Derek Chauvin – A Birth Chart Analysis

In this article I will give an overview of the birth chart of Derek Chauvin. At the time of writing this Mr Chauvin is due to stand trial for the murder of a black civilian, George Floyd on 25th May 2020 in Minneapolis, USA.

For an overview of the planetary configurations surrounding this event and the social unrest playing out in America, see:

George Floyd and the Rise of Social Tension

I hope to bring to your attention to key personality traits and themes in his natal chart that can help us to understand who he was and what may have driven him to such an unforgivable act. I will not be going through each planet and sign, rather I will pick out what I feel are the dominant psychological drivers.

As in all of my chart analysis’ I endeavour to provide an honest and unbiased interpretation of the birth chart, as I do not believe anybody is born inherently bad. It is more to do with the choices we make and the effort we put in to our own development.

Also, please note that I do not have access to Derek Chauvin’s time of birth, therefore I am unable to take angles and house placements into account.

Birth chart of Derek Chauvin
Chart generated through Astrodienst

Temperamental and Changeable

Elemental In-balance.

Derek Chauvin has a considerable elemental in-balance in his chart, with 7 of the 10 planets, and his north node in water. This is the chart of somebody with an excessive emotional nature. When an individual views life through such a concentrated emotional lens everything is experienced on a highly personal level. This means that they can lack objectivity and struggle to understand experiences from any viewpoint but their own.

This is the chart of a very open individual, who would have as easily expressed his love and affection as he did his temper. With two grand trines in water there’s a desire to merge with life and transcend through emotional experiences, but the personality lacks structure. It is fluid but chaotic. This is the chart of a highly changeable and impressionable man, whose heightened subjectivity may lead him to act in a way that is peculiar by normal standards, ‘he walks to the beat of him own drum’, so to speak.

Mr Chauvin would have experienced difficulty with managing himself, presenting as unreliable and disorganised. There is considerable creative potential and intuitive ability, but with so little in air or earth there was little way for him to channel this energy constructively. You could say that he was at odds with reality.

Disassociation from Vulnerability

Scorpio Moon

When somebody has such a predominance of water in their natal chart you could say that they are very ‘lunar’. For this reason I would put particular emphasis on the Moon, which is in Scorpio.

A Scorpio Moon feels compelled to overcome personal weakness. Mr Chauvin would have sought to disassociate himself from feelings of vulnerability through direct confrontation with emotional tribulation. His survival need are inextricably linked to building emotional resilience and personal empowerment.

Scorpio as an archetype accepts the human capacity for extreme good and extreme evil. It knows that to deny it serves no purpose and at a primal level it understands that to fully confront ones shadow, and to learn to control it, is what makes one a formidable force. Part of Mr Chauvin’s evolutionary purpose was to learn to master his emotions.

He is likely an intense, introverted and deeply emotional person. His ability to manage the Scorpio drive for evolution through emotional trial, would have been hampered by his difficulty in consciously processing his experiences. This arouses feelings of being inadequate and ineffectual at managing life.

When Scorpio feels like they can’t cope, they tend to come back with a fighting spirit. Negatively this manifests as controlling, manipulative and overpowering behaviours. These serve to reaffirm one’s desire for strength, and their personal ability to manage.

Mr Chavin has no negative aspects to his moon, but with no earth and very little air in the chart (as I will discuss below) he doesn’t have much authority over his emotions. This can leave one feeling vulnerable and unable to manage. In this sense you can see how the more domineering and controlling aspects of Scorpio may have manifested as a defence mechanism.

Ungrounded and Lacking Perspective

No planets in earth, only one in Air

A person who has their eyes covered. Blind.

With such a predominance of water and fire in the chart Mr Chauvin would have a desire to want to be completely immersed in everything he does. He is passionate, impulsive and reckless and likely alternates from extremes; reactive to defensive, ecstatic to miserable. This creates a dramatic and compulsive personality type.

With no earth in the natal chart one could literally be described as ‘ungrounded’. This further exaggerates Mr Chauvin’s disposition toward erratic and changeable behaviours. He will experience difficulty with grounding his thoughts and feelings in reality. Again, imaginative potential is strong and there is a predisposition to becoming lost in ones imagination. Please remember not everyone with chart configuration like this go on to commit crimes! With no earth a person tends to have an overt preoccupation with an internal world, displaying as contemplative and brooding.

