Remember watching a toy top spin? It not only spins around on its point, but it makes a circular wobble. The Earth, like a top, turns on its axis, making a revolution each day. It also makes a wobble like a top; however in the case of the Earth, to make a full circular wobble takes around 26,000 years. This creates a lengthy astrological cycle called a Great Year with 12 Great Ages of around 2160 years in each Age. Named for the 12 signs of the zodiac, the Great Ages move back through the signs. Our present age, called the Age of Pisces, began roughly around the time of the birth of Jesus and we are approaching the end of this age and the beginning of the next Great Age, called the Age of Aquarius.

The many extreme events associated with the “pandemic” focused on the year 2020 can be seen as big hints as to what is approaching on the horizon in terms of the new Age of Aquarius. This is especially true because there was a huge number of planets moving over the sensitive border between Capricorn andAquarius. All these hints made it perfectly clear that we have truly entered, as the song says, “The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius.”

A large number of important planets moved between two very different signs, Capricorn and Aquarius. Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn, which represents stability, and Aquarius is ruled by unruly Uranus, a planet representing radical change. Hence the years around 2019 and 2020, when many major planets were involved in a grand passage over this sensitive border, suggested to astrologers transformation on a gigantic scale.

There have been many previous hints of the coming transition between the Great Ages of Pisces and Aquarius. To name a few: the 1960s New Age revolution, the technology revolution, the spiritual revolution, the gay, racial and feminist revolutions, etc., and now another image of powerful transformation is pointing towards the radical sign of awakening, Aquarius . . . slow moving, distant Pluto, dark king of Hades, is the last outer planet to complete his passage over this
charged cusp, gearing up to enter Aquarius in 2024. Since Pluto has a cycle of around 248 years, he was last at this degree of the zodiac around 1776, suggesting that we can add to the list of hints of major revolution: another American political revolution!

However, I want to add yet another vital dimension to this story. My new book, published by Inner Traditions – Bear & Company, Alchemical Tantric Astrology, presents the correlation between the signs of the zodiac and the chakras of Tantric Yoga. This correlation begins with Aquarius at the bottom of the chart wheel associated with the 1st Root Chakra, located at the base of the spine, and proceeding up through the signs and chakras to Leo and the 7th Crown Chakra
located at the top of the skull.

This chakra/planet correlation once again places special importance on the cusp between the signs Capricorn and Aquarius. It’s importance lies in the fact that in the chakra system a mighty serpent named Kundalini is shown coiled at the base of the spine, suggesting that the powerful energy of awakening known as kundalini is associated with the Root Chakra and hence its two accompanying signs of the zodiac, Capricorn and Aquarius. I like to call kundalini the energy of awakening, transformation, and evolution. Aquarius, being a springtime sign, active as the earth awakens from wintery Capricorn, is certainly related to kundalini.

This association between Aquarius and kundalini allowed me to make the observation that the time around 2020, during the transit of a large group of powerful planets over this part of the zodiac, was sure to activate extremely powerful energy for awakening and evolution! And isn’t that what happened?! It was not an easy or comfortable time, but it was certainly fundamentally transformative.

Like in 2020, the years around 2023 and 2024 are once again heavy with similar symbolism as powerful dwarf planet Pluto, the divinity of the Apocalypse, finally takes his turn transiting this charged cusp, making five passages over this same kundalini portal on his way into Aquarius for about a 20 year visit in this sign of awakening. The 20 year period while Pluto, dark king of the underworld, transits Aquarius is certain to include several themes. Perhaps most obvious will be the dialog between Humanity and Technology and the related themes of control of the masses, AI, surveillance, and transhumanism. Will we be able to continue true human values in the face of the glamor of convenience and the efficiency of machine mentality?

Although most astrologers do not view this passage of Pluto into the sign of Aquarius as indicating the actual beginning of the new great Age, it is certainly a prime pointer in that direction. It is also not clear what we will find when we do awaken and what we will do after awakening. Every sign has its front side and its back side, and Aquarius has an ample share of both, and frankly as the popular song kind of goes, “Waking up is so very hard to do.” Ha!

