COP 26

The 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow starts today, and lasts twelve days.  It is the last chance for the world’s nations (around 125 are involved) to commit to keeping warming from carbon emissions below 1.5 degrees C.  There is not a nation that won’t be affected by increased global warming, some are more responsible than others, some care more than others, and some are more vulnerable than others.

Astrologically, the next twelve days carry the challenge of a T-square between the Sun and Mars in Scorpio, Uranus in Taurus, and Saturn in Aquarius.  You would not expect anything less for such a complex and demanding international scenario.  Perhaps in your own life or work you are negotiating a long, difficult and complex task, such as a house move.  It is a huge balancing act, and requires commitment.  Additionally, Mars has just entered Scorpio which makes each party fight for its corner and be less inclined to compromise.  But the good of the whole has to be predominant.

In this blog I will attempt to chart the progress of the Conference through the main astrological aspects which occur in this period, and how they impinge on the charts of some of the participants, the countries, and eco-warriors.  So follow my unique guide to the next twelve days!

The Grand Opening

Well, Happy Halloween!  Let us hope that in today’s Grand Opening all the good ancestors of the world nations are lending a hand to the proceedings!  Today is the procedural opening of negotiations.

Mars will be on Boris Johnson’s Moon in Scorpio in his 1st House.  He has centre stage, and will be passionate and ebullient.  As a historian, he has said that if we fail, then it would be akin to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.  That may be an understatement…

U.K. chart has transiting Chiron sextile the U.K. Asc on the 11th House cusp of Friendship, and is also in the middle of its Chiron Return – an attempt at healing.

Joe Biden has a lot of important transits at this time, and indeed he has a lot going on domestically as well as globally.  With Mars opposite his Moon at this time, and Uranus opposite his Mars, he feels under fire.  Chiron is exactly sextile his Saturn today and the North Node is exactly on his Uranus, so it is an important day in his life in terms of enacting his ideals.  In addition, the South Node (karma) is on his Ascendant in global Sagittarius, emphasizing his role.

Monday 1st November

Mercury trine Jupiter

Boris Johnson is tasked with giving an opening speech.  Mercury trine Jupiter is favourable for international initiatives, and for expansive speeches.  I think Boris should avoid talk about Kermit this time, though, given the extreme gravitas of the situation.  Starting out with high hopes, this will be one of the better days of the summit.

Jupiter will be at 22 degrees Aquarius, and will directly affect the following charts:

Vladimir Putin has Pluto at 22 degrees Leo in his 11th House of Friendship, and though he will not personally be attending, the transit indicate the importance of the summit in his life.  Jupiter will be opposite his Pluto, so he will be exerting his influence from a distance!  Jupiter will also trine his natal Mercury which is at 22 degrees Libra in his 1st House – more power to his elbow.

David Attenborough will be attending, and Jupiter will be trine his natal Mercury, fulfilling his efforts in communication.  There is also great poignancy for him, as Jupiter opposes his natal Neptune at 22 degrees Leo in his 6th House of Environment, his great sensitivity.

Emmanuel Macron has Mars sextile his natal Mercury in his 12th House, so may make a memorable barb.  At the same time (!), with Jupiter sextile his natal Venus in his 11th House of Friendship, he could launch a charm offensive.  Mars is trine his natal Jupiter in his 6th House, enthusiasm added to his energy, and his Napoleonic side may emerge.  But with Mars sextile his natal Saturn in Virgo in his 9th House, at the same time he will be capable of being measured.  There may be some contradictory behaviour!

Tuesday 2nd November

Mercury square Pluto

Tuesday has been allocated to the handing over by the  leaders to the  environment ministers of the various countries and other politicians and diplomats.  Astrologically, this is the first major challenge, as Mercury square Pluto is very demanding mentally and in communications.

Pluto is at 24 degrees Capricorn, and will directly affect the following charts:

Angela Merkel will be making her final appearance internationally as the outgoing Chancellor of Germany.  Looking at her overall transits, this Conference is tremendously important to her.  Pluto will be opposite her natal Sun at 24 degrees Cancer, symbolic of a swan song.

Australia’s chart is significantly affected, with its Midheaven (role in the world) transited by Pluto.  Its position has been controversial of late, pulling out of an agreement with France and allying itself with the U.K. and the U.S.

Wednesday 3rd November

Wednesday is allocated to finance.  There are no major aspects.

