Last year, 2014, was a very written about year. There was the cardinal cross: which captivated the minds of lots of people. We were not disappointed. There are new wars, and lots of things happened to increase our sense that we are in a time of greater chaos and unrest than ever before. People behaved in more and more outrageous ways. At least Toronto can breathe a sigh of relief that Mr. Ford is gone.
2015 does not shape up as dramatically as last year. Not that there aren’t things happening. There is the price of oil, the middle east, pipe lines, fracking and climate change for starters. But/and we are in it already. We are here. Unless aliens land we sort of know the issues. There are always astrological things worth noting however. Below you will find some of astrological highlights I think are worth noting.
Zero Moons: Starting with the New Moon in Scorpio October 23, 2014 there will be 5 new moons in zero degrees. The one for Scorpio was an eclipse, the one for Capricorn exactly conjunct the solstice point. I believe this is a symbolic way of saying, We are here. People ask me if I think things will happen. Things are already happening. You might want to read ‘This Changes Everything’. Just for starters.
The last square from Uranus to Pluto occurs on March 16th. This is the framework of last year’s cardinal cross. We could say it started in the 60s when Uranus and Pluto were conjunct in Virgo. It’s a very long cycle. So many things speak of this configuration from economics to oil prices, pipelines, wars, displaced families, extinctions, Monsanto, the evil empire, big pharma, corruption. But in the widening cracks there are some amazing things happening. Amazing adaptations and innovations. Human beings are strange, violent and cruel creatures as well as kind, brilliant and deeply endowed with feeling. There is no telling how it comes out ‘in the end’. In any case the dance between Uranus and Pluto is about delivering us to the crises at hand, not indicating a solution.
Venus will go retrograde conjunct Regulus on July 25th (contact me if you would like to order my lecture regarding Regulus or read my article here.) Venus is evening star from January 1, 2015 until August 11, 2015. She is morning star from August 20, 2015 – December 31st.
As well, Jupiter will enter Virgo on August 11th , (the same day that Venus descends into the underworld, which is to say, disappears from the sky). Jupiter will oppose Neptune in Pisces on September 17th. These planets in Virgo which opposes Pisces suggests intensification of all issues regarding the way we live: what we eat, how we care for the elderly, the ill, the children, our jobs: the workaday realities. Virgo is about the seeds, the need for process not product, for sorting and integrating rather than relentless progress and profit. Civilization has been built on dominance. Virgo hates that. Either we adapt or we crash. As more and more people connect the dots between our quality of life and the greed driven machine that treats us as consumers and nothing more there could be a lot of unrest and hopefully change for more integrated and workable approaches to these things. Ebola is just the beginning. I believe Virgo to be symbolic of the extreme need for re-membering our world; integrating the parts rather than controlling them. The nodes of the moon will also enter Virgo and Pisces on November 11, further highlighting these themes.
Mercury will be retrograde in air signs: If there is a theme here other than extreme potential for misunderstanding it’s about communication breakdowns and the need to listen more than talk. You can find lots more information about Mercury here.
Saturn entered Sagittarius December 23 and stays there until June 15. It returns again, September 18 until December 19, 2017. It will square Neptune on November 26, 2015, June 2016 and September 2016.
You can read more about my thoughts on Saturn here.
Jupiter trine Uranus: Good news for fire signs. Sep 14, March 15, June 15.
We need to continue to work at the inevitable changes that are coming, to be willing to make changes in our own lives where they are required. Whatever is in store for us this year or any year if we turn toward it, if we are willing to bear it, we may suffer (consciously) but we need not be weighed down or oppressed by it. We have the option (maybe our only option) to be alive and present to the world as it is. Our culture encourages us to be in denial; to believe that we deserve what happens to us – bad and good.
Astrology offers a system of correspondences – as above, so below – not cause and effect. Using the heavens to navigate our lives is even more amazing than cause and effect because it does not create our reality but/and it is simply a reflection of it. And somehow the heavens seem to reflect our life experience with startling accuracy.
Possibly life is a series of ‘transits’ as astrology suggests. And we are meant to live into the ever-changing, transiting world with our eyes and hearts opened rather than continuously plugged in.
If we use astrology intelligently it is a wonderful tool to help us navigate rather than anticipate – to become aware of where we are now rather than trying to outwit our destiny in the future.