Perhaps we can see some indication of what is coming by looking at the period of the 1960s when Uranus, ruler of Aquarius, was conjunct Pluto, divinity of the underworld. We might simplify the time as one of Uranus’
heavenly high idealism on one hand and dark underground Pluto’s “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” on the other hand. Apparently we cannot count on astrology to promise us total smooth sailing, only change and duality.

Another important Aquarian hint occurred in 2020 at the Capricorn Solstice when the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction occurred at zero degrees of Aquarius. This might be interpreted rather positively as an upward movement from dark wintery Capricorn to bright springtime Aquarius. However . . .

Although estimates differ, in somewhere around 100 years from now we will be truly moving from the Age of Pisces into the Age of Aquarius. This sounds pretty good, right? However . . . that particular celestial motion of the Great Ages moves in a retrograde or backward fashion and so, after roughly 2,160 years in the Age of Aquarius, we will move back into the sign of Capricorn. It might not be a great idea to wait around for that eventuality. In any case, as we probably already know, it is best to be in the present moment as much as we can!

It is certainly clear that many significant worldwide events have occurred in the awakening sign of Aquarius lately and there are some monumental ones looming on the horizon. We can be pretty sure we will be shaken to our roots with the activation of evolutionary power as symbolized by the kundalini serpent coiled and ready to spring forth when Aquarius is involved. Activated kundalini is an energy that is often challenging and tumultuous, but likely to be for our benefit in the big picture. So stay tuned!

Mars meets Venus at the Crown Chakra

Mars meets Venus at the Crown Chakra



Attached below you will see a chart cast for June 11th, 2021. Besides being my son Quinn’s birthday and the day after a potent Gemini solar eclipse, it is when the activating planet Mars moves over the charged cusp between Cancer and Leo, the two signs related to the Brow and Crown chakras. It is especially wonder-full with lovely Venus and Lady Luna in alchemically balancing Cancer nearby creating the basis for the alchemical marriage of silver and gold.

I have set equal houses and 0 Scorpio rising which creates the ATA or Alchemical Tantric Arrangement of the houses, e.g., houses 3 and 4 containing Capricorn and Aquarius, both ruled traditionally by Saturn with Cancer and Leo on the cusps of houses 9 and 10, ruled by the Moon and Sun.

Appropriate planets can now be seen to stimulate all 7 chakras:

First Root Chakra – ruling Saturn retro in Aquarius

Second Sacral Chakra – ruling Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces

Third Navel Chakra – Chiron and Eris in Aries

Fourth Heart Chakra – Uranus and Ceres in Vacca/Taurus

Fifth Throat Chakra – ruling Mercury retro and Sun in Gemini

Sixth Brow Chakra – ruling Moon and Venus in Cancer

Seventh Crown Chakra – Mars in Leo

Venus catches up with Mars on 13 July 2021 in radiant Leo, then Venus runs off but returns as Venus retro meeting three times in February 2022 in completing Capricorn and eventually transiting apocalyptic Pluto, then on March 6, 2022 they meet again exactly on the kundalini portal at 0 degrees of Aquariusto start a new cycle together!  Wow, what a romantic affair!  The divine passionate couple begin dancing together at the top of the ATA chart, play together all the way down to the bottom, and start again at the charged Chiron portal.



The central tantric channel through the chakras creates two primary portals in the twelvefold cycle of the zodiac, the Chiron/Kundalini Portal (CKP) at the cusp between Capricorn and Aquarius and the Alchemical Marriage Portal (AMP) at the cusp between Cancer and Leo.  Telluric forces move up at the CKP and celestial forces are brought down at the AMP.

The present grouping of planets creates a helpful arrangement for working with the energies of the ascending signs and their corresponding chakras:

  1. Ruling Saturn retro in Aquarius gives a strong serious Earth base to the Root Chakra. (Saturn’s square to Uranus is a potent fixed side issue)
  2. Ruling divine brothers Jupiter and Neptune are powerfully fertile in the sexual watery Sacral Chakra.
  3. Both Chiron and Eris are strong in Aries and the fiery Navel Chakra. (an important side issue is the explosive Tee-square of Eris to Pluto and Mars.)
  4. Uranus brings surprises to Vacca/Taurus. (the twisted square with Saturn paradoxically includes heavenly Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, and Saturn who goes better with earthy Vacca/Taurus)
  5. Sun and North Node contribute focus to the sign of the lover twins and ruling retro Mercury makes for dynamic Gemini synthesis at the Throat Chakra.
  6. Both ruling Luna and lovely Venus in Cancer accent the feminine silver Queen at the Brow Chakra in preparation for the alchemical union.
  7. Mighty Mars is fitting as masculine gold King at the AMP and tops off the cycle as spiritual warrior with power to draw down the celestial insights of the Crown Chakra.

