SECTION 1: Making our way through the fog One of the things that has been very challenging for many people living in the USA in 2016 and 2017 is the unreal/surreal quality of the political atmosphere and ongoing developments in our country. This is true no matter where we stand on the political spectrum. Our personal feeling of who we are as a country (which used to feel pretty solid) now feels like it is wavering and dissolving. Traditions and leaders we counted on before are unstable or missing in action. Uncertainty and doubts are all around us. The epithet of “fake news” is hurled at us from all directions. Things seem murky with no clear answers. It feels like we are enveloped in fog. We can’t see what’s coming or even where we are at the moment. Who and what can we believe and what we can do about it seems baffling. We see no clear cut answers.
If we look at the USA’s birth chart, we find there are some current patterns that can help us understand the nature of the energies around us at this time. As a country we are continuously experiencing a variety of energies, but the particular feeling of dissolving foundations, doubts and fogginess are the domain of Neptune. Every energy has an “in balance” and “out of balance” side. When in balance, Neptune is uplifting and inspirational. It represents our ideals, our spiritual beliefs, and our connection to the collective and to other dimensions. It supplies us with creativity, compassion and empathy. It also has a “magical” quality, which can be exhilarating, but also illusionary.
Neptune energy is illusive. It rules dreams and imagination, and much like trying to remembering our dreams when we awaken, what we want can evaporate when we try too hard to capture it. Neptune’s energies used in their highest form can bring spiritual and mystical purity, dedication to the higher good, deep compassion, empathy and a strong connection to higher dimensions. Although it seems ethereal and delicate, it is very powerful.
When Neptune’s energies are out of balance, several things can happen. The lofty heights of Neptune can be hard to attain in this less than perfect world. Neptune’s gifts of sensitivity, empathy, intuition and imagination can be overwhelming for some people. The resulting confusion, disillusionment and depression can bring a desire to escape from harsh reality through drugs, alcohol, and withdrawal from others by mentally checking out. Too much of Neptune’s idealism can bring impracticality and unrealistic expectations.
A lack of grounding and common sense results in confusion, mental fuzziness and constant problems dealing with everyday realities. A Neptune imbalance can result in repeatedly getting into situations where one either feels victimized or ends up sacrificing their own needs by trying to save someone else.
Neptune out of balance can also be the consummate con man; using the ability to intuit what people desire and then pulling them into shady deals or worse by playing on their emotions. Neptune out of balance can also result in a form of “spiritual intoxication” -the delusional true believer, someone willing to blow themselves up for their spiritual beliefs. Neptune is a powerful energy both in balance and out of balance. CLICK HERE for longer article on Neptune.
Transiting Neptune takes 184 years to orbit the Sun and spends about 14 years in each sign. Neptune is currently transiting the sign of Pisces. It entered in 2011 and will stay until January 2026. Neptune rules Pisces, so it is in its own sign and that strengthens it. When transiting Neptune makes a conjunction, square or opposition to a birth chart it is called a “hard aspect.” A hard aspect from Neptune is often initially experienced as a loss of a stable foundation, a feeling of tiredness, low energy, being wiped out. We may want to be spiritual and commune with our higher self, but when we try, we just fall asleep. We may feel swamped. It’s hard to get going. We feel unfocused and ungrounded. No clear direction or motivation. The good news is, through this process we will discover that some of the things we have been relying on or believing in are not what we thought they were. This is disillusioning, but can also be liberating. So how is Neptune currently affecting the USA birth chart? For purposes of this article, we will consider three main patterns:
(1) From April 2016 to mid-January 2019, transiting Neptune in Pisces trines (easy aspect) the USA Sun at 13 degrees Cancer. A trine indicates a time of positive potential for harmony and plenty, and also a period when we are “harvesting” the fruits of our labors. We see the results of the seeds we have planted. Usually this would be a pleasant time of plenty and relaxation. There must be some other things going on and there are. See below.