Thursday 4th November

New Moon in Scorpio

The New Moon indicates a New Beginning, especially if the intent of all parties is focussed on the same goal.  A cautionary note, though.  Not all New Moons prove successful: Alec Baldwin (subject of last week’s blog) launched his film making for “Rust” on the last New Moon, which was in Libra.  The theme at the Conference will be accelerating clean Energy.

Sun Opposite Uranus

Uranus opposing the Sun makes the New Moon initiatives more unpredictable and subject to sudden changes, maybe the switching of sides.  The Moon, the Sun, and Uranus will all be lined up at 12 degrees, and will particularly affect the following charts:

Boris Johnson with his Midheaven at 12 degs Cancer in his 10th House will be a special focus, and the aspects as far as they can may benefit him with this placing.

Vladimir Putin has his Part of Fortune 12 Taurus in his 8th House, so may spring a surprise from afar!

Scott Morrison of Australia has Venus at 12 degrees Taurus.  He too may make a surprise move or announcement, with Uranus on his Venus.

China’s chart has its Jupiter at 12 degrees Capricorn in its 7th House.  President Xi Jinping will not be attending, despite China being a key player for the issue of global warming.  Uranus will be trine the China Jupiter, so this is a chance for a helpful pledge.

Angela Merkel has her natal Jupiter 12 degs Cancer in 7th House, which will be in favourable aspect to the New Moon and Uranus.  She may feel empowered to make a significant contribution at that time.

Friday 5th November

The spotlight will be on Greta Thunberg on Friday, and she will be holding a school strike, as has become normal for that day of the week.  The day is billed for a focus on Youth and Public Empowerment and Education.  She was interviewed at length by Andrew Marr this morning, and answered lucidly on all angles of the subject of climate change.

Her Sun/Chiron is at 12 degrees Capricorn, so the New Moon is in a sympathetic sextile to her Sun, and Uranus is trine with her Sun.  This portrays the summit as a good vehicle for her life’s work.  Other beneficial transits at the start of the Conference are Neptune trine her natal Mars, and Chiron sextile her natal Neptune.

Another climate activist, Caroline Lucas, has low key transits for this Conference, and I believe will not be attending in person, though she has done much to put climate change at the forefront of our minds and hearts.  But the South Node (karma) is transiting her natal Mercury in Sagittarius, so she will be very much exercised mentally, and have much to say.

Saturday 6th November

Mercury sextile Venus

Nature and sustainable land use are the foci for Saturday.  The aspect for the day is not one of high impact, but does foster diplomacy and negotiation.  So this may be a fairly peaceful part of the Conference.

Sunday 7th November

This will be a rest day, prior to the second week of the Conference.  Jupiter moves to 23 degrees Aquarius on that day, and may bring different emphases and different delegates to the fore.

The following charts will be affected by this move:

Vladimir Putin has his Midheaven at 23 degrees Gemini in his 9th House of Foreign Relations, and Jupiter will give a boost to his standing.

Angela Merkel has three planets at 23 degrees, but at awkward angles to transiting Jupiter.  She may feel she has to speak out about difficult subjects, such as protecting more vulnerable nations.

David Attenborough has Saturn at 23 degrees Scorpio in his 9th House, and Jupiter squaring that planet may present difficulties for him.

Nicola Sturgeon has her Midheaven at 23 degrees Leo in the 10th House, so Jupiter will be on her I.C.  The world has literally come to her doorstep, with all the challenges that brings!

Monday 8th November

The focus on that day is on the practical solutions needed to adapt to climate change.  There are no major aspects.

Tuesday 9th November

The focus on that day is gender equality, science and innovation.  There are no major aspects.

Wednesday 10th November

Mercury conjunct Mars

Mercury square Saturn

Mars square Saturn

This is the most challenging day for the Conference astrologically.  The focus will be on transport with the emphasis on cutting carbon from cars. Certainly the transport infrastructure of Glasgow will be under strain!  The conjunction and squares take place at 7 degrees, and the charts especially involved will be:

U.S.A. chart has North Node at 7 degrees Leo, so Saturn will be at the South Node, which may include the principle of repaying karmic debts.

Nicola Sturgeon, although not directly involved in negotiations, has her natal Moon at 7 degrees Aquarius in the 3rd House cusping her 4th House, depicting again the responsibility of having the world arrive on her doorstep.  Her Ascendant is at 7 degrees Scorpio, at the site of the Mercury/Mars conjunction, so it will be a heavy day for her.

Thursday 11 November

The focus on that day is cities, communities and regions.  There are no major aspects.

