really struggling, you may not have had a good connection to begin with. Work to be more heart-centric in your life. There are likely issues related to love that need to be addressed, but don't just think of love of others - challenges with self-love is often the culprit. And try not to be hard on yourself if you don't have the time for fun you used to. It'll come back eventually.
Transit Saturn in the 6th House
The 6th house is the house of work, daily life, and health, so when transit Saturn is in the 6th house, you may struggle with the work you do, wanting to do something else, or not getting the recognition you deserve. You may be dissatisfied in your daily life, but are unsure what to change (or scared to). You may have little health issues pop up periodically, and it may be a challenge to find a cause.
How to survive:
Saturn in the 6th house points out everything you're unhappy with in your daily life. The unhappier you feel, the worse it gets! So try to do things every day that make you happy. If you loathe your work, try to change it. If your routine is boring, make it exciting. As for health, this is often linked to one thing - stress! Saturn loves to stress us out (it's like a sick game), and the 6th house rules stress. Tackling stress is often the key to getting a handle on your health issues during this transit.
Transit Saturn in the 7th House
The 7th house rules your relationships and the people in your life, so when transit Saturn is in the 7th house, you can experience challenges in dealing with others. People may leave your life, whether of their own accord or your choice. It can be a little emotional, and you may feel at times like you don't have as many people you can count on as you'd thought.
How to survive:
Saturn in the 7th house wants you to get serious about your relationships and commitments to others, so it weeds out the people who don't really care about you, or who you really don't care about, or who you have outgrown, or who are no longer a benefit to your life. This can be difficult to see in the interim, but is ultimately necessary. The relationships that survive can be in it for the long haul, and you can have a better view of what a healthy relationship is.
Transit Saturn in the 8th House
The 8th house is the dark house, the one where our demons lie, so when transit Saturn is in the 8th house, you may be forced to confront things you've hidden away deep down inside of you. The bad parts of yourself, the bad experiences and traumas, all of it gets shoved away, and Saturn brings it right out into the cold light of day for you to see in all its hideousness.
How to survive:
Of course there's a reason for this - you shouldn't be shoving everything away! It's okay to put things aside in the moment, when you don't have the time or the focus or the wherewithal to deal with it, but it should *stay* that way. That's when it becomes bad, and Saturn let's you know that. So dig deep, way down deep, to face the things you've been running from. Recognize the darker parts of yourself. And work on ways of dealing with it that are positive and healthy. This can be a very heavy transit, but is one meant to leave you much lighter.
Transit Saturn in the 9th House
The 9th house rules expansion, so when transit Saturn is in the 9th house, you may struggle with finding opportunities at times, feel like you can't think bigger or brighter and have to be realistic, and can box yourself in a little bit. This house also rules beliefs, and you may question the beliefs you have and feel disconnected.
How to survive:
Give yourself as much space as you can find without taking it away from others. This can help you make use of opportunities when they come, and not be so pessimistic. Find positive ways of expressing yourself, and this can turn your mood around too. As for your beliefs, if you question them, they may not be in alignment with who you are now, and this can prompt you to find new beliefs that are.
Transit Saturn in the 10th House
The 10th house is the house Saturn naturally rules, so when transit Saturn is in the 10th house, you can get extra responsibilities and lessons heaped on you if you haven't learned them yet. You may experience setbacks with your goals, and feel like you're uncertain of your direction in life. You may lack the connections you need, and not get the recognition you deserve.
How to survive:
You have to be an ultimate Saturn, and do things the right way and for the right reasons, manage your responsibilities as best as you can, and be honest with yourself about your lessons. In this way, it's very similar to the 1st house experience. But you also need to stay disciplined and focused on your goals and ambitions, and keep at it through the setbacks and delays. The 10th house is the highest part of the chart, so you can get rewarded in a big way once Saturn is at the end of this transit if you do things right (and if you were doing things right all along, you usually get rewarded at the start of this transit instead of the end).
Transit Saturn in the 11th House
The 11th house rules your hopes and dreams for the future, so when transit Saturn is in the 11th house, you may feel like your hopes and dreams aren't realistic and you should give them up. You may be less hopeful and more pessimistic about the future. You may box yourself in and not allow yourself to be innovative or a true individual. And with this house ruling friends, you may see friends go from your life.
How to survive:
Don't automatically give up on your hopes and dreams, and instead just work on being more disciplined and smarter with them. Put together plans, do research, and gather information. When you're smart about it, Saturn can help you get closer to what you want. As for friends, the ones that leave are likely ones that were never really friends to begin with, or you simply outgrew, and it's time for better, healthier friendships.