(2) From April 2016 to February 2018, transiting Neptune in Pisces squares (hard aspect) the USA Ascendant in Sagittarius. The Ascendant is how we are seen by others and represents our outer appearance and personality and the face we present to the world. The USA ascendant in Sagittarius makes our country’s face to the world one of optimism, generosity and expansiveness. We would be known for high principles, strong belief systems, openness and a love of adventure, travel and education. The square from transiting Neptune to the USA ascendant during this period obscures the image of our country. It makes it hard for others to see us clearly and it also makes us start doubting ourselves. Our outer “personality” as a country seems to be wavering, unclear and inconsistent, not only to other countries, but even to us. This is an aspect that makes us feel disoriented and unsure where our country is headed.
Note: I am using July 4, 1776, 5:10 pm, Philadelphia, PA. as the USA birth time as is known as the “Sibley” chart. The birth time determines the Ascendant. Other birth times are also used for the USA chart, but I prefer to use the Sibley chart.
(3) But wait, there’s more. In astrology there are predictive techniques called progressions and directions which are used for predicting and timing events and are based on the age of the person or entity. The Solar Arc direction technique moves all the planets in the chart forward approximately 1 degree for every year of life. The USA turned 240 years old in 2016. Using solar arc directions for the USA chart, we find that from April 2016 to February 2020 Neptune forms a powerful four year pattern with USA solar arc chart. The United States was born on July 4, 1776. The Sun in the USA’s birth chart forms a square (challenge) with Saturn. In a county’s chart the Sun represents the national character, the heart of the country and the head authority- the president, prime minister, monarch, etc. Saturn represents the system of government, laws, rules and regulations.
The Sun squaring Saturn in the USA birth chart indicates the president will be curtailed by laws, rules, and regulations. This square reflects the checks and balances in our three branches of government in the USA Constitution – legislative, executive and judicial. The USA Solar Arc Sun is at 12 to 14 degrees Pisces from April 2016 to Feb 2019 – just where Transiting Neptune will be during that period. That means transiting Neptune is conjuncting the USA Solar Arc Sun. The Sun represents our essence – who we really are at heart. This indicates our country having a major time of soul searching.
Since the Sun in the USA birth chart is squared by Saturn, transiting Neptune not only will conjunct the Solar Arc USA Sun, it will also square the USA Solar Arc Saturn. This indicates a period of questioning and stresses in our system of government. Am I cheering you up yet? It’s not fun, but it is important to remember we are likely feeling overwhelmed and things really aren’t as bad as they seem. We aren’t as powerless as we may feel. We need to be look realistically at these energies and realize what we are dealing with and how long it will last. The square to the USA ascendant is basically over, which means we are starting to feel a little more grounded and are shaking off the fuzzy mental fog.
Neptune will still conjunct the solar arc Sun and Square solar Arc Saturn off and on until February 2020. Sorry. Wish it would end sooner, but that’s the way it is and we can handle it. Understanding the nature of the energy is very helpful. We will probably come to realize later that we needed this time of soul searching and we are better for it.
SECTION 2: The Capricorn Connection
2018 and 2019 will be a time of finishing up old ways, letting go, cleaning up the debris and getting ready for some powerful new cycles to start in 2020. The energies of the sign of Capricorn will be a prominent influence in these activities. Pluto in Capricorn
To understand why this is such a time of transformation we need to look at the slow and powerful effects of Pluto. Pluto takes about 249 years to make one complete orbit around the Sun. During that period it passes through all 12 signs. Pluto represents power, transformation, that which is hidden below the surface, secrets, death, rebirth, deep psychological energies, intensity, extremes, covert activities, release, breakdowns, atomic energy, the masses, regeneration renovation and renewal. Pluto’s power can be a very seductive energy and we see it misused constantly throughout history. When the Plutonian energies are out of balance they are destructive, obsessive, compulsive, power hungry, secretive, criminal, abusive, intimating, dangerous and manipulative.
