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 Aquarius on January 20, 2019. Here in the coldness of winter, we have the human touch of necessity. Connections, friendships, group consciousness are highlighted at this time. Examples of opportunities for celebration include the Chinese New Year , Valentine's Day, and the Super Bowl. The Sun enters the sign of Pisces on Monday, February 18, 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. this month's New Moon occurs on Imbolc, Febraury 4, 2019, at 15 + Aquarius.
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 Pisces through the month of February. On March 5, at 1:19 PM, Mercury will Retrograde at 29 Pisces 36.
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 Capricorn during the month of February.
Mars has moved into Aries. This is a great position for Mars, assured, assertive, and moving forward without restraint. Conjoined with Uranus, the energy is quick and intense. In trine with Jupiter, there is a tendency for exaggeration as well as expansion. Face-off battles with Saturn and Pluto in square may be necessary to reign things in; an aggressive steam-rolling is the feel of it.
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. Jupiter is currently at 18-19 degrees. 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. Saturn is in the middle of Capricorn now. 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 Direct, at the tale end of Aries again, energized by Mars, and preparing to settle into Taurus in early March. Nebulous Neptune is Direct, and in the middle of Pisces, bringing the vicissitudes of the tides forward. The ever-constant flow takes on a regular rhythm to dissolve and reshape in the area of location. Unequivocal Pluto is Direct at 21 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.