Saturn Sextile Neptune: Informed Form Part 1

While stern Saturn and nebulous Neptune may seem like one of astrology’s oddest couples, there’s an exquisite, transformational power in their pairing. In 2019 they will form three exact sextiles, from January through November, and their meetings will color the entire year. If you’ve ever worked with rosary beads or a mala, then you innately understand this combination. Saturn gives us the physical structure (beads) and Neptune the connection to spirit (prayer). Practicing a spiritual discipline focuses our attention, opens up the channel to God (Light) and centers us. In a hyper busy world of seemingly endless distraction, ever shortening attention spans and tempers, and excessive drug use, a spiritual practice offers peace, clarity and purposefulness.

Another consideration of this transit is the elements that are present, earth and water. What is the material without the spiritual? What is the spiritual with no real-life application? In the three meetings of 2019, we are offered a dialog between these influential forces. And both planets are in their home signs, adding deeper resonance to their work. Neptune and Pisces have a reputation for getting too far out there, so much so that we become lost and incapable of accomplishing anything. At the extreme of addiction, we may lose the ability to even fuction in the world. Saturnian sobriety is an antidote. Achievement is the cornerstone of Capricorn, and Saturn rewards a job well done. You can think of him as the “A” you received in that course you had an epic struggle with, yet through your persistence somehow mastered. On the material extreme, the empty pursuit of goals or possessions at best yields temporary satisfaction. Upon attainment, the next mountain to climb emerges, but with no application and to no purpose. Interestingly this simply becomes another form of addiction, to more, whatever that more is. Neptune is sneaky like that.

This set of sextiles is offering insight and pragmatic wisdom. Through dedicaton (Saturn) and introspection, we can examine our underlying beliefs (Neptune), i.e. the operating systems we’ve been running on. Neptune’s oceanic presence can gently and slowly erode old places in the subconscious and their correlating, outgrown patterns in our lives. It can also help us download the Divine and install the needed cosmic upgrades, a clearer sense of our purpose. Ringed Saturn instills an awareness of time and limitation, and therefore creates urgency in our lives. Its austerity can steer us away from pointless distraction and towards the goals that have abiding meaning in our lives. The first sextile is on January 31st. Got beads?

An Eclipse To Remember

Lunar Eclipse? Check
Super moon? Check
Final eclipse of a series? Check
Blood moon? Check
Visible in the Americas and Europe? Check
Wolf Moon? Check

You may already be feeling the energies of this one, or you may be witnessing its considerable influence on people close to you. While technically this is strictly a battle between the Leo full moon and the Aquarius Sun, the other fixed signs of Taurus and Scorpio are likely to also find themselves in the fray. This Super moon marks the culmination of an eclipse series that began on February 10, 2017 and included the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, known as the Great American eclipse. People born under the opposite signs of Leo and Aquarius have borne the brunt of its force for the past two years, and their fellow fixed signs, Taurus and Scorpio, have been challenged by the 90 degree squares these eclipses have formed to them. A las, the Grand Finale is at hand.

Typically what happens when an eclipse series comes to a sign or creates squares to it, issues needing to be dealt with are unearthed and they come to the fore. Eclipses are said to reveal what has been hidden. This propensity to drudge things up and force them to a head is compounded when we’re dealing with fixed signs. Like their name implies, signs of this modality are known for their steadfastness, staying power, and determination. Their centeredness and reliability make them our rocks. However, the shadow side for people with these otherwise laudable traits is their refusal to change. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence that a path is no longer viable, fixed signs are the most likely to get and remain stuck. Change we must. It is natural for growth and essential for our spiritual evolution. But knowing that may not make things any easier. So, if this series has put its cosmic pressure on you or a loved one, there are ways to work with the celestial flow.

Examine the usefulness of your resistance, and be prepared to release that which is not serving you. If needed, seek support as you make adjustments. Try new things, be they activities, routines (especially those) or thoughts. Venturing into unfamiliar territory may be daunting, but there is Leo medicine in this final eclipse. Leo is creative, courageous and playful. Exuding warmth and enthusiasm, it rules the heart and spine and is ruled by the inextinguishable Sun. The effects of eclipses are said to take up to six months after the event to work their way fully into our lives. On the journey, we may both mourn what has been lost or what simply didn’t work out as hoped for, and experience rejuvenation as a new direction emerges. This time, no matter which of the twelve signs we call home, the key to our success is our ability to summon the bravery and nobility of the Lion’s heart.

The eclipse will take place on January 20-21st and will be visible in the Americas and Europe. In the United States, the moon will be full at 9:15 PM PST on the 20th. Witnessing a lunar eclipse, the ones that you don’t need special eye wear for, is mesmerizing and otherworldly. If you live someplace where the skies will be clear, I highly recommend bundling up and heading outdoors. This is a moment that you will remember.

