This next year is a challenging one and may be a wild ride for some of us. The horoscope for the New Year has a New Moon in Capricorn with the Sun, Mercury, Pluto and Venus there as well. All of these planets are opposed by excessive Jupiter and squared by revolutionary Uranus and aggressive Mars.
Uranus Pluto Square
The Uranus Pluto square has been active since 2011 and will continue through 2015. We had the Arab spring in Tunisia and Egypt followed by more violence in Egypt, ongoing war in Syria, violence in Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention drones killing civilians in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Uranus wants freedom and is trying to overthrow the old order represented by the sign Capricorn where Pluto is now transiting. Pluto in Capricorn wants to re-structure governments but the results have been quite chaotic, especially in Egypt. Not only governments but corporations are being challenged. With the publication of Wikileaks in 2010 and Snowden’s revelations on the NSA spying in 2013, Uranus is bringing new energy to the old established institutions of patriarchal dominance.
When Mars entered the picture in December 2013, war in Anbar province in Iraq has been escalating with Al Qaida helping to foment hostilities between the Sunnis and Shias. Syria’s conflict has also been stepped up with several rebel groups fighting the government of Assad, as well as terrorist factions. South Sudan has been full of violent upheaval with sectarian groups opposing each other. The Central African Republic has also seen more fighting and blood shed in a conflict that began in December 2012. More bodies are being found and reports of rape, torture, and beheadings. Two suicide bombings in Russia occurred on December 29 and 30; more recently bodies have been found near Sochi, the place of the winter Olympics in February. In the US there was a fiery explosion when a train derailed spilling oil in North Dakota as well a huge fire in a building in Minneapolis January 1. Mars will be in Libra until July 28 and retrogrades from March 2 to May 20. Mars retrograde may signal embedded aggression that may not be obvious until it turns direct. Mars in the sign of Libra indicates challenges within personal relationships as well as challenges between countries.
Saturn completes its transit of Scorpio this year and enters Sagittarius the end of December. Saturn in Scorpio, along with the north node all through 2013, has turned up many secrets, especially with Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the NSA. These revelations have not only caused extreme concern in the US, but also in Europe and South America, where it was revealed that the cell phone of the German chancellor as well as spying on Brazil were leaked in NSA documents. President Obama is in process now of setting up new regulations for the NSA.
Neptune will move from 3 degrees of Pisces to 7 degrees in April where it retrogrades. Neptune in Pisces has brought forth many imaginative films, musical endeavors, and new combinations of poetry and music. Along with Chiron, which is also in Pisces, we have experienced the dissolution of old emotional energies, but also new developments in the healing field. Obama has had Neptune square his Gemini Moon for two years and it seems as though his major accomplishment, the Affordable Care act, has seen many glitches in its inauguration.
Venus retrograded in Capricorn the day of the winter solstice and will go direct January 31 at 13 degrees conjunct Pluto. Venus retrograde has allowed us to examine our material needs and values, discarding what is no longer appropriate. We have also looked at friendships and relationships that do not serve our needs. Venus retrograded within a degree of the US Pluto and one of the biggest issues the end of 2013 has been extending the unemployment benefits for many. Venus returns as morning star on January 17.
Jupiter has been in Cancer and will remain there until July when it enters Leo. During Jupiter’s transit of Cancer, we have seen many programs that advocate helping the poor and balancing out the huge discrepancy in the US between the 1 % and the 99 %. Unfortunately, our Congress has been too divided to enact programs that will help, and instead has been cutting food stamp allotments and unemployment benefits as well. With the US Sun in Cancer, we should be more accommodating in helping people with housing and food. Perhaps the Affordable Care act is a beginning of sorts, though many states have not accepted its Medicaid provision, leaving poor people still without health coverage. In December 2013 and early January 2014, Jupiter was in a grand square with Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries and Mars in Libra. This grand square will be exact on April 22 at the same time as the next Uranus/Pluto square and sandwiched between two eclipses. This period will certainly be one of emotional volatility and high intensity. In late May there will be a grand trine between Jupiter, Saturn in Scorpio, and Chiron in Pisces, which should bring some healing energies and a more harmonious cycle.
Mercury retrogrades on February 6 in 3 degrees Pisces conjoining Neptune and goes direct on February 28 in Aquarius. This retrograde cycle may be challenging some of our illusions with that conjunction to Neptune, though it may also be a period of strong creativity. Since the retrograde is exactly square Obama’s Moon, there no doubt will be some glitches and frustrations for him. The second Mercury retrograde takes place on June 7 in 3 degrees of Cancer conjunct the US Venus and Jupiter; it goes direct July 1 in Gemini. This is a particularly long retrograde cycle of 24 days. Financial institutions in this country may have some problems and we may see some changes in legislation regarding the economy. October 4 marks the third Mercury retrograde in early Scorpio trine Neptune and the US Venus Jupiter conjunction in Cancer. It goes direct on the 25th in Libra. This looks like a very intense time since there are two eclipses as well.
Eclipses come in pairs and occur twice a year. Our first set of eclipses is in April. On April 15 there is a total Lunar eclipse at 25 degrees Libra which is square the US’ natal Pluto, and close to the grand square on April 22. This is a particularly strong time on the planet and there may be a lot of challenges to relationships, extreme weather patterns, and unrest in many areas of the world. The next eclipse is an annular solar eclipse on April 29 in 9 degrees of Taurus. This squares the nodes in the US chart and probably indicates volatile financial markets. October 8 brings a total Lunar eclipse at 15 degrees Aries opposing the US Saturn and squaring the US Sun in Cancer. With Mercury retrograde at the same time, this period may see major conflicts in the US. The last eclipse of 2014 on October 23 is a partial Solar eclipse at 0 degrees of Scorpio. This eclipse is 2 degrees from the Mercury retrograde cycle and occurs before Mercury stations direct at 17 Libra, conjunct the US Saturn and square our Cancer Sun. By this time, hopefully, some transformations will have occurred and more states will have legalized gay marriage, recreational marijuana, and physician assisted death for terminally ill patients.
2014-A Year to Remember
2014 will be a year to remember with the grand square in the sky and huge changes in the United States, since both Uranus, the planet of revolution and freedom, and Pluto, the planet of deep transformations, both will be acting on the United States’ Sun/Saturn square. This square in a personal chart indicates deep insecurity and need for approval from a father figure. Perhaps we can use the caring and nurturing of our Cancer Sun to help those who are living below the poverty line, and make sure we provide good organic foods without genetic modification to all people. The challenges are there and it is up to each one of us to see that we move forward in our caretaking and help to upset the power of the plutocracy– the corporations and the moneyed interests, thereby providing security to all people.