Giving You the Heads Up

Tuesday March 3rd 2020

I wrote this for subscribers to my horoscopes at the end of February, but I thought in the circumstances, I’d better share it.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

Thus begins Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities, set during the French Revolution. He could, of course, be writing about our current times.

From the 1935 version of A Tale of Two Cities with Ronald Coleman.

All of us are probably aware that we are in a period of upheaval and transition when old systems are breaking down and new ones have yet to arise. In January, the planets made an epochal conjunction in the sign of Capricorn — a conjunction which indicated we were turning a corner in time.

Putting aside the issues around governance and our financial systems, it’s clear that our relationship with Mother Earth has reached a breaking point.

Fires, flood, plagues of insects have all rained down this year already — and now we have pestilence in the form of a coronavirus. This virus will probably get worse before it gets better. It is not going to be solved quickly.

As you read your horoscope, take into account the fact that we’re now in a period when Covid-19 and its consequences will be influencing everything. For some of us, health professionals, for example, the effects will be much greater. But this will have an effect over time on supply chains, travel, employment, public health and other things which we may not yet imagine.

Expect the virus to accelerate, especially after the Equinox, and into April. Make contingency plans now while Mercury is retrograde. You will know already if you’ve had a look at The Year Ahead that Mars will be retrograde later in the year, and this may well be another wave of infections, so get as fit as you can now, both physically and materially. Be practical, and remember that for now (and depending where you live) this is more likely to be about the effects on global capitalism than on your personal health.

One of the most obvious effects of a pandemic will be a diminution of air travel. If you travel a lot for work, start making plans to decrease that now. Saturn’s entry into the air sign Aquarius on March 22 and especially after the conjunction with Mars, might show that the planes are grounded.

The conjunction of Jupiter and Pluto on April 5 may be an explosion of corona. The Spanish flu of 1918 also began on a Jupiter-Pluto conjunction — in the opposite sign to now, Cancer. It lasted two years — and the world recovered. [There will be another conjunction of these two in November, during that Mars retrograde.]

Now that’s enough of the health warning, except to add that  this is part of the global systems stress test of 2020.

I’ve written the good news into the individual horoscopes. On a personal level, there’s some lovely energy this month, and in the face of a global emergency, most of us will probably carry on.


And speaking of carrying on …

Sally and I are doing a webinar on new beginnings and fresh starts, timed for the start of the astrological year. Please join us. And if you’re happy with us to share your chart, send your details in advance, although usually we can rustle one up quickly on screen. And we’ll anonymise too.

Look forward to seeing you there.

• To sign up for the webinar or find out more, click here.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. 44 and counting says:

    Was just reading about panic-buying of toilet paper in Australia. Some of the pictures of people with a trolley full of 50-60 rolls is incredible. I note last time Uranus (equality) went through Taurus (food) in WWII we had rationing. As you say, if supply chains are affected we might see some form of this with supermarkets limiting how much people can buy of certain products.

    I think we may also see Saturn in Aqua being about getting serious about their friendship groups. Figuring out who you really have stuff in common with, and who you’re just acquaintanced to. Perhaps some culls of Unfriending others on Facebook and the like to get down to the important people, not friends of friends who we’ve never met. (Noticing that the word acquantaince has a similar beginning as Aquarius !!).

    Will be interesting to see how Facebook fares in the few years as it has Neptune placed in Aqua so that idealism will be tested and then when Saturn moves on to Pisces, its Uranus may see more restrictions placed on it. I suspect that’s true of quite a few of the web startups of the 2000s – think Uber, AirBnB etc.

  2. Isy says:

    Regarding that November conjunction of Jupiter & Pluto, with Mars retrograde — the image in my mind is of Mars’s blade slashing through the Ju-Plu signal in a backhanded sweep, not really minding who’s hit.
    Fun times [sarcastic grin]
    P. S. Feel free to use my chart in the webinar if you think it’s useful & interesting. xo

  3. Severne says:

    Thanks so much for writing and for sharing…all this before news we’re able to tell that it will take much longer than expected to handle the virus and the aftermath.
    I’m thinking Saturn in Aquarius and online education. Universities and schools are reorganizing be able to provide instruction online. Might also mean the development of a more solid online platform…some are crashing because of the exponential use.

    • Christina says:

      Yes. I agree about Saturn in Aquarius. Over the next few years we will all be using the tech we have already in a much more effective way.

      I am worried though about how this may effect civil liberties and privacy. I heard on the radio yesterday morning, a government minster extolling the way people have been tracked during the pandemic in certain countries using their phones. This before we even have proper testing for the virus…