New Light

Spring Equinox, 20th March 2018, 16:17


(Image: Lisa Michaels)

The equinoxes and solstices are gateway moments. Unfolding their resonance describes the spirit of the time, like a passage of music, that will continue over the next quarter of the year until the next astronomical gateway is reached. That is why they are worth thinking about. They reward our attention.

Mars, ruler of the Spring Equinox, takes its heat and fervour into Capricorn on 17th March, just prior to the equinox, under cover of the darkness of a New Moon. Governance, authority, status: these Capricorn matters have been in the spotlight for a good while already as Pluto moves through that sign, piling high its revelations of power abuse in the work place and public life. Pressure to remake social structures along more responsible and egalitarian lines is intense and will only become more so as Mars pursues its two-month route-march through Capricorn. It conjuncts Saturn at the beginning of April and Pluto at the end, a marker of the closing cycle (begun in 1982) of Saturn and Pluto, and foreshadowing their new meeting in 2020.

The Sun’s entry into Aries (marking the equinox) on 20th March is the moment of daybreak in our northern year. The time of preparation is over; the forces of light and warmth now swell and burst the buds as activity begins to outweigh rest. Whatever we have been fomenting in the darkness of winter – represented in part by the current condition of Mars – can and will now take form in the light.

Chiron is in conjunction with the newborn Aries Sun (in the last degree of Pisces, crossing the threshold into Aries on 17th April). The leader of the centaurs and mentor to heroes, Chiron has been in Pisces since May 2010 and this notable emergence, illuminated by the equinox Sun, gives depth and seriousness to the Aries impulse to be, to do and to become effective. Jem Neal describes Chiron in Aries as expressing the ‘pain of selfishness’ and its powerful presence asks us to find a mature and connected expression of selfhood, one that heals the rift between what the singular ‘I’ wants and what the whole requires. Separative personality consciousness is a massive source of suffering, for which healing arises from consciousness of our deep connectedness with all of life and with our own soul forces.

Mars will be expressing this very dilemma as it conjuncts Saturn (the tyranny of separative consciousness) and trines Uranus (the perspective of the self ensouled). Indeed Mars will be coming to our attention really strongly, not only as the ruler of the equinox and of Aries, but because of the aspects it holds at this gateway moment. It is squaring the SunChiron conjunction, impressing our conscious understanding with its desire for effective action. Such energy is valuable, but we have to know what we are about.

Energy without purpose is random activity. When sustained intent is the basis for activity our lives can be truly vital, authentic and purposeful. Activity that arises out of an awareness of interconnectedness can also be inspired (as is the case for Chiron, coming out of a long journey through the waters of Pisces). Individual expression is the flame that leaps from the collective fire: luminous, illuminating and full of life and heat.

Mars brings a mood of conflict and aggravation to Jupiter’s work (sextiling Pluto from Scorpio) of expediting the current seismic undoing of structures of power and privilege that is going on in the ailing public body. The certainties of how privilege empowers some and excludes others has been experienced forever by those who fall outside its radiant glow; now some of that can be seen from within the circle of light too. Let’s hope we don’t drown in the sea of #butimagoodguy; such responses are failing to appreciate that these problems are historical and systemic, not personal – even where their impacts are profoundly personal.

It is for us now to know what we are seeking to do and to become. If we don’t know what we’re about and are not actively holding intent, nothing can or will come of the opportunities that time brings us. If we don’t get behind our intent, our statements and actions, nothing and nobody else can.

Kate Hubert

Awen Astrology


Fomenting Possibility

Winter Solstice, 21st December 2017, 16:29

There is power in silence.

At Solstice, the midpoint between the Sun and the young Moon is occupied by the ruler of the underworld, Pluto, marking this time of darkness and peace with a charge of depth and power. The dark nourishes and replenishes all of life, readying us for a new season of growth and expression. Great potential lies in the deep tranquillity this moment offers.

The spirit of any time is created by a field of resonance. This is a musical chord that causes everything that vibrates at that frequency to sing. The vibrational frequency that pertains at any one time conditions (rather than determines) what is imagined, experienced, perceived, thought and done in that time. In this process moments arise that are openings into new territory, and astrology, the complex language of energy patterns in time, provides a sense of where and when these openings are and what opportunities might be found as we travel into the new.

