CONSIDERATION: "A polka dot has the form of the Sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the Moon, which is calm. ...Polka dots are a way to infinity." -- Yayoi Kusama, from installation Where the Lights in My Heart Go, July 5, October 28, 2018 deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA.
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 Sagittarius on November 22, 2018 at 4:02 AM EST. There is joviality and abundance here, as we begin the holiday season, but on a deeper level the sign leads us into the quest for truth and freedom. Like a spotlight and a beacon, this position of the Sun lights our way into the pending darkness, as the Sun begins the descent into the darkest, lowest point along the analemma, at 23 degrees South. The Sun will hover at 23 degrees from December 11- January 2. There is a 10 day movement to the highest declination, a 3 day "standstill" there (21st-23rd), and a 10 day movement back through 23 degrees South. As the Sun then continues to moves back to 0 South, we can sense the light and temperature changes, until the direction shifts from South declination to North at the Spring Equinox. We celebrate the Winter Solstice as a Festival of Light on December 21, when the Sun enters Capricorn at 5:23 PM EST. This annual process is the origin of the "12 days of Christmas", and continues to be celebrated with many festivities calling forth the return of the Light.
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. December's New Moon occurs on Friday December 7, 2018 at 2:20 AM EST, at 15 Sagittarius 07. Aligned with Jupiter and Mercury, the quest for truth and freedom is a loud and wide message.
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. (The Solar Eclipse of July 12, 2018 will be touched off in 2019, so is listed with the others below.) 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.
July 12, 2018 Solar Eclipse 20 CA 41 (post touch off: April 28, 2019)
- January 5, 2019 Partial Solar 15 CP 32 (post touch off: September 13-14, 2019)
- January 20, 2019 Total Lunar 0 LE 49 (pre touch off: October 27-28, 2018)
- July 2, 2019 Total Solar 10 CA 42 (post touch off: October 28, 2019)
- July 16, 2019 Partial Lunar 24 CP 01 (pre touch off: March 23-24, 2018)
- December 25, 2019 Annular Solar 4 CP 10 (post touch off: March 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. Having turned Retrograde in November at 13 Sagittarius, Mercury turns Direct again on Thursday December 6, 2018 at 4:22 pm, joining forces with Jupiter and the New Moon energies in the quest for truth and freedom this month.
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 wave hello to the degree of this cycle's beginning on December 17, 2018.
Mars is now in the sign of Pisces. This is a perigrine position for Mars, and he is travelling with Neptune. This is good for music and foggy deceptions of the heart, so Mars will do well to follow Jupiter's guide, though in square, until Mars can move into his own sign at the first of the year.
Jupiter moved into his own sign, Sagittarius, on November 8. 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, early n the earthy, grounded sign of Capricorn. Saturn reveals that practicalities are necessary, and structures must be built methodically through time and karma. Saturn takes all prisoners if need be, 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, moved into Taurus on May 15, 2018, and remains Retrograde, to take care of some unfinished business of Aries (reassessing the Self) until January 7, 2019. By now, it is clear that what you have been involved with for the last 7 years is outdated and irrelevant, and holistic alignment with values takes on a greater urgency. Nebulous Neptune is Direct at 13+ Pisces. Neptune is also holding steady in its own sign, 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 19 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 27 + Cancer. Rudhyar describes the Nodal line as a fateful space.