Mars retrograde is coming! Mars didn't retrograde in 2019, so 2020 comes with a Mars retrograde (it was the same with Venus). Like this year couldn't get any wackier! Make sure you're buckled up for this one, it's sure to be a bumpy ride ;)
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The basics - what is Mars retrograde?
A planet is called retrograde when it appears to be moving backward from our view here on Earth. It's not actually moving backward, and only looks that way. Mars retrogrades roughly every 2 - 2 1/2 years for about 2 - 2 1/2 months. Mercury retrogrades most often (3-4 times each year for about 3 weeks at a time) while Neptune and Pluto are retrograde for almost as much time as they're not (so much more subtle).
Mars is a personal planet (with the Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus), and personal planets have energy we feel more personally. This makes their retrograde much stronger in our lives. Mars rules our energy and drive, what makes us take action and how we do so. Mars retrograde tends to bring out frustration and annoyance, impulsive behavior and impatience, and we can see a surge in fights.
Mars Retrograde in Aries 2020 Dates:
Mars Retrograde Effects:
Mars retrograde! This Mars retrograde comes to us in Aries, which is the sign that Mars naturally rules, so Mars is at home here. This means we're reeeally going to be hit hard by the Mars/Aries impact for this retrograde. It'll almost be like a pure Mars retrograde impact - lots of fighting, frustration, anger, annoyance, violence, and impatience. We may jump to act in ways that aren't very smart, and feel stuck in other ways where we need to be pushing forward. We may not be clear about what is driving us to act, what our motivations are, and what we want out of it. We have to work on being smarter with our actions and thinking them through. We may need to take action in ways that are new and different, or in ways that we've done before and need to try again.
Energy is likely to be crazy high in some ways, and this can lead to those actions that get us in trouble, that lead to violence and major outbursts, or that lead to accidents and injuries. I am definitely concerned about that with this retrograde! At the same time, we can burn ourselves out pretty easily, especially from anger and frustration. It takes a physical, mental, and emotional toll on you eventually, and you have to take a step back. There's likely some underlying cause that needs to be addressed, so peel back the layers and see what's there.
We also need to be mindful of the urge to win. Aries is a highly competitive sign, and Mars rules Aries, so the desire to "win" may be huge during this retrograde. But that may cause us to not see a way out that's right in front of us, keeping us stuck in problems that we don't need to be, and drive a bigger wedge between us. It can lead to more fighting and frustration. Compromise doesn't have to be a bad thing, and understanding one another doesn't mean we're throwing in the towel. But this may be something we just have a hard time embracing during the retrograde.
There are many complicating factors with this retrograde. We've got a cardinal t-square going for starters, with Mars opposing the Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Libra at different points, and all of them squaring (hard aspect, 3 signs away) the Capricorn stellium of Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto. Aye! Likely super focused on ripping down old structures, the traditional, the status quo; but missing Cancer energy, so we need to come together more personally, be more nurturing and supportive and emotionally understanding, and make sure we're tackling the foundation of the problem and not just cutting off the top. Gotta get at the roots!
To start the retrograde, Mars will be conjunct (aligned with) Black Moon Lilith in Aries, and this can stimulate some major strife. Black Moon Lilith helps us rise up, fight back, defend ourselves, and take a stand, which are good things, but this may go into overdrive with Mars retrograde and lead to some bad choices and actions. Remember, we have to resist being impulsive and impatient and be smarter about how, why, where, and when we take action. You might want to check out the article I wrote for Astrology Answers about the Black Moon Lilith in Aries transit to brush up!
Mars & Mercury Retrogrades:
Mercury will retrograde October 13th - November 3rd in Scorpio and Libra, and this is likely going to bring out even more challenges. Libra opposes Aries (though Mars and Mercury won't oppose) so we're likely to feel out of balance, lack peace and harmony, and refuse to see eye-to-eye. There's a lot of oppositional energy during this period that needs to be addressed in a healthy way, otherwise we're just fighting and not getting anywhere.
Mercury retrograde in Scorpio is also super hard since Mars used to rule Scorpio, and Scorpio likes to dig up major issues, and rules rage and war. So there's so very angry, frustrated, potentially violent energy going on throughout this retrograde that I don't like at all! Try to use the Scorpio energy for positive transformations and deep understanding instead of giving in the rage and the urge for violence.