When these Plutonian energies are in balance we are able to handle power productively and wisely. It gives us the ability to get through intense times of endings and to be able to rise again in a new form. The sign that Pluto is in tells us the areas in which transformation is likely to occur. Pluto has been in the sign of Capricorn since 2008 and will stay until 2024. During this 16 year period we can expect worldwide transformation in those things ruled by Capricorn which are:
- Structures, governments, institutions
- The order and organization of how things are done
- Authorities, business, our concept of reality
- History and tradition
- So, pretty much how everything is set up
Pluto is a little more than halfway through Capricorn right now. The sign of Capricorn will figure prominently in the new cycles coming in 2020. We can see its effects easily since 2008. Many Plutonian activities are bubbling up to the surface. Right now it is especially relevant since Pluto definitely rules the issue of ABUSE OF POWER. We are just seeing the tip of the iceberg. CLICK HERE to read the full article “Pluto in Capricorn 2008-2024: World Forecast”
Saturn in Capricorn Saturn moves into the sign of Capricorn on December 19, 2017 and stays until December 15, 2020. (Briefly in Aquarius from March 21 to July 1, 2020) Saturn rules the sign of Capricorn, so it’s like a double dose of the same energy. See things ruled by Capricorn directly above. Saturn in Capricorn will make us focus on reality. It is a no nonsense, down to business, quit messing around energy. Saturn in Capricorn wants to get things done, but is also very concerned with doing it the right way. Honor and integrity are valued. It brings focus, organization, practicality, discipline, ambition and a desire for achievement. If this energy becomes out of balance, it can result in an over emphasis on authority, rules and regulations.
Saturn and Pluto are going to conjunct in Capricorn on January 12, 2020. (be at the same degree) This is one of the major cycles that will be occurring in 2020. Even though the conjunction isn’t until 2020, as soon as Saturn moves into Capricorn in December 2017, there is likely to be a noticeable shift in energies. Saturn and Pluto conjunct every 33 to 38 years. No matter in what sign the conjunction occurs, the results have a lot to do with power and control – as in who has it and who doesn’t. Since the 2020 conjunction occurs in Capricorn, which really likes to be in charge, we could surmise that there are going to be major worldwide power struggles as we approach and move into 2020. When Saturn enters Capricorn on December 19, 2017, it will be half a sign away from Pluto, but like a spider sitting in its web, Pluto will know someone has entered its domain. In 2018 and 2019 power issues will be developing that will reach a peak in 2020.
General Forecast for December 2017, January and February 2018
New Moon and Full Moon CLICK HERE for more information on the meaning of: New Moon, Full Moon, Eclipses, SuperMoon and SuperMoon X. But first a word about Mercury….. As we start the month of December 2017, Mercury, planet of communication, is standing still as it prepares to go retrograde from December 3 to December 22, 2017 at 29 to 13 ° Sagittarius. In astrology the planet Mercury is associated with the mind, the nervous system, speaking, learning, thinking, reasoning, memory, education, reading, information, communications, technology, transportation, travel, commerce activities, buying and selling. About three times a year from our perspective here on Earth, Mercury appears to slow down, stop, and then start to move backward and retrace its path in the sky. (It isn’t actually moving backwards, it just looks that way to us.) This apparent backward motion continues for about three weeks. During this period, we say Mercury is Retrograde (Rx). Then Mercury once again slows down, stops and resumes its forward movement, which is described as Mercury going Direct (Dir). What to do when Mercury is Retrograde When Mercury is retrograde it is time to pause and go back over things rather than begin something brand new. Be alert in all forms of communication, transportation, travel and mental activities. It does not mean that everything will get mixed up, but there is a tendency for that to happen if we don’t pay attention. We need to be more aware and not take things for granted.
Misunderstandings, miscalculations, mistakes, lost messages and delays can occur more easily. Things started now may need to be redone later. Be clear in all communications and double-check your information. Don’t assume that others perceive the situation in the same way as you do. Stay flexible and be prepared for some surprises. You may find out that something you thought would turn out one way ends up being totally different than you expected.
Mechanical and technological devices like your vehicle or your computer may be a little wacky or need repairs. Large systems involving communication, transportation and commerce may experience breakdowns or delays. However, it doesn’t mean all travel, technology and communications are affected, just that it is more likely now. Don’t take anything for granted. Drive cautiously. If you must sign something, be sure to read the fine print and verify that everyone understands and agrees on the terms. As long as you are clear and careful, you will be fine.
