What the Stars Say is pleased to present a deep dive into one of the most prominent astrological stories in the “Shit Show” known as 2020. The transit of Uranus in Taurus began in 2018, but now in summer of 2020 its influence is making itself quite clear as it disrupts the economy, weather, food production, supply chains, and sets off on a mission of Karmic Reckoning in many industries (tech, fashion, food/ag, finance, etc.). Enjoy the deep dive and may it result in you being more prepared and a better co-creator with astrology as this transit continues throughout the next six years.

Venus moves into Mars’ house on Friday, February 7, until March 4, 2020. In the Mars-ruled Aries constellation the Planet of Love, Beauty, and Creativity finds itself in a space where altruism meets aggression.

After existing in the daydream wonderland that is Venus in Pisces – where she is exalted and welcomed – we’re jolted into fiery and courageous energy. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac -the baby- and “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” While Aries is known as a “selfish sign,” it’s important to remember Aries is also known as a courageous pioneer – the Ram who isn’t afraid to knock heads or tackle difficult terrain. There’s a lonely and isolating aspect to such bravery, and a balancing act between pushing forward and not leaving others behind.

Aries, like its ruling planet Mars, is known for action. With Venus in the Aries constellation there’s a good chance your love life will move into focus, and inaction will become action.

If a relationship isn’t serving you or is filled with toxicity and dead ends, this cosmic placement can provide you with the courage and bravery to head out on your own.

If you are typically shy and have a hard time putting yourself out there, you will find Venus in Aries to be a chance to get out of your lonely comfort zone and tackle difficult terrain.

If you struggle with selfish behavior, this placement will magnify the Ego, the Baby, and the Ram. Aries is as well-known for its admirable qualities as it is for its undesirable qualities, including; aggression, immaturity, selfishness, and expecting the world to “owe it a living.” Aries is the baby, so people who already struggle with the undesirable qualities will only amplify their baby behaviors if they are not mindful. All of us should be mindful of ego energies in matters of love, creativity, art, and beauty during this time (Feb. 7 – March 4, 2020).

Venus desires altruism and Mars excels in aggression. While Venus is in Aries, Mars is in sister Fire sign Sagittarius. Mars (our action, passion and drive) is looking out at the horizon and focused on what’s ahead of us instead of in front of us. Action comes in fiery spurts, and it’s harder than usual to get real traction. This can result in passionate but short-lived love affairs, a tension and friction (between “self and others”) in committed relationships, or a frustration between the lack of alignment between feelings and actions.

At the same time Venus is in Aries, Mercury moves through it’s shadow phase, and into retrograde before going direct on March 10, 2020. During this cosmic occurrence (“Mercury Retrograde”), we experience a far greater chance of miscommunication, technical issues, travel delays, and about 60% of us experience foggy thinking and find it more difficult to make decisions. When Mercury – the Planet of Communication, Media, Technology – changes its orbit and slows its speed we feel the effects due to speed and proximity (Earth is next door neighbors with Mercury, and Mercury is the fastest moving planet with a unique orbit).

Aries is known for being blunt and having a quick temper. This energy doesn’t mix well at a time already ripe with miscommunications and misunderstandings. Direct communication is effective, but not when it comes with egotistical and aggressive energy. We all need to be mindful of this energy at play. Not only is Mercury in Retrograde, but it’s happening in the Pisces constellation. This is Water energy meeting Fire energy, and this combination will influence both our relationships and communications. The sensitive and introverted Pisces is meeting insensitive extroverted Aries. It’s important to think before we speak, listen deeply before we react, and realize we are each coming at each other in highly unique ways. We cannot charge in and start knocking heads with strangers and loved ones like the Aries Ram.

The highly positive aspects of this influence will come to those who need help taking action. Aries is both brave and playful, so this is a time we can experience a renewed sense of innocence, awe, and action.

The “Wallflowers” will finally find the courage to ask someone to dance.

