April 22, 2020
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Celestial Greetings!

It's not just Earth Day, it's the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! I remember the first one back in 1970. I was a senior in high school and we did a litter clean-up around town. We had such high hopes for a cleaner, healthier world. And progress was achieved in the years that followed, at times reversed by backsliding in protective regulations. I never would have guessed that the most dramatic improvement would come courtesy of a global pandemic! In just the past several weeks, air and water quality have rapidly improved as a result of the people of the world stopping in their tracks because of the Covid-19 virus.
NEW MOON IN TAURUS FEATURES URANUS

The New Moon this evening (April 22, 10:46 PM EDT) occurs at 3 degrees of the earth sign Taurus, only three degrees away from Uranus at 6 degrees. Such a close proximity puts the influence of Uranus in the spotlight for the coming four-week lunar cycle. With no interplanetary configurations in place at this New Moon, a simple conjunction like this takes on greater importance.
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What are the planets up to?

Uranus is in the spotlight!
Uranus is the oddball planet of our Solar System. Until the addition of Eris in 2006, it was the only planet with a name from a Greek god rather than the Roman pantheon. It is unique in its axial tilt of 99 degrees, meaning it orbits the Sun on its side, looking less like a spinning top and more like a rolling ball. Its poles are not at the top and bottom of its sphere; they're on the sides. And while it rotates in a 17-hour day, a shift of seasons takes 42 years! (For half of its 84-year orbit, the same pole points toward the Sun.) It has rings, but they are dark, thin and hard to see, unlike Saturn's rings.

As the weirdo planet, Uranus has the job of helping us get in touch with and express our uniqueness. Discovered near the time of the American and French Revolutions, it also relates to independence and rebellion. Though it was only officially found after the invention of the telescope, it can be seen with the unaided eye under ideal conditions (away from light pollution and IF you know where in the sky to look for it.) Uranus ushered in the modern age, which is appropriate since it rules the sign of Aquarius and the coming New Age.

Uranus is the planet of shocks and surprises. It acts as an alarm clock to wake us up to what needs to change. As it travels approximately seven years through the earth sign Taurus (2018-19 to 2025-26), we're becoming increasingly aware of the relationship between humans and our host planet, Earth. As a species, we're all in a state of shock now because of recent developments, struggling to find new ways to cope in uncharted territory, and it will take years to recover from the extremely unusual effects of the current pandemic.

While there is a lone wolf quality to Uranus and its sign Aquarius, this is also the planet-sign pair associated with the masses and all of humanity. "No man is an island" and we're finding that the new paradigm is cooperation rather than competition. This is in line with the current dominance of the number 2 (the number of pairing and teamwork) in the millennium of the 2000s, replacing a thousand years of the top dog number 1 (solo efforts - "every man for himself" - and "survival of the fittest) being in charge. With a New Moon conjunct Uranus, we're at an ideal moment to bond together to ensure the survival of our species as a whole.

The main connection made by the Moon, Sun and Uranus at the New Moon is a 90-ish-degree "square" to Saturn, the planet of responsibility, rules and government. Squares indicate friction and often necessitate decisions. As we turn to the government to take responsibility and put rules in place to foster our survival, we find that such rules override our freedoms and rights. This conflict has led to protests. Finding a balance between safety and freedom will be tricky in the coming months, especially since the square between Saturn and Uranus will not be exact until 2021 (occurring three times: 2/17, 6/14 and 12/24). And Uranus may have more surprises in store for us.
Janet Booth's astrology blog at AstrologyBooth.com
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FREE RESOURCES FOR 2020!

The December episode of LOOKING UP, entitled "2020 Vision," highlights the new year's important planetary activity with a heads up to prepare you and a discussion of which signs will be impacted most and which might have a calmer time. (That said, remember that we all have all the signs in our charts.)

There are many FREE RESOURCES FOR 2020 at AstrologyBooth.com, including the whole year's day ratings organized month by month on tables, the Best & Worst Days List, 2020 On a Page and a handout "Highlights of 2020 by J Booth." All are PDFs for easy reading or downloading and printing, if you wish. Share this with your friends!
LOOKING UP Shows - Past, Current & Upcoming

Due to a computer difficulty, all of West Hartford Community Interactive's TV shows - including Looking Up - are not currently available for online viewing. Hopefully, the problem will be solved before long! Three is one show you can see on YouTube: 2020 Vision from December 2019 with the year-ahead outlook.

April, 2020
TIMELESS WISDOM
When times are challenging, we look to the heavens for help. The attributes of the planets and signs provide energies we can all utilize, regardless of what's emphasized in your personal chart. In this episode, Janet waxes philosophical - picture your old auntie sharing her experience and sage advice.

March, 2020
SPRING IS IN THE AIR
An ancient astrological technique is a forecast based on the chart for the vernal equinox. This year's shows a strong shove to a long-lasting turbulent factor, portending a volatile season. We also examine the planets' shifting positions and connections, and which signs are stimulated. The Air element is featured more prominently than usual.

February, 2020
MERCURY RETROGRADES OF 2020
Three times a year, the Messenger of the Gods travels in reverse for three weeks at a clip. Besides bringing communication mix-ups, there are opportunities to re-examine issues, research ideas and handle those pesky piles of paperwork. We'll check 2020's Mercury backtracks to see which signs are most impacted and discuss how we can use the energy to advantage. The first bout began Feb. 16.

January, 2020
LOOKING AT ECLIPSES
Just what is an eclipse and what makes it important? Find out about two types of eclipse cycles, what eclipses mean when they affect a birth chart, and what's special about the eclipses of 2020.

December, 2019
Big things are brewing in the stars for 2020! Get the scoop on the highlights and heavyweights, which signs are in the planets' cross hairs and which might have an easier year. Heed the warnings and see the signposts with Janet's guidance.

November, 2019
ASTROLOGICAL COMPATIBILITY
Which signs are most compatible with one another? Which ones, not so much? Although many factors impinge on a relationship (and we'll touch on these), we'll explore the signs more generally, including what strengths and weaknesses each sign brings to a relationship and what is sought in a partner.
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I hope the information in this newsletter, my blogs and Looking Up shows will help you handle the current and upcoming planetary influences with greater ease and awareness, and use the celestial tides to your advantage!
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