Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn 2020 – What have we lost?

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The Moon in Capricorn, the image of a lonely child, trying to survive in a winterly environment. Summer outside, but inside the echoes of a cold loneliness. What is left for us after 6 months of crisis? What the hidden rubble after all we’ve been through?

The Archetype of the Orphan is around us, always present after a big loss. What have we lost? Is it “only” a sense of security and stability? Or is it much more concretely a job, money or maybe the hope of realizing our projects?

If we look within ourselves we cannot pretend that nothing has changed. This eclipse is here to remind us of this.

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Last Winter Configuration reforming in Capricorn

Saturn has just entered back to Capricorn. In fact, the energies of this sign are going to be reactivated. Not only by the presence of its ruler, but also by the eclipse taking place on July 5th 2020.

This is going to be the last eclipse of the season, as well as the last eclipse in Capricorn. In fact the lunar nodes axis has changed sign, moving backwards across Gemini and Sagittarius. This means that we are going to experience further eclipses in Capricorn only in about 9 years.

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Mars in Aries 2020 – Rebuilding the World Together

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Mars in Aries 2020. A vibrant sword pointing up to the sky. A rising energy flowing into the arms. A runner at the start ready to sprint. A hand letting go the arrow stretched in the bow. Pure energy ready to burst, the lit fuse.

This is one of the most important transits of 2020. Usually Mars stays in a sign for roughly a couple of months. But this year the God of War is going to stay in his diurnal domicile for 6 months, till 2021 Epiphany.

Mars in Aries 2020: people camping together in the desert at sunset
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As you can imagine Mars in his sign is particularly strong. Aries marks the beginning of spring, the time of the year when life forces of Nature are strongest. Just think about how quickly the vegetation cover changes with the arrival of the new season. Flowers and buds literally explode.

A warrior can definitely use all this life-force. In fact Mars is Aries corresponds to the archetype of the tireless warrior who fights to the end. Since we are going through a very hard time, having available all these fiery energies is a blessing. We all need a fresh start.

Mars in Aries 2020: warrior helm

Fighting with Courage through a Difficult Recovery

Mars in Aries is the right energy to tackle obstacles or enemies. To the point that if Mars doesn’t find any, he’s gonna make some anyway. This because the Warrior is in his element only in a battlefield, and for this reason he always tends to create one. We are far away from the reasonable compromises of Libra. Mars is a warmonger.

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Neptune Retrograde in Pisces 2020 – Imaginative Knowledge

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“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
Edgar Allan Poe

As every year, Neptune in Pisces turns retrograde for about 6 months. The power of chaos and images fuels Midsummer dream state. Waves of shapeless colors, distant sounds, blurred encounters, expanding feelings, boundless horizons, mystical impulses. Nature whispers to let yourself go and give up control.

During its retrograde motion, Neptune is going to make two sextiles with Jupiter in Capricorn. As we know, Jupiter in Capricorn is in its fall, meaning that the planet of philosophers is dealing with hard lessons coming from the earthly realm of matter (Capricorn). And we all know what these lessons are, considering 2020 so far.

Neptune Retrograde in Pisces 2020, dream-like clouds
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Still, these sextiles are going to loosen the grip. Many people are dreaming about a better future, looking at the worldwide chaos as an opportunity for change. The neptunian energy can be the amniotic fluid that provides a space for these ideas to grow, a gestation for a better world.

The importance of dreams unfolds itself clearly before our eyes. No human vision can be pursued if we lack the ability to imagine it. Imagining requires escaping from the world of senses, emerging in a place of pure thoughts where anything is possible. A place where we risk to get lost, abducted by the fairies. But also a place where we can develop a real bridge towards higher realities.

Anthroposophy and Imaginative Knowledge

How is it possible to gain more consciousness about this inner dimension? How can we process the chaotic world of images we bear inside, to give birth to something completely new? Our modern world is insanely saturated with images that pull us from every direction.

One possible answer comes from Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy that indicates a way through this chaotic world of inner images, to develop a new state of consciousness called Imaginative Knowledge. Developing a new state of consciousness, especially in regards to the life of images, is a neptunian challenge for modern times.

You can think of Imaginative Knowledge as the transformation of our normal dream state to a higher octave. A state of consciousness that would enable us to penetrate in the world of the living Archetypes, Plato’s world of Ideas that he called Hyperuranion—a place beyond the heavens.

In this state of consciousness we experience each component of the inner image as if it was “intelligent”, a symbol constantly and intuitively streaming meanings towards our mind. It’s not a mere vision, something we passively undergo. We feel our will, as well as our whole inner world, actively united with the experience.

For more information about Imaginative Knowledge, and higher states of consciousness as described by Rudolf Steiner you can find more information in his book “Knowledge of the Higher Worlds And Its Attainment”, freely available online.

In addition, if you are interested in Anthroposophy I highly suggest Giorgio Tarditi Spagnoli’s blog. Specifically you can find a recent article about the 7 Nights of Midsummer Dreams that relates this period of the year with the 13 Holy Nights following the winter solstice. Check it out!

