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D’Aurlaires, 1962

I’m often asked for recommendations on where to get started with astrology. What are my favourite books, authors, websites, apps? I have a go-to list that I recommend to anyone looking to really dive in–books by Isabel Hickey, Noel Tyl, a handful of podcasts and YouTube lectures. It can be a dense field at best (and complete fluff at worst), and I know it’s tricky to sift through resources. But if we’re being honest, it’s not how I got started.

Human beings learn best through narrative. We remember best through narrative as well, and creating stories around the systems in our lives helps us remember all the moving parts. Astrology is no different. It comes with a wealth of stories to help us unravel many of the complex meanings within. …


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Jeffrey Catherine Jones, 1971

New Years Day may have been January 1st but the start of Aquarius Season on January 19th feels more like a new beginning than any calendar holiday. After the heavy Cardinal Earth transits of the last few years, Aquarius Season sees many of our visible planets joining Saturn and Jupiter in their airy new world, emphasizing energies that will be the signature of the year ahead.

Whether or not the Great Conjunction of December launched us into the fabled Age of Aquarius, the symbolism of the Water Bearer is an apt metaphor for the time: Aquarius is often associated with humanitarianism, philanthropy, and reform. In Greek mythology, Aquarius is sometimes associated with Deucalion, the only human with the foresight and innovation to survive Zeus’ great flood and, along with his wife, repopulated the postdiluvian world. While we could debate the humanity of both these figures (as all signs point to Titan parentage), we need to look farther back to really make sense of the Aquarian sign: the Akkadian Ea. Ea was a Creator, responsible for fathering not only some of the most powerful patron deities of the ancient world, but also for producing mankind, illness and health, unity and language. He was a water god, depicted bearing a large urn easily recognizable as our modern-day Water Bearer — but the waters of Ea were generative and often result in spontaneous generation, the birth of new gods and creatures. …


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Jack Gaughan, 1973

How do I move forward?

It’s a deceptively complex question. To properly answer, one needs not only incredible introspection, knowledge of your own motivations and capabilities, but also understanding of the larger world and one’s place within it. We need to understand the game before we play, and we need to learn each piece’s capacity to navigate the board around us. These are all questions asked by Mars, the planet of Motion and Drive, and with its ingress into Taurus on January 6th, we’re given a new perspective.

In June of 2020, Mars emerged triumphant as one of the year’s major players. The Lesser Malefic returned home to Aries, establishing a base of operations it would occupy for the next six months — nearly three times its usual stay in any given sign. With the God of War in his own dominion for half the year the scene was already set for some less-than-desirable events, but thanks to its biennial retrograde it also squared off with the Capricorn Cabal numerous times. In a year of Lower Expression, Mars and its aspects imparted all the most literal themes of rage, fever, contagion, and violence to our awareness. …


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There’s something magical about New Year’s Eve: the final moments of the year ticking down before our eyes, the promise of a fresh start completely within reach, the opportunity to be someone new, someone different, someone better… The year ahead glitters like a charm, saying it aloud is an incantation of hope–but how long does this optimism stay? When does the present year become a curse? How does that shining promise become the symbol of everything we loathe, every obstacle that has stood in our way?

When 2019 drew to a close, I was in a fog: I had just gotten married, my head was in the clouds, and while my eyes are always on the stars I was wearing some very rosy glasses–I absolutely knew the Saturn conjunctions between Pluto and later Jupiter would bring widespread change, but I was hesitant to abandon my warm and fuzzy emotions for the potential hail of brimstone that could become. I knew Mars would pull ahead as a major planetary player, making 2020 a year of intense Malefic transits, but it was also a numerological 4, a Year of the Emperor. The Emperor is ruled by Aries, the sign Mars spent nearly 6 months of 2020 marching through, a sign of war and martial action–but the Emperor himself also speaks of rigid structure, of control, the proverbial Iron Fist of rulership. It’s never been my favourite card in the deck, but again I was hesitant to toss aside my optimism. Instead, I told everyone who asked that they should focus on self empowerment, of creating structures to support their continued development, and to take control of their own problems in order to maintain personal sovereignty. …


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Whether or not astrology is typically on your radar, you’ve probably heard some buzz about this season’s transits. Even completely mundane news outlets have reported on the Great Conjunction, though most keep articles brief, dropping only hints of tantalizing history and references to mystic cannon. The Great Conjunction is the most anticipated event of the year, even after a global pandemic and a major national election — but in order to best understand its meaning and impact, we need to examine it in both historical and contemporary context.

