The Year 2018 Part I: Overview
The year begins in an interesting way on January 1. There will be a Full Moon at 9:24 pm EST which is at the Moon’s perigee It is known as a “Supermoon” because of its closeness to the earth. Jan. also has two full moons, the second being on Jan. 31, 2017. That one is eclipsed in the sign of Leo.
The two eclipse seasons are in Jan.-Feb, and July-Aug. Eclipsed Moons reflect times of intensity on our planet. They may occur near serious weather patterns. Secrets are revealed for good or ill. See the weekly articles for more information.
Saturn in Capricorn
On Dec. 19, 2017, Saturn rolled into Capricorn for a three year sojourn. Saturn, the Great Teacher within us, is now in the sign of corporations and business. Whenever Saturn changes signs, there are multiple changes in the world and the laws we must abide to get along in society. Saturn in Capricorn can be hard-nosed indeed. It rewards those who benefit the world and punishes those who have not demonstrated the lessons of social and corporate give-and-take.
Saturn and Pluto together in Capricorn
Pluto is the original god of the underworld and represents transformation of both individuals and corporate bodies. It also is symbolic of pure Power. Saturn began to make challenging aspects to Pluto in Feb. 2016. These challenges are steadily increasing toward a crescendo in the first quarter of 2020.
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. The dark side is criminal in an ongoing way. On the personal level, it requires that we work hard to hold onto personal power in the face of circumstances that are not at all conducive to our 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.
Failing infrastructures that have just “held together” in the past few years will be letting go of their tenuous hold. For the next two years there likely will be “surprise” accidents in water, sewer, roads, bridges, and anything else considered infrastructure.
The more personal message is that one or more structures that you have built into your life are crumbling. This is the third of four years to correct the problem. Maybe that structure or plan needs to go. Perhaps it has been impeding you from moving forward. It is possible that this process began in 2016. If it continues to have value in your life, much effort and probably considerable money will be required to repair and restore damage. Consider allowing the crumbling structure to transform into an updated version of itself.
Pluto crosses the Ecliptic
The last time this occurred was in 1930-31, just as the Great Depression was moving into full swing. The wisdom is obvious. Though we cannot know for certainty that this will happen again, it is better to be prepared for hard economic times.
Uranus Semisquare Neptune
This aspect was prominent between July and December of 2016. In January of 2017, I wrote that Uranus is known for throwing lightning strikes and Neptune, as Poseidon, is the ancient god of bodies of water. I predicted the hurricane season of 2017 was likely to be brutal. Uranus acts suddenly and without much warning, so unusual storms are probable during the second, third and fourth quarters in 2018. This combination may bring “sudden” news concerning our water resources all over the globe. Uranus throws fire (lightning) and Neptune rules the water. Oil spills or other catastrophes may suddenly ignite water.
In June Mars begins a retrograde path that will continue through the end of August. It starts in Aquarius, travels through the latter degrees of Capricorn, and returns to its starting place in early October. Historically, those who draw a sword or attempt to expand power during these periods eventually find it turned against themselves. In our personal lives we are well advised to avoid extending our boundaries or initiating "war" on any front. The defendant, not the aggressor, will win in any conflict as long as the god of war moves backward and it doesn't matter how big or right the initiator may be. When Mars is retrograde we are well advised against filing suit, hunting for game or opting for elective surgery (a different type of sword).
This ancient goddess of love, romance, things of beauty and relationships will begin retrograde motion on Oct. 5 until Nov. 16. The preview begins on Sept. 9 as relationships in general will tend to slow forward progress to the October 5 point, when Venus moves deeply into retrograde territory until Nov. 16, 2018. Then she slowly makes the turn to direct motion and the entire saga will be over by mid-December.
During her ebb periods (as above) 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. If the effort is deemed too much, there will be those who break the ties. 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.
See below for 2018 Forecasts, Part II, Individual Signs
Aries: Mars is your planetary avatar. You begin the year in the sign of Scorpio which lends much power and authority to your actions. You will probably be involved in a project requiring the use of your large muscles or supporting one or more people who can’t fight for themselves. Between Jan. and Oct. you will enjoy gifts and benefits from those who appreciate your spirit. Saturn in your 10th solar house brings a change in your work or profession. You may decide to begin a new direction in your life or will be taking on significantly more responsibility in the current work. Beginning in late May your financial income picture may begin to fluctuate. At times it will be higher than normal and at other times lower. Mars begins retrograde motion in June and will not complete its cycle until October. From June to the end of the year it is better to avoid taking aggressive moves in any direction.
