Some of the paragraphs below read in a dark or dreary tone. It is up to us to find our own ways to get around the darkness and work in the lightest way possible. Concentrate on the best possible way to manage life beyond the dark atmosphere. Dwell on what you can do, rather than what you can't do. Make a game of it.
The ten year archetypal battle in the sky is among Power, versus Social Justice, vs. the sovereign rights of the individual. This is symbolic of the birth of the Aquarian Age. It is a quarrel that lasts for much of this decade at multiple levels. Uranus and Pluto are no longer tightly square, but they are highlighted every time one of the inner planets gets in their way. Two weeks after the Equinoxes and Solstices will be prime time for sparks. Events of a sudden nature will occasionally create havoc when this pair is triggered. Isis tends to be prominent when these planets are crossed, but the sudden changes are also personal. The Cardinal Signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, have been and continue to be disturbed by these struggles.
Saturn Parallel Pluto
We have a series of six challenging aspects between Saturn and Pluto. The first began in Feb., 2016. The last will occur in Nov., 2019. The effects of this aspect have been in the air for a few months already. This pair, as all planets, has both positive and negative sides. On the bright side we have work which is both hard and transforming. On the dark side, we see those who have claimed demigod status and are mean, even vicious, to all others. On the personal level, it requires that we work really hard to hold onto personal power in the face of circumstances that are not at all conducive to your use of it. Be creative. When this is over, the winners will be those who have adapted and honed their solutions to a fine science. There likely will be much more crumbling in the economic systems worldwide throughout this period. Making this statement is not likely to “win friends and influence people,” but I hope my readers will take this warning and pay off credit. Those with a little bit of power are likely to exploit it well beyond what it is worth. You don’t want others to have financial control over you.
The more personal message is that one or more structures that you have built into your life are showing signs of crumbling. This is the second of two years to correct the problem. Maybe that structure or plan actually needs to go. Perhaps it has been impeding you from moving forward. It is entirely possible that this process began last year. If it continues to have value in your life, much effort and probably considerable money will be required to repair and restore damage.
Neptune square Saturn
One particularly powerful message for this year urges us to use our ingenuity and creativity to replace something important that was lost during 2015-16. Almost everyone has lost something they always thought would be there, something that we have taken for granted, such as physical health, a career, and/or people we thought would be “forever” in our lives. A vacancy has been created for which we may still grieve, while knowing all the while that the loss “was meant to be”. It is recognizable by the feeling that the sand is being sucked out from beneath your feet at a beachfront. Trying to maintain the past is impossible. Don’t go there because it will suck the energy out from your life today. Let it go in peace.
Throughout 2017 we will engage in recovery. Don’t expect the loss to be replaced in like kind. We are meant to find one or more creative ways to fill the gap. In some situations, we may discover that the missing piece was actually something we have been holding onto for too long. We will recognize that by admitting the relief we feel that we don’t have to maintain it any longer. The Ego does not let go easily, but if we take a good look at our reality, we tend to support various structures in our lives, just because they are there and give the Ego a sense of pride or ownership.
Saturn in Sagittarius
Saturn will spend the whole year in Sagittarius. The sign rules global communications, including the internet, religious institutions and beliefs, laws, and distance travel. Saturn is a planet that will challenge any of these themes throughout 2016 and 2017. Tremendous work will be required on some of the main thoroughfares in countries. Water damage may undermine the substructure of highway and bridge footings. At worst, there may be damage to the undersea cables that support world communications. It is possible that international travel will be curtailed for many due to the potential disruptions.. Meanwhile, many “laws of the land” will be eroded by those with deceptive motives.
Uranus Semisquare Neptune
This aspect will make itself known all year, but is especially prominent between July and December. Uranus is known for throwing lightning around and Neptune, as Poseidon, is the ancient god of bodies of water. The hurricane season is likely to be brutal this year. Uranus acts suddenly and without much warning, so unusual storms are probable. This combination may bring “sudden” news concerning our water resources all over the globe.
