Welcome to 2018, when most of us I guess, are all looking ahead with a sense in the collective unconscious of a mixture of bewilderment, some incredulity and if we are honest, some fear for the future. Only incurable optimists will be confident all will be well.
The year starts interestingly with a very unusual January, as this is an exceptional “blue moon” month. The phrase “once in a blue moon” which basically means “rarely”, derives from the unusual event of a full Moon occurring twice in one month, and this month is such a month, with the significant added rarity of the second one being a total lunar eclipse. The first standard full Moon is on the 2nd at 2.24 GMT at 11 degrees of Cancer and the second one, the special Total Lunar eclipse, is on the 31st at 13.30 GMT, at 11degrees of Leo.
If one has a personal natal planet at the same degree as the full Moon, or at the opposite degree, (same degree in the opposite sign) it is likely to impact you personally, more powerfully than others.
Full moons bring a tendency for the eruption of the unconscious and there is a mood of rather untamed events, which will out, and the unpredictable and primeval is in the air as are culminations and endings. Things rise to the surface. Tides are high as are inner tensions. We reap consequences on the full Moon. When the full Moon is also manifesting as a total lunar eclipse, we can expect the same effect, but as if on steroids.
The new Moon falls on the 17th at 26 degrees of Capricorn, a benign influence, where we sow and prepare new beginnings.
Saturn now firmly into his own home sign of Capricorn (since December 20th and for 2 and a half years) points to the principle that it is not money that is the root of all evil, but the love of it (greed) that earns that crown and which holds huge power currently. The great economic divisions and inequality in our global society will be a source of ever increasing karma, as pursuit of monetary power and its fallout for further inequalities becomes truly the driving mover and shaker of the globe and its woes. The power of money has in many ways on the globe trumped democracy. Large egos and authoritarian leaders, who see themselves as emperors, in many respects are increasingly the trend. Trump’s tax cuts for the wealthy and (temporarily) for the middle classes will underscore the inequalities. Trickle down economics, (i.e. the theory that the wealthy will invest for the betterment of the poor) has proved with Pluto (power/obsession) in Capricorn since 2007/8 to be a wishful thinking fantasy. Plutocratic wealth dominates.
Capitalism was originally based on the protestant (Calvinism) work ethic, which was designed for the good and benefit of all (trickle down). That has long been largely lost, as the uber capitalist ethic has very visibly prevailed, especially over the last 10 years.
However because Saturn (in Capricorn) is the lord of karma, and Pluto’s sign position (also in Capricorn since 2008 and till 2025) suggests that abuse of power pays a big price. We are facing a rather significant nemesis, even a meltdown, re our value system and a full on facing of the fallout of our, (or the system’s) economic abuse of power and the drive of materialism, consumerism and the seemingly unquestioned holy grail of “growth”. The planet/environment itself is as much the messenger of this karma as anything else. It is already groaning loudly in our face, in ways there is no necessity to elucidate.
Neptune in Pisces now (from 2012 till 2026) is however simultaneously shouting out at us to focus on the planets survival, both ecologically and of course climate wise, or all is lost. Without a sustainable planet and ecosystem there is no sustainability for humanity. We can put some faith in technology to help save the day, especially from 2025, when Pluto (power) moves into Aquarius (technology… but there are concomitant dangers then too, of abuse of power re technology) but we also have to change our collective behaviour, not just compensate for it.
This issue is existential, even biblical in its implications, like never before, because we know what we are doing, but it really is an “inconvenient truth”, so therefore deniable to many of those whose total focus is on money and growth.
This month is quite intense. It is after all, also the month of Capricorn, so all pressure is on, re value systems.
Because the Sun and Venus both conjunct Pluto on the 9th and 10th and on the 24th/25th, Mercury also conjuncts Pluto, they will be significant dates, that point to potential crisis and abuse of power in some context. Egos are highlighted. Danger and brinkmanship dominate.
Mars is also now in Pluto ruled Scorpio, (since December 10th till Jan 26th). This is a powerful position and brings a ruthless energy and often determination of a single-minded nature to achieve power, for good or ill. This position is also very linked to sexuality (and money). Because Scorpio is very forensic in nature, as a sign, revelations re sexual abuse and financial scandals have been to the fore. The principal of power and sex is intense when Mars is in Scorpio and with Jupiter also now in Scorpio for a year, these will be a predominant issue.