Taurus: This year the planet Uranus enters your sign and will be there for a seven year stint. Are you restless? Wishing for a break from the routine of your life? You may or may not recognize it, but Uranus will help you break free of fears that have chained you to the old grind. Saturn moves into your 9th sector, suggesting that you will begin some type of educational program. Another option that Saturn has is to steer you into travel for career purposes. Jupiter has been in your seventh sector since Oct., 2017. It remains through Oct. 2018 and shines a bright light on your partnership(s). It can increase clientele and friendships as well. Venus, your planetary ruler, turns retrograde in Oct., which suggests you may need to back off from one or more relationships while you evaluate whether they are beneficial. You may be drawn back to a previous relationship between Oct. 2018 and Jan. 2019.
Gemini: Disclosure of old family secrets that alter your perception of self may occur during the next 7.5 years. You develop much greater awareness of the unconscious and your interest in alternate forms of healing intensifies. Episodes of intuition or psychic awareness are likely to increase. Saturn in Capricorn requires you to focus on the consequences, responsibilities and liabilities of sharing resources with others. There may be work to do related to managing your own finances or those of someone else. You likely will feel the need to clarify and legalize matters concerning your estate. You have two plus years to accomplish this, so don’t panic about time. Jupiter transits your 6th sector through Oct. If you need healing, now is the time to pursue solutions. Your routines and habit patterns can be directed toward the best outcomes here. Mercury retrograding in your 7th house of partnerships in Nov. and Dec. will be a time to think carefully about your contributions to the relationship and correct habitual responses that have created challenges.
Cancer: The next two years will draw attention to your partnership(s). This is a time to rethink your significant other and re-decide to remain together. For some, you will feel drawn to enter a stronger, contractual relationship beyond that which you now have. There may be signs of dissolving commitments for those already married. What you need is a new or improved purpose together that may reignite the original spark. The eclipse seasons are focused in Feb. and August. For Cancerians, these eclipses point toward your financial houses. There will be significant impact relating to decisions and changes that involve your income and other resources. (“Other” refers to partner’s money, invested money, insurance payments, gifts and inheritance.) You likely will be organizing new financial plans around changes in partnership status. There is a single new moon eclipse that occurs on July 12 in your sign. It suggests a plan, just barely taking form, that will give you a long term sense of security.
Leo: January is a time in which you regroup after the holidays and put your routines back in order. This is an annual ritual for you. On Jan. 31, there is a full moon eclipse in your sign which will bring attention to your relationships. It will be a “supermoon,” called so to recognize its close proximity to the earth. This emphasizes its meaning. You could fall into a battle of wills there, but the ideal solution is to work toward a meeting of minds through looking openly at the facts and arriving jointly at a peaceful negotiation. Throughout the year Saturn will travel through your sixth sector of health and habit patterns. This began in Dec of 2017 and continues for two more years. The requirement is to upgrade your personal healthcare, lest it wreak havoc on your body. Saturn is a stern taskmaster and does not allow backsliding. Your life direction needs to shift toward freedom from whatever binds you to your past. Think about that.
Virgo: Over the next seven years you will be experiencing a rapidly expanding world view. This may come about through travel, higher education or attraction to people who hail from an altogether different environment. You may feel the need to explore alternative religions and/or philosophies. This is the time for intentional application of your creative energy and to take steps toward manifesting your dreams of fulfillment. Something deep inside you, no more than two years in your consciousness, wants to be expressed. It requires devotion on your part. Circumstances may pressure you to set another project aside so you can focus on the new one. Don't anticipate grandiose results on this cycle, but there should be reasonably positive responses from the world if you are on the right track. Jupiter in the third sector brings in positive energy related to siblings, neighbors, traveling companions, educational experiences and your vehicle.
Libra: Your income is sustained most of this year via investments, increase in partner’s income, insurance or money that comes from resources such as social security, annuities, and sale of property. Meanwhile Saturn will ground you by bringing your attention to mundane property matters and the need to focus on your health and well-being. It is important to strengthen your core muscles. Aging family members may require your attention. Jupiter entered your second sector of resources and self-worth in Oct. 2017. It will remain there through Oct. 2018, shining a spotlight on taxes, inheritance, investments, insurance payoffs, and partner’s income. You will particularly benefit if you have remained thrifty through the recent decades. Paying off debt will give you more disposable income this year. Venus, ancient goddess of love, is your avatar. She will be retrograding in the last quarter. During that time you may rethink your investments. It will not be favorable to make significant investments in the last quarter. Research, but don’t take the plunge until 2019.