Transit Saturn in the 12th House
The 12th house is the house of the hidden, the subconscious, and the past, so when transit Saturn is in the 12th house, you may need to take a big step back away from any attention and can feel easily drained by others. You may be easily overwhelmed too, and old issues from the past can rear their ugly head. Your subconscious motivations and desires can cause more problems, and you can feel weighed down by the past.
How to survive:
This is a time when you need to take that time away, from the spotlight, from crazy work and demands, and be much more introspective. It's an amazing time for therapy of any kind, if you're open to that. The more quiet time you get to reflect, to think about the past, to consider every situation and trauma, the more you can learn about yourself, and the more you can let go of. This is the last house, so it's a time to let go of that old baggage, but you need to do some understanding with it first. Clearing it out can help you in a big way when Saturn moves into the 1st house, and it's not as bad.
Suggested Reading: The Survival Series: Surviving Transit Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus in the Houses
As we moved out of Capricorn Season and started Aquarius Season yesterday, we're focused on the new, the original, the future, and the unconventional. Capricorn Season was a last hurrah for Capricorn as the 2020 Capricorn stellium came to an end in December, and Aquarius is the dominant energy for 2021. Which we feel super strong now!
If you're an Aquarius (Sun, Moon, or Rising), or you have a strong natal Uranus (the natural ruler of Aquarius), you don't need anyone to tell you this - you know it, you feel it! Fellow air signs Gemini and Libra can fare better during this time, along with fire signs Aries and Sagittarius. Fellow fixed signs Taurus, Leo, and Scorpio may have to put in extra effort.
This Aquarius Season is elevated not only because Jupiter and Saturn are in Aquarius (so we've got an Aquarius stellium cooking), but it's also elevated thanks to Mercury retrograde in Aquarius January 30th - February 20th. That doesn't automatically mean it's going to waste though - not if you know what to do and what to focus on!
About Aquarius Energy:
Aquarius is the sign of the unconventional, the different, the weird. This is a sign that doesn't want to be stuck in the traditional. Its previous sign, Capricorn, is the traditional one. Aquarius wants to move away from that and expand the way we express ourselves.
When you're an Aquarius native (or have a strong Uranus or stacked 11th house, which corresponds to Aquarius), there is likely something (or multiple somethings) weird about you, but you may not see this as a bad thing. Instead, it's more like a badge of honor. You recognize that it's part of what makes you who you truly are, a pure individual and iconoclast.
If the energy is very strong for you, you may scoff at the traditional ways and have to learn how to use it when warranted. But most Aquarians understand that sometimes the old ways are needed, and don't completely avoid them. You just know that it doesn't have to be that way always, and there's room for more growth when you open up your options.
Aquarius Season Horoscopes:
(read your Sun and Rising signs for a more accurate view; if you don't know your Rising sign, go create a natal chart for free on astro.com and use the video on the Free Astrology Courses page to find your placements; and remember that horoscopes are meant for "entertainment purposes only" - use good judgment!)
Aquarius Season is a big deal for you when it comes to embracing your individuality and being true to who you are, Aries. It's a lot easier for you, and you can feel it's so important, like you can't breathe if you're not being your real, unconventional self. This Aquarius Season likely wants you to focus on ways you've been blocked from doing that, and remove those blocks so you're even freer to be unapologetically who you are. Try not to doubt yourself too much, and recognize when you're just giving in to pessimism about situations.
Aquarius Season is usually a time that shines a light on your goals and where you're going in life, Taurus. You can go about achieving and succeeding and making progress in your own way, and this may be completely against the grain, but you can rock it. This Aquarius Season likely wants you to assess where you've been boxing in, which responsibilities have been holding you back, and how your light has been a little stifled. If you haven't been able to take your own approach to what you strive for, this may be a time to change that.
Aquarius Season is the season where you can focus on expanding, exploring, and having new experiences in your own way, Gemini. This can help you open up more to opportunities, and you can feel true to who you are. You may give more attention to your beliefs, and you can embrace the quirkier one that you have. This Aquarius Season may cause you to focus on your beliefs, and work on blocks that have kept you from being able to live according to them. If you've felt like you're boxed in, this keeps you from having the experiences you want.
Aquarius Season brings you to the more serious aspects of your life, Cancer. You can focus on finding solutions to complicated problems, but the solutions you have are different, unique, or discovered in your own way. You're not usually the most unconventional sign, but this is one of the ways that you are. This Aquarius Season likely urges you to think outside of the box more to find solutions, to find strength, or to find personal power. Try not to shy away from these things, and understand that transformation can be a good thing now.
