Astrological Musings

Your 2018 Planetary Calendar

Here is a calendar of the important planetary events of 2018. I will be writing about these events as they occur so check back for more details and explanations about what these events mean for you. You can read the overview of 2018 major planetary cycles here which includes more information about some of these cycles.

Astrology of 2018JANUARY

1/1  New Year Supermoon! 11 Cancer
1/2  Uranus turns direct
1/11 Mercury enters Capricorn
1/15  Jupiter sextile Pluto
1/16  New Moon 26 Capricorn
1/17  Venus enters Aquarius
1/19  Sun enters Aquarius
1/31  Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse 11 Leo
Mercury enters Aquarius

February

2/10  Venus enters Pisces
2/15  New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse 27 Aquarius
2/17  Mercury enters Pisces
2/18  Sun enters Pisces

March

3/1  Full Moon 11 Virgo
3/6 Mercury enters Aries
Venus enters Aries
3/8 Jupiter retrograde
3/17 New Moon 26 Pisces
3/17  Mars enters Capricorn
3/20 Sun enters Aries
3/22  Mercury turns retrograde
3/31 Venus enters Taurus
Full Moon 10 Libra

April

4/14  Jupiter sextile Pluto
4/15 Mercury turns direct
New Moon 26 Aries
4/17 Chiron enters Aries
Saturn turns retrograde
4/19 Sun enters Taurus
4/22 Pluto retrograde
4/24 Venus enters Gemini
4/29 Full Moon 9 Scorpio

May

5/13 Mercury enters Taurus
5/15  New Moon 24 Taurus
5/15  Uranus enters Taurus
5/16  Mars enters Aquarius
5/19  Venus enters Cancer
5/20  Sun enters Gemini
5/25  Jupiter trine Neptune
5/29  Full Moon 8 Sagittarius
Mercury enters Gemini

June

6/12  Mercury enters Cancer
6/13  New Moon 22 Gemini
Venus enters Leo
6/18  Neptune turns retrograde
6/21 Sun enters Cancer
6/26  Mars turns retrograde
6/28  Full Moon 6 Capricorn

July

7/5  Chiron turns retrograde
7/9  Venus enters Virgo
7/10 Jupiter turns direct
7/12  New Moon partial solar eclipse 20 Cancer
7/22  Sun enters Leo
7/26 Mercury retrograde
7/27 Full Moon total lunar eclipse 4 Aquarius

August

8/6  Venus enters Libra
8/7  Uranus turns retrograde
8/11 New Moon partial solar eclipse 18 Leo
8/12  Mars retrogrades back into Capricorn
8/19  Mercury turns direct
8/19  Jupiter trine Neptune
8/23  Sun enters Virgo
8/26  Full Moon 3 Pisces
8/27  Mars turns direct

September

9/5  Mercury enters Virgo
9/6  Saturn turns direct
9/9  Venus enters Scorpio
New Moon 17 Virgo
9/10 Mars enters Aquarius
9/12  Jupiter sextile Pluto
9/21  Mercury enters Libra
9/22  Sun enters Libra
9/24  Full Moon 2 Aries
9/25  Chiron retrogrades back into Pisces
9/30  Pluto turns direct

October

10/5  Venus turns retrograde
10/8  New Moon 15 Libra
10/9  Mercury enters Scorpio
10/23 Sun enters Scorpio
10/24 Full Moon 1 Taurus
10/31 Mercury enters Sagittarius
Venus retrogrades back into Libra

November

11/1  Jupiter trine Chiron
11/6  Uranus square North Node
North Node enters Cancer
Uranus retrogrades back into Aries
11/7  Jupiter trine North Node
New Moon 15 Scorpio
11/8  Jupiter enters Sagittarius
11/15  Mars enters Pisces
11/16  Venus turns direct
Mercury turns retrograde
11/22 Sun enters Sagittarius
11/23  Full Moon 0 Gemini
11/24 Neptune turns direct

