Astrological Significance of Winter Solstice 2020

 Here is the video I did yesterday on this Winter Solstice. I apologize for not having the best sound on this first attempt at doing a FB live / zoom event. But I will be a whole lot better at it next time. 

There is lots of info here and if you have comments or questions, please ask them below and I will make sure you get the answers. 

In case you are new to me, I am Michele Avanti. I have been a professional astrologer for thirty years and am an ISAR certified astrology professional. I have taught astrology for many years and even the math for NCGR back in the nineties when that was required for astrologers to be certified. 

Blessings to you... let us look to the year ahead and the great changes that this chart opens. 

Since this file is too large for this website, here is the link to it on FB.



Jupiter Saturn Conjunction - Winter Solstice 2020

At sunset this evening, if you have clear skies, look to the Southwest and you will see Jupiter (the brightest) and Saturn in the sky as they are coming into the tightest conjuntion closest to the earth in 794 years. We call this the Great Conjuntion because not only are they aligned in the zodiac contellation but they are aligned in latitude (declination) this will make them appear as one on the evening of the Winter Solstice, Monday Dec 21st.

This conjunction is at 0 degrees Aquarius and one might say it hails the doorway to new levels of cooperation, freedom, revolution, invention and thought.

I will be speaking about the significance of this and the Solstice Chart this Saturday at 3pm on FB Live. Hope you will join me. https://fb.me/e/24naPcfOt


Pluto Stations - major difficulties for Trump while in Hospital

Today Pluto will station direct at 9:33 am ET / 6:33 am PT at 22 Capricorn 29. It is a transformative event for our world, and a very hard hit for President Trump. The activation in his chart is beyond difficult. Though we see him by his actions, so many misleading and false, we need to remember what this soul's purpose has been. He has been the catalyst for change in this nation. He has forced us to look at what we hold most dear, and to stand up for our beliefs and to rethink what it means to be an American.

Here is his chart for this transformative moment. It involves severe physical stress, disease, possible stroke, blood clots or heart attack.
If you are studying astrology here are some of the significant aspects. In parenthesis you will find the meaning of each planet as it is deposited in his chart.
Saturn (health, marriage & partners) is in opposition (struggle to maintain balance) to Saturn. He has been under this aspect for a while. The last time he had this aspect in his chart was in 1992. It was a time of divorce, marriage again due to pregnancy and bankruptcy. At that time he did still have his father's fortune to help him out. Today that does not exist.
Pluto (his emotions, property and physical body) stations in a super stress/serious disease inconjunct to his Sun (ego, hopes & dreams, physical body, heart) and Mars (his emotions, property, internet & public visibility, news reception, physical body, blood & energy), while it also opposes (a struggle and need for balance) his Saturn (health, marriage & partners) and Venus (career, contracts & voice).
These are not trivial aspects and as they happen under the stationing of Pluto, they will leave a deep mark. Since we know he is in the hospital, it may include a stroke, heart attack, blood clot, or some other serious event. It will also be a deep psychological struggle that may transform his view of who he is and what he thinks or says.
There are still more layers to these aspects, but as the world waits to see how he fares, I think these are at the top of the list.
I expect you will know more from the news as the morning proceeds.

Michele Avanti is an ISAR Certified Astrology Professional with three decades working with clients worldwide. For more about her click the "Who Is Michele Avanti" tab at the top of this page. Or for information on consultations, click the "Consultations" tab.


Planetary Changes September 9 to November 13

 As we enter the most chaotic and profound energetics of our lifetime, we must take responsibility for our choices, our emotions and our thoughts. 

September 9th 2020, begins a series of planetary stationings. It begins with Mars in Aries, which it rules. It's filled with power, aggression, energy and fire. It represents the military in all its forms worldwide. It represents weapons from guns to bazookas and it represents all forms of fire. 

The red wave of Mars fills the entire period of these planetary stationings, from September 9 at 6:22 pm ET when it stations retrograde, till it stations direct on November 13 at 7:36 pm ET. 

Here is the radio show I did on this topic... it will explain the chaos and help you realize the inner directives that you are feeling. 