Aquarius Season lights up your relationship sector, Leo. This means you take a different approach to your relationships, appreciate different relationship setups, or you attract Aquarius-types to your life and like people who you see as rebels. This Aquarius Season might bring out some troubles in those relationships, and anything that hasn't been dealt with may seem unbearable. Take your own approach to them, and find new, different ways of working them out. Just make sure the other people are on board!
Aquarius Season activates your work sector, Virgo. For such a conventional sign, you're someone who likely wants to stay on your toes when it comes to the work you do, and everything you focus on daily. Without that, you get bored, fast. This Aquarius Season can highlight ways that you have gotten bored, areas where things have been stale and you haven't shaken things up in a while. It may be little things, in small ways, but it can make a big difference. Also make sure to take care of the routine stuff (even if in your own way!).
Aquarius Season stirs up energy in your love sector, Libra. You are the sign of relationships, so a little focus on love can be pretty comfortable for you. But when it comes to love, you can take your own approach and deal with love in your own unique way. This Aquarius Season, you may need to work on issues that have caused your love relationships to grow stale or boring. Work them out, and connect to your heart. Being more heart-centric can help with maneuvering through this season. Treat it well.
Aquarius Season focuses on your home and family life, Scorpio. You're likely someone who creates your own family in your own way, usually with people you aren't actually related to, and whose dream home life is not really the standard, but you love it. This Aquarius Season may trigger emotional issues that need to be addressed in order for you to feel comfortable and supported. If you've felt boxed in lately emotionally, that can make you feel incredibly uncomfortable and stir up some deep issues. Tackle that.
Aquarius Season stimulates your mental energy, Sagittarius. You're a pretty engaging sign anyway, but now you're even more active. You likely want to chat about everything and have a million ideas, but you're thinking outside of the box with those ideas, and you're expressing yourself in your own way. This Aquarius Season may prompt you to work on blocks that have kept you from being as open as you'd like to be. If it's felt like you've needed to be ultra practical and traditional, you can address the core reason for that.
Aquarius Season slows energy down for you, Capricorn. It's been such a high ride for you over the last year+, and now you finally get a break. You can work to be more present and grounded, and you can do so in unconventional ways. This Aquarius Season can help you focus on ways you haven't been able to do that and areas of your life that need some of that grounding energy. Allow yourself to be present, and find ways to do so that are unique and all your own.
Aquarius Season is your season, Aquarius, and this is a big deal for you! You can focus on what you want to move forward with for the next year, and you can go about it in your own way. This Aquarius Season is even bigger for that, and what you focus on now can be a focus for not just the next year, but many years (or even decades) to come. No pressure! You may first need to work on blocks for this though, and ways that you get in your own way, what you lack patience with, or what has been ignored. Address impulsive behavior and improve your smarts.
Aquarius Season is a quieter time of the year for you, Pisces. You likely want some time to yourself, to rest and recharge, and you can find ways to do this that are unconventional or new. You can feel more true to yourself when you're away from the spotlight and not being bothered by others. This Aquarius Season may drain you much more, and there may be some old baggage that needs to be released or addressed. It may feel like you don't get to be as true to yourself as you'd like, but this may be pointing to a subconscious block that you need to become more consciously aware of.
Suggested Reading: Aquarius Houses: Where You're Different
Going into February soon! This month comes with a new moon in Aquarius and a full moon in Virgo. Let's review what to expect!
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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 full moon?
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.
New Moon in Aquarius: February 11th 2021 (2:06PM ET/11:06AM PT)
The February new moon occurs in air sign Aquarius, and we can pursue opportunities to be more independent, to do things in new ways, to think outside of the box, and to make changes. It's all about change at this point in 2021, and we can feel motivated to take action with them. We just need to make sure we're smart about them!
We may want to connect with friends or expand our social circles, and we can pursue opportunities to do things with friends, in groups, or that further causes we believe in. We can be more idealistic and hopeful, and want to push for a better future.
Mercury is retrograde in Aquarius with this new moon, but isn't actually conjunct (aligned with). So the new moon can bring some focus on the retrograde energy, but it may not be super strong. It can be helpful for second chances, and that can be strong energy around the new moon. What would you like another shot at? This may be focused on the areas of life ruled by the House the new moon and/or the Mercury retrograde occur in, and aspects made to your natal chart by either/both.
