Helen Back and the twice yearly Sun square Pluto

Life in the 2020’s sometimes feels like being squeezed through the eye of a needle. The blessing in it is that we are forced to shed what we can no longer carry. There is so much letting go right now that the recuperation time in between is shorter, catching up is no longer possible & ‘normal’ is simply acknowledging the chaos. It’s a lot. It’s been a lot for a while now.

What death & the fragility of life has shown me is that time doesn’t stop, especially when you really want it to. Life continues to assert itself, even through death.

We’ve just moved through the twice yearly Sun square Pluto cosmic chrysalis & through it have been offered an opportunity to purge. Did you move through something in the last couple of days? Was it kinda intense? Maybe something stirred in the slumbers of your unconscious to be dealt with, or a light bulb needed changing 😉. The Illumination of the Sun can expose what Pluto keeps hidden, so don’t brush the tension off with irritation. Dig in. However you release, now is a good time to offer that to yourself.

2020’s feel like we’re going to hell n back

There is SO MUCH flying around in the collective right now that it’s important we can listen to & trust ourselves, & support each other in making the best choices for ourselves. When we purge from the place of Pluto we’re more equipped for personal power. So, let go & power up!

Happy pandemic anniversary

Covid-19 was officially declared a pandemic under the 2020 Virgo Full Moon

It was under the Virgo Full Moon last year that Covid-19 was officially declared a pandemic. We are all 1 year old since the day the whole world changed…& what a shit show of a year it was!

Last year’s Virgo Full Moon was tightly bound to Neptune, blurring any sense of safety, clarity & ability to control the spread of the virus. It depleted our stores in more ways than one, & showed us just how far we are from living the ideals we imagine.

This year is a different beast, not without its own challenges. This Full Moon however is giving us another shot at dreaming the new future into existence. Virgo loves to organise, purify & release, & the liminality of this time favours acts of ritual & preparation. Set something new in motion & let it go.

The Moon is moving away from a trine with Uranus, through the eclipse portal & into a grand trine with Pluto & Mars, all before it reaches Libra! Whatever this watery, mutable Moon brought is only going to gain traction, or reach combustion!

The Pisces-Virgo axis reminds us of the delicate balance between control & leaning in to the flow of trust. How much control do you really have? Trying to force things can sometimes clog the pipes, so do the work set if free & step back. Easy right?! Said no Virgo ever.

Mercury Rx through fixed signs sparks the intergenerational dynamic

On this day as Mercury stations direct to resume forward motion again, the cyclical nature of life is reinforced. Capitalism encourages us to be in a constant state of Summer, mass producing shit we don’t need, posting just to keep up with an algorithm, fuelled by an inferiority complex that the next person will do it if we don’t. It’s a lie.

Mercury retrograde through the fixed signs activates intergenerational dynamics

In the spirit of acknowledging the cyclical rhythm of life and its events, I’ve been watching Mercury Rx through fixed signs. It seems to activate the tensions between Boomers and Millennials who both have a major portion of those populations with Pluto in fixed signs Leo and Scorpio. The phrase “OK Boomer” has been around for a while, but it only really took off in November, 2019 when Mercury traced its way back through Scorpio, activating the generational ties that bind. I wrote a lot about it at the time and the theory still sticks. Embedded in this Mercury Rx cycle we are emerging from is the tense Saturn-Uranus square that is also occurring across fixed signs.

There’s a LOT of change transpiring right now, and fixed signs don’t like to be hurried. As we evolve together into a new era it will require conscious effort cross-generationally to offer enough space to grow and deliver information in a way that can be received. Generating our (air) ideologies in these social media platforms has the potential to homogenise critical thinking and create fear in asking questions. Language is one of the main vehicles of this new era and while it’s currently being funnelled through the harsh critique of Saturn we also have the Jupiterian opportunity to learn and grow, and not hide our bigotry behind the notion of free speech.

It’s tense right now. There’s no escaping that. The old guard is being challenged and it’s coming down. That applies to everyone, however old or young. Saturn and Uranus always bring the possibility of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, therefore, it’s each of our responsibility to check where we hold resistance to change. If this Aquarius era is a group effort and no one is left behind, nurturing our shared humanity is surely worth developing over consumption and competition.