Another major astrological fact for this year is that in May, Uranus moves from Aries, (where he has been for 7 years) to Taurus (the sign of his fall, as the planet of Uranus and the sign of Taurus are incompatible energies). He stays there initially for 6 months, then reverts back to Aries, to rubber-stamp a few issues no doubt, and then returns to Taurus for the long approximately 7year haul, in March 2019.
In Aries (the individual), Uranus (unpredictable change/technology/revolution) indeed revolutionised individual’s power via technology/social media and created “surprise” unpredictability and rebellion (anti establishment mood) and a desire for independence and brought a change in peoples voting motivation, aided and abetted of course by technology.
Taurus is about feeling and instinct, safety and security/money (earth) while Uranus (air) is about the power of mind, the new and revolutionary, and takes risks and wants liberty, and change, often for its own sake. He is about the future, rebellion and the innovative, not least in technology. He can create chaos.
Uranus in Taurus means therefore that we can expect a revolution in the way we deal with money especially because of new technology and digitisation. . From Taurus the focus for change will be in what constitutes security and our material values that will be subject to revolution, and it will bring to many a feeling of much insecurity as the old security systems simply break down. Unpredictable and game changing shifts in the economy and how money works is pretty well guaranteed.
The great US depression, the fallout of the Wall Street crash, and the dropping of the gold standard, correlated with the last time Uranus was in Taurus (1934-1941), healed incidentally only by the advent of World War 2.
Back to this month, Mr Trump has got Mars conjuncting his natal IC and squaring its own natal place and his natal ascendant, all between the 19th and the 27th. He will likely to be angry, impulsive, and dangerously confrontational then, not least in relation to foreign policy and legal issues that may directly affect him and family.
Fortunately Mars globally, currently is not in conflict with other planets, and is even very constructive between the 8th and 10th.
However between the 5th-8th when Mars conjuncts Jupiter, (crusading determination) there is a great confidence and a go getting energy in a pioneering and zealous way, amongst powerful players on the world stage, that can tempt bold moves that need squeaky clean motives, or over reaching can have troublesome consequences.
The 12th-15th sees the Sun and Venus square to Uranus. The unpredictable is in the air then, including potential geophysical events (earthquakes, volcanic disturbance etc)
Theresa May has a difficult period in the second half of the month, courtesy of Mars, and the whole Brexit issue will rumble on with ever more complications thrown up, till exhaustion will take over for her in February. Her position looks very shaky then, but With Venus (and possibly her Moon.. no birth time known) conjunct Pluto in her birth chart, she is however steely in her determination to maintain power and not be defeated. If she survives February and March politically, the last 3 months of 2018 will probably see her power radically undermined in some way.
Nationalism and protectionism is an instinct that feels safe and redemptive and is becoming an increasingly strong tribal drive in the face of and in reaction to what is seen as the downside of globalisation, but it carries the real danger now of a breakdown in global cooperation, when never before have we needed it so much, in order to cope with the huge issues on every level that face us/the planet… Pluto in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces will bring to us all over the coming decade, the message that we need to start again somehow and to totally reconsider our prevailing economic value system which is largely redundant and self-defeating. A necessary total economic and political breakdown may be, just maybe, the only way that can happen…
There are however potential phoenixes out of the ashes.
The good news is that Jupiter sextiles Pluto this month, exactly in the second half of the month, which augurs well for constructive determination for renewal and regeneration with the collective power to achieve. All that matters is the motive.
Keep on your toes career wise. It’s a good period, but avoid over-confidence.
Indeed, all after the 11th need to be sure that their communications are clear ,as there is a lot of room for misunderstanding.
Before the 18th, if born after March 28th, your charms in the workplace are significant. Don’t misuse them.
After the 18th, if born up to April 7th, friendships provide love, support and harmony and fun and love is in the air.
After the 26th, for all born up to March 24th, there is a surge of energy that is very constructive. It is very positive for internationalism, the law and academic studies. Your ruling planet is baptising you with courage and strength.
