A sense that things are falling into place and even improving will begin to permeate the airwaves over the next two weeks. Both Venus and Mars will return to their home signs, a new moon in flexible Gemini will offer a fresh start and Mercury’s retrograde will conclude. Adding to the optimism, Mars will conjoin Jupiter in reinvigorating Aries. Saturn however, will temper expectations as it begins its five-month-long retrograde.
Mars in Aries
When looking back over the past six months, there has been a curious constant, Mars in Aries. For those who like life on the spicy side, this transit has offered a nearly inexhaustible supply of motivation and vigor, with heaps of variety. For the battle weary, news that the feisty planet is leaving the fiery sign is a welcomed relief. Neither side can deny the passionate influence of this transit or the indelible mark it leaves.
Venus will move into high-spirited Sagittarius on Tuesday and Mercury will enter sober Capricorn on Sunday. These transits are brief, with both lasting until January 8th. The mixed bag they offer will have Venus inviting us to meet and mingle, while Mercury will be more serious and subdued. The Saturn and Jupiter shifts into inventive, original Aquarius, on the 16th and 19th, are more significant and much longer-lasting. Jupiter will be in the fixed air sign until December 28, 2021, and Saturn until March of 2023. Saturn is the restrictive, greater malefic and Jupiter the expansive, greater benefic. That we’ll be spending the next year with these contradictory bodies inhabiting the same sign warrants a review of Aquarius.
On Wednesday nebulous Neptune will square the Sagittarius Sun, and on Sunday the planet of illusion and confusion will square ordinarily clear-minded Mercury. The Sun describes identity and Mercury mental clarity. If we can get our bearings before heading into this five-day fog, we’re less likely to go off-track in the heat of battle. As information whizzes around us, factions argue and disorientation sets in, a deeper guiding force will be on offer from Scorpio. Venus, the planet of desire, is inhabiting the sign of raw honesty.
Sometimes it’s when we’re confronted with the possibility of losing something important that we fully recognize its value. In a year when wearing masks has become not only familiar, but often mandatory, we’ve been given a unique opportunity to explore the value of expression. Whether you’ve had difficulties in breathing or speaking through a mask or you were forced to abstain from singing, praying or chanting with a group, we’ve all experienced blockages and restrictions at a very physical level. Metaphysically, much of this activity has centered around the throat chakra. The eclipses starting this week will prompt us to confront control structures while simultaneously stimulating our innate desire for liberty.