Saturn is often a stabilising factor but even this falls in the lunar ruled sign of Cancer. Have you ever tried to build a house on water? This placement denotes a strong identification with values concerning family, home and tradition. Likewise, his fears and defensive behaviours would have been triggered by anything that he saw (subjectively) as threatening to these.

Now, what does having so little air add to the mix? Here we see difficulty with gaining perspective. Perspective to understand himself and the means by which to understand others. For example children with this configuration need help understanding people’s differences, for them there’s no frame of reference besides the self and their subjective viewpoint. Indeed, if not balanced this can manifest in either a naive and impressionable personality or in bigoted and prejudiced behaviour. Most commonly a bit of both!

These traits are made more prominent by his having Mercury in Pisces square Neptune. Mercury is our ability to understand and manage information, to orient our thinking. Mercury in Pisces shows yet further imaginative potential, it supports conceptual thinking and intuitive ability, but it is not grounded or considered overly sensible. Squaring it’s ruler in Sagittarius, lends itself to an ideological leaning. Mr Chauvin could be considered a free thinker, but one that struggles to structure his beliefs and principles, or ground them in physical truths.

Difficulty Restraining Unconscious Drives

Sun square mars

A person rubbing his head in mental discomfort

Mars square the Sun is the assertive energy at odds with the conscious self. This leads to the inefficient management of the one’s unconscious drives. By this I mean that one acts without reason and finds it difficult to reconcile the self with the behaviour. With this aspect individuals struggle with their temper, they ‘see red’, only to later say “I don’t know why I did what I did.” Mr Chauvin would have often acted impulsively with little thought to consequence.

This adds yet another level to the picture of a man driven by strong unconscious feelings. This aspect, when balanced by other factors in the chart, depicts irritability, rashness and a ‘devil may care’ attitude. However, in this instance it further adds to Mr Chauvin’s unrestrained emotional nature, adding volatility and emotional transparency. Often seen as ‘uncivilised’ due to it’s primal nature, this aspect further exaggerates the irrational and compulsive drives discussed earlier.

The placement of Mars in Cancer often leads to challenges around asserting oneself, it is naturally gentle and nurturing. What Cancer as an archetype needs to learn is that it’s natural to feel angry and to express when one doesn’t agree. If you do not this anger gets suppressed, until eventually it erupts! Not an easy placement for somebody like Derek Chauvin who is already predisposed to emotional turbulence.

For individuals with this aspect the lesson is to learn to control one’s will through understanding triggers and managing reactions. We know already that with neither earth nor much air in his chart, that this was incredibly difficult for Mr Chauvin to do.

The Physical Manifestation of Nessus

Nessus conjunct Mars square sun

The silhouette of a person screaming under plastic - signifying unconscious pain

Take everything that I said above any add Nessus to the mix!

Learn all about the mythology of Nessus here

For those of you unfamiliar with this asteroid, here’s a brief overview of the themes it represents.

  • Karma
  • Tyranny
  • Physical and psychological abuse
  • Death
  • Revenge
  • Jealousy
  • Victimisation

People struggle to acknowledge Nessus within themselves. It’s an invite to address aspects of our nature that are incredibly hard to swallow; the weakness in ourselves that drives us to dominate over others, the hatred we feel and the desire for vengeance, our feelings of shame, humiliation and indignity. I could go on. To integrate Nessus consciously is psychologically very challenging. It requires honest reflection and exceptional courage.

Nessus is a controlling force. It embodies the dynamic of the bully and the bullied. By this I mean the abuser who in an effort to disguise his own powerlessness violates another, and in doing so creates the illusion of power.

For many what happens is they cannot bare to acknowledge their own vulnerabilities and accept a world where somebody would purposefully take advantage of that to do them harm. So in an effort to not be victimised themselves they assume the role of the aggressor and project their feelings of impotence onto others. This behaviour pattern is then adopted by the other party and the cycle starts over

This inability to integrate Nessus results in cyclical projection, nobody accepting fault and the problem always being somebody else’s. On an individual level this tendency to see fault in others, but not in themselves, can lead to superiority complexes.

So why do men do bad things?

