The beginning of something has significance, and what happens in the sky relates to what happens on Earth. The process of individuation comes down to working with the personal planets, moving through the trends of the social planets, bridging over through Chiron, and coming to integration at the transpersonal level. Understanding these dynamic energies, as demonstrated through the ever-changing cosmic weather, allows a greater ability to live connected to purpose and meaning.
The Sun is the Invincible Spirit. So great is this universal wonder that it must come in small doses, distributed as it travels around the Zodiac over the course of a year. The Sun's position symbolizes the active presence of the Divine. The Sun enters Capricorn just at the Winter Solstice, on Thursday December 21, 2017 at 11:29 AM EST. Here we have the standstill, the Sun at southernmost declination, holding at the point of darkness. With Capricorn, we light up the space in a festival of lights, waiting for the Sun to begins its ascent. Capricorn represents that seriousness, where we wait for the energy source to fire up, enabling life. We offer a Sun salutation!
The New Moon teaches gradualness and deliberation, and how to give birth to oneself slowly. Patience with small details makes perfect the large work, like the universe. --J. Rumi
The Moon is the Receiver. As the Sun energizes her, she receives and moves through her angular relationship with him over the course of the month. She delights in shape-shifting. She delights in the repetitive ebb and flow from night to day, from New to Full in predictable sequence. She delights in being able to portray the Sun's invincible spirit through her silver light. We see this dance every month, beginning at the New Moon, timed for the Moon's alignment with the Sun. This month's New Moon occurred on Monday December 18, 2017 at 1:30 AM EST. This is a Galactic New Moon, occurring at 26 + Sagitarrius. The sculptor's vision is taking form under his/her hands.
THE ECLIPSE SEASON 2018 (1st Quarter and 3rd Quarter of the Year) In 2018, there are three solar eclipses and two lunar eclipses, as shown below. The resonant degrees and the touch-off timeframes are listed below.
- January 31, 2018 Lunar Eclipse 11 Leo 39 (touched off April 17-26, 2018)
- February 15, 2018 Solar Eclipse 27 Aquarius 1 (touched off May-June, 2017)
- July 12, 2018 Solar Eclipse 20 Cancer 50 (touched off April-May, 2019)
- July 27, 2018 Lunar Eclipse 4 Aquarius 46 (touched off September 2018)
- August 11, 2018 Solar Eclipse 18 Leo 34 (touched off November 18-23, 2017)
Eclipse energies remain active and sensitive months before or months after, and can be touched off at various times before or after the actual event. If you have planetary placements at the degrees, you can expect some reverberations. Past 2017 hot spots are listed below.
- February 10, 2017 Lunar Eclipse 22 + Leo (touched off Oct 8-20, 2017)
- February 26, 2017 Solar Eclipse 8 + Pisces (touched off Nov. 29, 2016)
- August 7, 2017 Lunar Eclipse 15 + Aquarius (touched off Dec. 18, 2017-January 14, 2018)
- August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse 28 + Leo (touched off May 15-25, 2017)
Mercury has 3-4 Retrograde (Rx) cycles every year, each lasting approximately 3 weeks, and each offering a period of reflection, recalibration, revision, and resolution, as Mercury and the Sun exchange the message of a particular degree of the Zodiac. Mercury, the trickster, galloping along in Sagittarius, and also out of bounds, is preparing to slow it down. On December 3, Mercury will turned retrograde for recalibration at 29 + Sagittarius, and will return within bounds on December 7. The arrow will be pointing inward until December 22, 2017, when Mercury turns Direct at 8:51 PM EST. Inward reflections over the territory that Saturn has traveled over the last three years will bring integration.
The Venus cycle is complex and mysterious, beginning while Retrograde as an Evening Star, moving through conjunctions with the Sun, and shifting from Evening Star to Morning Star, and back. When a brilliant Evening Star--calm, mature, settled, and knowing her brilliance is best seen outside the clutch of the Sun--she begins her new cycle. The current Venus Cycle began on March 5, 2017 at 13+ Aries, and runs through October 5, 2018. This start degree is one to watch for the entire cycle, when contacted by other planets. Transiting Venus is currently a Direct Morning Star, and has passed this sensitive degree. In this phase of her cycle, she is rushing into love and life for 9 months (April-January). Venus is approaching the Galactic Center as well, and will join Saturn in Capricorn on Christmas Day. On January 9, 2018, she will make the Superior Conjunction with the Sun and disappear for 2 months. In March, she will reemerge as an Evening Star to shine brilliantly for 7 months, before turning Rx again.
Mars has entered the sign of Scorpio, lending strength to all 4 layers of the sign: the bite of the scorpion, the wisdom of the snake, the vision of the eagle, and the rise of the phoenix. Watch your back, as there can be plots and strategies brewing beneath the surface of things, but there can also be the rising transformation after the application of muscle.
Jupiter is Direct and has moved into Scorpio. The zeitgeist has downshifted for a plunge into the depths to find and acknowledge passions that are swimming like little minnows or Great Whites, to provide more opportunity for growth and evolution. There can be a lot of whatever is up; aim for deep, meaningful excavation, and hints of social change. Jupiter sails through until March 9, when he will Retrograde at 23 + degrees.
Saturn is making an ingress into his own sign of Capricorn on December 19, 2017 at 11:48 PM EST. At home in this earthy, grounded sign, Saturn reveals that practicalities are necessary now, and structures must be built. Saturn, working with methods of time and karma, takes all prisoners if need be, and rewards authentic effort.
URANUS, NEPTUNE, PLUTO, and the NORTH NODE: Twists and Turns
The outer planets represent the Transpersonal Realm. The twists and turns of these bodies facilitate our evolution. Uranus turned Retrograde at 28 + Aries on August 3 and will turn Direct at 24+ in early January, 2018. Uranus is currently at 24+Aries Rx. Neptune turned Direct at 11 + Pisces on November 22, 2017. Pluto has turned Direct and stands at 18+ Capricorn. The Cardinal Square's reconstruction challenges between Uranus and Pluto (June, 2012-March, 2015) and the opposition between Uranus and Jupiter (December, 2016-end of September, 2017) have been facilitating integration with the release of entrenched, enmeshed patterns. Much of your life may have changed, either in an inner or an outer way. Embrace it as having crossed a bridge. The North Node aligned with the Sun and Moon for the Solar Eclipse in August, and continues its Rx motion through the sign of Leo. North Node is currently at 15 +, stirring up the remains of the day of the August 7, 2017 lunar eclipse.