May 15 – 16 brings an important shifts as, for the first time since 2010, Uranus will move into a new sign.
Uranus spend between seven – eight years in each sign, and takes 84 years to make a complete revolution of the Zodiac and the sky, so when Uranus moves into Taurus on May 15, 2018 it will be returning to this sign for the first time since 1934.
In addition, Mars will move into Aquarius on May 16, 2018, where he will spend five of the next seven months, due to his mid year retrograde. Mars will be retrograde from June 25 – August 26, 2018, from 28 Capricorn – 9 Aquarius.
Since – weirdly – Mars and Uranus change signs within 24 hours of each other, we get one of those high energy periods, and we get a dramatic release of cosmic fuel, as Mars and Uranus form a direct square aspect on May 16, from 0 Taurus to 0 Aquarius.
My next webinar is on Uranus in Taurus, and explores transits for a new era.
Life is full of cycles – pay cycles, seasonal cycles, hormone cycles – and yes, women’s monthly cycles.
Whether you’re aware of it or not there’s a good chance your beauty regime follows some kind of cycle too -which could be as simple as making a regular appointment at the hair dresser or beautician. You’ve probably also noticed that at different times of the day, month or year, your hair and skin respond differently to different maintenance and grooming treatments.
Changing cycles and seasons throughout the calendar year are based on the Sun; changing cycles and rhythms throughout each month are based on the Moon.
The Moon’s Monthly Cycle
Anyone attuned to the rhythms of the Sun and Moon know that certain times in these cycles are flavoured with fertile energy and other times with barren energy. This article explores the Moon’s monthly cycle, showing how the combination of different features of this cycle – like sign and phase – helps determine peaks around fertility and barrenness. If you were to combine celestial insight with your regular beauty routines you’d find you’d get even more out of each appointment.
Ancient astrologers considered the Moon to the be the most significant planet in terms of health, fertility and physical wellbeing.
In the oldest hierarchy of planetary spheres, the highest and furthest planetary sphere from earth was Saturn, whilst the closest to the earth, and therefore most attuned planetary sphere to the physical or natural world, was the Moon. Connections between the Moon and the physical world are still honoured today by farmer’s planting guides or almanacs, natural gardening calendars and by fishermen watching the Moon’s influence on tides and fish movements.
The Moon and Growth, Cycles and Fertility
Everything that grows does so in a way that is influenced by external conditions. Sometimes those external conditions are ideal for the kind of growth required, and other times they are not. Have you wondered why sometimes you can leave beautician visits up to six weeks apart, but at other times you need to return after just three weeks?
Astrology is based on the premise that the energy present at the moment something begins or an action is taken will influence whatever ‘births’ or starts at that moment.
If you can find the right moment to reduce regrowth, a beautician visit – or at home wax or shave – can regularly be scheduled up to six weeks apart. Or, imagine being able to visit the hair dresser at a time of heightened fertility to get the thickest, lushest regrowth from your hair.
Fertile periods might be defined as periods in which ideal conditions exist to begin something with a specific outcome in mind. Astrology is one tool through which you can determine whether a particular time is best suited to your intended action. Rather than focussing on the emotional or psychological areas of astrology, this piece provides an introductory look at how the different parts of the Moon’s regular cycles can help you in practical areas such as grooming, beauty and fertility.
The relative closeness of the Moon to Earth, compared to other planets, highlights the importance of the cycles of the Moon as a foundation for natural planning regarding beauty and fertility rituals. In this piece you’ll learn about generally fertile or barren times throughout a given month – and how to determine when these occur.
At the end of the feature you’ll find a calendar which provides details about barren and fertile days for June, July and August 2018. This will help you apply this technique and experience it in action through your own beauty cycles.
The first and most important factor to determine whether a specific time is generally fertile, that is, good for growth, or barren and therefore good for discouraging or limiting growth, is the Moon phases.
At both the New and Balsamic phases the Moon is so close to the Sun it is considered to be swallowed up and unable to reflect the Sun’s light. These are known as dark Moon times, when the Moon is invisible. (Remember, the Moon has no light of its own, it simply reflects, at various angles, the light of the Sun.)
The Moon reaches a peak at the Full Moon, a time when emotions run high as well as when fluid and sap levels in plants rise. Many staff in hospitals, those working on police forces and even stockbrokers will confirm the extra ‘crazy-ness’ they experience in their workplace as a result of the Full Moon each month.
The Waxing and Waning Moon
From the New Moon through to the Full Moon the Moon is growing light. This is called ‘Waxing’ and incorporates the phases of new, crescent, first quarter and gibbous. This two week period is considered the fertile time in the Moon’s cycle and is best for growth. If you cut or prune then, you have a better chance of getting thick, lush regrowth.
From the Full Moon through to the New Moon the Moon is shrinking in size and losing light. This is called ‘Waning’ and incorporates the phases of full, disseminating, third quarter and balsamic. This two week period is considered more barren and is best for beauty and hair treatments where your intention is to reduce or thin regrowth. (Also great for weeding in the gardening!)
If you cut or groom then, you have a better chance of minimising or slowing regrowth. Considering how the desired outcomes of different beauty and hair treatments vary, it could be to your benefit to align waxing visits with the barren or waning phase and hairdressing appointments for the fertile or waxing phase.
Within this waxing and waning system there are, as always, a couple of exceptions. Whilst the New Moon is the beginning of the cycle and the start of the fertile period, since there is no Moon light in this phase, it can pay to wait until at least 12 hours after the New Moon before launching into any beauty and grooming rituals where lush regrowth is desired. The Full Moon, being the peak of the Moon’s cycle, can be quite fertile, even though technically the Moon is waxing then.
Here’s a quick summary of waxing and waning Moon periods from June – August 2018.
Waxing: Groom for Growth
June 14, 4am – June 28 1am
July 13, 11am – July 28, 4.30pm
August 11, 6pm – August 26, 8am
Waning: Groom to Reduce Growth
May 29, 11am – June 13, 3pm
July 27, 4.30pm – August 11, 6am
August 26, 8am – September 9, 2am
Within these waxing and waning periods there are some days that are super fertile (ideal for hairdresser visits or enhancing suppleness of skin) and other days that are super barren (ideal for waxing appointments, cleansing and detox treatments). However, you’ll need one more piece of information to determine the super fertile or barren days – the Moon signs.
Water signs – Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces – being lush and wet are considered fertile. The earth sign of Virgo and the air sign of Gemini, both being ruled by fickle Mercury, are considered barren, as is the fire sign of Leo, which, ruled by the Sun, is considered to hot for growth.
Varying authors attribute semi barren or semi fertile status to the other signs. While there’s consensus on exactly how these designations are allocated, you might think of the earth signs of Taurus and Capricorn, as ‘somewhat fertile’. The other two air signs, Libra and Aquarius, and the remaining fire signs, Sagittarius and Aries, are considered somewhat barren. I have seen air signs considered fertile in some instances, or even Libra and Taurus as semi fertile due to the rulership of Venus, while Aquarius and Capricorn might be said to be semi barren due to their ruler Saturn.
Remember this quality of fertile or barrenness relates to something innate within the sign itself. You are not your sign – your whole birth chart counts when determining your physical fertility so please don’t think, “I’m a Gemini therefore I’m infertile.” This would be incorrect!
Astrology can and does indicate fertility in terms of conception and pregnancy however there’s a lot more to determining your personal fertility levels than just your Sun Sign.
Fertility in the birth chart is shown through a combination of factors which include the Moon phase at birth, the Moon sign at birth and the condition of the planets and signs linked to the 5th House of Children. Your Sun Sign has very little to do with it. A professional astrologer can work out what your personal fertility picture is using a combination of these and other factors.
Fertility in Astrology and the Birth Chart
Your personal fertility rating is based on your entire birth chart. It is also affected by changing cycles throughout your life. Some of the techniques discussed here are used by astrologers when determining individual tendencies around fertility and conception.
The two tools mentioned above – Moon phase and sign – are important when determining your personal place on the fertile/barren spectrum, according to your birth chart. Other factors like aspects and planetary placement also come into play. As hard a reality as it may be to face, not everyone is destined to procreate biologically in this lifetime. For women for whom having a child is a deep inner ache, difficulties conceiving can be painful to navigate.
Sometimes there is a connection between a woman not wanting children and the amount of barren rather than fertile astro indicators in her chart. This is not always the case though and some women with high numbers of barren indicators still desperately want a child of their own.