Aspects of Neptune Retrograde (UTC)

Tue 23-06-2020  6:32:09 Neptune <20Pis57> S/R
Sun 12-07-2020 20:43:04     Sun (20Can51) Tri [20Pis51] Neptune
Mon 27-07-2020 18:06:20 Jupiter [20Cap39] Sex [20Pis39] Neptune
Mon 27-07-2020 19:47:45   Venus (20Gem39) Squ [20Pis39] Neptune
Thu 30-07-2020 20:44:21 Mercury (20Can35) Tri [20Pis35] Neptune
Thu 27-08-2020 23:12:31   Venus (19Can57) Tri [19Pis57] Neptune
Sun 30-08-2020 20:43:56 Mercury (19Vir52) Opp [19Pis52] Neptune
Fri 11-09-2020 22:25:44     Sun (19Vir32) Opp [19Pis32] Neptune
Mon 12-10-2020  9:06:44 Jupiter (18Cap45) Sex [18Pis45] Neptune
Sun 18-10-2020 16:48:45   Venus (18Vir37) Opp [18Pis37] Neptune
Tue 10-11-2020  7:11:31     Sun (18Sco15) Tri [18Pis15] Neptune
Tue 24-11-2020  6:39:41 Mercury (18Sco10) Tri [18Pis10] Neptune
Sun 29-11-2020  2:36:35 Neptune <18Pis09> S/D

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Eclipse of Summer Solstice 2020 – Crone Archetype and Tsunamis

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The Summer Solstice is the time of the year when the principle of Light manifests itself at its peak. The Sun shines through in all its glory, dimming our senses and our consciousness. This year, just when the Sun is about to touch the highest heights, the shadow of the Dragon crawls in, devouring it.

This is going to be an Annular Solar Eclipse, meaning that the Moon is not going to overshadow the Sun completely. Still, the ring is going to be very thin—to the point that any technical subtleties cannot possibly change the symbolic meaning of the event.

As you may have guessed, a Solar Eclipse at the time of the Summer Solstice is not a good omen. It is going to occur exactly at 0° Cancer, just after the entrance of the Sun in the sign. This is a very rare event, that adds up to the peculiar planetary cycles of this year. Just think about the Saturn-Pluto conjunction that announced the covid-19 pandemic. 2020 is everything but a quiet year.

Eclipse of Summer Solstice 2020, picture by Alessia Bressanin
Picture by Alessia Bressanin

A North Node Eclipse

Every Solar Eclipse is first and foremost a New Moon, the time of the month when the night is darkest. When one of the nodes is in conjunction with a New Moon you have a solar eclipse. In this case, the North Node is involved, the so called Caput Draconis—the head of the Dragon.

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Mercury Retrograde in Cancer 2020 – Elemental Triangle of Water

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A child is playing alone on the beach. It’s late and the sun is about to set, the shadows getting longer and longer. The hypnotic rhythm of the wind and the sea has made him lose track of time. A wave of fear runs through his body as he suddenly wakes up from the dream-like state that has rock him for too long.

Mercury, the god with the appearance of a young boy, is slowing down as he approaches his first stationary point at 5° 29′ Cancer. This year it is going to form with its stations an elemental triangle of water through Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. This means that the usual significations of Mercury retrograde for 2020 are going to be about feelings and emotions.

Mercury Retrograde in Cancer, a boy playing on the beach
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In late February, the energy of Pisces made the mind (Mercury) escape in a world of fantasy and nostalgia. The traits of Cancer instead is going to take us back to everything that makes us feel safe—our family, our home, and so on. But not without some issues because as we know Mercury retrograde comes with delays, misunderstandings and second thoughts. Generally speaking we are going to face some safety issues: family drama, crossed boundaries (even theft), financial security issues, and so on.

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Astrolog for macOS available for download

Hi guys, I just wanted to update you real quick about astrolog for macOS.

In a previous article I’ve explained how to compile astrolog for macOS with X11 graphics. In fact, the application available to download from the official website doesn’t come with this option activated.

After writing the article Walter D. Pullen, the creator of Astrolog, reached out in the comments asking me to publish the precompiled binary. I am very glad to contribute spreading out this wonderful app.

Now it is available to download from this page, enjoy :)

Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius 2020 – Isis-Sophia and the Dragon

The Full Moon, living symbol of the light piercing the darkness, shines through the night in Sagittarius, sign of the Higher Knowledge. Isis-Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom, faces the South Node—Cauda Draconis. The tail of the dragon tries to swallow the light of consciousness by means of the shadows of oblivion. The sound of the sistrum, instrument of the goddess, keeps the dragon at bay.

A new series of eclipses is about to start. The next Full Moon on June 5th is going to be a penumbral lunar eclipse at 16° Sagittarius. The following New Moon, an annular solar eclipse taking place in the very heart of the Summer Solstice (1° Cancer). Lastly, the Full Moon of July 5th, ending the series with another penumbral lunar eclipse at 13° Capricorn.

In order to see if and how the eclipse is going to affect you, just check any planet from 14° to 18° Sagittarius in your Natal Chart. Usually, lunar eclipses bring in the following 6 months unexpected revelations that have unexpected consequences. The planet involved, its house placement, and the houses that it rules are going to point out specifically the possible areas of life interested by the event.

In any case, let’s try to remember to connect to our wisdom within. It’s very easy for the forces of summer to dim our consciousness, especially after all these months of lockdown. We all crave sun and freedom. But even though we just want to go back to our normal lives, let’s remember where the wisest part of us lies.

We’re going through a traumatic pandemic. There’s not much we can do but treasuring the experiences we went through. Otherwise it will have been all for nothing, and the desire of having our life back will have obscured the self-knowledge that we had the opportunity to develop these months. “For it is the doom of men that they forget” —Merlin, from Excalibur movie.

Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius: Statue of Isis-Sophia holding a sistrum
Statue of Isis holding a Sistrum, Musei Capitolini