In early October Jupiter’s entry into Scorpio marked such an opening, offering a very different way of experiencing Pluto’s renovation of Capricorn, which has, since 2008, been relentless in its revelation of the toxicity and corruption at the heart of our structures and systems of authority. Jupiter’s movement into Scorpio – ruled by Pluto – brought that archetype’s concern with protection, benevolence and justice into our experience of societal corruption. The revelations that followed in the wake of the Weinstein scandal may have come as a devastating surprise to some, but were not news to most women. The only surprise was that suddenly – after lifetimes – sexual predation and abuse of power through sexuality was being seen as “NOT OK!” Pluto and Scorpio rule sexuality and power; Jupiter is illuminating plutonic vileness but in a helpful way, enabled by the resonance created by being in Pluto’s sign.

Furthermore, as Saturn (ruler of Capricorn, the sign Pluto currently occupies) has been travelling through Jupiter’s sign of Sagittarius, Jupiter’s entry into Scorpio put all three planets into a strong energetic relationship with each other: they all disposit each other. This represents an opportunity for conscious recalibration which we can see reflected in the example of Weinstein and the #me too response. That door is about to close as Saturn changes sign.

On 20th December, 36 hours before the Solstice moment, Saturn will come home. It moves into its own sign, Capricorn, where it will edge slowly towards a major astrological moment: its conjunction with Pluto in January 2020. We have had no major planetary conjunctions since 2011: the longest period of quietude since at least 1900. In 2020 we will have three! JupiterSaturn, Jupiter–Pluto and SaturnPluto. JupiterPluto and SaturnPluto will be in Capricorn; JupiterSaturn will occur on 0° Aquarius (note this degree!) Given the energetic relationship between Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto this autumn, we can see this time as a foreshadowing, a gathering of force for these major conjunctions to come in 2020.

At the time of this year’s Winter Solstice all planetary energies (except Neptune in Pisces) will be pouring (by disposition) into Saturn in Capricorn. Saturn is home and ready to build, manifest and give form to what we will. Capricorn may be the sign of authoritarianism, materialism and avarice, but it’s also the sign of spiritual aspiration and Initiation – tune into the level that you would like to manifest in your life, but please spare a thought for the rest of us; look unto the seventh generation, if you would! Saturn in Capricorn brings the possibility of great steadiness, endurance and self-discipline; now is the time to garner the forces of the will to manifest new structures and forms of governance, individually and collectively. What authority do we wish to honour and live by? We’ve had time to think about it; now it’s time to commit.

At the Solstice all planets fall within 167° of the zodiac, leaving 193° wide open and empty. The midpoint of planetary activity is 0° Aquarius (remember?), site of the coming JupiterSaturn conjunction. This gathering of planetary heft suggests the tightening of a bowstring and a taking aim into the other half of the zodiac where the warmth and caring connection associated with Cancer, and the joyful creative expression of Leo are indicated as crucial qualities to guide the will at this time and as we head towards 2020.

And let’s not forget that the Solstice is created by the movement of our life-giving Sun, our guiding star, into its midnight place. This year it is accompanied by Venus and Saturn (which shares the Solstice degree); exuberance and expenditure are chilled and stilled, replaced by the wish for something more serious, like real connection. With care and joy, take the time to go deep and connect; know what it is that you will. There is power in the stillness and silence of this time.

Kate Hubert

Awen Astrology


The Collective, the Equinox and the Venus-Mars ConjunctionequinoxCan you imagine the Earth’s equator, projected out into space like a cosmic hoola hoop, and the apparent path of the Sun around the Earth as a second hoola hoop? They have two points of intersection and two places at which they are furthest from each other. The points of intersection are the equinoxes (yielding equal day and night across the globe), and the places of greatest distance mark the solstices (yielding shortest day and shortest night). So these moments are astronomical phenomena arising from the relationship between our home planet and its local star. Upon this relationship all life depends.

These astronomical moments are marked by the Sun’s entry into the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) and they inaugurate new phases of activity that we see unfolding over the following three months. It is worth engaging with the quality of the opportunity that is presented at these times out of time.

The gateway into the dark half (for us in the north) of the year is ruled by Venus, Libra’s planetary ruler. Right now Venus is travelling with Mars (ruler of Aries and the Spring Equinox) through Virgo, sign of the harvest and service. Cosmic geometry is such that Venus and Mars will be conjunct exactly on 5th October, day of the Full Moon: Venus rules the Sun in Libra which will be opposite the Mars-ruled Moon in Aries. Very neat. The conjunction of these two personal planets speaks of an opportunity to resolve the relationship between self and other: the unilateralism, self-seeking and disregard for others that is Mars, is seeking balance with pacification, harmony-seeking and disregard for self that is Venus. Mature and wholesome expressions of Mars and Venus come about through right relationship and appropriate regard for the requirements of self and other.

