Full Moon in Cancer & 2018


First week of the New Year …


The ship has sailed. Goodbye 2017. How appropriate that it all begins anew with the completion of yet another lunar cycle, a Full Moon on New Year’s Day.

The Full Moon in Cancer is quiet, or so it will seem by appearance. Our tender insides tell a different story. It is no secret that we are all waiting for something to happen. The feeling has been around more or less throughout 2017, most strongly felt around the beginning of December. The difference now is we are further into the process of acclimatizing ourselves, are better able to sit with the feeling without having to prove, explain or step up on the soapbox to make it known ‘we know something is coming’. It may be partly due to our inability to: 1) articulate exactly what is going to happen because, ‘it’ hasn’t happened quite yet, and 2) control and/or accurately predict where the shit will land after it hits the fan. In both cases we’re dealing with unknowns. Sheer logic cannot possibly tackle, make perfect sense of such a vast space.

Luckily, the Full Moon, positively angled to Mars and Neptune, are in the realm of intuitive water signs. Thus, our confidence in knowing, albeit without really knowing, isn’t likely to be scrutinized by head-logic.

Along with the enlivening, yet quiet intuitive boost, Saturn’s recent move to Capricorn encourages us to approach 2018 one day at a time. That’s practical advice at anytime, yet especially helpful for the duration of 2018. The elusive ‘something is about to happen’ will indeed unfold gradually with it’s share of bumps along the way and so we’ll have to steer the ship eyes wide, alert and attentive as she goes.

There’s a risk we can become a little obsessive and/or paranoid about what we don’t know owing to a series of Pluto conjunctions next week. However, that comes naturally with the prospect of the big changes we are expecting or hoping for during the first month of a New Year. After-all Pluto has been in this position since 2008 making an annual conjunction to the Sun and Mercury around this time of year.

Additionally, this first week of 2018, Uranus, referred to as the troublemaker extraordinaire stations direct on January 2nd. It will pick up on that edge of your seat feeling over the summer of 2017, intensifying from now until May 2018 before entering Taurus. Uranus has been in impulse-driven Aries for the last seven years shaking up certain areas of our life to spark much needed progress. Every sun sign has experienced unsettlement to some degree: for Aries it has revolved around their identity; Taurus: an underlying irritation, anxiety, that has been misplaced as ‘someone else’s problem’; Gemini: their social group, co-workers etc. brought unrest; Cancer has had ants in their pants around career and family/domestic life; Leo: has had an insatiable need for adventure, travel or a new experience in general which has resulted in unexpected consequences; Virgo: has struggled with the bonds of love with all or nothing notions plus swings in finance; Libra: has had a heck of a time navigating the world between love and friendship and the meaning of commitment; Scorpio: challenged with finding a satisfying routine that brings life back into proper balance; Sagittarius: keenly focused on bringing a little more fun, spontaneity back into their lives yet probably hasn’t managed to find it as consistently– bit of an oxymoron anyway isn’t it? Capricorn has been trying to keep up with themselves, clear about what changes they’ve been hoping for yet a touch uneasy about them materializing; Aquarius: knows they can lead a new niche yet the bottom falls out before they get a chance to build up to anything solid; and Pisces it’s been about the money honey – achieving financial stability has had everything to do with fostering healthy amount of self-respect. These areas will continue to be unsettling, albeit it comes with a fair amount of excitement inherent in changes of any kind.

After the 6th Mercury connects with Uranus. Those aforementioned areas of unsettlement reawaken, set off bells -a ringing in the head.   While it can be a welcome rush of energy it’s a mental whirlwind, about thinking rather than physically doing. The idea, then, that we can hop on a fast track will use up reserves in anticipation. It would be wise to save a little wind for your sails when the times to act arrive. If there is any theme to note for 2018 it is to use time and energy efficiently for maximum impact with minimal disruption. Big ideas that remain solely in your head instead of being brought down to earth will fly off every time the wind blows. And the wind will blow in 2018,  just like you may have suspected. Of course, I guess you can say ‘I told you so” when it does. However, bragging rights aren’t much of a prize in this case.

