Cosmic News

From time to time I will post some ‘Cosmic News’, when the planets are having a major impact or there is a cosmic configuration of particular interest.

I am not an Astrologer, however, any Tarot practitioner will know that each of the 78 cards in the deck have a direct affiliation with the planets and Astrology. Therefore a working knowledge of the Heavens is a requirement for any serious Tarot reader. I also post the ‘Cosmic News’ on my Facebook page and Twitter.


Saturn in Capricorn (Saturn rules Capricorn) is the major influence this year, highlighting achievements and successes. Saturn urges you to set goals, formulate a strategy and strive for what you want. Saturn also challenges you to be the best you can be!

The powerful planet Mars assists you to achieve your aims – and quickly. Mars begins 2020 in energetic, ambitious Aries, so you’ll be able to accomplish much of your ‘to-do’ list soon into January. Mars in Aries gives a competitive edge, providing you with a positive sense of accomplishment from the start of 2020.

There are three Mercury retrograde phases in March, July and November. All three of these cycles are happening in the intuitive and emotional water signs (Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio), so heightened awareness of your feelings will be prominent during these times. The formula for breezing through Mercury retrograde phases this year is to trust your intuition. If it feels right, it most likely is right.

Pluto is also visiting Capricorn in 2020, and will be retrograde between late April and early October, Pluto then ends the year resuming direct motion again. The breaking down and building up of whatever you deem worthy of your input makes anything possible, so long as you have the belief that you can achieve your goals, you will!

The Fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) are motivated by excitement, and there is plenty of that this year. The expansive planet Jupiter is in extrovert Sagittarius until early December, you can therefore expect to enjoy a blend of fun and adventure. Travel and involvement with other cultures is possible. The goddess of love, Venus, has no retrograde periods in 2020, so the mood is passionate (and possibly aggressive) when she visits the fire signs (Aries in late April, Leo in late July, and Sagittarius in early November). Meaning? There could be a great deal of excitement in your love life!

The Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) tend to use logic more than other signs, so you’ll feel happy with Saturn’s situation in down to earth, practical Capricorn. This is a grounded energy helping you to connect with details. From late April until mid-September, Saturn retrograde may trigger a slowing down or temporarily impeding of your progress. The expansive planet, Jupiter, also enters Capricorn in early December, increasing the desire to learn. Exploring education, studying and reading assist you advance to the next level.

The Air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius) will experience slow-moving Uranus (ruler of Aquarius) transitioning from fiery Aries into the slower-moving Taurus in early March. This slightly ‘at odds’ energy (Uranus is experimental, while Taurus is more traditional) may impede progress, however, money-focused Venus moves into Gemini in early June, presenting some exceptional financial opportunities. Be practical, be steadfast, and keep your eye on the goal.

The exciting news for water the signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) in 2020 is that you host Mercury’s retrograde cycles (March in Pisces, July in Cancer, and November in Scorpio). If your plans meet obstacles, employ your intuition this will see you through. Ethereal Neptune is retrograde in Pisces between late June and late November, so dreams, aims and goals might see temporarily delays or set backs. If you’ve been in denial about something, this period could provide a very rude awakening. When you welcome the voice of reason, however, your year should become more successful.


ARIES: Is a fire sign – and is always ready for the challenges of life, and this year is no exception. The dynamic, power planet Mars brings you vital energy and 2020 starts with this assertive planet in Sagittarius, sign of adventure and knowledge. Extensive travel is now an amazing possibility accompanied by abundant and valuable learning experiences. By the end of June, Mars achieves its most dominant placement in your sign, where it remains for the in July and August. Achievement is your main drive but be aware that you can be grumpy if things don’t go quite to plan!

The sun enters your sign from mid-March to mid-April, bringing, courage and inspiration for your birthday! There may be an anticipation building heralding something amazing. In your element for the next month you’ll bring ‘warrior’ energy into the mix, (especially when being competitive). You are able to vanquish any obstacle and can enthusiastically progress to achieving your targets. Be aware you may have less patience than usual with those who do not share your vision.

