The planets in cardinal signs are in a tense t-square throughout the week, 2020’s final Jupiter sextile to Neptune is underway and Mercury’s next retrograde starts on Tuesday. The cardinal hot spots include the Sun opposing Mars on Tuesday and squaring Pluto on Thursday and Saturn on Sunday, the day when Mars will square Jupiter. Additionally, on Friday we’ll have a new Moon at 23 Libra 53, while Mars is at 20 degrees of Aries and Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn are at 19, 22 and 25 degrees of Capricorn. Venus-ruled Libra is renowned for its refinement, elegance and fairness. But the Sun and the Moon transits of the cardinal air sign will challenge our ability to stay congenial, cooperative and balanced.
Mars in Aries
The Moon’s visits to Taurus and Cancer are always especially good occasions to sooth the soul. Both signs are yin, or inward oriented, and both are strongly associated with nourishment. When a week also includes the first of three Mercury oppositions to chaotic Uranus and another barrage of cardinal conflicts, self-care becomes more of a necessity than a luxury. Such a week is at hand.
This week’s events are momentous. They include Saturn and Pluto stationing direct, our second Mars square to Saturn, a full Aries Moon and Venus changing signs. When the action gets this dramatic on the outside, seeking refuge within becomes more important than usual. The body astrologers credit with describing our interior landscape is the Moon. It represents emotional needs, instinct and the unconscious. This week it moves from Pisces to Aries to Taurus, conjoining Neptune, Mars and Uranus along the way. No matter how loud and chaotic things may get out there, the Moon is beckoning us to tune into intuition and to explore our inner worlds.
This week the Sun is moving into what promises to be one of the most eventful Libra Sun cycles in decades. Over the next month we’ll see Saturn and Pluto turn direct, a full Aries Moon, a Jupiter Neptune sextile, the start of our next Mercury retrograde, in Scorpio, and two cardinal t-squares. Libra is the cardinal air sign that represents balance, partnership and justice. Thus far, 2020’s signature event has been January 12th’s Saturn Pluto conjunction. Back then the two powerhouse planets joined forces in cardinal Capricorn, and sent shockwaves around the world. Now both are preparing to emerge from their long retrogrades. Can you say revelations? Because Libra is one of astrology’s four cardinal signs, planets traversing its sector activate the other bodies in cardinal signs. This week is no exception.
A new Virgo Moon is this week’s centerpiece. At 25 degrees, the lunar cycle begins near the height of Virgo’s powers. Discernment, dedication and daily routines fall under the domain of astrology’s mutable earth sign. The week will also see both boosts from Sun trines to Pluto and Saturn and disruption from a Venus Uranus square, Mercury squares to Jupiter and Pluto and a contentious Libra Moon. Thursday’s new Moon reset will give us the chance to connect with Virgo’s calm, clear perspective and the Mercury-ruled sign’s stellar organization skills.