Mars Retrograde in Aries Aspects:
During the Mars retrograde, Mars will make 7 major aspects to the other planets. They are:
Moons of Mars Retrograde:
Pay special attention to the full moon in Aries on October 1st; it's not conjunct (aligned with) Mars retrograde but is in the same sign, and it is conjunct Chiron (the wounded healer), so there is potential for some physical accidents or violence with that full moon. Also pay attention to the new moon in Libra on October 16th which is widely opposing Mars retrograde and might bring matters to a head between opposing parties. We have to work a lot harder to get on the same page, but compromise may feel like it's not an option as we're just looking past and talking over one another.
The Moon will be in the same sign as the Mars retrograde and the sign Mars rules, Aries, twice: September 30th (10:48PM ET) - October 3rd (11:13AM ET) and October 28th (4:45AM ET) - 30th (5:19PM ET). This brings our emotional energy squarely on the retrograde, and it's extra heightened. We can feel extra off, and have a hard time with focus and understanding. Healthy physical outlets for frustration are important, so long as we're mindful to avoid injury.
Mars retrograde will hit one critical degree, 26 degrees Aries, September 22nd - 27th. Critical degrees are special degrees of critical energy, and we may be extra annoyed, easily provoked, and need to keep busy. Don't give in to the fight!
The retrograde begins at 28 degrees Aries, so those of you Rams born April 15th and later can feel the start of the retrograde most. The retrograde ends at 15 degrees Aries, so those of you Rams born April 2nd - 7th can feel the end of the retrograde most.
For the rest of you, check the house(s) Mars will be retrograding in your own natal chart, and any aspects Mars will make during its retrograde to your natal planets, to fully understand how it will impact you personally.
If you have Mars 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.
Suggested Reading: The Mercury, Venus, & Mars Retrogrades page for interpretations for Mars retrograde in the houses and aspects
Astrology can be used in a variety of helpful ways in your life, and one of the top ways that people usually want to use astrology is to improve themselves and their lives. We can all be better and do better! Astrology can help with that :)
If you're on a healing journey and want to use astrology to help, make sure you're signed up for the Heal Your Soul Checklist, which lists 9 astrological positions you can use for healing and growth in your life.
What does the North Node mean in astrology?
The North Node is part of the Lunar Nodes, which are the points in the Moon's orbit where the Moon crosses the ecliptic, and are spiritual/karmic in nature. There are two nodes and they exactly oppose one another, the North Node and the South Node.
The South Node connects to the past, your baggage, what you already know and can use as emotional crutches as times during periods of stress, so it's a point that shows what you need to move on from and let go of.
The North Node, on the other hand, is your potential. It relates to where you'll find your ultimate happiness and satisfaction in life. But, it's unfamiliar, it's new, it's energy you haven't used and gotten used to yet, so we tend to shy away from it for a while. Over time, the more we get comfortable with it, the more we can find our potential in this life.
North Node Astrology
We tend to avoid the North Node in our younger years, before we've grown up and learned lessons and all of that. Instead, we gravitate to the South Node, because it's comfortable and easy. We can fall back to the South Node time and again, but that doesn't actually help us make our lives better. Manifesting more of our North Nodes does, and helps us find the potential we have.
There is enormous potential in your North Node position, by sign and by house, as well as any planets in your North Node sign. But we tend to avoid them all, including the planet, before we've grown up a little! Once we do, we can see some of the potential that exists there.
The North Node is one of the most positive positions in your natal chart, and the more you embrace it, the better you and your life can be. It generally doesn't feel that way at first, because it's so uncomfortable at first. It's the unknown, and we don't like the unknown! But as we work through that, everything can get better.
Study up on the signs, houses, and planets of your North Node to get an idea of what you should be embracing and manifesting in your life and personality (the intro series may be of help: Zodiac signs, houses, and planets).
Suggested Reading: Identifying Baggage With South Node Astrology
Cancer is an emotional water sign ruling our emotions. It connects to the 4th house of home, family, and foundation, and is ruled by the Moon, who shows what we need for emotional stability and security and how we express ourselves emotionally.
If healing and growth is your main focus for astrology, make sure you're signed up for the Heal Your Soul Checklist, which outlines 9 astrological positions you can use on your healing journey with astrology :)
The Zodiac Sign of Cancer in Astrology
Cancer is the 4th sign, a water sign so it's emotional and intuitive, and a cardinal sign, so it's able to take some action. It comes after Gemini, who is all about the mind, but before Leo, who is lighter when it comes to emotional stuff. Cancer takes it more seriously.