The new moon occurs at 23 degrees 17 minutes Aquarius, The aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 21 degrees 17 minutes - 25 degrees 17 minutes Aquarius
Sextile: 21 degrees 17 minutes - 25 degrees 17 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Square: 21 degrees 17 minutes - 25 degrees 17 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 21 degrees 17 minutes - 25 degrees 17 minutes Gemini or Libra
Opposition: 21 degrees 17 minutes - 25 degrees 17 minutes Leo
Full Moon in Virgo: February 27th 2021 (3:18AM ET/12:18AM PT)
The Virgo full moon helps us focus on what we need to get done, and we can be much more productive and efficient. We can get organized, make lists, and tackle all of the little things. This can help get us back on track as we come out of the Mercury retrograde and need to smooth things out.
Virgo rules work and daily life, so if what you do on a daily basis is what you love, you can get rewarded with opportunities. If what you do is something you hate, you may experience challenges and setbacks. Try to consistently do what you're passionate about in healthy, positive ways.
Virgo also rules health, maintenance, and stress, and Virgo full moons can be fairly stressful, so try to have a healthy, positive outlet for stress management. If you're not feeling very good physically, this may be stress manifesting for you in a tangible way to get your attention.
This full moon is trine (positive aspect, 4 signs away) transit (moving) Uranus in Taurus. Uranus is the natural ruler of Aquarius, so that change energy continues even with this full moon. We can feel more comfortable with the changes we're working on, and can finalize plans for change or finish changes we've already begun. We can work independently or in groups, and we can keep an eye on the future.
The full moon occurs at 8 degrees 57 minutes Virgo. The aspects to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 6 degrees 57 minutes - 10 degrees 57 minutes Virgo
Sextile: 6 degrees 57 minutes - 10 degrees 57 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Square: 6 degrees 57 minutes - 10 degrees 57 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 6 degrees 57 minutes - 10 degrees 57 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Opposition: 6 degrees 57 minutes - 10 degrees 57 minutes Pisces
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for interpretations
2020 came with conjunctions with Pluto and both Jupiter and Saturn. This was a big theme for 2020. For 2021, we'll have Jupiter and Saturn square Uranus as the big aspect of the year. What does Jupiter square Uranus mean? Let's explore!
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Jupiter in Astrology
In astrology, Jupiter is the planet of expansion. It expands on both the good and the bad. It's fairly neutral like that. But Jupiter is an optimistic planet, so it does want things to turn around, and will work with you when you try to make it a little easier. The problem with Jupiter is we can get lazy, lackadaisical, and motivation can be difficult to harness.
Uranus in Astrology
In astrology, Uranus is the planet of change. Uranus wants to move us forward toward the future, and prompts change to do that. Uranus understands that we need to change in order to grow, so that's the job of Uranus. But we all know how resistant many of us are to change, and that can annoy Uranus and make things more difficult.
Jupiter Square Uranus Astrology
In the natal chart, Jupiter square Uranus can show you're someone who is a rule breaker, a rebel by nature, someone who pushes against the norms and feels comfortable doing so. Your own beliefs may be a little out there, a little future-minded, and this can make it a little challenging to be understood by others who haven't caught up with you yet. You're highly independent, so you probably don't need their understanding anyway, but you may need to be more practical sometimes.
In aspect to your natal chart, transit (moving) Jupiter square your natal Uranus can make you want to make big changes, but you may have trouble seeing all sides of it, only focusing on the positives and not being realistic. It can be good for planned changes and change you've already researched. Transit Uranus square your natal Jupiter can make you desperate for freedom, independence, and change. You can be more impulsive, and need to get control over that so you don't rush into anything you shouldn't. But it can be a good time to break out of a rut and bring fresh air to your life.
In transit, Jupiter square Uranus is a time to change. The way things have been can become intolerable, and we're desperate to change that. This can be a good thing if we're not impulsive and impatient, and thinking it through. That's sort of the big rub, because we don't want to pause to think about it - we just want to do it! There can be suuuper rebellious energy (and perhaps actual rebellion), and any way we've been boxed in or held back from being our true selves, we can rage against.
We're clearly much more open to change, so it's a good time to do it, but we have to be smart. Time to turn the page, yes, but burn the whole book? Uh, maybe not!
Jupiter-Uranus Square of 2021
The Jupiter-Pluto conjunction of 2020 went exact 3 times, but the Jupiter-Uranus square of 2021 only goes exact once in a few days, on January 17th with both at 6 degrees, Jupiter in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. It's in orb (in effect) January 9th - 26th.