The wounded planet, Chiron, is in your sign all year, brining with it the urge towards greater self-awareness. Chiron challenges our beliefs, aims and ambitions and asks us to question our life’s purpose. The Chiron retrograde cycle from early July to mid-December assists you to re-kindle the characteristic Aries fire and to comprehend where you may have been undervaluing yourself. There are many opportunities for spiritual healing

Tarot Card: Two of Wands – Achievement, courage, worldly desires, personal power. Persuading others of your skills and talents, seeking new horizons, expansion, making your mark on the world, having the courage to prove your point, showing that you mean business, embracing new ideas, widening your perspective, being inventive and different.

TAURUS: Your enjoyment of the finer things in life motivates you to accomplish great things this year!  Venus, goddess of love and money, is your ruler and as she commences the year in experimental Aquarius (Venus in Pisces January 1), your thoughts become open to new ideas in both areas. You‘ll feel more comfortable when Venus enters your sign in early March and stays until early April and then again in Libra (the other signs she rules) for about three weeks at the end of October. Leisure pursuits and passion blend here to help you enjoy the good things in life. The one retrograde cycle your ruler experiences this year is from mid-May to the end of June, during her journey through curious Gemini, causing you to consider the dualities of love and money. While you can’t imagine existing without a great deal of both it’s interesting to ponder the alternatives.

The sun remains in your luxury loving, down to earth sign between mid-April and the end of May, bringing a very happy birthday to loyal Taurus! You’re focused on hard work – in exchange for the pleasures, beauty and abundance that life has to offer. You need not apologize for appreciating beautiful things—this is an essential part of your nature and drives you to succeed. All your senses are awakened now, and you appreciate fine dining, fine wine, exotic perfume, luxurious fabrics and beautiful art. Uranus, the planet of change, is travelling in your sign all year, brining upheaval in many areas. Although Uranus is retrograded only until January 10, it cycles back again to a retrograde phase in mid-August until the end of the year. So what this means for you Taurus, is having an ability to be adaptable to change.  This is not strictly  your forte but maintaining an open-mind and a flexible attitude will navigate you through challenging periods during this progressive transit.

Tarot Card: Four of Wands – Celebration, joy, spontaneity, freedom. Exuberance about life and love, enjoying a happy event, domestic harmony, feeling proud of your achievements, mutual celebration, being released from the chains of responsibility, dumping emotional baggage, freeing yourself from others expectations.

GEMINI: This years energies urge you to a deeper connection with yourself and others.  Mercury is your logical, perceptive ruler – and as one of the swiftest moving planets, it changes signs very quickly. It appears that everyone’s aware of Mercury’s retrograde cycles, and because Mercury is your ruler, you should have an extra awareness of these phases. Not that these will slow you down at all, however, this year the three retrograde periods between February 6 and March 9, June 17 and July 11, and October 13 and November 2 are all dates to be aware of. It’s also important to note that all three retrogrades pass through the emotional and intuitive water signs, advising you to remain calm and collected when experiencing obstacles such as miscommunications, misunderstandings and travelling mishaps.

The sun travels through your sign from the end of May until the end of June, bringing a mentally alert phase when you’ll be able to communicate and exchange ideas super articulately. Around your birthday curious, perceptive Gemini, you’ll be at your most perceptive and will notice things that other people miss. Mercury is also the planet influencing sibling relationships, and your birthday month is a great time to reconnect with a brother or sister. Whether you are in constant touch or haven’t seen one another in years, strengthening your connection is highlighted now.

At the end of August as the sun enters Virgo, you’ll be aware of the minute details (Mercury also governs Virgo). Self-care and Health matters will be highlighted now as well, especially stomach or intestinal issues, which may require attention.

