Covid-19 Astrology? I blame all this on Saturn, I really do. And okay, Pluto. I knew that whatever kicked up in Dec/Jan would be disruptive as fuq and propel us into the future. I exhausted the word ‘catharsis’ and made sweeping suggestions about canceling globalism, flying, and factory farming. They irritated some people but I have Mercury in Aries so all my suggestions can sweep.
But I was secretly hoping that the disrupt would be something undeniably cool. David Bowie or Princess Diana would reincarnate, revealing another dimension and even the most venal politicians would be so awed, they’d evolve. Or an inexplicably bloodless revolution would overthrow <insert mediocre, corrupt and/or archaic leader/dynamic of your choice> so inequitable, Gaia insulting paradigms would simply end, elegantly.
However, it’s more like when you’re in a relationship that you think should end but you can’t even imagine how to uncouple. And every time you think about it, you fantasize about some mysterious benefactor who wafts in and takes care of everything. A lottery win or an attentive new lover who is strangely interested in helping you swiftly sort out the details of your separation.
But show me one significant transformation with no pain or effort and I’ll assume you over did the Dreamweed while trying to bonsai your gerberas.
This changes everything. And, while it is impossible to see right now, many of the changes wrought by this situation will be good. Fantastic even. See below for more. Whether you’re freaking out or merely inconvenienced and wondering why you didn’t buy bulk potato crisps, stay composed. Some of us are more exposed or insecurely circumstanced than others, but Covid-19 influences everyone.
My Aquarius accountant is one of the Uranian types who transmits tangible in-command, tranquility rays. He would not alter his demeanor or tone if a U.F.O. landed in his backyard. He sent out an email to all his clients a few days ago that outlined employer obligations to employees and so on but ended with this: the most important advice we can provide to you is to remain vigilant, patient and calm.
The word ‘vigilant’ struck me anew, so I looked into its etymology. Its root origin word is “weg.” Get a load of this!
How profound is this word and all the associations?
So now for a little F.A.Q. about the Covid-19 Astrology:
Q: Is it appropriate to be amusing/light about such a dire situation?
A: I got asked a version of this on Thursday. I won’t quote from the email as the person did not send it to be posted, but they thought my ‘cavalier’ attitude to the crisis was tone-deaf. eg: joking about introverts being thrilled and so on. I understand this point completely and I have done more sombre posts about things like the Amazon + Australian fires, the economy and this viral threat. But everyone chooses how they want to express themselves, and I usually select levity. It’s healing and there is a vast amount of media covering the doom end of the spectrum.
I read a crazy amount. The economic implications of this alone are staggering. I could easily take a darker tone and yes, we are all aware of where this could head. Last year I had a virus that took my voice away while it was trying to attack my nervous system. Thank you, Saturn square Mercury. It steeply upgraded my empathy with sick people and reassured me of magic. The former was because I was feeling vile, there was no explanation, just a costly and time-consuming new routine of seeing specialists, listening to scary possible diagnoses and getting scans, etc.
It impacted my work and ability to communicate with people. But more than that, when something implacable and hostile is in your system and things you take for granted become a big deal, it’s psychologically destabilizing. You become acutely aware of security factors. I realized I could not step away for a few weeks and hire a spare me to fill in, for example. Projects I adore and love working on fell behind for reasons out of my control. Many of you know this cascade of crap effect. It’s humbling.
Because of that thing last year, a Covid-19 intrusion would find me less bristling with immunity than usual. So I could easily be gloomier about this than I am; the idea of having to navigate something more virulent than the one I had, but with the already strained medical system imploding and amid widespread chaos is horrifying. And the hideous imagery from that wet-market that kept auto-playing on social media? It nearly gave me a nervous breakdown. So if I want to make light or talk about Reishi, I will. Maybe it’s a Mutable thing. I like to go straight from doing a creative visualization meditation into researching Hazmat suits.
But the magic of it is that I (1) learned so much about who is/is not there for you when stuff like this happens (2) educated myself about viruses and the immune system in a Mars in Virgo bender and (3) the condition literally resolved spontaneously over night when I woke up on my first morning in a haunted house. And it sure as hell wasn’t the house energy. If I am light about Covid-19 astrology and the implications, it doesn’t mean I think it’s funny. When I make a joke about bunkering, it doesn’t imply callousness toward people who are homeless or unable to self-isolate.
My intention is to lighten the gloom and make this a magic, ad-free digital haven. The individuated Daily Horoscopes are imminent, as is the coolest revamp of Flashback (it is more like a mystery puzzle) + the new Sorceress and Astro-Home. And once those launch, more frequent blogging!
Q: Saturn was conjunct Pluto in 1982. Why wasn’t that this bad?