If you have any bodies in your natal chart at 6 degrees, it'll get hit by this square directly (and you'll likely feel it if you have anything between 4 and 8 degrees, it'll just be strongest at 6 degrees). The aspects are if your planet is in the sign of:
Aries - sextile (positive) Jupiter and semisextile (positive) Uranus
Taurus - square Jupiter and conjunct (amplifying) Uranus
Gemini - trine (positive) Jupiter and semisextile (positive) Uranus
Cancer - quincunx (challenging) Jupiter and sextile (positive) Uranus
Leo - opposite (challenging) Jupiter and square Uranus
Virgo - quincunx Jupiter and trine Uranus
Libra - trine Jupiter and quincunx Uranus
Scorpio - square Jupiter and opposite Uranus
Sagittarius - sextile Jupiter and quincunx Uranus
Capricorn - semisextile Jupiter and trine Uranus
Aquarius - conjunct Jupiter and square Uranus
Pisces - semisextile Jupiter and sextile Uranus
Bodies in Aries, Gemini, Capricorn, and Pisces have the best energy; bodies in Leo and Scorpio have the most challenging.
No matter what though, anything at 6 degrees gets heightened, regardless of the actual aspect, and whatever that planet or body rules in your natal chart is elevated in your life with this aspect. So pay close attention to it, and use it properly!
Suggested Reading: The Transit Jupiter & Transit Uranus pages for general interpretations
Today's article comes from Kelsie of Cosmic Occult! She shares how she thinks 2021 will play out for all of us astrologically (very interesting!). Don't forget to sign up for the monthly worksheet so you're keeping track of the astro all year!
Without a doubt, 2020 was certainly a period for the books. Astrologers knew something was up with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction and Jupiter as well, but nobody saw what was coming for the most part. It was completely unpredictable because it was unexpected.
With that being said, we can look to 2021 for more obvious clues on what’s to come. Will 2020 be behind us or are we going to keep experiencing this roller-coaster of unexpected surprises? I can say, without a doubt, 2021 will be easier, but don’t get too comfortable.
Major Transit of 2021
The Great Conjunction on December 21, 2020 brought on a major theme for 2021.Jupiter and Saturn in the sign of Aquarius. We are in a new life cycle that will affect us for the next 200 years!
For the year 2021, think Aquarian. This means advancements in technology, coming together as a community, new medicines (hint: the COVID-19 vaccine), and exciting things to come with improvements to space crafts (did you hear there’s a mission to the moon scheduled for 2024?!).
In 2020, it was Saturn, Jupiter, and Pluto highlighting major change for the year. Now, it will be Saturn-Jupiter and Uranus to take the reins and lead us through 2021. The influence from Uranus to Jupiter-Saturn will bring change in a new, unexpected way. This also means that the virus weakens now that Pluto isn’t a part of the show anymore. Pluto rules all things hidden and was one of the biggest indicators of COVID-19.
Uranus has been in Taurus since 2018 and has done a couple retrogrades and direct motions since. With that said, Uranus has been retrograde since August 2020 and turns direct motion on January 14, 2021. Anytime a major transit happens to a slow-moving planet, the effects are going to impact all of us for a long time.
Taurus is the sign of economy, business, and money. On a personal level, it is concerned with our values and what makes us feel good. The day before Uranus goes direct, we are also having a new moon in Capricorn. Another sign of business. This is the year for business.
Uranus and Saturn square each other three times in 2021. Yep, three times! If that doesn’t excite you, it should. This transit only happens once every 14 years. It’s a pretty big deal.
Uranus likes to bring unexpected changes to the economy while Saturn likes to enforce rules and restrict. For us, this could make small businesses rise and people fighting for equality (Uranus) with those in higher positions (Saturn). This also looks like businesses (Saturn) converting to fully online (Uranus).
Maybe through 2021, big-chained businesses will be challenged as more people understand the importance of local businesses. This influence will probably happen over social media (Aquarius rules social media!). We may even become a cashless society in 2021 as everything goes digital!
Dates for Saturn-Uranus Square:
- February 17, 2021
- June 14, 2021
- December 24, 2021
Saturn isn’t the only one challenging Uranus though. Jupiter, who is sitting with Saturn in Aquarius for most of the year, will form a square aspect to Uranus on January 17, 2021.
With the energy of Saturn-Jupiter in Aquarius giving us a bigger picture on changing the world, Uranus gives us this desperate urge to try new things and take risks. We can be challenged to really sit and think about how we’re going to improve Earth. Since commuting back and forth to work in vehicles has a big impact on the environment, perhaps this save the Earth movement (Uranus in Taurus values) will turn us all into working from home in the future. No more commuting 9-5pm like Capricorn wants. We’re going online, says Aquarius!
