Cosmic Weather: Year 2018 by Jane Lyle
Welcome to 2018!
2018’s constructive potential reaches out to us amidst the chaos.
We can, if we choose, focus on building firm, new foundations in physical, creative, and soulful ways. And we can work on rebuilding or reinventing what’s wobbling in our world – from love, sex, and friendship to money and meaning.
Our collective thinking about our significant responsibilities towards life on Earth itself can begin to develop in new, practical directions. Many of 2018’s planet patterns invite us to act in positive ways, but of course it’s ultimately up to all of us to not only embrace hope, but to roll up our sleeves, feed our imaginations, and get to work. Happy New Year!
Image: 'Sami on skis in Northern Lights' by Frants Boe (1885) via Wikimedia Commons PD
Astrology’s Five Big Signposts for 2018
1) Earthbound: Saturn in Capricorn, 2017-2020:
Old Man Saturn is strong and powerful in its home sign, Capricorn. The planet of time, structure, foundations and karma travels through serious Capricorn until December, 2020. Reality bites, reality rules, and we must all try to work with Saturn and become more down-to-earth and practical during these years.
*Saturn in Capricorn is one of several astrological signs that a critical financial sea-change is afoot. It favours banking regulations, tax initiatives, and restrictions of various kinds in the stock markets. Saturn in Capricorn is an old-fashioned banker who respects rules and structure. And Saturn in Capricorn is not impressed by cunning tax avoidance schemes – legal or otherwise - either.
*Saturn in Capricorn symbolises the rocks beneath our feet and the great mountain ranges of the world. So we could see more news - and more discoveries - about mining, minerals, fracking, caves, fossil fuels, and tectonic plates. Along with Uranus in Taurus, it represents a time when we move towards taking practical steps towards conserving resources, and taking care of the Earth itself.
*Saturn in Capricorn describes old age – and encourages a focus on older people and their care – and perhaps considers their ability to contribute to society as well.
*Saturn in Capricorn loves history and tradition, and is conservative and cautious by nature.
We’ll all feel this shift. The cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn approach an important two-year phase. And if you have planets, angles, or points between 0 and 11 degrees in your own personal horoscope, you will experience a Saturn transit – or the start of one - this year.
People, organisations, and nations who were born with Saturn in Capricorn will be having, or approaching, their Saturn return – an important time of added responsibility, assessment of what’s real, and often a leaving behind of what isn’t working out.
Saturn was in Capricorn:
December 1929 – November 1932
January 1959 – January 1962
February 1988 – February 1991
Saturn in Capricorn will be active in many world horoscopes. Here’s a few that will experience a visit from the down-to-earth Time Lord himself in 2018:
A Saturn return is coming up for:
And in 2018 Saturn sternly crosses the Sun in these horoscopes:
The European Union
Testing times are in store, realism is required.
Image: ‘The Bookworm’ by Carl Spitzweg, c.1850.
Museum Georg Schafer via Wikimedia Commons. PD
2) The Electric Earth: Uranus in Taurus 2018 - 2026
Uranus enters Taurus on 15th May, 2018.
A new era for invention, revolution, originality and science is dawning. And like an electrical storm, this theme will flicker at first. Between November 2018 and March, 2019 we get a re-run of late 2017 and early 2018 as Uranus backtracks for the very last time into Aries.
But the changes signalled by Uranus in Taurus begin this year. What’s brewing?
Uranus in Taurus combines the stubborn, earthy, security-minded qualities of Taurus with Uranus, the eternal disruptor. What does security mean to us? We will be asking ourselves this question many times during the passage of Uranus through Taurus between 2018 and 2026.
There’s much tension between freedom (Uranus) and security (Taurus) throughout this period. Some of this will manifest in questions about our possessions and what we value – Taurus tends to accumulate ‘stuff’, Uranus likes to feel unencumbered. Have we reached ‘peak stuff’? Some of us will prefer to enjoy the pleasures of Taurean experiences instead – delicious food, sensuous scents, gardens and nature, colour and texture.
