How to be firm and consistent under pressure, but also a little flexible.


A Fixed T-square with Jupiter on the apex

May 16th to June 6th, 2023

As the planets change signs, we also change territory and field of expression. This requires new skills. Something new is set in place.

Can we sustain promises and see them through? How does passion, ethusiasm and drive in expressing our values, affect our social interaction, ties and relationships? Is it contageous or does it drive others away? Is this a time to negotiate the resolution of a conflict or set a new plan in place? Does a third party assist in reaching a compromise/aggreement or is it a distracting influence? There is an emphasis on values surrounding all those questions, and a need to pay attention to details. The need to ground and give form to our own perspective or beliefs on things, while we encounter challenges or pressures. The need to support self worth in the face of opposing views and draw our own conclusions. There is certainly urgency and intensity all around us. This is what the planetary energies speak about from May 16th until the first week of June. All planetary positions from 25 degrees of Cardinal signs to 06 degrees of Fixed signs will be affected. It seems that there is a step forward in puting some vision or plan in place is beeing promoted, and there is pressure involved. It could be financial, political or some personal affair. Fixed signs have a lot to do with right and wrong, moral dilemmas, ethics, good and bad, credibility. Watch the political developments for this, and our personal lives. There is a concentration of energy in Taurus which has to do with ownership and possesions (money and right to access resources, also data securiy -Mercury just turned direct in this sign), and opinions. Cardinal signs are more concerned with stimulating action, pushing buttons and adventure, the plot. Planets in the last degrees of cardinal signs are pushing situations almost too hard, or with a sense of urgency to complete something, (the lunar cycle is nearing its end). This is Mars, Jupiter and Venus applying pressure or exercising effort with an urgency in responing to situations,as they pass the final degrees of Cancer and Aries (what is happening in the domestic scene?and internal affairs) Saturn is in Pisces, and this position requires flexibility towards commitment and perhaps a need to tend to details or confusing situations, with setting boundaries. Also overcome through empathy or blending spiritual with material value. Saturn in Pisces can also manifest as sensitivity in the way we contribute or help, the sacrifices made or around mindset and beliefs. It may also manifest as difficulty in letting go or have faith in the larger sheme of things.

Mars ingress into Leo on the 21st of May is triggering the inferior square of Jupiter-Pluto synodic cycle which started in 2020 at 24 degrees Capricorn (new plan). What happened then, and then what happened on May 4th of 2022 (the crescent phase of the cycle). Mars also forms and opening square with Jupiter (another cycle that started on May 29 of 2022 at 04 Aries which is more about action, and new beginnings – something was set in motion). Mars forms an opposition to Pluto, an opposition to ‘a plan’ that started on those dates, or an effort to put a stance, or see it culminate and figure out how it can continue, thus promote another next step towards change. This is Fire/Leo so it may just be about being heroic and wanting to attract attention with authenticity. or reaching a climax and deciding that enough is enough, or taking up a challenge to build strength and fortify a situation. This configuration can consume one with passion and enthusiasm, it can trigger activism, fanatiscism (religious or other) or stubborness and resistance. The need to promote one’s sphere of influence. A relationship, contract or conflict (opposition) that has a vision to increase value. Watch what is happening in the banking system, finances, political conflicts, social platforms, groups, alliances (Aquarius), and taxes. Also relationships to other people, and pressure from the group. How does that sensitise our sense of contribution. The idea is to be passionate, exercise assertiveness, or healthy anger (which may bring clarity) but not be blinded by zeal and stubborness. Mars can be very productive when having something creative to do, and very destructive if it can’t find something to do, is frustrated or oppressed. This is a big shift of energy, and the Fixed T-square means that Jupiter will work in overdrive in order to resolve an opposition, or expand its effects. The missing leg is Scorpio, shared resources, or shared values. Something needs to change, and we need to focus this very powerful energy in positive things and interests. Our values vs other people’s values, our opinions vs other peoples opinions, our possessions vs other’s possessions, creations and how we share them. It is time to show what we have to share, it is time to show strength, and not be pressured into things we do not believe in. Things will surface, as Jupiter squares Pluto. Truths, earth’s underground activity or treasures, oppressed passions or anger and volatility, things we do not whant to deal with or things that will empower and consume our energy. This can be a new beginning as it happens in the 00 degrees of fixed signs, which is nothing like we have seen before, since Pluto has not been in Aquarius since 1778. So we may see new things regarding competitions, alliances, business and financial deals, as well as ways to resolve conflicts or merge with significant groups and others. On a personal level, this a good configuration for athletes to achieve records, maybe a good time to consolidate finances, set new things in place professionally for others to see, or expand some new activity within your current one. Risk in investments, money matters or mergers need to be carefully consolidated as Mars position will be in Leo in this configuration, the sign that Venus will Retrograde in from July 23 to Sept 4. Our world in some way is going to be shaken, startled or challenged, shifting or forcing us to enter new territory. Are we ready to explore this, are we taking a step back? Something new is being created and born which can require time to show growth but it certainly opens up some new perspective, which requires one to identify with acting authentically on some new field of knowledge, a group or some passion. The opposition brings awareness and the square is tension and push for growth. If there is something to be shared, there is also something to be released.