Mercury retrograde has a good side. When Mercury is retrograde we have a chance to pause and catch up. It is time to stop and look around at our lives. To see what needs to be finished, repaired, researched, revised or reevaluated. It is also a good time for cleaning, sorting, organizing and clearing out. It can be a serendipitous time, too, when fun, surprising and exciting events happen. Special Note to those born under the sign of Gemini and Virgo: Mercury is your ruling planet and you are especially attuned to its retrograde phases. Slow down and take your time. You may find this to be a time of inner realizations.
While Mercury is retrograde we may end up going back to correct communications or activities that began during the three weeks before Mercury turned retrograde. (In this case, November 14, 2017) It also can take up to three weeks after the retrograde phase ends (until January 12, 2018) to tie up all the loose ends of the retrograde phase. The effects of Mercury Retrograde seem to be extra strong four days before the retrograde phase begins (Nov 29-Dec 2, 2017) and just after it ends (Dec 23-26, 2017). Things can be quite unsettled during these periods. We are heading into a significant Mercury retrograde cycle. Mercury in Sagittarius is a fiery energy and exuberant energy. It can lead us to get so excited we speak or act without thinking things through. Open mouth insert foot. This same tendency can also result in scattering our energy. Maintaining focus will be very helpful. If we look at the news of the past few days in November, we can already see events that are vying for the grand prize of being the biggest Mercury retrograde mix-up in December.
DECEMBER 1-16, 2017
Full Moon, December 3, 2017 The waning Moon cycle begins (the 14 days from the Full Moon to next New Moon). At this Full Moon we reach a culmination and start harvesting the results of intentions and actions started at previous New Moon on November 18, 2017. Dec 3: Mercury goes retrograde at 12:34 am. Dec 3: FULL MOON/SUPERMOON in Gemini, 12°, at 8:47 am (MST) This Full Moon occurs in the muddle of a five day period (Nov 30 to Dec 4) when the energies are an interesting and busy mix of impatience, impulsiveness, assertiveness, surprises, optimism, idealism, secrets and possible confusion. Something serious may come to light that must be addressed.
Drive carefully and avoid arguments. Be advised that things may not be what they seem at first. Wait a few days and see what happens. Dec 5-8: Interesting developments could occur at this time pertaining to activities that occurred over the previous four days. We may be dealing with something that requires caution, responsibility and careful thinking. A serious effort to accomplish our goals gets a boost of energy. Activities that are organized and carefully done will survive the scrutiny that can occur at this time. Progress can be made. Trying to cut corners and fly by the seat of our pants is likely to result in a crash landing.
Dec 9: Mars moves into Scorpio and will stay through Jan 25. This almost seven week period will be a good time to tackle something that needs to be purged or transformed. It would also be a good time for detective work. We will have the ability to dig beneath the surface without being afraid of what we may find. Dec 9-11: Some unexpected twists and turns could occur. Fun and excitement on Dec 10 is likely to take a serious and somber turn on Dec 11.
Dec 12: A good time to get together with others. People are likely to be supportive and friendly during the day, but the evening could be full of surprises. Dec 13-14: the focus will be on getting things done. This an especially favorable time to utilize the Mars in Scorpio energy mentioned on Dec 9 above. Dec 15-16: There could be some surprises. Be open to doing something different and unusual.
DECEMBER 17-31, 2017 New Moon, December 17, 2017 The waxing Moon cycle begins (the 14 days from New Moon to next Full Moon). At the New Moon we set our intentions and take action; seeds are planted and start growing.
Dec 17: NEW MOON in Sagittarius, 27°, at 11:30 pm (MST) People will be feeling exuberant, full of energy with high hopes for the future. This would be a good time to think about what we want to change and how to improve our lives, and then set our intentions. However, we still need to keep our feet on the ground as there is also a chance of going overboard and getting carried away. We may see some in authority attempting to expand their power.