In 2020 we had to sit back and watch everything fall apart (for the greater good), and in 2021 we are now being presented the opportunity to change and reshape society and help our environment.
January 2021: The Busiest Month
The first couple of months, particularly January of 2021 are going to be the most eventful of the year. Mercury goes retrograde in Aquarius from January 30-February 20, 2021 and this gives us that extra push to think, reflect, and challenge ourselves, to the ideas and goals that Saturn and Jupiter are presenting to us.
Our first full moon of the year is happening January 28th in Leo which can make us bold and help us stand out. The planet of communication (Mercury, but in retrograde) conjuncts with Jupiter on February 14th as Mercury moves backwards through Aquarius. This will give us a unique outlook on life, and we can let our quirkiness and brilliant ideas flow with this aspect.
Money has been one of the biggest focuses of 2020 and will continue to affect us through 2021. Thankfully, Uranus going direct in Taurus on January 14th, finances can become more predictable (we’re already on the way to a second stimulus check in the United States). Mars entering Taurus on January 6th will help us become more responsible with our approach to money. Therefore, savings accounts may be beneficial. Investments are highlighted in 2021. Quite honestly, I can see people becoming infuriated with what’s to come though.
Mars (planet of action and demand) conjuncts Uranus in Taurus on January 19th. This conjunction will form a square to Saturn and Jupiter. The public will not sit quietly and will demand something to change that helps with security and provides financial stability. They want a plan, they need a change, and it will be heard. Protesting and rioting can be highlighted with this influence. Since Jupiter takes part in this transit, we may ask for “more”.
Things Slow Down
Saturn turns retrograde in Aquarius on May 23rd. Matters of social justice and structure are brought to the surface as we reflect on how we can change the system to make it better. Our economy is failing and there is a major influence of money in politics In the U.S. We won’t sit back and allow it any longer. A few days after Saturn turns retrograde, we have our first lunar eclipse of the year in Sagittarius. Jupiter in Pisces will square the lunar eclipse and will amplify our mood and feelings. Our intuition is heightened during this period.
With Saturn still squared to Uranus, problems with authority can show itself under this transit. I can see people getting frustrated with these “new world orders” and go against the rules. We can be impulsive with Sagittarian energy, but we can also think of a grander plan that may be more beneficial for us all. Since Saturn rules business, Sagittarius is the entrepreneur, and Uranus ruling technology, I really can see us becoming an online world for the entire 2021. This is where small businesses can step in and shine now.
Jupiter in Pisces
After the first couple months of 2021, things will start to calm down in May when Jupiter moves into the healing, intuitive sign of Pisces on May 13, 2021. Jupiter is quite comfortable in Pisces. This is a home for Jupiter.
Now is the time we begin to heal. We can use our intuition and the world becomes a bit more compassionate under this influence. This gives us a fresh breath of air as we heal all that we’ve lost in the last year.
Staying compassionate and open-minded will be the focus here. Aquarius is accepting of all differences, so using this Aquarian energy (since this is an Aquarian themed year) will keep us level-headed. Medical hoaxes may also rise to the surface. Take Andrew Wakefield for example and his fabrication on the MMR vaccine. This happened when Jupiter was in Pisces. Or, people may begin to look for a change in the pharmaceutical industry.
The last time Jupiter was in Pisces was in 2010. To get an understanding of how this transit will look for 2021, look at what happened in 2010. The DHHS/CDC removed HIV infection from its list of communicable diseases of public health significance. For us, this could look a lot like, “you can travel again, but only with provided documentation of the COVID-19 vaccine”. Global travel may be permitted but only permissible if you can prove that you are vaccinated. Many people have already stated they will not get this vaccine, and this is where I see rioting and outrage happening with a need for freedom.
A Possible Economic Downfall
The second square off between Saturn and Uranus happens on June 14th. This is happening 4 days after the solar eclipse in Gemini, and 6 days before Jupiter goes retrograde. The Gemini solar eclipse will form a conjunction to Mercury in Gemini which increases our mental abilities. The eclipse will also make a trine to Saturn in Aquarius.
Eclipses are always associated with change and growth. This is exactly what Saturn in Aquarius is asking from us as well. This is about internal growth. Discipline in yourself, coming in touch with your emotions, and accepting your flaws. This will be the time that we all pause and think about what we can do next.