Poop, Meet Fan: First Jupiter Neptune Square Of Three

On January 13th Jupiter and Neptune are set to square one another. This is their first square in a series of three this year. In astrology, squares are considered to be the most contentious alignments. Even in oppositions, the involved planets are on the same axis, each representing an extreme. Forming a 90 degree angle, the planets of a square are on separate axes. These collisions tend to force issues to the surface. Although Sunday’s match will involve the normally flexible mutable signs of Sagittarius and Pisces, this clash is likely to unearth matters that we’ll be dealing with for most of 2019. So what exactly is involved?

Interestingly enough, both planets are in their home signs. This strengthens their respective characteristics. The friendly, optimistic fire sign of Sagittarius is home to Jupiter, while spiritual, holistic Pisces is Neptune’s domain. Both planets and signs are prone to excess and both lack grounding. The archer of Sagittarius aims for the distant horizon while the shifting oceans of Neptune can be unfathomably nebulous. Sagittarians are susceptible to wishful thinking and Pisceans addictions and escapism. The three squares of 2019 have many interpretations and will play out uniquely in each person’s chart and life. However, they certainly signal a time to examine our indulgences and the soundness of our plans.

Jupiter informs our beliefs and philosophies and Neptune our spiritual essence. The shadow side of Jupiter can manifest in fanaticism, in political or religious beliefs for example. Delusions are Neptune’s shadow. The challenging pairings ahead suggest that some soul searching is in order. Are we practicing what we preach? Are we being the change in the world that we wish to see? Are we doing unto others as we would have them do unto us? Etc.

One last consideration is the company these giants are keeping. It will change during this series. Right now the flames of Jupiter’s exuberance are burning brightly and being fanned by Venus, also in Sagittarius, and by Mars at home in headstrong Aries, along with the moon and game-changing Uranus. This is adding a lot of gusto to our energy levels. Neptune’s allies are in Cancer and Capricorn. The North Node is in Cancer where it is concerned with emotional security, nurturing and care-giving. The Sun, Mercury, Saturn, Pluto and the South Node have formed a huge stellium in Capricorn, where they are supporting a sober assessment and pragmatic action. Fire (Sagittarius and Aries) is an outgoing, masculine element with a positive polarity, and water (Pisces and Cancer) and earth (Capricorn) are inward and feminine with a negative polarity. Thus, the battle lines are drawn. Note what issues come to the fore during January, especially around the middle of the month. The next squares are set for June and September.

Radio Interview About The Astrology Of 2019: Elizabeth joins Kristina Walsh

On January 2nd, I joined Kristina Walsh on her show Surfing The Psychic Waves on InFlowRadio to talk about the big trends in astrology for 2019. You can listen anytime and find out what’s ahead.

Astrology 2019: From Lead To Gold

The action-packed first week of 2019 is getting the year off to a lively and ambitious start. To set the stage, on New Year’s Eve Mars came home to initiating Aries. At the moment, the cosmic wildcard and powerhouse Uranus also finds itself in the cardinal fire sign. On January 4th Mercury joins the Sun, Moon, Saturn, Pluto and the South Node in sober, responsible Capricorn. On the 5th, we experience the year’s first eclipse, on the 6th Uranus goes direct and on the 7th Venus joins Jupiter in effervescent Sagittarius, after a prolonged stay in emotionally intense Scorpio. And they say God had a busy first week.

Mars and Uranus will be enlivening our spirits and stoking those irrepressible, instigating Aries fires for the first six weeks of 2019. From fellow fire sign Sagittarius, Venus and Jupiter will be encouraging and expanding those flames until early February. But it’s the group in serious Capricorn that we need to pay particular attention to. Not only will we be under their influence for this weekend’s new moon and eclipse, but also for the entire duration of 2019 and for the better part of 2020. Jupiter enters Capricorn on December 2, 2019.

Capricorn gives us structure. In the human body, it rules the skeleton, bones and teeth, in the home it is our parents, and in the cosmos it is represented by ringed Saturn. While affirmation spouting, positive thinking New Agers tend to reject notions of limitations and of being realistic, we would be wise to recognize Capricorn’s considerable presence and its unfolding influence. Capricorn is the sign of achievements and earned rewards. So the endeavors we undertake now will be well-served by honesty, austerity and dedication. The planets in fire signs are lending us their excitement and enthusiasm, and the Capricorn contingent are showing us the real work ahead. Our task is to appreciate and synthesize these somewhat contradictory forces as we forge our way into 2019.

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On Wednesday, January 2nd, at 1:00 P.M. PST I’ll be joining Kristina Walsh on her radio show Surfing The Psychic Waves on InFlowRadiio. We’ll be delving deeper into the astrology of 2019. You can listen live or via the archive.

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