Cancer also rules comfort and support. The house in your natal chart that has Cancer on the cusp can show areas of life where you need emotional support from others. You may find that the less support you have in these areas, the harder it is for you to be successful with them. The more support you have with them, the more you can accomplish and be happy.
There are 12 houses in astrology, each ruling a different part of your personality and life. If you're not familiar with the 12th house, read this blog article that lists them and what they govern.
The Cancer Houses & Support:
1st house: This is the house of the self, so you're someone who likely needs support in general to be your best self. You may struggle with dealing with others if you're not being emotionally supported, and can come across as shy and withdrawn until you feel supported.
2nd house: This is the house of money, so you may need financial support from others, or support from others in order to support yourself financially (if that makes sense!). Basically, the more supported you are, the easier it can be for you to take care of your finances. Support may also be needed for you to feel confident and worthy.
3rd house: This is the house of the mind, so you may need support in order to pursue your ideas and plans, or to express yourself openly. You may hold back opinions and ideas if you feel you won't be supported. You can struggle with learning if you're not supported, even though your memory can be quite good.
4th house: This is the house that naturally connects to Cancer, and governs the home and family, so support for you may need to come from them most. If you don't get it from them, you can create a separate family to get it from. You likely need your home to be comfortable and familiar.
5th house: This is the house of love and creativity, so you may need support in order to express affection. You may give affection as a way of getting support, or you may withhold affection if you feel unsupported. The more supported you are, the easier it can be for you to express yourself creatively and be comfortable with attention.
6th house: This is the house of work and health, so you may need support in order to do your best work. You may feel that your work provides some emotional support for you, and this can be the best kind of work for you. Support can also be important for you maintaining good physical health and well being.
7th house: This is the house of relationships, so you may need support from your partners and the people you're closest to in your life. You may struggle with commitment if you don't feel supported by the other person. You can be incredibly supportive of others, but may not ask for enough in return, which can create imbalance and throw you way off.
8th house: This house rules transformations, so you may need support whenever you have to make transformations in your life, or you may need to undergo major transformations in order to get the support you want. There may be deep issues around support for you that need to be addressed. This house also rules sex and intimacy, and you may struggle with that without emotional support.
9th house: This house rules expansion, so you may need support whenever you want to expand your life and mind in new ways. You may shy away from that without any support from others, or you may find that expansion and new experiences are a way of giving yourself the support you need. The more supported you are, the more optimistic and open you can be.
10th house: This is the house of goals and direction, so you may need support as you pursue your goals. The more supported you are, the more you can accomplish, and can be comfortable with the recognition. You may feel success and recognition allow you to provide yourself with emotional support you need.
11th house: This is the house of friends and dreams, so you may need support from your friends or from groups you belong to. The more supported you are, the easier it can be for you to pursue your dreams and be hopeful. You may feel your dreams help you provide yourself with some emotional support.
12th house: This is the house of spirituality, so you may need support from your spiritual connections, and may find your spiritual pursuits help you support yourself. This is also the house of the hidden, so you may have a hard time asking for support you need, but can be very supportive of others without them asking, so there may be an issue there that needs to be addressed.
Suggested Reading: Pisces Houses: Where You Trust Your Gut
Which of the planets rules the rebel? Why Uranus, of course! This zany planet loves for things to be a little different, so naturally, it would rule the rebel. But, Uranus doesn't want you to rebel just for the sake of rebellion. No, Uranus would much prefer you to rebel with a purpose, with a cause. Since Uranus does rule causes too! So let's dive in.
Uranus in Astrology
Uranus is the planet of change. It rules the sudden and the unexpected. Uranus is an unconventional planet and governs independence, individuality, and pushing outside of our comfort zones. It challenges the status quo in an effort to get us to better understand who we truly are. Warts and all!
Uranus also governs charity. It's a surprisingly charitable planet, but this is because this planet also rules friends, groups, our hopes and dreams, and the future. There's a softer side to Uranus, and this side can see the really long view and hopes everyone can come together for the common good. Uranus understands how connected we all are.
Causes and Uranus
In your natal chart, Uranus can show the causes that you champion most. We often care about a lot of different causes, but it's impossible to take up all of them (we're only human). Uranus can show where we end up focusing. This will usually be by house (since Uranus spends a long time in one sign, but it can be by sign as well).
Since Uranus rules the unconventional, what's different about us, this planet also rules rebellion. So the causes we champion with Uranus can be causes that we're willing to be the rebel for. We can be less afraid of violating social norms. Uranus wants us to challenge them!
