Electrify your life and expand your horizons is the theme for 2019, as this year promises the start of an exciting journey towards freedom, liberation and soul-awareness. We will find ourselves learning many valuable lessons as we swim through the sea of our imaginations. Much of our philosophical beliefs, idealism, and beliefs will be challenged and transformed into new ones. Many of these changes have been occurring over the last few years but in 2019 they will become more evident. There will also be a serious side to the year ahead as the eclipses focus our energy on building new foundations and structures, but overall, 2019 should bring many opportunities for positive world changes.
The year begins with fiery Mars in its own home sign of Aries; in fact, there are three other planets in their home signs as well, making it four planets in their ruling signs. Mars is in Aries, Jupiter in Sagittarius, Saturn in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces. This doesn’t happen very often. So, what we may be seeing as the New Year begins is the energy of these planets reflected in a big way in our own lives and the world at large. With these planets in their own signs we will feel a pioneering spirit and sense of adventure into the unknown. These planets and signs have all the right ingredients for creating our vision for the future and then pursuing our goals, so don’t hold back.
Adding to the momentum in January will be a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn on January 5th, indicating that the time for dreaming is over: action is now needed. Also, Venus conjuncts Jupiter in late January, shortly before a spiritual Saturn-Neptune trine – these influences help to birth a spirit of generosity which will shape the months ahead. There will be some resistance, notably in mid-February when volatile Mars conjuncts Uranus in a warrior mood, so we can’t expect voices of reason to triumph without a struggle. In March, however, Uranus settles down into Taurus, having briefly visited in 2018 – this energy brings upheaval in the financial sector but also potential progress in tackling environmental concerns and inequalities. Uranus turns direct in Aries on January 6th and once it moves into Taurus on March 7th will remain there for the next seven years.
During this transit we’re all going to be looking at our relationship to the material world, more specifically our money and most importantly, our values. It’s time to see money in a radically different way. Money is energy. And with energy there is always an exchange. That’s why we have a so-called stock exchange. Another word for money is ‘currency’ which is derived from the word ‘current’ or electricity, which by the way the planet Uranus is associated with. Over this period we will see new ways of exchanging value for each other; such as electronic exchanges, virtual currency, multiple currencies, crypto currencies, and precious metals being used to make purchases.
Furthermore, our entire ideology and belief system will be transformed in some way, whether it’s exposing money and how it’s made, or the value we place on each other. If necessity is the mother of invention, then Uranus is the father of re-invention. Our inner values and what is important to all of us on an individual level will be redefined and shifted. Taurus is an earth sign, symbolized by the bull. Aside from the fairly obvious connections with ‘bull’ markets and the stock exchange, there’s the other side of the symbolism, which is the bull laying down in green meadows – the simple pleasures of being in nature. What we may see emerging as a result of Uranus in Taurus will be the great importance of the natural world and keeping things simple. We can expect a revolution when it comes to ecological and environmental issues.
One of the major players of the year will be Jupiter in Sagittarius.
Jupiter, the planet of exuberance and faith, moved into his home sign of Sagittarius back on November 8, 2018, and will remain here through December 2, 2019. This transit represents an incredible opportunity to believe in possibilities in a way that you might not have in quite some time. However, benevolent Jupiter’s energies can be a bit confusing and misguided at times this year when this giant planet squares up with illusive Neptune – there are pockets of this in January, June and September, possibly causing denial or erroneous efforts which hinder rather than help, so be realistic in your expectations. Jupiter asks do we have a story to tell on our journey. If so, be generous and share it. See yourself as a soul traveler while Jupiter is in Sagittarius, so blog, write, journal or even act your story. Jupiter in Sagittarius is a little bit theatrical. It says it’s all a divine comedy and please don’t take life too seriously.
The 2019 Eclipses are all about serious business from our home life to our responsibly at work. Since a majority of this year’s eclipses will be in Capricorn, it’s all about getting things done. (See list below)
Jan 5th, Capricorn 15 ̊ – Solar Eclipse (Partial)
Jan 20th, Leo 0 ̊ – Lunar Eclipse (Total)
Jul 2nd, Cancer 10 ̊- Solar Eclipse (Total)
Jul 16th, Capricorn 24 ̊- Lunar Eclipse (Partial)
Dec 25th, Capricorn 4 ̊ – Solar Eclipse (Annular)
The first Solar Eclipse of the year conjuncts Saturn giving us a serious conservative tone, but a helpful aspect to Neptune lightens the mood. This is an excellent Solar Eclipse for starting or growing a business. It is ideal for creativity, music, artistic projects, and encourages acts of kindness and charity. With integrity and good intentions, it is possible to build our little project into a big business. The first Lunar Eclipse of 2019 on January 20th is opposite Mercury and square Uranus. This signals unexpected events and news that are likely to cause anxiety and uncertainty about the future. So keeping an open mind and staying calm will be very important as we deal with this erratic and unpredictable energy. Otherwise, impulsive reactions, rapid mood swing and miscommunication could cause panic and chaos.
The Solar Eclipse in Cancer on July 2nd represents a propitious moment for letting go of the past, but only after we offer ourselves enough time for closure following some less pleasant events. July is going to be very intense, with the potential to purify, cleanse, close some loops, or wounds, or eradicate some unconscious or borrowed patterns, which could be old patterns from ours family lineage. The July 16th Lunar Eclipse will continue the theme of closure, however, it will be a period when we need to work to improve our relationships. If you want to open up your heart, now is the best time. It is a period when we can think of how to love and how to be loved in return.