This ancient goddess of love, romance, things of beauty and relationships in general will begin retrograde motion on March 4 until April 15. The preview begins on Jan. 30 as relationships in general will tend to slow forward progress to the March 4th point, when Venus moves deeply into retrograde territory until April 15. At that time she slowly makes the turn to direct motion and the entire saga will be over by mid-May.
During her ebb periods we reflect on our personal needs with respect to partnerships. Meanwhile it is common for ongoing relationships to shift into neutral or even a temporary reversal. The universal message is to think carefully about who you are before making a promise of commitment. For those already pledged, it is a time to go within oneself and discover the qualities needed to improve upon the existing relationship. From the global point of view, these periods often mark times when treaties or agreements between nations are violated or negotiations break down between countries.
The year begins with Mercury already retrograding in the sign of Capricorn, representing a hesitation period that will be relieved after the third week in Jan. Interesting, how this phenomenon parallels the last breath of the current Presidential cycle. The second retrograde begins exactly on April 9 and continues until May 3. Keep in mind that the two weeks before these retrogrades bring previews. The two weeks after the retrograde represents a clean-up period.
Routine astrological advice suggests: 1) Delay the initiation of important new projects. 2) Use this time to research and investigate alternatives for action but make no final costly decisions on major plans. 3) Avoid writing or signing contracts. Often there are loopholes or missing parts which create difficulties later. 4) Avoid major purchases of transportation or communication equipment. The time is most favorably used to compare alternatives, research details, finish projects started long ago or look deeply into one's interior psyche (i.e. hypnosis, prayer, meditation, psychotherapy).
Aries: Mars, the god of war and your avatar in the zodiac, begins this year in the laid back sign of Pisces. The pace is slow until it moves into your personal sign on Jan. 28. At that point you will sense a new surge of power and self-confidence. You will have a strong urge to escape whatever contains you on Feb 23—27. Bow to the authorities between the end of May and mid-July. They are bigger than you are. Give special interest to health issues during Sep and Oct. Use caution Oct 11 through the 19th as accidents are possible. Love life reverses or decelerates early March through April, but returns to an improved normal in May. Avoid making big decisions while Mercury is retrograding in your sign between April 20 and May 14th. Starting in September, you will have benefits connected to insurance, stocks, partner’s resources, taxes, and/or estate matters. You likely will make an important decision about partnership(s) in Nov. or Dec.
Taurus: Venus, your avatar in the zodiac, begins the year in romantic and artistic Pisces. Near the end of January she moves into a sign that causes you to feel cautious and hesitant about all her interests. “Something” just doesn’t feel quite right in a relationship and by March, you will be certain that you need to depart a situation so you can give it more thought. Near the middle of April the cause of your reticence becomes clear. You likely will give that thing or person a wide berth until the beginning of June, when you feel more sure of yourself. In Oct. Jupiter moves into your 7th house of partnerships/clientele. Jupiter is known to make improvements in whatever sector he travels. It is likely you will make one or more decisions about partnerships near the beginning of Oct. A new relationship at that time will have a rocky start, but things become much smoother in Nov. In Dec. you will be especially conscious of expenditures and debts. You may prefer to set aside extravagance for the 2017 Holiday Season and that is appropriate for you. Ignore the internal critic who chastises you for living a leaner season.
Gemini: You begin this year with Mercury, your ruling planet, in retrograde motion. So you will enjoy a pause in activity while you continue to ponder your life and your investments. Mercury turns direct on Jan. 8, giving you the sense that you can move forward again. The week following March 19 will be intense Life slows to a crawl between Mar 24th and May 3rd while you wait for people in your life to make decisions. Between May 16 and June 6 you may prefer to be solitary and quiet. Your attention shifts once again near the summer solstice to things financial. Use caution with tools and machinery from June 28 to July 4. On July 23 your ruling planet moves into shadow territory. Between July 23 and Sep 20 you are focused on home, property and family. Repairs are necessary, perhaps even in relationships. The last Mercury retrograde for you is in the sign of partnership(s), whether marital or business. You may feel the need to review old issues together. The Other may have circumstances that cause you to slow down and wait for him/her to make a decision. Between Jan and Sep Jupiter, the planet of expansion is traveling in your house of fun, play, gambling, lovers, and children. In Oct. it moves to the territory of work and routine. Both of these areas will be improved through the year.