Jupiter too pushes us to go big or go home at the end of the week, essentially vying with Saturn’s insistence to hold to steady, practical and efficient approaches. The once popular game Jenga comes to mind. If you’re not familiar, it is a tower of blocks where the player removes a piece from the bottom and places it on top. It’s a delicate process. Inevitably the weight is distributed higher while the base is thinned out. The player that topples the tower loses.

All in all the astrological weather this first week of 2018 does set us up for a productive year with plenty of exciting possibilities. It may also be easier to work on creating a new and improved situation as what has become old, ineffective, naturally falls away – a side effect from focusing intently on moments that will eventually be the base for the future. Consider 2017, for better or worse, a scab. It falls off when it’s ready, not before. Should events of the year gone by linger it won’t help to rip it off, so to speak, prematurely. It may make matters worse, leaving a permanent scar. That is not to say 2017 was the most terrible on record only that the future needs room to breathe. Those breaths can be taken through the channels opened by our dedication to the present, here in 2018.

That said, every year has its ups and downs. 2018 will have them too. Here are the highlights for the year ahead.  They’ll be fleshed out as they become relevant during the year in the weekly scopes:


2018 – Overview


Saturn’s move into Capricorn is a big one, an influence that will last until the end of 2020. I’ve written about that here a few weeks ago.

Revolutionary Uranus’ tour of the Independent Warrior sign Aries, ends briefly between May 15th and November 6th as it moves into earth sign Taurus. Natural disasters will be on the rise. While we’ve already been accustomed to frequent news on this front earthquakes in particular could draw more attention than has been the norm. It’s a similar situation with the stock market. We’ve already seen unpredictable, unsettling events take place yet we are likely to suffer ever more violent swings. Technological shocks are also in the cards. I wouldn’t be surprised to see significant amount of cyber attacks this year. It should be noted that Uranus will only move within the first few degrees of Taurus this year. The full, uninterrupted seven-year visit of Uranus in Taurus does not start until February of 2019.

Cold, Power-Hungry Pluto reaches out to Jupiter in Scorpio continuing to enliven the recent sex scandal scenarios. It’ll be a task and a half for lawyers and philosophical musings will tangle with too vast an array of highly personal, emotional concerns. Indeed, our inner world is drawn out for contemplation in light of higher laws and higher ups. In another way, a compulsion to expose our inner selves against philosophical, religious ideals can provoke painful yet liberating realizations. The gaps that exist between what we feel, our behaviors and what we preach, how we judge others will become increasingly obvious, challenging our integrity personally and publically.

We are looking at a globally spanned moral dilemma as expansive Jupiter also harmonizes with idealistic, head-in-the-clouds Neptune. The search for perfection, the ideal has already become more a matter of necessity than mere want. When we feel our heads are screwed on right it can be depressing to find that ‘Eden’, at best, only ever manifests temporarily. At worst it remains a fantasy cancelling out any ability to reason or make peace with reality. Wise men and women often say there is magic in the ordinary, missed when completely devoted to our preferred methods of escape. Saturn once again, is the pillar to lean on broadcasting its message in the undercurrent to keep it real, steady and slow. We will be reminded to tether our camel. For those not familiar with the phrase it is a bible story that aptly describes the sentiments of Jupiter and Neptune’s connection this year. In short, a man refuses to tie up his camel claiming God will ensure it is not lost or stolen. Of course, the man wakes up and the camel is gone.

Positive thinking, big ideas, faith do have value. However, without purposeful interaction with the real world it can distort our perception, amount to excessive reliance on wishful thinking. A kind of energy, for lack of a better word, that sends ripples throughout the fishbowl of our minds never making it beyond. The contrasting vibes perceived in our fishbowl world with that outside of us can create pretty nasty bouts of seasickness. It reminds me of a quote by Leonard Cohen who sadly passed in 2017: “If you don’t become the ocean you’ll be seasick everyday.”

Speaking of the tides the eclipses this year fall in the sign of the Humanitarian, Innovator Aquarius and Leo, the Prideful Performer, King/Queen of the jungle. The individual’s place within the collective, how each of us contribute in well-meaning ways or otherwise, tosses the world ship from port toward starboard and back again in 2018. Questions arise to the effect of ‘who can, should, lead’. At what point should the needs of the individual overshadow the needs/wants of the whole?” My late grandfather’s advice may come in handy here. If the whole world behaved like you, thought like you, what then would the world look like? It’s a sneaky question really. We are all in the midst of experiencing the answer right now.