A: That was Saturn conjunct Pluto in Libra. It was a breakdown in multiple diplomatic agreements and post-war detentes. There was the Falkland War, Israel invaded Lebanon, Iran invaded Iraq. It set the scene for globalism, which was, to be idealistic about it, a way to try and swap endless conflict for trade. Or look back to 1947, the previous Saturn-Pluto conjunction. It was in Leo and with it came the establishment of the I.M.F. and the nation of Israel. If this one seems more full-on, it’s because we’re living in it, trying to juggle everything we usually do and manage our end of a global crisis. Also, news travelled slower in the early Eighties, with very little immediacy. There was not very much pan-anything. It’s also because Saturn in its home sign is an over-achiever.
Q: Is there an astrological trick or tip to do with my Sun Sign/birth chart that can help me stay healthy?
A: Yes and no. There is a health sector – so to speak – in every natal chart and it can provide some interesting ideas around your constitution. In classical medical astrology, each element has a temperament, and it is fascinating! I will come back to this later. But to be clear, if I say something like ‘wow I am drinking thyme tea and I love it plus it’s apparently anti-pathogenic-fuqery‘, it is not medical advice or insulting the work of virologists, nurses and so on. You can tell I have been getting some cool correspondence, right? If any food or culinary herb spikes the immune system and makes us feel good, that’s amazing. We have a duty to keep ourselves as healthy as we can to leave as much space as possible for people who require hospital treatment. And in the absence of a preventative treatment or a cure, why can’t we share thoughts on broadly immune-enhancing foods or herbs, etc? It’s not like when there IS a legit cure and yet someone avoids that to purchase alien rocket fuel extract from the dark web.
Q: When/how will this all end, astrologically?
A: Good question. Saturn-Pluto is done. It was building from April 2019 and peaked in Oct to Feb. It was a change-sparker, a catalyst of cosmic proportions. There were countless clues that the economic and ecological algorithm was totally out of whack. The signals became ever more shrill and even after devastating environmental consequences, so many leaders were complacent. “No need for drastic action…” etc. I don’t live in America but I am sure the disbelief after mass shootings is similar. Okay fine, then what would inspire a ‘drastic’ action? Also, how evil is the invocation of “tradition” to protect a dangerous and corrupt status quo? Acting like everything is awesome, and it’s super-neurotic to say it isn’t is gas-lighting at government level.
Anyway, Saturn-Pluto was a wake-up and the beginning of a new cycle. As Uranus is in Taurus, it is loosely aligned. That’s the Earth era synergy I have mentioned. Therefore, the pandemic is half super-shock to the bloated and unfair system of debt-addiction + share/property bubble, exploiting workers everywhere and free trade agreements with terms that must not be divulged. And it’s half catalyst for the Uranus in Taurus reinvention. That’s the trickster aspect of it. Awful as this is, it’s probably already giving the planet a breather. Millions of people are at home, grounded and cooking for themselves more than usual.
Saturn was also a flashpoint for the Pluto in Capricorn era that began in 2008 with the G.F.C. Anyone who has ever had a Pluto transit knows it’s best to rip the bandaid off and make profound changes when you get the call. They didn’t. The banks got bailed out, and the bullshit did not just continue; It leveraged. The next ten days of intense Mars-Pluto in Capricorn vibe will be telling and stressful. I still think some specifically weird info will emerge as Mercury comes of shadow in the last week of March. I know; what counts as weird these days, lol?
Then we have Saturn into Aquarius – visionary, electric, and weird but a lighter Saturn energy than Capricorn. It is there until July before darting back into Capricorn for an encore nobody asked for – you know those kinds of shows. But remember, this change is already in motion. For all that you may read about toilet paper hoarders or what to read when you’re quarantined, this is a historic inflection point.
People fighting to set up at-home work and care for kids in lock-down while also worrying about elderly relatives or their business/job sustainability don’t have time to turn on governments. But they will. Covid-19 is not some freakish thing that just happened; multiple balls were dropped. And the fact that pandemic preparation is such that there are not enough I.C.U.s is not an oversight. It was a calculated risk taken by people who ignored expert advice. See also flammable cladding for high rise apartments, the Great Barrier Reef. or the U.S.A.’s Department of Energy.
Jupiter is conjunct Pluto on and off over 2020. It’s rich, regenerative energy. That plus Uranus in Taurus = grassroots movements, new styles of commerce, and perhaps even currency. Then Jupiter and Saturn meet in Aquarius just before Xmas, another epochal astro-passage. I think that for many people, the most intense threat of this plague will recede by May but that in the volatility between now and then, mass consciousness will shift.
It’s multi-faceted. I had some old article pop up in a news feed the other day and I felt my blood boil. I have rarely ever felt that and I imagine it is a cortisol reaction. The article was from early last year and in it some douchecore politician said that they can afford to cut funding to hospitals and fire services because of, well, you know, some app they had developed.
By the time the acute stage of this shit finishes, people will think differently about health. And when this long-time Ponzi economy implodes because it was hollowed out to benefit a relatively small amount of people and their mates, they will change their mind about wealth too. I am optimistic for the prospect of profound change from this and the events leading up to it.
So watch the early days of Saturn in Aquarius from next weekend for trend indicators and, if you are a Mega Mystic member, tune into my alerts. But most of all be well and stay vigilant!
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