COSMIC INFLUENCES FOR 2015
This new cycle holds a lot of changes in planetary positions as well as some completion of aspects that have been happening over a long period of time.
URANUS PLUTO SQUARE
Our seventh Uranus Pluto square is exact on March 16, which means we will feel it for quite a while. At its inception in 2010, we had the Arab spring in Egypt and Tunisia first and revolutions for democracy happened in these countries. However, the Uranian energy was just that, sporadic and violent, but Pluto, ruling the plutocracy, greed, and power has prevailed. Egypt still has a president allied with the military, since its first democratic elected president, Mohammad Morsi, was ousted. The occupy movement in the US also was strong but that too has fizzled out.
On January 7, 2015, twelve people were killed in Paris in the offices of the paper, Charlie Hebdo, which had printed cartoons satirizing the prophet Mohammed. The killers were Jihadists, two brothers who had fought in Iraq.
Al Queda in Yemen claimed responsibility for it. ISIL, another jihadist group of Sunni Muslims, announced this past June that it was becoming a caliphate that would reach throughout the Arab world. It is getting many new recruits from Europe as well as from the Middle East.The US, along with several European and Arabic partners, has been bombing ISIL in Iraq and Syria for several months. We are being told that this will be a long and protracted war. Bombing does not seem to solve the problem at all as then we have more retaliation like the attack in Paris. The Uranus Pluto square has an orb of several degrees, so we may not see the end of it this calendar year.
Saturn completed its transit of Scorpio and moved into Sagittarius on Dec 23, 2014 but it retrogrades back to Scorpio in June and then moves into Sag permanently on September 17. We are in the last or waning square of Jupiter and Saturn now. Jupiter rules expansion and progressive values; Saturn is the old conservative structures which society holds onto. This energy was seen in the Mid term elections of 2014 in the US as more conservative Republicans triumphed over Democratic progressives. However, many progressive measures such as gay marriage, medical marijuana, and abortion rights were successful. This last quarter square is exemplified in what we are seeing on television. The wildly popular series Dontown Abbey shows how Lord Grantham tries to hold on to his old aristocratic values while the new socialist ideas in the 1920’s begin to take hold. Under this last phase, we also had the Ebola virus erupt in West Africa. The Ebola epidemic is in the three poorest countries in Africa in which there were civil wars and little health infrastructure. Although the exact square is not until August with Jupiter at 28 Leo and Saturn in 28 Scorpio, we have been in this last quarter phase, and the lessons of Ebola are certainly related to the disparity between rich and poor countries. Dane Rudyhar refers to the last quarter square as a “crisis in consciousness”.
Saturn also squares Neptune in Pisces this year. Neptune, which has been in Pisces, relates to our deep subconscious drives. It rules our dreams and visions as well as illusions. The world has been operating under several illusions about climate change and our water resources. Despite the researches of many scientists, some people still do not believe that climate change is related to the burning of fossil fuels and our carbon footprint. There have been many summits to discuss this issue and the US still lags behind in its commitments to lower our output. Utilizing more alternative sources of energy such as solar heating and wind power should see some increase this year as Saturn makes us more aware of how little time we have to change things.
Neptune in Pisces, along with Chiron, also relates to the immune system and with Jupiter entering Virgo in August, we may see some new advances in the medical field, possibly a vaccine for Ebola as well. Jupiter will oppose Neptune in September and Chiron in November. This opposition may bring an examination of various philosophical and religious issues, and perhaps some awareness of how many politicians are using strict interpretations of religious philosophies to interpret laws. This year will witness some legal cases in certain states of the US who have ruled against gay marriage, as well as the testing of Roe vs Wade and abortion laws. In Europe, there will be an examination of certain laws that prohibit the wearing of the headscarf or hijab for women in France and other countries.
VENUS AND MARS
Venus retrogrades this year and will be retrograde for six weeks, which happens every year and a half. She retrogrades in Leo on July 25 and conjuncts the star Regulus. When Venus retrogrades, she asks us to look at our relationships; how do we experience love. What do we need to change? Sometimes we feel a lack of self love or lack of love from friends and partners. We also need to reexamine our values and what our priorities are. This year Venus will conjunct Mars three times which is the sacred marriage or “hierogamos”. Can we unite those parts of ourself and have our own inner sacred marriage? Venus will be retrograde from July 25 –September 6. She conjuncts Mars on February 22, September 1 and March 3, three opportunities to look at our inner marriage. On August 21 she reappears as a morning star after a period of invisibility. This is known as her heliacal rising when she comes back from the underworld.
THE LUNAR NODES
The nodes of the Moon move backward through the signs and their cycle is 19 years. The nodes have been in Aries and Libra throughout 2014 and will continue there until some time in October when the north node shifts into Virgo. With the north node in Libra, we have been seeking fair judgments, balance in our personal and world relationships, and more compassion. The south node in Aries suggests we let go of focusing on self and combativeness. For a few months, the south node has been conjunct the planet Uranus which has certainly brought more upheaval in the world. This conjunction will move out of orbs after January. The north node in Virgo should usher in a more healing and service oriented energy whereas the south node in Pisces will enable us to let go of old emotional attachments and feelings of victimization. With both Jupiter and the north node in Virgo, the second part of the year focuses on strong healing energies.
The eclipse cycles move with the nodes and this years eclipses highlight the Aries/Libra polarity as well as the Virgo/Pisces one. Eclipses happen in pairs every six months. At New Moons we have a solar eclipse, whereas at full Moons we have a lunar eclipse. Eclipses highlight or focus on various subconscious issues when they aspect an important planet or angle in the chart. Their effect is often felt several weeks before and after the exact eclipse.
March 20-total solar eclipse at 29 degrees Pisces right before the spring equinox—This is in the last degree of the zodiac and brings with it a strong message of emotional release with an emphasis on prayer and meditation.
April 4-total lunar eclipse at 14 degrees Libra opposite Uranus and the south node and square Pluto. This is an intense eclipse with its connection to the Uranus Pluto square and will call for a lot of balance and diplomacy in the world. This eclipse is on Easter week end and the beginning of Passover.
September 13-partial solar eclipse at 20 degrees Virgo. This eclipse opposes Chiron, the planetoid connected to healing, while Jupiter in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces. Since this is also harvest season, this eclipse will focus on issues related to agriculture like GMO’s as well as to climate change, solar and wind energies, and new healing modalities.
September 27-total lunar eclipse at 4 degrees Aries. This eclipse conjoins the south node of the Moon and brings with it a combative spirit. Dealing with anger now will be in the spotlight as Mars, ruler of Aries makes a square to Saturn and opposes Neptune. September seems to be an intense month in 2015.
MERCURY RETROGRADE CYCLES
Mercury retrogrades three times a year for a 3 week period. Mercury retrograde cycles are times to review, redirect and refocus our energies. They can be very creative if we can quiet the mind by unplugging from media like cell phones, TV, and the Internet. These periods may cause disruptions in our communication and our devices of communication like computers, telephones, automobiles if Mercury is making challenging aspects to any of our planets or angles. In 2015, Mercury retrogrades in the air signs so the focus on communication is especially potent. These periods may offer time for writing in creative forms or meditating on things we want to change in our lives.
Mercury retrogrades in Aquarius from Jan 21-Feb 11; in Gemini from May 18-June 11, and In Libra from September 17-October 9.
In conclusion, 2015 can challenge us to be more grounded than usual, to take care of our bodies with Jupiter and the node entering Virgo, and to try to balance our nervous system as we get bombarded by more cell towers and stimuli.