Mars sets the stage for a period of chaos, revelation and renewed responsibility, as it stations at 28 degrees Aries 8 minutes. 

The Sabian Symbol for 28 degrees which is where we have been since Aug 28, this degree states:


KEYNOTE: The necessity for mature preparation and self-criticism.

It is a time to reflect on how we have handled situations: have we blamed others for our plight, have we criticized ourselves to a point of inaction, or are we taking responsibility and thus will prepare to move forward no matter how challenging that may be.

It is not only happening on an individual level but it is active throughout humanity. How do my actions affect the whole of creation? 

This is about RESPONSIBILITY for our thoughts, words and actions.

The actual Sabian symbol of the moment Mars stationed retrograde is 29 Degrees Aries and this is where we are on the stage of life as we entered this period of chaotic change.


KEYNOTE: Attunement to cosmic order.

We have entered into a new space of possibilities. Now we can expand into an understanding of  the harmonics that are the basis of all Creation. 


When Mars stations direct on November 13th it will be at 15 Aries 14 which indicates the Sabian symbol for 16 Degrees Aries:


KEYNOTE: Attunement to the potency of invisible forces, of nature.                 

This should be seen as a doorway to becoming aware that all life is connected and comes from the Creative Force. That we are never alone but wholely interconnected and if we will allow the integration of this knowingness, our intuition will begin to blossom. 

I believe this gives us the underpinning of how we, within the entire sphere of creation in this solar system must, and are evolving consciousness.  


Let us now examine each of the four planetary stationings that will take place during this Mars period.

First Jupiter will station direct on September 12th at 8:41 pm ET - 17 Capricorn 24

Saturn will station direct on September 29th at 1:11 am ET - 25 Capricorn 20

Pluto stations direct on Oct 4th at 9:32 am ET - 22 Capricorn 29

Mercury Stations Retrograde, Oct 13th at 9:05 pm ET - 11 Scorpio 40

Mercury Stations Direct November 3rd at 12:50 pm ET - 25 Libra 53


KEYNOTE: The interaction of the spiritual Will and of the Love principle when critical needs arise.

This is a most incredible symbol and energy landing exactly on the day of the U.S. election. Here the bird of prey - symbol of power, will, control, transforms into the bird of love and compassion. This is time of transformation and coming together. It is a remarkable stamp indicating energy of compassion and love will take on the strength and power of the will. 

In life we think of love and compassion as a soft, kind energy. One that can too easily be controlled or pressed under the weight of power. But this symbol tells us we shall see the power of strength and control merge with the compassion of the dove. So there will be action merged with love. 

It is a true symbol of the work that Ghandi did as he marched people to the sea for salt against the then greatest power on earth, the British military. 

The Keyword ADEPTNESS = for when we blend strength with love, power with compassion, we become adept in our own divinity. 

Michele Avanti CAP, is an ISAR Certified Astrology Professional working with clients for 30 years. 
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Fourth Of July 2020

In the midst of so much frustration, disease and unrest, I pray you will find solace in knowing we are on the precipice of enormous change. The things that we have witnessed and have allowed to remain hidden are now surfacing at every turn. 

We are entering a time of deeper understanding of what it means to be human, to share a planet, and to be brother and sister to everyone and every bit of creation.

Let us celebrate the unveiling of truth. Honor all who have died for freedom.  Including all our veterans and their animal friends, as well as all those who have died in the fight for rights of every kind. The right to have freedom & justice for all means ALL. 

In this nation thousands have died for so many kinds of freedoms. Let us honor all of them, for they have made the breakthroughs to bring us; the right to vote, the right to speak, the right to assemble peacefully and voice our grievances, the right to be equal in body, creed, color, and lifestyle.

I wish you a happy, safe and healthy Fourth..let us take this day to reflect, to honor and celebrate.


Between A Rock and A Hard Place - Tightrope To Compassion

How many times in life have you felt like you were between a rock and a hard place? A situation arises and every option you consider does not appear to have a good outcome. If you say something to this person, another person you love gets upset or vice versa. Or perhaps it is a subject matter that seems filled with rocks. Speak about this, advocate for that, express a dream or desire and you are certain you are putting something you love in the guillotine. I know this has happened to me many times in my life.