In this instance Mr Chauvin, as we discussed earlier is a highly subjective individual. He likely finds it very difficult to see the world from any perspective but his own. He has an unrestrained emotional nature, coupled with a desire to fully immerse himself in the moment. This combination results in impulsivity with little to no heed of consequence. The unconscious manifestation of his will makes him prone to acting in a volatile and inflammatory way. Also, his thinking lacks structure and boundaries; he has the makeup a man with strong ideological leanings. His imagine his behaviour is often considered highly unpredictable and unreasonable.

He is driven to overcome his own feelings of inadequacy through engaging with life on a deep emotional level. His difficulty with processing these intoxicating, and I dare say disturbing, experiences likely leads to an element of emotional suppression. As in all cases of suppressed emotion, their inevitable resurgence in life is likely strong, compulsive and seemingly irrational. For such an unconscious individual it is likely that the presence of Nessus, exaggerated by his Scorpio Moon’s innate fear of being victimised, leads to the adoption of a powerful persona in an effort to escape his own vulnerability.

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George Floyd and the Rise of Social Tension

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Karen Meme: Mercury and Humour

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George Floyd and the Rise of Social Tension

In this article I’m going to walk you through the current planetary configurations that are underpinning the social unrest in America. If you haven’t been following these events I suggest you read the article linked below. It outlines the rise of social tensions following the murder of a black civilian, George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer that took place on Monday, 25th May 2020.

George Floyd death: Why has a US city gone up in flames?

I will discuss Mars in Pisces in terms of being both our saviour and our noose. The loss of individuality that this entails, as the self merges with the collective, can signify both the unsung hero or faceless aggressor .

Now for the really ugly part – Nessus. If any asteroid is going to lower the tone it’s this one. Nessus forces us to look at the most despicable aspects of nature and challenges us to make a choice; perpetuate the pain or break the cycle. There’s no easy way out with Nessus, but there is a right way out. More on that to come!

Human Rights Warriors – Mars in Pisces

Let’s quickly recap on Mars in terms of its place in the astrological cycle. So here’s the deal, Mars is ruled by Aries which follows Pisces on the wheel right? But why? Because in Pisces there is no self, this sign is concerned with collective identity and universal principles. In terms of evolution Aries, or Mars, thought ‘To hell with this!’ and developed through a primal drive to individuate, to separate from the crowd and follow their own path and be free to express themselves.

So when Mars transits through Pisces it’s pulled back into the collective pool that it was hell bent on escaping. It’s primal needs are denied and it’s made to feel powerless, weak and ineffectual.

The positive manifestation of this transit can be understood as an opportuity for the individual to learn to direct personal energy towards collective good. It recognises that what hurts one of us hurts all of us. It is compassionate and driven to unite people.

On the other hand, what do you think Mars does when it’s threatened and it’s back is against the wall like this? it does one of three things.

  1. It adapts – the individual learns to direct their personal energy towards a collective good. Here we have the peaceful protester.
  2. The life forces gives up, it disassociates from the self and withers. It drowns in the metaphorical Pisces ocean. This can lead to severe depression.
  3. The life force fights back whatever the odds! Though understand if Mars fights back under these circumstances what you see is a fight to the death type mentality. To the individual it’s a matter of drown, die for the freedom you stand for, or just go down swinging! This can be understood as the martyr.

Sound extreme? It’s not. I know Mars transits Pisces every two years or so, and it’s true we don’t always see headlines like we’re currently seeing. The difference is the other two bodies in the astrological mix – Neptune and Nessus. Both of these exaggerate the narrative of:

  • The dissolution of individual rights – tyranny and martyrdom
  • Feeling powerless against collective force – the faceless enemy
  • Assertive action without forethought or consideration of consequence – recklessness

Before we move on, if the primal drive of the Aries/Mars archetype interests you, or if you know that it’s a key player in your chart, you may be interested in reading:

The Psychology of Aries – Basic needs and dominant drives

Introducing Nessus – abuse and history repeating itself

I want to introduce you to Nessus. Some of you may have come across this asteroid, some of you purposefully may have given it a wide berth. I can understand why! It’s dark and at it’s lowest polarity full of spite and cruelty.

Learn all about the mythology of Nessus here

Let me give you a brief overview of the astrological themes underpinning this asteroid.

  • Karma
  • Tyranny
  • Physical and psychological abuse
  • Death
  • Revenge
  • Jealousy
  • Victimisation

Seeing any cross-over between this and the uprising in America? Exactly!