Saturn, now established in Capricorn, is currently squaring the Suns of those early Aries, born up to March 26th. Some restrictions and difficulties are in the air. This is short lived. Be mature. Step up to the plate. Face facts and get rest.
Uranus is still directly emphasising the principle of change, restlessness and potential liberation if born April 13th to 15th. This is gone by March. Look back on the last year and acknowledge the changes.
If born April 7th to 10th, Pluto is still on your case, as he has been most of last year and indeed will be this year. Inner struggles need to be conscious. Power struggles at work need to be carefully thought through, controlled and do not let your active anger get the better of you. Draw boundaries. Veto others’ behaviour and yours, if it is in any way coercive or controlling.
Long distance and legal issues are flagged up and indeed after the 11th, all of you may find that communications, learning, study and travel are all agreeable and constructive.
Before the 18th, you are also likely to encounter the harmonious and the love in long distance contacts and study will give you joy.
After the 18th, if born up to May 10th, don’t overdo charm to get your own way.
Before the 26th, if born after May 4th, Mars in your 7th house is creating some potential war-drums in your social life and in your relationships. Others are immovable and challenging. Do not match with equal stubbornness, but know to draw boundaries.
However, Jupiter is enhancing the lives of those born May 6th to 13th. Fun, expansion, optimism and potential travel is yours, but be careful about over confidence and over-trusting in others who may encourage extravagant behaviour. Be your own master.
Saturn, now in Capricorn, is constructive in a very practical and mature way for those born up to April 26th. Duty and obligation connected to travel or study is strong but it is all very practical and giving you a good foundation. Discipline and hard work comes easily.
Neptune is still continuing to inspire on a spiritual, creative and emotional level all born May 1st to 4th. This yearlong influence has softened you for more empathy and more emotional vulnerability. It brings a very inspiring dimension.
Finally Pluto is bringing for those born May 8th to 11th, in this very rare positive transit, a sense of courage, insight, destiny, power and self-reinvention. Not least in relationships. This is regenerative and transformative. Enjoy. It is yours for the next year.
You may have no choice but need to accept that everything is quite profound this month and complex financial issues need focus, probably in a good way.
Before the 11th, all born after June 7th will have excellent communications skills and news and discussions with others will be fruitful, enhancing and your input is valuable.
After the 18th, all born up to June 8th are also likely to be experiencing happiness and emotional fulfilment in a long distance context and working hard on an academic or a study issue will bring joy. Love, travel and study can all combine.
Mars, however, for those born up to May 26th will, at the end of the month, in the last six days, bring some confrontations with others. People may block your path and you may be easily irritated. Stop and think before you react.
For those born June 14th-16th, Uranus is in his last lap of providing some inner inspiration that has been going on for nearly eighteen months. This journey is coming to a close, but it has brought inspiration from others too. Awakening you to ideological views, more humanitarian concerns, friendships that have provided catalysts and an ability to work for the greater good. You are looking more outside the box more than you were two years ago.
However, Neptune has been a little confusing for about a yearor many born June 1st to 4th. There has been some vague smoke and mirror input, possibly professionally. You have possibly been vulnerable to other people who have not been as straight as they could be and you have certainly needed to be straight yourself. Confusion and uncertainly and a sense of some lack of security has been in the air and it’s possible you have been over-idealistic about something, but it has inspired you creatively and brought your heart centre into strong focus. Greater clarity will emerge in a month or so.
Relationships are a focus. After the 11th, all of you may find that the power of communications extremely helpful and gratifying.
Before the 18th, if born after June 30th, romance, affections are underlined and your ability to attract others with charm and a good heart is notable. This is reciprocated.
Before the 26th, all born after July 6th will find that your desires and your passions are inspired both in the arts and in love life. Energy is productive and creative, psychologically, physically, spiritually is constructive and needs to be taken advantage of.
Jupiter also is very much supportive of those born July 8th to 15th. He is enhancing creativity, love life, fertility in all contexts and bringing fun, enjoyment, optimism and positivity and growth. It is also very pleasant for travel, combined with Romance.
However, Saturn is in the opposite sign to yours now and will be for two and a half years and in this month he is directly opposing those born June 23rd to 27th. Some potential conflict or reality check about a relationship is in the air. There is a sense of challenge and a need to face facts about somebody. Obligations and duties are also underlined. Know what is reasonable and what isn’t. Delays and blocks are there to make you re-think issues and people.