December

12/1  Mercury retrogrades back into Scorpio
12/2  Venus enters Scorpio
North Node trine Chiron
12/6  Mercury direct
12/7  New Moon 15 Sagittarius
12/9  Chiron turns direct
12/12  Mercury enters Sagittarius
12/21  Sun enters Capricorn
12/22  Full Moon 0 Cancer
12/31  Mars enters Aries

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By | 2018-01-04T08:33:44+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Planetary cycles, Uncategorized|1 Comment

A Cancerian Supermoon for the New Year

The first Full Moon of 2018 occurs right on New Year’s Day, in the highly sensitive and emotional sign of Cancer.   Cancer is the Moon’s own sign, and it is happiest there where its sentimentality and security needs can be best expressed.  The Cancerian Full Moon asks us to open our hearts and allow ourselves to be nurtured, and to find ways where we can both give and receive in greater balance.

This Full Moon is a Supermoon (© Richard Nolle) as it is nearing the closest point to the Earth in its normal orbit(perigee).  There are two Full Moons in January 2018, and both are Supermoons.  The Cancer Supermoon can be more intense emotionally, especially for individuals who tend to be more sensitive to lunar events.  Supermoons are often harbingers of intense weather and seismic events.  (The January 31 Supermoon will be in Leo and will have a more fiery quality, especially since it’s an eclipse as well.  More on that later!)

Full Moons signify a polarity – a need to balance oppositional forces.  Here the worldly Capricorn Sun opposes the delicate sensitivity of the Cancerian Moon, urging us to not lose sight of the tender heart that nourishes us while we focus on the Things That Must Be Done that Capricorn requires.  The heart connections that we enjoy with family and friends – our tribe, whether self-selected or the one we are thrust into – provide that nurturing that we need in order to function in the world.

The polarity balance in this Full Moon is heavily weighted towards Capricorn, with Venus and Pluto in Capricorn flanking the Sun.  The presence of Venus helps to soften the businesslike nature of Capricorn and infuses it with a sensitivity to our personal connections, and Pluto adds a quality of urgency and drama.

The New Year is often a time when we begin a new way of looking at our world, and this Full Moon helps us to tie together the various threads of our lives into a fabric that will embrace us and keep us connected throughout the year.

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By | 2017-12-31T07:33:48+00:00 December 31st, 2017|Moon|4 Comments

The Astrology of 2018 – What can we expect?

Astrology of 2018Over the past ten years the people of planet Earth have experienced a cataclysmic shift that has affected virtually every area of human life.  Pluto (planet of deep transformational forces) changed signs in 2008, moving from expansive Sagittarius which embraced migration and “one world” culture as well as celebrity and theology into the contracting sign of Capricorn which insists on being practical and creating strong foundations that can’t be buffeted around by the whims of the world.  Pluto then was drawn into a protracted conflict with Uranus, planet of rebellion and revolution, in the individualistic sign of Aries and predictably, revolutions occurred around the world.  The Arab Spring, the Trump revolution in the US, Brexit in the UK, revolutions in the UK, and a dismantling of governments in Africa and elsewhere (Pluto in Capricorn) by revolutionary forces (Uranus in Aries).

Here is a list of the major planetary events in 2018. 

I believe that 2018 will be the year of renewed stability.  That is not to say that peace will rule the planet, but new foundations are being built to replace the old ones which have been destroyed and the transformations of the past ten years will now be accepted as the new normal.  When our old reality has crumbled into the mists of history, there is nothing to do but to move forward and the planetary influences this year will help with that.

There are no outer planet alignments.  The outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) are the big movers and shakers. I think of them as transformational forces that inspire us to evolve and change, and when they interact with each other they stimulate powerful changes in the world around us as well as in our inner worlds.  In 2018 there are no major aspects between the outer planets, and no significant stressful aspects even of Jupiter or Saturn.  Without these dramatic planetary incidents to rock and shake our world, the necessary rebuilding of the human condition can take place much more easily.