The introverted creatives will find the drive and bravery needed to create art. Venus rules art and creativity, and Mars rules action so this is a wonderful time to review and work on artistic creations you want to share with the world. The time for the real action should be after the end of the retrograde cycle (March 10). Now is a time to take the steps and have the bravery needed to create and prepare to put it out into the world. Much like nature keeping busy under the surface throughout winter and blooming out in spring.

The couples who are struggling with a lackluster love life will find an increase in libido, playfulness, and passion.

The one guarantee we all have from these transits is “Action in Love.” Enjoy and play nice!

Happy Lunar New Year! The new lunar / astrology year began on Saturday, January 25, and this ending and beginning theme continues in the cosmic forecast for this week.

The New Moon in Aquarius (Friday, January 24) has mobilized us and encouraged BIG DREAMS and a more universal love and compassionate way of living. Both the Lunar New Year and New Moon have brought in fantastic energy, but this week we’re tested on the implementation.

MONDAY: Venus is exalted in the Pisces constellation where the Planet of Love, Art, and Beauty feels quite dreamy and romantic. However, Venus is so close to Neptune it’s easy to be deceived, to think everyone wants the same thing as you, and to be naive. Watch for rose-colored glasses, and if you’re extending love to someone lacking emotional maturity don’t be surprised if they make a mess of it all. With Mars adding to the tension between Venus and Neptune, many will experience difficulties between thinking loving thoughts and acting upon those thoughts. For romantics, it is advised to just watch a romantic comedy rather than expecting life to be a romantic comedy.

TUESDAY: Mars in Sagittarius is fired up and ready for action and adventure, but it squares Neptune in Pisces and this creates a battle between fantasy and reality. The Moon and Venus are also in Pisces and on Neptune’s side, and this results in a tug of war between being loving and being aggressive, and living in a daydream and living in reality. Keep in mind there are many planets in Capricorn still urging us to be practical above all else, and love and daydreams so often aren’t practical. This is Earth energy and Water energy creating mud. Don’t be easily frustrated with yourself and others as you all swim through this mud today.

Both the New Moon in Aquarius and Mercury in Aquarius produce “Bohemian Rhapsody” vibes and encourage us to think about the collective rather than the individual.

WEDNESDAY: Fires comes in to the mud puddle today with Mars in fiery Sagittarius and the Moon shifting into the fiery Aries constellation. Aries is the baby (first sign) of the zodiac, and “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” This baby encounters triggers and sensitive points as the Aries moon passes both Lilith and Chiron (“The Wounded Healer”). Emotional battles and wounds are likely if you let the baby’s inherent selfishness and ego win. Put baby in the corner, put on your big kid pants, and lead with love and kindness today. We already have enough wounds, and this too shall pass.

THURSDAY: The Aries baby moon wants fit it all into one day; the morning snuggle, the hyperactive playdate, the new discovery, the fight over a toy, the breakdown and tantrum, then the afternoon nap. Yes, it’s only afternoon and baby has put you through the ringer. Pace yourself today, and use the action energy for practical and productive tasks because if you do this Jupiter will grant you luck. It’s a great day to send a new creation out into the world. Don’t be a baby today; be a child prodigy instead.

FRIDAY: It’s often said in brainstorming there aren’t any bad ideas. Today is a perfect day to brainstorm and let your mind really stretch without judgement or fear of bad ideas. The Sun (data, light, information) and Mercury (our thought processes) are both ‘wilding out’ in quirky and futuristic Aquarius. There’s electrical magic in the air and it’s yours to think up and grab hold of, so give yourself time to brainstorm today and accept the cosmic invitation to get weird without judgement.

SATURDAY: Venus makes contact with Pluto and Saturn, and suddenly possibilities feel achievable and real. The Moon in Taurus asks us to confirm, to measure, and to crystallize our visions and all the new thoughts and ideas we’ve been daydreaming about while Venus is in Pisces. Take time to take stock today. Taurus is practical, material, Earth energy with a focus on home. Venus is love, beauty, and art. Where do your possibilities lie in these two areas? It’s a great night to go out and meet someone new and trustworthy.