Friday 12 November

Sun trine Neptune

This is the last day of the Conference, and the Sun trine Neptune offers the possibility of the nations coming together on a higher level, in spiritual unity, even after the ruptures of Wednesday’s challenging aspects.  Let us hope they are listening to the Universe, or at least Gaia.  The crucial requirement of the close of play is the number of countries who pledge to reach net zero by 2050, which seems a long way off.

Neptune will be at 20 degrees Pisces, and charts especially affected by this aspect are:

Xi Jinping has Mercury at 20 degrees Gemini, which is squared by Neptune.  He may feel torn and confused.  The results of this Conference are very significant for Xi Jinping, despite his absence.  His Chiron at 20 degrees Capricorn will receive a sextile from Neptune, tugging at his sensitivities.

France’s chart has Mercury at 20 degrees Virgo.  France is in contention with the U.K. over fishing rights and with Australia over a broken contract at the moment.  Neptune opposing its Mercury is also very torn and confused.

Italy’s chart has the North Node at 20 degrees Gemini, so the Nodal Axis is being squared by Neptune, indicating a sacrificial role.  Italy may feel obliged to pledge more than it can afford, accepting a karmic duty.

Australia’s Moon is at 20 degrees Taurus, receiving a sextile from Neptune.  They may feel at peace with their contribution.  Prime Minister Scott Morrison has Pluto at 20 degrees Virgo, being opposed by Neptune, a sign of a need for deep surrender to the situation and its requirements.

Nicola Sturgeon has Saturn at 20 degrees Taurus in her 7th House, and Neptune will be sextile to Saturn, so she will feel that her sense of honour has been fulfilled in this task.  The chart for the city of Glasgow itself has the North Node (karma) at 20 degrees Capricorn, which Neptune will sextile.  Again, a service fulfilled.

Saturday 13 November

Mercury opposite Uranus

The day after…This is a divisive aspect, and having repaired to their own nations, cracks may start to show again (and this is only to be expected), but hopefully the spirit of the enterprise will still remain. Greta would like a little less conversation and a little more action.  And so say all of us.


Our aspects begin with a trine between Mercury and Jupiter tomorrow, Monday 1st November.  This could bring productivity, and good conversation.  .  Mercury trine Jupiter expands our minds and philosophies.  This is an upbeat vibe mentally, and one which could just make the start of your week one to remember.

Tuesday (2nd) is a bit more of a tricky proposition, with a square between Mercury and Pluto.  You may encounter awkward communications or travel.  You may need extra ‘me time’ in order to separate yourself from worried pronouncements about the state of the world.  If you do engage in chatter, choose a worthwhile subject.  People have been reporting trouble with locks recently under this square, so I just thought I would put that out there…

We have a New Moon at 12 degrees Scorpio, and a new beginning, on Thursday (4th).  This can be a sign of Regeneration, but with Uranus opposing the conjunction of the Sun and Moon, the change may be uncomfortable or sudden.  There may be a certain amount of letting go required, before the fresh start can be established.

Just before midnight the same day, Uranus opposes the Sun.  This will require new insight, resolve and conviction.  You have to get with the programme, or be left behind.  Maybe you are challenged by an upgrade on your phone, and can’t use it until you sort it out!

Venus enters Capricorn on Friday (5th) and people will be more serious, and measured in their interactions.  Their expectations of others will be more realistic.Venus now needs to bring her skill in human relations into the workplace, into administration and public institutions, and into politics.  So if you have started to set up some entertainment for the Christmas period, think further ahead to what might be needed for your relationships to move forward in 2022, and begin working towards that.  The upside of Venus in Capricorn is more commitment and loyalty.

Another ingress takes place late in the evening, that of Mercury into Scorpio, bringing greater intensity, depth and rigour to our mental functioning and purpose.  The mental outlook is more forensic in nature, and looks deeper than the surface, than was characterized under Mercury in Libra.  You may have more courage to look at what really matters, and to worry less about how things appear to others.

The last aspect to entertain us this week is on Saturday (6th), a combination that aims to please, and it is Mercury sextile Venus.  This favours socializing and conversing, and creative forms which combine art and writing.  There is potential for negotiation in diplomatic efforts, and harmony and agreement between kindred spirits.  A lovely note to end on for this week.

Unusually, if you want a peek at next week’s aspects, there are clues in the main blog!  Have a good week.

The week in bullet points:

  • Tomorrow – productivity and good conversation
  • Tuesday – difficult communications
  • Thursday – new beginning, twists and turns
  • Friday – changes of tone
  • Saturday – congeniality