So how do you handle these experiences with grace? Do you avoid speaking, so you can keep the peace? Do you stand there listening, fuming inside, but saying not a word? Do you walk away entirely because you are certain there can be no good outcome? Or perhaps you have been silent too long and find yourself exploding, which only makes matters worse, the rocks become harder and the tightrope to compassion and peace becomes so long you cannot even imagine how you could get to the other side.

When situations like this happen you will most likely react with a pattern cemented from your childhood. Perhaps you adopted the same pattern you saw your Mom or Dad use. Some of us witness a parent lying to someone on the phone. Maybe saying they cannot do something because they are not feeling good, or someone else is sick, or they need to do some other task. But you know the real reason is they are planning to watch a movie or game or something else.  If you ask why they lied, they tell you that lying is better than arguing or being persuaded to do something they don't want to do. And besides, they say, it doesn't hurt anyone. It's just a tiny white lie.

Wanting to please your parent, you may accept this as the way to treat similar situations. What you could not realize as a child, is this would begin building a wall that would not support you, but would crush you later in life.

Let's look at an example.  The phone rings. You pick it up and it's for your Mom. You start to say, “She is...”and your Mom frantically signals to you to say she is not home. So you say. “Mom's not here, I'll let her know you called.” then you hang up.

This is a typical sequence that seems utterly unimportant. But inside you don't feel good about it. This type of experience may happen many times in your childhood, and you may come to accept it and begin to use it yourself when you don't want to talk to someone. If you go down this route you may find yourself creating excuses for lots of things in your life. Doing this builds a wall that in time will trap you as you grow and your world becomes much more complicated.

When we recognize that every person is important, we will choose to honor them. Petty lies do not honor anyone. They create separation and build disrespect for both parties. Though this seems like a very small wall, it is the foundation that one builds on, and after a few decades will create automatic responses that impede understanding and intimacy. Later in life, you may find yourself troubled by your own reactions when you need to tell your Mom, your boss, a friend, or your spouse; “No, I don't want to do that,” or “I don't like you doing this?”

As we grow, people we love change, new people come into our lives for many reasons and though they may be aligned with us on some levels, they are not on others. This creates new issues and we find ourselves wondering how to honestly speak to someone we love when we know their belief system, or their morals, or their view of the world are not aligned with ours? Or worse yet, we are uncertain of what their response might be because we have played the role we think they wanted us to play. A role that is not who we really are.

It is at these times that we stand between a rock and hard place, and we feel stressed to communicate. But we need to realize that we have built these rock walls, and we can dissolve them because they are only made of our fears. Fear that our words will cause someone we love to leave us. Fear that how we look will keep us from a place of importance or honor. Fear that our actions may be perceived as aggressive or lazy, or too feminine or too masculine, or too stupid or too whatever. Or even worse, fear of being physically harmed.

Every step on the road to compassion begins with awareness. This is true for every advancement in consciousness, awareness is key. We must first be conscious of where we are, and what we have been doing before we can make change. So if you want to tear down the walls and increase your joy, ask yourself : “What do I fear?” “What would I do or say if I were not afraid?”

An honest examination of our fears begins the process of dissolving the rock wall.  

Let us take a look at one of the most common fears: Fear of what someone will think of us. Ask yourself why is this important to you? Doesn't this signal you are uncertain of your own value? That you may be performing to gain appreciation or recognition from another is actually an act. You have strayed from knowing you are valuable in simply being who you are. We must recall the basic premise of life. The eco-system of this universe flows because of every individual being. Each implicitly valuable to its manifestation. The key word being, 'Every.' That includes you! If you are performing for praise, you have misplaced your own worth.

In metaphysics there is the understanding that like our solar system, where the Sun is in the center and the planets revolve around it, so too are each of us a solar system. We each are the Sun in the center of our own solar system and those we love, from family to friends, orbit around us. If we allow one of these planets to move into the center, we have given away our power and our universe will eventually collapse. So when we allow someone else to be the center of our universe, we experience everything from sadness to depression, to feeling completely lost and not sure of our direction in life.