Tarot Card: Temperance – Self-control, compromise, moderation, virtue. The blending of ideas, harmony and understanding, moderation is the key to success, alchemical process, recognizing cooperation, healing energy, work/life balance.

CANCER:  Put yourself first this year!Your sign is associated with extremes of emotion, so no wonder your ruler is the emotional moon. Becoming aware of the moon’s movements will help you to better understand your moods this year, beginning with a full moon/lunar eclipse in Cancer in mid of January. This lunation it is closely associated with family relationships, in particular parent-child. Reunions and healings can occur now, if you are aware of the old, possibly unhealthy dynamics that have hitherto been in place.

A new moon/solar eclipse in your sign at the end of June occurs at start of your birthday month, giving you the ability for a fresh start regarding your priorities and the relationships that have begun or ended in the last year. It is an opportunity to address what has been lacking and also what  needs to be discarded.

The sun in your sign from the end of June until the end of July is the ideal time to practice self-care and to protect your loved ones. When you look after yourself, you then have the ability to look out for others.

Tarot Card: The Wheel of Fortune – Inevitability, luck, timing, turning point, destiny. There is no certainty in life except uncertainty, in each moment a new beginning, the only constancy is change itself, synchronicity and coincidence, seeing patterns and cycles repeat in life, feeling you are being swept along with the tide, taking advantage of change, unpredictable events, the ability to generate your own opportunities.

LEO: 2020 brings you the opportunity to really shine!
Leo loves attention, so it is appropriate that your ruler is the sun. At the outset of 2020 the sun is in the sign of earthy, responsible Capricorn, so you’ll be on a practical streak, doing things for the sense of accomplishment, more than for recognition. By the end of July, however, that changes when the sun travels into your sign and welcomes in your birthday month. Your attitude is outgoing and playful, and you‘ll appreciate an audience for your extrovert capers. For the following four weeks, you’ll be the life and soul of the party, bringing colour and drama into your loved ones’ lives.

The Cancer moon/solar eclipse at the end of June also brings new awareness for you. The emotional moon is the yin to the sun’s egotistical yang, so this highly reflective phase may unearth some uncomfortable emotional topics and it might feel as though you are ‘out of kilter’. So, make space for a new insight and fresh emotional beginnings.

The wounded planet Chiron is also traveling through Aries this year – which can bring on some “who am I?” moments. A lack of self-confidence is Leo’s worst nightmare and can put you under a lot of stress. However, you get away from this anxiety between the beginning of July and the middle of December, giving you space to remember who you really are.

Tarot Card: Six of Pentacles – Generosity, willingness, gifts, consideration. Loss and gain, giving and taking, shift in power, to have and to have not, seeking approval.  Also set boundaries so you don’t get taken advantage of!

VIRGO: This year try to incorporate more care of your mind and body. Your ruler, Mercury, is one of the fastest moving planets, so your mental agility naturally quick and alert. This year Mercury starts in practical, kindred earth sign Capricorn and quickly forms a conjunction with expansive Jupiter, bringing an optimistic tone for 2020. Feeling broad-minded and sociable is a great way to start the year.

There are also the usual three Mercury retrograde periods to be aware of, this year between February 16 and March 9, June 18 and July 12, and October 13 and November 3. Since Mercury is your ruler, you probably understand that these transits will affect travel, communication and electrical items, but don’t worry – your positive thoughts will be effective. This year’s Mercury retrogrades all take place in the emotional and intuitive water signs, so intuition often triumphs over logic when navigating obstacles and dealing with dilemmas.

The sun shines in your sign from the end of August until the end of September. The final days of summer are the perfect time to clear the clutter and get organized. Friends and family might ask you for your help in getting themselves organized too, as you have a reputation for being meticulous! This period also a good time to take care of any health issues.

Tarot Card: Four of Cups –  Hesitation, introspection, feeling withdrawn, unable to see what is on offer, a feeling of ‘same old’, contemplation for healing, self-questioning, a gathering of inner energy.