I think Uranus in Taurus means we’ll see incredibly significant changes financially, for Taurus is a financial sign. Uranus favours revolution, so this signals a notable financial revolution – likely to include the growth and acceptance of cyber currencies, such as Bitcoin and others, yet to be invented.
Disruptions to the Earth itself may be dramatic – earthquakes and other natural upheavals, such as volcanic eruptions, could increase now, and onwards towards 2026. Green energy sources and inventions will gain in affordability and popularity.
Uranus in Taurus could signal amazing discoveries about our planet, it’s structure and it’s energy patterns – particularly electromagnetic energies within the Earth itself, and those beaming in from outer space. We’ll learn much more about geomagnetic forces, cosmic rays, and natural radiation during Uranus in Taurus years.
Similarly, there will be exciting discoveries about our five – or even six – senses, our physical bodies, and more secrets about our DNA. Some of these discoveries are likely to relate to our own electromagnetic qualities, and how we respond to electricity and magnetism in all their forms in our environment. Everything is connected as we plug into our planet.
Art, music, and fashion will be disrupted and refreshed in original, unusual ways during the Uranus in Taurus era. The use of electricity and lasers in beauty treatments will gain widespread popularity.
Inventive ways to address the global housing crisis will arise. All kinds of original and eccentric community-based housing projects and independent movements will have an opportunity to develop. They will disrupt our ideas about what’s possible and what’s practical. We’ll experiment with unusual building materials, too.
The last time Uranus was in Taurus (1934-1942) the UK saw a massive housing boom during the mid to late 1930’s. Much of suburbia was created then. The UK itself (1st January, 1801) has active Mars in Taurus in the 8th house of legacies, trine sober Sun in Capricorn in the 4th house of home and roots. Uranus came along and stimulated taking much-needed action on housing. We live with that legacy today.
All these themes will develop between 2018 – 2026. If you have planets, angles or points between 0 – 2 degrees in your own personal horoscope, you’ll feel this restless, inventive influence this year. Late degrees, and birthdays at the end of a sign, are also stimulated again. This is the beginning of a pivotal period for all the fixed signs – Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.
Uranus was last in Taurus from June-October 1934, then April 1935-May 1942.
World horoscopes feeling the force of Uranus in Taurus in 2018 include:
The UK House of Commons
The office of President of the United States
The Vatican City
There are many more locations worth watching, with planets in Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. Uranian unrest, disruption, and upheaval seems likely in Russia, Eastern Europe and the Baltic States in 2018, for example.
Image: Vintage Tree House via Graphicsfairy.com, PD
3) Power and Mysticism – Jupiter’s 2018 journey
2018 is full of practicality and major financial themes and dramas. But there’re also a bewitching, imaginative possibilities. Expansive Jupiter in mysterious, watery Scorpio is involved with both stories.
Finances loom large this year. And when Jupiter meets powerful plutocrat Pluto, we’ll see a few more juicy secrets emerge. Follow the money! Pluto also rules the secret services, so major news featuring behind-the-scenes activities is more than likely.
This planetary pair are also very helpful for projects involving charities, regeneration schemes, recycling and cleansing operations, foreign trade and investments - and building up power and influence.
In your own horoscope, Jupiter sextile Pluto in 2018 offers a confidence boost, and possibility of increasing your success, influence, knowledge, and financial security. It’s particularly helpful for the Earth and Water signs – Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces.
Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces are also opening up a portal – a gateway into a beguiling world of mystery, imagination, and spirituality. Some of us will seek out a less materialistic view of life, others will want to explore psychic awareness, use their intuition, or study what’s unknown, and unseen in the world around us. Some of this may find a conventional religious outlet, some of it manifests in a more open-minded attitude towards the paranormal, supernatural, and the powers of the mind. This connection favours music, art, healing, film, magic, and fantastical bohemian designs.
