Mars entered Aries on June 27th and entered its shadow on July 25th. He turned retrograde on September 9th, comes to its peak as it opposes the Sun on October 13th. He will turn direct on November 13th, exits its shadow on January 2nd, and finally leave Aries on January 6th. Phew.

Between August 2020 and January 2021 a powerful square aspect forms between Mars and the powerful conjunction of Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn.

This demands that we get serious about our participation in fixing the mess we find ourselves in, culturally and personally. It is important that we each take responsibility in some small or large way to make the world a better place and ourselves better humans.

Hold yourself accountable and take action against the powers that pull us down and pit us against each other.

Yes, it may well be a long dark winter but I am already beginning to imagine the warmth of the Springtime that will greet us on the other side. Let us hold each other in Light and in Hope.

Please keep in mind that transits to your natal planets can override these more universal ones. A personal consultation offers deep understanding.

SPEAK YOUR MIND – Monday, August 10, 2020

With the Moon in Taurus, you would like to relax and share quiet pleasures with loved ones. The last thing you want to do is upset the applecart.

However, with the Moon joining Uranus and Mercury square Uranus, the applecart is likely to be upended today.

On April 30, 2020, Mercury conjunct Uranus began a cycle of waking us up with new information and a new story. Perhaps you heard something you did not expect to hear. The seed planted at that time will greatly increase your understanding now.

One way or another a new story of excitement or anxiety began at that time. At 8:51 AM EDT, these planets (Mercury and Uranus) come to the First Quarter Square of their cycle.

What began at the end of April comes forth today with an insistence that you take action. Today you or someone you know will say something that was not ready to be spoken at the end of April. New information will move your growing understanding forward. Speak your mind.

RELEASE, RELAX – Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Moon continues through steady Taurus today and reaches its 3rd Quarter Phase at 12:45 PM EDT. The closing phase of the Moon cycle is a time of deep contemplation and release. This begins the final stage of the journey that began at the New Moon 3 weeks ago. Last weekend the Full Moon released her peak energy and now we reflect on what we have learned throughout this cycle.

Dane Rudhyar called the First and Last Quarter Moon times of crisis. Remember that every crisis offers not only difficulties but opportunities as well. Make a decision now to release what has kept you from a commitment to your highest expression.

Let go. Relax. As much as possible release anxiety and seek simple comfort and pleasures. Beauty and kindness will soothe you today. Pick flowers for your table and create a candlelit meal even if you are alone at that table. You are worth far more than the effort involved.

CURIOSITY AND CONVERSATION – Wednesday, August 12, 2020

If we didn’t have powerful transits bubbling up from deep in our collective process, this would be a simple day of curiosity and conversation.

However, all week the energy of the square from Mars to Pluto has been building. It will be exact in the wee hours of tomorrow morning. Due to Mars’ upcoming retrograde (September 9 – November 13), today sets into motion a story that will be with us until the end of 2020.

The stress you feel now is due to this building energy. You may feel as though you have your foot on both the gas pedal and the brake pedal at the same time. Your best course of action is to begin to get comfortable where you are. Don’t fight the tide.

With that Moon in Gemini find folks to talk with about your concerns and your hopes for what is to come.

Without that crystal ball we all wish we had, we can hold steady in kindness and love for self and others.

***The Taurus Moon is void-of-course from 3:55 AM EDT until she enters Gemini at 9:46 AM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact.


While you were sleeping (3:14 AM EDT) Mars in Aries, formed a square aspect to Pluto. This represents the heightening/beginning of a serious and difficult challenge that will play out over the rest of 2020. I do wish there was a way to sugar coat this year but 2020 really is in a class of its own.

Mars square Pluto reflects the power struggles and confrontations that we see reflected in the culture and the world at large. You can expect to see folks reacting and responding to issues of dominance, privilege, and control.

Anxiety management is important to keep you healthy through this time. The best bet is to be flexible, keep your eyes open, stay safe, vote, and love each other well. The energy of this and related aspects are active for the rest of the year.

At 8:33 PM EDT the Gemini Moon sextiles Mercury allowing an opportunity and ease in evening conversations. Remember that even in the most challenging times there are times of great joy, conversations, shared fun, and pleasure.


The tight grip of Mars square Pluto that we talked about yesterday continues its hold on us. As the Moon continues through Gemini, we try to make sense of the challenging issues at hand through our intellect. It can be challenging to slow down enough to organize the path of information juggling for space in your mind. The mind can get active even to the point of jittery. Do your best to slow down and think clearly.

At 7:36 PM EDT the Moon enters Cancer successfully bringing your energy from your head to your heart. The activity of the past few days may have left you feeling tired and ready to pull inward.

As the day comes to a close you are head home for warmth, love and a good meal with those you love. Allow and encourage your heart to turn toward family, love, and security.

***The Gemini Moon is void-of-course from 7:20 AM EDT until she enters Cancer at 7:36 PM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact.

AN INTERNAL REVOLUTION IS AT HAND – Saturday, August 15, 2020

As the Moon continues through Cancer, notice how moody and sensitive people are, yourself included. Do your best to bring comfort and understanding to others.

When the Moon is in this tender water sign, show up with your heart on your sleeve. Model for others the value of vulnerability, kindness, and love. We each need our hearts tended to with compassion and kindness these days. Remember that and act on it as you go about your day.

At 10:26 AM EDT, Uranus, the planet of revolution and sudden change stations retrograde at 10 degrees Taurus. Uranus will remain retrograde until it turns direct at 6 degrees Taurus on January 18, 2021. Uranus is retrograde for approximately 155 days each year. If you have personal planets between 6 – 11 degrees of any fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) you can expect ongoing major change in your personal life.

Coming as it does in this difficult time of political upheaval and the coronavirus pandemic there is apt to be much fear and anxiety attached to this transit. Understand that Uranus bring NECESSARY change. The retrograde period brings a reassessment of the revolutionary path forward for cultural reorganization.

Your response to the external changes in the world now goes underground for internal change. How will the world and each of us have changed by the time we come out the other side in early 2021?

GRIT AND FORTITUDE – Sunday, August 16, 2020

Today’s Cancer Moon is very active making challenging (read: difficult) aspects to Jupiter, Pluto, Mars, and Saturn by the end of the day. This suggests that you will likely encounter the more difficult side of Cancer.

In dealing with the shadow side of Cancer you may feel insecure, sad, and/or weepy. You may find yourself under the thumb of people who are overbearing and manipulative or you may be acting in that role yourself.

If you find yourself controlling or shaming others, pull back from the situation, and explore your deepest emotional needs. What personal values are not being met? Connect, soothe, and comfort yourself. Do not demand so much from others. Consider the value of boundaries and rituals in keeping yourself emotionally secure.

The Moon also forms a trine to Neptune which offers you a way out of those difficulties. Find a soft-focus through meditation, prayer, song, or poetry. Don’t take the easy way out of drugs, alcohol, or television.

At 10:01 AM EDT, the powerful Leo Sun trine Mars in its most powerful sign of Aries. This provides a tremendous amount of energy. Take action on a project that requires strong physicality, determination, grit, and fortitude.

* In these weekly reports, I explore the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and give rise to fleeting moods. I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.

The aspects under consideration: conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.

The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.