Regardless of your base line place on the fertile to barren spectrum, throughout your life you will experience extremely high or low fertile periods due to your constantly changing planetary cycles. In modern life, there are many medical options to help overcome inherent infertility, making conception, pregnancy and childbirth possible for women who might be otherwise unable to conceive.
An Astrology Fertility Example: Julia Child
Julia Child, of ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ fame remained childless throughout her life. Whether this was by choice or not it’s hard to say (though if you’ve seen the movie Julie & Julia you may agree this was not by choice, noticing Julia’s sadness at the news her sister was pregnant).
Julia’s birth details, via Astrodatabank, are August 15, 1912 at 11.30pm in Pasadena CA.
Julia has Libra on her whole sign 5th House of Children. Venus, the ruling planet of Libra is in the sign of Virgo. Libra on the 5th can go either way in terms of fertility, depending on the placement of Venus. Given Venus is in Virgo (barren) this would indicate delays or difficulties with conception.
Julia has the Moon in Libra in the 5th house. This could be helpful, except that the Moon is near the South Node, which is not helpful in matters of conception.
The fact that Julia was a Leo doesn’t even come into her fertility picture. Julia was born under the crescent Moon phase, which can be helpful with fertility, but this alone was not enough to overcome the challenges shown by the ruler of the 5th, and the Moon’s aspect to the South node.
A Client Example
From my own client files there is one case that comes to mind. Let’s call the client ‘Elaine’.
‘Elaine’ has a mixed fertility profile. She also has Libra on the fifth house cusp, but ‘Elaine’ has the ruling planet, Venus, in the fertile sign of Pisces.
In this case, Venus is also conjunct Jupiter in fertile Pisces. An astrologer might predict that for the most part, this client would expect ease and flow in the fertility department.
Jupiter greatly enhances the fertile potential of Venus, and indicates abundance where children are concerned. This is a strongly fertile placement. This client recently given birth to her third child and is considering a fourth.
Astrology, Beauty and Fertility in Modern Life
In modern life there are many grooming and beauty rituals, all with varying intentions. When you cut your hair, generally you’re hoping it’ll grow back thick, lush and long. When you shave or wax your legs, you’re usually hoping it’ll grow back slowly and thinly.
You can now combine days in each monthly Moon cycle where the fertile waxing phase aligns with fertile Zodiac signs or where the barren waning phase aligns with the barren Zodiac signs. This highlights the maximum fertile or barren days in a given period. For instance, if the Moon was in a waxing phase and in the signs of Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces this would be high fertile energy. Or, if the Moon was in a waning phase and in the signs of Gemini, Leo or Virgo this would be strong barren energy.
Waxing Moon in Cancer: June 14, 3.19am – June 16, 3.20am
Waxing Moon in Scorpio: June 22, 3.10pm – June 25, 12.29am
Waning Moon in Gemini: June 12, 2.52am – June 13, 3.43pm
Waxing Moon in Scorpio: July 19, 9.12pm – July 22, 6.12am
Waning Moon in Gemini: July 9, 12.58pm – July 11, 1.58pm
Waxing Moon in Scorpio: August 16, 4.54am – August 18, 12.44pm
Waning Moon in Gemini: August 5, 9.31pm – August 8, 12.00am
Waning Moon in Leo: August 10, 12.17am – August 11, 5.57am
*times listed are local for Toronto and New York (eastern timezone)
Not all combinations occur every month. Some months have loads of high fertile days and no extreme barren days and other months the opposite applies. You’ll see this in effect when you explore the detailed calendar below.
This is a basic introduction to the concepts of beauty, grooming and fertility according to astrology. You can get even more complex when you consider the nature of the signs, and ruling planets, but that’s a discussion for another day. For now, try timing your beauty treatments to the cycles of the Moon and release your inner Goddess.
This article originally appeared in Wellbeing magazine in 2010 and has been updated for 2018.
Do you use the Moon in your beauty and grooming rituals? What about when gardening?
Where Patrick Swayze’s character is trying to teach Jennifer Grey’s character how to dance? And there’s this whole bit about her dance space vs his dance space? Patrick Swayze’s character says ‘This is my dance space. This is your dance space. I don’t go into yours. You don’t go into mine.’
I always think about this scene when I think about the concept of boundaries, and personal responsibility.
Which I have been doing a LOT this April, given the line-up of Mars, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn.
Capricorn is all about boundaries, and prefers clear definitions of who’s responsible for what.
The sign of Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn and both planet and sign share common passions for healthy distance and well defined areas of responsibility.
Boundaries and Healthy Space
I love this scene because it makes it very clear that each person must manage – or be responsible for – their own space. It highlights the importance of boundaries, and the need to keep healthy aka functional space. In this case it’s to make the dance flow, but the concept applies in life, to help keep relationships in a safe zone.
We each have to take charge of certain things to ensure our life unfolds according to at least some manifestation of our preferences: and we each also have to stay vigilant to ensure that we manage who comes into our space and under what circumstances.
It’s this undercurrent of awareness that is top priority as Mars will conjunct Pluto at 21 Capricorn on Thursday April 26.
Every two years, Mars and Capricorn meet at the same Zodiac degree: from 2008 – 2024 these meet ups happen in Capricorn, thanks to the longer trend of Pluto in Capricorn during those years.
This brings you into a MUCH deeper relationship with the Capricorn part of your chart. (Tip: check your chart to see which house/houses hold the sign of Capricorn to see where in your life this pairing has the most impact.)
Mars conjunct Pluto in Capricorn
Mars and Pluto are both about forcefulness and deep determination. Together, this can be a powerhouse planet pairing that brings sharp focus and clarity about what to do – and the best way to do it.
Mars has a sharp edge, and it’s possible that you can make a clean cut inspired by the cosmos this week. You might make a bold choice, or finally come to a decision about a long term matter.
Since Mars and Pluto meet in Capricorn, which is a sign focussed not just on today’s events, but on the future, you may better understand how what you do now will either set you up for lasting success, or simply delay a matter that future you will have to deal with down the track.
Mars is a ‘do it now’ planet.
Since this pairing happens in a cardinal sign – all cardinal signs have a reactive/responsive quality which helps them be proactive, especially in the moment – it’s actually a great time to decide, do and act. Don’t put off what you can do today.
The cosmos offers profound strength and power. Mars and Pluto together represent the force of will, and this combination shows the potential to move a mountain.
This is an aspect that evokes a ‘dry’ quality: due to the nature of Mars and also the qualities of Capricorn, the sign in which the aspect is taking place. Dryness offers healthy distance, and the space to get clear.
Like what spaghetti arms offers.
If you’re in doubt about a decision you have to make now, step back as space is the pathway to clarity. Give yourself time.
Once you get clear within you can then decide and do with confidence.
Since Pluto is in the mix, you might become aware of a deeper undercurrent or hidden factors. True motivations – yours, others – may surface as truths come to light.
Pluto is associated with mining, or digging up what has been buried in the depths. Something that has been hidden may become clear, or you may finally see what has really been going on in a situation.
You might discover the perfect solution or work around to a barrier that has been blocking your progress, especially about a long term goal.
In past posts on Mars and Pluto I’ve said the following:
Pluto leaves no stone unturned, while Mars helps light the fires of desire. When what you want combines with intense focus, there’s almost nothing you can’t do.
With Mars and Pluto aligning in Capricorn, a sign of hard work and practicality, there can be no flights of fancy. Your efforts now must go towards realisticplans that have substance.
Honesty and Recovering Your Power
This aspect is about the recovery of your power. It brings the recognition that power has been lost or given away, AND it highlights the steps needed to help you reclaim your position of strength.
You may need to break a habit or tendency you didn’t know you had – or you weren’t away had become destructive.
As Pluto helps you see what you’d been missing, you understand yourself a whole lot better.
Astrologers often say ‘speak truth to power’ in reference to Pluto aspects. A personal way to do this is to be deeply honest with yourself.
Speak truth to your own heart and then you know, you really know, where you are coming from or why you are doing what you’re doing. And if that motivates or drives you to take action to challenge a power structure out in the world, then do that too.
We’ve all got a battle to fight: for some of us it’s personal, for others it’s at the collective level. For all of us, it’s about overcoming fear.
So let’s do that together, this week.
What fear can you look in the face and decide to do anyway?
To pull from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book ‘Big Magic’, your fear can come along in the car with you for the ride, but it can’t put its hands on the steering wheel. You get to decide and move forward from a place of strength, not fear.