Four of the eclipses fall on the Leo/Aquarius axis.   The Leo/Aquarius polarity is about balancing our individual needs and desires (Leo) with the needs of the collective (Aquarius).  Leo is a highly personal sign which craves personal development and individual expression; Aquarius seeks to transcend the personal and to express the Self through interaction with community.  Neither is better than the other, but with four eclipses triggering this dynamic we will be working towards integrating our personal desires for a better life into the fabric of the needs of the collective communities in which we build our lives.

Here are the dates for the 2018 eclipses:

  • Lunar eclipse January 31, 2018 at 11 degrees Leo/Aquarius
  • Solar eclipse February 15, 2018 at 27 Aquarius/Leo
  • Solar eclipse July 12, 2018 at 20 Cancer/Capricorn
  • Lunar eclipse July 27, 2018 at 4 degrees Aquarius/Leo
  • Solar eclipse August 11, 2018 at 18 degrees Leo/Aquarius

Three important planets will be in Earth signs.  Earth signs help to ground us and enforce a practical perspective.  Earth is not exciting like Fire nor stimulating like Air, but it can be a welcome respite from chaos and intense transformation. Pluto is already in Capricorn (since 2008) as noted above.  Saturn moved into Capricorn in December 2017 and will remain in that sign until March 21, 2020.  Saturn and Pluto can be a bit heavy handed and when they aspect each other things get a bit intense, but that won’t occur until 2020 so there is no reason to be concerned quite yet.

We also have Uranus, planet of radical change, moving into the stable and grounded sign of Taurus in May of 2018.  I’ll be writing more about that over the coming months but that will serve to calm down the intense radical nature of the political energies over the past seven years of Uranus in fiery Aries.

Chiron will enter Aries April 17, 2018.  Chiron is the planet that regulates the healing process in the body, mind, spirit system by triggering psychospiritual wounds that are ready to emerge and heal.  Chiron has been in in the spiritual/creative sign of Pisces since 2010, challenging boundaries and pointing out where our illusions have given us the greatest problems.  Aries is the sign of individual self-motivation, an important aspect of self-development.  Taken to extremes, however, self-motivation can turn into selfishness and greed. In Aries, Chiron acts on the level of the individual to challenge our sense of Self and self-confidence.  On the global level it will reveal the societal wounds caused by individual selfishness.  Chiron will be in Aries until 2026.

Important planetary events for 2018:

  • Jupiter sextile Pluto  January 25, 2018 – September 12, 2018.  Aiding in personal transformation and the fulfillment of life goals, this lovely harmonious planetary dance will help to provide support in all of your endeavors, assuming you have a focused intention and a plan of action.
  • Chiron enters Aries  April 17, 2018 (described above)
  • Uranus enters Taurus May 15, 2018 (described above)
  • Mars retrograde June 26-August 27, 2018.  Mars doesn’t retrograde often (as opposed to the other planets which retrograde at least once a year) so it’s somewhat significant.  Mars retrograde periods are important times for personal action and review and can be difficult times to get something new off the ground.
  • Jupiter trine Neptune began in 2017, finishes August 19, 2018.  This is one of the most beautiful planetary combinations as Jupiter expands and offers hope to all of the creativity and spiritual longing that Neptune inspires.
  • Jupiter enters Sagittarius November 8, 2018. When Jupiter enters its own sign of Sagittarius, it’s the beginning of a year of optimism and opportunity.

Stay tuned for more information on these planetary cycles!  Many blessings and wishes for a beautiful 2018.

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By | 2018-01-04T08:31:24+00:00 December 30th, 2017|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|6 Comments

Happy Yule and Christmas to my dear readers!

A portion of this article was originally posted in 2011. Anyone who has read this blog for more than five minutes will know that I am rather skeptical not only of Christianity but of any organized religion.  Still, I love the Christmas season, with its pagan-derived trappings of pine trees decorated with colorful balls and lights, songs of celebration, and the sharing of food and sweets with family and friends.  After all, the week of the Winter Solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years as Yule.  And even if it’s only for a week, it’s lovely to hear people of all religions talk about peace on earth and goodwill to men.