Scorpio: As you begin 2018, you have Mars and Jupiter in your sign. This signifies a time of new beginnings, elevated hope, and renewed interest in your spiritual life which began in Nov. 2017. Saturn’s entry to your solar third house puts emphasis on writing, communications, siblings, roommates, vehicles, and short distance travels. You will be giving these matters more serious attention through this year and 2019. You may already be aware of changes occurring in your primary relationship(s). Scorpio is often anxious about alterations and will hold onto the known for too long. In May this becomes too big to ignore and it represents a fresh wave of the future. The ongoing status quo has become stale. If you have avoided it, then change may come suddenly. When the dust has settled, you will have a truer perspective on life. Mars, one of your ruling planets, turns retrograde in June and its energy remains so through Oct. It is possible that after a big change in May, you may want to pause while you reassess and absorb it. Venus, the goddess of love, retrogrades in your sign during the last quarter. You may back off from your present relationship and re-engage with someone from the past for a few weeks
Sagittarius: : Take especially good care of your health in all areas. There is likely to be a need for you to step up your daily health care routines. This may have recently come to your attention. At the same time there could be a shift in your job tasks and/or location. By November you may feel better than you have in a long time after adopting better health patterns. Mars, the warrior god, enters your sign toward the end of Jan. and will be with you for five weeks. This will enhance your body energetically and assist you to take on big physical initiatives. Your income may be less plentiful this year. Usually this aspect represents a reduction in disposable income after making an investment, such as buying a house. It is likely to be a conscious decision that will affect you for a couple of years, until you get stabilized. Mercury, planet of communications, enters your sign by Nov. 1 and remains throughout the rest of the year while it makes a retrograde loop. You likely will second guess decisions throughout this period. Wait until 2019 to complete plans when you will have better information about the circumstances.
Capricorn: This year and the next will mark a period of major change in your life. In time you will see it as a significant turning point for the better, although in the short perspective it may appear to be merely challenging. You are just beginning a redesign of your identity and that cannot happen overnight, so don’t be impatient with yourself. Follow the open pathways. Some doors may shut, but it is all in the purpose of the cosmic direction. Just put one foot in front of the other and take the next best step. Think of yourself as The Goat, climbing a mountain. Once in awhile you encounter a block in the road, so a detour may be necessary. The most trying period will be in mid-March through mid-May, when will seem as though you are pushing a boulder uphill. After that trial, everything else will seem easier by comparison. Positive experiences and support will come through friendships and your community associates. By the end of this year you will have a clearer grasp of the identity you are to develop. Those with skeletons in the closets will be relieved as they are exposed to daylight and can be handled openly.
Aquarius: You are beginning a two year hiatus. It could be compared to a sabbatical from human political life. If you are employed, you are likely to be moved to a position of less power. The interesting twist here is that you honestly are relieved, even though your ego may be bruised. You’ll feel better if you recognize that changes which move you to the background are inevitable now. They are mainly due to circumstances around you. Don’t try to regain the control of the old days. You will waste energy and be frustrated. Let go with grace and move forward with work in the background. Mars begins a retrograde sequence in your sign from late May through Sep. During that period it is best for you to make no assertive or aggressive moves. If you need to protect yourself, do so, but don’t “start” anything. Uranus, planet of change, is moving into your fourth sector of home, hearth, and family. It is possible that you will need to refurbish your home or even change your residence. This could be reflected by shifts and unexpected moves in your family of origin.
Pisces: Your income will be altered this year by the summer. Your income will become more stable. Your mind opens to a new level of understanding. You may experience increased intuition and “psychic downloads” of information that you could not otherwise know. Your interest in your spiritual life became more prominent in the fall of 2017 and continues into the fall of 2018. Travel, whether that be in person or on the internet, is emphasized throughout this year. In May there will be changes and increased emphasis in the areas of siblings, neighbors, roommates, and possibly your vehicle. Mars, the original god of war, passes through your sign between Nov. 16 and the end of this year. During this period it is likely that you will be on the battlefront in more than one area. This is uncharacteristic of the Fish and people in your life probably will not adapt well to your change in stance, however temporary that might be. It is likely that your ire will be provoked just as Mars arrives in Pisces on Nov. 16. Mars also represents major physical work projects. Use caution with your body mechanics.
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.
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