Boil all of these keywords down and you get an over-riding theme:

The misuse of power

So, with Nessus the role of the abuser and the abused, the oppressor and victim, come to the fore. In order for these terms to exist at all you need to understand that they are mutually dependent on one another.

Nessus stirs up deep karmic physical and psychological wounds, not unlike his fellow mythological centaur (and asteroid) Chiron. History is made present again through Nessus, if it’s deemed that evolutionary lessons are still to be learnt. In this situation we can see the fires of the American Civil Right Movement of the 1950’s/60s being stoked and brought into the limelight of the present day. This is made more prevelant by the current transit of Saturn through Aquarius and the themes of social justice and social responsibility that this carries.

Nessus is a controlling force. It embodies the dynamic of the bully and the bullied. By this I mean the abuser who in an effort to disguise his own powerlessness violates another, and in doing so creates the illusion of power. It’s clear to see how this role was enacted by the police officer that killed George Floyd.

Here’s the thing though, we all know how the abused child, if support and intervention isn’t put in place, is at a greater risk of growing up to repeat the same pattern of behaviour. Not so sure?

This study by the CDC on adverse childhood experiences outlines the correlation between historic trauma and social emotional and cognitive impairment.

Also, this study by the World Heath Organisation “The cycles of violence – The relationship between childhood maltreatment and the risk of later becoming a victim or perpetrator of violence” shows how patterns of abuse are perpetuated through generations.

Why am I telling you this?

Rioting and revenge

We cannot think of Nessus as a static set of traits, it’s part of a process. We are not formed from nothing, our behaviour does not manifest in isolation. In the situation of George Floyd we are seeing historic trauma being channelled at the individual level. The situation has touched so many people because it is iconic, exemplary or you could even say archetypal.

The cyclical element of Nessus explains this asteroid’s correlation with revenge. One ill turn deserves another your could say, and this was evident in the riots, you could say that people were fighting fire with fire. To master Nessus and turn it into a strength (this can be done and I promise to address this in another article,) you need to break the vengeful cycle of the aggressor and the victim. Else we will be subject to escalating feelings of enmity, fuelled by power and hate for a long time to come.

Turning pain into a strength

The bottom line with Nessus is that it is indeed a dark and unpleasant influence, but if developed into a strength it would grant a force capable of shattering mountains. You’ve never met anyone as strong as the one who has been to the depths of hell and returned. Who has confronted and overthrown all of the demons lurking in the shadows.

This is what Carl Jung spoke of when he referred to the importance of integrating the shadow. It is about acknowledging the connection between one’s personal proclivity for evil and the collective proclivity for evil. What one person does we are all capable of doing. We are all united in our capacity for both good and evil. What differentiates a bad person from a good person is their ability to control and master it.

Neptune and the strength of the collective

Wow! As if the Pisces influence alone wasn’t enough, we have weight of an olympic god firmly nestled in the mix at the moment. This serves to enhance the themes of:

  • Group idenitifcation
  • Alignment of the self with universal principles
  • Collective pain and collective hope

I want to illustrate the collective mentality and the common drive towards an identified goal through a selection of quotes taken from recent press articles. Please pay careful attention to the language.

“It falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station — including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day — to work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.”

Barak Obama, 44th President of the USA (CBS Minnesota)

As leaders, we must encourage people who are frightened and frustrated. We must stand in solidarity and unity as one human race. We must reject the socially engineered concept that our skin colors and ethnicities divide us into racial groups.”

Alveda Kin, evangelist and the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King (Fox News)

Our country has a sickness. We have to be out here. This is the only way we’re going to be heard.”

Brianna Petrisko, demonstrator (The Telegraph)

Neptune rules Pisces and, as discussed earlier, this archetype dissolves the concept of the individual and considers one’s purpose and meaning only in as far as it contributes to the bigger picture. If and when a leadership figure arises under a strong Neptune influence, they don’t use their voice for themselves, but rather they channel the voice of the people!

This is why Neptune, ruler of the ocean, can be considered a wave of considerable magnitude. We can hold back individuals, we can’t hold back the force of an ocean.

To offer a word of caution concerning Neptune. It is incredibly difficult to channel Neptune energy, the currents are strong and we struggle to see clearly underwater. Intent can lack focus and beware of misinformation through media sources (Gemini square Pisces). Neptune rules illusion, and it may well take a collective effort to see through smoke and mirrors to expose the truth of the matter.