Neptune goes retrograde in Pisces on June 25, 2020. This is a time of un-doing and introspecting. Neptune, the dreamy and creative planet can also make us feel deceived and confused. With a sextile to Pluto, this confusion can be brought on through our transformation process. This will present itself in the form of social change and government issues. Perhaps, we are being deceived by powerful leaders under this influence and now we are channeling the energy of Saturn-Uranus to see past the deception, fight the system, and approach human rights even more so!
The month of August is another important month to note. On August 19, 2021 there may be a downfall in the economy as Uranus retrogrades through the sign of Taurus until January 2022. Finances can become unstable unless you created that investment plan I was talking about before, in the month of January. I believe we will be okay, but stock-markets may decline, there can be a struggle in the housing market, and brick and mortar workplaces may suffer as well. This can also bring unpredictable weather.
The full moon lunar eclipse in Taurus on November 19th is another important date to mark on your calendar. This eclipse will form a trine to Pluto (power and destruction) and our leadership skills come into focus. We can let go of any destructive behaviors we have, ground ourselves and take control over our lives.
With 2021 bringing on challenges, especially concerning finances, this is a transit that can bring light to the end of the tunnel. We begin to have a clearer understanding of our personal boundaries and values. With Jupiter back in Aquarius for a moment, any transformation that happens will benefit humanity.
December 24th is the final square off between Saturn and Uranus. This happens right before Jupiter moves back into Pisces until May 2022. This transit is one that I do see bringing a brighter future to humanities goals. We are also having a new moon solar eclipse in Sagittarius in the month of December as well. Maybe, we will be brought out of recession in 2022, and 2021 is our steppingstone to pulling us above the water.
With Uranus forming a trine to Mercury in Taurus during the final square off, our focus is on the collective again. We are compromising and can work together to create a better future under this influence. Saturn sets these ideas in place and brings authority figures (government) into the picture as well. Perhaps, this is when we will finally be heard and can start working towards bettering our Earth and providing stability in the economy in a way that works for us all.
In conclusion, 2021 will not be the best year ever. Far from it. I see a lot of economical issues surfacing and the people speaking out more about equality and human rights. It can, indeed, be a political year. Office jobs will become a thing of the past as more people work online. We’re out of the Capricorn commuting style and into the style of Aquarius that rules technology. After 2021, I really don’t see desk-jobs being a thing anymore. I truly believe that schools, universities, and workplaces will all convert to being online.
The year 2021 will be a year of asserting our independence, coming together as a community, advancing towards a better financial structure, and the year for small businesses. It is the year for actual change.
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Here comes the first Mercury retrograde for 2021! 2021 comes with the standard 3, and this first one occurs entirely in the sign of Aquarius. Let's cover what to expect!
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The Basics - What is Mercury retrograde?
A retrograde occurs when a planet appears to be moving backwards from our vantage point here on Earth. It isn't actually moving backwards, it just appears that way. Mercury turns retrograde most often, about 3-4 times per year, and lasts for several weeks. When a planet retrogrades, what that planet rules tends to be thrown off, along with what the sign it's retrograding in rules.
With Mercury retrograde, we experience a shadow and a storm. The shadow period starts when Mercury first hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn direct at, and ends when it last hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn retrograde at.
Most people don't feel the effects of Mercury retrograde until it enters the storm period though. The storm period of Mercury retrograde is when Mercury is moving at its slowest, less than 40 minutes per day. Mercury is a fast-moving planet and hates it when it's moving slowly. There's usually two storm periods, one around the time Mercury turns retrograde, and one around when it turns direct.
Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius 2021 Key Dates:
Mercury Retrograde Effects:
The first retrograde for 2021 comes to us in air sign Aquarius, and Aquarius is the ruler of change. We may be extra focused on changes we want to make, feeling more impatient and impulsive about it, or we may experience changes we don't want or don't feel ready for and have to resist being stubborn and adjust.
The future gets more of our attention, and we may want to rush forward toward it but have to be more cautious with our choices and actions, or we want to avoid it completely and put ourselves in a bad position. There may be a loss of hope for something for the future, and we have to make sure we're not just being pessimistic. Let yourself dream.
Friends and groups are ruled by Aquarius, so we may experience problems in existing friendships or groups we belong to, or we may reconnect with an old friend or re-join an old group. This sign also governs causes, so we can walk away from a cause we don't connect with, or pick up an old cause we used to focus on.
Aquarius is an independent, original sign that doesn't want to be boxed in, so if we feel like we have been boxed in, we can rebel in a big way. We may push back against social norms, and we may feel like now is the time to break all of the rules. But are we being smart about it, or just giving in to impulse? Even if we're right with what needs to be changed, we still need to be smart about it.