To make the most of this influence, we’ll have to decide to work with it. Otherwise we’ll simply melt into some kind of delectable, blissed-out haze, and miss out on some glimmering inspirations. The elves and pixies are waiting!
The downside of Jupiter and Neptune manifests in confusion, deception, delusion, and disappointment. So when this potentially magical influence comes along, do be very aware of financial scams and bogus spiritual gurus or romantic admirers.
Jupiter and Neptune work beautifully on an expansive creative, spiritual level – but can denote massive financial bubbles, dubious investments, and dangerous false optimism when manifesting on a practical level. Plus, I’m sure this pair of planets will delight in some steamy scandal mongering in 2018. Neptune, in particular, is always associated with scandals.
Jupiter in Scorpio is trine Neptune in Pisces:
3rd December, 2017 at 11 degrees
25th May, 2018 at 16 degrees
19th August, 2018 at 15 degrees
These are the days when the aspect is exact. The flavour and meaning are swirling about from December to autumn, 2018.
Jupiter in Scorpio is sextile Pluto in Capricorn:
16th January, 2018 at 19 degrees
14th April, 2018 at 21 degrees
12th September at 18 degrees
As you can see, this powerful duo is around for much of 2018. These dates are for the exact link, but the atmosphere and energy of this connection is around from January until October.
Image: ‘The Marriage of Oberon and Titania’ by John Anster Fitzgerald (1819-1906) via Wikimedia Commons PD
4) Lover, Come Back, and Other Stories: Mars and Venus Retrograde in 2018
Both Venus and Mars have retrograde phases in 2018. This highlights our relationships, finances, and ability to move things along. Between them, Mars and Venus vitalise the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius (Mars), and Libra and Scorpio (Venus). The big message seems to be about wanting to begin things, and to stabilise them – but our best-laid plans will turn out to have many twists and turns this year.
Mars, planet of action and desire, will slow us down and ask us to rethink our proposed actions in the summer of 2018.
Mars will spend a big chunk of time in humanitarian, geeky Aquarius and practical, ambitious Capricorn this year. Any planets you have in your own personal horoscope that meet up with Mars will be switched on in ways you’ll likely notice more than usual, as Mars passes back and forth over them. Projects begun in the spring will need to be reviewed or stalled during the summer months. Progress can be made in the autumn.
Mars enters down-to-earth Capricorn on 17th March, 2018.
Mars enters Aquarius on 16th May, 2018.
Mars turns retrograde in early Aquarius on 26th June, 2018, backtracking into late Capricorn again on 13th August, 2018.
Mars turns forward in Capricorn on 27th August.
Mars returns to Aquarius once more on 11th September, 2018 – finally leaving for Pisces on 15th November, 2018.
When Mars is retrograde it’s a positive and helpful time to reconsider things. Beginning a new project or intimate relationship can be slowed up by circumstances outside our control. Aggressive actions can backfire during a retrograde phase – traditionally, this would be a bad time to attack an enemy, and perhaps not a helpful time to begin divorce proceedings, or other legal actions. So take it easy, if you can, between late June and late August – this phase will need caution, patience, and a willingness to wait until the right opportunity appears.
Venus will be rewinding in early Scorpio and late Libra. Throughout the late summer and on into the winter of 2018 we’re thinking about sex, relationships, and alliances even more than usual. There’ll be some fascinating love stories, reunions, and break-ups as the planet of love spends months expressing herself through Scorpio’s sexual passion and Libra’s deep need for partnerships.
Money, art, beauty, social life, and finances are also in high focus between August and January.
Venus enters Libra, her home sign, on 6th August, 2018
Venus enters Scorpio on 9th September, 2018
Venus turns retrograde in Scorpio on 5th October, 2018
Venus returns to late Libra on Halloween, 31st October, 2018
Venus turns direct in late Libra on 16th November, 2018
Venus returns to Scorpio on 2nd December, 2018, travelling through Scorpio until 7th January, 2019.