Though remember, when the wave is aligned with the greater good incredible things can come to be.

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Astrology of Coronavirus: A Timeline

In this article we’ll take a look through an astrological timeline of 2020 and discover the outstanding synchronisation of planetary configurations with world events. We are living through some of the most significant planetary configurations of our lifetime and the Coronavirus pandemic has opened our eyes to how astrology plays out on the global stage. 

I will also address the big question. Can astrology indicate when the Coronavirus pandemic will end? 

Skip Ahead to Sections on the Timeline

11th January 2020 – The International Trigger (Uranus stations direct)

12th January 2020 – Crisis and Contraction (Saturn conjunct Plut0)

20th February 2020 – Universal Compassion (Jupiter sextile Neptune)

20th March – 2nd April 2020 – It’s Happening! (Mars conjunct Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto)

5th April 2020 – Proportion and Death (Jupiter Conjunct Pluto)

7th April 2020 – Societal Reform (Saturn enters Aquarius)

26th April – 13 December 2020 – Increasing the Chances of Long Term Success (Retrograde Season)

Mid September – Early 2021 – Tighten Your Belts, Again! (Jupiter Conjunct Pluto and Saturn)

What Could 2021 have in Store for Us?

 

The International Trigger – Uranus Stations Direct

11th January 2020

Astrological Implication

When an outer planet stations direct we will often experience a surge of forward motion coloured by the energy of that planet. Imagine how the engine of speed boat displaces the water before surging forward. This is often experienced as a brewing sensation, but Uranus is quick off the mark and concerned more with revelations, surprises and quick escalations. Indeed, many of us feel that this situation popped up out of nowhere and hit the ground running!

Corresponding World Events

Uranus (and Mars) are considered to be fairly exact triggers. This day specifically signified the first report by Chinese state media of the first known death, a 61-year old man who was a regular customer of the market in Wuhan. The world’s ears pricked up!


Crisis and Contraction – Saturn conjunct Pluto

12th January 2020

*This conjunction will not be exact again but I believe we will feel its presence until Saturn leaves Capricorn for good on at the end of 2020. This energy will give way to the Saturn-Uranus square which will endure into 2021.

Astrological Implication

Almost to the day that Uranus stationed direct Saturn made an exact conjunction to Pluto. There is a tremendous sense of compression with this contact. Like an erupting volcano plugged from the top, Uranus came along and tore the cork out. Suddenly we had a cosmic release of the Saturn-Pluto energy, a sense of what was to come began filtering into the consciousness of mankind globally.

When Saturn (constraint, deprivation, authoritarianism, fear) and Pluto (power, extremes, breakdown, transformation) come together, which they do approximately every 33 years, we experience intense contraction. Our survival instincts are awakened in response to catastrophic change or a feeling of victimisation. As you can imagine, this can often breed violence. An appreciation of the severity of a situation usually spurs a collective response to try and protect a way of life. However, a sense of profound duty usually births authoritarian impulses and freedoms are often taken or relinquished in response to what is seen as a greater cause.

Corresponding World Events

The exact conjunction marked the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus far we have seen the worldwide lockdown of countries in an international effort to contain the virus. The implementation of unprecedented social restriction measures and incredible pressure put on the global financial system, the consequences of which we will feel for many years to come.

Previous Saturn-Pluto Conjunctions

December 1980 – October 1984 – Iran/Iraq war, Falkland War, Soviet War in Afganistan

June 1946 – September 1948 – The Cold War. The Nuclear Arms Race. Testing of the atomic bomb in the South Pacific.

August 1913 – June 1916 – Build up to World War 1


Universal Compassion – Jupiter sextile Neptune

20th February 2020

Astrological Implications

Thank goodness for this aspect!

Jupiter is still a month away from joining Saturn and Pluto so let’s not consider its qualities (expansion, magnitude, growth, abundance) in relation to the spread of the virus just yet. The sextile to Neptune instead has a much more pleasant message of collective compassion and philanthropy. The notion that we are all in this life together brings natural empathy for others and an altruistic drive to give something back to humanity. When these two planets are in any aspect there’s the dawning realisation that through giving to others you are in fact feeding yourself on a spiritual level.