Over to you. How are you experiencing this week’s Mars conjunct Pluto aspect? What does 21 Capricorn trigger in your chart? What fear are you going to look in the face and defy by an action you take?
In my early 20s, my progressed Sun moved out of Pisces and into Aries.
I didn’t know it at the time, but when I learned about progressions a few years later, I realised this was when I learned to say no. This was when I got better at standing up for myself, and I could see, looking back, that this was when I started to take control of my destiny.
I started to live more on my own terms.
I didn’t go crazy but I did start putting energy into projects and priorities that were my own. I stopped doing what others wanted and started truly chasing my dreams.
My experience of Aries showed me how passionate, driven and self-aware this sign is. Aries is a sign of independence and I learned that to move forward I could go solo.
I didn’t have to wait for others. I didn’t have to wait for someone else to catch up to me and I certainly didn’t have to wait for them to give me their permission.
I could simply decide and do.
This is one of the gifts of the Aries New Moon this weekend, which is conjunct bright spark Uranus.
It’s about the awakening that makes you come alive.
It’s about the SHOCK that helps you SEE.
It’s about the clarity that comes from knowing the flame in your OWN heart and the DARING to live in a way that keeps it burning strong.
This is a supremely active, upwardly mobile New Moon, that fires the consciousness and encourages bold, brave choices.
Aries is ruled by sometimes sharp Mars, who knows the healing power of a pointed cut.
Uranus understands that separation is healthy, and that space is essential for GROWTH.
Even one of my favourite poets, Kahlil Gibran, writes ‘Let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of heaven dance between you.’ To move forward you may need to make some essential cuts. as you severe ties with ropes that held you down.
On the other hand, the shock factor associated with Uranus can bring an exciting discovery that sets your soul on fire.
Uranus can show you that life still has a few tricks up it’s sleeve, and that a rebirth is possible. That you can start over or remake yourself anew. That you can become, and be more you. That, to quote Rilke;
‘You are not dead yet, it’s not too late to open your depths by plunging into them and drink in the life that reveals itself quietly there.’
And Uranus can show you that connections or new opportunities exist, often where you least expect it.
Fire is the dominant element for this Aries New Moon, and fire wants to rise up, to reach for the stars, to seek inspiration.
It’s a golden time to take a heartfelt leap of faith, or to push forward on a plan or project close to your heart.
I often teach that the motto of Aries is like the Nike slogan: Just Do It.
Or, as Yoda says, ‘Do or do not, there is no try’.
So yes, you may be dealing with shocks, surprises or the electrifying motivation that comes from a bolt of insight.
If so, you have been BLESSED. You have been called to participate in your life more fully, and with greater authenticity.
Take charge to show your heart you really mean it.
Channel the daring in the cosmos now into a wild, brave decision or choice that truly sets you free.
What will you DO to achieve a goal? How do YOU want to radically reshape your reality?
Adjustment, transition and new freedoms are likely thanks to a dynamic combination of Mars retrograde in Aquarius, and Uranus moving into Taurus. You also have two eclipses in Aquarius to inspire you to make life more meaningful. In 2018 it’s the more personal corners of your world get a shakeup, and you may be ready to make a substantial change or two that give you new freedom. Mars will spend five months in Aquarius, which is an unusually long time. This will provide you with plenty of chances to clarify your passions, or to take action about a personal dream or project.
A special pattern, formed by Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces, can bring more meaningful work, or indicate times when you may consider a lucrative job offer. Jupiter and Neptune work together on December 3, 2017, as well as May 25 and August 19, 2018. This special alignment may bring an inspirational job or project your way, or you might turn a healing, creative or spiritual interest into a side hustle or business.
With two major planets working together, you can develop new sources of income, or explore a fresh way to manage your money. Dig deep within to discover your true motivations around wealth. Knowing why you work and what you ultimately want to do with your cash can help put current choices into a more meaningful context. This alignment may also bring a simple reminder that money comes to you through your work or via a primary partnership; knowing that you can focus on how to enhance that flow. As Jupiter and Neptune work together you have easy access to the cosmic river of abundance.
Once Mars is finally finished with his rare retrograde through Aquarius, he’ll enter Pisces and your 2nd house of cash flow, income and money. This period, from November 15 – January 1, 2019, is all about improving your financial position. Mars in Pisces gives you confidence to be assertive with cash. You might chat to your boss about a raise, or discuss a new service and prices with clients.
Mars only visits your money sector once every two years. You might organise some financial housekeeping, like catching up on bills or set a new budget. You might trial a money or budget app or decide to keep a spending journal to bring awareness to your financial habits. Action you take around money with Mars in Pisces can set your financial direction for the next two years. Welcome progress on a financial dream is also possible, especially when Mars works with Pluto on December 17.
Exciting transitions are likely in your home life as Uranus begins what will be an almost eight year tour of Taurus. You get a preview of this longer cycle from May 15 – November 6, when Uranus visits Taurus temporarily. Get ready to shake things up at home and in your family relationships.
Life at home may be more chaotic or full of exciting and dramatic changes. Uranus can help you break free from past patterns, or let go of any fear that may be preventing you creating the most authentic and supportive home environment. You might be ready to step out of long running family dramas or rituals, and instead want to create celebrations that better reflect what’s important to you.
Changes in your living situation might involve a major renovation, move or even taking 6 months away from home to travel. All kinds of unconventional developments are likely at home this year. Avoid sticking rigidly to routine or old habits and instead let your true and authentic domestic dreams set the schedule.
Some of your best dates for change or a refresh at home include when the other planets activate Uranus in Taurus. Note these dates for your diary: May 16, August 2, and September 12 and 18.
Two eclipses promise a breakthrough or potent shifts in your love life this year. The Full Moon or lunar eclipse in Leo on January 31 can bring new clarity around a significant other. You might finally see what really matters to a loved one, or discover what a client or partner really needs in a business relationship. New insights and information that emerge then can help you better understand the people around you. This eclipse is about forgiveness and release, so if you have been holding onto baggage from the past, let it go and refocus on the future. Balance between personal dreams and partnership promises will be necessary. If you think things are out of balance, lasting adjustments can be made now. Think negotiation and compromise as you work together with a significant other to improve things for both of you.
The New Moon or solar eclipse in Leo on August 11 promises fresh starts and new beginnings in your love life and closest relationships, at work and in your personal life. You may get a vision about how you’d like things to be, or start to see your future with someone special more clearly. With the North Node activated at this eclipse, you’ll be ready to push forward and break away from the past, including banishing any bad relationship habits.
An extended cycle of Mercury through Leo, from June 29 – September 6, adds to the significance of the mid-year period for relationships. Mercury in Leo can help you find new ways to communicate within your most important relationships, so that you feel understood and loved ones feel heard. Conversation may be the key to unlocking togetherness now. Talk things through, and discuss logistics and schedules for the future.
Mercury will spend part of this period retrograde, or moving backwards. With Mercury retrograde from July 25 – August 18 you may notice more crossed wires or misunderstandings in your closest relationships. Mercury retrograde will show you where the communication connections are weak, which will help you figure out what topics need more attention. You might revisit or review major couple choices, or reminisce about some of your favourite experiences together.
Other special dates for karmic meetings and romance that feels like destiny include when planets conjunct the North Node in Leo. This happens on June 19, July 3 and July 29.
Career and Life Direction
Lucky Jupiter in Scorpio, from October 10, 2017 to November 8, 2018, promises growth, expansion and exciting new opportunities in your career. This once in 12 years cycle brings you a lift at work. You may be ready to spread your wings and try new things, or work may lead to study and travel opportunities.
Progress in your profession will be possible, especially when Jupiter works with Pluto on January 16, April 14 and September 12. You may be especially persuasive around these dates, or find others more willing to listen to your suggestions. A prestigious, powerful or high profile offer may come your way, or you may embrace the chance to make a positive transformation in your field. Jupiter and Pluto highlight extreme wealth and power, and you may consider a lucrative work opportunity, or collaborate with the elite in your field.
Jupiter’s longer tour of Scorpio is an excellent time to consider expansion, growth and next steps in your career. Success is possible, and you may receive praise or positive press for an achievement. Your efforts to organise, motivate and inspire others can lead to shared success. You may discover new enthusiasm for your career as Jupiter in Scorpio helps lead you towards work that is inspiring, meaningful and fulfilling.
Happiness and Children
As Venus, the Sun and Mercury move through Gemini they’ll activate 5th house topics like children, fun, happiness and relaxation for you.