LIBRA: Your sense of fairness drives you to success this year.
Your lovely ruler planet, Venus, begins the year in Aquarius but swiftly moves into sensitive, compassionate Pisces in mid January. This is a comfortable pairing creating a romantic, dreamy flow of love, bringing more understanding, forgiveness and affection. Venus moves through your sign starting at the end of October, highlighting close relationships. Don’t allow your willingness to negotiate lead you to static indecisiveness.

The one retrograde cycle your power planet experiences this year is from mid-May until the end of June while in cerebral Gemini, urging you to ponder deeply on any incongruities in your life. This transit encourages you to explore dualities in your life and work out love/hate relationships so you can restore the balance and peace that you value so highly.

The sun highlights your sign for a month starting in late September, your beauty (inside and out) is evident, and you’re often regarded as the standard that other people want to achieve. Decision-making could be challenging now as you strive for the ultimate fair solution, but sometimes there just isn’t one that will make everyone happy!

Tarot Card: Seven of Pentacles – Evaluation, assessment, fruits of labour, where to or what next? Checking one’s progress, making sure you are on target, taking stock, prepared for a new strategy, ready to make your next move, seeing the results of your efforts, having a break from hard work.

SCORPIO:  Nothing can shake your confidence this year!
You have the Scorpio charm and charisma already and you’ll really be feeling powerful when your ruling planet, Mars, lingers in your sign at the very beginning of the year. A few days later Mars moves into adventurous, knowledge-seeking Sagittarius, then Mars in Aries, (the other sign it rules), exerts more of an energy surge when they team up at the end of June, and the energies could also influence you to become more impatient and self-centred, not inherent Scorpio qualities.

Your co-ruler, contemplative Pluto, spends the year in Capricorn, so it will become even more important for you to strive for what you want. You may well go to great lengths to reinvent yourself, but you are doing it for you! This is your year for you, Scorpio.

The sun spends time in your confident sign at the end of October until late November, highlighting all your best qualities. Happy birthday intense, determined Scorpio! Your aspirations, desires and wants come to the surface, and you crave closer, more intimate relationships. You could well be even more secretive than usual, but you will still expect full disclosure from everyone else. You also emit a magnetism that’s cannot be ignored, but you’re extremely discerning about who you admit to your inner circle.

Tarot Card: The High Priestess – Secrets, hidden feelings, the healer, feminine power, silent potential, the unconscious, hidden motivation, mysterious influences, developing talents. A secret needs to be revealed, trust your intuition, seeing beyond the obvious, remembering something significant.

SAGITTARIUS:  If you can envision it, you can manifest it.
As the fiery Archer, your extravert, adventurous nature is aided by by your power planet, the optimistic Jupiter. This year, Jupiter teams up with serious Capricorn once again, so the atmosphere may not be as light as it could be. Your success is directly allied to your actions this year, essentially ensuring that you generate your own luck by grafting and actively directing your own future. A retrograde period from the middle of May to mid-September gives you a chance to review your ambitions, and reconsider some of your opinions/ideals. If you feel that you are on the right track, great progress is possible. However if you feel you’ve been on the wrong path, admit it and change direction.

You love to engage people in conversation and expand your universe through world travel, which could all come to a standstill during the year’s three Mercury retrograde periods. Be aware of these six-week cycles in mid-February, the middle of June and the middle of October where communication and travel might be erratic and glitches in electronic devices can make life difficult. However, because of Cancer’s watery influence on these retrogrades (Cancer only influences Mercury in the summer), depending on your intuition assists you through these phases.

The sun enters your house between the end of November to end of December, when your focus will be to make intimate connections to something larger than yourself. Happy birthday philosophical, searching Sagittarius! You can have a wonderful time expanding your horizons, visiting new places/meeting new people now. Some people make a mad dash the destination, but for you, it’s all about the quality of the journey.