Unlike in 2017 both Mars and Venus will retrograde this year. They feed into the current of change the eclipses set forth. Mars amps up our drive to correct, revisit our actions/ behaviors, in light of the community as it spends extra time in Aquarius between May and November.

Venus, will spend extra time in its home sign Libra, further compelling us to question ‘what is fair’ in the context of our relationships both intimately and from a societal perspective. We had a taste of this complex in October 2017. Back and forth, scanning pros then cons, convinced the absolute decision would be found firmly sitting on one side of the fence or the other. The challenge was to find the sweet spot. An impossible task considering the uneasiness in the air, where it seemed the rules kept changing, during November 2017. In truth, it is more likely our perceptions changed and/or was responsible for changes in the rulebook as we became increasingly aware of new information. Our moral codes have also likely been updated and/or strengthened significantly.

Information processing is Mercury’s business. As it zips around the zodiac in 2018 it will periodically slow into a retrograde phase. This year the Mercury retrograde phases will take place in the fire signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Fire signs are known for courage, action, impulse and impatience. Bold actions taken with due consideration of time, discipline, forethought of what’s required to follow through for the long term, can lead to great results. On the other hand, charging ahead on an impulse, on a wing and a prayer that all can be achieved in one fell swoop? Well…that is likely to send us back to the drawing board, huffing, puffing, fist in the air crying ‘why does this have to be so hard!” Once again, slow moving, disciplinarian, often grumpy, old taskmaster Saturn’s message comes in clear – take it slow. 2018 will unfold one step at a time. We’ll be more conscious of the fact that we cannot control time. However, if we use it to our advantage, mindfully, eventually, it will both refine and reveal the sheer power of spirit and soul we all possess.

H A P P Y   N E W   Y E A R  !!!!

Message to Readers- Jan.2018

 

Saturn in Capricorn Dec.20th, 2017

SATURN in CAPRICORN 

December 20th, 2017 to March 21st, 2020


Weekly Horoscope for the week of December 19th, 2017

The current skies emphasize last week’s forecast – this is not a race. We are looking at quality over quantity now and considering the value of our time.

This week opens with the New Moon, on the 18th. It has brought a tinge of restlessness driven by an emotional Mars. It may have felt like a subterranean jolt; A hiccup that couldn’t find its way up and out; a brief flip back of the head accompanied with an oh, uuuuh-huh – maybe a flat ah hah! That kind of energy remains as Saturn’s placement next to the New Moon and its imminent arrival in Capricorn (where it will remain until 2020) expresses itself in slow-motion. It’s not exactly orgasmic. Then again, if you’re really lucky maybe you’ll sense an underlying tantric vibe. In any case, last week we could have sworn something was coming…but no, not really- at least not in a manner that was expected.

It will be clear that relief is to be found in practical ways – a how to inner dialogue that revolves around what is best for our selves personally, in relation to the whole and for the long term. What’s involved will take work, preparation, focus, discipline – all characteristics of Capricorn and its ruling planet Saturn. Additionally, the Sun and Venus will be meeting here and brushing up with Mr.Sober (Saturn) ensuring that the idea something is coming persists. Again, it’s not a bells and whistles kind of event. It’s the mountain goat at the foot of hill, starting its slow trek ahead.  There are rewards for the stout-hearted.

On a semi-brighter note Mercury stations direct on the 22nd. We’ll be free and clear of annoying bouts of miscommunication, digital dilemmas, transportation woes and trying trips down memory lane. Of course, Mercury retrogrades tend to cause disruptions at the beginning of the retrograde phase and near the end. In other words, we might have to deal with a few more irritating blips before the week is out.

This week’s Sun Sign Scopes are focused on Saturn’s tour through Capricorn from December 20th, 2017 through until 2020.

ARIES:

Since Autumn 2015: Learning through experiences that, at times, you probably weren’t happy about. Nonetheless, you’ve paid your dues and have a suitcase packed with useful tools.

Now until 2020: Those experiences ^ have paid off. You are about to take on a bigger role – and more responsibility. The focus is on achievement, status and well-earned respect. Forget the inner child, have a chat with that inner boss.

TAURUS:

Since Autumn 2015: A long drawn out letting go – divorce, serious relationships, retirement, debt management.

