The beginning of something has significance, and what happens in the sky relates to what happens on Earth. The process of individuation involves working with the personal planets, moving through the asteroid belt, then on to the trends of the social planets, with Saturn as the first level of boundary. Balancing the benefits of these key ingredients, and moving through the acculturated limitations allows the crossing of the Centaur bridge where Chiron leads to the transpersonal planets, with Pluto as the second level boundary. These are challenging bodies, requiring awakening, flow, and presence before integration and groundedness push out to the new level boundary, Sedna. 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. With the Autumnal Equinox of September 23, 2019, the Sun has entered the sign of Libra. This is the time of balance, of relationships, of socializing, of appreciating beauty in all its forms.
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. The soul connects with spirit. The September New Moon occurred on Saturday September 28, 2019 at 2:26 PM Eastern at 5 + Libra. The Sabian Symbol for this position reads as follows: In a trance, a pilgrim beholds his ideals made concrete. Hold steady,;hold the balance of the big three: the good, the beautiful, and the true.
Three planets hold dignity in 2019: Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune. Uranus has reclaimed its stronghold in Taurus. The planetary nodes of Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn (10, 20, 23 + Cancer-Capricorn) are being activated by the year's eclipses and by the transits of Saturn and Pluto. These two bodies will join up with the Sun on Jan. 13, 2020 at 22 degrees Capricorn, 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. April, 2019 was a key month: Pluto turned retrograde on Saturn's nodes (23 + Cancer-Capricorn) on April 24; Saturn turned retrograde on Pluto's nodes (20 + Cancer-Capricorn) on April 29, and the Lunar Nodes will continue in retrograde motion in Cancer-Capricorn. These bodies carry strong energy; both mundane and natal positions will be activated by these transits. The body, soul, and spirit require endurance, as the emphasis is on building transcendent structures, however that manifests internally or externally.
THE ECLIPSE SEASON 2019
The Moon's nodes have moved into Cancer-Capricorn, too; 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 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 currently Direct (D), moving through the sign of Libra. Mercury's next Rx period is Oct. 31-Nov. 20, 2019 at 27 + Scorpio.
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. We are currently in the Venus cycle that began at the 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 through Scorpio in 2018. Having had her Interior Conjunction with the Sun on October 26, 2018 and her aggressive Heliacal Rising shift from Evening to Morning Star on October 31, 2018, she changed direction on November 16, 2018, and has calmly and confidently rushed forward into love and life for 9 months, epitomizing the feminine as the container of gestation through August 14, 2019. On August 14, 2019, she joined the Sun in Exterior Conjunction at 20 + Leo, and has now disappeared for her two month retreat period. She is holding dignity in Libra now; on October 1, she will reappear as calm, Direct Hesperus, the Evening Star. With this status, she rises after the Sun, a bit later each day. When the Sun sets, Venus becomes visible, shining brilliantly for the next 7 months. She will begin her new cycle on May 13, 2020, when she turns Rx at 21 + Gemini.
Mars has had a detail workout through September. On October 4, he will move into the sign of Libra, a detrimental position requiring some vigilance against conflict.
With Jupiter in its own sign of Sagittarius until December 3, all sights are on the quest for truth and freedom. Jupiter turned D on August 11, and will be back at the Galactic Center (27 + Sagittarius) November 19-24. Here, the truth will out. As Jupiter presses in to that locale, October and early November will be potent periods. Jupiter is now at 18 Sagittarius.
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. Saturn turned Rx at the position of Pluto's Nodes (20 + Cancer-Capricorn) on April 29, 2019; during the five following months Saturn backtracked to 13 + Capricorn, and turned D on September 19. The Sun will join Saturn and Pluto at 22 + degrees, near Saturn's own nodes (23 + Cancer-Capricorn) on January 13, 2020. Saturn is currently standing with the S. Node in conjunction. Pluto is nearby, and will be turning D on October 3 at 20 + Capricorn, intensifying and adding to the sense of finally moving forward.
URANUS, NEPTUNE, PLUTO, and the NORTH NODE: Twists and Turns
The outer planets push us toward the transpersonal realm of consciousness. The twists and turns of these bodies facilitate our evolution, sometimes disturbing peace of mind. Uranus, the Awakener, currently Rx at 5 +Taurus, completes 2019 at 2 degrees, turning D on January 11, 2020. It will remain in the sign of Taurus for the next 7 years.
Nebulous Neptune, bringing the vicissitudes of the tides forward, is now Rx at 16 + Pisces, and will remain Rx until late November. There are some reverberations from the square to Jupiter. A growing sense of optimism still requires some discernment, as Neptune's ever-constant flow takes on a regular rhythm to dissolve and reshape.
Unequivocal Pluto has been Rx since April 24, and will turn D on October 3, 2019. Changes will continue to take form, as Saturn and Pluto join forces in January, 2020. These two dynamos are fortifying transcendent structures.
Rudhyar described the nodal line as a fateful space. The transiting North Node of the Moon continues its Rx motion on the Cancer-Capricorn polarity. The South Node is now with Saturn at 13 + degrees Capricorn. The highlighted degrees of 20-23 Cancer-Capricorn are actively purifying all that is not truly authentic. The various plays of the outer planets have been driving home the need to release entrenched, enmeshed patterns, integrate transpersonal energies, and expand the limits of what is possible.
SEDNA Beyond Saturn's Chaldean boundary, and beyond Pluto's transpersonal boundary, is Sedna. As the new outermost planet in our solar system, Sedna represents a new boundary, a new world order, one related to a spiritual evolutionary consciousness. Sedna is moving slowly and is now at 28+ Taurus, pouring into consciousness the idea that the greatest problems plaguing the earth right now are climate, food, and health. Sedna moves into Gemini in 2024.