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As the title suggests, all the articles on Venus, Mars and Mercury can be found here. In addition, some classes and/or teleclasses on these planets can be found here as well.

Articles on Sun and Moon Eclipses

Lunar and Solar Eclipse seasons are times of potent celestial energy and so they evoke creative spirit to witness, take in, write and study the patterns of remarkable events. SAMS covers the eclipse seasons and over the years we have written articles on them, primarily by Daniel Giamario and Cayelin Castell.

Capricorn New Moon – January 2020

By Levi Banner

The new moon on January 13 is in the sign of Capricorn. The moon always meets the sun at a new moon and this time it’s very close to the very place in the sky that the major conjunctions of 2020 happened with Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter.

Yikes! Perhaps this could mean we are examining what we’ve learned from all of that madness and meltdown of structure, so that we can move on.

Capricorn has gone through a full death and rebirth by now. All the old Capricorn, be it old paradigm ways of doing things, have been composted.

Old paradigm patriarchal structure? Restrictions of our freedom? Messing up the environment for human comfort? …

…That is so 2020.

This new moon is the best time to plant seeds for the year. Capricorn is the soil, dirt, roots of a tree. The foundation for the future.

Now we start this new year with a fresh perspective on what’s actually possible to co-create. Only now, from the other side of that dramatic year: The new world begins now!

This new moon is a mark in the calendar for new ways of humanity to formulate and become. Or to say in another way: Now we have an opportunity to learn from what has been done in the recent past, and move on to more sustainable, practical and healthy solutions for the future.

The future depends on our choices in this new year. This new moon is the very beginning of a new world.
2021 features some very dynamic alignments. January begins that. Our first month on the calendar features some high points that start us off full steam ahead.

Uranus goes direct on January 14 making it so ALL major planets are moving forward. This will last 16 days until Mercury goes retrograde from January 30-February 20. Then, all planets are direct again for another 66 days!

All planets moving forward happens much less often than many planets going retrograde.

Retrograde is not bad. Forward is not good. Both can be either depending on one’s personal experience. It’s more complicated than that. Though, I can say all planets moving forward at the beginning of the year, many of which are in Aquarius is a very telling sign that we are full force moving on from where we were, to where we are going.

It can indeed be very intense when everything is moving forward at once. There’s nothing stopping the evolutionary energies of the planets.

Uranus gong direct is also a telling sign, because it’s is a key feature, the main feature in fact, of 2021. So it’s fitting that Uranus is the last to go direct and marks all moving onwards.

Uranus is the planet of abrupt changes, radical shifts and novel moments in time. In Taurus, the sign of the physical, earthly, pleasures and enjoyment. Having Uranus there brings a radical and revolutionary tone to the way we use our bodies, relate personally to nature and the environment.

Uranus will be squared by Jupiter this month and Saturn three times this year. Plus Mars will also conjunct it month as well. All are major activations of this revolutionary alignment of Uranus in Taurus.

Mars squares Saturn the day before on January 13 which helps begin this astounding setup of intense alignments.

Mars is the embodied sacred masculine when in Taurus. He moved into this sign recently after being in Aries for 6 months. Now in a dynamic alignment with Saturn, the planet of structure, form and boundaries. Both will have a dynamic alignment with Uranus very soon. In fact, Mars will come into contact or conjunct Uranus on January 20. Mars being the sacred masculine and Uranus being the abrupt changes.

…This could surely upset the US elections planned for that very same day.

You can’t make this stuff up!

As we slowly move out of patriarchal culture and wealthy, white male domination of the planet, we are seeing who is latching on to old roles and who is progressing into the new.

Mars and Uranus are surely playing a huge role in this shift happening now. This could most definitely be an abrupt or tense change.

The sun comes into close contact or conjunct to Pluto in Capricorn on January 14. Again marking the spot where all the action was last year. This illuminates the composted old ways as I stated before with the new moon. The sun is now shining light for new growth to emerge.

Compost helps make really rich soil for healthy new plants to grow out of.

The sun then moves into the sign of Aquarius on January 20. Again the same day as the US elections and the Mars and Uranus conjunction. Now shining the light of awareness on free thinking, new ways of seeing things and humanitarian views of culture.

Aquarius is the key ingredient, along with Taurus in the melting pot of 2021. In Aquarius, Saturn and Jupiter are moving along.

Jupiter comes into an important square with Uranus on January 17. The one and only square of Jupiter in Aquarius to Uranus in Taurus this year.

Jupiter expands whatever it touches. Uranus being a higher octave of Jupiter expansion. This is like a rocket fueled ship blasting off at the beginning of this year filled with dynamics between these two signs.

Aquarius and Taurus are the signs of deep inquiry in 2021.

Mars will then square Jupiter in Aquarius on January 22 just after he conjuncts Uranus in Taurus on January 20.

Again, Jupiter now expanding and amplifying the new version of the masculine moving through Taurus. Though in a tense, dynamic, or possibly uncomfortable way.

