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. The Sun entered the sign of Scorpio on October 23, 2019 and moves deeper now into south declination. This is the time of transformation, as the cycle of life, death, and rebirth makes itself known. The scorpion, the snake, and the eagle are different forms of the transformation. The Druidic Crossquarter day of Samhain occurs with the Sun at 15 degrees of this fixed sign on November 7. This is the period when the veil is thinner, making the unseen world more accessible.
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 October New Moon occurs on Sunday October 27, 2019, at 11:38 PM Eastern at 4+ Scorpio. The Sabian Symbol for this position reads as follows: A massive rocky shore unchanged by centuries of storms. Expect the unexpected with quirky Uranus in tight aspect.
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. 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 stationing, preparing to turn Rx on October 31, 2019 at 11:42 AM at 27 Scorpio. Metaphysical "Dig Safe" alert is on for this cycle through November 20, 2019.
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. Currently, Venus is a Direct Evening Star. She is at the last degrees of Scorpio, with Mercury on October 30, and will move into Sagittarius on November 1. 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 moved into Libra on October 4, 2019. This is a detrimental position requiring some vigilance against conflict, and diplomatic action. He has passed the square to Saturn and will soon meet up with Pluto on November 5.
With Jupiter in its own sign of Sagittarius until December 3, all sights are on the quest for truth and freedom. Jupiter is at 22 + Sagittarius, and will be back at the Galactic Center (27 + Sagittarius) November 19-23. Here, the truth will out, after the difficult karmic work load Saturn left behind.
Saturn is at home now, in the earthy, grounded sign of Capricorn. Saturn reveals that practicalities are necessary, with solid structures to be built methodically through time and karmic resolution. Saturn turned D on September 18, has moved past the conjunction with the South Node, and is moving toward the conjunction with Pluto. On January 13, 2020, this duo at 22 + degrees, near Saturn's own nodes (23 + Cancer-Capricorn) will be joined by the Sun. We may then begin to see authentic effort rewarded.
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 4 +Taurus, completes 2019 at 2 degrees, turning D on January 11, 2020. Uranus 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. Slowing down to station, Neptune will turn D on November 27. Neptune's ethereal nature continues to dissolve and reshape kaleidescopic vision.
Unequivocal Pluto turned D on October 3, 2019. Changes will continue to take form, as Saturn and Pluto join forces in January, 2020, and fortify 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 at 10 + degrees Capricorn, activating the energies of the July 2 Total Solar Eclipse through October 28. The nodal line is 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 lies Saturn's Chaldean boundary, and beyond Pluto's transpersonal boundary. 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 Rx at 27+ Taurus, at the Pleiades/Seven Weeping Sisters Fixed Star Cluster (29 degrees of Taurus). The Seven Sisters have something to cry about: pouring into consciousness is the idea that the greatest problems plaguing the earth right now are climate, food, and health. Sedna moves into Gemini in 2024.