Astrology: Summer Ingress 2022 – Change Is Afoot

This chart, set for the exact time of the Northern Solstice in London and entry into the first point of Cancer, is indicative of sudden change, particularly financial, economic and political.

The Taurus MC or midheaven is conjunct the Moon’s North Node and Uranus: aspirations are going to be jolted and our security affected, not only in Great Britain but worldwide. So keep your eyes on the stock markets, currencies and banking sectors, they are all liable to remain unstable. This will likely involve a forced change in philosophy and long distance travel plans, making us dig deeper for resources over the summer period.

Venus is also conjunct the so called Demon Star, Algol. in the 9th house, warning us not to be over indulgent, particularly in anything physical or practical, lest something comes back to bite us. Caution when it comes to financial considerations and travel are always a good idea.

On a more positive note, the Moon conjoining Jupiter in Aries in the 8th house, brings hope of a softer, more beneficial landing financially, implying the world we inherit soon is going to have certain advantages for humanity.

For Great Britain, this chart has Virgo rising, with the chart ruler Mercury being well placed in its own sign of Gemini in the 10th house. Matters regarding health, work and communication will continue to be prominent, with possible resolutions happening, as Mercury is well aspected to Jupiter and the Moon, as well as being quite close to the fixed star Aldebaran, hinting that we might well see more than one individual or group becoming more outspoken about certain situations.

Copyright Francis 2022

Mars Enters Aries – Positive Action!

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Mars has entered its own sign of Aries to join Jupiter, creating an irresistible energy for taking positive action in our lives and making new beginnings.

If you are a typical Aries type, or born with the Sun, or Moon, or Ascendent, or more luminaries in that sign, then the time for doing is now.

But whatever the quality of your birthchart, the universe is saying it’s time to stop thinking about it and putting it into action, pressing the start button on all those plans you’ve had on the back burner for two years, or more.

Particularly around May 29 2022, when Mars and Jupiter are conjunct in Aries, the expansive energy will be at its optimum, giving you the opportunity to forge ahead with new projects. It’s time to finally go for it, to do that final preflight check and be braver, knowing that in general terms the universe will back you.


Copyright Francis 2022

Jupiter Aries Ingress – An Important New Beginning

Jupiter takes nearly 12 years to move around the zodiac and 12 is a significant number.

Its Aries ingress on May 11 2022 marks an important new beginning for travel, enterprise, philosophy and religion, just as the Sun’s entry into Aries each year marks a new beginning.

For Aries dominant individuals, a new phase of opportunity is upon you. Look to expand your interests, over the next year, bearing in mind that Jupiter will retrograde back into Pisces for a time later in the summer.

For people in general, we need to start looking more at ourselves, ways to improve who we are, how we appear and what we do.

For the world in general, this marks a phase for more opportunity, for greater leadership which is both benevolent and broadminded, whilst taking care of the sovereignty of nations.

For Great Britain, the ingress chart above indicates that the nation itself has now the opportunity to improve itself from the bottom up, and there will be practical openings to do this beginning quite soon.


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USA Pluto Return, February 20 2022: It’s Drastic Times

The date of February 20 2022 marks the exact point of Pluto’s return to the place it was when the Declaration of Independence was signed at Philadelphia on July 4 1776, in late Capricorn.

Back then, the United States, primarily because of punitive British tax laws, was trying to wrestle free from the straitjacket of imperial control.

Some might suggest that right now the USA is fighting a similar battle for independence from an even more insidious controlling power, where even money, the creation of it – in fact the very nature of it – is in dispute.

Certainly, few would argue that the country is not divided, culturally and economically in a way it hasn’t been since the Civil War in the 1860s. Can a lot of this really be seen symbolised by Pluto’s return?

Bad Star

First of all, I do not believe that Pluto is a bringer of anything good. Many try to sanitise it as ‘transformative’, a force for necessarily destruction and renewal. That these are some of the symptoms of Pluto’s influence is undeniable.