With Venus in Gemini from April 29 – May 19 you’ll want to enjoy the sweetness in life. Spend time with people who lift your spirits, and indulge in your favourite relaxation rituals. Romance has a light hearted quality, making it easier to enjoy being with someone special. Single? This will be a lovely time to meet someone new.
Mercury in Gemini, from May 29 – June 12, is ideal for organising events relating to children, especially if there are lots of logistics involved. Talking helps create connecting with children, friends and loved ones now, so make time to connect rather than rush around.
With the Sun in Gemini from May 21 – June 21 you’ll want to relax and enjoy the life you’ve worked hard to create. Indulge your desires to get creative or unwind. You might splurge on a five star luxury or treat yourself to tickets to a special event.
Adventure and Discovery
You may be especially curious thanks to an extended tour of Mercury through Aries from March 6 – May 13. You might dive into a study, training or research project, or discover new skills to help you express your thoughts and ideas more clearly. Communication and self-expression are highlighted then, as is learning and training of all kinds.
Travel wise, Mercury in Aries highlights short or local trips, and you might plan a weekend getaway, or sign up for a study intensive. Mercury will spend part of his time in Aries retrograde, or moving backwards, from March 22 – April 14. During this time schedules may change, or you might suffer from foot in mouth disease. Double check details, decisions and logistics then as facts may be foggy and misunderstandings more likely. It’s a great time to be away or take time out, but the start and end dates of the retrograde may bring some travel delays.
Venus visits your 9th house of adventure twice, from August 6 – September 9 and November 1 – December 2. These are also periods where travel and discovery are highlighted. During these periods an exotic or exciting adventure may be planned, or you may want to visit a special or overseas destination. Training, teaching and publishing opportunities may also arise. If you experience delays in these areas in early September, look to November for second chances or as a good time to reschedule.
Friends, Networks and Groups
You might take charge to organise a group night out, or finally connect with that organisation that’s been on your mind when Mars tours Sagittarius from January 26 – March 18. Your confidence to mingle and meet new people, both in person and online, is high and you’ll be more proactive about developing and nurturing your friendships. Your efforts to improve and energise your social life can lead to lasting results. Don’t think, do when it comes to catching up with friends or meeting new people then.
You also have an extra-long tour of Mercury through Sagittarius to help you reflect on friendships and the people you really enjoy being around. Mercury will visit Sagittarius from November 1 – December 2 and again from December 12 – January 5, 2019 and can inspire you to network and get to know the people in your social and professional circles better. This is equally good for business networking as it is for your social life. You may juggle multiple events on the same weekends, or get involved with an end of year charity fundraiser.
Your only caution is during the period Mercury is retrograde, or moving backwards, from November 16 – December 2. Crossed wires can lead to cross words then so double check details to avoid any mix ups, especially if you have a special event happening in that time.
Generous Jupiter moves into Sagittarius and your lucky 11th house on November 8, 2018. This starts a 12 month long double luck cycle, where your friendships and networks can expand at a rapid rate. Helpful people may appear out of the blue and you may receive timely support from a variety of sources. With Jupiter in Sagittarius you’ll be able to solidify special friendships and create a more meaningful social life.
Personal Growth and Self-Development
Your personal evolution will be top priority as Mars takes an unusual tour through Aquarius. Mars will be in Aquarius from May 16 – August 13 and September 11 – November 15, spending an unusually long five months in your sign. Mars gifts you with confidence, energy, drive and determination. You’ll be more comfortable putting yourself first, and might finally move forward with plans around improving your health and fitness.
Mars is also assertive and helps you move your needs to the top of the list. You’ll develop strength and focus, and connect with the courage you need to take action about your most important life goals.
Mars will spend part of this period retrograde, or moving backwards, from June 25 – August 13. Take a break from your renewed plans and instead reflect, review and rethink. This period is like a cosmic pause, where delays have a purpose; to give you extra time to clarify your motivation and dreams for the future.
When Mars returns to Aquarius from mid-September to mid-November, you’ll be refreshed and ready to power forward. This period can bring exciting and fast paced progress, especially in your personal life. You’ll evolve in meaningful and important ways and want to show the world the new you. Steps you take and plans you put into motion then can carry you forward for the next two years. You’ll be a force to be reckoned with as you take charge to live life on your terms.
Time Out and Spirituality
Regular time to rest and recharge will be increasingly important for the next three years, thanks to Saturn in Capricorn. This special cycle, which only occurs once every 30 years, helps you pause and reflect on the last 28 – 29 years of life. You’ve come a long way, and deserve to acknowledge your efforts. In preparation for the next 28 – 29 year cycle, you likely have obligations, people and duties you’re ready to let go of.
You might be less social and more interested in quiet alone time this year. If so, honour that need. Saturn in Capricorn highlights an introspective period, where you’re ready to turn your attention inwards. It’s a bit of a hermit type cycle, where you may prefer the company of a smaller groups of people to large events. You can be productive in private or when working away from distractions, especially if you have a large scale professional project in mind.
Your commitment to your spiritual path maybe highlighted, and you may question your faith. These questions take you deeper into your spiritual journey, so explore the restlessness in your soul. A retreat or sabbatical can help you reconnect with your heart and your inner most desires. If you have any spiritual, intuitive or mystical interests, you may commit to developing your skills in these areas.
Take extra breaks, plan a long holiday or generally reduce your schedule and obligations from March 18 – May 16 and August 13 – September 11, when Mars joins Saturn in Capricorn. These may be your quietest periods through the year, when rest and time to rejuvenate are important.
This week brings a huge focus on the longer trend of Saturn in Capricorn, as a number of planets aspect – interact with – Saturn.
Throughout the week Mars (Monday/Tuesday), Mercury (Wednesday/Thursday) and the Moon trigger Saturn (Saturday), helping highlight the deeper meaning of the Saturn in Capricorn cycle.
In his wonderful book, ‘Traditional Astrology for Today’, Benjamin Dykes talks about how superior planets, like Saturn, ‘signify long-term developments and epochal events’. He goes on to say, ‘Saturn establishes political systems and dynasties’.
Now I’m not suggesting you need to start a dynasty or political system, but your long term plans, the outcomes you want for yourself, are highlighted this week, especially by the Mars conjunct Saturn aspect on April 2 – 3.
So this will be a week to put energy into a project or goal that you want to last; to construct something in a solid way so it can stand the test of time. That implies some caution and consideration: things that last aren’t usually built in a flash.
Saturn represents long lasting things; when Saturn is triggered your plans to create security or stability are highlighted. It’s also possible to see how today’s actions create tomorrow’s outcomes. Seeing the link between present and future can help you be more clear about what you actually need to do today to get what you want from the future.
Ask yourself, ‘Do my choices today give me a reward tomorrow, or create a problem that future me will have to deal with?’
Capricorn is a sign of focus; it’s a ‘no muss, no fuss’ kind of sign that gets on with the business of what needs to be done. It’s a dry sign that focuses on facts not feelings. What needs to be done, decided or delegated needs to be done regardless of how you feel about it.
Mars on the other hand, says Dykes, ‘can indicate changes, shifts, and the breakdown of what has come before’.
So we have Saturn trying to build things that will last while Mars comes along and pokes holes in the project or plan.
Mars can destabilise events: traditionally Mars could be sharp or destructive. It’s my wish that you use the sharp edged of Mars to slay distractions so you can maintain momentum.
But if Mars does highlight an irritation embrace it. That knowledge can then be incorporated into your plan and is ultimately part of your path to refinement. To build something that will last you must know the potential weak spots so you can create checks or shore up the foundations where it will be needed.
Your efforts may be tested or you may feel as though you are under pressure. You might need to make a tough choice between a short term goal and a long term outcome.
Any Mars conjunct Saturn aspect is BIG; traditionally they are both superior planets.
They both vie for control and this week you’re being asked to choose between a short term achievement that will delay a long term goal OR giving up an immediate goal so you can stay focussed on something you won’t benefit from for quite some time.
Clear choices will be important and one gift of this aspect is clarity.
This week can help you understand how your daily actions add up to the larger sum of your life. This realisation can then help you make more meaningful choices so that what you do each day actually leads you to a goal that matters to you.
When something you like happens, consider everything you did in the past to create that outcome. When a problem arises, consider what you didn’t do in the past that could have minimised or prevented that issue.
One lesson the cosmos offers this week is that actions have consequences. When the chickens come home to roost, will you be rewarded or discover you have a dud? Being proactive can help prevent problems, and ensure your success.