Without this aspect, I believe the strict/authoritarian measures would not have been as well adhered to come the transit of Mars in March (see below). It would have resulted in more combative reactions, with people taking instinctive action (Mars-Pluto) against the limitations placed upon them by Saturn.

Corresponding World Events

February and through into March saw some of the most altruistic and uplifting news stories of this period. 750,000 people answered the call to volunteer to support the NHS in the UK whilst large organisations and celebrities donated millions to aid in the fight against the virus. We also saw engineering organisations such as the F1 teams and Dyson join in the pressing effort to manufacture ventilators.


It’s Happening! – Mars conjunct Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn

20th March – 2nd April

Astrological Implications

Transiting Mars is fast moving and is only in aspect to another planet or angle for 2-3 days. In this instance however it contacted the succession of planets in Capricorn and so the general Mars influence would have been felt over the period of 12 days or so. As with the initial Uranus influence on 11th January, this time period may well have felt like the next push forward in string of events, or as ‘things coming to a head’. If Uranus planted the seed, Mars let grow the shoot.

Mars acts as a catalyst, it has a forthright and assertive energy and during this period people would have started to feel directly impacted the themes of the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium in Capricorn. Mars however experiences Saturn as limiting, one says move and other says no! Whilst Mars in aspect to Pluto can be quite an intense energy, the war-lord stirring the deep survival instincts of Pluto. People may well have been experiencing very raw emotions during this week, anger, frustration and fear. Jupiter serving as means of expansion in this instance and bringing in themes such as international relations and widespread generosity, but more on that below.

Corresponding World Events

It was from mid to the end of March that we began to see the majority of national lockdowns come into place across the world. Travel restrictions also became increasingly widespread, with the grounding of whole fleets of airlines. It was the 20th March exactly when Mars made a conjunction to Jupiter (generosity, pleasure, mass-socialisation) that day the government closed pubs, cafes and bars here in the UK and Australia. On the 21st the Chancellor promised £350bn in aid for British bunisnesses, “whatever it takes,” he said.

By March the 23rd the UK was in national lockdown and here in Britain we witnessed the Prime minister announce some of the most draconian restrictions on individual liberty that the UK had ever seen. By the end of March 32 out of 50 US states were in lockdown in the US. Emergency (Mars) legislation (Saturn) was rushed through parliament to grant new powers (Pluto) to tackle the spread of the virus.


Proportion and Death: Jupiter Conjunct Pluto

5th April 2020

Astrological Implication

Here Jupiter is exposing the sheer magnitude of the situation. When it crosses Pluto it serves to blow Pluto characteristics out of proportion. Think of it this way instead of upheaval, we have mass upheaval, escalated breakdown, elevated death, widespread transformation and titanic power struggles.

Jupiter is concerned with authenticity and Pluto with that which is hidden or beneath the surface. When these meet we usually experience revelation, the uncovering of the truth in situations. Jupiter being widespread is associated with international matters, bringing upheaval to more than the immediate locality.

Corresponding World Events

This unsurprisingly coincided with the peak of the global pandemic. The number of cases and deaths increasing day on day, with the highest recorded number of deaths jumping by 980 in 24 hours on April 10th in the UK. The magnitude (Jupiter) of the crisis (Pluto) was, at this point, clear for all to see.

What happened in the past when these archetypes conjoined?

When Pluto was in Sagittarius we experienced the effects of international (Jupiter/Sagittarius) terrorism (Pluto) More recently, when Jupiter travelled through Scorpio we saw the rise of the Me too movement, the revelation of the truth (Jupiter) behind a widespread misue of power (Pluto/Scorpio)


Societal Reform – Saturn enters Aquarius

7th April 2020

Astrological Implication

Saturn has moved from Capricorn, where it was comfortable and efficient in its ruling sign, to Aquarius. This is uncomfortable territory for Saturn. In summary, Aquarius is future orientated and concerned with innovation and social justice. This radical energy does not combine well with the traditional values of Saturn that seek to preserve the tried and tested systems and practices that have served us in the past.

So, this combination encourages steady reformation and the cautious establishment of a new ways of doing things. An innovative approach to upgrading systems and practices so that they better serve society. Grit, determination and hard work are necessary in order to create something for the collective benefit. Under this placement it would not be unheard of for new inventions and societal reform to take root.

