We are wrapping up the story of 2018, and it has been quite a story! As of January 2, 2018, there were no planets in retrograde and several planets in Cardinal signs insisting that we take action and get things done!
By the middle of the summer, there were seven planets retrograde stalling things and causing delays. That is a lot of retrograde, backwards energy! Time for reflection, lots of ghosts from the past, and difficulty proceeding forward.
Mars, the planet of action, was retrograde from the end of June until the end of August. It is hard to accomplish when Mars is retrograde — especially since Mars is a personal planet and only retrogrades once every two years. Soon after, Venus was in its shadow in early September and was retrograde from October 5, 2018 until November 16, 2018.
Now that Venus has cleared her shadow, it is time to move forward with financial and relationship decisions. Venus is what you value, and how you find joy. Time to figure out what that means for you.
This Winter Solstice occurs on December 21, 2018 at 5:23 pm EST. This is when the sun stops for three days in the sky and marks the longest night and shortest day. Long night’s journey into day. The Winter Solstice happens when the Sun enters 0 degrees of the Cardinal Earth sign of Capricorn and officially begins the winter season. The Winter Solstice has several points in water, which shows heavy emotion and the need to heal on a huge level. The Winter Solstice chart has Cancer Rising, which is a Cardinal water sign, and it also has The North Node of Fate in the first house of beginnings. Cancer is the sign ruled by the Moon. The sign of Cancer rules home, family, and sustenance. Cancer is a Cardinal sign that fights for security. This is a time when many are without security, home, or family. This is a time to find your family and security in a new way.
The top of the chart has a Pisces midheaven, which is the world direction and represents public goals and action. There is great creativity, sensitivity, and vulnerability strongly pronounced in the public with Neptune in Pisces, which is the collective dream, and where there is uncertainty. Mars, the planet of willpower, is in a confusing and lost placement in Pisces. How does one take action to heal? Chiron, the wounded healer, is at the final degrees of Pisces and has recently direct at 27 degrees of Pisces.
This is one degree off from The fixed star known as Scheat, which is at 28 degrees of the mutable water sign of Pisces. 28 degrees of Pisces is know as the weeping degree, and it is so very painful. Chiron in Pisces is excellent for connecting to healing, but the wounds are very pronounced and hard to navigate. Chiron, the wounded healer, is conjunct Mars, the planet of action. This is a time to fight to heal your pain. Even more importantly, try to help heal the pain of others. This a time that the need to act with integrity is stronger than ever. Saturn in Capricorn is all about your taking karmic action to do the right thing, and Saturn in Capricorn is the key leader of 2019! Saturn falls within two degrees of the angle of relationships and emphasizes the need to build partnerships, restructure self, and build towards the future.
Both Mars and Chiron fall in the 10th house of Career in the mutable water sign of Pisces, The North Node forms a gentle and healing influence to both Chiron and Mars. This lovely water trine lends a nurturing energy. Saturn is the key leader, and there will be many lessons and restructuring on the collective level, but we need the healers and the artist of the world to guide us through just as much. In the Depression, any child could go to the movies regardless of social status or money. Any kid could be rich and full for one day and reach infinite dreams of other worlds.
There is a collective need to take action to heal the soul. Angels are needed to carry us through times that require that we stay grounded. The need to heal and cry is very real, but Saturn in Capricorn takes on a whole other level in 2019. It is time for you to plan with conscious action, intent, and focus. There is a Full Moon that occurs on December 22, 2018 at 12:49 PM EST at 0 degrees of Cancer, which is in its rulership. More water, more tears, and more emotions. Anything that occurs at 0 degree is a degree of new beginnings. 0 degrees of the cardinal signs is the world axis, and that makes things more pronounced and emphasized, so this is a very intense full moon!
A lot of big endings and beginnings with this Full Moon at the world axis and degree of new beginnings. It is time to accomplish your goals if you work hard with all of the Saturn energy so strongly pronounced in 2019. Saturn anchors your goals! Saturn in Capricorn is exactly conjunct the angle of career and life goals in the Full Moon chart, and the Saturn in Capricorn story is once again at the helm. Not to mention that the New Year has a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn on January 5, 2019 at 15 degrees of Capricorn with several planets in Capricorn. Saturn in Capricorn directs the conversation for 2019. You can catalyze your goals if you plan ahead. Saturn is also very much about karma from past actions so try to act mindfully. The effects of Saturn cycles can last for years. It is time to commit to what you want to structure in 2019.
Keep in mind that Jupiter, which is the luckiest planet is now in Sagittarius, where it is in its happiest placement and ready to expand, travel, and learn. Mercury, which rules communication, meets up with Jupiter at 9 degrees of the mutable fire sign of Sagittarius on December 20, 2018, and this brings much optimism to the Winter Solstice and Full Moon charts! You can really use your imagination to magnetize with Jupiter and Merury conjunct. Jupiter and Mercury together can expand the mind to think big things! There is hope during an era we where need to make big decisions. You can manifest big things with Jupiter in Sagittarius. Jupiter is in Sagittarius through December 3, 2019. With Jupiter in Sagittarius, you can expand, learn, magnetize, and have humor in 2019. All of this is accessible, but it is critical to take action towards what you want to do, even if the direction may shift with a mutable midheaven. Heal yourself, heal others, and get to work!!