The warrior readily becomes isolated and embattled. “ It’s me against the world!” While the lover loses itself thinking it can find purpose and identity only in the approval and accommodation of others. “If only you loved me!” When they come together, as now, there is the possibility of sensing the potential that a fine balance between these two polarities may bring. Our energetic expressions of these principles come to the fore as we tilt back and forth on the fulcrum of self and other. A low-level expression of this conjunction could be bruising! An integrated expression could be the realisation of the interdependence of self and other (I and thou); a determined defence of what is gentle and relational; the mutual acceptance of the need for love and the need for self-actualisation.

So here and now stand the lover and the warrior together, and opposing them is Neptune, mighty god of inundation, tempest and earthquake, urging the pair to yield to a far greater context of meaning, beyond all personal concerns: profound interconnectedness, the unity of all things. See the Oneness that interfuses and surrounds all manifest life – and place your personal concerns within this context of significance. Neptune is always involved in the erosion and sacrifice of separative values and the personality perspective (our little selves). Neptune reveals to us that we are far greater than the personality assumes, for we are embodied spiritual beings and a vital part of the great unfolding of cosmic life.

Neptune, at a low register, functions as the attempt to numb out and fog up. It is overwhelmed by the world – a reaction we all know well. Our cultural world insists we engage with terror and tragedy persistently: we are exposed on a daily basis to horror and suffering. The human imagination is tranquilised by terror. We are made torpid by a cultural addiction to suffering. The gift of Neptune operating at a higher register is that it infuses the personality with a vision of the sacredness of all Being, and the personality thus inspired can re-enter the fray of mundane existence – as we must, determined to act in the world with compassion and alertness to the significance of collective experience, which is that it is not separate from us. Rather, the experience of the collective is an echo chamber of our own unresolved inner hell realms. The world is ours, it belongs to us; we are making it every day.

Mars as the grabbing aggression of the isolate self is an impulse we all know in ourselves; Venus as the pushover who cannot stand up and speak the truth is also uncomfortably familiar. It is for us to resolve the polarised dynamic between Venus and Mars within – so that we may empower the warrior who will defend what is of true value, and the lover who can create connection and relationship between things that have been put asunder. In this way, perhaps our worlds can manifest compassion. At this moment in the turning of the world, we feel the fulcrum of dynamic tension: there is a choice; we are creative; we are powerful.

Kate Hubert

Awen Astrology


Summer Solstice

21st June 2017, 04:25 GMT


The Summer Solstice is a time of reckoning as the Sun stands at its zenith. The days are long and the light falls strong on the Isle of the Mighty! It’s all here to be seen; no hiding place! I write this on the morning after Britain’s General Election, a time of reckoning indeed. In my view, the solstice chart casts a light on what is culminating in consciousness at this time and what will be unfolding over the coming season as the Oak King is slain and Earth tilts towards its winter journey.

The solstice is marked by the movement of the Sun into the first degree of Cancer. Astrology can tend to treat the Sun as just another celestial body, alongside the Moon and planets. Yet it is of an altogether different order of significance. It is a star and pertains to the soul level of experience – the immortal aspect of our lives. It is the source of of all life, ‘great giver of all that is’, the animating principle; it confers consciousness. Pure light is strong medicine; illumination exposes what has been concealed in shadow. This is a time to look at our lives and our world unflinchingly, a time to come to consciousness.

summer fire

The Solstice moment this year occurs just as the Sun rises above the horizon. A new dawn. And it is only 25 seconds of arc away from an applying conjunction with Mercury (29° 29′ 35ʺ Gemini): Mercury casimi conferring super-refined intelligence (of a kind) to the moment, as nervy Mercury is enlivened, ensouled with solar energy. New mental connections are being made: aha! Mercury is on the unstable 29th degree of its own sign, so this feels somewhat critical: a significant ‘seeing through’ opportunity and one that is likely to find public expression as Mercury rules commerce, media and negotiations. The EU chart is significantly triggered as Mercury casimi falls on its midheaven, squaring its ascendant. This looks to be quite a moment.

The Solstice Sun in Cancer is ruled by the Moon, which is part of a yod involving Venus, Neptune and Jupiter. Jupiter, at the head of this yod, suggests that the work to be done now is to regeneratesocial justice and reinstate benevolence and fairness as core values. A rebalancing needs to occur between values based on getting my piece of the pie (the pursuit of self-satisfaction) and those arising from an ideal of sharing and compassionate concern for the collective. The social world can only work when we acknowledge that our needs and resources are the same: ideally we all share them. We all need to be able to sustain ourselves and yet the resources for doing this are not held collectively; rather they are arranged in order to exclude and profit from, often dire, human need. This is clearly unjust and the mighty forces of Neptune, arraigned to erode the personality perspective, are urging us to raise our sights to include compassion and a real experience of our interconnectedness. Such an experience is not simply a theoretical position; it is incontrovertible only when it is lived, it changes the patterning of the heart and mind. Neptune is working to achieve this re-patterning.