Cancer: We cannot look at Cancer without giving thought to this year’s eclipses, which affect the Moon Children most of all. The Full Moon eclipse on Feb. 10 shines a spotlight on your financial affairs. If there are errors in calculation, they will be discovered, or perhaps a new resource becomes available. Later in Feb., the New Moon eclipse occurs in the house of your travel plans, education, church affiliations, publication and legal affairs. This suggests the beginning of new ideas or plans in one of these areas. On Aug. 7 there will be a Full Moon eclipse in your solar 8th house of investments, shared resources, inheritance, debt and money owed to you. It is likely that you will be taking a close look at one or more of those issues. Then the New Moon Eclipse occurs in your 2nd solar house of financial resources. The revelations of the Aug. 7 eclipse may send you back to study and refine your spending habits. Jupiter, the planet of expansion and improvements, spends the first 9 months of 2016 in your house of living quarters, family matters and property. There will be improvements in these areas. If help is needed, it will come to you. In October, Jupiter moves its spotlight to your solar 5th, bringing a note of creativity, fun and play into your life. It will remain in that territory for a year. Those who want to have children likely will be given that gift. Saturn continues in the house of work and health. It demands that you focus attention on each of these through the end of the year.
Leo: You begin the year in a work mode. Now is the time to start a diet or exercise routine. It calls for reorganization of your schedule but you will probably choose to do it anyway. The month of Feb. constellates around dealing with debt, investments, and finances (or other material things) that you share with others. An unusual total eclipse of the Moon occurs in your sign on Feb. 10. This is a time of revelation, whether personal or public. The time of late March-early April may bring art, beauty, or a new love into your life. Give yourself time for reflection and solitude beginning with the Summer Solstice until near your birthday in August. The month of August is intense with a new Moon eclipse in your sign on Aug. 21st. That symbolizes the dawning of a new thought, plan, or idea. For the month between Aug. 22 and Sep 22 your attention is likely to be focused on organizing your finances and putting accounts in order. Between the end of Oct. and mid-Nov. you will be attending to home and family matters. Jupiter, the planet of expansion and general good fortune, is in your solar third house of communications, siblings, and short distance travel. In Oct. it begins a year long trek through your house of home, family and property.
Virgo: Mercury, your avatar among the planets, has been retrograding since mid-December. So you have experienced a slower holiday season than many. You may be reflecting upon your relationship to a lover or a child. After Jan. 8 life begins to resume normal speed. The week following March 19 is likely to be intense, with concerns over taxes, debts, or money that comes from joint resources. That could be related to partner’s income, pensions, or insurance payoffs. Between March 23 and May 5 it is best not to initiate new legal, educational or publishing matters. Wait out that time to see if those issues will resolve themselves. If they are not resolved, work on those with gusto between May 16 and June 6. Use caution with tools and machinery from June 28 to July 4. On July 25th Mercury enters your own sign of Virgo and remains there essentially through Sep 29. It will go through an entire retrograde cycle during this period. Be prepared to accept that time as indecisive, especially with long term planning. The last Mercury retrograde period begins in mid-Nov. and continues through the end of the year. That will be a time of attention to home, property, and family. Jupiter has expanded your financial resources since Sep of 2016 and this will continue until Oct. 2017. It is possible that you have entered a contract or purchased an investment that will be completed in the fall of 2017.