The timing of the celebration of the birth of the Christ on December 25th likely comes from the pre-Christian Roman holiday Sol Invictus celebrating the invincible Sun and the patron saint of Rome and her soldiers which was established in 274 ce.  Christianity was established  as the official religion in Rome in the mid 300s.

Around this time of year people always ask about the astrological meaning of the Star of Bethlehem, and an MSNBC article presents a compelling case for the actual birthdate of Jesus based upon the astronomical Star of Bethlehem:
Historical records and modern-day computer simulations indicate that there was a rare series of planetary groupings, also known as conjunctions, during the years 3 B.C. and 2 B.C.
The show started on the morning of June 12 in 3 B.C., when Venus could be sighted very close to Saturn in the eastern sky. Then there was a spectacular pairing of Venus and Jupiter on Aug. 12 in the constellation Leo, which ancient astrologers associated with the destiny of the Jews.
Between September of 3 B.C. and June of 2 B.C., Jupiter passed by the star Regulus in Leo, reversed itself and passed it again, then turned back and passed the star a third time. This was another remarkable event, since astrologers considered Jupiter the kingly planet and regarded Regulus as the “king star.”
The crowning touch came on June 17, when Jupiter seemed to approach so close to Venus that, without binoculars, they would have looked like a single star.  The whole sequence of events could have been enough for at least three astrologers to go to Jerusalem and ask Herod: “Where is he that is born King of the Jews, for we have seen his star in the east and are come to worship him.”

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In any case, this is a magical time of renewal as we come through the darkest part of the year and move into the light after the Solstice.  So greetings to all of my beloved readers, and the most beautiful blessings for the celebration season!
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By | 2017-12-25T08:07:46+00:00 December 25th, 2017|Holidays|1 Comment

The Winter Solstice and the return of the light: today!!

The Winter Solstice is upon us: the day when the Sun enters Capricorn in the tropical zodiac. We have already talked about Saturn having just entered Capricorn, and Saturn and the Sun align today as well.

The chart for the Winter Solstice is often used to forecast the energies of the coming season (until the Spring Equinox at zero Aries).  The conjunction of the Sun to Saturn at the Winter Solstice embeds this energy into the energy of the season, bringing our attention away from relaxation and pleasure to a more disciplined and focused approach. While the primary focus is on that which is real, a harmonious trine between Jupiter (expansion) and Neptune (creativity and inspiration) helps us to continue to grow our dreams while setting and realizing our concrete goals.  Mars is tied in there too, in Scorpio where it is quite powerful, helping to fuel and energize our thoughts to action.

We also have the asteroids speaking out quite loudly in this chart, with Ceres (nurturing) aligned with the North Node to help support us on the journey to the future.  Vesta, encouraging us to allow our own creativity to emerge from our heart’s fires, is aligned with Jupiter and tied into that lovely trine described above.  Pallas, goddess of creative intelligence, aligns with Uranus, representing intuition and multidimensional awareness. Juno, bestower of marriage and keeper of the nuclear family, aligns with the Moon to strengthen the bonds of those we live with and love. And last but not least, the Black Moon Lilith – the primal feminine power – aligns with Pluto, planet of empowerment and transformation, forcing us to face any darkness in order to transform it into light.

This is really an optimum combination of planetary energies!  Seeds that you sow through thought and intention at this time of the Solstice will be carried through the next few months, so setting some time aside to plant these seeds now will serve you well.


You may see headlines like this one warning of the most AWFUL day on the Winter Solstice. The awfulness apparently comes from the fact that on the Winter Solstice, the moment when the Sun enters Capricorn, Saturn is also entering Capricorn and the Sun and Saturn align.

Citing astrologer Neil Spencer, the article reveals:

As if December hasn’t been crazy enough, what with the erratic weather and Mercury going into retrogade, it is, according to astrologers, only going to get worse, with December 21 predicted to be the most horrendous day yet of 2017.

And yet if you go to Mr. Spencer’s website, he says nothing of the kind.  So fear not – the Winter Solstice will not be a terrible day.

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By | 2017-12-21T08:27:40+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Holidays|1 Comment
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