With so many planets triggering Saturn this week – in addition, to Mars, there’s also Mercury mid week and the Moon on the weekend – it’s also a week that will bring new insight around what the longer trend of Saturn in Capricorn might mean for you.
Whatever topics or area of life you are most focused on now – it may be area of life you’re trying to organise or an area of life you’re especially frustrated by – is the topic to focus on for the three years that Saturn is in Capricorn (2018/ 2019/ 2020).
Tips for managing this very Saturn week:
Set limits and stick to them
Focus on top priorities and say no to anything else
Master new time management skills
Plan your work, then work your plan
Understand the limits of time
Saturn is the planet of time and time by its nature is limited.
Much of the time (!) we live as if we have unlimited time but on weeks like this, where Saturn is highlighted, we get a reality check that time will run out at some point.
That realisation is not supposed to scare us, but rather I think it’s designed to help prompt us to spend our time on the goals, projects and people that really matter.
So this week you may come to understand that you can’t have it all, but you can have what matters most. You get to choose what that is.
All the details on the specifics of all the Saturn aspects this week are in this week’s Stellar Insights.
It’s your inner landscape that’s most influenced by the planets in 2018. You may notice more shifts within your being rather than in the world at large, as the planets emphasise the lower half of your horoscope. Your world view is being reshaped and you may question things you’ve long held to be true. Let your mind wander over new terrain – changing circumstances may mean it’s time to let go of old beliefs.
Health, wellness and work routines, including your regular or every day schedule, may be in flux with Mars retrograde in Aquarius, from June 25 – August 13. Instead of sticking diligently to your plans, it may make better sense to adapt your schedule to new developments, or to explore how technology can make it easier to manage your regular obligations.
Your ruling star Mercury spends most of his 2018 retrogrades in fire signs, which is a sure sign you’ll be looking for inspiration. Time with mentors, on retreat or travelling can be especially uplifting for you this year. You’ll also learn a lot about communication and self-expression, thanks to the longer the trend of Jupiter in Scorpio. This might inspire you to dive into a detailed study, writing or research project.
The longer trend of Uranus in Aries is winding down, and you may find that finances start to stabilise. It may be easier to build wealth or focus on plans to create long term security, like for retirement. This might sound boring but given you’ve had unpredictable Uranus shaking things up with taxes, family money and inheritances in the past 7 years; it may be a relief to know that financially things will become increasingly calm. You get a taste of this more manageable vibe from May 15 – November 6, when Uranus steps out of Aries and your 8th house. By March 5, 2019 this more stable money energy will be permanent.
You’ll also a small part of Venus retrograde in Libra affecting finances, from November 1 – 15. You might experience some delays with cash flow or in discussion around increasing your income then. If so, the second half of November can bring a resolution or second chances, both from earlier in the month and from as far back as the first 10 days of September. The Venus retrograde in Libra will be a good time to rethink your budget, and reflect on whether your savings and income strategies are working as well as you want. If not, use the review and redo energy of this cycle to research your options and make lasting changes.
Contracts, paperwork and documents relating to money – like a rental agreement or mortgage documents, your salary or work contract and papers relating to investments and bills – may need to be better organised. If you know you have paperwork to submit about a money matter, try to finalise your requirements in either October or December.
Mars in Sagittarius, from January 26 – March 18, can help you take action about a home project, DIY job or general maintenance matters. You might also be ready to finalise your plans for a renovation or decorating project. You’ll want to make your home life and family responsibilities more manageable, so that you have the freedom you need to pursue grand adventures.
Avoid decisions about your home around February 17, as Mars is in touch with Neptune in Pisces then and details may be foggy. March 11 looks more positive, as Mars joins forces with Uranus and an exciting breakthrough with family will be possible. You may make an impulsive addition to your home too.
Taking care of necessary domestic duties while Mars is in Sagittarius will set you up for exciting opportunities that are sure to arrive when Jupiter begins a more rare tour through Sagittarius, on November 8, 2018. This is the start of a 12 year cycle of improvement and expansion, both in your living situation and within family relationships. You might explore an exciting relocation or want to upgrade your home substantially, either through a renovation or move. Jupiter in Sagittarius will continue to bless your home life throughout 2019.
A compassionate and generous angle, between Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces, provides the opportunity for heartfelt growth in relationships. This influence sparks your heart and can bring progress in love on December 3, 2017, May 25 and August 19. You might be more generous with your affection and support, or generally just want to encourage your special someone more. Single? The combined might of Jupiter and Neptune can bring a soulful new love into your life.
Creativity, music and being on, in or near water are like lucky charms in love for you this year. Plan a date at a waterfront venue, or a beachside holiday with your love. Jupiter in Scorpio highlights the power of genuine conversation, which acts to support and help you deepen your closest partnerships, at work and in your personal life.
Later in 2018 you also have fired up and passionate Mars in Pisces, November 15 – January 1, 2019, to give you confidence and courage go after what you want in love. Mars can help you be more outspoken, and assertive, which may have a more positive impact in your relationships than you expect. Your enthusiasm for progress in love then can help you overcome fear, and be more upfront about how you feel. Action you take while Mars is in Pisces can help fire up your love life.
Career and Life Direction
Your efforts to refocus or get organised at work can have maximum impact when Mercury is in Gemini, from May 29 – June 12. You’ll be curious about new or different ways to manage your career and a session with a coach or mentor may prove fruitful then. Mercury loves to make a deal, network and interact with people so this can also be a helpful time for negotiation, and to mingle and meet new people in your field.
You might polish or improve your professional image when Venus tours Gemini from April 24 – May 19. This could include shopping for new clothes for work, updating your online profiles or redoing your business cards and website (if you have your own business). Venus can help you make supportive connections, and will highlight the importance of beauty, diplomacy and tact in the way you conduct yourself in the world of business. A show of gratitude can go a long way to deepening a professional partnership then too.
Happiness and Children
You might finally get serious about children, or simply about living life to the full, thanks to Saturn in Capricorn. This three year cycle begins in December 2017, and will help you take on extra responsibility where children are concerned – this could be with your own children or even grandchildren, or with younger people in general.
Saturn in your happiness sector might sound like a bust, but it is a great chance to set up a regular practice of doing things you love. You might invest in season tickets to the theatre, opera or ballet, or make a standing date to visit a museum or gallery once a month. Regularity is the key, whether you sign up to an art or creative class or simply allow the joy of making things to become a part of your week.
Your 5th house, which is all about happiness and children, is also one of the romance sectors. With Saturn here you may become more realistic about your love life, or realise you want to take the next step with someone special. If you’ve been dating someone for a while and aren’t sure if there’s enough between the two of for something more substantial, you may make a mature decision to go your separate ways. You’ll be looking for stability and long term commitments and won’t want to waste time with someone who isn’t fully showing up for you.
You also have a supportive angle between Jupiter and Pluto, active on January 16, April 14 and September 12, to help enhance the joy and feelings of fulfilment in life. This unusual pattern can help you speak more openly to loved ones, and may bring a breakthrough around a happiness habit you can embrace. Romance and relationships with children can deepen, especially though honest and intense conversations.
Adventure and Discovery
Your major theme for 2018 could be adventure and discovery as you have important triggers to both your 3rd and 9th houses.
Jupiter’s once in 12 years cycle through Scorpio can help you explore new experiences in your local area. You might discover a fab new coffee shop, or find a hidden gem of a park or outdoor area you had no idea was just around the corner. You’ll also be primed to take in an abundance of new information, so this will be a great influence if you hope to study, teach or have always dreamed about writing. You’ll also find that you get better at expressing your point of view too.
Trips that are about luxury or learning are highlighted when Venus is retrograde in Scorpio, your 3rd house, from October 4 – November 1. There may be some delays with travel then, but it will be a good time to be away from your usual routines to recharge.
The biggest adventure cycle will be the transition of Uranus into Taurus, from May 15 – November 6. This provides a preview of what’s to come when Uranus settles into Taurus for a seven year stay on May 6, 2019. You may be restless in unusual ways, or drawn to an exotic adventure. You’ll likely question the world and your place in it, and may find yourself wondering if there’s a more authentic or meaningful way to live.
Uranus in Taurus can help you challenge your beliefs and figure out what really matters. Holidays that are innovative, different or simply a change from your usual getaway are perfect, as new experiences, places and even different cultures can help spark new insights and inspire radical growth and progress.
The dates May 16, August 2 and September 18, when Mars and Uranus square off, may bring a last minute travel or teaching offer. You may make an impulsive choice around travel plans, or find you can’t resist an international business opportunity. Give yourself the freedom to stretch outside your comfort zone then.
