After an extended stay in his home sign of Aries, Mars moves into Taurus on 6 January, staying until 3 March. In the sign of the bull, Mars shows his more sexual side, and he also helps us to put our plans into action in concrete ways. It’s a good time for building, but also for pruning (literally and figuratively).

As seekers of astrological wisdom we are often confronted by the bigger questions of why does astrology work. We know it works, we see it working in our lives and in our clients lives, in the world around us and in so many varied and profoundly interesting ways, yet it is hard to define exactly how or why it works, as not one single explanation will ever suffice. Something that has helped enlighten my journey of astrological understanding, of why the patterns and cycles of the planets continue to coincide with our lives, is the understanding of astrology as a dynamic fractal like system, set off at birth with its own unique formula and conditions, that then continues to unfurl and unfold as a never ending fractal like pattern of growth.

Election Day USA – considerations – 2016 vs 2020 – A few things to consider looking at back 2016 USA election day transits and those for 2020
( just using Noon Charts and zero Aries, only noting conjunctions, squares, oppositions and significant trines)
It’s interesting to see that quite a few things are opposite what they were in 2016. By comparing the 2 charts and what all the planets are and were doing, and how they aspect the natal charts of candidates, I see quite clearly a reversal of fortune, of what transpired 4 years ago.

Have you found your role in the Chaos of our times? Into which realm would you throw the apple of discord to start a significant ripple of change!

Mars continues his climb up the craggy Capricorn mountain through the first half of March, squaring partnership asteroid Juno on the 13th and sextiling Neptune on the 14th. These aspects suggest some tensions in relationships as we test the boundaries of our more intimate connections. Mars/Neptune always indicates a time when we can go beyond limits – whether speeding on the highway or pressing an issue at work.

Mars wades out of the dark waters of Scorpio and into Sagittarius on the third day of 2020, starting the year and the decade in the upward-leaning sign of the archer. In Jupiter’s home sign, Mars is more outgoing and assertive, acting on beliefs and fighting for a cause. The fiery nature of Sagittarius is suited to Mars’ temperament, even if its emphasis on philosophy is not.

2020  marks the opening of a new world era signified by rare outer planetary alignments. It is a significant year that  requires a new set of rules and assumptions about time and reality along with new approaches to leadership, governance, care for the environment and serious visions for the future. 2020 presents a turning point where the implications of ‘modern living’ have become very real and personal. On a socio-political level, it signifies the peak of autocratic rule while a shift to movements that support the common good will increasingly gain importance by the end of 2020.

If the best defense is a good offense, we’re likely to feel very safe over the six weeks that Mars traverses his second home of Scorpio. Yet for many of us, there could be some anxieties brewing as the Cosmic Warrior is both active and reactive after being bogged down by paperwork and procedures in Libra.
Mars plays defense in the sign of the scorpion. He’s up on the castle walls, firing catapults and arrows at the invaders – and perhaps also mistakenly at guests and well-meaning visitors. Usually, he fires a few warning shots before taking serious aim, but that may not be the case this time around.

The Great Planetary Cycles of 2020 and
Your Personal Well-beingDuring January until December 2020 we will experience the very rare triple conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. This not only marks the beginning of three new cycles but also their endings. On January 12, 2020 Saturn and Pluto will make their exact conjunction in Capricorn, while Jupiter and Pluto will meet three times during April and November in the ambitious and conservative sign of the Mountain Goat. However, Jupiter and Saturn will move into innovative Aquarius before they make their conjunction on December 21st 2020, the time of our summer solstice.