The power of the elite has to be sacrificed in order to share power within the collective. This time calls for a radical change in popular values: self-serving strategies, institutionalised injustice and power protection are not being supported at a higher level. A change is being made. The unviable values of ‘selfservatism’ (!) are being eroded as Neptune insists upon fairness and inclusiveness. This rebalancing goes on throughout the year, but it has reached a pivotal moment now. For the many not the few, as someone has said!

We cannot wait for compassion to arise in the public body – it has to emerge from each of us individually as we make our judgements and choices, perceive our personal and social relationships, and respond to life. Only then can it find its resonance in the body politic; without change at the individual level we will continue to experience Neptune as disappointment, delusion, loss and lies.

Kate Hubert, Awen Astrology,

Gathering Force

Spring Equinox

20th March 2017 10:30

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower…” Dylan Thomas


The global experience of Spring Equinox is the balance of the forces of Day and Night in all places across the Earth. Our whole planet is similarly affected, and all its denizens. Light and warmth are the forces of growth, emergence and awakening. In the northern hemisphere now, the Sun is on the horizon, its rays illuminating and warming the land. We see plantlife responding to the waxing Sun in a greening of our lands. New life is everywhere manifesting, and this renewal and burgeoning of growth is happening at every level of our experience, seen and unseen.

We can think of the annual cycle of the Sun as a Greater Day: the Winter Solstice was midnight, the seeding moment; the Summer Solstice is the noon of the year, time of culmination. Here and now, in Aries, we are at the daybreak of the whole year. Light is the signal to “WAKE UP!” Time to get up and get going. Aries brings a dynamic directional energy, a huge drive towards activity, self-actualisation and manifestation. That energy is moving through us now whether we know what we are about or not. If we are living without a sense of purpose and direction the awakening energy of Aries might feel disruptive or exhausting, as it pulls us out of passivity and torpor into activity and wakefulness.

We need acute mindfulness at this time of such questions as:-

What is my purpose?

What serves my purpose?

What am I doing now?

What are my next steps?

That is to say: what am I all about, where am I heading and how can I channel this new energy of awakening in a constructive way?

Failure to address these questions can mean that we have dynamic force moving through our lives without it being channelled and directed, which is, at best, wasteful, and, at worst, random, chaotic and pointless. We can observe how this outflow of force manifests in the natural world: in the swell and break of sprouting seeds, in budburst and regrowth of ground cover, in nest building, warming of air, land and sea, and in new birth. Humans are, of course, integrally a part of nature; but paradoxically we are set apart: we have free will. We choose how and when and what we do. We are subject to doubt, anxiety, loss of faith and willpower. We are prone to waiting for a sign from the external world in order to be galvanised into activity. We are undermined by the fracture lines in our attention, our difficulty in holding intent: we are dealing with chronic levels of distraction, which holds us in its grip like a kind of cultural dementia.

The powerful directional force of Aries manifests in humans as the will to be and to do: it is about our effectiveness. Our world sorely needs free and effective agents to challenge injustices, to resist the mire of conformity and to fight for values that sustain the wellbeing of life forces on our planet. To find our effectiveness is to find out our unique purpose and gather the forces of the will to serve it. Just as the brilliant renewal of spring has its beginnings in the inauspicious chill and gloom of winter, so must we gather the forces of our will in whatever circumstances we find ourselves. We cannot afford to wait or to retreat the truth and purpose of our souls even if we feel overwhelmed or undervalued or whatever our personal line of least resistance is. The time is now!

Our dilemma is how to empower intent, how to renew commitment when it fails, as inevitably it will, and how to raise our sights above and beyond the seductions and distractions of a culture that is steadily reducing us to passivity and disconnection. We have to remember who we are: timeless spiritual beings having incredibly precious, hard-won, Earthwalk lives. Our opportunity is invaluable, but we can only take hold of it through deep and continued deployment of the will. It is for us, step by step, to steer towards purposeful living, better use of time and attention, our own higher goals, reconnection with wider communities of being.