Libra: Jupiter, the original Zeus, is firmly in your sign until Oct. He tends to lighten any load, and soften burdens. He is a carrier of good fortune as well. You may already be involved in a new relationship and it is likely to continue. Venus, the original goddess of love, romance and the arts, is your planetary avatar. She begins the year in your work/daily routine area, bringing positive experiences to that area. During Feb. through May she goes through a retrograde cycle. During those months you or your partner may be in a questioning period. This is meant to give both of you some time to evaluate how to make the relationship better. Some may even separate for a time to reflect before coming together later in June. In Oct/ your income or other resources will show signs of improvement. You may also begin a new relationship which is mutually beneficial. If not a new relationship, it will be a fresh beginning. The wrinkles will be worked out by Nov. Save money for upcoming repairs to your aging home or vehicle in 2018.
Scorpio: Mars, the Warrior god, is one of your ruling planets and it begins the year in your 5th house of romance, children and creativity. Near Jan. 11 you likely will have a bright idea in one of these areas. Health matters become important between Jan 27 and Mar. 9. Matters of partnership are prominent Mar 9 through April 20. You have challenges between April 21 and May 30. You want to tell your troubles to others, but it is a bad idea to do so. The Powers That Be are stronger than you until mid-August. Then you may get a lucky break and be in the right place at the right time late Aug, and early Sep. In Sep and Oct you likely will be offering yourself as a caretaker for another. Beginning Oct. 10 for one year Jupiter enters your sign, lightening your load and relieving your anxieties. From Oct. 22 through the end of Nov. your best results will occur by waiting. On Dec. 9, your ruling planet enters your sign and you will have a burst of energy and self-confidence.
Sagittarius: : You have one more year of serious work on your new identity. Saturn has been in your sign for 1.5 years. That is a long time, but you are re-creating yourself and that requires effort and energy, and multiple beginnings. It is not the type of thing that can be managed briefly. One piece of the puzzle began with a challenging launch in August, 2016. During Jan. 2017 it comes to a turning point. You likely will decide to pour more effort into the project or let it go entirely in favor of some other, easier approach toward your goal. If you choose to remain with it, you will see results by the end of May. That is another turning point, requiring you to pour on the effort once again. It requires considerable tenacity to keep it afloat and many would not do it. You have considerable support through friends and allies. There will likely be a surprising event early in March with an extra boost of help. You will discover a high tech program or gadget in May that will ease the burden of your journey. And by the end of 2017 you will see the new identity emerging. Mercury will retrograde in your sign during Nov-Dec and require you to add the finishing touches. This project may be among those hardest in your lifetime, but it is well worth it to become your own person.
Capricorn: During December of 2016, Mercury was retrograding in your sign. That phenomenon often represents a feeling of difficulty concluding anything. During January there will be a slow move toward better motion and accomplishments. Saturn, your ruling planet, continues for one more year in your 12th house, suggesting that you may still be in the quiet zone. Two years out of every 24 is a time for a metaphorical sabbatical. Your ambitions may not yet be rewarded at this time. During this period (2016-2017) attempts to achieve recognition are thwarted. Rest now and don’t abuse yourself because you can’t “get ahead”. In Nov and Dec of 2017 you will experience a crack in the shadows which will grow to a fresh start in the winter of 2018. Be patient and you will feel better at that time. Meanwhile, take this time to reflect upon what mountain you want to climb next.
Aquarius: In August of 2016 you may have taken on a major responsibility at your work or in the community around you. At the time you did not know the depth of the challenge or you might have bypassed it. However, you are not a quitter so if you adopt a responsibility you generally will see it through to its end. This project likely has one more year to the finish line, so you must pace yourself. A Full Moon eclipse on Feb. 10th brings a time of illumination over any marital or partnership situations. Then the answering eclipse of August 7 helps you resolve your personal issues in those same relationship(s). You will see the situation more clearly and will be better able to discuss it after that. There is likely a surprising twist or shift near Mar. 2 that alters your plans with regard to transportation, the law, communications, education and publishing. A wish may be fulfilled. During 2018 you will move into a situation that is more solitary and allows you greater quietude than you have had in a long time.