Friends, Networks and Groups
Your social sector is triggered by a tender eclipse in Cancer on July 13, highlighting friendships through the middle of the year. This eclipse is about nurturing and about connecting with your tribe. Even if you have a small group of friends, showing a little TLC to your inner circle can pay off then.
If you have been thinking about a group or organisation you’d like to become involved with, this can be a great time to reach out and make a connection. The Cancer eclipse is a new moon eclipse so it brings fresh energy and new beginnings into all your social and group connections. Mingle and meet new people, or host a get together with likeminded people.
You may realise you’re ready to step away from a friend or group that you’ve outgrown. If you need to cut ties with someone from the past, use the powerful energy of the Cancer eclipse to help you do so.
Friendships may get sweeter with Venus in Cancer, from May 19 – June 13. You might splurge on a luxury experience for you and a friend, or simply want more quality time with your closest friends then. Your support of others can make a big difference then. Venus’ generally positive energy also means you can benefit from the support, referrals or connections of your friends and associates.
Personal Growth and Self-Development
You may be in the mood for pampering, sweet treats or little luxuries when Venus tours Virgo, from July 10 – August 6. Venus brings support and a little magnetic quality that can help you persuade others to your point of view, or inspire you to splurge on a special indulgence.
Your curiosity about self-awareness may be sky high when Mercury visits Virgo from September 6 – 22. You might enjoy extra healing then, or want to take time to pursue a pet project. A health or personal growth dream may be top priority.
While there are no major planet triggers to Virgo in 2018, these regular cycles can help ensure you keep evolving.
Time Out and Spirituality
It will be important to take a little extra downtime as the nodes move through your 6th and 12th houses (until November 7, 2018). The nodal cycle is punctuated by the eclipses, so mark these dates in your diary for rest, reflection and retreat: January 31, February 16, July 28 and August 11.
There’s always lots of buzz about eclipses but remember that for you and eclipses in 2018 it’s mostly about laying low, turning your attention inwards and communing with your spirit. This might involve meditation, time at the spa, escaping your routines at a quiet country or beach getaway, or learning to say no to things you have always said yes to in the past.
In addition, an extended cycle of Mercury through Leo, from June 29 – September 6, can encourage you to be curious about all things esoteric and spiritual. You might spend time reading tarot or angel cards, or dare to trust your intuition.
Plans around downtime and relaxation may be in flux, especially when Mercury is retrograde or moving backwards from July 25 – August 18. If so, a flexible attitude is a must. Say no more than you say yes. Be thoughtful about who you give time and energy too – when you say yes to someone else you are also saying no to yourself. If you’ve never meditated, this is a great time to try.
2018 brings a preview visit of Uranus in Taurus. This longer trend begins properly in 2019 but you get a taste of what’s to come from May 15 – November 6, 2018. Uranus in Taurus can help you radically reshape your life. New talents will emerge and you’ll get in touch with a deeper, more authentic sense of self. 2018 is a transition year, where you get a taste of the future, but may still need to deal with unfinished business from the past.
You may be especially creative while Uranus tours Taurus from mid-May to early November. Experiment with new habits, attitudes and hobbies. You may discover a bold quality that helps you put your priorities first. While it may seem unsettling to think change is on its way – especially since Taurus is one of the signs most interested in security and stability – it can be liberating too.
Uranus is all about freedom and independence. Think about the ways in which you might feel limited or restricted – those roles or responsibilities are the ones you’ll have the chance to change. You have the next seven years to make a new plan, for your life and what you want out of it. Uranus is not bound by fear, convention or worries about doing the right thing. If rules don’t matter and you can choose for yourself, what might you do? Uranus is also energising, and you may notice you feel more excited and interested in life, and that your physical energy levels are improving too.
Regular annual cycles from Mercury, the Sun and Venus highlight cash flow and income from April 24 – June 21. This will be your best time in 2018 to discuss money, your salary or update your rates in your own business. You might review your budget, look for extra income or streamline your money management processes.
In addition, wealth through property or a partnership may be under discussion, especially when Mercury retrogrades in Leo, July 25 – August 18, and Sagittarius, November 16 – December 5. If you have questions or concerns about your investments or how money is managed in a close relationship, these will be great periods in which to have an honest conversation with a partner about money.
You start a rare financial growth cycle when Jupiter enters Sagittarius on November 8. Getting things in order earlier in the year will help you focus on new opportunities that can emerge during this cycle, which highlights abundance as a big theme for 2019.
Your home and family life are highlighted topics as two eclipses and an extended cycle of Mercury activate Leo and your 4th House of Domesticity.
The Leo lunar or full moon eclipse on January 31 can bring clarity to help you understand what you really need in your home life. Insights that emerge then may inspire you to you move forward in your personal life, or around family plans. You may refocus on a family matter, or simply want to spoil your loved ones with the best care and attention possible. You may make a wonderful host, or feel generous towards family. If you have been thinking about an upgrade or move, it may become clear how necessary a luxury improvement at home is.
By mid-year, you’ll be ready to dive into your living space and make it as comfortable and organised as possible. You may also want to update or change your family rituals and routines. Mercury settles into Leo on June 29 for an extra-long 2+ month stay, giving you until September 6 to revise and reorganise at home. You may undertake essential repairs and maintenance to your home, or dive into an in depth discussion about children and how you want to better arrange your home to accommodate your family.
Conversations, decisions and logistics relating to your home life and family relationships will be top priority when Mercury retrogrades or moves in reverse from July 25 – August 18. Rather than make new decisions in this time frame use this period to research and explore your options.
A new moon or solar eclipse in Leo on August 11 can prompt a breakthrough or new opportunity. If you have been struggling to find a solution to a family situation, mid – late August may reveal the information you need to make the best choice.
You may finalise plans regarding a renovation, decorating project or move from August 11 – September 6, after the New Moon eclipse and once any delays from Mercury retrograde have been resolved.
New experiences and growth in your closest relationships, at work and in your personal life, will be possible thanks to Jupiter in Scorpio. This rare cycle continues until November 8, 2018, so you have plenty of time to take advantage of Jupiter’s lucky qualities in your relationship life.
Attached? This will be a great year to focus on growing and deepening your relationship. You may take the next step together as a couple, or realise you have a lot to celebrate. A luxury experience can be the worth cost, as the memories will linger and warm your hearts for years.
Single? With Jupiter on side you have wonderful celestial support to meet someone new. Step out of your comfort zone and interact with interesting people from all walks of life.
Whatever your relationship status and situation, it can improve and become more fulfilling under Jupiter’s touch in 2018. Generosity, adventure and learning are love buzzwords for you this year. Kindness counts and showing your support without limits for those around you can pay off.
Positive progress and welcome improvements in love are most likely when Jupiter and Pluto join forces, around January 16, April 14 and September 12. These will be great times for a relationship celebration, happy news in love or for a partner, and to travel with your mate. Splurge on a special, rare or once in a lifetime relationship adventure then.
Venus will make one of her rare, once in eight year retrograde or backwards cycles through Scorpio and your 7th house from October 4 – November 1. The weeks before and during this period may prompt deep questions about love, relationships and what you really need to feel fulfilled. You may rethink your commitments, or discuss with a partner how to adjust things between the two of you so you feel more nurtured. Even if you have to explore some confronting relationship questions then, you’ll find new ways to show love and receive affection. Any delays or misunderstandings that emerge in an important partnership during Venus retrograde can be resolved once Venus rights herself in Scorpio from December 2, 2018.
Career and Life Direction
Adjustments are likely at work, and around life direction. You have an extended tour of Mars through Aquarius and your 10th house, which can help you remember and reflect on your goals. Mars will spend part of this cycle retrograde, or moving backwards, which will give you a chance to question your obligations and path, and resurrect any forgotten passions.
From May 16 – June 25 you may be focussed on the future but thoughtful about whether you want to keep doing what you have been doing. During this time, there may be delays at work or with life in general. If so, embrace the slower pace as a clue that you don’t have to be rushing forward.
Time to catch up on unfinished business will be important once Mars starts to retrograde or reverse, from June 25 – August 13. You might reconnect with an old employer or colleague, or find yourself working on a project that reminds you of the past.
Internally, retrograde Mars in Aquarius can prompt deep questions about passion and purpose. You may get clear on how what you’re doing fulfils your purpose, and acknowledge the ways in which it doesn’t. This clarity will help you make more inspiring choices for the future.