Uranus is coming to the end of a long period of creating some disruption and uncertainty and insecurity in the lives of those born July 16th to 18th, particularly in terms of your status in life. This is gone by March and security will be more tangible. In the meantime know you have been on a journey, although uncomfortable, that has probably kick-started you into a more valid future.
Also Neptune, again in a rare transit, has been inspiring those born July 2nd to 5th. He has brought inspiration, creatively, spiritually and through travel. Your heart is even bigger than it was before.
Finally Pluto, in his once every 248 year opposition to your Sun is still bringing for those born July 10th to 13th. Some feeling of a power struggle is still lingering. Be conscious. Don’t sink to dark motives and draw boundaries around those who would.
The 1st full Moon in the month is on the 2nd in your sign and effects those born around July 3rd/4th. Issues are brought to a head… and it can act as a clearinghouse.
The work ethic needs underlining this month and sorting out a lot of unresolved issues.
However, before the 11th, if born after August 9th, creativity and enjoyment is on the cards. Communications with offspring and love life will be important, but make time for work too.
After the 18th, if born up to August 10th, romance is flagged up. Your charms are undoubted and you can attract favours from others, as well as affections.
However, before the 26th, if born after August 6th, there are some people on the family front who may be challenging and disruptive and your stubbornness or strong will can create domestic conflict. Others are no pushovers.
However, after the 26th, if born up to July 28th, your desire for play, pleasure and enjoyment is strong and your will is constructive and confident.
Jupiter, now in Scorpio is, this month, a mixed blessing for those born August 8th to 15th. He is bringing self-indulgence, over-confidence, over-optimism and possibly over-reaching. Good times can be had, but only if there is measured moderation and humility. Avoid a sense of entitlement.
Uranus is in the last ditch of his once every 42-year inspiration to those born August 16th to 18th. He has brought a sense of awakening and enlightening from long distance issues and in academic study. He has awoken you from your subjectivity and are now taking a more objective viewpoint. The bigger picture matters more to you now than it did and you are to some extent more liberated as a result.
The total Lunar eclipse on the 31st impacts those born around August 4th. For this group there is a real possibility of significant events that are aligned to a need to face up to issues that are shouting out for attention.
Make time for leisure, pleasure and love life this month.
After the 11th, all of you will find that communications with both partners, romantically or otherwise, and with children are very beneficial.
Indeed, before the 18th, all born after August 31st will find affection and love life comes easily, as indeed does creative skill.
Before the 26th, for all born after September 6th, there will be a sense of power of communication and insight that will be advantageous. Your actions, your thinking and your attitude will be constructive.
However, after the 26th, if born up to August 29th, tread carefully on the home front. Family may be quick to be irritable and you may seem a little bit like a bull in a china shop to others.
Jupiter in Scorpio is beneficial now to those born September 8th to 15th. He is bringing extra wisdom, good communications and news from siblings and a sense of insight and luck and confidence is yours.
Even Saturn, now in Capricorn, is providing pragmatic progress for those born up to August 29th. Serious, responsible attitudes are needed and evident.. Loyalty and maturity of approach to love life, children’s issues and speculative issues will give you long-term advantage. Hard work comes easily.
Neptune, still opposing the Suns of those born September 3rd to 6th, is coming to a close in his influence by March. This rare and long-felt feeling of uncertainty and confusion from others and over-idealisation of others and a need to be black and white about all things has taught you some lessons, but it has also inspired you creatively and your heart has been opened, if not a little vulnerable.
Finally, Pluto is continuing in his rare trine to your Sun to empower those born September 10th to 13th. He is giving you courage, determination and destiny in love life and creativity and not least possibly around offspring.
Focus on family and real estate and home issues is important.
Before the 11th, all born after October 10th will find that your communications and your insights and wisdom are to the point and work for you.
After the 11th, you will all need to ensure that your communications are crystal clear and there is potential for confusion.
After the 18th, all born up to October 11th can enjoy leisure, pleasure, indulgence and love life. Relax and enjoy.