Pisces: Mars, the Warrior god, is your companion for all of January. You may use it to take initiatives beyond your normal reticent self. It is also a great starter signal for a new exercise routine. Jupiter, one of your ruling planets, spends much of this year in the sign of Libra. This brings partnership(s) of all kinds to the fore. It suggests the sharing of resources with others for whom you care. The Full Moon Eclipse in your sign occurs on Feb. 10, symbolizing revelations, whether public or private. Your work and health will be the subject. Financial surprises may happen in March and Sep. That may or may not be favorable. Income continues to be up and down. Don’t allow anyone to sell you something too good to be true. Don’t mix water and electricity, especially between Aug. and Oct. Note that there will be a new moon eclipse in your sign on Feb. 26. This signifies the beginning of new creativity for those in Pisces. It begins in the unconscious and may not surface until a few months go by. Saturn continues for another year in your 10th house of life direction. If you love your work, there will be more of it. If you are weary with it, then you may decide to do something else by the end of 2017.
Pluto in Capricorn, 2008 -- 2024 , background theme for everyone
The headline cosmic news for 2008 is the entrance of Pluto into the sign of Capricorn. We stand on the cusp of a 16 year global reorganization of power (2008-2024). Dramatic political, business and economic changes will occur worldwide, especially so between 2009 and 2015. The seeds for revolution are already in gestation. Rising and falling of governments and their leaders will become common.
Pluto represents transformation at its most profound level. It exaggerates flaws in our social systems and in our personal lives until we are forced beyond our lethargy to find resolution to issues. We of the Western world are acculturated to expect unlimited resources, for example. In particular, the people of the United States have enjoyed bounty well beyond that of many other countries. It is one thing for us to talk about running out of resources, and totally another to come to the real experience of not having enough gasoline to drive to work.
This country has a Cancer birth chart. Pluto's transit through Capricorn ('08--'24) will be opposed to our sun sign. We will be starkly confronted with the results of our collective principles and behaviors. We have become an empire run by consumerism and assumption of unending prosperity. The major flaw is that we, as a collective, secretly believe that somehow, someone else is responsible for the public welfare. We assume that our laws, our government, and even our employers will protect us.
During these first few years Big Business (Capricorn associated) will become the ruler of the globe and governments merely puppets. We have experienced glimpses of this system in the last decade. We are naive enough to believe that if a CEO is not operating lawfully, he/she will soon be caught. Think again. Before very long the business practices that are now covert will become the accepted norm among those with power.
The process is one of erosion, so watch carefully for its signs in your mailbox. If you think I am being melodramatic, read those 5 page, boring, documents in tiny print that come from your credit card, insurance, or other institutions. They count on our laissez-faire attitudes. They know we are often too overwhelmed to give such things attention. You will be shocked at the rights you are losing, inch by inch. Soon it will be a landslide and there won't even be an effort to hide it.
Orwell's 1984 is at our doorstep. We need to do what we can to stem the tide of Big Business tyranny over the next decade. The first and foremost act of self protection is to get out of debt. Don't let anyone own you. Take good care of your health. Eliminate addictions. Become as independent as reasonably possible from major institutions and corporations. Take any steps, however small they seem, to preserve your independence and self-sufficiency. None of us is immune to the zeitgeist of the time in which we live, but we can stay awake and choose behaviors that reinforce our personal freedoms during the storms.
Genuine transformation rarely happens while sipping margaritas on the deck. It only evolves in the wake of major trials and tribulations. One must really experience the consequences of behavior in order to make the necessary effort to change an attitude. Pluto will accept nothing short of authentic, wherever it travels. For the next 16 years it is traversing Capricorn, the sign that rules business and governments.
Pluto in Capricorn will rain hellfire and brimstone for a few years. It will show us the damage that is being caused by living a life of consumerism, irresponsibility and hubris. It demands nothing less than transformation. The greatest temptation we will experience is the desire to hang onto the easy life as we have known it. Today we may not even really believe that our lifestyles must alter. Yet if we recognize, even embrace, the necessary personal changes, we can save the planet and also come to value life as never before.