Now there are many levels in our universes. There is the intimate family level which includes our furry animal friends, and may even include our homes and personal property. Then there is the level of extended family and friends and the level of career and colleagues, then finally acquaintances.

At each level we may find how we value ourselves differs. At home your immediate family may praise you, while at work you may have a boss who pushes your buttons, and it is more comfortable to lie to him than tell the truth. Doing this is like eclipsing the Sun in your universe. You will eventually have to speak, walk away, or be fired because by not speaking truth, you are collapsing your universe at that level. You know this innately as you will find yourself loathing your job, your boss and most importantly yourself.

Thus we must always stay true to who we are – to what we feel is right for us.

Our hearts have their own brain centers, separate from the brains in our heads. Metaphysically we have always known this, for it has been written in every nation, over centuries, “Follow your heart.” But now, even science has proven the heart has its own brain. Well, the heart's brain always knows right from wrong. It knows truth from illusion. We must learn to be aware of it, to rely on it, and to listen to it. As soon as the mind rationalizes or reacts to a situation, often re-enacting performances taught in childhood, we lose the path of self-love. Without self-love, we eventually find ourselves
between a rock and a hard place. A place without balance, filled with frustration and fear. A place that becomes a tightrope to compassion.

So before you take any action, you must listen to your heart!

The physical world is a complicated place. Medically the gamut from AMA practice to Holistic and homeopathic practice can be universes apart. Religious and spiritual belief systems span from the natural cycles of nature to fundamentalist dogma that instills fear and prohibits taking action in some areas while requiring specific actions in others. The disparity between pathways has been the cause of war for centuries, and it continues to this day.

When someone we love walks a different path medically or spiritually, or politically, or in some other way, and we need to assist them, we may feel we are up against a wall – between a rock and a hard place. We may feel deeply challenged to take over, to direct, or to avoid, to hide, or to not participate because we do not want to activate conflict.
How can we show love, and still feel good inside, when we have so many deep-seated differences? How can we stay out of fear, the fear of a wrong choice we think they are making? How can we remain free of judging their choices?

The heart knows LOVE – it only knows Love. 

When we leave our mind and its fears at the door and we let our heart's brain speak, we will find the only thing we can express is Compassion.

When we speak from Love, we honor the individual in all the complexity of the personality they wear in this lifetime and thus the journey they are choosing to take. We will not argue their choices but lovingly honor them. If they ask for our opinion, we can speak from the heart and ask them if they are following what  their heart is telling them. This is the encouragement we can give, and it will give them peace in their choices and that, will give us peace.

Too often we struggle to find the right choice, the right direction, the right answer. Stop looking outside for it. You are using your mind – not your heart.

The heart's brain is connected to the 360 degree view of  your Divine Self – the soul that is you.
Your mind is only the computer which gives directions based on all the input from childhood and on. The mind's software needs to be upgraded often. It needs to be checked for viruses. Mind viruses include, how we are reacting to situations and people, as well as how we may be following the directives of others, or performing for love and praise.
This is where the words from an old song I used to sing back in the 70's can be very useful. When your brain is filling with words, before you begin to speak, take a deep breath and go through those words asking yourself:

Is it true? Is is necessary? Is it kind? 

If the answer to any of these is, “No,” then latch onto your heart center. Take a breath through your heart and let it speak love without fear, love without limits, and love without control. When we do this the rock and hard places dissolve. Balance ensues and we find ourselves easily across the tightrope to a place of peace in the rainbow of compassion.

Questions and comments are always welcome.. more minds means deeper understanding. pm me at 
@michele.avanti  or visit my FB page: Astrology Metaphysics & Spiritual Tips

Michele Avanti CAP is an ISAR Certified Astrology Professional with nearly three decades of experience consulting, teaching and lecturing on astrology. She is passionate about helping others and teaching future astrologers. For more information about Michele, click this link: Michele Avanti