© Eleni Kostika 2023


Notes on the Hybrid Solar Eclipse at 29 degrees 50′ Aries


Taking stock of a maturation cycle of experience. Are we ready for the next step?

This Solar Eclipse occured on April 20, 2023. Eclipses bring new information to our attention, escalate situations and accelerate events. The blocking of sunlight in the phenomenon of the eclipse disrupts the celestial order or flow of life, and thus it marks a period where we are pulled or pushed towards more dynamic changes collectively, and the life plan may take a different turn than anticipated. The Moon blocks the light of the sun from the geocentric perspective, so we are viewing the moon’s dark side (symbolically things we were not aware of come to the surface – subconscious forces come to the surface-the need to respond to urgent or pressing situations may feel intense and bring unrest to the environment or habitual zones). Eclipses also reveal people’s characters. This is a North Node Solar eclipse so it is about treading unchartered territory which may feel uncomfortable, yet it promotes growth, and requires overcoming, healing or resolving – a radical change (the past, fears, shadow feelings, crisis, loss, shame, group pressure, the idea of losing control or not having control over events). We can view this as an empowering or disempowering experience, as the square to Pluto the planet of transformation indicates. We are becoming aware of how with our coping mechanisms we tend to control or organise the environment in a way that may keep others at a distance, or alternatively empower or assist them. How power and leadership is handled is a matter to be redefined throughout this eclipse long term influence that maybe opening a new chapter of life.

The final degree of Aries (a critical degree), is very much emphasising a sense of urgency, an ending of a cycle of maturation of a state of existence, of independence, of a state of being or identity, of leadership or pioneering spirit, of desire and motivation, of efforts, achievement, strife, and/or investment of energy. Also of reckless behaviour or risk-taking. The Luminaries are parallel in declination to Saturn-so a reality check, conscious reflection of one’s limitations, commitments, boundaries, hard work, and also reward that may come with more responsibility are part of the theme. Formalities may also be present in the theme of the eclipse. It brings closure to things of the past, – a death and rebirth process (Pluto), may have a sense of fatedness to it, while the efforts of the phase of stabilisation will follow and may take a slower time to take shape, dealing primarily with the need to be consistent and focused, a tendency to be ‘blinded’ by enthusiasm, passion or excessive zeal, an emphasis on moral issues and dilemmas of right vs wrong, black and white scenarios of course of action or stance, (Fixed T-square apex Jupiter in early degrees of signs, active in May). As Jupiter will be crossing the eclipse degree May 13-16, more will be revealed.

Assistance and guidance from experienced, or older people can strengthen the way forward or we may find that joint efforts or ties of the past can seem supporting at this period of time (Saturn in sextile and trine to Nodes).

Information access and security, the practicality of solutions, connections and price of trade and agreements, what is of value, the verbal and written word and how it is being appreciated, alternate ways and approaches towards unions,  will be re-examined and re-assessed, promoting a different and more experimental kind of sharing and level of discussion (Mercury Rx in Taurus in mutual reception to Venus in Gemini Out of Bounds ).

As we are called on to reflect on this ‘ending’ cycle of experience, it is a useful time to evaluate in retrospect our personal and collective initiatives and achievements or failure to take timely action. To check if there is a way to do, to get motivated or re-act to situations in a different way, in order to overcome, teach or heal. (Mars in square to Chiron). It is like finding oneself off the trodden path and simultaneously having to deal with memories of the past, and thus feeling or being exposed to some kind of vulnerability, an alternative way of being or seeing oneself, or affirming self interests. There is a lot of wisdom to be gained in this position if one is willing deal with situations, treat events or connections with people intuitively, rather than aggressively or assertively.  

The question that is most potent at this time is: are we ready for the next step?

(Check the house in your natal chart where 29 Aries is placed to understand more about the area of life where this theme of ‘ending’ cycle of experience takes place. The Eclipse theme will likely have more of a personal feel for you if you have any planet at 29 cardinal or 00 of fixed signs (+/-1).

This Solar Eclipse belongs to the Saros 129, and the most recent previous eclipses of this cycle occurred in the years 1969, 1987, 2005 – check for evolutionary themes of those years to unlock further messages.

