The Globonauts

by Luiza Azancot. Average Reading Time: about 4 minutes.

In two days’ time the Sun enters Sagittarius. That’s good news, as these last few weeks have been heavy with so many planets in Scorpio, several eclipses and stressful aspects between major energies. If Scorpio is crisis, Sagittarius is light at the end of the tunnel. If Pluto (ruler of Scorpio) is intensity and obsession, Jupiter (ruler of Sagittarius) is optimism, is belief in our own capabilities and so it represents the ability to go further. Further may mean visiting faraway lands, prevailing over physical exhaustion and / or expand intellectual knowledge.

Around this time last year I wrote about Dervla Murphy, a very strong Sagittarian, whose first big adventure consisted in going on a bike from Ireland to India alone and in the ’60s.

Today I pay tribute to two Portuguese travelers extraordinary, Joana Oliveira and Nuno Pedrosa, who while crossing multiple borders challenge their endurance and satisfy your desire for freedom and curiosity. Their travel blog is called the ” Os globonautas” (only available in Portuguese) because they navigate the globe foregoing ships in favor bikes. However, they are not ciclonomads (word borrowed from Joana) because they have a destination.  They want to come home to Leiria, Portugal starting from the farthest point on earth: New Zealand!

Nuno JoanaNeither heat nor cold stop Nuno and Joana from riding (photos taken the Glononautas blog)

Nuno, has done ” crazy stuff ” (Joana’s words) before, cycled 26,118 miles from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, across 20 countries in 960 days. It was during this trip (2006-2009) that Joana and Nuno started riding together.

Astrologically curious, I contacted them and with their mothers’ assistance for the birth time, I drew their natal charts.  They belong to the Neptune (dreams) in Sagittarius (travel) generation. But what differentiates Joana and Nuno from the millions born between 1970 and 1984 who also have Neptune in Sagittarius?

A planet becomes stronger when it is close to the angles (Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven and IC) and truly personal when conjunct the first two. “For us the dream is to travel, to roam the world to feel first hand its wonders and uniqueness.” Joana has Neptune conjunct the Ascendant and Nuno conjunct the Descendant.

Both have a good deal of Pisces energy (ruled by Neptune): Joana the Moon and Nuno the Sun.

The angular aspects between Moon and Uranus signify the need for freedom, the need for emotional or physical space, including separation from of family. Both have this aspect but Nuno has a square in cardinal signs felt dynamically which led to   “at 15 years old running away from home with the intention of going to Madeira “.  Joana has a trine between Moon and Uranus, a harmonious aspect; she did not need to run away, just left naturally.

Both have squares in cardinal signs between Jupiter (ruler of Sagittarius) and Pluto (ruler of Scorpio). Ambitious (in a good way) because they believe (Jupiter) in their own power (Pluto), because they passionately (Pluto) go far (Jupiter).

Naturally they are different! Nuno with a Capricorn Moon disposed by Saturn in Gemini has excellent practical and logistic abilities and considers Joana an  ” unconventional ciclo-turist because she likes to ride wearing a skirt … and her crucial piece of equipment? A hot water bottle.” I see here a connection to the comforts of home necessary for a Sun in Cancer woman. Joana with Mercury (communication) in Leo (creativity) writes the account of the couple’s adventures in their blog with humor, joy and cultural and human sensitivity. A real pleasure to read and see pictures like this that take us to places where most of us will never go.


I have described the features they have in common.  How about the couple’s composite chart?


Their common features become even stronger, more complete and more harmonious.

• The blue arrow points to Neptune now conjunct the MC (travel dreams are reality, they have a place in the world) without losing its personal bias as Neptune rules the Ascendant.

• Jupiter and Pluto are now conjunct and indicated with a brown oval. “The Astrologers Handbook” by Frances Sakoian and Louis Acker describes this combination as the ability to move mountains. Joana and Nuno move mountains metaphorically to turn dreams into reality but climb them at the expense of their muscles.

• The yellow arrow points to the couple’s Moon in Aquarius sign ruled by Uranus in the 11th house naturally ruled by Uranus. In addition to giving them a good dose of altruism, it provides them with understanding of the ideals and aspirations of humanity (firsthand knowledge). It also allows them to make statements such as “Let every day be different and unpredictable, not by chance, but because we consciously want to expose ourselves to this unpredictability, to the wonder that is life.” (In Região Leiria February 15, 2013)

Joana and Nuno, Godspeed in Turkmenistan, in Persia, in Europe, in Life!

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