Core Focus for The Year: Self-Value, Security, Creativity, Relationships and Finances
Forget about being impressive and commit to being real. Because being real is impressive!
― Jonathan Harnisch
Astrological list (for all the Virgo Sun, Mars and/or Ascendants)! 🙂
- Uranus moves into Taurus on May 15th
- Jupiter moves into Sagittarius on Nov 9th 2018
- Venus is Retrograde (Scorpio to Libra) from Oct 5th to Nov 16th 2018
- Mars is Retrograde (Aquarius to Capricorn) from June 26th to Aug 27th 2018
- Chiron moves into Aries on April 17th
- The North Node enters Cancer on Nov 7th/South Node in Capricorn
- There are only 3 Mercury retrogrades this year in Aries, Leo and Scorpio.
- There are 5 Eclipses in 2018:
Total Lunar Eclipse, January 31st at 11’ Leo
Partial Solar Eclipse, February 15th at 27’ Aquarius
Partial Solar Eclipse, July 13th at 21 Cancer
Total Lunar Eclipse, July 27th at 5’ Aquarius
Partial Solar Eclipse, August 11th at 19’ Leo
All the planets are direct from Jan 2nd to March 8th
The main signs affected by the planetary movements this year are:
Capricorn, Cancer, Taurus and Scorpio. Aries and Libra are likely to finally feel a break from the intense pressure they have been under since 2011, unless Pluto is squaring the Aries Planets and/or Chiron is conjunct them in the Spring.
You are likely to feel these energies more strongly if your natal Sun, Moon and or angles are in the above signs.
1. Uranus into Earthy Taurus – May 15th
This is the first time Uranus has changed signs since 2011, when it moved into Aries. It was last in Taurus from 1935 – 1942, and will remain there until 2025. This is a major awakening and enlightening energy for the ‘sleeping bull’ energy of Taurus that tends to dislike major change.
Notice where this lands in your natal chart as some of the following core themes are likely to be relevant to this area of your life:
1. Challenges and transformation of our values, including our self-value.
2. Radical innovations of our financial system on a personal and collective level.
3. A shift from external ‘security’ props to internal security.
4. The breakdown of inauthentic false values in the collective.
5. A radical change in our understanding of beauty.
6. Innovations in taking care of the resources on our planet.
7. Major changes in the concept of ‘home’ and ‘housing’.
8. Changes in our relationship patterns.
2. Jupiter into Sagittarius on Nov 9th 2018
The core theme for this transit is expansion, in whatever area of your birth chart Jupiter will be travelling through when it moves into Sagittarius, particularly in the arenas of travel and education. However, for the first 10 months of the year, Jupiter will continue to travel through Scorpio and will make two more trines to Neptune – on May 25th and August 19th. This energy is likely to enhance our creativity as well as our inner awareness that fundamentally we are all one.
Jupiter is pretty busy this year, sextiling Pluto for most of January and the the first part of September. Pluto’s core theme as it travels through Capricorn – that we release any structures in our life that are not authentic – is likely to be reinforced by Jupiter during this time. Notice where Pluto is travelling through your natal chart, as that is the area of life that will be impacted by this transit. Whatever is authentic to you, is likely to be strengthened at this time.
3. Venus Retrograde (Scorpio to Libra) from Oct 5th to Nov 16th 2018
Venus goes retrograde about every 18 months. During this time we are invited to review our self-value and our resources as well as relationships – both past and present – including how we relate with ourselves and our finances.
Moving from Scorpio to Libra, the core themes for this retrograde are likely to include: passion, trust, balance and fairness in relationships, power dynamics, control issues and idealization in relationships. Old loves and friends may come back into your life at this time. If at all possible this is not usually a good time, (including the shadow period either side), to get married or to sign financial contracts.
4. Mars Retrograde (Aquarius to Capricorn) from June 26th to Aug 27th 2018
Mars only goes retrograde about every two years, for approx.10 weeks. This offers us an opportunity to review and recharge our life force and energy, including our sexual drive. The retrograde from Aquarius to Capricorn suggests we review our participation in groups, including our family, friendship groups, work and local communities. The question that is likely to arise at this time is: who is my tribe and what is my role in it? Boundaries are also a key theme during this retrograde and whether we are putting a lot of effort into something that feels worthwhile, particularly in our work arena. If at all possible, this is not usually considered a good time to have surgery, or to initiate a new relationship.
5. Chiron moves into Aries on April 17th – June 2026
After 6 years in Pisces, Chiron finally moves into Aries, thereby starting a whole new cycle around the Zodiac. Chiron was last in this fiery sign between 1968 and 1977, so if you were born during those years (aside from the times when it briefly retrograded into Pisces), you will experience your Chiron Return at some point over the next 8 years.
The core themes for Chiron in Aries include: understanding and integrating gaps in your sense of personal empowerment, engaging with your inner fears in a courageous manner, taking chances, in spite of your fear and healing energetic blocks that are connected to the planets that Chiron aspects in your chart during his travels through this sign.
Notice the houses in your chart that Chiron is travelling through, as the core themes will mostly come to the forefront in these areas of your life.
6. The North Node (True Node) enters Cancer on Nov 7th/South Node in Capricorn and remains there until May 2020
The core themes for this nodal axis include: grounded creativity, integrating healthy boundaries with nurturing, balancing the internal parental archetypes towards greater self-love, releasing restrictive rules and regulations that are not based on love and emotional openness versus stoicism. Notice where this new Nodal axis falls in your natal chart to see what area of your life will be stimulated by these core themes. If your North Node is in Cancer, you will experience a nodal return during this period of time.
7. There are only 3 Mercury Retrogrades this year in Aries, Leo and Scorpio.
March 23rd – April 14th Aries
July 26th – August 18th – Leo
November 17th – December 5th from Sagittarius to Scorpio
With all three starting off in Fire signs, we are likely to find them particularly frustrating as our desire for speedy communication will be severely hampered by the slowing down of the retrograde energy. In Aries, watch out for glitches with any new projects or plans. Best to hold off until after the shadow is over. With Leo, it’s worth remembering that misunderstandings are rampant during this time and it’s not worth taking anything anyone else says about us personally. With yet another retrograde in Sagittarius, travel plans may face delays or glitches – best to make sure all the details are correct. During the retrograde in the last few days in Scorpio, keep a look out for the proverbial ‘sting in the tail,’ as well as some secrets coming to light.
As always with Mercury Rx – this is the ideal time to re-view, re-think and re-consider, as well as editing any written work.
If you would like to know how the above transits might impact you in the coming year, feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org, to book a Birth Chart Reading for the year ahead.
Relationships and the Transits of 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ogmz00-Ly8Q&feature=youtu.be
Margaret Gray Dec 2018 www.astrologypsychological.com