If there’s one thing about astrology that everyone has heard of, it’s a Mercury retrograde. Heads up, the next one starts on Tuesday night and will run through June 3rd. If there’s one thing that Jupiter is renowned for, it’s largesse. One of everything simply won’t do for the planet of plenty. Fittingly, Jupiter will be sharing Tuesday night’s spotlight with Mercury as they both undergo important changes.
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Mercury and Venus are about to leave the placidity and peace of Taurus and Pisces for outgoing Gemini and audacious Aries. But the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, Pluto and the lunar Nodes are going to hang back in the introspective elements of earth and water. Additionally, an atypically unhurried Mercury will cross the shadow of its incoming retrograde on April 26th, and Pluto is slowing down to start its annual retrograde, on the 29th.
All new Moons signify beginnings. April 30th’s solar eclipse and new Taurus Moon will enjoy the extra benefit of a Venus Jupiter conjunction in harmonious Pisces. The planting of seeds, literal and otherwise, is particularly highlighted under each year’s new Taurus Moon.
Though the Sun has moved into feisty Aries, Mercury is hanging back in peaceful Pisces for one final week. Indeed, Mercury will find itself at the center of a great deal of planetary activity during the next three weeks, as it ventures through late Pisces, all of Aries and into Taurus.
During the past few weeks, that familiar, yet uncomfortable, fixed sign friction has reemerged. Yet unlike 2021, with its relentless torrent of hard aspects, 2022 has a sizable antidote, Jupiter conjoining Neptune in reflective Pisces.
Two notable alignments will take place during the next two weeks. On March 3rd Venus, Mars and Pluto will conjoin at 27 degrees of Capricorn, and on the 5th the Sun and Jupiter will conjoin midway through Pisces. In the previous edition, I explained that Pluto reached 27 Capricorn 33 on February 20th, aligning exactly with America’s natal Pluto for the first time in 246 years.
On February 20, 2022, for the first time in 246 years, Pluto will return to the exact spot it was at on July 4, 1776. In this post, astrologer Elizabeth Pendleton explains the components of this alignment and puts its significance into context. Elizabeth has been a professional psychic reader since 1998, and she has been writing about astrology since 2007. This article will help those unfamiliar with astrology to get their bearings, as the first of these major conjunctions unfolds. It’s 1776 again!
Over the next two weeks, Mars will enter ambitious Capricorn and Mercury and Venus will conclude their retrogrades in the industrious earth sign. Mars will enter Capricorn on January 24th, and begin making its way to March 3rd conjunctions with Venus and Pluto. On January 25th, Mercury will backtrack into Cap,
Revelations from their meeting and the full Moon, at 27 Cancer 18 on the 17th, can certainly shed more light. Some insights may arrive earlier, when the big dreams conjured by a Sun Neptune sextile on the 10th are scrutinized by a Mars Neptune square the following day. Also putting in their two cents in on the 11th, the Taurus Moon will conjoin Uranus before trining Venus. This combo is more than capable of delivering strokes of genius with real world applications. But if lightning fails to strike, Mercury will help with revisions and the Sun will begin offering ingenuity on the 19th when it enters Aquarius. So, relax, there is still plenty of time to get plans for 2022 on track.
2021 has familiarized everyone with the essence of the Saturn Uranus squares in fixed signs. Even after December 24th’s final exact square, Saturn and Uranus will remain in tight alignment for much of 2022. Additionally the eclipses and node shifts into Taurus and Scorpio will apply more pressure to the fixed signs. That said, for beleaguered Tauruses, Leos, Scorpios and Aquariuses, with yet another year of obstacles ahead of them, some relief is in sight. On December 28th Jupiter will stop inflating tensions when it exits Aquarius and re-enters Pisces.