Dec 19: Saturn moves into Capricorn. (This was discussed in Section 2, above.) Saturn’s entry into earthy and realistic Capricorn can bring some much needed common sense and grounding to the world. In our personal lives, we can expect to start finding out where we need to place our focus, get realistic, get to work and get organized. If you know your chart, look for the house that holds the sign of Capricorn and any planets, the Ascendant or Midheaven at 0 to 9 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Libra or Aries.
This is where Saturn will be casting a critical eye and letting you know what part of your life will require work, patience and discipline over the year ahead. Accept the necessity of this responsibility and do your best. It will pay off in the long run. Dec 20: The energies are entertaining and fun. Enjoy it now because tomorrow play time is over. The Winter Solstice occurs on Dec 21 as the Sun moves into Capricorn at 9:29 am and later conjuncts Saturn around mid-afternoon The Winter Solstice Sun conjuncting Saturn sets a serious tone for the next three months and emphasizes the energies of Saturn in Capricorn. It is time to get down to business and apply ourselves. A new phase is starting. Conversations can be meaningful and enjoyable that evening.
Dec 22-26: Mercury goes direct on Dec 22. The next few days could have some classic Mercury retrograde experiences, so stay alert. Dec 23-25 will be a pleasant time for friendship and being with those we love. Venus, the planet of love and enjoyment goes into Capricorn on Christmas Eve and conjuncts Saturn on Christmas day adding a somber note and prompting us to look at our relationships realistically. Whether this makes us deeply thankful or points out areas that need to be addressed, it is a time to think about the quality of love and enjoyment in our lives.
Dec 26-28: The energies lighten. Interesting and exciting discussions and ideas occur along with the urge to take practical actions that help others. Dec 29: Attend to everyday duties and practical matters. Dec 30-31: We may feel a bit scattered as we prepare for the countdown to a New Year. 2017 is ending. As I write this, I am hearing everyone saying, “Thank God!”
Jupiter in Scorpio truly is the next big thing in astrology! Jupiter magnifies whatever it touches and, wherever it’s transiting, you’ll feel it! It’s in Scorpio, a zodiac sign that knows how to get under your skin so get ready to feel alive!
People and events hit a raw nerve and make you sit up and pay attention. It’s a transformative, intense, gutsy time. Follow your instincts! Get ready for things and people that are dark, taboo, extreme to burst into the scene. Scorpio exposes people’s dark side, secrets, scandals and monstrosities. It’s all or nothing with Scorpio so be very prepared! Scorpio teaches us this is a time of thriving, learning and growing through crisis and intensity!
Get ready to burst onto the scene, dear Scorpio! You’re a man / woman with a mission and your personal magnetism is off the charts! How could anyone refuse you? Jupiter in your sign is one of the luckiest times of your life and it only comes around every twelve years. Anything you touch right now expands! In years to come, you will look back at this period and see that it was the beginning of your new life. And you can shape it, right here, right now. The time is now
It really is a new year in more ways than just the date. January starts the year out with a Full Moon/SuperMoon X, Uranus going direct (described below) and also a month long aspect of Jupiter in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn. This sextile is a positive aspect that will be exact on January 15, 2018, but will be in effect for the entire month of January. It is an energy that can help us feel optimistic and ready to make major improvements in our lives. Our New Year resolutions have a good chance of actually happening. It won’t happen without effort and will require a willingness to really transform. It can happen if we focus our hearts and minds on what we do want to happen, and then be courageous enough to make it so.
JANUARY 1-15, 2018
Full Moon, January 1, 2018 The waning Moon cycle begins (the 14 days from the Full Moon to next New Moon). At this Full Moon we reach a culmination and start harvesting the results of intentions and actions started at previous New Moon on December 17, 2017. Jan 1: FULL MOON/SUPERMOON X in Cancer, 12°, 7:24 pm (MST) This Full Moon is conjunct the USA’s Sun at 13° Cancer. SuperMoon X means that this full moon will be extra close to the earth and we will feel its energies more strongly.
Full Moons are a time of climax and of awareness. This should be a strong start for the new year. Whatever is reaching a culmination around this time is likely to be significant for the United States. There are several energies that suggest positive developments, especially regarding women and the general well being of the country. This should also give most people a lift in spirits and a willingness to be more compassionate and understanding of others. Aspects at the Full Moon: Sun conj Venus; Sun and Venus sextile Mars; Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Neptune in grand trine in water signs.