This can go one of two ways because Saturn dampens the Aquarian spirit and the Aquarian drive pushes Capricorn values out of their comfort zone. On one hand this can result in limitation on freedoms and a sense of frustration at being unable to take control of one’s own future. When oppressed Aquarius reacts with revolutionary impulses and we often see sudden challenges to order, processes and authority. Alternatively, Saturn prizes security and seeks to build systems that protect values and ways of life. In Aquarius Saturn is confronted with the impulse to change and this can be experienced as threatening to its core desire to preserve that which has served to give stability. In response a structured effort to oppress expression of counter sentiments can be made.

Corresponding World Events

By this point millions of people across the globe were experiencing a state of national lockdown. Tremendous limitations had been put on personal freedoms; people only permitted to leave the house for one hour of exercise each day or to get essentials such as food and medication. The Police were granted the power to force people suspected of being infected into isolation, or to fine those who were found to be breaking social distancing instructions. We began seeing authoritarian measures being taken that many of us would not have experienced in our lifetime!


What does astrology suggest about what will happen next?

First, I want to remind you that astrology cannot determine what will take place in the future. It can be used to give insight into the archetypal themes that will be evident and to discern when climatic periods will be.


The Retrograde Season: Increasing the Chances of Long Term Success

26th April 2020 – 13th September 2020

From the end of April through to May we see all the key players turning retrograde. Events in the outside world will slow in their momentum giving people some well-deserved breathing space. The Coronavirus itself will likely take a step back from the limelight. We will experience an easing of the planetary expressions mentioned above and, dare I say it, we will experience a taste of normality again.

When all planets are direct, it’s go go go! We fall into very reactive modes of behaviour and our approach to life is often frantic. It feels like we’re ‘always on the backfoot’. Retrograde season is an opportunity to process, clarify and plan.

Organisations and governments are permitted an opportunity to reflect on what’s happened; envision a course for the future and plan a strategy. The opportunity, if used constructively, will allow us to move forward in a pro-active manner and being pre-emptive of future scenarios. This period may be quiet but it can be used to increase the likelihood of our achieving our long-term goals.


Tighten your Belts Again! – Jupiter Conjunct Pluto and Saturn

From mid-September (Reaching impact between 13th November 2020 – 21st December 2020)

That these planets come together again suggests that the themes experienced at the tail end of 2019 will endure through until 2021 (the immediate after effects up until 2023.) The big concern here is that we will experience a repeat of the mid-January to mid-April situation. I admit, there will likely be a resurgence of the same energy and the time will be fraught, but not necessarily equally so. Second contacts do not manifest in the same manner as the first… if we were paying attention that is!

If you need to refer back to:

Saturn conjunct Pluto

Jupiter conjunct Pluto

Mars triggering all Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in quick succession

The first hit has a novelty value, this impact is experienced as foreign and we often feel unprepared to manage it effectively. By the second contact (assuming it is the final contact) the energy has now been rendered recognisable. We have assimilated the information and are generally able to better manage the situation.

Will the virus escalate again?

Despite being able to clearly mark the nature of experience and time-period using astrology, we cannot determine how the exact situation will manifest. Let’s consider the broader themes of this period to help us keep an open mind.

Inflated responses to fear of change and threat to security

Constriction of freedoms

Widespread / international crisis and pressure on relations

The breakdown and consequent transformation of systems and processes

Unveiling of truth and the desire to contain it.

It’s easy to see how this could indicate another collective attempt to limit the disruption of a repeat rise in the outbreak. However, this configuration could result in the unveiling of information that puts such strain on international relations that we see a complete reformation of how large organisations, or even countries, work together. My point is, we just can’t say how the dynamic will manifest just yet. Remember, astrology doesn’t trump free-will!

The level of impact this will have will depend largely on the work done during the retrograde season. Have we learnt from our mistakes? Have we realigned our intentions? Did we use the time wisely to ensure a proactive response to the potential challenges ahead? You could consider this time to be the final exam, an opportunity to prove what we have learnt (or to feel the consequences of what we haven’t!)


What Could 2021 Have in Store for Us?

Good news, early in the new year we should see the ebbing of this earth-shattering energy. Pluto is then left relatively undisturbed in Capricorn whilst Saturn and Jupiter plough forward into Aquarius and square off with Uranus!

Might we see hard work payoff with innovative breakthroughs? Could Saturn in Aquarius indicate a time of austerity? Maybe even themes of social justice will come to the fore, but more on that in my next article….


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