Read the full article here:

Millenials, Gen X and Boomers all cohabitate in Scorpio
Millenials, Gen X and Boomers all cohabitate in Scorpio

Schitt’s Creek – Part 1, 2 & 3

Schitt’s Creek came of age in 2020 after its release in 2015. Since today, January 13th, 2021, is Schitt’s Creek’s 6th birthday, I wanted to offer something back as a thank you birthday present for a show that buoyed many of us through difficult times.

Read all THREE PARTS with the links below:

In Part 1 of this three part series, I take a deep dive into the astrology of 2020. I explore the treacherous terrain of the Saturn – Pluto cycle that cast a long shadow over the year.

In Part 2 I unpack, layer by layer, how the astrology of both Dan and Eugene Levy is reiterated through a daisy chain of astrological connections, linking Levy family patterns to Schitt’s Creek and the unforgettable year that was 2020.

In Part 3 I look at the astrology of Schitt’s Creek and how it suggests it was destined to be the healing balm we didn’t know we needed. The connections from beginning to end are uncanny.

So, pull up a booth at the Cafe Tropical in Schitt’s Creek and think of this as a read through the oversized menu where you get to feast on all the astrology behind Schitt’s Creek being as great as it was.

And if you like it, please share the love around!

Schitt’s Creek: the Saturn-Pluto antidote

Schitt’s Creek came of age in 2020 after its release in 2015. Since today, January 13th, 2021, is Schitt’s Creek’s 6th birthday, I wanted to offer something back as a thank you birthday present for a show that buoyed many of us through difficult times.

Read all THREE PARTS with the links below:

In Part 1 of this three part series, I take a deep dive into the astrology of 2020. I explore the treacherous terrain of the Saturn – Pluto cycle that cast a long shadow over the year.

In Part 2 I unpack, layer by layer, how the astrology of both Dan and Eugene Levy is reiterated through a daisy chain of astrological connections, linking Levy family patterns to Schitt’s Creek and the unforgettable year that was 2020.

In Part 3 I look at the astrology of Schitt’s Creek and how it suggests it was destined to be the healing balm we didn’t know we needed. The connections from beginning to end are uncanny.

So, pull up a booth at the Cafe Tropical in Schitt’s Creek and think of this as a read through the oversized menu where you get to feast on all the astrology behind Schitt’s Creek being as great as it was.

And if you like it, please share the love around!

Mars Rx Fatigue

We’re on the last leg of what may feel like a marathon.



Mars – the planet of action, assertion and drive – has been held back in retrograde motion since September 9th. It’s been a battle of will, butting heads, red flags and extremism.

If you’re feeling fatigued right now, you’re not alone. It’s exhausting. This whole year is exhausting. Good news is that Mars will start to move forward (direct) again on November 13th. It’s not long now.

What we can all start to acknowledge that the world has significantly changed and that means that self care has changed, too. We need a long term strategy. Short sighted focus will only lead to burn out. Take it easy out there. Re-assess your game plan in true retrograde style and aim your sling shot in the direction you want because we will be released!

Taurus Full Moon 2020

Anyone else feeling both wired & tired?! This Full Moon building toward a sparky connection with Uranus + Mars still Rx in Aries leaves me exhausted at the end of the day yet unable to sleep. How bout you?!

Uranus is turbulence. It’s chaotic & unpredictable…so sometimes the best way to utilise this energy is to dive right in: Chaos is the birthplace of Creativity. It can also feel like you’ve stuck your hand in the toaster so pick your battles…

The Full Moon will enhance what ever it touches. Be prepared for the high tide, the big feels & the illumination as the veil between the worlds recedes.

Thanks to @kookslams for the endless top notch videos

Taurus Full Moon 2020 – Montreal, Canada

It takes a village to raise a Boomer

This time last year we moved through similar terrain.

Mercury kicked up its usual retrograde dust in Scorpio, and this in turn activated the ties that bind Millennials, Gen X and Boomers.

This article breaks down the astro-connections between each generation, their often unwanted similarities and highlights the intersections where learning and growth can take place.

Venus Rx Soul Retrieval

Venus Retrograde cycles last approximately 40 days and 40 nights, taking us on both a personal and collective journey to face off with our shadow and those rejected, lost parts of ourselves. Venus started this descent on May 13th and will pass through the heart of the Sun on June 3rd.

Image by Ryoji Iwata

We’ve all heard modern astrology give Gemini a bad wrap: it’s two faced, never present, talks too much etc… but what is embedded in Gemini’s mythology is an underlying theme of loss, grief and reconnection via a journey that can take us to the edges of the Cosmos; the twins, Castor and Pollux, are on a perpetual search for wholeness via their relationship with one other.