Decision making time arrives when Mars returns to Aquarius, now moving forward, from September 11 – November 15. This will be a great time to put new plans in motion, especially about a job, career or life change. Frustrations from the past won’t matter as much as you set your sights firmly on the future and where you want to go. This can be an especially productive time, where you power forward and create welcome progress around goals and professional opportunities that feel most inspiring to you. A leadership opportunity is likely, and others may be impressed by your courage in making a bold choice.
Unexpected developments may remind you of the importance of being flexible, or inspire you to make a spontaneous choice when Mars squares off with Uranus on May 16, August 2 and September 18. You may have to choose between personal and professional plans then. If so, let your true passions dictate your decisions
In addition, two eclipses also spotlight your most public sector. On February 16, a solar or new moon eclipse in Aquarius can bring fresh energy for a new goal or project at work. The two weeks following this eclipse will be a great time to start a new job or strike out in a new direction.
On July 28 a lunar of full moon eclipse in Aquarius may put you in the spotlight for a recent achievement. The south node is strongly active under this eclipse, which can trigger a de-cluttering energy around your office and work space, as well as inspire you to move away from work or a professional associate that drains you. Instead, focus on a fresh start for the future.
Happiness and Children
You may be more affectionate with children or discover your own inner child when Venus visits Virgo from July 10 – August 6. Happy news about children may arrive, or you may find new ways to enjoy the good life. Venus in Virgo can help you relax, have fun and explore your creative side. Venus in Virgo can also bring a sweet energy into your romantic life too.
Curious Mercury also visits Virgo, from September 6 – September 22. This can be a fun period in which to try new hobbies, routines and outings with children. Your curiosity for living life to the full will be strong then so if there’s a show, exhibition or gallery you want to check out, go exploring. New input can help trigger new ideas and insights.
Adventure and Discovery
Your 9th house of adventure, learning and wisdom is one of your most active in 2018. A new three year cycle of growth begins as Saturn enters Capricorn. You may decide to revisit a subject you once wanted to know more about. Opportunities to study, teach, write or publish may arrive, especially January 16, April 14, May 16, August 2, and September 2 and 12. In business, these dates may bring an international offer or the chance to travel for work.
So much of your astrology in 2018 is designed to pull you into new territory, and help you step outside your comfort zone. Adventures of all kinds – from overseas trips to exploring new parts of your local neighbourhoods – will be essential. You may wonder more about life, what it means and how to get the most out of it. Inspiration comes as you shake up your routines and place yourself in new or unfamiliar territory. Make the most of this with Mars in Capricorn from March 18 – May 16 and August 13 – September 11.
A supportive angle between Saturn in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus, from mid-August to mid-September, may inspire you to sign up for an inspirational course or workshop, head off on retreat somewhere exotic or surround yourself with inspirational people. You may surprise yourself by being interested in doing something you never thought you’d want to. Don’t let fear or past beliefs hold you back. Your mind is expanding to consider a wider range of possibilities and life is set to become more exciting and meaningful as a result.
Friends, Networks and Groups
Soulful Neptune continues his extended cycle through Pisces and your 11th House of Friendship. Close friendships deepen and become increasingly intuitive. You may also drift apart from friends you’ve outgrown, or find you have less energy to keep up with superficial acquaintances.
An uplifting and hopefully angle between Jupiter and Neptune on December 3, 2017, May 25 and August 19 highlights some of your happiest times with friends. You might benefit from the support of others then, or find you can be helpful to a dear friend in their time of need. If you feel drawn towards a charitable or social cause, these will be wonderful times to make a contribution.
Consider planning a night out or weekend away with friends when Neptune is activated on February 21 and 25, March 4, April 14 and December 7.
Personal Growth and Self-Development
Your soul is evolving and you may surprise yourself with the kinds of experiences you’re drawn to this year. With electric Uranus in Taurus from May 16 – November 6 you’re ready for anything new, fresh and different. You may be bored with your routines, or feel like you have gotten stuck. An interesting class, hobby or lifestyle ritual may capture your attention. Let your curiosity run the show – you’re ready to experiment with a wide variety of new possibilities.
In addition, Saturn in Capricorn will work with Uranus in Taurus from mid-August to mid-September. This can help you remember you big dreams, and come up with the best plan to make them a reality. You might explore a new philosophy, belief system or spiritual perspective then. You’ll be especially interested in ideas that emerge from other cultures.
Travel may play a special role in your personal evolution this year so if you get the chance to take a once in a lifetime trip, go for it.
Venus will visit Taurus from April 1 – 24, so plan a special indulgence then. You might shop to update your wardrobe, plan a five star spa experience or pamper yourself more than usual. Treat yourself to the very best.
Time Out and Spirituality
The month before your birthday is always a good time to take a break, slow down and generally recharge. An extended tour of Mercury through Aries, from March 6 – May 13, helps highlight how important this pre-birthday break is in 2018.
You might have a lot on your mind while Mercury is in Aries. If so, time to journal, meditate or escape your regular routine can help you sift through your many ideas and worries. Talk based therapies, like counselling or any type of healing and consulting, may also be especially helpful.
Questions about life, the universe and your place in the cosmos may emerge. Explore your spiritual side by diving into any esoteric or alternative practice that captures your interest. You can learn a lot about your own intuition during this period. Quiet time and time alone can be especially nourishing so opt for a slower schedule during this extended Mercury in Aries where you can.
2018 may be a ground breaking year, where you blossom in exciting but almost too-good-to-be-true ways. With abundant Jupiter in Scorpio until November 8, you’ll have plenty of chances to pursue your dreams. In addition, your relationships with other people are undergoing a process of renewal and change, thanks to the brand new cycle of Uranus through Taurus. Add to that the dynamic impact of eclipses in Leo and Aquarius and we see the four corners or pivot points of your solar chart – and thus your life – being activated. Fast paced progress is possible so have a clear vision of how you want things to be; that way, when opportunities arise, you’ll know whether they’re a good fit for you, or not.
One of your greatest assets this year will be your self-confidence. If you have self-confidence it will help you improve your financial position. If you don’t have as much as self-confidence as you’d like, developing it can have a positive impact on your bottom line. When you know your worth, you won’t be shy about making sure you get paid what you deserve, or looking for opportunities to develop your talents.
The confidence to start a discussion with your boss or a client about money may be easier to find with Mars in Sagittarius from January 26 – March 18. This once in two years cycle can help you take action about all kinds of money matters, from negotiating your salary or fees, to finalising details about an investment, large purchase or your budget. Being proactive about managing your money now can help you create welcome progress on a financial matter.
Later in the year you have the planet of wealth, Jupiter, visit Sagittarius and your money sector. A growth and abundance cycle starts on November 8, 2018 that will last until the end of 2019. This is your most lucrative influence in more than a decade, making this a special time to push for a prestigious promotion or raise. You might discover assets you own have grown in value, or finally pay off a long standing debt, and regain more of your money for yourself. You may feel flush with cash or confident about your financial position. Jupiter can bring support or opportunities to help you attract, earn, invest and grow your money. Note November 30 as a lucky or lucrative day with money, as the Sun and Jupiter work together in Sagittarius then.
Your home life may feel in flux, or you may deal with baggage from the past, during the retrograde (backwards cycle) of Mars through Aquarius. This rare influence can prompt release and healing, especially if you’re still processing pain or disappointment from your childhood.
Mars spends 5 months in Aquarius and your home sector this year, from May 16 – August 13 and September 11 – November 15. This unusually long time will give you the chance to update and refresh your home, your living situation and even your family relationships.
You might feel fired up and ready to take action so make this the period when you address any matters on your mind about your home, like how it’s organised and run. You might consider big plans, like a move, renovation or major decorating project. The key with Mars is to take action, not just plan and think. Use the first part of Mars in Aquarius, from mid-May to mid-August, to plan, research and explore your options. Then take action and put your well-formed plan into motion from mid-September to mid-November, when Mars has finished his retrograde and is ready to help you move forward. Fast paced progress in your domestic life will be possible then.
Family relationships are highlighted by two eclipses in Aquarius, on February 16 and July 28. Emotions may run high, especially under the lunar or full moon eclipse in Aquarius on July 28. Letting go of the past will be important, as that Full Moon activates the karmic South node. Release any emotion you’re holding onto. The July eclipse is especially good for de-cluttering, and getting rid of stuff that may be clogging your space and your life. This will help you clear blockages of all kinds, and make it easier to make your home a sanctuary and create family relationships that nurture you.