In a rare symbolic completion of the ATA cycle, the golden insights of the alchemical marriage are appropriately handed off by transiting Mars and Venus to sacred Vesta in Virgo to distribute, thence enjoyed by Juno in Sagittarius, and then the divine passionate couple meet with Pluto and Vesta in Capricorn before joining a final time as they begin a new cycle at the beginning of Aquarius in 2022.

Other versions of this arrangement will occur for several years as the outer planets climb the chakra ladder until Jupiter meets Uranus in Leo.  Yearly when the radiant Sun and his entourage enter royal Leo around the 22ndof July form a similar arrangement of highly resonant planets throughout the signs and chakras.  In particular this time period leading up to and through the transit of the inner planets across the top or Alchemical Marriage Portal (AMP), is an especially advantageous time for AstroYoga contemplation and/or meditation.

There are impactful changes occurring on many levels in the world today and it is important to be focusing on actions that help purify and uplift.  There are many such activities and positive contemplations and/or meditations.  (See the AstroYoga section of our book Alchemical Tantric AstrologyThose found in yoga are especially effective right now with the present arrangement of appropriate planets activating all seven chakras.


The Time Serpent

The Time Serpent

Kala Sarpa Yoga

There is another significant astrological event happening now and over the next few years that is related to the Moon’s Nodes, the points where eclipses occur. Since all the outer planets are in a close band of zodiac signs from Pluto in Capricorn to Uranus in Vacca/Taurus, they and all the traditional planets can often be found on one side of the alignment of the Nodes, as they have been off and on recently. The Moon, of course, transits the entire zodiac each month and the Sun and inner planets once a year, altering this configuration.

In Vedic astrology this phenomenon is called “Kala Sarpa Yoga” or literally translated, “Time Serpent Union.” The Time Serpent is a title for the Nodes of the Moon or Rahu and Ketu, who was a serpentine demon in myth, and was cut in two parts, a head and a tail, by Vishnu. Also called the Head and Tail of the Dragon, they are said to swallow the Sun and Moon during eclipses.

There is intriguing symbolism connected with the Moon’s Nodes as serpents and especially in this Time Serpent formation since it adds to the 2020 Portal phenomenon as described in Alchemical Tantric Astrology. As illustrated in the image above, this symbolism even extends to the association between the Cosmic Serpent and the DNA double helix, which has further suggestive links to yogic powers or siddhis.

Adding to all the amazing astrology associated with the year 2020, this Time Serpent formation emerged with all the planets on one side of the Nodes on February 25, 2020. After bringing major eclipses at the end of 2019, the South Node completed transiting the “Four Horseman of the Apocalypse”: Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter, and Pallas and was then joined by Mars and the Moon, bringing the stellium in Capricorn to seven celestial bodies or seven seals!

There is a particularly striking version of the Time Serpent formation shown in the 2022 New Year Chart below. Notice that not only the outer planets but also the primary asteroids and dwarf planets will also be on the full side of the chart! We can see that since the movement of the Nodes is overall retrograde, every planet will eventually either transit over the North Node or the North Node will transit over the planets during the next few years. (a complete cycle of the Lunar Nodes is approximately 18 years, so half cycle is 9 years)

A Kala Sarpa Yoga formed in February, 2020 and is in a complete form on New Year 2022, ending soon after.

The question this brings to my mind is: Just what is it about eclipses that makes them so powerful that in Vedic astrology the Nodes are elevated to the status of planets? Is the power largely related to the awe experienced when the Sun or Moon disappears, and/or is there something more? Could it be that eclipses activate some Time-related programming in the DNA, suggested by the serpent symbolism?

At any rate, the North Lunar Node will transit every single planet and asteroid with eclipses that will occur near every outer planet between 2022, starting with Uranus, until the eclipses near Pluto in Aquarius at the end of 2027.



*Time Serpent illustration by Jody Bare