Transit Uranus might bring this out for you temporarily. Uranus goes through one of your natal houses for about 6-10 years (depending on the size of the house). You may become focused on the causes related to that house for that period of time.
You can be more open with the causes you pursue with Uranus in the 1st or 11th house, conjunct (aligned with) or positively aspecting your Sun, Moon, Mercury, 1st house ruler, or Lunar Nodes, or with an especially elevated Uranus (like a singleton, anaretic, or conjunct an angle).
You may be quieter with the causes you pursue with Uranus in the 12th house, conjunct the 12th house ruler, or if Uranus is particularly challenged (like intercepted, square your Lunar Nodes, or conjunct Chiron [which may show some wounds you need to work through first, but can eventually make you very good at standing up for others who need it]).
And take special note if your natal Uranus is aspecting your natal Black Moon Lilith (which loves to take a stand) - then you may be a super rebel who loves to fight for a cause! (transit Uranus to your natal Black Moon Lilith or transit Black Moon Lilith to your natal Uranus may also bring this out, but temporarily)
Suggested Reading: Being Charitable: The 11th House & Asteroid Santa
And we're done with eclipse season! I don't know about y'all, but I am so ready to move on from the retrogrades and eclipses and get a little break. On to August!
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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.
Full Moon in Aquarius: August 3rd 2020 (11:59AM ET/8:59AM PT)
An Aquarius full moon comes to us in August, and this full moon can be a time when we're super focused on the changes we hope to make, the future we want to have, and what we envision life could be instead of what it actually is. We may strive to make more progress with what we want, and can feel more hopeful when we do make progress, and more defeated when we don't. We need to keep our eyes on the long-term view of things and remember that sometimes it takes a long time to make what we want happen.
Aquarius is a highly independent sign, and we may want more independence in our lives to be true to ourselves and our individuality. We can celebrate what makes us different and unique creatures. We may push back against anyone we feel is trying to box us in and make us adhere to what's "normal". A little bit of rebellion can be a good thing, but we may need to be mindful of acting out about one thing when we're actually upset about something else entirely.
Being more mindful of the Aquarius energy is extra important with this full moon since it's square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) the natural ruler of Aquarius, Uranus, who is in Taurus. Uranus is also gearing up to turn retrograde (appear to move backward) on August 15th, so it's slowing down for this full moon. There can be a strong desire to break out and break free, to challenge the status quo in big ways, and to make a mad dash toward the future, but we have to be smart, thoughtful, and wise in our choices, otherwise we may set ourselves up for more trouble down the road. Avoid that!
This full moon occurs at 11 degrees 46 minutes Aquarius. The aspects to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 9 degrees 46 minutes - 13 degrees 46 minutes Aquarius
Sextile: 9 degrees 46 minutes - 13 degrees 46 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Square: 9 degrees 46 minutes - 13 degrees 46 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 9 degrees 46 minutes - 13 degrees 46 minutes Gemini or Libra
Opposition: 9 degrees 46 minutes - 13 degrees 46 minutes Leo
New Moon in Leo: August 18th 2020 (11:41PM ET/8:41PM PT)
This new moon is just what the doctor ordered! The Leo new moon is a time to enjoy ourselves, to take some time for fun and play. It's been such hard energy for this year, especially the last few months, and now we get a little window to remember how to have fun! Make time for what you love most, for the people you love most, and connect to your heart. Live from a heart-centric place for a little while and see things with fresh eyes.
Creativity is likely to be high with this new moon, so it can be a great time to start some new creative project or venture. Approach problems in creative ways to find new solutions, and bring some creative energy into your life daily with the new moon. It can help you to enjoy yourself more, and make daily life a little less monotonous.
This new moon is conjunct (aligned with) Mercury in Leo and trine (positive aspect, 4 signs away) Mars in Aries. This adds to the positive energy of this new moon, and Mercury stimulates new ideas and activities, helps with short-term plans, and makes us more engaging and better communicators. Mars helps bring extra energy and drive for what we want, and we can take the steps we need to in order to make things happen. Just what we need!
This new moon occurs at 26 degrees 35 minutes Leo. The aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 24 degrees 35 minutes - 28 degrees 35 minutes Leo
Sextile: 24 degrees 35 minutes - 28 degrees 35 minutes Gemini or Libra
Square: 24 degrees 35 minutes - 28 degrees 35 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 24 degrees 35 minutes - 28 degrees 35 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Opposition: 24 degrees 35 minutes - 28 degrees 35 minutes Aquarius
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for interpretations of the new and full moons in the houses and aspects
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
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