However, in reality Pluto is a bad star, it can bring disaster, which is a word literally meaning ‘bad star’ in Latin. Pluto, a bit like its mythology, undermines, distorts and usually in secrecy, behind the scenes – and in a mask.

Unfortunately for the US, Pluto’s presence in the second house of finance and security, has always been and will always be, problematic. The very security of the nation has undergone many economic disasters and is experiencing another right now, along with the rest of the world, where inflation and debt are spiralling.

Drastic

And in Capricorn, which is about similarly practical, material, business and political concerns, the drastic distortions and divisions of our time have reached absurd levels, where there is seemingly no common ground left between liberals and conservatives. This is true worldwide too because Pluto’s transit through the highly political Goat has been common to all.

What is more, because Pluto represents hidden enemies and fifth columnists, it is not easy to see who you are up against. The one benefit of Pluto’s return may just be that, however; in the current exreme distortions being faced, the enemy could be revealing himself in a way not seen previously, or at least not since Independence.

There are some conditions in the US’s favour. Firstly, in the 1776 chart, Sagittarius is rising. Freedom is a word very much traditionally associated with America, and the country is going to have to reappraise what that word actually means.

Freedom

Sagittarius is the sign of freedom, ruled by the Greater Benefic, Jupiter, which in the July 4 chart is in Cancer, conjunct Venus in the 8th house of inheritance and investments. Here is the love of home, family, of being in love with the homeland and investing a lot of effort in it. It is this traditional national trait which is now being reinvigorated and will need to be, to essentially save what America is – or was?

The Sun (identity) is also nearby to Jupiter in the 1776 chart, with the fixed star Sirius in between. Sirius has a guardian-like nature and Americans are going to have to resort to this approach, this love of home, with pride, honour and committment if they are to save the traditional essence of their country in the long run.

So Pluto’s return, is in fact a window in a long process of drastic, traumatic financial and economic change, which began way back in 2008 when Pluto entered Capricorn.

Green Shoots

Pluto enters Aquarius in 2023, when we should begin to see, with some perspective, just what has been happening in recent years, and especially from 2020 to 2022, when Pluto was so close to that point of return.

And right now, there is a conjunction between Venus and Mars in Capricorn in the second house of the US chart. If ever there was a time to begin again, financially, it is now.

But the north node of the Moon in late Taurus, close to Algol the demon star, also warns us of the dangers of this time. Always proceed with caution, but we will have to wait until the spring to see true signs of those green shoots.


Copyright Francis 2022

February 2022: World Tarot Reading

My 7 card ‘Days of the Week Spread’, or ‘Luminary Spread’ for the month of February 2022.

Justice at the centre Sun position indicates that legal matters will be prominent. Ongoing issues with governments and prominent individuals will likely feature, with the affairs in court and in the media being quite interesting and revealing.

Knight of Cups in the Moon position emphasises the emotions, family and home, areas of our lives which are going to be very important and active this month. A good time to nurture.

King of Wands in the Mars position shows that this will be a decisive and engaging month. We are going to see executive action from governments and agencies but also, perhaps more especially, from other organisations and individuals with much authority to act.

King of Swords in the Mercury position shows that local environments, travel and the media will become much more fluid and active this month. Expect some clarity and revelation in the news (especially after February 3 when Mercury turns direct).

Queen of Coins in the Jupiter position shows that the common people are going to be more prominent too, with more power to change existing legal structures at state and local level.

Five of Wands in the Venus position reveals that likely swift moving events will bring much change and instability among the public, but there will at least be a climate of appreciation that things are now at last beginning to progress to a better place.

And finally, 4 of Wands in the Saturn position of outcomes and resolutions, indicates that a feeling of more security and a sense of true, legitimate authority will slowly emerge as the month goes on.


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Is The Pandemic Narrative Over? Tarot Reading

This is my 7 luminaries, or days of the week spread. For me the answer revealed here is yes… but….

