Neptune is the foggy planet, ruling illusion, delusion, and deception. Sometimes, this is self-deception, self-delusion, and we refuse to see what’s right in front of us. Neptune also rules our spiritual selves, and what we connect with spiritually. In love, this means Neptune can govern soul connections where we feel a strong link to someone on a soul level, but also not seeing people for who they really are and falling for the wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Falling for the very-wrong person often comes in transits, with hard aspects (conjunctions, squares, oppositions) by transit Neptune to the natal Sun, Moon, Venus, or 5th or 7th house ruler of cusp. Care must be taken during those times to avoid falling prey to someone who does not have your best interests at heart (at all!). This can also sometimes happen with hard aspects involving Neptune and progressions, particularly when the progressed 5th or 7th house cusps or progressed Venus conjunct, square, oppose natal or progressed Neptune. It can show finding a soul mate, or finding that wolf! Usually which manifests depends on what predispositions are in your natal chart, as well as what’s going on with the chart of the person you meet and in your composite chart together. If there’s lots of hard Neptune, water energy, or 12th house energy, that increases the likelihood.
When you have a Neptune connection with someone in synastry, there can be some trouble seeing each other as you really are. This can be a good thing sometimes, and it can inspire you to rise to the level you feel they’re at. But it can also show that you’re not being realistic at times, and that this is someone who can easily deceive you, and you won’t figure it out until it’s too late. The Neptune connection does show someone you have a soul connection with though, for better or worse, and this may be someone you have to learn a lesson from, even if it’s not meant to last a lifetime.
To counter Neptune, Saturn and some earth energy is usually needed. Saturn is the planet of reality and is super grounded, as is earth energy, so this helps to balance out the flowy energy of Neptune. Having strong Saturn or lots of earth energy in your natal chart can help you to avoid falling for the wolf; having positive Saturn transits while undergoing hard Neptune transits can help as well; and having a strong Saturn or wolf energy in the composite chart can help you both to see each other realistically and ground the spiritual connection. If there’s no Saturn or earth energy? Maybe hide in a closet!
Suggested Reading: The articles in the love astrology series: Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, Chiron, the 12th house, eclipses, retrogrades, and the Lunar Nodes
February new moon comes on the 4th at 4:04PM ET in air sign Aquarius. So with this new moon, we can focus on the future, what we hope it will be like, and what we want to change. We can be a little idealistic, but open to the new that needs to happen in order to make the big changes and big future that we want to have.
We can feel more independent and forward-thinking, inventive and original. We can be true to ourselves, and want the freedom to be able to be who we are, without being boxed in. We can push outside of comfort zones, and do things in new ways, perhaps different from the norm, but still true to ourselves.
We may want to come together and focus on mankind, everyone as a whole, and do more to help others. Because we can see further into the future, we can understand how we all fit together and need to help each other out.
Aquarius is naturally ruled by the planet Uranus, who is at the end of his time in the sign of Aries and comes to a special degree, the anaretic degree, just after this new moon. So this new moon amplifies the focus on Uranus energy, and we can push harder for change, for coming together, for individuality, and for the future.
This new moon occurs at 15 degrees 45 minutes Aquarius. The aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 13 degrees 45 minutes - 17 degrees 45 minutes Aquarius
Sextile: 13 degrees 45 minutes - 17 degrees 45 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Square: 13 degrees 45 minutes - 17 degrees 45 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 13 degrees 45 minutes - 17 degrees 45 minutes Gemini or Libra
Opposition: 13 degrees 45 minutes - 17 degrees 45 minutes Leo
February’s full moon comes on the 19th at 10:53AM ET in earth sign Virgo. The full moon brings us down a little to reality, and we can focus on the small details, the here-and-now, the physical world in front of us, and the matters at hand. We can give a great deal of focus to getting things done, lots of small projects, tasks, and chores, and we need to be careful of picking things apart and keeping ourselves from actually getting anything done. It doesn’t need to be perfect, and perfect isn’t possible anyway.
Virgo full moons can bring a little extra stress as we put more pressure on ourselves to meet expectations that aren’t possible, and focus too much on the little things, worrying ourselves and becoming anxious little creatures. We need to take a step back, take a break when needed, and make sure we’re not losing sight of the big picture. Try to have healthy, positive outlets for stress.
This can be good energy if we take some of that big picture, future thinking from the new moon and infuse it with some of the missing details we find with the full moon.
