In 2020 we have not one but two conjunctions that mark the turn of a generation, and of an era in history. On Jan. 12, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn form their once per 33-year conjunction. Then on Dec. 21, 2020, Jupiter and Saturn, both now in Aquarius, form a conjunction in the first degree of that sign. Read more...

Inside, Outside: A New Moon in Many Layers

Posted by Eric Francis Coppolino

The Pisces New Moon, which was exact Sunday morning, is a chart whose message comes in several main layers. One is the presentation, which you might think of as the press release. The other is what’s really going on with you.

One is the crust; the other is the deeper substance, which may seem a bit unfathomable, like a vast undersea world.

The surface layer is related to Venus in Aries square Jupiter in Capricorn. This is a kind of public relations position, very common in our era (we might think of “social media” as a PR campaign, where every one serves as their own representative).

Continue reading

Mercury Stations Retrograde in Pisces

Posted by Eric Francis Coppolino

The quality of the forthcoming week features Mercury stationing to retrograde motion on Sunday. The days surrounding the retrograde (sometimes called storm phase) can be weird, perplexing and frustrating — and very interesting.

Planet Waves

The old and the new: a modern-day smartphone rests on a model dating from roughly a century ago. Photo by CJ Sorg/Flickr.

The truth has a way of seeping out during the stations of Mercury, though it can be subtle. You might put together three things you’ve been thinking about for years. Someone might reveal something to you.

Then there are all the usual effects.

Thinking I lost my cell phone Thursday led to taking a series of long overdue security steps associated with it and the accounts connected to it. In the process, a satellite found my phone on an office chair (and I could not explain how it got there).

Mystical de lo Habitual

That aside, for the first time I deployed a device in outer space to find another object in the room I was sitting in. The days of miracle and wonder — the long-distance call.

There’s a touch of mystical de lo habitual to the retrograde effect of Mercury. This is true of Mercury generally, the planet of the mind and of consciousness. The retrograde calls our attention to this often taken-for-granted planet, here in the age of Pluto and Eris getting so much attention.

Continue reading

Of Retrogrades and Gratitude

Posted by Amanda Painter

Dear Friend and Reader:

Mercury is stationing retrograde in Pisces on Sunday (early Monday in some time zones), which puts us in its ‘storm’ phase now. That’s the big astro-news you need to be most aware of. Yet perhaps apropos of Mercury’s stationary status — as it hovers seemingly in one place before appearing to reverse direction — I think I need to begin where I was originally planning to end this essay.

This will be my last weekly column for Planet Waves, at least for the foreseeable future. After 10 years of working for this incredible little astrology-website-that-could, and growing in immeasurable ways in the process, it is time for me to seek new adventures.

Continue reading