SUNDAY: The tug of war between daydreams and reality continue, but with Venus in a sextile to a Taurus Moon there’s a major focus on love and home today. It’s a great day to make your home beautiful, and enjoy time at home with loved ones. ***Bonus points if you can hang out with animals – it’s a great day to talk the dog on a walk or take a nap with a cat.

Out in the cosmos – towards the end of November 2019 and into the beginning of December – Jupiter was orbiting in the constellation of Sagittarius while crossing the Galactic Center. This occurrence brought in what is known as “Christ-like” energy. Jupiter represents expansion, luck, and higher thinking. Sagittarius is a known adventurer attracted to travel, philosophy, higher education, and anything foreign. Christ has been historically represented as a higher thinker who traveled, enjoyed discussing theology and philosophy with others, and reached out to the foreign, exotic, and overlooked. There are similarities here, but “Christ-like energy” refers more towards our personal potential to transcend, awake, and move beyond. It also goes beyond religion since even those without a personal connection to Christ will experience awakenings on the level for which they are prepared. The crossing of the Galactic Center does not go unnoticed. 

As we continue to ride out the energy of the Jupiter Galactic Center crossing, there is another connection to Christ and “Christ-like energy” coming into play. Instead of a New Moon on Christmas 2019, we are blessed with a New Moon Solar Eclipse on December 25 – a day known as Christmas to many and recognized as Christ’s birthday. It’s also worth noting Jupiter is nearby when this occurs and expands the energies and impact of this Solar Eclipse – “The Christmas Eclipse.”

An eclipse – in general terms – represents an introduction, synchronicity, an initiation or new beginning, a shift in thinking and habits, and turning points in our lives. 

This Christmas Solar Eclipse does not go unnoticed. Like the Jupiter Galactic Crossing, it stands out and stands alone while closing doors of past ways of thinking and living and opening new doorways of thought, solutions, morals, dreams, and values. It pushes us to start something new, to act and expand upon our dreams and revelations, to stay in our own lane, and to truly examine any codependent and toxic relationships currently in our lives. It’s not about the past here; it is time to liberate ourselves from self-deception and fear.

While Jupiter is nearby and expanding the energy of The Christmas Eclipse, the South Node is also at play in this cosmic occurrence. The South Node represents what is behind us, our past karma, and where we’ve been in life. The South Node is rewarding our good deeds but it can also trigger our past karma, making this a Christmas where it truly matters whether you’ve been “naughty or nice.”

On a collective level, the themes of The Christmas Eclipse are based on its placement in the 10th House and in the Capricorn constellation. Collectively, we’ll begin to examine our image, reputation, and social standing deeper. Some will experience a time of reinvention and revelation.

Other themes include our moral compass, control issues (of all sorts), liars and deceivers being exposed, and the collective being presented with a time ripe for growth and healing after a year of scandals, half-truths, and lies.  

It is possible to experience a major event on the day of the eclipse, but many find the eclipse’s impact unfolds at a different pace for them. Major events or turning points will occur two weeks after, four weeks after, and even up to eight weeks after the eclipse.

The Christmas Eclipse will continue to impact us in 2020 since it is followed up with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse (January 10, 2020, 20 degrees Cancer) and with the North Node at play. The Christmas Eclipse is with the South Node (where we’ve been), but the January Eclipse is with the North Node (where we’re headed). There will be another blog about this, but in the meantime use The Christmas Eclipse to let go of control issues, to release and reinvent yourself, to go beyond your current reality, and expand upon revelations as Jupiter and the Sun urge you to do so. This is a time when you don’t just say you’re going to do something or change something – this is a time when you actually do it.

The major caveat for this eclipse is this: 
With so many celestial bodies in one constellation it can feel like we’re listening to multiple conversations in our own head – in our inner dialogue – all at once. No thanks! The remedy is to take time for stillness and silence during this winter of long dark nights. Turn off and tune out the external noise and give yourself a moment of stillness to think about the bigger picture in your own life and on this planet we’re all hanging out on. Take advantage of the revelations and messages you can receive at this time. There’s beautiful energy in the cosmos and in the air we’re breathing in, so take a deep breath and enjoy The Christmas Eclipse and the doorways it opens for you in 2020 and beyond.