By Amy Elliott
Your ruler Mars is about to enter Aquarius, your 11th solar house, where it joins the newly arrived Saturn. In this extraordinary moment, that confers on you certain responsibilities. In some respects, at least, the buck stops with you. You might find yourself in a position of organizing the household, or setting an example in your local community. As you do this, be open to what others have to say, in particular when that involves sharing feelings or personal experiences. Take them into account. Listen carefully to advice, whether you decide to act on it or not. You have a general idea what needs to happen, in terms of the basics. Make sure you avoid the most obvious mistakes; this will help you keep on course.
There are many variations of heroism, bravery and doing the right thing. Society may reward some of these disproportionately over others, though all of them count. Currently, your main field of action is not so much in the public eye as inside your mind. Specific feelings, whether rooted in the past or of more recent origin, are making themselves noticeable. Allow yourself the space and bandwidth to examine and work with them. With most of the world on lockdown at present, you more than likely have an opening to turn your gaze inward and make some gentle inquiries. Refrain from judgments; instead, step back from your usual mode of self-restraint, and receive and acknowledge what comes through.
Current astrology describes you entering a new phase of freedom and independence. More time and energy is now at your disposal, and thus more choice. You are also provided with the wisdom of your past experiences. However, Mercury in Pisces is inviting you to engage with alternative modes of thought, some of which might well be unfamiliar. Take a holistic view of situations, and be prepared to consider a range of perspectives as potentially valid and not necessarily mutually exclusive. Said another way, the cosmos has more than one voice, so it makes sense to keep multiple channels open. Pay attention to your internal compass as well, and note your dreams.
Trial and error is an excellent way to learn and develop, not least because you get interesting experiences as a side-effect. Your astrology is now inviting you to apply the wisdom gleaned from past mistakes, as well as to make some new ones. Our society has undergone major upheaval in recent weeks; one consequence of this is to open the way for many people to experiment with different hobbies, roles and circumstances. Your capacity for invention has a part to play here. Try an activity you’ve never done, or are not used to doing. Then do it a few more times. Then try something else. And if you sing a bum note or drop a stitch in the wrong place or add a bit too much pepper, consider it part of the fun.
Right now a lot of structures are being broken down, and suddenly many people have a chance to view things from a fresh perspective. You are no exception. Among the things undergoing change at the fundamental level are our relationships to one another. You now have an opportunity to examine what works, and what doesn’t work so well, about the various connections you have with others. As people adapt and balances shift, you’ll be free to experiment. Part of this could involve cutting through all the niceties and compromises, and discovering what (or who) you really desire. You might find you need to be more independent, or unearth a shared interest you didn’t know was there. Keep an open mind.
The current developments we’re experiencing are unprecedented for many. It’s been a long while since Western societies, at least, were on this kind of extraordinary footing. Yet it’s possible that you are more in your element than you expected; perhaps drawing on the legendary Virgo knack for organization. Whatever the case, your presence and likely your example are providing reassurance to others, and helping them keep sane and steady. Don’t underestimate the value of this, and do be generous with your wisdom. As you encounter new situations, trust your instinct and your internal guidance system. These give you a feel for the right response, and will lead you more accurately than anything else can.
In this unusual moment, you seem especially well placed to support those around you to make the best of their circumstances. Do not underestimate the importance of this responsibility. It might not seem especially dashing or heroic, though in fact it’s indispensable. You have a way of understanding people’s subtle needs, and you can answer them. Use your creative skills, and your ability to get some fun from just about any situation. In order to do this successfully, however, you must also do what’s necessary to take care of yourself, and recognize when you need to replenish your energy. Maintain your boundaries, and speak up clearly when you need space.
One technique people sometimes use to cope under pressure is to keep to what seems familiar. Familiar means comfortable, and comfortable means safe — to an extent. Where this can get tricky is when outdated concepts from one’s early upbringing can reappear. For example, placing certain judgments on yourself, or assuming you must behave in a particular way, or act in a specific role and none other. Your traditional ruler Mars entering your solar 4th house Monday suggests ideas along those lines might be tempting for you just now. Yet you’ve come a long way since you discarded them, and your resultant freedom is too precious to walk back. With some thought and effort, you can find a different route.
Acknowledge your feelings. Non-physical wellbeing might seem like a luxury in these times; yet it is still wellbeing, and related to the body. Often, people avoid confronting their emotions; often this is done without thinking, and needs and passions swept beneath the floorboards to reappear at a choice inconvenient moment. For you, this is not an option right now. You need to stay in touch with your various sensations and moods, and not judge them. After all, things are tense for many right now, and you’re not a robot. Do whatever it takes not to fall asleep. Keep a journal, make art, play music — whatever feels natural in terms of expressing yourself, and perhaps some new methods too.
Saturn and Mars are both pretty significant planets for you. After Monday, both will be in Aquarius, your solar 2nd house. You have a particular mission, which in essence is to uphold your most basic and profound ethical principles in everything you say and do. By this I mean: act rightly, be kind, tell the truth. Amid all this chaos, it’s easy to feel such things no longer matter; yet in fact they’re more important than ever, and you are now being called to demonstrate this by setting an example. And note: you are not going to accomplish this within the social media colosseum, through judging other people’s performances. This is about your actions and decisions, which will influence what others do.
Your recent experiences have endowed you with a lot of wisdom and grit, and no small measure of added chutzpah. With your traditional ruler Saturn now in your sign, you can begin to feel the benefit of this change. Despite the less-than-ideal circumstances many of us are now in, you are still likely to notice the pressure easing off. Use this to your advantage, and as far as possible to help people around you who might not be so well prepared for the current scenario. This could also give additional meaning to your previous struggles, and to the fact that you came through them stronger and better informed. Know when you don’t know; however, when you do, use it liberally.
Saturn entering your solar 12th house Monday is inviting you into a prolonged phase of holding space, and of walking with uncertainty and complexity. These are relatively natural states for you at any time, though just now the circumstances are ideal for you to dive even deeper. You might, for example, treat any serious question where the answer is not fully obvious as undetermined, if only for the time being. You might proceed on the assumption that there is definitely information you still don’t have, or a cognitive bias you’re not quite aware of. Tread lightly and carefully. Listen to your intuition, and also verify it; note information you receive, and also your internal responses, all with equal openness.