Hopefully this new masculine embodies the healthy aspects of Taurus and Aquarius  which can include new ways of being healthy in our bodies and new ways of having a personal relationship with the earth. It’s possible to use our rapidly growing technology to better our environment and make it even more, healthy, enjoyable and sustainable in the future. That is possible.

The opposite is also possible.

The shadow of Aquarius is to use technology to control people. To care less about the environment and more about enhancing the mind.

The dynamic of these two signs could be the best of both. Though we are dealing a bunch of Square alignments. This square thing I keep mentioning is a 90 degree alignment and is very dynamic. Dane Rudhyar called it a “Crisis in Action” so this will likely all be pretty tense.

I’ve been saying for a awhile now. In this new year we will have a lot of choices to make. Technology and the environment, the mind and body, and personal and collective all are in a point of “Something has to give”.

Let’s combine the very best of Taurus with the very best of Aquarius.

The best of Taurus is intimacy with self, others and nature in a way that all enjoy and feel comfortable. A healthy, body and sensual enjoyment. The garden of earthly delights without the fall.

The very best of Aquarius is collective humanity expanding consciousness in a way that brings us into better versions of ourselves in the future.

To utilize our aquarian visions to better our bodies and connections to earth and all beings. To utilize our aquarian, futuristic technologies to sustain the earth and the life of all beings.

2021 is the start of the new world.

What will you choose?

2021 Schedule of Events


  1. Monthly Vlogcasts with Daniel Giamario at the Full Moon…with various guests from SAMS
  2. Monthly calls at the New Moon for SAMS members, usually with Daniel, Mary Kern, and Erik Roth.
  3. Quadrant Zoom calls for members at the Cross Quarters, with the Founders.  Next call is the Air Quadrant on January 31, 2021 at 5:00pm PST.
  4. Special presentations for everyone at the times of the Equinoxes and Solstices.  There will be one at this coming March Equinox with Daniel and Cayelin with a deeper dive into the Jupiter/Saturn in Aquarius “Great Mutation”; as well as the Age of Aquarius deception.

Traditionally, SAMS does a free presentation at the June Solstice, and a fundraiser at the December Solstice.

  1. Regular Mentoring Zoom classes with Daniel Giamario, for everyone, at the First Quarter Moon times, each month, starting in February, at first quarter Moon.  This first one will likely happen February 18th.  Stay tuned for details.  These zoom classes will alternate between chart analysis mentoring and specific topics for inquiry.  The February class will be on the challenges presented by Saturn and/or Pluto to a man’s Venus or a woman’s Mars, either nataly or by transit.


Over the course of the year, SAMS will present special events, special zoom classes and teleclasses.

So far, one is scheduled: A Mars Synodic Cycle seminar with Daniel Giamario and Erik Roth coming up on January 19th at 5:00pm PST.  Information on this is in the current newsletter.  

Others coming up will include classes on the Mars/Venus Sagas.  Also more on the Nodal Cycles and Eclipse Cycles of 2021.

The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius…What? Again?

By Daniel Giamario

That is the title of this month’s NEW MOON Vlog-cast**.

I previewed this month’s Vlog-cast with a Facebook post last Tuesday that I will share here now, in case you haven’t seen it. I am also including in this article some additional interesting information about the “Age of Aquarius” issue. And then, near the end of the video, speculation on what was the identity of the “Christmas Star”.

There have been, these past weeks, numerous articles and presentations concerning the upcoming Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in Aquarius on the December Solstice.  A great deal of what I have seen includes a large amount of misinformation.  This is a large subject which is why we shall do an entire VLOG on this next week. Read More

Ramblings, Reflections and Ruminations From The Founder: New Book Recommendation Nov 2020

By Daniel Giamario

Author Stephen JenkinsonEvery so often I love to share about books that I have been strongly influenced by.  During this plandemic time, I have much gratitude to have a safe and comfortable residence with a compatible partner, and be well supplied with year’s worth of supplies, all in anticipation of the extraordinary events of 2020.  I have also been fortunate to have my usual number of clients and friends to share with, albeit, virtually.  We are now in our 33rd week of lock-down/lock-step here in the Philippines.  Consequently, I have had lots of time for reading, researching and reflecting.  This month, I will share about the author Stephen Jenkinson and two of his fabulous books.  Read More

The Autumn Hunter

The harbinger of late autumn can be seen in the night sky from the northern hemisphere around 9 or 10 pm as we look southward.  Just as the harvest moon is followed by the hunter moon, following the autumn harvest is the rise of the great Hunter Orion, named by Greek mythology. Though this star group has other mythical origins and names from other cultures the Hunter image relates well to this time of year and the focus of life as the seasons turn. 

Historically, the harvest is completed by October’s end and hunting wild game follows as winter approaches.  The Hunter constellation, aka Orion, is located on the Celestial Equator and visible from both the northern and southern hemispheres.

The Hunter is  easily identified by the three bright stars evenly spaced and forming his belt.  This prominent belt displays the stars Alnilam, Mintaka and Alnitak. The brighter stars Betelgeuse marks his top left shoulder and Bellatrix his right shoulder. Read More