The Great Conjunction is the name used for a conjunction between Jupiter, the Greater Benefic, and Saturn, the Greater Malefic. As the two largest and farthest bodies in traditional astrology, the Great Conjunction was an ominous event tied to the rise and fall of dynasties, the birth and death of kings, and massive changes for entire nations of people. The Great Conjunction became a sort of royal eclipse, a continuation of the mythological battle between two Kings of the Gods that would reflect upon the lives of their earthly counterparts. Depending upon the element and sign in which it took place this meant massive shifts in wealth and power. For the last 200 years, most of these conjunctions took place in earth signs and many in Capricorn, speaking directly to the health, wealth, and stability of our modern kings — a few quick calculations show that a strange number of presidents elected around these transits died in office or barely escaped assassination attempts. But the Great Conjunction of 2020 is particularly significant because it kicks off a new cycle: we’re entering a New Frontier of Air. …


2020 has been a year of shadows, commanding us to step up and face our fears, to answer for our past once and for all. We’ve had our share of Tower moments, events both public and private, decrees from the divine to start over and change course. But after Scorpio Season’s alchemical transformation, working through the 8th House mysteries, the shadows have begun to clear. There’s finally a target in sight.

Thanks in part to the North Node in Gemini, duality has been an important part of this year’s lesson. Each passing season seems to emphasize that there are multiple means of expression within one energy, that we often underestimate our capacity to be complex, multifaceted creatures capable of growth and change with each step forward. …


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Scorpio Season is always a trip into the Underworld, an opportunity for us to evaluate our inner darkness and communicate with our shadows with clarity and purpose. But this has not been an average year — for many of us, 2020 has been a year-long deep dive into shadow work, staring down fear and guilt, stretching into our depths. How do we handle Scorpio Season when our typical 8th House work has been the larger theme of the year?

Scorpio is one of the few signs of the zodiac with a name directly reminiscent of its symbol — the Scorpion — which is ironic considering nothing about Scorpio can be seen at the surface. It’s the sign of Fixed Water: if Cancer is the internal wellspring and Pisces is the ever-changing sea, Scorpio is a pool of still water, capable of bending light, creating and destroying illusions, all the while hiding its own depths. But Scorpio has another symbol used to express its highest qualities — the Eagle. And with Scorpio’s associations, this easily undergoes yet another transformation: Scorpio as the Phoenix. …


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John Collier, 1889

How often do you make your own decisions? How many times in your life have you really had a choice, taken time to think about each option, felt excitement or happiness or fulfillment, and then been able to execute your own will?

With Neptune and Mercury both retrograde in the signs of the zodiac’s dreamers, I’ve leaned into my subconscious. There’s more to be learned from within and the world has proved itself an unreliable source: it’s time for introspection. On Sunday night, I dreamed of a tree. It was mostly bare, clinging to its own life despite the large hollow within its trunk. …


And so we’ve reached the end. This week marks our completion of the Cancer/Capricorn Eclipse cycle, a cycle we will not see again until its inversion in 2027. Capricorn has been a tough place to be, a crowded house cluttered with weighty outer planets and until very recently, the Moon’s slightly stale South Node. As if these planetary aspects (inside and out) weren’t enough on their own, the eclipse axis electrified them into activating on a whole new level.

But it’s not really as simple as all that, and the word “end” feels incredibly inefficient to describe this event.

We’re not entirely done with Capricorn: the South Node moved out mid-May, but Saturn’s retrograde pulls it back into its home sign this week and Jupiter and Pluto perfect their retrograde conjunctions this Tuesday, all ahead of the Full Moon Penumbral Eclipse on Sunday. While these transits are about to give us a good hard look at our structures of power and control — structures which will likely remain on their last (sturdy) legs until Pluto enters the purifying waters of Aquarius — we’ll at least have a new perspective once the Eclipse cycle closes. …


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If you’ve spent any time on Instagram or certain internet news outlets lately, you’ve probably seen people throwing around words like “massive energy shifts,” or “the Great Awakening.” Conspiracies abound on whether our calendar system is so far off that 2020 is actually the famed Mayan 2012. And yet, there is an undeniable change in the energy from even six months ago, for better or for worse.

Last weekend, I called my Dad to say happy father’s day. The last time I saw him, he was just waking up from an unexpected week-long coma; just two months before that I had danced with him at my wedding. My father has always never been a spiritual person, but between his own brush with death and the widespread panic stoked by recent news prompted him to ask me, “what do the constellations say about this?” …

About

That Astrologer, Fairlie Theta

Fairlie Theta is a Space Witch and Cosmic Divinatrix. She has studied astrology, tarot, and magic for over 20 years. Find her at https://www.moonandmajesty.com

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