After the 26th, if born up to September 28th you are no pushover and your usual self-surrender will be replaced by more constructive self-assertion.
Saturn in Capricorn now is in square relationship to your sign and this month those affected are born up to September 29th. Some family issues may be showing their face. Lack of confidence, blocks, restrictions, and frustrations are possible. Reality checks and some learning curves are in the air. Step up to the plate and also remember that no one is getting younger, including you.
Uranus is nearly finished with his eighteen month long visitation to oppose the Suns of those October 17th to 19th. Disruptions brought into your life by other people’s unexpected change of attitude or stance continues until February, but ironically their unpredictability can be your liberation.
Finally, those born October 11th to 14th are still dealing with the power of Pluto. The need for liberation to find your own unique power and destiny is strong, but it may involve some struggles within self and with others. Just keep aware, conscious and controlled, but do not repress this need for change.
Your mind is sharp this month and alert and indeed after the 11th, all of you will be even more insightful than usual.
Before the 18th, if born after October 31st, your charms combine with your intellect to make you very persuasive of others.
After the 18th, if born up to November 10th, there is a tendency for over-indulgence, over-reaching and over-spending. Have a care.
Mars is now seriously in your sign, directly by conjunction, impacting those born after November 6th. For this group, you will all be extra assertive, extra powerful. Extra wilful, extra determined, extra energetic. Use it positively. Do not let it tip into hostility or control.
Jupiter however, in your sign, will also be benefiting many of the same group, born November 8th to 15th. Luck, confidence and determination is yours. Expansiveness and travel is flagged up, but beware over-confidence and do let an over-zealous nature and urge get you carried away.
Saturn is giving some steadying of the boat for those born October 24th - October 29th He is bringing common sense, steadfastness, loyalty and hard work, constructively so.
Neptune is finalising his inspiring eighteen-month period for those born November 3rd to 6th. Your creative side continues to flourish. Your empathy and compassion is now being cemented. You’re sensitivity, idealism and spirituality has also been and continues to be a real focus.
Finally, those born November 10th to 13th have your ruler Pluto still enforcing the power of your Scorpionic insight, depth, profundity of mind and desire for the truth, all in a very positive way. A sense of destiny is well established now.
Finances may need some focus in a good way this month.
Before the 11th all born after December 8th will find that your communication skills and your wisdom will be beneficial in all areas.
After the 18th, if born up to December 9th, your heart and your mind combine effectively to persuade other people to back your goals and desires and ideas. Your charms are strong.
After the 26th, Mars moves into your sign, initially affecting this month all born up to November 27th. For this small group, those last few days of the month will see you assertive, determined, focused and disciplined; and possibly even a little on the coercive side. Keep it constructive.
For all born December 15th to 17th, you are coming to the end of a long period of Uranus enhancing your spirit, need for freedom and individuality. Since June of last year, this has been effective. It has brought an awakening; an enlightening and opportunities connected to love life, creative work and offspring issues. It has awoken you to so much more about yourself and life. Celebrate this journey as it comes to a close. You are now more uniquely true to self.
However, Neptune is also coming to the end of a long period (started in April 2016) of causing some confusion and uncertainty in the lives of those born December 2nd to 5th. There has been a feeling of dissolving of certainty about many issues in life. Not least domestically, career wise and general insecurity. The fact is the old is dissolving and is meant to and this journey has been a rather blind one, but will take you to a place where you can be more true to yourself and who you are. It is redemptive. Trust. By next year clarity will be established.
Your month, so you can shine and indeed after the 11th, you will all find the power of your intellect and your communication skills enhanced.
Before the 18th, if born after December 29, your charms and your ability to attract affections is also accentuated. You give and receive.
Before the 26th, for all born after January 4th, your power to be a leader and to have people who are constructive in helping you and also you helping them, all add to your ability to make progress in life and to contribute to the greater social good.
Jupiter is also very much your friend now if born January 6th to 13th. Again, your social life and your contacts are filling you with benevolence and your ability to be incredibly effective for others should not be underestimated. Luck, opportunities and protection and growth is in the air, as is travel.
