2018 features all slow moving planets in feminine signs, two total Lunar Eclipses, and the relationship planets Venus and Mars retrograde.
In 2018 there are no major aspects between the outer planets, and no significant stressful aspects. Overall, 2018 is a much better year. You will be able to manifest what you have started in 2017 with less frictions and fewer obstacles. If you work hard, if you do some introspection and stop blaming the world for your problems, 2018 can be one of the best years of your life.
If 2017 was like a hot air balloon, 2018 is time to get things done. No more Saturn square Neptune, no more fake news. No more Jupiter square Pluto, no more power struggles. No more Jupiter opposite Uranus, no more chaos and disruptions.
The year starts with all planets direct – January and February are the best time of the year to start new projects. In May your life will get disrupted as Uranus changes signs and moves into Taurus. June through to August are the most difficult months of the year – Mars retrograde and a difficult Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius will ask you to let go of something in your life. In October and November Venus also goes retrograde, bringing our focus onto relationships. The year ends on a positive note, with Jupiter entering its home sign, Sagittarius.
In 2018 we will have five eclipses:
A Total Lunar eclipse January 31st, 2018 at 11° Leo
A Partial Solar eclipse February 15th, 2018 at 27° Aquarius
A Partial Solar eclipse July 12th, 2018 at 21° Cancer
A Total Lunar eclipse July 27th, 2018 at 5° Aquarius
A Partial Solar eclipse August 11th, 2018 at 19° Leo
Four out of five eclipses are in Leo / Aquarius, so pay extra attention to the houses in your natal chart where you have these signs. The message of the North Node in Leo and the South Node in Aquarius is to live more from your heart, and stop worrying about what other people think of you.
Leo / Aquarius energy already started to manifesting in 2017, but in 2018 it will be even stronger. I’ve seen many people quitting jobs that no longer fulfilled them, or completely changing their life direction, especially around the Solar Eclipse on 21st of August 2017. Now we are going to see even more of these changes. Remember, Leo is about taking the courage to be who you are meant to be.
If in 2017 we had powerful Solar Eclipses, in 2018 we will have two powerful total Lunar Eclipses, so this year the Moon takes center stage. If the Solar principle is about designing the course of action, the Lunar principle is about taking action to make the vision concrete. We are now going to manifest what we have started in 2017.
The Lunar Eclipse on July 27th is problematic as it is a South Node Eclipse and it is also conjunct Mars retrograde. We have a double indication that around July we will need to let go of something important in our life. Check in which house you have Aquarius to get more insights into how you are going to be affected. In the 2nd half of the year our relationships come into focus because the 2 relationship planets Venus and Mars, go retrograde in June through to August and October to November.
We have a lot of Capricorn energy in 2018 – we have Saturn, Pluto, and Mars spending several months in Capricorn also, while the South Node will join the club in November 2018. You will definitely have to put a lot of work in this year – Capricorn is about working hard and accomplishing things. Whatever you do, do your best. Live with integrity and take full responsibility for your actions. Climb higher and get closer and closer to your objectives.
Another reason that you will get things done is that we have a lot of Earth energy in the sky – almost all slow moving planets are in Earth sings: Saturn, Pluto, Uranus. The Earth energy is fertile and manifesting and will turn even the abstract thinkers and philosophers into doers. Earth energy is not only practical, but also long lasting. Whatever you start this year, will bring you benefits in the long-run.
These are the most important planetary events of 2018:
Chiron enters Aries on April 17th, 2018 starting a new cycle around the Zodiac. Chiron in Aries will ask you to deal with the deepest wounds of all, the wound of identity. The transit will be long and cathartic and will teach you how to put yourself forward despite fears and shame.
Uranus enters Taurus on May 15th, 2018. Uranus is the planet of change and Taurus rules our personal values and our finances; we will experience many changes and shifts in these areas in the coming years. No more false, inauthentic values. Uranus in Taurus will set us free from imposed values and meanings. Time to rediscover our common sense.
Mars is retrograde between June 26th – August 27th, 2018. Mars will draw attention on those areas of your life that you have been neglecting. Time to finally close some outstanding projects, to bring them to completion, but do not start completely new initiatives in this period.
Venus is retrograde between October 5th – November 16th 2018. Venus goes retrograde every 18 months for 6 weeks. Because this retrograde takes place in Scorpio and Libra, the signs of intimacy and relating to others, this Venus retrograde is all about relationships. You can revise your relationships, or old lovers can come back into your life.
Jupiter trines Neptune on May 25th and on August 19th. This is the only significant transit between slow moving planets. Jupiter will bring us the faith to turn our most impossible hopes and dreams into reality. Neptune’s spirituality and creativity can now become more accessible, more authentic, more connected.
Jupiter enters Sagittarius on November 8th 2018. This is good news for everyone – even if Jupiter in Scorpio was a great transit thanks to the supportive alignments with the other planets, nothing compares to having Jupiter in its home sign. Zeus, the king of all gods, finally returns to Olympus, finally comes home.
The North Node moves into Cancer on November 7th and South Node in Capricorn. The focus will shift from the masculine, abstract principle of the masculine Leo / Aquarius energy, to the material, nurturing and creative principle of the feminine Cancer / Capricorn energy. The transit will invite us to set healthy boundaries with the world, by releasing the need to always be in the control of our environment.
These energy shifts will infuence all of us, but in different areas of our life. For example, if you are a Scorpio Ascendant, Uranus’ entrance in Taurus can bring changes in the area of relationships, but if you are a Leo Ascendant, the changes will be in the area of your career.
Now that you know the overal ambiance of 2018, how does it fit with the goals you have set for yourself?
Let’s do a simple, but powerful exercise to set you up for success in 2018 and beyond.
1. Start with writing down your objectives for 2018
2. Now choose the most important one. Circle it.
3. Now – pay attention to this – answer the following question: What fear hides behind this goal? Maybe the question sounds strange. You don’t have to stick to your first answer. Dig deeper. Why did you choose this goal? What are you really afraid of?
You will know you found the answer if it surprises you. If you still did not get to a satisfactory answer, keep asking the question: “What fear hides behind me choosing that goal for 2018?”. What do you feel when the answer comes to your mind, what images, what emotions?
To recap, 2018 is one of the best years in a long time. Things will come with less struggle and confusion than in previous years. You can now get a lot done – but you will have to put the work in and get yourself into the world. This is not a time for abstract thinking and theories, it is a time for action!
Your relationships may be up for review – time to ask yourself: “What is working? What is not working? How could this relationship look in the future? What do I need to change?“. This doesn’t mean you need to leave someone, it simply means that if you want to bring your relationships to the next level of intimacy and commitment, you need to have a close, truthful look at them first.
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