Your Stars April update 2020

Most of my readers will have seen the joke on social media that features an astrology column with the same forecast for each Sun sign: ‘You’ll be spending more time at home’. A good gag and very apposite. So much for our promises of a humming social life!

However, it turns out that we astrologers are not completely useless. Most of us have spent recent months (or longer) warning that 2020 was destined to be a challenging year, belonging to the same family as 1914 (WW1), 1931 (great depression), 1947 (partition of India and Palestine) and 2001 (9/11 attacks); a before-and-after moment, one of history’s hinges, the common factor being the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto (plus unwanted extras) – ‘An ill-starred conjunction in the heavens which we could forecast but not prevent,’ as novelist Hilary Mantel puts it in her new best-seller about Henry VIII”s fixer-in-chief, Thomas Cromwell.

I’m not sure if any planet-plotter forecast a global pandemic – economic recession and war were more prevalent – but readers can check for themselves. The redoubtable Oxford Astrologer has a list of astrology sites that have commented on the Covid crisis.

I would like to add https://planetwaves.net, the site of New York’s Eric Francis, who writes about environmental issues as well as astrology. He has an interview with a professor in epidemiology who affirms that the virus is a zoomorphic disease with its origin in bats. So forget that ‘it came from a lab’ stuff. Lots more on Eric’s site, including his observations on the battle between the asteroids Chiron and Phollus, the latter being unknown to me.

Under ancient skies, Saturn was the planet most associated with death. In modern times Pluto has somewhat usurped the role. Put the two together and you have a doomy equation. Add Jupiter and the equation is amplified. Death is something of a taboo subject in everyday conversation, but one we are all currently being forced to confront. As I am just now recovering from a bout of flu – mercifully not THE flu – the Reaper has made a fleeting appearance in my own fevered thoughts.

One striking planetary pattern in 2020 comes from the lunar cycle. We have already had three successive new Moons at 4 degrees of their respective signs (30 degrees in a sign, x 12 equals 360 degrees, the only way to calibrate a circle), each aspecting the point of December 26th’s solar eclipse. The pattern isn’t really broken until June 21, a new Moon that is also a solar eclipse.

The most striking of these new Moons came on March 24, when the Sun and Moon were tightly aligned with Chiron, a planetoid whose mythological namesake is steeped in pain and healing, in self-sacrificing service. We are witnessing plenty of all three.

Perhaps Saturn’s temporary escape from the pervasive skies of Capricorn, into Aquarius for four months, will boost the community-oriented approach that will be needed to get through 2020. We are all searching for happier skies ahead, and finding a few in nature.

A friend commended the re-appearance of dolphins in the Bay of Venice as a hopeful omen, one that turned out to be bogus. We don’t have dolphins in Venice but we do have goats in Llandudno; a troupe of wild Kashmiri goats that normally stay up in the hills but have taken the opportunity to munch a few downtown hedges. As I said, Capricorn is pervasive.

I am out of time to deliver any Sun sign forecasts for April 1st, but will put up some this weekend (‘You’ll be spending more time at home’ and more). Meanwhile, with my music journo’s hat on, let me alert you to the Folk On Foot Front Room Festival, a crowd-funded podcast that intends to bring the cream of British folk musicians to your parlour on Easter Sunday, April 13th. Details here: https://www.folkonfoot.com/festival

24 thoughts on “Your Stars April update 2020

  • 1st April 2020 at 8:21 pm
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    Thank you Neil.

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  • 1st April 2020 at 8:32 pm
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    I hope you feel better soon-I really appreciate your forecasts-somehow they are
    cheering though being in my seventies don’t know if they always apply to me (Pisces)
    Best wishes.

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  • 1st April 2020 at 8:49 pm
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    Thanks Neil, spot on as usual, as a Cap I’ve been feeling the pressure since early 2019 I’m 69 now but I can’t retire while I feel vulnerable.
    Try and relax, it’s difficult but necessary for all us that read your excellent forecasts.
    Regards Ray

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  • 1st April 2020 at 9:00 pm
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    Thanks Neil, hope you are feeling better, looking forward to the weekend

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  • 1st April 2020 at 10:12 pm
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    Feel better, enjoy the Spring that is coming, and very much appreciate your writing!
    And thanks for the link to the Eric Francis site, too!
    Be well!