This is the first retrograde of 2021, and all 3 occur in the air signs (Aquarius, Gemini, Libra). This last occurred in 2015. The air signs are the signs of communication, of the mind, and of connection, so we may struggle with being open, feeling heard, and listening.
The Aquarius Stellium & Mercury Retrograde
While Mercury is retrograde in Aquarius, we'll experience an Aquarius stellium! Jupiter and Saturn both moved into Aquarius mid-December 2020, and the Sun, Mercury, and Venus join them. An Aquarius stellium is in effect the whole time Mercury is in Aquarius, so from January 8th to March 15th.
We had a Capricorn stellium dominate 2020, but this one is a little different since it's only for a couple of months, not the entire year. It's also in a very different sign with Aquarius, and we're hyper-focused on change, the future, independence, innovation, and originality.
While Mercury is retrograde, we may need to work on old issues related to these subjects that have gotten in the way of progress. In what ways have we stopped change from happening? In what ways have we resisted the future? In what ways have we stifled independence? In what ways has innovation slowed? In what ways have we rejected originality?
This is also amazing energy for a second chance with the retrograde. Give an old dream, old hope, old inventions another shot. Rediscover your true self and regain independence.
We get a little help with a New Moon in Aquarius on February 11th; it's not conjunct (aligned with) Mercury retrograde but does give a little boost of energy.
Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius 2021 Aspects:
During the retrograde, Mercury will make 4 major aspects. They are:
- conjunct (aligned with) the Sun on February 8th (@ 20 degrees 1 minute Aquarius; (this is the Inferior Conjunction, a positive point in the retrograde for starting something that can be a focus for the next 6-8 weeks; find where it falls in your chart, and that may be where you can start something)
- conjunct Venus on February 13th (@ 14 degrees Aquarius; this is helpful for reconnecting with people from the past, restoring relationships and intimacy, and improving any relationships, but relationship issues may be more obvious and difficult to hide from)
- square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) Mars on February 10th (bringing out frustrations, fights, and increasing tempers, especially when feeling boxed in and lashing out)
- conjunct Jupiter on February 14th (@ 13 degrees Aquarius; biggest aspect for this retrograde, and interesting because Jupiter is expansive, and expands on the good or bad, so the good may get better and the bad may get worse)
The Moons of Mercury Retrograde:
The Moon does travel both signs Mercury naturally rules and Aquarius during this retrograde. It's in Virgo (ruled by Mercury) as the retrograde begins, from January 30th (3:03AM ET/12:03AM PT) - February 1st (6:25AM ET/3:25AM PT), and is in Gemini (ruled by Mercury) as the retrograde ends, from February 19th (11:03AM ET/8:03AM PT) - 21st (10:53PM ET/7:53PM PT). So we start and end this retrograde with the Moon in a sign ruled by Mercury, and this brings extra emotional focus to the retrograde energy. We can be more aware of the changing energy, and emotionally driven to work with it, around it, or for it.
The Moon is in Aquarius February 9th (8:21PM ET/5:21PM PT) - 12th (2:24AM ET/Feb 11th @ 11:24PM PT). When the Moon is in the sign of the retrograde, it's extra focused on it, and we can feel super off, but we also have the opportunity to do something, take control of the retrograde, and make what we want happen.
The retrograde begins at 26 degrees Aquarius, so those of you Aquarians born February 13th - 17th may feel the start of the retrograde most. The retrograde ends at 11 degrees Aquarius, so those of you Aquarians born January 28th - February 1st may feel the end of the retrograde most.
For the rest of you, check the house(s) Mercury will be retrograding in your own natal chart, and any aspects Mercury will make during its retrograde to your natal planets, to fully understand how it will impact you personally.
If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart, you may not feel the worst of this. Those individuals generally don't experience the difficulties of the retrograde because it feels more natural to them. Of course, chances are everyone else around them doesn't have the same aspect, so they can still experience difficulties brought on by others. If it's in your natal chart, check out this article about Mercury retrograde in the natal chart.
Suggested Reading: The Mercury, Venus, & Mars Retrogrades page for interpretations
Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius: January - February 2021
Aquarius Season Scopes
Jupiter Square Uranus 2021
February 2021 New & Full Moons
January 2021 New & Full Moons
Black Moon Lilith in Taurus: October 2020 - July 2021
White Moon Selena in Sagittarius: December 2020 - July 2021
Jupiter in Aquarius: December 2020 - May 2021, July - December 2021
Saturn in Aquarius: March - July 2020, December 2020 - March 2023
Uranus in Taurus: May - November 2018, March 2019 - July 2025, November 2025 - April 2026