When Venus is rewinding between October and November, we want to revisit the past in love, art, and money matters. Sometimes the past decides to visit us, and old friends and lovers return or lost art and jewellery is discovered.
If you have planets at early degrees in the fixed signs – Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius – or in the last degrees of cardinal Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn – both Venus and Mars will be making their presence felt in your personal horoscope in 2018. This could be a memorable year for your artistic side, and your romantic life.
Image: ‘The First Rendezvous’ by Manuel Garay (1844-1911) PD
5) Special dates for your Moon Diary in 2018
Super Moon: 2nd January at 11 degrees of Cancer.
A Super Moon, overflowing in its own sign, Cancer, promises a deeply emotional start to 2018. There’s an oceanic feeling to this Moon – it flows with watery Neptune in Pisces and Mars in Scorpio – but is prevented from floating away completely by the Sun and Venus in Capricorn. Certainly we can expect high tides on the seas, and in our own hearts and minds too. This Moon’s signature is definitely ‘tears before bedtime’.
Micro New Moon: 17th January at 26 degrees of Capricorn.
This new Moon is at apogee – that is, at a point where it is farthest away from us here on Earth on its monthly journey. This could well be the most unemotional new Moon of 2018 – favouring practical intentions and New Year clear-outs.
Blue Moon, Super Moon: 31st January.
This Blue Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse at 11 degrees Leo. And it’s a Super Moon, so those lunar vibes are intense. High tides and stormy weather are very likely both out in our world, and inside our hearts and minds.
This eclipse is visible in North America, Eastern Asia, across the Pacific Ocean, and in Australia. These regions – where the eclipse is visible - are more likely to see manifestations of the eclipse and it’s meaning, according to traditional astrology.
There’s no full Moon in February.
New Moon and Solar Eclipse: 15th February.
This partial Solar Eclipse is at 27 degrees of Aquarius.
This eclipse is visible in Chile, Antarctica, and Argentina.
Blue Moon: 31st March.
This full Moon rises at 10 degrees Libra.
Two Blue Moons in a year is unusual. A Blue Moon is the second full Moon to rise in one calendar month – this year we have Blue Moons in January and March, signalling an increase in emotions and volatility here on Earth.
Summer’s Eclipse Season
When an eclipse stimulates your horoscope you can anticipate changes and important developments. Generally, a lunar eclipse brings inner shifts, while a solar eclipse flags up events in the world around you, or actions you take. Sometimes these changes begin to form at least a month beforehand. Eclipses both conceal and reveal. During eclipse season it’s wise to keep options open whenever possible – you may not see the full story or have all the facts you need until later.
Summer 2018 has the planet of action and forward movement, Mars, reversing throughout eclipse season in July and August, and Mercury retrograde in August. So I think it’s crystal clear that, one way or another, summer’s astrology says – whoa! Revise, reverse, rethink, and dig about in the archives for best results at that time. It really does all look somewhat bonkers.
Super New Moon: 13th July.
This new Moon is at the closest point to the Earth in its monthly journey. Today we have a potent, brooding partial Solar Eclipse at 20 degrees Cancer.
This eclipse will be visible in South Australia and Antarctica.
A total Lunar Eclipse.
This rusty, blood-hued Lunar Eclipse is visible in Europe, Africa, western and central Asia, across the Indian Ocean, and in western Australia on 27th – 28th July. This eclipse is at 4 degrees of Aquarius. Given clear skies, it will be something worth seeing.
Super New Moon: 11th August.
This is a Partial Solar Eclipse at 18 degrees of royal Leo. It’s the final eclipse of 2018.
This partial solar eclipse is visible in northern Russia, northern Europe, north-eastern Canada, Greenland, and northern and eastern Asia. Traditional astrology says that these regions are more likely to experience the manifestations of the eclipse and its meanings.
There’ll be more about these, and all the other Moons of 2018 in the Moon Diary.
Image: Vintage New Year postcard, PD