Jan 2: There may be some surprises because Uranus, the wake-up and shake up planet, goes direct, which means its energies of change will be very concentrated the first week of January. Activities that have been happening behind the scenes since August 2017 could start to be revealed over the month of January and they could be surprising, even shocking. Expect the unexpected. Jan 3-11: During this period there are many positive patterns forming that will enhance the Jupiter sextile Pluto aspect that is occurring all month. The energies will be supportive for those who want to transform their lives, whether in a small or a big way.
The most active and positive days will be Jan 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 11. Quit thinking and start doing. Jan 12: Mercury conjuncts Saturn in Capricorn suggesting a time of serious thinking and facing reality. This could be a definitive moment of sorts. Something is dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s. This is likely to carry over to Jan 13. J
an13-14: Uranus is squared by Venus and the Sun which is likely to upset our best laid plans due to the unexpected. If you want to do something peaceful and organized, don’t pick this weekend. Jan 15: A new week begins and we want to get back on track with our plans, however, be prepared for some bumps as the week progresses.
New Moon, January 16, 2018 The waxing Moon cycle begins (the 14 days from New Moon to next Full Moon). At the New Moon we set our intentions and take action; seeds are planted and start growing. Jan 16: NEW MOON in Capricorn, 27 °, at 7:17 pm (MST) Capricorn is all about getting things done and we may feel the urge to make something happen. However, unexpected conditions on Jan 17-19 may necessitate an adjustment in our plans. It could have something to do with events over the previous weekend. There could be concerns with cyber security in the world.
The US could experience some economic challenges and unstable conditions. It’s a good idea to proceed with caution when making important decisions at this time. This is especially true because the coming Full Moon on Jan 31 (the culmination of what is started now) will be a SuperMoon and a Lunar Eclipse, indicating a time of shifts and instability. We can use the Jan 16 New Moon to clarify what we love and value in life and wait for a more stable time to start a new project. Jan 20-21: The energies are compassionate and sensitive. We will desire peace and harmony and will seek to help others in practical ways. Jan 22-23: This could be a fast paced and assertive time. Getting along with others may present some challenges on Jan 23. Jan 24-25: New information could be revealed that is enlightening and helps us see something we may have missed earlier. J
an 26: Mars, planet of action and energy, moves into Sagittarius where it will stay until March 16. During this period will tend to feel fired up about our future and more adventurous than usual. Jan 27-28: Things could be quite busy this weekend with lots of comings and goings. It will be easy to start moving and talking too fast and to do or to say something we regret later. Slow down and focus on the present moment. Jan 29-30: The general mood is more emotional, sensitive and sentimental. We may prefer to stay home rather than go out.
JANUARY 31 – FEBRUARY 14
Full Moon, January 31, 2018 The waning Moon cycle begins (the 14 days from the Full Moon to next New Moon). At this Full Moon we reach a culmination and start harvesting the results of intentions and actions started at previous New Moon on January 16, 2018. Jan 31: FULL MOON/ Supermoon/Lunar Eclipse in Leo, 12°, 6:27 am (MST) This is also called a “Blue Moon” because it is the second Full Moon this month. There is almost a mystical or fated quality to this Lunar Eclipse. Maybe there will be something we are all experiencing collectively. Relationships will also be important right now. We might see our current relationship in a new light or meet someone we feel we knew in a past life. We could have some spiritual insights or interesting dreams.
Since this is a Lunar Eclipse, our shifts and changes will be inner and hard to pinpoint, but even so could quietly end up shifting our direction. (The Sun conjunct South Node and Venus and the Moon conjunct North Node) This will be especially strong if you are an Aquarian born Jan 29 to Feb 2, or a Leo born Aug 1 to 5. If you know your chart, look for the houses that hold 12 degrees of Leo and Aquarius, this is where you may experience a shift over the next 3 to 6 months. Also look for any planets, the Ascendant or Midheaven at 10-14 degrees Leo, Aquarius, Taurus or Scorpio. These parts of your chart could also experience shifting circumstances.