Saturn however entered your sign last month. He is your ruler, so he is a powerful influence, but you handle Saturn better than most. Those most affected by his conjunction this month are born up to December 27th. Look after your health and take it easy. He is the lord of time and age. You can feel tired quite readily and reality checks are in the air. Hard work, focus, discipline and maturity are needed. Don’t let under-confidence be your worst enemy and your usual one, get the better of you. This can be a time to rise to the occasion.
Uranus is about to finish his rather disruptive journey over the last 18 months for those born January 13th to 15th, particularly on a domestic level. The calm after the waves is approaching early next month, but you have been awoken.
Neptune also has nearly finished his journey of inspiring those born January 1st to 4th. Your sensitivity, your heart centre, your creative and spiritual self has been matured over the last year or so.
Finally, those born January 8th to 11th are still dealing with the power of Pluto in his once every 248-year visitation to your sign. You are still being transformed, regenerated, re-invented and are confronting certain destinies. This can be magnificent, but endings of chapters and new ones being born, are in the air.
The new Moon is in your sign on the 17th affecting those born around that date.
This augurs well then for the initiation of the new and for a sense of building a new chapter.
Some privacy of thoughts and contemplation is yours this month.
Before the 11th, if born after February 5th, valuable communications with friends and in groups are to be savoured.
After the 18th, all born up to February 6th will enjoy a boost to your sense of physical charms and you will attract and give love and affection. Popularity is yours.
Before the 26th Mars is in square position to the Suns of those born after February 2nd transiting your solar 10th house.
For this group there is a distinct need to be wary of over competitiveness and ruthless ness at work or in pulling rank and that can come from self or others. Impatience is yours and so is impulsiveness and possibly a refusal to compromise.. Watch out for these qualities, as they can be troublesome.
After the 26th, for all born up to January 24th, leadership skills are strong, competitive skills are well placed and your energies are constructive and admirable.
Jupiter in Scorpio in square to your sign is now affecting those born February 4th to 11th. This is a mixed blessing. It gives you desire for enjoyment and confidence and assertion, but it can make one over-confident, or even a little arrogant, so be careful about pushing your luck, particularly on the professional front.
Uranus, your ruler, is finalising his long, once every 42 year sextile, which is very positive to your Sun, if born February 12th to 14th. This has brought even more big picture understanding, awareness, lateral thinking and passion about the human condition in a very constructive way to your consciousness. Your intuition is sound and insight invaluable. Job nearly done.
The fact that the total solar eclipse this month is in your opposite sign of Leo on the 31st at 11 degrees, it is likely that those born around January 31st- Feb.1st will feel its impact on the 31st.
This may manifest as quite a powerful feeling that someone or something is necessitating you to reassess some situation quite profoundly.
Friendship, goals, group concerns are strong this month.
Before the 11th, if born after March 7th, ensure, particularly in work, that you are clearly understood. Misunderstandings are in the air.
After the 11th, however, you will all benefit from good learning and communication with friends and in social life.
Before the 26th, for all born after March 4th, international issues, whether it be travel or communications, are very favoured and very dynamic. Study too brings enthusiasm as a constructive progress.
After the 26th, early Pisces, born up to February 25th need a little caution about being impulsive or impatient on the work front; and indeed others may be a little difficult.
Jupiter is very much your friend now from Scorpio if born March 6th to 13th. Wonderful for travel or planning a holiday, and very good for benefits in terms of academic interests or study and brilliant for extra wisdom and understanding on a metaphysical level. Luck and progress is yours.
Saturn is also constructive for those Pisces born up to February 24th. Your mind is grounded and realistic and pragmatic and discipline is yours. Enjoy.
Neptune, your ruling planet is bringing out the ultimate of Pisces traits and has been for over a year, for those born March 1st to 14th. This journey is nearly over, but he has completed a period of potential great inspiration, great empathy, great spirituality and psychic powers, or the possibility, more negatively, of over idealism, escapism, or deceptive circumstances. The arts, however will have flourished within your life and commitment to the natural world.
Finally Pluto has been empowering for some time and will continue to do so for the next year, the lives of those born March 8th to 11th. Enjoy this journey. It has brought you powerful, important contacts and you have been transformative and healing for others and others for you. It has brought you courage, destiny, insight and power that need to be used wisely. Not for you alone, but for the whole world is it called for..