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 Cancer on June 21, 2018 at 6:07 AM EDT. This placement highlights things related to family and home, and tends to increase sensitivities. At this summer solstice, the Sun is at the highest point on the analemma, in its northernmost declination, moving very slowly. The Sun moves into Leo on July 22, at 5:01 PM EDT.
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. July's New Moon occurs on July 12 at 10:48 PM EDT, at 20 + Cancer, and is a Solar Eclipse. The Cancerian energies are high--family, home, emotions. This event begins the summer's eclipse season (below). The North Node is currently at 5 + Leo, moving Retrograde.
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. Good time to take note of what is signalling through your body, soul, and spirit, as the July energies seep into consciousness.
- 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). This is the partner to the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse.
- July 12, 2018 Solar Eclipse 20 Cancer 41 (touched off April 28, 2019)
- July 27, 2018 Lunar Eclipse 4 Aquarius 46 (touched off September 14, 2018)
- August 11, 2018 Solar Eclipse 18 Leo 34 (resonating from 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. There is a seemingly zig-zag pattern to eclipses, suggesting resonances at different levels. If you have planetary placements at the degrees, you can expect some reverberations. The most recent 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, is Direct and moving through quickly through the sign of Gemini, one of its comfort zones. Just before the July Lunar Eclipse, Mercury moves into its second Rx cycle July 26-August 18 at 23 + Leo. (Read my article on Mercury's cycles in the July-August issue of Dell Horoscope for more detail.)
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. On January 9, 2018, she made the Superior Conjunction with the Sun at 18 + Capricorn (and joined with Pluto), and disappeared for 2 months. On March 1, she reemerged as an Evening Star. She will shine brilliantly for 7 months, before turning Rx again on October 5 at 10 + Scorpio. She is now in the sign of Virgo, her fall, eager to critique any flaw that unbalances her aesthetic. Sending her regrets, she causes some disharmony in the process.
Mars has moved into the sign of Aquarius, looking for ways to fight for the freedoms needed for everyman/woman. Perigrine here, Mars will look to Saturn restrictions to determine the focus for his effort. The volatility of Mars is evident through change in direction, hard aspect to Uranus, and out of bounds state. Mars turned Retrograde on June 26th at 9 + Aquarius and will move back to 28+ Capricorn before turning Direct again on August 28. While Retrograde he will blast out of bounds (July 9) to gather ammunition he needs for essential structure. Retrograde, he will square Uranus (end of July-early August), travel the furthest out August 15-17. When Direct on August 28 at 28 Capricorn, he will move again into square with Uranus on Sept. 16, and will remain out of bounds until September 23. This is quick, unpredictable, and forceful stubborn action. Watch out--he is on a mission!
Jupiter has turned Direct at 13 + Scorpio. Still deeply inward, Jupiter is perigrine here, and will work through Mars. Question the benevolence factor. Use the energies to do the inner work; get the structures in place that you need to do the exploring--Jupiter wants nothing less than an adventure!
Saturn is at home now, in the earthy, grounded sign of Capricorn. Remaining Retrograde until September 6, Saturn reveals that practicalities are necessary, and structures must be built. Saturn is reviewing the early degrees of Capricorn. It is slow and steady. Saturn, working with methods of time and karma, 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.
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, has moved into Taurus on May 15, 2018, and is sure to create some rumbling earth noise as the sky meets the ground. What you have been involved with for the last 7 years may seem outdated and irrelevant now, as aligning wholistically with values seems more urgent. Uranus will turn Retrograde as it does every summer, on August 7, and will go back to Aries for some last minute reassessment of the self until early January. Nebulous Neptune has turned Retrograde at 16+ Pisces. Strong in its own sign, Neptune brings the vicissitudes of the tides forward. The ever-constant flow takes on a regular rhythm to dissolve and reshape. Neptune turns Direct again on November 25. Unequivocal Pluto is Retrograde at 20-19 + Capricorn, strengthening the energies of nearby Saturn and purifying all that is not truly authentic. The Solar Eclipse of July 12 stands in opposition. Confrontations, power struggles abound. Pluto turns Direct again on October 1. 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 through the sign of Leo, now at 5 +. Rudhyar describes the Nodal line as a fateful space.