A new era begins in your closest relationships as Uranus begins to activate Taurusand your 7th House. You get a preview of this energy from May 15 – November 6, when Uranus is in Taurus. You may be restless for change in a long standing relationship, or realise that you need to break an old habit to keep your love life exciting.
A significant other – at work or in your personal life – may go through a period of change or even chaos. If so, your steady energy may what they draw on for support. Uranus asks for new experiences and you’ll want to break with tradition or find a new way to develop and nurture your closest relationships. Independence and freedom may become important, which may mean you need extra personal time outside of a close partnership, so that you can more fully explore some of your own needs.
Relationships will be exciting and at times even unpredictable. Keep a flexible mindset as what you want from someone special is evolving. Rather than stick with tried and true routines or rituals, stretch yourself to experiment. You might take the initiative around a relationship topic you usually follow another’s lead on, or you might wait for someone else to take action where you normally would. The idea is to operate differently than how you would have done in the past.
Your love life may be especially exciting or undergoing fast paced changes when Mars and Uranus square off, on May 16, August 2 and September 18.
Affection and support may be plentiful, or you may feel that your powers of attraction are especially potent when Venus tours Taurus from April 1 – 24. New sweetness and romance will be possible then, either in an existing relationship or with someone new.
Career and Life Direction
Your professional life is lit up by two eclipses and an extended cycle of Mercury in Leo in 2018.
Eclipses promise karmic or fated change, that feels destined or meant to be. You have the powerful North Node, a point that encourages progress and can help you live your dreams, on side in Leo until November 7, 2018. June 19 and July 3 and 29 may be especially lucky at work. You may receive happy news about your career, or achieve a professional milestone.
Earlier in the year you may be in the spotlight for a success at work, especially near the Leo lunar or full moon eclipse on January 31, 2018. Your reputation may grow then, or you may receive an award for your achievements. A project you work on may be in the spotlight or positive press around your career may arrive.
If you want to strike out in a new professional direction, or are ready for a more challenging role, explore your options under the Leo new moon/solar eclipse on August 11. A bold, exciting or tech based opportunity will be worth looking into, as the solar eclipse promises a bright new beginning your work life.
Your charm and skills at networking can help you make a positive impression at work when Mercury tours Leo from June 29 – September 6. Professional development or training relevant to your career will be a great way to use the curious qualities of Mercury, as will undertaking a writing, research or teaching project relating to your career.
Mercury will spend part of this extra-long tour through Leo retrograde, or moving backwards. Be patient with any delays and take the time to double check details and expectations from July 25 – August 18. During this period you may catch up on unfinished business, or deal with a matter from the past. Tie off loose ends where you can – this will ensure you have a clean slate and the time and energy to deal with new ideas through the final and forward stage of Mercury in Leo, from August 18 – September 6.
Happiness and Children
Welcome progress may arrive around children when Mars tours Pisces from November 15 – January 1, 2019. This might bring happy news about having a child, or you might hear that a child already in your life (your own child or grandchild) may take positive steps to move forward in their own life. Either way, you’ll be ready to take action around children. You might be called on to motivate or encourage the children in your life.
Mars in Pisces can also encourage bold and brave acts of creativity. You might dabble in a hobby you’ve always dreamed about, or sign up for a class around a topic or skill you’ve always wanted to learn. Music or the spiritual and healing arts will be great places to start if you’re not sure where to focus.
Your 5th house is also the happiness and joy sector, so when Venus visits Pisces and your 5th house from February 10 – March 6 your mood may lift. You might adopt a more optimistic outlook, or enjoy a wonderful event that warms your heart. Use the positive vibration of Venus in Pisces to focus on pleasure and having more fun. This light-hearted influence can remind you of the importance of relaxation and enjoyment. Work less and instead enhance your leisure activities.
The longer trend of Neptune in Pisces continues, further emphasising the importance of trusting your instincts, especially with children. This year, you also benefit from a soulful angle between Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces, on December 3, 2017, May 25 and August 19, 2018. Your generosity to others is highlighted and you may be especially giving towards children or a loved one. Togetherness or welcome news that leads to happiness is also possible.
In addition, the 5th house also supports relationships and dating. With Neptune in Pisces, romance may have a fairy-tale like feel, or you may find it easier to trust someone close. In turn this might help you let go and show your true feelings, especially when Neptune is activated on February 21 and 25, March 4, April 14 and December 7.
Adventure and Discovery
Wise Saturn’s tour through Capricorn may shift your focus off global adventures and onto local trips. Of your two travel and learning sectors, the third and ninth houses, it’s the third house that’s most active in 2018. From a travel perspective this highlights weekends away, or places you can drive too, rather than flying holidays or international trips.
Saturn in Capricorn may also be about mental mastery for you, where you want to commit to formal study or training, or make time to research, write or teach. Pursuits of the mind, as well as gaining new competency with all kinds of communication strategies, are highlighted by the longer Saturn in Capricorn cycle.
Your 9th house of global events and major adventures is activated by the solar or new moon eclipse in Cancer on July 13. You might be restless for adventure or keen to get out of your comfort zone then. A trip or adventure, even just for the day, that takes you somewhere knew, different or exotic is a great idea. You might also receive an invitation to travel or teach relating to your work, especially if a global market is important in your field.
On November 7 the karmic North Node moves into Cancer, which marks the start of an 18 month cycle where potentially life changing travel, adventure and inspirational experiences (like learning, teaching, writing or studying) will be possible. This will mostly impact you in 2019, so until then, enjoy the best of what your local area has to offer.
Friends, Networks and Groups
Your social sector is one of your less active houses in 2018, suggesting that other topics and areas of life take precedence. That said, you’ll still have regular annual cycles of Mercury, Venus and the Sun through Virgo to energise friendships.
With Venus in Virgo from July 10 – August 6, you may prioritise friends, or splurge on a group night out. A sweet and supportive energy can help you deepen a close friendship, or make it easier to find common ground with people you’ve just met. Networking – for personal or professional reasons – can be especially effective too.
Your curiosity about other people, from friends, to groups and community or professional organisations, is highest with Mercury in Virgo from September 6 – 22. Use this time to plan your social commitments for the months ahead. A heartfelt conversation with a dear friend may strengthen your bond. You may be an organisational dynamo then, and others may appreciate your input.
With the Sun in Virgo from August 23 – September 23 your leadership skills may come to the fore. Others may look to you for direction, or you may be asked to step into a respected role as part of an organisation or committee you’re a part of. Your loyalty will mean a lot to a friend then, so show you care by being there when it counts.
Personal Growth and Self-Development
It is a huge year for you personally, thanks to the rare tour of Jupiter through Scorpio. This happens just once every 12 years, and makes this year as one in which you can blossom into a more authentic version of yourself. You may gain confidence, or find it easier to trust in your own dreams and desires. A pet project may become top priority, or you may find others more willing – and able – to support you.
You may also find you have a lucky touch, or are in the right place at the right time to enjoy a special experience. You may learn new information or gain deep insights to the true workings of your soul, especially when Jupiter and Pluto work together on January 16, April 14 and September 12. You might undergo a mini transformation then, or find the strength you need to replace a bad habit with something more nourishing. You may gain control of an indulgence, or finally take charge to get your health back on track. Friends may be especially supportive.
2018 also brings a retrograde or backwards cycle of Venus through Scorpio, from October 4 – November 1. In total Venus spends three months in Scorpio, including most of September and December. This gives you lots of time to reflect on your values and dreams, and to update any habits and attitudes that you’ve outgrown. You might go through a bit of an overhaul, where you embrace positive changes to make life more meaningful and balanced, or to improve your wellbeing.
While Venus is retrograde in Scorpio, during October, you may be reflective, quiet or want time to yourself. A longer eight year cycle is closing, and you may want to release or heal from any pain from events during this time. By December 2, when Venus is back on track in Scorpio, you will be ready to move forward, refreshed and refocussed on the future.
Time Out and Spirituality
Your 12th house of rest and retreat is less active in 2018 than it was in 2017, now that Jupiter is no longer in Libra. In general, this means you’ll be more active in the world and involved in events.
You may still want a few quiet moments though. If so, take them when you have the regular annual cycles of the Sun, Mercury and Venus in Libra. In 2018 these dates include: August 6 – September 9, September 22 – October 10, Septmber 23 – October 23 and November 1 – December 2. Time alone, spent on retreat or away then can be healing, or help you tap into your spiritual side. You may learn more about the mystical realms, or find your intuition is stronger than usual. Time to rest and recharge is ideal too.