This full moon occurs at 0 degrees 42 minutes Virgo. The aspects to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 2 degrees 42 minutes Virgo
Sextile: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 2 degrees 42 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Square: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 2 degrees 42 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 2 degrees 42 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Opposition: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 2 degrees 42 minutes Pisces
Since this full moon is so early in Virgo, you may also feel aspects made out of sign, which would be:
ConjunctIon: 29 degrees 42 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Leo
Sextile: 29 degrees 42 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Gemini or Libra
Square: 29 degrees 42 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 29 degrees 42 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Opposition: 29 degrees 42 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Aquarius
Maybe you’re thinking of getting a pet, and you want to use astrology to figure out the best time to get one. Animals are split into two categories, with smaller and domestic pets (so cats and dogs and more traditional animals) governed by Virgo, Mercury, and the 6th house, and larger and exotic pets (usually what you’d consider a zoo animal) governed by Pisces, Neptune, and the 12th house.
You can get a pet when you have a transit (moving) planet going through the 6th/12th house, aspecting a natal planet in Virgo/Pisces, aspecting your natal Mercury/Neptune, or aspecting the ruler of your 6th/12th house. You generally want to see positive aspects (sextiles and trines) so it’s an easy transition (though a conjunction by the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, or Jupiter can be good as well). Positive aspects by Mercury or Neptune to any part of your chart can be good energy for getting a pet as well.
A return chart with the return planet in the 6th/12th house, the Rising of the return chart in Virgo/Pisces, or the ruler of the 1st house in the return chart in the 6th/12th house can also be good for getting a pet. Your progressed Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, or Mars in Virgo/Pisces, the natal or progressed 6th/12th house, aspecting the natal or progressed ruler of the 6th/12th house, or aspecting natal or progressed Mercury/Neptune can also be good for getting a pet.
If you don’t want to wait long, you can use the Moon, who travels quickly (zooms through the entire Zodiac is less then one month). You can get a pet when the Moon will be in your 6th/12th house, or conjunct your 6th/12th house ruler or Mercury/Neptune.
Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto in the 6th/12th house or making a hard aspect (conjunct, square, opposite) to your 6th/12th house cusp, ruler, or Mercury/Neptune can be difficult times to get a pet, and you have a hard time finding one, or it just doesn’t work out the way you thought it would. Retrogrades can be a bad idea for getting a pet if you’re getting a brand new pet; if you’re going to get the same kind of pet that you’ve had before, then doing it under a retrograde is a good time (for example, I have a friend who got the same breed of dog as her previous dog when Venus retrograde conjuncted her 6th house cusp - though it did turn out to be a little hyper!).
(originally from the March 2016 monthly newsletter)
When you're assessing your progressed chart and comparing it to your natal chart, one of the things you can look at is if the progressed angles - the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th house cusps - will be making an aspect to any of your natal planets. House cusps come in pairs with each having an exact opposite house, and the 1st and 7th house cusps are exactly opposite one another, so you can interpret them together. This axis is the axis of relationships, governing your connection to the self (1st house) and to others (7th house). So when they're making an aspect to your natal planets, that aspect impacts your connections with the self and with others.
A sextile/trine (the easy aspects; they go hand-in-hand so if a natal planet is sextile one house cusp, it's trine the other) can show a positive period for your relationships and connections. The Sun grabs your attention and shines a light; the Moon brings emotional focus and emotional connection; Mercury focuses on mental connections and communications; Venus makes interactions pleasant and affection more easily expressed; Mars brings energy and drive to focus on the self and others; Jupiter helps improve connections and can bring beneficial relations; Saturn increases responsibility, stability, and commitment; Uranus helps you make changes with the self or in relationships and bring new/different people in your life; Neptune improves soul connections; and Pluto improves intimacy and promotes growth through connecting.
A square (hard aspect) can show a difficult period with challenges in your connection to the self and others. Balance is often required, balancing your focus on the self with focus on others and addressing your own wants/needs with the wants/needs of others. Often with a square, one ends up taking focus and the other is ignored. This can seem more obvious to you with the Sun; create emotional disruption and insecurity with the Moon; present communication problems and misunderstandings with Mercury; make affection difficult and grow more of a chasm between the self and others with Venus; increase frustration and annoyance with the self/others with Mars; expand on existing challenges with Jupiter; create feelings of restriction/limitation and suffocation or overwhelm with Saturn; create instability and erratic behavior with Uranus; increase delusion, illusion, deception, victimization, or subconscious widen chasms with Neptune; and increase resentment, hostility, manipulation, and struggles over power and control with Pluto.
The 4th and 10th house axis is the axis of foundations, governing your internal foundation and emotional/personal self (4th house) and your external foundation and goals/ambitions/external self (10th house. So when they're making an aspect to your natal planets, that aspect impacts your internal and external foundation/self.
A sextile/trine can show a positive period for the foundation of your life and self. The Sun shines a light; the Moon brings emotional focus on internal and external needs being met; Mercury focuses on personal and professional ideas/plans; Venus brings pleasant energy for balancing the internal and external; Mars brings energy and drive to focus on your foundation and needs; Jupiter helps open opportunities for personal and professional growth; Saturn increases focus on stability and security; Uranus opens you up to changes personally/professionally or to taking different approaches to meeting internal/external needs; Neptune strengthens emotional intuition as well as provides intuitive guidance for your life path; and Pluto gives more power and control over your foundation.