Feb 1-2: A good time to focus on practical everyday matters and maintenance. Feb 3-4: An enjoyable weekend being with others. There could be a tendency to go overboard on fun or spending the evening of Feb 3. Do something you love and enjoy on Feb 4, preferably with a friend or companion. Feb 5-7: Feb 6 would be a good day to do something social that is spur of the moment or different. It’s a time to have fun and maybe a little romance. Feb 7 has some interesting energies that make us aware of power and how to handle it wisely.
Feb 8-9: The open road may beckon. Try to make some time to get out in the wide open spaces. Philosophical conversations about the meaning of life may also be enjoyable. Feb 10: The energies are expansive, generous and confident. This should be a nice time for social occasions. We just need to be sure our enthusiasm for largesse matches our bank account. Feb 11-12: Back to practical matters and planning how to improve our lives. Feb 13-14: Opportunities for making some positive changes in our lives could arise. Time to take a chance and change our routine, take a new route, do things in a new order, or better yet, do something we’ve never done before. The key is to open ourselves to new perspectives and possibilities.
New Moon, February 15, 2018 The waxing Moon cycle begins (the 14 days from New Moon to next Full Moon). We set our intentions and take action; seeds are planted and start growing. Feb 15: NEW MOON/Solar Eclipse in Aquarius, 27 °, 2:05 pm (MST) The energies of this New Moon are focused on equality, humanitarian concerns, science and hopes for the future. Mercury is conjunct the Sun and Moon indicating these issues are likely to be major topics of conversation in the world at this time. Mercury is also sextile Uranus, which suggests we could receive surprising new information that is both pleasant and liberating.
It is possible that exciting scientific discoveries or new inventions could be revealed. (Or they might be discovered at this time and revealed later this year.) Venus is sextile Saturn, adding a desire for fairness and doing what is right. All of these energies point to beneficial changes and shifts, even if they take awhile to fully manifest.
This Solar Eclipse will conjunct the USA Moon. The Moon in a country’s chart represents the general public and public opinion. It is particularly is associated with women and how they are treated. It also rules families, communities, food and security. These are the areas where the shift is likely to occur in the USA. Judging by the aspects, it should a positive change. Whatever starts now could lead to a major shift in public opinion over the next 6 months to a year.
Feb 16-18: We will need the positive energies of the New Moon to deal with some challenges over the weekend. Mars, planet of action, will square Neptune which can manifest as misguided, or even nefarious, actions. Some may have to face the consequences of past dubious actions. Whatever we do, this is a very bad time to take any actions that are in any way questionable. This aspect can also manifest as doubt or low energy and a lack of motivation. We may not see this in our personal lives, but it could be reflected in the outer world.
Neptune is conjuncting the USA’s solar arc Sun so the Mars square Neptune aspect listed above will activate the conditions discussed in Section 1: making our way through the fog. We will have the positive energies of the New Moon to help us. How the energies manifest in the USA over this weekend will be interesting. With Neptune involved, it will be best to take a wait and see attitude before coming to any conclusions. There are likely to be further developments at the next Full Moon on March 1.
Feb 19-28: The rest of the month is quieter. Feb 20-21 could be stabilizing and uplifting. This will be a good time work with others for practical goals. Real progress can be made by combining empathy, patience, realistic expectations, discipline and focus. Feb 22: Information that is shocking or exciting could be revealed. Feb 23 may present a series of obstacles throughout the day that could be frustrating. Energies are likely to be scattered and unfocused. Not the best time for a social gathering or for trying to get people to agree on a course of action. Feb 24-25: A pleasant weekend, especially on Feb 25, which will be a good time to enjoy time with those you love.
Feb 26-28: There could be a further surprising development related to information or activities that occurred around Feb 22. The transformative power of love and the spoken word will be strong. It will be wise to take a breath and think before we speak or take hasty actions. At the end of the day on Feb 28 we could reach a deeper understanding of ourselves and others. Happy New Years and a much Love to you in 2018! Resources:Related: Quarterly Forecast
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