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 entered the sign of Capricorn on the Winter Solstice, December 21. Now, the 3 day "standstill" there (21st-23rd), and a 10 day movement back through 23 degrees South is over. As the Sun continues to moves back to 0 South, we can sense the light and temperature changes, moving towards the shift from South declination to North at the Spring Equinox. The Sun will enter the sign of Aquarius on January 20, 2019.
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. January is packed with lunar happenings. The New Moon occurs on Saturday January 5, 2019 at 8:28 PM EST, two days after the perihelion tides. It is the first of the 2019 eclipses, a Partial Solar at 15 Capricorn 25. The next eclipse occurs at the Full Moon, with a Lunar Eclipse/Supermoon (Moon at Perigee) on January 21, at 0 Leo 52. Event planning should take the weather into account.
Three planets hold dignity: Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune in 2019, Uranus turns Direct in January and re-claims the stronghold in Taurus by March. The planetary nodes of Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn (10, 20, 23 Cancer-Capricorn) are being activated, and will be glowing when Saturn joins Pluto on Jan. 7, 2020 at 22 degrees, with Jupiter not far behind. On a mundane level, the pressure is being applied to the US Pluto position of 27 + Capricorn. Opportunities for change abound as the business of leadership and the socio-political-economic structures whirl into the vortex of evolution.
THE ECLIPSE SEASON 2019
The Moon's nodes have moved into Cancer-Capricorn, hence this is the energy for 4 of the 5 eclipses of 2019 listed below. Eclipse events urge a holistic awareness as the zodiacal energies seep into consciousness. 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. There is a seemingly zig-zag pattern to eclipses, suggesting resonances at different levels of consciousness. If you have planetary placements at the degrees, you can expect some reverberations.
Jan 5, 2019 Partial Solar 15 CP 25 (After: Sep 13-14, 2019)
- Jan 21, 2019 Total Lunar 0 LE 52 (Before: Oct 27-28, 2018) [Supermoon at Perigee]
- Jul 2, 2019 Total Solar 10 CA 38 (After: Oct 28, 2019)
- Jul 16, 2019 Partial Lunar 24 CP 04 (Before: Mar 23-24, 2018)
- Dec 26, 2019 Annular Solar 4 CP 07 (After: Mar 22, 2020)
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 is Direct and moving through the late degrees of Sagittarius, through Capricorn, and into Aquarius through the month of January.
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. It allows Venus to recalibrate her relationship to the Sun. When an Evening Star--calm, mature, settled, and knowing her brilliance, as Venus is best seen outside the clutch of the Sun--she begins her new cycle. Venus turned Retrograde October 5, 2018 at 10 Scorpio 50. Here Venus is at her detriment, not particularly social, but diving deep to weigh out the work of Jupiter's journey over the last year. Having had her Interior Conjunction with the Sun on October 26, and her aggressive Heliacal Rising shift from Evening to Morning Star on October 31, she has changed direction on November 16, is now calm and confidently rushing forward into love and life for 9 months. This period of her cycle epitomizes the feminine as the container of gestation. She will move through Scorpio and Sagittarius in the month of January.
Mars has moved into Aries. This is a great position for Mars, assured, assertive, and moving forward without restraint. In a trine relationship with Jupiter, this is a great time for action that is expansive. Square to Pluto at the end of the month, there may be some battles that feel like aggressive steam-rolling.
Jupiter moved into his own sign, Sagittarius, on November 8, and will remain there until December. All sights are on the quest for truth and freedom. Blasting forward until April 11, Jupiter turns retrograde just before reaching the Galactic Center position.
Saturn is at home now, in the earthy, grounded sign of Capricorn. Saturn reveals that practicalities are necessary, and structures must be built methodically through time and karma. Saturn is the reality check, and rewards authentic effort. Look to the house he is traveling through for insight into where the structures will be needed. With Jupiter and Saturn at home, look for some new trends or memes in the travel or construction industries. Saturn also turns retrograde in April, near Pluto's nodes.
URANUS, NEPTUNE, PLUTO, and the NORTH NODE: Twists and Turns
The outer planets push us towards the transpersonal realm of consciousness. The twists and turns of these bodies facilitate our evolution by disturbing peace of mind. Uranus, the Awakener, is preparing to turn Direct on January 6, 2019 and to settle into Taurus two months later. With the connection to the true self, the question is: What values match up? Nebulous Neptune is also in its own sign, and Direct at 14 Pisces. Neptune is bringing the vicissitudes of the tides forward; the ever-constant flow takes on a regular rhythm to dissolve and reshape. Unequivocal Pluto is Direct at 2o Capricorn, strengthening the energies of nearby Saturn. The connection to the Eclipse energies, as well as the conjunction to Pluto's own nodes, brings clear focus to purify all that is not truly authentic. The various plays of the outer planets have been driving home the concepts of evolution, integration, and release of entrenched, enmeshed patterns. The North Node continues its Retrograde motion and is now at 26 + Cancer. Rudhyar describes the Nodal line as a fateful space.