Governments are starting to change their attitude and stances slowly, some quicker than others, but there remains caution.

That said, there is a sense of taking the initiative and accepting freedom. Most especially, people’s minds in general are about to likely flip, their attitudes changing fundamentally, once they realise the situation and start to tell everyone else and open up.

The overall sense of relief and emerging from an emotionally draining phase in our lives will be tantamount, leaving the majority grateful and happier that they can begin to look forward.

In Note Form:

Sun – overall situation – King of Wands: Leo; assurance, proclamations

Moon – feelings, responses – Knight of Coins: Capricorn; practical concerns, caution

Mars – action to take – Queen of Wands: Sagittarius; explore, consideration

Mercury – mentality, media, neighbourhood – Wheel of Fortune: change your mind!

Jupiter – higher mind, philosophy, travel – 8 of Swords: 2nd decanate of Gemini (Venus); an achievement reached, enjoyment, communicate it

Venus – values, feel good factor – 6 of Cups: last decanate of Scorpio (Moon); sense of relief, overcoming

Saturn – outcomes, resolution – 3 of Cups: last decanate of Cancer (Jupiter); spiritual progress, understanding

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Jupiter into Pisces: Welcome Home – And Get Ready!

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Recently, on December 29 2021, Jupiter finally entered Pisces, its own sign. Jupiter is not exactly badly placed in Aquarius, but perhaps can be a little too ‘holier than thou’ at times. I think there’s been a bit too much of that in 2021. In Pisces, the natural generosity of Jove exudes compassion and largesse.

So what does the ‘giant planet’s’ entry into the Fishes mean for us all? Well for Pisceans especially, it may finally feel like coming home, to a place where you can relax and breathe. Psychologically, we should all begin to feel a little happier; things should start to fall into place a little easier – and this may also be true for the world until May 11, when rapid Jupiter enters Aries until the end of October, auguring in a completely new phase for us all.

Make the Most of it

Therefore it is important, I think, to make the most of the period from January to early May. The world will finally feel a little easier to live in. There might even be a resurgence in the practise of traditional religions, especially Christianity, a feeling that we need to dig deeper to get the best and most meaningful sense of what it means to be alive. It will be a good time for introspection, to meditate, to start that yoga class too.

It won’t be until late October that retrograde Jupiter moves back into Pisces, but only for a couple of months. So any work and healing in regard to your subconscious mind, or deep seated psychological problems, should really be completed by early May. Make the most of it, before Jupiter’s entry into Aries truly restarts the world.

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A New Beginning? Aquarius New Moon, February 11 2021 — Astrology Musings

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The astrological climate continues to suggest great changes are underway.

And one doesn’t have to be a lover of star signs or a psychic to believe we are living in extraordinary times, although the problems we all face are faith and finding some clarity.

Take the Aquarius New Moon on February 11 2021. Here we have half a dozen planets in the fixed air sign (Aquarius), which is striking.

The Old and the New

Now I am one of those astrologers who do not assign Uranus as ruler or even co-ruler of Aquarius. I am a bit of a traditionalist in this respect. There are two sides to Saturn, ruler of both Capricorn and Aquarius. In the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn, Saturn is materialistic, practical, systematic, realistic, all necessary functions of our lives. In his Aquarian mode, however, Saturn’s ‘gravity’ turns to forward planning, practical and realistic thinking in preparation for the future of humanity.

The Uranian side of Aquarius, I contend, is wrong, as is Neptune’s rulership of Pisces and Pluto’s of Scorpio. These three so-called outer planets are invisible to the naked eye, after all, and I agree that they do not represent anything positive at all. They are in fact forces which we should not knowingly dabble with, merely try to overcome and understand.

Hope, Dreams, Wishes

So, accepting this premise, what does all this Aquarian energy mean? Aquarius, traditionally, is the sign of hopes, dreams and wishes — it plans ahead, reflecting the sun at this time of year moving steadily north in preparation for the vernal equinox.