Tarot Card: The World – Completion, fulfilment, freedom, cosmic love, freedom from fear.  Reward for efforts, time for celebration of self and others, feeling the world is your oyster, travelling both physically and mentally, accomplishing what you are setting out to achieve, discovering a solution, feeling at one with yourself and the universe, seeing the completion of a cycle.

CAPRICORN: This year blend the old with the new for a more successful year.Your home planet, Saturn, arrived in your practical sign way back in December 2017 and continues on that journey for part of this year as well. You may well be especially attentive to your ambitions now and may be particularly focused on your ultimate purpose in life. You must entertain adaptability to meet your full potential, but a hardworking Goat is never phased and always willing to do whatever it takes to navigate to the top. Expansion and progress in all areas of your life are possible this year if your focus is yourself and what is most important to you.

A Saturn retrograde period begins in mid-May, after Saturn has moved into free-thinking Aquarius (towards the end of March). This retrograde cycle provides you with breathing space and encourages you to observe the areas in your life that could benefit from changes.

The sun visits your disciplined sign at the end of December, so happy birthday ambitious, goal-oriented Capricorn! You’re an understated sign who prefers to keep your head down and work toward your goals for the most part, but during your birthday month you might become animated in unusual ways. Some people may not know that you have a wicked sense of humour that you may express with sarcasm, being more open with others will widen your social circle.

Tarot Card:  Eight of Cups – Changing direction, moving on, commitment to new values, leaving behind a difficult situation, walking away from the past, a journey of self-discovery, looking for spiritual and emotional truths, realising it is time to start afresh. Moving on to better things.

AQUARIUS:  This new year is full of changes and challenges!
Your home planet, Uranus, made a major move into steady Taurus in 2019, and these two very different energies are not the most compatible. Uranus is experimental and Taurus takes a conservative view, so there will be some mismatched energy to deal with. The retrograde period for your power planet this year is from mid-August until the end of the year, this should give you a respite from the urge towards rebellion! Turning that rebel streak inward, however, could create its own set of challenges, so be prepared for inner conflicts this year.

The sun always passes through your sign at the start of the year, so from the end of January until the end of February, you celebrate your birthday month. Happy birthday to you, style-maker and game-changer Aquarius! The sun forms a square to your home planet a couple days after its entrance into your sign, giving off a double surge of unpredictability. Look out for a build-up of apprehension about ‘the next step’. You relish your freedom and you don’t thrive on chaos.

Tarot Card: Four of Swords – Repose, temporary retreat, contemplation, truce, emotional ghosts from the past, making time for yourself, finding your own space, relaxing and taking it easy, standing back and reviewing the situation. Preparing for the future, taking stock of your objectives, slowing down.

PISCES:  A mix of illusion and practicality shapes this year.
Your home planet Neptune enhances your idealistic approach to life, and because it’s journeying in your escapist sign all this year, it is time to really have big dreams. Observe your intuition and awareness – your subconscious is a clear window into your soul and what you truly want this year.

Neptune’s retrograde period occurs from late June until the end of November, however, which can cause you to have to face certain ‘home truths’. You’re a great deal stronger than you appear though, Pisces, so a dose of ‘having to face the music’ can actually be a blessing in disguise.

The sun will be gliding through your imaginative sign from the end of February until the end of March, so happy birthday to you creative, romantic Pisces! You have a hugely active imagination, and you need solitude at times to contemplate all of life’s “what ifs.” Because Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac and because this transit occurs during the Spring Equinox, this is an ideal time to welcome the ending of one cycle and the beginning of a new one. Take a break, Pisces, and re-establish your strength and equilibrium before starting a new venture or a new way of operating.

Tarot Card: Two of Cups – Relationship, connection, partnership, attraction,. Moving towards another, alchemical merger, sexual attraction, romantic love, establishing a bond, mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation, reconciliation and forgivemeness.