Watch a video about the years Click here to watch Video. Astrologers track and interpret these passing transits. Some of them will definitely be more dramatic in effect than others.
Particularly, when two or more planets form cardinal angles 0, 90, degrees to each other in the course of their cycle, prominent global developments are activated. When slower-moving bodies from angles to one another, the effects can be even deeper and farther-reaching because these planets interlock for a longer period of time, and their contacts are much less frequent.
For example, in the recent past, we have all experienced, and can share personal anecdotes about, the transiting Uranus—Pluto square, within orb since at least and still within range of influence in Both of these bodies represent a strong call for change, with Uranus prompting us to elevate our consciousness and refine our ways, and Pluto taking us on a descent into the crevasses of our emotional difficulties.
The higher mind Uranus must be met with the emotional depths Pluto for change to occur in integrated ways, in both higher and lower realms.
If such an integration is lacking, change may be destructive or ineffective. The Uranus—Pluto square instigated social change on a worldwide scale. The intensity of these influences has kept us in a continual transitional state, without the luxury of holding onto security. Those who did not take the risk to upgrade or transform dynamics in their lives were often confronted with crises.
Since this transit was an opening square angle, it is important to refer back to the original conjunction of Uranus and Pluto in —66, and realize that this was also a time of social unrest and accelerated development: The civil rights movement was peaking, and sexual freedom was being advocated.
Now, 45 years later at the square, similar dynamics have surfaced, as seen for example in the greater awareness of the police brutality inflicted upon black people in the United States, and in gay marriage gaining momentum worldwide. The Uranus—Pluto square did not leave us much time for a reprieve from rapid changes and the need to adapt to ongoing transitions.
Simultaneously, the transits of Neptune and Chiron in Pisces are also reflected deep existential questions arising from the growing awareness of the ecological trauma we are experiencing.
Will there be a new dawn following the dissolution of so much that has been taken for granted? These intense and complex transits could in fact be precursors to the cycles coming in the year It may seem premature to analyze transits four or five years prior to their occurrence, when so much can happen in between; however, because promises to be a turning point in our history, now is an appropriate time.
The year seems not to let up in intensity. From the first days of the year until the very last ones, each month accrues critically important planetary cycles that will undoubtedly set the tone for many years to come. Here are the most prominent ones:. The year begins soon after a powerful total solar eclipse conjunct Jupiter in Capricorn, and this is followed soon after by the mammoth Saturn—Pluto new cycle conjunction, exactly on their own respective nodes, and also tightly conjunct the Sun, Mercury, and Ceres.
In April, Jupiter catches up to Pluto for another new cycle conjunction, in close proximity to Saturn. This meeting of forces represents, among other things, the redistribution of power in the world or, in other words, which faction will make the decisions that affect the greater collective, whether this occurs in plain sight or behind the scenes. From a spiritual perspective, this cycle reflects a rite of passage determining who is most qualified to be the custodian of resources, and thus regulates who will be in a position of influence. In its purest form, this cycle is one of the highest tests of integrity and morality for those in authority, along with a test of capacity and resilience.
Beyond the management of power, this cycle is also about the skill to increase power and the value of resources. Power and resources can be material but can take the form of knowledge, or spiritual potency, as well. Saturn—Pluto reflects a lesson about the right use of power, so this cycle is also associated with corruption and abuse. Interestingly, David Rockefeller, one of the richest and most influential bankers in the world, was born under a Saturn—Pluto cycle conjunction , and so were Rupert Murdoch opposition , head of a massive media empire, and Bill Gates square , founder of Microsoft and listed as the wealthiest person in the world for a number of years.
Similarly, Saudi Arabia, a country that possesses some of the largest supplies of oil in the world, was established under a Saturn—Pluto opposition. People born with these planets in configuration can be the custodians of power and resources, and their integrity will be tested to manage such a role in this capacity. Alternatively, those born under this cycle can also be the ones who identify and expose possible corruption. Looking back at previous cycles, we can see that a Saturn—Pluto conjunction occurred in October , around the outbreak of World War I; this global conflict certainly reshuffled power dynamics by dissolving the Russian monarchy, the Ottoman Empire, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which led to the redrawing of national borders within Europe.