In other words, this New Moon on February 11 represents a new beginning of hope, where our dreams and wishes can be planted like seeds, with full expectation of a flowering, soon. One of the most beautiful aspects of this New Moon is that at the same time, the two benefics are in an almost exact conjunction in Aquarius.

Venus loves Jupiter — but platonically, idealistically in Aquarius

Jupiter, the greater benefic, and Venus, the lesser benefic, enhance one another, creating a beautiful idealistic, platonic vibration, strongly tinged as it is with the Aquarian energy, forecasting peace, justice and freedom for humanity as whole. But we must be patient. This is only a step.

And of course it’s not straightforward either. At this time Mercury, also in Aquarius, is retrograde, so there is a sense that nothing much is happening, or being heard; information is not clear and things keep going wrong. Aquarius demands a free flow of data.

Mercury turns direct on February 20, so we may not begin to see too many signs of a ‘spring thaw’ until around then, or into March as Mercury exits post shadow. Also, the Jupiter/Venus conjunction is loosely square (difficult) both Mars and Uranus in Taurus. The latter has been bringing chaos to financial markets in recent times and will continue to do so, whilst Mars steaming through the same sign has only agitated the situation — none of this to the benefit of humanity, whose hopes are invested in this Jupiter/Venus love-in for all.

Impasse

In other words, there continues to be an impasse between these two forces, those who want to ‘progress’ to that restoration of true human values, against what could be some chaotic ‘manipulation’ which has led us into this crisis in the first place.

We should not forget Saturn’s continued presence in Aquarius either, the true ruler of that sign. Interestingly, he is in challenging aspect to Uranus in Taurus in this chart, perhaps bringing a touch of stability which we might not have had; Uranus is saying ‘I want to turn over the financial markets’, while Saturn is saying ‘slow down!’

Lack of Clarity in America?

The first chart above is set for Washington DC, so might cast light onto the situation in America. I won’t say too much here, except that using my favoured house system, all that Aquarian energy is housed in the eighth house, which in mundane astrology represents other people’s money, i.e. investments, big finance, and thus business — but also secrets.

We should expect to hear a lot about these issues in the coming weeks, especially when Mercury goes direct. However, in this chart, Neptune is also almost exactly conjunct the midheaven, bringing little clarity, confusion and outright befuddlement in governmental issues and circles. The actual truth may be very hard to discern.

Nevertheless, with the Moon being the ruler of this chart (Cancer rising), it makes the importance of this new moon paramount. And what happens in America invariably affects the whole world.

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The above chart, set for London and therefore the United Kingdom, shows the Aquarian energies within the sixth house, strongly emphasising public health and work related issues, perhaps also the armed forces. Neptune’s presence in the seventh house could also leave the United Kingdom wide open to deceit in regard to diplomatic issues over the next month.

Most intriguingly too, the fixed star Aldebaran is exactly conjunct the midheaven on this chart, emphasising possible success in trade and/or military affairs over the next few weeks.

It is also worth bearing in mind that soon Pluto will reach the exact same degree it was in the USA Declaration of Independence chart, July 4 1776. Pluto warns us of surreptitious behaviour on a grand scale, although one can’t help but wonder what this might mean for the constitution — we shall see over the next year or so.

There’s Hope — But Don’t Expect Too Much

I believe the February 11 New Moon represents another step along the way of some form of transformation, which may only reach top gear by around 2025 when Pluto itself enters Aquarius. By then I truly hope that we will be on the way towards creating a peaceful federation of locally based communities within our countries, which can stretch the hand of friendship and cooperation worldwide — now these are true Aquarian values.

This New Moon could be quite interesting and enlightening, therefore, but don’t expect too much. We may have to wait until after February 20 to get some more clarity. Hang on in there.

Copyright Francis 2021