Welcome to 2018, a year where we will find ourselves taking a long hard look at our futures while being very practical about the decisions we make. In the year ahead we will need to put in the extra effort if we are to be rewarded for hard work and accomplishments. We will be looking to build stronger foundations and seeking out innovative approaches to finances all with the possibility of greater reward. The astrology for 2018 indicts a less turbulent year than 2016 and 2017 but the array of planetary combinations that would build up are much more than we have seen in the past few years. Jupiter & Pluto are within a harmonious space of each other and that promises good financial growth personally as well as changes in the world markets.
The year starts off strong with both Mars and Jupiter together in Scorpio, and we’re focused on transforming for the better. Saturn and Pluto are also together in 2018 in Capricorn, and energy can be disciplined, focused, unrelenting at times, but incredibly powerful. Both Venus & Mars retrograde in 2018 though, Venus in Libra & Scorpio, throwing off relationships and connections, and Mars in Capricorn & Aquarius, throwing off goals, the future, our paths. Mars retrograde comes with a fixed t-square (difficult aspect) first, digging us in place, and then a Capricorn stellium (over powering), rocking the world a little. 2018 ends with Mars and Neptune together in Pisces, and we end the year with a little more compassion and empathy.
Three planets play a major role in 2018; they are Uranus, Saturn, and Jupiter. In January, Uranus, the planet that represents sudden change and originality begins to move forward once again inspiring us to follow the visions of a grander tomorrow. From May 15th to November 6th, Uranus will make its way into the materialistic and resourceful sign of Taurus. Taurus not only represents the physical and material world, but it also represents our values and beliefs, so during this transit we can expect many surprises having to do with the economy or financial matters, along with shocking information that questions what we believe in. Uranus in Taurus will most likely affect how we maintain our physical and material security as well. Are we comfortable financially? Do we have enough for the future? Are we secure in our current positions? You can choose to reinvent yourself in these areas or you can resist. If you fight it, though, you’ll only feel more rattled and ultimately left behind as the world heads into more progressive terrain.
Without a doubt, 2018 will be all about serious business as Saturn and Pluto join forces in the sign of Capricorn. Pluto has been making its way through Capricorn since 2008 revolutionizing and transforming anything having to do with governments, corporations, religious institutions, or any large entity that controls the population. Saturn is known as the taskmaster, or the Lord of Karma and the Great teacher to name a few. Without Saturn we have no stability in life. It shows us both our structures and our boundaries. Saturn changes signs about every two and a half years, and takes about 30 years to circle through the entire zodiac. Saturn entered Capricorn on December 19, 2017 where it will remain until March 23, 2020.
Saturn in Capricorn is far different than Saturn in Sagittarius where it was ruled by Jupiter, the planet associated with concepts, ideas, and philosophies (politics included). Saturn is in its home sign of Capricorn. With Saturn now transiting Capricorn we will all begin a new cycle and chapter altogether, both individually and collectively. Capricorn is a no frills sign and deals with power, business and structure. Saturn here is concerned with security and structure, tradition, organization, big business and defense. If left unchecked, big business can become the new Gods of the Universe as Saturn moves through this sign. Saturn in Capricorn can denote great wealth but also great limitations. Saturn was in Capricorn during the worst part of the Great Depression in the early 1930’s. Saturn in Capricorn is considered a cycle of achievement and maturity.
Another planet that is heightening our senses and awareness in the world is Jupiter continuing its transit of Scorpio. Jupiter, the planet of possibilities, began swimming in the emotional depths of Scorpio back on October 10, 2017 and remains in this sign until November 8, 2018. Jupiter’s effects are to expand our experiences, our knowledge, and our understanding. Jupiter represents optimism, growth, generosity, and abundance. Jupiter’s transit through intense and passionate Scorpio urges us to go after our hearts’ desires. As Jupiter moves through Scorpio, we learn and understand that in order to heal, we have to cut out the fluff and focus on what really matters to us. Because Jupiter’s nature is extravagant, we must guard against “too much.” Moderation doesn’t come naturally to either Jupiter or Scorpio.
Jupiter and Pluto will also work together well this year — a stark contrast to the power struggle they engaged in during 2017. On January 15th, April 14th, and September 12th, these planets will help us remember that we have the power within us all along. More importantly, this planetary connection will encourage us to use it in a way that strengthens those in our inner circle. Business and financial ventures will be favored during these transits. On November 8th Jupiter enters Sagittarius, the sign Jupiter naturally rules. This will be an auspicious time when we notice greater success and support in any endeavor that opens our minds. It will be a time to explore new horizons.