In , Saturn and Pluto formed an opposition in Capricorn and Cancer, defining an era that included the Great Depression, which started in October , and also the Geneva Convention relative to the ethical treatment of prisoners of war, which entered into effect in July The next Saturn—Pluto cycle commenced in , soon after World War II ended; Germany and Japan lost military influence and dominance, and the power struggle between Capitalism and Communism gained greater intensity.
Saturn and Pluto were in opposition in , when the Vietnam War peaked, accentuating the division between the two blocs. In , the International Monetary Fund IMF , whose aim is to foster global economic growth and reduce world poverty, began its operations. The year also saw the division between India and Pakistan and their establishment as individual sovereignties today both countries have nuclear weapons ; this split cost Mohandas Gandhi his life.
While Israel possesses few natural resources no oil in an oil-dominated region , the historical significance and spiritual power of the land are certainly the reasons is perhaps the reason for ongoing battles in the region, essentially for control of the holy city of Jerusalem. The following cycle of marked a time of economic recession in the world, with the highest rate of unemployment in the U.
Not waiting for January. Saturn and Pluto join up in a similar part of the zodiac every years. Leo Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. This will be a bigger deal to you than most if you are age 4, 5, 16, 17, 28, 29, 40, 41, 52, 53, 64, 65, 76, 77, 88, 89, etc. Square Major aspect The planetary energies conflict; internal and creative tensions bring rich rewards through effort over time. It causes frustration, irreligious habits, troubles from ghosts or evil spirits and dangerous diseases.
It also marked the escalation of the Cold War during the Reagan years, later leading to the collapse of the Soviet bloc. The Moon is closest to earth and is thus the fastest of the heavenly bodies from our perspective. Another way of looking at aspects is to see if they occur in the first half of the phase relationship between the planets or in the second half. When a faster moving planet passes a slower moving planet, they are conjunct.
When the faster one gets halfway around the circle from the slower one, they are opposite. You are already familiar with the waxing and waning Moon.
From the New Moon conjunction of the Moon to the Sun to the Full Moon opposition of the Moon to the Sun is the waxing phase, where the Moon appears to grow bigger and bigger. From the Full Moon back to the next New Moon is the waning phase, where the Moon appears to contract in size.
Any pair of planets can be considered in a similar fashion, although neither appears to change in size the way the Moon does in this example. On an interpretation level, we say that the energy exchange between the planets is slightly different in the waxing phase versus the waning phase. There is a more subconscious or instinctual component to the waxing phase and a more conscious or informed component to the waning phase, since the opposition which divides the phases is thought to bring awareness or objectivity.
Or we might say, the energy is increasing or growing during the waxing phase and decreasing or declining when waning. Usually when astrologers discuss aspects between planets, they are referring to the spatial relationships as viewed from earth since that is where we live.
These are technically known as geocentric aspects. There is also such a thing as heliocentric positions of the planets and hence heliocentric aspects. This would be as viewed from the true center of our solar system, the Sun. Some astrologers like to look at the heliocentric positions in addition to the geocentric ones.
In interpreting the heliocentric positions, it is thought they represent interactions with the larger world or a bigger scope of reference than geocentric, which might be more individual or personal in meaning. See The Mountain Astrologer , Issue 87, p.
Speaking of things other than personal and individual, did you know not only humans have horoscope charts? Anything that has a beginning point in time can be charted. For instance, if there is a potential in the natal chart for difficulty with finances perhaps a square from Venus, ruling money matters, to Saturn, indicating hardship or a lack , it is most likely to manifest when there is a transiting aspect to this natal pattern, say when the position of Uranus meaning surprises becomes opposite to the position of either Venus or Saturn.
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