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  • 1st April 2020 at 11:53 pm
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    Thank you for this. With so many astrologers I skim the overview to skip straight to my sun sign, but with you I look forward to your thoughts on current events. Your writing is so lucid and direct – it’s nice to read astrology in the voice of a journalist. And you’ve reminded me about Planet Waves! How could I have forgotten?

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    • 3rd April 2020 at 3:20 pm
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      Hi Ray, I’m a Capricorn as well (1/2/52), 68 yrs. Would you elaborate on your comment? I ask because 2019 was one of the most challenging years of my life, and although this pandemic overlays all other current events and occupies my thoughts to a great degree, at bottom there’s rising deep and serious contemplations about my personal circumstances. Like I say, this has been a most trying period in my life! I’ve always been interested in astrology. I live in Ecuador, having left the U.S. in Nov. 2011. Thanks for reading this and I hope to hear your own experience (and others) during these times when so much is coming into consciousness.

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      • 6th April 2020 at 2:33 pm
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        My other comment is awaiting moderation. It is directed to the commenteR “Ray”, so I hope it will be placed underneath his comment, so it can be read in context. Thanks!

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  • 2nd April 2020 at 7:54 am
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    Dear Neil, get well soon. From sunny county Clare, Ireland.

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    • 2nd April 2020 at 2:58 pm
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      Dear Neil,

      I hope you feel better soon. Thank you for this post, I found great comfort from your words in this time of uncertainty. Be safe and thank you for your forecasts.

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  • 2nd April 2020 at 8:29 am
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    Dear Neil ,
    I’m thrilled the goats are coming down from the mountains & do get well soon,
    The Sun will come out tomorrow

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  • 2nd April 2020 at 9:32 am
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    Feel better, Neil. Your horoscopes are a must! ox

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  • 2nd April 2020 at 10:02 am
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    Get well soon Neil 🙂

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    • 3rd April 2020 at 9:06 pm
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      Get well soon and many many thanks for all your brilliant work

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  • 2nd April 2020 at 11:47 am
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    Dear Neil, I always find what you have to say thought-provoking, and a useful reminder of perspectives that are not related to purely left-brain activities. I’m 80 and take what I feel appropriate to my age and stage! I’m also a Capricorn and so have Saturn around – planet of old age – with Chiron lurking in my chart – the great image of the wounded healer.
    Keep strong.

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  • 2nd April 2020 at 12:41 pm
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    Get well soon! hope there are some bright spots like flowers or birds to lift your spirits and make you feel better.

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  • 2nd April 2020 at 12:56 pm
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    HI Neil
    Always loved your intelligent humorous original style when writing up the planet’s latest capers. Im wondering how the planets are lining up the the dawning of the age of Aquarius which I think is due about now. We are being forced to think of ourselves as a brotherhood indeed thanks to Gaia and her invisible microbe gun pointing at our heads.

    ps how do I get to pay you for your info?

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  • 2nd April 2020 at 6:07 pm
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    Hope you feel better soon, Neil. Rest and relaxation. Thank you as ever for your thoughts. X

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  • 2nd April 2020 at 6:08 pm
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    Hope you feel better soon, Neil. Rest and relaxation. Thank you as ever for your thoughts. X

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  • 3rd April 2020 at 11:00 am
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    Hi Neil, I have been thinking about you recently. The swirling forces of nostalgia, current events and wishful, wistful thoughts of what lies ahead have been whirling about the noggin…et voila! Hope you are feeling much, much better. Love, Chrissie x P.S. I wonder if The Reaper actually wears sequins under that cloak, a dark sky full of stars…

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  • 6th April 2020 at 2:47 pm
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    This is not a comment for publication. Rather it’s a question for the webmaster.

    Why have my two comments been in moderation for about 3 days? And how can I prevent this from happening in the future?

    It sure would be helpful to have a help or contact link on your page. By the way, Neil Spencer, thank you for your insights and sharing.

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  • 7th April 2020 at 9:40 am
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    Hi, Is April’s forecast going to be on here? Glad you are feeling better now.

    Thanks

    Emily

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  • 10th April 2020 at 12:38 pm
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    Dear webmaster, what happened to my posts of several days ago that were awaiting moderation?
    Please respond. Thank you.
    Cynthia

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