The last eclipse of 2019 on December 25th will especially be strong as it will have Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and will amplify the energy of this Solar Eclipse. This one has a lot to do with the global structures that are in place around the world. The financial sector and governments are strongly indicted during this eclipse. Get ready for some twists and turns of situations related to money. The possibility of rounding up your income can occur, solutions will be found, but they will be more difficult to shape. Unexpected surprises can occur from a partner, (personal or professional) who could play an important role during this period from a financial perspective.
Fortunately this year, Venus and Mars will not be in retrograde motion. Over the past two years each planet has gone retrograde slowing our progress down in varies areas. This will be a welcomed relief in 2019 as these two planets are more personal and affect us more than the outer planets do. The outer planets (Jupiter through Pluto) go retrograde much more because they are further away from the Earth and Sun and are moving at a slower pace from our perspective here on Earth. Here are all the retrograde planets for 2019:
- March 5th-March 28th: Mercury retrograde in Pisces
- April 10th-August 11th: Jupiter retrograde in Sagittarius
- April 24th- October 3rd: Pluto retrograde in Capricorn
- April 29th-September 18th: Saturn retrograde in Capricorn
- June 21st-November 27th: Neptune retrograde in Pisces
- July 7th-July 31st: Mercury retrograde in Leo than Cancer
- August 11th- January 10, 2020: Uranus retrograde in Taurus
- October 31st-November 20th: Mercury retrograde in Scorpio
Retrograde planets give us an opportunity to review our progress and see where we need to adjust our actions. The past is often associated with these cycles and it may feel as if no advancement is being made. The key theme for retrograde periods is to utilize our inner awareness to identify adjustments we need to make. It’s like a meditative period were you see all things from a greater vantage point. This year’s Mercury retrogrades; (the planet that seems to affect us most when retrograde) will mostly be in water signs once again suggesting that we’ll be dealing with emotions on some level. Mercury is retrograde approximately three times a year for approximately three weeks each time. As such, retrograde Mercury is a fairly common occurrence. As the planet of communication, Mercury retrograde tends to breed a certain level of confusion.
Mercury rules our “lower” mind–how we perceive and interpret information that we receive from our environment, and how we relay that information to others. Mercury rules over such things as speaking, negotiating, buying and selling, listening, formal contracts, documents, travel, the mail and shipping, and so forth. All of these areas of life are affected when Mercury is functioning in a sluggish state. Decision-making is challenged during Mercury retrograde. It is important to note that there is absolutely no reason to suspend projects or anything of the sort during the Mercury Retrograde cycle. It’s not an ideal time to start new ones or to sign contracts, simply because a change of mind is quite likely once Mercury turns direct. However, it’s a fabulous time to do some “outside of the box” thinking. Acting on our ideas, however, might be best left for a Mercury Direct period.
From a Numerology perspective we will be in a 3 year, (2+0+1+9=12, 1+2=3). After a year in which other people’s needs eclipsed our own, it is our turn now. The 3 Year is a simpler and more casual twelve-month cycle in which we must constantly ask ourselves: “What do I want?” Our own long-term happiness and fulfillment will be the central issues, and the 3 Year cycle gives us the opportunity to discover them, and then create, what we believe will make us happy. What we want is attainable regardless of what appears to be standing in our way. However, before the direction of our happiness can be uncovered, we first have to detect and heal the sources of our unhappiness which, we will find, have as much to do with what is taking place in the world as it does with our own personal situations, relationships, and memories. You will have to feel what you are feeling and express those emotions in a way that is natural for you. Only then can you know what you want. Happiness is a feeling – an emotion – which can only come from inside. To find out more on a 3 year visit: Christine DeLorey
Last but not least we have the Chinese New Year – 2019 is the Year of the Pig according to Chinese zodiac. This is a Year of Earth Pig, starting from Feb. 5, 2019 (Chinese New Year) and lasting to Jan. 24, 2020. Occurring to the Chinese Astrology 2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest! This year is going to be full of joy, a year of friendship and love for all the zodiac signs; an auspicious year because the Pig attracts success in all the spheres of life. The characteristics of the Pig are intelligence, knowledgeable, sociability, understanding, trusting, loyal, sturdy, persistent, hardworking, composed, striking and popular. The Pig can also be judgmental, self-indulgent, gullible, impatient, or irritable. To read more about the Pig year visit: 2019 Pig Year
January 05 – Solar Eclipse 15° Capricorn
January 13 – Jupiter square Neptune
January 20 – Lunar Eclipse 00° Leo
January 31 – Saturn sextile Neptune
February – No Planets Retrograde
March 05 – Mercury retrograde 29° Pisces
March 06 – Uranus enters Taurus
April 10 – Jupiter retrograde 24° Sagittarius
April 24 – Pluto retrograde 23° Capricorn
April 29 – Saturn retrograde 20° Capricorn
June 16 – Jupiter square Neptune
June 16 – Saturn sextile Neptune
June 21 – Neptune retrograde 18° Pisces
July 02 – Solar Eclipse 10° Cancer
July 07 – Mercury retrograde 04° leo
July 16 – Lunar Eclipse 24° Capricorn
August 11 – Uranus retrograde 06° Taurus
September 21 – Jupiter square Neptune
October 31 – Mercury retrograde 27° Scorpio
November 8 – Saturn sextile Neptune
December 2 – Jupiter enters Capricorn
December 15 – Jupiter trine Uranus
December 26, 2019 – Solar Eclipse 04° Capricorn