Now until 2020: Life philosophy, perceptual shifts move you into a distinctly different phase in life. Formal education might be in the mix but you’ll learn more through experiencing, living life, from a different angle.

GEMINI:

Since Autumn 2015: Hard lessons around commitment. Tempering haywire defense mechanisms. If you are married you are either in this for the long term or will make the break, divide the goods etc. If you are single, you’ve been married to something over the passed few years…

Now until 2020: What’s worth your money, your time? Material resources, especially debts, are dealt with under ‘new management’.

CANCER:

Since Autumn 2015: Re-arranging routine or need to stick to a job for practical reasons rather than for the love of it, combating bouts of boredom and taking a serious stand on the state of your health.

Now until 2020: Serious focus on how you spend your time. If you’re not wholeheartedly committed it’s time to drop the excuses and commit yourself elsewhere. The meaning of marriage (whether your single or attached). Discovering defense mechanisms that have helped and/or hindered your progress.

LEO:

Since Autumn 2015: A learning period of how to conquer stifled expression. Creating a structure, arranging life in a manner that offered freedom and space to hold your ideas.  Thoughts about children, age – growing older and the value of spending time doing what you love.

Now until 2020: Improving that structure ^ ..making it work for you in practical ways.  Focus on health, longevity, being of service to others that adds up to ‘time well spent’.

VIRGO:
Since Autumn 2015: Home, family, parents – a general resettling that took effort to stabilize. If you’ve been living under someone else’s rule, felt boxed in by commitments, responsibilities that you’ve long lost a heart for ..

Now until 2020: …you’ll be moving into a creative period – building a life that can house the best of what you want to express. Learning how to make practical use of your talents – working with the best of you for the betterment of you.

LIBRA:
Since Autumn 2015: Learning to communicate – get to the short and sweet of it effectively. Mending or handling relationships with siblings differently.  Learning the difference between what is and what should be and how that has shaped all of your relationships and even regular ins and outs of day-to-day living.

Now until 2020:What’s the best you could hope for? Where do you want to go from here? It’s a long road that starts here and begins with domestic matters that need tending.

SCORPIO:

Since Autumn 2015: Building a solid sense of self independent of social status, financial situation. The more work you put into yourself, spent time on what has mattered to you the more likely life has come in to support you with an added boost. 
Now until 2020: Learning to communicate effectively, more conscious of how your daily interactions with anyone and anything are capable of adding stress or diminishing it. Understanding the difference between what is and what should be then using that to your advantage. 

SAGITTARIUS:

Since Autumn 2015: Rebuilding identity – getting yourself back together and working on the new and improved version.

Now until 2020: Step two of the rebuild – main focus: finances and building up a strong healthy self esteem. In a way, earning back respect for yourself that seems to have been lost years ago.

CAPRICORN:

Since Autumn 2015: It may have seemed impossible to get organized. The purpose? Letting go of everything that wasn’t working – people, places, things, jobs, the redundant blah, blah, blah. Using what you have to get into life without stressing about achievement, status etc. Funny thing, it set you on a course where achievements will eventually have more meaning than would have been possible if you just followed the same old tried and true drill.

Now until 2020: The beginning. It’s a slow ride but you are up for that. It’ll take time, but you’ll be up for that. Over the next two years you’ll continue the identity rebuild that Pluto crushed, at times. You’re working towards earning another level of respect Capricorn. It might indeed feel like working from the bottom up.

AQUARIUS:

Since Autumn 2015: You reached a high point about 5 or 6 years back – in control, at the top of your game.  At very least, it made sense to be where you were.  Over the last few you’ve probably had to cut ties with people and places that didn’t jive with the mode you were in…

…Now until 2020 you’ll want to take it easy Aquarius. Pushing too hard to revive the old days or to manifest your spot on some other mountain can be draining . You’ll gain more from letting yourself unwind, decompress and let time wear off the weight before you consider trekking elsewhere. 

PISCES:

Since Autumn 2015: You’ve  come a long way Pisces.  No doubt over these passed few years you’ve gained real world experiences that, while challenging, contributed to a definite rise in your confidence out there in the big bad world.

Now until 2020: You’ll be picky about who you decide is a friend, valued co-worker and are apt to network, join groups and mingle with those who you genuinely respect and who respect you.