Sun Enters Scorpio 2020 — Crossing the Threshold Alone

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The Sun has set. The light at dusk turns red, as if it was filtered by the black earth. The twilight resonates with the deepest parts of our soul. “There is life beyond death”. This is what the Sun tells us, as it goes through the sign of Scorpio.

The golden leaves on the trees begin to fall and rot. Nature falls prey to a magical sleep, shrouded in a thick fog. Our animal part feels the call of lethargy, as our vital forces diminish. And in the mist we can feel the echo of an ancient time when the curtain of the senses had not blinded us yet.

Have we turned on an inner light? Does our lamp have enough oil to make it through the season? Did we rekindle the spiritual flame inside of us?

Sun Enters Scorpio 2020: pumpkins, candles and tea lights

We all know the shadows are coming back. They are rising quickly from the memory of last spring. The specter of another lockdown hangs over us. And the fear of contagion has now returned. Thus, the questions above are anything but abstract or rhetorical.

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Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio 2020 – Closing the Elemental Triangle of Water

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A young messenger darts quickly through dark and tangled alleys. With a light step he confidently goes through hidden passages in the night, a lantern lighting his way. In his hands a golden key has the power to open all the doors before him. There is no place dark enough or deep enough he can’t reach. Not even the realm of Hades.

Mercury is the only god allowed to come and go from the Underworld. In Scorpio he expresses exactly this powerful signification, especially then the planet turns retrograde. In fact in a general sense Mercury retrograde is about the mind turning its attention within. The psyche becomes the object of observation. And Immediately the alchemical motto of the V.I.T.R.I.O.L.V.M. is evoked.

Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem Veram Medicinam. Visit the interior of the earth, and by rectifying you will find the hidden stone which is the true medicine. The black dirt of Egypt (al-Kemia) contains vital forces hiding in the mud. 

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Working on our shadow side isn’t easy, and sometimes not event desirable. It’s the soul’s journey into the underworld, the place keeping in secret everything we do not want to see. Most of the times we would rather turn our back to the unpleasant parts of us than facing them. Confronting our fears is hard. Still, this is what this transit is all about. And I believe that all the shadows that emerged during the lockdown—which was a forced social Nigredo—are going to come back during Mercury retrograde in Scorpio.

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Uranus Retrograde 2020 — Rise of the Digital Dollar?

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In the myth, Prometheus was the hero who stole the fire from the gods and gave it to men. Through the powers of the sacred flame mankind evolved. From an animal state to the dignity of civilization.

Prometheus is in particular an Uranian hero, at least from the astrological perspective. In fact the forces carried on by this planet concern science, progress and the development of new tools—all Uranian significations.

So what does it mean when Uranus turns retrograde? And how is it going to affect the current situation worldwide?

Uranus Retrograde 2020: money and bitcoin as a symbol of progress
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Astrological Insights on the Neowise Comet

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What’s that thing in the sky? A ball of fire with a long tail streaming through the heavens, appeared at dawn without any notice whatsoever. An omen, for sure. But of what kind? As they say: no news, good news.

A comet appearing breaks the harmony of the cosmos. It is an alien light, coming from remote regions of the Universe. Unlike eclipses, that break the harmony predictably, they are completely random phenomena.

But those following a spiritual path know that chance does not exist. Everything in the Universe has a meaning, and it is constantly speaking to us. So what’s the message of the comets? And what is this comet in particular telling us?

Neowise Comet
C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) photographed from France on July 13, 2020

The Meaning of Comets

A ball of fire made of dust (earth) and ice (water), dissolving through the air. Comets bear with them all the four elements, even though primarily they were looked at as creatures of fire, bringing droughts.

Over time, the omens of doom associated with comets increased. Death, wars, riots, slaughter, the death of the King or important people. Apparently, perfectly in line with 2020 so far, isn’t it?

Astrologers began pretty soon to look at the color of the comet, the direction of the tail, as well as the astrological sign in which they appeared. All this to better understand what the comet could stand for.

Before trying this interpretation out, let’s take a look at this beautiful video captured by the International Space Station from its orbit on July 5, 2020. Let the beauty of this astronomical event inspire us all for a minute.

According to Anthroposophy, comets are generally speaking celestial bodies guided by the highest spiritual beings. They have the task of cleaning the atmosphere from an excess of astral junk released by human beings on earth. As you can imagine, the astral atmosphere around us is now filled with fear and worry, and it definitely needs to be purified.

This role of comets in the economy of the cosmos may also explain why they appear in times of difficulty. It’s not comets causing trouble, on the contrary they are ready to collect all the astral junk to throw it away, far in the cosmos. They are here to help.

Color, Tail and Sign of the Neowise Comet

Let’s first of all take a look at the name of the comet which—by itself—is a symbol that we can interpret. To be honest, the name comes from the name of the space telescope used to spot it, the Neowise. The complete technical name would be C/2020 F3 NEOWISE.

However, we are going to take the name Neowise anyway because simply put that’s how we refer to it. It’s like for the name “corona virus”: the real name is COVID-19, whereas corona is just the family name it belongs to. Regardless of their origin, names are important.

Neowise literally means New Wisdom, suggesting that this is what the current worldwide crisis would need. Going back to our old life as if nothing had ever happened isn’t a wise move for sure. So the being itself of wisdom is our first clue.

Concerning the color, there are two of them as we can read on wikipedia. The first tail’s color is magenta and made of gas and ions; the second twin tail is golden color and made of dust, like the tail of Comet Hale-Bopp. So not only the name refers to wisdom, but the colors as well.

In fact, magenta and gold are colors of harmony, balance, spiritual development and higher moral qualities. For this reason it is the color worn by bishops (or at least a variant of it). So far the Neowise Comet seems to be a warning, a call for developing higher spiritual qualities.

The comet was discovered on March, but it became visible only in July. You can spot it a few hours before sunrise (from the northern hemisphere), facing north-east. This means that the comet became visible in the zodiac sign of Cancer.

Traditionally, a comet in a water sign is a possible indicator for rainstorms and tsunamis. I’ve already talked about the possibility of having tsunamis this year in a previous article about the Eclipse of Summer Solstice. I really hope to be wrong at this point, but this is another signification strengthening my former interpretation.

Developing Wisdom

In a more positive sense, it seems that humanity is being asked to develop a new form of wisdom concerning cancerian forces. Those are forces of nurturing, of care, forces of the mother. They are also forces of materialism, the dominant spiritual current that is increasingly taking us away from a meaningful existence. I this regard, we should start a process to transform the forces of materialism and to move away from them.

Nature is the reflection of Wisdom itself, and only if mankind is going to develop a new form of wisdom we will be able to reconnect to this lost Eden, the archetype of the Garden, which is nothing but the mirror of the human soul.

Astrosophy is the name of the wisdom of the spiritual dimensions reflected in the world of the stars. We can read them to find guidance and strength through these difficult times.

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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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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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