The planetary principle of the Earth is manifestation. It is here on Earth that the refined energies of spirit, thought and emotion are cloaked in form and take on physical characteristics – our bodies and the events and circumstances of our lives; reality, if you like. How things get embodied in our lives is a reflection, an index, of all that is arising at unseen levels. Impulses, ideas, thoughts and feelings come eventually (if held on to) in to physical manifestation in our lives. Our thoughts and feelings are very powerful then: we become them, we give them birth in the manifest world. This power is ours, all the time, in every moment; we can foster a sense of our great capacity as free human beings (at another level, as multidimensional, timeless beings) or we can become avatars in some useless game that we give ourselves to through lack of awareness and lack of willpower.

The challenge of Aries and of this time is to develop and guide the will: to gather forces. To root ourselves in the manifest reality of physical life is crucial to Aries’ project, because the will is about our being and doing in the world. We gather force in order to act effectively. This Spring Equinox is striking the note of grounded and embodied action strongly, for Mars, ruler of the Equinox dawn, is in Taurus. Taurus pertains to physical sensation and the experience of the body. Mars here is urging a venting of physical force. The more we are grounded and living in our bodies, engaging with present realities, the more effective and useful our actions and the less likely we are to encounter aggression and hostility in ourselves or around us.

Our experience more widely is of a shift in the paradigm of authority and governance; we are seeing radical change in our political conventions and structures. A new model of authority and responsibility is sought in the unpleasant, toxic remains of traditional forms. Many people are taking autonomous action outside of the usual realm of political discourse and change: all kinds of new constituencies are arising as people make new associations with each other, deciding just to get on with what needs doing in their locality. This is in keeping with the spirit of the times, heralded somewhat, I hate to mention it, by David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ theme.

We currently have Pluto in Capricorn (going through our establishment with a wrecking ball), disposited by Saturn in Sagittarius (the structure/status quo negotiating foreign relations), disposited by Jupiter in Libra, seeking the wisdom of the middle way, the way between extremes. Jupiter is calling us to explore compromise, working through the principle of balance and groundedness. Find the meaning in this situation, it urges, see the underlying principles at work here; transform the energy of crisis into the energy of opportunity. Our response to the drastic work of Pluto is that the whole thing is coming down on our heads, as Pluto continues to root out traces of sepsis in our political body, indifferent to how widespread, ugly or painful its activity may prove to be. We are likely to be emotionally triggered, hence the importance again of finding the ground.

At the same time, Uranus, in the sign of Aries, is liberating personhood, urging us towards autonomy and entirely new notions of human subjectivity; the digital human or the spiritually conscious human, both avatars of sorts. War, tumult and technological revolution are just one level of Uranus’ potential outworking. We can also see its energy as liberating qualities of soul and intuition that serve to transform notions of human presence and effectiveness in very different ways. It is for us to choose the level to which we respond.

The particular gift of this Spring Equinox is that it is pushing us into an awareness of the physical world that needs us, our rootedness in the energies of the Earth are crucial to all evolutions.

I feel that all the stars shine in me.

The world breaks into my life like a flood.

The flowers blossom in my body.

All the youthfulness of land and

water smokes like an incense in my

heart; and the breath of all things plays

on my thoughts as on a flute.

~ Tagore

Kate Hubert

Awen Astrology

“For staying is nowhere.”

Winter Solstice     21st December 2016     10:45

Is it not time, that in loving,

we freed ourselves from the loved one, and, quivering, endured:

as the arrow endures the string, to become, in the gathering outleap

something more than itself?  For staying is nowhere.

Rilke, First Duino Elegy


The Winter Solstice is defined by the Sun’s entry into Saturn-ruled Capricorn.  Saturn is the signifier of the descent into the darkest time, when energies are most contracted.  Leaves have dried and fallen as earth energies have been withdrawing; slowly the colours of growth and freshness have faded and we are now seeing the beautiful, subtle hues of the mute midwinter palette.  This is an apparent point of stasis.  And yet there is activity – amongst the roots and around the seeds: the new cycle of growth that will burgeon into being in spring is now being cultivated in chill and darkness.  This is the time of clarifying intention and conditioning  the many aspects of the new cycle of becoming that lies ahead. Continue reading “For staying is nowhere.”

The Way Between Extremes

Autumn Equinox, 22nd September 2016, 14:22 GMT

2016-04-autumn equinox

The Autumn Equinox is defined by the Sun’s entry into the first degree of the sign of  Libra, whose symbol is the scales: the balance.  At this time the Sun’s path intersects with the celestial equator (Earth’s equator projected out into space) and the whole globe shares the experience of day and night being of equal length.  A beautiful moment of balance arises before the scales tilt towards winter and the closing in of darkness in the northern hemisphere. Continue reading The Way Between Extremes