Check these dates for triggers of the eclipse theme:

March 16, 2023 – Venus at 29 degrees Aries

April 20, 2023 – Hybrid Solar Eclipse

May 13-22, 2023 – Jupiter at 29 degree Aries, 00 Taurus, Mars at 29 Cancer-00 Leo

July 18-28, 2023 – North Node of the Moon at 29 Aries squaring Pluto at 29 Capricorn

PS. Sometimes it is startling how eclipses are literally blocking you from doing something. And this something does not necessarily need to always be dramatic. My computer crashed, so I had various tech problems the past few days and trying to fix things, and could not write as I intended to – Mercury is also retrograde so here I am writing in retrospect.

© Eleni Kostika 2023

Saturn in Pisces

March 8, 2023 – May 25, 2025, September 2, 2025 – February 14, 2026

Saturn’s transit from the sign of Aquarius to the sign of Pisces marks a shift from social distancing to spiritual distancing. Saturn enters the realm of Jupiter and Neptune. It is our faith, ethos, religions, truths, dreams, ideals, creations, that will be put to the test in the next two and a half years. But also those that will make us work harder, and form long term commitments. Dedication to higher causes that will assist in betterment will be highlighted for many.

The water (that we drink, seas, oceans, shipping, travel by sea and problems and new rules, management or trade agreements in those) will be a big theme of this transit. As well as, large organisations (global and national), charity, social welfare, non-profit, medical and hospital care, social welfare, prisons, institutions, places of worship-are they effective, or are they showing signs of decay?

This is a period that may feel more difficult to go with the flow, to trust our intuition, or have faith in the things we can’t control. This is exactly the lesson, to practice more empathy and trust in the inner worlds or the divine plan.

Time to organise our lives in a creative way, form commitments through our values and the things we believe in. Relationships and unions can be binding on the basis sacrifice or assistance, inspiration, creativity, higher causes, spirituality or mutual beliefs and explorations. They will also be tested or negotiate boundaries around those areas. Pisces is the exaltation of Venus. Wihdrawal for the sake of research, creation or healing can be of benefit.

Saturn’s most recent transit in the sign of Pisces was May 22 – June 30, 1993, January 29 1993 – April 7, 1996.

© Eleni Kostika 2023

Full Moon at 16 degrees Cancer 16’


January 7th, 2023

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The path finder. Searching for the ‘missing piece’ – we realise there is something else we need to be doing.

What is the gesture and response that ensures that the seed of creation of life can continue to grow? What moves us, and how do we protect the essentials? There is this moment or strange synchronicity that will intuitively connect us with a ‘missing piece’, and liberate creative potentials, that will promote a new perspective, mission or direction.

How do we respond to the manifest world and it’s demands? Re-examining our sense of authority and life choices. Making a difference. A heightened intuition on how to make a positive gesture through a negative situation. We may all be exposed to some kind brokenness or sensitive situation in our immediate environment, in our engagement with social issues, our public or social life or through the current  world affairs in one way or another. We start to recognise patterns, habits and become more conscious of the need to repair this or gain wisdom that can assist or unblock others and ourselves. Instinctual forces that carry wisdom and relate to problem solving are at play.

Cardinal Water is needed, to grow and nurture life. It is concerned with issues around care, nurturing, security and protection, ensuring the continuation of life, in connection to home, food, family, domestic, shelter, to the roots of all plants and growing vegetation, and the living beings of the earth, our sense of belonging and emotional connectedness and sharing, our sense of collective cohesion, the origins of all things, the past. This Moon fully illuminates our needs for the above things (what may be lacking). It is completely liberated, uninhibited, innovative, wild, experimental, free of conditioning and it is also wise and successful in navigating unfamiliar paths and places, as long as we don’t exercise too much control. We need to be open to potentialities. We are in the process of birthing or nurturing ideas, reflecting on ways to repair situations, information, or deal with what is lacking. In search of the missing piece, we may intuit on a new way to navigate a certain territory, a new direction, that may liberate, innovate or break new ground in expressing ideas, skills or talents, while it is preparing us to work with consistency on long term goals.

(Moon in Cancer Out of Bounds, near fixed star Canopus, and conjunct Pallas Athena, in trine with Uranus in 15 Taurus Rx, exaltation of Jupiter at 2 Aries)

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Total Eclipse of the Moon at 16 Taurus 00′


November 8th, 2022.

Key Themes:

Change of habits, emotional and social patterns. Awakenings, unrest, reform, experimentation, revelations, awareness of our limitations, stability tests, our power to resist, capacity to be consistent, need to set the right boundaries, show respect, issues around attachment and detachment. Dealing with pressures, setbacks or delays force us to review our goals and energy investment. Reinforcing a structure we can sustain, or a structure that others can follow. Improving our skills and talents, problem solving capacity, finding our own voice. Practice ways to quiet the mind, preserve energy and exercise discipline and self control are important and are going to promote new beginnings or intentions from January 15th, 2023 onwards. Themes of the past may re-surface.

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