A square can show a difficult period with challenges that can make your foundation feel shaky, and you may focus too much on the personal/emotional/internal or too much on the external/professional/goals. Balance is often required with the square, balancing the internal with the external, the personal with the professional, where you've come from with where you're going. This can seem more obvious with the Sun; create emotional insecurity with the Moon and shake you at your core; present difficulties in communication with Mercury; shake relationship foundations with Venus; stir up frustrations and impulsiveness with Mars; expand on existing issues with Jupiter; make you feel stifled, overwhelmed, and like you're being pushed down/held back with Saturn; generate sudden/unexpected issues with your foundation with Uranus; make it difficult for you to see through the fog to have internal confidence or confidence in your direction with Neptune; and can stir up difficult deeply-held issues with Pluto that impact both your emotional and professional selves.
Conjunctions/oppositions go hand-in-hand (if a natal planet is conjunct one progressed house cusp, it's opposite the other), and show the natal planet has been moved into a new progressed house. This can be interpreted similarly to if that planet was in that house natally as if becomes more natural for you, but with an element of if it were there by transit since it can stimulate developments related to the house (especially at the onset while still conjunct the progressed house cusp).
(originally from the October and November 2018 monthly newsletters)
We all have hopes and dreams, for our lives and the world, and there are times when we focus on this more than others. The 11th house and Uranus are the rulers of our hopes and dreams, so when we have transits to the 11th house cusp or ruler or Uranus, aspects by transit Uranus, or planets touring the 11th house, this can bring focus to our hopes and dreams. Transit Jupiter in the 11th house, conjunct the 11th house ruler, or conjunct natal Uranus can be some of the best periods you have to pursue opportunities to achieve a hope or dream for your life. You can feel open to trying things in new ways, and taking a chance on opportunities you have. You can also get great energy with transit Uranus conjunct, sextile, or trine your natal Jupiter, 11th house cusp, or 11th house ruler, though this may come with some unexpected energy, more independence, and a stronger willingness to push outside of your comfort zone to achieve your dreams.
Transit Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars tour the 11th house for short period, 1-2 months, and these can be the times during each year where you’re thinking more about what you hope your future will look like and the dreams you have. If Mercury, Venus, or Mars retrograde in the 11th house, this can be one of the more difficult times for your hopes and dreams, and you may question yourself, feel you need to give up, and walk away. This is usually only temporary though, and you can find your way back to your hopes and dreams when the retrograde is over.
Transit Saturn in your 11th house can be tricky. Saturn is the planet of reality, so while he’s in you 11th house, you have the opportunity to make your dreams (11th house) a reality (Saturn), but it usually requires a lot of hard work and dedication - you know, Saturn-style! Same can go for Saturn conjunct your 11th house ruler or natal Uranus. Saturn sextile or trine can be easier energy to work with, but if he’s square or opposite, you may struggle immensely and have much bigger challenges to overcome in order to stay true to your dreams. You may feel you have to be more realistic, and this can make you pessimistic, but that may not actually be true. Your dreams may be attainable, but you can talk yourself out of them. So avoid the pessimism!
Positive transit aspects to your 11th house cusp, ruler, or natal Uranus can be excellent times to focus on your hopes and dreams. You can feel more hopeful, want to pursue opportunities, and can be inspired to change. Pluto can increase passion and intensity for a prolonged period of 2-3 years, while Neptune can guide you intuitively in the right direction for 1-2 years.
Progressed planets moving into your natal 11th house or natal planets moving into your progressed 11th house can bring a strong focus on your hopes and dreams, but for a much longer period of time (can be decades). Transit planets can then trigger the energy, and you can make some major headway when they occur.
What hopes and dreams you have and the approach you take to them can be found with the sign on the 11th house cusp, planets in the house, the sign and house location of the 11th house ruler, and the house location of natal Uranus (check out the 11th house page and natal Uranus page).
There’s also asteroid Pandora (number 55). We all know the story of Pandora’s box. What’s left when it’s all said and done? Hope. So while having a prominent natal asteroid Pandora can be tricky at times, it can also instill in the native an innate sense of eternal hope that things will always work out. Transits to your asteroid Pandora can bring this out or squash it, depending on the planet and aspect. Where asteroid Pandora is touring in your chart may get a little dose of extra hope, helping you to stick with it a little longer. The sign and house location of your natal asteroid Pandora may also show the areas of life where you strive to always be hopeful (in spite of the drama!).
Mars Retrograde in Aries: September - November 2020
Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio & Libra: October - November 2020
Anaretic Saturn in Capricorn
Jupiter Conjunct Pluto 2020
Saturn Conjunct Pluto 2020
October 2020 New & Full Moons
August 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