The New Moon, Solar Eclipse falls at 27 degrees of Aquarius on February 15th. This day is a major turning point of this year, and when the new year truly begins. One reason for this is that a solar eclipse brings much change to our overall lives and rhythms. These changes that have been building over a period of several weeks can be so radical or unexpected that the results are very difficult to predict. Since the moon is becoming New again there is much being released in order to make way for the new in our lives to grow and blossom. This will the last day of the Chinese year of the Rooster – the Year of the Dog begins on the 16th.
The dreams, visions, wishes and plans for the future have suddenly become heightened. After so much disorientation and loss over the past six months, a new life awaits for many on the planet. The storms may not be over but there is hope for improvement. There is a great focus around friendships, circles of friends, community and those whom would be considered kindred spirits and soul family. True to Aquarian expression, there is also a sense of cooperation among friends and allies, working together toward mutual goals.
The Karmic Ripening that Saturn Brings
Before the discovery of Uranus, the original ruling planet of Aquarius was Saturn, the Cosmic Taskmaster. The prominence of Saturn’s influence at this time cannot be ignored. Saturn is also the ruler of Capricorn where it now transits again since 1988-1991. Because Saturn is known as the Lord of Karma, we have entered a cycle of “karmic” ripening (December 2017-March 2020), for better or worse depending on good deeds or misdeeds over a vast stretch of time. Those who have been to hell and back for the past several months or years, please take heart: Things are likely to get better. Just hold on. Don’t give up before your solution appears and know that something you have worked hard on in your life or lives is bound to bear fruit.
Morality in general and around sexual behavior is a topic of increasing interest. This is partly due to Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio, bringing secrets and evidence of trespassings out into the open. This exposure of hidden corruption such as the Pizzagate scandals began to intensify in 2016-2017 as we experienced the aftermath of Uranus’s square to Pluto and Jupiter in opposition to Uranus. I agree with much of what Steven Forrest had to say about Saturn in Capricorn’s latest transit. What is even “normal” or perverse anymore is up for debate. In today’s world it seems acceptable to a large portion of the human population that several varieties of sexual wantonness and even pedophilia is something that can now be classified as inherent and natural in certain individuals. Saturn in Capricorn stimulates us to question and stomp on those ideas and bring back a sense of ethics, at least for serious consideration. Matters of aging, working with elders or learning from them in some way is another possible highlight now and throughout the next couple of years.
In addition, 2018 is an #11 year in numerology, further reduced to a #2 vibration. The 11 is aligned with the Tarot card Justice, also very much about karmic payback. The #2 is connected with the Tarot card The High Priestess which puts us very much in touch with our intuition and deepest emotions.
Aquarius and “Alternative Relationships”
The planet Mercury and asteroid Juno make a close conjunction to the New Moon Eclipse in Aquarius. Aquarius is known as the Bohemian of the Zodiac, both for exhibiting unusual traits and ways of relating to the opposite sex and for attracting to themselves very unusual personalities. If any sign is here to show us how to relate to each other “outside the box” of tradition or socially accepted norms, it is Aquarius.
Mercury is the planet that represents communication and Juno is one of the major goddess asteroids representing committed partnership or what is sought in an ideal mate. There is much conversation now between friends, lovers or people in general about the significance of their romantic or committed relationships. Juno in Aquarius seeks for personal freedom and individual expression within and apart from a relationship. Whether this means going their own way or doing their own thing and then coming back home to talk about it at the end of the day, there is a lot of alternative relating going on or discussions about it now.
Dog Year 2018
I make no claims about Chinese astrology as it is not something I have spent a great deal of time studying, however I can see the patterns that come and go with each passing Chinese animal year. The Year of the Fire Rooster was one that emphasized hard work, lots of drama and lots of activity, almost nonstop. It was dizzying for many people. In the Year of the Earth Dog, Feb 2018-Feb 2019, there is likely to be more focus on stability, family togetherness, and loyalty. Dog is considered an auspicious animal in many cultures, as man’s best friend. A Dog year brings better opportunities than before in business and love.