This Gemini Season has been like a fresh breeze amongst the decay. It invited in some playfulness for us to reconnect after being quarantined, and some levity amongst the seriousness of it all. As fleeting as this may feel, it’s not separate from the Venus Rx cycle currently moving through Gemini’s terrain, so keep your sails up!

Like Gemini, Venus also takes us deep into our psyche, digging up old stories of love and loss, highlighting what is unresolved and reminding us of where healing and release are required. In true Gemini style, it’s a double dose.

This week Mercury switched gears and ingressed into Cancer. Being the driving force behind Gemini, this change in temperament adds another layer to the Rx cycle. Cancer has an undeniable survival instinct; try standing between a mamma bear and her cubs and you will understand the fierce protectiveness that imbues Cancer. You will not see the weakened, overly emotional figure that patriarchy has attempted to undermine Cancer (and femininity) with.

With Mercury in Cancer at the helm, Venus Rx is tugging at our core sense of home and belonging; we can’t experience one moment of grief without it triggering all the rest. Cancer remembers. It has intimate, emotional bonds with the past that weave through the threads of now. It’s the warm embrace you give a friend or loved one you haven’t seen in too long. It’s the memories that flood back when looking at an old photo. It’s the people you bring close to you who feel like family. Cancer offers a safe nest for survival. Together we’re stronger, but going forward we must remember our past.

With the USA doing its shadow work on the world stage, offering us the macro-micro view of ourselves externally, we’re witnessing what it looks like to not feel safe, to have the grief of the past ever present in our now. People who feel supported don’t loot. People who are treated equally, with respect and dignity don’t need to burn down police stations. People who are listened to don’t get pushed to desperate measures to be heard in their deepest grief.

Indigenous communities constantly hold up the mirror for us to acknowledge our complicity in stolen land, stolen generations, displacement and the generational trauma inherent in being disconnected from home and culture. Hong Kong is illuminating the power of state over people, the ripple effect that lack of sovereignty brings and what disempowerment can drive people to do for survival. These narratives are happening everywhere, on the world stage and in our daily lives.

While these ongoing issues occur outside of these Rx cycles, they are signposts on our current trajectory and Venus Rx always comes through and exposes what lies hidden.

This week we are descending with Venus. We’re in the phase of the cycle where Inanna is stripped of an item of clothing at each of the seven levels down into the Underworld. We’re being stripped back, our shadow is being exposed, our grief is echoing all grief everrrr, bringing up aspects of the past we might have hoped had been laid to rest.

Gemini reminds us of the finality of death and the eternalness of grief, that you can bargain with the Gods for change but the scars remain. We may be able to film everything now and utilise technology for change, but that means nothing if we remain detached from facing our own place in the story, our own separateness.

The Twins of Gemini are two pieces of the one whole, seeking union and release from the pain of separation. Now is not the time to look away or deny what’s coming up. It’s a soul retrieval on a collective level. The small things we all do in our personal lives can only have a ripple effect across the collective, across time.

New Moon in Gemini 222

NEW MOON TODAY at 2* Gemini, in the sign of the Twins on the 22nd!

Personally, I’ve appreciated the levity that all this Gemini energy has ushered in. 2020 has been a hard slog for most of us – be it physically, psychologically, relationally, no one has been spared, but the playfulness of this witty air sign is a welcome change. This may not be true for folks with predominant Water and Earth in their chart…

Neptune is pretty heavy in the mix right now adding to the changeability that Gemini basks in. Neptune can add a glow of denial, illuminating insight or a crash landing as we try to cash our reality checks! It might feel hard to get anything done as our energy and attention is scattered and easily distracted, so either scrap the project for another day or break it down into bite sized pieces. Just don’t push it.

The sky is pretty much a bag of mixed lollies; You’ll win some, you’ll lose some. With the potential for some crossed wires and misunderstandings, be extra clear and vigilant with communication and allow for some playful exchanges. What we will lose is the presence of Venus in our night sky as it descends to pass through the heart of the Sun under the gaze of an eclipse. Wave good bye on the 23rd/24th if it’s still visible at your location.

Our Venus Retrograde workshop remains open for sign up if you want to jump in. You will receive all of the back catalogue of emails, daily horoscopes, magical inspirations and the opportunity to learn more about Venus in your chart as it moves through this cycle.

I hope you’re staying safe out there, wherever you are.

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